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* Posts by arober11

25 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010

Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

arober11

Can you walk down a street without one of your devices piggybacking someones Wifi?

As all the large Telco's, and a number of local Councils, now appear to offer some form of free and universal Wifi access, along with an App or two to maintain those piggybacked connections: BT Fon, FON, BsykB The Cloud, O2 Wifi, Cambridge City Council.......

Has anyone manage to make it more than 20m from their home, before a phone, tablet or laptop has connected / had offered to connect itself to one of these offerings?

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

arober11

Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic...... not Latin

For "Early Church" read "High Medieval", the Early Church had it's texts recorded in virtually every contemporary southern mediterranean language: Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic...... and the canon (books) of the bible were not fixed before the Synod of Hippo at the end of the 4th century. With the first full Latin texts only emerging in the 5th century (so not Early). The Catholic church did explicitly prohibit non Latin / official versions of the bible in 1199, via a decree of Pope Innocent III, but by the 16th century the church was officially sanctioning non Latin translations of the bible.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

arober11

£2 per journey?

And that's likely to be heavily subsidised £2, as they carried out a PRT scoping exercise / trial in Daventry, a few years back, and several miles north of MK. If i remember correctly the POD's cost around £60k a go, plus many beer tokens were / would be required for POD stations, guide tracks, junction alterations, pedestrian crossing signage and other infrastructure. I also recall something about the PODS needing to have their battery packs replaced and the vehicles essentially rebuilt and painted every six months, so running costs were raised as a glaring issue, but for a while there were some POD's trundling the cycle paths of a UK town.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

arober11

"all 5.29GB of it", and the rest

Don't forget the App's, once the initial 5.3GB of shiny newness is downloaded and installed, you've got another 10 GB or so of app updates to gobble up: Xcode, iMove, iPhoto, GarageBand, iTunes.......... All while you wonder if they'll cause you to hit your ISP's daily fair usage limit and force you to seek out an unthrottled free Wi-Fi connection.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

arober11
Happy

Top Gear have been there and done that....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfOwSTXP-3o

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

arober11

far too young to drink ?????

Pardon my maths but 11 was greater than 5 last time I checked, so as long as he's under adult supervision he's free to consume the product of his experiment:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/23-24/12/section/5

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OpenSUSE uncorks a fine Ruby-red Bottle: Beta 13.1 didn't give me a hangover

arober11

Wonder what they've broken this time

I've been playing with SUSE / OpenSUSE for over a dozen years, and have a few boxes at home with physical or virtual installs; primarily to keep some of my own kit aligned with the corporates I play with (They like SUSE at it comes with a physical licence they can file, and Yast / KDE are the closest they're going to get to a Microsoft desktop and Control Panel). Anyway I've come to hate YAST distribution upgrades (but not as much as Windows upgrades) as every install has broken something. The breaks are generally trivial and easily fixed but I'd wish they'd hack their own take on the RPM meta data to also include the hardware requirements, and regression test environment information, so in combination with a bit of hardware detection YAST could forewarn you that an upgrade isn't going to work, or that package X hasn't been tested on your kit, rather than leave you trying to trawl the logs post install for some info. From memory my last few attempts to upgrade have run into the following issues:

10 -> 11 didn't like / recognise the embedded ATI ES1000 graphics on my Dell PowerEdge server, and as it had no 3D support, it was no good for KDE4.

11 -> 12 GeForce 7300 not detected, stuck with 640x480 graphics on both the Grub console and in the Xorg config.

12.2 -> 12.3 Grub2 failed to update on completion, on a LVM based build, also mySQL init.d scripts non functional.

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China's 'Big Vs' disown selves online to avoid new gossip laws

arober11

Could be worse

Wasn't too long ago we were equipping gossips with a Scold's Bridle (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29117/29117-h/29117-h.htm#Page_276), perhaps an inventive body will adapt the the concept and start to manufacture some variant of the traditional finger trap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_finger_trap) :o)

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

arober11

How this will effect all those PCI-DSS and SoX audits

Wondering what the implications are for all the retailers and US public companies out there, as they're audited to ensure financial / private / personnel data transactions are carried out in a SECURE manner (weak ciphers must not be used). As all flavours of TLS/SSL appear to be compromised will they all be liable to regulatory fines and liable for all fraudulent card activity? Should they cease trading till a replacement secure technology is developed? I guess these will a couple of the questions the lawyers will be smirking at and willing to answer, for a suitable fee. Also as the revelations appear algorithm independent it would suggest the boys in grey have compromised the hundred or so major certificate authorities (CA), as not all CA's are US / UK (and colonies) based I'm wondering if there are numerous black boxes / switches, with a mirror port (http://www.miarec.com/faq/what-is-port-mirroring) and some private key sniffing logic stuck in bushes outside the hundred or so major CA's, as this is probably the easiest way to compromise the vast majority of the worlds SSL traffic.

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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

arober11

Re: "return car manufacturing to Britain"

Nightfox: Land Rovers have been assembled, generally from kits and under licence, in: Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan, Brazil, South Africa, India, Spain ...... to name a few.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

arober11

The Starbucks factor

I've encountered the odd project manager who permanently boots to Windows on their work MacBook, and probably has no idea of how to boot back to OS X, if they new what it was. Their world / skill-set is limited to MS-Project, MS-Powerpoint, MS-Dynamics, MS-Outlook, Skype and possibly HP Quality Center, so OS X would be unworkable for them even if they did dual boot.

