* Posts by Haku

1884 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time


Re: @Brian Miller -- Just hack the system like everybody else, ok?

And remember, kids, Trump doesn't lie, he just tells fake truths.

In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg


Re: Experts

Many of us are actually experts, but usually it's in a field where there are no awards or qualifications being handed out.

I'm still waiting for my 'Posting Crap Online' award, something I've been doing for over 22 years, I must've picked up several by now...

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court


Lemme guess

Just like that bloody 'snoopers charter', politicians will also be exempt from this new Orwellian rule?

Absolute bastards.

Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17


New acronym interpretation of FUP

Along with Fair Use Policy, it can also now mean F U Pai.

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less


Bag for life.

We're being encouraged to re-use bags, but too often those damn self-service checkouts freak out when you put your bag for life in the bagging area and it cries out for human assistance.

Whilst annoying I guess the positive spin on it is it's an indication the machines aren't mature enough to take over, yet...

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots


Re: RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

I think I'll only really start getting worried when robots have the manual dexterity to take a set of keys out of a pocket, select the right one and unlock a door, in complete darkness, with one hand - something that most of us are capable of doing, even after staggering home from the pub, drunk :)

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: Americans need to alter the criteria for being allowed to be president.

I'm not suggesting the questions need to be particularly difficult to answer correctly, but it would help weed out those who are clearly 'communicating with the aliens'.

However it would be interesting, and give something for the examiners to chuckle over, to thow in some purely abstract questions such as:

26. In which year did man walk on the Sun? "____"


31. How long is a piece of string? "_____________________________________"


Americans need to alter the criteria for being allowed to be president.

Like for example they have to be able to pass some basic tests, e.g. identifying the difference between a documentary and a Hollywood sci-fi movie.

I'd almost argue that the voters also need to be able to pass those basic tests.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Yeah, well, I'm gonna go build my own Vega+...with blackjack and hookers!

In fact, forget the Vega+!

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse


Re: I'm struggling to think of any black androids in film or television

Captain S.T.A.R. in Disney's 1979 film The Black Hole

The 2014 remake of Robocop sees Alex Murphy get a black artificial body, though the actor is white so I don't know where that one stands in this discussion.

Ex Machina - one of the earlier version androids was black.

The 2013 tv series Almost Human had a black android as one of the main characters. I was annoyed they cancelled that after 1 season, I was enjoying it.

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans


Re: Like Alexa

That was no accident, it was first degree toastercide.

IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits


Re: Should have gone to Google...

You should see a doctor about that cough, I hear they're making great advances in diagnosis & suggested treatment using AI...


You think those incorrect cancer treatment recommendations were a mistake?

Oh no no no, that's just what the machines want you to think.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Re: RE: buy something else without the logo.

Blocking reality with AR.

Throw in facial recognition to block people I don't want to see and I'm sold!

Just like that Black Mirror episode "White Christmas".

Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October


Re: Dates?

Mobiles? No, tin cans & pieces of string*


*tin cans not included

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down


Re: RE: Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

I have a WD Black2 hybrid drive in this laptop, 120GB SSD / 1TB HDD, the damn thing randomly locks the computer up for literally 1-5 minutes until the drive light goes off and then everything continues as normal.

When I've had Performance Monitor running and displaying HDD usage the line goes to 100% during that time, I have no idea why this happens, I've searched online but found nobody else with the same issue, it's a pain in the arse but it does boot quickish.


I guess this is a positive thing?

A real, physical result of the increased demand for SSD over HDD, but with a 1TB SSD costing 5x that of a 1TB HDD there's still a significant demand for HDD.

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost


Re: Thanks for the tip off.

A GPS jammer just makes it 'disappear', a GPS spoofer could send them on a wild goose chase round the M25 on a loop.


Thanks for the tip off.

I'll be sure to make & use one when I 'borrow' vehicles with GPS trackers.

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'


Re: "Anyway, it's only a trial - and it's what the public would want!"

That's right up there with people who genuinely use the phrase "think of the children" - they're only using that 'rally cry' to hide whatever their actual agenda is.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

Exile was awesome on the BBC Micro, and then again on the Amiga.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Ahh trackballs....

I used have a little one I Blu-tacked to the top right corner of my Amiga 2000 keyboard, worked ok as an all-in-one unit but never found trackballs to be as easy to use as mice.

I also had a Genitizer graphics tablet for my Amiga, loved using that thing because it was so quick & precise compared to a mouse, and quite funny watching other people use it for the first time as they'd pick the pen up and move it as if it were a mouse to move the pointer further in the direction they wanted to go, only to find the pointer instantly jumped to the relative position of the pen on the pad.


As long as we're travelling down Nostalgia Road, remember hand scanners?

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


Anyone want to join me in this padlock venture? We could make a fortune!


Turns out China loves VR. Wires and powerful hardware, less so.


My current experience of VR is:

Friend: "I've got a new VR game!"

Me: "Is it another shoot em up?"

Beat Saber was fun though, but gets repetitive quickly, I lean towards open world games.

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo


Re: Badly reported, or badly done?

"Don't take it personally, they're trying to legislate most forms of aviation into non-existence. It's safer that way."

In a (probably not too) distant dystopian Britain:

"M'lud, the accused was caught trying to sell a whole ream of photocopier paper on the black market, of which we all know is capable of being turned into 500 paper aeroplanes."


Good point, although if they're going to charge us for every craft over 250g we own that could mean some people forking out a small fortune, I would prefer a blanket cover as in you're personally registered to fly any craft within the weight limit, rather than get stung for each and every single one of them.

Also, in the instance you give/sell/lose/destroy your craft, how do you deregister it?

