* Posts by HelpfulJohn

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Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

HelpfulJohn

"However, they might have wanted to permanently yeet something that was on those servers."

Wasn't that the main plot of a "Person Of Interest" episode a while back? Only those guys were in an emergency call centre and the bad guy was wiping the logs to delete a specific incoming call from the logs.

Interesting how Life imitates Art sometimes. Or, perhaps, could it be that Mr. HackyGuy's underlings got the idea from the programme?

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

HelpfulJohn

Re: 2FA

Oh, *that*! Yes, that does work quite well. I've been using token micro-boxes for multi-factor secure banking for years and those RSA things even longer. So far, no issues.

Losing the extra bit is a bit of a problem for those who lose things but I don't seem to be able to do this very often; even were one to, getting a replacement is a matter of a couple of days at most. Usually through snail-mail, which might be irony.

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

HelpfulJohn

Re: JS Bloat

"... Clean your own house before complaining about the others bloat."

"Buh... buh... But we need the *MONEY*!"

The bottom line is, always and forever and forever will be, profit trumps *everything*.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

HelpfulJohn

Re: DFS

"Allied Carpets went bust whilst their limited time 25 year sale was on"

So, are they having a "closing down-all items must go" sale?

HelpfulJohn

Re: DFS

"...you made £X from this dodgy promo where you mislead your customers, your fine is £X * 1000."

Only if the fines go to a worthy cause: Near Earth Asteroid avoidance research, immortality research, cancer research, me, building robot crawlers for the solid planets and blimps for the others, creating vat-grown meats and labeling the products *meat*, informing M.P.'s so we can get rid of the ridiculous waste of British Summer Time ...

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

HelpfulJohn

Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

Why would anyone be driving *any* lorries through them when UKland will be in a depression that makes the economic situation of 79 A. D. Pompeii's look like a boom year?

HelpfulJohn

Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

" ... no NI border (UK side) ..."

I never understood why we can't have a border with Eire down the middle of the Irish Sea like sensible countries do, Eire then being the entire Emerald Island.

Yes, yes, there's some guys on the northern bit that don't want to be Irish, so, okay, fine, let them move to some gods-forsaken pile of rock like Pitcairn or the Malvinas where they can be as British as they wish.(Not Gibralter, they have their own Brexitish issues.) For the monies we've already wasted on Brexit we could probably have relocated them and given them all a house.

HelpfulJohn

Re: physically move servers and storage on the backs of lorries...

"Dump them in the ocean seems to be the current plan..."

Depending on exactly where the non-existent N.I/G.B. or Eire/G.B. border is set, any ocean dump could end up still being at least partially inside the E.U. customs region due to the coastal bits extending out a few miles around countries.

Putting the data-centres in the Channel could also be problematic as France will have a sea border with the remnant U.K.

Brexit is a huge mess. Maybe we should just forget we mentioned it?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

HelpfulJohn

Re: Don't worry 7,

You do know that you can turn off updates to Firefox? Then the WinXP versions will work on WinXP forever. They just won't do newer, clever stuff.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: So predictable !

"Didn't Hitler & Napoleon have that idea as well."

Not exactly. Adolph wanted his U.S.Yurp to be run from Berlin and to be German. Boney-parts wanted his U.S.E. run by guys (himself, mainly) in Paris and for it to all speak French. The E. U. couldn't agree on where it wanted its "capital" so they had at least two and they couldn't agree on a sensible Yurpeen Common Language so they had dozens.

Meanwhile, our fine Mr. Churchill probably wanted the place run from a gentleman's club in London and for the One True Language to be universally used. Both of which are far more sensible than anything the others suggested or the E. U. implemented.

Even the 'Merkins would agree that English should be the first and official language of all polities.

HelpfulJohn

Re: So predictable !

But at least we have a government that thinks it wants to do really *IMPORTANT* stuff like implement Daylight Saving Time all year round.

Last week, at the bottom of England, it was dark, at the beginning of February, at seven o'clock in the morning. Our wise, erudite, clever, smart and wonderful leaders want this to become *eight* a.m.

