* Posts by John Brown (no body)

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: HARRY LIME

"Whoever built the Antikythera mechanism had engineering and mathematical knowledge far more advanced than his - and the machine was *built*, not just drawn."

Even if all his work was independently (re-)discovering "lost" information the Greeks or whoever had many, many years earlier, then that's not his fault. It was lost and he deserves full credit for his discoveries.

On the other hand, if he had access to earlier books and just regurgitated them with a some new discoveries, then maybe there's a case for calling him a "pop star"

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Re: HARRY LIME

"Perhaps Renaissance Man?"

An English phrase?

From French renaissance, from re- back, again + naissance birth (from Latin nascentia, from nasci be born).

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Re: Why not just leave the satellites on the ground, where you can go and fix them in a van...

"If you need "that little arrow" to tell you where you are on a map, I respectfully suggest that your inability to understand how to read a map will make "the little arrow" fscking useless."

Different use case. Having a paper map and knowing how to use it will tell you where you are. You can then use it to find out where you want to be and then calculate how to get there. Great for hiking, or planning a driving/touring holiday trip. Using a SatNav, it's doesn't matter where you are. It's only use is to tell it where you want to be and then let it tell how to get there.

TL'DR

Paper maps - for when the journey is part of the fun.

SatNav - for when you just want to get somewhere without hassle.

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Re: Why not just leave the satellites on the ground, where you can go and fix them in a van...

"Comes to that, why not just learn to read a flippin' map?"

Because they are usually, at least a year or two out of date by the time they are printed. And none show actual addresses or postcodes, let alone the nearest pub!

On a slightly more practical note, in my case, I travel a lot so a years worth of paper maps would cost nearly as much as a cheap satnav, ie general Road Atlas + street maps of the various towns and cities + OS maps to find the smaller roads/villages that the road atlas "helpfully" ignores to make the maps "clearer"

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Re: It's not a GPS-alike it's a GPS!

"I think you will find that Joe Public has never heard of GNSS, and whilst he probably thinks the US are the only providers, he doesn't actually care as long as his smartphone can tell him where the nearest pub is."

That same Joe Public probably doesn't have a smartphone. He has an IPhone. He may have bought it from Samsung or some other vendor, but it's still his iPhone, And GPS is that device he sticks on the dashboard to tell him where to drive (or an app on the phone) Either way, he probably doesn't ever think about how it works and may have heard the word "satellite" at some point in his life.

But thumbs up for using all available tech to find the pub!

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You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

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Re: I think the next revolution in supermarkets will be...

"...electronic shelf price indicators."

I think I may have seen those on Tomorrows World in the 70's or 80's. They were touted as a use case for small cheap e-ink display some years ago too. As another poster said earlier, they are yet to be seen in the wild in any real sense (at least here in the UK)

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"There's no reason why they couldn't work out everything you linger in front of - suggesting you either want or could be persuaded you need."

If I spend time lingering in front of a product, it's because I'm trying to work you which is cheaper. Fruit and veg in particular. 90p/lb loose or 5 for a £1 in a bag. (or whatever), which is cheaper. Yes, I will take the time to take a bag over to the scales. Bananas, especially, can often be half the price bough loose. With many fruit/veg, one week the bagged are cheaper, other weeks the loose are cheaper but invariably the bagged will be sold by number and loose by weight if the numbers are small, eg bell pepper, apples, pears while spuds and carrots are bagged by weight.

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Re: Already a rudimentary thing

"The items are all tagged so the exit knows what you've left with and bills you accordingly"

Hopefully the exit is some sort of "one person at a time" device otherwise how will the system know who to bill when you walk out with a 60" 4k TV right next to the person who picked up a new mixing bowl?

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Re: Will nobody think of the tax payers?

Looks like a strikeout. Note the height of the bar.

The pages HTML shows an s tag, not a sup tag. Unless El Reg has filtered your post, it looks more like your own error rather than something more suspicious.

testy thingy

****strikeout**** and ****superscript****

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Re: Will nobody think of the tax payers?

"PS: The article was written by someone with an astrophysics degree and edited by someone with an engineering degree."

Yeahbut, are they proper degrees from proper universities or are they from trendy new lefty-liberal ex-polytechnics?

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Re: Click baity headline is click bait

"Were a flying saucer the size of Australia suddenly appear in Earth orbit, I'd likely hear about it on the radio ("We interrupt this broadcast with a special bulletin..." ) and would then drive straight to the pub. There I can find beer, lots of beer, "

Don't forget the peanuts. And the towel.

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Kill it with fire: US-CERT urges admins to firewall off Windows SMB

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Re: XP Still in use

"There is still a lot of DOS software out in the real world."

