* Posts by werdsmith

5932 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol

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It’s all very silly that if I want to communicate with this group, they use signal, and these others use discord and somebody else uses telegram and the chavs all use WhatsApp and if I want to talk to these people I need to have a separate app and account for each. Totally ridiculous. It’s like having to have a Vodafone SIM to talk to vodafone network users, an EE SIM to talk to EE customers etc. Sort it out.

Parallels increases prices with Desktop version 18

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UTM does work on Apple silicon though.

Amazon buys Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7b

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Re: They need to make a window cleaning robot

Artex removers are more commonly known as steamers.

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Re: Oh crap!

Keeping an animal has associated costs. Manual vacuum cleaners optimised for animal hair and pet dander are more expensive.

If you don’t have an animal then you don’t need to pay extra for shit detectors. Because any human offender will probably tell you it’s there.

Virgin Galactic delays commercial suborbital flights again

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I do enjoy the Aesops fox in these “rich idiots” and the “fool and their money” banality comments.

The idiots can pay for their suborbital flight, and still be a rich idiot afterwards. In fact they barely notice the outlay as over the wait for their flight, they have increased their wealth by many times the cost of the flight.

How very stupid they are.

China-linked fake news site shows disinformation on the rise

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Re: In the UK..

.... we call them "Newspapers"

I don’t think I can even recall the last time I saw somebody younger than retirement age reading a printed newspaper that wasn’t a free Metro or LES. I guess the websites still do a bit of business.

I stopped trusting any news outlet after I was involved in a major national news story and I didn’t even recognise the event from the way it was reported.

South Korea's lunar orbiter launches and phones home happily

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Re: Nuke


Or in IT rags' comment threads.

If you like, but I can't really do any harm here. If I decide to flex my military muscles I will just get laughed at.

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Re: Nuke

I'd like less nukes. But more than that I'd like less emotionally immature adult infants in positions of power especially in super powers.

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Re: If elements like oxygen and hydrogen can be found in lunar ice

Presumably from 100km the detection of ice is going to be spectral.

So they ought to be able to get a fairly sure estimation of composition and grain size if the target is fairly pure water ice. If it's very dirty then other signatures might mask and make it more uncertain especially as there is already hydrogen in the moon's tenuous atmosphere.

If the moon gets a lot of radiation, maybe during a solar event then radiolytic processing of ice can release oxygen molecules.

US-funded breakthrough battery tech just simply handed over to China

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John Logie Baird demonstrated the first transmission of moving images. But his contraptions made of bicycle parts and spinning wooden disk was not ever going to become a TV. He quickly abandoned his method and copied the US one.

UK Parliament bins its TikTok account over China surveillance fears

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Re: social media service probably sends data about its users back to Beijing

I would have thought that it would be more useful to keep it on an isolated machine and just seed misinformation for it to spy on.

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

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Re: Why change?

I know a company using code written in 1988 for running much of their accounts system.

Presumably the much of their accounts system is flexible and allows its users to reconfigure it to adapt to changing regulatory and tax etc. A lot of companies don't have users with that product knowledge and rely on support backup from the software vendor.

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I have an account with a hosting/online dev provider which is free and I have a half written project in there. I'm very proud of the project and I fully believe it will be worth finishing, and I will finish it. But not right now, because another project is in the way.

That provider just requires that I log in and access my project once every three months to avoid their sweeper up process. I think that's fair enough, if people want to keep gitlab projects alive then use them.

'Nobody can control TSMC by force': Exec dismisses fears China could seize fabs

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Re: They scored an own goal with their protests

It’s an example of world leaders in such a position of super power government acting with emotional immaturity, infantile pouting.

Raspberry Pi 4 takes a trip to Vulkan, sharpens 3D vision

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What all this (Trading) crap? They haven’t used that name since November 2021.

Raspberry Pi foundation are the non profit bit, they do education - not necessarily on Raspberry pi computers.

As I understand it, Raspberry Pi Ltd are doing all they can to minimise the scalper market, but they don’t have control of world markets. They are also between a rock and a hard place with regard to commercial clients who support livelihoods and hobbyists having to wait a bit longer.

Whining doesn’t help at all.