Dark at eight in the morning, every morning from about September to February. Worse in the frozen northern shires.

And this is the important work they want to do in Pestminster.

HelpfulJohn

Re: So predictable !

"William the Conqueror in 1066 was in fact putting that precise plan into actual practice.

Didn't work."

Well, it sort of did which is why he has the sobriquet of "the Conqueror". He just didn't complete the job, build a chunnel or swallow up the Swiss bankers and some other fringe groups. He did quite a good job on uniting England with ... err ... other bits of England. It was a start. He probably got distracted by cat videos or something, as one does.

HelpfulJohn

Re: So predictable !

"... some cringing, snivelling, pants pissing, anonymous coward will make a fuckwitted reference to either Napoleon or Hitler, comparing them to the European Union."

Well, both of those gentlemen did have their own slightly vapourware dream of a united states of Yurp, as did many, many others. One could say that Alexander, Mao and good old Uncle Joe also saw a united Yurp as a possibility albeit under the rules of various capital cities not necessarily *in* Europe. Indeed, many, many interesting dreams of a united world have been dreamed by people over the millennia., including by me. I wanted a Yurpeen Empire with Queen Liz as the head of state as a stepping stone to making her Empress of Man's Dominions. I never thought it would happen and Brexit has shown that it won't any time soon.

Comparing Adolf's vision of a Germany-led united planet with Uncle Joe's, Xerxes's and the E. U. isn't necessarily evil, bad or wrong, it is in fact a good thing. It shows us what could have been and how fortunate we are that what is, is.

We are very, very lucky to have the Yurp that we do. It could have been ever so very much worse. You could have ended up with me as Emperor.

Were I not to lazy to bother.

HelpfulJohn

Re: So predictable !

I have never wanted a U.S.Yurp save for one reason, as a stepping stone on the way to a global then multi-galactic government, a government of all of the human-derived species and any others who may be around. Where that puts me on the Hadrian to young Adolf spectrum I have no idea but it does feel nice to be in such famed company.

I voted for the E.U. way back in the last Millennium as I thought I could see the glimmerings of the global, then trans-global, dream. I could have worked. It may even have been starting to work. Sure, it had massive flaws and there was endemic corruption and graft but that's true of just about all human governing bodies.

The idea of ever closer union was good. Brexit is idiotic, insane and demented. Brexit is one of the stupidest things ever to happen which is why I expect that it *will* happen. Coming to a city near you, soon.

Whatever happened to the idea that Homo. Sap. was "Man the Wise"?

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

HelpfulJohn

Re: Recycle Bin

"Yep the save for later folder until... Windows decides that it is already too full and starts deleting the oldest files to make room for the new ones."

I have a person to whom I am the resident cheap labour help desk, She uses the Win-ten Desktop as a file storage. Windows helpfully moves stuff around and deletes or hides old files that haven't been used for a while.

I tried folding her files into folders on the Desktop, "PDFs", "Tools", "Bills" and such so now she has those *and* a whole slew of new files.

She is bright but she just doesn't get the idea of file systems.

Or backups.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

HelpfulJohn

Re: were not allowed to vote, even though decision affected them massively

" Scots not living in Scotland were not allowed to vote."

Englishmen not living in the northern shires of UKland weren't allowed to vote, either, though any split would have affected us as much as it would have those under SNP control.

Most of the country was disenfranchised by the will of the representatives of a tiny minority.

HelpfulJohn

Re: That argument goes both ways you know.

"And those complaining against it need to accept the result as this is a democracy and their opinion is not worth more than everyone elses."

But *my* "opinion" is real fact and *is* worth more than the paltry few per cent who voted to Brexit.

For more than twelve millennia the global trend has been to create and maintain ever larger, more technologically sophisticated and more complex societies. Small family units, clans, tribes, villages, towns, cities, confederations of cities and towns, countries, empires all leading to a global government,

Insisting that "Scotland" is too small a unit to be viable while UKland is perfect an EUland is obnoxiously over-large is petty, insular, backwards and daft.

