* Posts by Daytona955

14 posts • joined 10 Jan 2018

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


Re: Use cases

Taking them down to -30ºC in an environmental chamber and then bending them is much more satisfying. Nice jigsaw puzzle of shattered unbreakable plastic ruler. If you could find all the bits...

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on


OLDFARTY fits quite nicely where QWERTYUI normally goes.

As I found out on returning from a trip abroad many years ago.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


Re: Bridge rectifier?

I remember getting old throw-out 405 line tellies to play with in my early teens (~1970), with selenium rectifiers. In one, I remember accidentally shorting out >1/2 the segments by mis-routing one of the connecting wires and letting it rest against one of the fins. The remaining segments objected to the over voltage went pop. And yes it really did stink. I wasn't very popular at home...

Drawing arcs with a screwdriver off the EHT was fun too. Until you got your finger too close to the edge of the insulated handle, and the arc jumped from blade to flesh!

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

It's a bit flippin' late for that!

When I was a fresh faced grad on the milk round in 1978 one of the companies was proudly showing video of an 'AI' targetting system tracking a tank moving over rough terrain with visual obstructions.

I didn't take the job. But I'm under no illusions that my decision made any difference at all to the development of automated tagetting systems.

4% of Google's staff might feel better about themselves, but it won't stop people getting killed by automatically targetted weapons.

Shutting the stable door ~5 decades after the AI horse has bolted...

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face


Sadly chmod had no such safeguard when I inadvertently tried it whilst running with far to many privileges.

It was a long time ago, on Ultrix. So maybe more modern *nixes have closed that trap for the unwary/stupid...

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business


Re: Maplin Sands of Time

ElectroValue! Was at Royal Holloway mid/late 70s... Remember ElectroValue very well :)

Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver


Re: Bionic Beaver?

Open sauce...

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster


Re: Reminds me of a story

I'm 61 and I can remember when the house phone didn't have a dial at all...

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


No, RGS High Wycombe. Early 70s.


Drawing an arc between pencil leads was fun too. Haven't done that for years. Probably a bit anti-social these days as I expect it would splat all the r.f. connections we so depend upon now >)


It being far in the past, I can now confess that, in a Nuffield A-Level Physics lesson using a bunch of plastic encased electronics modules, I connected the largest electrolytic I could find across the bench supply as a smoothing capacitor, with the polarity 'accidentally' reversed. It was quite spectacular.

Sorry Mr. Leggett...

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work


Re: @ Mark York 3

Greetings from Racal BCC (Ruislip & Wembley). I remember 351s & 349s. And Jaguars...

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times


When I was a lad, VIM was something you threw down the toilet. Nothing's changed...

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


He hasn't been in the news much lately...

It's probably just another way of to pump up his profile/ego a bit.

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