* Posts by Rich 11

1894 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

Rich 11
Silver badge

We're absolute mugs working in the UK, especially those in web development it seems.

It seems I am only 40% as valued as they like to tell me I am at every staff development review.

0
0

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: EU must be joking

We might still have had a car industry if it hadn't been nationalised.

Forty percent of the car industry was nationalised because the component companies were too small to survive on their own in the face of Japan's rise. When parts of British Leyland were demerged and privatised in the 1980s most went to the wall. The fractions which survived are now mostly in foreign ownership.

11
1
Rich 11
Silver badge

Both Thatcher and Merkel at least recognised climate change when they saw it, unlike the Lawsons and Redwoods of this world.

16
0
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: @James 51 Re"....he won't be able to change......."

Keep him away from actual sharp knives, pointy scissors, staplers and bleach.

And cable cars and zipwires and bicycles and bizarre post-Olympic structures. Oh yes, and bridges.

Better yet, just return him to private life. He can then get back to the things he does best, like philandering and threatening old friends, away from the public eye.

12
0

Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Whilst I've toyed with the idea...

Also try to stand in traffic while waiting for the lights to change stuck behind some moron who has removed all the stuffing from their already anti-social exhaust (or removed the catalytic converter)

This is what potatoes were invented for.

(Don't worry about the moron spotting you inserting the potato -- they can't see shit through their tinted windows and they don't know what rear-view mirrors are for either.)

2
0
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Warning

Nor did playing in the band which for many years held the record for the loudest in history

This reminds me of the various accounts of damage reportedly caused by the loudest bands.

I really shouldn't laugh. Having seen Deep Purple and Motorhead half a dozen times, maybe I was just lucky.

0
0
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: May I recommend WeWork Pyrmont?

So you can turn the red lights on then drink beer and play ping-pong without any interruptions?

There may necessarily be some beer-induced interruptions, unless you're suitably prepared.

0
0

Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Dover

They also wallowed like pigs.

If I remember correctly they couldn't be used in anything above a Force 5 wind. I went on a school trip to France in 1977, and we were shifted to the ferry because the hovercraft couldn't be taken out. We did get the hovercraft back, but the wind and waves were still high enough to throw everyone around. Not fun when a number of kids had spent their last francs on fizzy pop and sweets...

18
0

Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

Rich 11
Silver badge

the Guardian on Sunday (which persists in calling itself the Observer)

Justifiably, I think, given that the two newspapers have different editors, that the Observer is 30 years older than the Guardian, and that they have only belonged to the same media group for the last 25 years.

2
0

Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

Rich 11
Silver badge

and decapitate dogs and small children.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

8
0

Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Ground Ice

Sadly, despite having space technology, Vesta hadn't bothered with flavour technology...

Quite true. Despite not having eaten a Vesta curry since my very distant student days, your comment instantly brought to mind the sensation of the texture of Vesta beef and noodles, but absolutely no sensation of its taste.

4
0

Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Logo

Also, where is the slot to put your shilling in?

Just be careful which lens you put your eye to.

8
0

UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

Rich 11
Silver badge

giving citizens more sovereignty over their data

But not enough to stop GCHQ trawling through any of it whenever they feel like it.

20
0

Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

Rich 11
Silver badge

The only way this government will ever make the Brexit process go any faster is to blunder off the cliff edge and accelerate under gravity.

It's going to hurt when we hit the rocks.

9
3
Rich 11
Silver badge

Really, VRH, how many times do I have to tell you not to undermine our beloved Prime Minister at such a critical time as that now facing our country. It's Josefina Vissarionovna.

19
1

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Proof reading?

The quality of English in El Reg articles has gone seriously downhill in the last 12 months, did you sack all your proof readers or just not have any to begin with?

This sentence could do with a spot of proof-reading too.

10
0

Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Closing scene of "The Ruling Class"

It's a very good film. Keep an eye out for the hearing prayers gag.

1
0

Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Here's looking at you (Maybe)

And periodicity gives orbital distance, once the mass of the star has been estimated. Planetary mass can also be estimated based upon spectral shift. Some techniques are more useful and reliable when the ecliptic is edge on, others when it is closer to face on.

3
0

How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Vehicle efficiency

I don't think anyone was claiming that something could be made 100% efficient, let alone beyond that.

0
0

User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Get the medics to do it?

It was my inability to win at Operation which convinced me that I should not go into medicine, much to my mother's chagrin.

Look where I ended up.

21
0

Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Fixes

It's simple that even a vice president can do it.

Only because he thought Siri was a real woman and he couldn't be trusted to be left alone in a room with her.

5
0

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Rich 11
Silver badge

A Banksy artwork of Richard Branson's massive head.

14
0

Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Where's the substance?

Not so easy if Mr/Mrs Redneski is in St. Petersburg.

So not the St Petersburg in Florida?

2
0
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Just when you thought...

If you want to know what your side are doing wrong - read theirs.

Yeah, I can just see the Three Brexiteers perusing Der Spiegel every day...

0
2

Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Welcome

"Block war!"

6
0

As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

i.e. if the sun puts out MORE light+heat+other_radiation then it kinda tends to WARM the PLANET, ya know?

I expect Bob will be able to produce solid evidence that the sun has been putting out 'MORE light+heat+other_radiation', and also explain why the measured increase in greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere has a much less significant effect.

