* Posts by Silverburn

1611 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police



Note to self: Install Pineapple.

Thanks rozzers!

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards


Can confirm Apple BS.

Not for batteries, but for Touch Bar.

Touch Bar died on my company MacBook pro, so cruised into apple with my AppleCare. Was told, yes we need to replace the Touch Bar.

And the trackpad.

And the keyboard.

And the speakers.

And the top panel.

Horrendous design decisions aside, they did say I could use the laptop until the parts came in, drop off the laptop for three-four hours, and come collect it again. And they'd do everything under warranty. Fair enough.

Come the day to drop off the laptop, hand it over and they cheerily sign off with "...and it'll be ready in 10 days".

Excuse me? 10 days? You said four hours!

"Nah, this needs to be sent away."

But you said the parts were coming in???

So yeah. Fuck you Apple. Get your shit together.

Blatant plug: Check out Louis Rossman on youtube. He has some very interesting observations on Apples famous "design" skills.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Key word here was "on" your turf. That's trespass. "over" your turf is not trespass, as it's technically FAA controlled airspace.


Some clarifications

1) The airspace above his property is not his. It "belongs" to the FAA, and as such, does not count at trespass. If it did, BA would be invading my property about 300 times a day. The judge was technically in error to claim trespass.

2) Pilot has telemetry and witnesses showing he was not 10ft from the daughter. Nearer 200ft. At what height does privacy become a reasonable expectation? Why was the telemetry not considered in the case?

3) Shotguns at 200ft...It's a phantom, and farting on it the wrong way will inflict a fatal wound. A single pellet would have been enough if it jammed a motor or broke a prop.

4) Spying with a wide angle lens? Now that's funny...

5) Taking off and landing from your property means you can plausibly cross over neighbours property. See also: Heathrow. Can I shoot down anything now?

The fun begins if this phantom has been registered. It then officially becomes an aircraft for the FAA and NTSB. And guess what? shooting down "aircraft" is a federal offence and would have warranted a closed scene investigation by the NTSB (pretty comical). Try shooting down a news helicopter (complete with it's stabilised, massive zoom red epic camera) as it flies overhead and see if the judge thinks your privacy was still worth it.

Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland


Re: Weather 'tis nobler

Well, not quite. Here in Switzerland the civilised part of the ranges are in very hospitable climates during the summer months. Very much so, as the tourist industry relies on it.


Re: They have it covered from the other angle too

The only reason Swisspost open your mail for you, is the "customs inspections". Aka - daylight robbery fees.


Tech specs

Assuming they're using multrotors, the specs will look very similar to the system I'm testing:

- 6kg payload

- 3-4km range

- 15 mins flight time

- multiple levels of redundancy

The drone is the easy part though. The hard part will be Swiss FOCA regulations which forbid - even for the army - BLoS. If you can't fly BLos, there's no real point using the drone.

Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection


Re: People who fly drones

In Switzerland, they do.


Re: This isn't PROtection... it's just DEtection...

Because it takes almost next to nothing to make a drone fall out the sky. And fall they do - there's no such thing as a glide slope for multi rotors.

Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?


The Culture...

...just kicked someone's ass.

Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete


Re: But what about the control frequency?

Actually, my Spektrum DX8 mortally wounded a TBS Discovery last month, by decided than all channels should be 1000pwm until I rebooted it.

However, I did follow all the common sense precautions, which meant the only thing even remotely troubled or injured by this was my wallet.

Re: fixed frequencies...I doubt this will happen. Even though it should.


Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again

Your views are equally echoed in the field as well btw, with a universal "This'll ruin it for the rest of us" theme. None of us want this.

The real operators know that flying over crowds is the number one no-no. Many will turn down work as a consequence. Unfortunately, not all operators turn the work down...

Pre-flight checks etc are all common sense when you're rig costs nearly $15,000 (even before you add the RED epic). Venue checks as well.

Your suggestion about weight and size limits is plausible, but there is much to argue here. What weight is safe? <1kg? 2kg? 4k? These are all being discussed by the various aviation authorities. But the big question is:

When does a "hobby toy" become a "commercial drone"? A DJI Phantom can be both. And this is the problem.

Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty


Re: old school

On 5.8ghz, you'll be lucky to get 3-4km even with clear LoS, even with a 13dbi at the rx end. Yes, you'd get 20mile range if you're 5km up due to lack of atmosphere, but while one end of the link is at sea level, your range is very small on 5.8.

