* Posts by Chronos

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Chronos

Oh my god, Boris! We've just been chosen to meet and greet Donald Trump!

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Flame

Bloody ads again.

Perhaps when you have to defend your business model every ten minutes, it may just be that your business model is a parasitic nuisance.

I know people, myself included, who will not buy anything advertised aggressively on principle. If your ad makes it harder for me to find the information I wanted (specs on a 'phone, a schematic, some code snippet with a common name) then not only am I never going to touch that product or the site pushing it with a ten foot pole, I'm going to actively ask others to avoid them as well. It's why StartPage and DDG are doing so well right now.

I don't particularly care about positioning of ads because, patently, anyone serving them has a pecuniary interest in people seeing them anyway. Arguing over rankings is just splitting hairs. For those of us who use the web for research there is nothing more annoying and dispiriting than trying to find something and every promising link for information turns out to be another bloody digital salesweasel trying to pry open your wallet.

So no, Google, not everyone universally adores your ads. A lot of us think that they, and you, suck.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

Chronos

Re: Wileyfox phone looks nice but...

Jetpacks and rollerskates as options?

I think I may have that as my ringtone.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Chronos
Devil

Bloat

I think we need to remember that, along with new features and shiny bling, MS have had to put up with "my stone-age application, cavepaint 22B.C., must work, dammit!" from all comers. It's this backwards compatibility that has caused a lot of the beer gut Windows currently has.

I'm not for one second saying MS is blameless for the lardy arse-cheeks dangling pendulous over the edge of the platters in your HDD, just that they have been, on occasion, unfairly criticised for bloat when it's in response to customer demands for legacy code not to break - without the ability to recompile it against newer libraries. It's a bit like the stick Pirelli is currently getting for crap tyres that don't last 31 laps after F1 management asked them for crap tyres that won't last 31 laps...

Icon: Devil's advocate, natch.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Chronos

Re: Ban it. Ban what?

MonkeyFedge wrote: I was under the impression that the vapour from ecigs was not just water vapour (and nicotine), but also propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and whatever flavourings are present.

You are correct. It's actually an aerosol of liquid disassociating from the bulk in the wick and becoming suspended in air due to applied heat from a coil. The nicotine is almost all absorbed by the user immediately, thus there are only trace amounts of that in the exhale. There is flavouring, PG and/or VG, as you rightly point out. There's a "Goldilocks zone" temperature range for this aerosol process, above which the heat causes unwanted chemical reactions in the liquid and you get a few nasties (acrolein, aldehydes) in the aerosol. This only affects the user, though. Sidestream, even on a badly set up atomiser/power combo, is negligible, especially when compared to smoking.

I've often toyed with the idea of a piezoelectric system similar to that used in ink jet printers as a safer method of obtaining the aerosol. Few problems, not least of which is the variable composition of e-liquids.

I have heard that the origin of the 'water vapour' claim was someone saying that ecig vapour was no more harmful than water vapour, not that it /was/ water vapour.

There's actually very little water vapour at all, above what a human would normally exhale with a breath plus what is used to thin the VG. It was actually a misquote taken a bit further by critics and used to trick naïve supporters into making the false statement which can be easily knocked down with the facts - a straw man, if you will - which then makes anything factual that person quotes less likely to be accepted. I know that sounds a bit "conspiracy theory" and I'm sorry for that but there's billions in big pharma and big tobacco profits at stake here.

What would also help is if people supporting the right to vape would kindly get their facts straight before mounting the soap box, otherwise "please don't stick up for me any more, I don't think my nerves can take it" applies. I'd also add that the "right to vape" includes, as rights very often do, responsibilities to others, which probably includes not cloud-chasing at work, not vaping sickly or pungent flavours in an enclosed space and maybe even asking if it's okay to vape as we used to when we smoked before all the smoking ban nonsense came in and buggered up everyone's ability to interact courteously. A PG heavy flavourless mix will give you the same nic and throat hit (actually, PG heavy is more effective as VG mutes the hit) without fogging up the room or offending anyone's digestive system. Surely we can switch atties for half an hour when asked just to keep the peace?

