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* Posts by jamesb2147

27 posts • joined 13 Apr 2012

NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

jamesb2147

Re: 107,200

Hey, that's the Nicaraguan First Lady you're talking about! (Read: She's not just a "government press person," she's actually highly influential in politics, moreso than most First Lady's, and disturbingly out of touch with science.)

I'm guessing this was an explosive. The interesting thing is that it might not be from the civil war (Somoza) or Contra era; there's evidently a small, but new, wave of violence sweeping the country. We may see more of this in the future, and it may turn out that the political leaders or military were looking for an alternative explanation to distract from the fact that they don't know what caused this.

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Watch out! KILLER HP firmware update bricks ProLiant server mobos

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Re: 'Expert'? WTF?

"The best part of half a day..." means at least half of half a day. Assuming an hour work day, he means 2-ish hours. I am not impressed with your logic.

Also, at least on our HP blades at work, BL460c, I think, of G1 and G8 variety, it takes about 10-20 mins at least to get through the boot sequence. We've also had bad luck getting the firmwares updated as there are several tools and they'll sometimes take 45+ mins to figure out that they are lacking some file or other dependency ("no, you'll have to upgrade this *other* firmware first and you need a different tool for that") and you have to start all over again... In short, 2AM upgrades on HP blades are hell.

If you and yours take less than an hour, you should offer training courses and/or thank your lucky stars.

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You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

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WTF?

You need a bug spray icon

The two IPv6 sessions have the same link. Intended?

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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Door locks

And peepholes, for that matter. Seriously, I've had a smartphone since 2008 and STILL I have to carry a sharp, malformed chunk of potentially lethal (for children, natch) metal with me at all times?

I actually spent some time thinking about this once. Refrigerators are near useless to network, but a lightswitch is remarkably useful. For example, turn on the A/C/heating when lightswitch detects a paired bluetooth smartphone nearby and adjust the dimmer based on time of day or detected lighting levels.

Personally, I want an oven that dings my smartphone to let me know when it's done preheating. I tend to step away and forget while waiting for it to warm up enough to cook my frozen pizza.

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jamesb2147

Re: Everything

"Going the "my techno and nothing else" is becoming more and more a strategical mistake for Cupertino. Soon, they will realise it ..."

Because the more you say it, the more true it is.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Warning: PDF

I miss the old days... can El Reg bring back that little touch? It's nice that you still mention it, but I prefer the full effect of "Warning:" written just beforehand.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Re: many more in his possession?

Ditz. This is getting fucking annoying. Snowden's like Manning, in that he handed over the files, and now reporters are combing through them to write articles. At least, that's the last I'd heard.

If this weren't already the Register, I'd expect the Register to be skewering you and every other half-brained reporter. Truly, it's sad.

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NBN Co reports smaller-than-expected loss

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Or it could be indicative of a negotiating position when Telstra comes to the table. It gives them some leverage.

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The Register's NBN study: a good start, let's ramp it up

jamesb2147

Re: Yes it does deserve a response, I'll try one.

It would also enable cultural changes to occur allowing employers to accept remote workers more broadly.

Not disagreeing with you, just saying that you maybe aren't disagreeing with the quoted comment, either.

The biggest benefit I see is that companies can depend on Aussie consumers having access to a speedy connection of known reliability. "Internet of things" starts to happen. "aaS" offerings abound. I keep imagining PXE booted zero clients being offered over IPv6 as a natural progression of Chrome OS, or something. The idea is to ask, "What services become feasible, and how will that impact Australia?" I think that's a difficult question to answer. If pushed through, though, NBN makes Australia a most interesting experiment.

FWIW, you might be right about the medicine. I'm thinking it will be "revolutionized" by personalization by computers crunching massive amounts of data and scientists looking to ask the right questions of the datasets, rather than doctors. That won't require massive bandwidth to the end user.

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Linky link

Shouldn't this article have one? I don't see a link to the Pozible page for the study.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

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Re: NSA have no sense of humor

One last thing.

They're still public domain materials, as works of the government or persons working for the government carrying out their official duties. Being secret doesn't change that, and especially doesn't affect copyright violations. Remember, all classified material becomes declassified after 50 years. It belongs in the public domain, and without a very substantial national interest in keeping it secret, the public has a right to it (hence it enters the 'public domain').

At least, that's my guess.

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FAIL

Re: NSA have no sense of humor - Lawsuit options

At least in the US, copyright is just that; by having *copied* the image at all (even if not for publication) and not following the terms, they've violated, at least, the terms the copyright holder set forth. I believe that makes them liable for infringement, although conflicting messages on the website weaken the claim. Still, I'd be asking the EFF and/or ACLU if they were interested in using the suit somehow. I imagine it could be a useful tool in their kit, and a generous donation by the author to allow them either to represent him, or, in the extreme, to transfer ownership of the copyright.

Not sure how all that works when crossing the pond, though, and IANAL.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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Facepalm

"...although no actual phone recordings were obtained."

Should be changed, unless you know something I don't. Should be something like, "...although the order did not approve the recording or interception of phone calls."

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Pirate

Oooh, do you think I can get backups from them in case of disaster?

Better yet, by duplicating so much data, are they violating my copyright?

