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* Posts by John 156

43 posts • joined 15 Jan 2010

Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

John 156
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Three cheers for the EU

...and the point of this exercise is? Incidentally, why was there no recognition of Athens, Madrid and Brussels where Twitter was extensively use to co-ordidate Austerity Riots against the parasitical orgamisation that produced this garbage.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

John 156
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HP - What's it for?

Despite the fact that I'm grateful to HP for overpaying for my Autonomy shares, I will still not forgive them for selling me an inkjet printer in which the total capacity of all five reservoirs is less than that of the monochrome HP printer which it replaced, such that it is for ever running out of ink. You can only expect to get away with a stunt like that once.

HP should either find some something useful to do or sell out to the highest bidder; its glory days are long over.

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

John 156
Holmes

Re: Plus ça change...

...then of course there was the brilliant GEC which was allowed to take over most of our electrical engineering industry, in order to remove its competitors, to great applause from City slickers, then refuse to perform R&D unless the taxpayer forked out. After we joined the 'Common Market', to avoid competition yet again, it put all its subsidiaries, apart from GEC Marconi into consortia, mostly German which now own the whole shebang, leaving GEC Marconi to be absorbed into BAe. Then there was the British Leyland Motor Corporation eventually sold to the Chinese fro £50m. That's what happens when engineering businesses are at the mercy of inept polititians (tautology) and spiv accountants (tautology).

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Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle

John 156

Silicon Roundabout was alive and well in the age of the minicomputer; the magic of Silicon Roundabout was the same then as now: a refuge from the eye-watering rents of West End fleshpots and the City's iconic buildings.

As to Cameron's brilliant idea that we could go into business with Germany with the Germans doing the proper engineering bit and we doing the comms with the internet, does he really imagine that that would involve a fifty-fifty split of added value, or even that the Germans are not perfectly capable of doing their own internet thingy if they seriously think an intelligent fridge was a marketable commodity?

One has to suppose that for Cameron, the fact that Rolls-Royce monitors the vital organs of their turbo-props in operation and transmits the data back to Derby via satellite is hopelessly low-tech compared with an intelligent toaster or fridge for a twerp like Dave.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

John 156

Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?

It rather depends on which version of XP you have: I have an SP1 upgrade, so first of all I had to reinstall Windows 98SE... I found that Microsoft auto-updates did not interweave correctly with the Service Packs 2,3. so continuous intervention to attenuate this process was necessary. That was just getting XP reinstalled and up to date; then there were the non-Microsoft applications which had to be reinstalled, sometimes from diskette, and obtaining the patches for those, where my version was past its E-o-L, where the original supplier had been taken over, or even gone out of business etc.

About one week's work to get to approximately where I would have been had my recovery from backup not failed for some reason. Never again. After that episode I switched to Debian which does not harrass me every time I change my configuration either, since the concept of theft does not apply to free software.

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

John 156
Stop

Re: Prepare for a huge class action

Would that inlude Leo Apotheker, the disastrous CEO before Meg Whitman whose decision to purchase Autonomy at a significant premium to market value, but without real due diligence, was in part, following other disastrous decisions by him, the cause of the 40% loss of market value under his tenure, following the prior decision of SAP not to extend his contract as CEO having reviewed his performance in that role.

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

John 156
Black Helicopters

Who will be the second customer after Jeff Bezos?

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Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing

John 156
FAIL

Obviously IBM do not read the British Press and so have not heard about the value for money achieved for the British taxpayer by taking 'advice' from GS and UBS when Royal Mail was sold for 40% less than market value, despite the fact that many banks who failed to be awarded the contract quoted perfectly realistic valuations. I myself tried to obtain some shares, but failed. It is not every day that a sound business offering a 7% yield at the offer price comes to market.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/08418300-8f46-11e3-be85-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=uk#axzz2sdU1PajA

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

John 156

More pointless research from a Psychology department; keep on useless eating, chaps, humanity could do entirely without your pseudo-scientific discoveries..

