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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Your Flying Car? Delayed again, but you WILL get it, says Terrafugia

Silverburn

Re: Yes yes yes, but

...and my holographic-without-back-glass-and-yet-still-haptic computer interface that holywood keeps promising me?

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Silverburn
Happy

Pic on page 2...

...Now that's an unhappy looking fish.

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Joke

Re: Hole, money, pour

4D routes?

That's funny...because when I program a route into the GPS, I always arrive within a minute of the ETA. And I alway keep left on our UK motorways. It's recommended in my Audi user manual I'm sure, if I ever chose to read it.

<-- observe before pressing red button.

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Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

Silverburn
Linux

Re: They have created a reason for a Linux virus

Does it involve guess the password in 3 attempts while some sinister action music plays in the background?

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

Silverburn

Price

Personally, whether it's up front "buy" or ongoing "lease", I don't care. Suits me fine either way.

It's the massive, wallet-gouging prices Adobe charges in the first place I refuse to pay. One off or on a subscriber basis...a shit load of money is still a shit load of money.

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El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Silverburn
Mushroom

The Popping sound..

...is Eadon's head exploding with rage at all the positive points going to MS.

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

Silverburn
Black Helicopters

Re: Oh yes?

Hacking state systems only really benefits the ones who are "behind" in any specific criteria.

Once China has Stealth tech, nanotech, pharmatech, biotech, insertothertech that is superior to "ours", then there will be strategic advantage for us to hack them.

Until then, it will be surface surveillance only and a generous helping of plausible deniability.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Silverburn

There's no mention of or link to MS, so he's probably not bothered.

However, it's never stopped him before...

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Boffins plan to drop €250,000 TEST-TUBE BURGER on London

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Happy

Dilema...

...eat 200,000 MacDonalds Cheese burgers and die from a heart attack caused by cholesterol poisoning, or eat one £200,000 burger and die from a heart attack caused by imminent bankruptcy.

Decisions, decisions....

I guess it comes down to whether you get fries and "diet" coke with the lab-burger.

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Rules, shmules: Fliers leaving devices switched on in droves

Silverburn

Critical "mass"

I'm a firm believer that one low-power rx/tx device (which all phones/tablets are) is not going to crash a plane.

However...would 10? 100? 500?

500 devices (not unrealistic) all pumping out 0.5w each = 250watts. That's a lot of RF noise, even if it is limited to a particular band.

On the upside, general RF noise from the electronic components will be tiny, especially by the time it reaches the flight electronics and sensors.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

Silverburn

Re: @RogerThat - Sweet Jesus, dude...

That's the responsible thing to do! You won't have to spend days setting everything up again, will you?

Lets gloss over that bloated pile of turd that is itunes for the moment...and recall that it does actually allow you to restore the last backup of your old phone (usually made automatically when you plug in the phone) to your new phone. Time to setup new phone...30 minutes tops, and most of the work is done for you. Use icloud for various settings, and it's even simplier. You're hardly going to be spending "days" getting everything back to just the way you want.

Whether you like iOS or not, the restore-old-to-new process is actually quite painless.

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Java still vulnerable despite recent patches

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Re: As always, the victim would need to fail the Java user IQ test

Java's assumption that a security dialogue is the resolution for their shortcomings in security is, well... meh.

+1. Breaking out the sandbox via API - biggest fail of Oracle, regardless of what muppetry the user tries to inflict apon themselves.

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Silverburn
Happy

Re: As always, the victim would need to fail the Java user IQ test

Java user IQ test?

Does it involve the response to only one question: "Double click to install Oracle JRE - YES/NO"?

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

Silverburn
Holmes

I dunno...there's a bit of substance to it this time though.

- No new compelling products

- Misread the market; witness success of Samsung vs iphone 5

- Massive recalls for iphone

- Cook isn't Jobs

10bn is still a fair whack of wedge, but an 18% slide is still 18%...

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

Silverburn
Happy

Re: Uh-Oh

Siri says where....Go there at night

FAIL...Siri would direct you to Maps...whereapon you chances of finding said location approaches the same odds as being struck by lightning. Fifteen times. While working in a coal mine.

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Ants have careers; you don't want them

Silverburn
Happy

Bugger me, all of these sound like a considerable promotion. Where do I send my CV?

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

Silverburn

Re: iBeetle?

