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

clanger9

Re: Mavis

Chris Williams has also got a fantastic Napier-Bentley. it's "only" a 24 litre W12, vaporises the tyres off the start and is an absolute hoot to watch. See it if you can!

Here's some footage of him getting it all wrong at this year's Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (Mavis the Packard-Bentley is the first car through sedately, followed by the manic Napier-Bentley about 01:20 in):

http://www.cpop.co.uk/social-buzz/videos/napier-bentley-crash-at-cpop-2014?video=18

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Re: Anti-virus

ESET?

We use the Endpoint Antivirus product here on our corporate PCs and it's the least intrusive system I've come across...

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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Re: Rand

Excellent stuff, thanks for the pointer. A very neat skewering of the utter loopiness at the heart on the Rayndian cult. For example:

"Cigarettes were pro-life and pro-man since they were manufactured by productive capitalists for human enjoyment"

It's scary how many people still appear to sympathise with this junk.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Re: Linux ahead(as per usual)

We had a bunch of Alpha NT machines back in the day. Nothing worked. All the (useful) Windows software was closed source and no-one would sell us Alpha binaries. Even the official release of Microsoft Office for Alpha (4.2?) was flaky.

Eventually, we gave them away. I took one home to use as a server, but as it ran a buggy version of Windows NT 3.51, it wasn't much use for that either. It could have probably run Linux, but Linux was fairly primitive back then...

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: Impressive

Blimey, that is one quick car!

Radical V8s are jaw-droppingly quick off the line to start with - the way it screams past the V8s from the start is very impressive...

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Anyone tried aaisp.net?

aaisp.net seem to offer no-contract unthrottled IPv6 internet (but with 100GB cap). Looks more like a business offering than consumer-grade, but they do offer a "home" package.

Just wondering, 'cos I'm getting fed up with my consumer-grade ISP who seems to have decided what I *really* need is to buy TV services from them. Hint: I don't, so go away and stop asking.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Why does it keep trying to access my Contacts?

Not sure why, but every time I ask for directions it wants access to all my Contacts. Hmmm.

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Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

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Surely...

...the problem for the security services is that Huawei kit doesn't have security service-mandated back doors in it, whereas the domestic kit does?

You can't trust anyone these days...

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

clanger9

Kindles have always had the email-to-Kindle-via-Amazon's cloud feature. This part isn't new.

What does appear to be new is that you can manage the files stored in the cloud though your Cloud Drive.This is welcome as previously there was no sane way to manage these files: just a long list of them that enabled you to delete them one at a time, for example. It'll be much easier to manage if these files now show up in Cloud Drive.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

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Great write up!

I love these stories of IT in the real world.

Never mind all the pontificating how things ought to be, this is the (harsh) reality for many folk and it's great that wise heads have pitched in with valuable advice for the rest of us.

Simon, you should feel proud of what you've done for this community. Keep up the good work!!

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Donation made to TNMOC

Why is the Bletchley Park Trust acting in this way? It makes no sense!

Does anyone actually think that Ian Standen is doing a good job? If not, why is he still in a job??

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Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

clanger9

Re: Ah, cassette tapes...

Ah yes, the ancient lost art of azimuth adjustment!

To hell with calibrated measuring gear and all that; people would look on amazed as I whipped out a pocked screwdriver and transformed their muffled ol' cassette deck with brightness and clarity :-)

Of course I never had any threadlock on me, so once it had been adjusted once it would wander out of true again after a few months. Cue an encore performance!!

It wasn't all bad being a geek...

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Macs are "so expensive" - not.

Umm, could it be that an old Mac is *actually still useful*?

Got an ancient (2002-era) PPC iBook here fitted with an SSD. Runs in clamshell mode as a silent server and daily newspaper aggregator. Uptime: {checks} 709 days. Not bad. I've certainly had my money's worth out of it.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Awesome - thumbs up to this guy!

Nice website too. Really nicely done :-)

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: It will only work to move people around the UK if the tickets are cheap!

"The existing railway is at maximum capacity"

No it isn't. Just because the train companies keep saying that, it doesn't mean it's true.

