* Posts by Chairo

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

Chairo
Trollface

2014 UZ224 appears to be smaller than the International Astronomical Union's definition of a “Dwarf Planet”, which kicks in at a diameter of 800km.

Smaller than a dwarf? Would that then be a hobbit?

It would be interesting to see, if the orbit fits in with the hypothetical 9th (10th?) planet.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Chairo
Angel

Re: What is 'Smart'?

@Hzman

You are mass producing Babies? Must be a very exhausting job. Can I apply for it?

Btw: Babies can be surprisingly smart. They understand very well, what is forbidden and to stay very silent while doing it.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Chairo
Flame

"He took it out of his pocket and threw it on the ground"

Hmm, which pocket? If it was in the back of his trousers, the bending might have caused the problem. These super thin phones are not very strong against bending forces.

OK, it should still not melt down in such a fashion, but I doubt the "crushed by bum" case is tested very often during the design process.

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‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

Chairo
Devil

“Imagine you’re working in an office. The environment senses you’re feeling a bit drowsy"

What is the more likely case? Will it just change the lighting and be done with it, or will it carefully log your low drowsiness and inform your boss about your performance issues?

My money is on the latter. Bosses always need ammunition for the yearly performance interview, as they have to keep an average level of performance ratings in their group. Such a list would be pure gold in that aspect.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Chairo

Re: This is a much smaller update than going from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Skeuomorphic design has, I'm afraid, served its purpose and its day is done.

IMHO Skeuomorphic design makes the user interface more comfortable for the eye. The new "modern" interfaces feel like a return to the bad old times of 8bit processors and low-res graphics with severely limited color space. Something most of us happily left behind in the past where it belongs to.

Of course for millennials it might look fresh and fancy, but for most others the new-old flat interfaces are just an eyesore.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Chairo

Re: Brexitters

Nah, the rich ones are down in their tax exiles.

You mean they moved to Ireland?

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Chairo

Re: HP still sells printers?

No they don't. They are selling ink. The printers are only a necessary means of empting the ink cartridges as soon as possible.

For me HP printers are dead for several reasons. One of them is county coding the cartridges. In the last 15 years I changes my country of residence 4 times and shipped my complete household including IT equipment overseas. I bought an HP printer specifically because it was specified to work with both 100 and 240V. And then I realized that the only way to get refill ink is either to ship it in from overseas or to buy hacked refill cartridges at EBay.

Another problem are the drivers. Over the years HP drivers evolved from simple drivers to a complex and bloated mess of crapware.

Finally their hardware seems to be carefully crafted for planned obsolescence. It was interesting to see the various parts fail one after another. The most messy story was the failure of the print head deflation. That was done by a plastic cogwheel, pushing up a spring via a lever. The force of the lever caused the cogwheel to crack and thus no deflation happened. Instead of air flowing in, ink spilled out from the print head into the printer and ultimately over my furniture, hands, clothes, ... Oh, and only this cogwheel that had to withstand the lever's forces was made of plastic. The rest was good solid metal. Interesting choice of material.

Ironically without these shenanigans they would not only have sold far more ink to me over the printer lifetime, but I would still use the printer and continue to buy their ink. As it is, some other company sold me my next printer. Back to evil school for HP management. Perhaps they'll learn something.

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Fax machines' custom Linux allows dial-up hack

Chairo

So how many printers from 1999 offer "Windows 8" compatibility?

I'd say pretty much all Epson printers. That is one of their really strong points. Of course they never changed their drivers into unsupportable bloatware like some other well known printer producer.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

Chairo
Coat

... particularly in places where download speeds are not what they are in the west.

I think in the far east download speeds are significantly faster than in the poor, underdeveloped west.

A while ago I downloaded the 16.04 image via torrent and wondered why it didn't work. I started the torrent, checked the download status and nothing was going on.

Turns out that image is so well seeded, that the download finished in just a few seconds. I downloaded the image several times before realizing it.

Mine is the one with the gigabit fiber in the pocket...

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

Chairo

Not giant hornets

Yes, there are quite a lot of different hornet species in Asia. Luckily the giant hornet is only one of them.

