* Posts by Stoneshop

3199 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Requiring two or three keys in combination

My home server, in a homebuilt rackmount case because of space constraints, has two toggle switches that need to be actuated (upwards) simultaneously to perform a reset. And they're far enough apart that you can't easily do that with one hand.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Hang YOUR head in shame, or have it examined.

(El Reg, please get a web designer who doesn't consider an editing window of about 1/20th of the actual screen surface a good reason to get his head examined or just quit the "industry" in shame)

How about grabbing the lower right corner of the editing window and pulling it down as far as you'd like?

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Re: CONNECT TITAN

That'd be GANYMD, as VMS hostnames can be 6 characters long at most. Or GANYMEDE was the LAT service name, not the hostname.

#include "cobwebs.ico"

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Clearly not bad news

although the final bits of Cassini's signal will not reach Earth until nearly an hour and a half later, due to the travel time for its radio signal.

Underlining the statement "the science isn't going to stop" at the end of the article is the mention of the speed of the data. Had it been bad news we would have known immediately.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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or is a screen not a display?

There's a screen, about 14 by 6.5 linguine, roughly 8 linguine from the end of my bed, but what it's displaying is just the hallway on the other side. And the occasional flying irritant trying to get past it.

So, no.

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Let's leave such hyperbole to when the world comes apart, shall we?

It's getting there, so Apple is just preparing us for that.

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Python explosion blamed on pandas

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Re: Why not Fortran?

Real Programmers can write FORTRAN in any language.

And Real Real Programmers can write assembler in FORTRAN.

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Re: Python explosion blamed on pandas

Well, there are pics on Da Intarwebz of a python explosion caused by a crocodile, but none by pandas. So I am disinclined to accept the statement posited above as true.

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Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

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making the planet darker than fresh asphalt!

It's just an interstellar parking lot. Without the yellow lines, because the local council couldn't agree on the optimum grid size for the various species' craft, and said "bugger it, their nav system should be able to find a free spot anyway".

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Auto-makers told their autopilots need better safeguards

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Re: It is easier to automate the damn highway

Massive infrastructure project, yes, but really it would put car companies out of business because nobody's car would be any different to the one next to it.

Er, no. People still have different transport needs: different maximum number of occupants, different load capacity, different maximum range, and people also have different spending room towards their vehicle(s). Plus, your automated highway won't control you all the way from door to door. Maybe that that last mile can be autonomously navigated by the car, but that depends on the circumstances.

As long as cars have a standardised way of 'hooking in/out' of the 'train', it doesn't matter whether you're driving a 2CV, a Lamborghini or a Ford Transit.

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Re: Tesla Autopilot drove straight into the side of a truck...

It didn't even see the truck.

That seems to be correct, yes.

It apparently didn't even notice the crash!!

As evidenced by its lack of reaction and subsequent tree impact.

If you had read the NTSB report, which contains the car controller logs, it is quite clear that the car DID sense the actual crash. From 13:36:12.7 (US Pacific time, so 17:36:12.7 local time) through 13:36:25.8 the car's data logging reports "Vehicle alert consistent with collision damage", and a number of sensor fault/sensor missing messages, including "Brake controller CAN node is MIA". So even if a brake command was issued, there would have been no response.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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No contest

Is there a real market for this type of devices? Note if this is executed really well, it goes against Chromebooks.

That would require Chromebooks to be capable of being folded over twice while not gaining any thickness.

Something the size of a Chromebook had better be a full-blown laptop running Linux or *BSD, not some front-end for an ad-slinging, data-slurping cloud. And this is still a fully autonomous system, but now scaled down to fit in a jacket pocket.

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Re: Love projects like these...

If somebody came out with something maybe just a little bit fatter with room for a swappable HD / SSD

You don't want a conventional HD or HD-sized SDD in there, even if that would offer you swappability: too big and heavy compared to the entire machine. But an M.2 might suit your needs, and running off a fast SD card is utterly feasible too.

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Re: Connects how?

"ARCNet."

RS-232

Econet.

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Storage

One of the most irritating issues with Psion was that they locked up their approach to storage in patents, which is why in the days of the Organiser II nobody else could make memory packs using EPROMs.

The 5 and 5MX took standard CF cards, and while I can't recall if the native EPOC format was something other than FAT, it could read my camera's cards.

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Battery power

Reminds me of the Olivetti Quaderno from circa 1993, which was a fine form factor but embuggered with NECs take on the 8086 processor in an era when the 386 was well established.

Compared to Intel's 8086 the V30 (V30HL for the Quaderno) was definitely nippier, and while there was a version of the Quaderno with a 386, it couldn't run half as long on batteries. So it depends on whether you prefer processing power or runtime.

And if you really want runtime, get a 5(MX).

