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Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean

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Digital Ocean not only has backup, it has FREE backup. I like the price of free.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Video

Any chance of getting onboard video next time?

And what about a jump fro space by a lego action figure with a cam on?

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Shuttleworth: Firmware is the universal Trojan

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Re: He's right... and wrong!

I dispute this. I used to write BIOS/Firmware code and there is no reason why the handoff cannot take place in a different manner. The firmware could also be open sourced, what there is of it, and kept to a minimum.

I understand the things that take place on this boundary (within my own area of expertise anyway) and there was never any real discussion of these issues. Had there been then we could have either (a) Made the BIOS/Firmware open (since it is supposed to be minimal anyway) and/or cut back on what BIOS did. Typically I was writing in assembler/C for the firmware and you could put all sorts of back doors in there if you wanted. I bet there are loads of them in POS machines (as has been proved).

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He;s right - but MS etc won't give up the money from NSA

There is no way that the NSA will let this one slip by. They will just increase the secret billions they give Microsoft etc to keep this working for them. Kill every fledgling company that makes a board that boots to kernel, buy it out etc. BIOS and firmware are too tasty for America to let go of them.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I wrote Maxidos & Procopy

Thanks Tony for bringing back such fantastic memories. I wrote for the CPC and it was a time of wonder. I remember the first time I finished writing my own version of the firmware, along with disk routines to make copying software. I was 15 and up until 3am nearly every night for months on end.

This device gave me thousands of hours of fun and ultimately paid me through university with royalties.

Brilliant memories :)

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Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

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The Title

Kelly, best I've seen in ages and they are pretty good normally ;) hehehe

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: Steelie Neelie still not optional

Maybe so, but 3 are way ahead of the game with what they are offering. I have been with them 12 years and post the walled garden fiasco (2003?) they have been unbeatable, with a far better offer. Their data always works well too.

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Re: 3 are great...

"The problem for 4G in conventional use cases is that well managed 3G is plenty good enough"

Exactly. I can watch iPlayer on 3's 3g with no issues and everything else works great - why do I even want 4g?

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

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Oil will run out first

We have already passed peak-oil production, and when that goes it will have a hell of a lot more impact than these metals. You could probably make very, very little of a gadget without oil products.

But we all have our heads in the sand about the oil running out ;)

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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I tried Linux

But it just isn't in the same ball park as Windows 7 for a power users OS. Everything from RAID, to installing AMD video drivers with multiple screens, to just about anything you can think of, was a total pain in the ass. I spent about a month of my life trying to live in Ubuntu.

BUT.... I use Ubuntu VM's for developing on. Works fine when you are using Linux for something specific (I also run both my servers off Ubuntu Server.)

Windows 8 just drives me nuts - I had it 1.5 weeks and it completely strangled my productivity - even after I worked out all the hidden secret ways you could do the stuff that you used to be able to do easily. Total shite and useless for work.

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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

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Sound idea

Failover for your mobile - it's just common sense.

I think it will happen as it will be popular and likely to attract votes. The EU is desperate to start doing stuff for people that they will appreciate, to counteract the current feeling of malaise of most EU Joe Publics.

I think this one will fly.

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Sceptic-bait E-Cat COLD FUSION generator goes on sale for $US1.5m

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It's a pyramid scheme

The "personell" will keep filling it with stuff that produces more output power than input power, people go "WoW" and as more people buy them, the money rolls in. Once they hit a certain amount and it has been syphoned off, they fold the company. When nobody comes a calling to "maintain" the magic box, it will stop outputting more power than goes in.

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US and Japanese chip firms team up on MRAM project

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What about Reads?

It only says it writes 10x faster.

Also, what if I swipe magnet nearby, or there is one on the mobo?

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Re: Uh ... computer says no.

It's square wave you need - makes pulse width the identifiable factor for difference between one and zero on an inversion (usually it's a double inversion actually, though you can do funny stuff and get double tones by making asymetric wave halves)

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I used to write Tape Loaders and...

I used to write (in z80/6502 assembly language) tape loaders in the 80's and it is possible to read a magnet or transducer in 1 and 0's, then in assembly language make judgements on the sound frequency.

