* Posts by BoldMan

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

BoldMan

Re: NASA inefficiency: The hint is in the name

The great leaps forward that NASA achieved were done BEFORE they became bogged down with career bureaucrats and health and safety executives, in a time when engineers actually did the engineering.

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

BoldMan

Re: 1,922 seconds?

Are you sure it wasn't 1,999 seconds?

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

BoldMan

Re: Bargain

I never considered VAT at 5% for gas and electric supplies as a subsidy for fossil fuel industry, more like a subsidy for people being able to heat their houses! In fact on electric its not discriminating against any particular supply so you could call this ANOTHER subsidy for wind farms as well.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

BoldMan

Re: I agree

Aircraft camo is designed as much to hide them when they are on the ground as in the air, so boring grey is a suitable colour then they are parked on concrete.

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

BoldMan

Re: I have my suspicions...

Which was a totally spurious gesture as the Gov is the lawmaking body so making a law that only affects itself is pointless when at some point in the future the Gov just abolishes that law when it decides it wants to do what the law forbids.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

BoldMan

Re: Serpentinization

Martian Rock Snakes!!!

http://thunderbirds.wikia.com/wiki/Rock_Snakes

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

BoldMan

Re: Only able to make 1/3 of a comment.

Excuse me what "last three" are you referring to?

Similarly, a 4th Indy film? Next you'll be trying to tell me that there are more than 2 Alien movies!

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

BoldMan

In that case you need an exam that is specifically about how to use Google, however if you are testing knowledge about ANOTHER topic you shouldn't be testing how good your Google skills are.

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

BoldMan

Re: Reminds me of the classic

I prefer the classic sending the apprentice to stores for a long weght...

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

BoldMan

Re: Time to develop a good exit strategy

It worked for the Brennan-monster!

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GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report

BoldMan

> And where can you purchase a system for e.g. paying road tax -

> yes one that integrates with VOSA's list of cars, MOT certificates

> and people verification systems? No, me neither.

You can easily get systems that have multiple integration points and interfaces that can communicate with other systems. Do those services support SOAP or some other form of data exchange format? That stuff isn't really difficult to configure into flexible integration points. You don't have to build custom applications all the time to handle that sort of thing.

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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

BoldMan

Nothing "moved", they just allowed people to buy x.uk as well as x.co.uk

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

BoldMan

Re: There's a joke in there somewhere

The queue is too long to bother waiting for the joke...

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

BoldMan

Re: Question:

Where is Max Zorin when you need him!

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

BoldMan

Re: Lets see....

Larry Niven?

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

BoldMan

Re: "We used to dream of a mac"

@G.Y. : know a country that had the kids mark mark-sense BASIC cards, mail them to a central location, get the run back 1-4 weeks later.

Once a year, they would go on pilgrimage to that computer center, and get hold of real TTY terminals

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That country was the UK and the year was 1974 - thats how I got my very first introduction to writing computer programs using first an assembly language-like language called "City & Guidls" and then after a while upgrading to BASIC.

The computer was Medway College of Technology's and was a hulking great big IBM monster.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

BoldMan

Re: "Just read the instructions".

There will soon be complaints that the names are too frivolous and should have more gravitas...

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

BoldMan

I see this as nothing more than another barrier to entry for new websites. How much will hosting companies gouge for certificates for each hosted domain name on top of the hosting fees? Its fine for large companies but what about the small players such as hobby clubs or small companies?

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

BoldMan

Rather than give the plod free mobes, make them do their fucking job properly - Brazilian Electricians, phone hacking, Hatton Garden burglaries etc etc etc etc ad nauseam...

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

BoldMan

Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

Sorry that does not work - you don't have to be gay to be a pedophile, try again and use a proper dictionary/brain

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BoldMan

Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Bye, you won't be missed.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

BoldMan

Re: 127.0.0.1 aka localhost

whoosh!

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

BoldMan

Re: IT content!

Analogue computers were regularly (and still are) built from Meccano. Barnes Wallis built one to help solve some of the equations for the Bouncing Bomb and other problems.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

BoldMan

Re: Nah! What we really need is...

Ahh Gabrielle Drake and silver mini skirts...

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

BoldMan

Another pointless waste of cash that should be going to employing proper troops.... oh well its a new toy for the Whitehall boys to play with...

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

BoldMan

Re: "Anthill inside"

and don't forget Twoflower's introduction of the concept of "reflected sound of underground spirits" :)

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Witches Abroad is also the book with the marvellous "Glod" footnote. Remember reading that in Selfridges bookstore before I bought it and burst out laughing in the middle of a busy shop!

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BoldMan

I remember Tom Paulin reviewing Terry Pratchett on The Review Show many years ago:

A complete amateur... doesn't even write in chapters.

which has since appeared on many Discworld covers :)

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

BoldMan

Bugrit - Millennium hand and shrimp!

Will miss his particular brand of humanitarian whimsy and humour. I met him twice and he was genuinely funny and friendly. First time was at a writer's convention/workshop in the late 80s where he was very encouraging to me personally - he'd actually read some of my work on the old CiX message board and was very complimentary. Met him for a second time about 10 years later and although he was much more famous by then he remembered me and appeared actually interested in what I'd been doing.