I travel regularly on the West cost mainline to London - at £250 return, it's no surprise that the peak-time trains are barely 1/2 full.

Occasionally I'm lucky enough to get an Advance 1st ticket. The First Class carriages are deserted!

On the other hand, if I travel on an off-peak train, it's packed (a "bargain" at £72 return) . Go figure.

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CIOs: Are you your CEO's business partner or their gimp?

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Fantastic article

Thank you for explaining my CEO's obsession with sodding Roambi. I guess I need to get with the programme...

More please! :-)

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

clanger9

"the blue and brown bars are what you would pay without green intervention"

Umm, nearly but not quite.

You seem to have overlooked the fact that the 'green interventions' actually drive the p/kWh artificially low (and sometimes even negative when the wind is stronger than expected). So you can't just take off the subsidy and say: "this is what the electricity price would be without subsidy". The market doesn't work like that.

Without "green intervention", the brown bar would be bigger; exactly how much bigger depends on the fossil fuel price. Whatever, the analysis isn't as simple as you make out.

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Re: Two Issues?

Correct.

It's a calendar sync bug. It continually connects to Exchange trying to process the same event.

To fix: go to the Exchange account settings & turn Calendar sync off & on again.

Annoying as hell, but easy to fix.

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

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Re: Never

You have a very odd understanding of statistics.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

clanger9

Re: Nice article

4MB RAM, perhaps? Unfortunately, most desktops at the time shipped with 4MB and OS/2 ran like an absolute dog in that.

I was lucky enough to have 8MB, and OS/2 flew ahead of Windows on the same hardware - there was some weird thing at the time where Windows 3.1 didn't really know what to do with >4MB and merely used the spare as a disk cache (or something).

I forget, it's all too long ago!

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Re: I loved OS/2

In fairness, they *did* fix the SIQ problem eventually (v.2.2 or 3.0, I don't remember...)

It was so frustrating knowing that your machine hadn't really crashed, but there was no way to kill the offending task. Anyway, once that was sorted, OS/2 was awesomely crash-free for me. I stuck with it for years; when I finally moved over to NT 3.51, Microsoft's primitive user interface and sluggish performance felt like a real backwards step...

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Tesla Model S named '2013 Automobile of the Year'

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Re: I'm impressed by the engineering (if not the weight!)

Not quite. The massive electrical infrastructure we have in the UK is relatively idle at night (when the bulk of charging is expected to take place). As long as you don't need to charge your car instantly at 5pm, the overall effect on the grid if people switch to electric transport isn't that significant (another few gigawatts, tops, on the 60-80GW we already have).

As others have pointed out, electric cars aren't notably greener out of the box than fossil-fuel powered cars (they're about the same, give or take whichever bias takes your fancy).

The main argument in their favour is that it's possible to de-carbon the production of electricity to some degree. That isn't currently possible with petrol, diesel or natural gas.

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Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

clanger9

IMAP?

I'd switch from Gmail in a heartbeat if I could find a sensible IMAP-based alternative.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Meh

Ah nuts

That's a shame, but then again with idiots hacking Kindles to get free, global, roaming internet I suppose this had to happen.

I'm actually surprised it wasn't limited anyway; 50MB is probably sufficient for what I use the clanky browser for. Still, the free global roaming feature is an absolute *godsend* when you're in a foreign country and trying to book/rearrange travel or find your hotel.

My Kindle had already paid for itself many times over on this feature alone and I think/hope that the new limit won't be an issue for me...

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China begins work on world-beating MEGA power cables

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Re: Power LIne

You're right, the engineering challenges are enormous. Plenty of corona discharge in the wet!

Exposed UHV DC makes a really strange hissing/sizzling sound, quite unlike the heavy crackle/buzz you get on AC stuff.

One big problem is the long-term stability of DC insulators - they tend to degrade over time as the ions all move in one direction. AC is much easier to do in this respect.

No x-rays, though: AFAIK you need a vacuum to generate those...

