* Posts by Anonymous John

2359 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

Anonymous John

Musk plans to send a Tesla past Mars with the first Falcon Heavy flight.

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't allow this launch"

"Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over."

"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop Dave? Stop, Dave"

"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you."

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

Anonymous John

Re: Lathes

Harvey Wankstain thought so.

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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True. There was an item in the local newspaper many years ago about a disc jockey who had had his record collection stolen. Not the best story to take to the paper when he hadn't declared that source of income to HMRC.

US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Re: Can I introduce you...

With the military potential,Lockheed won't need to worry about finance. And something that would fit in a large truck, can be built on a production line.

My money is on the succeeding, and before Hinkley C is up and running (if it ever is).

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Could be useful if they find intelligent Martians.

Anonymous John

Re: 42?

The Falcon 9 has nine engines and the Falcon Heavy has 27. One engine on one F9 did shut down early and the other compensated. The Apollo 13 Saturn V had a similar problem

Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Anonymous John

Re: I have mixed feelings about this...

Facebook were only leasing capacity on the comsat to provide free Internet access to parts of Africa. Facebook isn't the loser here.

Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

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A genuine email from Southern Rail last year.

"Anonymous John, important information about your Account.

"Dear Anonymous John,

We're improving the way you buy train tickets from our website and you're invited to give it a try. Check out the new features we are rolling out and buy your ticket from the beta version which is now available."


How do I access it?

In order to continue logging in using your usual email address, all you need to do is reset your password using the button below."

It came within a whisker of being binned.

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

Anonymous John

But what are the thieves going to do with 100 million stolen cars?

EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

Anonymous John

Brexit means Brexit,

Including roaming.

PS. Shouldn't BT and EE rebrand as Beet?

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

Anonymous John

Feel the force Solo.

IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

Anonymous John

Re: I'm not condoning his actions....

In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.

'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Seriously...

He's not alone. Farage has withdrawn his claim that we would have an extra £350m a week to spend on the NHS, so he didn't expect to win. Boris didn't either as he wants to wait until 2020 to start the process of leaving. Cameron didn't expect to lose as there would have been no referendum but for him.

And the Kippers were getting their excuses in early with the fantasy that the spooks would tamper with all ballot papers filled in by pencil.

It has all the signs of a mass protest vote that went wrong.

Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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"Misaligned mirrors"

Weren't they where the Google car said they were?

Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

Anonymous John

Re: Wait, what?

A conjuring trick. A bright flash of light so you don't see that the first stage emerged though a trap door in the deck of the barge.

Anonymous John

Re: Much better view here

Definitely. I'm old enough to have seem manned space-flight go from science fiction to reality. But rockets landing on Earth on a pillar of fire remained science fiction. Until now.

And for the first time since Apollo, there are serious plans to leave Earth orbit.

SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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Science SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

And on course to create a SpaceX monopoly, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Anonymous John

Now that's just silly. They'll be using a car foot pump.

Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Anonymous John

Re: It's an impressive *technical* achievement

A 30% discount according to SpaceX. A $20million saving. They hope to reuse this one as early as June.

SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 launch again

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An unspecified problem with loading the propellants.

The super-chilled mixture SpaceX now uses has to be loaded much later in the countdown than is usual.

Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

Anonymous John

If the Americans want him, why haven't they tried to extradite him from the UK?

Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Anonymous John

Someone I once knew was often challenged about his lack of a visible disability. His response was to unbutton his shirt to reveal the big FO corset and ask of he would like to have to wear it 24/7..

Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Fàilte gu na Dúnrath etc

Why no bilingual sign? Does the SNP know?

Crafty booby-trapped invoice malware empties Japanese bank accounts

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Japanese-language emails that include ZIP files seemingly coming from Russian .ru domains.

Seemingly? Since when was an .ru address some sort of guarantee of authenticity of an attachment?

Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

Anonymous John

Re: Real numbers would be interesting

This F9 was more powerful than the ones before Longer first stage, and uses LOX at much colder temps than anyone has used before. Unlike the earlier ones, it can launch to geosynchronous orbit, and still have enough fuel to land. I don't know offhand about the Crew Dragon.

SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

Anonymous John

It will be floodlit. And engine burns on the way down will be more visible.

