* Posts by NorthernCoder

133 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012

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NorthernCoder
Boffin

Come on...

Google translate (the app) can translate the text on those buttons from a photo of my screen showing the picture in the article.

Wouldn't that be an obvious solution to a tech reporter; to use an automated translation service?

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

NorthernCoder
Coat

Obviously...

...she was off her dried frog pills.

Mine's the one with the Terry Pratchett book in the pocket

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

NorthernCoder
Coat

"all running Windows"

Obviously it has to be an embedded system, with an ARM Cortex-M type of processor.

You know, with a "Hard fault handler".

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Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

NorthernCoder
Headmaster

"outsized metal ball"?

Looks within pétanque regulations (70.5 - 80 mm) to me.

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Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

NorthernCoder
Coat

Was it an IP cam?

No, an HePoo cam

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

NorthernCoder
Big Brother

"a special set-top box"

I assume this box must be placed near the TV, with an unobstructed view of as much of the living quarters as possible.

And the lens remote eye must be kept clean!

Icon for obvious reasons...

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: standard operating procedures

From Electrek (El Reg's source):

"Apparently, the problem wasn’t due to a lack of knowledge on how to handle a crashed electric vehicle, but because of the state of the wreckage. Ronald Boer, a spokesman for the firefighters, said:

“If the car was on four wheels, the fire brigade normally has no difficulty to turn off the batteries. However, this car is completely destroyed, hampering the recovery. In this situation, you never know what can happen.”"

I suspect milk floats don't go off country lanes at what from the pictures looks like "adventurous" speeds...

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: Should have stayed away from the water wheel...

It is somewhat lost in translation, but what is meant is if anyone was around and was offended by it rather than appreciative.

In other words, Google translate made a ham of it...

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

NorthernCoder
Coat

Perhaps...

...the bees thought it was an F/A-18 Hornet?

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

NorthernCoder
Big Brother

Kafka's "The Trial" comes to mind...

Icon for obvious reasons ->

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Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

NorthernCoder

Remote overview

There is always someone on the customer side who "needs" to be able to connect to the SCADA remotely and view status. Quite often people who think security is limited to a high fence and not telling anyone that the code on the electronic lock is 1234...

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Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists

NorthernCoder

Re: One of my beefs with Microsoft "Exchange Online" things.

" the TR0UB4DOUR range"

I think I know what you mean, but could you explain that expression? I feel like there is a joke I am missing out on.

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

NorthernCoder
Boffin

"You might need to pay royalities"...

But only if you add it to a commercial database, if you read the verdict.

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Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

NorthernCoder
Coat

I have nothing concrete to add...

...so I'll just get my coat

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Brazilian prisoner nabbed with mobile up rear end

NorthernCoder
Coat

Needs a banana...

...for scale, obviously.

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

NorthernCoder
Trollface

Anonymous complaints

"The German state attorney's office ... had received complaints from people who had raised the issue anonymously"

One call from Munich and one from Stuttgart..?

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

NorthernCoder

Re: Just checked from Denmark (the country in northern Europe)

Same thing across the Sound (i.e. southern Sweden) since 9 or 10 this morning.

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

NorthernCoder
Coat

Nominative determinism strikes again?

Anne Schrimpf...

Search The Register for nominative determinism for more examples.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

NorthernCoder
Joke

Wrong recipient?

Is it just me, or does it sound like the (anonymous!) journalist intended to send this to his or her partner, and accidentally published instead?

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: "a room (or zone) controller" commonly called a thermostat.

To us, at my company at least, a thermostat is something which has two states; on or off (i.e. "not warm enough" or "warm enough" if it is set up for heating).

Controllers are our devices which have a regulator (of PID type) for calculating a suitable output, proportional to the difference between set point and actual value.

That is why I made the distinction, even if everyday people don't.

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NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: Set to a range

They surely do.

I work for a company in the building automation industry, and we have such products.

You would simply set the Set Point to 22.5 degrees and the dead band to 2.5 degrees (although that is an unusually large dead band).

This is of course not a thermostat, but a room (or zone) controller.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

NorthernCoder
Coat

I'm waiting for...

...the eco-friendly version, Soylent Green!

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Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

NorthernCoder
Coat

I tell you

No beating around the bush there...

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

NorthernCoder
Coat

I'm surprised no one has asked...

...what did the fox say?

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

NorthernCoder
Thumb Up

Tom Lehrer

Did you just make a Tom Lehrer reference there?

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Have they tested it in...

I am sure there are a number of tricky situations that prevent a really self driving car for quite some time.

