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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

Peter Mount
Pint

sort of true & false

Sadly most places don't know how to keep it right (or just don't bother) but there's plenty of places that do & there it's pretty good.

I'd say you've been unfortunate not to find one of those pubs yet.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

Peter Mount
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An alternative review

TheOatMeal did a review of the Model S a while back... so a review from an apparently very happy owner.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla_model_s

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Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

Peter Mount

Re: NASA have changed their mind

A more detailed description of what happened:

http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~pae9/twitter/GRBM31.html

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Peter Mount

Re: Networking's answer to Windows Vista

NAT? That's evil.

Try running certain voip products over it - yes skype works but it does so by detecting you're behind a NAT and creates a HTTP tunnel making the connection flaky (you're router will only hold the connection open for a while).

CNAT/CGNAT is even worse.

Setting up IPv6 is actually easy - took me a morning & it took that long as it was my first attempt at building an IPv6 firewall from scratch.

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Peter Mount
Meh

A problem with IoT is also lack of hardware

Most microcontroller's don't yet support IPv6 (I've yet to find one).

For example, the Arduino has several Ethernet shields available - all only IPv4. The problem here is that the stack is implemented in silicon so without building a new chip then it'll never support IPv6.

What I do here on my home network (fully IPv6 by the way) is to run NAT64 on my router. That then provides an IPv6 address to all IPv4 only machines (Arduino, rooted Freesat box etc). This only allows IPv6 to access the IPV4 but it's enough right now for my purposes.

As for IPv4->6, the only way I've got to get it to work is via a proxy - but none of my machines talk to the cloud directly so not yet an issue.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

Peter Mount

Re: New features rundown

I have to agree, that's one of the best tutorials on the new features.

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Peter Mount

No lambda expressions don't add the multi-core support but the new stream api (which can use them) does, and a lot more.

It's been a long time coming but it's finally good to see it's finally out.

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Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

Peter Mount

I don't know, the "media luvvies" I know are serious old school beer drinkers....

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

Peter Mount

Depends on if you mean when it was designed or built?

The main reason they are saying it's 25 is that his original document proposing the "web" is dated March 1989.

What was 23 years ago (1991) was when the first implementation of a web server went online.

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Twittapocalypse! Twitter implodes, locked out tweeps around the world

Peter Mount
Facepalm

Not everything is back

I make it about 45m downtime for the web, api was still down a few minutes ago...

That said, the posts on Google+ about it have been hillarious.

I wonder how people are coping without it?

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Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

Peter Mount

Been & done already

My second AIBO (yes I had two of them) always looked more like a robotic cat than a dog

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Peter Mount
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Ah the FX-1000G

The FX-1000G got me through my A-Levels during the late 80's. I can't remember what happened to it after that but it was a good calculator.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

Peter Mount
Happy

Re: I hate

I had a surprise yesterday when I installed a Unicode Map app on my android phone...

When it prompted the app permissions it said the app required no special permissions.

Now that's one developer who's got the concept of what permissions are!

Also it's been the only one that's actually asked for none.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

Peter Mount
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You have DAB working in London?

Try using DAB in SoHo - about as central London as you can possibly get.

You guessed it, there's nothing. Nada. If you are lucky there's a brief second of garbled noise but thats it.

FM on the other hand works perfectly fine.

Guess which one I use when I'm at my desk?

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Peter Mount

Re: Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...

I was thinking the same, I have an .org.uk but not the .co.uk version.

The only possible way out is that mine was registered 2 years before theirs (1998 vs 2000) but who knows.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Peter Mount
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Re: The first hurdle....

There's a surprisingly large number of us without degrees who are in our mid 40's.

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

Peter Mount

Re: Meh, the app isn't needed

Exactly. When I first heard of the app I thought what does it do? If it can overwrite the is then what other apps could, but then we'd have heard of those before.

Unless you have a device that's been built to prevent rooting it's pretty straight forward & if you can't handle something like adb & custom boot loaders etc then is probably best you don't try unless you are willing to take the risk.

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

Peter Mount

Ah the Tonto

I acquired one of these about 20 years ago. Never got it to work but it's lying around somewhere.

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Native Americans were actually European - BEFORE the Europeans arrived!

Peter Mount

Re: Columbus?

That's the one.

The oatmeal put up a good description on him which also dispels that myth:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

Says it all really

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Old JBoss vuln in the wild, needs patching

Peter Mount
FAIL

This used to be just sloppy configuration but not these days

In the past this sort of thing would be down to sloppy configuration by a sysadmin, ie leaving the management interfaces exposed to the world as there's no reason why everyone & his dog needs access to them, but then I've seen so many so called cloud providers doing this without the option to lock it down it's surprising these don't happen more often.

