* Posts by Mike Tree

52 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2007


152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Yeah. Hence the word 'Distributed'.

Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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3G would be nice. In the (large) village I live in we can't even get 2G a lot of the time!

Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Some people have too much time on their hands.

I haven't had one of these flyers, but if I did would I :-

1) Put it in the bin

2) Contact the Advertising Standards Authority to complain about it.

Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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I thought Amazon one click order was dangerous enough. But ordering something just because you have dust in your eye is a completely new level of stupid.

OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

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Re: @Don Jefe

Shouldn't that be caff-ene?

Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

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Everyone knows what Google is doing. So what do they do about it?

a) Stop using Google.

b) Moan about it.

Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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A great day out.

We've been a few times. it's a great day out.

The Bacon Butties are Fantastic!

Pity the planetarium is no more :(

Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

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four by two?

Even four by two isn't 4 inches by 2 inches!

I would expect The Reg to continue using the least appropriate unit.

'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

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If he wants one without waiting, there are dozens on ebay 'buy it now'.

He's just a freeloader.

So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

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Help required.

Please can someone pop along to the Cafe at Jodrell Bank & get a picture of one of their bacon butties to submit.

I suggest eating one while you are there.

The best 'away from home' bacon butty I have had in many a year.

I would go myself, but it is quite a trek.

Everything Everywhere begs Blighty to back 4G push

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What we need is 3G

I live in a fairly large village, where, if we are lucky we might get a sniff of a 3G signal & sometimes 2G can be pretty flakey.

It is all very well having these high speed connections in the big city, but the whole point is that is suppose to be mobile.

ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

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Upto 70 mph

Our road infrastructure has an upto 70mph limit.

My rather old landrover will only do about 50mph, so perhaps I should only pay 71% of the Road Tax for my vehicle.

There are several national speed limit roads near where I live. I defy anyone to drive down them at 60mph, even though that is the therectical limit.

When I bought my latest vehicle, I checked the official fuel consumption figures. Apparently I can get 'upto' 52mpg. Like that will ever happen! Even if I drive like a nun.

These days, most ISPs package their products with download limits, rather than speed.

The upto speed is only the maximum of the technology they are using. They could say they use ADSL, ADSL2 & let the customer work out what speed they are likely to get.

Anybody know who to contact to get my Road Tax refunded?

Blighty slaps £100m spending cap on govt IT projects

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So, no cap then!

Behold! Or rather, don't: Bendy see-through DRAM

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Please can somebody explain to me the point of see-through flexible memory?

Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH

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Where will the genetic variation come from? Or do they have DNA from a whole heard of Mammoth?

Solwise Net-3G-A10 HSPA Wi-Fi router

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I too have found it only works on 3G

Have to rethink my options.

UK will obey Euro unisex-insurance rules from 2013

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So where will it stop?

First Gender....

Why not age? There's a biggy. Why should I only pay £300 when my nephew has been quoted £3000. That's not fair, is it?

Well actually it is!

They also weight premiums on location too, and job, and probably many other things we haven't thought about.

Is this the first of many changes?

Telcos team to test '4G' in Cornwall

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The area on your map is unlikely to be popular with surfers, as it has no coast-line.

Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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@ Tom Mason

No so...

I recently purchased some fine Cornish Pasties from Morrisons in Bridlington (East Yorks), produced in Crantock.

The annoying thing is they were significantly cheaper than the ones I bought direct from the bakery in Cranock a few months earlier.

As a person of Cornish decent, I must approve of the ruling.

Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows

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I couldn't agree more.

(Mine's the one with the release aid in the pocket.)

Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

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A sign?

“I think it’s a sign of the end of the world,” Paul Wright, told the Dayton Daily News “If lightning is going to strike God, then there’s no hope.”

Nope. It's called Physics!

Is that a lightening conductor in my pocket, or am I just plesae to see you?

DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

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How about

1) Get rid of road tax

2) increase fuel duty (slightly) to compensate. This makes a fairer system by which people that use the roads more, pay more.

3) Introduce an Insurance disc that is provided by your insurance company. I for one would shop anyone I see on the road without one.

It might put thousands of Post Office workers out of a job, but it'll save a lot of hassle.

Lord of the Rings man made a Knight

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Does that make him King of the Hobbits?

No! It makes him a Knight!

UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover

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How far?

That's fine if you never want to drive more than150 miles in one day. It's not going to change the world.

But I suppose you have to start somewhere. I guess the first internal combustion engines couldn't manage over 500 miles on a tank either.

Mine's the one with spare change in the pocket (for the bus ride home!)

Beeb gets grief for Humpty Dumpty rewrite

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What next?

