* Posts by terrythetech

93 posts • joined 9 Aug 2017

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Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: Teach your children

"Plus, once everyone else is dead, we get the privilege of taking over the remains"

Do you think that "we" are not the ones going to be dead :)

I've heard people making similar claims about we need a war or erm, a pandemic, to help reduce overpopulation not realising they are just as vulnerable as everybody else.

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

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No, Blair was New Labour - a whole different kettle of poo, er, fish

You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK's backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

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Unhappy

Re: Don't use centralised, commercial services

They may not be going for banking transactions but once the encryption is broken...

... or maybe there is an exception for banking and financial trading. Is there?

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Facepalm

Re: Not Good.

and making pi 3 would make life so much easier

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Re: Pssst... wanna buy some strong crypto?

https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/02/encrochat_op_venetic_encrypted_phone_arrests/

just goes to show you can't trust who you buy your encryption from

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Unhappy

Wedge

thin end of.

Worried about where the thick end is

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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Coat

Boy, that is a weird kebab!

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Boffin

Re: Probably not entirely a bad thing but ...

We do know the exact speed of light in a vacuum as it is defined not measured. I was working in a uni physics department when the change happened and the 'measure the speed of light' experiment had to be abandoned.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

Back in the day you had to used to have to use a sneevling rod

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Facepalm

Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

Or the user (by which I mean friend) who doesn't understand screenshot etc. so you ask them to read the error message and they refuse because it is gobbledegook.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Facepalm

Siriously - giving Apple the benefit of the doubt!

(not a typo!)

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: Coronavirus kills cities

Having moved out of London I now find that I couldn't afford to move back there even if I wanted to.

The Adobe Flash Farewell Tour 2020: LibreOffice to axe export support for .SWF in version 7

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It does work. Surprised the hell out of me as when I complained to Channel 4 a while back about it not working they said Linux was too niche to support. ITV has been broken and mended a few times in the last 6 months but is working now. Using Firefox 75 and Mint Cinnamon 19.3.

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Mushroom

Re: 56!

56 factorial is 7.109985878×10⁷⁴ according to my calculator app. That is one almighty big tower of pizza, it probably distorts the space time continuum which would almost certainly make it unstable.

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper

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Re: Thermometers too

or Arduino + LM35

https://www.tutorialspoint.com/arduino/arduino_temperature_sensor.htm

Dear makers of smart home things. Yeah, you with that bright idea of an IoT Candle. Here's an SDK from Amazon

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Re: Harmonisation of Circles of Hell

"But anything which needs the cloud or wants to tunnel out through my router can fuck right off."

I think you will find they all want to do that :(

Come on baby light me on fire: McDonald's to sell 'Quarter Pounder' scented candles

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Flame

Re: "Please let it be a joke"

FFS a self lighting candle‽ The internet of tat just got even tattier.

Handy for remote controlled arson though I suppose.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

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Re: Hint

I always thought Windows ought to have a curtain option.

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...

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So, you haven't considered that the risk (if there is a risk) might be in the hardware, or software that is not reprogrammable by the end user e.g, firmware, CPU monitoring cores etc.

Remember the Clipper chip? NSA's botched backdoor-for-Feds from 1993 still influences today's encryption debates

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Re: The FBI is the only organization on Earth

" i'm not actually doing anything that I need to protect from the government in any way."

Until something you are doing is no longer liked by the government. You seem to be veering towards the nothing to hide argument. We all have something we would rather not be public I suspect. I don't think I have anything that the government might be interested in, but I still don't like that they want to break encryption that I need for e.g. accessing my bank account.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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I remember seeing an electronics magazine advert from the 60s selling core store memory at the incredibly cheap, according to the advert, price of 3d per bit! (youngsters 3d = 1.25p, then inflation). By my calculation that comes to over £100k for 1MB of ram - and that is 1960s £100k. I started work in the 60s for £5/week. That's Moore's law for you.

My first experience of buying ram was IIRC buying 12k ram for an Acorn Atom for £50 in 1980

Flying taxis? That'll be AFTER you've launched light sabres and anti-gravity skateboards

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Re: Flying taxis = wrong solution to right problem

"Then they stopped working properly...."

Roundabouts are fine when there is roughly equal traffic on all entrances, but on a minor road joining a major road you could be sitting there all day. It could be argued that traffic lights with the correct sequencing and no roundabout would be a better solution in this case.

However, traffic lights on roundabouts are a nightmare and, as you say, stop roundabouts working very well.

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay

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Coat

low frequency

Sooo, low frequency power causes even lower frequency trains

Cool 'joke', bro, you could have killed someone: Epilepsy Foundation sics cops on sick flashing-light Twitter trolls

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Thumb Down

Re: Wrong target entirely

Victim blaming at its worst :(

Uncle Sam challenged in court for slurping social media info on 'millions' of visa applicants

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Black Helicopters

"They're hardly going to check your IP history with your ISP to see where you've been browsing. Are they????"

