* Posts by Stuart Halliday

925 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

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Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

Stuart Halliday
Trollface

You just know that somewhere, sometime someone will try to run RISC OS on it! :)

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Stuart Halliday

Authisic?

Being Aspers myself, sounds like he's got Aspers....

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

Stuart Halliday

Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

4 bit SSDs will become the VHS of storage. Naff quality but the consumer will buy it because it's in the shops.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

Stuart Halliday

You need to get permission from the owner.

If the website gives permission and it turns out it's not the owner then the owner gets to sue the website for misrepresentation.

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

Stuart Halliday

Just in time for Router manufacturers to claim they can't add WPA3 and you'll need to buy a new Router?

How convenient.

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

Stuart Halliday

"Unhackable", sounds like "Unsinkable".

We all know how that went...

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SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

Stuart Halliday

So they'll have offside backups right? Err right?

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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

Stuart Halliday

Re: They're still at it!

Absolutely immoral.

They do that to get around the rules.

Supermarkets often sell items which look superficial the same as elsewhere. But in fact they've removed features and hope the customer doesn't spot the difference.

Most buyers don't know about this practise. It creates more profits.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: But why?

You don't want your product getting sold cheaper as this leads to pressure to do price cuts for other retailers.

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Stuart Halliday

Oh we had all sorts of restrictions...

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Stuart Halliday

In Maplin, big brands wouldn't sell their products unless you'd guarantee a minimum sales number per month.

You were restricted to how low you could sell their products.

Even Apple would restrict us on how close other products could be to theirs!

If you had walked into Maplin, you would think we didn't sell Apple products.

Apple wanted a minimum of 1 metre distance from others and dedicated areas with just their products. Hardly achievable in a ordinary shop.

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

Stuart Halliday

Good luck getting ISO standards free....

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Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

Stuart Halliday

With a RISC processor taking an average 2 clock cycles per instruction, against a CISC of 20 CC/I.

Am I right in thinking it'll be a darn sight faster at 3GHz than anything Intel can do?

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

Stuart Halliday

Wow, there's a thing I've never heard of before...

The Register needs to inform us of more bizarre technology and the companies that make them.

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

Stuart Halliday

They need to electrify Sex.

After last week's announcement to use electric vehicles for everything, it could work!

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

Stuart Halliday

I went to help out my Boss's friends Accountancy business IT.

The company has 15+ staff and turns around £3+ million . OK. not huge. But then they're handling the accounts of thousands of local businesses.

I discovered that their 3 year old Backup system, which consisted of a DAT tape getting backed up every night at 2am, was coming up with "Do you want to overwrite this tap?" window and defaulting to no because no one was around!

The CEO was duly swapping the tape every morning for the last 3 years. But sadly didn't bother to actually check it was working. The set of tapes were full of 3 year old data....

I wish I had taken a picture of the CEO when he went very pale and then very red and sat down as the enormity of what mess his company and his reputation would have been in if his system had fallen over.

All I had to do was add /Y to the backup script line. Two ascii characters that would have costed him £3+ million?

You have to laugh at folks.....

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

Stuart Halliday

Can't they just take their Source code, compile it in front of a team after they've went through it and hash it against a released version.

Or am I being too naivé? :)

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

Stuart Halliday

So Flat Earthers claim there is no gravity, just acceration.

Can this clock test the difference between the two? ;)

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Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

Stuart Halliday

Has everyone forgotten Windows ME....

If only I could....

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

Stuart Halliday

IIRC Clive was famous for delaying his products.

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

Stuart Halliday

If folks want personal robots, how do expect them to see?

They'll need devices like this and these nuggets won't spontaneously be invented when robots go on general sale.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

Stuart Halliday

Interesting. I thought the Germans had hidden the bones.

Didn't realise the Russians had came across the bodies.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Um… Why?

Because when people get a set of falseys they usually don't wait until every tooth has fallen out?

Duh.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Still I don't understand why Russian doesn't allow full tests.

Because who wants 1cm holes in your valuable fragments?

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

Stuart Halliday

OK, why did this so called professional IT company not have the UPS in a standard regular test mode so at least the customer knew that the battery was needing replaced.

They should have had a email from the UPS that it was dead.

They also need to read up about lead acid batteries safety. No need to call the emergency services.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge

Smelled a little like Ammonia. Doesn't mean it was.

If it's in an office then there should be a health & safety certificate listing what chemicals are in the Fridge.

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Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

Stuart Halliday

It's got two choices open to it to keep it's shareholders happy.

