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1821 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

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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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

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Re: Lucas Electric Vehicles,1980s called, your sodium-sulphur battery experience is needed

"Are you confusing hydrogen sulphide?"

NO, I'm a chemist - hydrogen sulfide IS VERY toxic but sulfur dioxide is also toxic at the 10 ppm kind of level. One of the major hazards of carbon disulfide, a extremely flammable solvent is the rapid production of sulfur dioxide during a fire. Although many materials are more toxic than sulfur dioxide the fact that 32 g of sulfur can produce 22.4L of sulfur dioxide which is still toxic when diluted with ~ 2 million litres of air would concern me.

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Re: Lucas Electric Vehicles,1980s called, your sodium-sulphur battery experience is needed

"downwind proximity to a large pile of burning Sulfur."

Sulfur dioxide is a VERY toxic material by inhalation.

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Microsoft and FBI storm ramparts of Citadel botnets

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Re: I'd never trust non-techies with Windows online.

"How are things at Burston Marsteller today, Mr AC?"

He's not MR AC- he's The Vogon/RICHTO and many other AC posts that are all so obviously from the same person it's pathetic.

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Petascale powerhouse cracks important HIV code

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"Ebola is a retrovirus,"

As indeed is AIDS

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" but the mutation that made so also weakened it to give flue like symptoms. In which case the human race dodged a bullet that day."

If that's is true/confirmed (the link doesn't work) then it actually sounds like a candidate for a vaccine

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"we all be up shit creek?"

Unfortunately the only answer is perhaps. If it was as infective, that is to say that there were very few people that had a natural resistance then the population would be decimated without any drug or more likely vaccine breakthroughs - luckily most infections tend to adapt to their hosts and become less aggressive. Let's hope it doesn't happen.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: To be fair to MS... @Eadon

@Don Jefe

Many distros will install a goodly selection of applications by default and have a GUI package manager that lets the user browse and install/uninstall more. This is what OpenSuse does. The default KDE install includes LibreOffice, an editor, GIMP and other photo programs including a panorama creator, Firefox, audio & video players, CD burner, e-mail, file-manager, rdc and a console ( and lots of other stuff )

All, by the way, on a hierarchical start menu

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Re: Perhaps a little research ?

I think it's perfectly reasonable to research an area, any area, before diving in. To just suggest that the command-line is needed to install a package on Linux without actually knowing that it isn't just shows a kind of arrogance.

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Re: Perhaps a little research ?

"yeah, maybe start by trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and install it?"

NO !. I install all packages from a GUI and have for years ( certainly since SUSE 4.0)

By research I meant a little research would show plenty of Linux distros where all packages could be installed by GUI ( if that''s what you want ).

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Re: So in summary..

"Even installing basic apps I needed to go trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and installl it"

Well I've been using SUSE and then OpenSUSE since you had to pay for it and it's never needed any of this. Perhaps a little research ?

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: jumping ship

"When average Consumer Joe goes looking for a printer... and doesn't see anything about Linux Support on the printer box... then as far as they are rightfully concerned.... that printer does NOT support Linux."

The average consumer isn't likely to care because they will have purchased a computer with Windows already installed as do the vast majority - partly because they don't know anything else and partly because it's nigh impossible to buy one with Linux already installed.

Anyone, like me, who assemble their own boxes are far more likely to know about Linux and also check the the suitability of peripherals.

As to Photoshop - if what you want to do is a little level or curve adjustment, resize, crop and sharpening of photos and/or RAW conversion then there are plenty of programs available for Linux including several using 16 bits/plane and I don't mean GIMP.

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Re: jumping ship

"its stupid when people say "Just use Linux""

Depends entirely on what you are doing ! I don't need or have access to Windows now I'm retired.

I process RAW digital photos, edit 1080p/50 HD video, design and layout PCBs, program PIC microcontrollers, write software in c, tcl and assembler, and do all the other usual stuff. I have a 3G dongle for my laptop and netbook that just works, several printers/scanners, Skype, Google Earth etc.

Linux is there if it fits your needs. We have 6 machines running it.

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Re: jumping ship

"*NEED* to make standard printer/scanner drivers that work out of the box"

I've used Epson lasers, Samsung Lasers, Brother lasers, Epson photo and Epson printer/scanners - only the latter gave any problems but that was sorted several releases of OpenSuse ago. I've never needed to go to a manufacture's site - all the necessary was in the distro.

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Re: jumping ship

" I'm working out a plan to migrate everything I can to Linux of some breed."

Good luck with this. After years of PDPs & VAX I moved to a mix of Linux and Windows systems professionally where Windows was used for the corporate guff like e-mail and PP, Word and Linux was used for the big complex scientific software that ran over nights & weekends. At home I was using Linux more or less from the start + Windows. Around ~2004 I switched entirely to Linux for home use and have found no real problem in doing everything I want ( RAW photo processing, HD video editing, programming and the usual stuff + all the scientific software I need)

If you can do everything you want then go for it - I've used OpenSuse for years and would recommend finding a distro you like AND STICKING with it. Even after all these years I still use a Live CD or equivalent first to check for any snags. In fact I carry a USB stick around with a 32-bit version on my keyring.

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

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"Depreciation of the battery is factored into the headline rate of the electricity."

That's what I'm saying - but many people will think that they'll be paying cost of electricity + garage profit. However the depreciation charge will be the majority of the bill.

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"so you just pull into a garage when your battery is low and they swap it out for a fully charged unit."

Must also remember that the cost of a 'swap will need to include quite a large charge for depreciation of the battery.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Scientiic Method

1) Get rich fools to buy systems off this guy

2) Allow to run

3) Measure success/failure by number of law suites (even rich fools have lawyers)

I hate the smell of snake-oil esp. in the morning

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Re: @Flocke Kroes - If I wanted high Linux usage figures ...

"Android has nothing to do with Linux"

What !

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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Re: Fuming

"somehow you think an astronauts "real work......."

I'm amazed that a Vogon doesn't know about working in space, mind they are a right bunch of bureaucrats.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING

"great idea if you don't mind spending weeks rewriting drivers and other crap to get it to work at all "

You do a lot of that do you ? I don't seem to need to !

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