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Apple updates iOS, does not fix passcode-bypass hack

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Re: Why is it?

It has grown up.

Once upon a time things used to be simple, feature-list short and dependencies easy to manage. No longer the case. Classic case of "mature platform" with "legacy". A new developer comes along, touches something he does not fully understand and all hell breaks lose in an area that is perceived as completely unrelated.

It will now take some seriously fascist release management and architecture to put that under control and based on what Apple has been releasing I do not quite see that one happening.

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AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach

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Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power

You missed the most difficult one - smell. We have no idea how to digitize smell data and replay it. We have a reasonably good understanding of the way tactile, visual or hearing receptors work. Olfactory bulb - and here be dragons.

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Re: $100k for a glass door?

You are missing the point. It is a designer door - part of a copyrighted and trademarked design. You do not expect that to be cheap do you?

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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Re: Now we come to it

Quoting one "great" European politician who once upon a time personally ordered my great granddad shot as an enemy of the state: "There is no such thing as indispensable people". Or in this case it will read as: "There is no such thing as indispensable companies".

Out of all people, I would have expected Mr Brin to have remembered that one. Me coat.

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LinkedIn proves not all social IPOs were bubbly

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Re: Losing it...

They are losing you (same as me). They are gaining paying "customers" and food for them.

Like it or not Linkedin is the headhunter social network. Its only goal is to spread you into a nice thin easy to inspect and nitpick layer in front of headhunting lowlife. That is who is really footing the bills there.

Unfortunately there is a significant fraction of us at any given time who are looking for a job. So LinkedIn will always have "food" to pre-digest and offer its "customers" for consumption.

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Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February

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Re: This would be good

"I can see it replacing a lot of peoples laptops and a lot of desktops too."

Err, sorry, no cigar.

There is a fundamental problem here - the phone UI is designed for touch and _NONE_ of the remote UI methods including BT input devices is touch oriented with multitouch support. So the idea of hooking your phone to a screen will wait for the day when you can either remote to a touch-screen or when multi-touch input from a screen works correctly as a remote input device on the phone.

By the way, desktop will not be the first victim on that date. The first victim will be the venerable car stereo as it will become totally surplus to requirements. What's the point of having a car stereo when you can remote the phone onto the car console (with all the UI still working correctly)?

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Motorola complaint against Microsoft narrowed

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This is something that should have been sorted at filing

Frankly, the examiner did not his job. While I can understand failures to find prior art (shit happens) failures to have correct claims should not pass the patent examination process.

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Bug kills Intel gig-E controllers

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There is something fishy here

I have a whole raft of kit with 82574L - I use it on my home server and my home lab. I have yet to see anything resembling that bug. The offset in question is in the data portion of the packet so assuming semi-random packet distribution we are looking at multiple crashes a day under heavy load. I do not see that.

Further to this - 82574L is one of the most popular cards going into mid-range desktop kit from HP, Dell, etc. A bug like that would have made these unusable. I suspect that this is limited to specific BIOSes and specific VLANs. Intel cards have a feature (no, it is not a bug) where one VLAN is reserved for out of band management (1000-something, forgot the number). Traffic on that VLAN is interpreted and can be used for lights out management if the machine supports it. If the card is misconfigured so that the default VLAN instead of 1000+ is treated as management you can see all kinds of wierd stuff (including resetting the machine). The more interesting part is why is he seeing is with Asterisk because Linux immediately disables that rather insane feature on boot.

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Study: Gay marriage support linked to pr0n consumption

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Anything can be shown to correlate to anything

All you need to do is chose the _CORRECT_ scale.

Correlation coefficient is the probability of two functions being linearly dependent on each other. So, for example, if you have y = x^2 and you try to compute the correlation coefficient directly off the values from that you will get that the two variables are independent when in fact they are not. So you have to chose the correct scale/conversion - root, log, exp, etc before you compute it. And here be dragons...

When there is no obvious reasons to use a particular one you can pretty much chose anyone you like ending up with a graph of AOL vs Good Cholesterol. Just like in this case.

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

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They may not need any

It is in New Mexico so they may not need any. Solar is quite good if you put it in the right location. It will suck royally if it is at New (or old) England latitudes and average cloud cover levels. New Mexico or anywhere in the tropical desert belt around the worlld- not so much.

