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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: iPlayer

Hard to make it seem less than it already is..

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: when

Well you obviously haven't looked at carbon footprint versus environmental tax graphs.

You would struggle to find any correlation at all.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Only Office is left

...more or less uncontested.

The OS is rubbish on GP desktops..most people there have gone BYOD anyway.

The OS is rubbish as industrial strength server. Most people have gone Linux.

All MS have left is the special purpose workstation. And the de facto office suite.

The only change is either hardware minority share or a licensed model for Office.

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The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots

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Re: Is the sun growing up ?

ClearASol ???

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Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.

Yet the planet continues to heat up?

Its called 'summer'

Of course in Antarctica the planet continues to cool, and on average its actually gone nowhere for the last 18 years.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Thats how long it took to...

..remove all the 'skeptical' views on climate change...

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: Giant Gofers

Looks to me like what you get when a supersonic bomb impacts but does not detonate. I.e. a pure vertical impact crater ..

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Re: Imbroglio

And mine is schadenfreude.

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Oracle to pay $130,000 plus costs in staff sexual harassment suit

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when the average price for a sexual partner is less than $300 per occasion, its extremely good return on hassle.

I'm not making any moral point, merely pointing out that its extraordinarily high in comparison with other things one might sue for.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Cinema?

Only time I went to one of those was for a red carpet screening last year.

Its not bit torrent that kills it. Its NetFlix. Or whatever. Mate rents DVDs rips em and passes em out to anyone who wants them.

Cinema experience only made sense whene projection equipment was too expensive for domestic purchase: That started to end with TV, and now with HD TV and blu ray, its dead.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: Use a sword

"I have finally realised what is the point of dead heroes? The point is that they are dead."

Sheri Tepper.

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RM: Killing our PC unit hit our top line, but our bottom line is pert

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Re: Quit the unprofitable business.

Well they are, but not in the way RM wants them to be.

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'Spy-proof' IM launched: Aims to offer anonymity to whistleblowers

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Re: being anonymous, these services are designed to be used for illegal activity

Are they? that implies that the only people hacking and cracking are your own government.

WE have just had a massive trial over phone hacking carried out by agencies employed (knowingly or unknowingly) by newspapers.

Wouldn't every celeb buy a package that guaranteed reasonable privacy against the paparazzi? And how many would copy them just to be 'kewl' ?

How many blackberry phones were sold to corporates on account of the security?

Offshored hosting with zero jurisdiction by national governments and no log files is a first class business opportunity.

Encrypt the links and the job is done.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Geography!

Its in neither. Its in the East Midlands region of the administrative area of the the United kingdom - part of the greater European Socialist Republic.

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...might as well get a train or a bus...

Well yes an that actually points to the way in which if you have to do transport without carbon based fuels, you go about it.

BEV from house to station, plug it in and get on electric train, fare including car at the far end.

Use the BEVs for the 'last 50 miles'

WE already have motorways built: convert them to train tracks.

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... can't see them serving up as much spectacle

Never watched Formula Ford or Ginetta racing? With less power overall the aero has to be reduced and that means slipstreaming becomes the way to get past... and it is a lot less processional than F1 can be.

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Benefits from racing..

I can only half agree that its a waste of time.

What will filter through into road uses eventually will be batteries that can be fast charged and discharged, better energy recovery systems and ultimately better batteries.

Two things stand between now and widespread adoption of electric road cars, range and cost.

Range will always be a problem with BEVs as even the theoretical best energy density of lithium ion simply isn't good enough and lithium air is so early in the development stage its uncertain as to whether a safe cheap battery will ever be made using that technology.

Cost should come down as production engineering gets under way. Lithium is not expensive nor any of the materials involved and they are more or less recyclable. So te gig issue is range and how that can be extended by energy recovery and as good as it gets battery design and also by developments into faster charging.

Right now the majority of road trips are short and a BEV should make an ideal 'second car' for those that can organise off street charging. Overnight charging at 3KW levels - or more with an adapted circuit - is enough for about 100 miles/day or a potential 35,000 miles a year car.

Personally if a BEV was economic lifetime wise over a fuel car I'd get one for the shorter trips. The performance is JUST good enough for that: What holds me back is cost.

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acceleration..

Actually peak power is not an issue with electric. Many model plane fliers are happy to flatten their batteries in 2 minutes flat to get astounding power to weight ratios and top speeds.

If you compare power train weights and power outputs fuel is about the same.

Energy density is the killer. Its simply carp (anag.) for batteries. Not power density.

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Re: How many laps?

IIRC they have 2 cars per driver and swap them over half way through..

So maybe around 60-80 miles per car

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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The officeless paper?

Clerkenwell offices? what ever happened to the Internet...

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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A perfect loudspeaker is one that makes the music sound like it would have sounded to you if you had been there when it was recorded.

I cant believe you posted that: it assumes there never was an 'original sound'

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Class D?

Oh yes. Build a MW transmitter and use it to drive loudspeakers..I remember those.

