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767 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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The problem...

You see, the problem I have with that is that Facebook make enough money every second to choke a donkey, so why should it be a voluntary effort to moderate for them? It's like Rupert Murdoch asking for home help to cook and clean... I'd rather people with time to donate did something for those with less.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Share and enjoy!

> Hopefully from a robotic point of view flying a plane is mechanically no harder than opening a door.

So long as you get those left-side diodes replaced under warranty.

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

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Malware? On a Mac?

But people keep telling me that Macs don't get these kinds of problems.

And I keep telling them straight back that writing malware solely for a Mac is like making Bride and Bride wedding cakes. It's a pretty limited market, for the effort you need to put in.

I suppose it's a sign of Apple's success that people are bothering with malware for them...

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Re: What?

"What on earth do they pay people actually doing difficult dev work?"

Or even the difficult sysadmin job of trying to get the devs to understand that the users do not have and will not get admin permissions. Ever. And that it's reckless for devs to demand 1GbE as a *minimum spec* for a client/server application. I know that Gigabit is relatively trivial these days, but to throw hands up in the air when I say it's only 100Mb in areas?

Anyway, that's my rant about devs and the insinuation that they're the only ones doing a difficult job. Usual caveats that there are also good devs and there are also shit sysadmins, and that when they're together the devs are entitled to hold the cattle prod. I will be the arbitrator of whe is being good and who is shit. All decisions are final. This promotion does not affect your statutory rights. Can I get on with drinking my tea yet?

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I just...

If there is one body in the country that should be whiter than white with the rules, it's the Government. This strikes me that they're exploiting loopholes in their own legislation to get the staff in place. Which basically implies "do what I say, not what I do".

Hypocritical bastards.

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

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Re: Cooling should be cheaper

Cooling isn't easy - you have no medium to vent the heat into. You have to radiate it.

This is not my day-job, but my understanding it that it basically has to run like a fridge, pumping the heat into a thermal medium fluid which becomes surprisingly hot. This is used to heat a radiator, which releases the heat into space. There's no convection or conduction of heat outside the spacecraft. Your cooling limit is defined by the area of radiator you can build and the heat you can get it up to.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Re: Dr Hugh Lewis...

Came here to say just that - I'm desperately glad that I'm not alone!

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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His in-laws?

Well that'll make the marriage awkward... :-/

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Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

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Re: Huh?

That's not how much they'd _make_ in the next two years - that's the revenue. There's a big difference between revenue and profit. If their margin is (say) 30% then you're looking at 4-5 years. Even then, that's selling it off pretty cheap in my eyes. Especially when you consider that it's only 1.5-2 Instagrams...

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

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Re: OTT, it's the future lads.

Is it just me who detests seeing "Kodi" and "pirate" glued together every time like this? Kodi is a very capable media player in its own right, which just happens to have some streaming plugins which can be used to violate copyright.

Sort of like assuming Windows, Linux and MacOS are all for pirates because you can get a BitTorrent client...

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Used to have an OWL

There's a sensor to clip onto the cable and a remote display to show you how much electricity is used. It was good for a few weeks to determine where my costs were going, but after that it turned into a way of telling when the oven was pre-heated...

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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@tr1ck5t3r

Really? :-/

Okay, two points for rebuttal here - one, orbital LASER platforms are a bit shit. The effort they take to launch and to refuel is utterly astonishing. And no, solar-powered ones aren't really going to hack it. Have a look at a BBC (Horizon?) documentary called "The Road to Ruin" from about 1983 - it's mentioned in there.

Secondly, radiation is subject to the inverse-square law, so being inside the Chernobyl reactor, within a metre of a broken fuel rod, is significantly more hazardous than being 150 million km from the sun. Of course, Chernobyl is now knocking on for 30 years ago, so reduction due to half-lives etc, but still a serious issue.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Cue the Aerobie stories

I lost one in the North Sea on a lovely day a few years back. Wasn't even mine :(

I was decent enough to replace it at the soonest opportunity, but it somewhat spoiled the fun we were having. They don't half go when you get the hang of throwing them (but obviously not good enough to control them!)

