* Posts by mhenriday

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

mhenriday
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Most of us, Osgard,

do indeed find these quarks (positions), if not romantic, at least of use in romantic situations....

Henri

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Annus HORRIBILIS for TLS! ALL the bigguns now officially pwned in 2014

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WTF?

Shouldn't that rather be

«anus horribilis» ?...

Henri

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Brilliant photo -

kudos to the Rosetta team at ESA and thanks to El Reg editors for publishing it !...

Henri

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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FAIL

«Russia, China could ban western tech

if they want to live in the PAST» So banning Windows 8 indicates a desire to live in the PAST, Mr Sharwood ? TINA, as Ms Thatcher used to say ?...

Don't make me laugh....

Henri

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Boffin

Re: Robert Baker to Jolly good work.

I just downvoted your comment, Mr Baker, since it proved you to be the idiot you described, and I thought you might be lonely all by yourself. A fault, I suppose, but I chalk it up to the milk of human kindness, which runs thick (but hopefully not too thick !) in my veins.... ;-)

Henri

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Bravo, Mr Snowden !

I sincerely hope that you inspired no few attendees at the Hope X hacker conference, and that some of them do manage to produce user-friendly products which hinder the type of snooping carried out by organisations like the NSA, GCHQ, FRA, etc, etc, ad nauseam....

Henri

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Pint

Nice to see/hear

the Space X team using SI units (or derivatives thereof) ! Hope the Reg will prove capable of doing the same !...

Henri

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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Unhappy

For once I agree with a Reg headline ;

growing a pair would indeed be excellent advice for NIST. But given, as pointed out above by Marketing Hack, the superiors to whom NIST answers, it is likely that the pair would be immediately pruned. Foxes don't make good hen-house keepers....

Henri

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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I seem to remember, more than two decades ago,

the highly publicised worries about Soviet nuclear warheads adrift, which those nasty terrorists were almost certain to get their hands on. Fortunately, such things are handled better in that Shining City upon a Hill....

Henri

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Snowden seeks Russian asylum extension

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«rogue sysadmin»

You mean, Mr Leyden, like James Robert Clapper would have been, had he possessed the intelligence to become a sysadmin ?...

Henri

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Boffin

That's the problem with a rising power -

the Chinese court was obviously and embarrassingly unaware of the fact that in international jurisprudence, there are two types of patents : those held by Apple and the others. Only the first are valid....

Henri

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Hallelujah !

«You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks» I e, nada, zero, zilch ! Thanks for nothing, Mr Holder !...

Henri

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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FAIL

OK, Kelly ;

we know where you're coming from - «Master spy blabbermouth ...» «The infamous whistleblower ...». But you might want to remember that the removing superfluous and misleading adjectives - and even ill-considered nouns - is the first duty of an essayist or, for that matter, a Reg blogger....

Henri

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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Holmes

The Reg's amazing readership

Good to see the so many of the Reg's readers are experts on North Korea, both possessing a knowledge of the language and having resided there during long periods. That they are so willing to share their profound knowledge of the country with others is just the icing on the cake....

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

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FAIL

«And of course let's also note that there's colossal hypocrisy on both [emphasis added, MHD] sides ...», which, of course, explains why our dear Simon points out examples of such hypocrisy on the part of only one side, that of the Chinese - quelle surprise ! And speaking of «hypocrisy», I like that comment about «Snowden allegations» - which would indicate that Simon questions their veracity. Way to go, Simon, can't wait to read more of your impartial and unbiased reporting from the region !...

Henri

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Boffin

Re: Solid surface?

From what I am given to understand, this body, with a mass some 3 - 10 times that of Jupiter, would, in fact, possess a volume or «size» less than that of the latter planet. Choosing to call it a brown dwarf rather than a Jovian body due to what is believed to be the greater frequency of the former in the galaxy seems odd to me ; unless there is something in its spectral distribution which indicates otherwise, as a body of less than 13 Jupiter masses, it would hardly seem to qualify as a brown dwarf....

Henri

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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

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Thanks, Phil,

for reminding us that the Chinese government is capable of «massaging» figures and of attribution difficulties when it comes to foreign attacks. I don't remember you making the same reflections on US government claims about Chinese hackers - very well publicised her on the Reg - but on the other hand, you, with your unique linguistic and cultural qualifications, only comment on matters Chinese (and rarely, Japanese, for which you also possess unique qualifications)....

Henri

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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FAIL

Way to go, Phil !

«Glorious free operating system of the people» You may not know the language, Phil, and you make up things out of the whole cloth - but you really have a sharp sense of humour !...

Henri

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Pint

The drama doesn't seem to be over quite yet ...

as signals seem to have been received which indicate that the Rabbit has awakened. Our moon may be rather closer than the stars, but Seneca's dictum still holds : non est ad astra mollis e terris via. Kudos to all those working on the programme !...

