* Posts by ColonelDare

76 posts • joined 5 Jun 2013


Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something


Re: Make them repairable...

Something like this?

UK parliament sends snippy letter to Zuck and his poodle Clegg as it seems Facebook has been lying again


Cambridge Analytica didn't perform work for Leave.EU? Uh, not so fast, says whistleblower


Re: No One Cares

[Deep sigh]

'Every nation gets the government it deserves' Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

So what's new?

Too hot to handle? Raspberry Pi 4 fans left wondering if kit should come with a heatsink


Re: I prefer my Pi(es) Hot

Custard surely?

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned


Re: Can this inform the 5G debate?

I mentioned my friend's views on vaccines (!) to my daughter who is a research nurse at a prestigious UK hospital and she earnestly told me:

"But the statistics clearly show that people who have been vaccinated are more likely to get Alzheimer's."

[Long pause]

"Because they didn't die from Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis. Malaria, Measles, Polio, Rabies, Tuberculosis......."

Black Helicopters

Can this inform the 5G debate?

I have a friend who is bothering himself, and everybody nearby, about the dangers of the 5G role out.

Recently he sent me a link to a company (rfsafe.com) headlining "5G Network Uses Nearly Same Frequency as Weaponized Crowd Control Systems" and pages of stuff showing we are all doomed....

The clue in the article is about the power, not the frequency, surely? After all the water in the tea he was drinking was virtually the same water used by Weaponized Water Canons isn't it.

BTW how's Harry's health these days?

Smash GandCrab: Free tools released to decrypt files scrambled by notorious ransomware


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Halleluja! The Second Coming of Windows Subsystem For Linux blesses Insider faithful



They are catching up with my Raspberry Pi.....

Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!


Re: There's another way

I used to use (and teach) M$ Office until 2008 when I left my college job. I chose never to use any M$, or other closed proprietary product, ever again and haven't.

Later I moved from OpenOffice to LibreOffice seamlessly (at no cost) and things just keep getting better. Whilst I still run LO on a decent PC for heavy stuff (eg editing a 30+ page community magazine), most tasks I can now do on my cheap Chromebook (running LO under Linux Apps for ChromeOS (beta)), or even on my 24/7 Raspberry Pi behind the kitchen telly.

Cheap, flexible and reliable <glances at M$ in the rear-view mirror and smiles.> :-)

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Just musing.

> This exploit would be perfect for a nation's spies keen to pry into the lives of persons of interest.....

Gavin Williamson?

Thought you'd seen everything there is to Ultima Thule? Check this out: IN STEREO!


That was so weird...

I was sober and still seeing double.

A couple of pints and it was all clear again. A nice view of a distant relative.

A few more and the Imperial Death Star was clearly visible.

Thanks Kewl for the tip. BTW I found it easier by saving the image in a new tab [right click]. That way there is no web page to distract.

All good and well done to the boffins who pulled it off!!

Now a few more and it might be animated in full Technicolor...........

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun


Mass or weight?

Well done Reg. I was surprised by the number of headlines I saw from others such as:

"Hubble and Gaia accurately weigh the Milky Way" [https://www.spacetelescope.org/] reported verbatim by the Guardian, Phys.org et al.

Shirley this should be - as you put it - about Mass. A Massive mistake maybe?

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere


Life Imitates Art?

So WALL-E and friends can now turn the moon to paradise over the few generations....

SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket


Re: Paint it red!

> ...according to Musk, as the exterior will get too hot for paint.

But it may glow red as it goes super sonic.

Or red-shifted from white as it enters its next hyperspace jump? Who knows?


I've waited years for this and now it is all coming TRUE!!! :-)

> Falcon 9 is but a mere stepping stone to Elon's mighty Starship,

Final design is already on the drawing board..... here. (image c/o Haynes Publishing)

I won't mention I have just ordered one for my birthday (the manual, not the starship sadly) in case it is construed as a advertising, but I have. My handle might explain.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


I'm out of here!

Just before I go..... I'm _so_ glad I don't use it. But how many of my family, our kids, their kids etc do I have no idea but I am sure that FB will have me well and truly triangulated via address book contacts, family photos etc etc etc

So I'm heading for the hills with a barrel of beer under my arm, a pencil, writing pad, a box of matches and no phone charger. [next post will be by pigeon]

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

Thumb Up

But how long must we wait?

