* Posts by Tom 64

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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>" ensure that we continue to lead the world in mobile wireless services"

... someone hasn't been to east asia recently.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

>"Oh, it WAS unbiased once,"

@Big John, luckily political bias doesn't affect scientific results.

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Re: Who to trust? NSA or Kaspersky?

Neither.

*doffs tinfoil hat

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Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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Re: This has been tried before

Useful comment, thanks.

I still don't understand why I need another currency. If they simply pay me in bitcoin, I'd probably use their browser. As it is, they can take a running jump.

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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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Gravitational Lensing

>"The research team also used gravitational lensing ..."

This paragraph makes it sound like GL is a neat tool an astronomer can pull out of his box for better results.

The reality is that an astronomer cannot simply move massive galactic clusters around, and GL is likely the ONLY reason that this galaxy was observable at all.

Check your science, El Reg.

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IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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"boffin bunch"

@El Reg

Please use the correct collective noun for boffins. 'baffle'. e.g The baffle of boffins ...

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Malware

He obviously had a net connected PC, hence steam and halflife (a not inconsiderable download on a shit connection), so I wonder if the malware had a role in fingering him.

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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: In shock news today...

>"But you can buy an iPhone 5SE for £349."

True, but it is a gimped piece of garbage, which Apple will obsolete after a couple of months of ownership.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Re: tax dodging

>"Thanks withheld. They did enough damage when they were running the country."

Oh and the tories have done so much better on the economy in the last seven years? Wake up!

http://uk.businessinsider.com/uk-economy-q1-gdp-third-estimate-brexit-2017-6

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>"AWS took a large loss on this?"

Nope, they simply have economy of scale and don't pay any tax. Not even to Uncle Sam.

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tax dodging

indeed.

HRMC, a tax-payer funded government department for the purposes of collecting tax, is paying a tax-dodging foreign company for their IT needs over a British one, who have been pushed into bankruptcy. Welcome to Tory Britain.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Oooooh, really?!?!?

> "Microsoft also like copies of any files that crash any of their software, along with the memory dumps."

They must have a lot of copies of their own software sent back to themselves then.

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FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

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Trouble is,

both apple and their customers stick their fingers in their ears and scream 'LA LA LA, CANT HEAR YOU' whenever anyone mentions security issues with their kit.

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Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

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Pissing into the wind

I can't see how the kit makers in China could be arsed with this, and don't expect regulation to fix this. Theresa May and the Brexiteers are happily burning those books.

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Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

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Re: Weed

>"Too bad. There are rules, and there are consequences for breaking those rules."

I was under the impression that in space, since you are at least going to be 200 miles from any national soil that maritime law applies.

I'm not sure it says diddly squat about what you can smoke.

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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>"fast gusts of solar wind"

Why did I read this as 'fast guffs of solar wind'? ...

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Gun, meet foot.

What's now to differentiate between Ubuntu and Fedora, which works very nicely with weyland?

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: Cheaters will cheat as Crackers will crack

>"Its likely to screw-up and bork games".

This.

Games dev's wont be too hasty jumping on-board with this particular feature. Who wants more Microsoft lock-in?

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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

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Quantum Bigfoots

I was working in a PC build shop around the time these were in general availability. We had to RMA sooo many of them because they were unreliable garbage. The contemporary 3.5" models were way better.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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> "but the real magic of the movie is that it invites the viewer to discover the question after the end of the movie ... that's real movie making."

I'm betting the new one ends in an obvious cliff hanger.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: The Home Office

>"All she has to do is type Google into Google"

I'm willing to wager she has tried this.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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That price

>"Price has been set at £69.99/$69.99/€79.99"

So there it is, dollar/pound parity. Thanks Tories.

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Cluster coordinator Kubernetes claims crisp care clip

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Been a user for a while

When it breaks, because of the large amount of abstraction involved, it can be very difficult to diagnose the issue or get help.

That said, I'm sold, and will be advocating it to others. It solves a lot of time-consuming problems.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: And its only Windows 10?

> "Real men use wget."

Look at you with your dandy tool. Engineers browse with curl.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

> "a thousand quid on a phone"

this.

I could buy a car for that price. A fast car which would probably last 5 years if not 10.

