* Posts by Down not across

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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The OED has been embiggened again, huh?

More like embuggered.

Some of that drivel doesn't shouldn't get anywhere near a dictionary.

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: @Dan Paul

Car Tax is based upon CO2 emissions. So you do not pay for the roads, you pay a levy for the amount of poison you spew out into the environment.

So as a matter of fact all cyclists pay the same as cars with similar emissions i.e. nothing.

So lets get the cyclists to MOT station and stick the emissions meter tube in their gob and see how much CO2 they breathe out then.

And road tax is not necessarily based on emissions. Older cars go by engine displacment. Not sure how you'd measure that on a cyclist.

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Travel back to the 19-Z80s this weekend

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Long live Z80

Kudos for keeping (and to an extent bringing up to date) old hardware alive. I hope business is good.

CP/M on Z80 played big part back when I was getting started in this funny old business.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: 4K support

The thing I find most annoying is why TVs come with only a handful of HDMI ports (3 or 4 is the max), but a surfeit of obsolete analog ports like component video or S-Video, which belong on the dust heap of history. Surely no more than one such port is needed?

I have bunch of old kit that still requires component, s-video or horror...composite. If omitting those would mean 4 extra HDMI ports (so we'd have 8 instead of 4) then personally I'd be willing to trade. I'd just have to keep hold of some TVs still having those ports or buy/make a converter from the old format to HDMI.

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Re: "Smart" TV's are a bad idea

Which was, lets face it, inevitable. This is why I'd much rather they left all that crap out and sold me a good screen with no pointless extras in the first place. Ideally I'd be able to buy one which doesn't even have speakers in it, seeing as how it's going to get attached straight to the 5.1 amp in the living room.

I don't mind the speakers. I do agree that they should drop the smart crap and use that money to furnish the units with HMDI ports. A while back whilst you could buy non-smart TV, if you wanted more than 2 HMDI ports you effectively had to buy a "smart" TV.

Drop the smart, but add more HDMI ports. 4 should be absolute minimum. Preferably even more. They're get quickly used up if you have couple of consoles, BR player, Fire TV/Roku/etc, possibly HTPC or occasional laptop etc.

Yes you could route via AV amp, but many may have perfectly serviceable setup with non-HDMI (say AVC-A1D) amp. Or the TV might be intended for another room that might not have an AV amp and dangling HDMI switched (even if automatic) can get bit messy.

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Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

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Re: Phil 4

If oracle really cared about linux (and not just copied RedHat distro) They would release the updates they made to ZFS since owning it under the GPL licence.

Maybe. As luck would have it FreeBSD has very well working ZFS implementation. Best of both worlds as you don't have to suffer some annoying Linuxisms either.

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Re: x86 small workloads

Oracle RAC is mainly for uptime. Everything is mirrored on two identical servers. Sure, you can also distribute different database tables among the mirrored servers - which is what Oracle calls "partitioning" but you can not have a cluster of nodes handling the same database table rows. That would be very inefficient to sync data among nodes with roll back etc

I hate to say it, but you obviously don't have the slightest clue about Oracle RAC and how it works.

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Re: What I Think Is the Big Question

When they say "low cost", is that low compared to mainstream Intel Core i7 chips -

i7? You should at the very least compare with a Xeon.

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Capita IS good for former O2 staff. Oh yes it IS!

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Re: Yet another CEO

Doesn't matter if he believes it or not, as long as he spouts it in public.

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Cisco's RAT-catchers spot sysadmin-targeted phish

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Macros - spawn of evil

Documents should not have macros. If you need anything fancy then it should be like MailMerge for WordStar with placeholders and executed separately.

If there weren't macros end embedded crap in documents (Word, PDF, etc) we'd have considerably smaller attack surface.

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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

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Re: Long live Telnet

@ RavingDaveD

That's a much better argument for backing things up before you make changes than for keeping telnet.

I think you're kind of missing the point (slightly). The point (IMHO) is about having CLI access over the network. It wasn't about telnet vs ssh, but more whether there is any CLI access or not. As much I'd prefer ssh, I'd still rather take telnet than no CLI access as all.

