* Posts by Annihilator

3444 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

You're all wet: Drippy chips to help slash data centre power consumption and carbon costs

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Re: No physics again.

"Remember, every Joule of energy that comes in from the power grid into a data centre leaves it in the form of heat. Every single one."

Or noise. Or light. But I take your point.

I'd argue that with micro-channels of cooling though, you'd be able to use capillary action and heat pipes to do it. These chips wouldn't necessarily require a pump.

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

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It's pretty straight forward - it'll run the same games in the same way a PC can run the same games to varying degrees.

I suspect the hardware is relatively scaled to ensure that one is capable of running 4K at the same sort of detail and framerate as the other is capable of running HD.

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Re: Can we finally just accept that these are PCs in all but name now?

Na, they're not PCs. Locked down, consistent hardware? That's a Mac in all but name.

Upside down, you turn me, you're giving bork instinctively: Firefox flips as a train connection is missed

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Was covered further up the comments, but in that installation I would well imagine installing the screen upside down makes more sense.

Permanently rotating the desktop is less persistent (a reboot, a rogue config change etc) - much easier to flip the web app.

There's a battery-free Game Boy that runs solely on the power of sunlight and the speed of your button-mashing

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Re: re: Neat trick, but you really can't do away with batteries

See also, every solar powered calculator you've used since the 80s at least. Made slightly more interesting by sticking a piezo switch behind the buttons.

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Re: re: Neat trick, but you really can't do away with batteries

Well they didn't really - they're using capacitors to store the excess power, so really it's still got a battery

Sounds like the black helicopters have come for us. Oh, just another swarm of FAA-approved Amazon delivery drones

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S3 being Amazon's cloud storage solution... So there's some level of irony in there somewhere.

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Re: "And it carried out a fully automated remote landing on an even larger plane, "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNrLPVGL0-4

I'm pretty sure this was a documentary...

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Re: Don't let this become the future

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5710984/?ref_=ttep_ep5

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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To be fair, a horse and cart didn't require a single drop of petrol to function. Doesn't make it better than my car...

If I used my smartphone the way I used my old Nokia, it would probably last a week too.

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Re: I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

Na, the cool kids like me had the WAP-capable 3330. So we could load both websites available.

But yeah, I'd say the 3210 was pretty ubiquitous and had the original Snake (not Snake II like the 33xx)

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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In summary

Trump's actions have just sent $20bn to China. Take that, trade wars...

In fact, it's worse. $10bn has just gone to China, and the company that Trump et al don't trust have a $10bn share (6%) in Oracle.

Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet

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I still miss Samsung as an HDD manufacturer. The F2 EcoGreens were the only drives I bought for such a long period.

Well, what are we waiting for? Three weeks later, Windows Embedded Standard 7 still didn't have the answer

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Re: The old laptop killer, waking up

I don't think anyone's bashing Windows particularly, more bashing the group policies that are often put on corporate devices.

I can't change my power options. Which means my laptop lasts about 2-3 hours on a single charge.

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish

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Re: That incident

No, for me.

Apple re-arms the iMac with 10th-gen Intel Core silicon

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Re: Their older hardware is good enough (and that's the problem)

One thing I've often wondered (never really used a Mac in anger), but can you run the newer version of MacOS in a Parallels instance hosted on the older MacOS?

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Windows

(I was trying to sound cool with PowerShell, I predominantly use the command line)

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100% - the two control panels is an absolute mess ("Settings" app and the old-school Control Panel). Bouncing between both of them to diagnose the simplest of wireless networking problems is hideous and I'm not seeing any signs over the last 5 years of any real efforts to merge them.

Explorer's search function is still a car-crash too. I'm more likely to use PowerShell to search for files these days.

And somehow, Edge still manages to sneak its way in when it's not the default browser - example, if you like one of the lock-screen images and click to find out more, it will log you in and then open an Edge browser window.

BT: 'Because of the existing underlying supply of the 4G equipment, most of our 5G (NSA) so far is with Huawei'

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Give it 4 months (hopefully), and I suspect we'll start to see a gradual reversal of the decisions...

