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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: low resolution???

"VGA depth images from stereo are around 30fps on a workstation."

A little out of date we were using 45 fps at 1280x1024 in stereo 10 years ago. Mind the graphics card cost the same as the workstation.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

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Microcode

What microcode?. ARM ? Have I missed something ?

Or is it GPU microcode ?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

"IF München wants a Linux version, than München has to order it and pay for it "

I think they've done that and are happy with it The only unhappy people seem to be Microsoft and their sycophants

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

"You mean because there is no demand / market"

There's not likely to be a market if people can't be ar*ed to produce the goods. (Google "Chicken & egg" - you seem to have sufficient expertise with computers ). Plenty of commercial software for Android BTW.

The scientific software I was referring to below (closed source for Linux) was VERY, VERY expensive but did the job - no problem spending the money. If some commercial software was actually significantly better than the free and/or open-source alternatives I'd have no problems spending on that. As it is I just donate.

Getting back to Munich, they have it on record that one of the main drivers to go open-source was to have control of their future, saving money was a bonus.They just didn't want to be locked-in to Microsoft's vision of the world. Can't blame them for that. As for mmeier's comment about their spend on support - well, if true, they can certainly afford it with all that they are saving

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

"We are not talking "mass market" software here"

I've had plenty of experience in specialist scientific software packages with a VERY limited user base. Companies still managed, in many case to produce Linux/Mac/Windows versions although often Linux/Mac versions were only available as Windows wasn't deemed stable enough - this is Win2000 time.

"if my main customer base is "Windows" there is no reason NOT to use the latest versions of C# and .NET"

Then Windows is not your MAIN customer base its your ONLY customer base and by definition you are biased.

As for the nonsense that is your last paragraph

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

"WINE and other crutches"

As you well know, WINE can be required because many software companies can't be bothered to produce Linux versions.

Strange that Firefox, Thunderbird, Opera, GoogleEarth, Chrome, Skype, Open/Libre Office and others seem to be able to manage that.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: I love napkin math!

"Nobody actually proved it experimentally, for, say, 0,9G where things should get really weird and relativity should really kick in hard and be noticeable"

They did !

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Re: Practical action?

"who assure me their ISP has really good spam filters"

I use Plusnet, their filters work very well in my experience. False positives are non-existent, false negatives depend on the type of spam. Attachments with zip files are always spotted, links to dodgy sites not so good.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Shouldn't the mother ship be called Pequod ?

"Philae will detach from Rosetta and power down towards the surface at one metre per second, and fire harpoons .."

And it's commander Ahab.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: Look Here now !!!

"I'm going to Google Google and that will be the end of it !!!"

I recurse you !

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Re: Doom for US tech companies

"just a comedian"

Then if he/she didn't post as AC he/she would be able to put a "Joke" icon !

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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@AC "lol, that's utter rubbish "

You've peddled this cr*p for ages and been refuted countless times and still return with the same tired, discredited copy/paste arguments in a manner very like that of Eadon

It's not just Munich & Toulouse it's the entire French gendarmerie as well and lots of other organisations must be looking at on and wondering about at least a pilot project.

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: An alternative explaination...

"I believe the outage was caused by Samantha rummaging around in the record department with one of the archivists."

I believe the outage was caused by Samantha rummaging around the department archivist whilst going for a record - fixed (although really I Haven't a Clue)

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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"Microsoft's share price currently at it's highest for the last 14 years or says to me yes"

RBS were doing so well with their share price too until ......

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: BBC and YouTube without Flash?

"To legitimately access BBC iplayer without flash, google 'get_iplayer'"

Whilst I agree with you about get_iplayer the poster was asking about BBC news videos, presumably from their web-pages.Those are flash.

I sometimes use my fileserver as a proxy when I'm traveling - it usually worked very well.

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Japan makes Prius palatable with road map to hydrogen cars

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Re: Oh dear

"The simple problem is not really the efficiency issues, it is the asset cost "

I can believe that, but are you really suggesting renewable electricity will be so cheap - in spite of demand for it just as electricity - that a large quantity of hydrogen, produced at low-ish efficiency by electrolysis, will be available for a hydrogen economy ( or synthesised methane economy if you like) at a reasonable price ?

Your post also seemed to be at some odds with your earlier post

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"You don't produce breakthrough technology by only relying on what's already available, I guess…?"

