* Posts by illiad

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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what happens when you travel at the speed of light??? special relativity vid..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgH9KXEQ0YU

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Re: Faster than light

compared to the speed of light, your movements are on the nano scale or smaller...

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Physicists create the world's tiniest magnifying glass to see atomic bonds

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Fix!

well since 'light' is from 400 to 700 nanometer (a billionth of a meter) I guess they must be talking 'baby words' to the press...

ONE nanometer and below is X-rays, then gamma rays..

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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Re: 66.1kms

Driving??? avoiding idiots on the road, awful traffic, etc, etc... when you could be relaxing in a comfortable seat... :)

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Re: The ultimate ad-blocker

sure wish it was that simple.... :P

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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

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Trouble is, what TYPE of fibre??? there was a big ' put fibre in at build time' push, BUT!!! then BT go and change the standard for fibre communication, and find it does not work in 'old' fibre...

cue big rush to stop complaints, and ripping out it all ..... :(

yeah, all these fancy new words sound great, but I have yet to see the 'high speed using copper' to ACTUALLY work... and some actually think 'highspeed' is 10MBPS!!!

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Re: What a pile of poo

Hey if you have a billion EUR, you can do it too!! :) :)

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cost+of+Rosetta+space+probe

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Re: Denial of own figures - here we go again

Yes, businesses will pay large sums of money, for installation and maintenance of their internet.... BUT 'normal people' cannot or will not pay high prices for it....

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Re: Hyperoptic?

Basement????? LOL DO note that 'premises' (Ya know that is what FTTP is? :) ) **includes** ALL of your property, including basements, and ALL floors that are part of it!!!

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Re: good starting point

Virgin Media! If you have ANY sense, you wont get decent broadband on a mobile! :O

Oh, it looks like you are clueless merican... ;?

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Re: Let me be very clear about this...

you are forgetting.... :)

Its a CONFERENCE, where BIG things are said, and they work out later how to do it, and deny they said it if needed!!!!! :D

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Re: Hyperoptic?

There is actually a tech that can transmit internet over the mains electric, but it not that fast, and complicated, so not much interest... :(

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Re: good starting point

Many forget that companies like VM cable etc, DO NOT USE copper phone wire!!!

Its FTTC, then **satellite grade** coax to the home, and further inside, if you ask!! :) :)

then the VM convertor box provides you with a standard phone connector.. :)

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Re: G.fast is a pointless, expensive Cul-De-Sac Technology. Let's make that clear now.

G.fast and other fancy names from BT actually means... We can 'get away with' NOT digging up millions of meters of copper... :/

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Re: good starting point

well he is using 'politician talk' to say ALL, but mean 'MOST' ( and of course that varies from 70% *downwards*... :/ )

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

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Re: So...

Nope! the background radiation is still there, showing its age...

as for 'mass' , well....

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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Re: Glad I live in the UK...

'a wacked-out former entity with fading infrastructure living on fading victory'

hey the *people* in UK are great, BUT it is the ancient gvmt bureaucracy that has that effect... and the 'house of lords' older guys are similar, lost sight of the 'normal people' , thinking their 'great plan' is what *everyone* wants.. their rich friends only, of course.. :/

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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Re: And I thought that was ofcom!

problem is, BT just contracts out many things, and does not bother checking 'quality'... :(

A good range of tools are here... :)

https://www.dslreports.com/tools

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Re: If only

try this!

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/toggle-animated-gifs/

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Re: BBC

BBC is ok on ipad etc, no flash... but not windows! >:(

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Re: Apple decision in 2010

EXCEPT for many 'cheap' web sites... BBC is a strange exception, flash needed on windows, but NOT on apple computers! ???

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: Not for me ( traffic codes where I live forbid..)

So what awful place do you live??? and if 'you are surrounded by cars' , they will soon slow to a crawl...

either way, it sounds like you are too paranoid to do the above... grow up...

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Re: Slartibartfast Hovercraft

well, 24th century computers are MUCH smarter!!! :)

and note even todays ' Nintendo Wii Console' knows where you are standing! :)

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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SOME interviews have no clue about the tech... especially government...

the phrase "went down to have a look to find two monitors plugged into each other, a USB mouse plugged in to an ethernet port and assorted other horrors."

would be understood as "went down to have a look to find two mmm plugged into each other, a usususu plugged in to an etrstet and assorted other horrors."

um, what?? she does IT, that's good enough! (you have seen IT CROWD? "ah you do email! just what we need!" )

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Re: Back in the day...

Or how about (I think it was an acer 'Q' ) that has the power button just below the top right corner!! - even worse , it was by the wall, so easily nudged by the user - so pushing the switch against the wall!! :O

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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try to discover the 'preferences' and 'element hider' part of ABP, where you can block **anything** ...:)

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Re: loose the adds - Icecat

why would I do that when my current one works well, and easily adapts???

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As is said so often, It is not SO difficult to put 'acceptable' ads on your website!!!

do it the SAME way you add pictures... :/ no need for flash or any other stuff... :)

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Re: Not really much of a market

A very good description of WHY we use adblock!

hey, clueless ones!!! :D You can always add new filters to adblockplus, and even get an addon to block individual elements!!