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I found - and its why I am no longer in the field, that what sells in HiFi is not excellence, but fashion.

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Re: Audiophile?

A sine wave also violates the laws of physics, needing an infinite time to appreciate its perfection.

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

If you put a square wave through a suitably designed high order 20Khz LP Bessel filter it still looks square, just with sloping sides and a bit of corner rounding.

The point is that what is at stake here is how much we hear in the time domain and how much in the frequency.

My experience suggests both. 'Clicky' sounds abound in the environment, and the information content and especially the location is not just assessed by how the relative volume is affected, between ears but by time delay. Mess with that and it doesn't sound 'real' any more.

'Classical' music is relatively free of sharp transients: Rock music is full of them. If all you listen to is opera, go for low distortion labyrinth.

but stick to IB for Led Zeppelin.. ;-)

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Re: Actually, it's irrelevant for 90% of recorded music

Sadly this is in fact true. Well nearly.

I can think of three occasions on which I can say (I used to design Hifi and other audio gear) that I really understood what true HiFi was.

1/. Testing out radio 3 classical concert on the sort of speakers I could never afford, and hearing not 'applause' but individual people clapping. Clapping is exactly where the time domain is important. Otherwise its sounds like white noise.

2/. Listening to an album called 'Bass Culture' - probably the heaviest and most political reggae album ever made over a 2KW setup featuring 4x15" woofers in closed cabinets. I did manage to crack the studio ceiling. BUT every bass slap was a punch in the guts ..superb.

3/. Standing in the middle of a disco dance floor where we had rigged medium and HF horns to focus the sound exactly there, and actually pull the level down at least 30dB off floor where there was a restaurant. SPL up around 110DB with no distortion and it wasn't painful, just unbelievably clear treble with an amazing stereo image.

Yes, you can do good sound systems, but generally the cost is in 5 figures.

However, post processing does not murder the sound of hi hats and snare drums. Or an acoustic guitar.

Its worth while having the kit if you really can hear the difference. Most people cant.

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Re: Ancient technology

I gave up designing audio amps when essentially they got to be about 100-1000 times more accurate than the speakers and microphones that drove/were driven by/ them.

Valves distort in interesting ways without needing to be designed to do that thing: With transistors if you want that sort of overdrive you need to design it specifically. Having done so, they sound like valves. Apart from the microphony that is. But you can add that in as well.

I'll endorse just about everything the author says in the article. Time delay on a bass reflex or transmission line makes a total mockery of a bass drum or bass guitar slap.

You need IB and a damned big one. Preferably Infinite :-)

Oddlly enough a wall of speakers with open backs approximates..

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

But Clarinets and all other reed instruments are predominantly even harmonics.

Brass and strings are odd..

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Linux turns the crank on code for cars

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Re: With added Google?

Indeed. It was bad enough 20 years ago when ALL the instruments went to zero on a rented Ford Mondeo. Apparently loose earth to the panel...

having a dashboard with a single point of failure..

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Re: Silly question...

Mutatis mutandis....

I thought Reg readers would have been aware that 'what is' and 'what our models of it are' were in fact different things.

"The map is not the territory"

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Re: One of these things is not the same as the other...

Umm. IIRC light can be refracted by gravitational masses, but neutrinos...what path do they take?

Well they have mass so should also be bent by strong gravitational fields en passant, but to the same extent?

My A-level physics gives up at this point.

Also light slows down when passing through matter, but neutrinos do not I believe?

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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Re: Another Music In A Different Kitchen.

I think I am too old to understand what on earth you are talking about.

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Daddy, what will you do in the new security wars?

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Yes and no...

In the sense that I use the net. It does not use me.

And a lot of my USE of computers is not dependent on network access.

In the last 5 years since I have been primarily Linux, I have nit been caught by malware. Of any sort. I run no AV software.

Yes, several of my (potentially infinite) email addresses have been leaked by sites I have given them to, of course, so spam management is a daily chore.

But that's the full extent of the problem.

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Re: In the home arena...

What a weird person you must be. I only ever use sudo (actual or implied) when installing new software which ain't that often, or consenting to security updates..

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

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Re: Good news

he sort of half out of his coma.

Getting better?

well.

He's opened his eyes and mumbled something..

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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The next step will come from ...

Analysing bloatware.

And instead of tailoring chips to run it, tailoring the software not to need it.

Bye bye X-windows. You served us reasonably well..

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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"Started forcing through policies "for the country's good". All very sensible, honest and decent, no doubt. But isn't there a risk that real debate and substantial protest would not be allowed once they had got the national security apparatus to believe they were doing the right thing for the country?" sums up the Labour Party more than anything else.

So leave UKIP and the Greens alone.

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Prezactly

Why else would Heath have taken us into a 'common market'?

By the time any politician has been around long enough there's enough skeletons in the cupboard to make them willing tools of whoever owns the keys.

This makes it infinitely easier to get at them.

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FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority

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All together now,

"Well they would say that, wouldn't they?"

