* Posts by Andy E

133 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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Node.js releases version 6.0. Yes, yes, LTS

Andy E
Unhappy

Version?

I'm not familiar with node.js but does "Version 6 also debuts equipped with the V8 JavaScript engine 5.0", mean that to run v6 node.js requires release 5.0 of the V8 JavaScript engine?

I like to know what is being used to infect my PC.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

Andy E
Thumb Up

Re: I quite like this

I quite like the idea too. We need different approaches to security to reduce the number of security related incidents that occur. There seems to be a lot of effort going into removing bugs from software (including OS's) that facilitate security attacks which is a god thing. Where I don't see much in the way of developments is introducing new security features. How many OS's support data classification for example?

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

Andy E

And in the UK?

Will this be rolled out from head office to the regions?

I'd like to think they are going to curb dodgy vendors on amazon.co.uk.

Wishful thinking.....

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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

Andy E
Mushroom

Crap service anyone?

My parents and friends live in 'ull and have an appallingly bad broadband service from KCOM. They have had for years but with a local monopoly they have no other provider to choose from. It might improve with the fibre initiative but I bet they have to pay a lot for it.

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

Andy E
FAIL

Re: Backup Vs Archive

I think the problem here is that off-line backup requires somebody to do something; either plug in or unplug something. It's generally done for the first week or so and then gets forgotten as people just don't see the value in doing it. That value only becomes evident when they are hit with the virus.

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

Andy E
Alert

Banks have just been given the green light to remove the human element from some aspects of the customer experience. If you need general advice you will be directed to a web site or deal with a multiple choice phone system. Its part of a cost cutting exercise apparently and shows that the banks don't value you they value your money (or debt).

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Silicon photonics boosted with UK fabrication research

Andy E
Coat

Re: 10 Years only?

I was thinking the same thing. Do we now have to start tracking the deployment life of the CPU's so we can plan for the expected failure after 10 years?

The Reg ran a series of articles on very old equipment that was still in active use because it continued to do the job. In most cases it was impractical to replace the kit due to lack of working knowledge or modern equipment being unsuitable.

In the early days the performance of CPU's regularly doubled as the clock cycles got quicker, the on board caches got bigger and they became more efficient. This seems to have calmed down with new CPU's becoming less power hungry but offering more core's, better efficiency and better support for VM. This will probably mean that the usefulness of older CPU's will be extended as it will be hard to justify the upgrades on a cost/benefit approach. 10 years expected lifespan might become 20 years.....

I'll get my coat. It's the one with the ZX Spectrum in the pocket.

Andy

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

Andy E
Alert

Forward view

Looking at the photo in the article it appears that the pilots have a very limited forward view. How do they get it down onto a runway with such a limited view?

Just wondering....

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

Andy E
Meh

Re: Now if there was a way to talk to people in far away places...

I might be missing your point here but the type of runway required doesn't have a bearing on your main point that the skies are full. Once flying boats are airborne they need to be channeled into the routes used by passenger aircraft which as you rightly point out are very congested.

Andy

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Microsoft scraps Android Windows 10 bridge, but says yes to Objective-C compiler

Andy E
FAIL

Re: Objective C ??

I was about to say this too. Certainly for app development on iOS, Swift is the preferred language. It is being pitched as being easier to learn and understand than Objective-C. Why isn't MS concentrating on Swift? Objective-C bridge looks like legacy code support to me and iOS apps don't tend to have a long shelf life before they are replaced by the next better, newer one with more features.

As an aside, if you look for any training or tutorials for Swift it is 99% iOS development. Bit of a pain if your trying to learn to write Swift programs for OS X.

Andy

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Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

Andy E
Alert

Headaches anyone?

Presumably the traffic is undetectable by the human eye which perceives a continuous level of light with no flicker. However, once the Luddites get wind of this there are going to be people who develop headaches and claim they can't work in buildings that use the technology. It happened with WiFi. Whats the optical equivalent to a tin foil hat?

