* Posts by Stuart Halliday

795 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

Stuart Halliday

I'll wait until RISC OS is available.... ;)

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Stuart Halliday

Re: Other Intel Chip

This is what happens when you are a big company and you throw out your older engineers.

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Re: VM to gig BB in the UK

Just how does one recognise a SuperHub 2 or 3?

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Stuart Halliday

Because chemical reactions are a heck of slower at low temperatures?

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Could explain why Samsung Note 4 batteries start shutting down at 30% after a year of use?

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Sysadmin denies boss's request to whitelist smut talk site of which he was a very happy member

Stuart Halliday

Well, one thing they never taught me at University was the little secrets I'd come across whilst doing my IT job. Several employees were having sexy email talks with others on a regular basis, Senior management were having affairs, etc.

I had informed all staff that I was training a new Spam filter so I'd have to read peoples email for the next 3 months if anyone's email was incorrectly marked as spam.

Made interesting reading...

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

Stuart Halliday
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Can I suggest a red flag 20M in front?

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

Stuart Halliday

Look, get someone to figure out how dogs noses work. Simulation it on wafer. Then put the sensor in my next phone. Job done.

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

Stuart Halliday

Re: green energy

Heck the Scottish were using Oil back in the 19th Century!

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Stuart Halliday

You're clean honest and true until someone finds out.

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

Stuart Halliday

Re: Cheap or very Cheap and rubbish

If you believe the specifications the cheapo tablet tells you, then you're perhaps a gullible fool?

Most are overclocked or simply return a false CPU model type or speed.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

Phone up the BBC....

Frank Stephenson, phone up the BBC about Doctor Who... PLEASE!

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New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Stuart Halliday
Alien

Sound what sound?

Air pressure is so low on Mars, they'll be lucky to hear anything.

Certainly won't need a windsock!

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Look, Geeks watch. Nerds create.

Get the basics right.

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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

Stuart Halliday

So if my servers use the password twice to encrypt their data and the two passwords are pseudo-randomly arranged by a seeded number algorithm known only by a protected 2nd server. Then if the data is stolen, it'll be impossible to decrypt without the algorithm?

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Stuart Halliday

He did put quality Lithium batteries in it right?

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Re: Call me old fashioned

You're comparing technology that's decades old versus one that is less than 2 years old?

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Stuart Halliday

Which is why you use Lithium AA/AAA/PP3 and not alkaline batteries in important devices in Britain....?

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VESK coughs up £18k in ransomware attack

Stuart Halliday

As a humble domestic user who has a substantial amount of data backed up onto USB drives and which is freely available to my backup software on demand. I'd like to know how I can make my backup software give a username/password to gain access to the device and not any other process.

Suggesting?

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Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Stuart Halliday

While they do that, can we get better reporting of WiFi errors? At present I'd have to buy a specialist device to read errors in WiFi streams. Android, IOS and Windows need to be able to report errors in frames to the user before the stream collapses.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

Stuart Halliday

Re: My printer not HP's

If they could find a way to get you to use HP computers, they would.

If Ford could force you to buy one brand of petrol, they would.

Why the surprise?

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Stuart Halliday

HP are surely protecting their livelhood. They have jobs, mortgages, bills too?

If they could force consumers to use their brand of paper too, they would.

What's the big surprise?

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Italian scientists use fluorescent box to arouse sexually indifferent men

Stuart Halliday

Re: Wonder where they got the bulbs from

Eh? What planet you from? We use Lumens now!

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Stuart Halliday
Trollface

There will be a couple of products on sale by Wednesday and 50 fakes on Amazon and eBay an hour later!

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Stuart Halliday
WTF?

Re: mountain out of a molehill

Let me guess, a stupid IT Admin was reading their email on the Server!

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Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

"users will be requested to provide a new "strong" password which is more than eight characters long, and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, special characters and a number."

Gee what was it before?

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

Stuart Halliday

Heck we did that back in the 70s with BB systems!

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Stuart Halliday

Heck, we all did that. Even before DOS was invented.

