* Posts by ewan 3

42 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Creating a single AI-generated image needs as much power as charging your smartphone

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Given I can run stable diffusion XL on my home pc which is about 500-600w flat out and generate a picture in less than a minute, this seems inaccurate (0.008KWh). My phone takes at least an hour on a 30w charger (0.03KWh).

I get they say the most inefficient model, but that's stupid - use a representative one.

End of the road for biz living off free G Suite legacy edition

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Not true

Not true. I opted out the day before yesterday after confirming my 1TB of extra storage subscription would still work.

China's hypersonic glider didn't just orbit Earth, it 'fired a missile' while at Mach 5

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Why does minecraft need a beefy computer?

Point of correction. ICBM warheads are certainly hypersonic vehicles and faster than any glider - circa 6-8 km per second (23 times the speed of sound).

The advantage of a glider is that it can potentially do more extreme maneuvers meaning it's difficult to shoot down.

A FOBS is just a logical reaction to missile defence - the Soviets removed theirs once the US signed missile defence treaties.

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month

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I actively want to pay!

I'm actually glad about this, I've used them for a number of years and think the service is great. It's always concerned me that even tho I was relatively keen to pay there was literally no feature of premium I needed, so didn't pay. This way they're securing the companies future. All good with me. 23 quid a year is hardly going to break the bank for the value I place on their service.

Robinhood plays Sheriff of Nottingham as it pauses GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry etc stock sales, gets sued

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Robinhood is partially owned by hedgefunds...

What's really 'great' about this story is that robinhood is partially owned by the very hedgefund that bailed out the other hedge fund who had the worse short positions. So by Robinhood stopping buys, it could be argued that they effectively popped the bubble, meaning potential large profits for the same hedgefunds.

The system works. Yay.

Sod Crysis, can the 21-year-old Power Mac G4 Cube run Minecraft? The answer is yes

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Why does minecraft need a beefy computer?

I always assumed minecrafts system requirements must be very very very low. The graphics look sub N64 and a raspberry pi can emulate that. Am I missing something about the complexity of this game?

Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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Good headline

Nothing to say but to acknowledge an excellent headline.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Heating not pressure

"This was an aircraft that flew so high, at 60,000 feet, you could see the curvature of the Earth, and so fast that the airframe stretched, gaining between 15.24 and 25.4cm (6-10 inches) during flight thanks to the extreme pressures."

Given the difference between sea level and space is only 14psi, it was the aerodynamic heating that made the thing expand, not the pressure. See also SR71, which leaks fluids until it heats up.

Intel admits a load of its CPUs have Spectre v2 flaw that can't be fixed

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My main computer is a i7 950, which is still pretty quick. It's not getting fixed apparently - so do I need to stop using it? Or is the risk small enough to take a chance (with firewall etc in place)?

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Tax Dodging

The alphabet place in farnborough <> google. They're a car leasing firm.

Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Re: Christmas Time is here!

The impact of a hugely weakened pound isn't going take two years to hit. For real world evidence go and buy something in dollars or euros and see how much it more it costs you.

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: Not sure it's an anniversary I would celebrate

No it doesn't. The death toll of ww2 was between 50 and 80 million. Post 1945 doesn't come close.

Recovery of pictures from a hard disc - data recovery firm recommendations

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Recovery of pictures from a hard disc - data recovery firm recommendations

Hi all, not strictly work but.....

My sisters USB hard drive where she keeps all of her photos (with no backups!) from the last umpteen years has gone tits up. She's tried all the normal bits of software (Recuva etc) but without delving into the realms of the linux boot discs etc she needs to find a firm of data recovery people. (I could but i'm not keen to cock it up and be responsible for her losing her data - given the value of it to her)

Does anyone have any suggestions of data recovery firms - i'm loathed to let her take it into PC world!


Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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It's a mill.

Oh. Too late.

Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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Very intersting article

Interesting article, always wondered how these things work!

EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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Re: Pointless math

No they don't, Three and EE (aka Orange and T-Mobile) share a (2g and 3g) network. LTE latency is lower than 3G as well (at least in theory).

Vodafone set to splurge £2.5 MEELLION a DAY building 4G network

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VF Group vs VF UK

10 Billion is across VF Group not just VF UK.

WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

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Really good article

Really enjoyed that - very informative. Nice one.

iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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610kb per map? Someone invented compression for a reason...

re: 610kb per map mentioned in the linked blog - doesn't that assume no compression? Just tried saving a screen shot of a 640x960 google map - 150kb as a png in 8bits. Compression for photos would be that much better.

