* Posts by ridley

322 posts • joined 27 Aug 2008


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


Re: Moral

Don't believe the hype, I went to one for my divorce, he was half cut ran over the half hour and charged me £750 for the privilege.

Apple solemnly agrees to pay France $570m in back taxes, turns to camera, gives us a wink


Re: Transactional Tax

You will get countries offering low, low rates on transaction with a free VPN subscription thrown in.

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual


Then they have the wrong teachers. Those exp are still allowed and I still do them in my classes. (I am the only teacher at the school to have the license to make gunpowder and demo in the lab.)

Copper Oxide and powdered Magnesium is my personal fave, extremely bright flash followed by a Very impressive mushroom cloud.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


The 1975 referendum was not about whether we should join the EEC, we joined the EEC in 1973.

It was, like the 2016 referendum, on whether we wanted to stay a member.

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour


Re: That Genesis reading

Let's not forget that it was the Old Testament and as such not a purely Christian text.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists


Re: 80km?

The ISS is affected by the atmosphere and it is, what, 400km up?

Every so often it has to use small motors to boost its orbit as the atmospheric drag has lowered the orbit.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut


Re: Doh....

Nah watch out for the new super duper VPN offering really cheap and based in Cheltenham.


Re: Non-photographic Images

Do you mean an Adult Verification Service (AVS)?

Last time that didn't end well for quite a number of innocent Brits #AVS #Operation Ore

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly


Re: Why use a revision control system?

Your tapes shatter on spin up?

You're holding them wrong.

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth


Re: Serious Question

A) Gravity

B) 360 degrees for every sllooooww orbit

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon



Hasn't the Dragon capsule been regularly successfully splashing down under parachutes?

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box


Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

IIRC one of the sticks DID override the other. The co-pilot was pulling back on the stick the whole way down from 35000+ feet until they nearly hit the sea, but by then it was too late.


Watch 42 minutes in.


Re: Question

I remember reading that it is not the same on the 737 Max and had not been covered in their conversion training (3hours).

Not a good time to need to RTFM

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again


Re: Gold no better choice

or from oxidation etc making it heavier. Hence the need to clean it.


No, no no.

If you went down that path you would eventually be able to say where that Hydrogen atom actually is and that just isnt allowed...


No, Heisenberg tells people off if they tell you where something is or isnt.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention


Re: How would they know?

The thing is with Pulsars, I mean really the main thing is that they pulse.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?


Re: "A car is"

You've obviously never tried replacing the headlight bulb on a Citroen.

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again


Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

I am surprised that with a mission critical system there is only one sensor system.

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos


Re: spacecraft design

That why it is best to put the crew in a spacecraft on top of the stack, not bolted to its side.

NASA didn't want to put the shuttle on the side but it was a compromise in order to be able to meet the requirements set.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Don't be silly Red + Blue = Magenta

So Big Magenta it is.

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec


Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

It is already here, Tesla's really don't like anyone other that Tesla repairing them.

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes


Re: Good on the judge

Even Apple pays the VAT on their profits, it is just that they do not make any money in Britain.....



No companies collect VAT on behalf of the HMRC, hold it for up to 3 months then hand it over.

Companies will pay HMRC the difference between the VAT claimed on purchases and VAT charged on sales, in other words on how much they have made (if they are a company making VATable products)

Companies will also pay VAT on invoices that they have issued but which have not yet been paid.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it


Re: Ballistic descent

The 21g experienced was not the one using the escape tower it was the accident in 1975 when the upper stage fired whilst still attached to the core.

This aborted the flight but as the attitude at the time of abort was pointing earthwards the reentry was "sub optimal".

(Not to mention the 500ft cliff the almost rolled off on landing)

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem


Re: Optical gyroscopes

The gyros and the reaction wheels are two separate pieces of hardware. Gyros so you know which way you are pointing and reaction wheels to change which way you are pointing.

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


Re: Sprouts

Cannot agree more, lovely.

Using the water from them makes a great base for gravy too.

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months


Re: Pah... when I was a kid...

Ahh I remember when I had by mistake vastly overstocked on 1mb sticks which for me at the time was about 500 of them at about £5 each.

I spent a day trying to pass some on as I didn't like to stock more than about a hundred, but got no where.

That night the Kobi earthquake happened and over the next week or so prices rose to about £100 each before I sold.

I was in two minds about whether I should profit from it but in the end sense and the prospect of a nice holiday prevailed.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin


Re: Maplin Surcharge

If you bought all that lot from Mali you a deluding get your self if you only paid £50 over the odds. The motherboard and ram if bought from Malins I would have expected to be £50 up from Amazon.


