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2874 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Unexpected MySQL database meltdown fingered in GitHub's 24-hour website wobble

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Re: Solution by Microsoft

Firebird looks great and something I need to get under my hat.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Solution by Microsoft

Will be an interesting migration project, until then MS will be running using Oracle software.

Hint: if you think you need MySQL consider Maria first, avoid getting larried.

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: RiscOS really was magnificent but...

RiscOS really was magnificent but...

...without preemptive multitasking it feels a little fragile these days. If you have a process go rogue for some reason, you can lock up the entire system.

It runs on Raspberry Pi but can only use one of the CPU's quad cores.

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Re: Retro

There is a company doing an interface apapter between BBC Model B keyboard and USB, so you can hollow out an old yellowed Beeb and put it back to work with RISCOS.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

In the UK, if the door is not locked then it is not breaking and entering, and if nothing is stolen or damaged then it's not burglary.

Which leaves only trespass, which I think is a civil matter.

I remember as kids our doors were never locked, I had no key but would come home from school to an empty house and just walk in. Sometimes a friend would come in, shout to see if I was home and just leave if no answer.

I lived in SF Bay Area (East Bay) in the 1990s, in a house with 6 people and 2 keys. The house was never locked. One day we found kids in the pool in the yard, but they hadn't realised the house was open and had climbed the fence.

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Re: Facebook Then and Now

Then - 1968, London Bridge sold to the Americans (they thought they were getting the famous "Tower Bridge")

Do people still actually believe this? McCulloch knew exactly what he was doing when he bought only the facing stones from the old Rennie London Bridge to take to the newly built Lake Havasu City. And it paid off very well for him.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Exactly. Perfect example.

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Memes are a scourge. Used by people who are incapable of expressing themselves in words and more often than not containing some random picture or gif that has no relevance to what they are trying to say.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: 300 baud!? You were lucky...

Was that billiards or snooker ?

or your signal for your part in a theatrical production?

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Re: 300 baud!? You were lucky...

Replacing it with a menu line which would then go and install it might have been nicer than just vanishing it. Or is that what they did ? I don't know.

The problem for Mathematica is that while it is a very fine piece of work and in many ways a superior product especially with symbolic, everywhere I go seems to have standardised on Matlab. So GNU Octave tends to be more wanted on Pi. And now Python with mathematical and scientific libraries is right round the corner on the road map.

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: The big companies can mitigate this

But they've already got offices and staff in the other countries, they are just shifting the centre of operations.

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Re: The big companies can mitigate this

Just move HQ and most of the business to EU and leave a small operation in UK. No point in messing around trying to set up a workaround. Business emigration. It's exactly what the UK government deserve and will get.

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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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No. That's daft.

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we can resurrect the idiom once used on dying horses

Or dying asses.

Considering the headline "Well slap my ass and call me Judy" I don't think we do that animal abuse thing anymore, we have more progressive ways of training animals.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Non-optional extras

Really nice piece of hardware.

Unfortunately there is no hardware that can mask a shit OS.

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Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

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Re: F*ck business

the Brexiteers are showing they can walk that walk too.

yeah, to the edge of the cliff.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: So much negative comment

"mostly American or British"

Or Australian.

The negative comments about the UK are most often from the UK, there is a type of cynic who likes to make their negativity known all over web comment pages. A particularly simplistic shortsighted thinker who cannot imagine anything beyond their own small world.

Luckily they are usually told to shut the fuck up and go back to masturbating in their basements, or in the case of the ones with high positions in government, back to their expensed apartments.

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Re: What this project has really done...

It helps to get kids excited and interested if you're doing something exciting and interesting, like crashing through the sound barrier with a sand rooster-tail making sonic booms. It gets their attention and inspires.

Those CERN collision capture images are wonderful but they don't have the same in your face appeal as noisy fast things.

Once they are interested then you can work up to aerodynamic loads at transonic speeds and 95kg wheels spinning at 10,000 RPM on sand, and the pressure and sand build up inside the wheel enclosure.

We NEED *spearhead* projects to lead STEM and drag it along behind. These are more important than they appear on the face of it, in fact essential. It is the blindness of simplistic thinking of government people to this simple enough idea that has caused the loss of so much technological ideas and industrial capability.

FFS £25 million is peanuts. Give it now, and while we are there get Reaction Engines funded and out there with a higher public profile.

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Re: "a jet aircraft without wings at those high speeds at 0 ft"

There are people who stretch capabilities and push envelopes even if on the face of it it seems pointless. You also get people who stay well within safe boundaries.