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Re: Wouldn't take much for someone to Copy and Paste the AdBlock concept

... except Ublock is not as easy to use by non geeks... and there are other 'versions' of adblock plus, to say nothing about **adding** a filter to stop the ads that get through/... :P :/

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: GPS off, maybe ?

Ah, the new confusing switches to try to 'hide' tracking.... :P

I hope you have realized that 'no GPS' equals 'GPS off' ???

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Re: But...

Just lucky, or you haven't d/loaded any apps yet... :P

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Re: eh?

Yup....

There. is. no. escape... and when you use your credit card at some shop, they know*exactly* where you are... :)

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TLDR, but hey noobs, Cell phones have tracked you even before GPS was put in... A phone has to know where the nearest tower is, so it can get a signal... and of course they have names, related to their position!

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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Re: Software development

If you think it was THAT simple, there would be 1000's of browsers, not around 4 main ones...

(do note that many ''{insert company name here} browser" programs are just a 'shell' around IE or one of the four... }

and then WHAT do you want it to do???

If it was a car, would you mind if it looked like this??

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/autopia/2009/11/top-gear-ev.jpg

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HUH, I have had win7 on various PCs for years now... switched off updates, NEVER use IE, NEVER use outlook, or any other MS crap...

I use pale moon, a version of firefox that does not have the stoopid geek stuff, just works properly.. :)

NOTE!!! Pale moon is N O T a speed freak, N O T a 'I have fancy functions' freak...

JUST a browser that works well for BROWSING (y'know, the thing it is made for?? )

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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It gets even worse for some big companies.. they will not finance *any* place to buy new kit from!!

the 'management' is running scared of 'not Microsoft' things, can only buy from 'acredited' suppliers, etc...

So us poor techs have to struggle to make it work... :(

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Be wary of 'laptop/ All-in-one' supporting windows' - they mean *win 10* - and if the chipset is skylake or newer, it will even need a *USB 2* DRIVER!!! The Dell 3240 is one of these.. we bought it for a great 30in lcd, SSD HDD, etc, etc... BUT the only way to load the driver is by disc...

The NEXT chipset may not be as 'easy' to install.. anyone know whtat win10 drivers will work with win7 or other??

The reason that dell was cheap, could be no one wanted win 10... :/

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The 'problem' with Raspberry Pi is the same as most *motherboards* you buy...

NO HDD

NO Optical disc drive

NO keyboard or mouse

NO power supply

NO monitor

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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syeah... more likely people will just not buy, just like what happened earlier... returned PCs, "duh, it does not work! "

even the whole Police force are still using XP!!!

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Re: Disable the UEFI!! FOR WIN7!!

@toughluck: you need to be clearer!!

er, win10 is designed for using UEFI... If win 10 install/ whatever will not start, it may be corrupt... go back to the company and get them to fix it if you DID want win10..

if you want Win 7, check your chipset - if it is skylake or newer, then it needs drivers even for USB2! (the BIOS will read it, but after that it passes control to the chipset and fails..) put all your drivers on an optical disc, works for me..

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Disable the UEFI!!

its makes things much simpler...

it will usually be hidden under 'legacy boot' and may need 'secure boot' switched off to be able to do that..

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Ah, ASUS drivers etc can be a bit tricky... :O

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TLDR, but they said that before...

"win7/8 wont run on old {fill in something here..} " they said.... they even said UEFI would be the 'only way' ...

many companies soon realized the big *financial* mistake that was, and enabled 'legacy bios' again...

And I am sure there are many pirates cranking out lots of 'legacy stuff' to fill the massive demand coming!!!

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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indeed, there was a company called 'hifidelity' that produced cheap stuff, for those with no idea of quality sound...

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Re: quality..

The problem is, 80% of people just want 'something to throw in the hifi for music' and and do not care a bleep bleep bleep about 'quality'... this is why CD and DVDs and of course USB etc are still being used... (of course many of these do not even know what USB means... )

the above do not want to spend money on the stuff, they would much rather save it for a decent fun car, or other proper luxuries...

and of course, there are those who think nothing of spending upward of £10,000 on a hifi system, and lovingly care for their vinyl to get the 'real sound'...

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

you are forgetting the high levels of X-rays given off by the sun...

"If there are lifeforms on Proxima b - even simple microbes - they may find the going rather tough, however.

Red dwarfs are very active. They tend to throw out big flares that would bombard a nearby planet with energetic particles. The X-ray emission is much more intense as well."

from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37167390

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: what about 'non-eu' workers in UK?? eg polish, indian, japanese, etc..??

Thanks, i didn't realize that.. just channeling the panic of my polish friends.. and their worries about the exchange rate to the Zloty...

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what about 'non-eu' workers in UK?? eg polish, indian, japanese, etc..??

will they get the same 'rights' as others who have been working in UK for more than five years?? :)

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

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Re: Why wait until December?

and what about twitter?? when people eventually got mp4 twitvids to work, now they have changed to a strange mua3 thing??

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