* Posts by Chris 239

205 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Dec 2010


Dump these insecure phone adapters because we're not fixing them, says Cisco

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Re: Web interface

I totally agree but the cyber security industry has management twisted round their little finger.

My company sells a solution that includes networks will never be exposed to the internet but the cyber teams insist every little vulnerability has to be patched, they even insist data in transit that will never leave the dedicated isolated network should be encrypted.

Now you've all quit buying RAM and personal gear, chip wafer demand stumbles

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Really?? I have loads of slightly obsolete RAM gathering dust!

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So why are Raspberry Pi's still rarer than unicorn horns?!!

An SME switches still on ridiculous lead times?

BOFH: I care a lot ... about onion bhajis

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Re: HR Training

How has this only got 9 upvotes!? (10 now :-) )

Ford seeks patent for cars that ditch you if payments missed

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Re: Ah.

Maybe you aren't eating enough beans?

SpaceX threatened with $175,000 fine for Starlink crash risk paperwork blunder

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Re: SN9 exploded in the air ?

Yep, they applied the lithobrakes at above their rated speed and orientation.

Sick of smudges on your car's enormo touchscreen? GM patents potential cure

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Re: re: How About

Totally agree, touch controls on a hob (what we call stove top in UK) are frustrating.

Recently was forced to use a hob with touch controls where if you had a large fry pan on one of the rings and had the handle toward you it would be over the main on/off control and the handle would turn off the whole hob. Basically the on/off button was too sensitive and to add insult the other buttons not sensitive enough so would only respond after repeated presses and swearing!

Server broke because it was invisibly designed to break

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Re: The Interlock and Health and Safety

Carrying the cup of tea in your hand! That's a burn hazard!

You get the internet you deserve

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So that's why the comments on almost every article are more interesting than the article! Thanks!

SpaceX chases government cash with Starshield satellites

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Black Helicopters

This : ""unparalleled end-to-end user data encryption" onboard" seems a bit pointless for an offering to a government military (potential) customer because the government/military would absolutely use their own encryption on government owned equipment at each end, there is no way they would trust SpaceX to encrypt/decrypt secret data.

Been hit by LockerGoga ransomware? A free fix is now out

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As long as they are removed by hanging them from a lamppost by them!

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons

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You were beaten to it - twice!

Artemis I will get 3 launch attempts after termination system extension agreed

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Re: If you do have an abort mode...

@Flocke Kroes: Are you confusing this with LAUNCH abort?, the Apollo Lunar Module LANDING abort was abort BACK TO ORBIT. Sorry for shouty caps :-(

I'm sure phuzz is correct, there must be an abort back to orbit on the HLS Lunar landing, same as there was on Apollo. If after landing you have an issue preventing successful launch then yes you're SOOL

But lunar launch is I guess an all or nothing thing with no safe abort possible.

Of course Starship won't have a landing abort when it lands on earth but I don't think it will do that with people on board for a long time (not sure how the guy that is paying for Dear Moon is going to take that!)

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon

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Re: I use my own encryption system

Not much good for encryption anymore since you just told everybody the key! :-)

Still could work as a compression algorithm more than an encryption system?

Of course the compression % might be a bit variable and the (de)compression/(en/de)cryption overhead might be a problem.

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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Re: Always remember

Maybe a flat earther living in Australia?

Microsoft delays controversial ban on paid-for open source, WebKit in app store

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"nor be priced irrationally high relative to the features and functionality provided by your product" - doesn't that cover most Microsoft software then?

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

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My Theory -

is that most team sports have to have a certain amount of violence and in for example Rugby, American Football, Ice Hocky the on pitch violence reaches the threshold whereas in Soccer the fans have to supply their own.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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First place I worked used A4 NCR pads for purchase orders/requests that had 5 copies. You had to write so heavy to get through to the bottom sheet.

The NCRs came in thick pads and you had to remember to put the card in below the set you were filling in or you would waste the next set below. They were specially printed and each had a preprinted serial number, must have cost a fortune!

UK govt promises to sink billions into electronic health records for England

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Re: After 35+ yrs...

You were doing so well until the typo in the last sentence, did you mean:

"turns up and doesn't work"

Never mind, this money will achieve it's primary purpose i.e. line the pockets of government friends that the contracts will be given to and lubricate the ministers transition into a cushy job when they finally leave politics.

Google said to be taking steps to keep political campaign emails out of Gmail spam bin

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Re: Hint to Google

IIRC back in the days of 3 TV channels in the UK some party political broadcasts were simultaneous on all 3 channels. ! Nightmare!

