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1821 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

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Re: Drivers

Last laser I bought was a Samsung and it came with Linux drivers - I didn't use them as it was plug and play ( even networked Linux machines found the printer ) so it might be worth a Google.

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Re: I upgraded from Win 7 to openSUSE...

I've used Linux for years ( almost the beginning) on lots of hardware often with Nvidia hardware and I've NEVER had a problem when updating kernels. I've sometimes had to wait a while fort he newest hardware to be supported but that's often specific to a distro. On other occasions it was down to individual programs - so I bought a Canon D550 when it was new and had to wait ~10 days for RAW support !

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Re: I upgraded from Win 7 to openSUSE...

"and you don't have to mess around finding drivers."

7 recent Linux installs - NO drivers needed

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Reg hack attempts gutsiest expenses claim EVER

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Douglas Adams as always ...

Bistromathematics - HHGG

(Something along the lines that mathematics done in seedy Italian restaurants have little relationship to mathematics anywhere else in the universe)

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Apple users get pricier hotel options from Orbitz

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Re: <-- pint for the Linux dudes

"Linux - discounted real ale"

Homebrew here !

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Achtung Penguin! SUSE tunes up Linux for SAP

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Re: Ausserdem

Well I use 11.4 at the moment on 6 machines and it's rock solid - I always try to stay 1 or two releases behind the most recent. I'm typing this on an Eeepc using 11.4.

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@Antoinette Lacroix

Well I read it as "Progress through OSS" although depending which bits you put in Google Translate it can be "Lead-free fuel by company"or "Free social fabric".

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Can't watch Flash vids in Firefox? It's not just you

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Re: If it stops that damned Microsoft Cloud expanding banner ad...

There are ADVERTS on The Register pages - I didn't know that.

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Re: Yuk

"Any chemist with time on their hand can choose to kill lots of people"

I do it regularly just to keep my hand in !

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Re: Wrong focus (@M Gale)

Actually I think it's more like wishful-thinking

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Re: Wrong focus (@M Gale)

"but I know for a fact that Windows 7 is the most secure *off-the-shelf* OS ever built."

I find your omnipotence awesome !

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Re: Ironic

"yet there are huge chunks of Linux that are unreadable (Binary Blobs all over the kernel)."

WHAT !

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Re: Yuk

I've worked for pharma on many drug projects - whilst I'd be VERY upset if the only purpose was death it's not - ditto with Linux

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Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

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Re: Good thing for Linux

From the Microchip website

MPLAB® X IDE is a software program that runs on a PC (Windows®, Mac OS®, Linux®)

I've never had to "mess" with compilers just to run an application and Linux is all I use. From my 17 year experience of Linux, both at home and in research in a big pharma Linux has been a valuable desktop for years. Indeed at work, ~8 years ago, I only used Linux and Unix desktops as the extremely expensive protein modeling software programs were ONLY available for them.

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Re: The less

"The less intelligent people are, the more difficult it is for them to accept change."

The MORE intelligent people are the more they require progress NOT change"

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Small banking Trojan poses major risk

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Re: As a 'Merkin I have yet to see true two factor authentication implemented

In UK NatWest use Debit Card+reader to authenticate any new on-line transfers via 2 factor.

Here in Switzerland UBS use same with special card + reader for actual login.

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: Just Geddit People!

"regular folks and IT managers people think its so bad"

Strange then that we had several hundred installs in a major pharma that I worked for that were necessary because only Linux or Unix ran the necessary software and was stable enough to run for days on end at 100% cpu ( this is dual Xeon workstations I'm talking about - long before multiple cores )

"Ordinary " consumers will need to be able to buy PCs with Linux installed before it stands a chance there

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"their on-line bank only supports IE,"

Using only Linux and banking with 3 banks and 3 other financial institutions I'd be interested in knowing who the retard banks are. I've NEVER come across any site that insisted on IE and that include usage by friends and family who also use Linux.

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Re: "Failing that, there's always service packs"

"I expect somebody knows how to get Libre Office to print an address on an envelope and not across it."

Certainly I've never had any problems printing envelopes from Libre Office (although my Samsung laser, excellent in other ways, does tend to put a crease in the envelope)

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Re: *rolls eyes*

"you don't have to buy it"

Are you suggesting that in a year or two you'll be able to buy a PC without it ?. I build my own and only use Linux but for most people ...

(Unless it all goes pear-shaped)

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Re: The Year of Linux on the Desktop? Not yet.

Apart from any other considerations Linux on the desktop is only going to happen in appreciable numbers amongst non-technical or enthusiasts WHEN pre-loaded machines are readily available AND that's NOT going to happen due to pressure from Microsoft via discounts.

That said I use nothing else for all my computing ( 1 laptop, 1 netbook, 3 workstations and 1 server) and can do everything I want from editing 1080p/50 video, RAW photo manipulation, programming in a variety of languages, scientific modeling, pcb design and drafting and the usual browsing, writing and spreadsheets.

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Magnetic medicines hit the cancerous spot

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Re: Dr Magneto will see you now.

A similar kind of approach has been used with antibodies to tumours with attached 'lethal' payloads. It's more specific and can 'auto-locate' all the tumour cells - but it's very expensive to generate the pure antibody and attach the payload. This approach looks a lot cheaper ( I wish) and even if not as specific might be a lot better than conventional treatment with cytotoxic agents.

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Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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Re: A journey to Alpha Centauri

"What kinetic energy?"

