* Posts by Bent Outta Shape

21 posts • joined 13 Jan 2012

Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

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Re: 17 hours

Nah, poor Voyager will have to endure a further 34 hours of questions after finally being able to answer "We're here!".

I.e. 17 hours of questions whilst the answer flitters back to Earth; but of course *during* those hours NASA have still been asking more questions. So assuming NASA stop asking on receipt of "We're here" there is still a further 17 hours of questions in-flight towards Voyager.

Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Re: sigh

That 'modern technology' quip was also true back when TV news allowed pictures to cross the world in seconds.

It was true as radio allowed events to be broadcast around countries in seconds

It was true as newspapers distributed popular and important stories to the public daily

It was true when the telegraph allowed news to be relayed to individuals over a short time

It was even true when the much-vaunted Roman legions and their roads allowed merchants and travellers to go much farther more often than before.

People are people. The tech gets faster, but the witchhunts remain the same.

Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Re: Friendly warning...

There's no way your average human will be able to focus on something 1 inch from their eye (try it!).

So I suspect the HUD will do some lensy blurry magic (*) so that the image appears to be somewhat further back. Maybe not 8ft though...

(*) technical term, used by those of us who have no real idea about the optics.

Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Re: I think that's why NEXUS have no sd card slot

I thought all the Nexus devices forced you into using MTP to write to the flash memory, and that good old "USB Mass Storage" mode was unavailable. So the file system on the flash is, presumably, completely irrelevant for Nexus.

Unfortunately, the file system does matter for any device that lets you take a flash card out to use elsewhere.

Or I've just missed something...

Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

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You don't *have* to get Windows

...if you don't want to. Novatech, at least, will flog you laptops with no OS installed. I've no idea how cool / solid / shiny the Novatech laptops are, just pointing out there's at least one supplier available.


US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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If only he tweeted it...

Go on, tweet "things could really explode" and see how long it is before you're extradited to the UK and prosecuted for a credible, menacing threat!

ESA proposes 3D printing on the moon

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Re: more techo-wanking

On "solar furnace and sintering" - see what Markus Kayser does with sand in a desert on earth. No liquids, though lots of dust/sand needed. It would obviously need scaled up...


(T'was posted in a comment on the phys.org link from the article)

Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Black Helicopters

Resolution 1929

"That concern may arise because the launch probably violated UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which bans “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology""

So only *good people* are allowed to join the space race? Or is this a tacit acknowledgement that every other country that lobbed someone into space did so in conjunction with anywhere-on-the-planet range missiles?

Cynical minds need to know :-)

Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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Next off the starting blocks...

The Union Aerospace Corporation for Mars operations, followed later by the Liandri Mining Corporation for those engagements further afield.

The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Re: A good question - @Captain Save-a-ho

Have an upvote - you typed pretty much *exactly* what I felt.

Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

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Have to agree...

I have to agree - Firefox Beta(*), the kid's favourite "Plants vs Zombies", the Android clock/timer - all have crashed repeatedly and seemingly randomly since the 4.2 update. I don't recall them crashing at all in the two months or so prior to that. The kids still love the Nexus 7, most apps seem unaffected and it's still very smooth to use, but it's most definitely less stable overall than 4.1.2.

(*) Yeah, it's beta. But it worked remarkably well 'till the 4.2 update.

Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy

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Re: So Much FAIL

You have to see the chart to really appreciate what the graphic artists may have been smoking that day.

a) "I don't want to work on a tablet (paraphrased)" - coloured in 77% grey.

b) "Google Android" - coloured in 76% grey.

I needed the GIMP to tell them apart; to my eye they're completely identical. Direct link to chart, from the link in the article:-


PS Android had the 11% rating.

2.5 million trades a DAY: How ISE admins became Puppet masters

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Re: That's 28.9 *trades* per second

I agree with you on the apparent inefficiency; "Implemented in hardware", meet "coded in software". But there's more to it than that.

The traffic is far, far more bursty than a nice "average over a day", and there are approx 100 quotes that get cancelled for every actual trade - think peaks of 500,000 msgs/sec averaged over 1 second.

The ISE will kit out enough servers to comfortably handle what they feel is the peak market rate, and then some headroom. Really rather a lot of headroom. Throw in the hot-standbys, test environments and so on. Lots of machines to configure, and a pain to upgrade and/or rollback - and so back to Puppet.

Swedish boffins: An Ice Age is coming, only CO2 can save us

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30 billion tons vs 3.7 giga tons?

So if I read you correctly - and I have no figures here of my own you understand - human activity is emitting 30 billion tons of CO2 per yer, and the peatlands may extract up to *3700 billion* tons (3.7 giga tons) per year.

And you think the peatland will barely dent the CO2 increase? If those numbers are correct, they'll annihilate it...

Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Re: It's called a DESIGN patent for a reason...

Of course, the Samsung tablet that suffers from (apparently) breaking the "rounded corners" patent was a different size and different aspect ratio from the iPad...

Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: "Apple has launched an overpriced and under-specced turkey"

> Got my tape measure out to see just how "comfortable" 135mm would be

Looks at 30cm ruler.

Looks up at shelf.

Reaches for standard DVD case.

Yup, a standard DVD box is almost exactly 135mm wide...

Übertroll firm bags DRM patent for 3D printing

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Re: Complaints about patents

I looked at the links to assure myself the masked one was joking. And he's not.


Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

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...virtual/multiple desktop solution for Windows...


Has it's moments, but it's generally pretty solid and fairly configurable. And one of my Windows desktops is a full-screen Linux VM with multiple desktops itself.

Saudi oil minister praises renewable energy

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Out by this third rock, the sun's energy output is clocking 1366 W/m2.

Maybe they've a flux capacitor?

UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

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...and if you're wanting to set a precedent, why not pick on someone who *MADE MONEY* (shock) doing something that might just seem a bit naughty to many people - even if it wasn't actually illegal in the UK.

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Gobsmacked, even. And I'm not even drunk this Friday night.

So I checked the link from the second paragraph on the article, and no - the kid's website wasn't even hosted in the US.

So what frekkin right does the US have to try him? How can our judiciary in any way consider that there's a case to answer in the US for activity a UK citizen(*) carried out entirely outside the USA? When will we see the US extraditing it's citizens to the slew of countries that imprison people for hosting - just for example - porn?

Yes, I understand these are questions that aren't going to be answered from our government anytime soon, but it's an astoundingly bad precedent to set. Extradition treaty aside, and ignoring for now whether he broke UK law in hosting links - it's the thought that we'll send someone off to another country's legal system for acts anywhere on the 'net.

I remain stunned, and hoping a higher court slaps down this judge...</rant>

(*) an assumption based on the "never even left the North of England"


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