At least in these days zillions of channels and streaming services they don't/can't do that so you can just go watch something else.

Not that there is often anything actually worth watching on TV anymore.

SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband

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Re: Regional access

I would agree except that I doubt Starlink on your RV will work very well in the canyon between skyscrapers... (it wasn't me that downvoted you).

French court pulls SpaceX's Starlink license

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Not safe, don't forget the rest of the universe...

I'm sure other species on other planets round other stars have the same problem...

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The Register needs to get a fucking clue!

This line is such crap:

"The coverage of each spacecraft is a narrow band around the whole world, meaning it faces global competition."

Starlink will face competition * because other companies want a slice of the action and nothing to do with the coverage of each of the thousands of satellites in the constellation. The coverage of each individual satellite is only relevant to the number of satellites needed.

* (somewhen - right now it faces none outside of a courtroom).

But, rant over, When Starlink comprised of V2 sats that don't need a local downlink will governments in the "free world" be able to stop customers using Starlink?

Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it

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Hey, I had the exact same WTF moment on a multithreaded C compiler for DOS * in the 90s

The compiler would bug out with an error along the lines "you shouldn't see this error message", add back exactly 1 comment line and it would compile fine.

IIRC the compiler was from a one man band company, and yes up to a point did somehow give you multithreading on DOS but eventually enough unexplained crashes occurred that I refactored my code to be single threaded and then all was good.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again

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Re: Bought a shed

I agree that is good scheme, In fact I used it when I was single.

However I think CookieMonster's 2 dishwashers both have zero storage capacity for crockery or cutlery. They are those old fashioned one at a time dishwashers.

I expect his/her dishwashers both have instead a good capacity for sweets and junk food.

When forgetting to set a password for root is the least of your woes

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Re: Nobody told me I wasn't allowed to do it.

That is hilarious!

Galileo satnav system gets two new somewhat confusing satellites

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Re: No they havent.

On a fight from Southend to Jersey, before takeoff the Captain came on and said it was dicey they would be able to land at Jersey because it was foggy there and he would have fuel to fly back to Southend.

He also pointed out that while the airplane was a fully equipped with precision approach and autoland so it could land with zero visibility * Jersey airport did not have the required ground systems for that which seemed pretty daft as it seems fog is pretty common at Jersey airport.

The pilots made the landing on the 3rd (and last before fuel meant they would have to give up and fly back!) attempt. I had a window seat and damn we seemed pretty low when the ground became visible. They must have been using ILS until the very last bit.

* jeepers that must be weird/ scary for the pilots !

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Re: No they havent.

While I don't know about the 1st two or the 5th of your numbered points and they sound plausible I take issue with 3rd and 4th

3rd - it would not need all operators or planes to be fitted with the system - the airport would maintain all the old systems alongside the new just as they do now with the decades old ILS and the current precision approach systems, also right now not all airports or aircraft have precision landing systems and there are procedures to ensure the pilots know if and when they can use a precision landing system or have to use a Mk1 eyeball.

4th - it would not require the approval of all aircraft manufactures, just one - as above a precision landing system is optional - if there is demand from operators then it is a commercial decision for the manufacturer to make.

But I agree that the EU acted disgracefully over Galileo, but then the whole Brexit was (and still is) a predictable cluster fuck by both sides driven more by posturing, prejudice and hurt feelings than any considered desire for the best outcome. Fucking politicians.

Chris 239

Re: OneWeb must be coming online soon too...

Maybe the government consulted Stephen Fry about how GPS works, looked at how OneWeb is supposed to work and decided they are the same!

Russia: It isn't just us – a bit of an old US rocket might get as close as 5.4km to the ISS

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Re: Not the orbital kitty video delivery system

It is not humanly possible to de=orbit anything by throwing it backwards, I can't be bothered to find it but Scott Manley has debunked this in one of his videos.

Page 20 of that PDF contradicts your words where it says the first 9 Falcon 9 flights:

"• Left in LEO to decay == This has been the case for Falcon 1 Flights 4 & 5 which remain in a nearly equatorial LEO to this day, as well as the first 5 Falcon 9 flights - of which COTS1

performed an unannounced upper stage restart boosting it into a 290x10,700km orbit &

CASSIOPE, which attempted a "sideways" upper stage restart which failed, stranding it in a

900km polar orbit. "

BTW I think that PDF comes across very disjointed and poorly put together which is surprising considering the author of the PDF is a Journalist and was an aerospace engineer. Perhaps he is past his best.:-(

James Webb Space Telescope gets all shook up – launch delayed again

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Re: a "sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band"

That or someone what "OH F**k!" when they realized they had forgotten to tighten the clamp band.