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Stuart Halliday

Cute, you're still using the Half-life name.

Yes, we all miss it. But let's bury it under a tree and move on?

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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

Stuart Halliday

Re: Will it fit in a Dell Optiplex G1?

Yes. But then anything would.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Stuart Halliday

So I could plug this into any old USB charger socket.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Stuart Halliday

Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

Like none of us ever thought that when the train is full to bursting.

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Stuart Halliday

BBC interviewed a woman where she stated that unlike what the CCTV seemed to imply, there were no vacant seats. Sounds like the author is a tad biased?

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

Stuart Halliday

Re: Their control freakery drives you mad

Eh?

You just sign in with your Google account and they are automatically added. Nothing to it!

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No Sales man then

Any sales person will tell you Benefits sell products, not features.

My idea is add a infrared camera to it. It'll be useful for engineers and the kiddies can take amusing photos of each other.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Stuart Halliday

Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

Let me tell you a little secret.

There was only a couple of working vans. They couldn't tell if the signal came from above 20ft.

Most of the other fleet were mock ups and we're just send down a street to scare folks.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

Stuart Halliday
WTF?

So, I've got a Note 4. bought in 2014. The Note 7 is just in time for my contract renewal at Xmas.

But I don't see much to get excited about over the Note 4.

I don't intent to get it wet, to use the Iris scanner, etc.

I would like the multi-windows feature to work better, tends to crash apps,

I suspect I'll need the Note 7 to really run Android 7 well and that's all.

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Seagate soups up M.2 Nytro flash card

Stuart Halliday
Paris Hilton

So why is M.2 suppose to be the future over RAM stick based SSD?

Please explain. :)

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Stuart Halliday
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Had no problems what so ever upgrading. Neither did several of my friends.

Just saying.

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Typical stereotype rubbish used to lighten up an otherwise boring article. It was one bird that escaped. So why use a headline that wasn't true? You just annoy your readership and doing it repeatingly means you get a bad reputation.

We in Scotland are tired of these silly articles about our lifestyle, culture, etc.

No wonder we want out & in.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Stuart Halliday

Let's have an episode where we find out about the Universal Translator or how the Replicator came about.

Or maybe even how people of different races or religions can get along with each other?

These issues would be fascinating and give us hope for the future.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

Stuart Halliday
Angel

Re: My favorite

I like to remind them that their mother would be ashamed of them....

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Computex 2016: Full of people in cold sweats, retching after VR demos

Stuart Halliday

Reversible USB 2?

Didn't we get told this last year?

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Stuart Halliday

Still got my 1MB Acorn Archimedes A310.

Actually it's a A305. But I hand soldered an extra 500KB of RAM. It's a beautiful piece of technology.

I wonder if it's worth anything?

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

Stuart Halliday

So what's wrong with my method?

Pick a OS and programming language. Use it's random number generator. By seeding it with a time value you get a traceable sequence of numbers that appear random if you don't have that seed value.

I noticed that just a small variation of the OS or the language causes the random number sequence to be vastly different. Works for me.

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Ofcom serves up an extra helping of airwaves for Wi-Fi

Stuart Halliday

Re: PR spin

Let's not forget that the higher the frequency, the less likely the radio waves have of getting through objects.

What we need is a lower frequency with more channels.

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Stuart Halliday
WTF?

You not heard about Powerline technology???

It goes from A to B using your Mains wiring.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Weakest Link

Well, CAT 5e was designed to offer 1Gbps before CAT 6 got ratified back in them days. :)

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Stuart Halliday
IT Angle

Re: Weakest Link

You do realise that half your bandwidth is taken up by the encryption, so you're in fact getting 50%. Then once you remove the error checking bits, you'll be lucky to get 40%. :)

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London NHS trust fined £180,000 after second bcc fail on HIV email list

Stuart Halliday

A simple script to check for multiple addresses in the To: or CC: field and either reject it or rewrite it to the BCC: field.

This is so simple to do, it beggers belief that their IT Staff doesn't do it. Sack one of them for being an idiot.

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