* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1626 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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It's even funnier when you reallise that GiffGaff run on O2's infrastructure....

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

6. You're going to have to get energy out of the reaction at some point. Have you figured out how to do this? I suggest making the reaction happen inside a cavity within a large tank of water [aka 'boiler']. Steam systems would then attach to it. the rest is kind of obvious.

It still surprises me that nuclear power generation still relies on steam technology. Has there been any research on improved methods for converting energy into electricity? We got ride of steam trains for a reason.

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El Reg Topic Forum Layout Problem

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Unhappy

Sorry, same issue on the contact the author page too.

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Done.

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El Reg Topic Forum Layout Problem

On the index page to the El Reg articles (forums.theregister.co.uk/section/forums/vulture/reg_stuff/), the table list of topics overflows to cover the right hand panel.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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We sometimes get this on our work contract. We're large enough to have a half-decent team who can track this sort of stuff down quite quickly.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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@tony2heads Re: Eat this, Dorothy Dietrich

I really think that a CEO's pay should be directly connected to growth in income of the firm.

That, and other metrics such as share price or profit, typically encourage short-term gains over longer term growth & stability.

Something like X years profit/income/etc could be a better metric as it would make short term fudges less rewarding.

But CEOs won't go for it as they won't get their quick buck/pound.

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Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

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999

I think the 999 excuse is a bit lame. What about all the VoIP services available nowadays? It's now impossible to tell where someone is based on their phone number.

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Dell and Intel see off IBM and POWER to win new Australian super

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Bionic Vision

An early user of the machine will be “bionic vision” research that Dell says “aims to restore sight for those with profound vision loss”.

I'd hate to have to lug that machine around in a back-pack just to enable me to see...

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New Column Width

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New Column Width

Please can we have the old, bigger, column widths back? By my Mk1. eyeball, the main article text takes up just 50 of the white space width. (And much less if you're browser window is wider than the white space)

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: TV License

And that's just during the TdF.

Is it me, or does ITV4's coverage of the TdF seem to have adverts every five minutes?

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Biology

Just because the rest of the animal kingdom has managed to survive for millions of years by sexual reproduction without Internet pr0n, the UK Government have this crazy idea that if you don't tell children about sex, they won't discover it.

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Bugger. I've only got a debit card. No bland UK porn for me. I'll just have to put up with the obscene American kind.

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Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

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Re: Thanks to a "procedural defect" in the wording of the search order

$17.5m can get you a lot of friends

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Re: This used to be how commerce worked isn't it?

According this previous El Reg article, HP are claiming that Peter Sage fraudulently obtained discounts from HP and then sold the kit on to entities who weren't entitled to the discount.

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Automatic halving of sentence

Section 258(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 states that anyone committed to prison for contempt of court must be automatically released after serving half of his sentence.

So if you're automatically released after serving half your sentence, why not just halve the sentence in the first place?

Confused.....

(Clearly, IANAL!)

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ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

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Re: Out of sight ...?

Star Trek/Wars/whatever are not accurate depictions of celestial mechanics.

You can't just "turn to the sun". You have to change your orbit, which requires energy. Just like getting it into its current orbit took a shed load of energy.

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What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

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I think they deserve credit for being so open about the incident.

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Bollocks

"We strongly feel that our 1Password memberships provide a much better experience us a much better revenue stream."

FTFY

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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

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Re: bad controller

In the Cisco UCS servers I've played with, they just threw a lot of third party components in a box, put a "Cisco" sticker on the outside and add a nice fat margin to the price.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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@caffeine addict

On the flip side, if I saw one of their vans, I'd have no bloody clue what they did...

It's a long time since logos reflected what a company or product is/does.

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GSM gateway ban U-turn casts doubt on 8-year prosecution in Blighty

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Flame

The carriers (Both mobile & fixed) hated those boxes simply because they exposed what rip-off merchants the carriers were.

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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CPU Types

Within a few years, every computing device of consequence - supercomputer, desktop or smartphone - will be driven by architectures and operating systems that center around the GPU.

GPU or a highly parallel vector processor?

I think you'll still need a general purpose CPU to glue everything together, but you'll undoubtedly have various special purpose chips to assist.

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

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Re: 8 addresses, or 6?

You're assuming you use the /29s as traditional subnets. There's nothing to say you can't use it for 8 loopback addresses or /31s for point-to-point links.

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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Re: BBRs are go!

I suppose it depends on whether the customer is willing to use a cheaper, second hand rocket. One careful owner....

