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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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What costs, is capacity and content.

What you pay for, is connectivity, and adverts.

Charging for You tube packets so the money went back to the you tube creator minus a slice for you tube for hosting it? Sounds better to me than having everywhere littered with adverts.

Mind you, on pay per view TV, you pay and STILL get the adverts..

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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At last, someone who 'gets it'

Nm..

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Re: to be fair

Why use 25 words, when one will do?...

Because you get paid by the word?

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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Re: This announcement worries me

I agree. COBOL on a Linux server is the ultimate in stability - and will run legacy apps. till Domesday.

Microfocus has no where else to grow. COBOL sales are static and mature.

And if the terminals end up Linux too, well so what?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

The way I work, I would use an SSD to run my computer installation - all my actual work is on a networked drive pair of spinning rust, which even at 100Mbps speeds is fast enough - I cant type gigabits of data every minute anyway :-)

That gives me what I want most. Faster program loading.

Few domestic users run huge databases so in fact using an SSD as the primary boot device with something more secure for moving data storage, makes a lot of sense.

The salient point is that fast access to irreplaceable data is not the issue. Its fast access to highly reinstallable applications that is the thing one wants.

And if you are mad enough to go 'cloud' then that's where your data is, not on your SSD.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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It probably IS linux,

dressed up to look microsoftish.

Because thats what I would do If I were microsoft. Make a microsoft window manager, and a mechanism for windows apps to interface to linux. Sorta super-wine

And get selling.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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CP/M was better than DOS too...

In the end, what wins is - well what wins. For all manner of strange reasons.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: 470kHz?

yup. 455, 465, 470khz were widely used in IF strips BUT its unusual to have an IF strip exposed to the 'ether'. Shielded and screened and fed from a mixer.

IN practice to receive such a frequency the LO would be exactly twice that - 940Khz.

I suspect that if you were slightly off, there would be some unwanted heterodyning, though.

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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1.5dB worse SNR on DSL

is all the difference I can detect...

Hardly planet busting

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: Human flea instead?

Actually a soldier is just a way to get a rifle to the point of application. Why not give the rifle a jet pack and call it a drone?

And that is the way to fight a modern war. No humans on your side in the battle zone., just humans with google glasses on, somewhere 100 miles away.

. 22 calibre rifle on a quadcopter, for those pesky militants.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.

installing OS/X on non mac hardware is possible, but its way beyond 'insert disk and boot'

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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FAIL

success rates in restoring from tape?

back in the day, about 25%.

3/4 of all tapes were unreadable after a few years.

Or even a few months.

I'd rather have my rust spinning or still in a sealed enclosure, with the same read heads as what wrote it. than in a flipping tape cartridge.

So its continuously replaced mirrored disks for me.

As for moving 100TB across an ocean, well the Internet was supposed to mean you didn't actually have to.

And in any case 100TB in 48 hours is only 4.6Gbps.

Well within a single fibre capability.

And that way it gets loaded direct onto the disks at the far end without a tape reader.

That will probably fail to read it anyway.

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Toshiba plans chippery with mere 0.5V power slurp by 2017

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Re: Quantum mechanics?

Exactly. transistors are already quantum level devices: this is just a bit more quantum.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Excuse me, but what is a 'watch'?

..and why would I need one?

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: Not all collisions are high speed

A good day to test a kinetic energy orbital weapon?

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Chelyabinsk-sized SURPRISE asteroid to skim Earth, satnav birds

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Well its Monday..and Im still here. I think.

Damp squib?

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....And the orbit may also be altered so that its further away in future

I think statistically that is probably far more likley.

Years ago some of us in a drunken evening coded up an iterative solutin to the N body problem - a program we called 'orbits' in which more or less random planets and suns were arranged in random places at random velocities.

The only ones that were stable for more than a few orbits comprised a large mass and some smaller ones. Even those had a tendency to catapult any other masses out of the ecliptic plane into outer space.

In a remarkably few cycles those in a plane would settle into harmonically related orbits.

Our conclusion was that the solar system was they way it was because anything else is unstable.

And will either converge towards a solar system type layout or fly apart.

Stuff on deep elliptical orbits around the sun is very prone to have its path altered to go nearer the sun: That can throw it out of orbit altogether.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: You can't beat theromodynamics

I think that isn't quite right.

