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1964 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Re: So..

""with the power-hungry, large and inadequate""

The one you highlight is 10cm*16cm*4cm and weighs 250g

Quotes from reviewers "Need to buy battery pack or use on mains all time." , "Lack of opportunity to use 'normal' batteries may be a drawback for some people", "Cost of battery pack if wantind a portable radio (costs more than the radio itself!)", "The only failing is the price of the battery if you want it portable"

The damn thing is £30 and then you need to buy a mains adaptor

It''ll be no substitute for the Roberts' FM radio I use walking in the hills which lasts 8 hours+ on ONE AAA rechargeable and is the size of a box of matches.

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Torvalds: I want to be nice, and curse less, but it's just not in me

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Re: I would like to point out ...

So I assume all you other OpenSUSE people are having to use root password to connect to WiFi - is that right ? Am I the only one that doesn't ?

Or are the downvoters actually the ones who know nothing.

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Re: I would like to point out ...

"https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/1vyfmNCYpi5"

I've read it before -- it makes no difference to me , I'm writing THIS on a laptop that doesn't need a root password for WiFi - I don't know what Linus was doing but I do know that root is not needed - Network Manager runs as root automatically from startup - for that matter it handles my 3G dongles the same way.

"Before commenting on something you know nothing about" - that's just a stupid comment - I obviously know something about this to have so many machines using it that I've set up.

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I would like to point out ...

..that regardless of what is said on the subject ( and given I don't know what Linus had configured on his daughter's laptop ) that you DON'T need to use root password to access a WiFi point with OpenSUSE

The usual install for networking on OpenSUSE defaults to the 'old' network system but can be changed to use Network Manager which is what is needed for easy access to WiFi roaming. The only time the root password is needed is to make this switch - from then on all WiFi networks only require their usual authorizations.

I have set up 7 or 8 in the last few years of which 4 are current. I travel extensively with laptop or netbook and never have a problem with WiFi

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ARM Holdings licenses big chunk of MIPS patents

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BBC News

BBC are reporting this as ARM & Imagination in competition

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20219292

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Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

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"high-quality, focused, blur-free, still film..."

Oddly enough there was a news report recently ( sorry, can't just remember where ) about UFO societies being disbanded due to lack of evidence - one spokesman being quoted as saying something like "with everyone having cameras these days and yet no clear images..."

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Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'WILL ramp quickly', god dammit

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Re: "I expect the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly."

"He didn't say which direction he expects the ramp to slope"

I expect it will go quiet !

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: Sad, and a huge loss of resources

"KDE is a fine piece of work."

I agree entirely - I've been using it since it first came out and indeed SUSE since v5.0 and never really had a problem, somethings I don't really like but I switch them off generally. Most people that seem to have a problem with desktops or indeed distros seem to chop and change and never actually become familiar with any one.

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Daily Telegraph punishes expats with paywall

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Re: "Expats will already have proxies for viewing BBC iPlayer"

Just to add - all that's necessary to set the proxy up from the remote computer is :

ssh -C -D 9999 -pSSHPortNumber -N Username@MyIPAddress

Password

Change Firefox proxy to 9999

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Re: "Expats will already have proxies for viewing BBC iPlayer"

Well, we haven't got a TV in Switzerland so the occasional dip into Mastermind, University Challenge, Only Connect etc.makes it well wothwhile

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Re: Any risk of contamination?

Compared with the countless millions of rats that the flooding will have disturbed - no

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Re: Further proof that idiots don't know what theya re talking about

Just to add :-

I can assure you that minimizing animal use is VERY important in the life sciences - 2 reasons

1) Ethical

2) Money - using animals is VERY expensive.

I could go into the many reasons why it is necessary to use animals for certain purposes but the people who 'believe' that animal use is 'unnecessary' or 'misleading' or just ethically unjustifiable in any circumstance would never be swayed by argument.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Re: Gaps

"a slide rule, , though portable and deserving its place in every engineers' desk or briefcase, wasn't really pocketable.

Circular ones were , at about the size of a drink mat

The rather more accurate helical ones were about the size of a mid-sized torch

I was using slide-rules well into the 70s

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"But where is the Manchester Baby?"

Agree wholeheartedly - was taught Physics by someone who had worked on it as a student.