And non-vapers, ask me politely to modify my behaviour if my vaping affects you in any way. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the result. Tell me and you'll get exactly what you deserve. Courtesy cuts both ways.

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Chronos

Re: Who should take the credit for this?

@Joe 48

Thank you, kind sir.

Candour compels me to admit that, towards the end, it was becoming a little like shooting mirror carp side-on in a small barrel of undiluted glycerine. One glance at the Daily Fail and they're all experts :-)

If only the same experts in the legislature were so easy to deal with. The HoL has some pretty clued up people - Viscount Ridley springs immediately to mind - but they don't make the law, they simply have a veto on new bills. in the case of the TPD I doubt we even have that luxury as implementing it is a treaty obligation. The odds really are stacked against us at this point and it's going to take a minor miracle to undo all the damage done by moral crusaders and the clueless.

My DNA40 and Kayfun 3.1ES combo? The thing to remember about the TPD is it legislates for vendors, not the general public. Your e-cig isn't going to become illegal overnight, it'll just be verboten to sell them. It's not me I'm concerned for, it's the millions of smokers who haven't had the chance I've had to escape the clutches of big tobacco, government sin tax gouging, being treated like a leper and the smoke->quit->smoke->quit cycle that NRT forces upon you. Once vaping is driven underground, the same cluelessness that drove it there will pollute the supply chain with such massive awfulness that it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy and we truly will have awful, dangerous products out there. Imagine V4p3rm4n-69 (Bitcoin welcome) mixing your juice in his bathroom: Green Fairy, a cheeky little absinthe number with a hint of toilet duck...

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Re: Sigh...

@Salts,

Yes, looks like you've covered all the bases there and you're in several orders of magnitude territory.

Congratulations on the health gains. I'm not sure you can ascribe those to vaping solely; you seem to have a positive attitude to turning your health around, which is probably the bigger contributor. Vaping will help as part of an overall harm reduction strategy but it's not a sovereign specific. Even if it is safer than breathing the air in London, if you're in London you've no choice but to do that as well.

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Facepalm

Re: Does anyone know...

They're not oils. PG and VG are alcohols. Oil would give you lipoid pneumonia, which you really, really don't want.

Anyone putting Diethylene Glycol in e-liquid will quickly find themselves on a (recklessly) negligent manslaughter charge.

Yes, monopropylene glycol can be used as an anti freeze. That doesn't make it the same as DEG, it just means it modifies water's freezing point, as does salt. Anything else you want me to debunk, or are you done?

I don't particularly want your exhaled carbon dioxide blown in my face, which is probably a damned sight more dangerous than anything in e-cig vapour given that CO2 an asphyxiant[1]. The chances of you stopping exhaling are about the same as your ill-informed rant stopping me from vaping, though.

[1] Yes, okay, I'm fighting fire with fire. It's all in the concentration, something a lot of people commenting on this don't seem to be able to do when it comes to facts.

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Chronos
Facepalm

Re: Does anyone know...

Well, actually, they DO stink. It's not just water vapour, and if it is there must be trace elements come with it because I can not only tell that someone is vaping nearby, it affects me (it's usually how I fnd out, it's not like I'm looking for it)

Oh, poor you! Tell me, do you refrain from cooking just in case someone doesn't like the smell of what you're having for tea? Clue: If it's chips, it is also creating more acrolein (a toxin) than a vaper will produce in his entire lifetime. If said vaper is nic-free, it'll also contain more nicotine.

Nobody who knows how vaping works will tell you the exhaled vapour is just water vapour. Of course it isn't, or it would dissipate like steam from a kettle. It's an aerosol of PG and/or VG carrier plus the flavouring and nicotine, if any. The "water vapour" myth was a straw man set up by vaping's critics.

I have family using this stuff and while I'm happy they're off tobacco, I also note that their use has no end. So it's not helping to close down an addiction, it's replacing it with another.

