* Posts by Chemist

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: Yes, but it has FOUR corners! (@ Marketing Hack)

Fractal Fhone ®

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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I have ny own ....

smart meter. Basically a Pi with its camera. It uses motion, points at the dial and if anything moves ... it switches all the power off. - oh wait

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: "wouldn't the charges involved modify the trajectory"

"You need entire galaxies to warp spacetime. Light just goes straight"

You do know that one of the first tests of GR was the 'bending' of a star's position by the sun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity#Deflection_of_light_by_the_Sun

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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I'm looking forward..

..to flocks of the things squabbling for 'roosting' space or hanging around motorway junctions looking for a likely truck. (I'm not really !)

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Re: 3 more years

"legal drinking age in Russia is 18"

AFAIK ((long past the age) legal age in Switzerland , for beer, is 16 - maybe depends on the Kanton.

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Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

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Re: The second photo is not a Linux error screen.

Yes, it's just booting. Whether it's actually stuck at this point due to some hardware/corruption failure only the photographer can tell us.

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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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Re: There are no constants in this world.

"I'm off for a Toblerone to cheer myself up."

I assume you mean Toblerone_lite ? It'll be KitKitten next. (Why have a break when you can have a Brexit ? - sigh)

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: Morally binding what though?

" 'hard brexit or no brexit' isn't a threat,........ "

I understand that - it just seems that no-one in government does. On the other hand how can they use a wider range of opinions when they are likely to have just 2 choices ?

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Re: Morally binding what though?

"Therefore triggering A50 overrides an Act of Parliament, so can only happen by an Act by our constitution."

I'm happy to have Parliament oversee any invocation of Art 50 but I don't see how Parliament can agree/disagree to the final terms of exit if it can't be reversed.

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Re: Morally binding what though?

"From the first ref. you gave."

From the second they suggest that it's probably down to the lawyers/courts. However the fact that the author himself suggests that it's reversible weights quite a lot with me.

Other people have suggested since the ref. that Art.50 should be reversible but they've been hard to find in the mass of noise on the subject.

On the other hand if it isn't reversible that would suggest that we should be extremely cautious with invoking this article as we are undertaking a huge gamble on the basis of the 'advice' from some very dubious characters and against the advice of almost everyone else.

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Re: Morally binding what though?

"Before this case started, the majority of those expressing an opinion on it were saying it couldn't."

The first ref. I gave was from 13 September 2016 by the Select Committee on the Constitution

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Re: Morally binding what though?

"If A50 can be backed out of, as some have just started saying,"

Even the author of Article 50 is suggesting it can be canceled !

And as I've noted before -

“there is nothing in Article 50 itself one way or another; it does not say

that you can retract or, once invoked, that you cannot retract. So it is left

to the lawyers to have those enjoyable disputes to sort it out.”

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldconst/44/44.pdf

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldselect/ldeucom/138/13804.htm#_idTextAnchor008

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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Re: sudo apt-get update

"And? Who will execute sudo apt-get upgrade (or dist-upgrade)? The holy ghost?"

Well OpenSUSE checks & pops up a reminder when any OS or (installed) application updates are available. Generally you can install them from the reminder if you want

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: I'm not surprised...

"Let me see you install Fallout 4, Dragon Age; Origins or Skyrim Special Edition in "one click" ... :)"

Well I did say 'from the vast array of progs. in YAST2' - why on Earth would you expect to run a program that's not in the distro/available for Linux etc.

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Re: I'm not surprised...

"I'm still waiting for printer manufacturers to develop printer drivers for Linux!"

I'm suprised. I've had 3 lasers (Epson, Brother and Samsung) since ~1998 - all worked with Linux without any issues. I also have a second-hand, cheap Epson inkjet scanner/printer which also works without any probs.

"as it's getting easier to install applications in Linux (still a bit of a ball ache though, compared to windows)"

Don't recognize the problem. For my distro of choice (OpenSUSE) just select from the vast array of progs in YAST2 GUI and install as many as you want in 1 go or from SUSE software webpage install with 1-click install. For Raspberry pi fairly similar process using the (GUI) Synaptic manager.

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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... Is it pure Blisk?

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Re: Do you want Firefox to perform better?

"In Linux at least, Firefox will halt your desktop to a crawl unless you use the "suspend tab" extension"

Definitely not on my desktop OpenSUSE 13.2 /KDE/ FF 49.0.2

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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Re: offline F-35 operations – but only for up to 30 days

I don't have have a copy to hand to check but it went something like "But the Religion of Science is ??? and its curses really work ........"

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Re: offline F-35 operations – but only for up to 30 days

"Now, I'm thinking of Arthur C. Clarke's "Superiority" again..."

Or the effect of the hyperspace relay in "Foundation"

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

"One needs to block the catabolic processes breaking down muscle/bone."

Good luck with that !