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Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

Andy E

Hang on a min...

I've been using MacBook Pro's for years and we also have an iPad knocking about that gets a lot of use. However, my daughter recently got a Surface Pro 3 for her collage work and I have to admit it's a nice bit of kit. Yes, to use it for serious work you need a keyboard and mouse but nevertheless you can use it. With the add ons it cost somewhere between the top end iPad and a MacBook Pro.

I don't think it's the final solution for a portable computer though as you need to take a keyboard and mouse with you. We need different input methods which are at least as efficient as the keyboard and mouse but don't need any additional kit for that to happen.

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

Andy E
WTF?

Re: Next Case...

I'm not sure that's correct. The blurb on iMessage says it only works over WiFi and defaults to SMS if WiFi is not available for one of the parties. I have seen this happen when sending texts to someone who I know has an iPhone.

Secondly its possible to de-register your phone number from iMessage if you are leaving Apple land.

Have I missed something?

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

Andy E
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HP Officejet 7410

I bought this printer over 10 years ago and its still going strong although it only gets used once or twice a month these days. In the early years it was being hammered for reports and presentations. Yes the ink cartridges are expensive (£25 & £26) but these days they last ages unless the kids start printing pictures for their homework. The only downside was driver support which after a nightmare with Vista was sorted out for Windows 7. It's not very well supported on OS X though which is a bit of a surprise. It was quite an expensive purchase initially but has worked consistently well. At the moment I use it for printing labels for beer bottles but it has been used for printing photo's on A4 sized paper and they do look good.

If your prepared to pay the initial price for a good quality printer then you can expect it to last, depending on usage of course.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

Andy E
Mushroom

Duck

I wonder if there's someone on Pluto thinking "Everybody duck, someone's shot a missile at us!"

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

Andy E
Joke

Grow the market

I've noticed and I bet someone at Apple has too that people only wear one watch even though they have two arms. Assuming the market for iWatch is nearing saturation one possible option to increase the market is by getting their adoring fans to grow another set of arms.

Just wondering....

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

Andy E
Facepalm

It's a blame game

I always thought the advantage for Government departments to outsource IT services was it moved the blame when it all goes wrong (and it will) from senior civil servants to the suppliers. It protects their pensions.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Andy E
Stop

And another thing....

The reader is only part of the solution. You need something to manage the library.

I have an old Kindle keyboard and having a hobby as a book review, I read lots of books. The Kindle's not perfect, but it does the job. Anyway, the problem I have is the poor interface for managing a large collection of books. Given how bad it is on the Kindle I use Calibre on a Mac which is a very nice piece of software. Unfortunately it always seems that Amazon don't want you to use it or any other library management tool. This makes it very difficult for the developers who are always having to try and workaround Amazon.

I expect this problem will get worse as the storage capacities of the e-readers get bigger.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Andy E
FAIL

Deadly incident?

"the fear that a more deadly incident will soon occur has been heightened."

Deadly to who? The phrase "more deadly" implies there was some measure of deadliness in the incident. I've read it twice now and can't see any. Is this a new El Reg measure of deadliness that's to small for us mere mortals to see?

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Chrome on Mac sucks (electrons), says Google, so we'll fix it

Andy E
FAIL

Not better than Safari.

It seems they don't want to make Chrome better than Safari, they just want to make it a little bit better than it is at the moment.

I think I'll stick with Safari.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

Andy E
Thumb Up

Significant lean towards iOS

I have played with Swift writing a couple of demo applications on OS X. The problem I had was that at least 95% of the information out there is about writing code for iOS. While there is much in common there are substantial differences between the two operating systems particularly the UI.

Having said that I do like Swift as its easy to write half decent code.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Andy E

RyanSpace

With RyanSpace oxygen will be an optional extra not covered by the initial ticket price.

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AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more

Andy E
Flame

Re: *tips kimono*

With a 200-300 W thermal design thats some heater....

