* Posts by imanidiot

2026 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: How about something small

Wow, that is close to what I would be looking for (preferably in an understated brushed stainless finish though instead of that garish rose gold) but that price has at least 2 zeroes too many.

@David Nash,

Unfortunately I also haven't found anything in the second hand market in my sort of price range. I'm an engineer, I don't WANT to be wearing anything over 50 euros on a daily basis in my job.

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How about something small

I don't wear a watch anymore since nothing is available these days of a modest and small size. EVERYTHING on the market even for normal "dumb" watches is "statement" sized and feels like strapping a smegging brick to my wrist. Even ladies watches are massive.How about something under 5 mm thick and 50mm diameter for a change. It was possible in the past, why not now?

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An AI a day keeps the doctor away... Neural net software gets better at clocking cancer tumors

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False positives be damned

I'd care much more about false negatives. A false positive can be negated by a doctor then looking at the data and saying: Nope. A false negative might lead to someone being told they are just find and then returning later when things have become inoperable.

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Congrats

All the volunteers at TNMOC have one more thing to be proud of.

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Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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Re: Nice to see that some parts of US Government are still working for the US

Given how much trade happens between China and the US (mostly cheap tat and/or the products of cheap/dirty labour from China and technology, knowledge and specialized products from the US) this coming trade war will be detrimental mostly for the US.

I doubt going this route without proper isolationist inland politics to back it up is a stupid idea and will hurt the US in the long run. It'll probably benefit some senators in the pockets of companies who think they can make a buck or 2 extra from this whole deal though.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: I don't recognise this. ...

Being an introvert myself, I can very much understand needing some alone time for a bit during the day. Most days I can manage to have lunch with my coworkers but there are plenty of days where I just want everybody to fuck off and leave me alone for a bit so I can actually relax in a way I can't when in a group. Being around other people and "socialize" takes energy for me and some days I just don't have that energy to give.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: Who designs these things?

Revolver rifles/carbines weren't just a Civil war thing, and are not necessarily a bad idea. They have their limitations, as did most carbines of their time. And yes, one has to be careful about how one of these is held, but again, that goes for many rifles of the era. There are many contemporaneous much more stupid designs to be found.

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Except the cuts are almost never to that engorged middle management layer.

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Re: Stupid... Just stupid...

@Joe Harrison,

Snopes gives it's sources for making a true/false claim, so if you don't trust their conclusion it's easy to look at their sources and form your own opinion.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: fuzzy balls

Headsets should be considered personal (single user) equipment. I have walked out on a job as a student because they refused to provide me with a new (sealed in box) unit and instead insisted I used an over-ear unit that looked like it had been worn by a pig the previous day (Judging from the other people there, it can't have been far off). Hearing stories from others that got talked into staying I'm glad I refused that particular job.

Heck, desk phones are just as gross. First thing I did at my last internship at the time when I got issued a desk phone was to late in the day take the receiver apart and clean with alcohol. My supervisor initially started making a fuss, until I showed him the inside. I lent him my cleaning kit the next day. I had enough experience at that point to know the intern gets the old, grungy and barely functional stuff from the back of the closet.

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Re: Not Millennials!

Millenials don't exist a presentation from Adam Connover about millennials, and why it's a bullshit term in terms of how most people thing about it.

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

@ Monty

Alcohol any one?

For cleaning the keyboard or for making you not care?

Yes! Both.

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Re: Purchasing tractor parts last week.

He won't...

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: Signage

Given the trackrecord "This is land" might be just as helpful.

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: God speed little robot

It was that last one. 90 days was a known lowball. But NOBODY was expecting this plucky little rover to last as long as it has up till now.

As for cleaning systems, they add weight, are complex, liable to break and add little to the mission profile. Getting rid of dust is a tricky issue. Just brushing it off could end up making your panels dirtier instead of cleaner. (I suspect the weigt penalty alone is enough reason to abandon such a aystem though)

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Re: centigrade

Triboelectric charging/electrostatic forces cause dust to cling together and "cake".

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Maybe 1 in 1000

EUROPE != THE WORLD!! Yes, SOME countries in Europe are seeing a decent uptake of electric vehicles. Pure EV's (electric only) are however only a small part of the uptake, as plug-in hybrids are also counted, while they should imho be counted as slightly more efficient (depending on measurement method) fossil fuel powered cars.

