* Posts by druck

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Xeon Phight! Phight! Phight! Nvidia says Intel cheated benchmarks

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Re: Same old, same old.

Well, just follow the advertising revenue...

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Same old, same old.

Expect Intel to rubbish ARMs in data centres with a comparison of the latest Xeon E7 verses the ARM2a in my old Acorn Archimedes 310.

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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I blow raspberries at it

Nothing you couldn't do with a Raspberry Pi for a tenth of the price, and have more payload from not having carry around bigger batteries to power an Intel chip.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: Only if it works.....

After you get board of looking at 91% for a few days, you'll power cycle the machine, it will then boot back up and say its restoring the previous OS. After another reboot, which will look fine right up until after you log in, you'll find a completely empty black screen with nothing running, not even the task bar. You can ctrl+alt+delete and bring up task manager, and use that to run other things, but that's it. No amount of trying to use Windows 10 boot repair will fix it.

If you then are contemplating a OS reinstall, make it Linux Mint this time, you wont look back.

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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Re: 90,000 feet

Gliders are the cyclists of the sky; hard to see, unpredictable, and many display no respect for the rules everyone else sharing the sky has to follow.

Also just like with any article on cycling which causes the two wheeled militants come out in force, it seems the gliderists are flocking to the site to down vote any GA pilot talking sense.

Well down vote away, at least while you are pressing buttons down here, you wont be terrorizing others up there.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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The New FIFA

I'm waiting to see if Sepp Blatter gets made the new life president of ICANN, after all, there is no one else more qualified.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Don't care!

Not upgrading to Windows 10 is a bit like Brexit. When the EU announces more harmful directives aimed at creating all encompassing super-state, you can just sit back and be glad you got off that train at the last station.

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RM to resell Apple, Lenovo, HP, Dell to YOUR children

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Schools should have..

...stuck with Acorn. ARM based tablets would have happened a decade earlier, and UK IT education would have still been the envy of the world.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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I don't know what I was smoking yesterday...

...but I decided to try to upgrade an old Windows 7 HP Pavillion laptop, on the basis I'd just put an SSD in it, and still had the original disc in case it went tits up.

This was despite trying out Windows 10 on an even older HP netbook about 6 months ago. I kept finding it switched on after doing upgrades in the middle of the night until finally one upgrade got stuck, and after rebooting, it supposedly rolled itself back, then it booted to an empty desktop. Attempts to repair it resulted to it not booting at all, so now it runs Mint+Mate faster and better than it ever did with any flavour of Windows.

On the laptop just like with the netbook the automatic upgrade downloaded 3GB, took hours to get to 87% then stayed there indefinitely, and on rebooting returned to Windows 7. I still had the media creation tool on an SD card from trying to fix the netbook, so tried that, but luckily it wouldn't accept the 100% genuine licence key from the sticker on the machine, and that brought me to my senses.

Now W10 is no longer free, I'll never be tempted to try it again.

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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

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Re: Sad day for Havant, Portsmouth, and Hayling Island

You can't blame this on Brexit, it's a dying technology.

Although if the EU was more concerned about technology than agriculture, we could have been enjoying paying £2000 a family per year to subsidise the Common Storage Policy, allowing French peasant engineers to still make magnetic core store to add to the European data mountain.

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

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Re: Cui Bono?

FTTC get's it supply from the copper going to the cabinet from the exchange. With FTTP there is no copper link from the exchange to the premises, so the home/office has to have battery backup, and someone needs check to maintain all those batteries.

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

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At last someone posting sense.

The underwater terrain in that region is so mountainous and irregular they would have difficulty finding the wreckage above water with radar or optically, never mind at depths of many thousands of feed with far lower resolution sonar. They may have passed very close, but not seen it, if it was shadowed by a gully.

Remember how long it took to find Steve Fossett's plane in Sierra Nevada (smaller aircraft, but less scattered on impact), in a far smaller and easily reachable search area.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

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Raspberry Pi

The BBC News flash video clips play with scrambled sound on my Pi2 & Pi3, not managed to get it to play the HTML5 version yet (no problems with HTML5 on YouTube).

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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

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Well when everyone stops suffering Adobe products, Oracle will be there to take up their mantel.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Re: I just love the idea...

