* Posts by werdsmith

2178 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Mini - not really

Not as ambitious as a car, but in school a teacher's yellow scooter was hoisted up with pulleys and parked 20 feet up on the edge of the sports hall roof.

When the teacher saw it she angrily stormed off and by the time she came marching back with the deputy head and a posse of other teachers the scooter was parked back down in the car park.

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: Work on the move

When its worse storage than a phone or tablet (as at least with those you can (mostly) add SD card to bulk up storage and its not poking out the side like a stick on ChromeBook!) then zero selling point.

My Toshiba chromebook has a 128GB SD card fully inside and not poking out at all.

Storage not a problem.

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Re: Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath

I run a Chromebook because it is thin, light, HD display, has a 10 hour battery and does 95% of what I need , runs Debian with XFCE - and most importantly it cost peanuts

If it was going to cost a grand I would just choose the MacBook which will do 100% of what I need.

If ChromeOS becomes full blown Android then I will choose the MacBook anyway because I harbour an irrational hatred for Android.

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Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Flocke Kroes

Thank you. That is all.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Pi community has known about this for a while and have worked around it. MS are very late to this party. It doesn't affect me normally as I just leave them sitting on a bench uncased, no heatsink required and then I don't do the equivalent of driving a car flat out in first gear. It's a 40nm very old tech chip which keeps the price down, I think a small charity based outfit would have to think carefully about the spend required to rework it.

If I needed a cooling fan then I would use something else or downclock it as so much thermal waste really isn't playing the small, quiet low power game very well. Not banana pi though, shocking software and can also get hot.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: How do these idiots hold down a job

Presumably this was a full grown man posting pictures of himself on Faecebook? Is so, then it's not prosecution he needs, but maybe referral to the right kind of support.

How he was dressed and what he was pictured with are irrelevant though.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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3KM from the main runways at Jean-Lesage in any direction are populated areas so all it would take is an appeal for the public in the area to report any likely drone fragments on the ground.

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Re: @DainB @Airtor1 and presumably others

No need for a deep investigation. 10 seconds on google will show you numerous incidents of bird strike damage where there is no sign of any body tissue or blood.

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Re: @DainB @Airtor1 and presumably others

It's got nothing to do with "my logic", and I know exactly what the problem is - I'm not trying to suggest that there isn't a problem.

I just stated that it's not proven it was a drone impact.

That is all.

This is not a reason to go all sanctimonious and supercilious on me.

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Re: @DainB @Airtor1 and presumably others

to which I would reply

[x] your standards of proof are unreasonably high

There have been more than one aircrew report of drone contact/near miss that has been eventually disproved.

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Re: Hope thay catch the bugger...

I don't think they've been able to recover the drone or parts, they assume that the prop blades made mincemeat of it. In fact there is no hard evidence that it was a drone at all.

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Re: Pedants handbook in my pocket

Turbojets = jet engines

Turbofans (aka fanjets) = jet engines

TurboPROP = propeller engines

Pedant all you want ...

and all are gas turbines

(edit: oops posted at the same time as the boastful one above :) )

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Way back we had terminals with an internal PSU that supplied -12V GND +5V +12V.

Took a 6 inch 12V fan and superglued a threaded nut to one blade so it was way off balance, cable-tied it loosely to the underside of the operators desk and wired it across the -12V and +12V.

When the terminal was powered on the off balance fan hammered against the bottom of the desk and it almost started walking across the floor.

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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People get to spend their days trying to understand and develop this stuff and trying to make it work?

My entire career has been a complete waste of time. If I could do it all again, if I could give it all up and start again, I would be doing this stuff. I've had a rewarding career but I haven't enjoyed much of it.

I would love this kind of research with a passion.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Re: Android? Phweeewt

Refurbs are very often just returns from people who changed their mind.

My 7 cost £277 SIM free, with 9 months of Apple warranty and not any sign of use.

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iPhone X is a luxury halo device, there are enough real enthusiasts and people who would consider its price to be small change to justify it. The bulk sales will be 8 and that was always the expectation.

People are always mocking the price of iPhones but for the shrewd who are prepared to put a little effort into thinking, there is always a cheap way in.

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: Nothing new

Their booking system is OK, unless you change your mind about the screening date or time and want to go back to the start.

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In Cambridge Vue they have lie-flat seats.

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Didn't even know booking was open.

Anyway, I always wait for the demand to fall off a bit so I don't have to watch in a packed house.

Less smelly bastards, less noisy eaters and irritating interruptions.

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: How to solve Brexit.

Eurofigher Typhoon came about as a development of the British Aerospace EAP.

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Re: "we have no choice but to elect fools."

And remember never to vote for them again, until they have a decent commitment to this country, its defence, and industry.

OK, well if I follow that instruction, at least it will save me a trip to the polling station. Because none of the parties are shaping up to do anything useful in that respect.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

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Re: Great

I have a consistent reliable 70Mb/s and I don't consider that to be "superfast" compared to the infrastructure in places like Scandinavia.

However, it is much faster than it needs to be.... for now.

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World's first dedicated computer centre declared 'irreplaceable' by Historic England

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Re: TNMOC rocks!

The BP 'tour' makes little or no mention of the NMOC so I guess they haven't kissed and made up.

Our BP tour included an visit to the NMOC, for which we had to pay an additional entry fee.

