* Posts by Chris 239

102 posts • joined 17 Dec 2010


I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

Chris 239

Re: Chalk missiles

My step dad was left handed and got forced to write right hand at school (by the sadistic means mentied here I expect) and the surprising result : not only was that he was able to write well with both hands but could write mirror wrting with either hand just as well.

Generally he chose to write right handed because writing with the left hand can casue issues smudging what you are writing when your hand slides on the paper.

Sometimes he would write mirror writing just to confuse people!

We've Falcon caught it! SpaceX finally nets a fairing half after a successful Heavy launch

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"We've Falcon caught it"

Descending to tabloid headlines! Shocking. What is this? a red top ? - ah hang on, yes.

Anyway, nice job. That's what I call cricket! or maybe baseball what with the size of that mitt!

Does this mean they will be renting/building another Mr Steven?

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

Chris 239

Re: Tell sales and marketing nothing!

Well, I guess in Chemistry you really can sell vapour ware!

Yes, my coat is over there.

Chris 239


Amanfrommars is clearly an alien and a bit of a fixture here, I used to think the same as you said.

Now I just go with it.

I tend to read the comments without seeing the poster name first and I judge how awake I am by how far I get through an amanfrommars post before checking the poster name. It's a bit worrying when they start to make sense!! :-)

Mods I have known, Mods I have loved, Mods I have hated: Motorola's failed experiment is now a savvy techie's dream

Chris 239

Same here

first time I've heard of the Mod.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

Chris 239

Re: Not an "autopilot"

Holy carp! I followed your link, the woman that turned on the cruise control and got up to make tea lives in a place called CRETINgham !! you couldn't make that up!

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Flickering lights / previous life bah!

You whippersnapper - making me feel old!

HDMI is not old enough to count as a previous life - VGA maybe, but Composite Video to really qualify.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

Chris 239

Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

"Samsung wouldn't be shipping QLC without a large level of confidence in their product"

what you mean like they did with the Galaxy Note 7 ?

Chris 239

Re: switched from analogue to digital computers 70 years ago

Indeed, the F16 fighter aircraft enterered service in 1975 and it had analoge computer flight control systems. They eventually changed to digital.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: Only a third?

My wife did that exact same thing (open doc from email and just clicked save) when in a internet cafe!

When asking "support" i.e. the clueless (or maybe just unhelpful) oik there for help finding it she got the brush off and had a row with them.

Eventually she calls me (still sobbing from the row). Obviously Explorer was locked down, I had to talk her though opening a document from email then using the Save As ("No don't click save.", "Oh?, I did", "OK, try again") to get a file dialog and using that as a cheat file explorer to copy the document she saved in temp to her USB.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

Yes, getting zero thumb ups and over 200 thumb downs is highly embarrassing!!

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

Chris 239


Not enough mention of thrusting ones rod for for a Register article.

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

Chris 239

Please expalin. If you calculated that some of that shuttle, which was obviously no longer at a stable orbital velociy, somehow got accelerated up to earth escape velocity I suspect your math or your assumptions were invalid.

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

Chris 239

Re: The long view

WTF? (are you smoking?)

Chris 239

Hmm only third comment before a suggestion it will counteract global warming! Yea!

At least that was in jest.

Did any deniers really claim any AGW really would be counteracted by this? I wouldn't put it past them.... I haven't time to read all the comments on this.

NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Re: 23 cameras and yet...

No, Marvin was not a Martian and he spent the 576,000,003,579 years from 2 M years ago until the end of the universe on Magrathea not Mars.

Oh! you mean the Disney character? he's just a cartoon character, not real you know.

UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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Re: I have a cunning business plan.

@ Alladin

That's 11 comentards (and counting) without a sense of humour! :-)

Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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@orv re. Flat cars

I reckon rail road flat cars would not be a problem as they are higher than many cars and so would be detected. The problem with the Tesla not detecting the Semi trailer was the big (but sadly not big enough) space under it, I'd be very surprised if Tesla are not updating the system to cover this if they havent already.

Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

Chris 239

Re: Self Driving Cars ...


Sounds like a future BOFH episode!

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

Chris 239

Re: Something doesn't add up

oops, thanks.

