* Posts by Symon

1968 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: Remnant of the 1980s

@Soruk.

If your ATX PSU 'blew up' by itself, then it was badly designed, I suspect.

3.1.5. Catastrophic Failure Protection

Should a component failure occur, the power supply should not exhibit any of the following:

• Flame

• Excessive smoke

• Charred PCB

• Fused PCB conductor

• Startling noise

• Emission of molten material

http://www.formfactors.org/developer/specs/atx12v%20psdg2.01.pdf

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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Shitbottle.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVYpztvWoAAs2us.jpg

https://youtu.be/TvHlD7Lg5x0

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Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

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Re: How they could spot a Mars rock in Oman?

"Very interesting places to visit and travel around, though."

Just be careful not to upset the local Stasi.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128190-200-meteorite-hunter-my-two-months-in-an-omani-jail/

p.s. WTF? "I understand you have an unusual habit. What is it?

I’ve eaten a small piece of every moon rock and Mars rock that I have purchased or found. After all, not many people can say they have eaten a piece of the moon. And I know for a fact that numerous scientists have done the same."

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Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

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Teams are plural in the UK. (mainly)

Arsenal are Red,

Chelsea are Blue.

Most poems rhyme,

but this one doesn't.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Here you go:-

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/jun/09/what-information-am-i-obliged-to-give-to-a-policeman

Basically, plod needs reasonable suspicion, e.g. wearing a loud shirt in a built up area.

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"allowed police to identify a driver following a pursuit"

What offence do you commit by following a police chase?

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Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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Re: Surely the necessary comparison

That'd be fuckin' awesome, to use the vermicular.

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It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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It might be "a long way off " but it's coming.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: And sometimes the flood is concrete

Eats, shoots and leaves.

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Re: Keep stuff off the floor

Here's the best example I know of 'keep stuff off the floor'.

https://news.usc.edu/86362/fukushima-disaster-was-preventable-new-study-finds/

If the diesel generators were on the roof, none of the subsequent evacuation etc. would have been necessary, and they would still have four perfectly serviceable power plants.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Do DMCAs work on the Pirate Bay?

Yo ho ho, me hearties!

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Over emotional

Did you have the burger with guacamule?

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Re: Kudos on the headline

That's no Russian; that's Rigsby.

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Re: Can't sell it, the battery's old and tired.

"go very far away from the sun, then use a negligible Δv to bring the angular momentum to zero, and then fall into the [heart of the] sun."

That's what Pink Floyd did, I reckon.

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Re: Academics

Let's have some music in here, Boiler.

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IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

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Be very wary of " 'Time To Talk' mental wellbeing day" type stuff. If a group of people are attending, it's very hard to tailor the counselling properly, and can end up doing more harm than good.

"People seeking therapy should always talk to a practitioner who provides good quality treatment that’s appropriate to their needs. Because research shows that even the innocuous-sounding “talking therapies” (essentially counselling and psychotherapy) can be harmful for some when they’re unsuitable."

http://theconversation.com/talking-therapies-can-harm-too-heres-what-to-look-out-for-27433

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Re: Bad Behaviour has Always Been There

This is the kind of politician...

https://youtu.be/k9b7wmRsy9g

...who will be greatly missed.

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Re: History of fibre optics.

"this I think is a hyperbole."

Nope.

https://www.thoughtco.com/number-of-atoms-in-the-universe-603795

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Re: FTTP

There are already building regulations covering the premises. Maybe new legislation could make it mandatory to connect the building with fibre.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/high-speed-electronic-communications-networks-approved-document-r

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Bollocks. Passive optical networks still share a single fibre from the central office's OLT to multiple ONUs in customer premises. So, there's still bandwidth contention between subscribers. The capacity of the final mile is higher, but the fibre to the cabinet from the CO is the same in FTTC systems as in FTTP. In FTTP the 'cabinet' can be a box on a pole, and doesn't need power, it simply splits the light (say) 64 ways to 64 different consumers. Hence 'passive'. e.g.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/KHwAAOSwZQRYhX-F/s-l500.jpg

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History of fibre optics.

It's very interesting, your man Charles Kao won 50% of the Nobel prize for physics in 2009.

"In 1965, the best fibers had attenuation of 1000 decibels per kilometer; their goal was 20 decibels per kilometer. Twenty decibels is a factor of 100; lose 20 decibels and you have one percent of the original light left. A thousand decibels is 10¹⁰⁰; lose a thousand decibels and you have only 1/10¹⁰⁰ of the original light. Actually, you have no light, because you lost it all long ago. That drop in intensity is worse than starting with the mass of the whole universe and ending up with one atom."

