* Posts by a_mu

147 posts • joined 18 May 2010


US military readies drone submarine hunter


sub hunting

Sounds great,

wunder why its got those pontoons on each side ?

Pity its not a sub, best place to hear a sub I thought was from deep under water, below the thermo cline,

as its disposable, it can ping away to its hearts content I guess,

pity the whales etc, the sea is going to get very noisy


Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders


And so far only a few percent of emails moved

So far, its only the blueyonder and ntlworld accounts that have been moved to the new virgin server.

Just think whats going to happen when the much larger number of virginmedia accounts are moved,

If I was in front line support, I'd either leave or get ready for lots of overtime.


Dont forward to ntlworld.com

DO NOT forward to NTLWORD.com email address's

The virgin system now filters most forwarded mails , and just blocks them .

no spam no warning, just bounced.

Now once upon a time the ntlworld mail just worked, then came virgin with google, and it was OK, now google have dropped virgin, and virgin managment just seem not to have this under control.


Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks


Shops even worse

My daughters phone suffered a few problems, so it was taken back to the shop, who lent her a unit whilst hers was being repaired.

she used the phone for a few days, then returned it to shop when her phone returned.

Months after, her friends still get txts from that loan unit, despite the shops promise to reset the phone...


Virgin Media's SPAM-AGEDDON 'fix' silences mailboxes


Virgin email

Yes, the virgin change over seems to have been an on going disaster for many weeks.

The forums now have almost as many complaints about SPF , forwarding and emails going missing than complaints about speed and throttling, and thats saying something.

For a week or so, there was a valiant effort by support on the forums to provide a patch, but for the last week, the admins have been silent.

Many of us have been with NTL world for a long time. in my case almost 20 years, and the used to provided unlimited email accounts.

OK, yes I have my own domain, but that all gets forwarded to my ISP, well it used to till virgin changed and now bounce most mails that come in from a forwarding service.

and the trouble is, unlike spam that gets put to one side, so you can at least find a missing email, ones that Virgin bounce are lost with out trace, nor notice to the user that they have gone !

Personally I think Virgin just want to dump email and become a pure ISP, much less support needed so cheaper.

wonder what happened to all those that used to run ntlworlds email before virgin out sourced them to gmail,

come on back please.


The last post: Building your own mail server, Part 3


linux email distribution ?

Is there not a Email linux distribution ?


Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches


data security /

How does this sit with the data regulation in the UK ?

I'd have to sign all sorts of stuff that if I kept data on people, I protect it.

As microsoft are in control of what data they grab, can I say I'd be in control of how personal data is used ?


Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox


Yes ,

We have a bunch of sony TV's,

as you say no updates for a few years,

provided they still get iPlayer then we will be ok for a while,


if you purchase a device to receive a service, then one would expect to receive a service for the life of that device.

TV's are not computers,

may be we should all look at TV's as being individual units.

The monitor part, a sound bar and a box to receive the TV !

thats what my TV's are turning into


White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy


Just a thought,

Why take up dehydrated food when you then have to take up water to re hydrate it.

As the ISS recycles most of its water, take up some nice food, with water in it.

food A mass = mass water in food A plus dry mass of food A.


Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes


one of the testrs

Being one of the many many testers of the ten thing,

one thing I can say is

"Microsoft dont listne".

the sorts of QandA one filled in would have told them only what they wanted to know,


Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads


life of phone is how many months

New sony phone a year ago,


Now, there are so many updates to Android that there is no user memory left.


I'd love to be able to reject adds downloading stuff,

but with no free memory thats not possible,


Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy



Yes agree

we need to have more wind and solar and alternative fuel sources.

that was your conclusion wasn't it.

As you say, electricity is one of the few fuels that we can generate from renewable,

so lets go for it.

Yes it can be better, and yes we spend a huge amount of fuel on other forms ,

so lets do what we can.


Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels


October ?

sounds like its too late for this year to me.

