* Posts by Benchops

445 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Oct 2009


Amazon sets the date for televised return to Middle Earth: September 2022


Oh come on.

2 September? We've waited so long they could have bumped it a few weeks to 22 September surely? A long expected series?!

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay


Re: "Suscicious Activity"?

You didn't say how much a bottle of water costs at Boots near Hatton Garden though.

Crack this mystery: Something rotated the ice shell around Jupiter's Europa millions of years ago, fracturing it


Wrong planet I know, but...

Suddenly the top began moving, rotating, unscrewing

When you bork... through a storm: Liverpool do all they can to take advantage of summer transfer, er, Windows


Re: sigh

I suspect this entire series of articles about bork was written just to lead up to this title!

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do


Re: OT - Did I miss something? 301 moved permanently??


"Your right to rectification and erasure"

sounds painful


Re: OT - Did I miss something? 301 moved permanently??

Indeed. I only noticed because my password manager refused to dish out the goods for this previously unknown domain. I expect it's one big elaborate phishing scam. They can have my reg account -- Reg lost all the passwords some years ago anyway so they know what to do ;)

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments


Someone should tell

Aardman Animations about this. Can't just go taking all the cheese!

Microsoft claims AWS has used new JEDI mind trick with secret contract objection filing


Re: WTF?

Whilst I approve of a Blake's 7 pic (anyone seen the virtual backgrounds at https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_science_fiction/zhj7mfr ?), JUST ONE *#-SG1 pic PLEASE!

Boffins examine interstellar comet Borisov to find out what its home was like. Pretty unpleasant, it seems


> two turn up at once

We all know the first one was Rama, so there will be three altogether.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Re: Meatball

First time I saw the meatball logo I was reminded of the Blake's 7 logo.

Perhaps some obvious themes going on in both, but more than a passing resemblance I think!


Huawei P40 Pro: Camera setup really captures the misery of an empty world foods aisle



> so too is Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger.

How much is it? And where can I get one?

Nation's home workers hitting refresh on 7 April can buy... Honor's bargain-basement Ryzen ultrabook


Just in time for

.Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. No OS upgrades required for 5 years!

That upgrade from Java 8 to 11 you've been putting off? UK fintech types at Revolut 'quite happy' after a year in production



If you're looking for some easy installers for OpenJDK (instead of compiling the thing yourself!) then the AdoptOpenJDK binary packages are top notch, and have a support structure.


Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron


Re: Raining molten iron?

As the great Billy Connolly once said: There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction


guide price of $300,000

or about half the cost of the next iPhone.

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger


Re: Firmware

I'm completely ignorant of the smart speaker world, so apologies if this has a well-known answer.

Is there an open source firmware that can be put on these things?

I'm a fan of Lineageos and a recent convert to OpenWRT (after some fiddly soldering to get a serial input on an old but good router). Old Sonos Speaker seems like a prime target for rooting and replacing the firmware -- especially if they're not going to update them, any way of rooting will presumably remain?

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift


We need to reinvest in the canals


Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky


Daisy, daisy

One moment, I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It is going to go 100 percent failure within 72 hours.

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival


I have one of the early ones

but I've fixed it with


sudo echo c03112 >> /proc/cpuinfo


Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


To my mind

it looks spot on! Agree £90 is too steep though. I can see from their website that there IS a UK layout, but the dealbreaker would be whether the return key is two-row L-shaped or not! I like a return key I can't miss. Can't find pics of the UK Layout.



Found one: https://keyboardco.com/keyboard/ultraboard-950-compact-multi-pair-bluetooth-keyboard.asp

It would seem the answer is "no".

Mobile World Congress now none of those things as 2020 industry megashow axed over coronavirus fears


Re: Oh, dear!

If only there were some way of disseminating news to a global audience about tech remotely.

A dirty dozen of Bluetooth bugs threaten to reboot, freeze, or hack your trendy gizmos from close range


This one should be taken seriously

it has a logo! YAY!

Startup Mycroft AI declares it will fight 'patent troll' tooth and nail after its Linux voice-assistant attracts lawsuit


Prior art

I'm sure Montgomery Scott has demonstrated prior art. Certainly his colleague Nyota Uhura.

Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home


Re: Differences...

Public yes and the address of the defendant may well be read out in court for all present to hear. That probably doesn't breach GDPR.

Storing the address electronically and without consent or informing/obtaining consent from the personally identifiable individual of your intentions, distribution or retention policy, and then broadcasting that address online seems to be it would fall foul of GDPR.

