* Posts by FuzzyTheBear

317 posts • joined 25 Feb 2010


It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are


Re: "engineers should never, ever get involved in User Interface design"

engineers no .. helicopter test pilot yes . Working on a touch panel design guy in charge for the buyer was an actual test pilot for the Apache .. guy had excellent requirements so what i was creating became easy to use with eyes closed . Much of what i learned then i still used in my latest designs for Crestron and AMX panels.

What does £55 get you in the noise-cancelling headphones world? Something like the Taotronics SoundSurge 85


Re: Sound quality is shockingly good for the price

Very much possible. Reference designs are often used as is or very little modifications.They work so why bother ? That's the general idea of cheap low cost devices.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

What haven't you understood ? This is not the time to go to work .. this is time to save lives. True the american system has no social net that's worthy of the name , true the USA dont have socialised medecine .. this is all costing you an arm and a leg .. but hey .. you just had to think forward and elect people that care about people .. tough

After 1.5 million days of computer time, [email protected] heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations


More of a question than comment ..

How much time would it take to process all that data on a modern super ?

Wondering here :)

This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station



at least it touched down ok .. back on earth with a minute delay so .. all in all , not too bad. missed primary mission objective but the rest did work out ok .. live and learn.

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards


Stick with the real stuff

OK i preach for my own province being a programmer for amx and crestron but the shit works , been working for decades and wont let you down. plus it dosent spy on you . you can use the cell phone to do anything , control all your house , watch the front door cam .. open curtains , dim lights you name it . Sweet lord im tired of seeing Google Amazon and the likes taking you guys for fools and spying on you in your own home ! .. Seriously .. if you want to automate your life and home .. look at the well established hardware. im really sick and tired of hearing about their crap.

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed



When companies make money using code they should at least show their apreciation and contribute financially as a matter of course and not have to be begged for financial help while they take advantage of the work being done. fair is fair.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

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Worth preserving ?

to Alun Taylor : wow grreat article . thank you for this most informative story.

Raises one question in my mind. Is ALL history and remains worth preserving ?

Test sites and installations and remains of a space program , what is worth and not preserving ?

Certainly all actual phisical remains of the rockets themselves qualify .. i think that even large pieces should be ,

but run down buildings and the roads and installations that were used around the vehicles leave me with big question marks.

This article is superbly written. Good work Alun ,that's the stuff that's keeping me here with the reg for over 10 years now

Thank you.

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas


I dont like to be told what i and dont want ! .. any known cyclotron dealers around ? contact me .. i wanna annoy the hell out of that boffin ! .. ill show him what i do and dont want in my car .. the nerves of him .. !

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great


Re: But wait, this is... like... invading the privacy...

Dont forget the feathers .. make em vulture feathers just to be cool and a nice publicity stunt ;)

Captain's coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion


Why use that ?

Plenty bottles for drinks come with a liquid tight lid that can be tossed and used even in bed and never leak a drop.

Using anything else in a cockpit is plain stupid imho. Maybe buy a few of these and have the problem solved forever sounds too good ?

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros


HDMI and Ethernet

To those who haven't rerad up on HDMI recently it does carry ethernet as per " HDMI Ethernet Channel technology consolidates video, audio, and data streams into a single HDMI cable, and the HEC feature enables IP-based applications over HDMI and provides a bidirectional Ethernet communication at 100 Mbit/s.[43] The physical layer of the Ethernet implementation uses a hybrid to simultaneously send and receive attenuated 100BASE-TX type signals through a single twisted pair. " so yes . if HDMI is used with a suitably manufactured tv connected to a std ethernet port the bar SHOULD see the connection and communicate on the network.

