Feeds

* Posts by Terry Cloth

162 posts • joined 7 Feb 2011

Page:

Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

Terry Cloth
Paris Hilton

Any update?

I haven't seen any stories about the collapse of the UK housing market, so I presume they got it fixed, but I don't see the promised Reg followup. If I'm just blind, I'd appreciate somebody pointing it out to me. Thanks.

(Paris for the big question mark.)

0
0

US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

Terry Cloth
Unhappy

``[W]ho ... do you think you are to legislate ... the right to read my private ... emails?''

Her Majesty's government?

(I'd use a Joke Alert icon, but it's for real.)

0
0

Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

Terry Cloth

Who profits?

Those who think Digital Restrictions Management is a win.

3
0

Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language

Terry Cloth
Go

Killer app

Some years ago I tried Dragon Speak for conversational speech recognition for my increasingly-deaf father. It couldn't hack it (or I didn't know what I was doing).

In a continually-aging society, a small handheld capable of displaying speech of one person while ignoring that of another would be a Godsend to many otherwise-isolated people.

Extra credit for handling conversations of more than two speakers; the Nobel for handling background noise in a loud restaurant.

0
0

Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

Terry Cloth
Headmaster

Alternate grammar

True fact: when I read this comment, I thought a comma and a letter had been dropped:

[I]f you were drowning Messrs Gates and Ellison, I would throw you an anvil!

2
0
Terry Cloth
Happy

God doesn't think he's X

I first heard this in the 70s about Berlin Philharmonic conductor Herbert von Karajan. Anyone got an earlier citation?

0
0

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

Terry Cloth
FAIL

Fines for Microsoft---they're shaking in their boots

According to the first report I could come up with (USA Today), MS had some $78G in cash 18 months ago. They could pay a $250k/day fine for over 800 years (or probably forever, since that stash would yield $2.1k/day at 0.1% annual interest).

Of course, the judge could go with contempt of court and jail time for executives....

0
0

EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

Terry Cloth
Boffin

Gold standard available

It's the frequency of ``I'm feeling lucky'' use. When Google started, I was blown away by how often it got me just what I wanted. I hadn't used it in years when I switched over to DDG.

So, the EU should require Google to raise use of IFL to the level it was in their first years as compliance metric.

0
5

Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

Terry Cloth
Stop

Not a chance

Your correspondent wonders how Apple will respond to news that Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulators on iOS can run the cold war classic Raid over Moscow, which offers a chance to blow up the Kremlin.

Sounds like a new aspect of the Halting Problem to me.

0
0
Terry Cloth
Boffin

Can someone post app counts from the store?

Going by these rules, there must be a whole heap of existing apps due to be pulled. I'd just like the before and after statistics, please.

0
0

Neutrinos lay bare solar proton reactions

Terry Cloth

Re: I'm confused here a bit...

Got it in three. A photon reacts with all sorts of stuff, notably electrons in atomic orbit, boosting the electron to a higher state, and is re-emitted when the electron reverts to its previous condition. Something like that in the middle of the massively-dense sun can just wreck a photon's speed-of-light plans (and presumably enforce a random walk).

Whether you can call the outgoing photon ``the same'' as the incoming one is an interesting philosophical question. In any case, the energy created at the center of the sun does filter outward excruciatingly slowly, so conceptually it works.

OT: There was an SF novel in the 1960s which opened with a paragraph or two tracing just such a photon over its thousand-year journey, finally escaping the shackles of the mean free path and regaining its birthright at the speed of light. Only to end up irritating our hero by hitting his eyelid the morning after a bender, bringing him unwillingly to consciousness. (Well, I thought it was amusing.)

4
0

Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

Terry Cloth
Unhappy

Can someone please release the source code for Multics?

I bet there's a lot in there to learn. On the other hand, the last backup was probably discarded in the '90s.

0
0

Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

Terry Cloth

Cute tardigrades

I take it this comes under the heading of practice, rather than theory?

0
0

Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Terry Cloth
Coat

She wanted to lay it on the line

(Does that parse in British?)

