* Posts by John Doe 1

27 posts • joined 4 Jul 2009

Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

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Highest of respect for what these gents has accomplished during their career including Dr Armstrong's post-NASA professorship at an university.

But I think they've misplaced the target of their anger. It is Congress that sets the spending parameters and they have been reluctant to increase NASA funding in turbulent economic times. So NASA could only afford one major programme not two, unfortunately.

NASA had to make a choice between a rock and a hard place. Either way, no real winners.

I am sure Mr Obama would have signed a bill into law that specified increased funding for NASA to cover a short-term transitional gap between one programme to another.

Part of the problem, though, is that nobody has a clearly articulated 'next step' vision. The Augustine Committee was tasked to find the most feasible option that could be affordable and implemented. The news they gave was bleak; no realistic short-term option at present funding levels -- perhaps by 2030s.

Hope right now is that private industry may be able to step up to fill the gap. SpaceX seems promising and there are others on the horizon. That may be several years away, though.

Ultimately I think Dr Armstrong and Mr Cernan may want to lobby Congress for increased NASA funding or continue their present life rather than blasting the President and NASA.

Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

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Reminds me of Buzzwinkle the Moose

He got somewhat sloshed near Christmastime in Anchorage Alaska a few years ago but had a very festive appearance to put it mildly. (You'll have to see what snagged on his antlers.)


He certainly was the talk of the town!

Ballmer leaves investors speechless in Seattle

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Well, he's certainly not lacking in enthusiasm...

...if the sweaty armpits of his shirts are any indication.

I haven't heard him give a credible explanation of why MSFT stock is still below where it once was. I remember it was about $31/share perhaps over a year ago, but it's been at $26/share for a while now.

Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Job well done, ma'am

Sentiment nicely and very succinctly expressed in that photograph. Truly speaks a thousand words. :-)

All kidding aside, best of luck for future ventures.

IBM strikes panglossian license deal with Voltaire

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I have to say...

I quite admire the thesaurus used to assist in the writing of this article. Panglossian? Well done, sir! :-)

(Oh and the article's content was interesting and informative as well.)

'Condom in my Whopper' man pulls case

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I'm quite surprised

That he managed to distinguish between rubbery prophylactic and rubbery meat. :)

BT blasts hundreds of would-be customers' data into Infinity

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With less-informed (read: bumbling) outsourced partners like these...

...who needs enemies?

Google chief: Nexus One was 'so successful, we killed it'

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Sounds like Microsoft has a huge success on their hands then

If that's Mr Schmidts definition of success... then the Microsoft Kin One and Two seems to be a runaway success having just been killed off due to a stunning lack of sales.

Google makes fine products including Android but that odd statement was certainly not their finest moment.

Investors bullish on report HP will acquire McAfee

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With any luck...

...Post-acquisition HP will overhaul the QA practices of McAfee to avoid future fallouts from AV signatures gone bad.

(You know it's bad if a significant AV company has to resort to offering a cash payout to affected customers.)

McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

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Think someone at McAfee is getting MSCE soon

...if only just so they can realistically determine which files are critical Windows system files.

QLogic sues over video of chip frying egg

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Hmm, interesting...

Granted, I've got a mid-2007 MacBook Pro with the terrific iStat Menus app that continuously displays temperature (and other data) for various components in real time on the menu bar so it's always visible.

When near-idle, the MBP's NVIDIA 8600M-GT (with heat sink) is usually closer to about 138 degrees (Celsius) at the GPU temperature diode and about 118 degrees at the GPU heatsink. I don't recall numbers when the GPU's really active but it's higher. 190 degrees F is only about 86 degress C... so does seem plausible for a GPU without a heat sink.

Phoenix recovers barbecued data in Europe

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One wonders...

...what aircraft they used to test their claims of resiliency?

Endeavour stays toasty in Florida chill

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The irony is that...

...the Shuttle is regularly exposed to the cold in space at -250 F / -156 C for days on end and operates just fine, natch. That's according to NASA:


Of course, while it's on the launch pad, there's still concern about rest of the stack such as joint expansion of the multi-segmented SRBs and whatnot. End of January hasn't been a great time for NASA's human spaceflight operations from what history has shown.

El Reg sparks international incident with Olympics committee

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Ah, nice to see that...

...a sense of humour isn't lost on the USOC or AT&T. Oh, wait...

Microsoft's Silverlight 4 - Flash developers need not apply

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Hey, I've got a radical idea

Microsoft already has a Mac BU (business unit) with Mac developers. Why don't they leverage this available wealth of talent to port Silverlight fully to MacOS X (and by extension, making it essentailly iPhone-ready)?

