* Posts by Symon

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Valley VC sues blogger after sex pest claims, discovers writer is a male tech biz rival

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Re: Ummm ...

I agree with Nick.

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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

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Re: "There is never a case when RAID5 is the best choice, ever!"

"Nonsense fearmongering"

Bollocks, read the link and do the maths. And do not use RAID5.

http://www.smbitjournal.com/2012/05/when-no-redundancy-is-more-reliable/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/raidfail-dont-use-raid-5-on-small-arrays/

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"There is never a case when RAID5 is the best choice, ever!"

"very often, your data is safer on a single hard drive than it is on a RAID5 array."

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8306499

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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There was (is?) an antique dealer in Plymouth called Robin Bastard.

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Re: Ivor Baddick

Good kit.

http://www.waynekerrtest.com/

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

Re: Water as a primary coolant. No. To drive the turbines, yes.

If you're designing a fission reactor to make energy, rather than one to make plutonium for the military (as most historical plants do) then you want a fast reactor, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_fast_reactor

These reactors are inherently safe, burn up almost all of the fuel and you can throw in any spare nuclear waste you want shot of. So, you wanna use sodium as the coolant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium-cooled_fast_reactor#Sodium_as_a_coolant

There's enough uranium in seawater to keep these plants going until the sun explodes.

http://tmtfree.hd.free.fr/albums/files/TMTisFree/Documents/Energy/Breeder_reactors_A_renewable_energy_source_pad11983cohen.pdf

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Re: A Few Observations

There's no helium shortage*. What's more, your suggested manufacturing method is a very expensive way to get hold of some. Even this might be better...

http://thunderbirds.wikia.com/wiki/Sun_Probe/Episode_Guide

*https://www.wired.com/2016/06/dire-helium-shortage-vastly-inflated/

Back from when The Register was good:-

"stop us all worrying about running out of resources"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/22/time_worstall_register_summer_lecture/

Bring back 'Time Worstal'!

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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O no

While my keister gently weeps.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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"backwards bike"

"In the middle of the 20th century, an Austrian professor turned a man's eyesight exactly upside-down. After a short time, the man took this completely in his stride."

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/nov/12/improbable-research-seeing-upside-down

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Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

"they don't seem to understand its actual meaning"

It's a black fly in your Chardonnay.

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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

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I'll leave this here.

rdiff-backup

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: I see your invite and raise you, moiety ...

"Why does it seem that folks around here seem absolutely rabid to take a poke at religion?"

It's because a lot of people believe that, rather than a benign bit of fun, religion can be harmful. For sure, no-one is going to mind people going along every Sunday for a bit of a sing-song and getting together with friends. The problem for folks on here, I suspect, is when religions start espousing things that are harmful, for example the Pope and his condoms ban spreading AIDS across Africa, or Islamic preachers claiming that measles vaccines are an American anti-Muslim plot.

Anyway, I take your point that there's a polite way to criticise religion, as this example from the 'Portadown news' shows. It was written in Northern Ireland, a province riven into two populations, one of which believes in transubstantiation, and another that doubts it.

'Jesus votes DUP' - claim

by our religious affairs correspondent, Helen Brimstone

Jesus would vote DUP claims Ken Elliot, High Priest at Portadown's Bethany First Presbyterian Church. The controversial claim was made during Mr Elliot's Sunday sermon.

"The signs are clear, to the righteous," screamed Mr Elliot from his pulpit. "Jesus was unemployed, lived with his mum, hung around with his mates all day talking politics, and was always getting into trouble with the Romans. Clearly he was a DUP supporter."

However a spokesperson for the Electoral Commission has denied Mr Elliot's claims. "Mr Christ has been removed from the voting register," she told us, "as he has been dead for 1,972 years."

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@Aynon. When you refer to a god, there's no capital letter. When you refer to God, then there is, and He'll know if you get it wrong.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: Only a British would use a ZX spectrum for music...

' whiny vocals' Blasphemy! As Noel Gallagher said:-

“Me and my missus, we were at the Coachella festival a couple of years ago [2012] and Radiohead were headlining. We were like, ‘Right, let’s give them one more chance. Let’s go and see them.’ Beautiful, sunny night. We walked out through the crowd as they came on, and they were playing this post-techno: ‘de-de de de’. We were a bit pissed. Fucking great. And then he started singing. No. Not for us. We’re party people.”