Re: Profitability

Yes but if the banking covenant insisted on at least a 50% gross margin then their hands were tied.

Always wondered why the prices were so high, now we know.

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


I did a job for the MOD whilst being employed by a then large defence contractor,

MOD bods insisted on everything in their spec be just so. After looking at their spec for a while I thought you know what they won't want that, they will want this. So wrote the code to do both on the quiet. You could specify which it compiled by setting a SW switch on starting the compile.

A year later there was a collective suckling through teeth, amongst muttering of can't be done and going to cost from our team when the MOD bod changed their mind,

Got quite a bonus on that one.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones


Re: Why anyone would do business with Apple is a mystery.

Why the down vote?

I can see someone being disinterested and moving on, but a downvote?

I have to ask Mr Downvoter, is it cold in the queue?

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


Re: What now?

Anyone who pays 80% of the cost price for a two year old second hand item is more of a mug that the person paying £1000 for a phone. Its SH FFS.


Re: Let's see...

"Cost of iPhone battery replacement for 6+ is £25. Just do that."

Who gives a downvote on that?

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Re: What we need

V2000 machines were the nuts.

Go to Next program/specified time

Perfect freeze frame

4 hours of each side of the tape.

Shame they were the size of a house and looked like they were hand made inside there were so many "bodge" wires between the huge numbers of daughter boards. With that many bodges they never were going to be reliable.

Bought more than a couple off Comet(?) When they were outing them for a few quid each.

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage


Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

£6.66? Sometimes it is too easy, so I won't.

Who thought that that would be a good price to charge?

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Re: I'm seriously thinking about charging Coca Cola rent.

Not only on. Our streets but also in the country side.

What is it with McD customers who happily buy the stinking sh*t, drive 5 miles with it in their cars, park up somewhere nice, eat some of the cr*p and then presumably think you know what this stuff is stinking up my car let's, chuck it in that pretty field.

I mean if they wanted it out of the car just store the rubbish in your exhaust pipes till you get to a bin, they're fecking big enough.


Re: Unpaid walking advert for someone else's company

Hang on.

Are you trying to tell me that you don't need a Rolex if you fly gliders or travel the world exploring the world's tallest/deepest etc?

I feel sullied to have been lied to in this way.


Re: They Live....

Even if LCD does inherently produce polarised light, it doesn't stop the manufacturer turning the display 90 degrees.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound


Re: GDPR to the rescue

What do they do on the 30th and 31st?

Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!


Re: Great news for AMD, but where's the profit?

Firstly the link that you give is for GROSS profit margin, not NET.

Secondly, I would suspect that the costs of R&D for the latest processors are broadly similar but Intel's unit sales are far greater, hence more NET profit.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


But, where would we be IF scientists always followed instructions?

I would rather have scientist that played around and occasionally went "mm that's odd'.

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?


How not to lead?

"lessons in leadership at an extraordinary and turbulent time in global affairs"

I presume he is going to talk about how his actions demonstrate how not to lead as it can lead to extraordinary and turbulent times in global affairs.

What an arse. History will not look kindly on the porcine player.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Re: Sheffield had a water-fountain/sculpture thing...

Mmmm 5 gallon you say. Some might say that being that specific might imply.....

Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix


Re: I have a simple plan...

Actually in a nanosecond the electrons will have for all intents and purposes no moved. Electrons move Very slowly in circuits, the effects move very fast.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad


Re: Auto-crash-pilot

The problem is that in this situation there are no sensors on the Tesla/Volvo etc that can "see" the stationary car, so it will not apply the brakes.

The radar is used to detect other moving objects, not stationary ones. The reason for this is that the radar cannot tell overhead obstacles from those in the road so if it stopped for every stationary object it would be stopping for overhanging trees, overhead street signs etc.

It might be different if they used LIDAR but they don't.

Xiaomi the money? OK, here's a one beeeeellion dollar loss ahead of IPO


My Xiaomi mi 5 is a very nice phone, that just happens to be quite inexpensive.

Very impressed with the quality.

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


Re: What will happen during a war?

See Able Archer


Well worth watching, Cuban Missile Crisis had nothing on 1983, we came very, very close.


Re: What will happen during a war?

In which case we don't need a hideously expensive hanger queen when we could have bought some F18's and used the money saved on some bungee cords for our carriers.


Re: I wonder...

I remember walking along Spurn head* one day when a Lightning went past very close to the spit at really quite high speed.

It was rather loud and very unexpected but what was most impressive was that I swear I looked DOWN into the cockpit.

*Spurn head is a sand spit sticking out miles into the Humber estuary, technically the head is the end of the Spurn. The top of it is between 6-9m above sea level.


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