* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

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You could always get a job

As a teacher.

Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

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What if... no luck

When you got close to 33' the water would boil and the siphon would fail.

Unless you were in a VERY big diving bell over 66' down...

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Water in a vacuum

You can't have water in a vacuum, it would boil. Same for a 33' column of water, it would boil.

Atmospheric pressure is an important part of the process, it keeps the liquid from boiling.

Jimbo Wales exiles 'porn' from Wikiland

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So what's their definition of porn?

We know it when we see it?

Apple in shock talks with Reg reader

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Don't forget Quicktime

I run iTunes on my older computer that I used for web stuff. An AMD 2500+ @2GHz with 2 GB RAM.

iTunes can't play a video, I get a few seconds of slide show followed by frozen video (sound keeps playing), but the same file plays fine with other players (at ~20% CPU). This is a 480x272 file, and if my iPod can play it whey can't iTunes running at 2 GHz?

'Code theft trader' denied bail

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Gambling... !

Yes Gambling, but the "huge firms" are the house.

Adobe clutches chance to bury Steve Jobs 'hog' insult

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Flash may be a pig

But so is quicktime for windows. And not known for air tight security or lack of bugs.

Sun sat sends stunning solar snap

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Stupid AC

Scientists know that red light is low energy, and blue is high energy. If you heat something up it will first glow red, as it gets hotter it will shift towards blue. They are scientists not interior decorators...

Ok, who came up with the conversion... about 60,000 Kelvin, or 107,540 F?

It's ABOUT 60,000 (I expect the original said 6x10^4) you can only say something like ABOUT 100,000 as you don't know the temp to the nearest 10 degrees.

Adobe gives up on the iPhone

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The only thing worse then Flash

Is quicktime for windows. Talk about your slow, buggy pile of crap!

Nokia: digital SLRs are doomed

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The only good thing about a camera phone...

Is that you always have it. There have been lots of good news shots that only exist because of phone cameras. A crappy photo is better then no photo.

On the down side we also get stuff like www.peopleofwalmart.com

Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

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charging the public for the cards...

The cards will pay for themselves? Is he daft? The public will pay for the cards, taxes, fees, or paying for a card... it's all the same thing. The money is coming out of the public's pocket, the cards don't pay anything!

The only way the cards could pay for themselves would be if they saved as much money in other areas as they cost, and there is NO chance of that.

Google stung by more privacy complaints over Buzz

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It's not hard to find info...

Go back to the original story and click on a few of the links for other stories about Buzz. You will see stuff like...

"there's been concern from some people who thought their contacts were being made public without their knowledge (in particular the lists of people they follow, and the people following them)"

Broadband boss: 'The end of freeloading is nigh'

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Something for mega-corps

You will have one fiber connection to your house.

Your TV/Phone/internet will all come from one company so it's all their local data.

Your internet will be managed to make sure any service not coming from the mega-corp will be crap.

eBay shill bid scammer convicted

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6m Countering fraud

That is fraud that may reduce their fees (like taking the sale outside).

Fraud that affects users? Who cares, not their problem. Scams that boost the selling price? That would boost the fees too, right? Bonus!

Police send Reg hack CRB check database

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You forgot one

3. The boss got a free plasma TV delivered to his house to help him select the "right" supplier.

US gov cries foul on MPAA piracy claims

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Dead artists

How much incentive do they need to get dead artists to create?

Google to open source $124.6m video codec, says report

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Will IE _ever_ support VP8?

IE doesn't support Flash. You have to install a bloated buggy plug-in to use flash.

So even if IE has no built in support for VP8 that should be no more of a problem then flash support, just create a plug-in.

Microsoft's unveils 'social' phone for Boho hipsters

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Paris Hilton

What no flash?

How will I take photo's in low light?

Paris has been known to flash something from time to time...

Seagate preloads FreeAgent Go with 20 Paramount movies

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I expect they end up locked to one windows install by some crappy DRM system.

