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20 posts • joined 5 Jun 2013

Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

ColonelDare

Re: The fridge-sized, plucky probot

I was expecting it to be a rather aggressive looking gas cooker. Here.

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

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Re: To 32,767 and beyond!

Yeah - but with 1080p full HD video it would be worth it ;)

Errrr... but I need a longer HDMI lead!

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ColonelDare
Headmaster

To 32,767 and beyond!

All done with a 1980's Harris RTX2010 processor, 16 bits, running at 8Mz, programmed in Forth.

Well two of them actually - one on Rosetta, one on Philae.

So now I have loaded gForth onto my 32 bit 900 Mhz Raspberry Pi, and with access to a mountain of my kid's lego all I need is an Ariane 5 and a depth space tracking network..... :)

ref: http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/593/on-board-computer-data-handling-system-of-rosetta-details

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

ColonelDare

Re: Clara as The Doctor...

If you don't like it, don't watch it then.

I did and I did :-)

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

ColonelDare

Re: Environmentalism

I´ve never had the pleasure of doing anything with Windows 8, but I do think that three hours sounds a bit of a pain. Re-installing (or upgrading) my OS of choice takes maybe 20-30 minutes max.

Thank you Linus et al, :-)

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

ColonelDare

Re: Interesting times

> In science, you can't prove a theory to be true. You can only prove it false.

Yes, pointed to by the last sentence:

A positive result will open a whole new avenue of questioning about how space works.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

ColonelDare

Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

I agree that my chromebook _does_ do most of what I want, but when I want more I just 'Shift'+'Ctrl'+'Alt'+-> to Crouton (Ubuntu 14.04) and now I have LibreOffice,Gimp,Thunderbird....

Sorted.

And when I want Youtube (etc) I just 'Shift'+'Ctrl'+'Alt'+<- and back to Chrome.

Simps. :-)

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

ColonelDare

Re: Am I missing the point here?

[To A/C] > Your choice: stay safer, with privacy, or join the brave new world and....

Yes, consider these things and rightly so, but as I am using VNC with my Raspberry Pi (pw default 'raspberry') to photograph Swallows nesting in my garage I won't be too paranoid about Google/GCHQ et al seeing what I'm up to. They are hardly weird selfies after all ;-)

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ColonelDare
Linux

Am I missing the point here?

I have been driving my remote Debian based machines (RasberryPi-headless, Xubuntu, etc) using TiightVNC server and VNC viewer (from Chrome app store) for a while now.

Using an old single-core Athlon based PC (c.10yrs old) the desktop runs beautifully on my HP Chrome book, LibreOffice/ Gimp etc - and the GUI often runs faster over VNC than it does on the host machine due to better graphics on the Chromebook, I guess.

Anyway, I'm pleased to see even more options and flexibility for the Linux desktop - and to paraphrase Mark Twain - "The reports of [the Linux desktop's] death are greatly exaggerated."

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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And it still starts up first time

...and I was feeling smug when my Royal Enfield 'Classic' 350 started third kick after wintering in the shed for several months!

So: Well Done!!! to all the guys/girls who built it in the first place - and to the amazingly motivated resuscitation team! Brilliant. And good luck with the rest of it. :-)

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

ColonelDare

Re: If you sit too close to the screen...

Maybe oblong?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

ColonelDare

Re: Let's hope it's less buggy than 13.10...

I haven't - it's rock solid on my PCs (two or three). The 14.04 daily I'm running on an MSI Windbox is also rock solid already - but then maybe I just use them for mainstream WP / web / streaming media etc - nothing too extreme. Anyway, I'm happy :-)

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

ColonelDare

So Sad

I have visited Bletchly twice in the past and found the visits very interesting and evocative of a time that I heard my parents talking about. I was recently asked by a neighbour whether I recommended Bletchley. as a day out? (it is a 400 mile round trip for us.) I was minded to yes, and "can I come too" - but given the bad blood and the seemingly poor value judgements regarding removing valid existing displays (Churchill out, McAfee in), my answer to my neighbour will be, No - and I'm not bothered to come too if you do go.

Sadly.

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

ColonelDare

I agree wholeheartedly about putting Ubuntu on it! I used the 'How to' below on my HP11 and it worked straight out of the box - brilliant!

http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

One thing, I did initially install Ubuntu 13.10 (as per my day-to-day desktop, which I like), but I found the screen sluggish - much slower that the native ChromeOS, so I re-installed with Lubuntu 13.10 and its light weight desktop and it flys. I love it, 6-7hrs battery life, 100% stable and with LibreOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird, UbuntuOne etc it's all good.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

ColonelDare
Linux

Re: I got mine last Christmas @Colonel

I don't disagree with what you are saying, printing is important, and your view "Unless the.... is only a couple of clicks away and doesn't require any technical skills, printing is a big problem because the majority of people do have a problem setting up such complex systems." is certainly valid for many people. My only worry is that you may deter those with some limited technical skills to try the solution I went for. I am not clever enough to write the code and do geeky stuff myself, but I did give the "How to..." a go and followed the very clear step-by-step guide here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

and it worked straight out of the box :-) [the small script just downloads and installs everything automatically - takes ages but I cooked the supper while it was doing it].

There is a choice of 'flavours' of Linux (Ubuntu) and most of the software I mentioned is installed automatically. Installing additional packages from the on-line 'App store' is easier than most Windows installs I have done in the past, so give it a go! And a big 'thank you' to How-to Geek and those that made it possible!

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ColonelDare
Linux

Re: I got mine last Christmas

I too might be in or around the 'senior' end of the spectrum, and I'm sure we all have different printing needs, but for me printing is no problem. Running Crouton/Ubuntu 13.10 and installing UbuntuOne cloud storage (along with Libre Office, Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird etc) I just drop a copy of what I need to print into my UbuntuOne folder and then use my aging Desktop to print.....

I don't need to print much and I don't usually carry around design documents for nuclear submarines, so it all just works fine for me.

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

ColonelDare

It had to happen. Can you imagine a Christmas star pointing North? Where would that have got us wise people to? Lapland? And a whole new meaning to Christmas?

No. It just had to be stopped. :-(

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

ColonelDare

Can't you put something more useful ...

Yes - Ubuntu Linux.

[Writing this on my Chromebook now fully equipped with Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice Gimp etc etc thanks to the clever developer(s) of the 'Crouton' script]

Brilliant!!!

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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

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Something I can afford please....

Why cant we have an _affordable_ laptop without the Wndows tax? I am writing this on my recently acquired HP11 Chromebook running Ubuntu 13.10 (+ LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Gimp etc etc) and I LOVE IT!!! (c. 200 UKpds)

A big "Thankyou" to the developer(s) of the Crouton script that I used to install my usual full-fat office apps, but most people I see wandering about dazed and confused in our local 'PC' supermart don't want to (or can't) get to grips with scarey 'developer mode' trickery so their only options are Win8 horribleness, or Mac priceness if they want to run 'real' applications. Surely there is an marketing opportunity here?

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Mutterings: Lenovo's mystery mobe-market overturn chum is NEC

ColonelDare

.... and Canonical?

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