* Posts by Alan Esworthy

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Alan Esworthy
Pint

Here, here!

Hic, hic!

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Alan Esworthy
Pint

High

Volo ut altum.

(I want to get high.)

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Paris Hilton

Yo-yo

Lohan ascendit, tunc descendit.

(Lohan goes up, then goes down. Nicely ambiguous, if I do say so myself.)

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

Alan Esworthy
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random thought

How about a little variety/uncertainty to spice it up a bit?

Beer in SP(substr("AAAAAAAAAAAAAA",1,int(rnd()*10+2)CE!

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

Alan Esworthy

I bet you didn't provide this translation, Lester

"Lo vi en internet" ("I saw it on the internet")

No, the English would be "I saw it on internet." The article ("el" or "la") is specifically what the Spanish leaves out in order not to have to assign or recognize gender.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

Alan Esworthy
WTF?

Re: re: command line (@ A J Stiles)

Now that's a surprising thing to read. What should be done, of course, is "Click Start, type cmd, then press enter". When the command window opens type <command>.

Then you have an editable command line and a window that stays open. Did you not know that?

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

Alan Esworthy
Coat

Warning to those new on the employment market

The bosses may tell you it's biotech, but it's really just another crap factory job.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

Alan Esworthy
Alert

local effect, global hype

Read the paper. The authors describe the increased mobility of the glaciers under study as a local effect. In fact, nearby is another glacier where temperatures are below normal (another local effect).

Alarmists take this local effect and scream about it being part of a global pattern when there is absolutely no support for such an assertion. Can you imagine what the well-paid warmist propaganda mill would say if anyone focused on that other, cooler, region and crowed that it was a sign that global warming was untrue?

Move along. There really is very little to see here.

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ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies

Alan Esworthy

@Stevie - I hate to break this to you, but Dunlop is a Goodyear brand. I'm sure they market tyres in the UK, but I assure you they spell it "tires" at corporate headquarters in Buffalo, New York.

Now the good news! DMACK definitely is in the tyre trade!

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

Alan Esworthy
Meh

Musk credibility own goal

I greatly admire Elon Musk -- and wish he had better judgment. On the one hand, he decries as unwarranted govt intervention in the marketplace when NJ mandates dealership franchise sales. On the other hand, Tesla and SpaceX both make out very well indeed from govt intervention in the marketplace.

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

Alan Esworthy

Misdirection

Google is doing something naughty somewhere else and they want us busy not noticing. Barge is mostly empty.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

Alan Esworthy

cops/govt exempt, of course

I'll offer good odds to anyone who wants to bet that police and other govt vehicles will not be exempt from any remote-control systems.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

Alan Esworthy

ugh

Christ. Awful.

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Locked-up crims write prison software that puts squeeze on grub supplier

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

expanded horizons

I'd like to see those two write an inmate inventory auditing system. They'd likely determine that there were two extraneous inmates in the system who would have to be released to reconcile the difference.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

Alan Esworthy
Stop

Power Frisbee

This was exciting only in the aftermath. Many years ago when I was a lowly midnight shift computer operator at a bank, the four of us on duty would fill some of the empty time by tossing round tape canister lids around the computer room like Frisbee discs. We did this, anyway, until I skipped a lid off the top of the 2540 card reader/punch after which it sailed into the big POWER OFF button on the front panel of the IBM 360/40 that was most of the way through the nightly 6-hour demand deposit account update batch run. We did recover by deadline, but just barely.

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Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

Alan Esworthy

call the govt

If you get scammed, all you have to do is call the govt hotline at 1-800-F1UCKYO.

I did not make that up. Using the Merkin phone pad, that's what you get for 1-800-318-2596.

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

for the greater good

I wonder if it is possible to capture enough water from the breath of blow-hard politicians to drown them?

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Fan whips out own pair of iPhone 32Cs, 'unlocks' mobe using breasticle

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

lock/unlock?

As penises and nipples both undergo dimensional and morphological changes when suitably stimulated, this raises the question of whether or not Apple's software can determine the same body part independent of said body part's engorgement or surface moisture level. If not, then choosing the excitement level for unlocking becomes very important for fanboi (and girl) wankers.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

Alan Esworthy

Re: How do you pronounce it?

Bugr me if I know, Cosmo. Typical marketing twadl.

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

Alan Esworthy
Flame

Order

Elop knows the order: pillage first, then burn.

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

You all assume a ewe when he might have fancied the wether.

