* Posts by Sean Purdy

27 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Dial 'M' for Microsoft's new programming language

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It's not as if there aren't already at least two languages called M

Linux guru Hans Reiser convicted of first-degree murder

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Can anyone think of any other reasonable reason to remove the battery from a cell

Well yeah - to use the battery in your other phone. Or perhaps the battery cover had fallen off. Or perhaps the charging connector had bust and the battery needed to be charged in a separate phone. Lots of reasons.

And "Reiser never programmed Linux which is the cernel after all" - where do you think the filesystem code lives, pray?

Google tips hat to St George - finally

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Dear AC

It is still the Union Jack - when you fly it on a ship. And the Union Flag otherwise.

And to Liam - I'm sure more than 1/2 the people in this country think it's their flag, because it is.

More pointless debate on the interweb, hurrah!

Oh, and the Jolly Roger, because that's the nearest the icon set has to a flag.

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St George was Turkish anyway....

IT bankrolls all-India ambulance service

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"as a public-private partnership, it had a tighter focus on waste and expenditure than public organisations"

If only that were the case in .uk

PS wonder why they didn't use 112

Smith plans 300-strong force to tackle UK radicalisation

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This whole thing

> This whole Islam vs America/UK thing kicked off when the Jews were given Arab land (i.e. Israel) to settle in

Aren't you forgetting the Crusades?....

Horror bestseller condemns videogame sales limit law

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Paris Hilton

adult community

> “violence in a manner patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community” should carry a legally enforced age restriction.

Porn stars get to rate the games then?

(Paris - she knows all about the "adult community")

FCC builds giant text spam engine for terror warnings

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So when there's a big disaster, and people are trying to text their loved ones, the system will be jammed up with this official spam. Thought it through much?

Although I suppose the US probably doesn't have as much of a texting culture as Europe, as you can tell by the design of the iPhone.

Microsoft discloses 14,000 pages of coding secrets

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Nice troll

DHS reckons US cops' access to sat-surveillance is go

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"I think the way is now clear to stand NAO up and go warm," said Chertoff.

I keep forgetting, they stopped speaking English in the US a long time ago.

Jules Verne gets intimate with ISS

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Looks like they're still running it on DOS.

Want to get into 10 Downing Street? Get a Lithuanian ID card

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Another chance

"Why do we keep on giving these people another chance?"

Oh I know, every 4 years we give someone a chance in 10 (or 11) Downing Street and they always mess it up.

El Reg reconstructs Heathrow T5 chaos

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These people get paid?

Next time you go to the loo, bring your locked laptop with you

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Daisy Duke, penetration testing...

Snigger. I'll get my trenchcoat...

BBC Micro creators meet to TRACE machine's legacy

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Forgotten Tech?

Just how is this Forgotten Tech? :-)

We had a whole room of BBCs at school - everyone was playing Elite and whenever you were about to dock with a spacestation you'd have to find whoever had the floppy disk last and put it in your drive.

Oh and that's "British Broadcasting Corporation" microcomputer - IIRC some Swedish firm had BBC as a trademark and our BBC hadn't bothered trademarking its own acronym, so they had to rename the machine.

PS for those suffering Elite withdrawal symptoms, Oolite for Mac/Linux is the next best thing.

Aliens, because that's who we were zapping in our Cobra Mk IIIs.

CPW builds wall between customers and Phorm

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wrong title?

Why is this under the URL


? I see nothing about Phorm shares plummeting - I was looking for the link to the share graph page.

Astronauts in seven-hour ISS construction session

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A Passive Common Berthing flange eh? Gosh.

Notts police seize mobile phone stun gun

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Help me with my maths here

According to that URL, these things use 3 x CR2 batteries. According to http://www.ebattery.co.kr/pdf/lithium/camera/CR2.PDF those batteries can deliver 2.5A in a pulse at 3V. So 3 batteries x 3V x 2.5A is 22.5VA. Divide by 900000V and you get 25pA. Is this painful? Am I missing something?

Steve Jobs rescues freetards from BBC iPlayer wilderness (for now)

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Missing the point

Never mind DRM or not - is there actually anything worth watching these days?

Pr0n baron challenges Google and Yahoo! to build better child locks

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That's a new one

"women of notable stature" - there's a euphemism I haven't heard before.

Web browsers on the front line of exploitation

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"Research by Google's anti-malware team on three million unique URLs on more than 180,000 websites automatically installed malware onto vulnerable PCs."

Why is Google's research installing malware onto PCs?

Major Linux security glitch lets hackers in at Claranet

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Re: I hear...

That's probably because "Within 10 minutes Claranet contained and halted the malicious activity" i.e. the script probably worked alphabetically and didn't get time to do the whole lot.

Apple ships Air

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Battery life problem?

Easy - just buy two!

MPs squeeze science back onto select committee list

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Whither Technology?

Truth, anonymity and the Wikipedia Way

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Of a what now? Never mind, I'll look it up on wikipaedia....

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

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"I read it in wikipedia so it must be true" - time for a T-shirt methinks.

Court sez music downloads aren't performances

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Originally written by Rudy Toombs for Amos Milburn but first recorded by John Lee Hooker.


So Toombs gets the ASCAP royalties and Hooker or Thoroughgood get the RIAA mechanical royalties. Or something like that.