For example, there is a substantial body of circumstantial evidence brewing up that recent French interest and interventionism in Africa is related to the idea of making Sahara into one enormous Solar collector.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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At first I thought the calendar is wrong

My first thought was that it is already April, the first to be more exact. However on a second thought, I remembered - this is GNOME.

Whatever idiocy Microsoft does, GNOME follows drooling on the way. Microsoft promoted C# so did GNOME (its rather crippled alternative implementation). Microsoft decided that C# is no longer for the cool kids. Well so does GNOME.

In any case being an uncool kid I am going to stick to C, C++, Python and Perl. Curly bracket language which is the assembly of the Internet? No thanks.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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Re: Phoenix UEFI BIOS

"If the firmware has 'variables' it's not really firmware."

It is Intel and Microsoft reinventing Open Firmware. That had variables, conditional execution and a whole raft of other things (and thankfully did not have a f*** GUI).

So

1. It is still Firmware

2. It is Intelnovation - imitating badly something done by someone else like amd64, via AES instruction set, etc.

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Re: Sorry, wrong.

Fixed that for ya: "Worked" for windows. Quotes intended.

About 50% of what was erroneously attributed to "bad drivers" was actually bad acpi in the early days. Windows was suffering same as linux if not worse - at least on linux you could easily turn off acpi altogether.

We now have the "history repeating". I am typing this on an Asus Motherboard whose crippled UEFI implementation erroneously initializes the AMD Fusion GPU portion every 3rd or fourth boot. And that is a so called "reputable manufacturer". Everything is just like in the worst days of ACPI 10+ years ago.

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Analyst says vendors offer pretend reference customers

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Re: Old hat.

I can tell you where Gartner finds them - in the middle of the "Magic Wankdrant", sorry quadrant...

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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Re: the point of the game?

What a bunch of muppets. They should have bought it off him as a training tool.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Lester, I beg to differ

The history of the country where you are applying for a citizenship is a core value. To be more exact that is valid for both the history and its specific interpretation - the bits that are included and the bits that are purposefully omitted to form the appropriate half-truth.

In this particular case however it has more to do with Mrs May desperately trying to patch up the holes under the waterline ahead of the dreadful 2014 when the Romanians and Bulgarians influx will bring the end of British civilization (according to the Daily Beobachter).

First of all, the ones that wanted to be here are already here - there is enough means in the current system for that. Second the ones that want to fleece benefits are already doing so. Third, the ones that came here to do real work are already considering to leave and leaving same as Polish and Baltic states did before them. And fourth - she should stop asking the Daily Fail if they would like it with coffee or ice-cubes. While we can understand and commiserate with the current government having to go cold turkey off gagging on a old wrinkly Australian, replacing it immediately with Volkisher Beobachter does not do them any good. The readers of Volkisher Beobachter wil not vote for them anyway.

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Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

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Re: This sounds like the IM wars...

Quote "inoperable".

Grain of truth in both.

If your service is "operable" it will happily interoperate. Try sending from googletalk account to a jabbim account or to someone who has corporate jabber. It will work without a hitch.

In fact, if you build a XMPP server of your own on your own domain and configure it correctly for server to server operation you should be able to talk to googletalk fiends and them to talk to them without having to have a googlemail account.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Re: Next stop: A language based on either Elvish or Klingon

Why next?KLingon programming already exists.

* Specifications are for the weak and timid!!

* This machine is a piece of GAGH! I need dual Pentium processors if I am to do battle with this code.

* You cannot really apprecaite Dilbert unless you've read it in the original Klingon.

* Indentation?! I will show you how to indent when I indent your skull!

* What is this talk of 'release'? Klingons do not make software 'releases'. Our software escapes, leaving a bloody trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake!

* Klingon function calls do not have "parameters" - they have "arguments"- and they ALWAYS WIN THEM.

* Debugging? Klingons do not debug. Our software does not coddle the weak.

* I have challenged the entire Quality Assurance team to a Bat-Leh contest! They will not concern us again.

* A TRUE Klingon warrior does not comment his code.

* By filing this bug report you have challenged the honor of my family. Prepare to die!

