* Posts by Harry the Bastard

230 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

Harry the Bastard

space kittens

tabbies obvs.

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

Harry the Bastard

the 422 is ok, but i lurved my 453

back in the 80's i built a digital storage add-on for it

it was a tragic day when i let it go, sniffle

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Harry the Bastard

time to reranch the optimess

the post is required, and must contain letters

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

Harry the Bastard
Coffee/keyboard

'Computer science professor Matthew Green added: "Assange is personally going to see those Android 4.x phones get patched."'

funniest thing i've read in ages

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

Harry the Bastard

i assume the issue is that the same device connected to feeble euro voltage will use less power than when connected to heroic uk voltage, given the situation of a simple load P = V*V / R

dyson are free to test at euro voltage, that's the point of eu wide standards, seems like a level playing field to me

if dyson chooses to make a device that consumes more power at euro voltage that's dyson's problem, can't blame the germans for it

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Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

Harry the Bastard
Megaphone

Re: Water damage

apple claims the 7/7s phones are "splash, water and dust resistant, and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529"

the 7 in ip67 indicates ability to survive immersion to a depth unlikely to be found indoors in domestic circumstances, certainly far deeper than any normal household sink or bath

if your scenario were correct, it would mean apple lied and the phones explode when wet

it seems more likely that the phone had a fault resulting in catastrophic heating

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

Harry the Bastard
Mushroom

there's an icon appropriate to this

yet it has not been used

seems clear evidence of a cover up

now, where's my tinfoil hat, i'm sure i saw it earlier

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i saw this, and thought of el reg

Harry the Bastard

i saw this, and thought of el reg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_AHnqxy8i4

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Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

Harry the Bastard

surely this is a...

...blatant move to increase netapp storage sales by embiggening the email archive size

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

Harry the Bastard

Re: Do you own it, or not?

you do, you are absolutely entitled to write your own software, if you can't manage it that's tough, deere is under no obligation to help you, and nor should it be

the eff's ludicrous position, apparently supported by some down-voting twats, is that if you buy a product x that should entitle you to the producer's source code and other proprietary info so you can make your own changes to it

by that logic eff should be demanding that buyers of iphone's have the right to apple's source and info so that they can make changes to their "purchased property", which is exactly what many government's would like

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Harry the Bastard

the eff is way out of line here

people are free to start from scratch and write their own tractor driver

there's no right to the source code of deere's software (aside from any bits covered by license requiring disclosure)

the eff is acting like any other another spoiled brat who's argument is essentially "waaaaaa, because i want, waaaaaa, look i'm being oppressed, waaaaaaa"

the interweb has a lot to answer for

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Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

Harry the Bastard

re: What does one do when neither the carrot nor the stick are working?

elect a carrot-coloured guy with the brains of a a stick

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

Harry the Bastard

Re: I've figured it out ...

i'm sure bluto would be a great success as president,

trump is not bluto, he's neidermeyer

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

Harry the Bastard

"Blackstone ... employs six times as many people as Google"

it may well do, but many of the companies it acquires soon cut jobs/cost, it's also no stranger to offshoring jobs

what'd be more interesting is blackstone's overall net effect on jobs at it's acquisitions, i suspect it's negative

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Harry the Bastard

presumably the outraged are aware that...

"The polymer in virtually all of the world’s plastic bills is made by a single Australian company, Innovia Security.

Innovia are the makers of Guardian, a substrate used to manufacture the polymer currency of 24 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico and New Zealand.

Tallow does not appear to be a stand-alone or critical ingredient in Guardian, but the by-product got into the substrate because it is used in processing by Innovia’s resin suppliers.

“Polymer substrate used as a base for bank notes contains additives that help with the polymer manufacturing process, similar to many commercially available plastics,” wrote the Bank of Canada in a Wednesday statement after contacting Innovia.

“Our supplier of polymer substrate, Innovia Security, has confirmed to us that these additives may include extremely small amounts of tallow,” the statement added. "

...and...

"Indeed, small amounts of processed cow parts can be found in everything from [...] to brake fluid. In fact, almost all of the images ever featured on historic Canadian currency would have first been prepared by an artist using tallow as part of the engraving process."

...and until their demands are met will cease ride in any vehicle not certified animal free

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Enterprise vendors offering big Black Friday discounts

Harry the Bastard

hundred quid off the eyewateringly priced macbook pros

at john lewis - while stocks last

price still eyewatering though

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Quantum traffic jam of atoms could unlock origin of dark energy, physicists claim

Harry the Bastard

sans paywall

https://arxiv.org/abs/1601.02549

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

you build up my hopes

then you dash them

damn

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

Harry the Bastard

Re: Headers check

first rule of the interweb

though shalt not blame open source for anything

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Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

Harry the Bastard

how do we know they weren't his rather than hers?

and now i need some mind bleach

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

Harry the Bastard

Re: are the powers that be SO stupid!?!?!?

actually they are even more stupid

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Harry the Bastard

when people downvote mathematical fact, the outlook is bleak

have an upvote from me

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

Harry the Bastard

this one on arxiv....

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1606.07494.pdf

...looks like it may be the paywall-free equivalent, same diagrams

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

Harry the Bastard

"...plays them Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You"

...sure sounds like malicious intent, i'd throw away the key

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Harry the Bastard

lost opportunity for the subhead...

Now IT bricks it: A 'Series of Unfortunate Events'

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

Harry the Bastard

i see what you are saying, but...

