* Posts by Stoneshop

3998 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Tracks nearest the centre sound worst

I've encountered at least one 12" single that had to be played starting at the inside, with the groove spiralling outwards.

Didn't go well with semi- or full-auto decks.

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FAIL

Re: Walkman

a tape only lasted 20 min per side

A remarkable achievement, given that the most common cassette was the C90, which at 45 minutes per side could accommodate most vinyl LPs with a couple of minutes to spare.

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How about video vinyl?

Well, those and the Telefunken TP1005.

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Let's bring back 8 track.....

RCA Sound Tape Cartridge, Grundig C100, Minifon, 3M Revere, Audiopak ...

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Re: Not this the?...

A cassette? Too convenient. For playing vinyl elsewhere you get out your Dansette (upgraded to stereo and battery power) or an authentic portable record player like the Lesa Mody. And if you're going with magnetic tape anyway the True Hipster would not be seen with anything but a Nagra, although an Uher Report could be considered passable.

The one with the oversize pockets, thanks

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Re: Sites need revenue

The way I read it, Patreon is more suited to ongoing fees (enlighten me if that's incorrect), where roughly half the payments I'd be enticed to make would be for accessing some piece of static information once, or maybe a few times over a short period.

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Holmes

Sites need revenue

Then offer me an easy way to support them. I keep hearing about micropayments, but nothing has come of that so far.

Ads I don't load, let alone look at are not going to provide that revenue.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Facepalm

No? Break.

Data centre for a telco. Needs No-break installed. Generator shed gets built, stonking big diesel genny gets carted in and the guys from Perkins (or whoever manufactured that beast) gets the thing chugging. They listen, probe, do a few adjustments, listen some more, consider it Fine, let it run some more and figure it's time to push the Engine Stop button, sign off on the job and hand it over to the sparkies to let them do their bit. Alas, the Engine Stop button didn't., as it apparently wasn't yet hooked up. "OK, maybe it's that other button".

That didnt't stop the engine either, but it did stop the computer room.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: IOT=Crap

With an IoT bulb it could adjust to dusk til dawn each day

A simple light sensor does that job even better, allowing for lights being on during overcast days if you set the threshold appropriately.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: NICE IDEA BUT MISSES THE POINT

I bought two Alexas, to communicate with distant Parent with dementia who can forget how phones work

Two RasPi's, each with a speaker and a microphone array, and when one of them picks up sound at a more than background level (i.e. it gets spoken to), it opens a connection to the other one and transmits the sound which then gets played. Can be implemented with standard utilities, even with some kind of voice mailbox functionality (probably most useful on your end).

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"ok google navigate to X"

"OK Google, navigate to X"

"Location data for X not found, please be more specific"

"OK Google, navigate to X, $country, $region."

"Location data for X, $country, $region not found, please be more specific"

"OK Google, navigate to X, $country, $province, $region, $district."

"Location data for X, $country, $province, $region, $district not found, please be more specific"

"Oh, fucking hell"

"Calculating route to Hell, Trøndelag, Norway via Fucking, Upper Austria, Austria."

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Boffin

Re: Header pic

Argos' 3-for-a-tenner travel adapters are earthed, not that it'll help in this situation.

An unearthed Euro plug (CEE 7/16 or 7/17) will fit an earthed CEE 7/3 (Schuko ) or CEE 7/5 (French) socket, as they should, and there won't be any problem fitting them in an earthed BS1363-to-Euro adapter.

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Re: Header pic

(Earthing might be less important if you have an RCD-protected supply, but I still trust a wire fuse more than I trust a chunk of complicated electronics.)

An RCD breaker is not at all a bunch of complex electronics. It's a set of coils, one per phase and one for neutral, arranged on a common core so that the fields induced by the passing currents cancel out if there's no residual leakage. If a ground fault happens, the fields don't cancel any more and the resulting magnetism pulls away a latch, releasing a spring that pushes open the breaker contacts.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Pirate

Cicero said it already

Ceterum censeo faciem liber esse delendam.

And salt the frigging earth where their HQ stood.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Wacky world

WeLoveThe.SS

ComeEnjoyThe.SS

Youretakingthepi.ss

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Mushroom

Re: Political correctness running amok?

We must also ban all x86 processors.

Fully agree. Those architectural abominations should not have seen the light of day.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

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Big Brother

What was that Zuckerberg quote again?

Something something stupid fucks something.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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Headmaster

Re: The whole point of the metric system is to make large numbers more ‘palatable’.

So, is 10,000 tonnes a second a little or a lot?

Yes.

For comparison, the Earth is about 6E21 tonnes, which at a rate of 10kton/sec would be gone in 6E17 seconds, 1.67E14 hours, 19E9 years. Slow enough to not bother me.

