* Posts by druck

1518 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Data Protection the DVLA Way

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Yours for £2.50

As reported here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/02/dvla_data_sharing/ the DVLA will sell your data to anyone for £2.50, actively encourage all sorts of parking fine scams and worse. So if you owe them money do your really think they wont had over every last scrap of data on you to the thugs that will come round to take away your telly?

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Hubble back in full snapping mode

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Gyros

Lets just hope the remaining working gyros hold out until the delayed mission can get up there, or the backup computer wont be much use.

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Silverlight for mobile: what's in, what's out

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4MB my arse

No, the user will never see 4MB because it will be pre-installed. But there will be 1MB of security patches every week, service pack 1 will be a 6MB download, and version 3.0 which actually includes working basic functionality will have ballooned to 24MB.

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Ford to build 'boring-EV beating' eco-engine in Bridgend

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RE: RE: 8500rpm?

You want an RX-8, silky smooth power all the way to 9,000rpm, and a little beyond.

It only does 20-22mpg, but who cares, it's a proper car not a plastic box.

Enjoy it before the envirofeckers ban any enjoyment of getting from A to B.

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Big Blue to build DARPA cat-brain machine

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Not quite that big

"Likewise, a human can drive a car in traffic - and so can a computer, perhaps. But that computer currently weighs more than 200 tons and requires power levels typical of a warship, not a car."

The ones in the DARPA Urban challenge http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/04/cmu_wins_urban_challenge/ weren't quite that big, although still no where near as good as a human.

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Asus alleged to be readying Eee mobos

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EEE???

Do Asus know what an EEE PC is? It seems the executives have seen a nice health sales figure next to the EEE brand, and have decided to slap it on everything. Everything that is except for what drove sales of the original EEE 701; small, cheap and with Linux. They seem to heading ever further away from that concept.

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Ofcom confirms three Freeview HD channels 'by end of next year'

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@Mpeg4-AVC part10

AC wrote: "its a little sad really but if when you say "Mpeg4" you actually mean..."

JFC! What's sad is you felt necessary to insult all of our intelligences with a display of arse clenching pedantry and hair splitting. I think everyone here understands the concept of a digital tuner, and I'm terribly sorry I didn't state the full title of MPEG4 codec including all relevant paragraph numbers in it's specification, but it's pretty bleeding obvious to everyone else.

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Re: Have I missed something?

MPEG4 is requires more powerful hardware to decode it, and existing MPEG2 tuners probably can't manage it. Even if they could, where is the impetus for the manufacture to give you a free over the air upgrade, when he can sell you a whole new telly to watch crap with more detail?

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VbyV password reset is childishly simple

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Blame

Yet another hideously insecure system, of which the only real purpose seems to be another way of blaming the customer for any fraud, as they must have allowed their password to become known.

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NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat

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Windows

Does it have any windows - of the useful looking out of sort?

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TfL considers life without Oyster

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Tracking

You can bet the replacement system will also track your every movement and make it available to the police, so do you really want it linked to your phone or bank card too?

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Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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No probably

There's no "probably" about it, get off the fucking fence and stand up for what you don't believe in.

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i-Mate has no friends

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jasjar

One device which wasn't just a boring rebadged HTC generic Windows Mobile phone was the i-mate JasJar. It's clamshell screen and keyboard which could also be folded back in to standard touch screen PDA format, offered the hope of a long awaited sucessor to the Psion 5. However, despite the fast processor, keyboard and VGA screen, and built in 3G conectivity, the hideousness of Windows Mobile and the compromise to make it small enough to be used as a phone, made it too small to be useful for note taking or web browsing. It was also horrendously expensive, even with 50% subsidy on contract it was still more than today's SCCs. I now use an EEE PC 701.

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Apple MacBook

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Scope for new smaller and cheaper range

I would hope that there is now scope for new smaller and cheaper range of "MacBook mini's", with similar specs to the outgoing white plastic MacBooks, which have (almost) been retired. Apple could wait long enough to get all the existing Macbook fans on to the new more expensive models, and use the new cheaper series to break new ground. I suspect they would still be twice as expensive as EEE PC's and its clones, but might appeal to those looking for something a bit more upmarket in that form factor.

