* Posts by Tom 38

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Warning: This post contains pedantry

How is it a documentary, when it has someone playing the role of the person being documented?

This has to be either a dramatisation of a true story, or a reconstruction... it cannot be a documentary.

Still going to watch it :D

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

However I seem to remember from a previous reg article that the wholesale price Openreach charge for line rental is only about £8 pm. Average line rental price from all vendors is about £17-20 even paying in advance so they are making a nice mark-up on that, no wonder some of them offer 'free' broadband.

BT use the increase in line rental revenue to cross subsidise their foray into TV and especially sports broadcasting. They aren't allowed to milk the broadband aspect of things, so they make it all on the line rental.

It's scum of the earth behaviour.

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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Re: Another major change no one is asking for

I've written a boatload of programs using Xlib and various extension libraries over the years. The API isn't the best but I've seen a lot worse and anyone using higher level libraries such as gtk or qt doesn't even have to care about the quirks of X. So your point is BS.

People writing Qt or GTK or Compiz do have to care about it. X is changing precisely because the people writing X and writing the primary toolkits that use X want it to change.

No, there is no choice if the other pram has been sent to the recycle and isn't an option. Ever tried installing X from scratch? Its damn hard. And pointing out that a replacement for a major core component of linux doesn't have the same functionality as its predecessor is not "whining", its a legitimate complaint. If you think everyone who disagrees with you is whining then you're in for some big shocks in life. Do yourself a favour and grow up you dumb Millennial

Yes, I have installed X from scratch - many times. You're not required to run Wayland, its an option. You're not required to run Fedora, its an option. Wailing how all your toys have been taken away from you if you choose that option is whining like a little baby. I don't think you are whining because you disagree with me, but because how you are complaining about it is portraying you as a whining little baby.

PS: Not a millennial, personally I grew up a long time ago. One of the crowning characteristics of millennials is their excessive entitlement issues. You might not consider yourself a millennial, but you act like it.

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Re: Another major change no one is asking for

Thing is boltar, this change isn't made for you, it is made for the people writing and maintaining X and applications using X. They don't like it. They want to do different things. They went and did different things.

This isn't revolutionary, X has been wanted to be rewritten by the people who write and maintain X since before Xorg even existed. In fact, the existence of Xorg was a necessary step before replacing the parts of X that needed replacing, splitting the monolith into smaller packages.

So, you don't need to use this new stuff. You can do almost whatever the hell you want; the one thing you can't do is wail and cry because the feature you want is not in the new stuff; the people interested in writing the new stuff are not interested in that feature. They aren't particularly interested in what you want. They rewrote it because of what they want.

You've already been annoyed by someone saying "go off and write it if you want it"; it's not necessary to go that far, simply find other people who are interested in the feature that you want and go from there. Continue using X if you so desire.

Just stop whining like a little child; your toys are still in your pram, this is a new pram that you can choose to put your toys in. Or not. Whatever. Just stop whining.

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I haven't [..] had any apps that won't work.

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I like to use Redshift or f.lux to tint-shift my screen at night as I find that much easier on my eyes. Neither application seems to work under Wayland

Er.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Road site test?

"Whoops, here's me accident'ly trippin' up, oo, dis is me grabbin' a statchoo for support, oh, der arm have come right off.. and what is dis white powder I sees here with my eyes accident'ly spillin' on der floor?"

He licked a finger and gingerly tasted the stuff. "Slab," he growled..

"Did I just lick dis?" he said

"Er, yes.." said Carrot

"T'ank goodness for dat, 'd hate to believe dis room was really fully of giant hairy spide.... weeble weeble sclup..."

Aaah, if only our police were still like the City Watch :/

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Nice to see...

Oh do fuck off... nothing has happened yet and the biggest damage to the brit economy is from doommongers like you saying how everything is shit when strictly speaking NOTHING has happened yet.

As you say, we've actually *done* nothing so far, but that hasn't stopped things happening. Food inflation is through the roof compared to the previous 7 years, and we haven't even actually even committed to leaving yet.

The best analogy I heard is that the brexit vote was like jumping off a tall building - people are saying "This isn't so bad", but we haven't yet hit the ground.

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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Re: .mkv

Matroska is amazing, which is why its the gold standard for how videos are stored and delivered over the internet.....

...except it isn't, content creators/distributors tend to use one of MP4, MOV, or MPEG2 TS. The only place where matroska does have some ubiquity is in scene releases, and even there more and more things are coming in mp4.