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

John 156

By selling its system x channel to Lenova, immediately, IBM has created greater pricing flexibility for the rest of its server range. If IBM believes the x86 architecture has peaked, certainly other than as a commodity, it conflicts with IBM's known specialisation in high priced quality. Does IBM have future plans in the hardware sector; neither does the author of this post nor do we know.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

John 156

Why do we always finish up with a f**kwit as PM? Dave, of course, suggested in parliament that the Somerset floods were caused by Global Warming; the actual reason was the decision of the Environment Agency to stop dredging rivers and pumping flood water in order to return the Somerset Levels to the aquatic wasteland it was before being drained several centuries ago without asking the permission of the farmers or householders whose lives would be devastated. l

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

John 156

Re: Adverts

Parents should be aware that the BBC childrens' output is mainly concerned with the Cultural Marxist grooming of their children; they may not pester to be poisoned by unwholesome food substitutes, but their tiny minds are being poisoned by toxic propaganda which is in many ways far worse.

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

John 156
FAIL

Re: Appeal to authority

Ignorant twaddle. The Pensions Administration system which I corrected for y2k would have had over 80 serious errors with the ability to cause serious financial data corrpution and system failures, quite apart from unknown others from feed-in systems, nor would they have all shown up on 1.1. 2000 - more ignorant twaddle. Obviously you have never had experience of complex financial systems.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

John 156
Big Brother

The assumption was that Turing laced an apple with cyanide and ate it. Fact 1. No Suicide note was allegedly found at the scene. Fact 2. Turing regularly ate an apple without finishing it. Fact 3. the apple was not tested. There is therefore no evidence that he committed suicide. Turing's death was not properly investigated and the verdict of the Inquest was reached without any supporting evidence whatsoever.

Now, let me try to lock myself in my red sports bag for the umpteeth time - I know it's possible.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

John 156

Re: Pardon

Although Alan Turing was clearly entitled to a posthumous Royal parden, was he first in the queue? I humbly submit that Charles I was the innocent victim of the traitor Oliver Cromwell known to have been funded by banksters in Amsterdam who were then allowed to enter our realm as a reward to engage in usurious banksterism. What about Joan of Arc? A witch? Come on. We need a new quango (the National Organisation for the Rewriting of History to make Everything Better) to draw up a comprehensive list of important historical figures who met a sticky end at the hands of the English authorities and therefore should receive a Royal pardon.

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Industry group blames 'outdated' kit for stock-market tech disasters

John 156

Re: Better Idea

No. Make HFT (high frequency trading) illegal. Make front running and flash trading illegal. A stock exchange should be where buyers and sellers meet, not where disgusting parasitical spivs can harvest the wealth of legitimate market users.

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Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

John 156

Re: Apple is now the preferred choice of US consumers shopping for desktop PCs

I think we are trying to oversimplify tthings here. Personal Computer was the designation of IBM's first microcomputer with an Intel instruction set (8088) and supporting motherboard. There have been many generations with backwards compatibility since then to all of which would apply the term 'PC', but otherwise it's not a PC, even if it looks like one.

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

John 156
Alien

Re: Interesting, but changes little

"It seems to me that Darwin's contemporaries, without the aid of genetics, understood evolution better than most people today."

The people who misunderstand it today are those whose forebears were too busy polishing the silver in the butler's pantry to misunderstand what Darwin's theory proposed.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

John 156
FAIL

"It is too early to speculate on the cause. Our priority and focus has been to fix the problem."

I tend to find that understanding the cause of a problem helps identify the extent of the data corruption and the course of action required to fix it; it further helps to identify who should be fired because at the moment whoever it is will be busy trying to cover their tracks and muddy the waters.

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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

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Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

John 156

Now, now don't you ever forget how you used to queue all night to be first to purchase your new very much improved 16-bit Windows O/S system for your 32-bit computer, and it was so cheap too, worth every penny. You were so lucky.