And there are ways of getting rid of heat into space at night by radiation, anyway.

I take your general point, but not your actual numbers.

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Re: John Savard Watch the Funny Man!

..except that everyone trades in dollars or SA rand now.

The zimbabwean dollar is so debauched only a man with a gun can force you to take it as payment. And in general the man with the gun doesn't offer payment anyway.

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Re: we're not all going to die.

The only question is how fast, and how soon, and HOW PAINFULY.

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Re: It's a shame.

I thought it was in fact closer to Правда these days.

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Re: step outside of your city mind

actually these days cows are factory farmed on agricultural fodder. Sheep are commonly grazed around arable land that is perfectly suitable for crops/.

However, browsers are often suitable for land that is not suitable for agriculture at all. Grazers like grass, and grass means 'suitable for cereals'

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Re: Doing More With Less

There is a graph somewhere of 'civilisation' versus energy usage per capita.

Various metrics define civilisation like infant mortality life expectancy and education.

Cuba does the best with the least, but overall the trend is that the less per capita energy you have the poorer and less civilised and more likely to die young you are.

Sure there is always room to scrape a percent in efficiency, but overall supplying things like clean water and basic refrigeration and house heating take a certain amount of energy to do even before you factor in the inefficiencies that you might improve upon.

One man can drink from a stream and shit in the woods and catch a deer every week for breakfast, 5 million cannot. The price of high populations is technology, and technology means stuff and it means energy.

reduce that energy and your population goes down, all by itself in very nasty painful ways.

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Re: overpopulation is already over. (was) Energy is the secret

Hola Hola!

Thanks to Ebola!

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So tim, do you believe that there are no limits to growth at all?

As the oak tree said to the sapling...

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Power station fault cuts electricity, water and internet in Cairo

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Re: I for one welcome a bit of UK disruption

To have the electronic armour of stimuli removed for a few minutes..and then you die.

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Re: Please note

There's about 3-4 days in the reservoir tanks before it runs out, if you all take a group crap.

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Re: UK too this winter

Ah Bored games. Aptly named..

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Re: UK too this winter

yep.

I remember firing up the petrol then the diesel gennies too.

We did discover that a 100BHP Cortina engine didn't like 100bhp for more than 7 hours before it blew its big ends.

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Sounds just like the UK then.

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Re: Water

Back ORIFICE please.

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And that was only 4 hours.

Imagine no water, electricity, no way to pump fuel into anything, no way to keep warm in the middle of a N European winter. 4 days and you are probably near death.

The half life of a city without power is probably a week.

And that's coming along nicely now. Thanks to insanity rules, OK? in the electricity politics of Europe.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Assailant?

"who had the gaul to attack"

Isn't that some kind of racial slur on France?

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Teaching children *how* to think...

...instead of what to think, would be a huge leap.

Never mind the coding...

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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Bemused as to why...

anyone would think calling Linux boring because it just works means you aren't a fan?

I love Linux precisely because it works, and goes on working.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: Digital photography and inkjets...

Once, I had a manual SLR.

It had a ground glass focussing screen with a split image. One control and my focus was OK.

Now I have a DLSR, which can select from - using 3 independent controls - over 60 different ways to focus the shot.

Frankly if my eyes weren't shot I'd still be using manual focus.

Its like a microwave oven with 30 buttons to press, none of which actually result in power being applied to the magnetron.

I am sticking to my £45 one that says 'power level' and 'time'

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Re: PROGRESS!

I actually did the sums.

On color lasers. They turn out to be excellent PROOF printers 'this is what the thing will look like sire, once printed' and cost effective in the sub 100 or thereabouts print runs. And even a bit higher once you factor in the cost of liasing with the printshop and collecting the results.

As far as photos go., nope, we take those to the color photo lab and get them done on proper photographic paper, if a 'hang on the wall' print is what we want.

Color inkjets should be banned on humanitarian grounds, as being a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Even my old massive A1 inkjet which cost a fortune would still block and clog if it wasnt used on every color at least once a week.

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Ah, wait till you have a computer controlled CMYK micro spraygun..

that will take care of the camouflage ...