Henri

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?

Thanks, Fraz, for that detailed run-through ! May I point out, however, that in cases like these, the pedantic grammar-nazi ikon is hardly appropriate ; from your vantage point there at CERN, you should rather have chosen «May contain highly technical content ...», an example of which I've appended hereto.... ;-)

Henri

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Very important work,

Richard - kudos to the ASACUSA experimenters and many thanks to you for posting !...

Henri

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

mhenriday
Boffin

Obviously, one should not use Huawei kit -

that is, if the NSA has been anywhere near it, since, according to der Spiegel, that delightful organisation («Defending our Nation. Securing the Future.» attempts to install backdoors on it. Actually, what the article in question had to say was the following

ANT [Advanced Network Technology ?] offers malware and hardware for use on computers made by Cisco, Dell, Juniper, Hewlett-Packard and Chinese company Huawei.
which would seem to greatly restrict the kit that the security-interested user can safely install. Better break out that old soldering iron !...

Henri

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Pint

«If this limited amount of access ...

... constitutes “irreparable harm” to Apple then the standard for irreparable harm is low indeed.» Judge Cote obviously fails to understand that looking cross-eyed at Apple subjects that frail entity to «irreparable harm»....

Henri

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'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

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Yet another secret treaty for the benefit of the megacorporations ?

And which tramples the rights of consumers ? Who'd have thought it ?...

Henri

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China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

mhenriday
Boffin

Zheziang university ?

«"The value of the quantum computer to the military and government is so great, its cost has never been considered," Zheziang university professor Wang Haohua told the paper.»

Phil, you wouldn't want to consider telling interested - or bemused - readers just where «Zheziang university» is located, would you ?...

Henri

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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

mhenriday
Holmes

Given Mr McCain's distinguished flying record,

he might be advised to refrain from metaphors about pigs flying....

Henri

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Pot, kettle, black?

MostlyCommonSense, have you ever heard of NoScript ? DoNotTrackMe ? I presume you do not run a Windows OS on your computer....

Henri

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mhenriday
Big Brother

Re: "...laws are for the little people..."

Don Jefe, I suggest that if you look more closely, you will find that the US Constitution was designed mainly to keep the «little people» from getting out of hand. (Some of) the big people in the colonies did, of course, want the British off their backs, but they certainly didn't want the little people to have too much to say in running the government, which is why the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (sounds grand, doesn't it ?), which didn't reserve sufficient power to the central government to make its writ felt throughout the country, in particular in circumstances like Shay's Rebellion, were abandoned and a new constitution adopted....

Henri

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mhenriday
Big Brother

«I've even seen oppressive governments ...

use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.» Indeed - but then, why is Mr Downey so surprised to see US government agencies snooping on everyone and everybody ? Or does he define «oppressive government» in such a way as to exclude the US government ? Isn't that sort of linguistic legerdemain known as special pleading ?...

Henri

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PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers

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Holmes

Let me get this straight -

Lenovo ups «year-on-year revenues 13 per cent to $9.8bn, with pre-tax and net profit up 30 and 36 per cent respectively to $265m and $220m» and HP's Jos Brenkel claims that they've been «low-balling prices» ? After Mr Brenkel stops gazing at those high-hanging grapes, which no doubt are very sour, indeed, he might want to consider «low-balling» prices on some of HP's products....

Henri

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From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

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Would, Mr Fiveash,

that we had more people with the guts to be «blabbermouths» of the Edward Joseph Snowden type ! Alas, they seem to be few and far between. Kudos to Mr Snowden for what he's done and best wishes for his future !...

Henri

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China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

mhenriday
Boffin

Looks to me as if the Chinese government,

seeing the parlous situation in which world trade finds itself amid worries about a possible US default, which would really throw the cat among the pigeons, has decided to do what it can to give IT trade a boost. The problem is that in the best of cases, negotiatiing a new agreement is going to take quite some time, while the US default is staring us in the face....

Henri

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

mhenriday
Pint

Quite a lift

when Vetenskapsakademien finally got around to announcing its choice an hour later than the customary time. Kudos to Professors Englert and Higgs !...

Henri

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So sad about the NSA web-spying bombshells - but think of the MONEY!

mhenriday
Boffin

«It just means that your local government grabs your data first.»

And then turns it over to the NSA, as our FRA, whose motto should be : «At the service of the US government since 1943 [under other names]», does here in Sweden....

Henri

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

mhenriday
Trollface

Rumour has it

that Oracle has filed a motion to have the venue changed to the Superior Court of Hawaii, conveniently located on the charming island of Lanai. Strippers are welcome on day- night-trips....

