* Posts by MattPi

60 posts • joined 8 Jul 2015


RasPad 3.0 converts Raspberry Pi 4 to a tablet – be prepared for some quirks


Re: I keep looking at the Raspberry Pi but...

If you're talking about uses that are not hardware tinker related, you're right. The draw of the Pi is for playing with hardware. All the devices you mention don't have well-documented samples for turning pins on and off and lots of clever hardware modules to plug in. Sure, you could probably figure out how to toggle pins on a USB parallel port, but having to hack through Windows or Linux drivers to do it probably is beyond most people (myself included).

Oh dear, what a pity! It seems you can't join the directors at the Zoom meeting today


The deluge

For large numbers of US grade school kids, today is first day back to school. Large numbers of school districts are doing remote-only, and the outage lines up with I believe 8:51AM US EDT. I think I can connect the dots on that one.

Bad news: Your Cisco switch is a fake and an update borked it. Good news: It wasn't designed to spy on you


Re: Too expensive

You know your shit is too expensive when people go to this much trouble to make bootlegs, and still make a profit.

Funny how that works. Since they're not writing all the IOS code, they can charge a lower price and and still make a profit. Unless you think this admittedly interesting hack was harder to write than maintaining all of IOS (and the corporate yacht).

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze


Re: Train Station?

Trains were a goner in the US for passenger travel as soon as air took hold. The sheer size of the US means cross-country travel takes days. For example, *driving* Brighton to New Caste is around 6 hours (according to Google), where 6 hours from Philadelphia gets me to Pittsburgh, and I haven't even left the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Then, the US built a tremendous network of roads and auto companies bought up train operators and put them out of business. It's little wonder trains didn't take hold here.

A fine host for a Raspberry Pi: The Register rakes a talon over the NexDock 2


Re: Why some people keep on reinventing the ill-fated Palm Foleo?

You could go with something like this. Not quite as cheap but easier to carry.


Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines


Re: Not as if they're the only ones.

RHEL7.5 onwards is x64 only, no x86

There wasn't a 32-bit install since RHEL7.0. There's a AltArch i386 CentOS spin (among other interesting architectures), but that's it. I'm actually pretty surprise the game people didn't see this coming and find a workaround, but that probably says more about my lack of imagination than tech.

Realistically, we're to the point where my beloved Amigas are: either get an emulator/VM with GPU pass-thru, or build yourself a dedicated "old game" box with Windows 7/XP (or an older version of Linux) and play on that.

(FWIW, KVM VMs on LInux support GPU passthrough, so it's not like you have to get exotic or anything)

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


The other 2/3 aren't savvy enough but don't realize it.

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America


Re: Only someone as disfunctional as Zuk could have come up with this

The Common Naked Photo Interchange Protocol

You can do better than that!

Network Interchange Protocol Subverting Lewd Ill-will Photography.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping


Re: Vocabulary

Rural youth in the UK have been known to share the same habit.

I hear Scotland too but with sheep. I have no idea what the sheep do with the money though. (Hey-ooo)

WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI


Re: Also Wannacry?

"I've read the indictment, and it looks solid. It would be odd for a dedicated hacker-for-money to stumble over just the solution to another criminal exploit, let alone play 'save-the-day' hero. At least I can't recollect the like."

If I remember one of the interviews, he was investigating it and noticed it tried to contact a domain that didn't exist (as a measure for the malware to detect if there was a transparent proxy on the network watching it). He registered the domain to see what would happen and somewhat accidentally killed off the spread because all the new copies now thought they were being watched and shut down.

That seems like a pretty normal thing to do for someone who enjoys reverse-engineering code, or a way for a dedicated black hat to learn new tricks and keep up with the technology.

AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins


Skill deterioration

I'm curious how autonomous cars do in the snow. My guess is "what's snow and why can't I see any signs and why do all my control inputs seem sluggish?". This seems like a great idea, really; have a human driver that hasn't really driven in months suddenly have to drive in one of the more challenging situations. How hard can it be?

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas


"Low bridge, everybody down, Low bridge, cause were coming to a town."

