* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Still copying Apple

Even Sony did the same when they made laptops. We've got a circa 2006 vaio that still works like a charm (now the kids mess about machine since the battery finally died) but the 2013 lappy my other half bought to replace it doesn't like to sleep half the time and now tries to cook itself on a regular occasion.

On the other hand I bought a beaten up lenovo for less than a night out (2010 x200t) and that things been solid on win 10 bar the lack of decent graphics/cache drive/GSM module drivers but then I don't game on it, I've jammed an ssd in and I can't be arsed sticking a sim in so no great loss.

But for the kind of money ms are asking for the surface, I'd expect far better from them, and in the Eu it'd be considered unfit for purpose and liable for a refund over this

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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*cough*

Buwaahahahahahahahahahahhahhahahhahahhahahhah.........hahahahahahahahahahahahahha!!!

And breathe. So who thinks America's tech businesses had a quiet word too? Along the lines of no one will ever buy anything from us ever again if this gets passed, and that it'll only apply to America. So no-one else would have broken encryption and thus there's pretty much no point. I mean seriously, there's enough smart people outside of America who'd be willing to work on encryption and it wouldn't take long for that to happen.

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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

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6Gbps?!

Perfect for using a SAN array then.......in the next town over.

Also with tight beam forming you could have a few of these side by side if you lined them up right I suppose that, and you'd need to make sure they were shielded from the wind as I could imagine gusty winds causing issues.

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UK eyes frikkin' Laser Directed Energy Weapon

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Re: World of Warships

Generally ship to ship warfare tended to err towards moderate swell at worse. In storms the changes of you hitting anything but water made it a waste of time.

Nowadays though we have all-weather missiles, they probably still suffer from missing vessels in a storm or having the sea skimming missiles hit by large waves but at least you're more likely to hit what you aim at since the moving platform element is removed.

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'Grey tech' broker DP Data Systems has gone titsup

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I wonder...

My old workplace was one of their rivals on the lower end of the market yet when I left, yet had a turn over about half of dp yet used to have almost double the profit. So I have to wonder if they really were getting the best deal anyways or if there was something else going on that's not been reported on yet.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: Not all unused features are useless …

It's also a case of having wonderful features not consistently applied across browsers (case in point, you can directly edit html in a canvas now with a number of editing features available in the browser. Unless you want to resize the text. The it's either pick a number 1-7 that doesn't make a difference or use larger/smaller font command in Firefox and Firefox only...) for a while I thought we'd moves past this sort of crap with the death of ie8 but no, it turns out a number actually useful features don't work cross browser in a consistent and reliable manner because nobody can decide to implement standards in a standard fashion (still...).

That said, I'm all for little used features that are of little or no relevance being canned though that might take a while...

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Re: reminds me of...

The best thing is the reason for that test crash was to to see if a newly developed fuel designed with a high ignition point would work ad intended and not burst into flames if memory serves.

It didn't work.... Quite spectacularly too (I recall it had some sort of catalyst near the engine which kept pumping fuel before being atomised reaching a high enough flash point to make the lot go up in in flames.)

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Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

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Re: Tony Blair's statement after 911.

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

It's all such a subjective term. Ontop the reality that if you frustrate a group often and long enough they'll eventually get violent. The only people who seem to prove the exception is the north Koreans (though for how long who knows).

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

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stop the press!

Yahoo! Has value?

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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

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I was thinking the same. Very thin explanation of just how the issue was solved.

For the sake of brevity the article can be read thus;

High demand users demand expensive solution.

Cheaper solution found by adding special sauce direct from marketing.

High fives and smiles around.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Joke

Was the war zone not interesting enough?

I dunno, support people I'd call first would have been a different type of support role.... like being airborne for example..

I'd at least wait until I wasn't being shot at before settling down to sort the warranty.

Must have really, really needed to make a new powerpoint presentation. </sarcasm>

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

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Re: I always want salt on my hash

I'm also partial to throwing pepper in there too. Makes it even more of pain in the arse for them to rainbow table it.

Paranoid? Moi?

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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so basically...

It's analogous to using salt and pepper with your hash.

The trick will be making sure that there is indeed no relation to either value. The same goes with the method of combining the two (hummmmm two random figures added together randomly? The mind boggles).

Also when combining the two how do they prevent lost values? (think having 2 dice, yes you can go upto 12 but you lose 1 in the process as well as having an increase likelihood of certain values occurring, nee 5,6,7 but I digress).

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Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

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Smart phone bits

I suppose with regards to using Android and smart mobe bits it's a case of already having an OS with a comms stack capable of adding in the appropriate hardware easily to allow the networking.

That being said couldn't you do the same with a RasberryPi ?

On second thoughts maybe not, since the Pi2's tendency to reset itself when exposed to very bright lights. (though I'm happy to be wrong with newer versions).

Finally, I really, really, really hope that the spring has a small flag in red with the words 'bang' written upon it..

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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wait a minute....