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Re: a "sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band"

Wasn't "Engine Rich Exhaust" coined by Scott Manley when talking about on of the Starship tests? At least, IIRC, that's where I first heard the term.

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"1,500,000km (930,000 miles) beyond Earth's orbit"

could confuse some that think of orbit as circling the planet whereas in this case the orbit referred to is the earth's orbit round the sun. *

though I think technically it will still be in orbit around earth just that the orbital period will be one year and so remain roughly inline with the sun and earth.

* that's what I did and was going to comment that it implies there is only orbit round earth and manged to understand the sentence just before making a fool of myself !!!

Fool me OnePlus, shame on me: Chinese phone firm fingered for fiddling with performance figures – again

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Bugger, shattering my bubble...

I'm typing this on my 4 year old OnePlus 5 and have to say until now I've been more than happy with it.

It still pisses all over my <1 yr old Samsung A50 work mobile in performance, battery life, charging speed and reliability.

It's been updated several times and is on Android 10 so support seems ok to me.

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle boss weigh in on fixing Hubble Space Telescope

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Re: Faulty backup computer

I want to upvote (because funny) and downvote too (because I hate cloud)!

Kepler spots four rogue Earth-mass exoplanets floating in space, unbound to any star

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Planet pool

Only if Dave Lister is involved, otherwise multiply icon by several gazillions.....

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Re: Free floating planet population

So we can buy their new improved FTL drive?

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Re: Spending eternity roaming space

Why are there downvotes on this? It's polite, informative and sounds very reasonable.

If you downvote a post I think you should post a reply to refute the post too unless it's obvious like say, the post says the brontosaurus is not valid unit of measurement or claims the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not exist.

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"reason to expect that they did"

Isn't that pretty much the definition of speculation?

"Speculation: the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence"

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Re: Free floating planet population


You should start worrying about the core explosion sooner rather than later!

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

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Now there's a conundrum.

Is getting Hubble back online actually worth having Bezos get back from his little hop? Probably not!

Crane horror Reg reader uses his severed finger to unlock Samsung Galaxy phone

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Re: "on the other hand he was fine"

Yep, same here! Imagined him being trapped in the incident that severed the finger and having to pick it up off the floor to unlock his phone to call for help.

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich

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Re: the rich being richer than them.

What utter bollocks!

"bring money into the US for it to be taxed and then sent out of the country again" this is TAX on profit not revenue why would it go back out of the country? they are retaining the money outside the US waiting to it slip it in when they have applied enough grease to your government to get a tax holiday so they can pay more of it to their rich shareholders.

"US has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world" https://taxfoundation.org/publications/corporate-tax-rates-around-the-world/#Rates

There's many places higher, e.g. France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, India but don't let the truth get in the way of a good rant!

Terminal trickery, or how to improve a novel immeasurably

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Re: Novel interference

@dvd.. I'm the same with beer and golf.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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Re: ran out of ram

"universally known" ? - um, where I worked we called then "virgin urgers"

There was also the very un-PC and racist mnemonic for the resistor colour code!

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

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Re: I still have some pairs of trousers that are that old

I would vae a large selection of clothes from the 80ies onward except I got married 13 years ago and SWMBO insisted I throw most of it away. Shame really, around now would probably be back in fashion! It was probably going out of fashion when I bought it - would have been nice to actually wear fashionable clothes! :-)

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

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Re: But, but

Is you sarcasm detector on the blink?

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Re: But, but

Says the person too chicken to put his name to his post. Oh the irony!

You think the simple servants responsible for most of the Brexit trade arrangements will be held responsible (you don't actually think Boris's bungling pals got involved with the details or will accept an iota of responsibility do you?)

SpaceX powers through bad case of wind to nail Falcon 9's eighth droneship landing

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Re: Seconded

"high resolution pictures of Pluto (for example) are .....non-pedestrian"

True but the legacy space industry (eg. Boeing) deciding not to bother developing booster recovery because it's too hard or they assume the customer will always be happy to pay to build a new one is shortsighted, arrogant and is now costing them SpaceX is eating their lunch/launch.

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone

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Same here because I've always worked for large companies that can/could afford their own servers and IT dept (aka busses and bus mechanics).

I'd say it is like a small startup bus company that doesn't have the capital or want to be in debt to to buy the bus and so leases the bus.