* Posts by Archivist

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Why the percentage shock?

You can't get away from the biological facts that men are programmed to impregnate as many women as possible, while women are programmed to choose a dependable partner who sticks around.

Civilisation has glossed over those drives, but they they are still in our heads and bodies.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: Eagle Eyes

In that era I had an appliance rejected for the percentages of green and yellow pigment on the earth cable being just outside the limit - something like 35%/65% rather than 40%/60%.

All joking aside, I was the certification engineer for a Japanese company and we took BEAB/BSI testing seriously. Every model was tested before production, and any changes had to submitted for re-testing before incorporation. I'm not sure how practical that would be today, with so much free movement of goods.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Ridiculous

In that case all CD players are infringing the law as they copy the retrieved digits into memory for error correction and channel separation to be applied, before spitting out to the D to A.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Load balancing

I have a 10MWh battery store near my house:

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/dec/uk-power-networks-battery-storage.cfm

Apparently these batteries use Lithium chemistry but their construction and weight makes them unsuitable for portable applications.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Plug that leak

And what happens when the next Snowden leaks the master key?

Oh that could NEVER happen!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Not A Competing Product, Really

Safari is no longer cross platform.

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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

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Market

Since this is being shown at BVE it seems this is aimed at the video/film post production market where there is a definite need for off-line storage.

A good alternative in terms of keeping track of cartridge content is Yoyotta. A UK product, it can be used with any LTFS capable drive as well as several of the smaller libraries. I look after several instances of this at my place of work.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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I accept the insult

"A low level engineer" (read the article)..

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Support

If your phone becomes faulty or you drop and smash your iPhone you can go to the Apple shop and get an exchange over the counter - free or for a standard charge. You get a brand new phone. They seem to keep all but the oldest models in stock for exchange purposes. This support model is only possible with a limited range of hardware options.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: Wht's the point really ?

There are some of us who come out of our dark basements (or IT rooms) and enjoy the light.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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2 sides

I used to work for an equipment distributor in the UK. The policy was that grey imports only got support on a chargeable basis. This pissed off a few customers who thought they'd got a bargain.

Yes the UK price was higher, partly through tax and partly through the cost of support. The overseas sellers had neither of these expenses.

On the other hand I've been happy to buy kit from abroad. I know there is a risk, especially DOA, but as an engineer I chance it.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Ethical choice

Attacks of this kind may do some short term harm to Apple, but in the long run it incentivises them to do more to ensure ethical supply. A supplier the size of Apple has the clout to change many things. Of course your iThing might become slightly more expensive.

Imagine a situation where you could buy a similar product from an ethical supplier or a less ethical one at a lower price. When the choice is yours, which one will you buy? Isn't that a great incentive for them?

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Nice "one"

A score of -1 to you sir!

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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As an Apple user...

I hate the talking down of the Surface because it seems to be a very good piece of kit, and anything that competes with the iPad (and Air) has got to be good for all buyers. However I despair at Microsoft's ineptitude in this particular product placement: If the users are accustomed to using iPads, they'll carry on using them unless there is a compelling reason to change. Also I'd bet that Microsoft offered no assistance integrating the Surfaces to the IT infrastructure, nor was there time. I can just picture a crate of devices arriving, being hurriedly unpacked and PLACED.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Depends on perspective

She is not "making a living", just raising awareness of the unregulated methods that are allowed in the UK. I have spoken with Sasha and it's clear that she is on a crusade to prevent others suffering as she has. Anyone who is considering laser eye surgery should be given an accurate evaluation of the chances of the procedure failing - which any procedure can. However the companies fudge over these numbers and require you to sign away your rights.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Zits ahoy

And the director will still want tight shooting where the lead actor's face takes up the whole screen. Hand-held of course, we wouldn't want it without the shaking..

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Difficult to compensate

On most items I've ever bought or sold on ebay, the price usually doubles in the last few hours. So there will be some bargains had but some sore sellers. How can you compensate for that?

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HP and shareholders to gang up against 'Brit Bill Gates'

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Re: Judge rule

"Autonomy was an above pondered company partly to false expectation caused by faulty information, it can that adulterated, but of the honesty of the sale it will have to decide the judge."

Lawyer-speak or Google translate error?

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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A human right - or no hope for mankind?