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

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Cable re-transmission

For cable re-transmission, operators who want to include broadcasts from other countries have to obtain the rights through collective management organisations or broadcasters.

I suppose needing to obtain rights is not unreasonable as long as those rights are sold at same rates as for original transmission and not inflated.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: I bought a dual sim 7'" phone on Amazon for £35

(Annoyingly BlackBerry 10 left off the ability to switch to 2G only (there are a few places where 3G data is useless, and switching to 2G manually would be good)

The ability to force the network mode is crucial. As an example if there is network/cell issue where 4G handover to 3G fails you will not receive any calls. In that situation the only way to receive calls is to force the phone to 3G/2G mode. That is if the phone is used for well...receiving phone calls.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

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Re: The Full Audi

"Traffic Jam Assistant, which... ...uses the adaptive cruise control and a camera to keep the car in lane and at a fixed space behind the vehicle ahead."

At least it may keep the 'soccer moms' from running into you while they do their make up. And with any luck will mean they won't be trying to do it on the motorway.

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Parking

SUV drivers should pay double (or triple) parking fees due to the excess space they take up. I saw a tit blocking two spaces yesterday (parked exactly down the middle of the white line), in a carpark that was already full to bursting.

Whilst I do not deny that there are quite a few SUV drivers that don't seem to be able to drive or park them, at least they have some vague excuse especially since parking spaces in many places are pretty tight fit for most modern cars.

I see even more bad parking with the very small cars (Swift, Cinquecento, etc). It is quite shocking that it is so difficult to fit one of those within the parking space.

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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The strategy worked

Leicestershire's chief constable, Simon Cole, stated that the force always works "closely with[the Download Festival organisers] to keep people and their property safe and the very low crime figures this year suggest that our joint crime reduction strategy worked."

Well that depends. Theft from tents went done 90.5% but them from motor vehicles (& linked damage) went up 350%. Theft general also up 18%.

(yes, aren't statistics lovely especially with percentages)

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Re: A MAJOR breakthrough,

How much will they charge for this - compared to Flash for example?

The article states "more than NAND, less than RAM".

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Tidy Desk

There are two kinds of desks. Tidy and ones where work is being done at.

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: They have sucked recently

oh and I DONT need a phone line thank you very much either, all I get is bloody sales calls on that line (and my grandparents....... what is it with grandparents not calling mobiles..?).

What, you actually plugged a phone into the line?

The only reason to plug a phone into it would be to call them when needed since the only reason to take the phone line is that most packages are (or used to be when I last looked ages ago) cheaper with it than without.

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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Re: A 20th century way to solve a 21st century problem

With today's focus on all-things Cloud, do the analysts really think that hardware is the answer to what are user/functionality requirements ?

There's gotta be a smarter way....

Yeah yeah. I get that you want to sell your stuff. In fact that is all you've posted here looking at your posting history. Maybe we need a badge that identifies a commercial poster with commercial interests...

Anyway..

Sure its a solution. However I'd rather not get yet a another 3rd party, even less a cloudy one, when 2 SIM slots is a perfect solution for most purposes. Even more so if you want to temporarily add a local SIM while travelling.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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Re: Let them come!

On my shiny mobile phone Wi-Fi is turned off except for once in a while on my home network while I search for Android updates which rarely show up (Samsung can no longer be arsed to provide them, they rather have me paying for a new phone).

Oh, I almost forgot, same for NFC and Bluetooth. If they want to track me they should pay for cellular service, if they want to contact me they should just ask for my phone number.

See, life life can be so simple!

You're assuming "WiFi Aware" can be turned off.

Wouldn't surprise me at all if the common heartbeat is baked into hw/fw and can't be switched off.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Re: Service went down, then it was brought back up again. @peshman

And for another thing, were Virgin to hire enough staff to handle calls in the event of a system wide outage occurring at any given time, they would be charging you a heck of a lot more.

Well, if they actually were honest, and updated (frequently) their own outage page (rather than lie that Broadband is all fine) that would most likely have had fair reduction in number of calls.