How high does sovereignty apply again?

What about electronic vehicles with alternative power sources? (nee. Balloon / rockets)?

Does this mean LOHAN could happen in the UK instead of waiting for the yanks to finally find the paper work and give it a rubber stamp?

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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I went there as a kid (my dad's a sparky so he liked going of tours of various power stations, from hydro to nuke and everything in-between) and the generating hall is just something else. It just looks on a scale that seems outrageously wrong, that something so massive could be hidden underground.

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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now if it was the raf....

Going off tails from an airframe technician I'm acquainted with, if you want to break a spanner just use liquid nitrogen, then hit/throw on floor.

Extra points were awarded for having the balls to get a new one acquisitioned from the quartermaster and handing back a handful of metal chunks to explain what happened to the last one.

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Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

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Though with care you'd be surprised at how much longer first gen tech can last if it's made right (still have our first gen 40" sony HD tv... it's starting to show it's age and leaving ghosting behind as well as suffering screen burn from the sky box but otherwise acceptable).

The issue with VR at the moment is how much do we compromise to get the balance correct between cost and features? And thats before we get down to compatibility, since as far as I'm aware there's no universal API (I'm happy to be wrong about this) that would allow a lesser spec'd bit of kit to work with the same stuff as a high end model (hell even just getting the Rift/Vuze to work with the same games would be a step in the right direction).

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: Snake Oil

But, But it's the new monorail!!

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Boffins flip the unflippable: Meet the latest storage extender contender

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CuMnAs?

The main compound that makes this magic work is CuM'n'As? Surely you can't be serious?

Mines the one with page 3 of the guardian stuffed inside the pockets...

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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Not that new....

I was taught to touch type in the nineties whilst still in primary school so I could use a computer during class as a way of getting my round my terrible dyslexia (seriously who ever decided on that name is c*** ) but as it turns out 90's laptops costed a small fortune, had crap screens and was loud enough to irritate just about every other classmate (that and would you give something worth more than some peoples cars' to someone under the age of 11?) so that got thrown on the way side.

Theses days despite how relatively quickly I can type I like good ol' fashioned fountain pen for taking notes. Yet even that seems like a dying art (seriously does no-one do joined up writing anymore?)

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

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it amazes me..

That countries like Malaysia have fibre to home as standard (I'm quite serious about this, my parents in law had it installed a few years ago to replace adsl, and I've seen it in some of the more remote towns and villages I've visited over the years) and yet we in the UK can't get our collective assess together to start the roll out properly. Even fibre to cabinet is a sticking plaster at best and even that isn't being rolled out very quickly to areas that would see the most benefit.

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Haven't tried both yet, but the weekend is early so maybe later.

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Had something similar set up with the otherworldly noise of dial up modem at 700x times reduced noise. Usually for auto dialers and lecky sales bods.

Seriously. You can hear the dead souls

(original sample here for the bored)

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: revenge porn

Well a side shot of a woman's chest can show certain fatty tissues. So in the right light it's a possibility.

(people have weirder fetishists and don't forget rule 34 after all)

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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what of the home mechanic and the professional garage?

So any one that uses a tool to diagnose issues using an odm port would be illegal? What of aftermarket alarm systems and immobilisers?

They're really thinking on going there? Do they not understand how these tools work for the benefit of the free market economy? (just talking the language they might understand).

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

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only another....

2 centuries until we have such things as the talkie toaster....and I do not want a muffin.

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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

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Re: re O'Reilly etc

I've got learn ASP in 24 hours and fireworks mx manual for my monitors... Not that I bought them mind, they were on the shelf and never touched so I thought I'd put them to good use.

As for the iMac I've still got one of them in the garage somewhere.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Re: ST:WTF!

Fan fiction dilute the franchise?

What, more so than the Will Shatner books (kirk meets the borg in one, it gets weird....)?

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India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

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I'm no rocket scientist

So I'd be fascinated as to the benefits of switching between the different fuel types over the course of the launch be it simple financial benefit or if the different types have better performances in the different conditions during the assent?

Failing that I'll just Google it when I get home....

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Nanoparticle boffinry could boost battery life

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Re: We can improve anything to the degree we can measure it...

Thanks for that bit of wisdom. A quick Googling gives several examples of natural electricity including the intriguing telluric current effect, no need for man's intervention nor big electrical storms.

Then there's things like just about every nervous system on the planet that functions on some level due to electrical currents. But I digress.

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Re: observe hydrogen atoms moving in real time.

They kinda do but it's not like they survive the process. (see CERN for more details)

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'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands

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Oh damn....

And I was only getting round to migrating onto 2012r2 (not my choice to hold off so long but finally convinced the powers that be that a new bit of kit would be nice).

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

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doesn't intend to patch

Not patching older operating systems? That sounds like an android move (and at least they've got a half reasonable excuse of being to manufacturers not Google themselves to update).

