* Posts by Dave 126

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Ransomware scum: 'I believe I'm a good fit. See attachments'

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Re: Why Excel?

Indeed. When I applied for a job at Dyson, they wanted my CV to be in plain text, pasted into a web form. Seemed sensible enough. Also, it meant no applicant required a Word licence, or would have to cross their fingers that Libre Office formatting would be rendered correctly at the recipient's end.

If I had needed to send them photographs of my work, I could have just included a link to a reputable designer's portfolio hosting site.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Re: What is truly disrupting...

A mate of mine used a Honda Civic hire car on holiday... He reported that he was shocked not to be able to see the four corners of the car through the windows / mirrors. I guess reversing cameras and image stitching can mitigate this issue in more modern vehicles.

Personally, I quite like the look of Civics.

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Put walls around home Things, win $25k from US government

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Re: Leave them...

”Anything invented after you've reached the age of thirty is new fangled rubbish and you should have nothing to do with it” to roughly quote DNA.

However, we in the UK are living amongst an aging population. Devices that will reduce the labour of caring for older people will be required. Therefore, it would be sensible to engage with this topic in a more constructive manner whilst you still have your marbles - otherwise you'll just have to take what you're given.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Feck me, laziness abounds.

>Unless you have some form of illness or disability you CAN cook decent meals cheaply, easily and well.

You also need a pan, a heat sorce and a knife... in other words, a kitchen. So not always practical at work. And an illness is exactly what the article author has.

But yeah, I'm in agreement with the rest of your post, soups are easy, tasty and healthy, add some nuts or eggs.... lovely. What is good about your frozen mash plan is that you can make the portions quite small - because your body doesn't really need carbs in the evening. Okay, it depends upon how active you plan to be that night ;)

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Re: Hipsters discover SlimFast...

>If someone has got to the stage of thinking that food is just fuel then a I pity them

Sometimes I drink a liquid because I really enjoy the taste. Sometimes I drink water purely to quench my thirst, which is a different sort of pleasure to savouring taste and flavour. Sometimes I drink water not because I feel thirsty, but because I know I'll feel better for doing so some the morning. Sometimes I drink because I want to be less sober.

Food is the same. Sometimes I eat because I want to enjoy the taste. Sometimes because i feel really hungry. Sometimes I eat because intellectually I know it will be good for me and that to eat later will get in the way of my planned drinking.

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Re: Ginsters

>I take it then that you have never tried Pork Farms or Walls. Ginsters are not great but they are better than a lot of similar packeted foods.

Agreed, and that's kind of the point: walk into any convenience store or petrol station in the UK and your chances of finding anything actually edible are slim.

In any case, the best pasties come from Barnstaple in Devon. East West Bakery on Butcher's Row - next to the covered market. Strangely, my Cornish friends still speak to me!

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Re pooping

This could be a good foodstuff for music festivals if it reduces visits to chemical toilets.

Last music festival, most if my calories came from cider, gin and sweet coffee (Aeropress) and I expended a lot of energy.

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

Just to clarify, it is Brittany that I am most familiar with, and the Bretons don't consider themselves to be French, especially with regards to international rugby tournaments. They save their real contempt for Parisians, though.

The food is simple and delicious - especially if you like pork products, crepes and horse and chips.

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Re: I really don't see the point

Well, don't see it as a replacement for 'real food'. See it as a replacement for cup noodles and energy bars.

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

Hey Voland

We don't all live in France where everybody stops for a couple of hours for lunch with a carafe of red wine, the cafe abuzz with conversation. In the UK, so many of our lunch options could be considered 'food substitutes' - I'm talking about pale sandwiches, MacDonalds, Ginster's pasties, Nutrigrain bars and the like. Compared to that, spending £1.50 for something nutritious and not unpleasant seems a not unreasonable way to tide me over til i get to my own kitchen or pub. That a milkshake-like substance can be consumed whilst at the desk or driving seems like a bonus.

So yeah, I agree with you that food should be a sensual pleasure, and a social occasion. However, I feel the current problems lie with our work culture, so we should look for solutions there before we call for the shrinks.

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New Android-infecting malware brew hijacks devices. Why, you ask? Your router

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Re: Interesting choice of targets...

>Can 1.4 Billion people spread over 9.6 million square kilometers really be said to be a "single large culture"?

Fair point. I guess one wanting to support the argument would suggest that aspects of internet use (government regulation, equipment used, popular sites with users) are peculiar to China.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Re: Reloading

Hmm, just wondering about the mass of the drone with payload, and its mass after making its delivery. Its range will be greater after the delivery, but by how much I haven't the foggiest. It might be that for some items - an SD card, for example - the weight difference will be negligible.

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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I've just looked at the Wikipedia page for Hot Millions (1968), it could well be of interest to fans of late sixties London culture... apparently one character shops at Apple Boutique (a clothing store owned by the Beatles), and another drives a Jensen Interceptor.

