* Posts by Mage

7561 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

Mage Silver badge
Thumb Down

Most of this is nonsense.

Expect 10% to 20% improvement in a real home.

How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

Mage Silver badge

Re: iWon't

Battery run time of a day.

Battery life on AVERAGE of 2 years. Some may make to 3, some won't make it to 1.

The 2 years may be wishful thinking.

Will they try and sell extended Warranty for after the 1st year even though the SOGA says that it should last 2 years minimum (some things are expected to last 5 or 6).

Horrors of murky TrueCrypt to be probed once more

Mage Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Good news

What ever you do, don't try to roll your own at home unless you are Bruce Schneier or near equivalent.

(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Mage Silver badge

Pity it was always too/so expensive

And now you can't buy it at all,

Also you can't buy a sensible version of Windows to run it on any more.

Paint Shop Pro 7 seems to be best alternative (later versions are horrible, but PS7 I think doesn't work on current windows.) Even seems to work with some Photoshop plugins,

Does PSP7 or the last buyable Photoshop (some copies still in distribution?) work on WINE.

Gimp isn't there yet as an alternative unless you are a masochist, even then, I suspect it's not close to PSP7 (never mind Photoshop)

On Wn3.11 I used Photostyler as the image rotate tool was really good.

If the current version of Photoshop cost $50 and had Linux, OSX, Android and Windows (XP to 10) versions that would be interesting.

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

Mage Silver badge

Adds a whole new dimension

a whole new dimension of horror to man in the middle attacks.

(Or Woman, not all are men)

Mage Silver badge

"I always do what Teddy says" by Harry Harrison

Apart from the fact this is a total privacy fail, there are more serious concerns with realistic interactive speech created remotely:

Every child in the world received their own teddy bear to take care of them. And to teach them.

"Let me go... let me go!" the teddy bear said with a hopeless shrill.

"...This is only a machine." with a quick slash, he opened the fabric over the seam seal and touched it: the plastic-fur back gaped open like a mouth.

...There was a click and the toy went limp.

One Teddy bear was hacked. There was something it never taught the child.

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

Mage Silver badge

Re: windows

It's not even the sort of Windows as Surface RT did have or a Phone with Win10 will have. It's IOT Windows. Totally pointless.

It will not run any x86-64 desktop applications. It will not even have the phone GUI, though will have some sort of video support.

QNX makes more sense. Linux is far better supported.

Even Risc-OS makes more sense on Pi than IOT Windows.

Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

Mage Silver badge

ARM & Qualcomm

Not just phones, but routers, washing machines, TVs, tablets with no Mobile, set-boxes, players etc.

ARM CPUs start at about 50c to compete with 8bit controllers.

Qualcomm have increasingly concentrated on IP and almost patent trolling. Unlike ARM they sell chips as a method of collecting the royalties.

Unlike ARM they concentrated for many years on buying up companies and killing the product to strengthen IP on their own chips.

e,g. Flarion

Qualcomm and ARM are not at all similar or facing same pressures as Qualcomm is more niche..

ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

Mage Silver badge

Re: Nah, we're safe

Also the transmission is unlikely to be receivable at 20 light years distance.

You'd need a VERY big dish that just happened to be pointing straight at us. Where was Earth vs sun then? If the sun in line behind or in front, they'd only hear frying.

Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

Mage Silver badge


Can't Ofcom be sued for incompetence?

BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

Mage Silver badge

Dark Side

I always called it the Far Side.

I think it does get slightly less sunshine than the near side, but I'm not sure.

Watch it: It's watching you as you watch it (Your Samsung TV is)

Mage Silver badge

Re: Simple way to avoid this

Probably they have one in the TV too.

Maybe a third hidden one my drill will miss :-(

Mage Silver badge
Black Helicopters

A little surgery

If the next time I can only buy a smart TV, I will remove the camera connections and microphone connections. If not possible, I'll drill the mic and cam.

$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Mage Silver badge

Re: Cable quality

Gold on a non-gold socket = degradation.

Copper and Silver conduct better.

Regular daily use: Brass to brass is best.

Use once or very rarely: Tin to tin is best as it forms a gas tight connection under pressure.

Gold should only be used in specialist applications. Never on domestic audio / video/ data / rf

Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

Mage Silver badge

Baking soda gives off CO2

So must be Washing Soda?

Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

Mage Silver badge
Black Helicopters


So how long till there is an app on <insert device of choice> that opens any keyless <insert desired make & model>?

ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

Mage Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: any intelligent life more than 100 light years away...

Certainly far more useful than Radio, which is too short range really.

I think we only recently realised that it was better to do this and we haven't looked at enough planets accurately enough yet.

German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

Mage Silver badge

Whiite Space

So called "White Space" is a lie. I bet the Mobile Operators would scream if anyone tried to foist that guaranteed to interfere technology on them. Even the name is a lie.

Mage Silver badge

Re: Spectrum auctions...

Useless conditions and poorly enforced. They do not want to hurt the revenue.

Also "competition" is to raise auction prices. In a Mobile band using ONE wholesale operator nearly doubles spectrum efficiency. With smaller urban cells the efficiency can be x3. Imagine 4 operators, at a particular mast (sector really), one operator could be "full" (only needs 4 people wanting video or 10 wanting web pages vs 50 phone calls). Two could be at 50% and one near empty.

If you have giant cells, then it's more likely all operators see the same traffic. But x4 range of cell means 1/16th capacity, or less than 1/16th speed with same number of users as the scheduling etc to share the same channel isn't 100% effective. Actually 3G wastes 50% of capacity if there are too many users, but with one user it's about equal speed to 4G in same size channel.

Mage Silver badge

800MHz sell off may have been a mistake, 700MHz is Greed.

What is the Digital Dividend?

1) Money for Tresuries via Regulator's auctions

2) Savings in numbers of Rural masts for Mobile Operators.

3) NOTHING extra for consumer.

Large cells are very poor speed/capacity. 800MHz band is larger cells than 900, and nearly x3 diameter / range of 1800MHz. That means 1/9th of capacity per unit area.

At 700MHz, it's a cheap way to provide voice to a village, but about 1/16th of capacity per unit area compared to 1800MHz. Longer range (i.e. cell interference = lower speed) happens MUCH more commonly at 700MHz. Note that Mobile operators make huge profits from voice, enormous profit from SMS and nearly nothing (or in case of Three, none) from Data.

Unless FIXED wireless with roof aerials are used, NOT a single person will have broadband, no matter if 4G or something newer is deployed.

It's purely revenue raising and a cost saving for the Mobile operator.

Mobile operators should be forced to have a higher density and more masts 900MHz to 2100MHz and properly re-use spectrum AND provide better performance.

The various sell offs below 900MHz in Europe and 800MHz in USA purely raise money for Treasury (a one off) and cripple DTT newer services and newer technology, playing into hands of Pay TV Cable and Satellite.

It's a fact that Comreg and Ofcom in Europe want to abolish Terrestrial TV entirely and have people only pay for TV via Internet (not scaleable for 20M simultaneous HD viewers), Satellite and Cable.

Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

Mage Silver badge

Growth and MS Tablet

When you have nearly nothing even 10,000% growth can still be nearly nothing.

The MS tabs are really ultrabooks. Didn't they cut the price? Do they actually make any money on these?

I guess the sales are almost entirely corporate?

It's still not a big enough share to be significant.

Dish, the FCC, and a sly trick to leave American taxpayers $3bn short

Mage Silver badge

600MHz band

"The 600MHz band which provides a particularly useful combination of traveling long distances and decent-enough building penetration which makes it ideal for mobile networks."

True, but such huge cells are very poor speed/capacity. Mobile operators should be forced to have a higher density and more masts 900MHz to 2100MHz and properly re-use spectrum AND provide better performance.

The various sell offs below 900MHz in Europe and 800MHz in USA purely raise money for Treasury (a one off) and cripple DTT newer services and newer technology, playing into hands of Pay TV Cable and Satellite.

It doesn't benefit the consumer. Just saves money for the Mobile operator.

It's also a well known ploy to obtain licences and not use them at all, to deprive competitors. Yes, they are eventually forced to hand them back or use, but it achieves the goal. I have seen this successfully done all over Europe.

It's a fact that Comreg and Ofcom in Europe want to abolish Terrestrial TV entirely and have people only pay for TV via Internet (not scaleable for 20M simultaneous HD viewers), Satellite and Cable.

Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

Mage Silver badge

Re: Think of it another way...

Ford have used Peugeot engines though.

Mage Silver badge
Black Helicopters

If it was anyone OTHER than Samsung.

