* Posts by phuzz

3570 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: A breakfast pint?

If I start drinking before about 5 then it'll end up being an early night for me. It's terrible, I'm not even 40 yet and my drinking levels are below when I started :(

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Accountants HATE them: Microsoft's Xbox harnesses blockchain to pay games publishers

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Re: Why blockchain?

I think you might have actually hinted at the answer to your own question.

As we know, Microsoft prefer to use their own products in house. I'm guessing someone at MS had a bright idea for a blockchain based accounting system (based in the cloud for added buzzwordiness), and they looked around the company until they found a problem that it could be bodged into solving.

In this case it happened to be the Xbox royalties division who got to be the guinea pigs.

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By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

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Re: Another standard?

It looks like you could bodge-fit one into a current M2 slot, depending on the components around it.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: PDF can be cool... if you stay away from Adobe

Wait, wasn't it PoC||GTFO who produced a PDF, that also functioned as a valid NES ROM that would display the MD5 sum of itself?

Oh, yes it was:

Technical Note: This file, pocorgtfol4.pdf, is a polyglot valid as a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ROM cartridge, a PDF document, and a ZIP archive. We collided 9,824 MD5 block pairs to place the hash of this document on its front cover and the title screen of the NES game, but only 609 of them made it to the final release.

That's damn impressive.

(source)

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

"How many on-board MIDI ports does your Amiga have?"

How many Atari owners used theirs?

Besides, it was only about £20-30 for a MIDI adaptor for the Amiga, which is inexpensive compared to the cost of the rest of kit you'll be wanting to hook up to it.

(This is why I don't get too partisan about Mac vs Windows vs Linux, none of them compare to the Amiga in my eyes)

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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Re: 2 points here

"Because there are profits to be made spotting asteroids?"

Well, if you're into mining them, the ones that are already heading at the Earth will be easy to fly to (and hopefully re-direct).

That said, the only private entity I know of currently tracking asteroids is the B612 Foundation, but they're a non-profit just trying to keep us all safe.

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: For people who can’t be bothered building it themselves from the source.

Sure, just running a random executable is unsafe, but how many people can say that they read through the source of everything they've ever copied off github? Or did you just blindly make install that shit?

And that's without even getting into copy/paste hijacking.

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Next time I see a comment saying something like "Microsoft saying they support open source is just part of their evil master plan!", I'm going to point at this:

"Microsoft's security team don't have visibility into Edge security issues"

MS is a massive organisation, and most of the time the left hand have no idea what the right hand is doing, and neither of them have even realised what the feet are up to.

This is why it's possible for the same company to be actively trying to crush all perceived competition, whilst at the same time (eg) contributing to the Linux kernel. It's not a nefarious plan, it's just different departments with no communication.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Re: Avoidance

"the UK's has been awash with asylum seekers who typically use this device to get into the country, fail their application [...] and just disappear."

In 2017 26,000 people applied for asylum, of those, the majority (14,000) were granted asylum. There's doesn't seem to be any hard statistics on what happens to people who's claims are denied, but in 2017 almost 27,000 people were detained, so it's unlikely all, or even most, people who fail to successfully claim asylum, manage to "just disappear".

(source and on an IT note, it seems the government provides it's figures in .ods format, rather than .xls. Who knew? Other source)

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Hand Off My Internet

"The Internet and World Wide Web are [...] a decentralised, mesh based network,"

It might look that way from a distance, but when you look closer you'll see that generally internet connections are star shaped networks, with an ISP having all their customers connecting to them, and only a small number of routes out. Likewise, most links between cities and countries all come together in peering exchange points, and of course submarine cables tend to follow similar routes, and land at the same places.

For these words of mine to reach you, most of the way they'll be travelling over corporate owned networks and systems, only the last few meters are somewhat 'free'.

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Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

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Re: Perfect for my home lab

We had a bunch of what were supposed to be (and looked like) genuine HP Gen8 caddies, but the drives we put in them were never detected. Which is odd because there doesn't seem to be much in the way of electronics in them. Complaining to the seller got a new batch which looked identical, but did work.

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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Re: Pooh to intelligence sharing

What's the betting that most of the hops used in British ale are either imported, or picked by immigrants?

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Re: Let's not forget...

LineageOS already has triggers that you can set to turn on different profiles. Eg, when my phone connects to the wireless at work, it switches to the 'Work' profile which silences the ringer. I'm not sure if that's a default Android thing, or something Lineage have developed (often good ideas from the open source ROMs get integrated back into vanilla Android, just look at the quick settings dropdown)

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Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out...

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Re: What does 'licensing support' mean

I assume it's the 'friendly name' for their license enforcement division.

Speaking of which, you read the article with both eyes, however your license only allows for single-eye reading, so Oracle are going to have to fine you. Oh, and once they fine you you still have to pay to upgrade your license for binocular reading.