Not being a BT customer my first inkling of the problem was a BBC radio news item. It included an inane interview with a (typical?) BT customer who said he and his wife and a laptop AND a tablet and BOTH wouldn't work. "I mean it could have got me bank details 'n all!"

Taps run, toilets flush, and the internet works. There you are, that's your life sorted....

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

Do you seriously log into your home computer with a username and password each time you use it?

Must be something on it you don't want your mother to see...;-)

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AV for Mac

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ESET

I'll respond even though I think the OP seems a bit provocative. Who knows what bit of malware we are dealing with. No ant-malware software can protect against STUPID, and most attacks do use social engineering nowadays so exploit stupidity or gullibility.

For reference we use the cross-platform ESET (yes even on Linux). Less overhead than most of it's peers and no complaints after 4 years of use.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Greed leads to shot in foot

All producers have a right to recompense for their work, authors and publishers are no exception. However it seems the greed of the publishers has got in the way of common sense. When I buy a conventional book I can lend it to friends, and when it's done the rounds it ends up in the Oxfam shop for it's next life.

Try doing that with an e-book. Instead, they have put DRM of a pathetic level to stop me from lending or borrowing.

The result: It's easier to steal a torrent. The zip file can often contain hundreds of other books.

This is much the same as the DRM applied to other consumer entertainment. It's just there to piss off the punters but too weak to prevent financially motivated piracy. What's the point?

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: 'I heard' = Misheard years ago you mean.

As usual with arguments, the truth is somewhere in between.

Hardly "grudgingly". The Mac team at Microsoft are highly regarded and efficient, but it's not always feasible to port all the features to both platforms. Sometimes the Mac version is late, or has a missed feature. On the other hand they produce a Mac-like experience for the user and the occasional "easter egg" feature.

Of course Microsoft are doing the right thing releasing Office for iOS. Office is their cash cow, and losing sales of their own tablet to Apple WILL HELP their balance sheet too!

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Strokeable

We thought we'd ordered a dustbin but a tall ashtray arrived!

All joking aside, I've had one on my bench since Monday, and I think everyone in the company has come to see it. The Apple lovers have stroked it and even the Apple haters have admired it for it's design ingenuity. It's tiny and quiet and does all the things you'd expect it to, given it's spec. Unfortunately now that it's configured I have to give it to the motley creative staff...

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Re: If only

I agree. That's the failing of the Mac mini too. Seems like none of the small computer solutions can beat a cheap media player for smooth video playback at 24 and 25 frames per second.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: DAB Bashing

And why do you think DAB gets bashed? It's not that there are FM and DAB fanboys competing, it's just that DAB has failed on most counts:

Coverage - poorer

Power consumption - poorer

Audio quality - mostly poorer, much through use of low bit-rates on inefficient codecs and even mono.

Selection - It wins!

The really annoying thing is that it could have been so much better. The adoption of an early and non-upradeable codec means things will never get better for DAB, all we can hope is that manufacturers will be pressed to make DAB+ inclusion as mandatory, with a view to changing the standard in future.

It comes as no surprise that 2018-2013=5 years - the accepted life of domestic kit nowadays, suggesting to me that they will switch systems in 5 years, making much of the current DAB stuff obsolete.

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Re: FM radio has all the channels I want - DAB does not

@Tom 7

"And there isnt a singe radio what isnt designed by some attention seeking idiot designer"

Love it! how true...

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Re: DAB struggles to play

Not necessarily stronger. Within one multiples the broadcaster can choose the error resilience (ruggedness) of individual streams.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Jr ner abg nyybjrq cevinpl nal zber,

I particularly agree with your last sentence .... or was it the cat's?

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

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Good news for "Save as" fans..

Snow Leopard's TextEdit and Applescript Editor apps work on Mavericks. So make a copy of them before you upgrade.

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Hackintosh community

I can't imagine they are interested in killing it off, at least the non-commercial ones. It's a breeding ground for the "Mac curious" enthusiasts. Once these peeps are hooked on the OS, a proportion of them will go on to buy properly supported hardware.

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Xcode?

I don't think the average punter will be downloading Xcode, do you?

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MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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You can't be serious...

"Actually the drives Apple uses in the MacBook are are almost the definition of premium. Conventional drives didn't meet Apple's requirements (probably due to physical size) so they ordered bespoke drives. I think it's awesome that there's a computer manufacturer that would do something like that."

