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Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Nice to know that my new phone that I'll buy next year is already obsolete before it's launched yet.

Such is progress. :)

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Just need to encrypted the Syslogs next. Oh they can't...

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Boffins power wearable tech with body static

Stuart Halliday
Mushroom

Just rename this company to 'kaled' and we have the birth of something sinister? :)

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

Stuart Halliday
Angel

Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?

Windows 8 is just fine. I don't know what all the fuss is about.

I've used computers since the Cambridge Mk 14. So I'm well used to using all OSs across all hardware patterns.

People would tell me how wonderful XP was. But it had such a horrible USB stack. I lost count of times it would mess up and don't get me started on its lanmanger system. Awful!

Windows 7 was a welcome improvement. But Windows 8 is even better.

People just need to get their 'finger' out and adapt.

(Oh and read up on how to use it might not be a bad idea?)

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Stuart Halliday

Re: This issue occurs because ..

Errr...Windows 7 is a version of Windows NT. Most are.

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Stuart Halliday

Cute. But it's sorted which is the main thing.

I remember when XP came out. Someone discovered a HTML help file bug within a month of the launch that could nuke your computer if they so desired.

So people, don't condemn a OS for bugs. Or we'd still be using Windows 3.1

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Stuart Halliday

Re: Good for the *whole* web

And just how do we get this improved encoder into every graphic program?

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

Stuart Halliday

Re: Low bat

Maybe they run off 6x D cell Duracell Ultras with a free bunny thrown in?

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

Stuart Halliday

If you allow uploading. Make the account write only?

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Stuart Halliday

I love it when Hackers try to get access to my FTP server.

They always try 'root' or 'admin'. As if I'd be so stupid.

I also change the welcome message so they think it's an ancient Server running ancient code.

BBC IT staff in charge of their Server needs to be flogged or user who left their login at a cybercafe needs strung up? :)

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Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD

Stuart Halliday

Put us out of our misery, how much?

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

Stuart Halliday
Angel

Sophie once said, "we wanted to make a processor fast enough to run BASIC so that we wouldn't have to work making games in machine code like we did on the BBC B."

High motives indeed and one that is still carried out to this day by computer engineers everywhere!

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Taking a byte at history

I used a 6502 second processor on my Electron. Does that count?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Stuart Halliday

I guess a Microsoft distributor was having supply issues and thought to use stock destined for USA to the EU?

Or people are finally paying the price for buying ultra-cheapo TVs from a Supermarket rather than from a decent electronic shop?

I mean who buys a TV with only 1 or 2 HDMI sockets!

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Samsung and HTC face Android 3D graphics test chart removal SHAME

Stuart Halliday

Re: Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks.....

Who let the Dinosaur in?

Time to be sent to the Farm...? :)

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Stuart Halliday

How about a line that says "Removed for suspect of cheating"?

Much better...

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Stuart Halliday

What, no one has an oscilloscope they can pin on the CLKs?

Shame...

90% of the Chinese tablet/phone market use overclocking to boost performance over lifespan.

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

Stuart Halliday

Re: Expansion

Us IT engineers aren't getting any thinner you know!

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Stuart Halliday
Thumb Up

Use Papyrus we know that lasts for thousands of years!

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Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

Can the Register writers use up to date international standards and get the Editor to proof read it?

In Britain we use Centigrade, we threw out Fahrenheit with the dinosaurs guys. :)

Or is the author the only IT journalist still using units from the Stone Age? :)

Alternatively use both units please.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Come Register, don't go all 'American' on us.

Only USA fans are Whovians.

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

Stuart Halliday

Hardly surprising.

Most young adults carrying smart phones no longer wear watches.

Or didn't the manufacturers notice this? :)

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Well that's me not buying any future gadget from LG.

I'll be making sure I tell my friends too...

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Stuart Halliday

PATRICK Troughton, then JON Pertwee. I'm 50. :)

P.S. isn't it about time we got a Doctor Icon. It is 50 years after all?

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

Stuart Halliday
Happy

And what about your project is 'Sonic' or even a 'Screwdriver'? Hmm?

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'Scientists are coming to space with USBs which are infected'

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

NASA IT staff should be sacked and replaced with real IT engineers.

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

No British Doctor Who fan calls themselves 'Whovians'. Only the Media who don't know any better...

