* Posts by Roger Varley

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

Roger Varley
Joke

Nothing new here then ...

Should I be surprised to discover that governmental control of sensitive data really hasn't changed much in the last 70 years?

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: Pieter Schelte

Stick him in goal for MUFC. That should tighten up their defense a bit.

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Re: Shoe-rly shum mishtake!

The 59K miles is correct, it's the 72K miles for the boxes that I would question, as this would mean that the box was only 0.22 inches longer than the shoe.

Yes. I *am* bored this afternoon. Why do you ask?

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Re: line made of all those baked beans

Ok - positing an average of 450 beans/tin and an average bean length of 0.25" that's ... 3.12 yards/tin. So 900M would be 1598011 miles, give or take or, in other words, around 3 Apollo missions

Roughly.

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Assuming that a standard tin is 3" tall, 900M tins would form a line that would circumnavigate the equator 1.7 times.

The ecomentalists will go bezerk at the thought of the methane output that would generate.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Most Commented

Can we have the "Most Commented" tab back as well please!

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

Roger Varley

Re: Not BLI

Flowerpots?

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

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Re: You should have linked the hi-res

Desktop background changed after 2 secs of looking at that. Just fscking incredible

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: Worser

>> 'It just gets worser and worser"

I think the actual quote is from Eeyore.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: "Serious Crime Bill"?

It's not Python. That's from the Frost Report, performed by John Cleese and the Ronnies, Baker and Corbett. Written by Marty Feldman and John Law.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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I'd like to nominate Theresa May and Hariett Harmon.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Trees still standing?

Looking at the first picture, the trees in the vicinity of the crater appear to be remarkably undamaged.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

Roger Varley

No.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

Roger Varley

Surely all that proves is that the phone was in a specific location at a specific time. It proves nothing about whose possesion it was in?

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: Odds?

Isn't there a second factor that needs to be considered here. The plasma can be ejected in any direction from the surface of the sun. It's only going to be a problem if we're in the way.

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Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

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Oh no ....

That will be the rest of my week's productivity down the swannee then ...

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Roger Varley

Yeah, I haven't heard 'You better move on' for ages either.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: You jest!

>> but if the BBC is the highlight of Europe then things must be grim.

Oh, believe me, it is. The BBC is a shining beacon amidst the complete and utter dross that makes up the national TV service in most of the European countries I've had the misfortune to watch in.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Am I the only one ,,,,

with the song of 'Nellie the gomphothere" running around my brain right now?

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

Roger Varley

Re: The US hates illegal aliens

Bloody Hell - you can tell it's Friday, can't you.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Roger Varley

Re: Bah.

If that is your entire rig, it must renders John Cages 4' 33" perfectly.

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Not another latest and greatest

You can replace my 12 yr old Denon seperates when you can prize them out of my cold, dead fingers.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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>The Maldives government would have had to consent to this action, would they not? I wonder what incentives the US offered to secure their cooperation.

"Nice island you've got here. Shame if anything happened to it" while someone whistles the the Grenadan national anthem softly in the background.?

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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If you built them around the edges, instead of in the middle, I'm sure RoW would be only to willing to lend a helping hand . Hell, I'd even chuck in a few quid myself.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Re: Cute, but ...

I still haven't managed to get "inside" the building yet :(

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: I want an app that says

Nice try - but I think you'll find that prior art shows that it's actually "Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong, Ying Tong Iddley Po"

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Re: We're finally there...

Unfortunately, I very much doubt it.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Roger Varley

Bacon: mmmm........

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Roger Varley

Re: Yank my chain

Be fair - the Americans win the World Series: every year

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Re: Apocryphal ?? There but for the grace ..

REME's

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

Roger Varley

@Old Handle

Did you read the article properly?

If you want to watch content from Google, Netflix et al then you need EME. If you do, you have to download the module seperately it's not going to be built in. If you don't want the 'official' version, you are free to download the module from third party developers if/when they are available. If you disagree with DRM then you don't have to download the plugin.

I cannot see what else Mozilla could do. At least it's your choice whether to accept this or not. For the time being DRM is here to stay. Whether that is a good idea is a seperate topic of discussion

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Now that's PROPER SCIENCE: Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle

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Re: That's pretty cool

Cheers! Thanks!

<SMASH>

Damn!

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Novell had a similair system for their Netware installs, except they preffered the 48th out of 50

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

Roger Varley

Re: Taser Title Twit-Twat Twadle!

Not sure that I'd want to be within 15 to 25 feet of several hundred kilos of pissed off Yogi.

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Re: Son of Voyager

I doubt it's even noughties technology - you don't send bleeding edge technology on space missions, you send well understood, proven technology - it's probably using the space industry equivalent of Windows 98 tech.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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" but it has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing to turn our country around."

So she's resigning for altruistic reasons rather than the fact she got caught fiddling 45K worth of expenses?

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

Roger Varley

Re: You have got it all wrong....

Why would you even have wheels fitted to your bog? Inquiring minds and all that .....

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Roger Varley

Pardon?

"We, in BT, continue to manage efficiently our allocation of IPv4 address space and are also taking the necessary steps to manage a transition to IPv6."

Hmmm -> http://btsupport.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/44044/c/6433

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Who are these people who would willingly pay more?

If the BBC moved to a subscription based service and expanded the scope to include the ex-pat community, they'd probably be awash with subscribers and no-one would need to pay x2 or x3

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

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Wow

Someone just has to send a 'Kilroy was here'

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

Roger Varley

All pigs can fly. It's just a matter of calculating the trajectory and then applying sufficient impetus.

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Chinese Jade RABBIT SIGHTED ON MOON by NASA probe

Roger Varley

Re: Well done China.

I can't tell the difference between one little white dot or the other little white dots, other than two of them have arrows pointing at them. Unless someone can come up with a convincing theory as to how they got there on the lunar surface, I too call hoax.

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Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

Roger Varley

Re: So only about 140x further than human kind has *ever* traveled

So that would be the Arcs A,B & C then?

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Roger Varley

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

> A ten-story rocket is definitely a bit bigger and a lot less stable when balanced on the blunt end.

Ok - I'm curious - why doesn't it just topple over?

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Seems a small price to pay ....

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Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

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Re: keeping your skills nearer the edge

>It always amuses me when you get people in their 40's/50's who get made redundant and are then shocked >to find they can't get another job on the same salary, because after all their "years of experience" is all that >should matter. Yes you have years of experience - of knowing very little.

I hope that you still find it equally whimsical when, god forbid, it happens to you.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Roger Varley

Re: pronunciation

Ironically, in modern greek as spoken here in Cyprus, gamma at the start of a word is pronounced 'y'

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

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Priceless

"No, it's statistics with a very high margin of error" - brilliant! I *will* be using that line at some point in th enear future.

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Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

Roger Varley

Re: What?

Actually, Berwick is the end of England, not the start of Scotland

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