* Posts by Baldrickk

649 posts • joined 26 May 2016


Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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Re: Grab grab the goodies

It's the development of the science into a product and the production (with all the related testing and legal work) that you pay for.

Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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What is cool?

I'd be interested to know how this survey was done - I can see Youtube being ranked as cool - while other video sharing sites exist, it's by far the biggest (at least in the West) and has pretty much a bit of everything there.

Google itself though - it's very easy to think of it as just a search engine - as a brand that is. YouTube has its own brand for example.

Chrome is just a browser

Neither are particularly 'cool' you don't get people hanging out on street corners talking about what browser they use.

That cool downhill biking video they recorded on their GoPro and put on YouTube however? I can see that.

Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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30mm gun

Seems a bit small for a naval ship. Though I guess it'll be effective against a RIB or dinghy.

Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Re: I have no more money to buy content...

There is a VLC plugin to play Blu-ray... Much more cost effective.

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Re: As an example of availability problems

Streaming is fine, but we need a way of making the content accessable to everyone.

One-off payments for streaming is fine - you can shop around, and the odd movie works out quite cheap - then you want to watch a TV series - possibly one that is shown on free - tv, has been shown over and over many times, that has had repeats shown so many times that they are pretty much shown out of order now.

What happens then? At least a couple of services charge per episode, and one series of a US show with 24 episodes can cost more than a monthly Netfix/Prime subscription.

What we need for video, is pretty much what we have for music nowadays - one or more services (spotify, play music, iTunes) with _pretty much_ everything availiable - either the companies come together to produce a proper unified portal, or they have their own, but make sure that content is availiable.

Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Re: Answer

sending the link:

Well, how do you report if if you stumble across it then?

Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Re: background

Still have an Archimedes in the lab at work - it does vital work running test suites.

If it ain't broke, hope it stays that way as any replacement will have to be recreated from scratch ;)

Anyone for Virtual Monkey Tennis? Telco tries to sell us on 5G

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What's the point

Absolutely none.

I avoid watching videos over 4G even now I have 6GB of data a month (and the occasional 1GB free bonus) because I know I can blow through that with ease.

So video is out. Phones are terrible for any sort of intensive gaming... what else needs that speed, really?

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: Not a PC

I'm not an electrical engineer here, so I could be talking out of my rear, but could it be due to peak load?

For example, I have a 400Watt inverter for running things off a 12V battery. It is rated for a peak load of 800W, the 400W being continuous load.

I would guess that it is that high purely because if it were to blow every time you turned on say, a hairdryer, it would get annoying, fast, and that if it were to short, it would happily try and draw more than 20A causing the breaker to cut power.

Watch how Google's starving DeepMind AI turns hostile, attacks other bots to survive

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Re: @Filippo

Was thinking the same too.

Now mixing the two games - where you can eat apples or prey, and they appear at random could exhibit more interesting behaviours.

Lovely. Now someone's ported IoT-menacing Mirai to Windows boxes

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Re: Bored of hearing crap about IoT

How do you propose stopping making things less convenient and also less elitist/nerdish/geeky?

Ideally, we make these things easier to use, while at the same time enforcing standards of security, such as forcing a username+password change after a reset / on first boot.

NORKS fires missile that India reckons it could shoot down in flight

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Re: Testing?

All this is reminding me of Nuke/Anti-Nuke wars in Supreme Commander - where the first to get one off often took one by suprise, but then it was a furious battle of economies as to who would win - often to the detriment of everything else...

High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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Re: Further study required!

"It tastes of yeast (barely), malt (barely), and hops (kinda, if you squint), and little else."

Which is why some don't like it - it's water with just enough 'additives' in it to turn it yellow (hence the comparison) and not a lot else.

It's because it doesn't really taste of anything, not because it tastes literally like animal liquid by-products

That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

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Re: Wait:

As a 'Lord' are they in the House of Commons or the House of Lords? If the latter, they were not elected.

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Ironic - isn't


One of many discussions / rants about this.

e.g. Ed Byrne: "The only ironic thing about that song is it's called 'Ironic' and it's written by a woman who doesn't know what irony is. That's quite ironic."