Better with a 900mhz or 1.2/1.3ghz rig, but the antenna shape will destroy all advances made by the clever airframe design.

Investors on Microsoft: What, Ballmer, leaving? Hand me my wallet


Enterprises going to the cloud?

Not all of them btw.

The ones with any sense (or deal with client data or client funds) are steering well clear.

Vulture 2 spaceplane STRIPPED to the bone


Re: Beautiful, certainly, but what about flight stability?

When mounting the ArduPilot, remember the vibration damping. Anything +/-5 on the Z axis will throw off the Baro and gyro accuracy. And mount the compass as far away from any electronics as possible.

http://www.diydrones.com is a good source of anti vibe techniques - four corners of MoonGel or Zeal is the most effective "singlle solution, direct mount" approach. To improve your gryo accuracy (which I suspect will be important given the proposed speeds), I'd recommend the zeal route.

AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad


Re: Bah!

"Backside Illumination"

Because some el reg Apple articles sound like the sun shines out of Apple's...

It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps


What's a watch?

Not worn one in 30 years. Don't miss it. Won't miss these either.

New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'


Leaky Apple

Is it just me, or does the tyranical approach to product secrecy of Jobs seem better than this "lets leak stuff constantly for months pre-launch as a form of hype" current approach?

The products might be hit and miss, but at least Jobs knew to put on a show. At the moment everyone is a bit *meh*.


Re: Downside to fingerprint.

Apple's fingerless gloves will cost more...



Ok, I'll admit to be being a fan of some (not all) Apple products, but I'm becoming less and less so, given the frankly drug-addled design decisions it's been making recently.

Gold and Silver options? 64bit processing? Fisher price UI? *this* is what Apple identified that it's customers want??? What f*ing market research were they doing??? Christ, take one look at your competitors Apple, and you can see what the market wants...

For the first time in ages, I will not be upgrading my iphone. Time to look for something a bit classier, with a bigger screen, more useful gadgets and more storage.

Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Re: MWN?

oh man - tech overload for a mere mortal brain like mine. But in a good way.

Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Re: Just to add

I don't think it's anything we didn't already know.

It's sheer scale and bare-faced audacity of it all that's rather alarming.

Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: iSheeple are easily fooled.

Then the new iFolly is released, you rush out to purchase a new status, and suddenly this observation becomes void. Funny That!

That's a sweeping assumption on your behalf, and you missed by a country mile.

Actually I came to the IP5 as an experiment after a Galaxy note. Naturally the fandroids will downvote this as a failing on my behalf, rather than - god forbid - find fault with the Note. But that's a very long post for another time.


Time to get some of that "innovation" into useability Apple, rather than tinkering with the form factor so much it's now hard to produce. Time to admit you misread the market, and get back to what people want.

Though in their defence - my iphone 5 is hardly slow in my usage model, so one does wonder why we need nearly 2ghz of quad core in a phone?

Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black



Interestingly, this is now my preferred option for a remote target tracking processor on a quad, instead of the Pi.

1. because of the dedicated 5V in, which is an easy wire in job to the BEC. Running USB convertors adds weight and complexity, and then you probably still need to run a BEC anyway if you running greater than 4S. Also means the bridges/capes will not brown out the processor either.

2. The extra CPU cycles will be useful, and the H264 is not required.

Only downside is the lack of 3G/LTE bridges/capes (that I can see)

Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink


a) Fisher price is cheaper

b) Fisher price is still cool (Have you seen the Space shuttle??? Cool....)

c) watches? Coffee grinders yes, watches no

Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers


Re: Train Journeys are too expensive anyway.

You probably forgot to include vehicle depreciation in your calculation, but then again...the prices are so ridiculous now, that even that can be factored in and still be cheaper.

UK railways are the worst in Europe, for how much we pay. FFS - with a flat rate 50% discount card (which everyone can get, and can be for almost *any* journey), even rail travel in Switzerland is cheaper.

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Re: What a joke

Where is all the money going? Or what's wrong? Can anybody enlighten me?

Probably to Edinburgh, to pay for that beacon of efficiency, the trams.


You lucky bastards.

It's the model of efficiency compared to the Edinburgh trams, and they're not even running yet.


Re: Sorry, this post may be slightly on-topic

This is less efficient and will cost me more

Ha, ha, that's not inefficient. If you want a true masterclasss in creating an epic clusterfuck of an "efficient transport system", travel 40 miles east to witness the glorious Edinburgh trams. An epic failure on so many levels it defines all logical explanation.

