* Posts by Roj Blake

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Towns again....

HMS Cockchafer, now there was a ship with a great name.

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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Re: SImplification

It's different and it takes a bit of getting used to, but there is a logic behind the new system.

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Re: Not mentioned the support for NVDIMM

That's coming in Coffee Lake, next year.

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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"to probe the atomic structure of the droplets"

I'm pretty sure that's not what they were doing.

In this case atoms, molecules and crystals are all different things.

And x-ray diffraction isn't great at probing atomic structure anyway.

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Re: Trihydrogen...?

IIRC dilithium's HOMO (highest occupied molecular orbital, no sniggering at the back) would be anti-bonding, meaning the molecule would fall apart before it's been formed

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'Vicious' neutron star caught collecting dustbunnies

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Re: Three degrees

You beat me to it!

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: My God! You're a machine!

"My wife often tells me I'm artistic. Funny thing is that I hate painting."

You're definitely somewhere on the artistic spectrum.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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If you're going to pull someone up on their spelling or grammar, please try to at least use punctuation.

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Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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Re: I'm surprised the interested agencies don't register as advertisers

Please don't give them ideas!

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: the pride rainbow generally only has six colours

Even Newton had trouble with the number of colours in a rainbow. He could only actually see five but decided that seven was a better number.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

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Yesterday dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of local storage guys had their storage go down on them. You won't have heard about it though because the individual events were too small to be newsworthy.

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Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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Re: A classic

A journalist at the Daily Express did something similar when Richard Desmond bought the paper. It was his final piece.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2001/jan/08/uknews

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Irony

It's somewhat ironic that it's the Tory GLA members who are moaning about this when it's the Tory government that's slashed police budgets.

My ironyometer is registering about 20 kilospoons right now.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: How about if we stop making more terrorists in the first place?

According to the acclaimed documentary Rambo III the Mujihadeen (AKA the Taliban) were indeed goodies.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: 'front bum'

Not as fun as the name of the street at the centre of London's red light district prior to the Great Fire.

Yes, I know they didn't have lights then, but you know what I mean.

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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

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Re: Hmmmm

You're forgetting that these people don't go into business to make money for the business. They do it to make money for themselves.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: IoT vs Users

"Only fools would buy them" until such time as there is no alternative. By then, it's too late.

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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Re: the Morissette Scale?

The SI unit of irony is the kilospoon.

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Re: As Yoda said, "There is another...."

You wait a century for an eclipse, and then two come along at once...

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Will They Look as Good on 11th July?

That's when Intel is unveiling it's Xeon Scalable range.

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Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

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Re: Sounds like some politicians and crooked civil servants are getting a bit nervous.

Being a data fetishist and being crooked and corrupt are not mutually exclusive things.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: The Tories properly shafted the Libs on that PR referendum

Repeat after me: Alternative Vote is not Proportional Representation

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Oz government says UK's backdoor will be its not-a-backdoor model

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Not a backdoor...

...since it will just be a hole without a door that can be closed.

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

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Horses for Courses

There are some people who are really good at data analysis because they've been doing since before "big data" was a thing and because the data is relevant to the questions they want to ask. Banks and supermarkets for example.

For most people however, they won't learn anything they didn't know already.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: a magic flavour-removing spoon for coffee?

Easily done - simply coat the spoon in CoffeeMate.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Why would anyone want to stop someone from marrying their horse?

Consent might be an issue...

Vicar: Do you take this man as your husband?

Horse: Neigh

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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Re: A very narrow-minded bureaucratic point of view

Isn't New Zealand also a part of Australasia?

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HPE sales slide, profits evaporate... but think of the future, CEO urges

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Family Guy

I think Peter Griffin had it right when he said "shut up, Meg"

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Single Point of Failure

Even if the subs have secure IT, the policy of at times only having one loaded and at sea does mean that our deterrent has a single point of failure.

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Store Loyalty Cards

I wouldn't be at all surprised if they also buy up loyalty card information to get data on cash purchases.

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"A pity they don't do much about these people."

MI5 have to let a few attacks through to maintain their funding and gain enhanced powers.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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Re: What about now?

RAM and SSD prices have gone up because of a global shortage caused by demand outstripping supply. Everyone and their dog are currently building new factories which should mean that by the end of the year supply is again greater than demand and prices will fall after that.

Of course, if you're in the UK prices have also gone up because of the Pound's collapse against the Dollar.

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Broken Planet

My money's still on it being on a large planet in the process of breaking up.

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

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Re: Tough choices

A lot of the time we have a single Trident-carrying submarine at sea. That's a single point of failure and so can't be relied upon.

Also, Russia is big. Really big. You may think it's a long way to the chemists, but that's nothing compared to how big Russia is. So even if that single submarine did fire its nukes, it wouldn't be able to completely depopulate Russia immediately. And of course, Putin will have a fancy bunker somewhere.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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Communication Service Providers

So if I read it right, CSPs will not only have to provide the government with data at their own cost (as per the IPA), but will in future have to pay a levy for the privilege?

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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Re: "a court-appointed "special master" will make sure the order is followed."

In Waymo's defence, claiming ownership over the laws of optics is no worse than a certain other company claiming ownership of rounded corners.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: First Past the Post

But when given a choice, people overwhelmIngly voted in favour of FPTP.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: Uber is loved by the governments in reality

An electronic version of the 1930s when every morning a crowd of men would appear at the docks or wherever and the bosses would select the workers for that day.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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The idea is that a bomb can cause more damage if it's pressed against the side of the cabin. If it's in the hold, the terrorist has no way of determining where the bomb ends up (unless he has an accomplice among the baggage handlers).

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Re: What doesn't Dell have? A public cloud

Also, while Dell may not have a public cloud, a lot of its partners do, running on Dell hardware.

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Microsoft distie Entatech goes TITSUP

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Fujitsu

The main factor has to be the loss of the Fujitsu business. They had pretty much bet the family farm on getting into enterprise sales when they got dumped.

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Dell sneaks speeds-and-feeds-free peek at 14th-gen PowerEdge servers

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Re: Wow

Is that you, Meg?

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Let's go live to the Uber-Waymo legal war – and see what's happening

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Re: When you see what it takes to get rich...

How do they sleep at night? Between a pair of leggy blondes and with a large bowl of cocaine on the bedside table I'd imagine.

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Uber are Disruptors

And by disruptors, I mean arseholes.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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No Way I'm Going to Divorce Facebook.

Because to get a divorce, we'd need get married beforehand. And we've not even been on a date.

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Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

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ICR

These are the people who have unfettered access to your internet connection records.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Usually, turkeys have not the leisure to enjoy Christmas, they have been eaten by November...

Only in the US.

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Re: Only one question

By not voting, you support the status quo.

If you want to protest against the establishment, then either spoil your ballot paper or vote for a candidate that's not a moron.

If no such candidate exists, stand yourself.

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324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co

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"Ken's Tucker Fried Chicken"

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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The Tories are cutting funding to museums, so even that option won't be around for much longer.

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