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* Posts by PleebSmash

47 posts • joined 4 Dec 2012

Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: What are your predictions?

52% no according to YouGov

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

Check out that correction at the bottom... classic

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

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the glory

"competition glory for Edinburgh, Scotland, and the UK as a whole."

"for Edinburgh, Scotland, and the UK as a whole."

"and the UK as a whole."

TIME WILL TELL

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Big Brother

Re: OH RLY?

Some food for thought. Wikipedia: "The Southern Cross Cable, operated by Bermuda company Southern Cross Cables Limited, is a trans-Pacific network of telecommunications cables commissioned in 2000. The company is owned by Spark New Zealand (50.01%), SingTel (39.99%) and Verizon Business (10.00%)."

It's a joint venture by telecoms to shift bits internationally. There have already been allegations that they know mass surveillance is occurring and want to get paid for it. We know that global network traffic will triple over a 5-year period. So there will always be demand for bits to flow through the cables, and for the cables to be upgraded.

There's no incentive for Southern Cross to tell the truth. They may be legally obligated not to disclose the truth. They (and the stakeholders) will lose no business if allegations by Greenwald/Snowden/Assange/Dotcom (G-SAD) are confirmed to be true. Southern Cross's response is a curiosity to marvel at, but not something to be taken seriously. Read the words, desalinate the entire Pacific ocean.

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Mushroom

sharknado attacks southern cross cable

Wikipedia: Southern Cross Cable

"In 2013 the New Zealand Herald reported that the owners of the Southern Cross cable had asked the NSA to pay them for mass surveillance of New Zealand internet activity through the cable. In May 2014, John Minto, vice-president of the New Zealand Mana Party, alleged that the the NSA was carrying out mass surveillance on all meta-data and content that went out of New Zealand through the cable."

Perhaps they've noticed more than they've let on.

"After successful trials of 40G technology the first 400G of a planned 800G upgrade has been completed in February 2012, with the remaining 400G completed in December 2012."

Was the cable active during upgrades? That could be a great time to tap in. Of course, they may just be lying about not knowing.

The slides on Greenwald's story don't mention that the tap occurred underwater, only that "cable access program achieves Phase 1". What information has Greenwald redacted?

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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radio

I read that one or more of these phones has FM radio, but I didn't hear anything about AM radio. Has Google encouraged a cricket-listening device or not?

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Chuck

They'd swell.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Trollface

made for youtube

Someone will take a knife to their "sapphire glass" iPhone 6.

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Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

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win sans bling

Is there anything in Windows 8.1-with-Bing that can't be changed by the user? The El Channel article says that only the hardware maker can't change Bing as the default IE search engine, but that there are other differences. If not, one could presumably save some coin on the new breed of netbook.

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: Do they really need to waste helium on this?

We've had this discussion before. It uses very little helium per drive, and may be recoverable (they spent 7 years developing a seal that would keep the helium in). It's not an iota of performance that is gained, it's more like 20% less power consumption. I'm not sure why you think SSDs need helium for manufacture; the point of the helium HDD is to reduce the friction caused by the spinning parts found in hard DISK drives.

Maybe someone needs to come up with a 1 children's balloon = X helium-filled HDDs figure so we don't get this alarmist talk about helium on every helium drive story. Helium-filled drives are not going to affect the "crisis" (which is more of a free market issue).

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Re: Wanna know....

The read head needs a cushion of gas to glide over the platter. A vacuum doesn't qualify and would cause the head to crash into the platter. Helium is less dense than air, leading to less friction, heat, power, but a gas is still needed.

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But HGST is also using shingles.. to get to 10 TB...

A lot of people have complained about Seagate reliability. And WD reliability. And SSD reliability. Where's the evidence that shingles is the culprit?

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PleebSmash

Re: Meh. Call me when the 10Tb SSD ships in consumer bulk.