Yes problems do happen. But for f-sake be honest to your customers and keep them updated especially via outages page since there is one. If the outage page said there are issues with broadband, ideally brief description of the cause and ETA many people would be lot less upset and would probably wait lot more calmly for the service to be restored.

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Everything on Virgin Media was working perfectly for me all last night, and for my son who was doing XBOX and that PC game where you build stuff, and for my daughter who watched Netflix on a hudl.

So I don't know what this is all about.

Oh good for you. It works for you so why the fuss. Selfish git. Well, others were not so lucky.

It bombed out almost bang on 8pm and didn't come back until 11pm.

The most frustrating thing about it is sitting in the queue for 30 mins before being booted off. That is if you even got into the queue, as some attempts were greeted with "We're busy. F**** off. HAND"

Their trouble checker gave up on finding a fault. Their web page did mention TV outage.

However "Broadband: Good" with green light was rather insulting. You would think they'd manage to keep the web page updated.

If their outage page was actually updated I suspect the number of calls would also be reduced. It is the total lack of communication (no, twatter is not communication in my book) that is the most frustrating.

All in all typical VM. When it works it is rather good. When there is a problem they just make it even worse.

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Premera Blue Cross is sick after hackers plunder their servers

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The privacy and security of our members' personal information is a top priority for us

"The privacy and security of our members' personal information is a top priority for us. As much as possible, we want to make this event our burden, not yours, by making services available to protect you and your information moving forward."

Roe said that the firm was offering two year credit and identity protection for those affected by the breach via Experian.

If it is such a top priority why don't you provide the credit and identity protection for life rather than measly two years?

As for the breach of clinical information, that could cause irrepairable damage to the client well beyond any credit or identity issues.

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MOVE IT! 10 top tips for shifting your data centre

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Re: Don't trust 'labelmaker' labels long term [Dymo and similar]

Many of the self laminating ones seem to fare pretty well.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Brownian motion

Excellent. That will sort out the brownian motion producer for the atomic vector plotter.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Mort

So many to choose from. Each has their own appeal.

I did find Mort exceptional.

Then again so were many of the others.

Thank you pterry, for enriching my life with your writing talent.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: Good Password(s) inadequate?

or even make it 'invisible' (switch off the broadcast radio) and restrict by MAC code..

Better than nothing I suppose. However if someone if going to break via the wireless side, they will sniff your traffic and spoof their MAC.

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Re: I'll add my £0.02 worth

I'd say there is a market for routers that are supported with security and bug fixes as my next router won't be a Netgear after that experience.

Well you do have DD-WRT and OpenWRT as options for WNDR3700 iirc v3 was the odd one out with Broadcom instead of Atheros chipset (along with v1 the one with less (8MB) flash so might not fit full-feature firmware.

Some routers (from Buffalo for example) come from factory with DD-WRT.

Asus is rather well supported by Merlin which gets updated and patched very frequently. Merlin is based on latest GPL'd Asuswrt firmware.

Also point to make with the recommendation to buy old Cisco kit from eBay, yeah its great but if you want one with throughput to match your VM cable (assuming XL) it won't be cheap, whereas for example the recent Asus seem to push through 800-900+Mbits, obviously dropping fair bit if you use features that turn hw acceleration off. Even if it dropped to say half, you're still not likely (at least in UK) to find many residential connections where it isn't enough.

If you look at cisco router performance you'll see that you have to go for fairly recent or higher end kit to get 100Mbit/s. The figures are for routing. Once you add services (firewall,QoS,PAT,NAT,etc) the throughput drops sharp. You're also very likely to end up losing CEF and starting to process switch.

A small PC with some intel gige cards and pfsense/ipfire would make more sense for home/smb.

Or again consumer router as mentioned above (Asus probably easiest as Merlin is just as easy to load than stock asus update, although DD-WRT has gotten lot better over time) that has decent support outside vendor.

Dsiclaimer: I run way too much old cisco kit in my home and I really should replace it with something more sensible...

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Re: "having a modem and a router as separate devices" @LDS

My VDSL sync speed to the exchange is around 80Mb/s, and I have managed to get speed tests of ~50Mb/s when directly connected via GigE to the router, so I am a little uncertain that USB2 connected Ethernet adapters (theoretically capable of connection at the required speeds, but I' always sceptical) can hack it.