Hmm, I now have images in my noggin from the film Bedazzled (1967) starring Dudley Moore, and featuring Peter Cook as the Devil, Raquel Welch as Lust, and Barry Humphries as Envy. Naturally!

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Re: Overheard conversation about a new server

I used to use my laptop as fan heater when working in a client's unheated office. Sadly, Dell placed the vent on the left hand side of the machine, and I used my right hand for the mouse.

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Gadget influenced by waving something in front of it?

My dad complained that his phone, a Nexus 5, kept making bleeping noises. At first I assumed it was some notification that he didn't understand (such as Update Pending, or Google Wants to Know Where You Took A Photo, or some other useless crap), but the phone wasn't displaying anything. Hmm, weird.

Eventually the penny dropped: his phone case was the sort that doubled as a credit card holder. Every time he closed it, the phone would read the NFC chip on his credit card and make a beep, but not actually display a message to the effect of "I can read an NFC chip but I can't make sense of it". Turned off NFC, problem solved.

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When dissembling a device, you can sketch it on a piece of cardboard. When you remove screws from the device, pierce them into the cardboard in the appropriate place.

Obviously this trick is only suitable for screws of a certain size.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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>"He tried a goodbye hug during which he “accidentally had a hand a little low”"

>>"Accidentally" on purpose, He copped a feel.

That very well may have been what happened. However, we can't infer it beyond doubt from the account that we have been given. M'lud.

It does seem that he should be docked style points for hugging a client just because of her line of work (though it might have been that her character and body language caused a young man to misread a situation), but to deliberately read his 'accidentally' as 'accidentally on purpose' doesn't prove a thing.

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>What are virii infections?

A piece of foreign matter stuck under the 'i' key on the keyboard, obviously!

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>one of the main reasons they kept returning to me for more work was that I didn't "expect freebies" or try it on with them.

Exactly. If you are professional, warmly courteous and reasonably groomed (which some folk consider an extension of courtesy), ladies who are so inclined may take the initiative. If the ladies are not so inclined, then trying it won't get you anywhere anyway.

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> So why is it acceptable to grope someone just because of what they do for a living?

As he described it, it was an accident. I did the same a month ago, hugging (and being hugged by) a friend goodbye - she was wearing a backpack and so to complete the gesture my hand had to be lower on her back than it normally would be, accidentally brushed her bum on the way to the small of her back. In no way could it have been mistaken for a grope, a grab or a slap, and she didn't appear to notice - even though I felt a small, inward pang of embarrassment.

It's no fun for me to touch any part of a woman she doesn't want me to touch, but if you're respectful and not bad looking many a woman may grab your hand and place it on her body. The thrill is in her expression of intent more than the tactile feeling. Intent is important.

Hugs don't always go smoothly - if I have facial stubble, it will sometimes catch on a woman's hair and pull some strands towards me as we part.

Then there is there is the question of whether to do two cheek kisses (the norm in France, Spain and other countries) or just one... we just have to go by context, and most of the time we get it right. Abashed giggles on both sides is usually the result if we don't. In some contexts, friends will kiss each other on the lips; I don't instigate it but some women (and men from some cultures) will.

We're strange creatures.

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Re: Only that

>ladies of negotiable affection

That's one of my favourite euphemisms, as far as I know coined by Terry Pratchett.

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

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Re: 10/10 for effort....

Aye, it didn't spend long describing the needs of the new breed of marijuana farm that has sprung up since its legalisation in several states.

Their stock control software could make an interesting article; the licences given to weed producers require that every gram has to be accounted for (for tax and other reasons). However, weed will lose mass (through evaporation) during the curing process, so the stock control software has to be able to account for this.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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@AC Well said.

El_Fev's idea seems to be that he can intimidate someone before a bar fight by showing him a video of him beating up a schoolboy.

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>I think someone reminded the Chinese that if it goes hot hot, the only things left floating in the Chinese navy would be driftwood!,

And just wait til the cowardly Hun see the gleam of our British steel they run away crying and we'll all be home by Christmas, right? /s

If things got 'hot hot' between the two nuclear powers in question, it wouldn't just be people in Asia having a shit day.

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Testing times: Can your crypto-code survive the Google gauntlet?

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> named after Mount Wycheproof, the smallest mountain in the world,

I've just spent five minutes trying to chase down a source for its status as a mountain, but so far all my google results appear to form a loop.

Quite a few pages called it 'the smallest registered mountain in the world', but no where have I yet found what 'registered mountain' means.

I'll give it another 5 minutes and report back shortly.

[EDIT:] Ah, it would appear that there is no universal definition of 'mountain', and people understand that definition can vary from place to place. The very minimum is that it be a geological feature with steep sides that dominates a surrounding area - so Mount Wycheproof qualifies in those respects.