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Re: Sony Vaio P

I rather miss the Toshiba Libretto

In 2009 my girlfriend went to New Zealand for a convention and a bit of travelling around by motorcycle, and took a 110 running W98SE, upgraded with an 8GB SSD, a wireless card and an USB2 card. This was close to perfect: sufficient for email, storing pictures, and resizing and uploading a few of them.

perhaps in 1996 the hardware wasn't mature enough for the form factor (486 processor, 1260x600 display, Windows 98, 8M Ram, 270M HD)

I think you're off a bit: from memory the screen was 800x480, and the 110 had a Pentium 233 and 64MB RAM; other models were less powerful.

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Re: Connects how?

A bit bemused by an article on a portable device that fails to mention connectivity - Wireless? 4G? Bluetooth? Token Ring?

It's been mentioned in previous articles, as well as here

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Re: Want!

A Linux machine I can do useful work with and stick in my handbag?

Given the Tardis-like properties of most handbags you can have half a data centre in there, and the Gemini would make a nice terminal for it.

The power cord would be a bit of a bugger, though.

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Re: Sony Vaio P

While labeled as ultraportable, the Vaio P is still seriously larger than the 5MX: 24.5x12cm versus 17x9cm. The 5MX I can put in my jacket pocket, the P doesn't fit.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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Re: Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable...

So that would mean my N900, C5-00 and XP5300 would be affected? Not to mention the C605, SH888 and 5MX? None of them seem even capable of running any Android version, let alone Oreo.

And I like it that way.

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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Re: @Lee D Fait accompli, mate

Many of the exoplanets we've found are less than 100 light years away, none are billions of light years away.

But they can well be several billion years old, like our own solar system. Life, and from that communities and civilisation don't spring into being in a week.

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Re: Fait accompli, mate

a planet full of neanderthals, [...] had little idea of community,

Right. Try the next not-developed-to-current-standards species (and you'll probably be wrong again).

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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My most dangerous compute exposure is when I need to run Windows for work, and must visit a range of work-required sites.

This is done on a laptop provided by work, and via a VPN terminating at work.

If something nefarious happens: not my circus, not my monkeys.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

As an EE, the old joke was to send an intern down to the stockroom to get a Write Only Memory.

Well, they tend to be labeled as Exabyte 8mm drives, so, no problem, just that you have to know the cross-reference.

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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the equivalent explosive power of 24,000,000,000 kilotons of TNT.

... making the Tsar Bomba look like a wet firecracker.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Replacement?

I'm afraid new planets moons will be named after something like social celebrities,

Those occasionally smash into each other (usually only verbally, though), and try to annihilate their adversary, so that would be fitting, in a way.

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

One unit that is also missing from the Reg Standards Converter is time*. Sticking with a conventional unit until a Reg one comes along, energy could be expressed as hamsterfortnights, with this galaxy emitting 43.816138 trillion trillion hamsterfortnights per burst.

* lunchtime is way too variable, although that can actually be useful on occasion.

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Re: I am Appalled and Outraged!

Addition to definitions.units:

hamster 1|53 watt

wales 20776980000 m^2

footballpitch 4050.7601 m^2

belgium 30528.33 km^2

congo 2354031.834 km^2

norris 100 N

linguine 140 mm

doubledecker 9.219 m

brontosaurus 138.2851 m

walnut 83776 mm^3

egg_vol 183260 mm^3

grapefruit 523600 mm^3

airbag 575960 mm^3

funbag 1712172 mm^3

football 5796252 mm^3

pool 2502.8677 m^3

jub 4200 g

eiffeltower 7000000 kg

pepcon 2700 ton_tnt

mythbusters_cement_mixer 0.34 ton_tnt

tad 1.25 ml

dash 0.625 ml

pinch 0.3125 ml

smidgen 0.15625 ml

drop 0.078125 ml

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: Where's the AI angle? @Stoneshop

At home we have a smallish industrial unit with two of those blue/UV tubes (rural area with insects of various species being common occurrence, so it's worth its weight in gold), and recently the (electronic) ballast went to meet its maker*. Taking a peek inside the zapping business was a 1kV transformer rated at a couple of mA, with interlock switches so that getting the cremation tray out would not be fraught with tension.

Regular mozzies and fruit flies just go *brzt*, but several other flying irritants sometimes manage to frizzle for several seconds, some even ten or more, and stink up the place to boot.

* Italian, so utterly unsurprising.

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Re: Where's the AI angle?

Also I have hit an Asian Hornet with one of those electric bug tennis rackets, it just looked annoyed

You want the MegaZap, although getting to wave one around like a tennis racket would be a bit of a problem, I guess. Maybe fit one to a cherry-picker?

