* Posts by Slartybardfast

152 posts • joined 20 Apr 2008

Page:

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Slartybardfast

I'm 54 year old man who has never met Sir Terry but feels like he knew him. I've had a couple of tears in my eyes today. Daft really, but I'll miss him.

I shall wear the Lilac in remembrance

42
0

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

Slartybardfast

Cat Scarer

I could do with one of these linked up to a PIR. It would probably scare away the multitude of cats that like to use my garden as a toilet.

1
0

(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Slartybardfast

Before Photoshop - Crosfield Electronics

Crosfield used to supply many of the top repro houses and newspapers with drum scanners page make-up systems. We're talking big money here £150000+ for a page make-up system. However they were great in their time. The earlier systems worked using DEC 11/34's, 23's (for scanner terminals) and later 11/73's for the page make-up systems. Later on they designed their own 68000 based systems.

The page make-up system couldn't touch the Photoshop of today but they could do things like USM and colour changing and many other features that for the time seemed almost like magic. A good operator (who were paid mega money by those days standards) could be amazing things given the limitations of the system. The systems needed a proper "system room" for cooling etc, although not all users had them. I can remember looking fondly (until the heads crashed) on a room full of CDC9766 340MB disc drives. I seem to remember 17 heads and a whole 340MB (unformatted) of data.

Kids today etc, etc, etc

0
0

Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

Slartybardfast

Maroons

This sort of thing makes me see red.

0
0

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

Slartybardfast

Re: Now this explains it

"I was wondering why the hell upping the core count and RAM on the Model B. This explains it."

It wasn't so that you can run more intensive applications, of course not. I'm really pleased about this as I'm interested in it's use in RTL/SDR applications. The B+ is ok as a front end but doesn't have enough grunt to be used as a full SDR. This looks like it should be much more capable, it might be able to run some low spec'd GNU Radio apps.

"So the answer to the "why raise the hardware spec" is now clear - it needs to comply with the minimum spec for Windows 10 which surprise, surprise is 1G RAM." - OH FFS!

12
0

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Slartybardfast

Re: damn

I've just ordered one from RS for £27 inc vat and next day delivery. It's in stock and I'm expecting it tomorrow.

0
0

NASA launches new climate model at SC14

Slartybardfast
Facepalm

My quotes better than yours club

Just because someone once said something it doesn't mean that it's true.

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

"Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years." - Alex Lewyt, president of Lewyt vacuum company, 1955

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

"Two years from now, spam will be solved." - Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 2004

"The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make war ridiculous." - Guglielmo Marconi

6
3

SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

Slartybardfast

Christmas

Not what the boy in the John Lewis advert was expecting

7
0

WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

Slartybardfast

Strange

I've just listened to the last Security Now podcast in which Steve Gibson acted like Chicken Little. Now Steve is sometimes prone to histrionics but after listening to his reasoning he did make some valid points. This certainly has the potential to be worse than Heartbleed or Poodle. I suggest anyone interested has a listen.

3
0

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Slartybardfast

Re: No ipod touch 6th generation

I really don't understand why you got a down vote.

Likewise, I was hoping for a new iPod Touch as my 4th gen is starting to show it's age. It'll probably work for another year so I'll just put up with it until it either dies or Apple bring out a 6th Gen.

2
0

Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Slartybardfast

Re: Does it have GPS capability?

Yes - and I've read a review (from an owner) who said it was alot more sensitive than the HUDL 1

0
0

Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

Slartybardfast

Re: Great idea

"I'd probably have bought him a mug" - what a factious glib comment

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. A mug even half full is no use to him as the tremor causes the mug to shake too much and spill over the edge. He is forced to drink coffee/tea from a "sippy" cup. Which for an intelligent man in his early 70's is not much fun. All his soups have to be liquidised thoroughly before he could drink them. Which takes alot away from the pleasure of a hearty home made soup.

7
1
Slartybardfast

Great idea

My father suffers from a Familiar Tremor which means that he can no longer eat such things as soup, which he used to love. One of these devices would be a lovely present for him. I'm going to have to look into this further.

3
0

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Slartybardfast

Non-technical news outlets

.. and we have the Daily Fail today telling their readers that when people upload to the Cloud they aren't uploading their photos to a real cloud.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2014/sep/03/daily-mail-icloud-celebrity-photos-hacked-naked?CMP=twt_gu

6
1

Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

Slartybardfast
WTF?

Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

"You obviously don't get it: the two propositions are not comparable and I listed some of the reasons why."

Yep, I get your thinking and that's why it's not suitable for you.

BTW Dropbox does not "work" offline. It syncs an existing file tree (encrypted or not) into the Cloud when running and then to other devices. However, when off line Dropbox does sod all. You are only accessing a system already on your drive. Therefore, Dropbox is NOT working off line. What I think you mean is DropBox can sync local files across a number of devices, can OneDrive do this?

