* Posts by druck

1578 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Does one have put Liquid Paper on the screen for corrections?
There were lots of 80s comedy sketches featuring a typist being given a new computer, and then applying Tipex to her screen.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Cockpit doors

Charles 9 wrote:

Even with hardened cockpit doors, all that's needed is one slip during one of the pilot's snack or meal breaks and BOOM! the setup for 9/11 part two!

No hardened cockpit doors work extremely well - keeping everyone out, while a mentally unstable pilot flies in to a mountain.

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Re: Holdouts

You can pretty much guarantee that if the patch mentions Windows Vista on wards, it also affects the now unsupported Windows XP - so all but one of that lot.

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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Last night

Well I went out last night for half an hour just incase (haha) tonight was a bust, and in the quarter of the sky which wasn't covered in cloud, I saw one streak out of the corner of my eye - which I'm calling a great astronomical success for Cambridgeshire.

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Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

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Why? Just why?

When you have lovely Linux.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Linux?

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If you want a Wintel box though you could buy a laptop with a broken screen off ebay, £250 seems pretty pricey to me.

The trouble is that any cheap laptop without a totally anaemic processor, will soon drive you to distraction with fan noise.

I was given an old 1st gen i7 laptop, being a HP it sounds like a jet taking off within 30 seconds, and has to be throttled down to 90% CPU or it will cook itself and die inside of 5 minutes.

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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

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Re: Yeah, right.

Cost reductions for customers? Not likely.

They put my pet insurance to £100 a month - for a pair of cats. So I wont be touching any of the RSA group again, regardless of what they do with the IT.

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First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

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MEAT!

Wake me from stasis when they are growing sheep, I'm strictly non-vegitatian.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

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Re: Dear ElReg...

The make my eyes bleed.

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

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Re: I'm not subject to secret laws

It's not secret, USA law will apply everywhere.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Re: Am I being exceptionally slow again?

I rooted my Galaxy S5 just so backup software could access the SD card, but that has saved me from the Lollipop 5.0 update which has blighted my wife's Note 3. So do unroot it and hope the security patch is delivered rather than an uwanted upgrade, or I do risk waiting god knows how long until O2 has made Lollipop 5.1 available?

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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Re: Bah!

The British billion hasn't been used since the 1975, thanks (or not) to Denis Healey.

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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Re: No more loading of apps?

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It is also not clear if the devices would support random access (like NOR flash) or page access (like NAND flash). I suspect it will be page access like NAND flash.

Did you not read the article? It clearly says the memory is bit addressable, so supports random access.

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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

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Oracle

If Oracle hadn't destroyed just about every bit of goodwill Sun had built up in the developer community, I doubt if the Sparc code would have been purged with such glee.

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Re: Sensationalism

Irongut wrote:

Not to downplay the severity of this bug but no one in the medical or aerospace industries will be using a version of .Net released last week in a production environment. And, in any industry this should show up in testing because you should be testing release builds, not just debug builds.

No one in aerospace is using .NET for flight control systems, not now, not ever.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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Re: The white light explained

I can understand the logic, but a better solution would be to remember it's previous setting after a power interruptions, but allow a quick toggle of the switch to change to white light when it's needed urgently.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Write down

What no one has mentioned is the write down means that in less than a year Microsoft has destroyed every cent of value in the Nokia phones business, as they are writing off the entire $7.5bn they paid for it. This beats their previous record flop aquiring Aquantive where it took a couple of years to destroy the entire $6.3bn.

The only thing that can destroy value faster than Microsoft is a natural disaster.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: And the carriers smile

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Tethering? I don't think any of the UK carriers care any more - certainly VF and EE don't

O2, for all their other sins, do support tethering.

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

DLO, it's much worse than that. There are thousands of bits of debris in intersecting orbits with inclinations ranging from equatorial to polar, and even some retrograde. There is also the issue intersections from debris in highly elliptical orbits such as booster stages.

Basically the ISS could be hit from any direction, front/back/left/right/up/down, so there isn't really a safe place to put the Soyuz, but luckily it is built like and old tank compared to the rest of the station.

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Crims and politicians using RTBF to scrub themselves from Google? Not quite

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No crims?

Looking at a random selection of removed links to BBC stories, there looks to be some pretty serious criminals trying to whitewash their reputation.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: tech wonder of Nashville

I took the rear view mirror out of my car, but it would still go in to reverse - shock horror!

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Re: Ion-engine

Well to get the Pu238 for any more RTGs, things will have to get tense enough with Mr Putin in order for the US to restart it's nuclear weapon breeder reactors. Although I suspect the UK might enough in used fuel rods waiting at Sellafield for reprocessing, to kit out a mission or two.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Rules are for you too.

Hopefully the app wont do things like route cyclists the wrong way down a one way street. But I'd also add some audio reminders that stopping at red lights and pedestrian crossings also applies to cyclists too.

Working in Cambridge you take your life in to your hands crossing the road, and not because of the motorised traffic. Even walking along the pavement is difficult enough with bikes chained 3 deep to every bit of street furniture and railings.

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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At £180, Ink & Slide is ludicrously expensive.

This is an Apple peripheral we are talking about.

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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Aspergers; the get out of jail free card for any hacking offence.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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What will it mistake for gorillas though?