* You question the worthiness of my code? I should kill you where you stand!

* Our users will know fear and cower before our software! Ship it! Ship it and let them flee like the dogs they are!

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Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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Actually, not that bad for version 0.01

Come on, give the guy a break. Does version 0.01 of your creation look any better?

In any case, I do not see what prevents you from wearing an Armani version of the same spectacles. I also do not see what prevents you from making the LED carousel trigger on a flash. In fact IR "backfire" on a flash is a well known anti-camera method. It is not particularly effective against ANPR (what it was invented for in the first place), but should do the job against face recognition (and paparazzi for that matter).

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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

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Re: Just like lead

While I agree with you on most counts I am going to nitpick a few of your points:

0. First of all - I agree with you on the power stations. The amount of environmental leeway coal continues to get is ridiculous.

1. Lead acid batteries are recycled in 99%+ of the cases nowdays and do not require any special tech to recycle. Very few (end up going into landfill in developed countries.

2. The "safely bound in a crystal lattice" is actually the biggest problem. It cannot be recycled and it stops being "safely bound in the crystal lattice" after a couple of years time in a landfill. Give or take a couple of years for it to be leaked into underground water and from there on we know the story. By the way - if they ban HgCdTe this way, well... that deserves an applause. How would you like your groundwater? With Hg? With Cd? Or with Te? Cd is even worse than good old Pb and some of the effects are on par with Mercury. Te is not something I would like with my morning cereal either.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Linux nerd downvoters

You clearly have not used HP thin clients + altiris as well as many other Linux based VDI solutions out there. In fact, on the "terminal" side Linux running a Citrix client is probably a majority, not minority of VDI.

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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Re: but why are they paying pb....

"Oh, BTW, Porn sites, bit of a waste of time having thos share on facebook widgets don't you think?"

You misunderstand the function of the widget. It is not to share - it is to allow advert brokers who use FB to correlate your browsing behavior. As long as you are logged into FB going onto a site with the widget ends up in FB "snoop" files (ditto for other similar Web2.0+ lowlife). So an advertiser can after that use that to try to peddle you stuff.

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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

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Re: I do not want to sound like

Quote:"I think you mean Kelly Brook in Piranha 3DD was nothing short of Lovely! :)"

That depends on your orientation and gender. You or me may be more interested in the beautiful cough... cough... "eyes" of Miss Brook. Other people may have other ... cough... cough... interests...

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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@xyz - Good idea in theory

In practice - not so much. You need a battery per device and they will all run out at different times making it royal PITA to use.

The watch had a golden opportunity - the time when sub-3 inc size was the norm so people looked at a 4-5 inch screen in the phone spec and asked "Are you out of your mind".

That time has passed. My technophobic SWMBO used to show a set of venomous fangs at the mere mentioning of something bigger than a mid 2000-es slider/clamshell. She laughed at me when I got my Arc S a year ago. She is now happily carrying an Xperia J which is the same size as an Arc and she is not alone in that. People are holding 5 inch blowers and happily using them as phones (or to be more exact "as we use phones today"). This pretty much kills the rationale of a second display outright for most users.

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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I do it myself

If junior is overdoing it, I take on him mano a mano Doom with monsters set to nightmare on the house LAN. Or a strategy game of his choice. He is quickly reminded exactly how much does he yet have to learn which usually has the desired effect for a couple of months - namely him doing his homework first and games after that.

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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

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Re: wait isn't Apophis...

Not really.

From the "guy" category (Anubis does not really qualify here) Sokar is probably the ultimate badass. Baal second and Apophis a distant third. More of a pompous looser than a real bad guy

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Where do old supercomputers go to die? New Mexico

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Re: In before...

It may. If you put GPUs in it.

According to spec one of the possible blades going into Altix ICE has 16 x PCIe for "networking". You cannot plug a FAT GPU into it, but a "thin" GPU (workstation class) should fit nicely.

So it depends which blades have they got. If they got the oldest ones (which have the slot) they can upgrade it at a very low cost to a very decent machine.

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

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Re: Err...

"This kind of management behavior just serves to alienate other employees or potential employees "

Sorry dude you just broke the stupidometer by driving it off the scale. Since when does Linux employ the people working on the kernel?

