* Posts by phuzz

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India's heavy launch rocket passes flight test

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Re: Solid boosters on a man-rated vehicle - yuck...

India already have ICBMs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni-V) and the only country they're interested in nuking is Pakistan who are right next door.

Anyway, ICBMs make great launchers for all sorts of things! Soyuz is pretty much a direct descendant of the R7, the first ICBM.

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LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD

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Short version*: it's to do with the angle of the sun and the orbit of the ISS. The ISS is going to be in full sunlight more than it usually is for the next week or two and will consequently be getting hot. Visiting spacecraft may not be able to cope with that level of heat.

Longer version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_angle

* shortish, this is sort of rocket science after all.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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Re: How much were you paid to promote this?

But at a quarter of the price of the Sony, you could afford to get a new phone next year!

Personally I'm running Cyanogenmod so I don't have to worry about if/when Motorola decide to update my phone. Unfortunately the official Cyanogen port for the Moto G hasn't been updated since May (excluding nightlies), oh well.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

"As an ex infantry man, my intellectual bias is supplying me with images of sailors mincing across the deck with their arms on hips in a "where is my lino?" pose."

I'm guessing this is your mental image (except with different uniforms).

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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The BBC is already there

Worth repeating again because it doesn't seem to be widely known. If you run a TOR relay node (not an exit, just a relay) then you will be blocked from BBC iPlayer under their geolocation blocking.

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Re: Retrospective legalisation

People have been protesting about the rendition flights for years, this is just the first time they've admitted to it:

http://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/timeline/key-events.html

^ a good read purely for the quotes such as:

"5 December 2005 - Stephen Hadley, advisor to the White House, stated that ‘we do not move people around the world so that they can be tortured’"

orly?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: Oh dear...

A statue of Snowden in Cheltenham or Maryland would be pretty funny...

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

Shouty comment not-withstanding, you have to admit that it's a bit daft that if you pay money for a DVD, you have to sit through unskipable piracy warnings, whereas pirates just get to watch the film.

When the music industry finally got of their arse, and offered a product that was comparable to the pirated copy, they suddenly started making some money again. I wonder when the film industry will have the same epiphany?

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Re: "what comes after is breathing heavily down the neck of flash"

Every time someone complains about "spinning rust" it makes me want to use the term more.

Old names linger on, after all, we still call it a Solid State Drive despite the lack of moving parts.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: How much value to users put on web sites

The URL you're looking for is https://www.microsoft.com/ie

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Re: MAC address whitelist filter

You don't have to be well equipped to sniff MAC addresses, or even that knowledgeable. A laptop and the right linux distribution is about all you need.

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There shouldn't be a relation between the Wifi key, and the password for the router's admin pages, but I'm sure they're identical in many homes. (Have you ever tried explaining the difference to a non technical person?)

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Well, Plusnet are owned by BT, so yes you would be.

If you must have independent, well managed internet then I've heard good things about Andrews and Arnold (http://www.aa.net.uk/), but they're quite pricy.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Security through Obscurity doesn't work on it's own. As part of a complete solution it does have it's place however.

Anything Google can do to make it just slightly harder for the spammers is good as far as they're concerned. Sure, sooner or later some bright spark will work out what they're doing, but it'll probably take a day or two at least.

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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Re: well...

7-8Mb/s is better than a lot of people get on ADSL, so yeah, I'd call it broadband.

My folks only get 1Mb/s and they live less than 20 miles from GCHQ.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Any article about whisk(e)y

It's not just typical in Scotland to provide water, it's how it's served in any pub in the UK that's not a sh*thole.

Just never, ever put the water in for the punter, everyone has their own preferred amount.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Wait a minute

Wait a sec, I thought that it was Sony Pictures that got hacked? Surely the Playstation servers are controlled by Sony Computer Entertainment, which is supposed to be a separate entity?

Have Sony been penetrated twice? (And I'm sure el Reg can make a good headline out of that one ;)

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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Times

Hey, el Reg, it would be really handy if you published the times for launches, as well as the day, so we know whether there's a chance of watching it or not.