That said I've known one person over the years who wanted to expose MS sql server to the world because 'it was easier'

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

Peter Mount
Joke

Re: International

The problem is that RFC1149 was replaced by RFC2549 a few years later but only specifies unintentional encapsulation with Hawks - Vultures being scavengers shouldn't be an issue

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2549.txt

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Peter Mount
Happy

Re: Long Lived TV progs...

I was about to say the same thing, especially as the Sky at Night's had a reprieve in the last couple of days as well.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Peter Mount
Facepalm

Coverage is still way too poor

I do have 2 DAB radios but don't use them as the signal strength is way too poor.

Yesterday I had BBC Radio Kent on to keep up with the storm travel disruption. I had it on FM for just that reason.

So if he proposes ditching FM then what happens the next time we have such an event?

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PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs

Peter Mount

Re: Maybe they could learn something from the Raspberry Pi back-to-basics approach

380Z? what was wrong with the 380? (if you're wondering it was White & Blue rather than the Black case of the 380Z. That and it was cassette only.)

I've not powered up my old 380 in years, think it just needed a couple of wires resoldering but a good machine

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Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

Peter Mount
Pint

Timely

Seeing that only a couple of days ago both RS & Element14are now doing bundles of the Model A with a camera for about 26 quid - add VAT it's about 31 :-(

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/5048

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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

Peter Mount

Re: Teletype

I think I might still have an ADM-3A in storage... not seen it in 20 odd years though, remember getting it from a bootsale back in the 80's.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

Peter Mount
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Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

True plain USB power is just 500mA but later specifications allows the device to negotiate with the controller what power it really requires, so if your latest tablet/phone needs 1A or more then the host can tell it what it week provide safely. If in doubt then it stays at 500mA.

Remember the 'USB condom' article the other week? It works by having a small device sit between the host & device which then passes the power negotiation through but nothing else, allowing higher power charging but no data. A cable with just the power lines won't do as the device will just stick at 500mA.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Peter Mount
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Electron?

Sadly I've got to disagree with you here, although as a 40 something I do remember those years well.

Yes agreed many couldn't afford a BBC micro back then, but a lot of us ended up with the Electron instead & other than a few features missing it was just as good (although a touch slower).

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UK bankers prep for cyberwar: Will simulate ATTACK on system

Peter Mount
Happy

Re: Waking Shark 2

I'm so glad I'm not the only one to read it with an extra n inserted :-)

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

Peter Mount
WTF?

Re: FIVE years?

Why've what I was thinking, if 5 years makes you elite wtf does that make me?

Next year will be my 20th with this new thing called the web. Hell I had already had email in one form or another for 10 years by that point!

Anyone remember Prestel or FidoNet?

Nb: 2nd attempt to post due to a common first world problem of losing 3g on the train, something these youngsters wouldn't know, a time before mobiles.

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GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

Peter Mount

Re: GitHub & businesses

Agreed. Use it for public code but use internal repos for the day to day stuff.

The beauty of modern repositories like git & mercurial is that you're not limited to a single central repository as they are distributed. This make it pretty simple to keep both internal and external repostories in sync

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

Peter Mount
Facepalm

A bit late & expensive

I'ts a bit expensive compared to Maplin who's had one available for a while now at 699 quid - but even then that's still a bit extreme:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/k8200-3d-printer-783902

At least they have the supplies though, 39 quid for 1kg

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

Peter Mount
Happy

ipv6 & nat

Ipv6 doors solve the nat problem when possible.

When I need to access an ipv6 only resource when I'm out & about then I set up a tunnel on the laptop & of I go. Works nicely on both 3g & 4g & you can then access inbound back to your local device as if there's no nat in place.

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No luck at all for BlackBerry as Messenger apps launch stalls

Peter Mount
Headmaster

open standards

Something like XMPP then?

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Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

Peter Mount

Re: Oh bum...

Same here... I've got a lot of coding to do this afternoon but I'll try to do that whilst watching ;-)

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Peter Mount
Linux

Re: What's that you say?

Until recently I've not touched xorg.conf in years... & no it's not empty, it's not there at all.

Last month I had to edit xorg.conf when I added a couple of USB monitors to my setup - so now I've got 4 monitors running.

I wonder how these x alternatives will handle this sort of setup?

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Peter Mount
Happy

Re: Tablet and/or ereader

That's why I use an eInk kindle for reading & a tablet for browsing, I find it way easier to read.

Going to look at the kindle dx as it's back as reading technical docs on a 6" is a bit small, the only downside.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

Peter Mount
Happy

Ah memories

Did my O level on one in 1986 & by 87 had a second one with 64K of ram (Slogger Master Ram board) which replaced the CPU with a daughter board, a faster CPU & 32K of shadow ram.

That machine had a 3 way toggle switch added which provided 3 modes:

* Normal - where it ran as a standard electron

* Turbo - where the new cpu ran at top speed (can't remember the speed off hand)

* 64k - where the video remained on the original ram but the OS ran on the shadow ram - so BBC Basic had more ram available than the BBC B had.

