* Posts by Alister

3265 posts • joined 19 May 2010

LOHAN sets clock ticking for explosive climax

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If the first flight is a bust, we'll recover the Vulture 2 along with the fantastical flying truss, and

"give the thing another pop."

unfortunate turn of phrase, there...

Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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or you could drop the "n" and move the "e"

Toe rag

Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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Re: Pot Noodle?

Hmm, Fish Finger and Custard Pot Noodle, now there's an idea...

Facebook sued by Chinese firm over Timeline

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Isn't the Bayeux tapestry a timeline? It does, after all, display images in chronological order...

Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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I wonder what the most searched for phrase will be?

Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: Meh

My daughter, having re-watched the Doctor Who episode, wanted to try fish fingers and custard, so I did it for her - I have to say, the taste of fish fingers dipped into cold vanilla custard from a tin is actually a surprisingly pleasant experience...

Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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ABS as well?

Have they already mandated ABS?

If not, I can see this being interesting, computer slams brakes on, wheels lock, car doesn't stop, driver can't steer or do anything to regain control...

How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

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Reminds me of something I read in a Tom Clancy novel - Debt of Honour I think it was.

Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

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Re: Outraged!


>On the subject of lasers, will the athletes have to compensate for new environmental factors when taking their shot? How will a heat haze affect the accuracy of a laser pistol?

In the UK? in summer? are you serious??

Rain maybe, or ice crystals, but heat haze... nope.

Japanese fanboi builds FrankenPhone from 'bits of iPhone 5'

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Re: Meanwhile in other news

You could at least have made it an 8746, so it's compatible with PST

Boffins puzzled over impossibly fast ice avalanches on Saturn's moon

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I don't get this

The scientists studying Iapetus said:

"They give us examples of giant landslides in ice, instead of rock, with a different gravity, and no atmosphere. So any theory of long runout landslides on Earth must also work for avalanches on Iapetus."

Why? If the starting conditions and environment are completely different, why should what happens on Iapetus bear any relevance to what happens on Earth?

Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Re: Remote Control

@Wensleydale cheese

I agree entirely, and always prefer to install an ssh server if I have to deal with windows boxen.

However, I was answering the original poster who said "you can't remote log in to it anyway"" referring to windows. He made no mention of secure access or otherwise.

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Re: Remote Control


>Wow. Telnet now that's going to be secure. Clear text user names and passwords over the network.

If you're going to quote me, at least do it in context. I said:

Windows comes with a telnet server or remote desktop - neither are ideal, I admit, but to say "you can't remote log in to it anyway" is complete bollocks.

It's also trivially easy to add an SSH server to Windows...

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Re: Remote Control

"This, incidentally, is one of my biggest gripes with Windows - it doesn't have a useful command line and you can't remote log in to it anyway; you have to use stupidly inefficient KVM systems to achieve what you could achieve for free and out of the box with any other OS."

Windows comes with a telnet server or remote desktop - neither are ideal, I admit, but to say "you can't remote log in to it anyway" is complete bollocks.

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I agree with Trevor

I make use of CLI for some things, and GUI for others, across a wide range of server and desktop operating systems and differing network appliances.

Some of the appliance GUIs available are excellent, obviously well thought out, others not so much, just as is the case with the operating systems.

I fail to see the need for the snobbery associated with using a CLI for everything, it can be work for work's sake sometimes.

GPS-equipped sheep prove herd mentality exists

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@numpty Scrub

quote: "Primarily, I would assume, so that they actually have some hard data regarding sizes, distances, response times etc. to be able to provide a herd model for predictive purposes?"

I can see the need to have accurate data for sunrise / sunset, and for the effects of gravity, but really, why would you need to model or predict herd dynamics in ruminants?

Perhaps scientists want to be able to tell sheep farmers they've been doing it wrong, all these years?

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Quite frankly, this seems to me to be nothing more than an excuse for a nice holiday - why would anyone feel the need to prove this scientifically, when such behaviour has been observed and known about for millennia, and why would British scientists have to go to an Australian farm to do this, aren't there enough sheep and sheepdogs in the UK?

What a waste of money and time.

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

boltar wrote:

Off the top of my head:



Red Dwarf

Life on Mars

Ashes to Ashes


Case Sensitive


With the exception of Lewis, none of these are produced any longer, so where are their comparable replacements?

Or should we just stick with the repeats?

Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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The Women’s Affairs Committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB).


So you can make an acronym from any three words in the title, despite it not making sense?

How about

The International Committee for the Licensing of Information Technology Protocols and Standards (CLIT)

O2's titsup network struggles to find its feet

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It wouldn't surprise me

...if this weren't something to do with trying to re-prioritise their network for the Olympics. I would expect that they will try to make the London area more robust, given the expected extra traffic there over the next few months. They are the 'official' communications provider, after all.

BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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"In and around London"

That must be a very broad definition, here in Derbyshire, out of four sites on BT business Broadband two went down, two stayed up, even though they are all connected to the same exchange. Very peculiar...

Those two that were down, had a full ADSL session, and a PPP session, and had IP's assigned, they just weren't passing traffic.