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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

Alan Esworthy
Boffin

Value!

Oh good. We have "researchers" who blithely admit being hampered by insufficient information building models of models whose characteristics are unknown. I do see the value in that, yes indeed.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Alan Esworthy

Re: Twas ever thus

Nice troll, John, you coprophagous cur.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

Alan Esworthy

The "Oh Shit Button"

No acronym, no abbreviation, it's simply what one says in these circumstance.

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ADIOS - Alas, Dying Is Our Sorrow

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

Alan Esworthy
Boffin

Re: "3D-printed parts"

On profound difference is that existing subtractive manufacturing methods do not have the capability to make intricate internal structures in a single-block product. There's no real limit to that with additive (3-D printing) methods.

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Boffin snatches control of colleague's BODY with remote control BRAIN HAT

Alan Esworthy
Pirate

Why?

"Hmm. I wonder why I just removed my underwear," she said.

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Unhappy

While I certainly hope so, it's not clear how this work will apply. Your unfortunate friend's brain cannot control some muscles. Somebody else's brain telling your friend's brain to move those muscles isn't bypassing the problem.

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Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope

Alan Esworthy

I'll be polite

This is a load of fœtid dingo's kidneys.

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Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

Alan Esworthy
Pint

For a faster fix...

...Copy your monthly Xerox bill on their faulty gear. You've got a 50-50 chance any error will reduce the total you pay. Spend the difference at the pub.

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

Alan Esworthy

Huh?

"What do you think of the Yahoo! logo?" you ask.

Nothing.

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Telly bigwigs try to close down Aereo streaming service - again

Alan Esworthy
Big Brother

arrogant judge

Judge Chin's arrogance is showing. If a piece of legislation is flawed it is the job of the legislative body that crafted it in the first place to fix it. Each and every judge, heck, each and every individual, can make up his own idea of the "spirit" of a law but there is no authority to appeal to for saying just what that spirit is save the legislators who wrote it and voted for it. Chin's job is to hear evidence for and against the proposition that some party has violated a law or has damaged another party, not to impose his own creative view of what the law should mean.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

Alan Esworthy
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Re: Let's not forget

@John Smith 19: "Despite the McCarthy witch nuts America has never experience a real repressive regime."

Demonstrably untrue: 1861-1865 under Abraham Lincoln, and during the ensuing Reconstruction in the former CSA. To a lesser (but not much) degree during the Great War (WWI) under Woodrow Wilson.

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D'OH! Use Tumblr on iPhone or iPad, give your password to the WORLD

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

Re: Tumblr is a website, right?

@DijitulSupport: "tumblr is, basically a blog site. (the lowest possible value for "blog" - ie pictures of cats and boobs)"

ITYM "cats and dugs"

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Re: History as experienced by the average forty-something IT boke?

@DrGoon - "As others have noted, DOS-based Windows (as early as WfW 3.1) broke the Netware stranglehold in very many small office environments."

Yes, indeed. Also note non-Windows DOS machines benefited from file and printer sharing by means of the Workgroup Add-on for MS-DOS. Very handy, that, for (at that time) legacy non-Windows applications.

And come on, fellow geeks, the term ABEND is still alive and well in z/OS mainframe shops, Note I say the TERM is alive and well as z/OS shops don't really tend to see many abnormal terminations, at least not like a few decades ago. (Hmm. I'm 64. I wonder what age percentile that puts me in amongst El Reg readers?)

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Watch LIVE tomorrow: LOHAN team attempts second pop at SPEARS

Alan Esworthy
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Abuzz with excitement

I'll be following your progress online and will try for the streamed launch and chase video. Who will be operating the Digital Instrumentation Laboratory and Downrange Observatory? I'm sure she's quivering with anticipation.

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Human error blamed for toxic Russian rocket explosion

Alan Esworthy
Pint

Re: Big Bang Expletives

По большой голубой Санкт Кирилла яички, кто-то за это заплатит!

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Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

Alan Esworthy
Trollface

Re: Yes, but how good are they as phones?

@David W. "flies walked on the monitor and browsed the internet. I never found out what they were looking at."

Well, if it drew flies my bet is farm pr0n.

(obligatory) Fnar.

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

Alan Esworthy
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Gin: miracle material

Gin is truly miraculous! We've long used it to help us forget, and now we find we can use it to help us remember.

How does it know?!

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O3b's satellites on launch pad, ready to bring cats+porn to billions

Alan Esworthy
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I'm curious: ground station cost?

