* Posts by RubberJohnny

94 posts • joined 5 Jul 2011

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Star Wars BB-8 toy in firmware update risk, say UK security bods

RubberJohnny

Re: Interesting

Wonder what kind of firmware would an attacker want to load a Sphero BB8 with?

Something that could do some malicious work from the inside of your home network.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

RubberJohnny

Re: He didn't have specific intent to photograph the property

That's proven by the fact that Meredith had time to retrieve his shotgun and shoot it down after he saw it.

How do we know he had to go and retrieve his shotgun? He is an American yokel FFS. And anyway, had he seen the drone flying in the general area he could have got the gun ready and waited for it to come within range.

However, having shot trap down the line before, even with a long choked down barrel and heavy shot, 80 metres is a bit of a stretch.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

RubberJohnny

Re: Can't switch?

No you misunderstand.

These users have purchased apps, and those apps remain purchased in Apple's store so when they get a new device they just re-download them. They may have a big investment in those.

If they go to another eco system then those purchases are lost.

And if they have their family and friends regularly using iMessage and Facetime, FindMyFriends etc, changing means they drop out of that circle.

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RubberJohnny

Re: The masters of enforced obsolescence...

I've been using the same Poundland cable for years.

A message comes up and says this is not a genuine device and may not work as expected.

But it still works.

More likely the regular updates are because of the cat and mouse battles with the jailbreak artists.

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RubberJohnny

Forced Updates

Apps and app updates in the app store start to prevail with the message "Requires iOS 9 or later" etc.

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

RubberJohnny

Re: "Interesting debate"?

Going equipped?

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Don't be silly, who wears their waistband at nipple level? Surely he would need to be tucking it into his collar?

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

RubberJohnny

Dreams

Dreams indeed.

When I was fourteen I really wanted a girlfriend. Instead I got an Amateur Radio licence which meant I had no chance of getting a girlfriend.

Now after many years of marriage and two children I can see myself playing with a BB-8 droid, though as my children are both teenagers I can't use them as the excuse for getting one. But I will.

Having sat through the film wondering how I could make a thing that rolled like a BB-8m thanks for the information!

Edit: OMG they are £130 !!!

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

RubberJohnny

Re: A bit negative...

They fail when are breached and release from somewhere other than the thrust nozzle, thus igniting and burning much quicker than intended.

On another point, SRBs thrust is not controllable in the way that a liquid motor with pumped accelerant/oxidant is.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Unreservedly, unabashedly euphorically optimistic

The first stage doesn't achieve orbit and so doesn't have the same heating problems of re-entry that an orbiting craft would. In fact it has completely reversed direction from the launched orbit, so there is none of the orbital energy left. it then slows its reentry by burning the rockets again.

I would think that lower atmosphere airflow cooling is the biggest difference between flight and static test.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

RubberJohnny

Re: Christmas

Tuesday was my last day this week, off all christmas until 4th Jan.

On Tuesday afternoon something major broke and I had visions of my time off being delayed, working late and the next day.

I found myself extremely focussed and concentrated on my task that afternoon.....

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RubberJohnny

Re: AC for obvious reasons but...

Coders and developers don't usually do on call do they? Seems like a good way to make sure you get reliable code.

Except I was doing on call some years ago, and the devs were contactable as a last resort. One in particular used to write deliberate bombs into the code and then remind me that he was available if needed and to not hesitate to call, because he was on £120 remuneration if called out, and was not pleased that I figured out how to work round his "bug".

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Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

RubberJohnny

Re: Malware?

This is The Register. An opportunity to be sanctimonious will always be seized.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

RubberJohnny

Re: Common sense

Make your start point and finish point a mile or so away from home. Use the travelling to the start point as a warm up and travelling home from it as a warm down. Don't record the warm up / warm down.

A few years ago I bought a new bike, it was stolen the same night. Quite a lot of it was happening, people were being followed home from the shop.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

RubberJohnny

Re: Pedant alert

That's only to be expected as we are a subject state under a US hegemony.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

RubberJohnny

Re: Surely ketchup

Get ketchup anywhere near my bacon sarnie and I'll show you the mother of all tantrums.