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Boffin

All the sheep in Wales would be blown away in less than two minutes.

Yeah, but where are they ending up? Inquiring minds want to know.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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FAIL

3D food printer

How about developing a 3D food printer? That would take care of it all.

Except for the bit where it needs to be supplied with ingredients.

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: Too much power

And you guys think your UK government is screwy. Hold our beer.

a) uk.gov appears to be a bit busy at the moment, trying to fsck up the already fscked-up dreckshit.

b) beer?

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

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Friden

"The cabling was the thickness of my forearm. There was no screen. The data was recorded onto two compact cassette tapes; one held the addresses, the other the letter. The Redactron merged the two. We could send out two to three hundred letters a day, compared to our competitors' 25. "

We haven't timed our Flexowriter, but as a rough estimate its speed is more like 300 letters a day than 25. It works roughly the same as the Redactron, but it's close to a decade older and driven by paper tape, reading the main letter from one tape and the names,addresses etc. from a second. You could even hook up one of their electromechanical calculators, interfaced through a big box of relays, and print out invoices and such. And while the Redactron apparently had some line-editing capabilities, with paper tape based devices you can simply copy them up to the point where the correction needs to be made, add the modified text, then continue copying after skipping the incorrect part of the original. Plus, with a bit of practice you can actually read the tape to see what's on it and whether it's correct. Try that with a compact cassette.

It's likely to be similarly noisy.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Pirate

First against the wall

After we're done with the environment-destroying governments and companies, so they have some time to reflect on their antisocial behaviour.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Holmes

Re: Being fair to Marriott

Details of half a billion customer

Half a billion customer records. Though with multiple records per customer that would still amount to at least several tens of million customers.

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Trollface

A pain in the arse is what it is.

You should bevel the corners then, and also wet it.

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Pirate

Re: what's soap?

It's what you use to get the blood off your hands when you want to approach the next luser without raising undue suspicion.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Reluctantly may have to get a smart meter.

Nice ideas with the mirror and camera, but I need to repeatedly push the button on the electricity meter to cycle through the display to get both the daytime and night readings.

A Raspberry Pi can easily control a servo or solenoid positioned to push that button for you, as well as run the cam. And you only need to power it up the moment you actually need to read the meter.

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Re: Ca$h...

all those who didn't have a convenient roof to put some subsidised panels on.

Over here there are initiatives to let people participate in installations on other people's roofs, including public buildings.

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Re: Nah.. They won't be getting a grilling..

they simply dont last anywhere as long as they claim.

We've bought a bunch of them at IKEA[0][1], various wattages and both dimmable and not, and none have failed in over at least three years; a number are approaching five, and I can probably locate two or three that were fitted when we moved in seven years ago.

[0] Cheap enough that I can't be arsed to look for even cheaper ones. That might come with probably higher failure rates anyway.

[1] Hex key not needed, therefore not included.

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Re: Nah.. They won't be getting a grilling..

The biggest consumption in fridge/freezers is the motors. Strategies like keeping the freezer full - even with added blocks of newspaper - will cut down that consumption.

My freezer, when opened, presents me with a column of closed drawer fronts, so there's very little cold air wafting out. And it beeps at me when I have the door open for longer than (a minute I think).

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Re: Rare Events One And All (@ tfb)(@ Stoneshop)

And also the issue of writing manuals/documentation, a job position that nowadays seems reserved for interns and low wage employees with absolute zero knowledge of the system,

... as well as the language(s) in which it should be written.

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Re: Rare Events One And All (@ tfb)

but recently I've become more and more convinced that it's not that: no-one understands these platforms because they are passing beyond the ability of humans to understand

How about a Java deployment running in a middleware layer in a virtual machine on some hardware platform somewhere, communicating with other Java deployments running in another middleware layer in other virtual machines on another hardware platform elsewhere, via networks and a message bus implemented in $deity-knows what language and sized several wee bits too small on yet more virtual machines on one more hardware platform somewhere else again. Hardware, message bus, middleware, virtualisation, network and applications are all managed by different groups, so good luck in getting any of them to accept responsibility for lacking performance let alone total failure.

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Re: Why buy this stuff in the first place?

Now, why haven't I seen this in my local pub? Or any pub for that matter?

And the obvious integration with the pub's Ordering and Loyalty apps, and your bank's mobile payment app (in a way that doesn't preclude you from hydrating your mates when the banking behind that app inevitably goes on the blink).

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Screwdriver? Try a spanner!

So who do you think it was who managed to drop his 10mm spanner neatly across the bare ends of the live and return busbars then?

10mm spanner -> M6 bolt. M10 bolt -> 17mm spanner.

I was told about an incident in the exchange I was assigned to for keeping their VAXes happy: a painter had set a tin of paint down on those bus bars. Across both.

