* Posts by Alister

3264 posts • joined 19 May 2010

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: twice a day

So long as you don't plan to kill someone who lives on your normal route to work, you'll be fine.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

I thought they were space meerkats.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: Where are the UFO's?

why can't old fashioned alien saucers cause an alert anymore?

They've given up visiting the Earth, too many of those flipping "drone" things following them around all the time.

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Re: Yet another...

african or european?

Fly me to the Moon, let me play among the stars. Do you think we could get another probe to land on Mars?

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Re: Britain should re-examine EM Drives

Well that's fascinating... Complete bollocks, but nevertheless fascinating.

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Nice try

but your headline doesn't match the meter of the song. You should have put:

Fly me to the Moon, let me play among the stars, do you think that we could get another probe on Mars?

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Disappointing...

Oh, you've done it now!

Let's avoid the obvious ones, like Scunthorpe and Penistone, shall we? Oh, too late...

Cockermouth, Cumbria

Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway

Lickey End, Worcestershire

Little Snoring, Norfolk

Lower Assendon, Oxfordshire

Lower Dicker, East Sussex

Upper Boddam, Aberdeenshire

Shall I go on?

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Re: Ripe for the picking

I'm sorry, did you mean Buckingham Palacetm (sponsored by BowWows, the Corgi's choice)?

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Love the accompanying map image... "Bell End"


Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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Re: Ticked Off?


As someone once said, UK and US, two countries separated by a common language... :)

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Re: Ticked Off?

Put another way, if I've ticked you off we are at the point where a pint may no longer patch things up, but I do not have to worry about any rough stuff.

So is that better or worse than "pissed" in the American sense, or "pissed off" in the UK version?

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Re: The silence is deafening



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The silence is deafening

So far nobody else has been identified or arrested over the shutdown.

Curious how the story has rapidly been squashed, and not one enterprising journalist has written anything about why, given the massive disruption, nothing much has been done.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Edinburgh have apparently bought unspecified (but very expensive) anti-drone technology, but it would be interesting to see what would actually happen if someone reported drone sightings this week...

AT&T (sucks) upgrades folks to 5G (Evolution) that isn't actually 5G

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I'm stealing that one, now I've spelt it correctly...

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Test Article

Construction is well under way on the first test article of the rocket

Need more caffeine, my brain parsed that as testicle on first read, which surprised me...

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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In the days of 320MB IDE drives it would've likely been Windows 3.11

What absolute rubbish, Desktop hard drive sizes didn't regularly exceed 1GB until well into the nineties, certainly anything up to Windows 2000 machines would not have had anything more than 500MB.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Similar story

Now you've reminded me, there used to be a company - can't remember the name now, but a well known purveyor of computer peripherals - who sold a set of floppy disk holders (5 1/4 natch) which were designed... designed! to fit over a CRT monitor like a pair of saddlebags, with the floppies each side of the screen!

I wonder how many people thought that was a good idea...

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

As birthday presents go, a new Hoover sucks.

I've given that an upvote, but I really, really struggled not to downvote it... :)

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Look at what's just happened in Germany:


and now imagine that they already had a porn watchers database in operation.

If data is collected by the government, it WILL be hacked, and it WILL be used for malicious purposes.

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Re: All you need is......

although video is a bit harder.

Bring back flip-books...

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The proposed legislation will not have any real impact on children's ability to see porn on the internet. Most of the providers of free porn are not UK based, and therefore will not be affected by this in any way. It's merely another case of the government "being seen to do something".

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: The anti-intellectual Americans etc...

My comprehension is that "eggheads" refers to those who work purely theoretically, whereas "boffins" are those who combine the theory with the practical tinkering necessary to produce a working version.

However there is some blurring of this distinction, as I would consider Trevor Bayliss to be a Boffin, but I would also put Barnes Wallis in the same category, even though strictly he was an Egghead.

Oh, and I don't consider either term to be pejorative or derogatory.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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the Venetia Burney Student Dust Counter (SDC)

Students are well known for producing more dust than any other species.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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In boring, grey, temperate UK, the most dangerous creature you're likely to run into is a dairy cow or red deer

Yeah? You wait until you get a dairy cow climbing up the bath plughole, you'll soon change your tune!

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: "I can has flying cars?"


You can has grammar check?

You can has downvotes

GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms' hearts in 2018

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Re: Oh No It Isn't...

Has anyone ever seen some management drone say this, or does it always emerge in written form?

I'm pretty sure Dido Harding said it live on television, but then she was so clueless she probably thought it was true...

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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It's defeatist nonsense in either case.

So you think punishing or restricting the majority will make any difference to future instances like this?

Or do you perhaps think it's possible to unilaterally ban the manufacture, sale and use of drones completely, remove all the internet content on how to bypass drone restrictions, or modify a drone for longer endurance, and get everyone to forget completely how to build, modify or fly a drone?