Increase prices again, or launch a new product that it can sell.

First option seems to be popular with them.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

Stuart Halliday
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Re: countless issues

Which is why you have in-house Beta Testers and out-house Beta Testers.

The only trouble with out-house testers is unless you're very careful, you end up with a load of folk more concerned with One-Upmanship Status with their friends and they can't be bothered to do any real testing.

Surely Apple hasn't fallen for this old trick?

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Stuart Halliday

Streaming is a young person's game.

The over 50s have no interest.

Still, all my life I've yet to hear a HiFi system that sounds like real-life.

Can we get that sorted?

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

Stuart Halliday

If you use mirrors, the beam simply bounces off and goes into someone else?

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

Stuart Halliday

One thing I noticed over the decades is that if I seed a RND function with a fixed time value the resultant 'random' number is different on different computers.

So a pile of obsolete computers each feeding into each other.

Sounds very HHGTTG.

Good enough? :)

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Stuart Halliday

Re: how about ...

Brownian motion machine?

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Stuart Halliday

Pardon my ignorance. But take a picture of the sky.

Cloud formation looks pretty random to me, so the bits making up the image should be random (assuming a working CCD)?

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

Stuart Halliday

“we thought that when developers told us they weren’t going to sell data” they meant it."

So very naivé or very stupid or lying.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

Stuart Halliday

Stamp it out.

Just what has this News got to do with Technology or Science?

Isn't it about time The Register stopped telling us about politics or other non technological subjects? :)

Very dull.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

Stuart Halliday

Had a customer complaining about radio frequencies with her PC.

She gets headaches seemingly.

I suggest she upgrade from 2.4GHz to a 5GHz Wi-Fi dongle.

She went away happy.

Didn't like to tell her there was about 20 Wifi networks around her as PC World was next door....

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

Stuart Halliday

Nice to know that we can still Cock things up big style.

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Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

Stuart Halliday

Re: "Not changing the default credentials" . .

You're not talking about the Human Race sadly. People take the easy path.

If that leads to mud and shite, then they really don't care or know about it to avoid.

Time to put some obstacles in their path and explain why they're there.

Far too much open source software makes the absurd assumption the user knows what they're doing.

Remember when Routers first became available? They were shipped with no security set as it was assumed professionals were going to use them.

The Public got a shock and manufacturers had to ship them with the security turned on.

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Stuart Halliday

Why do they even come with default login details?

Bizarre.

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

Stuart Halliday

Re: What other Which

TIP: If you have a direct debit with a company, make sure they know it's been cancelled. A phone call to their Support department will be recorded.

Contact your Bank as well.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Which Which?

Which is far too out of touch with modern lecherous manufacturing practices.

They don't inform or advise about these.

They're heading for the Old Folks Home as their customers die off and they don't modernise.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Which Which?

Personally they're far too non-technical and generic these days.

They should be flagging the sellers and manufacturers who are dishonestly portraying their products as shiny and new when they're old and crap.

When the fake capacitor scandal hit Britain, they said nothing. When modern TVs started faking 10bit panels, they just ignored it.

There is just too much fake stuff on the market for them to keep quiet on it.

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Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

Stuart Halliday

Had a few electronic thermometers, nothing special. But I did wonder how accurate they were.

So I took a medical thermometer which I assumed would have to be accurate and put it in water at 35°C as read by the device.

Each of cheap thermometers were dipped in and their display read. So, after trying 4 of them, readings went from +6° to -2° out.

Manufacturer datasheet promised +-2°C...

Moral is, never trust one sensor, use a minimum of 3.

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Stuart Halliday

What do Military vehicles do?

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Up the stack with you: Microsoft's Denali project flashes skinny SSD controllers

Stuart Halliday

Here we go again...

Gee do these companies never learn?

Don't do it.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Stuart Halliday

Re: INterpolation?

Andrew Orlowski is obviously limited in his technology experience.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

Stuart Halliday

Doesn't matter what program people use. If it's successful people will abuse it, profit from it and annoy people.

Then we'll get the evangelicals charging in to 'save us' and it'll all start again.

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Stuart Halliday

Try Oban. Pretty much zero GSM.

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Leaning tower of NASA receives last big arm

Stuart Halliday

At the time, NASA told The Register: "The mobile launcher is built in accordance with standard steel construction code, including predicted, allowable deflection accounted for in the design."

Scots Engineer - It's supposed tae dae that.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

Stuart Halliday

Re: You cant have it both ways

Maplin's attitude was, if you want it individually, it's there in front of you right now.

Take it or leave it.

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