* Posts by Stoke the atom furnaces

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Sea Gripen

A navalised version of the Saab Gripen would offer much better value for money than the buggy and eye-wateringly expensive F35B.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Convict Colony

How do you know when a plane is full of Poms?

It does not stop whining when you turn the engines off.

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Bruce

Name all eight planes Bruce to avoid causing a little confusion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyVX3uJpqxc

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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SAAB Sea Gripen could be a much better and cheaper choice.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Not fit for purpose

Why doesn't Microsoft quite whining about the NSA and get on with the job of fixing their buggy software?

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Motor car recall

Surely the comparison here should be with the motor vehicle industry.

if a vehicle contains a dangerous fault then it is recalled and repaired at the expense of the motor vehicle manufacturer. Why should software any different?

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Re: Quality

Are windowed operating systems complex? The technology is over 30 years old now.

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Competition sparks innovation

It is a failure of both purchase policy and competition regulation by governments that the IT industry is lumbered with a single near-monopoly supplier of PC OS software.

Until governments start activity promoting alternatives to Windows then cyber-attacks will remain commonplace.

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Quality

If the software was written properly in the first place then it would not need patching.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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Clippy Reborn ?

Microsoft Echo clone, "It sounds like you are trying to do some shopping, would you like me to bugger it up for you?"

The results would be mildly interesting if I trusted Microsoft with my personal data.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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I am very impressed with my daughters Asus chromebook. Very responsive, solidly built and the quad core ARM CPU gives it oodles of battery life.

I would love to see someone putting a Raspberry Pi into a laptop of the same quality and at the same price point.

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Re: Its not a 100% accurate emulation

The ZX81, not the Spectrum, had the wobbly RAM pack.

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Re: Rick Dickinson

"I don't really understand why people want it at all"

You wet blanket.

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Rick Dickinson

The industrial design for the new ZX Spectrum NEXT is by Rick Dickinson who designed the ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum and QL, which is why the new machine looks like a million dollars.

http://www.specnext.com/

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HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

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Why no mention yet in the Register of the ZX Spectrum Next Kickstarter, fully funded on St George's Day and the 35 anniversary of the launch of Sir Clive's original Speccy?

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Several sorts of fail

9: Bad luck : Tangerine Computer Systems, maker of the Oric-1 - their factory burnt down!

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Stocious

Great headline - I now know what Scots for p*ssed is.

Where is the video of the Uber self driving car driving though the red light?

Here :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdJ4oae8f4

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: Why not offer different battery pack options.

Renting out trailers with gasoline/generator cobos for long road trips might be a more realistic option.

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Natural Gas Vehicles

I wish the government / industry would pay more attention to natural gas powered vehicles.

NGVs have lower emissions that gasoline and diesel and, unlike hydrogen, there is an extensive natural gas pipe network already in place.

Tax dollars should be pushing NGVs, not battery powered electrics.

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Electric heater

Up here in New England (unlike old England) we have proper winters. I regularly drive to work when the outside air temperature is below -10C or -15C and I have driven to work in -25C weather.

Gasoline engines produce lots of lovely waste heat, but what I need to know before buying an electric car is the range of a Tesla in a traffic jam with the electric heater on full blast.

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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

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My current desktop machine came second hand from a school in Virginia via Ebay for $22. I upgraded it with a SSD and a 45nm 3.2GHz Quad Core Phenom II, and I think I am good to keep going for at least another two to three years.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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Re: The harsh reality

E-mail was moved over to MS Outlook some time ago, but we are still using a large number of legacy Lotus Notes databases which are time consuming to migrate to something better.

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The harsh reality

Not surprising, I have been using IBM Lotus Notes at work for the last 14 years and it is still a crock of sh*te.

If they cannot fix the obvious shortcomings of their products how can they expect to keep their jobs?

