* Posts by Rob Crawford

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

Rob Crawford

Re: Pushrods!

Threadlocker isn't CA

Although they are from the same family they are not one and the same.

BTW one of the reasons that threadlock tubes are deliberately almost empty is because it will spontaneously harden if there is no air in the bottle, in the case of CA it's water that will cause curing.) Electrochemical reactions also causes threadlock to cure (also unlike CA)

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Rob Crawford

Re: Pushrods!

Only DSMX does the frequency hopping, DSM2 simply selects appropriate channels on startup and sticks with them (I have seen the problems this causes once flying things get near electrical substations and other sources of noise)

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Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

Rob Crawford

Radio 4 Today broadcast

According to IDS his it was all the IT vendors fault as they did not understand what universal credit was.

Additionally all he did was say how the previous government stuffed things up, that was 3 years ago, you have been making your own mistakes for over 3 years, grow up

From my peripheral experience of the NHS disaster that's because the customer (DWP & Mr IDS) didn't know what they wanted and couldn't actually define what the system was supposed to do.

When they could define it then some empire building uncivil servant decided they wanted something else and the IT supplier was forced to implement frig thin to include these arbitrary changes.

Yeah the provider didn't understand the system because you move the goalposts every 20 minutes and the difference between what you need and what you want (a profusion of petty fiefdoms)

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Rob Crawford

Probably didn't look too hard

Probably only went into the local Tesco Metro.

I managed to pick up a Nook from Sainsburys in mid May, here where still many available for ages after that in several Tesco and Sainsburys branches as I considered picking up a couple simply to play about with the hardware.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

Rob Crawford

Maybe they heard of quantum entanglement

and therefore mistakenly believed that destroying one copy would cause all other copies to vanish as well

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

Rob Crawford

Beardy tosspot

So how can the rest of the world vote the NSA away, or GCHQ for that matter.

Having spent 3 says trying to get shitty Oracle products working via a content switch, where the Oracle support team where telling us not to do completely normal things because their products couldn't cope with it.

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

Rob Crawford

Re: Only a matter of time.

Wondering about which time warp you fell through regarding locks and cars, the shitty wafer locks are long gone.

It isn't a lock problem it's a nature of cars problem, they have windows, doors made of folded sheet metal and often a fabric roof. 'Tumblers are easy to deal' what a glorious almost politician like generalisation with well lets see you deal with an Assa Flexcore with anything other than a power drill or breaking the door in question

In the UK immobilizers have been compulsory for years (and most of Europe) unless you have something very old (or shit) nobody is stealing it unless they have the keys or something that attaches to the management port and even then it's only for entry (unless they have fucked up real bad)

Even Ford started using the Tribbe system in the early 90s, yeah you can punch the lock out but the immobiliser takes stops the car from moving (as I suffered back in 95 but the car didn't move)

If a car hasn't an alarm then they just spread the door, it's the work of seconds, but the car is still not going anywhere (if it has an immobiliser)

Hence you end up with a house break in and potential torture (as described by another comment)

A fair example of the tools available for car entry are shown here http://shop.multipick-service.com/?language=en and you will find that the electronic options are limited to particular mfgr / mode / and date of manufacture

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Rob Crawford

Decisions Decisions

David Thewlis, Ray Park or Andy Serkis

I went for Serkis but only if he plays him with aspects of Gollum

Matt Berry was missing from the list though, Dr Who with an aspect of Douglas Renyholm would have me watching every week

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America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

Rob Crawford

Only locked in the US?

So do they not thing that shipping the phone overseas and then unlocking it doesn't circumvent their DCMA legislation?

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Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers

Rob Crawford

Dear US Verizon subscribers

Welcome to Britain we have had to put up with that shit for years

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

Rob Crawford

Uncanny resemblence

I think it's the bell that Hitler often had sticking out of his head that gives the game away.

To think that the bell later developed into the Nazi trans dimensional flying machine

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Rob Crawford

Since when does anybody

take pronunciation lessons from Americans ?

From the country who pronounces Colin as of it's part of the intestines.

No doubt they have semicolins too

What next spelling lessons?