Welcome to the world of community based development. When you are employing someone you can fire them. When they are "volunteering" their incompetence (even as a part of a company sponsorship) in a community driven project you sometimes _HAVE_ to make them leave. Even if this involves deploying the F* word. C'est la vie. In fact, in many cases it would have been easier to employ the poor guy - in that case you can fire him.

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Browser makers rush to block fake Google.com security cert

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You sir, have hit the biggest weakness of the current system

Revoking the intermediate certificate will be grand. If someone was checking the revocation lists of course.

The biggest problem of the certificate system is the positive thinking when designing it: it is good in delivering the positive message "trust me" and sucks royally in delivering the message "do not trust this one". CRLs have to be distributed to endpoints and no one uses OCSP. Even if it was used, it can be blocked which makes most implementations default to "I will trust this one".

Frankly it is time we relegate the current cert system for offline uses only (it is quite good for that) and switch to DANE for internet/online trust. This puts the "trust me" message into the hands of the domain owner. The only third party trust involved are the root signing key and the TLD signing key above your domain. That is 2 parties in total for most domains instead of a 100+ list (half of which we have never heard of) of certs which can spoof anything (not just something in their "zone").

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Re: ?

On linux you need the signing key for the packages and that is in a completely different trust chain - the gpg chain of the distribution you are using. On other OS-es it will probably be no as well - the certificates and keys for the packages are chained under the OS vendor root.

In any case, it just goes to confirm one more time how many of the certificate authorities do not belong on the trusted list in the first place.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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Re: Great idea!

It is not the UI which makes Android what it is. It is the IPC paradigms and specifically the whole idea of intents and activities. That allows loose coupling and interaction of applications without them having to run each other in an "embedded" fashion like the accursed Microsoft OLE.

That is actually already present in modern Linux both KDE and Gnome3 are built around that concept. In fact they are more "mobile-ready" than Win8 by far. Once this foundation is in place (and it is), adjusting the UI via a theme is a mere technicality.

In any case with 60%+ of the devices out there having a ready and available linux kernel getting this done is a mere technicality. It is also not quite "entering the crowded space". The space is crowded consumer-wise. It is not that crowded from a hobbyist/developer perspective.

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Tibetan monks lose their TVs as China's censors raid monasteries

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

"The problem with eliminating religion:" - you missed the point.

You replace it with "Верой в светлое коммунистическое будующее" Тranslation: belief into the bright future under communism). That is the first approximation.

That is usually not good enough so it morphs into: "Вера в светлое коммунистическое будующее под мудрым руководством товарища Сталина/Мао Тзе Дуна/Ким Ир Сена (ненужное зачекрнуть)". Translation: belief into the bright future under communism under the wise guidance of comrade Stalin/Mao Tse Dun/Kim Ir Sen (scratch out the unnecessary).

While the Manifesto and the first volume of Das Capital kinda make sense, there is no way you can follow the drivel in volume 2 or 3 or Lenin's mad syphilitic interpretation of it unless you believe in it. With fervor.

This is something which most people in the west fail to understand in their perception of communism. It is a _THEOCRACY_. It's sole reason to persecute religions is that it perceives them as _COMPETITION_ (and rightfully so). This is what all of this is about.

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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

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Re: €13.5m

Gotta be in the right place, at the right time and have the right connections ya know.

Same as with real designer dresses. Just look at the stuff being worn at the Oscars or Cannes. A significant portion of it (>20% on average) looks like sh*t, does not fit the person who wears it and suffers "wardrobe malfunctions".

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Re: That yacht looks terrible

Well, what do you expect. It is _NOT_ done by Sir Jonathan Ive. It is owned by Apple (actually not even that now) not built by Apple.

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Re: Licensing terms

Charging is subject to standards, at least in the EU.

In fact Apple should have been taken to task and _NOT_ given Eu certification for any of its new devices.

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Cameron defends U-turn on web filth ban, leaves filtering to parents

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Re: Yay!

More importantly, last time I checked you and me vote for MPs so they can select a government. We do not vote for DMRs - Daily Mail representatives.

The amount of pampering the Daily Beobachter gets from this government is frankly sickening.

