* Posts by Symon

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: You could get away with it 25 years ago

"Today, you're just one web search away from being thoroughly debunked, right after spinning your tale."

Just add it into that Wikipedia. That's how to truthify it. (Typed as I listen to Bob Holness playing the intro to Baker Street)

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: Dyson variant?

@David, from the look of the photo, fan replacement looks easy...

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Isn't it the land of "Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö" these days?

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Go phish your own staff: Dev builds open-source fool-testing tool

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Re: Too simplistic

@AC, you're just confirming to the phuckers that your email address is live...

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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

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Re: Chip Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC) - $1500 price class

@Jeffy. The CSAC I've used will reject any 1pps signal which is more than about 150ns away from when it's meant to be.

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Re: 'precision docking of oil tankers, as well as navigation'

@Mort, 13ms is different to 13μs. By three orders of magnitude.

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The satellite failed.

The article seems to suggest that the USAF was at fault for decommissioning the satellite. To be clear, what actually happened was that SVN23 failed, and then USAF removed it from the constellation. It did well to last 25 years!

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?Do=gpsShowNanu&num=2016008

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: I then got told off for "breaking" the girl's program.

"the joys of a teacher who doesn't want to be shown up"

Back in the day we got sent on a course to the local poly to learn Digital Signal Processing so that the company we worked for could get 'Investor in People' brownie points. The lecturer boldly proclaimed that only with DSP could you make a linear phase response filter. My workmate and I pointed out that they've been around a lot longer, and that the old 1960's colour TV I had at home had a linear phase response filter to extract the colour burst from the PAL. It's made using a surface acoustic wave device, basically a bit of quartz with metal fingers deposited on it literally drawing the impulse response. From then on, the tutor bloke agreed the two of us could sign in and then spend the afternoon in the pub...

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Re: Who ever designed..

@Jeffy. If you can show me a scheme that doesn't adversely affect the efficiency, I'd be delighted to see it. In the kit I design we use FETs, e.g. http://www.instructables.com/file/F83EW1RH4AGJ1MM/ , but unless you've found a superconducting FET with 0Ω Rds(on), I will pedantically stick by my efficiency reduction claim! Admittedly, the more you spend on your FET, the less the power loss, but there will always be some loss. Cheers -->

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Re: Who ever designed..

@Dave. I've done the reverse. I broke a Samsung monitor by using a 12V supply when it expected 19V. It's a bit counter-intuitive to break something with a lower voltage input. So, I took it apart, and discovered that a fuse is positioned in front of a switching regulator. It was blown, and I figured out what was happening. For sake of example, let's say the monitor used 38W. When 19V is connected, the switcher has to suck 2A to power the monitor. However, when I connected a 12V supply, the switcher is still churning out 38W, but it now needs to source ~3.2A from the input. This was enough to blow the input fuse, let's say it was a 3A fuse. An easy fix, but the lesson is to use the right supply!

P.s. For those of a technical bent, you might be interested in Linear Tech's app note, AN19, which is about the LT1070, an early switcher controller. An especially good read is the 'Troubleshooting Hints' section. My personal favourite is number 12.

12. Didn’t Read the Data Sheet

Then you shall have no pie

http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/application-note/an19fc.pdf

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Re: Who ever designed..

@itz. Well, you could design it to be able to cope with things like polarity reversal, which seems to be what happened here, but it would cost, and you would lose efficiency. As for protecting the data wires, you could add protection diodes, but they have capacitance and would affect the maximum data rate. So, the solution is to design a proper cable system, which clearly can go wrong. Look at a UK mains plug. If someone wires the CPC (earth) wire to the live terminal, it's not the toaster manufacturer's fault.

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Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

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Except that Comodo shits on you.

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For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

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Re: Ughh... I would stay away

I thought that as it was "built between 1987 and 1990" there would be no asbestos in it. I was wrong. Asbestos wasn't banned until 2000.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/building.htm

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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Get rid of corporation tax...

