* Posts by FensMan

14 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Nov 2009

How NeWS became yesterday's news in the window system wars


Why not extend the filesystem?

NeWS was quite odd, but the Network Extensible File System, NeFS - that was something else. https://www.donhopkins.com/home/nfs3_0.pdf

Brit fusion magnets set for US gamma ray bombardment test


Re: Oxford HQ?

Milton Park, eh? Conveniently close to The Plum Pudding and Love Beer brewery.

Microsoft shows off Windows updates at Build dev event


Re: Project Volterra

Yes, I hope (and expect) to see the Volt Errors appearing on eBay in a year or two's time for peanuts.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers


' And when I say "tiny", some of these screws can only be seen with the aid of an electron microscope.'

Yeah, well, perhaps if you didn't have an electron microscope in your kitchen, you'd have more room to work in. Daft.

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747


Re: Not a promotion is it

Do we know that the RAF type will actually be flying the 747? Why would they need an RAF pilot to do that? Surely his knowledge of rocketry would be more relevant, no?

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Anyone remember Primix? Me neither.

Eat your damn storage news, child! Look, we even chopped it up into little digestible chunks


Ooh-err missus!

'Front/bottom cooling'?

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid


The inline DACs you mention sound interesting - have you got a link to share?

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick


Hmm. Is the volume label being passed to a shell for interpretation (hence allowing execution of the $(touch b), instead of just being passed as an argument to exec()? Why?

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics


Re: Probably for nought but...

If you have a local Hackspace you might find they run an introduction to electronics course, for free or for a nominal donation. In Oxford, we have Meetups on introduction to electronics, such as:


(And if you have a local Hackspace which doesn't run such a course, you might be able to encourage someone to start a course.)

DNS resolver will check requests against IBM threat database


Thanks - a useful reminder about pi-hole, https://pi-hole.net/

AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor



Just keep pedalling.

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics


Re: You cant have it both ways

I'd say Maplin started going downhill when Tandy shut up shop, removing some competition for electronic components (at least).

T-Mobile Pulse


Android and Java

@Ben 47

Well, Android doesn't *contain* Java, but development of Android Apps is mostly done in Java (with an escape to C via the Native Development Kit for really low-level stuff). OK, it's not J2ME, more like J2SE minus Swing, with the addition of the Android GUI and other extensions.

So, the original comment from batfastad about programming an Android handset in Java does stand up.