* Posts by Annihilator

3012 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Well duh!

" I would prefer a device that I can do with as I wish within the constraints of what I can afford."

This sums up my entire thoughts on the Apple vs non-Apple. Don't &^%*ing buy one! Surely end of the thought process of someone who doesn't care (including me).

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Re: I was wrong.

Ah yes, it was indeed the Scorpions.

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Re: I was wrong.

It was Nirvana's Nevermind on Wikipedia that got blocked. The bigger problem at the time (as I recall) was the half-assed implementation approach that ISPs had taken:

1) Log wikipedia.org on a high level filter

2) Pass all traffic via a proxy to determine if the specific URL request was blocked (deep packet inspection)

3) Legit URLs went through ok, but Wikipedia saw all the ISP's traffic coming from the single IP address of the proxy, and blocked access assuming it was a robot or an abuse of the service - particularly when trying to make edits.

I assume the above has been fixed so it's a more intelligent solution (given all the torrent blocking is going the same route). Same thing happened at digital sharing sites (rapidshare etc).

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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Re: Flash Player - or a Prayer?

Are people still using Flash?? Can we not just kill it now? I write-off any website that still insists on using it. It does amuse me that Adobe and users were up in arms when Apple refused to let it run on iOS due to crap performance and security, yet it's still a steaming pile nearly 8 years later.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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" Till some pikeys stole the truck cable and they had to dig the duct out to fix that, Suddenly, cab had fibre and was live."

Noted, I'll look into securing some pikeys... :-D

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Cool, so excited to find out how the government are going to kick BT to finally switch on the FTTC cab that's already been installed for over a year. The enable date has been getting delayed 3 months at a time, but they've finally bit the bullet and delayed it until March 2016. Presumably the teaboy got bored of updating the date 4x a year.

Or, realistically, the government will have naff all influence.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Transcode resistant?

" audio that can resist transcoding"

I'm intrigued by this - anyone got any further sources on how audio can resist transcoding?

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Re: Here's an Idea...

"which is why many systems today are ad-based even when users are willing to pay (because the amount they'd have to pay to make up the difference would make them balk)."

Indeed - see Sky for details.

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Depends where they tinker with it. They can add in an extra frame between scenes, throughout the middle of the episode. Unless you have another version to compare it to, you'll never know where they've messed with it. They can even insert frames between credits - anywhere the screen is completely faded to black is easy. They could even duplicate a frame where there was action (or remove one) - chances are it that the slight jump or judder wouldn't be noticed, especially on a slow scene.

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" They take copies that emblazon "THIS IS A SCREENER," for crying out loud."

Yep, and copies where people are getting up in front of you to use the bog.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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By your powers combined...

"The idea seems to be that only when all the agencies holding portions of a key decide to use it together will decryption become possible."

In very much a Captain Planet style?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Front row seat

I'm not sure it would be that spectacular in real-time though?

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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"suggests a transfer rate of just 8Mbps, which seems much slower than it should be."

Presumably because it's a tiny chip with barely an antenna and it has to transmit through a reasonably sturdy/chunky camera body.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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"other unspecified costs."

Which makes me think "expenses", which in turn makes me think they got a consultancy firm to do it.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

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Re: H&S.

"Once I told one of them "hey, do you know what happens in case of a flood - or even someone washig the floor??" -"

Yes, the MCBs would trip. Same thing would happen if the cable were still plugged into a PSU and the building flooded.

Besides, as the A/C points out, it's about transferring liability from company to employee.

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Re: Shapes

"It ought to be called a tetrahedron formation (or a triangular pyramid)."

It's still a pyramid. A geometric pyramid, even though we generally take it to mean a square pyramid, can have any polygon base.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Re: They wouldn't like me...

They do that at the end of each season really. In fact McLaren were (in?)famously caught for a month or so debating whether to "upgrade" their Button or Magnusson model to the retro Alonso 2.0 model.

Sadly the Alonso 2.0 model has, erm, crashed. So they're rolling back while they work out the bug fixes.

