* Posts by phuzz

2472 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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Re: I spoke to Virgin

We had to take ours our of modem mode because that was causing it to lose connection every fifteen minutes, which now means we're stuck using the 'Super'-hub as an actual router and wifi hub. It is rubbish at these jobs.

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A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

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Boffin

For reference, in 49 nanoseconds light can travel about 15m, so you'll want to use cables that are as short as possible with this device, otherwise you're just wasting (nanoseconds of) your time.

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Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

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Re: Capacity or Revenue?

Sometimes the cheapest way to buy a harddrive is to buy an external one.

EG, this external 4TB Seagate is £99, whereas the cheapest internal drive (also a Seagate) is £119. (plus you get a free USB enclosure with the external drive)

Any guesses as to why this is? Perhaps there's more competition in the market for external drives?

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Re: awkward to use?

Invoke-WebRequest $url -outfile $filename

(Although this will work equally well with http, https and ftp links)

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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

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When I find a use for 3G I'll turn it on, but in the meantime I'm happy with the 50% extra battery life I get from using 2G only.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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I use all of them, well, Firefox for my main browsing, Chrome for streaming stuff (it seems to be more reliable than FF), and Edge when I just need a page open for a long time without it interacting with my 'actual' browsing.

I think Edge gets a bad rap just because it's an MS browser. It works, it doesn't do anything flashy, it just shows web pages.

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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

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The prices aren't that cheap compared to just buying an SSD though. For the same price you can buy an SSD that performs about as fast*, but with 5-10 times the capacity.

The main selling point is that the caching for the harddrive seems to work well, but that won't be available in older systems, because it's tied to the motherboard chipset.

Also, a cheap SSD makes a much better replacement for a harddrive than a 10k disk, unless they need massive amounts of storage, in which case just get an SSD anyway and move the OS to that, and keep the old disks as storage.

* It depends on exactly what your workload is, but for the average user upgrading from a HDD, they''re basically 'as fast'.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: All I want is the screen

They exist, just look under 'Monitors' rather than 'TVs'. You'll probably have to provide your own speakers, but even a £20 set will probably out-perform most TVs integrated speakers.

You might struggle to find a nice one that's bigger than 34" though.

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Re: Looks unpleasant.

Surely you'd look at that and assume all those wires and tubes must be sending the good stuff to your kid, in the olden days they'd have just got a blanket in a cardboard box.

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After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

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Re: Legaliity

Yes, but in many countries a husband can get away with doing pretty much anything to his wife short of actual murder, simply because they're married. I'd expect excuses one the level of "well my wages paid for that phone".

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: Land Rover

It'll be the only boat on the starting line with a pool of oil around it.

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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As GWR is now owned by First, the mistake was presumably that they were intending to charge £12,000.

And then to swap it for a rail-replacement bus which never turns up.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Other than "Because it's a really tricky puzzle to solve" there are very few legitimate uses.

I can see it getting used in games to allow the writers to keep writing/editing dialogue without having to get a human to come in and record it each time.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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"promoting the products of a private company"

Well, to you or I it might look like a private company, but if you read elReg's previous article you might have noticed this part:

"The company behind [Smartwater] was formed by an ex-police detective and his industrial chemist brother, and the firm has since forged very close links with a number of UK police forces"

So you see, from the Met's point of view, that's not a private company, it's one of their mates, and that makes it all just fine, right?

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Good on Jim

I had to work on a laptop belonging to a French friend of mine, who had spilled coffee across the keyboard.

Fortunately she'd had the presence of mind to turn it off, and then leave it upside down straight away, so it was fine after I'd cleaned off some of the sticky keys (with isopropyl, works better than water). However, it did leave my room stinking of coffee, which might be ok for some of you, but I don't like coffee :(

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: Administrations go after leakers

Half of all the Prime Ministers in the UK in the last hundred years have entered office without being elected. Src: https://fullfact.org/news/unelected-prime-ministers-common-or-not/

Really, most of us don't ever elect Prime Ministers. We vote for a Member of Parliament for our constituency, and whichever party holds the most seats (or can form a coalition) then picks one of their MPs to be PM. So unless you lived in Witney and voted for Cameron, you never voted for him as PM (for example).

