* Posts by Simon_E

36 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Jul 2009

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration


Why 250g?

Perhaps because that's the US weight limit for registering drones.

Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years


Re: not a real watch anyway

Phosphor goes where? And here I thought GTLS tubes had the coating on the *inside*...

Unless there's a mixup and you're on about old-school Radium-enhanced markers or the newer glow in the dark type? (and the new stuff is impressively bright...)

Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon


12 foot-pounds for rifles, 6 for pistols, and apocryphally, that restriction was brought in to protect our existing airgun manufacturers from the effects of all those people wanting to import better and more powerful/efficient German-made ones, back in the early to mid eighteen hundreds.

(He says, unable to actually confirm that through google at the time of writing...)

Hardcoded god-mode code found in RSA 2016 badge-scanning app


Re: Bigger fail

Because it lets it out of kiosk mode? Which turns it back into an ordinary rootable phone?


We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins


Re: Here's looking at us

It's (probably deliberate) tyop for 'Goldilocks', because aliens.

Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop


Re: Just like the Acer Iconia then...

I have one of those still hanging around. Mostly because I don't feel like foisting it on anyone else now the keyboard has become so temperamental as to not work an annoying percentage of the time - and most of the battery is in the keyboard, so I can't really leave it behind...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow


Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable

There's no such setting on my phone..

And after the kitkat update ate the ability to have an app write to anywhere I told it to on the (external) SD card, I'm left with either using the irritatingly non-syncable MTP to copy things across one directory at a time, or having to unmount and remove the SD card every time I want to copy something straight to, for example, /ExtSdCard/Music/ instead of being able to just press a button or two on my phone and have it all happen automatically courtesy of cheetahsync, or airdroid.

If this carries on, my next phone will probably be the first one without removable storage since the K750i...

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites


Re: Almost perfect

Search the Play Store for LocalCast - it supports UPNP/LNA and SMB. And it's free...

There's AllCast and PlayTo Chromecast, as well, for your local streaming needs.

Honey, I BLEW UP the International SPACE STATION - in full 3D


Re: Wow

Alas, no, it's a conversion. (per realorfake3d.com, anyway.)

Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them


It rings a faint bell

...and didn't it have a decidedly NSFW counterpart?

The muckier parts of my brain want to have been 69.com, but that seems a bit too obvious.

Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach


'Large marine animal', yes...

...but how do they know it's the right one?

Microsoft really is watching us from above


Re: Being what now?


Spruik (Verb) - To promote a thing or idea to another person.

I'd got the gist from context, but I had to go looking for a proper definition.

Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

Black Helicopters

Re: Hope it's just a Dyson sphere

You aim the thing very carefully.

if the other lot are managing to move their planet out of the way of your (precisely calculated) beam path, you might need a bigger gun...

Black helicopter because it's the closest to the LASER warning sign.

Asda knocks out Kobo e-reader for £49



They already have done - http://www.grabmybooks.com/

Nuke clock incapable of losing time chimes with boffins


Re: All I want to know


(Less facetiously, yes, unless they hook your local transmitter up to it, in which case, it will be as accurate (so long as you account for light-speed lag from the base station, anyway...)

LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?


How big do they get?

A quick search suggests a diameter at burst altitude for a (presumably large) 1,200 gram balloon is 30 feet (9.144 metres).

Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools


same here...

...though that was this morning.

Last night, when I installed it, it told me abcTajpu - an addon with every character and symbol under the sun - wasn't compatible...

Ho hum.

Potent proton pulse to BOMBARD EARTH Tuesday morn


Will Universal Time do?

14:18 UT* (+/- 7 hours), as per


*call it GMT if you like...

Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best


re: Phone proximity

Been done.

I played around with a bluetooth PC-locking program three or four years ago.

Couldn't get it to _un_lock it automatically, though...

Motorola Razr Android smartphone


A battery of complaints...

According to the iFixit teardown I looked at the other day, the battery is merely *not user replaceable* - it's 'fixed' in the sense of having to disconnect a ribbon cable and pull the blue 'battery removal' tag (after removing the back with a spudger or pallete knife), not soldered in place...

(Now for a suitable icon... Facepalm? Nuke? Sod it - Coat.)

NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength


Mind duly boggled.

14,000,000,000 kilometres* turns out to be 12.97 light-hours.

*we should be using megametres at these distances, surely...

Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?


Avoiding α

Is one thing. 'σ' is another. (It's a lowercase - but not word-final - Sigma (Σ).)

NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty




...which is the one I always think of first when someone mentions 'NASA' and 'Orion' together.

Icon - Orion flavour (thermo?)nuclear pringles.

Samsung plops out waterproof smartphone

Thumb Up


This is what I've been waiting for since the iPhone.

Is it feasible to do away with cables (and their ports) entirely, now we have inductive charging and drag-and-drop file transfer over wifi?

Dual File Manager XT


If it's running 2.2 (as it should be)...

[Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > $APPLICATION > Move to SD card] should help.

Nice to see a proper file manager interface. I'll have to give it a go.

Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android


It's definitely there

Try this link - https://market.android.com/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox

Latest boffinry: Feeding TNT to sheep


I, for one...

...welcome our HE consuming Ovine Overlords.

Danish rocketeers poised to reach for the skies


@Richard Jukes

...so that'd be a Tom Cruise Missile, then.

SanDisk launches Cruzer Blade USB thumblet drive


These are new?

I bought mine (16Gb) back in mid April. For not quite £22...

Apple accuses HTC of iPhone tech theft (again)



I think it's the other way around - It seems to say we'll be plugging our iWhatevers into our Macs and using them as external/secondary displays.

Hmm... Mac Mini + iPad?

Incredible Hulk snared on Street View



It looks more like a sausage to me. (Y'know, one of those odd-coloured chip shop ones.)

Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM


@John Smith 19

The drone downlink feed wasn't encrypted in the first place, so that's hardly a fair comparison.

US military cyber force activated


And another one...

...who'll be dusting Neuromancer off.

/the one with the Ono-Sendai in the pocket, if you would.

British boffin named first ever 'doctor of texting'


@ Michael Miller


UK.gov's Jobs Search site needs some work


It's back up now

JCP is quicker and easier - more... direct, you might say - to use, anyway...