Don't most SSDs today hit 450 MB/s for sequential writes? Are you talking about an SSD that was in the 100-300 MB/s range?

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Re: Helium 6

I somehow doubt the customers will associate their knowledge of helium isotopes with reliability concerns regarding these drives.

10 TB !!!

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HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Re: Back to the drawing board

Why would they call it HAMR? That's terrible.

That said, we can always fall back on TAMR

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

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Re: Selling nearly $300 CPU into tablet market?

If it's a 2 in 1 you can argue it's enough of a laptop to command a laptop's price, with the convenience of turning into a tablet. That was the Metro dream after all. We'll see if consumers take the bait.

These chips have a 4.5 Watt TDP and really low idle frequencies. They may end up landing into some ultrabooks. I guess they might have less performance than some of the U/Y chips that were being used in ultrabooks, I haven't checked.

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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octogenarian fondling

Just give them a Tesco Hudl

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Meh

Wikipedia:humor redirects here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_climbing_the_Reichstag_dressed_as_Spider-Man

From my seconds of Google-based research, it looks like this is a "humorous" 2006-era joke policy that Jimbo referenced, perhaps in an attempt to add some levity to the debate. Or you could say that Jimbo is cheapening the Wikiplebians even Führer!

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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

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the hyperlapse

I wonder how this compares to the technique that Microsoft demonstrated. I didn't see a lot of intentional head/arm movement in the video.

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Leak: Intel readies next round of NUC

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the latest and greatest

It's NUNUC!

Seems like a good size/profile for SteamOS.

No thanks to Intel for naming a chip "Braswell".

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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Alien

There's only one way to defeat latency

neutrinos

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Re: Video... not more video....

This is El Reg Weekend Edition, a noble experiment in journalism history.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Mushroom

This is a conspiracy to discredit legitimate use of FoI requests

You heard it here first.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?

Internet Extruder

Trident Blink

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

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Re: Please enable Javascript to use this feature

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Childcatcher

It looks like you're...

Clippy with boobs.

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Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

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WTF?

eh?

So, why are 4.5 billion qubits needed for Shor-2048?

There's this bit in the paper:

"For a logical error rate pL ≤ 10^-18, d ≥ 32 is required [73]. Therefore, a logical cell requires V = (5d/4)^3 = 40^3 cluster cells. To perform a logical CNOT gate requires a cluster volume 2 × 2 in cross section and two logical cells in temporal depth."

40 ^ 3 = 64,000

64,000 x 2048 = 131,072,000

131,072,000 x 8 = 1,048,576,000

Maybe "d" actually equals 52? (((5*52)/4)^3)*2048*8 = 4,499,456,000

...and that's where I stop making stuff up.

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Awooga: August Patch Tuesday incoming – with two remote-code exec bugs in IE, Windows

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Megaphone

patch tuesday?

But it's Update Tuesday!

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Alien

Re: At last

If this works, maybe the "2G" version of the EmDrive will work as well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EmDrive

http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/80-ton-lifter-possible-in-6-years-interview-with-emdrive-inventor

"BTE-Dan: You describe a 2nd generation of EmDrive which uses a superconducting microwave cavity where 1kW of input power is capable of lifting 3 tons of mass. Of course if this worked it would be mind blowing. When do you think a prototype of a 2nd generation EmDrive could be built given adequate funding of a development project?

Roger: A prototype 2G thruster, giving 3kN for 1kW microwave input could be available in 3 years. A large prototype 2G thruster giving 800kN [80 metric ton-force] for an 80kW input would take 6 years."

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/27/google_kansas_fiber_prereg/

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The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

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read all about it

Dueling reporting: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/laser_beams_set_to_replace_fibreoptic_cables/

http://tinyurl.com/kwuflh3

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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mai three dee pee dee waifu

wwwwwwwww

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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Pirate

Glass Eye of the Pirate: Cams on the High Seas

What's better than an HDcam? A 720p cam recorded from somebody's wobbling head, complete with breathing.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Human rights are non-negotiable

Looks like the EU is choosing to negotiate. I wonder how the US will undermine this newly forged framework.

