* Posts by Uffish

848 posts • joined 28 Aug 2012


Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


re: "black and white copy"

Here in France a fax has a certain legitimacy whereas a printed out email attachment doesn't, probably due to some arcane mix-up in the law. Professionals such as doctors and pharmacies keep using it for that reason, and also the sheer simplicity of the procedure.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


Re: "extremists in EVERY"

Put simply and the most accurately "There are extremists". Limiting the statement to specific groups is somewhat extreme wouldn't you say?

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?


Re: 100 gram atomic clock

How much does the battery weigh ?

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Re: "the long game"

True that Huawei didn't have much choice in the matter but that's not the point. The point is that Huawei has played the hand it was dealt competently and with no lasting damage. Now what happens?

Anyone want to help Trump build a trade wall round China? It could all get a bit tedious. The long game is in China's interest not ours.

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?


Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

Feel better now? Better out than in I always say.

We dunno what's more wild: This vid of Japan's probe bouncing off an asteroid to collect a sample – or that the rock was sun-burnt


To quote WikipediA ...

The total flight distance would be 5,240,000,000 km by the time the sample return capsule re-enters Earth's atmosphere. Not a bad range on one tank of Xenon.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Fail, moi?

Excuse my French but, from the French report ," Cette rupture a eu lieu en raison d’un serrage incomplet de la vis de retenue de la ligne dans le corps du sélecteur." In other words an incompletely screwed up retaining screw allowed a cable to be forced out of the front seat ejection sequencer by the blast from the rear seat pyrotechnics going bang. This meant that the front seat didn't go bang.

The front seat belt-tightening and canopy-smashing pyrotechnics did work because initiated by a different cable from sequencer.

Someone didn't fully tighten a retaining screw - fortunately.


Re: "probably a design or manufacturing fault"

Nah, connector disconnect due to badly screwed up securing sleeve. If you ask me it's the base commanding officer that needs to be disciplined, the accident report is a masterpiece of comedy except that the matter is serious.

It beats me how the plane, pilot and passenger survived such a series of errors. Mind you, in a way, it is a good advert for the plane manufacturer (and not a good advert for the French Armée de l’air).

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount


Re: Sensible idea

The moon has been a golf course for nearly fifty years, and as you say the bunkers are awesome.

See https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2019/02/06/astronaut-alan-shepards-out-of-this-world-round-of-golf-on-the-moon/

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations


Re: Testing in US is not as bad as reported?

Fuck testing - the one true problem is that the human race has no immunity to this new (for humans) virus (excluding probably those who have caught but survived covid-19).

If you have a strong immune system you will beat the virus, if you have a weaker immune system you will get very ill before beating (or not) the virus. It is the sheer number of people with weaker immune systems (or no luck) that frightens most governments - no one runs a health care system sized for the worst worst-case scenario. Hence all the emphasis on flattening the peak infection rate, not reducing the overall infection numbers.

The overall infection numbers are "close to everyone". The question for politicians is "how many dead before I'm toast".

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me


Re: "infuriatingly but also admirably bonkers"

Whereas all the English could come up with is Brexit.

Google's Fuchsia OS Flutters into view: We're just trying out some new concepts, claims exec


Re: Accurate Ads

"we see better results from targeted ads than untargeted"

Funnily enough I am reasonably up to date on most things I might want / need to buy, I really don't need some geek's idea of a targeting algorithm to clutter up my reading or viewing etc.

For some reason Google seems to want to restrict my own product searches / comparisons and replace it with theirs I wonder why.

Trump: Huawei ban will be lifted!
US Commerce Dept.: Yeah, about that…


Never twice the same product.

Many years ago a company I worked at drifted into a 'constant improvement' mindset. Products were changed to suit new contracts, newly available or cheaper components, response to competitors etc etc.

Manufacturing gamely tried to keep up with the changes but but many 'insufficiently documented' variants were manufactured and delivered. This seemed acceptable at first but customer complaints mounted and mounted. They never really recovered customer confidence.

Pull up your SoCs, it's rubber-glove time: European Commission to probe Broadcom over microchip supply deals


Singapore or Delaware

I thought that Broadcom announced it would relocate its legal address from Singapore to Delaware. Hasn't happened yet? Ah, promises promises.

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet


Re: Flying Fucks

Everyone knows the American way of doing things. But this latest bit of drivel from the US only serves to weaken their chances of getting an extradition. I suspect that they don't really want to get him into their legal system because it is so tediously nit-picking about things, and the good ol' boys can't deal with nit-picking.

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online


re: "a new stealth model"

They are still using flash units on the cameras in the USA? How quaint.

Bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'


Re: Some suggestions....

Three sugestions only! That is a bit Spartan.

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away


Re: OpenAppStore

" It can't charge credit cards or do operator billing and has no user accounts."

That's my favorite kind of store !


Re: 100 years and its the Yellow Peril* all over again!