Hacked Japanese space probe sends back first pictures of Venus

Anonymous John

"We also found that the orbiter is flying in the same direction as that of Venus's rotation."

Found? Interplanetary navigation isn't a matter of luck. They must have known its trajectory far more precisely than thousands of miles.

Anonymous John

Re: Gotten...

A good old English word used in the USA but not in the UK. Apart from "ill-gotten" that is. And "forgotten".

Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

Anonymous John

Which reminds me of this.

Reporter Dan Grimmer is puzzled by the letter from the City Council's licensing department which was sent to the closed public convenience at Wall Lane, Magdalen Street, about a licensing application. Picture: Denise Bradley


Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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I'll just leave this here.


So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

Anonymous John


So if the boffins ever find a way of recording video on a CD sized disk, I can see VHS becoming obsolete too.

Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

Anonymous John

What about the adaptor that protected the lunar module until the Command Module docked with it after leaving Earth orbit? It consisted of several panels that could have ended up anywhere. I hope they can get better pictures of it as it approaches.

9 cuffed over £60 million banking scam targeting UK businesses

Anonymous John

Re: Unfortunately

My bank phoned me once and asked for my mother's maiden name to prove they were talking to the right person. They seemed genuinely baffled that I refused to give it.

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

Anonymous John

Re: People who use adblockers...

I don't mind them as such, but if I buy a newspaper, I don't have to wait while the newsagent goes next door for the fliers to put in it. And when reading it on the train, nobody has yet walked down the aisle and pasted an advert over the article I was reading.

Yet some websites see both as acceptable.

Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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Playmobil reconstruction, or it didn't happen.


Israeli lander FOUND ON MOON (in 2017)

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What about the Falcon Heavy test flight? Anyone ready could go in the first half of 2016. I've seen no mention anywhere of its payload, but Musk must surely have chosen one by now.

Reg lecture asks what’s so scary about 1.5 tonnes of metal with a mind of its own?

Anonymous John

> Audi - Disables indicators

Cheat software. They only work at the MOT test station

Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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Re: Tip of the hat to old school

The Fisher Pen Co paid the development costs. And the actual pens were cheap enough for the KSC gift shop to sell. I bought my first one there in 1971.

US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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If they were German

Volkswagen could recall them for a software upgrade.

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

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His plan to escape in a laundry basket fell through when it was appeared on Wikipedia.

Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

Anonymous John

Re: @Bc1609 - And this covers......?

Taking without owner's consent. An offence created as it could not be proved that "joyriders" intended to permanently deprive the owner of the car.

NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

Anonymous John

Re: Running water.

Told you so.

Anonymous John

Running water.

Not geological ages ago, but right now.

German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: Refund

"However since in the vast majority of cases the vehicle has not been returned as faulty "within a short time*", you have accepted the goods and are therefore likely only to be eligible for repair or replacement, not a refund."

I can see that in relation to an accidental fault. But here, the fault was deliberate and impossible for the owner to detect. Can it be repaired without the performance taking a hit? And does VW have replacements which do meet the legal requirements?

Anonymous John

Audi have admitted that 2.1million Audi diesels also use the cheat software.

"Bild am Sonntag said a VW internal investigation found parts supplier Bosch had warned Volkswagen not to use its software illegally."

How can there can be a legal use of cheat software?

Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

Anonymous John

Error message many years ago.

I took a look when I saw three people standing round an office PC scratching their heads. I ejected the floppy disk, pressed the any key, and walked away struggling to keep a straight face. The three people were the office IT support team.

Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

Anonymous John

As any movie goer knows.

At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Anonymous John

Re: "Wide Open Throttle"

@ Nigel 11

> Firstly, is urea in the quantities needed to clean the exhaust particularly expensive

I've seen an annual cost of £50 a year quoted somewhere. As to the cost of a larger tank, I don't know. Modern cars don't seem to have much spare space under the bonnet.

Anonymous John

Re: Surely their competitors knew about this?

I read somewhere that the affected cars do use urea to mop up pollutants but only have enough for emissions testing. If so, it will need more than just a software change.

PS. Beating a red headed stepchild is a cliché? I cant recall coming across it before..

SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

Anonymous John

Re: Downvote bait.

Why send anyone to Mars? Why indeed? Why fly to America with the very slight chance of dying in a plane crash?.You've already seen pictures of the place, and can speak to Americans over the phone.

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