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AWS stops some EC2 servers without warning

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Re: Nothing to see here

Exactly - you should have bought elastic storage, put a copy of your data on elastic ice and elasticated yourself in all other relevant elastic paraphernalia.

Oh, did that just double the estimate you had for how much would running your business on EC2 cost? Tough - too bad.

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AMD plunks custom Opteron into SM15000 microservers

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Probably under 25W

Quote: It is hard to say how much lower the wattage can go

Not really, we live in the days when you can control it in software. You can test it ya know :) Last couple of frequency steps tend to nearly double the power envelope so pushing it back from 3.6 to 2.7 will probably halve it (at least). My educated guess (based on my own experiments and tuning systems with other AMD chips) is that we are looking at sub-25W here (if not even 15W).

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Failure?

Growing food does not contribute anything to controlling your own population. The rocket launch sole purpose was to ensure that the outer world gets pissed off and demonstrates its dislike. NK TV gets some authentic material to show its viewers how the world "hates" the "supreme technological achievement" of the "freedom loving people".

In order to understand NK you have to study Stalin who invented this ruling style. It is a form of perverse theocracy pretending to be communism which can exist only while the country is "on a state of a alert". So if you do not have a natural "state of alert" you end up having to create one and maintain it. Stalin invented enemies outside and enemies within by the dosen on a daily basis. This gave him the pretext to gain and maintain control over everything and everyone. All of this was combined with a cult towards his own personality.

In his case the driving force was rabid paranoia. I hope that in the NK case it is carefully calculated strategy. When Stalin's "stroke" was organized by Beria, Malenkow and Molotov we were 6 months away from WW3 - he ran out of pretexts and invented enemies.

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'Metadatagate' fails to bring down Oz pollie

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@Paul Crawford

I would expect to see a server in UTC. There is no benefit in having it in local TZ.

So as far as the parliament PFYs having extra work for Xmas to reconfigure servers to local TZ - that it is stupid, counterproductive and against operational best practices. I used to reprimand PFYs working with me for doing that in the days when my job desc said BOFH. Too many badly written pieces of software out there which use localtime when they should not and do stupid things after a change to daylight savings time.

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

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So who told you that fossil is not subsidized

Fossil is heavily subsidized too. We invest trillions annually in maintaining "stability" at gunpoint in fossil fuel producing regions around the world in order to keep the prices sane. We build and maintain infrastructure to transport the fuels. We build infrastructure to refine the fuels, we build... None of that is listed versus the cost of fossil fuels used for comparison with "subsidized" renewables.

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Grinchy Google to shut down another batch of services

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Re: Seems that by dropping ActiveSync, Google dropped a bomb on Microsoft

Not just windows phones.

It also nukes all those Symbian holdouts. That is what I used to use in the days when I was still carrying an E71 around.

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

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Re: Who cares about f*** gaya, it is the building style which is the problem

Quote: "while we have to buy more expensive houses!"

Not really. There is very little cost difference between laying down foundations in a ring for walls only and just pouring a nice earthquake-resistant plate at once. In fact the latter is probably cheaper. The cost of putting columns at regular intervals at the outline of the current inner wall may actually lower the overall cost of the house, not increase it because you no longer have to stick the odd concrete brick here and there and can do the whole internal wall out of foam in an afternoon. Concrete is _CHEAP_. Cheaper than brick + bricklayer labor.

Same for going American and building out of prefabricated wooden panels. That is cheap too. As a matter of fact, besides being total sh*t on earthquake resistance the current UK building style is also perversely expensive. If you use the continental methods you can build a house on the same footprint, same insulation levels, better earthquake and subsistence resistance etc for ~ 60% of the price. I looked at that having my house extension 4 years ago prefab-ed in Eu and shipped and built on site and nearly did it. End of the day I decided that wasting two years of my life to fight planning (the useless external decorative brick) and building control is not worth it and got it done according to custom. It cost me 50% more. By the way, this is not just my observation - there was an episode of grand ideas where they built a house "the German way" and it cost them half of what the local builder quoted. They had to spend half a year fighting building control too.

