* Posts by Paul J Turner

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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

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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

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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

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Always good to see

Someone thinking outside the box.

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Chief Scientist slams handcuffing research funds to uni reforms

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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

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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

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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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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

Paul J Turner

They're good at spotting exo-planets...

but not that good!

Shouldn't that be 'intragalactic' travel agency, not 'intergalactic'?

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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Thumb Up

Now is the time...

to buy shares in glove companies.

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Vawtrak challenges almighty ZeuS as king of the botnets

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Do the job properly

Someone begat and raised these pieces of crap. I say take them out and any family they have 2 generations either way to be sure we remove them from the gene pool. Christmas spirit can take a back seat after getting torrent-lockered. Good job I do regular backups to Blu-Ray.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

Paul J Turner

This looks more like it

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533331/chip-making-tools-produce-ultra-efficient-solar-cells/

Soitec, a French manufacturing company, says it has used techniques designed for making microprocessors to produce solar cells with a record-setting efficiency of 46 percent, converting more than twice as much sunlight into electricity as conventional cells.

There had better not be mirrors involved!

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Paul J Turner

Warning Words

"Focused Sunlight", "Mirror(s)". If it isn't about 400W for 1 square metre of sunlight direct from the sky, get lost.

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French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

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1960s?

Try 1783 - http://www.space.com/16595-montgolfiers-first-balloon-flight.html

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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I wonder

What use is a re-entry heatshield in the thin atmosphere of mars, let alone the wisp around the moon.

It should make a nice crater so we can find the landing site though.

Similarly, parachutes on Mars are so useless we use rockets to land, Good luck with them on a lunar landing.

So, how do these technologies help us get to either objective?

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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Obviously wrong

I work alone in my own IT company doing hardware and software.

What's to stop any female doing the same?

Hard to blame the workplace when you are the workplace.

There is plenty of absolutely free tuition and education at all levels available to all ages and genders via the web.

It must be due to their own preferences.

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

Paul J Turner

Don't hold your breath

"IBM's proposed sale of its semiconductor operations to GlobalFoundries will be scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. because GlobalFoundries is owned by investors in the United Arab Emirates and IBM supplies chips to the Defense Department." - http://www.computerworld.com/article/2837426/ibms-chip-business-sale-gets-national-security-scrutiny.html

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Australia throws coding for kids a lifeline in industry plan

Paul J Turner

Interesting wording

'...the enhancement of an education facility in Australia...' not the creation. My bet would be IBM's initial foray into Australian education - Cherrybrook Technology High School

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Paul J Turner

Kitkats and Jelly Beans are not desserts

I think someone has been misled by the English term 'Sweets' meaning lollies (as we Aussies say).

When I was a kid we had 'Ice Cream Sandwich' lollies where the Ice Cream between the wafers was replaced with marshmallow, so that too can be a lolly.

So I guess 'Liquorice' or 'Lolly'. If it has to be a dessert, I guess 'Lemon Meringue', because that's my favourite :-)

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Australia bins standalone school computing curriculum

Paul J Turner

Mr Callil recommends

additional_training_in (the_understanding_of (the_pedagogy_of (contemporary_learning)))

Just a fourth-hand acquaintance with contemporary_learning then.

What does he think education is? Politics?

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

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Simplest explanation

The captain goes down with the ship and Whitman has decided not to let enterprise take PC and Printers down with it.

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Telstra announces another national WiFi rollout

Paul J Turner

FTTP?

I guess all those phone boxes will be currently served by copper. I'll bet that Telstra find they CAN run fibre to these tiny premises, no trouble at all. - Fibre To The Phonebox!

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India government: 'net should not be censored

Paul J Turner

'net should not be censored

And people should have the right to confidential communications on their Blackberry.

Oh, wait...

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

Paul J Turner

BS alternatives

G.fast, reaches high speeds on <250m loops. Not much good for those of us 5km+ from the exchange, unless you think that using this for the copper section of FTTN will somehow magically increase the pitiful provisioning to the node that seems planned.

HFC is just FTTN strung on poles, how long are the copper sections from node to house and how does that copper used to connect dwellings compare to ancient telephone pairs?

FTTH has always been the only sane solution with any prospect of satisfying today's requirements for all users (not just city dwellers), let alone tomorrows.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

Paul J Turner

Re: 64,000

So, not true then?

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

"...The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact"..."

(It is not a bit of trivia)

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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The vehicle was pushed to its limits...

And then a bit more, apparently.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

Paul J Turner

Replace the middleman

Amazon should start their own publishing house and offer authors 50%. Job done!

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

Paul J Turner

Hopefully

Tree Avoidance, Real-Time

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

Paul J Turner

Re: Doesn't matter who tracks and stores it

Not 'launching', 'continuing'.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Paul J Turner

Not Complete non-news

Since when do we celebrate 45 years of/since something?

Usual periods for celebration.commemoration are 50 years and each century after the event.

With a special exception of 10 year intervals for marriage.

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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An attack within a feint

They are likely working for the Government as part of the research for how to make us believe all the bullshit that the politicians would like to tell us.

I haven't forgotten this - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/29/science_and_maths_knowledge_makes_you_sceptical/

Now the psych boys have to show that they can make us believe this bit of "It's OK" crap.

The actual outrageous deed could have been anything at all for this purpose.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

Paul J Turner

Re: Slow learners?

@Craig and AC, Did you miss this bit? - "The company has said that it plans to use Material Design to deliver A unified look and feel across ALL of its products, including phones, the Chrome browser, and even web applications like Gmail."

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Paul J Turner

Slow learners?

Can one UI ever really work well in different situations, or is Google having a 'Metro' moment?

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

Paul J Turner

Not the first group of lazy bastards...

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/frozen-head-of-animation-says-animating-women-is-really-really-difficult-89467.html

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Paul J Turner

Typical Youtube

Not enough attention to the audio. It's about time that Youtube imposed some kind of standards or at least ratings. Even just running a sound compression / normalisation pass over bad audio would make it at least audible if not comprehensible.

Obviously this is not a good thing to do to music, just for speech, but then music video's are *usually* not guilty of poor sound quality, barring live performance recordings.

After 5 minutes I was wondering if I could be bothered struggling with it for another 90 minutes or so.

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

Paul J Turner

Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

The linked article does say that baseboard management controllers provide out-of-band monitoring etc, so the problem is really people not keeping their management network separate or firewalled. Then the protocol can safely be horribly flawed, if no miscreant can access it.

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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

Paul J Turner

These will be fondly remembered as the good days...

Now that everybody knows US networking kit comes with NSA-ware, whether the manufacturer is complicit or not.

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CONFIRMED: NBN Co has NO blackspot fix plan

Paul J Turner
Joke

those without broadband must ... be the priority for NBN Co

"...that commitment seems like it has repeatedly been watered down."

It's pretty much homeopathic by now.

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

Paul J Turner

4 Billion pages...

Let's hope that they didn't use 32-bit unsigned index values or they may find themselves more way-back than they planned!

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