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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

a_mu

where to get all the Xp patches

So

on assumption some one round here is going to need a XP machine in the future for testing something,

where do I get a disc / download of the last / best patched XP

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

a_mu

sony tv's

And will my Sony TV's be able to read the new iPlayer interface ?

the FinLux TV has enough problems with the last iPlayer update,

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

a_mu

Pondering the pines for the Psion

Also a Psion owner form the Psion 1, red led display I seem to remember, but stooped at the 3MX, the 5 never appealed to me, too big..

I can remeber spending something like 100 quid on an expansion memory for the 3, might have been 2 MB,

Is this a klickstart job ?

I'd still use the 3MX if it had an interface to windows,

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Comprehensive security in the home

a_mu

why one solution

Out of interest,

the 'problem' I found one time was that one particular security package had a hole, and all the kids pc's got infected at once. Try to fix that one,

so I now put different anti systems on different machines,

for instance I currently use avast and avg for anti virus at home,

it was surprising what one will find that the other won't ,

same with anti male ware,

Add to that the android tablets, the Nintendo's and tv;s with web access et all, and security is interesting.

as for parent control,

impossible,

if my kids are anything like I was at 12, then I will not be able to control what they do

so I 'just' have a snooper on the gateway, makes log of all sites visited,

lets hope they don't find vpn too soon,

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

a_mu

supersonic

how can it be stealthy and supersonic ?

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

a_mu

TV and DLNA

A slight concern

Sony TV's are notorious for their ability / lack of to interface to DLNA servers,

Last I looked, Sony TV only approve the DLNA server supplied on their vaio computers,

you have to purchase their computer to get the software,

Wonder what they will approve as a server now ?

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

a_mu

power cycle

if only virgin would fix the rest of the network,

it seems to be going down over time

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

a_mu

re lockin.

In-browser editing is preferred across the board, and “To avoid lock-in to a particular provider, it must be possible for documents being created or worked on in a cloud environment to be exported in at least one of the editable document formats proposed.”

SO : If the in browser is a spread sheet, and its savable in a txt format, then thats OK ?

what about all the formulas ? Dahh.

What about a document with formatting in it, be that a spread sheet or a document for publishing, then save that in a txt file is ok by these rules !

I guess they mean a spreadsheet can be saved as cvs, and a 'graphics' document as an odf , and a [ure txt file as a txt file, but

Or have I got this wrong.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

a_mu

solar power

Fantastic news,

Uk Sugar beet harvest has another use,

but are the batteries re chargeable, or primary cells,

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Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m

a_mu

Altitude auto pilot

could you just let the thing 'fall'

till it got into an atmosphere that it had a chance of working in,

then turn on the auto pilot.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

a_mu

SR71 was a flop

Please remember,

the SR71 NEVER flew in anger,

Its a fantastic 'plane' , I tremble when I touched the A12 on the carrier in NewYork, its that sort of a plane,

but for the reconnaissance job it was intended, over the USSR ,it never flew.

By the time it got into the air, it was to slow and low.

The U2 , just kept on going,

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

a_mu

humans out the loop

the plane is probably better than when it was manned

the plane had to be limited as to what it could do because the human could not survive the G forces,

try holding a minimum radius turn, the pilot becomes a passenger,

the remote pilot is still drinking his coffee and working out how to kill you

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

a_mu

fantastic engineering

Amazing,

it would have taken 10 years to design , so thats technology from almost 50 years ago .

I bet many of the managers get congratulated on this,

but the real engineers, Nahh,

Well done , compare to current designs that have a life measured in 10's of months not 10's of years.

I can imagine the management response," Hay you over engineered it, you should have saved cost / weight",

god bless the guys, with their slide rulers and pen protectors in their shit pocket,

they will all dead now, as they smoked 100 a day, and worked 100 hour weeks,

but I'm envious.

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

a_mu

as a student

TDK cassette tapes were THE standard for good quality recording

Good being relative to the time and money,

the "metal" audio tapes were amazing, but just about impossible to erase on early cassette recorders.

this and the 50th anniversary of the cassette , oh how life moves on,

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

a_mu

1 is oops. 2 is coincident, three is a trend

So Amazon cloud went do , and back

and Google cloud has gone down, and back

now apple cloud has gone down,,,

three points make a trend,

whats going on !!!!

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

a_mu

missed the point ?

I though the point was that this should not have happened, should have been spotted earlier, and should have been reported,

none of which happened,

when it comes to nuclear, are we happy with that situation,

I'm not.

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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

a_mu

FTTP

wasnt this amount about the same as the "too expensive" and "waste of money" cost of wiring ( or should that be fibering ? ) the UK with FTTP.

Know what I'd rather spend on,

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

a_mu

love it

So thats constructive dismissal then ?

It does have a certain interesting side,

what would you do with a paid 8 hours a day unlimited internet access and time to do what you want.

