* Posts by adam 40

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Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

adam 40
Mushroom

Re: Best Turing Test Ever

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adam 40
Holmes

Best Turing Test Ever

... when they discover that the "man" inside the robot suit was actually

A REAL ROBOT!!!!

CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

adam 40

Re: Why not Negative Mass

[i]It is difficult to say what exactly a "negative mass" would be.[/i]

How about -17fg?

Not that difficult, really.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

adam 40
Paris Hilton

Let's hope the batteries last longer...

... than the ones in their "Jade Rabbit"!

Did the moon move for you, darling?

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

adam 40

Re: I'm not worried

Why compare it to Li-ION batteries though? I thought chemical flow batteries were cheaper and reasonably efficient.

Also there's now a salt-water electrolyte rechargeable battery which is a cheaper alternative.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

adam 40

You were lucky!

Heathkit scope for christmas? You were spoilt.

My first 'scope was an old black and white TV set, took off connections to the vertical coil out of the back.

Got my first 20kV jolt of that one, too.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

adam 40

Especially if next to (Ed) Balls!

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

adam 40
IT Angle

At last! I can get some work done...

Without interruption from stoopid emails.

at least, I would if I wevern't on El Reg...

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

adam 40
Thumb Up

Leaving the Gym Club

That is a fantastic analogy too - have you ever tried to leave a Gym?

Brexit is just the same - when will we get to cancel the direct debit (it seems not until Dec 2020 at the earliest at this rate)????

adam 40
Pint

Brexiteer and Proud

Not only that - I like my Brexit Hard (especially in the morning )

Pint logo for the good old British Pint - the one thing they never took away from us, and at the end of the day kept Britannia alive in our souls.

adam 40

Re: Three weeks...

A huge increase in National Health Service spending over the next five years is expected to be announced by Theresa May in a speech on Monday. The numbers are larger than expected and, significantly, allow the prime minister to say that she will deliver the resonant figure on the side of the Brexit bus, an increase of more than £350m a week. Indeed, by 2023 public spending would be £385m a week more in real terms than today.

Boris was a lying git then, it wasn't £350m after all....

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

adam 40

My Pi model A is still BNIB, too....

One day, one day...

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

adam 40

Re: Virtual money has real-world consequences

Surely this is just economics - the "cost" of the currency be it crypto pr precious metal based is dominated by the energy cost.

On a related note my parents dump their solar power into their immersion tank through a big resistor - and get paid for it too via the government subsidy. What if instead they put the energy into a water-cooled mining computer and dump the energy into the same tank? They'll get paid twice, and the heat generated is still the same except this time doing some useful "work".

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

adam 40
Paris Hilton

Unix - or VMS?

I just saw this advert for the new Vax Blade 2 Max:

https://www.vax.co.uk/blade2max

now, when I were a lad, a "Vax Core Processor" meant something completely different!

<Paris>Because it's a woman's job.</Paris>

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

adam 40

Contractor Wednesday

Who was there in 1999 for "Contractor Wednesday"?

I still remember meeting Andrew Lansley in the Lobby.

Fat good it did though, I'm a permie now.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

adam 40
Megaphone

How do I get my money back?

I have an Iphone 4 that is stuck in "upgrade jail", since the iOS 7 upgrade the thing pretty much stopped working.

If I find a friendly Californian can they claim back the money and send the phone back to Apple for a refund, when the court case comes to fruition?

Incidentally when I complained about the phone's problems a couple of years ago on Apple public forums, I was told it "couldn't happen" and sent packing with a flea in my ear. FUCKING LIARS THE LOT OF THEM.

I feel a bit better now.... nurse, the screens!

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

adam 40

Re: Hit the nail on that one.

So old people voted for something that will have be lived with and picked up by the next generation who didn't want it. What a selfish bunch the "leave" people are.

Has it ever occurred to anyone that the old people are (by definition) the only people who can remember life before the Common Market? And so are uniquely qualified to vote on this matter - because they are the only ones who know the difference?

adam 40

Roaming from the White Cliffs of Dover

What about roaming onto the continent from the UK shore - that used to cost a fortune, now it's free. So you can still be safely esconced in Blighty, and this will affect you.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

adam 40

Deja vu, all over again.

'And the whole thing will repeat itself...'

Back in the late nineties to the turn of the millennium when I was working on mobile phone development there were a myriad of proprietary leads out there. Even the same manufacturer had different plugs for different models. So every phone had to have a new charger, data cable, etc.

