* Posts by Horridbloke

326 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

Horridbloke

Re: Predicting Problems

"Would make for a hell of a movie-plot threat..."

Die Hard From A Nasty Sunburn.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

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Excellent news

Do we really want to reach the point where paying for things with anonymous cash ceases to be an option? I'm a nice honest law-abiding guy and I have something to hide - what I spend my money on.

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Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

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@Dr Spork

An M25 flyover selfie would be pretty underwhelming, but the photo used in the article features Wat Rong Khun, a temple in Northern Thailand. There's lots of strange and beautiful stuff in that corner of the world that justifies snapping a memento.

I'm unsure why people get so upset about selfies. Compare them to the bad medical tips, ropey politics, phrases that might pertain to football and the mild-to-moderate racism that spews up on most people's facebook walls. Self-portrait photos are among the least-offensive items on social media.

Is it the selfie stick that irks people? The last time I was at Heathrow I was walking just behind a group of lads filming themselves on a go-pro-on-a-stick as they walked to their gate. It seemed silly but is that really worth getting annoyed about?

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

Horridbloke

Re: I'm not...

"Hyperconverging" is a pretty long word but round here we pronounce it "tosh".

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

Horridbloke

No giant robots?

I wanted giant robots. As there are no giant robots I will not be watching.

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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Terminator 6

I think the next terminator flick is due to be called "Help! My Father-In-Law Is A Cyborg Assassin!".

(Still better than Salvation though.)

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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@Timeo

Yes, there are power-line-only dongles for traditional usb connectors. The issue with USB-C is power and signalling on the same pin, so that traditional approach doesn't work. I'm wondering whether the introduction of a cunning capacitor or something (I don't do hardware) would enable current flow but wreck the signalling needed for any communication. The big question there is whether some signalling is needed to negotiate / request current - something USB devices are supposed to do but don't always.

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Is it possible to build a USB-C charge "condom" with some filtering to stop any signalling?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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The fart will literally follow you...

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

Horridbloke

Re: Why the PHB should only be given *minimal* access to any system.

Did everybody actually agree to those amendments? They're idiots if they did.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

Horridbloke

Re: But for sheer mindless...

I remember Backlash (ST and Amiga). It was fun, but weirdly I enjoyed the game that inspired it (Encounter, a 1984-era FPS for the Commodore 64) more.

Encounter was true genius.

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Mozilla will emit 'first version' of Servo-based Rust browser in June

Horridbloke

The poor craftsman blames their tools."

Mozilla is choosing some better tools.

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13 CubeSats to ride mighty US lifter

Horridbloke

Space Launch System?

NASA should have gone the whole hog and called it Up Goer Seven.

(Or possibly eight or nine. Shuttle aside I'm not sure what else they've done since Apollo. Yes, I realise there's been other stuff)

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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"Achieve the goals of the business"

So DevOps is about doing good work instead of bad work? It's an interesting approach.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Mushroom

Re: Who is presenting?

I wonder if Jeremy Clarkson could ever be desperate enough to return. (He fronted RW before it was any good.)

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Horridbloke

Re: shovel

Perhaps he did take and use the shovel on occasion. The iterations couldn't all have been identical.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Horridbloke

Re: "you can get composite video from the 3.5mm jack"

The one you buy yourself and solder onto the board (I think).

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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

Horridbloke
Unhappy

My FB profile has me a lot older than my real age so I see adverts for incontinence products.

Apparently this is what winning feels like.

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FAIL

Facebook...

I'm constantly amazed how most people fail to think about privacy issues. Several years ago, back when Facebook seemed to email absolutely everything to absolutely everybody by default, I started to get fairly high frequency updates as to the location of a iPhone-carrying friend of mine. I hadn't made any effort to stalk him or anything, I was just getting near-hourly updates as to wherever he had just "signed into" as he went about his work around town.

Anyway after a couple of days of this I commented on the latest update showing him in a town twenty miles down the road. I asked whether it would be a good time to burgle his house.

The updates stopped after that.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

Horridbloke

Re: smash through my window and set the house on fire

I think Citylink already have a patent on that.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

Horridbloke

Re: Re Parachutes

Perhaps they were sonic parachutes.

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

Horridbloke
Mushroom

Re: WTF is that picture?

Looks like somebody's remaking Max Headroom.

(Icon coz of the blipverts.)

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HTC's new One A9 will gulp Android updates days after Nexus mobes

Horridbloke

Reputation...

Back in 2010 I bought an original HTC Desire, partly on the manufacturer's express promise to add DivX compatibility. It never happened. Why should I take any notice of their promises for this one?

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

Horridbloke

Sounds better than my last effort..

A while back I was tasked with implementing a block-level data storage solution intended for enterprise use (though not actually a filing system). The brief handed to me was a hand-scrawled description of several data structures with arrows pointing to them. Data integrity was addressed by the sentence at the very end: "+ data protection features".

I was very glad to leave that job.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Horridbloke

I'm holding out...

... for the Nexus 40.

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

Horridbloke

Re: Green Rectangle

The Brown Ring Of Quality was already taken.

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

Horridbloke

Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday

No, not really.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

Horridbloke

"It's seriously good to hear about a non-IT organisation who have actually got the hang of reassuring press statements."

FTFY

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

Horridbloke

Re: Just don't walk along with it

What if you can't find a wall?

