* Posts by Simon Harris

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

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Terminator

Not a real pocket PC...

Unless you can hack ATMs or unlock Cyberdyne doors with it.

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Jeff Bezos trousers $8m Florida rocket sweetener package

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Re: revenue stream

So, at no point in the New Shepard design process did anybody suggest not making it look like a giant cock?

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The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

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"reliance on always being connected"

So, not much use in a typical English south coast resort B&B that don't know how to configure their WiFi correctly, and where even a reliable 2G connection is a luxury.

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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

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Just hope...

They'll have used their robot hand for good.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: IoT crazy

"Because of the "Bring Me Beer" button!"

Like this maybe?

But with better beer.

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Re: IoT crazy @ TitterYeNot.

After those movie titles, I was sure I'd read that they'd logged your pubic IP address.

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Re: IoT crazy @ mhoulden

Oops - my second choice might be a bit bad taste for.a Japanese singing toilet.

Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire might be suitable in such a situation.

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Re: IoT crazy @ mhoulden

My choice would be The Dambusters' March...

or after a particularly hot curry, OMD's Enola Gay.

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Reminds me of the fad that started in the 1980s when everything (pens, keyrings, everything) had to include a digital clock, just because they could.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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Re: Surely the solution is ...

"But then squirrels would nest there :("

I'm quite happy with any solution that lures squirrels away from our garden - this year they ate all the sunflowers and all the plums.

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Re: Surely the solution is ...

If, as suggested, the sensor is a FLIR camera, its sensitivity is in the range 8 μm to 14 μm.

Flooding the keypad with IR illumination from an infra-red emitting diode wouldn't really help - they tend to have wavelengths around 880 - 950 nm. Even an incandescent lamp's IR only peaks around 1.2 μm, although it tails off fairly slowly to longer wavelengths - there's still some radiant energy at 3 μm.

You might want to consider a nice little infra-red grill above the keypad - at least then, not only could you securely withdraw money from the machine (although asbestos gloves may be required), but you could also cook bacon while doing so.

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Re: They won't steal my PIN

Although almost all ATMs will have an on-screen menu of common withdrawal amounts, so often the only buttons you need after the PIN are down the sides of the screen, and you won't touch the keypad again.

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They won't steal my PIN

Not if I torch the ATM keypad when I've finished with it.

Try recovering my heat signature from that, matey!

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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Re: Fascist?

"At least no other national anthem is heavily nationalist..."

err... isn't that the point of them?

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Could have be worse...

The words could have been written by Sacha Baron Cohen

Kazakh medal winner in Kuwait

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: new technology...

" I was thinking of a mag-lav rail"

Even my toiletry explosions aren't that powerful!

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Re: Space Elevator?

My, that's a tall bouncy castle!

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Re: How much?

Me? I was drooling by the time I got to the bottom of page 3 ... but then, that was a very large doughnut!

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Re: How much?

Himself? I guess you didn't get to page 3 then, or look at the byline.

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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I'd assumed that was what the [sic] was for.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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"they usually caught fire"

So quite an accurate reproduction of some F1 cars then.

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"Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track"

Not if you add a remote controlled crane to the set!

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"Spinning off into a gravel pit?"

Didn't Dr Who and Blake's 7 used to do that every week?

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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When she asked him to Private Message her...

she didn't expect him to Privates Message her.

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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

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"The Register enthusiastically awaits the weaponising of these hobby drones"

And I enthusiastically await the return of Philippa Forrester to do her Robot Wars style interviews with the crews.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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Main use case

I thought Tinder's main use was for signing up your mates when they walk away from their phones and leave them unprotected.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: REM had the answer in 1992?

Anyone with an older phone will probably be left in Ignoreland.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: Genuine question!

When peripherals and controllers are included on the CPU, it is, at least with Intel, the case that they are relocatable to allow them to be reconfigured to fit around RAM or other external devices. This goes way back to the 80186/80188 (effectively an 8086/8088 with on-board interrupt, DMA and timer controllers, and a few extra instructions) mostly used for embedded systems. The on-board systems could be moved around the memory or IO map even as long ago as 1982 on this slightly larger dinghy.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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"a pint-sized PC, literally"

What's that in jubs?

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

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"Just slide the tablet along the docking channel by half an inch."

Surely you mean by 0.0907 linguini?

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Re: Was the picture necessary?

"A picture of girls on a beach"

I think it was supposed to illustrate

The Internet Of Thongs.

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Laser bacon

Finally something to make vegans see the light!