We should be creating a Greater 'Merca with the southern bits and Canada adding to the bit in the middle. We should be *expanding* the Yurpeen Confedarcy to include Russia and its satellites. We should be making Great Asia. Then we should be merging those three into a global Terran Empire instead of squabbling over petty, trivial little local matters.

One world, one government, one language, (though having a second tongue to use among your friends is fine), one currency. No borders. No passports, currency exchanges or other nonsense.

One policing force.

Local councils, yes, but tiny ones.

*That* is our future, not parochial twitterings like Brexit. Twelve millennia of History back me up.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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I'm rather unimaginative, I would have named them after me and the wife. Her cool bit being the smaller one, of course.

Or maybe her and the cat.

HelpfulJohn

Re: Brilliant stuff!

So, assuming the craft survives long enough and ignoring the fingerprints, sweat, hair and dander left on the Voyagers and Pioneers, that would make Mr. T. the first human interstellar traveler.

Eventually and at least partially. Only several dozen millennia to exit the Oort cloud.

I wonder when we'll know where the fully fuel-depleted, freely falling little robot is going to end up?

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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"REX, the Radio Science Experiment"

"REX, the Radio Science Experiment"

Hmmmmm...... should that not be acronymed to "RSEX", pronounced as "arrrsex"?

Or even just as "RSE", roughly pronounced "arrrs"?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: They just need to make the penalty so outsized

"But I think previous research has shown it's not the size of the penalty that stops criminals; it's the risk of being caught. "

Perhaps add a transponder to all drones, one that uses low power so it doesn't impact on the battery much but has a digital code that the spies can pick up by way of their super-secret, ultra-sensitive gear. That way, UKGov could license Air Traffic Control to keep an eye on identifiable drones. Were one to stray near to restricted airspace, the owner could be instantly tracked and jailed.

It would be something like a car being tracked by A.N.P.R. and the registered keeper being responsible for that car's misdeeds.

HelpfulJohn

"Let's face it, the only effective and safe solution is a shotgun on another drone."

Rock salt loads? Or something like a syrup gun? The sticky juice could be biodegradable so the tree-huggers couldn't whine. A water-spraying hose might work, too but I'm not certain Greenies know that water is eco-friendly.

Or napalm. Put a flamethrower on a helicopter (or, slightly safer, an unmanned drone) and it could take care of just about anything.

I would suggest using one of our nukes as the E.M.P. might kill the attacker drone even if the blast, heat and gamma didn't but that seems like slight overkill and I rather suspect that the locals would frown on this as a solution to such a minor irritant. Also, after a good nuking, Gatwick might need a new coat of paint.

Or a new Gatwick.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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And when the Nickies are fully integrated ...

"No, sir, you can not buy 20. Your Nickie (contemptuous term for National Identity Card) is telling my till that you bout 20 on Friday and are entitled to only one per day. Your next allotment is due in two weeks."

"No, Miss, you can't board this bus. I don't care how wet it is out there or how far from home you are. Your Nickie tells my ticket machine that it has expired. You need a new one. Or you need to correct the database by calling or visiting your local Council."

"No, Miss, you can't use this telephone kiosk to call home. It doesn't matter that your Telecoms Company has suspended your smartphone or that you're drenched. You need a valid Nickie to activate any telephone, anywhere so we can track calls for the public safety."

"No, Miss, you can't enter this Police Station (or Council Office, School, Unemployment Bureau or Library) without a valid Nickie. Honestly, Love, we've had these buggering things for a decade and more don't you kids learn *anything* at school?"

"No, Ma'am, we can't look for little Suzy. She's listed on our records as a non-valid entity so she is not a citizen which means she can never accrue credit in her national account to repay the cost of a Police Operation to search for her. and before you ask, no, we can't debit anyone else's accounts for work that would be done on her behalf. It just doesn't work that way ..."

"You don't have a valid Nickie? Hmmm. I have this friend who can provide you with a warm meal ..."

