* Posts by itzman

1545 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

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Re: Silly LNP are blaming renewable energy

Well it played a huge part in reducing resilience and stability.

If someone balances a pencil on its point and a stray draught knocks it over, of course its not the stupid person who balanced it, is it?

It was the fart.

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Windows printer bug fixed

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Re: Mountain tops?

Seriously, why do people pay good money for this stuff?

1/. Because it comes pre-installed and not having it is not an option

2/. Because installing anything else is work.

3/. Because everyone else has it.

4/. Because the world is full of people who make money out of fixing it.

5/. Because their games won't run on Linux (yet)

6/. Because their niche applications won't run on Linux (yet).

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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Branson was a corporate shìt...

Of the first order, so what ever ethos he imbued his companies with is probably best expunged anyway.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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Re: Old dog

Don't ask me, Mate ;-)

I find exactly the same. What is a desktop anyway? A place to launch programs from and maybe a scratch directory to store stuff temporarily.

As far as I am concerned smart phones and touch sensitive sceens are not Wow! New! but 'How can we make computers smaller and cheaper and still have some utility in them'

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Pi is a maths symbol (Pendant Alert!)

no, TT is the Tourist Trophy - an Isle of Man motorbike race.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: The mythical NAT router firewall

It IS the NAT function that blocks incoming, because it HAS to.

By default there is no map between and internal IP address: port and an external one unless the internal; machine has requested an outgoing connection in which case the router assigns one until the connection is closed.

NAT enforces a default of 'drop all incoming connections' .

That may not be what it was actually designed to do, but that is in fact what it does.

IP4 addresses behind NAT are UNROUTEABLE. You cant reach them, and unless they make an outbound connection, you dont even know for sure they are there. And even if they do, you cant be sure which internal machine is originating the connection.

NAT is what makes consumer level broadband safe enough to do e-commerce over. The thought of machines with clearly identifiable unique routeable IP6 addresses on the public Internet, relying on user set up firewalls to protect them, scares me ****less.

If I ever setup V6 I will still want a NAT equipped router between me and it.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Nothing funny about comic relief.

Well exactly. All the charities you have heard of are a scam. Meanwhile people continue to do good work for nothing all over the place.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Re: why is it that every single piece of the critters is made out of food?

Darling, I dont even know what a twinkie is....

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Odd...

that no one actually reported, demanded or even questioned the validity any of the assertions, which could be established by running - say 1-000 people through the tests to see if, actually it did reveal any statistically significant differences.

Presumably that us a risk no politically correct person dare take.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Re: 8 bit sound

AM radio typically had 40-50sBN S/N which is about 100-300:1 which straddles 8 bit (256) pretty well.

And a bandwidth of around 5kHz absolute tops, on a 9Khz carrier spacing IIRC, with 3Khz being where it started to fall off a cliff.

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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This is the converstaion:

Engineering team leader: "This engine will never pass emissions without either detuning or massive urea injection."

Management: "You are not paid to come up with insoluble problems: You are paid to come up with solutions. Fix it."

End of management's involvement in the 'solution'

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Re: Disgusted

Actually particulates don't cause acid rain.

NOx and SOx might though

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Microsoft - Messing around with time

I regularly get mails from Jan 1st 1970.

I assiume time travel already exists.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Not to mention multi-hosting

...isn't it not strictly kosher to have https attached to more than one named site on a single IP address?

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: Sorry pedants, your time has come to an end.

You got a light, Mac?

No, but I've got a dark grey Linux.

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Re: A new term for you...

All government is a self legalising protection racket.

The EU more than most.

I am far happier that the rest of the EU and Uropol dont have access to GHCQ data ...

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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

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This sort of disk..

means you could probably practically power down your CPU and DRAM if idle...knowing that you could restore in an instant.

I think SSDs are the biggest leap that computers have made in the last 10 years.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Hence the origin of seamonkeys?

Er, no...

Sea-Monkeys is a brand name for brine shrimp—a group of crustaceans that undergo cryptobiosis—sold in hatching kits as novelty aquarium pets. Developed in the United States in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut, the product was heavily marketed, especially in comic books, and remains a presence in popular culture. May 16 is National Sea-Monkey Day in the United States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

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Do mice enjoy shagging?

This of course is the challenge to anthropocentric thinking.

How do we know that mice do not spend their entire lives in existential crisis, relieved only briefly by nibbling and shagging, and at other times a perpetual hell, of which being dissected for data comes as a blessed relief?

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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The problem I have

Is that every single instance quoted in the text seems to me to be entirely justified.