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Re: Russians tried a 1MV delivery system nearly 20 years ago

This is a DC line - it's capable of transporting massive amounts of power with low losses and on relatively compact lines.

The Russian 1MV test line was AC. It had massive losses and the towers were absolutely frickin' enormous. I don't think it's still in service.

This is news; no-one has deployed 800kV DC commercially before. This is a fairly epic bit of electrical and mechanical engineering. IIRC, the valve stacks alone are about 60m high...

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BYOD sync 'n share

clanger9

Anybody tried TeamDrive?

We're looking at it now as a DropBox replacement for corporate use.

http://www.teamdrive.com/

Initial thought are that it's very rough around the edges, but seems to have a nice approach to security (encrypted storage, you get the encryption key not them).

Not sure if it's ready for prime time yet, though.

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LOHAN ideas..

clanger9

Good point. If it flaps about it might bend the titanium rod as well. Is there anything to stabilise the plane along the roll-axis while on the launcher?

Perhaps you could have the trailing edge of the wings rest inside a couple of forward-facing (teflon-coated?) U-shaped brackets while in the launch position. No need for them to touch, but it might help to stabilise the plane in case of turbulence.

Not as elegant as Tempest8008's idea, only U-brackets would distribute the restraining force over both wings instead of just one.

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German scientists link two labs with ‘universal quantum network’

clanger9
Headmaster

Re: So...

Erm, that was about neutrinos. Which are particles that Einstein said couldn't go faster than light (and it appears that, after all the 'hoo-ha', they can't).

This is about quantum entanglement, which provides "spooky action at a distance" (as I think Einstein described it). Which will possibly enable FTL communication.

No need for anyone to "make up their mind". Just people doing awesome science.

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Microsoft cleared in web filth court battle, wins $100 compo

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Facepalm

Let me get this straight

The founder of "Fatwa-Online" is complaining in court about people hosting "harbouring socially, religiously and politically offensive material"???

Riiiight...

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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

clanger9

ISP filtering?

The principle of "talk to your kids" seems like the best approach, but (dammit) they will still click on links that are best left unclicked.

TalkTalk's HomeSafe (the horror!) seems to provide a useful safety net for a house with younger kids in. The blocking is crude and not 100% effective, but friends and family seem to like it when I set it to block the worst stuff (in conjunction with OpenDNS).

I presume BT have a similar service but I've not played with it.

I'm not convinced this is the complete answer, but then again I don't have kids.

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

clanger9
WTF?

Still can't read iBooks on MacOS?

iTunes will happily let you buy eBooks, but there's no way to read them without an iOS device.

Same with this software - it'll let you create iBooks, but not actually read the damn things (AFAICT).

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Ten... mini hi-fi systems

clanger9

Some you missed...

Marantz M-CR603: has built-in AirPlay, which is nice (£400)

Naim UnitiQute: Sounds awesome. To be expected, as it costs over £1,400.

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2011's Best... E-book Readers

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Happy

Kindle Keyboard 3G

You missed the killer feature: it doesn't just connect to Amazon from anywhere. It connects to the WWW from anywhere. For free.

OK, the built-in browser is a bit clunky, but being able to access Gmail, Google Reader, news sites, etc anywhere in the world for nowt is the reason I never travel without it...

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Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

clanger9

What happens when you change the SIM?

It was claimed elsewhere that CarrierIQ continues to send info back to the carrier even if you unlock the handset and change the SIM to another provider. Is this true?

It would be nice if you could ask this question directly to CarrierIQ.

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

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Train & bus times!

Yay, finally!!

OK, so it's not going to turn around the economy, but one small problem solved...

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UK Home Sec: 'I authorised biometric bypass pilot'

clanger9

I think they were still checking the passports. Just not checking the biometric chip.

With all the hysterical reporting of "[terrorists|criminals|paedophiles|sex traffickers|bloody foreigners]* flood unchecked into Britain!!", it's hard to tell, really.

* Select according to personal paranoia preference.

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clanger9
WTF?

Is this a big deal?

Surely all they did was stop checking the new biometric chips?