...and tax sales instead.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/12130414/Lord-Lawson-Google-tax-row-shows-that-corporation-tax-has-had-its-day.html

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Badcaps

A lot of the motherboards I've seen fail are because the electrolytic capacitors go bad. I've recently resurrected a AMD Duron(tm) Processor board, (BIOS date 04/02/01) that we use as a firewall just by replacing the caps. We kept it going because the board had 5 PCI slots for NICs. The reason for these failures is apparently because of a manufacturing fuck up.

http://www.badcaps.net/index.php?pageid=causes

They're pretty easy to spot.

http://www.badcaps.net/images/caps/kt7/kt3.html

FWIW, electrolytic caps capacitors last about twice as long for every 10 K temperature decrease.

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Directors...

"I’m glad Blade Runner was given appropriately reverential treatment by Kubrick."

I thought Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner?

edit:- I found this. Apparently some footage from "The Shining" made it into the U.S. theatrical cut. Who knew?!

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-us-theatrical-ending-to-blade-runner-that-features-footage-from-stanley-kubricks-the-shining-20151211

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

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Re: The thing is...

@Robert, other uses for plastic lemonade bottles.

We did this with a 2l bottle down the pub one night. Get some liquid nitrogen. We got ours from the AI lady. (She uses it to keep her semen cold.) Remove the bottle top and put silicon sealant on the threads. Pour two or three inches of LN2 into the bottle. Screw the top on tight. Invert the bottle so the LN2 freezes the silicon sealant rock hard. Stand well back. It's impressive how strong those bottles are.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/experiments/exp/liquid-nitrogen-bomb/

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Re: The thing is...

To solve a similar problem, here's a recommendation!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/291166147719

The lead locks in by clamping to the earth pin until the red tab is pulled.

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: " I'm already looking at tunnelling my home connection through a dedi in a DC "

@Martin. "a DC"? I think that is a data centre? Or a typo'd Aussie rock band? ANGUS!!

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: Larger

Might be this?

https://www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/proper-job

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Love interest played by Brick Ekland, although there's mortar her than just looks.

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Re: Meh

I second that emulsion.

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Berlin takes down ‘for sale’ sign over top Nazi’s love nest

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I know the perfect buyer.

Max Mosley.

p.s. Just to remove any doubt, "Justice Eady ruled that despite some of the attendees wearing German World War 2 uniforms there were no Nazi connotations to the orgy"

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: @Symon

@Alistair. Well, "GE Hitachi (GEH) told the British government that it could build a fast reactor within five years to use up the waste plutonium at Sellafield, and if it doesn't work, the UK won’t have to pay"

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"extracting energy from the fundamental forces of nature by smashing atoms together until they shatter,"

That's not how fission works. The atoms' nuclei get hit by neutrons, which causes then to split.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power1.htm

Also, your fast breeder reactor is the way to go. Specifically the fast integral reactor. Even squirrel-eating enviro-loon George Monbiot loves them!

http://www.monbiot.com/2011/12/05/a-waste-of-waste/

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: THIS is the type of education.....

It's 'Westboro'. The 'ugh' should be added afterwards as an exclamation. HTH.

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Re: wonder if he knows David Ike?

The Father, the Son and the Goalie Host.

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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Re: “Someone there should be beaten to a pulp with a keyboard.”

"Model M". Yes. You will still be able to use it to write the obituary afterwards.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

@nisak. I think you mean amyl nitrite. Amyl nitrate is a fuel additive.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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747 favourite fact.

The early versions suffered from 'wing flutter' which was solved by putting depleted uranium counterweights next to the outboard engines. Apparently, they used DU because it's cheaper than tungsten...

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: pUctuAt10n

@Lysenko.

Except the original quote is "Is this a dagger which I see before me" so you've already forgotten the password!

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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Was it her...

... gash stash?

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Windows not running for longer than 49.7 days.

@Philip Storry. "the actual figure was 49.7 days - or, suspiciously, around 2 billion seconds."

49.7 days is about 4,300,000 seconds. You're more than two and a half orders of magnitude out!

