* Posts by dkjd

67 posts • joined 28 Feb 2012

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BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

dkjd

Embedded XP terrifying?

Why would that be, it is supported until 2019?

More terrifying is the fact-checking skills of journos imo

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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I thought that fat women jokes stopped when Les Dawson retired?

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Re: Brexit means Brexit

Open borders were allowed before with the Nordic Passport Convention, so there's no real reason that it could not be done again to keep the Irish border open.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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So google will make/sell a cookie that allows you to globally agree to not having adblockers. What has the world gained now? SFA.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: Non-cloudy thinking

tbh If amazon rescinded 95% of my ebooks and gave me a refund (like they did then) then the only difference to my future life would be more money for beer. A lot of beer, probably, and I could buy hardbacks of the few books I actually want to re-read.

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: @kb "One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

"That's because they haven't been written/developed to run on Linux"

For most people this is not a trivial problem, and full documentation will not solve it, even for "programmers"

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

dkjd

Re: GPs

Isn't that how 111 works?

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Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

dkjd

If they describe their tv as more economical than their rivals, and it is not, then they can presumably be sued under trades description act. If they have been gaming the test it will get you about £100 per set I would guess

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

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Re: How would we know?

Renormalization (getting rid of infinities) is needed for most quantum physics theories. If you could get rid of them you would get a Nobel Prize, (and reduce the takings in bars at physics campuses).

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: Must be fucking nice

Become a banker

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

dkjd

Re: So....

"What Google may do is give preference to their own services, but it does not force you to select them."

oh goody, I can de-install "play store" from my phone then?

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Re: "what comes after is breathing heavily down the neck of flash"

to quote from the cited paper "physically isolated through the segregation of inter-granular non-magnetic Cr-rich [5]and oxide materials [6]".

oxide materials = rust in my book

and it spins!

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Bank of England: What's all this then, CHAPS? Review to get a grip on IT cockup

dkjd

As CHAPS is nowadays based on SWIFTs Y-COPY using MT103 messages, I don't think the "system" is 30 years old. Nice that everything in CHAPS goes through the BofE nowadays, that must make things simpler and more reliable than the bad old de-centralised days?

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

dkjd

It doesn't transmit your name to everybody?

You can wipe it remotely if it gets nicked?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

dkjd

Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

I was going to make a comment about how TVs only used to work in small parts of the world, allegedly to protect various manufacturers. Then I saw the spelling mistake in the title and started having visions of wiping spittle off of my new electronic goods....

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

dkjd

its also on apples own site, but that would be pretty hard for you guys to check I guess :P

http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/princesstreet/

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dkjd

Or you can read about it here

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/edinburgh-princes-street-apple-store-opening-date-1-3567469

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

dkjd

Re: 500,000 Batter Packs

They will be able to sell the lot in Scotland

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: It will be business as usual.

"Scotland will continue to use the pound. They currencies will be fixed", and George Soros never really existed.

There is no way a Scottish issued pound fixed to the English/Welsh/NI pound will survive the currency speculators. It would be cheaper if the Scottish parliament just burned a couple of billion pounds in a big bonfire and then introduced a new currency

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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What happened is you put in your parental password for your sprog to buy something, then as default google would assume that you ALSO ok'ed anything that was bought for the next 30 minutes.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

dkjd

Re: so just like...

Maybe making the rotating parts of the drive chain from asymmetrical components would mean that bits of it would wear out quicker?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

dkjd

Medical doctor (GP) not a scientist?

I thought that getting a doctorate, which actually involves doing "research" might qualify someone a bit to understand "research". But not at the register, where you get grouped with homeopaths.

Are you saying that medicine is not a science?

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

dkjd

Palm users

Surely palm users are intimately familiar with the size of their todger already?

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Maths?

As the instrument measures the spectrum of "reflected sunlight", it don't work very well 50% of the time (when it is dark)

http://eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OCO-2MissionBrochure_final_508.pdf

page 7

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: I wonder if...

If there is no space station after 2020 then there will be nowhere for the manned dragon to go to. I would think that the prospect of losing 4 years of NASA pork is not that amusing for them

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

dkjd

Re: Not correct!

tooyo'oenoo'

(http://www.colorado.edu/csilw/arapahoproject/language/dictionary/dic_frame2.html)

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

dkjd

Re: Full story?

The referred article says "the complete oxidation of glucose", so there is no way that hydrogen is produced. Complete oxidation means the end products are carbon dioxide and water.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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Re: If only there was a way for computers to send data to each other...

The main problem is that GPS satellites don't do leap seconds, so GPS time is already 16 seconds out from UTC. Also you cannot predict when you will need leap seconds as it depends upon the weather on top of the mountains, which affects the amount of ice that accumulates in winter which affects how fast the earth rotates.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

dkjd

Re: Desktop monopoly

You must be a god, I couldn't even type 1K lines of lorum ipsum in 2 hours, let alone 1K lines of working debugged code!

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

dkjd

food 3.0

I propose that you should add a 1/2 bottle of vodka to the evening glass, then not only do you save the time taken to prepare your evening meal, you also save 2 hours down the pub.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

dkjd

Re: Overpopulation

Maybe, but judging from the comments here, its gonna be a lot of effort for very little goo :P

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

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Re: Let's just wait and see...