> "....could further be used to explore geophysical phenomena, detect gravitational waves, test general relativity, and search for dark matter."

(Estimates may be rounded to 18 decimal places)

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface


Glad they got there OK

I was worried they were going the wrong way when they launched it at night.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: No mystery

> Can you give me a link to these increased W10 charges ?

I'm not saying I'm certain about this (I don't buy the stuff and I don't care), but a Google search yields loads of reports discussing the price hike. Mostly from the US of A.

For instance Forbes here.

Just saying. :-)


Re: No mystery

It's a mystery to me why anyone uses this stuff at all. I migrated off everything with M$ on the label 10 years ago and I'm so glad that I did!

BTW did I notice elsewhere that M$ are increasing their W10 charges again? No mystery there then.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

Personal Computer World magazine 1978 (Volume 1, Issue 1) published 'The Elegant Minmon' as a printed Z80 assembly code listing. After two years of soldering, typing it all in and adding a video driver (c/o Wieless World) it all sat in 1k bytes of Eprom.

By 1981 I would have killed for a floppy disk drive and any DOS (CPM?) to move beyond the tape cassette at 1200 baud, but I couldn't afford one - and/or feed the kids.

<grumble> Huh. People these days just don't know how lucky they are!!! </grumble>


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


I didn't realise the time....

Honest, I just dropped in the pub and ended up chatting for a bit, then this girl gave me a take-away box and then came straight home....

Does that work?

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


Don't need it, thanks.

> Windows 10 support adds native printing - an alternative to jumping through hoops with Google’s cloud printing service or an OEM equivalent - and management capabilities to the humble Chromebook.

I just VNC or FTP into my humble Raspberry Pi (with CUPS etc installed) and I can network print, scan and do loads of cool stuff with no probs - apart from being a bit slow sometimes.

M$? - no thank you.

Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

Paris Hilton


Who cares?

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?


I'm waiting for one of these....


Or maybe I'll wait for Mk II. :-)

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


At your service.

Just awaiting final instructions before we embark....

SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time


Short Circuit the problem?

> " ...also brought NASA’s faulty Robonaut back to Earth after astronauts were unable to fix the busted bot."

Surely Nasa should just send Number 5 up there to fix it!

Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400


Raspberry Pi 5?

> Other folks who have got their hands on the hardware, we're told, include: Alibaba, LinkedIn, Cloudflare,...

.... and the Raspberry Pi Foundation?

btw - I've checked: At 20mmx20mm the die would fit quite nicely, but I'm a bit worried about the 120 W heat dissipation.

And USB 3 at last!

Err, sorry, just daydreaming ;-)

Fresh Microsoft Office franken-exploit flops – and you should have patched by now anyway



Maybe LibreOffice?

I know it's not perfect (I've used LO/OO for 7 or 8 years now and had a few hiccups) but at least there are shed loads of good people to fix stuff when it becomes problematical. I'm quite calm about that.

Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec


Re: I wonder if that's fast enough to capture ...

What's fast enough?

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite


Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I am no fan of M$ either so I keep all my documents in Open Data Format and avoid proprietary file formats and 'closed' scripting languages such as VBA thus avoiding:

> If you don’t have the complexity of legacy systems to integrate with or a need for complicated macros in Excel, why would you look to the ageing software giant?

Colonel Dare - Pilot of Future Proof [insert Dan Dare icon here]

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Black Helicopters

Just fix it.

Why doesn't M$ open-source the XP code and let good people sort out the mess?

(Assuming there are more good people than villains in the world that is.)

Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids


Or just a bog standard Pi...

I just VNC into my Pi3B (running 24/7) from my Chromebook when I want to use LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GIMP etc. It works so well that, more-often-than-not, I don't bother to power up my desktop machine. The Pi also prints/scans via my Wifi printer ('tho a bit slowly).

When mobile the Pi runs off the Chromebook USB power output quite nicely - a sort of PiDongle if you like.

Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin


Me Too! (?)

