* Posts by The First Dave

1318 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

The First Dave

Re: No casing?

A feeder nut will only work if you can keep the thread from rotating.

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

The First Dave

Re: That's the trouble with...

It's not the amount of travel that matters, its the response, something that Apple keyboards have usually been pretty good at.

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

The First Dave

Re: Select Committee !== Govrernment

Such committee's are usually _selected_ almost entirely from current and previous government members. The clue is in the name.

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

The First Dave

Re: That's good, but...

Are you trying to suggest that a Septic didn't quite understand the Queen's English?

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

The First Dave

Re: Soldier?

Have a look at EWBB - _that's_ a bridge.

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

The First Dave

Out of interest, how fast is the speed of sound at that altitude? Was Mach 1.8 actually fast enough to create a sonic boom?

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

The First Dave

Re: Films - meh

Alien was logical throughout??? Even when they made a clone that somehow was already impregnated with an Alien?

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

The First Dave

Re: Outsourcing .....

@AC: "The solution widely deployed is to outsource the department"

At which point most of the good staff leave and find a job that suits them better, while the dross continue to work for the new company...

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US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

The First Dave

Why do people think they have a 'right' to roads at the expense of all?

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

The First Dave

Re: CastleMartin

There is even a regular* public bus service to Imber Village.

*Once a year.

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Supermicro is, like, totally harnessing green energy sources to churn out servers, dude

The First Dave

So, Fossil Fuels are _increasing_ ??

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

The First Dave

Re: I think the cyclist is at fault.

The trouble with "lane splitting" is that it is only legal in the UK "if it is safe", but it never is. If the surrounding traffic is stationery then you have no where to go to, and if the traffic is moving then (as others have already said) you _have_ to assume that the other vehicles are about to change lanes.

No one ever has a "right to overtake" so I just don't get why bikers think that _they_ do.

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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

The First Dave

What makes you think Beardy Branson knows that he doesn't own it?

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

The First Dave

Re: Building "death tools" is not a choice

The British are to blame for many things, but 'partition' as it is known, occurred _after_ India re-gained independence.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

The First Dave

Re: Not usually one for pedantry

"Explosives are triggered by pressure"

That is fundamentally the difference between "an explosive" and a "High Explosive" - the latter detonates, while the former burns rapidly. Shock alone will not set off Gunpowder (unless it generates heat on contact), while most kinds of Plastic explosive will burn safely.

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

The First Dave

Re: putting a fueling station into orbit

AS the article said, it _IS_ a question of whether the vehicle can take it. Clearly there is a concern it isn't strong enough to take the force of three motors, so five is going to be way too much without a major structural upgrade.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

The First Dave

Re: x8, x 4, x2

Any kind of fire extinguisher, if used correctly, will put out a gasoline fire.

Not quite the same when a battery short-circuits itself.

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The First Dave

Re: Oh look, another one.

On the contrary, what we need is MORE people publishing papers - far too often research that fails to produce anything with commercial potential is dumped unceremoniously, potentially resulting in other people repeating the same research.

The saying goes "we learn more from failure than from success"

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

The First Dave

Programmer? No.

Work Experience kid who doesn't know how to keep test code out of Production? Yes. Probably now a senior manager.

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

The First Dave

Mainly by not being Muslim

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

The First Dave

My house is two years old. Gas meter is outside, but 'leccy is inside the garage.

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Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

The First Dave

Re: I want cake

"Why can't gr security go to court, prove what they do is indeed legal ..."

Who would be the other party?

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

The First Dave

Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

It seems fairly clear to me that if these ex-coppers were still serving, they would (pretty much) immediatly be dismissed for Gross Misconduct, and probably charged with "Misconduct in a Public Office".

The fact that they are no longer serving _shouldn't_ make a big difference.

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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

The First Dave

Re: Interesting legal theory

Kaspersky could probably make a fairly good case purely for Libel.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

The First Dave

" through telescopes with the naked eye."

WTF?

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

The First Dave

"the US constitution has an electoral college for good reasons"

Most of them to do with Money?

