* Posts by 8Ace

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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I still can't fathom it ..

How so many people can vote for .. well what ? Even the Leave campaigners don't know what happens next, they are just hoping for the best. We'll I'll give you an example, trade negotiations with the US:

US: Bend over, here's the vaseline

UK : What ???

US: Sorry, no vaseline, bend over anyway

UK: Will this hurt ?

US: Let's start with full access to your NHS for our healthcare industry

UK: That does hurt !!

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: first online shopping

Watford or Technomatic. Multi page ads in Electronics magazines, almost every 74 series and 4000 CMOS listed in a tiny font along with with discrete components.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Goodbye Lester

Terrible news, I'd like to send my condolences to Lester's family and all his colleagues at The Register. He will be missed by us all.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Fundamental problem

Really there is a fundamental problem with the way software products are sold and in fact have always been sold. I think it's because it's really the only critical product set where the "product" can be sent out the door, sold, and fixed later without major expense compared to other industries. As a result there isn't the same mindset that there is with other industries where it really has to be right before it's sold. I'm not saying everyone else is perfect there are lots of horror stories in other industries, however consider the cost of issuing software updates with the recall costs for the motor industry for example, or the costs for the current tumble drier fiasco. If the s/w industry had to incur these costs we'd get better and likely a lot more secure products.

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: Science?

"Yes, we know that. Which means, if you think about it, that Mr Massey has made a very good point."

I agree completely however if we want real software engineers they must be taught to be engineers, to approach problems as engineers do, to use reasoning as engineers do. The main issue is that compared to real trained and qualified engineers, a large number of sw devs at the moment are just children playing with toys.

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Re: Science?

Sorry but there is no such thing as a software engineer, just like you won't find car doctors either. Engineering is a discipline, the state of most current software products shows exactly why no sw dev can be called an engineer

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

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I'm not sure how that's going to work...

.. it won't. It's a small island and as such the two "countries" have logically decided to pool their resources. For example Kids in N.I. who need heart treatment will have that south of the border in Dublin, cancer services for the North West on both sides of the border will be provided in Derry in N.Ireland.

It's ridiculous that the In/Out decision will effectively be decided in England where issues such as this have no relevance whatsoever.

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Re: Disruption but not as we know it?

It has already been confirmed by UK Gov that in the event of UK exit border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will not be re-instated. The border will remain open, and to all intents and purposes unmarked, as is the case currently. There is too much cross border co-operation on everything from infrastructure to health for this to happen.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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I didn't know the referendum was only for England!

.. if only it was !

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

Well yes but what happens to them when they are vaporised along with nicotine at the very high temps used here. Food additives have only been tested for safety in a cooking/food environment.

What are the by-products for example. If it's safe fine, but let's find out by testing, not spouting "it's food stuff so it must be ok" nonsense. Vegetable oil is safe to eat and cook but at temperatures just beyond those used for normal cooking it produces aldehydes which are linked to cancer.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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ECHR is also part of the N.Ireland Peace agreement

Writing ECHR into UK law was a condition of the N.Ireland peace agreement, which itself is underwritten both by an Internationally binding treaty with the Irish Republic and more importantly by a large majority in a referendum in N.Ireland itself.

Unpick that

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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Sorry !

I look at the headline picture and I just smile, nothing to do the article at all, some things just make you smile

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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Screen rotation .. Pah !

Taking the back of a green screen monitor, slackening the deflection coils and rotating them 180 degrees before tightening everything back up.

An office where every desk had the screen upside down with the base vertical, now that was a sight

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Not great but ...

.. on the other head I've yet to hear many complaints regarding the dozens of times a day men are portrayed as morons on TV ads to sell stuff.

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Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

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Someone doesn't understand programmable logic at all !

"That's partly because software developers have no clue whatsoever about hardware."

FTFY

FPGA's are not "programmed", there is no "software". VHDL (and Verilog) is a hardware description language, what's loaded into the FPGA is not a set of instructions to execute, it's a description of how the hardware is to be implemented - internal "connections", clock domains, hardware behaviour and timing.