Are they going to start changing the news, just to get a happy ending?

Lunar ice-mine pole prang probe looking good, says NASA

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That was.......

a bit of an anti-climax

(Paris, 'cos she knows all about climaxes)

Playmobil Bible faces wrath of lawyers

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Breach of Playmobile License?

I can't see what playmobile think he's done wrong. I can't imagine Citroen complaining about the 1000s of people who modify their Saxos.

I was not aware that playmobile figures come with a license agreement.

Wallet-stretching li-ion G-Wiz e-car goes on sale

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fusion is the way forward.

I've got my Delorean ready and waiting.

Super Micro squeezes four servers into one chassis

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"it would make a sweet cluster in a 2U format."

until the shared PSU packs up!

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is 4in2 better than 2in1?

I have one of their 2in1 servers. Not a bad bit of kit, but I fail to see how a 4in2u server is an improvement over 2 x 2in1u servers.

Paris, cos I'm baffled too!

Google's email service goes down

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Well, it is still in Beta

Can't wait for the moaning minnies to start complaining.

Works OK for me. Maybe they've fixed it.

HP gives SMBs zero per cent financing

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@Michael Gumby

"You still need to have excellent credit rating and show a consistent cash flow for several years."

So once again cheap credit is being offered to those who least need it!

Mine's the one with a fiver in the pocket

National Safety Council seeks total* cell-phone driving ban

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Ban the phone but.....

.... everyone can have a gun! Sometimes I think they get their priorities wrong.

Mine's the one that's lined with kevlar!

Tories pledge high speed broadband for all in 10 years

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Not in Hull

With Kcom? You must be kidding!

Electric car seller hits brakes as UK EV sales plunge

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@ Jai

It's just not the right tool for the job. That's why I don't go to work on a bike either. It just wouldn't be practical.

I probably wouldn't get to work and back on one charge.

Honda whips out fuel-cell sci-fi style sportster

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I've always wondered where the hydrogen comes from, for these fuel cells.

Zoombak Universal portable A-GPS locator

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The problem with all these devices (I have tried others), is that it relies on mobile phone technology. I'd like to keep tabs on my small child when we're camping ... usually where there is little on no mobile coverage... so it's useless.

Vauxhall launches virtual backseat driver

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So nobody has anything good to say about this, then?

No,didn't think so.

New mobe operator slash Wi-Fi hotspotter launches in UK

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Paris, for obvious reasons.

Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July

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Size does matter

It amazed me that people can't get it into their heads that the reason that the EEEpc is small is not to make it cheap, but to make it small.

If you want a full size budget laptop, but a full size budget laptop.

I wanted a small, light, ultraportable laptot, so I bought one. (Admittedly the price did help)

It's the size that makes it special, not the price. Except it's not special any more 'cos everyone is making them now.

Vendor touts notebook as desktop server replacement

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.....500 times the storage

"three 3Gb/s SATA hard drives in a 1.5TB RAID configuration"

I want to know how that raid setup works.

Well, how about 3 x 750GB raid 5

I wonder how noisy it is, and how much heat it kicks out. And...

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Hitachi slips past Fujitsu with speedy 320GB laptop drive

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I'd rather wait for the Fujitsu

ITV fined millions for phone fraud

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So what happens to the £5.67M fine?

The web rip-offs nobody cares about

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Delivery Address

"Personally, I'd not mind a small fee per transaction for this, if it was to guarantee cutting down on your chances of having your card details abused like this."

You shouldn't need to pay a fee. The banks would be able to cover it with all the money they're saving due to the reduction in card fraud.

Great idea.

Hidden card fraud taxes UK.biz

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Sharing Data

"Sharing data on suspicious transactions is one important technique for combatting the problem, he added"

I'd really like to know how to share this info. We have loads of fraudulent transactions, most of which we're able to spot. We've spoken to the police and our bank, but have had very little feedback on how to handle this sort of thing.

F1 chief seeks French ban on orgy video

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So where's the link?

Elonex £99 Eee PC rival to arrive in June

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Asus Girl

Twice in one day!!!

I feel a pole coming on (oops sorry - that should be poll)

Porsche to challenge London CO2 penalty in court

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I think it is daft that in a cogestion charge zone, a car carrying 8 people (Like my Toyota Estima) will be taxed the same as a 2 seater which probably only has one person in it 99% of the time..

Suicidal moose descends on Alaska

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They live a quiet life in Alaska

This is what count's as news!

French tempted with €199 Eee PC HSDPA bundle

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Does an USB Dongle class as integrated?

If so, I've got an integrated colour laser printer in my EEEpc!