1
0

Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

Terry Cloth
Childcatcher

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds....

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

0
0

Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

Terry Cloth

The envelope analogy

I find it odd that no one has asked the citizenry how they'd feel if the postman put all addresses on their paper mail into a database for the government's perusal.

3
0

Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

Terry Cloth
Stop

Erm, don't those graphs say two different things?

Or am I just misunderstanding?

The Netmarketshare graph indeed shows XP down and 7 + 8.1 up. The Statcounter graph, on the other hand, shows 7 essentially flat with 8.1 taking up the slack, the opposite of the premise of the article.

Huh?

0
0
Terry Cloth
Linux

They weren't sent through the ringer for _including_ stuff

They got slapped down because you couldn't remove the ``freebies'', much less replace them. With Brand L you get multiple apps for each tool's purpose, and can pick and choose.

4
0

Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

Terry Cloth
Coat

Yosemite (yo-SIM-uh-tee) Bears

After trying to build a bear-proof trash can, one ranger noted

There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists.

9
0

KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Terry Cloth

Flat look

It's not that I dislike any default other than my own idea of Perfection. It's that I object to making things harder to distinguish. 3D/2D, either's OK, but what's with this lack of contrast? I don't want to have to go carefully examining each icon or notification to determine what it is. I want some variation so that various pieces stand out. I really feel sorry for the visually-impaired users---what a crock!

14
1

Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

Terry Cloth
Headmaster

That's ``Gov't _Accountability_ Office'' these days.

Not to be nit-picky or anything: gao.gov.

2
0

Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

Terry Cloth
Joke

``Now you can ... fight off androids''

Hello, MIT? This is Apple---I'll take your entire output until further notice.

1
0

NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

Terry Cloth

_Lies My Teacher Told Me_

This disturbing, and disturbingly well-documented, book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong covers a lot of this. I thought I was reasonably well-informed about American historical cover-ups, and I knew about some of it, but .... This book should be read by every American, and by everyone else who wants to know a) how the U.S. bolsters its self-image, or b) how to dig for the truth about their own country's background.

3
0

'Big Internet' wades into 'net neutrality' battle with the FCC

Terry Cloth

"[I]t's been digital switching and multiplexing for a very long time."

Yes, but it's been on a circuit-switched digital network. That's the magic of POTS---if you get a connection (which is roughly always), you have ~3kHZ of bandwidth of your very own, all yours until you or your interlocutor hang up. No worries about handing off to an overloaded cell; I get continuous service through power outages thanks to copper wires and walls of batteries back at the central office. That's why they'll only get my POTS by prying it...you get the Idea.

<rant>Why do people persist in buying flash and glitter which operates worse than the boring old stuff? I have friends whom I've given up on communicating with because I can't understand them through the distortion and interference, and can't hold a conversation with for the call dropping every few minutes. With any luck I'll be dead of natural causes before the telcos finally persuade their governments that the old service is so 1950s, no one needs it anymore.</rant>

Oh, yes, and for US$30 I get to talk to anyone in the country for as long as I like. Try that on a cell phone.

0
0

Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

Terry Cloth

``There has to be a maximum password length ...'' why?

These days I expect Javascript has the ability to feed a hash function (on the server) a character at a time, in which case you only need space to store the hash---if the password is 53,297 characters, it just takes longer to enter.

Of course, that means that after a typo you start over, rather than backspace, but at least in my case it's very rare for me to make a mistake I recognize in time to be able to correct.

And if you (web designer) are too lazy to make that work, what's wrong with a 1024-byte password field? It's not as if you're going to run out of RAM, and if someone can handle a password of >1k chars, my hat's off to him.

(And where's the hats off icon when you need it?)

0
0

When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

Terry Cloth
Devil

Sounds like Clippy in the flesh

Or metal, as it were. What were they thinking?

2
0

Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

Terry Cloth

Re: Seems she sued them back in 2012 for a million dollars...

That was a different deal. Then, she was suing PinkMeth for publishing the photos, a case I hope she wins/won. Here she's suing TOR, an entirely different kettle of fish.

