* Posts by Roj Blake

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Micron making mucho memory moolah

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Re: It's a "commodity"...

Indeed, RAM pricing has been cyclical for some time.

At the moment all of the factories making RAM are running at full capacity and so there is a shortage of RAM. Word on the street is that extra capacity should be coming online over the Summer and that RAM prices will start to fall after that.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Doesn't matter any more?

Excellent rant, would read again.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: It's quite a small object (Far away - or not?)

As Father Ted would say, this brown dwarf is small but close. Those are far away...

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: A Matter of Theological Debate

That would be an ecumenical question.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: More Magic than Goldilocks orbit distance...

Other sets of conditions that are good for life (but not as we know it) might exist - icy gas giant moons for example.

And even if only one in a million worlds can support life, there are many billions of planets in the galaxy

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Re: "majority of cases, the officer thinks that they are doing it for the right reasons"

Indeed - they almost certainly thought they were fitting up the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four for the right reasons.

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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

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Deja Vu

Call me cynical, but the government will end up just ignoring any decision that goes against them, as they did with votes for prisoners and retention of DNA.

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An under-appreciated threat to your privacy: Security software

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Re: Wildebeest v Lion

The obvious survival strategy would be to herd together and let the lions take down the weakest.

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Gov.UK pulls plug on its YouTube ads amid extremism concerns

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Re: Part of my pension fund is invested in Google

Of course, if companies like Google paid their fair share of tax there would be less need for private pensions.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: Too gay for words

"I'm thinking of a good free webmail that I can use instead of gmail"

Tutanota.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: sea power

The more interesting question is: "Can you keep it open (or respectively closed) with a carrier deployment?" or there are more cost-effective ways to do this.

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The answer depends on whether or not the carriers are equipped with aircraft.

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SolidFire chief talks up secret upcoming hyperconverged system

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Proprietary

What are the odds that the hardware will only work with other Solidfire products?

Surely, in the age of software-defined everything it's better to buy some off the shelf servers and put Openstack on them?

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FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

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Re: A real policeman once said

There's also the case of Guinness boss Ernest Saunders who proved after his conviction for dodgy share trading that he really did have dementia. He was released from prison and his subsequent recovery was nothing short of miraculous.

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Germany to roll out €100bn gigabit internet network

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"So, if SS-GB was factual ( rather than just the Beeb copying Amazon's Man in a High Castle)"

It's based on Len Deighton's 1978 novel of the same name. It also has a far superior ending to Dick's take on the alternate history genre.

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Re: Surely not?

There's also the town of Wankdorf, home to Young Boys FC as per the various famous headlines... http://www.espnfc.com/story/337901/young-boys-wankdorf-erection-relief

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: some of us like...

The Life Scientific? Inside Science?

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"1) It supposed to be impartial... is it? Or does it support the Left?"

Clearly former Young Conservatives chairman Nick Robinson and Bullingdon boy David Dimbleby are Trotskyites intent on ushering in a workers' paradise.

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Having to watch Jeremy Kyle seems a bit extreme as a punishment for not paying one's fair share.

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ZTE blow as UK.gov suspends Chinese telco's visa scheme

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Sounds like somebody refused to co-operate with GCHQ...

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

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Re: But What About Purley?

Yes, I'm talking about the Skylakes. I'm not sure what rumours you've heard, but the road map that I may or may not have seen has no mention of an E5-2699v5, mainly because they're merging E5 and E7 and completely changing the nomenclature.

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But What About Purley?

So the AMD processor due out in the Summer outperforms Intel's current offering.

Fair enough. Well done AMD.

But the real question is: how will it compare against Intel's Purley series, also due out in the Summer?

Hint: Purley will wipe the floor

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Fancy that – the sharing economy lobby doesn't speak for the sharers

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The word you're looking for is "parasite"

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Worrying Implication

This isn't so bad if it only uses publicly accessible information. But put it in the hands of a government that already has access to all sorts of private info (ie as a result of the IP Act) and things become somewhat serious.

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

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Big Brother

Orwell

"The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely."

"The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously."

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That big scary 1.4bn leak was 100s of millions of email, postal addresses

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Re: there are some other significant leaks today

Coincidentally, the BBC are reporting that MI5 have worked out how to hack Samsung tellies.

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

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Re: So about prostitutes...

"they never look happy or have a spring in their step"

Not the ones you've paid, anyway.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Re: Near miss?

You might say that it's infinitely improbable.

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Nokia 3310 'Supremo Putin' edition goes on sale in Russia

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"Possibly for the same reason that the Yakuza buy left hand drive Mercedes despite the Japanese driving on the left. It's making a statement."

It also means you can drive and do a drive-by shooting at the same time.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Re: An alternate perspective

"A mobility-impaired friend of mine has had a new lease on life since Uber came to her city. Do you want to take that away?"

How do you think your friend will get on after Uber have driven the local taxi firms out of business, ramp up their prices and then start using driverless cars?

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US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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Contempt

When did contempt of congress cease to be a crime?

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Rule 1

Rule 1 for cloud providers: make sure your status page is on someone else's infrastructure.

Poor show AWS, poor show.

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The most l33t phone of MWC: DarkMatter's Katim

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Really Secure...

...except for all the data going back to Google.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Re: Ha

Except that the ECHR (which Mrs May will remove us from shortly after Brexit) will declare such blatant backdoorery illegal.

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Re: #OscarsSoWhite, really?

Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos

- H.J. Simpson.

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

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Re: G-BVJT

Or possibly that Flightradar24 has received a gagging order.

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NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years

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Postmen

There have been past cases of postmen going to prison after it was discovered that they were storing mail in their homes rather than delivering it. ie https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/dec/18/post

Why do I get the impression nobody will get punished for this latest NHS fiasco?

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: Do we get to choose who goes?

If it's Noel Edmonds and Michael Gove, I'll put a few quid into the kitty.

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Brit cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

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And they wonder...

...why nobody trusts the police any more

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Re: The Cloud...

The security and data protection at a decent cloud company will put 99% of in-house solutions to shame.

Emphasis on the decent.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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You're assuming that you're the customer.

You're not.

It's the ad men who are the customers.

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Re: personal system

And of those five minutes, the first two are a recap of what happened before the break and the last two are a teaser for what's coming after the next one.

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Re: How many swallows do you need for a summer?

Yes.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Re: Cat...Pfft, you need a Polymorph

Upvote for the acronym.

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Re: Cat

You don't actually need your cat to be a good mouser. Mice tend to avoid the area once they get a whiff of the feline aroma.

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Re: Someone added a zero?

So ~that's~ why they call it CAT5...

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Whisky

My money's on it being due a leak at the Lagavulin distillery.

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Sorry You Were Out

Now the UPS driver can deliver the Sorry You Were Out cards from the comfort of his van.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008

Diogenes: the 2016 article refers to people having to hand over their user names or URLs, not their passwords. There's a big difference!

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Seems cromulent to me.

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Re: Make your MP pay.

Hahahaha, you think MPs actually read the stuff that's sent to them? Every time I've contacted my MP (the artch-Thatcherite Sir Gerald Howarth in case you were wondering) I've received back a pro-forma response sent by a lackey.

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