Why hasn't this been challenged?...

Welcome to the 2020s: Booby-trapped Office files, NSA tipping off Windows cert-spoofing bugs, RDP flaws...



THE LOGO? I've been following all the links and I haven't found a logo yet!


Re: Confusing.

They clearly have other methods of installing software or intercepting encrypted comms. They must have deemed this one too obvious...

Amazon to ask court to block DoD's $10bn early Valentine's date with a Microsoft JEDI


Re: This week's JEDI troll pic

I'm still waiting for a Gate picture for this story.

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected


Re: Riddle me this:

I was speaking to an astrophysicist recently and I was surprised to find out that red-shift is now calculated not only to take account of the recessive speed of the star/galaxy where the photon was emitted from (the further away the higher the speed because of the expansion appears faster), but also because the length of time the photon is in existence, it's wavelength actually DOES get significantly stretched by the universe's expansion. I didn't ask at the time but I suppose this happens to photons because they don't have any other weak or strong forces holding them together??? (I am not a professional physicist). I think this means that if the photon was for some reason not moving, but sitting around for billions of years (presumably listening to the director's cut of Wagner's Ring Cycle) it would be "red-shifted" (or at least just stretched) by the universe's expansion over that time.

Space-wrecks: Elon's prototype Moon ferry Starship blows its top during fuel tank test


Come on,

it's not as if this is rocket sci... oh wait.

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


We, I fo one can' see any poe wih his. Who uses hose ees anyway?

Missing consonans ound, anyone?

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch


Re: 1 day battery?

@eldel Good to get some real-life feedback on alternatives, thanks! I know that some day the Pebble will give up the ghost... I've got some replacement batteries on their way courtesy of Aliexpress for a dead PT a friend gave me (knowing I like to tinker). If that Christmas hol project goes well I might get a few more years out of it yet!


1 day battery?

Sigh, I'll be keeping my Pebble Time Steel going for a bit longer then!

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market



B5 deserves to be on any page, but everyone knows that Gate is the 3rd best "Star" franchise?!


UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


Re: They didn't explicitly judge on that matter though.

They did implicitly though. Part of the Court of Session in Edinburgh's ruling stated that he had misled the queen. The government appealed against that ruling at the Supreme court in London who rejected the appeal, upholding the Court of Session's original ruling (including declaring the prorogation null and void).

There are pictures all over the internet of a big dark spot on Uranu... Oh no, wait, it's Neptune


Probes heading to the constellation of Boötes are often available at a 3 for 2 price.

Within Google Cloud, a computer is muttering: Shall we play a game? Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of SaaS?


Obliga-tory Brexit joke:...

Okay, nothing to do with the article, more to do with the Wargames reference, but isn't it about time someone shows the PM how to play tic-tac-toe? She's got 8 days to learn...

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters


Interesting yes, but what IS Hydroelectic?

Some kind of water-based voting system?

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation


Eric Morecombe reciting digits of Pi to André Previn:

"zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ..."

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter


Re: "We have always been at war with Eastasia"

> who put those dinosaur bones there for you to find?

"End nuclear testing now!"

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative


Re: Easy

Even better, use 6 bullet points as your password, then it even looks right when you type it.

Or if you like a post-it note hidden in plain view, use the serial number of your monitor.

DAMN! Forgot to check the Post anonymously button!

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple


"Apple did not respond to a request for comment"

to El Reg? How unlike them.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Their analogy expanded

You buy your house from us.

We will make sure your windows/doors/locks are kept up to date as every so often burglars find a way to open our windows or unlock our locks. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HOUSE SAFE. Don't think about it, just let us do it.

We may also cripple your central heating boiler while we update your locks.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos


Is that a hoof?

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine


Quite happy with NCSA Mosaic thank you very much.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention


Re: Which is better?

Home-made presumably means rearing the pig in the first place?

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Re: Hmm

Excellent -- can we add icons to votes now? Cool.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Or Rob Newman... (stand-up philosophy)

Rob Newman's recent "Total Elipse of Descartes" comedy philosophy programmes on Radio 4 discusses this problem in one of the four episodes (can't remember which, but they're all worth listening to!)


Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings


Re: would you like to play a game? How about global thermonuclear war?


Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Presumably because this is the point at which facebook needs a name synonymous with trust, kept promises and public confidence.

<sarcasm alt="in case anyone was in doubt"/>

Alternatively, facebook absolutely DOES need someone who can sing the "I'm sorry" song every few weeks each time they let on they lost more user data.