* Posts by adam 40

25 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

adam 40

Testes - the whole system!

>> actually testes the whole system <<

Quite an appropriate remark for yet another ATC balls-up!!!

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

adam 40

Holy Cow

This analysis will obviously be biassed towards breeds that produce good parchment.

Where you have breeds that are good eatin' but the parchment is crap, they won't be well-represented. Similarly where you have extensive use of barbed wire, you get (more) holes in the sheep, and therefore in the parchment, and it's useless.

(This is why they keep the cows for Bentley leather in fields without barbed wire...)

Otherwise a great idea - but they can't have my deeds.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

adam 40

Will the buck convertor give up like the old ones?

It won't be the same either, unless it works for a month and then one of the internal power supplies goes pop and you lose a rail to the CPU.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

adam 40

What is human fat anyway?

I don't think it's nice unsaturated stuff like goose fat, I reckon it's nasty saturated stuff like pork or beef fat....

So you're carrying around a few pounds of saturated animal fat 24/7, and your bloodstream is interacting with it.... no wonder what you eat has so little effect on your blood fat ratios.

I gave up on "hardcore" carbs (bread, pasta, rice, starch etc) a few years ago and try and dilute the animal fat by ingesting a lot of olive oil and the like. Seems to work and the waistband has stopped increasing.

Just to give the gut bacteria a run for their money, one day a week is "carb day". Remember your body cells are outnumbered by gut bacteria (is it 5 to 1?) so you need to throw them a curveball once in a while!

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

adam 40

Re: IT angle? Who cares?

Not in this article per se but a log of people are adding aftermarket ECU's and the like., for EFI engines.

I've been hacking my TVR for a few years now (only a measly 4.0l supercharged) and I have been looking at Megasquirt, but I can't justify laying out 200 sobs when I know I can do a better job myself... ECU running real-time Linux anybody?

Just returned from the garage after adapting on a £6 clutch slave cylinder rather than a £50 one with the "official" hydfraulic thread.... let the hacking roll on.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

adam 40

stick linux on it, and use it to watch porn

It is colour, after all....

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

adam 40

So what if it isn't tied down...

... we now have a ROVER!

Great job and congratulations to the team.

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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

adam 40

What about embedded systems

I have a number of pieces of test equipment still on W2K let alone XP.

I would not be surprised if NHS have loads of bits of kit like this.

You don't upgrade it though - it just works. (Well, you can't anyway - it might be a 486 with no RAM expansion capability.)

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

adam 40
Paris Hilton

Re: Does it follow

Paris - becase _she_ prefers a "menage a une"...

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

adam 40

Re: Turn off the engine while downhill!

oh that's easy - keep the car in gear with your foot on the clutch, then turn off the ignition and turn it back on when the engine has stopped. Restarting the engine is simple, you let your foot off the clutch and floor it if you need to.

If the brake vacuum reservoir empties you can let your foot off the clutch too.... but that normally lasts 4 or 5 presses.

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adam 40

and giving us all asthma

didn't you know - platinum residues not only coat our streets but our lungs too.

Platinum is a potent asthma-inducing allergen.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

adam 40

Re: One password to rule them all

I see your point - Tesco would probably substitute Vegemite, which is totally disgusting...

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adam 40

Re: For me

And that the site/computer tells you when you last logged in (e.g. UNIX has done this for 30 years and the HMRC website does too.) That way you can self-monitor for breaches.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

adam 40
Angel

What like a SIM card...

oh... wait a minute...

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adam 40
Big Brother

Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs

The longest "memory" for passwords I have come across so far in a server, is 8. So you can spend a few minutes each 90 days updating your password 9 times, and on the 9th time set it back to what it was in the first place. Job done.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

adam 40

Typical Rotten Apple Treatment

I wonder what their position was a few weeks before this announcement - bet you it was denials and fobbing-off.

I am still struggling with a mistaken "upgrade" to IOS7 that has knackered my Iphone 4 - and there is no downgrade path allowed.

This sort of shoddy treatment just hacks customers off.

