* Posts by Alister

3265 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Is this strictly film, or does TV count?

I notice people mentioning Daleks (which are definitely not Robots) but what about Kryten from Red Dwarf?

NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

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subjecting it to “modern image processing techniques”

Photoshop clone brush...

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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It would never have happened in my day, Strowger woudn't crash after an update :)

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

Fukushima was NOT a nuclear "disaster" it was a severe natural disaster which impacted an otherwise safe nuclear power plant.

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Re: I seem to remember


Yes but your anecdotal evidence doesn't translate well to most use cases. You couldn't power any useful industrial plant with what you do, and most people don't have the luxury of being able to install a heat pump and PV panels. The only way your solution would work country wide would be if nearly all roofing and spare ground in the UK was to be covered in PV panels, and that's not going to be acceptable to most people.

Human DNA 'will be found on moon' – Brian Cox

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Re: Remember me..

Would this headstone be made of black non-reflective material, and sort of rectangular, with dimensions in the precise ratio of 1 : 4 : 9?


Oh, okay then, as you were...

Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Seriously! $12M to move from one domain to another?

I'd do it for them for 20 grand...

The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

Being half Scot, I see echoes of the Saltire in that bold cross pattern slashed across the nose,

Well It looks to me like a Klingon battle weapon...

No, I'm not Klingon...

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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I can't wait to hear of the first user who decides to plug in the phone's charging lead, and then tries to go round a sharp bend...

Rosetta probot drilling denied: Philae has its 'leg in the air'

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After such a complex and magnificently executed journey, it's a great shame that the outcome was not as envisaged.

Just a side thought though, as the harpoons and thruster didn't fire, and they haven't yet used the drills on the landing pads (as I understand it) shouldn't that mean that they have more battery power left than originally planned for?

We don't NEED NO STEENKIN' DRONE RULES, peers told

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Wow, a Minister of State with some common sense...

Whatever next?

German spies want millions of Euros to buy zero-day code holes

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So, the German spooks are wanting to spend £300M for an STI?

Surely there are streets in Berlin where you can pick one up cheaper than that?

BrowserStack HACK ATTACK: Service still suspended after rogue email

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There are two different things to triage here - the system and the perception of the service

You still don't seem to understand what triage means.

Triage means assigning priorities to multiple things in the most effective manner, so yes you have two things, as you say: the (broken) system, and your users' perception.

So you assign a priority to each:

1/ fix the broken system

2/ manage users perceptions.

That is Triage.

I actually agree that maybe whilst the technical guys deal with the problem, some of the management and sales types could do a bit of communication. But, as others have said, if there is no information, how do you disseminate it?

Which is worse from a user perspective? No information from the company, or a tweet saying "Everything's broken and we don't know why yet"?

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Re: Triage

a few reassuring words on social media would go a long way to triaging the damage


I don't think Triage means what you think it means...

Just FYI:

Triage (verb) the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.

Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

Maybe it's beyond the UK networks though. They manage to do it fairly easily in other countries.

It depends where the masts are though, I'm sure you'll agree. If you start with a wooded hilltop, then fine, you build a pretend tree - and I've seen some and they're quite good, but if you have a bare hillside, with nothing but a few rock outcrops and maybe some heather, there's nothing there that you can disguise a mast as, that won't look out of place.

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

The BBC reported in April of this year that around 25% of Scotland barely gets a 2G signal.

Whilst this is true, and I have some sympathy for the residents, the geographical constraints mean that the only viable alternative is that nearly every hill top gets decorated with a phone mast. Is that really what people in the area, as well as visiting tourists, want to see?

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Re: Grammar

There should be a comma after the "Oh" and a semicolon (instead of the comma) after "UK.gov", then a fullstop at the end of the sentence.

No, because then you've changed the meaning of the paragraph. As it stands, it is fine, in my view. It is two separate sentences, the first a question, the second a rhetorical question used as a statement, and addressed specifically to UK.gov.

National roaming plan?

Oh UK.gov, you've got to be joking!

Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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The EU's transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, said during a speech in Rome, Italy on Friday

Are we really considered that thick nowadays that we need to be told which country Rome is in?


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Might I suggest, robot civil servants, and robot MPs, that should use up most of the 33% and leave the rest of us alone.

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Alexa - Get my goat.


Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Me neither.

WTF is a looser?

Do you perhaps mean loser??

Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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If the people not only dislike something but also consider it unreasonable then it should not be done,” Orban said on Radio Kossuth.

There are a couple of Western "democracies" I can think of who should learn from this...

Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Maybe all those commentards who yesterday were posting "iYawn" and "Why is this news" on Reg's story about this should take note.

Unfortunately, although I agree it shouldn't be newsworthy when someone mentions their sexual orientation, this is the reality: a large part of the world's population are still bigoted homophobes.

So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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I don't know why we assume fish and other species have less mental processing ability.

Visual acuity is surely the absolute overriding method of self preservation from predators, particularly for fish, and therefore evolutionary pressure would obviously mean that fish nowadays are very good at it.

This is not, however, what I would call a convincing yard stick for measuring "intelligence", which to me is more about abstract thought.


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Dr Karen Lips.

Is that her married name, I wonder?

Seth Rogen bags Woz role in Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

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How many bio-pics do we really need of the same person?

