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Comment Re:1 GB Google fiber service (Score 4, Interesting) 120

Yeah, there really is some ignorance towards basic computing terms out there.

If the service was 1 GB/s, then that'd be 8 Gb/s. Let alone that the fine summary says "1 GB Google fiber service", so is wrong twice over by using B and no '/s' or 'ps'.

All laughing aside, data transfer speed is rated in bits per second (bps or b/s), while data storage capacity is rated in Bytes (B), with a capitalised prefix T/era, G/iga, M/ega. There's a huge difference between B/b, and even major stores which sell lots of computer equipment get them mixed up. I'm sure I don't need to preach to the converted, as they say, but I've started so I'll finish..

I'm often annoyed by things like "portable 500 Gb drive" which if such an ad was correct should only have 62.5 GB of space. The same the other way around where Internet (capital I) service providers sometimes use B when advertising speeds. It doesn't help when the idiots who should know what they're on about say the wrong things for such simple matters.

Maybe it should've said "125 MB/s Google fiber service" (which I know is the wrong way to report data speed, unless you're trying to simplify how fast you can pillage the Internet with your download speed in an easy-to think of way), but then that would confuse the poor common IT-illiterate users into thinking that it was wasn't "big" and "fast".

Likewise, but on a tangent, years ago the memory in a computer wasn't a large selling factor, but now laptops are advertised with the memory size before the drive space. This can only help to confuse users when they see "Intel Pentium Dual Core 4GB 500GB 14" HD LED..." for sale. Previously the standard used to be drive space before memory size, and sometimes is still done that way today. No fixed standard. Does it have a 4 GB drive with 500 GB memory?! Of course not, but I'm sure some might still ask the question in bewilderment.

For the record, I've only got 30 Mb/s service here in the UK from Virgin.

Comment Re:464 pages (Score 1) 112

You retard, it's meant to be read in 24 *hours*, not "24 hours". So really they probably meant within a month, if you read a chapter per day.

It's similar for Sams' "10 minutes" or "21 days" books - each chapter taking 10 minutes/1 hour/1 day. The 21 days books are more in-depth from what I know. The logical steps would be to start with a 10 minutes book to get the nuggets of information you need (like the TY SQL in 10 Minutes book, which is really good as a quick reference), then take it up to 24 hours if you need more, and progress onto 21 days if you're still wanting yet more.

The official website for this book can be found at and further info on the series can be found at

Comment Why stop at fake names? (Score 2) 304

Fake date of birth, fake profile picture, fake location details, ...

This could be a good little snitching exercise, but then Fakebook would lose so many under-13s* that their userbase would practically halve. And that's just tackling DOBs, let alone the other details.

(*I'm not condoning under-13s being on the website, only stating the fact that there are a lot of children who signed up with fake DOBs.)

Comment For those who don't RTFA. (Score 5, Informative) 352

This is the real paper, coming in at only 2 pages it's a light read:

You weren't going to RTFA anyway, now were you?..

P1_1 Could Bruce Willis Save the World?
Back A, Brown G, Hall B and Turner S
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH.
November 1st, 2011

The film Armageddon (1998) puts forward the possibility of using a nuclear weapon buried deep within an Earth-bound asteroid to split the asteroid in two, each half clearing opposite sides of the Earth with only relatively minor damage. This article investigates the feasibility of such a plan and shows that even using the largest nuclear weapon made to date, the bomb comes over 9 orders of magnitude short of the yield required.


Comment Oil markets affected.. in what way? (Score 2, Informative) 104

The article says nothing about in what way the oil markets were affected, so to spare you having to RTFA I'll copy it below:

MOSCOW, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A Twitter user sent a hoax message on Monday that quoted Russia's ambassador to Damascus as saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have been killed, forcing Russian officials to quickly deny the report.

A user on the social networking site apparently pretending to be Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev quoted the envoy, Sergei Kirpichenko, as saying Assad "has been killed or injured."

The ministry and the embassy denied the veracity of the report and a message later appeared on the same Twitter account saying "this account is a hoax." It did not say what the aim of the hoax was although it had briefly affected oil markets.

Russia is a strong ally of Assad and has repeatedly prevented tougher sanctions being imposed on Syria by the United Nations since the start of an uprising against the president 17 months ago.

Asked about the report that Assad may be dead, Artyom Savelyev, the Russian embassy's press attache in Damascus, said by telephone: "Our ambassador said nothing of the sort."

An Interior Ministry spokesman said Kolokoltsev had no Twitter account.

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