* Posts by Wyrdness

192 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

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IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years

Wyrdness

Re: House cleaner?

I'm working on a robot cleaner that *does* go through your stuff and steal things. But only very occasionally, so that you don't suspect it.

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European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

Wyrdness

Re: Now I understand why Murdoch rags were so vehement on BrExit

But, oddly enough, the Sky News website seemed to be very much pro-Remain. Go figure.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

Wyrdness

Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

@David Pollard

Yesterdays judgement contained the following statement, "The 2015 Referendum Act was passed against a background including a very clear briefing paper to Parliamentarians explaining that the referendum would have advisory effect only."

So Parliament were told that the referrendum as only advisory whilst, as you state, the leaflet that went out to households suggests the opposite. So someone has most definitely been misled.

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Wyrdness

Given my experience of Siri, it would either answer, "Sorry I do not know what France is" or else, "The capital of France is a large city".

Siri - artificial stupidity at it's finest.

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I'm not convinced that removing the headphone jack is a smart move, but how exactly is Bluetooth 'vendor lock-in'?

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London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?

Wyrdness

What's your 4G speed

So what kinds of 4G speeds are Reg readers getting?

According to the Speedtest.net app on my phone, I'm getting 42Mbps in Isleworth (West London).

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Action cameras

I looked into the TomTom action camera, but they've completely failed to cater for the needs of a huge segment of action camera users - namely helmet cameras for bikers and cyclists.

Though even GoPro haven't really figured that out either. Surprisingly, it's another British company, Drift, who seem to best understand what helmet camera users are looking for. I see so many bikers and cyclists with helmet cameras in London, that I find it odd that the manufacturers are neglecting this segment of the market.

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

Wyrdness

Re: Iraq & Afghanistan veteran?

Has cause of death been established? As the BBC article states that he'd stabbed himself and a dog with a knife, the headline could just as accurately have been written as "Man dies after stabbing himself".

Until there's an autopsy, we really don't know if he died as a result of the taser, or a self-inflicted knife wound. So perhaps we shouldn't be making judgements based on what headline writers want us to think.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

Wyrdness

Re: Why am I thinking of this 60's song?

I'm thinking of a song by the worlds most ultra-cool dwarf....

Boys and girls, I think you’ll find

That my pants will blow your mind

Look at my pants with the eyes in your face

My legs are covered in outer space

Space Pants!

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Wyrdness

I've just downloaded the iOS version. It looks excellent. I'll definitely be using this.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

Wyrdness

Who wrote this rubbish?

"BBC Micro Model A of 15 years ago". The BBC model A was introduced in 1981. Clearly history (or simple arithmetic) is not the authors strong point.

"Micro:Bit’s two ARM Cortex MPUs are descended from the Risc chips of that old Acorn machine." Again complete inaccurate, as the BBC micro used the MOS 6502 processor. It was the later Archimedes that used the first ARM chips.

I don't dare read any further.

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First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads

Wyrdness

Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

I very nearly downloaded Transmission for my Mac this weekend. The reason being that I've just bought a Pi 3 for my 7 year old and was downloading Raspberian. There's an option for downloading via bittorrent. Since the http download was going very slowly, I considered downloading Transmission and using that instead. In which case, I'd have ended up with this malware on my Mac.

There are other open source projects (Libreoffice springs to mind) that provide torrents for downloading, so there are certainly legitimate uses for installing Transmission.

So I hope that you're downvoted to the pits of hell, where you obviously belong.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

Wyrdness

Delivery Dates

Order a Spectrum by March for delivery by September. It's like 1982 all over again. At least this time Sinclair isn't claiming that this is '28 days'.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

Wyrdness

Re: Yes, that's pretty much it.

And then forgot to test the edge-case.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

Wyrdness

Re: We don't care

So have OS X and iOS. So what's your point?