Chris 239

Something doesn't add up

According to the figures in the article:

Falcon 9 : 9 x 190,000 = 1,140,000 lbs thrust for 8,300 Kg to LEO

New Glen: 7 x 550,000 = 3,850,000 lbs thrust for 13,000 Kg to LEO

ie over 3.3 times the thrust for less than 1.6 times the payload. Why so little increase in payload? are the figures wrong?

BTW disgusting mix of units in this article ( imperial thrust vs metric payload and Kg payload for one and metrix tons for the other) and not a proper Reg unit in sight! - shocking journalistic standards!

Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

Chris 239
Black Helicopters

Anyway if you have to follow that sign to the stadium on foot you'll probably miss the tosspots chasing the pig bladder - 2 1/4 miles? that's miles away!

Icon for the police helicopter required to keep an eye on the football fans.

Chris 239

Re: 1st world problems.

Can't believe I got this far down the comments before the man opening umbrella sign came up.

I was beginning to thing I might be able get it in first!

Dome, sweet dome: UAE mulls Martian city here on Earth ahead of Red Planet colonization

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Mars is more like the Moon than the Earth and I'd have thought that underground is the place to build long term habitation on either the Moon or Mars.

Chris 239

Re: The commute's a bugger though.

Can't be worse than the London tube in rush hour....

Chris 239

Re "grow potatoes in my own shit"

We already do don't we - it's what farmers are for.

Chris 239

Laser sintering?

Presumably laser sintering of sand into something resembling glass is possible - rather depends on having the right type of sand though, I guess.

Maybe you could make lightly sintered light weight porus bulding blocks or fully fused airtight sheets by controlling the laser power.

Maybe UAE is sick of getting sand in their sandwiches and want to ship all the sand to Mars.

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

Chris 239

Re: slow commetards on a friday

Their Gluten free pizzas are square.....

(and crap compared to the GF ones available in every pizza joint in Norway)

Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

Chris 239

A better sub-head

might be:

"Horse, say goodbye to the door on the way out."


"Horse, come back! I need to have an argument with you to prove we're not buddies."

Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

Chris 239

Re: What would happen if the sun went out tomorrow?

@ David Nash

Likewise, pity it was an AC.

"emits gamma radiation at night, it's in the infrared range" -- I was WTF!

this really proves Bob is a ignorant twat!

Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

Chris 239

Re: The inventor of Li-ion batteries already has the replacement ready


"(Which will take some decent insulation around the wires) "

Not really. Amount of insulation is not directly related to power, insulation required to cover voltage and the thickness of insulation required for any sensible voltage is not really that much.

More likley it will require thicker "wires" (calling them wires is not really approrieate : they are/will be hulcking great lumps of copper cable)

USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

Chris 239

Re: Theatrical theater.

"Provide your "Credible Threat" details or get the fuck out." hear hear! - like the poster above said the sercurity people are doing the terrerists work for them.

But I work for a security x-ray scanner maker so please keep buying x-ray scanners!

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Re: Huh?

Acutally watching it the robot used the auto pilot to do the job - the only actual flight controls it used were the flap lever ( because there is no auto flap on this type) and the reverse thrust levers (after it's touched down) every thing else was done with the auto pilot and auto throttle controls (the knobs and buttons just below the glare shield).

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Chris 239

Re: And ther rest...

Best (and least necessary) use of Joke icon this week! :-))

The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

Chris 239

Re: Interesting that South America is covered far better than North America

Also if the cellls are stationary that means geostationary satelites which necessarily places them above the equator and makes coverage more dificult nearer the poles, I'm surprised the beams are not made narrower to compensate. Plus coverage at the poles won't work well for geostationary sats, I'd guess there is some other arrangement of polar orbiting sats or geosync sats for help.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

Chris 239

Re: messaging


I don't know Mr Cruz background but I expect it was dumbed down FOR him not BY him.

Or probably dumbed down several times through layers of progresivly dumber management.......

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

Chris 239

Re: "Sadly no black monolith found"

Indeed, Clarke went off the rails a bit there, I so enjoyed the first Rama book then the rest just made no sense at all.

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

Chris 239

An unlikely emergency.

Reminds me of the last time I flew into Gatwick on Fleasy Jet

The plane stopped at the end of the runway for 5 minutes surrounded by the flashing lights of the emergency dept! After we started taxing to the terminal the pilot explained over the PA that there had been a report of a funny smell in the aircraft.