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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The internet is made of steganographic cats.

need I say more?

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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wasnt this done years ago

..by some bloke from Cheam?

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You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

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short of unplugging modems...

..there is a government website that will tell yuou if you are infected. Apparently. If you trust it.

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Re: Are you pointing at me?

windows ONLY is the buzz.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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just in time

for a newer more powerful machine I am saving up for.

Look really all this worry about 'new stuff that might come along' i've still got XP in a box doing stuff that only windows can - like running some rarely needed but essential legacy apps..

What is a computer FOR?

if the answer is mail web writing coding and a bit of picture processing and so on, who CARES if its slightly out of date provided its stable and bug free.

And thank god for MINT that doesn't try and wow me with its creeping featurism, but simply allows me top use the bloody thing to do the jobs I need to do without ever reminding me I am in fact running linux mint at all.

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MH370 'pings' dismissed as false positives

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Re: unlikely

Yes. The whole thing is massively so unlikely as to almost guarantee that it was planned. The questions are of course, Why? By whom?

Of the two questions, the second is most easily answered. Occam's razor has to have it that the pilot or co-pilot did it.

The search is really to confirm that and eliminate as far as possible mechanical failure - and to provide closure for the relatives of those on board.

WE may never know why. It is and extraordinarily complex way to commit suicide...none of the tinfoil hat theories of geopolitical conspiracies make any sense either. I love a good tinfoil hat hypothesis as much as the next man, but there simply aren't any good ones in this case.

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About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

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Re: I'm a bit intrigued...

Its the disentropic nature of randomness.

Its extraordinarily unlikely you would actually end up exactly where you started. You would need a random sequence that actually 'undid' itself exactly.

I believe this particular problem is known as the 'drunkards walk' problem.

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Re: Doesn't matter anyway...

That's why the 'family that votes one way' is now exclusively a postal vote......

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

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Big OIl loves the EU...

You only have to buy off 100 commissioners instead of 27 different nations.

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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

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Re: Where have I heard all this before?

And there is the philosophy of adoption 'when my horse dies I'll probably get a motor car'..

As technology and the costs associated with it shift so too do usage patterns. When hardware was damned expensive, time sharing mainframes..then hardware was cheap, the PC, then networking..pushing the trends back to 'globalised' raher than 'localised' data. Add in security issues and that produces a bias towards 'localised' again..

Software? The problem there is that actually all the big software stuff has already been done.

WE have in *nix, the basic operating system that can run on anything from a supercomputer to a fondleslab.

We have in the GUI a basic user interface paradigm that most people are pretty comfortable with, and needs but minor tweaks to be usable without special knowledge.

WE know most of the basic tasks to which computing power can be put - storing manipulating and transmitting data in various useful ways.

IN short its actually pretty mature as a marketplace. And when a market gets mature its a harder sell and a less profitable one. IN my youth Men would Talk Motor Cars and have Beliefs about Tyres and so on. Advertisements for brake pads, spark plugs and what oil you put in it abounded. Today no one cares. You buy a car, and apart from a few inessential details of style and user level features, its almost identical to any other car in its class.

I dont own a fondleslab, or a smart phone, but what strikes me about the ones people bring to show me,. is how remarkably similar they all look.

I have a strong suspicion that the IT boom is nearing and end. IN the sense of rapid penetration into areas that never before had computing. People are running ten year old plus software on ten year old plus hardware that still fulfils the purpose for which it was bought. I vividly remember a 21 year old IBM 360 covered in dust, still running the software it was bought to run..shortly to be replace buy an AIX PC running the SAME software.

Cloud isn't new, it isn't even interesting. Its just another twist on the old game of data and communication.

Bit by bit free software is catching up with the brand leaders of 20 years ago simply because the game is over. WE know what we want a spreadsheet, a database, a word processor or an email package to do.

If Microsoft, Apple, HP, Dell, Adobe, Oracle didn't exist, what actual need would they fulfil to justify their creation?

Ask yourself those questions and if the answer is 'yes. they still have something to offer' then that's a company that will still be there in ten years time.

I think the reality is that the exciting innovative days of IT are pretty much over. Its now a tedious cost-benefit-risk analysis to combine the components we have onto a variety of standard solutions that will be increasingly margin squeezed.

Its not quite all over, but the rush of the 70s, 80s and 90s is gone.The Turing machine has arrived, expanded to fill and empty market niche, and is now a permanent fixture. We haven an IT infrastructure, and we have pretty much all the software we need for the basics. The rest is niche stuff.

A final message from 'Big Blue'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUaevnP1LLg

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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I cant say I have written anything more interesting because I had a newer word processor.

But then having watched a bot of 'Game of Thrones' I can't say that wordstar has helped much either.

violence sex and politics.

A friend leant me the series and I have to say I have given up. Apart from the dwarf being actually a very good actor indeed - is he RSC? , the rest is total bollox.

Now if only they could do a number on 'the stainless steel rat';...with esperanto subtitles..

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