* Posts by d3rrial

267 posts • joined 11 Sep 2012


Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station


Death Star

Did anybody else think of how eerily similar the first picture on page 2 looks to the Death Star from Star Wars? The irony!

Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace


Re: Well yes, but I would keep the complexity down first

Since when does AMD own fabs again?

Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?


Well, ...

the politicians in the European Parliament are all traitors anyway... They lick the assholes of everyone who gives them money until they're sore regardless who it is... I would not be surprised about the rise of a new EU sanctioned Hitler, just because he paid the EU Parliament enough lobby money to legalize genocide.

PayPal goes crypto-currency with Bitcoin


Re: It's just going to be a matter of time before coinbase and bitpay runs out of VC capital

BitPay / Coinbase usually sell the coins they get within one hour after they received them... They have $$$ in their hands even before the company who they're providing the service for. It's not like they're just leaning back and going "ah whatever, it'll work out for sure".


Re: "Accepting" Bitcoin

@Ole Juul

The chargeback policy will have to be 'caveat emptor'.

Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun



How should it overheat? It's still quite far away from the sun and it's hooked to chunk of ice(y stuff). I would've figured that the lander would feature some kind of cooling mechanism that can exchange heat between itself and the comet it's attached to...

The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal


Re: They've got you...

@Guus Leeuw

They can always claim that your Graphics Card transmitted it to your Monitor.

If they have the judge in their pocket, he could rule on this.

Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'



I didn't want to start a vi vs. emacs vs. nano debate in comments here ;)


Or he could simply use git and LaTeX...

AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else


Re: a little cheap?

It's not a high end card. I have 2 R9 290X, just one 290x would blow this one out of the water already... They're just showing that AMD are becoming more and more full of themselves, next time it's nVidia again...


Re: question...

0 Cuda cores.. This is AMD. They have stream-processors, not Cuda Cores (which are exclusive to nvidia).

Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman


Re: great news for the exchanges that got knocked off

And yet, when you buy bitcoins from an exchange with USD, the money has to come from a real bank account or a real credit card... It's not like that money just materializes at the exchange...


Re: The first problem....

@Thorne I wonder who invented money.


Re: A fair cop

@Gray Ham

In Germany you can get deductions on income from illegal activities.

Zennet wants YOUR machines for tradable supercomputer cloud


I keep repeating this, but nobody listens.. Ignorance, stubborness, stupidity? Who knows.

It's Bitcoin when talking about the technology and bitcoin when talking about a unit of the currency. It's never BitCoin or bitCoin.

But the rest of the comment is somewhat correct, so this is the only issue I have to complain about.

Sugar with that tea?

Cryptolocker flogged on YouTube


Re: Malware served through ads? Oh dear...

Am I one of the cool kids, because I use lynx?

Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows


Wouldn't it be the Intelnet of Things then?

AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...


As if...

...the GPU naming scheme hadn't introduced enough confusion already, now they release a SSD series that has the exact same naming scheme... I see a great future ahead.

Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones


Don't expect anything

They'll likely be just as shit as Beats.

Just because it's affiliated with Intel, doesn't mean they'd try to enforce any sort of quality... Just look at McAffee software *g*

'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary


Re: Cray

Yeah I was wondering as well, why would the name of a company be added to a Dictionary? Is Zuse also in the OED?

Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'


Re: I'm more impressed

@Loyal Commenter

I'd say fridge works better than a microwave: Tho most of the body of a microwave is metallic, the glass-window is not, it only has a metallic mesh in it, and if I remember correctly the mesh is only supposed to hold back electromagnetic waves that are specific to that microwave, not cell phones.

Alternatively you could probably put it in a microwave and put the microwave into a fridge... ;)

Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users locked out


Re: Why trust any third party?

why not use "considerdollarbaseready fARSEbook" as password directly instead of hashing it first? It's not like you're adding anything to the password, that would make it safer, by hashing it

Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi


It seems you may not have entirely grasped Bitcoin yet.

I agree, the exchanges are not very transparent and potentially illiquid, however:

Bitcoin isn't supposed to be anonymous, who cares about the few small-time criminals that abuse the system. Legitimate transactions far outnumber (and outweigh) those of criminals.

Bitcoin requires almost no work for compliance if you go with a payment processor like BitPay or Coinbase for the time being (which also solves the capital reserve needs btw)

Nobody can come up with a better way of mining. First there was CPU mining, someone came up with a better way: GPU mining, supply stayed the same because the network automatically adjusted itself, then someone came up with FPGA mining, supply stayed the same again, because the network automatically adjusted itself, now there is ASIC mining, the supply is still on the correct trajectory because again, the network automatically ajdusted itself. Even if you were to start chipping away at bitcoin mining with Quantum Computers which far exceed ASIC capabilities, the network would quickly adjust and the supply will go back to normal.


Re: You could build Bitcoin heaters

I used my mining rigs in winter to heat up my apartment, but not through a water-heat-exchanger but through normal fans+heatsinks. I saved the costs for heating my room and got back more than the electricity cost, so yeah.

Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'


Re: Ahh, how I remember the good ole' days:

... 5 years ago it wouldn't have even been enough for a bag of sweets or an icecream. You needed hundreds upon hundreds of bitcoins for that...

Ahh those were the days :)

US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags


In the USA Police Departments are allocated resources, dependent on how many arrests they make, so no matter what, it's financially more viable to arrest everyone and let half of them go, than it is to let every innocent person go. There's a good chance the person did something illegal at some point after all and ignorance of the law doesn't give you the right to break it. So even if the initial arrest is unwarranted, as long as they find something incriminating afterwards, they get a nice and fat bonus.

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites


Re: No "real" crime...

