* Posts by redpawn

660 posts • joined 18 Sep 2013


Not just its VCS console that's MIA, Atari is a no-show in court, too: Reborn biz ignores hardware architect's lawsuit over unpaid wages

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What, rocks in the head? You can easily get one off ebay for far less ($80 with a stack of games) and it will be way more retro.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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So will they ever?

provide bios updates for their low end equipment without requiring an install of Micros~1? The ideapads are not half bad basic machines when loaded with a light weight distro but crumble under the weight of 10 and become useless. Other bios update methods are available for the higher end machines but not for the ones that need it most.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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I'm no fool

It is not a USB stick, it is a new form of hologram, similar to the ones on the Holodeck. It only takes the form of a USB stick with a unique sticker for the convenience of shipping and storing its manual. Its quantum nature allows it to be touched, manipulated and to imitate even the function of a very small capacity USB stick. Having investigated this, I'm ordering ten in order to protect my entire hosing project.

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

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No Yuan untracked

A dream come true. Not even a credit card company or other intermediary between the government and the transaction. It's like the conspiracy theory that all US money is tracked via the security thread in each bill larger than a one, but absolutely real and practical. Now someone will tell us that satellites send radio waves which resonate with off the security threads....

US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough

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Sign up for your $1.32 payout

in five years. Good to see the free market in action. As equal participants in the contract, consumers will get a fair shake and stronger regulation would only inhibit innovation in billing.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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TRUST is a two way street

I don't run Windows except when a special application is needed for both TRUST and speed issues. uBlock Origin on Linux makes me feel a bit better. However, lack of transparency does not lend me to volunteer any info to eBay. I would ditch eBay but parts can be hard to come by through other channels without paying too much for both shipping and the part here in Hawaii. Keeping old kit running keeps me a customer unfortunately.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: Quite an upgrade...

With that upgrade, I could even run Windows 10!

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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It's the coin

Inspired by the article I epoxied a coin to my cable modem and my throughput went up by more than an order of magnitude. Another doubling came from wrapping the cable line around a magnet.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Looks like a job for...

The United States Space Force, who's mission is exploring strange new worlds and protecting us from danger. Or perhaps we just give them money for the hell of it.

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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With 500MW

worth of servers, build a power plant next door to take advantage of the extra heat and generate electricity. Yes, yes, entropy and all, but that can be legislated against.

There's a new comet in town and you don't need a fancy multi-million-dollar telescope to see it. Just regular eyeballs

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Re: This is not visible

Low on the horizon for 20N at 5am on the 15th heading through Triangulum on its way to Perseus, so you are in the Wrong Southern Hemisphere. Try the other Southern Hemisphere next time.

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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What are the chances

this will happen to you by accident? No one is so mean spirited as to take advantage of this on purpose so don't worry.

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

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Did I hear a bling sound?

Did it get a power up from this landing, or does it still need to touch another asteroid first?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Hide and $eek

Mine $weeper

Calvin Ball

Ten O' Clunk

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some

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Re: It's the microphone, not the browser

The microphone in the picture is pointed at the windscreen. Has a tunnelling version of ultrasound been invented by evil advertisers.

Non-human Microsoft Office users get their own special licences

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Ancient Astronaut Theororists say...

Yes! Alien robots will want to have the novel experience of unpredictability and will pay handsomely for the privilege.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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We have a betterr plan

The virus will miraculously disappear. No need for contact tracing apps here.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: southern hemisphere required

It is in Telescopium about 57 degrees South, so in theory visible from anywhere south of about 33 degrees North, which now puts me in the southern hemisphere. I'll have to check which way the water circulates down my toilet's black hole and see if it has changed.

Apple funnels Worldwide Developer Conference 2020 through iOS app, website amid coronavirus lockdowns

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stationary cameras are dull

You want moving screens, cameras and tinny sound. Get with the program users, and accept the new paradigm.

Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011

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Way Cool...

bet it will still cost $79 million to send up an astronaut up with the Dragon, but US contractors will get an increase in their cut and we will be free of Putin's influence. Just kidding.

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Only rogue users

If you need this for your company you already view your users as rogue and might want a firewall between the filter and the users.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Only profit motivated scum

can protect the public interest. Now charities are doomed to never turn a profit. Society will unravel because envy of the super rich is the glue that holds the internet together.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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UFOs too useful to shutdown

If they showed more video they wouldn't be UFOs, would they?

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Donald J. Trump

Is that like the "any" key, and do I have to fly to claim it?