Out in October,

The schools are already planning / planed what computing they are offering next year.

I would hope the teachers were familiar with the thing before teaching it,

Say a week of practice before they can teach with it.

and the material, another week or two to plan it into the curriculum,

I dont know about your teachers, but at the start of the year ours are quite busy,with the new class.

they can't take a week or so out to learn a completely new product.

The BBC should have the teaching material with the teachers now,along with a unit to try out

Remember the BBC micro, all those great TV programs,

I seem to remember the programs came out before the schools had micros

it late..


Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool


capacitors et all


I've designed boards that are liquid cooled,

all the boards are in a big box which is filled with a pink silicon type liquid, and the box closed.

Yes there is room for expansion, and the walls of the box have water flowing through them to conduct the heat away.

Biggest problems,

any oscillators / crystals need special attention

the impedance of the tracks on the surface of the board are different to being in air.

( but as there is no dust / skin cell build up over time, at least its possible to calculate )

Capacitors not a problem, if you use the right ones.

The most common capacitor is a ceramic, and most of them are fine,

just check.

When it comes to analog / rf, then things are a little more difficult, the fluid does tend to kill them,

but digital is just fine.


it does make the thing REAL heavy

and once a board has been in the fluid for long, its impossible to solder to it ever again,

the fluid just can't be cleaned off sufficiently well to make a good joint,

For 'fun' one time, we ran one of the boards in liquid nitrogen,

now that was cool, but we dare not seal the box !!!

Will it catch on at home, I don't think so, but some of these real small PC's that fit in the hand might be interesting in a sealed box full of liquid.


Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion


more better in the future


what do we expect,

they have been promising for 18 months to upgrade our line for free , every time I check its 6 months in the future,

One day may be,

but then it will be throttled back / overloaded at peek times anyway,

peek being any time I want to use the thing !


Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery




I've been looking at these from a few suppliers ,

I have a PV system,

and what do I do with extra energy, export it , or use it to heat .

the house base load is around 300 watts ,

so a battery of 'only' 14 KWh would be fine to cover my background needs assuming 50 % efficiency in the DC:AC,

And I generate that each day or more 9 months of the year.

For reference a standard 200 Amp H car battery is around 2 KWh though I'd not use them,

The batteries in the Teslar are 60KWh if I remember, so more then enough to get me off grid most of the


Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data


Re: and in the UK ?

whats the difference to the user in 'variable contention' and variable data rate / throttling ?

So I pay for 60 , but I get 30 , due to contention,

or I pay for 60 and get 60, and after a time, the data is throttled .

As far as I see, both limit the amount of data in any 24 hour period !

Ok one might be more severe in practice in its implementation than the other,

but to the user they are both the same.


Re: and in the UK ?

Isn't throttling data another way of imposing a data cap ?

I'm being limited as to how much I can download in any 24 hour period.


and in the UK ?

So my broadband is 'up to' X,

but if I pay more, I get up to 2X

But most if the time, I only get X/2

So I'm being throttled back also..

I pay for X , but get X/2, less I pay more !


Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid


Uk Hotel, Premier . Jamming

Ive just come back from a weekend at a premier inn in the UK,

Seems they are now blocking the software router programs like connectify,

My laptop hot spot that connects the two phones, external hard drive, and netbook, did not work this time in the hotel, did before and does else where.

so looks like companies have other ways of blocking these things,


Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas


its fiction

it is fiction

its meant to be fun, with a little scare .

especially at Christmas

not meant to be science,

my kids were scared at the dream crabs and crying at the Danny scenes and the decisions having to be made, which is about right


El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


return goes to wrong place

read a story on the 'older stories' section

click the go back button, and one goes back to the current stories,

google chrome / windows 7 64 bit.


What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again


save how much ?

so we 'save' 2% by having smart meters.

i.e. we use less electricity and gas.

The companies who supply have a fixed infer structure and overhead costs,

so if they sell less they make less.