Thank goodness for the former, I think if the latter had their way their anodyne world would be joyless.

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EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

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"All parachutes need plenty of height to deploy: very few people have survived a bail-out under 2000 ft."

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Height, or forward speed can also deploy them. 1000 feet is more than enough height as any base jumper will tell you.

The parachute recovery system on the Cirrus SR22 aircraft (which descends the entire plane and occupants) is officially set at 400 feet. But can be done lower, BRS parachutes 260 feet and some have been used successfully as low as 100 feet.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Steak and Kidney puddings

It seems completely unknown elsewhere in the country

Completely unknown except for in every Asda or Iceland or Tesco or Sainsburys.

Four for £2.25, quite expensive for dogshit en-croute.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: "It has been a hellish couple of weeks for the Windows giant"

so what about us poor customers"

My students love it. It's the next excuse for missing assignment deadline and asking for an extension.

Funny how it only affected the ones that are regularly late.

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Re: Last time

Yes, be proud of your downvotes, I have nearly 3000 and chrish each and everyone.

Means you are speaking your mind and not caring what others think, which is the way it should be.

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Re: Humans will always have the most important battlefield role

The goal of big wars is about power and sovereignty over territory or about the imposition of ideology or religion. The method of war is to destroy the other side’s ability to wage war.

The reason for war is the variance in human personalities and the types of personality that are often inclined towards leadership, and the nature of people to align with an identify which they follow and feel they need to protect.

We still have wars where a few humans can decide that other humans are killed en masse and it’s considered to be legitimate. Ridiculous.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: Why does ChromeOS still exist? It should have just been replaced with android.

Yes, I have a little laptop like a Macbook Air, with a HD screen but with plastic casing so it's superlight. Runs chrome OS and linux, has a nice keyboard, battery lasts 10 hours and cost £200.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: This is great news for certain politicians.

ISS and the shared transport to and from it is an example of science rising about all the poiltical chest-beating, sanctions, threats and all the other stuff we get from the sociopaths that are attracted into politics and nation leadership.

It's the example that shows the way. Cooperation. Of course there are a lot of $$$$ changing hands but $$$$ are better than warheads and nerve agents.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Do you have a Gemini - if so what's it like?

I have the Gemini and I love it. I have a use for it and a lifestyle which fit together to make it a problem solving bulls-eye for me.

However, I can't talk about the Agenda app (they've also got a reboot of the Psion database app coming) because I've been exclusively sailfish since it become available.

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: English Idio.....

"i is gunna get a new stereo 4 me Corsa wid me ppi compo money innit"

Is the usual sort of context.

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Kinda nice

Sales of Apple watch greater than the entire watch output of Switzerland.

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Re: Not for me...

The battery life is the big one for me, then the cost. Otherwise I'd bite. Meanwhile I am happy with most of the useful functionality from an Amazfit Bip with its 1 month battery between charges and £37 cheapness.

The Bip is a function plus some (including built in GPS) replacement for Pebble Time.

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Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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I can see cars with no human input coming, but only when streets and road layout have been altered to make it work.

I asked my car to self park this morning, but it failed to spot the available parking space, I took over and did it myself.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

I was responding to "Have you asked Ireland their opinion?". NI was asked and is leaving as part of the UK. ROI is part of the EU and they are not leaving the EU nor planning on asking are they? So what is your point and is there one?

NI was asked indeed, and taking their vote on its own they chose remain.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

@Spazturtle

Galileo uses British technologies with a licence attached to our participation, if they kick us out then those licences are invalid. They can either shut down all existing satellites or renegotiate a new licence for those technologies. Should they refuse to do either then the UK would be well within it's right to shoot down those illegal satellites.

LOL.

Just make up some old bullshit to add to the discussion. Love it.

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Re: not the only country to have developed and scrapped an orbital launch system.

Perhaps "developed and scrapped, without an intention for any replacement", then?

More than that. UK just shot a single successful launch - Prospero into orbit, with a radio and a tape loop just to test the launch system.

Totally incomparable with Apollo and the Shuttle program, which conducted a series of launches to useful space payload missions over a number of years, or in the case of shuttle decades.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: Inevitable

Or driving/flying into a military zone unannounced.

I know this to be true from my time in the US, but it only takes a radio call and if they are not busy then they have no problem with a civilian light aircraft flying an approach and low pass along the runway (no landing).

