* Posts by TRT

6424 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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Wouldn't that make them sphere sats?

Cubes vs spheres? Sounds familiar.

UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

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Re: Stable

It's a self-bolting horse.

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Re: Manufacturers should be liable

So that's Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Datsun and BMW off the road then. Oh, and Renault. And Citroen...

The KITT hits the Man: US Congress urged to OK robo-car trials

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Congressional lobbying...

from the Amalgamated Union of Vehicle and Highway Barrier repairers, Road Debris Sweepers and Vehicular Crash Investigators?

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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If I had known it was you, vote colonel...

Obligatory video

British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

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Baylis and Haines.

Apart from it sounding like some sort of fancy soap, heaven reeks of pipe smoke this evening. RIP an inspiration to us all; the boffin's boffin.

UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010

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Re: in fairness

I too am doing that, but it is an enforced obsolescence. For several users, it is because Pitmans is no longer doable on Word 2010.

That is the last decent version of the Office, as someone else commented above.

New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects

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Re: No scary implications

They already have a gun that can shoot around corners, and bullets that can change direction mid-flight (Exacto, IIRC), and shells even explode into a shrapnel kill-ring at a preset distance in order to hit something behind cover.

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Takes so long to image...

We have scanned one rabbit... no... two... hang on... four rabbits?

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Re: Vibrations

You couldn't do it with visible light, because you'd fry people's eyeballs. So infrared? But you'd need kilowatts of energy to do that.

Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Re: BBC from the days of Yes Minister and Spitting Image - yes

Oops. My mistake. Butterflies was a BBC2 comedy. I was sure it had an ad break, but there's the vagary of memory for you. So what ITV comedies does that leave? Not many. There's a fair bit of (crap) crime drama from the ITV stable, though.

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Re: BBC from the days of Yes Minister and Spitting Image - yes

UKTV is only 50% owned by BBC Worldwide. The rest is owned by Scripps, an American concern, at it was formed as a partnership with Thames TV. It shows programming from commercial channels as well as having a large BBC archive to dip into. It's worth contemplating WHY so many BBC programmes are shown on channels such as Dave and Gold... is it because there's a rich archive or material that people want to see? What could be recycled from the ITV archives without causing too much offence? On the Busses is about the most risqué thing that could still be rebroadcast, and that cuts it close to the bone most of the time. Mind you... a rerun of Butterflies might work.

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Re: Media and information

They show a mirror of what they think their viewers think. Which is usually what they think. If you can call it thinking.

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Re: BBC from the days of Yes Minister and Spitting Image - yes

Does ITV still produce stuff like World in Action? Or is dumbing down now across the board?

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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I remember programming it...

to calculate the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything.

It returned 4/2000

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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So what about...

the VESA mounting specifications? Do away with the stand, how does it work with integrated desk mounted supports?

Oh honey! Oxfordshire abuzz with reports of a MEEELLION bees stolen

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Re: I think someone...

Hive.

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I think someone...

just wanted to control their heating from their phone.

US Navy gives Lockheed Martin $150m big frickin' laser cannon contract

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Phased plasma rifle...

in the 40 watt range?

BOFH: Honourable misconduct

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Re: Excellent.

I visited BVE yesterday, I think that means Broadcast & Video Expo; anyway, there was a lovely air powered remote squib system on show. Can't help but think if BOFH got hold of a demo unit for that, what fun would ensue. The 6-hit programmable sequencer unit fitted with the American-style blood discharge heads was particularly impressive.

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Re: I can't help but feel...

Fly... or fall with style?

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Re: I can't help but feel...

Yes, and there's plenty of opportunity for using the word Fokker in his presentation to the board.

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I can't help but feel...

That somewhere there's some scope for the BOFH making use of the adjacent story, "Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?"

Baaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrnnnn! Dakka-dakka-dakka.

Boffins baffled as AI training leaks secrets to canny thieves

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Professor Dawn Song.

Beautiful name. And... spoilers, sweetie.

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Re: Sir! It's the machines!

They have... detailed files.

UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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Re: ... taking it for a spin

1400 rpm.

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Re: Noting that Dyson also briefly did washing machines

Yep. Spares for that... you got rinsed.

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Re: Dyson hair dryer...

I agree. It really doesn't suck.

Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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Re: Mental Health Support...

It's part of the Out Of Their Box Experience.

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Phlebotomist?

Sideways move for one of their pelati-phlebotomists?