Given the fashionista nature of the prospective buyers, they won't have one of these longer than 3 years, so they won't care.

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Happy

Recalls

Given Apple's penchant for offloading blame for defects (and the resulting $bn's of cost) on it's suppliers, VW better watch out.

Not to worry - it's a VW, so the driver will at least be familiar with the recall process and has probably memorised the trip to the dealers already - probably for the oil consumption.

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

Silverburn
Facepalm

$1.6bn of rejects...ooooh.

Regardless of the reasons/blame, that's gonna sting a bit. Looks like the rumours of hard-to-manufacture was true afterall.

Maybe Sir Ives would like to consider manufacturability over obsession with "eyecandy-ness" for ver 6...? 1mm of thinness and micron-levels of fit and finish is worth jack shit if you can't reliably manufacture the damned thing.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

Silverburn

From what I read, full control needs local access and thus out of scope, whereas hacking the autopilot only needs piggybacking of ACARS. Given how prevant autopilot is used in flight these days, it's not insignicant.

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Silverburn

Only snag with this, was - as I understood it - it could be ground-based as well, since the link has two end points.

So banning of all electronic devices within a 5 miles radius of the airport is the sort of proposterous outcome I would expect.

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

Silverburn
Happy

Re: Missing Windows 8 User

Re: Eadon...

..does anyone else get a flashback to Star Wars - TESB - and the light saber scene on cloud city?

Eadon has just had his hand chopped off, and Bill gates issues forth in a sinister voice...

"Eadon...*I* am your father..."

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Silverburn
Joke

Re: ObJoke

I'm surprised nobody has mention politicians yet. Is that because Baboon levels of intelligence are too high to form a valid comparison...?

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

Silverburn
Happy

Re: The US Navy has a better idea...

...further development of the Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor...

I knew Futurama would come into this somewhere. No mentions of the Farnsworth paradox yet tho'...

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Silverburn
Holmes

Smooth ride?

Obvious question - won't the constant on/off shunting of thrust every minute give you a splitting headache or make you seasick?

Even smaller charges but at subsecond internals (1500-2000 per minute, say) will surely provide a better ride for the occupants and any sensitive equipment onboard, while providing the same rate of acceleration.

Naturally, I'm completely ignoring the practicalities of getting this to work...

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

Silverburn
Black Helicopters

So much FUD here..

1. Drones != RC quadcopter or even UAV. Drones are unmanned military platforms. RC quads and UAV's are not - the human is in control. Even with APM doing waypoints, the human is still in the loop - just like cruise control or autoparking in your car still requires you to be the driver. Please stop calling them "drones".

2. Privacy. We do not need new privacy laws for RC quads etc, simply because they have a camera attached. Sticking a gopro on a broomhandle and filming your neighbour doing strange things with furniture and vasaline in his bedroom is already illegal in most countries. Attaching it to a RC quad does not make anymore more illegal.

3. Using a UAV or RC quad for commerical use is fine, but adding a camera does not make it so. RC quads used for agriculture, mapping, IR body heat detection (in collapsed buildings) etc, are all commercial and must be licenced, and you must be qualified to operate, and do all the paperwork. Whether it carries a camera or not is academical.

4. The farmer has a point - this RC was trespassing. End of. No point bleating about it. But lets not drag this into a debate about "drones", because that's a dark path. Both are at fault here, but unfortunately, the RC operator is the one who could be prosecuted - the video evidence was obtained "illegally" so the farmer is in the clear legally (though not morally). Just because it was obtained using a quad is irrelevant.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: Fingers crossed...

But the norks must know that targetting Seoul does notthing to really dent SK's military potential.

Yes, wiping out the capital city might be a good fear factor / propoganda trick, but unless you first hit the military airfields, fuel depots, ammo dumps, mobility stores, command structure and the troop barracks, your advantage will not last long.

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Steve Jobs' 'spaceship' threatened by massive cost overruns

Silverburn
Devil

Well duh

oooh look, a construction job that overruns on cost.

Pope is catholic, bear in woods, etc etc.

If you want to gouge customers and watch them beg for more, forget Apple...get into construction.

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Silverburn
Pint

If naming convention applies, a "iSpaceship Mini" or "Nano", shurely?

Pints!

