294 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007
Re: I'm not entirely opposed...
Don't want to spoil your friend's Arduino fun but hasn't this been done already? (Yubikey)
Re: Don't expect software to save you
Zip files are handy if you want to send 400 small jpgs to someone by email. I know this because gmail does not let you attach them grr
Re: Password protected...
Yes because the encryption is military grade
Re: Location of the Microsoft/Crypto folder depends on the Windows version
Mine is full of impressive-looking strings of hex. Somehow I don't think these on their own are going to cheer up the average victim tearing their hair out to get their files back.
Re: Agenda here?
I'm not rabid about it but I always buy the organic version, if there is one. A bag of carrots last me for ages anyway so why not spend the extra 50p on the off-chance there is some benefit? If I had to buy three bags of carrots per day I would see it differently of course.
Let's say there is no proven organic benefit whatsoever - I still think it's worth it just to eat something on which somebody has spent specific time and care to get right, instead of some old crap that fell off a container ship in a plastic bag.
It certainly is strange about the militant meat-eaters though. Occasionally the money-savers on hotdealsuk.com will post a cheap deal on Quorn burgers or similar and the anti- brigade are guaranteed to come storming in accusing people of hypocrisy, going against nature, etc.
Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing
My son's 160GB ipod classic had a flaky headphone socket. I could not figure out even how to open it so phoned Apple who told me to take it to their shop, quite a long distance away. When I got there I met a spoddy kid with pink glasses and ironic haircut who told me it was unrepairable they were not interested and would I please have a nice day.
Confused I phoned Apple again who this time routed me to a very competent and helpful lady in Russia who organised a device-swap by mail which cost me NINETY (90) QUID.
Recently my own MP3 player (Sansa Clip) developed the same intermittent headphone socket problem. With the help of a soldering iron and youtube tutorial I fixed it myself in less than 30 minutes.
Yes they make repair difficult on purpose to get your money.
Re: Format important
Spot on, no matter what the digital source of your video it's still much nicer to do the actual watching plonked on a sofa with your feet up in front of a big screen. Tons of choice of weird little boxes you can plug into your telly but I still think XBMC (running on a proper PC) wins hands down for watchability.
doesn't mean you should have bought it
The majority of music I like is a bit niche, so niche in fact that you cannot buy it. It is not on sale anywhere. Literally the only place you can get it is some obscure .br website to which the artiste uploaded it or if you are lucky someone re-torrented it.
Have you ever noticed how many 10+ year old microwave ovens people have? Then when they eventually do fail you are initially pleasantly surprised how cheap the replacements are and spend 40 quid on another one. You will be very lucky to get two years out of it this time however.
Go into a train station owned by Virgin trains (for example Wolverhampton) and they do indeed have CCTV in the toilets. And I do mean "in", like as in pointing at the urinals. When I complained they just told me politely where to take my concerns.
"ESET researchers are calling on webmasters and system administrators to check their systems to see if they have been compromised"
It would be nice if they explained how to do that... I get a 404 when I click the story on their site.
Yes a techie
Or at least his son Joshua is, I used to work with him on Novell Netware. Nice bloke so I assumed his dad was too.
Do you remember where you were when Elvis got shot
To me the theoretical WWW start date is less important than when I personally discovered it - sticks in my mind so vividly. At the time I was very impressed with the concept of "winsock" - before that you could only run applications written for your particular vendor's TCP/IP stack. I found a winsock application called "Mosaic", a primitive browser, no idea what it was but thought I would try it out. I was literally gobsmacked, just sat there with my mouth hanging open because I knew it just changed everything.
A few months later I had a similar experience when I played my first MP3, it flashed though my mind immediately what was going to happen with that one.
Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
For years the average Danish person had no problem with people knowing their religion, in fact it was written on their birth certificates. Maybe some were uneasy and thought it was a bad idea but there were too many others who said "I still don't really have an issue with any of it."
Sadly none of them could predict the future and in 1940 Denmark got invaded by an army whose first action was to grab those records to select people for death camps.
Looks like the Reading event might be sparsely attended
You don't have permission to access /k/ms-pcit-workshop-1-apr1 on this server.
Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at go.theregister.com Port 80
Intrinsic value is purely a matter of personal opinion. Good luck getting a vegan interested in your eggs and milk currency!
Keeping track of all those billions must be hard work
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money
I expect the price list will be per KB actually
You can't not get this
That's right folks - we use your information to provide an improved service to our, eh, "special" customer. Available soon our new thermostat with FREE webcam!
I often sit using a PC located half-way between two rooms, one with a Virgin cable TV signal and one with Freesat. The audio gets delivered at slightly different times and hearing two almost-synchronous versions of Strictly Come Dancing is extremely weird.
I remember a very long time ago visiting an audiophile shop with a friend who handed over serious money in return for an "Isoplanar CD Stand." This was a sheet of odd-looking soft plastic and it was supposed to damp any mechanical noise from the CD audio drive. Years later I replaced my old wooden chopping board and instantly recognised the same white plastic. Oh and "isoplanar" just means flat.
Definition: cyber (ˈsʌɪbə) : adjective
"To undermine one's own credibility or indicate a lack of IT understanding (esp. security)"
New year's resolutions
For those of us on diets this is a valuable resource - typing "calories potato" will bring up the information I want (how many calories in a potato) immediately. Otherwise it is a hell of clicking links all over the place and wading through invitations to sign up for a free diet club account etc.
