* Posts by itzman

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Anyone going to a movie....

....any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place. ...c f 'An inconvenient truth', which turned out to be a very convenient lie, after all.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Two on the list are the worst.. one, maybe not.

Barbarella was so bad it was genius. Imagine two teenage kids rolling around the floor laughing the whole way through...

I believe Plan 9 from outer space is generally reckoned to be the worst scifi of all time.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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Re: Hmmmn, I've found linux in a right state...

Odd. I used to keep mint running months sat a time. These days I power it down at night to save leccy a little.

Never NEEDED a reboot. except after kernel upgrades

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Making the desktop experience

..converge with a mobile interface ...

seems about as useful as equipping the space shuttle with a steering wheel and hand brake.

'A Computer' covers as many bases as 'A Vehicle' does.

FFS let's have the interface appropriate to the user and the intended function.

Linux/Unix the kernel is the result of years of development and is now a stable versatile and ubiquitous beast. No reaosn not to use it.

Linux the user interface simply doesn't actually exist.

Instead we3 have various mobile and desktop UIs competing for space on a variety of devices.

Frankly, Microsoft should port the windows UI to linux as well.

In the end there will be power users on desktops doing things one way, and consumers who need to consume content and communicate and very rarely generate new code or content, on a completely different class of device altogether.

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Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC

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It has to come..

Despite witterings by clueless politicians, routine encryption of nearly all IP packets between nodes with keys known only to those nodes is probably something that with IPV6, will slowly happen in time

IPV4 was built with resilience in mind. We need a new net built with security in mind.

What would it matter if the same end user tools ran over a layer than no one had to make a decision to install, but which provided a secure end to end link? As a matter of course?

Well you would have to move your intel to the end points instead of hoping for a free lunch as a MITM.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: Fracking

Technology cannot manufacture oil from nothing: the oil has to be there. Or the energy to synthesise it.

Technology can and has delayed peak oil, but it won't prevent it,

And all the information I have read is that fracking/tight oil is unprofitable at much less than $120/barrel oil price...remind me what we are now at?

And why?

Saudi pumps oil to crash the market to drive fracking out of existence.

Then the oil price will go up again?

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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...and never mind the ...

SECRET HANDSHAKE.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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I'd settle...

...or being able to spell the words we already have in common usage, and use them correctly,

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Re: What's "Dumfounded"?

I was about to make the exact same point...

it was repeated twice, so not likely a typo.

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Re: Maybe not a battery

You can if you dont mind being unkind charge a NicD fully in 5-10 minutes

You can discharge on in under a minute

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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If only..

..the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed...

..there wouldn't be a single IC car left on the roads.

Sadly the Tesla here is as good as it gets and the battery is stupendously expensive, heavy and of dubious life.

And there is no better technology on the horizon at all.

I spent several weeks once, analysing electric cars. Its plus all the way until you get to that battery.

I then spent time analysing all possible forms of known battery.

Not one was good enough really. Maybe in time lithium air might be good enough, but there are huge practical issues.

And none would be cheap enough.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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Re: Could be useful

but giving up on it is not the way forward.

Neither is hydrogen.

If you want a synthetic fuel why not synth diesel/gasoline.?

Leverage the whole supply chain infrastructure and installed base of vehicles.

Id be unsurprised in the overall efficiency of leccy to fuel to wheel wasn't at least as good with syndiesel in a modern TD as electrolytic hydrogen in a fuel cell.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: Check your facts.

On many (labour) council provided transport services, the subsidies of one sort or another comprise so much of the income that the companies involved really dont care whether anyone rides them or not.

I had that from a senior executive at a major rail company some years ago.

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Re: Buses are like HS2

You misunderstand. The HS2 is designed to solve a far different problem. What an EU central transport planning department is going to do with the billions its been given to develop a pan European transport system, without actually spending any of it on someone intelligent enough to provide cost effective solutions to real needs rather than high profile initiatives that end up in the majority of the cash being spent with the large businesses who support the EU and lobbies.

It has to be understood that it cots a lot less to bribe and lobby a bureaucrat to get your product defined as the only product to be sold, than it does to develop and market a truly better mousetrap.

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious

Like many other rent seeking subsidised BS, buses are something that exist because councils and governments decree that they should.

Not because they are the most efficient.

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Re: toll lanes

The way to fix it is bring the work to the people.

It's almost at the stage where a huge amount of manual and clerical work doesn't need a real office at all or a real factory.

Remote robots and virtual offices are the answer.

Buses certainly are not.