If the times were in UTC that would be great, thanks.

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

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Re: However, the CIA has other ideas....

"The CIA doesn't try to assassinate national leaders anymore.

FTFY

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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

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Nice work on the headline there :)

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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/me passes the popcorn round to the other windows admins

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Strapping

One thing that's not often mentioned is that a Pebble uses a standard watch band, so you can swap it out for any other 22mm watch strap of your choice. A small plus point over a lot of other smart watches.

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My Pebble (one of the older plastic ones) gets at least 7 days per charge, which is about what I'd heard the battery life was, so I'd have to disagree with your first point there.

As for the rest, well, each to their own really, although I wouldn't write a bullet pointed list of what I think is wrong with a Windows Phone because I don't have one.

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

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Re: Vehicle Excise Duty

Unless the chassis is still/already registered with the DVLA then all the answers you seek are in DVLA form V55/1.

From a brief perusal I think it would depend mainly on the weight, under 3.5 tons and it's a "Petrol Car", and taxed on it's CO2, over that and I think you'd have to go for "Private/HGV" which is a flat £165 per year.

Max CO2 level will run you £500 per year, which isn't too bad compared to the fuel bill for running down to the shops and back.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

Not to mention lumping Evesham in with Leeds.

Evesham is a tiny little shithole, Leeds is not tiny or little...

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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Re: 4G? I've heard of it...

I've heard of 4G as well, and I do live in a big city, but I almost never have 3G switched on. I'm almost always within range of some wifi or another (big city remember), and the battery lasts loads longer with it switched off.

Exactly what do you need that much bandwidth for on a phone?

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

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Holidays

What impressed me most was my new French flatmate lamenting only having 25 days of holiday now they're working in the UK, back in France it was 40+ days, and that was considered on the low end.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Wait...

So why did we (as in the UK tax payer, in the form of GCHQ) pay them so much money to tap other companies cables?

We could have just asked them to do one and saved all that money.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Still, you have to hand it to the armed response unit, when presented with two guys who were clearly a dangerous threat, they neutralised the threat, but only wounded them so that they could still stand trial.

Perhaps some US cops could do with learning how to do that?

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Re: False Positives?

Or 2a) it also picks up the millions of people saying things like:

"Hey Sam, fancy playing some CounterStrike tonight? I'm going to play as a terrorist because I want to kill lots of soldiers tonight lol"

(or 3b the terrorists just make sure they include the words "game" or "play" in their communications)

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: I don't know.

So what you're saying is, BT have made an entirely sensible business decision to sell Goonhilly?

Sounds a bit competent for them, perhaps they only did it by accident.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: 5 mW?

Go home Kim Jong Il, you're drunk.

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The other option is just get a cat of your own, they'll also keep rodents out of your house.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

"no difficulty listing three or four examples related specifically to telecommunications provisions"

OK, I'm sure some of our US cousins can give you examples from the Patriot act, but as the article is about UK laws, here's some examples of the British government abusing it's powers as regards telecommunications:

1) The Met used RIPA to pull the phone records of a journalist, to discover the identity of a source who was making the police look bad:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/sep/02/plebgate-met-phone-records-sun-tom-newton-dunn

Note that there was never any hint of terrorism in this case, or indeed any other kind of threat. the RIPA bill was used as that gave the police access without going through a judge.

2) Kent police did the same with another journalist, who had written stories that lead to the disgrace of an MP:

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/second-police-force-admits-using-ripa-spy-journalists-phone-records-and-out-confidential-sources

(when police forces were asked how often this happened, they refused saying it was at "matter of national security")

3) Animal right activists were forced to turn over passwords to computers:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/14/ripa_encryption_key_notice/

And a whole pdf full of some more:

http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/TheGrimRIPA.pdf

And this is just abuses of RIPA.

