* Posts by Efros

1098 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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Laptops

generally last me about 6 years, after which they are passed on in a working condition to someone else. The last one was actually still a performer, I wanted a newer one to cope with an increase in workload (Skyrim!). I work in an environment where we have circa 600 MacBook Airs, their reliability in the hands of the average teenager is not good. As to wireless routers, pretty much most of the ones I've had through my hands work like they're broken from the get go. My current linksys 1200AC only works because I replaced the firmware with OpenWRT, and even then it works fitfully. Consumer grade networking gear really does suck.

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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GTA

BOFH edition.

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Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie

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Re: Ugh

TBH the material is not that conducive to ebook format. there is a foldout drawing every other page just about.

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Thing Explainer

Not that it needs it, but I highly recommend this book for the young nerds in your life. I bought it for myself and it has now been nicked by my 12 year old grandson. Looks as if I'm going to have to get another copy for myself.

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

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That was the best so far!

Very taut and pretty well acted/written. Looks as if this Doctor is finally getting to stretch his wings, as it were.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: Pulling 6502

I never actually did much with BBCs all of my 6502 work was done on AIM65s or Apple IIes.

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Pulling 6502

machine code out of corners of my brain, they're covered in spiders webs, detached ringpulls, cigarette coupons, Double Diamond beer mats (bleurgh), 6522 data sheets, and wirewrapping wire.

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: bricking the device a couple of times, fortunately not permanently.

Ok bricked in the sense of having to jump through a variety of fairly complex hoops to get it working again.

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Re: Non Root

Nope full price

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Non Root

Irritates the hell out of me, my phone company has made my phone impossible to root, meaning I'm stuck with the crapware they and the manufacturer have foisted on me (thanks Samsung). I've tried every available route and none have succeeded, even bricking the device a couple of times, fortunately not permanently. WTF is the problem, I use your service, I pay the bill, I bought the phone just let me do what I want with it.

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

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Re: Overpriced

The three I have are used in a class I run.

The Pi Zero is being sold at a bit more than the $ equivalent of 4 quid over here, the cheapest I've seen it is for $13 with a few leads. Well when I say sold everywhere is sold out.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Shutup10

Nice little free utility will shut down all this nonsense, and more.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Yup I remember 1.0

Came free with our first IBM ATE (512k RAM, Hercules graphics), I was bored one afternoon and played with it for about an hour and it eventually found its way to the bin. Definitely a case of hardware not being ready for that sort of software. We didn't look at Windows again until 3.11 had become generally available.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Not surprising

I teach in a traditional HS and in an online classroom, the so called digital generation have few useful IT skills. They are very skilled at utilising mobile devices for their amusement, peer vilification, and general mischief, this is a result of repeated hourly use. However, asking them to complete the simplest of tasks involving the fixing of a non cooperative application/website is the equivalent of asking a diarist to make a pencil from its constituent parts and then to make the diary as well. Their perceived skillset doesn't mesh with what their actual one is, and to be honest without suitable teaching/training why should it. If you don't give them the opportunity to develop a skillset then it's not going to happen out of the blue as their casual use of technology doesn't demand it.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: So it's not just me then...

I find their GUI's (iOS and OS X) so frustrating to use I actually wonder if it's a left brain right brain thing. Everyone and their father seems to prefer them to Windows/Android type GUIs, but I don't get it.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Apostles outsourced?

I see we seem to have lost some, have they been outsourced or are they using the devil's OS android?

Intructs?

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: Skynet

Marvelous documentary, definitely a must see.

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Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

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Re: Diet Coke

or indeed any advert/comedy/drama that portrays men as knuckle dragging brain damaged incompetents who couldn't find their arse with both hands in broad daylight. At some point society will actually realize that fuckwitism and other attributes are really not gender specific, your gender/sexual orientation does not give you immunity to being a fuckwit.