I believe that OneDrive does include file syncing for Windows users and OneDrive For Business allows cross platform syncing. So yes it can if you're using the correct OneDrive product and probably paying more for it.

As for picking on Skype, it's hardly a deal breaker if you don't use your free 60 mins. If you don't want to use it then don't. It's really just a side argument against what is a cracking good deal for home users and one very small part of the package.

For many home users the products are comparable and with the the extra "benefits" thrown in it is an option worth considering. Not for you I DO get that and i understand why

0
0
Slartybardfast

Re: Don't shoot the messenger!

I get it, it doesn't suit you, fair enough.

Good point about business use though.

You don't want Skype, fine then don't use it. I'm really pleased that you've found some other way to make your calls.

For every 500 people from ElReg that hate it, there maybe one home user who will finds the storage and use of Office (5 licenses) useful, that person(s) will save money over Dropbox.

1
0
Slartybardfast

Don't shoot the messenger!

Right I'm just pointing this out, so please be gentle.

Office 365 Home, costs £79.99/year works out at £6.65/month.

And you get,

5 Licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher and Outlook running on PC's or Macs

Plus

5 Licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher and Outlook running on iPads or Surface (if available) or other mobile

Plus

60 minutes/month of Skype World calls (60 countries)

Plus

1TB of OneDrive storage for each of the PC of Mac users (5 * 1TB)

So saying that Dropbox have matched Microsoft in their charges is a bit misleading. I'm no Microsoft apologist but it does seem on heck of a bargain, even if you only use the storage. Yes, I do know that Dropbox is easier to sync across, and it maybe shows that MS are desperate but it's still a good deal.

8
1

Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

Slartybardfast

What a cunning stunt!

30
0

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Slartybardfast

Re: Print dialogs

If run out of a colour or two in my Epson printer it allows me to print B&W, but only if you select "bordered" prints rather than "borderless". Why this should make any difference goodness only knows.

0
0

EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

Slartybardfast

Re: "eBay has reset everyone's passwords as a precaution"

Likewise.

Is this just ebay.com, or is ebay.co.uk etc affected as well?

5
0

Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Slartybardfast

Re: The irony is

"Then you're free to experiment with whatever takes your interest"

Certainly in the UK or US you're not.

2
1

Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

Slartybardfast

Because when it reaches the ISS it won't be 5000lbs at all. So they won't be unpacking 5000lbs of goods just a certain volume which when on Earth weighs 5000lbs. Simples

1
5
Slartybardfast

"...start unpacking 5,000 pounds of supplies, hardware, and science experiments"

I don't think so.

0
2

Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

Slartybardfast

Re: Of all the things Rpi needed

If you have a Rpi sitting on a shelf gathering dust then please send it to me as I can make really good use of it. I'll pay postage etc.

5
0

Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

Slartybardfast

Re: Amazon doesn't need to make cash on hardware?

Because it costs money to build

0
0

Page through Page's page page-views: Google+ shows how many saw your profile

Slartybardfast

Google+ is that still going - how quaint

1
0

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

Slartybardfast
Pint

Brilliant

Lester you are a genius.

"Hot couplings to rock your world" - I can't wait to see how many hits you get from Google searches

Have one on me.

0
0

Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

Slartybardfast

Re: It's not that they did it that bugs me...

Also the use of "grown ups" by adults

0
0

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Slartybardfast

Re: memories

I'm holding a fx-450 which I bought when working for Crosfield in the 80's. We used PDP's and it was great for octal to hex/dec conversions. Still got it today and it works just as it used to. The fx-451 was a slightly updated version.

0
0

HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

Slartybardfast

I'm waiting for the same but with fingerprint reader

1
0

Need an internet antidote? Try magic mushrooms

Slartybardfast

Re: Bigger risk than you think

Not wanting to criticise but your experience of the NHS 30 or so years ago may have little bearing on what they would do today.

Mind you given NHS funding at the moment, maybe it would be worse.

2
0
Slartybardfast

I agree about Roger Philips book, it's definitely the best. It is quite big though and too big to be be used as a field guide. I've found the MacDonald Encyclopedia of Mushrooms and Toadstools a handy field guide. I don't think it's still in print (pub 1985) but it is available secondhand at Amazon. It has a half page per mushroom and contains "real" photographs rather than illustrations. It also states edibility and has a handy identification key at the front.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Macdonald-Encyclopaedia-Mushrooms-Toadstools-encyclopedias/dp/0356079139/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1383303370&sr=8-3&keywords=macdonald+encyclopedia

0
0

Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Slartybardfast
Pint

Well Done

I'm not a "softy" more hardware/comms and found the article very informative. Keep up the good work and have a Friday pint on me.

