* Posts by Roger Varley

198 posts • joined 17 May 2007

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

Roger Varley

"I remember reading about a manufacturing technology that helped recycling. Casings were made out a material with a heat triggered shape-memory; bake it a bit and the case changes shape and the whole thing simply falls to bits."

MFI (for those of you old enough to remember them) perfected this techique decades ago, with the added bonus, that you didn't need to bake them first.

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Roger Varley

Re: The.. just.. I don't even

Any takers for a bet on whether they were for QSECOFR or not?

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

Roger Varley

Re: I've told this story before (sorry)

I could certainly believe it to be true. I used to reckon that the only way to stop one of those muthas would be to open one of the side panels and chuck a hand grenade inside, and I'm not entirely convinced that that would even kill it.

I loved those machines.

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

Roger Varley

Re: Like discipline but different

"We take breaches of professional standards extremely seriously..."

You might do now that someone has been caught, but you obviously didn't give a fuck in 2010 or 2011

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Computers abort SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

Roger Varley

Re: No more holds for boats downrange

According to some reports I have read, the boat in question belonged to the US Navy. The US Navy tend to take a dim view of people launching rockets in their direction, and would be seriously miffed if it actually hit them.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

Roger Varley

Hmmm, you know, "The Drop Bear Drive" just seems to be a little lacking in the pizazz department. You just have to imagine how it would sound in a conversation between Scottie and Kirk to decide if the name would work or not.

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Become an Andre Previn in your time: DevOps for star conductors

Roger Varley

Nice One

+1 for the aged Morcambe & Wise reference

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

Roger Varley

Re: Is there anyone on board that can fly a plane?

It would be OK, if the response was a loud "Hooaah" and a couple of Chuck Norriss look-a-likes confidently step forward. I think I would find it a tad demoralising if the request was met with a deafening silence.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

Roger Varley

Re: Evidence based criticism

There was some talk last year about a re-design of the mobile site being underway. However, I fear that the task has been sub contracted to the same guy who is dealing with LOHANs FAA application.

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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

Roger Varley

Re: How long before...

I think you are confusing the phenomenon with the start/end of a research grant cycle.

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Roger Varley

Re: "Ledswinger's Drinker's Friend"

You sir, owe me a new keyboard. My current one is now soaked with a sinus load of warm brown that made a rapid exit through my nasal passages on reading the above!

Mind you, LDF Crunch may sound interesting after a night on the town.

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Roger Varley

"Ledswinger's Drinker's Friend"

Just thinking about that makes me feel ill!

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

Roger Varley

>>People and business in the UK should use encryption to protect themselves."

>>"information needed for national security and serious crime purposes should not be beyond the >>lawful, warranted reach of the state"

> These two statements are mutually contradictory. We could call it the doublespeak paradox.

I don't think that they are. I would have no issue with lawful, warranted access. All we need to agree on now is who is going to issue the warrant, (Hint: It's not politicians)

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

Roger Varley

Re: Kite flying

Not necessarily, they've always got the the choice of a minor tweak via the 2016 IPB Amendment Act, followed by another tweak via the 2017 IPB Amendment Act etc etc

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

Roger Varley

Can you imagine the lather the Daily Mail would work itself into at the prospect of illegal extra terrestial immigrants?

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

Roger Varley

Re: Insults

I remember that one as - "a couple of stops short of Dagenham".

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

Roger Varley

Re: Thinking @Trollslayer

Probably to be quickly followed by a claim for compensation for her emotional distress .......

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Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare

Roger Varley

Re: mould

Mold is also a place in North Wales ...

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

Roger Varley

Re: Ah, nostalgia...

http://www.web-adventures.org/cgi-bin/webfrotz?s=Adventure

That's the rest of the afternoon sorted. Thanks

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Roger Varley

Re: Ah, nostalgia...

Halcyon days, when you didn't need beefed up specs, hi-speed graphics to play decent games. All that was needed was a little bit of imagination and some very clever designers from Infocom.

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

Roger Varley

Wow!

On July 20th 1969 I was 11 years old, and I still remember watching the grainy black and white images with my grand parents and thinking "Wow!" Some forty-odd years later I'm still looking at images from far off places and still thinking "Wow!", and wondering if I really made the correct career choice.

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Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

Roger Varley

Strange choice of words?

"The group said it could begin sending out letters to alleged pirates this Fall."

Is "Fall" a common euphemism in Norway for "Autumn", or is the group run by Americans perchance?

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

Roger Varley

<Even bigger cynic>

But the US mega-corp won't need to buy the designs. Thanks to the NSA/GCHQ, they'll already have them.

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

Roger Varley

Re: PornBook

They don't need Facebook to keep in touch with family in rural USA. Your wife, sister, cousin and aunt is more than likely the same person.

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Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

Roger Varley

Re: Help / Support Desks ?

Tenez vos chevaux là juste une seconde mon petite choux. Je suis Eadon!

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

Roger Varley

While you're at it ...

could you please fix your installer as well so it doesn't keep trying try to sneak McAfee past the inattentive. Thank you for your attention.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

Roger Varley

Why now?

Does Germany have a problem with rising, rampant political correctness as well, or has the guy just pissed someone off big time? According to the report as printed, the locals have known about this tank for 37 years ......

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Roger Varley

Re: Which is it?

> Have you tried a cup of tea made in America!? Tasty it is not.

Indeed. There is an argument that states that the Boston Tea Party was not so much an act of rebellion, rather it was a misunderstanding over the recipe.

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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

Roger Varley

Re: Pieter Schelte

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

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Roger Varley

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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Roger Varley

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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Roger Varley

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.

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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

Roger Varley

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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