* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Where does one finish and the other begin?

This one is the software... I mean the OS... Apps? What are the terms? I'm confused, it's all got a bit cloudy in here.

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Re: use the sd card for the os...

Function keys are not needed. I would give a digital cookie to anyone still seeing a use for "SysRq", however the extra functionality used for "Prt Scr" is welcome, let alone the extra macro that could be assigned to it.

Other keys less used, but Page up and down are used often. In fact I try and avoid devices that don't even include a numberpad!

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2 USB slots and an SD card...

This at least has me interested with those specs... unlike certain other manufacturers. ;)

(Sorry, but I am a techy at heart, and spec is everything. The SD card slot in my phone saved me 5 hours of file transfer time over wifi, so yes, the specs and connectors are really worth the extra cost and change in product to me! :D )

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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Well... these days it's how it goes.

I love my android, but currently the latest update borked the play store. No idea if it's a DNS error, other app, login error, timeout whatever, all I know is the store no longer works and nothing has solved the problem (so it sounds like a server side error to me).

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Fact is

So your the first to volunteer for my "new" tv using lasers beamed direct into your eyeballs?

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Re: but everyone knows

No. "Infinity" and "counting to infinity" (the set 1+2+3+...) are two different things. Counting to infinity = -1/12.

(IIRC, citation for assistance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww )

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Re: $∞ million?

Some infinities are larger than others?

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

No, the most important is data processing (DNA/reactions to the environment etc). With just a membrane and energy processing, you still just have a chemical process or a "dead" crystal. Be it a very complicated one though, it would not fit much of the definition of "alive".

Without something similar to DNA and without a massive number of processing, construction and regulating equipment in the cell, it would be unable to do anything.

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Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

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Re: oops

Gah. I have to live with this every day. Even worse when model numbers have zeros and "o"s, or ones and lower case "L"s.

I really really have to be careful when ordering model 20002002 and not ordering 20020002 by mistake, just out of typos. :(

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: 3D printers for food...

A donut van already 3d prints food, just they only have one shape available, a donut.

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

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Re: Can we just lose FLASH already?

KB?

Oh, so if I buy 2 I can have a really fast Amiga! :D

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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As a proof of concept, it also means ALL those apps and OS (and telco installed data/bug logging) apps can be used to get some data on you.

Not a massive worry. I'd be more concerned with the camera or audio or usage data.

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Puts Physicists hat on...

This can also be applied to electrons, or more specifically any particle in the universe.

As no two particles can share the same energy state, we only need to know their power use, and we know their location in the universe (to the planck scale).

[Physicist shouts at me and asks for their hat back...]

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: It's not just resolution, it's compression

4k over compressed is still a better image than a sharp 1080p compressed image (by the numbers). It's the extreme end of the scales, which to meet costs/profit margins, do the real harm.

The good quality content (as many others have posted here) can benefit from the extra clarity and definition (see nature programs etc which show really good detail and crisp images).

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Re: "Serial connector for the Nordic countries"...

Yes, I totally understand that. Perhaps the Madoff reference was not obvious enough and I should have used the joke icon?

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"Serial connector for the Nordic countries"...

Ah... that may be so they do not need to upgrade those pesky Banking computers to usb 3.0, or USB at all! Perhaps especially in the Swedish region?

As the dear old Mr Madoff would say, "Don't upgrade those computers!" ;)

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: Take a hint from nature

"The last article I read on DNA storage, it cost $35K/MB to write."

I can store that for you at $35K per year... as long as it's to be stored in human form...

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Re: 1000 years?

Not just others... but proceeding kings in Egypt were keen to destroy past knowledge that made them look bad and others look good, even if it was true and helpful. Remind you of anyone else? :(

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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Re: Proof?

I guess they mean, both use maths and engineering and "science", one to construct an arch and a solid building, one to construct an image of a black hole.

But they are not in the pursuit of science themselves. I'd rather a scientist be wrong and know why, than an artist accidentally be right and think they understand. We need both understanding and the correct goals.

(For reasons why doing the math alone is not good enough, see the other 99% of Hollywood movies that cause crimes against science, logic, and nature :P ).

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: The Biggest Risk

Have this one for free:

Just waiting for the day we all end up half an hour late to work because the iCar or Android 'o' Wagon needed that software update!

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: My hat's off to these engineers

Same as developing for any "new and improved" API then?

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Cunning plan

Too late, they already:

1) Make some "original content"

2) Upload it by the bucket load cheaply and randomly to Youtubes ID Content system.

3) Pretend the world and it's dog have copied your content. Does not matter what the video is of, flag it.

4) Wait for the defaulting Content ID system to send all the add revenue your way.

Should anyone complain, just close the business down, rinse and repeat quicker than any letters from lawyers can get to you.

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Re: "In no way am I suggesting that INgrooves is an evil bunch of bastards"

It's not "criminal" as they skirt the law as you say, by having claim to X correctly, but falsely claiming against Y. Seems the law only prevents claiming you own Y when you don't... but allows you to claim X is Y till the cows come home.

Which basically means Youtube have now facilitated making fraud legal. :(

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

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Why?

This is the question you should always ask. Case in point as follows.

Tax discs to display a cars valid tax payment recently became unnecessary as registration is not done via paperwork and on-line so only a licence plate check is required.

So what do people do? Panic that they now have nothing to display in their tax disc holder on the front of their windscreen.

The problem never existed, there is nothing needed to display in an unneeded tax disc holder. We just remove the empty holder from the dash and have an even clearer vision of the road ahead.

Same here with the 3d "fax" machine. What problem were you trying to solve by destroying the original?

