* Posts by Simon Harris

1718 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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By analogy...

Kalashnikov Concern is 51% state owned.

Should a terrorist attack in Russia occur using their assault rifles, will the Russian government have to arrest itself for creating material used for terrorist purposes?

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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I'm sure you could kill robots with it too if you really wanted to.

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The Protector...

sounds like it should be the name of an extra strong condom.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: The Royal Mint are going to introduce £25 notes...

When the US cottons on to plastic notes, they'll be Soylent Green-backs.

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Edible?

Since the £5 notes are not intended to be eaten, would it still be unethical to vegans to harvest fat from animals that have died naturally from old age?

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The Royal Mint are going to introduce £25 notes...

They'll be made from real ponies.

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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Thursday is curry day in the work canteen.

SWMBO is demanding that I install one in the bedroom as soon as I get home.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Why 18?

Beaches (probably not British beaches right now!) are usually quite well inhabited by under-18 year olds in swimwear. I think you may be taking your analogy a bit too far, or we'll all end up on the sex offenders register.

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Re: Think for a minute

"The poor girl, being only 14 at the time, was embarrassed/humilitated and didnt say a word."

This was obviously an upsetting time, but I don't think the solution is a technological one. Would there be demands then that it be extended to detect and block obscene phone calls automatically? (remember, landline phones are quite dumb devices). The solution must lie in society's response to such actions and, as others have said, education and public awareness. For example, it must be made perfectly clear that there is absolutely no stigma to receiving such a message, and how to go about dealing with it - I think ChildLine have a department that covers this.

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Re: Black Mirror

I can't help thinking you meant to post this comment under this story...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/30/webcam_extortions/

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Re: "Because there is technology that can identify sexually explicit pictures "

"a foodie of their bangers and mash dinner."

If Esther Rantzen was still doing That's Life, the unusual shaped vegetable section would send the obscene image detector into a frenzy.

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Re: "Because there is technology that can identify sexually explicit pictures "

Was there really no headline picture of Jeremy Hunt to go with this story?

Or did El Reg's automated explicit image detector block it for being a picture of a complete twat?

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

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Re: As bad as Amazon video on my TV

Use the Up/Down buttons on the controller to enter the binary codes for the characters in the password.

It might not be very secure, but who watching is going to be arsed to decode the password?

Hmm... come to think of it, who's going to be arsed to enter their password like that in the first place!

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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"Lib Dems to oppose porn checks"

If they don't want to do it, I'd be quite happy to check their porn for them.

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The future often starts as a toy, so don't shun toy VR this Christmas

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I was out shopping yesterday with the other half who wants a cartridge coffee maker for Christmas.

We came across some smartphone controlled Nespresso machines. Really, what is the point? The whole point of a Nespresso machine is that you have to go over to it, put the cartridge in the top, a cup at the bottom and press the button for caffeine based tastiness. How exactly is a phone supposed to enhance a process that requires you to interact physically with the machine? Maybe if it came with a robot that fetched the cup from the cupboard, popped in the capsule and brought me my hot beverage on a silver platter I could understand the point. Am I missing something?

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

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Re: Odd

This datasheet from RealTek

http://realtek.info/pdf/ALC888_1-0.pdf

appears to show (section 4) that each audio channel is actually 'general purpose' in its design with output and input amplifiers.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Won't somebody think of the children?

It's the AIs I worry about...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/18/ai_gives_smut_peddlers_helping_hand/

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NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

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Setting fire to stuff...

Now that's proper science!

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Re: Wasn't there

I suppose if it's for checking traffic jams, it's not really a moving vehicle problem.

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2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news

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Re: BBC News Subtitles

Apparently this is how it's done...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31035232

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: I'm confused...

Don't worry - I already did the maths for you.

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Units

That's about 15 Waleses for those that want it in official units.

With the added benefit that 15 Waleses has a more similar water content than 1 New Mexico.

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: YES!

"Pence, on the other hand..."

I remember during the Bush/Quayle years there was a joke that if anything happened to Bush the Secret Service were under orders to shoot Quayle. I wonder if that will be revived for Pence.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re: Lack of Research

"Can't wait till a video of Nigella Lawson preparing a Turkey roast gets flagged as a fisting vid."

When it sees the turkey baster will it classify it as artificial insemination? The AI needs AI on its list.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: Interesting ... @CraPo

Oops - thought your reply was relating to a different section of the thread.

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Re: Interesting ...

Do you perhaps mean the Tu-144?

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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Ancient Greek option.

Couldn't they just put a big bronze ram on the front?

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Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone

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Re: Water cooling

Add tea leaves at the outlet and set the VR to its highest quality for a really hot cup of tea on tap.

(other hot beverages also available).

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Netflix flattens bug that allowed account p0wnage via voicemail

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"Netflix must have been hacked"

That's what I tell my other half when she looks at the viewing history and complains about the amount of crap I watch!

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Tech support scammers use denial of service bug to hang victims

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Breakfast on my mind.

I was quite sure the strap-line said processed pig until I re-read it for the third time.