Oh naturally people must give up something they enjoy, even though it it harmless just to comfort your fragile sensibilities, mustn't they?

Yeah, sure, ad hominem is the best way to discuss things. Let's not look at the data, let's go personal on someone who doesn't agree.

Utter rubbish. The data don't support the PP's assertion, nor do they support yours unless you can't stand to be near anything that smells of anything. My summary of his post was an opinion based on the facts and his or her ignorance of them. You're an anonymous tosser. That was an ad-hom. See the difference?

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Devil

Re: Does anyone know...

Moktu wrote: Downvoted because I like Vanilla Custard.

Fair enough, you custarding heathen, you! :-)

Actually, for sickly smells, the jury's still out on whether custard or Hangsen RY4 (aka Golden Syrup Sponge Pudding) is worse. I'm leaning towards the RY4, if only for the amount of ethyl maltol they put in it.

It's still only a smell, though, much preferable to "stranger BO on the bus."

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Re: Well

Lloyd wrote: I also buy Vegetable Glycerin from a baking supplier

Don't. Only use pharamceutical grade VG. Boots sell it for ~£1.30 for 200ml. Using food grade VG is a little risky, especially if it is sourced from overseas.

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Chronos

Re: Sigh...

Salts wrote: Yesterdays report advised vaping reduces health risks of smoking by 95% wonder if the other 5% goes away with nicotine free juice?

The 5% is probably acrolein production, aldehydes and other toxins caused by overheating the liquid or taking a "dry hit" where there is not enough liquid in the wicking system to regulate the temperature of the coil. If your wicking is good and your atomiser within reasonable limits you should never see the 5%, at which point we're back to several orders of magnitude less risky than smoking burning leaf.

The Evolv DNA 40 and 25 systems take away the guesswork here with coil surface average temperature limiting (it's not temperature control as the set temp is a hard limit, above which the control logic will back off the power until it settles below that limit) which means you will never singe your cotton, let alone produce nasties from the liquid if set up correctly.

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Re: Does anyone know...

John Robson wrote: Because they stink, and we don't really know what is in the fumes.

Tommyrot. We do know what is in the exhaled vapour, there have been numerous studies including one on vapour's effects on cells. You're just repeating the anti-vaping lobby's pet excuse.

What you've typed stinks worse than any e-cig I've ever used - and I have vaped vanilla custard!

Note: Vanilla custard: Just say no.

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Chronos

Re: Who should take the credit for this?

Linda McAven MEP was the rapporteur for the TPD2.

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Chronos

Wales

E-cigarettes are not banned in Wales. Drakeford would like them to be, so he can go down in history as the Assembly health bod who saved us from ourselves (history is probably going to disagree here - pompous ass is more likely) but they're quite legal.

Interestingly, my e-cig doesn't contain any nicotine (man 'flu, been hitting the menthol pretty hard for some respite from a sandpaper throat and throat hit is something I can do without) so they can all go swivel, it's not a tobacco product even in the misguided, loose sense that e-cig nicotine is derived from tobacco leaf.

The real issue is that this is driven by the users. There's no place for do-gooders, interventionists, healthcare leaders or big pharma gouging. We've taken back control of our lives with a simple technology. They only like technology when it cements their control, not ours.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Pint

Moto G 3rd gen LTE

Available for £149.07 on Jeff's own tat emporium. So the natural order is thus restored.

Must say I am tempted by the 128GB capacity of its SD slot, though. If Cyanogen ever becomes available for the Aqua it would then be a no-brainer.

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Holmes

Lies, damned lies and statistics

If that relies on the browser being truthful, good luck with those figures being accurate. Mine, for example, will identify as Firefox 39 on Windows 7 on every mechanism, not just user agent. It even fools Google, the de-facto kings of analytics - I get an e-mail on the rare occasions I actually use my (utterly fictitious) login to watch something Ogle has decided is age-restricted on the 'tube like vaping vids with "New sign-in from Windows 7" as the subject. That it isn't what it is pretending to be is a given.