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The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

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Re: Pirate Dave Not too fearful

@ Matt Bryant

Yes, its own dedicated server made problems nicely contained and isolated. However, with the people I worked for at the time, if the BES was off then it was wailing and gnashing of teeth. Seriously, everything else could have been gold-plated and diamond-encrusted. Every sandwich could have been server with an extra eclair. Every coffee with a free blowjob. But if the BES were off, the world was ending and it was my personal problem to deal with it.

Frankly, the rest of the network could have been on fire, but so long as the BES was up, these narcissistic dicks didn't mind.

(Our BESs were pretty rock-solid, but fuck them anyway for the bad memories.)

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SpaceX delays manned Dragon capsule launch

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Corporate liability?

I suspect there's a lot of (justifiable) health & safety going on here.

It's one thing to start shoving humans onto the top of an occasionally-exploding missile when you're a government, they're military, and you've got a cold war going on; and another completely when you're a company, they're civilians, and it's a product development flight.

Well, not really, but legally. I'm sure the poor sod in the can feels much the same either way.

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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

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Very nice, bus no SAS?

At these speeds / densities / prices I'd have expected dual-port SAS. Maybe that's just me being greedy.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Handing over house keys

It's nothing like handing over the house keys and inviting a rummage. It's more like handing over the documents on a keyring which *happens* to have the house keys attached, and the dealer driving over there for a rummage.

Ever so slightly different.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?

> I still think that the "all came of nothing" claim is just a convenience and a way of avoiding to admit that we have no clue.

Meanwhile, I consider it a tantalising, but otherwise irrelevant, distraction. A barrier beyond which we cannot possibly see. We don't have a clue, and we can never have a clue. So what's the point in worrying about it?

What was "here" "beforehand"? Could be anything. Another universe, noise and light, or just turtle-porn all the way down...

We're on a hard disc that got reformatted >13Bn years ago. Good luck finding your old files from before the reinstall... (Maybe we should be scouring the universe for bad sectors that have been mapped out beforehand.)

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Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

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Re: "maintain operations independently of Ctrip"

"Thus grow overly-large monolithic shoddy companies with market-distorting power that provide little-to-no market/social/customer benefit."

Wow - that's a mouthful when "bank" would do!

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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

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Re: KVM

My excuse is Veeam. Doesn't cover KVM yet, but people keep asking. They've not committed, but on their forums Veeam have suggested that with the meteoric rise in popularity of KVM they'll likely be looking at it in 2018.

Used KVM plenty of times in small environments, but for work I wouldn't want to go without my backup crutch!

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Re: Taking the urine

"...and the very best of luck to you with that."

FWIW, I'm deep into a VMware -> Hyper-V migration right now, and it's been (mostly*) a breeze. System Centre migrates smaller VMs pretty-much automatically. Big ones need the Starwinds converter. I've yet to find a "normal" VM that won't go.

Licensing SCVMM for us instead of VMware will likely save ~70% of our hypervisor licensing costs. And that's from someone who's been dyed-in-the-wool VMware since ... I don't know. '99? Running 24/7 since '03. I didn't think I'd shift until I stepped back and put my prejudice aside.

*Symantec's Web Gateway virtual appliance has a limited set of NIC drivers, and leans on ESXi's E1000 vNIC. Hyper-V has some DEC Tulip thing that I've never encountered in the flesh.

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ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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Re: Glad Someone Can

Libel, not liable.

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'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

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Re: Huh?

And this is symptomatic of the problem that's caused a great many people to be surprised this year.

I've seen "post-truth" used in a number of places, but the media outlets that you've used clearly haven't employed it. Much like the different media outlets have kept themselves and their readership/viewers in isolated bubbles.

Not a judgement on you or your preferred media - just an observation that this is 2016 all over. Everyone in their own echo-chamber, oblivious to anything outside it. I'm as guilty as anyone else on that front, and been surprised as a result.

