* Posts by Big John

1101 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009

Page:

Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Jammers are useless

> "But I'm not even sure there's a law on the books in most places for that."

It would come under "tampering with a passenger vehicle in an unsafe way" or something similar.

0
0

Google Chrome deletes Backspace

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Don't care about backspace

That's what they just took away!

0
0
Big John
Silver badge
Devil

Re: Those are some pretty detailed numbers...

> "...added a counter specifically for backspace to collect data..."

Sure, that's what we're told. If they actually are ingesting everything in sight, they sure would need a cover story.

Just sayin'.

5
0

US government publishes drone best practices

Big John
Silver badge
Meh

Vere are your papers?

And as for news organizations: the rules do not apply. Instead they should "operate under the ethics rules and standards of their organization, and according to existing federal and state laws."

Who says government can't be funny?

What's not funny is when government tries to pick and choose exactly who is the Press. Absent a proper Office of Government Press Approval, there's no clear line between the Anointed Ones and the rest of us peons. I say I'd make a dandy reporteroid. I can hire myself and pay myself a wage too.

What's that? I am STILL to be denied Press Status? Ooooh, that's going straight in my blog!

I mean, my "Channel..."

7
1

Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

> "Good surfing though..."

Not necessarily. Weaker gravity does make the waves higher, but they are also slower. It might be that such gentle wave riding will be considered "easy beginner" stuff by those who know, suitable for tourists.

0
0

Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Big John
Silver badge

Question

Do any other large aircraft manufacturers need to transport bulky parts around on special planes, or is this uniquely an Airbus thing?

0
1

US power grid still fragile in the face of EMP threat: GAO

Big John
Silver badge

Re: To paraphrase Oscar Wilde

"America is the only country to go from barbarism, to decadence, to barbarism, without going anywhere near civilisation."

"I feel like trashing the US, so this thread is hereby hijacked! Eat shit, Muricans!!!"

3
3

NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Cryogenics-proof of concept (No$Required)

Mickey Rat will become public domain the same day the we get cheap fusion power.

0
0
Big John
Silver badge

Re: "Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats..."

..initiate validation studies with leading medical researchers to understand the effects of prolonged hypothermia...

So not 'hibernation,' but 'hypothermia,' apparently. Lovely.

0
0

Is uBeam the new Theranos?

Big John
Silver badge

Unicorns can't really type, so they must be getting the fairies to do it, thus the speling errors.

1
0

Kepler space telescope spots 1,284 new planets

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Oh dear...

"...but then perhaps they are not really any different to the very type of person they deride on the other side of the fence..."

All serious religion boils down to whether the universe originated because of a thought ("word" as some would say) or somehow just occurred 'naturally.' These two ideas are mutually exclusive and cannot be proven one way or the other. Thus, both those ideas are highly attractive to thinkers of a fanatical bent. Not different types at all.

0
0

Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

Big John
Silver badge
Joke

Bottom line

So, has that barge paid for itself yet?

1
0

29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Then again...

> "...why the Hell do so many smartphone users act brain dead when they use one?"

They only appear brain dead, but really they are furiously 'interacting' in cyberspace (wherever that is). The giveaway is the thumb-twitching frequency, which is often directly proportional to cyber-activity in the subject.

1
1

UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

Big John
Silver badge

Devil's Advocate

This woman has a master's in Electrical Engineering, with more than a dozen patents. She was a female STEM student back when they were even fewer than today. So she didn't start out rich and shady, she started like us. What does that say? I don't know.

0
0

SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

Big John
Silver badge

> "a guy I worked with put a note inside the Viking lander the night before launch and after it had been decontaminated that said "made by Sanchez"."

Ah, but what you don't know is that I was waiting in the shadows, and after Sanchez left I took the liberty of editing that note, pointing out the pivotal role played by Big Johns thruout history.

0
0

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Am I the only one?

"...why can none of the fawning sycophants ever play us any track that varies in the slightest from a formulaic pop 4/4 allegro tedioso with all the musicality of a pneumatic drill?"

Yeah, heaven forbid they might do a Led Zepplin style thing with 7/8 time or anything.

This "hell" recording is nice, but to be super-cringe material it must compete against stuff like O Superman by Laurie Anderson.