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: Been saying it for several years

Tsung wrote:

On one hand I think we should just be done with the TV Licence, every household is going to have to pay it soon so just add it to the council tax bill. Think of the saving by not having to send out horrible letters or pay a firm to manage the collection.

TV licence collection rates are vastly better than council tax collection rates. If was up to your district council to collect the money, the BBC would have a quarter of its income slashed.

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ISC 2015 offers up an architectural clash, so let battle commence

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Go ARM!

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Mate is yur mate.

Oops, I was running LXDE not XFCE on wheezy, Mate compares even better against XFCE.

Yes; I was very pleased to run Mate on the Pi, and I gave the example as it is the lowest powered machine I'm currently using. Although I do have a couple of original EEEPC 701s under the sofa, which I always intended to put another distro on, just might get around to it now.

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Mate is yur mate.

While not as lightweight as those mentioned, the Mate desktop is well worth a look. It's at best on top of Linux Mint, but can be installed many other distros. I've just updated my Raspberry Pi2 from Debian wheezy and XFCE to jessie and Mate, and while a fraction slower and a touch more memory hungry, the experience is far more polished, and the visuals are far more pleasing.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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Re: I genuinely don't understand MS anymore.

You probably are a shareholder, albeit indirectly; given Microsoft's size, most pension funds are obliged to hold a stake.

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Intel's tablet CPU share to DROP: analyst

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Re: How to win when you can't win

Java kernel? Prrrrupth!

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Progress source replenishes international space station

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And I've heard...

...there are several packets of much wanted loo rolls.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: for dogs only

keithpeter wrote:

I've stopped worrying about audio quality above CD or 196kb/s mp3 these days: hypersonic starts around 10 - 12kHz for me.

My wife is a audiologist and tested me, I can hear nothing above 8K now.

HCD, CD or telephone hold music, it all sounds the same to me.

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Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

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Thank god for google

Several years ago, Foundem was a much-lauded price comparison site

Perhaps in some parallel universe, far, far away, but not here.

But what Google omitted were the price comparison engines that suffered during the period the European Commission is examining: Pricegrabber, Shopping.com, Dealtime, Nextag, Ciao, Pricerunner, Shopzilla and Bizrate.

Thank god - every single one was a parasite feeding off my searches, infesting them with pages of meaningless results.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: Aussie cars FTW!

Are the dealers willing to remove every trace of Vauxhall badges from it though?

If it was branded a Holden, they'd have a sale from me.

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Nokia adds German uni to 5G research ecosystem

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5G

Jack of all trades, master of none.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Music Video Channels please not just audio !

gary27 wrote:

This does not excite me at all, even though I'm fully bought into the apple eco system, with 5 iphones, 5 iPads, 3 macbooks, 4 apple tvs etc for our small family.

I'm assuming; you the missus and 3 kids? And you and her indoors share one of the Apple TVs? Sounds like you need another one for your shed (and your sanity).

But back to the streaming service, <yawn>, sorry.

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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

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There fixed it for you.

Igor Shchyogolev, an aide of Russian president Vladimir Putin, said: “Citizens must be able to use the right to be have their criticism of Putin forgotten.”

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: Single point of failure?

The power was off for up to 4 days, but water wasn't restored for about 3 weeks, not pleasant.

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

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Riiiight

If you're keen to be sure you always have the latest Technical Preview of Windows 10, you should download the ISO image get therapy.

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Vodafone IS talking to Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global

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Um

First BT+EE now possibly Virgin+Vodafone - what's not to hate?

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Liquid metal cooling

Liquid sodium as used in fast breeder reactors, burns in air, explodes in water - nice.

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Re: Over here...

I used to fly my C-172 out of Staverton. Just with the normal array of big lenses and radio equipment.

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Hungarian lab adds storage to D-Link SOHOpeless list

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Shameful.

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Re: Again with the solar power...

Solar power is far from ideal, it means a tight power budget and not all the instruments will be usable at the same time. A nuclear RTG would be much better, but I'm afraid we are all out of Plutonium 238. And it's likely to stay that way unless Putin gets so belligerent the US starts making new nukes again.

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Feed in tariff

As with all completely idiotic micro-generating schemes, there must be an obscenely large feed in tariff awarded to the owners of the stodgy pavement kit, paid for the general public through their energy bills. This however is far worse than wind or solar, in that the poor general public would not only have to pay for it, but do the generation themselves too.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

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Re: The sheer irony of BT, in choosing Swansea/Wales.

Audi RS7, the RX7 was a rotary engined Mazda.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Re: Laws of physics aren't suspended for F1...

The free live data on the F1 website was great a few years ago, it was comprehensive and about 5 seconds ahead of the coverage on Freeview, letting you know a pit stop was coming just before it was shown. Of course Bernie the bastard has put a stop to that, what with a £billion tax bill and all.

The BBC do 'live' information on their website, but it at least 90 seconds behind Freeview, you have to use the playback buffer on the DVR in order to make it anything less than completely useless. So few races are shown live on the BBC now, it means I can't even watch those that are truly live.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

Charles Manning wrote:

But still, 20 cops to kill a cow? C'mon one shot with a rifle or shotgun will do it.

Rifle yes, but a shotgun isn't going fell a cow.

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