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Ive been on it.

*They'd* have to pay *me* to travel on it again.

Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file


Re: Use one way encryption

You need some "salt" with that too. More specifically...beer.

That will turn it from english into something truly uninteligible to any sober person, but will make perfect sense to anyone who's consumed the right amount of "salt".

Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8


Re: Meh.

Neither was creeping around a level in Doom on 9% health trying to find a health pack

Pfft - ya big Jessie. Come back when you can do the boss level on 3%...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Re: Remember windows tabs?

Remember when using the "contains highly technical content" icon meant you'd see an interesting post?

Remember when el Reg could review an Android tablet with some fuckwad immediately sneering about a twelve year old version that ran Windows XP?

Pepperidge farm remembers

First look: iOS 7 for iPad


See also "Control centre".

Or "Center", as we will likely be forced to use, given our US-based companies' preference for forcing their mutant offspring of a language onto us.

Tip for Apple/MS/Oracle/etc...when I set my language preferences to "UK" in the OS, I expect your apps to honour that decision.


Re: Phone, Face Time and Message blocking.

"over-informed journalists"...you mean there's more than one??? I thought informed journo's were a myth...


Re: Bravo if the skeuomorphism is goes away!

...current beta, you can hide both of those in a folder, which you could stick on the last page of apps ..

But that's what we do now! And it's a surprisingly full folder....

No, we want full delete or hide capabilties, not a variety of the "Apple's Junk" folder.

New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers


Ropes are so passé.

Rockets. That's what you want.

Or even better...a vertical maglev. (aka...rail gun!)


Re: A note on elevator safety

He broke both his legs and probably never got in a lift again but otherwise was completely unharmed

It would have made a better story if you mentioned "He broke both his legs and probably never got in a lift again but otherwise walked away completely unharmed"

If you've ever broken a leg, you'd probably realise that "completely unharmed" is somewhat underestimating your injuries.

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Re: Uri

Geller. Because while the science lags behind expectations, they still have to make shit up and sell it to the public as real.

SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix


Re: IBM & Novell's Failure

Double taps and triple shots. The bane of Pre. Ej. sufferers everywhere.


Re: Jarndyce vs Jarndyce is not that fictional

QI = Questionable Integrity


Re: @Daniel

Nukes only work against stuff with substance.

But since SCO has no substance...

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?


Re: I want one...

There will be a PC version on goodluckbuy or alibaba next week. Probably.


Re: Cost

I don't think it really matters what you estimate.

At the end of the day, *all* of the prices will be in the "Are you sitting down for this one, sir?" territory.



..so it's a cross between R2D2 and a G4 Cube.




Patch Tuesday: And EVERY version of IE needs fixing AGAIN


Re: There he is!

...or doing all his MS patching...for the MS machines he pretends he doesn't have, naturally.

Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro


Internal vs External

Personally, I don't see the problem with this.

If I'm gonna spunk many thousands on fast, massive storage etc for 4K processing - possibly a number of times more expensive than the Mac itself - I want it to be transportable away from Apple if I choose to do so. If the external connectivity cable/controller is as fast as an internal one, going external shouldn't be a problem, gives more flexibility, and it makes the array portable.

The only advantage of going internal would be access to the PCIe bus for storage, but the costs of scaling this sort of capacity would be prohibitive for 4K, so you'll look to localised editing anyway, but the raw stored on an array.

The only wrinkle is the video cards. Red Rocket is indeed out, but we'll just have to see how well the Fire Pro's do. I notice the brief wording doesn't highlight whether realtime 4K playback is possible. If it is, then the *new" 4K editors won't need to fork out on a RED. RED might even introduce a new breakout box if it can't do full playback. But by far the biggest issue is the non-standard video card form factor. Of all the new "lock in" technologies in the new Pro, this is the worst. Shame on you apple...

Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE


Let me get this straight...

I want your contacts, passwords etc. to get them from your iphone I need to:

- break into your house or office

- take photos of your iphone charger

- go home, replicate charge as close as possible

- devise the internals, and a bit of malware to get uploaded

- break into your house or office again

- replace charger with mine

- hope you don't notice that your charger has been replaced. Or that your house was broken into. Twice.

Chances of exploit: Slim...?

Much easier to write/buy an exploit for the software platform based on open source and has the largest market share, surely...

Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat


Aaaah, that's better...

...an MS article, and EADON is out in force.

His posts are like popcorn for the soul.


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