The UK generally uses a height of roughly 2000' or (300 M, or more than a few Brontosauri stacked nose to tail) to distinguish mountains from hills. I live and I learn!

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Re: A more achievable solution ...

The human partner's kinetic energy could be 'harvested' and reused. Just an idea.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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>The Days of Perky Pat. With a reprise in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

Ahhh, I've read Three Stigmata but not Perky Pat, whoch might explain why I was mild confused throughout. Of course I was expecting to be a bit confused anyways, on account of the author being PKD.

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Re: I'm waiting for ....

Hopefully, by the time that whisky bottles become as intelligent as a barman, my car will be intelligent enough to drive me home without my input.

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Hmm, all mobile mobile phones have to be capable of ringing emergency services - even without a SIM or passcode; the logic being that it is unacceptable for a device not to be able to call for help just because of a billing dispute.

It strikes me that any robotic simulacrum of a human that could pass as an adequate 'lover' would necessarily have the sensors and motors needed to detect and possibly react to a range of medical events (suspected choking, heart attack, stroke etc) that might befall their human 'partner'. Would it be mandatory that all such androids have to have the necessary software? So then, it is a nurse, as well as a 'lover'... from there, simple tasks such as feeding the cat (if you have a real cat and not a robotic cat) and cooking dinner wouldn't require much additional programming / training.

Of course, it is plausible that by the time such androids are built, humans will have microscopic biomedical sensors implanted in them as a matter of course, and that any detection of anomalous health data results in said data immediately being sent off-site to medical staff / systems, who can then remotely utilise any nearby sexbot / robot waiter / aircon systems* to mitigate the emergency until paramedics (human or robotic) arrive.

*There are a range of medical emergencies where the patient's life expectancy is increased if their body temperature is reduced. There is currently a device used that uses the large surface area of your lungs to rapidly drop your body temperature.

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I'm actually more likely to over-exert myself for a human partner than I would if I were just out for my own pleasure. In fact when I stumble over an oasis during an occasional arid period, I'm likely to find myself aching all over the next day.

What will do for the ticky-tickers of hedonists is the use of pharmaceutical substances - but over exertion can happen when dancing vertically, not just horizontally.

For some reason I'm now thinking of a Philip K Dick story about a colony on Mars being fed a narcotic that only produces a hallucinatory idyll when the user is playing with miniature models of pleasant environments.

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: ahh, floppy disks

Blanking plugs actually make UK sockets less safe.

Don't take my word for it, take Johnny Ball's:

http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/

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Re: Poor instructions

>What was more interesting is that the number of the 'bumps' was such that when viewed under a bright mains filament light while spinning on the turntable, they should appear static (strobe effect) if the turntable was running at the right speed, but you had to look very hard.

@ 50 or 60 Hz? :) This is why there are four lines of dots on the platter of many turntables: two speeds of records, two common frequencies of domestic AC electricity.

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Re: Not Snopes

>Stapling was a regular occurrence, if you were lucky, the staple would be in the top left corner and the disk would be untouched.

You could have got ahead of the situation by hole-punching the top left corner of every floppy, and doling out treasury tags!

Or just dole out A4 envelopes.

Staples are evil - just ask the person who has to the fix the photocopier!

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Re: If I could have a dollar for every time…

http://arbitrary.name/blog/all/mac3.html

This fella shows the things he has removed from the CD slot from his Mac Mini, courtesy of his young children. His other blog entries show him to be a very bright man indeed, as I'm sure his children are. I mean, primary schools have toys where the child is expected to place blocks through slots, and putting foreign objects into CD slots seems to be a continuation of that game.

In previous decades, VHS machines suffered similar fates - I think you could even buy aftermarket panels to child-proof the cassette door. Small toys not too bad, biscuits and jam less so.

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Re: Not Snopes

Part of me admires those users' resourcefulness and give-it-a-go attitude. It's probably the same part of me that found satisfaction in fixing a CRT monitor by smacking it smartly on the side.

The rest of me shudders at the idea they might just be the same folk for which the following was printed on a packet of cough lozenges: "For oral administration only".

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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The Amish

The Amish make very little use of technology that has been developed in the last couple of centuries. Yet they don't find it a chore to erect a barn without the use of the latest DeWalt power drill. In fact they claim to enjoy it, because they are surrounded by lots of their mates and no one individual has to that much work. I'm inclined to believe them, based on my own activities: Do I like feeling useful? Yes. Do I like messing around with lots of mates? Yes. The meaning of life is to fart about, as Kurt Vonnegut said.

Too little work is bad for you. Too much work is bad for you. And the Amish, despite a bigger than average occurrence of some medical conditions due to their limited genetic pool, are healthier than the wider population.

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Tax workaholics.

We tax tobacco (in part) because it it leads to heart disease which costs health service. Yet we don't tax people who work damage themselves by working too much, especially if they already have a comfortable dwelling and reliable vehicle.

