* Posts by Simon Harris

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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It also happens if you leave it offline long enough.

One machine I have was bought to be used offline - after a while it declares itself illegal until I get around to re-registering it.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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"It depends whether Polly is convergent or divergent."

So, the alternative option was Microsoft bundling Flappy Bird.

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Re: Not just Eye Candy then

Maybe now that everyone's so used to mouse clicking and touch-screen swiping, Microsoft should bundle Colossal Cave and Zork to remind people how to use the keyboard.

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

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Re: Buttocks...

So while Virgin will only be going sub-orbital for the moment...

3D Robotics is going all the way to Uranus.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: most changes you make will be irreversible/lack of non destructive editing,

"Not sure what is meant by this"

Non-destructive editing is different from what you're doing with The Gimp.

With NDE, the software keeps a list of all the edits made and the renderer takes the original image and applies the edits at rendering time to produce the display image, but does not alter the original.

With The Gimp, the edits are made to the original bitmap.

NDE can produce better images - imagine a situation where you have an image with 3 channels of 8-bit data (e.g. RGB) - you apply curves to it to enhance contrast. In The Gimp, this will change the values of the data itself, requantising it to new 8-bit values. In a NDE editing system, the values in the original are not changed - just how they are mapped to the next stage of editing. You decide your image looks better in black and white, so you apply another filter. In The Gimp, your image data is changed and requantised again, in the NDE editor, the B&W conversion is just another remapping. The repeated requantisation will reduce the quality of an image. The remapping won't - the editing pipeline may work at a higher bit-depth than the original image.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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But isn't there generally an isolation transformer between the ethernet controller and the cable?

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Dawn will be orbiting Ceres for a very long time

The ion engine is for getting from place to place.

Don't forget it uses hydrazine as well for its reaction control system - this gives it the thrust it needs to rotate itself (e.g. between imaging Ceres and repositioning itself to send those images home). The job of maintaining or altering its orientation was to be partly down to 3 of its 4 reaction wheels, but two have stopped working, so it'll be using a bit more hydrazine than planned for orientation control now to compensate for only have 2 working wheels - there should be enough in reserve though.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: Where's a frackin...

Some googling suggests it might have been a Rometec Wolverine.

Cue the inevitable IT Crowd quote...

"What kind of operating system does it use?"

"Err... it's... Vista!"

"We're going to die!"

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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Re: Looks good, but...

"What is the real point of bringing the price down to such a level that something inevitably has to be compromised?

Unless you are aiming at the developing world, $75-100 is an affordable price for a DECENT single board machine, as long as it ships with open, or at least documented, hardware."

Or maybe you want to dabble in the "Internet of Things" (or use some as offline controllers if you prefer not to be connected). If you're distributing a bunch of sensors around the house, or want to build a networked toaster (well, someone might want to!) then $9 is closer to a reasonable price for each controller than $75-100.

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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Re: I don't get the point of this thing

"tape loading error" is not invited to the party...

Has anyone here tried loading cassettes from 30 years ago? Just wondering if I fire up my old computer whether the print-through from having all the tapes in storage since the 1980s will have rendered them unreadable.

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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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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

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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