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ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together

moreati Re:ITER costs half as much as London Olympics 2012 (138 comments)

I love the quote and I agree with your point, but what numbers are you using? Wikipedia has the London £2012 budget at £9.3 billion, and the current ITER cost at â16 billion (£12.9 billion).

more than 2 years ago

Arise SIR Jonathan Ive

moreati Re:Sir Jonathan Ive is ABOVE Paul McCartney (183 comments)

The whole Order of Precedence (in England and Whales) is very complicated, and to an American, a bit silly.

It's silly to us as well.
Regards, A Brit

about 3 years ago

Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F

moreati Re:Learn your AVC's (567 comments)

Thanks, I didn't know that one. Ctrl+Shift+V is the equivalent in OpenOffice/LibreOffice

more than 3 years ago

Sony Announces End For MiniDisc Walkman

moreati The minidisc remotes (191 comments)

What I miss most from my old MZ-R35, is the headphone remote. By modern standards it was large, with more controls than an iPod Shuffle, but everything was usable one handed by touch alone. The rewind/seek controls were a twist cap. I had a half hearted go at adapting one, but it would take more SMD fu than I can muster.

So long Mini-Disc

more than 3 years ago

Cisco Ditches Flip and $590 Million

moreati Why don't digital cameras/DSLRs work as webcams? (121 comments)

This is (slightly) offtopic, but I'll take the hit. It seems strange to me that digital still cameras and DSLR cameras don't offer webcam functions, at least I haven't found any that do. Thy typical have a much better sensor, lens and optical zoom than any dedicated webcam; can record high resolution video and connect as a USB device. So why is a USB webcam mode not incorporated?

more than 3 years ago

Why Linux Loses Out On Hardware Acceleration In Firefox

moreati Re:Yes, as I've said many times.... (456 comments)

There are multiple measures of an X driver. Nvidia's proprietary driver provides good 3D support on recent hardware, but they lack support for older hardware and RANDR. Doing multi monitor support their own way means it doesn't integrate well. Nouveau supports older hardware better but lacks 3D and power management in comparison. If Nvidia were to support the open source efforts with documentation rather than just the closed source driver, then perhaps Nouveau would progress quicker. Nvidia's support is better than zero, but it's not as great as it could be.

about 4 years ago

President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

moreati Re:They sucked at busting it (795 comments)

As I recall they addressed aiming at the sails during the first revisit. They couldn't focus the beam on the fabric as it fluttered in the air, so stated it wasn't a viable approach - I'm sure there's a clip on Youtube if you car to check.

more than 4 years ago

Stuxnet Worm Claimed To Be Devastating In Iran

moreati Re:Spreading havoc? (390 comments)

I understand that the PLCs are connected to the Wincc machine by some sort of network, presumably for monitoring and reprogramming. I'd like to ask how you think the Stuxnet worm has reached the Wincc machines - over the Internet, or by infected media/laptops being plugged in?

I'm guessing you can't speak for Iranian ICT practises, but how isolated from the Internet are such systems? I presume nowadays sites are interlinked for remote monitoring. Are these over airgapped, dedicated lines or do they ever share infrastructure with office Intranets using for instance a VPN or encrypted tunnel?

more than 4 years ago

£32k a Day For Birmingham Council Website

moreati Not convinced of their maths or fact checking.. (150 comments)

To reiterate my comment at TFA, that they're no doubt going to approve.

I would like to know how you arrived at your headline - £32000/day for the Birmingham City Council website?

Your quote "To date we've invested £48.4m ..." from http://www.capita.co.uk/about-us/Pages/Birmingham.aspx gives a figure spent by Service Birmingham (£48.4 million), and that page states SB were "established in April 2006 to provide the Council’s information and communications
technology (ICT) services". That's 1596 days ago assuming 2006-4-30 to 2010-9-12. Dividing one by the other gives £30325/day, I presume you performed a similar division to reach £32000/day. However I cannot see how you conclude that the £48.4 million was spent entirely on the BCC website, and hence justify your headline.

To declare my interests I worked at Service Birmingham - the Capita/Birmingham City Council joint venture - until Jan 2010. Except for about 5 days as a testing volunteer I did not work on the CMS for birmingham.gov.uk. I have no financial interest in SB or Capita, but I do pay council tax to BCC. I await your answer.

Sincerely, Alex Willmer

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces New Android Features

moreati Re:The next Android ad (271 comments)

Hold on, maybe that's the new iPhone ad...

That one is "And then of course I've got this terrible pain in all the antennas down my left side."

more than 4 years ago

Large Zeus Botnet Used For Financial Fraud

moreati Re:I predicted this (68 comments)

You do realise this isn't the first incidence? Botnets have been installing key loggers and stealing sensitive data for years now. Credit card numbers harvested thus sell for a few dollars/thousand.

more than 4 years ago

World's Fastest Hybrid OK'd For Production

moreati Re:SI units (208 comments)

The standards to which the EU are trying to move are litres/100 km or kWh/km

more than 4 years ago

Company Claims Patent On Spam Filtering, Sues World

moreati A taste of the medicine (186 comments)

I really hope Blackberry get issued an injunction, then perhaps our elected overlords would get the message about obvious patents*.

* That is, amongst the tide of crap they suddenly receive.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Drops Ubuntu PCs From Its Website

moreati Re:Follow the money (473 comments)

Much as I'd like to agree with you. Evidence?

more than 4 years ago

Zynga Investment May Herald Google Games

moreati Re:Relevant. (186 comments)

Well lets make them more relevant :). What are the names of some please?

more than 4 years ago

New Batfish Species Found Under Gulf Oil Spill

moreati Re:Well they did live there (226 comments)

Simple, they'll erase any record of them.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Throttling Hits Third-Party Apps

moreati The limit is back up to 350 (119 comments)

AFAICT the limit is now back up to 350/hour, and has been for a day at least. This is in the UK, in case it's turned regional.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Failed To Break Encryption of Hard Drives

moreati Re:Wrong Agency (486 comments)

I don't believe that's correct. AES is to the best of our knowledge uncrackable by the NSA with current computing resources. The flaws that have been discovered publically are minor and inconsequential. It is possible that the NSA has a practical attack against AES, and others but that they choose not to reveal this as GHCQ did not reveal their cracking of Enigma.

Practically this doesn't make much difference to 99.9% of us The NSA is unlikely to go after us little guys, the risk of revealing their secret would outweigh the benefit. However if you're ever holding the UN to ransom don't assume that AES, RSA et al are secure against a national government.

more than 4 years ago

LimeWire Likely To Shut Down Soon

moreati Re:Excellent (264 comments)

No sarcasm, or piss taking, I really am curious. Why does switching to Bittorrent mean fewer trojans/infections?

more than 4 years ago


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