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27 posts • joined 2 May 2013

Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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A bit like the SimmStick

Around 1994 "Antti Lukats, an Estonian"* came up with the idea of the SimmStick, here's some pictures

http://www.mcselec.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=41

It made use of the 30 pin Simm format of PC memory modules at the time. (the pinouts were different)

I've still got a DT003 PSU board with a SIMM100 board with an Atmel AT90s8535 on it, in its day it was a well cool way of playing with the AVRs.

The advantage was that you could mix analog and digital MCUs with relays etc. using the base board as a bus.

*He was always referred to on forums as such, I don't know why.

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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Re: What's 10,000 light years across and smells of gamma radiation?

It smells like napalm in the morning.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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1 $ 1 Vote is Great...

If your name is 'Benny the Buck' or 'Old Yeller'

Tom Perkins would be outvoted everyday of the week, how many dollars can Tom bring to the table, Old Yeller could double it (QE to infinity)

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: The Meritocracy IS The Problem

A link would be handy wouldn't it !

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/jun/29/comment

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The Meritocracy IS The Problem

You need to read 'The Rise of the Meritocracy' by Michael Young.

Here is what Michael had to say about people (Tony Blair in particular) using the phrase he coined back in 1958

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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First of all Brid-Aine Parnell,

'This would solve an awful lot of the human race's current issues.'

No it wouldn't.

If I discovered a cheap and abundant energy source today and published it to the world, the entire global economy would collapse tomorrow.

If my country discovered a cheap and abundant energy source today and sought to exploit it, my country would be bombed back to the stone age tomorrow.

(Dollar hegemony)

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To the poster who said that if enough money was thrown at the problem (controllable fusion) then it could be achieved in short order.

How much money do you need ?

Mervyn King demonstrated, with a simple keypress, that he could conjure up 375 thousand million pounds, just like that.

Ben Bernanke creates 80 thousand million dollars every month (Janet Yellen will in all likelihood increase this rate)

Throwing money at the problem will not help (as money is only virtual), only throwing productivity at it will help

Average western production worker given all the tools available is probably reaching a leverage of > 4 to 1 however productivity per worker has peaked, GDP has continued to rise because this drop in per productive worker has been masked by increasing the no. of workers (the UK has been importing them), this cannot continue indefinitely.

Peak productivity per worker is reached around 30 years old, average age of UK worker is past that.

The question of can we achieve controllable fusion turns out to be not one of physics or even economics, it is a question of maths.

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Capita splashes £57.5m on Eye-of-Sauron car-park watchdog biz

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Parking Eye - a bit disapointing

My other half couldn't get out of a Parking Eye monitored carpark whilst she was using my car (we are named drivers on each others cars as well as being insured to drive any car not belonging to us)

They only sent two demanding letters before giving up, for the amount they were demanding (it rises over time) I thought it would be worth at least three with the last one being in red.

Very amateurish and disapointing outfit

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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards – says Huawei

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Huawie, GCHQ, BT21CN and the NSA

When the contract to manufacture 21CN hardware for BT was given to the Chinese, Huawie didn't know (or care) what backdoors were hardwired in, they had a spec and a price.

Later, BT discovered that the Chinese Gov had hacked Martlesham after 21CN had been running for some time, this meant that Chin.gov had the same access to the packet data that UK.gov and US.gov had hardware access to.

Queue UK/US.gov outrage over Chin.gov spying.

The UK and US governments think it is ok that they should spy on the most intimate details of their own citizens and are willing to compromise the data collected by outsourcing the manufacture of the data gathering devices to the lowest bidder.

They frighten you into paying up because of the bogeyman of 'terrorism' yet will only buy kit on the basis of the biggest kickback.

GCHQ and the NSA are corruption incarnate (BT is just a whore), they have 'NEVER' prevented a terrorist outrage and yet they manage to burn through billions of dollars of taxpayers money keeping themselves in gold plated tax free jobs.

Perhaps we should just close them down and spend the money on reducing child mortality in the grim bits of the world.

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

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Two Questions ??

If the atmosphere is warming (irrespective of cause) woudn't it also be expanding and would that expansion be measurable ? (ie will the playmonaut have to ascend to a higher altitude to reach space)

I understand the mechanisn of the greenhouse effect (greenhouse gas being more opaque to IR than plain air). Does CO2 laden air have the same transparency as plain air on incoming solar radiation ?

