* Posts by BenM 29

23 posts • joined 18 Nov 2011

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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marketing ploy

I reckon its just a marketing ploy for Phalanx - they have no chance of intercepting hypersonic devices so now they need to bolster their income somehow... drones would be a much easier target....

I wonder if they offer a ground based turret system suitable for airports?

/me gets tinfiol hat and coat

Alternatively, as others have mentioned, this seems to be a great way of causing maximum disruption in a foreign state should such disruption suit your nefarious plans...

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"remain camp were openly threatening that a 52:48 vote the other way would result in them continuing to force more referendums until they got their own way"

I don't recall remain saying that... Farage certainly did... He must have been a secret remain campaigner :)

El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: Barclays

Correct me if I am wrong, but lifestyle group is just an authorised MITM for many banks.

It matters not one bit that your interface with the MITM is secure if the backhaul isn't.

Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

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Black is the new gold

I reckon that sending a drone to Surrey Nanosystems would be better and cost about the same.... Vantablack S-VIS ftw

Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: "already been blamed for one fatal crash and three others involving serious injuries"

2) ....How often have you had one of those?

Once in 30 years of driving.

2 contd.)...How often have your airbags gone off?


2)If someone drives into you, they're almost certainly going to do it at a combined speed which would render the passenger cell useless anyway

I walked away with bruising and mushy brains that lasted for 6 months... the other not so much; she was in hospital for a fortnight. Each travelling at approx 60 mph, 30% front overlap head on. Passenger cell worked in both vehicles - what speeds were you thinking of?

Without doubt car manufacturers are afflicted by the cost of death - when is the cost of fixing a problem outweighed by the cost of potential litigation... same as software really.

Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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There is nothing in there defining indecent... you are allowed to possess images of naked children as long as they aren't indecent.

Indecent is not defined because Goedel's incompleteness theorem.

P.s. How did my phone know that the two words following Goedel's would be "incompleteness theorem"?

If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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It would appear that most of the tested manufacturers know little to nothing about either information or physical security.... nand rather than xor I guess...

Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: Skewed results

Well said sirrah. When a "labour saving" gizmo is as reliable as a light switch then I will consider installing it

Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Being radiation sensitive, I have a tin foil hat (Costco catering foil is the best) and my wifi router is similarly equipped... and my uranium glass collection is stored in a lead box that I never open ;)

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Re: This just shows what lies by selective statistics the '29' year meta study was.

Regarding your last paragraph... got research to prove that hypothesis? Links to peer reviewed science or you, sir, are a purveyor of woo.

Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: This makes me so happy

Being something of a Pavane/Roberts fan I have to agree... also the public persona of pTerry leads me to suspect that he may have read Keith Roberts in the past. I meant to ask pTerry if there was a connection but it is to late now :(

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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"Please put the items in the bag"

Why does that phrase create such a "road rage" like temper in me?

I have put the sodding items in the bag you daft machine, if you would just give me slightly more than 1ms to move them from the scanner to the bag.

In my experience... Morrison's are the worst - the daughter and I have a deal of fun breaking the machines in new and interesting ways. Once they upgraded the software and the daft machines stopped the incessant chant, however the next update restored the lost "functionality"

Waitrose have two systems - one where you do the whole checkout think yourself (Godalming is one store with that) and the other where you scan everything then take it to a till where a person handles the payment. Hardly ever have a problem with the Waitrose machines and only been checked about 3 times ever.

B&Q - I never have a problem with and their hand scanners are the easiest to use.

Ikea - meh - about average I guess. I will try them out tomorrow.

Tesco/Asda equally likely to utter the eldritch ire inducing words... but usually quicker than queuing behind someone who insists that 112 items are fewer than 10 in the express lane.

Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: Hmm...

>>this does not appear to be where they said it'd be (settings)?!

its in the Google settings app - not the phone settings... two very different things.

BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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Hmm if they are bringing back Rose, how about bringing back Perri? I am sure there are more than a few fans who would like to see her again... though Google images does a good job of refreshing the memories.

Mine's the scruffy mac... with the newspaper in the pocket.

Ye Bug List

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expand/minimise comment behavior


The behaviour of expand/minimise comment behaviour appears to have changed in the last day or so.

On desktop/Ubuntu/chrome 23.0.1271.17 it works as expected - hit the expand/minimise link and comment expands/contracts with no fuss.

On galaxy sIII with T-Mobile jelly bean and chrome 25.0.1364.169 expand increases the space properly but shrinks the font size from small to miniscule. Minimise reduces the expanded space a bit but the font remains shrunken.

On Windows 7 chrome the link behaves properly.

This could be a chrome bug rather than El Reg... but you are better placed to report that than me.

As an old-ish git I would like the font size to remain fixed or i will have to start carrying a magnifying glass as well as the phone!

The Register Android App

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Not good is an understatement

Galaxy SIII - stock OS 4.0.0, kernel 3.0.15-1029495-user

Installed ok,

Needed an immediate restart on application startup.

Settings gear does nothing

Go to comment on this story "Check your network connection" dialog box displayed (if the network connection is dead why did it manage to load the story? and BTW its the same network connection over which I am posting this)

Hit phone back button

Returned to El Reg. app but page blank and no buttons work - other than the phone back button.

Exit application


Rinse and repeat.


El Reg, you fail in product testing. Galaxy SIII isn't exactly uncommon and nor is 4.0.4 android.... though the latter may be amongst other commentards :)

iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret

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As sponsored by the NSA.. http://selinuxproject.org/page/Main_Page

That is all.

Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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Re: Quatermass and the pit

>>And finally, a word for the radio series 'Journey into Space'

which has just finished(?) being transmitted on Radio4Xtra.... bloody marvelous. At least the resurrected series didn't sound too bad on DAB :)

Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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has a lovely one for sale....

Let me FTFY - Had a lovely one for sale...."This Aston Martin DB5 is now sold" well that saved me £0.25M then...

So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Skyline - I still want 90 minutes of my life back, even now, after seeing it!

Molesworth and the New Latin

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Re: As bad as ICHC

>>Folks: Limited use of such writing for effect is OK

There are 4 (the fifth is a collection of the previous 4) books written in a style that Verity has emulated... I guess that counts as limited as none of them are very long (in comparison to Potter or Tolkien).

Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

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>>Oh, and just because you've finished your meal doesn't mean I've finished mine, you selfish drink-toppling oaf.

When this last happend to me, I just shoved my knees into the back of the reclined seat. Being not particularly short helps here. The berk soon straightened up his chair;


Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

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why do so many people not actually research the topic on which they are commenting before posting?

Just asking.

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