@adnim Of course. This is proven by the recent case of two people being arrested for smut pictures on their phones, which they received per whatsapp and thought they had deleted. That case set a great precedent and now looking at things is a crime. If you wanted to look at it or not is irrelevant.

Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam


Re: Cylon??

I'm German and I am greatly offended by this. I demand you respect the rule of the towel!

True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE


Well, if we survived that is ;)

(Or maybe it's a "life flashing before your eyes" kind of situation)

CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files



R.I.P. CryptoLocker. You were an entertaining piece of software. Congratz to the Developers $27m was it, huh? Very impressive!

Speaking in Tech: 'I think Ballmer tried to DERAIL MICROSOFT', says ex-Redmond man


Cloud 2 Butt

I haven't listened to the podcast yet, but one of the topics piqued my interest.

Cloud To Butt Plus. Most hilarious (and important!) extension for Google Chrome!

UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn


That's just plain wrong...

...on so many levels.

So everytime the UK Government now wants money from you, all they have to do is send you an SMS with disgusting images, "accidentially" search you and then fine you? Wow.

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days


Do I get this correctly?

This engine uses microwaves to accelerate a pair of virtual particles in the opposite direction of it's vector, thus transferring momentum from the resting virtual particle pair into the rear-facing direction of the device, and due to conservation of momentum, the device is moved 'forward' while the particles move to the back, but because of their virtuality the particles (annihilate?) / seize to exist before they'd impact the back-wall of the device and thus will not accelerate the device in the opposite direction again, leaving the momentum of the thrust-device intact?

In dumb terms: It's creating a 'stone' inside it's hull 'throws' the 'stone' in the direction of the back of the device and thus gains momentum (equal and opposite reaction and all), but lets the 'stone' disappear before it hits the back-wall.

At least that's what my imagination says whats happening. Unfortunately I'm not very well versed with technical terms so, yeah.


Re: it's all good

That ain't how gravity works!

It's War: Internet of things firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards



Who'da thunk it.

ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told


Re: War Crimes


I think his point was more that every country with an active military commits war crimes one time or another. Great Britain just as much as Israel or any given other country that has been at war at some point.


P2P distributed Nameservices?

Namecoin for example could help with Problems like that.. (altough I'm not a fan of Namecoin myself, distributed DNS could be useful, if not essential at some point)

Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report


Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?


YMMD. Thank you!

You, Verizon. What's with the download throttle? Explain yourself – FCC boss


Re: Phil O'Sophical

For a lack of alternatives.

Why do you think people in North Korea elect Kim Jong Un? There's only one candidate on the ballot.

It's no different here in the western world. No matter who you put your cross in for the election, they're all just actors, putting up a front to entertain the masses, make them believe they have a choice. In the end it doesn't matter at all who you vote for, they'll screw you either way.

Edit: This isn't some black helicopters conspiracy bullshit. What I'm trying to say is that politicians are all equally evil and the difference in value they show to the public are just for show. Left wing, right wing, doesn't matter, they'd both do the same thing when they come to power.

You probably heard the quote "Never attribute to malice what could equally be attributed to incompetence". That holds true only for people. Politicians however are mindless, greedy scum, whose entire existences are nothing but malice.

Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials


Re: Sounds

Well. Strictly speaking Aaron Swartz didn't do anything illegal either. Or Josef S.



kind of abusive. It wouldn't surprise me if they got into legal trouble...

On the other hand, El Reg: Have you still not learned, that Bitcoin is written with lower case 'c' and is also not generatable on "graphical processing units"?

Even if these cloudservers had GPUs available for processing, it would likely cost the Researchers more in internet connectivity costs if they were to mine bitcoins. Due to the trials being free, obviously, Litecoin still has the capability of being profitable (near zero costs, non-zero income) yet there would be wiser choices as to what to do with the time they spent on creating this.

Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)


Re: Dear Jasper

@AC'Dear James Hughes 1'

James Hughes 1 however is a reader of El Reg, while Jasper is a professional author. Do you see the difference?

FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables



So strong, but imprecise laser for creating the 'tunnel' and weak, but precise and fast laser for sending the data?

It does make sense. I would believe that it is hard to modulate a laser that is powerful enough to have an 'impact' at distances of over a km, to precisely transmit high-bandwidth data, while it would be also difficult to make a high-precision laser strong enough to have a signal that doesn't degrade before 1km of air-way. So basically pairing up two different lasers to compensate for each others weaknesses?


Re: Why?

Did I miss something? I just re-read the article and once again I have not seen it mentioned anywhere that the laser is supposed to ionise the air. Heating air slightly and ionising it are somewhat different if I recall.

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m


Title win!

So... many... puns...

Pun... overflow...

Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad


Re: The definition of terrorism is too broad

I'd simply say anyone who isn't me is a terrorist. Problem solved.

Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech


Re: sure thats right ?

Maybe the GCHQ went on to try and edit this article but only got as far as the first line...

Dude, you're getting a Dell – with Bitcoin: IT giant slurps cryptocash


Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

Come on people... He's obviously trolling.

First clue: The headline.

Second clue: 'BitCoin machines'. Yes, why would anyone sell shovels if you could use them to dig for gold!

Third clue: MA in Economics from Oxford and >25 years in IT. (I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time)

Fourth clue: 'simples'. Nobody says that.

Fifth clue: Bob Newhart: Really?

Sixth clue: Public record / Not anonymous. Kind of like the blockchain, right?

The final clue is his 'inability' to write coherent english sentences.

Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system


Re: Latex Masks

Or Handsome Jack mask... Altough I guess that might get flagged as criminal :/

Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?



Well, technically one can always root the phone and withdraw the permissions...



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