The US government (or possibly the FCC) got in on tidying this up and we all settled on mini USB and a barrel jack.

So how has this situation been allowed to happen again?

Perhaps it's just a glitch in the Matrix...

adam 40

The BSU lead!

"Let's have a British USB specification, which does what WE want, no matter that it doesn't match the rest of the world"

Yeah let's call it the BSU connector. It should have 3 pins not 4. And a fuse. Bring back the British Standards institute too. Brexit forever!

adam 40

Re: Be much more interested in...

Mostly agree except on the last point why is it my lawnmower plug pulls out of the socket when I get to the furthest part of the lawn?

As the earlier poster points out carrying adapters is a pain, which is only magnified when you go on holiday with family including recalcitrant teenagers and their associated electronics, and non-technical wife.

In the past I confess to cutting the ends off the wire and "plugging" the camera charger into the socket holes....

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

adam 40

Potential breakdown

With the switch gap only an atom across or thereabouts I am wondering what the source-drain breakdown voltage will be in the 'off' state. I am guessing microvolts? So we might be looking at a whole new generation of core supply dc converters....

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

adam 40

Re: Fish and fruit?

So - apparently - it's better to cancel the entire plane and have the fish, dead bodies and snakes rotting in the terminal, then to let the plane go with the passengers on, but these items left out?

Derrrrr....

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

adam 40

Re: Paranoia and hot pockets

An OTP that can be read only once doesn't seem useful at all, it must be read precisely twice.

Perhaps you mean two quantum-entangled OTP's? Now, THAT might be useful...

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

adam 40

Re: Luckily

However, despite having a wonderful fitted bathroom at home, I'm the one with a tin bath in the living room filled with 20 kettles of water heated on on the coal fire.

You have a house and a coal fire?

Luuxshureh!

When I were a lad all we 'ad ter live in were a shoe box on the M1. It did have SatNav, mind.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

adam 40

Re: What about disturbing others?

About half of the places I've worked have had a firm "no perfume/cologne" workplace rule. I wish it were all of them.

Even the ones in Cologne?

adam 40

Cereal - is that all?

I have to put up with crisps, slurping hot coffee, and slurping soup.

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

adam 40

That wan't punny

(body)

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

adam 40

Re: Europe doesn't owe the UK a living. You've chosen to leave. That means leaving.

We may have chosen to leave but will the EU let us leave??

The latest nonsense is that the EU don't want a hard border between Eire and N.I.

This means:

- We have to stay in customs union

- We have to stay in single market

therefore

- We have to allow free movement of labour (no cherry picking allowed)

- We have to pay the EU probbaly just as much per annum.

Things will come to a head, and I hope sooner than later.

We will find out what Brexit means:

HARD BREXIT

adam 40

Re: Yet Another Satellite Navigation System

Surely Map + compass + sextant + cronometer + transit telescope + red ball on a pole?

Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

adam 40
Happy

Re: Shirley

Their drug of choice comes from the dark web these days... paid for with bitcoin, and consumed in the park.

The CMO is missing the point - and the health problems will surely show up in the coming decades when those addled brains go off their rockers.

Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

adam 40
Facepalm

unlikely that this is not a bug...

... no, because there aren't any problems with the data from the A-D convertors...

Oh... hang on a minute...

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

adam 40

I am not sure what you "Mean"

The post is required, and must contain letters.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

adam 40
Pint

When I were a lad...

>> The last time I went, I came away empty-handed as they had none of my usual stuff in stock. The few components they continued to sell were massively over-priced and no-one in their right mind would buy them. How about £2.49 for a single F-plug, when CPC or RS will sell you one for 16 pence? <<

>> Sadly, that market got a bit thin <<

Q.E.D.

This is the trouble with modern business - the mantra is "expand or die". Why not just do what you do well, stay the same size, and employ your core staff comfortably?

I remember when the OLD catalogue was just a pamphlet, and then suddenly the big thick one arrived with tissue paper, a revelation, back in 1974. And the debate about the copulating couple in the "DJ" section....

Before that, in the days of BiPak, when you selected your components based on whether they attracted normal purchase tax, or luxury tax...

Before that, when my local radio shop in Saffron Walden had the exact valve I needed for my oscilloscope, and then got boarded up for 30 years with all those Betamax recorders inside....

And you try to tell the kids of today - they don't know they're born!

Cops find ATM spewing cash, car with dodgy plates, stack of $20 bills and hacking kit inside

adam 40

... still run windows...

Nuff said.

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

adam 40
Unhappy

Frozen Head - I'll be lucky!

