* Posts by Paul J Turner

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

Paul J Turner

From April 2014

This features a couple of the characters mentioned -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzGd-5kwR9E

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NetComm kicked to the curb by nbn™ for fibre-not-quite-to-the-home

Paul J Turner

Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC)

You're F'in kidding me right?

It's Fibre-to-the-Kerb (FTTK) in Australia.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/07/kick-it-to-the-kerb-not-the-curb/

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

Paul J Turner

Not long now...

Until we can cross off Anti-Phlogisten / Dark Matter and Mana / Dark energy mysticism and get back to actual science in Astrophysics.

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

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Re: It's a what?!

I guess someone is importing bits for a big pokies (slot machine) order or upgrades.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

Paul J Turner

A new Plumber's friend

https://twitter.com/Leicparanormal/status/773509542957223936

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Paul J Turner

Re: Microsoft will be paying vendors to deploy their malware os Windows 10....

@ <a|a>=1

Search on eBay - "Hystou Fanless Core i5 Mini PC Desktop Computer" Loads of variations.

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Turnbull's Transformers intend to test single sign-on to Gov.au on the offshore, public cloud

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I'm very much afraid...

That we know what end they're thinking of taking this idea to.

So please Mr Turnbull, If you only watch one video this year...

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3_0x6oaDmI

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EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

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The problem is...

That they HAVE tried turning it On and Off again, when they should have turned it Off and then On again!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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That takes me back about 50 years!

Ha, this reminds me of when I was a kid and sometimes went out with dad on a Saturday doing line testing as the 'navvies' (Irish labourers mostly from the term 'navigator' for ditch digger etc) laid new telephone cables.

I got to help make tea in a teapot about 400mm (16") across with stout handles at the front and back so that you could pick it up and pour it.

Full of water bought to a seething boil, a packet of tea (Typhoo iirc) half a bag of sugar and a lot of milk.

Everybody had strong, sweet tea with milk and liked it! :-)

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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

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As I said last year

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/11/09/nbn_mulls_capacity_charge_revamp/#c_2692854

The only thing that needs to happen is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

Paul J Turner

Fully independent entity within Microsoft

So there'll be no irresistible temptation to fiddle with any of this tech? - https://engineering.linkedin.com/architecture/brief-history-scaling-linkedin - for about a month at least I'm guessing.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Paul J Turner

Now we know

Why insisting that Government departments adopt IPv6 never got anywhere.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Re: This shows why...

"Our grandchildren will crap on our graves in revenge for the state of the world we will leave them."

I'm being a bastard and getting cremated rather than going for Carbon sequestration. The grand-kids will have been breathing atoms of me for years.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Paul J Turner

Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Maybe so, but the more the power companies lower their watts per dollar the better and better things like this will look. Sooner or later someone will figure out a way of manufacturing them for the right price then it's just a matter of power storage, which is already doable but also needs a price improvement.

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

Paul J Turner

I wonder,

Does that Broadcom division source the chips (CPU and now WiFi) used in the Raspberry Pi boards?

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Paul J Turner

Rather damned sad...

to see a picture of Jimmy Edwards labelled just "twitter_headmaster" :-(

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

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Paul J Turner

Something's not right

If there's a bunch of people who pay to go in to not watch the movie, either the movies have too much time with nothing much happening to hold their attention continuously, or they are just a**holes there to annoy people. So make movies that cater to the ADD crowd and/or get some big blokes to throw the nuisances out.

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Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

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– seeded from the Apache Drill project –

I see what you did there...

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Paul J Turner

On the plus side

The BACP people now know that harboring murderous thoughts and wanting ten minutes with the miscreants and a baseball bat can be perfectly normal.

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Microsoft on Cloud 9 after online biz boosts profits to $6.3bn in second quarter

Paul J Turner

Microsoft on Cloud 9?

Don't let them hear you say that! https://c9.io/

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

Paul J Turner

Poor use for the band

It would be much better used for the emergency services with the extra range and superior wall penetration. I think this has been mentioned in other stories earlier this year.

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Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board

Paul J Turner

I'm not sure Intel will care

They already made Galileo look rubbish themselves with the Edison module - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26978356/compare-intel-galileo-and-intel-edison

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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Paul J Turner

Why is it called FTTN?

There is One fibre connected to the node and likely Tens of copper lines connecting it to the premises.

Shouldn't it be called Copper To The Node (CTTN) ?

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China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

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I don't believe it

They're building a brand new fab to produce flash just when everybody is hot and sweaty for Xpoint memory which will make it all obsolete? Pull the other one.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Paul J Turner

Re: Maybe I've been out of the country too long

Actually it's right. Suppose they measured the error to picosecond accuracy but the uncertainty was 140 parts per million (I have no idea what the accuracy actually was) then they have a result to within +/- 0.000000000140 of a second.

