* Posts by Timto

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German state ditches Windows, Microsoft Office for Linux and LibreOffice

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Genius

You can't have Sovereignty without Sovereign IT

I should work in advertising

Intel's foundry business bled $7B in 2023 with more to come

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Re: Nothing like a reorganisation

If Intel spun off their fabs, the new company would probably fail or opt out of latest development (like Global Foundries) and that would leave TSMC with a virtual monopoly.

We all know what happens when there is a monopoly.

Developers beware, Microsoft's domain shakeup is coming soon

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Phishing

Is it just me or are companies trying to make their URLs look more like Phishing URLs?

Meta says risk of account theft after phone number recycling isn't its problem to solve

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Phone companies should public lists of phone numbers that have been deactivated monthly and tech companies could check against that list

Raspberry Pi on IPO plans: 'We want to be ready when the markets are ready'

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memberries

Remember when Java was taken over by Oracle and they trashed everything for money? I 'member

Researchers confirm what we already knew: Google results really are getting worse

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Crowd Sourcing

Google never actually asks me whether the results it provides are what I was looking for.

They should start feeding user feedback back into results, ie crowdsourcing.

To avoid spam I guess you'd have to login to Google to use it, but it would give better results.

UK telcos didn't collude to put Phones 4u out of business – judge

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"However, Roth again remarked that drawing any adverse inference from their absence would be inappropriate."

When a party has allowed evidence to be destroyed I would suggest drawing an adverse inference would be highly appropriate, not least as a deterrent to others.

Arm grabs a slice of Raspberry Pi to sweeten relationship with IoT devs

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I remember when

I remember when these devices were aimed at getting kids involved in coding etc

What happened to that?

Boris Johnson's mad hydrogen for homes bubble bursts

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If the gas companies have a choice

A) Upgrade your pipes to contain hydrogen

B) Your industry no longer exists

Which do you think they will choose?

I can't see heat pumps being the future. They're more expensive and crapper.

Raspberry Pi 5 revealed, and it should satisfy your need for speed

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Re: :-(

Minor changes can be handled with a nail file, but look at the photo. They've swapped the USB and ethernet connections around AGAIN!

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Re: Same Footprint

Personally I would like them to switch to a modular approach. They should create compute boards the size of the pi zeros with solderless connectors and then you could buy the standard or 3rd party accessory boards which would have the combination of ports you desire. Then you could upgrade your system by only replacing the central module. Having to change all your cables and cases for every new version is really annoying. especially switching to micro HDMI so you can fit two on board when most people only want one full sized connector.

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:-(

Why always changing the layout, grrrrrrrr

BT confirms it's switching off 3G in UK from Jan next year

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Re: So.......2G will be here for while and 3G will disappear almost immediately...

I knew this whole 3G thing was a fad and I said so 20 years ago

Microsoft admits slim staff and broken automation contributed to Azure outage

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Nostalgia

The internet was better in the 90s

What happens when What3Words gets lost in translation?

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Solution

To me the solution is simple, a good, old fashioned checksum.

If the app displayed a checksum, the user could read out the three words and then the checksum number 0-99 and the operator would type it in to their app and immediately know if they've heard correctly. If it doesn't match, ask them to spell out the words.

The checksum wouldn't stop the standard 3 word combinations from working, just provide the additional confirmation that's needed when using the phone. I think users would find it easy to understand too.

Big chip players join forces to form another RISC-V venture

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A threat to ARM

But since ARM isn't British any more, who cares?

'Joan Is Awful' Black Mirror episode rebounds on Netflix

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All your face are belong to us

Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed

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Humour

So I asked, “How do you know he died?” and ChatGPT responded with "I see dead people"

What is Google doing with its open source teams?

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I'm sure there are plenty of projects that have delivered ground-breaking results but you'd have to work for the C.I.A to know about them

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On the upside

The new startups that threaten Google in 10years are probably being planned now by the former Google employees who have just been laid off.

Some of them will probably earn billions by selling their inventions back to Google too.

Musk: Tesla's doing great. I mean, have you seen my Twitter follower count?

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Re: "Follower counts"

It's also kinda hard no to follow him.

When you create a new twitter account it forces you to choose one person to follow and the top of that list is Elon Musk.

I had to scroll a long way down to find someone I wouldn't mind following before it would let me proceed.

I chose stevenage football club

I spy with my little Pi: Upgraded cameras for single board computer

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Re: Weak

They're pretty good actually

https://www.arducam.com/16mp-autofocus-camera-for-raspberry-pi/

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Weak

12MP is a little weak. 3rd party devs have been selling 16MP cameras for the same price for years.

Removing an obsolete AMD fix makes Linux kernel 6 quicker

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There's an obsolute compatibility patch running on my PC

It's called Windows

One decade, 46 million units: Happy birthday, Raspberry Pi

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How many?