Apple rumored to put beefy iPad on diet

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Not a phone

Why do people keep calling the ipad a big iphone? It's not even a phone!

It's a big ipod touch.

I use a normal dumb phone to make calls, runs for about a week on a charge.

I have a jail broken touch for media, portable computer, info store...

For me a bigger ipod that still fits in my pocket would be great, the ipad is just too big for what I use the ipod for.

Unofficial Windows 7 SP1 beta stumbles onto interwebs

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Just call it marketing pack 1

As it's not a real service pack.

PDF security hole opens can of worms

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If you open an infected PDF, it can infect other PDF files that might be on a network share or that you might send to someone.

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Usless bloat

If adobe didn't stuff the PDF file format with embedded crap like video we would not have this crap. But then no one would need to spend $150 on an upgrade every year if they didn't keep putting more and more crap into the format (I'm still using V6, nothing in v9 I want).

PDF should just be an electronic version of what you would put on a piece of paper. It should not be an interactive, multimedia, dog and pony show. If I wanted to do that I'd email my invoice to customers in Flash format :P

T-Mobile bribes fanbois to trade iPhone for...Windows Mobile 6.5

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WM6.5 it is lightyears ahead of 6.1

Cheese wiz on toast is light years ahead of dog crap on a stick but I still don't want any.

Software engineer demands source of his speeding collar

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Yellow light timing

The plan to install a bunch of red light cameras in Toronto was scrapped because the province would not allow the city to shorten the yellow light enough for them to make money and the contractor quit (they were to get a cut of each ticket).

A. C. , Google "red light camera short yellow" if you think it's not a problem.

Microsoft cuts 'Series' lump from Windows Phone 7

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Has nothing to do with windows...

So they should drop that too. Call is Microsoft Phone 7.

Apple files 'in your face' iPhone patent

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something like this?


Lords: Analogue radio must die

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DAB is already out of date.

In 10 years it will be about as useful as a 10 year old computer.

Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure

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Carving up the world

"Furthermore, please _PLEASE_ sort out the cross-country licencing balls."

Why is it like that? The record labels (and movie studios) like it like that. You talk to them and they say it's because of the licence... like it's some natural law or something, well just who wrote the licence?

I live in Canada. There are no MP3s on Amazon.ca. iTunes.ca is quite limited compared to some other countries. But I can (and have) order CDs and DVDs from amazon.com, co.uk, co.jp with no problem.

What about people who live in smaller countries? Is there an iTunes or amazon mp3 store for island? How about immigrants? My co-workers looking for some music from back home don't have much luck on iTunes.ca and can't use the iTunes store from their home country... so they torrent.

So if the stupid control freak studios want people to pay for music, they should stop putting up walls and let the people who are willing to pay for music pay.

Microsoft talks up Windows 7 SP1, shy on dates

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Should be called Marketing pack 1.

But Windows 7 is more like Vista SP2, it's nothing like the Vista RTM pile of crap.

People who bought new computers and were stuck with Vista, then had to pay for an upgrade to 7 were ripped off. If you chose to buy Vista...

Microsoft, 'open' data, and the curse of open source

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IE9 lockin

IE 9 will work better with content built to open standards, but I expect it will still have lockin.

MS will include non-standard features, to get the best advantage you need to use MS development tools, MS Server(s), and IE 9 (and Windows Vista or better).

So all the corporate apps that were developed to only work with IE6 can be updated to only work with IE 9. But this time there is a much better chance that they will still work with IE 10.

Net downloads cause 'millions of lost jobs'

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The average album has 2 or 3 good tracks if your lucky. So if people buying from iTunes only buy 2 tracks and skip the filler crap that they would have got (and payed for) on a CD. That is going to cut the money they make. It's too bad that they can't make money by bundling crap and forcing people to buy it to get what they want anymore. I'm sure this "loss" makes up a good part of their decline in sales.

