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41 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008

NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

David Nash

Astro-what?

"I love the way astrophysicians get excited"

Space doctors?

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

David Nash

Isn't it less a case of copyright re. old ROMS and so on, more a case that they don't want you running a VM, eg. Java, or game emulators, etc. that could open the way to non app store-approved software.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

David Nash

Agile?

That's not agile. Agile is about short development iterations, and frequent delivery, true, but not about shipping untested or unfinished product, or about leaving testing to the consumers.

In any case one delivery a year can't be classed as agile. It's just same old same old - delivery date trumped QA, corners were cut and/or testing insufficient.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

David Nash

Physical Access

No computer/device is secure given physical access. As others have said, this is not a vulnerability, it's standard functionality like a Windows boot disk, or booting Linux into single-user mode.

A true vulnerability would be via remote access, either via the net or some remotely-attached device.

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

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Comparison?

Has anyone done a comparative review of these various options, LastPass, KeePass, 1Password etc. and evaluated them for various use cases?

If not, how about it, Reg?

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

David Nash

the BBC went through a period of saying "social media" instead of Twitter, Facebook etc. recently, at least on R2. They seemed to have changed their mind though and gone back to mentioning the names of the services. TBH it did seem a bit pointless when everyone knew what they wanted to say.

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Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

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what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't?

Raw support?

Although as mentioned, the general non-photo-specific cloud providers would support that.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

David Nash

Tethering

How do they know you're tethering? Isn't it all just IP traffic?

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

David Nash

Re: Good Thing (TM)

Re. lifetime of cardboard season tickets with mag strip. Mine died several times in a couple of months, and then the man in the ticket office pointed out that I had it next to my Oyster card (which gets occasional use since I don't need my season ticket to include tube travel normally). Using the Oyster killed the mag strip on the train ticket.

Since I put the Oyster in its own separate wallet I haven't had the problem at all.

YMMV and you don't say you are travelling to London but I guess any similar contactless card reader might cause the same problem.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

David Nash

Re. She obviously doesn't have to pay her own phone bill

That's what occurred to me when I first read this story. She's shocked that people avoid roaming because hers is probably all inclusive courtesy of the European Commission and she's probably unaware of the charges.

By the way, to those who say "use free wifi" it's not as ubiquitous or reliable as we'd like, and you shouldn't have to go to a particular location to use your phone, which is called mobile after all.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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I installed it on Saturday morning to fill the time on a train ride. Just in time it seems. Noticable was that it was small enough (a few hundred K IIRC) to do so over a mobile internet connection, and also that it required very few permissions. One I think, I forget which, probably internet connectivity for ads.

Having said that there appear to be no ads in the Android version.

It is damn hard though, I will probably uninstall it if I can't beat my score of 5 by the end of the week!

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

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Re. Not a bad idea

They do have repair facilities, and while I am an Android user and have very little time at all for Apple and their (what I consider) unwarranted lawsuits aimed at Samsung, I was in the Samsung store in Westfield Stratford yesterday, and I have to admit it struck me as extremely reminiscent of the Apple Stores

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

David Nash

red dots

Possibly they are hot pixels in the camera. The line shows the relative movement of the camera/satellite between each exposure that was combined to make this image.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

David Nash
Coat

Astronomical disappointments

I have my own version of this, based around my family holiday from the UK to China a few years ago to coincide with the solar eclipse....poured with rain most of the day. Got some nice photos of everyone on the beach in the dark though!

Made up for it in Cairns a couple of years later though!

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NSA sez NO to prez: Spooks ban Obama from using iPhones

David Nash

Re: And landline? What's that for?

@Station Grey, That's for when the mobile signal is unreliable due to the building structure, or the cell is saturated, or just plain poor quality, and to have a guaranteed way of making an emergency call.

Anyway didn't you include that in what you called "Line Rental"?

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: Better publicity

I agree totally. They say there is not enough demand but I have never seen a bbc promo for 3d content (well maybe the olympics, I can't remember). I had to search online to find out what channel they were using for the Doctor Who 3D (now that BBC HD has been renamed to BBC2 HD. Aside: Can we have BBC4 HD please?)

