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Cybercriminals Refine ATM Data-Sniffing Software

SuperAndy Re:DES (257 comments)

ATM running Windows XP doesn't mean its less secure

Than e.g. OpenBSD? It sure does.

I think, as has previously been said, the difficulty in getting physical access to the business end of the hardware is infinitely harder than actually exploiting the equipment. The operating system is the least of your worries when you are trying to work out how to get to the machine itself, thus rendering the choice of operating system pretty much pointless, when you have things to worry about such as availability of software, cost based on insurance against this sort of thing, etc etc

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates

SuperAndy Dodgy Tactics (414 comments)

Once again Microsoft's methods are dubious, but you are still getting a very good operating system gratis for a year.

more than 5 years ago
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Lithium In Water "Curbs Suicide"

SuperAndy Lithim Is A Manic-Depressive Drug (458 comments)

Lithium is a very old drug used for Manic Depression. What it actually does is takes the top and bottom off your moods. So someone with manic depression (which is actually characterised by extremes of mood, not just 'really depressed') will attempt to take those extremes out, hopefully rendering them 'normal'. It is, however, extreme, and most people who take it aren't happy with it, because they don't feel themselves.

I would imagine, if you had a constant stream of Lithium administered to you throughout your life, you wouldn't know what your were like without it. I wonder if these people are generally less 'extreme' than the majority of people. I am no psychologist/psychiatrist (IANAP if there is such a phrase), but I wonder if you could experimentally determine this, shown in more ways than just a lack of suicide.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Will Be Free For a Year

SuperAndy Re:Fascinating (528 comments)

Damn straight.

I have 7 RC installed on a very very very underpowered Lenovo laptop, the kind of thing that ran Ubuntu with a struggle. 7 however, is very fluid, even the fancypants aero effects, with the transparencies work.

I think Microsoft just may be onto the next XP here.

more than 5 years ago
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Bluetooth Versus Wireless Mice

SuperAndy Re:Macin and windozin... (519 comments)

H have an MX Revolution, which is obviously bigger, but I love it. I have never had a problem with the Logitech software in either Windows or OS X, even in the Windows 7 beta or RC. It's not too bad with linux either. But I have it set up so when I scroll the mouse wheel at a sufficient speed it just goes to the freewheel mode, leaving the wheel click action for the standard middle click.

Really is a fantastic mouse.

more than 5 years ago
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Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras

SuperAndy Re:Wow... (629 comments)

That is very true, I was being somewhat facetious when I commented there. But if the camera is limited to when there is no traffic, when the lights seem to change `unfairly', I honestly can't see the problem.

more than 5 years ago
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Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras

SuperAndy Re:Wow... (629 comments)

It is still against the rules of the road to enter an intersection if you aren't positive that you can't get out again

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Kernel 2.6.29 Released

SuperAndy Re:Drivers??? (265 comments)

A4 isn't meant to be equal to the golden ratio. It is meant to be 1/Root2, or Root2, depending on your outlook on life. Designed such that if you stick two of them together, you get the next size up. Or on cutting one in half, get the next size down; again, depending on your outlook on life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size

more than 5 years ago
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Phenom IIs, Core I7-920 Win Out In Value Analysis

SuperAndy Re:Price is all-important (214 comments)

Which is even more the case if you virtualise an operating system.

more than 5 years ago
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Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

SuperAndy Re:Name for the bat (Re:119V-0080) (422 comments)

Fluid dynamics basically says that at very close distances to a surface, it doesn't matter how fast the fluid is flowing, the wind speed at the surface is very low, and approaches zero. So maybe he made it!

more than 5 years ago
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UK To Mull High Video Game Taxes — To Fight Knife Crime

SuperAndy Hello Piracy! (615 comments)

All this is going to do is drive up piracy. More expensive computer games won't stop people getting them, it will just make more people decide they dont want to pay £50 or whatever they will charge for them, and download it instead.

Truly fantastic idea...

more than 5 years ago
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Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Award

SuperAndy Re:Only the women (187 comments)

Don't you mean, there are only 10 types of women?

more than 5 years ago
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The First Phone Call Was 133 Years Ago

SuperAndy Re:Patent sucks (196 comments)

And where does this money come from? Certainly not from a sense of entrepreneurship.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Kill Switch For IE Confirmed — For More Apps, Too

SuperAndy Re:nLite/vLite (208 comments)

I myself have used vlite to rip out things I considered useless in Vista, including IE. This caused me an entire world of pain, however. As the parent said, Help CHM files rely on IE libraries, and so does anything else, even steam if I remember correctly. The truth is, that IE is so hopelessly embedded into Windows, it will probably take a lot of work to extract it, and even more to convince 3rd party vendors to not rely on its presence.

more than 5 years ago
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Detecting Click Tracks

SuperAndy What is wrong with a click track? (329 comments)

I don't see the inherent problem with using a click track. If we take a band like Dream Theater, where both John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (Keyboards) play ridiculous solos, generally 'dueling' with each other. This would be impossible if the rhythm section was speeding up and slowing down. I would much rather hear crisp, perfectly synchronised solos, with that hint of mechanisation, than muddy, out of time solos that finish at different times.

However, this does not mean I think click tracks are always good. They are only required for an act such as Dream Theater, because quite often the band are pushing their technical skills as far as they can go, and I believe they need that extra help. In the case of a band playing something at a somewhat gentle 60 - 80 bpm, there shouldn't really be any excuse.

Saying that, I used to play trombone in a classical orchestra, and the conductor was vital in all pieces of music. Whether he is as vital in a 5 piece band as a 100 piece orchestra, however, is up for debate.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Distro For an Eee PC?

SuperAndy Thought about Windows 7? (466 comments)

I am probably going to get shot down here for even suggesting such a thing, but a good friend of mine has an eeePC, and, after trying various linux distros, and XP, actually found that Windows 7 worked impressively well. He had to use Vlite, or whatever the Windows 7 equivalent is, to strip it back so it would fit on the highspeed SSD chip, as opposed to the larger drive, but apart from that, its fantastic. I have had a play with it myself, everything works, and there are no compatibility issues, it seems to be rock solid. And comparable in speed to XP. Certainly its ability to go to sleep and wake up is very snappy indeed. So yea, don't necessary get hung up on Linux, give Windows 7 a go!

more than 5 years ago
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Post-Beta Windows 7 Build Leaked With New IE8

SuperAndy Re:Post Beta? (332 comments)

It is effectively 2 years after the initial release. Vista came out in what, 2006?

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Phenom II Overclocked To 6.5GHz

SuperAndy Re:Light Distances (303 comments)

I am, my apologies. The end of a long day of physics. That gives a light-distance of 46 mm, or around 5cm. So I got the right final value, just dodgy working.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Phenom II Overclocked To 6.5GHz

SuperAndy Light Distances (303 comments)

What I think is really amazing about this is that at a clock speed of 6.5 GHz, each cycle takes around 15 nanoseconds (15 * 10^-9 seconds) to complete. In this time frame light can only travel around 5 cm. Electrical signals travel close to this speed themselves, so the limit of clock speeds is being reached, since the chip itself is on this same order of distance. It is around the point where one side of the chip will not be able to communicate with the other side in a single clock cycle.

more than 5 years ago

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