* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: A few problems here

The issue is, at least in part, that the software is used in schools.

If one of the tabloids picks it up and runs with it on the fallacious 'paedo hackers are stealing your children' line, the company will suffer *huge* losses so, sadly, to be seen to be carrying out swift and 'decisive' action to remove the 'threat' of hordes of nerd child molesters is possibly the best course of action to take in terms of image management.

We all know it's bollocks, we all know Slip was an arse for doing it this way (unless there's more to this than we are being told) but it's the way of the world, posturing for effect in the public arena is a business tool.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Excellent article

Clingfilm is better, it prevents listener created airflow if you wrap it tightly around the head and relevant orifices.

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Re: for dogs only

Well, actually, it is important to have those sounds. I'm not an audiophile by any means, in fact I actively try to debunk the bollocks the audiophools punt about (previous comments include dipping audiophools in liquid nitrogen to lower the noise they emit) but in that particular instance they're right, supersonic and subsonic frequencies can be important.

It's basic theory (and practice), if you mix two fundamental frequencies together you will have an output that contains the two fundamentals *and* the additive and the subtractive frequencies of both.

So even though the fundamental frequency of such a sound is outside your hearing range, it will heterodyne with other frequencies and produce within your hearing range, they contribute to a fuller, more rounded sound.

For an example of how harmonics can make something sound different, grab a copy of audacity and have it generate a sine wave and a square wave at 440Hz. Mute one track and listen to the other.

Then swap tracks.

The square wave track will sound 'smoother', more rich, a fuller sound. performing a fourier transform on the square wave will reveal that it's rich in harmonics.

A little light reading, might want to take a pencil, notepad and calculator:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FourierSeriesSquareWave.html

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Oh goody, I can see the anti Islam conspiracy theories coming anytime now...

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Congress isn't a zoo?

Well that's one day of the family holiday to the states ruined. Thank you, next you'll be telling me Westboro Baptists aren't an anarcho cynical group commenting on the lunacy of post war religion in the age of science by means of interpretive dance

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Re: Got any more from this loon?

Oh but his proof will be that someone wrote a book about it.

And further proof will be found in that famous documentary 'The Land that TIme Forgot'

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Need a plumber?

Drip drip drip drip...

It's that time of year again, new iPhone on the way so the Cupertino leak machine starts up again.

Surely those fanbois must be wise to it by now and not a little cynical?

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Re: F1 is pants...

Lost the will to watch when it became a processional that was won on pit lane strategy.

All the tweaks and twiddles they've made with the rules have taken away the balls to the wall racing that used to happen and turned it into a statistics geek's wet dream.

The app is just another manifestation of that.

F1 may be a great spectacle, the sound of an F1 engine being started and warmed will I hope always make the hairs on my neck stand up and give me the most stupid schoolboy grin but that's as far as it goes, the only reason for F1 now is if I've had a rough night sleep and don't fancy taking a tablet.

Had its day, I'd rather watch the amateurs at my local circuit.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Another airgap-proof virus vector?

I bet I can get far greater bandwidth by UPS Van than most countries can afford.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Nice to know, so. you'll have one of the older Keeloq equipped cars or, prehaps, one of the older still non rolling code RFID chips as immobiliser/remote unlock then?

Both heavily compromised and exceptionally easy to circumvent.

Now, be extremely careful what you leave in your boot.

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Nasty Dyre malware bests white hat sandboxes

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Please Check HCL

I'm sorry, your hardware does not meet the minimum requirements to install this malware, please consult the Hardware Compatibility List and upgrade.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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If they managed to get a working knock-off then I'm hugely impressed, that's really no small feat but I suspect that what they managed to get going was a laptop/notebook board with separate Radeon compatible GPU board with heavily modded firmware. Again no small feat but slightly less impressive.

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

A very worthy and difficult challenge.

Food for a quid a day, that is easy.

*everything*, now that's a lot more difficult and I'll be following this with great interest.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Did I misread it or...

WTF happened to a write protect jumper on the board that ties the /WE or WE line so it cannot be written to?

(Yes, I realise most BIOS are now in some sort of serial flash but even so... )

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Re: Catalyst

Catalysts can be 'poisoned' by improper use, malfunction, impurities, reducing or eliminating their effectiveness. Manufacturing costs and security of supply are also important so yes, the cost of a catalyst can be important.

Another problem with precious metal catalysts is that they are attractive to thieves who will realise their value and potentially take advantage.

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: IT Angle?

Says the man who has no clue as to the diversity of systems and benefits controlled by said systems.

It's not that UC is so complex, it's that the current range of benefits and systems are and they don't 'talk' to each other in any kind of sane way, the nasty old legacy systems are tied together using people and paperwork.

Simplifying that sort of rats nest is not an easy job. Simplifying and implementing a replacement on the scale of the UK benefits system is an horrific job.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: Sadly missed

TA is a wonderful series and I have, as a 40 something year old, enjoyed them immensely. As has my ten year old daughter.