Also there is a surprising lack of consensus about the energy content of certain foods and the search preview usually turns out to be the most accurate.
whirr whirrry whirr-whirr
I lusted impecuniously after a QL but was under no illusions about the microdrives as I had plenty of opportunity to play with OPDs at work. The moment there was a QL overnight price drop from 400 to 200 pounds that was it and I rushed out to Dixons to get one.
Not-so-fond memories of trying to load a huge planetary orbit calculator from microdrive though :( I agree those devices were what finally pushed the perception of the QL onto the wrong side of the usability line.
147 inch eh?
Just right for watching the snooker.
Re: App Permission
I went on the same journey. Droidlight wants camera and flash permissions that is all. You don't need a Motorola phone as implied in the blurb.
Re: Not much of an excuse
Cyanogenmod is amazing - 30 minutes work will see 4.4.2 installed onto your Huawei Y300, a great phone which you can pick up for under 40 quid at Crap-phone Whorehouse.
I actually agree with you. Otherwise what about my great-great-great-great-granduncle who was hanged for stealing a turnip he should get a pardon as well.
Also I think if Alan Turing was here today and asked if he thought this government action made things right he would probably say "well no I would much rather you had not hounded me to death."
Re: Avoid costly speeding camera updates / fines
I had my car run into by one of your superbrain people... he somehow found it too hard to distinguish between "no other traffic" and "no other traffic apart from Joe"
Re: A new feature that isn't a gimmick?
No I don't like that. Instead of junk callers sending a junk fake number they will now send a trustworthy fake number that kitkat will look up for you and tell you it's OK to answer.
soft is good, mostly
I did sociology and geography for A-level in precisely the hope that it would be a bit of a free ride but unfortunately these subjects are as hard as any other. I never want to think about rice production in the Po valley again.
I made a similar mistake by assuming that being technically good at IT was the only thing. Not that it isn't but in my experience career progress is more strongly indicated by the ability to put yourself about and become well-known as someone who can influence others.
Re: I can keep a secret...
"Two may keep a secret, so long as one of them is dead"
I am an Orange customer and I am in the UK. This is only because I never cancelled my historic OVP Virgin account though and I'm hardly a regular user except if I want to go the cinema on a Wednesday.
Back in the 1990s when Hans Snook was at the helm of Orange it was all very very different. Orange was formed because people were bored with the Voda/Cellnet duopoly and Orange were seriously exciting in comparison. Orange were first to introduce SMS, first with caller ID, and Orange geeks ran a high traffic mailing list. Eventually Hans left and their decline into boringness was signalled by introduction of a 10p charge for SMS, something which hit the geek community particularly hard and left them feeling massively betrayed.
Now of course all people want is a cheap pipe to the internet, something which my O2 PAYG unlimited data for £7.50/month does fulfil admirably.
Obligatory Downfall parody
Hitler finds out he has to fly Ryanair
Re: I was Steve Jobs in a former life
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Refute means to disprove so what about "reject" instead?
If you don't like it, overwrite it
If you don't like the mysterious 64K then just overwrite it with a chunk of mp3. Either Truecrypt will stop working or it won't, which should tell you something in itself.
Not like Skype then
Not another popular open source project which is bought commercially so that it can be "enhanced" by persons unknown.
Got to keep it
If every character needs 16 bits rather than 8 then the NSA will only be able to store half as much of our stuff
They won't really do it
They trot out this old chestnut every so often and nothing ever comes of it.
That's from 2011, did it happen? (no)
I got a complete satellite TV kit from Screwfix for GBP 49.99 and it works great. There is a fuge number of free radio channels. They come in at decent technical quality as well. OK no good in the car obviously but fine for home.
@monkeyfish yes I could have used the Pound sign but you never quite know how it is going to come out. BT sent me a phone bill for so many Dollars once and they were well miffed when I actually wanted to pay it.
That's it then
AC mentioned the Nazis. Thread officially Godwinned no more comments please
Cost you mate
The unique artistic patterns on my fingers are copyright © me. Anybody wants to scan them I am willing to talk about license fees.
very carefully worded statement
NIST denies that they themselves (NIST) did any crypto weakening.
I upvoted this on a selfish level since my pension does have exactly that. Neither do I like bureaucratic waste.
I am a bit fed up though of stories which go:
1. Massive profits made
2. (Incomprehensible financial mumbo-jumbo)
3. So we don't pay tax!
Re: Cult of Personality
Gorky Park was a gripping and exciting read so I bought all his other books. Don't make the same mistake, they are no good.
People have long memories
I bought a car stereo from Comet. Not only did it stop working but it chewed to pieces my saved-up-for Uriah Heep cassette. Comet took the whole tangled mess back for "repair" and I never saw it, or my money, again. I vowed never to buy from them in the future and I never did. It can't just be me. Why would anyone want to put money into a brand like that.
Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"
Very true I've only been to one 3D film which was Prometheus and I'm not doing that ever again.
If nobody goes to see them at the theatres the studios might be hopeful of watch-at-home sales but 1.6TB per movie isn't going to make that easy.
Interesting what will happen to it
Originally my joining their site coincided with the start of a new real-life social pastime and I found it incredibly useful because it automatically served me up with what I wanted to see. Fast forward to the present and you have to make too much effort wading through stuff. I barely do anything on it now.
I think it will be a long slow popularity decline but what if instead one day they finally cross the line with that one tweak too many and people just overnight give up on it.
Man goes into a cake shop, points at a cake, and says "Is that a macaroon or a meringue?"
Shopkeeper says "no you were right, it certainly is a macaroon"
Chickens as usual
Why did the chicken cross half-way across the road?
It was a Rhode Island Red