* Posts by bill 36

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

bill 36

i have an idea

why don't you publish a page with a few different styles and then take the votes?

Today you published a page for example, that had advertising down both sides of the main body and for me, it was much easier to read. Much less glare.

Its the simple things in life,,,,,

Oh and i meant to say, i don't think it was so much the "change" that was the issue, it was the smack in the face that caused the trouble. But i am pleased that i knew you'd be listening.

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Monumental Cockup

We asked El Reg "who would be walking the plank for this?"

They had not got back to us at the time of writing.

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I've tried all day to like this

Really i have.....

On the Sammy S5 it looks much better but.....

In the (Chromium) browser on the desktop, awful.

Everything about it just looks wrong, from font size to style. I actually find it difficult to read.

If improving the mobile experience was the goal, then you achieved it but ..........

Hope that helps

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A brief history of BLADE SERVERS: From the Big Bang to the, er, 'unblade'

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Industry Standard Bus?

Is that what you mean?

Proprietary Busses have been around much longer than that with perhaps the DEC Unibus being the most well known and born in the late 60's.

Many OEM's used this to produce industrial machine tool controllers from the 70's onwards.

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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Re: I sometimes get the feeling

It's not a radical thought at all.

It would be easy to rant about this and i was tempted.

As any good troubleshooter knows, you have to find the root cause of a problem to provide an effective fix.

Right now there are too many hippies out there that cannot add 2+2 together. It is 4, always has been 4 and always will be 4.

Our problem is that there are too many humans requiring too many resources.

Therefore the answer is obvious except that its too controversial. Even worse than nuclear power.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Just download XBMC

Its free and you can watch all the judder free content you like.

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Bitcoin laid bare: Boffins beat anonymity

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Re: Does anyone really care

I agree with you entirely and my point is that while we do have cash it will remain, for the most part, anonymous. A good thing in my view. Although it would appear that there are some amongst us who would like each and every financial transaction logged. I wonder why?

Bitcoin or any of the others for that matter will be traceable eventually which is the point of the article.

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Does anyone really care

about this?

We have an anonymous system now. It's called cash!

Sure it can be traced but i'd liked to see a forensic specialist do a traceroute on a fiver over the course of a Friday night in a busy bar. Must be nigh on impossible.

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And the award for the world's most tech-savvy country goes to …

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Nice bit of spin

After reading this several times, and some of the report, i'm struggling to see how this makes the UK "tech-savvy"

All it says is that the UK has more connectivity.

Whether the country is "tech-savvy" is highly questionable.

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Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead

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Re: The shame. The shame.

I did. Four corners and a line across.

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Coat

FAB

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: it was worse than that

yip, you're right. I overlooked that small detail.

I wonder how much Auntie makes from flashing it abroad!

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it was worse than that

because, this afternoon, many pages were hanging waiting for ad.doubleclick.net including the BBC news page,

And i thought the beeb was ad free and funded by the tax payer.........

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Having a Web Summit? Get some decent Wi-Fi!

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Mushroom

i thought it was a conference

where the attendees listen to the presenters and interact; ask questions and take part in a debate, rather than updating farcebook or tweeting.

Two tweets make a twat!

No wifi........... OMFG we're all going to die.

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

Mint

And i don't mean Polos :>)

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Had several Jaguars

The last one being a 3.2 litre V8 which i loved. The guy i sold it to had it converted to run LPG. Without going into the ins and outs of that conversion, the car then returned the equivalent of 42 MPG when calculating the cost per mile of dual fuel.

LPG was switched in on motorway cruising usually.

But the car i regret selling was a 1990 3.6 XJS 4 speed auto. Always returned about 27 MPG on a motorway run, if you kept the right foot light.

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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Can't see it

It's bad enough storing your whole life in your wallet. I can't see many taking the ultimate step to transfer that risk to a mobile phone.

But you never know.

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Doctor Zuck, I'm so poorly right now! Facebook examines healthcare biz: report

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Devil

Time to jump ship

I'm going to have a huge smile on my face when Facebook goes titsup.

I think it has a fatal disease with no known cure!!

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Thats the point!

Petrol has become the enabler that allows you to "commute" to work which you have to pay for.

Its not so long ago that most workers either walked to work or used public transport.

Great article.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Coat

Re: Tim's hopes for solar and wind are doomed

Thats because so many have been claimed by the suicide bombers who are allocated a given number by the Jihadist Committee depending on which energy supply they are fighting to control.

53 is my favourite!

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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yes Khaptain

but out of that lot, which ones are energy self sufficient and which ones are laundering the riches of the few?

And Croatia is already an EU member, so that leaves a few basket cases, does it not?

For all of its failings, the EU is still a better bet to my mind. And please note, there are no other sabres being rattled by a party in government, anywhere in Europe, that openly declares that if they win the next election they will have a referendum on EU membership.

