* Posts by Charles Spalton

13 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Feb 2007

Sub £200 mini laptop launched

Charles Spalton

Additional specification details

Scan Computers appear to have it listed at £163.33 inc VAT - and describe it as having a 400MHz Xburst CPU:


for more info.

pikiWedia redirects searches on XBurst to the MIPS article.

Texas Memory Systems makes mighty big RAM SSD

Charles Spalton

"Half as much"?

Shurely "half as much again"?

Mines the one with the nit-pickers in the pocket.

SETI@home needs You!

Charles Spalton

"It was the internet's first distributed computing project"? Really?

How about the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search? Launched in January 1996, and still running today? Plus, it's a great way to test an overclocked system. Take part and it could be YOU receiving some of the EFF's $100000 prize money for the discoverers of the first million-digit prime number. Take a look at www.mersenne.org for more info.

Mine's the white canvas blazer with optional long sleeves,


PS Aside from running the software, I am not affiliated with the site I mentioned.

B3ta served DMCA notice for Photoshop Prince challenge

Charles Spalton
Black Helicopters

Re: DCMA not in uk @ Anonymous Coward

Sorry - our Glorious Leaders abolished the death penalty for treason back in 1998. Something about protecting their own backs after their time in office was over or something like that...

Crime-busting gator kills Florida fugitive

Charles Spalton
Paris Hilton

Evolution in action

It's a shame that the 'gator is going to be destroyed for simply reacting to someone who ignored signs and warnings. Pity there was no sign saying "Don't feed the 'gators" really. Not that it would have made any difference to the volunteer meal, and the reasons for the law under which the alligator will be destroyed are clear enough, but still - what else was likely to happen when someone chooses to put themselves in the water with a wild or, worse, wild and human-habituated animal?

Brown promises simultaneous liberty and security

Charles Spalton

Just goes to show, you can't teach an old government new tricks

As Matt Bryant points out, pretty much SOP - all Broon has to do now is pick and choose the elements he actually wants to implement. It is somewhat new to include the whole self-inconsistent mess in a single speech, though.

And someone really should drop a hint to our current leader that this government has already written a "new chapter in our country's story of liberty" - it has mutilated and crippled it in whole new ways, to a degree never before achieved.

Mind you, at least with Brown spin, the colour gives a clue as to the value of the content.

IBM patents making money from patents

Charles Spalton

Prior Art

If the USPO doesn't reject this one, it would pretty much prove that they don't apply ANY checks on validity - they of all organisations should be aware of the "prior art" in this case, since they facilitate it in the first place.

Mind you, I wouldn't mind watching the USPO challenge a patent it awarded itself when they realised that, as they are one of the vital links in making use of a patent portfolio, they themselves owed licensing fees to IBM ;) Just imagine them having to give evidence against themselves...

Finger-chopping jihadis derail MPs scanner system, claims MoS

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Black Helicopters

"Surely a missing MP would be noticed"?

Given the attendance of some of our "representatives", you could probable kidnap half of them without anyone commenting. Of course, this may already have happened - I for one welcome our new Lizard overlords...

Public rejoices at new 'green' nukes

Charles Spalton

Anyone else noticed that the Department's initials are DBERR?

At least it's reasonably honest about the accuracy of its information.

Google, Yahoo! and Amazon sued over email patent

Charles Spalton

They missed a spot

Why did they not go gunning for Microsoft as well? Outlook plus Exchange should certainly qualify - Out of Office notifications, automatic classification of (at least some) spam (complete with asking for confirmation from the user)... even Outlook Express (or whatever its current name of the month is) should qualify.

For that matter, you could read the patent as covering pretty much every email system ever written:

a) Receive email "from a source" - yep, covered, even without Matrix-style silliness.

b) Interpret the email using a rule base and case based knowledge engine - well, one rule is that the email must be addressed to a legit mailbox, OR an alias. Add to that any anti-spam or attachment stripping and you're covered.

c) classifying the electronic message as at least one of (i) being able to be responded to automatically; and (ii) requiring assistance from a human operator - bounce messages for the misaddressed emails (at least in some configurations) for (i), or else queue for reading by a human operator (covers (ii)).

Great. They patented the mail server. And possibly much more, depending on interpretation. Quite clearly the Patent Officers either have no background knowledge in the fields they are granting patents in, are in someone's pocket or simply can't read the patent proposals placed before them.

Hacker breaks into Pentagon email system

Charles Spalton

So he doesn't "do" email...

Of course he doesn't "do" email - he "does" a nice deniable unarchived webmail account on GOP servers.

Teachers demand Wi-Fi health investigation

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Aiee! It Burns! It Burns!

I think it's time for an investigation into the health effects of radar speed guns - on their users, naturally. Seriously, though, if EMR is such a threat, shouldn't all radio transmission be banned? Mind you, some of the content broadcast today seems to be much more damaging to the brain than any effect caused by the carrier wave.

US immigration cavity search ends in agony

Charles Spalton

Adds a new horror to air travel

I wonder what sort of threat they thought a small piece of thread posed?

So before they performed the medical procedure on him they refused to allow the gentleman entry to the US, presumably on the grounds that this unknown item might represent some sort of narcotic or terrorist threat. However, they WERE more than happy to let him get back on a plane home without discovering if their perceived threat was a danger while in-flight. Even though there would almost certainly be US citizens on that flight. An interesting reflection on the authorities' interests, that.

Additionally, if the airport doctor didn't know what the item was, would removing it in ignorance without even seeking additional advice (or for that matter contacting the victim's doctor) constitute medical malpractice?