* Posts by Annihilator

2984 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Meh

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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Re: One born every minute

"That's the thing. I know some cables can be so messed up that signals get flip-flopped (1's become 0's and vice versa) or just plain cut off, resulting in signal loss. Just how crappy do the cables have to be to reach that point?"

Just crappy enough so that the receiver can't distinguish correctly. At that point they generally stop working completely.

Crappy enough that it wouldn't be able to call itself cat-5/6/7 cable. As the BOFH once put it, "I'd think twice about wiring xmas tree lights off it myself..."

This is the craziest thing though - between every receiver and NAS is not only the cable, but the same bog-standard ethernet controller that costs 20p/1000 units. It won't be made of silver either.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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"Sh1t happens"

A solid reminder that no matter what you do, there will always be a path of execution not covered by test scripts and to have non-IT contingency plans - which in this case, they did.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: Budget Leaks

"No... It's that normally, when skipping bail, criminals (Assange is now a criminal for breaching bail conditions) tend not to advertise their location on the nightly news. If they did, I suspect plod would pop along to have a chat as well."

Wow, spot on. Had truly never thought of it like that, but a tres bon argument.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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smartwatch to beat off Apple

Swift one of the wrist?

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4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

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Re: What amusing fellows they are...

"Actually all contracts now include 4G except the lowest 250MB one"

That's the headline on the Vodaphone website, but dig into the details and there are loads of 3G plans still available - pick an iPhone6 (64GB) for example and there are 12 x 3G ones, 10 x 4G ones.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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I live in an area where the exchange was upgraded, the cabinet installed, and then has sat languishing for 18 months waiting for them to switch the damn thing on and finish the job. :-(

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Re: Philae Phail

Because it's moving a heck of a lot faster than the one Philae landed on. Orbital mechanics are tricky, but the idea is to get into roughly the same orbit as the comet (matching speed and heading, Captain), and the Rosetta target was a lot closer to earth's than this one will be (given it orbits the sun every 200 years compared with 67P's 6 year period).

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: blimey!

In fairness, it already was.

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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Re: All modern cars look the same ...

It's reminiscent because it's a delta wing (more akin to a compound/cropped combo than a cranked arrow). Delta wings have significant advantage at sub and supersonic speeds which is why pretty much all supersonic flight vehicles are of that sort of design. The space shuttle was ultimately (i.e. at the last phases of its missions) a supersonic flight vehicle, as is this.

I'm surprised by the winglets instead of a fin though..

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

"You can write to her too, and as you're writing she automatically tries to pre-empt what you want to do with intelligent suggestions"

"It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?" <shudder>

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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Re: Uh oh...

Exactly what I thought - it's uncanny!

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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Free and open

"I intend to protect a free and open internet"

As in, "our NSA bods are free to open any email message they feel like"?

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: I think it's safe to assume...

And probably the Nork government too, so kinda hard to call it on balance.. I use the word "government" loosely too.

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Routers... in Space!

"I am not sure why it would need 100's of KW. The fact the signal can be buffered and re-sent means you can improve data rates and s/N with not a large power increase."

The inverse square law. The power of the signal diminishes exponentially over distance. So at one end of the communication you have to be shouting extra loud (lots of power) or listening extra hard at the other end. Fine between the relay and here, but not between the relay and the probe at Pluto. Two small and/or low powered dishes cannot talk over interplanetary distances.

As for the James Watt, getting to the sun/earth L2 point is a lot easier than getting to sun/jupiter L2 point.

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Re: Routers... in Space!

You'd need a lot of station-keeping to keep it at the Lagrange points (I assume you mean the Lagrange points of the Sun-Jupiter system), and you'd probably only choose 4 of them. But now you're talking about 4. And I'm not sure that we have any realistic nuclear generated propulsion designs that could cater for that.

"Size of dish" isn't the only consideration, it needs to broadcast in the 100's of kW range. For comparison, Curiosity's generates significantly less than a kW.

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Re: Wonder

The journey was only meant to take 6 months, the on-board time-machine was set to the same as the one in Back To The Future 2 which meant when it activated it took it to 2015...

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Re: Routers... in Space!

Three reaons against that immediately spring to mind:

1) Where are you putting these relays? They would either be in orbit around a planet, or in a sun-orbit similar to a planet orbits. Orbital mechanics means that they wouldn't be in alignment very often (so right now, Jupter is pretty close to Earth, but Pluto is further away from Jupiter than it is from Earth due to it being on the opposite side of the Sun, while Jupiter is currently on the same side of the sun as us. We're currently closer to Mercury than we are to Mars)

2) Power, as someone else has already mentioned - how long would these things last?

3) Interplanetary comms relies on a massive dish/array at one end (for ease of logistics, we tend to keep that one on earth), and a small dish at the other - massive dish to be able to hear the feeble signal coming back from the small dish in space, and powerful enough to blast a mighty signal out that will stand a chance of being heard that far away. A relay comms satelite in Jupiter wouldn't be powerful enough or have a big enough dish to talk to a probe near Pluto, even if it were halfway between Earth and Pluto.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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"* (We note that Mr Freeman did not sign the letter. Whose side is he on? – Sub-Ed)."

He works for Black Mesa I believe, he's on their side.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: the mantra...

Spot on - also known as the project management triangle, but ignored/dismissed by simpletons who believe you can nail all 3.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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Re: 12Mbps is more achievable

These go to 11...

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

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Re: Homebrew with strings

"The main purpose of "modifying" a console is not to run homebrews, or "copy your [original I presume] games off an external hard drive"."

It absolutely can be. I've still got an original PS2 with a hard drive shoved in the back, HD Advance in the DVD drive and all the games up the loft. The primary reason for this was a) convenience and also b) speed of loading - the PS2 didn't have any internal storage and so loaded games painfully slowly off the DVD, making Gran Turismo an absolute bll-ache.

For some PS3 games this argument still holds, as they don't all install full content onto the HDD.

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Euro iTunes customers get 14 DAY refund option

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Re: The Library of Apple?

"now have access to a pretty impressive and free lending library"

Much like I've got today already? Not to mention I could already abuse amazon in similar ways with physical books.

https://www.gov.uk/local-library-services

You could also abuse it by re-encoding music that comes from iTunes now, given it's all unlocked these days, but I doubt the majority of people will bother.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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"Bizarrely, this fan-friendly mix does not to include the 3D special version of The Day of The Doctor, which could irritate hardcore Whovians."

Good, frankly.

Worth mentioning that it also includes The Night of The Doctor short too.

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

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They don't dig up the roads to lay the cable, they run it through the existing ducting, either via push-rods or a little remote-controlled mole to pull the cable through.

The issue they have in cities is finding the additional space to put an FTTC cabinet next to any existing ones.

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Even cheaper

They could at least enable VDSL on exchange-only lines, ie those that can't get FTTC because they have no cabinet. IIRC most DSLAMs in exchanges are capable of VDSL2 but aren't allowed due to the apparent noise on the rest of the lines - though how this doesn't effect lines from the cabinet I don't know.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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"but I spend about 10% of my (quite expensive) time watching windows painfully redraw, or staring at the hourglass while a storm of page faults thrashes the disk."

They pay you for that 10% though, right? Happy days!

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"believe it or not it's noticeably faster than my USB 2 Thermaltake coaster toasters"

No trouble believing that at all. My USB 2 coaster toast topped out around 20MB/s which made for a painful backup process.

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Easy Tinder prank hack lets you play stupid cupid

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Re: And..?

Quite. I could do it without faffing around with nicking cookies either - just use the fecking terminal they left unattended to directly play with it.

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