* Posts by ashdav

156 posts • joined 1 Dec 2011


Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency


Decode the human genome

It would be interesting to put the human genome through this,turn it into binary and see if it came up with 42.

What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin


Pen gwyn in Welsh literally means top of the white.

So how the heck did the Welsh come up with that for a bird from Antarctica.

I've lived in Wales for 50yrs and my partner and daughter are fluent (I consulted them on this) before any pedants get upperty

'Now is the winter of our disk contents'... Decision on Lauri Love's seized gear due next week

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El Reg Headlines

Isn't this one of the reasons why we come here?

The headlines are worthy of Pulitzer prizes sometimes.

Keep on keeping on guys.

You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)


Kodi is a media player/server so what's your point?

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Other OS are available

Lineage is the way to go.

Take back control people!

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins


Re: It has gone to the dark side ( amanfromMars 1)

Google translate doesn't work with this.

Must be that phase of the moon again or because we've just tipped over the equinox.

Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth


Huey and Dewey ?

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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?


Re: For His Masters Voice Transport Missions with Tramp Steamers/Sleek Tenders


I see from your postings you've not been here long.

amanfromMars is a "special" person in that he's let out into the community occasionally.

Click on his name in his posts to be awed by his pearls of wisdom.

What happens to your online accounts when you die?


Re: Re: Huh?? (Off Topic) My thoughts too.

Thanks for the upvotes.

Much appreciated.


Re: Huh?? (Off Topic)

My thoughts too.

My daughters sister died yesterday (same mother different father).

She'd had cancer treatment for 5 years

She was 35.

Nobody should bury their children.

Life is shit.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken


Re: a bit off topic..

Agree Topographic Oceans was shit.

I actually like some Yes tracks..

And you and I

Awaken (the one track that sums Yes up)

My brother has everything they've ever recorded in all formats and all the bootlegs plus some studio master tapes. Amazing quality.

He needs to get out more.


a bit off topic..

My brother and I used to go to pubs with a decent jukebox and look for...

Stairway to heaven.


And if we were lucky - Echoes.

Maximum minutes for your buck (actually it was 50p)

Feel free to add the long track of your choice.

Anyway Devil's horn to the dudes.

I'm not far behind them.

If you can't take it with you then I'm not going.

Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier


Windows as a service

In the agricultural sense.

You were warned.

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



They're just toys.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured


You can prove anything with statistics.

Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard


Oldy but Goody

I'm still on my Samsung S2/original battery/custom ROM.

Works fine.

Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now


Blue one or the Red one.

Rabbit hole here we come!


All I want is an OS that I can control so stuff just works.

I do not want to ENGAGE with anyone.

The blue shirted acolytes say it all.

Spare me please!

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi


Re: "...all-gesture UI (no buttons)... ...take it beyond TVs..."

"No, you could just get one of these for a six quid"

Out of stock.

See what you did!

Everyone bought one thanks to your link.

Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo


Re: Not quite as it seems

Power games.

I get it.

Interesting website of UK power usage http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down


Men In Sheds

An awful lot of things have been invented in sheds in Britain over the years and plagiarised by others.

Kudos to the man.

RIP Trevor

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


We don't know

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

#Bill from the Midlands

Xcellis: From 'gateway' for NAS dabblers to pusher of hardcore scale-out NAS boxen


Paid for advert?

This "article" is just an advert full of market speak.

Expect more from El Reg.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


Radio without iPlayer

Live streams are available http://www.radiofeeds.co.uk/indiv.asp

You just copy the link and open them in your media player of choice.

Works abroad (outside UK) too if you select the right feeds.

Saves having your browser open all the time.

ALL tv shows are available to watch afterwards if you know where to look (no links sorry).

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower


Re: Personally

Hot and Cold taps

Warm on left,cold on right.

Easy to remember if you know a bit of French:

Chaud au gauche, Froid au droit. (Cos it rhymes)

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad


And we're asked not to use adblockers.....

