* Posts by JeffyPoooh

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

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Re: How is this net neutrality?

It's an ill-defined term.

It's suppose to mean that all data is treated equally by the entire network.

Anyone that violates this rule is Anti-Net-Neutrality and thus evil.

So Akamai and other CDNs or Net Edge Cache systems are evil?

"No! We didn't mean THAT!"

The proponents can't even draw a line on the boundary between good and evil. It's easy to define the extreme end points of the spectrum, not so easy to precisely delineate the boundary.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Fact Hunt!

@big_D "Be careful with Google Translate"

Yep. Translate 101 - You go back and forth (translating in both directions, rewording as required), until the meaning is stable in the language you understand. It's probably not 100%, but it's close.

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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Yes, I can see the problem...

Because nobody has ever been able to get VHF Radio Comms working from Low Earth Orbit satellites travelling at 17,500 mph.

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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@JDX

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hard_Townes#Books

There are two listed with seemingly-attractive titles (plus one more, not so). I've not read them so I can't be sure. Good luck.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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9.4 Hz

9.4 Hz = "...shipped iPhones at a rate of about 34,000 units per hour..."

Crikey.

Well, one way to avoid the factory owner running an unauthorized 2nd and/or 3rd shift (making unlicensed quantities of your product) is to run his factory flat-out 24 hours a day yourself.

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Re: Queue this side

Juvenile fanboism goes all the way back to the great 'Mastodon versus Mammoth' debate of 16,400BC.

(The adjective 'juvenile' applies to all sides of any fanboism. Including either Pro or Con Apple. Geesh, it's just a phone...)

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Humanity can defeat SkyNet with BOOKS, says IT think tank

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My recommendation...

My recommendation for a good book that would help to address the generalized fear of AI:

'The Theory and Practice of Circuit Breakers'

Another good one is:

'Kicking out Power Cords, for fun and profit'

Not to mention:

'Paintball - targeting HAL's big red glowing eye from 30m'

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Light, camera, wait - what about the light?

LM: "...general truism that it's the photographer not the lens that counts..."

'Location' should be explicitly mentioned in such lists.

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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Re: "Doesn't everyone type just the name of the site into the browser these days?"

Which leads to the next obvious question...

If you own the Search Engine that most sensible people use to find sites, then of what need is an explicit DNS? And then who controls the TLDs? I'll have to explain...

I pay Google $12 for the Google-Only URL "whatever.I.want" and I provide them the IP address of my server. When people are looking up "whatever.I.want" on Google, then Google returns links that have the name on display, but the embedded link is actually my numerical IP address (skipping DNS).

Results:

TLDs (e.g. "want") are just between me and Google. We can make up new ones on the fly.

This process also skips the entire DNS step. Google returns the link with the IP address embedded.

I think that you can see where this could be headed.

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Workaround.

Enter the password using also the mouse to reposition the cursor.

Eg.

D, mouse back to start.

R, mouse back to start.

O, mouse back to start.

W, mouse back to start.

S, mouse back to start.

S, mouse back to start.

A, mouse back to start.

P, mouse back to start.

Concept can be extended endlessly.

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

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Probably - wireless is for mobile

Houses (being fixed) should be wired. Or fibred. Or they can use satellite.

Mobile demands wireless. Otherwise the fiber gets all tangled up around your legs.

But don't rush the process; set out a 20-year schedule and work towards it.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Beagle sitting there...

"LANDING Complete! Press any key to continue..."

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Google to the Nth Chrome = crash prone

Google Nexus tablet

Google Android (all up to date)

Google Chrome browser (both full release and the beta)

Google websites such as YouTube

My only role is to provide the fiber optic link to the 'net.

Chrome is crash prone. Crashes several times per evening. Everything reset six ways from Sunday. Crash, crash, crash, crash. P.o.S. Tried Firefox, it's ugly.

The beta even has the silly bug that clicking on the 2nd or 3rd tab (to attempt to open them) will act as if I clicked on that spot of the first tab (hidden link under the 2nd tab's actual tab). Crazy silly bug.

Google's Coder Drones are 2nd rate in my view. Yep, I'm talking about YOU.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: If only..

Wonko The Sane "Or is it patent issue?"

If those pesky patents could be solved, we'd have those secret 200 MPG carburetors!!

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'Range Anxiety' defined...

'Range Anxiety' defined: "At my local Waitrose I was able to charge in a space... ...but only after my girlfriend very nicely asked the man who’d just put his petrol car in the space to move."

Your *local* grocery store, and you have to beg for a charge.

Cough up the Kool-Aide.

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Re: here in the USA...

Why bother with the 2x AA type when the Li-ion USB battery bricks (18650 cell based) are now showing up in the Dollarama Stores for $3 Cdn?

= About $2.50 US.

