* Posts by Dick

139 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Mar 2007


Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year


Re: The cost of Win10 is far too high.

Amen brother!

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones


Too late


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


Does it cover interfering with firefighting?


Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR


Re: About California's initiative process

Not only corporate, a lot of the political money in California comes from a handful of unions.

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled


Re: I can hear sirens

Not really, in the U.S. call it a "supplement" and you can get away with pretty much anything until maybe the FTC goes after you, and that process will take years. The FDA can warn about dangerous supplements, but otherwise have no power in that area. The FTC can go after you for deceptive marketing. See http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/jellyfish-memory-supplement-prevagen-hoax-ftc-says-n704886

Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway


Re: Car, roads?

My first thought too! What kind of travel writer explores a fully functional canal by road? Very disappointing article :(

Drone company fails to take off, tells pre-orderers: You can have your $34m back


Full Refund?

Is it really a FULL refund? I don't see that information anywhere...

Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills


At least Rutgers has the perfect excuse next time Oracle asks to be paid :)

Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy


Don't forget the very destructive California ground squirrel!

Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing


Re: Confused Brit

My bet is that under a popular vote system participation would be higher in states like California where one party has an overwhelming majority such that non-majority party voters feel a presidential vote is meaningless under the electoral college system. California has about 18 million registered voters, less than half voted for any presidential candidate.

'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army


Re: pork by-products get everywhere, including the propellant in rifle cartridges

...or by a bear?

Assange meeting delayed


Where's the Assange No-Internet Coverage?

Strange that you guys right at the heart of the matter have no coverage of the poor old Julian's internet connection being severed. Do I smell a conspiracy?

Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls



a whole new ballgame!

Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down


Re: Was it an IP cam?

Pee to Pee cam?

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet


What's an IOT device owner to do?

Aside from changing any default password that's user accessible, what can an IOT device owner do to minimize the risk of their device being used this way?

Lester Haines: RIP


Re: :'(

How very sad :(

Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted


Re: What have the Britons ever done for us...

You forgot the magnetron, no microwave burritos without that ;)

What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?


It's a Match Made in Heaven

I think all you naysayers don't realize just how bad Yahoo! has become. A high percentage of the "news" items on the page are now "sponsored", in other words clickbait advertising, and lot of the rest are just garbage. Near the top currently are two Brit. items torn from the Daily Mail but categorized as "U.S." news. One is about flytipping (we Americans are only familiar with cow tipping) and the other about girls school uniforms (ain't got many of those either). Yahoo! is already crap, but I guess at least we could maybe look forward to crap with better pictures if they join with the DM - but no pimple popping videos please.

'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production


More info

CCTV, DNA, €600 worth of pot lol


We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens


At least you € guys have some attempt at standardized testing

All we have to go on here in the U.S. are mythical "Peak Horsepower" numbers. For instance, a typical workshop vac like the Bosch VAC090A is rated 9.5 Amps (at our puny 120 VAC = 1140 VA) but 6.5 Peak Horsepower.

VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?


Re: Alltogether Now

VW was the only one to claim that their diesels didn't need urea/magic blue fluid injection to keep the nox in check. That claim never really passed the smell test (sorry) and should have been subject to more scrutiny when these vehicles were type tested.

Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'


Re: The Golden Cow?

...or use Adblock Plus.

'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area


Come on, don't be coy,

what caused last week's spiking?

Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack


Buy shares in Alcoa

Wireless charging is sure to increase sales of tinfoil hats.

Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?


Is this the El Reg of the future?

Posh handbag reviews, and car reviews that are 99% fluff and only 1% about the experience of driving the thing?

SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge


Re: Exploding somethings

"The smart meters are built by the lowest bidder in China who could produce a document which said they were designed to IEC123-XYZ and built by an engineer who had a vague idea it meant to leave 2mm between power traces and the case but isn't sure."

My PG&E Smart Meter is from Landis and Gyr, they're Swiss in case you didn't know.