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: If you're going to make an anniversary thinkpad

In my Impressive Pile of ThinkPads* there is one Butterfly with a b0rked mainboard. I've been toying with the idea of turning it into a Butterfleee, although a ButterPi looks to be the direction I'll be taking now.

Including a TransNote, but the Pile could still gain some Impressiveness.

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Re: Wow, a company that listened to its customers?

Windows 10 with Lenovo bloatware and spyware...

The hardware and the form factor* is what you buy a particular laptop for.

* would prefer an X variant, TYVM.

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Burroughs Steely Dan

What does it mean that my first association with the name "Burroughs" is the computer manufacturer, not the writer?

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Now, execs will be focused on trying to soften the landing for employees

They could drop them on piles of unsold juice packs.

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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The CEO of 3M

didn't stick around either.

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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

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Re: Deflation

Circa 1995 I purchased one of the first 100Mb.* HDDs imported into my country.

1991 or 1992 we had various systems at work, 486's and early Pentia, an RS/6000, some PA/Risc system, mVAXes, a few Alphas and some Suns, the disk sizes on a few of them tickling 1GB. Also around then I bought a whopping 500MB SCSI harddisk for a whopping dfl.2500.

The price was eye watering! In the vicinity of three thousand Euros, if my memory doesn't fail me.

Converted? Won't have been Euros, then, but sounds painfully expensive.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: Godwin not applicable here

Are there really people so demented that they think Trump has some secret sympathies for these people?

They're not secret sympathies. Just slightly obfuscated.

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Re: Not a fan of white supremacists...

Not the label to go with in my opinion if the goal is to make them feel bad about what they are doing.

They're not going to feel bad about what they're doing, whatever you call them. It's about clearly labeling them for what they are, for others to see.

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

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Heavy Metal?

"Photon Scattering" sounds more like an Indie band

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Re: $469 is not a price for "crap." That's what you USED to think, John?

For that kind of money I'm pretty sure you can get a very heavy door, with piano hinges and a high security multi bolt lock to go with it.

A few days ago I was in a hardware store in Germany, and one of the things they had on sale was a burglary/vandalism resistant front door (including hinges, frame and five-point lock), for roughly double that price.

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Re: IoT - where the S really is for Security

if your locks are basically controlled by an untrusted 3rd party (the lock supplier who holds the central account)

"The crashed locks – which connect to your home Wi-Fi for remote control and monitoring as well as firmware updates – are now going to be out of action for at least a week."

Doesn't read as 'a third party controlling the lock', unless pushing (b0rked) firmware updates counts as such too.

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Re: Quality

I wouldn't have thought breach of contract would be illegal,

How about that particular phrase causing 'sufficient grounds for terminating the contract'?

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Re: Lcal locksmith

If a conventional lock is fitted once the repaired original is in place the conventional lock can be removed and the physical key for that ceases to be of concern to the owner.

You get a new one sent out to you, with a different key. Once that one is fitted, the keys for the original lock, and any copies thereof, cease to be of concern to the owner.

I haven't used AirBNB myself, but someone who has told me they did receive a physical key (of a type that you'd need an owner certificate for to show a locksmith if you wanted a copy made, so at least a bit of a hurdle regarding copying) that would open the front door and their apartment, with a deposit as collateral. I don't see why that wouldn't work for those two weeks until you received the replacement.

Not watertight, but then neither would an IoT lock.

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Re: Quality

Not sure what's illegal though,

If the rental agreement has clauses against subletting it would definitely be.

There have been several cases of people getting kicked out of their rented housing because they rented out rooms, or even their entire apartment, via AirBNB.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: "to defend against this"

But if you also yam the GPS they will probably get lost.

Would that be the Dioscorea rotundata, the Dioscorea cayenensis, the Dioscorea alata, the Dioscorea polystachya, the bulbifera, esculenta, dumetorum or the trifida? And would other tubers (like the common potato, radish, rutabaga or turnip) work as well?

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

A mahoosive fly swat?

Well, as it was a Parrot you could lure it with a nice piece of cuttlefish, then you put four million volts through it.

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

is the heat emission of a battery-powered motor or even a small internal-combustion engine really hign enough to get a lock?

I don't know what a Stinger's fitted with and what its detection algorithm is, but IR cameras can easily discern a human body against cooler backgrounds. Electrical motors, never mind combustion engines, will be noticeably warmer.

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Re: "to defend against this"

It's an aircraft carrier, perhaps the military need to start training seagulls...

Albatrosses (Albatri?).

(they're bloody seabird flavour)

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: But, but, but ..

if you hear anything else, in a movie or anywhere else for that matter,

I doubt they'd be using 'Dive, dive' on vessels where English is not the native language. Such as, for instance, in Denmark.

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