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True fact: Britain is losing its brains

John 156

The UK has the highest proportion of invention taking place in Universities as opposed to in Corporates. Cambridge University has a wacking 30% foreign inventors. Conclusions a) UK is poorly endowed with scientifically based corporates because of the destruction of the mechanical engineering industry by Trade Union bosses by striking it into oblivion and the destruction of the electrical engineering industry by Lord Weistock of GEC by taking over most of it and never investing in R & D unless paid for by Ministry of Defence and then merging most of it with mainly German businesses and b) scientific education at the secondary level is crap as a result of dumbing down of exams and the educational focus on cretins rather than academically gifted students and c) the City attracts the scientifically able to make money for the banksters instead of creating real added value through patentable invention. Upshot: main inventive corporates are big pharma which were left alone by Trade Union bosses and Lord Weinstock and the City is responsible for significant brain drain toward socially useless activity. Educational outlook poor unless selective education is available at taxpayer funded schools so universities will continue to attract a disproportionately large proportion of properly educated foreigners.

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RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

John 156

Re: Good News

Whereas I might agree with your sentiments, I believe that the idea that RM is now out of the education market is premature, as a cursory glance at their website would endorse.

In my estimation any company that specialises in supplying the public sector is just as likely to be about ripping off the taxpayer with very poor value deals, as he is a far softer target than hard-headed businessmen. A sensible school would seek out a supplier which operates competitively in the world of grownups.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

John 156

Re: Comment from the Cockwomble in question

"This year, only 4,000 people out of 300,000 took computing at A-level - less than 2%."

So only 2% of the school population wasted their time on that particular non-academic subject. I would recommend that the best A levels for Computer science or any other branch of engineering or physics, is 2 maths and one physics. Michael Gove should ensure that schools are able to teach those properly and leave it at that.

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

John 156

I don't think this is a suitable topic for the Register. However, my dad told me that when he was a village kid in Yorkshire, a farmworker was brought before the magistrate for having carnal knowledge of a sow; he was fined £5. After that the village kids used to follow him around making grunting noises.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

John 156

I believe the next evolutionary step for humanity will be to become RoundUp Ready as all those whose metabolisms are compromised by harmless-to-humans weedkiller are eliminated from the gene pool; thus Roundup will become mostly harmless to humans and Monsanto will take over from Goldman Sachs as Masters of the Universe.

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Intel's new top-dog desktop 'Extreme' CPU fails to excite geekerati

John 156
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high impact (on wallet) x86 gets faster (slightly)

This device is aimed squarely at the market for those who like to be able to check that their processor is top dog on a performance comparitor chart assuming there are still such people, presumably the same people who used to queue all night to get their mits on the latest offering from Msoft. It's all so last year.

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

John 156
Stop

Is professor Sapna Cheryan of Washington uni's psychology department the victim of minority or female preference herself, or is psychology the sort of discipline that attracts those who are not very bright?

A better approach would be to tell putative female candidates that they can all become managers and spend their time in meetings and bedeck their desks with stuffed animals.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

John 156
FAIL

I tend to find, being only a rather primitive primate, that when I try to throw something, I lose my balance and fall over; hence, I conclude my inability to throw is related to the fact that I have not yet fully evolved the technique of balancing securely on my two hind limbs.

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

John 156
Big Brother

Re: As these are just guidelines

I do not see how we can have a proper police state complete with gulags full of English people unless we have draconian and fully enforced thoughcrime laws. This has to be a retrograde step, surely?

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

John 156
FAIL

If Intel want to sell their Atom to OEMs, they have to create promotional literature for their salesmen to use against the overwhelming competition that ARM represents in their chosen market. Expect more of this as Intel attempts to gatecrash ARM's strongholds whilst mounting a rearguard action to protect its server base against the ARM v8 chips. This is PR.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

John 156
FAIL

"The Register revealed in January that Microsoft was blaming PC makers for not building PCs with the right specs to actually run Windows 8 touch."

From the introduction of the 386 by Intel in 1985 to the introduction of XP in 2001, Mincrosoft was offering non-professional users a 16-bit OS for their higher spec 32-bit devices. Now MS has decided that they, not the hardware manufacturers should specify the hardware that users can buy.. The OS exists to support the functionality of the hardware, not the other way round. Why anybody with a keyboard and mouse would wish to poke at a screen defeats me. However poking a screen would obviously be preferable, without having a keyboard or mouse, to e.g. shouting at it or possibly dropping it ob the floor and stamping on it until it selected the requisit function.

