* Posts by DJO

382 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

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Got an iPod too, never use it. The Vaio is easier to control across a network and has a slightly larger display that can be seen across a room and has more storage.

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Still got one chuntering away as a dedicated flac player, great little machine.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

DJO

Prior, prior art

If anybody's interested the Apple Newton (from 1987) had rounded corners.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

DJO

Good thinking, Advertisers

"Plenty of advertising outfits rely on tracking and analytics services, so are not thrilled with Mozilla's plans as it's already no picnic turning a quid online."

Right so they think that if I set up my system to exclude adverts, if they manage to get one through then I'll rush to spend all my money with them while obviously in reality if an advert gets through my reaction is far more towards "I'll never ever buy a thing from these stupid bastards".

How come they haven't worked that out yet? Do they understand the word "Counterproductive"?

I realise they need to get information about their services or products out into the wild but forcing it down the throats of disinterested consumers is pretty dumb.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

DJO

Re: Just a reminder

"I'm staying on 7. That thing is rock solid."

For given values of "rock" and "solid"

Alas it seems the upgrade is not available to users of Windows 7 Enterprise and as I control the software library where I work, guess which version I run at home, never mind I got a copy of W10 for the library but there is no way I'm installing it on my home PC until at least SP1.

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Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

DJO

More stuff in LEO, great idea.

Kessler syndrome:

"A scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade—each collision generating space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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In theory if they do exist they would evaporate almost instantly.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

DJO
Mushroom

Shakes head in despair

Two pages of comments and nobody has so far said:

"Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

DJO

Wimp

I remember a very long time ago I was at a party where a young Noel Edmonds was being very self-important in the kitchen, until the police turned up (actually just to get the music turned down a bit).

Me Blobby was out into the garden and over the fence before you could say "Daily Mail Expose" - As were a lot of naughty persons in the front room who left their bits & bobs behind, so I helpfully tidied up and was stoned for a week.

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

DJO

Oh really

and in some cases it's cheaper to buy a new printer for $50 rather than replace all the damn cartridges.

This is really bad advice as the cartridges in new machines are never more than half full, more often about 1/3rd full.

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

DJO

Re: Was the picture necessary?

Brighton has a beach, although not a sandy one

Plenty of sand at the sea line when the tide is out.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

DJO

Re: "smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?”

I'm sorry, I've been hitting the Lagavulin Brain Bleach in a probably vain attempt to dispel the mental images I conjured up.

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Re: "smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?”

For James I suspect "Smart TV" means wearing a nice tweed twinset with pearls.

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21st century malware found in Jane Austen's 19th century prose

DJO

Re: Hygiene?

You cannot have both Flash & good hygiene as the first hygienic act is to delete everything from Adobe.

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Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

DJO

Re: Pah

Prosecutors always massively overestimate the haul of any crime, these poor lambs might have only have a million or 2 each when they get out in around 18 months.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

DJO

Re: [...] science being right and religion being bunkus

"Religion is not "bunkus", it is a necessary tool in the construction of a society that is not based on you-got-what-I-want-give-it-or-I-kill-you."

Religion is bunk, but that's not to say it doesn't have a useful function in developing a society when there are many unanswered questions.

Religion is no longer necessary as we now have answers to most of the questions religion used to provide (incorrect) answers to.

That's not to say all the answers we have now are all correct but they are more correct than those supplied by religion and they allow for development while those in religion are static and dogmatic.

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Nigerian prince swaps the sweet talk for keyloggers and exploits

DJO

Make the banks financially liable for any fraudulent transactions and the loopholes and vulnerabilities in the banking system would get closed pretty much overnight. As long as the banks are earning money from this sort of fraud (transfer fees) it'll never stop.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

DJO

Re: Also hope it comes with ludicrous brakes and something better than the human 0.25 sec response.

if the human is being squashed into her seat by 3 g's of acceleration

Where do you get 3G from? 0 to 60 in 2,8 seconds gives acceleration of 0.97682986G (This is the average over the 2.8 seconds, obviously the peak will be a bit higher)

I'm reasonably certain people can sustain a force of about 1G for quite a long time.

