* Posts by Old69

36 posts • joined 15 Jun 2014

If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free


Re: I would like to see a flat architecture 32 or 64 bit design.

"Test it with a FPGA evaluation board."

What gate clocking speed is achieved by 130nm? My Xilinx FPGA designs in 1986 ran with an external 100ns clock - the FPGA logic gates clocked somewhat faster. The 1800 gates required manual routing to be able to cram my design on one.

Given the number of gates on modern Xilinx FPGA chips plus module libraries - it feels like one would handle quite complex project designs. Baking in silicon as a first evaluation seems very retro and inefficient.

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


Re: Correction

"You're young, aren't you?"

Note "per session". For the young the repeat interval can apparently be very short. Not sure what is claimed as a record. IIRC The Kinsey Report did have some double-digit*** numbers per day for what was considered the male capability peak circa age 16.

***not necessarily double-finger

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


"[...] are already warming up their double entendre's..."

Cold ones - "ouch!"

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: 2019 is also the year for the events of...

"Who down voted this and why?"

Like people who spray their tags all over public spaces - they just do it as a reflex for some insatiable inner need.

At one time down votes bothered me - wondering how something had so upset someone. Now I ignore them unless someone has posted a critique from a different standpoint.

UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit


"Enemies of the people like you should have their citizenship revoked and be packed off to the EUSSR to work as slaves for the Brussels eurocrates."

I was going to upvote this as a nice satire - then the awful thought struck that it sounded too like some Leavers I know.

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Re: Sigh

"I mean, that must be the least of the ways the Yanks could stuff the things if they so chose"

Aren't some of the F-35 maintenance programmes mandated to Italy and Turkey?

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


Re: 512 MiB of misery

"Lesson learned: always check that the backup media is disconnected when not in use."

...and have two back up copies. The most dangerous window of opportunity for SOD's Law is when you have the back up device connected to the PC.

A friend called to say his PC wouldn't power up. I asked him to try again and tell me what was happening on the lights. What he then did was rock the PSU's mains switch several times in quick succession - from which I heard "A big blue flash!". Dead floppy, DVD, two hard disks etc. The only thing that survived was the cpu fan.

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help


Re: Don't tell my mother I work with computers...

"...she thinks I play the piano in a brothel."

Is she expecting you to be the new Brahms?

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials


Re: Who might be at risk of fraud or be disenfranchised?

"However, if you go on holiday to France or Spain, for example, you have to produce ID whenever you book into any accomodation."

Apparently the same still applies in England.

"Premier Inn says CCTV footage does not support this claim. It has since explained that it is unable to offer rooms to people without proper identification checks."

A dog DNA database? You must be barking


Re: Anti-pun police

"A pun is a rare medium well done."

You obviously have a stake in this game.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'


Re: That farmer...

" I don't think they ever found all the cards."

Operators loading a high speed card reader would take a handful of cards out of the user's tray at a time. The speed of loading depended on how big a handful was taken. There was a critical thickness where the uneven pressure of fingers on one edge of the pack would suddenly squeeze the centre ones out. In a chain reaction the rest would follow - all over the floor. It was then a case of reading the numbers to get the pack back in order. Usually the number was printed on the card - but sometimes a user had hand punched one.

Worse still was when the back end of a full tray was balanced over the edge of the work surface. As the cards were removed from the front of the tray the tipping point would suddenly be reached. The whole tray would somersault to the ground - scattering its contents across the floor.

One very high speed card reader had vertical hoppers. There was a heavy block to stop the cards as they reached the output hopper. The block allowed the cards to accumulate into a vertical stack underneath it. When the reader stopped - the block was removed so that the read cards could be extracted. Forgetting to put the block in the hopper before pressing start would result in a veritable fountain of flying cards.

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts


"[...] whilst continuing to offer market leading products."

When Vodafone took over Demon they could have reinstated features like free web space, "push" email, and usenet. IIRC all they did was transfer the "free" email service to another supplier who charges for an inferior offering.

Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'


Be a fucking m billionaire.


Some modern long term medications are priced at eye-watering rates.

The drastic life-shortening ill-effects of the "Celtic" variation of the inherited Cystic Fibrosis condition can be almost eliminated by the Kalydeco "wonder drug" pills. Children waiting for lung transplants were able to run and swim within weeks of using the pills..

Unfortunately as the number of sufferers is quite small then the drug company initially sought to recoup their R&D by asking USD300,000 for a year's supply per person.

Twitter app pwned by pro-Turkey hackers: Users' accounts sling 'Nazi' slurs


"[...] something something cardigan"

That would be the 7th Earl of Cardigan?

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot


"[...] gathering data that helps retailers build a profile then target them with offers or incentives to come back to the shop or restaurant again."

The only checkout offer vouchers that my Boots Advantage card elicited were usually for women's beauty products - says single male pensioner.

I've stopped shopping at Boots because they kept reducing their Advantage card benefits - usually announced with an Orwellian claim of "improved". Now I only shop at the local independent pharmacy - who are actually cheaper than Boots own brand items.

Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries


Re: Postman Pat

...and Snoopy?

Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley


Re: I hope...

The RSPB charity was in a similar situation of wanting to sell bequeathed land for development - against the deceased's explicit wishes for it not to be developed.


Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!


Re: @Alistair Dabbs, Re Cooking.

"[...] not burnt, crunchy, [...]"

There are several dishes that require crunchy bacon - for texture contrasts as well as taste. A crumbled topping to an avocado salad; a halved avocado topping - or indeed an avocado open sandwich or a BLT. The problem is choosing a bacon that will cook to that crisp finish - without charring. Luckily our supermarket sells packets of it ready cooked - but it's not as delicious as freshly cooked.

Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea


Re: Perspective, Mr. Dabbs

"No Avengers, if memory serves."

Pinky and Perky (1957–1968) - then on ITV until 1971.

"The Avengers" started in 1960 - although it was only the second series that promoted Steed to the main character with Honor Blackman as the intelligent female lead.

There was "Captain Pugwash" from 1957 - and "The Magic Roudabout" from 1965. A reasonable attempt at "Biggles" was on ITV in 1960. "Garry Halliday" 1959.

"Fireball XL5" 1962 - "Stingray" 1964. "Torchy" 1957 plus many repeats.

The Sunday teatime serials tended to be classics that were so earnestly done as to be rather frightening for the children they were supposedly educating. I can still remember the flight of (missing) stairs illuminated by lightning in "Kidnapped" - and the earlier "Nineteen Eighty Four" mandatory hate scene still gives me the shivers.

The history of children's TV:


You make TV of the early 1960s sound like a wet Sunday afternoon of that era. :P

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship


Re: Who trained the Japanese to torpedo bomb?

"I did read somewhere that it was the RAF..."

Fairey Swordfish attack on the Italian fleet in Taranto 1940


El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


Re: Most commented section

"I'm afraid you have lost this visitor."

Try using Shader's userContent.css detailed above - plus the additions by other people. You get a reasonably tight, uncluttered home page in a smaller font size without too much white - and the "read" articles clearly differentiated.

It's made it possible for me to resume checking for new articles several times a day.


Hard on the eyes

Hard on the eyes - too much white, too much contrast. Too much scrolling - too much space - hard to take in the headline articles at a glance. Almost made me puke as I sat down with my dinner to catch up on the El Reg news. The site won't be my top bookmark any longer with this style.

New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug


USB reverse power

When my main PC PSU was manually switched off it was noticed that it still showed signs of stand-by power. It was tracked down to an external powered USB hub that was apparently feeding 5 volts back into the PC's stand-by line via its USB port.

Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE


Doesn't something stop being "cool" because too many people buy it thinking they will look "cool"? I seem to remember that Faberge undermined their Brut range of men's products by introducing the downmarket Brut 33 version. That they used Henry Cooper as its advertising face suggested a misguided attempt to give it a macho appeal.


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