Henri

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Boffins explain bizarre here-one-month-gone-the-next 'third Van Allen belt'

mhenriday
Boffin

«High Voltage Orbiting Long Tether,

or HiVOLT, is a concept proposed by Russian physicist V.V. Danilov and further refined by Robert P. Hoyt and Robert L. Forward for draining and removing the radiation fields of the Van Allen radiation belts that surround the Earth....»

What could ever go wrong with geo NEO engineering ?!!...

Henri

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mhenriday
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Re: Wzrdly comment on «Unfulfilled Purpose»

Have you ever considered that Don Jefe might, as is his wont, have been waxing sarcastic ? Or perhaps wizards Wzrds don't do - or grasp - sarcasm ?...

Henri

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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FAIL

«It just flies !»

Think I'll copyright that before Apple's lawyers get 'round to doing so....

Henri

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Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape

mhenriday
Big Brother

Any information you'd care to share, Chris,

on what sort of storage techniques are being used out Camp Williams-way ?...

Henri

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

mhenriday
Boffin

Agreed, but you seem to neglect, MrXavia, the not irrelevant fact that Google and Facebook, at least, quite happily cooperate with entities like the NSA and the GCHQ, while, of course, protesting loudly, when this collaboration is revealed to the public, that they really don't want to do it but are being forced to for legal reasons. One doesn't have to use Google (which I do) or Facebook (which I do not), but try using the web at all without one's data being snapped up by the state entities mentioned above (and here at home in Sweden, the FRA, which gladly shares them with the NSA and the GCHQ) ! Of course, all this data mining is done solely to keep us safe and protect us from «terrorists», so everything is just hunky-dory....

Henri

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mhenriday
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Re : «Soon to be integrated into The Register forums!»

I fear you've chosen the wrong temporal adverbial and verbal tense, rcorrect ; «already integrated ...» would far more adequately describe the current situation at the Reg. Try responding to a column by the journal's beloved «Executive Editor» with less than abject approval of his exalted point of view and see what happens to your posts to his threads !...

Henri

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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«BTW the S/W glitch seems to be that Orbital are using the 13 bit week counter

in the updated GPS spec and ISS uses the the older 10 bit week counter, that rolled over in 1999.»

Rather the other way round according to NASA :

«The issue that led to the Cygnus-ISS GPS communication issue is that Orbital interpreted that that ISS PROX system was transmitting GPS times based on the 1980 ephemeris, and thus used the 1980 ephemeris in Cygnus’ on-board SIGI units too.

In reality however, the ISS PROX system uses the 1999 ephemeris for its GPS time data, which meant Cygnus could not understand the GPS time data being transmitted to it from the ISS, hence the reason for the aborted rendezvous attempt.

In all of the integrated Cygnus rendezvous tests that were performed on the ground, the incorrect 1980 ephemeris was used, and thus it was not until the JEM PROX receivers were put into the loop that the discrepancy was discovered.»

Henri

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mhenriday
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«I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.»

Was that «Dave» as in David William Donald Cameron ?...

Henri

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Boffin

Re: Clue's in the name, isn't it?

«Not to mention the perfumiers' favourite narwhal retchings and excrescence, or ambergris as it's also known.»

Surely, Richard, you mean «sperm whales» (cachalots)....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Nominative determinism strikes again

«Sund is Swedish for sound (healthy), with a silent 'h' added to make it obvious (to a Swede at least) that it is a name.»

Fru Sundh's surname is a typical soldier name from the period when the royal government made groups of peasants responsible for supporting a soldier and his family while he was off to the (continual) wars. Either she or her husband has such a progenitor....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Vanillin

«... guiacol, which as far as I'm aware is extracted mostly from petrochemicals.»

I understand that guaicol is usually produced from wood tar, i e, is derived from wood (usually pine) products, rather than coal tar, which is derived from coal or petroleum....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Wel, Jasper, no one has ever considered the Reg a paragon of accuracy in reporting,

but I beg leave to correct the following statement : «Sweden's beaver population was wiped out by hunters about 200 years ago when the creatures' backside juice was used in medicines.» The native beaver (Castor fiber) in Sweden died out in 1871, but beavers from Norway were implanted in 1922 and the species now seems to be thriving here ; in 2000 the population was estimated to be some 100 000 animals....

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Re: This is the best they can come up with?

Mr Bryant's intelligence and maturity are adequately reflected in his orthographical skills, as evinced in his post above. Quelle surprise !...

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Re: Tax Dollars Hard at Work

But consider : every dollar that is spent on this boyhood dream writ large means one less dollar being spent on spying on you and everybody else 'round the world. Couldn't they have made that chair of solid gold or platinum or something of the sort ?...

Henri

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European Commission plans net neutrality push

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Pint

Kudos !

Every so often - admittedly rarely - the European Commission does do something that actually benefits us European consumers. This is a case in point....

Henri

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