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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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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Just what I want

A reliable phone that is just - a phone..

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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Re: Can you turn it off?

The answer is not to have a mobile phone at all. Just carry a computer device that doesnt do voice at all, or only VOIP, if such exists.

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

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Re: So, the Empire starts in Australia

In principle it is that simple.

In practice things like the weight of the rope and issues with moving weights up and down it and its strength come into play.

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

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Re: Battery Times

Sadly electric motors and batteries are all up on the 90% plus efficiency range.

What is missing is a high energy density battery, and those are already approaching the limits of lithium, and lithium is, in the periodic table, the best element there is.

Even lithium air, where at least some of the weight is in the atmosphere to begin with, is only just able to match a tank of hydrocarbon fuel.

And the technology is massively difficult to deploy.

Storing electrical energy efficiently and without a weight penalty is a huge problem which if we could crack it, would transform a lot of things.

Aircraft for example, only fly because of the energy density of hydrocarbon fuel...

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Drag racing?

Of course drag racing is a totally useless sport.

So is synchronised swimming and running a marathon when you could take the bus...

As for football - well surely the goalkeepers and the whole opposing team could help the ball into their own net to get the game over quickly so they could get on with doing something a bit more useful?

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super scalextric?

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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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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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FAIL

Lets price up a car battery

MM. 12v. 80Ah. Cost. $100

So that's $100/kwh.

So why have these 'car batteries' not already disrupted the grid economics?

I went into all this is some detail years ago. The economics still dont make sense.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Linux

If I were Microsoft...

I'd develop a shim to run windows apps on Linux. Wine done proper.

And sell it.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: Wait... what?

No, its 2014, the age of idiocracy and soshul meejah

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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What manner of beasts are these?

Frankly apart from reading in bed All I uses is a desktop machine that doesn't run Windows more than once or twice a month.

I dont want or need a slab, laptop smart phone or whatever. Friends come and show me all the wonderful things they can do. None of them are things I actually want to do.

Consumer hardware is reaching its limits ; I guess thats what the 'internet of things' is being invented. To sell more chips.

I cant get through to the inlaws. They have DECT phones and they are never where they left the handsets.

Visiting is a nightmare. The lights have no switches but hand held thingummies that are again left in random places.

My wonderful DSLR has replaced one focussing ring and a split screen focussing aid with three controls with a total of 54 different possible 'automatic' focus options.

Is this progress?

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Pity the reg got it the wrong way round

A threaded shaft with a part plain shank is a bolt, the screw is fully threaded all the way to the head..

which makes a nonsense of a woodscrew of course.

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Re: What I would like to know is....

You have a wife?

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: Sisk

It occurs to me you haven't a clue.

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Re: Avian dinosaurs and mammals

Well we could always eat our Greens.

A touch bitter, but soft in the head ...

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Re: If only they'd let Jesus into their hearts

JC still existed before he was born though, it's an important aspect of the orthodox trinity.

Mm. Are you sure. And for what values of 'existed'

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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WTF?

Vehicle range

You need around 100KWh for s decent car motive battery

I cant quite make the numbers add up, but at 3.8Ah per gram., that's (at a cell voltage of 3.7v) around 10Wh per gram or 10kWh per kg.

That is so far from actual battery weights that I simply don't believe it.

Wiki suggest lithium is less than 0.5Wh per gram

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

WEll what I do personally and what I suspect is happening in any company that values its data, is that as the kit changes, the old archive data gets pushed onto the new technology.

My email that goes back 15 years that started life on a 50Myte hard drive in windows 95, now lives on a 500GByte hard drive on a Linux server.. Well two of them in fact in case one breaks.

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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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Black Helicopters

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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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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IT Angle

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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