* Posts by Chemist

1991 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: When all else fails, find a scapegoat

"It isn't working though. WP sales are growing at 70% year on year, and are about to break through 10% market share in the UK...."

Do you know I've heard exactly that MANY times from some AC who posts here

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Re: The time when people bought anything are over

"Unless you want to run business software or play games. Or do CAD. Or a load of other things."

All the more reason to explore the alternatives now before MS really let you down or turn the screw !

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Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

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Re: Next step??

I've often wondered how insecure some Windows' users are that they seem obsessed by attacking, usually quite inaccurately, an OS that apparently only 1% of desktop users use. Maybe a little paranoia, a feeling of uncertainty. ?

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Re: Next step??

""it's not MS / it is free" pseudo-religious aspect"

Nothing of the sort - I've been using MS software since the days of single-board computers with 6502 8-bit BASIC ( and even that had an infuriating bug ), DOS, Windows from the start upto W2000 and it's always been mediocre , and the company has always been trying to tie it's customers into its ecosystem. Fair enough if that's what you want to do or don't know any better.

I started using Linux about 1994-5 and even though there were plenty of limitations early on the system was clearly far superior for what I wanted.

As a scientist I've mainly used PDP-11s, VAX , alphas, SGIs and then big Linux workstations and compute farms - WIndows had no place in that except for the usual corporate guff of Exchange/Word. ( Excel was never powerful enough or indeed capable of handling the dataset sizes needed for our research work )

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Re: Next step??

"(1) Since I buy "complete kit" from Dell/Lenovo/HP etc. since more than a decade instead of self-assemble the Windows is "no extra cost" for all practical purposes"

The 'cost' is that you buy into and reinforce a monopoly and one that has shown itself to have only one interest - itself. People here are always going on about not wanting even a duopoly in mobile and yet de facto is a desktop monopoly (an arrogant and increasingly irrelevant one)

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Re: Next step??

"Existing hardware does not run or only with certain distribution/kernel combinations"

The usual solution is to try a live Linux distribution to SEE if all your hardware works - it usually will.

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Re: Next step??

"no higher cost "industrial solutions""

All my stuff is consumer grade, cheap Samsung laser, cheap Brother laser, old Epson laser cheapest Epson scanner/printer, the only 'special' I bought was a new Nvidia card so I could use hardware video acceleration for playing back 1080/50p H264 video without using all the processor and that was only £50.

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Re: Next step??

"Software for i.e my DSLR is Win only"

Guess what - I have 2 DSLRs Canon 300D and 550D and I don't use Windows. There are plenty of RAW processing programs for Linux. Occasionally if you buy a very new camera as I did with the 550D it takes a little whole for the programs to catch-up - 2 weeks in the case of the 550D.

The situation you raise with unsupported hardware is not one I have experienced.

I've had 3 laser printers, 1 inkjet, 1 scanner/printer, accelerated graphics card, 3G dongle, serial/USB converter, PIC programmer, 4 cameras, 2 video cameras, 6 webcams/notebook cams, USB telephony headset. Even the HDTV will work as a dual-monitor setup with the laptops/netbook

This with OpenSUSE 12.3 or earlier

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: I guess we'll find out

That wasn't really the point. I was trying to show that that downloading or compiling a program in a user space wasn't a very subtle way of introducing a malicious program

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Re: suprised they bothered with the freetard crowd

By the way even if I was as rich as Gates I wouldn't even contemplate using Windows.

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Re: So how does it get onto the system?

"I tried it in Chromium just now"

It certainly wouldn't in Firefox !

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Re: I guess we'll find out

"You can install software on Linux without the admin password"

Well of course you can, you can also compile your own and run it from within your own account - but you can't readily allow global execution. Neither of these is a subtle introduction of malicious code to a machine

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Re: suprised they bothered with the freetard crowd

"I do not know any Linux desktop users who have any money to steal."

Well I'm sitting here in my Swiss apartment reading this on my Linux desktop, with a Linux netbook nearby and connected by fish: to my Linux server in UK. When we go home I'll process my holiday videos/photos on one of the Linux workstations and then go on holiday again in our motorhome . Rich ? not by Gates' standard but pretty well off after a lifetimes work and saving and investment.

Linux by choice - it does all that I want

How are holidays on Vogsphere ?

