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* Posts by Chuunen Baka

40 posts • joined 17 Dec 2010

The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?

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Big Brother

NSA

That's all.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Environment first

I buy organic for the environment and wildlife. Mind you, HMG once warned about excessive pesticide levels in root veg so I won't buy them if there's no organic available.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Joys of Capitalism

It amuses me that people consistently vote for "business friendly" governments and then are shocked when businesses turn around and screw them.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: @ TrishaD

I always call it the "Gay BLT".

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: A time machine helps, too.

Unix equiivalent:

ls *.x | sed 's/\(.*\).x/mv & \1.y/' | sh -s

(Assuming El Reg doesn't mash my backslashes and ampersands).

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Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

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Lock in?

I sort of hoped OpenStack was a way to prevent lock-in and to open the market to competition. Instead we get three proprietary solutions.

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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

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I once left my phone on (accidently) on a flight from Heathrow to Belfast. When I landed I found a text welcoming me to Guernsey. How does that work?

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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I fly between Heathrow and Belfast City often. At City they always call flights with "have your boarding pass and photo id ready". BMI (now, BA) never actually ask for id at the gate but Aer Lingus insist. When I asked why, I was told it was a "legal requirement".

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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I've been paying for a Flickr Pro a/c for 8 years and have built up a shed-load of contacts. They're fscking the UI up so much I'm using the API to download all my photos with a view to starting over on another site.

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Quantum computing gets recursive

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Re: Useful?

"Two words: Grover's algorithm"

Wikipedia: "When applications of Grover's algorithm are considered, it should be emphasized that the database is not represented explicitly. Instead, an oracle is invoked to evaluate an item by its index. Reading a full data-base item by item and converting it into such a representation may take a lot longer than Grover's search. "

So it's still all to do with i/o unless someones working on a quantum database. Hey, your data's probably in here somewhere.

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Useful?

Are these hypothetical devices only useful for number crunching? Most computing is actually data storage, retrieval, filtering and transforming. The clever stuff is still in the design of algorithms to acheive new things with the data. Obviously you can run an algorithm more times but the time-consuming part is usually all in the i/o. I don't see how quanta help with that.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

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Bleak

I only see a dystopian future of a workless underclass controlled by robocops and drones. There will be a continuing erosion of human work while politicos bang on about "hard working families". Too many people and not enough jobs will push wages down so the plebs can't afford the bounty the robots produce.

The masses used to be useful as workers and consumers. They will be failing on both counts soon.

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

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Headmaster

Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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鰻魚我氣墊船。

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Re: French?

"Useful" for languages depends on context. I've found French very useful in north and west Africa. My Japanese isn't much use outside Japan (and wasn't much use in it). And I think the "Chinese" people in UK speak Cantonese anyway so I can't even order a take-away in Mandarin.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Unhappy

Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

You mean there's even worse milk chocolate than the British 'vegelate' rubbish? You live and learn.

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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

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Would you care to name these safer Euro services that you've chosen? (Just curious, not being sarky).

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

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Believe it when I see it

We once had to miss a domestic flight. BMI (as was) were obliged to refund the £40 air passenger duty and they deducted £25 "admin fee". Money grubbing bastards. Will this really be the end that sort of abuse?

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: Tested a drivers skill...

"are they going to make talking to passengers illegal too?"

With a passenger you can break off briefly in mid sentence to do some driving stuff and they can see why you've stopped talking. A phone call has different etiquette.

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

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Noise blocker?

I'd prefer a noise blocker equivalent to a popup blocker. This site wants to use audio ... [x]

Or is a that just feature creep?

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Email is so last century

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If email is declining as it's only because IM partially replaces it between colleagues and close business partners. But FB and Twitter? You cannot be serious.

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'Boson' Higgs: Yes, CERN has seen the coming of the God particle

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Stop

Re: Hardly catastrophic

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/el_reg_commentard_badges/print.html

A new mechanism so you can see that a stupid post is not from some drive-by idiot but from an idiot with an el reg comment addiction.