Apparently they need half a million coders in the next 4 years so it said on the news.

So - with 30 years programming experience - I won't be ALLOWED to die - when the time comes I'll be decapitated, my brain will be wired into t'interned and forced to write software forever.

Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

adam 40
Paris Hilton

The Size of the Observable Universe, and the Planck length

These two artificial bounds would appear to be compelling evidence that "our" Universe is limited in size and complexity (granularity), to enable it to be easily modelled from outside.

If you are going to design a simulation, you first define the resolution (in this case the Planck length and time) and overall volume of the space (limit of the observable universe). The unusual thing, I suppose, is that we can observe both of these limits, despite being inside the simulation.

My son already works with Avagadro-number-sized simulations, they seem to be standard in Theoretical Physics, it seems a small step to scale up by a few hundred orders of magnitude.

If we didn't have quantum effects at the bottom, and the whole thing were continuous, and unbounded, THAT would be a difficult thing to simulate.

Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

adam 40

Fakes? Blindingly Obvious ;^)

Surely all those who bough fakes will be registered blind by now - therefore they will neither be able to read the appeal, not find their way to the collection centre or post office.

So the supply of fakes will be mercifully limited.

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

adam 40

Re: "You wanted a miracle, I give you F.B.I.!"

@Staggers

Hypocrisy and corruption go right up to the top of the judiciary in the UK too, don't you know.

If you don't believe me take a look at the "Party Wall etc. Act 1996".

You might wonder why this demonstrates a corrupt judiciary, but look for the list of exclusions to where the Act applies. Section 18 Exception in case of Temples etc. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/40

OOhh yes - m'learned friends made sure they weren't affected.

Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

adam 40
Paris Hilton

The big bang didn't happen in my living room...

... it happened in my bedroom! (Tra laaa)

Anyhow it only seems logical that panspermia would come along for the ride with the wind from the other galaxies, so yes, life probably came from somewhere else, billions of years ago.

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

adam 40
Unhappy

Plowed?

Grrrr. If I wanted to see things like that I'd be on the nature.com website instead...

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

adam 40

Re: A luddite writes...

>> Business trips that actually require physical input. I regularly fly on business, and not just "for a meeting", we use telepresence/conferencing for those.

Yeah but I bet when you're going through immigration you're only there "for a meeting". I made the mistake of admitting I was there to do a little bit of work (to fix a test rig in Nortel) when entering Canada once, after thoroughly enjoying the "ahem" hospitality in business class on the way over the pond. I almost got barred entry, and had to spend C$125 on a work visa for 7 days. Whoops!

NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

adam 40

Will it start a war?

I hope that they include in the code whatever recommendations come from the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) guidelines.

It would be a shame if it decided to do something (change course?) that was then interpreted as an attack by an alien civilisation, and they returned the favour by launching a battle fleet. I have two small dogs and they already have trouble with their guts, thank you, without having to swallow the arriving battle fleets.

P.S. to those above, we used to do AI on quite puny computers back in the '80's, you just have to be careful with the code.

Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

adam 40
Holmes

Fraud?

More like "Bank Error in your Favour"

Do not pass go, collect £134.000.

All he needed was a "Get out of Jail" card ;^(

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

adam 40
Linux

Inzert Goin

Surely it's spelt "Inzert Goin"? That's what Gorf used to say...

Uncle Sam bungs rich tech giants quarter of a billion bucks for exascale super R&D

adam 40

I bet windoze would still run like a dog...

... either that or the fastest ever BSOD.

Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

adam 40

Re: All I want

I agree and it's not just my phone but my old laptop too.

Chrome seems a bit less hoggy than firefox but at the end of the day (literally most days) I have to kill my browser with procmon and restart it (best way to do it since it knows to restore the tabs).

It's all the sodding memory leaks that get me - you can run it, all the tabs, and it takes a gig and a half, then leave it 8 hours DOING NOTHING IN LOCKSCREEN and it's sucked up another gig.

I expect all the programmers must have shares in samsung, crucial, kingston, etc ,etc.... ;^)

And don't get me started on bloody website browser upgrade fascism! Jeez.

Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

adam 40

Why are they changing the FS anyway?

Is it because the current FS doesn't have enough backdoors to allow the NSA quick enough access to data on a perp's phone?

I think we should be told....

adam 40

explains why they bricked my Iphone 4

A while back an upgrade bricked my Iphone 4, and there's no way to roll it back (and I hadn't saved the required blobs first)

Nice one Apple. Fuckers.

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