* Posts by Richard Chirgwin

87 posts • joined 15 Feb 2011

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Naphthalene

Thanks!

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Boffins map Netflix's Open Connect CDN

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks; an error on my part. There were two examples given, and I didn't notice that they weren't identical, so I'll make the relevant edit.

Richard Chirgwin

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: As Science notes, propylene oxide isn't an organic molecule;

Well, thank you. I'll make a suitable edit immediately!

(Knew I should have paid attention that day)

Richard C

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Jacob Appelbaum quits Tor Project amid 'sex misconduct' accusations

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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Yes, and the "some twat" was me. To quote Harold Macmillan, when asked what he feared: "Events, dear boy, events" (possibly apocryphal, but it suits the purpose here).

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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How to get root on a Linux box, step 1: Make four billion system calls

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: FUD...doesn't work 2 cases...

Interesting, thanks. - Richard Chirgwin

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BoMed: Oz weather bureau network struggles to its feed

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks, noted.

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Apple had more CVEs than any single MS product in 2015, but it doesn't really matter

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: A little journalistic help?

Thanks for pointing this out. I have edited the article, since I should have included the expansion of CVE.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Badware in the firmware all over the place

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

A New Zealand Weta, to represent very big bugs!

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

A treat to see Stanislaw cited as first comment!

RC

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Blah, thank you, I'll take care of that now.

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Pluto .... Pandemonium ....

Oh, you're good.

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Google's new squeeze: Brotli compression open-sourced

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Deflate predates 1996 by about 6 years...

Thank you for the extra detail,

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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NBN cable rules spark electricity network push-back

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Am I missing something....

The cables on poles are mostly fibre - that's the "F" of HFC. The thicker cables are to accommodate more fibres to lower the contention, ahead of new standards like DOCSIS 3.1.

Richard Chirgwin

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Regulator okays Optus exit from HFC network

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What's going to happen?

Since this is often a question I get asked, it's worth an answer here: You can keep your current ISP relationship if you want - the NBN is a change of wholesaler.

Richard Chirgwin

Vulture South

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Australian dark matter hunter wins AU$1.75 million funding

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: A new low

Thanks all for drawing my attention to the typo. It's been fixed.

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OpenFlow busts out of the data centre with 15,000-route Pacific test

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: what?

I will change that to "architectural or design changes to their network", to make it clear.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Inverter?

Pro-logic -

The inverter you'd need is a function of how much power you want to draw. If you want (say) 6 kW continuous, that would be (for eg) two 3 kW inverters.

I didn't price these up, because you'd need the inverter capacity whatever battery you're using, it remains the same.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: For those of you wondering, 2.05 = 7 ^ exp(-1)

Thank you so much for clarifying that!

Richard Chirgwin

Vulture South

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Oops...

Oops indeed - thanks, I have fixed this.

RC

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NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks - I have removed the extraneous "the". You're right, I'm from Sydney!

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Dodgy installer drops Trojan in Japanese Buffalo update

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Catch the Trojan...

Those who had already downloaded and installed need to patch. The offending files have been removed from the site.

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Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Baptist World Aid gets a D for transparency

veti - There was a bug with the site earlier, which they've now fixed.

Richard Chirgwin

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Surprised by RC's statement!

MondoMan,

The phrase was merely a shorthand for the impact of wind farms being less than natural variability, (the latter I included verbatim in the report), and was not intended to convey any political or scientific commentary.

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Goodbye 37signals, hello Basecamp

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Jason Friend?

Regrettably, I can't blame spellcheck, but eyesight. Even with my glasses on, I honestly read it as "Friend".

Thank you for correcting me, friend commentard.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Sub-heading?

Thanks - missed a million there! Fixed.