If you really look at it, I was trying to sell a dream... There was very little I could put in concrete to tell these people it was really real. —Charles K. Kao

The book's called "City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics". filetype:pdf

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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My favourite pizza story was when Sophia Loren was on Graham Norton's chat show. They made a call to a bloke in Italy who was flogging 'Sophia Loren pizza'. Turns out it was called that because it had a lot on top.

https://www.theplace2.ru/archive/sophia_loren/img/tumblr_nejmi056wz1s2xmjxo1_1280.jpg

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The place I used to work at had a pretty good subsidised canteen for lunch. The new chef started offering more exotic dishes. Someone complained that they should stop serving up that foreign muck, and serve proper English dishes. Like lasagne.

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Re: To Paraphrase Zaphod Beeblebrox

We went on a trip to Cyprus and found a 'Chindian' restaurant. You can mix'n'match. Sweet and sour chicken tikka balls, etc.

https://www.google.com/maps/@34.8535765,32.3756954,3a,75y,242.9h,98.72t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAF1QipPM945rd1YaFxjAF4ONbEEBXNMm5eMkedgi7yjU!2e10!3e11!7i5376!8i2688

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Re: it’s the first Sunday of February, which would make it the fifth this year.

East Fife 4, Forfar 5.

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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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Before buying a dildo you should think long and hard.

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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So, if you ever get caught using the disabled lav when you shouldn't, when questioned, just reply "WHAT?" to every question.

Monkey dust anyone?

https://youtu.be/lP1lpzvfrgA?t=982

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What about my emotional support chainsaw?

25th Jul 2008, 01:07

From Private Eye's 'Funny Old World' this issue:

"Sir, My brother-in-law recently went through security at Auckland domestic airport, and witnessed a passenger having to fish out her nail scissors from her handbag and leave them behind. He passed through security, then boarded his plane.

After being seated, he realised that he could smell petrol. He knew that you shouldn't be able to smell petrol on a plane, because planes don't use petrol. The smell got worse, and eventually he attracted the attention of one of the flight attendants, who started to look around to see where it was coming from. After a short search of the overhead compartments, the attendant found a chainsaw in a bag that was leaking petrol into the compartment.

The plane was delayed while the owner was identified, and the chainsaw was removed and put with the main luggage. The owner of the chainsaw said security had stopped him and asked him about it, but had let him through because it wasn't one of the things on their list to confiscate. (Letter to New Zealand Herald, 12/05/08. Spotter: Dominic Casciani)"

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If you fly with a donkey you're on burroed time.

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You can go a fair distance 'on the road' in 17 hours as Sal Paradise, and his friend Dean Moriarty, will tell you.

"We had come from Denver to Chicago via Ed Wall’s ranch, 1180 miles, in exactly seventeen hours, not counting the two hours in the ditch and three at the ranch and two with the police in Newton, Iowa, for a mean average of seventy miles per hour across the land, with one driver. Which is a kind of crazy record."

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Borked bog forces flight carrying 83 plumbers to bug out back to base

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Re: Love it!

"Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly. He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye. He waited his whole damn life to take that flight. And as the plane crashed down he thought, Well, isn't this nice?"

Two bona fide pieces of irony! The plane crashing on his first flight after having an irrational fear of flying, and then using sarcasm as the event unfolds before him. Credit where it's due!

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Re: Love it!

"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay."

"The irony here is that there is nothing remotely ironic about this line. In perhaps her one sweet moment of unadulterated genius, Alanis has shown us the true meaning of irony by giving an example of it that isn't ironic at all! Get it? It's a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning: the textbook definition of irony!"

http://fgk.hanau.net/articles/ironic.html

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They couldn't all charge. That'd be taking the piss.

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"dump fuel so it was not too heavy to land."

The Boeing 737 doesn't have fuel dump capability.

"aircraft of this type such as the Boeing 737 (all models), the DC-9/MD80 and Boeing 717, the A320 family and various regional jet ("RJ") aircraft do not have fuel dump systems installed. In the event of an emergency, requiring a return to the departure airport, the aircraft circles nearby in order to consume fuel to get down to within the maximum structural landing weight limit, or, if the situation demands, simply lands overweight without delay."

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

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Child ???

