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* Posts by Max Vernon

32 posts • joined 25 May 2007

Privacy blunders by UK biz soar, websites least trusted

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FAIL

you really can't make this up, can you?!

"However, the sector does not seem to be putting its knowledge to good use. The fact is that security breaches in the private sector are on the rise, and public confidence in good information handling is declining."

My confidence in The Register's "information handling" abilities went down the toilet this morning, along with 25,000 others.

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Missing Soviet nuclear electrocar FOUND ON MOON

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Lunokhod image clarification

The image TheReg so kindly posted was actually the lander with the rover on board...

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Yahoo! murders unborn Java smartphone app

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too bad

Yahoo! Mobile was an excellent tool. m.yahoo.com, however, sucks. I have an HTC Touch Diamond, and far and away prefer using a discrete app for accessing web-based info. Using the browser on a mobile device is akin to using a post-it note to write a novel. Difficult at best. This applies equally to both Opera Mobile and IE.

Where oh where is Firefox mobile...

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AMD: 'The dog didn't eat Otellini's homework'

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monopoly money

If Intel hadn't attempted to retain their monopoly illegally, perhaps AMD would be making money instead of losing it.

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Otellini questions EU logic

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Flame

@Ian

Please follow up your post including details of said lower power consumption, less heat generation, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. Clearly you don't know nuffin.

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Who's going to turn base Ethernet into gold?

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Nice

But WHERE'S the IT angle????

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AMD beats drum for Shanghai surprise

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@AC - What tier two event?

Are you calling AMD a 2nd tier citizen?

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WD Caviar Black 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB

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comments

1) Capacity is mentioned in decimal sizes by hard drive manufacturers in order to up the apparent spec without adding additional cost.

Operating Systems count sizes in binary amounts, 1000 bytes is of no use in a binary counting system, whereas 1024 is much easier to use in binary. 1KB = 2^10 or 1,024 bytes, 1MB = 2^20 or 1,048,576 bytes, 1GB = 2^30 or 1,073,741,824, 1TB = 2^40 or 1,099,511,627,776 bytes, and finally 1.5GB in binary is 2^40 + 2^39 or 1,649,267,441,664 bytes, which when abbreviated into human readable form looks like 1,649GB or 1.6TB for short. Of course, HDD manufacturers should use the binary capacities as the listed capacities but they don't since selling to chavs always reduces to the lowest common denominator of understanding. They use the decimal capacity since it looks like you get more for your money.

2) Reliability is a factor of many things. Quoting the MTBF of hardware is (for me) useless since WTF does 1,200,000 hours mean time to failure mean??? Come on, that's like 120 years! As if! Reliability can in no way shape or form be predicted accurately for an individual component much less an individual drive. Over the years (I bought my first HDD in 1986) I've had varying degrees of success with Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung, Hitachi, Connor, IBM, Quantum, and the god-awful Fujitsu. I can honestly say by far the most important item for maintaining a reliable drive is to make sure it never runs hot. If it does, it WILL fail, and usually pretty quickly. If a standard desktop drive runs in a 20°C ambient environment, is kept stable, and not subjected to undue physical stress, it will last (and I have drives to prove it, from various manufacturers) at least 5 to 8 years if not substantially longer. Just for your edification all drives I currently use are never turned off, they run without power management 24x7x365. Perhaps the absence of in-rush current stress is giving me a better experience. Also, I best mention I will probably now suffer a bunch of sudden failures simply because I wrote this comment.

As an aside, I can't wait for SSDs to become mainstream since that will seriously increase reliability, performance, power efficiency and will reduce noise pollution (ever heard an SSD? I thought not).

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Yours truly, angry mob

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commentards!

You people commenting on the positions of hosting companies are exactly the types of chavs this article and the book and the think of the children website poke fun at. Commenttards.

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Developers to get Windows 7 pre beta next month

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@phat

They probably removed you because you didn't alert them earlier.

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I only release my code in pre-pre-pre-alpha-pre-before-release-pre-alpha-beta

That way I don't actually have to write anything.

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CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites

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TD Canada Trust - PASS

TD Canada Trust banking seems to work fine.

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Bank of Nova Scotia (Canada) - FAIL

Not good...

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AMD to spin off fabs, claims analyst

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@Brian Miller

I totally agree. Fabrication must continue to be closely coupled with design otherwise AMD will simply become another x86 compatible has-been. I hope that doesn't happen since AMD is the only real competitor Intel has, and without competition Intel will not be motivated to create high quality product for reasonable prices.

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HP packaging madness continues apace

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Tell me this

Who doesn't like a big box?

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North Americans just don't steal handsets, apparently...

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Pirate

Rogers - shouldn't that be Jolly Rogers?

title says it all...

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Data Domain sends de-duped files into unalterable state

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@Alan Parsons

That wouldn't be the same IBM who created FUD would it?

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Network Solutions writes hypocrisy into press release

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@Kevin Eastman

"but for $9.00, it's probably not worth it."

and that, my friend, is what they count on.