The first one to spring to my mind is the north of Sweden (and neighbours of course) during winter, where the entire road and the road banks are white except for the occasional 1.5m tall, 350kg moose lurking by the side of the road waiting for a chance to jump in front of your car and subsequently through your wind screen.

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Japanese astro-boffins race to recover pulsar-spotting balloon basket

NorthernCoder
Joke

Re: Mad Max

The Japanese scientist's vehicles -> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/13/mad_max_fury_road_cars_encircle_reg_hacks/

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

NorthernCoder
Big Brother

What could possibly go wrong?

See icon ->

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

NorthernCoder
Headmaster

Melodifestivalen

It might be good to point out that Melodifestivalen is the Swedish "qualification/election" for ESC.

As far as I can tell the app was commissioned by SVT (Sweden's equivalent of BBC) and Christel Tholse Willers works for SVT, not ESC.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

NorthernCoder
Headmaster

Re: How do you say...

"För att avskräcka de andra" if you want to discourage or "För att uppmuntra de andra" if you want to encourage.

It should be noted that there is a difference of opinion between the young man and the city council whether he actually cooperated when the breach and malware was discovered.

Oh, and it should be "kronor", not "kroner" for the plural of the currency.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: Never made it to civilisation.

The Nespresso pods are recycled as metal containers.

Once your country has a functioning recycling system, it is no hassle at all.

Living in an apartment building in Sweden, I just take the Nespresso pods and other metal containers out to a small recycling house next to the house where I live and put them in a bin for metal. The plastic, newspapers, cardboard, glass and food leftovers all have separate bins.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

NorthernCoder
Go

Re: Indiana Jones at the Mountains of Madness

I like how you think!

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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

NorthernCoder

Re: Scandis

Also, since the statistics are gathered by the European Commission, there is no data for Norway (or any other non-EU country).

I -think- this is the press release which this article is about, if any body wants to dive deeper into the charts:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4475_en.htm

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

NorthernCoder
Childcatcher

IoT

Internet of Toys

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How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

NorthernCoder
Coat

Fitch-bit

Is that a Spoonerism?

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

NorthernCoder
Coat

Re: So that is why!

Oook!

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

NorthernCoder
Stop

There are a few errors in the article...

-The name of the political science professor is Ulf Bjereld.

-The translation of @framtidsminist would be "future minist", misspelled on purpose I suspect.

-The ending qoute is incorrect; "Det är inte konstigt eller ovanligt att finnas i sociala medier. Det är det omvända, att inte finnas där, som börjar bli konstigt" becomes " It is not strange or unusual to be in social media. It is the opposite, not being there, which is becoming strange."

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

NorthernCoder
Coat

I'll wait for...

...the (NSA) director's cut!

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

NorthernCoder

Jurisdiction..?

If the photo was taken in Indonesia, why isn't it a question about what Indonesian law says?

And from there, international copyright treaties?

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

NorthernCoder
Black Helicopters

Re: And...

Morpheus, is that you?

And why are these suited gentlemen approaching my cubicle wearing sunglasses indoors?

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

NorthernCoder
Coat

Tinfoil hats...

Would this make the tinfoil hat brigade reconsider their choice of head wear?

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

NorthernCoder
Coat

June/July?

"The Russians managed to get a grip of Foton-M4 on Saturday, after they lost control on 19 June."

According to thrustworthy [sic] sources (Wikipedia, HuffPost etc.) it was launched on 19 July

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

NorthernCoder
Pint

Alcohol abuse!

...and it's not even pub o'clock yet!

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

NorthernCoder
Boffin

Re: Consider this

I suggest also considering the use of the compiler as a search function when you do a change in an API (in a project which isn't too large).

I.e. if you change the number of arguments to a function, instead of grep'ing for the calls to the function, you compile and then go to the places the compiler has pointed out errors.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

NorthernCoder
Facepalm

What?

No 3D-printed model?

Swedish Spotscale has a similar idea:

http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/it_telekom/allmant/article3822333.ece (article in Swedish, take a look at the pictures for a general idea).

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

NorthernCoder
Pint

Re: An idea..

Out of professional courtesy.

Same reason why sharks don't attack lawyers.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

NorthernCoder
Coat

Wrong amphibian, but close enough...

"Who let the frogs out? {Croak, croak, croak, croak}"

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NorthernCoder

Did you forget the <irony> tag?

"local snakes, lizards and other defenceless animals."

Surely, Australian snakes are anything but defenseless?!?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

NorthernCoder
Coat

Connectivity..?

I think I will connect it to SkyNet and call it Christine.

What could possibly go wrong?

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