* Posts by AbelSoul

568 posts • joined 8 Jan 2013

Page:

Comet 67/P covered in life-giving rubble, boffins say

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: I get granules about that size in my gravy

Oh aye? Is that what the kids are calling them these days?

0
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Thumbs up

...for probably being the only article written in any news publication today that correctly uses the word 'literally';

"we've just about literally only scratched the service of the worldlet on which it rests

It's so nice to read material written by a literate journalist!

"scratched the service" sounds like an unfortunate, crockery-themed mishap.

Hope it wasn't the good China plates!

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: granules less than 10 cm across

That's still pretty impressive for a granule.

1
0

Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Big Brother

Depressingly...

I fear we will see a gradual but steady increase in this type of intrusive pish over the coming years.

2
0

NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: It's some boring 'there is a planet nearby' thing

Not boring to me but yes, it does indeed seem to be this option.

"Close cousin to the earth and our son."

0
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: cool, gives me time to get home from work

Bugger - means I can't watch it at work.

2
0

Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Furikake Meniscus....

I like it - in fact I even like saying it!

It would make a good name for a baddie:

"It's Meniscus!"

"Hairikake Meniscus?"

"No, his wee brother, Furikake."

"Bollox, we're doomed!"

7
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: definition of the Scottish "dod"

Around my neck of the Caledonian woods, it equates to roughly the same amount as a bit and I can at least confirm that it is substantially more than a smidgeon, as in:

"She skelped him aroon' the heid wi' a dod ae wid and he's been doolally ever since!"

or:

"Are you sure that soup is enough?"

"Aye, but gie's a dod ae breed wi' it."

etc.

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products.

Shuddup, big nose!

12
0

Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: I was thinking of Uranus

Well, that's hardly surprising; it's a cracker and you're not made of stone.

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: it might have to be something like Bes

Does that also mean Charon and Hydra get to be maracas? (Not sure about Styx and the rest of the gang though.)

3
0

Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Looks to me like a Death Star that's been at the bottom of a lake for a few millennia.

That's no lake!

1
0

Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Papa don't breach: Wannabe singer jailed for hacking Madonna

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: Going for the obvious...

No need to apologise. I think your post is a little Ray of Light and it looks like you got right Into The Groove.

2
0

NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: It's like another world.

You just gave me a Flashback.

1
0

China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: launched a freight train

Launched a train you say?

Makes me think of this

1
0

NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Re: One fifth of a Monkey?

Or four ponies.

(Sometimes referred to as a donkey-shop quartet.)

1
0

Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: I love utopian views

to which the ultimate question of life the universe and everything: "What could possibly go wrong...?"

To which the answer, more often than not, is Tucker's law. (NSFW)

2
0

HTC in crisis: How did it get to this point? How did it get this bad?

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Headmaster

Re: less than six quid (six bucks)

Hmm... is this an error or a tautology? (anyone who isn't already aware of what a quid is probably also won't know that it does not directly map to a buck)

Either way I prefer the equally erroneous euphemism for six quid, unwell octopus.

5
0

Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Alert

Re: Steve Jobs right

the music player, was just updated under me. It now has controls you'd have to have electron microscope eyeballs to find, let alone use and defaults to a splash screen trying to trick me into trying a "free" trial of their "radio" service instead of using an ounce of user-friendliness and taking me to the 80+ gigs of music I have in my library. Now, to play an album I have to wake up the app, fight my way free of the iTunes store and its free trial bullshirt, locate the album, then swipe upward to try and get the iPad control panel to appear - and sometimes the gesture doesn't work properly so several attempts must be made.

I've been hesitating to update iOS for a number of reasons and you've just given me another one.

Thanks for the heads up - the extant version of the music player is perhaps the least frustrating app I use regularly.

1
0

'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Curious minds want to know you know...

I already know he knows but did you or the other curious minds know I know he knows?

3
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Even if true...

Everyone knows how to deal with these nocturnal blodsuckers these days:

We'd all do sign of the cross, stake through the heart, and then garlic bread....

Or perhaps garlic bread as a starter...

0
0

Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: It went like this

But how many terras can dance on the head of that pin?

0
0

Call that a mugshot? Aussie model/fugitive asks rozzers for more flattering pic

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re:Why be so vain about a passport photo???

You walked into the photobooth

Like you were walking onto a yacht...

4
0

Dawn falling late: NASA's other glitch of the week

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Both Dawn and New Horizons?

Just because that's true doesn't mean our probes are NOT under alien attack.

Mike: Maybe you shouldn't have poured all of that washing-up liquid into it.

Vyvyan: It says here "ensure machine is clean and free from dust"!

Mike: Yeah, but it don't say "ensure machine is full of washing-up liquid"!

Vyvyan: Yeah, but it doesn't say "ensure machine isn't full of washing-up liquid"!

Mike: Well, it wouldn't would it? I mean, it doesn't say "ensure you don't chop up your video machine with an axe, put all the bits in a plastic bag and bung them down the lavatory!"

Vyvyan: Doesn't it? Well maybe that's where we're going wrong!

7
0

Google hits TurboFan button on Chrome's JavaScript engine

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

I recall that the original PC turbo buttons would change the CPU clock speed (and thus FSB speed) back down to 4.77MHz so games that were hard-coded with delay loops for original IBM PC speeds would run at the intended speed.

