* Posts by Gordon 10

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Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

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Hmmm playing both sides?

Not sure I like those scientists temporising over the limits of these new/improved sources of sequestration.

If they don't understand what they are how can they begin to know wether they are limited and to what timescale that limit works on. If that timescale is small yup we're in doodoo for this particular feedback mechanism only. If that timescale is geologically long then we are in clover. Repeat for the limits of each known or unknown sequestration mechanism.

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

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Re: The root cause of all of this mess?

Only AC's could get away with commentardlyness.

Any true Reg commentard knows that Thatcher was just the pendulum swinging the other way in response to madness that produced Leyland Cars and the Winter of Discontent.

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IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

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How do BMC equate to

"deliver capabilities 100% successfully every time"

Having used their products all I can say is HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Old-timer Odyssey to babysit Curiosity's Mars landing

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Does oddyssey have a camera?

How else are we gonna get a picture of the mushroom cloud that starts an interstellar war as our "sky crane" lander goes titsup?

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CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

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Re: Relax...@ Big Yin

1) We are, as a species, dead. The environment is so loopy that we can't grow enough food and die off. On the scale of "Bad things" that's up around eleventy-billion. It's really is not good.

Oh really? How exactly? Or are you making a wild overstatement? If only 10% of the worlds population lives near enough to sea level to be killed by a 10 METER rise (disclaimer wikipedia) then the other 90% are all right. Lets be pessimistic and suggest extreme weather pattersn and their impacts will kill another 40%.

Will it be a global disaster - on the individual level absolutely - will it be the end of our species - NO!

You do realise the the human race has be brought to the brink faster before than any climate change can possibly act - and survived - See black death, flu pandemics etc. Yet Im willing to be we are spending a fraction of the money on pandemic research that we are spending on climate change and its various costs.

Lets just keep some perspective eh?

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LOHAN acquires mighty igniter arsenal

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Re: Careful with all those explosives!

Am I the only one wondering how it got to Spain and whether it broke any export rules?

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

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Re: Is there an end point?

Big Fleas have little fleas,

upon their backs to bite them.

Little fleas have smaller fleas,

and so on ad infinitum.

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Yes, yes, the Olympics are near. But what'll happen to its IT afterwards?

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Re: I smell some sport!

Ooohhh bitter much?

I could point out that the sailing is in Weymouth, the rowing in Erin and there are events in Manchester and Brum.

But no doubt your choking on so much bile it's making you blind and deaf as well as dumb.

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Ice island snaps off Greenland: Just a fifth the size of 1962 whopper

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Is Lewis unwell?

He missed the chance to wind up the AGW-ists.

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Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software

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Blatantly wrong operating model

Was it not obvious to G4S that the requirements of maintaining continual security for 2 months of Games are completely different from getting a few staff for a gig or a festival over 1-3 days?

With their stupid model they would need between 12k-15k of people on their books and still could not be guaranteed 100% cover.

I presume they were aiming to profit by paying day rates rather than 2 month contracts.

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UK snoop system had 1,000 COCKUPS - including 2 duff cuffs

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Hate to say this

But I think thats actually quite a reasonable number of errors.

Gotta be better than most other civil service error rates.

Still doesnt justify the powers imo though. Just means we cant legitimately use the rate of errors against them.

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Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?

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WTF?

How come

Spotify is allowed to pay such a pittance? Are the Spotify rights specified differently in the standard industry contract?

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Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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Re: Who wrote this tripe?

Some good points.

What is it about cable tv operators that leads them to take on huge levels of debt? It's not as if they are a real utility.

Is there any cable co in the Europe actually expanding their use base by cabling up new areas or are they all owned by VC's whose only skill is convincing banks to help them start leveraged buyouts?

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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More Gibbering

So Apple dont make good enterprise apps. Dont think we can argue with that.

Newsflash Matt this does not equal iPad is no good for enterprise. There are plenty good enterprise apps for the iPad from Third Parties that let the ipad do well in its niche which is BYOD, Note taking, and very basic office functionality.

iPad as a desktop/laptop replacement - errr Matt nobody sane said it was (not even Apple). Whether the surface is it will take 2-3 years to find out.

In short more inconsistent Matt Asay rambling.

Seriously do you even try to write a coherent article any more?

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WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks $$$

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Re: Although I am against censorship from governments and nation states...

The point wasnt that it was one Company (Visa) its was *ALL* of them.

At the very least thats Cartel behaviour.

Off all the shenanigans around Wikileaks and Asshat (most of which I have mixed feelings about) - this is the one incontrovertible wrong that was done. It was Censorship by economic means with no due process.

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Move over Raspberry Pi, give kids a Radio Ham Pi - minister

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Re: Not as good idea as it sounds...

I had one or two of them. From Tandy I recall.

Basically you had components with terminals ending in springs, and shitloads of wires you used to connect them up by pushing between the spring coils.

They were great fun until you dislodged a wire and couldnt remember where it came from.

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Asteroid miners to strap 'scopes to new Virgin Galactic rocket

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Re: Surely?