You might be pleasantly surprised about the throughput that a router with bit of grunt can make. Personally I wouldn't touch USB ethernet adapters with a bargepole. In fact I'd rather suffer even Realtek card.

I've just scavanged a newer old laptop back from one of the kids (they weren't using it as it would not game), and am going to try a firewall distro that supports Cardbus with a 1GB Cardbus Ethernet card that I have lying about. IPFire looks like a suitable distro.

I'm partial to pfsense (just (or because) like I am partial to *BSD). Pfsense has been around a while and is pretty solid. Having said that ipfire seems rather good as well, but I haven't used that so I can't speak for it. In your particular case ipfire might indeed be a better solution even if only for the vast hardware support linux has. I suspect pcmcia support in FreeBSD won't cover quite as many cards/chipsets as linux is likely to.

I also vaguely recall some people saying (apologies can't find reference as it was some random forum posts iirc) that under heavier traffic ipfire has lower cpu consumption than pfsense. I do know that pfsense really likes intel NICs so using "lesser" NICs could well contribute to CPU load differences under heavy network traffic.

tldr; go for it, but try to steer way from USB NIC (imho)

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D-Link removes fingers from ears, preps mass router patch

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Re: Avoid

I've not touched D-Links for quite some years. I used to have some due to nice feature set for the money. However they had serious difficulty with power supplies. I had several external PSUs cook themselves. I also had some rackmount switches with internal PSUs. You guessed it, they had to be RMA'd because PSUs died. Never had any similar issues with any other kit whether internal or external PSU.

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Make room, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz band

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Get off my lawn, err, wifi.

Of course Qualcomm would say it didn't cause issues for wifi. I'm not convinced.

2.4GH is already a struggle in many places (just streets, not even apartment blocks). 5GHz is fairly good at the moment, helped by not being as widely used and having shorter range.

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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I got 2 of them. They came free with some online orders from sports direct.

You sure they were free? They tend to quite deceptively put one in the order form and unless you pay attention and remove it, you end up buying one. Only a quid or something, but doesn't make it any better.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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There is no room for additional HDs in a Laptop to run a RAID setup.

I have had number of HP laptops over the years and all of them have had 2 2.5" disk bays.

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A billion things are already on the IoT: Verizon

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Trojan

Ah yes, the framegrabber and xcoffee to see if these was any coffee in the pot in the corridor outside the computer lab in Cambridge (the real one). IIRC that was in early 90s as well.

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Anyone remember that joke from the '90s about "Lets put SNMP reporting on the coffee maker just to see what happens"? Yeah that is pretty funny especially considering that people are now doing this with everything totally non-ironically, but actually I am sad inside because I just realized how old I am.

I remember the CMU coke machine in the mid-80s. Admittedly IIRC it wasn't connected to the internet until early 90s. And it wasn't SNMP (unless that was added later) but finger.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Montreal?

Based on hockey alone I'd have to say Montreal. However there are linguistic issues with Montreal. :-)

Back on the main subject. Sign it.

Anyone with common sense values experience and real knowledge above degrees and certifications which often aren't that useful in many real life scenarios. If it helps consider the cert like a passport or visa. Signing a piece of paper doesn't have to affect your integrity. Judging by the articles (and forum posts) your quite critical and IMHO display more integrity than the form expects.

tldr; Sign it. Send it off.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: Some inane thoughts on the smaller points grammar...

Phew. I'm still ok to use boxen then. Yes, they run mostly unixes, except the vaxen that run VMS.

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Re: This sort of thing reminds me of...

This sort of thing reminds me of...

... the old ICL DRS-300 computers that were modular and could multi-window.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICL_DRS#DRS_300

ICL were often way ahead of their competition, but never quite set a global standard...

I was thinking more Burroughs B25. In the mid-80s, as I think was the DRS-300. Can't recall which actually was first.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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People have such short memories.........its not many years since Nvidia (and to a lesser extent ATi) had all those problems with graphics chips becoming unstuck due to low-lead / low-temperature solders. Some laptop models had close to 100% return rates. They're obviously worried about a repeat of that expensive problem.