1
3

SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

Big John
Silver badge

Low Ball

> "...I certainly hope that SpaceX can deliver at the prices they bid."

SpaceX has good throw, and if their bid is too low for profit it will rise in future. If their reusability thing goes as planned, bids may actually go down some.

7
0

Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Big John
Silver badge
Meh

Re: Similarities?

Bing is desirable in a name, because while it isn't a particular thing, it has a positive 'ring' and rhymes with nice things like sing, bling, wing, king, ping, cling, zing.

But there's also sting...

2
0
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Microsoft

How does this require OEM's to take a smaller margin? Bing meant they were paying nothing for Windows, and the OEM's dropped the laptop price accordingly. No need to drop the price that extra bit that cuts into the margin, is there? And if so, then it can happen any time, not just when their costs are going up or down.

Also, if local money is not being siphoned off to some other place, that money can accelerate said local economy.

MS was giving something away and they are a for-profit company. More small tablet sales in Europe is not enough of an incentive to MS to keep doing that, apparently.

1
0

Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Onward march!

Needs a rewrite: "The Shuffling Morons"

0
0

Clinton's $1m troll fight

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Why is Billary not in jail yet?

> "In fact During this time Bill Clinton delivered a budget surplus..."

Dude, those good times in the mid-90's were due to a fiscally responsible, Republican-led congress, starting in 1994. All Slick Willie did was cave to them after seeing he was going to lose. I will give him credit for being pragmatic, but that's all.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Clinton lacks even that much sense.

1
2

NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

Big John
Silver badge

On the event horizon

"...NASA said it was most likely a "transient event," which triggered a cascade of false alarms..."

Transient event, is that a fast particle or a quantum hiccup?

And a "cascade of false alarms" sounds just like the Nightly News.

2
0

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Big John
Silver badge

Maybe it's an average of an average, maybe.

0
0
Big John
Silver badge

Yes they are, quite often.

For example, a Wordpress site that has the popular Gravity Forms plugin will see 70K+ of CSS added to the head by default when GF CSS is enabled (which it is, by default). Most of the time <5K is actually needed. Extrapolate to a few more likely plugins and hey presto, 290K is no problem. Same thing happens with scripts. Each plugin has overhead, and it adds up very fast.

6
0

Comcast stabs set-top boxes in the back, pipes directly into smart TVs

Big John
Silver badge

Re: "By leveraging the open HTML5 standard"

Rectal extremities? I'm afraid I haven't got any, but I'd be happy to leverage yours. You'll have to tell me where you keep them...

0
1
Big John
Silver badge

Re: "By leveraging the open HTML5 standard"

Tut tut. In 100 years the word "leverage" will officially have an alternate meaning of "use." Yes, it's corruption of the language, but practically every uttered word was a corruption at one time.

My advice is to 'chill' and stop 'stressing' so much. :-D

0
3

Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

Big John
Silver badge

When drones turn

Oh my Ghod, that's not spaghetti sauce! That's BLOOD!!! Oh no, it sees me! AAUGH!!!

Does anyone remember Westworld?

4
0

Indian Capital Delhi bans Uber's surge pricing

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Late delivery

I can think of many serious reasons to be in a big hurry that don't involve hospitals.

1
0
Big John
Silver badge

Late delivery

The charge of "looting" is bogus on its face. What Arvind Kejriwal is really saying is that people with more ready cash should not be allowed to outbid others when cabs are scarce. He's dishonestly casting Uber as "looters" to stir up discontent.

What if some woman suddenly goes into labor and must get to a hospital pronto? Is it looting to give that person the opportunity to pay more for a guaranteed ride, or should she wait in line no matter what?

3
8

'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

Big John
Silver badge

No reaction

This kind of gadget pops up every so often. Last time we got the Dean Drive.

4
2

Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

Big John
Silver badge

Are there other large ships or barges that are named with complete sentences?

Outside of literature of course. ;-)

0
0
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Grow a Funny bone

I see a children's book series:

"The adventures of Boaty McBoatface, the little icebreaker that could."

1
0
Big John
Silver badge

I concur. Besides, hasn't Elon Musk rewritten the rules on naming important sea-going vessels?