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With Skype, Microsoft's messaging strategy looks coherent at last (almost)

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Open Source Alternative to SKYPE

Any recommendations for an open source alternative to SKYPE that my daughter can use to chat to her Grandparents at the weekend?

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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

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Re: Competition at last?

"Optane is not supported on AMD."

Why not? Optane is just an SSD.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Microsoft "Technology"

"Microsoft ... invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences."

Apart from shiteware like cortana, metro interface, edge etc., is there any technology that is useful in Windows 10 that Vista (or stable OSes like XP or NT4.0 come to think of it) did not have?

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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"Anyone know what channels they need to go through to hack a telly?"

Spy-TV of course.

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

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Obsolete.

In the days of cheap tablets who still uses these crappy airline IFE entertainment systems?

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So. 256GB. 3D NAND. MicroSD. SanDisk. $199. Any further questions?

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256GB MicroSD? WOW.

And I remember thinking that it was very cool that 1.44MB FDDs had become cheap enough to give way on the front covers of computer magazines.

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Hopping the flash stepping stones to DIMM future

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Move from 64 to 128bit addressing?

I would say that 16 exbibytes of memory (2^64 bits) is enough for anybody :-)

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Thanks for the Memory (article)

Great article!

I guess at some point larger on chip CPU SRAM caches and low latency high bandwidth Flash based non-volatile storage combine to make DRAM redundant for many low end systems.

I still wonder though why the DIMMs fitted to current high end machines have not yet dumped DRAM in favour of SRAM. For applications that are not so sensitive to price and power consumption (a high end gaming rig for example) the lower latency of the SRAM would give a useful performance boost.

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Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch

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Anyone understand what Intel are doing here?

Have they finally gotten around to plumbing flash memory directly into the address space of their CPUs, rather than having all processor<->SSD I/O squeeze through a serial ATA interface?

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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"Trump drained the swamp."

Seen his tax returns? Trump is the swamp.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Pint

Cheaper food at the supermarket.

Here's to the end of all price support mechanisms and agricultural production subsidies that keep food at the supermarket expensive.

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Microsoft's device masterplan shows it's still fighting Apple

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Why !

My car does not mow the lawn or wash the dishes, so why do I need a 2in1 computer? I like different devices for different tasks.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Why?

Microsoft Windows was originally launched in November 1985.

You have to wonder why after 30+ years it is still has vulnerabilities that need patching.

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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BBC BASIC V

All for Windows on ARM if it runs ARM Basic.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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Re: Last time

The US Pacific Fleet is based at Naval Base San Diego, CA.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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The WIMPs interface was a mature technology 20 years ago, anything that was worth adding to Windows was added to it years ago.

MS should concentrate on debugging and rewriting its bloated Windows software, not producing a bunch of new crap that no one outside of MS marketing department is remotely interested in.

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Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

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'[' follows 'Z' in ASCII.

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Re: An den......?

Like hurricanes, Ubuntu can start using the Greek alphabet. Watch out for Alpha African Swallow next year.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Harrier Jump Jet

The USMC also operates ahighly versatile STVOL aircraft called the Harrier.

Maybe the MoD could look into operating an anglicised version of this aircraft from the Queen Elizabeth?

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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BSODing IoT devices.

Can a headless Windows 10 device automatically reboot itself when it BSODs?

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Deja Vu

Good point, and it is hardly as if dozens of humans have not been born after their parents went into space. Go experiment on them!

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Red Dwarf

Given the planet is probably tidally locked to the star then the working day would never end - ever.

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Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

Wouldn't a blue ocean also require an oxygen atmosphere for the same reasons the sky and oceans of the Earth are blue?

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Blakes 7

For these of us who remember late 70s/early 80s BBC SciFi, 'Zen' is an awesome name but is each core now called a Tarriel Cell?

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Re: SSEE-U

I thought the SSEE-U was the 'Sexit'

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James Callaghan

James Callaghan did pass the Oxford University entrance exam, but coming from working class Portsmouth was too poor to take up his place.

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