* Posts by Roger Greenwood

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

Roger Greenwood

It was on a recent UK TV program (Horizon?). I seem to recall the tests in Germany did measure some thrust. Unfortunately when they rotated the thing 90 degrees, the thrust stayed in the same direction! So obviously it's an anti-gravity machine :-)

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

Roger Greenwood

Re: Questions to be asked/answered

"proper risk assesment"

As per UK HSE rules, the fact that the accident happened is proof that the risk assessment or associated control measures were not adequate. The court case is therefore to apportion blame and penalties.

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NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Roger Greenwood

There's only one soundtrack to this . .

Brothers and sisters!

Pump up the volume

Pump that beam

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

Roger Greenwood

Agree - I had the same thought - blink and you miss it, no way to stop.

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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

Roger Greenwood
Pint

I can just imagine them being launched:-

"Eat lead, suckers"

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Roger Greenwood

Many water companies who abstract ground water (like ST) use superchlorination - they add a lot of chlorine to guarantee to kill any bugs then reduce the chlorine levels before it hits supply, without needing an intermediate tank/reservoir - it goes straight down the pipe. A mechanical/electrical failure at any point in the dosing system could allow high chlorine levels to get through to supply without the system getting hacked.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

Roger Greenwood

Two things

1. It was Usain Boat (also brilliant)

2. My serious vote was for Eric Melrose Brown (who also explored the limits of man and machine).

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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

Roger Greenwood

Re: Lies, damned lies, & Analyst Predictions.

You remind me of Mr Barrowclough:- "I think you're being a bit harsh on a very well meaning body of men". And Eadon of course.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

Roger Greenwood

I like to think that the pilots all carry a paper clip to be unfolded in an emergency.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Roger Greenwood

Re: Photo competition

. . . and one of the judges is Port of Tyne Director of corporate affairs.

http://www.reflect-tyne.com/judges/susan-wear/index.php

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Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

Roger Greenwood

1% rise is a jump?

More of a crawl in my world.

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

Roger Greenwood

Good luck with that - LTD = limited liability and they probably already have the successor up and running. Prodial never filed any accounts it was that new.

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

Roger Greenwood

Re: Remote control?

I'm amazed - telemetry going one way I can understand, but remote control means something else entirely - "the key is under the mat" security again.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Roger Greenwood

Re: All code should be rewritten from scratch...

Well said. As Mr Brooks says :- "plan to throw one away, you will anyway"

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Roger Greenwood

It's almost as if . . .

. . they are wanting to promote bitcoin etc. (Using the card providers as a threat that is).

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

Roger Greenwood

Newsbiscuit article

http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2016/02/01/lincolshire-council-have-pencil-sharpeners-hacked/

Enjoy.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Roger Greenwood

Revenge

Some years ago one of my kids persuaded a fellow pupil during an IT class to flick the little red switch on the back of his computer from 230 to 110 "to make it go better". Cue flash bang and a bill to the parents of the little darling for £lots.

I think they used a lot of glue shortly after that.

Do not try this yourself.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

Roger Greenwood

Re: Corporation tax

I like the idea but it is too simplistic. Even a humble SME could be owned by another company, and another etc. Using different countries with different legal/tax systems. That is the problem and why "tax havens" exist.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

Roger Greenwood

Well something is going on . . .

. . as the soonest time they can get me an engineer to visit is 4 WEEKS. Connection very intermittent, exhausted all on line tests etc . . .

They claimed it was because they were so busy with new customers. I tried not to laugh.

Patience now running thin, but as has been pointed out above, all the cheap operators have a reputation as bad as each other.

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Computer sales not a matter of life and death, they're more important than that

Roger Greenwood

Re: Small business here . . .

"How do you keep the EOL systems from getting pwned while still being useful for your business?"

Airgaps for 3,

no gui for 2 (custom screen),

firewall + careful user for 1,

prayer :)

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Roger Greenwood

Small business here . . .

. . . and sticking with Win 7 because legacy programs, simplicity, training, compatibility. Of course we also still have Win 2000, NT and XP in use for specific purposes, why would I want to add another to the mix until I have to?

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Ready for DevOps? Time to brush up on The Office and practise 'culture'

Roger Greenwood

ISO9000/9001

Would be a good place to start if you don't already use it and the latest version (2015) is now much more IT friendly.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

Roger Greenwood
Pint

Impressive

Same week he appears in "Big Bang Theory" and then lands a rocket. I wonder what else is on his bucket list that we don't know about?

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At least 10 major loyalty card schemes compromised in industry-wide scam

Roger Greenwood

Re: The Internet...

Mr Trump suggests we shut down the bad bits of the internet. Apparently he "knows a guy".

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

Roger Greenwood
Pint

Re: Two and half hours to open the door

Mr Hadfield suggested it may have been due to getting as much data as possible from the docking system before they shut it down, to try and diagnose the fault. Raising my glass to the engineers who make it happen.