The imposition of a Desktop designed primarily for the benefit of those who lack keyboards and mice is clearly a retrograde step.

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Bring out your dead: Reg readers reveal filthy, filthy PCs...

John 156
Alert

It is a part of good housekeeping to hoover the inside of your pc.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

John 156
FAIL

There is no equivalence between wind and nuclear or any other proper energy source. Proper energy sources divide between those suitable for base load and those suitable for peak demand as well. Every wind turbine has to be backed up by gas because other power sources cannot be brought in fast enough to respond to the vagaries of the weather. Wind turbines are a monument to the greed of some and the congenital idiocy of politicians.

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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

John 156
Thumb Up

Re: Very thin line

Wasn't there some Scottish football fan who threatened to 'kill' the opposing team or their supporters and consequently got locked up? Many of those who work in the DPP's office are not of native extraction and may not understand the more complex uses of the English language by natives. In the circumstances, it would be a lot better to remove thoughtcrime entirely from the statute book in order to allow free speech again; there was actually nothing wrong with the original law which prohibited behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace.

Emma West who has been incarcerated for over a year and whose children have been taken away, was abusive to a carriage full of foreigners on a South London tram. Was her behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace? The idea that she was going to attack someone whilst holding a child or to frighten a large number of aliens was always preposterous. She was the archetypal 'batty' person on public transport that people ignore.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

John 156
Unhappy

What is extraordinary is the way the British state failed to acknowledge or recognise the war work of Turing and others, prefering to trash their equipment and turn the whole thing into a state secret in case foreign spies were alerted, as though scientific advance can become frozen by ordinance. Meanwhile, over in the USA, Werner von Braun was assisting the American rocketry programme.

The sins of those considered valuable to the state are normally hidden. The Turing episode demonstrated that techies were not valued, even if their gifts were extraordinary, above those mediocrities that continually infest the corridors of power and whose sins are hidden from public view. For example, Edward Heath was a known shirt lifter with a penchant for cottaging, yet he was able to become a totally useless PM.

It should however be remembered that what caused Turing to kill himself was that the psychiatric profession, which at that time studied the vapourings of Sigmund Freud as part of their 'medical' degrees, were responsible for drugging him with female sex hormones, causing his breats to enlarge and his intellect to shrink (apologises to any female reading that statement). If any case could justify the outlawing of the psychiatric 'profession', the Turing case was it.

In short, Turing was the victim of the total incomprehension of the ruling elite to the importance of scientific brilliance to the future of this country; that was Turing's and our loss.

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EINSTEIN'S BRAIN had unusual lobes and cortex

John 156
FAIL

More Einstein was the greatest genius ever ever bullshit.

How Einstein Ruined Physics: Motion, Symmetry, and Revolution in Science by Roger Schlafly

http://www.amazon.com/How-Einstein-Ruined-Physics-Revolution/dp/1461120195/

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Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

John 156
Thumb Up

This is very good. What it lacks arguably is a steam turbine and heat source in order to power the appliance as well. Where Apple leads others follow as long as they cn afford the lawyrers.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

John 156
WTF?

My FM radio cost £15 complete with headphones; it's rechargeable and has subsidiary functions including phone, messaging etc and fits in trouser pocket. I can't wait to ditch it in order to spend £60 on a non-rechargeable brick with worse sound and none of those other facilities. Progress is progress, especially if some cretinous politician deems it such.

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ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

John 156
Stop

Before emptying your brains here, please watch the set of slides presented at ARM TechCon 2012 on October 30th:

http://www.engadget.com/photos/arm-cortex-a50-series-official-slides/#5397424 .

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Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits

John 156
Big Brother

forthurst the Debianite

It would be helpful wouldn't it if the survey questioners knew the correct answers.

SaaS? That is what I have on my quarter pounder, Reggae Reggae SaaS.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee if you recall boldly went on the Enterprise meeting all sorts of new life forms with American accents..

A VHD is one that yo pay for but never in fact receive.

Bill Gates - wrong again; he became the richest man in the world by becoming irreplaceable as the voice of Kermit the Frog.

Anyhow what's this got to do with playing computer games or am I missing something here?

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