* Posts by paulll

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Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

paulll

Re: the dangers of the harpoon approach

Cursory investigation suggests that this idea may have legs, albeit very short ones; Series 4 Episode 2, "Deep Space Wombles," isn't exactly a thorough proof-of-concept but it demonstrates the stakeholders' engagement and that much of the heavy lifting has already been done.

paulll

Re: the dangers of the harpoon approach

You could have a satellite trailing giant fly paper behind it. Once it's picked up sufficient junk the extra mass will de-orbit it.

Or maybe something with velcro?

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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"a recovering victim whose hospital bed guardrail malfunctions, thus depositing the patient to the floor with a thud whereupon they swiftly perish? (This was a real storyline.)"

This happens in real life.

Court sees Morissette Meter flip out as Oracle assumes anti-arbitration stance in pay dispute

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Let's not go overboard, they're pretty nasty but facebook's way out in front and google's a comfortable second. Oracle's running in the evil pack with your Hitler types and Piers Morgan.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @ Bush Rat ...But Background Checks Don't Work!

Yeah... I think anyone who cares is already familiar with the reputed accuracy of such weapons.

And I don't think anybody paying $250 to pick their gun from a crate of grease is doing so with serious aspirations of emulating the feats of the fella from that there Bradley Cooper film. I'm told they're good for,"skeets," though. I gather skeets are clay pigeons. Not sure.

But it remains that there seems to be a supply and demand for cheap machines that put a cheap 7.62*39mm pointy piece of metal roughly in the direction they're pointed, making a loud bang in the process.

paulll

Re: @ Bush Rat ...But Background Checks Don't Work!

Dunno about Illinois but here in Alberta, Canada, old Russian SKS rifles are very popular amongst range rats, mostly by virtue of the fact that they and crates of 7.62*39 are dirt cheap.

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

paulll

Re: Hmmm...

Yeah but that's like saying bananas are rubbish because they go mushy when you stick them up your bum; it's probably true but that's not really what they're *for*.

The high impedance and low power output you mention make them excellent buffers-as an input stage and between stages. They isolate the signal path from what comes before and after them, and tend to be operated around unity where their gain characterics are just fine.

I'm sure people do build gain stages out of them, with shitty results, but that not a shortcoming of op-amps.

paulll

Re: Hmmm...

"All op-amps are shitty."

Er, what?

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

paulll

Re: Placement of kill switch and other quirks

"Motion sensors for lights people..."

As long as the timing's generous. Place I used to work there was barely time to read a Reg article or play a level of Plants vs Zombies before you'd have to do the penguin walk to turn the lights back on to ... conclude your business.

Crypto crash leads to inventory pile-up at Nvidia, sales slaughtered

paulll

Re: Bitcon falling but not fooling

11 hours into a 12 hour night shift without yawning once and then somebody goes and shoehorns yet another brexit whine into a thread about GPU sales.

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

paulll

Re: Here's the fundamental hypocracy

Sure you don't mean hypercracy?

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

paulll

Re: snapd and systemd

If there was only going to be one post on this article, that'd be it,

Wait, oops.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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"he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism,"

Essentially anybody with an interest in chemistry, physics, medicine, electronics, computing, civil engineering (nerds!!), anything other than soap operas and which pop tart is banging which, can be got.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

paulll

Re: Accent Imperialism

Everybody loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles.

paulll

I have questions about the intellect of anyone who can hear the expression,"sonic screwdriver," used in earnest, without flinching.

Peppa's hilarious, though. Not as good as Octonauts, but right up there.

Happy Satellite Collision Day! It is 10 years since Russia and Iridium got too close for comfort

paulll

Re: Rubbish....

It's not that hard. You have one freighter for your metals (make sure to rinse cans out in the space bog!), one for glass, one for plastics, and one for paper (NOT corrugated cardboard, though). What's that? Any benefit negated by the fuel costs of transporting it all? pfft. Look. It's not that hard. You have one freighter for ,,,

Cisco sues lawyers on its own side – for bigger slice of capacitor price-fixing settlement pie

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"Since when have capacitors become so crap?!?!?"

Mostly since 1999 ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

Lots of crap stock still in the channel.

I wouldn't be surprised if the conspirators' objective was actually, the f*ck, to standardise quality caps post-plague, rather than common-or-garden price fixing. Better to admit to price fixing, than trying to shaft China in the electronics market.

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

paulll

Re: "I'm just a tool used by the system."

"You are, however, the perfect target for a number of tools, such as a golf club, a tire iron, maybe even a sledgehammer."

That was my instinct-absolutely not, of course, out of any sense of malice or drive to do violence; I simply think he needs his awareness raised as to the nature of golf club injuries. It would be an act of benevolence toward him, really.

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

paulll

"I wish you luck finding anything you actually need in Maplins."

Now *there's* a retro idea.

paulll

Re: Kane HAwkins and Levinthal

Don't have anything 6502 but I do have Lance Leventhal's,"Z80 Assembly Language Programming." Essential book.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

paulll

"Partnering alongside..."