Split into 4 - we want to see the second stage too.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: ARM is 10% cheaper than it was a month ago.

I bought at 42p, and sold after 7 years, the last 5 of which it was hovering around a pound, of course it immediately took off like a rocket to the £10 mark. With the takeover I'd have stood to make over 60K in profit if I'd held on another 7 years.

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Ronan Dunne jumps O2 ship

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No more interference

Well the EU wont be sticking it's nose in to the UK's mobile market for much longer, so O2 and Three could still get together.

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Generous Fiat Chrysler offers $1,500 for car security bugs – or two minutes of annual profit

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Daewoo

They could always give away a free Daewoo with every bug found, worth about the same as the cash, but perhaps still not much of an incentive.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Banned?

What was he banned from? The only mention of banned is in the headline.

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Comms intercept commish: There were some top secret orders

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Re: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills?

Paranoid rubbish. It's far more likely that MI5 was brought in to investigate industrial espionage by foreign actors against UK based companies.

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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

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Come on remainers (there seems to be a lot of you on here), answer the question; do you approve of the EU doing this, and want us to be part of it?

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European Patent Office palace coup bombs

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Another institution beginning with European we'll be glad to see the back off.

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Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

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Re: Greed

Sorry no, if I see a .ru the alarm bells start going off.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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@Kurt Meyer

Adventurism/Intervention? When was the last time Britain hared off on its own?
The Falklands, and went pretty well too boot. Gave the our Vulcan it's first and last taste of combat, at a record (at the time) range of 3900 miles.

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3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

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3GPP

I always thought 3GPP was the file extension of the crappy low res videos produced by my first Nokia with a camera.

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Undergrads build 12.6-TFLOPS cluster out of four nodes, 112 cores

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Mostly GPU

A naive look at the top two results suggests that most of the work was being done by the 8 K80 GPUs, and the extra 56 CPUs that the 1st place team used, didn't bring much to the party.

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

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Turn off UPnP

Most of these IP cameras are just plain nasty, even if you've got a reasonably secured router if UPnP is enabled, they will reconfigure the router to open up numerous ports to dodgy Chinese servers in order to allow equally dodgy smartphone apps to remote monitor the camera feed. Often there is absolutely no security, all that is needed is a simple and easily guessable serial number of the camera.

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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He who controls the OS...

...controls the power usage.

Ask yourself how easy would it be to for Microsoft to tweak the OS so that certain programs have better or worse power consumption?

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Gloucester to Bankok...

Well not in the same flight. During my PPL training on a humid summers day I felt quite a bump, and my instructor told me to look at the altimeter - it had just dropped 500ft! A few months later my friends and I were flying back from Australia and the plane was attempting to land at Bankok during a thunderstorm. After holding for 20 minutes, they decided to give it a go. During the decent there were several big bumps like the one I experienced. I reassured my fiends everything was OK, but I was wondering how many 500fts we could have left.

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Will you get reimbursed if you're a bank fraud victim? Brits think not

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Re-imbursement yo-yo

I've suffered two incidents of fraud, in each case I was initially re-reimbursed, then the bank decided to take the money back again. A strongly worded complaint to my branch manager reversed that decision in each case.

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Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

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ICAN == FIFA

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: A long time ago ...

It's far more likely that while Please ensure the child element is linked to it’s parent. was corrected in the language file, the actual text displayed was hard coded in the application, and never changed. They should have tried switching language and seeing if that pop-up was still in English.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: Wow!

Avoiding any firm with the word Monster in them, would be a good idea. Take Monster Cables for instance, £99 for a 4 gang extension lead or £250 for a HDMI lead - and that was years ago when I was last foolish enough to enter a branch of Dixons/Currys/PC World.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Sorry but...

"work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing,"

Might be possible if it wasn't all bollocks.

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NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

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Re: The Hype surrounding Quantum Computing reminds one of this:

I can't wait for my own quantum code cracker, powered by cold fusion of course.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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Re: Interesting that...

It smells like a publicity stunt all along to me.

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Storage-class memory just got big – 256Mbit big, at least

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Re: Hybrid drive?

Lets wait until we actually see it shipping.

