* Posts by BoldMan

923 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007


From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Ahh but is there Life on Mars?

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?


Re: Aye Right

Plus it is allowing some of their people to escape from Bracknell, a service to humanity if ever I saw one!

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Well if he used JS to perform the calculation he was lucky he got 4 and not 4.000000000001 - JS does not always do sums well :(

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: Riddle me this?

A friend of mine who used to be in advertising summed it up as such - I think he was paraphrasing somebody else though -

"We know that 50% of the money we spend is wasted, but we don't know WHICH 50%"

Its probably more than 50% now, but that is the way the ad industry works.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?


Re: Babysitters are for babies

Looks like the juvenile sock puppets have arrived in force - how many posters in this thread joined in the last 2 days? :)

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab


My PC was making an irritating noise the other day, so I closed the browser tab that was playing the Chris Evans Breakfast show and the irritating noise miraculously stopped...

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans


I remember doing that for Seismic surveys back in my days of being a Geophysicist - scalpels and sticky tape, high tech stuff!!!


Re: Bah!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: Throw the book at him

@Ian Emery

"You omitted to add that the Police involved had genuine reasons to suspect he was wearing a suicide vest; that they were on high alert after several suicide bombings, and he RAN when approached."


It was a case of mistaken identity and in the paranoia of that time no checks were made and they executed him once he was on the tube train. All the suspicious behaviours attitude to him by the police (eg getting off a bus to go into a tube station and then getting on a different bus because the tube station was closed) were later shown to be perfectly reasonable behaviour.

Try reading the bloody facts before spouting nonsense.


'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'





see, nothing happ... aaaggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


No James Clarke Maxwell?

Much more important than any of these computery boffins!

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS


Re: Tim Cook - seperated at birth ...

Which one is Lily Savage at the weekends?

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort


This article reminded me that I haven't seen any reposts from The Conversation masquerading as articles on ElReg for a while - thank god!

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?


Re: No worries

Or use the space elevator in the new version of Thunderbird 5

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


Re: Tea

those who insist on drinking EG should be removed from the gene pool forthwith.


World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing


Re: sure no one is watching

So they . aren't listening or watching but they are using your pwned device to spam, DDoS and attack other devices...

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be


Thumbs up (all 16) for the header pic!

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt


Back in 1981, I was studying astrophysics at Queen Mary College and was editor of the in-house magazine called "h-bar by two". We had Patrick Moore as a guest lecturer for the introductory Astronomy course and on this occasion he'd just got back fro Pasadena from covering the Saturn fly by. Being a cheeky scrote I asked him if he'd write something for my magazine about the new discoveries. His response was "Find me an office, a typewriter and a cup of coffee - I've got an hour to spare before the lecture". Lo and behold 45 mins later he handed me 5 sheets of double-spaced A4 with a superb summary of what had happened. I asked him to autograph it and I still have it almost 40 years later :) Great bloke and a great time to be in astronomy!

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok


Re: Gabrielle Drake

Gabrielle Drake never wore a string vest - those were the uniforms for the Skydiver submarine and ALL the female operatives had a vest underneath. Purple wigs and silver mini-skirts were Moonbase uniforms. The future Mrs Michael Caine was also a Moonbase operative in a purple wig.

However, Gabrielle Drake in the movie Au Pair Girls... now you are talking.. .well drooling actually!

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


They've obviously found the sixth infinity stone...

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


Opt out not working...

I've tried clicking the opt out button and nothing changes.

I've tried manually adding the test_redesign cookie and setting its value to "off_2018" but still getting the new design...

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth


Re: Hope it's true

Relativity is a lot more than just e = mc ** 2 !

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy


Re: violently compress into a small ball and it would turn into a star

I thought it happened at ten past eight?

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway


Re: Reminds me of ...

The old "Scunthorpe" problem , or in France the Marseille problem and in the US the Massachusetts problem!

I once had to write a profanity filter for a company and spent ages persuading them NOT to profanity check addresses otherwise anyone who lived on Dick Turpin Lane or wanted to find the Two Cocks pub would disapointed!

Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder


Re: The Inquiry said it takes data protection "very seriously"

... not seriously enough!

