* Posts by Geoff Johnson

224 posts • joined 30 Apr 2007

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Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

Geoff Johnson

Which APIs

Does anyone have a list (or know where to find a list) of the APIs we're now allowed to use?

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

Geoff Johnson

Re: Now under IS control?

Looking at this story, I'd say the USA is pretty much controlled by IS.

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Royal Horticultural Society's PC is rooted for all to see

Geoff Johnson

Activate windows.

This weekend I played an arcade game with the activate windows message permanently visible in the screen corner. Maybe there are some of those on mission critical machines that should be looked after better.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

Geoff Johnson

Next-gen viruses.

In the middle of the night, the Office PCs will spring to life and shout

Hey Cortana.

Open www.where-my-virus-is.com.

Download virus.msi.

Install virus.msi.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

Geoff Johnson

It all changes at time goes by.

I remember Ade Edmundson getting in trouble for saying fart on Wogan. A few years (ok, maybe decades) later and Saturday morning kids telly were doing a sketch called fart attack.

Give it a few decades more and kids TV will be saying fuck, while some currently innocent words will be banned instead.

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

Geoff Johnson

Orbital tourism.

No mention of taking groups of people for a week in orbit. If he can get people to Mars for 200k, he should be able to manage that for a reasonable price. Currently people pay tens of millions for a quick jaunt to the ISS and Branson is asking a small fortune for a few minutes of sub orbital flight.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

Geoff Johnson

Re: distance

Good points.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

Geoff Johnson

Page 3.

Page 3 quotes lots of "Key Facts" like these...

Between mid-2015 and February 2016, Twitter had suspended over 125,000 accounts

globally that were linked to terrorists. Google removed over 14 million videos

globally in 2014 which related to all kinds of abuse.

So how can they say they're not doing anything against terrorism.

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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

Geoff Johnson

Why so small?

A quick web search shows Micron sell 2TB 2D Flash. Compared to that, what's so good about 500 Gb? Write endurance maybe, but SSDs now are good for several complete drive writes per day for years.

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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

Geoff Johnson

Busses

If all the contacts can be placed at one edge, a staircase formation of 48 layer dies with data and address busses running up the steps could be huge capacity. So why are we still paying much more for ssd than spinning rust?

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

Geoff Johnson

EXIF

When will people learn that there's more to a JPEG than a pretty picture.

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Global 'terror database' World-Check leaked

Geoff Johnson

Don't worry

With the incoming snoopers charter, all of your internet connection records will be stored on a database that only the government and a select few hacking groups have access to.

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Lenovo Solution Center portal patched to shutter hacker god mode hole

Geoff Johnson

uninstall it to protect themselves.

The whole story summed up in half a sentence.

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

Geoff Johnson

Not that surprising

These are probably just junk genes. Things only get evolved away if they have a detrimental effect during the useful lifetime of the organism.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

Geoff Johnson

Re: @YACC

Thanks. Excellent description.

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Geoff Johnson

Different approach

This seemed to slow down much more, almost stop even, long before landing. The others seemed to come in really quick, with the brakes on full right up to the touchdown.

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TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

Geoff Johnson

I think you should have a warning here.

Something about never giving unexpected callers access to your computer.

I know most Reg readers would know this, but maybe casual Googlers will land on this page too.

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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Geoff Johnson

So where's my PCM SLC drive?

Look we've made our unobtainable chips better.

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Google tries social again

Geoff Johnson

Shame.

I know it has its problems, but I kind of like hangouts. I expect in a few months it will be deprecated in favor of their new toy.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

Geoff Johnson

Great film of the last one here.

Found this while checking out the link above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDK5TF2BOhQ

One of those draggable 360 degree videos, so you can see the rocket approach. Worth watching if you like this kind of thing.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

Geoff Johnson

Just go for it.

It's not rocket scien... oh wait.

Go for it anyway.

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Geoff Johnson

Re: The plans are going to sound crazy

Aren't they the same person anyway, just using a different name depending on the type of story?

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Geoff Johnson

Re: Weight Savings

As far as I know, the only design decision made for cost reasons was to make all of the engines and fuel tank segments the same. Which is why these rockets are the same thickness all the way up, rather than the saturn 5 with each stage a bit thinner. But I doubt you'd save much weight by changing that, you still need the same size, only the shape changes.

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Geoff Johnson

The plans are going to sound crazy

As if bringing something the size of a 20 storey building travelling at over 7000kph over 100km high down onto a boat named "Of course I still love you" doesn't sound crazy.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

Geoff Johnson

RRS End Of The World Explorer

would get my vote if the page worked.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

Geoff Johnson

"relevant and interesting"

Does anyone else tend to find targeted are are usually for the thing they just bought from Amazon.

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Qualcomm drops antenna, amplifier silicon on OEMs

Geoff Johnson

Not such a bad read.

I can see a lot of people didn't get all the way down to the comments button at the bottom, but I found some nice nuggets of interesting information between the chip numbers. Please don't let the lack of comments put you off this more technical side of the news.

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Intel and Micron's XPoint: Is it PCM? We think it is

Geoff Johnson

Patents

Sounds to me like someone has a patent on phase change memory, so they want to pretend they're not infringing.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

Geoff Johnson

Anonymous will have a field day.

What happens WHEN (not if) some of this slurped data falls into the wrong hands. Though to be honest, I think anyone who wants it is "the wrong hands."

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

Geoff Johnson

Re: This is far cheaper...

