* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

5660 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

European Space Agency goes for mostly solid Ariane 6

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Cost

Also Arianes' cost estimates are based on actually doing this for decades, SpaceXs are marketing projections of what they hope to achieve.

Both lying like weasels of course but with different standard deviations

1
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: There are other issues

Ariane5 is liquid fueled because the bottom half is a French SLBM

A clever way to get industry and other governments to fund development of your military toys

0
0

Asperger's and IT

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Ironic

It's the general opinion of most actual scientists in the field ( as opposed to educational psychologists and Ritalin salesmen) that the DSM is about as sceintifically accurate as the Malleus Maleficarum and about as clinically useful

3
0

Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Excel ran out of rows

Who would have thought there were places with more than 16,376 unemployed?

9
1

Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Arguably this one is "fit for purpose" if the purpose is to reduce the number of benefits paid out

2
0

US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

I would say ...

"Take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure"

But with the DHS involved you never know .....

1
0

Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: 5 Years? Try 5 *decades*

These did have nuclear warheads though.

A simple engineering solution to failing to get the bang close enough - is to simply make the bang bigger

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Successful when the target has a transponder?

Or they could sell missiles to current unstable regimes so that after the revolution when the new rulers try and use them - we will know where they are.

1
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

re: I'm sure Alaska would rather have the money.

Being Alaska they would rather have spent $10Bn on a giant shotgun

4
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Use the force

Turn off the targetting computer and trust your instincts

23
1

Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Do a search

Power companies and railroads in the US and Canada were spraying it into the 1970s to control weeds - after all it was perfectly safe, the government had proved that in Vietnam.

There are a bunch of lawsuits here about it

2
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Stupid prosecutors, stupider cops

> the judge to have actually read the First Amendment

I thought the constitution didn't apply if it was terrorism?

7
1
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: There ought to be some kind of rule

>Else you are just facing a monolithic power which you have no way of countering

If only the founders of the power in question had thought to put some sort of clause allowing you to protect yourself from it.

5
1
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: The land of the free. My rse!

I think being Texan and being able to sign your name might be mutually exclusive

8
3
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Innapriarte reaction

This is el'reg co.UK where sarcasm is the highest form of wit

ps. swiftkey obviously didn't understand it - no idea what it thought it was converting the title to ?

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Innapriarte reaction

For the Texas police to risk the lives of their citizens arresting this person.

Didn't the president just authorize drone strikes on US citizens that post terrorist messages ?

Couldn't they be automatically linked to facebook/twitter so these terrorists are taken out automatically without risk to the police?

21
5

India's centralised snooping system facing big delays

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

what do you expect

If you outsource it to ......

6
0

The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Three Amigos

>What has been depictable?

That they admitted torture and offered to knock 117 days off his sentence because of it?

>Manning is a traitor

Traitor / Patriot - so like freedom fighter / terrorist

> knowingly endangered his fellow soldiers

By leaking diplomatic cables that suggested the revealed Putin was the real power behind the Russian president, Isreal doesn't really like the Palestinians and is suspicious about Iran's peaceful nuclear energy, and that some people in Pakistan's security service might be unhappy about the US continaully bombing them?

11
0

US: We spied on you Europeans but we can still be chums. Right?

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: >French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing

I doubt that the NSA deliberately spy on Boeing to give the data to the DGCE,

But I suspect that GCHQ and the UK security services consider the special relationship with America as more important than British industry. So I don't imagine that they filter out interceptions on British companies before handign data over to the USA

1
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Summary of talks

The difference is that I suspect the French secret service isn't handing over Airbus's business data to Boeing - I suspect GCHQ+NSA are.

8
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Clouds - nope!

Ironically it is probably more secure form the NSA in Germany than in the UK. The only thing limiting NSA spying in the UK is how quickly GCHQ can send them the data.

4
0

Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Please help a Canuck out here...

>A place merely for storage and/or tools.

That's what garages are for.

You put a $20,000 car outside in the snow so you can store a $99 broken lawnmower in the garage.

>Curious about the linguistic differences...

I still laugh when Ontario politicians go cottaging at the weekend.

0
0

EU crackdown will see tougher sentences for stupid cyber-badhats

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Give the toddler a bigger firearm

It's a good idea - as long as it apples to everyone.

Would be interesting to watch German police marching into Westminister to arrest Hague because GCHQ stored data on Germans.

2
0

Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Great view

"best view of Northampton" is there such a thing?

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Not Orthanc

Which raises the question of what kind of lifts do they have in Orthanc?

Do a group of orcs all stand in the lift not making eye contact?

Do they play cheesy elevator music?

Is there a notice limiting it to 15 persons, 30 halflings, or 10 uraki ?

6
0

Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Hasn't he been caught yet?

Surely with the 100% all seeing eye of the NSA he should have been detected, orange-jumpsuited and be on an unlisted flight to electrode-on-the-scrotum land by now?