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Abu Dhabi emir rescues Thames Estuary mega-windfarm

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Not a single barrel of oil

The sheikh's are happy to drop a bit of loose change for some windmills for us, because they know that not a single barrel of oil will be saved by these enormous follies.

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1980s Apricot reborn in noughties as netbook seller

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@Pascal Harris

Which reminds me the original Atom was Acorn's first pre-assembled computer, and the forerunner of the BBC Micro (code named Proton).

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FCC smiles on Goo-soft's white space wireless play

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Doesn't work, can't work

White space doesn't work and can't work. Like Vista only more so.

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SanDisk reinvents 1980s personal stereo for the noughties

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Too small

Micro SD cards are far too small for practical use, being far too easy to lose. They are meant for installing in mobile phones and leaving there.

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Brussels bemoans low take-up of electronic cash

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Privacy and Trust

I was going to mention the privacy angle as my primary concern, but that has been well covered.

The other issue is of trust. I don't go to the cash point, withdraw a fair sum to put in my wallet, then when I'm at the checkout of a shop hand over my entire wallet and trust them to take out only the correct amount while I look away. Only checking if I've haven't been diddled the next time I open the wallet at the cash point to put some more in.

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Supersonic bizjets could have windowless flight decks

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Look out the side windows like everyone else

I don't fly a long nosed supersonic aircraft, but what my plane does have is a damn great engine and prop blocking the view at the front. As you descend to land the plane is at a fairly flat attitude, so you can see the runway and line up on it, but as you flare you loose sight of everything ahead, but we still manage to do a decent landing - most of the time!

How? By looking out of the side windows! That is sufficient to judge the height of the aircraft during the hold off and maintain a straight path along the runway before and after touch down. There are even markings along the side telling you how far you are down it, just in case you are getting close to the far end. All looking forward does is show you a long expanse of black stuff, which you know is empty as you checked before landing, and wouldn't have got clearance from the tower if it wasn't.

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Jacqui Smith resurrects 42-days after Lords rejection

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14, 28, 42, 90, ... days

The real reason for ever longer detention is just a propaganda stunt for failed governments. On a potential bad news day, the government can just send out the menacing armed balaclava clad anti-terror police for some nice big high profile raids, rounding up dozens of dark skinned individuals in a couple of northern cities, plus a quiet home counties suburb for maximum hysteria. They'll be plenty of leaked briefings about ricin, sarin, TATP, airliners and maybe even a dirty bomb, as there is nothing like a bit of nuclear to put the willies up the general public.

Trouble is when you have to let them all go again because you can't charge any of them even with the dozens of anti-terror laws, such as "suspicion of conspiring to read material which could be interpreted by Daily Mail readers as being useful in the preparation of a terrorist act", it tends to result in a bit of bad publicity. However if you can hang on to them for several months, that will have given you time to see if you can get them on any immigration irregularities, benefit frauds, tax avoidance, or failing that, turn up a bit of kiddie porn on their computer, or even better, the latest catch all with a definition so wide you could drive a bus through it; "extreme porn".

When someone finally remembers asks; what about all those people that were arrested a few months ago? The government can assure us they are all safely locked away for a range of heinous crimes. But of course there are many more out there just waiting at the even severer end of server, so it's necessary to have 90/180/365 days detention without trail.

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Texan boffins working on electric cyber-heart

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Time?

Will you loose your sense of time without a pulse?

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Home Office preps fudgetastic ISP data rules

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We need more spam

When EUDRD is made law, we need more spam. Deluge every ISP with more useless junk to log that it is economically capable of storing for 5 years, and let it crumble.

Perhaps we could also come up with some giant peer to peer system that continually makes connections with random machines on email, web and instant messenger ports, just to create billions of bogus log entries 24/7.

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Revo Pico RadioStation DAB+ radio

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What are they trying to sell you?

Mono, poor quality, limited reception, extremely expensive - what are they trying to sell you? A worse experience than a 1930's valve radio? The word 'digtal' really has become synonymous with shite.

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Vista scrabbles for X Factor

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Has anyone actually seen it?

I was flicking through the channels last night, and was unfortunate to have actually seen it. There is a bunch of unattractive people reeling off their dull occupations, then sounding like complete knob heads by saying "I'm a PC". If it was "I use a PC", it wouldn't be so bad, and you might be able to make it all the way until the the orange screen containing the words "Microsoft Vista" before vomiting.

