* Posts by tony2heads

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Re: Fancy that

There are also workplaces that will not ALLOW mobile phones in, but have nor problem with watches.

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For God's sake, stop trying to make Microsoft Bob a thing. It's over

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Re: @Chris G. - "Exciting new experiences"

The excited part could cause great embarrassment depending on where you are.

Coat ; its the dirty raincoat

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Meh...

Whether viruses are alive or not is still a moot point. See the Kahn Academy take on this.

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UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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Re: Why

The population is usually irrational and complex - never integer and (when Boolean) TRUE

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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Boffin

4000 satellites in a similar orbit

Kessler syndrome on the way....

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Boffin

Photons do have momentum

momentum= (Planck constant) / (wavelength)

If so if this is the mechanism then laser diodes would be better.

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Fear of flying

I LIKE the takeoff and landing - they are the good bits.

What I hate is being stuck in a seat designed for anorexic hobbits; being unable to afford (or get the boss to pay for) business class, I am stuck in immediate danger of deep vein thrombosis.

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Joomla! readies patch for core vulnerability so critical it isn't talking

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Re: Damn ..

The exclamation mark is a warning (like on road signs) anyone using this should beware. See icon

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: When we get to the stage where we have to label everything...

Don't you mean 'Cheese-eating surrender mammal'?

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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@Alan Brown

Lands clearance suggests that you have an alternative use for it (in the clearances in Scotland it was sheep).

What could one use Sunderland for? Wind farms?

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ISP GMX attempts the nigh impossible: PGP for the masses

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Re: How long until it's illegal in the UK ?

the operating system must have been Vista, since that is well known to cause terror.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Terminator

Sounds like

Talkie Toaster

We should know by now that these talking devices exist to annoy us. It is the next step in the Rise Of The Machines -see icon.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. You have been warned!

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance

Bearing it mind that the subs will be running on Windows, how about Bob, Rover and Clippy?

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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

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I love the disclaimer

<quote>

AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER

Don't blame me for the language design; I think it's wretched, too,

and I only did this implementation for the hack value. Finally, a

*real* language that's as perverse and limiting as INTERCAL...

</quote>

I have never seen better.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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Re: People use beautiful things

I beg to differ.

For getting work done I go with function over 'beauty' every time. My garden spade looks pretty rusty but works, nobody will gaze in admiration at my screwdriver set and it is the same with the software I need. I prefer CLI over GUI --unless-- the GUI has some real added value for the extra screen space it uses.

My data reduction is run with a CLI (which can be easily scripted) and save the pretty stuff for showing the results.

The appealing looks maybe useful for selling games (yes I'm thinking of Kate 'Game of War' Upton) but does not help the game quality.

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Re: Tracey Emin...

Art is 'worth' what somebody will pay for it.

Personally I like the train set, but getting it from the manufacturer has a better guarantee than that from the artist.

No sign of 'art for art's sake' with this lot.

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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Alien

4D printing

I think it is wanted on Magrathea

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Greybeards beware: Hair dye for blokes outfit Just For Men served trojan

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Big Brother

Hairy

They really need a fine-toothed comb to root this out.

Icon: I'm sure Big Brother dyes his moustache

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Re: Security questions about mother's name

I couldn't because it is Irish and starts with an " O' "

Their software could not accept " ' " as it wanted letters only.

I suspect it would have the same problem in South Africa where some names include " ! " for the click sounds.

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'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO

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Re: Radio Amateurs to embed with Emergency services...

Have to agree; if you want resilience get away from digital and if you want coverage go below 100MHz.

This allows anyone to listen, so you may need to use code phrases.

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Re: FTFY

But they are

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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@Gene Cash

I know a guy who wrote a full screen text editor in FORTRAN for a bet.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Get hold of a friendly geek and pay them to write the negative scanner.

If you feel more adventurous try DIY

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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@theModge

Ghent is OK,

The beer there is good - see icon

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Making foreign crypto illegal

makes about as much sense as making foreign mathematics illegal.

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Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

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Muddy Waters

WRONG PICTURE

Should have been the legendary Blues guitarist

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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Re: Google Internet Police

Perhaps DuckDuckGo

(icon: nearest to a duck)

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: All Pop I stars have earthlike planets

All totally unproven; your assertions need to be backed up with data.

All Pop I stars may have planets (possible within the statistics we have) but there is not enough data to say that any significant fraction will be earth-like. Most detected are gas giants (because they are easier to detect).

How the hell do the asteroids get the escape velocity from the solar system and target themselves to Proxima b, which is a minuscule fraction of the sky, and not even in the plane of the solar system.

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Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

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Re: I did Nazi that coming

To have been in the Nazi Government you would have to have been at least 20 years old in 1945, so that means you would have to have been born in 1925, making you about 91 years old.

This is hardly relevant to the vast bulk of air travellers.

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Re: Firefox direction

try Vivaldi

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Re: This happens far too often

Shoot them -no ! Surely you mean hang from the highest yardarm in the British Fleet

But I believe Admiral Byng was actually shot

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MoD flings £800m at Dragons' Den miltech startup wheeze as post-Brexit costs bite

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Terminator

futuristic

Phased plasma rifle in the 40W range

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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For Brexiters

The unit for weight should be grains, or ounce. Check with king Offa.

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: Won't work - Dish gain

Dish gain only really helps you if you know where to look. The advantage of arrays like the MWA is that they can make multiple phased-arrays, scanning in multiple directions simultaneously.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

According to Wikipedia, the R100 was designed by Barnes Wallis (a serious boffin) ; the R101 was designed by a government appointed team. That may be the reason

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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@disgustedoftunbridgewells

I fear that for many readers of El Reg they should avoid sunbathing completely; this is not for their benefit, but for those around them.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: Oops

Like the old saying: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Leap Seconds

Next positive leap second on 31st December (see IERS bulletin)

Will people be ready for that one?

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Smartphone sales stall at ~3.5 million per day

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Flat sales

flat sales suggest a mature market. Somebody needs to come out a ground-breaking, must-have feature. Not just a few more pixels on the camera.

Anybody out there with good ideas?

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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32bit pah

I have an abacus running Warp (well the frame is bent)

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

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Re: A little perspective

'Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.' Joseph Heller

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Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope

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@sawatts

For observing pulsars, pure area is what you need.

For almost anything else you want the resolution too.

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fMRI bugs could upend years of research

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Re: You can kick instruments

Calibration is a regular part of any scientific instrument, both internal (do sensors respond in a reasonable way) and external (check against various known results from a totally different instrument using different software).

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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doge

much shiny

very rusty

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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@Dan 55

No, W10 was Klingon software. It was not released, but escaped leaving a bloody trail of design engineers and quality assurance testers in its wake.

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@Zingbo

The mind boggles at what he would get if he asked for scrumpy

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

Context matters with memory. I had an instance inside a bank where I needed my banking PIN, but could not remember it.

I stepped outside to the ATM and it the memory came bank instantly.

If Lauri has the same thing he might need to sit in front of his computer to remember the code

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EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

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Re: Indeed

I think you mean 21st century

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WTF is WRF and Clover? Cluster kids use HPC grunt to solve the mystery

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Team South Africa

These guys & gals all come from two universities: Stellenbosch (locally known as Maties) an Witwatersrand (Wits for short).

Somebody is clearly doing something right in those two institutions.

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