* Posts by Mage

7561 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

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http://www.bbc.com/news/ was down too.

Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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So you in good form this weekend Dabsey.

Pay rise?

Weekend holiday?

Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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If you run a DNS box, boycott the new TLDs. They are an evil money grab.

Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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The new money grabbing TLDs should be boycotted by all ISPs and other DNS operators.

Unlike IPs, there is NO Reason to add extra TLDs. Even ,biz and .info etc were dubious ideas.

We've read all 400 pages of the FCC's baffling net neutrality rules – here's what YOU need to know

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mobile broadband

It's Mobile Internet.

mobile broadband is a marketing fiction

Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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You can fit a 600V flash gun electronics in a WD passport box. With its own pair of alkaline AA cells.

1000uF charged to 600V is a bit more severe than 8uF @ 110V

just sayin'

Not sure if devil icon, flames, troll, coat or nuke icon.

Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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Mobile and Communications segment saw its revenues plummet by 85.3 per cent.

Intel HAS an ARM licence.

They can fab, Fabulously.

They should swallow ego and do ARM SoC for Mobile instead of trying the square peg in round hole

Last year their Mobile was down about 80+ % too.

BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: bbc pi is 8bit amtelmega 32u4

Jupiter Ace ran Pacman in only 1K RAM.

Also it was a High Level Language, not assembler, as long as you had used an HP calculator (RPN is easy really, look at Forth vs Lisp)

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: So....

I wouldn't let any child use Siri, Cortana or similar.

$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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looking at old watch formats

Sorry, this is the only good bit.

The rest reads too much like Apple apologist. and is waffle Not to your usual standard.

Mines the one with a phone in the pocket.

Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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50% more members in the Galactic Council

Except no-one has invited us.

Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Re: Quick on the draw?

These existed YEARS ago!

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Re: "In the end, you sometimes need to be an expert to ... "

Perhaps they are not fakes.

Perhaps many predate Apple Watch

Perhaps many are better.

They'd be idiots not to take advantage of the Media Apple Hypegasm.

Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS

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What would be nice

Is how can we copy this to at least have some bright colour on an eInk type low power display without a backlight.

Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Windows 10, Azure, Office 2016, open sourcing .Net,

No, they lost the plot around 2003 or 2004, about two years after Nokia went mad internally.

Windows 10, : Will disappoint, At best no worst than win7

Azure: Pointless to most people

Office 2016, :rent a cloud Office. Stick to Office 2003 or use Libre Office

open sourcing .Net, : Born of desperation!

MS and Apple are now mature companies thrashing around wondering how to to maintain momentum.

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Re: Wonders what planet has 18 hour days....

I have an LCD watch with same battery, running nearly 10 years. It works without ANY phone.

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

On my laptop I've upgraded:


Optical Drive

Graphics Card


HDD (used partition Magic on desktop to copy existing content /OS)

Replaced keyboard, battery pack case fans due to age.


1600 x 1200 ultra sharp totally matt finish zero reflection 15" screen (other screens were possible)

1.8 GHz P4 CPU (other CPUs can be fitted).

OK, perhaps it's a little large and heavy. The Mac Air is indeed an x86-64 tablet with built in keyboard. It's expensive though unless you want OS X.

I wonder how long before Apple drop OS X and only have iOS though.

Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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N'eer a truer word in jest.

Now we know that that Dabs is the day job public identity of super hero^h^h^h^h security expert Schneier

FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

"An error occurred during a connection to cve.freakattack.com. SSL received an unexpected Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_rx_unexpected_server_key_exch) "

Firefox on er er er ...

13 years old Windows ... last re-installed June 2002.

Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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"VOD pay ISP to exclude traffic from bandwidth cap".

On most systems there is a cap to limit traffic, so that busy time the connection isn't too slow. An exception like this slows the ISP for even the users that don't use netflix.