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

Andy E
Holmes

Re: I can't stand burglars

I'm wondering why there was enough space in the cupboard for him to hide there. Had he been burgled?

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

Andy E
WTF?

Re: As I understand things

How can the Higgs boson interact with ordinary matter when it decays so quickly?

I'm still trying to get my head around how the Higgs boson and/or the Higgs field gives other particles mass.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

Andy E
Pint

And another data point...

I read a story once where they uncovered the remains of a dinosaur. What made it special was the dinosaur was holding a placard with “Ban the Bomb” written on it.

Anyway, hats off to Chalachew Seyoum for finding the fossil. It can’t be easy working in those conditions and he deserves recognition for the find. As the article says its another data point in our evolutionary story. I'd like to think I'm another data point much, much higher up the scale in terms of evolutionary progress but the wife says no.

Andy

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

Andy E

Re: Had a Thecus, don't bother

I agree - it's a Thecus so save your money and buy something that works. My experience of owning a Thecus N2200Plus was dire, although the European support team were excellent. Despite many, many firmware updates many of the features just didn't work. Why they were included in the GUI in the first place is a mystery. It then started to drop the raid 0 array for no apparent reason and you couldn't remount it without tech support accessing the NAS.

I replaced it about a year ago with an ASUSTOR AS-604T which has been so stable I keep forgetting about it.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

Andy E
Alien

Won’t any alien who manages to decode and understand this transmission make the assumption that its from unintelligent pond scum? Having read some of the entries I know I would.

Does that make me an alien?

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

Andy E

Skype on an iPhone is awful

If you haven't tried the Skype app on an iPhone have a look at the comments on the iTunes store.

This concerns me as my employer uses Lync extensively with all other IM's being blocked The main use for Lync is messaging and screen sharing to small groups of users and to be honest, Lync works very well.

In common with some other posters I want to keep my work and non-work contacts separate. It's going to be interesting to see how the run down in Lync in favour of Skype will pan out. Badly I should think.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Andy E
Holmes

Re: Sensible companies don't allow Chrome at all. Mozilla is far better.

I switched to Chrome from IE because I needed a quick browser but as others have mentioned it has become slower and slower. Google also seems intent on morping it into a Google portal so that all your activities take place within the Google Chrome environment. I find this creepy given their reputation for monitoring and moniterizing.

It might be time for something new.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

Andy E
Coffee/keyboard

Rather expensive

I can pick up a new keyboard and mouse for just the shipping fee!

Seriously though, I think the high cost and learning curve will put most people off.Voice recognition is making progress and keyboards are so cheap. Having said that, I would be interested in something which was more efficient and required less desk space but it would need to be priced at or near prices of keyboards.

I've never tried Google Glass but I would imagine that if the screen was projected onto the glasses lense and you could type with the Twiddler, then you could get some work done on the bus, train, cafe.

Just a thought.

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

Andy E

Re: There is nothing new under the sun

I think you have identified the one thing thats missing from this article. Inventions developed for one use case might actualy be used quite successfuly for something else. As well as telescopes superglue springs to mind as does text messaging which seems to have replaced pagers.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

Andy E
Coat

Re: And another thing...

Were the Three Degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius?

I'll get my coat (humming "When Will I See You Again")

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

Andy E
WTF?

I need a compelling reason...

...to 'upgrade' from v7 to v8.1 or even to v10 when it comes out. At the moment I'm quite happy with the PC's running v7 which seems rather stable and predictable. There's no software or hardware I want/need at this time that demands v8. So, whats going to make me pay out £100 per PC to upgrade? There's other things I'd rather spend the money on.

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NASA preps mission to probe Earth's magnetic mysteries

Andy E
Mushroom

Really?

"... flying through reconnection regions that are only “a few miles thick” but can generate explosions “many times the size of Earth.”"

Well, why don't we see them?

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

Andy E
Pint

Re: LMFAO

I think alcohol might be involved. I'd need a fair bit to produce the same quality of shambolic rambling.

