* Posts by Anon

116 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007


Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way


Hydrogen is a *good* coolant

Hydrogen is used in cooling, for example, generators in power stations because its low density, high specific heat, and high thermal conductivity make it a good coolant.

So the "Hydrogen is a poor coolant, so early gas clouds were very hot..." paragraph might need re-working.

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



We were lucky to be able to observe this event, because if the jet had been pointed much closer to Earth, the gamma ray emissions would have turned the planet into plasma, along with the rest of the solar system.

EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers


They can't afford to fix it

Their top-up payment system was broken over the weekend (it may still be). So that's, what, a million pounds? down on what they would have had. Multiply that by the several times a year their payment system falls down and you can see why they can't make a profit.

~ Anon of Disgruntledford

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll


Re: No Mention of AVG!

AVG, 2018-01-04: "Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention."


Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently


Re: Worth the effort?

I suggested the sets of heads on opposite corners a long time ago. Double the rate of read-after-write verification. Read an entire track in half the time. Zero adjacent track-to-track seek time. But would they listen? Noooo.

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time


Re: Martian Winter

For those readers younger than us, the "more advanced cuisine" is revealed in


One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage


If it ain't broke...

Every time EE "upgrade" the service around me I get a more intermittent signal. It was least bad when EE was Orange and T-Mobile. I guess one "upgrade" would have been switching off one of the masts, and another would have been changing to a frequency that now barely makes into the street, let alone indoors. In a town with a population >60,000, not in some far-away rural location.

Hop on, Average Rabbit: Latest extortionware menace flopped


Re: [dot] com

Some browsers speculatively go off and try to load anything that looks like a URL, so it's best to stop it from looking too much like one.

A search for "Firefox stealthily loads webpages when you hover over links" will lead to useful information.

Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus


I got a very nice loupe from a company in Belarus. Apparently they used to make the optics for USSR spy satellites.

Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn


Re: Er.... But.... Isn't LCD a thing of the past?

"there are zero OLED laptop displays"

There's the Alienware 13 for a start.

Atomic bonds: Gigabyte, Supermicro fire out boosted Atom CPU range


Re: Coming soon

> It also has features you don't get on low-end boards:

> 1) EEC RAM

Or, in the UK only, BREXIT RAM.

Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light


they should taste of honey

Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name


Searching for the facts

I suppose the phone number at the top of the fax could have been faked, or be a local library number.

We don't want to alarm you, but PostScript makes your printer an attack vector


Re: 00 BORED


UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn


Re: Where's Nigel Farage ...

He might not be happy about having rockets strapped to him and being left outside in all weathers.

Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials


Nothing is beyond our reach

Well, except for finding out who the phone number belongs to and getting the FBI to knock on their door.

Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing


Status: food

It's a hungry little probe, isn't it?



Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!


Re: 38Mb?

Maybe it's a Ponzi scheme, but using bandwidth instead of money.

Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag


It'll never float

If there's one thing the SBS don't want their bags made from, it would probably be paper.

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

Black Helicopters

Segoe UI Symbol WHY?

Because nothing is beyond our reach:


Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row


Re: Produlate

I don't think it'll stick.

Lester Haines: RIP



He helped make the world a better place. RIP, Lester.

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?


Re: Yes, but can it...

...play Elite?

Yes, it can.

Well, it might need a few extra transistors to turn it into a BBC Micro first.

Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools


Not an install-over-the-top program.

Uninstall the old version first. Otherwise the computer requests a restart.

Or if you've installed it and found that out, uninstall the new version, uninstall the old version, install the new version.

No need to ask how I know that... see icon.

Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants


Re: I'll bet...

"Wait till anon finds out..."

On a scale of nought to zero, guess how much I care :)

Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global swoops on Cable & Wireless Communications


The cable giant will...

... put up prices to pay off CWC's net debt of $2.7bn.

'We can handle politicos, OUR ISSUE IS JUDGES', shout GCHQ docs



"Can also visit ministers to check that they understand the reasons why they've signed the warrants."

So ministers may be signing warrants without understanding why?

Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant


Short cable ties

Take two cable ties. Put the tail of one into the clicker of the other. Now you have a longer cable tie.

Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then SMASH it with rubber mallets


Why not both?

Robo-seahorses with frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads attached to their heads?

Ye Bug List


El Reg pages don't scroll from the keyboard any more...

... because the login is auto-focused.

Please take away the auto-focus: I am sure it is much more common to go to a page and use the space bar or arrow keys to look around the page than it is to want to log in.

Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!


Re: Hmm...


Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit



It's BIL. Goes along with BeV. BIL and BeV, easy to remember. Now, if I could only remember what they went with...

World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS


Click here for proper size

Ha ha, not falling for that one. My monitor is not 1,400,000 km across.

Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years


The NSA are the criminals

Anonymous Coward.

Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx


Somehow, I'd rather the name Vulcan went to an actual inhabitable planet around another star.

Planetary data merge shows three Earth-like planets in close star system


Re: Time for a new X-Prize?

Probably best to slow the spherical seed down afterwards - if it hit an inhabited planet nearby at c/10 there would be no chance for peas.

STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft


Re: Is it just me?

The left picture is rotated 90 degrees CCW. So your hand will be fine, you'll just get a crick in your neck from using that mouse.

New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'


Virgin Media

Are Virgin Media going to have to explain how it costs them five quid to process an on-line credit card payment as compared to direct-debit payments?

Watch out, office bods: A backdoor daemon lurks in HP LaserJets


Re: Well you could hack it for passwords

PC LOAD LETTER means you forgot to change the paper cassette messages to INSERT 10p THEN PRESS CONTINUE.

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong


Re: daddy long-legs

No, no, lol. Not crane flies, but Pholcidae. And I thought they were meant to be the most venomous creature in the world. Anyway, Mythbusters disproved that: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/daddy-long-leg-spiders.htm

Nevertheless, they do an excellent job of keeping down the spider population in my abode.

Your brain, the Internet and the Universe


If the universe is a giant brain, then the big bang could imply mind=blown.

Network upgrading punches Everything Everywhere in the wallet


While they're waiting...

...why don't they finish their 2G network?

Google.eggfaced: Chocolate Factory spaffs cash in dot-word bungle



Well, that's .com as-is down the pan then.

Finally a use for quantum computers: Finding LOL-cats faster



Schrödinger's LOL-cats?

Google counters juice V8 Javascript engine


Obvious way to speed it up

Take out all the Javascript fictions it has to keep looking for. There's no need for it to read stories while processing.

Yes, thank you, that one with the paperback in the pocket.

Blighty's fast mobe broadband in music wrecking probe


Is this anything to do with LightSquared?

Boffins unimpressed by LOHAN's sizzling thruster


H is for...

How about using hydrogen instead of helium, and use that as fuel?

Icon as a reminder about which isotope to use.

Using virtual particles to get real random numbers


Re: Want one NOW!

In a sort of Schrödinger-esque fashion, you can use a cat and a door. You open the door for the cat, and there is a 50/50 chance it will actually go through.


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