* Posts by rsole

76 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Aug 2015


Oracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub


I feel happy and sad at the same time :)

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible


One in summer and the other the traditional Christmas day release.

Well, for me that would be two releases at once :)

NASA's Perseverance rover in brick form: China set vs unofficial Lego fan design


Re: No, sorry.

I don't really agree with this basis of uniqueness. The instructions are not a physical thing and therefore are either unique or not as the case may be. The number of and type of atoms are irrelevent. Or maybe as some others have suggested this is my unique perspective - which I doubt.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


It may be only an apt-get away but on a Raspberry Pi that only gets you a version from 2018.

I am not complaining just pointing it out.

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday


Re: Better options

At first I thought you were being sarcastic but now I am not so sure.

There is no need for a disc or an external USB hub with a Raspberry Pi 4.

I admit that a case is desirable, but which one :) the joys of choice.

As for an Atom outperforming a an Arm, possibly but what is the issue?

We took a shot every time Qualcomm said 5G, AI or mobile gaming in its Snapdragon 865, 765 system-on-chip launch...


I think the issue is not whether you are influenced but whether there is a perception. Poor showing really.

It woz The Reg wot won it! Big Blue iron relics make it back to Blighty


Re: Too bad India Business Machine has gotten rid of anyone


You are overly pessimistic, in those days computers lasted and so they continued to need support until they were finally decomissioned. Finding someone interested might still be a challenge though.

Five new players – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – are now in NASA's race to send landers to the Moon


Or an all children crew :)

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?


Re: priorities

Finally, someone that understands the difference.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras


Re: The bigger problem at airports...

You are incorrect, they are recognising them as human and choosing to ignore them.

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu


Re: 767

No, that would be the section of the manual about how to fly the plane with no working engines :)

Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word, please


Quantum Supremacy uncertainty principle

Is it a case of the closer we get to Quantum Supremacy the less we know about what it means?

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps


Re: Apple only sold 32 bit Macs for ONE YEAR

It's more accurate to say they only sold Intel based 32bit Macs for around a year. Many older PowerPC and Motorola Macs were 32bit.

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything


I think all this proves is that some mice inserted the number 42 into Douglas Adams' head all those years ago. Now I am wondering when the program will stop running.

RIP Danny Cohen: The computer scientist who gave world endianness meets his end aged 81


But only in binary.

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out


Which is it?

I see some people in Microsoft saying it is a hardware problem and others saying it is a software problem when really it is a Microsoft problem.

City-obliterating asteroid screamed past Earth the other night – and boffins only clocked it just 26 hours beforehand


Re: "Probably"?

Not really like a lottery. If it was large enough then we either all win or all lose and I really don't like those odds.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker


Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

I've been driving autonomously since I received my licence :)

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?


What is the point of mixing metric and other measurement systems? Is this a precursor of what is wrong with the world.

One goes up, one stays on the ground and one gets ready: It's a week in space


Re: Raspberry Pi that does not crash?

You should try shutting it down instead of just cutting the power.

Cooksie is *bam-bam* iGlad all over: Folk are actually buying Apple's fondleslabs again


Re: iPad Pro ...

That would be an EyePad Pro then.

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet


Re: He's not a journalist

Where does the definition of a Journalist state you need to actually add value? If this were the case it would seem that many jobs would be at risk.

Intel budges Samsung out of its seat at the top of silicon-slinger league


I think it could be argued that it will benefit Intel as they are no longer throwing money at a loss maker and diverting attention from the crown jewels. In the long term Apple will probably move on but at the moment they have removed the option of what has essentially been a bargaining tool and confronted the reality that they are not yet ready to replace Intel or Qualcomm. The real surprise to me as they took so long to confront this reality.

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


My how time flies

We obviously need some way to stop the AI system falling asleep from getting bored after millions of nanoseconds of nothing much happening. Perhaps a human codriver is required.

Canadian woman fined for not holding escalator handrail finally reaches the top after 10 years


Re: Handrails


I assume you are suggesting the rest of the Periodic Table column - Boron, Gallium, Indium, Thallium and Nihonium are all in need of a respelling.

Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world's smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible... OK, it doesn't exist anymore


Re: And still putting...

If only they still did, that is partly why I am still using a 2012 MacBook Pro.

It is still by far the most affordable way to get 1TB or more disc capacity.


I could say that as long as features don't keep gettng added, all the software I work on is getting better as I remove those bugs.

Well here's some open source software that is definately getting better.


Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Want to try to reprogram it so it feels and drives like an F1?

Did someone mention the space shuttle, essentially a brick falling elegently with the assistance of software.

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON


Re: I can just imagine the timeline

Whether it is all dark or not does not change my assertion that it should be referred to as the "far side" at least when referenced from the Earth.


Re: I can just imagine the timeline

I am being pedantic, but the dark side of the Moon is whatever side is currently not facing the Sun. The far side is where the Chinese craft has landed.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

The same reason you may want to run Linux or any operating system on any hardware, the software. It may also be something you want to do to extend the life of older hardware that is no longer supported by Apple.

Also, If the data on the drive is encrypted then you effectively prevent access without the decryption key so why stop it being booted? Maybe someone else can enlighten me.

Further to this, if you can turn off secure boot and install and run Linux, then where is the issue. It then becomes like any other computer with no secure boot running.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++


And "shp" is probably the sound it made as it went down.

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


Re: This is why science rocks

"I find tap water much better when diluted with a malt whisky - There, fixed that for you."

Maybe, but does it work the other way round?


Re: This is why science rocks

The way it was explained to me - diluting tap water is Homeopathy.

Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit


"was that most of the 7,800 phones didn't exist)."

Isn't it more accurate to say - existed multiple times.

Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster


Re: 7800 Light Years?!

It's not a galaxy it is a globular cluster. These generally exist within the confines of a galaxy and in this case it is the Milky Way.

Leaning tower of NASA receives last big arm


Re: Mobile launcher

I see you've been reading the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy again.

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


Re: Dates

I would have thought that DD MMM YYYY was decreasing significance, as you are most likely to want to know the day followed by the month and finally the year. say someone said the Date, then they can usually assume the month and year, and if they append the month they can usually assume the year.


Not necessarily

Gb ethernet makes sense from a cable point of view because you don't need a crossover cable.

US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers


"A swarm is an fleet of 40 drones or more, apparently" definately needs a proof reader.

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk


Thanks for the Reminder

I need to watch The Terminator again.

American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner


Thanks, I had forgotten how beautiful Concorde really was.

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering


I may be wrong here but I thought the iphonex had an OLED display which does not use a backlight but does need power to light each pixel.


Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

There's no reason Linux or Unix users should not also like Apple or Android, this is not a mutually exclusive club; they are all based on the same underlying software. I use all the above and Windows. Fundamentally they all have advantages and disadvantages and there are cases where one is more appropriate than another. Having and making choices is always better than having none.

Just because I drive one car does not mean I cannot appreciate another, even though I may not choose to own it. If you cannot appreciate the good aspects of one thing without choosing to like it then you are just being narrow minded or obstinate, every thing is a balance and your own personal biases will influence your decisions but do not make them right or wrong.

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network


Where's the news?

I cannot see anything newsworthy about this. It has been going on for years, why should the NBN be exempt.

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


Re: What you really want is...

I really have to take issue with the Peltier coolers being unreliable statement; they are used extensively for Astrophotography cameras where they cool the sensor to -40 to -80 below ambient and they are accurate and very reliable, I have rarely heard of one failing.

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer


Re: This won't be addressed

Do you even know what "accurtate" means?

Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box


Re: To be fair

I think you have given people some ideas - why not use the hash to encrypt the drive and then you don't have to worry about forgetting the password. Now that is a genius solution :)


Re: That's not even wrong

As they said, it's a bug, they intended to store the hint but stored the password. The real password is not in free text.

This has to go down in history as one of the silliest bugs I have ever seen, if it wasn't so serious.

Bug of the week - I think not - maybe bug of the year.