"In a disadvantage..."

These people have obviously spent a lot of time reading,"the bad guys'," instruction manuals.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

paulll

Re: 10203

Well, yeah. Or so I hear. But if you wanted to graph info from your spreadsheet in the 90's, 1-2-3 was the way to go.

Firing up an emulator to run visicalc and finding a way to get one's data into it, would've been waaaay quicker than coaxing a simple line graph out of excel '97...

paulll

Should be using 1-2-3 if you're serious about graphing...

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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“Recognizing that there is still more work to be done, I urge all principals—from 3GPP and ATIS to the wireless carriers and handset manufacturers—to remain vigilant in their work to ensure that the benefits of enhanced wireless emergency alerts are made available by November. The American people want, expect, and deserve the best possible public safety services—including the most precise targeting available for wireless alerts.”

I don't get it. A tornado's going to destroy the intersection of 2nd Street and 6th Avenue but the level of danger to the rest of the town doesn't warrant an alert?

Smells like active complicity ...

Kudos, though, to the FCC for providing their documentation in plain .txt format.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

paulll

If he gets his gear back and finds the hdd's are seized or otherwise borked I wonder if he could do a subject access request for copies of the disc images that would then be the only extant copies of his fap stash?

Chrome devs attempt to slip muzzle on resource-guzzling browser beast with 'Never-Slow Mode'

paulll

Re: Better solution

If we can throw in a "stop" button and the ability to point-blank refuse to download mobile versions of websites that'd be perfection...

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

paulll

Re: Why is Windows monolithic?

In terms of a kernel archicture paradigm Windows is, indeed, not *very*,"monolithic."

Little while back I had a failed update bork my kde install. I was able to uninstall and reinstall the desktop environment leaving the entire rest of the OS untouched. I would not have been able to do this with Windows; Windows is monolithic.

paulll

Re: Why is Windows monolithic?

The Apollo Guidance Computer had a,"master reset," switch...

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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""Nor can it be considered to prove or demonstrate that any companies making use of those taxonomies are doing so without complying with applicable EU data protection or other law," IAB Europe said."

Made by blood boil, probably the single most disingenuous thing I've ever heard.

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

paulll

Re: Cicero said it already

I do think Ellen Ripley said it better, though.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

paulll

Re: Much negativity, such wow

Yup, still a solid point - hence the angry pedant icon;)

paulll
Headmaster

Re: Much negativity, such wow

DJNZ's a Z80 (ie, right-thinking, op-code). I never did much tinkering with the C64 but I believe in its 6502-derived instruction set the code would be DEC;BNE bbbb. (Or DEX or DEY)

paulll

Re: Much negativity, such wow

"this seems to contradict the statement that Apple had always planned to produce a 512kb model"

Jef Raskin, the guy who developed the Mac, never intended anything so idiotic as to cripple it with 128kb of non-upgradeable memory. Then some idiot hijacked the project and picked some random specifications that he said he knew could be done better. The RAM was one of them. He was completely, absolutely wrong. As usual.

"From memory, Jobs decided that the original Mac should be impossible to expand internally, but the engineers covertly ensured that it would be possible to produce one with more RAM without too much bother. Also from memory, that turned out to be useful because at the original Mac launch, the demos that Steve Jobs showed off needed a Mac with 512K, which the engineers could supply at least as a one-off."

So yes, with the project approaching D-Day (Because some idiot had hjiacked the project and the management had had enough of the delays that his fuckwittery was causing) the engineers did slip a means of quickly upgrading the RAM into the demo board.

The critical demo worked, the project was green-lit for production, the above-mentioned idiot fired the engineer who had actually made the damned thing work, and, as was his wont throughout his entire parasitic life, basked in other people's success.

Data hackers are like toilet ninjas. This is not a clean crime, you know

paulll

Re: Cow orker

Actually the correct procedure is to place the olfactory messaging device in the cabin air filter box, usually above/behind the glove compartment. Just toss the filter if it doesn't all fit, they need a new one anyway.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

paulll

Re: Not sure...

Meths has a better bouquet, though

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

paulll

Re: Who is to blaim for being taken by scammers?

No script-fu going on here; But I moused-over the link, saw the obfuscated URL, thought, "Welp. Guess I'll never know," and moved on ...

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

paulll

Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

"Press start button.

Ignore start menu.

type name of application, or service etc required."

Sooooo... why have the start menu?

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

paulll

Re: Tech ignorance

"Walmart don't need access to law enforcement's sekrit database they just need to be alerted to the entry of the same guy who tried to rob them the previous week."

Don't the States have Data Protection/Foipp-type laws? ie, hanging a picture of mouthwash guy in the staff room would be ok; Entering information about him onto a computer system without his consent, not so much.

