* Posts by M Gale

3549 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Linux servers for Windows folk: go on, give it a bash

M Gale

Android is Linux...

...like OS X is BSD.

Related in the same way that I'm related to my father's, brother's, nephew's, cousin's former room mate.

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UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

M Gale

People are paying for their service already.

Customers pay to get access to the Internet, providers pay to stick their servers in data centres. You get 10mbps, 100mbps or whatever rate the pipe to the next router is, to send and receive lots of 1s and 0s with, to any other Internet-connected machine. As far as I'm concerned, that should be the end of it.

But hey, that's not quite enough money is it?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

M Gale

Gingerbread?

"With an eye on the forthcoming Gingerbread and Honeycomb upgrades..."

But have Samsung said that they WILL allow upgrades to these versions when available? Some people still remember the i7500 and its permanent relegation to v1.6.

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Ten... budget Android smartphones

M Gale

ZTE Racer owner

And you're almost spot-on. It's quite a nice little budget toyphone, though god knows if ZTE will ever upgrade the OS. I would have a small issue with your view on the battery though: Pretty much any toyphone is going to get the crap drained out of the battery in a mere few hours if you're using it as a PSP. As something that sits in my pocket, takes the occasional phone call or sometimes shows me where something is on Google Maps though, it comfortably lasts until I can get home at night. In fact, right now it's on 59% charge after a day of usage and a good few hours of Meebo IM client.

Still, it could definitely last longer. Missing my Nokia 6288's battery life already.. and the damned thing has the same battery capacity!

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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

M Gale

And the Manchester Ship Canal goes through Liverpool.

But this doesn't explain a fuck-up of a proportion that only Fox could manage.

Beatles, from Manchester? Well, that's given me my daily dose of laughs in one sitting.

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M Gale
Badgers

Well you did ask.

#!/bin/bash

# svndiff 1.0

# usage: svndiff file

if [[ ! -d .svn ]]

then

echo ERROR: You are not working in an SVN directory.

exit 1

fi

rev="--revision HEAD"

if [[ ! -n $1 ]]

then

echo "Usage: svndiff [option] file"

echo "Options:"

echo " -h Diff with latest in repository (HEAD) - Default"

echo " -b Diff with what you had checked out (BASE)"

echo " -c Diff with COMMITTED, the version before BASE"

echo " -p Diff with PREV, the version before COMMITTED"

echo " -r revnum Diff with specified revision (specify integer)"

exit 1

fi

while getopts ":r:hbcp" Option

do

case $Option in

h) rev="--revision HEAD";;

b) rev="--revision BASE";;

c) rev="--revision COMMITTED";;

p) rev="--revision PREV";;

r) rev="--revision $OPTARG";;

*) echo "Incorrect option specified. Use -h or -b or -r #";;

esac

done

shift $(($OPTIND -1))

# Define graphical diff tool

#

# The geometry option used by Motif, Tcl and X based programs

geometry="-geometry 1280x800+0+0"

# The following is for Motif diff

# -w: ignore white space

dif="mgdiff -args -w"

file=$1

prev=${file}_PREV

# Trap bash command signals

# SIGINT 2

# SIGQUIT 3

# SIGTERM 15

trap "rm -f $prev" 2 3 15

svn cat $rev $file > $prev 2>/dev/null

$dif $geometry $prev $file

sleep 1

rm -f $prev

...Would that be enough?

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Missing piece completes Stuxnet jigsaw

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M Gale

"spreading using either unpatched Windows vulnerabilities or from infected USB sticks"

Windows? In a nuclear power plant? Anywhere near anything important?

Are these people insane?

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Tumblr and 4chan knock each other out

M Gale

4chan? DDoS'd?

They had it coming, chaps.

Now. Seconds out, round two. DING DING!

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Calls for US nudie perv scanner 'opt-out day'

M Gale

Yes but...

...can a backscatter scanner tell the difference between a real D cup and a Semtex-enhanced D cup?

What, no?

Oh well.

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Samsung plans to smash Android rivals..what about the iPad?

M Gale
Grenade

But what happens when a new Android comes out...

...and Samsung want you to replace the rather expensive toyslate you just bought in order to patch a vulnerability in the old Android? You know, rather than just.. letting people use the more modern version?

Until they can get that right, they're no better than any other two-bit Chinese manufacturer. A damned sight more pricey, too.

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China faces million-strong zombie phone horde

M Gale

Getting illegal gains from an app store.

I don't think the developer would really be bothered if Apple hit the kill-switch on their viral app, if they can get maybe 250,000 handsets to all dial a premium rate number at the same time for a couple of minutes. Once that's done, the development of the next stealth virus has just been paid for.

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Amazon awards self slimmer slice of newspaper pie

M Gale

But can you still find out your collection has been "unpublished?"

See title. That's a showstopper right there, that is.

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

M Gale

The Sega 16 bit consoles and the Amiga...

...both ran at about 7.67mhz. The 68k itself could be clocked up to about 16mhz though, IIRC.

