* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

814 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012


From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who's out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it's Mozilla!


Bag O'Shite

Really, who gives a shit?

I only read this article because the f'ing headline was so hard to parse. I think the Reg has gone too far on it's "funny" summaries.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'



Having read the cyclist comments, I'm not convinced that a few deaths is a bad outcome for them.

It seems they broadly expect to die and yet carry on, so presumably they're happy with that.

As for the remoteness of the human fallback, where else would they be?

You aren't seriously going to prefer the guy in the back of the "autonomous" car are you?

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure



Also dusty, also no sea, and less atmosphere.

Still nowt there.

EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business


What are they building in there?

What's it for?

Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs


PDF is the work of the devil...

So a natural fit for the civil service.

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars


There is nowt there.

Deal with it.

What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave



Woof woof woof woof woof. Woof woof.


Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog


The problem will solve itself.

The poor people will have starved soon, problem solved.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Speaking of which,

> "Anybody got any hot tips on how to clean mousewheels?"

Dishwasher, if it doesn't survive get a new mouse.

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out


Re: Thrown out? Or she should be jailed?

> "Ummm ...., you seem to have lost sight of the fact that if you are not found guilty you haven't broken the law."

You seem to be confused about the idea of being treated as innocent until proven guilty and actually being innocent until proven guilty, they are quite different things.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Beeping, flashing and semi-naked women...

Are the core reasons for adblock to be honest.

If the online press had insisted on a straight image with nothing dodgy for ads then we'd still see them.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by


The Green path...

1. Set up company.

2. Get cash from suckers.

3. Pay salary.

4. Repeat 3 until cash runs out.

5. Fold company.

The Philip Green path....

I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go


Re: Receiving the signal

If we're going to get picky on naming then the generic term is GNSS.

There's also the Chinese one as well of course.

It'd be pretty unlikely that all of them would be disabled simultaneously, and if jammed the encrypted signal would be jammed too, so it's really not that big a deal.

Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick


Re: Self proclaimed...

I think they were out walking.


> "Light people are relatively stronger, in proportion to their mass, than heavy people..."

Surely this can't be true? Assuming a similar skeleton and the same percentage of fat then organ weight will be constant and so any additional weight will be muscle and so they must be "stronger" (depending on how you want to define strength).

Unless you're just saying they're all fat?


Self proclaimed...

I don't think he did proclaim it himself, google tells me that Liz Taylor did the proclaiming.

Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat


Re: Did anyone really except anything different?

Not sure about the anti-EU rant, but the sentiment is right, what did anyone expect?

It's just a kind of corporate naughty step where he gets told off for a bit and then goes back to the playground.

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Re: Ecuador

Then you should probably keep asylum for those who need it.



What do they get out of this?

Aren't they just embarrassing themselves by crapping on their host's carpet?

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed


Re: Early information

> Invest in a quality gun safe with the parent only have the key and not leaving it in a place where the kid can get it. If you leave it in a certain place, move it each week in case the kid has worked out where the key is.

LoL What kind of a retard would be stopped by that?

Safes are great against burglars, but when you live with them day in day out for years they will get to it.

We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding


No Royal Wedding.

A "Royal Wedding" would require "Royalty", these people aren't of royal blood so no royal wedding.

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you


Re: Tell us...

> "...mines somewhere between 135 and 150 "

It's really not coming across like that.

Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial


Re: (If you can get domestic fibre) then Virgin business is the way to go ...

Mine seems to have crept up to £38/month, near enough a 30% increase on when I first got it, with no changes maturing technology should be getting cheaper rather than outpacing inflation.

It is impressively stable, though if I could get it back to the original 30 quid at half the speed that'd be good too, a tenner for 10mbps would be ideal.

UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat


Not really... No.

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)


Gender bias...

It's quite telling that the "research" was only about men buying cars..


Re: What if you ride a bike?

Suicidal Dwayne is still being scraped off the tarmac.

More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report


Re: Price...

> 640K is enough for most people, right?

It was in 1980, and right now 10mbps is enough for most people. I'm not saying it will be forever, but the push to high speed is ignoring reliability and the simple need that most people have for it.

30 quid a month is a lot of money, I think some people just don't appreciate that it's over a grand every three years.



10 is enough for most people really, what I'd like is just cheaper.

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


Re: they've all, without exception, been like that since 1776.

Dunno if 1776 was really the starting point...

Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week


Re: It WILL be found...

..and it's gradually getting buried of course.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister


Re: Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector

In reality Brexit has shafted every sector.

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s


> "Testing F-35s against a Russian-made air defence system"

Wouldn't that be quite a handy thing to be able to do?

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking


"...clear European leader in laser weapon technologies."

As is traditional with clear European leads in weaponry, there isn't an actual weapon.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST


Re: I know that military aircraft...

> "... the control stick and the surfaces are directly connected mechanically. The autopilot can't tell..."

Cars can though and they're mechanically linked.


Re: I know that military aircraft...

> "Why this isn't a mandatory safety feature on ALL autopilots is a mystery; after all the slightest dab on the brake pedal has disengaged cruise control for years?"

In a car or a fighter jet you haven't wandered aft to have a shit.

Wow, braking news: Overworked, tired ride-sharing drivers declared a public health risk


Re: Growth, growth, growth ad nauseum

Don't be silly, while there has been growth the world has got consistently better. The current slip in living standards for young people vs the boomers at least, is due to a lack of growth not an excess of it.

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot


Re: "shared collaboration space"

> "In each location, we have our own private walled-off offices with our own desks, phones, Ethernet, etc, adjoining a shared space that has stuff like coffee, tea, biscuits/cookies, beer, cider, wine, kitchen, sofas, etc."

Uh-huh, you mean you work from a bedsit?


Re: What's wrong with...

> "Good god man, millennia of evolution should set your ambition a bit higher than a mini-fridge!!"

Like a midi-fridge?



Move to Wetherspoons using their wifi.

Order beer to table with app.

(Other pub chains may also support table service mobile applications.)

Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber


Re: Protectionism...

> "As opposed to Uber who are definitely in it for the good of the consumer and driver."

Uber is in it to make money like any other business, they've just seen a monopoly and think they have a loophole that can exploit it.

You wouldn't do it for naff all, and nor do they.

> "Uber is a scam that uses classic mob tactics."

It really isn't, you order a taxi, the taxi comes, it takes you to your destination and you pay. Where's the scam? If you pre-pay you don't even have the "tip" scam.

In places without a hardcore black cab monopoly like London has, such as Manchester (obviously there's still the hackney licence to be gamed), Uber exists as just another private hire company and doesn't have any special impact at all.



Clearly Uber is just another taxi operator, but the reason it could make a business by avoiding being considered one is because the regulations are just protectionist. They work solely to the benefit of taxi drivers the consumer's considerations run a poor second.

Those of us who consume taxis rather than provide them are just being f'cked over by our own governments.

Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight


Burt Rutan

Designs cool planes, it's like something out of Flash Gordon that one.

Even if it is just a toy.


Re: Re how fast

> "Perhaps Branson could do some useful science at this level by checking out for his own sonic boom on the way down."

You mean, like, chuck him out so he can listen for it?

Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'


> "You mean like going back in time..."

Not really.

Proper tin-foil-hat rant that one.

Perhaps consider what your sources are before you regurgitate Russian media and facebook posts as if it's anything other than propaganda.

The reason the UK has so much support on this, is because the Russians have also been killing people in other countries and their own intelligence blames Russia too.


> " Files published in the Russian press"

Like that jet fighter that shot down MH17 was?

FFS, they even have form, Litvinenko was traced to a sodding nuclear reactor and then they lost interest in the investigation. The most likely suspect for that is now an MP in a country where to stand at all requires Putin's consent. Victor Yushenko, also poisoned by the Russians, although no doubt there's something else in the Russian "press" for that too. Goes right back before the Soviet era when they whacked Georgi Markov with an unusual poison - they tried poisoning Rasputin first as well.

They just like to send a message, so it has to be traceable, and probably didn't expect quite such a robust response after they got away with it last time.

Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street


Re: Boats are expensive...

> Even a bare hull of an old speedboat seems to sell for thousands of dollars.

They really don't.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Not just facebook...

How many apps ask for apparently unnecessary permissions?

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood


Re: Age Discrimination...

Same here, Brexit has managed to devalue my savings though, so the re-worked plan is to work until dead.


Re: Age Discrimination...

> "...retirement is mid-late 60s."

LoL! Someone's in for a shock.

F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m


Re: I ain't never seen a white elephant fly.

> "That's right nearly 8m downwards for every metre forwards."

Yeah, like a brick.


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