* Posts by Toastan Buttar

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Toastan Buttar
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Re: The hackers were doing it wrong...

A la Monty Python 'Blackmail' sketch, with the 'ransom' demand increasing by the second?

I like your thinking! :)

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Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

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WTF?

Re: Good luck to Yamaha with this

You mention the DX-7 and ignore the classic CS-80?

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

Toastan Buttar

Collective term

A mop of flaws?

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: "And it’s all happening despite Microsoft promising – here – that it wouldn’t."

Meghan Traynor has a fantastic natural voice. If she ever uses Autotune, it would only be for an obvious effect.

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Hacker-friendly Chrysler hauled into court for class-action showdown

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"Chrysler could have solved all its problems if it had only used a basic"...

...air gap between anything to do with the mechanics of the vehicle and any form of remotely-accessible computer system.

How f***ing hard can it be?

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

Toastan Buttar
Devil

Re: Maths especially sadistics would be very important

Sadistics is hugely important if you're applying to be the BOFH or the PFY.

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Terminator

Re: The poor advertisers...

All fingers are digital.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: 16514

That was the first character after REM, if a REM statement was the first line of BASIC. Before POKEing in a HEX machine code program, you had to make sure you had enough characters after REM to support your Z80 machine code routine(s).

One of the most exciting moments of my teen life was writing a Z80 routine

LD BC, nnnn;

LD HL, mmmm;

ADD HL,BC;

LD B,H;

LD C,L;

RET

10 REM xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (appears as Sinclair-esque nonsense once values POKEd in)

20 PRINT USR 16514

And seeing it produce the expected answer (mmmm + nnnn) on screen! Seriously mind-blowing and I've always wanted to know what was REALLY happening inside every computer (and every high-level language) I've used ever since.

Started with 1K ZX-81, graduated to 16K, then Spectrum, then A500+, and finally threw in the towel and got a PC once they had decent enough graphics and sound to replace the Amiga.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: Texan Bar

"Now just hold on there, Black Hat Eagle. You wouldn't fire a car driver 'til he'd finished his Texan Bar, would you?"

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

Toastan Buttar
Mushroom

The IoTwLVoM

The Internet of Things with Lethal Values of Momentum

(Ford Pinto icon)

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

Toastan Buttar
Windows

The Young Ones

Vyvyan: "My nickers are so old, it's only the stubborn under-stains that are holding them together".

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Go

Re: Wainscotting

"Eeeeh, our village has been mentioned on t'Register!"

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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That's not flying...

...that's falling with style!

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Heading south to start a family holiday

We were driving down to Somerset from Scotland that day for our summer holidays (Scottish schools finish a few weeks before the English ones). My car radio wasn't working due to not having the unlock code. The matrix signs on the M6 read something along the lines of "London closed to traffic. Find alternative route." It wasn't until we got to a service station that we found out what was going on. Once we reached our destination, we put on the evening news and tried to explain to our primary school-aged children what had happened.

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

Toastan Buttar

Re: Buster Gonad....

Yeah, El Reg missed a trick there by replacing "improbably" in the sub-headline with "unfeasibly".

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Boffin

Brain Transfer Is Possible

It's Science (or Speculative, if you prefer) Fiction. It's ALL based on a 'what if?', and the implications on humanity, without the necessity of explaining /how/.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Toastan Buttar

Fuck the napkin!

Are these letters in 14-feet font, or 14-point font?

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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Nemo in the filtration unit

Shark Bait ! Ooh-Ha-Ha !!!

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: The elephant in the room

^^ THIS ^^

44,100 upvotes from me.

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

Toastan Buttar

Re: Bluetooth LE

Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) operates at the same /power/ as normal Bluetooth, but saves /energy/ by operating in infrequent bursts and going dead in between times. Range is identical AFAIK.