I firmly believe that's the wrong choice for England.

As someone else has pointed out, the elephant in the room is Germany but whats not to like about the way that they run their economy?

In any case, the UK and Europe were doing well before the big banks, not only in Scotland, fucked up the worlds economy.

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If i had a vote

I'd vote yes, only if there was a promise to adopt the euro and become a fully integrated member of the EU.

The world is too small for Nationalism and small countries to stand apart.

Just for the record, i think England should do the same.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Pint

the report

So, i finally got to ask the question last night...in the boozer.

The verbatim reply was "that's show business. you have to sell news somehow".

So there you have it. It made me laugh.

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Re: what i would like to know

He wasn't there.

I will report back but when is another matter.

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bill 36

what i would like to know

is

"All in all, researchers found 17 previously undiscovered religious monuments"

How do they know that?

They were just as likely to have been pagan cannibals for all we know.

But since one of the guys who works for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and who did the scans at Stonehenge, drinks in my local bar, i'll ask him tonight.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

so we'll have to agree to disagree.

The very name "Television without Frontiers" implies that broadcasts are freely available across member states. But then it depends from which angle you read this. Yes it's to prevent member states blocking transmissions, but unfortunately, the BBC has chosen to restrict the satellite pattern making it nigh on impossible in most of europe to receive these broadcasts and i'm quite sure thats not what was intended by the directive.

But lets look at it another way. The BBC's commercial arm flogs BBC entertainment channels to most of the european cable companies. Allowing FTA channels on Astra in Europe would and did severely undermine that business. The BBC justifies that move by citing copyright and contract infringement. Crap! BBC news on the other hand is freely available everywhere. What a surprise.

I don't see any FTA restriction over satellite from any other EU countries.

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Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

Yes indeed but what am i misunderstanding?

Prior to January 2014, Astra 2D was available across Europe with a big enough dish. ( up to 1.5M) This carried not only Freesat but the Sky channels as well.

Come January 2014, actually the opening day of the winter olympics in Sochi. Astra 2E was brought into operation and instantly and deliberately restricted reception across most of mainland Europe. Under the guise of "it will aid reception in the far north"

Are you telling me that this is not "taking action to restrict the availability of programmes from other member states" ?

Bullshit!

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Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

Thats not the only way.

This works well outside of the UK https://adtelly.tv/chrome-extension/ and gives you access to BBC & ITV as well as iplayer.

F.T.V is available as an android app and is available in XBMC which gives you access to more content that you can shake a stick at. Much of it in high quality.

But this is not the real problem. The BBC and others ( in Europe) are actively trying to restrict their content, claiming copyright issues and this flies in the face of EU broadcasting directives.

You can read about it here and i direct you to the paragraph headed General Principle.

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/audiovisual_and_media/l24101_en.htm

As for being able to watch UK FTA channels in Europe, Astra2 cut off most of Europe in January when they fired up the new Astra 2E sat and thereby cut off Freesat to most of mainland Europe.

In my opinion, totally disregarding the EU directives.

Sky, BT, BBC are in my opinion, illegally trying to block IPTV, much of which is accessed across a VPN and they are getting away with it.

If they made it available at reasonable cost across Europe at least, then the problem would go away overnight.

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VXer fighters get new stealth weapon in war of the (mal)wares

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Re: Thats cruel

ha ha

both of you

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Linux

question

Whats a registry?

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EMC revenues are up. But, hey Joe, I heard you shot your profits down...

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Coat

Should that not be Hendrix Experience?

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Pint

Re: America Fuck Yeah...

Fuck yeah..

best comment I've ever read.

have a pint.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Willie Dixon said it

It could be a spoonful of coffee, it could be a spoonful of tea

But one little spoon of your precious love, is good enough for me

Men lies about that spoonful, some of them dies about that spoonful

made famous by Jack,Eric and Ginger of course

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ARM arms devs for 64-bit Android push with 'Juno' board

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This is always interesting

this argument over 32 or 64.

As far as i remember, 64 bit architectures had an address space of around 41 bits, still a huge improvement over 4GB i suppose. The rest is reserved for ECC, pointers and page frame numbers etc.

So is there really any benefit in a handheld device? I don't know and perhaps you boffins out there could explain the technical benefits other than huge amounts of RAM to flood with cached data.

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Re: Debate settler?

I agree but lets show some data.

I don't know if this website has an axe to grind but here goes anyway.

Make of it what you will. The data is only included to year 2000.

http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/last_400k_yrs.html

And for your further reading

http://www.icr.org/article/does-carbon-dioxide-drive-global-warming/

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Coat

CooooooLLL

Only kidding :>)

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Vienna consumes 10% of all the power in Austria

ermmm!!

where did i say it was a problem?

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bill 36
Flame

Tip of the hat to Lewis

because he is quite right to point out the hypocrisy of the green brigade.

