* Posts by Borg.King

157 posts • joined 8 Apr 2011

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Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

Borg.King

Re: GAN see through

GAN is an acronym for Generative Adversarial Network.

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

Borg.King

Skype should be simple

Easily editable list of contacts, their current online state, and a button to start a video chat with them.

Anything else is Skype Pro, which I do not need myself. My iPhone can handle making real telephone calls.

Borg.King

Re: Powerpointing the other half into submission

But she can't see the Visio file on her Mac. Better send her a PDF.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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AoA sensor replaced prior to fatal flight

Wasn't the Angle of Attack sensor replaced prior to this last fatal flight of this aircraft?

So far I have heard reports that there were issues on the 3 previous flights to this one, and the sensor had been replaced. Had one faulty sensor been replaced with another one? Had the wrong sensor been replaced? Did the new sensor pass all ground tests on the system before departure? Had the ground tests been properly executed? Has the cockpit been found to determine the state of the MCAS switches?

If the MCAS / AoA system had issues on the previous flights, were those pilots aware of the new equipment operating procedures on the 737 MAX? How did those previous pilots overcome the documented system failures?

The final AAIB report on this will make extremely interesting reading. I hope they find the cockpit voice recorder, though I expect it will just have the two pilots extremely baffled at why their aircraft is repeatedly countermanding their control inputs.

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

Borg.King

What a crap article

Well done.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

Borg.King
Coat

Re: Kinda macabre, but alright

I think speeds of this nature need to be expressed as a factor of Viss, the velocity of the international space station.

(Mines the one with the table of sines/cosines/tangents & logarithms in the pocket)

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

Borg.King

Re: "ATM machine"

Is that where you enter your Personal Identification Number number?

Then you can get your hands on all that cash money.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

Borg.King
Joke

Umbrella

It’s like jumping out of a plane with an umbrella instead of a parachute.

Mary Poppins is covered then. That's nice.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Pocket Rocket

The new Mac Mini line looks to be in the same ball park as a refurb Mac Pro (6 core i7, 32GB, 1TB SSD, $2499), but it supports the latest Mac OS X and has Thunderbolt ports.

With some adaptoring, I think it'll even be able to drive my two Apple 30" monitors. I write code, so video resolution/performance has absolutely no bearing on my needs at all.

The new Mac Pro (next year?) needs to be a significant step up to have me looking away from a high end Mac Mini.

Watch closely as NASA deploys the world's biggest parachute at supersonic speeds

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Coat

Re: re. as big as a size of a house

Are they spherical ducks in a vacuum?

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

Borg.King

Nigel's Condoms

'For when you cannot contain your excitement!'

Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

Borg.King

Re: Hah

That, and can you seriously imagine your JavaScript based Millennial web developer learning C++?

I hope not, do you know how much a C++ contractor can demand these days. In a couple of years I'll only need to work 1 day a week.

Apple cops to iPhone 8 production oops, offers to fix borked phones

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iPhone 8 Plus

It took four visits to the Apple Genius Bar to get my iPhone 8 Plus replaced when it had exactly this issue at the start of this year.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Joke

Under the covers

It is using Emacs, or VI? (Tabs or spaces?)

Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: Is ABC...?

He's really "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", isn't he?

That'll be "Royal Tunbridge Wells" if you please.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

Borg.King

Needed a jolly

In a former life, many a time bringing an ailing PC or printer back to base would remove all trace of the reported issue. The thing just needed a day out of the office.

Similarly, temporary HD fixes for worn out bearings could be achieved by putting the HD in the freezer for a few hours. They'd run long enough afterwards to copy off the data to a new HD.

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

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Feature Comparison Table

I'm not a VR connoisseur by any means, but I've yet to see a side by side feature comparison of the Magic Leap One with the other [leading] units on the market?

If this unit is as poor as reporters would have us believe, then a few facts and stats would be helpful to illustrate this conclusion.

Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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So long Grandma, thanks for all the fish

1. Overload the switch.

2. Trip the GFCI on the main distribution panel.

3*. Powers down the automatic defibrillator, and the WiFi connected panic switch.

4. Anyone want Grandmas cat?

5. Donations to the RSPCA please.

* At this point you could switch the movie script to mix alien and human DNA to create whomsowhatever.

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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I love my Mac Mini

1. It's my home server,

2. It captures video from my home security cameras

3. I can Remote Desktop into it

4. It sits nicely hidden away in my networking cabinet - behind the towels, the sheets and the 2 bumper packs of toilet rolls :)

I would love a new one though. Faster (i7), more RAM (32GB), 2TB+ HD. One HDMI port, and a handful of Thunderbolt / USB C would do it.

(Plus I can use one for Windows and get rid of my wife's desk space consuming Dell tower too.)

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

Borg.King

1.21 Gigawatts

Did Emmett arrive in a DeLorean, and was he wearing clothes from around the 1930's?

Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

Borg.King

As exciting as this is

Is it economically sensible to actually buy these compared to, say, four 256TB units and then spend the purchasing dollars saved on renting extra datacenter floorspace/power/cooling?

I'm sure in time they'll become economically viable, but is that 6 months from now, or 2 years?

I'm not a datacenter purchasing, commissioning or operations engineer (I write code), just curious to understand the economics here.

Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

Borg.King
Coat

Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

I see what you did there and in other places. Are you also a grocer?

Granville, fetch a cloth.

(Mine's the shopkeepers coat)

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

Borg.King

Re: As long as they're still using Lucas...

Land Rover: Inventors of the self-releasing seatbelt.

That's in preparation for your hasty exit as flames start to lick around the edges of the bonnet.

