* Posts by JonP

187 posts • joined 30 Apr 2008

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

JonP
Pint

Impressive stuff

When New Horizons whizzed past Pluto, two dishes from NASA's Deep Space Network fired a pulse of radio waves at the probe so that their refraction through Pluto's atmosphere could be collected...

Because any other method would be too easy...

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Asimov's ghost! Oil and gas rigs could be taken over by robots

JonP

"Then, using artificial intelligence, we want the robots to be able to read and record the values on the instrumentation, and to know autonomously whether they are normal or not. If there is an abnormal situation, the robot has to alert the remote operator,"

Heh, you'd think some could invent some kind of supervisory control program to do that sort of thing, maybe include a bit of data acquisition to remotely read the instruments too, that way the robots wouldn't need to wander around the plant and could lounge around in a specially designed room drinking oil all day...

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

JonP

Re: It puzzles me too

That we live on top of a burning molten mass and have another one above us, yet we are still so focused on man made global warming. Because even considering these things, the temperature has gone up faster than expected, with the cause looking likely to be increased levels of CO2 for which we appear to be responsible for. In this case it's the first time this geothermal heat has been measured, so we don't have any history to spot any trends. It's all interesting, but associating it with climate change doesn't really help.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

JonP

Re: The point where I concluded this guys an idiot.

Road tax collects 25 billion. Except there's no such thing as road tax. There's vehicle tax, but that's a tax on the, er, vehicle based on its size and emissions and such. Companies that buy lorries, cars etc pay the same tax as everyone else.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

JonP

Re: US Federal systems PWNED

More like hubris - they've been hacking everyone else but didn't make sure they (as in the US) couldn't be hacked. Though it's not like it's happened before or anything...

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

JonP
Alien

Re: Politically incorrect

The article was quite careful to mention that it was about the perceived pay/gender discrepancy for mammals, rather than our reptilian overlords.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

JonP

Re: Isn't there an agency dedicated to preventing this?

Yeah, it's almost like they need an agency that can deal with security on a national level. I'm sure they'll think of something...

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Fish boffins: Big-brain babes are brilliant, but benefit for boys is bijou

JonP
Coat

Re: Guppies?

To be able to fit a research station and a shark in it? Impressive.

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe - with advances in modern boot design anything's possible.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

JonP

Re: Darwin award?

No, looks like he had a family (the man - there's not much information about the swordfish.)

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

JonP
Black Helicopters

Re: SMS not so stupid a choice

Agree, I tend to turn mobile data/wifi off when I'm not using them, so SMS makes sense. Your remark about leaving copies of the messages around is a little worrying though - should we infer that some apps are programmed more competently?

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

JonP
Coat

Damp squid?

...at least you didn't put the game on a pedal stool.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

JonP

Re: that's a nice hat

We did overthrow the monarchy, then it all went to crap so we got them back. Basically you can't win.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

JonP
Pint

Re: Standards please

best expressed as 1000114955.742 Linguine.

or approximately 1 Giga Linguine

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After #Election2015: How can we save Big Data?

JonP

Upvoted to mislead the pollsters.

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

JonP

Re: Well, what a surprise!

The Tories have a track record of changing the law

Just for balance, Labour were just as bad (remember the double jeopardy law they changed so they could re-try the suspected Lawrence murderers). It was also Labour who introduced most of the surveillance legislation in the first place.

Broken electoral system or not (and I tend to agree) I reckon this would have happened if Labour had won.

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

JonP

IMO the problem isn't that our data is harvested for advertising and data mining (as mentioned, this is apparently acceptable, because free stuff), the problem is that we don't trust the people doing it (i.e. OUR government) not to come back and screw us over in the future (and based on past events, quite rightly too). The obvious solution is to have some kind of maximum period of data retention - say 6 months - after which it becomes inadmissible in a court of law/anywhere (without an explicit warrant) for any purpose whatsoever. IANAL so this would need bullet proofing, but you get the gist.

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Ebook price-fix saga: Official Apple peeler says probe is fruitless

JonP

Re: he's going for....

I had a comment backing Girkath's comment up; but you're right, that was a bad comment. I think he meant it as a joke (and that was my original point) but no, I think you have to draw a line.

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

JonP

Re: Keep it simple

Why use an Intel NUC?

I was wondering that too, then i noticed the large "The Register Willowra Expedition - in association with INTEL" advert just to the right...

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

JonP
Pint

WE ARE NOT EMPHATICALLY NOT AMERICANS

The SHOUTY double negative suggests that you are...

...as an aside does anyone use a 10^12 "billion"? I'm pretty sure I've never come across it - I've heard of it but never seen it used - it's always 10^9

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

JonP

Iridium

Device for

LOHAN

Expedition

Heating,

Avionics &

Navigation

Demonstration

Sortie

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

JonP
Trollface

Re: Bank Holiday?

Usually Dabsy does humour

Yeah? must've missed that week...

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

JonP

DRM eh?

...due to the nature of digital content, in that it is made available immediately and cannot be returned... Eh? isn't the point of all that fancy DRM that it's licensed only for use by the account holder and only if he has an online connection to validate it? Can they not just unlicense/disable his copy of the game and let him play the stuff he's licensed for? I dislike DRM as much as the next person who finds it a minor inconvenience when the internet connection is down, but in this case surely it could be made to work in the customer's favour? Ah, no wait, silly me...

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

JonP

Re: AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

After the revolution of course.

...but only briefly before they start again.