Probably no-one, better place only have 500 customers and that is less than clever which already has a nationwide network of fast-recharging stations in Denmark, and more customers too. And there will be no other cars using the battery shift technology apart from the renault fluence, so there will never be enough customers to make the station profitable.

Forgetting the technology, I find it hard to understand why anyone would want to go down the buy-the-car lease-the-battery route. When I get a car its either buy or lease, not buy a bit and lease a bit. I mean you wouldn't buy a petrol car and lease the engine. The "better place" way was that you buy a bloody expensive car, then you have to rent a bloody expensive battery. So you have all the disadvantages of buying (high up front costs) and all the disadvantages of leasing (e.g. maybe the administrators will take the batteries back from the customers and sell them in France). Similarly when you sell the car on, you have to sell the car, and sort out battery rental with the new owner.

So even if the technology worked really well, I think most people would avoid the complex ownership/lease model, because when you spend the amount of money that a car costs, you want to understand what you are buying.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

dkjd

Thank god I bought VHS

No drm on those suckers, can't watch them anyhow as the player is bust, but at least there is no DRM. (to be truthful most all of the tapes got f*cked when my basement flooded so it wouldn't matter at all). The books survived, kinda, but as they smelled of sh*t they got thrown out too. To be honest the tapes were more of a fire-hazard at the end than a useful library of data.

So its swings and roundabouts, and to be honest most movies/books only get watched or read once by me so I don't really care about DRM, just about how convenient it is to get the content. What I would like would be if I could access books or movies for about £2 for a 6-months or so, then I would be happy to rent them, but that seems unlikely to happen.

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

dkjd

Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.

His daughter is married, so I guess the "kids" can make their own mind up. Old peoples kids get old too!

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

dkjd

Re: Weird physics

No, heat is not light. Heat radiation is the same as light though, but you can transfer heat in other ways too e.g. conduction or convection.

But you don't have to transfer "heat", for example a single hydrogen molecule in a vacuum can be vibrationally excited or not, meaning it has more or less heat, but this doesn't involve any photons.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

You can get 3 points on your licence in Britain for using a hand-held mobile phone, https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law

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UK Serious Fraud Office queues up to probe HP's Autonomy allegations

dkjd

Re: Surely...

Only if the seller is being truthful, otherwise clocking second hand motors (moving the odometer backwards in a car for non-brits) would be perfectly ok.

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What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz

dkjd

"rival service iZettle and the much-hyped Square it uses only the magnetic stripe" I think this is not correct. IZettle used chip-and-signature, and this means that VISA didn't approve it because "it has to support mag-stripe too". Nothing to do with mastercard supporting IZettle ofc.

As far as I know they now have started a chip-and-pin solution, but they have never done mag-stripe

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

dkjd

Re: Just had look at the "License"

Not sure about office, but if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM.

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

dkjd

2013 windows bound to PC

According to danish website office 2013 license is tied to particular PC, so when your PC dies you have to cough up for a new license: http://epn.dk/teknologi2/computer/article5210229.ece

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

dkjd

Re: Random Poking

no, and writing code that assumes every error code you don't know about should be treated as "successful" doesn't work that great either.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

dkjd

Or...

Maybe the reason is that e-readers are basically the same product as they always have been. I can updgrade my phone or tablet to something better, but if I buy a new e-reader it will just be exactly the same as the one I already have.

So I buy new phones every now and then, and have bought a tablet in the last year, but I still use the same kindle, and will continue to do so.

Maybe if they could get a real colour e-reader, or one with a bigger screen then I MIGHT be tempted, but why the hell should I shell out 100+ beer tokens to get a device that will just do and look exactly like the one I already have!

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

skelband:

Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

"And they marvelled at him" I guess accountancy has not changed much in the last 2000 years

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

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Re: Please use other sources to research the actual case before posting more idiocy

So "veti" he wasn't innocent? Are you saying that in America you are now guilty until proven innocent? I thought you still had to have a trial first! I think you have been reading too many Judge Dread comics.

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Curiosity clears Mars radiation levels for fleeting human visits

dkjd
FAIL

unaware is not the same as non existet

Try googlinfg "amifostine" for papers in the us national library of medicine. There is a lot of "scientific" stuff to be found there.

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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

dkjd

Re: cultural and geographical limitations

Or its a case of a fairly dull book, that no-one much buys, getting a shit-load of free publicity in Denmark! Its easily available already as a epub (e.g.from saxo.com) (danish publisher), has been for yonks, and its funny how this happens JUST before christmas present buying time.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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Re: Why don't they make the cable lockable?

I guess that its so the fire brigade can pull the cable out if the car catches fire, or there is any other sort of electrical fault requiring emergency services to disconnect the power in a hurry?

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Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

dkjd

Re: Restored?

Norway is not in the EU

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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Re: Actually, as an American...

But the amount of actual beer you get in a Pint glass, in a British pub, after the foam has settled is normally less than all of the above!

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Amazon prices up Kindle Paperwhite for Blighty

dkjd

Backlight???

I think you will find that the light is actually in front of the display, otherwise you would not see the light.

Here is a clue in the amazon prodcut description:

"Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays".

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