* Posts by Harry the Bastard

127 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Harry the Bastard
Pint

more of this heroic nonsense!

designed a cpu with 10k ecl once, i thought that drew a lot of power, but 500w has me beat

hurrah to him!

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

Harry the Bastard

curated title

i see in the blog post they use the c word

not sure who started it, but every time i see it used in the context of some trivial task such as making a playlist i just want to slap the perpetrator, hard

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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

Harry the Bastard

there are worse places to be stuck (as long as you are in a nice hotel)

i was stranded there where eyjafjallajökull hiccups

it only takes about a day to get back to london by train, sleeper warsaw-köln (book in the highest class you can get), thalys köln-brussells, eurostar brussels-london, it's advisable to take a hamper and plenty of beer and/or wine

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

Harry the Bastard

rather disingenuous to claim "designed for privacy"

sure the beacon cannot identify or track users, but the moment an app uses a beacon's id code to call home the user is nailed

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Bank: Without software mojo, Android OEMs are doomed to 'implode'

Harry the Bastard

simple solution

samsung's problem is not that google crushed it's ui, it's that samsung is unwilling/unable to maintain software on it's devices and issue updates in a timely manner if at all

this is even on sim-free phones where samsung has no carriers to delay things with extra bloatware

fool me once etc., the s6 is lovely, but now there's no way i'm paying top whack for the latest samsung shiny if they're going to treat it as unmaintained landfill within a year or so

i'm no fan of the iphone, but this is one area apple really got it right

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

Harry the Bastard

better call saul

(body)

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Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

Harry the Bastard

so he's selling stolen data

what could possibly be wrong with that

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I say Zuck off, YOU say Zuck off, we ALL say Zuck off

Harry the Bastard

shouldn't that be...

zuck off, bitch

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Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!

Harry the Bastard

Re: ideas

trampoline, encouraged by the increasing zaps you bounce ever higher until reaching escape velocity

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The Harder They Come, Hunters in the Dark and Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Harry the Bastard

"as he is brewing up the potassium cyanide with which he killed himself"

was it ever reasonably proven that he did?

i'm sure i'd read that the apple was never tested, the amount in his body didn't suggest a large dose and it may simply have been accidental by inhalation/contamination from chemistry experiments he was doing with perhaps less care than advisable

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

Harry the Bastard

by sheer coincience there are a lot of people in government who were, are or will be employed in the finance business

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as usual, a reasoned piece - though the bit where we somehow become richer is pure fantasy, nice theory but the world has changed, now we get screwed and squeezed, tha's reality even in the usa where these pesky eu rules have no power - but there's more to life than economics

i do like not gettng messed around over travel, import/export, customs, and access to services in my travels, and do really rather enjoy meeting johnny foreigner wherever i encounter him be it bloomsbury or bruge, it'd sadden me to no longer be part of that, maybe enough to upsticks before an exit

the uk does not have the greatest employment/human rights in europe, but judging by the venom heaped on the eu 'interference' in this area by various robber barons i have the distinct impression that exit would be followed by an even greater loss of protection for the average person

i think it's also clear to any reasonable person that a big factor for many, not all, 'kippers is immigration, (and for some, not all by any means, that seems to boil down to simple racism), but what's the impact if we ban/deport immigrants? the average age in the uk is rising, surely we'll need people to keep things running, change our bedpans and wheel us about in our dotage

the eu has major issues, but i'd rather see an *honest* and sustained go a fixing it, which the uk has never tried, than a sulky retreat into what i'm sure would be a poorer and nastier island

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

Harry the Bastard

"It's 200W added to the power you're supplying yourself, so 400W flat out."

it's not as simple as that...

going uphill it is power to weight ratio that counts, on the flat aerodynamics hits hard from around 30-35kmph

i'd think a heavy upright leccy rider would be hard pressed by even an uncategorised road cyclist, a proper roadie would easily leave it in the dust

but for commute etc. it's a great solution if you haven't the benefit of showers etc. at work

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

Harry the Bastard

don't tell him pike!

