* Posts by Simon Harris

1805 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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Re: I think I see the problem

I read that as based on an Electron...

the crippled version of a BBC Computer.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: Trappists

Obviously Wolf's research is flawed with the assumption of a water based ecosystem when he should have modelled it with 9% ABV beer.

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Terror intel sparks... cabin ban.

So I should be ok if my portable devices have ARM or AMD CPUs.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Complete f'ing idiots compounding their Security Theatre fails

Their Montreal route requires a connection in the US.

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Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

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Re: Good for espionage

On the other hand, if you were to bump up the laser power a lot it would prevent 'man in the middle' attacks... by vaporising the man in the middle.

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1000 times?

"Where current Wi-Fi systems typically operate at a frequency of 2.5 or 5 gigahertz, the infrared system works at frequencies about 1,000 times higher, around 200 terahertz"

I make 200THz 80,000 (for 2.5GHz) or 40,000 (for 5GHz) higher.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: First question

Alliterative annotations aptly augmenting articles are always appreciated.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Windows Vista.... I say we take off...

... and, well, you know the rest.

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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The front story's bad enough...

I really don't want to know what he was doing with the other side!

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hand-held angle grinder

I was going to suggest it should be a hand-held dangle grinder...

... but if it was in a dangling state it probably wouldn't be such a problem!

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WhatsApp blind-sided by booby-trapped photo vulnerability

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As soon as the user clicked on the image...

so don't open a message from someone who's not in your contacts list?

(assuming your contacts aren't the sort of people to pull such a prank).

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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First with the news...

I'm surprised I didn't already see this story on BuzzFeed

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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@Chemist Re: @ nick_rampart

You may need to watch more Simpsons.

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Re: Brows raised...

So these mighty brows can handle a man every three minutes?

I guess "handling" a woman every three minutes is Trump's job.

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Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

"And why is the carrier using US style 60 Hz when it should be a properly British 50 Hz?"

Maybe the MoD thought that if they overclocked the power supply, they could get the carrier to go 20% faster.

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Is that a phone in your hand – or a gun? This neural network reckons it has it all figured out

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Can it detect someone armed with a pointed stick?

Or a piece of fresh fruit, come to that.

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: Ah yes indeed.

"You should have better designed mice! These are clearly not fit for purpose! Why is IT so crap?!"

How about a mouse with a self-righting mechanism based on Robot Wars?

If it also includes a miniature circular saw and randomly removes ministers' fingers, so much the better.

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Re: Seen it loads of times

"even columns of numbers!"

That's crazy, who'd ever want to do that?

Because, who knows what Paris would try to paste into Excel ------->

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I use the shelf DVD management system too...

however there's an ever increasing local cache pile next to the DVD player.

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

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Re: Interesting

"the spaying robot."

Now, that's one too keep well away from.

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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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Re: IoT

"IoT transport - drones descend from the sky and pick you up with little hooks"

Surely that's Internet of Talons.

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Supermarionation

Can they make the flying module look like Thunderbird 2 please.

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President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China

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Re: One wonders...

It could be that - there was an independent TrumpEscorts.com site last year that he made change their name.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/05/27/solving-the-mystery-of-trump-escorts/ (article images possibly NSFW).

At the same time, I wouldn't put it past him to have a few escort agencies on the side.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: Where's Linux?

"HIVE is a multi-platform CIA malware suite and its associated control software..."

I always thought there was something a bit creepy about those IoT central heating controllers.

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CIA departments...

Is there one dedicated to making up names for stuff?

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Rate this as five stars or we'll bombard you with pop-up ads

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Re: "The app, dubbed Hiddad-BZ by security firm ESET, is available in the Google Play store"

Damn... shocking apostrophe misuse there.

Mine's the hair shirt ---------------->

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"The app, dubbed Hiddad-BZ by security firm ESET, is available in the Google Play store"

It might be useful if the article suggested what the name of the app was on the Google Play store, rather than just it's ESET code name, so we'd know what to avoid.

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Re: Ms May

Does it give a percentage likelihood of her being a human?