I know where I'd rather spend the dosh.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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FAIL

> "reads your face and works even if you grow a beard, wears glasses, or otherwise alter your appearance."

Or, unless they have fixed it, someone else holds a photo of you in front of the lens.

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Re: One word springs to mind

Hmm, a shower you say? I think I lost one of those in my beard in the 1980's

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Paris Hilton inflates crypto bubble some more, backs Initial Coin Offering

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Re: Live Operational Virtual Environments Meets and Greets 50 Shades of Grey Zerodays

You know it's garbage when the whitepaper makes less sense than amanfrommars

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Well if it is an alien communication beacon or propulsion system, they've fucked up. I imagine they have cooked themselves with it quite nicely, along with everything else in their galaxy.

That's the kind of engineering screw up that would make both captain Picard and his number one facepalm.

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Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

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Re: water has a 'dissolved gas' capacity

> "/me points out that this is why warm soda/beer goes flat, but cold soda/beer retains its fizz."

And I'd like to point out that proper beer is served at room temperature and never has any of that gassy crap in it in the first place.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Re: Yeah...

I have the regular XPS13 (which cant flip over). Great laptop, but also has a very difficult-to-open hinge.

You'll have more luck prizing open clams and mussels. To be fair that is just about it's only fault.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

Indeed. Always enjoy flying on 747s, it always feels like an occasion. I've yet to try the airbus A380, but the modern 777s flying now are a little dull by comparison.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: aesthetics

I don't get why it needs to be aesthetically pleasing at all. Marketing I suspect.

The instant a compromise is made for aesthetics over safety would make it a spacesuit I wouldn't want to touch with someone elses.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: Motorway median

Also I thought there was a reason for the gap between lanes. It's to stop moving metal objects from colliding with unpleasant consequences.

I can't imagine what will happen when you fill a gap between moving metal objects with more moving metal objects.

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: well..

Kind of curious why it has ROB painted on it?

Is he the glaswegian graffiti artist who snuck on board or what?

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US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

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Black Helicopters

'murica

The definition of 'collateral damage' in the american english dictionary is 'that stuff that needs sweeping under the carpet'

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Re: Ocean ridges

> "I suspect most ..."

Given that your suspicion does not represent any measurable data at all, you wont mind if we feel free to roundly reject your hypotheses completely, will you? Possibly with added ridicule?

There's a good chap.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Been playing with it,

and it's decent. but the fact you can't push jobs into the background is a deal breaker and I still need to use a fedora virtual machine for some serious dev work.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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Clever

Pity the output is grammatically incorrect.

</pedantry>

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ive GOT A TOLISCAPE

I see what you did there, very clever

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Re: The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

>"Public Key encryption exists and will never cease to exist - but we have elected idiots who continually exhibit their stupidity."

I'm pretty sure at least one smart person advising the home office knows this, but they don't care and want the power anyway.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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>"And yet I still encounter websites that refuse to display anything unless I install Adobe Flash first!"

Suggest you stay away from those clown porn sites, no good can come of it.

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It's doubtfull Adobe will want to open source this

.. and I can only begin to imagine the horrors lurking within.

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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Re: Never mind the dawgs!

<quote>I'm far more afraid of my government than I ever will be of supposed "terrorists".</quote>

I hate to be a pedant but your spelling needs to be corrected. You spelled misgovernment wrong.

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Re: Has it been that long..

> "time for a revisit me thinks."

It absolutely is. I have a Ryzen and it is great. Better yet, I didn't have to give any money to intel (direcly anyway).

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Re: Grats

Indeed. Intel have been optimising their business for maximum shareholder value recently, screwing their customers and stalling innovation and investment.

I can't imagine Intel's share price going anywhere but down from here.

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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

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Been a user for a while

Yes it has systemd and yes, it's corporate sponsored, but fedora just works, and works well, especially for developer boxes.

You really can churn it out and f*#k off early for a pint with fedora.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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I already consider diesel socially unacceptable

It stinks, its dirty, the fumes are toxic and the dust carcinogenic. The sooner we get this shit out of our cities, the better.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

Prime Minister Corbyn will sort all this nonsense out. ;)

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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The 'F' designated processors with a UPI socket on the processor package are particularly interesting.

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