* Posts by Is It Me

87 posts • joined 24 May 2017


How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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Re: Hirzon angles??

This is so they get an additional signal in addition to the GPS/Galileo signals.

The ideal is that the additional signal is enough to increase the accuracy.

How that is supposed to work without line of sight to the geostationary satellite (as mentioned above) is the question.

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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PiHole at home, but at work I have to rely on the browser add ons

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @Ledswinger

Is there a definition of high power?

If so I would have thought it was probably related to muzzle energy rather than chamber size.

Obviously ME will vary in the same rifle depending on the powder load and projectile weight.

I wouldn't have thought 6.5 Creedmoor is high power just from the very low recoil (even without a moderator/suppressor or muzzle break)

US counterintelligence agent helped Iran lob cyber-bombs at America, say Uncle Sam's lawyers

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Re: Yee Gods

There is a fair chance that they are expected to keep up an normal appearance on social media.

They would be expected to keep anything to do with what they do for a living clear of it though.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: 1984

I like the idea of a courteous myth, much better than those nasty dirty urban myths,

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Re: Greasy screen.

I don't think you would be using your finger for a CAD session, that is what the Surface pen would be there for.

I think this is probably aimed at people that might use a Wacom style tablet for working with images etc. there can see the touchscreen with pen paying off.

'Numpty new boy' lets the boss take fall for mailbox obliteration

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Re: Novell NetWare and roaming profiles

In my last job supporting schools we used them for the teachers and not the students.

We also redirected folders like the desktop to be on the network share to minimise the size of the profiles, and I rarely had any issues, and most of them were down to the teachers trying to store multiple ripped DVDs in strange folders that were part of the profile.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: felt pad

A sharp blade did the job very nicely too.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

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Re: Rinse and repeat

needs more "o"s in Broken

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

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Re: was that an MP?

My bosses boss has a 55" 4K TV and 55" 4k monitor on his desk

The TV was purchased before the monitor became a reasonable cost, the main difference I can see is the that the TV is glossier so you have to be more careful in where it is placed to avoid reflections

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: My tuppence worth

I would have thought that it still has the Google spyware too.

I am saying this as someone on their 4th Google Android device (1 tablet and 3 phones from the Nexus/Pixel line ups). The only disappointment I have had was how quickly they stopped supporting the original nexus 7 tablet, and I think that was mostly down to it being under specified (a mistake in it's own right).

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: The FCC, eh?

Grave stone in from Winchester Cathedral I believe.

Forget Finding Nemo: This AI can identify a single zebrafish out of a 100-strong shoal

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Re: A cool

Any reference to the slomo guys is good

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

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Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

I think this is the bit that could have been better explained by people further up the thread, that you can heat or cool the car while it is still plugged in.

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: because Bell End is close to Lickey End

We have one in Oxford, but I haven't seen any graffiti on the signs for it

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Re: Real time tracking of...

There is a record a a manhole cover reaching 150,000 mph, admittedly it was nuclear powered:


Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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You need to look around, there are still devices running windows 10 with 32GB of storage for sale (further up the thread someone had the time and energy to list the number of different models from PC World with 128GB and under).

Low-power chips are secret sauce behind long-life wearables

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Re: Is the next step

And there are the Citizen EcoDrive watches, solar based and can keep going with just a few hours of artificial light.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: Same user - same problem twice

Not everywhere has the budget for that.

Most of the places wouldn't have had the budget for the spare desktop drives (even assuming re-use after a month or so), let alone the new servers.

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Re: PST files on a network? - NOTWORK

I had similar fun with PST files in a previous job, there was one member of staff who worked on 2 computers and constantly complained that he couldn't access his archive - no matter how many times we told him he had to close Outlook on one computer before opening Outlook on the other one.

Then there was the Microsoft backup PST tool that would copy the PST file to a network share each time you closed Outlook. Great if people let it finish running before shutting down the computer.

The next problem came when Outlook was upgraded past 2003 and the tool stopped working.

Not long after that we moved to a hosted Exchange service with MUCH larger mailboxes and pretty much did away with PST archives.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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There is a current one with Laptops turning themselves off or going in to standby.

This is due to the lid closure sensor being a magnet and a reed switch, so when someone that has a fitness band with a magnet clasp on the strap puts their hand on the keyboard the magnet in the clasp trips the sensor and the laptop goes to sleep

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

For a right pondian "stick" is still the default, automatic cars are becoming more common though.

I don't know about the rules on the left side of the pond, but here if you pass your test on an automatic you can only drive an automatic. These means that well over 90% of people learn on a "stick"/manual gearbox.

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition

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Re: Stupid idea in the US

Nexus phones need the PIN after reboots and if it fails to read your finger print a certain number of times it needs the PIN.

In addition if you have only unlocked with a finger print enough times it asks for a PIN then.

I am not aware of the an equivalent to fitting the power button, but I am sure you can just use a finger that hasn't be enrolled a few times to lock it out and require a PIN.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: EE Shenanigans

From the GDPR:

"Rec.39; Art.5(1)(d)

Personal data must be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. Every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate are either erased or rectified without delay"

So you should be able to hammer them with GDPR now to get them to correct the information.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: Netflix no more

So you are saying that they should operate illegally in Suadi by continuring to show something that is deemed illegal there?

In which case they will be completely blocked.

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Re: Netflix no more

Hi Danny 2,

I am puzzled as to what you think Netflix should have done in these circumstances.

They have pulled one episode of a comedy in a territory where it has been deemed illegal to show it.

Should they have pulled out of the territory all together?

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Re: Was I the only one?

No, I did exactly the same

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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With Office 365 and Google Apps for Education being free for schools it seems insane that Capita wanted money for it.