And yes, wouldn't surprise me if you found one in a washing machine. The m68k family did get everywhere, and still does.

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M Gale

Silicone Valley

Also known as Paris Hilton's cleavage?

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M Gale

I wouldn't say the 68k didn't take off.

It ended up being used in everything from the Amiga, through Sega 16 bit consoles, even some wierd things like alarm systems where a z80 would have done just as well.

I'm pretty sure the 68k's legacy lives on in some miniaturised designs, too.

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Steelie Neelie calls for 'every vehicle digital'

M Gale
Badgers

If you're prepared to ride along a busy road on a bicycle...

..you're either braver than I am, or just insane.

But then, you work here don't you?

(I'm glad the Moderatrix doesn't know where I live...)

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M Gale

"Auto-driven cars will have their own lane, as will cyclists..."

More likely: Auto driven cars get to use bus lanes. Cyclists have to make do with a foot-wide strip near the kerb like they always have.

And you wonder why some people would rather just pootle along the pavement at 5mph...

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Oracle enlists private dick to sniff out HP boss

M Gale

So if this is US based...

...why doesn't said boss respond to every single question with "I plead the 5th"?

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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

M Gale

If you don't want people doing what they want with it...

...don't develop it, don't produce it, and definitely don't sell it.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

M Gale

Difference between "computers" and "toyphones".

People have been conditioned to accept Windows as The Thing That Real Computers Use. Toyphones and their big brothers are a different thing though. They've always had their own special little OS depending on manufacturer, so I don't think you're violating expectations by providing something that's not Windows-based so long as it's stupidly simple to use.

I'm wondering more what Google's plans for Chrome OS are. Android is already a success story, and chucking yet another OS into the mix seems counter-productive. If this new product is a glorified browser, then why not make the Android browser do the same thing?

Unless of course El Goog were to pitch Android as a consumer OS, with all the whizzy apps and the marketplace, and Chrome OS as a serious business OS, with everything stored securely at a company server. Good for company phones, information kiosks and the likes.

Hm!

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The 99p mobile phone: What's the catch?

M Gale

Shows you how cheap things can be.

Okay so it's not going to have a gigahertz Snapdragon and fifty gajillion wotsits of RAM, but I have to wonder how much of a phone really is costs and how much is packaging?

Mobile phones being sold in Poundland. Whatever next?

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Researcher outs Android exploit code

M Gale

Stupidity, thy name is Samsung. Amongst others.

More reason to pester phone manufacturers to update the free operating system that they don't even have to develop themselves.

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Disguised impostor clears international flight

M Gale

Get Ready For A Surprise!

I suppose it could have been worse...

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M Gale

Welcome to RendAir!

See title.

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$8.9m poker prize up for grabs - humans only please

M Gale

Letters and digits.

Something for Simon Le Bastard, perhaps.

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Clive Sinclair unveils 'X-1' battery pedalo bubble-bike

M Gale

What?

That ruling was one of the few decent things the last lot of shysters did. Came out a couple of years ago, along with the rules that say it's now legal to use your iTrip FM transmitter.

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M Gale

Electric bicycle with a roof

And at 190 watts, falls within UK.gov's laws that treat anything less than 250W or 15MPH top speed as, legally, a bicycle.

Which means no need for a license.

Bloody handy idea, but I can bet the range will be crap. Also, yes, it's not exactly a fashion statement.

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Deep space COMET FLYBY: First PICS

M Gale

EPOXI

Sponsored by Araldite?

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Zuckerberg: the iPad 'is not mobile'

M Gale

Mmm, 8086.

If it's good enough for the space shuttle, it's good enough for me!

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M Gale

..In the same way that a Nintendo Wii is a computer.

See title.

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M Gale

Re: http://oldcomputers.net/pics/osborne1.jpg

That's frigging awesome. I want one.

And possibly a warehouse to store all this old crap in.

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M Gale

Re: I would be interested to know whether they run at all!

Perfectly, for as far as a 286 can be said to run. I think "amble leisurely" would be more like it. They keyboard isn't fixed though. The whole thing folds up and you can carry the thing (or, er, heft it) with the handle at one edge.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii282/technicalfool/ppc640/113008162829.jpg

If you're lucky, it might run Zelazny-Amber Angband. Not tried that yet though.

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M Gale
Badgers

There, I fixed it for you.

"Simple fact is I think facebook using Safari on a tablet PC is far better than facebook on a top of the line phone."

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M Gale

Portable computer? I have two!

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii282/technicalfool/ppc640/113008162949.jpg

Four "colour" CGA-compatible greyscale, 286 processor, 640K of RAM and two 720KB DD floppy drives. And space for 10 "C"-size batteries.

Think it'll run Crysis?

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SkyFire flees iTunes store

M Gale

Hahahahaha...

"Sold Out".

Did they run out of 1s and 0s?

Could just be honest and say "holy shit our servers have just fallen over for the tenth time in an hour and we can't sustain this." I suppose that doesn't look as good though.