Valorous Vikram lunar lander – or Star Wreck: Enterprise? India's Moon craft goes all silent running during descent

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Major achievement

There's kudos for India here .. getting in orbit , sending back images of earth , getting into orbit around the moon is already a major achievement. That the lander stopped responding ( reason x y z ) is just a detail. Would have been cool if it worked , but just to get a probe in that general direction , separation from orbiter etc is a sign of good science and a great achievement. This is not a failure by any means , it's an opportunity to learn and make things right in the next mission. Congrats are in order.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot


Big Iron ( G.C. suggested this as big iron bru , shortening it to Big Iron sounds great )

New York City sues T-Mobile US over 'abusive sales tactics'


What kind of a world ...

would anyone expect anything else of a mobile phone shop , in the US ,than to be taken on for a ride.

that's the US we're talking about .. same place Barnum once said .. " there a sucker born every minute "

I mean .. come on :D

HPE's Spaceborne supercomputer returns to terra firma after 615 days on the ISS


Re: because pulling a plug on a Linux server is the worst thing you can do

Worst thing left me with a head full of questions .. im used to just see ext4 doing it's job , computer booting back up and going back to business without a fuss .. so worst thing you could do ? really ? thought the idea behind all the work is to be reliable and without headaches. :)

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC


How ridiculous ?

How ridiculous can this " war " get ? I find it hard to believe Trump can destroy singlehandedly so much and contribute so little and still be POTUS . If they had proof the equipment was tampered with ( not their tampering which we know they do ) but the Chinese manufacturer tampering with key equipment i'd say ok fine ... but as long as they dont show evidence i dont see why Huawei should be the target of a war that's got nothing to do with com sec. Pathetic it is and how ridiculous can it get ? Well Trump ridiculous ..

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

Black Helicopters

the real enemy

The real enemy to ANY country's security is not China .. it's the USA .

DXC: We axed 10k staff, shut nine data centres, closed 4.6m sq ft of office space... and sales tumbled, funnily enough


working out ?

Excellent question .. guess it's a wait and see .. i predict somehow things will go downwards .. when you trade experimented people for new hires one always looses in the end.

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears



the US is blackmailing everyone to sell their crappy gear it's all .

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


anti-drone ... o.0 ?

Why would this be anything but a plot by makers of anti-drone systems that just try to sell their systems by scaring the public who all of a sudden are demanding action? We seen this type of behavior before.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship


Nothing changes

The US is governed by corporate morons. Pirate radio is an essential free speech bastion. When all the media is in the hands of corporations , pirate radio is a defense against censorship applied by the corporations. Restricting free speech and ideas for decades had the effect we now see on America. There is very little free speech left at all ! We play music .. but only what we want you to hear : corporate wh**es that fit in the mold we established as being acceptable , we give you news .. but with a point of view that fits our corporate masters and benefit them by controlling what you think , we give you open airwaves by letting you call in .. with a 7 second delay to make sure our censors have the time to throw you offline if your comment dosen't suit us and/or goes contrary to what we want our listeners to think. We don't want them exposed to the naked truth. Free speech in the USA ? You got to be kidding me .. The only bastion of hope for true free speech in America is pirate radio. There should be a hell of alot more of it.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean


No point

There's no point locking doors where i live. Crime is almost 0 / year. Never heard of a break-in anywhere in the area i lived in for a decade. So .. yes back door is opened .. come in . have a beer and if you care do the dishes while you're here .. i dont care :) BTW i do have a load of wash i'd be delighted to have done .. ill throw in an extra beer for that and since it's now legal .. ill leave a joint in the bottom of the basket for your trouble :)

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

Big Brother

Re: Robot Wars!

Can you imagine a battlefield where all US robots have a `Donald` face and the Soviet robots all have Vlad`s face on them ? What a nightmare .. I > HAD< a strict policy of no drinking before 7 am .. but i need a stiff one ..

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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After all .. NSA ?

Say that the board really has a chip and that the board is going to the USA in places the American services don't have access to ( Apple for example ) what better way to hide their doings than by having fingers pointing the Chinese as the evil country's wrongdoings ?

Really .. Denials by any US government agency or anyone else involved for that matter seems rather suspect that the true perpetrator is the US secret services and agencies.

Yeah .. i don't trust the US. For good reasons. And neither should anyone with a critical mind go pointing fingers to China when we know darn well the US can't be trusted just as the Chinese can't.

Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story


Critical ? Please come home.

How can the military give out >>> any <<< defense contract to a foreign hostile nation ?