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

Rob Crawford

MP3 etc are not a great and the format of last resort is .wav

In the case of the spectrum there is .tzx which covers the vast majority of loaders (and if done properly makes for a tiny file) but it can also contain sampled audio blocks if required (such as the bleeps between speedlock sections)

CSW (compressed square wave) also exists for some of the more extreme loaders (mostly for hacked games originating from Eastern Europe)

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Rob Crawford

Funny enough

Last year I ended up writing a tape loader for the Design Design anniversary releases which are included with the iOS version of Spectaculator (about the best spectrum emulator)

I suppose I should finish off my spectrum mastering system which requires no spectrum emulators whatsoever (but playing with GoLang has lost its appeal)

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Star Trek: The original computer game

Rob Crawford

Memories

My first experience of a computer was playing this on a Sharp MZ80K in late 81 which one of our lecturers owned. Over the years I tried many other versions but always compared them (poorly) to that articular one

It had truly annoying music and we where told that it could not be removed as the program was written in machine code.

Needless to say after being told that it couldn't be done, sparked my interest in taking other peoples code apart, though sadly this was not one of the targets (as it took me over a year to get my first machine.)

Possibly I should hunt out a sharp emulator and finish the job.

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Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

Rob Crawford
Flame

Soon BYOD will mean

Bring Your Own Desk

Am I really going to go and work for some cheap bastard who will not supply me with the equipment that I need to do my job?

Am I going to buy a laptop and have some monkey install shit on it and then have a corporate security package that prevents me from using MY computer/tablet/phone

The phrase fuck off and die still means something around here

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

Rob Crawford

Perhaps

If saintcroix didn't spend the rest of his/her income on crack a better diet would be possible

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Facebook struggling to find 'immersive' Home on Apple's iPhone

Rob Crawford

For once I agree with apple

No don't let facebook loose on your phone, the apps are crap enough without letting them loose on the home screen.

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

Rob Crawford
Stop

New definition of UK address

Seemingly streetmap.co.uk have no clue regarding what the UK actually covers.

Northern Ireland does not exist according to streetmap so in reality they should actually be asking for a GB address and not a UK address (a bit shit or what) and don't whine the OS do cover NI to the material is available.

OK so they use OS maps, lets ask this question does it matter? In reality the answer will probably be no If you say yes please think if you are one of those who wear outdoor gear to wander about the supermarket freezer section and then reconsider your answer.

(Yes I accept that some people who buy hiking gear actually do go hiking, but it's the same proportion who own a 4WD and take the damn thing off road or get the thing dirty)

Google providing links to google maps, well I'm not surprised considering it's essentially a global service as opposed to a provincial service that doesn't even cover the region that it claims to cover.

Personally I liked the Nokia service, but things like street view (so I could view my intended destination if I had never been there before) caused me to make the switch.

As for Bing , our corporate expenses system used Bing to calculate the mileage and it's always wrong (not even a cigar for getting close)

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Rob Crawford

Re: Streetmap is superior

So the 4 icons sandwiched between Get Directions and the Location dialogue box means absolutely to you?

Icon 1 is Car shaped and represents a car

Icon 2 is Bus shaped and represents a bus

Icon 3 is Person shaped and represents a ......

Icon 3 is Bike+Person shaped and represents a boat (oops sorry a cyclist)

Perhaps the mystery (person shaped) icon may be more appropiate for your needs

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

Rob Crawford

Questions questions

If it works (why am I saying if ?) then they can quite easily speculate on the financial markets and within a short period buy the entire world

Also if they can only see 5 years into the future then they could view a output of time machine which is placed 5 years in the future thereby having a 10 year view (repeat process ad nauseum)

Alternatively they could look into the future and see how to build a better time machine.

Personally I am glad that I have typed less shite here than the Iranians managed with the original story

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

Rob Crawford

Sssh, he is pretending that he has a job that involves networks (it's not real)

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Rob Crawford
FAIL

Re: Here's How It Should Have Been Done

Sir (I'm making assumptions)

I would suggest that you find a failed graduate student and get him (or her) to read over your submissions before you hit the submit button, your postings may then attract less negativity.

I associate Apace with web servers rather than DNS servers, why are you talking about UDP & port 80?

If you are talking about bots being controlled via port 80 you are commenting on the wrong article, this is pointing out that bots are not necessary for a DDOS

Back to other points

Would an absurd amount traffic hitting your firewall (rejected or otherwise) not cause problems ?

HINT: Yes it will !

Funny enough we see a lot of traffic on UTP and on many other ports and not just on port 80, that's because it's a fucking network cable.