A Denial of Bacon scam - now that would be serious!

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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Re: Is it a sign of the times..

Indeed there is such a place - I used to travel through it a lot on the train in the 1980s on my way to university in Hull, and always had a titter at the brick water tower. All it needs is a couple of goolies at the bottom.

http://www.goole.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/water-towers.jpg

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Re: This wouldn't happen if they were running Windows.

<Sarcasm> needs to be included as a valid tag in the next HTML specification.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Two problems, one solution.

1. There's an aircraft carrier doing nothing.

2. London apparently needs another runway.

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Re: It's early...

Well, it does make a change from Starbucks, where it's just the coffee that sucks.

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Topless in-car selfie attempt climaxes with rear-end bonking

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Re: re: Photos

Playmobil reconstructions are never a disappointment!

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She's also being charged with vagrancy...

... as she had no visible means of support.

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

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Re: The Parallella guy...

"... has taped out a 1024-core chip"

That must have used a lot of tape!

I remember when people such as Bill Mensch really would tape out microprocessor designs by hand.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Perfect for the wannabe creator market

"Weird screen resolution"

4500x3000 - ok, so it's not an exact multiple of HD, but the aspect ratio matches 35mm film, and hence DSLR sensors - maybe they figure there will be a big market to photographers.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

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Re: Poor Bloke

"Obviously never heard of Plenty Of Fish. It's free as well."

That's where I found my partner of 4 1/2 years.

Sadly, I did have to weed out the scammers while I was looking. Apart from the obvious suggestions to immediately start messaging off-site, or ignorance of the places they claimed to be from, one of the best ways to detect scams was to drop their profile pictures into Google image search - quite often they'd just rip off models' photos, or grab them from someone's Facebook account. I don't know if they still are, but PoF used to be quite prompt at taking down scammers' profiles when they were reported.

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Chap turns busted laptop into phone keyboard, in Himalayan book-rescue mission

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Linux laptop/Phone emergency lash-up in the Himalayas

Have we reached peak geek?

Mine's the one with the crampons in the pocket.

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Re: They don't want us

"Despite it being rather pinkish, I'm pretty sure Mars was never part of the British Empire. Not for want of trying, I'm sure."

Robert Rankin's books are accurate historical records, and I would have to disagree with you there.

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The Guardian has been insisting that Schiaparelli is the size of a paddling pool.

If Schiaparelli really has been using non-standard El Reg units, it's not surprising it crashed.

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Re: They don't want us

Jake will be replying soon, just waiting for the transmission lag.

Didn't you know, he's already on Mars, planting American flags and farming potatoes.

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

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Re: Firewall you say?

Did he get the Mexicans to pay for it?

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ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet on Sunday

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Re: An exciting time for Mars studies.

That's what happens when you launch a joint mission with Blue Peter.

There isn't a Blue Peter flag in the icons, so I'll have to make do with a Jolly Roger ----------->

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Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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Re: Obligatory "When I were a lad..."

"I still have the Leventhal Z80 Assembly language Programming manual on my shelf!"

I'll see your Leventhal and raise you a Rodney Zaks.

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Re: How exciting

I used all three - 6502, Z80 and 6809 (and the 6800 before that).

The 6502 was in the first computer I owned, and the basis of a few homebuilt computers too - dead easy to knock up a simple system around it. I must have used it from about 1980 until 1988 (upgraded to a 286 machine then). A bit lacking on registers and 8-bit index registers seemed a bit feeble after I'd first cut my teeth on the school's 6800 machine (16 bit index register, but only one of them), but zero page memory access was quite fast and indirect addresssing made up for the lack somewhat.

The 6809 was lovely to program - 2 8 bit accumulators (which could be paired to make a 16 bit one for some operations), 2 index registers, 2 stack pointers, and reasonably orthogonal for an 8-bit machine. It seemed to be everything I liked from the 6800 and the 6502 put together with extras. But if I remember correctly some instructions seemed to take a lot of cycles. Never got to build any hardware around it though. In terms of 8 bit CPUs (I think it was the last 8 bit CPU design to be released) it probably turned up a bit late to have a huge dent on consumer PCs, had it appeared a couple of years earlier, it might have stolen more thunder from the 6502/Z80.

I only ever used a Z80 for one big project - easy to knock up hardware around it, but I never really liked assembly code on it - when you looked at what it generated all the opcode prefixes seemed like a kludge to squeeze extra stuff into the 8080 instruction set, and for all its complexity (about 8500 transistors vs the 6502's 3500 or so) it didn't actually seem particularly faster.

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Ex-army sergeant pleads guilty to using private browsing mode

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Private browsing

Maybe he thought it was for checking out the lower ranks.

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Yahoo! couldn't! detect! hackers! in! its! network! but! can! spot! NSFW! smut! in! your! office?

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Automatic porn detector.

Can I have one of those please?

Saves me the trouble of having to go and look for the stuff myself.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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The Pub Landlord

Not because I have anything against him, but at least then there would be a Mars Bar.

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