In google they only have '20 %' creative time,

or is that management spin on things,,

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NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

a_mu

whats it doing now

this reads like the thing is doing nothing whilst we work out what to do with it,

is that really whats happening ?

all that gear just sitting in space, waiting,

please tell me I'm wrong.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

a_mu

why would you NOT have an active roof

Why would one not want to have a PV roof, if its cost effective,

Cost is the measure we use as an economy in the supply demand economy we live in,

As an extreme, if every available and usefull roof and desert were covered in generation plant,

and the world connected up, then sun in one place could be exported to power some where else.

may be PV is not the best option in the dessert, may be the solar towers like in Spain are the way forward, but.

A few pump storage schemes in the mountains of the world, a few convert water to Hydrogen in other places,

its not that hard.

lets leave the gas, oil, coal as a chemical resource we can use, not 'just' oxidise them to carbon dioxide.

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

a_mu

what goes around

comes around,

I seem to remeber,

the original disc drives, all 10 M of them,

plugged into the Apple II bus directly,

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

a_mu

what is the surprise

Hay

you can make a cannon out of 'duct tape' ,

so why are we surprised that one can make a riffle out of hard plastic.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/duct-tape-cannon.htm

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Boffins use lasers to detect radio waves

a_mu

tuning

so how do i change the frequency to receive different bands ? multiple ribbons ?

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

a_mu

12 weeks

and its going to take them 12 weeks to turn them off ?

what is that all about,

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

a_mu

glider

fantastic flight and pictures.

one thought,

from 35 Km up,

if you can make the glider glide at 4:1 ,

the glider could cover most the width of the UK,

you could gps it back to any landing place you wanted to ?

have a chat with James May ?

ok at altitude you would not not 4:1

but at lower altitude you should get better than 4:1

so average of 4:1 could be a good average ?

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

a_mu

flying

interesting that most / all flights are now days done 99 % by the auto pilot, yet we still have two people in the front to fly.

would we ever allow a fully automatic flight system ?

are we ever going to allow an automatic car to take over ?

I doubt it,

if nothing else, the insurance will still say its the drivers fault, even if they were asleep and car / jet was on auto pilot.

you cant sue a machine,

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HP storage: more possible backdoors

a_mu

Re: Virgin media modems also ?

re its Virgins, so they can do what they want,

actually a good point,

I still think of the thing as a modem, with MY router, which it has not been since the 'upgrade' to the superhub.

so now I need a firewall / router that can handle the 100 Mb connection speed,

now thats another problem

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a_mu

Virgin media modems also ?

Been talking with virgin media support,

they have told me what mac and IP address's I have on my network, how long the modem has been connected and lots of other stuff.

wonder what other back doors there are in the "super hub "

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

a_mu

how can this NOT be national news

Amazing

a public body uses computer records to put people in prison

and 'some' records are found to be at fault,

Ok, I can understand a c up happening, but

we need to compensate BIG time all those that it happened to and fast.

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

a_mu

TV quality

Lets get the Quality of the broadcast up to where it can be first,

Broadcasters,

give the channels more bandwidth to minimize those annoying MPEG effects.

BBC in patticular, the HD channels, when their is a local cutaway,

don't just broadcast a 'please re tune' message.

Either fix it so we get HD local TV ( even if its up sampled )

or put on say the London or something channel,

Set manufacturers,

lets have it such that if there is a HD version of the program available we can automatically jump to it,

( and back when there is no HD version )

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

a_mu

stealth boat

put this on a stealth boat,

now that would be a game changer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185831/Declassified-170million-Cold-War-Stealth-boat-snapped-2-5million-condition-scrap-parts.html

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

a_mu
Mushroom

Asset

Whilst the gas in in the ground,

its an asset.

as technology gets better, it becomes more of an asset, as we can recover more of it for less,

once its gone its gone.

Now what will the politicians decide,

short term or long term ?

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

a_mu
Childcatcher

what battery

I'd look at using of the shelf D type batteries,

by far and away the best amp per Kg density.

try Lithium-Thionyl Chloride type.

or even Streight Ultra Caps ,

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

a_mu
Facepalm

ropes do seem a little old hat

Railways were ropes with static engines,

but they moved to engines on the cars a long time ago.

does seem like its time to move to a vertical rail based system,

with all the safety interlocks naturally,

and as said above, it does mean the lift cage does not need to only go up / down, they can switch tracks with points, and can go horizontal as well as vertical,

just needs some one to do it,

wonder if its already patented ?

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Curiosity prepares for year-long road trip to Mount Sharp

a_mu

mars rat

yes

I KNOW that its 99.999999% probable that the mars rat picture is a fluke,

BUT

if it isnt ?

cant curiosity follow its tracks back to have a close look,

Just in case,

if it was something that looked like water, would they follow that up ?

just because its very unlikely does not mean its not true.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

a_mu

how hot

the sulphur batteries in one time 'stuff' , ie you dont expect it to come nack,

use a pyro charge to heat them up,

now they are scary when they go wrong,

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

a_mu

oh yes

Netbooks are just right for me.

most of what I need is text based, so by the time yo put a keyboard on a screen of a 'pad' then you are down to a very small screen.

yes, I have a laptop, but its too big and power hungry to do a full flight across the pond,

yes I have a pad, used for games and tv / internet film watching,

yes I have smart phone, lots of apps,

but typing / general most things,

, give us the key board of the netbook,

it does everything in a small package that just works

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

a_mu
Stop

must admit I'm confused

So what are we to do ?

Insulation is good, or have I got that wrong: take out insulation, purchase more energy, keep more people in work.

Why has most to the Uk gone to flat screen TV's, why are most office computers now flat screens.

why did we switch almost over night to un leaded petrol,

why is it that cars now can do 50 mpg, where as only a few generations ago they could only do 20 mpg.

brain hurting.

is it that most to the things I mention above are on a short turn over, 10 years or so,

whilst buildings are 10 times that slower at turn over.

energy wise it would be great to knock all the existing buildings in the uk down, and build much better insulated ones, it would even solve the job mountain,

but :

what are we to do, can we go digging out old carbon deposits and burning it at the rate, or higher than we already are.

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Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

a_mu

Nuc, why not

Strikes me that its not the Nuc thing thats the worry, its the shocking in competence of the operators and managers that's the killer.

did any one else see the bbc 2 Challenger program the other night ?

could be re titled, Nasa ups and downs Apollo 1 to Challenger.

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

a_mu

So laser to a geo stationed sat then seems a good idea,

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

a_mu

file formats

it is sad, to me anyway,

that I already have MS documents that are no longer even readable in MS programs.

its back to paper records me thinks,

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

a_mu
Megaphone

X35

Now were the US putting up a mil shuttle as well,

connected ?

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

a_mu

he will be missed ,

I once as a kid in the 60's was at the London planetarium,

he gave a special presentation to the school kids.

he had us all wanting to be scientists.

BTW: re " Young Moore was present in NASA ground control for the Apollo landing"

was he not in the BBC studios in the UK ? I seem to remember him crying at the landing. bu tit wa sa long time ago..

the world is a better place because of him.

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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

a_mu
Thumb Down

again

dell try this every few years,

ship a few products without windows,

just to keep MS on the back foot may be ?

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Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

a_mu
Mushroom

international shipping

Interesting Questio for the pub...

If I have an item printed in say the netherlands, and ship it to say the usa,

is the import duty that of a print , or that of the thing I have had printed ?

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

a_mu
Thumb Up

ah well

so:

a few Km of ehtenet cable, thats the 50 ohm coax stuff, and quite a few BNC connectors / T pieces.

A pile of ISA and such boards.

A stack of old memory, some in DIL packages....

Leads of all types. in a pile so big that I don't know what there is, so just get another one from the stores.

if I want a twisted pair ethernet I can only find USB. If I want usb, I can only find Firewire, and don't get me started on the pile oif 'usefull' D connectors in various forms and configuration, null modem, loop back, loop back with control, cross over, etc etc. all carefully labeled up, with sticky labels that are now falling off into the boxs.

then we old mother boards, PSU's of various vintages,

cases that only accept BTX boards,

but why would I want any of it

a raspery pi is more powerfull than any machine I could make out of this lot,

but I can' t chuck it, they might be useful, one day,

so on third house move they go again from one attic to the next, box's un oppened.

I think I need a coffee now, and may be a trip down the local computer flee market at lunch time to see what else there is I NEED.

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Ten technology FAILS

a_mu
FAIL

BOB

Now

Can I make windows 8 tiles look like BOB.

come to think of it, is/ was BOB the beta release of windows 8..

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

a_mu

silly hardware

yep,

this hub does have the worst reputation , and massive set of problems.

its amazing the company that makes the hardware and the firmware has not pulled out, they must be getting a terrible reputation.

personally, I had lots of hassle with it,

I ended up reseting it each night, and that seems to help,

fingers crossed,

but do I feel happy having to cross fingers to have a hub, NOPE.

yes, I'd be happier with a small , low power modem only, not this dammed great big power guzzler / heater.

and no, modem mode is no answer, the hardware is still there,,

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Boffins pump hot, vivid fluid into squidgy robostarfish

a_mu

coloured ballons

so some one looks at the background,

and decides what colour to squirt into the baloon !

now the micro channels done by 3d printing is interesting,

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

a_mu

super hub , too much in one box ?

thought,

I purchase an adsl router, and I might get one or two updates,

After a few years, it might be missing the latest features features, but it works reliable

The super hub,

which 'upgrade' are we on now ?

hay the last one even changed the gui on the log in page,

talk about deck chairs on the titanic.

now if they could split the function in two,

the basic cable modem part, and the add on parts,

I guess thats what the modem mode does, but that turns off the second part.

it still chews up power etc,

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