Here in Austria, there are no kangaroos btw, there is a well developed Nimby mentality that protest against the damming of rivers, the erection of 380Kv power lines, an anti nuclear power station campaign group, electric "green car" campaigners and environmentalists of all shapes and sizes. But when you point out the obvious to them, they bury their heads in the sand.

For example, most new builds of property are built with a "Tiefgarage", (underground garage )office blocks, apartments etc. This uses huge amounts of concrete. Are they bothered? No! Vienna consumes 10% of all the power in Austria, most of which comes from a nuclear power station in Slovakia. Switch it off i tell them. Are you mad they ask? And when you point out that if everyone in Austria bought an electric car tomorrow, they would have to build two nuclear power stations to cope with demand.

Given that the Internet alone is projected to consume 17% of ALL the worlds power in just a few years, any amount of tinkering with energy production will not solve the root problem.

So get over it all you eco-warriors, either we stop doubling the worlds population every 50 years, the root cause of most of the worlds problems, or we keep developing our own Armageddon because that is surely what will happen.

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Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

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"in-memory" option is compatible with all exciting Oracle apps built via 12c,

I trust this is a typo and you meant existing?

Can't imagine getting excited about Oracle apps at all :>)

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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I'm a Troglodyte

and quite happy about it. When i want to tell my friends something, i use that old fashioned e-mail thingy. And not gmail or hotmail i hasten to add.

I've got a friend who can't leave his fondleslab alone for more than 10 seconds....ooh a Facebook update..ping ping fuckin ping. Drives me mental sitting in a bar trying to having a quiet pint!!

So come on all Troglodytes lets stand together and eradicate this menace now before we all turn into blobs of blithering, bloated buffoons.

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WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

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Re: LTO22?

Yes you're right of course but tape is still being used and will continue to be used for a long time because of compliance issues, of which there are many. Basel 3 & Sarbane Oxley for financial markets for example.

Tapes are easily portable and relatively long lasting especially in the hands of professional data vault companies.

I think that's what the auditors care about more than the restore time.

In any case, most companies these days days keep several "online" copies of the data just in case the data centre goes down. Again a compliance issue.

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

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Facepalm

oldest one in the book

"How else could kit shipped through normal channels be diverted into the NSA's hands long enough for it to be tampered with?"

Because they have set up spoof companies to do just that ?

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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A much cheaper alternative

to these expensive picture frames that seem to be so popular is this..

Minix Neo X7 which comes pre-installed with Xbmc and once its setup properly you can watch anything, anywhere in the world with a wifi connection and an hdmi port to a screen and it's very portable. The browser also gets you access to youtube or facebook or whatever your poison is.

So it's a smart telly in your pocket if you like.

I recommend xfinity and fusion, download the addons like Filmon for Uk telly and Icefilms et voila!!

Costs about 100 quid or so, plus your usb sticks for recordings of course.

IPTV is the way forward

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: Why Microsoft ?

Do you honestly believe that Microsoft runs all of its business on its own software?

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: I bit the bullet yesterday

I'm not a Unity hater. It's actually not bad and i used it for several months. But i prefer the look and feel of Mate or Cinammon and currently i'm using both.

They are pleasing on the eye by default and much more intuitive from a management perspective.

Ubuntu admittedly is a bit less hassle to get up and running but you "takes your choice".

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I bit the bullet yesterday

and put Linux Mint 16 Petra with Cinnamon onto a hard drive partition beside XP.

So far so good. Everything appears to work properly although i had one minor irritant in that trying to install updates kept failing because the default system sources in the States appeared to be down. Once i had worked it out, a quick flip to Killerhorse in Germany, fixed that.

Why not Ubuntu? Unity, in a word.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Happy

there is another way

I'm going to buy another SATA disk and install it in the spare bay. I had tried dual partitions XP/Linux but grub has an unfortunate habit of messing with bootblocks which can be a complete pain in the posterior.

Mint should be able to mount and read the windows partition if necessary.

Et voila, then over time when XP's usefulness fades i'll keep the old drive spun down and still have the backups that i made on DVD...just in case.

In other words, never boot again from the XP partition unless it's really necessary.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Coat

its got to be

A new El Reg unit of measurement surely?

where 1 cul-de-sac is whisper quiet and 120 will burst your ear drums.

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Security: It's knowing what you don't know

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Facepalm

On the 1st of April?

Rather unfortunate choice of date i fear....

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Minty

Ditto

But if anyone is thinking about installing it; be aware, check out your wifi chipset first to make sure it's supported and there are still some issues with certain graphic card chipsets.

I have a machine running an old Netgear usb stick using RTL8187 and you have to force it to run at 11mb/s to stay stable in /etc/init.d

Its no big deal of course because when i get round to it i'll change it for a stick that is reported as having no issues like the Netgear WNA1100

Other than that i really like it more than some others i have tried.

64bit edition Olivia with Mate desktop.

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