3
0

Presto! After Supreme Court loss, Aereo says it's a cable company now

Terry Cloth

Re: I said it

Why should they need to ``crawl ... to TV companies''? It's a compulsory license, after all.

2
0

Cranial RAM cram plan aims to restore memory

Terry Cloth

Re: Déjà vu?

Or it's for a different problem? The referenced New Scientist link specifies the 10-year-old research was for ``brain damage due to stroke, epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease''. Are they sufficiently different from Traumatic Brain Injury to require a new approach?

OTOH, I don't remember hearing about any results in the last decade, so maybe it just didn't work out.

1
0

IBM's $3bn bet on next-gen computers: Carbon nanotubes, neuro chips

Terry Cloth
FAIL

And how about end-of-life?

GaAs? You think it's tough recycling your electronics now?

And what are the breakdown modes (if any) of graphene and carbon nanotubes? At a time when we're finding plastic slivers in animals living in the abyss [1] around volcanic hot spots, it would be nice to see us determining how to safely dispose of new materials before we start integrating them into our environment.

------

[1] http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/251718.pdf

2
0

Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

Terry Cloth
Facepalm

``There have been times....''

"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."

Would that have anything to do with the lack of industrial carbon-dioxide emissions at those times?

0
1

Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Terry Cloth

Re: TomTom vs. Garmin

I got a Garmin at the right price (free from a friend who doesn't use it anymore), but was also shocked by the cost for an update.

FWIW, there's a purported method to put Open Street Map data on a Garmin. Haven't gotten around to trying it yet, so Your Mileage Will Vary. :-)

0
0

Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

Terry Cloth
FAIL

We've got the motorists trained over here

I was on a group ride last year when we got to a light going from yellow to red. We stopped. A driver on the side street (now with a green light) wouldn't budge, and waved us across. It took some seconds for us to make it clear that we were staying put before she would enter the intersection.

Sad.

0
0
Terry Cloth
Facepalm

The only safe bicycle environment is the road

At least on the road, everyone knows the rules, and if they play nice (which the vast majority do) everything's fine.

Anecdote: I was going for a ride with a friend who'd just got a spiffy new bike with V-brakes. I suggested he might want to try a few stops to take their measure, but he wouldn't hear of it. He wanted to ride a dual-use path. I pointed out that it was safer on the road, but he'd have none of it. So we drove over to the trail.

So there we are, tootling along, and came up behind a family of four, one of whom was a three-year-old on a tricycle. We slowed down to a walk, checked that they seemed to be just going along the path, and pulled out to pass. Just as my friend came abreast of them, the tricycler hung a hard turn right across his bow. He hit the brakes and went over the handle bars. (No one was hurt.)

0
0
Terry Cloth
Pint

Too late---here's the ultimate geek bicycle, from 1991

Steve Roberts, an engineer who wanted to work from home (for a very broad definition of ``home'') built a series of three recumbent bicycles, culminating in BEHEMOTH (Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine ...Only Too Heavy). (The link is to a Youtube video showing a teaser.) For the gory details, see his specs page for all three bikes.

Since then, he's moved from over-gadgeted bikes to similarly-equiped boats, but that's another story.

0
0

Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

Terry Cloth

Re: Simply pathetic

I'd like to check out that truncated original copyright, but either a) the photo's been removed from Hanks's Whosay page, or b) my stingy attitude toward allowing Javascript and cookies has interefered with seeing it.

0
0

AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

Terry Cloth
WTF?

...is a phone company doing with SSNs?

Nobody gets my SSN but the IRS and my employer.

3
0

SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

Terry Cloth
Headmaster

Excessive text

One of my favorite examples is on, IIRC, the Delaware Memorial Bridge (DE--MD, USA):

WIND CONDITIONS

Well, of course, you blockhead! If you're outdoors there are always wind conditions: breezy, still air, gale warning, approaching hurricane... which is it? If they just said ``WINDY'', they'd be specific, save ten characters, and and drivers could get their eyes back to the road sooner.

