* Posts by Timto

45 posts • joined 23 Nov 2013

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


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


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


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


Re: pft

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


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



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


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.


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


Nobody forks without good reason? hehe



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



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



Vids or it didn't happen

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


Re: Meh

Who knew that clouds were so flammable?

Softbank confirms talks to offload Arm as it posts rebound profit


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


Re: Oh wonderful news!

Sandybridge i5 2500k here :)


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


Re: Perfect burner phone!

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


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.



Re: Perfect burner phone!

Never buy one second hand.



I had the original Nokia 5310 Xpressmusic

It was a great phone, was very disappointed when it broke and I could'nt get any similar replacement.

With the size of smart phones these days, and how badly they often perform as actual phones, shouldn't we all consider going back to having a mobile phone like this in your pocket and a small table in your bag?

UK mobile network Vodafone channels its inner stroppy teen, begs government to cancel upcoming 5G auction


Who needs 5g?

Instead of auctioning it off to the highest bidder. They should 'auction' it to whoever is willing to give the highest % coverage.

Also, why do we need 5g?

Since our Chinese friends have so much influence, why not just give more frequencies to 4g and let them upgrade to 5g if they want, in the future, or not. Who cares?

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?


Re: Meh

LOL - Do you honestly think Labour would have done any different?

I doubt more than 10 MPs have even heard of ARM

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale


Re: Meh

They already sold the crown jewels to China.

ARM will be dead in 20 years and a new China based company will be selling chips that look a bit like ARM but are totally not at all related to ARM, so don't have to pay licenses.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?


Re: Nice idea, but

Me too. I just ordered a new stock android phone from hong kong for £85.

I'm not spending EU450 on anything unless it has wheels and goes vroom vroom

US senators propose $22bn fund for new fabs on American soil because making stuff is better than designing stuff


Re: Meh

The difference is that you can sue microsoft. When China releases a new chip to replace ARM and pays no licensing, there will be nothing they can do.


Re: Meh

Since China is stealing all the IP on the planet, we need both

The PPE/Testing problems recently show what happens when there is a worldwide shortgage and you are entirely reliant on imports.

You need manufacturing of all types in every country even if it's just on a small scale, because it's a lot easier to scale up a small plant than it is to start one from scratch where none exists.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'


It's getting hard to keep up.

Now I know how Winston Smith felt

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position


Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

Me too.

Start a kickstarter or gofundme.

Just put $500,000,000 in the target box.

I'll chip in £10

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


There are 660 MPs.

You can't use "Multiple MPs" as evidence of what the government intends to do.


What evidence do you have the Bojo wants to reduce our employment rights?

Having control of employment rights in the UK parliament is not the same as running them down and shouldn't be seen as such, unless your completely biased against Bojo and Brexit of course

Apple checks under the couch for $500m in spare change, offers it to make power-throttling gripes disappear


Recommended Reading

I highly recommend John Grisham's "King of Torts"

It's about class action lawsuits and the "nothing but honest" lawyers that pursue them

Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos


It's sad to see internet history being wiped out.

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report


Re: US components

Softbank only bought ARM so they could sell off the crown jewels to China at a massive mark up.

China will produce it's own version of ARM very quickly and will now pretend it's their own IP.

They did it with high speed trains, if anyone is looking for an example

Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names


Re: Domains for email

Start moving all your accounts to a free e-mail server.

Every time you visit a website, change the e-mail.

Set up a mail rule, that any e-mail that is addressed to your old e-mail gets highlighted with a flag.

When you receive an e-mail to the old address visit the webiste and change it.

After a few years the non-spam e-mail will dry up and you can be confident you haven't used that e-mail anywhere

Then you can sell the domain name if you want to, or if it gets too expensive just fail to renew it.

Best start preparing now. ICANN is becoming the new FIFA

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation


Instead of believe what the "Scientists" tell us you should question and experiment yourself.

Drawing a circle with chalk and using grid paper to work out the area I've found pi is exactly 3.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real


Re: Why Uber?

Uber drivers are still licensed tax drivers. They still have to pass the same tests.

I recently booked a taxi in my city using the taxi firms app. The payment was handled by the taxi firm.

You can agree a fee in advance, but virtually no-one does. They all operate on a meter.

I still really don't see any difference between Uber and other local firms

UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry


Re: Infrastructure

It wouldn't, it would be extremely wasteful.

To generate hydrogen efficiently you need very high temperatures, and the best place to get them is in a nuclear power station.

The Hinckley point reactor is going to be expensive because it's a one off station.

If you had a fleet of new reactors, all to the same design, costs would be lower.

Add the fact that they are generating car-fuel overnight when electricity demand is low, and they would turn a profit. The government would build them and then sell them off.


Re: Infrastructure

Indeed. Build 10 new nuclear power stations that are designed to generate Hydrogen fuel on the side.

Convert all busses in London to Hydrogen fuel. Convert all taxis. Then ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from central London. Then roll it out to all other cities in the UK. Once the infrastructure is in place for hydrogen vehicles, completely ban new petrol and diesel vehicles. If you have vehicles that can be filled up with hydrogen, the way you stop for petrol, there becomes no excuse to use Internal combustion engines any more.

Creating a market for Hydrogen fuel will allow the Nuclear power stations to run without subsidies. And will get rid of all traffic pollution in city centres.

It's all proven technology, just needs the scale and infrastructure to make it commercially viable.

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge


Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"This is all right and proper, and the public would expect it, why on earth shouldn't they? Otherwise you get situations like the one where the Germanwings pilot downed a plane."

You are missing the point.

If all doctors have to 'tell tales' on any pilot who is suicidal, what do you think is going to happen? It won't stop pilots potentially comitting suicide. It will stop them talking to doctors.

The same applies here. This man told the doctor/nurse some things, presummably because he wanted help. Now his life is ruined. What will the effect be on anyone else having similar thoughts? Will they ever talk to someone? No. Does that make the world a safer place?

Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that


It's a lot cheaper to supply citizens in the city with water than it is those in small towns and villages. I wouldn't be surprised if the city water customers were subsidising the country ones (apart from those who are off grid, who again chose to live there) Lots of customers being close together makes almost anything cheaper.

Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev


Re: All I want from a supermarket is.....

You forgot the beggers at the till offering to pack your bags for you, sometimes not even asking and just doing it

Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package


Despite his pledge to give away half his wealth, he is still the richest man in the world. Something doesn't add up.

Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'


Re: Amazon

Because it cost amazon something like a billion dollars* to build the infrastructure and they didn't see a return for over 10 years*.

*figurative numbers only

Google underwrites Firefox another year, even as Chrome outpaces it


Re: Bizarre

Google don't care what browser you use. They pay Firefox because if they didn't Bing would probably be the default search option in Firefox. The revenue that Google pay to Firefox is only a small percentage of the profits Google make from Firefox. If they didn't, someone else would make the profits. It's a no-brainer.


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