* Posts by Shovel

45 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jun 2014

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans


Re: The Shawshank Connection

You ain't kidding about Alcatel. I ended up with one by misfortune, worst smart phone ever.


I guess they got tired of their usual cocky


Re: Hats off to them...

Remember when the Chinese cloned one nic card 20 years back, then copied and sold about 2 million of them back to the rest of the world? That was a fun year in paradise.

UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off


big whoop

No bfd. Soccer is almost as boring as professional darts

How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order


let's see you do it better

Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for


I didn't see any Bothans die in Rogue One. The plans made it without their help.

12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash


They had to protect Hillary again

Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown


Re: Eurobeeb

I did something similar for my mother when she needed some addresses transferred from her trash 80 over to a 'modern' Windows 95 computer. it was so long ago that I don't remember the exact procedure. I can tell you that there was a host Drive involved and that I had to get an old copy of Lotus Notes which was able to convert ASCII characters to Binary data so that she could have her address on the new machine.


All 3 of my Amiga 1200 still work perfectly. I dust off some games from time to time. I have a CD 32 which still works although one channel of audio intermittently drops out.

McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn


after being forced to pay 1% of their coffee profits for burning that old lady, you think that McDonald's would be particularly sensitive to devices coming in contact with their customers bare skin

Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes



Ironic that El Reg should report on this while it allows oversized banner ads to dominate my Mobile screen. "Waze the Internet "

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman


Re: Texas Reg Reader Gives Context

It's clear this was not a "Suspect". Shooter convicted himself. He forfeited his civil rights when he murdered civil servants performing their duties, repeatedly and with continuance of purpose.

Should you wait while a rapist brutalizes your loved ones, or are you going to take action if resources are available to you? Are you going to let your family suffer while you concern yourself with Assailant's right? Are you going to risk letting your loved ones die so a violent criminal can have his rights read to him after he's done?

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


the queen is back

Do you think that the new 10 pound note will still have the Queen sucking a subliminal penis ( tab A into slot A ) ?

Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire


Re: Supply commitments?

You've been waiting your whole life

Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God


Go Go Gomez

Oh, if I had wings, like this dove!

Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip


Re: Summer BBQs...

Did Camilla write that?


Re: @cornz 1 -- No big deal

I asked Uhura's universal translator, it confirmed that "Kyrgyz" is Klingon for horse penis.

With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand


Hitler was an illegitimate Jew

and wore padded uniforms to look more Aryan.


What a Debbie Downer! I was hoping NZ had passed a law forbidding any more LOTR movies.

US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018


Re: @LDS -- versus?

The F-16 was an Aerial Demonstration Tactical Asset. It was engineered to be an high performance hot-dogger. Once they had to add weapons its ballerina abilities vanished. All the A,B,C,D, and E models have been trying to get back the agility of the demonstration protype.

Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least


Roku lost this customer years ago.

Roku wouldn't even support their earlier products past a certain point. I purchased an original Roku because I still had analog devices. After I relocated, and shelved the box for a year, I tried to re-connect the Roku. It was futile. CS had me resetting the box, and re-registering it several times, Re-registering would always failed because the server address stored in the box's memory did not match Roku's actual server address., Their was no way to redirect the original Roku. CS couldn't figure out why. None of them would do anything except elevate me another level, and start the whole procedure again. Not even a Senior technician would do anything except read what was on his cue card. I was never ever to get my original Roku to be registered. They had no clue how to redirect the unit, The bottom line was, they either were unable, or unwilling to give me 'support' on how to keep the original Roku on their system. If I wanted to keep using their services I would be forced to buy again. That's bullshit.


l disagree with the title of this article, after my own testing.

My folks live way out in the countryside, and have to live with an Internet connection based on radio-relay. It has an advertised download speed of 1.5Mb/sec. Speed tests with various online resources indicated that most of the time the maximum speed was 1.1Mb/sec.

I purchased a Roku 3 in the hopes that it would work, but it buffers constantly. Watching anything other than an old TV show(analog video) is a frustrating experience. Out of curiosity I purchased a first generation Apple TV and applied the XBMC install.

