* Posts by Tom 7

5219 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: 3D Printers

Recycled chocolate? No thanks,

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Re: 'Give us money'

I is now going to build a fume cabinet for mine. Could take up chemistry as well!

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Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Re: I like all Christmas trees

Until the flue glazes shut!

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Re: I come to Bury St Edmunds...

Oh beehive.

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Re: Goodness

I look forward to the coming storms blowing it to bits.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: Similar thing with SGI

Optimising benchmarks is easy tho - a good optimise will remove all non-useful code and just print out the names of the test and a very small number.

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Re: Not just assembly. Vax

I remember, while trying to teach myself C on our 780 deciding to have a crack at getting Small C up and running on it for shits and giggles as they say. Good way to learn about how computers work - and how beer does too!

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Laugh at Abbot all you want

but I think almost everyone on here works for people who have minimal computing experience and only escape this sort of embarrassment because people like you work for them,

The government seems happy to pay massive consultancy fees to get worse than a good hack, Social engineering on a much higher level than this.

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European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money

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Re: Paying tax?

I reckon it could be 10 or 20 years before the infrastructures of the world collapse to the point where people start realising what a good idea tax is, and then they can charge us for the privilege of re-inventing it.

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It would be nice if we could have a global agreement

so we can play whack-a-mole with any governments that look like they might be thinking this is a good idea.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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TBF running the trains better is one thing Clippy could do!

NT but a replacement bus service the other way.

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Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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Re: Could be worse

In space no one can hear you making meringue!

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Re: In Russia...

presumably they too the time to make it the red screen of death too!

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Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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It is not my hardware after all

and it never will be!

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GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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Re: When the kids own IT at home is better than the Sh*t they have at school

And if you have something better its not allowed on the net at school.

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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@boltar and unions

Unions could be shit in the 70s. Some of those strikes were almost as damaging as the British Management,

Brilliant idea by thatcher to stop the unions damaging business by closing those businesses.

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The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Old is good

"The frame of the gate is part of the gate and doesn't swing." No, but it certainly bounces around when the gate slams shut in a strong breeze.

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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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I wonder if the sails are intact?

I'd love to see if they could sail into the wind. Many claim you had to wait for lateen sails to do so but if you check out the Bayeaux needlework thingy those sails must have had some advantage over the standard square rigs.

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Re: Wood floats...

I float. Fill me with a few amphorae of wine though...

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: RiscOS really was magnificent but...

Run it on the single core zero then! I have a copy of the version that was released for the Pi 'originally' and its gobsmackingly fast compared to Raspbian. It seems to run like a dream on the Zero but the apps were few and far between. I really wished someone would put the GNU developer stack on it and now it seems my dream may come true.

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Re: out of curiosity

Ignoring trace elements is not a good idea - carbon steel is a completely different beast to iron and only has 2% carbon in it. Could easily account for the fudge!

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Re: ""Who owns the intellectual property and responsibility of a bot contribution: "

I'd assume the one accepting the patch would have a peek at the changes and have some clue as to what is going on.

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NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

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Re: Scheduling...

Re extending their stay up their to 500 days. Not nice to have jelly bones when you do come back though is it?

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NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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If we extrapolate from the directions they were pointing in when they failed

will we find an alien craft?

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300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Re: Barrister BS

@spazturtle. What do you mean we didnt pay in enough to get the contribution we are demanding? The one we are legally entitled to according to the contracts we and BT signed? This is not the pensioners fault.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Restoring EDBs...

We had trouble with Exchange Server 4.5. I remember running some DB repair program that took 4 or 5 hours to scan the DB half a dozen times to get it into a state that Exchange Server was happy to load.

I was pissing about with some VB for some web app and discovered VB would allow you to dump a whole exchange DB and read everyone's emails and I think I could have used that to rebuild a corrupted DB better than the MS repair program but never have the courage to try it in action. Some nice reading while repairing the DB mind.

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NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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Painful headline for geeks.

exahertz ray telescope becomes ex-ray.

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Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: Any Closer to Halloween

Its from the play that shall not be named so pretty much anytime of year would be appropriate - except GCSEs I guess.

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Re: Nystagmus is hard to fix 340 miles up

I can get laser gyros for toy aircraft. I'd imagine the lifetime on those could be made rather long with a little effort.

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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OCTV

DFTFY.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: Heaters are the bane of our lives

"Those 3A fused sockets are a total pain. Why can't they just use decently rated cable ?"

Accountants. That way they save £30 on the building budget. The fact the maintenance budget goes off scale is someone else's problem.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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25TeV? Thats nothing!

Those of use who remember nylon sheets know this to be insignificant compared with the voltage generated by a couple wrestling in a bed adorned with satans satin. An electron from one of those can hurl the human body across a room if it impinges on the nether regions!