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Hand over the goodies, Brazil tells Chocolate Factory

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

As far as we are able to tell at this point, the relevant wording of the decree is this:

"O armazenamento e a recuperação de dados a que se refere o caput deverá ser realizada em centro de processamento de dados fornecido por órgãos e entidades da administração pública federal"

Roughly: the storage and retrieval of data referred to [in this legislation] should be held in data processing [facilities] provided by entities of the federal public administration.

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Why, thank you! This will be noted in the article.

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Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Enough is enough

[Posted by the author on behalf of someone who's run into a Bad Internets Day]

Why would you cancel an order for the most technically advanced and awesome device on the planet at the moment? Because one headline-grabbing techie identified a flaw that could be fixed in minutes by any-old-coder?

I suspect it will be fixed quickly.

Oh, and apparently I'm a "coward" for not wrangling with the authentication things here. Meh.

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Boffins chill out with new temperature measurement

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Marks deducted...

Typo corrected, thanks.

Richard Chirgwin

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: sounds right to me

Chris - thanks for the catch! I have corrected it to "universe".

Richard Chirgwin

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Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Facts and figures

Tom_

The 200mm aperture came from the source:

http://www.planetaryresources.com/products/

(Scroll down to "standard specifications")

"200 mm aperture, f/4 primary optic"

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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The Register's NBN study: a good start, let's ramp it up

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Linky link

Thank you for drawing this to my attention. I've added the link to the article, and here it is: http://www.pozible.com/project/26539/

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CSIRO seeks seagoing sysadmin

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Amended and chastened.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Eh?

Thanks, all. I have corrected Microsoft's grammar now.

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Maybe I missed it...

Dr Mouse -

The list of patents is on the BT page linked in the story.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Boffins strap turbocharger to BitTorrent

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: WTF?

Note that they're not talking about distance as in "metres of copper / fibre whatever". Distance in the context of the paper is the topology - how many nodes between you and I, for example.

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Sony joins iWear face-off

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Eye strain

A study, no. I asked Australia's ophthalmologists' professional body about this. Their answer was that since the "glasses" project their images "at infinite distance" there shouldn't be a problem.

Since optometry and ophthalmology instruments employ the same trick for some testing instruments, I decided to accept that answer.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 18 billion km thats like saying

Or 708.66 billion cubits.

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Check maths.

You didn't miss. I missed a zero. Now fixed, with thanks!

Richard Chirgwin

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France tries again, with EU20 billion broadband fund

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Certainement pas!

Thanks, ScissorHands, I have amended the copy accordingly.

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First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Three Strikes?

Thanks for this. I have added a paragraph at the end of the story to explain it. The "three strikes" refers to the process followed before a case can be brought to the tribunal - the customer has to be sent three warnings via their ISP.

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NASA joins ESA dark stuff hunt

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Forever eclipsed.

Thank you. I will correct this.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Too good to be true.

"Rather like the bird that impersonates camers shutters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y (1:50). Come on Attenborough, you expect us to believe that ?"

Since I've heard birds imitate mobile phone ringtones, yes. I know of a Superb Lyrebird in Australia whose repertoire includes imitating a local dog!

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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The secrets of spacetime revealed - on your workbench!

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: John Wheeler in 1955

Thanks both, John Wheeler - 1955 - added!

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NASA suggests robotic return to the Moon

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Space Shuttle was an in-city delivery van

Thanks - I have deleted that reference. It was spurious anyway.

Richard Chirgwin

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Scientists ‘untangle’ quantum communications

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Entanglement

Good question! - Please note, here I am talking to the limit of my understanding.

Greater distance introduces greater noise. The entanglement may well exist over infinite distance, but our ability to observe it is eventually lost to the noise.

Cheers,

Richard Chirgwin

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USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 1974? Or 1794?

Fixed - thanks!

Richard Chirgwin

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IBM scientists take image of atomic bonds

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Not C60

Thanks commentards for picking up the mistake in the original version. I've now correctly identified the molecule as nanographene - Richard Chirgwin

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Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Percent

Thanks to the readers that caught the misplaced decimal point, which I have now corrected.

Richard Chirgwin

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