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Who cares about f*** gaya, it is the building style which is the problem

The biggest problem for fracking in the UK is not the pollution, environment, etc - it is the building style driven by what building societies and banks agree to give a mortgage for. If anyone wanted to make a building deliberately earhquake unsafe they would have found no better way to do so than taking the UK standard building practices.

An average UK building built after the 1960-es has two sets of walls with _NO_ vertical structural elements, no horizontal structural elements held together by 2mm metal wires. Its stability to any earth movement is zero. Zilch. Nil. Even the gentlest shake and the wires will get ripped leading to outer or inner wall collapsing on the heads of the occupants.

As a matter of fact we got lucky so far - the Quadrilla quakes were in areas which have seen little recent development so the buildings hit were pre-1950es solid double-brick wall tied by a garden or flemish bond. That style can take a local 3-4 richter scale tremor without any problems. In fact the older ones have taken them on a regular basis during the times when such tremors were induced by mining on a near-daily basis. With these -at the very worst you will get a damaged chimney somewhere. Even those will happen only because the genius who did them initially laid them with non-fireproof mortar out of non-fireproof brick. So they are a hazard anyway and should have been redone long ago.

The yanks do not have that problem - their buildings are built out of wooden panels bolted to a frame so they flex a bit, shake a bit and still stand. The rest of Europe does not have that problem either because they do not have a band of idiots in banks and building societies which have declared reinforced concrete an "item preventing the issuing of a mortgage". Their building code specifies and mandates that the inner construction has reinforced concrete pillars in key places. So their buildings may get a few fractures in the outer wall here and there. The wall is not structural (the pillars are) and, you slap a few trhowels of fresh mortar and plaster on it, it still stands, move along. And most importantly - they have proper foundations - the foundation are poured as a solid plate so the whole building moves instead of being put only under the walls (and crack).

So in the long term if UK is to frak (or mine again) it needs the banking and building societies to understand the difference between a fully encased concrete pillar which is inside the house (and will not rust) and badly done "pre-baked" happy-soc concrete panels reinforced with easily rusting high carbon steel (which did rust all over the UK). These are not the same things. The builders will also need to learn a practice which European builders are well familiar with - retrofitting structural columns into an existing building. The same style as in the UK was quite common around south-eastern europe in the 50-es and outfitting it with columns before overbuilding additional floors on top is by now a standard well developed procedure. It is not that expensive either. Granted - it never gives the same stability as a proper new building but should be enough all the way to 4-5 local quake.

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Dying to make greener batteries

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Re: Dying to make batteries?

They already die to enable the fashion process. On the positive side - another crop for (sub)tropical farmers to grow. On the negative side - cobalt is the least of your worries in terms of toxicity in a Li-ion or Li-poly battery. It is the Lithium itself which you need to worry about.

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Girl gang targets Microsoft's Seattle stores for $5,000 theft spree

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re: But who the hell are they going to sell the stolen goods to?

If something is worth stealing, it may be worth buying.

I smell a PR RAT and a big fat one too.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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GATTACA

Quote: I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.

Welcome to the new tomorrow...

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AMD bites bullet, slashes chip orders

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It is not 500M worth of chips - it is wafers

Slightly different.

When the channel knows there is surplus inventory they can and will twist your arm into discounting it. When the channel knows that WYSYG they have considerably less leverage to force you to discount.

So they buy 115$ worth of wafers to make chips from but will sell them at near list price. That is better then buying 500M of chips and selling them for 115$ and establishing a "permanently discounted" low price in the channel so they expect that you will continue to do so with your next chips and so on.

Long overdue if you ask me. They should have done that long ago. Disclaimer - I have managed to use the glut time to get a whole raft of HP Microservers for development as well as a few Fusion based desktops and laptops for test/day to day work. The discounts of the last half a year were beyond stupid. Laptops were being discounted into ~210£ territory and Microservers down to ~80£. That had to stop - it was unsustainable.

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Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions

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Re: @TaabuTheCat (was: There is only one answer to Washington's issues:)

There is a third way. The Mehmed 2nd the Conqueror's way.

Stop salaries to _ALL_ bureaucrats and make them put a price list for their services on the door. Makes things nice and clear.

That approach got the Ottoman empire across half of Europe to the doorsteps of Wien and the Empire started to decline only once one of his successors reinstated the salaries.

Food for thought...

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