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NBN mulls capacity charge revamp

Paul J Turner

The only thing that needs to happen

Is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it.

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

Paul J Turner

What's that smell?...

Venus is closer to the Sun, has no planetary magnetic field and still has a thick dense atmosphere. Any other bright ideas? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus

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NewEgg cracks open Australian shipping scheme

Paul J Turner

Bit of a worry

I see that Returns for SSDs seem to be limited to 15 days or so. Is that allowed now in Australia or is this the first dilution of consumer's right since the TPP? Warranties look like being with the manufacturer perhaps. Some clarification would be nice.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Waiting to hear from Kogan

If there will ever be an update to my Kogan / Benq Agora-4G phone from Android 4.4.2.

Could be worse though - https://medium.com/@tuesdev/as-many-others-i-didn-t-want-to-wait-the-next-6-8-months-to-receive-a-oneplus-2-invite-ba20ac8606ae

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Paul J Turner

How nice

that this serious problem has been rectified. P.S. 7 Billion people don't give a shit, why is this on an IT/tech news site?

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Malcolm Turnbull punts football RIGHT INTO YOUR FACE

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Pointless

Definition is an old and inadequate measure. The new hotness is bit-rate. Just looking at the god-awful crap that is served up in childrens TV timeslots in particular is nauseating. Lego-vision on sudden scene changes and artifacts around borders of different coloured objects make me wonder how they ever hope to keep young viewers as they grow older when they serve them low-grade slop like that. I can well imagine that even at HD for sports there will be inadequate bit-rate employed to save a bit of bandwidth and transmitter power, too bad if the rubbish codec skimps on a bit of the scene holding vital detail to see what really happened.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Paul J Turner

Re: "people posting on FB that they will be upgrading"

If we don't hear from them that there were big problems, we can assume that's because there were? ;-)

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Paul J Turner

Well, okay...

So long as they run a gold-plated nuclear-powered steam locomotive on it.

I am fed up of waiting for the trans-Atlantic one.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

Paul J Turner

I would not be surprised

if the US didn't think of spooks in the five-eyes alliance as working for them too and so had equivalent information on those people too. If that was shown to have any grain of truth this could get even uglier.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

Paul J Turner

Higher wortking conditions

"... the pay in these outfits is typically better and working conditions higher."

What, Krugerrands and flying at 30,000 plus feet? Or have you got your sentence muddled?

"... the pay in these outfits is typically higher and working conditions better."

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It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

Paul J Turner

@Stretch

Someone was listening... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/16/aws_lambda_java_support/

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

Paul J Turner

Coincidence?

That VirtualBox 5 will support headless servers, just in time for a headless version of Windows Server?

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NASA snaps first full family photo of Pluto and its five moons

Paul J Turner

Surely...

That should be 'dwarf moons'?

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

Paul J Turner

Just for comparison...

I wonder what average rate Telstra manages during downloading movies to T-box users.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Paul J Turner

Sure...

It's all about Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM. Wouldn't want to mention having private global Skype aspirations and frighten the telco's, now would we?

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

Paul J Turner

So it's a 20 year project...

If making a battery pack is as complicated as building a car or truck. I wouldn't think so.

On the other hand, how many other manufacturers will join in to make an open spec' product?

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Paul J Turner

Re: What is being modulated & demodulated, exactly?

84.08 KHz. Wow, it's been over 40 years since I measured an '84 Delta' pilot back in Nottingham D. :-)

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

Paul J Turner

More accurately

"it is possible for new finds to overthrow years of research" -> "it is possible for new finds to overthrow decades of dogma" ftfy

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

Paul J Turner

Always good to see

Someone thinking outside the box.

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Chief Scientist slams handcuffing research funds to uni reforms

Paul J Turner

Real easy eh?

"Chubb also reiterated his long-standing call for Australia to sort out its research priorities so as to settle what research areas it sees as important to fund in the future" -> Which children do you really want to live? Which ones do you think will contribute most to the bottom line in the future?

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Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

Paul J Turner

"the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency"

Over a watch with an e-ink display? I doubt it.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

Paul J Turner

Poor timing for this announcement

This makes it very clear that Microsoft's Windows 10 on ARM 7 support and development will only be there to support the relatively tiny maker market using Windows 10 on the new Pi 2 B.

I can see that already has a long future behind it.

Their left hand really doesn't know what their right hand is doing, does it?

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

Paul J Turner

Re: The Australian fereral governments (plural - they are all indistinguishable)

'feral' - tfify

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The Invisible Library – a playful, timey wimey, spook adventure tale

Paul J Turner

So why do I see...

eBook - £5.99, Paperback - £7.99 ?

You have - "Price £3.59 (Ebook) / £5.59 (Paperback)"

Presumably not raging VAT as the eBook is 66% more and the paperback is 43% more (approx).

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No worries, problem solved, Amazon has it cheaper than the publisher. Of course it does!

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