* Posts by Stuart Halliday

863 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

Stuart Halliday

Dwarf Galaxy anyone? ;)

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

Stuart Halliday

The Society companies have simply exposed cultural flaws present in our various countries.

So concentrate on fixing those flaws?

No, we'll do what we've done for hundreds of years and exploit another cultural failure - do the easy option and ignore the actual issue.

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Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates

Stuart Halliday

Kind of reminds me of when Clive Sinclair launched his products.

Massively delayed and people had to pay months before the product even existed.

Nothing new, etc.... :)

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Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

Stuart Halliday

Sounds like the supplier pissed off the local manager.

No use crying over spilled milk?

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

Stuart Halliday

NASA, no concept of archiving. Should we be worried?

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

Stuart Halliday

It's mainly the actual shock wave. Lots of glass damage from windows, etc.

Every couple of years, the Government reassess the situation and so far the experts say leave it alone again.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Water movement?

Or a big fish...?

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

Stuart Halliday

I suspect he got off on the hack rather than what he found.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

Stuart Halliday

Re: Isolation

Did have a twat hand over his son's car remote control unit to me.

He wanted it repaired.

Every metal transistor in it was exploded out. Every capacitor/resistor cracked in half, etc.

He thought attaching the pp3 9v battery clip to the live and neutral of the Mains would substitute for a missing battery.

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

Stuart Halliday

Re: @yank

In the UK in the Nineties all the rag media decided to drop the naked female form.

It only took them a few weeks to realise their profits were down. So, they started by having male models. Just to prove they weren't sexist.

The following month it was back to square one and the female models could breath a sigh of relief and get back to paying off their mortgages...

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Stuart Halliday

Get real?

Isn't it about time we all grew up and realised that the female breast isn't something that needs to be treated as a hidden or wrong object?

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

Stuart Halliday

What another battery announcement that promises cornucopia?

Didn't we go through this same technology 8 years ago?

This time it's a simulation and no clear idea of the actual boost in capacity?

Smells of a pathetic attempt to raise a grant to me.

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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Stuart Halliday

"How about a double pivot design? "The real question is will a 20GB drive with 2 positioners be enough cheaper, when cost of slot, expander port, etc., are factored in, than two 10TB drives to make it worth while.""

Hehe... You have to laugh.

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Bug-finders' scheme: Tick-tock, this tech's tested by flaws.. but who the heck do you tell?

Stuart Halliday

Would be nice if the vendors did a version.txt of their software too.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

Stuart Halliday

So, just alter the Port being used? Is this really News?

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

Stuart Halliday

Re: Probably for nought but...

100% on the mark.

Maplin would shout down on us that customers come first always.

But managers weren't prepared to allow staff to chat to customers wanting small components or free advice.

Which was surprisingly two-faced as they also told us DIY customers were key customers for other customers.

As the technology level of most customers was appallingly, even dangerously bad. They relied on their knowledgeable friends to guide them.

But if someone even sniffed that they may want to buy a £400 CCTV system, there was no problem.

I give the company 4 years...

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Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak

Stuart Halliday

Just to be topical - Earth is Flat, NASA fakes everything and and anything else barmy.

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Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

Stuart Halliday

Hmmm. Surprised that not all details of any illness would be recorded.

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

Stuart Halliday

Re: How as this even possible?

The fact that a USB stick exists with open documents tells us plenty about that organisation.

None of it good. :(

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Stuart Halliday

Re: How as this even possible?

Absolutely. Doesn't matter how many procedures you make, people will settle down into the lowest state that they can get away with.

If these are IT professionals, they need serious discipline as they are aware of their responsibilities.

Other staff are or will exploit holes in your security and they wouldn't tell you about them.

So, you absolutely must not allow them to do this exporting onto removable storage.

Sure, they'll complain. But with sensitive documents, you don't let them unless they're encrypted.

Any IT professional knows this, so there must be a very serious lack of care at this department and now that's public knowledge.

Not a good position to be in...

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

Stuart Halliday

I want one that works...

Give me one that works and works fast. I don't want to reset it every 2 days because it's ran out of memory and I want H.265 support to watch my PC stored movies.

If it displays a blank screen for longer than 1 second, then that's too long....

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Mastercard blockchain: Millions. Opening up the API: Priceless

Stuart Halliday
Devil

Explain 'Blockchain' in one sentence...

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

Stuart Halliday

Re: Adblocker time...

They've already announced they plan to use a long thin scrolling advertising banner at the bottom...

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Stuart Halliday
WTF?

Come back when America starts using Centigrade. They are still using the long obsolete Fahrenheit standard.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Stuart Halliday

Never listen to your fan base

Typically Microsoft listened to their fan base. These type of people like or are customed to what Microsoft do.