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Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

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Big Brother

No apple devices were used in the preparation of this post

In fact, I can proudly say that after a dabble with OS/X and a G3, I hope I never own another apple device ever again.

Solutions to problems I never knew I didn't have.

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Damn

Volumetric energy density is really not the limiting factor. Energy stored per unit mass is the real one for a car. (Or aircraft)

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Re: Damn

Lithium ion batteries are as Musk points out, close to as good as they ever will be,.

Lithium air is the only technology that can theoretically do better, but its fraught with practical problems - especially safety.

What we really need is a safe way to turn a match head of plutonium into 100,000 miles of electricity...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: Competence?

Odd how I misread that as defecato standard format...

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a) it looks and behaves superficially the same as Windows 7 & XP

Linux Mint?

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Re: The beginning of the end

This IS the good part. The slow motion crash as bits start to fly off, and the carcase starts to do 360 degree rolls and spins.

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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I love psychology.

I like linux. Mostly it works, and when it doesn't, usually I can fix it. It got a high performance cost ratio. And most of what I do can be done on it, and for the rest there is virtual box.

It seems that for Windows, that is an unacceptable position. To stay in denial you have to engage with a huge emotional narrative, about 'user experience' 'modern way to do admin' etc etc.

That's OK, but please, just because you have an emotional relationship with Windows, doesn't mean that's the only way to relate to software. For most of us who have been in on the game since before DOS, and OS is an OS, it will have strengths and weaknesses, quirks, and bugs, occasionally let us down badly but hopefully mostly just be there doing what its supposed to without us actually being aware off it at all.

Royal Nonesuch?

I was a fan of DOS, and CP/M, because they brought computing to people who otherwise would not have had it.

I grew to like Unix, because it was an affordable multi-user server system.

I never saw the point of a GUI to admin a system. If you are good enough to admin, you are good enough to edit a text file.

But that of course is where psychology comes in. The Royal Nonesuch.. Windows flatters, to sell, Flatters that because you can fill in boxes in a gui you are actually doing admin.

At all cost the illusion must be maintained. The User (or the Used) must feel in control, empowered, even though the target market is too stupid to actually be let near the real guts of the system.

And so you make the system simpler to use, by removing all choice and replacing it with a system that second guesses what the user wants, and tells them they are stupid and stuck in the 70's if they don't.

Royal Nonesuch.

Are you ready to admit you have spent a whole shedload of cash on a pile of steaming wombat turds?

Of course not. And now you are locked in.

Its not that linux is good, it's that windows is spectacularly bad. All chrome and tailfins on a tractor chassis.

Linux will outlast windows on the desktop, but the desktop wont last that much longer. The idiot market now fondles slabs: Eventually the application vendors will realise that linux is simply easier to support and port their apps to it and that will be the end of that.

I say that not because I am irrationally attached to linux, but because I've been in this game a long while. I saw the PC sweep the field because it was a better than than a mainframe and a terminal I see windows dying because its actually worse than the alternatives. It has a couple of good apps and legacy support. That's simply not enough.

Admit it. You stay with windows for emotional reason. You have bought into the bullshit and you cant bear to admit you have been had.

Royal Nonesuch.

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Re: Where are all the MS apologists?

Still, if you like having to write your own drivers, or battling with format incompatibilities, or leaning pages of archaic syntax left over from the seventies, then yeah, Linux is your weapon of choice.

I use linux. I have no idea what you are talking about?

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Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

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Trousers are lethal....

igmc

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: Missing option in survey

Could we not drop the 'superior' part, so that Mint users can use that option too?

A low blow as I use mint. But upvoted anyway because its funny.

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Where is the option...

"No, because I would have to be brain dead to want to use Windows anyway"?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Pint

I never drink tea.

Count me out

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

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I am struggling to understand...

What this article is doing in the Register.

Surely 'Gay News' or 'The Guardian'would be more appropiate.?

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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The picture that belongs here is..

http://vps.templar.co.uk/Cartoons%20and%20Politics/haytor.jpg

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Openreach to split from BT... so they'll be 'Legally Separate'

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Re: What a joke

You dont have to pay £17 a month line rental

Its only about £14 these days. Or a bit less if you pay for an annual contract

http://www.idnet.net/voice_products/pstn_standard_phoneline.php

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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Re: All it will take is one big company

London (and mostly the city) pays a very high percentage of all Tax to the Government. This indirectly subsidises the rest of the country.