These are genuine questions that I hope someone can answer

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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Re: Such a waste of time and paper.

Whilst you make valid points about habitat destruction and pollution, campaigning about family planning in Africa and Asia will do no good. They already practise family planning, they plan on having large families because lots of their children will die before they reach 5 years old and they need some surviving children to look after them when they get old.

If you want to reduce what you see as 'overpopulation' then providing clean drinking water, vaccinations against common childhood diseases and a rudimentary social safety net will reduce the propensity for large families within two generations.

Of course if you do that then where will you source the young productive people to provide for your old age.

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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

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Re: Banks???

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

read the bit in Legal Framework (it is the same in the UK)

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Not even Snowden understands what he has stolen

Snowden thinks it is a civil liberties thing with Governments spying on their own people.

The security agencies have been slurping all data for years, not just personal but corporate.

That includes the banking system laundering money from drug dealers and terrorist regimes through the City and Wall St, where it originates and whose pockets it finally lands in.

Follow the money.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Re: Guys, it is about adding stuff to the tech, not copying it off.

Why bother ? It's much easier just hacking the Chinese who put the spyware into the original chips at source.

There is a war on (always has been) between security services,

It gets interesting (and more lethal for the locals) when the interminable internecine conflicts arise, these can only be solved by outside mediation (Good Friday)

Spooks will be Spooks.

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ST7

Why stop Miranda ?

They stopped him to verify that it was really Miranda and not someone else traveling on a genuine passport in the name of Miranda.

Six Israelis had genuine passports.

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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Re: @TrevorP

Buy an old (circa 1960's) rotavator off ebay, they are great fun and are brilliant at tearing up the soil. Mine is a Clifford and weighs a ton, there is nothing more satisfying than running it over my allotment and plowing in the monster weeds. Mostly I grow potatoes so I can use the furrowing tool I made from an old metal shelf.

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

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Re: DRM

"If the Chromecast could tap into the Play Store to stream purchased content, or even on a rental basis, it would be a winner."

Can it not do that right out of the box ?

I buy a movie on the playstore on my mobile, watch it in a chrome browser window and send the output to the chromecast for the kids to watch on TV whilst I do more important stuff like read the Reg.

(isn't that what it's for ?)

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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Are BitCoins Currency ?

No, they are a tradeable commodity just like rice, beans, gold or dollars. The attribute that sets them apart from rice etc. is the ability to transfer them from one person to another without any physical contact.

I imagine the cops sold him some 'stuff' in exchange for some bitcoins, when he accepted physical delivery of the aforementioned 'stuff' they nicked him.

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Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

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Just Sack the Person at the Top

First time it happens and a CEO goes, all the others will think 'there but for the grace....', the second time it happens will be the last as proper security would be implemented across the board.

The Admiral Byng solution is the only way

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Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works

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I ain't Spartacus - with all due respect

I ain't Spartacus - with all due respect, you're wrong.

As the monopoly currency issuer a Government doesn't need to borrow any money in order to spend.

The fact that they do so has its roots in the gold standard (whereby a King had to have gold in his treasury in order to wage war)

The Bank of England was set up by a private group of wealthy men specifically for the purpose of financing, at interest, the Government of the day.

Today the BoE is wholly owned by the Government, any interest gained by the bank on loans made to the Government are returned to the Government in the form of BoE profits.

The Government spends money into existence and taxes it out of existence (net neutral)

The inflation that you speak of is coming from the private banking sector, they create money in the form of credit/debt (credit from the word credo meaning faith). The bank creates £100 (at todays value) which it lends to you, there is now £100 extra in circulation and so the currency is devalued, the interest you are charged covers both the risk of not getting it back plus the reduction in value (otherwise the interest rat would be the inflation rate)

eg. the bank lend you 100 units to purchase 100 carrots but the increase in the supply of units means that each carrot increases in price to 1.1 units, in order to pay back the bank you must give them 110 units plus the insurance premium.

All that is missing from BitCoin is a credible futures market (paradoxically, gambling on the future price of a commodity creates stability)

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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Often Stated

'But if individuals can't make money from creating IP, there will be less of it created. So to generate those ideas we give an exclusive but limited time license to the person who created the IP'

Once again during a discussion about copyright someone makes this statement, can anybody offer evidence in favour ?