The mass of the entire asteroid belt is estimated at approx 4% of the mass of the moon. (disclaimer - from wikipedia). Therefore we could move the whole belt here and still have pretty minor impact.

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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

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Can see it now

Ba staff: Mr Smith I presume, can I just ask you to drop your keks so I can check you have that birthmark I saw in your nudey prod pics online.

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UK.gov to clear way for Britain's first SPACEPORT

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Meh regulation

Typical politico's whats needed to kick start any UK based spacesport is a lack of regulation not more of it.

Take an out of the way part of the country - say Wales or Norfolk. Designate 20 sq miles as prime spaceport land. Repeal the health and safety legislation in the spaceport. Repeal any VAT, Income or Import duties on space based activties located there - and watch the companies flood in. Offer relocation incentives and employment quotas for the local slackjaws.

Best of all - since there is virtually no space industry in the uk apart from Surrey Satelites investment would flood in and again since there are vritually no players in this space already no Tax income is lost.

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LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016

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Re: Another Plasma Fanboy

Ermm two flaws :

The average consumer doesn't give a shit about black levels as long as its vaguely dark.

The average consumer is far too lazy to run a reset utility.

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Re: So that's it then?

Are you for real? There has been more change in screen technology in the last 15 years as in the previous 50. Given that most of the manufacturing processes are now fairly closely related to chip making techniques there is no reason to suppose we won't be seeing a "moores law" of TV for the foreseeable future.

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Megaupload's founder downloads on Hollywood

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I agree

except for one key point. Regardless of whether we are in the real world or on the internet one thing still applies - Due Process.

In the Dotcom case due process is being used to punish a suspect - which is pitchfork and torches justice.

In the Assange case he is wiggling like a worm on a hook trying to avoid it.

So in reality the cases are at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

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Re: Good to see…

By doing stuff I presume you mean "profiting partnering with our media allies".

Lets drop the pretence Wikeleaks isnt in it for the cash please - it got old long ago. They may do some good but thats almost secondary.

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Re: Oh that'll frighten them

Do you have any grasp of reality?

There is a huge difference between us believing that atrocities being committed and email evidence that backs it up.

Just surmise a second that there is an email from Al-Assad ordering massacres - if you dont think thats important you are a muppet.

Not that I think there is - but Im sure there will be plenty of circumstancial evidence for when his Hague trial starts in 2020.

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: prescrption glasses

Thats exactly what I would expect. The incoming view would be translated through a software lens to correct whatever the viewers eyesight issue is. Wouldnt be at all surprised to discover that software models of vision issues already exist.

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NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

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Re: I still can't believe man's arrogance.

You are partially wrong and partially right. In a infinite universe ootentially anything can happen. In chemical reactions for any given combination of conditions there are a finite set of results and even less that would lead to life as we understand it. A great example is increased solar and cosmic radiation than we get tends to smash and damage the complex molecules that lead to life. Is life still possible under these conditions? Possibly but unlikely.

Therefore on that basis we more accurately say that based on our current understanding of chemistry the changes of life arising are slim.

I dont think its arrogance - just more like forgetfulness and failure to state things in terms of probabilities.

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Re: .....?

yes - but only as much as requiring pretty much every one who has done national service to keep their rifles in the cupboard does.

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Android Trojan leaves 100,000 users out of pocket

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Poor analogy

People have been aware of the risks of getting mugged since caveman times and have adapted behaviours to mitigate.

This is more akin to someone leaving the pin pad uncovered or letting a waiter walk off with your credit card. Its something for which the social and technological measures have not yet evolved to adequately deal with and where if some more thought had been given up front the risk could have been further mitigated.

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Ten budget inkjet printers

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Re: hp ink does not last long

I have exactly the same problem.

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They are all shit

And filled with hidden booby traps

Epson and canons nozzles block.

Kodak ink is cheap but rest of print mechanism dies.

HP expensive ink and insanely bloated and nagging drivers.

In short expect to be screwed one way or another.

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NatWest seeks volunteers to bonk with their iPhones

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Re: iPhones

Errr - did it occur to you that because of the sheer size of the installed userbase even the geeks with iphones (who are willing to play with NFC) out number the geeks of any other single phone model regardless of anything else. Can you name any other single phone (or pair of phones) that comes close to the installed user base of the iphone.

(Actually I can) - probably any 2 newish models of the BB but can you really see hoodies or corporates using pay by bonk (with their own money.)

Although I think BB are missing a trick here. A NFC partnership with Amex would almost immediately allow them to regain their relevance in the corporate world - especially if it went one stage further and allowed pay by PIN for > £20.

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

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In fairness I think the correct description is ignorant border guards regardless of nationality. Along with Traffic wardens I think they are some kind human subspecies who hate us "alphas"

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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Huh

I really don't understand why they continue to peddle this shite.

Bin it and if they really must dabble in PC OSes do it with Android.

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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What if

The dust is still there but we cannot see it.?