Microsoft runs a data centre on hydrogen for 48 whole hours, reckons it could kick hydrocarbon habit by 2030

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

"As is becoming clear with the desalination of seawater the byproduct is concentrated brine, denser than normal seawater, if not disposed of correctly it can sink to the ocean floor and kill off everything there."

You're forgetting what happens to the hydrogen ultimately - it goes into a power cell and turns back into water, ultimately making its way back to the oceans.

I think of all the problems hydrogen has, making the sea briefly saltier isn't really one of them.

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Re: West coast mainline

All the branches make up the WCML though. You're arguing that a branch of a tree isn't part of the tree, just because it's not the trunk.

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Re: West coast mainline

" the West Coast Main Line, which links Liverpool and London."

To be fair, it does, just not exclusively.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a charred white dwarf star blasted across our galaxy by an ancient semi-supernova

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Would be great if those objects were the the source of dark matter. Then scientists would be able to blame it on the bossanova.

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Re: 900,000 KPH (559,234 MPH)

I often wonder.... relative to what?

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

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Re: Who should have our data?

Yep - presumably if China was part of Five Eyes, it wouldn't be a problem.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Not far enough

"the north Atlantic is a puddle"

Or indeed, a pond.

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Coat

To be fair, if it doesn't, it's failed in its supersonic objective...

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

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Re: 5v/12v ring

More efficient step-down instead of 20 cheap/nasty/dangerous transformers around the house? Not sure their efficiency - a cursory Google suggests 60-70%.

Then there's the dodgy versions. Even the supposedly good ones (Anker as an example) exhibit some of the symptoms of cheaper chargers (I've got "flicker" on mine, leaking noise from the AC meaning the touchscreen on devices is erratic) which is one of the least problematic issues.

A cool (nerdy) comparison of how they're performing is here:

http://www.righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-apple-is.html

I wouldn't mind a chunky certified transformer in one place doing this in a safer manner. Wouldn't say it should be retrofitted, but new house builds could certainly benefit from it.

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Re: 5v/12v ring

I should be clear, I'm not advocating a removal of the 220v ring main. I know there's still a use case for some devices (it's why I said "can't think of more than 5"), I'm talking about an additional low voltage one.

The lighting circuit though, could easily be replaced with 12v.

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Re: 5v/12v ring

Agreed, but wondering what the load would actually look like though, I'm envisaging a low-power type socket, I wouldn't imagine anything heavy watts on it. Think about all the wall warts around your house, they're typically a couple of watts at 5V only, maybe 12V and 50W or something for a laptop, but nothing like the 300W you suggest. LED lights are single watt too.

House of the future, outside the kitchen I can't think of more than 5 appliances that would use more than 10W. It would also eliminate the risk of the 20 to 30 transformers around the house (some built into power sockets already) of varying quality and fire safety. I'm thinking of one certified transformer in the consumer unit instead that takes care of everything, with RCD built in. Presumably more efficient than the multiple cheap nasty things at each socket too.

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Thoughts

My first thought is, aren’t the watchdogs constantly telling us to watch out for dodgy aftermarket chargers? I’ve been through a few of the cheap ones, and they often interfere with the touch screen on my phone. Amazon certainly aren’t great at distinguishing which ones are knockoffs and likely to catch fire.

Second one - when is someone going to come up with a 5V/12V ring main for domestic use. A single transformer in your consumer unit, serving the non-kitchen appliances. Nearly everything that’s plugged into a wall outside the kitchen runs at 12V max on the inside. Surely we can start to optimise the 220VAC -> 12VDC transformer by just doing it once instead of 40 transformers around the house? Heck lights can be a 12V main too if we all move to LED.

Lovely new dongles and lusciously lengthy cables are Intel's new offerings

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Re: TB4 is kindof Fake.

Oh bravo sir. In fact, you might say, FAB.