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I have my own personal gravity that without fail attracts whatever I am eating to the front of whatever I am wearing.

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

RubberJohnny

Re: "Vacated their mind bowels" - a lovely phrase

Which strongly suggests that Donald Trump thinks there is some kind of master-switch that can turn off parts of the internet, presumably based somewhere in Washington.

I think there is such a switch. In popular media it's a big red button and it requires two people with a key each to access. Used for retaliating to attacks of 99 rot luftballons.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

RubberJohnny

You have to listen to the full Rainbow Theme tune song, after the familiar bit, it changes and goes all heavy hippy folk man.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJsaujSs7Fw

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

RubberJohnny

Re: Mission impossible...

With a Microsoft tablet you can run development stuff, compilers etc. Apple won't let you do that properly on IOS so.....

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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

RubberJohnny

Re: The Pi does have on board storage.

The Compute Module version has flash memory.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

RubberJohnny

Re: Goooooooo Bill

Unfortunately its not as simple as that. Airports are large, complicated places, and fitting all the information on one screen is just not possible.

Traditional paper Jeppesen or Bottlang paper charts for airports are not actually very big, smaller than an iPad screen.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

RubberJohnny

Re: The Problem Seems To Be Both Simple And Predictable.

">Apparently Microsoft didn't have the brains to realize that there would be a meaningful number of people who would take advantage of the "unlimited" offer in ways that never occurred to them."

Of course they realised. That's not what this is about.

They pulled the free storage and are now offering it back as long as you agree to them having access to your "profile, contacts and email addresses".

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RubberJohnny

Re: Disingenuous little f*ckers

It's not a problem you don't have to bend over.

Just agree to give them the permission to view contact list and email addresses, but just don't keep any contact list or email addresses anywhere they can get at them. So, remove any Outlook, and don't use an MS email service.

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All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

RubberJohnny

Re: No absolute numbers provided. Why?

Zero ever for Windows Phone however.

Units sold?

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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

RubberJohnny

Re: Wasn't there a court case once about this kind of tech?

In early radio much receiving gear was home made and a favourite kids project was to wrap wire round a pickle jar to build a long wave receiver that didn't need power. It could only drive audio through an earpiece though, and loudspeaker would need a powered amplifier circuit.

I think just about all the stories about people harvesting useful power from RF belong in the urban myth category.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/3336114/Over-to-you-Mythical-electricity.html

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake will run the London Marathon – in space

RubberJohnny

Those are milled aluminium spaceflight-ready cases and they cost a fortune for the few that were made.

Some of the community have been imploring them to make a cheaper copy.

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RubberJohnny

Start on the gun? Only the top elite guys get to do that. 99% have to shuffle forward for a few minutes before they even reach the start line.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

RubberJohnny

So they took the old guy's tank away?

What a bunch of tossers. If the old guy wants an old tank, let him have an old tank.

Loads of people have tanks, they get sold on Ebay.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

RubberJohnny

Stuff your screen resolutions, more dots per inch give no useful extra to a phone.

I want: More Battery life, better daylight visibility, good signal reception, ability to withstand being dropped. They are all USEFUL things.

Extra dots per inch = waste of time.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

RubberJohnny

Because generally speaking, Londoners are a bit dopey and more likely to be careless, plus they are very gullible and easy to fool.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

RubberJohnny

The large one a few months after the first one is exactly as reported for the last 2 or 3 months.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

RubberJohnny

Re: How the sale went down

The guys at my local Maplin are a good bunch. One looked at my shopping list and we got into a discussion about balanced and unbalanced audio cables, and when I explained what I was doing with the stuff he agreed with me. They do know their stuff and are most apologetic about the prices of some things.

I do wish the display shelves wouldn't fall apart when I touch something though.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Vouchers

Yes, about that time I was using the Maplin catalogue as a component data sheet, it had all the pin-outs and specs. A cut out page in the back had a form to hand write your part numbers and quantities and send off to Rayleigh. Them and the RadioShack/Tandy catalogue, hours of entertainment. Then I started work and discovered RS.