Sounds like M$ shouting 'ME TOO' yet again. [cf Netbooks, Tablets,Search, Maps, VoIP etc etc].

When was the last time they were leading the way, rather than just touting refurbished stuff as catch-up? <yawn>

Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%


> " ...It will be instructive to see whether April onwards consolidates the trend found by StatCounter, with Android opening a wider lead over Microsoft's operating system"

And what if we add ChromeOS into the mix as it seems to be converging with Android?

AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world


Re: Am I Getting Old?

> Muscleguy & AC above that...

Good points, yes the elderly need support, including my 96 yo mother living alone until recently. Struggling with failing eyesight and memory loss she couldn't read the time on her very large analogue clock. Enter the Raspberry Pi, a large TV screen, a bit of Python/Pygame code (with hi contrast colours) and we solved the problem. :-)

With touch sensitive table lights and socket mounted timers (etc) we weren't hankering for internet light bulbs - and certainly no AWS in the loop.

- See; I still don't get it. ;-)


Am I Getting Old?

[ I retired a few years ago now I just can't keep up...]

Why do we need internet connected light bulbs??

Second time's a charm? WD tries again with 3D NAND, doubles capacity


Re: Misnomer Alert

>2460 Something:

"....SanDisk X4 flash memory cards are based on NAND-memory that stores four bits per cell, using 16 discrete charge levels (states) in each individual transistor." [from my wiki link above]


Re: Misnomer Alert

Three levels? Initially I thought they would be for 'True', 'False' and 'Mu' , but Wikipedia tells me it is a four-bit-per-cell (16 levels) device to allow for all that error correcting cleverness that's needed here.

Yes. I too need a beer after trying to get my head round all that.

Cassini sends back best ring-shots yet en route to self-destruct dive


Nice pics.

> "...scientifically stunning, but somewhat dark and noisy:

The first image (especiall) looks rather dusty. Is this due to high energy particle tracks and the nasty levels of radiation, or does someone need to get up there and clean the lens?

Brilliant anyway. Thanks JPL.

ps Shown them to tRump yet ;-)

Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush


GCSE Notes on hair care....

Q - Why were buffalo so important? [to the native American way of life]

A - (10) The rough tongue of a buffalo could be used as a hairbrush.

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze


Re: Leaving Microsoft

I just up-voted BobChip, a fellow after my own heart. I used to teach IT and Computing at a college that was solely M$ Office/VBA based, meaning students couldn't do their project assignments as homework unless they they (or Mum/Dad) bought proprietary M$ software.

In 2008 I walked out disgusted and disillusioned with the ethos, the syllabus and derived schemes of work.

I vowed never to use M$ software again, and happily I haven't! :-)

My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell


Re: "surely the whole world can't be wrong?"

> [Maybe] ...the whole world-28 can't be wrong?

Judging by the 28 'up' votes when I last looked.

[ exclusively an OO/LO user for the last 7 years and love it - even on my Chromebook + Crouton ]

You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights


RE: "The AI – which ran on a $35 RaspberryPi computer ...

Details? Can I download it the RasPi store?

Just what I need since my daughter gave me some Darth Vader socks for Father's Day.

Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers


Sounds a bit like Crouton?

I'm sure there are technical differences which escape me, but I have been running David Schneider's Crouton here on my three year old HP Arm Chromebook for a while now and love it. Ubuntu 16.04, LibreOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird and all that good stuff - excellent.

Anyway, I welcome this Android option as my choices will be richer even as I leave the lost world of M$ a distant memory in my rear view mirror :-)

Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

Paris Hilton

Did the Earth move for you too?

Maybe, but I slept through most of it :-/

Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar


Who's Who?

Is it me, just coincidental timing or my tinnitus, but didn't Davros sound just like Pope Fransis addressing Congress a couple of days ago?

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror


Re: Is it possible that in going from 8 to 10 they've skipped the decent release?

td97402 > Where is my Windows Classic?

Ubuntu Mate.

Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance


See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAHprLW48no

HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer


Re: Chromebook Killer ???

> The whole point of a chromebook is to avoid Windows...

And then put Crouton + LibreOffice, GIMP, Thunderbird (etc) on it. :-)


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