* Posts by unitron

494 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

unitron

Sounds like a good way....

...to get 'po' WiFi.

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

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Re: Interesting to see

I think that's the first 54G, and maybe the first Linksys, to be mentioned as being at risk for this, and I wonder why the GL and none of the previous versions of the 54G would be the only one.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

unitron

Re: Argh!

I think the point is someone gets to make a £30 sale.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

unitron

Yeah, but how much for the retail boxes?

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

unitron

Re: Facebook integration

Bite your tongue!

The Facebook comment handling software is horrible.

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Uncle Sam spanks PayPal for credit scheme cockup

unitron

When I tried the "Bill Me Later" 'feature'...

...they had advertised it as pay 14 days after receipt of purchase. Instead they went ahead and hit the account linked to my PayPal account the same day the merchandise arrived.

But they didn't add on any fees or interest.

I decided not to spend several days trying to get through to an actual human being at PayPal by phone to discuss the matter.

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

unitron

Re: No representation without taxation

If you consider the roads themselves as publicly provided goods, then 10 people in 10 cars or 20 people in 20 cars is actually greater usage than 10 or 20 people on one bus, at least as far as road crowding is concerned and possibly road wear and tear as well.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

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Headmaster

Do they mean...

...software that has something to do with LG video monitors, or software that monitors something?

And why would either need to disable UAC?

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Boffin

Re: Here Here!

The cathode follower is a particular vacuum tube amplifier (or more accurately, amplification stage) configuration, but by no means the only possible vacuum tube configuration capable of amplification.

Blumlein, genius though he was, was born too late to have "invented electronics", something with which no one person can be solely credited anyway.

But as long as we're talking about genius electronics pioneers who aren't as well known about as they should be, allow me to mention the guy who got patent trolled by RCA and AT&T

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Howard_Armstrong

and to recommend a biography of him

Man of High Fidelity: Edwin Howard Armstrong

by Lawrence Lessing

The high fidelity part refers both to his stubborn adherence to his principles and to his having been responsible for wide band FM radio.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Headmaster

Re: Fibonacci

Then the OP should have said "we need less of the 'culture of targets'...".

Targets are discrete, countable units. You have more of them or you have fewer of them or the number of them is unchanged.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

unitron

Re: Why doesn't MS make 10 look just like XP?

Everything has to look like smartphones and tablets now.

Because reasons, I guess.

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unitron
Headmaster

Re: Uhhh, since when was "embiggen" a word?

Since the 16th episode of the seventh season of The Simpsons, entitled "Lisa the Iconoclast".

It's the same episode that gives us "cromulent".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_the_Iconoclast

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

unitron

Being in the US, I'm no expert on the BBC...

...but apparently it was decided sometime back that its broadcast services were a public good that benefit society as a whole, so why not just cover the cost of all that out of general revenues and scrap the idea, and the immense hassle and expense, of trying to keep track of which household has what kind of radio and video gear?

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

unitron

Re: What? Just electricity? LUXURY!

Was this in the early 2000s? The time when "capacitor plague" was making itself known?

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The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

unitron

I'm beginning to think...

...that top level domains at all were a bad idea.

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

unitron

Can't read all of story

Google had an ad that covered right hand side of 2nd and 3rd paragraphs--scrolling didn't help.

Clicked the X to close it, it offered the choice of reporting that the ad covered the page, and when I did that I got this

Thanks for the feedback! Undo

We’ll use your feedback to review ads on this site.

Help us show you better ads by updating your ads settings.

covering the exact same area.

Aren't they smart enough to find white space?

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Cannonbridge sells us a dummy – great premise, crap ending

unitron
Flame

Thanks for the warning

Although at least it has an ending, unlike Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid".

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Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

unitron

Why can't they do both Charlotte and RTP?

I want it in as much of NC as possible so that the rest of NC notices and starts asking "Why can't we have that?"

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

unitron

Re: strange...(Bias indeed, misinformed bias)

But if you're poor, your choice of where to live is much more limited, and not being a criminal and not associating with them won't protect you from having them live nearby, putting you at risk when they're shooting at each other, when they and the cops are shooting at each other, and when the cops do a no-knock raid in the wee small hours of the morning, only they got the address wrong by a number or two, and your child just had a smoke grenade explode in their face.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

unitron
Holmes

I'd consider switching from XP to 7...

