* Posts by SteveCarr

37 posts • joined 24 Oct 2012

Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

SteveCarr

Re: It's actually not German, it's very much pan-European

And bits from New Zealand as well - Rakon crystals are used in there somewhere...

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Re: Service Life of HD

Point missed - after even 5 years, under the previous rate of storage capacity improvement, the drive was well and truly obsolete, in capacity and also likely in terms of throughput. With a slowing rate of capacity increase a drive won't hit that obsolescence wall as quickly, so might, just might, have a longer effective service life.

I've seen a lot of changes in my time in IT - the DEC RK05, IBM 3330 for instance - and there's no way you'd want to be running something like that any more. If I dig deep into my spares pile I'll find some low capacity IDE drives (the old MFM interface stuff went west a long, long time back, along with the SCSI-1 and SCSI-2's), but I recall fondly the 320MB full height 5.25" SCSI server drives I used to run in my old dialup BBS days. Enough current draw to make the lights dim when you powered the box up (not really, but compared to todays stuff, they sucked huge amounts of power for what now seems to be bugger all capacity).

Going forward, we'll want our 3/4/5/6TB drives to last longer. My current server box is running 2TB drives, and most of the drives have 4-5 years of spin time already, with no urgency to replace them any time soon.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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1 million less 1...

I tried it for a week, and have gone back to Win 7 - too half baked for me, with poorly implemented and totally not thought out functionality, and zero response to feedback, there was no way I'd waste any more time on it at this point at least.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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Trollface

But even more important - what about the veedeeooh!

I was under the impression that footage of their (s)exploits would be made available on the return of the satellite to Earth - please tell us it is so!

Reptilian zero-g space pron, because, you know, WE ALL NEED IT!

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

SteveCarr

Re: Battery Cars.

Wiper motors, electric window winders, fuel pump......

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Re: One word...

Or Slimbean - my old SII has trickled down to my wife, and SlimBean has vastly improved battery life and seen a considerable performance boost as well, over the stock Sammy bloated software. That, and it also runs JellyBean, and has enabled connection of Bluetooth 4.0 LE devices as well!

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

SteveCarr

Windows Home Server on an Acer Atom CPU here

My current setup -

Acer AH340 Microserver, WHS V1.1

1x1TB plus 3x2TB disks in the Acer

USB 3.0 PCI-E card in the one free slot

4 bay USB 3.0 enclosure with currently 3x2TB drives installed.

The WHS box also connects my weather station, serves as a test publish host for websites I develop, and runs the following media servers:-

SubSonic (for 250GB or so of audio files)

Serviio (for the 6TB or so of video media)

The above is limited by 2GB RAM limit, fixed CPU, and 2TB drive limit (able to be bypassed with a bit of hacking, but why should I)

Future Plans:-

HP Gen8 Microserver

WHS V2 or Windows Server 2013

DriveBender or similar to give WHS V1-like drive management

The Gen8 has 16GB RAM limit, replaceable CPU (up to Xeon CPU), dual GB Ethernet, built in USB 3.0, etc. I'll probably keep Serviio and SubSonic also.

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Australia to build 35,000-core supercomputer on Xeon-E5-2600 v3

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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Never ever watch live tv

I'm a very long way off being gen y being a boomer from 57. Yes we have a 51 inch plasma 3d screen but it plays from our media server with 5tb of movies and tv series as do our laptops and tablets. No adverts and watch only what we want when we want. Only idiots watch the idiot box as the advertisers want you to.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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FAIL

4.67 years...

...and 500GB drives have been around for at least that long. Calling "porkies" is disingenuous at best.

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Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

SteveCarr
Holmes

A victory for common sense and the little man....

At least the courts here in New Zealand are capable of standing up to a mega corporate and their hordes of legal beagles. Unlike certain courts (and jury members) in Cupertino!

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

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Telecom New Zealand had them too...

The ICL OPD/One Per Desk. I had one as part of the beta test programme, as we had an ICL mainframe at work. Long lost to the landfill now. Telecom never actually released them to the NZ market, but I heard they had a shipping container full of 300 or more. Mine was the colour screen version - very spec!

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'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

SteveCarr
Coffee/keyboard

I'm one of those millions with the Note 3, sans Gear....

The Note 3 was enough of a $ to spend, and the local price of the Gear too big an ask for what it does.

Sorry, Samsung - no sale.

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

SteveCarr
Big Brother

This one has me thinking...

....perhaps it could also be used on the National Debt?

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

SteveCarr
Coat

M-Theory - that wouldn't be Moorcock Theory by any chance?

Given the Eternal Champion and his interactions with many, many points in the Multiverse, you know....

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Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

SteveCarr
Holmes

Which explains why it's so darned hard to swat a fly

Oh dear, here comes one of those annoying human handss .... hmm, let's see, if I lift off around about ...wait for it... now....he'll miss me! Hee hee!

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Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

SteveCarr
Black Helicopters

It's the metadata, stupid!

All these corporates are being disingenuous - they are trumpeting the numbers for "sensitive data requests" which takes the focus away from what are the true feeds and speeds - the metadata. The spooks are making all manner of assumptions based on analysis of what is effectively the data envelopes. It's like being tried and convicted on the basis of /who sent you/who you sent/ mail to, or who *they* sent mail to, ad infinitum. Ever wondered how they had well over half a million "potential terrorists" on their books when they went looking for the perps of the Boston Marathon bombings? You may well be on their list, if your friends have "dodgy" friends...