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

The First Dave
Boffin

Re: "Green Prince of Darkness" at FauxScienceSlayer > photovoltaic fraud

There are no dinosaurs left to liquefy, so "Peak Oil" is most definitely a thing, whether we have reached it yet or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

The First Dave

Re: Problem not bunking off...

Does anyone know what the grounds of his appeal were?

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

The First Dave

Re: Oh so THAT'S what Hypercard was for

Hypercard was much later than 70's

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

The First Dave

Re: If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ...

"If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ... "

... then it will go boom, or at the very least fizz madly.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

The First Dave

*Really* *really* *really* *really* smart ones follow the digits of Pi, interleaved with the digits of Tau

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

The First Dave

Re: No car tax?

A better idea might be to dump the car tax completely, we pay more than enough via fuel duty + VAT

A few years ago, the main reason for the tax disc was actually to ensure that you had an MOT...

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

The First Dave

"the car that you parked in the evening may have a whole range of new functions added overnight"

That'll be the day! If these cars are built by the likes of Samsung or Google, then they will lose a feature every night, totally unrelated to them trying to sell you the latest version that has yet to lose said features.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

The First Dave

Re: Perl.... Arrggh

No, quite the reverse. I've used both PERL and JS fairly equally, and would rather work in JS any day.

My biggest gripe with PERL is that there a thousand different ways to achieve anything, so when you visit SO or whatever, you never have a clue what style of code you are going to find, or if it is going to be a dirty hack or elegantly robust. In JS if it works, and doesn't use EVAL, you are pretty much fine.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

The First Dave

Another question no-one has asked, that is routinely found to be an issue with 'regular' speeding tickets is the actual signage - if the signage is defective, how does the car challange it (regardless of who would pay)?

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How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

The First Dave

Why was this article 'illustrated' with a picture of a set of points?

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

The First Dave

Originally, "in the neighbourhood" meant 'close enough to take a useful photograph - there's no point saying 'no photography' on the fence of a base otherwise.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

The First Dave

Re: Err

CI-A, CI-B, CI-C (and indeed CI-E) were all tasked with more important things at the time.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

The First Dave

Re: Accident reasons

Typical mis-understanding of the requirements:

Req: A drone that can fly in all weathers.

Result: A drone that can _fly_ in all weathers, but prefers nice conditions when you want to stop flying.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

The First Dave

"Could not have happened to a nicer chap."

Apart from Trump, Assange and Farage ...

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

The First Dave

Re: £1,149

You're talking about a R/C car aren't you?

A car that costs less than a grand isn't gonna make it through more than a couple of MOT's without costing you the same again.

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The First Dave

Re: £1,149

It rather reminds me of the Twentieth Anniversary Mac - anyone remember/buy that?

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

The First Dave

While in theory, the Tax Man would be happy to take all your money, in reality if you try and give him more money than he asked for, it will be very difficult.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

The First Dave

Re: Lost in Space?

"celestial north" means North in relation to the entire solar system, though defined by 'North' on the Earth initially.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

The First Dave

Re: Motorway median

I thought that was already reserved for motorbikes??

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

The First Dave

Re: The right don't smash things up? Eh? Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

@AC

"Have these people not heard of history?" - said on a story that begins with tearing down what passes for an ancient monument in the USA.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

The First Dave

Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

Not one single rose in any of the houses I've lived in has a permanent live. The feed goes {Ring main} -> [switch] -> [rose] -> [bulb][s]

Return goes [bulb] -> [rose] -> [terminal in switch back-box] -> {Ring main}

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The First Dave

Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

"there is no permanent power at the switch"

Wrong. That is what the switch, you know, _switches_ !?

The ceiling rose on the other hand, only gets power when the switch is on. Unless it's wired up 'strangely'...

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

The First Dave

Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

"no one wants a fatter battery"

Citation very much needed for that - everyone wants better battery life, its just not a choice you can actually make - there is no iPhone 1Ah vs iPhone 3Ah, (or for any other specific brand)

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

The First Dave

Re: Bobbies love em

Yet funnily enough, when a suspect 'falls down the stairs' the camera's never seem to be working/recording/looking the right way.

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