* Posts by Tom 7

4077 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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Re: too technical for me

I'd guess its less than a Saturn5 which has the same energy as 0.000000138 seconds of the suns heating of the earth. I'd guess an olympic swimming pool of trees would do the job.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Givent that 99.9999% of adverts are of no interest to me

and seem to increase my required bandwidth by two orders of magnitude and make it pointless actually going to the site in interest? I dont feel in the least guilty and better still seriously not fucking annoyed. If someone tried to borrow my car to drive me to take me to an advertising event you'd think them out of order - same applies for on-line advertising.

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BT Openreach boss wants you to know that deep down, they care

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Openreach want you to know that deep down

there's all this water getting in making the lines noisy. They would replace it with fibre with would work out cheaper after a couple of years but the think they can get the government to pay for it.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: 4 Hour erection

And its not necrophilia if they were alive when you started!

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Displaced, by gad.

The Isle of Wight ferry - the brown steaming thing that comes backwards out of Cows IIRC.

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: Can't spell?

or enter a dogsnorkling competition!

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Re: Hamdog?

No we go outside a while after the hamdogburger has been BBQed as the toilet indoors has a queue.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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One ring to fool them all.

And he might have taken the precaution of some boiled eggs to bind them too.

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

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That pesky speed of light problem

What's wrong with the ESA - almost everywhere I've worked the managers would have insisted we did something about that and got some faster light.

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10-second hijack hole could kill any Facebook profile

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Playback

There is a virtual fortune to be made for something that reads the title of a video and cuts out all the shit not pertaining to it.

We could probably go back to dial up too!

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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

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Woolworths pub chain?

I'd love a pub with a pick and mix!

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: It's a common theme.

ISTR under the team before they got rid of anyone in the civil service who knew what they were doing if they could. I worked for a council a few years ago and the only people in the IT dept who knew what they were doing were still there from many years earlier but sensibly refused to divulge their job to the contractors and as such couldn't be got rid of easily.

It had the smallest most cost effective IT dept for a council of its size by nearly an order of magnitude.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: Eco is just marketing

I think its not the Eco you are thinking of but more of a contraction of the a phrase used on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border where I grew up - In english it means "He is a bit of a plonker".

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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Re: Finding DNA could tell archeologists more about the ship and where it came from.

Probably not - Cornwall had been exporting tin via the sea for possibly 2000 years already by this time and I'd put good money on there being a considerable number of itinerant traders from all around the Med by the time this went down. Wood might help tell where the ship came from but we need a lot more DNA from shipwreck victims to see if the traders were not perhaps from all over the place. After all in those days I can easily imagine crew dying on trips and needing replacing on a regular basis from wherever the boats ended up - and people being hell bent on getting out of town too!

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Re: Any black oil attacks being reported yet?

These people are genuinely so stupid as to not realise that they would be the first people to line up with pitchforks and torches if they ever met anyone clever enough to think up something like this. They are the very people who stop progress in its tracks.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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Re: Marin an gof

I used to hike around Snowdonia - and the Lakes - I'm pretty sure I could have taken out a few of the buggers with a hand thrown rock.

Where I am in Devon I could probably bring one down with a RaspberryPi controlled melon hurler!

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Change of user email address

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Change of user email address

As the email address attached to my account is no longer working I thought I'd update it to a new one.

Alas it sends a confirmation email to the old no longer working address!

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Four months of part time work by the skilled technician who got lucky

I've worked with some seriously skilled geniuses who, even if they worked in the field, may nor have cracked this. One thing I've discovered is even the brightest and best cant often see the wood for the trees - and many who can would keep quiet about it anyway.

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Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

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Video anywhere

Of Elba thrashing Hiddleston? This is the only time the missus has responded to a Reg headline.

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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RE:Photon Energy Weapon (PEW), surely?

Two of them and Barometric Atmosphere Ravishing Neutron Electric Yardbuster and we could be onto something!

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Autonomous boats???????????????????????????????????????????????????

As someone who has pissed about building boats and fucking about with boats the idea of making them autonomous is, frankly, abhorrent. A boat needs human intervention to give them meaning and bring them to life.

You'll be trying to put them in the water next!