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Donald J. Trump

The "J" is for Sarcasm

Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads

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A cat and a moving string,

Body heat and brain activity, proof that the advert is effective. A laser might be better but Microsoft has already patented the Laser-Brainwave Cat Toy (LBCT).

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music

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Anything outside the US

is fair game. Nothing but tareists out there. We need Israel though, because Armageddon.

Cisco UCS servers slugged by 'This SSD will self-destruct in 40,000 hours' firmware farrago

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Kind of Hertz

What does this do to the mean time before failure for this product?

We're all stuck indoors, virtual reality tech should be hot. So why is Magic Leap chopping half its workforce?

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Have to believe it is magic

Should sell here in the good old US of A as nearly half of the population believes in magic and can be fooled by charlatan again and again, even at the cost of their own or their family's lives. Hydroxychloroquine anyone?

Google shifting workloads to run when the sun will shine and the wind will blow

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Google should...

put a few of those wind turbine in front of their PR office. Then they would not need to reduce the workload at night or on still days.

Zero-click, zero-day flaws in iOS Mail 'exploited to hijack' VIP smartphones. Apple rushes out beta patch

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January 2018

Glad they're getting it patched so soon. It makes me feel safe.

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

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Ready Fire Ai...

No, it's just Fire and more Fire. There is no Aim.

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day

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I remember

as an elementary school student being very worried and seeing parents, papers and the television news looking grim. It was clear that the world was united in prayer and desire for the crew to make it back safely, rare unity at that time. Both the fear and relief was intense. Getting any information as it became available over the years has been welcome as it highlights the best of humanity.

My hat is forever off for the crew and mission control. A beer is not enough thanks.

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers

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I believe my government not scammers

"Anyone who want's a test can get one." "One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear".

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Just be grateful

Just be grateful your partner didn't hit you sooner. You must have done something wrong to make Samsung angry. Be nice to Samsung and buy another and they won't hit you for a while.

Flaw hunter bags $75,000 off Apple after duping Safari into spying through iPhone, Mac cameras without permission

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Use our code its always better

No you can't create a browser that works and is secure for even older hardware because... Apple!

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

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Can't wait

My full colour holographic 1:1 Earth emulator needs this to avoid pixellation.

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

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Re: quel surprise

They need them now, didn't used to before global warming.

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones

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can hear the difference between wires of different colour so naturally they will hear the intentional degradation leading up to product replacement. Best let customers downgrade and hype some new feature like LED resonant sound enhancement.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

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Air traffic

Until the pandemic we were plagued with copter noise here. No evidence of active pandemic on Mars at this time so extra care should be taken during flight operations.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Re: I warrant that the Corona Virus will not set fire to your servers.

Clean shutdown?

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I don't use common definitions either

They are too constricting.

As a Triillionaire I respect your privacy and am protecting you from the corona virus as well*.

*By privacy I mean that I am not selling your genetic information to termites and I warrant that the Corona Virus will not set fire to your servers.

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom

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I was on that flight

Eat your protein pill and put your helmet on. Still looking up...

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Everything old is new again

Pandemics also make a comeback.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: One Sided Reporting

According to an interview with him. He had a short conversation with the infected worker whom he supervised. He sounded the alarm that other workers had been exposed and procedures to prevent the spread of virus were inadequate. The coworkers whom he supervised worked in much closer contact with the infected worker stayed on the job and he was sent home for quarantine with far less exposure.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: The emergency regulations...

What kind of idiot are you?(Sorry El Reg. for a personal attack) The media was sounding the alarm while our LSoT (Lying sack of Trump) played politics and ignored the problem, fixating on how this could be an attack on him rather than being a real crisis. Trump wasted time and lied repeatedly to the public when he knew better, talking up the market and giving his buddies time to bail out.

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Re: The emergency regulations...

There would be no danger for either leader as this is just a hoax perpetrated by democrats.

Microsoft goes into Windows lockdown for builds from May, citing 'public health situation' (yes, the coronavirus spread)

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In this time of crisis I need the daily distraction of evolving features, incompatibilities and random crashes.

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Apple fires out security fixes for iOS, macOS, wrist-puters... and something weird called iTunes for Windows

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I'm on it

The best part is they have new Memoji stickers and don't require much of a nasal swab. You never can have too many of those, whatever they are, Memojis that is.

It's 2020 and hackers are still hijacking Windows PCs by exploiting font parser security holes. No patch, either

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Don't worry

Ransomware writers are taking the month off in light of COVID-19 and strict adherence to their ethical code and all...



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