1
0

Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

Big John
Silver badge

Resistance is futile

So the rulers of China ban shows that are all-fluff, for moralistic reasons. A worthy aim, but alas, they are doomed to failure. It's been tried elsewhere. Each time, the slow tide of TV banality has overwhelmed all resistance.

The Chinese TV viewers must be much like TV viewers everywhere; shallow and bored. They will get what they want.

1
1

NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

Big John
Silver badge

The really offensive ones are nearly impossible to remove.

0
0
Big John
Silver badge

That's a big Tron.

I recall a funny Bud Light ad concerning thongs on men.

0
0

Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

Big John
Silver badge

Re: In the Land of the Free..

You are aware that the guns are incapable of firing themselves?

I just want to be sure you grasp that basic fact...

1
4

Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Don't know about UK law

> "...trying to compel passwords is like trying to compel the combination to a lock, and that has been considered a violation of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution for more than a century."

A physical lock may be simply and quickly broken open, so it costs government and the courts nothing to protect combinations to said locks. Not so with encryption, where the government has no physical recourse to obtaining entry.

1
9

NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Full Circle

"Wasn't that a project to launch Phil Collins into orbit?"

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra, no less. Swirlin' about in 'uge clear plastic bubbles...

0
0

Uber hands over info on 12m passengers, drivers to US officials, cops

Big John
Silver badge

High Speed Bus

"Local authorities could use that data to greatly increase the efficiency of their services, which could eat into the Uber bottom line."

Like how? Check to see where people really want to go, and put more bus-stops there? That will make the buses stop far more often, making the duration for a typical trip very long. That sure will drive up ridership!

1
1

Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Might be but...

I thought you were making it up about the Swedish force size, but no, you weren't.

Wikipedia reports it here.

Looks like the Swedes let their defense lapse at the same rate as the decline of the Soviets. Well, what do they do now with a resurgent Russia? I know, I know, the Chicken Dance...

1
0
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Why would Russia randomly be stressing out peaceful Swedes?

> "Russia (under any name) hasn't exactly got a great record when it comes to relations with their "peaceful" neighbours."

That's because "Russia" (whatever that is) has no natural boundaries worth mentioning. Russia is a big juicy target and an invader can just march right in, theoretically. Not so theoretically, sometimes.

It makes the Russians very suspicious and defensively minded.

1
2

'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

Big John
Silver badge
Gimp

Sniffing around

Soon they will perfect a fart-seeking Aromadroid, it will go on sale next xmas, and then no one will be safe!

0
0

SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Meanwhile, at the Pork Barrel Bar..

Odd, that article doesn't even mention SpaceX as an alternate way to orbit. I wonder why.

2
0
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Game Changing...

I agree, the big cost reduction changes the whole game going forward.

The heavy will fly (or explode) but either way it will get worked out and there goes another big chunk of cost. Pretty soon any outfit that doesn't reuse will be out of business.

1
1

Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Congratulations etc.

> "Yeah - especially as NASA were the first to show that for real rocket science, it's not enough to use Nazi technology, you need an actual Nazi..."

And who did the Nazis look to for guidance? A regular guy from the USA, Robert Goddard, that's who. So let's not have any more of this 'Nazi' crap, okay?

8
2
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Congratulations etc.

> "If only they'd cut out that cringeworthy "USA!" chanting."

Hey all you rocket techies, stop feeling proud for your country! At least don't utter it out loud. Don't you know there are people in the world that find such pro-USA feelings offensive? We're not interested in your disgusting patriotism, so stop it!

6
27
Big John
Silver badge

Re: Windy

It looks like the booster was actually "crabbing" into the wind to stay on target, and straightened up during the last two seconds. Landing aircraft do this during crosswinds, but they do it horizontally and they have a lot more time and leeway. They can also abort and try again.

7
1

Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

Big John
Silver badge

Re: Dumb and dumber

And they represent both sides of the aisle! Truly bi-partisan stupidity.

That's what America is all about!

20
1

Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

Big John
Silver badge

Best budds

I assumed that Microsoft and Adobe (being what they are) would be real tight when it comes to this kind of thing. Isn't that why MS has not taken this step before? What changed?

4
1

Page:

Forums