46 million sold. 45 million sitting in cupboards doing nothing.

I have 3 of them myself.

It's too difficult to do anything useful, usually much easier to repurpose an old mobile phone.

First RISC-V computer chip lands at the European Processor Initiative

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Typical EU

Spending tax payers money trying to destroy UK technology.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Re: they are now the last known digits of Pi

When I was a teenager I memorised 100 digits. It wasn't that hard, there are a few near repeating patterns. I still know 54, because it's nice to end on a zero so you can stop without rounding problems

Whenever anyone says pi is 3.142 I get very upset.

Chinese chip designers hope to topple Arm's Cortex-A76 with XiangShan RISC-V design

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Try designing a new CPU without accidentally infringing someone else's patents, it's impossible.

There are millions of patents in CPU design and mostly they are trivial , overlapping and unavoidable.

Intel and AMD both have so many patents it's basically a MAD situation. (Mutually assured destruction). They both agree not to sue each other because otherwise they would end up wasting billions on lawyers fees. With a new entrant with small coffers, they can just wipe them out.

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We never did anything interesting like this at University.

Complete waste of tens of thousands of pounds.

Having opensource hardware might be a problem if ARM decide to launch a massive sueball.

Revealed: Why Windows Task Manager took a cuddlier approach to (process) death and destruction

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meh

But, could somebody explain, why does "End Process" never damned-well work?

Intel finds a couple more 11th-gen Core chips, one hits 5.0GHz in laptops

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meh

I'm still running an i5 2500k. Upgrading your CPU is so 90's

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies

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Re: Oh how the woke wimper

That tired old argument.

What you call Freedom of Speech is meaningless since North Korea has your type of "Freedom of Speech". They don't have "Freedom from consequences".

UK government may force online retailers to pick up e-waste from consumers

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Laptops = WEEE

Laptops themselves are the problem.

Most people treat them as disposable items you throw away after a few years.

When you do throw them away you are usually throwing away something that is 90% working, ie screen, cpu, motherboard etc. It's normally only the hard drive that's the problem, either hardware or sofware.

You get less performance for your money, they are easy to nick, easy to break, they are very hard to repair, they are very hard to upgrade, apart from the RAM or HD. They also give you RSI if you don't buy external devices.

Yet everyone wants a laptop and the government is even giving them out for free.

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors

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what is linux good for?

The only thing Linux is good for is old PCs that won't run windows.

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge

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Re: pft

He liased with Russia, to make sure the data he dumped would cause the maximum damage to Hillary Clinton

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Re: pft

He's not a journalist, just a data dumper.

He dumps everything he gets his hands on, regardless of the damage it does

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pft

Prosecute him in the UK for all the crimes he comitted here, then deport him back to Australia

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules

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Re: Masks WERE/ARE science

Since masks were made mandatory, just a few days later I was in a queue in a shop with someone literally breathing down my neck.

Mandatory masks completely destroyed the 2m rule compliance.

Risk Compensation it's called. When seat belts are mandatory, the number of car crashes goes up.

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Re: The Institute for Government, a bunch of non-scientists

Some were, some weren't

The problem with the news media in this country is that they don't give a damn about science.

If 100 scientists say one thing, they'll find the 1 scientist who says another and lead with a headline like "Top scientists says oppositee of government"

People should really just ignore the media and their lies

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream

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Nobody forks without good reason? hehe

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Linux_Distribution_Timeline.svg

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Forking Time

Just what the world needs, another Forked Linux Distro

It's OpenOffice / Libre Office all over again.

Four or so things we found interesting about Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888, its latest 5G chip for high-end Androids

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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

ESA's Vega rocket crashes and burns after fourth-stage nozzle failure sinks two satellites

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??

Vids or it didn't happen

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn

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Re: Meh

Who knew that clouds were so flammable?

Softbank confirms talks to offload Arm as it posts rebound profit

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Re: Meh

Since most of ARMs IP has been sold by Softbank to China to reverse engineer, the shares are worth a lot less than Softbank paid for them.

New Google rules mandate Android 'Poundland' Edition, Go, for sub-2GB RAM phones once Android 11 is out

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Re: Oh wonderful news!

Sandybridge i5 2500k here :)

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Re: Oh wonderful news!

I think it's needed.

I previously owned a cheap android phone that didn't have enough RAM or flash memory for the version of android installed. It was an atrocious experience. I replaced it very quickly.

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven

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Re: Perfect burner phone!

It was just a joke based on where it might have been inserted :)

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Re: cool

If I read the specs right, the new 5310 has a worse camera and less RAM than the original, 13 year old model.

https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=2087&idPhone2=10144&idPhone3=8597

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Re: Perfect burner phone!

Never buy one second hand.

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