* Posts by terrythetech

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Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Boffin

Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

"CCD/CMOS sensors are only sensitive to photons energy, not their wavelength."

Sorry to be pedantic but a photons energy IS directly related to its wavelength, in fact "photon energy changes in inverse relation to wavelength" (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photon_energy). I think you mean intensity i.e number of photons. However, have an up vote for the point you make.

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

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Re: Inappropriate calls across the office....

Ahem - http://www.waynekerr.com/

Purveyor of fine electronic test gear

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: Easy Instructions

may be better to do 4 before 3, and not waste time on 1 and 2

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Happy

Waiting...

for the Who, Me? article on this one!

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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FAIL

Never really liked the idea of the cloud for this very reason, or come to that, Microsoft.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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@ Timmy B "Can't do Linux, for your average user it's confusing and too unfinished."

I have 2 less than average users and I now have them both on Mint18. I don't get phone calls asking me how to fix things any more. Let's face it for most average users the OS is just there to fire up a browser.

Personally, when using Windows, I feel like I am fighting the PC. The OS is supposed to be an enabler not a disabler.

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FAIL

Re: another coat of Lip Stick

@ jMcPhee "M$ says it's their most secure pig ever!"

Well of course, the black hats have to work around all those bugs too.

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Facepalm

Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

@ David Roberts -"On the upside it didn't mention Trump or Brexit.

Sadly, you did!

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

"Also, cyclists KSI (kill and seriously injure) a similar number of pedestrians to cars, per passenger mile."

Reference please. Oh, and while you are at it, what is the KILL per passenger mile for each? Do the KSI figures include those in/on the vehicle?

Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Boffin

Re: Missing information

Speed of light in air is 299,700 km/s (~3*10^8 m/s) very close to the speed of light in a vacuum so not sure where you get the 3.10^9 from (which according to my calculator is 26439.6)

Rule of thumb - light goes at about 1ft per nanosecond or more accurately 30cm/ns. Resolving to 1ns isn't too bad but better is easily achievable.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: To later - obligatory xkcd reference

https://what-if.xkcd.com/48/

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Unhappy

And just when I thought the world had forgotten Erich von Däniken this comes along <sigh>.

Maybe the electromagnetic fields release the excess magic energy.

Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Re: Well mixing should not occur

It only works if the mixing is not additive/linear, it is usually achieved by multipying f1xf2 to produce sum and difference frequencies f1+f2 and f1-f2. Additive distortion free mixing produces no new frequencies. Hearing of beats is entirely down to how our hearing works.

Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

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WTF?

Basic practices!?

"Users are advised to use some basic practices like immediately changing default passwords and keeping an eye out for suspicious hardware activity and network traffic."

'basic practices' and 'network traffic' in the same sentence

How is your average punter going to have any idea about what suspicious network traffic is or how to keep an eye out for it!?

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Ah, the technicians solution - the trick is knowing where to hit. I made a living out of knowing exactly where to hit to make things start to chooch again.

Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

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Joke

"Moto is expected to show the Mod at a launch of the Z3 Play in Brazil next week, a large and dynamic economy where Moto sells buckets."

Will I be able to upgrade my bucket to 5G?

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Facepalm

Why? Just why?

Why do we need link shorteners anyway. Handy if you have to type a URL in by hand but it's a machine that is happy handling long URLs in links. I want to see where the link goes FFS. That and email links where the underlying URL doesn't match the text that looks like a URL. Even UK police do that in their email warnings about scams.

More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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Coat

Re: Does anyone actually answer these things truthfully?

So FB now know that a 115 year old from Sweetfannyadams is also Securitymoose on El Reg comments.

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Big Brother

Re: Surveillance Capitalism

Or use a different search engine. But in case you can't be a**ed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveillance_capitalism

Google isn't the best way to do anything IMO

Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Facepalm

Mr General Public won't give a shit. People will flock to buy the new shiny. They are already happy having 'virtual assistants' - Amazon Echo, Google Home etc. listening and slurping. Why would they care if Microsoft join the party. Will they even know their new Internet of Tat device reports to MS.

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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ICANN'T

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that"

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Pint

Re: Wonder what effect ethanol has on the proteins?

Funny that. In the old days of binge drinking in the student bar I used to wake in the morning in my own bed, with a sore head, and no clue how I got home.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Ghost Characters

Ah, a new twist on the dog ate my homework - the cat deleted my homework

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Facepalm

Re: Pointless for the masses?

Finally, somebody who realises that most web users aren't tech savvy. Nearly all of the posts are about "What I do" and they vary enormously. It is a jungle for the average user so they just don't bother. If FF can make it easy to stop (er, reduce) slurping - good on them.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Re: BBC Basic still available...

BBC BASIC is available for Windows too. The developer kept on developing so it has moved on a lot but is still BBC BASIC. See http://www.bbcbasic.co.uk/bbcwin/bbcwin.html. However you may choose not to use Windows as it is now available on most other OSes too.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Market distortion

Gravity is just a theory - why don't you just float away (apols to Tim Minchin)

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: Hmmm

Funny you should mention that. Local posties here in semi rural West Sussex now use vans to get posties to the area and then feet and a push trolley thingy for the post - they got rid of all the bikes a couple of years ago. I never saw any vans before that, electric or otherwise. I don't actually think they have any less posties than before - I'd assumed it was a time thing - get them to their rounds ASAP.

