* Posts by Tom 7

4758 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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Re: One wonders ...

By the time we have the technology to chase it we will be able to give it a going over from afar. I would imagine a moon base alfalfa (they will be growing their own) will be able to give it a fairly hefty whack with a laser or three and get a good idea of its make-up. Chasing it and attempting to land might prove a little more expensive and not much more illuminating.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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I've got an old colour dot matrix

Its and old Brother (probably so old its a first born male) and just for interest I just plugged it in to an old linux box (parallel ports are a rarity these days!) and booted it into a Ubu 12 and it worked! Well I think it worked - I may have to make my own ribbons. I was intrigued to see maybe 20 other printers piled up in the corner that have infinitely less moving parts and yet have lived and died since I got the brother.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Be worried, be very worried!

Most of the people I worked with excelled at adult level computer games and struggled in real life situations.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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@Martin Summers

Putting it on fuel has its problems. Apart from pushing the price up and encouraging further fuel cleansing to avoid tax - you'd be amazed how people come down to my remote farm to try and steal red diesel for just that purpose. Also smuggling is easy - most foreign truckers coming to this country have extra large tanks already to avoid having to re-fuel here and any excess can often be bought from returning truckers.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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If they dont buy it up

can they leave it open to the public. I'm sure we could make a useful alternative to ADSL and FTTP without all those accountants and advisers expecting a cut from inventing a business case.

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TensorFlow lightens up to land on smartmobes, then embed everywhere

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Does this mean we can do AI on phones

and not have the data sent to google?

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576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

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Re: Open data!

I'm going to have to get a bigger monitor to use that as background. Though with my ADSL I'll have time to save up!

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Re: WTF?

Oh and a happy 60th to Fortran while were about it!

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BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

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a switch from RPI to CPI

It already has - ISTR a letter informing me of that a couple of years ago.

I believe the goverment keeps trying to get the courts to allow it to back out of its promise to underwrite the whole of the pension that I and many others were promised at the time.

Love the tories dislike of legal contracts.

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Re: There are already so many other ways to plug this fiscal hole.

Damn - you just reminded me of when I worked at Martlesham Heath Robinson. We had nice bar (for entertaining guests honest) and they used to do a fantastic pint of Adnams there from time to time.

I do miss the Friday afternoon tutorials where we used to share our cutting edge research amongst the group members after a couple of postprandials.

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Re: bollocks

Or perhaps they shouldn't have taken pension holidays when they stopped contributing their promised contribution to the pension funds so they could give it to shareholders and artificially and illegally* raised the share price.

* in any sane world.

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Re: There are two problems with using sewers for networking

When I worked for BT ISTR plenty of cables being severed by other people digging up the roads for their own services. And the submarine cables used to get eaten by Sharks.

If I was putting cable in a sewer I think the best place for it would be along the roof and so long as you dont leave the ladders in the rats aren't going anywhere near that.

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Re: Huge ripple (Mmm! chocolate)

They're not ripples - they're bow waves from the plancs.

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Re: whoops!

No points - but I'd imagine there is a market for the video in Germany.

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Re: Surf's up!

Never ever surf something that travels at the speed of light. It takes no time to get anywhere so the only thrill you get is when you wipe out at infinity and try and work out how to get home.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Re: I have a butt ugly laptop

I know - but I have friends who have the coolest thinnest laptops. They have to put them on risers when using them on the desk to avoid getting RSI. And carry them around in protective cases to prevent them snapping in a gust of wind.

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Re: Translation :

I regularly redecorate the whole house to match the burn marks at my workstation where my latest physical pi coding has been successful.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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May or may not contain sausage.

will produce fat rolls.

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Gift cards are valid for 12 months.

Which is coincidentally they amount of time before any self respecting bacteria will wait before mutating into something that can eat a Greggs.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: encountering just 1.5 times Earth gravity

But it doesnt say that does it?

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encountering just 1.5 times Earth gravity

Where TF does it do that?

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Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

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Gym setting!

"One of the “headline” features is support for larger memory limits on x86_64 hardware. The release increases the hard limits to 128PiB of virtual address space and 4PiB of physical address space, up from 256TiB of virtual address space and 64TiB of physical address space."

Wonder if that will fit in your pocket?

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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

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Re: Isn't Wifi/5G a viable and cheaper option

You may find this hard to believe but those who dont have fibre generally dont have 3g let alone 5g. I'm on 2Mb and cannot recieve 2G here.

Its due to the laws of physics - they wont open their wallet until the government had opened theirs first.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Its a small step from

conning people into believing that the items advertised at you are chosen because you'll like them rather than the advertiser has paid to get rid of the tut.

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Re: How far

"That, and the fact that they are pretty much subsidizing all the rides with the billions they have raised with VCs."

Just because they dont pay any tax on profits does not mean there are not profits and it does not mean they are not healthy profits. Just not here by some quantum accounting definition of 'here'.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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RE: Suddenly the 3d printed plastic gun is no longer the problem....