I will shed a tear if I finish the book as I did when I heard the news but I'm mulling over the idea of buying it and keeping it, unread, on a shelf, so there's always one more book

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Mains lead, USB plug. Simple.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Bye PTerry, see you on the other side of the desert.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Apple are in the marketing business, they understand the value of something as ridiculous as a $17K product because it generates headlines and column inches.

Like all bullies, trolls and other attention whores, ignore them and eventually they will go away.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

Can only speak from my experience with Wintel laptops in the ecosystems I work in, they do get upgraded, more RAM, larger HDDs or even retrofitted with SSDs.

It's not a 'small' ecosystem but is rather narrow so it may be untypical.

Weren't Apple the ones who soldered in an SSD?

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Shock news!

'Apple has told The Register it is investigating the pocket bomb allegation.'

Apple talked to El Reg!

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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TLA's have the ability to infect the firmware on a hard drive, run hugely effective tightly focussed attacks against persons and companies/countries of interest so how are organisations like Gemalto able to say that?

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Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS

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Re: Seriously. WTF?

Internet. Kittens. Lasers. Unicorns.

What more expalantion do you need?

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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I can see where this is going

'OK, here is my question: Given that God is infinite, and the universe is also infinite, would you like a toasted teacake?'

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: but the '...w.dll'

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/donaldrums148142.html

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Hackers break the bank to the tune of $300 MEEELLION

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: "fleeced $7.3 million through ATM withdrawals"

He refers to a daily cash withdrawal limit via ATM of $1000 from any account which means it doesn't make a jot of difference which or how many ATMs you use but I would posit that anyone with several million in readily available funds in their account could have a much higher limit making both your points void..

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

I'd vote for anyone who proposed refitting the Houses of Parliament with chairs like the ones in The Simpsons Family Therapy episode.

It'd make BBC Parliament worth watching.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

While it's popular to bash the Tories don't forget...

When has that worried any political party, we soon forget the lunacy of the last bunch, the ones who tried to mandate ID cards for every citizen, the ones who introduced RIPA etc.

They're none of them innocent in the continual erosion of our liberties, our rights and expectations.

Not a single one of them.

This election has me terrified, I am in fear of my government, past, present and future because they're clueless fuckwits, lead by the nose by populism, by the spymasters, by anyone who has a loud enough voice and they're scared of not being friends with those people.

What we need are true, honest conviction politicians who aren't afraid to make the hard decisions and not be seen as popular.

What we have are a bunch of career idiots who live or die by the opinion polls and we are to blame, the X-Factor generation who believe that a pretty face and a few nice words are enough.

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

But they're not limited to simplex by hardware, a quick look at the datasheet for the Nordic chip will tell you it's a transceiver so the only thing stopping key exchange is firmware...

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: 'Position and shape'

Waste of time, the chances of anything coming from Mars must be a million to one

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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Why is wind a problem

Because they'd never find a rock big enough to knock the poles in with.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Well of course we will, we need a way to use up all that free energy from the fusion reactor that's due any time now.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Meh...

I was going to type up a witty and incisive comment about the media spin and management, the tie it in with a comment about how Steve passing has changed everything, again.

But I just can't be bothered.

Apple, be careful, you could have someone's eye out with that dummy...

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

32.9MPG out of a 362HP supercar.

It's pretty damn good.

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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You knew greens were bad for you

Nothing to do with Iceberg lettuce being a great way to clean up contaminated land...

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: The next step...

You laugh, and I hope it's not an urban legend now I mention it but I seem to remember a story about a semiconductor fab failing an unusually large number of wafers on the night shift because a security guard was using an oven to bake pizza... Apparently the pizzas were contaminating the wafers.

Quite what the chemicals used to process the wafers were doing to the pizzas I shudder to think.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Which Distro?

Erascible Elon?

(yeah, I know)

Quite surprised it's not running OSX though

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Pfft, It's Apple

No need to worry, just wait for the next keynote and the iSculpture 2S

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

That'd be a Flush drive then?

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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Prior art?

Pretty sure Trevor Bayliss suggested something very similar in a pop science/documentary around the time his clockwork radio made him famous?

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Spoilsports

I should probably add, my name is Clint.

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Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Spoilsports

They wouldn't let me have C11NTS for some reason...

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

The sound of one hand clapping.

If an insult falls and nobody understands it is it really an insult?

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

Re: Just Wait

Apple have probably got a patent on using glue to hold phones together.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

As much as I hate to admit..

As another commenter pointed out, Apple occupy the high end of the market.

The problem with being there is that it's not an unassailable position if you remain static, people will copy your style, they'll make their own quality products to rival yours and they will eventually out innovate you if you don't continue to create new product for new markets.

Unfortunately Apple now seem to be chasing the lower end of the market and cheapening the brand instead of adding more value or creating new. They need a visionary to inspire them, a new Jobs and they've not got one.

I foresee some very tough times ahead.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

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5V 3A

Umm, so that's 15 Watts? Bloody hell.

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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$12,000?

Dear lord that's not only ugly, it looks bloody childish too. I could forsake a couple of seconds a week for something that looks nice and wearable.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: These articles make me so sad ..

Stop that, it's silly.

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