* Posts by Roj Blake

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Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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But they can't even create...

...a fully autonomous Prime Minister.

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UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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Re: when does the criminal trial start?

Criminal trials are for poor people.

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Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Re: main thing is that they pulse

So would this laser beam (from the aliens' perspective anyway) on account of the Earth rotating.

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BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

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Re: Why not import from America or else where?

Because in the event of a no deal there will be nowhere enough customs people to cope with the workload, no matter where the kit is coming from.

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Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 200 Engineers... ...using iPad Pros... ...none of them could be called "idiot"

That because it's not the engineers who bought them.

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: DAT?

DAT tape?

Are you a PNS* Syndrome sufferer?

* PIN Number Syndrome

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Re: Presumably

The smell was probably so great they felt the need to Sit Down.

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The end (of the flash boom) is nigh! But not before SK Hynix tallies up its record revenues

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I regularly buy RAM, its price has definitely started to drop over the last month or two.

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Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: Too many stood silent ..............

You have literally just compared people who feel that their brains are a different gender to the bodies they were born with to Nazis.

Words fail me.

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A Wise Man Once Said...

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."

- Socrates (possibly)

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Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Re: Spacewar

I too was under the impression that Space War was the oldest game.

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: MMC

But why is there only one Monopolies and Mergers Commission?

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UK.gov asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you?

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Magic

If you can replace "AI" in a sentence with "magic" and it still makes sense, then either someone does not know what they're talking about, or they are trying to hoodwink you.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Mickey The Cat

Didn't Bart Simpson's dog once have a credit card as well?

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: English Idio.....

I'm a Brit, and I regularly use compo as either an abbreviation of compensation or as a reference to an elderly scruffy Yorkshireman.

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: Dear God

I'm sorry, I haven't a clue what you're talking about.

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Re: Dear God

A girl I know once told me that she loves double entendres, so I gave her one.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Executives of large companies think short-term, not long. Shoring up the share price today is more important than preventing a collapse in a few years time when they will have cashed in on their stock options and moved on.

Hence the denials.

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Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Re: Planet X?

According to the Dune novels, Planet Ix is where all the decent technology comes from.

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Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

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Re: Revenue increase ?

One of the affected CPUs is the Xeon Gold 5118, which last time I checked was on special offer when in Dell servers.

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Michael Dell serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

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Re:how can a company be that much in debt and not be considered to be a complete basket case?

In much the same way that person earning £50k/year can have a £350k mortgage, a £20k car loan, and £50k in student loans and not be considered profligate.

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"There were also reports at the time that the deal wasn't popular among hedge funds."

Sounds like the sort of deal that's good for the company in the long-term then.

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Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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The End of the World as we Know It?

I Believe that this alleged shortage could be The Final Straw, especially as these metals come from Half A World Away.

Some Good Advices would be to Hope this isn't some mad genius's Endgame.

Having said that, even if Everybody Hurts it won't be The End Of The World As We Know It.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Re: 'Skripal Case Shows the Limits of Surveillance'

Full credit to those Russian lads for managing to travel on SWR from Waterloo to Salisbury on a Sunday and from there to Heathrow.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Yes.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: Digital Tax

In fairness, the licence fee has in the past been raided to pay for various digital rollouts.

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Re: How about the Leveson Enquiry anyone ...

Implementing Leveson (including Leveson 2) in full is already Labour policy.

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Re: Hmm

So you refer the current system where the PM of the day selects some of the BBC Board and then they select the rest?

Do you not see the problem with this?

As someone who is clearly not a fan of Corbyn, would you prefer he parachuted in one of his mates to run the BBC as per the current rules, or would you rather he didn't have much of a say?

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Re: They pay the legal share of taxes.

Correct. Amazon, Facebook and Google do indeed pay all of the tax that they are obliged to by the law. And that is why Corbyn is suggesting a change in the law.

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Re: Are we expected to ignore all the antisemitism from just the last 2 years

Surveys suggest that there is less anti-semitism in the Labour party than in the Conservative Party and in society as whole.

So yes, we are expected to ignore it, unless other similar problems in other parties are given equivalent prominence.

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Britain's ticketing is antiquated

"I don't know why the British trains hold on to such old and nasty systems for most of the country."

Because there's no incentive for them to invest in anything.

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Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

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Partridge

Am I alone in reading the byline in the voice of Alan Partridge during his Toblerone addiction?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Also need an Email Account

I forget how I did it, but a year or so back I did manage to create a Google account using a non-Gmail email.

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Disk will eat itself: Flash price crash just around the over-supplied block

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We've got several thousand consumer SSDs deployed in servers and for the most part, you're right.

Some do get hammered and wear out after less than a year though.

As well as the extra endurance, enterprise SSDs tend to come in higher capacities. Micron do an 11TB Enterprise job, but their consumer drives (that you will know as Crucial) only go up to 2TB.

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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

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Yep, I'd be shocked if Google didn't already have a few Cascade Lake servers in its labs.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: In many Tory seats they have put up a blind pig and they got elected.

And the things that pig had to do to get the nomination...

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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

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Re: hardware RAID controllers?

Intel do a thing called VROC - Virtual RAID On CPU. It's designed for use with MVMe and while it's not quite as good as a hardware RAID, it's a lot better than software.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Communist leaders and their sensitivities

And Cameron means "man who is fellated by livestock" in English.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: What a load of carp!

There's really no plaice in the modern world for graphs like that.

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Re: People will only be mislead if they don't pay attention

So a bit like the Brexit referendum then?

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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It's not the ID Cards I'm against...

...so much as the giant, all-pervasive government database that will sit behind them.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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At times it feels at least as Kafkaesque as Orwellian.

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Re: I would hardly expect precise targetting

Lord Mountbatten is unfortunately unavailable, but Lord Blair of Basra would be well up for it.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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If I actually bought anything from Cisco...

...this would be enough to make me "switch" to someone else.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Re: Brexiteers jump ship

It will be virtually impossible to get rid of May during a Parliamentary recess because:

a) Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act you need to have a vote before you can call a general election ahead of schedule

b) Leadership challenges in the Tory party are organised by the 1922 committee which doesn't meet unless Parliament is sitting. They also use Commons infrastructure for the initial rounds of voting.

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems must be really worried about losing the data of both of their supporters.

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Sir Humphrey Appleby...

...is alive and well, it seems.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: why can't it be put to the vote?

Because there's a strong chance that the result will be the same. And if that happens, you can kiss goodbye to any hope of anything but the hardest of hard Brexits.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Son? Is that you?

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