The result was said to have been similar to Mr. Bean's way of painting his living room.

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Re: Burroughs/Unisys...

...only to find a 10 inch long thin flatblade screwdriver, with a 6 inch uninsulated bit, jauntily lying across the motherboard.

A PC is where you can lose a screwdriver in. A mini is where you can lose a toolkit in, and a mainframe is where you can lose the service engineer in.

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Re: Got to love undocumented fixes

But also, how did it get to the point of having the printer stripped to components

There was a time when computer equipment was subjected to Preventive Maintenance, usually as part of a service contract. Replacing the drive belt and tensioner in RA8x drives, adjusting vacuum and pressure levels and replacing filters in various tape drives, down to replacing or cleaning out the airflow filters in VAXen and Alphaservers.

Preventive Maintenance on printers would have been in those contracts too, and printers being subject to the unholy alliance of dust, moving mechanical parts and the buildup of gooey ink, they would dearly need it. Which means that at least once a year, but probably more often, a service engineer would show up, dragging a trolley with the PM kit for that printer model, and to a first approximation take the entire printer apart indeed. With any part not deemed up to spec and potentially causing a service call some weeks or months on, let alone broken, replaced. If the customer was lucky the printer would be back in working order at the end of the day, but it might instead be waiting for parts that weren't in the kit, in the engineer's "would be useful to have at hand" stash of parts back in his car, nor in any of his printer-frobbing colleagues' either.

So yes, a printer closely resembling one of those exploded views in the associated service manual, with an ink-smeared person wielding screwdrivers and spanners next to it may well have been a planned activity.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Re: Bannon aint the draw he once was.

Most events he attends as guest of honour

That's some rather ... peculiar phrasing.

struggle to reach double figures now.

Given his drinking habits he probably sees double all the time, so that helps.

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Pirate

I would

Just to make sure he goes in first.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Hmm. Obviously Isaac Newton

Our cats are indeed very much in debt to Sir Isaac because of the cat flap. This gravity thing however is boldly ignored by one of them, and I suspect the others wouldn't be all that bothered if it wasn't there except perhaps for keeping the kibble in its bowl.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

The Model M is not the only worthwhile IBM keyboard. They all share the same characteristics though: clicky, heavy and robust. Bash some luser's head in and just run it through the dishwasher before using again robust.

They also had some very average plasticy spongy ones that came with the PS/2s and such.

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Big Brother

Unless form 4412-B needs to be filled in in triplicate

"And here's your receipt for our receipt"

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

The white ones I see have curved sides or rounded corners, so no worthwhile IBM keyboards.

There's one with colour-coded keycaps, which looks to be a bit special.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Please don't try to contact me or find me

it is impossible, since I sent you an email from your email account.

Hahaha.

Received-SPF: None (no SPF record) identity=mailfrom; client-ip=185.236.209.63; helo=[185.236.209.126]; envelope-from=compromisedaccount; receiver=compromisedaccount

Received: from [185.236.209.126] (unknown [185.236.209.63]) by mailprovider (Postfix) with ESMTP id 93152252CE

Message-ID: <BE6780530B59B4D801E6356D3FD2BE67@CTJANL63ROU>

iplocation.net tells me 185.236.209.63 is in Russia, and who his ISP is.

But spammers expect people not to be able to real mail headers.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

with demands varying from $480 to $4000 depending on the email, and I may have missed some, as I was just checking the obvious ones that I supposedly sent to myself.

Have you had your accountant inquire about these yet? "Umm, that $4000 transfer to yourself with the description 'Blackmail'? What is that about, if I may ask?"

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Re: Pikers!

The emails I received requested $6000 and $7000.

In US dollars? There are other currencies that also use the '$' sign, but whose currency units are more like zlotys, drachme or lire down to Zimbabwean dollars.

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Devil

Re: Racist?

They want seriously clueless people who'll pay up without question.

And they'll get a free garnishing of people who are intent on wasting the scammer's time.

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Holmes

If not I will deport the videotape to all your contacts.

VHS? Betamax? Betacam? V2000? V1500? Ampex? Some other open-reel format? Then, PAL, NTSC or SECAM?

It's going to cost more in tape and postage than those BTC(USD600).

I'm also curious how a laptop that doesn't even have a cam can view me defragging my hard drive, but I'm willing to be enlightened. Never mind that SSDs don't need defragging anyway.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

It's a shame a lot of regular sites view any email address containing the '+' as invalid.

$name.$service@$domain should be accepted, and I haven't found any site that doesn't. Currently I simply have a catch-all on my domain, and some local processing using procmail. Works a treat.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

I think it's a generational thing. I'm a crusty 52

I can assure you it's not.

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