Yep, hardware diagnostics too. It's the only way to be sure your tests are hitting the hardware. I've never trusted Windows based hardware diagnostics for two reasons. 1. Windows may not boot with a hardware fault. 2. Windows might be shoving an iffy API between your diags and the hardware and maybe it's Windows causing the issue in the first place. The HDD manufactures still supply DOS based diag tools. AV vendors supply DOS or Linux based boot images for "raw" scanning so Windows doesn't even get booted.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: Forget pardons

"cheap inauguration clothing with '45' emblazoned on it"

Non-US person here. What does that mean?

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: 2 years?

"I remember seeing a tv piece where Eu funded a big street art installation/sculpture in a town in wales, now it's dropping to bits the town have to pay for maintenance or to have it removed. How the bloody hell does this help anyone?"

They had to apply for the funding. If they can't maintain it, or didn't know they'd have to maintain it, then more fool them. It's not as if the EU just decided to plonk some big expensive art installation on them as a Xmas gift.

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Re: Plausible

"Unlike most other democracies we are still wedded to the 50% +1 vote for referendums, instead of a larger proportion to enable a change from the status quo."

We're not. The Scottish independence referendum had conditions placed on it which required more than a simple "first past the post" to successfully complete a win for Yes. It's far more likely that Cameron genuinely believed NO would win the EU referendum so didn't bother with all the malarkey required to make a more complicated set of conditions and all the attendant negotiations to get every side to agree to them. I bet he nearly shit himself when the YES vote won.

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Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany

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Re: The clock was always ticking ...

"The US has lagged literally *decades* in environmental protection measures, "

Trump doesn't believe in climate change and thinks pollution control is a Chinese commie plot to cripple US industry.

"such testing must commence, right now."

Yeah, right. What will happen is the limits will be relaxed but all those furriners who sell cars in the US will be held to the "old" standards and fined Beeeelions while the US companies quietly get on with Business As Usual using the newer, cheaper emissions standards.

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Re: Good Effort

"Japan has to deal with its regional problems on its own terms. The US forces (and the US for that matter) won't be around forever."

Why not? It's "Defence as a Service" and if the customer keeps paying, why remove the profitable service? That's capitalism and business. Something Trump claims to understand.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Raspberry, Banana, Orange....

...what's next? Moms Apple Pi?

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: Sad indeed

"In the words of the man in the black mask,"

I never realised that the Lone Ranger was so profound! Or did you mean Zorro?

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Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

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Re: Give it a rest you lot!

Don't worry, it'll never happen because "temporarily heating up a small region of the atmosphere," will have the more extreme zealots1 chanting "Global warming! Global warming! Global warming! "

[1] eg like the people who hear the word "radiation" and immediately panic despite it being electromagnetic, not ionising.

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Amazon asks for spectrum to try out IoT networking gear

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Targeted drone delivery?

"Intriguingly, the lead contact was named as Neil Woodward, who, as Business Insider noted, is a NASA astronaut-turned-gros fromage at Prime Air, Amazon’s drone delivery project."

Could they be considering targeted drone delivery? The drone use GPS to get to the address then transmits a wakeup code to a small tx/rx device which then responds to say, "Hi, yes, that's for me, just drop it right here please" rather than the current optical target I believe they are using.

Something the size of a tennis ball or hockey puck with a unique ID code might be better and more secure than a printed sheet or board laid out in the back yard.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: too late

"charging me a "low usage" fee,"

I remember the days when BT used to give a "low user discount". t'were all fields 'round 'ere back then too.

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Re: BT need to sort out CLI

"If these are spoofed numbers, at what point are these numbers injected into the exchange systems as this is a significant part of the problem?"

If I understand the system correctly, the CLI you get at your phone is the equivilent of an email "To:" header, ie it's purely for display purposes. The routing info is more like the "Envelope-To:" header which you don't always get to see (depending on your mail server)

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"Unfortunately my doctor's practice uses "withheld" - as do local council departments."

They are not supposed to do that. Their systems are supposed to present their main contact number. You should complain to them.

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Re: And BT wonder why WhatsApp became so popular.

"There's little that's new or innovative about this type of service."

Yes, there is. If a number is blocked or banned, no one gets any revenue. If the call is diverted to a blackhole voicemail system BT get the revenue. If the caller is on the BT network, BT get it all. If not, then BT get the termination fee. There's a cash incentive to complete the calls. There's no cash incentive to block them.

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

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Re: They wanted to hash the passwords really

...and isn't there a current EU healthy eating campaign to get food suppliers to reduce the salt content? They're even reducing the warning on cookies. Probably as part of the sugar reduction campaign,

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Odd.

The conspiracy theorists are already out there calling fake 'cos of the telemetry glitch from the barge and onboard cameras at the point of landing. They seem to have missed the long range camera shot which didn't glitch and showed the landing complete successfully. They'll probably claim it's CGI :-)

I can only assume they are so insistent they are faked because the Earth is flat so it can't be orbited so all these rocket and satellite things must be faked. Poor deluded fools!

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Re: Well done SpaceX

"There's a fantastic sped-up video of the landing on their FB page."