QED the price will have to go up to allow the share holders to get their returns and the directors to get their bonus's


Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers


heat ?

Nuclear yes, sounds great

Question. Thermodynamics,

does all that energy we generate end up as heat ?

If we go greatly nuclear, and generate in the world say 100 times more per day than we do now,

can we get rid of that amount of heat into space ?

I don't know,


We come bearing internet: Google sends up Project Loon balloons in second test


mogul, gentrix et all......



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


geo sync ?

First up, amazing, well done ,

not knowing a thing about this,

I'll ask

is the comet spinning ?

if so, and I say I know nothing,

what would the height above the comet be for a synchronous orbit ?


SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches


nas and modems

How does this affect the 1001 NAS, media server, TV's and modems around that run a version of Linux,

Are we going to have to re flash all our devices around the house,

any one un patched one is the network open is it not !



'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator


operation ivy Bells ?


it was possible in 1970,

tap at the repeater, where things have to go back to electrical, not optical.

To tap a fiber is also easy, just bend it and put another fiber along side it,

you only need a few photons, but more difficult underwater !

A modified repeater would also be nice. use the dark fibers in the bundle to take a copy of another ,

its all too easy , and the gains too high for it not to happen.


Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water


Re: Hang on...

dont think so.

They spent a long time using cat crawlers to pull out as much loose metal work as possible,

then they used the explosives to stave the fire of the air, and blow it out.

they did not want loose metal flying around and re starting the fire, let alone hitting some one.


add water ?

worry was , at the end of the vid, one could see the flame from the det cord.

that could well re ignite the fire, with all that lovely wind blown fuel around,,,,

wounder if that would be like this , lots of loose flying fuel , and a flame.


Could one use this to shoot out flame suppressant ?

that red stuff they use on forest fires,

then yo have the combined effect of flame retardant, cooling of the water, and speed of the shoot blowing the flame out ?


Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report


We all know this , but

2 years ago http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19842401

5 years ago http://www.economist.com/node/14167834

11 years ago on oil http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=0423



Sad the reason we HAVE to go for the fraking is because we have not invested over the decades in new generation capacity, and the only thing that can now be built in time is gas fired turbines !

30 years ago we were predicting in the 2020's we'd run out of electricity

now its happened, whats the answer !

just sad, and what have we learnt from this ?

dont trust commercial companies to invest in our future only the bottom line for them !


10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10


basic for today

once upon a time,

no mater what computer I was on, I could knock up a basic bit of basic to do something I wanted done,

then the 80's came along, and basic was BAD

so now I have to know and use, TCL, Python, VBasic, C in all its forms, Jscript, and a few more,

and I'm a hardware developer just trying to use the computer..

Yes I have a fond heart for Basic, like all languages , it can be used worng,

one place I worked at, used a fortran 77 program they had written to word process !

and another has a cobol based spread sheet like program,

but basic, its still in my heart and soul,

youngsters today just don't learn to program, but then, neither did we, we just had fun making things bleep and pixels flash, that doesn't do it for the kids now days.


Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?


multi level storage optoins


what we need is an automatic multi level storage system, lets call it a cache.

where data that has been accessed a lot is in say DDR SDRAM, data less accessed is in single level flash, down to tri level or quad level write once flash.

A lot of the stuff on my discs, is write once , read many,

very little is write multiple / read multiple,

so 'just' need some gear that can move data around as needed !

now that could be fun,


Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it


where to get all the Xp patches


on assumption some one round here is going to need a XP machine in the future for testing something,

where do I get a disc / download of the last / best patched XP


Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move


sony tv's

And will my Sony TV's be able to read the new iPlayer interface ?

the FinLux TV has enough problems with the last iPlayer update,


Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?


Pondering the pines for the Psion

Also a Psion owner form the Psion 1, red led display I seem to remember, but stooped at the 3MX, the 5 never appealed to me, too big..