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Re: Invisible

Some before the shortage and some since. All official resellers, RRP. I dont use scalpers, no need.

I also received a Google coral accelerator last week after having it on back order for 10 months. It’s not just Raspberry Pi affected.

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Re: Invisible

They are available to buy, as I write this 4B is available in Spain and the Netherlands. Loads of CM4 in Germany. Last week 4B were available in Sweden, UK and US. And there are loads already in the hands of people who purchased them. I have half a dozen.

What's more pertinent is that Vulkan isn't really being used on anything Pi apart from one Lineage OS build. On linux it's strictly a developer thing at the moment. It will take a while.

Samsung adds 'repair mode' that hides data on Galaxy smartphones in South Korea

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Re: How do you turn it off again?

It’s a valet key for devices. Technicians will have their own login.

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Pigeon guided bombs was another one.

Tim Hortons offers free coffee and donut to settle data privacy invasion claims

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Re: Naughty Timmy, naughty!

Tom Hortons make a big deal about their Canadianness with their “Celebrate Canada” maple syrup coffee.

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Re: Naughty Timmy, naughty!

It might also be real compensation rather than a punishment.

I wonder what's going to happen to the new Tim Hortons in the UK once the novelty of buying stale dry donuts from a Canadian brand wears off.

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Re: Tim Horton's (crappy) free coffee...

If it’s the worst coffee in the US then it must be very very bad. It should probably be classed as a hazardous substance and require PPE.

Apple plays the supply-chain card to explain Mac, iPad revenue shrink

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Wealth Management

I have a friend that I have known since primary school who is now what we used to call a "financial adviser". But his job title is "wealth architect".

Sorry for off topicness.

Bill Gates venture backs effort to bring aircon startup to market

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Re: Nice idea, but....

Are you suggesting Skippy isn’t real?

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Its 5 o clock somewhere.

The sun is always shining somewhere. The wind is always blowing, somewhere.

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: IBM Selectric Terminals

I’ve just taken an overdose of nostalgia and it’s going to take me some time to recover.

Kettle on.

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Re: Comments to On-Call articles

We have a Caribbean food outlet on our local indoor market and I’ve seen such flour in there. Thanks to you they are about to have a new customer for it this morning.

Apple-1 prototype hand-soldered by Woz up for auction, bids expected to reach $500k

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Re: I am the despair of the antique auction trade

Yeah, I had a plate 77 unfranked penny red stamp. Apparently it can’t be used to send a letter through the post. Useless piece of rubbish, stuck it in the shredder.

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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Re: What's the Orbit, Bob?

That is clearly illustrated by the graphic in the tweet.

Russia's new space chief confirms it will leave ISS after 2024

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Re: How about...

Zarya is right in the middle of everything.

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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Re: I'm not saying it was aliens...

Clangers, absolutely no question that the Clangers live in these holes.

Twitter launches probe after miscreants claim to have swiped 5.4m users' details

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Re: Nothing romantic

I don't know why anyone would care who he shags or doesn't shag. I guess enough people do though.

Aviation body wants views on rocket plans of Virgin Orbit

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Re: Freakin Limeys

I guess that's why only two launches per year, because there is not much call for retrograde inclinations, one exception being the sun-synchronous orbits.

Upgrading what might be the world's oldest running Linux install

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I once encountered a Netware 4 server that had been running since the mid 1990s on the same Compaq server. It had virtually no downtime either, apart from a PSU replacement when the fan bearing started to rattle.

That was about 4 years ago. Nobody dared switch it off, nobody knew how to support it, it just kept going doing its little job. I will enquire to see if it’s still running,

Is the Apple car real? These patents suggest yes

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That was BR Derby research people having a bit of fun. It was supposed to be Fusion powered, never meant to be serious.


Was covered right here:


Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected

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Re: $110,140 is not much in US...

You have a choice to wait years for a surgery or pay privately to have it done timely.

Same with seeing specialists or even a GP...A

In my direct and real experience, this is an outright lie based on tabloidy shit stirring that is focused on a few outlier cases. Healthcare afforded to me has been prompt, thorough and extremely effective.