Why bother, they already have that

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Coat

Re: Surely

Once as a child and once as a ball?

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Re: Jaywalking ...

You don't have to be a kid to be staring at your phone while crossing the road - I have seen it close up in central London. Very nearly too close up!

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

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Coat

Which is ready to fly, the documentation or the aircraft?

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Happy

Re: Divide and rule

I didn't buy it either - it is free!

1Gbps, 4K streaming, buffering a thing of the past – but do Brits really even want full fibre?

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Of course I need 1Gb - my holodeck runs like a pig on FTTC.

But seriously, if I got a decent speed over copper (plated steel!) I wouldn't have FTTC. The exchange is so far away that full copper barely hit 4Mb so I opted for the exchange to effectively move to the end of my street. I get 10Mb up and 40Mb down (apparently 70Mb available). Don't really need it but I'm an impatient sod and like the fact I can download OSes and videos quickly.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google among tender, caring tech giants on UK internet safety board

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Meh

"Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter..."

Hopefully (!) they will be there to just listen and not for lobbying...

What am I saying!!!!!!

Banks bid legacy tech farewell as they sail to the cloud – but now all that infrastructure is in hands of the big three

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WTF?

They are going to store my money in the cloud‽

Time to start stuffing it in the mattress!

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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"They are boards. They are black. They.are blackboards."

except the the ones that are green

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year

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Pint

Re: I have a question

maybe because the main ingredient is water - where do they get that from without the micro-plastic bits in it?

However if I'm going to have to drink micro-plastics I may as well drink them in beer, cheers.

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Re: (Sighs)

Yeah, sand has been around longer than we have - plastics, not so long.

That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon

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Boffin

Re: "Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy"

No, it is a thing. It involves interferometry and moving a moving mirror and maths instead of the usual grating set-up.

US boffins tangle with quantum entanglement in spooky rack-mounted networking hardware

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Neat trick, if you can do it!

"These cells normally must be kept at absolute zero (-273.15°C or -460°F)"

Near absolute zero maybe but not at absolute zero surely.

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps

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@Pascal Monett

TP The Last Continent:

Any true wizard, faced with a sign like 'Do not open this door. Really. We mean it. We're not kidding. Opening this door will mean the end of the universe,' would automatically open the door in order to see what all the fuss is about. This made signs rather a waste of time, but at least it meant that when you handed what was left of the wizard to his grieving relatives you could say, as they grasped the jar, 'We told him not to.

'It's like painting with atoms'... Watch how boffins form armies of simple micron-sized bots from a silicon wafer

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Re: Bio-bots

The technologies seem to be converging, fsck knows where that will lead!

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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Facepalm

so far

all the adverts I have seen for smart meters keep telling the me how much more energy I can use because of all the energy I've saved. Surely the wrong message :(

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Boffin

Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

"CCD/CMOS sensors are only sensitive to photons energy, not their wavelength."

Sorry to be pedantic but a photons energy IS directly related to its wavelength, in fact "photon energy changes in inverse relation to wavelength" (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photon_energy). I think you mean intensity i.e number of photons. However, have an up vote for the point you make.

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

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Re: Inappropriate calls across the office....

Ahem - http://www.waynekerr.com/

Purveyor of fine electronic test gear

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: Easy Instructions

may be better to do 4 before 3, and not waste time on 1 and 2

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Happy

Waiting...

for the Who, Me? article on this one!

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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FAIL

Never really liked the idea of the cloud for this very reason, or come to that, Microsoft.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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@ Timmy B "Can't do Linux, for your average user it's confusing and too unfinished."

I have 2 less than average users and I now have them both on Mint18. I don't get phone calls asking me how to fix things any more. Let's face it for most average users the OS is just there to fire up a browser.

Personally, when using Windows, I feel like I am fighting the PC. The OS is supposed to be an enabler not a disabler.

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FAIL

Re: another coat of Lip Stick

@ jMcPhee "M$ says it's their most secure pig ever!"

Well of course, the black hats have to work around all those bugs too.

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Facepalm

Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

@ David Roberts -"On the upside it didn't mention Trump or Brexit.

Sadly, you did!

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

"Also, cyclists KSI (kill and seriously injure) a similar number of pedestrians to cars, per passenger mile."

Reference please. Oh, and while you are at it, what is the KILL per passenger mile for each? Do the KSI figures include those in/on the vehicle?

Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Boffin

Re: Missing information

Speed of light in air is 299,700 km/s (~3*10^8 m/s) very close to the speed of light in a vacuum so not sure where you get the 3.10^9 from (which according to my calculator is 26439.6)

Rule of thumb - light goes at about 1ft per nanosecond or more accurately 30cm/ns. Resolving to 1ns isn't too bad but better is easily achievable.

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