You don't understand how an ISP works. They do not have the capacity to deliver anything like your package speed if everyone used it all the time.

Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Not dead

Just getting more difficult to do properly.

The Cloud is at best another tool and at worst a disaster waiting to happen.

How does the Cloud provider backup?

How good is their security?

How do you access them and have you a backup internet access?

This is just typical nonsensical "cloud" hype. It's just someone else's servers, It's just outsourcing with more than usual level of opacity about what you are really getting for the money.

Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: OpenWRT?

The point is it's pretty lame how rubbish most domestic gear on sale in Tesco, Argos etc is compared with a generic controller card and 7 year old open source software.

This isn't hard at all.

They have lavished more attention on the box that no-one is going to look at.

Icon, cos I have no halo.

Sorry I didn't explain my point.

My ISP's "cable modem" is nearly 10 years old. It's purely a DOCSIS 2.0 modem. The cable Modems or ADSL modems with router built in and no bridge mode are evil. At least xDSL you can put your own. Very rare a DOCSIS (Cable) based provider will provision anything other than their own.

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I was fed up with router reliability. I "made" my own 7 years ago using an industrial computer board with two ethernet ports. (no 5 port switch made to look like Wan port and 4 x Lan)

OpenWRT + serious passwords.

It uses a laptop WiFi card to act as an airpoint too.

OS on a CF card.

spare card holder (2nd WiFi?)

2 x USB hosts unused

1 x Serial port unused.

I experimented with other features but decided router + firewall + Airpoint (bridged to LAN ethernet) was enough due to security concerns.

I stuck it in an old 300 Baud Sagem modem case.

Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

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Nothing new.

Loads of stuff 3.5GHz to 20GHz been doing this cheaply last 10 years (various speeds).

Problem is in some EU countries the licence is 10K per year per link!

Fibre can actually work out cheaper. FTTH for 90% of people costs less than the infrastructure for real 5Mbps peak time LTE. (the 100Mbps is meaningless if you need to be only user and in sight of mast, which is pretty much the case. Every double of distance from 100m is 1/4 speed. Then divide by total number of users).

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

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long haul passenger and a little bit of cargo.

To where?



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Europe's first spaceport,

Actually it will be the second.

Europe's first spaceport (construction started 1960) launches over half of payloads already. It's also on an East coast (in case launch aborts) and near Equator (saves fuel).

You don't want to be under the immediate launch path.

It's not even the UK's first, the Australians are re-furbishing Woomera,

It's not even the first site IN Europe (though none are used any more as the European Space Port is better).

It might be the first spaceport in the UK. But that actually makes little sense. Kenya would be cheaper. There even is some sort of disused base there already. Kenya or South America would be cheaper for launches than in Great Britain,

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

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Breakfast time: Filter coffee. Needs no thought.

Other times I use the the Italian stove 2 part thing, jug/press (cafetire?) and a cheap £20 espresso maker. Some times I make "mud" coffee (tall cup, pour boiling water WITHOUT stiring, sprinkle cold drips of water on top to sink grounds)

Five flavours just from one purchase of tinned grounds.


Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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surface plasmon polaritons

Heavy Boffinry!

I've never heard of "polaritons" before. The plasmon, barely.

(laser safety goggles on)

Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

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Willy Waving

It's meaningless.

Mine's the one with Shannon Nyquist papers in the pocket and graphs of closeness to Shannon Limit for Edge, 3G, HSPA, HSPA+, WiMax, LTE, Flash-OFDMA

HP gulps down Aruba Networks for $3bn

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Oh dear

This will end badly... Except for whoever got the $3 Billion.

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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MS should bring out a Windows Classic Edition.

Basically an XP SP4 with bugs that are STILL in Win7 and Win 8, (or stupidity) fixed. File copy in Explorer is crazy limited compared with xcopy and ordinary users don't realise that it copies or moves depending on if explorer thinks directories are on same drive letter. They don't know about holding cntrl or shift.