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxKy1_c6DeM )

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Re: Google needs human customers

"Amazon's customer's are actual people, they buy products and pay for Prime membership, so Amazon doesn't really need to inject ads (but you can always ask for ads if you want)."

That must be why Amazon makes you pay more for a Kindle that doesn't throw adds in all the time or those "Actually Free" apps from their store put up an ad for something random when they start up. The only reason Alexa isn't touting the new Kindles is Amazon didn't have the cojones to try it first.

Chinese pirates are facing lifelong 'social credit' downgrade



Dickens' books are classics here. Maybe someone can help with something: we can't understand why Oliver Twist, the story of a hardworking orphanage keeper, spends so much time talking about one unappreciative orphan. Thoughts?

The Reg seeks online community manager


Is there a relo package from the US?

Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians


Re: "Engineered like no other car in the world"

"Perhaps a little longer than 10 years. A friend proudly showed off his second-hand 2-door Mercedes by driving me to a philosophy lecture in Launceston (Tasmania) 10 or 11 years ago. The seat belts were automatic. That is, they were motorised and automatically came forward for the driver and passenger to buckle themselves up. Never seen that in any other vehicle."

I'm sure if we're talking about the same thing here, but automatic belts were a fad in the early 90s in the US.


Intel Basis fans burned again: Refund checks for scalding smartwatches bounce


Re: Western Union?

Western Union is in part the money transfer service, but they're also a normal bank as well. Mortgages, checking accounts, corporate services, etc.

HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way


Re: Only vaguely USB-C related rant incoming...

"In fact I'd go so far as to state that most of these shops, were essentially only stocking what I'd class as 'legacy' cables, and not one of them was stocking anything that could be used to connect 'modern' devices to another 'modern' device."

Monitors essentially are legacy for the majority of the population. Think about it: how many people (other than the serious desktop user sort) have a desktop in their house? How many of the rest have a monitor that they plug into a laptop? I don't have many friends, but of those very few have a monitor in active service in their house unless they have a 3-5+ year old desktop around. The only monitor I have left in my house is on a shelf, and it's a SGI 1600SW.

Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough


Re: Embedded systems!

Still loads of old PCs sitting in expensive manufacturing equipment expecting to receive data on a floppy disk. The cleverness of this is that the hardware & software see a standard floppy, not a USB drive or an internal USB connection.

Nice to see someone gets it. The world of computing doesn't end with your laptop, tablet, and oh-so-unfashionable desktop at work.

Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama


Re: "I'm sure that within 10 years we'll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers"

"This experiment requires a 2.3-ton plane with the wingspan of an Airbus A380 to transport 2 guys and 633 kilos of lithium batteries at a speed of max 90km/h. During the night it goes slower to save on energy."

Luckily, not all flights require flying non-stop from Japan to Hawaii (4300 miles). Maybe, just maybe, they could swap some of those batteries for cargo/people and still do the 200 miles DC-NYC or London-Paris non-stop.

Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands


Re: Curious minds want to know

"What about all the British parts on it?

Lift Fan

Quite a bit of air frame

Martin Baker ejection seats

Some of the electronics

We could stuff the US if we wanted"

I heard Martin Baker beat out Lucas Electric for the contract; that's a shame as it would have been the first bit of Lucas stuff that would work when you didn't want it to rather than the other way around.

Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats


"I always wonder why Android needs to go in to devices like this? What value does it add compared to Debian or something similar?

The mantra of "Android all the things" seems wrong to me."

In this case, it sounds like the hardware is derived from a smartphone so it makes a lot of sense. Flipping the question, what benefit does Debian provide to offset the many hours it would take to get it running on hardware that may not have drivers, etc.? Odds are the boards came with Android and that's an acceptable option so they went with it.

Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger


"Assuming 2kwh phone battery capacity they can produce 6kwh/day, from a single plant?

Surely shome mishtake? That sounds very high to me. "

I think you have your units wrong, a phone battery is on the order of 3000mAh, which would take 10-ish W for an hour (.010 kWh) to charge. (3000 mAh * 3.6 V). 2kWh would be like running an 1875W hair dryer for an hour.

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount


Re: Initially?