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

Roger Greenwood

" not ready to be a case study "

But surely worth a brief article outlining some pros and cons of the various options considered and the pitfalls/benefits, without naming a favourite? This is an interesting area where small businesses could benefit and dip toes without huge cost commitment.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

Roger Greenwood

All we got in my day . . .

were Bill & Ben, the flower pot men.

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How cyber insurance actually works

Roger Greenwood

I saw one of these proposals recently

Struck me that there were so many "get out" clauses for the insurer that we were unlikely to ever be able to make a claim. This was/is not unexpected, but as the article points out, allows you to focus on what they consider important and limit your risk anyway without paying a huge premium. Currently these products also seem to be aimed at businesses with a "high street" presence rather than manufacturers no one has heard of (or cares about!)

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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

Roger Greenwood

Re: Okay, got it

So I wonder which one really causes the trembling?

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Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

Roger Greenwood

Re: Drone sniper

Better still make the gun controllable from the internet - many folk would pay good money to have access to a sport like that. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

Roger Greenwood

Re: don't expect humans to turn troglodyte.

If they are introduced to this concept at the appropriate stage of their development they would probably adapt very well. Around 13 to 16 years old in my experience.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

Roger Greenwood

Re: An easier alternative to clay pigeon shooting

That's what I thought - great new sport for the folks who like to shoot things. Might need plenty of cash depending how good you are, or could you aim at something suspended under the drone? I see a business opportunity. Olympic sport by 2050.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

Roger Greenwood

Re: Opportunistic pathogens

" why does the immune system get suppressed in spaaaaace? "

Because on earth your system is constantly at war fighting off new threats and evolves with the bugs. What happens to your muscles if you don't exercise? The bugs continue to change at home even if you aren't there.

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Bacon can kill: Official

Roger Greenwood

Re: You Don't Win Friends With Salad

Eating salad every day instead of proper food doesn't actually make you live any longer, it just feels like it.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

Roger Greenwood

Re: Talk Talk Advise

Changing passwords is all very well but then you have to update all your post-it notes. Such a pain.

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Roger Greenwood

Re: Yet more reason . . .

"fail on the credit check" Fair point, but then maybe they weren't doing that either.

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Roger Greenwood

Yet more reason . . .

. . . to give false DOB etc. It's a matter of "when" not "if" where commercial entities are concerned.

You can change your bank etc, but personal info more difficult.

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Lancashire Police warn of malware email impersonation scam

Roger Greenwood

I saw one of these - from an IP address in Jordan. Their website also went down for a while yesterday.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Roger Greenwood

Re: Linux Mint

. . and stop buying machines with Windows pre-loaded. Money talks - spend it wisely.

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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

Roger Greenwood

"Android but without the Android ecosystem"

That sounds like buying a gun without the bullets. Not going to hit many targets that way.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

Roger Greenwood

Bonus Quiz

c) "Tech-powered insights" ?

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

Roger Greenwood

" . where three different road closures . "

Seen Waze? I saw it in a Taxi last week, with the driver using it to avoid traffic etc. Even the knowledge is not that up to date.

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

Roger Greenwood
Joke

That detector . . .

. . . do you think it might be used to find the conscience of Tony Blair next?, because that's REALLY small.

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Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

Roger Greenwood
Happy

Nice to see . . .

. . the phrase "Ugandan affair" in a article.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

Roger Greenwood

"fit a microSD card slot and be done with it."

Micro not good for most cameras though. I think they made a good choice.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Roger Greenwood

If you can't afford a mac, don't want a chromebook, then . .

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafite/

Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080

£340 delivered, 8GB Ram, no OS = good value.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Roger Greenwood

" but I can remember where a program is, but not necessarily what it's called "

That's me as well - any system I have a choice on I pepper the screen with icons/links to make stuff easy to get to. Sometimes apps, sometimes documents, sometimes folders. The search bar in Unity, for instance, is a pain sometimes e.g. I forget the name of that sound editing program I might use twice a year (Audacity!). I don't forget where I pinned the icon or how to find it in a menu.

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Government embarks on futile mission to censor teen music vid viewing

Roger Greenwood

Re: "help parents to make informed choices"

" a foolproof method "

Good luck with that then. Many kids have their 21st birthdays at school - all faked of course. I doubt future nippers will be any less savvy.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Roger Greenwood

Re: Isn't this the way software is done these days?

" disjointed, confusing mess " is what we now call quirky.

If you make things look different sometimes it's easier to remember where you are, especially for those of us who like visual clues rather than remember command names. Having said that you can take quirky too far . . .

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Progress source replenishes international space station

Roger Greenwood

Re: 926 pounds of water

I thought they were supposed to be recycling it? Not exactly up to "Dune" standards yet then.

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