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

JonP
Pint

Annoyingly this article appears to have been filed under Verity Stob, and yet there wasn't a single mention of Delphi in the entire piece. There was a touch of surrealism, but not really enough.

I demand a refund etc.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

JonP
Joke

Re: Devonian?

So David Icke was almost right! We very nearly were ruled by 19 foot tall lizards...

so? he was only off by ~13 feet!

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

JonP

Re: Oh Good Grief

It would be fascinating to know what safety interlocks there are on these turbines...

I don't know about these particular machines, but typically you'd use mechanical isolation (physical switches etc) for maintenance; safety critical software is used put things in a safe state if something exceeds safe operating limits - you wouldn't (shouldn't) solely rely on it to keep things in a safe state for maintenance etc.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

JonP
Joke

Re: BT could improve things considerably if they...

4. Allowed some of their smarter engineers (and they do exist) nearer to their customers.

I'd assume that the smarter engineers are the ones who want to maintain the greatest distance from the customers...

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

JonP
Coat

Re: A bit over the top, but...

...smart-arse...

It just keeps escalating -- security types come up with the arseword, hackers come up with the smart-arse...

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

JonP

Re: Excellent pricing

Until people actually want Windows on a phone

I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but Microsoft continuing to call their phone OS "Windows" is probably 90% of the problem.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

JonP
Trollface

"El Reg wonders how much our current leaders' blood would be worth"

a quick google for the price of lizard blood didn't turn up much...

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

JonP
Trollface

Re: What is this?

I'm guessing that's the patent on storing them somewhere and accessing them somehow?

... "on a mobile device" ...

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

JonP
Black Helicopters

Re: Experts?

I don't think it would make any difference who the peers are. They're clearly just put-ups spouting whatever bullshit they've been told to to advance other people's agendas.

It would be interesting to know why they're pushing this 'snoopers charter' thing so hard - it looks like it will do more harm than good and (I assume) they must realise it makes them look bad and can't be doing their (all important) popularity any good, yet still they keep on with it...

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

JonP

We talked a lot about what we wanted from our professional lives...

blah blah blah then Mark offered us an obscene amount of money blah blah blah [insert generic justifications here] blah blah blah...

FTFY

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

JonP

Re: Mostly Penniless.

The commander file on the original Elite was easy to alter with a hex editor...

It was easy to edit, it was even easier to bork it if you didn't modify a few check-sum values too... er, so I'm told. Ahem.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

JonP
Holmes

Re: Pfft, everyone knows that Spiderman doesn't shoot fireballs!

STYLE you either have it or you, well, don't: see icon.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

JonP

Re: This was going to be my first

Apart from the online malarkey (which is getting interwebbed slightly out of proportion) it is pretty true to the original, which (IMO) is the problem. From what I've seen so far it's just frontier elite with better graphics. They've made a great sandbox, but i'm sat with my plastic spade wondering where all the sand is... still, it is a really cool spade.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

JonP

Re: Coming Fall 2016

The Silmarillion: Dawn of the First Age - Part 1

FTFY.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

JonP
Coat

Re: Mission to Mars

It'll certainly be a marathon endeavor. But mustn't snicker, this could be the first step towards leaving the milky way...

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

JonP

Re: Meh..

to decide that life requires a diurnal cycle

Decide, requires? I think you'll find there wasn't much choice in the matter.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

JonP
Coat

Re: The bible is a book ?

The bible is a book ?

The clue's in the name ...

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

JonP
Trollface

Re: Flying fucks given;

"O"? so that's 24 flying fucks then?!

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

JonP

Re: Approved standards

Can this be added to the standards converter? i.e. 1 Central London = 10 aircraft carriers?

We already have Brontosaurs & Wales for such measurements, so they'd be a bit redundant. However if/when Philae is successful, maybe it could become the unit of measurement for size of space probes? Philae almost sounds like a unit already!

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

JonP
Coat

Re: Is there space for the Mother of All Colliders in Denmark?

If they built it on the Isle Of Skye they could probably blag some funding from apple!

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

JonP

Re: Cinema alone

"Cinema you east stale popcorn and can't chat."

sadly you're right about the popcorn, but not about the "can't chat" bit, or play with your phone with the distractingly bright screen, or sit near me and eat tantalisingly tasty smelling* hot food...

"And does Zuck resemble Cameron more and more?"

Cameron Diaz?! I don't know what you're drinking, but I don't want any if that's the effect it has! ;-)

*I know, I know - but it always smells sooo good...

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

JonP

Which is/was entirely the problem with this series. Apart from Listen (? - the one with the hands under the bed) the rest have been ever so meh... saying that the bank one was OK too, but still 3 out of 11... not a good ratio.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

JonP
Trollface

Correlation

At least this explains the rise in the number of trolls in recent years!

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

JonP

Re: Applies where?

2nd para - "The Austria-based drinks maker is to settle US lawsuits out of court..."

I was going to say that people should've known better, but I reckon they did and are just exploiting the false claims Red Bull made in their advertisement. In this case I don't really imagine anyone took them seriously but if we want all companies to stop making false/misleading adverts then Red Bull are fair game.

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Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

JonP

Re: Do competent sub-editors exist any more?

They're probably trying to get in on the act - let a few 'bugs' through & eventually they'll be offered tee-shorts for finding typos in articles.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

JonP
Coat

Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

If Microsoft were clever they'd offer you the choice of tiles or icons or make each instance configurable so you could have tiles for some things and icons for others.

Just saying.

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