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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Yes, but the important part was knowing exactly which component to switch off.

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Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

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Re: Hmm

Who's to say that Crapita won't turn out to be designated 'too big to fail'? (I guess it depends how many ministers have cosy positions there lined up). We might end up paying even more for their losses.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Re: How would ID cards prevent anything?

"Introduction of an ID card would not have prevented the Windrush debacle, it would have forced it to happen sooner"

It might have happened sooner, but even if we had ID cards, under the current 'hostile environment' I could imagine the Home Office going back through old applications and revoking ID from people who got them through perceived 'loopholes'.

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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: Take that!

"The U.S. actually doesn't impose inappropriate punishment in most cases"

From an American point of view that might be true, but for those of us outside the US, your sentences seem pretty draconian. The idea of jail being partly about reformation rather than punishment doesn't seem to have ever gained ground in the US.

Still, have to love the irony of calling yourselves the 'Land of the Free' with the largest prison population in the world :)

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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"They removed segregation from schools because it didn't benefit anyone."

Turns out sometimes kids learn better in single sex classrooms (but still within a mixed school). They tried it for some subjects at my brother's school and did see an increase in GCSE grades (and this was 20 years ago).

I still feel that schools as a whole should be mixed though, after all academic subjects are only part of what you learn at school.

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From their reaction is sounds more like an honest fuck up, which is plausible, nay, expected, anywhere.

After all, if this was malicious, what exactly were they expecting to get out of it, a $5000 bounty? If they're that hard up for cash then they'll be bankrupt by next week.

More likely is a simple lack of communication between the person who read the bug report from the researchers, and the person who developed the PoC and though "we should probably tell google about this".

You should always remember Hanlon's razor.

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PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action

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Re: What do I need to specify on my next motherboard?

We've been using them in £200 Intel NUC machines (eg), so they're very much not an expensive enterprise product.

That's why I'm glad they're introducing a 120GB model, because for a small desktop you only really need about 30GB of space (120GB models are still only £25).

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

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Re: 3% of GDP?

"without any clarity on funding"

There was clarity on the funding. The Prime Minister has said that the extra funding for the NHS will come from the money we'll be saving after brexit.

The widely agreed (including by the government itself) prediction that there will be less money after brexit has nothing to do with it, the PM was still very clear...

elReg, maybe it's time we had a 'magic money tree' icon?

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: I don't recognise this. ...

"I view work as an exchange of services for money"

Exactly this.

I'll work overtime as long as I'm being paid. I'll be on-call if I'm getting paid.

What I won't do is work for free.

The other side of it is that working more than 40 hours a week is unproductive. (eg)

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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"I think what most affects which network you go with depends on coverage in your local area."

Same here. The only network that covered my home was Vodafone (provided you stood by a window on the right side of the house), so I got a contract with them.

These days I live about 500m from a mast, so all the networks work equally well, but every time I've tried to leave Voda they've offered me an even better deal, and as yet they've not messed anything up bad enough to make me want to leave.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: timestamp is a date format

"l33ts use yyyyMMdd"

Also, Japan. It's also known as ISO 8601, and I use it for pretty much everything except talking to people.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

"It's already bad enough with uefi and "secure boot"."

UEFI is just a modern replacement for a BIOS, you might as well complain about SATA and PCIe.

Secure boot is just a method of checking that your bootloader has not been tampered with.

What's the problem?

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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"its real aim was to get as many claimants off benefits as possible"

Well, with tens of thousands of people* dying as a result, I'd say they've achieved their aim.

* 45,000 between 2011 and 2014. Not a typo.

(Source, BMJ)

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"Do they know the people they're supposed to be helping?"

Of course they do, it's those poor, downtrodden rich people.

Did you know that (on the rare occasion they pay some tax), some of that money is just given to poor people? And it's not like these poor people have even bothered to be born to a well-off family, or be not-disabled. If people can't be bothered to help themselves, why should the government help them?

Sarcasm aside, the 'hostile environment' isn't just aimed at immigrants, it's designed to make life as uncomfortable as possible for people on benefits as well.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

"Basic keyboards [...] die in dishwashers"

Usually you can undo a bunch of screws and detach the electronics from the keys, then just wash the keys (and dry thoroughly).

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Lies and lying lyers.

It's always fun goading someone into a lie, and then running with it.

Ideally you should end up at the point where they have to admit to the lie in front of their boss. Oh, and keeping them guessing as to is your really know they're lying helps keep them on edge.

Salespeople are my usual marks.

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Re: Back to the old ways?

"In a way, the arrival of deepfakes tech and its inevitable use as a propaganda tool"

Porn. It's mainly going to be used for porn.

(I could probably segue into some 'opiate of the masses' type point here, but that would be taking this whole subject too seriously).

