* Posts by phuzz

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: QI charging and NFC?

Some phones support a USB ethernet adaptor via OTG, although I've never got it working myself.

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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It's nice that the maximum speed people can get at home is increasing, but it's about time they focused on bringing up the minimum speeds for people stuck with sub 1Mb connections.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Re: They're all idiots...

I'm surprised so many elReg readers are having problems with something as basic as a checkout. Personally my job is full of electrical equipment that rarely works as it should.

Yes the scales are often not working correctly, so try to thump down the heaviest thing you're buying first, so that it's more likely to register it. Don't bother mucking around with bags, just pack after you've paid. Too much loose change? Just pay on card, it's free, and it builds up loads of innocent looking transactions that make you more anonymous.

And again, thank you to the commentator who pointed that you can turn the volume down to 'Off' in most supermarkets. No more annoying "Unexpected item..."

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Re: Which markets, which versions?

I'm not sure about this specific phone, but dual SIM phones work just fine in the UK as long as they speak GSM, which pretty much all phones do now.

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Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

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Re: Cabbage

You know it's an option right? Nobody will force you to sign up to this.

Unless you have some weird compulsion to sign up for every possible offer that comes your way of course.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Re: "...spy on Palestinian navy."

I know you're joking but I'd like to see that happen. I predict the pedelo zooming backwards.

I'm sure some of our US readers with, shall we say, a neck of purest #FF0000, could set up the required demonstration?

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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

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"why would a business run Windows servers?"

Because they have applications that only run on Windows? The example I'm thinking of is one of our customers who run Sage .Is there any equivalent software for linux?

Getting them onto aversion of windows released in the last decade was hard enough, how are we supposed to move them to a whole new OS?

(We run their websites and associated databases on linux mind you).

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

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Re: Wait, what?

It's not an ICBM if you don't have any warheads to put on the top, although I'll admit that an ISS resupply vessel landing on your house would ruin your day.

To answer your question though, Japan launched it's first satellite in 1970.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: Trust Google to intercept and route your net traffic?

If you have a gmail account and use some other services Google know pretty much everything about you anyway. This isn't a big step.

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Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

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It was patched a couple of days ago in the Cyanogenmod nightlies.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: In the meantime…

Contracts being signed you say? Wow, I hope there's a webcast of that! Far more interesting than GIANT ROCKET ENGINES BELCHING FIRE!

/sarcasm

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Celeron?

We're using Celeron (and Atom) based machines as point of sale terminals, along with a bit of light web browsing and occasional spreadsheet/word processing, and they run just fine.

Mind you, we're using Linux Mint (with the Mate desktop), and it's running off an SSD, but the whole package is perfectly usable. Better yet, they're so low power that the entire thing fits in a case the size of an old VHS case and has zero moving parts.

Look at it this way, a modern Celeron is about as powerful than the average tablet, and people cope just fine with one of them as their main computer.

(I would be looking at this Asus machine, but we need at least five USB ports, so if anyone knows of a reliable cheap machine with lots of USB ports, please let me know.)

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Re: Sand? Chlorine TriFluoride

"WTF? Which industry has a plant/facility that requires having 900 kg of alien blood such as this around? And in one container? Or even one county?"

You can read all about the terrors of Chlorine Trifloride it in John D. Clarke's book on the development of rocket fuels called "Ignition!" (pdfs are available). Below is the relevant section:

"Chlorine trifluoride, ClF3, or "CTF" as the engineers insist on calling it, is a colorless gas, a greenish liquid, or a white solid. It boils at 12° (so that a trivial pressure will keep it liquid at room temperature) and freezes at a convenient -76°. It also has a nice fat density, about 1.81 at room temperature.

It is also quite probably the most vigorous fluorinating agent in existence — much more vigorous than fluorine itself. Gaseous fluorine, of course, is much more dilute than the liquid ClF3, and liquid fluorine is so cold that its activity is very much reduced.

All this sounds fairly academic and innocuous, but when it is translated into the problem of handling the stuff, the results are horrendous. It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water — with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals — steel, copper, aluminum, etc. — because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminum keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes. And even if you don't have a fire, the results can be devastating enough when chlorine trifluoride gets loose, as the General Chemical Co. discovered when they had a big spill. Their salesmen were awfully coy about discussing the matter, and it wasn't until I threatened to buy my RFNA from Du Pont that one of them would come across with the details.