Every company has them and they're great for getting bugs fixed or existing products made better. But they're rubbish for getting new ideas.

Most companies realise this and never mix the two. Costly mistake if you do....

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Stuart Halliday

Re: Yes, the original version. Yes, the normal one downloaded from the Piriform Website.

Hmmm.... This probably explains why my Malwarebytes program keeps popping up that it's real-time protection is turned off...again. A threat scan by it or Defender doesn't reveal anything though.

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UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

Stuart Halliday

So why should the cleaners, child minders, librarians, security guards, drivers get fined for lousy IT?

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Stuart Halliday

Re: What's in it for me?

The other major benefit for users is the durability of SSDs. The huge number of home users who move their PC whilst it's switched on is massive in my experience. Eventually HDD will be used for backups mainly.

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A storage giant wants to give you 46,763...

Stuart Halliday

Goodness sake use text files!

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Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth

Stuart Halliday

Eh?

Don't see how. The data lines of nearby USB ports will not be switching logic levels.

Sure, if I put a A/D converter in the USB device I could easily record minor changes in the data lines.

But then if I'm doing that, it's pretty safe to bet the PC is unguarded.

Then a couple of capacitors across the data lines will solve that problem.

In any case, hardly real-world scenario...

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

Stuart Halliday

Re: Assuming it was armed...

It wouldn't show up on Radar...

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Stuart Halliday

Odd.

You seem to go out of your way to not mention that these things can be bought on the High Street. Like Menkind or Maplin? Why is that?

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Stuart Halliday

Manufacturers never learn.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Stuart Halliday

Just a damn stupid idea to bring in a subscription service.

So obvious it's one of the best things that Britain has ever made.

Why can't people understand that it's output would be decided by the viewer numbers and not creativity.

No other Media output is monitored so closely and has Law behind it. Heck I can write to the BBC Trust and by law I've to get a report and an answer.

Try that with any other channel.

People wanting a opt-in option really don't care for the organisation and probably would pirate it in any case.

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Stuart Halliday

Ah... So cute that you don't understand.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

Stuart Halliday

Yeah, you press it 43 times and the battery catches fire!

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

Stuart Halliday

Still living in the 20th Century where they think they can dish out as much shite as they want.

But nowadays there's educated customers who know when a company is pulling a fast one.

We'll just need to inform our clients what we think of their devices.

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

Stuart Halliday

Still got my hand held PC-1500 with 4K of RAM. It's a 6502 with 16bit accumulator still running off 4 AA batteries after 30+ years.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_PC-1500

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Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

Stuart Halliday

Will this mean the scrapage of quantum dot televisions will be long term toxic to animal life? ;)

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

Stuart Halliday

Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

The Register has to sadly support our old American neighbours. Still living in the 19th Century.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

Stuart Halliday

School never taught me that...

After I was qualified to be a Microsoft IT engineer by the University of Edinburgh I didn't expect the reality of people not actually liking you because of your job.

Seemingly I stop people going to Web sites at work, I stop them downloading stuff. In effect, I'm a policeman I was told.

Manager thought I was rubbish because I allowed 1 spam email to reach his account. I tried to tell him, the software had blocked 999 of them that day. He would use his email on USENET!

Director told me, IT was a drain on the business. It did nothing profitable for it.

Seemingly the £20,000 I saved him on license fees that year was forgotten. Odd that.

I was quite happy to get out and do freelance IT.

Wish School had taught me how to deal with people who really didn't care what they got up to at Work.

Oh hum

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Stuart Halliday

Re: AES was not cracked, cut the click bait

Ah. So not an electronics man?

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Stuart Halliday

Re: How well was the PC prepared? TEMPEST?

I think I'd notice a 10" loop aerial lying around...

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Stuart Halliday

Re: How well was the PC prepared?

Lots of kitchen foil and stickyback plastic Blue Peter style required?

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Stuart Halliday

If you haven't reported a store to the ASA, can I recommend you do so. It's fun and very easy to do.

I reported a big single fruit company (not really fruit) and sure enough the advert was banned. The company tried to get in touch with me for a tour of their factory, hinting at a give-away. I declined.

Done this reporting a few times now.

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Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

Stuart Halliday
Unhappy

Re: No other options but to press "OK"

Which will be 99% of the market. If you've never worked directly with the general public on IT issues, you're in for a shocking surprise as they'll trust anything, anywhere.

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Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Stuart Halliday

Why is it ailing?

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Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

Stuart Halliday

I'd just like to get 4G in me home!

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

Stuart Halliday

You could buy a quality suit or any item from any film from 1984 on wheres.

Talented fans were taking orders for copies of any film or TV prop. So not exactly a new thing. You just had to know someone who knew someone back then if you get my jist.

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

Stuart Halliday

Can someone tell us his ISP? His download speed must be incredible!

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