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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Flogging a Dead Watch

Just like the equine variety is rather a pointless exercise. To me when a piece of equipment fails to do its basic task, keep time, without a constant refilling of its batteries then it really doesn't deserve some of my well earned drinking vouchers. No amount of cajoling, imploring or implied lack of coolness is going to change the fact that you're selling a watch that has to be recharged every day, at a price that is too high to attract the "it's ok for the price" brigade.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

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Ok all working now.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

Cloudfare is giving

Error 523 Ray ID:

Origin is unreachable

for El Reg just now, can get through using a UK VPN, hence this post. anyone know what's going on?

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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

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Strathclyde

The Students Union at Strathclyde used to be the largest licensed premises in Scotland, and they still managed to make a loss.

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

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Re: $2,495-$3,318.90

You are Steve Jobs AICMFP!

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UK lawmakers warn Blighty to invest more in science, or else

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When...

The salary of someone involved at a high level in Science or Engineering for an extended period of time has the same salary as someone involved in the financial sector for the same amount of time with the same level of qualifications, experience and competence are compensated to the same extent, then I'll be reporting on the incidence of airborne swine.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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I'd have that

I remember in my youth putting together the Airfix Saturn V kit, not the most challenging of kits but certainly one of the most imposing standing nearly 2 feet high, although it seemed bigger then.

Addendum: seems Airfix have revamped and reissued the Saturn V kit!

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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AIM 65

First taste of programming was on the AIM 65, a 6502 development system which had an assembler and a BASIC interpreter. This was followed swiftly by the purchase of a Spectrum 16k and hours spent entering BASIC programs from various sources, generating a few of my own and hacking Z80 routines nicked from the software that came with it. My work at that time gave me a lot of exposure to a lot of different machines, Osbornes, TRS-80s, TRS-80 Color, BBC-B, Olivetti Word Processing systems, a Z80 based multi user CP/M system along with a few CBM Pets both with proper keyboards and horrible membrane type ones. My next job was hardware based and involved building interfaces for Apple IIe's to hook up with various laboratory equipment both through conventional means and by hacked electronics (intercepting the display signals on a photon counter springs to mind). The advent of the Apple IIc and its closed architecture put an end to that and I got my first taste of IBM PC based programming and hardware hacking. Our first IBM was an AT with 512K of Memory, a 80287 coprocessor, a Hercules graphics card and a monochrome monitor, total cost was close to £4000. My next home machine was an Amstrad CPC6128 which was the last off the shelf machine (apart from laptops) I bought.

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Re: Made in Port Talbot

Yep forgot the Color bit.

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Made in Port Talbot

For the British and European market.

The Dragon 32 was very like the TRS-80 in terms of the processor type and hardware etc. meant you could use quite a lot of the old TRS-80 software on the Dragon.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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2 billion

Reminds me of a contract extension on software support we offered to a corporation who shall remain nameless. We didn't want to do it so we looked at our normal price and added a zero to discourage them. The fuckers took up the contract! We thought about it and accepted, the extra drinking vouchers almost made the pain worthwhile.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: Really?

His outbursts while usually pretty colorfully abusive are pretty gender neutral IIRC.

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Teacher accusations

About 1 in 5 teachers at schools and colleges in the UK have been the subject of a false allegation by a student, 1 in 7 have had false allegations levelled at them by a student's immediate family or family friend. Figures are taken from an ATL poll conducted amongst its members and reported in March 2015. The advent of social media has just made the situation worse with more avenues and sources for accusations to be thrown. With this and all the other crap that is thrown at teachers is it any wonder that UK has to be constantly on the search for new blood?

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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No justification for this action

At least not while nothing is being done about Country music,

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We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11

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Re: What happened to the HiFi

Pretty much a digital source is a digital source, analogue sources required a little more tweaking to get the best out of them.

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Re: What happened to the HiFi

Back in the 70s the logic was the other way around, invest in a decent preamp and amp and speakers in that order.

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What happened to the HiFi

Used to be the thinking was the best way to improve the sound was to improve the source first and speakers last. At $1000 a pair these things had better be making my tea and toast in the morning! Among other things!

