* Posts by unitron

520 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Oct 2007


Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'


Re: Double trouble

You're saying that he couldn't find a better toupee than that?


Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge


The IAB's statement...

...includes the (buzz)word "innovate", and Apple's doesn't, so I'm siding with Apple on this one.

NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself


So, basically...

...this NASA "space sheriff" or whatever he is, just called Neil Armstrong a liar?

Seriously, that's the provenance he offers to prove that it really is a moon rock?

RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82


Can we bring back "passes away"?

"Passes" is somewhat ambiguous.

Anybody who reaches 83 passes 82.

Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016


They did give you more time...

...you're getting an entire extra second.

Mine's the one with the wrist sundial in the pocket.

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi


If they can physically access the computer...

...in the first place...

But anyway, if the computer is already running and logged onto the LAN (via a fixed IP address), why would the sudden presence of this device on the USB bus cause it to get all promiscuous and have to have a DHCP address assigned from it?

There doesn't seem to be an icon suitable for my level of lack of knowledge and confusion on this topic.


My Thunderbird port...

...is the same as my Ripple port, my Boone's Farm port...

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer


A percentage of net?

Even I knew enough about Hollywood bookkeeping back then that there's no such thing as net profits in the movie business.

So why didn't their management and lawyers?

Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving


Re: Huh?

Star Wars isn't even the kind of Space Opera that Star Trek is.

it's Swords and Sorcery in space.

Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money


Not to say anything nice about them...

...but I assume they paid the rebates to those customers who did complete whatever the rebate claiming process was, and it could be they were unaware of that particular state law, or didn't think it applied.

After all, unclaimed property usually belongs to whoever failed to claim it, but in this case they might not have seen it as the customers' property, legally speaking, until and unless the customer did fulfill the requirements of claiming it.


Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung


Re: A bit harsh

"... but Voyage Home was the funniest by a long way."

" Everybody remember where we parked!"

FCC starts running from cable box rip-off kill-off


So the cable industry solution is....

If you're tired of having to pay extra to "de-crypt" the channels for which you are paying so that you can watch them on your television, the cable industry's solution is you can also pay for fast enough internet service to let you watch them on a smaller screen on some other device.

Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal


Did you show similar concern for the US when Farnell bought MCM Audio?

You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

Big Brother

Minority Report

If we'd known in advance that this fellow was so un-American as to only use his work phone for work stuff, we'd have been forewarned.

Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?


Re: It would be the same anywhere

"There is no market. They have no money."

Years ago, that's what I was thinking when people were going on and on about China being a vast uptapped market.

What I didn't realize was that that little problem was going to be solved by sending our jobs over there.

BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery


Chip Quik FTW

Chip Quik has a bismuth alloy solder with a low melting point that you use, in conjunction with the supplied flux, to melt the solder holding down SMD chips so you can wick it up without scorching the board or lifting traces.

Comes in handy when an older (up through the first of the Series 3 models) TiVo needs a replacement motherboard but needs to keep the original TiVo Service Number which is contained on the Atmel crypto chip.

Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks


Re: To all Americans

But staying home and not voting has a lot to do with who becomes President.

Linksys routers vulnerable through CGI scripts


At least this time...

...they told us which model number to worry about, unlike the 600,000 cable modems story

600,000 cable modems have an easy to pop backdoor in a backdoor


Arris is the name getting slapped on Motorola cable modems (and probably some other stuff, like set top boxes and such as well) these days.

Which doesn't really help unless someone specifies *which* models are at risk.

Sherlock, because I guess we have to do our own detective work to find out if we're in any danger or not.


Which models?

I'm sure the bad guys already know, so maybe warn the rest of us?

So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?


I'm glad someone else brought up energy...

...fossil fuels, and especially oil, in particular.

I've long felt that the relatively low price up until near the end of '73 and the removal of that advantage afterwards played a pretty big part in post WWII economics.

Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters


Pardon is not possible...

...I'm pretty sure, unless and until he gets convicted of something after a trial.

BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps


The Silkwood shoutout was a nice touch.

Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..


Re: Oddly enough

Possibly not, if the Virgin boxes are as internet dependent as it seems the most recent stateside models, the Roamios, are.

China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?


WD Blacks are easy to find.

If you have thermal imaging equipment.


The only brands of drives at least one of which I haven't had go bad on me are the ones I never owned.


It isn't about reducing (or not) competition, it's about reducing overhead for the merged entity that used to be separate companies WD and HGST.

If the cost of being in business is lower, they can better compete with Seagate on price.

(whether *anyone*--WD, Seagate, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung, HGST--anyone, in all of this will actually be producing better drives is a separate issue)

Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack


Sounds like a good way....

...to get 'po' WiFi.

Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list


Re: Interesting to see

I think that's the first 54G, and maybe the first Linksys, to be mentioned as being at risk for this, and I wonder why the GL and none of the previous versions of the 54G would be the only one.