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

SteveCarr
Terminator

Re: Another great micro$oft design decision

Given Sony's record on DRM, don't hold your breath.

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

SteveCarr
Holmes

I've received Google sales calls originating from the UK...

...here in New Zealand! Country code "+44" came up on my phone, and they had a distinctive British accent, not Irish. So yes, there seems to be a case to answer here!

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Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

SteveCarr
Trollface

Hard to invent? Puhleez!

So, there's this bunch of guys and gals standing round a water cooler, and someone says "how will the user know there's nothing more to display as they get to the end of a list" and someone says "why not make the list 'bounce'". Ten minutes later the coding is done, and everyone goes "wow, neat". They show it to their boss, who says "we can patent this". Cue the patent attorneys and other non-productive droids, who spend six months or more doing the paper work.

That's what software patents are all about!

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Of course shipping electrons is way expensive too.....

....as reflected in the significantly higher prices down under for electronically delivered software products.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

SteveCarr
WTF?

Same old same old....

This is also as true in New Zealand as it is in Australia. That said, New Zealand companies (Fonterra, Fisher and Paykell, etc) are just as likely to price gouge in their local markets. Why does NZ milk cost more in NZ than it does in overseas markets, why do Fisher and Paykell whiteware products sell as three times the price in NZ as they do in the UK?

"What the market will bear" has something to do with it, as too does consumer ignorance.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: The crap Solaris from Soderbergh ?!?

Yes, it does! The original rendition is a far more powerful and moving film, IM(NS)HO!

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I'd add two films...

Metropolis and Brazil - both brilliant, dystopian epics.

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SteveCarr
Facepalm

Re: Wot, no Avatar?

Yes, no Avatar - a grossly over rated over hyped piece of twaddle! Seen through eyes other than those blinkered by American myopia, it is trite, sentimental codswallop!

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

SteveCarr
Happy

Ah, the Microdrive...

My ICL OPD had not one, but two, of these wondrous beasts - that and ROM slots for canned programs. Those were the days!

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

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WTF?

Bad about updates? I think not...

While I might find myself hanging out for the latest version of Android on my phone, the fact that I have had not one, but two, MAJOR updates to my Galaxy S2 in under two years, plus numerous smaller bug fixes, means that in fact they are very good indeed with updates.

My S2 is still, nearly two years on, an awesome bit of kit, and one which I have never regretted investing in.

Contract to the experience of PC users - as soon as those puppies are out the door, often as not the manufacturer has lost all interest!

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

SteveCarr
Megaphone

Re: I remember this

Plover!

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Boffins propose satnav tracking for 'KILLER KOALAS'

SteveCarr
Boffin

It's all true! Trust me!

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

SteveCarr
WTF?

We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

Yeah, right! Illegal, maybe not - the politicos aren't clever at writing legislation, and tax accountants are very good at working loopholes. But immoral? Certainly!

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'Op! Op! Op!' Gangnam Style earns Google $8m

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Bat Chain Puller....

Love the Captain Beefheart reference, someone at El Reg has some culture! Who'd have thunk it!

I'll see your Old Fart and raise you an Orange Claw Hammer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=oCDXhvXye9E

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Biomass bummer: carbon mitigation could increase ozone

SteveCarr
WTF?

So too much ozone is bad....

....and not enough ozone is also bad! Witness the ozone 'hole' above the southern polar region, which we are told was/is caused by polluting flourocarbons. This is reportedly responsible for thousands of deaths due to skin cancer, so why would we not want to convert some other pollutants to ozone, and maybe fill the hole?

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Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions

SteveCarr
Childcatcher

A very interesting paper indeed

With the TPP and other "free trade" negotiations going on behind closed (and locked) doors, now is almost too late to do anything to correct the wrong that is embodied in excessive copyright terms and sanctions. The US Government, acting as the long arm of the law of their biggest benefactors, big business interests, wishes to extend the reach of this excessive copyright (and the related areas of patents and trademarks) world wide. The stifling effect this will inevitably have on the world economy is of little consequence to established big business. The real pain will be felt by the vast majority, though.

Add in the impending handover of the internet to the control of national governments (read - big business again) and we're all in a shite load of trouble!

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Mozilla's Social add-on MERGES Facebook with Firefox

SteveCarr

Old idea - Rockmelt has been doing it for ages

Rockmelt is based on top of Chrome, has pretty full Facebook integration, and works well. It's currently a bit behind the curve on Windows due to the small developer team working on other platforms, but hopefully will catch back up soon.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

SteveCarr
Gimp

Good thing my birthday is in May then, eh!

And that the powers that be have not released Android 4.2 for my Galaxy S2 yet either!

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Singaporeans get hard token baked into credit card

SteveCarr
Go

Nice concept!

The fact this is used for online banking, not when you use the credit card itself, if good. It just gives the individual a convenient, carry sized two factor authentication device, far better than having to tote something larger around with you.

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Speech systems lawsuit sours Apple's day

SteveCarr
Trollface

Patently clear.....

.....that this action is funded by the Sammites! The allusion to Troy tells the tale.....

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