(And while we're on the subject, let's not forget the The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 1974, which was supposed to be a temporary measure with a shelf life of 6 months, and was extended, and extended, before finally being made permanent in 1989, despite the threat [the IRA] that it was designed to combat ceasing to be a danger.)

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Re: "I'll have an IP address please, Bobby"

Note for Virgin (notso)Superhub users:

To change your IP, put your SH back into SH mode (assuming you were starting off in modem mode).

Then change the MAC of your router.

Then put the SH back into modem mode.

Just changing the MAC of your router while in modem mode will stop you from being able to connect at all.

(You can easily change your MAC in Win7, as long as the driver for your network device allows it. It won't help you get a new external IP though)

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: A while back

Well, a big dose of antibiotics will kill off a lot of your gut fauna, so it's entirely possible it could cause digestive problems.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: RAC too.

I did walk past someone the other day who was watching while the AA man replaced their tire, with what looked very much like the spare (it was a newish Ford Fiesta, which I assume have a full size spare).

I was very close to stopping and asking why they hadn't done it themselves.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

>> the dashboard layout was designed by a lunatic.

> A blind, dyslexic lunatic suffering from Alzheimer's.

No, just someone French. Presumably the same French designer that decided to put the controls for the electric windows in the Peugeot 206 in the middle of the car, behind the handbrake.

The worst thing is, after years of driving it I now automatically grope around the middle of a car when I want to open the windows.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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I'd happily pay elReg a few quid a month to make up for never viewing their ads.

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I've not seen an Adblock-blocker, and every site that's run ads from the same domain has been polite enough to serve them from www.somesite.com/ads or some other easily blocked url.

If I couldn't find a way to block the ads I'd probably just go elsewhere, same as I do with paywalled sites.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Not all disks are SATA

At work we had a 2.5" WD Passport USB harddrive which eventually died. So, as geeks, we pulled it apart to try plugging the drive into a SATA port, just to see if anything was recoverable.

Unfortunately the drive does not have a SATA port, instead it's got a USB interface soldered straight on, not very helpful.

Of course, as professionals this was one of five daily backup drives, so no data was lost.

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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

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Re: The so called God particle.

There was an "Oh my god" particle, it was a proton (probably), detected in 1991, screaming into our atmosphere at close to the speed of light. As far as I know, no one is sure yet what produced it, but other particles of a similar energy have been observed since.

(PS, the name "god particle" for the Higgs was coined by a physicist, not the DM)

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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WTF?

That's ... an active imagination you've got there. I'm getting a sudden urge to wash my hands after reading your comment.

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Re: Well...maybe it's just one app and one platforn.

Lets just say, it moves the weakest link away from the transport, and back into your pocket, ie if a TLA wants to read your WhatsApp messages, now they'll just take your phone and/or beat it out of you.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

Ah, some racist yanks try and push their agenda on the Reg, this should be lots of fun :)

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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I was just about to put this on my Steam wishlist, so I could pick it up next time it's on sale for less than £30, until I found that Ubisoft have removed it from Steam. Ho hum, just have to wait and guess when it's on sale I suppose.

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Re: Not quite sure...

You can switch between weapons with the numbers 1-4, I think 5-6 was mines/C4 and 7/8 was different syringes.

Unless you're on a console, then you're out of luck.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Re: How it will work in absence of a radio signal?

Well, it only uses the least significant bit*, so it would be difficult to correctly predict/force that, and you'd also have to find a way to predict the frequency hopping, so to effectively control the output you'd pretty much need the whole device under your control, or at least access to the room it's in.

* so the slightest change in the received radio signal should make a large difference to the output.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Oh FFS

I too will probably be quite happy in solo mode as I currently live somewhere with a great internet connection.

However, I've lived places with a crap internet connection before, and I have a strong sympathy for people in that situation. There's nothing worse than sitting down to play a particular game, only to find that as your internet has decided to have a little lie down, you're stuck without.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Summing the inputs

The summing leaver at the top that takes the inputs from all twenty amplitude bars via some springs is just a fantastically simple bit of engineering.

I love it.

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