* Posts by charles blackburn

14 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jan 2008

Breaker, breaker: LTE is coming to America's CB radio frequencies

charles blackburn

Re: That's not CB...

Right now the primary user of that band of frequencies are radio location, aero radio nav and satellites

charles blackburn

Re: That's not CB...

the amateur allocation ends at 3.5 ghz so it's not that

DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home

charles blackburn
Linux I use an HP desktop machine i got at best buy for 600 bucks... it has (iirc) a 2.8 gig amd cpu 4 gigs of ram and 1Tb hdd space. it runs 3 linux vm's (web, mail, dev/mysql) and a win wk3 server for some other media and windows server stuff I work on. runs pretty well even though a lot of times, i'm hammering the mysql database which currently stands at about 5 gig over 6 databases. the database itself is hung on a NFS share from the host machine that way it's easier to connect to it from my laptops and other desktops. I could do with more ram and a bigger drive though but all in all it does what I want it to do.

Microsoft arms Win8 store apps with remote self-destruct

charles blackburn

the operative word here being "MAY"

In cases where we remove a paid app from your Windows 8 Beta device not at your direction, we may refund to you the amount you paid for the license.

in other words, even if you paid 400 bucks for the license, if we decide you shouldn't be running something you paid for, we'll delete it for you and oh btw, we still keep the money.

GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

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So you did it. Well done! Now this is where it gets interesting. Could you use your skills and ingenuity to combat terrorism and cyber threats? As one of our experts, you'll help protect our nation's security and the lives of thousands. Every day will bring new challenges, new solutions to find – and new ways to prove that you're one of the best.

i lol'd

Rogue toilet takes out Norfolk server

charles blackburn

well there's the obvious one

Norfolk server takes a s**t (or dump)

BT OpenZone: Is it or isn't it?

charles blackburn

I would be opn to the prospect if...

BT would either cut my bill down to compensate me for ME providing a service FOR THEM or pay me directly..

hey.. maybe I should create an invoice to BT for bandwidth used by their openzone hotspot that they didnt ask for :P

i reckon 1000 quid a kilobyte is fair dont you? :)

mine's the one with the blank invoices in the pocket

Half Life 2 used for firefight fire drill

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@ TeeCee

now now... come on.. all CS:Source players (and 1.6 players) know that it's better to run with your knife out :))

"counter terrorists win"

I suppose this brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "this is a save round" :))

'I don't blame pilot', says San Diego jet crash father

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yea... down...

Elgato EyeTV DTT Deluxe 'world's smallest' USB TV tuner

charles blackburn

well of course...

"For instance, we tried the telescopic aerial first, raised to its maximum extent and pointing straight upwards. Elagto's EyeTV 3 software reported an average signal strength but a poor signal quality - visually obvious from the blocking in the picture. So we pushed the antenna down so it was horizontal. The signal strength barely changed, but the signal quality rocketed up to 90 per cent, and we were able to watch BBC News without interruption."

That's probablk more due to the fact that OTA tv signals are horizontally polarised, and the fact that if you have a vertical antenna and a horizontal signal (or vice-versa) you lose 20db oof signal on average. it can be a boon to cut out noise, but when you have a marginal signal or one with a lot of reflections (which cause ghosting) it can be a pain..

Tux, cus will it work on a pc with loonix ? :P

IBM, PGP fill Bletchley Park's rattling tin

charles blackburn
Black Helicopters

they dont like it up um

dont panic... dont panic.... the yanks are here to sav us once again....

at least this time they're doing some good tho.... heck... imho if it saves bletchley then great, but only as long as it stays an english institution and not one that's run by the yanks.

and I agree with sean.... it HAS TO BE a heritage site...get some of them coffers out of 2 jags and the rest of th cronies down south in the big posh places.

just my tuppence worth

black helicopter? cus bletchley was the start of the BH brigade :)

Media police assault takes down legit video website

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Of course, some people may say Revision3 is little more than a site that offers second-rate videos, so where is the real harm in knocking it off line for a few days. Well, Louderback has anticipated that and offers this counter-argument:

"What if MediaDefender discovers a tracker inside a hospital, fire department or 911 center? If it happened to us, it could happen to them too."

Of course who cares if what they was doing was illegal... they're only 2nd rate videos... that's not the point ROFL.... Hopefully this time something will get done about it... not likely, but we can pray....

as for having a tracker inside the pd, fd, et al... been there done that.... I used to run a private tracker somewhere in the south east of the USA at an isp till they locked down all the accounts :(

mine's the one with the syn packet of paris in the pocket :)

US declares 1400-mile Pacific sat-shoot exclusion zone

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well i suppose....

"As it passes over the firing area, the satellite will be approximately 3,000 miles and ten minutes out from the western coast of Canada, the next land it will pass over. "

it *IS* only canada... eh :P

Sony confirms Skype coming to PSP

charles blackburn


i didnt think the psp had a microphone?