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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An ephemeral empire?

Sometimes I look at Linus Torvalds and think of Alexander the Great. Here he is building an empire, but what will happen to it when he leaves and takes his iron will with him?

Sincerely hoping that when that time comes the project can still hold together.

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LeEco – the Chinese biz that said it'll topple US tech giants – has already hit the rocks

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Re: Wow

But they'll make it up on volume!

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Re: Banking license?

To be fair, Mark didn't single out Tesco Bank - just "these kinds" of fuckups. And it's a fair question. At what point are licenses revoked?

And an awfully large number of people having to change banks is surely better than the same people having their funds raided. Otherwise it looks like security should take a firm second place to convenience. Whilst there has to be a compromise between security and convenience (otherwise the system would be unworkable), I think the line needs to be drawn more logically.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: I sense political meddling.

"Yawn"

Yup. I got a far as cryptographic hashing before I wondered why normal hashing would be inadequate and then decided to get more drunk.

Listening to dive Charlatans, Stone Roses and Beta Band. Better than this nonsense.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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Re: Plunder

My thought precisely.

Yarrr.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Russian Knights

I had the privilege of seeing the Russian Knights flying Su-27s years ago - they were spectacular! You got a real impression of weight as they hauled those things through the air. It was an affront to physics.

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Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

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Re: I'm glad that everyone else has pointed out the obvious

"So while for a home PC with 1-2 disks 3TB is the sweet spot, at scale the higher the density the lower the associated costs will be and that is what drives the research."

True enough. What I will say, though, is that in my experience the hardware costs are dwarfed by software licenses.

However, if you're talking about a drive that's double the physical volume, you can fit half as many into a shelf, rack, aisle, hall or datacentre. I don't see this being a viable solution. It falls into the Quantum Bigfoot dead end.

Luckily, though, it's not my problem to invent a way to fit more into a drive. Just to afford the results...

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I'm glad that everyone else has pointed out the obvious

If by doubling the drive height you can't double the platters, then just double the number of drives.

If nothing else, it halves your RAID rebuild time compared to a 2" monstrosity.

Besides that, the sweet spot for GB/£ still seems to be 3TB, quite comfortably. If you're worrying about the cost of the controller, perhaps you should store less shit. Just saying...

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Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

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Re: How high can you go?

"specifying it as a 50nm cube is exactly what they have done."

Aww. I was reckoning on 50m x 50nm x about-a-yard.

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Florida man ran $1.35m hack-and-spam racket with 50m-plus addresses

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Re: What is it with the expensive car collections?

Because the only waste or money is to sit on it.

For one, money needs to move around to be of any use. And for two, what's the point in working / defrauding / stealing for money if you can't them go on to enjoy it.

And fast cars are certainly enjoyable. Woefully bad investment, as a rule, but enjoyable.

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

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Segregation

Can't we just shove IoT onto IPX? Routable and yet completely distinguishable so we can turn it off immediately.

What do you mean you don't have an IPX router? Oh well - good enough I guess!

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See that red spot on the chart? Sail over it and you'll find a Russian sub

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Pfft

I watched The Spy Who Loved Me last weekend. They had this sub locating tech 40 years ago!

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Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

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"Can't think of a single reason"

I can. Virtual server mobility. It's much easier with a SAN to hold the drives.

Don't get me wrong. For properly big jobs you'll want to run it on bare metal and cluster (even if it ends up being something like log shopping or AlwaysOn Availability groups), and at that point you don't need the mobility. If a node fails then another picks up the load.

For small/medium shops, though, this is overkill and inconvenient. Like every finely tuned tool, good for a specific job and useless elsewhere...

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NASA gets last Pluto data

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Re: The one kilobit figure is wrong

You can use lossless compression. We did have image compression before you kids turned up with your JPEGs and your Grindrs, you know...

<grizzly>

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AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers

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Licensing...