Unless of course, this is exactly what you meant by "explain the song"

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

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I used Vivaldi for a bit last year - went back to firefox after a bit, because it was lacking with something... I forget what.

I should give it a go again. I did like it, but it was not quite the browser I wanted. - like Firefox on Android - while Google realised that people want to use their phones one handed, and added tap+swipe to zoom in and out to the OS, firefox mobile doesn't have that, so I need to use two hands to have the freedom to pinch to zoom properly.

Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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When there is an open service that you can pay for to access everything, then people will be happier to pay...

Example - both Netflix and Amazon Prime have exclusives, If you _only_ want to watch two things, you have to subscribe to both to see them.

If they could come up with one shared service, with all the content, and they received their money by content watched (like royalties to different artists/labels with music on spotify) it would be a much better solution.

As it is, piracy is _still_ easier - like with some new computer games still requiring always on internet connections for no reason

Disclaimer: I have access to both Netflix and Prime and can watch content on either. I don't condone piracy.

Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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There are definitely a few heartfelt smokers/vapers here, who don't like the comments that say that "removing burning tobacco removes burnt tobacco by products from your system" is obvious.

While it it certainly more agreeable than than tobacco smoke, I don't want vapors breathing out over me with heavilly scented air (if the scents come out with their breath, what other chemicals are coming out too) any more than I would want to smell their bad breath or the exhaust of their cars...

While I'm all for people stopping smoking, and they should get whatever aids they want/need to do so, vaping seems to be being popularised. It's an aid to stop smoking, and shouldn't be touted as anything 'hip' any-moreso than a crutch helps you recover from a broken leg. I do think they should be availiable.

Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families

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Re: Nasty

And what if you had your comuter hooked up? Well, they potentially have copies of your banking information, all your personal details, anything you have looked at. Lovely...

Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Isn't it ironic

That the one listed here who most threatens our privacy is the most paranoid of the lot?

Bring out your dead! Firm wants to pay big bucks for old bugs

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If this helps us get our devices updated, then good job. If not, then ouch.

GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server

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Re: +-

I can only assume they meant ~ (weak) or ≈ (strong) approximation symbols

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Re: re. "GitLab's prose account of the incident..."

You mean this? as posted by someone else yesterday:


All those backups seemed a waste of pay.

Now my database has gone away.

Oh I believe in yesterday.


There's not half the files there used to be,

And there's a milestone hanging over me

The system crashed so suddenly.

I pushed something wrong

What it was I could not say.

Now all my data's gone

and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.


The need for back-ups seemed so far away.

I knew my data was all here to stay

Now I believe in yesterday.

Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Re: The pontification of Lara Croft with swishy hair and swaying breasts...

Considering that the remakes (Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider) both feature a younger version of the heroine with more realistic proportions and the first of the two introduced new hair physics with a lot of aplomb and hype, it's definitely the hair that they want you looking at these days.

Congratulations – you're looking better than ever this morning!

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Re: Great CGI backdrop

Shouldn't need to be pedanic, it's pretty obvious the comment was satire.

Seems that it wasn't obvious enough by the downvotes currently exceeding the upvotes by a factor of 3:1 (until my vote balanced it out a bit.

Google tests Android Instant Apps streamed on-demand to mobes

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Re: Uhm ...

From the report, it seems that once you stream an app, it also gets installed.

I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

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Hydrogen powered cars

Still seem to me to be the better option for clean cars.

That said, I don't know the ins and outs of the technology, but a hydrogen tank would, I believe, be smaller and lighter than large set of batteries, taking up less space in the vehicle, could be refuled in a similar manner as cars are now - no plugging in and waiting, instead just a minute or two at a pump, and the thing that worries me most about electric cars: what is the lifetime of the battery? We all know batteries degrade over time, how long will it be before that 300m range is reduced to 200m or less? A hydrogen fueled car would, like a typical gas guzzler still hold as much in the tank after 20 years as it did new.

Lloyds Bank outage: DDoS is prime suspect

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Re: To DDoS or not to DDoS?

Maybe they are taking the position that they want to know if anything untoward has taken place before saying anything.

Last thing they want is to say "it was only a ddos attack, no problems here" and then have to retract that because a real hack took place.

There could be other similar reasons too.

Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

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Searching for "moz://a"

What's wrong for searching for this when it is in the address bar?

Address bar searching has been around for a long time now in most browsers:

if validaddress(text):




This is a bit of a non-story really.


Shock as one browser does things slightly differently - as it always has"

Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

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hardly anyone upgrades Android from one major version to the next using OTA updates

Well. That's more down to the carriers/maufacturers than anything else (not sure exactly where the line lies, either can drop support)

If software updates are availiable, then people will generally take them, unless it is paradigm shifting - iPhone users will usually be running the latest supported iOS because it is easy, and things will generally not change too much. The same is generally true for Android phones.

As an example of people not wanting to upgrade; Win 7 -> Win 8 -> Win 10 involved a lot of changes in how things work for the user. I'm not going to go into good bad etc here, that's immaterial, but people resist change unless it is attractive.

Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Extra orbits

"JAXA’s mission to study Venus was initially shaky. Akatsuki failed to enter the planet’s orbit in December 2010, and made a second successful orbital burn to get the spacecraft out of the Sun’s orbit and into Venus’s five years later"

I didn't realise I was remotely controlling a real probe while playing KSP.

IPv6 vulnerable to fragmentation attacks that threaten core internet routers

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Had to build a custom Linux kernel for a hardened product two years ago. Patching this out was one of the steps taken.

Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

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If that TomScott is the one I think he is (can't check at work), having known him from my Uni days, he's a gadget geek at most, I wouldn't call him a technical expert. Great guy though!

Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Many sites at blame here

My bank doesn't accept "special" characters, but at least allows moderately long passwords.

Changed my ISP password last night. It had to match "\w{8,10}"


these are the things that scare me - if the password is hashed, why is there a limit to the length? It isn't going to take more disk space to store it. I'm not going to be logging in enough for it to strain the login system

Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Something tells me that Valve would love it - he should just write to them and get permission.

It's unlikely it would impact their bottom line anyway.

Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Their encryption?

I'd only trust it if I've used a third party (even if it is a MS product) to encrypt the files first and I am sure that the keys are safe and only accessable by me.

I have a OneCloud account, it's empty.

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Re: Returning to the point of the article

And you know what, if they didn't want to do it, involuntarilly moved to the job or not, they can always quit, find a job elsewhere, or flat out refuse.

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: Eh?

typo, read it as:

"One customer got in touch with The Register to report he had switched from a £5 per month TalkTalk package boasting speeds of 18Mbps to BT fibre package of "up to 80Mbps" for £35 per month."

note the position of the first "per month"

no need to get worked up. It's easy enough to understand.

Rollout of smart meters continues at a snail's pace

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Replacement Power Supply

I recently received a new power supply for my smart meter.

Aparrently, the original one was defective and subject to a recall, so needed replacing.

Upon checking, I found that the original power supply was indeed defective, and did not work at all, as it neither it or the meter even exist!

I followed the instructions and sent the original power supply back to the power company in the prepaid package supplied for that purpose.

It makes you question just how smart these things are when they can't tell if you have one or not...

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

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For floppy disks, the only tale I have is from when we discovered that inserting an empty 3.5" case into the school machines would instantly crash the school PCs. I forget the brand, mosly likely M3s or Compaqs that were running Windows 98.

We had some fun with that, helped by the fact that the PC just went down instantly without even a BSOD.

More recently, I lost an SD card inside my home machine - it has a multi card reader, and it turns out that the CF slot does not have an internal enclosure top or bottom. Card naturally slipped right inside the casing when I missed the correct slot.

Thankfully quickly fixed with a screwdriver to take it to peices

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Restart

The machine has some other quirks too, like jumping out of fullscreen applications (somehow) every now and then. A little annoying when gaming, and not OS dependant.

It's not actually my machine, it's a loaner because my actual machine is dead :( and the real owner wanted the Windows 10 license, so Windows 10 it is.

All my other machines handle waking fine.

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My wifi-card has an issue, it doesn't always startup properly when waking up from sleep mode, and turning it off and on again within windows isn't enough either. A full power cycle does the job though.

So I get back from work, wake it up, can't connect to the network.

"OK then, I'll just restart".

Hits restart.