Ok, I'll bite (I can always have a shower afterwards!) and what do I see? An effing great banner telling me to join or sign in with a little, unobtrusive "not now" link below. So I click "not now" and what happens? The banner slightly reduces in size then moves and obscures the bottom 1/3rd of the page and ***stays there***.

"See more of SpaceX by logging in to Facebook"

Not on your effing nellie!!! Zuck, you &*%$ing bastard!

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Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Re: Bah!

"Back in the day, the business ones had separate toner, drum and fuser packs. "

Many of the colour ones still do. The big photocopier-like ones.

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Re: Not really SFW that website

but Mary Whitehouse wouldn't like kids seeing it."

Why are you taking your kids to work?

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Strangely enough...

...I just saw the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and they used a group of Apple ][e as there emergency backup computer systems when the android shut down the modern system, complete with booting from 5.25" floppies. There's a geek on the production staff somewhere.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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For Shame(s)!

Really? Nobody said that yet?

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Re: Ignorant Brit here

"I don’t understand the Year X style."

Me neither. And don't forget those weird places which had "middle" schools too.

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Playpen child sex abuse archive admin gets 20 years in the Big House

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Probably of German (or at least that region) origin and then anglicised via Ellis Island.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger: the movie

WTF is Jedward?

If you value your sanity, DO NOT GOOGLE that term!

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Re: Sullenberger?

"Perhaps he's there as a crash expert and will take control of the out of control test vehicles, at the last possible second, thus saving a school bus filled with special needs children from going over a cliff into a lava pit filled with snakes and counterfeit skin lotion? It could happen."

Ah, you've seen the script for the latest episode of Speed then?

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Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

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Re: No rocket science is necessary for the understanding of this story.

Hasn't there been stories of established 3rd party apps being pulled from the Apple app store after Apple launched their own versions too?

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Re: How were they not customers?

"So not only are the app dev's being charged a 30% fee, they are also competing against Apple's own apps, that does not have the burden of the 30% fee."

I thought devs were not allowed to compete with Apple? Don't Apple have a specific policy of not allowing 3rd party apps which offer the same functions as Apple apps?

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

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Re: Daily Insight: Trust held to ransom by tech attack

""At the start of this week HSJ predicted that cyber security would have to become an essential part of NHS managers’ jobs in 2017, but we didn’t expect it to come true quite so quickly.

Wow, what an amazing prediction. This has never happened before and they predicted it. </sarc>

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: one wheelbarrow shall be known as 1Whb

How many jubs in a Whub?

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Re: Ayudame! Go CyberGulie Go!

"Prez.Tweeter.Trump"

I'm not sure why, but the phrase Tweeter Trump brought to mid an image of Cooter the tow truck guy from The Dukes of Hazard (original series).

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Re: The real issue

"cybersecurity adiser" is OK by MS Office spellcheck, the grand arbiter in these matters.

Maybe you missed the subtle change of meaning created when splitting the word.

Is he a "cyber security" advisor or a cyber "security advisor"?

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: ALIS?

"who the f*** is ALIS?"

She lives next door.

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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Re: Very

"Cool. Anyone have any idea what happens when we take all of the energy out of matter at absolute zero, or if it is possible, generally interested?"

You know those ball and stick molecular models? Imagine the sticks all suddenly disappearing :-)

Maybe al the "balls" will drop into a single, ultra dense clump and disappear down it's own micro black hole.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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Re: Thank you for your snark-less reply

"She did this by applying marmalade to the top surface of the CD and then marvelling as the CD player coped with it without skipping a beat."

1. It was Kieran Prendeville.

2. It was jam

3. The jam is an urban myth.

The relevant clip.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

"as an American that has now lived in the UK for +30 years, I have to object to your description of the BBC as corrupt."

Thank you for the "outsider" perspective. (only another 20 years and you might be accepted LOL)

Sometimes people here forget what we have because they forget to compare with what else is available in other countries. Having watched a few streaming channels fro around the world, I'm glad we still have a non-commercial BBC.

They have their problems, and they are doing some stuff in chasing ratings that I'd really rather they didn't, but anything has to be better than the worst of US commercial channels where a one hour show has, at most 35 minutes of content. Intro - adverts - titles - adverts - show - adverts - show - adverts - conclusion - adverts - title sequence. If that's not horrifying enough, they even run banner ads if the the show itself in some cases, nearly 1/4 screen in height after the many ad breaks.

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Re: Content is king

"A few years ago I replaced my TV with a fish tank. The content is now far more watchable."

Obligatory XKCD

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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: As my mother puts it

"What B. Obama will stand out for in historical terms is that he did this with a level of grace and style that we've not seen in a hell of a long time...and Trump is just the utter opposite of Obama."

Yeah, I was watching Trumps performance with the CNN reporter. Trump came across as neither a statesman nor a businessman. He was more like a petulant child.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Re: My toothpaste

"Other French speaking countries do have a 70, 80 and 90."

I guess that means those countries don't have a Académie française then?

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