* Posts by Dr Kerfuffle

13 posts • joined 18 May 2012

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

Dr Kerfuffle

State Control is the likely result

Oh great - just what we need, a state controlled internet infrastructure.

Forget about how nice it would for rural areas to get a decent internet speed.

That is just the window dressing. The true purpose is to let in state control of content access through the back door.

Do you trust Corbyn and his cronies to decide what websites and content you can access?

See how well this works in China or North Korea (if they can get internet access at all!).

For them it is worth the high cost to be able to control what you can or cannot see.

No this is not just wild conspiracy theories - socialist/marxist governments just can't help themselves if they allow the opportunity.

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers

Dr Kerfuffle

Damn those pesky kids!

Is that a stiffy disk in your drive... or something else entirely?

Dr Kerfuffle

Staples through disks?

When I used to work for GST software in Cambridge in the 80's, most of our products were supplied on the blue 3.5" Atari ST disks. I was constantly surprised when customers were advised, after reporting a faulty disk, to return it to us for testing, would post us the disk with a complement slip STAPLED to it to tell us what the fault was or what their return address was. How they managed to get a staple through the entire thickness of the disk often baffled me. They'd also do it with normal 51/4 inch floppies. Obviously completely wrecking them!

I also remember a customer complaining that he could not get his 1st Word Plus document to print. The shortcut was just 'Ctrl-P', so I told the customer to do that. I heard his keyboard rattling and then he came back to me complaining that nothing was happening. I told him to try again, with the same result.

So this time I asked him to tell me EXACTLY what he was doing. So he said 'ok, I am now going to the keyboard, I am now typing C, O, N, T, R, O, L and P.

So after picking myself up off the floor, I had to patiently explain that there was a CTRL key that he was supposed to use!

Sigh.....

Paul

Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Dr Kerfuffle

How about Klendathu? (from Starship Troopers) !

If it is full of nasty insects the size of cars, then Klendathu would be a good name.

I was thinking Vulcan, but that implies a hot planet. Kronos might be good.

Mind you, if they are looking for a gas giant, they should check out my mother in law first (with apologies to Bernard Manning) :-)

Paul

ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Dr Kerfuffle

Snakes

I once saw a very poor documentary about Snakes. I think it was called 'Snakes on a Plane'. However I don't think the snakes actually evolved on the plane.

To be honest it didn't really have much to say that was useful about snakes.

Or planes

:-)

Paul

NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

Dr Kerfuffle

Let's hope that there was nobody down there!

It seems to me that they have crashed Messenger into Mercury without any consideration of the poor Mercurian citizens living down there. How would we like it if a space probe from another world suddenly came thundering down on top of us. Even now I bet that they arming themselves for a retaliatory strike against us. Probably.

Still, the chances of anything coming from Mercury are substantially less than anything coming from Mars. Perhaps we should start building our cities underground. I have a plan !

:-)

Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

Dr Kerfuffle

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one - IMHO

:-)

Paul

PS. But still they come!

Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

Dr Kerfuffle

If the previously mentioned cat tried to go to sleep on the single layer of graphene hammock, wouldn't it risk slowly being diced as the downward pressure of its body forced its cells through the mesh of the hammock?

I think a similar thing happened to Homer Simpson in one of the Treehouse of Horror episodes of the The Simpsons.

yours spread very thinly.

Paul

Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

Dr Kerfuffle

"And slowly and surely they made their plans against us".

I'd stay away from Horsell Common for a while!

Paul

Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

Dr Kerfuffle

How about Dawn French

I think Dawn French would make the perfect female Dr Who.

She is funny, witty and is a great actress!

Paul

So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Dr Kerfuffle
Happy

Where is Dawn French on the list? she has been mooted previously for position of the Doctor and would be perfect for it - funny, witty and a great actress!

Please add DAWN FRENCH now !!!!

Paul

World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

Dr Kerfuffle
Happy

Angry Birds?

This is all well and good, but can it run Angry Birds?

Furthermore, once they have finished working on this project, do you think they could take a look at my laptop? I haven't been able to get it to boot up for the last 6 months

:-)

Paul

BBC shrinks Red Button: Loses 8 channels after the Olympics

Dr Kerfuffle

Any 3D channels?

I saw that the BBC were doing some 3D tests on their Freesat service a few months back. I'm hoping that at least some of the Olympic coverage will be in 3D - I just bought a new 3D telly and I am eager to get some proper use out of it!!

Have the BBC made any promises this time about not disrupting their normal schedules just because of the Olympics? I hate it when they cancel programmes or change the times simply to accomodate a sports event.

Paul

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