Seems to me that ties in perfectly with xkcd; the ISO standard that specifies the MP4 file format predates the creation of the matroska spec, but there were reasons why people didn't want to use MP4 (licensing) that made creating a new standard a good idea, and now we have two standards...

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Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

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Re: I must be missing something

NAND SSD to NAND SSD copy speed was 284MBytes/sec while the OPTANE SSD to OPTANE SSD copy speed was 1.93GBytes/sec.

I suspect manufactured numbers there (by Intel), because that would be the slowest SSD I've ever seen. Good PCI-E/M2 SSDs (as they are basically the same thing) have read speeds >2 GB/s and write of 1.5 GB/s.

It would be interesting (and I guess we will see soon enough when they actually start shipping them) to see comparisons with equivalent devices; if they're saying an Optane M2 with PCI-E is faster than SSD, it should be compared against an SSD connected over M2/PCI-E.

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Re: I must be missing something

Big fucking whoop, you can just use DRAM or an SSD for that. For this to be good, it's got to be either cheaper than SSD and available in higher capacities, or vastly faster. This is neither.

What is revolutionary/interesting about a 32GB cache module that performs at the same level as an SSD?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: I really don't see the point

The point is that a bland, more expensive, harder to prepare, powder that must be shaken into a gloop isn't a replacement for those things. Even if you're time poor there are better choices.

More expensive? TFA says between £1.30 and £1.60 a meal. I'm about to pop out and buy a sandwich, salad or hotpot for lunch, which will cost between £4 and £8. Dinner tonight is a diet M&S ready meal and some fresh veg, £4.

Harder to prepare? Measure, pour, shake well, drink. Fetching and retrieving the sandwich takes at least 15 minutes, queuing up in M&S at least 5.

"Bland gloop" - I'll give you that one.

The main thing I have against these sorts of food replacements is that they will never be an adequate replacement for food, so eventually you will go back to a food diet. Eating this stuff will not help you develop a healthy food diet, so when you do switch back you will overeat and eat the wrong things.

Me and a friend both were trying to lose weight at the same time, we each lost between 30-50kg, me slightly more than him. He lost it by switching to SlimFast for all meals, I lost it by changing my diet to salads and low fat/low carb/low GI foods and reducing portion size. He has subsequently put everything back on after switching back to food (he literally went straight back to Greggs for breakfast and lunch..).

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Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum

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Re: But even a basic MongoDBA

DBA? Please, probably most of these installations were done by a single developer using the company AWS account and never looked at again.

Woo, DevOps!

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Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia

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Marketing people who don't know cockney rhyming slang

Stick it up yer Aris!

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: Now now...

Let's get real. This country of mine (USA) also does influence peddling as well. Hell, we even attempt to influence elections (mostly with rhetoric, but ...).

Ahahahaahahahahahaha! You make a funny!

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Re: legitimate/illegitimate

You missed the [2] link to the footnote in the main text.

If only he had re-read it first.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Re: Low blood sugar

You would have to be seriously mismanage your condition (& badly affect your health) to always be suffering out of healthy range blood sugar issues.

Well duh, he has type 2 diabetes. You don't get type 2 diabetes without your doctor first saying "Hey buddy, if you don't change your diet and start taking care of your health, in a few years time you will get type 2 diabetes".

These kind of people aren't going to be great at managing a condition via diet that they caused by being unable to manage their diet.

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Eating Brotli will improve Edge's inner health says Microsoft

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I don't know why they didn't just go with ".brötli" as the extension. We should be well past 8+3/unicode limitations, this isn't the 90s.

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Re: 'MURICA! FUCK YEAH! (4 Grade%)

There were Americans at Rourke's Drift?

Military timezones

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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In what universe does "Fucking a human to death" not come under the definition of Rule 1 - "injury through action" (or inaction, depending on position I suppose).

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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The first DVD movies were mainly double sided, this was back when many players (or perhaps it was manufacturing?) couldn't process dual layer, you would have double sided single layer discs, commonly called "flippers". Annoying as hell to get up and turn the disc over, plus there was very few marks on the disc itself to see what the movie was in the first place.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

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Get real – it's not all about developers and DevOps

How did this sneak past QC?! This is undermining a solid year of indoctrination, quick pull it before anyone else sees.

Next you're going to be posting that HPE haven't done anything interesting in the past two hours or something actually readable about storage - enough of this craziness!

