* Posts by Simon Harris

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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Re: Yeah, right...

No, it sounds more like almost any manufacturer, using second sources if they're equivalent or close enough and cost effective - assuming there's no exclusivity arrangement with the first supplier.

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Boffins turns landfill WinPhones into microscopes

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Re: Crap

"Online chat can also be achieved with the microscope's built in webcam and record features."

Yeah, but how many amoebae do you know that want to talk to each other?

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Analogue modems allow UNSTOPPABLE Android attack ... at 13bps

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Re: Wouldn't the user notice

If burbling noises were a clue, I think Orange/EE must have been installing something like this on my phone for years.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: Common Millisecond Counter Issue

"Now readers need to think about why the GCU suppliers didn't spot (and didn't properly handle) a predictable integer overflow condition."

Maybe they had planned on the batteries always exploding before 248 days were up.

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Re: Common Millisecond Counter Issue

almost - but I make the counter tick interval 10ms instead of 1ms if it's a signed value, 5ms if it's unsigned.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Pin-outs of the interfaces? - that's for wimps.

Mine came with circuit diagrams of the complete system.

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Atomic Theory and Practice - that was a good one too.

They really knew how to write manuals back in the old days!

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@1980s_coder

Of course, if you'd been brought up on the 6809 instead of the Z80, you'd wake up in the middle of the night thinking about BRAs and SEX.

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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What sort of standard?

"the Taptic Engine, has reportedly been manufactured to such a ow standard by one of the two suppliers"

So instead of giving you a gentle tap, it notifies you of incoming messages with a Chinese burn.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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"A low power way to tell the time?"

That's given me a time-telling idea...

A battery meter app that says:

"This battery was charged at 08.30,

It discharges at 10%* per hour.

It is now 23% full.

You do the math(s)" **

* Or whatever

** See, I can handle internationalisation!

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Put me down for one...

... but only if it has a super strong magnet for undoing dresses from a distance.

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Re: They really called a paint app...

that's nothing... you should see what they called their app for DIY.

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Black Books

"Live a better day by achieving 3 daily fitness goals."

Kind of heard that in my head as if spoken by Manny in his 'Little Book Of Calm' voice.

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Hawking hologram comforts One Direction fans with Zayny parallel universe claim

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Euler angles.

If the direction of 1 Direction in this universe is defined by a different set of Euler angles to the direction of 1 Direction in another universe, can those two universes truly be described as Parallel Universes?

Which direction is the 1 Direction anyway? Does anybody know? Does anybody care?

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Re: @AC - And on the flip side

... corrected the typo of "Justine"...

Maybe there are parallel universes where he turned out to be a girl.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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"dir c:\*.* /s | more

That's not what the example asks about"

But

dir | find /V "Windows"

would do pretty much the same at the DOS prompt as get-childitem | where name -notlike Windows (abeit with the output formatted slightly differently).

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Re: the good stuff

"LAMO....Dec 8–end.......375km.....5.5 hours..850×"

Oops - I read that one as LMAO.

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

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Re: re: You might like to note the following:

Left and right?

I want Strange, Charm, Top and Bottom!

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"The update to the Maps App..."

Ever since that April fool, I've needed a sharp stick to get maps app updates to stay on my phone...

I use it to poke 'em on.

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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Just as well the argument didn't move on to science fiction...

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/may/15/university-norwich-star-wars-club-fight

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: Interesting design layout.

How wide? - that's a lot of sea! Are you sure those aren't square miles?

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As Lady Bracknell never quite said...

To be nuked once, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune.

To be nuked again looks like carelessness.

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Scientists tail whales, hails their tales of record 14,000-mile migration

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+1 for the title.

see title.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Alien

Re: Headlines

I hope no DNA survived the cremation or it will be the Sycorax all over again!

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Re: "to call these the first colour photos of Pluto,"

Just about everything you might possibly want to know about Ralph is here:

http://www.boulder.swri.edu/pkb/ssr/ssr-ralph.pdf

or just http://www.boulder.swri.edu/pkb/ to the index for a lot of stuff about the whole mission (apologies to any employers if no work gets done this afternoon!).

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1kbps...

That's still about 3 times faster than the tape interface on my first computer... and then the signal only had to travel down 30cm of shielded cable instead of across 7.5billion km of space.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

Although if it's all glued and soldered together...

@Eddy Ito LMFTFY

"... sure I accept some people want to be able to repair their own machine once it's out of warranty but most others are resigned to the fact that the manufacturer or a specialist company has to throw away the unit and sell you a replacement"

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

as does a non-replaceable flash drive if you write to it enough.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: maths [was: Erm...]

Isn't that Angry Birds?

... or is that the Mother in Law?

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IT Angle

IT Angle

There's a picture of an Armadillo on the cover of the O'Reilly book "Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration"

Isn't that enough for you?