Also the explorer views are buggy.

The Classic Edition should have only safe network clients on by default. It should have 32 bit (faster for some things and needed for old cpus) with NT4 Enterprise PAE on as well as 64 bit. No need to resurrect the long dead XP 64 for Itanium.

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With Noscript, external firewall, Firefox, no non- web except up to date Flash in Browser (no PDF, Media player, VLC, no added toolbars, no Java) all non-essential services off (upnp, telnet, server, no sharing, remote desktop, remote registry, HTTPS & HTTP server, FTP, SSDP etc, no autorun on any media inc net drives) etc XP used by a knowledgeable user is safer than Win 7, Win 8.x or Win 10 used by average user with a false sense of security in AV products and the default configuration.

Thunderbird or other client with no remote content enabled for email.

Using Libre office (or Office 2003 with no macros or activeX).

The default Windows settings for services are madness and always have been.

An alternate view


I use silentrunners,org and gmer, often booting in safe mode to check out people's PCs / laptops

Make room, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz band

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Increased patent revenue for Qualcomm. That's the motivation.

This is a bad idea for every existing user of WiFi, esp in Apartment blocks etc.

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Google’s thirty-quid dongles can put Android on your telly just as well as a Mojo.

Er .. no.

Because it needs a tablet, phone or Laptop. If you have those, then an HDMI cable may replace the Chromecast.

Chromecast is not in same league of thing as this at all.

W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Like spoilt kids.

Always have been

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

The problem with Styles in Word is that they breed with every edit and copy/paste. Anything other than typing in text tends to create a new style!

Styles are brilliant (as is CSS). Misused by user or the WYSIWYG application programmer they are a disaster.

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Re: A plague

Amazon seems to be using the command line mode of Mobi Creator.

Mobi Creator (and Amazon) are more predictable if you output to filtered HTML first from <insert favourite editor> and then check fix up the HTML. / CSS / Images. eBooks are basically HTML with a few custom tags, CSS and images in a single file.

You can find specs for what Kindle internal HTML is supported (sadly not client side image maps, but there are two extra useful tags: Force new page and block scroll to page.)

The block allows you to have text/images that can ONLY be reached via hyperlinks. Thus a text adventure book is possible.

Direct upload of .doc or .docx to Amazon for Kindle can have images (size and location), internal links and foot notes not working as expected).

Also Charset and fonts are more limited prior to Kindle 4. Using Mobi Reader or an older Kindle to check what your HTML -> Mobi Creator is doing.

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Re: Content and Style

I use Notepad++ to do the creative part of writing and each part is a separate file.

At some stage you have to use Word format for Publishers and Agents.

I proof read on a Kindle via HTML import to Mobi Creator and make notes on the Kindle.

Office 2003 is last decent version.

Select desired compatibility mode in Libre Office and save as .doc. There are now incompatible .docx versions. Tell the Word users to save as .doc not .docx and compatibility for Office 2003 or similar. Or even Office 97!

Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Marconi was one of the BIGGEST FRAUDS in history !

Amazingly it's true that he was supposed to be on the Titanic, or maybe it was his family, I forget the details. But his radio installations reduced the death toll at sea.

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Re: Splendid ties

People though found Marconi's English perfect (his mother and relatives). He was very much into dressing smartly. He made a big impression on people.

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Re: *ahem*

Tesla was truly one of the inventors. Marconi was the most successful Radio Entrepenure perhaps till David Sarnoff (RCA). Marconi was one of the original RCA founders with GE, but kicked out by US government.

RCA bought Victor Talking Machine Co. Which in UK was HMV and in Japan JVC. When in 1928 UK Columbia Graphophone was taken over by HMV, the holding company was EMI.

The US part of Columbia became CBS.