...except I'd feel like I was really getting jerked around since 7 is selling for more than 8.1 (especially if you're trying to avoid having to go with the OEM version)

I wonder what the explanation for that little mystery could be.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Coat

Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

...who was nicknamed Littlefinger?

There's something about the substitution of presents for no apparent reason other than to create unrest and chaos that seems so familiar.

Mine's the one with the pocket set aside and dedicated to carrying the paperback edition of Winds of Winter with me everywhere in the unlikely event I live that long.

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Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

unitron
Boffin

Re: Please enlighten me as to the visionary creations Wozniak has made in the past

Guess it depends on exactly how you define visionary, but this is interesting reading:

http://www.foundersatwork.com/steve-wozniak.html

especially the "did it in his spare time from his regular job at HP" part.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Amazing body of work, remarkable bloke...

"He says every East facing shore will face a huge storm surge, but the preceding sentence mentions the waves traveling East to West."

Imagine a wave leaving England and headed for North America. It will be travelling from East to West, and when it gets here, it will hit the Atlantic coast, which "faces" East, if you define coasts as facing the water they abut.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Oldie but goldie

Someone's* memory is a bit off, though, because I remember the line as "worked hard", not "fought hard".

(* in the event that they are right and I am wrong, you'll see that the sentence still works)

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

unitron
Childcatcher

As I recall...

...Scrooge was shown visions of the past and future, but he wouldn't have been able to interact with anyone in either place, so he wasn't really "there", so I don't see it counting as a time travel tale.

This was the most Dickensian looking icon of the bunch.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

unitron

Re: Between a rock and a hard place

The Flat Earth Society didn't have lots of lobbyists renting or buying lots of congresscritters to get them to de-fund NASA.

Why isn't there a robber baron icon, other than fear that it'll get worn out from use?

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

unitron
Boffin

Re: did anybody get their tiny antenna back before bankruptcy?

Yes, they did work, because Aereo did something very clever.

One of those antennas by itself might not have worked all that well, but by putting them in an array, the individual elements combined via inductive and capacitive coupling to work as one big antenna, yet each little element produced its own output, so it was one element per customer, therefore it was "individual antennas".

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

unitron
Holmes

It doesn't make sense...

...that Brown would be reaching in the vehicle window trying to grab the gun on the other side of the person in the driver's seat (and what's really strange is that it's apparently his right hand that got shot), but then neither does it make sense that Wilson would be trying to drag all 6'4" 292 lbs of him into the vehicle through the driver's window.

So I'm going to wait on the release of all the evidence before trying to reach any conclusions.

Sherlock, because after eliminating the impossible you have to be left with only one improbable or you haven't really solved it.

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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Flame

If you want to feel cheated by King...

...just pay good money for a copy of "The Colorado Kid"

(Looking on the bright side, the lack of an ending made it totally unsuitable for being turned into a movie or television show, which meant that it was able to provide the very barest of bones on which they were able to build the TV show "Haven" without being particularly constrained by the book.)

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

unitron
Headmaster

What's a female BOFH?

Operatress? Operatrix?

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Welcome to the fast-moving world of flash connectors

unitron
Joke

"Windows 10's only real selling feature"

I thought "not being Windows 8" was supposed to be it's selling point.

(they really need a 'snark alert' icon)

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Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Confusion

Well explained.

Would upvote more than once if both possible and not considered bad form.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

unitron

Re: Google is coming to my town

Actually he or she is talking about how once Wilson, NC, built their own municipal cable system because they couldn't get what they wanted from the usual suspects, the law was changed to prevent anyone else in NC from doing the same thing.

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Aereo-no! Streaming telly biz axes staff, shuts down operations

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Flame

Re: Bye bye.

More like got screwed.

"You can't do things this way because you're too much like a cable company, but you can't do things that way, either, because you aren't a cable company"

And consumers/members of the public who own the airwaves the broadcasters get to use "in the public interest" got screwed right along with them.

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

unitron
Headmaster

About that title...

Even had the Oxford comma not been omitted, it still would have come across as sounding as though those three people were discussing quantum biology (whatever that is).

I was intrigued, as I'd never heard of Ms. Faithfull being involved in scientific endeavors outside of pharmacology.

Perhaps "Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull, and Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden on Quantum Biology" would have been slightly less misleading.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

unitron

Re: The future

There's plenty of imagination involved in pr0n.

Sometimes the producers imagine the performers will be considered attractive by viewers.