Given that Microsoft are moving to per-core licensing on Server 2016 (and I expect other products won't be far behind), corporate users will want to see per-core performance on a par with Xeon before moving. Not an issue with Linux workloads, mind.

Besides that, there's the small matter of live-migrating virtual machines to the new architecture. That's a significant migration speedbump if you can't vmotion (or equivalent) straight across.

I like AMD. I'm running on one right now. Sadly they've just not been competitive with Intel for a while.

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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

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Re: Less than £2k per person

"The huge majority of people won't get back what they pay in but you still pay during the good years just in case you're unlucky enough to need it."

I remember discussing NICU costs with a nurse when my kids blew through the £1 million mark. Each. And they were only halfway there by that point. I think they've already drawn out more than they'll realistically put in!

The NHS is far from perfect, but I'm damn glad we have it. And I'm happy to pay for it.

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IoT botnet swells

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Great. Just great.

We had a nice internet there, but it's been fucked by idiots with wifi candles.

And I thought the dick-pill emails were bad...

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RBS debit card payments have gone utterly TITSUP

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Re: How many times must a bank fail at transactions

The answer, my friend,

is blowing in the wind.

The answer is blowing in the wind.

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But... but...

The man said a nice new mainframe would fix everything. And they put aside £500M for it. And the IBM rep probably bought a nice new yacht and everything!

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Shoosht!

"Fit 5G, cycle lanes,serious public transportation systems and provide relocation subsidies to the true middle of the UK - Morecambe!"

How Wise!

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Aww give me a smile at least - it's Friday!

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Shoosht!

London will be just fine.

I SAID LONDON WILL BE JUST FINE!!

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

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Re: Windows VM?

Linux hypervisor and Windows guests is licensed per running instance of Windows.

Licensing is not my job so I may be inaccurate, but this'll be close enough to get you within reach:

Yes, the license is attached to the hardware. A Windows Server Standard license permits (from memory) the bare metal plus 2 VMs to be run (it may be simply 2 instances including the bare metal). If the bare-metal OS is not Windows, you get 2 VMs. The VMs are limited by the number of CPUs and cores as per the Windows Edition specs.

Windows Server Datacenter permits as many instances of Windows Server as you can cram into the hardware. Again, they don't care about the hypervisor. Since it's unlimited instances, many people just install Windows Server and enable Hyper-V. I think that's a little foolish because you can run a free hypervisor in a mixed Windows/Linux environment and keep some hardware Linux-only (and not pay for a license).

Service provider licensing is changing for Windows Server 2016 to a per-core model, where the license is prices that 8 cores is the same cost as one socket on 2012R2.

Again, licensing is not my bread and butter. Speak to a reseller and they'll keep you straight. In fact, speak to Microsoft - I've always found their licensing people to be very helpful and friendly (presumably because I'm actively engaging with them and trying to make sure we're always compliant).

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Windows VM?

At the same time, if that VM on your Linux box is a Windows OS, it still needs to be licensed. I don't imagine Microsoft give much of a crap about the small hypervisor deployments, so long as they get their Windows license in there too.

(Run fully licensed Windows server nodes on bare metal, VMware, Xen, KVM, QEMU and Hyper-V - I've covered this one many times!)

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Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA. Repeat, Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA

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Too much hyperbole™

I'm becoming hyper-fatigued.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Seems a bit greedy.

On the plus side, you can buy it piecemeal. But still, I'm coming top the conclusion that I'd rather have a Vive.

That said, my 7-year-old has probably brainwashed me on the Vive. No, it's not on Santa's list...

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Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

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Put it in a case!

Okay, so they've binned the headphones socket because it's too fat. But you should put a cover on it.

Couldn't they have made it a *little* thicker, a *little* more durable, and left the bloody headphone socket.

Fucking arses. It's a tool, not a museum piece. <sigh>

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Simulation shows how space junk spreads after a satellite breaks up

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Should've used MOAR STRUTS!

No - that's all I have.

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