@alannorthhants - thanks for your earlier well-informed post with some of the technical details. Does your knowledge of O3B include an estimate of what a ground station would cost and what environmental considerations there are in establishing one? Thanks!

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

Alan Esworthy
FAIL

Re: Please fail again

@Eadon - double FAIL, I'm afraid. Please check the very last part of the OED's etymology (and yes, this is a verbatim copy/paste as I actually paid a lot of my own money for the OED on CD-ROM):

blonde, blond, a. and n.

(blɒnd)

Forms: 5 blounde, 7– blonde, 8– blond.

[a. F. blond, blonde yellow-haired, ‘a colour midway between golden and light chestnut’ (Littré), = Sp. blondo, It. biondo:—med.L. blondus, blundus yellow (explained in a passage quoted by Du Cange ‘flavus qui vulgo dicitur blondus’). Origin uncertain: see Diez and Littré. In English used by Caxton (in form blounde); reintroduced from mod.Fr. in 17th c., and still sometimes treated as French, as to be written without final e when applied to a man, esp. substantively, a blonde; in N. Amer. commonly written blond like the Fr. masculine, but in Britain the form blonde is now preferred in all senses.

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Ferocious fungus imperils future of British gin and tonic

Alan Esworthy
Pint

Worse?

"...what dry moralists blamed for misery, poverty, prostitution, murder, theft, and worse..."

Worse? You mean worse such as voting BNP?

Or _really_ worse such as drinking Bud Light?

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

Alan Esworthy
FAIL

Stick to what you're good at, Gavin

I don't think you have the background to write intelligently about the mainframe world, Gavin, and looking down the list of your last dozen or two articles suggests that you might have been mis-assigned to this story.

For one thing, you emphasize the replacement of the IBM mainframe as RBS's solution to the problems causing last year's outage but never even hint at what models are being replaced and what levels of operating system are involved. For another, IBM's parallel sysplex environment is specifically designed to make upgrades on the fly fairly straightforward (as straightforward as such things can be, I grant you), and parallel sysplex has been around for more than 30 years and as a result works rather well.

The root of the problem, as has been pointed out by several other commenters, was a failed CA-7 upgrade. This job management package has also been around for more than 30 years and is well understood. True, CA has done its usual half-fast job after acquiring it from Uccel (formerly University Computing Corp.) but the problem still boils down to the wrong people responsible for the wrong tasks at several levels of tech and management. If you have an incompetent team, taking away their old hand tools and giving them shiny new power tools just means they will do more damage more quickly.

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

Alan Esworthy
Alert

Shrobbery

"But seeing Uncle Sam lurking behind every shrub is nothing new for Dotcom."

And nothing new for anyone with more than four gray cells hooked up in parallel. OK, OK, maybe not literal shrubbery, but we now know that Uncle tracks phone calls; email; web browsing; your location by mobile phone tracking, car plates, and face recognition; payment card transactions, medical records, employment history (including of course earnings), bank transactions, stock market transactions, home energy use (via "smart" meters), school/university history; and I'm sure there's more that just doesn't come to mind.

They may not need to be behind every shrub to do all that, but they clearly are everywhere they need/want to be.

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

Alan Esworthy
Boffin

Re: Specially sheilded?

Not much because dark lightning occurs at an altitude of six to ten miles. That's well above a Zeppelin's operating ceiling.

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Alan Esworthy
Pint

Re: "omnidirectional terrestrial gamma-ray flashes"

I'm sorry to disappoint you but there is no such thing as airline food. They do on occasion give you material they imply you should eat, but it fails to meet even one "food" criterion.

Except for the beer and peanuts.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

Alan Esworthy
Black Helicopters

Looks like he IS lying

Article says, "According to the director, the US government CANNOT PRISM - which is underpinned by the aforementioned US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - to harvest data on American citizens."

If he said that, he lied. If he had said, "the US govt MAY not use PRISM" then he'd have been within the weasel boundary. But the capabilities of PRISM as described both by Snowden and the NSA make it quite clear that the setup makes possible harvesting data on any and everybody, as it is all stored. Any claim of self-imposed limits on using only those bits allowed by the FISC (which approves over 99.9% of requests anyway) is too ridiculous to be believed.

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LOHAN team regroups for second pop at SPEARS

Alan Esworthy

Backup ignition methods?

Lester, would you please tell us about backup ignition methods testing? Thanks!

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