* Posts by Mike Richards

3765 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007

HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: We'll let you give us your ship...

Can't we rename it the HMS Robert Ross for the duration? I'm sure our American friends will appreciate the gesture of naming a ship after one of the White House's many admirers - ahem...

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Oh that's clever

After Trump's little call with Taipei, the seas around China are going to be - interesting. Now the Americans can test the efficacy of China's anti-ship missiles without losing one of their carriers.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

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It would have been better

If a Trump had been found in a brussel sprout.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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"I just ask myself the simple question as to why it is that you can't prevent the texting of sexually explicit images by people under the age of 18, if that's a lock that parents choose to put on a mobile phone contract. Because there is technology that can identify sexually explicit pictures and prevent it being transmitted,"

Don't ask yourself - ask technology experts - oh, right, my mistake...

...ask that nice man/spiv Grant Shapps/Michael Green, I'm sure he has lots of great ideas.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Here's the full list...

I hear even the FSB quakes in fear of the methods used by the Visit Wales csmpaign - like making people visit Wales.

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Vice Admiral Prince Andrew Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Fellow of the Royal Society is positively indigestible,

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Didn't that spend most of its time flying around teetering on the brink of a catastrophe? In that case we already had the DC-10 to do that.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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That hair

It's on loan from the Donald right?

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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

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Admiral Hopper definitely looks like someone you wouldn't mess with.

Congratulations to Margaret Hamilton, I assume everyone has seen this photo of her with the Apollo assembly code?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton_(scientist)#/media/File:Margaret_Hamilton.gif

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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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Re: "after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface"

I had the graphics card on a four year old iMac repaired gratis at an Apple Store because apparently this component had a higher than expected failure rate. So Apple do sometimes do the right thing.

Also worth mentioning that iFixit sound dubious about Apple's explanation that dropping the phone is responsible:

https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/17/apple-will-fix-iphone-6-plus-touch-disease-for-149/

Finally, for anyone in the UK who is affected, you might have a claim for a free fix/replacement under the Consumer Rights Act (replacing the Sale of Goods Act) if your phone fails and you are sure you haven't dropped it. This is in addition to your warranty and requires that Apple shipped an item that was fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. This extends for up to six years after purchase (five in Scotland) but it obviously becomes increasingly hard to prove an intrinsic defect as the item gets older.

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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Re: Kim Jong Dim Sum

This is crying out for someone with better video editing skills than me to drop his rotund form into the climactic scene from 'Ghostbusters'.

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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Re: Ascent

Sorry, not going to happen, Royal Assent is always granted on 'the advice of ministers' who are assumed to have the backing of the elected House of Commons, so it would be a massive constitutional crisis if the sovereign were to override the wishes of the Commons.

IIRC, an outright refusal to grant assent hasn't occurred since Queen Anne.

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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Re: A worrying trend?

'and now we have a defence policy designed by the Peace Pledge Union'

Slight correction - we have a defence policy designed to deliver as much taxpayer money as possible to BAe as quickly as possible without expecting anything in return. Truly, it's selfless.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Don't wait for the second edition

It'll be thinner and you won't be able to open it.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Christ - that's a bit harsh, no one should be made to use Siri.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble

One correction to a cool article: Cauldrons are a feature of Icelandic volcanoes, the two most famous being Katla under the Mýrdalsjökull and Grimsvötn under the larger Vatnajökull. There are no active volcanoes in Greenland.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Ah... it all becomes clear now

We use the aircraft carrier to haul these pieces of junk to Italy and bring them back again.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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'Even laying aside the enormous domestic law and eighth amendment issues this brings up, this will make it impossible for UK intelligence cooperation with the Trump administration across a range of intelligence programs. '

Well officially at least...

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

Not just that, in time it wouldn't be impossible to use Powerwalls and car batteries to help smooth out peaks in demand on the grid rather than firing up another natural gas-fired station.

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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That can't be a McDonald's burger

It looks juicy and enticing rather than exhibiting all the texture and taste of a deep-fried drinks coaster.

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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The person who coined 'supermoon'

Has a special place up against the wall - right next to the one who came up with 'super volcano'.

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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Slight correction

Whilst the boosters burn kerosene and oxygen, the core is fuelled by liquid hydrogen and oxygen, so the Chinese have clearly got the grasp of cryogenic fuels - something the Russians took until the Energia to solve.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Seven - sorry - six - nope - five - errr - four R101s.

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You reckon there'll ever be a time when the RAF can get more than one F35 into the air at the same time?

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: How to stitch it up

I suspect most MPs will vote to save their skins, no matter what their personal opinion on Brexit. They will stand up make vague noises about 'will of the people' and the majesty of democracy and vote whichever way their constituency voted to avoid defeat at the next GE.

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

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Re: SCRamjets have only really ever looked good for weapons systems

It'd be nice to go back to Max Faget's completely reusable DC-3 concept for the Space Shuttle which avoided all the problems later introduced by a delta wing design. The final 1960s design used something like 10 SSMEs on the booster, but scramjets would work to haul the orbiter to high altitude.