Being serious for a minute, I think SpaceX are waiting for the Block 5 Falcon's to roll off the production line. The design tweaks of the Block 5 variants are supposed to make reuse much easier.

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Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Yeah, Bee-Zed is a real danger to the solar system with its potential to knock Jupiter out of its current orbit....

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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@sarahhart Re: This is gonna suck.

I think the most important point you missed is that disabled people* generally don't want to have to depend on other people. Independence is something very powerful and precious to them.

*Not sure what the correct phrase or terminology is here, sorry. No offense intended.

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@DougS Re: This is gonna suck.

I think you'll find that Apple do something similar to Windows in that they ship a MacOS update that can initiate the UEFI update from within MacOS.

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

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Re: Oracle "Recycle bin"

So you ask the database to delete something, then you have to ask the database to *really* delete it. And if you forget to ask the database to *really* delete it, the system will eventually crash as it fills up.

So what's the point of the first delete request?

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Coat

Oh, I really do think they need some education and they need another brick in their (fire)wall...

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Nice problem

"We expected it to only last 90 days, but after 1,000 days it's getting a little low on fuel".

In my books, that's a nice problem to have. Beers all round.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Typical Big Corp

This type of behaviour is typical of any big corporation. They get so big that no-one can truly control the monster and each part is desperately trying to look after itself, rather than thinking of the bigger picture.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

Where I voted this time, the people queuing to collect their ballot papers could look over the shoulders of those voting. Definitely NOT a secret ballot.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: If a chick wants to get with me, she needs a big pair of swinging balls.

It looks like A/C's post has been removed by a moderator....

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Re: If a chick wants to get with me, she needs a big pair of swinging balls.

I'm hoping the Anonymous Coward was being sarcastic.

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Re: "de-toxing its culture"

I was on a management course a while back, and the instructor quoted various management gurus who all said that changing a corporation's culture is not a five minute job, but a multi-year process. I think he mentioned one example where a new CEO estimated it would take five years to make significant change to culture.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: The problem with 360 VR

Also remember that the resolution of the human eye, V1.0, is highest in the middle and decreases off to the sides.

Plus there's this hole just below the center, from where the optic nerve runs, which some clever image processing algorithm compensates for.

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Hand luggage

The airport initially dealt with the issue by asking passengers [...] pack "essential items" in their hand luggage.

So security relaxed the rules on liquids being carried in the passenger cabin?

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Ye Bug List

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Re: @Drew Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

If someone at El Reg wants to, they can email me and I can send some screenshots.

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@Drew Re: Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

Not sure how to link to individual comments, but I'm seeing a couple of comments on this page alone.

Also, take a look at the first couple of posts on this article https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/06/14/uber_waymo_legal_battle_latest/

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

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Judges

So why is Corley involved when it's Alsup's case? The article doesn't say she's hearing an appeal over an Alsup order.

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PCIe speed to double by 2019 to 128GB/s

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R/F Design

There must be some serious R/F design going on with those link speeds.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Democracy

Once again, the British public demonstrate that they can't be trusted with democracy.

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Re: DUP not good on Cloud solutions?

Putting a webserver in the cloud doesn't suddenly make it automatically scale to 10, 100 or more, times the number of visitors.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Missing Graph

The second pie chart showing that 70% of companies have only spent up to £10K to become compliant could make people believe that compliance is fairly cheap. Instead, it could be that these companies have become compliant as it was cheap to do.

What would be really useful is a chart showing how much companies, who are not compliant, think it will cost them to become compliant.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Cloud is no panacea

ATO may like the look of cloud solutions, but cloud solutions still need properly designed & tested HA configurations.

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

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Change

I've heard various politicians saying we need radical change... because once there is a crisis [there are calls for] radical change... but probably what we need is gradual change.

No. What you really need is to be flexible and adaptable. It's much easier to cope with the unexpected if you're not set in certain ways.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Re: Look

I recently read (or heard) about someone who has been suggesting such a scheme for a while.

I do wonder, though, how the smaller ship returns back to Earth after having caught up with the larger ship.

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Bah!

Kicking out the students involved was not an intelligent way to go about this

Harvard's first priority is its reputation. If it doesn't have a good reputation, donations, rich parents sending their darlings there, etc. will soon dry up. Allowing students with such views in, would be a very brave (or foolish!) thing to do.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Bomb the terrorists!

May's third point is to rob terrorists of “safe spaces” in the real world. The PM said doing so will require military action in ISIS-controlled territory.

Because bombing the **** out of the middle east so far has worked so well to improve security in the world.

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