BTW the free for all minicab solution exists for real in Soweto/Johannesburg. The trains are simply too unsafe to ride. Mind yuou, competition between minicab drivers goes as far as shooting the opposition...

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Re: The best urban transport

A parasol is a sunshade. You mean umbrella.

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Re: The best urban transport

Is shanks pony.

When I lived in London, I was constantly amazed at how little extra time it took to walk the whole way than walk to the tube/bus, spend money to be exposed to filth dirt and disease, and walk the other end.

Bikes are OK, but they still need to be parked somewhere

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Big problem with Linux on desktops is...

...what the man said.. You cant make money out of it.

Or can you?

Free software, paid for support?

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Re: Linux Desktop surpasses Windows!

yeah. a first for me was that a usb scanner Just Worked, for the first time ever...

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Re: A level of polish and sophistication

May the lord preserve us from 'interaction and usability pros'.

The main attraction of linux is its been designed by people who use computers a LOT for real stuff.

Not graphic designers and other redundant burger-flippers.

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Re: Don't write off the desktop

Spot on. Content consumption moves to the BYODS but content and design creation will stay with a desktop.

However there is probably a 100:1 ratio between the two. So the desktop will be abandoned to all but Linux, whereas the mobile arena will be full of overpriced chrome-and-tailfins 'user experience'

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

I use linux daily, but I dont randomly mount filesystems from the gui,

I hard mount the home server and have scripts to mount my cloud server and they mount the systems in defined places.

USB mediais mounted by the OS as well,. Its not under gui control.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: Can't the NSA

i suppose they could shut down the satellites overhead as well..

I remember well a (now deceased) acquaintance who maintained a postal address in the UK to support his Sky subscription whereas the actual receiving dish was located in Tuscany.

Get a S Korean satellite link and move it to Nork..

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Re: I get pissed off

the Iraq attack on Kurdistan where numerous different CB agents were used.

Which was years before the second gulf war and sanctions and UN inspectors..

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A black op is designed to be indistinguishable...

...from the real thing.

So without donning any tinfoil hats, if one government wants to pick a fight with another there is a real problem as to who started it.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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25 years is a goood age..

When I were doing some work on submarine cable back in the 80's, they had only JUST started using silicon..."we field tested germanium and we know it lasts 25 years, that data isn't available on silicon'....

...I asked a similar question of my oncologist 'what's the long term effect of this chemotherapy'? Answer 'when we get to long term, we will let you know, but 25 years on,. its seems to be OK...'

Trued and tested if it good enough, is good enough.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Exaggerating much?

make that a useless component or supplement

If you have the nukes already why spend money on wind farms - to save uranium? Purlease!

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Re: This isn't about energy, it's about ideology.

Actually it is sustainable.

Materials - elements - dont vanish: they are infinitely recyclable. With energy.

Energy is the critical path item. And energy is not recyclable. Entropy sees to that.

The Green fallacy is that there is a 'balance' to Nature, and that man is not natural.

The reality is that since the big bang, existence has changed over the aeons to reflect the entropy and in earth terms, the ecosphere has been characterised by the rise and fall of millions of species, the majority of which are now extinct. That is not 'balance'.

The latest most successful species on the planet is homo sapiens. If he fails to harness nuclear energy, he will fade out. If he succeeds in harnessing nuclear energy, he may survive and propagate beyond this planet.

Nothing is guaranteed of course. But if we fail to take up the challenge, and fall into a new dark age, there will be no fossil fuel to bootstrap us back into a technological civilisation again.

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Greenpeace is the marketing arm

Of big gas, wind and solar power manufacturers.

Greenpeace has nothing to do with saving the planet, or its people.

It is a money making organisation that sold out years ago to the highest bidder.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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"echo the ethos of the original rather wondefully."

Woefully? Wonderfully?Whatever?

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Knock yourself out

s/curb/kerb/g

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Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

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FAIL

as a geek...

..one gets 'dysfunctioval' hardware gifted on one.

The proportion of intermittently flaky netgear routers is out of all proportion to market share.

They may use the same chips...but I suspect they dont use the same input transformer - they seem to die or get crippled too many times after lightning storms..

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: This is the wrong battle to fight

You mean they don't already?

The number of tomes I have googled a search term only to find myself in entirely unrelated areas of (complete non) interest.

All the pattern tells me is who is paying google.

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Quis custodies ipsos custodiet?

Nuff said?

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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yebbut what happens if...

the climate stays broadly the same, which is pretty much where the smart money is right now...

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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stick linux on it, and use it to read books

Its cheaper than an e-reader

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

I am sorry, anyone who thinks Donald in anyway resembled a real duck has never encountered a real duck.