If you want to vote directly for your country's leader, then you're going to have to go somewhere else I'm afraid.

(This does give rise to the possibility that the tories could win almost every seat in the UK, but if May didn't win in her constituency, then she could not be PM. As far as I know, this has never happened yet)

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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"I wonder if it would have been possible to seed the ocean in the suspected crash zone with markers."

Well, you'd need to make sure the markers behaved like bits of plane, and the best way to do that, would be to use actual planes.

There's plenty of old passenger haulers around the world, rig them up with an autopilot and crash them into the sea in a grid formation, then sit back and track where the left-overs end up.

Simples!

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China successfully launches its first robot space truck

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Re: Interesting

Apparently the Chinese are using something similar to (probably functionally identical, no point in re-inventing the wheel) the APAS docking ports which were first developed by the US and USSR for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

These are basically entirely mechanical, using clamps that grab each other and are drawn together, pulling both craft together.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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Devil

It's worth listening to users as a way of checking how well your new cattle prod is working.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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Terminator

£40k just about covers a second-hand Transit, a handful of Raspberry Pi's and some servos, but then what more do you need?

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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I'm not sure where in London you could fire a gun and not run the risk of shooting someone, or at least their property. Exactly what's the use of a shotgun in London?

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Fixing your oven can cook your computer

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"Fixing your oven can cook your computer"

But what if I need to fix my oven so that I can reflow the solder on my motherboard to fix my computer?

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: What about those of us who don't use Facebook?

I was wondering if I should maybe open up an empty facebook account just for this, but then I realised, I don't want to go to the US at the moment anyway, and I couldn't afford it even if I did.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Re: The real worry is cascade collisions, where debris from one hits a bunch of others.

"LEO is quite crowded"

Turns out that the really-bigness of space is still unbelievable.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Yep, surely this is a customs issue?

If people are importing goods and not paying the required taxes, then don't let them have their stuff until they do.

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Embarrassing! FreeNAS downgrades latest release to 'tech preview'

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Re: Need NAS software? Try

I did try using OMV, but ran into a problem I wasn't expecting. My RAID card had available drivers in BSD (ie it worked in FreeNAS), but not linux.

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Tor loses a node in Russia after activist's arrest in Moscow

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Re: No exit!

Even if you're just running a relay, you'll get your IP banned from iPlayer. Thanks Aunty.

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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Re: True Sloane Range-r

We used to have a cheap Aga-like oven in the house where I grew up, although this was a solid fuel (ie wood and coal) fired one. During the winter we had to keep it burning constantly, because it was the only source of heat in the whole house, even in the UK, there's a risk of freezing to death if you have no heating during a cold snap.

There's also another use for an Aga that no one has mentioned. They typically have several doors, opening on compartments at different temperatures, one of which is around 30-40C (I guess it's supposed to be for warming one's plates or somesuch). Farmers use this to incubate lambs that have been abandoned by their mothers. Maybe you own a jumper that started it's life snuggled inside an Aga?

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I assume, so that you can turn the oven on before you get home, so it's warmed up to temperature, ready for the roast duck you're cooking (or whatever one cooks in one's Aga).

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Happy

Reminds me of when I used to work at Evesham Micros (remember them?).

In one corner of the warehouse where all the computers were assembled, there was a trio of guys who built the images for each different configuration. As part of that job, they had their own ADSL connection, and agreed to give us a cat5 cable connected to it. Myself and a few friends then cobbled together a computer from spare parts, which I'll admit is pretty easy when you're right next to a warehouse full of them (with practically no inventory control), and hid it behind a desk. Then, in between testing servers going out to customers, we could surf the internet, and watch films when the bosses weren't looking.