I only offer this observation to stimulate ideas.

Felix Dennis said that in retrospect he wished he'd stopped working 18 hour days when he'd reached £30 million, and instead retired to plant trees and write poetry. Yet he didn't do that - he continued working long hours out of habit, as he put it. Planting trees and writing poetry are better for your health than cocaine and prostitutes (though he said that he gave those up when he reached sixty years of age).

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Re: Universal Credit

>If we are just improving the lot of one portion of the population, and that comes at an overall cost to everyone else, then we need a more refined approach.

I'm not sure that we are only considering one portion of the population. At the moment, lots of people have too little work, and lots of people work too much to the detriment of their health, happiness and family relationships.

Bertrand Russell made a distinction between active leisure and passive leisure. Active leisure is walking to the pub, learning a musical instrument, pottering around in your workshop, laughing with your friends, baking a cake. Passive leisure is slumping in front of the television with a glass of scotch (because the working day has left your knackered).

If nobody was allowed to do more than twenty hours work a week, we would be more likely to adopt active leisure activities - which are better for our health, happiness and relationships. Healthcare costs would be reduced. Fuel costs would be reduced, because we wouldn't be in such a rush. When we were at work, we would be approaching our tasks with greater concentration and less resentment.

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Re: Can't you find a different forum?

>Surely there are plenty of other places on the Internet to discuss politics? I come to The Register for technology news, not this crap.

Technology is developed and applied to reduce labour, so why the hell do you think a discussion about jobs is unrelated to technology?

We have combine harvesters that allow a single person to harvest acres of cereals. We have machines that move earth and mix concrete to build shelters. We have pocket calculators that do the work that was once done by specialist human workers. This has been the case for decades. It is presumptuous to assume that technology will have no further effect on our social and economic lives as we look to the future. To refuse to consider these issues is to be wilfully ignorant.

Go away and read up on human history.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Re: Exponential Reprisals

>however, if the other side knows what your approach is things start getting complicated.

Hence why in some games it can be an advantage to be seen as a complete nutter.

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Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

>The Daily Mail, home of the clickbait headline?

That is very true. However, they can't falsely attribute quotes to people without recourse, in the way that a Twitter account might.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Re: arXiv

@find users who cut cat tail

Congratulations on having your post published by The Register. :)

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

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Explore Martian lava tubes instead?

The technical challenges of exploring the Martian lava tubes with drones or rovers captures my imagination more than drilling into the surface. Obviously lava tubes would once have been sterile, whereas sedimentary material is more likely to contain evidence of any past microbes - so they might not be scientifically interesting. However, lava tunnels might be suitable for human habitation, providing protection against radiation, micrometeorites and temperature fluctuations.

The challenges are locomotion (how does it crawl, climb or fly around?) and control and communication (how do you get a radio signal from the underground probe to the surface?). Lots of fun for engineers to be had here! :)

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

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Re: so much hatred for continuing smokers

>A publication done back in 2010 estimated the cost to the UK of smoking, was just under £14 billion a year. The income from taxes at the same time was around £10 billion.

I've just skimmed through, and nowhere does it include savings to the government by not having to fund the pension and social care costs of those smoker who die prematurely. I won't speculate as to how such figures would alter the final balance, but they are conspicuous by their absence.

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Whilst we're at it, there is a Chrome setting that lets you mute the audio on individual tabs. Go to chrome://flags in a new tab. Search for the 'Enable tab audio muting UI control' flag.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Well I'm going to keep sir sitting here

@Gold CD

Yeah, some sort of fancy SD card with a hidden partition seems a good idea. A few different ways of implementing it.

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Re: no! Fairly pointless, really

>If the crypto is public-key, with the private key kept in a safe country, the journalist in the field cannot be forced to decrypt.

Alas, nor can the journo in the field review the photos, or select which photos (from potentially GB's worth) she wants to send down a slow, unreliable ADSL line to her editor. Nice thought though. :)

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Is there any way...

..encryption could be built into the SD/CF/XQD card itself? The camera would send plaintext to the card, and the card would encrypt it. The MiFi wireless SD cards are a precedent for a card doing more than just store what a camera sends it.

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Re: Shouldn't be hard for Nikon to do

You evidently missed the photos of men on the moon - taken by a digital Nikon, if you are to trust their digital signing.

Nikon's digital signing got broken after a couple of months if its release.

Even without border guards nabbing your SD card, loss is not uncommon. Maybe a reason to leave it in your camera and use a cable instead?

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Mixed feelings

>We would, potentially, still need a system to root out the work-shy

Work-shy. I think that needs unpacking a bit. There are lots of activities that people do for recreation that are equivalent to paid or useful work. It's just much of the paid work has been made unenjoyable (paperwork, nasty bosses, petite rules).

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