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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At least make sure your contract include TOIL

I dont mind the odd bit of out of hours but being expected to work for free seems to be a bit too common these days.

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Re: Not an Internet story

No but there is a Linux connection.

Nearly.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Caffeine's addictive THC vaping

I, err, err, heard of someone at Uni 40 years ago who had a device to heat cannabis resin to the boiling point of THC and it was quite effective.

So I heard,

Anyone got any food?

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pants on fire

You'll probably find while they may pay £500,000 in tax they pay that on income derived from a business that pays little tax and employs low paid workers who are effectively subsidised by taxpayers by far far more than the non-dom owner pays tax. Thirty years ago my next door neighbour ran a cleaning business. His staff were directly subsidised by housing benefit by far more than he paid them let alone their other cost to the taxpayer like the NHS, road to get to work,educating their kids.

I'd imagine a true view of the business these non-doms really do would reveal similar losses to the UK exchequer.

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Student charity's ex-IT boss in the cooler for stealing $1.3m through fake tech contracts

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Is this a general accounting problem?

About 20 years ago I'd been playing around with ERM and ERP and we could pretty much track where every item in a box of product we sold came from, when and who ordered it. 15 years before that I could look at a 10,000 transistor design for a chip and tell you the value 15 parameters to around 1% precision for every 1/100th of a microsecond of any activity the chip was to undergo pretty much by clicking on the screen.

Accounting and contracts should be just as open as transparent to those with oversight - click on a payment and match it to a point in a contract etc etc.

Never seems to get any traction from those who should really want to know for some reason.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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So for this to work

you have to break a fundamental law of physics that no-one has broken yet?

I've got a lot of inventions like that if MS would like to cough up a small sum to discuss them.

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: "evaluating the insurance risks for buildings"

I can imagine the first thing the BOFH would do would be to hack this and the lift so the boss can take a little fall.

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Re: Beaut Buttes

Dont think boots do prints anymore.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re Laptop with Raspberry Pi 3 compatible motherboard,

There is the Pi-Top which comes with a Pi3 for ~£250 and its own OS (Raspbian modified to use the hardware that the laptop comes with) I'd hope someone comes up with a Superbook (laptop base for phone at $99) but the Pi-Top should take the next version of the Pi which will be pretty damned good I guess - for £30 you can upgrade your laptop!

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: Good choice of name - Drones

you do need a platform but it makes not sense to have it this big and expensive. If you were going down the drone route for this price twenty much smaller vessels would be far more tactically useful and still a lot cheaper.

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx is off to nick some rocks from asteroid Bennu

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Re: Did Space Rocks bring life?

DNTP - nah. We may find precursors to life on other rocks but as you have pointed out these precursors can so much more easily be made on the much bigger rocks called planets. So even if we do find them on protoplanetary bodies it really doesnt add much to the argument as if it does occur on a protoplanetary body we know its probably really really not going to make it from the protoplanetary body to the planet the aforementioned body crashes into.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Re Cup of tea

I've got PV - when its proper sunny I do things that need a lot of hot water - like brewing and cleaning my brewing equipment, or as I have a large garden cook shitloads of jam and chutneys, or just heating my hot water etc. All for free. Now with a truly smart meter that lets me know when electricity is cheap I can, with very little automation do the washing, tumble drying (when the weather is shit), heat the hot water all for whatever the lowest overnight price is - or if it doesnt go down to the required value I can program it to run or not if its urgent.

As I said earlier this will have to be achieved by my own induction loop and raspberryPi OCR of the smart meter and a few switches and solenoids. For around about £250 I'm guestimating it will pay for itself in a year - I saved over £500 a year by using PV 'intelligently'. I've even got a low power kettle for low light days!

These meters are not for the consumer but by christ we should do everything to make sure they dont get away with this crap. Though I do wonder if they will 'advise' the government that all white goods need to be made manual only!

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The only thing that makes a smart meter of any use to anyone

is a pi-zero with camera so you can OCR the price on the meter and use that to work out when to work out to turn on your various heavy usage items automatically without having to get up a 2am to stick your head in the cupboard to find out what the rate is. In any sensible world that facility would have been built in.

One would almost imagine that the unseemly rush to get these things installed was partly to avoid this kind of thing happening - apart from the stupid problems of having supplier specific meters.