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No more tomorrows for TomorrowNow suit as Oracle and SAP settle

Andy E
FAIL

Not the only error

"felt the jury erred in picking that number and ." And what?

I know its Friday but this is sloppy stuff.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

Andy E
Mushroom

More security flaws per second...

So it can process Java script faster than the others. Does this mean your PC wll be pawnd quicker?

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

Andy E
Holmes

Whats next?

I do wonder what the next big major development for the tablet will be. The iPad has been a huge commercial success but its development appears to have stalled. You can stick more memory in the thing and a faster CPU and possibly a better display but its essentially the same thing. Both Microsoft’s and some of Google’s offerings have better keyboard support but that’s hardly earth shattering. Perhaps the fondleslab has reached its peak and the next big tech must have thing will be something else?

Where's my watch?

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Andy E
Happy

Minority Report

Updated iPhone 5S and iPad to iOS 8. No issues with the update. No one's noticed the iPad has been updated.

Software looks good on the phone.

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

Andy E
Mushroom

BBC to balme

I did wonder about that as it seems to coincide with the relaunch of Dr Who.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Andy E
Gimp

Due for a refresh

Many, many years ago in 2006 I bought one of the original Intel MacBook pro laptops. This was my first venture into the fruity land and in 2009 I bought an iPhone 3GS and unfortunatly both bits of kit are still going strong. The MacBook Pro has had a disk drive upgrade and a new battery. The iPhone has had a new protective case as the old one broke when I was trying to get the iPhone out of it. So the laptop has been going for 8 years and the phone for 5 which is not a bad return on investment.

Whats prompting the refresh is that neither product is supported, with the MacBook Pro stuck on OSX 10.6.8 and the iPhone on iOS 6.1.6. I'm starting to see Apps and programs (which I use) being release that list minimum requirements my kit doesn't meet.

I will probably stay with the Apple kit as I can't see any Android/Windows combination that looks to be as stable while providing a steady supply of free updates as Apple

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Andy E
Unhappy

I'm being discriminated against!

I'm a white hetrosexual male with no military service or disabilities, which seems to put me at the back of the queue.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

Andy E
Flame

Despicable management.

This article should be given to people who are considering applying for a job at the BBC. I don't understand why senior management involved have not been terminated.

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

Andy E

Comma in wrong place?

By Shaun Nichols 7, Aug 2014

Fixed it for you.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Andy E

Somewhere without mobile connectivity

"The thought being, if you are somewhere without mobile connectivity – like the wilds of Cambridgeshire" If your with 3 Network that's pretty much most of the UK outside of the major cities.

I don't even get a signal in my office in London. Perhaps its called 3 as three times a year you will get a signal.

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

Andy E

Why is it so hard to see?

Given that just about everything has mass, why is the Higgs so hard to detect?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Andy E

Something with substance

Ne obliviscaris legis meae et medication

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

Andy E
Terminator

Minions! I need more robotic minions!

Considering that it can take many years to get to the Asteroid belt this is has to be a job for robots. Once there, they would need a working life measured in decades to be viable. It would also make commercial sense just to leave them there once they broke down.

Assuming the robots take 10 years to get there and after another 5 years have sufficient resource to ship it back to near earth orbit (the Moon makes more sense) it would take another 10 years to get here. So were looking at a minimum of 25 years after the robots were sent before anything of use is delivered back. Like others have said I can’t see what the commercial return would be. Scientifically it would be interesting but unless there is a huge, huge load of something valuable it’s going to be too expensive to do.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Andy E

What’s the compelling reason to upgrade?

I look after about a dozen traditional PC's and laptops and they are all running the latest and greatest Windows v7. I have looked at v8 but can't identify the compelling reason to make me even want to upgrade. As most of the machines are fairly recent and stuffed with memory, I'm hoping we won't need a new system until Windows 9 has been released which if I'm lucky will be more accommodating to traditional PC's and laptops.

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