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Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

Stuart Halliday
Trollface

Flash is already obsolute. R-RAM is the future....try to keep up..

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Microsoft, Cisco: RC4 encryption considered harmful, avoid at all costs

Stuart Halliday
Stop

Ok. Obvious if unanswered question.

As a web browser user how do I tell if a site is using RC4?

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Stuart Halliday
Trollface

Ok. So who was the Reseller?

Pretty obvious to me that they wanted to release early 'by accident' to get extra sales and free advertising.

They wouldn't be the first or last company to try it on...

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Security researcher Cédric 'Sid' Blancher dead at 37

Stuart Halliday
Meh

What no 3rd backup?

Can't parachuters have a large airbag they can deploy. Ok may not work, but better than nothing I suppose?

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

Stuart Halliday
Alert

Why do I get the horrible feeling that people want this Probe to fail?

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

Stuart Halliday

Ordinary folks don't know how computers work. Most just use them and have no idea how to turn off/on even simple options (like renaming files or deleting unused shortcuts on the Desktop) so just assume it's been set up safely.

We reading this know the truth. But 90% of folks don't understand the issues or how to avoid them.

Now let that sink in.

Now try telling at least one relative/friend/passerby that they need to defrag a drive, update malware/virus definitions, use better Browsers or run regular 'chkdsk' maintenance.

They'll look at you as if you were a Witchdoctor from deepest Africa speaking a foreign language.

Computers need to be made much more simply.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

MK14 wouldn't have taken a keyboard. More like hexidecimal pad and a row of magnified LEDS.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Stuart Halliday
Alien

Time to rework the famous Kepler life equation? :)

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

Stuart Halliday

The first thing we'll have to sort out is universal time (UTC).

With every object in an orbit having a different day cycle, do we try to keep everyone to Earth time or adjust it to each planetary day?

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

Stuart Halliday

So maybe have a local backup on your own systems which then backs up to the Cloud?

Or is that too simple?

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Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

I hear that Brass used to kill off bacteria. But when hospitals switched door knobs, handles, fittings from brass to steel or plastic they removed an important barrier against the spread of infection without realising!

Oops!

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

Stuart Halliday

The trouble with using an oversized transmitter is that the receiver still has to handshake with the transmitter. So if the pacemaker has a tiny aerial there is no way for the large transmitter aerial to pick up the miniscule signal from the background radio noise found in a typical domestic environment.

Still Sci-fi.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Personally anyone who uses these autotills should be ashamed of themselves.

They are promoting the demise of a person's job.

I never use them and hopefully never will...

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

Stuart Halliday

Re: A bit late & expensive

Maplin's already on their 2nd 3D Printer...

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Stuart Halliday
Alien

Always thought Lakeland shops were alien-like....

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Yahoo! Pays! Paltry! $12.50! Bug! Bounty! For! Nasty! Email! Vuln!

Stuart Halliday
WTF?

So they were all previously reported?

So what's the fuss?

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Stuart Halliday

Next year the EU will hopefully be tackling standardising power supply connectors on Laptops and Tablets. About time!

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Standardised connector

That's why proper USB chargers put a 150 ohm resistor between the data lines.

When the device senses this, it assumes it is a high ampere charger.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB

Mini USB is a horrible connector. The weight of the plug breaks the socket over time and wasn't designed to be plugged in and out very often.

Micro USB was.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB

Eh? What happened to the use of a 150 ohm resistor between the data lines?

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

Stuart Halliday
Mushroom

On that day I was 22 year old, working in Ferranti (a military based electronic company). A manger rushed through to tell us all that a nuclear missile alert had been given. We just waited and waited. We had no TVs, no radio, no phone access.

We just sat in the middle of Edinburgh waiting and talking about the end of the world...

It was pretty scary I can tell you...

At lunch time we came out and wondered why no one else seem to know. We were later told it was a mistaken announcement. Phew....

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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

Stuart Halliday

Just plug in a £2 On-The-Go USB cable and you can use any USB mouse/keyboard/Storage/card reader...

You can also plug your Android into any HDMI TV or monitor.

Easy.

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

Stuart Halliday

Re: wifi access an

How about a tag on a café table?

Your phone sends the café a text message to say you want some service?

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