* Posts by Paul J Turner

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Paul J Turner

Re: Sorry Prof'

Thanks for your post with a link in it Red Bren. I used view-source and had a practice on an old forum post

I tested with - <_a _ _h_r_e_f_=_"_h_t_t_p_s_:_/_/_c_9_._i_o_/_"_>_C_l_o_u_d_ _9_<_/_a_>

take out the '_' characters

I thought that there was some substitution of '[' and ']' for '<' and '>' but that may have been some other forum.

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Paul J Turner

Sorry Prof'

'The Moon' IS a planet not 'A Moon'.

If the Earth was to vanish it's orbit would continue pretty much unchanged.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/is-the-moon-a-planet-1064356920

Also, It's long past bloody time that El Reg made it easy to include hyperlinks, or at least made the information on how to embed them clear, complete and easy to find.

I think I found a reference once, but it assumed html expertise. Is a button that hard to implement?

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Microsoft on Cloud 9 after online biz boosts profits to $6.3bn in second quarter

Paul J Turner

Microsoft on Cloud 9?

Don't let them hear you say that! Cloud 9

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Paul J Turner

Microsoft on Cloud 9?

Don't let them hear you say that! https://c9.io/

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Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

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close, but no cigar

“Australia's broadband is rubbish because we abandoned the fibre build”

->

“Australia's broadband is rubbish because we abandoned the all-fibre build”

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As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

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Re: Just the beginning

"Light Water Reactors produce what is known as reactor grade plutonium. It is utterly useless for nuclear weapons and nobody has ever used reactor grade plutonium in a weapon."

Then they won't be building just Light Water Reactors, will they? Simples!

I expect there will be suitable reactors in among the power reactors, probably on the same sites.

Early refuelling of LWRs is a less convenient but possible option, so Weapons-Grade Plutonium CAN be produced by Light Water Reactors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons-grade#Weapons-grade_plutonium

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Paul J Turner

Re: Just the beginning

"a decent arsenal." = "weapons that we ourselves actually have control of."

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Paul J Turner

Just the beginning

I expect to see a lot more reduction of renewables and it's Donald Trump's fault (I'm going for the popular vote).

Now that they have had a wake-up call that they can't rely on the US to keep us safe in Asia, they are probably drawing up plans for a bunch of Australian-owned and operated nuclear power stations to make plutonium (as a 'by-product', honest) to start building a decent arsenal.

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Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

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Re: As I have said for the last two years

Actually I mean the overall speed to the source.

Obviously some servers just aren't too fast but a lot of slowdown is due to crappy low bandwidth links being used on the principle that not everybody uses them at the same time.

Unfortunately, greed for profit sees this taken way too far resulting in rubbish performance for far too much of the day.

'Provisioning' they call it, I'd like to put their network architects and capacity planners in a room and 'provision' their air. I'm sure they don't all breathe in at the same time.

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Paul J Turner

As I have said for the last two years

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/07/26/oz_regulator_eyes_broadband_marketing/

"The only thing that needs to happen is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it."

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

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That's the point

"All three, to El Reg, sound like technical descriptions for all modern GPUs."

Well, yes. The Unified Shader in particular was a big step forward and if they have patents on it you can bet that Nvidia will be next on the list when they've finished with the 'littler' guys.

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Comms sector teams with business lobby to slam George-Brandis-as-NetAdmin law

Paul J Turner

The first security reform...

Should be Fibre to the Premises with always-on encryption for everybody.

Much harder to tap than a pair of copper wires!

Oh, sorry, didn't they mean the end users security?

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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I like it

It's a darned good idea, all that deadwood festooned with red tape that was created for a brief purpose and then often left because nobody could be bothered with doing cleaning when it had served it's purpose.

Now the buggers that created it and left it will have to tidy it up.

I look forward to the infighting as people try and defend their own bit of history that someone else sees as trash.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

Paul J Turner

Meanwhile...

http://qz.com/875491/japanese-white-collar-workers-are-already-being-replaced-by-artificial-intelligence/

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

Paul J Turner

Re: Say that again, Jerry ... I can't hear you over HRD's bullshit

" it is patently obvious that something is plugged into the headphone jack right next to the microphone."

That would be the headphones resting on top of the rig then? (just a wild guess)

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

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From April 2014

This features a couple of the characters mentioned -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzGd-5kwR9E

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NetComm kicked to the curb by nbn™ for fibre-not-quite-to-the-home

Paul J Turner

Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC)

You're F'in kidding me right?

It's Fibre-to-the-Kerb (FTTK) in Australia.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/07/kick-it-to-the-kerb-not-the-curb/

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

Paul J Turner

Not long now...

Until we can cross off Anti-Phlogisten / Dark Matter and Mana / Dark energy mysticism and get back to actual science in Astrophysics.

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

Paul J Turner

Re: It's a what?!

I guess someone is importing bits for a big pokies (slot machine) order or upgrades.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

Paul J Turner

A new Plumber's friend

https://twitter.com/Leicparanormal/status/773509542957223936

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Paul J Turner

Re: Microsoft will be paying vendors to deploy their malware os Windows 10....

@ <a|a>=1

Search on eBay - "Hystou Fanless Core i5 Mini PC Desktop Computer" Loads of variations.

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Turnbull's Transformers intend to test single sign-on to Gov.au on the offshore, public cloud

Paul J Turner

I'm very much afraid...

That we know what end they're thinking of taking this idea to.

So please Mr Turnbull, If you only watch one video this year...

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3_0x6oaDmI

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EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

Paul J Turner

The problem is...

That they HAVE tried turning it On and Off again, when they should have turned it Off and then On again!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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That takes me back about 50 years!