The distance covered in the 2.8 seconds is 37.55 metres.

a = (v - u)/t

a = acceleration (ms-2)

v = final speed (m/s)

u = initial speed (m/s)

t = time taken (sec)

1G = 9.80665 ms-2

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

DJO

Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

That's not quite right. The ISS is in a roughly circular orbit, but an object in a highly elliptical orbit...

Absolutely correct, however that is a remote possibility while object impacting from the front with a high closing velocity are far more likely to present a problem. Given the low orbit the ISS occupies and the location of most orbital crud (higher than the ISS) by far the safest place to put the escape capsule is at the back of the craft, having at the back also means that pushing it away from the ISS would slow it down a bit so it could make an easier return to the Earth.

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

Basically the ISS could be hit from any direction

Not from behind, any (unpowered) object in the same orbit will be moving at the same speed, if it's at a different speed it'll either gain or lose altitude until it's in a stable orbit, in extreme cases it'll escape or decay and burn up.

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

Does space have a one way system

The ISS is not stationary, any object in the same orbit going in the same direction will be going at roughly the same speed and thus presents a low risk, objects going in the opposite direction will have a colossal closing speed but will impact at the "front" of the station so the back can be protected (a bit). Objects in non-equatorial orbits may cross the ISS orbit at an angle but there are fewer of these and have a far lower probability of impact.

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

Is the Soyuz debris proof or just a smaller target?

Presumably the capsule is at the back of the ISS so any debris would have to pass through the entire station before impacting the Soyuz capsule.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

DJO
Facepalm

Slow interstellar internet

"Interplanetary", not "interstellar".

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

DJO

Re: Bravo

You won't be saying that as you get dragged screaming towards CERN one day!

Not going to happen, cannot happen even if they make a hundred black holes every hour until the end of time. These microscopic black holes (should they exist) are inherently unstable and would decay almost instantly.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

DJO

Re: Not good

The real data shows, very clearly, either a zero impact or a rise in violent crime in a given area when strict gun control measures are put in place. In the UK, for instance, violent crime rose for 10 years straight before plateauing when they took your guns away.

But out of context. When do you think gun control was introduced into the UK? I suspect you are thinking of the changes enacted after the Dunblane shootings, however guns have been controlled here for a lot longer than that.

Context: The UK has a tiny number of violent crimes compared to the US (even allowing for 5x the population) a small change in a small number is not very much, any change to the quantity in the US is far more significant.

To argue that gun control has no effect of gun related crime is absurd.

The best solution in the US where guns are far too entrenched probably is to restrict access to ammunition, bullets not used in gun clubs or ranges should cost about $100 each, for personal defence $100 is a bargain but for other uses the cost is restrictive. Legitimate hunters could buy replacement ammo cheaper by turning in the empty shells. All guns should be kept in a locked gun safe, even the NRA agree with that one, or at least used to.

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Re: Not good

Until you learn a little about the issue and realize that controlling guns doesn't have much of a statistical impact on violent crimes.

I suppose this is true if you believe the magic imaginary statistics* peddled by the NRA, real evidence backed statistics suggests otherwise.

* Statistics used poorly either by accident or design can be very misleading: For example there are far more fatal car accidents involving sober drivers than drunk ones therefore statistically it is safer to drive when drunk than when sober. This is plainly nonsense as there are far more sober drivers than drunk ones but it does illustrate a problem with statistics.

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

DJO

Why oh why...

For commercial users there are clear benefits to smart meters with half hourly reading but the benefits for domestic users are questionable to say the least.

New installations and end-of-life replacements should be smart meters but replacing perfectly good meters just for the sake of it is throwing money away.

