* Posts by Annihilator

3207 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

Annihilator
Black Helicopters

Quite. Why he thinks that he's exempt from NSA/GCHQ monitoring is beyond me.

Although by the same measure, I'm surprised it's taken them this long to twig that if they're doing things like this to other governments, it's fairly likely the same is happening to them.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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Coat

Drive noises

Is the whine from the disk a few kHz higher than normal?

Does "talking like Donald Duck" now appear as one of the troubleshooting steps for signs of an imminently failing drive?

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Happy

"It's a £500 A4 colour proofer. Not sure I want to throw it away just yet."

What's your day-rate and how much time have you spent?

Besides, flog it on Ebay as "slightly used" to get some dosh back.

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Fiery bits of Euro satellite to rain down on Earth this weekend

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Black Helicopters

Re: If a bit lands in my garden ....

"GOCE has no nuclear pile"

That's just what *they* want you to think. We're all doomed... Still, my tin-foil hat will protect me just nicely thanks.

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Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

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Stop

"Please can we not turn this guy into Assange 2.0 where he lingers like a bad smell, dreaming up new allegations every time the media focus moves elsewhere?"

You know that Snowden has leaked all he's going to leak, right? It's the newspapers (well, the Guardian) that are staggering the release of what he leaked.

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Re: NSA

"Just wondering when Germany became part of the USA"

Probably the same time that France, Italy and Spain did. Remember when they refused entry to their airspace to the Bolivian president due to suspicions Snowden was on the flight, forcing it to land in Austria?

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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Re: As if I needed yet another reason...

I doubt that people purchasing an iPhone care where they're getting it from?

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Holmes

Re: Analsysis flawed?

Because there's Apple the retailer, and Apple the wholesaler. Resellers don't just pop into the Apple store, buy some and re-sell them. They get them wholesale from Apple, only in this instance, Apple refuse to supply them wholesale to their re-sellers, unless it's tied with a network contract (in which case, it's more likely the reseller is getting them wholesale from the network providers, not Apple).

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

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Re: mangled english....

"50:1 in the uk maybe (where you paid for local calls.)

In more enlightened countries if you didn't run at least 12:1 people would bitch like mad about regularly busy signals. The "unlimited" ISPs back in those dialup days ended up having to run around 5:1"

I'm talking about the first DSL products, not DUN. I was also talking about bandwidth contention ratios.

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Annihilator

Re: mangled english....

You've just described what a contention ratio is though. Regardless of where the bottleneck is, the company *should* have a target contention ratio that it shouldn't breach. FTTC is the same (and bear in mind, VM *is* FTTC). If the backhaul out of the cab is 100Mb, you can sell 25 x 100Mb connections, or 50 x 50Mb connections without breaching your 25:1 ratio. They sell an additional 100Mb on that cab, they have to update the backhaul to 101Mb.

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Holmes

Alternatively...

"Virgin Media was told by the regulator that the ads must not appear again in their current form and to no longer make claims that its service was "unlimited" and with "no caps" if its imposes more than moderate traffic controls to its broadband network."

Why doesn't the ASA force them to provide the product they advertised? At a minimum, to the people who signed up during that period the ad ran? They'd change their tune pretty sharpish if that was the punishment.

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Annihilator

Re: mangled english....

Contention ratios used to be published, but they were usually 50:1 for "normal" domestic services, 25:1 for good ones.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Re: HDMI not compulsory

"Or, of course, you add your RPi 'B' to your home LAN with an ethernet cable, install one of the free X-server packages (VcXsrv or XWinLogon) on your PC and run the RPi headless - and all for the cost of the ethernet cable. My RPi has been run headless since I bought it: the only difference is that my PC runs Fedora rather than Windows+Xserver."

Yes but all this plays rather nicely into the "you've clearly already got a PC, so use it" argument in the article.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake don't read this

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Re: USA != the world.

"How comes that they dare to refer to the world when in fact the study was carried out only within to limits of the USA?"

You've never seen the World Series then?

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Does Apple make you puke? Take this iOS 7.0.3 update with your tablets

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Headmaster

Re: Another bug fix ....

"It's not a bug fix, it is a new preference option so people can switch off animations they don't want."

In fairness, it's a new preference option included within a bug fix (the lock screen by-pass and the accelerometer calibration)

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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Happy

Fair thee well

I missed the O2 article at the time, brilliant! :-)

All the best, will hope to see you back if only to carry on the tale of the not-spot.

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New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

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Re: Looks like Apple

I wondered that - I'm assuming he means Dark Knight unless I'm missing something?