However all the work is done in the rest of the country. I mean real work, like growing and manufactir8ing food (products), making cars, designing chips, generating electricity, capturing and stiring drinking water, dealing with sewage waste, dealing with imports and exports, .

The country could well survive without London. The reverse is not true.

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Location of staff

.. consider Barcelona as an alternative. “Certainly it’s much easier to recruit someone than in London, where there is fierce competition, especially for developers,” he says.

My java developer nephew left London for Sydney and 'twice the pay, half the work and better lifestyle'.

With the pound even lower against the Euro, being a developer in Barcelona must be complete rubbish.

After all, if cheap coders is what you want, India is the place to go.

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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

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FAIL

24 hour service response...

Yup Cisco tried to sell this to my customer. 'Anywhere in the UK, sir'.

The customer was sceptical 'and how doe's that work in a gale when Guernsey airport is closed and the ferry cant dock, for three days due to high wind and seas?'

Instead, they carried a complete set of spares, themselves.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Boffin

WTF is pokemon...

anyway?

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: Assembly Language?

Haven't touched it since 1985.

Have you programmed any PIC's etc etc?

I can't see its relevance to run-anywhere processor/platform independence

IOT wont be made of run-anywhere processor independent code.

It might have a generic C library on top, but to talk to the (custom) hardware like as not you will need assembler, and to write the lowest level c library functions.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Regression to the really mean

JC? You mean the messiah?

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Re: why shipping in one direction is nearly free

Because Chinese postal service is state run and massively subsidised.

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Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

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please wait.....

....our servers are currently underclocked due to lack of wind.....

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: Priti Patel

No, just levelling the playing field.

Euope no longer gets special status so india has to be considered in equivalent terms.

Good.

Watch Priti. One hell of a smart cookie.

We will have a deal with India before we have one with the EU...

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Re: So any company that trades with an EU country has to open their borders to EU inhabitants?

Some good points raised.

The EU as currently constituted cannot allow free trade without free movement.

Ergo Britain will not get a free trade deal, as free movement is by and large what brexiteers voted against. And they WON.

However that doesn't mean no trade, and I suspect a compromise of 'low tariffs' and 'some movement of some people' will be hammered out.

Carny has signalled low interest rates and that's dumped the pound a fair bit but restored the FTSE.

A low pound might offset EU import tariffs, but the reverse is true. A low pound and an import tariff makes EU goods very expensive. Good for the trade balance. Bad for the ailing Eurozone economies.

The net effect of that will be that British exports are unaffected to the EU, and improve to the rest of the world, whilst the EU loses market share to e.g. the rest of the Anglosphere, which is queuing up to do deals.

French wine even more expensive. New Zealand wine cheaper?

The real answer is of course that the doom and gloom forecasts were based on a lot of assumptions, most of which are imponderable.

What happens next depends on how we proceed, far more than the fact of exit. And whether the considerable increase in the ability to act politically independently, is used wisely or not.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: "supersonic fighter"

In a flat dive, a Sopwith Camel could got supersonic.

Er no. WE had to wait for WWII before manned aircraft were - if not going supersonic - at least getting close enough to destroy themselves. There is anecdotal evidence that maybe a late model spitfire or a tempest may have exceeded the sound barrier and lived to tell the tale, but no one really knows.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: Pilots

While a plane could be designed to handle more (including heat produced), it could also become heavier, losing some advantages.

Scale is then your friend.

A carbon fibre 3 ft wingspan jet could probably handle 50g+

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WE are already at te stage where in terms of air combat, missiles have the edge over manned fighters Purely in terms of 'G'

Give them wings, and more fuel, and an AI equipped missile is simply unbeatable,

However all that does, is mean you send over unmanned AI equipped bombers with mach 17 AI equipped air to ground missiles.

I'll let you into a secret. A mounted knight is no match for a machine gun

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Re: Re Phew thats a relief

I played a flight sim in a camel and shot down an ME109

Very manoeuvrable, is a camel.

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Re: "forces to be deployed without human loss of life"

Mmm,. And of course when the enemy ha AI, you just fight the fight in virtual reality.

However that's not the really alarming or exciting thing. Its just how much AI you can pack into a small computer.

That means a $500 autonomous drone could in theory be set loose to - well - assassinate someone.

And you might never know who was behind it.

It scuttles into a corner, plugs itself into the nearest USB socket charges itself up, connects to the internet (its INSIDE the firewall now) and looks like a USB flash drive, uploads anything useful, gets fresh orders, then extends legs and scuttles around before shooting a poison dart into an ankle.

The Apple I-Spy (lethal upgrade)

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