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* Posts by Anonymous John

2242 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

You had a pan and a coal stove? We had to send Morse by banging our heads on the pavement.

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Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

When I were a lad, phones were made of two tin cans and some string.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

Anonymous John

"Anchoring itself in place with harpoons and ice screws"

Sounds more like a docking, not a landing.

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Vulture 2 X-Plane soars over Spaceport America

Anonymous John

"and enjoy a simulated dive-bombing attack on Virgin Galactic rival spaceplanes"

Hardly needed to keep them grounded.

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Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning

Anonymous John

Bárðarbunga

I heard that Silvio Berlusconi is holding a party there.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Anonymous John

Rich toffs?

Is £10 a year really beyond the means of the most impoverished gun owner? How much does ammo cost?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

Anonymous John

Why not ask SpaceX?

How many could next year's Falcon Heavy launch in one go?

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

Anonymous John

"As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next said," I wonder why nobody else has thought of doing that?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Anonymous John

I'm still waiting for the Motie coffee maker that featured in "The Mote In God's Eye"

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

Anonymous John

But you'd lose the previous owner's porn stash.

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

Anonymous John

Re: Confused on the motivation...

There's little point in upgrading something that won't be needed two years from now. Have an onboard GPS system trigger the self-destruct if it isn't where the flight plan says it should be. NASA is currently testing such a system. And I read somewhere that SpaceX is very interested.

Why the twenty year lease of Pad 39A? It surely won't take that long for Musk's private spaceport to be up and running?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Anonymous John

"It was quickly fixed although changing DNS settings in the interim would have solved the problem,"

And what percentage of your users knows how to do that?

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Anonymous John

Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot

I had one from my bank a while back asking for my mother's maiden name before telling me the reason for the call. I refused, assuming it was a scam. Found out a few days later that it was genuine..

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

Anonymous John

It's the second anniversary of his arrival at the embassy. You can now forget about him for another twelve months.

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

Anonymous John

It's nearly June.

And it hasn't flown since January.I'll believe it will be taking passengers this year when it happens.

It's rapidly running out of time. How man test flights are needed for certification to carry fare paying passengers?

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NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

Anonymous John

Why does this need two Rovers?

Couldn't the vehicle with the ascent stage take a core sample?

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

Anonymous John

Re: Which box?

It's certainly Channel 5. If I record something, I get multiple copies. 5, 5+1, 5+24, 5*, 5^2, etc.

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

Anonymous John

"We didn't steal it; we just borrowed it for a while!"

Twocing.

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Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

Anonymous John

Twenty year lease on Pad 39A

I wonder what SpaceX will have achieved by the time the lease expires? I hope I'm still here to find out.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

Anonymous John

Re: "They have supplies to keep them in orbit for many, many days,"

Most manned Soyuz flights to the ISS have taken a couple of days. This would only have been the fifth fast track docking..

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Anonymous John

Guidance.

"A subsequent ICO investigation faulted Kent Police for the absence of any guidance or procedures in place to make sure personal information was securely removed from former police premises."

1) Take everything.

2) Leave nothing behind.

Sorted.

It could have been worse. The new owner might have found a skeleton in one of the cells.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Anonymous John

Re: 3 per cent?

Think of it as the Big Society Quantitative Easing.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

Anonymous John

1950s obscenity law

It's a good job that all these websites are in the UK. Oh...

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Anonymous John

Re: 'I can't see this being very convincing'

NICE has denied that the email addresses came from them, and as they don't deal with the public, wouldn't have any such list.

UK blood donors (who are blood tested every time) are regularly contacted by email, but not for clinical purposes. I can see that some of us would be panicked by this email.

The standard of English and implausible name says West Africa to me.

"We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your family doctor as soon as possible

Sincerely,

Dr.Moon Earnest"

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Anonymous John

A second entry from the Mail.

"25 years after a Briton dreamed up the internet... Who knew a biting baby and a sneezing panda would be such World Wide Wonders!"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2581461/25-years-Briton-dreamed-internet-Who-knew-biting-baby-sneezing-panda-World-Wide-Wonders.html#ixzz2w2TPuKam

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Anonymous John

Re: Ahh the WWW

TWTWTW

WW1

WW2

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

Anonymous John

Re: Re. Saves the pen issue straight away!