This ATV hack works much better than a Roku 3. It streams old analog media perfectly, and '720' media only buffers occasionally. I won't discuss the issues of programming because the title is about 'streaming'. A hacked ATV can deliver slower-speed content with much less buffering than a Roku 3. I've had both, and the ATV is just better.

If El Reg wants to talk about programming and compatibility, then that is an apples-to-oranges discussion. I have (RF)wireless control over my early ATV, and USB in/out. While I did not have Netflix, did manage Amazon Prime video streaming.

Plus, the XBMC community offers support that's second to none. Anyone tried to contact Roku when there's a problem? All they do is follow their cue cards, and have no brain at all. I've been elevated up the troubleshooting chain twice with a senior technician who only had me repeat what 2 others had puked out. Nothing new.

Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free


spotify? No F'ing Way

I tried Spotify's Premium services until they restricted the number of times I could 'skip' the sucky music in the designated category. I have to wait an hour to be able to resume skipping over crappy music? Bugger Off, Spotify!

Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition


ATMOS, more is not always better.

I witnessed a fully-outfitted Atmos system at Bjorn's in San Antonio, playing the movie Gravity. Between the ultra-wide screen and the 4 extra ceiling speakers, my senses were over-whelmed to the point of having to close my eyes and cover my ears. It wasn't that the sound was too loud. It was my brain unaccustomed to the visual/aural emersion simultaneously. it reminded me of the first time I went to an IMAX movie, except now it fits into your living room.

To run a proper ATMOS system, I must add 4 extra amplifiers on top of the already 7 surround, plus 2 subs. And to have the projection system 4K capable, plus adding the motorized Stewart Filmworks-adaptive-Uniform-Gain system, I'd have to upgrade the electrical service in my house. And let's not forget wireless control. Only thing left is some Magic Finger couches and Magic Mouth groin adapters.

NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really



This is a Bowzer.

$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience


Since sound travels faster over water, then electricity must travel faster through water. Let's sell $2000000 'Water-Net Wire" for the ultimate, zero delay, crystal-clear mp3 experience. Call them H2 Oh! Wires.

Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television


How did they determine that this ONE guy was so dangerous that they had to throw the kitchen sink at him? Did they blow their whole wad for the year on this extraction? In one exercise they get to refresh their inventory of ordinance, explosives, chemical weapons, and data plans (If their texts weren't getting they probably had Straight Talk from Walmart).

Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities


what you need, is a sh*tload of solar panels

There is a back-of-the-napkin formula for determining the amount of solar panels you need to generate enough power to recharge 10KWh of battery. It's in 2 parts. Careful now, this is very dirty math, but surprisingly accurate against correct formulas. Here it comes

Formula 1

Watts x 4 divided by 2

Assume that you are using a 300W solar panel, so 300 is our 'Watts'.

4 = amount of average direct-sun hours shining on a fixed-tilt solar panel, per day.

Divide that figure in half, to compensate for end-to-end loss to infrastructure (cables, ambient temp, battery temp, panel efficiency-changes with temperature).

Formula 1: 300W x 4Hrs / 2 = 600 Watts 1 panel would supply to a battery bank in the 4 hours the sun is tracking directly over your panel.

Here comes Formula 2:

A 10,000 WHr, or 10KWh battery bank would need to be charged in the 4 hours of direct sunlight hitting the panels. 10KWh / 4 hours would be 2500Watts per Hour. Because we lose half of our electricity in infrastructure, we would need to have twice as many panels to sustain 2500 W an hour. Let's get 5000W of panels:

Formula 2:

5,000 W / 300W = 16.6 solar panels to give enough Wattage to the system to charge Mr. Musk's battery in 4 hours of direct sunlight.

There is a glaring flaw in my simple math, and that is, Mr. Musk is talking in terms of KiloWatt Hours(USEAGE), but batteries are rated in Amp Hours(STORAGE).

THEY ARE DIFFERENT QUANTITIES, so there is no direct conversion. You can look up many tables in Google to try and figure out how they convert. We can only guess.

Again, this is all dirty math, but it gives one some insight into what it would take to support Mr. Musk's fancy battery in the event of a complete power outage…, Sixteen 300W solar panels.

Do you smell that? It's Elon Musk!


simplify what you are getting.