Yes. And HP in particular admitted to it in some models, but not in others although the issue was the same. So depending on which model you had either HP sorted it out or it flicked you the finger. Yes I got the finger. Some time later they issued firmware patch to underclock the CPU...

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What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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New gTLDs

I tend to treat anything other than .com, .org, .net and ccTLD as phising or scam.

Call me a luddite, but there was really no need for these new gTLDs.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Policies and broken promises

Someone worked out that if people voted for policies rather than parties, the Greens would be the biggest party in parliament.

Perhaps. Voting based on policy is very ideological and makes no difference unless parties were actually required to fulfill their policies and pre-election promises. As we all know the policies are not worth the paper they're written on as they only exist to try to gather the most votes without any intention to actually do any/some of it.

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We don't need no steenkin' cabinet: Ericsson hangs base stations off masts

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Re: WTF?

I guess they mean the airflow improvements help keep the base station hardware cool in the small modules its now housed in behind the antennas.

That might work in the nordics. I wonder how well that has been tested in bit warmer climates. Will the kit cook itself if exposed to extensive baking in the sunlight?

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Re: Looks good, shame I can't play

Platform exclusives - how to stop people buying your product.

Indeed.

However, in this case it doesn't appear to be a great loss.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Family business

And for the record, the US government is not the family business to be passed on from father to son.

Quite. Perhaps the 2 term limit should be per family (say within same 2 or 3 generations), as Bush Sr is clearly gunning for terms 5 & 6, instead of per ind-duh-vidual.

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BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

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Re: We still have some very old QNX systems, in the field

I'm not surprised. I haven't touched QNX for probably decace or two.. but it was very impressive. This was back in the times of Quantum/QNX Software Systems prolly 80s/90s. Can't really recall but think the last version I dabbled in was 4.

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Alca-Lu cooks up 400 Gbps router interconnect

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@Ruairi

Where's the datasheet?

What's optic will it take?

Oversubscription? Density/module?

What spec does it conform to?

Guess they've not released those yet.

Took 2 secs to find a post on Alcatel Lucent website that states:

About the Alcatel-Lucent 1-port 400G IP line card

o Quadruples the speed of interconnecting today’s IP networks.

o Alcatel-Lucent is the first in the industry to offer clear channel IP transport at 400G bit rates. This avoids the need to aggregate IP traffic over multiple 100G links. This offers a more efficient way to transmit big data between operators’ data centers and between their metro aggregation and core networks.

o Powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s 400G FP3 routing silicon – already proven in hundreds of network deployments worldwide - allowing operators to use it with existing 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) gear.

o Integrated tuneable DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) optics allow direct interconnection between routers at 400G line rates on a single fibre over distances of hundreds of kilometers, or alternatively as alien wavelengths over a DWDM transport network.

o The 1-port 400G IP line card will be available for use in Alcatel-Lucent’s XRS IP Core Routers and on its 7750 SRs in the second-half of 2015.

o Also introducing GMPLS UNI on the Alcatel-Lucent router portfolio to coordinate the IP and optical network layers for simplified operations and cost savings

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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If they actually go anywhere

The ship isn't going to be named Ascension by any chance?

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Better than expected

Any private company that wasted less than 1% of their IT budget would call that an unqualified success

True.

They would also probably have something that actually works, to show for the not-wasted expenditure.

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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This or HP MicroServer

This Vs a HP MicroServer?

HP MicroServer without a doubt. About same price (especially if MicroServer has one of the frequent cashback offers available). However with the MicroServer you can have more memory, your choice of "firmware". 4 drive bays plus optical. Has PCI-e slots so you could add cheap raid card and populate the 5.25" bay with 4 x 2.5" drives (or optical + 2 x 2.5"). It has USB socket on motherboard which is nice for booting FreeNAS. CPU is only Turion but does fairly decent job.

If you don't want to tinker then I'd say Synology or QNAP are probably better choices than Thecus.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with xcase other than satisfied customer for getting most out of storage bays on some systems with limited bays

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