* Posts by hopkinse

33 posts • joined 20 Feb 2012

UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack

hopkinse

not just academics that use Janet

UK wide local government uses Janet as it's connection to the outside world. Our connection is still flakey in the extreme.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

hopkinse

the main question is...

Do they take pictures quicker than the 1020? I'm assuming so since the sensor is smaller and the processor is faster but who knows... The lag is the only gripe with my 1020 so I'm only going to be tempted by one of these if it's considerably snappier taking pictures.

Another question is - do they allow you to save in DNG/RAW format like the 1020?

Ever hopeful but increasingly despairing!

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

hopkinse

Re: Scientific newbies

Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig whiskies all come from the bottom end of the Island, within a couple of miles of each other and all have similar characteristics whereas the other whiskies don't have so much of the TCP element

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hopkinse

err.. it's usually a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks that are used and, unless you are buying one of the special single cask or single type releases, you will always be buying a blend of the two

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Hackers pop grease monkeys' laptops to disable Audi airbags

hopkinse

Re: No limited to VAG but not too much to worry about...

And who in their right mind takes a car to the dealer, once the warranty is up?

That bit of software VAGCOM/VCDS is very useful for diagnosing problems like airbag faults, without having to pay a garage a fortune to track down the fault - most of the time it's a simple fix like a dodgy connector under the seat or something like that. Your airbag warning light comes on but your car has 4 airbags as well as explosive seatbelt tensioners and the like. Do you trace the wiring for all of them or do you let the software tell you which one the car is complaining about - no contest! Obviously brainless idiots who just go hacking about with systems like that deserve whatever pain they reap, but, with a bit of common sense and research, and basic safety, like disconnecting the battery, etc , etc, there's no reason why you shouldn't use it.

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Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves

hopkinse

Re: Remapped ecus?

er - my TDI is about 400 miles off the quarter of a million and it isn't suffering greatly from the effects of a remap installed by a previous owner. I suspect that the fact that the EGR was bypassed sometime in the past may also have contributed to the longevity of the turbo and associated bits!

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Megaupload extradition: Rotund web baron Kim Dotcom appears in court

hopkinse

Interesting comparison, given Mr. Dotcom's current penchant for black. I wonder if the speedo in his G-wagen has black numbers on a black dial.

The name Hotblack Desiato was borrowed from a London firm of Estate Agents. Wonder what they were smoking when they set that company up :-)

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

hopkinse

Re: Bad Comparison

Considering that Dave Gilmour effectively discovered Kate Bush and has performed with her on many occasions I think you're being somewhat narrow minded. Look past the OTT TOTP performances :-)

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

hopkinse

In the early 90's we used to occasionally 'improve' colleague's DOS PCs by modifying the message strings inside COMMAND.COM and replacing them with scary messages that made it look like you were infected with something nasty. We'd let them panic for 10 minutes before revealing the hoax.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

hopkinse

VAG

It's actually an acronym that was used internally :-P

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hopkinse

shocks and dampers

"the trick shocks and dampers..."

last time I noticed, shocks and dampers werer the same thing :-) Bit like pants and trousers....

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

hopkinse

Re: There's nothing wrong with using 8.8.8.8 for DNS...

sector drift was basically a phenomenon where the sector boundaries became fuzzy and out of focus because the head positioning wasn't accurate enough or would slowly change due to wear and tear - here's a link to a scanned article in PC Mag c. 1991 which explains in broad detail

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=X_tru4xwJ_sC&pg=PT392&lpg=PT392&dq=hard+disk+sector+drift&source=bl&ots=C1-XvAsueT&sig=-nRyugVaWiAbXN68cGcKuqSXVzc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZMaCVZbQFczw-AHttIHoBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=hard%20disk%20sector%20drift&f=false

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hopkinse

Re: There's nothing wrong with using 8.8.8.8 for DNS...

Spinrite was actually quite useful in the early to mid 90's when the hard disks did suiffer from sector drift - I rescued many ST225s, crappy Kyocera KC20s and the like, using it.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

hopkinse

Re: greeting the Plutonians.....

Someone's been watching too much Billy Connoly, if that's possible :-)

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

hopkinse

Dangermouse - you need to try Belladrum festival in Scotland. Brilliant mix of music and low proportion of assholes.

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

hopkinse

Re: Not BLI

flubbalub!

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

hopkinse

Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Organic kitty litter of the compressed wood pellet sawdust variety also absorbs the smell much better than the inorganic. I had 5 young cats at one time so did a fair bit of research on this metter :-)

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

hopkinse

Re: I never...

One of my previous employers bet and lost their shirt on Autonomy - they spent a fortune building a datacentre in Farnborough and buying IBM kit to host the Autonomy software, with a view to selling it as SaaS, so that customers didn't have to pay a seven figure sum to buy it outright. This was in the run up to the dot com bust and may have been a bit ahead of the curve but, needless to say, the whole project was driven by sales people who could only understand the sell and forget model of doing business. Mike Lynch was the hero of the day until it tanked when they couldn't get enough customers to sign up.. In the end the company was sold for a song to a big Dutch IT company.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

hopkinse

Re: What's the reliability like?