3
0

Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

Slartybardfast

Re: New Mac Pro

The New Mac Pro - The Dyson of computers

2
3

USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

Slartybardfast

Re: if there were ever a cabling construct that was the work of the Evil One, it was SCSI.

It was a bit of a pain but given the alternatives it was wonderful at the time. I'm taking about the original parallel version here not the the much later serial/fibre reboots.

I helped design an image store running on a DEC 11/73 and I had six 850mb 8in Winchester drives sitting in an adjacent cabinet to the CPU. SCSI was our saviour, one cable to connect them all together and back to the main unit. It worked very well and considering the alternative interfaces available it was very neat. It was also easy to diagnose any problems using a logic analyser.

4
0

Knock, knock. Hello, delivery person: I am this building's SKYPE OVERLORD

Slartybardfast

Hang On

So they expect a delivery driver to wait around whilst you fish out your phone/tablet from it's hiding place (bag) and answer the Skype call? Around here you have to answer the door within 5 seconds or they're off. Sometimes they're off without even ringing the bell. It's a nice idea in a perfect world but not in mine I'm afraid.

5
0

Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

Slartybardfast
Pint

Hmmm

I like it, it's a really good idea. Nice design for the kids, bright and fun and that's where to be honest it becomes a slight problem for me. I love the fact that it's "proper" USB and that you can power a Pi from it so negating the need of buying a separate PSU for it.

Personally I'm not a great fan of USB hubs (or almost any device) that has cables spewing out of it at all angles. My latent OCD kicks in when it comes to cable management I'm afraid, I like to see cables all heading in roughly the same direction. It would be great to see a second version of this cased in a normal rectangular type box that would be easy to mount alongside (or on top of) a normally cased Pi. Yes I know that due to PCB/tooling costs this is very unlikely to happen and it is a fairly minor gripe.

Anyway it should look great on a desk in a computer lab in a school, which I guess is it's primary target. So good luck to them and I hope they sell shed loads

4
0

'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

Slartybardfast
Pint

Re: It's perfect

@Thomas 4

Good for you +5 internets and a pint.

2
0
Slartybardfast
FAIL

Re: It's perfect

"A vile unfriendly interface for vile unfriendly users"

Oh! Thanks for that.

Our local Freegle/Freecycle runs on Yahoo groups. I thought that I was a fairly normal bloke and quite friendly but obviously not.

So I'm tempted to live up to the sweeping stereotype you espouse and tell you where you can stick it. However, I'm far too polite and friendly

23
1

Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

Slartybardfast

Re: US Govt is thinking about using bitcoins?

"Speaking of which, it was 42 years ago today that the USD, and by extension, all currencies, went from having real value, to just being worthless scraps of paper (or cotton, or electrons like bitcoins"

The UK left the gold standard in 1931 as did the Scandinavian countries

0
0

Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

Slartybardfast

Re: @AC Appeals process a sham, sherlock

I think you need to be a little wary when having these "debts" sold to a debt recovery company as I believe that they can register this with the various credit reference agencies. It's ok at the time but may come back to bit you when you least expect it.

6
0

Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

Slartybardfast

Re: Move with the times

I still think a baseball cap is naff and bizarre, -10 Internets for wearing one, -10000 internets for wearing one backwards

7
1

Review: Nokia Lumia 520

Slartybardfast

Re: Nice Phone

"Shame about the OS"

Why?

If this phone was running either Android or IOS it would be pants. If it was running Android the battery life would be awful & if running IOS6+ its performance would probably be crap (like it is when running on some of the earlier iPhones). Hate to say it but WP8 like WP7.8 does appear to be slicker and and better suited to less powerful phones than either of the two other choices. So why the hate? It's a phone, get over it.

10
5

Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

Slartybardfast

It's not completely deserted, for instance the traffic lights are still working and in the view below,

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC,+%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%E7%9C%8C%E5%8F%8C%E8%91%89%E9%83%A1%E6%B5%AA%E6%B1%9F%E7%94%BA&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=37.494473,140.994029&spn=0.024005,0.05034&sll=37.760834,140.474728&sspn=0.635121,1.234589&geocode=FTofPAIdzn9nCA&hnear=Namie,+Futaba+District,+Fukushima+Prefecture,+Japan&t=m&layer=c&cbll=37.494369,140.994054&panoid=rDcKDfKCUihVyNzK4l-pqQ&cbp=12,352.79,,1,1.78&z=15

You can see a car coming in the opposite direction. You can see the driver and their passenger.

0
0

Sprint, Softbank to swear off Huawei kit as condition of merger

Slartybardfast
FAIL

Oh Please

Yep, don't use Windows good idea.

Whilst were at it best not use Google or Apple products as they may have back doors in them.

And not to forget any closed *Nix distros.

0
0

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Slartybardfast

On The Beach

Is it Sci Fi? Not really sure, but luckily still set in a future that hasn't happened (yet).

1
0

Page:

Forums