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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Seriously, though, they are doing ...

I think Dilbert publishes on the weekend

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Re: weekend options

They stole the MotoGP from me this year too, the packet sniffing bastards.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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@Just Enough

I can assure you that (technical) directors can become quite attentive when talking about large sums of money and how they are being ripped off, and how they could possible avoid it.

I didn't start going into the protocol details or anything 'high brow' - my comments weren't aimed at the guy on the podium after all.

Were you actually there? The guy was annoyed because I was highlighting something that he would have preferred to go unmentioned, this was not lost on the 'directors'.

Your assumptions about my ability to communicate at CEO level and also about 'Directors' not understanding anything more technical than a kettle reveals a good deal about your own mind, peon.

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Re: Classic

"The piss just taking was he. Bastard the.""

I'm sure this should be more like

"Taking the piss he was, hmmm? A Bastard he is, yes, total bastard...must sleep.zzzz"

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Sir

Having a dig at Sting's punctuation is a bit rich considering how badly you mangled Yoda-speak :)

However, I have to sympathize with the overall article simply because I too am a hooligan.

I managed to seriously upset a senior director of Checkpoint during a presentation on HMS Belfast.

Everyone else in the room was director level, and my director at the time decided he couldn't be arsed to go so he sent me :D

I asked some very awkward questions about their licensing model and how the CP liked to assume that every address it could see on the wire must constitute a host, regardless of whether or not it actually traverse the firewall.

In the end his response was basically "It just is, and I designed it". Since he was so belligerent (I had been very polite in my questioning) I got a bit annoyed and asked him one more question..

"Surely by having such a model you are just going to encourage people to employ a proxy in front of the firewall so it only ever sees a handful of IP addresses rather than a couple of hundred?"

All the directors in the room were suddenly all ears and the guy on the podium was looking daggers..lovely :) Mind you, I was never asked to go to another one.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: This feels very retro-futuristic

And who is going to pay for it? Our political masters have landed us with more than £2tn of debt, we are in for some hard times.

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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

Does anyone know of an app for Android where you can set your phone into 'I'm driving' mode so that it alerts callers without you having to interact with it?

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Re: HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media bad.

"All conversations on mobile phone calls (yes, even hands free)"

Except it isn't really acceptable to pull over to the hard shoulder when you are on a motorway to answer a call. What if it was an emergency? I was once on a 5 hour trip (about 1/2 an hour in) to be away for a week when my wife rang me to say she had been taken ill.

I would much rather have got that call 1/2 hour from home than 5 hours away. How much more distracted do you think I would have been on a 5 hour journey worrying about my wife (as opposed to 1/2 hour)?

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Re: Revealing answer no 1 ...

Considering someone mis-interpreted a sarcastic wave from me as some kind of rude gesture I reckon there could be consequences.

The guy was obviously in such a hurry that he performed a 3 point turn on a high street to follow me. I was watching him do it in the rear view mirror, and as I saw him approach, flashing his lights I thought that there must be something wrong with my car so I pulled over and stopped.

Only for the twat to drive right into the back of me! He must have been doing about 70 in a 30 to catch up with me and not be able to stop in time - the bastard wrote off my favourite car.

And to top it off, he gave me whiplash, blamed me for the incident etc. He was not in his twenties either, he was about 60 years old and head of the local free-masons or whatever the old boys club was in that area - seemed to think he was my commanding officer in the army or something. He lied on his affidavit and set in motion a chain of events that ended up with me losing my job and suffering from stress.

So no, hand gestures are a BAD idea, especially these days when everyone seems to have gone stark raving bonkers.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: The. Only.

"There's no point having an uber-secure way of sending mail if no-one you send mail to can read it..."

Surely if you have encrypted an email to someone then you have used their public key to do so, so one could assume they might know how to decrypt it (having made their public key available to you).

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Re: He's right! PGP sucks to use!

I've used GPA a few times, it seems to make life a little easier.

gnupg.org

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: One step closer...

Urine and feces are processed in the thigh pads.

Yuck.

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Re: a cuff would be good

If you had a cuff around the bicep you could probably generate more energy to be harvested just by flexing your muscles.

Why don't they invent a mouth filter that can recover hot air and convert that to leccy?

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Very sad to hear

@ Hans 1

"Shut up!"

Really?

I re-read what I wrote and can't see why you are objecting so much.

All of the examples you give indicate either an adverse medical reaction to the drug or that the taking of the drugs triggered an underlying condition in the victim. Neither scenario describes how the drug use caused depression.

I'm not being unsympathetic, I've had my own share of experience in these matters not to judge lightly.