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GCHQ heard you liked spying, so spied on itself spying on you

Toastan Buttar
Big Brother

Ministry of Truth reports No Category C errors

In other news:

Ministry of Plenty announces an increase in chocolate rations to 20g.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

Toastan Buttar

"Well under 1 in 10000"

Huh, the chances of anything coming from Mars1 were a million to one, they said.

....but still he came.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

Toastan Buttar

"Mossad" is the Israeli word for "Gnomes"

1. Collect one shoe of a pair

2. ?

3. Profit

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

Toastan Buttar
Facepalm

Re: what does 'the same gender' mean?

So you're a cross-dresser (transvestite), but not trans-gender, and yet you feel qualified to dismiss every trans-gender person as nonsensical.

Bravo. Your and idiout.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

Toastan Buttar

You could colonise and settle the Sun so long as you only built accommodation during the night.

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Toastan Buttar

Re: You can't touch it

No, a Hammer says "You can't touch this".

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

Toastan Buttar

Rating the Dinosaurs (Not my work)

Brontosaurus

Huge beast. Ate only plants, but could crush a '93 Cabriolet with a single step of its titanic brontosaurus feet. Name means "Thunder Lizard" which is about as cool as you can get. Its only real drawback is that it didn't really exist. B+

Apatosaurus

This is what they're calling brontosauruses these days. Apparently they had some problem with the wrong skull on the wrong body--duh--and once they figured it out they had to change the name to "apatosaurus," which means "Deceptive Lizard." Personally I think they should have looked up the Latin for "Stupid Scientist." D

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: vinyl vs CD

Jesus, not this tripe again. All multi-track recordings are done in the digital domain these days. If you want to go crazy batshit insane, you can even do it in floating-point 32-bit 192kHz format.

The mixdown to the stereo master is again done in the digital domain.

If you want to hear the resultant sound at its most accurate, listen to the raw digital stereo master through a high quality DAC. The amplifier choice is pretty much inconsequential at the mid-to-top end of the range. Speakers have to be pretty good, though.

Why then, would you take that 'perfect' product and scratch it onto the surface of a spinning plastic disc in analogue form? Even worse, why would you expect such distortions (EASILY reproduced digitally), combined with crap like dust and static electricity discharges, to sound 'better'?

Bog standard 44.1kHz / 16-bit CD quality is as good as it gets, and it costs pennies to get it right.

Even Ivor Tiefenbrun of Linn Products had to admit defeat:

http://www.bostonaudiosociety.org/bas_speaker/abx_testing2.htm

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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

Toastan Buttar
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Re: "15-20 kilowatts per hour"

Precisely what I logged in to comment upon. Have an upvote from me...

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Broadmoor: My Journey Into Hell, The Chimes and Cowboys and Indies

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Shoe-in.

"Shoo-in", as discussed on Radcliffe & Maconie, just this week. As in, shooing a goose into a pen.

(And it was a new one to me - I'm not just being a grammar Nazi for the sake of it).

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

Toastan Buttar

Re: WELL DONE

You used the word "parameters" when you should have used "perimeters". That is an unforgivable insult to me. You should die for this, you unholy infidel!

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

Toastan Buttar
Devil

Blasphemy...

The only truly victimless crime.

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UK.gov: Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

Toastan Buttar
Headmaster

Re: I don't see why not.

Ex GCHQ people will know how to keep a national secret, which means they'll also know how to keep a commercial secret.

Code reviews will mitigate the injection of backdoors. In my current workplace, no change gets committed to the working codebase until it has been peer-reviewed by someone competent. (And believe me, most of them DELIGHT in being pedantic bastards and pulling you up on the slightest deviation from coding standards, never mind overlooking any 'undocumented' behaviour.)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Toastan Buttar

Re: 4.5V electric lego

My big brother's mate borrowed my motor so he could build a bubble-blowing machine for a school disco. He managed to knacker it with a simple 9V PP3.

I had quite a substantial layout of Lego railway, too.

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Toastan Buttar

Still got a 75-in-1 in a cupboard at my dad's house

It still mostly works, though the LED is blown, IMSC. My own kids were fascinated when I built up a crystal set radio and it made a sound without batteries!