It happened at their Shreveport, Louisiana, installation, while they were preparing to ship out, for the first time, a one-ton steel cylinder of CTF. The cylinder had been cooled with dry ice to make it easier to load the material into it, and the cold had apparently embrittled the steel. For as they were maneuvering the cylinder onto a dolly, it split and dumped one ton of chlorine trifluoride onto the floor. It chewed its way through twelve inches of concrete and dug a three foot hole in the gravel underneath, filled the place with fumes which corroded everything in sight, and, in general, made one hell of a mess. Civil Defense turned out, and started to evacuate the neighborhood, and to put it mildly, there was quite a brouhaha before things quieted down. Miraculously, nobody was killed, but there was one casualty — the man who had been steadying the cylinder when it split. He was found some five hundred feet away, where he had reached Mach 2 and was still picking up speed when he was stopped by a heart attack."

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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Re: "at 98 degrees Fahrenheit"...

I had to go look it up as well. About 36.6 degrees C or 310 Kelvin for those of us born after 1950.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Friday afternoon is officially here. Time to down tools and read the internet until it's time to head to the pub.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

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Re: Sounds good people who aren't full time gadget speccy types.

I am a gadget speccy type, but I still get on fine with my first gen Moto G.

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Re: Your phone works on electricity

So buying an S5 on contract costs you £304, but the price for the phone alone is £240, so why not save the £60 by going sim free?

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Windows 8 isn't a good comparison

Oh, the Register isn't full of Microsoft haters, it's full of people who hate everything. Go look at a story about linux, or OSX and see how many comments there are slagging off those OSes.

If there's one thing you can rely on, it's for elReg commentards to hate everything and to tell you that you're wrong.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: Donald Trump

People said the same things about Boris Johnson. Now he's mayor of London, and reportedly going to have a crack at PM one of these days.

Be careful what you laugh at in other words.

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Re: Blowing it up sounds great...

If you want scrupulously correct physics in your space films, go tune into NASA TV, but personally even I get bored of it after a day or two.

For entertainment, corners must be cut, if you don't like that then my I suggest you stick to facts and stear well clear of fiction.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Surely the real tragedy is that people can't do basic maths and do something better with their money.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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re: sweapstake/sweepstake

The worst part is my spell check clearly catches the error, but I clicked submit anyway.

Mea culpa.

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Shall we start a sweapstake on how long it will take before an automatic update borks, lets say, 10% of the install base.

I'm going to go for nine months.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Sounds like a job for:

Oblig XKCD What If. (somewhere down the bottom of the article).

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: SSD Essential

I'd say an SSD is essential as a boot/OS drive for basically any hardware or OS now.

The only thing HDDs are good for is bulk storage now.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: GIMMIE!

If your laptop contains a DVD or CD drive that you can live without, you can buy caddies that convert the optical bay into a space for a 2.5" drive.

Not always an option, but it can work well.

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Re: GIMMIE!

Why not buy a smaller SSD for your OS and programs, and keep your data on the cheaper spinning rust?

Things like pictures, music and videos don't need higher transfer speeds than a harddrive (except raw hi def video), so why waste money putting them on an SSD?

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Today - faces, tomorrow - thoughts

Wait a minute, now I'm thinking about you committing a thought crime, does that make me guilty too?

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Dish mish

The Deep Space Network has complexes in the US, Australia and Spain.

There's a really cool page here that shows you what all of the different dishes are talking to right now. For example right now at 0816UTC one dish in Spain is listening to Rosetta, while another is communicating with Mars Odyssey. Most of the US and Aussie dishes are listening to New Horizons.

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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

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Re: Link?

On most browsers/OSs a middle mouse button (ie the scroll wheel) click will open a link in a new tab, whilst keeping focus on what you're reading.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: Linux Desktops?

I disagree. I think the main factor that governs what OS companies use on the desktop is inertia.

The marketing department will use Macs because they always have, the IT department will use a mixture of all three plus some odd ones because we're contrary buggers and most users will use Windows because retraining them is too much of a pain in the bum.

(I don't run linux as my main desktop, but I have just rolled it out to a bunch of users, high turnover staff are easier to change)

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Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software

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Re: It's almost a pity

It's being reported that the FBI, DEA and US Army all paid them money for software.

Bit of a waste of taxpayer's money when they could have got better help from the NSA.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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It's always fun watching elReg getting pilloried for being Microsoft shills in the comments for one article, and then being derided as being penguin humping freetards in the next.

Personally I work with both Windows and Linux systems, each has it's place.

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BPI fiddles with music consumption figures while revenues burn

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Reverse image search FTW!

(but attribution wouldn't go amiss elReg)

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Re: Accuracy?

If they're trying to track the popularity of a song/album/artist then the streaming figures are actually more accurate than knowing how many records were sold.

If someone buys a CD, you then have no idea if they played it once, or many times, or just ripped it to MP3 and resold it on eBay.

It all depends on what they want to use the numbers for. I do agree though that it's a bit dodgy trying to conflate physical sales, digital sales and streaming.

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Soyuz source replenishes international space station

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Re: El Reg units...

Yup, spaceflight should be reported using SI units preferably unless you're measuring in jubs.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Charlie Stross discusses it in detail here, but the short version is that a very small fraction of the price of a book is for the printing, storage, transport of dead trees etc. Most of it goes on things like editing and proofing of the manuscript.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: graeme@the-leggetts.org.uk

Not to mention that paracetamol is no more effective than a placebo for back pain.

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Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

I think nowadays the two main makes of SatNav are Apple and Google.

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New racks, cables for aging and neglected data centres

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Moving to your own datacenter rather than 'the cloud'

All you do is, tell management that you're moving servers into "a private cloud", and then just put them into a datacenter.

Out of site, out of mind.

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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

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At Last!

At last the government are finally Doing Something to protect us all from these dangerous subversives at Amnesty International!

If they were allowed to continue their work advocating on behalf of the less well off I might end up actually feeling empathy for another human being!

Hopefully next the government will turn their attention to the NHS, I hear they give drugs to children!

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Fortunately in the bit of testing I have done, 95% is unchanged. all the rest will just need a few "if lsbdistdescription = 'Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca'" bits in puppet to sort out the differences.

It was more that I'd assumed that 17.1 was an LTS release, which doesn't look like the case now.

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And there was me thinking that 17.1 was a good version to standardise a bunch of our customer's machines on. I haven't even finished rolling them all out yet :(

Ho hum, hopefully most of the package updates should keep coming for a while yet.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Re: Would it not be fair...

I think it was intended to illustrate the desired reaction to immigrants of many people in the UK.

The rest of the UK think that "caging is too good for 'em".

(Ok, we don't all think that, but it's hard to tell judging from the recent election results)

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though

I saw her just over a week ago at Weston, and when she was coming up the coast (in formation with a Hawker Hunter) you couldn't hear anything until she was almost right on top of us.

On the other hand, when she departed and went into a zoom climb away from the beach, everything shook, you had to shout to be heard (and many people were shouting and cheering) and within about 30 seconds she was about 20,000 feet above Bristol already.

Many people "got a bit of sand" in their eye after that farewell.

Bye XH558 :(

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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

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One of our customers had an old 2003 box running a single application. Said application would work on a newer OS, but the supplier wanted lots of money to migrate it.

I spent an hour or two turning it into a VM, and it's now ready to soldier on for another ten years (with everything uninstalled or locked down except the app it's supposed to run). Upgrade the OS? Why bother?

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: Pros and Conns

"always connected clod device"

Best typo I've read all day :)

'we're migrating our email to the clod', 'all our files are backed up in the clod' etc.

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Re: And another thing....

Maybe it's the Mac version, but I've found Calibre Just Works with pretty much any DRM'd book I throw at it. And then of course it will quite happily convert them into whatever format I need.

It might be slightly fiddly to set up but I'd say that for any elReg reader it's an absolute must.

(Although it's starting to get into feature creep now, what with it's own epub editor, webserver and news downloader)

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: Refreshingly candid

Shame he couldn't manage to sound so sensible when he was working at the NSA eh?

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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"We will ensure no customers are left.”

Fixed it for you.

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