* Posts by Fading

368 posts • joined 2 Sep 2009

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Paris Hilton

Re: Million to one chances occur nine times out of ten*

"seen multiplugs plugged into themselves" - you have to do that to stop the electricity from leaking away.......

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Thumb Up

Re: "the movies that showed us what's to come"

Damn it, I was going to use Woody Allen's Sleeper for he pun.

Ok back on track - Demon Seed - Alexa + IOT

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India's national internet registry breached, but says heist was trivial

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Pilger's Law?

So does Pilger's Law apply in India?

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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I'd be impressed......

If it was the Swedish chef being translated.....

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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Re: Nothing matters any more...

This is the right world to bring children into - as it is the only one we have available at the moment. If you watch the news all the time then yes it is all doom and gloom but the real world around you isn't like that. So much beauty all around us, so many creative people near and far.

Rights are only another human construct and whilst they may have been eclipsed by other human constructs that doesn't mean they are forgotten - they are something to aspire to and fight for. That aspiration is part of the human condition and just as things look bleak at the moment doesn't mean they will be bleak for the next generation or the generation after that.

Work started on York Minster Cathedral in the year 1220 and it was finally completed 1472 - sometimes building something worthwhile means seeing beyond the problems of the day.

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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Take a bow Mr Gordy Brown....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/10798785/True-cost-of-Labours-pension-tax-raid-and-others-since-Seventies.html

The £10 Billion a year tax raid on private pension pots since 1997 killed the final salary schemes. Those that lasted this long are rare indeed.

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Stop

Is it just me....

Or was the infection vector unsuitable for the payload? As I understand the infection it provided the details of the host machine and only if it was part of a particular corporation would the infected machine be used. Is cCleaner used at any of the corporations targeted as I would assume only small companies and individuals were customers/users?

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Re: Hmmm

They could be price gouging both the UK and the EU?

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Paris Hilton

Where's my app....

For sending back false data? In any situation of torture (aka Win10) you will talk in the end so the best thing to do is to talk all the time with false plausible data. At some point they will shut you up just to stop the incessant talking.

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Paris Hilton

Serve and Protect

I am sure the residents of Everett, Washington will sleep soundly tonight knowing their public servants are willing to go to such lengths to protect them from caffeine related depravity. Though how does the above investigation not fall foul of entrapment laws?

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Advances.....

Sustainability does not lead to advancement. Challenges and threats lead to advancement - if the planet is not under any known threat where would the desire to spread to other planets come from?

Class fives would die as their sun dies as there would be no impetus to leave until it is too late. The universe would be populated by class IVs and any Vs would be a target.

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Bonnie Tyler?

Faster than the speed of night is probably my favorite track of hers (off the same titled album) with its obvious Steinman influenced play on words.

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Intel's €1bn EU antitrust appeal: What the heck is the AEC test?

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Re: I also just wonder...

The period was October 2002-December 2007 - the beginning of which was when the K8 x86-64 chips were released and outclassed much of what intel had to offer (Athlon 64 v Pentium 4 (32bit) ) .

I had a laptop with an AMD 64 3000 and it was much better than my work desktop and friends P4 machines at the time.

A certain company were offered free AMD chips but only took 160,000 as if they took any more they would have lost the intel "rebate" .

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Genuinely struggling to understand why the strong feelings...

The security issue isn't just about an individual smart meter being hacked. The remote monitoring by nefarious agencies (being able to tell when people are in or out) - the ability to remotely switch off and on large areas of domestic power (doesn't take much to cause massive instability to the grid) - there are so few gains and much increased risk.

My current meters are all external and to avoid "estimated" bills I can fill in my meter readings online when I want to - hence there is no advantage to me in having "smart" meters. No advantage plus increased risk = no thanks.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Pint

Re: Looking forward to the demise of the deniers getting steam rolled by a hurricane

What a pleasant comment - you must be a joy at parties.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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When did Far Right

Become alt-right? And how far off until alt-right becomes centre-right and then centre-right becomes centre then centre-left. In the end we shall all be Stalinist on threat of ice-pick.........