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Ex penetrated us almost 700 times through secret backdoor, biz alleges

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Best headline of the day.

Well done, El Reg!

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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That tweet @NSFVoyager2

Did anyone else read that as 'Not safe for Voyager 2' ?

Presumably the Phobos and MRO incidents could have been NSFMAVEN.

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UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery

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My Virgin Media account has email?

Oh, apparently not any more...

https://my.virginmedia.com/customer-news/articles/virginmediamail.html

"If your mailbox isn’t accessed within a 90 day period, we may suspend access to your mailbox without prior notice. If we do this, your mailbox will remain suspended for 60 days."

I don't think I've ever accessed my Virgin Media email - I accessed my Blueyonder email once, but it was already overflowing with spam so never bothered again.

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RAF pilot awaits sentence for digicam-induced airliner dive

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Re: Not wishing to add to his woes...

The RAF runs its own annual photographic competition (with some very nice pictures from the winners) - some entries from previous years have been taken from various cockpits.

Last year's:

http://www.raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2016/

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Nokia 3310 'Supremo Putin' edition goes on sale in Russia

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Re: Where's the Brexit one?

The Brexit version would be a copy of a GPO type 706 telephone, or for really hard Brexiters, a type 332 in Bakelite.

Or, if you're Jacob Rees Mogg, a type 150 candlestick phone.

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Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

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Re: One problem

The bees should have aimed for the spot between two grasshoppers...

... jumpers for goalposts.

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Blighty floods with techies' tears as Capita boss Parker quits

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Re: Crapita...

I so wish that was true.

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: Lunacy

If they stop off at the Apollo 11 landing site, would it be the Lunacy of Tranquility?

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I remember the Salvage 1 space ship was called The Vulture.

Time for El Reg to expand its space ventures?

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: Shite

I had a t610, k750i, k850i and w995. The 850 and 995 were great little phones and survived longer than my Sony Xperia SP.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Just ditch the BBC.

"...blocked it in the router. Even asked my ISP if they could block it."

Isn't it enough that you blocked it yourself without trying to get your ISP involved too?

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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Re: Trappist?

It would be nice if they could name each planet after a Trappist beer.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: Do you think they'd believe me

I would have thought you'd be welcomed into the country if you're pro-Fake News...

just as long as it's the right type of fake news.

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Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008

I notice the word 'voluntarily' there.

"voluntarily: done, made, or given willingly, without being forced or paid to do it"

i.e. not compelled to do it.

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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Re: Carrier pigeons?

Pidgeons with jet packs...

Couldn't they skip the pigeon bit and strap the USB stick to the front of a guided missile?

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Don't accept it, act on it

"If your employer has a legally mandated requirement to confidentiality or customer privacy they will get hit by the violation you have just created ... I suspect there will be a clause in your contract somewhere that will allow them to scapegoat you, at which point it very much becomes your problem."

If it's a work-related trip, then taking work supplied devices may well be a necessity. They would have a hard time justifying any scapegoating action.

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Re: *Checks calendar*

With processors in steel framed 4.5 m x 4.5 m units, I think they're basing it on James Newman's Megaprocessor.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/28/megaprocessor_hand_built_cpu_centre_computing_history/

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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"Hasty and botched"

The de facto standard for any government legislation these days.

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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Re: Kind of a long journey..

Au82In18 starts to melt at 451o C.

Sadly my soldering iron only goes up to 450o C!

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Re: Working at 500°C

Say goodbye to your thighs in future generations of lap-tops.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Re: Unusual behaviour

"A complete stranger sidling up to me and trying to pump me for information"

Last time someone did that to me at an airport they were running a 'free holiday' timeshare competition scam.

As far as I'm concerned, the only legitimate pumping for information should be asking what I want from the menu.

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A non-Standards Soviet approved measure of weight? Sod off, BBC!

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Re: Whats the strangest thing you have used to measure something?

Would that be a Silkie (typical weight 1.2 - 1.5kg) or a Speckled Sussex (typically 3.6 - 4.1kg), or... (insert alternative cockerel breed for your choice of innuendo) ?

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