I know, I'm an arsehole and I'm deliberately making my OS look less popular than it is. If you check with the EFF's Panopticlick, you'll discover why I do this. A *nix browser is just far too easy to track for comfort. Even with my settings, it's still one in 2.9 million.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Trollface

Re: Android 7.0: Fisherman's Friend

Android 7 will be "Nougat." Pronounced "nugget" :-)

...because nut brittle, given this embuggerance of exploits, is too obvious.

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Chronos

Tip o' the hat to Mr Pratchett

"An embuggerance of flaws."

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Mushroom

Just so you know...

This, and the other start replacements, will not stop Cortana running in the background. Task mangler will reveal TSDB still watching your every move. There is only one way to stop TSDB running and that's remove her from C:\Windows\System Apps\ - you have to kill her process and quickly move the whole folder out of the path before, true to her gaming roots, she respawns, at which point the WinX start menu breaks spectacularly so you must have an alternative loaded and enabled. I'm fairly sure she'll come back with an eventual Windows Update, so keep an eye on task mangler.

Me? Sod this malarkey, I'm sticking with something that doesn't treat me as the product.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

Chronos

The elephant in the room

As if MS need any more bad publicity, they actually have a "standard" mechanism for doing this. Lenovo are the ones who got caught using it. I'll be very surprised if others aren't being a bit more sneaky rather than being more ethical.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Why did you drive your business off a cliff?

"The SatNad told us to!"

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

Chronos

Lots of attempts in the log

relay=81.202.228.103.dyn.user.ono.com

relay=ip-address-pool-xxx.fpt.vn

relay=[182.48.83.74]

relay=[59.97.5.152]

relay=bba416802.alshamil.net.ae

relay=[213.226.18.242]

relay=[59.92.110.24]

relay=[109.99.224.215]

relay=[113.163.159.63]

relay=[116.105.72.33]

relay=[109.166.128.1]

One of the users targeted has no amateur radio licence. He does, however, have a marine licence for his boat which uses the same OLC system. Looks like something is a bit leaky.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Chronos
Facepalm

The answer is simple...

...and it's there as soon as you boot into the shiny, new OS: MS are playing catch-up with Google and moving into the targeted ads backed by profiling biz. Check out the number of "privacy" controls in Win 10 and pay particular attention to the names of the bits that they flip. We'll flip them but the Twitfacespacebookerati will probably remain blithely ignorant to their existence as long as they can still watch funny cat videos on Youtube.

Cortana (hereinafter referred to as TSDB: That Spying Digital Bitch), Edge[ofReason], modern apps, they're all gateways for the flow of preference data from you and ingress portals to your eyeballs. Just like these free newspapers we used to get shoved through the door that lined the bottom of the budgie's cage, circulation is everything. That's why they're "giving away" Win 10 and it's also why corporates ain't getting it - because they generally have sysadmins who will come down on this sort of network traffic like a slightly manic, misanthropic ton of bricks.

I do wonder whether the IT media's skirting around this simplest of explanations is due to the fact that most of it is ad supported anyway and Windows' taking revenue right on the desktop is seen as a little bit of a threat. Well, it isn't. It's more like using an H-bomb to open a bag of crisps given MS' market share and, like primitive people trying to avoid mentioning the devil just in case it appears, they're a bit afraid to look at the possible outcome.

Once you get rid of all this dross by adding Classic Shell and Winaero tweaker then ripping out the spyware such as TSDB and OneDrive[sYouMad], it ends up looking remarkably like? Yep, Windows 7.

The underlying OS isn't too bad, as far as I can see with my limited testing. However, don't mistake "free-as-in-beer" with "without cost." The bill hasn't dropped yet and, when it does, it may well turn out to be less of a bargain than we thought.

And that's before we start on the cost to personal privacy.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Why the hell connect cars to the net anyway?

Have an upvote. Not nearly sweary enough but adequately, although in a slightly bland manner, reflects my feelings on the matter.