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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

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"The initial phase of the project simulated the cortex of a cat brain on an IBM BlueGene massively parallel supercomputer with 147,456 cores and 144TB of memory developing the basic synaptic circuits for the brain chip. ®"

After immense amounts of 'thinking' about going out or eating the compu-cat decided to wash its bum instead

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REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

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Re: Lee D

"I'm assuming here your bank doesn't force JRE down your throat then?"

Have you got an example - I've never found one. ( 3 banks, 2 building socs, 1 credit card company)

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

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Re: Snugsburys Famous Ice Cream

"You really can't take a straw Dalek seriously"

Period !

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Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

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Re: "Dumb" until Qualcomm are able to produce an 8 core chip

"Indeed - a lot of the time my workstation is like that, then again a lot of the time it spends with a load way over 7"

Agreed, I'm rendering 1080p/50 video in H.264 and both cores are running melt @ ~70% cpu whilst letting me browse this forum smoothly. If I had more cores available I'd be transcoding already rendered video to 720p/25 for playback on a laptop and if I had more I'd be setting up another editing session by generating proxy clips.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: Some peoples heads are so far up their A.......ndroids!

"These non desktop solutions are not computers in the desktop sense"

Can't help but agree with that ! ( must be equivalent to a NULL statement )

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FSF passes collection plate for free Android clone Replicant

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Re: Pushing Water Uphill @AC 10:17

"That I wear my pants inside out to get an extra days wear out of them?"

Save water - use recursion !

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NEC tag teams with HP on high-end x86 servers

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"The companies are aligning their engineering, technical, and testing teams to harden Linux and Windows as part of the re-upped deal."

You seem to have missed this bit !

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Planetary paparazzi snap candid pics of Earth, Moon from space

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Sorry but ...

I want an arrow and "Mostly Harmless"

Thanks Douglas

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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"on the SharePoint servers that NSA Hawaii needed,""

They really deserve their hardship pay !

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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Re: Fragmentation can be a good thing in this case

"trying to do the same on an old Dell laptop"

always try a Live CD if installing on 'new' hardware. That should show up any major problems ( if any)

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Re: Fragmentation can be a good thing in this case

"Anyone who says the current state of graphical environments on Linux is good, is full of crap and preaching from the open source bible. X-windows sucks at dealing with monitors dynamically - especially multi-monitor,"

Thank you for joining today to post this but I happen to have different experiences. Plug a monitor into my laptop or netbook and it's recognised and I can use it as a second monitor or display on both. No fuss -it just works.

This on OpenSuse 12.3

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Re: Linux Graphics... is rubbish

"Linux Graphics... is rubbish "

I didn't know that - here's me spent years building protein structures and manipulating thousands of atoms in stereo 3D and all the time it was rubbish. Same with editing 1080p/50 video and playing back the same with hardware acceleration - all rubbish -I'm shocked. Next time I convert RAW DSLR photos I must remember that it's all rubbish I'm experiencing

I think those of us who only use Linux for everything don't have the problem.

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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

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Re: You mean, above and beyond

"There is binary blobs in the kernel "

Care to enumerate.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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"Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator"

I ACTUALLY worked in a department in a company that believed ( the company that is) in dept. mission statements. The Dept. ( a VERY cynical bunch) generated their's by Dogbert's excellent site and either nobody noticed or nobody dared notice in the suits dept.

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"“We will pull together disparate engineering efforts today into a coherent set of high-value activities,”"

Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: sudo echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' > /dev/ttyAMA0

"The $ is only needed because of the ' '"

Sorry about that , that's nonsense, IF you put $ in you NEED ' '

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Re: sudo echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' > /dev/ttyAMA0

"Also, I'm not sure what that $ is doing in that line. Typo?"

AFAIK echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' can be reduced to echo The Register on Pi-Lite

The $ is only needed because of the ' '

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Xen hypervisor gets tech preview support for ARM processors

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Re: PRISM Aware

"I guess the NSA aren't even pretending to hide any more.."

Open SOURCE !

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

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Re: It's your data they want

"And switch to LibreOffice. A Java-based office suite that runs on all platforms."

Just to pint out that OO/LO is NOT Java-based - it just uses Java fro some activities and one of the project aims is the elimination of Java

From : http://www.libreoffice.org/download/system-requirements/

"For certain features of the software - but not most - Java is required. Java is notably required for Base."

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Revolutionise what?

