* Posts by Rabbit80

208 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009


A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers


I went for the slightly more expensive Ares QX 130 at £65 on Amazon (Cheaper elsewhere).

It has pretty good stability even in light wind - as well as a great range of accessories available (from bubble blower to grappling hook as well as a 60fps camera)

Batteries are nice and cheap as well - around £4-6 on ebay with a flight time of around 10 mins each.

Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi


Re: Useless without the range

I think it is because our walls are stuffed with metal.. Reinforcement behind the plaster. Kind of makes the entire flat into a faraday cage!


Useless without the range

Range and signal crowding are always an issue with WiFi - I would much rather see a WiFi router that can push 200Mbps through my walls without interference than a 4.6Gbps router that I have to be within 2 ft of. The 2.4 GHz band is crowded where I live and the 5 GHz band is too weak a signal to be useful outside of the same room the router lives in.

Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking


Re: prior art?

Yep - I have an eVic and it can do everything mentioned in this patent - count puffs, limit puffs, connect to PC - it even monitors the length of time I puff for and the strength it is set to for each puff - as well as the time of day.

Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear


Re: nice

"Honestly - is it SO hard to write in standard English? Is it necessary to miss out occasional words and punctuation? Do you have to use "teh"?"


Seriously though, not all keyboards are optimised for full, standard English - think phones, tablets etc..

The whole point of English is communication and so long as you can get your message across intelligibly then what does it matter if a few full stops, capital letters or words are missing?

BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports


I wonder what happens with a lower force - say 30 lbs applied repeatedly over a week?

A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND


Who cares about data loss?

Personally, I don't really care about data loss / corruption as I keep everything backed up to a NAS with mirrored RAID anyway. As such, I run 2x 512GB Crucial MX100 SSDs in a stripe, 2x 1TB Seagate SSHDs in a stripe for main storage, a 30GB mSATA SSD for my paging file / temp files and a 3TB WD Red for archival.

Performance is around 1GB/s on my OS/Applications RAID. Win 8.1 boot time is under 5 seconds from cold.

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC


I guess I would be labelled as a pirate then..

My usage is around 1TiB/month at the moment virtually all of it over VPN and all legal. For starters I host an offsite backup for work which sends approx 15-20GiB each night over a VPN. I also push all my traffic over a VPN which includes Netflix, browsing, Youtube - as well as Steam downloads which can soon add up!

Why do I use a VPN? Privacy - these days it is just as easy to configure it in my router so it is permanent and works across all my devices automagically.

NASA clears zero-G 3D printer for mission to SPAAAAACE


Why exactly would a regular 3d printer not work? (Other than the printing tray not being secured by anything other than gravity which could be fixed with a couple of clips)

Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC


Re: Slanted hard disk bays???

HDDs are mounted behind the cover on the right hand side. They are not slanted.

Piccies here


Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years


Re: Hahahahahah....

That is the point the OP is making.. think you missed it.

CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files


Links to the decryptcryptolocker site give a 403 - forbidden error..

BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're finished (with the job cuts)


Looking at the passport, at least they won't get sued for rounded corners!

Danes cram 43 Tbps down ONE fibre using ONE laser


Re: Seven-core fibre ?

No - this is a single fibre, but with 7 cores running through it.

Better explained in this article.


Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS


UK police perhaps?

We have recently seen 660 people arrested for child porn images in an operation that lasted 6 months and targeted the dark web.. could this be linked?

Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog


What we really need to know...

"... is whether memory or the processor are soldered in, making upgrades more or less impossible. But the teardown dons didn't reveal this key piece of info."

You can't tell from the photo's on the site you link to???

I'll give you a clue, they are!

British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'


Smaller search engines???

"The government officials argued that the search index ruling was impossible to enforce for smaller search engines that don’t have the resources of an ad behemoth like Google to process thousands of takedown requests."

Like Bing who received under 20 requests on the first day of the ruling coming into effect(compared to Google's 12000). Not too sure smaller search engines will have that hard a time really!


14 antivirus apps found to have security problems


More information needed..