The uptake in the rest of the world is only marginal at best. An electric car is useless in most of Afrika currently. Or most of India. Most of Australia, the pacific region, Asia or South America are also unsuited or far from ideal. Most of North America is too (only the major metropolitan areas) This means uptake will slow down again and will be poor in the rest of the world. And I think that 1 in 1000 might be correct if we're looking at global numbers.

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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

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Re: Hopefully not just the high end..

Not very likely to happen. And even if it does, Intel has the attention span of a 5 year old with ADHD on a diet of triple shot espressos laced with meth. It's products won't be supported long enough to get any sort of following.

*ooohhh, shiny*

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Be smart

@smartypantz, that's all well and good if you own/work for a LARGE company that can spend that much on hosting and managing it's services. Most companies are between 10 and 15 people, perhaps with an office dog for good measure. At that scale it doesn't really pay to host your own services, as it detracts from the work that actually lets you make money. Need 1 person full time just to manage your server farm? thats 10% of your people not "creating value" (Gahhh, I hate that term) when you have 10 people in the office. For a large company of 1000 people, having ten of them running the farm is only 1% of employees.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Wow.

I have yet to meet anyone who is allergic to ALL types of animal products. I have recently started becoming intolerant (as in "run to the toilet and hope not to end with a brown stain in the pants" intolerant) to pork products (the fats and derived products like gelatin seem to be the main culprit). Other red meats seem to be more tolerated by my bowels, but still not 100% ok. I've reduced my meat intake in general, and eat more chicken and fish.

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Please, for the love of $DEITY!

STOP giving these people attention!

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Soldering irons

I've got the stripe of a soldering iron on my right hand. Lost my balance while using a heavy duty (1kW) soldering iron in a ditch below me to solder some heavy gauge stuff. Landed right on top of the business end before I knew what had happened. Got some nasty burns from that as it took a while to get my hand off of the iron.

And in terms of stupidity rather than clumsiness I've also burned the top of my head with welding rod. While practicing TIG welding, went to scratch my head without thinking and stuck the (recently melted) tip of the filler material right onto my scalp. Smelled a bit...

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Rule number one in any sort of support or troubleshooting role: "Everyone is an idiot. That includes yourself!" Unless you have proof something was done, assume the person is an idiot and check it yourself. Because people are idiots and lie about doing things. Sometimes intentionally.

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: How long chips remain cheap remains to be seen

Automation is not always cheaper. Especially for cleanroom use.

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How long chips remain cheap remains to be seen

With the increasing wages and work safety laws in many of the Asian countries it remains to be seen if chips remain this cheap. Many Asian fabs seem to work on the principle that it's fine if people work 14 hour shifts, and it's okay to lose a few people to HF poisoning every now and then. Once that starts changing (and it is already, albeit slowly) it remains to be seen if chips can continue to be made as cheaply as they are now.

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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No mention of security? FAIL!

El Reg is being VERY superficial with the testing here. So it works as a webcam, great. Does it protect my privacy or is it a Mirai bot waiting to happen? Does it require changing the password. Does it use any sort of encryption? Does it phone home? What information does it phone home?

I was really expecting something more thorough that this dime-a-dozen "review" from The Register.

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Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

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Imaplnkr? Or just Plnkr.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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And that is why.

I prefer a car without all the connectivity and brainboxen. I like the pneumatic cruise (con)troll on my 2001 Volvo, there is a mechanical switch on the left control stalk that switches off the vacuum to the pneumatic servo AND switches off the separate brain box. Switch it off and it's dead. If that doesn't do the trick, switching off the ignition will remove power from the brain box and reset it. Since it's a manual, this can be done "on the run".

Not that I've ever actually had to do it, because the electronics on the thing might be poorly designed from a maintenance and accessibility/repair-ability perspective, they are rock solid.