This was developed one stage further by DJL software in the 80's and they were able to detect double tones in the headers that threw tape copying, but I digress.

The point is that, as far as I understand, the BIOS is written in C or assembly language, operates at bare metal level, BUT... and this is a BIG but, it doesn't have access to a microphone without a driver layer. If it did have access to the microphone and a universal driver could be written in assembler, then it *could* poll and listen for audible tones, which then would form the basis for data pulses. In tape systems a one or a zero is represented by an inflection in polarity with a pulse width judged by measuring the edges.

I think it is highly unlikely given that so many systems and driver levels are uninitiated until the OS boots, by which time, surely, some way of identifying a non-compliant BIOS would kick in. Or would it?

I just I was back writing embedded stuff or games in assembler.

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Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

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You should have thought of that!

And me, and everyone else.

I'm just imagining blocks of these in 1TB SSD format - oh man :)

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Steam OS for games, Google Docs / something else for the office work

Windows is dead. Win 8 is the head shot nobody else could have fired but the beast itself. Baller resigns in time to catch a balloon into space whilst the good ship MS sets sail for the bottom of the ocean.

People that know can see this and are already planning ahead.

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Re: Just an idea

You really think employers value someone who doesn't realise Win 8 is a headshot for MS? They will hit the bottom soon after the good ship Nokia.

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Re: "Worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7" - Why?

Dropbox would probably have been about 1% of the cost of what you have paid, and infinitely more ubiquitous.

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"Worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7" - Why?

Your final line seems to be there to save you from the wroth of MS as far as I can see.

Just *why* is it a viable or worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7? You spent the whole article priving why this isn't the case, then have this one sentence right at the end.

Very puzzled. As a programmer working on three screens, having had the dubious "pleasure" of Windows 8 and going back to Windows 7, I cannot see what the impetus would be to change. All it does is hide things and slow my work down considerably over a "desktop" OS like Win 7 or Ubuntu.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Past lives

"How do you explain that?"

What? That you can't spell? That you hate train stations?

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Why can't I register for this?

All I see is an email reminder form - where can I register for it? Or is the email reminder the registration too?

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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Will it be cheap as chips like the Nexus 4?

The Nexus 4 was a total steal (I am a proud owner). If they do the same this time and sell it below cost I will be getting a Nexus 5 (LG G2) as well.

Hopefully it doesn't have the stupid buttons on the back though.

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Actifio and the curious affair of the AIX copy reduction tech

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wtf is AIX?

Never heard of it.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

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Re: Mandatory

No they don't. The controls just overlay and you have a nice 16:9 experience without stupid black bands top and bottom.

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Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

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Re: I'd love to see is the

Or somebody farts and the vibrations wipes out hundreds of dead people...

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April fools?

It's only September?

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Re: Let the invasion begin!

I totally agree. This is a superb use of time and I really think this can lead somewhere. I can't think of the application just yet, but there is bound to be one.

I'm off to download it and see what it looks like!

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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Re: This is the case for open source operating systems.

Everyone that audits the Kernel?? lol

Look, there is now way on earth the hundreds of thousands of lines of C code (some of it still really, really rough) have been security audited. Maybe most of it now is, before it goes in, but make the change subtle enough and I still think you could get a back door in.

There is stuff in the kernel that has been there for donkeys years and people hardly even know how it works (like the early boot up process to set ring levels).

I hate to admit it, but I am pretty sure the NSA already have multiple back doors.

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There is a very easy way to check: just plot or interpolate to expression the output of this supposed random generator.

I used to write random number generators and test them, way-back-when, and the first thing I would do was plot it - human brain is very good at seeing patterns. I was amazed how difficult it really is to create a random number (it's impossible, basically - but you can get closer by degrees and there are now good mathematical models for it - if they aren't NSA'd too that is ;)

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: He's right.

Yes, but if they are undescoverable then they must be clearly documented. If there was a proper manual, API, feature documentation etc then it wouldn't be such a huge issue. But most of it is an undocumented nightmare - in this day and age I believe this sort of practice deserves to be *very* heavily vilified.

Suggesting killing them is a bit OTT, but heavy vilification and disapproval are required.

How can you write for shit like this if you have to almost reverse engineer how each one works?