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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

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Re: PCIe x16

I obviously didn't explain it very well - here's another pic. http://cdn.cnetcontent.com/54/45/5445251f-af31-4f58-9f05-b1e3af2c2f86.jpg

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PCIe x16

There is a difference between the physical connectors and the number of PCIe lanes a component uses when plugged into any PCIe slot (though an x1 slot can only use 1 lane - and x16 slot can use up to 16 lanes)

Nice pic of connectors and max bandwidth here https://i.stack.imgur.com/AMn2Z.gif

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Holmes

Re: Extended life expectancy for mobes

Market saturation and maturity of product? Next gen mobiles are little better than 4 generations ago - so desire to upgrade is limited (until battery life becomes an issue) . Seems a little perverse to blame brexit but the current zeitgeist seems to put all negative news in a brexit paradigm and all positive news as "despite" brexit.

Across the pond this is called the Trump effect.......

2019 can't happen quick enough for the UK and 2020 for the USA as after that maybe the MSM will have to come up with a different excuse for everything (tm)

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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SSDvHDDvTape

The death of tape hasn't happened yet so I would expect the death of spinning disc is some way off. Given HDD is still evolving there's still life in those platters (picked up a 4TB external USB drive last week - almost enough for my Steam games collection) . Enterprises are even more conscious of cost/performance ratios and HDD remains fast enough for the majority of use cases - we don't all need the performance of a Ferrari when we are shifting a transit van load around.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Mushroom

Modem mode.....

I still have a Hub 1 - it sits in modem mode next to my netgear nighthawk router. All my wireless problems have been solved.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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reductio ad absurdum?

"That is, the desire to undermine and instill fear in those they target, both individually and collectively" - So the CPS then?

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Gimp

Read your links much?

The mystery GPU may not be VEGA and may not even be AMD at all (same device ID appeared to better 1080 benches back in December - only card that did that in recent times is the 1080 Ti)

The segfault problem in Linux builds seems to improve with SMT (Simultaneous Multi Threading - AMDs "hyper threading") turned off. So how you got silicon issue from that I don't know (could be silicon but more likely a problem with the SMT implementation during compiles) . Whilst this is a major issue for some it isn't as if Intel are free from their own issues (google i7 6700 over heating or try https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/01/intel_amt_me_vulnerability/)

[disclaimer} My main machine is intel with nvidia (3770 + 970) so no I am not an AMD fanboi

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Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

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Gimp

Re: More nonsense "Oh poor AMD ... Intel is so evil" crap!

No one mentioned nVidia. Intel are big enough and ugly enough to fight their own battles and have frequently been caught behaving badly (hence the comments regarding past episodes with AMD in the x86 arena) so they probably don't need your attack dog like assistance.

As to your angst against AMD chips - try one you might be pleasantly surprised (I'm company agnostic as I currently run a ivybridge i7 in my main machine but have had AMD chips before - K6, AMD64 3200 and still have a working pc with a 4200)

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Joke

Reminds me of the Rorschach test joke.....

Patient being shown Rorschach ink blots...

"Two goats copulating with a house-wife"

"Hmm - next one"

"A giant bat receiving fellatio from a nubile ballet dancer"

"and the last one"

"Gangbang involving the entire nation of Luxembourg"

"Well my diagnosis is complete - you are a sex addict."

"ME.. me a sex addict?? You're the one with the dirty pictures!"

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Placebo

I for one thoroughly recommend placebos and believe they should be used more frequently in modern medicine. Given the amount of antibiotics that are handed out for little reason, a cheaper placebo with no known side effects (to be fair no known effects either) would be a better general solution.

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South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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Holmes

Does this come under.....

Funding criminal activity? Is the hosting company breaking international law by paying up?

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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

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Alien

Sounds interesting....

Sort of TOBii eye tracking within the headset that will increase the resolution only at the dead ahead (pupil-wise). Picture in picture with a higher resolution on the smaller picture. Still going to need a high density of pixels over the entire view though - so some pretty powerful GPU will be required.

Nice idea and uses the limitations of human eye-brain processing to improve the perceived quality

- wonder if it powers-off the pixels at the blind spots :)

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Terminator

meh

I'd be more impressed if it was able to get that score whilst being hassled by the chippy shop owner to get off that machine and get out as he's closing up soon.......

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Paris Hilton

Pix or it didn't happen

Am I doing this right?

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not as bad as it appears

The staying in required transfer of rather sizable lumps of cash to the "green fund" named more to do with the dollars accumulated than for any real environmental benefit. Have a read of the Paris accords - it does nothing for the climate but a lot for wealth distribution.

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Re: Climate explained (by americans, for americans)

Too many Adamses not enough time to edit :)

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

Peer reviewed and published (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12295/full) what more do you want?