UK advertising watchdog raps ruler on O2's hand over misleading ads for iPad and Surface Pro deals

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Uphold it properly then

So basically the punishment for the ad campaign is "don't run the ad campaign again". Presumably it was already complete. So no harm to O2.

If the ASA genuinely believe people signed up not realising the price hike was there, then force O2 to honour the original charge through the length of the contract.

Having said that, I don't believe many people will have fallen for it. And how on earth do these "build the delorean" collectible magazines work then? "First issue only £1.99!" (small print on screen, 250 issues, regular price £9.99...)

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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Re: What could possibly go wrong.

For some reason I often confuse Leicester and Coventry, presumably as they're reasonably close to each other. I guarantee conspiracy theorists will gradually do the same to support their crackpot ideas.

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal

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Re: Not the successor to Windows Me

You're forgetting Windows 8.1. But I really wouldn't get into it too deeply. There have been terabytes of forum storage lost to "windows version sequence" discussions in the past! (All kicked off by "what happened to Windows 9?" chats as I recall. Possibly even back as far as "why is it Windows 7?")

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Re: Gets my vote...

I remember the ballache when Nokia switched from their 3.5mm pin charger to 2mm. For the under 30s reading, *everyone* had a Nokia charger back in the late 90s/early 00s, so you never needed to carry one anywhere. Then they changed it so your new phone lost access to the ubiquitous charging network you once had. Bad times.

Grav wave boffins are unsure if they just spotted the smallest black hole or the biggest neutron star seen yet

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Re: So too small for a black hole and too big for a neutron star

"Black Stars, much cooler sounding"

David Bowie - always ahead of the game even in death.

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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Re: Quantum

In one of the universes, it's already here.

You E-diot! Formula E driver booted off Audi team after getting video game ace to take his place in online race

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Re: Asking for a friend...

Only if you load the Barnard Castle scenery packs.

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"The online Formula E race is based on rFactor 2, which is a game. It's a simulation which does not have anything in common with real racing"

Does not have anything in common. Huh...

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Re: Seems like an Abt punishment

I'm not into esports at all, but I did catch one of the F1 stand-in races and I have to admit I was kind of impressed. Probably more to do with the graphics I suspect, but I would hand on heart say I would struggle to tell the difference between real footage and game footage these days.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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To be honest I'd forgotten about it too until reading the article, but I recall now that it was quite a regular occurrence. Things like a damaged CD in a drive becoming stuck/unresponsive was enough to kill the explorer window and take the whole she-bang with it.

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“ According to Plummer, many users do not appreciate the full capabilities of his utility, which can be used to launch applications without using the Shell (a life-saver in some circumstances). File - Run new task is the option for this.“

Definitely used this under Win9x. Explorer windows had a habit of crashing and taking the whole desktop/explorer environment with it. Getting Task Manager open and running a new task of explorer.exe was an absolute lifesaver.

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Re: Space Cadet pinball

Yep, was part of the Microsoft Plus! (their exclamation mark - not mine) pack from memory that was often bolted on to the side of Win95.

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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Re: Space Taxis

"Of course, the shuttle flights had flight crew that returned with the craft after a week or so, so shuttle manifests with 7 or so people weren't uncommon"

Also people could live on the Shuttle - was very much like having a caravan parked at the side of your house. Not sure the Dragon has as much capacity.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: Ilegal ?

That's true - and weirdly something that's not even mentioned in the Drone Code.

https://dronesafe.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Drone-Code_October2019.pdf

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Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

You have to rotate it several times through first the z then x axis before it completes calibration. Check this guy out - put your phone down away from the drone, take your watch off etc. It's unbelievably sensitive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayPqOl7gvWo

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Re: Relocating office...

I'm amazed you weren't just told to deal with it. That's the usual Manglement way.

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Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

Presumably not any DJI type drone anyway - mine bitches about an unknown magnetic field if I've got so much as a keyring in my pocket when doing the initial calibration.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

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Re: Why on Earth ...

You read the part about the bonfires, right?... Also I suspect if some prick was singing I'd also have them shut.

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