If not, then this is going to happen again and again.

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There are already penalties in place for anyone who disrupts or endangers air operations. No special case should be needed if they use a drone to do it with. The penalty for the existing offence just needs to be increased to punitive levels.

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Why is it that politicians (and pilots on PPrune) don't seem to understand that regulation only stops people who are prepared to abide by the rules?

Criminals and terrorists will just ignore any restrictions, so the only impact will be on law-abiding citizens who already follow the existing rules.

You cannot ban drones, anymore than you can ban encryption, the technology now exists and is widely available, it's too late.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Where is the RAF when you need them?

As I posted above in response to a similar question:

What resources do you think the RAF has which are capable of dealing with a threat that is slow moving and doesn't go above about 800 feet?

What has the RAF got that can deal with what is essentially a mobile but ground-based threat?

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Re: RAF?

why Army but not RAF?

Which do you think is more capable of dealing with a threat that is slow moving and doesn't go above about 800 feet?

What has the RAF got that can deal with what is essentially a mobile but ground-based threat?

I suppose they could carpet-bomb Gatwick?

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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I wish I could draw

This is a cartoonists dream - images of British coppers running round the airport perimeter with butterfly nets and shotguns.

Where's Giles when you need him...

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Re: Airport radar should be able to show this.


They are ground vehicles with ADS-B transponders.

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Re: Airport radar should be able to show this.

FlightRadar24 doesn't use radar, sorry.

It relies on ADS-B information, or multilateration using FlightRadar24 receivers, both of which techniques require the target to be actively transmitting a recognisable signal. It is unlikely that a drone would have that sort of transmitter fitted.

Ho ho ho! Washington DC sends Zuckerberg a sueball-shaped present

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Facebook, Facebook?

Oh yes, I remember them, they went bust after being sued into oblivion...

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Is this libel?

No, it isn't libel.

"Libel" noun: a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation.

As far as I can see, nothing in the article is false, and I'm sure El Reg's legal team will have checked.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Can you get Nokia patches?

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Evidence? You want evidence?

@John Savard

I hope your tin-foil hat isn't made in China.

You make McCarthyism look quite rational.

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Typical Germans, asking for evidence. Evidence! I mean, come on.

Don't they know rhetoric and false accusation is all you need nowadays?

The UK government didn't mess about looking for evidence, did they? No, they did just what Uncle Sam said.

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Re: Huawei the lads!

For years I thought it was pronounced hoo-way, and it's only recently I've heard all the newscasters calling it wah-whey.

I'm not sure which is closer to the Geordie...

Scrubtastic end to 2018 as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace all opt for another day on Earth

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an "out of family" reading on first stage sensors had tripped the alarms.

Orphaned process?

Houston, we've had a problem: NASA fears internal server hacked, staff personal info swiped by miscreants

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Bah! to your piffling Space Command, let's get the Galactic Patrol up and running, now!

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

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You do know it's Christmas, don't you?

Just checking...

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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We need MorPork


Memes, messengers, and missiles: From Twitter to chat apps and weapons, security is ho-ho-hosed this Xmas

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Re: ???

Why MAC addresses? Article (linked) doesn't explain it.

It's the bastard offspring of a Google car.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: Bandwidth and storage are miniscule

Once at Google HQ it would be converted to text and stored as such

So I wonder if there will be a standard text representation of a fart. Will it be:






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

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Re: Don't forget the other fallen

3 people were killed during a ground nitrous oxide tanking test in development of Space Ship Two. That's four dead and they aren't even in commercial service yet.

How many people do you think died in developing aircraft to the point where they were commercially successful? How many people died before automobiles were generally safe to drive? How many people died building the railways?

People die, it happens all the time. This generation seems to think any loss of life is unacceptable, and because of that, are needlessly risk averse.

Earlier generations were more pragmatic.

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Re: Superficial Marketing Tosh = Virgin on the Ridiculous

Just to point out that Branson's endeavour is the only one so far to offer spaceflight (even if illusory) to "ordinary people" - in quotes because you have to be rich, Obvs - but by that I mean, not trained astronauts.

Think back to the early days of powered flight, and that's exactly what happened, it was first touted as a rich plaything, before disseminating to the general public.

Automobiles, too, were first and foremost a thing for rich people to play with, until mass-production became a thing.

If you go further back, look at Richard Trevithick who offered rides behind his new steam locomotive on a circle of track, to those who could afford it.

So don't be so disparaging, most of the innovations in transport have started this way, and it is a necessary step on the path to more widespread use.

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Re: Talking cargo

"Self-loading Freight" is the phrase I'm most familiar with.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles

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surely better terms that are neutral can be found

Go on then, suggest some?

Not everything has racist connotations, unless you deliberately choose to be offended.

If I'm playing snooker, and I pot the black, that's not racist, is it, or should we perhaps look at renaming the ball?

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