Your missing pixels problem is common across all the VW/audis of that sort of age. I've got a 15yo A4 that has the same problem. It's a different sort of display anyway - dot matrix rahter than lcd. Dry solder joints or knackered flexi strip will be the problem I think. Like all these things, it'll cost you a fortune get it fixed by the stealership, but if you know someone with a few simple tools and a couple of hours to spare they can be fixed relatively cheaply.

BTW - I know VW/Audis have their problems but, how may Fords/Vauxhalls/etc do you see on the road that are more than 10/15 years old compared with the number of VW group ones? Mine's done a quarter of a million miles and still goes like a train. YMMV of course :-)

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

hopkinse
Joke

Re: Red Dwarf?

tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR SPACEPORT!!!

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

hopkinse

Re: Positioned as the badass mainframe to put in your office

" Does yours have black buttons labelled in black letters on a black background with little black lights that light up black to show that you have done it?"

as patented by Hotblack Desiato....

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

hopkinse

Re: Scirocco: - once upon a time........

things were different. the golf was an ugly wee box and the scirocco was much easier on the eye. Once they got the rust problems largely sorted in the late 70s, they were great cars. I had a MKII Storm ( metallic brown - ah the 80s! ) that I loved because it was so easy to work on, most of the parts were the same as a golf, i.e. cheap, and it had decent legroom in the front. Was just a pity they didn't do a turbo Quattro version :-) Had to switch badges for that pleasure

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

hopkinse

Re: It could have been so different

Tomi Ahonen may not be totally impartial but he does tend to back up his arguments/opinions with freely available figures. He is a bit obsessed with Sun Tzu tho :-)

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

hopkinse

Re: Happier Days

I don't remember the Happy Days episode but I loved Mork & Mindy. The first record (vinyl 45rpm) I ever bought was by a British parody band called the Barron Knights who brought out a single in 1978 or 79 called nanu nanu, shazbot which I thought was the funniest thing ever at the time. DISCLAIMER: I was only 11/12 years old at the time :-) but I've still got it somewhere along with every other bit of vinyl I've ever bought.

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Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

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Go

Re: Just the prototype

well the British already invented the dirigiberbil years ago....

http://www.rathergood.com/mark

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

hopkinse

Spinrite...

OMG! I've not heard that name for abo0ut 20 years - I still have bad memories of having to nurse Kyocera 20MB dives periodically with spinrite to counter sector drift. I ran it over a weekend once on a CDC/Seagate Wren EDSI drive, that was a whole 670 odd meg, and it was still at it when I came in on on the Monday morning!

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

hopkinse

Re: Not that easy

er - I think you'll find it is possible to read amiga disks with a PC floppy drive - you just need the right sort of controller behind it. I worked for a company in the early 90s that did exactly that, saving images of amiga,commodore,spectrum and amstrad games to PC format files, for writing back to blank media at a later time - these came off 5.25", 3.5", amstrad 3" and cassette. There were PCs in John Menzies & WH Smith shops, usually hidden under the tills, that would write the games back to blank media on the spot, so that the shops didn't have to carry loads of stock, just blank media and inlays.

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

hopkinse

Re: Qi?

Wireless charging

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

hopkinse

RE:Re: The Bigfoot was an abomination

I think you'll find that many of the 'Seagate' SCSI / ESDI Wren drives were actually re-badged CDC/Imprimis drives - in 1990 we had a 4766E full height 5.25 with a massive 660MB formatted that came in at a couple of grand: the CDC model number was 94196-766 and Seagate ST4766N. Nothing much has changed over the years. Latterly came in useful for keeping your coffee warm :-)

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We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

hopkinse

Re: Recycle!

That fish box looks a bit posh! When I were a kid in the 70's, I remember bits of old wooden fish boxes being used to repair furniture and make impromptu shelving. If you were lucky, they only smelled faintly of shellfish. Those were they days :-)

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

hopkinse

curly bracket hell....

It's been a while since I last wrote any C but, putting the bracket on the same line, or the equivalent in whatever language you are using, just does nothing for clarity, unless it's a one-liner where it is obvious what's going on. I've never understood why people have to cram their code into the smallest space possible, it's not like the extra whitespace is going to make a jot of a difference to the complied code and gone are the days when you have to try and cram your source code onto a 256K floppy or worse! Coding shorthand so often just obscures the flow, especially if it's the first time you've looked at it for months or years or you have the misfortune to inherit someone else's undocumented project!

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Any storm in a port

hopkinse
Meh

obviously from the same school of design as SCART connectors...

At least USB slots are often on the front of a device where you can see what you are doing. As a previous owner of Peugeot/Citroen cars I was less than surprised to find out that the SCART standard originated from France: a good idea but the implementation fell somewhat short :-) I've lost count of the number of times I have had to scrabble blind at the rear of a TV or video/dvd player, trying to find the tiny sweet spot on a flush mounted SCART socket, where it will actually accept the plug. The alternative being to spend ages disentangling the rat's nest of tv/video/console/satellite/set top box wiring to haul out the offending unit for a better view

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

hopkinse

Looks suspiciously like the ultra-gaudy blue Nokia Lumia colour scheme. Subliminal association intended perhaps?

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