I watched wimbledon a year ago in 3d after hearing about it by word of mouth.

How do they know people don't want it if they don't publicise it properly? The olympics and wimbledon were great in 3D. I would love more BBC 3D content.

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

David Nash

My Z is great

So there !

Screen is good and there are no problems with the viewing angle. I wouldn't mind a headphone socket with no flappy cover though.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

David Nash

Re: Nimbuseses

"Weird BNC Network" - that will be Ethernet then!

Our school had a couple of 380Z machines in the early 80s which were owned by the maths dept I think. We then became part of some government pilot IT scheme (1983?) and were supplied with a network of 480Zs that shared one vast "Winchester" disk, probably 5Mb! Initially they were on a bus that traveled from school to school but the following year we got our own, on which we wrote games and otherwise messed around (yes also Wordstar dot commands, nostalgia....sigh)

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

David Nash

pointless subject like French

In the author's defence, I read that as a humourous comment and representing the student's perspective. As in, computer science (or whatever they called it in the school at the time) was interesting, whereas the struggling student saw conjugating French verbs as pointless.

I think most people can appreciate the value of learning foreign languages now.

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

David Nash

Green because of Photoshop?

Not at all, long exposures show colour in comets, usually green, just like all those pretty red or blue nebulae which are also monochrome to our insensitive eyes.

There will have been some photoshopping or other processing to increase the contrast but not to add colour.

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Windows 8 fans out-enthuse Apple fanbois

David Nash

Re: Amazon's way of doing it

Ooh yes it's doing that for me too. Who knew?

Thanks for the tip, when it runs out I shall know why.

Actually I don't know why it apparently randomly requires re-logins to Amazon apps from time to time anyway.

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Our sensational rocket ship Vulture 2 REVEALED: LIVE at 3pm

David Nash

That batc.tv video feed never works for me, maybe its the corporate firewall. I could see the chat though.

It was nice to follow the track on the map but no live video for me.

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

David Nash

Re: Carl Sagan will be chuffed

*would have been* chuffed.

Shame he never lived long enough to see this.

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Got the CLOUD FEAR? Connected Data has a black 'n' blue cone to sell you

David Nash

So...

...it's a NAS? In a funny shaped box? Using the "Cloud" word grab attention (aside from the funny shaped box).

Or have I misunderstood?

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

David Nash

Re: So like Spanish....

In Spanish the question mark appears at the beginning AND at the end.

Although the one at the beginning is upside down.

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Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

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Re: Parenting? It's not as simple as that.

What on earth would cause you to surmise that I would do that (loose on XBL etc), given what I already posted? But you ignored most of what I posted anyway.

Kids these days have ipods and many other devices that can access the web. They do homework online. Browsers have multi-tabbed windows and the ability to surf in secret. Even if they are in the living room, are you saying I have to be looking over their shoulder, constantly?

Nothing is as simple as it first seems.

And there's no need to shout. Jeez I am glad you're not a parent, talk about volatile! Of course if you were one you might appreciate the position of others rather than shouting from the sidelines on something you clearly have no experience of.

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Portuguese chicken invades Spanish airspace

David Nash

Great that the link at the end of the article offers me a white paper on "Planning a move to the cloud"!

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

David Nash
FAIL

Re: Optional PIN Authentication?

Can't believe it took nearly 2 hours before someone pointed this out. So I lose my phone and some dodgy type finds it and goes to buy something. The phone number is submitted in payment automatically as per the article, and the system sends a message back to the phone via the app - this is acceptable security?

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FTC tells Google and pals: Not labelling ads properly is 'deceptive'

David Nash

Not just search engines

What about news websites where the apparently blank column each side of the news story turns out to be a link to an advertiser's web page (ie. an extension of the banner above)?

I've been caught by that on El Reg before, not paying attention when I click in the "whitespace" to bring a window to focus and suddenly I seem to have clicked on a Microsoft ad.

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

David Nash

@Andrew Jones 2 Re. Updates

"Where you got the idea that you would be notified about Android updates from - I don't know "

Maybe because in the screenshot the Updates tab has "Google Play" as a less-emboldened subtitle. Looks very much like it's going to be telling me about updates to Android apps obtained from the Google Play store.