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LG tablet to be flavoured with 'Honeycomb' Android

M Gale

So, why not just release with 2.2 now..

..and upgrade to 3 or 3.something later? I mean, wasn't that supposed to be the whole point?

Oh yeah, why do that when you can tell your users to buy a whole new device in six months? Good one, Samsung. As sneaky as a ninja that's just pulled his pants down in the middle of Manchester shouting "I'M A FUCKING NINJA!"

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

M Gale

Re: Just trim by moving weight

It's one way. I was thinking of saving as much weight as possible though, rather than adding a movable weight. Plus the pipe would only need to be tiny, as a small control rod movement equates to a rather large movement at the elevator end.

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M Gale

Re: A brick is what you want

This would be somewhat fiddly but...

Add a much smaller bit of expanding rubber hose, inside the aircraft. One end of it is attached to the elevators. At 10,000-ish feet and below, the elevators are trimmed to glide. Above that, the hose ensures a dive of decreasing severity the lower the aircraft gets.

That way you get an aircraft that actually glides, without it taking all day and then some to get to ground level.

Eh, roll on Mk II, I say. Either that or a micro-satellite attempt. Considering a sounding (d'oh, not a "signal") rocket can get quite close to orbital velocities anyway, a 90,000 foot head start could be... scarily feasible.

http://wwwsolar.nrl.navy.mil/rockets/vault/launch.html

0-1320mph in six SECONDS. At ground level. With wind resistance. Okay, it's a pretty large rocket, but it's also carrying a little more than a toyphone and a radio transmitter.

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M Gale

Silly idea.

Helium balloon, small (relative to a SpaceX design) signal rocket, and an insulated toyphone doubling as a guidance system and main processing core for a micro satellite. Main engine ignites at 90,000 feet and takes it the rest of the way.

Let's show NASA how to reach orbital velocity on a shoestring, eh?

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M Gale

Awe...

...some. That final pic makes it all worth it. Space, man!

If you ever do a Mk II, get some insulation and put a cheapo cam in the cockpit. That's about the only way this could be made even more ...what's that word?

Oh yeah, awesome.

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Oz journo pokes PARIS

M Gale

Low Orbit Helium Assisted Nanosat

Or something along those lines. Probably need to think of a better "N" word, and wouldn't hydrogen be somewhat cheaper to acquire and lighter? More explosive, yes, but this isn't exactly a manned flight, playmonaut notwithstanding.

Plus if the LOHAN project is what I think it is, I imagine the big rocket slung underneath would be significantly more dangerous. Please, please make it happen!

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ViewSonic tablet defies death by Steve Jobs

M Gale

Heh

Nice reasoning, but Joe Public will certainly know the very visible difference between the 1.x home screen and the 2.x home screen. Plus, with the rapidly shrinking market share of 1.x, I'm pretty sure it won't be too long before developers stop bothering to support 1.x in favour of the new API toys in 2.x.

http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html

1.x has dropped about a percent in the last couple of weeks... and falling steadily. This is not like the Beast That Refuses To Die, also known as XP. I'll say again, why the hell does anybody make a new product with Android 1.x these days?

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M Gale
Troll

I have a ZTE Racer

You know, Android 2.1?

Oh well, I guess I must be a "hater" because I call them toyphones.

Troll, because anybody with an opinion is one, apparently.

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M Gale

oh i dunno.

As a toy os like the i-somethings, android 2.x would probably work well on a toy tablet. It may be almost insultingly simple, but at least it's not insultingly patronising like the entire Apple i-ecosystem!

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M Gale

1.6?

What the hell?

Why are there so many businesses wanting to punt an ancient version of an open source OS when they can have the latest edition instead? Are you sure Windows 7 also comes with it, or is it 3.11 for Workgroups?

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Wales loses 'dot-cum' domain to tax haven

M Gale

Oddly enough...

...that wierdly-coded Microsoft got changed to "http://www.xn--micrsoft-qbh.com/" by Chrome, which then failed to find the address.

Also, three downvotes for someone who just pointed out that the entire world does not have English as a first language? I didn't know there are that many Daily Mail readers here...

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M Gale
Coat

.cym?

But surely that has too many vowels?

Yeah I know, I'll get my coat.

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Intel lets outside chip maker into its fabs

M Gale
Badgers

FPGAs are lovely.

And to be honest, a future PC with some kind of FPGA board on could be excellent for the gamers (and serious propellorheads) out there.

The game needs some physics coprocessing? No problem. One data transfer later, and the FPGA is a physics coprocessor.

Music program? Well, how about a quick switcheroo and that little chip starts doing DSP work.

Buy a FPGA that's big enough, and you could tell it "be a GPU". Lo and behold, you have a GPU.

Or if you really want something awesome, a 555 timer!

So it's not like GPUs are ever really going to wipe FPGAs out. Different beast, different application. Plus you can't tell a GPU to be an MP3 player with integrated storage and signal processing, like you can with a (large enough) FPGA.

Should really name them ACME chips...

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