* Posts by Chemist

1990 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

We'll build Elon Musk's Hyperloop ... if you lob us ONE-MEELLION dollars

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Re: No chance in hell

$15M/mile for loop

£200M/mile for HS2

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

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Re: "calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service"

" It's stupid that by default Linux distro's only create a single filesystem. "

Some do but certainly not all. I've never experienced a single partition install in years In fact I installed OpenSUSE onto a 16GB pendrive the other day - not a live CD but a full install and it defaulted to a 6GB partition for the root system / and a 8GB for /home - the only change I made was to suggest a swap partition on the stick as well ( this was an experiment to have a full mobile Liniux 'machine' that I could carry from machine to machine. Apart from being a little slow to boot ( the stick's access time is rather slow) it seems to have worked very well

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

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Re: That graph suggests

"Actually even XP has had far fewer vulnerabilities than say OS-X or an Enterprise Linux distribution...."

You have mentioned this before (MANY times) - you were trying to be misleading then and are so now

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Re: I sort of wondered

"Just a few hundred years ago the earth was the center of GOD's universe & was flat"

A VERY common misconception, but not true.

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Re: perhaps dark matter/energy is cosmological philogiston

As a chemist can I say phlogiston not philogiston unless you're really trying to incorporate philosophy into it

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Crypto protocols mostly crocked says euro infosec think-tank ENISA

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Re: And the number of people affected is..?

"I couldn't point to any commercial organisation which uses it"

I worked for a major pharma that mandated encryption for data transfer between any contract research organisation or collaboration.

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Re: Cross platform security kit

They do also require 3 random characters from an additional password input via pull down menus

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Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

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Re: grammar nazi in action @Chemist

"A whole Dent, or only Arfur Dent?"

Nice !

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Re: grammar nazi in action - furthermore ...

"blithely swimming the waters off northern Australia, according to boffins."

playfully swimming (playfully) the waters off northern Australia, according to boffins

Fixed

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Re: grammar nazi in action @Chemist

"Some mates said you do killer sardines"

Don't get the tin with the Dent in it

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Re: grammar nazi in action

"it hasn't just miraculously materialised out of nowhere..."

Are you ... sure ?

Easy come - easy go (Can we have a HHGG icon ?)

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: I think something needs to be done

"I guess people don’t want innovation anymore"

People quite like improvement ! Innovation has to do something useful in real life to be commercial

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Re: Digital is not the same as DAB

"ow comes with DAB as standard and the first internet-enabled car radios are making an appearance so expect digital radio listening in the car to grow sharply."

Except that most people find their car radio is often useless on DAB, I know mine is. SO just because cars are being fitted with them doesn't mean that the DAB stations are being used. For that matter my car is fitted with self-parking but I'll never use it.

Until DAB radios are cigarette lighter sized and run for 12 hours on one AAA battery like my Roberts FM set they're useless for hill walking too.

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

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Re: Not to hard to figure out

"It seems to be smaller than most Linux distributions...."

That's a stupid comment even by your standards as I'm sure you know most Linux distros ship with MASSES of user programs. FYI I've just generated a custom distro using SUSE Studio (brilliant) and with all the software I want it is a 270MB download

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Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

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Re: Impressive work

"It always seemed obvious that a GW detector near a big particle accelerator should be picking up feint but repetitive pulses when the accelerator was running."

I don't think the minute amount of protons being run around the accelerator even with relativistic mass would generate any measurable gravity wave esp. as ( AFAIK) the usual detectors probably wouldn't be tuned to the frequency of any such wave. A single bunch of protons at the LHC must have an orbital rate of ~10000 orbits/s

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Re: A major flaw

"but give the 18 month support cycle for Ubuntu "

Ubuntu != Linux

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Re: Or

"Um, sources or I call BS."

He's always banging on about vulns. or Munich, funnily enough he often gives links to documents that often show exactly the opposite of what he's claiming. What on Earth he get off on with all of this I don't know. - doesn't really matter he's just an AC and should be ignored.