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

Horridbloke
Terminator

This is stage 1

Stage 2 involves Austrian bodybuilders.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

Horridbloke

I like DARPA...

... they remind me of when I was ten.

(Still waiting for the skateboard with built-in minigun.)

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

Horridbloke

Re: Old-school tech

I gave up on my crooklock when I switched to a car with an airbag - the thing wouldn't physically fit on the obese steering wheel.

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

Horridbloke

Re: Competitors dead in the water?

I have just taken delivery of my pi 2 and had a brief play with it. The raspbian image was updated using apt-get on the old hardware yesterday in readiness. The pi 2 booted and ran much much faster - the difference is much like we used to enjoy when upgrading from a five-year-old pc to the latest and greatest back in the nineties. The GUI, Epiphany browser and LibreOffice all ran pretty smooth. Considering this is currently running userland binaries for the older architecture I'm impressed.

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Horridbloke

@Eddy

The dollar value is large, sure, but what price can you put on happiness?

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

Horridbloke

Re: Idiots!

True, Sammo Hung demonstrates unparalleled randomness in that one.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

Horridbloke

Re: Is there not enough junk up there already ?

The payload had "SPACE JUNK" written on the side of it in big letters. Crafty beggers those ruskies.

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Re: Doberman

How do you drop warheads from an orbital platform? Just pointing a warhead towards earth and releasing the clamp will be pretty anticlimactic. You will need either a gun of some sort or a rocket of some sort.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

Horridbloke

Re: Has WiRED

I gave up on WiRED some years ago after reading about someone running OS X on their iPhone. In fact they were just running a VNC client (that somebody else had written) but that distinction was too subtle for the author of the article.

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

Horridbloke
FAIL

Re: And yet...

I have received the following reply from MBNA on the matter...

Thank you for contacting us {Horridbloke}. I appreciate your concerns however rest assured that Contactless technology has been extensively tested to ensure the absolute security of your account. This is a new development in the card industry that lets you make a payment for retail purchases without entering a PIN or signing to authorise the transaction wherever you see the Contactless acceptance symbol. Paying with a Contactless card is just as secure as paying by Chip and PIN because it is based on the same secure technology as Chip and PIN, it only works when you hold the card up to the terminal (within 4 cm), so you can’t accidentally pay for someone else's shopping and occasionally you will be asked to make a normal Chip and PIN transaction instead of a Contactless one. There is nothing wrong with your card; this is a security check to limit fraud and would likely occur if you made multiple Contactless transactions within a short time period. For additional security when you are sent your Contactless card you must first make a Chip and PIN transaction. This is just to make sure it’s got to the right person and to enable it to work. In addition, you are still covered for any fraudulent activity on your card just as with Chip and PIN transactions, providing you let us know as soon as you notice any unrecognised transactions on your statement. All our cards now come with Contactless functionality and are perfectly secure. Contactless offers many benefits, but if you don’t want to use it in this way you don’t have to. We are unable to issue a card without Contactless functionality however you can continue to make your payments by Chip and PIN if you prefer. If you log on to the website. Click on the tab "Account Home" and you can select the tab "View all transactions" and you will be able to see any transactions in current activity if you wish to monitor your account. Many thanks.

I guess I'll carry on using the craft knife.

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Horridbloke

Re: And yet...

I couldn't see any on-line option to turn it off (the provider is MBNA), so I've sent them a message asking whether they can turn it off for me. I'll post again if I get a reply.

You can't beat physical sabotage though.

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Horridbloke

Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

This works well but a shop assistant might get worried about the visibly mutilated card. The job can be done more discreetly by making a small nick with a craft knife, though this really needs an nfc-capable phone to confirm the card really has been snipped.

It's probably a good idea to make a test purchase afterward to verify the card's normal chip & pin function still works - have an alternative payment method just in case.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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Windows

Re: Ooooh, new versions.

and it comes with a free trial of McAfee.

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

Horridbloke

Does not apply to good drivers

Yeah but this is only true for bad drivers innit? Right now I'm using voice typing while driving my A4 along the M6 without any OH F

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Horridbloke

Re: I wonder why ?

I made the mistake of wandering into one of their branches several years ago to try and buy an unlocked handset. The sales slug couldn't believe somebody could be so demented as to want such a thing and pulled in a second sales slug to help teach me the error of my ways and to show me the contract I actually wanted (never mind the fact I had asked for something specific that the shop allegedly had for sale). After a couple of minutes of obnoxious high-pressure sales pitch I thanked them for their time and walked out but I can see how some people fall for it.

Carphone Warehouse were angels by comparison, at least they would sell you an unlocked phone without arguing and the larger branches had powered-up models you could play with so that expensive purchase was less of a pig in a poke. I say "were" because, well, you know who owns them now...

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

Horridbloke

We've forgotten the probable winner

What about psychologically scarred billionaire vigilantes?

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Horridbloke

64-bit Chrome available soon via the normal channel

...packaged with the next flash update.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

Horridbloke

Re: Who is Tom ...

The emphasis should be on "actor".

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Horridbloke

Already done.

The show is called Person Of Interest and it has been running for several seasons.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

Horridbloke

Re: If apple had such great mouse designers...

Apple obviously hired some really bad mouse designers as well.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

Horridbloke
Meh

GAME?

The Call Of Duty games are pretty much barely-interactive immersive movies anyway.

Unless of course the film will be based on the multiplayer experience... Good grief, please no.

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