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

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bazza wrote:

If nothing else an NTP client should never accept a time that's wildly different from what the client' own RTC is saying.

So if your RTC or it's battery has failed, that's your device screwed?

Likely as not if the RTC isn't working, it will give a default date way in the past, and the NTP client should bring it back to the present once the network is up.

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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Blaming the dog...

An alternative to the dog is blaming your children, well maybe just the 6 month old now, as the 2½ year old will happily betray you, laughing hysterically "but that was you daddy". If you are without your own children, you can try someone else's; "aww, has he/she got a poorly tummy".

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Trump carded again: Hotel security aced

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Curry not Gates

The Trump would be better off asking Acorn's Chris Curry, as he had to explain Bill Gates how networking worked.

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Hi! Up here! I'm your Amazon drone. Do you mind if I land now?

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Re: Propellors.

Anyone who has ever been within half a mile of the Kamov Ka-50 helicoptor knows that contra rotating blades, don't cancel noise, they multiply it!

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

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Cognitive Failure

Unfortunately for sight impaired users each version of Windows gets less friendly to assistive software. Back on NT/Win2K/XP screen readers could hook in to every application at a low level, and find out what it was writing to the screen, allowing a full picture of text and graphics to be built up, and to improve navigation for keyboard only users. Unfortunately each step in improving security in the later OS's, has had the effective of preventing the screen reader gathering the information, and aiding in navigation. There are assitive APIs in the OS, but they fall far short of what is required to give the best experience.

With a good screen reader an experienced user can drive applications as complex as Office and Visual Studio with no difficulties - with the monitor switched off! If it wasn't for the clicking of the braille display and slight sound from the speech synthsiser through the headphones, you wouldn't know the person on the other side of the partition was visually impaired.

Actually you would, from the sheer speed which they can pull up information, being unhindered by the visual ambiguity of most applications, particular the new flat colourless Windows 10 apps, and employing far better honed memory skills to be able to go straight to the right place without having to look for it!

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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Re: And in the UK?

An when a trader is found to be selling a dodgy cable what are Amazon going to do? The same as when I pulled them up for selling equipment with potentially lethal poor quality fuseless UK style plugs - FUCK ALL.

They tried to totally avoid responsibility by saying they are just a market place - wrong - it is Amazon who take my money and the product comes from their warehouse, that makes them the seller, and the other company their supplier.

They said they would stop selling the item, but I checked and they had not, the pictures of all the fake plugs were just changed to real ones. They admitted to me that the were still selling existing stock, despite being notified how dangerous they were, after that they stopped replying to me.

I then passed it on to Trading Standards, who were not interested whatsoever. So much for consumer safety.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Re: Councils

JC_ wrote:

You may feel that cyclists are holding you up, but they aren't, other drivers going nowhere fast in their cars are.

No, somewhere ahead of that queue of cars will be a bus or a lorry doing under 10mph because they can't overtake a cyclist on a narrow road.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

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Re: Embrace the change!

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Leaving your devices plugged in ALL night is really bad for the, so maybe if you looked after the battery a bit better, you wouldn't have such a strict view requiring a replaceable battery.

Remind me to set an alarm at 3 fucking am just to unplug the phone.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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Re: What an amazing, almost spooky video..

Re: Aqua Marina - Are you sure? All of those robots were in space, back in the 1970s we'd just landed on the moon, we had supersonic passenger aircraft, and were developing space planes, we could believe in the future of both space travel and robots. Now in the 2010s we are pretty much resigned wobbly earth based robots.

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Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore, and why?

My wife has just bough me a smart watch - a no name Chinese one with colour touch screen for £9. The built in apps are pretty useless, and most of the notifications are annoying, but ironically it is good as just a watch, as it has a large bright display which means I can tell the time without glasses.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Commentary

Anyone able to hear the commentary on the video, over the music?

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Woz waxwork weady to woll

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Re: All hail The Mighty Woz!

Hopefully the exhibit will be clearly labelled; the guy who created first Apple computers, the guy who sued other people for using rounded corners, and the guy behind the biggest waste humankind's time,.

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FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

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streaky wrote:

The problem is it probably requires Apple to abuse their signing keys

Well if Apple doesn't want to abuse them, the FBI can always seize them, and do the abuse itself.

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