But "I'm a PC", twats, twats, twats.

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Spectrum Bridge solves the white space problem

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Pile up of the airwaves

"Large lots aren't just split up by geography on SpecEx; spectrum can also be licensed by time both in terms of slots, such as allowing multiple licensees to share a frequency on alternate seconds, and time of day."

This makes about as much sense, and will probably work less well, than selling each lane of a motorway (US freeway) in both in geographical chunks and time. Each 100 meter (yard) section of each lane would have traffic running in alternate directions at different times of the day. On top of that you'd allow more "white space" vehicles to drive up the gaps between lanes.

It's all going to lead to one almighty pile up, and no one will be going anywhere over the airwaves.

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Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

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@M7S

"if you fit a receiver to news produced cars, the LED warning lamps now being fitted to emergency vehicles coud over-ride your stereo to say "Get out of the way". Nicely, or not."

If you haven't seen the flashing lights and heard the sirens over your stereo, you shouldn't be out on the road.

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Lords to attack UK.gov failings on internet security

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Confidence?

"In our initial report we raised concerns that public confidence in the internet could be undermined if more was not done to prevent and prosecute e-crime."

Or more is not done to prevent ISPs selling our internet communications to highly dubious companies like Phorm.

Or more is not done to prevent the government spending £12billon of our own money on storing our internet communications for highly dubious reasons.

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Reading privacy policies takes 10 minutes on average

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Simple

Either:-

A. We don't give your details to anyone else, and only keep them as long as necessary to perform the service you have requested.

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B. We'll sell everything we can find out about you to anyone willing to give us money.

I think that covers all the possibilities.

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Captain Cyborg to chew the fat with Ultra Hal

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Fail

Warwick explained: "I would say now that machines are conscious, but in a machine-like way, just as you see a bat or a rat is conscious like a bat or rat, which is different from a human. ."

Human? Fail.

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ITV gets adverts into video

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Worse than Gates

This is a worse that Bill Gates' idea of a TV service which was to have the program showing on one side of the screen, and "interactive content" (read adverts) on the other. At least with that you could have put a blanket over one side of your widescreen telly, and watched fairly unmolested crap in 4:3 on the other. But knowing the bastard that he is, he would have swapped over which side was which all the time.

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Elvis has left the border: ePassport faking guide unleashed

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@Joe Blogs

That's why such a reader should not perform any security checks, and only display the contents. Then anyone with a fake passport will think it's ok, and wont know for sure until they get to the actual border post, where you'd hope the full blown authentication process will take place.

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How many terabytes can you fit on a 2.5-inch hard drive?

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More expensive storage may be an advantage

I wouldn't mind seeing storage technology stall and not go over today's densities for quite a while, that would mean very large storage arrays become much more expensive. Without the prospects of almost unlimited amounts of cheap storage, governments would not be able force through draconian laws mandating the indefinite storage of all communications data.

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BMW readies 7-series hybrid

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20hp?

The electric motor is only (427-407) 20hp? That's just a slightly larger than normal starter motor. Its even more of gimmick to get your overpowered luxury barge past the London congestion charge than the Lexus RX400.

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SCCs, MIDs to achieve laptop-matching sales by 2013

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7 to 1

Since I bought the original EEE PC 701, 7 of my friends and colleagues have bought SCC's (mainly EEE PC 900s, and MSI Winds), only one of them is running Windows. I think that's a good indication that the SCC market is growing, and in the right direction.

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EU confirms SMS and data roaming price caps

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VAT

The figured quoted will be without VAT and local taxes, which will probably bump them up to more than pay in the UK.

I welcome it anyway, as I've just been hit by £65 of GPRS charges from logging on twice in Germany, at an extortionate £5/MB.

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Miracle airship tech sustained by DARPA pork trickle

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Fusion

When we get fusion working, there should be plenty of helium available. If you could make the reactor small enough you could put it in the craft and make it as you go along, oh hold on it would use heavy hydrogen as fuel which would be even more buoyant. Oh never mind I'm sure we've got plenty of time to work that one out.

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Samsung unveils Small, Cheap Computer

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Lets play "they just don't get it" poker

I'll see your no Linux, no SDD, short battery life and too expensive, and I'll raise you silly small cursor keys.

