The Register uses cookies. Find out more.

* Posts by Anonymous John

2300 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

Anonymous John

Re: "Just Read the Instructions"

As first stages otherwise end up at the bottom of the ocean, crashing one on a barge isn't a loss in the usual sense of the word. SpaceX doesn't even need a 100% success rate. Every successful recovery means one less first stage to be built from scratch.

0
0

Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

Anonymous John

Re: "and later we will have to try and determine where on the surface we can have a touchdown"

Or aliens rebuild and return it. And Captain Kirk has R'tta to deal with 200 years from now.

2
0

Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

Anonymous John
IT Angle

Running neck to neck with Universal Credits then.

1
0

Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

Anonymous John

Re: Being picky...

He unlocked the wings, but deploying them requires the use of a hydraulic mechanism. At high altitude that is. When he unlocked them when he did, I expect the aerodynamic forces acting deployed the wings just as the hydraulics would have.

What happened is fairly clear, but why is another matter. Unless the co-pilot can explain, we may never know. Apply your car's handbrake at 70mph on the motorway, and you will lose control. It's not a design flaw.

3
0

Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

Anonymous John

Re: "Mr. Anderson... you disappoint me..."

@Sorry that handle is already taken. What about all the deaths from the entirely legal alcohol and tobacco? Their suppliers go unpunished. He was certainly rightly convicted. Whether what he had done should be a crime is another matter. The war on drugs will never be won, and it's time to look for another solution.

29
9

Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

Anonymous John

Re: Evidence.

God created 60 million old rocks 4000 years ago. Piece of piss if you're omnipotent.

56
1

Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

Anonymous John

Re: Is that really Dabsie?

Or Guy Goma?

1
0

UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

Anonymous John

The bleeding obvious.

The taxpayer/customer/pays the fine and the person responsible doesn't give a flying ****.

2
0

Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

Anonymous John

The Peel P50 is back in production.

http://www.peelengineering.com/

1
0

SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

Anonymous John

Re: Not dead, but dizzy

Not that tiny. It can take seven astronauts, and the unpressurised parts of the capsule are nearly half of the total volume.

http://www.spacex.com/dragon

1
0
Anonymous John

Re: Lets hope this is never needed

My first thought was why not deploy the parachutes before dumping the trunk. Secong though was that it's not an option when returning from orbit.

0
0
Anonymous John

Re: I am in awe..

It's like living through the 1960s again.Hopefully without retreating to Earth orbit for decades this time.

6
0
Anonymous John

Re: Slight oops

Musk stated that four out of the eight thrusters would have been enough, so I don't understand how one or two under-performing would have accounted for this.

0
0

Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Anonymous John

Bigelow inflatable module? Plenty of other reasons such as extra room, cargo space, etc for taking one to Mars.

I'm looking forwards to see Musk's Mars Colonial Transporter design later this year. Surely, he has some solution in mind.

0
0

Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

Anonymous John

Apparently the third stage engine fired for longer than it should. Which raises the possibility that it hit the capsule after separation.

The third stage telemetry is also reported to have ceased at about the same time.

0
0

KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

Anonymous John

Re: "Landed Fine"

We're talking about unmanned first stages here, all of which are lost, almost all by dropping into the ocean. SpaceX s trying to reuse them and the 'explosions are only due to failed attempts to do so on a solid object.

3
0

Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Anonymous John

Offhand, I can think of two novels. One tells how to make a very unstable explosive, and the other mentions three common chemicals that combust violently when mixed. Are they to be banned too?

0
0

Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

Anonymous John

Her bank * has already reimbursed her. Reasonable, as I don't see why its automatic fraud detection didn't flag the transactions as iffy.

* Depending on which bank, this could be the Taxpayer.

0
0

Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

Anonymous John

Um

"used a smuggled mobile to post a website mirroring that of the Southwark Crown Court."

"using legitimate personal details (including registering the Website in the name of Detective Inspector Chris Soole) in a bid to make the scam look legitimate."

Why would a fake Court website registered in the name of a DI look legitimate? And who would check the registration anyway?

1
0

SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

Anonymous John

Spooky.

I just knew that it was a Nathan Rao story before following that link. I amaze myself sometimes.

0
0

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Anonymous John

Re: Will it be easy to disable ?

You're a UKIPPER or a Daily Mail reader, aren't you?

2
5

Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

Anonymous John

Re: Some people really should get out more.

The Inland Revenue had a computer centre there fifty years ago, and I was seconded there for most of 1966. It sounds as if it's gone downhill since.

0
0

Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

Anonymous John

"UK contract to help train the Saudi Prison Service with their floggings and beheadings"

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/uk-contract-to-help-train-the-saudi-prison-service-with-their-floggings-and-beheadings/

Magna Carta. Did she die in vain?