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30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: Space Shuttle - Pop Culture Favorite

The Young Ones would like to argue with you!

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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I found one in my accounts

While doing the annual sums for the tax avoidance I found a receipt for a 256G card. It took me months to find it. When I had finally stopped looking for it I decided to bore the kids to death with a computing demo and found the bloody thing stuck in the back of the tv while trying to use it as an extra large monitor.

So I could have recorded the golf after all!

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Python lovers, here's a library that will help you master AI as a newbie

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Re: this has some potential

There's already tensorflow on the Pi and on a Pi3B+ with a heatsink it can run the 'starter' Mnist train and verify in under 10min IIRC.

I've seen a PiZero doing realtime object recognition on a pretrained model using the RaspberryPi camera.

My only objection to this addition to the AI collection is saying its somehow easier to program in than say tensorflow. I'd bet all they are doing is just pre-setting some parameters that you will want to vary later so its not really any easier than tensorflow.

And if you really want to master AI Weka takes a shit load of beating given you dont have to write a single line of code as the GUI can be used to set just about anything.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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I'm getting to the point now

where my phone and laptop will not have any useful information on them when travelling (or even be passworded). They will be vpned back into life from my own server on arrival at a safe pub.

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Re: Mission Creep

One of the few ways to get to Antandectica.

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NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Tis but a scratch!

I'm well impressed with this old technology. My cars not keen to go anywhere if there's an unneeded bulb out.

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Re: For @#&% Sake,

Painful Document Format.

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Free for every Reg reader – and everyone else, too: Arm Cortex-M CPUs for Xilinx FPGAs

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Re: risc-v fears?

They're only giving them away free for the Xilinx stuff - that would be at levels where the accountancy/licensing cost probably exceed the revenue. But if they can help you get started then when you go custom they get a share of that.

I wonder if you can get 8 Arm cores and highways on a Artix7 gate array for less than a production equivalent though?

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Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

I believe you could run Unix on a Z80 with a little bit of work - this one is not Unix but shows it could probably be done http://www.symbos.de/

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Not so much static

but we had a GEC 4000 (as used to run Prestel) and that used to fall over if there was a lightning strike within 30 miles or so. In the days before the internet people used to be impressed by our weather forecasting abilities as we'd pop out for an early lunch on a sunny day with a seemingly unnecessary coat.

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Cracking stuff

I worked as a chip designer for a while and towards the end of that MBAs started imposing their 'business practices' to technology. In order to reduce static damage to chips as MOSFETS are particularly succeptable due to static from uman ands going down the lead to the chip pad onto the teeny weeny gate of a transistor the voltage resulting is inverse to the size of pad so bigger pads mean lower voltages so MBA decides minimum pad size for all chips designed here.

Now as our group was making ultra fast (for then) ECL the pad size imposed meant that our chips could not work - simply driving them at the speeds we were going at would take more current than the leads could carry! And ECL doesnt normally suffer from static problems.

It took several meetings and threats of violence before we got an 'exception' so we could make chips that would work.

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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We have the technology and the standards

but they'll still fuck it up.

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Re: Ok, so it's a typo ...

Not sure but I think I may have drunk a lot of that at Uni.

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Oh FFS

Either 'I cant work out how life started on a warm wet chemical rich earth so it must have formed in cold barren space' or 'it was somehow created on another warm wet chemical rich planet and was somehow blasted into space in a way that somehow preserved the life from the massive acceleration required to do so to travel across space unaffected by radiation or time and magically land on earth without burning up in the atmosphere or suffering massive deceleration that regularly causes shocks that can shatter quarts let alone the remaining life in the missile!

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Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Given the GPU does all the work

then you just need a CPU that can feed it the data and a power supply that can keep it crunching. So you could probably get away with around £150 for the host PC so I'd more than halve that.

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WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: Detail under pressure

You missed the most important detail:

Motivation.

Something sadly missing in a lot of today's work environments,

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@phlebas

I think this is another US myth, as is the 2 year one. The 3 weapons detonated during the war exhausted the stocks of fissile material available, The next test wasn't until July 46 by which time Russia would have probably taken over most of Europe by then as, in all honesty, Russia's weapons production had reached such phenomenal levels that there was no stopping them.

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: 6 point plan?

A six point plan is one point short of being able to do anything about the problem at hand. I've found that point 7) Before you start get promoted to a level where you are actually allowed to actually see all the data you will be transferring.

Nothing harder than trying to verify shifting data and associated semantics when you cannot verify that certain activities* are outside your purview.

*when I say activities this includes fiddles that people quite high up never expected to be uncovered so an addendum to point 7 would be "I dont want the whole place to close down and all my friends to lose their jobs when most of the board are locked up so a decent reference and I'll be on my way if you dont clean up your act because the next one who tries to sort your IT may not be so generous.

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