Wikipedia remembers it the same way you do:

The name itself is an intentional misnomer, as the button doesn't boost the speed; engaging it slows the system down to a state compatible with original 8088 chips.

0
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Headmaster

Re: Not only was the old Turbo button a swindle

I always wondered what that button did (back then PCs were a complete mystery to me as I was doing all my computing on an Amiga).

A quick search confirms that it actually slowed the machine down.

I had no idea. Everyday's a school day, etc.

0
0

Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: Space Wombles

The Space Chicken might be useful too for the smaller items.

Alfred Chicken was pretty handy at collecting junk too.

0
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: Space Wombles

If it's a cube with 10 centimetres-long edges, then it's volume is 1000cm3.

Which is about 1.7362 Bulgarian airbags.

What's that in Great Uncle Bulgarian Airbags?

1
0

Pluto probe brain OVERLOAD: Titsup New Horizons explained

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Re: Public Service Broadcasting, Go!

Love that track.

PSB aren't too shabby live either.

1
0

Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: the least densely populated area of Britain...

... south of the North Yorkshire moors.

But what about north of the South Yorkshire moors?

Ah, that would be Highland region, with only nine hielanders per skwer kilometer.

2
0

Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: This whole panspermia idea...

"doesn't solve the problem of how life first evolved"

Nor does it claim to.

"Life almost certainly evolved on earth."

Indeed it did but that doesn't require that it also began here.

FWIW, I tend to agree with you that I think life probably began here without the involvement of panspermia. However, I don't have very much to base that on, other than "seems right" and certainly cannot rule out the possibility that we originated somewhere else.

2
1

China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Flame

Re: Damn anyone who... does what we do...

Couldn't mark her neck with a blow torch.

1
0

Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Pint

Is it an indication...

... that I've been reading El Reg for too long when I can guess the author just from the headline?

Nevermind, beer-o-clock approaches anon.....

41
7

Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Childcatcher

Re: Why didn't the others escape

Indeed, it does seem rather silly of them, bordering on implausible.

In fact, I find myself swithering towards the same conclusion as the "unwashed, malcontented, probable anarchists," insofar as the whole story has bit of a whiff of pish about it.

21
3
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: the godawful noise of foxes dogging

Better or worse noise than dogs foxxing?

5
2

Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: iOS ...again!

Audio and MIDI support on Android has been lagging behind iOS until recently, partly due to latency issues IIRC.

1
0

German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: negative waves

Well, yeah, man, you see, like, all the tanks we come up against are bigger and better than ours, so all we can hope to do is, like, scare 'em away, y'know. This gun is an ordinary 76mm but we add this piece of pipe onto it, and the Krauts think, like, maybe it's a 90mm. We got our own ammunition, it's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes... pretty pictures. Scares the hell outta people! We have a loudspeaker here, and when we go into battle we play music, very loud. It kind of... calms us down.

4
0

Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: Oh well

Hmm - I'm not a regular visitor to Reddit so might be missing something but r/science appears to available.

0
0

Original LIZARD JESUS is found in Wyoming

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Second phrase of the day

Faster than a speeding hedgehog but not quite as fast as a speeding Jesus-lizard.

3
0

Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: Less VB use

I have been helping maintain a VB / Classic ASP based intranet for the last year and a half and have to concur.

On the bright side, I finish up a week on Tuesday.

On the not so bright side, where I'm going almost everything will be done in .NET MVC.

Still, could be worse....

0
0

NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Time to get the Lobsters out ...

Worst job I ever 'ad.

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Pint

Re: the speed of an average hedgehog

Thank you.

You have inspired me to attempt to crowbar the phrase

faster than a speeding hedgehog

into a work conversation today.

2
0

NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Alert

Re: what happened to the ten-minute edit window

I hadn't noticed that.

-EDIT-

Obviously because it isn't effecting me.

1
0

Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: So.

So what happens when we discover an object which will hit us in 5 years?

Well, I imagine this little number would storm back into the hit parade or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.

Smiling and waving and looking so fine...........

-EDIT-

Ninja'd by Hadvar.

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Pint

Re: @ AbelSoul - So.

Now, what exactly didn't I say?

My apologies, I took your post as implying that this is not something we should be concerning ourselves with.

Have a virtu-ale. ---------------------------------------------------------------------->

2
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Facepalm

Re: So.

Best not to bother even contemplating potential contingencies then, eh?

7
5

Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

AbelSoul
Bronze badge
Trollface

Re: In Cider

they had no idea the fellow was living insider

Reminds me of Vic and Bob putting things in cider.

1
0

Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: Isn't Skylon a spaceplane?

Yes:

capable of transporting 15 tonnes of cargo into space. It is the use of SABRE's combined air-breathing and rocket cycles that enables a vehicle that can take off from a runway, fly direct to earth orbit and return for a runway landing, just like an aircraft.

More here.

9
0
AbelSoul
Bronze badge

Re: The Culture

Yes. Both from The Player of Games.

Depending upon the outcome of the current investigation, they might add a third from the same book, named after the Clipper Screw Loose.

9
0

Page:

Forums