He also said, “I’m aware that Radiohead have never had a fucking bad review. I reckon if Thom Yorke fucking shit into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in fucking Mojo. I’m aware of that.”

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

Seaworms, from expanded Dune, whatever that is...

http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Seaworm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandworms_of_Dune

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Re: Ugh. Timeghost...

"You Spin Me Round" by "Dead or Alive"

Or "Dead" as they're now known.

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@AndrueC, actually 900ms. cf. GMT, UTC & UT1.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Mean_Time

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

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Trolley problem.

I expect James T. Kirk would solve it and prevent all deaths. Maybe on the third attempt.

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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

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Through the barricades

https://lwn.net/Articles/283161/

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: 2 Wrongs make a right here I think

How can you respect someone while ridiculing their views? You can acknowledge their right to have their views, but your don't have to keep on respecting them. Especially when wells are going dry, worms are growing in babies eyes, and the ceiling in the Vatican is made of gold.

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Re: Easy Beat Gold Eggs

"they come in six-packs"

Apart from the excellent double entendre, that reminds me of Paul Calf. He was trying to give up smoking and masturbation. He found it difficult, because he's a 20-a-day man. And he smokes like a chimney.

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Re: Jesus Christ!

Kinda related...

Q. What's Jebus's favourite gun?

A. A nail gun.

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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

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Re: "Look forward no longer, it's getting there..."

Thanks for the integrated circuit fabrication lesson, although perhaps I should've mentioned that I've worked in that field. You were the one that mentioned 'one atom thick oxide layers', and any fule no that can't be done with silicon dioxide. (Not Silicon Oxide*) It consists of two types of atoms in a three-dimensional lattice. It can't be one atom thick.

"Also, your post shows that you're intelligent, but not experienced. "

Whoosh! https://youtu.be/RbTUTNenvCY

It's perfectly possible (with a little teamwork) to make three dimensional computers today that can perform incredible amounts of processing without overheating. The modern ones use about 20W. You've got one, I imagine, and you'll find it between your ears. That's a proper 3-D processor, and you'll note that it has advanced liquid cooling built into the structure. Quite a marvel! As for applying that to stacks of integrated silicon circuits, here's something similar that "some grad student has, eventually, managed to produce" a paper about.

http://nanoheat.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/A80.pdf

p.s. * "you don't parse English quite as well as you think you do" Yeah, I wasn't happy with that opening sentence myself, and I gratefully accept the rebuke. In my defence, at least I know that chemical elements are not proper nouns. Oh, and "it's ready"! xx

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Re: "Not a reason to rush out and buy more Intel shares, though."

Look forward no longer, it's getting there...

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-team-oxide-semiconductor-atom-thick.html

Also, your post shows that you're intelligent, but not experienced. Your pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking. Three dimensional devices Khan shrink things further.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-dimensional_integrated_circuit

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: a septic tank is small

@Etatdame

Apparently, in the U.S., cesspits are called holding tanks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesspit#Holding_tank

A septic talk has an outlet for fluids. Depending on how careful you are with what you flush down the bog, a septic tank needs 'shit sucking' from every few months, to > 20 years. If Auntie Ruby comes to visit, make sure the jam rags go in a bin.

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Re: Welcome to the UK

"The land was probably owned by a member of the council anyway"

Say no more, now it all makes sense.

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Re: Nice story, bro.

"the facilities guys allowed a data center guy to ascend a ladder with a blow torch ... and we all know that that's going to happen when all kinds of things freeze over."

So, athough:-

"There is a common misconception that ladders and stepladders are banned, but this is not the case. There are many situations where a ladder is the most suitable equipment for working at height."

I think that in this case:-

"Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height."

means this was a health and safety fail.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf

FWIW, I reckon that most of these stories are, if not totally made up, significantly embellished over the years of being re-told. Pictures, or it never happened.

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Re: Welcome to the UK

@Nick.

Is this in the UK? The council in England where I live have something called 'building inspectors'. These folks make sure that everything meets the building control regulations. They take a special interest in small scale sewage treatment building works. There's no way a system with an uphill outflow could get signed off where I live.

Also, compared to a cesspit, which is sealed and is designed to be emptied on a regular basis, a septic tank is small. It would take a matter of a few days to fill up. So, your office would have been emptying it once a week. The shit sucking people would have dobbed you in to the council, for sure.

Hence, I'm very septical of your story.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Older vehicles.

"Sure, but what about the loon who slams into you when they're taking their vintage 2002 Renault Clio out for a spin?"