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Trollface

Re: Climate explained (by americans, for americans)

I'll see your xkcd and raise you a Douglas Adams'

http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-05-14

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

No. An expensive partial solution that reduces the economies of the participants so that they are less able to provide assistance when the modeled disasters occur is not a solution - it is an additional problem.

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

China's renewables are not the success story they are being touted as. There is already over production in the energy sector in China (with more non-renewable generation on the way) so the entire "renewable" building plan is not a replacement of traditional energy production but an addition. So you can laud China's renewable boost if you want but it is doing f-all good for the planet.

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

It gives China a free pass until 2030. So no it is not a good baseline - merely expensive virtue signalling without any plans for adaptation.

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Holmes

Dumping Paris is a good thing

I'll leave this here (http://www.lomborg.com/press-release-research-reveals-negligible-impact-of-paris-climate-promises)

and from what I can tell there is little wrong with Bjorn Lomborg's analysis. The Paris accord will do nothing for climate change.

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: It's our money they are using

It is not for supranational governments to provide oversight over national bodies for the good of the people but for the people to force their national bodies to do good by them. That is democracy.

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Holmes

Re: It's our money they are using

[cough]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Air_Act_1956

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukla/1995/1/contents/enacted (British waterways act 1995)

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/kitemark/product-testing/ (Kite mark since 1903)

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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Holmes

Re: "Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned"

I use mine (Fitbit Charge HR) to reduce the excess on my private medical care. Oh and tell me when my phone is ringing (on silent) and for finding out the time.

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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Gimp

Harmony.......

I've been using a Harmony remote for the last few years so probably wouldn't be able to recognise which remote goes with which device. Takes a little setting up to begin with but I can't recommend them enough. Unlike a standard universal remote you program the activity (e.g. watch TV) and it turns on the devices needed whilst powering down those that are not. The buttons are then related to the devices required (e.g. amp for volume, virgin box for channel changing, colour/contrast for the TV). Worth it for the extra space on the coffee table alone.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Windows

Really?

Labour? When last in power they were forcing through the ID card scheme? Whose leader has some rather unsavoury friends and prior associates?

This back door to all encryption has been desired by the security services for at least the last 3 governments and whilst we should fight it tooth and nail (I will be less likely to use internet banking knowing there is a back door in the encryption) it shouldn't be considered a single party issue (only the Lib Dems seem to be fundamentally opposed but then again there were opposed to increasing tuition fees - trust is so easily lost) .

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Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

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Happy

What we need.....

Is a method to ensure the engine produces N2O instead. That will keep everyone happy......

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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May be true....

But look at the shape of the music through a graphic equaliser on a modern CD compared to the original vinyl - the modern CD is mixed for volume and has no shape - all at max.... So yes the CD has more dynamic range but pretty meaningless if it's all set to eleven :)

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Windows

I like Vinyl

I have inherited a sizable collection to go along with my own meager selection and there is just something pleasant in playing a recording that is much older than I am. I also have a large CD collection most of which is ripped to mp3 (minimum 256kbs as even my cloth ears dislike a piano at 192kbs and below) plus many purchased downloads (total is about 160 GBs) .

The convenience of mp3, the quality of CD and the nostalgic joy of vinyl are all mediums I use to appreciate music (I have a digital cassette player - also inherited - pretty good sound quality just lacks the CD track skipping convenience) and most weekends I be supping ale enjoying a live pub band (not known for the quality of sound).....

As Plato said "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Holmes

Rebel Assault?

or Rebel Assault 2?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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It's been a long 7 years......

I loved ubuntu up until 10.04 - and then unity happened. At the time I was dual booting with Vista and whilst had an issue every time I updated my GPU (from an ati 3450 to a 4550, 5550, 6570 and finally 7750 - all low profile to fit in the SFF case) it was only with unity the issue became a Problem. Just couldn't get along with the UI and found myself more and more doing rather basic things via the terminal. In the end I shifted to Mint and that machine is still in service as a HTPC with Mint.

I might try ubuntu again but only out of curiosity.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Mushroom

Something went wrong.....

Frequently suffer the statement of obvious error above which thus far remains one of my favorites. I am hoping to subsequently receive a "something went right" message if ever I am notified electronically of my lottery numbers being picked.....

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Big Brother

What has been seen....

Cannot be unseen....

Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to extend my apologies to the CIA agents who had the misfortune to hack my smart TV and watch what I do in the comfort of my own home.......

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