* Posts by HorseflySteve

30 posts • joined 11 May 2019

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

HorseflySteve

Re: So the new name...

There are some northern native american people who object to being called Inuits because they are not of the Inuit tribes. Eskimo is less offensive to them as it is at least a generic term. I've also heard that some native americans prefer to be called indians so it seems to me that you can't avoid offending somebody no matter what you do. Perhaps we should just call them all people from wherever they chose to live.

Linux kernel 'give me root, now' security hole sighted, dubbed 'Mutagen Astronomy'

HorseflySteve

Re: Thanks for clarifying.

"You may know what I don't know, but not that I don't know it, and I can't tell you what it is that I don't know, so you must tell me everything" - Knots by R D Laing, also used in a song of the same name by Gentle Giant

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

HorseflySteve

Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

Not just the night sky. I waited 50 years to see the only total solar eclipse visible in the UK in my entire expected lifetime...

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

HorseflySteve

Dead duck

DAB is a dead duck. I have 3 DAB radios & never turn them on. When I got them, there were some good commercial stations broadcasting in 192kbps stereo, but the kept coming & going & had to rescan every other week. Then they all went 80kbps mono and later to 48kbps. I had to run the bigger ones on the mains because their power drain is measured in Watts not milliWatts. The 'personal' one that drives headphones & doesn't have its own speakers I ran on sets of rechargeable cells which I had to change every other day. Then they announced DAB+ and told me my radios were obsolete so I gave up on it. I now only listen to 2 stations: Radio 4 FM in the car and internet station Morow.com via the mobile phone, PC or the Silvercrest box I got from Lidl. They can turn off DAB tomorrow and I wouldn't care. It was always a lame duck but now it's dead as far as I'm concerned

The Foot of Cupid emits final burst of flatulence in honour of fallen Python Terry Jones

HorseflySteve

Re: Thanks!

I used to run home from secondary school yo watch Do Not Adjust Your Set.

I often wonder if Jones was making a serious suggestion when he gave Pontius Pilate a speech impedemement in Life of Brian; "Fwee Bawabas"?

It must have benen awful for him and his family and friends, especially Michael Palin, to watch his brilliance ebb away to demetia so a blessing that they are all freed of that now.

LG announces bold new plan for financial salvation: Trying to actually make phones people want to buy

HorseflySteve

Re: Here is a phone I want to buy

My LG G5SE has your choices 1, 2 & 3. I don't know what a notch is (at least I'm honest). It doesn't have 5 or 6 but you can disable the pre-installed crap (e.g. Facebook) and it has a physical power button on the back that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Of the 3 Samsungs and one LG i've owned, only LG has ever updated the originally supplied OS. I haven't upgraded my phone because the airtime provider don't offer any LGs currently & I don't want to change networks.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

HorseflySteve

Re: Lightroom

If you can't get on with DarkTable or Adobe Lightroom, try LightZone (https://lightzoneproject.org). There's a registration requirement but it's free and automatic. I couldn't get on with DarkTable after I found that RawTherapee didn't work properly on raw FujiFilm HS50EX files but LightZone works perfectly and it's available for linux, BSD, Mac OS and Windows.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

HorseflySteve

Rename the folder...

...to Shredder. They'll be a lot less likely to store emails in it then!

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

HorseflySteve

Re: Need a home-brew solution

I'm not surprised she was upset by you dimming the lights remotely on her. Have you ever seen the film 'Gaslight'?

Radio nerd who sipped NHS pager messages then streamed them via webcam may have committed a crime

HorseflySteve

wait for the knock on your door...

UK law has ALWAYS been that it is illegal to receive any wireless message or transmission that you were not intended to receive. The Wireless Telegraphy Act was first made law in 1904 and has been updated a few times since then but that has remained constant.

If I were you, I'd stop doing it or keep quiet...

HorseflySteve

Re: Is NHS breaking the law

No. The NHS is using a paging service which is operating legally under the terms of its licence.

The only law-breaking in this case is the person deliberately receiving the pager signals and compounding it by passing the information received on to other unauthorised persons.

HorseflySteve

wireless telegraphy act does not apply...

...to visible spectrum since you don't need a special receiver, just eyeballs. Also, the main local broadcaster is too big & far away to prosecute for transmitting without a licence...

HorseflySteve

Re: No encryption...

"As they are unencrypted, it could be argued that the messages are being broadcast in the public domain and he is simply a listener."

The definition of a 'broadcast' has a strict definition in the Wireless Telegraphy Act. A broadcast is intended to be received by the general public and the Broadcaster's license will state what they may and may not broadcast. A pager transmission is NOT intended to be received by the general public but by the holder of a pager and so is a private transmission not a broadcast under the definition of the Act. It doesn't matter whether it's encrypted or not, the offence is committed by the act of DELIBERATELY receiving the transmission when not authorised to do so by the pager service under the terms of its licence. The relaying of the information unintentionally or illegally received is a further, separate offence under the Act.