Fit "old painless" to your autonomous car. Problem obliterated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalanx_CIWS

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

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Re: Umm...

"1. Machines were vulnerable. Due to no investment."

Nope. They were vulnerable due to enormous investment. Unfortunately, by the NSA.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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"from the Beoing 777"

If only it was a Beoing plane. It would've bounced back up into the sky.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Re: Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

@HB, yep, including, IMO, the whole systemd stuff, which I don't believe you want anywhere near a server. I suggest you try FreeBSD.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Afrika bore holes

"Even Africa" I think you mean, "even the sahara".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Man-Made_River

Amazingly enough, this aquifer was not found by dowsing. It was found by oil exploration. By real geologists.

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ZK. How many controlled scientific tests have you successfully completed? You just too late to claim your $1m.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Million_Dollar_Paranormal_Challenge

Unless, of course, you're a charlatan.

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YAO, methinks you underestimate the strength of the placebo effect. Remember those Obecalp your were prescribed as a kid?

"If you were a sick Londoner in the late 18th Century several treatment options were open to you. By no means the cheapest of these was to go along to a little shop on Leicester Square, hand over five guineas and receive a pair of pointy metal rods that would suck the disease from your body.

These instruments were called Perkins Tractors, after their American inventor Elisha Perkins, who claimed George Washington as a customer. They worked, it was said, because they were made of special alloys.

But in 1799 the renowned physician John Haygarth decided to test whether they really worked, and at the same time perform a scientific examination of "that faculty of the mind, that is denominated the Imagination". He organised a trial at a hospital in which five people suffering chronic rheumatism were treated with replica wooden tractors. "All five patients, except one, assured us that their pain was relieved," he reported. "One felt his knee warmer, and he could walk much better, as he shewed us with great satisfaction. One was easier for nine hours, and till he went to bed, when the pain returned. One had a tingling sensation for two hours."

When the "real" metal tractors were used on the second day, they had much the same effect as the fake ones. "Such is the wonderful force of the Imagination!" mused Haygarth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34572482

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Re: Seems difficult to accept

"Our closest neighbor is the Centauri system,"

Not for much longer! This bugger is on it's way...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliese_710

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

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"that Levandowski left Wamyo with a storage device"

Perhaps he found it after someone left it in the back of a taxi?

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FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Re: If you need NAS software do yourself a favour and try...

I AGREE WITH caps lock.

WTF is a NAS doing hosting virtual machines?

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

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" all the celebrity chefs are fake"

Pretty sure Floyd was genuinely pissed the whole time.

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At least you won't find a hair in your soup.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: WTF!?

"introduce compulsory termination of life at a certain age "

Do I get to run off with Jenny Agutter instead?

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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She's been watching Stewart Lee on the 2005 London Al-Qaeda bombings:-

“Who are they, these inhuman bombers that strike at the very heart of our society with no respect for human life, without even the courtesy of a perfunctory warning? It makes you nostalgic, doesn’t it, for the good old days of the IRA. ’Cause they gave warnings, didn’t they? They were gentleman bombers, the finest terrorists this country’s ever had. We’ll not see their like again. Let’s have a little clap for the IRA . . . ’Cause the IRA, they were decent British terrorists. They didn’t want to be British. But they were. And, as such, they couldn’t help but embody some fundamentally decent British values”.

https://youtu.be/nwkEEqXT3uQ

p.s. They might have started off as 'freedom fighters', but in the end, the IRA turned into a cigarette smuggling operation. To the point where, in Ulster, you'd better not give up smoking, or it'll be bad for your health.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ira+cigarette+smuggling

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Re: Tunguska

"30,000 year old cometary breakup"

Age of solar system, 4.6 billion years ∴ 30,000 year old collision = new.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Dying from radiation by going to Mars.

https://youtu.be/2sdlUad38xU

Sundance Kid: I can't swim.

Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

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Re: Bah!

The reason that the Russian stuff can land on land, as it were, is because the launch sites are far inland. If something goes wrong, there's the possibility of a abort landing, which will be on land. The US launches mainly over the sea, so the reverse applies.

What's more, Soyuz can land on the water, if you know what I mean. Check out Soyuz 23 which splashed down in a lake. And then sank. It took nine hours to get the thing out, and the cosmonauts emerged 11 hours after splashdown, a little chilly, but alive and well.

The Russians have pretty good access to the sea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladivostok#Port

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