...i expect the reality will be...

to trench and badly fill many more roads, then allow them to further degrade, increasing the misery of sunken, cracked, potholed roads ever further as rain, frost and traffic take their toll, in central london there are holes big/deep enough to damage cars let alone cyclists

add more poles because sharing with other public/private entities is too complicated or seen as a revenue stream by desperate local councils

or maybe we end up like much of the world where the streets are lined with dangly cables, and poor sods making a living up dodgy ladders maintaining them once we exit the eu and its pesky health and safety rules

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A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

Harry the Bastard

Re: £100 a week for a year with Tesco's delivery service comes in at about £26,000 cheaper

welllllllll, bear in mind...

tesco's notorious reputation for screwing suppliers down to minuscule overall margins or even into loss, dairy farmers are quite outspoken on the subject

plus the supermarket industry's appetite for rebates//bungs/ransoms/whatever you call them, exacted from suppliers to place product in more favoured positions

...and it's possible that just a few % cost increase pushes unilever underwater

tesco is playing the pr game to paint itself as the defender of consumers, but without knowing the facts rather than the spin, i'd treat anything either side says with a heavy dose of scepticism

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Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

Harry the Bastard

that was no cauliflower...

...it was brains of last customer

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Cisco president: We've lost to AWS et al on the public cloud

Harry the Bastard

Re: Cisco just jumped the shop …

they're mounted above head height, so they get a full view of the punters

some systems piggyback on security cameras, others are self-contained

if you go into a branch of any mass-market retail chain, assume you're being counted and categorised at least on entry, possibly throughout the store, and maybe even correlated with your smartphone's wifi burbling

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Cabinet bare of Apple Watch

Harry the Bastard

awooga! awooga!

fanboy alert

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

Harry the Bastard

Re: Suggestions?

me as global dictator with super powers and a fleet of hypersonic sharks with frickin' lasers

soon sort it out

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

Harry the Bastard

not sure why the pessimism

after all, if he can announce new cars and ship them on time, what could possibly... oh, er...

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Here's how to see Tim Cook or SatNad strut their starkers stuff

Harry the Bastard
Happy

would liven up the apple keynote presentation

not that this article will improve el reg's chances of being at the next one

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

Harry the Bastard

maybe i have a suspicious mind, but surely...

...this is just an off the shelf remote-ish ignition solution for a wide range of nutters

position flame emitting orifice ready to ignite stuff that'll burn/explode

retire to safe distance,

whoomp

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Russia MP's son found guilty after stealing 2.9 million US credit cards

Harry the Bastard

re: I'm wondering what would happen if another country pulled that crap....

presumably they'd carry on regardless...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

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First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

Harry the Bastard
Pint

wireless LAN, but not wifi

predates it considerably...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WaveLAN

but have an amber nectar anyway

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

Harry the Bastard

paywall on linked article

presumably it's this one on arxiv...

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1604.07411.pdf

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

Harry the Bastard
Happy

cat nap

obligatory text

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

Harry the Bastard

bees with frickin' LASERs!!!

would be so much better

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Lester Haines: RIP

Harry the Bastard

sad sad news

condolences to his family and friends

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

Harry the Bastard

loved the sample tweets

especially...

"@virginmedia Getting dangerously close to 24hrs with no service. Also dangerously close to me contacting Ofcom about lack of info/updates."

vm doesn't even put scheduled outages on its status pages/ivr system or make the front line helpdesk agents aware, the last one of those i experienced was announced as a few hours but actually lasted three days

vm broadband - great when it works; but when it doesn't, vm's lack of coordination, communication and basic care for its customers is clear to see

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

Harry the Bastard

checklist

21st century - yep

case sensitive file system - nope

os x - wtf?

when i installed the very first version of os x on my tibook, it baffled me how apple could do something so stupid

they perpetuated the stupid for over a decade

that's either commit-mnt, or stupid

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

Harry the Bastard

Re: en-ger-land, en-ger-land, en-ger-land!

would that be st. edmund of blackadder?

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

Harry the Bastard

Re: There's got to be a joke here

and a spaghetti monster flies out

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Harry the Bastard

ok, i'm a stick the mud

but the idea of sticking all my cards/id/tickets on a phone, of whatever brand, seems pointless

cards weigh c. 12g, fault tolerant, unaffected by impact/environmental conditions that'd damage/destroy most phones, don't need charging; lose one/all and you use your phone to report it, oh. and don't need a wallet, they work fine carried naked

phones weigh a lot more, need charging, easier to damage, clumsier to handle, tend to need protection against impact/extreme environment; forget to charge it, break it, or lose it and with no cards or you it's much more likely that you're screwed

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

Harry the Bastard

i'm waiting for the playmonaut version

where our intrepid hero makes an emergency landing near a small village

the locals seem friendly, at first...

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

Harry the Bastard

Re: a triumph for commonsense

i'm happy to stand for the unpopular but right, over pandering to lowest common denominator mentality for the sake of popularity

the other route leads to things like donald trump and lynch mobs

oh, and i am a bastard

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Harry the Bastard

a triumph for commonsense

over idiotic twattery

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

Harry the Bastard

solar masses?

i make it about 1768 billion yottacats

though it is quite early, so i may be mistaken

but either way it suggests the need for a few prefixes beyond yotta, perhaps an opportunity for el reg to lead the way?

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

Harry the Bastard

"any kite weighing not more than two kilograms"

ahhh, so over two kilograms is ok then

/assembles kilocat-equivalent kite

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