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Re: Lovely, but dangerous

"I'd prefer my pilots to be able to see things in the last few miles"

Me too. We were standing on the beach in the south of France a few weeks ago - very dark, beautiful starry night, far from any serious light pollution and then suddenly a brilliant green beam started up from inland pointing up and out into the med. sky. It flashed all over the place for about a minute, no obvious pattern like a laser light show, and then stopped. What it might have done to a pilot or even a sailor doesn't bear thinking about.

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HP to partners: sew your way to vertical Win 8 success

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I didn't know that ...

...amanfrommars had a day job !

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: Oh FFS - patent - ideas

"The whole purpose of patents is to protect ideas"

No it's not - patents protect implementations of ideas -workable inventions

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Geneva devastated by monster tsunami, millions at risk

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Re: News just in from 563 AD

Open ocean tsunami waves move VERY fast (100s of km/hr) . What happens in lakes I don't know - where did the figure of ~1hrs notice come from for Geneva ?

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Re: Rhone

I've already sent in a correction about this. I drive past this spot 3-4 times a year.

It actual enters west of Villeneuve, south of Montreaux.

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

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Re: So much nonsense

I'm rather inclined to agree with you about the water already in there. There *may* be some shift in the ester <-> acid equilibrium as more water is added but I drink so fast I'd never notice esp. at ice temperatures.

The 'ordered water' does sound like nonesense.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Re: This is going to be funny

" And they'll need new rigs because Linux won't support their current one"

WHAT !?

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Re: This is going to be funny

I think 1% of users choosing to build there own machines ( as I do ) or installing LInux over Windows or as a dual boot is an extremely good percentage as probably 90+% of users never think about it all as their machines are either provided by the company or already have Windows installed when they buy them.

(no I don't build my own laptops but I've netbook that has never seen Windows and a laptop that was recycled from a relative that gave up on it after a Windows update trashed the hard drive)

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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Re: Why does anyone outside the US care?

"If someone commits the same act in another country then that is a different matter UNLESS there is some treaty in place to cover this."

I suggest you learn about comprehension !

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Re: Why does anyone outside the US care?

"USA law does apply globally."

This is nonsense - IF someone commits an offense in the US either in person or remotely then the law will apply. If someone commits the same act in another country then that is a different matter unless there is some treaty in place to cover this.

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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

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"Seen plenty of kernel panics in my time too"

Not seen any since the days of having to compile the kernel - so late 90's ? - ghost processes, or rather zombies - sometimes but that's generally other software not the OS and indeed they get reaped anyway.

You really should keep up-to-date or better still silent !

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Re: Steady decline

"constant twatting about with sudo and command lines. "

FUD

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Re: Security @RICHTO

Certainly I remember that Windows 2000 crashed frequently using large Excel sheets or complex Word documents

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Re: Steady decline

"you need sudo to get things like popular wifi adapters to work"

Not on Opensuse. I've used if for years with all manner of hardware and hardly ever use sudo or indeed root other than to authorize updates or system changes. I'm currently running 4 wifi adaptors and a 3G dongle without any issues

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Re: Steady decline

"Linux - You still have to compile most things!"

@RICHTO - you usually claim that you have 'evidence' for the rubbish you spout.

I call on all fair-minded, informed users here to refute the nonsense that is you claiming that most things need to be compiled to install Linux. Almost all installs of Linux require NO compiling and that's for the complete system (OS and applications).

You really are pathetic !

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Gaping network port with easy-to-guess password? You ARE the 79%

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Re: Get attacks at SSH all the time...

Just to mention the ONLY port that is forwarded from the router is the unusual SSH so it shouldn't respond. All others are closed

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Re: Get attacks at SSH all the time...

Well using Firefox it shows nothing at all but add the actual port number it responds : - SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.8

Ditto with Konqueror

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Re: Get attacks at SSH all the time...

"Don't open ports for any services. Use OpenVPN or some other VPN instead."

Not an area I've done anything with other than setting up remote access via a vpn to my wife's school's computer but surely I'd need to have an open port to access my server via OpenVPN.

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Re: Get attacks at SSH all the time...

Well I salute your solutions. I leave it open for a number of reasons but mostly recently proxying from our holiday home in Switzerland to watch iplayer. I did toy with setting a flag file on my web-site (on my ISPs server) and having (my) server scripts check that for a variety of reasons ( I have a PIC microcontroller that's controlled from my server that can do remote measurements like the house temp and remote switch on/off of kit) but so far non-standard port/username and really horrible password + up-to-date SSHD seems fine.