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Supercomputing speed growth hits 'historical low' in new TOP500 list

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All is normal. Big 100 petafloppers will appear in 1-3 years. China could replace all the Knights Corner coprocessors in Tianhe-2 with Knights Landing and achieve (maybe) 100 petaflops in 2015.

As for the aggregate PFLOPS and #500 position stagnation, is it really the end of the world?

http://www.hpcwire.com/2014/06/23/breaking-detailed-results-top-500-fastest-supercomputers-list/

"When examined as a whole, we're falling off except at the highest end...but what does this mean for end user applications? Is high end computing getting smarter in terms of efficiency and software to where, for real-world applications, FLOPS no longer matter so much? Many argue that's the case...and some will await the new HPCG benchmark and forgo Linpack altogether in favor of a more practical benchmark. That hasn't had an impact yet on this summer's list but over time it will be interesting to watch... Of course, keep in mind that a tapering off of GPU or other accelerated systems doesn't exactly mean that there is an overall slowdown. This is one segment of the HPC arena-there are many, many machines from academia and enterprise, that do not choose to run the HPL benchmark. Even if there are 20% of these machines missing from the list, the effect on that list would be felt in such a graphic. We asked Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research about the accelerator graphic above and he echoed this, noting that 'Change in share in the Top 500 doesn't necessarily reflect market trends.'"

Look out for:

OpenPower

ARM64

Knights Landing

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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BTFO yet again

El Reg tells it how it is, startlet complains.

A sampling of #wi$hes so you don't have to #gothere yourself:

"I wish I could find someone #who could #help me #plan my #wedding. I'm on disability and have a very limited income so I need things as inexpensive as possible. I'm also a BBW bride."

"I wish I could genuinely #help #somebody with their #startup #company rather than just give them money."

"I wish I could find a cheapish small one bedroomed cottage/studio in rural Norfolk to rent in exchange for creating a beautiful garden and redecorating inside and out. #accommodation"

"A female penpal that is quirky, slightly eccentric, has a love of life, doesn't mind strange random conversations and loves chocolate chip cookies. #things"

"someone could give my daughter a leg-up in the media world - she's just graduated from Greenwich Uni with a 2.1 in Film Studies. She'd be into an internship type thingy - she speaks Spanish and English #creative"

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Cisco: You think the internet is clogged with video now? Just wait until 2018

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What 1.6 zettabytes might look like:

http://drivebytes.anodal.org/#1.6_ZB

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Welcome to

y.uk

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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WTF?

vandalism?

I don't get it. If it's available as a download, how is the original being defaced? Is it a copy run by the Danes for people who can't run it? Seems like the repair would be easy...

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Optical computing a step closer with SINGLE-MOLECULE LED

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electrons per photon

"One photon was emitted for every 100,000 electrons injected into the wire, and the light it emitted was in the red range."

Could this be described as "good" performance?

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Trollface

I'll shit on your beloved brand.

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Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk

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WTF?

1 TB 2.5" platter

1 TB in a 2.5" platter? Isn't that beating the 3.5" 4 TB (800-1000 GB/platter) drives and the upcoming 6 TB (~850 GB/platter) helium drive? Where's the 8-10 TB 3.5" drives then? This platter should have its own story.

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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

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Alert

"Winamp is the best media player ever built," Zawacki's petition site states. "If there were other alternatives that would be fine. But there is nothing that can do what Winamp can do. It is the most versatile media player on Earth."

VLC all day erry day.

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HP salivates over the future brontobyte digital universe

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WTF?

what

When did "brontobytes" become official? (even hellabytes is better known)

Why broken English the slides?

Does the NSA have a secret storage technology? Or where did they get and spend hundreds of trillions of dollars needed to store yottabytes?

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