5
1

Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: "...18 to 24-year-olds..."

I've had over 70 already.

Greedy bastard.

6
0

France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

Rich 11
Silver badge

Rebranding exercise

Last year the Royal Air Force announced that it was rebranding the unmanned aerial vehicles as Protectors, to shake off the negative connotations of the Reaper name.

Will the RAF also be rebranding the Typhoon as Refreshing Breeze?

24
0

Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars...

(+1 upvote for your obscure reference!)

Obscure?! The appearance of a Jeff Wayne quote is inevitable in the comments on any article about life on Mars.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

12
1

Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

Rich 11
Silver badge

We could threaten to send Boris

Can we just send Boris anyway? For as long as it takes. No rush. He can teach the sheep Latin while he's waiting. All of them. And then the penguins.

20
2

Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

Rich 11
Silver badge

Pest controllers are aware of its location and are making plans to destroy the nest. ITV reckons that the nest is around a metre long and may contain up to 200 queens, which can each start a new nest.

200 queens? Take off and nuke it from orbit, quick!

53
0

UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Two Britains?

All politicians create their own alternative reality. It's their superpower.

17
0

'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

Rich 11
Silver badge

There's no chance of them ever understanding what a TCP socket is. Can you imagine Amber Rudd doing the rounds of the Sunday politics shows, trying to explain one to the interviewer?

23
1

P≠NP proof fails, Bonn boffin admits

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Of course P≠NP....

That would have taken too long.

2
0

CyberRehab's mission? To clean up the internet, one ASN block at a time

Rich 11
Silver badge

Slightly flawed

CyberRehab is preparing an EU research project with some universities, mainly in Spain and the UK.

Better get a move on. The UK's footbullet is being loaded into the chamber in readiness for firing.

2
0

How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Sorry to bother you

You forgot the advertising vid.

4
0

US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Give them space, give them love.

Hallelujah, brother! (And I know you're a brother. Not just a brother in Christ, but a white brother. A brother who really gets it.)

Get your stopwatch. My five minutes of 'God bless Trump!' starts right here, right now.

13
1
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Ok...

Is there something wrong with going after the ones who turned up with rifles?

Oh, sorry, I forgot, It's America.

17
2

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: It looks like they were quite desparate to pin something on him, judging by the last paragraph:

When you are out on bail you are not allowed access to guns

It's America. In most states they have piss-easy access to guns, thanks to the sterling work of the wonderful NRA. If someone on bail decided to vanish, do you really think they couldn't also find a gun if they wanted to and had $250 spare?

7
0

UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Slippery slope?

It has to be hate specifically directed at a person because of their ownership/association of a protected characteristic

Unfortunately that's considered as 'political correctness gorn maad' for the people who don't have enough mirror neurons to be able to put themselves in someone else's shoes.

6
7
Rich 11
Silver badge

and everyone gets eaten by locusts and frogs.

Aren't the frogs supposed to eat the locusts? I never could work that one out. Seemed like such a waste.

4
0

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

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: R V Jones

Thirded for 'Most Secret War'. It doesn't just shed light on the scientific and military problems, but also the deeply maddening political and bureaucratic power games being played out at that time.

7
0

Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: One thing is missing here..

we are trying to make a certain religion integrate into society that doesn't believe in our values

I too am sick of fundamentalist Christians killing doctors and firebombing women's clinics, of denying young people good sex education, of 'praying the gay away' and of claiming that their interpretation of what their favourite spirit in the sky wants is better than anyone else's interpretation of that or any other spirit in the sky's desires.

4
1
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: the United States has an exceptional degree of respect for absolute freedom of speech

Funny but for all of the guns that were worn by the far right, not a single shot was fired.

That's your main take-away point? It doesn't concern you that carrying weapons to a demonstration is a show of force and a threat of violence in itself? It doesn't exactly indicate a peaceful intent.

5
1

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Interesting stuff

and think that it is somehow codified, and it follows or should follow rules.

What are you, a Geneva Convention denier? Do you think war would be better without any possibility of any act ever being considered a war crime, perhaps?

7
3
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Interesting stuff

Of course logically they should have also opposed Russian intervention in Syria but for some reason they didn't have a big march about that....

Not every protest makes it to your television screen in glorious technicolour. It doesn't mean they don't happen.

Your implication that the left in the UK loves Russia is also ridiculously out of date (if it were ever true of all but the extreme left), but please carry on making that mistake because it helps warn people that you haven't been paying attention for 30 years or more.

15
6

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Excellent!

You're not mad. I have fond memories of Turbo Basic. I haven't touched it since 1988, but I'm sure I've still got the manuals and the 5.25" 360K disks in a box somewhere...

3
0
Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: What does "DV cleared" mean?

and your opinions of the papacy.

I'm not surprised. Parliament repealed the Test Act almost two centuries ago, but Government won't have got the message yet.

10
0

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: Client support, we've heard about it

Some of the server guys even actually liked talking to humans for a bit :)

I don't believe you. Who threatened to take away their coffee machine and move their desks from the cubbyhole to an open-plan office?

24
1

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Rich 11
Silver badge

Re: 1400?

Because we've got our own system of inefficiency, graft and pork barrels to sustain. Don't you ever read the news?

3
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017