This paper offers evidence against.

http://www.vanderbiltlawreview.org/articles/2009/11/Ku-et-al.-Does-Copyright-Law-Promote-Creativity-62-Vand.-L.-Rev.-1669-2009.pdf

( overview of paper here http://www.case.edu/magazine/fallwinter2010/copyright.html )

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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Re: Population growing exponentially ?

Overpopulation stories are usually associated with cries of exponential population growth. (ie. total population doubled in X years and doubled again after a lessor period of years)

Fertility rates are falling (see the graph), when the fertility rate falls below 2 then people dying are not replaced. (rate above 2 means population is growing)

Start with 100 couples, they each have 2 children so the total population will be 400 people. The 200 children form 100 couples and each have 200 children, total is 600. These children have 200 children between them but 200 old people die, total population remains at 600 and the average age of the population will settle out around the middle

If the fertility rate falls below 2 then over time more people will die than are being born and the population will fall, average age will rise until eventually the last old person dies and thats it.

Look at this graph

http://www.google.co.uk/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&tdim=true&dl=en&hl=en&q=global%20fertility%20rate#!ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=country&idim=country:GBR:ITA:DEU:CHN:TCD:BFA:PAK:NER&ifdim=country&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false

Germany, Italy and China are well below replacement rate

The UK is closer to replacement rate but that is only because we import people from countries that have a high birth rate (their children become westerners in one generation and adopt our low birth rate)

Look at the birth rate of the countries that the UK imports people from, high at the moment but falling. At some point in the future we will run out of source countries and our population will age and die (just like G, I and C)

It's not speculation, it's maths

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ST7
WTF?

Population growing exponentially ?

see this graph here

http://www.google.co.uk/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&tdim=true&dl=en&hl=en&q=global%20fertility%20rates

when the line reaches 2 the total world population will start to fall, slowly at first and then a little quicker, before you know it there will be too few people and they will be too widely spread to save the human population.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: It's always about control

As I stand upon Southampton Dock (in my summer frock no less)

The furore is not about guns

It is about why you think it is acceptable to allow someone you have never met to tell you what to think and how to act.

If I were to gift you a 3d printer, the consumables and the plans, would you make a gun and kill someone ?

Or would you discard the plans and create something that benefits yourself and those around you ?

You make your own decisions.

You are responsible for your own actions.

You abdicate responsibility (and any benefits that may accrue) when You allow Others to make Your rules for You.

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The UK's copyright landgrab: The FAQ

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Re: 'Because copyright is an enabler for markets'

Rather than down voting why not provide some evidence for or against ?

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ST7

'Because copyright is an enabler for markets'

I've heard this argument used many times but I've never seen any evidence in favour, only grand assertions.

Google 'copyright as an enabler' and you get an opinion from the Publishers Association and a paper by Sobel in favour of DRM

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

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Re: The sad thing about ID cards

I don't want your stinkin ID cards because I have every reason to believe (as a law abiding citizen) that those in 'authority' will misuse them.

If I am suspected of wrongdoing then there are existing laws to detain me until I have proven who I am. I don't see why I should have to identify myself to every jumped up 'official' who demands it.

Why do I need a passport ? I don't leave the country and if I wanted to travel in Europe I shouldn't need one any as we signed up to 'the free movement of goods services and people'.

Having ID does not enable you, it restricts you because the issuer could withdraw it at any time.

Page 3 of your UK passport

(NOTES 7 Caution This passport remains the property or Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and may be withdrawn at any time.)

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Mushroom

Age restricted sales = ID card preparation

Over the last couple of years there has been a clampdown on underage sales of alcohol, tobacco, aerosols, knives, OTC medicines, magazines, videos, video games etc.

Most retailers have a TASK25 policy (Think,Ask,See,Know) whereby if it is suspected that a customer is under 25 then ID must be asked for (failure = disciplinary), this is conditioning a whole generation to carry ID and think it is ok to be challenged at any time.

ID cards are still on the agenda, they are just waiting for old farts like me (why do I need ID, I know who I am and isn't it bleeding obvious from my attitude that I'm a Brit) to die out and they can get on with it.

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