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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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Why bother?

It's not clear to me why MS should even bother to spend money developing free software to run on alien OS's - Android, Linux or Mac. And why upset their WLM user base? But I guess if you pay £5.3bn for something you sort of feel obliged to promote it.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Re: Seriously, though,

Been done before: this list http://listverse.com/2011/11/20/10-successful-island-eradication-projects/ includes several rat clearances (including ones where they had to temporarily capture endangered mammals).

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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

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Headmaster

Geography

Can I just thank you for telling us that Mexico is in North America. I feel much better informed now.

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Ubuntu goes fishing for donations with new download page

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About time

I've used Ubuntu on various boxes since about 7.x and it always puzzled me that they didn't beg for any donations. They just gave the impression of being funded by the largesse of Canonical.

I use lots of free software and do make donations for stuff I like and use frequently.

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

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Greenland melting

This is similar to the "unprecedented" Greenland melt story a few weeks back that was headlined as evidence of climate change but the ice cores indicated that the top layer melt happened every 150 years or so.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18978483

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Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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Re: Shitty thing to have happen

Abroad I always keep passport, some cash and a spare credit card in one of the those over the shoulder money belt thingies tucked well away under my clothes. Leaving your passport out of sight is negligent.

But anyway, we shouldn't be mocking another's misfortune.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: @JetSetJim, was Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...

If someone is tail-gating really close, I usually turn on the hazard lights and gently ease off the accelerator. Farting around with tapping the brakes is just making an already risky situation worse.

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Cloud Foundry aiming to be 'the Linux of the cloud'

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Re: Aim higher

I guess this was bound to head off topic immediately. But I must say that last year I tried to get several "modern distros" to work on my mainstream laptop and they all let me down. Should've stuck with Windows - at least it just works.

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Brazil sues Twitter over police checkpoint tweets

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SatNav speed cameras?

I don't know how the SatNav makers get away with their "safety feature" of telling drivers where the speed cameras are. Seem obvious they're encouraging speeding between cameras.

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Plus is king now: Google shutters more products

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Sulphurous smell of desperation

I always feel that Google, despite their billions, are flapping around desperate to catch up with everybody else who's much cooler than them.

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Army of 'socialbots' steal gigabytes of Facebook user data

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I smell BS

250 gigabytes worth of personal info? How much is that per "friend"? Sounds like they had access to a lot of cat photos.

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Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

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Battery Life

I'm not upgrading my laptops unless they fix the greatly reduced battery life in 11.x.

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One in 10 Brits leaves web passwords in their will

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I have an arcane security scheme for my online life and I doubt if any of my grieving rellies would be able to understand it. Maybe there's a future job market for cyber-executors.

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

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FAIL

Usual style ahead of function

I've tried scores of linux and then ubuntu releases over the years and they always find some way to disappoint. Every installation manages to have some gotcha which makes me stick with windows. The 11.04 looked down its nose at the graphics hardware on three older boxen I tried it on. The one that Unity deigned to run on froze when I plugged in a projector. Fail.

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US air passenger cuffed over low-flying pants

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Almost ...

I don't like the sagging fashion but you have to love the justification of "his genitals were almost showing." Almost = not actually, so what's the fuss about?

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Vodafone confirms Egypt lock-down

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Megaphone

Democracy?

People in Islamic countries usually want democracy so they can vote in a theocratic dictatorship of the faithful. The trouble in Egypt has been that the government has been using repressive measures to prevent that process.

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

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Country's favourite illegal activity

Every time speed camera come up, it generates more heat than light. I can only suppose that the angry folk disagree with the very idea of speed limits and that they should be allowed to whizz around as fast as they like. How come the Daily Mail never gets worked up about drug laws, for example, other than to say they're too lax?

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Delicious, Yahoo! Buzz, MyBlogLog, AltaVista all face axe

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del.icio.us

Original del.icio.us they're now owned by yahoo and hosted at delicious.com

I used to use it but it was too slow.

I'm just hoping they're not going to mess up Flickr ...

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