* Posts by Dagg

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

Dagg
Joke

Where were the Thunderbirds when you need them...

Must have had problems with moms cooking!

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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Boffin

> Kaltern

If you are going to use an external sensor then it is much easier to use a hardware random generator. Most electronic circuits generate noise especially shot noise, this can be enhanced and it will generate a stream of random 1 and 0s.

Just google hardware random number generator for circuits.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Headmaster

Re: Now build a few dozen more...

Hey, MonkeyCee the hydro plants in New Zealand that have been mothballed or dismantled were all old and small and most were closed down over 60 years ago and were under 1 MW. Most of the current shutdown plants were thermal.

Current capacity

5452 MW Hydro

2413 MW Thermal

1014 MW Geothermal

685 MW Wind

68 MW Bio

Planned capacity

3400 MW Wind

1000 MW Thermal

285 MW Hydro

250 MW Geothermal

210 MW Tidal

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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Happy

Not all money

I was fly in fly out implementing a new banking package. I didn't get massive amounts of money but over a million frequent flight points, accommodation points and loads of free accommodation for a good hotel chain.

We didn't spend much on holidays for a couple of years.

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WD rust-proofs spinners with Gold offering

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Mushroom

Still will NOT use WD

Been badly burnt, had a black die under warranty, got a replacement then it failed under warranty. I'm now majorly gun shy of anything WD.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Happy

Re: impact on actual codes rather than ciphers?

>In which case they also need to ban stuff such as crossword puzzles, synonyms and doublespeak.

Also all forms of advertising.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Dagg

Re: Give it up, I'm not buying fuel any more

Try hydro, geothermal...

Also solar is no longer inefficient, with wind, solar and tidal you actually don't need constancy of supply, you need consistency of generation as you basically make hay while the sun shines (or wind blows) and store the hydrogen.

As long as you are able to generate X MW and use it to produce n tons of hydrogen a week then no problem.

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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Mushroom

Slack is a pain, you can't spam filter it so you get all the rubbish and cute cat pictures.

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Happy

Revenge of the Cetacea

The title says it all...

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Mushroom

Sounds like it was developed using an Agile approach

Agile start with a vague idea of what you want then just do it. Empower the team so that everyone is responsible for the failure. Wander thru the wilderness with no direction.

Then when it craps out blame the developers because the requirements were crap, this is just like blaming the stokers in the engine room of the Titanic for crashing into the iceberg.

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

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Boffin

Re: Attention passengers

>Why do you assume it wasn't a train at 5:17 AM?

Because it wasn't 05:17...

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

Dagg

Re: Geothermal Power

Try Lake Taupo in the middle of the north island of New Zealand, that is also a super volcano and it contains about 8 geothermal power stations.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Pint

Re: Another way?

>I think we have a number of bunker busters in the inventory. "You can hide but we'll find you."

Not if the OS of the bunker busters is W10....

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

Dagg
Alert

I wonder...

HAL turn on the radar.

Sorry Dave, I can't do that.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Those chicken snacks are nasty

If you consider Etihad rank don't go anywhere near Qantas...

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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Re: Irish Malls

@Mage

>Also restrictive. Only one "pharmacy"/Chemist can actually do prescription

That may not be the Mall, it might be a ruling from the Pharmaceutical Guild.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

Dagg
Devil

The problem is not alcohol in the beer!

It is that evil Di-hydrogen Monoxide!

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Mushroom

Re: "250 grams (1 pound)"

It is 250 grams! bugger primitive archaic non standard not useful measurements. Can someone please drag the US (and sometimes the UK) into the 21st century!

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OmniRAT malware scurrying into Android, PC, Mac, Linux systems

Dagg

I have two very cuddly rats, the advantage of having rats is it keeps the mice away. Before we had the rats we had mouse problems, now no mice. Must be some sort of scent thing.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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Mushroom

What about helicopters.

If you can do it to drones what about bloody helicopters! I have the bloody sods hovering directly over the house all the bloody time. The response from the media companies is along the line of "It is in the public interest".

Here in aus we are starting horse racing season and we end up with a local park as a helipad transporting the "well to do" to and from the various race courses, we have bloody take offs and landings every couple of minutes and one of the flight paths is directly over the suburb.

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

Dagg

Re: Energy, not power....

Use pet hair especially dog hair in carpet as a standard test. First time I got a dyson home with the rotating brush we were gob smacked with the amount of dog hair that the other (sanyo) vacuum had missed.

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BORN to HURL: Man's shoulders are head and shoulders above apes, gorillas, chimps etc

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Trollface

Re: Cricket vs. Baseball.

>Ps and I refuse to call football soccer, you kick the ball with feet thus it's called football.

Actually you can use any body part as long as it is not your hands. You can use your head, chest, bum etc that means soccer should be called nonhand ball.

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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

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Mushroom

Re: Abort!

>radio station

I gave up with radio years ago, all ego and adverts!

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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Devil

Ha ha

Classic big blue cock-up. under estimated the requirements (odds on it was deliberate, lock down scope while knowing what is proposed will not work), they would have also thought they could outsource everything to india.

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Flame

Re: Renault

>Countries that allow their workforce to enjoy a glass or three of wine at lunch should not be permitted to write software.