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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"Kickstarter is another culprit and just kills the battery on my tablet."

That's not actually the website killing the battery - it's a protection mechanism built into your tablet to power it down before you've had time find your credit card and blow a wad of money on some improbable project.

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Re: Ads? Flash? JavaScript animations?

Phone?

The article says 2013 Retina Macbook Pro. Wouldn't fancy holding that up to my ear.

A retina laptop screen (2560x1600) will have a lot of pixels to animate. It would be interesting to see if the same ratios between power consumption of website renderings applied to a bog-standard 1388x768 laptop and across different browsers.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Article illustration...

A somewhat optimistic view of the kind of shenanigans to expect after signing up to Ashley Madison?

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Re: Moving "users" folder

Using letters to refer to drives was inherited from CP/M, so I think you mean

'How very 1970s!'

CP/M - back when people used to dress like this ---------------------->

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: How much like?

Equally screwed if it turns out to be LV-426, in which case I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit..

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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"many hours in Cheltenham are spent filling out forms."

Sounds like nothing's changed since the days of Harry Palmer.

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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Re: Eclipse.

Distance from L1 to Earth 'De'~ 1,500,000 km.

Distance from L1 to Moon 'Dm' at closest point ~ 1,100,000km (approx.)

Diameter of Earth 'E'~ 12,742km.

Diameter of Moon 'M'~ 3 475km.

Moon's relative size to Earth when viewing from the perspective of L1:

M/E * De/Dm ~ 0.37

You are mistaken about a camera on the sun during an eclipse. The distance is so far away there would be almost no perspective and the moon would not appear to cover the earth. The moon does obscure the sun from the earth because:

Distance from earth to moon: Dem ~ 385,000 km

Distance from earth to sun: Des ~ 149,600,000 km

Diameter of Moon 'M'~ 3 475km.

Diameter of Sun 'S' ~ 1,391,684km.

Moon's relative size to the sun from the perspective of the earth:

M/S * Des/Dem ~ 0.97, so the from the earth the moon appears about the same size as the sun.

(exact proportions will vary depending on where in the orbit things are relative to perigree/apogee).

Feel free to work the numbers from the perspective of a camera on the sun!

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Re: Wow!

Looks like your gutters need clearing.

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Eclipse.

A shot from there during an eclipse should be pretty spectacular, and give us a good shot of the far side of the moon appearing to cover a little over 1/3 the diameter of the earth.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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Re: Wot?

"I can't remember the term for leaving bits of equipment inside a patient but I'd imagine that bits of surgeon are unlikely to be included"

I'm not sure that they ended up inside the patient, but body parts of members of the surgical team have been known to fall off during surgery. Consider the case of Robert Liston, a Georgian/Victorian surgeon reputed to be 'the fastest knife in the West End'. In his most famous case:

"Amputated the leg in under 2 1⁄2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He amputated in addition the fingers of his young assistant (who died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene). He also slashed through the coat tails of a distinguished surgical spectator, who was so terrified that the knife had pierced his vitals he dropped dead from fright.

That was the only operation in history with a 300 percent mortality."

Edit: I just noticed Allan George Dyer got there first with the story of Robert Liston, but I'll leave this one here to keep the context of bits of surgeons dropping off. Send any upvotes to Allan for being first!

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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Re: One wonders ...

"Either both [Jj]akes are you..."

Didn't you know, jake was a pioneer of self cloning. It started off as just the extra leg, but now there's a whole extra persona.

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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Re: 'Expert' Alien Hunters?

Maybe if you decouple the tasks of hunting and actually finding.

I'm an expert at hunting for components that have fallen under my desk. Not such an expert at actually finding them again though!*

*At least not until I start looking for something else, or have already bought a replacement. Maybe the answer to finding extra-terrestrial intelligence is to stop looking for it, and to look for something else instead - then it's sure to turn up.

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Re: Intelligent alien life?

Either that or we'd just find the phones and no bacteria,

the telephone sanitisers having got to them first.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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But wouldn't the BBQ provide a bigger CO2 + heat signature anyway?

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Netflix profits plunge, but streamer still plans global domination

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Re: Netflix charges too little

Equivalent to about 1 1/2 of these a month. ------------------------------------------>

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Slow interstellar internet

Surely that depends on how long the plutonium power source lasts.

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Asimov's ghost! Oil and gas rigs could be taken over by robots

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I really want them to look like Huey Dewey and Louie, and for them to spend their time playing poker.

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