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

Borg.King

Want to chat with a Stork

Dial 100 and ask to speak to Buzby.

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

Borg.King

We're out of Post-It notes

and screen wipes.

Guess we wouldn't of found out about either of these if Slack had not been offline.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

Borg.King

Re: BT was fine all weekend

I think he's wanting them to move the tree.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Lars & the future interview

Do I, or do I not, now give date related coding questions to any interviewee named Lars?

Windows Server 2008 SP2 gets new support model

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2026?

@Simon - where did you see information stating the end date was being moved out. I only see a change in the update model. I do not see any mention of the new model being continued past the already announced Jan 14 2020 end date.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

Borg.King

PVFS

Plagiarized Virtual File System

Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

Borg.King

Is it bigger. . .

. . . than a London double decker bus?

Mailshot meltdown as Wessex Water gets sweary about a poor chap called Tom

Borg.King

He's a Top Worker At Tea?

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

Borg.King

End of SourceDepot?

Adios.

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

Borg.King

Perhaps a bit off topic, but why smart light bulbs instead of smart light fixtures that work with any old bulb? Not that either seems to me to have all that much utility.

Good idea mostly, except it's more work to take them with you when you move, and they're not readily installable by the average homeowner.

I'd trust my mother to install a light bulb without electrocuting herself, but less so to change a light fitting.

Borg.King

We can't really think of any good reasons why remote control of Hue lights would be useful.

It's really useful if you have a long overgrown pathway to your house, and you're coming home late. Turning on the outside lights so you can see the nefarious rascal about to jump you and make off with the remains of your kebab.

Why they never realize that they can make off with your very expensive Hue lights instead is beyond me.

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Facepalm

⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️

for each byte in largeDataPacket. // megabytes

{

UpdateStatusBarOnScreen() // takes a millisecond or two

SendByteToDevice() // takes microseconds

}

The result was that sending the entire packet took about 30 minutes to progress a status bar a few hundred pixels across the screen, and only about 10 seconds to actually send all the data to the device.

Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

Borg.King
Facepalm

Re: "Offloading positioning to the devices makes it . . ."

"Although it's actually more likely that people use this mechanism to crash drones."

That'll be Die Hard 2 then.

EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

Borg.King

180 degrees of separation?

If you had two engines coupled in opposition across a pressure sensor, and measured the force on that sensor, would that eliminate the effect of any force exerted externally on the apparatus as a whole?

(Asking for a friend)

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

Borg.King

"I assumed that a proper workbench had a sacrificial layer"

My whole workbench cost only $99 (homedepot.com, with free delivery in the U.S.). The whole workbench is sacrificial at that price.

LESTER looks up, spins its wheels: The Register’s beer-butler can see ...

Borg.King

K9

As the register seems intent on avoiding a beer carrying back pack for the humble golden retriever, which is also very adept at following balls, might I suggest that the final chassis of LESTER bears a significant resemblance to a certain robotic assistant of Dr. Who.

Plus K9 did have a LASER in his nose, and you can never have enough LASERs, can you?

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

Borg.King

Re: Wasnt just running costs...

I've always believed that Concorde's demise was due to the lack of any Air Force having anything they could deploy quick enough to bring down a hijacked Concorde at Mach 2.

Intel's security light bulb moment: Chips to recruit GPUs to scan memory for software nasties

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Facepalm

[C|G|F|S]PU Silicon shuffle

"Hey Boss, we've got a batch of these quad core CPU's but half of the integrated GPU's have failed testing."

"Can they still access all the memory and run pattern matching?"

"Sure."

"Great, then we're going to call them Security Processing Units, add yet another $100 to the unit price and ship all that silicon anyways."

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

Borg.King

Chicken creme egg kiev

Stuff the fondant in the middle of the chicken, and then dip it into a big saucepan of molten chocolate.

Bonus points for putting a long lollipop like stick in it.

DVLA denies driving licence processing site is a security 'car crash'

Borg.King
FAIL

theregister.co.uk gets an F at securityheaders.io

stones, glass houses et al.

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

Borg.King
Facepalm

Titter ye not...

Apple's HomePod's bottoms ring leaves a white mark on your wood?

Frankie Howerd is turning in his grave.

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Borg.King
Facepalm

!A == B

82 per cent correctly selected less than 10 per cent. The rest picked more than 10 per cent.

Funny that, out of a choice of only A or B, all those that did not pick A, picked B.

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

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Facepalm

11.2 screws up camera focus w/ some magnetic latch cases

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/11-2-and-iphone-8-plus-camera-focus-issue.2092580/

Hold off on that upgrade. I'm one of the unfortunate few who are seeing this problem.

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

Borg.King

Target practice

That range off Aberporth has been used for target practice in the past. No mention if the wrong 'target' got in the way.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Borg.King

Camera is an 'outie'.

have the camera lens stick out of the case

Because we all add a case. The lens ends up flush with the case, and the resulting package as a whole is less inclined to snag as you take it from your pocket.

With a flush camera body, the case would still need to have the opening for the lens, but now that lens is a millimetre or two inset within the case. This depression is now more likely to snag and have detritus collect within it*.

(* if your belly button is an 'innie', you'll already understand this scenario)

Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Borg.King

My v1 Nest paid for itself within a year.

It noticeably cut my monthly heating expenditure by around 20-25%. My January/February heating bill was around $300 before. Now $240 is the average.

Be as sceptical as you like. When I moved buying a new Nest was a no-brainer. We've even given them as house warming (sorry) presents to our family.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Borg.King

Re: So much for digital

1024 if you undo your fly

That must be your least significant digit.

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