1
0

Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Anonymous John

Re: Being harder is a GOOD reason to do it on water

Plenty of room at the Kennedy Space Center, and it's near the sea. By the time it's too late for Range Safety to blow it up over the ocean, it must surely be clear where it would hit the ground.

I don't see why landing a first stage should be any more dangerous than the actual launch.

0
1

Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

Anonymous John

Please write out 100 times.

UK courts never use gavels. Never!

8
0

UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

Anonymous John

"the domain name doesn't expire until 22 March 2016"

[Notes date in case they do forget to.renew next year.]

3
0

Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

Anonymous John

As today's Glasgow tragedy has shown

What is really needed are vehicles that can take over if the driver is incapacitated.

14
0

SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

Anonymous John

Re: " high altitude point of 3,604 miles, ..."

And, conveniently, gives a nice round number.

0
0
Anonymous John

Come on Musk!

Use the Falcon 'Heavy's test flight next year to send an unmanned Dragon round the Moon and back, three years before the second Orion flight.

2
0
Anonymous John

Re: Well, obviously. Thanks for the link,

There's a window in 2021 for a free return trip to Mars and back. And with a bonus Venus flyby. Add a Bigelow inflatable and there are no showstoppers.

If NASA doesn't try it, Musk surely will.

1
0

Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

Anonymous John

Re: Hold!

Another hold. Ground wind violation this time.

0
0
Anonymous John

Hold!

Some twat has sailed a boat into restricted waters.

Revised launch time now 7:17am EST (1217 GMT).

0
0

What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Anonymous John

an ersatz-3D image

When are we going to get the real (Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi) thing?

3
0

Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

Anonymous John

Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

I doubt it as there's a general election next May. The new Lab/SNP coalition will soon put it out of its misery.

0
0

DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

Anonymous John

"We apologise to Mrs Raybould for any distress caused"

I do so hate that usage of "any", when it's self-evident that distress or inconvenience has been caused. The word to use is "the"

42
0
Anonymous John

That wouldn't have helped. Bank accounts are frozen after death until the estate is wound up, apart from paying the funeral expenses. It's quite clear here that the direct debits had ceased and Vodafone sent in the bailiffs.

6
0

Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Anonymous John

Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.

Am I the only one to realise that was a joke?

7
3
Anonymous John

The fridge-sized, plucky probot

I've also seen it described as the size of a dishwasher. It's rather appropriate to use white-goods examples when visiting a Comet.

27
1

COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

Anonymous John

Don't give up. One more giant bounce for robotkind.

1
0

Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

Anonymous John

"lighter than a feather"

What's that in NanoJubs?

1
0

Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Anonymous John

"Essential Maintenance"

I do hate that phrase. The NHS Blood Transfusion Service used it last week when their on-line booking service went tits-up for four or five days.

0
1

Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

Anonymous John

Re: Not a lard arse

"SpaceX in spite of the latest setback is looking pretty good"

What latest setback? Are you thinking of Orbital Sciences?

2
0

The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Anonymous John

"HTC’s most recent product was a camera without a viewfinder"

Isn't it the Nexus 9?

0
0

KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Anonymous John

I stand corrected as regards to the SpaceX issue. But I said first stage engine failure, not problem. I should probably have said catastrophic.

0
0
Anonymous John

Second stage engine problems aren't that rare. One left two GPS satellites in the wrong orbit earlier this year. SpaceX had one on one resupply mission. It reached the ISS as planned but left a satellite (secondary mission) in the wrong place. I don't see why first stage failures should be rarer, but they do seem to be.

Obviously they can be more spectacular and cause damage to the launch site, but that doesn't mean that the cause of the problem is more serious.

0
1

Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Anonymous John

1941 GMT (3:41 p.m. EDT)

Splashdown confirmed! The Dragon spacecraft has returned to Earth with nearly 3,300 pounds of space station cargo, ending its fourth operational flight to the complex.

SpaceX says the splashdown occurred at approximately 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT)

1358 GMT (9:58 a.m. EDT)

The first departure burn is complete.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

Astronaut Reid Wiseman has backed the robotic arm away to a distance of about 4 feet. The first of three rocket burns to guide Dragon away from the space station is coming up soon.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

http://beta.spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/25/dragon-mission-status-center/

1
0

Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

Anonymous John
Unhappy

"we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

So we'll just have to hope they turn up on Ebay.

0
0

COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

Anonymous John

Whiz is the word.

Instead of aseeing one millions of miles away that looks stationary, the Martian probes will really see it move.

0
0

Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Anonymous John

There's nothing wrong with the Flintstones' car design.

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

4
1

Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Anonymous John

So the tablet has half the storage of the phone? Why?

2
0

Forums