* Posts by DasBub

32 posts • joined 13 Apr 2012

Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight


Re: A venerable workhorse

The BUFF can even get by without a tail, on occasion...


The cheek of it! Beach bar owner shoots nude bather in the booty


Did the missus...

... go "Ooo, er"?

Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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R100 and R101 history

Have a gander at Nevil Shute's "Slide Rule" for a good read about the R100's development from someone who worked and flew on it.

Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Rockall guardpost

Someone in a previous article commented about a photo of two guards and a guardsman's box atop Rockall.

Well, here it is: https://marccalhoun.blogspot.ca/2013/06/rockall.html

Silly buggers.

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins


Re: When electricity was first introduced....

Is it really you, Don Quixote?

YouTube Red comes to Australia


ESA's Sentinel satellite to ride converted ICBM


Re: What does happen when an ICBM launch fails?

The warheads (at least the American ones) have a set of conditions that need to be met before they'll arm themselves. The warhead itself must experience launch acceleration, then a drop in ambient pressure, then a period of coasting in near vacuum, then the heat and deceleration of reentry, etc.

If those things don't happen in order and in the correct amounts, it won't go off. At most you'd get asymmetric detonation of the high explosive when it falls back and impacts the earth.

Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation


Re: I have seen the films

Ray Milland covered some of this territory by having his head sewn onto the body of a black football player, presumably resulting in a large penis and big tits.



Re: He can do better than that!

No, no; sell teeth to fund operation. If he survives, he can use his new found fame to command deep discounts for tooth transplants from some other poor sap.

13 CubeSats to ride mighty US lifter


It's not space junk. Those things are jettisoned before reaching orbital velocity, so they'll fall back in short order.

Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again


Re: Not Necking Celery

Here's an attempt at answering the question:


"As the comet nears perihelion and becomes increasingly active, it is likely to start throwing off boulder-sized chunks. It might even split in two, although that is regarded as unlikely. One thing we know about comets, though, is that they tend to do the unexpected.

"Philae, about the size of a small refrigerator, could find itself blown out with some of these outgassed and entrained materials. To be lost from the comet nucleus, this would require ejection at several meters per second. But that would be at the large end of sizes, and unless the comet catastrophically disrupts, Philae is likely to stay put.

"Being denser than the cometary materials, Philae's fate might instead be to become increasingly buried beneath all of this mobilized debris, kind of like a snowmobile abandoned in a snowstorm."

Grain of salt, etc.

Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever


2/10. Needs improvement.

Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday


Re: Microsoft taking a swipe at another company

"Google in particular, has become the new darling of security nightmares. The only thing preventing Apple from being in quite the same boat is the fact that they are uber-control freaks, with has the useful side-effect of limiting their attack surface."

You must be joking.

Twitter's share price crashed 18% thanks to ONE LONE TWEET



Let it burn.

Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti


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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty


Sony should hire the leakers.

After all, they've managed to do something truth amazing: they've made Sony newsworthy.

Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven


The silver lining.

Danny's dead! No more drivel about liars and lying. If only they had killed him earlier in the series.

Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com


What about the newer gTLDs?

Has anyone registered ebola.futbol or ebola.lol?

Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?


Most Unnecessary Character is...

Danny. Please kill him off.

Jet-powered DRONE-maker slapped for illegal exports


"Cyber Technology"?

Really? Were they founded in the early 90s?

Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT


Still good, though?

Presumably the lower orbits would mean a shorter lifespan for the satellites, but they should still be perfectly usable in the mean time. Am I wrong?

Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON


Re: They should send Brawndo

It's got what regolith craves!

Snowden leak journo leaks next leak: NSA, GCHQ dying to snoop on your gadgets mid-flight


Re: Booom!!!!

Well, no, it couldn't. NSA consists of more than a single cube at Fort Meade. You may take out a lot of analysts, management, processing equipment, and communications links, but: most collection is done off-site; analysts and processing equipment are stationed all over the world; contingency procedures exist; other intelligence agencies - domestic and allied, military and civilian - could provide collection and analysis coverage in time of crisis.


Re: There's A Hint In The Name

There was a point? ohshi


Re: There's A Hint In The Name

Yes, how strange that the NSA didn't target Hitler - a man who died 7 years before the NSA was created.

NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze


They didn't want to worry anyone about the 0.43 smidgeon drift. We Science types saw through their veil of smidgeon skullduggery.


Re: " it is the fastest Man-made thing - and heading to Jupiter at 12,000kph"

According to Space.com, the gravity assist should take it from 126,000km/h to 140,000km/h... El Reg was only off by the merest fraction. [nerdgasm]

Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect


Re: oh boy

A bunch. That shouldn't be an issue if you restrict your usage to hidden services, as there is no exit node involved. However...

The payload sets a tracking cookie and appears to phone home with information about your system (IP address, for instance) that it shouldn't have. The code will only run if it thinks it's on a Windows machine running Firefox 17... Word is that the Tor Browser Bundle presents itself as FF 17 on Windows, regardless of the machine it is actually running on.

Sit back and watch the fun.

Cisco warns of major vulnerabilities in TelePresence kit

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Roger that

All 5 people using Cisco Telepresence gear have been notified.

Gmail goes titsup for 30 MILLION PUNTERS


Re: Smudge mode

Yes, I got it, I just misread it at first.

And there will be no points awarded for Red Dwarf references... unless they're from the first four seasons.


Smudge mode

I was sure it said "smudge mode," implying that people had to start using smoke signals. I was going to give you cleverness points.

FBI track alleged Anon from unsanitised busty babe pic


Trey Burba strikes again.

It's not quite a fake school shooting, but nice and lulzy all the same.


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