I wouldn't even bother asking at Marham or Brize etc, because the RAF are really not interested.

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

Anyone ever worked with these kids?

It's less to do with gender and pink dollies than it is to do with image and fashion and the kind of person that they are told is ideal.

It isn't the speccy studious STEM swot nerd. And despite girls getting excellent results in their STEM subjects, they often don't want to be that image. Boys can get away with this.

You only have to look at an F300 Physics fresher intake to understand the difference between these people and media idealised people.

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: Great. And he built it on Google's Chrome Javascript engine...

I would like to see a standard where you could choose whichever application (client) you prefer to use but would be able to interact and share activity with people who choose to use another application. So I could add friends in Solid and see the feeds from people in Diaspora and Friendica etc and share mine in their pages.

Like the web was when it was good. Different email clients, web browsers (ish) all working with the same user created content. No silos, not attempt to dominate and become the de facto web. I'm looking at you Faecebook home of the thick.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: Heavily soiled?

Hmmm, interesting The Register. The above comment was definitely not me.

Password change time.

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Re: True, that's why it's *not* realistic

but most men probably wouldn't appreciate a detailed outline of the guy's penis/balls boinging with every step

I'm guessing you are too young to recall the Linford Christie "lunchbox" ers then?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/and-what-inquired-mlud-is-linfords-lunch-box-1165856.html

Much juvenile mirth was had, even in the Royal Courts of Justice.

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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This is my shame. I did this some years ago and discovered that my phone contacts had been uploaded to Faecebook. I apologised to all my contacts and closed the account. Too late though.

So it's worth knowing that whilst you may avoid faecebook you can still be shat on and let down by any so called friends that still have an account and feed the depraved animal.

Lucky that I only know one die-hard user who is still defiantly fucking the rest of us over. It's easy to get rid of faecebook and you won't miss it. There is always a much better way to do whatever you think you need it for if you are not a lazy-arsed bastard.

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Re: oh what a tangled 'web' we weave

This is what puzzles me, why would hackers go to the trouble of cracking faecebook accounts when all they are likely to find is petabytes of puerile drivel from mouth-breathers.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Maximum Hubris

There are electric cars which are more than good enough for my requirements. I just can't afford one.

I have a hybrid though, and it's amazing. Driving a normal engine car now feels very primitive.

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Re: Seriously?

I think the best virtue of Musk is his energy, audaciousness and vision to get these projects off the ground and running. But once they mature on beyond that first growth stage he should hand them over and move on to the next thing. Lest he is stretched too far trying to look after space rockets, electric cars, trains in pipes and whatever else.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: but there's still Digikey & Mouser

As far as I can see, RS are owned by London based Electrocomponents.

Premier Farnell (CPC are the friendly face) are owned by US based AVNET.

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Re: well-staffed

No. I met plenty of people working in Maplins who knew their stuff. Not all of course, but there were some sharp keen hobbyist people working there.

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Re: My perspective

People who still buy a 13 amp plug won't go to Screwfix and queue and wait for someone to fetch it for you and then voice all their personal contact details in front of a queue of strangers. They are pickup items in Wilko or similar.

But needing a plug nowadays is becoming less necessary.

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Re: Profitability

It wasn't about the components and cables, they had become a sideline.

By the 2000s the components and cables Maplin were selling were a fraction of the store. By then their shops was packed with more consumer items and toys, from battery powered toddler vehicles, off the shelf RC toys, mirror balls and disco lights, USB vinyl conversion turntables and in car entertainment. Then on the checkout counter there would be a box of multi-tip screwdrivers or some other flashlight/torch or multi-tool. A spindle of 100 cheap CD-RW, and a 12 pack of cheapo AA cells. The components were never ever going to grow and sustain the business, all that profit was made on these other toys.

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Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software

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Re: What did we do before they invented ABS?

Braking until one or more of the wheels locks up and skids has broken traction and backing off a bit probably won't help. The technique taught before ABS was called cadence braking and allowed maximum braking whilst still allowing a driver to steer. If stopping in a straight line then threshold braking, which is maximum brake force without fully locking wheels is better.

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WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: Partial truth, partial cover up ?

Operation mincemeat corpse was discovered by the Spanish and the information reported to the Nazi command.

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Re: Standard German and Dialects?

but I don't think the Poles who got things rolling are given their due.

They most certainly are appreciated and given their due respects within those folk that follow the Bletchley Park story, and by Bletchley Park itself.

It's Hollywood history that neglects them, and quite a lot of other stuff too.

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