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: Apple

Try reading the article, its not about forcing consumers but about forcing phone manufacturers

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Its not bad, the normal articles have their own boxes.

You are still only using at most 2/3rds of the width of my desktop screen - I guess the side columns are where you will put adverts.

There does seem to be a disconnect between the numbe rof articles above the first row of imaged articles - looks to be about 1.5 box widths of whitespace on the right of the last box in the second row.

Its a redesign I can live with.

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech


If the processes they have constructed work with Fax machines, what is the problem? just because they aren't shiny new tech doesn't make it bad. If the process works, then be very careful when replacing it with shiny new bollocks because as we all know quite often it can end up as a retrograde step...

If the process is faulty, then replacing the fax machines won't necessarily fix the process.

Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore


Why is anyone still banking with these jokers? Surely after the last debacle people would have learned a lesson!

Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?


Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

I've seen it used in my own work history in conjunction with messages about the male or female toilets in the building...

Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be


Re: The President is missing?

Or between the cushions on the sofa

Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking


There is not a STEM skills shortage - there is a shortage of decently paid STEM careeer opportunities! Fucking pay a decent salary and there won't be a fucking shortage of employees! Pay the risable and pathetic amounts I see from recruiters all fucking day long and you will get numpties and nobodies!

Oh and while I'm at it, make the qualifications and experience required for jobs sensible rather than ask for 5 years experience in a technology that only existed for 3 years!

Fuckwits the lot of them!!!!

(I need beer, today is going down the tubes rapidly!!!)

Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more


Re: My precious....

China does not have a monopoly on rare earths - at least not an EXPLOITABLE monopoly as they discovered a few years ago when they tried to push the prices up. Suddenly all the mothballed Australian mines were now worth starting up again and miraculously* the price fell again!

This was explained in some of the most informative sets of articles Tim Worstell wrote for EL Reg back in the day.

* the miraculous law of supply and demand

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Speaking of which,

Top of a Bic Pen was the perfect tool to clean the crud from the mouse wheels.


Re: eeeww - gross

Two trivial but important tools as a tech support drone back in the day:

1) Paper clip, for unbending and ejecting stuck Floppies/CDs

2) Bic pen top for cleaning the crud off mouse ball rollers, best tool for the job I always found :)

Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation


A much more important question the Lords should ask the internet giants is "Should Salads have eggs in them?"

NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe


Re: And the remnants had fled to Earth.

You can always catch up on Missions on the BBC iPlayer, I'm enjoying the series a lot, esp the theme tune and the depiction of Americans as bullying thugs, gotta love the French for that :D

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon


Re: The real Lightning

...and a big bath of oil and assorted other fluids that had leaked out

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Re: +1

But it is the track that includes the album title ("Selling England by the Pound") in the lyrics.

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack


Re: Odd!

JJ Abrams has been directing launches again...

Looks like an internal refection in the camera lens.

Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh


Deep fried curly-wurly - a thing of beauty to experience! Far better than a Mars bar!

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR


Re: they waited 2 years for EU to fund the conversion...EU FAILED

Don't let the door hit you on the way out...


Re: Pinterest

Yup never worked out the point of that waste of pixels site!

Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse


Re: Excelelnt song!

I actually prefer the original on that, although the analogue synth on the Soft Cell version is pretty good.


Excelelnt song!

Thumbs up for mention of The Days of Pearly Spencer, great song and one of the best covers Marc Almond ever did (second only to Something Gotten Hold of my Heart)

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design


Re: "emergency braking switched off by design"

In that case Uber is utterly the wrong company to develop this sort of software if they can't integrate with the existing control software of the vehicle. It should be Volvo doing the development OR Uber (laughs uncontrollably) do their jobs properly and negotiate access to the Volvo source code to integrate it fully.

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint


...and so it begins... <popcorn>

UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching


Of course it can - it just makes itself immune to the provisions of GDPR. Simples, Trebles all round chaps!

Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers


Re: Keyboard player out of Sparks.

<pedant mode>

I think you'll find the line is:

"This town ain't big enough for the both of us."

</pedant mode>


RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Re: Jet Ace Logan was RAF

There was also Captain Condor from the Lion comics, he was definitely British but not sure if he was in the RAF...


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