That would look better if the screen was black without the goggles. Working at a monitor that looks off would really confuse people.

EDIT: before anyone mentions it, I know it wouldn't work that way, but it would look cool if it did.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Geoff Johnson

Re: It'll be a rock

Reminds me of this...

LISTER: OK, OK. What's Holly spotted?

RIMMER: An unidentified object.

LISTER: You mean a rock.

RIMMER: It might not be.

LISTER: They're always rocks.

RIMMER: Mostly they're rocks, I agree, but maybe this one's different.

LISTER: Rimmer, there's nothing out there, you know. There's nobody out

there. No alien monsters, no Zargon warships, no beautiful blondes

with beehive hairdos who say, "Show me some more of this Earth thing

called kissing." There's just you, me, the Cat, and a lot of floating

smegging rocks. That's it. Finito.

Sorry, can't get the formatting right.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

Geoff Johnson

It passes the test as written then.

So it detects when it's stood still idling and runs in low performance low emission mode. When under normal use you get decent performance but a bit more emission. Surely it's a pass. Unless you ban them from varying the engine map for different situations. In which case we're back to carburetors and even then only if they have a manual choke.

I know this is diesel so the carb bit doesn't really apply.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

Geoff Johnson

RFID reading washing machine.

I guess its possible to have an RFID reading washing machine that reads the washing instructions and runs the appropriate program. However I can see it going wrong in so many ways. Like complete refusal to wash any of your clothes together because the instructions vary in some negligible way. Washing machine noticing a neerby dishcloth and putting your best shirt through the ulta-violent don't give a toss cycle. Levi recommend aerial, you can't use persil for this garment. Can't contact the server at Levi.com, please try again later. Etc. Etc. Etc.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

Geoff Johnson

Local Processing

though Imon-line now, I tried off- line. It seems exactly the same.

Using it to write this is taking ages though.

I think it needs more language Knowledge. It could also used better word suggestion system that knows what letters can get missunderstood.

overall not as bad as I expected, but very slow compared to typing.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Geoff Johnson

sequels

If Peter Jackson is so keen on multi part stories, can we have another episode of Braindead (otherwise known as Dead Alive) please? However please don't try improving Bad Taste, you'll be doomed to fail on that.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Geoff Johnson

Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Lose the fixed nav bar and it would be OK.

Fixed content is a waste of space, especially on small screens.

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HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

Geoff Johnson

Looks to me like at least one big planet near the star, then some small ones before several more big ones. I suppose this kind of fits with the high number of very large known exoplanets that have close in orbits. Though that could also just be down to big close planets being much easier to detect. Apart from the big close one, its a bit like our solar system too.

My biggest conclusion is that I want to see more images like this.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Geoff Johnson

I agree

But it looks like it would be bloody good to use. To me, function wins over form in a phone.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

Geoff Johnson

Sort of seconded

I remember reading that the plane is made from nylon. Why do you need to mount the antenna outside?

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

Geoff Johnson

ps4

Does the PS4 have this functionality? I see a lot of comments about the PS3, but not 4.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

Geoff Johnson

First stage

Does anyone know whether they're planning to bring the first stage down gently again?

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POND SCUM shine a path to more efficient solar cells

Geoff Johnson

Re: Evolution works

I'd bet a lot of solar cell research is very similar to evolution anyway. If a formula works, try tweaking it a bit for the next batch of cells. If a formula doesn't, work very well, drop that line of research. Give it a few billion years and they'll have it cracked.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

Geoff Johnson

Re: 2560 x 1600 resolution

I guess size makes a difference. TV size displays need big machinery to make them. I also suspect that there'll be X defects per square yard of screen produced, so the bigger the screen, the lower the yield.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

Geoff Johnson

Re: Ring of Fire?

Google for tectonic plates and you'll find lots of maps showing where the boundaries are. It looks like the long line to the USA would cross one boundary, and that will be well inland. It's also no a particularly active boundary from what I can see on some of the pictures.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Geoff Johnson

Re: Pliers cause pain

That reminds me of the EHT dance. Everyone knows the moves and the words but doesn't realize it. Then one day tinkering with a car, you get a shock from an EHT lead and the information comes magically to hand.

The dance involves jumping up and down while slowly spinning around and violently shaking the shocked hand while trying to put it under the opposite armpit without stopping shaking it.

The words (shouted in time with the jumps) are Bastard, Bastard, Bastard.

Everyone I've ever seen shocked by an EHT lead has reacted exactly the same way.

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Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

Geoff Johnson

Vimeo

Is it just my machine, or does Vimeo not work in Chrome?

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

Geoff Johnson

Research

There must be some research that can be done in 5 minutes of zero g. The alternatives I can think of are 30 second bursts on the vomit comet, or full blown orbital flight. One may be too short, while the other may be too expensive. I expect this would hit the sweet spot for something, I just can't think what.

Just remembered drop towers, but they give really short times at zero g, comparatively cheap though.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

Geoff Johnson

Surface 2 runs between £359 and 3439.

Dodgy shift key, or very expensive tablet.

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

Geoff Johnson

Why not use our internet filtering technology?

Just sell them our magic filters, you know the ones that will take out all the porn, and include backdoors into them. No undersea splicing required.

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NASA and Google team up to buy into quantumish computing

Geoff Johnson

Must be more to this than sharing the hardware.

Google or NASA could afford a 15 million computer n their own. Presumably this is a joint research project and the new toy is just a tool that they'll be using.

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