Bear in mind the the Wireless Telegraphy Act has a long history and most of it was written long before real-time signal encryption existed. The only method to protect private signals was to transmit on frequencies that were not receivable on publicly available receivers for which, I should add, you needed a license. The non-disclosure rule was added to cover home made hobbyist sets that might pick up the signals accidentally.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

HorseflySteve

Re: Castle Bravo

It wasn't so much not knowing what they where doing, but the fact the Lithium 7 (which is more common that Lithium 6) had not, up until then, been observed to participate in the generation of Tritium. Castle Bravo was the experiment the showed them it most certainly did when under intense neutron bombardment and even increased the neutron flux by emitting a fast neutron as it split. The end result was they got 3x as much Tritium to fuse as they expected and consequently around 3x the BANG!

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store

HorseflySteve

Wind 'em up

If he can prove that Google owes him 'several thousand pounds' and can't get them to talk to him and pay him, he could apply to wind up Google UK. I seem to remember a small supplier doing that to Asda some years back & they paid his bill in record time! See https://www.gov.uk/wind-up-a-company-that-owes-you-money Though it might be a bit difficult to prove that they can't pay, it'll certainly get their attention if he applies!

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

HorseflySteve

Always been risky

I have a habit of missing the second 's' when I type the word 'system' or its plural. Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS's spell checker offered me the following corrections:

'system'

'systems'

'sodomy'

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

HorseflySteve

Not so. It would be visible against a reflective background. Light itself is invisble until it strikes a receiver...

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it

HorseflySteve

My horse produces n=6 multidemensional output when you consider its temperature, water content and not inconsiderable mass. I have to use a shovel...

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

HorseflySteve

Re: W98 was OK, but W95 and USB ..

Do you know that Windows 98 will BSOD the instant it switches to graphics mode during bootup (even in Safe Mode!) if you add any character before the initial [ in C:\Windows\Powerpnt.ini ? I was about to re-installed from scratch when I found that nugget online. If you delete powerpnt.ini, the OS makes a new one on bootup. I don't know why it's called that because I didn't have powerpoint installed. More iffy MS obfuscation, methinks.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

HorseflySteve

Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

When anyone in the company has commented about my casual tie-less attire, I have replied with one of the following 2 answers:

1. I am an engineer working in a modern hi-tech industry. Tell me why should I dress like an Edwardian?

2. I thought I was employed as an engineer, not a model. Naomi Campbell doesn't get out of bed for less than £10k a day; pay me that & I'll wear what you like.

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul

HorseflySteve

Re: Have you considered...

It's illegal in the UK to hunt or kill anything using an arrow or crossbow bolt.

Gone in 120 seconds: Arianespace aims for stars, misses, as UAE satellite launch fails

HorseflySteve

No, it didn't go boom, sounds like somebody forgot to light the blue touch paper on the second stage..

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer

HorseflySteve

Re: Maybe they're right to an extent

Too late, they've cleaned up the anthrax on Gruinard now...

HorseflySteve
Alert

Re: Plenty of these nuts over there

The railways caused the cows to lay eggs??!! Just what harm HS2 is going to cause!

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

HorseflySteve

Re: BASIC as a scripting language

QL SuperBASIC by Jan Jones (now a romantic fiction novelist) had really great structured additions and, along with Tony Tebby's multitasking Qdos, would have been much more widely used if the QL hardware wasn't so poor. Running on a 68008, the 32bit processor wss strangled by the 8 bit databus & the bespoke storage Microdrives weren't considered as sufficiently robust and reliable as floppies. That said, I never had that much trouble with them, either on Spectrum or the QL

HorseflySteve

Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

BASIC was the second programming language I used in 1976 at Glasgow College of Technology. It was Data General Time Sharing BASIC running on a Nova minicomputer connected to 25 DataDynamics teletypes and 5 "glass teletypes". It also had 2 five megabyte disk packs and a fast paper tape reader. Taking an offine copy of your program meant LISTing it on a teletype with the paper tape punch on.

The Nova had 10kbytes of core store so time sharing 30 users meant a lot of disk/core swapping. I wrote a 8800 byte program intended for multiple simultaneous users which slowed the Nova a bit with 2 users, a lot with 3, and 4 caused Nova to give up entirely and crash. The system tech had to reboot it which meant entering the boodloader commands on the front panel switches then booting the OS by selecting partitions and lauching the loader using the reserved system teletype; took about 15 minutes. Needless to say, my program was removed until I figured out the principle of overlays (by my self; I was an Electrical & Electronics student, not computer science).

In case you're wondering, the first programming language I encountered was IBM Fortran IV on a 360 using punch cards; very much not interactive!

Honey, hive had it with this drone: Couple lived for years with thousands of bees in bedroom wall

HorseflySteve

Re: Not exactly uncommon

A long time ag, I stayed in an old manor house in South West UK on a horse riding holiday. My room was on the top floor & I noticed a faint, continuous humming sound. Looking out of the window, I saw quite a lot of bee activity beneath the eaves of the roof. I went to see the owner & asked if she knew there seemed to be bees nesting in the attic. "Yes", she said, "are they causing you a problem?". "No", says I, "they're not bothering me; so they've been there a while, then?" "Oh, about 200 years", she said, "only sometimes we get honey running down the wall in your room" ☺

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

HorseflySteve
Alert

Re: "they don't care if we're screwing the neighbours wife or murdering someone"

For some reason, I just got a mental image of Terry Jones sitting naked at an electric organ...

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian

HorseflySteve

It could've been worse, they could have asked you to go to Renstree (Ravenstruther) or Kulkaygee (Kilncadzow - my favourite☺)

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