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Review: HTC One

Rob Crawford

Re: Features

No not everybody, I quite liked some of the HTC overlay

However the option to remove it would be good

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Rob Crawford

Why I swapped from HTC to Samsung last year

Despite liking HTC products and having had several previous HTC phonesI the following issues finally made me change to Samsung

Phone reception with the HTC was at best poor

No external SD

No replaceable battery

Shit cameras

Poor WiFi reception

Poor Android updates.

Before anybody complains about Samsungs poor update policy you really should experience HTC's slow update policy followed by abandonment at the first possible opportunity, thank god for the Android community.

I am glad that HTC have finally discovered that cameras and reception matters and hope they listen to the other complaints.

What I do like abut HTC is that they are into metal phone bodies, though my current Galaxy S2 has survived being run over by a car (twice)

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Twenty classic arcade games

Rob Crawford

Wheres Xevious

title says it all

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

Rob Crawford

After having the misfortune to watch Discovery Channel

I can't help wondering if the bot was built by those two arseholes from Battle Machine Brothers.

Perhaps they should have went for something that was made in China.

As for mini skirts, they had to fit those to the old RUC landrovers as a beer barrel and some scaffolding poles where commonly used to tip those over.

Pass me my drivin' whiskey woman I'm going to work

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

Rob Crawford

So how many resources do you actually need to actually go outside and go to a shop, coffee shop, cafe etc, I really don't mean to attack anybody and everybody has their own circumstances, and possibly if I lived in Bumhole, Alabama (or anywhere in North Wales) I may also have no desire to local shops for local people.

Currently I'm sitting in a pretty crap town that is looking incredibly empty because all the shite high street shops closed the branches as they where not making a large enough profit.

However when I need nails or floorboards (I'm replacing the floorboards in the front room) I don't go to B&Q or Homebase, I go to a local supplier that is about 30% cheaper than the superstore ( and actually has the products I need not the usual DIY superstore 'standard products') it is also about the same distance away.

One or twice a month I take a few hours and put the effort into getting the things that I need and if that means heading a few miles to another town then so be it (it's much more relaxing than going to Maplin and having a spotty idiot spouting crap and charging high prices)

As for the internet I know lots of people online and friendships have developed (and I have met many of them) I collect locks and the internet is great for that, but lets face it I need to get outside and dropping into a locksmith, hardware store or a salvage yard is often the cheaper and a lot more interesting than simply purchasing and swapping online

No you don't/can't buy everything from local specialists but you can try to make the effort to purchase from somebody who knows the difference between their arse and their elbow and who have what you actually require and are cheaper too.

Lets face it it requires the building of a better mousetrap before the world will beat a path to your door

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Rob Crawford

That's why White takes so much time producing proper mixes for vinyl versions and not simply going for the now standard maximum loudness.

From friends who have worked with him, he is totally serious about the quality over profit.

I'm not overly fond of the White Stripes but from friends who have worked with him (he was in the same studios and asked them to play on some tracks because he thought it would be fun) he is 100% for the do what you believe and enjoy school of music.

To me we need more of that and it's nice to see somebody having some success despite having a decent attitude

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

Rob Crawford

May I also point out

That the following management attitude still exists :

If you need training then you are admitting that you can't do your job.

Although this doesn't apply in my current job, the fact that the training budget is taken off us and given to other departments about 2 months into the financial year doesn't help matters (No we cant send everybody away in the first few weeks because there would be nobody left to to all the things we can't do)

Still it could be worse (and in the past has been)

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Rob Crawford
Joke

I suspect

that most of the people advocating such things have no offspring (and from the looks of things never will)

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

Rob Crawford

I'm more worried about the El Reg web servers

"but at the time of press it had not responded to our enquiries."

So what platform are you using for the site?

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Rob Crawford

Checks date

Not 01 April

Dear apple, fuck off

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Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Rob Crawford

Depends

Apart from Symantec / Nortons being a bit crap

Several years ago while working for another newspaper group we deployed some Finjan boxes to check all content passing through the proxies.

Firstly the Finjans ran 2 AV solutions to try and reduce the chances of a single vendor missing something (of course the regular IT people objected to us (networks) sticking their noses into AV)

The desktop client machines used yet another AV product to give a third check.

Even with sand boxing and heuristics the Finjan kit we didn't thing we where 100% safe but at least we made some effort.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

Rob Crawford

Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

And what happens when Europe is becalmed and the wind farms produce nothing (for which there evidence)

Where will the electricity supply come from then?