So it would have to be a live query against a law-enforcement-owned system, the idea of which is scary as balls, even by American standards.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

paulll

Re: Question - Answer

"Another is that the largest internet exchange outside of the US happens to be in Amsterdam."

I don't think so... But the wire tapping laws prolly had a lot to do with it.

I'da told El Chapo (in my best Speedy Gonzales voice), "y'know ...our traffic is transiting the US on its way to Canada. It's still encrypted, I'm not *worried* but, hmmmm, i feel like it's muy mal juju. If we move our servers to Europe all the traffic'll automatically go through Brazil and straight onto a transoceanic cable that the orange guy's people can't touch. Say! How about Holland, they're pretty drug-friendly anyway, as a man of your wisdom will be aware."

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

paulll

Re: IF Apple price-matched your Windows or 'Droid, which would you prefer?

My Key2 ... and if there wasn't that, I'd still be on my BB Torch.

-Physical keyboard

-Headphone jack

-Ability to move files on and off it as I see fit (ie, I can fire pics from my phone to my laptop over BT, no cloud, and vice versa with tunes. Usually)

-SD slot

-Feels less fragile (The torch certainly was)

paulll

Re: Doomed to the dustbin of history?

"Anyone remember Chrysler before and after Iacocca took control? They were in deeper trouble than Apple, but turned around. "

So what you're saying is that in order to be successful, a company must be run by a complete bastard?

(Not disagreeing)

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

paulll

Re: How hard is the approximate localization of a 2.4GHz sender operating in or near an airport?

It's actually quite easy to do good geolocation based only on the SIM, a variety of companies sell such software to the networks."

Yeah it's actually not. As an emt I've had to use such information as part of my job on the regular(comes over mapped on an MDT), and I've seen the magic software at work in dispatch centres. Even using e911, where the subscriber implicitly wants to be found, the info's not great, I can't recall a single instance where it alone would have sufficed to locate a caller/patient.

And near a major airport the info is going to amount to,"if the airport drone is, in fact, using SIM #n, we can confirm that airport drone is at or near the airport."

paulll

Re: How hard is the approximate localization of a 2.4GHz sender operating in or near an airport?

The SIM, in this instance, goes into a cellular data module on the drone, and is only extremely coarsely geolocatable by tower triangulation; it's not in a phone, it has no connection to a gps unit that it knows of, no back-channels, it's just a number on the network.

paulll

Re: Fire and forget ...?

Don't see why they'd need to know the airport all that well.

On wake, fly to 51.1447, -0.2134 +- RND*.0004.

Scratch balls RND*180 seconds

Fly to [quiet spot 1]

Land

Power down

On wake, fly to 51.1447, -0.2134 +- RND*.0004.

Scratch balls RND*180 seconds

Fly to [quiet spot 2]

Land

Power down

etc...

RTC module and uC doing the waking. Have a couple of units taking turns and you get a longer period of disruption, and redundancy.

Be nice to know the approximate height and location of the perimeter fence but even that much is probably over-complicating things.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

paulll

Re: I wonder if...

The foamant/suppressant:water ratio's not fixed; In some circumstances they will bung a jug or two into the tank but in normal operation the suppressant is pulled into the stream from the jug by the venturi effect and there's a dial on the pump panel to set the ratio from a good few % down to zero. Similarly the nozzle can be adjusted anywhere from a pleasant mist to a concentrated stream.

The unit i've used the most was a 300gpm nozzle that we ran at 125psi and was quite capable of a good 200ft almost straight-up; Similar, general-purpose rigs go up to 1000gpm and 200psi, and airport monitors are more powerful still.

That said, they're not really designed for,"pew-pew," operation and actually hitting an object that's moving at any speed in 3D space would require some skill and a lot of luck, so it's probably more of a,"worth a punt," at best, than a definitive strategy ...

paulll

Hate to sound sceptical, but... any reports of anybody having actually seen these,"drones,"? Anybody other than,"they," I mean.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

paulll

Re: All credit to iD games...

The 386SX was a 386 with a 24- rather than 32-bit external address bus; After the SX was introduced they rebranded the original as DX just for differentiation. None of 'em had an on-board co-pro, pretty sure. DX denoting an on-board co-pro was strictly 486 nomenclature.

Ho hum.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

paulll

Re: Bandwidth and storage are miniscule

No coincidence that the two firms that dominate the,"smart speaker," (awful euphemism) market, are also two of the biggest firms in cloud services - ie both storing and processing lots of data.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

paulll

I'm not sure why you'd think it likely that Tigra07 is using Chrome, considering kubuntu comes with FF bundled-in and not Chrome. Anybody who has the modest amount of gumption required to install their own OS, yet actively chooses to download and install Chrome probably has a good reason for doing so. Although I imagine that doesn't happen very much at all.

Kubuntu and Opera for me ...

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

paulll

Re: Those two statements don't seem entirely mutually compatible.

No, "I couldn't possibly presume to change what he said 'cos he's way wiser than me," and,"These parts of what he said aren't important," are not compatible.

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