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: Oh, and I'd just like to add...

"Take note certain ZX Spectrum re-makers that took half-a-million quid and produced nothing: This is what you can do in a year when you're not twats."

I think that is because the ZX Spectrum re-makers are trying to emulate the full Sinclair experience of devices turning up rather late.

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Terry Pratchett managed 6 monitors.

“Why do I have six monitors?” he said. “Because I don’t have room for eight.”

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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'ere mate - looks like your car needs a new battery

"More generally, the data can be used for predictive maintenance, so when a battery is near to failing the dealer can invite the owner in to get it fixed. "It strengthens the relationship between the brand and the driver, the consumer," she says. Otonomo aims to provide a marketplace for such data."

How near to failing? I can see car battery sales increasing (a la RAC - see below). Who sets the limit "Ooh look your battery (or any other part of your car) is possibly going to fail in the next 50,000 miles, I 'invite' you to get it replaced now."

OK it's the Daily Fail but -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3988290/RAC-sells-motorists-batteries-don-t-need-buy-Patrolmen-allegedly-charging-122-replacements-stranded-drivers.html

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Marketing vs reality again

Most windows users aren't corporate!

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Facepalm

Re: Old news

I think not - DDG it instead

Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

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Unbelievably big - but to do that calculation I need to know how far away you are talking - easy on Mars say but in another solar system, even a local one, yes - big.

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Re: Incoming pendant

I think you will find that the universe is still inflating, and getting faster, but still not as fast as the 'inflation' period of 10^-33 to 10^-32 seconds at the big bang - I think this may be what has confused you.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Thumb Up

Yup - damned Microsoft!

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Facepalm

Re: Good you included Wyden

"“If we can develop driverless cars that safely give the blind and disabled the independence to transport themselves, if we can establish entire computer-generated virtual worlds to safely take entertainment and education to the next level, surely we should be able to design devices that both provide data security and permit lawful access with a court order,” Wray said.

Apart from the fact, as pointed out, we can't actually do those things, even if we could it would be a terrible argument, apples aren't oranges.

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Facepalm

Re: Absolute tosh!

I used to work with scientists and the only one I knew of who thought "There are only a few loose ends to tie up and we're done" is now a lawyer. That is, the scientists who believe that science is done and dusted give up science for something more lucrative.

Thing is there seem to be more scientists than ever - I wonder what they are all doing.

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: Improbable

Hmm, electricity suppliers aren't keen on you taking thousands of amps without being warned. That is why they stick a fuse on the feed to the house. Back in the day when I lived in a bedsit we regularly blew the 60A electricity board fuse every winter as we tried to get warm with bar fires. Annoying as it is a call out job to get it replaced :(

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Boffin

No, gravity exists. How it works is a theory. In scientific terms a theory is something that hasn't been disproved yet. So far gravity works as predicted pretty damn well. LIGO confirms our best (100 year old) theory of gravity.

The only fly in the ointment is quantum - damn, where are my dried frog pills.

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Alert

I've often wondered

Who wants these things anyway. Seems like a solution without a problem to me.

Hands up all those who want a fully autonomous car.

Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Facepalm

Re: Oh look, another one.

Yup, indeed. Reminiscent of cold fusion.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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FAIL

May I nominate you for unimportant person of the year award!

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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WTF?

Re: What's all the fuss about?

Updates. If nothing else, updates. I have a WIn8 machine that will quite happily reboot to update while I am using it to listen to online radio - WTF!

On Mint, I get to choose when to do updates and they don't require a reboot (or very rarely). Microsoft seem to think remotely rebooting a PC is a good idea - I don't. In fact a lot of things that Microsoft think are a good idea don't fit well with me, but forced updates/upgrades - MS can f'off as far as I'm concerned.

Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Coat

Re: Are we including mnemonics?

The pedant in me forced me to reply. E6 definitely, E12 mostly but E24‽ Trying to shoehorn 24 numbers into a single decade means 2 digits needed. There are 7 values starting 1!

OK, now I'll STFU

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Happy

chocolate battery?

I would love to see a chocolate to DC converter but sadly they don't exist - if they did we would abandon batteries and use chocolate - much cheaper and a handy snack if you feel, um, run-down.

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Devil

Re: Curtains?

However, the local burglars will enjoy seeing your valuables, and how easy they are to access.

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Happy

Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

Good grief, that's nearly 10kg! I think I would have spotted that something was odd, and I fell for the "This isn't long enough - can you go down to stores and ask for a long stand" in my first job.

But then maybe he thought it contained the big weight he'd been asked to get earlier.

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Facepalm

Re: No one will notice

Isn't a quantum leap the smallest leap possible - even smaller than baby steps. ISTR that Sinclairs QL (quantum leap) was derided similarly, but it didn't matter because it was dubbed the Quite Late by most - 'situation normal' for Sinclair back in the day.

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: ZBLAN is reckoned to be the a product that could be made at profit in space

I'm on to wax cylinders now. I can even make my own recordings through the horn. Storage space is the problem, they could do with making the cylinders a bit smaller. I have to say though that the oxygen free 99.99999% pure copper wires do improve the sound quality significantly

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