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Brexit Schmexit

The Labour party may or may not be likeable, but they really should have managed to capitalise on the sheer incompetence the tories have been displaying for the past year or so. When you're the opposition to a party with a leader who no one likes and who doesn't really want to be there, while the rest of her cabinet fight with each other, you'd expect the opposition to make a little more headway.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Today's story...

"Replace cmd with powershell on your system and see how it runs."

There's an option in Win10 to do just this for the start menu. It works just fine.

(Powershell will execute valid cmd commands, plus all of it's own, so it's a drop-in replacement)

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Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

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Re: I haz a disappoint

Throwing things into the sun is a lot harder than you might think. You have to counter out (most of) the Earth's orbital speed around the sun, which is 30km/s. As a comparison, a Falcon 9 has about 5km/s of delta V, but it needs 3km/s just to get off the Earth.

It's probably just within our reach as a species to send a small satellite into the sun, but it'll have to be a small satellite either using a very efficient propulsion method (ion drive?), or some clever gravity assists.

(eg Use a close flyby of Jupiter or Saturn to send your aphelion right out to the outer solar system, and then reduce your perihelion out there where the delta V requirements are low).

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: Would it be at all possible to ........

It's not really fixing the problem, but buying an SSD (they're pretty cheap now) really helps make any OS (Windows/Linux/OSX etc) feel a lot more snappy, and open programs quicker.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: If it was only security patches

"I still don't know why they're doing 'forced updates' like that."

Because otherwise they get slated for everyone never installing patches and getting pwnd by every bit of malware that comes along.

Think back to the days when everyone ran Windows XP and most people/companies didn't patch, and Microsoft got their (deserved) reputation for having terrible security. That's what they're trying to avoid, by making sure everyone is running the latest security patches.

They've probably over-reacted, but at least now you know why.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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WTF?

Where's Bombastic Bob? He's usually all over any thread that mentions the 't' word.

Surely there's some sympathetic reason that trump has done this that us filthy libtards aren't getting?

In fact, it's probably because our feeble minds can't keep up with the greatness that is trump. I'm sure he's actually getting the best deal ('the BEST') from China, right?

That's right isn't it Bob?

Bob?

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: systemd-free?

"what exactly is the difference between Debian with sysvinit installed, and Devuan?"

Ideological purity.

Oh, and the vi vs emacs holy war was getting old so a new point of conflict was needed.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Ghost in the Shell:SAC uses the exact same plot device as Superman 3 (stealing the rounding errors). Clearly the writers assumed most viewers would never have seen Superman 3.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: So for a while now...

To be fair, since Vista (when Microsoft changed the way drivers were allowed to interact with the kernel), the only BSoD's I've seen have been either bad hardware, or bad drivers/software.

I've still probably seen more BSoDs than kernel panics, but that's partly because most of the linux machines I interact with are servers, with the higher grade of hardware that implies.

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"he should push for MS and people like CERT to issue official statements that any device that defaults to SMB1 is [...] not safe to connect to a network"

Well, Ned works for Microsoft, and regularly tells people in his official capacity to stop using SMBv1 (eg), and US-CERT say the same. That's about as emphatic as warnings get.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Trust of developers?

"As for "backdoored [systemd]". Link and code or shut the fuck up."

^^^ This.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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We have a dropdown list for 'reason for closing ticket'. One of those reasons is PEBKAC.

(Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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"So Tesla has follow-distance control but no emergency stop?"

It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

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Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

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The first Hayabusa might have had a lot of failures, but the mission control team did an amazing job of keeping it limping on and managed to return some data.

Hopefully this one is more reliable and can do All The Science!

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: I wonder...

I was up at lake Windermere a few weeks ago and was treated to Typhoon flyover, and while it's obviously not in the same league as a Vulcan, they don't half make a racket when they're coming down the lake at minimum altitude! :)

I'm pretty sure they were below whatever minimum altitude they're supposed to be sticking to as well, it felt like they were about 50m above our heads, which was bloody great :) The planes might have changed, but the pilots are still cut from the same cloth.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: Maths co-processor?

"But the Atari ST had a higher clock speed"

Shame it lagged behind in every other respect...

What do you mean we should have stopped having these Amiga vs Atari arguments twenty years ago (or more)?

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Re: Maths co-processor?

All this worrying about daughter boards when you should have just bought a computer built with expandability in mind, like my Amiga with it's internal expansion port that lets me plug a board with a faster CPU and and FPU on the same board!

(Or these days you'd whack in a Vampire accelerator, which uses an FPGA to emulate a 68060 faster than anything Motorola ever built, along with all the gubbins necessary for hi-res output via HDMI. Shame they're almost impossible to find in stock.)

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Re: 4-color windows logo visible in photo

"But apparently it's easier to set one up underwater, than it is on land."

Where did you get this idea? Of course it's easier to set up a data centre on land.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: FATGIT

And leaves room for FAT32GIT for larger projects, and exFATGIT for when you've done some optimisation.

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