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Re: And Tesla as well

The problem starts with the fact many people think aircraft auto-pilots are magically super smart, sophisticated devices. In truth aircraft autopilots are dumber than a pile of bricks. It'll happily fly an aircraft straight into a mountainside, or straight into the ground. Autoland isn't all that sophisticated either and relies on large external radio systems to guide the plane to where it needs to go. If those are wrongly set up or fail during a landing sequence the plane might still happily fly itself into terrain. Autopilots also require thorough knowledge of their operation and limitations when using, and can CAUSE unexpected behaviour of the aircraft. (see for instance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Airlines_Flight_1951)

Misuse (intentional or accidental) of an aircraft autopilot can still easily end up with an accident.

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Re: Tortuga bound

stopping an autonomous ship is probably not hard. Just box it in at the bow with 2 reasonably sized vessels and it'll have to slow down or stop for safety reasons.Once it's adrift it's relatively easy to board and loot.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Re: Excellent BOFH

Is there any other measure of succes for a BOFH than the number of HR, beancounter and management cretins removed?

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Re: Orange Safety Gear.

Pretty sure the elevators in the BOFH's building don't have a stellar safety record. I'm surprised they have the budget for all the elevator refits. (Or surprised any elevator supplier will still give them business)

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: Introducing..... the Alexa van!

Don't forget to add "Alexa, confirm order" or whatever is needed.

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The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

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The main reason for wearing a watch

Telling time is still the main reason people wear a watch. All the other functionality is a bonus to that. If they want to do anything more complicated than health monitoring they can use their smartphone, which is better suited for it anyway.

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

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No casing? I don't see how you could provide the needed shove to get the rod into the engine without some form of supporting structure. And you need a place to put the electronics and payload. It might not be the traditional sort of motor casing associated with a solid fuel motor that has to withstand the full operating pressure over it's entire length, but I'd still call it a motor casing.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Automatic consent

What surprises me is the amount of "we've changed our terms of service and privacy policy and your continued use of our service will be taken as consent to the new policy" which is specifically NOT the correct course of action under GDPR.

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Just for this:

Instead, according to Uber, “the vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator,”

Uber should be banned from ever developing a self driving vehicle ever again. The sheer stupidity of this decision is mindboggeling

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Astroboffins, get in here and explain Saturn's odd-shaped balls

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Re: That's no moon!

I think that is a very relevant question. Are they actually moons or are they for instance captured asteroids.

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Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

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How much is El Reg getting paid?

What's the pay for marketing SatoshiPay? This feels way too much like a marketingploy. (And no, I won't put my money into any crypto business.)

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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Re: How far?

They didn't get the thousands separator wrong. They used the only correct option!

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Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™

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Switching the meter off is actually illegal, so if it was a 10 minute journey then the plod in Belgium would probably have frank words with the cabbie about charging 60 Euros

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You let yourself get taken advantage off like that? A simple call to the police will solve that.

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In other news

Ducks quack and water is wet! More at 11.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Spectrum is Green.

And yet I would at some point really love to experience a flight in the rear facing gunner position of something like a Ju-87 Stuka or Dauntless SBD or similar.

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Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

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Re: Are you serious? ....

No, but these gentlemen in friendly white coats have a soft new jacket for you. With extra long sleeves.

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Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

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Re: socket?

Pretty sure they are all on AM4, as all Ryzen (Pro) chips apart from Threadripper are AFAIK. With regards to socket standards, AMD is still doing better than Intel. Those guys seem to be using a different socket for just about every single generation of chip.

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Re: Bernoulli’s Principle

Bernoulli's law isn't the only component to explaining aerodynamic lift effects, but it's certainly involved. Pressure differences due to changes in speed DO occur around certain wing/chord profiles, they're just not the only effect involved. Newtons 3rd and Coanda effects are important too, among others.

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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

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"Er.... Hang on a minute." Followed by the clattering of a phone on the desk and a rapidly diminishing sound of heavy footsteps.

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Intel to preserve Moore's Law with startup land's fresh young blood

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Re: According to this presentation Lycean has already built one.

No problem. Wish I could tell more but I'll have to stick to the basics. Since you've dealt with ASML you probably know whats in the NDA ;)

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Re: OK, no more design-in for ESP

Intel didn't buy Espressif, they only invested in the company (probably in hopes of being able to learn something or steal something from them later). I wouldn't worry too much about development of the ESPs, the company seems to know enough about what it's doing to actually do something useful with the money.

(Also, it would have been good of El Reg to link to the Espressif press release on the matter)

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