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

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Ahh the screeching chirrup

of the modem, you got so used to it you could tell by the tones roughly what speed your 56k (Hah!) device had finally connected at. I well remember leaving my machine connected overnight to download IE4 (about 25MB IIRC). I also remember an MS presentation on IE4 where they wouldn't answer the question as to why the upgrade didn't allow reconnections to start the download where it left off, apparently the suits couldn't comprehend a world where people weren't on DSL.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: So what?

"membership of a group is not illegal"

That very much depends on the group, there are proscribed groups and organizations, membership of which is punishable by law.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417888/Proscription-20150327.pdf

I do agree with the rest of what you said though.

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WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

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Re: HDDs

Yup, 0.5TB SSDs are now available for reasonable prices and they will be supplanting HDDs increasingly in the system storage area. For bulk long term storage where speed isn't an issue HDDs will be around for a long time, but that market is not as huge as the manufacturers would like. At some point there will be a plateauing of HDD prices and then I wonder if we'll see them beginning to rise as the market shrinks.

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

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Farewell to the BUFFs

I remember seeing a couple of these take off a long time ago, my god were they noisy. Their acronym nickname was adopted almost universally although it's full meaning tended not to be used apart from the U rated Big Ugly Fat Fellows... Fellows... yeah right.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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Sounds like my Dad's setup

Except he used the immersion heater and thermostat from a 120 gallon fish tank. He had managed to purloin a massive nylon vessel from somewhere, I think it had a capacity of close to 40 gallons. This was fired up when the stock of home brew began to get below a certain point, by the time it was ready for bottling most of the stock was gone and the bottles were available for the new batch. He used the porcelain capped French pop bottles, always amusing drinking beer from a bottle marked Pshitt!. He usually had enough left to tide him over until the new bottled batch was ready to drink. Having drunk a few of his brews I'd say it was close to 6.5%, and kicked you in the arse, hard.

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

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Re: Pollution ?

Compared to your average home probably not significant in terms of environmental damage. If you want to get on someone's case about this sort of thing there are far bigger and more culpable targets than a bunch of geeks hell bent on a cool explosion.

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Re: Price and shipping

There's always one... and that usually determines H&S policy.

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Price and shipping

500g (about 160 ml) will set you back about $144 from Sigma Aldrich in the US. If you can't pick it up in person then you can get it sent to an educational establishment in the US, then your main problem is shipping. It can't be sent by any of the normal carriers and must be sent through a trucking company and then it has to be Hazmat approved, pricey.

After you've got it, as others have mentioned, it is seriously nasty stuff. Bromine burns are probably second only to HF burns in terms of long term problems, and personally I'd stay clear of it. I do remember my school having liquid bromine in the stock room back in the 70s, but then we also had all of the available alkali metals and mercury as well, most of which are now banned from school premises.

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RBS promises 'safe, secure, confidential' info-sharing on Facebook at Work

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Let me get this right

"Information shared on the site will be safe, secure and confidential."

On a site run by FB and within a Bank, OK that's good enough for me... or maybe not.

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It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?

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Meh

didn't really like it. Ashildr as a 'dolled up' woman didn't work, and Rufus Hound, well least said soonest mended.

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Reg reader post-pub chef brews superscharf currywurst

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Cookbook...yeah!

Would you envisage reader contributions? I've got a few neckfillers from a variety of places around the world.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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I think they're all missing the point

The link is between a living cell and cancer, if you have a living cell then there is a finite chance it will become cancerous. The longer you live the greater the chance, doing certain things will increase that chance and not doing them will decrease it, the chance, however, will never be zero. Knowing that you can move on and make decisions ignoring killjoys proclaiming your favourite thing on the planet is going to kill you, there is a chance it will but the chance of you being squashed by a diplodocus while munching a bacon sarnie are probably of the same order. I may have overstated that slightly.

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Re: Forgive me, but that must be a made up name

'tis baconish flavoured fat. Fry it until the shards are so sharp they can can penetrate the upper palate and deliver a pre-frontal lobotomy. Just my pet theory to explain the votes the Republicans garner from the lower classes hereabouts.

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Re: May be so...

Nope you heard wrong.

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