The 1st iPhone was Samsung SC6400 family.

Samsung may have many good reasons to use their own chippery. If Intel made ARM phone chips and phone would they buy a Qualcomm cpu?

Though Samsung do use other people's CPUs when it suits them. They are thus not like Intel.

So really Qualcomm seem to be over-reacting. Unless Samsung is going to sell to all the other phone makers in competition to Qualcomm next iteration.

Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

Mage Silver badge

Microsoft has a really good clue?

“Microsoft has a really good clue about cloud integration. There’s a great story about Azure, and about data integration between IoT devices and Azure,” enthuses Upton. “I think they’ve got a pretty compelling security story as well."

He's been drugged. I never heard anything so daft. I'd not touch Azure with a barge pole.

I suppose C# on Visual studio is OK, but there are three ways of building GUIs now on Visual Studio and none are quite finished.

VB6 was good if you didn't program in Basic, and understood which junk to avoid. A nice RAD.

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

Mage Silver badge

Re: Video playback

Windows XP is only available for the X86 and X64 (IBM PC) architecture

And the Itanium. Though that was killed long ago.

Windows NT once supported PPC, MIPS, Alpha 32, Alpha 64 as well as x86. Not sure what XP embedded supported. Win CE supported ARM and x86 and maybe something else originally and was based on Win NT rather than DOS + Win3.x/Win9x, but wasn't the same thing as NT at all.

There are Baby ITX boards that support XP / Windows / Media Linux etc, even fanless ones, much better for Media.

#VultureTRENDING: YESS! It's Pantsr, the Sharing Economy super app that delivers on the BOTTOM line

Mage Silver badge


I've registered the domains and will have the apps out in a week or so.

Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

Mage Silver badge

Re: It is a reality on Ebay and Amazon

So Irish Customs now automatically seize any Asian parcel (post or courier ) marked GIFT and demand a copy of the invoice before they release it.

Pity Revenue are not so forceful on Big Multinationals that mysteriously make no profit.

If the buyer is spending more than €20 INCLUDING SHIPPING,. they pay customs duty and THEN full Irish VAT on sale price, shipping cost and duty! A €6 handling fee is added!

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

Mage Silver badge

Re: Good work MS

This is the funniest thing in IT I have heard or seen since I first encountered Windows Millennium Edition!

Anyone wasting time on this is either a Corporate Windows developer or deluded.

There is a choice of RiscOS, various Linux.

Any of VXWorks, PalmOS, BEOS or QNX would be nicer.

QNX was unfortunately bought by RIM to become Blackberry 10

What other OS would be nice choice on Pi?

Google vows: Earth will vanish in 2015

Mage Silver badge

Re: word change...

Arianespace has over 50% of launches

61% of orbiting Satellites are Arianespace launches.

Work on the European Space Port was started in 1960s.

The USA Man on Moon Program had no strategy beyond a man on the Moon. It was a blind alley.

The Shuttle program was more to suit USA Military than advancement of Civilian Space Exploration, it couldn't reach Geosynchronous orbit never mind leave orbit. Ideal for recovery of Low Earth Orbit Spy Satellites.

See how many Shuttle missions were classified.

NASA gets the lion share of publicity compared to CNES, ESA, Arianespace, Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Israeli space Programs. Israel managed to orbit a satellite (I think 1988 or 1989) from East to West Launch instead of normal West to East Launch. They didn't want to worry the Neighbours!

The Australians are building two spaceports, one based on Woomera, the defunct UK facility (Only the British achieved success to abandon the program entirely!). Anyone know why the Australians doing it?

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Mage Silver badge

Re: You can add your own filters....

Is there a friendly website listing filters / domains to block with files for Linux router firewall rules and "hosts" files on clients?

Mage Silver badge

Re: Morality

Animation / Video /Sound should be banned in Web Adverts by international treaty, unless the user click on a |> play arrow!

Mage Silver badge

Re: Sigh

Noscript also helps protect your privacy (block privacy slurping domains) and helps against Malware. A side effect is blocking a lot of adverts.

I block ebay.com in Noscript to avoid horrible large scrolling eBay adverts on some sites. If I need ebay.com then "temporary enable" in Noscript is enough, though I usually use ebay.co.uk and have it whitelisted.

Mage Silver badge

Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

Adverts MAY finance some good sites.