Indeed you don't - on the other hand wishing doesn't make it so. There needs to be some rationale and evidence that a breakthrough is possible. - you know, is it thermodynamically possible.

Electrochemical cells by their nature are not 100% efficient, hydrogen production has been worked on for years and the efficiency is still rather low. Although I'm not an inorganic chemist/chemical engineer I do have patents for organic electochemistry and know the large-scale kit and it's limitations

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"During this phase Japan expects to buy foreign Hydrogen while also boosting domestic production capacity with as-yet-unspecified electrolysis technologies the plan says it will be important to discover."

So that'll be hydrogen produced from methane ( by-product carbon dioxide) and wishful thinking on electrolysis. Good luck to them but it sounds very wooly

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

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Re: Darktable

"Looks interesting, thank you."

I also use Darktable on Linux and I'm very impressed by it for RAW development. This using Canon 550D & 6D

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Re: "How can one black hole split into two?"

"I am unsure whether it is as yet mathematically proven that a black hole cannot actually split into two"

I'd bet that'd be a pretty weird bit of space-time gymnastics though

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

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"hat the same dependency hell that any Linux user will know well"

Any, every, all, few ? Which word should you have used

I call FUD. In almost 20 years of Linux use I've had one program (Cinellera) that gave a lot of trouble ( took all afternoon to sort out the compile) That was in a short period when you couldn't obtain it precompiled. Other than that just a little problem with ffmpeg & kdenlive which need some of their libraries to come from the Packman repository

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: about:crashes

"Firefox is the only program that crashes on either of my systems"

I don't know what your problem is. I have a very similar setup on 6 computers ( although running Linux rather than Windows) and crashes are very few to none. You could try deleting your profile although that can be a bit of a pain

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Slide-in batteries and SSD?

"Would it be possible to design a tablet like this to have the battery slide in and out?"

Well, I've got a consumer bit of kit, LCD screens, removable battery, GPS, WiFi, fast processor, camera - oh, and you can change the lenses too - Canon 6D

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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"Are you absolutely sure recharging an electric car will at least double your electricity consumption?"

Well our average daily electricity consumption is 18kW.h - so using an electric car even moderately (50 miles/day) would double our consumption. ( a Leaf charging empty-full is supposed to take ~25kW.h)

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Re: @ecofeco

"Is ethanol significantly more energy dense than petrol"

No. OTTOMH it's about 2/3rd as energy rich per volume maybe only ~1/2 compared with diesel.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: Ideitifying features

"They told the taxi driver to go where other passengers using words like "mu" and "nu" with each other had sent him. No problem."

This is a true story : Some colleagues and I who where on a multi-disciplinary team researching ways of interfering with a particular pathway in arthritis went to a meeting with some foreign colleagues. On the way from the airport we were discussing in some depth some ideas we'd had on the rather long flight. When we came to pay the taxi open on his dash was a textbook relating rather too closely to our discussions ( which were rather confidential ). It turned out the taxi-driver was a PhD student of Immunology and had probably understood far too much. Luckily (?) we killed off this project shortly after.

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Well one of my old supervisors..

with a brilliant analytic mind, once went to a west-coast symposium with some other colleagues and during one evening they went to a night-club or stage show or similar and to their suprise (?) it turned into rather a raunchy strip-tease show - my old boss calmly carried on discussing the chemistry of the day drawing reactions onto his napkin. Nobody else, apparently, took any notice of him.

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Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15

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" to suspend and resume operations rather more quickly."

Maybe on older systems but my i7 laptop (openSUSE 13.2) suspends/resumes so quickly I'm not sure how you'd measure an improvement.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: @AC "far fewer vulnerabilities"

"used are detailed and can be validated."

Is this one of your 'facts' or 'everyone knows' ?

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Re: @AC "far fewer vulnerabilities"

"http://blogs.technet.com/b/security/archive/2008/10/27/download-h1-2008-desktop-vuln-report.aspx"

You do know that the source of your "information" is a microsoft employee - don't you ( and the 'report' is also 6 years old ). Is that the best you can do - go ask The Vogon

I also suggest you read your own 'refs.' (snigger). The secunia one includes :-

PLEASE NOTE: The statistics provided should NOT be used to compare the overall security of products against one another. It is IMPORTANT to understand what the below comments mean when using the statistics, especially when using the statistics to compare the vulnerability aspects of different products.

and

A direct and fair comparison of unpatched issues for e.g. Microsoft Windows and Linux distributions is therefore NOT possible using the aggregated Secunia statistics

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: Well...