Also both of them can be configured so that the pupils can only mail accounts within the some domain etc.

so can be set up in a useful way.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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That is an awesome word

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost

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Re: iPhone SE

On the Sonos comment, the two base model speakers (Play 1 and 3) don't have line in, but the Play 5, the Connect and Connect Amp all do.

With the Sonos there is no need to configure the delay all rooms are synchronised automatically.

I am not an evangelist for them, and think most of it is over priced, but it is the simplest to get up and running for a non-technical person and then needs no real work afterwards.

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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Re: Winners use this app!!!

As someone explained further up, this takes away the funding and in a disproportionate way.

The funding for all the people that only have a visit once every couple of years pay for those that have to visit more regularly.

The users of the app are de-registered from their GP and registered for the app, so that removes that funding.

The users of the app are likely to be younger and fitter and have fewer GP visits.

This leave the GP with less funding and still having to deal with the more complicated time consuming patients.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: " I get people who don't know what I do to check my documentation."

I find starting with a list of prerequisites can work well.

And even who the document is aimed at, so people can judge if it is something they might want to escalate rather than attempt themselves.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: Legality

vgrig_us, I will break it to you gently, no-one apart from you is talking about the US, this happened in Austria.

Austria is a country in Europe, so the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the FBI have no relevance here.

Comments like yours are why Americans (and by that I mean US citizens, as people from South/Central America and Canada are actually Americans) get a bad name for thinking that world revolves around them

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: and much cheaper than a flagship

The Pixel 3 is the flagship from google now, not the Pixel 2, which is still "only" £699 for the cheapest but goes up to £929 for the most expensive (which I guess would be the flagship).

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Re: No notification light either!

Maybe time for a smart watch, depends on your use case

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Re: Past meets future

You can get a splitter that will allow this, but from reviews they don't work with all phones.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: 1809?

It is like Ubuntu release names, first two digits are the year and the second two are the month. Although as they withdrew it and then re-issued it should probably be 1811.

Calling it 1811 would show that it wasn't released when they said it would be and that would involve admitting a fault so it is still 1809

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: "The Advertising Standards Agency"?

Everyone keeps saying as it is too political, it is because it was funded and created for a political entity (Greenpeace) and political advertising is not allowed on UK TV.

This will have been known by Iceland and they did this to get the free publicity (which has worked amazingly as a friend in Hong Kong has mentioned it.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: Use cases

It came on the early HTC phones, I had it on my Hero.

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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Re: When the kids own IT at home is better than the Sh*t they have at school

What sensible school would allow random home computers on the network, the networks should be designed to be secure so only approved and controlled devices are connected.

For everything else (if deemed suitable) a guest WiFi with client isolation and filtered internet access (due to Prevent regulations) can be provided.

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Re: Practical programming exams? I was doing that 25 years ago.

Up until a couple of years ago I was doing IT support for schools and I had set up some log ons that were limited to just the required software and no internet access for GCSE assessment

This was all done through application white listing and group policy.

It is a shame that what I observed of the teacher was so bad, to the point where there were posters on the wall with Mb and MB confused on them. On pointing out the poster error I was told "I paid for them so they are staying up".

The teacher had no trouble shooting skills, couldn't even check if the keyboard/mouse/network cables were plugged in and would wait several days until my next visit (3 days a week support for this Secondary school).

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: I'll back a winner

And several episodes of The Simpsons.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: oxymoronic

Then you just leave it as disallow: /

it blocks indexing the site at all, and leaves no pointers about where to look

Either that or use so many levels that are blocked higher up that the pointer about where to look isn't helpful.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: I am old

As you get older you might find some of the IoT things begin to make more sense.

If you have limited mobility being able to set the light levels in the room from a remote control or tablet will make your life easier.

Same with being able to control the temperature of the room your are in, or the room you will be going to next.

The devices shouldn't need an internet connection to be able to do this, but having one can make life easier too. For an example of having the internet connection as an extra look at the Z-Wave controllers, most of them work locally but give the option of connecting through the controller manufacturers website to work externally.

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Romeo left a loose end though

No, an accident involving the person who put the tape in the drive.

Otherwise they will always know...

China's clampdown on Tor pushes its hackers into foreign backyards

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Re: Well Done

A lot of Chinese businesses are at least partially government owned, so their details spilling all over the internet would be a big loss of face for the Chinese government.

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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The main issue I have with all the shiny "Smart" home stuff being released is the need for them to have a permanent connection to the home servers to do anything.

This means if they shut down the servers you are going to have to replace the whole lot.

I have a few Z-Wave bits (purchased to make life easier for a disabled parent), they talk to a local "hub", if the company who made the hub shutdown their servers I will lose the ability to use their app to control things when away from home, but will still be able to control them from inside my network, via or VPN or even port forwarding to the hub.

If others want my money they will have to do the same.

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space

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Re: Presumably you're not using ...

As I understand it TCP/IP was an American invention (by or for DARPA), but HTTP (or the World Wide Web) was invented at CERN by Tim Berners Lee.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: @AC1538884889

I seem to remember the video, and at the beginning all the shooters were very confident that they would be able to shoot down the drones with their pistols. They soon found out it wasn't easy.

Later they swapped over and gave the drone pilots shotguns and the shooters the drones to pilot.

Didn't take long for them to shoot them down with the shotguns.

Also as previously noted bullets, even pistol bullets, travel a very long way before coming to earth and still have a lot of energy.

When going clay pigeon shooting (aka skeet in the US I believe) I was told that the lethal range (for people) with the shot that was in the gun was about 30 feet.

From popular media it seems that a lot of American Police cars have shotguns in them so I would have thought that will be the preferred tool to shoot down drones in most places.

UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

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Re: Removing the copper cuts us off

New installs in France seem to be a ADSL type line with a VOIP to analogue convertor in the supplied modem/router box.


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