* Posts by Anonymous Cowerd

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

Anonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

Was it a time machine too?

"Voyager 2 would be launched first, followed by Voyager 1 a few months later in 1977"

16 days later actually.

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

Anonymous Cowerd
Boffin

Re: Fermi Paradox

see also : the Great Filter

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Anonymous Cowerd
Alien

insufficient data

"Once we actually know more, we may find out that planets inhabited by living creatures are common."

Or extremely rare. Or ubiquitous. Or scattered thinly.

Until we have some more data, there's no way to know.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

Anonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

Re: "all intensive purposes"

My comprehension is fine, thanks. I've seen this grammatical error many times, so I seriously doubt that this is intentional; it's just wrong.

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Anonymous Cowerd
Headmaster

"all intensive purposes"

LMFTFY

"all intents and purposes"

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

Anonymous Cowerd
FAIL

"natural predator"?

Oscars come from South America.

Zebra danios ("zebrafish") come from Asia.

Natural predator my arse.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

Anonymous Cowerd
FAIL

Re: Prepare for...

"the deluge of comments saying how it's not really stealing"

It's not really stealing.

It's really copyright infringement.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

Anonymous Cowerd

we should feel more comfortable with the machines if they look like us

look up "uncanny valley"

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

Anonymous Cowerd
Happy

sites who block adblockers

do not get repeat visits from me

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

Anonymous Cowerd

I bought mine despite Windows 10

I bought a new PC this year and put a copy of Windows 7 on it, as I already had a licensed version of it.

When my old PC attempted the free update from Win 7 to Win 10 (the OS said it would be fine and could cope with it) it bricked the machine, so I'm reluctant to let Win 10 anywhere near my lovely new hardware.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

Anonymous Cowerd
Thumb Up

Bridge on the River Kwai

was also written by Pierre Boulle.

Strange but true.

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

Anonymous Cowerd

"to be directed before he takes action"

so who directed him then?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Anonymous Cowerd

Minoru 3D webcam

Red/green glasses supplied. Used once, one careful owner. Offers...

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

Anonymous Cowerd
Unhappy

Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

I turned off the update to avoid this crap.

They can take CTR from my cold dead computer.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

Anonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

Re: MoD relies on spin and secrecy to deflect criticism

""HMS Sheffield, Falklands" MOD buys the idea of warships armor made out of materials normally associated with fireworks"

Except that contrary to aluminium-foil-hatted myth, Sheffield's superstructure was made entirely of steel.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

Anonymous Cowerd
Mushroom

Re: The Thing?

Carpenter's was NOT a remake, any more than Polanski's Oliver Twist was a remake of David Lean.

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iOS apps can read metadata revealing users' location histories

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: Android too?

I also disabled geolocation, on my iPhone.

When I post a picture of the very nice fish that I caught, I don't want to give away the position of the mark!

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Anonymous Cowerd
Flame

contact the apps developer?

Tried that through the app store, but they've removed the 32-bit apps and thus the ability to contact the developer.

I won't be "upgrading", but I will be getting a different phone when my iPhone 6 eventually dies.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

Anonymous Cowerd

less moons?

surely there'll be quite a few more, just a lot smaller

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Anonymous Cowerd

iOS, safari, Adblock Plus, Umbra.

Works for me.

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Anonymous Cowerd
Meh

warnings

One major issue with SSDs apart from price - SSDs give no warning of their impending failure. You just lose the data. At least an HDD usually gives some indication that it's dying, so you have time to get any unbacked-up data off it.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

Anonymous Cowerd
Holmes

Re: It will be found

Well of course it will be in the last place they look - when they find it, they'll stop looking.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

Anonymous Cowerd
Unhappy

Time to disable updates

I'd rather keep my Classic Theme Restorer.

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

Anonymous Cowerd
Thumb Down

There's nothing like a bit of impartial journalism...

...and this is nothing like a bit of impartial journalism.

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

Anonymous Cowerd
Big Brother

regardless of Corbyn

I can tell you from experience that this situation does occur, frequently, and their attempts to play it down don't fool anybody.

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Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

Anonymous Cowerd

Wheeler wasn't first to label them "black holes"

He just popularised the name.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/topicalwords/tw-bla1.htm

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Anonymous Cowerd
Devil

Has anybody mentioned Real Player yet?

That's what real hipsters use.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

Anonymous Cowerd
Coat

They stay over there...

taking our jobs...

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: Windows 10

Yeah, I upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10 and it bricked my machine.

I reinstalled Win 7 and have never looked back.

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Apple rushes out iOS 10.1.1 fix after health data flat lines

Anonymous Cowerd

Perhaps they could release an update...

...that allows me to delete their crappy health app that I don't actually want and can't get rid of.

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

Anonymous Cowerd

My father lives in Hull...

His comments about the (monopoly) broadband are unprintable.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Anonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

turning a PC on...

I found my old boss looking puzzled by one of our test machines. Apparently it was refusing to boot up.

I checked all the connections - all ok - then asked him to try to switch it on again.

"Aha! I know what the problem is!"

"So what is it?"

"You're trying to eject a floppy disc. The on-button is that one."

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: 1st time out with a significant science payload is *very* impressive.

Presumably, they learnt from the previous errors of other nations...

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

Anonymous Cowerd

sounds like section 44

which can make it illegal to take photos in certain places

their problem (the police) is that they aren't allowed to reveal if you are in a section 44 area or not

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: It's simple

I think we can all see who's "braindead and clueless" here...

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

Anonymous Cowerd

AT-AT

Avoiding Trees And Things

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Anonymous Cowerd

Branch Avoidance Positional System

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Anonymous Cowerd

TASK

Tree Avoidance Survival Kit

Not very racy, I know.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

Anonymous Cowerd

There's a great dissection of the email here :

http://matt-wallace.com/?p=326

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World first: ANIMATED GIF of Mercurian SUN ZOOM from MARS

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: Wonder when is the next transit of Earth?

Next one is 10th November 2084

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Earth_from_Mars

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

Anonymous Cowerd
Facepalm

There will be no new jobs because it will cost them money.

Instead, they'll just automate the removal process.

Then we'll have people deleting anything they don't like.

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Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

Anonymous Cowerd

first?

First observed surely.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

Anonymous Cowerd

Orange - it's the same as Ms Lohan's natural colour

and will be easier to find when it finally comes back down to earth, especially if the GPS fails.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Anonymous Cowerd
FAIL

@Irongut

Jabba did not appear in the original cinema release in 1977. The "fat bloke" scene was filmed with the intention of adding a stop motion Jabba but was ultimately cut.

It did feature in some later releases with a CGI Jabba, but you can do your own homework.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

Anonymous Cowerd
Holmes

You had to explain the meaning of exoplanet?

Seriously???

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Anonymous Cowerd

Tommy Flowers

Turing is rightly recognised for his work.

It's a pity Tommy Flowers never got the same reognition.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

Anonymous Cowerd
Black Helicopters

Well, they would say that...

wouldn't they?

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

Anonymous Cowerd

Re: Chest of Gems

Most kids have no concept of the cost of things.

Ask my 7 year-old niece what she'd like for her birthday. She'll probably say a pony, or some crayons.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

Anonymous Cowerd
FAIL

@Winkypop re: anonymous coward

"..says an anonymous coward..."

Whereas, of course, Winkypop is your real name...

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Anonymous Cowerd
FAIL

"that is how we in Blighty used to pronounce it"

No it isn't.

explanation here

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