Well, that went quite dark fairly rapidly. I'm sure and certain the governments have no intention of *ever* linking our Nickies to vast databases that drive shopping, access to telephones and other goodies. Not *our* governments.

Why, that would mean they would have total control over everything we buy, say, eat, drink and do, everywhere we go and just about when we breathe. No government would ever want that.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: eLORAN

" ... easy [SIC] with which the most common orbits can be filled with high velocity mines."

"High velocity mines" being clouds of grit, muck, dirt, rubble, rocks, steel scrap and odd-shaped rubbish collected from the spaceport kitchen bins all injected into "wrong-way" orbits so the closing velocities make the exact constitution of the "mines" rather moot.

Lift a few tons of debris laced with boomy stuff. Make it go boom to spread it about a bit. Several years of orbital region denial achieved. Maybe millennia if the badguys dirty-up the geosynchronous orbits.

It *IS* rocket science but fairly simple examples thereof.

HelpfulJohn

Aggregated UKish System?

I know this is probably a naff idea full of holes but could UK-minus-NI-Scot-And-Wales-land not just provide its post-Brexit twenty-man Army with a receiver unit that takes calls from both Galileo and GPS and then aggregates or averages the locations provided to get a better, more precise location than either provides individually?

A unit that, if in furrin parts, also sucks up data from the Indian, Chinese and Whatnot satellites to provide location data down to the millimetre?

That way, we don't need new satellites, just new receivers. Receivers are easy and dirt cheap and processors are even cheaper.

Issue resolved for about a quid per unit?

Galileo's magnifico measurement: 1976 redshift test updated

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Re: Erm - no compute!

"since gravity is a long-range force there is no point at which Earth's field is not felt."

Technically, there are such places, loads of them. Anywhere outside of a 4.6 milliard light-year wide sphere centered on Earth will not, yet, have felt the gravitational pull of the planet, merely that of a lot of bits and gases.

At about ten Millys, even the nebula that produced the Earth probably does not have a coherent effect as it, too, probably didn't exist that far back in time as a separate entity.

Space is big. Really, really big. You may think it's a long walk home from the pub on a wet Saturday morning but ...

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

HelpfulJohn

Re: Le Grand K's fate

"Greengrocers won't suddenly sprout Kibble balances in the back rooms of their shops;"

No, not suddenly, but with a little more technological development it may be that carrying such a thing around in a pocket will be cheap and easy in ten years or so. Probably as part of a mobile computing and sensing device. We might even have a classy name for it ... "mobile phone", perhaps?

HelpfulJohn

Re: Le Grand K's fate

Hmm, it won't work out that way.

After the fall of the Wizards, when the wars of lightning and magics kill the Great Cities, the remnant species that were once Humans will eke out short, crude, barbaric lives in the rubble, for a while, until they evolve into other species.. Eventually, erosion and tectonics will delete all trace of Man from the planet, whether Life exists on it or not.

There will never be any archeologists because no second wave of City Cultures can ever arise without cheap, easy to reach oil and coal to kick-start it and we've eaten all of those.

The Fall of The Cities is the end of technology, the end of the Dream of Stars, the end of any hope of a Human Galaxy.

There will be no one left to hear our songs or mourn our kings.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Ghost in the machine

"If one dislikes one's roommate, one can happily street the nuisance. "

"When bored with the commonly disliked Windows Blue backgrounds, one can hack the Registry to quickly rainbow them."

In English almost any noun can be verbed.

HelpfulJohn

Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?

Instant naughty thought: could that hole be used in conjunction with endoscopic tools to do laparoscopic manipulation of the lock's internals?

Or am I about five centuries too late with that notion?

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

HelpfulJohn

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I still have never understood why browsers were designed to identify themselves [ or their individual users ] in the first place.

When you buy petrol, the pump doesn't identify your car."