That said even the smaller ones can be quite aggressive if they feel their nest is threatened.

Last week a group of Marathon runners in Japan found that out the hard way. And those were smaller hornets. Their nest was only half a meter in diameter. Giant hornet nests can easily reach a meter.

From personal experience I can say giant hornets are really something special. Already the sound they make is nothing like other wasps. They sound similar to the sound a big beetle makes during flight. But they have nothing of the clumsiness of a beetle. Occasionally one zips through our garden. Good that they don't go for sweet stuff, like European wasps. As long as they don't defend their nest and you aren't a honey bee, you should be safe. Of course knowing that doesn't make you feel any better if one is hovering in front of you. Running away does not work, standing still does not make her go away and slowly walking off takes a lot of willpower.

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

Chairo
Coat

Re: The Milky Way. Pic: NASA

two guys from Andromeda brought it along.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Chairo
Coat

Looks like someone had a botnet

and made it create "suggestions".

How do they say - a million bots can't be wrong, right?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Chairo

@Dwarf

does anyone know if they still push adverts on El Reg - not seen one for very many months ;-)

Yes, they do. But my in my impression most of these ads are non-intrusive and don't disturb, so I prefer to not adblock El Reg.

Btw: IMHO the quality of advertisement on a site tells also something about the general quality of the site itself, so there is also some benefit of not blocking ads per default.

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Cray profits literally go up in smoke after electrical incident

Chairo
Pint

Water detected in drive A

Forget about the smell - my guess is that the damage was not so much caused by the smoke itself, but rather by what happened after the smoke detectors were triggered.

Imagine all those beautiful computers hosed down by some overeager fire fighter. Or perhaps less dramatically just the sprinkler system setting them under water.

Best fluid to quench a fire ->

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

Chairo

Re: You can put lipstick on a pig

a bloated pig with lipstick, to be precise.

applause, applause, applause...

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New US spy satellite in orbit

Chairo

A lizard sitting on a rocket?

The lizard squad has now its own spy satellite?

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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

Chairo

Re: Life's hard choices

"were Apple forced to open up access to their chips, it could feasibly be opening a huge can of worms with a label on it that reads "iPhone NFC Payment Exploit Kit""

Huh? Why should they grant chip level access to the NFC hardware? All that is needed is API access, based on NDEF standard, for example. There are valid reasons to not support the banks on this, but technology isn't one of them.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

Chairo
Coat

Re: Eh? What?

Who knows, perhaps the Rathtars were also not CGI and they needed a steel door to hold them back...

Mine's the simulated one with tentacles...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Chairo

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

@Teiwaz,

Pure irony, of course.

In any case - in the past you had similar choices- apply the service pack and risk HW compatibility troubles or live with what you have, including a growing risk and SW incompatibility with newer applications.

Rumour has it, that the "Windows 10 Anniversary Edition", due on August 2nd, has a minimum RAM requirement of 2GB, which will kill off most older netbooks and a lot of the tablets that were dumped in the market recently. Perhaps not a great loss, you might say, but under Windows 7 and 8, these devices might have still soldiered on several years.

I wonder, if Microsoft will provide some solution for these devices. Leave them on current Windows 10 and continue to provide updates? Sounds unlikely. Let's see...

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Chairo

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

They have never explained the term "supported lifetime of the device".

I think it is less nefarious as most here think.

Simple fact is that with Windows10 the updates keep coming. At some point they will need to update the kernel in a way you will need new drivers. Tough luck, if your hardware is not supported any more.

In that sense it might be better to stay on a older windows version, as they will be more stable. It depends on your hardware manufacturer's performance.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Chairo
Big Brother

Re: PR stunt

it can also be used against drivers put up in front of a Judge on a charge

not only "can". It seems, in May a driver in Germany was convinced for manslaughter and sent to the cooler for 33 months, based on data that BMW provided to the court, according to this story. (sorry, in German).

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Chairo

Re: Another Nokia?

It takes a really special kind of management to release an alpha of a new Linux desktop client and a month later put Mac and Linux desktop clients on notice.