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US govt opens door to Google The Cellphone Network

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Yeah sure...

"...by the end of next year Google may offer you an unlimited data plan on your cellphone..."

End of 2016. So, 24 months to stand up an entire network? From scratch?

Yeah, sure. Maybe they'll just 3D Print the entire cell sites and have them delivered by a hovering Musk rocket.

Or the word "may" will be true only for the first one or two towns that they'd have done by then?

Crazy.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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It's been tried before...

"And you can refurb and re-use it without much effort too."

Yeah, just like the concept of the Space Shuttle. Reusable, must be cheaper. $1.2 BILLION per shot.

FAIL.

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Well, thank goodness nobody would be able to cut-and-paste it to PasteBin

Cue the standing-up of hundreds of 'mirrors'.

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: Unconvincing hype

Martian Face.

Canals on Mars.

...Many more examples.

Not a great track record.

There's a journal called 'Astrobiology'? Like, wow.

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Re: Puzzled as to why downvoted

"...all the signs of such sea bed life would have been ground to dust..."

That's why this small section has been re-exposed. Maybe.

(In other words, your attempted point is rubbish.)

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Google casts about for wireless audio

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Re: "Apple, notably, isn’t doing similar things".

Apple Airplay

Internet -> Router -(wifi)-> iPhone -(wifi)-> Back to Router -(wifi)-> Apple TV -> consumption

Three wifi back-and-forths. Kinda uses up a good fraction of one wifi G (30Mbps) router.

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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Black Friday

Win Blu Jr. A cheap Win 8 Phone phone.

$49 Cdn delivered.

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Snooker WPA secrets with this Wi-Fi tool

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Target?

Wouldn't (shouldn't) work at home. Not least because baddie needs to get close.

For public WiFi, just ask the coffee-slinging barista for the password.

So it's targeted against a narrow slice of WiFI: Private network with ill-informed users in a public space.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Policy Update recommendation

The Christmas and New Years holidays have taken about two weeks out of many work schedules. How about the policy shift from "90 days" to something like "65 Business Days" or similar? Or even "90 Business Days" if they need more time.

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Google's Gmail staggers to feet in China as access partially restored

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Re: Not likely deliberate on the part of China

Plenty of Chinese eBay sellers use Gmail for communications and for their PayPal.

There's no way that China would deliberately cut off this massive cash flow. Certainly not without advanced notice and a transition plan.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Not See .NE. See Not

When I taught my kid to drive, I made it very clear that there's a vast difference between 1) looking and not seeing anything, vs. 2) looking and seeing that the road is clear. My kid is programmed correctly, thus hopefully avoiding an entire class of 'I didn't see' accidents.

I wonder if the Googly Cars and similar are actually programmed correctly? Giving how Google can't even program a browser to not crash, I have my doubts.

The good news is that they'll trickle onto the roads in small numbers and we will soon see. It'd be a huge risk if they loosed a million onto the roads one morning.

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Reg Oz chaps plot deep desert comms upgrade

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O3b ground station - about $1M...

Population 351 (2001), no 272 (2006), ah 220 (2011).

So if the residents can come up with about $5k each, then they'd have fibre optic speed Internet via the O3b satellite network. They're in a qualifying latitude.

Or just wait another ~20 years until the population of Willawra hits zero.

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Re: Nobody's said it

I Googled Willowra and got this snippet: "Location. Latitude:-21.14. Longitude:132.36. Infrastructure Specification. 1 HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Printer 1 PC..."

Hmmm. Town's infrastructure: an all-in-one printer and a PC. Wow.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Re: ?

@A t l

I came to the comment section with my copy-and-paste buffer containing essentially the exact same string as your quote.

Well done.

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Car hacker secrets revealed: Clutching up a tank engine in a classic motor

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Peter asked "How long does it take to go from 0 - 60?"

I'll bet that it is impressive...

...ly slow.

Still impressive.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Re: Cornish Tin?

Cornwall = new tungsten mine.

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Re: Responsibility

Steve Knox "each of us individually may be responsible for a few to a few hundred kilograms [of tin]..."

Geezus H. How many new gadgets do you buy in a year? I buy a lot, but it only adds up to a few kg **of gadgets** in a year, and tin makes up a very small fraction of the mass. If I've bought even one kg of tin in the year, then I'd like to know where it is.

Basic math: you realize that 55,000 tonnes divided by 7.2B people is single digit grams per person? Right?

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Re: Duh...

@OJ

I still have a gadget to hole punch / notch the single sided 5.25-inch floppy so it could be flipped over to use the other side.

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Re: Duh...

@U MU

Two points:

How many horsepower would you need to adjust the RPM within the Random Seek Time requirement? Or would you like to adjust the Random Seek Time requirement from milliseconds to seconds? That's obvious, in my opinion.

