* Posts by Stuart Halliday

948 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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A often thought assumption by the general public but not true.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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I was in the village of Aldbourne in England where I saw a tall stone pillar about 20ft long in the middle of the green. It has a cross on top leaning at 45°

I was surprised to learn that it's a sundial!

I had always assumed that sundials were set at waist level!

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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Why aren't the ordinary users liable for copyright infringement? They know what they're doing.

Sure we're allowed "reasonable use". But flagrant posting of whole songs, events, etc. is pretty obvious.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Good enough for me.

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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I only buy Enterprise rated drives for my home computer.

If you don't, you're just asking for trouble.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Blame software installers (including Microsoft) for not bothering to correctly delete their temp files for the last twenty+ years.

Looks like the Shite has finally hit the fan.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Errr all very good. But why were you there? Was it an invite? Royal Navy doing PR?

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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I've setup a simple script that scans a folder and executes that file.

No need to rush around.

A real IT person does minimum running....

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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170,800 feet is 52Km so hardly in Space even if the official Space line is brought down to 80Km.

I for one would feel cheated if I bought a ticket and thought I could claim I'd been in Space.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Which is why on PCs the manufacturer disables the SMART support in the BIOS.

Don't want a return near the end of the guarantee period do they?

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Photoshop with jpgs is broken.

Dell Corp UK makes 1.46% net profit margin on £1.556bn in sales – 'satisfactory' apparently

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Smaller margin than the Farmers get for their Milk?

Should we be therefore be subsidizing them? ;)

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Oh didn't we love 10 years ago looking for password files using Google Search from stupid Admins leaving root drives searchable from the Internet.

Seems we've learned nothing and this time people are getting killed....

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

I can only imagine what the ground crew of the recent Helicopter crash are going through.

Most crashes are caused by the very complex maintenance required on the main rotar motor not being carried out correctly.

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

When I worked for Ferranti, we had the usual Military and Space standards.

Amazing how many assemblers would botch their job to get a time bonus.

We as the prefinal testers would regularly see amazing errors that people would do.

The next stage from us was environmental testing. Then it was fitted into the Space craft or Fighter Jet.

I was in disbelief at one PCB that had a dozen 2" long component leads still attached to the board so that you couldn't close the carry case it came in.

The Quality Inspector who was supposed to check assembly before me said, "anyone can make a mistake". Yeah right a little mistake caused by the Assembler and you!

If the British Air force pilots or Ariane knew how many errors were spotted and fixed at the last moment, I doubt the Pilots would switch their planes/Rockets on!

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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Completely pointless.

Only the top tech junkies will buy it and then only to unfold it in front of their sad peers.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Windows update checks the C: for errors. Finds the user profile directory damaged (people will just switch off their computer instead of shutting it down) and repairs it.

Therefore deleting many files.

End of mystery...

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Hmm, I wonder what America would make of Scotland's no law of trespass.

You basically can't stop people walking across your land as long as they're not damaging it.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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)

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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.

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

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

How convenient.

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

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"Unhackable", sounds like "Unsinkable".

We all know how that went...

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

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

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

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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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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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Oh we had all sorts of restrictions...

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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.

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

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Good luck getting ISO standards free....

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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They need to electrify Sex.

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

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

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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.....

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

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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? :)

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

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

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

Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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Has everyone forgotten Windows ME....

If only I could....

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

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IIRC Clive was famous for delaying his products.

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

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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.

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

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Interesting. I thought the Germans had hidden the bones.

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

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Re: Um… Why?

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


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

Because who wants 1cm holes in your valuable fragments?

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

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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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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.

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

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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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