Yellow Peril vs Orange Peril. I know which I would bet on winning in the long term.

I've had it with these mother-fscking slaps on this mother-fscking plane: Flight fight sparks legal brouhaha over mid-air co-ords


Re: Crotchety old person...

..that is me, and I have a bad back. The real problem though is that I, along with a good many other people, am taller than average. If the seat in front is reclined my knees get crushed, and up with thatI I will not put.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently


Re: Technological Solutions

I have been going back and forth across the Calais Dover link since the days of onboard passport checking and have come to believe that pretty up to date tech is already in use for screening and has been for some time. If you have triggered the system they (the UK authorities in the UK and, when they feel like it, the French authorities in France) will ask you to stop, get out and open the car boot. I guess that is for a very low level trigger but I guess also that is sufficient. If the authorities think this is necessary then a real smuggling suspicion must trigger a much bigger response.

Where is any sign of tech which could eliminate the need for live checks of vehicle and driver - it doesn't exist!

If the physical checks are for border control reasons it doesn't matter where they are done - they are physical border control checks.

NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument


Re: tea in France (or America)

It's tea STOP_FORTH, just not as we know it.

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras


Re: Outstanding work!

Not amateurs but a research team led by Ko Arimatsu at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. But still, as you say, outstanding work and bloody brilliance to work out that "big science" can sometimes be extrapolated down to "petty cash account science" and still come up with big results.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: A core is what I say it is, nothing more, nothing less

... and that little nugget of truth triumphs because there is no accepted definition for a CPU core so everyone's definition can stand on it's own merit.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly


Re: "3-axis accelerators are everywhere these days"

And most especially, they say, in a nice hot cup of tea.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

Black Helicopters

Re: "The CIA did not respond..."

That is what you are supposed to think.


Re: Eminence Grise

Eisenhower said it was the Military Industrial Complex, now its just the NSA, soon it will be Facebook.

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


Francis Bacon

Because he invented the scientific method.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Re: Democracy At Work

Seen "Democracy At Work" in the preparation of a Brexit Referendum, the implementing of the Brexit Referendum and the negotiations for Brexit. Hasn't been an edifying political process in my opinion.


Re: "Trump, for all his faults, has swung from Democrat to Republican"

As you say Trump has associated himself with both the main US parties, but he belongs to neither. Trump is a dictator, pure and simple.

("dictator" in the technical sense of how he prefers to operate in politics).

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound


Foley Fake Sounds

The Hollywood Foley artists are to be congratulated on the accuracy of their generic sounds.

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin


AI ? We don't need no steenking AI.

The M18A1 Claymore mine has the words "FRONT TOWARD ENEMY" embossed on the front. That is all you need for the killing game.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security


Re: They're not much good at communication either

But Google is very good at finding things;

"694913.pdf" gives "https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694913.pdf" as the first response.


... and the second response was "https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694913/dwp-ss030-security-standard-oracle-database-security.pdf" _ what is it with 694913 and cybersecurity?

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Re: Second chip added, bollocks

"all part of the info wars going on" Upvoted for that - whether you are right or wrong.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks


Re: homeless druggies

'Twas ever thus - actually the percentage of 'homeless druggies' was not always the same, maybe there is a solution.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Re: Secure communications

You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. Oh, you do have something to hide ...

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


Re: Not in that lawyer's law school

Corporate lawyers do what they are asked to do. Blame the Intel Marketing Dept.

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking


I just go with...

... every country just trying to further its own interests. Nothing new, just the technology.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Re: off-air standard

Hi M0LPT, Dept. of Superfluous Clarification here - shouldn't that be 'on-air standard'.


Re: cardboard replica of the Great Pyramid

... full size I hope?

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Re: Mobile

The word, used as a noun, belongs to Alexander Calder.


Re: May we please stop calling them phones?

But, but, my phone is a phone not a fondleslab.


Re: "budget (£50) earphones"

Sorry, I lost interest at that point.

‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it


Re: Pentahol

or Pentothal.

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars


Re: Deal with it..

I would love to deal with it for you, just how big a budget have you got, and are you planning on coming along as well?

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU


Re: NATO...

But you could use it in combination with glonass and gps. Might even help with accuracy if things got tricky and all of them were set to random dither mode. Would the average of three falsified positions be closer to the real position? I don't know and I don't care, it's to hot to care.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical


Re: Technical, English and Idiot.

My moderately fluent version of French, after thirty years of working in France, is a mix of basic French from half-remembered O level and a book on irregular verbs (the 'Jip en Janneke') plus a lot of 'argot' (the 'Bootwerker'). Works fine but causes some amusement in polite society.

MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo


re: "handy peers"


I don't know which school you went to but compared to the schools I went to in the 50's and 60's you were sadly under informed and mistaken.

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things


Re: Horribly Optimistic

This is Microsoft - you are being horribly optimistic. And of course they were testing the fix.

And Mozilla were better.



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