Indian navy computers stormed by malware-ridden USBs

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Re: Eh?

I don't suppose too many nuclear subs etc are running "Windows for Warmongers"

No, they're running Windows for Warships.



BAE proposes GPS-less location

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Bring back LORAN

That's what I say.

Oh, and is it El Reg or BAE who can't spell opportunity?

Dimming the lights on smart(arse) TV

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"In fact, it seems that it merely needs to have hinges for it to come under my all-encompassing 'tech' remit."

What, your TV has hinges!

Blimey, it really is old...

Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Re: Are they too late?

As I recall, none of the Home editions of any Microsoft OS back to XP will join an Active directory domain. That's kind of the point of why they're Home editions - you have to pay more for Pro for the domain connectivity.

Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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blogger was causing 'distress and harm' to Canteen staff

What about the distress and harm caused by eating the sad apology for a meal?

Nice head in the sand there, Argyll and Bute...

Must try harder: Cumbria tells BT and Fujitsu to resubmit fibre plans

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Only if you think sticking loads of extra radio masts on every hill (and providing cable links to them) would work out cheaper...

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@The First Dave

According to the article it's "Cumbria Country Council" (sic) so maybe they are now a free state in their own right?

ICANN eggfaced after publishing dot-word biz overlords' personal info

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Re: ICANN I can't

>>Do these guys operate out of a lock-up garage in Peckham or something?

I'm sorry, the Company address details are privileged information and cannot be published on the internet...

GiffGaff in data spaff, goodybag gaffe: ICO says its 'avin a laff

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"Its actually a criminal offence not to register with the Information Commissioner."

Except if you are exempt... Did you not read the various comments up-thread?

Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions

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"60% of the time they are wrong."

Seems good odds to me...

Trust lawyers, not techies, when it comes to the cloud

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Lawyer gives advice for free

fly for your life, the end of the world is nigh...

Watch out, world! Ofcom is off the leash to bite radio jammers

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Watchdog back in the kennel after the Olympics

Still toothless, even out of it's kennel.

I wonder how it feels to be gummed to death by a toothless watchdog, or drowned in a sea of slobber...

New UK curriculum ramps up lessons in SPAAAACE

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@Benjamin 4

If you are not trolling, then I can only think that you struggle with mental arithmetic. Do you really mean that you have to work out what 5 x 4 or 6 x 6 are every time you need to use them, instead of just knowing the answer?

That is the point of the exercise - not wasting time working out simple multiplication every time you need the result.

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So, in summary, they're going to change the curriculum back to how it was twenty years ago?

Oracle gobbles upstart Facebook, Instagram biz tout

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Oracle Gobbles Upstart Facebook

...was how I first read that, and I thought Larry had got a new bitch...

Special Projects Burro pops his hooves

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Bye, bye Burro...

Sorry to hear that, a real shame.

ICO: Managed to comply with Cookies Law? Go help the other kids

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"What we want is an element of consistency where an organisation doing something properly can then disseminate that practice among their colleagues in similar sectors,"

Hmm, "an organisation doing something properly " is not likely to be anything to do with the UK government, then, is it?

What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

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What was that??

Oh, just a Monty Python reference passing overhead...

UK prosecutions for hacking appear to be be dropping

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the latest figures are from 2 years ago, so really this means nothing. "Hacking" prosecutions have almost certainly risen again over the last couple of years, as the activities of Anonymous and others have raised the public profile, and therefore the supposed seriousness of the crimes.

Will UK.gov crack down on itself for missing Cookie Law deadline?

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Re: So Google Analytics now ok?

>>how can you be spanked for non-complience when you have no control over the code being used in the iframe?

To quote from another article:

"But the ICO will consider that websites will be responsible for all cookies on their site: even if the cookies come from third parties – for example from adverts provided by an advertising service. Sites that host advertising need to talk to their advertisers about what cookies the advertisers are serving up and then pass that information onto users.

"It's a complicated chain, I know," said the deputy commissioner, saying that they were in talks with advertising bodies about standards."

So, it's All Your Fault, even when it isn't...

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Re: Is this legal?

>>I introduced my desktop to 250ml of sparkling water last Friday

I take it the desktop didn't like that very much

ICO on new Cookie Law: 'Don't expect torrent of enforcement action'

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Does not compute...

We don't expect all organisations not compliant on the 27th to have some evidence of taking action to be compliant.


Shouldn't that be

We expect all organisations not compliant on the 27th to have some evidence of taking action to be compliant.

Iran threatens to chuck sueball at Google over missing gulf

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Re: Finally

English Channel?

Oh, you mean La Manche...

75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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“Pi sales have overtaken Arduino in an instant”

Sales maybe, but deliveries? Not so much...

Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Re: Where is a lamp post when you need it?

>>A few weeks ago on a Sunday, saw a woman reading a book, holding an umbrella, walking along a pavement.

See, proof that women CAN multi-task...

BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

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PIN not PIN Number

Yes, it's a tautology, but it's in such common usage that I feel pedantry on the subject is wasted.

Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass

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You deserve at least one of these, if not more, for the caption on the photo.

And I need a new keyboard as well...

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