Perhaps a pilot somewhere (Milton Keynes perhaps, they had it coming) followed by a 2 or 3 year assessment of any benefits to residents would make more sense than a full roll out, but it seems sense and government are mutually exclusive.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

DJO

Not totally convinced that providing a handy place to grab the text

But it's not, the article has a bitmap of the text which can't be copied to unicode, to do that you'd have to know the code for each of the symbols which while not impossible is reasonably tricky, certainly harder than tracking down the offending string from another source so I'd say there's no harm done in showing the message here.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

DJO

Saw it years ago at Biggin Hill Airshow, flying low with the afterburners on, warmed everybody up a treat.

Superb aircraft, shame to see it go.

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

DJO

Hot blood vs Cold blood

I thought the definitive differentiation was enzymes, in hot blooded beasties there is just one enzyme to do any specific job but as enzymes are very temperature sensitive a cold blooded critter will be able to make multiple enzymes for any given task, each one effective for a narrow temperature band.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

DJO

Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

" Did nobody from their phone operating compay *notice* this?"

As long as they were getting paid for each call why should they care? It's hardly in their favour to stop a cash cow as they were probably profiting from this almost as much as the charming people making the calls.

The solution is clear, make the telcos financially responsible for sustained detectable abuse of their systems. They can easily detect this sort of behaviour if it's maintained for more than a few days from a single location and on detection they should either pull the plug or involve the authorities in prosecuting the people involved.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

DJO

More Adverts

No no no.

Basic Economics part 1:

Increase the amount of advertising space available (such as putting commercial ads on the BBC) and the value of that space goes down so you need even more adverts to raise the same revenue.

The upshot of putting adverts on the BBC would be to increase the quantity of adverts everywhere and reduce their effectiveness so ultimately pushing the demand for advertising down which would mean less revenue leading to poorer quality programs (even on ITV, I know it seems hard to believe they could get even worse but it's possible, just).

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

DJO

Colour me suprised

What follows is purely hypothetical with no evidence to back it up whatsoever.

You Tube are making a loss - Because You Tube are paying a Caymans Islands registered company $x million to use the name "You Tube" and by a happy coincidence is just the sum needed to reduce You Tube revenues to a level where no tax is due.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

DJO

Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...

Humans have been emitting radio waves for about 100 years or so.

And we are emitting less and less every year with low power radios, satellites beaming down instead of stuff broadcast everywhere and more and more of what used to be broadcast being transmitted over fibre. In 100 years I doubt we'd be detectable at all.

Another problem is that the same frequencies are used all over the planet for different purposes which is no problem here but from a long way away they will all blur together into a random like noise where any single signal would be as close to impossible to isolate as makes no difference.

The only radio signal that would be detectable over many light years would have to be one broadcast specifically for that purpose and why would anybody do that?

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

DJO

Quart Oscillator?

On the graphic there is the legend:

"32kHz Quart Oscillator"

Is this a UK Quart or a US Quart because there is a difference:

So they should be:

32kHz 1.1365225 litre Oscillator (UK) --> 0.66 Bulgarian funbag Oscillator

32kHz 0.9463529 litre Oscillator (US) --> 0.55 Bulgarian funbag Oscillator

I think we should be told - the truth is out there.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

DJO

Ah, but take that thinking to the illogical conclusion and then you have "anybody using encryption has something to hide and should be investigated" which of course does not stand up to critical thinking but when has that ever worried the Tory party.

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It's their own bloody silly fault

Perhaps if GCHQ & NSA had not vacuumed up every bit of data on everybody while ignoring the laws about privacy and warrants and other bothersome details, we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now where everybody needs to encrypt everything just to maintain a semblance of privacy.

This is suppression pure and simple, terrorists and the like don't use these avenues of communication; steganography, dead-drops and the such like are far more probable.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

DJO

Re: Moog Modular

I used to be keyboard roadie to a lunatic who used a Roland System 700 (look it up) on the road, hours of "fun" setting that bugger up, along with Prophet 5, MiniMoog, various ARPs, Yamaha portable baby grand piano and a host of other crap.

He then bought the Moog from Tangerine Dream and mashed it to the 700 but by then he'd stopped touring - thankfully.