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Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers

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FAIL

Re: Constitution and ammendments

I was going to put up a post about how it's so great to have free speech in our society, fair use, and privacy from government, all constitutionally guarantee...

oh, yeah.

At least it's not the first time? ***Trail of tears reference*** God, I hate Andrew Jackson. D-I-C-K, DICK. Much like whoever conceived of thin-thread or w/e at the NSA.

Took long enough to leak.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Pint

Minor note: it looks like they're already set up for battery power; one photo shows the interior of the cargo containers pretty clearly with what appear to be batteries inside. It looks like far more than they need, but they could slightly modify the setup to meet much of the criticism here. I look forward to reading about the next round of observations. :)

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Re: Turns nickel into copper, eh?

The scientists seem rather convinced, although perhaps they're being lied to and passing those lies on. They're specific in mentioning that it's a hydrogen-laden nickel dust in the chamber, with some kind of secret sauce catalyst. It's unclear if the sauce is in the "trade secret waveform" or powder chamber that had to be emptied away from the scientists (although they appear to have been present when the chamber was cut open).

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Re: Please pass the Fluke TrueRMS DVOM

Certainly that's entirely possible. Hopefully they have a chance to test that in future.

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Re: Having not read the paper yet

They're referring to harnessing many more joules/kg than any known chemical reaction. They're not referring to energy output compared to energy input.

You should read the paper.

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Heavenly networker Pertino pockets $20m to take on Cisco Meraki

jamesb2147

Re: What exactly is it???

I had the same problem; after watching the video on the Pertino site, it sounds more like a new *business model* for VPN access than a new technology. They even mention VPN in the video.

Not sure why El Reg keeps reporting on it like it's hot stuff, though. I was curious. Now I'm bored.

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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

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Re: Maths fail?

IDK how this got missed. Quality SSD's are <$1/GB these days (note: not the newest gen, necessarily). How did the author not catch that he was writing "or a cent for a megabyte?"

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, perhaps the author is celebrating with a liquid Wild Turkey feast?

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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

jamesb2147

Re: He Was Hoping To Get $89 Worth Of Stuff For $0.83 - Really?

You'd be wrong. It's called FOB origin.

"FOB origin means the consignee is taking ownership prior to shipping and is responsible for freight payments."

--http://www.ehow.com/info_8284356_freight-delivery-terms.html

It could be "free" shipping, and the company could be the one paying for it from their accounts, and STILL be FOB origin. In which case this would be theft.

The issue is, I think Apple US is FOB destination. He could still have a case, but at that point it's not theft.

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Emotional baggage

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Re: I love my Wenger Backpack

As long as we're on the subject of Wengers...

Bought mine in 2005. It has a CD player pocket instead of an iPod/phone pocket. The thing has held up amazingly well. Still has some cushion (in nasty situations, I have been known to use the thing as a pillow), straps are comfy, and about the only thing that's gone wrong is the lining started peeling off a couple of years ago. I guess that was the waterproofing. Oops!

Seriously though, I take this thing everywhere with me. I'm US based and it's seen Canadia, Nicaragua, the UK, Germany, and it's my primary bag on domestic trips. Biggest problem is that if I let it get too big then it doesn't fit in the overhead bins on smaller airplanes!

See if you can find it someplace with a good return policy. Are Amazon's UK return policies same/similar/better? I've turned in used electric razors before when dissatisfied.

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Raspberry Pi served with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Facepalm

The pack of fags

Remember, we here in the good ol' US of A have another meaning for the word fag that generally trumps any alternates...

Which makes the phrase "fag pack" an interesting choice of words for a man named "Caleb Cox."

:X

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Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

jamesb2147
FAIL

Don't forget that a picture of an MBA used to be the photo used on Intel's homepage and all over its website generally to promote "Ultrabooks."

As a side note, I filed a complaint with the FTC over false advertising and alerted Intel support to the issue. After taking several months to respond to my allegations, they denied that it was a picture of a Macbook Air. Even though it clearly has a mockup of the proprietary and patented Apple MagSafe port in the mockup. :/

Dumbasses. Marketing FAIL.

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Apple iPad sales drop by DOUBLE DIGITS in Europe

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Alert

Unrelated

Can we please go back to having article titles and subtitles/subtext/w/e in standard (and classy!) black font instead of... w/e color scheme this is? It not only hurts my eyes (srsly!), it's distracting. I had a ridiculously hard time reading the article because my eyes kept drifting up to the title.

:(

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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Paris Hilton

Sunshine?

Now I understand that it changed halfway through. Completely. To an awful, totally unrelated to the first half movie. Believe me, I understand that. But... didn't it seem like that was a producer's fault anyway?

Anyhow, I can put enough of a spirited defense of the first half that I don't think it qualifies as "worst movie ever" unless you count the horror of finding an excellent movie ruined by its own direction/production. Even then, has anyone here ever seen a film by Ewe Boll? There was one time he actually said something to the effect of, "Do you know what this movie needs? More explosions. Lots more explosions. And gun fights. And cars. And cars in gun fights with lots more explosions." ...Because that's honestly what he thinks everyone wants. Do you know how his films have been financed? MASSIVE tax breaks from the German government that basically subsidize half the cost of production.

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