That seems very poor. Service for Apple customers (unless every ithing can run iOS 9 and it's users not updating in which case carry on. It's their choice to not update).

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: Just trust US. We've been flying by the seat of our pants for a long time

Sorry to be a pendant but America was the first for powered flight.

Gliders were already in use and grew up down the road from Brompton, home of Sir George Cayley, the man who wrote the first book on aerodynamics and creator of the Cayley flyer (which also gave rise to the quote if man was meant to fly God would have given us wings by the first pilot of said glider after breaking a leg).

As for so many firsts in aerospace most of it came on the coat-tails of others.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Lazy Devs

@Dev, nothing wrong with being lazy... i thought that was one of the good traits of a skilled programmer? Find the shortest, quickest route to solve a problem?

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Re: Lazy Devs

Well, well done on that.

However compactness isn't everything, yes it's down to 74kbs but it takes an average of 760ms to render. My own company site (which is getting an overhaul anyway and will be optimised to the eyeballs) renders in around 640ms yet weights in at 670kbs.

Oh and @Def, you can squeeze it down to around 50kbs give or take if you minify your CSS. Only takes 30 seconds and that might save you another 100ms off the loading speeds, you'd also get about the same again if you Gzipped the site. The compression should help shrink the site even further.

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Re: Lazy Devs

It depends on what you're trying to do with the page.

Personally I've been making some complex Web apps lately, as such payloads can be massive in some cases (think pushing data for 1000+ different cars) so I chose initial complexity of javascript handlers with very lightweight json moving the actual data around with ajax. Much quicker responses, less browser overhead and can be made more user friendly when it times out (not if, they always want it bigger then moan when the local BB can't keep up). Yes, it's initially big but once there the js is cached and every one is happy (apart from those who hate the last 15 years of browser development and still think ie 6 was a fine browser)

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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Well...

It is rather difficult to do percussive maintenance when it's 75 million miles away so I suppose a reset'll do the job.

Don't suppose some counter hit 2,147,483,647 and then tried adding 1? Always seems to be an issue resolved by turning it off and on again....

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Pro who killed Apple's Power Mac found... masquerading as a coffee table

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It'll work with a g5 case but a pita if it's a mac pro.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

Is it sat next to a pile of Sony magic gate sticks?

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12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

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Sooooo

If the 'wintel' dominance is on the wane and they've started to look at IoT and other mobile platforms does that mean that phones running Atoms are Paranoid androids?

Mines the one with a towel and e-reader stating "Don't Panic"....

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Chrome lives in dog years: It's seven years old but just turned 50

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Re: Alt + tab

I usually have one open at work most days for the chat tool that sites on our site (it at least lets me know the next contact email is an Indian spammer or not), so it's not been killed, it's just not as obvious any more (though going on past records from Google I give it another 2-3 versions before they kill it much to the protest of anyone who remotely cares).

I think you need to set the site as a 'Chrome app' and sit it in the app launcher for it to work for you.

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NASA injects cash into solar electric motor

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Re: I'm begining to suspect something is going on....

At least until impulse/warp engines come of age (here's to hoping)

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Re: @Sgt_Oddball.

Well I'm reliable informed that I actually live about 5 miles away from a test reactor that doubles as a cryogenic systems ups incase of power loss...I'm still annoyed I haven't been allowed to see it up close (though not that close for obvious reasons)

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am I the only one?

Who'd like to convert one of these into some sort of lamp?

It really looks quite cool though I'm guessing highly impractical owing to atmosphere without some elaborate vacuum system.

(I'm also trying to convince the wife a small nuclear reactor would be a fetching piece in the garden pond what with the cherenkov radiation glow, boom because accidents happen.....)

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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So how does the sound stack...

Up against say the Sony Xperia range which have been touting HiRes audio for ages (flac works just fine on my 3 year old xperia z), plus you get Sony's rather good earphones to boot.

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Big Brother

colour me surprised.

Google isn't shouting that there's plenty of competition in the form of apple, winphone (stop sniggering), blackberry, Firefox os (if that's still a thing), jumla and sail fish.

Not that you can walk into your local phone shop and walk out with any of them bar apple and winphone.....

So there's loads of competition and besides, look Europe we're literally giving away android licences and throwing money at vendors surely that's a good thing?

Yep, no problem here. None at all.....

(ol' BB because Google know everything and wants you to be happy.

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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Windy Wanaka wallops NASA's Super Pressure Balloon launch

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If they really wanted it to get launched without a hitch surely they should just get a small child to hold onto the tether?

Give it 5 mins and it'll be airborne before you know you know it. (usually followed by crying and an explanation of how they should have held onto it better...).

Mines the one with a handful of nappy bags thrust into the pockets.... (which incidentally works wonders as sandwich bags too.. before use natch).

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Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project

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Re: a "Centre of research"

My thoughts exactly.

We'll do our usual... Invent something, not bother to invest in it then sell it to the Americans who'll make it mainstream and enough money to buy a chain of island states.

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