Neither of my cars even have ODB - well, the Sportrak does but it's an advanced photonic system used in WWII: You short a link on the diag connector and a little man in the dashboard flashes out the fault codes, if any, on an Aldis lamp cunningly disguised as an EML. I'm quite happy with that, knowing that all the bits that make them go, stop, turn and dodge Nissans are connected to the controls either physically or hydraulically and I can examine, verify and rectify any of them without a proprietary interface plugged into a high-end laptop with a very expensive version of the little man in my dashboard at the keyboard.

As for television and entertainment in general, now that Top Gear has gone ginger and they're allowing some fool to commit the ultimate sacrilege of remaking Dad's Army, I have a clear desk policy of fucks to give about televisions and similar nonsense.

It's all related, of course. Modern motoring and broadcasting are squarely aimed at the lowest common denominator because that's where the bulk of "civilisation" sits these days. Soon they won't be able to scratch their arse without a smartphone app to tell them how, measure the efficacy of the act on the irritated orifice in question and upload that metric to Twitter along with a little carefully chosen politically correct anecdote about the event just in case anyone thinks anus scarification is discriminatory or the result promotes competitiveness.

Bootnote: This commentard does not advise the unsupervised scratching of arses. This activity should only be undertaken under the advice of your family medical practitioner. If symptoms persist, please consult a healthcare professional.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Facepalm

Priorities. They've heard of them.

Surely these days people have more stuff to worry about than Sue coming to work in a Grateful Dead T-shirt? Fair enough if the employee is customer-facing and fronting the corporate image but R&D geeks? The whole point of employing such people is that they think differently and are about as individual as it is possible to get. Shoe-horning them into a corporate drone shell is just going to piss them off and make them leave - or rebel and, believe me, you do not want creative people to have any reason to make your life more difficult because they will, in many new, interesting, hard to detect and quite possibly brilliant ways.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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Go

Temperature

Quite aside from the detection issue and the auto-suppression systems not working with lithium fires, there's a very good reason that decent branded Li-Ion cells come with warnings not to charge below 0C (32F in old money). If you charge a cell below this temperature, it may precipitate lithium metal onto the anode and can short the cell, which is a Bad Thing. At even lower temperatures I suspect it doesn't even need to be charging for the cell to short.

Remind me again one of the reasons why stowaways don't survive in the wheel wells/cargo holds of planes?

Of course, bunging Li-Ion cells into the plane's own control systems outside the controlled environment of the cabin is also a Very Bad Idea, so all of you calling kettle|pot are quite correct.

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Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list

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FAIL

Bloody hell!

Please ensure you turn off prefetch in your browser when looking at the Full Disclosure article. Security mailing lists usually obfuscate exploit URLs by using things like hxxp:// but this article seems to not only have failed to do so but also made them hyperlinks. If you have a vulnerable device and your browser takes it into its empty head to prefetch those links despite the rel="nofollow" attribute - well, let's just say possible unintended consequences, shall we?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Facepalm

A Transmission Called Malice

Nefarious purposes? Not so fast.

Firstly the front end of the receivers in these modern cars are so wide a simple 5W signal anywhere in the vicinity reasonably close to 433.92MHz will de-sense them. There used to be a repeater on the Winter Hill TV transmitter site until everyone who worked there bought a Land Rover, at which point the output at 433.3MHz de-sensed the receivers of their keyless entry systems to the point nobody could unlock their vehicles when the repeater was open. $DEITY forbid they should use the actual key.

Secondly the FM capture effect means someone with a broken, always on keyfob could potentially jam a whole car park if it is sufficiently more powerful than everyone else's.

Thirdly it could just be someone cocking around with a Baofeng (£25) with no malice aforethought apart from showing up these halfwits who are incapable of using a physical key. It may even have been a rent-a-copper's comms blocking the receivers if said car park was attached to one of those fancy, overpriced shopping centres they have around there. Sounds to me like yet another case of herd stupid.

It's highly unlikely anyone would have been deliberately stopping this lot from locking their cars so they could go through the crisp packets, old car park stickers and chocolate bar wrappers in the door pockets or rifle through the Starbucks cups in the passenger floorwell. You'd have to be pretty desperate...