All advert images use up MY bandwidth cap. My cap is fixed. Or use MY data allowance on Mobile connection.

On a TV I mute the adverts.

Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

Mage Silver badge

Re: But trusting any corporation is risky.

And block loads of domains completely with Noscript in Firefox.

Though my Linux Firefox seems to be only able to install Ghostery, which is reputed to sell info to advertisers about their ads being blocks.

Mage Silver badge


Definitely Evil.

They don't know what privacy or evil means. Or else don't care about yours. I bet they wouldn't like their stuff exposed.

'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Mage Silver badge

Columbia Internet for Canuks?

Archive 1997 - 2006

Not real. But the author was originally a Web guy for a real Canadian ISP, not Rodgers.

The bigger ISPs have a disconnect between Customers and Management.

NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

Mage Silver badge

Going for Chip company

Because the chip company is the one infringing.

If I buy a Fridge infringing a Philips patent they can't sue me. If it turns out to be illegal then I actually get compensated by the chip maker!

Re Kodak Instant Camera vs Polariod. People that bought the Kodak camera had to get refunds.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Mage Silver badge


If I want a Tablet I'd get iOs or Android.

Just flipping fix all the bugs you been putting in since NT3.51

We don't want a Joss stick and whale song one windows to rule them all. We just want the Windows Desktop to work BETTER and more consistently than NT3.5x, NT4.0, XP.

Forget all the garbage unwanted features and eye candy. Just fix it.

Totally pissed of with MS after installing and programming and supporting NT Windows since 1994

There is a good reason iOs and OS X are not the same

There is a good reason why Linux Desktop/Server distros are different to phone versions or Android.

It's totally nuts to try and have the same for both. It's possible. But you end up penalising everyone.

Windows CE was horrible GUI on PDA and early phones BECAUSE it copied Win95 GUI.

Zune was better. But to try and combine Explorer and Zune is madness.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone

Mage Silver badge

Innovator or Troll?

Sadly Qualcomm bought some great companies and binned them, purely to have more 3G and 4G "IP".

They too much have policy set by lawyers.

Unlike a fruity company, they have done real innovation and R&D. Sadly though they are bit too much like the Oracle of the Phone Chip business.

Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

Mage Silver badge


house roofs to High Altitude platforms.

It's useless for Mobile, even if every lamp post had it. Behaves too much like IR or light links.

Nothing to do with 5G, if anyone ever decides what 5G actually is.

A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

Mage Silver badge

Yes It's terrible

The fictional Robert Harris thriller "Enigma" (Book and Film) is FAR more historically accurate.

Mage Silver badge
Thumb Up

Welcome Back

I've missed you.

Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

Mage Silver badge

Re: In my defence

I forgive you this time.

Mage Silver badge

Apple, arguably, invented the smartphone


Sorry, no, not even close. Unless you mean commodity HW, a touch gui based on low resolution and port of OSX in a rather plain box, with actually LESS applications and features coupled with poorer performance than previous smart phones counts as inventing the Smart phone.

They were successful for one main reason. Consumer Data plans. Previously really smart phones mostly business use because of horrendous data costs. Yes, the GUI was simpler (which actually was largely bought in). But others (not Nokia) did have low resolution touch GUIs already, though not as slick.

BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

Mage Silver badge

Re: Nice.

Vampire bats can get airborne from the ground I think.

"While other bats have almost lost the ability to maneuver on land, vampire bats can also run by using a unique, bounding gait, in which the forelimbs instead of the hindlimbs are recruited for force production, as the wings are much more powerful than the legs. This ability to run seems to have evolved independently within the bat lineage"

"Once the common vampire bat locates a host, such as a sleeping mammal, it lands and approaches it on the ground"

"To take off from the ground, the bat generates extra lift by crouching and flinging itself into the air."


No doubt they will add that feature next.

The feeding fangs and laser will be added last, when Skynet is operational.

Mage Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Re: Bats got legs

That's why Vampire bats. They perambulate on the ground in a unique fashion with the help of the wings!

Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

Mage Silver badge

riveting thriller takes fresh look at AI

I seriously doubt that it takes a fresh look at AI.

It might be a riveting thriller.

SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

Mage Silver badge

Re: The internet

Plays for sure ...

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Mage Silver badge
Thumb Down

main page image

Still x2 too big.

Either the content is poorer or site is horrible because I hardly spend any time here now.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018