For example, people I've known react differently on mushrooms based on their attitude to life, which is usually based on their experiences, which in turn is usually based on how they deal with internal problems.

For example, if someone who internalizes all their problems and just buries them took hallucinogenics I would bet my left testicle that they would not cope anywhere near as well as someone who faces their problems and tries to create a positive outcome from the experience.

People also get so carried away with the feelings the drugs bring that they do not notice their slide into becoming a low functioning human, often reacting to events with a heightened emotional response due to the drugs, which can create situations that become increasingly challenging to deal with (including their inability to correct their own behavior).

Drug abuse amplifies personality traits and can trigger psychotic breaks, but they are not typically the root cause. There may well be exceptions, there usually are, so feel free to correct my understanding if you feel it is incorrect (backed up with a few facts would be more helpful than 'shut up' though, just a thought!)

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Film

I think it was

"What dreams may come"

Very good film

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"so incapable...they become so committed to ending their life"

You obviously have absolutely no fucking idea what you are talking about.

If you have never been in that position then you're ignorant and shouldn't comment.

If you have been in that situation and overcome it, then good for you, but to slag someone else off for wanting to end their suffering makes you compassion-less.

Take your pick.

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Re: Very sad to hear

@Bullseyed, whilst drug abuse certainly aren't going to help a condition like depression (or any other mental illness for that matter) to suggest they caused it is daft.

People turn to drug abuse to escape their condition, not the other way around.

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Re: Mork Calling Orson

I don't think his depression was recent, all the interviews I have ever seen him give I don't think I ever saw the 'real' Robin Williams.

It's fairly well known that comedians are often depressives, there are lots of psychological reasons why they become comedians.

Anyway, it's a loss - he made some great entertainment.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Lastpass

For a company with such a high impact if something should fail it's amazing that they don't have any global resiliency.

Cowboys.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: tech skills?

A decent thumbnail is useful for straightening the ends out before being shoved into the rj-45 :)

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Re: I call bollocks.

IF you don't break something, how are you going to learn how to fix it?

I've broken more stuff than I care to remember, and the reason I'm a professional in my field now is because of the experience of fixing things I broke (or that someone else broke).

You eventually learn to only break things in interesting ways that no-one has done before :)

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Re: No real skill here..

To be fair you can do a lot of stuff with Excel Macros if you can program.

Just saying.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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When people start to think more in terms of being a citizen of this planet, rather than some outdated notion of sovereignty then we stand a chance of an objective form of government.

Until then, same old shit, different day.

I won't be holding my breath, unless they're water-boarding me of course.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Whatever the legal arguments

Would Mr Slater be getting all this publicity for a picture of a monkey if

a) he had taken the picture himself or

b) Wikipedia hadn't decided to make a point about copyright?

It sounds like he is the one who wants his cake and to eat it too.

He wants the revenue from the shot, but it only became valuable due to the fact the monkey actually took it and might actually be the accredited photographer?

Has anyone asked the monkey what he thinks about the whole thing?

I would hazard a guess that his reply would something along the lines of

"All those years of evolution and _this_ is what your civilisation has come to? Move aside, it's our turn."

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: 20GB usage limit !

My back of the hand calculation indicates that you could use a 56k modem 24/7 for over a month and still not use 20GB.

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Re: I always share my wifi

I wouldn't share my wifey - totally rubbish

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CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

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Re: It was inevitable.

"Cracked, hacked, decrypted, recovered keys, i dont give a monkeys HOW it was done. But it was.."

Your lack of comprehension is disturbing.

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US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'

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Re: Two possible responses

Unless the army has suddenly learned how to train 'fun' then I don't think they will ever be able to match a civilian who is interested in such things to the degree where they become expert.

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Re: Not much of a surprise there then

Basic training in any armed force is based on stripping out the personality and implanting a compulsion to follow orders to the point where people would rather run at a gun-toting enemy than risk censure from their own side.

I reckon this process kind of stultifies creative thinking to a large degree.

On the hind leg, pot-smoking nerdites let loose and given free reign to humiliate the government's best are going to be well motivated and probably discarding more ideas than the army guys are even going to have.

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White Hats splat Black Hat chats: Talks on home alarm flaws and Russian spy tools axed

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Re: Talk amongst youselves

"Not to mention the 'write' command, or if the target machine has X running:"

X-Wars :)

The trick was to infiltrate as many surreptitious background tasks to slow your opponents machine down before they noticed and started running tasks on your display. Santa claus, cockroaches, ants, stars, shiny 3d edges to background windows etc.

The trouble was it escalated pretty much like real wars do in terms of weaponry and eventually everyone had scripts that could detect the tasks being run and ran a barrage of counter-tasks against the source address.