0
0
Terry Cloth
Alert

Never seen cellphone broadcast used before?

You must live in a very dull vicinity. Just this afternoon I got one warning of flash flooding, and last year I got a couple giving tornado warnings.

My sister told me of an instance at work when a bunch of smartphone owners were congregating, and a warning came in. Most amusing, once everyone's heart rate had returned to normal.

0
0

TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

Terry Cloth
Flame

Time to define `free' in commercial speech

I'd really like to see a law that if you say something's free, you have to give one to anyone who shows up & says ``I'll take it.''

Everything else can only be described as ``included in the price when you buy Y'' if a purchase is required; or you must specify the non-monetary payment (your mother's maiden name, your right nut, whatever).

1
0

Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

Terry Cloth
Go

You mean like this?

In my version of Firefox (which identifies itself as 16.0.2), the address field is exactly

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/reply/2212150
Have they removed it from later versions? (And how did it decide that `forums' wasn't worthy?)

(This is on a used Macbook running OS X 10.5.8, which won't run a newer FF. Don't worry, though, I just bought it, and will upgrade the OS shortly...it's a bit of a hassle.)

3
0

Feds: Amazon cloud can be used for healthcare data

Terry Cloth
Facepalm

``...raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit.''

To say nothing of those of us whose info will be floating around up there.

I need to find one of those outfits who've already bought the hardware, and go with them. Or better---tell my congresscritter to pass a law to rescind the permission.

0
0

German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Terry Cloth

100 millibits/sec?

That's even slower than VLF transmissions to submarines.

1
0

Got VDI questions? Fire them at our expert panel

Terry Cloth
IT Angle

That would be which VDI, then?

Is that VDI the one about virtual desktops? or the file format? or perhaps even the ancient GEM device interface?

The initialisation-challenged want to know.

1
0

REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Terry Cloth

Hoist with my own commentard

My above post was in reply to @Roger Pearse:

``In your own terms, you're helping bring censorship into being.''

0
0
Terry Cloth

Antecedents needed

Sorry---without threading, I get confused who's replying to whom. (Is there a way to know which reply attaches to which post? I don't see it on offer in my preferences.)

However, if you're suggesting that publishing info about GCHQ invites censorship, I suggest you examine your position a bit more critically. Gov't censorship is at least visible; self-censorship can be worse.

7
1

SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Terry Cloth

Other deliciousness

Bacon's great, but for years, I'd come home from work, take one breath, and tell my wife ``Boy that smells delicious.'' And she'd reply it's only onions and garlic sauteeing for whatever dinner was to be....

I still couldn't help it---next time, the same comment. That's a good aroma.

0
0

Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

Terry Cloth
Pint

Direct payment to El Reg

I've always vaguely wondered why they don't have a donate button or [....]

FWIW, maybe a year ago I e-mailed to ask where I could buy a subscription, as I do for LWN.net (the former Miss Linux Weekly News). I got a nice response saying, effectively, don't sweat it.

I guess they're doing a good business in whitepapers? In any case, I want my micropayments, so I can still pay something for the sites I don't want to pay $15/month to. (Beer, 'cause I'd definitely buy them one.)

2
0

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Terry Cloth

Babel time

Do you really want to work in an office where every person is talking to his/her computer? What about people dealing with sensitive material people in the vicinity are not allowed to know?

There's too much noise pollution already.

6
1
Terry Cloth

Proper design

Where's the effing "Push/Pull" sign on glass doors these days?

May I introduce you to Dr. Donald Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things, which contains one of my favorite comments of all time; paraphrasing: ``Any door that needs written instructions is an abject failure of design.''

Put an obvious handle on the side and edge of the door that needs pulling. Put an obvious flat plate on the other side. Voilà, no instructions needed. If you're dealing with a ``stylist'' who thinks it's beautiful to have a row of doors consisting of undifferentiated slabs of glass with hidden hinges, take him out back and shoot him.

Likewise for creators of any electronic device with a row of ten small buttons labelled in charcoal on ebony.

10
0

Page: