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* Posts by electricmonk

37 posts • joined 12 Mar 2010

The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

electricmonk

Re: Hey Satya, free tip..

>>> they had "hotmail" as a strong brand

Yeah, as in "I wasn't sure if it was genuine, but then I saw it was from a Hotmail address so I deleted it."

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Headmaster

Re: happy birthday www

>> What do you expect from a principally "dead tree" publication?

>> (is that on the list now, I wonder... hmmm, doesn't appear to be)

No it isn't, but that would be because they already added "dead tree" back in 2007. Way ahead of you there. (Also "treeware" which I hadn't come across before. I like that.)

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: why is it okay to be running a 12 year old OS?

Meanwhile in Redmond:

"Hey, this Pascal guy is right! Our customers won't replace something that works fine. What we should do is, we should screw up XP so it doesn't work any more! Get me the dev team, I feel an urgent "security patch" coming on..."

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

electricmonk

"Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office. Sporting two-day stubble, he enthuses that writing laws is really a form of computation, so we should make it more like a software project: legislation should be crowdsourced, and full of symbols. Get hip, legislators, he says, get like the coders!"

I totally agree with this, though perhaps not in the way he meant. It's blatantly obvious that none of our legislation gets properly tested before it goes live. What we need is a "law test team" that looks at each new piece of legislation and says, "What could go wrong? How could I break this? If I press the wrong buttons, will it do something unexpected? Does it address all the bugs that were found in the legislation it replaces?" In other words, some professional software testers. If the draft legislation fails the test phase it goes back for fixing.

The cynic in me thinks that laws are deliberately made ambiguous, contradictory and full of loopholes as that means more business for the lawyers who (surprise surprise!) mostly draft the stuff in the first place. But on the whole I think it's cockup rather than conspiracy.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

electricmonk

Re: @AC and @Mr C Hill

"Unfortunately, Sugar also kept the cost of the CPC-464 system down by having it manufactured in the Far East instead of the UK where many computers were made until the mid-80s. He also later transferred Spectrum manufacturing to Taiwan (IIRC) and then China. To be fair, other UK and US manufacturers also started doing this in the mid-80s as well."

To be fair, Sinclair had already shifted most ZX Spectrum production from the UK to Portugal a year earlier. (Strange to tell now, but in those days many southern European countries had cheap enough wage levels that they were considered a viable alternative to far-east manufacturing - which was how Spain ended up with a huge car industry.)

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

electricmonk

The answer is nuclear power. What was the question again?

Actually, what the government did was funnel a *relatively* modest amount of money into green energy then conveniently fail to challenge those who chose to undermine it with ludicrous exaggerations and outright lies. (Wind farms are killing all our birds!! One wind farm won't power the whole of Birmingham so we shouldn't build any at all!!!)

At which point, surprise surprise, it turns out there's only one alternative - the insanity of more nuclear fission plants. A way of throwing billions of pounds at huge corporations who will over-charge and under-deliver, after which the public sector will have to pay the cost of cleaning up the waste. Again. As a nation we haven't even finished paying for the first wave of nuclear power yet.

Of course the government could put lots more investment into energy efficiency so we don't need so much of it in the first place. That would make both environmental and economic sense, which is why the government is raising the levies on power companies to... oh, wait. Hang on a minute.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

electricmonk

Re: coffee straw???

Check out the "Learn More" pages - apparently it was invented for Parkinson's sufferers to use. Also (judging from the testimonials) it's popular with people recovering from facial operations and the like. A bit specialist maybe, but not needless.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

electricmonk

Re: Caching will only get you so far

Just slightly undermined your own argument there. Anyone who's driven through the Welsh valleys will know that all the FM radio stations also disappear with monotonous regularity. .

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Coat

Re: Events like these...

Well said. We must not forget the 679th anniversary of that fateful day. Is there a track I can download from iTunes? #givethebelgiananddutchcoastalfloodof1334backitsday

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

electricmonk

Re: Marks & Spencer take cards now?!??!

It was nothing to do with luddism - they thought the card acquirers were demanding an extortionate cut of the takings, so they were holding out for a better deal.

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

electricmonk

Re: Gov't tests

Let me tell you about my mother -

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Ofcom: Fancy running a temporary HD Freeview TV channel?

electricmonk

Re: Here's what I want to see

I have only one thing to say to you:

BBC4.

They're probably working on the Tomorrow's World Restrospective even now, just as soon as they've finished preparing the next batch of 1970s TOTP episodes. (It takes ages to edit out every shot of The DJ Whose Name Must Not Be Mentioned.)

Anyway, Crystal Maze was Channel 4.

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

electricmonk

Re: Might brilliant.

Not entirely. Thunderbirds was conceived as a half-hour show and Anderson and team were halfway through production of the first series when their backer Lew 'Low' Grade decided the length should be doubled. Which helps explain why certain TB episodes slow to a crawl in the middle as they desperately splice in offcuts to fill up the time. (Let's have another long shot of the meter edging towards critical... now a close-up of a bead of perspiration on Alan's forehead and his eyebrows set to "Frown"... now back to the meter getting infinitesimally nearer critical... back to Alan...)

On the other hand it did give them space to build up the characters a bit more, which was where TB really scored over (half-hour) Captain Scarlet.

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What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

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Coat

Re: Liberty Global ?

Of course I've heard of Liberty. I'm looking forward seeing all Virgin broadband routers clad in nice paisley-patterned fabric covers...

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

electricmonk

Re: @Steve78

>>> I got that, but is the transfer of licenses even allowed by Microsoft?

It is, but only once. The licence agreement (Office 2010 but I think it's similar in all version) says:

"20. TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY. The first user of the software may make a one-time transfer of the software and this agreement, by transferring the genuine proof of license directly to a third party. The first user must remove the software before transferring it separately from the licensed device. The first user may not retain any copies of the software. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software. If the software is an upgrade, any transfer must also include all prior versions of the software."

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

electricmonk
Holmes

Answers

Dear Martin, to answer your questions:

"But will we ever need a petabyte of personal storage?"

Yes, I need at least 2.5 petabytes so I can take a backup copy of my brain.

"How many copies of EastEnders does the world need to be stored on a locally spinning drive?"

None. Not one. Delete them all, everywhere, and make the world a slightly happier place.

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Australian Police say don't use Apple's iOS 6 Maps

electricmonk
Alien

Stargate?

That's nothing - according to the Ordnance Survey maps we have a "Satellite Teleport" facility here in central Hampshire. It saves a lot of money on those old-fashioned rockets. See http://binged.it/Z4II5X

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Barclays Bank buys 8,500 Apple iPads in one go

electricmonk
Happy

Re: What the staff wants and what the staff gets are two different things

Wow, tablet prices really are dropping fast...

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

electricmonk
Facepalm

I guess the gateau and the panini will be off the menu as well. And what's with this weird foreign word "cafe"? How pretentious is that? What's wrong with "Debenham's Tea Shoppe"?

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British car parks start reading number plates

electricmonk
Facepalm

Re: Just as towns are discovering that free parking

>>> "Exactly. I was charged GBP6.50 for parking for 2 hours 7 minutes in Reading yesterday (a Sunday). I'm not likely to shop there again. Greedy car park operators are making life even more difficult for retailers."

Yeah, that explains why Reading's car parks are always half empty and it's always easy to find a sp-

Hey, wait a minute...

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electricmonk
Devil

Re: Confuse the system

You think too small.

Drive in, park, cover number, drive out, find arch enemy and commit horrible MURRRDERRR of your arch-enemy by running him/her down, return to car park, uncover number, drive out. "It can't have been my car, detective inspector, I was parked in town all afternoon..."

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Climate change threatens to SHRINK FISH AND CHIP SUPPERS

electricmonk
Facepalm

Re: Where's Lewis when you need him?

Good question. I was just thinking to myself, "What this article *really* needs to round it off is five paragraphs of knee-jerk ranting."

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

electricmonk

Re: As per the rest

"...we have an EU no smoking ban..."

You work for the Daily Mail and ICMFP.

A fine story, spoilt only by two tiny details: (1) there is no such thing as an "EU [no] smoking ban", and (2) Belgian law allows smoking in cafes - though admittedly it's supposed to be in a separate room from the one where the food and drink are served.

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

electricmonk

They were just categories - if you click on one of them it shows you exactly *which* sports in that category you're suitable for. For instance in my case it highlighted road cycling specifically, which is lucky as that's what I do. (Sadly I go slower downhill than Wiggo goes uphill, so I won't be in the medals yet awhile.)

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electricmonk
Facepalm

Re: Maybe start younger

"Kids aren't allowed to play competative sports until senior school (or if they do no score is kept) "

Newsflash: Some of the things you read in the Daily Mail are Made Up (shock).

Google for "primary school football results". (or netball, if you prefer.) What's this? Dozens of links to match results, league tables, tournament reports. Well I never. It took me all of 5 seconds' research to disprove that claim. Next!

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

electricmonk
Thumb Up

Re: no u in Qantas

7 downvotes? Somebody didn't get the joke...

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Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

electricmonk

>>> People use video-chat on Phones/FaceTime all the time in the commercials.

There, fixed that for you.

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Carriers, prepare to bleed: EU pops a cap on data roaming

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Thumb Up

T-Mobile

Got to agree. I like the idea that my phone can't run up the bill in the background unless I actively buy some more time.

I paid £5 for 20MB last time I went to France - that's 25p/MB. I had to buy another 20MB during the week and only used half of it, but even so, that still worked out cheaper per MB actually used than the proposed cap.

Anyway, the smallest T-Mobile bundle is £1 for 3MB in one day - sounds ideal for a quick bit fo work over an SSH connection, and only 33.3p/MB.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

electricmonk
Coat

The only extra I want with it is...

...A SHRUBBERY!

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British 4G mobile data rollout 'will mean NO TELLY for 2m homes'

electricmonk
Go

Re: All the extra channels are crap

Just so long as I can have ITV4 for the three weeks of the year that it's showing the Tour de France. (Haven't a clue what it shows the rest of the time)

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Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets

electricmonk
Meh

Quick, driver, follow that money

"Robert McArdle, a senior threat researcher at Trend Micro..."

Alas, if only someone could sell me something to protect me against these so-far-completely-hypothetical-but-really-scary-sounding threats.

Oh wait, maybe this nice Trend Micro chappie can suggest a suitable product...

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

electricmonk
Facepalm

Re: Ughh... Still shudder when I recall those days

I hope you also avoided using the BNE instruction, seeing as how you think it has two different meanings.

BMI, maybe? (Not to be confused with BMI Baby.)

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RIP wind power: Minister blows away plans for more turbines

electricmonk

Re: Translation...

>> "The Greens have no power in the U.K. Where are their representatives in Parliament? Totally locked out by First Past the Post."

Point of order, Mr Speaker... allow me to introduce Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion. Not *totally* locked out.

But I agree, the idea that this government would worry about keeping the Greens happy is ludicrous. Not when there are huge, wealthy corporations behind the nuclear lobby.

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Google fined for stalling Street View cars' Wi-Fi slurp probe

electricmonk

Re: Everyone smells Google money!

Not a fair comparison, as I think you know. A closer analogy would be:

"So if I open my front window so you can hear my stereo in the street, does that give you the right to listen to it?"

Not so clear-cut now, is it...

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Nuke plant owners to pay out up to £1bn per balls-up

electricmonk

Re: Level playing field?

I think you'll find the rest of the energy industry *does*, but it tends to happen further back in the supply chain because that's where the risk is - with the fuel suppliers rather than the power station operators. Fossil fuel power stations don't melt down, but rigs catch fire, oil storage facilities explode, supertankers hit the rocks, old coal mines collapse (something the Coal Authority is still paying compensation for on behalf of Britain's vanished coal industry). How big do you think BP's insurance premium is?

If you mean the other industries don't pay for the daily pollution they cause, you might be closer to the mark. But then let's not forget that the only way a previous government managed to privatise this allegedly viable industry was by selling off the assets and keeping all the long (long, long) term liabilites of waste disposal. Strange, that.

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Microsoft shows Bottom to Young Ones

electricmonk
Pint

not available in my region

I tried to have a look, but everything is marked "Not available in your region". As my region is Hampshire, this can mean only one thing: Wessex has finally gained independence from the UK. Hurrah!

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Mozilla gives passive-aggressive missive to pre-Firefox 3.6 hold-outs

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Go

Not a bug, it's a feature

Anon Coward: Opening new tabs next to the current one is also what Chrome does and (surprise surprise) some of us actually prefer it that way. You can't call it broken just because you don't like it.

Anyway, this is Firefox. There is already an add-on to make 3.6 work the way you want (the cryptically-named "New Tabs At The End 1.0").

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