Would you trust Russia for nuclear missile guidance systems ? Seems obvious to me .. but it seems that some people have no trouble with it as long as they rake in the dosh. Now .. if the st00pid say " hey it will cost 10 cents less per unit if we subcontract production to China " for critical defense and government infrastructure , China that's proved to be a hostile regime over and over again ( China sea anyone ? Interpol head honcho missing ? ) then those people should be put on trial ( no, can't sue idiots for being idiots .. we'd all be rich by now ) and the cost of replacing the equipment should be taken out their pockets. ( I skipped the part about putting them on trial for being traitors ) Really ANY critical part for ANY system should be homemade. Those who pointed out the NSA in the US doing no better with Cisco kit and the rest , yes that's totally right , they're no better , but i'd rather have the NSA looking over my shoulder than the Chinese , the enemy , having a pass and taking home our trade secrets , and having a switch in my computer allowing them free access without my knowledge. I think that the story is indeed true , if not , highly plausible and that as such this should be a warning to every IT guy in the world not to trust kit for anything important coming out of China. No i dont trust China .. and yes they are the enemy to our economy and security and as such if i can , i avoid anything written China on it. It's a matter of principle , it's a matter of keeping our workers working , our security secure and our way of life alive.

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook


I would like to point out that , at least in Quebec , jurors who have no choice in the matter , are exposed to , sometimes , unbelievable violence and prosecution tactics that leave them in pts and are given NO support whatsoever for their trouble. I know .. i was one in a gruesome murder. As far as companies go they should be required by law to provide counseling and support to the people they expose , even if that's the moderator choice to be there , and make sure they are well taken care of when they feel a need to. The job is insane because humans are insanely violent. I hope they get taken care of and that this judgment will favor them , favor support and create a precedent for society as a whole.

Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM


IBM ? ... LOL

The Canadian government wanted to replace it's dated payroll with a new system. Couple 100 thousand employees , supposedly nothing to it .. After 1.5 billion CDN the system is still not complete , does not work right and they have the ba*** to ask for even more money to complete their job.Frankly .. before you recommend IBM , think twice.

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....


Long time

since i laughed that much :) thanks Simon .. Cool to see the Boss making good use of the IT personnel for once :D

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!


Given all this ..

I read the comments and gave this some thought.. ( some .. not much .. bear brain you know ) .. I am simply amazed that anyone would be stupid enough to keep any important information on a phone. A phone is a phone is a phone. So called smart technology is not smart at all security wise. People trusting such devices for anything important past making a date with Doris are in error. A) easily lost .. B) easily stolen C) can be broken into in various ways D) reveals your location E) Stingray anyone ? F) US Marshall Service with his planes knowing the location of ALL cell phones in the US .. need i go on ? Whatever way you look at it trusting a cell phone for privacy is foolish. Committing crimes using them even more so. Again , a phone is a phone is a phone. I know they're convenient but they can never be trusted.

There's more security in an encrypted text travelling on a microdot at the back of a stamp than a smartphone on a network.

Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable


The real error

Is to have web browsers that allow this to happen in the first place.

If i can't navigate without the browser sending back a shitton of info back to the servers maybe it's time firefox , chrome and safari be tossed in the fire along with it's design and admin staff.

Really. They're the ones engineering browsers that allows sites to gather our personal information after all ..

Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs


Stupid idea that needs to go where stupid goes.

Imagine a city , ANY city's downtown area. Consider everything called infrastructure under there , including metro underground, the shopping , underground metro transport ( we call metro in Montreal what you call the tube in London and yes plenty stores and activity in Montreal's underground, it's like a second city layer ) , all the sewers and cables , not to mention high voltage power distribution to buildings etc etc .. you really think it's a good idea to even consider such a scheme ?

Toss the whole thing in the recycling bin. Ain't gonna happen

Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds


Really ?

f a file name or image is seen that is suspicious I would investigate a little more and report if it is kiddie porn or similar ...

Where is your search warrant ?

What gives you the right to substitute yourself for the law ?

If i was your boss i'd fire you instantly this minute for just considering your actions which is that you put yourself above the law.

Hey .. if you're his boss : fire him , noone can trust him with anything like private documents files and folders full of trade secrets , he takes it on himself to access stuff he has no right to.