"Just let it scan the el Reg forums and comments. That should keep it busy until the end of time..."

S'enough to send an android paranoid

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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Re: The ultimate question of life the universe and everything.

"It might not have been the next morning, but Deep Thought did produce a numerical answer..."

Ah, but what number base was '42' in ?

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Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

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Re: RE. Retrocausality

"i realised a more detailed explanation was needed."

"Gravitational waves have been theorized to travel at trans-luminal (ie FTL) velocities,"

"Neutrinos OTOH, have to travel at C due to their non interaction with the surrounding interstellar medium and the star itself,"

"it would be possible for them to travel faster than C "

That was not an explanation, merely a steaming pile !

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Re: RE. Retrocausality

I see, BTW, that you chose to delete your earlier post rather than get more downvotes. As for your 2nd post I understand all the words but amanfrommars makes much more sense !

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Re: RE. Retrocausality

So no real ref. then - bullshit !

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Re: Retrocausality

"As it happens, GWs travelling faster than C is possible and they *might* affect certain unstable isotopes enough to detect, so anyone who has a radioactive decay setup should be back checking their data."

Suggest you post a (quality) ref. to this scientific 'breakthrough'

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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"We are very close to the 2070s being closer than the 1970s"

Nom-inally !

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Re: Now the only resource left to worry about

"been struggling to make gunpowder and nitrogen based fertilizer ever since"

Suggest you Google Nitric acid and Ammonia synthesis. Massive scale industrial processes, 10s of millions of tonnes annually (Ostwald & Haber ) that only use nitrogen, hydrogen to yield all the nitrates and nitrogen-based fertilizers you could want.

Guano is a very good source of phosphates but (from Wikipedia) "The importance of guano deposits to agriculture elsewhere in the world faded after 1909 when Fritz Haber developed the Haber-Bosch process of industrial nitrogen fixation, which today generates the ammonia-based fertilizer responsible for sustaining an estimated one-third of the Earth's population"

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Re: Keepass...

"There are a bunch of companies that won't allow you to cut'n'paste into the password field"

Funny I'm having no trouble pasting a password into ebay using FF. I've had problems with other sites but the Crl-V usually works

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

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The Longitude Prize wasn't a scientific challange !

Unfortunately even the BBC seem to be suggesting it was.

The basic science of navigating by local noon was understood - the problem was a technological one i.e. producing a an accurate stable clock under seagoing conditions.

Some of the suggestions have no scientific backing - they are just a wish-list. For example it may might be possible,although unlikely in my view, to produce a an antibiotic that doesn't engender resistance but there is no clear science to suggest that.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Re: Good on him...

" it gives our species the edge over dolphins"

Whilst I agree with you the dolphins are better engravers ( of the grey glass bowls)

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Not smart at all

If you want to play encrypted DVDs on a Linux machine just use VLC after making sure libdvdcss is available. libdvdcss is not always installed by default but is readily available.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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As a great songwriter wrote :

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest..."

I suppose that at least was always true

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany @ Squander Two

"Presumably largely covered by chocolate, watches and cookoo clocks!"

http://www.countriesquest.com/europe/switzerland/economy/manufacturing.htm

Esp. 3rd paragraph "world's largest producer of textile manufacturing machinery"

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Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany @ Squander Two

"Presumably largely covered by chocolate, watches and cookoo clocks!"

Er, no. Pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, engineering

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Re: @localzuk

"No, Britain does not manufacture nuclear reactors"

AFAIK Rolls-Royce does

http://www.rolls-royce.com/nuclear/submarine_nuclear_propulsion/index.jsp - their large gas-turbines power a good prop. of large airliners too

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Re: Who Knew?

@ AussieCanuck46

" I wouldn't want my government to know that I'm a subversive."

Don't use your real name then !

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: The real problem is C

"Pascal?

Pah, quiche eater..."

I think you'd be better with rosti-eater as Niklaus Wirth is Swiss and from the German speaking region

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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"My Red Hat derivatives and Debian are running 1.0.1e and the patches for that arrived pretty promptly."

Ditto for OpenSUSE

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: I assume ...

" practically nothing accepts SD cards any more "

What ! - many cameras, videos - my Canon 450D and Panasonic HD1080p/50 video cameras for example.

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