* Posts by ZSn

422 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jul 2014


And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX


I can't agreee enough, the raspberry pi 4 needs 2GB of memory (I don't think any more is really warranted) and some serious bump in processor. All the other thing that people say they want I can't really justify. The problem is that their rational is that it has to be $35 (or thereabouts) so I doubt that we will get that much of a bump in processor.

UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either


Re: Anyone else being asked by agencies ...

@Zippy´s Sausage Factory

If you have a grandparent (grandmother preferably) that was born in any part of Ireland then you can get one. First you need to get on the Foreign Birth Register:


The required paperwork can take a while to get together, the list is long, depending upon what you already have/know. Once you submit the paperwork it takes *up to* six months to process (currently about four to five months, but can be longer depending how complete/complex you paperwork is). So, if you know your family tree and have the paperwork already, and counting in 1 month to get the actually passport you could just do it before brexit day. Perhaps.

Good luck!

Meet the LPWAN clan: The Internet of Things' low power contenders


Re: Interesting article

Does this also apply to the things network? https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/

Sort your spending habits out, UK Ministry of Defence told over £20bn black hole


Re: Simple solution

Or us Celts kick out those $^&%ing Angles and Saxons and reclaim our isles. Bloody foreigners coming over here...

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact


Re: ESA funding 2018 5.60 BE

You would be very welcome, however the orange one south of you would be upset how would you cope?


Re: Elimination of universal education will hurt

@Anonymous Coward

CodeJunky is that you?

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


@James Hughes

I'm sure that this is obvious to everyone else but isn't to me: just how hard is it to have a new SoC? I presume that you take a standard broadcom chip and 'just' have to do the layout to wire it up to the outputs with various output chips? Or do you actually go in at the silicon level on the SoC and tailor it before chip manufacture so that the raspberry pi has a unique cpu iteration that isn't used anywhere else?

Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs


Re: Even the greatest minds have a few failures

I think the big difference between Brunel and Musk is that Brunel was a great engineer whereas Musk employs them. Perhaps someone could enlighten me but does elon actually design anything, or does he just provide the cash and visibility?

Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...


only one name?

For some professionals and enterprises there's only one name in laptops: Thinkpad.

Actually the panasonic toughbook comes in to that category better - just got a second hand one for 200 - quite old but still built like a brick outhouse and runs debian a treat. Not all of us need it to be thin, having it near bullet proof is also useful.

UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report


Re: offshore resources

Notably India, I'm not sure how that will sit with the people that were swayed by Farage's poster of all the brown EU people entering the UK.


Re: Typical

BT used to have a paid MSc on site at Martlesham Heath. It was notorious in that most of the students left afterwards for better paid jobs. BT used to expensively train people then not pay them better afterwards.

BT solved that by canning the course a few years ago.


Re: All the jobs were sent offshore to get it for cheap....

"I am doing everything I can to save some money up now"

There is a cheap, however rapidly closing window to solve that. It costs 337 Euros per semester to study in Germany (and the living costs are lower). That presupposes two things: a) they can speak German; b) Brexit.

Learning German is a nuisance but given that it saves about 50k, maybe worth looking into. You could also look at Ireland - not sure what the fees will do there after Brexit thought.

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs


Cancel Brexit?

Yours truly, a remoaner.


Anonymous Coward - aptly named

Why is it that you are happy to complain about people yet remain an Anonymous Coward. We are all happy to add our names to our beliefs - for the record I am very pro EU and I've got a British passport.

Yet you hide. Own up to your beliefs.

As an aside, I really think this Anonymous Coward use is counterproductive, it allows for snide remarks from... whom? If you aren't brave enough to give me a handle I'll rather not consider anything you say to be worth responding to.

MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system


Re: @ ZSn

'Thats a cute interpretation on the fact that the EU have made a criminal offence over the shape of a banana. One that will result in a fine and possibly 6 month jail.'

Link to the relevant law please - not the Daily Heil.

'A democratic vote we had never had about our membership of the EU. And once we got the democratic (if highly rigged by remain) vote it gave the 'wrong' answer and now remain want democracy scrapped.'