Any links to the source of these allegations? What other AV systems are on the "naughty" list - the article names and shames only 4 out of a headline 14!

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them


Re: Wrong Category

TalkTalk bombarded their customers for years with literature about their "HomeSafe" options - by mail, email and IIRC I even had a phonecall or two offering it to me! I also think it has been a preselected option for signups for years as well. I have had to actively refuse it each and every time rather than confirming that I wanted it.

iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors


Pretty sure my Samsung Note 2 does this already.. If I wave my hand towards it, the screen comes on and shows me the clock/notifications.

Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad


Funny, I am allergic to Apple products as well.. Not that I get a rash - but my blood pressure goes through the roof when I am forced to use them!

ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals


Re: Surely an easy fix for this...

Yup.. we have seen it on our Amazon AWS server.. fortunately, it is possible to firewall it in such a way that only specified IP addresses can log in! (That's possible using advanced firewall in Windows so long as you know what to do)


Surely an easy fix for this...

Why hasn't RDP been patched to only allow a certain number of login attempts / min.. My car stereos' have done this (With the security code) since as long as I can remember!

The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?


Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Microsoft tried that with BOB years ago.. And it was spectacularly bad!


Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners


More recently, I went in to buy a HDMI cable and was told the gold plating would improve the picture quality.

Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows


In other news

Civilization V is now available for SteamOS :D

Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins


Re: Costs?

Perhaps they could use the steam to drive a turbine and reclaim some of that energy?

EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally


Whats the point of super fast mobile broadband..

If i can burn through my monthly allowance in under 10 mins?

Rather than focus on speed, I want to see the ridiculous data caps gone. Then (and only then) I might consider 4G.

Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops


Re: Over reaction?

It is an "Open" reservoir in the sense that it is open to the elements, wildlife and such. However, these reservoirs contain fully treated water ready to go to the water mains for drinking etc.

There are no fish in them and they are not fed by rivers etc (Although I expect they get run off from rain)

IIRC they get some limited treatment before entering the water mains such as filtering.

They are supposed to be either covering them or giving the water further treatment by 2020.


It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining


GPU Mining is not dead

It will simply shift to other ASIC resistant coins based on scrypt-N or other algos such as Vertcoin etc.

Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale


I feel sorry for everyone with caps.. I downloaded over 900GB last weekend alone (after formatting my computer - I re-downloaded my entire steam library!)

Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments


Re: Since when...

Reading the actual patent, surely the heuristics is patentable - however the patent seems to cover interacting with the heuristics which are - quite frankly - obvious and should not be patentable in the slightest!

" Using a plurality of heuristic algorithms to operate upon information descriptors input by the user, the present invention locates and displays candidate items of information for selection and/or retrieval. Thus, the advantages of a search engine can be exploited, while listing only relevant object candidate items of information."

HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world


Re: knackered battery

What in the hell are you doing to your batteries?

Mine gets run down to between 5-10% daily and I have NEVER had to replace it or those of any of my previous phones! (And they have always been replaceable - I totally disagree with fixed batteries just in case they do develop a fault)

Modern batteries should be good for 1000+ full charges and still hold >70% of their original charge!

AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card


The important stuff these days..

Is what hash rate does it achieve - and what's its power consumption?

AMD are making a killing on cards for mining - reviews and articles should include these all important stats!

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body


Access to bittorrent trackers has decreased..

Maybe because most people use trackerless torrents / DHT these days?

AT&T waves its magic wand, turns that $30,000 Audi into a Wi-Fi hotspot


Re: Stupid data limits again...

Agreed - 5Gb/month is crazy low - Imagine letting your kids watch Netflix for an hour each day on the school run!!

BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES


Other telcos are just as much at fault

Beginning of November I lose my broadband. Talktalk insist the fault is within the home and it will take 3 weeks for one of their own engineers to visit. I tried a different modem (fiber), router and replaced the faceplates and all wiring. I don't have any extensions so wasn't a problem. I then spent 4 hours shouting at TT India division before they agreed it was a fault outside the home - took 2 more working days for Openreach to come out and fix it, The fault was between the new and the old cabinets.

