* Posts by Simon Harris

1636 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Move on the ISS

Grrr.. Mice on the ISS...

How did autocorrect manage to screw that up so well?... And how didn't I notice for a whole day!

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Move on the ISS

Does that make them Space Murines?

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BSODs at scale: we laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

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"This copy of Windows is not genuine"

I get that on one of my Windows 7 work machines that's non networked.

If Windows can't call home for a long time it thinks it's not a genuine copy.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Re: Pointless

So, decades ago you could have a battery powered 200GByte wireless NAS that would easily fit in your pocket for around $100?

Small 200GB hard drives came out about 1 decade ago - the nearest self-powered pocketable mass storage device I can think of from around then is the 160GB iPod Classic (from 2007), but 3 1/2 times as expensive. So I guess you could have built something around a 2-ish inch drive just about 10 years ago to do something similar, but decades is stretching it somewhat.

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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

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Re: A stellar achievement

"You mean interplanetary, right?"

Both craft are beyond any known planets in our system, and outside of the plane of their orbits, so I think interstellar might be a good description of them now.

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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At least she didn't marry a theatre stage manager - her present would have been wrapped in gaffer tape and she'd still be trying to get into it.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: My pet gripe is

In my last company on official documents all dates were required to have the month spelled out as a word, and the year as 4 digits just to be sure there could be no ambiguity whichever order the day, month and year came.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: "Rammed" (quoting Rimpel)

(of a place) be very crowded.

"the club is rammed to the rafters every week"

That one comes from the Oxford University Press

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ram

When it comes to words, I generally assume they know what they're talking about.

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Boffin

Falcon 9

Can it become the officially recognised El Reg unit for height measurement?

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

Don't conspiracy crimes generally have more than one defendant?

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NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

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I'm going to build a robot donkey...

...so I can get my ass to Mars.

Mine's the one with the nasally extracted tracking device in the pocket.

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Wearable fart generator

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Re: When it is running

Yes but it's out of tune...

it's a bum note.

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McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn

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I assume the data collected from these trackers will be stored in pedo files.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

whatever next?

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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"eight pounds, or in modern numbers, 3.6 kilos."

This is The Register you're writing for - what's that in proper units?

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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They'll probably use one of those CSI resolution enhancers to read the serial number off your chair.

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Re: Amazing

"...and avoid my mates?"

Dress like that and I think your mates are more likely to avoid you!

An alternative disguise ---------------->

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Windows 8.1 is NOT an upgrade...

"BAAStards"

BaaS - Bugs as a Service?

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Still free if.....

The original might more accurately have been coined 'Beware of gifts bearing Greeks'!

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Re: Still free if.....

As the old adage goes...

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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"the good ones can't survive a screwdriver"

How about a Harvey Wallbanger?

Well, it's the only alcoholic icon available --------------------------------------------->

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: wank around waiting for a printout

It's the new greener way of sticking the pages together without needing staples.

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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By 'ready to strike...'

Do they mean 'ready to fall out of the sky onto...'?

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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WW2 Paint-job.

I trust that planes equipped in such a way will be painted in the WW2 tradition, open mouthed with big pointy teeth under the nose.

At least then they'll look like sharks with frikkin' lasers.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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I say we take off and nuke the entire pot from orbit...

... you know the rest.

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NASA puts lenses through a different drill to stare at the Sun

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16 million holes?

That's even more holes than in Blackburn, Lancashire!

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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Re: Speaking of Brexit...

... and 67%* of Scotland and Northern Ireland vote for independence.

That's Numberwang.

(*insert statistic of your choice).

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: If I hear a single pensioner...

If anyone says 'Independence Day' or 'Take Back Control' to me today, they may well get a punch in the face too.

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On days like today...

I'd look to Lester Haines to write something to cheer me up.

Lester, I miss you. Rest in peace in whichever afterlife you've ended up.

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: But how long...

Only the ones that suffer from hayfever.

That must be a bugger if your one job is collecting pollen.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: Too stupid to vote

If the train's a Eurostar, then that would be pretty stupid - last time I went through the ticket barrier at St. Pancras for one, the woman in front of me was turned away because she had less than 30 minutes to go before her departure.

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Re: This is due to unprecedented demand.

Since there was a general election only one year ago, I would have thought that might give some clues about registration capacity needed.