I know that you put it as 'simply' however having spent a modest amount of my life working in the area of osteoporosis I can say that it's horribly complicated. For example, under normal conditions bone is constantly re-worked by specialized cells working in series to attach to bone, dissolve calcium salts by pumping in acid, cleave collagen fibers with enzymes and then the whole process ireversed to lay down new collagen and fresh calcium salts. My guess at the time I worked in this area was that it looked like constant repairs to remove micro-damage before it became serious and therefore stopping this process could well lead to weak bones - many people were trying to stop it as it was thought by some that osteoporosis might well be a result of the 'dissolving' process predominating over the replacement.

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Re: 'simple'solution

"at midpoint the craft will be approaching the speed of light "

I'm sure you're joking but where did you get the infinitely powerful but extremely lightweight engine/fuel ?

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Re: God particle

"Time to patent my ideas..."

In most of the civilized world you can't patent ideas only implementations - so get on with it !

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: Next on the list: VAT

"Are you sure that VAT is currently charged on taxi fares in the UK?"

A quick google "vat on taxi" gave -

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-70025-taxis-and-private-hire-cars/vat-notice-70025-taxis-and-private-hire-cars

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Freeze on refrigerants heats up search for replacements

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"the very properties that make a substance a good refrigerant also make it a greenhouse gas?"

Any substance that has a bond capable of absorbing infra-red is going to be a greenhouse gas of some level of potency. A further important factor is the substance's half-life in the atmosphere & indeed the potency & half-life of the break-down products.......

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

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Re: But..

"Not only that; can it play all variants"

Certainly all the variants that Samantha has mastered !

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Re: I don't know how I managed without it

"'m confused how protein molecules know how to fold themselves up in a picosecond without having access to 100,000 PS3s running day and night for a week."

One answer is that they are an analogue computer. Alternatively they are a quantum computer.

Incidentally they don't always get it right - Google "Chaperone (protein)" and "heat shock proteins"

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But..

Can it play 'Mornington Crescent ?

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Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA. Repeat, Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA

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What does this mean ??

"Chipzilla's long-rumoured desire to put an x86 on an FPGA ARM core into a 14nm-process FPGA."

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: "how we label our food"

"Silly or not, the numbers are clear."

Do you have a ref. to that ?? AFAIK there is no hard evidence for % by population only for turnout and certainly no hard statistics that I've seen.

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2016/06/how-did-different-demographic-groups-vote-eu-referendum.

AFAIK no-one has strong evidence only conjecture and anecdote. In any case there seems to be no evidence that the vast majority of each age group voted as you suggested

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Re: "how we label our food"

"From the ones who REALLY VOTED for this. Which is not the under 50 generation."

That comes across as rather silly. Certainly a larger percentage of older people probably voted exit and a larger percentage of younger voted remain but it's not that clear cut. Even worst is this dammed line "a clear majority voted for exit" - I'd say a small majority - its the rest of us feeling sorry ( for the moment)

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Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

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Re: Microsoft & Nokia

"I can only assume they went for the patents."

AFAIK Nokia retained the patents.

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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Re: Frikkin lasers

"or will it just burn through the glass and reflective coating"

For sea use the target will probably be salt encrusted anyway.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: "without pre-installed software" @Charles 9

"It turned out that someone had disabled ALL the networking devices in the BIOS setup when trying to disable UEFI/enable legacy and get rid of secureboot"

So NO new OS could be loaded - scarcely a Linux problem then.

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Re: OS Refund

" latest atheros chipset which is in practically all the latest generation of laptops."

Apart from all the new ones with Intel chipsets.

As I mentioned before £7 USB dongles the size of a fingernail are available for Pis and work fine in all the Linux laptops I've tried assuming you are unlucky enough to have problems with the built-in adaptor

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Re: OS Refund

"and it is actually quite difficult to but a laptop now that is compatible with linux."

Nonsense ! - my ( as usual ) anonymous friend

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Re: "without pre-installed software"

"Broadcom WiFi"...."require proprietary firmware that's only supported in Windows"

Ah, ah.

I must tell my wife - she's using a Lenovo laptop running OpenSUSE 13.2 with Broadcom WiFi. It obviously shouldn't be working !!

(I've had 7-8 laptops over the last ~15-20 years and Linux has installed on all of them. Most of the recent ones have had Ralink, Realtek or Intel WiFi . Indeed 2 of the very cheap USB WiFi dongles for some Pis plug into the laptops and work without any issues.

My Huawei mobile dongle also works without any issues.

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Re: It is all wishful thinking

"but if we have some scientists who think it can't be completely ruled out yet then it can't hurt to try."

Whilst I agree in principle in practice there are an awful lot of possibilities - without some framework to prioritize where the effort goes it remains up to those keen on the idea to show some evidence ( real or even theoretical) to support what, in most cases, is speculative.

Unfortunately there is a a view that "anything is possible " - no, sorry it's not. Just because human imagination can visualize something doesn't mean the physics of this universe allow for it. ( Ask Scottie if you don't believe me ).

( Nothing, BTW, would give me more pleasure than for there to be a way to travel far & fast but .....

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Re: "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had hyperspace..."

"So I suppose we can deduce that Chesterfield Sofa's are the vehicle of choice for really long journeys"

Certainly more comfortable than A Perfectly Normal Beast !