I've upgraded several MacBooks and Macbook pros over the last few years using generic drives. All have fitted and worked fine. Perhaps you were trying to squeeze in 3.5" drives - those really don't fit ;-)

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Time is running out

Something nasty will happen to him before long, and as his public popularity wanes, few will care.

At least he brought some facts out in the open that should have been there all along. Making our security services accountable can hardly be a bad thing.

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Re: real lightning is DC

It's DC but no AC component, just fluctuations. Alternating component implies a current polarity reversal.

I think the concept you are trying to describe is that DC has bandwidth, owing to the fact that it was switched on, and at some time will be switched off.

Of course the demo is pure b0ll0cks. Any sensible filtering arrangement will smooth the current fluctuations. What's nice is that the phone isn't destroyed by the RF field. Perhaps that makes the point for metal cases.

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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Pedant alert!

" three-segment aerial"

I presume you meant to say "three element Yagi".

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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A shock in either case

iGenuine_Charger: cost

iFake_Charger: electric current

I still think there's more to this story than meets the eye. It'll come out eventually.

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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Rearrange

Pram; Toys; Throw; Out of

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network overload caused by our Exchange SYNC OF DOOM

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Re: Not the only problem

"the phone drops the signal and doesn't pick it up until the phone's rebooted."

Interesting... mine has exactly the same problem.

My experience with iPhones has been downhill:

iPhone 3GS - perfect - best phone I've ever owned

iPhone 4 - minor issues

iPhone 5 - major issues

I almost bought a Sammy; wish I had now.

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BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

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Re: Repayment is not enough

Agreed. The settlement gives no incentive to be better. Only the risk of punitive damages can improve the situation.

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Archaeologists uncover 'Unicorn's lair'

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Beer?

The inscriptions mention mythical beasts, just as ours speak of dragons. This mythical beast was known over China, Korea and Japan from the tales of travellers. It is thought that it referred to the giraffe and in Japanese they share the same name -kirin..... as well as for a beer!

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/kirin.beer_.jpg

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Stop

Get over it

It's free for goodness sake, take it or leave it. Anyone would think it's important.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

A lawyer who didn't read the small print.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

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Apple are behaving like twats

I personally believe the judgement should have gone the other way, but their behaviour is appalling and has lowered my opinion of them as a company. I wish I'd bought a Galaxy now..

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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An alternative to DAB at home

I listen to national radio stations using a cheap Freeview receiver as the bit-rate is better than DAB and it sounds quite reasonable - certainly on a par with FM. You could also use a Freesat receiver for the same.

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BridgeSTOR: They called us mad, but we've put deduped data on TAPE!

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Perhaps I've missed something...

Can someone please explain to me how this is better than using the built-in hardware's "compress on the fly when possible" that LTO-5 LTFS hardware already uses. Thank you.

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Up your's Bosch

11 years ago I had a Bosch fridge-freezer which failed expensively (uneconomical to repair) just outside warranty. As I'd heard of several similar failures, I decided to investigate the problem myself, and came to the same conclusion as their service engineer - that the controller PCB had failed.

However on closer inspection and with little more than schoolboy maths it was obvious that the PCB copper area that they'd allowed for sinking heat from the voltage regulator was insufficient. This had led to catastrophic failure of the processor - along with it's embedded program.

An email to the European CEO with the calculations and explanation got a new fridge-freezer delivered by Bosch themselves a few days later.

In case you're wondering, I did check the new fridge-freezer's controller PCB and they'd redesigned it, so obviously they'd known all along.

Company's can be bastards - or they can be fair. Bosch only did the right thing only when pushed, so I've steered clear of them (where possible) since. I know they make some good stuff but they've lost my custom.

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Tape vendors thrust LTFS tool at punters: Go on, you know you want our tape

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Energy is the key

One day in the not too distant future there will be extra tax on unnecessary energy use. Data centres full of spinning disks that might not been accessed for years will be fighting for a place in the queue to buy the latest tape solution.

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Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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Scarcity lowers value?

I think not and smell BS.

I will seriously consider a Samsung phone when my iPhone contract ends. After all it's a "copy", and maybe the Koreans are now doing what the Japanese did so successfully: - copy but make it better!

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Facepalm

Re: @ Pascal Monett

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat

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