Most likely part of Microsoft's management had no clue that Skype native clients for Linux and Mac even exist, until they saw the alpha release announcement. And after they realised...

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Chairo

Time to leave this wasteland

and go looking for greener pastures...

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Reader needs Aircon help

Chairo

Re: The first thing

The second thing is to put a big ventilator or two in the open door and blow out the heat. Perhaps you can survive until the aircon people arrive.

Oh, and better get someone to install it for you. The pipes between the heat exchange unit and the AC are not trivial to install.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

Chairo

slightly broken, but still perfectly functional

perhaps I should use this excuse the next time my wife complains about my 'old hardware' drawers. Or myself...

Half of my lifetime we didn't even know if there are planets around other stars an now they find them in the hundreds in goldilocks zones.

Good job NASA! Thank you for expanding not only our knowledge but also our universe!

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

Chairo

walking in front with a red flag

Yes, and like the red flag it destroys the key advantage of the new system. To give mobility to someone who has no driving license.

The question is, if politicians can understand the difference between fully autonomous driving and autopilot systems as they are implemented in current vehicles.

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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

Chairo

Re: Dinosaur mating ritual

"Surfaces aren't tablets"

In our company IT costs went up considerably after they started rolling out "Surfaces". It turns out that many users don't feel comfortable using them as laptop replacements and order a laptop additionally after a few weeks.

The impact might have been less obvious, if our IT would have started rolling them out to "non-management" employees first, as those have no right to order a second machine and the laptops they receive are, well, let's just say "hdd" types with half the RAM of my mobile phone.

In any case - Surfaces are tablets. Tablets with keyboard and a full OS, but at the end of the day they are still tablets. That is not a bad thing in itself, as tablets are better suited than pure laptops for a good many tasks, but let's stop pretending they could replace (high quality) laptops adequately.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

Chairo

Re: Space to spare

Otherwise, without a steady income it might look like the whole exercise with these carriers and their aircraft has been a complete fucking waste of money.

Best thing that can happen with military equipment. If you start to really need it, something went seriously wrong, IMHO.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

Chairo

assembled a worldwide team

Hey Ranjith,- can you check what's going on there and fix it?

Thanks!

(Where is the subcontinent icon?)

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Chairo
Gimp

Alpha?

If they need a name starting with "A", why not Arnold? Would somehow be more fitting.

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

Chairo
Mushroom

Re: Early [human] days

It'd be very simple if all that were needed were a reboot...

Hmm, reminds me of some movie I've seen a long time ago.

Complex systems, Dinosaurs breaking out and eating everyone, sounds familiar. Oh, right that sounds like the EU.

If it seems to difficult to fix, just run away. RIght?

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Smartphones stymie sex

Chairo

Switch off the smartphone? Yes, sure going to happen.

Humankind is clearly doomed.

On the positive side there will be less toilet clogging by used condoms in the future...

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Chairo

Big jets are boring and stable

If you want to experience turbulence I'd recommend a trip in a small one engine craft. Or even better a glider plane flying through a thermal.

I once had a girlfriend getting angry on me when we were flying together in a commercial airliner because she thought I was playing tough during "feeding time". My father was member of an aero club and took me along regularly that time, so I honestly felt nothing notable.

Good training for getting married, though...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

Chairo
Facepalm

Re: SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Oh my, did I write this? I suppose you should never read an article again after posting it.

Two years ago I changed from the usual plan to a SIM only contract and bought separately a simlock free smartphone. This contract gives me a few GB of mobile data, but no telephone support apart from emergency calls. I am quite happy with the deal and never looked back.

Well, I hope this is a bit less headache inducing. Sorry for any pain inflicted!

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Chairo

SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Usually I use my private mobile only for contacting friends and the wife, and IP telephoning works perfectly well for this.

All in all I saved a lot of money, have a far more flexible contract and have no carrier bloat in my phone. Only problem is the available phones. Here in Japan the market for unlocked smartphones is still very limited. Huawei, ASUS and a few Japanese brands are available with some models, otherwise you have to go for grey imports or the second hand market. I think you can also buy an unlocked IPhone nowadays, but the SIM free crowd is probably not their target market segment... What's notable is that Sony is missing with any unlocked models in their very own home market. Pity, as I rather like their phones, but if they don't want to sell their stuff... someone else made the deal.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

Chairo
Facepalm

I wonder how good the training will be anyway. If I had to train my replacement in such a scheme, I would certainly give as few information as somehow possible.