Hence when Marconi wanted to divest the loss making domestic Radio and concentrate on Marine & Industrial, RCA (Sarnoff) encouraged him to licence Marconiphone name to EMI. Hence HMV and Marconiphone models in 1930s pretty much identical. Also why EMI and RCA collaborated on the Electronic TV. especially the camera, which defeated Farnsworth (his was inherently rubbish) and Baird, who at least came up with electronic film scanning, but otherwise didn't invent TV as his Mechincal TV was a Victorian era invention.

Bairds film to TV system was used in Satellites before suitable CCD cameras. The film was developed and then slowly scanned and transmitted.

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technology dominated the early 20th century, it was wireless

And also today for anything not tied to a cable or fibre.

Even Satellite is Wireless.

He was half Irish (Jameson Whiskey family) and one of his wives was Irish too.

He didn't invent Wireless, but he realised the need for Aerial and Earth. The Whip aerial used on all mobile devices and many WiFi used to be called the Marconi Monopole and was his invention.

He never wanted a Nobel, as he regarded himself as an entrepreneur and not a scientist. Far more honest than Edison and maybe the only Entrepreneur that Edison liked. Edison himself said it was because he hadn't gotten round to Radio.

Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

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Of course

Really important emails will sometimes get deleted before you read them, due to unforeseen impact of patches, upgrades, data centre reconfiguration.

Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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The silly amount of money and wages in Premiership is killing it and fleeching the consumer. Why doesn't the consumer boycott and they'd be back to sensible wages, free to watch matches on BBC / ITV / C4.

The pressure to be in Premier league and the wages are bonkers.

For pity's sake, you fool! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it worse

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Re: To Bach

Wordstar on CP/M could at least print them!


Non-destructive backspace

Accent by typing ` ' ^ ~ etc or even over print a | or =

The problem is a USA centric view.

Earlier Androids (< 4.1 etc?) only can use a USA physical BT or USB keyboard correctly,

I do use the "Character Map" utility, but it doesn't work with every application.

The Spanish keyboard and some others I think single quote requires the single quote key to be pressed twice.

Why doesn't Alt GR with USA and UK keyboard give accented letters on EVERY key instead of only € á é ú í ó ?

Why is the USA keyboard lacking a character (key actually) if you pretend it's some other language and tippex the key caps?

Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Many other devices.

Movement detectors apparently part of alarm system. The one behind the till has a camera to keep an eye on the worker.


Bug on the P.O. cabinet can remote voice, fax and and analogue modems.

Root kit on laptop / tablet using mic & camera.

(anyone notice that with current Skype you can't turn off camera or mic?)

Smoke Alarms

Extension socket strips.

Plug in 2 and 3 way mains adaptors.

Modified Phones

Patched HDD firmware.

Local fake mobile base station relaying to real one doing Man in Middle attack on Voice, SMS, MMS, and all data. (routinely used in USA).

Laser bounced remotely of the window.

The GSM, Bluetooth, WiFi and other regular wireless bugs are easily found. There are ultra wide spread spectrum bugs that can't be detected as they just create a very small rise in local background noise over a very wide spectrum.

Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: 1938 or so?

when 2038 was almost a century away

Since when is about 60 years almost a century?

Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Ives didn't even design the the boxes. He copied Dieter Rams' stuff for Braun

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Ives abdicated when he decided to use White because Dieter Rams did. Half his stuff copies the 1950s -1960 Braun stuff anyway.

He's the opposite extreme in Choice. The company with one of the smallest ranges of choice ever, on new model releases usually.

I don't know why any one listens to this over rated product cosmetics stylist. There is no evidence he's an original designer, or has any flexibility. He's had one theme practically for years.

Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

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There are related vulnerabilities

I've seen emails alleging to be from linkedin with links that have linkedin's real domain at start of URL that are meant to load something else.

Very many plugins for Drupal and Wordpress are STILL being written with cross site scripting, rights elevation or sql flaws.

There is obviously something wrong with the way Web applications are being developed and deployed.

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