The kinetic energy of the mass at 0.1C + the relativistic extra kinetic energy due to the increase of the mass at 0.1C.

It's an absolutely enormous amount of energy - it's about 1E18 J to get a tonne to 0.1C

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Inside Nvidia's GK110 monster GPU

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Re: Fermi, Tesla, and Maxwell would all want one

"Physicists (and not just physicists) always want more compute power than currently available."

Strongly agree !

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Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

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Re: I remember a review ..

Could be - it was a LONG time ago - a different world

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I remember a review ..

in Practical Electronics or Wireless World where they jokes that there were a range of peripherals coming along like parallel ports, serial ports, memory expansion and space shuttles - I think MOS had some connection with Rockwell who were the main contractor for the shuttle.

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Fastest-ever hydrocarb scramjet hits Mach 8, doesn't explode

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Re: More information:

"In terms of energy per kilogram, hydrogen is almost an order of magnitude"

Not as far as I know.

Hydrogen ~ 140 MJ/kg

Diesel ~ 45 MJ/kg

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Re: Backward step

Ethanol indeed but technically that's not a hydrocarbon. Hydrocarbons only have carbon and hydrogen but indeed that's semantics to a general audience

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Re: Backward step

"to productionise hydrogen in safer ways and wean us off our carbo"

Producing it safely is not the problem - getting the energy to produce it is.

Whatever way you make it needs energy - 2H2+O2 -> water +~~600kJ/mol So you need at least that and indeed a lot more to produce hydrogen gas. So >1MJ to produce about 70 litres of hydrogen gas.

Distribution and storage are also problems

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Re: Backward step

"Beer ... because it contains a hydrocarbon"

Well it might have a trace but I think you mean carbohydrate

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Re: More information please

Roughly 3 times as much energy by mass for hydrogen compared to kerosene. But liquid density roughly an order of magnitude less. So I'd assume the tank needs to be 3 times the size for the same energy content AND capable of holding cryogenic fuel.

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SpaceX and Bigelow sign deal for inflatable space stations in orbit

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Blimey...

and I thought my Avon inflatable sportsboat was tough.

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

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his engineers have found batteries that could power a flight for 100km (62 miles).

Does anyone believe that ?

For a helicopter !

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Did dicky power supply silence climate-change probe Envisat?

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I think you'll find that..

it was hit by a meteoroid in just the part of its structure where the impact detection equipment was located ( or something similar)

Cheers Douglas

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

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Re: Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines

I think you'll find that the EeePC runs OpenSuse very well and Firefox and Thunderbird will give all the functionality you currently need.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

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I've installed Linux on laptops

~6 averaging about 3-4 versions each machine over the years and wifi has been the only problem and that only on some and that seems to have gone away in the last few years.

Mostly OpenSuse and Kubuntu

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AMD girds its engineering cloud for X86 battle

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Re: Unix workstations

Lots of areas of science and technology use Unix/Linux and can't move anyway ( even if they wanted to ) as the software they use has never been ported to Windows. I went on secondment in ~2004 to a department that used SGIs and had done for years and they had started moving to Linux in ~2000 as the cost saving/performance SGI > PC was considerable - the saving in moving to Linux was less relevant as much of the specialist software used was VERY expensive.

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

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Re: MAC Address

They used the full name - Media Access Control

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: What monopoly MS + entertainment industry = less on your computer...

"TIRED OF FEATURES DISAPPEARING FROM THE MS OS with every new version. REPLACE STEVE BALLMER NOW!"

I never realised he had been a feature of the OS and (even if I used WINDOWS) I wouldn't want him back !

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Re: Linux

"and that they break as soon as a X or Kernel upgrade comes out"

NEVER had that happen

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Re: Linux

I'd suggest you use a Live-CD ( or USB if you can boot from one) of a modern distro like OpenSuse 11.4 or 12.1 ) and see before you install if the wireless problem is still there. If it is then your wireless system might be rather a rare one. Most wireless chipsets are now supported, some of them officially by the manufacturers.

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Re: Linux

"the company does not provide them"

The company DO provide them but only as binaries. Hence the project to emulate them

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Re: Hell's freezing over!

I don't have an optical drive on my Linux netbook but I do load images of DVDs from my network to watch when travelling.

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Re: Really??

"Most people don't want to have to get on a forum in order for their PC to play a DVD."

Most people don't have to !

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Re : mplayer

mplayer certainly seems to use less CPU on any of my Linux boxes regardless of whether the video is accelerated or not.

Doesn't fit with your experience of hot or not but it's what I've noticed

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Re: Really??

I know you are joking but some people may not know that the VDPAU drivers for X give excellent GPU acceleration on modern-ish Nvidia cards

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Re: Linux

Something very wrong then.

I use DVDs on all my various Linux boxes without any problems also I can play HD720p on an old Celeron laptop and edit/play mp4 1080/50p videos on an old 2 core AMD using Nvidia/ VDPAU using ~5% CPU.

Sorry I can't really attempt to diagnose what's wrong but definitely something is.

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Intelligence a genetic mistake

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Re: Mutation

"It's not the miscopying, it's the duplication"

That is very common in the genome

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Nokia dinged with shareholder lawsuit over poor Lumia sales

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"Cos no one want or needs a 3rd eco system"

No ? But we've been assured by those nice Redmond people that Windows Phone will mean genuine, honest-to-goodness competition - which is GOOD for the market - only a FOOL would want a complex technological market to be a monopoly.

I'll just get back to my desktop now ......

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