Apart from VHDL Process statements, the closest analogy to sofware would be to think of code where in theory all lines of code have the potential to be executed concurrently with no sequential flow or order whatsoever.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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Anyone got £1.49 .....

Eh?

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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... clears throat ...

OH JUST FUCK OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

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Harder to unpick than you think

If memory serves me the EHCR was written into law also as part of the Northern Ireland peace setlment. That decision is backed both by an Internationally binding treaty between UK & ROI and also approved by a large majority by referendum in N.Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

I think removing ECHR from UK law will be much harder that most people think

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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I'd quit now if I were you !

"And if we're letting the Scots take the high road, quietly making Wales a sovereign nation whether they like it or not, we'd have to let Ulster decide its own destiny."

Ulster is not part of the United Kingdom. Ulster is one of the 4 provinces of the whole Island of Ireland, along with Leinster, Munster and Connacht. Ulster contains 9 counties. 3 of those counties are part of the Republic of Ireland, whilst the other 6 form the country known as Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is one of the 4 constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

I mean, come on.. time you learnt about your own sovereign state, then you can start pontificating on flags !

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Re: Yes please

Cross of St. David ?? Looks like you need educating on your own flag matey. It's the Cross of St. Patrick .. it's Irish. There is no Welsh component on the Union Flag.

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

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loved Rogue/Nethack

Though one thing led to another, next it was Eye of the Beholder, then the full Baldur's Gate (still on gog.com for around 6 quid).

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

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And maybe if every advert for cleaning products/cooking/shopping/washing and general fuckwittery didn't just have women in them them accompanied by a man who is portrayed as a moron, lech, or incompetent maybe the world would start to be a better place.

FTFY

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

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Re: Putin it to 'em

Actually at the moment the EHCR is all that stands between us and the extremes of our own government who must be looking at Putin with envy.

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Smart telly, router, app makers have left a security hole open for – drum-roll – three years

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Cut the software engineer crap

You might as well say software doctor as both are equally shite descriptions.

If they were engineers it would be done properly. Que lots of engineering fail examples from frustrated "framework monkeys"

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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The real agenda ?

Can't help but be suspicious of the drive to get everyone online. You'd almost think that the govt has something to gain if we do all our communications down one pipe, but hey governments can be trusted .. right ?

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Petrol Cat Converters do reduce NOx

Unlike Diesel, modern petrol engines have 3 way catalytic converters which do reduce NOx (2NOx → xO2 + N2).

3 Way addresses Hydrocarbons, CO and NOx

When operated in a closed cloop they operate with the ECU to maintain the petrol engine in the ideal range for the cat to operate most efficiently. Diesel engines currently can't achieve this.

Details from Volkswagen ironically:

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/technology/glossary/three-way-catalytic-converter

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Time for petrol only for private transport

I think it really is time for diesel to be restricted to commercial traffic only, modern low capacity petrol engines are almost as efficient as diesel and an order of magnitude cleaner on pollutants such as NOx with current cat technology. In fact a modern petrol car following a diesel helps to clean up after the oil burner. I currently have an Audi A3 2.0 Diesel, but I'm trying an Alfa Giulietta 1.4 Multi-air petrol on a weeks loan/trial, which I believe is one of the most advanced of the new gen petrol engines. It gives me 170 bhp, 0-60 in 7 and a bit seconds, and averaging 51 mpg on motorway and 39 mpg overall.

Just look at modern hybrids, the internal combustion element is petrol, not diesel.

Personally I'm converted back to petrol.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

8Ace

Announcer?

Did they borrow that lady on the vid from radio 4 ?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

8Ace

Who nicked my piano ??

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: Where's the balance El Reg ?

Tim,

Nothing whatsoever to do with rewards, remuneration or anything like that, purely a matter of balance. I've no problem with your articles, I enjoy them though they are necessarily written from a certain point of view and a perfectly valid one at that. However the argument from the other side of the fence is absent, apart from the comments, and if the Register feels that articles on topics such as this and economic principle and theory are of interest then they need to be balanced. Whatever people think economics is not a science, large aspects are open to opinion and interpretation, and yours is one of many.

