* Posts by BiffoTheBorg

15 posts • joined 13 Dec 2014

Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit


Attractive German subsidies enticed Tesla to Berlin and then Tesla got tied up in red tape and lost about a year of production, hopefully it will go better for Intel.


Re: What a surprise @Geez Money

I have always found that anyone that has a different opinion to me is an idiot, presumably because I am superior.

Trial of Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes begins: She plans to say her boyfriend and COO Balwani abused her


Re: I just don't buy it.

I read the book and I agree, I think that for some time at least she really believed that she could make things happen by the force of her belief and personality and simply refusing to accept failure whereas all along Sunny was simply a crook and a bully.

Full Stream ahead: Microsoft will end 'classic' method of recording Teams meetings despite transcription concerns


Microsoft 365 Family starts to look attractive at £79.99 per year, 6TB cloud + latest Office.

What has happened to me, somebody put me back on the straight and narrow.

We're on our way already: Astroboffins find 5 potentially habitable Tatooine-like systems from Kepler 'scope


Space is big

If we could complete the journey at an average 1% of the speed of light, which we can't, it would take 400,000 years to get there, so probably it doesn't matter much.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?


The peak time for Sea Freight is August/September/October and for Air Freight October/November/December so it will all be over by Christmas, i.e. before the deadline.

Ebuygumm doesn't break t' Nominet rules, eBay and Gumtree told


Clearly a coincidence

Apparently ebuygumm called Mike Rowe as an expert witness.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline


I recall a similar datacentre from those times

Reed Group Aylesford had PDP 11/70, Primes, and IBM 360, don't remember any Petes though, but I do recall a Mike.

Before then in the 70's when I was a shift leader at a datacentre in Beckenham the Director responsible for IT used to pay social visits to the computer room whilst puffing away on his pipe. Of course, smoking in the computer room was forbidden but no one ever said as much to the big boss. I always hoped that one day his cloud of smoke would set off the fire alarm, it never did, but one day I had finally had enough and quietly triggered the alarm myself. Profuse apologies from puffing billy and there was no more pipe in the computer room.

Thanks, Brexit. Tesla boss Elon Musk reveals Berlin as location for Euro Gigafactory


Reuters headline yesterday "German automation talent powers Musk's battery move to Europe". Model 3 production last year was saved by 6 plane loads of German robots and "Made in Germany" Teslas is viewed as a big plus. Also Germany has announced huge subsidies for battery development in Germany.

So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means


In my experience some folk are much better, one or two orders of magnitude better, at software development than others. Nowadays they get promoted to some role where they don't actually do anything useful. I can't remember now why the IBM Chief Programmer Team system was discarded, I'm sure someone will remind me. However, it seems to me that one good developer with a strong support group can be much more productive than a group following a set of rules, Agifail or whatever, designed primarily to check up on the performance of generally poor team members.

Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout


Re: Oh Good grief!

I have 100mb VM and Speedtest.net tells me I am getting 108/6.26 which is nice, but I'm not sure how to measure QOS, do I need a high spec router or network diagnostic software?

Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz


Re: Free OS upgrades - Yawn.

"I use LibreOffice even at work, because it actually works."

Yeah, somewhat obstinately I used OpenOffice and LibreOffice for some years and then recently when I got a new Windows PC I installed ye olde MS Office 2002 and frankly it is better.


I'm running W10 on my PC and I think it is fab.

Can't wait for Cortana with voice in the UK.

Looking forward to W10 on my phone too.

Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code


Is Google my friend?

Not sure, usually I'm not that keen on self aggrandising megalomaniac advertising companies.

Perhaps, this time they really do have my best interests at heart.

Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars


Not sure if the devices reviewed are dedicated to use with the TV or can be used as more general purpose sound delivery devices.

I use a SONOS Playbar, SUB, and a pair of Play 3s and I am very happy with the sound for films and general TV. Very immersive for watching football. Also, jolly handy for playing music and listening to the radio when the TV is off. I used to have big speakers but my wife didn't like the "clutter".

Many of us these days seem content to trade a bit of quality for a lot of convenience.


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