Martian microbes may just be resting – boffins

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Re: Don't Drink The water

Dr Who. Waters of Mars. Jeesh!

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: Can't they upgrade it?

Oh yes. Greenwich upgrade is all on-hold now. I was sure it was done already. Part of Mayor Khan's project review. It still has around 1GW of generation from oil though I think. It's a backup to the grid supply.

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Re: Hmmm

Or employ more posties and deliver by foot, or pony and cart, or cycle.

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Re: Can't they upgrade it?

They just installed 6 gas turbine generators at Greenwich, and there's a reciprocating gas powered generator at Smithfield market. Both also supply district heating systems. Still, it's just gaining a few percent on the efficiency scale from the ICE fleet really. Helps with the pollution, mind.

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Re: FFS.

Captain Green already runs the telephone exchange, but I want my mail delivered by Melody Angel, in a kind of reverse, perverse stereotype of the postman's knock-up.

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Re: Can't they upgrade it?

Or make use of the London Underground's generating plants which aren't running most of the night. Mount Pleasant must be quite well located for tapping that source, though I'm not that familiar with the location of the power cables etc.

Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

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I say...

Sod 'em all.

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

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Re: A historian writes...

Talking of hookers... visits a location during working hours more than twice a week... Apparently my occupation is "rent boy". Serves me right for having a client who lives in a seedy room in Soho.

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

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Re: Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring

You have a-kela on line 1...

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Lexx..

I have to admit, I would be tempted to answer a call "Yo! Weh-Yo."

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Wasn't Kai the name of the undead assassin in Lexx? Basically, already dead, didn't stop moving.

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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Re: TRT on digital signatures

I don't mind humans being stupid. Really, I don't. They are. Why deny it? What I do mind, though, is when they claim to be professional or competent or otherwise beyond error. It's a form of hypocrisy and that's the thing that grinds my gears above all else. The IT directorate bleating on about cyber security endlessly then expecting absolute trust and a different set of rules for their staff, or shirking any sort of hard work that would actually mean they comply with the best practises that they are proscribing... it's like the local priest preaching hell and damnation and putting, literally, the fear of God into the little kids from the pulpit, about paedophiles and original sin and how buggery condemns you to burn in eternal fires... then bending their favourite choirboy over a chair in the vestry and blessing their ring with their rod and staff thy comfort still.

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Re: My driving licence is paper and I don't have a passport. Guess I'm stuffed, then?

Yep. Been through all of that myself. Had to get a passport in the end. Took months and months due to changes to the passport regulations, all that business about grandparent's place of birth etc. You wouldn't think that would matter for the UK - it's almost as bad as someone of Pakistani descent trying to get a visa to visit India. Interviews, retake your photographs (and the price of the photo booth in the passport office... talk about creaming a captive audience), phone calls to your sponsors etc. And that's for a 40ish year old WITH a UK birth certificate, a NI number, a 20 year plus continuous employment history, UK bank accounts etc etc.It was just a lost passport and a destroyed birth certificate from years ago that was holding it all up.

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Re: Pled?

I pled for my freedom.

You pled the court spare your life?

Sounds fine to me. Although maybe not quite correct in the use in the article. Besides, it's in a quote.

Maybe he's just a miserable pleader.

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Re: Just Wow

You want an administration that knows how to properly cover its arse leaving no tracks?

Hubble Space Telescope one of 16 suffering data-scrambling sensor error

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Re: Astro cameras went digital a long time ago

Ah, the analog to digital conversion...

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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A - Acronis True Image, Adobe Acrobat.

B - Battery Checker

C - Chrome...

Yes, thank you. I know my alphabet.

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Re: Looks good

I think I'd prefer my screen to have a notch taken out of the top to house the camera. It just makes so much sense not to have just the 1 rectangular screen when you could have three rectangular screen portions.

NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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The point of saying "keep your guns, ban ammo" is so that idiots argue how impossible that would be and then say what an imbecilic argument that is. Then the proposer can say "OK, so we ban guns then, as that seems to be easier". It's one or the other because otherwise people killing each other remains an impersonal point and click, fatalistic whim.

When clever code kills, who pays and who does the time? A Brit expert explains to El Reg

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Re: *A* Brit Expert

Dr Kingston of the institution formerly known as Brighton Poly.

It's a fine place, I'm sure. Must have come on leaps and bounds since I was at a neighbouring university.

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