That would deny anyone the opportunity to say it's essentially Windows-only as a reason for not adopting it? (Moonlight exists for Linux but its feature set lags and is not as compatible or fully implemented as the Windows Silverlight is. My colleagues discovered this the hard way.)

Personally, I think some healthy (true) multi-platform competition is good. I'm not that fond of Microsoft, but they already have this talent in-house -- why not make use of it? Silly, radical idea, I know... :-)

Eat my dust - it's time for Comment of the Week

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Reminds me of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Clark: Burn some dust here. Eat my rubber.

Rusty Griswold: Dad, I think you mean burn rubber and eat my dust.

Clark: Whatever, Russ. Whatever.


Amazon's EC2 brings new might to password cracking

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Surprised the botnets aren't doing it already

...considering there's millions of compromised PCs under botnet control, and where access is hired rather inexpensively in units of 10,000 compromised computers.

Danger lurks in the clouds

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Whispering Game revived?

Why bother to quote AppleInsider's so-called self-styled "sources" when it's clear all they have is uninformed speculation? Note the use of 'may have', 'must have', ... and so forth.

These so-called sources are also apparently unfamiliar with Occam's Razor and the more common forms of human nature involved in enterprise data failure. :) El Reg would do well to steer well clear of such poor 'sources' for quoting from when composing an article that isn't pure satire.

Home Office staff offered early bird ID cards

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They might see greater uptake if only...

...they started offering healthy amounts of cash to potential victims to acquire this much-tainted card. :-)

Microsoft pimps bogus Windows 7 'launch parties'

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Ding dong...

...the wicked witch of Vista is dead!

Well, that's the theme I'd choose should I be selected to throw a party in 7's honour. Then again, there's rarely a bad excuse for some impromptu cerveza consumption. I hope they don't mind if I have secondary themes of celebrating MacOS X and Linux, while we're at it?

I'm a little more discerning than most potential 7 party-hosters, though. I'd also like to see a cheque cut for some reasonable amount for my time in organising a local marketing programme on Microsoft's behalf -- especially since they stand to profit handsomely from my (presently hypothetical) efforts. A free copy of 7 Ultimate is a good start, but not enough.

Japan's first lady visits Venus

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Ah, yes...

Most likely her soul just needed to visit a really good sauna for a deep and restorative soul cleansing. Venus apparently fit the bill quite well. Only, what, about 467 degrees (Celsius) at the surface today?

Office 2010 to come loaded with WGA's bastard child

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Clippy or OGA?

Can't quite decide which is/was worse. :-)

Ah, well, no worries. I look forward to an increased uptake of OpenOffice in 2010.

GSM connectivity now enjoyed by 4 billion

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Ah, yes... I can see it now...

Peasant working in a rice paddy under a harsh and most unyielding hot sun whips out his iPhone 3GS and places a GSM call to his spouse, saying: "Honey, I'm sorry, but I'll be home late tonight."

That, to me, epitomises what '...now enjoyed by 4 billion' means.

(For some value of 'enjoy', mind you.)

Dodgy numbers that reminds me too much of how the U.S. media likes to hype up the American football Super Bowl TV viewership by bandying around outrageous figures such as over one billion people worldwide watched at least a portion of the game.

US women protest for the right to bare

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Some places are more enlightened than others

Due to a 1992 state supreme court ruling, the ladies residing in the state of New York won the right to go top-free on an equal legal basis as men without threat of arrest or penalties.

That right hasn't been widely exercised by ladies in NY but it's at least on the books. Pity most other states aren't so enlightened in this day and age. D.C. respects this as does a few individual cities around the country.

HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

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Ah, optimisation... Calculus, perhaps?

May I propose HP's packaging engineers consider taking a few Calculus courses to become more familiar with the principles of maximising volume -- within other real world criteria, naturally.

My alma mater had such a programme for their packaging design students, and they did a pretty good job of it from what I've seen of class projects.

Good going, HP!

Oz cops turn to wardriving to fight Wi-Fi 'jackers

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Ahem... *cough* *cough*

OK, so they see open or poorly secured APs via a scan. What then? Will they go knocking on a number of doors asking "Sir, ma'am, do you currently possess the insecure AP we're looking for?"

Not sure they've yet realised that an AP's radius can easily encompass multiple housing units or offices. Somehow, I don't think this perhaps well-intentioned action was fully thought through.

McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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Epic FAIL...

...was McAfee's response -- just take a look at user pk02137's post at the McAfee support forums:


Pretty good story there; over 8,000 desktops and 150 servers. Ouch. These things do happen, but McAfee's response could have had been better. Much better.

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