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Most jobs in F1 aren't brilliantly paid, the teams budgets are squeezed enormously. They rely on the fact that their employees are fans more than anything else.

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Can't help but wonder what the job *after* that one would have been though? I suspect most people working on-track for F1 teams started off as the sucker back at the factory.

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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"The problems come at a rather inopportune time for Apple: the biz is enjoying acres of rapturous copy after CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new MacBook and set a firm release date for the Apple Watch."

I'm sure they won't mind that much. Any story is a new story to click-bait users and at the bottom of all the articles about the outage there'll be another 8 "see also" stories about that watch. All it'll do is help them float back to the front page.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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"My point is that for some people (usually not Reg readers) their laptops are for typing, spreadsheets and messing around on the internet- USB isn't required. "

Yeah, bog standard users don't use printers, mice or memory sticks...

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

To be honest, I would bet most people don't upgrade laptops anyway (given the only useful thing are battery, HD and RAM). If it's anything like the previous Air etc, you can still upgrade HD and battery, it's just a bit harder.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

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General approach?

"Microsoft has released a self-destructing preview of Office 2016 for Mac "

Pretty sure that's been the experience of the full versions of Office for Mac to date too, not just the 2016 preview...

Hopefully this version brings it in line, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Re: What's the market for this?

I think it's in the region of $20 per square km, so you'd need a lot of land before buying your own drone became more cost effective.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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"(multiply each each inch by two if your television spends more than half the day turned on, and two again if it's mounted in a conspicuous place like on a chimney breast)"

Subtract 2000 points for the double 'each' during a condescending post about how you're better than everyone...

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Re: When I was a kid

"Speaking of which, that's what the "Degauss" options on old CRT monitors was for wasn't it?"

The degauss button was only ever pressed on other people's machines to enjoy the *boing* sound it made and send them into a panic that you'd somehow broken their monitor.

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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"The sheer amount of cosmic radiation would drown out any WiFi signal"

They already use wifi for their laptops on the ISS.

Cosmic radiation is more of a problem for those outside the earth's magnetic field. The ISS crew only experience about 5x the radiation an aircraft crew experience.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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"His first exploit relies on a poor Java implementation"

His and all the others...

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Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

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I understood he had handed over everything to the journalists and that *they* were deciding when additional material was published? He's effectively out of it now.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Re: Aside from "victims need only install an attacker's app"

"I'm guessing this only works if (a) the phone has a SIM card in it and (b) the phone is turned on?"

Probably limited to air-breathing users too.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Graphics BIOS screen replaced with a blood red background with bold green text that displays every time at bootup - "YOU'RE RUNNING AN OVERCLOCKED GFX CHIP - NO GUARANTEES ANYMORE"

Sorted :)

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I'm surprised they're bothered. Allow overclocks, lower the MTBF, sell another one.

As long as people accept the risks of running it above spec, shouldn't be a problem.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: Accented characters in windows

"Or just press the alt button and type the code of the accented thing, such as ALT-136 for e with an accent (îê.)"

Did you read the article?..

"Or I could pin up a printout of Windows ALT codes for her to use in order to produce accented characters, bearing in mind that it would mean a word such as bébé would require 12 key presses and the single-letter word à would require five."

Also Mac keyboards use the function keys for a variety of things like volume, screen brightness etc

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Flaw

Only problem I have with this, generally good, plan. Why does Hawking think that Mars colonies etc would be exempt from nuclear war?

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: Yes. And that's a lie.

"If that was the case how come Private Eye has not been sued into oblivion by"

Old adage - never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. Not quite the appropriate to apply to Private Eye, but the meaning stands.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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Joke

"So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

Do we need to amend this to "so, what first made you realise you no longer loved steadily-heading-to-bankruptcy/jail Kim Dotcom?"

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Alca-Lu cooks up 400 Gbps router interconnect

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"The line cards can span between 500-600 km on a single fibre pair at full speed. "

Blimey, that's a big datacentre! ;-)

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: Odd

Ah ballz... read "development of its health sensor technology has failed to meet standards, with inconsistency from sensor readings, arising from hairy arms or dry skin." and assumed they were including *all* health sensor tech.