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3G Americas warns against text warning systems

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New Year

Anyone who wants to see how well an SMS emergency alert system would work only has to wait another couple of months until new year. Right on the dot of midnight everyone sends a "Happy New Year" text to everyone in their address book. I've still been receiving them on the evening of January 2nd.

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Axon takes 100mpg wonder car for a spin

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Re: weight and impacts

F1 cars use an incredibly strong carbon fibre tub to protect the driver, but there are big differences with a road car. The F1 car has wheels on long suspension arms and side pods, all of which are designed to deform and rip off reducing the impact, the nose cone although made of carbon fibre is a long structure designed to progressively unpeel like a banana, reducing forces. The most vulnerable orientation is a rear impact as the engine doesn't have any give.

The other difference is an F1 driver is incredibly fit, very tightly strapped in with a multipoint harness, and with a HANS device preventing neck damage, all of which will greatly increase his chances of surviving a high G impact, than you or I in a road car with a lap and shoulder belt.

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@Safety Issues

The most critical safety issue is due to the use of carbon fibre, it is very strong but not deformable. A more relevant Fifth gear test was when they crashed a Smart 42 (another very small, very light, very rigid car) in to a concert motorway block at 70mph. A few of the plastic panels popped off, but there was very little damage to the car, the structure remained intact, and the crash test dummies didn't experience a scratch. The only trouble being that because there was no deformation to reduce the huge g-forces experienced on impact, any human occupants would have died from massive internal injuries.

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Apple ARMs up iPhone

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Re: Next stop, an Apple netbook

I'd love to see Apple producing an ARM powered netbook, after all its how ARM was started as a join venture between Acorn for their new range of desktops, and Apple for use on the innovative Newton hand held. However ARM are exclusively focused on ultra low power designs for devices such as the iPhone, and to compete in the netbook world you have to have something of equivalent performance to Intel's Atom, preferably with even lower power requirements.

It would take the former PA Semi engineers producing a design with a considerable increase in performance, similar to when DEC grafted on Alpha technology create the StrongARM, with 7x the performance of any existing ARM chip. When Intel gained DECs chip business they squandered all that lead, with the years late and very unimpressive XScale family.

However I suspect the answer is more mundane and Apple are going to take an existing ARM core and make a SOC with more of the iPhone support chips on board, as speculated in the article.

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Scientists study near-death sensations

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Near death experiance

"Journalist's impression of the brightly-lit-tunnel near-death sensation"

No, just a normal commute, about as close to a near death experience as it's possible to get.

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Robot airliner anti-missile escorts proposed

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Wake vortices

An absolutely stupid idea, another aircraft, even a computer controlled drone, cannot fly that close to a large airliner during take off due to wake vortices. Certainly not close enough to prevent a missile from locking on to the air liner during the early stages of flight. You either put the counter measures on the airliner itself, or you don't worry about threats far less likely than the crashes for other reasons such as Madrid.

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Seagate tries again with external drives

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Cara<spit>vans

Don't mention caravans.

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NASA preps Atlantis for Hubble mission

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Auto land?

A good question is if shuttle 2 rescues shuttle 1's crew, could shuttle 1 make an unmanned return to earth, and if it doesn't suffer significant re-entry damage, to auto land?

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CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites

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Widespread

Out of 10 banking an investment sites I've logged in to, only one is even using cookies set to "secure connections only", the rest are all "any connection", so I suspect the problem is extremely widespread.

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Intel X-25M solid-state drive

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Didn't alter performance

"The revised firmware had no apparent effect and didn’t alter performance"

Apart from the almost 3% drop in average read speed shown in the screen shots.

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London Stock Exchange limps back online

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Amazing reliability for MS

I think its an amazing achievement that a Microsoft system managed almost 15 months of uptime in a critical role before suffering a catastrophic failure, given the quality of code they produce.

But now that little experiment with Gate's toy has turned out the way everyone said it would and the opportunity to make untold millions have been lost, its time to put something in its place that wont fall over on the best trading day of the year, and to ensure the person responsible for commissioning it never works in financial services again.

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French firm intros remix-friendly music format

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It must be open

All the aims for this format could easily be achieved with out proprietary lock in, expensive commercial encoders, and codecs with limited platform availability. Any new format must be open, patent and/or royalty free, to prevent the ridiculous siltation of patent trolls using armed police to confiscate equipment from German trade shows.

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