It slightly mitigated the soul-crushing boredom of the job.

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Trump's govt hiring freeze means there's no US Privacy Shield chief: We tracked down the woman filling in for now

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As long as all her reports are long and boring, and don't have any pictures, then there's no way for trump to learn what she's up to.

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Homes raided in North West over data thefts from car body repair shops

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Re: oh great.

"But this article doesn't explain how the scammers got the details of the accident that never happened"

Reading between the lines, it seems likely that an (ex)employee took the details of everyone that had asked for a repair quote, so in this case, there might actually have been a real accident.

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Re: Adobe Flash

IIRC the Flash built into windows is only for Edge, so if you don't use Edge, or Chrome, which has it's own version, you should be ok.

So basically use either Firefox or IE on Windows if you don't like Flash.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

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Re: Stock android

Lineage might call them "nightlys", but actually they're coming out weekly.

Mind you, that's still approximately infinity times more often than most manufacturer builds get updated.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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The Sunday Sport is still in business is it not?

(I suspect elReg's lawyers would prefer it if I didn't add the names of any other newspapers to this comment)

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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Re: Clickbait

"If you are a Reg reader..."

That's your archetype right there ;)

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OLE-y hell. Bug in MSFT Word allows total PC p0wnage

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Re: Security is Job One at Microsoft

"A software vulnerability is, without exception, a software malfunction"

Sometimes it is, but not always. Occasionally it's a deliberately inserted back door, but more often it's a legitimate function that was intended as a useful feature being used in a way that's not intended.

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US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

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Trollface

They could ban his account, but he'll just start a new one with a different username and keep abusing people all the same.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Nowhere near as impressive, but over time I've learnt to take particularly grubby computers outside, before opening them up and giving them a good air dust.

The rest of the office were much happier once I'd stopped filling the atmosphere with 5 year old dust bunnies.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Re: Short attention span

There's some talentless arsehole near me who feels compelled to paint "sony" on every flat surface. I'm told that he thinks it's pronounced 'sonny'.

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Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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Re: After 20 days on a desert island ...

...using your colleague as bait

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Re: I wish him well

Today I learnt that radial and rotary engines are different things.

I'm not sure how I got this far without realising.

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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Re: I wonder if the militarised versions ever fired there weapons?

Missiles generally don't have much of a recoil effect, (which is why a person can fire a bazooka without flying backwards).

There's pictures of a Lun class ekranoplan firing it's (bloody massive) anti-ship missiles, so clearly it wasn't a problem then.

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Amazon looks between the couch cushions for US$70m for kids' in-app spending spree refunds

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Re: The real problem

Is there anything else except a screen which can have the same pacifying influence on a screaming kid?

I'm not a parent, but I've seen plenty of my friends deal with a toddler having a complete meltdown in public by handing them a phone playing (eg) peppa pig. The kid usually goes from top volume screaming to quiet within seconds, and I can't think of anything else that could have that effect apart from violence or drugs.

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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I'm wondering if it'll end up going slow enough for a dog to widdle on it.

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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Re: Awesome

I'm pretty sure you can do it with zero, but the user interface is slightly archaic.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Placing an order for Linux box now

I hear the Mini makes a perfectly competent desktop, and if you need more power, just buy a real computer.

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

I didn't say that France would try and invade the Channel islands, just mention them and wait as the UK press tries to top itself with hyperbole and jingoism.

We invaded some of these places hundreds of years ago damnit! How could any other country possibly lay claim to them? We didn't leave Europe because we wanted to have to play by the same rules as civilised countries*!

(* If anyone spots a civilised country, please inform your nearest member of the UN security council who will bomb the shit out of them pour encourager les autres)

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Just waiting for France to start making noises about the Channel Islands just to watch the UK press meltdown yet again.

It must be fun being a European leader at the moment.

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Mushroom

Yes, but it's fine because it's only the Yanks that have to pay for it, while the rest of us get to watch big rockets :)

Someone else's tax dollars at work is always best.

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