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Odd

Funny that the Fitbit Charge HR (and many more beside) can offer this functionality yet Apple can't?

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: You couldn't make it up...

"and just for added pointlessness - give the cables a bit of a jiggle"

In fairness, that's the official IT method of getting someone to check that it's definitely plugged in without the user taking umbridge and replying "of course it is, I'm not a moron!" while not checking that it has actually been unplugged by some college nerds needing to use their rock tumbler..

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Temporary respite

Finally! An admission of fault from Sky.

As an interim solution that has worked for me, rebuilding the planner seems to work and give you a serviceable box for (at least) a couple of weeks at a time:

http://help.sky.com/articles/problems-with-your-recordings-and-planner

Doing the planner re-build doesn't delete anything but will cancel any recordings in progress, and takes about 5 minutes, so choose timing wisely. Fixes all the symptoms such as "lag on updating programme info", "recording schedules disappearing", "not recording series linked stuff".

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

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"SpaceX had also hoped to land the first stage of the rocket on its floating landing pad, dubbed Read the Instructions as an homage to the late, great sci-fi author Iain M. Banks."

In homage to the Simpsons, hoping it also says "aim away from face"

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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Re: I don't follow

"I read the above as 2 months, 19 days, 11 hours, 21 minutes, 1 second"

At very first read, I mistook it for an IPv6 address and thought it was of sign of us making actual progress in the future of the Internet. Then I realised it was related to a next-to-useless (except for the snake oil salesmen) gTLD that no-one cares about.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re: Predictable?

For England, James?

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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Re: I was waiting......

Presumably the article title was written in the same theme as "Robot vacuum cleaner SUCKS MAN"

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At the third beep, the Atomic Clock will be 60 ... imprecisely

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"I've been warning people about tidal power generation for years, this is the first time I've seen it written somewhere to back me up that energy is lost in that system."

The energy is lost in the tidal system regardless of whether we tap it or not. It's lost in the form of heat via friction with the shore/sea-bed.

The only thing tidal power generation is doing is preventing the rocks eroding a little bit. And we're talking an infinitesimal amount.

Now, you should direct your ire at all those NASA space missions, using the earth and other planets to get a gravitational assist and slowing down their orbits by a small amount...

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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I've commented on this one earlier, but their full blurb claims that they test each manufactured cable in both configurations to identify the optimal one. There's bound to be some quality difference that they can point to a report on in terms of measuring signal-to-noise ratio, even if it was random variation in the test itself..

All hokum, but measurable hokum in that specific claim... Bear in mind that even most analogue audio interconnects claim to have a specific direction they should be connected in, they've got form for this sort of claim.

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Re: Any lawyers in?

"The cable _isn't_ directional, and you could prove that at the network layer"

Ah, but the devil is in the detail. What they're saying in the full blurb is that they test each cable individually at point of manufacturer and identify the best way round to plug it in. They naturally work both ways, but they'll figure out which way round encourages a finer flow of unicorn p1ss through the cable. Your definition of "finer" may vary.

They can probably demonstrate that two of the twisted pairs are of marginally better quality than the other two pairs, and thus the two better ones should be used for the tx between NAS and router/DAC/unicorn-stable.

All nonsense of course, but we're down the rabbit hole here anyway....

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Re: This has been going on for years

" I worked in a Hifi shop during the 89's"

1689, 1789, 1889 and 1989? Any earlier? The re-training you must have went through each time would have been extreme! :)

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Re: WAT HiFi

An even better review (manufacturer even quotes them on the website...):

http://www.audiostream.com/content/audioquest-vodka-ethernet-cable-and-diamond-ethernet-cable

Amazing quote:

"I wish I knew why but I don't. I'm not even going to hazard a guess beyond suggesting that the construction of these cables must affect the way in which data is transmitted. My sneaking suspicion is it has something to do with time. "

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