He's quite the kewl "dude"

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

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Really?

Can he not just do it with a normal car instead of butchering a piece of film history?

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

Annihilator
Coat

EU?

Yes but it's an EU directive which Farage will jump on and insist we don't use and Cameron will no doubt try to placate the grass-root Tory voters by withdrawing from the EU and allow our manufacturing industry to come up with its own Blighty-inspired standard – hopefully one with a union flag on it or something.

Although funnily enough, they don't seem to bleat on about these ones?..

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OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

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Happy

Re: 25 people just to lift it...

It's a natural reaction when describing the size of any aquatic creature to exaggerate....

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Top 5

I suspect the name "George" is about to leap into the top 5....

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

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Re: Long queues...

"Actually no, if this had been Ryanair they would have realised the extra charging opportunity:"

Yes, can you imagine how much they'd have raked it in? £70 to print a boarding card at the airport, plus an extra £60 to purchase a bag check-in at the airport. I'm surprised Ryanair don't regularly put an axe through their datacentres when they're short of a bit of cash.

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Boffin

"The $1.1bn solar-powered probe will arrive at the planet in the summer of 2016, provided it suffers no more problems"

Problems or not, it's pretty much guaranteed to arrive at Jupiter in summer '16 now regardless of what happens

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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Alert

Few things..

1) It's a UK police force trying to get a Canadian company to do something - be interested to see what sort of "court order" would be effective for that

2) The redirect page would have said they were being "investigated", not found guilty of it. This is reason enough to make them disappear off the web?

3) Presumably the UK were trying to block it globally in this instance? Seems pretty far out of their juristiction...

What strange times we live in.

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Microsoft sold out of Surface tablets in the UK... YEP, all 2,000 units

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Re: And yet again @Tyrion

"Apple has no problem selling 10 million devices in a weekend, so why is it impracticable for M$ to make more than 2k devices for launch?"

Well, it was 9 million. It was also globally. We've no idea how many were sold in the UK. The number also included the 5C.

"20 per day you say? Haha. You really have no clue do you. All of it's produced in China, and they have the capability to put out 100 times that."

You'll note I said "for ease of maths", not "these are real numbers". Tried to make it simple for you and ignore the global figures. Clearly I didn't try hard enough.

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And yet again

The usual complaints of supply chain management from various bods that don't understand supply chain management, or the adage of not carrying large quantities of stock at once.

For ease of maths, let's say MS can make 20 per day and they have a value of £500. To make the 2000 ready for launch date, they'd have to start building them 100 days ago. They'd also have a gradually growing value of stock sitting in a warehouse over 3 months, waiting for launch day, with the value gradually adding up to £1,000,000. Inflate the volumes and this becomes lunacy. Same goes with Apple launches.

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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IT Angle

Re: Before joining the European Union...

I'm trusting you were being ironic in criticising their sexual attitudes, then scoring the "boobage" and the "babe"?

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Annihilator

Re: Cultural

"Remember within the past year or so the BBC fielded zillions of complaints about a similar dress worn by Holly Whatshername off the dancing programme."

Not really, there were 5 for the ITV one, 130 for the BBC one. Be interesting to see stats on it, but I suspect most programmes generate that just by virtue of being on.

It's to be noted that Cameron or similar didn't step in and fire her though.

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

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Happy

"Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?"

The Bridge on the River Kwai?

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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Happy

Prior art

Karl Pilkington: "I've come up with this idea of a wrist-watch that tells you when you're gonna die"

Ricky Gervais: "But how would it work?"

KP: "You wear it on your wrist"

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Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

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Thumb Up

Simpsons

Stokebroker: OK now before I execute this order, are you sure you understand the risks of stock ownership?

Homer: Absolutely!

Flash to scene in Homer's brain of 'We're in the money' chorus line in front of king-kong

Homer: You heard the monkey, make the trade.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Woah

"UM is bundling free MP3 downloads with each disc."

Amazing. How many people does UM think are wavering on whether to purchase or not, but think that the bundling of an mp3 is going to swing it?

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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Headmaster

Re: Rand Paul

"Blimey, I didn't think an intelligent Republican actually existed!"

There are plenty. I had the pleasure of seeing Rand Paul filibuster over the drone policies when I visited the US and it was impressive.

The difference between the Democrats and Republicans seems to be that the crazy Democrats never seem to run for office, or get very far if they do.

I note Michael Habel is trolling and offering Harry Reid as an example of a crazy Dem, who "obliviously" hates cancer kids. Nice spinning, but you've handily missed out a line from the 3-person conversation which changes entirely the context:

Bash: “But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, to Bash, “Why pit one against the other?”

Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”

Reid was in effect saying the idea of running piece-meal budget bills was nuts, and to quote him in the same question "what gives them the right to choose which parts of the government are funded?". There's a cruel irony that this healthcare that is currently unfunded, is due to a Republican congress that wants to unpick the healthcare reforms brought in by Obama.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Happy

" It currently contains around 110,000 characters. You will have noticed that this is considerably above the original two-byte limit"

Na, not *considerably* above. Just a lowly bit above it.

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Annihilator
Boffin

Re: "public static final double π = 3.14159;"

"Scientists, scientists, please. Looking for some order. Some order, please, with the eyes forward and the hands neatly folded and the paying attention ... PI IS EXACTLY THREE!!"

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Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life

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Thanks

I'll continue to use my mobile connection to do what it was defined to do, thanks. Or use the existing free wifi that shops and shopping centres already provide.

Targetted ads? Seriously? I bought a Velux blind about 2 months ago. I've had nothing but ads for Velux blinds ever since (locked down machine, no adblock etc). Because, y'know, buying that blind is going to be such a regular experience that it's good I see ads for it.

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

Annihilator

Re: TSA - Spectator sport :)

It's not radioactive

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Annihilator
Boffin

Re: Mine cost about £100

Your watch isn't atomic-locked though. It's out by however long it takes the radio signal to reach you, which is a varying lag. Unless it has a GPS component to compensate?

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Annihilator

Re: Does it come with a money back guarantee?

Nobody has a battery to put in it that lasts that long either...

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Holmes

Automatic

"The only downside is a rather aggressive creep while idling. You soon learn to slip it into neutral or keep your foot on the brake at lights."

Much like any other automatic car?? So much so that most automatics these days don't even let you start the engine without your foot on the brake.

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Annihilator
Joke

Re: How about a voice alert to remind Audi drivers-

"Not forgetting the use of the mirrors"...

I removed the rear-view mirror from my car a few weeks ago. I've not looked back since...

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NASA finds use for 3D printers: Launch them into SPAAACE

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Go

Make it so..

"Tea, Earl Grey, hot"

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Quantum computing gets recursive

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Paris Hilton

Ponderings

The mistake everyone makes at some point when tinkering with recursive functions, is messing up the break point and ending up with a stack overflow, or falling into an infinite loop.

If a quantum computer calculates all states at once, how does it cope if the number of states is infinte?...

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Google adds Large Hadron Collider tunnel to Street View

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WTF?

Re: labor prices in different countries

Erm, what?

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

Annihilator

"Can you imagine a phone built from the ground up with security in mind "

Yes, but not under Microsoft

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Facepalm

Re: @AC 06:09

"How many Brits died of tobacco, fat, sugar, alcohol, and salt in the same time-frame?"

One suspects the US managed just as impressive a rate as the UK, but regardless, they didn't die due to someone else's burger. The only product you mentioned that could possibly harm someone else is tobacco and regardless of your view on 2nd-hand smoke damage, public exposure to that has pretty much been eradicated.

The only risk to you is if they fall on you.

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Boffin

Re: Amazing video

"What impressed me most was the fact that there was so little resistance from the phone that the initial Barrett round went through and the phone stayed upright."

Perfect example to contradict the silly notion in films someone being shot and thrown through a plate glass window.

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'Outback Rover' could help calibrate satellite sensors

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Coat

Coastguard?

So who callibrates the callibrating rover?

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Facepalm

Re: Only now?

Are you reading about a different Curiosity? From that very link:

"As established by the Mars Exploration Program, the main scientific goals of the MSL mission are to help determine whether Mars could ever have supported life, as well as determining the role of water, and to study the climate and geology of Mars. The mission will also help prepare for human exploration."

I've also never said Curiosity is looking for life. It's looking for whether life could have existed.

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Annihilator

Re: Only now?

@Lars - " Water exists but now we also know there is a small amount in the soil. Perhaps that was expected, as it was, as such an experiment was made. Now we can also prove it."

That's my point. We've proven it many many times already over the course of various orbiters and landers. This wasn't looking for it specifically, they just analysed the content of the soil. Water was known to be in there already.

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

@Vociferous - it's really simple - the basic objective of Curiosity: "could Mars have ever supported life". It includes understanding the *role* of water, not find it. As per the link above, there's enough water on Mars to cover it to a depth of 35m if it were free-flowing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_%28rover%29#Goals_and_objectives

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