[words, just words]

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

Harry the Bastard

tennis courts?

any fule kno the correct measure of 33,000m2 is 1.5883 microwales

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

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

apple is still sore from the rogering it got after stealing the swiss railway clock design

it would only be time before apps with 'fake' timex/swatch/seiko/citizen/etc. watch faces appear and fanbois go wild to upgrade the look of their wrist jobs

apple does not want a repeat

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

Harry the Bastard

Re: Apple fixed it for you.

unless/until you connect to free wifi, at which point the device's true mac is used and trackable

afaik apple hasn't published details of how these 'random' mac addresses are generated and shuffled, if it were truely random within mac space they'd risk duplication of legitimate macs, so presumably they instead use a smaller block registered to apple, but if they use a small fixed per-device pool then over time it'll still be possible to infer device id

but it's no big deal, mac anonymity is a red herring, idevices are still trackable by other means

more interesting is that apple introduced the feature around the same time that ibeacons were launched, a cynical person might think there was a connection and that apple's motivation was not this sham privacy but simply to disrupt established companies with push wifi tracking and boost a new imonopoly for app-based pull tracking via the beacon (if you use the app, you're agreeing t&c and you are then 100% trackable), though of course ibeacon has no special appleness, any ble beacon plus app will do the trick irrespective of platform

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

Harry the Bastard

meh

hft is exploitation of computational oomph and minimum latency to screw the less well equipped, it has nothing to do with investing or even speculation, spoofing is simply gaming the gamers, good luck to him

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Harry the Bastard

article misses out the most important information...

who won?

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

Harry the Bastard
Coffee/keyboard

damn, i acted on the headline

now i've got suds all over my keyboard, am still mortal and it tastes bad too

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

Harry the Bastard

Re: They have it covered from the other angle too

in the uk we get the first two parts done already, so adding on the email stage should be a doddle

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

Harry the Bastard
Pint

Re: quadrifoglio verde?

yes that's the meaning, hence the eponymous quadrilobe spinach laden cheesy savoury

beer because pizza

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Harry the Bastard
Pint

quadrifoglio verde?

i'm sure i've seen that on a pizza menu

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Harry the Bastard

what's that rumbling i hear...

yep, it's the sound of bill and dave spinning in their graves

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

Harry the Bastard

never knew about the yiff version of the logo

furries get in everywhere

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Harry the Bastard

grrr

i understand the desire to expunge legacy nastiness for the sake of the children, but for grown ups it causes problems

as above, there are many existing systems and applications, including supposedly modern fluffy cloudy ones, that either will not work at all, or will have surprise malfunctions when accesed

oh, and then there's the updated microsoft webmail my megacorp just deployed, far more bells and whistles than the old version, oh, and now i can't attach files, chrome doesn't work, firefox doesn't work, safari (ptuii) works a bit

at this rate i'll be firing up a vm running ie just to get work done, hardly a step forward

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

Harry the Bastard
Holmes

"I think that binge-watching the first four episodes is a stupid idea that will make you ache for a month waiting for the fifth episode"

surely that should be, "I think that watching this dross is a stupid idea, it will rot your brain and leave you obnoxious, stupid and lazy"

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

Harry the Bastard

Re: Underfloor can be much worse!!!

i remember one like this

there was so much cable we couldn't get the floor tiles to lay flat, didn't stop us adding more though

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

Harry the Bastard

still on my s2

with no sd card it seems they're trying to head down the fruity lock-in path, but they're not apple, they don't have the content infrastructure with over a decade of itunes behind them and the cross-device integration, imho the more they try the less they'll succeed

if only they'd stop adding bloatware and undeletable apps, instead just ship good hardware with a straight build and then maintain it

unless/until samsung (and others) commit to providing timely, long term updates for their android-based devices i'm not buying something that's going to be hung out to dry in a year or so

waiting for a nexus of similar size/weight to the s2, at least i'll get updates for a reasonable period and have only one set of garbage apps to ignore

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

Harry the Bastard

mmm belgium

beer

chocolate

cobbled classics

vlaamse stoverij with frites

gets my vote

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Unlimited stolen Uber accounts flogged for $5