And the xenophobic lies peddled by Goveno etc are not rigged - 350 million anyone?

How about another referendum then, or is democracy only correct when it gives the 'correct' answer, and then we can't change our mind afterwards?

'You do realise that this country is only as good as the people make it. So if your not willing to participate it is your country you are refusing to help. Surely thats cutting ones nose?'

If the country allows xenophobia and racism to grow like this then frankly it needs to get Brexit good and hard.


Re: Remainers need to explain...

In which case I suggest that you never read the comments section of the Daily Mail. It'll cause an aneurysm. It's over there on the right - the far right.


'At least those of us who never wanted to join the EU in the first place did our best to make it work, until we could get out.'

No you didn't - all we heard was how bad the EU was and lies like they banned bendy bananas, while pushing for a referendum. We don't want to work to dig you out of the hole that you made. Suck it up - you won after all.

Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI


Re: What you really want is...

I've had a peltier literally disentegrate on me. Admittedly it was twenty years ago and it was a more substantial one that the one you showed. However they aren't used in any mission critical environments for a reason. In addition while they are good pumps they also are not that efficient and only add to heat that needs to be dissipated (try holding one between you fingers and turn in on - one side freezes to the skin and the other finger is blistered by the heat).


Has anyone tried the odroid offerings? The c2 or xu4?


Re: What you really want is...

Peltiers are unreliable and the heat so has to be dumped somewhere


Re: Doctor, doctor!

I think it's more Microsoft than anything. I saw a presentation where they were trying to get a neutral net to work on a cortex M0. A raspberry pi should be no problem


Re: Why?

Does the flirc still keep it cool when all four cores are at 100%. I'm running of buying one but they're not cheap

Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech


Re: The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech...

"As long as you can speak and write German, have a place of residence and you are in full time employment, you can apply for citizenship (there are a few other requirements as well, but those are the main ones)."

I thought that it took three years and that if your second nationality at the time of getting the German one is not an EU nationailty then you have to give it up. I.e. of you started now you couldn't keep the British one, or have I got that wrong?

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'


Raspberry pi zero w £9.60

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking



I presume that if you turn the WiFi on your phone off none of this works and you are secure? I rarely leave the WiFi on when I am out and about but I'm paranoid so perhaps not representative of normal people.

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Good going cobber

*Yeah, they throw the money into the sea don't they.*

If they didn't fine people, judging by the moralising that I see from the speeders here, they surely wouldn't slow down at all. Stick to the speed limit, handily printed in huge numbers in an easy to see format beside the road, and you won't get a ticket.


Re: Good going cobber

The plural of anecdote is not data. There was a an absolutely dreadful stretch, the Haughley bends on the A14 in Suffolk, that I drove every day for three years. They put in speed cameras and the death rate dropped markedly. They're now taking out the bend in its entirety which should reduce the death rate to near zero. The fact that the works weren't done was because it will cost £32 million. However, the speed cameras were cheaper and reduction in speed that they enforced *really* improved it. Shame they left it in when they built it in the 70s.

When the French finally brought in speed cameras they caused a drop in the death rate of about 10%, so a few hundred people a year. People think that speed cameras are revenue generators, but every death costs the entire country a few million, not just in the clean up but the support to the family, lost productive life, etc, etc. Bad drivers who don't know how to drive slowly seem to think it's all about them.


Re: Good going cobber

And you'll find that the indicated speed is not just the legal requirement but also quite a good guide to what is safe.


Oi! Some of us like the classical music/history/science programmes. We're not all knuckle dragger around here!

Admittedly the science programmes tend to be pitched at the 'o' level students but I guess that's what open university programmes are there for of you want a bit more depth.

Oh and mock the week (bring back Frankie Boyle).


Re: Good going cobber

You do know that the speed limit is 70mph and that 5 people a day on UK roads often caused by speeding. Perhaps you could avoid a speeding ticket by sticking to the legal speed limit? Strange idea I know, but it does work. Speed cameras are not there as revenue generation but to stop bad drivers speeding. It seems that bad drivers are unaware of this fact.

Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'


Little blue book

Nothing beats writing them down and keeping them in a filing cabinet at home.

Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable



5*30=1500? Perhaps you should redo your sums.

Kingpin in $1m global bank malware ring gets five years in chokey



Kingpin is a much overused word - especially someone who couldn't be bothered to mask his real IP number or encrypt his drives.

DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal


Re: Back in September

How difficult is that to understand. Once you've left the EU, you've left the EU. If you're expecting to stay a member of the institutions of the EU then don't leave. You remind me of most of the Brexiters I'm met - deluded.

Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet


Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

@ Symon

Looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_exports_of_the_United_States

It seems that the value of "Human or Animal Blood" is nearly the same as of computers. Just what do they do there, literally sell the blood of the poor?

Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down



And if he was a dog owner that let his dog shit all over the street that would somehow be acceptable. Perhaps they should pass a law that allows you to crap on dog owners front gardens when you want...

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station


Re: Delays

Yup, electric cars have only been around since 1884 - definitely new technology.



Knowing Musk's usually optimistic approach to delivery schedules for his cars (in essence a well know technology) I think that this schedule is wildly off. Kudos if he manages to pull it off, but I think it'll take a bit longer!

Musk fires up Raptor rocket


Specific impulse

Isn't that specific impulse a bit high for a methalox engine? Or have they moved on that much since I last read about them?

Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine



I know that there are plenty of Microsoft only shops around, but surely it would be simpler/cheaper to spin up a debian/centos server and do the docker on that natively, or are I missing something important?

Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners



From the ABP site:

Can I still block all ads?

Of course. Adblock Plus will NEVER take away the ability to block all ads.

As I suspected, this is a non-issue for the end user. Just make sure that you untick the 'allow some non-intrusive advertising' box and you're good to go.

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts


Re: 'Improvement' gives poorer service

If you're in the UK you can get a free (to you) 0845 SIP number from SIPGATE, they also do free normal numbers in Germany (you still have to pay for outgoing, but incoming is free I think). However these are not mobile numbers. Apart from that, if the number you need is in other countries of the EU you may get 'freeish' SIP numbers from other providers.

L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes


Cold toilet paper

Nothing like leaving a roll of toilet paper in the fridge to make it nice and soothing for the next morning.

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns


Re: We'll never be "safe, safe", so lets keep our freedoms instead.

Leaving the EU is is just the beginning? So instead you want Theresa May unencumbered by anything like social justice? I must point out that in Germany and Austria they even fine you if you take pictures of people from the dashboard of your car.

Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?


Re: Oh well, better send this article to my girlfriend

@ Charlie Clark

Well in that case better expect all the UK criminals living in Spain and the Netherlands to get chucked back.

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd


Re: Repeating history

@MyffyW Flipping heck, has it really come to this ...

Just off the top of my head:

Cromwellian conquest of Ireland: over 200,000 civilian casualties

Irish potato famine: there was enough food in Ireland, but strangely the British Empire was indifferent to the starvation of one million of its own subjects. Just mother nature to you it seems.

Second Boer War concentration camps: 24,074 children died in British concentration camps. Not the scale of the German camps, however is that really something to be proud of?

@Bumpy Cat

"the frightful inferiority complex of the English intellectual" When you are not a jingoist "patriot" who can see their own nation for what it is you have an "inferiority complex"? You misuse the quote in its entirety, Orwell was critiquing the fact that Britain expected the other nations of Europe (read Russia for that) to do the fighting for us in world war II. This is *precisely* what we expect to do with Europe now, withdraw when the going gets tough and let others shoulder the burden. Perhaps when you use quotes you should understand their context.


Repeating history

"something about Britain historically had allowed it to avoid the dark places Europe had gone" - have you read any history? Irish potato famine? Letting a million starve to death to India. etc etc. No country is above a spot of mass murder/genocide when it suits their purpose and they can get away with it.

Sorry after this howler I didn't have the heart to read the rest of this. In contrast I am voting in and am happy to stand by that.

Fat fibre taxes strangling us – UK broadband providers


Interesting crowbaring in of the EU into a purely British failure. Is the weather Brussels's fault as well?