You mean like the UK, we always just wandered down the road to the pub for cob and a beer. I was always more productive after lunch.

The US on the other hand with these "brown bag" lunch meetings, total waste of time and always started the afternoon in a bad mood wanting to kill some sodding project manager who considered lunch to be "free unproductive time".

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

Dagg

> CanadianMacFan

The farmers in NZ are doing quite well, especially the dairy farmers.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

Dagg

Re: God bless America!

>The US has large areas that are safe

You mean like Texas!

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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FAIL

Re: Wishing and Hoping

>The fact that Pluto has a techtonily active crust (Mercury and Mars don't) should rank Pluto above them on the planet list

No, there are moons Europa and Titan that have tectonically active crusts that are bigger than pluto.

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Cheaper broadband will slow NBN adoption, says Turnbull

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Mushroom

Re: Give the NBN to people that actually want it

>What Turnbull is saying is that many people are happy with their existing broadband and do not want to pay more for something even if it is much faster, presumably because what they already have is enough.

BS I've got an old ancient inner city copper connection that is a flaky as all hell, every time it rains or we have an extreme weather event connectivity drops out and/or slows down.

When it is running at full speed it usable (just), but full speed is a very rare event.

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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

Dagg

Problem with Barn door front end

The big problem with SDR is the extremely wide barn door front end. Try to pick up a low level signal 10-15 kHz from a massive broadcast signal. Not a chance, the large broadcast signal just swamps the front end.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

Dagg
Trollface

Re: Have they still not.....

>Ban ban ban

Sounds like the state of Victoria...

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Dagg
Coat

Re: HOW DARE YOU!!

There is only so much catholic guilt rock you can take before you are either full or top yourself!

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: About time

"I don't know what the mechanism will be to switch from one virtual SIM card to another, maybe you scan a QR code or you download it as an email attachment or something like that"

What part of this don't you understand! This is a huge security hole!

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Dagg
Mushroom

Re: And the carriers smile

"Maybe you scan a QR code or something. I don't know. But your pessimism is unjustified."

How incredibly insecure!

I can just see it, "Scan this QR code for discount voucher" Oops, you just changed carrier to some ultra expensive ripoff! Doh!

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

Dagg

Re: Windoze as a service, Yea right

>Windows-as-a-service will run on your hardware

Then they will be paying me rent for the use of my hardware.

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Dagg
FAIL

Windoze as a service, Yea right

This will be no bloody good if your so called broadband (IE Australian Infrastructure) is crap.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Mushroom

Re: Can be cost effective

>If you have solar and have not installed batteries you are being subsidized by everyone else (usually the poor!)

BS! The rate at with they buy your solar power is less than the wholesale rate! No one is subsidising you! If you have solar cells in Aus you are a sucker as you are a supplier of cheap power to the retail companies.

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Dagg

Can be cost effective

>Smith says for most people the addition of a backup battery isn't a great value proposition.

>“By and large, most residential customers in cities and urban areas have a pretty robust connection,” he said.

That is not the issue, the problem is any power you produce is being sold to the power company and a crap rate, you then buy it back at a much higher rate.

At least with a battery you can use all of then power you generate so in effect you are getting full retail price for what you generate rather that the minuscule amount that the power company will pay.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Pint

I blame Agile

This is what happens when you use agile to manage a project. You get something just good enough based on requirements that wander all over the place with QA that only tests the best cases....

I need a beer!

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Mushroom

Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

Subscription because then we can turn it off to force you to buy an update...

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TPG ups offer for iiNet to AU$1.56bn, includes clever cash kicker

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Thumb Down

Time to review contract

Started with AAPT now iiNet will be reviewing contract... enough said...

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Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

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Mushroom

>The only thing common to all of the callers is a distinct sub continental accent.

With me that is an immediate hang-up, no questions nothing...

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

Dagg

Could be nickel

The back of watch could be coated with nickel.

There are some people that have a reaction to nickel that is in long term contact with skin. Had a friend that had problems with glasses.

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The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Thumb Up

>Copyright Unilateral National Taskforce Section

Major thumbs up for this!

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Dagg
Mushroom

Freedom From Religion

I wonder if the Indiana "Freedom of Religion" also includes "Freedom from Religion"?

If it doesn't then we have classic religious hypocrisy...

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Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

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Flame

Wrong

>Metadata retention is advanced as a way to stop Australians being harmed, or killed, by terrorists or criminals.

Wrong, Metadata is to allow hollywood to go after download pirates. The 5 eyes already provide all the data required to catch terrorists and crims.

They want to make the ISPs pay as punishment because they won't help the poor mega rich studios...

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Australia's PM says data retention laws think of the children

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Mushroom

Latest Snowden information

According to Snowden the governments already have the whole telecom infrastructure hacked so why should the ISPs be forced to store data that the government has already collected.

Or is this just some BS to attempt to cover-up what they are really doing.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

Dagg
Mushroom

Why store Metadata

If this is how governments work then why should the telecom companies be forced to store metadata. The government already has it.

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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

Dagg
FAIL

I've got an Aspire with a DEAD SSD

Do you think I can download a recovery image... NO WAY. I will never go near acer again.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

Dagg
Pint

Re: Smoke and Mirrors

The collective noun for a group of project managers - "A delay of project managers"

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