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: Supervolcano and/or bolide impact.

Biggest, though not most probable. :/

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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4. It displays in 4 dimensions. Well, I guess 3 and a half "technically" and 3 are spacial and one is along a time like dimension. ;)

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: Quite a few incorrect posts above and bad facts in article

Interesting how the throttle cannot be reduced enough. I wonder if they will ever add a different "mode" or a different set of engines for this?

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Re: vertically challenged

Turns out in tests the parachutes are about the same weight as fins and/or engines in combination. So you'd have extra weight for little to no extra control at the low descent. A chute for slowing down in the higher atmosphere can help when returning orbital craft I think (though I've got that idea from computer games so may be wrong!).

The fuel is lighter and the engines can be controlled better than a parachute. It's just getting the control there in the first place I guess. A but like a helicopter. We could land all the helis with parachutes, but by the time the technology is perfected, we can do powered landings.

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Re: boom

That kind of landing is still 100% a success in Kerbal Space Program, and you could even jump to "land on your feet" if your quick enough... ;)

PS, KSP and Twitter are awesome: https://twitter.com/kerbalspacep/status/552464681139322880

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Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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Re: My god...

I'm tempted to downvote for reminding me of the horrid teletext games. BBC micro spoilt me I guess.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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I guess it's like MAD... no one wins?

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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Re: Excellent work

It's shown on the screen. I don't care if it's salted and hashed. It's sent to a recipient a the other end of the PC/Mobile. It boggles my mind how they decided that a phone request/fax or visit to the Bank in the past was a breach of security if they suggested giving out a pin, but are happy to on the internet?

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Re: Excellent work

I'd not trust the banks.

My latest bank offers to show me my pin. I need to enter it in the online banking first, but then it shows me this.

I'm still undecided if this is a security risk. I'll leave them if it is. Previously, the pin was not viewable by anyone, and only receivable in a tamper proof (at least gives visible results of tampering) envelope.

I'm not being obsessed or anything, it's just I'd rather not bank with a company that allows someone to request my pin if they get hold of my card and just enter the details online for a "reminder". Or a bank that does not see the uselessness of a pin reminder that first requires me to enter my... PIN!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Re: TL:DR....

Are we going to get a stereo effect in these form factors?

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Purple glistening plasma, you say? Orion plummets back to Earth

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Re: I'm curious

Rendezvous, while trivial (in the grand scheme of things) for probes, becomes life and death and time limited for Astronauts. So taking it all with you, has advantages. Proves/automated craft can "wait a day or two" if they miss something or should a part perform under spec.

(I assume, IANAA but do play KSP ;) )

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Re: 8 Parachutes?

Ah, makes more sense when it's the setup and deployment of the chutes. Not that many at the same time. :P

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8 Parachutes?

I thought I was cheating in KSP using 4 and not doing a proper powered/assisted landing. :P

(Both tools for their uses, both this and SpaceX have me on the edge of my seat)

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Re: Life's no fun...

(sees reg title of article)

It's a hackers ploy to get funny headlines on the Reg!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Adam Sandler is the real life "The Producers" example. Really, look up his tax forms. ;)

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Daft design

Still not helpful (downvote all you like), I never said they popped up every use.

They could be permanent and open doors. They could be chair height and used as seating in the day (still does not solve the problem, but a little safer).

If space is that tight that there is no where to put a private urinal, there are other problems. A shotgun solution is not better just because it has some results.

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Re: Daft design

One of the most stupid ideas ever. If you MUST have an automated door on the thing, put an automated door on it, don't make it "pop up" dangerously from the ground (or back into at the end).

I see no reason it must do this. There are so many better and cheaper and easier, not to mention safer solutions.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: This is what is being taught

Yes, quite often it's simple natural effects that we accidentally remove or side step with a manufacturing process.

For example, try eating a bag of sugar. That's hard to do the bodies natural systems tell you "don't do it". Try eating a bowl of fat... same thing.

Now try eating a tray of cheese cake (I know I could! :O ) or a lot of chocolate (milk fat and sugar... oh they may remember to add cocoa ;) ). Our body now has trouble stopping the hunger response.

This kind of effect happens less with home cooking as we tend to use sensible ingredients. In a factory/business they just maximise profit and maximise "desire" (taste or sugar/fat content).

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Re: Monetization!

With mere silver and gold a man will not be satisfied?

I guess Randall is satisfied.

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Coffee/keyboard

Tips hat.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Well, it's rather simple. We first build a space elevator to lift our space elevator up to position...

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

The main reason for me not to use ZFS is that it is perfect until something goes wrong. The complexity seems above my understanding.

NTFS (and others) are less complex, and more prone to problems. But I can recover from most of them trivially. For example, when I "quick formatted" the wrong drive, the next day I had it all recovered (backup MFT and/or file recovery software). A similar operation in ZFS could leave me with no possible way of recovery, as pressing the "wrong button" is irrecoverable unless I know exactly how/when/where to set and move everything. :/

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: The Chinese will love this build

Possibly a spoof picture then...

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Re: If you want major security improvements, you want incompatibility

Problem is, for 90% of those customers they also want "free sky" or "that pirated Windows game" or worse "open that proprietary Excel document", and those only work on MS software.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Ok

I'll go without. I paid for and hosted my own content before "free online storage [costs covered by adverts" was around.

I used "pay in/get out" websites, even though all I could "pay in" was time and effort to help the forums/news/updates coming.

I buy my shopping, and don't steal it. I'll buy my media, but I have a limited budget, and the supply is already beyond the demand...

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: No problem

Even without clicking, I think I know that link off by heart now...

The phone number less so!

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