Best Xmas present EVAR, though, had to be my first real computer - a 1K ZX81.

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

Toastan Buttar

Re: Irregardless

Don't. Just don't.

It's "Regardless" or "Irrespective". Never the bastard child of the two.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

Toastan Buttar
Stop

Zed Ex

I've got 3D Monster Maze running on my Android using Zed Ex from the Play Store.

I feel like I have been posthumously awarded 500 points.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Toastan Buttar

Re: If you arew going to teach coding

"this doesn't work at least once a fortnight"

I'd have thought it worked (i.e. evaluates to 'true') ALL the time.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Toastan Buttar

Re: Anywhere in the world within 60 minutes?

"You can have more than one launcher."

I could deploy an army of thermonuclear snails at 10 feet intervals throughout the world and reach anywhere within an hour by the same logic.

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Toastan Buttar

Anywhere in the world within 60 minutes?

OK, so top flight speed is Mach 6 which is ~3600 mph.

Radius of the Earth is ~4000 miles.

That means that even flat out, it could only reach under one radian of the Earth's surface from launch point within an hour (60 minutes in the old money). That leaves over 2/3rds of the Earth's surface unreachable within 60 minutes, doesn't it?

Unless you know different?

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

Toastan Buttar

Re: A trig calc pun

What is the volume of a pizza of depth 'a' and radius 'z'?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Toastan Buttar

Call it "Jack Into Cyberspace"

Relive the futurist dreams of your youth.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

Toastan Buttar

Re: Flash

It all depends on the firmware in the Flash controller. I suspect that any faulty areas will be marked as unreadable, but would doubt that it'd go much beyond that. For example, performing an erase on a bad area WOULD wipe any stored info permanently, but I don't think any but the most paranoid, security-specific FW would go that extra yard.

If you run a zeroing utility on a spinning rust HDD, will it attempt to overwrite excluded bad blocks as well as the 'good' data / directories?

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

@Phil O'Sophical:

Almost identical story to yours, except I was returning the hire car when Concorde was just coming in to land. It was like the Space Shuttle or something! Nearly wrote off the hire car as a result of staring in awe at the big bird.

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Toastan Buttar

Re: Love that noise

@Chicken Marengo:

Precisely what I came to the comments section to say - AND I was also going to say about the only exception being the Vulcan.

(Though I'm sure a Saturn 5 rocket would be something to behold).

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: You must be joking

Radio 6 is something to be proud of.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: @MS software going downhill

No, I've seen a shedload of non-MS software which is 100 times flakier than Office. Interoperability of Office is also stronger than it has ever been. And MSE is the best free (as in beer) AV tool I've ever used on Windows.

Not an MS shill, nor an open-source hater (used Open / Libre Office for yeeeears). I've been a Windows user since the late '80s, PC/DOS user since the mid-80s. I've been through the hell of Windows 9x, where you HAD to install third-party AV and firewall to protect yourself from the simplest of script attacks. Then I switched to XP, where you could get by with running without protection as a Limited User Account.

Oh yes, you could!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/aaron_margosis/archive/2004/06/17/157866.aspx

Now, Windows 7 offers all the benefits of active LUA and Firewall by default. And MSE is just a free download away.

Nope sorry, I don't buy your assertions on any level.

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Toastan Buttar

Re: Well it should be obvious

"AV companies started their products in the 1990s, back when nobody was good at programming, at least not the people who programmed for Windows."

Oh, give over.

Mac programmers were crap back in the day, too. "Hey, pointers are 32-bit, but we can only access 24 bits of memory space. Let's employ that top byte for something useful, like flags."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_memory_management#32-bit_clean

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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

Toastan Buttar

In Soviet Russia

Tor crack YOU.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

"Might as well be Sailor Moon wiping the floor with Barney the Dinosaur."

Now, THAT's what I want to be playing in 2019.

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