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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They are both dead

I really believe they are both on their way down the shitter. We will look back on this waltz as their dance on the titanic, with all of us in the deck chairs.

And Baller made the magic...

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Re: Meanwhile....

But we all knew this. Every sane human with any techincal experience knew it. People borrowed millions to short sell Nokia when they heard.

I think it was a setup, run Nokia into the ground then buy it.

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Re: Android - EFLOP - Yes!

I believe the plan from the start was to embrace Nokia, run it into the ground, then buy it cheap. Plan executed now.

The trouble is, they won't sell any more Windows Phones.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: What doesn't surprise me

err, buy even

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Re: What doesn't surprise me

Actually no - for some bizarre reason it is trending down - and I had put a big sell order in which just tripped out.

Seems the money people don't realise what a good thing this is.

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

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Re: They should try to hold on

It's too late for that - they are done. Time for the asset strippers. The Nokia train crash is just in a longer time-frame to BB as they had more cash/clout to begin with.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Re: 192.168.0.1

Bit like sticking finger up your own bum.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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Re: From the Department of The Bleedin Fekkin Obvious Department...

I totally agree. Even for people with close to normal vision, these things are really difficult - I just find them almost impossible to do and extremely frustrating.

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The Old Reader drops Google refugee eviction plan

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Is it Google reader under a different name?

I'm confused.

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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

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It's too expensive for what it is. That's why people won't buy it. It was the same in 2006. It was never going to fly as the product was always stupidly valued.

A nice idea to hook VC's though - just the type of crap they go for.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Putin is keeping him for a bargaining chip

My guess is he has no choice and is being kept there by Putin with the idea being that Putin can use him as a bargaining chip in some future negotiation.

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Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

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Re: Another one to add to the list.

Well said. I'm sick hearing of these battery "breakthroughs". Been hearing them for years and we are still stuck with the same old battery tech (just optimized a bit - usually in software).

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Google mounts legal challenge to surveillance gag orders

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FAIL

Plausible Deniability

I don't believe a word of it. The laws involved give them plausible deniability - they are permitted to lie under law - so they can issue whatever denials they want about government mass snooping.

What Google are doing here is playing a game with the NSA where the NSA will furnish them with a further lie, giving some figures on specific requested information on customer data, whilst ignoring the mass trawl that is going on. The point being to fool the people into believing the direct requests are ALL the requests, and burying the mass snooping that is going on.

Unfortunately, I think they will be allowed this request, will then publish the direct *requests* and people will then believe they are safe from the eavesdropping of the state.

The whole thing stinks, especially when you consider that any terrorist with IT knowledge will just be using a VPN (like TorGuard etc) anyway. The data being snooped on will eventually be used for things like people filing incorrect tax returns etc.

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Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY

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Re: I am hitting 50 next year

Don't waste your time on PHP frameworks. You will need it all if you intend to learn RoR. I found it much, much more difficult than C++ (20 years ago for that) and it involves lots of essential ancillary skills (Javascript/Coffeescript, CSS/SASS, Ruby, HTML, HTTP/REST). It's a huge learning curve, but hopefully pretty useful.

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WTF?

Aged 41 I am worried reading this

I am currently re-learning to program having been out of the industry for years. I used to program in C and Assembler.

My intention is to work for myself and I am already working on a couple of ideas.

Is it just ageism? Is it really tough to pick up contract work? I have been learning Ruby on Rails, JS, Jquery, CSS etc - all web stuff. Plus have a stack of books on Android/iOS as I intend to program mobile clients for myself.

I used to do a lot of embedded stuff and games in assembler.

No hope for the over 40's seems to be what I am reading?

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

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Re: Root password, sure, but why wasn't the data encrypted?

The type of people that join the army are generally pretty dim, a lot of them because they have no qualifications and can't get another type of job. They also usually have a power complex. Anyone I know who has joined the army has been thick as pig shit.

So, whilst you may see what needs done and have a good assessment of security, military people generally won't. Hence comments like "Ban all removable storage" from the top brass.

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Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? STOP IMMEDIATELY

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Re: Blimey...

Put your eye out? wtf? I don't know what people get up to lol.

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WTF?

NSDW

Ok, I'm going to be the naive one and ask... what does NSFW stand for?

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