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2830 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Bechtolsheim races Arista to zero latency

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Hang on a minute

So we have all this glorious technology, and the objective is what?

To reduce suffering in the world?

To eliminate animal testing from drug trials?

To improve agricultural production, or to provide home automation for quadraplegics?

No. We want it to make very rich people fractionally richer!

I am so pleased about that.

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Navigon 70 Plus satnav

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Linux & tomtom

The tom tom linux implimentation seems simple: you can see the file system in usb connection, and the whole experience is straightforward and unremarkably simple. It plays music from an mp3 directory and displays graphics from a picture directory. What's not to like?

Unfortunately the 'home' application needed to manage maps runs only on windoze, and there seems no excuse for that. When you are running it, however, it does everything you want. Although moving maps from the internal memory to the SD card requires an act of faith. You have an option to copy maps to the PC and to delete them. The obvious 3rd step, to copy them back to the device, is there but not visible until the situation arises. So the 'home' application ergonomics could be better, but it actually does everything it needs to.

But the overall package is excellent, and I think they remain the market leader, although I am not happy about their lastest pricing either for hardware or for the more advanced subscription services. I think they have started milking the cow.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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Oh?

"fully justified text is for the clueless, only; it markedly and obviously diminishes legibility."

That will be why it is used in so many books then?

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Coffee/keyboard

Keyboard decoration

>Oh, that's right, they *can't* make a better product.

you owe me a new keyboard.

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bully boy tactics

>I received a call from MS, they've noticed a discrepancy in our number of

>licences and they want to do an audit.

I should tell them to P*ss R*ght Orf.

If I go into the co-op and buy 3 pairs of shoes they don't accuse me of shoplifting 3 pairs of socks.

Tell them that for security reasons they have to be accompanied at all times by someone who will cost them £45 per hour.

Time to install a linux server and some samba goodness, I feel.

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yes indeedy

Migration training has been necessary for lots of MS re-issues, where they just changed stuff.

unfortunately I now work for $MEGACORP which thinks we should pay for our own migration training in our own time. Instead I just get slower and slower at my job.

And I run Debian at home, which has the side effect of ensuring I don't accidentally train myself for them.

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One For All SV9380 Freeview HD indoor aerial

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Dodgy map

You provide a link to the manufacturer's coverage map, which is rather neat: the transmitters are shown on a mashup map, with neat colour coded concentric rings, and the colours map to a colour-coded range of products.

Two snags:

* The coverage areas round TV transmitters are not circular, but rather odd shaped, conditioned by beams and by the landscape

* The oneforall web page won't display on the rather short screen on my netbook. Oh, I get a scroll bar, but scrolling it does not change the bit of the page I can see.

http://www.thebigtower.com/live/Belmont/121P24000703011.htm

http://www.mds975.co.uk/txmaps/belmont.html

Do those look like circles to you?

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Practical Wireless

It's good to know there are still some geeks about who understand radio engineering. I like your impromptu impedance matching.

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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is this

ROTM?

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TalkTalk reveals faster broadband plans

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universal

>It arose long after it was renamed as Corsa.

Which, of course, means "I am a witless yokel who doesn't care what sort of rubbish I drive" in every language on the planet.

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Hint?

so who would that be then? Sounds like what I'm looking for

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Inside Windows Phone 7: ghost of Zune

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Joke

Windows Mobile 6.5 remains Microsoft's business smartphone platform

Bwahhhaaa Ha Ha

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Asus Eee PC 1215N 12in netbook

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...and

Why did you not try UNR or crunchbangEEE on it?

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Channel islanders attack Street View car

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For Glod's sake

A kid with a box brownie could cover the whole place in one afternoon.

Surely googlers can walk?

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RIM opens its PlayBook – tablets clearly set for dominance

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Parkable phone

I agree entirely about the parkable phone idea. It would be brilliantly small, only needing enough battery power for half an hour max.

I have another idea. I have a bluetooth earset that parks in its own battery recharging lump. A parkable bluetooth headset that would recharge from the larger battery would also be cool, and could be paired with the parkable phone too.

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Microsoft caps Ballmer bonus over mobile phone, tablet failures

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untitled

>I'm actually surprised his salary is so low,

I was thinking that. We appear to have heads of individual hospitals earning that.

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Final Ubuntu 10.10 and first Drizzle beta in release duet

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Perhaps?

>so why hasn't OSS triumphed?

The power of marketing?

The common 'plaint against M$ is its abuse of monopoly. The two local computer stores in my home town have both told me this week that they are 'not allowed' to sell me a computer without Windows,

But it is still the case that the fundamental weakness of FOSS is the absence of a huge marketing department.

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Google's 'instant' search springs keyboard controls

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dislike adds

I pay mail.com so I don't have to put up with adverts.

I'd give google a pound a month to search without ads.

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Ten... iPhone 4 cases

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Ten Essential... iPhone 4 cases

TEN? ESSENTIAL? How many cases does the wretched thing need? Do all these fit inside each other, or something?

I hear the distinct sound of the bottom of a barrel being scraped.

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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Cool

I want one.

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

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no title

>I guess you don't like Television, which if IRC is a mix of Greek and Latin

True. But there are many better reasopns for disliking television. Such as television programmes.

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Not sure

>Not even MS can trademark a word as generic as "Office".

Anywhere sensible, yes. US, no. After the way Apple just claimed 'Pad'?

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all french?

I'd have gone for LibreBureau

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Apple TV stripdown reveals mystery solder pads

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Testing

maybe Apple needed a test connector during development & proving? what more obvious than one they have as standard?

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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

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Yep

>"email traditionalists" + "Outlook users" = oxymoron

Yep. Any sentence with "outlook" and "moron" in it is automatically grammatically correct.

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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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Leftpondian bo**cks

I can't imagine a judge in England, or France for that matter, taking any longer over this that the time it takes to laugh.

People who live in a country where this can even be taken seriously long enough to start an action need to have a word with their politicians.

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Apple iPod Shuffle 4G

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+1

Ive got a sansa clip and a fuze, both heavily used. To the point where the batteries are worn out. I want another fuze, because you can set timers to record FM programmes off the radio. It's how I record the Carols from Kings while driving to get my mother-in-law for christmas.

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Back-to-college 15in Notebooks

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whats occuring?

When I were a lad we bought second hand textbooks & greatcoats, not brand new gadgets!

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Blighty's carriers to field Windows Phone 7

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Can't speak for anyone else

but the ones I have had (mostly HP) have been clunky, unreliable, and not much good as phones. My disliking of them is not prejudice it is expience.

All required frequent rebooting, and two of them had to be coldstarted and the contact/applications reloaded every week or so.

I just can't be doing with it, and won't be bothering with the new ones.

Oh, perhaps the bluetooth will work in the new ones, but they put it in the old ones and swore blind it worked. Maybe the syncing with outlook won't strip the + sign off all the international numbers, but the last 4 did that and I'm not going to risk my own money on that sort of pedigree. And in any case, I don't want to sync to Outlook. ever again.

The last HP, a 617 that I bought from expansys was appalling. I once turned it off for a flight from Korea to the UK, and found half a dozen 'welcome to the ussr' messages on it when i turned it on. The only way to turn it off was to take the battery out. I sent the bloody thing back.

My wife bought me the 6301 having been told that, being windows, it could be kept up to date. No software updates for it were ever issued, no matter how badly broken the included software was. That was the one that worked as a PDA, but the phone app would silently crash with no obvious sign that it wasn't working until you tried to make a call.

Four times bitten, now shy. I will NOT be bothering them again.

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who cares?

I've given up on smart phones, they are too fiddly and too much bother. I'd rather carry a phone that';s just a phone and use my UNR based netbook for everything else.

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Vodafone secures email-flashing barn door

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Boffin

Did you get an unexpected email?

If so, then your details were compromised.

its not rocket science

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Seagate rolls out 1.5TB external whopper

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Host powered? or power brick?

There is no mention of how the thing is powered in the article.

I went to look at the press release, which says it comes formatted NTFS, but makes no mention of the power brick. It does say "all in one" so perhaps there isn't one. The box shot on engadget allows you to read the 'whats in the box' bit, and there is no mention of a power adaptor there.

So perhaps its host powered? Is that right?

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Intel Sandy Bridge many-core secret sauce

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Yep

As a token ring veteran from the 1970s, it was the first thing that came to my mind. But does each core have a separate ring adaptor, or does it handle the ring directly?

Just how far ahead of its time was the transputer?

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Naturist club objects to erection of five storey tower block

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every icon tells a story

White Doctor's coats. That's yer answer

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News Quiz...

"Amateur dramatics is like naturism. The keenest participants are the ones you aren't interested in watching"

I'll get me,,,, no 'ang on, that's not allowed, is it?

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Happy

and

"open to new members"

excellent!

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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Old arguement, see 1980s.

I had this conversation when $DEFUNCTCORP tried to sell off its vaxes and SGI stations. I'd told them when we bought it that the software wasn't an asset, but they had put it in the asset register & the liquidators kept refusing offers for the hardware because the system was on the books at a much higher price.

Long, long arguments, but since they stopped paying me after 12 days I stopped trying to explain.

Go gpl! it's the only answer.

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Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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will this do for a title?

"Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap."

Well, given that we have *facepalm* and *headdesk* to imply low-impact percussive events, presumably *facebook* carries similar implications, only involving a 2nd party giving someone a thwack with e.g. a telephone directory.

And a good idea too.

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Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever

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Snake oil, Jam tomorrow, come to our grand re-opening, New-improved etc.

"Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever"

Do I detect a self-publicist in a state of fugue?

I am reminded of children in the playground "I know something you don't, nah nah".

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Cyberlink v. Nero media authoring suites

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But I don't want either of them

I really don't like this monolithic approach. It seems a bit like world domination to me.

I look at either of these, and the density of what I'm being asked to absorb just makes my brain shut down. Why would I want a disc burner that edits video? It's like going to buy a car and being offered something that has helicopter blades and a JCB digging arm on the back. Your first thought will be 'it won't fly well, and you can't do much digging with that blade whizzing round".

I use programmes that do one thing well, like Brasero or CDBurnerXP. If I want to edit MP3 tags, I use Kid3-qt. If I want to edit audio use audacity. To rip CDs I use Rythmbox or EAC

I can't believe that any of these huge bundles of software are really very good at everything they try to do. And I worry that they devote so much time to bit-twiddling graphical apps that they forget to pay attention to the basic task of burning discs.

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Robots capable of 'deceiving humans' built by crazed boffins

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nearly true

>doesn't any machine running Windows deceive humans on a daily basis?

but not ALL humans

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ROTM?

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BT preps nationwide TV network

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History

Video-on-demand was BT's pipedream back when Martlesham was still a research lab. AIUI the rf component of adsl had it's origin in Video-over-copper ideas.

What they need to look at is one of their oldest ideas - street level caching. If 5 people in the street want to watch the same football match it makes no sense to transfer it over the whole route 5 times. Once to the street cab & 5 times to the subscribers. Or another old chestnut - video on near demand. People ask for content, which is distributed with fixed start times e.g. 2 minutes apart. They get an hourglass till the next start time.

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Beeb creates new global iPlayer post

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Or payment

I'd be quite happy to buy remote access, as when I am out of the country my wife is still at home getting value for the TV licence.

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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

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I, for one

Have turned off autorun on all my windoze machines, often by installing Suse on top of them.

But my $MEGACORP flaptop has some sort of "fixed image" corporate tool. You turn off autorun, or change the default printer away from 'Microsoft XPS Document Writer' and within a few minutes it has changed back the way they like it. At which point I go 'ho hum' and let them get on with it.

Does anyone know what 'm2nl.bat' (which is not a bat file) does? $MEGACORP seems to not mind it infecting my memory sticks.

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cost

I reckon that each email sent should cost something. Then 'reply all' would become much less frequently used.

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FAIL

Which may be the real story

>antispam was more useful than the antivirus

Given how much we spend on AV, how come such a well-known technique has been so succesful?

What do all these heuristic modes do? sound posh?

and why does the bl**dy OS still allow stuff like this in the first place? over a decade later?

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Microsoft wins court order crushing mighty spam botnet

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Full traceability

Back in the 1990s I was lobbying for ISPs to get together and come up with different MTA protocols that would not allow spammers to hid behind anonymity or forged headers. None of them saw it as their job.They, of course, were quite happy to make money without actually doing any work. A more responsible attitude then might be saving us a lot of grief now.

We won't crack security problems while we are still using code designed for ARPA. Perhaps the time has come (is overdue) for the CCITT or some other telecoms body to define a new method of sending/recieving email that cannot be abused like this. It would not be so hard to migrate everyone: people interested in avoiding spam would be the trailblazers, and I reckon in 2 years pop3/smtp would be as dead as fidonet.

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Here's an idea

>Microsoft Active Response for Security.

How active would it be to add some security to the OS?

Everywhere I worked plan A was "sell stuff that works"

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Reg hack celebrates happy event

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whot?

There's not another one, surely?

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