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Get attacks at SSH all the time...

but I've got a non-standard port, the router redirects to my server where the only allowed user for SSH login has a VERY non-standard username and 20 digit 'difficult' password and I still check the logs. Almost all attackers go for the standard ports.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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Re: Learning from XP

Me: "I want a set of brake pads for a 2004 Astra please"

I had a related experience many years ago

"can I have a steering wheel bearing for a 1972 Viva" - " Sorry we don't stock them there's no demand, you'll need to order it, I said the same thing this morning to a guy that wanted one "

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: @Chemist

Suggest you read-up on this - the predictions are all very weird but many have been experimentally confirmed.

Wikipedia's Special Relativity is reasonable as is Time dilation

If you are on a craft at near c the light you measure ( from the TV or otherwise) will be measured as traveling at c - that's the cornerstone of SR - the observer will always measure light - ANY light - as traveling at c. To reconcile the problems that brings up other measurement s have to give way - in particular time varies.

This may all sound silly but experiments all agree. Sub-atomic particles with a known short lifetime last longer at high speed and do so by exactly the amount that SR predicts.

Further down this topic someone mentions that IF a craft could reach close to c the traveler inside could tour the galaxy in a short time by their measure although thousands of years might have passed on Earth

Incidently GR also predicts time changes due to gravity, the closer to a large mass the slower time runs - these effects are also measured as predicted.

It's a weird universe.

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Royal Society hosts edit-a-thon to get women onto Wikipedia

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Re: Consider Her Ways

"The Kraken Wakes"

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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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Re: Err...

"Hard drive is memory"

Yes, I agree BUT I've met many intelligent but computer naive people who thought the hard drive was the ONLY memory.

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Last month ties for WARMEST September on RECORD

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So that means...

"Hall is a climate skeptic, he explains, because – at least in part – "I don't think we can control what God controls.""

Give up on disease and famine as well - no point apparently !

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Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand

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Re: Perhaps RICHTO you should learn to read AND comprehend

Selective amnesia as well eh ?

IN THE UK !!

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Perhaps RICHTO you should learn to read AND comprehend

What 'your' link actually says is :

"Ovum has forecast the Windows Phone OS will increase its market share from under five per cent IN THE UK today to around 13 per cent within five years "

It appears of similar quality to the other rubbish you post

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Apple pays up for stealing design from Swiss Railways

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Re: Swiss Neutrality ?

" Of all the neutrals Switzerland has the greatest right to distinction. She has been the sole international force linking the hideously-sundered nations and ourselves. What does it matter whether she has been able to give us the commercial advantages we desire or has given too many to the Germans, to keep herself alive? She has been a democratic State, standing for freedom in self defence among her mountains, and in thought, in spite of race, largely on our side."

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), British wartime Prime Minister

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Re: Swiss Neutrality ?

That's just an opinion. Faced with large numbers of tanks and aircraft they would have lost the industrial lowlands- that's mine

They would have held out far longer in the mountains but probably would have been contained there only having the ability to use light weapons. I've spent a long time in the Swiss Alps and have a holiday home in Saas Fee so have some feel for the character and ability of the Swiss esp.in the mountains.

All sorts of things went on in Switzerland during WWII including meetings between Allies and Axis generals and politicians.

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Re: Swiss Neutrality ?

"but I suspect"

Evidence ?

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Re: Swiss Neutrality ?

It seems many people don't realise the geography of Switzerland.

After the start of WWII occupied France was on the western border, occupied Austria was on the eastern border, Axis power Italy was the southern border and Nazi Germany was the northern border. Now I don't see in the circumstances that given no direct access to the outside world that they could have resisted a serious invasion for long esp.as the German border is not as mountainous as the others.

They did have a desperate plan in the event of an invasion to abandon the north and retreat to the mountains but it certainly would have been a major disaster. All the major engineering and chemical factories in the north would have been converted to German war production and the country's wealth used for German war purposes.

They had to walk a VERY fine line. Can anyone think of an alternative they would have adopted ?

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Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink

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Joke

"doing with all the electrons"

Better hope they don't all come down the 'Earth' wire !

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Re: Possibly...

"That or wailing operations dropped something overboard."

I bet they howled about that !

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Japanese cubesat to flash Earth with Morse message

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

THIS one might not be.

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Skype worm chats up victims - then holds PCs to ransom

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Re: @Chemist

"it's hard to claim someone stole your credit."

Maybe they just used it - we'd need the original poster to comment and see if he checked his call history and how much went.

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