* Posts by RavingDaveD

12 posts • joined 27 Aug 2015

Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day


Re: Stupid me

Sorry, didn't understand a word of that.



Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC


Re: So ...

Goodness, you must be a bundle of laughs to work with, having said that, I hope you work for my Bank!

Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS


Re: Differentiation?

Not sure how you 'differentiate' yourself by doing what everyone else appears to be doing, i.e. outsourcing.

Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk


Looks like the City has similar views on the outgoing CEO as majority of posters here. Share price up 8% at lunchtime today!

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again


Back in the early 80’s when Amstrad PCW word processors were just coming into fashion, I was a lecturer at a company training college (days when training was taken seriously). The college had been earmarked for closure as part of a corporate re-structuring exercise and many of the staff were busying themselves applying for other roles both external and internal.

The last course was underway and, during a tea break one particular morning, the course lecturer stormed into the staff room furious at all and sundry demanding to know who had been tampering with his CV on his PCW. No one owned up to anything. After calming him down and several of us visiting the offending computer, it turned out that he had left the machine running to perform a spelling check while he took his class. With the unsophisticated spilling chucker in ‘automatic change’ mode it naturally converted the first 2 words it came across into ‘Curious Vitals’, quite appropriate really.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


Re: Hounded

Seiously wrong - the TV vans worked by picking up the LO from the TV's first stage receiver. Could easily tell which channel was being watched.


Re: Hardwired connection

Actually, in the old Analogue broadcast TV days, the detector vans picked up the individual house tv's local oscillator signals being radiated from the house aerial (stray RF from the LO). As the vans knew which TV transmitter a particular area would be using to receive TV (and so the frequency of each channel, BBC1, 2, ITV etc for that area) and TV's used standard fixed Intermediate Frequencies for IF processing before demodulation to baseband composite video, the LO frequency picked up by the van told the operators which channel a particular house was watching This had nothing to do with the display type (e.g. CRT). To detect whether it was a colour TV in the premises (for those watching UHF) would have required the van to detect the 4.43MHz (in the UK for PAL system I) sub-carrier/LO - not sure whether they did this though.

Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64


Re: The Hobbit on the BEEB...

Yeah, I remember that. Decided to get the Hobbit for my BBC B after playing on a friends Spectrum. Bought from shop, Got home, loaded the tape (without reading the note) and then remember the dawning realisation of the complete lack of graphics followed by the feeling of being ripped off! Having previously and constantly taken the p*** out of various Spectrum friends, I kept well Schtum after this.

ARM founder now Hon. Sir


and following Brexit will no doubt be required to leave blighty

HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?


Nice but....

Can you make a phone call on it?

European Parliament rejects amendments to net neut rules, waves through law


One way or the other?

Surely as an avid reader of this learned electronic journal, can we not get a definitive on this from Sir Tim himself?

Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others


Long live Telnet

I'm glad they do allow telnet, saved my life a short while ago where I set my router (via the usual browser interface) to allow external management access via http over the internet/WAN port. What I didn't know was that this then completely disabled http access via internal n/w IP address / browser to manage the router. The system basically would only allow access from a specific IP address from the WAN/DSL port, i.e. the WAN IP as provided by my ISP at the time I pressed the 'go' button. This was a dynamic IP and so unlikely ever to be seen again! Helpdesk of the router manu said can only be fixed by doing factory reset. This would lose all my configs etc.

Telnet access was still working from internal IP so used this to save configs etc. Did Factory reset and restored saved configs et voila, all back to normal!

So, Telnet gets my vote


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