* Posts by Phil Endecott

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

Phil Endecott

Come on El Reg, your job is to turn dumbed-down press releases into something we boffins can understand. hair dryers? stepping stones?

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

Phil Endecott

Maybe it was this guy?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/11/chinese_programmer_fails_to_woo_sweetheart_with_99_new_iphones/

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Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

Phil Endecott

Re: From here, looks like the Titanic all over again

I think it's much more likely to be the cleaning staff wearing the tags, so that their toilet breaks can be more closely monitored.

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

Phil Endecott

Google Sites

I have been spectacularly unimpressed by Google's "Google Sites" website building product, having seen what a friend has managed to do using it. So I'm not entirely convinced that they are going to up-end the market, if the quality of the product is an important factor at all.

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Verizon says 40-hour outage was outage to end all outages

Phil Endecott

Verizon has a cloud?

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

Phil Endecott

> Apple traditionally claims this is down to the higher cost of doing business overseas

No, it's due to the UK and EU prices that you quoted being inclusive of VAT but the U.S. prices being exclusive of sales tax.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Phil Endecott

Re: One Foot in Reality

> Slight variations in the time in which a DAC is given new data

> can indeed affect the output signal, even if no bits are changed.

Nonsense.

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Phil Endecott

Re: I'll see your audiophile cat 5 and raise you

If you're using "oxygen-free" copper for your wires, then you certainly need "oxygen-free" air for your wifi!

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

Phil Endecott

Re: Usual taunt.

http://xkcd.com/1440/

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Burglars' delight no more: Immobilise UK secures property list

Phil Endecott

Re: change the web address??

> Intrusion prevention or other security technologies might have been

> tripped by such behaviour.

I read that as, "if they had had intrusion prevention, it might have detected it".

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

Phil Endecott

I wonder if any of these people will actually stop using facebook as a result?

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Phil Endecott

I don't want "synergies", I want several companies who compete with each other to have the best products and best customer service.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

Phil Endecott

Re: Pretty good @ Buzzword

> If you've got the kids, you're entitled to the child benefit.

Unless you're a higher-rate tax payer, IIRC.

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

Phil Endecott

Re: not very big

> Without engines

Losing BOTH engines in this scenario would be quite an achievement!

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Phil Endecott

Re: not very big

There is a distinction between "damage to the engine" and "endangering the aircraft", i.e. endangering the lives of the people on board. As a potential passenger, I'm much more worried by the latter than the former. If aircraft might really be brought down by hitting a (smallish) drone, that's worrying.

I'm also curious as to how much more dangerous is the combination of plastic and carbon fibre that e.g. quadcopters seem to be made of than the flesh-and-bones of a goose. A goose could certainly weight a lot more than the sort of drones that I'm imagining. Hence my question above: do we know how big the drone in question in this case was?

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Phil Endecott

How big was this drone?

How big would it have to be to be a significant danger to an Airbus? (Bigger than a goose?)

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

Phil Endecott

Re: Location within museum

Yes, I was also horrified that there was absolutely no attempt to explain the method of differences (when I visited - at least 10 years ago). It's not exactly complicated, after all. I think I had reinvented it myself by the age of 12.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Phil Endecott
Pint

Re: Buying For The Sake Of It.

> urge to go out and buy anything today.

Hmm, Beer!

Does that count?

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

Phil Endecott

Re: Faulty reasoning

> close someone's account 7 times for "terrorism"

Did they know at the time that those 7 accounts belonged to the same person, or only afterwards?

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

Phil Endecott

Apple's turnover for the financial year to the end of October was apparently $1.82e11.

This places them somewhere around Ukraine, Romania, New Zealand and Kuwait, depending on which figures you look at.

Apple's market valuation is somewhat higher than the total reserves of the Swiss national bank (about $5.3e11), but that is clearly a fraction of the value of the country.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

Phil Endecott

Guantanamo

Story in the Grauniad today reporting that G4S has been doing stuff at Guantanamo Bay - the usual chores that are too lowly for Real Soldiers like emptying the bins, but also "Custodial Services". But we're not to worry, as they have now sold off that part of the business.

Possible motive for a hacker?

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Names, ages, addresses, SSNs of US postal staff slurped in 'mega-hack'

Phil Endecott

So they've known about it since 16th August, but they've waited till Obama is in China before announcing it?

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

Phil Endecott

Re: Real Programmers

> write ForTran programs in any language.

My favourite was a huge lump of C code, translated from Fortran, that looked like this:

arguement = a;

b = sqrt(arguement);

arguement = b;

c = sin(arguement);

Yes, "argument" was spelt wrong throughout. Every function call took arguement as its argument. And it was a global variable! "Thread safe? What's that?"

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Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

Phil Endecott

Re: Not a tree in Britain?

> someplace in Hampshire.

And you want to phone your mother and say,

"Mother, I can never come home again,

'cause I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere,

Somewhere in a field in Hampshire."

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

Phil Endecott

Re: Williams & Glyn?

> Williams & Glyn?

Yes, some youngster decided to type in "Williams & Glyn", to be safe...

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Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

Phil Endecott

Newsreaders

> pron: 2 million and 60 thousand dollars

Huh? Is this Reuters adding pronunciation hints, just in case the story is picked up by some hard-of-thinking newsreader who didn't get to numbers beyond 100 at school? THERE IS NO HOPE.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

Phil Endecott

> Keep clicking refresh!

Keep clicking *on the ads*, surely?

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

Phil Endecott

Far from the worst error on Apple Maps.