I can remeber spending something like 100 quid on an expansion memory for the 3, might have been 2 MB,

Is this a klickstart job ?

I'd still use the 3MX if it had an interface to windows,


Comprehensive security in the home


why one solution

Out of interest,

the 'problem' I found one time was that one particular security package had a hole, and all the kids pc's got infected at once. Try to fix that one,

so I now put different anti systems on different machines,

for instance I currently use avast and avg for anti virus at home,

it was surprising what one will find that the other won't ,

same with anti male ware,

Add to that the android tablets, the Nintendo's and tv;s with web access et all, and security is interesting.

as for parent control,


if my kids are anything like I was at 12, then I will not be able to control what they do

so I 'just' have a snooper on the gateway, makes log of all sites visited,

lets hope they don't find vpn too soon,


UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight



how can it be stealthy and supersonic ?


Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard



A slight concern

Sony TV's are notorious for their ability / lack of to interface to DLNA servers,

Last I looked, Sony TV only approve the DLNA server supplied on their vaio computers,

you have to purchase their computer to get the software,

Wonder what they will approve as a server now ?


Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off


power cycle

if only virgin would fix the rest of the network,

it seems to be going down over time


UK picks Open Document Format for all government files


re lockin.

In-browser editing is preferred across the board, and “To avoid lock-in to a particular provider, it must be possible for documents being created or worked on in a cloud environment to be exported in at least one of the editable document formats proposed.”

SO : If the in browser is a spread sheet, and its savable in a txt format, then thats OK ?

what about all the formulas ? Dahh.

What about a document with formatting in it, be that a spread sheet or a document for publishing, then save that in a txt file is ok by these rules !

I guess they mean a spreadsheet can be saved as cvs, and a 'graphics' document as an odf , and a [ure txt file as a txt file, but

Or have I got this wrong.


Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar


solar power

Fantastic news,

Uk Sugar beet harvest has another use,

but are the batteries re chargeable, or primary cells,


Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m


Altitude auto pilot

could you just let the thing 'fall'

till it got into an atmosphere that it had a chance of working in,

then turn on the auto pilot.


SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber


SR71 was a flop

Please remember,

the SR71 NEVER flew in anger,

Its a fantastic 'plane' , I tremble when I touched the A12 on the carrier in NewYork, its that sort of a plane,

but for the reconnaissance job it was intended, over the USSR ,it never flew.

By the time it got into the air, it was to slow and low.

The U2 , just kept on going,


F-16 fighter converted to drone


humans out the loop

the plane is probably better than when it was manned

the plane had to be limited as to what it could do because the human could not survive the G forces,

try holding a minimum radius turn, the pilot becomes a passenger,

the remote pilot is still drinking his coffee and working out how to kill you


NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE


fantastic engineering


it would have taken 10 years to design , so thats technology from almost 50 years ago .

I bet many of the managers get congratulated on this,

but the real engineers, Nahh,

Well done , compare to current designs that have a life measured in 10's of months not 10's of years.

I can imagine the management response," Hay you over engineered it, you should have saved cost / weight",

god bless the guys, with their slide rulers and pen protectors in their shit pocket,

they will all dead now, as they smoked 100 a day, and worked 100 hour weeks,

but I'm envious.


TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'


as a student

TDK cassette tapes were THE standard for good quality recording

Good being relative to the time and money,

the "metal" audio tapes were amazing, but just about impossible to erase on early cassette recorders.

this and the 50th anniversary of the cassette , oh how life moves on,


iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO


1 is oops. 2 is coincident, three is a trend

So Amazon cloud went do , and back

and Google cloud has gone down, and back

now apple cloud has gone down,,,

three points make a trend,

whats going on !!!!


Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again


missed the point ?

I though the point was that this should not have happened, should have been spotted earlier, and should have been reported,

none of which happened,

when it comes to nuclear, are we happy with that situation,

I'm not.