For example if say Sunspot activity or some other output from the star was exciting the dust to emit IR and now its not?

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

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In reality

Most if not all of those interested in YouViews features will have a FreeSat or Freeview Box/Telly today anyway - and those mostly will not have wireless just a lan port. So likely lots of them will already have powerline today.

(He says goading the nearest Ham with his homeplug av kit )

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Users enraged by Cisco's cloudy 'upgrade' to Linksys routers

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huh?

Dear Geniuses at Cisco,

Did you ever consider the fact that I might want to properly administrate *my* router whilst it was not connected to the internet?

At least have the decency to ensure any cloud admin functionality is duplicated locally with the settings kept in sync.

regards

Angry Punter.

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: Bullpat @JDX

Rubbish.

Since intel dont publish their reliability test stats you dont know whether the 2.5 Ghz is a marketing limit or an engineering limit. History has shown that with the low-mid range limit its generally the latter, with Intel having better yields than demand at that particular frequency & price point so they downsell better chips.

You also need to remember that the price of cpu's has very little to do with the cost of manufacturing and testing at a base level and is all about charging what the market will bear at a particular price point.

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Engineering tolerances <> Marketing "tolerances" Generally where Intel are concerned the same physical chip is used at multiple marketing price points coz their yields are generally so good. So those of us who OC like the idea of getting something for nothing.

Additionally I guarantee you that OC'ers will

a) Know their TDP rating off the top of thier head.

b) Be running temp monitoring utilities such as speed fan over and above what the bios provides.

All in all an OC'er will have an idea their PC is going tits up long before the average joe.

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Re: Overclocking mularkey?

again - you just dont get it. No overclocker I have ever met gets "angry" because their machine crashes more often. They accept thats part of the risk - and minimise it with extensive testing.

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Re: They will hate you anyway so tell about cheapo RAM next

You dont really get overclockers do you?

Most overclockers :

a) Know and accept the risks they run.

b) Spend hours on testing (prime95 and memtest etc) until a stable configuration is reached.

c) backup backup backup.

Indeed lots of us do it just for the lulz - not particularly for some 500 fps magic number. Even for those of use that have some specific performance goals - we still are happy with a trade off between performance and stability.

Lets face it how often have we all seen a standard windows machine crash - pretty damn often.

* Overclocking since the Celery 300a and proud of it. I personally have overclocked specifically to up the performance of my handbrake mkv conversions - and it works quite nicely thanks.

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BMW, Toyota to build fuel cells for sports cars

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Why on earth

Would BMW want toyota diesel engines? Aren't the current BMW ones superior? Given that BMW regularly tops the MPG leagues with its diesels what do the toyotas do that the BMW's can't?

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FileMaker Bento 4

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Was that a review?

It told me absolutely nothing about how Bento works and what I might use it for.

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Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

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Re: I used to think

I would rate them higher on the awesome scale if they had told the US to bog off in the first place.

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Menage á tablet: Apple vs Amazon vs Google

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Love this speculation

So we are talking about 3 tablets only 1 of which we actually know exists.

I would guess the best sign of an Apple 7 incher is that if LCD production lines are suddenly mysteriously tied up.

For my bet - The 9.8" ipad will go All retina dropping the £329 ipad 2 and replacing it with a 7 incher.

Shame really having owned both a 2 and 3 - I would say my own personal sweet spot is a 2. The lovelyness of the screen doesnt make up for the weight/thickness and increased charging time the battery needs. I know we are talking grams and millimeters here but on a tactile level the different is marked. Although just to prove contrary a 3 battery with a 2 screen would also tempt me.

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AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

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Re: What exactly...

Indeed. It doesn't even give the price of the intel part which dispute being only 2 real cores seems to outperform the Amd on processor tasks.

Some tdp data for the intel would not have gone amiss either.

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HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

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Realistically HP are on to a loser.

Even suppose they win on the contract issue there is nothing stopping Oracle from forking the Db feature set so that Itanic (I love that name too) gets sloppy seconds.

And even if Oracle don't do that there could be plenty of queued bug fixes and performance tweaks that just sit in the request queue.

Rightly or wrongly HP Itanic is staring down the gun barrel on this one.

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Apple iPhone turns five this Friday

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Re: Stock App

Indeed - now its a ticker isn the notification center I check daily to see what madness has stricken the ftse today.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: In the 80s

Indeed I cant see EA's forthcoming "Syndicate Wars : Patent Attorney" selling that well.

Although Apples use of a persuadertron on the USTPO and the Judiciary would explain a lot of things....

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69,000 sign petition to save TV-linker O'Dwyer from US extradition

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Extradition?

For copyright offences?

What next - littering?

Insanity.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

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Typical Asay gibberish

BRIC markets are not app saturated - Android is cheap - therefore BRIC is a source of App revenue growth.

Followed immediately by Android App makers find it much harder to monetise than iOS. (but the magic FOSS fairies will fix this some how.)

Contradiction much?

Honestly his pieces have moved on from blinkered to completely and utterly inconsistent within the same article.

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