One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...


Re: Argh!

I think the point is someone gets to make a £30 sale.

Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August


Yeah, but how much for the retail boxes?

Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET


Re: Facebook integration

Bite your tongue!

The Facebook comment handling software is horrible.

Uncle Sam spanks PayPal for credit scheme cockup


When I tried the "Bill Me Later" 'feature'...

...they had advertised it as pay 14 days after receipt of purchase. Instead they went ahead and hit the account linked to my PayPal account the same day the merchandise arrived.

But they didn't add on any fees or interest.

I decided not to spend several days trying to get through to an actual human being at PayPal by phone to discuss the matter.

Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup


Re: No representation without taxation

If you consider the roads themselves as publicly provided goods, then 10 people in 10 cars or 20 people in 20 cars is actually greater usage than 10 or 20 people on one bus, at least as far as road crowding is concerned and possibly road wear and tear as well.

LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says


Do they mean...

...software that has something to do with LG video monitors, or software that monitors something?

And why would either need to disable UAC?

Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m


Re: Here Here!

The cathode follower is a particular vacuum tube amplifier (or more accurately, amplification stage) configuration, but by no means the only possible vacuum tube configuration capable of amplification.

Blumlein, genius though he was, was born too late to have "invented electronics", something with which no one person can be solely credited anyway.

But as long as we're talking about genius electronics pioneers who aren't as well known about as they should be, allow me to mention the guy who got patent trolled by RCA and AT&T


and to recommend a biography of him

Man of High Fidelity: Edwin Howard Armstrong

by Lawrence Lessing

The high fidelity part refers both to his stubborn adherence to his principles and to his having been responsible for wide band FM radio.

Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong


Re: Fibonacci

Then the OP should have said "we need less of the 'culture of targets'...".

Targets are discrete, countable units. You have more of them or you have fewer of them or the number of them is unchanged.

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!


Re: Why doesn't MS make 10 look just like XP?

Everything has to look like smartphones and tablets now.

Because reasons, I guess.


Re: Uhhh, since when was "embiggen" a word?

Since the 16th episode of the seventh season of The Simpsons, entitled "Lisa the Iconoclast".

It's the same episode that gives us "cromulent".


Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid


Being in the US, I'm no expert on the BBC...

...but apparently it was decided sometime back that its broadcast services were a public good that benefit society as a whole, so why not just cover the cost of all that out of general revenues and scrap the idea, and the immense hassle and expense, of trying to keep track of which household has what kind of radio and video gear?

A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs


Re: What? Just electricity? LUXURY!

Was this in the early 2000s? The time when "capacitor plague" was making itself known?

The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london


I'm beginning to think...

...that top level domains at all were a bad idea.

FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing


Can't read all of story

Google had an ad that covered right hand side of 2nd and 3rd paragraphs--scrolling didn't help.

Clicked the X to close it, it offered the choice of reporting that the ad covered the page, and when I did that I got this

Thanks for the feedback! Undo

We’ll use your feedback to review ads on this site.

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covering the exact same area.

Aren't they smart enough to find white space?

Cannonbridge sells us a dummy – great premise, crap ending


Thanks for the warning

Although at least it has an ending, unlike Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid".

Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery


Why can't they do both Charlotte and RTP?

I want it in as much of NC as possible so that the rest of NC notices and starts asking "Why can't we have that?"

NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app


Re: strange...(Bias indeed, misinformed bias)

But if you're poor, your choice of where to live is much more limited, and not being a criminal and not associating with them won't protect you from having them live nearby, putting you at risk when they're shooting at each other, when they and the cops are shooting at each other, and when the cops do a no-knock raid in the wee small hours of the morning, only they got the address wrong by a number or two, and your child just had a smoke grenade explode in their face.

Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats


I'd consider switching from XP to 7...

...except I'd feel like I was really getting jerked around since 7 is selling for more than 8.1 (especially if you're trying to avoid having to go with the OEM version)

I wonder what the explanation for that little mystery could be.

BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street


Did the BOFH ever have an apprentice...?

...who was nicknamed Littlefinger?

There's something about the substitution of presents for no apparent reason other than to create unrest and chaos that seems so familiar.

Mine's the one with the pocket set aside and dedicated to carrying the paperback edition of Winds of Winter with me everywhere in the unlikely event I live that long.

Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?


Re: Please enlighten me as to the visionary creations Wozniak has made in the past

Guess it depends on exactly how you define visionary, but this is interesting reading:


especially the "did it in his spare time from his regular job at HP" part.

Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register


Re: Amazing body of work, remarkable bloke...

"He says every East facing shore will face a huge storm surge, but the preceding sentence mentions the waves traveling East to West."

Imagine a wave leaving England and headed for North America. It will be travelling from East to West, and when it gets here, it will hit the Atlantic coast, which "faces" East, if you define coasts as facing the water they abut.