Upvoted OP for autoplaying videos.

Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports


The Old Days Were The Best

Most of these hardware failures are caused by brittle solder joints since lead was taken out.

Heat cycling (ie. normal use) breaks them.

Hence why older kit keeps going.

Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK


Who benefits?

If anyone is ever fined through this how is the "victim" compensated?

Does it all go into Gov coffers?

Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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Re: What's the pr0n angle?

@ JJ Carter

Why do you bother?

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Technical Definition of job title

Technician - Knows what to do.

Engineer - Knows why you're doing it.

Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push


How Many?

400 developers ? All new to the job ?

What could possibly go wrong.

Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing


Snake Oil

'Nuff said

Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down



To quote a phrase I read elsewhere:

"It's not the Cloud, it's someone else's computer."

They're not doing very well lately are they.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Re: Too gay for words

@ Grunchy

I'm with you.

Although I did it a few years ago.

Custom ROM on my phone (Google free, side load the apps).

Ixquick or DuckDuckGo for the browser of your choice.

Gmail used as a junk account, signing up for websites etc.

and adblock everywhere.

Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet


Re: pool.ntp.org

@ ElReg!comments!Pierre

I simply asked a question (which you did not answer).

You have cited an individual case which does not require javascript, which I accept.

As the original article implies general web browsing I think my statement still stands.


Re: pool.ntp.org

Javascript is built into your browser.

What's wrong with that?

Are you confusing it with Java?


Re: Could this explain why

"mine's the one with the penny whistle in the pocket."

I'll see your penny whistle and raise you a sonic screwdriver.

Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed


So close...

But yet so far.

It will come, oh yes, it will come.

(paraphrasing Mr Cooke)

BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?


Re: No spam on my BT email address

You have no friends or you haven't told anyone your email address.

Have a nice day.

Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report


Re: Talk about the right company


Would you like to try that again?

I've no idea what you're trying to say.

Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia


Has anyone else noticed that all this s**t about the internet recently is derived from American companies?

They seem to think that the "internet" belongs to them.

I'll give it 10 years and they will be sidelined.

Feel free to link back to this post.

Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380


Re: Hyper Beluga

@Alan Brown

Agree with your comments.

The only way that I can see Broughton being extended is to the north as it's flat farm land there and the terrain to the south is rising (it's a real buzz sitting in Wood Lane when a Beluga comes in from the south!).

Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: I think, on balance,

Live fast, die young (as you feel)

Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge



"Silicon Valley's conviction that everybody is a 23-year-old software developer who can't cook, clean house, or shop without help,"

It's the modern world.


I'm off to the pub to talk to real people.

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!


Why all the bitching..

Previous to this post (@01:45Z) a lot of people have been complaining about ads,tracking,etc.

One would assume that because they are posting on El Reg that they would know about these things.

Apparently not so.

Don't want to see ads - use an adblocker.

Don't want to be tracked - delete cookies after your session.

Don't want to be tracked - don't use Google.

Use an anonymizer search instead such as DuckDuckGo or Startpage.

If you have to use Facebook then good luck to you. You are there to be milked.

It's the internet. You have as much control as the websites.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


This is all FUD

Some years ago, in a previous employment, I had contact with the (then) Home Office Radio Regulatory Department in Whitehall.

On one occasion I went to their facility in Honeypot Lane, Stanmore.

I asked of my contact "Aren't they TV detector vans?" Pointing to the grey Commer/Bedford vehicles.

He sniggered and said go and look inside.

There was a seat in the back just under the "DF loop" aerial on the roof so that you could reach the handle to turn it.

There was nothing else in there.

He confirmed there never had been in any of them (and this was part of his job).

This packet sniffing is complete rubbish. Just hide your SSID if you're paranoid/careful.

RIP Ian (my contact)

Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies


What's the point

You have tried to access a page that no longer exists from a website that has deprecated links.

So they send you to an archive.


Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10


Even so..

Allez les bleu for giving this a go.

Bon chance.


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