* Posts by BlinkenLights

71 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Nov 2011


Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards


Re: my domain has as many addresses as I want

I use company@mydomain.net, e.g. register@mydomain.net, or dixons@mydomain.net. Then if I get spam to a particular address I know who to blame.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty


Sorry, I don't do dayglo.

Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city


Re: King Arthur's Labyrinth

Llechwedd is very safe and tourist oriented. For more of an adventure you can spend a day exploring the nearby Cwmorthin slate mine - look up Go Below Extreme.

You enter the mine in the middle level (the upper levels are all collapsed) and make your way down to the lowest level that's not flooded and back up again. Aong the way you climb up and traverse vertical walls (via ferrata style), zip wire across the top of deep caverns, an abseil descent, ride down the deepest underground zip line, and finally jump of an underground cliff attached to a free fall descender.

There are no concessions to "tourists". The mine is exacly as left, except for the zip wires and safety wires. The only lighting is your helmet torch.

Huge flying arse makes successful test flight


I first saw it from around Caxton Gibbet on the way back from Cambridge. Close to Bedford it looked absolutely huge, dominating the empty blue sky - very impressive.

Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven


Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

Shortened URL for the NEC link if anyone's interested...



Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

"What would you use the Compute Module for?"

NEC use it for digital signage solutions...


Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push


Re: Air France Flight 447 accident

Erm... The computer was in control until it got conflicting readings from the sensors and gave up control. At that point only the pilots could figure out what was going on, and they got it wrong, on this occasion.

Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?


Re: The sound

I agree with you and was going to upvote, but then you spoiled it. Have a downvote for expecting downvotes.

Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'


American Billionaire Fulfills Wish of Last Hood Survivor

From the Telegraph article...

"Ted Briggs was one of only three survivors from a crew of 1,418 on board HMS Hood when it was sunk by the Bismarck in the North Atlantic more than 74 years ago.

Before he died he had often hoped the mighty ship’s bell could be salvaged from the seabed as a fitting memorial to those killed in the Royal Navy’s worst loss of life from a single ship during the Second World War.

His wish was finally fulfilled last week, seven years after his death, when the bell was recovered by research a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen."

Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring


Re: Quaint

A four-cylinder, 2 litre engine rated at 260 horsepower in a consumer car, built in 1996. Uprated to around 275bhp in 2006 at 69000 miles. Now at 178,000 miles, I expect it will last a bit longer yet.

First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app


"people who need accurate footpath information " - FAIL

There are footpaths through the woods to the east of the OS head office building - not visible on the screenshot. Walkers also need prominent contour lines, field boundaries etc. I will stick with my Explorer maps.

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top


Re: Double the memory and 6x the processing power

A persistent troll I see. Please note - arm-v7 was needed for Windows to run not necessarily the extra memory or processing power. This is the same requirement for Ubuntu etc.

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely


Re: Windows Bloat.

Not wanting to feed the troll, but arm-v7 was needed for Windows to run not necessarily the extra memory or processing power. This is the same requirement for Ubuntu etc.

Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole


Re: CentOS 4

I compiled and installed the latest version on RH8.0, so no reason it would not work on CentOS 4...


Download 4.3 and apply all 25 patches. Patch 25 is the fix.

Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival


"No one seems interested in ... the Lorenz crack".


Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?


Re: Mostly Harmless

Well I paid for the Elite: Dangerous premier beta. I have played the game and I have enjoyed it immensely even though it's still a work in progress. Money well spent.

Please ignore the Joerg-bot.

When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?


Re: Confused about IPv6 vs. NAT.

Unless your ISP allocates a public IPv6 range for all your devices you will to use NATing and private addresses anyway.

Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst


These cars need a human level AI.

So how will these cars cope with roadworks, temporary traffic lights and stop/go boards?

Instructions from police officers at accident scenes?

Obstructions in the road and narrow streets with cars parked on one or both sides?

Will it understand gestures from other drivers or headlight flashes giving way to it in those situations?

Will anyone let one of these cars in from a side road in heavy traffic and how will it know when it can pull out?

Think about every decision you make when driving and then how a computer driven car would know about that situation and how would it be programmed to deal with it?

Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered


Does anyone remember the MUD game on Prestel/Micronet?

I have vague memories of there being a rush for some kind of weapon every time the game restarted, but not much else.

Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots


Re: And pray that nobody used a web admin interface

A warning to everyone - don't respond to the trolling ignorant f*ckwit.

IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels


Re: IBM's skeletons in the basement

@harmjschoonhoven - are you going to do this trolling every time there's an article about IBM? It's getting a bit tiresome.

Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X



"Does work know you're storing company data with an untrusted 3rd party of US origin? Just asking.."

Classic "concern troll". Well done.

'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON


Re: Wow

A bright flash in the bottom left of the picture. The framing means it will be obscured by the video progress bar.

Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide


Road Colours Still Wrong

They still have not fixed the road colours - blue for motorways and green for primary routes. I will continue to use Bing for route planning and Google only for street view.

No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth


Large Lawyer Collider

Large Lawyer Collider....


Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp


Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies

"Strange the similarity between the letters NSA and NAZI...."

Equating an organisation that collects all your information with an organisation that rounded up Jews and set up death camps and slave labor factories. Right on!

Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze


Re: I'm surprised that in 2014...

"Perhaps when Britain can put a camera in orbit".

We may not have the launch vehicles but we certainly build complete satellites and cameras for many more, including Hubble.*

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15242383

British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon


Re: Breathtaking pomposity

Do you really think she wrote that? This is a document written by the government and signed by the monarch. You are an ignorant racist...

DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life


Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Forcing someone to use any kind of "desktop" OS on a 1024x576 screen is just being cruel.

New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet


No Combustion Involved

I know I'm being pedantic, but the line "here's another COMBUSTIBLE CETACEAN" is just wrong.

Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case



"Perhaps the chief inspector should have specified just which celebrity Ian Watkins he meant."

This is probably the dumbest comment ever in a Register article. The clue was in the previous paragraph. "The lead investigator in the case of the Lostprophets Ian Watkins". Who else would he be talking about?

BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans


It sounds like the author of this story is another anti BBC troll. It was a technical error nothing more. I watched the 3D broadcast on a Sky box and no issues with that.

Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel


Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

You seem to be remarkably ignorant of the x86 world outside of Wintel. There are quite a large number of x86 systems running Linux on the desktop and in the server room, not to mention all the Apple Macs.

British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes


Re: @enerider (was: Now ask me why ...)

I've got some tinfoil hats you might like to buy...

Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts


Re: People still watch TV?

A TV is an output device for displaying moving images. As long as there is content to show on such a device then people will still watch them.

Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II


Re: "Later we had Ealing Studios’ Went the Day Well"

No, this was about "a strand of British storytelling called invasion literature", and "later" was after H.G.Wells etc.

El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft


Danger Area

It looks like it landed right in the middle of an MOD training area. The Playmonaut could have been mistaken for an enemy spy and shot down.

EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan


Re: Though Prism was bad enough

Are any of those situations a life threatening emergency? Please enlighten us.

Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner


Re: I bet the police will love this one...

That would require police being out on patrol keeping an eye open for offending motorists. Nowadays enforcement is left to speed cameras alone.

Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'


Re: Silly comparisons

People are comparing 'Android' and 'iOS' as found on the 'iPhone' and 'iPad', so who's actually the dork?

To add to the anecdotal 'evidence'... I have an iPhone 4 (still on iOS 5) and a Galaxy S3 (on stock 4.1.2). The iPhone has crashed at least twice in the past two years. The S3 has never crashed in the six months I've owned it.

Google pools cloud storage


Photo Backup

I am still searching for the best option to backup 40,000+ (nearly 200GB) of photos.

I would happily pay to increase my Skydrive storage to 200GB, but they don't want my money (125GB maximum).

ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe


Moving From BE LLU To PlusNet FTTC?

Anyone know if there's any difficulties with moving from an LLU service to FTTC? I've heard it used to be difficult switching ISPs once you were on LLU - is that still the case?

Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review


Waste Of Space

Why is there a notification bar and a button bar wasting all that space on the screen? Surely they can combine both together?

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface


Nintendo Also Guilty

The new Wii-U 8GB has only 3GB available for users...

LucasArts' Dark Forces


Addiction Leads To Sickness

I think it was spending so much time trying to complete Dark Forces 2 that first gave me motion sickness. I have been unable to play PC FPSs since. Even playing a console FPS on the TV gives me motion sickness now.

You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers


Re: Anti-virus

The main problem now is with clueless users, and it sounds like you are one of those.

Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets


Mitac Mio a701

Probably the first phone to include a GPS chip (SiRFstarIII).

Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout


Helping Out

I'm going to buy an Panasonic LX-7 camera next month, so that should help them out a bit.

Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads


Re: No thanks

"Uptime > three years".

Are your neighbours not allowed to switch off their PCs then?