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Coat

Kumquat

In this case, the Kumquat Takeaway. Datsun has two roles: Firstly it produces the GT-R, as pure a driver's car as was ever made and secondly it produces its other models specifically to allow normal road users to know where all the bellends and school-run scrapers are so they can be avoided. They should put Nissan badges on the wings so you know it's going to pull out on you at the junction and you can take evasive action and do all the driving for them. Again.

Audi performs a similar function. Audis also have the patented spatial expansion windscreens that allow the driver to think they're obeying the two second rule while actually being a fag paper from your trumpet. Detecting the four rings of no confidence in your rear-view camera and flashing up a warning well in advance would be a useful addition for motorway driving...

Okay, I'm generalising, but it's Sunday. Have you been out there today? Christ, it's like the annual general meeting of the blind halfwit bodywork-benders society.

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EMEA PC market circling rim, headed for U-bend plunge

Chronos

Growth

It can't be perpetual. Not only are there hardly any compelling reasons to upgrade, I suspect consumers at least are getting sick of doing so. That includes the OS.

Actually, make that particularly the OS. Adverts in apps for a desktop operating system? Really?

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

Chronos

Channeling Lefty Rimmer here a bit, but...

Communications Launcher (Iridium Traffic) On Restriced Impulse Spacecraft

No South Park comments, please.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

Chronos

Re: OpenWRT?

Big-G wrote: ..and, apart from polishing your halo, your point is ?

I suspect his point is if he can do it securely, why can't the manufacturers who, let's face it, have far more resources and cash available to them than he does? You can't expect Joe Facebook to look at a plastic box with blinkenlights that is allowing him to see funny cat videos and make a rational review of its ability to fend off nasties. That's the manufacturer's responsibility.

One would almost think it's deliberate. Almost. Hanlon's razor applies. To pile on the quotes in a vain attempt to sound authoritative, only two things in life are infinite: The Universe and human stupidity and I'm not sure about the former.

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Qualcomm, China shake hands, all is forgiven – if Qualcomm pays $975m

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Re: China & Chronos.

awood-something_or_other wrote: That's rich Chronos. If we're bourgeois what does that make you fucks?

I don't really mind being a fuck. As George Carlin said, in this context fuck is a synonym for fellow. Who's the British fuck? Chronos. Chronos is the British fuck.

Actually, I was using the term ironically. Epithets like "bourgeois" are used by people who, if they're honest, are just a little bit jealous of your lifestyle. Rejoice in it. In case you missed it, Mediatek and Allwinner are Chinese fabless SoC houses. They both flout the GPL and refuse to release sources, which is why I said this is a bloody cheek. Say what you like about Qualcomm, at least they play the game, which is why we have CynaogenMod for many Qualcomm equipped handsets. How many Mediatek 'phones have Cyanogen? Oh yes, none. No source.

So, you see, I wasn't having a go at our Leftpondian friends at all. Apart from your propensity for driving on the wrong side of the road, you're really fairly decent folk.

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Unhappy

Mediatek

So when does Mediatek gets its wrists slapped for GPL violations and being about as transparent as a black hole? Oh, wait, I suspect that'll be "never" since they're home grown rather than being bourgeois Americans.

I haven't forgotten Allwinner, either. So when do we get those kernel sources, lads?

Bloody cheek...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

Chronos

State of the art sarny?

"It's the state of the floor I'm worried about." </Holly>

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UK watchdog grills big biz: So HOW do you use their 'consumer data'?

Chronos
Facepalm

Slurp it, trade it, sell it, swap it...

...store it, mine it, monetise it?

Damn you, now I'm going to have that tune in my head all day, along with images of the animatronic Chuckie with his face peeled off.

To keep it on topic, if you don't want it mined, don't give it out in the first place. Think before you fill in that form, "do these people really need this information? Can these people validate this information?" If the answer is no to either, simply don't fill it in or falsify. Honesty may be the best policy but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. If you drop a dead cow down the well of your digital footprint they're going to have to stop slurping the water from it eventually.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Devil

Smart Metering, step one.