Harry the Bastard
Childcatcher

no evidence of a breach

that'll be no evidence other than the sale of what seem to be customer details

well, that's alright then

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

Harry the Bastard

the mere sight of the caterpillar tracks makes me want to buy that set

i would need to add radio control

and lasers

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Harry the Bastard

unacceptable to hit a minion, but on the other hand he is reputed to have punched piers morgan in the face, so he's not all bad

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Harry the Bastard

one day

the the usa will wake up to the fact that it's really not in their best interests (nor the rest of the world's for that matter) for the usa to be at the beck and call of israel's rightwing nutters

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

Harry the Bastard
Pint

best served with a batura

...or two, or lots of puri

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

Harry the Bastard

^^^ this

the article completely ignores el reg's standard units, fortunately i was able to resolve the crisis by determining that the distance involved was in fact 392.8571 linguine

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

Harry the Bastard

i, for one, welcome our new roly-poly overlords

i’d like to remind them that as a trusted el reg commentard, i can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground swiss lair

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

Harry the Bastard

one with a glowing ☢ would be good

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WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war?

Harry the Bastard

oh ffs

humanity, we're doomed

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Harry the Bastard

Re: vi + ms + troff (+ tbl + eqn + pic + scripts + sccs + etc. as required)

i value substance over style

wysiwyg encourages the exact opposite

when i want complex layout i use indesign, not the foul abomination that is word

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Harry the Bastard
Happy

vi + ms + troff (+ tbl + eqn + pic + scripts + sccs + etc. as required)

job done

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

Harry the Bastard
Pint

hahaha...cof, cof, COF, gak, gasp, phew

“China has banned officials from drinking at lunchtime, to purge the tradition of mixing booze and business,” a local report stated.

nearly choked on my bolly when i read that

/where's the champagne flute icon?

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

plenty of people can't even handle walking while fiddling with their phone

the idea of a pilot using one in the cockpit beggars belief

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

Harry the Bastard

non-event

most oems seem to provide updates for only a short period, then the phone is stuck with ageing software, no updates even for serious security issues

my samsung is stuck on 4.1.2, but i'm loathe to ditch a perfectly functional phone, especially as most of the new ones with features i like have become so fat

it's the only real gripe i have with android, if there's a new nexus with a smaller screen than the 6, i'll buy it simply to be free of the bloatware and rapid abandonment that come with other brands (yes i know i could put cyanogen/other on my existing one, but i just can't be arsed)

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'IDC, why did you play down EMC?' IDC: WAAAAHHHH

Harry the Bastard

analysts

shamalysts

/nmfp

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

Harry the Bastard

assuming he's in it up to his scrawny neck, by now...

...he's ratted on his mates and is trying not to think about what's going to happen next, which i hope involves jail and the reenactment of scenes from deliverance and scum

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

Harry the Bastard

jong un's a wrong 'un

if the rest of the world cut off all electron communication with his loathsome regime it'd be a good move, the majority of the population would see no impact whatsoever and it'd at least annoy the ones at the top of the pile

but china will always look after them, and it's a fair bet that his serene bloatedness and chums will have satellite phones etc. to keep in touch with their foie gras and truffle connections

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

Harry the Bastard

i travel a lot on business and don't pay for the wifi, it becomes another freebie, like bottles of water, lounge access, fluffy robe etc., this will be the case for any regular business traveler

for infrequent/leisure travellers it's more likely that they'd face a charge (and more likely they paid a knock-down room rate), but it is becoming much more common for wifi to be either free or tiered with basic free and a charge for high bandwidth

setting up personal hotspots may seem innocuous, but it's also a great way to lure the innocent onto a wlan where the intent is to capture traffic or carry out man in the middle attacks

there are both passive and active countermeasures that can be taken, but use of automatic deauthentication needs careful consideration, restrict it to devices that are spoofing mac or ssid, as these are clearly not the work of the casual surfer

in high density environments enough hotspots will degrade/disrupt the legitimate site wlan, in trade shows etc. the issue is more likely to be from proper access points rather than mobile devices, in which case triangulation or wandering around to find them and have a word is a better option

clearly some hotels do see wifi as an extra revenue opportunity, personally i'm ok with that as long as the price is reasonable (which not all are!), it's not a free world

imho using personal hotspot in room seems ok, but in areas used others but there are legitimate security and performance reasons to limit their use

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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