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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

adam 40
FAIL

Password Reset Email Received but...

Ebay have previously advised me to ignore all emails from them that do not mention my eBay ID.

I did get an email (possibly) from them, but not quoting my eBay ID, so by their own rules I must ignore it, because it's probably spam...... they are a bunch of divvies, honestly....

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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

adam 40

Good planning - triple redundancy

At least they had the forethought to launch three "Mother" satellites, KickSat, KickStat and KicSat ;^)

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

adam 40

Thanks for all your comments

A number of things really got my goat about this experience, in no particular order:

- It's not really an option for the general population to root their phones and install firewalls. Even if the 10% of typical public who can understand this stuff did it, they may invalidate their warranty, so are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

- The rest of the population have to put up with the balance chiselling.

- Orange never have contacted me to say sorry. Nor refunded the whole amount. The "stock answers" went to the Register - not me.

- Orange didn't even want to refund the £7 until the Register contacted them - how tight is that - especially considering that all they are doing is crediting a PAYG balance? Do we really have to whack these companies over the head with a news story before they will cough up?

- They operate a "phone only" compaints procedure, so when you complain, like most companies that do this, as soon as you hang up the complaint is forgotten. The complaint can't easily be used as evidence to the ombudsman or small claims - I have taken to recording all such customer service calls "for training purposes"!

- If my son want to receive an MMS (for example I might send MMS to get a read receipt for an important message) he has to leave data on - at a cost of around £4 a day - so it's a ridiculous suggestion that he leave it turned off permanently. (Yes the phone is firewalled now, but what about Joe Public with non-rooted phones?)

- The "recent usage" stats online only go back a month or so - so I cannot get proper evidence of previous instances to get refunds for. So much for online billing... get paper every time.

This bug has been around for at least 3 years, it beggars belief that "no one" has reported it. Apart from anything else, the sevenemail1 server must be deluged with pings all the time from millions of handsets, which probably cripples performance.

My next mission is to get as many consumer groups as possible aware of this for people to get refunds. Please help by copying this story this far and wide.

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

adam 40

That's Nowt!

You were lucky!

When I were a lad we ‘ad ter toggle t’ bootstrap into t’PDP front panel, BY HAND, ‘til us fingers bled.

Then us system manager used ter kill us in COLD BLOOD for setting off t' halon in t’ computer room which were a shoebox in t’middle of the M1.

Try telling that….

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

adam 40

Jack Off?

It's bad enough doing the "reach around" the back of our PC's to find the standard USB ports, to feel for the hole, how on earth are we supposed to fumble for this diddly little orifice to insert our jacks?

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

adam 40

The human hammock wouln't be invisible

The cat hammock supports 4kg and absorbs 2.3% of light.

The human hammock - let's assume you are a lithe 100kg - would be 25 sheets thick, assuming we share the load evenly.

So the light absorbtion would be 2.3% 25 times over, so the transmission of light is 0.977^25 = 0.56 or 56%.

The human hammock would appear fairly dark, absorbing 44% of light.

On the other hand, you might always be a flying-car-driving cat, who knows?

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

adam 40

Outdated 'cos designed in the '90's??

Err - UNIX was designed in the '70's and is still going strong.

If you got the design right in the first place, you wouldn't be in this mess.....

Now - back to my Isambard Kingdom Brunel biography....

(P.S. W98? I have test equipment that runs W2000....)

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

adam 40

Re: Starting an e-petition

The petition is now up - so vote if you feel like it...

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43287

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Cambridgeshire makes road charge last resort

adam 40

No Mandate

"After the council received mixed responses from the public when congestion charging was initially mooted" - well not really _that_ mixed, over 90% of Cambridgeshire residents are opposed.

The County Council owns the roads that would be affected, and hence it must decide, however everyone who lives outside the City doesn't want congestion charges. The City Council wants it, but can't implement it because it doesn't own the roads.

No County councillors have a mandate for introducing this, indeed it's against the majority of their consituents wishes. So hopefully it'll die a death (again).

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