* Posts by rsole

47 posts • joined 29 Aug 2015

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON


Re: I can just imagine the timeline

Whether it is all dark or not does not change my assertion that it should be referred to as the "far side" at least when referenced from the Earth.


Re: I can just imagine the timeline

I am being pedantic, but the dark side of the Moon is whatever side is currently not facing the Sun. The far side is where the Chinese craft has landed.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

The same reason you may want to run Linux or any operating system on any hardware, the software. It may also be something you want to do to extend the life of older hardware that is no longer supported by Apple.

Also, If the data on the drive is encrypted then you effectively prevent access without the decryption key so why stop it being booted? Maybe someone else can enlighten me.

Further to this, if you can turn off secure boot and install and run Linux, then where is the issue. It then becomes like any other computer with no secure boot running.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++


And "shp" is probably the sound it made as it went down.

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


Re: This is why science rocks

"I find tap water much better when diluted with a malt whisky - There, fixed that for you."

Maybe, but does it work the other way round?


Re: This is why science rocks

The way it was explained to me - diluting tap water is Homeopathy.

Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit


"was that most of the 7,800 phones didn't exist)."

Isn't it more accurate to say - existed multiple times.

Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster


Re: 7800 Light Years?!

It's not a galaxy it is a globular cluster. These generally exist within the confines of a galaxy and in this case it is the Milky Way.

Leaning tower of NASA receives last big arm


Re: Mobile launcher

I see you've been reading the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy again.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Dates

I would have thought that DD MMM YYYY was decreasing significance, as you are most likely to want to know the day followed by the month and finally the year. say someone said the Date, then they can usually assume the month and year, and if they append the month they can usually assume the year.


Not necessarily

Gb ethernet makes sense from a cable point of view because you don't need a crossover cable.

US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers


"A swarm is an fleet of 40 drones or more, apparently" definately needs a proof reader.

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk


Thanks for the Reminder

I need to watch The Terminator again.

American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner


Thanks, I had forgotten how beautiful Concorde really was.

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering


I may be wrong here but I thought the iphonex had an OLED display which does not use a backlight but does need power to light each pixel.


Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

There's no reason Linux or Unix users should not also like Apple or Android, this is not a mutually exclusive club; they are all based on the same underlying software. I use all the above and Windows. Fundamentally they all have advantages and disadvantages and there are cases where one is more appropriate than another. Having and making choices is always better than having none.

Just because I drive one car does not mean I cannot appreciate another, even though I may not choose to own it. If you cannot appreciate the good aspects of one thing without choosing to like it then you are just being narrow minded or obstinate, every thing is a balance and your own personal biases will influence your decisions but do not make them right or wrong.

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network


Where's the news?

I cannot see anything newsworthy about this. It has been going on for years, why should the NBN be exempt.

Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI


Re: What you really want is...

I really have to take issue with the Peltier coolers being unreliable statement; they are used extensively for Astrophotography cameras where they cool the sensor to -40 to -80 below ambient and they are accurate and very reliable, I have rarely heard of one failing.

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer


Re: This won't be addressed

Do you even know what "accurtate" means?

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box


Re: To be fair

I think you have given people some ideas - why not use the hash to encrypt the drive and then you don't have to worry about forgetting the password. Now that is a genius solution :)


Re: That's not even wrong

As they said, it's a bug, they intended to store the hint but stored the password. The real password is not in free text.

This has to go down in history as one of the silliest bugs I have ever seen, if it wasn't so serious.

Bug of the week - I think not - maybe bug of the year.

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY


Re: Proper Full English

Swap out the tomato sauce / ketchup and put in mushrooms and I am with you.

How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away


Re: Download speed at this distance

I suspect the difference between the download speed and data speed are solely due to compression of the data.

Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth


I think it is more likely the mice have returned to another dimension before the Vogons arrive.

Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs


Re: And they all laughed...

Just wondering how you managed to post this, considering you are disconnected?

Errors in Australia's Centrelink debt recovery system were inevitable


Centrelink Debt Recovery System?

I think this the wrong name for the system - it should be the 'Centrelink Debt Creation System'.

From the Governments point of view it appears to be the perfect system as it shifts the onus to the recipient to prove they are innocent. The effort to sort this all out later must have increased many times so would it not just be shifting the cost and adding to the paperwork that Centrelink has to follow up or do they just have a follow up system that says 'Computer says no'.

Australian government never asked nbn™ to apply for private loans


Is the NBN backed by the government?

Surely the NBN was always likely to be able to borrow the money from the Federal Government at a lower rate than privately.

If so, why make a fuss about it.

Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions


Re: Telstra Cable Modem

There is a way - turn off the modem wifi and connect your own wifi router to the modem.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro


The MacBook Pro has moved on from what it was.

I am a little confused by this article. It is complaining about the lack of upgrade options with the latest MacBook Pro models but using the Surface Pro as a comparison which is just about as hard to upgrade.

I would also like to point out that the mid 2012 MacBook Pro is also quite capable of being upgraded.

Although I can see much benefit in making a computer upgradeable there comes a point where it is just not needed. In the past the main drivers were CPU and graphics upgrades but these have essentially stabilised with only small incremental improvements. Disc drives have reached a state where it is reasonable to store most long term data in the cloud or on external drives and for most users the RAM is really not an issue. In addition the need for a replaceable battery is much less than years ago when you can get 10 hours instead of 2.

So we are left with a minority of users that need the fastest possible and this is not really an area where portability is essential.

I have been one of those users that would upgrade everything that it was possible to upgrade but I have been finding this less important with the current models. Also, it is not essential to use an Apple product for all my computer needs and I can actually achieve quite a bit with just a Raspberry Pi. In the end I have to make a decision about what I am getting for my money and I still find that for most of my work a MacBook Pro is ideal.

SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last billions of years


Re: We passed the infinite monkey stage a long while ago

Unfortunately in this case it is about collisions, a hashing algorithm only needs to return a matching result (false or otherwise) to validate the password.

So. What's North Korea really like?


The monument is so wrong (probably like just about everything else). Can a worker not also be an intellectual or a peasant, an intellectual also a peasant etc.

Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!


It would seem to me that using the word monitor is the root cause, someone must think it is used for monitoring. I suggest they return to calling them VDU's.

These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid


Warning people that it could be triggered remotely.

The user must presumably already know it can be triggered remotely as that is a selling point.

What they should be warning them is that it could be controlled by someone else in the vicinity, assuming it is not an IOT device, or could be triggered by a random radio transmission.

Also, unless they are monitoring the device how can they possibly know this has not already happened.

Are they offering to recall the device and rectify the problem? It doesn't sound like it.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10


Re: anti-Microsoft rant more like...

Please explain; how exactly are the users conditioned.


Re: anti-Microsoft rant more like...

Yes, but it can be easily disabled at any time.

Whether a normal user is capable is quite another thing.

nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites


Re: Umm....

The trouble with HFC is that you get good performance when you can get everyone else off the shared cable. I see you have success with that in the morning when you obviously need to use it most. When you don't need to use it much, in the evening for instance, you let everyone else share the resource. Very considerate of you.

Now consider that I used to be happy with a 2400 baud modem, compared with 300 and 1200, but today that would be unworkable, it does not take long to realise that what is acceptable today will not remain so for long. Your morning performance would probably be acceptable for the the foreseeable future but I fear your evening results will just bring frustration.

#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll


Re: International...

Do you mean presents or presence?

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


Is this what is called taking the piss.

Is it possible to be more wrong?

Coffee Pot

No cosy

Tea bags


Mugs not tea cups

Milk in the pot is the final straw - perhaps a straw is the only solution to this.

Did someone mention Brussels?

Did anyone actually drink this?

In mourning for Nano, chap crafts 1k-loc text editor


I just love the name :)

Apple crumbles: Mac sales slump while Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo shift PCs


I can't help but feel that having an unchanged worldwide market share does not justify the title of this article.

Capacity limits are utter tosh: Toshiba fattens SSD, disk with flash layers, helium


Capacity growth has slowed right down

So in the next five years the capacity is forecast to increase by around 50%.

This contrasts with the doubling of capacity/density with each new generation not so many years ago.

If data use is growing faster then this means demand must be going up, or am I wrong?

Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage


Telstra DNS issues explanation does not add up

Like others the Telstra explanation does not add up. I have been experiencing DNS resolution issues at home for around two weeks. Generally trying again a few minutes later, the DNS resolves, but sometimes this does not happen until half an hour later. This has been very frustrating.

It seems to be mainly happening around 6-9 pm AEST and happens on all devices. It seemed better last night but I found it still happened occasionally. I am not on the NBN but on Cable and have suspected this may have something to do with network or server congestion.

Can someone please explain how this issue caused modems and routers to reset - what is that all about? Maybe they should just admit they are still working on the problem and will update us with an explanation when they know what the problems are.

In the recent mobile network issues the Telstra recompense was completely useless and frankly quite patronising.

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Computer says, no :)


Sir, how do we explain where the software budget has gone?


The only problem I can find is the WD software keeps saying Back Up! Back Up! Back Up!


Hello there tech support, I'm having an issue with BRA software, it keeps saying Yes!

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ARM has legs :)

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