Seeing as the vast majority of passports don't actually have biometric chips, I can't see what the problem is. If they stopped checking against the database, all that means is that the funky new biometric database wasn't working as planned (no surprise there).

Did I miss something?

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Maude: Open data is UK.gov's 'new way of operating'

clanger9

To add to the list...

- Can we get the locations and collection times of UK post boxes, please? (Royal Mail says no)

- Live UK train times would be nice as well (Network Rail, ditto)

Any more?

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NZ ISP piracy law kicks in

clanger9

Umm, no. That only tells you whose connection was used to do the downloading. It tell you nothing about which person actually did did the downloading.

Think shared connections/multi-user households/insecure base stations/IP spoofing/etc.

IP address logs are an indicator of who may be at fault, but are certainly not proof.

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Flashback trojan targeting OS X shuns virtual machines

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FAIL

Re: Did I miss something?

Shame they didn't give the essential info...

This version of the malware installs here:

/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/UnHackMeBuild

If it's there, you will need to delete the reference to it in

/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist

otherwise Safari won't run.

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Google+ opened to world+dog

clanger9
Stop

Don't do it!!

Be warned: as soon as you create your profile, [whatever you enter as] your real name is plastered publicly all over any other Google services you may use (YouTube, Picasa, Maps, Like this, Reader, Blogger, Docs, Groups, etc, etc.). Which means your real name starts popping up all over the Google search results.

The may (or may not) be what you want to happen. Regardless, you have no choice.

Only solution is to delete you public profile and wait a few days for Google to purge your name from the search results...

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Windows 8: First contact with Microsoft Touch

clanger9
WTF?

Why is there a "desktop" in ARM?

If only Metro apps are allowed on ARM (and the app store is the only way to install something), what is the "traditional" Windows desktop for? Why is it even present in the ARM version?

I'm confused.

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Google+ is an identity service, Schmidt says

clanger9
Stop

PeopleRank!!

I can see it now. Schmittchen has this big idea of being able to index and rank people, not just webpages.

Pseudonyms break this idea, in the same way that PageRank would break if Google couldn't be entirely sure which server the content came from.

Web server == you

Content == what you say, do and think

Hence, pseudonyms are bad. I guess he's been living the Google dream for so long it has become real.

Absolutely terrifying.

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LinkedIn U-turns to appease peeved users

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FAIL

Permission: we've heard of it.

Amazing. When I heard their claim to have properly notified users of the change, I was surprised that I somehow missed this.

Then I find out that this "notification" consisted of a single blog post - and a banner ad, FFS!!

Just unbelievable. On what planet could that possibly be considered "seeking informed consent"?

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LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt

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Stop

Re: More links

Ooh, another one...

Patner InMail:

https://www.linkedin.com/settings/?modal=nsettings-partner-inmail&tab=email

Any more?

It's just like the old Facebook "find the privacy settings" game.

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clanger9
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More links

I think these should all work:

Manage social advertising: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/?modal=nsettings-social-advertising&tab=account

Manage enhanced advertising: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/?modal=nsettings-enhanced-advertising&tab=account

Data sharing with third party applications: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/?modal=nsettings-data-sharing&tab=groups

Any other "hidden" settings we should know about?

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Amazon paints the Kindle cloudy

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Wow

It even works offline! Very nice...

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Seagate's flash-disk hybrid crosses the chasm

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Love it!

I have a 500GB one in an old Macbook here. Very fast and quiet - only notable downside is that it uses a bit more power than the original 80GB job, so battery life takes a hit. Boot time on OS X Lion is a few seconds...

Seagate support is a bit haphazard, mind. When I first got the drive (with SD24 firmware), it was hopeless (never spins down, buggy sleep/resume, pauses, etc). It wasn't clear from Seagate what to do about this.

I upgraded to SD25 firmware and it's been perfect since.

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ISP-operated servers alter search results, researchers claim

clanger9
WTF?

Netalyzr is your friend

They never learn, do they?

Go here: http://netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu

Netalyzr will tell you if your ISP is interfering with your traffic. If so, complain LOUD and HARD.

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