And talk about the quality of work while you are still there... Not a good time to be one of their customers, I guess.

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Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...

Chairo
Coat

Mass surveillance

think it through! The Judge has a valid point here. As they went on and sued the biggest spyhouse in Europe, there is no way they are under mass surveillance any more.

Mine's the one with the black sedan parked in front...

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

Chairo

@Charlie Clark,

perhaps the hotels my company contracted are not exactly on the same level as the ones you visited. The last hotels I went to, all had either Telekom hotspots or some other pay for scheme. Those were all midrange hotels specialized on business customers, though.

Anyway, as there are virtuall no public hotspots, my point still stands.

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Chairo

A change in the rules could help bring about more Wi-Fi availability in cafes and other public places in Germany.

GIven that there is currently pretty much zero open internet available in Germany, it is difficult to talk about "more" availability.

On the other hand, this has nicely boosted the profits of commercial providers, mainly Telekom, as visitors currently have to pay through their nose for connectivity. In my experience most hotels gave up offering their own hotspots and made contracts with Telekom, that happily installs their "pay through the nose" hotspots.

The lobby is strong in this one...

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

Chairo

It is red and round

Clearly the holy space tomato.

It is time the pastafaris get their own celestial body.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

Chairo

Re: Let me be the first to say it

"Sorry, yes now I'm being a pedantic pain in the arse…"

Yes, poor animal. Probably hemorrhoids.

Anyway, as the first poster stated - a bit of a bummer...

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Chairo
Devil

Let me be the first to say it

What a pain in the ass!

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

Chairo
Thumb Up

That's what I call hightech!

positively neolithic. A bit like a 1GB memory stick...

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

Chairo
Coat

Whatever you do...

don't remove the bento box and the ebifry emojis. Otherwise Japanese salarymen couldn't properly inform their housewives about their wishes for tomorrow's bento.

Mine's the one with the cliches in the pocket...

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

Chairo

Re: Why July

start listening and you might start selling stuff again

Oh, but that is the whole point. They don't want to sell stuff any more. They want to rent it for a monthly fee. They are a commercial company, so ultimately they don't give away free stuff. Windows 10 will be payed for one way or another.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

Chairo

Re: Land route?

Also worth keeping in mind Norway's irrational choice of signing up for F-35s. We have been in the US' pockets for a long time.

Doesn't that rather mean that the US is in Norway's pockets?

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

Chairo
Big Brother

Re: and what are you, plebs, gonna do about it, huh?

Yes, if the fine for uploading stuff is 10 years, what is the fine for overthrowing the government?

What do you say? Vote them out of office? It is perfectly legal? Oh well, I guess we need to change some laws soon...

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Chairo
Unhappy

Re: Is there anything worth pirating these days?

Given that you can stream pretty much everything from Youtube, including copyrighted stuff, filesharing has become a bit pointless lately. Apart from blockbusters pretty much everything is avalable. And as you say - apart from a few exceptions I also feel they are pointless to watch, at least on the small screen.

Some years ago I used to download anime fansubs of stuff that was not yet (or never would be) licensed in Europe, which used to be a gray area at that time. A few weeks back I checked out some anime, but most sites seem to be dead now. Not sure, if the legal eagles came down on them or the scene just moved on to youtube. Anyway, it's now all there. All in the hands of Google.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

Chairo
Gimp

Standards?

Oh, come on, who needs standards anyway. It will just cause disruption, like "choice" and "competition".

Better keep the customers in the dark and milk them dry.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Chairo

Re: Tracking

If folks are spending too long in the toilet it would make more sense to send typhoid Mary who works in the canteen on a food hygiene course.

No, the best would be to cover the toilet walls with tinfoil to make sure the "occupants" can't get a good cell signal inside the loo. That would also help to shorten they stay and additionally help to improve mobile hygiene.

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