"no need for expensive and dangerous explosive projectiles"

Depends what the target is. A conventional shell with proximity fuse could destroy a target that you didn't hit - this is the likely scenario given the range, however with a railgun a soft-bodied target might simply be holed and without any significant mass to deliver the kinetic energy to it would be like a rifle-bullet hitting tissue paper unless it hit something heavy or vital.

Anyone know what the likely velocity is at ~300kms ??

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Re: Revolutionise what?

Ah, yes. Pyke, The Unknown Genius - think that was the name of the book

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BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves

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Re: Slow and steady

"Erm. you know BB10 was already completely hacked, right? http://www.secunia.com/advisories/53778"

That'd be along with every other system using the below versions Adobe Flash then - and you really should use "potentially"

"Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is reported in the following products and versions:

* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.135 and prior for Windows

* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.136 and prior for Macintosh

* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.2.202.258 and prior for Linux

* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.1.115.34 and prior for Android 4.x

* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.1.111.29 and prior for Android 3.x and 2.x

* Adobe AIR versions 3.5.0.880 and prior for Windows

* Adobe AIR versions 3.5.0.890 and prior for Macintosh

* Adobe AIR version 3.5.0.880 for Android

* Adobe AIR version 3.5.0.880 SDK and Adobe AIR version 3.5.0.890 SDK

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Snapshot of windows in my life

"So why are Linux desktops doing similar big re-vamps"

a) Not all of them are.

b) If you don't like a particular desktop you can either customize it or change it for one of several others.

with MS now WYSIWYG but not in a good way.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Search?

"doesn't have a funny key with four-square flag"

Almost all my keyboards ( except for some wonderful original 286 IBMs) have this but it doesn't do anything useful ( I always use Linux), mind if I was using Windows I guess it would be even more useless

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Re: Windows 7?

"Time for the Henry Ford quote again: "If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""

Difference is that HIS customers bought the product

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Re: HS2

"What benefit? HS2 goes nowhere near Manchester."

What !

HS2 - love it or loath it is intended to run from London - Birmingham and then branch to Manchester and Leeds. The (eye-watering) costs are in the news currently.

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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Re: Cool

"rather unpleasant if we have a few hundred kilograms of antimatter depart containment inside of the Earth's magnetosphere"

It's an antimatter catalyzed process. It's supposed to only require <micrograms of antiprotons

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Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

"all we have to do is build an interstellar starship"

Oh, is that all. Driven by ?

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Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

"The laser itself would do a pretty good job of that..."

It's only 20J per pulse so the 'owners' say that it would give you a nasty burn which would likely make you jump out of the way of the next pulse.

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"doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

Oh, good grief!

The size of the bang depends entirely on how much anti-matter you have. Given it takes an inordinate amount of energy to generate a miniscule amount of antimatter then getting even a decent size 'pop' will probably bankrupt us.

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Sir Maurice Wilkes centenary - 'Flash-Gordon' tech

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This all very well but..

I thought that the Manchester 'baby' was the first electronic stored-program computer in June 1948 and led to the Mk1 and the Ferranti Mk1 ( first commercially available computer). There's a plaque on the wall recording the event near Manchester Dental Hospital

My physics teacher had worked on the Manchester computers and had a photo of himself, stripped to the waist, working in a sweltering nightmare of racks holding chassis. The 'baby' was apparently 17 feet (5.2 m) in length, 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 m) tall, and weighed almost 1 long ton (1.0 t).

As a by-note I started in electronics at ~13 years old with valves, first a regenerative radio and then a record player with a valve amplifier

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

"Hi AC, you obviously have bad vibes with Linux"

He's RICHTO/TheVogon just trolling - does it all the time, often as AC.

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

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Re: Electric racing vehicles

"All that's needed is a cheap method of extracting the universe's most abundant element from a source - sea water probably."

Depends what you mean by cheap. You still need a source of energy at least equivalent to the energy that you are going to get back by 'burning' the hydrogen. And that assumes a method of generating hydrogen at high efficiency and that hopefully doesn't involve carbon. Electrolysis doesn't look too good at the moment even with a lot of development.

Storage and distribution of hydrogen is still a big issue.

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Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Users of the Tor traffic anonymizing service are currently locked out of Facebook

This is a problem ?

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: Any power consumption results by OS?

"26 000 litre of oil....."

So even at a conservative estimate of 20p per litre for the oil that would be £5200 per computer just for the energy - better upgrade your memory

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

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Re: Couple of questions

"Who says it was an app?"

As the link in the article states :-

"Recently, an Android application came to us for analysis"

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