Now if we could just get cable TV companies to stop bundling so you only have to pay for the channels you want to watch. Lots of cable stations would go tits up and their staff out of work because no one actually watches them, they only get paid because they are in a bundle with something people do want to watch.

Muso turfed off train for 'suspicious' set list

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He was politely asked to step off the train...

Or else what? There is always at least an implied "OR".

Did they really "ask" him? I expect it was more along the lines of "Told".

Were they a couple of cop wanabe rejects? I expect so.

El Reg insults 'millions of Irish Catholics'

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Opps? Take away his Guinness and make him drink Miller Lite... That should teach him.

Crooks plant fake payment card terminals at multiple stores

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They ripped of the bank, and worse made them look like fools

If they had mugged the same number of people they would get 5-10

Toshiba BDX2000

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If you are buying a Blu-ray player you must have an HDTV. Even on a smaller set like 32" VCD would look like total crap. Should they add some more rubbish formats like Real Player too?

The only place I still see VCDs is in the bootleg shops in China town.

Giant flying pliers menace West Bromwich

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They are testing the new system to cut off internet P2P users.

Apple's draconian developer docs revealed

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It is a Computer

It's not a single purpose black box like a Camera or DVD player (though I did hack my DVD player). An iPod touch is not just an MP3/video player like a regular iPod. It can many things just by installing software of the owners choice.

Today I was having problems with interference with one of our wireless routers at work, I wanted to know what channels other networks in the building were using so I used WiFiFoFum and switched to a free channel, problem solved. Lucky my iPod is jail broken so I could still install it after Apple pulled it from the store, and read here that it was now available free.

Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

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he financial industry's lack of understanding

about how it will boost their bonus. Add that each of the partners think they should get 80% of the fees...

E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

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Usless numbers

The people who want a Kindle or Sony already have them, the I-Pad is not available so there is some "I hope it's better, the grass is greener on the other side..." effect.

'Negatively strange' antihypermatter made out of gold

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negative strangeness

Not hyper-boringness as it's still strange. You would need a strange value of zero for hyper-boringness.

I'm not sure how you would produce hyper-boringness, mixing positive strange and negative strange in an attempt to produce zero strange would likely result in a big bang and that's never boring.

LibDems score copyright coup

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Yes it is

Where did it say it was ONLY for other countries? If it's for other countries why would it say "the Court shall order the service provider to pay the copyright owner's costs". Note that there is nothing about the copyright owner paying the service providers costs if they are trying to pull a fast one.

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the Internet was never intended to be used for the purposes it's used for today.

And no laws are ever used for things it was never intended for? If terror laws can be used for dog poop what will people bend this to? How do you think a group like the Scientology nuts will use it?

I notice that you have to pay the copyright holders costs if they win, but I don't see anything about them paying if they are full of crap.

Canonical betas Ubuntu music store

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Is it the usual one region only?

UK only or US only crap they seem to like so much.

Internet Explorer 8 still not mingling well with 2,000 highly-visited sites

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How about the other end...

How many MS development tools are still producing "works best in IE" crap code.

Ballmer: One day, Bing will actually make money

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No, No No!

"The quality - both from a marketer and a user's experience - of a search engine depends heavily on the relevance of advertising"

No it depends on getting a useful response to your search on the first page.

With out a useful answer to your search there is no reason to use it. They don't come for the ads!

NatWest suffers calamitous online banking breakdown

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Not dead...

No, no! 'E's resting!

ah...probably pining for the fjords.

Parallels fondles Steve Jobs' bare metal

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It will be news

When they run Mac VMs on non Apple hardware.

US government rescinds 'leave internet alone' policy

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from transition to commercialization, from the garage to Main Street, and now, starting in 2010, the multinational corporation.

More workers poisoned by supplier for Apple, Nokia

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why anyone would use n-hexane

Same reason the put anti-freeze in cough syrup and tooth paste... to save a few cents.

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