Happy days, well they might have been, can't remember a lot of it to be honest.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

DJO

Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

Probably apocryphal but everybody used to drive or ride on the left so their sword arm would be presented to anybody coming the other way. Napoleon was apparently left handed so he imposed riding on the right so his sword arm would be in the advantageous position and the rest as they say, is history.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

DJO

Re: The dental student fiasco...

it's OK to lampoon Christianity

Right, any religion that is so weak it cannot stand a little ridicule is probably a waste of time.

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

DJO

Re: Since it's Diebold

perhaps they'd consider spending more time worrying about the bugs in their software and less on the ones on the screen?

But, but, that would be hard work for Diebold rather than just asking Corning to bung a little silver or copper into the surface layer of the glass.

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Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

DJO
Facepalm

very similar to our own (comprising around three-fourths water and one-fourth rock

Which planet is that because it certainly is not the Earth, while the surface is quite wet and the crust too contains a fair bit of water the vast bulk of the planet is rock,

The density of the Earth is 5.513 g/cm3 if it was 3/4 water the rest would have to be about 19 g/cm3 which is roughly the density of gold. Is there something about the Earth we're not being told?

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

DJO

US lawyers in money making exercise. Again.

Surely this would affect all internet users in Iran so it would count as "collective punishment" which is illegal in international law so how did it even make it to court?

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

DJO

Re: ROTFLMAO (TROLL!) @DJO

Where the fuck do you think your country (where ever that may be) is any better than the USA?

Sigh, I know it's a waste of time trying to reason with trolls like this one.

a: I never said where I live is better.

b. Unlike you I take no pleasure in the sorry state of other countries such as the US

c. The Republicans have opposed every action by Obama and then they say he is ineffective, can you not see the dichotomy? In a mature democracy the opposition will support good policies and not just automatically oppose.

d. Since WWII one country has spent more money supporting & promoting terrorism than the rest of the world combined, that country was the USA. (Mujahideen & Contras for example)

e. Gerrymandering isn't even denied by either the Republicans or the Democrats and has been a part of American elections since the founding of the country. And is very undemocratic.

f. I'm bored now so others can add any more examples. Incidentally swearing does not lend strength to your arguments, actually it makes you look a bit of a prat, just some friendly advise.

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Re: ROTFLMAO

As Yank I want to defend my country

It's a great shame you can't, in the post war period the USA showed amazing potential but Reagan shifted the priorities and from there it got progressively worse, Thatchers' legacy over here is similar but we had some safeguards to prevent it getting as bad as in the USA such as a Boundaries Commission which reduces (but does not eliminate) the opportunities for gerrymandering and our elections have a secure paper trail instead of easily rigged machines.

I hope something can be done to bring the USA back to where it should be but I'm regrettably not hugely optimistic.Nothing is likely to happen from the top but a large number of American citizens are noticing that portions of the US police are out of control and desperately need to be brought back in line as the protests around the States testify. You might have some politicians either sensible or cynical enough to realize that doing something about the police could be a big vote winner.

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ROTFLMAO

nations hostile to human rights and democracy

What, like the USA?

A country where the police can execute pretty much anybody they want and hardly ever get punished?

A country where gerrymandering and rigged voting machines are used to force a certain result.

Put you own house n order before criticising others.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

DJO

Re: Evolution

Only the ones that developed stereo vision and grasping "hands" would be likely to survive. The rest probably fell "out of the tree".

I'd say it's more likely that as fruits only start to ferment once they have fallen that the poor metabolisers didn't fall out of the tree but were unable to climb it in the first place and fell to predation while rolling around drunk and singing obscene songs about ocelots.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

DJO

Re: When I drive on twisty mountain roads

Was that you in the opening of the original Italian Job?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

DJO

Re: BD1/BD2 belts

They are out there but they cost more than the entire turntable cost when new.

I'd also check the motor mounting as that was basically just a few rubber bands which will probably have petrified a bit by now.

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Re: Wot - No LP12?

I don't go for the 'oxygen free cable laid along ley lines' nonsense, because that's just a load of balls.

Quite right, as any fule kno they should be laid at right angles to the ley lines.

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