He's not (despite El-Reg's editorial team) a saint, or a famous general or politician, he didn't (despite popular perception) invent anything, he was just a successful business man, occasionally. He was also spectacularly unsuccessful on occasion.

Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

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did unadvisable things with RSA encryption

The word is "inadvisable", you don't have to invent new ones.

The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

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Oh My Gods, NO!

Not Power Point!

It should be banned by the Geneva Convention as a "cruel and unusual punishment"

Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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..."If the number of meetings during the day impacts sleep quality".

I should say so!

How can I get any sleep if you keep waking me up to go to meetings!

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re: Yuk

It can be the only reason for their inability to use them when wildly veering across 3 lanes to get where they want to be 15 seconds ahead of the pack!

Maybe they're trying to set the temperature on their touch screens??


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Re: Sun's latest FIERY BURP

as they say on the other side of ze Chanel.

Would zat be ze Chanel that comes in bottles and smells nice, or do you mean the Channel?

Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

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has anyone put the original apple tree on a map yet?

Didn't it drown in the great flood?

FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Our findings are important as they suggest that casual skin exposure to sunlight, together with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet, may help prevent the development of obesity,


And if they had a control group who just did the "plenty of exercise and a healthy diet" bit, without the sunlight?

I wonder if they would have lost weight?

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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We all know what caused Tunguska, and it wasn't a coronal mass ejection

That's not at all how I interpreted it, I understood that as meaning that the trees were there to minimize the damage to the planet from the air-burst (which they did by absorbing the energy of the explosion).

The examples given were all extinction level events which were averted by the trees, not all CMEs.

The actual premise of the episode was quite interesting, I thought, although the execution was awful and the ending was abysmal.

Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re shrinking

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Re: Seriously?

Where's the causation? Have they really eliminated any other factors or is it purely the "must be climate change" meme?

It's quite obvious that they've put the cart before the horse (goat) here, and that in fact the local climate is changing in response to the size of the goats. It's a well known fact that goat size is critical to the formation of Capricornicus molecules, which in turn directly affect cloud formation, and therefore the average temperatures of the region.

(@fading, just in case you're wondering, I agree with you)

RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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some really big advances in science, especially regarding the molecular sciences and dating techniques

I'm sorry, I read the above passage and was still in the rumpy-pumpy mindset, and wondered for a moment what dating techniques the Neanderthals had developed to pull a Cro-Magnon...

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

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If a business can afford a leased line, perhaps they can spend that money on multiple low grade ADSL/Cable links instead, combined reliability should be better...

Yep, except where there is only one choice of provider, so all the broadband links go over the same cable, through the same exchange, to the same backhaul. This is the UK, there's a lot of places where BT is still the only choice.

Oh and at least a leased line gives you a decent upload speed, ADSL round here means 300Kbs at the most. Not much use for putting things in the cloud.

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Migrate to the cloud... and watch it rain on your parade...

Seriously, how many small businesses have multiple diverse internet connections?

Without that, in the UK, you can expect an outage every month or so, and that's not counting the downtime of the various cloud providers.

It's great, as a techie, to be able to shrug, and go "leased line's down again, there's a ticket been raised".

Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Hadn't noticed, don't care.

What's with people these days expecting everything to always by up and running?

Unrealistic expectations, and stupid SLAs...


Who the hell told people that email was either secure or guaranteed? I'm fed up of explaining to clients that just 'cos they pressed the send button doesn't mean there is 100% chance of the recipient ever receiving it. Email is a "Best Effort" service, just like the rest of the Internet. And if the client insists on making their "important" email look like a marketing flyer, the chances of anyone receiving it are getting slimmer every day.


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Re: Titsup

"I though aircraft went "unserviceable""

Not if spread about several acres of landscape in smoking bits. Then, it is usually termed "Down"

Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: Block port 25 by default

I'm not sure this would persist if text-mode were the norm...

Yes, but one of the main things about HTML mail is that you can obfuscate an incorrect URL in a link by writing what appears to be a legitimate address as the displayed text. Unless you view it in text mode it is not obvious.

In a text email, you can't do that, any links in the text have to have the actual URL displayed, so are immediately obvious.

Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

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Re: Latin

You've not been round here much, have you...

Also, RTFA, it tells you.

Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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Re: Why don't they use the same procedure...

Yeah, we could brand them as well, so we know not to go near them...

Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

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Re: IIS needs you to reboot the whole server?

IIS needs you to reboot the whole server?


Unfortunately, as this is a registry hack, the only way to reload the registry is to restart the operating system.

Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: Licorice

I sincerely hope not. Forums will be choked with reams of pointless wittering on whether it's licor-ISH or licor-ISS.

Bah, you can't even spell it correctly, it's Liquorice.

LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Re: Re Lester Haines

"Although I'm not sure if Lester agrees with the other attributes given to him: burly and bald. Are you, Lester?"

I believe that what they meant to say was, in fact, "solidly-built" and "cool-headed"...

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Nice photo Lester, almost believable that you have boffin credentials :)

Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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They spent all that extra time thinking up a name and a pretty logo for this vulnerability, before releasing it to the public, and the best they could come up with was POODLE!!

NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Oh, good, I was just sitting here thinking, I wish there was some more patching I could be doing...


Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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"A fish rots from the head down," Poettering said

Umm, no it doesn't, it rots from the gut...

Just sayin'

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