Given the quality of some cast metal things these days I'd never use a printed gun. Either I've been bitten by a radioactive body builder or its Fe56 has developed a short half life,

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Re: The only people getting any benefit...

Blakey House.

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Re: Tanenbaum?

Operating Systems Design and Implementation - got an old version. Very good book - toying with getting a newer version when my time expansion machine starts working fulltime - currently only works when the kids watch Strickenly.

Distributed Operating Systems was cool too.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: Why is this news?

I'd advise telling your doctor about the lesions though.

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Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

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One of the side effects of science

or rather the use of 'ideal' situations that we can understand more easily than practical solutions.

I've always worried about the use of 1as for marking distance - the caveat on 1as being a standard luminosity is that they dont rotate too fast - and the normal method of creation is accretion from a nearby star which will inevitably lead to incredibly high spins - possibly in the region where the pressure in the dwarf is reduced allowing far more matter to be accreted before detonation.

I should add that the recent gravity wave detection supports the use of 1as from mergers.

But assuming spheres is always going to cause problems in the busy realms of space.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Improvised Marketing Term to defend the defence industry.

Why dont they just call these things bombs or mines. What's all this "improvised this that and the other" bollocks? They even call them that when they're made from shells we've sold them.

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Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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Fake mewls.

NT

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Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

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Re: Barley

There are some surprisingly well thought out theories that suggest that the making of beer is what brought man to civilisation - the complexity of the process was well rewarded by the end result and accidentally kicked off all sorts of shit.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Re: BT Sport

I hate football so I cant watch sport - having to pay for football via sky before I can have the privilege of paying for something I want. And now my fucking phone line and broadband are subsidising overpaid brownian motion. I'd go somewhere else but the all have to piggy back of these morons.

And just to rub it in I cant even get BT sport down my piece of wet string.

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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The thing about algorithms

is they largely fall out of the data. So with luck we can re-create the algorithms elsewhere. Or will this get patented too?

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Re: My car doesn't decide where it should go... I do...

There's a large city in China where a company access all the road video cameras and can predict traffic 10 minutes in advance and reduce congestion by 90% by texting people (it knows who is driving the cars too!!) to advise them to take alternate routes to prevent congestion. Your personal preference may be for sitting in a queue inhaling diesel fumes but I'm guessing you're in the minority.

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Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Warra crap headline

All those birthday candles wouldnt illuminate a pixel here once a million years.

I demand a new entry into the reg measurement guidelines - a 'Boris' perhaps - the light seen from a candle 14 billion light years away.

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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Re: I hate to be "that guy", but...

Ah that explains Radio 1.

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Who needs OR?

We really need to get the word out about projects like this, B4RN, Airband.co.uk and any others to either help share the technology and scare the crap out of BT and co.

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Re: Openreach marketing

Alan Brown. I've had similar but this was just replacing shit copper that had got wet with more shit copper.

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Remote?

5 Km from Tiverton?

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Far too overreaching in their expectations.

Sheep only need to be able to discriminate between green (edible) and black (already eaten).

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Never ever do that.

A single dram of a whisky you dont know is like a single line of a poem - probably unenlightening. Some times you will be delighted by the tastes but sometimes it takes a few more to 'understand' the complexities of the drink,

I'd imagine no-ones favourite album made sense the first time they heard it.

Having said that - shame the pretentious twat got his money back - he could have learned a useful life lesson.

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Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

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Re: Poor build quality to blame ?

I think they could have made them even worse - they only need to last two weeks which seems to be the maximum time it takes people to get bored posting how many step/calories/wanks they've burnt up on farcbook.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Re: The H450s in Afghanistan didn't have to deal with dragons.

Or perhaps the drones are having trouble with drones!

I remember many happy hours hill walking in Wales where throwing a rock off a cliff could easily have taken out a state of the art fighter and can easily imagine some photographer enjoying the freedom of the hill to take a sweeping drone shot of a valley and being a victim pauli's exclusion principle.

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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WTF

WTF WTF WTF!!

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UK industry bods: Re-train ONE MEEELLION manufacturing workers to deal with new tech

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Re: Training?

Its what managers dont have and think everyone else shouldn't have either.

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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Re: Apple Care +

I wonder if it should not be covered by the standard EU 2 year guarantee - given the failure will be part of what can only be described as due to normal use.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Beware break failure.

Ashley the runway would just result in Cornwall, Sea. Though you may be able to lean it and still get to Faro faster than by plane.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Hobbyist

When I was a kid you could go into a hardware store and buy everything you needed to make (say) a go-cart.Now the only way to make a go-cart is to buy one and hope you can take it apart - you wont be able to without breaking some irreplaceable part.

When I was a kid you could pop into the local electrical store and buy everything to make a radio except the marquetry fascia which you could get from the hardware store or toy shop.

I have looked at getting involved in maker spaces and things and making a raspberry pi controlled on-line conveyor belt thingy for filling orders for small projects so the cheapest way to make stuff is not to deconstruct flow-soldered equipment.

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