* Posts by Stoke the atom furnaces

148 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Nov 2011


UK's National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music

Stoke the atom furnaces

The BBC Micro's SN76489 sound chip (which was also used in the Sega Master System) stands up very well against the SID chip.

IBM ordered to pay £22k to whistleblower and told by judges: Teach your managers what discrimination means

Stoke the atom furnaces


My experience working as an assignee to an IBM plant in the US is that their management is so dysfunctional and poor at making decisions in the first place, you have to wonder what they can possibly achieve at 8am on Saturday morning that cannot wait until Monday.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency

Stoke the atom furnaces


Moving from 32 to 64bit signed integers only pushes the 2038 problem back to 15:30:08 UTC on Sunday 4th December of the year 292,277,026,596.

Take my bits awaaaay: DARPA wants to develop AI fighter program to augment human pilots

Stoke the atom furnaces

If they got rid of the pilot all together the airplane could pull much higher G-loads. The dead weight/cockpit/ejector seat etc. would be replaced with more fuel and munitions.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Stoke the atom furnaces

Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes, inventor of cache memory, microcode and the subroutine, would be a worthy choice.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Absolute Zero

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, would get my vote.

An oversight that he did not make The Register's top 10 list.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Yep

Hermann Hauser was, and is, Austrian.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

Stoke the atom furnaces

BBC Micro

I always liked the host/parasite naming that Acorn gave to BBC Micro and second processors plugged into the Tube interface.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

Stoke the atom furnaces

Can it run RISCOS?

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: sustainable, clean energy

'sustainable, clean energy'

Nuclear power ticks both boxes.

RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

Stoke the atom furnaces

Thank you

Thank you for the ZX81, my first childhood computer.

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Britain had an empire before the RAF.

"Are you trying to start a Navy/Airforce flame war?"

Remember that the RAF has not shot down a fixed wing aircraft since the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.

All these MiG15, A4s and Mirages downed during the Korean and Falklands wars were shot down by Fleet Air Arm.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

Stoke the atom furnaces

One more thing.

Chalk this up as another thing that VoteLeave kept very quiet about during the referendum campaign.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Stoke the atom furnaces

How is this going to differentiate Wndows from ChromeOS?

Looks like another flat-footed MS copy of a competitors product to add to Bing, Edge, Windows Phone and half a hundred other projects that should have been strangled before seeing the light of day.

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: F-35B--the "B" stands for boondoggle!!

I thought the 'A' in F35A stood for 'Awful' and the 'B' in F35B for 'Bloody Awful'.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Why cats?

Surely if you are only in possession of 48 airframes, you would not want to risk an F35-B attacking targets defended by modern SAM and AA defences? You would leave the job to drones or Tomahawk/Storm Shadow cruise missiles.

Stoke the atom furnaces

French Navy Dassault Rafales are kicking their heals during the Charles de Gaulle's 18 month midlife refit.

If the ships had cats and traps the RN could take them to sea.

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

Stoke the atom furnaces

Self driving car

Avoid parking problems by having your self driving car drive around in circles all day whilst you are shopping/at work.

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

Stoke the atom furnaces

Reviving the name 'HMS Devastation' would be more fitting for our new our new aircraft carrier than naming it for old big ears.

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Marvellous

ARM Chip OG (Original Gangsta).

Who came up with such brilliantly succinct headline?

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: The Amiga

'Not ... the Archimedes.'

To think that the "A" in the ARM devices that all the Commodore fanbois carry around with them these days stands for ACORN.

Stoke the atom furnaces

The Amiga has become the Blakes 7 of home computers.

But Blakes 7 space ship was controlled by an Acorn System 1.

HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

Stoke the atom furnaces

On a visit once to HMS Illustrious they had a training rocket on display with four holes punctured in it in a neat row by Phalanx or Goalkeeper. Princess Anne walked pass me as well.

NASA short-lists six candidates for future missions

Stoke the atom furnaces

Ice Giants

Wish NASA would get their finger out and send Cassini-like probes to orbit both Neptune and Uranus.

Now that would be cool.

Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

Stoke the atom furnaces

Sea Gripen

A navalised version of the Saab Gripen would offer much better value for money than the buggy and eye-wateringly expensive F35B.

Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

Stoke the atom furnaces

Convict Colony

How do you know when a plane is full of Poms?

It does not stop whining when you turn the engines off.

Stoke the atom furnaces


Name all eight planes Bruce to avoid causing a little confusion.


Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

Stoke the atom furnaces

SAAB Sea Gripen could be a much better and cheaper choice.

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

Stoke the atom furnaces

Not fit for purpose

Why doesn't Microsoft quite whining about the NSA and get on with the job of fixing their buggy software?

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Stoke the atom furnaces

Motor car recall

Surely the comparison here should be with the motor vehicle industry.

if a vehicle contains a dangerous fault then it is recalled and repaired at the expense of the motor vehicle manufacturer. Why should software any different?

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Quality

Are windowed operating systems complex? The technology is over 30 years old now.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Competition sparks innovation

It is a failure of both purchase policy and competition regulation by governments that the IT industry is lumbered with a single near-monopoly supplier of PC OS software.

Until governments start activity promoting alternatives to Windows then cyber-attacks will remain commonplace.

Stoke the atom furnaces


If the software was written properly in the first place then it would not need patching.

Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Stoke the atom furnaces

Clippy Reborn ?

Microsoft Echo clone, "It sounds like you are trying to do some shopping, would you like me to bugger it up for you?"

The results would be mildly interesting if I trusted Microsoft with my personal data.

Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Stoke the atom furnaces

I am very impressed with my daughters Asus chromebook. Very responsive, solidly built and the quad core ARM CPU gives it oodles of battery life.

I would love to see someone putting a Raspberry Pi into a laptop of the same quality and at the same price point.

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Its not a 100% accurate emulation

The ZX81, not the Spectrum, had the wobbly RAM pack.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Rick Dickinson

"I don't really understand why people want it at all"

You wet blanket.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Rick Dickinson

The industrial design for the new ZX Spectrum NEXT is by Rick Dickinson who designed the ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum and QL, which is why the new machine looks like a million dollars.


HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

Stoke the atom furnaces

Why no mention yet in the Register of the ZX Spectrum Next Kickstarter, fully funded on St George's Day and the 35 anniversary of the launch of Sir Clive's original Speccy?

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Several sorts of fail

9: Bad luck : Tangerine Computer Systems, maker of the Oric-1 - their factory burnt down!

Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

Stoke the atom furnaces


Great headline - I now know what Scots for p*ssed is.

Where is the video of the Uber self driving car driving though the red light?

Here :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdJ4oae8f4

Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: Why not offer different battery pack options.

Renting out trailers with gasoline/generator cobos for long road trips might be a more realistic option.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Natural Gas Vehicles

I wish the government / industry would pay more attention to natural gas powered vehicles.

NGVs have lower emissions that gasoline and diesel and, unlike hydrogen, there is an extensive natural gas pipe network already in place.

Tax dollars should be pushing NGVs, not battery powered electrics.

Stoke the atom furnaces

Electric heater

Up here in New England (unlike old England) we have proper winters. I regularly drive to work when the outside air temperature is below -10C or -15C and I have driven to work in -25C weather.

Gasoline engines produce lots of lovely waste heat, but what I need to know before buying an electric car is the range of a Tesla in a traffic jam with the electric heater on full blast.

Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

Stoke the atom furnaces

My current desktop machine came second hand from a school in Virginia via Ebay for $22. I upgraded it with a SSD and a 45nm 3.2GHz Quad Core Phenom II, and I think I am good to keep going for at least another two to three years.

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

Stoke the atom furnaces

Re: The harsh reality

E-mail was moved over to MS Outlook some time ago, but we are still using a large number of legacy Lotus Notes databases which are time consuming to migrate to something better.

Stoke the atom furnaces

The harsh reality

Not surprising, I have been using IBM Lotus Notes at work for the last 14 years and it is still a crock of sh*te.

If they cannot fix the obvious shortcomings of their products how can they expect to keep their jobs?

With Skype, Microsoft's messaging strategy looks coherent at last (almost)

Stoke the atom furnaces

Open Source Alternative to SKYPE

Any recommendations for an open source alternative to SKYPE that my daughter can use to chat to her Grandparents at the weekend?