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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

David Nash

Harder to see in the daytime

Sometimes it crosses the sun or moon, here's one I did in Spain a couple of years ago:

http://www.davesastro.co.uk/solar/iss_sun_20100808.html

BTW being so (relatively) high, it looks like a slow plane not a fast one.

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Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

David Nash

I use Listen nearly every day. It's nicely short on features I don't need, unlike most of the recommended alternatives.

If I can still subscribe to things via a URL found using other means then it's not so bad. The app was virtually never updated anyway.

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NASA takes stick over feet and inches

David Nash

Saturn V

I just got the Haynes Workshop Manual for Apollo 11 (yes!). Of course it doesn't really give you instructions for fixing the hardware ( "..first remove the [rocket] engine...") but it does have what looks like an original Boeing (I think) drawing of the Saturn V with lots of measurements on it. Every single one of them is listed in both Metric AND "English".

Who says Nasa can't do Metric? They apparently could back then.

And by the way, someone above compared Newtons unfavourably with Foot Pounds. They are different units for different purposes. Foot Pounds measures turning force around a fulcrum (as you said), the equivalent metric is Newton Meters not Newtons, which are just force, like pounds.

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Millions opted into UK mobile phone directory

David Nash
Stop

Their FAQ says...

Now I'm as paranoid as the next man when it comes to giving out my details (and getting p'd off when people ring up my number which they got "off a list" and claiming to be doing a survey when it's clear they are selling etc. etc.) but... the FAQ says the following:

"If you don’t give out numbers, how does 118800 put me in touch with the person I want to contact?

When you search on 118800.co.uk, we’ll send an SMS message to the person you’re seeking givng them your contact details so they can call you back.

Why can’t I have the number, rather than being put in touch?

Some people don’t like the idea of their mobile number being given out to anyone who asks. So having worked closely with the regulatory authorities to provide a service that protects this right but also provides a successful directory service, we have developed simple ways of connecting you without ever giving out a mobile number."

Now this sounds to me like it would be quite easy to reject any calls from people using this service, and your number will not be given out.

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Greenwich celebrates International Year of Astronomy

David Nash
Stop

Re: Street lights

Actually all astronomers are asking is for the lights to point downwards. Light that leaks into the sky is simply a waste of energy, and so-called "security lights" help intruders find their way!

More info at:

http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/floodlights.html?6O#disadvantages

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Firefox update fixes four critical flaws

David Nash

Address bar

What's wrong with it?

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Euro court blocks Lego trademark bid

David Nash

Steam engines

Mamod wasn't it?

Those were the days. Whatever happened to them?

Ah, nothing: http://www.mamod.co.uk/

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Half of Brits abuse apostrophe's

David Nash
Unhappy

Plurals of abbreviations

I always thought I knew all the apostrophe rules - and used them properly . But I've learned something today: Abbreviations like "PC" need an apostrophe, meaning that "PC's" is correct? I have been guilty of correcting people over that one!

But what about "P.C." with the dots? Does the dot remove the need for the apostrophe? ie. "P.C.s"? Shouldn't "PC" be "P.C." anyway, meaning that "PCs" or "PC's" are just wrong?

Unhappy icon because it seems I was wrong. Or should I have chosen the happy one because I've learned something?

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Top-secret Android handset surfaces on YouTube

David Nash

@Animation?

"click a button and the dialog is right there"

Sounds like what any user interface should do!

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BT opens wallet to send fibre to the home

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Thumb Down

@Fair Usage - 8Mb everywhere?

In my village, just outside a medium sized town (2-3 miles from the exchange), I typically get <1Mb from Pipex. I just went to their website to do an "availability check" and got the following message:

"Congratulations!

Your line can receive up to...

500Kb broadband"

Congratulations indeed! Think again AC, before accusing people of an "outright lie". Why lie about what broadband speed you get?

A mile away (other side of the A1 duel carriageway) they get cable. If this initiative improves the postcode lottery for broadband speeds they I'm all for it, provided "protecting BT's investment" doesn't mean we pay through the nose for it.

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