On the screenshot in the article, you can see that they still have a displacement between the building outlines and the roads. The area around Canongate is still shown as a large park. And the bridges are shown as crossroads until you zoom in far enough.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

Phil Endecott

Does anyone else remember...

...before HP span off Agilent?

I think these are now the A, B and C arks. But which is which?

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Phil Endecott

Re: UK.gov investing in the future of IT. IT people up in arms...

> seeing our government invest in the long-term future of our industry

Nope.

"Investing in the long-term future of our industry" might be, for example, giving the money to some good universities to spend on research, or on training the next generation of smarties. This, in contrast, is just a load of people who are good at buzzword bingo.

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Phil Endecott

Re: Sign me up!

> Can I just move my company in

Yes, you can move your company in. Unfortunately you can't move your family in as you can't afford to live in London.

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ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

Phil Endecott

> how much would you think of spending on a 1U solution?

Well I chose not to spend $3000 on AMD's ARM64 dev board, so less than that. Preferably lots less.

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Phil Endecott

Can I please just have one of these modules in a 1U box?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

Phil Endecott

Re: Important, but easily fixed

> My router says:

> /bin/sh: bash: not found

Just to be sure, try replacing 'bash' with 'sh':

x='() { :; } ; echo shellshockable' sh -c 'echo test'

(You'll probably find that your router is still safe.)

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

Phil Endecott

Re: Can you hear that sound?

> the dash shell in Debian and Ubuntu is not vulnerable

I think it's important to note that a lot of Debian systems will still be using bash as their default shell, even if dash is also available or installed.

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

Phil Endecott

Re-opened within the week???

That sounds like they had already ordered the new shop fittings!

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Phil Endecott

So where is the legally required disclosure of the connection between the endorser and the marketter of the product?

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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

Phil Endecott

Bandwidth and Storage

> Anyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use"

> is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision,

> and that is a completely different thing.

Amazon S3. Bandwidth and storage charges really are "pay for what you use". There is nothing to "provision".

This covers most of what I do (certainly most when measured in $) and I don't think what I do is very unusual.

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

Phil Endecott

Re: Refund?

> I only ever opt for the free apps anyway. If there's a

> feature I want that's only in the paid for version

> then I usually seek out another freebie that gives

> me that feature. Guess I'm just ludicrously tight,

> or is it too many years of freetarderyness© :)

Thank you for reminding me why writing Android apps is still low on my to-do list, despite the large number of devices now in circulation.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

Phil Endecott

Huh?

"Terrifying abuse of power"? Uh, no. The "abuse of power" was that these police officers, who the law normally considers to be "witnesses of the truth" if they appear in court, conspired to lie with the intention of bringing down (part of) the government, and very nearly succeeded. This was about an argument between the government, who wanted to impose cuts or other changes on the police, and the police demonstrating to the government that "you can't mess with us".

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Phil Endecott

Re: sounds neato

I also have a Neato. It's great, but I think we're probably a couple of generations from widespread use. The neato cleans well (and the recent stories about 1600W cleaners made me laugh - if this can manage on battery power, how can anyone need 1600W?). But no it can't pick up socks, it will tanlge on wires (and pull phones off shelves), and it won't get close to walls or corners. Actually this has made me a more tidy person than I was before - it has trained me! I certainly prefer to spend a few seconds picking things up and maybe moving furniture a bit, rather than actually pushing a hoover around. As a result my house is both tidier and cleaner than it was before.

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

Phil Endecott

Re: Quality Over Quantity

> I would happily settle for an app store that contained just a few

> hundred high quality and useful

Do you mean as a consumer or as a developer?

As a developer, the danger of such an environment is that you might create something good, but not quite good enough to reach this "top 100". So you don't take the risk, and code for iOS and Android instead. As a result, consumers don't get the apps that they wanted.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Phil Endecott

Re: Also there is apparently no law against

It's called "procurement of a woman by false pretences"

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Eliz2/4-5/69

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Phil Endecott

Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"

> Not a lot of time to make your mind up :(

Read "The Dead Hand" by David E Hoffman. The Soviet military were concerned that their political leaders would be too slow to make a retaliatory decision, so they built a "dead hand" system that would automatically launch their missiles if they didn't get a command not to do so.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

Phil Endecott

Re: Indeed that's a complex matter

> There are some words like "arma" (weapon) that has one gender

> in singular and another in plural ("el arma" is male, "las armas" is

> female),

Or agua. But no, it's always feminine; it is always "el agua fria", not "el agua frio". It is just el/la that changes, to avoid the awkward a-a. The equivalent in french is changing le or la to l' when the noun starts with a vowel.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

Phil Endecott

"Insulation on the pins of the plug" - are they suggesting that this was an issue in this case? I thought that was required just to prevent you from electrocuting yourself by poking a knife between the plug and the socket.

Re "reputable suppliers" - we don't know quite how disreputable the supplier of this product was, yet. My suspicion is that the chances of crap junk are similar in the bottom and middle of the market. We can't expect everyone to buy their battery chargers from John Lewis.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

Phil Endecott

RAILWAY STATION

It's RAILWAY STATION, not TRAIN STATION, you ignorant people.

</rant>

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

Phil Endecott

Thus was done on Mechanical Turk. I think it's a bit of a jump to claim that people who use mechanical turk are representative of the rest of us.

They would also have an expectation that Amazon would not allow malware on the Turk platform.

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

Phil Endecott

I always wondered what YouTube think of the YouView name. I.e.isn't YouView a way to view YouTube vids on your TV?

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Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

Phil Endecott

Dear Apple,

Please use a FONT and COLOUR for this model number that I CAN ACTUALLY READ without needing a MICROSCOPE.

Thank you.

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