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FCC tests 'vindicate' white space lobby

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@Distance and sensing

Surely the equipment at both ends of the 2 miles would listen to the quality of the response from the other end and deduce that the signal is being degraded (by the wireless mics), then hop to a different frequency? Again I'm not an expert...

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TV? Who needs it.

I know it's just my 2 pennies worth but hey - TV is shit anyway. As far as I'm concerned they can stuff TV up their you-know-whats. Of course, I'm not a radio wave boffin...

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Google waves Occam's Razor at web coders

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Occam's Razor

Entia non sunt multiplicanda sine necessitate.

Literally "Only create multiples when necessary"

Put another way, don't create 2 products where 1 will suffice.

Or, to many cooks will spoil the recipe

Or, to many explanations is unnecessary...

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AMD to hire TSMC to fab 'Fusion' CPUs?

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amanfromMars makes sense?

Perhaps it is not our lowly man who is making sense, perhaps it is us who have FiNally learned how to understand Him.

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SanDisk warns that unsecured flash drives are coming to get you

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Stop

Goatse? Damn!

Definately, and I do mean definately, don't look up goatse on google. And if you do, be very very careful clicking on a certain link in the results. I mean, I've seen shock sites before, but that hello.jpg thing takes the cake.

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Tokyo 250Mbps mobile supernetwork speeds into life

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Sure, but at what cost?

I live in Canada, where we have sub-3rd world data rates and exorbitant costs to go along with it. Rogers is the only provider in the entire country who provides GSM style cellular coverage (can you say monopoly - I knew you could) and they charge $50 + per megabyte. If you do the math, that makes it $1250 per second to download at 250mbps. F*ck me! If you dared use that for a month, the bill would be like $3.2 billion dollars (yes, the american style billion).

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World's slimmest 256GB SSD unveiled

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remember when

I remember when 1GB SCSI-II drives (full height no less - none of this 12.5mm junk) were selling for around $1,000. And not all that long ago - 1997. So by that scale, a 256GB drive would have cost $250,000 or so. $5,950 / $250,000 = 2.4% in other words this drive is 42x cheaper per GB.

I'll take 50! yah right....

But seriously, it's fantastic to see that they even make drives like this. I mean 0.1 ms seek???? thats fast. and 50-65GB /sec transfer rate - that smokes practically any drive out there assuming it can keep it up over a good stretch of time. It's only a matter of time until we all have this tech in our notebooks.

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Random number bug blights FreeBSD

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Boffin

OMG - amanfromMars finally makes sense?

I must be reading El Reg way to much - I can finally understand what amanfromMars is saying...

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Tesco in X-rated Lawnmower Simulator shocker

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call me stupid, but "what???"

This must be one of those insider-type dry english humour funnies. Could someone please explain it a bit for us chumps across the pond?

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Microsoft vows cluster OS upgrade will include Linux nod

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oh great - fake amanfromMars

title says it all, really...

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VMware dangles Server 2 beta

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User dissention over at VMware

see http://communities.vmware.com/community/beta/server2.0?view=discussions for some users early takes on this release. It seems VMware in their infinite wisdom has moved to a completely web-based management console. I don't think I'll be moving to v2.x any time soon!

@eddiwrenn - there are some very valid reasons to run VMware virtualization inside an already virtualized guest - such as learning how to use VMware for instance.

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3Par does logical partitioning

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amanfromMars, are you smoking crack?

Come on, you've been smoking it again, haven't you!

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AMD plots single thread boost with x86 extensions

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@Adrian Esdaile

Regarding your post:

7. http://www.monashreport.com/2007/07/09/revolutionary-trends-in-the-analytics-market/ - okay, now we're getting somewhere. A database forum... hmm, I've had to try to er, "persuade" a modern parametric CAD/BIM package drive a bloatasaurus SAP backend. I came out gibbering like this after only 2 months - but I had the good sense to quit that job! (The client keep wheeling out dusty guys in grey coats who looked like they had just seen sunlight for the first time in 15 years to tell us that, no, not ALL products used a 8-alphanumeric code, and that they updated the SAP lookup tables BY HAND; for a national supermarket chain...aaaiiiieeeeee my mind's going Dave! Daisy! Daisy!)

I love the picture in my mind of the "dusty guys in grey coats" - sounds to me almost like a scene from Dr. Who where the darleks are coming to get me.

Congratulations on practically making me fall off my chair. Now all the other people in my office think I'm completely mad.

amanfromMars - you give me a real headache - I have to read your sentences over and over and over - eventually giving up preferring to hope beyond hope that I don't end up crawling over into the corner dribbling profusely...

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Google wants to really get to know you

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Bollocks to the lot of ya...

If you don't think they know the load on you already then you're gullible. TIA has been happening for a long time, and as for google being a "kinder, nicer" corporation, has there ever been a larger load of bollocks ever propositioned by anyone, anywhere?

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