OK, I Googled it. "This happens because a 32-bit variable is being used to store the tick count which is incremented every millisecond. A 32-bit variable can store numbers up to 4,294,967,295 which equals to 49.7 days (4,294,967,295/1000/3600/24). When this variable overflows it will start over from 0 again. "

http://forums.mirc.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/50628/$tick_and_the_Ticks_49.7_days_

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Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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Re: Rights

Well, in fact we do have such rights, but not called Miranda, of course. Indeed, warnings about the right to not self-incriminate probably originated in England. The right to silence was diluted in 1994, with the addition of "it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning#England_and_Wales

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Daily Telegraph now blocks Adblock

For a real example, try http://www.forbes.com/

Then go here to fix that! (Remove related cookies also)

http://technewsreporter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/how-to-bypass-websites-that-block-ad.html

Now you can see this from a former Reg contributor:-

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/03/14/adblock-plus-dumped-from-google-play-not-an-entirely-surprising-move/#2715e4857a0b79d2abd3ac24

BTW, the Torygraph used to block after so many views in a month. However, just deleting their cookies solved that. Nowadays I don't visit often enough to notice. Anyway, the whack-a-mole continues!

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BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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@1980. I expect they'll use an emergency currency based on the Queen's eggs.

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China names the date for dark side moon landing

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Re: Had to...

@Jos. According to Nick Mason, Roger Waters asked the doorman, one Gerry O'Driscoll, "What is 'the dark side of the moon'?". His reply was, "There is no dark side in the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun."

@FB. This one?

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/4d/b3/72/4db372e2328dbea31602e698e854415a.jpg

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Black Helicopters

It's like "Chopper of Doom" out of "The Day Today".

"What he didn't know was that he and Lindsey were about to make a flight neither them would ever forget, even if their brains were erased with mind rubbers"

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: Link

@TRT, nah, it's just that no-one likes a bad apostrophe.

http://grammarist.com/usage/whos-whose/

You seem to have got away with the tautology in the second post though!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Re: They could combine...

As it happens, Clarkson was one of the first presenters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib_7Kb_ddjk

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: A Prize to the first person who googles "soft hair"

Anyway, at least we know that you won't be able to comb all the "soft hairs" flat. But you'd have to be brave enough to search for 'Hairy Ball Theorem' to see why...

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

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Re: TCO?

@DaLo "Efficiency is lumens per watt."

I think you mean 'efficacy', which is different. Efficiency is a dimensionless measure, whereas efficacy isn't. HTH.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminous_efficacy#Efficacy_and_efficiency

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Philae's phinal phlop: Lonely lander didn't answer wakeup signal

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@cbars

http://grammarist.com/spelling/hear-hear/

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Wanted man sends selfie to replace 'terrible' police mug shot

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Re: Win-win.

That's why passport photos have the following requirements!

In your photo, you must:

-be facing forward and looking straight at the camera

-have a neutral expression and your mouth closed

-have your eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses

-not have hair in front of your eyes

-not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

-not have anything covering your face

-not have any ‘red eye’

-not have any shadows on your face or behind you

You can’t wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. You can wear reading glasses but your eyes must show fully through clear lenses without glare or reflections.

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Re: Bah!

Low.

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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

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No password.

Why don't these pieces of kit ship without a password, and then insist on the user setting a decent password before the thing accepts traffic from anywhere but the console?

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Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

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Re: Every excuse is good...

Spend million$ on a "laser", or just dig out the trusty 12 bore?

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

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Re: Bananas ?

Reminds me of the Jasper Carrott tale, when, the morning after a visit to a curry house, his arse felt like "the map at the beginning of Bonanza".

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Newsthump has it covered.

"Calls for stricter guidelines on consumption of Government advice"

Individuals should limit themselves to following just one piece of Government health advice a day, according to new stricter guidelines issued by an independent Government body.

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Re: It all about Tax you fools

'Freeze distillation' is a misnomer. To be technically correct, the best kind of correct, the term to use is 'fractional freezing'.

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