Then there were the floppy drive (+3) added to it.

Ah takes me back.

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

Peter Mount
Unhappy

Oxford St the highest density of non-working wifi

As I'm litterally 5mins walk from Oxford St (just of Regent St) WiFi is totally unusable. There's way too many hotspots around here for it to work.

It's made worse because the only config anyone's done is to setup the SID & a password - everything's on either channel 1 or 6 so it's just way too congested for it to be of any use.

Before you asks, it's all on 2.5GHz, there's sod all on 5GHz around here.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

Peter Mount

I've had the same problem

When I setup a forum I started almost immediately getting spam, so I briefly added a captcha. I then got some of my users complaining that they couldn't use them for these reasons, so I removed it.

In the end the spam outweighed the number of comments so as it's UK based I ended up using GeoIP restricting it to UK only IP's.

Although the free GeoIP database is not accurate it's cut the spam down to 0 (every spammer's IP I had traced to India, South Korea or China).

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

Peter Mount
Pint

One way PM's anti pron law could fail...

It's not just Cockerels which could fall foul like in this instance but our dearly beloved pubs!

I know of one local to home which is actually called "The Cock" and if that pub's website got blocked because of the name (it dates from the 17th century) then it could go the way that the Australian's equivalent did initially... when they blocked a dentist's website :-S

As for Scunthorpe, I remember when url blockers first appeared in the 90's (was working in local government at the time). Anyhow Scunthorpe's own council blocked their own website from their employees - for obvious reasons.

Beer icon for the danger to certain pubs...

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Google Reader replacement 'Old Reader' crashes

Peter Mount
WTF?

same here

Exactly. Ssd's are fine for reads but I wouldn't trust them for storing data. Caches maybe but the database?

The closest I have for a ssd is where my homemade nas boots from a USB flash drive. It works & I can restore quickly if it fails. Main storage still traditional disk's & raid 5.

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

Peter Mount
Facepalm

There was once a vulcan before

It was a mythical planet that was once thought to orbit the sun closer than Mercury...

Which is why some people thought it was a bad idea for Pluto (ignoring the theme the IAU correctly went for).

In Star Trek Vulcan was a hot desert planet, so having a real Vulcan out in the outer part of the solar system doesn't tend to go with that theme either.

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

Peter Mount
Mushroom

Amateur footage shows it better

This footage taken from a few miles away shows it failed shortly after it left the ground - something you can't tell from the official footage.

http://youtu.be/DSTVkkDv30k

Don't exactly blame them from ducking when it hit the ground.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

Peter Mount
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Mint 15 is pretty stable so far

I've been running Mint for years on the desktop - ever since Ubuntu started having issues with wifi from v10 & then Unity & haven't had any major issues with it. Thinks like WiFi just work (almost).

On a desktop running Mint 14 it had intermittent graphics issues causing the machine to hang but so far since 15 was released thats been stable (touch virtual wood).

Might get round to upgrading the lappy to it when I get chance (running M14 at the mo)

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NASA: Our ALIEN HUNTING star-scan 'scope is KNACKERED

Peter Mount
Boffin

Never an option

Even if we still had the shuttle that wouldn't be an option.

Kepler is in a Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit - as such it's not even in orbit around this lump of rock. It's orbit around the sun is slightly longer than the earths so that it slowly falls away from earth as time goes on.

The shuttle never left low earth orbit - in fact it couldn't go any higher than it did. IIRC the highest it got was the Hubble maintenance missions.

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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

Peter Mount
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Re: £1580 ?!?!

Agreed. I'm actually working on a NAS for home right now & I'm also going down the HP Microserver route - already have one running a db & it's just ideal, & quiet!

It's working out at about £800 like you say, eg £150 for good 4TB drives - no Green ones - they are evil.

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Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support

Peter Mount
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RIP Flash you won't be missed

The day when flash is no more is eagerly awaited. It's a cpu hog more so when some moron thinks having 20 swf's on a single page is a good idea because it's 'cool' but you can't do anything because you're standard spec machine cannot do anything else.

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EE: Of course we're going to get 1m 4G users by the end of the year!

Peter Mount
Facepalm

Ah the A930

I think I still have one in a drawer somewhere. The only phone I've ever had that actually had 2 batteries in the box (& chargers). Battery life was really bad.

Anyhow with 4G the costs are far too much & so little actually has 4G coverage. For me why pay 4G prices when I'm mostly going to get 3G?

I was a T-Mobile customer since before they were T-Mobile but since the merger the service just dropped so I'm in that list of people who have left

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Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys

Peter Mount
Boffin

Raspberry Pi

Apparently the CPU used in the PI has a hardware RNG. Back in February they added kernel support for it:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=19334&p=277747#p277747

it sounds like it uses a thermal entropy source.

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