Often viewers imagine that that what they see onscreen is somehow happening to them.

Or imagine that there's a chance in a million of it happening to them in real life.

Or imagine that that's exactly how women behave, and how available they are, in real life.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

unitron
Headmaster

Toe the line...

...is the phrase you wanted there, as in a line painted on a floor or scratched in the dirt, behind which troops are supposed to assemble themselves with a proper air of humility and obedience.

No rope or pulling involved.

Didn't this place used to have a Python-esque foot icon, or was that Slashdot?

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Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

unitron
Pint

No doubt Ms. Lohan's advisors...

...on the subject of chemical dependencies have advised her to steer entirely clear of enablers such as you lot.

: - )

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unitron
Linux

Re: Thank you to the sponsors

If Tridge is involved, why isn't this being publicized to TiVo owners?

Say at tivocommunity.com, or in the discussion forums, http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/index.php?

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

unitron
Alien

Re: Jupiter

"So what was their problem?"

They kept asking "Where's Uranus".

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

unitron
Boffin

Wasn't Intel the reason...

...that there was an x86 architecture in the first place?

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

unitron
Coat

So that's what they're calling it now?

"There are even regular events where gamers get naked and twiddle their controllers..."

Mine's the grimy one with the tissues in the pocket.

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

unitron
Childcatcher

Perfect Ampere

I think I saw one of their albums in a remainder bin back in the '70s.

The icon has no connection to this post, I just want to know who that is and why they're being used as an icon. I guessing it's sort of a UK-centric thing.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

unitron

Serious Games Institute....

...was obviously originally intended to be a band name or album title.

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unitron
Holmes

Re: nothing new here

That was CBS that cancelled all of those shows, not for ideological reasons, but financial ones.

Those shows brought in plenty of eyeballs, but the eyeballs were either too young or, mostly, too old to fall into the demographic they wanted to attract.

And the reason they wanted to attract that demographic was because they could charge more money for ads to advertisers wanting to reach that demographic because, out of the total available pool of advertisers, more of them wanted that demographic, therefore supply and demand.

If the big three carmakers and big food companies and makeup companies and all the others primarily selling to young to early middle aged singles or marrieds with children were competing to buy the ad slot, you could sell it for more than if only a handful of denture cream and laxative companies were.

Could also have gone with pedant, (statistical) boffin, or "that's mine with the copy of Ad Age in the pocket", but "explanation of elementary advertising strategy" works as well.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

unitron
Boffin

Re: OTT ?

Unfortunately it doesn't mean "going all out", it's just a new name for Set Top Boxes that you get from someone other than your cable company in order to feed your TV with something you get over the internet.

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Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now

unitron

Re: They won't quit

After the Supreme Court said they were essentially a cable company, Aereo tried to do what cable companies do, retransmit and pay a fee to those whose signal they were retransmitting.

The broadcasters refused the deal.

Or rather, the companies that own the broadcast networks and a bunch of other non-broadcast channels they want bundled in with the broadcast stuff refused to only let Aereo pay them for, and only offer to customers, just the broadcast stuff.

In other words, the broadcasters are really trying to stick it to cord cutters who, because of geography or the rules of the buildings in which they live, cannot access the free over the air signals which they want, and which are all that they want.

If the broadcasters could figure out a legal way to do the same thing to people who get great over the air reception, they'd do that as well.

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US Senate's net neutrality warrior to Comcast: Remind us how much you hate web fast lanes

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Holmes

"She also noted...

...that it was unusual for the senator to target Comcast alone out of all the ISPs."

If the TWC merger goes through, it's going to Goliath (Comcast) and the 7 or so Dwarves, so he's just working the percentages.

In order to see that, one doesn't have to be, etc., etc.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

unitron
Alien

Didn't Futurama already do that character...

...under the name of Zapp Brannigan?

When you try to do comic books without pictures you run the risk of turning out Ayn Rand novels.

Closest icon I could find to poor, long suffering Kif.

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

unitron
Coat

I expected it to be...

...about actually using water cooling for server racks, kind of like they used to do when mainframes were vacuum tube and about the size and heat output of railway locomotives.

But what I want to know now is how a guy from Kentucky/Vegas got turned on to barbecue from the right side of The Old North State, where we use a vinegar based sauce and save the tomatoes for salads or sandwiches.

I wonder if he's also a beach music fan.

Mine's the one with the bag of hush puppy mix in the pocket.

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