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Windows XP folks: At least GOOGLE still loves you ... UNTIL 2015

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Re: Migrate away from MS altogether

"but if it can't boot the live disk"

If the computer can't boot the live disk, either the image is faulty ( try a checksum) or the drive is faulty. Have you tried either another distro or booting from a USB stick - that can be created in Windows (http://en.opensuse.org/Live_USB_stick"

(If your older machine has only 512MB then SUSE might be unwise, it usually warns on a 1GB machine but still installs OK), plenty of other lightweight distros but not all have live CDs/DVDs

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: Success???

From your ref.

"while in Germany the platform sits behind iOS on 8.8%" - but that's sales for the previous 3 months NOT it's penetration of the German market

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

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Re: One hopes ...

"BASIC interpreters, unlike Clippy, are something Gates did personally write....."

First one I built - 6502 with MS BASIC - 8KB ROM, 4KB RAM- you've guessed already, massive bug in the interpreter - garbage collection screwed.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: 1080

"I would indeed, had I actually made such a preposterous claim. :)"

But I wasn't replying to you - I was replying to DuncanL who used the exact phrase

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Re: 1080

"The only real source of 1080p is Bluray."

You'd have to explain that to my 1080p/50 video camera which is now a couple of years old. Or indeed my laptop using the TV as an external monitor

But yes I agree that there is confusion above about the content standards and what most new TV/monitors are capable of.

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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

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Re: complete with the Start button

"but I still maintain that it's much easier to move the mouse in one axis and keep the area of focus in the same place."

But that leads to a very long list (>100 items in the case of my laptop) without the benefits of organising by topic/function

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Re: complete with the Start button

"Stray one pixel too far and the sub-menu collapses, leaving the user stranded."

As you've obviously not used it - let me explain that it doesn't. Once invoked the menus are there until clicked or until something else is clicked. Just moving the mouse has no effect on the open menu other than to select the options above or below the one the mouse is currently on - no collapse

This on KDE/OpenSUSE 12.3

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Re: complete with the Start button

"a menu that goes vertically and horizontally is a UI mistake - it's just too hard to navigate with a mouse"

What !

And yes it is and it's easy

Click on start button, vertical menu appears, slide up to required group, and sub-menu appears, slide across, then up/down and across to 3r'd level if necessary and left click. That really isn't hard, it all sits waiting until you left-click. the only groups that I imagine having difficulty are physically disabled in some way or poor eyesight. There are plenty of alternative (icons on desktop, or "run xxxxxx") plus the bulk of the start menu is available by right-clicking the desktop.

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Re: complete with the Start button

"But Olav Officedrohne and Larry Linux ......"

Strange then that I can find any one of dozens of programs in a few seconds on a KDE Start menu. It's just a case of being well-organised No hierarchy more than 3 layers deep, everything in logical groups, anything widely applicable in multiple places.

I'd certainly never remember what the name of every program I very occasionally use might be called but if I know what it's for then I can find it easily.

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Hey banks: Use Win XP after deadline? You'll PAY if card data's snaffled

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Re: Microsoft -- Security?

Now if you really want remote kernel vulns.

As reported in The Reg recently

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/patch_tuesday_double_ie_trouble/

"The critical MS13-081 update addresses seven vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel, including problems in font handling, and can be triggered remotely through malicious web pages and maliciously formatted Office documents"

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Re: Linux is always the best

"Challenge for the penguin downvote mob, upvote this post for agreeing with your world view, or downvote it for being a content-free vapid post)"

OR don't vote either way and express your contempt for the poster

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Re: Vulnerabilities

"I was intrigued by your comment, ....."

He's always doing that, quotes a ref. that often turns out to be an argument AGAINST his 'expert' opinion

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"Just look at Munich - ten years, and tens of millions invested and they still havn't finished a migration to Linux"

You've already been laughed off the Register about that one !

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'Computer GEEKS' snatch NOBEL Prize for chemistry - without using chemicals

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Re: Bah!

"Doing chemistry on a computer?!! Where's the fun in that for Lavoisier's sake?"

Do you remember how he ended-up ? And he tried to get the execution delayed because he wanted to do one last experiment.