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Printing? Is that still a thing?

OK the kids do it for homework - ironically mostly for IT - but apart from returning shit that wouldnt need to be returned if the people who sent it could use a computer we are 99.99999% in the 21stC.

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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I was introduce to ST in the US on NTSC tellies

as a kid and am still firmly of the opinion that if the red shirts dont flood out then it cannot be called Star Trek. It was never meant to be taken seriously but was great fun at the beginning.

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Thats ok - we will be so insignificant the terrorists wont be interested in us

unless most of NI wants to stay in the EU and we refuse...

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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He's called the CEO I believe.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Every coma has a silver lining.

I wonder how much more was discovered by people staring at images trying to find this poor little lost box of tricks?

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: Maybe God exists?

The thing is FB can be used for more than just selfies and school photos. Many small local groups can be set up to buy,sell,exchange things and service requests and so on. Surprisingly they kinda work better than other customised web sites. FB is actually really useful for this sort of thing (and you dont know how much I hate to say that) but I can imagine it being really really fucking useful for the people who could have had this - especially if the they can get FBP or equivalent too!

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Not really comparable

ARM currently employ a lot of people doing stuff that could sell up their expensive Cambridge properties and move somewhere else in the world should their new owners ask nicely enough. After all the UK just became a backwater.

I think they may have worked out it will be a while before they need to move to 128 bits and most of their 64 bit work is done and dusted. Apart from the customisations for customers who just happen to be competitors.

I didnt like this deal and I'm quite convinced I've been ripped off for my shares and willl be ripped off for ARM products that come from anyone other than Softbank.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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Re: Wrong question

It was interesting to note that after all their promises the leave promoters fucked off at high speed. Some were called back by May to sit on the bloody well paid naughty step where it was in her 'control' but its all looking like they are desperately trying to cultivate some long grass and get a decent pair of boots for when the 'talking to a brick wall' phase is over and done with.

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These are not just job cuts, these are M&S job cuts

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Re: "Out of London..."

Still inside the M25, just, Stockley park in Hillingdon. So still expensive and a 'loose will to live' commute.

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Next Mars landing scheduled for Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Re: No Problem . . .

Got change for a Zonk?

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Re: Lawyers on the dole

And the problem with that is?

Well imagine your are in a minor disagreement with someone at , say a football match, and they get involved in and take the discussion off on a sidetrack in tort law. You have no-one to get the judge to stop them and millions of lives will be ruined.

Far better to pay them too much and keep them away from the public as much as possible,

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Re: Bigged up

Buggered up! And why exaggerate the elevation by a factor of two?

This sort of thing really gets one into the uncanny valley. Makes google earth look realistic.

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

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@Bugger

I remember when we got on of these - a hole fucking MIP!!! We ran about 2 dozen chip designers and support coders on it and later added 120 secretaries doing 'word processing' on VT100 terminals.I had a lovely bit of code that crashed and left me in admin mode so I could up the priority of my small batch jobs so they would run in a minute or two instead of a couple of hours. Pissed of the admins but I dont think they ever worked out why everyone else went a bit slow.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: @fandom

And I'd imagine by then A RaspberryPi5 with 8Gig of Ram and 8*4Ghz cores using so little power that you will save money in the first year by retiring your i386 boxen!

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Can make my mind up

whether I prefer successful space adventures or well videoed fuckups of the same.

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Re: What kind of utter cretin with no knowledge about computing

I still shake my head when people apply for patents on things that are 'bleeding obvious' or common knowledge amongst us old hacks. I was on holiday with some friends last year and one of their friends in the holiday group was setting up a business and taking huge loans and trying to patent something that I'd been doing 30 years ago - there is prior art for it but its in one of those journals that you now have to pay a fortune to access. I tried to explain - but he was so invested in the work he was convinced it was new.

As software engineers or architects we are pretty much exposed to every method of doing anything with everything over a long career and its easy to mock people coming in thinking they've invented the something that's old hat.

Having said that I do hope BT get severely rodgered with an old style brick phone from before rounded corners were patented. Perhaps then a large company will bribe a government to do something about the monumental fuck up that is the patent system.

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