So it would be nice to hear the opinion from those with somewhat opposing views, I'm sure almost everything you've put in this article could be interpreted differently and a different conclusion reached by an economist starting from a different viewpoint.

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Where's the balance El Reg ?

Whilst Tim's articles are interesting they are the view of one side of the economic spectrum only, and any criticism or attempts at rebuttal are restricted to those of us on these forums. Whilst I'd hate to see the Register become too focussed on economics, isn't it time we had the views from the opposite side of the fence from the Adam Smith Institute. This is hardly balanced reporting.

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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"Google's security engineers have been helping Adobe's programmers"

Software types are not engineers..... just stating a fact.

Engineers can also develop software, but software developers are not engineers

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Netflix yes, Now TV Noooo !

Please don't use Now TV as an example of how to do content access. Quality on sport and movies is piss poor and deliberately so in order to protect the full subscription service. I'd put it on a par with VHS video rather than compare it with Netflix.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: WTF?

It's probably the fact that that most cars use a CAN type bus to exchange message between different systems. For example most car music systems offer speed depended volume to cover road noise so there's one connection. The nice display on these Infotainment systems are great for systems messages too so it now must exchange info with other systems handling brakes (wear, ABS), engine (temp, ECU issues etc.).

Once you have access to that common bus you have the opportunity to send "trusted" messages between most systems in the car.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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"Aside from its Childline, what does he NSPCC do"

Runs expensive TV and online campaigns implying that the only risk to children is fathers and other males. They are a lobby group, don't give them a penny.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Is it just me ... ?

Oh I don't know .. how about the 7th of July ?

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Is it just me ... ?

I find the whole "7/7" monicker a bit offensive. It's like the UK media thought - well the US had a snappy 9/11 title for their horror, we should have one too. There is no reason for it other than to ape the US media, it never happended in the past. Can't they respect the victims without having to "tag" the event.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Basketball.....?

Watching the updates install would have been the most entertaining part of the evening

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Not a problem solved

Aircraft and Power stations are hardly consumer products. If you are expecting future autonomous vehicle software to be designed using the same technologies (and budgets) as Airbus and Boeing, you are misguided.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

Something has to be "on" waiting for the "wakeup" call

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Not great guys

I mean who though that sticking a ginormous image at the top of each story, leaving a couple of paragraphs of text visible was a good idea?

What's with all the empty space?

What's with the grey "visited" links. OK it's different but other than that what's the point, it makes it harder to see where I've been.

The category heading above each story on the front page... what's that , some sort of eye test? A bit bigger please.

Overall I'd have to rate the changes as pretty poor.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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So what...

It's just a Skoda Octavia/Seat Leon/VW Golf/VW Beetle/Audi A3/Audi TT (arranged in increasing order of dullness).

Styling is typically German .. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

And as for Diesel, commercial use should be left alone, personal use should be hammered financially. Breathable air seems more important to me than CO2 and anyway turbo petrol is getting better each year.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Scotland

Alex Salmond put in a higher bid, the Scots are going to need kit for their own army

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Just wondering ?

Isn't there a requirement for wooden packaging bound for the US, such as pallets etc., to be certified as heat treated against pests etc.

I could be wrong though but worth checking.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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Lasted about 30 seconds before uninstall

Initial screen says "your notes are synced to the cloud" , uninstalled.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Fisher King

My absolute favourite film. At least Parry will find it easier to move the clouds around where he is now.

RIP Mr. Williams

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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Basketball

Repetitive, dull, each game looks very much like the last -just like Windows

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Power assisted ??

And what happens to the power assisted steering and brakes when the engine is cut off at 70mph. I wouldn't want to be in the oncoming traffic stream in that instance.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Re: Parking Rant

My daughter did a survey while at primary school. They spent an hour at the local Tesco counting the number of people who didn't return their trolley. In that case it turned out that 82% of those who left them at their arse rather than return them were women.

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