(Paris added because think of the applications to body painting).

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Re: "...3D printing is an over-hyped, steaming pile of crap."

Well yes.

a really decent advance in precision machinery useful for production and with a great deal of development potential has been marketed as a panacea and thousands of pieces of utter junk have been used to make things that don't actually really work.

I do think that in the end it will be used a lot though.

And for structural stuff. Imagine chopped carbon fibre and resin going down, and setting..

and maybe the result IS porous with some materials. That in itself ins no bad thing. Porosity makes for light weight and high stiffness.

Totally agree that right now, it ain't worth it. BUT give it time.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: I wish there was a Linus of the Desktop-userland

"something which would actually be a no-brainer for Dell and the other companies to offer as the default operating system for ordinary people like my mum,"

Linux Mint.

Out of the box easier than XP.

Designed for noobs who just want a pleasant interface that works in expected ways.

Used by professionals who want a computer that just works, because they have better things to do than installing linux..

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Re: 23 Years

I think there are two things to say,

1/. The consumer desktop is a thing of the past anyway

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2/. The mere fact that it was free meant there was never any drive to push it onto people.

I think the professional workstation is where it will end up as a user oriented device. What is needed is a quantum leap in thinking to make it possible to load paid for software on it that is copy protected.

Although I have to say I am down to only 3 programs that I occasionally use that demand a commercial OS to run on. But by bit the freeware is emulating the functionality (and some of the bloat) of the things that made us all buy PCs and Macs in the first place..

There never was a year of Unix, nor a year of linux, but both advanced steadily until apart from the consumer and commercial workstation, they simply outnumbered everything else.

The point being if you need an OS Linux is pretty much always the best thing around if you are building a custom artefact. And pretty good if you are not.,

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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are there sharks involved?

Only if you think there are.

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Re: It's just mathematical equivalency

Yes.

Once you arrive at the conclusion that the 'real' world is still not 'what's really there' all sorts of problems disappear or transform into trivial ones.

Many things you thought were in the 'real world' become mere artefacts of the way you assemble the perception machine.

Yeah, god exists, but he's just a bit of crap human firmware..

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

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What I want to know is...

...Glancing at the telltale on my status bar sitting at 64C with just a static desktop running, is:

"Will the fan in this card last longer than 1 day past the guarantee period' ?

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Why would I need to look at new distros?

The one I have works alarmingly well, and its Mint 14., Now sadly its off maintenance and I will have to upgrade, but I am dreading it as it will be two days to get Mint 17 or whatever the latest is installed and tweaked to how I want it ...

Frankly I have better thins to do with a computer than install linux on it. I just want one that works that I can set up to run the way I want it.

I found it. End of story.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Joke

I am not sure if the author is american

..or whether he is having his little joke.

'certifiable' has a certain nuance in the UK...;-)

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Re: This is common

Absolutely.

I ordered two cans of spray lacquer to finish some woodwork and was deluged with 'relkated products' spam from unrelated companies for weeks.

I think the actual online billing systems are often third party and these represent a place where spammable addresses and product interest are linked up.

I have two lines of defense: One is of course disposable email addresses - which I ought to make more use of. August2014@mydomain is probably usable enough for a month.

The other is to build a blacklist of the actual envelope sender addresses. Although some companies are registering hundreds of domains a day on a 'use once throwaway' type basis many of them actually re-use the same ones. And furthermore collect bounces to delete them from their purloined lists.

Since I started doing this, things have got a lot better on my own mail server.

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Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

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Re: German Tank Problem

Well yes and no.

In the broadest sense it it is - getting a specific solution from meta-data rather than data.

But traffic frequency analysis is not the same as counting gearbox serial numbers.

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Old news..

Traffic analysis has been used since at least WW1.And was highly used in WW2

a sudden increase in encrypted traffic? the bastards are planning something, oh its on that frequency, that's command Berlin talking to Rommel.. etc

The only way to subvert it is to send random length data packets from random addresses irrespective of whether there is anything to be said

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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te real issue is...

...that a MS set of tools is something people spend years learning how to use, and then are lost if they dont have.

Outlook may be fantastic at doing X, but is X actually the best way to solve problem Y?

Groupware by email is not really the best way to solve groupware problems.

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