Almost 2 hours later, I'm typing this on my phone, with the laptop still spinning with the words "Getting Windows ready Don't turn off your computer" on the screen.

Gee thanks MS. Maybe I really needed access to something on there?

Maybe I was at work? In which case, I would be wasting money getting no work done.

I didn't ask you to update, no notifications that the update was going to be installed, would have been fine installing overnight.

What I needed was just a simple power cycle, and MS has just screwed that up.

Good job.

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Almost all nuclear devices detonate based on altitude and not on imact - the shockwave and heat produced is what really does the damage.

They are still targeted against a ground target though.

Also, if it is launched from land/sea it also can't be air to air - that is for aircraft targeting aircraft

Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

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What would you rather have on your lap: The Surface Pro's thin stand or the iPad's Smart Keyboard?


I'd prefer something with a little more physical stability, a whole lot more grunt, proper multitasking ablitlity and decent storage built in.

If it gets hot enough to burn my lap, a thin tray to act as an insulator works fine too, so be it.

So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Use in car? yes!

"I'd like to erm, do the arhm... ahh forget it" - types

typing is much easier for putting thoughts down "on paper", you can type just what you want to type, and backspace to remove mistakes. Bit hard to do that with voice.

I do use mine in the car a lot though, very useful for triggering the satnav, or starting a voice call when driving, you can keep your attention on the road (as much as possible, far more than if you were trying to load the maps app, type in a destination and set off the navigation).

"Ok Google, navigate to 123 example street" - damn useful.

And that's why it is used more in cars, even before you factor in speaking to it in public being embarassing, it's a hands-free method of operating the device, in a situation where you are explicitly doing something that requires use of your hands.

If you are just sitting there browsing, then your hands are perfectly free to interact.

I'd actually be happy talking to my phone in public, the voice recognition is actually really good, and mostly understands me properly - more than some people, as I sometimes slur words through talking too quickly and google still tends to know what I am saying.

The thing is that I find fingers on a keyboard to be a better utility for text entry, no matter how good the voice recognition is.

Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: And

RE: Programmable Thermostats

I have one too. It comes on just long enough before I get out of bed to warm the house up enough if not already there, and turns off before I have to leave for work.

It stays off all day until just before I get home, which due to regular hours is generally about the same time, and then once it has done its job for a few hours, turns off again, so the house can gently cool.

If I need it on longer, I just have to tap it when I walk past to get a drink, snack etc from the kitchen.

I have a very new, very well insulated house that doesn't leak much heat, that usually doesn't even trigger the heating for most of the year, body heat and other minor assorted heat sources being enough to keep the temperature up.

Where will a smart meter help me here?

>It would be nice when I turn off a device it is off, not on some sort of standby eating juice...

If saving juice is you concern, then having a degree of automation on lights, windows, window blinds and thermostats can actually save energy.

Take blinds - a PV powered motor could close the blinds whenever the temperature in the room rises above X, thus reducing the amount of sunlight that enters. It would be self contained, and it wouldn't communicate with anything other than a manual overide switch (aka an 'Off' switch).

Sounds like a plan, you could probably build that for peanuts with an arduino, or a breadboard and some cheap logic in a box.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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I have the same laptop - Almost.

I obviously plumped the extra few quid for the one with the high end intel wifi card instead of the one mentioned in the story.

And it's been the best damn laptop I've ever known. In the time I've had it, one of my friends has been through two Dells, two Acers, a Sony Vaio, a MSI and is currently using an Asus.

WIth the exception of the MSI and his Asus, the rest all died of various hardware faults.

My little Samsung is still going strong, a bit weak on the gaming front these days, but that's it.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: the craziest thing about it is

Same here, if they had delivered an OS that was basically Windows 7 with the back-end changes and upgrades, I'd have bitten the bullet already.

As it is, now that my PC has died and I won't be able to install to a spare disk in case I need/want it - when I build my new PC, it'll have only *nix on it.

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Re: I did upgrade recently

I had this on my Father's tablet.

There are purportedly 4 fixes for this. Th 4th being a re-install.

The first two didn't work for me

The third was to create a new user (local only user is fine) then reboot. Then remove the new user.

- This worked.

- It did happen again though, about a month later. *touch-wood* it hasn't / won't happen again.


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