BTW. The classic Einstein quote in this area is " The trouble with Chemistry is that it is too hard for chemists" - I've tried to live my life by this mote

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Re: Numbers, Big numbers, and Random numbers

"Just look at predicted LogD; it's usually way off experimental results"

Calculating ( or rather estimating LogD is POTENTIALLY risky, but often is suprisingly good. HOWEVER the best method (short of measuring everything - which can be time-consuming & error-prone itself ) is a good measurement of a representative molecule and and then using that as a basis for prediction.

I've worked with the best in this area and there are definitely some huge pitfalls in BLINDLY estimating LogD by machine

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: Not going to happen - look what happened to HTC last time.

"try 12% in the UK:"

That's 12% of (alleged) SALES, not 12% MARKET SHARE - at the current rate it will take ~ 2-3 years to reach 12% SHARE

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Re: My Suggested Response

Initial first setup screen

"Please press "1" to install WP8, or "2" to remove Android

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Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

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"But he has sat on the board since way back in 1981"

It's the only way to make the b*ggers do what you want !

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?

"Personally I'd be inclined to use CO2"

Burning metal fires need special extinguishers, they often carry on quite well with CO2 using the oxygen from the carbon dioxide. CO2 also disperses unless it's in a confined space.

From several real personal experiences with burning potassium, sodium and lithium aluminium hydride the best way is with dry powder preferably the 'ternary' mix designed for such fires

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Re: Even if you needed that accuracy...

"The point of the atomic clock is the long term accuracy."

What long-term accuracy ?. How accurately can it be set when you change the battery ?

The main advantage of an atomic clock is its high resolution NOT its long term ( millennia) stability

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Even if you needed that accuracy...

how does a little analogue display let you use it ?

More to the point - how long does the battery last ?

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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

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Re: UK unaware

"UK unaware "

There has been plenty of news coverage here, not with any great technical detail though. Coverage has also included other countries' reactions.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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"we will change the world again"

Shouldn't that be "we will short-change the world again"

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: faster processor, huge ssd, reasonably priced

"finest keyboards the galaxy has ever seen"

Presumably the product of the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation - hopefully there's a wall looming

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"still looking for a network smb file browser for andriod"

I set our file server to use Samba just to allow my wife's Android phone and tablet. She uses File Expert and you connect using ( from my memory) something like tools-network-client.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Probably a *lot* simpler if they stopped all this *extra* rubbish and just tracked 1 thing.

"Free movement of EU nationals within the EU is a noble idea but how do you do resource planning if you can't even answer the question..."

Well how does everyone else manage ? Different countries have different processes and efficiencies but most seems to cope.

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

"Technically, if you're a British subject then you can't be denied entry at the border."

Certainly my mother returning to the UK, having lost her passport a couple of hours earlier, was allowed in without it at Calais with only the briefest of form filling.

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Re: How's it supposed to work anyway?

"How's it supposed to work anyway? "

I like the way you put this. Go to an enormous amount of time and money to generate two enormous lists ( no doubt with inaccuracies ) and then subtract to get a small list that has cost £????? and is still, no doubt, rather inaccurate

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"Ferries from Dover to Calais "

By car there will normally be no-one bothered at the French check after which you can drive to the ferry company booth and the only check there uses number plate recognition and "Are you Mr xxxxxxx ?"

Additionally you might be stopped by security to check the vehicle ( for bombs or whatever) - this has never happened in dozens of car crossings but is fairly common in our motorhome

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Ferry

Nobody has checked my passport outbound from Dover for years and I travel 3-4 times a year. The only check I expect on our current journey (I'm in Switzerland at the moment UK-France-Switzerland-Italy-Switzerland-France-UK ) is the UK check at Calais

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"this was a discussion for adults,"

Just reiterating the tired old stuff about "And we all know Linux is notorious for its many, many bugs that the kernel devs should classify as security vulnerabilities, but refuse to do so."

makes you sound VERY like an AC who posts here repeatedly just using the same words without giving any evidence as to the number of serious or important vulnerabilities.

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

"(Not the same AC, BTW)"

ALL ACs are the same. The only genuine reason for using AC is to prevent identification because the poster has sensitive knowledge.

Sh*t-stirrers are sh*t-stirrers esp. if they are ACs - nothing more.

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