For any other animal based 'What's the IT angle?' questions, I'll refer you to their menagerie: http://www.oreilly.com/animals.html

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FBI to WordPress users: patch now before ISIL defaces you

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Re: Requires a valid nonce?

You're talking Nonce Sense.

(I may have been watching too much Channel 4).

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Re: You can still delete any video you want

Does that stand for Delete Miley Cyrus AVIs?

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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I think El Reg's geography is a bit out, and the opposite side of the Earth from Fukushima is actually closer to (and almost on the same latitude) Buenos Aires, than it is to the Falklands.

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

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"apps you most often use right "

What about the apps I most often use wrong?

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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big fleas have little fleas...

For their next trick will NASA be placing a smaller rock in a stable orbit around the boulder?

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

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Pint

I would hope prepping involves numerous trips to the off-licence.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: The 6502 had a decimal mode

Just about every usual description of a CPU will say the 6502 is an 8 bit processor.

While the 6502 did have a BCD mode, it only affected two instructions ADC and SBC (add/subtract with carry) - things like INC and . Many other CPUs (e.g. 6800, 6809, 8080, 80x86, Z80) have a 'decimal adjust accumulator' (DAA) type instruction where, if you want to do BCD arithmetic, you do it in normal binary mode and then do a 'DAA' to fix up the BCD result and carry/overflow flags.

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Re: Did this....

You did it in BASIC?

I did it in 6502 assembly code on my Atom, sending the output directly to an Epson LX80, with different grey scales representing different divergence rates to infinity, leaving it chuntering away overnight and the next day, and then reassembling the pages to make poster sized Mandelbrot and Julia set images.

Did it again a few years later in 386/387 assembly code, and what used to take all night to create one image ran as an animation with changing Julia set parameters.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

"the exploding mammoth population"

I don't think you're supposed to set fire to the methane coming out of them!

Hopefully not the back end of a mammoth -------------------------->

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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There ought to be a rule...

If you're going to buy up a .porn domain, you should damn well put some porn on it!

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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Re: A.I. is hard

True - if every car was completely automatic and pedestrians only ever crossed roads at designated crossings and at the correct times, cars would not need to be very intelligent.

The problem is the real world doesn't behave like that, so you need sufficient intelligence to cope with pedestrians randomly in the way, other drivers doing unexpected things, roadworks and the myriad of other things that destroy the order of the system.

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Re: What's the big breakthrough here?

steering between the white lines...

Does the car do a little shimmy when you get to the zig-zags at the sides of pedestrian crossings?

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"When you wake up... you feel like you are driving a new car."

The early morning commute probably isn't the best time to discover the user interface has changed overnight and all the controls have moved around!

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Good

So, it might be a data protection violation to show it on "CCTV: Caught on Camera", as some posters have suggested, but it might be fine to show it on Crimewatch.

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

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Spinning rust.

Out of curiosity, how does this endurance compare with a traditional hard drive?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Re: I actually do have two fridges.

You could even program it to tell you whether it goes out when the door is shut.

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"control both fridges from the same mobile phone"

I've got a fridge and a separate little freezer.

Do they need remotely controlling from my phone? Nope - once they're plugged in they just get on with their jobs of keeping things cold for me without needing any intervention.

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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"That actual computation isn't directly affecting your quality of life - what you do with that computation might do... but not by a factor of a squillion."

The ability to do computations fast enough that you can do 2D FFTs in real time in an MRI scanner might affect your life if it allows a life-threatening condition to be found and treated in time. Some might say that avoiding a premature death makes you a squillion times better off.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Coding? Fine... But FFS teach them Linux first

How does teaching them Linux help if the system they're using (and it looks a pretty basic system) may well not have nearly enough memory to hold the kernel? Remember, we're talking about a cheap microcontroller here to sense buttons, light LEDs, and possibly interface to other hardware experiments.

As far as teaching them to fish goes, Linux here might be like trying to cast trawling nets off the side of a pedalo.

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Re: Still too abstracted and complex to be really useful

Possibly the ARM microcontroller wouldn't be that much cheaper than a PIC.

I'm not sure the starting kids out by learning the PIC architecture and instruction set is such a good idea (I've done it, but only because I've needed it for particular projects) - there are so many different microcontrollers that abstracting such things as programmable timers, IO ports, etc. is a better idea so they will get a general idea of how software can be used to control hardware than exactly how it is implemented on one type of processor. Of course, it doesn't stop the keen ones from delving into the hardware if they want.

If a high level language is available, it seems to make sense to use it rather than assembly code - how many kids will have the patience, for example, to write their own long division or multiplication subroutines instead of having it already there in the compiler?

Can someone tell me which widely used high level languages cannot do boolean logic - just about every one I have ever used does.

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