Call of Duty hacker behind bars after college burglary

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Not booted out of uni

Surprised he wasn't booted out of Uni as soon as the conviction occurred - certainly would have been at mine.

Does rather seem he's got away with it - assuming his account in Costa Rica is nice and full...

New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace

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Metric to imperial

I wonder if the resolution is actually 1ft. For that matter it looks like marketing have done a few 'conversions' on the linked website.... 1.24m aka 4ft and 3.7m aka 12ft.

Renault Fluence ZE

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Bit too close to the Renault Flatulence. Which is ironic given it's a zero emissions car...

ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open

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Surely - "Do you have anything in your personal account we cannot access or check?"


"Ok then"

Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?

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Cut the string at a predetermined point

Could you have the string to the ballon cut at a predetermined point (either timed, or by pressure - bladder expands an closes a pair of scissors or something!)? Then have a 5 second delay for the ballon to shoot off by itself, and then launch?

Obviously you'd need to shape / weight the payload so that it fell in a stable way? How about an inverted cone of card with a weight in the end?

Threat to third Fukushima nuke reactor

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Re: Were is this H2 coming from?

I believe it's the zirconium cladding of the fuel rods that is responsible for the hydrogen isn't it?

O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature

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3 are even worse

The 3 porn filter doesn't just 'think of the children' it suggests a range of 3 provided smut that you may want to view instead. Idiots.

FYI 3 are not au faux with the concept of IP address and WWW address being equivlent - you can access B3Ta using it's IP for example

Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge

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Change in the contract - both parties have the option to end it then

Substantive changes in the contract mean that either party can choose to end it without consequence as far as I know. Hard to argue that the price paid for a service isn't a substantive change...

Israeli robot trouser snake 'too big' to penetrate backdoors

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New keyboard required

Give that man a Pulitzer.

Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

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Paris Hilton

Certified Penetration Tester

Sounds like fun work, where do I sign up.... Paris because, well...

FLYING CAR, full hover, fairly quiet, offered to US Marines

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Black Helicopters

About to stall and has lost oil pressure.

The mock up is about to stall and has lost oil pressure - i'd land if I were him...

eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

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Just miss out the first step of that post. Never bid until 15 seconds before the end...

BBC Online to be scaled back, budget cut by a quarter

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Cut the crap not the news

Here's hoping they don't cut back the news bit of the beeb - it's one of the best things on the net. Get rid of the rest of the stuff on the beeb website tho - do TV programs really need mini sites?

Euro mobile data best buys

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49 quid > 50 euros

Surely some of the limits they've stuck on are already in breach of the regs? 49 quid for example is currently 59 euros...?


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Get a clone

I've got a clone, it does a better job than the real thing. They're quite popular with mtbing folk, and it's always amusing to compare the footage I've got for 12 quid to the one that someone payed 80 quid for.... esp the older ones of the model reviewed, that actually only do 20fps...

They work well in good light (e.g. strapped to a snowboard boot), and badly in low light.

BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

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Properly retarded

Get rid of Radio 1, that provides proper commercial competition. Keep 6 Music, XFM is the only competition really, and that's s**t.

Online-only news to be overseen by press watchdog

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Dead Vulture

Does this include el reg?

So is el reg going to join the scheme?

Kindle app comes to UK iPhones

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On the subject of Stanza

Are there actually any outlets that let you buy books on Stanza? I tried a bunch of publishers and got through to the purchase stage only to be told that I was in the UK and thus unable to purchase...

Police snapper silliness reaches new heights

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Re: Errrmmmm

The point is that there is no such thing as a permit to film on public property. You can film where you want. The police invented it.

PrevX U-turn on Windows update Black screen of Death claim

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Surely a screen grab would just be 1024x768 or whatever of black pixels? And how would they do the screengrab in the first place - it's crashed...

Apple tweaks T&Cs for Blighty customers

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Jobs Halo

Distance Selling

Does this mean I can buy a tune on itunes and then return it within 7 days then?

Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs

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That's a pretty harsh study - presumably they were in effect lying to one half (or at least being economical with the truth)... surprised it got past an ethics panel in the way it's been presented here.

Russia planning nuclear-powered manned spaceship

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@Jason Togneri

I could be wrong, but I'd have thought that a hard vacum is a pretty useless coolant - you have to rely purely on radation rather than convection or conduction. Isn't that why space craft have such massive cooling problems...