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Re: I'm in two minds about this...

"No, voter reg is open all year round so more like PAYE and not a window in time as with tax returns."

On line tax returns (at least UK ones) aren't a 'window in time' either - for the due year you can submit them pretty much any time without penalty until 31 Jan, and pretty much any time after 31 Jan with a penalty.

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I'm in two minds about this...

One part of me says sod those who left it until 10pm or later yesterday - we've known for months there's going to be a referendum, and the voter registration site has been up for even longer, so if you're really interested in voting, you've had plenty of time already.

The other side of me says it's human nature to leave things to the last minute (how many people file their tax returns in the last hours of Jan 31st every year?), and the government should have specified the servers could be capable of handing the expected last minute surge.

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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"There's a hell of lot more info to be scraped from even the shortest of invitations to listen into meatspace."

Even more if they can read your lips too.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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1% complete...

now I'm just waiting for the remaining 99% of the pipeline to be laid to my house.

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Re: Why not try and burst it

"an experiment would be to simulate the sheer velocity of a micro-meteorite"

African or European micro-meteorite?

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ARM Cortex-A73: How a top-end mobe CPU was designed from scratch

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Re: El Reg employs puppet as journalist?

Don't believe you - if you were being poetic it would be more like...

In a repeating loop, e.g.,

The CPU will quickly see

a jump to the start is often taken,

and only the final time will it be mistaken.

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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some pics quite possibly NSFW

Not Safe For Waterclosets?

obviously, seeing the state of it afterwards!

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Re: Headline revamp

Toileting Thai Tackles Toothy Todger Troubler.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Shuttle core memory

"The computers went from taking 5 7 foot racks to 1/4 of one of them. The new empty space was promptly filled with other stuff."

That sounds like my boss's attempts to get me to tidy my desk!

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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"They don't measure continuously, fitness machines only measure when you have a firm grip on the electrical contacts and that's not possible during vigorous movement"

It can be worse than that - There have been occasions in the gym where the HRM on my treadmill was still displaying after I let go of the handles - it turned out that the person on the next treadmill had a radio linked HRM and my treadmill was picking up their signal - it did make me look rather fitter than usual for a while!

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: The A380 is not ugly!

"They have the proportions of a Fisher Price toy, and seem to just float in mid air."

Presumably in much the same way that bricks don't ?

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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I wish you luck finding anything you actually need in Maplins.

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Re: Static?

Real 6502s were dynamic. The CMOS 65C02 (at least the WDC version) was (and still is) static. The WDC 65C02 also has extra addressing modes on some instructions and a few extra instructions. I can't remember whether they fixed the indirect jump wraparound bug from the original 6502, or left it as-is.

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Re: I'll really be impressed when..

If I remember correctly, X and Y were used differently for indirect addressing thus

LDA (aa,X) added X to the operand aa, and the contents of memory at (aa+X) and (aa+1+x) were used as the address from which A was loaded.

LDA (aa),Y took the data from (aa) and (aa+1) as an address and then added Y to that. A was then loaded from that total address.

The first was useful if you had a list of pointers to objects, the second was useful if you had one pointer to an object, but wanted to access data from a particular offset into that object.

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Re: I'll really be impressed when.. Intersil 6100

Well, the 6100 was based on the PDP8, so you could copy the PDP8s design (that one used discrete transistors).

The next step would be to recreate your discrete version of the 6100 as a FPGA. Then you'd have an integrated version of a discrete version of an integrated version of a discrete transistor CPU.

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Re: Why So Slow?

I was wondering this first when I realised that the original AT motherboard ran at 5MHz and was not much smaller (13.8" x 12").

I think the PCB size itself does not necessary limit the speed so much. However, if the CPU is simply a transistor for transistor substitution from the die to the PCB without any redesign, simply scaling things up might well scale up parasitic capacitances and time constants. Also, the 6502 used some dynamic registers (essentially single byte DRAMs) to reduce transistor count - scaling up the storage capacitor might also limit the clock speed by increasing the charge/discharge time constant.

I presume the 1960s transistor based computers running in the MHz range were designed on the macro-scale to control these capacitances in the first place.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Michael McIntyre 11% ?

Because satnavs always work so much better after you've punched them in the face.

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Just don't drive on the pavement when you come to the UK

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