If that's what happened I don't understand how it took out 5,000 customers because the US/PG&E system only has a handful on customers on each 13 kV to 240 V transformer. My guess is that it was a higher voltage line fell onto the 13 kV one.

£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns


Re: Risk?

What you write about the stock market is only true if you spread your risk across multiple different stocks, there are any number of individual tech startup stocks you could have invested in and ended up with nothing.

Don't judge kickstarter by a single failure, there have been many projects that have concluded successfully.

Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are


At a fairly tender age I joined an amateur radio club in a city in the midlands. It was very educational, especially the one meeting a month devoted to showing porno films.


Re: Blue and Yellow Meccano

Leaded red and green for me, had all the gear sets too :)

Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor


Re: Additional source

See this article:


Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service


Just won't be the same :(

Takes all the fun of "Hi, do you have small nuts?" or "Hi, do you have large nipples?"

‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’


Re: I can second the fuel prices.

But the gallons are smaller, the octane rating is lower, and it's full of ethanol that rots your fuel system ;-)

Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!


New sub-contract with Foxconn?

Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen


Re: Pedants beware!

AVON is German for telephone directory

AVON ist die Abkürzung für Amtliches Verzeichnis der Ortsnetzkennzahlen

Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!


Re: Keepass FTW

Nowhere in the article does it say "Another company was hacked where users were registered using their yahoo email address and the same password as they use on Yahoo Mail."



Can you point to a statement by any responsible party saying that's what happened? If it did happen that way why are only Yahoo emails affected?

Yahoo needs to come clean and name the mystery third party.

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.4: Yamaha retro synth, valve oscilloscope and more


Sampling revisted

Hey, we had sampling scopes back in the '60's, they were wonderful! You could twiddle the knobs and make the display look like anything you wanted LOL


PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City


One Huge Monolith is a Bad Idea

Look back at the valley's history. This gargantuan monstrosity will be the world's largest white elephant in a few years when Apple is as irrelevant as 3Com, HP, and dozens of other former foundations of the local economy have become.

Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59


Sob, sniff,

Damn, that's sad, what am I gonna read now ?

eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money


Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?

How much were they asking?

Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

Thumb Up

Re: Don't forget Exatron

Yep, I had one too, it worked very well.




Requesting confidentiality for documents submitted in FCC requests is pretty much SOP. Look up just about any reg number off the sticker on a wireless device in the FCC database and it's very likely that the really interesting stuff (like the schematic) has been shielded by a confidentiality request.

Crushing $1.17bn Marvell patent judgment could set record

Paris Hilton

Hard to believe

that any jury of non experts could make a valid determination about a case involving "The present invention is directed to a method of determining branch metric values for branches of a trellis for a Viterbi-like detector. The method includes the step of selecting a branch metric function for each of the branches at a certain time index. The method also includes the step of applying the selected function to a plurality of time variant signal samples to determine the metric values."

Report says Cisco offloading Linksys



"Google has just acquired Meraki" no they didn't, Cisco did.

The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'


Me 2

I plead guilty to all of the above, plus electronic parts going back 40 years or more.

In a rare fit of cleanup I recycled half a dozen Linksys WRT54GS routers, keeping one for a DD-WRT firmware project, only to find a month later that I had dumped all the version 3's and 4's and kept a useless version 7.

Laptop innovator Moggridge dies aged 69


Re: TI-700

Silent 700? Not remotely the same thing.

Akihabara unplugged: Tokyo's electric town falls flat



Is pachinko dead then?

Netflix scores $1bn own goal after company shoots off mouth



"by which time Netflix will retain just over 8 million DVD rental customers. Slowly over time these will then shift to online, either with Netflix or with rivals"

DVD customers switch to online with Netflix? I don't see how that is likely. If you are subscribing to Netflix DVD's it's because you want to watch movies, and Netflix online has very few recent mainstream movies now. If you want to switch from watching movies to watching 20 year old BBC series (with poor video and sound quality) then maybe...

Zynga faces legal probe over senior management share sales


See http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/03/zynga-400-million-secondary-stock-offering.html from March - it wasn't just a simple stock sale by execs.