First time I met him he was wearing this (http://www.zazzle.co.uk/and_god_said_integral_form_of_maxwells_equations_tshirt-235196737374054138) t-shirt and I almost wet myself...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

BoldMan

Here you go... (probably NSFW)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AXU5QYtOQc

Nice, but I can see the ASA's point...

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

BoldMan

Re: ESPecial Field Ops Sector ... Memorandum of Understanding for 77th Brigade Type Orgs. [FOUO]

At last! Someone talking sense!

Welcome back oh great Martian!

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

BoldMan

Re: Basically...

3a) Insist on running the project using "Agile" without properly understand the concept and thinking it means "make things up as we go along", then actually using it as a Blame Management Framework(tm) when all the different suppliers are trying to pass the buck.

Sound familiar?

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

BoldMan

Re: Am I winning?

Except I CAN stop the data harvesting (or at least reduce it) simply by installing Ghostery or other apps that block the trackers.If a device won't allow me to do that (iPad I'm looking at you) I don't use it that much. I do value my provate data and have taken steps to minimise its collection by these corporations.

That said I still use Facebook as it provides a service that allows me to connect with family and friends around the world to a level that would not be possible otherwise. I know it harvests data on me, but I'll only tell it things I am happy to share. I won't install its apps on my phone, or let it see my address/contact book.

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

BoldMan

Re: They did bring it back at the 5.25% rate

But those shareholders are things like your pension fund as well as rich bastards, so don't be too negative about shareholders!

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

BoldMan

Re: "gaze on the lovely Ms Knightley"

Has she learned to act with any part of her body other than her chin and lower lip?

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

BoldMan

Re: There is a solution

Your .com costs x3 your .co.uk? You need to use a different domain registrar!!!!

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

BoldMan

Re: PERSONAL computer!

Whoosh... that was the sound of the point missing you by a significant distance...

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

BoldMan

>I'm willing to pay £x amount to rent this house. That's the market price or whatever. Now government

> taxes that house. I'm not willing to pay more to rent it. Thus it's the landlord that pays that tax.

Surely you mean "Thus, the landlord refuses to renew the lease because there is always someone else with more money willing to pay the higher amount"

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

BoldMan

Re: Great article

Someone said it right at the beginning - Economics needs to be taught the fundamental principle that

correlation != causality

Proper sciences understand this, but most of the "modern" (pseudo) sciences such as Economics and Climate Change don't seem to get this so keep repeating mantras that are obviously false to anyone with half a working brain.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

BoldMan

No mention of Arkham Horror or for a fun card game, Cards against Humanity?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

BoldMan

Adblock filters to make the site work better

Try adding these filters to your Adblock - gets rid of the floating nav bar, the "Don't miss" block and the idiotically large top image on the front page

theregister.co.uk###site_nav

www.theregister.co.uk##.dont_miss.dcl

www.theregister.co.uk###top_tease

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BoldMan

If you are running Adblock plus (and if not WHY not?) just add this to the custom filters to eliminate the annoying nav bar

theregister.co.uk###site_nav

Sorry ElReg this redesign is a disaster. I'm sorry for the guys who worked on it for them to get so much negative feedback, but this is an awful design. You've completely lost the idea of who your audience is - this isn't a bunch of media-luvvie Twitterati who gush over "modern", this is a tech savvy, traditionalist audience who additionally KNOW HOW THIS SHIT WORKS and can see bad design when it slaps them in the face with soiled Y-fronts!!!

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

BoldMan

Re: Worst thing they did. I can't find any decent MP3 players with more than 64 Gb

I'm not the OP but yes I do like to be able to carry my entire music collection (about 70GB) with me so I can choose what I want to listen to at any time. Thus my 80GB iPod classic is perfect for this.

You sir, are a judgemental tosser.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

BoldMan

Can you detect the gesture I'm making now?

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NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

BoldMan

Beware black monoliths!

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

BoldMan

Re: An actual outcome of this...

But also with more wildfires there will be more dust and soot in the atmosphere to block out the sunlight...

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

BoldMan

Re: didn't we have a Steve Jobs biopic already?

>With Ashton Kutcher?

>Noah Wyle, surely.

There is a difference?

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

BoldMan

He aten't dead yet

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

BoldMan

Re: From an insider

"we know what caused this particular megadisaster, and it wasn't a senior manager; as mentioned in the article, it was an inexperienced member of IT staff screwing up a batch job."

It was caused by the decision to contract out the IT support to the lowest bid and get rid of the experienced staff that had dealt with similar problems in the past and knew what to do so that nobody experienced this sort of outage previously.

This was a failure of management pure and simple and the management should suffer the consequences, but most likely won't.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

BoldMan

Re: Want more surveillance?

Neville Chaimberlain's "peace in our time" did one thing that was much more useful than any warmongering would have done - it gave us one more year to prepare for a war the British Empire in 1938 was totally unprepared for.

Your arguments a facile and ignorant. You sir are a Troll and I claim my five billy goats!

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