Tie it all together, make it mandatory, farm it out. Eric Blair never in his wildest nightmares saw this one coming. It'll be under the guise of saving energy to start with, i.e. your IoT lightbulb isn't sensing any movement in that room so can safely switch off, not a huge saving assuming efficient LED, but fifty thousand of them doing the same thing adds up. Then you move on to appliances like washers and driers timing their runs for off-peak demand signalled by the meter, which people like because it's cheaper and automatic. All very sensible.

Then your 'fridge gets connected to a supermarket on-line ordering system which lets the do-gooders gradually remove all the sugar and salt from the stuff you like until everything tastes worse than the box it comes in, your telly starts recording stuff you watch most frequently (throwing the odd bit o' propaganda in for good measure when TPTB decide it would be nice, along with facial profiling to see what you react to the most) and your car uploads its geo tracks for the day to the road pricing initiative when the net goes quiet. Get them used to everything happening for them and, suddenly, they're paying no attention to what it's all actually doing. Slowly, oh so slowly, you lose control of your life.

Then you scrape the data and profile folks. Ker-fuckin'-ching, not to mention being a snooper's paradise.

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

Chronos
Facepalm

Hmm...

Sounds like sudo. Expected behaviour, nothing to see, be more careful with your sudoers file.

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GERONTIC 'Ghost ship' prowled the undersea cables of the 1940s

Chronos

NUMA

Do I sense a new Dirk Pitt adventure? "GERONTIC: Pitt and Giordino discover a ghost ship filled with highly sensitive 1940s communications technology and must race a group of international whistleblowers known only as 'The Vultures' to protect its secrets."

It's a wreck, guys. A ghost ship floats about on its own without a crew. More than that, it's a deliberate wreck. The bloody navy sank it on purpose. Perlmutter would have known exactly where, when, what ordnance was used and the Captain's family tree without so much as demanding a bacon butty. It would be a very short book.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Re: i can understand it

wowfood wrote: I have the urge

I'd keep that to yourself if I were...

HE PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE!

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Brits conned out of nearly £24m in phone scams IN ONE YEAR

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Re: Wrong tree

Have an upvote, cleverclogs :-)

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Re: Wrong tree

AC: It sounds more like something for the ITU to scratch their heads over but given the scale of the problem that might be as far as they get. How would *you* fix this without breaking the PSTN?

All very interesting technical points. Personally I'd give subscribers the choice between rejecting dubious calls with fine-grained controls, with the caveat that they may be barring legit traffic at their own risk, or continuing with the broken-arsed mess in case they need the old "features."

Of course, none of this disproves my original assertion that it is the broken-arsed mess that is the core of the problem and the problem will remain unless someone with a little more interoperability-fu than I comes up with a solution. If anything, it has provided proof of the issue.

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Re: Wrong tree

ACOur CPs can't force anyone in Mumbai to send an ID signal. So if there is no caller ID what are CPs to do? They can't arbitrarily block anonymous incoming international calls as that would be interfering with your service. Okay so perhaps they will allow you to 'opt out' of anonymous calls. But then what happens if your granny is on holiday in Mumbai and needs help and she just happens to be using a phone that doesn't transmit caller ID information?

Precisely that. If I use *227# to signal my unwillingness to receive anonymous calls, it should apply to all anonymous calls, whether wilfully or technically castrated of CID. Granny will just have to get in touch with the consulate, I'm afraid.

Which leads on to the second part of the problem which is that quite a few organisations that deal with sensitive personal information like to withhold their number. GP surgeries often do for example.

Good point, which is why this needs to be discussed properly. I'm not suggesting my rant above is a fully-arsed solution but it makes a much better starting point than the mess we have right now. It may be possible, just as an example, to allow certain government and healthcare departments to bypass anonymous call barring. I'm pretty sure the police are already able to do so if needed. This must not be extended to surveys, market research or political parties, however.

