* Posts by Gobhicks

197 posts • joined 19 Feb 2008


NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today


Re: Information

Look for "Hammering Mechanism for HP 3 Experiment (InSight)", Jerzy Grygorczuk et al

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Never mind the Jeffersons

I prefer to think that Elon has been to one of MC50's recent gigs.

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90


I'm really upset about this

I guess I'll have a whisky and think things over

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists


Re: So it's...

Lucifer's Hammer ahoy!

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?



My first thought when I found 02 was down yesterday was: "funny how this happens on a day when the news is full of cyber warfare". What are the chances that certain parties have latent hacks already in place on all sorts of systems ready to be activated whenever it suits them? How would/could we know?

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm


Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

Good story but downvote for "I & the rest of us". I'm not a total grammar-fascist but you can only push me so far

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos


Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."

I'll see your Trumpton and raise you a Chigley

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

Black Helicopters

The Lord is Coming Soon

Helio-phenomena encode communications from the cosmic unconsciousness. Someone at the facility has cracked the code and the Feds have stepped in. Simples.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: Re:clearly no device should be the slave of another

That's called "political correctness on acid"



Interestingly, thesaurus.com doesn't have "slave" as an antonym of "master" but does have "slave driver" as a synonym.

The whole thing is horribly anglo-centric anyway, and clearly no device should be the slave of another.

Is there any language that has a short, snappy word for a person that is put in charge of an enterprise by their peers and another short, snappy word for the persons that put her in charge and voluntarily do her bidding? Has a culture ever existed that needed such words?

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure


If you really want

To terraform Mars

Who you gonna call?


Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual


Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

One roof in Cambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge

One roof in Caaaa-aambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge...

ad infinitum/nauseum, whichever comes first...

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF


$DIETY ...

... like a $DIET ?

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Great Stuff ...

.. and made me wonder once again whether Rudy Rucker's Ware Tetralogy will ever make it onto cinema and/or TV screens

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


See ...

... Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier (2013)

Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins


Reminds me ...

... that all of Creation is contained in the Mandelbrot Set. It MEANS something, dammit, something PROFOUND, but what exactly? Still does my head in, nearly forty years on. And as for imaginary numbers themselves...

Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook


Re: Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

if you need to ask then I fear for your soul


Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

Neil Young is by no means perfect. He knows this. But he has a giant soul.


Re: Musicians Lynyrd Skynyrd have spent years having a go at Neil Young

You need to do more research on the whole Young/Skynyrd thing...

Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts


Re: Ok, so we've got the ice

I don't know about gin, but we've got the whisky:


Make mine a Lagavulin

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content


Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

Ther's only two things wrong with Cumbernauld: it's there and nobody's bombed it.

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


Ex Machina

Win a week with Elon Musk to figure out whether he is human

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!


... and the obvious place to base it is Prestwick ?

The ultra-rich fly in and out of Prestwick all the time for golf at nearby Royal Troon. Two birds... just sayin'

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island


More evidence ...

... of an interventionist god messing with our heads

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series


Re: Low(er) budget is not necessarily bad

BOO! I love Lynch's Dune, Sting and all.

$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'


Cough, choke, splutter...

... "20ml dram". What? Really? 20ml is barely a nip, much less a dram.

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years


Re: Where are they moving to?

"A good starting point is understanding the Observable Universe."

And that's supposed to help? viz:

"However, due to Hubble's law, regions sufficiently distant from the Earth are expanding away from it faster than the speed of light (special relativity prevents nearby objects in the same local region from moving faster than the speed of light with respect to each other, but there is no such constraint for distant objects when the space between them is expanding; see uses of the proper distance for a discussion) and furthermore the expansion rate appears to be accelerating due to dark energy."

I've been struggling with this kind of cosmic stuff for decades. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_universe

It's all inside your head, and my head, and his head and her head. Boggle

Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time


Re: This isn't a new discovery...

It takes a heroic dose to squeegee your third eye. Physicists on psychedelics, a match made in California.

Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas



I've said it before, I'll say it again. This exponential curve we seem to be on will turn out to be the upslope of a hysteresis loop.

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze


Truth, good story etc...

In actual fact, the EPO has got nothing to do with the UPC* and the Batistelli story, entertaining and simultaneously depressing as it is, is completely irrelevant to the German holdup.

*The EPO will grant the patents that will be litigated in the UPC but it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the UPC itself.

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2


Re: As a Canadian

You are Sergeant Wilson and I claim my £5.

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?


Mondo 2000 ...

... was a pre-millenium zine that I'm sure many Regitards will have heard of. "Teledildonics" has been around at least since then. RU Sirius? I sure am.

Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway



Second that re the Highland Wildlife Park. Feeding time for the tigers involves hanging hunks of meat from the trees, well worth seeing. Once when we were there we had to lock ourselves in our cars because a wolf had escaped from its enclosure, which was awesome. And the snow monkeys are soooo adorable.

Wanna tap 3 million phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant


Did you know...

... that your Reg "My Posts" page is public? I didn't. Having just found that out, after a few minutes playing with user numbers I can tell you that, as of time of typing, most recent commentard is user number 85184, pjpmd ,joined 3 Jul 2017

Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid


There's always one...

Message ends

Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years


Re: More than one ...

But, but ... "I'm a homo sapien too...". Surely the Buzzcocks could not have failed at Latin grammar.

Or, is the plural of homo sapiens actually homos sapiens?


Re: Must be fake news

Downvote for egregious misapostrophication

Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment


The Esoteric Order of Dagon called...

They want their Thing back.

Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation


"we can inject more particles per bunch and more bunches, hence more collisions" and a greater probability of something highly unlikely happening, like a black hole for example?

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars


Re: Awesome, but one question...

Many thanks. Clearly I have been a victim of Fake News, as well as a frankly inexplicable downvote.


Awesome, but one question...

... if, as reported elsewhere, the gap between the D rings and the cloud tops is 1500 miles, how can she have passed within 200 miles of the innermost ring but no closer than 1900 miles above the atmosphere?

Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway


668: The Neighbour of the Beast

Great article about a great subject. Having opted for the southern B852 route along Loch Ness, though, could perhaps have made time to give us an update on the state of Boleskine House after the fire?

Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake


That's really awesome...

... but I'm also intrigued by the Meeting Place for Jehovah's Witnesses at the western end of the island.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Go surface yourselves

"This wasn’t intended to be an ad." So no monetary exchange was involved in the "surfacing of this unique content"? [I was just sick a little bit in my mouth typing that]

60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube


If you haven't already...

... you should see The Atomic Cafe, a documentary compiling film clips (military, news, propaganda, civil defence) from the days of US nuclear testing, released in 1982 when cruise missiles were being deployed at Greenham Common.

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work


Excel abuse?

Excel is useful for all sorts of things other than its intended purposes. Don't knock a user for finding a tool that works for them.

Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022


Re: Say barge one more time mofo, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

Barge (noun): a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on (mainly) canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another

BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!


Re: The only remaining question is ..

How to while away the hour between bongs? Wait, I've got an idea...

Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month


Re: Spoilsport

Spot on Bakker. Never let the truth get in the way of kicking Big Blue and/or the patent system. A "will-be-out-of-office-heads-up" system may or may not be worthy of a patent, but this story is just b******s.

Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed


Mars, ladies and gentlemen...

... just one vast dessert


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