The war was finally ended when someone *cough* spoofed the manager's IP address which triggered the target's nuclear-task script to completely obliterate the managers desktop environment.

Up until that point the manager didn't know this war was even going on - it was very funny to see his reaction to all those 'eyes' and clocks and cockroaches suddenly appearing on his screen. Happy days. If you tried that now you wouldn't only be sacked you'd be imprisoned without trial as a terrorist.

And yes, this final tactic was inspired by Terminator :)

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Laser eavesdropping

The cone of silence is the schnizz.

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Re: Mary had a little lamb?

Ah, good old-fashioned nursery rhymes from my childhood - lovely.

Mary had a little lamb, she couldn't stop it gruntin'.

She took it up the garden path and kicked it's little **** in.

Mary had a bicycle and she rode it on the grass*,

Every time the wheel went round a spoke when up her arse.

Now when Mary rides her bike, she rides it back to front.

'Coz <you can work this line out for yourself>

*grass as in 'parse', not as in 'mass'

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You sound a funny colour today.

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Re: Scared sh*tless

I think that people were supposed to root for the humans against the machine in the the film Eagle Eye, yet when you look at it the machine was actually trying to defend people from being subjugated by powerful people who were violating the constitution left right and centre.

Ironic.

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Re: @Bloakery1

+1 for the Macroscope reference, I loved that book - lots of nifty ideas, especially the 'traveller'.

If you like Piers Anthony I highly recommend his incarnation series.

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Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

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Re: In other news

Although Google has removed these 'games' for glorifying violence, I presume they have no problem with actually anyone conducting aforementioned violence and so still offer their web services to the state of Israel?

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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"Who sent them the images?"

Perhaps his name was Addison?

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A copper was fined £6000 for DISTRIBUTING these kinds of images via WhatsApp.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/14/police-officer-fined-extreme-porn-mobile-duty

"The images were found on his phone during the investigation into the Plebgate affair involving former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell and DPG officers at the gates of Downing Street, the court heard. No further action was taken against Addison over that matter."

No criminal record then to prevent him from working in the police, yet these two guys will have this conviction dragged up every time they do anything.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Is it just me...

welcome to Steampunk

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Re: Biefield-Brown Effect

From my limited understand of things, I think you my be in error, Sir.

The Biefield-Brown effect utilises considerably more energy input than I believe was used in this experiement.. "ranging from a few kilovolts and up to megavolt levels" in order to achive some form of ionisation.

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Re: Dark Matter

I've often had the thought that since mass is a function of energy (isn't everything?) that sub-atomic activity could be create mass on a tiny scale, yet taken over a large enough volume of space it could potentially account for some of the Univserse's missing mass.

Although why there are areas of varying density I'm sure I have no idea, it's all bit exotic to me.

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Re: looks like VASIMR but sounds different

"To the photon itself, it never exists."

I think, therefore I exist (and am not a photon) ?

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Re: "no need to get into high dudgeon"

Is anyone else reading "Null Testicles" in this article or is it just me?

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Re: Crazy Eddie

"Crazy Eddy"

Is that the same one who lives in the space time continuum?

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Re: Thrust is no mystery - siz eo fthrust is.

I think I read that the test was performed with an atmospheric pressure, but they are clever bods so one would assume they have ruled out the obvious like heated air being expelled to produce the force measured.

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Re: It's not rocket scie...oh.

If it's not rocket science, then it's quantum science, obviously much easier to grasp for the layman :)

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Re: The reason why this is published

Ok, how about 'reactionmassless' drive then?

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Re: Captain Future's enemy had one of those.

"The last time I thought about it, it seemed evident to me that the force towards the "front" would exactly equal the force towards the "back"."

Because that's quite obviously why a balloon will zip around the room when you let go after blowing it up and not sealing it.

I theorize that the chamber itself is acting as a balloon whereby small amounts of energy released at the quantum level from 'stuff' popping in and out of existence are being held temporarily in the chamber, building pressure. The opening at one end allows the energy to escape and generate a small amount of thrust.

The addition of microwaves to increase the internal energy pressure of the chamber could then explain the increased thrust that was seen.

You never know do you? I much prefer 'hmm, that's odd' to 'Eureka'.

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Re: Even accounting...

It's time they built an orbital launcher that is designed to be cannibalized for construction of power sources in orbit.

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Re: LENR works!

"Sorry for the lateness of my post - it's due to the transmission delays between you on Earth and my lair on Mars."

You really need to update to one of my sub-etha transceivers, I'll ship one over to you once I get my hands on one of these drive upgrades, just need to pop over to Lave and Diso for some, err, shopping :)

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