Martian microbes may just be resting – boffins


Marvin ?

Instead of loosing time with speculative science , just trust well established science. In the 60's Marvin the Martian ( Bugs Bunny Show ) demonstrated how to grow Martians .. Just put a seed on the ground water it and there you have it .. Instant full grown martian. They had the right idea . They had the science and technique all worked out 50 years ago.

Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court

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Re: Surprised...

That is an AWESOME idea actually :D



I just wish his whole property is swept by a tsunami.

The coast belongs to the sea and to boaters who need ground.

It belongs to everyone.

That the access to a beach be closed or restricted by a narcissistic selfish idiot is not acceptable ANYWHERE in the world.

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre


People dont matter ..

Only gun manufacturer's bottom line does.

They will do everything to protect the bottom line of their shareholders.

Lives dont matter. They wont give up a penny to save lives.

So stay tuned , Americans will suffer again and again.

But the shareholders wont and they wont frown at cashing the cheques even if it's covered by the blood of innocent kids.

Shareholders of those companies are the ones with the blood on their hands.

Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one


again ?

What's this ? swiss cheese ? Hope we get rid of it sooner than later.

Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies


I knew they were maniacs ..

but it's getting ridiculous ... I quote

" ... step up measures" to eliminate citizens trading in cryptocurrencies using overseas websites..

Eliminate citizens ? Ain't that a bit harsh a penalty for having a few worthless junk coins ?

Bell Canada Canucks it up again: Second hack in just eight months


Memories ...

Bell Canada used to be a great company. Until the shareholders and profits became the only concern of theirs in late 80's early 90's , from then on they took the plunge into Niagara Falls , customer service was outsourced to people unable to understand us in either english nor french and from then on just got worse. We have two choices Bell or Videotron here and they're both in competition as to who charges the most giving the least services , and which is worst at customer support. Both are ripoffs, Simple telephone and DSL cost me 145 CDN a month with Bell .. no mobility in there , just land line. This is the second time they , on top of that , had data stolen. First time i had a notice " your data was stolen , sorry " that was the end of it. No compensation , not a rebate , nothing. Really .. if you can stay away from Bell , keep your distances. They went from good company to the worst in Canada.

Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners


An ounce of prevention.

It's all nice and good .. it's definitely not a resource ( cpu ) i want shared with anyone .. there's BOINC for that , but how do i make sure none of that mining code runs but a line of code on my machine, which i pay for and the bandwidth which i also pay for ? I'm running LinuxMint /Firefox and would like to be sure to totally block any unwanted software from running on my box and this is exactly it. Ideas ?

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents


Re: I've got a bucket of 64 Meg ones.

Raid array anyone ?

Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade


And they paid for this ?

That sounds like the load of crap teenagers come up with drunk at 4 am with a morning deadline.

30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: Liquidators

These men are heroes. Period.

Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure


Re: You are spoiling us Mr El Reg

Come on bud , catch up with the times

MS hate is a long forgotten thing in the distant past , Totally out of fashion !

Now .. it's Oracle :)

Speaking of which , time for my Oracle Anonymous meeting ..

" i have admitted that Oracle is a problem , that i lost control of my database " LOL

Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK


Re: Lightweights

You're lucky Nolveys i didnt report your post to the moderators .. you sir are a sadist :)

Here's a typical french canadian counter attack https://youtu.be/D7MZadudWDw

Have a great weekend :)

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption


Imminent danger.

Controlling governments are a danger to the free world. THEY are the enemy of the people. Break encryption and dissidence will be wiped out, it's authors jailed and for the rest of us we'll be under total control of the Governments and we know their intentions : no good. If the so called good guys , i use " good " very very loosely , can break our communications , so can the bad guys. It already is totally insecure and they want to make it worse .. bravo < clap , clap >

Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch


Sounds just like Donald :) Now can someone in the USA tell him he's fired ? :D

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha


Re: I'm ignorant! But I'm commenting anyway!

Trump and Hillary .. there's 300 million Americans and the best they could find were these two boyos ?

Really ? America is really THAT pathetic ? Guess so ..



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