The HDDs I've seen with multiplatter had all the heads moving in unison, one voice coil. In case you were assuming different.

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Duh...

The RPM has to be constant (obvious). Therefore the linear speed of the disk surface is going to be a smooth function of radius.

The electronics will have several modes (not an infinitely smooth adjustment), and they'll have to 'switch gears' at certain points.

Therefore the areal density has to be variable across the surface.

The only way it could be held constant would be if the electronics could smoothly adjust to match the physics. And that's obviously not practical when working at the bleeding edge of what's technically possible. It would be practical to be smooth and continuous with low speed garden variety electronics, but not when using the sort of hardware ASICS and gate arrays that would be necessary at these data speeds.

This is all perfectly obvious. Why would anyone assume different?

One can focus on the peak areal density and then mention the typical special efficiency that can be achieved due the limitations of technology.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Nuclear expensive? Are you joking?

Nuclear reactors actually have a lifetime 'ON' duty cycle of about 70%. Many people claim that they're "100% available", etc. That's just false.

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Solar - price per tonne-year of averted CO2

A recently opened solar farm in California has a peak (noon) power of 550MW. It cost $2.5B and averts the emission of 377,000 tonnes-per-year of CO2.

That's about $6,600 per tonne-per-year of averted CO2.

Some sources state that we need to avert as many as 30 billion tonnes-per-year of CO2.

$6,600 x 30,000,000,000 = $200,000,000,000,000 ($200 Trillion).

All the Money in the World (world wealth) is about $240 Trillion.

So if solar is used to avert CO2, then we'll get some change back from All the Money in the World.

I think that innumeracy is a greater menace than 'denial'.

We need to find cheaper solutions. The keyword is "need". It's *not* optional.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: It all went the other way...

@ lorisarvendu

No, more like this:

"In the Beginning There Was Nothing, which exploded..."

... <---- Anti-Particles <---- "CREATION" (Big Bang) ----> Particles ----> ...

(time axis, 0 in the middle)

Feynman said that the anti-particles are just particles going backwards in time, as shown above.

It all balances out.

It explains why we see no legacy anti-particles, just a few recently created one.

It doesn't explain UKIP.

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Re: It all went the other way...

@lorisarvendu "same particle"

That would help to explain the "ultimate free lunch" aspect of the Universe.

+Universe + -Universe = 0

Apologies to TP and the other UKIP master debaters for the on-topic post. Carry on...

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Re: It all went the other way...

I need to go find a UKIP news items somewhere, so I can post some screeds about anti-matter.

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It all went the other way...

Feynman pointed out that anti-matter is fundamentally the same as normal matter going the other way in time. This conclusion was based on our observations of the local stuff - typically created recently.

Therefore at the Big Bang, all the original anti-matter went the other way in time. Because that's all that anti-matter is: it's just normal matter headed the other way in time. So you won't find it here, today.

That's it. Done. Beer time.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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CR324

Isn't that the type of button-cell battery it requires?

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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"Investment" represents embodied resources

If you're making massive 'investments', then you are causing the extraction and expediture of massive amounts of resources. Example, Mongolian brown coal to power the factory in China that is making your subsidized solar panels.

If the installation of an expensive and heavily subsidized solar farm makes you feel all warm and 'green', then you might want to recheck your math. It's very likely your decisions were environmentally suboptimal.

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Re: Warning Words

"Well, if it works for 12 hours a day, that could work out at a 50% reduction in fossil fuel use."

With Math skills like this --^ , we are doomed.

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Re: Warning Words

The only efficiency worth discussing is watts per dollar, or dollars per watt.

Capture efficiency in % might help, but only if it's cheap. If it's expensive, then it only helps with niche applications such as satellites.

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Re: Efficiency % important for niche applications

@squigbobble et al

The unit under discussion is: **TONS (or tonnes) of avoided CO2 PER YEAR**

It's already including the 'per year' !!!!!!!!!!

The $2.5B solar farm gives us 377,000 of them.

That's $6,600 each.

We need 30,000,000,000 (30 billion) of them.

That's $200,000,000,000,000 ($200 trillion).

That's nearly ALL THE WEALTH ON EARTH.

The fact that you screwed up simple math and the fact that my post was heavily down voted proves my point.

Most environMentals are innumerate and their ignorance of trivial math and science *is* a greater threat to the world than the deniers.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Re: In-Car Blackberry

"Guess you haven't used any of the QNX powered BlackBerry 10 devices then?"

That's a very safe bet.

Along the lines of, "Well I guess you've never been in Lunar orbit, have you?"

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Given that it's all database driven...

One could imagine a Universe where the users (readers) could select their favorite 'Shell'.

With a Click to Save Preference feature.

It's perfectly do-able.

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