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

RubberJohnny

In a VAG

Didn't VW Group drop the name "VAG" in 1992?

Some American prude was offended.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

RubberJohnny

Re: Pixel wars

My son's retina iPad doesn't actually do anything that my iPad 2 doesn't do.

But numbers are extremely important to the terminally stupid. And there are a lot of them and they have credit cards.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

RubberJohnny

Re: Where have all the fanboyz gone

I think the Windows boys don't see those yellow shields, they use RDCMan tool to manage multi RDPs and I don't think 15 is considered a lot.

And they WSUS servers to automate the patching.

They complained to me about the lack of opportunity to earn a bit extra at weekends.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

RubberJohnny

Re: mac book air screen

That's nonsense really, iPhones are screwed together, they disassemble entirely with screws. To separate the digitiser from the LCD requires a heat gun, but the replacement is dirt cheap.

iPods do not disassemble easily and will need a heat gun, i believe the iPad is the same, but the iPhone is definitely a screw together device and most repairs are simple stuff.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

RubberJohnny

Re: It didn't need a big team

Gestures was bought in. Apple purchased Fingerworks Inc. of Delaware, USA, which might have been a spin off of University of Delaware.

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Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn TOP SECRET Gigafactory

RubberJohnny

Re: So they should wait until they have a better battery?

The curve of battery development over the years is becoming distorted lately, because only recently has the case to move away from fossil fuel as portable energy source become so lucrative. Whilst combustibles were relatively cheap, plentiful and had the existing distribution in place there was no urgency to go to electrical cells.

Now with the climate thing going on and the oil industry dove has returned to the ark with an olive branch, there are stupendous rewards waiting for the battery breakthrough. A serendipitous CERN discovery would be my bet.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

RubberJohnny

Re: Ah, the QL—fond memories!

Thank you. I also had one, but it always worked perfectly, and reading this article I was wondering how I ever afforded it. I was beginning to think I imagined it, but thanks to you Chas I know I'm not going mad. Yet.

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

RubberJohnny

I have both, one for work where I don't have a choice and a personal phone that I bought for myself.

The work one is latest specs and version and is a nightmare fussy pita where the OS intrudes and makes a nuisance of itself. I constantly curse it's irritations, failures and needy tinkering requirement.

My personal phone barely makes itself known, it does it's job - as a platform for the apps and messaging without me thinking about the phone or OS.

I'm not interested in marketing specs or silly pissing contests, I really am not interested in the phone, I just want to get on with the jobs I use it for.

That's why my personal phone is an iPhone 5.

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

RubberJohnny

" iPhone is supposed to have a screen that is more or less RGB perfect"

Essential for Candy Crush and Facebook.

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The Jacket Pocket Argument

A 7 inch tablet in the inside pocket makes a smart jacket asymmetrically sag and the wearer transforms into a tramp.

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Music Creation Apps

Android devices still don't support low latency audio, so they are next to useless for instrument input, which is why Line6 Mobile Pod is only available on iOS.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

RubberJohnny

But duh!

It's very difficult to get hold of a 5S, I have to wait for an unspecified date in Oct/Nov before I can get a 5S, therefore I am unable to activate it. Maybe there are more 5S available in the US and other terrotories.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

RubberJohnny

Oh shut up with all this Android / iOS bickering crap. I got sick of reading the same old stuff years ago and the saddos are still bleating on at each other. Just shut up SHUT UP buy the phone you prefer and shut the f*** up. That is all.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

RubberJohnny

Take an early stake in Verizon and sell it on for 80 billion sounds like much better business to me.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Conspiracy theory time

Our story is more fun.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

RubberJohnny

Can it get and hold reasonable signal strength in fringe reception areas?

Can it survive being dropped from head height onto concrete?

Can it survive being rained on or dropped into a toilet so it has to be rinsed off?

Will the battery last between reasonable charge opportunities?

Can I read the display clearly in bright sunlight?

I actually have no interest in its relative benchmark score. I am interested in stuff that makes a real difference.

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