Beginning of December I come home to a complete loss of service which I report around 9pm. No phone - or even static on the line, just completely dead. Openreach arrived before 8am the next morning (I was quite impressed) - some bugger had disconnected my line in the box at the top of the telegraph pole the day before whilst repairing somebody elses fault!!!

Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine


Been using e-cigs since June

Started out with a cigalike - which was crap. Moved on to a cheap battery/clearo which got me off the fags, but was poor build quality (like in the article the threads went very quickly) then finally moved on to an eVic with a Kanger ProTank - which is awesome.

Since then, I have not looked back - I stopped smoking without even intending to. My first experience with an e-cig was simply an experiment to see what the hype was all about.

I love some of the many flavours that are available and find the eVic is great in that I can adjust the strength of the hit. I also love the fact I can download my "smoking" history to my computer and see when I use it the most. Battery life is awesome on this device as well easily lasting a couple of days.

The ProTank (as featured in the article) does have its issues though. It is very prone to flooding, in which the coil / wick becomes too saturated. This results in a gurgling when you inhale and the occasional bit of unvapourised liquid getting into the mouth - thats a bit unpleasant.

Most of my friends and family don't mind me using it in front of them - my parents (who hate smoking) even let me use it in their house. I am also one of the lucky few that can use it in the office. The only objections I have had have been when smoking some of the stronger flavours which do produce a noticeable odour.

To date, I have converted 9 smokers to vapers. Every single one of them (and myself included) has seen health benefits from quitting the stinkies. In my case, I had a persistent wheeze and cough whilst I was smoking - that has completely disappeared. I also have more energy and my blood pressure has gone down.

Also worth noting - my wallet is MUCH better off.. Now I have discovered mixing my own liquids and I have some favourite flavours the habit is only costing me around £5-10 / month. Compared to £7-8 / day.

Anyone interested in trying to quit smoking should give vaping a go - get a cheap kit (they can be picked up for £10-20) and try it for a couple of weeks. After that - if your actual smoking is reduced it is worth investing in a kit that features variable volt / variable watt so you can get the most out of it.

As for the risks - much less than staying on the cigarettes so there is nothing to lose.

Prime Minister David Cameron in Twitter gaffe


Pr0n filter anyone?

Shouldn't his beloved censorship have filtered out this kind of filth - ya'know, so his kids can't see it?

Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW


Re: I'm upgrading a lot of WinXP boxes for friends and family at the moment

I'm sure there are lots of XP boxes out there that can play Battlefield 4! /S

AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards


I wonder how nVidia will respond?

Hoping they drop the price of the 760 - I fancy a second one for SLI !!

Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs


Re: I don't understand something here...

Sorry - thats £200+VAT


Re: I don't understand something here...

Non-3D, Non smart. £200.


Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all


Uploading 10TB

So - on a standard 1Mb ADSL upload speed, it would only take 2.66 years to fill? assuming perfect connection of course!

BT really need to get our broadband speeds sorted out.

Air mattress blast blows German man across room


Re: Something not quite right..

That's a different house to the one in the article linked in the story!


Something not quite right..

£129,000 for a few doors ripped off their hinges and some smashed windows sounds bloody expensive (even if you factor in hospital treatment costs for some minor cuts and bruises)!

Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again



Thanks for clarifying El Reg..

I will sleep better tonight knowing that I am not going to die from radiation poisoning the next time it rains.

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB


Might have been interested...

But the resolution is too low for my liking. I love my Note 2 but resolution and slow GPU lets it down :(

Why do I need the resolution? I often log into remote desktops on my phone - an increased resolution and screen size would make life much easier. In normal phone use, the resolution of the Note 2 is just fine!

Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to porn


Porn addict?

Sounds like a bit of a tosser to me!

Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'


Re: The feds are not going to stop themselves

"Also, there is no mention of backup media for the data. If the data itself is important and it is no longer on the servers, could it be restored elsewhere if needed?"

Some of the deleted servers were backup servers.



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