Well, I'm pretty certain the smell was just an extremely smelly fart! (Not from me I hasten to add!) Well I guess a fart is flamable!

Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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I hate those airblade dryers.

The had them at my old employers. The noise ! I'm sure you could sue Dyson for hearing damage!

They also make a mess on the floor as they don't appear to have a drain.

Fortunately my new employer has paper towels. Silence is golden!

And another gripe about Dyson vacuums: they have a filter that can and will eventually block and reduce your suction so the "Never loses suction" is not really true.


That said we have a V6 Animal vacuum (or "oover" as my east end born wife calls it!) and it is very impressive, I'd recomemnd it if asked.

BTW This decision does seem a rare victory for common sense!

NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

Chris 239

That's a very specific and limited set of requiremetns, I was expecting a last requirement something like "maintain stable orbit for 10 seconds"!

SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

Chris 239

@handleoclast I was thinking the same:

Like others here I can't see how this is useful.

Reasons for a satelite:

1 Space experiments

2 Sensors Earth or Space observation

3 Communications

1 implies specific hardware for the experiment and the RESULTS are sent back, no need to run any other VMs

2 send back sensor readings no need to get general purpose computeing power into orbit?

3 web proxy, web cache or data center in orbit to reduce speed of light latency? but I can't see it doing much or supply comms to many in just 50Kg all up

Chris 239

Re: Standard range of harware sensors?

Hmm? does the company "compact car" rental vehicle policy still apply?

Trump trumps US Digital Service with order to establish American Technology Council

Chris 239

More jobs for friends and family?

I expect to see good old USA rising on the country index - the index of most corrupt countries!

The above slightly tounge in cheek but whatever it sounds like a recipy for money wasting and chaos with different agencies with such overlapping or downright identical remits.

Is it just Trump trying to appear to be doing "stuff" and being recorded and having founded things (even white elephants)?

'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Chris 239

Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

@ hrearden360

Trolling in a comment about trolls! awsome!

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

Chris 239

The update is pretty useless!

It gives two copletely oposite things the car WILL do if it can without specifiying what it will do if both options are possible.

Also there is a big inconsistency in the story: statements say the light changed to amber as it entered but it seems the other lanes had already stopped - why? unless the light had changed much earlier. Congestion is one posibility I suppose but in that case how was the robo car doing nearly 40mph.

I presume the other lanes had stopped othewise the other car would have not tunred in front of them or would have hit them instead.

You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Chris 239

Re: seriously Trevor

@Rich 11 - Thanks for prompting me to visit the link! Have an upvote. laughable that some ignorant nutter posted it as an insult to dear old queenie! a hilarious BIRTISH comedy prime time puppet show that took the p!ss out of every body - remember the Presidents missing brain?

They should bring it back, with a "The President has No Brain" storyline!

Chris 239

Somewhat BS - If the phone is fully powered off then it has no way to receive a signal that could turn it on.

But if the phone is compromised beforehand (and for all we know it could be designed compromised) to keep the baseband processor powered up even when the phone looks off then it's possible.

Battery drain while off might give it away but the baseband CPU is very low power - think of the battery life of the old dumb phones.

Hmm, I could tell when my old dump phone talked to a cell tower by a beedddeebeep sound from the car radio from interferance - don't get tthat any more - suspicious! Where's my tinfoil hat!

Google to cough up $20m after Chrome rips off anti-malware patents

Chris 239

Really! that patent was awarded in 2009? no fscking way!!!

So only about 20+ years of prior art invalidates it!

I'm going to go over there and patent my new invention, I'll call it the WHEEL.

You can image the Google engineers trying to explain to the judge how computers and software really works - I've struggled to do so to family but that has no consequence but when the non-technical numpty is a judge.....

The world needs some software engineers to re-train as lawers and judges!

Couldn't they demo Chrome running on a single CPU, single core machine? That would side step the linked Patent wouldn't it?

Vintage Space Shuttle fuel tank destroyed by New Orleans tornado

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Re: "Tornado Alley" is not exclusive by any means!

Point taken - I remember expriencing an impressive rainstorm when I was there and Wikipedia very much agrees with you.

I'd love to see a tornado in person......

Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

Chris 239

Re: How do you keep it from bumping into the tube?

Yes, we know them well - the management types that think the solution to a technical problem is more management....


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