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Comment Telehouse West, London (Score 1) 121

...the new £80m extension to Telehouse Europe in the Docklands, is also being built with a similar idea in mind & is scheduled to begin operations during the first quarter of 2010.

The partnership will see Telehouse West save up to 1,110 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum and provide up to nine megawatts of power for the local neighbourhood. The energy savings will equate to boiling 3,000 kettles continuously. The disposal of waste heat from cooling systems is one of the most significant sustainability issues associated with data storage. This will be the first time a heat export strategy has been introduced in the UK for this type of data centre facility.

In fact, I seem to recall a discussion about this on here a couple of months ago about yet another project doing the same thing. The consensus was that whilst there was a lot of air pumped out, it wasn't exactly hot & it wasn't useful for much more than good PR for the host - far better efficiencies could have been made, spending the money elsewhere. (This statement brought to you by Slashdot whispers of an oriental nature.)

Comment Another vote for uVNC-SC here! (Score 1) 454

Link -

Simply configure it through the supplied flat-file & package it into a single binary via the tools provided. No need to install - they just click on the binary & it starts up a VNC server, making a reverse connection to the listening client on your end.
I've already got it setup with various family members & have it pointed to one of my servers, which I can then tunnel the connection through wherever I am.

If you're also using the uVNC client, you can use things like File Transfer.
AFAIK, it supports all versions of Windows - I've got it on XP & Vista systems.

Comment Re:Depressing... (Score 1) 670

It is literally impossible to prove or disprove the existence of God. See Russell's Teapot

Yeahbut, Russell never claimed his teapot created the universe, had affairs with virgins & cast devastating floods upon the Earth.

Indeed, an idle God who doesn't tamper with the physical universe is infallible, but a redundant God is not the one theists ascribe to.

Comment Re:Only 9 in 10 accept evolution? (Score 1) 670

They forced you to choose between 'natural process' and 'guided by a supreme being' as exclusive opposites. How about if you believe (as most religious people do) that natural processes are guided by a supreme being. The nature and tone of the question will cause most to choose the supreme being option, when they probably are thinking 'both'.

You're fudging definitions here, but if you believe the process is guided by a supreme being, then [i]that's[/i] your answer. Your dispute is over the method & period of time the creation story happened, but you still argue it happened.

God set up the rules and conditions so that what he wanted to happen would happen. Sort of a 15+ billion year bank shot. To me, that is _much_ more impressive than "Wham, here's everything".

Likewise. I find it impressive & think myself tremndously lucky that our existence & the world around us even came to be, given the odds. But this is an inevitable conundrum.

Picture a man tied to a chair in a room, with a gun pointed to his head. Out of a hundred rounds, one is blank.
After numerous men have been shot & replaced, one of them gets the blank. Now with him knowing the odds & yet still being alive, he will undoubtedly question whether [i]any[/i] of the rounds were live.

It's logical to be astounded & question the tiny odds we came to existence, but I don't think attributing it to some infallible entity answers any questions.

Using God as the answer to "how was the universe created?" & then exempting him from the same requirement to be created doesn't quite follow through, does it?

Comment Re:Primarily DSL here in the UK... (Score 1) 635

Line rental is £11.50 a month, from what I remember. If you're paying more than that, you have unnecessary extra options on the line.

That's supposedly the basic service, I think they're just overcharging me. I really should get around to kicking them about it...

But really, never made a call? If I have to pay the line rental fee anyway to get internet access, I'd much rather use it for calls as well than pay ~10p per minute or more on the mobile, or even worse pay £15 a month or so for a mobile contract with free minutes. Evening/weekend calls on landlines are typically free now.

There hasn't even been a phone connected to the line.
As I need a mobile anyway, it's far easier just to use the free minutes I have. That & I have free VoIP through work.

Comment Primarily DSL here in the UK... (Score 1) 635

It's been about 8 years now, since we last made a call using our landline.
Unfortunately, there is (was?) a restricted cable infrastructure in the UK, so most of us are forced to pay BT ~£15/25 line rental per month, just to get DSL.

If I had the option, I'd consider hooking the lines up to the speakers I have dotted around the house, to synchronise them with the amp in the main room. Has anyone tried this?

Comment Re:Better off not working for them... (Score 1) 379

So in contrast, a corporation that has 10,000 people behind it may only be reflecting the owners wishes which could be as little as one person of just a couple hundred of people while it appears to be larger. With a church, you can find another church to go to so similar representation of 10,000 is likely to reflect a lot more people in the community then a corporation.

And here I thought people interpreted their religion relative to that of their personal beliefs?
How many supposed Catholics do you know, who condone the use of condoms? Or others in any number of religious denominations, who have intercourse before marriage?

The oligarchy you allow to represent yourselves, are likely to be far more hard-line (read, extremist?) than the rest of their supposed 'congregation'.
Hardly the 'voice of the people'.

At least shareholders get some form of democracy.

Comment Re: Your sig (Score 1) 226

You've fallen into the classic apologists trap.
The simple existence of a god (as opposed to their supposed actions) is unfalsifiable.
An agnostic is someone who believes there is equal weight to each argument & simply hasn't chosen which to support.

/* poor attempt to claw back relevance */
I agree with the general sentiment that Trademarks are a simple method of quality control.
It helps verify the trusted developer - If I hear about a new fancy application & fancy giving it a go, I want to know I'm not unknowingly using some adulterated version which would provide undesired results.

As for many distributors strict control over their trademarks: they have no choice.
They have to prove an effort has been made to protect it, else they risk losing it as a generic term.

Comment Quick explanation re USB charging (Score 1) 135

As stated, it's simply because the barry modules have been supplied with your kernel.
Although oddly, I was under the impression that synchronising was still rather sketchy...

Cut'n'Paste from my wiki:

By default, a USB device can be supplied with up to 100mA without interaction from the kernel - the blackberry needs 500mA. For safety reasons, the devices need to communicate between each other before upping the amperage.
In Windows, this is accomplished with RIM's driver. In Linux, the above mentioned "Barry" has come to the rescue.
Just make sure you have the latest release & the libusb-dev library installed (available with apt). Once done, simply run:


It will scan the available USB ports & negotiate with any attached Blackberries.

If you are unsure the amperage has been changed, run:

lsusb -v | less

...and verify "MaxPower" for the device labeled "Research In Motion" reads 500mA.

Rather than manually running this command whenever I plug in my Blackberry, I've edited my udev scripts to do it for me.

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