* Posts by Steve Hill

22 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: camera phones

Gins to manual!

OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: #NeverAgain

Simply because they use Never Settle, or #NeverSettle in hashtag speak on all of their advertising.

They certainly settled for poor customer service with the one...

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As long as they've improved their unreasonable customer service.

As a OPO owner, after an abominable 6 weeks of "send us a video" from their customer support for the touchscreen dead spot and ghost touches fault, 2nd level support finally open with "you need to flash Oxygen OS"... Great. 1st level could've told me that at least a month ago to let me evaluate whether the intermittent fault is actually fixed.


Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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That's a lot of eggs for one basket...

How many Bytes in an egg anyway?

At the third beep, the Atomic Clock will be 60 ... imprecisely

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The atomic watchmaking part of Agilent was sold to Symmetricom shortly after the HP / Agilent split.

Agilent has just undergone another schism, this time with the Test & Measurement stuff going by the name "Keysight" and Agilent retaining some Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis businesses, possibly some others too...

Big Blue's biggest mainframe yet is the size of a fridge

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noisy? Get the water cooled one and you'll be able to hear a pin drop in the computer suite.

Of course, the cooling plant you require will be comparable to that of a small power station, but hey...

BOFH: Weapon of choice

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Hammer Time!

(Sorry, I'll get my coat).

'Overweight' people live longer than those of 'ideal' weight

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You don't need BMI to know to lay off the pies and pints

I was at the gym yesterday for my annual shot on the fatbastard-o-meter...

I'm 6'8" and 24 stone, for the record, I can row 2000m in a shade under 7 minutes.

The FB-o-meter says my lean mass is spot on, and my lard is about 30 kg too much, which is sounds right. But then, the beer belly is a dead give-away of that... If my BMI was to be 25 (top end of "normal") I'd be 16.5 stone and unwell looking, which is a lot different to the 19.5 stone I should really be...

IBM Warwick data centre has a lie down

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Running up your generators is all well and good...

Until the contactors weld themselves so that you could only run on generators...

The natives were not happy about that when our scheduled gen-test meant the genny was running for 4 days. People were queued up at the site gate moaning about the noise. Then again, we've been here for longer than them, so they were told to go away.

Anyway, 4 days later, the new contactor arrives, and the datacenter needs to be powered down so the sparks can do their thing.

An interesting week.

McKinnon loses Lords appeal

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Highest Court

I believe, although I could be wrong, that the House of Lords is the highest court in Scotland too, above the High Court of Justiciary, and Court of Session.

Baptist church in assault rifle giveaway

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God, guns and guts - keep us safe from commie nuts!

Interesting how it's usually people who have never seen a gun, let alone held one or fired one, who are the most vehemently anti guns...

Met used 'dum-dum' ammo on de Menezes

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"If a police officer(s) pointed a gun at me, I'm intenligent enough to know that I can't outrun a bullet so whether or not I am guilty of anything, I am not going to try and run away, I am pretty much going to do what they say."

If they only do this when you're on a train, have no idea why a bunch of guys in plain clothes are pointing guns at you... might you be a bit confused by the whole thing? And then they didn't exactly give him a sporting chance... It's not like he was challenged by them on entering the station.

Mr Wells, you would have nowhere to run to when pinned in a train carriage. Your crass comment just shows what little grasp of the situation you have.

BOFH: You think you know a guy...

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http://acorn.chriswhy.co.uk/Archimedes.html has pics - you'll see the owl on the A310/1 keyboard.

I get the distinct feeling I shouldn't know these things, and should have flipped the anonymous bit.

UCL preps clustered Dell supercomputer

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One has to wonder if it will drive the users insane, and be the cause of a Biblical cliff jumping expedition?

Legal threat to 'Green nuke' consultation

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I would have thought the way to get people to accept Nuclear power generation is to point out that without it, they will be unable to switch their lights on of the hippies have their way. Grudgingly or not, if you want electricity to happen, you need to have a *reliable* generation network.

Florida uni cops taser shouty student

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Utterly unacceptable use of force

There was no need for that at all.

The guy asked three questions - ok, he rambled a bit, but that's hardly worth calling in the rent-a-cops for. He is then manhandled, which was uncalled for, and then dragged to the back of the room and TASERED several times.

I have talked people out of bar brawls, carried them out, and in some cases, cut through the BS and just waded in and stopped a situation. There was absolutely no need to restrain the guy in the first place. How a room full of people could sit like sheeple and watch this is incredible.

He should immediately press charges against the "officers" that assualted him.

Resisting arrest my arse. There was no need for an arrest in the first place, and those of you who sit there and try to justify the actions of the uni, and the campus cops really have no grasp of reality. The guy did nothing to deserve that treatment.

Facebook gags verbal dissent group

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A larger group is still there...


That group has 47987 members, and why do we even care??

Restored Dam Busters fly again

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Nationa Anthem

One can only hope the national anthem will be played at the end of the screening...

Fake e-cards signal massive DDoS attack

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Fresh smell of pine

Ah, now I remember why I still use Pine on a Solaris box to read email...

eBay rethinks firearms policy

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eBay have once again missed the point, but given some of the rubbish on the site, it's hardly surprising.

Where am I going to get the brass for my Martini-Henry now?

Blades carve up Top 500 supercomputers list

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Not very super

I can't help but think that "supercomputers" made from commodity hardware and blade centres are not very super at all... It's not like the old days of Cray, Sequent, IBM, Sun, HP, nCube, Tandem and the like... Interesting machines, not just a vast quantity of glorified workstations.

Operating systems are old and busted

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They said that about linux

They said the same thing about how linux was going to revolutionise the datacenter... still waiting...