* Posts by Alister

3493 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

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I bet I'm not the first...

UK.gov deputy CIO quits Cabinet Office for EMC job

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Bill McCluggage puts self into storage

Bill McCluggage on the rack

Bill McCluggage bags new position

Bill McCluggage makes case for storage

Cabinet Office lost McCLuggage

Poor man...

'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

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@No-one would have believed...

10 / 10 for remembering the passage

2 / 10 for spelling

Still at least it proves you didn't just copy-and-paste...

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I for one...

...can only see big pixels.

How clever of the builders to make the surface look like an early eighties computer animation when viewed by radar.

Russian probe engines crap out on way to Mars

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Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Ofcom boss warns of low interest in 'superfast' broadband

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You don't really need superfast bandwidth for iPlayer.

You do if you have more than one user in the household, or you take into account the contention of multiple households in one street.

I have a nominal 8Mb/s BT connection, on which I usually see between 5 - 6 Mb/s real world speeds, but if I and my kids are watching iPlayer we are sometimes lucky to get more than about 1.2Mb/s between us. Ok so this is probably down to contention and throttling, but if a 6Mb connection is getting throttled that much, then we need the headline speeds of fibre as a starting point to offer sensible real world bandwidth.

Theresa May won't quit job over UK Border Agency fiasco

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Has the Prime Minister...

...expressed his confidence, and offered her his full support?


Alien city lights could be detected across interstellar space

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How typically arrogant and anthropocentric to assume that any "alien" species would use a sense organ that responds to the same part of the electromagnetic spectrum as our eyes.

Why, even on this planet, there are many species, even some mammals who use completely different methods to be aware of their surroundings, and many more species that see different bits of the spectrum compared to the frequencies we call visual.

Vatican mulls God particle, calls for appointment of antichrist

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Chris Perver of the Bible Prophecy Blog


Maggie Philbin on tech, teens and cardigan fear

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How can you not cite Stob as a shining example of female excellence in the tech world??

Bug in Flash Player allowed Mac webcam spying

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Steve must be spinning in his grave!

Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

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the "B" Ark

Quick, tell 'em we want our telephone sanitizers back...

Ecclesiastical judge tells church: Let there be Wi-Fi

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@ Robert Rosenberg

Yes, we know.

Did you miss the joke??

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re: Uh?

I think you miss the point.

In rural Norfolk, and in other rural areas around the British Isles, Churches (with towers / spires) tend to be the tallest buildings around, and therefore make ideal ready made towers for good signal propagation to outlying villages and farms. A lot of these places do not have broadband available over copper / fibre, so WiFi is the only option.

This isn't about providing WiFi for churchgoers, but for residents who otherwise would not get any Internet at all.

Major BT exchange titsup in power outage

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Some of us don't have any option. Our local exchange is still not LLU so if we want business broadband, we have to go with BT. The alternative would be a 2Mb leased line at horrible expense.

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Glad I'm not the only one. I spent most of the late morning / early afternoon trying to raise a ticket with BT, and couldn't get through on any of the publicised phone numbers, they either rang until they timed out, or were engaged.

My PHB kept glaring at me 'cos I hadn't fixed it yet, so it was a relief when the news finally broke and I could show him it wasn't my fault!

Crazy pot smokers get high on wireless power

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It should be:

"Turn the radio on, Man"

"Hey, radio, I really lurve you!"

NASA to trial laser-powered space broadband

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need a NASER

Neutrino... blah blah

Rogue toilet takes out Norfolk server

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Norfolk Server data flush outage

That is all

Self-planting plant discovered in Brazil

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Does this plant have little stems each side of the main bole, and a long whippy tendril thing at the top?

And does it rattle to itself at night??


MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

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"It’s a shame that this failed as the idea of reducing the number of control rooms was a good one, (why are there 45 control rooms!?) "

There speaks the voice of an idiot.

Local knowledge is essential for quick dispatch of emergency service vehicles to the correct place. As various others have posted, if all you get in a phone call is "The New Tesco" then no amount of clever interactive maps and databases is going to find that location quickly.

Centralising control means control staff who don't know the area where the call is coming from, which is the nearest station to the incident, etc, etc.

Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

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No not the whole world, but anyone who chooses to do the ICT curriculum should be taught programming, just as those who choose to do "Design Technology" or whatever metalwork's modern equivalent is, should be taught how to do basic car maintenance, those that choose physics can be taught how televisions work and those that choose "Domestic Science" should learn how to cook.

It seems that modern school education doesn't teach any practical skills like this.

Maybe this is why this country has lost the innovative, inventive lead in technology that it used to have.

NASA offers space shuttle food and tiles to schools

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"a future generation of astronauts and space engineers."

I hope they don't expect to get out of Low Earth Orbit in their lifetime, cos I don't think Nasa will be going anywhere much.

Google greedily goobles foodie guide Zagat

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RE: Possibly a pun

No, really?

possibly missed the sarcasm...

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Google greedily goobles foodie guide Zagat

Google greedily gobbles foodie guide Zagat

There, fixed that for ya...

The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

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Re: Re Knitting

"I can't answer for Lewis. But I have seen Lester whip out sewing machine and run up some curtains."

Did you get him to come down again?

Ofcom misses deadline: but on Sitefinder, not 4G

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Oop North

"glancing out of Vulture Towers I see nary a leaf has fallen and the sun is still shining. "

Lucky you, here in T'north (Derbyshire) the leaves started falling a fortnight ago, and it's cold, wet and windy.