30
2

Americans attempt to throw off oppressive, unresponsive rulers on 4th of July

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: WTF...

Having drunk what Americans produce when they try and make tea.

I don't think the Boston harbour thing was a protest, just a misunderstanding of the recipe

17
1

Vulns 'like a hacker camped in the server room' all across the net

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Until you discover years later that there is also a fixed admin account and the password, which you can't change, is "cisco"

1
0

Irish gov refuses to haul Google, Apple into MPs' tax inquiry

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

End of the eu?

So Ireland makes a few % while ripping off the rest of the Eu by allowing tax scams to operate

Presumably other Eu countries could run their own scams, sorry - revenue enhancement processes ?

I'm trying to get a CE mark for a medical device - it's a lot of work. Now if some "business friendly" new Eu country would rubber stamp it for me I would be prepared to open a branch office there and employ a couple of locals.

Ireland used to be famous for giving asylum to any refugee that arrived - along with the Irish passport they got a ferry timetable and a strong hint in the direction of Liverpool. Presumably in return for say a 1000euro processing fee some poor new Eu country could hand out citizenship to everyone in Somalia. At a stroke solving illegal immigration in the Eu.

1
1

Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge
Coat

Re: pretty obvious really

>Space Shuttle that wouldn't have never gone to space "Enterprise"

Presumably because the engines cannea take it cap'n

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Who'd be an astronmer

Actually you do spend a lot of time peering into optics.

You also spend a lot of your time saying;

This fscking mirror is filfthy when was it last recoated?

I can't see the chip - the fsckign filter wheel has jammed!

There is fscking ice on the inside of this dewar window!

Whose fsckign fingerprint is this on an interference filter?

Although if you work on an interferemeter with 100s of optical components linking 4 telescopes you can get a little frustrated with peering into optics - and your language coarsens a little.

3
0

Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: I quite like the train noises

You forgot "station stop"

As opposed to random stop for 20mins,a quarter of a mile outside the station when we are already 20mins late ?

1
0

US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Blocking

In most government departments allowing the staff access to anything OTHER than facebook would lower productivity across the nation

The safest thing to do with all government employees, and especially military/security services - is to sit them at a desk with facebook/angry birds/tetris to distract them.

1
2

Home Office opens up anonymised crime data API

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: it all adds up

Westminster - anytime

Fraud, theft, perjury, sexual assault, drunkenness .....

2
0

Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: What a worthless toy.

DIY version:

Get yellow Lance Armstrong wristband (should be lots available)

Write "put down that pastie you fat bastard' on it with marker pen

Profit

18
1

Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Oh look, the anti progress brigade turned up in the forum

I'm always amazed at the number of readers on el'reg with a sound understanding of physics/maths/economics who can see through cheap publicity stunts.

4
1
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Stunt

And presumably they get to sell to the grid at 5x the price they pay to extract. So their data center gets paid for by the poor people trying to heat their homes

6
2

PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Show them you mean it

Or the more paranoid, cynical and probably accurate conspiracy

The NSA wanted this information out there because it has a chilling effect. You might think twice about clicking on the EFF/Peta/GreenPeace link if you think it's going to get logged by the government.

1
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Pot kettle?

Didn't Maggie brag about how MI5 had bugged the Eu commisioner Mr Fischler when they were negotiating some UK deal on agriculture or something tedious?

2
0

A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: BA?

A Bullshit Artist is always useful aren't they?

1
0

Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Good artists copy; great artists steal.

However the cover artist seems to have stolen the idea for a world encompassing tree from Norse myth. If you thought Apple's lawyers were bad you haven't been up against Odin

0
0

3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: No auto destruct ?

The rocket holds a hundred tons of kerosene - exactly what sort of auto destruct could destroy that quicker than it burning?

Presumably the former USSR has a few 1000 such devices lying around but putting them onto rockets might seem unfriendly

1
2

What's the most secure desktop operating system?

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: The one built by a competent admin

>Windows 8 because it has built in on-by-default AV and firewall.

And it has free automatic cloud backup of all your emails/website visits and IMs

2
1

Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: erm

The difference is that Americans thought they had a Constitution prohibiting this sort of thing. Brits just assumed that they have always lived under fascism - albeit it one that couldn't make the trains run on time.

19
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Come on you lot...

In which case there are a lot of people in the West due to be shipped back to the USSR - who were merely criminals for spying on it.

11
3

REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Inspired by the coffee cart on platform 3 of St Pancras

2
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: If they are clever...

Unless you are renting the building from yourself and billing the UK operations $1000/day for each of the staff who are actually employed by Google-Venus, their new off-planet tax haven.

It was one of the few tax scams for small businesses. You were allowed to invest in real estate tax free as part of your pension. So you built a factory and rented it to your own company for well above market rates. The company paid less tax because it made less profit and all the extra money went into your real estate company which you got tax back on because it was a pension fund investment

2
0

Forums