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The tour of BP included a visit to TNMOC and a look at the rebuilt Colussus working.

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Re: TNMOC rocks!

Also a nice statue of Alan Turing at the Guildford University of Surrey, because of his work at NPL.

(yes I know it was Tommy Flowers that developed Colossus).

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I think they need to make up their mind, as on one of the guided tours the guide pointed to a foundation and some concrete steps and told our group that this was the long since removed site of the first Colossus hut.

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

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The problem with Ascension (or St. Helena for that matter) is the time & cost of transporting all the equipment and other resources. Anything heavy and/or bulky could only be delivered by ship with a travel time measured in weeks.

Unlike French Guiana.

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The British government is keen to develop its space capabilities,

By investing £10million per year in projects? That's about half a day of NASA's budget.

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Onwards to Valhalla: Java ain't dead yet and it's only getting bigger

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Re: It occurs to me...

Why exactly wouldn't you think it's suited server side?

Because Oracle are involved.

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Biochem boffins win the Nobel Prize for cryo-electron microscopy

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Look up some of the images they've made, impressive.

Most of the research money is in the US so any Nobel outside the US is special so well done to the Cambridge facility and another Nobel Prize for a Scottish scientist, and to the work in Switzerland too.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: Let's be real here.

I've been at places where when we know we are doing a lunchtime celebration then the network access is revoked in advance. I've also been on lunch celebrations where the boss decided it would be better for people to go straight home from the pub rather than be let loose on the IT systems.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: "patronising" techies that "sneered" at politicians

Politicians sneer at each other all the time. Not any particular party, all of them. They are nasty sneery little sociopaths, and no competent person would want to be one.

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Six weeks later, drone biz DJI deploys control app 'flight mode'

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Re: Military helicopter & drone collision over Staten Island, US (Sept 21, 2017)

Of course the military can do whatever they want but the chopper was at 500 feet over a residential neighbourhood on Staten Island which doesn't have an airfield. Though that damage to the rotor will be expensive, it does demonstrate who wins when a real aircraft and a plastic toy come together.

But drone pilot would have been aware of the military chopper as they are not quiet or discreet, and could easily have dropped his altitude until the heli passed over. Probably lacking brain.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: Heavily soiled?

But no Jimmy Saviles, Rolf Harrises or Max Cliffords.

None? How do you know?

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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I remember this idea being proposed for the HOTOL craft in about 1981, and apparently the idea was suggested by Barnes-Wallis in the 50s.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: What's 'Kerr-ching!' in Russian?

звукоподражание

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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Re: People who live in hurricane prone areas

"And how many FM stations are set up to run off a battery/generator drawing only tens of watts?"

Any Radio Ham, car battery will do it.

In the UK RayNet exists to do this job, though not to broadcast frequencies. Local broadcast would not be much of a stretch though.

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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As predicted, the 3G is here and I held off the first one because of this, though I thought it would be called the 3310i.

My current backup phone is an original Nokia 6100 which is superb but 15 years old. I will pocket a nice 3310 3G to replace it.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Why or why?

Ferrari F1 team uses a Piaggio Avanti and I've seen it approach into Luton a few times.

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Indeed, on a smaller scale we can buy wood burning stoves to heat houses and cook food. Trees if managed well are a potentially renewable source of energy.

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Re: Small steps...

The hybrid electric. As airliners already run a small gas turbine at the rear to provide auxiliary electric power, and carry this in flight as a dead weight. Scale it up a bit, or add a second and use it to provide in flight electricity and use the exhaust for a little extra thrust.

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Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

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Sometimes when I'm alone and all is quiet, I sit and sob inconsolably because I chose computing and not physics.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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He might make his patented digital motor tech improve the EV, he might not.

But we need more Dysons trying stuff, even if we get one success in 10 failures it will be better than the current way where everything is controlled by spineless bean counters who shit themselves at the thought of any risk or anything that won't return 300% in 12 months.

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Re: Popcorn

Or you just get Magna Steyr to do it for you.

But thanks for the information about a car not being a vacuum cleaner. I've noted for further reference.

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Re: Pollution impact

By acting as a development step.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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Re: I have a better idea

The optical properties of a phone lens cannot compare to a larger camera lens (see: Optical Transfer Functions).

Of course not. But the gap is narrowing and Go_Pro is used extensively in broadcast TV nowadays.

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Re: Why do you need a very fast CPU on a cell phone?

It's not really necessary at all, and neither are the high res screens they have.

However, if you are playing Top Trumps then you absolutely need the bigger numbers!

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Or can it clog up all routes into Devon and Cornwall on a bank holiday weekend?

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Re: Please explain to me ...

Na. Not status, they are two commonplace for that. There are any number of sources to get them cheap and a lot of kids have them.

I think the main reason a lot of people have an iPhone is because there is not really much choice given all the competitors make the same phone with different housings and it's a pretty shit phone at that.

I'm no fan of iPhones and I wait in vain for the day somebody comes up with a decent alternative. Until them I'll tolerate one as the least crap of the choices available.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: Didn't they used to have a flywheel?

I was a regular in Culham, Harwell and Aldermaston in the 1980s when I worked on the road for one of the suppliers of hardware. We also supplied CERN but I never got to go there back then (though I have since been).

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