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

Wyrdness

Re: Why do people pay these people

The article is four and a half years old, so I guess that, back then, they couldn't have predicted Microsoft's rape and murder of Nokia. I'd imagine that it didn't occur to the analysts that Microsoft would just throw away such a potential advantage.

This is less about the analysts being muppets (though some certainly are), and more about Microsoft insane decisions which have destroyed chances in the mobile market.

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The million-dollar hole in the FBI 'paying CMU to crack Tor' story

Wyrdness

It has been pointed out by a number of people elsewhere, that this payment story is a nice misdirection to divert people's attention away from the real issue which is that TOR isn't secure.

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Wyrdness

"The secure random keys and initialisation vectors generate information from the libc rand() function, and are seeded with the current system timestamp at the point of encryption. This information can be easily retrieved by looking at the file’s timestamp"

I guess that these muppets failed Crypto-101.

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Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

Wyrdness

Re: A pedo's Dream...

Yes, and maybe Islamic State might use them for terrorist attacks too.

#sarcasm - in case that ain't bleedin' obvious.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Wyrdness

Re: I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

I can hear it crawling in my ear tonight, oh Lord ;)

Really would prefer not to have that song as an ear-worm.

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

Wyrdness

Re: Copper's last hurrah

I'm pretty sure that I heard that some time in the late 80's, or possibly early 90's.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Wyrdness

Upvoted from my Linux desktop ;)

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

Wyrdness

Re: I know the face...

I learned the miraculous hangover-curing properties from a Scottish colleague. If there's a bottle of fizzy orange-coloured gloop on my desk, then my fellow code-monkeys know that I've had a good night.

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'It's better to burn out, than to fade away on worst audio in history'

Wyrdness

Re: Nothing new for Neil Young

If he thinks that streaming audio is "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting", then he's obviously forgotten all about AM radio.

And obviously we all need ultra-high fidelity to fully appreciate Mr Youngs guitar feedback and distortion </sarcasm>

Much as I love his music, I think he's totally off-base with this one.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Wyrdness

Re: Oh...

That's the problem with Nadella. You have to run everything he says through the Corporate Bullshit to Plain English translator.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

Wyrdness

Apple is lowering prices for Apple. There's little chance that they'll lower prices for us.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

Wyrdness

According to the Financial Times (and they should know), these coins can be spent in Belgium, just not anywhere else in the Eurozone. Thought it's not expected that people will spend them, as they're primarily collectors items, hence the €6 price tag.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

Wyrdness

Re: @Wyrdness

As Mr Newton once said, F=MA. So how much would the weight of those five adults impact the 0-60 time?

Also, whilst I'm happy to launch a vehicle at full thrust with just me onboard, I wouldn't want to do it when carrying my own ankle biter.

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Wyrdness

A 0-60 time of 3.2 is ONLY deeply impressive for a tin can on wheels ;)

Any reasonably sporty motorbike can equal or beat that. Though it would require an extremely good rider to launch a bike that quickly. I suspect that it would be a lot easier for the Tesla's driver.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Wyrdness

Unless it uses interference patterns of light to create 3D images, then it isn't really holographic. I wonder if Microsoft could be censured for false advertising.

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

Wyrdness

Though you don't have to use the hubs internal wifi. You can connect any wifi router you like to it.

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

Wyrdness

The main reason that TV uses this spectrum is historical. TV's tend to be large, heavy and fixed in one place. So it would make sense for their content to be provided by cable, satellite or internet, and use the broadcast spectrum for mobile devices.

Of course, in practice this will be difficult to achieve, but it may happen eventually.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Wyrdness

For desktop *nix, OS X is so far ahead that I've given up hoping that Linux will ever catch it.

Though for server *nix, OS X is a complete non-starter.

Much as I love Linux (and use it all day long at work), I still reluctantly pay the 'Apple Tax' and put up with the almost non-upgradable hardware for my home machines, just so that I can enjoy the best deskop OS.

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

Wyrdness

Re: Voicemail

Depends on how famous you are.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Wyrdness

Re: My dad and my brother...