Schmidt bewails Blighty's boffin-v-luvvie culture clash

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The title...

"Schmidt's speechwriter – and one sees the work of the wondrous Sarah Hunter in this – fails to realise that while "luvvie" is always used pejoratively, "boffin" is almost always used affectionately. "Trick cyclist", if anything, is the pejorative equivalent."

What rubbish, trick-cyclist is the pejorative for a psychiatrist.

I've never known it used to describe any other science or engineering profession. Or are the reg doing their own thing with the english language again?

A common pejorative would be egghead, perhaps?

Here lies /^v.+b$/i

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Object reference not set to an instance of an object

That is all

Giant iPhone 4 brings Mac OS X to the table

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Collective noun

... a corruption of lawyers?

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"look and feel"

...and "i" name, yep, he's in trouble now.

Unless his Jobness still retains some semblance of a sense of humour, in which case he may get away with it.


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object reference not set to an instance of an object

object Post not recognised

US robochopper cargo skyhook gets another $47m

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Jumping ahead of yourself

"...lead on to robotic casualty evacuation, which would remove one of the main ways for a chopper pilot to win a medal for going in under fire."

Yes, because we already have robotic medical staff, don't we.

Come on Lewis, cas-evac is going to require real life meatsacks in the back for a long, long time, unless you think they just sling a grappling hook round the casualty and drag them up into the air?

Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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...words out of my mouth

Exactly what I was going to say - F1 viewing figures will drop next year, I guarantee.

With the Beeb, not only did you have a good team presenting (who may migrate to sky, I suppose) but the best thing, which carries the most weight with viewers NO ADVERTS.

After the pain of the ITV years, where they once even went for an Ad break on the last lap, if I remember correctly, it's no wonder viewing figures increased when the Beeb got the franchise.

Legal expert: Letters can be evidence, so can Facebook

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@AC Proper discovery

Whilst i don't condone what happened in this case, I would contrast your idea of the criteria and scope being limited with the increasingly common practice of seizing a person's computer in criminal cases where there is believed to be data which could be used as evidence. In those cases, they certainly don't limit their search and access to just the relevent data.

Being a Brit, I don't know if federal and criminal law have differing rules about evidence seizure compared to civil law in the US?

There was also the recent well publicised case where Federal officials removed a whole rack of servers from a data center although the evidence they were after was confined to only a single virtual host running on the shared hardware.

To use your analogy, that would be like handing over the keys to a whole apartment block, instead of just the apartment of the accused.

Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

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And how is it propagated?

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Your phrase...

"You can only prove that under repeatable conditions a repeatable answer will occur"

Reminds me of the Harvard Law:

"Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, humidity, and other variables, the test organism will do as it damn well pleases."

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never mind computers...

There were still people even AFTER the Wright brothers flew who were saying that heavier-than-air flight was impossible... and people who said the human body could not survive rail travel at speeds faster than 20 miles an hour...

LOHAN: She's low orbit and helium assisted

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nice graphic

Very 1930's sci-fi...

Just need a tag-line to go with it...

"Once it was human, but now... LOHAN, the Thing from Outer Space!!"

Microsoft previews 'Juneau' SQL Server tools

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freudian slip

I first read the codename as "Denial"

Dunno why?

Atlantis computer goes down: Fixed by 'nauts

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Turned it off and on again?

See, you lot may mock, but it works a lot of the time...

Oh, and after "Windows for Warships" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/05/windows_for_warships_hits_type_23s/) I was hoping to see Windows for Spaceships, I really was...

Glasgow cammer not thrown in slammer

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@frank ly

There has been an existing body of law (The 1988 copright Act) which covers this, however in 2003 it was amended and clarified:

"The infringement of copyright or performer's rights by making a work available to the public in the course of a business or to an extent which prejudicially affects the copyright owner becomes a criminal offense (reg. 26; new s. 107(2A) of the 1988 Act)"

Anonymous claims LulzSec merger

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Popular front?

Nah, He's over there...

Fridge-sized war raygun for US bombers gets $40m

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@Inventor of the Marmite Laser

you either love it...

FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid

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Amazon don't need the FBI's help, they can bugger the AWS up on their own.

Network Solutions battered by DDoS and period features

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whatever next...

blame it on running DNS servers on x86 architrave?

Perhaps they're skirting the issue, and really aren't coping...

Ten thousand OLEDs unite in live Earth replica

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10,000 OLEDs

...immediately made me think of "It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife ..."

No idea why...

Just saying...

BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

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enhance square echo two

...and why do they always use the keyboard when they're doing these things? If it's a GUI can't they do it with the mouse?

"enhance square echo two..."


"and zoom in..."


It's like a touch typist updating their CV, FFS.

The world wants cloud coders. Where are the cloud coders?

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I agree with the other posters. Unless you are developing a hypervisor, then application development shouldn't need to take into account the distributed system at all. You shouldn't be handling that stuff at the application layer, it should be transparent to the application.

I don't see that being an application developer is any different "in the cloud" to what it would be on a privately owned bunch of blades in a datacentre somewhere, which is something an awful lot of developers have been doing for years. Being a "Cloud Developer" is just marketing speak, not a different skill set.

Brit CompSci student faces extradition to US over link site

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Not in this case...

As far as I can see, non of the points mentioned in the article you link too apply in this particular case, and therefore he has no criminal case to answer.

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