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* Posts by Norman Hartnell

127 posts • joined 13 Feb 2012

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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61 minutes to midnight

So that's just...22:59, then?

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Don't panic!

I'm sure they're using the money to fund innovations of their own.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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If he wants a pain index, why not just stab a compass into his nads instead of killing wildlife?

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Good to see Microsoft innovating again!

Sorry, "innovating".

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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I wish to register a complaint.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: Refreshing!

"due to a conscious."

Due to a conscience, I hope.

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Vote now for the top reader Limerick limerick

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Re: Scansion

Too many syllables in the first line. You have to run "said the" together to make it fit.

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Chris Hunt seems to be the only entrant who can count syllables and understands stress.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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Prior art

The abbreviation "ADC" has already been taken...

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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"Is it time to "reimagine" Windows again, so that tablet and phone users get one experience, and PC Windows – if it has to do anything - simply provides a runtime for these phone and tablet apps?"

Yes. Next?

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Psion 5mx

If ever there was an old case that just needed updated innards...sigh.

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Squidge-droids maker updates iRobot for SUCK, SCRUB action

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Jonathan Creek? And wasn't it someone's ashes?

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Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

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Apparently

"The satellite was apparently fired into orbit around the Earth in January 2006"

Only "apparently" fired into orbit? According to the ALOS website, it actually was fired into orbit, at 10:33 on January 24, 2006.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Little Britain...

...first aired on Radio 4 actually.

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Missing matter found by squinting through gravitational lens

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Implications

Does this mean the end of the Dark Matter theory?

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Re: It's baaaaack!

Emily Lakdawalla has some info here: planetary.org

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"This mission may not have been succesful" - all they did was get a rocket to launch without exploding, navigated it to the Moon, soft-landed on it and deployed a rover which moved around the surface, did analysis and took pictures. Sounds like a total failure to me...

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes..."

@Denarius: "his longevity after the ALS diagnosis has puzzled me"

Occam's razor: he doesn't have motor neurone disease, but something else with a much longer decline rate.

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Re: Hang on a minute...

@Lost all faith... "it is also allows for error correction and put's "

Should have bought that Apple... ;)

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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Re: A lot of risk was taken for the Moon landings

@cambsukguy I think I'm right in saying that the LEM descent and ascent stages used different fuel tanks, so the fact Armstrong landed with so little remaining fuel didn't affect the take-off.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: Next Sussex Police?

@Oz

Being convinced is a crime now?

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Cygnus cargo truck on its way, and funding to 2024: Space Station is back in the game

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Re: Lurch on lift off

The crew compartment of the Shuttle used to rock by something like 6 feet when they fired the engines, and it was released as it came back to vertical, so I presume it wasn't unexpected.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: great idea

If it's running Android, won't MS still get money from it?

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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Re: I just think it's a shame

RiscOS runs on Raspberry Pi, so you can have a very cheap RiscOS machine these days. It's amazingly fast as the OS is very small compared to Raspbian.

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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

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Acer CEOs

The headline gift that keeps on giving...

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Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

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Re: 501 days of fun..

+1 for the Goons reference.

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Buy-curious minxes and chaps fancy hot wrist action, rest of us baffled

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Re: Obviously the future.

The main reason I still wear a watch is to stop myself from feeling that something is missing if I don't wear one.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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Re: From a Nexus 4 owner

Mine would happily slide off the for-all-intents-and-purposes-horizontal wooden-topped bedside table until I bought a case for it. Very slippery indeed.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Re: So, the BBC CAN still sink lower

As I remember the myth/truth, it was "The bloody thing's stuck again" when a door failed to open, and it was cut from the original broadcast despite being whistled...

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: whatever will they do next...

If only they had given us some sort of opt-out so we didn't have to see our face next to an advert...oh, hang on, they did, clearly shown when you log in. So what was your point again? Do you think Google should provide free services from pure altruism?

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

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Re: Just buy a beaglebone black.

...or buy an Arduino TRE when it's out, that should do you.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

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Re: DAB. Don't want it. Don't need it.

@JimmyPage "Anyway the only radio worth listening to is Radio 4."

Radio 4 Extra for usual listening, plus the occasional comedy on Radio 4.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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Re: Why oh why

Apple needed a 64-bit phone because no-one else had one, now everyone else needs one because Apple has one.

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New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes

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"But the researchers warn that Zmap also has serious implications for the security industry if malware propagators cotton on to the technique."

Let's hope no-one spreads any information about it then....oh.

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So fondleable Windows 8 didn't work out so well: Why not try it IN 3D?

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You know you're getting old when...

Either they deliberately picked the youngest members of staff for the video, or I'm getting old. Sigh.

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SMART Storage: Super DIMM sum adds up to tasty flash soup

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ULLtraDIMM

Doesn't sound very bright to me.

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Happy first anniversary, Curiosity!

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"Throw in the fact that during the seven minutes Curiosity wasn't able to beam out so much as a single packet"

Is that right? Detailed analysis here: http://trs-new.jpl.nasa.gov/dspace/bitstream/2014/43040/1/12-5149_A1b.pdf

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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"The leaked letter also contained some other interesting tidbits,"

In the UK, the word is, appropriately, "titbits".

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Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

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@Destroy All Monsters "It is pointless."

Welcome to modern art.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: Sauce for the goose

@AC "sentance"

McKean's law!

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

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@JDX

Where did I state that our rover was the most interesting thing there?

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Re: Faintly depressing...

There's not "fuck all there" - there is a nuclear-powered rover made by humans which we managed to safely get off this planet, through hundreds of millions of miles of space to precisely land on another world, and which is driving itself around looking for signs of past life.

Personally I call that pretty amazing.

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Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app

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@AC 08:59

"or if you have a suitable Android phone you can yous the IPS passport reader app"

Not sure where to begin on that one.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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They have TB in cattle in New Zealand, but no badgers. If we killed off every badger in the country, TB would almost certainly find another transmission vector.

It was discovered some time ago that the factor that has the highest correlation with the spread of TB is the movement of cattle around the country, but it seems there is little enthusiasm for rearing, slaughtering and selling meat within the same area...odd, that.

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Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black

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Not sure why BBB went with JS and the Pi with Python. It makes sense with lower-powered chips to get as close to the metal as possible.

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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

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What can possibly go wrong?

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NASA and Google team up to buy into quantumish computing

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Terminator

Re: Lofty goals

QUAIL....puny mortals!

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Re: Psion Series 5

The 5mx was the pods. The hinge is broken on my Series 3 but it's still limping on as my alarm clock.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: Declining number of speakers you say?

Possibly because Cymru is the name of the country, not the language?

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Why does the Welsh language attract such hatred from people (mainly English) who don't speak it?

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