I'm not even going to bother with back of a napkin. Let me use 1rst-grade math

10 KWh battery

2 KW constant output or 8.6 Amps constant output

10 divided by 2 = 5

This product can supply 1 house circuit with 5 hours continuous use

And if it is like other Lithium Ion batteries, you won't get any warning..., it will just stop.

so when the power goes out, you get one 20A circuit(under load) for 5 hours, for $3500.

OH, and the Inverter is not included in that price. How much is a TSW 2000W inverter these days?

A quality TSW inverter that you can put in line with your service panel will most like cost another $2,000. You don't want to trust your home to a Chinese POS. They MEANWELLL, I mean,

Must-have sports tech: No, not an Apple Watch, a TOMATO GOB-STUFF BOT


Re: Variety is the spice of (freakin' weird Japanese) life

What do you mean, African or European Swallow?

Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6


I love the OtterBox for my s4 makes it easy to grip, and every port is accessible with a normal connector


Re: I read...

wholeheartedly agree. I purchased the extended battery because my original was going to die, & I found the added thickness and weight made the phone so much more enjoyable to use.

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains


Re: Lack of removable storage=deal breaker

Is there any information on whether a MicroUSB adapter will work on the S6? With an OtterBox on my Sammy4 it is too inconvenient to access the SD slot. I use the MicroUSB->USB cable to load 32 and 64Gb flash drives for xfer. File manager loads instantly, and I'm copying within seconds. Even movies play off of the flash.

'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson


Re: It's incredibly rare

Battery expansion is not rare. i saw plenty of it with early USB chargers. I never found out if it was an issue of the chemistry, or bad charger design. I had 3 pocket USB chargers expand while simply being stored in a drawer. They were not all the same brand, but were purchased from retailers who carry 'reconditioned' products.


Johnson burned, was his Johnson burned?

"it didn't even warm up; it just went straight to burn."

Would that be a Johnson Wax?

Will the lawsuit be from Johnson and Johnson?

US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf


Re: science eh?

"I'm sure there are plenty of civilian applications for big lasers that can burn things as long, safe, distances."

Could be great to thwart Japanese Whaling ships. Use the laser to 'ruin' harpooned animals as they are dragged onto the boat. That way the carcass becomes useless to the processing ship.

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?


I walked out of an air-conditioned theater in the desert after only 3 minutes of Ishtar .


Let's give Brits some credit. Proffesional Darts is torture.

When I was TDY to RAFs in my youth, I was subjected to the only entertainment on the Tele, Professional Darts. There had never been a more boring 'sport' on the air. I would rather watch insurance seminars and read Actuary Tables than to watch fat, grown men glare at each other like Siamese-fighting fish. That's when I learned to drink.

Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app


Re: Malware Solution

considering how much your advice would cost, I suggest changing your name to 'ObamaCare'

2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?


Re: Here's an article suggestion for you

I finally bought in a year ago when some name brand Chinese set, 50", came in at $350. Nothing wrong the picture, and I can connect my "smart" devices with no lack of capability. The jury is still out on durability, but I can see myself with this TV for many years to come. The only issue I have seen is the down-scaling to legacy resolutions. It's a challenge for some Standard-Definition sources to fill the screen, thank goodness for digital resizing.

SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS


Re: Bah!


This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha


Re: Metal/Glass phones

My Galaxy S2 allowed for different back (thicker battery). Are you saying that 3rd party developers no longer make these accessories for the S4 and up?

Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a bracelet? Great! Take half a million dollars!


OMG!! The Bend and Snap!!

Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN


They had to come up with a believable excuse now that the money to Mars has been spent. Some where a geek has a really nice car, trophy wife, tropical island, and a Cayman account.

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land


Re: Speed and more speed.

"Plus watching a 8 year old laptop boot up in 15 seconds is still pretty cool "

I second that. I purchased a laptop donated to Good Will Industries (which only has licenses for Vista or XP ). The fresh install of Vista was ghosted onto a 128Gb SSD, and has been the fastest and most stable OS of all any Windows machine I've owned.

At the time of purchase that SSD was about $1 (US) a Gb, so now I am thinking of re-Ghosting the original hard drive onto a larger SSD.

Please, no criticism of Vista . I am not a power user; my occasional web surf, Netflix, and Office-use work just fine.