* Posts by Andy1

14 posts • joined 24 Mar 2018

FBI confirms Zodiac Killer's 340 cipher solved by trio of amateur math and software codebreakers


Re: " because one always keeps a spent cartridge in the chamber."

Ha Ha Red Dwarf a documentary, I like your lack of reality!

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village


Re: More to the point

I used to knock around with a bunch of TV repair guys in the 1980s and they used to talk about chopper power supplies which put all sorts of junk back down the mains and the electricity companies hated them but there was no legislation to prevent this at the time. I would imagine this was the source of the problem as the burst of interference would have happened at a frequency of 50 or 100Hz, often enough to prevent any re-synch of the broadband connection.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law


1984 which was first a book by George Orwell was a WARNING which seems to have worked well almost.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops


The tabloid press (Daily Mail) chose to ignore that £145,000 of the £200,000 was for legal costs and sensationalised the story by making the 200k the headline figure and not explaining anywhere in the article that this wasn't the whole truth. This of course sent some into a tail-spin about how much the couple were getting and the other half about how much the Sussex Police had wasted. They could have settled without months of lawyer time but they tried to minimise the damage only to end up wasting eye-watering amounts of public money and together with the amount they spent on their fruitless investigation it all came to around a cool Mil.


Before drones were a thing if a Tescos bag drifted past the cockpit of an airliner but not recognised as such by the crew they would have put it down as a UFO and not report it because of the derision it would have brought or worse. Now because there are drones anything that can't be directly identified is automatically a drone so it can be reported without stigma.

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence


What possible reason would there be to hack into this research, isn't it supposed to be shared between nations. Or is it to wreck the computer system the data is held on or possibly a ransomware attack. Come on journos try and find out why it's really happening.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


Remember the Sinclair Spectrum interface II, this had an RS232 interface. The manual labelled all the connections BUT they weren't labelled as to what they were they were labelled as to what they should be connected to at the other end, much head scratching required to get a connection working.

RAND report finds that, like fusion power and Half Life 3, quantum computing is still 15 years away


Re: 15 years away

We have to do much better than reproduce the "conditions at the heart of a star". An article in New Scientist a long time ago said that Terrestrial fusion would have to be much denser than in the sun in order to generate any useable energy in a practical volume.

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom


It looks like the tank was already a bit pre-crumpled before it collapsed. The panel beaters finished it on a Friday afternoon after a good liquid lunch.

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?


Drone delivery services seem so vulnerable to malfeasance. Could it ever make commercial sense given the probable attrition rate. Even if they don't actually have to land but lower the payload on a string how easy would it be to catch one before it departs. How many deliveries would a drone have to make before it pays back the its cost.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*


A few years ago at this time of year I had a problem with my Virgin Media landline. After they said they couldn't fix it for two weeks I emailed the chief exec of Virgin about the problem explaining that the phone was essential for receiving calls at Christmas. Amazingly I had a reply from his PA saying they were going to get it fixed post haste. An engineer turned up within 48 hours and said they would have to pull through a new cable to my house. This made no difference to the problem so after about two more visits they eventually sent someone more senior who changed an amplifier in the green box in the street. I'm guessing this was more expensive than the cable so they tried a cheaper fix first and only the more senior eng had the authority to change the amplifier.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much


I just went to the Firefox addon site and installed UBlock well wouldn't you know it I retuned straight away to this page and UBlock reported the blocking of 5 requests attributed to El Reg. I now know the meaning of "Biting The Hand That Feeds IT(self)"


Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries


Having worked in the battery industry for 11 years, people who know me often say "I read or saw on the news about this great new battery that's been invented, where can I buy it?". I have to explain each time that it's only a theory or perhaps a prototype and the publicity is all about asking for money to develop it. There have been so many such as the one based on piss. Yes, you actually piss on it to make it work. Then there was the one that is the size of a CD case you can start a car from. Oh yes and the dodgy Russian who tried to kid us they could make one out of piezoelectric material which you embed in your shoe and when you walked it recharged. They never came to anything, surprise surprise!!

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox


Re: Adblocking is stealing

"I block all ad serving domains in the hosts file"

What does this even mean to the average Joe like me. I use ABP, it works for me, as for any other method, I wouldn't have a clue as I'm not as tech savvy like those who usually post here. If a site doesn't work until I turn off ABP I either agree or quit out of it if I'm not that bothered. This is my perspective as a user and not an IT guy.


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