China seems to have figured out how to make 7nm chips despite US sanctions

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When South Africa was under their apartheid system the world including UK boycotted and put sanctions on them, refused to let them have military equipment.

When the British army needed a new attack helicopter, tenders were invited because UK had lost the capability to manufacture them. South African Denel were ready "hey how about our Rooivak?".

Denying China access to tech will just mean that they will just take the longer road to developing their own and there's no reason that they can't do it better.

UK blocks China from licensing Manchester Uni's robot vision tech

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So I presume if they cannot license it they will just use it without a license.

Or develop their own similar solution and in the future license it to UK companies in some form.

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air

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Re: The title is no longer required.

I'm sitting here typing this on an M2 Air. I didn't pay for it but I would actually buy one of these. It's been working all day, no cable attached and no sign of any heat related problems. Battery life is amazing, I would say a bit like an electric car with a 700 mile range, the difference between it and alternatives.

You're not wrong. The scope for quantum computers remains small

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Re: On the Other Hand...

When people started to find uses for the early triode vacuum tubes, I wonder if they could have envisioned William Shockley and the solid state revolution. And could Shockley have imagined VLSI three decades later?

ESA kicks ExoMars rover down the road, to 2026 at best

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Re: How is fueding with the cabby get your baggage to the airport?

I guess if you are comfortably distant from all this you might get a different picture of the whole thing. But for those people in Eastern Europe, it is important that this exercise is a massively expensive one for Putin because nobody knows where his armies would be sent next if things were to go well.

Yes, Ok you can have the Sudetenland if you promise to behave…..

Meanwhile, Europe and much of the world will adjust to not depend on anything from Russia and it will take a long time to come back.

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Stevenage Airbus took the working scale mock up of ExoMars rover around the schools to inspire STEM, I saw one such demonstration at my kids school. Seems like years ago. They still have the Mars scape boulder and sand demo area at Stevenage for school visits etc.

Demand for smartphones is drying up

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Re: The telcos are upset

With 4G I used to lose service at a large event, because the capacity of the local cells was saturated. It happened often, no data, and sometimes even voice calls failed. I could try going in and out of airplane mode and get a connection but not for long.

At the most recent Hyde Park gigs I had absolutely no problem on 5G.

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Re: Meanwhile at Apple... in a different universe perhaps

Apple Silicon MacBooks are growing sales since they appeared with a genuine all day battery.

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

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Re: Reviews Business

What an excellent way to incentivise buyers to give a one star review.

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Re: On the other side of the coin ...

Another problem with review sites like Trustpilot is the amount of personal information they want before you can post a review. I get that they need to appear to do all the can to ensure genuine users, but I’m not signing up. Same for Tripadvisor.

Google, Oracle cloud servers wilt in UK heatwave, take down websites

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Re: My airport is melting

Apparently it is quite tricky to make a road surface that can handle extremely high temperatures - but that will not fail in winter.

You forgot to add “on the cheap”. Of course the road engineers can do this, but the politicians won’t want to pay for it.

The M3 down towards Winchester Southampton has a section that seems to be concrete and heat resistant, similar to some of the roads in USA where it gets hot. It’s not good for tyre noise though.

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We spec stuff to cope with the expected requirement trying not to spend money on stuff that is not needed.

In my life this country only became a 38/40 C (100+F in old fashioned units) in the last 2 or three years. On occasional brief peak to 35C was more normal. Yesterday we were at 39 / 40 for a few hours. The hair dryer breeze was quite the experience. I just went to sleep.

Anyway, after the data centre is designed with sufficient cooling and UPS capacity, 5 years later more kit has been added without consideration for the supporting infrastructure. How many times have I seen this? Lost count. The solution is often to choose some non essential stuff and switch it off, keep going like that until the only thing left on is kvm switch.

My local newspaper website is offline, probably because of heat.

Disentangling the Debian derivatives: Which should you use?

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Re: No irony there, then

I had already installed a few Debians without knowing it was hard to install and I hadn’t noticed anything hard about it.

James Webb Space Telescope looks closer to home with Jupiter snaps

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Re: Europa

And just off the limb to the right of the great spot I think we can just see the sulfurous volcano host Io.


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