This technology was predicted by the Brass Eye special, 'Paedogeddon'

https://youtu.be/RcU7FaEEzNU?t=1017

A bit NSFW

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NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: contrails / chemtrails

"Do I just think about things waaaaaaay too much?"

Think about this. "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor

Infact, there's loads of things to think about here. :-

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

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: Flames shooting out of power supplies,

My missus likes to keep everything spick and span. She stopped hoovering near the lit wood burner after sucking up an ember and turning the vacuum cleaner into a blast furnace. Flames shot out!

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Re: Improbable

"30 years ago, the science of Switched-Mode power supply design was less advanced than now"

More or less when Linear Technology introduced the LT1070, which made it a whole lot easier. Not easy, just easier. I've posted this link before, the 'troubleshooting hints' are worth a read, even today. Hint no.12 is a favourite.

http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/application-note/an19fc.pdf

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Re: Improbable

@Korev, athough the UK nominal mains voltage is 230V, it's still 240V really. They simply changed the tolerances specification to match up with that Europe. Shove a voltmeter into the wall socket if you don't believe me!

http://www.twothirtyvolts.org.uk/pdfs/site-info/Explanation_230Volts.pdf

"Because of the change in 1995 in nominal supply voltage (U0) from 240 V ±6% to 230 V +10% to - 6%, calculating load current from kW or kVA rating is made more difficult. Whilst the nominal voltage was officially changed, the actual range stayed much the same and the actual distributed voltage to homes and other premises remained unchanged. Manufacturers may state equipment ratings at 240 V. In determining current demand from kW or kVA demand, the voltage at which the demand is calculated may be used and this may be 240 V and not 230 V."

p.s. Don't do things that random strangers on the internet tell you to do.

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Re: Improbable

Safer for whom? You or the passengers?

"I want to die like my father, peacefully in his sleep, not screaming and terrified, like his passengers." - Bob Monkhouse.

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Re: Improbable

@DrS. Give him a chance, he's asking good questions. I admire his scepticism, there's a lot of BS out there. I notice that our man Alvin never got to the bottom of exactly what went wrong. A proper engineer would've done a post mortem examination, not just stuck the broken IC on the wall. That means the same thing will happen again, that is, if anyone is dumb enough to lend him a PC.

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Re: Improbable

DainB, the old PCI connector has +12 and -12V on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conventional_PCI#Connector_pinout

My guess is that the tosspot shorted one of those, probably the 12V rail (it's got the highest power rating) to either the 5V or the 3.3V rail. I guess the 5V rail, as that could happen if he counted from the wrong end when wiring up the 5V, and getting the 12V pin instead. Either that or one of his 'mates' added an extra wire to the breadboard. That shoved 12V back down either the 5V rail, or down all the logic signals through the 74138's protection diodes, or maybe both, with hilarious consequences.

I've connected loads of stuff directly to PC's ISA, PCMCIA and PCI busses. Never broke anything. However, I can count. Twice. Chipmunk's on the wrong course.

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Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?

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Re: Look at the pretty lights...

Look into my lights, look into my lights. Don't look around them, look into my lights...

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

Indeed. It never rains in southern California.

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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

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Re: Trademark letters?

These websites are like Trojan horses; positively Homeric.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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@nkuk. To a scientist, infinitesimal means "so small that it cannot be distinguished from zero by any available means."

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

In much the same way that 0.999... is equal to 1. e.g. 1/9 * 9 = 0.111... * 9 = 0.999... = 1

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Re: Will it be that hard to drink it?

@m0rt. If you dissolve CO2 into water, the solution is _more_ dense than pure water.

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=17003

HTH.

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Re: Don't drink the water!!!

Back in the real world, I think it's highly unlikely (say the chances are a million to one) that any of the humblest things upon Mars, bacteria, minute, invisible bacteria, could have any affect on us. Directly the astronauts arrive and drink and feed, our microscopic enemies won't do anything. From that moment we are not doomed. Ulla!

FWIW, I think the science says that alien bacteria which have evolved in isolation from Earth organisms, probably pose little risk, a.k.a. zero.

"Pathogenesis requires intimacy, which is only attained through millions of years of co-evolution. The need for intimacy is apparent when you look at how bacteria and viruses cause infections and disease."

https://www.quora.com/How-deadly-would-a-bacterium-be-to-humans-if-it-was-brought-from-a-completely-different-star-system/answer/Drew-Smith-48

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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No mention of systemd?

It's worse than NetworkManager and PulseAudio put together.

https://i.imgur.com/D1XK8nk.gifv

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