And if you build one up out of separate parts, at what point does it become classified as a drone? Technically you might be able to call it 'spare parts' and not have to register if it has everything except one of the motors is missing.


Re: Great weight limit

I wouldn't try reading the comments on that BBC article unless you want a headache - basically the general public who post there are morons and have no real comprehension of the drone subject beyond what (lies / distorted truth) the media have spoon fed them.


Re: What is a drone?

Some people (including me) are of the notion that the term "drone" refers to an autonomous craft which utilises a GPS receiver whilst flying so it can without user interaction hold its position, do waypoint missions, return to launch point and avoid obstacles with the use of proximity sensors, which makes it easy for any newbie to pick up and try to fly and quickly get into trouble if they're not careful - aka just about all of the DJI range

But "quad"/"quadcopter"/"multirotor" is what more describes FPV (first person viewing) racing/freestyle quadcopters where the user has to be in full control all the time as there's no autonomy involved beyond the craft using a gyroscope to hold its angle when you let go of the pitch & roll control - this level of flying usually requires the operator to have spent many hours practicing to get competent.


Re: Hopefully.....

Red Dwarf series 5 episode 6, Back to Reality, when they spot a couple of posters, the 2nd one saying:

"Be a government informer, betray your family & friends, fabulous prizes to be won"


Edumacating the public.

It's not just that people don't know the laws regarding drones, many people don't seem to be even aware of the existence of drones and the various guises they appear in.

I've often been out flying a micro FPV quadcopter weighing less than 150 grams and curious people wonder what I'm flying, so I lend them my 2nd set of goggles to watch through the quad's camera while I fly it - almost all the spectators are wowed by it and didn't even know this sort of technology exists, the parents are usually then pestered by their kids "dad, can I have a drone?"

So quite how well the enforcement of new laws will go when the public are generally unaware of what a drone is could be very testing for the pilots.

Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo


So one invisible friend will now talk to another invisible friend?

Makes total sense.

Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick


All you people slinging bad puns around like there's no tomorrow, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations


Re: Take it down

"I was offended" - Steve Hughes

youtube.com/watch?v=ceS_jkKjIgo (2m24s)

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed


China is doing it better (or worse, depending on your point of view)

VICE recently reported on the facial recognition tech in China, and it's a little scary, especially when you discover one company chose the name Skynet for its premier piece of technology...

Imagine using a pedestrian crossing when the green man isn't showing and suddenly you spot your face and name on a big electronic billboard to shame you into not breaking the law - that's happening right now in China and it's just the tip of the future iceberg.

(skip to 16:44) dailymotion.com/video/x6htdf1

Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025


"These are all serious and genuine concerns, and the answer has been to deploy very expensive teams of support staff to go and visit this segment of customers to help reassure them and handhold them through the transition."

Somehow I don't think BT will be splurging on a crack team of 'pensioner whisperers' to help ease the minds of those who find technology baffling.

"Warning, costs will go up as well as up."

Yeah that sounds more like BT's m.o.

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency


Yeah they hate it when we do this:

Url APN, fhpx zl onyyf!

UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics


Re: The Government* response?

"At least a retired Muppet have a future as couch stuffing I cant think of a use for a retired politician!"


Or perhaps fertilizer, considering what most of them are full of.

Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke


Re: Killer Drone

You don't need to carry a whole chainsaw to be lethal, a razor blade is enough... to play fruit ninja with a drone:


In slow-mo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVFrTTHp3bk


Re: re: net gun effectiveness

Ahh the old Guns vs drones video, yes that's very entertaining but the pilots were flying their drones within a specific area for the shooters to fire at.

Had the shooters given the pilots no restrictions on where to fly then it would be a completely different, and probably less entertaining video as the drones would probably circle the shooters at high speed or simply go far enough away to really test the shooters accuracy.


Re: Bit of a giveway

On the flip side of surveillance using drones, I heard of a SWAT guy that uses a micro sized camera quad weighing less than 40 grams (check out tinywhoop.com) to scan & clear rooms when entering buildings with potential hostiles - far better to send in a cheap & easily replaceable toy than a person.

Just like that scene in the old 1984 film Runaway with Tom Selleck where they send a Floater camera robot into a house to try find a rogue robot wielding a gun.


I wouldn't judge the effectiveness of a net gun against a drone solely by looking at such videos on Youtube, because more often than not the pilot of the target drone isn't doing anything to avoid capture, and they're all 'slow' GPS assisted type drones, they'd have near zero chance against a good pilot flying a racing drone that does 100mph+ which can turn and dart off in a different direction faster than you can pull the trigger on a net gun.


Re: An Interesting Indent.

"Won't somebody think of the children?"

Wouldn't having more drones be better for them? I mean they'd have to go outside to play with them instead of staying indoors with eyes glued to computers & consoles...


Re: An Interesting Indent.

There is a drop in module for consumer hobby grade RC transmitters that runs on 868mhz (for Europe) and 915mhz (for everywhere else) and reaches 100km on full power, your average multirotor won't get that far but fixed wing craft can and do.

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down


The problem with the internet is that essentially it's a reflection of humanity.

And having a faster internet connection just means you can access the droppings other human beings have left online at a quicker rate.

RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP



Thanks for my early years of computing with the ZX81 & Spectrum+.

In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam


Just spam? No egg, sausage or beans?

Context: https://youtu.be/AAyfLCBzyME?t=703

Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private


Re: Naming Confusion?

The Tesla Autopilot is like an enhanced cruise control, they could call it the Tom Cruise Control, switch it on and the ride feels like you're in a Hollywood movie, leading to excessive speeding, but side effects may include getting chased by Guido the killer pimp, and being literally driven to Scientology...

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