I have issues with nuclear and fossil fuels (even if there was no environmental issue it's stupid to burn all your resources)

BUT

I am tired of all these people telling me about the green job revolution, I have news for them we cant all earn a living from installing insulation, coppicing willow (and probably living in a lean to in the fucking woods). It's also amazing how wind proponents don't live near wind farms.

Funny how nobody ever mentions geothermal boreholes, they are not seasonal, CO2 free and don't cover 100s of square miles.

As long as the Dhole's don't notice you should be fine

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Rob Crawford

Unfortunately

When compared to the coal fired (currently) monster that is Drax with it's 24 terawatt-hours it all seems rather small.

Wolfram Alpha seems to imply 27,400 wind turbines to replace that thing (using your figures)

It also equates to quite a few nuclear power stations

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Cisco unwraps Unified Access boxes in East London

Rob Crawford

Nevermind the claims of back doors in the kit

the silly bugger used the word 'Awesome' which is the technology equivalent of Godwins Law

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Michael Dell and the Curse of the Exploding Batteries

Rob Crawford
Paris Hilton

Never mind fires

The spelling is fibre not fiber

Don't give me any of that nonsence about US spelling, it's simply wrong

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AV-Test boss dismisses Microsoft criticism of malware test results

Rob Crawford

Re: Elephant in the room - only Windows needs AV.

I had a map, torch and a photo of your ass

I have the feeling that you may need them to help you find your own arse

Please go back to myspace

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

Rob Crawford

Re: Criminals doing criminal things get criminal charges? ABSURD!

Errr have you ever actually read about Mitnicks time in custody ......

No I thought not

Assange recently ran away and cried like a girl,

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Rob Crawford

Re: @AC 16:49

How can it be fair when innocent people are effectively forced into pleading guilty as the between the cost of defending yourself (forget the public defenders) and the sentences being so ridiculous.

Also the puritan streak that is so common in the US has the viewpoint that if you appear in court you MUST be guilty (unless you are rich or a sports star)

Also where exactly did the damage to a computer system accusation, it's quite hard to damage a system by downloading documents individually

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

Rob Crawford

Good but

isn't there a warning around carbon nanotube derived materials having the same issues as asbestos for peoples lungs.

I remember mention of this from the 'blacker than a priests socks' material which made an appearance last year (also made from carbon nanotubes)

Personally I'd be a bit worried about wearing that until some research has been carried out

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Rob Crawford

Oh dear DS9

Always considered DS9 as Star Trek meets Little House on the Prairie.

Far too much considering the thoughts of others and Voyager continued the politically correct business.

There where some decent episodes and plot lines but not quite enough.

Babylon 5 managed to have the plots which attracted me.

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Do users have enough power?

Rob Crawford

Considering my experience of inability by alleged IT professionals to use something as simple as a web browser such as "the network is broken because a web page I want to access is saying it is not currently available"

Somebody pass the synthetic opiates

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

Rob Crawford

Perhaps this is a bit mad but

How about if there is an issue with certain fonts having an issue that may permit an exploit to be carried out

Wait for it.....

The people who produce the font should fix their side of the issue.

How crazy is that?

We had to ban several fonts which crashed 2 out of the 3 RIPs that we ran as they where doing some real nasty stuff (and don't even mention what Freehand used to do to any RIP I ever encountered)

After playing about with embedding code withing postscript fonts and fractal fonts and the like back in the 90s I can understands the MS position.

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Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

Rob Crawford

He may know what he is doing in his field

but it is a pity that he seems to spend all his time talking about things which he knows fuck all about.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

Rob Crawford

I'm a bit confused

The judge says why not just settle.

Lets see if you where Samsung would you settle for paying out that amount of cash and also accept a ban on sales?

I know I wouldn't (Oh wait Samsung aren't a US company)

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

Rob Crawford

Re: Canabalt?

No it's not an updated version.

It's actually an uncontrollable piece of shit where they have ignored everything that has been learnt about games design since 1985.

Where's Boulder Dash in that list it's more deserving most of that list (even if Repton ruined it's reputation)

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

Rob Crawford

Oh fuck off

That is all

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

Rob Crawford

I'm dissapointed

So nobody else looked at the sWaP Nova EC107 and thought Zoolander ?

They should have called it the Blue Steel

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