Where was the crispy skin and Hoi Sin Sauce?

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Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

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Re: Alternative propulsion?

in a total vacuum it has to be a reaction type engine and there you are trading off safety with energy density...

below that a scramjet type arrangement may work to get to serious suborbital speeds.

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: re: but it's an absolutely awful language when you step back and look at it

I have to agree. It took me several days to work out why a particular expression evaluated to a string in IE6 and an integer number in firefox.

Strong typing would at least have thrown an error.

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Re: Great idea

I agree. you don't have to download huge amounts of data and pay huge amounts of tax. Its not a tax on working, its a tax on spending, which is good too.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: Is there any point?

more to the point, 16Pflops of GIGO, both in terms of data and the models used to simulate the atmosphere, ain't gonna produce anything except EXPENSIVE garbage.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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intel license ARM technology?

How long will it take?

Before they do...

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: "the Camel, best all-round fighter of the First World War"

its more complex than even that.

WW1 saw a continuous evolution of aircraft with tactics changing as aircraft capability changed.

Its not really meaningful to talk about the 'best' aircraft.

Camels were for a time there best there was on the allied side, although the Nieuport wasn't bad, then SE5a, SPAD and the Bristol fighter came in with more power and easier flight characteristics and the rotary engine died the death.

Monoplanes were distrusted - the thick wing needed for structural integrity was reckoned to be aerodynamically unsound, and indeed at lower speeds a thin curved wing does work better, but as speeds grew so the Schneider trophy races lead to the sort of monoplane design that culminated in the Spitfire.

Oddly while the hurricane owed a lot to earlier biplanes in terms of 'frame and canvas' construction, the spitfire owed a lot to biplane thinking in terms of a large wing area of slender dimension. That gave it the excellent turn it had, but made it a poor gun platform as the wing was not stiff enough to preserve the orientation of the machine guns under recoil over any sort of range.

Ultimately the Tempest was the peak of Hawkers WWII efforts, tough, murderously fast, heavily armed and able to withstand punishment - although the engine problems were never really solved.

Post war, you have to say that the Hunter was the best and most successful aircraft Hawker ever produced. The Harrier was good, but ultimately its role has been replaced by the attack helicopter.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: @Numpty Scrub the "fun" part about systemd

You do need to if the kernel is up[graded. And you actually want to USE the upgraded kernel.

If you are happy to run the existing kernel until you do a boot, well fine.

Parts of Mint that wont get upgraded in the live machine without a boot include the kernel, most things to do with grub, and most things to do with Plymouth, since these are involved in the boot process. Plus a few scripts that are involved at boot time.

Most of us who do upgrade kernels religiously do so because we hope to fix some problem and so we tend to try it out by rebooting immediately.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: Two thoughts

Exactly. Faced with SCO Unix missing libcrypt back in 19 something or other, I simply obtained the berkeley unix source, compiled it, debugged it and installed it.

The algorithm is not the secret, after alll.

Neither really is the implementation.

Given the algo it's what - a days work to write an encrypt/decrypt routine?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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support..

..is available on user forums.

The problem is reporting bugs as a noob to developers.

They simply dont want to know.

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Re: Linux is finally ready for the desktop.

Yes. My experience really matches yours.

There are still bugs and things that dont work exactly as they should, but the latest Mint is - on reasonable standard hardware - perfectly optimised for a desktop.

Issues of power management and odd controls on laptops means its still slightly crappy to run on one if it isn't the 'right' one.

The ubuntu/mint team have it is true made an environment that is nauseatingly windows-like by default BUT if you want to start tweaking, its very rapidly and easily customisable.

It may not be what linux purists want to see, but of you are windows and fed up, Mint is easier to install, more stable and a lot cheaper ;-)

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

did I miss something?

Most of it.

First of all the generator to wheel efficiency is good - 80-90% .

The power station thermal efficiency is better than the car engine, so burning gas in a CCGT etc will net you better overall fuel efficiency.

You could instead burn uranium/thorium

Sadly its all for nothing as no material or technology currently offers a battery that can come close to competing with 70 litres of diesel or petrol.

What we need is a quantum level method of energy storage - like atomic nuclei - that releases photons into wires directly. And is reversible.

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

Maths is clearly not your strong point then.

Whilst road fuel does represent a large fraction of our energy consumption it is not the overwhelming majority of it.

The electricity grid currently(sic!) transfers about 30% of our total energy usage through it, one way or another.

A steady trebling in size implemented over the next 25 years is not far fetched. Not as far fetched as a light safe affordable 200KWh battery.

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