Not the "pencils in space" nonsense again. They are made of wood and graphite, both flammable, especially in a pure oxygen atmosphere. And bits of broken leads floating about in zero G isn't good either. NASA only buys Space Pens and did not pay the development costs.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Anonymous John

Re: Roll those eyes

Or imagine you overslept and are late for work. Then you find that your car is missing. The fridge has sent it to the supermarket for a pint of milk.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Anonymous John

Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)

Ah yes. Tandy. Didn't they invent the "£=$" concept?

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

Anonymous John

Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves

There's still something missing.

"Bitcoin users are heavily armed East European drug-peddling Muslim paedophiles living in £1m houses using money from Bitcoin to fund terrorism and stop weekly bin collections!!!!!!"

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Anonymous John

The first one I bought had no keyboard, just metal pads and a stylus.And probably still in a box in the attic.

http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/royal_digital_iii___iv.html

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Anonymous John

Re: FX-7000G

Your girlfriend collects batteries?

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2013: A Space Odyssey - a cosmological review of the year

Anonymous John

add three per cent extra risk to the existing 20 to 25 per cent risk of fatal cancer

Is that really unacceptable? How about selecting from those with a lower than usual family history of cancer?

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

Anonymous John

NASA still doesn't know the cause of the malf. So Russians only.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Anonymous John

Damn!

I initially misread the headline and wondered when I would be able to travel on a gravity powered light ship.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 reaches MONEY RING with successful launch

Anonymous John

Re: How about a little perspective here?

ramps up to a flight rate of one launch per month by the end of next year,

@ John Smith 19

"Their big selling point is the long list of successful launches. IIRC their most successful size has 40+ perfect launches, the total for either Delta IV or Atlas V is 60+ each."

SpaceX is launching another comsat later this month and expects to be launching one Falcon 9 a month by the end of 2014. Nobody else can come anywhere near that. How long do the manufacturers have to wait to get a satellite launched? I don't know, but it's about to get a lot shorter.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Anonymous John

Anyway

How would the drone put the "Sorry you were out" card through your letterbox? That's what I would call GPS accuracy.

And

http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2013/12/02/amazon-to-weaponize-xmas-shopping/

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Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

Anonymous John

So farewell then

Comet Ison

You decided to

move to

warmer climes

and

overdid it.

Comet E J Thribb (4.5bn years)

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

Anonymous John

As I understand it, they started the second countdown in the hope they would be comfortable with another launch attempt. At T-1 minute they decided they weren't and went for a manual abort before engine start.

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Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR

Anonymous John

Re: That's not a false widow.

Shouldn't the male be a false widower?

And why give this story to El Reg when the Daily Star would put it on the front page?

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Thanksgiving ROAST in SPAAACE: Comet ISON faces FIERY SUN DEATH

Anonymous John

Re Since it was first spotted in September

September 2012 that is.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

Anonymous John

Re: Theater, indeed

Twas doon by the inch o' Abbots

Oor Johnny walked one day

When he saw a sicht that

troubled him

Far more than he could say...

Now that's no richt wur

Johnny cried

And sallied tae the fray

A left hook and a heid butt

Required tae save the day.

Now listen up Bin Laden

Yir sort's nae wanted here

For imported English radicals

Us Scoatsman huv nae fear

(Not my own work)

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Anonymous John

Didn't most of that happen in Torchwod?

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

Anonymous John

How about an El Reg competition so that one lucky reader can win one?

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Three Men in a Tardis

Anonymous John

"sub-unity ordinal numbers"

Isaac Asimov was allowed the Zeroth Law Of Robotics, so you are in good company.

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

Anonymous John

"We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive ourselves. We do not forget ourselves. Expect us"

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

Anonymous John

This is not the Christmas you're looking for.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

Anonymous John

"What Do Social Science Graduates Do? "

Flip burgers?

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Anonymous John

Re:30 fiddly little parts scattered

Pingfuckits as they are commonly known.

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

Anonymous John

Re Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?

The Great Escape? Which, come to think of it, might have made a better title for the Julian Assange film.

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