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Re: Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept

Have you considered asking DARPA for a blank cheque to fund further development? Like do they get upset if it's a REALLY big TV? And what is the role of extended holidays on secluded tropical island paradises in all this?

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

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A4000

Went to look at mine not so long ago to find the battery inside had exploded like John Hurt's chest and left nasty goo all over the motherboard. Needless to say it didn't wake up :(

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Microsoft might just have beaten Apple to the 'wow!'

Microsoft has produced a beautiful piece of design (that hinge alone must be a spectacular piece of design) and even the full-fat version of this, whilst well out of my price range, isn't very much more than a tricked out Mac which doesn't have touchscreen.

And tomorrow Apple is going to do its best to get us all excited about a *slightly* thinner MBP with a row of touchscreen keys.

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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It's 'courageous' to stop people touch typing.

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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Re: The dear chap....

He'll be expected to polish a pair of black Crocs

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RIP Samsung 'Death Note' 7

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Alternatively, package them up with a pretty bow as a present to the Dear Leader in the North.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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But a great money making opportunity for airlines

No phones, tablets, laptops or eBook readers. Oh and sorry you can't use your cordless headphones because they contain a battery - but I can sell you these disposable headphones for £20.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

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Re: What is going on?

Search is fine, but I have never worked out the Google Map interface beyond basic searches.

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Re: It's downhill all the way ... @Blue Pumpkin

It's not in the default set of icons any more.

I assume it is part of little Jonny Ive's insistence that all desktop applications must look like they were designed for a 4" phone screen.

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Time bloody Machine

When it works it is great. And most of the time, it just works.

When it fails - well there's not much you can do to find out what's gone wrong. There are no detailed error messages and no obvious way of looking at the processes - the new backup reports in the Console are unfathomable.

Apple's advice for when things go wrong beyond turning it off and on again, quickly goes to 'erase your backup disk and start again' then to 'you need a new Time Capsule'.

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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'So if the US had enacted a European Data Protection law, the hacked organisations could have been vulnerable to enforcement action if their website security was at a level that left personal data vulnerable to hacking attacks. That does not negate the fact that Mr Love committed a hacking offence, but clearly if website security was weak, then this allowed Mr Love’s attacks to succeed.'

That has nothing to do with the case. By analogy if I leave my door open and you pop in and steal something, you are still guilty of theft. I was dumb in leaving the door open, but you still chose to thieve.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance

It's BAE, so I'd go with Late, Very Late, Broken and Cancelled

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

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Re: I'm happy with this

They'll probably sue Xerox.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Larry Ellison and Steve Balmer

Because it'd be nice to watch what happens when those two are locked in a confined space for any length of time.

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Re: multiple places

Dear god no.

We can't risk that movie trope of rivals becoming lovers through shared adversity. Imagine a planet populated by their offspring!

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Average temperature -55C, atmosphere almost 100% CO2.

There are also uncertainties over the health effects of exposure to Martian dust. A lot of it is very fine, the sort of size that gets deep into your lungs, and it will be everywhere. Perhaps only heavy smokers need apply?

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Signs of recent tectonic activity found on cooling Mercury

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Re: "chemicals that have the potential to eventually form cells"

Geothermal fluids circulating at depth could be warm enough and contain enough of life's little essentials* for life to have evolved without the need for sunlight and an atmosphere.

* you know carbon, sulfur, phosphorus and a John Lewis account.

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Hubble spies on Europa shooting alien juice from its southern pole

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'Europa interests some as a solar system refueling station, where spaceships could top up their tanks with easily accessed hydrogen and oxygen fuel.'

Wouldn't Ceres be a better bet? With Europa you have to go deep into Jupiter's gravity well, expose yourself to horrifying levels of radiation and then crawl out again.

Ceres is really small, made of ice and launch windows come up every 15 months or so.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: "He'd better make sure he never drops the soap"

'The late Auberon Waugh had a much better idea; send violent criminals to a remote Scottish island where they would have to live on a diet of organic brown rice and vegetables and learn Buddhism and meditation.'

And live with the consequences of near-terminal communal flatulence? Sounds like a fitting punishment.

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The judge should be inspired by copyright penalties

20 weeks for each kick and twenty or thirty years for not only looking like a complete tosser but being a complete tosser.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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I'm not an expert

But isn't the tailpipe of a jet fitted with an afterburner - ummmmmm - meant to be fireproof?

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Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

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Re: BAe internal mail

That's really odd.

BAe usually deliver their turds to the MoD.

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'UV-staining solution.'

Does Ireland have Crimewatch - if so, the dramatic reconstruction will be amazing, not to mention the sign-off: 'The Garda are on the lookout for a man with luminous buttocks' will be one for the history books.

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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On the upside, the (1541?) floppy drive was able to keep a cup of tea warm indefinitely.

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