* Posts by Nugry Horace

21 posts • joined 14 Nov 2011

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer

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Under the name Mazak, it used to be used in pre-war toy trains. Unfortunately the processes used at the time meant impurities got into the mix, and castings from then may have become brittle or distorted - "mazak rot"

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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I'm disappointed no-one's got it to run a copy of Flight Simulator from the floppy.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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From my point of view what I miss from the 7 -> 10 transition is the classic theme with no restriction on the choice of system colours. "You can have it in Mouse Breath or Burnt Rubber" is not much of a choice, to my way of thinking.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Proper lash up

When maintaining software I've seen TODO messages reading "Temporary fix we need to do this properly later". Needless to say the person who left the message has long since retired and no-one else can guess what he meant by it.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X

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That diagram reminds me a little of Windows 3.1 / 95 architecture -- all the Win16 apps in a single v86 session, while DOS and Win32 apps each get their own. Except now it's Win32 apps that all get locked away together in the VM with the padded walls...

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

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Re: Steven Sinofsky?

MFC isn't an abomination - it's a lot easier to work with than raw Win32, and it's lasted better than a lot of other hot-platforms-of-the-year like VB.

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay

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Re: 50 50

British Rail's own stock for the Thameslink line -- class 319 -- had their own teething problems. The one I remember reading about was that resetting after an overload would cause the pantograph to go up, resulting in some unwelcome consequences when it happened south of the river.

Welcome to The Reg's poetry corner... hiQ once again / beats LinkedIn on web scrape case / more appeals await

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A far as I can see from the ruling, the case now goes back to the district court rather than up to the Supreme Court:

"We AFFIRM the district court’s determination that hiQ has established the elements required for a preliminary injunction and remand for further proceedings"

Imagine an Upside Down world where a vastly inferior OS went on to dominate... Stranger Things have happened

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Re: Glitches

Before DR-DOS it was called DOS Plus (and under the covers was a DOS emulator running on a CP/M kernel).

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These days, of course, we can do better than EGA resolution for our Windows 1.x screenshots.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: Technically, the media is plural

The point, I think, is that if people (like the author of the article) write 'media is' that reinforces the impression of the media as a single homogeneous entity. If they were to write the technically correct 'media are' that would give the opposite impression.

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Centrifuge

That works for '2001', but the scene in '2010' when they find Discovery with the centrifuge stopped and its angular momentum transferred to the ship only works if the centrifuge is mounted fore-and-aft rather than sideways-on.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Otherwise the program will stop with error 5 when it reaches the bottom of the screen.

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

Did you put the search string in quotes? Second result for me is page 199 of the IBM XT technical reference, listing that section of the XT BIOS.

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

Bill didn't choose a reboot in DOS -- that's done by the BIOS, too. The source is online, it's quite easy to check. Google "TEST FOR RESET KEY SEQUENCE".

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I see this misconception a lot. Yes, CTRL+ALT+DEL generates a hardware interrupt, but only the same interrupt that any other keypress does. There's nothing special about it at the hardware level, and never was.

The reason Windows NT uses it for its secure attention sequence is simply that it was the one key combination Microsoft could be sure other programs weren't using.

BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Also kill the annoying "Green" messages!

It's also particularly good when the 'Green' exhortation is what causes the email to spill over onto a second page.

Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

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Source code for later versions of CP/M can also be found at http://www.cpm.z80.de.

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: What was 2.0 really known for?

CP/M itself didn't use the slash. Microsoft's development tools for it did, though.

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Re: What about that game with the sonic screwdriver?

You're thinking of "Robots" -- there were numerous variants, some where the graphics for the robots were Daleks.

The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying

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"You wouldn’t have had the First Doctor doing this stuff, or letting the companions – or even the viewers – sort it out."

Yes you would. In the first few serials, the Doctor was a bumbling old coot who got everyone into trouble, and Ian was the hero who saved the day. Look at which one of them takes down the final villain in 'The Keys of Marinus', for example.


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