Ha, this reminds me of when I was a kid and sometimes went out with dad on a Saturday doing line testing as the 'navvies' (Irish labourers mostly from the term 'navigator' for ditch digger etc) laid new telephone cables.

I got to help make tea in a teapot about 400mm (16") across with stout handles at the front and back so that you could pick it up and pour it.

Full of water bought to a seething boil, a packet of tea (Typhoo iirc) half a bag of sugar and a lot of milk.

Everybody had strong, sweet tea with milk and liked it! :-)

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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

Paul J Turner

As I said last year

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/11/09/nbn_mulls_capacity_charge_revamp/#c_2692854

The only thing that needs to happen is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

Paul J Turner

Fully independent entity within Microsoft

So there'll be no irresistible temptation to fiddle with any of this tech? - https://engineering.linkedin.com/architecture/brief-history-scaling-linkedin - for about a month at least I'm guessing.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Paul J Turner

Now we know

Why insisting that Government departments adopt IPv6 never got anywhere.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

Paul J Turner

Re: This shows why...

"Our grandchildren will crap on our graves in revenge for the state of the world we will leave them."

I'm being a bastard and getting cremated rather than going for Carbon sequestration. The grand-kids will have been breathing atoms of me for years.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Paul J Turner

Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Maybe so, but the more the power companies lower their watts per dollar the better and better things like this will look. Sooner or later someone will figure out a way of manufacturing them for the right price then it's just a matter of power storage, which is already doable but also needs a price improvement.

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

Paul J Turner

I wonder,

Does that Broadcom division source the chips (CPU and now WiFi) used in the Raspberry Pi boards?

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Paul J Turner

Rather damned sad...

to see a picture of Jimmy Edwards labelled just "twitter_headmaster" :-(

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Edwards

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Paul J Turner

Something's not right

If there's a bunch of people who pay to go in to not watch the movie, either the movies have too much time with nothing much happening to hold their attention continuously, or they are just a**holes there to annoy people. So make movies that cater to the ADD crowd and/or get some big blokes to throw the nuisances out.

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Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

Paul J Turner

– seeded from the Apache Drill project –

I see what you did there...

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Paul J Turner

On the plus side

The BACP people now know that harboring murderous thoughts and wanting ten minutes with the miscreants and a baseball bat can be perfectly normal.

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

Paul J Turner

Poor use for the band

It would be much better used for the emergency services with the extra range and superior wall penetration. I think this has been mentioned in other stories earlier this year.

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Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board

Paul J Turner

I'm not sure Intel will care

They already made Galileo look rubbish themselves with the Edison module - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26978356/compare-intel-galileo-and-intel-edison

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Queensland council plans own optical fibre network

Paul J Turner

Why is it called FTTN?

There is One fibre connected to the node and likely Tens of copper lines connecting it to the premises.

Shouldn't it be called Copper To The Node (CTTN) ?

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China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

Paul J Turner

I don't believe it

They're building a brand new fab to produce flash just when everybody is hot and sweaty for Xpoint memory which will make it all obsolete? Pull the other one.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Paul J Turner

Re: Maybe I've been out of the country too long

Actually it's right. Suppose they measured the error to picosecond accuracy but the uncertainty was 140 parts per million (I have no idea what the accuracy actually was) then they have a result to within +/- 0.000000000140 of a second.

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NBN mulls capacity charge revamp

Paul J Turner

The only thing that needs to happen

Is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it.

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

Paul J Turner

What's that smell?...

Venus is closer to the Sun, has no planetary magnetic field and still has a thick dense atmosphere. Any other bright ideas? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus

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NewEgg cracks open Australian shipping scheme

Paul J Turner

Bit of a worry

I see that Returns for SSDs seem to be limited to 15 days or so. Is that allowed now in Australia or is this the first dilution of consumer's right since the TPP? Warranties look like being with the manufacturer perhaps. Some clarification would be nice.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

Paul J Turner

Waiting to hear from Kogan

If there will ever be an update to my Kogan / Benq Agora-4G phone from Android 4.4.2.

Could be worse though - https://medium.com/@tuesdev/as-many-others-i-didn-t-want-to-wait-the-next-6-8-months-to-receive-a-oneplus-2-invite-ba20ac8606ae

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Paul J Turner

How nice

that this serious problem has been rectified. P.S. 7 Billion people don't give a shit, why is this on an IT/tech news site?

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Malcolm Turnbull punts football RIGHT INTO YOUR FACE

Paul J Turner

Pointless

Definition is an old and inadequate measure. The new hotness is bit-rate. Just looking at the god-awful crap that is served up in childrens TV timeslots in particular is nauseating. Lego-vision on sudden scene changes and artifacts around borders of different coloured objects make me wonder how they ever hope to keep young viewers as they grow older when they serve them low-grade slop like that. I can well imagine that even at HD for sports there will be inadequate bit-rate employed to save a bit of bandwidth and transmitter power, too bad if the rubbish codec skimps on a bit of the scene holding vital detail to see what really happened.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Paul J Turner

Re: "people posting on FB that they will be upgrading"

If we don't hear from them that there were big problems, we can assume that's because there were? ;-)

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Paul J Turner

Well, okay...

So long as they run a gold-plated nuclear-powered steam locomotive on it.

I am fed up of waiting for the trans-Atlantic one.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

Paul J Turner

I would not be surprised

if the US didn't think of spooks in the five-eyes alliance as working for them too and so had equivalent information on those people too. If that was shown to have any grain of truth this could get even uglier.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Higher wortking conditions

"... the pay in these outfits is typically better and working conditions higher."

What, Krugerrands and flying at 30,000 plus feet? Or have you got your sentence muddled?

"... the pay in these outfits is typically higher and working conditions better."

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