What about using something like the Suzuki GSX1250 (Bandit) engine in one? It's certainly not a mega-powerful race engine at under 100bhp, but is an absolute torque-monster with around 81 lbf·ft (108nm) at just 3,750rpm. I was once lent a Bandit 1250 and it's a cracking powerplant for road use.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Wyrdness

Re: I have a...

My 2.7 diesel s-type Jag with an auto box reports an average of 35mpg. In contrast, my previous 2.0 manual diesel Mondeo would average 45mpg (and get up to 60mpg on motorways).

It sounds as if the EU testing needs some rethinking.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Wyrdness

Re: Nvidea, did you also manage to explain

When they shot the moon-landing photos in a studio, not only did they forget about the stars, but they also brought in a huge fan to make the flag flutter.

That's the only possible explanation ;)

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

Wyrdness

I can only imagine that these trolls are blessed with the similar good looks and intelligence as other, recently convicted, internet trolls such as John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley.

http://www.itv.com/news/topic/caroline-criado-perez/

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

Wyrdness

Re: Not playing fair

Send the Americans a cask of London Pride. That should help to even the odds somewhat. Though most of their team would be too young to drink it.

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

Wyrdness

Re: "What will Apple reveal tomorrow"

iBob?

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

Wyrdness

I'm not convinced by this. Us 45-year olds have grown up with technology, from the Spectrums, BBCs, Ataris and Commodores of our youth, though the PC era to todays tablets and smartphones.

My 6-year old is pretty technically savvy (and can leave me in the dust at Super Mario), but there's no way that he could match my tech skills.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Wyrdness

Re: I, personally, am not surprised

"Firefox is well-behaved these days regarding memory"

I came in to work this morning and found my (Linux) PC almost completely unresponsive.

top showed that Firefox was using 95% of the 12GB ram and, including swap space, a total of 17GB.

So about as well-behaved as a ravenous sabre-toothed tiger.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Wyrdness

Bans don't work unless they're enforced, and I don't see a lot of that happening in London.

I was riding over the Brent Cross flyover this morning and passed a woman in a car who was holding her phone in front of her face and texting. When I hooted her, she put the phone down and gave me the finger. I was tempted to wait until the traffic stopped and then conduct a little experiment on whether a car wing mirror could stand up to the impact of a fist in a motorbike glove. Decided against it as there was another biker behind me and I didn't want to hold him up.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

Wyrdness

Re: All-colour?

Yes, the picture is from 1983, the first monochrome Macs were launched in January 1984 and the colour Macintosh 2 in 1987.

At that point, I assumed that the author is clueless and didn't bother reading further.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Wyrdness

So Microsoft is cutting jobs to focus on mobile and devices. And two thirds of the cuts are coming from former Nokia staff who probably have more expertise in mobile and devices than the rest of Microsoft put together. That's synergy, folks!

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Wyrdness

Rounded corners

The new B+ board has ROUNDED CORNERS. And you know what that means, folks!

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

Wyrdness

Regardless of the rights or wrongs of Uber, the London Taxi Drivers Association suing individual Uber drivers is a really nasty tactic.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

Wyrdness

Amazing photos. This is the kind of thing that we read the Reg for.

The Replay XD camera looks really good too. I'm looking for a motorbike helmet mounted camera, and this might be ideal to capture those near-misses caused by brain-dead drivers.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

Wyrdness

The ipad air already has a retina display and that's pretty thin. And with advances in display technology, it's bound to happen sooner or later.

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

Wyrdness

Have you actually tried recruiting talented people recently? It's not easy. The place I work is really struggling to find good Java developers, even at £60K+, no long hours (and lots of tea breaks) and loads of benefits. It's almost impossible to find applicants, let along anyone who's any good (or has the potential to be good, with training and mentoring).

So from where I'm sitting, it really does look like there's a skills shortage. Otherwise I think that we'd be swamped with applications.

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