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Wrong tree

I shall say it again, the legislators are barking up the wrong tree. The telcos need to enforce caller ID and anonymous call blocking properly, not the half-arsed 10 specific numbers and maybe block anonymous calls if they're in the UK, or maybe not, depending on wind direction and the position of Mars. Caller ID spoofing should be an offence too. If the caller is in darkest Mumbai, the caller ID should damned well say so. Translating the different caller ID schemas is not rocket science for an industry that can now cram video on demand down a flaky fifty year old pair of copper wires.

The problem remains that cold calling, scams and fake tech support calls are lucrative for the telcos. Until that is addressed, this will continue. Giving the subscriber a little control over who they allow to make their 'phone ring would be a good start, too. Yeah, yeah, TruCall. It's not enough to expect granny to pay for a box to stop her getting scammed and mithered every five seconds because some telco wants the termination charges.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: AHCI controller

PH1: Apparemtly the Sata port is connected to the usb controller

No, it isn't.

[ 1.561275] sw_ahci sw_ahci.0: controller can't do PMP, turning off CAP_PMP

[ 1.572528] sw_ahci sw_ahci.0: forcing PORTS_IMPL to 0x1

[ 1.585288] sw_ahci sw_ahci.0: AHCI 0001.0100 32 slots 1 ports 3 Gbps 0x1 impl platform mode

[ 1.600184] sw_ahci sw_ahci.0: flags: ncq sntf pm led clo only pio slum part ccc

Incidentally, the controller on the A20 *can* do port multiplication with a hack but it then needs the PM connected all the time - it won't run with just a drive connected without removal of the hack.

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Re: Seems to me...

Video acceleration is doable, Henry. The 2D accelerated fbturbo driver is a doddle to install. You need UMP and the mali kernel module for 3D OpenGL-ES which is sod-all use on Linux at the moment but a shim layer and a GLU implementation exist to translate a subset of GL functions to GLES. Yes, it's faff, but it is available and is slowly finding its way into distros. The fact that the much more expensive Cubietruck (comparison to the cubieboard2 is wrong since the CB2 only has 100mbps Ethernet) uses the same chipset helps enormously, although the CT has 2GB of memory and a VGA connector.

There exists an XBMC image with acceleration enabled.

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WiFi only on Banana *Pro*

The original Banana Pi has gigabit Ethernet but no 802.11 on board. The Pro has both, along with an extended R-Pi "compatible" 40 pi GPIO connector. There's also an BPi-R1 router board with a four port switch and space for a 2.5" HD on board.

GbE tops out around 600mbps in tests here which, although isn't quite as fast as desktop adapters, is still a substantial improvement on 100baseTX. Downside is a dynamic MAC address on the Ethernet, so if you're doing DHCP with static leases you'll need to hardcode a MAC somewhere, either in the fex/script.bin or the OS itself.

If you don't want the snot green desktop, give Bananian a go. It doesn't make assumptions, just gives you a nice, almost pure Debian install to build upon. Repos are pure Debian armhf, no funny business. Accelerated 2D/GL-ES/video is a bit of a ballache but is doable if you follow the instructions on the sunxi-linux wiki.

Oh, and as for "against the ethos of the R-Pi" perhaps it is, but you still get dual core ARMv7 with NEON, 1GB of RAM (minus graphics and stream decode) and SATA on *less* power than the original R-Pi B. The B+ has a switching regulator setup rather than the linear setup of the original B, so it a little more frugal and beats the Banana, but it's still only single core 512MB.

Posted, unsurprisingly, from a Banana Pi :-)

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Perspective, people.

You know you're a shallow materialist when getting some cheap tat is worth looking like an ill-mannered tosser running with a flock of other ill-mannered tossers.

Black Friday: Put a steak on it, the swelling may go down. Or was that eyes?

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What? El Reg had a cheap dig at Putin?! SAY IT AIN'T SO

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Windows 8 and dog pats

I wrote a short essay on my first experiences with Windows 8 and the wonders of shutdown. There may be a few swearies in there.

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