"Does the "initially" mean that some child-care agency stepped in, or did the parents come to their senses? I am quite a Lord of the Rings (the books), and Discworld fan, but I didn't name my kids Frodo, Galadriel, Havelock, Carrot, or Glod, nor did I teach them Quenya, Sindarin or Adunaic. I certainly wouldn't dream of teaching those as their first language."

I just read an article about it today, strangely enough. The guy was a linguist (and not actually that much of a Trek fan) and thought it would be interesting to start a child in a constructed language. His wife spoke English to the child, so he's bilingual. Read on if you want to know how it turned out.


Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ


"Anything with a reasonably sized glass screen is very likely to break if it lands screen down on anything sharp. Worth getting some kind of case just to avoid the € 200 cost of a screen replacement."

Out of curiosity, how would a case help with landing screen-down on something sharp, other than if the sharp item is smaller than the case bezel? I'd be surprised if that thin sheet of plastic over the screen would make that much of a difference.

Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd


Re: But...

Considering it looks GNOME3-ish, I'd almost count on it.

Cloud sellers who acted on Heartbleed sink when it comes to DROWN


I'd guess the people that acted on Heartbleed disabled SSLv2 entirely, so only the people that ignored Heartbleed are vulnerable to DROWN. Unless I've completely misunderstood the situation, that is.

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP


Re: Show me

Username: g00se

Posted: roughly 23:00 2016-01-27 UTC

Source IP address: (in the reg logs)

Dest: (pretending this wasn't a post on a forum, the recipient)


Length: 160-ish bytes

PGP Version: (In a real pgp header)

There's your metadata. The big part is PGP: TRUE, since it's easier to track since there's less PGP traffic on the net. How about this scenario. BadG00se sends a PGP email to his local handler. Gets noted since it's PGP. shortly after, handler sends out PGP emails to several other accounts, some known and some not to the NSA. Those get flagged too. etc. Then someone slips up and sends out something in plaintext from one of the previously-unknown accounts.

Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com


Re: WHy can't...

Why can't MS just finish integrating Skype in Outlook etc? Lync became Skype Business but never acquired inbound/outbound calling to telephones.

I use Skype for Bidness to call out to normal telephone numbers (and receive calls as well) often. Maybe support is very new or your business hasn't ponied up for the right software.

Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment


Re: Limited?

I wouldn't call 100 million users a 'limited presence' in ANY country."

They probably mean limited corporate presence, such as offices and employees. I'd be surprised if there were any employees in Brazil at all, unless there's a south American support operation there or something.

Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog


Do they speak French in Thailand these days?

They spoke (and most of the road signs) were in Thai and English when I was there a few years ago.

Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail


Re: And you still run Windows?

"IMHO one of the roadblocks of Linux adoption is exactly the lack of such services in a easy to use fashion. Setting up and managing a complex LAN with proper centralized authentication and authorization in Linux requires a level of expertise which is beyond most business but the largest, or very dedicated ones."

FWIW, it looks like FreeIPA is picking up some steam.

Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban


Re: Basically

"All religion should be classified as 'if you want to do it, do it, but don't push your ideals onto others' - i.e. make it like stamp collecting or train spotting."

You clearly haven't been following the Militant Stamp Collector stories, but that's understandable as the main-stream press won't talk about it.


Re: The guy is the hard-core Democrat's dream.

"So trumps poll lead indicates that the most extreme 5% of the population love him, but 75% of the population would either vote for his opponent, or not vote at all."

Frankly, I think there will be sizeable anti-Trump vote even if Democrats aren't motivated to get out to vote for Clinton.

Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan


Re: Virtual 'Droid?

"I am seriously considering getting a transforming Win10 laptop. As long as the common apps are available (facebook, twitter etc) then why bother porting..."

I live-booted Android-x86 on my dell 2-in-1 laptop/tablet device and it was promising. Only Android 4.4, but a lot of stuff worked. Wifi, touch, sound, etc. Fairly impressive. Some apps don't like it though, don't know if that's because they only support ARM or only support non-rooted devices. You can live-boot off a USB stick, so worth a try. It does run in virtual box as well, but I've never tried it on a touch-enabled laptop. mouse and keyboard android is OK, but a little clunky.

Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot


Re: training wheels / stabilizers

I had a reference it's predecessor, the Ecomobile but took it out as the post was getting long enough as it was. :) (I know a couple people here in the US that have them, and even met the creator an his wife when my local club had a dinner at a local bier garden.)


Re: stabilizers. I'm willing to bet they're there for when the bike stops. If you touch one of those casters down at speed it'll lift the one of the actual wheels off the ground and you're in trouble. They're talking about non-modified bikes in the future, so I'm guessing the robot-legs will work at some point. If not, something like this: http://thekneeslider.com/legup-landinggear-for-harley-davidson-touring-bikes/

re: training wheels: you laugh, but some people want to ride even if their legs don't work properly. http://www.trikealternative.com/ghostwheels/

Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp


Re: Slapper? @ Tom 38

"Technically it is the United States of Mexico. It is just that no one calls it that. We are still called Americans."

It was until recently, but it's just Mexico now.

UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US


"What happens when the software meets a non-American road, ie one that's not straight, has roundabouts, features non-right-angle bends, and may involve pedestrians, hedges, ditches, or even farm animals?"

You've never actually been here, I take it?


An Internet of Things music thingy? What, you’ve already got one?


"Chromecast: Over priced spyware. Just plug phone's HMDI into TV. You need a phone or laptop to control it anyway."

I wish I could downsize my house such that I never want to use my phone more than 10 feet from the TV.

Ring Chime: Needy wireless doorbell or $30 bling t'ing?


Re: Hi, Tech!

"But our friendly delivery people like to stand outside, in the rain, knocking on the unlocked outside door wondering why no one is answering.. the answer is simple, no one can hear them knocking on that door."

Maybe this is an American perspective, but there's probably company rules about opening a door to a house unannounced, even if there's a sign telling you to do so. Liability, both that it opens up "something disappeared and the only person that was here was the delivery" and "suddenly this man was in my house so I shot him".

Understand 'Safe Harbor', Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words


Re: It would be madness to think

"Perhaps you'd like to think about this, what would happen if the EU got it's collective act together and became a unified organisation? The EU is bigger than the US, combined it has a greater GDP. It would be a massive economic power, and would dwarf the US."

I see that happening right after the UK adopts the Euro and goes fully metric.

Shutterbug drone biz fined $1.9m for buzzing New York City, Chicago


Re: Unfortunately it will likely happen

"But let's say this happens at take-off. Engine sucks in a drone and poof, engine is destroyed. What will happen? The aircraft will continue the take off, circle back and land single engine. This already has happened- with birds."

Even if that aircraft is a single-engine design? The kind you often see at air-shows?

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?


Re: I love REAL remote controls!

"Please don't stop make remotes!"

I feel your pain, a lot of solutiosn seem to ignore the idea that you'd have more than one person that uses these devices; insert comment about single male techies here. The solution I've come up with is to use an old phone or tablet to be the interface for whatever, leaving my phone free. It's actually nice from the standpoint that I can walk away with my phone and the tablet keeps streaming music so the other people in the house don't get interrupted.

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her


Re: What was the business model here?

Keep it running long enough and get it big enough that some social media giant buys it out. That's the only model I can think of.

WARM, WOBBLING MOON believed to hide MOIST CRADLE of life


"That's no moon ...it's a space station"

And once more, a British-made one; those jets are oil leaking out.

BORN to HURL: Man's shoulders are head and shoulders above apes, gorillas, chimps etc


"So I'm not sure Japan being the prime example of adoption of your national sport is particularly a good thing..."

Baseball is a America's National Pastime much like England rules the waves: it was once true, and still kind of is, but most people know it's not really true.

As for baseball being related to Cricket, if, as an American with some baseball knowledge, I can watch 30 minutes of a match and map most of the Cricket play into baseball rules without much difficulty, there must be some common ancestry there.

Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'


"internal company emails can be very damaging to a company's reputation"

That presupposes the company has a positive reputation to start with.

Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10


Side bar too

Another great way to get rid of the Cortana box is to drag the task bar over to the left (or right) side of the screen. Once you get used to it being over there, it gives you back a couple dozen pixels of vertical resolution that the silly widescreen displays "took away".



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