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Re: EM Drive is an impossible idea

"It was impossible that stomach ulcers in humans were caused by a virus ? Hello Heliobactor pylorii !"

Not quite - no-one knew but some clues were were there in the literature. Cases often appeared in clusters and especially in immunosupressed groups. Munition workers exposed to certain chemicals is the example I recall.

When I started work on H2-blockers ~40 years ago some people might have said that it was impossible for the disease to be caused by an infection but really nobody knew the cause although there were a number of pet ideas.

BTW H. Pylorii is a bacterium. not a virus.

As regards your comment on gravity -definition of gravity was "a force which distorts spacetime."

it's rather " a distortion of spacetime is perceived as an apparent force we call gravity

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"you cannot accelerate anything in normal space-time faster than the speed of light."

Or assuming it has any mass at all even to the speed of light

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

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Re: Smart fridge

"it's smart enough to make you think it has turned the light off"

I've got a pie pi in mine keeping an eye on it

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Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit

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More info

From Softpedia :

"The good news is that Umbreon's installation is not automated, and attackers need to break into a system first, and then manually install the rootkit on the hacked device."

http://news.softpedia.com/news/pokemon-themed-umbreon-rootkit-targets-linux-x86-and-arm-platforms-507970.shtml

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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Re: funding

"Lots of positions with dubious futures due to either lack of, or difficulty of securing funding"

This is usual for lots of academic and institutional research and has be for years. I'm certainly not saying it good, far from it. It's often funded very short term, people exist on poor living grants, poor funding grants and a lot of chopping and changing. Generally much better in Pharma companies but there the research has to be directed to areas with greater potential returns.

Why, why, why in the centre of London though ?

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: cant see much

"electrical spark from somewhere ignites the O2 venting off"

No ! - whatever else happened oxygen does not burn. The spark might have ignited something else but NOT oxygen - No !.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: TV detector vans certainly do work

"Look at the windows or any residence at night "

They'd have to come up half a mile of unmade road, then go on foot in the dark through thick woodlands for another half a mile because our TV is at the back of the house and the nearest road in that direction is a mile away with half a mile of woodland in-between.

So just to be sure we dim the screen & just listen to the sound ( with headphones).

Load of nonsense

( I do have a TV license 'cos you can't be too careful !)

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: We should use neither

"blu-tac'd (yes really!) "

Mine's held by a big cable-tie stapled to the wall !

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Re: Really?

"Q. What do people go on about most in Windows articles?"

From the article's titles - "Neat platform but should we just use Linux?"

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Re: We should use neither

"Its too low powered for most proper computing tasks "

Can't agree I'm afraid - it's certainly limited but for running one or 2 applications i can't fault it.

I'm running 4 routinely and 6 in all. All running Debian desktops via VNC

1. is a web/motion-sensitive/streaming cam - also running a web-server for domestic use - addresses, recipes, notes etc.

2. is a backup fileserver and sshd portal - ethernet connected to the router and also used as a web-proxy back to the UK when traveling.

3. is for hardware experiments with a break-out connection board

4. spent the summer (May-Aug) in Saas-Fee taking a photo every 5 minutes & joining them into a .mp4 file.

5. Travels with the laptop. An ethernet cable and USB/USB cable to power it from the laptop works great.

I don't stress them but I find they've been completely reliable Even running a desktop and streaming from the webcam (800x600, wifi, 3 fps) I find Pi1 ( a Pi B) is using little memory (~140MB) and running at ~8% cpu usage, for example.

A test spreadsheet (which recalculates 400000 sines ) which takes < 0.5 secs on this i7 takes ~7 seconds on a Pi.

I don't suppose I'll be doing any video editing but I'd certainly use it for developing a directory of RAW images in the background.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

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Re: El Reg on Linux

"that businesses don't use Linux."

Years ago (~~2003) the large Pharma that I worked for at the time moved gradually from SGI to Linux workstations (~200) mainly for cost reasons at the time. This was for the scientific groups involved in computational chemistry & protein structure determination etc.. All the workstations were dual Xenons with frighteningly expensive 3D graphics/ LCD specs and backed with IBM fileservers and compute servers and several large Linux farms (1024-4096 nodes).

So certainly the business of science did use Linux even in the early 2000s

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Re: I remember @AC

"Unless the support's SIMPLY NOT THERE...like there is for SO MANY USB WiFi devices out there..."

IF you have trouble ( I never have BTW ) then as it's a USB device - just plug one in that is supported.

(I've got several for Raspberry Pis that cost almost nothing, are ~ 1 cm long and work with all my LInux desktops and laptops)

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Re: I have a Kindle paperwhite and have NOT had any computer problems

"Linux installs in minutes" - quite

On this i7 laptop even a heayweight like OpenSUSE took just 15 mins to install from a slowish USB stick (complete of course with a goodly selection of office/graphics/photo/multimedia/internet progs. and admin tools). After that it depends on how much updating your distro needs and how fast your connection is. But it's all usable whilst it does this.

As to whether you need Windows - well I don't and my interests are photography including developing RAW , video editing, and all the usual office stuff + a vast array of scientific software most of which is developed on or compiled for Linux.

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