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Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

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@Antron

I also hope the workers win. However:

This is not about hiring talent that's unavailable in the US. This is not about becoming more globally competitive. This is about the bottom line.

I'm sorry, but if you're a US company, you should go the extra bit to hire and train US workers, if at all possible. If you make your money of US customers, you should be hiring US workers. Firing your US staff and importing cheap H1-Bs is just giving a big middle finger to the country you make your money off of.

The country is giving this opportunity to them, it is state sponsored. Not taking advantage of it is really giving the middle finger to the country. If the country doesn't like companies using H1-Bs, then the country shouldn't give them out.

Also, companies are not people. They do not have humanity, compassion, ethical thoughts. The best you can hope for is that the people working for the company have those qualities, but never expect that a company will do so.

Companies employ entire departments of people to protect the company from its own employees, you should always expect that a company will do whatever is in it's best interest, not your own.

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

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Re: 4.10 later than 4.9?

Because semver? Standards are useful.

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Re: Since when cooking a Christmas Dinner is via a point and click interface?

Whereas with the CLI you just need to remember it's

$ sudo dinner -make -serve -washup type=xmas_lunch

You shouldn't make the dinner as root, you should make it as an unprivileged user and only switch privileges when it is time to serve it.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: Mix of google/facebook

I would read Iain Zombie Banks as much as I liked reading Iain M Banks

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Silver screen script hacker and dox douche gets 5 years in US cooler

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WTF?

DHS for stolen movie scripts?

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Mine's the one with the asbestos lining

I actually quite like Adam Sandler movies - his last film was Waterboy, right?

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Software can be more secure, says NIST, and we think we know how

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Re: Start by actually writing your own code!

It could also be totally WRONG, which is the point. You're placing your trust in a third party; that third party can betray you, intentionally or not. Ever heard the phrase, "If you want something done right..."

Nah, BS. If you code to a library and the library is shit, you can replace it. Better still, you have a fixed interface between your code and the library code making it explicitly clear what has to be replaced.

PS:

In software development, the full phrase is "If you want something done right use the same library that everyone else uses for doing that and don't dick around re-implementing it yourself".

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Re: Start by actually writing your own code!

I would argue the exact opposite. Using a library means taking code that has been designed to do a purpose and using it for that purpose. The library will have a clear and sensible API to achieve the goal you are attempting (and if it doesn't, don't use that library, use another or adjust your mentality).

NIH is more of a problem to be honest. With NIH you get the same problems with wrapper libraries, except there is no well thought out interface there at all, and each wrapper of NIH code makes it increasingly more difficult to debug and determine what is happening. Worst, each wrapper will probably not be self contained in its own library, but inter-coupled with other code in your project.

Also, as the author of more than one wrapper library myself, the purpose of a wrapper library is to take a complex and powerful library API and condense it to the point where it does the few things you need the library to do in a concise and clear manner. It makes writing code simpler whilst using the power of the original library.

For instance, I have an application that has to sign, verify, decrypt and encrypt XML documents in a bunch of places. I wrote a small wrapper library around libxmlsec1 which provides the API needed by our application without needing to go in to the nitty gritty of how to make those calls solely using libxmlsec1. In fact, this is a great example as libxmlsec1 is itself actually a wrapper around openssl and libxml2.

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Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

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Facepalm

A few months back, Comcast "upgraded" and "improved" Xfinity web applications, which never before had the "benefits" of Flash.

Chillax, the use of Flash is just temporary whilst they get the Silverlight version fully working.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Disappointed

All these posts, and not one mention of "Go Fuck Yourself, San Diego".

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: VPN sales are going to skyrocket around the world.

Actually I go to Shanghai quite regularly, and don't fancy getting honeypotted by some charming young woman from the CPC who happens to know all my predilections...

Actually scratch that, sounds pretty good.

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Re: VPN sales are going to skyrocket around the world.

Opera comes with integrated unlimited free VPN - you just tick the box in browser settings thereby rendering this legislation pointless.

Hmm, giving all my browsing information to the UK government vs giving all my browsing information to the Chinese government, decisions, decisions

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Re: FTTP vs FTTC

BT are currently going through every possible avenue to rely solely on copper, because it is "good enough" for "enough" people. They are spending a lot of money on g.fast and FTTC, because that maximises their profits.

The investment doesn't come from thin air; mostly it came from us, either as subscribers or taxpayers. Should our investment go to propping up BT's profitability, or should we be investing in a fit for purpose network that improves the productivity and efficiency of the country.