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Leaked memo: Apple's iMessage crypto has DEA outfoxed

Silverburn
Pint

Re: richard.cartledge@snc.ac.uk

I just use my own handwriting. It's a form of encryption all by itself, unreadable by anyone but me. And even then, after apply my strongest cypher (ie 6 pints), even I struggle to read it the next day.

Beer! Friday!

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Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

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Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

There is so much you can read into that catchline...

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Silverburn

Re: What this study mainly proves..

Does it matter?

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

Silverburn

Re: Renault and electronics...

I concur...damn, it's a nice looking wee motor...

But you know you can't. Because it's a renault.

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Nvidia unveils Minority Report-style face-bot tech

Silverburn

Re: It's all in the eyes

I dunno. I think Ira works for HMRC. As an Auditor. Which would explain *everything*.

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Silverburn
WTF?

Carrot Top

I clicked, and now I need the Mind bleach please.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

Silverburn
Pint

Re: What is this article supposed to be?

Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.

It is. It was. It's not.

Cheer up and have one on me.

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Silverburn
Happy

Half-life wife

I might have to get back into Half-life - at least it retains the "wife" title arrangement.

Switch to black ops, and "wife" becomes "soon-to-be-divorcee". The additional costs this title change entails is not mentioned in any of Activisions T&C's, and users should be made aware. Maybe if they introduced it as an ingame purchase...

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

Silverburn
Boffin

Re: Maybe GoPro should

Or rig your own.

It's not pretty, but GoPro runtimes = massive. Use one of these: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__20689__Turnigy_nano_tech_2200mah_4S_35_70C_Lipo_Pack_USA_Warehouse_.html

And one of these:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__24405__Hobbyking_Lipo_to_USB_Charging_Adapter.html

Plug in the USB as normal, and bingo.

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

Silverburn
FAIL

Re: What I like to know exactly is...

THERE WILL BE THE CONSOLE that can do all this better, cheaper and, longer then a Bonkers PC

Of course, when I want to play Eve or WoW, I naturally hop onto my console for a quick...

Oh wait.

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Silverburn
Happy

Re: Pastime

do this when I'm bored, go to my favourite supplier's website and select stupidly specced components to get the most humongously over the top desktop.

You're transparently not trying hard enough...go to apple, and spec a mac pro. You'll easily break the 10k limit without even getting near a top end games rig...

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Silverburn
Alert

Re: on the flipside

My experience of Asus product is that it's fine until it stops working

Obvious statement alert!

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Silverburn
Holmes

Re: welcome to th 1990'2

Playing games in less than DX11, with half the textures and effects missing, and using suboptimal gamepad.

How quaint.

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Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

Silverburn
Black Helicopters

Re: Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate - YouTube

f* it...I'm still building one anyway, using a Raspberry Pi, 3G dongle, google maps, proximity and altitude sensors and death ray camera pretty flowers.

But not being a US citizen, I guess I won't have to worry about the constitutional impact of this.

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Happy

Coincidence?

Friday: Recieve Raspberry Pi

Monday: Read about talon-welding 'copter

All I need now is the xbox controller and some Lego Technics, and I have the *perfect* Pi project.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

Silverburn
Coat

Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE

No...it's been like that for a while.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

Silverburn
Windows

Re: Great move Elop

Erm - but Nokia are back making a profit - largely thanks to Microsoft.

Methinks the 920 etc would probably still have "sold well" *cough* if it had shipped with Jelly bean etc.

The OS != the phone.

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

Silverburn
WTF?

Is it a big deal?

...that Apple replaces the parts in China, rather than the whole phone?

When my washing machine breaks down within warranty, I don't expect a brand new washing machine. I expect a prompt service, where a guy comes out and replaces the failed part. See also: my car, my TV, my bicycle, my cooker etc etc.

As long as your phone comes back working as it should, does it really matter whether they replaced a component, or the entire electronic contents, or even replaced the entire phone? As long as Apple meets it's warranty obligations promptly and without question, who really gives a shit?

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

Silverburn
Flame

Re: Humans cannot do 2 things that require concentration.

Dry shaving = You sadist...

Real shaving takes hot water, soap, a brush and a sharp blade.

<-- what it feels like after dry shaving.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4: A slim stripper with palms hovering over its body

Silverburn

Re: Build it and they will come

Much easier than setting up a Pi as a web enabled IR blaster....

But less fun doing so...?

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