The primary reason for them having talked their companies into forking out the extra for a MacBook, with a separate Windows licence, and several hours of technician time for a custom build, was to not look out of place in Starbucks. The number of these style junkies is probably insignificant, but best not to assume all MacBooks run OS X the majority of the time, or that all Boot-camped Mac Books are down to skill-set of the present keeper.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

arober11

Appears Amazon now supports Welsh on the Kindle:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Welsh-Kindle-Celtic-Languages-Books/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A13435831%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A368165031

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Intel, Apple forging chip-baking deal?

arober11

iPhone / iPod only

Intel's been happily licensing, adapting and baking silicon using non Intel designs for years e.g. The ARM based XScale range and the amd64 derived Atom and Core i cores.

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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

arober11

Wot no FON

Why no mention of the [BT] FON network, as it's the largest Wi-Fi network in the country (thanks to BT's participation), and open to all (not just BT customers): http://maps.fon.com/?lang=en

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

arober11
Meh

iPhone / iPod only

Wonder when the iPad version will appear, guess I'll have to stick to the web version for now.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/unhappy_32.png

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

arober11
Facepalm

It Dosen't take an Einstein.....

It dosen't take an Einstein to conclude that this supposed invention is neither novel or non-obvious; perhaps it's time for the USPTO to thumb through it's mass of patents (possibly the first time they've bothered to read them) and see if there is anything on it's books that covers the cloning a certain Austrian Patent clerk. If they do I's suggest they contact the filler immediately and ask for a few hundred clones, it will save much litigation :)

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UK's planned copyright landgrab will spark US litigation 'firestorm'

arober11

We've been here before: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pva/pva75.html

FYI: For Winnie-The-Pooh see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._A._Milne

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FaceTime now on patent troll list

arober11
Facepalm

All standardised in the 1990's by the GSM and IDEG/WP4

I'm sure this wall all standardised by the GSM and IDEG/WP4 working groups in the mid to late 1990's.

Some background reading: http://www.scribd.com/doc/83516481/33/The-Beginning-of-IDEG-WP4-and-DGMH

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Skype touts FREE* Wi-Fi across the UK

arober11

FON have been offering a similar service for years, along with the option to charge

Nothing new, FON have been offering a similar service for years (4 million hot-spots), along with the option to charge for the bandwidth: http://corp.fon.com/en/this-is-fon

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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

arober11

Re: Blast from the past...

Acorn's Arthur OS and RISC OS pioneered docks long before Steve was pushed. They even had an ARM powered touch screen tablet computers, with an icon bar at the bottom and icon's scattered across the screen back in 1994 (Google "NewsPad")

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

arober11
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Anyone get their RISC OS fix via am Emulator

Wondering if anyone is still secretly satisfying their: Zarch, Elite, Chocs Away.... addictions through a virtual hit on one of the many emulators e.g.

http://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-usb-sticks

http://acorn.revivalteam.de/?site=Emulation

?

(Many years back I was a Red Squirrel addict)

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: *rolls eyes*

The desktop mode is a stub (No "Start" - button), breaking it for those who want to play on a non touch device, also not brilliant on the works Dell XT2.

In desktop mode your forced to switch back tothe swipee Metro interface (via a key combo or a painful hot corner - especially if running via a VM on a Mac), to swipe around, and find and Start an un-pined program.

Same goes for login / unlock, you need to swipe up, to get the login prompt to appear (took a min or two, to work that one out), and working out how to Shut Windows 8 down wasted another few min's.

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HP Officejet 6500

arober11

Two for half the price

My old HP C5180 started to play up a few week back, so though it was time to replace the device with something a little faster, could print double sided, along with having a sheet feeder, as I scan far more than I print.

A quick Google and this model leapt out as the best value device around, especially as the Web site of a certain major retail park vendor was offering the device @ £109.10, so a few clicks later I was off down the road. Got the brute set up in around 15 min's, and started to play.

Print quality / speed are fine for a SOHO set-up,

Then started to test the scanner / sheet feeder, a small document scanned just fine, but when I attempted to scan a couple of Pic's, via the flat bed scanner, the scanner head strangled itself, on it's own ribbon cord, and resulted in a Scanner Failure message a power on / off couldn't resolve, so a quick phone call and back down the road to swap the unit.

The replacement unit is mechanically sound, but have noticed while creating searchable PDF's, on Windows 7, the OCR software occasionally locks up processing complex multi column / oriented text documents, sometimes it sorts itself out, after a min or two, other times it just bombs out, annoying when it's on the last of a 30+ page document. Along similar lines I've managed to get the scan software to bomb out in the results preview, by simply paging through / back through the scanned page images, you appear to be fine if you don't hold down one of the cursor keys. My last gripe on the scanner front is the lid, it only rotates through 90'ish degrees, so unless you find a perfectly levelled surface you may need to wedge a few sheets of cardboard under front of the device, to prevent your knuckles being whacked by the lid and attached feeder tray every time you use the scanner.

As a printer or single page scanner the device is fine, but on multi-page documents the supplied Windows scanner software appears to be a work in progress.

Oh the device also offers a "FAX" capability, haven't a clue why, as that fad died out just after we stopped sending children up chimneys and loading computer programs from cassette tape.

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