It's like we are filling a lake by walking backwards and forwards to the river with a cup, and being pleased that we can now rent a larger cup, when we need to build an aqueduct. Building an aqueduct is not that appealing if you are the biggest cup rental company.

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Re: FTTP vs FTTC

Well bully for you, but have you considered that not everyone lives as close to their cabinet as you do? My parents have suffered with less than 2 Mbps for years, but now are "blessed" enough now to get FTTC - they now get 9 Mbps.

Obviously better than 2, but still not even what our new USO will be. Was it really worth spending money upgrading rural areas to FTTC when the "solution" is not actually solving anything?

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Re: Be careful what you wish for!

Ofcom requires 999 to work in the event of a power cut to the premises. POTS does this by having the pairs powered from the switch. How do we manage this with FTTP?

I have choice of BT FTTP or Hyperoptic FTTP, the BT FTTP has a battery backup unit attached to the optical modem.

Hyperoptic aren't required to provide USO, so their "phone line" option is a VOIP router with no BBU.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Re: Same thing here.

The account data is leaked to the public. Everyone involved -bank and customers- is named an shamed, and prosecuted/heavily fined for tax evasion. Politicians involved get the boot.

Check out what happened to Hervé Falciani; after he leaked account data from HSBC in Switzerland, the Swiss sentenced him to 10 years in prison

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Bloody software...

worst of all [I] have an MBA

Master of Business Administration or MacBook Air?

Admittedly, both are pretty shameful

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Baby... Bathwater?

Some of them, sure. Lucene is a single process kind of library though, and it is plenty fast enough.

I am/was being a bit disingenuous however - the one thing they all these high performance Java applications have in common is that they have no GUI. Java GUIs suck very very badly in performance terms, which makes ignorant people think that Java sucks very very badly in performance terms.

I don't mind; it's dead handy seeing who the ignorant people are.

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Re: Baby... Bathwater?

Now ask yourself why no one writes a high-performance program in something like Java.

So things like Hadoop, Solr, Lucene, Hive, Pig, Spark, Sqoop....

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HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

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Re: OnePlus pricing

A good chunk of that is due to the change in £:$ rate though. OnePlus 2 at launch was £290 / $399. This OnePlus 3T is $439, but £399 - the dollar price has gone up by just $40, but the sterling cost has gone up £109.

Make Britain Great Again!

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Units

Assuming I've got my maths right, Lake Superior is approximately 38,535 Windermeres

Superior = 12,100 x 10^9 m³

Windermere = 314 x 10^6 m³

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: What are people doing that needs fibre?

As someone with lovely symmetric gigabit fibre (thank you hyperoptic), mostly what I'm doing with the connection is sweet FA. Every time I think of something to do on it, one click and it is already done. Its good.

For work it is good. I can be video conferencing with clear picture and no dropouts, regardless of what other people in the house are doing - gaming, streaming or torrents just don't affect it.

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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Re: The market for used phones is exploding

If the market for used phones is exploding, does that mean that Samsung is cornering the market?

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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I understand basic analysis just fine, but I also understand that people do not all move at the same speed, urgency or efficiency. Nor can you always get on the first available train.

The error bars on transit time through the stations are sufficient to make it mostly not possible to identify the route a user takes. With your simplistic basic analysis, you cannot tell if someone took a slower route, had to wait for a train with enough space to board, requires assistance walking...

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You use your card and start at point A and go to point B with a start and end time. [...] You can quite easily combine the above with train and tube times to work out the route take.

Utter bollocks.

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Re: Why are they measuring?

What they want to know is how users are transiting the network. Currently, they could see a user got in to the underground in Liverpool St and got out at Paddington, but they have no idea whether they took "Circle Line clockwise", "Circle Line anti-clockwise", "Hammersmith and City", "Central to Oxford Circus, then Bakerloo", "Central to Notting Hill Gate then District", "Circle to KX, Piccadily to Earls Court, Circle to Paddington" (wouldn't recommend that one)...

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Drawbridge

*QUICKLY*! *PORT*! *THEIR*! *WINDOWS*! *APPLICATION*! *FOR*! *LINUX*!!!

At some point bob, your brain is going to explode from all this random excitement that you feel for seemingly almost anything.

I don't mind, I just want to point out that I'm not cleaning it up.

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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

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Oppo

Love my OnePlus2, their only problem is that its good enough that I'm not remotely interested in a OnePlus3

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re: CFCM?

First find the definition for CFNM, that should make CFCM understandable.

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