The pump doesn't need to know which car is been filled as all tanks and all petrol are identical on the human scale, more or less. All it need know is whether a full point has been reached and that is easy to test for. If you half-fill, go to a different garage, complete the filling-up the second pump uses an identical sensory technique to stop pouring in petrol. Neither pump knows nor cares where the petrol in your tank came from nor even if it is petrol. All they do is sense completeness and pour until they do.

Computer files, for example a web-page showing your bank account's latest actions, are not like that. Each is different and each is being supplied to a different computer.at your end. You don't want half of your bank's web page to end up on my machine and half on yours or half of the page shown to be part of a file download in Hungarian so every transaction between Out-There and your phone or PC needs to be tracked until it is completed.

If you have a method of making sure your track a connection for as long as it takes to download a page or to complete a session looking at YouTube videos then that can be used to track you forever.

All it takes is a clever programmer and the will.

For the Web, or even email, Usenet or FTP sessions to be in anyway useful, computers have to tell each other who they are while they talk to each other. If they don't, they can't.

Does that help?

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Not Clarke, more like a Hugh Walters book, "Journey to Jupiter".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_Jupiter

Okay, so that one has the spiky bits set on a different moon and made of rock but he did have the "here be dragons" sentiment fairly well.

There's an entire series of these. Fun reads if you're not too fussy about what we now consider to be scientific accuracy.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

HelpfulJohn

Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

"I bet there are not many original moon astronauts alive today. We are lucky Buzz Aldrin is still with us!"

The last time I was bothered to WikiP it there were something like seven out of the original 12. It would be quite easy to look it up again but I can't be arsed.

One thing I'm fairly sure of, there will never be a thirteenth. Indeed, I suspect that may be one reason for us never going back, that the Placate-The-Woo-Woo-Tribes supporters of diversity and multiculturalism couldn't figure out how to land anyone else without including The Horrible Unlucky Number so they avoided the issue by stopping at twelve.

Of course, they could have landed a pod with three doors and had three people step out simultaneously but there is probably something quantum that prevents this. Or maybe Special Relativity.

Somewhere, deep in Area 75, there is possibly a team of genii working tirelessly, as they have been since 1968, on how to avoid 13. Aided by acres of quantumised super-computers and borrowed alien tech from Areas 51 to 74, the international group struggles to overcome the simple facts of arithmetic to progress the manned space effort and initiate The Human Galaxy.

Their core task, finding a way to avoid 13, could be rendered moot were they to discover a method of eliminating the Woo-woos who are terrified of a number but *that* is politically impossible. And so, the sound of quiet, desperate weeping from Area 75 continues.

And there still is no plan for more lunar landings.

HelpfulJohn

Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

" ... and when they say "moon", they actually mean Cruithne, ..."

Well, that would not be so bad a thing. Cruithne has dark skies, is a long way from Trumpet Town so is probably a nice quiet place to live and has few bickering neighbours so is probably a *safe* place to live.

Luna is far too close to Earth to ever be anything but Las Vegas II. For the Real Frontier one needs to get far, far away from both of those overused, noisy, dangerous, human-spoiled dumps.

Realistically, M33 is about minimum distance.

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

HelpfulJohn

Re: Lies

"We all know the holy grail is made out of wood."

I thought the documentary by whozzisname insisted it was meat?

HelpfulJohn

Re: Even if this were true

"You think copper theft is a problem, just wait!"

The positive aspect to a gold-based superconductor might be that the usable current density could be humongous. This would make it an instant Darwin Award for anyone trying to klep a live wire. Sort of like trying to steal copper from a live sub-station only vastly more so.

Our future infrastructure could be entirely safe from casual theft. This would be an advantage to the technology that I've yet to see publicly mentioned.

HelpfulJohn

Re: As usual, incredible claims come from far away

A bit of helium and the odd atom of "metals" (Astronomer slang for "the rubbish that isn't hydrogen or helium", the stuff normal folk think of as The Periodic Table) were also not created in stars though at this late stage in the life of the cosmos it might be difficult to tell the stellar stuff from the primordial as they have been mixed for quite a while.

As a side note, quite a lot of the hydrogen that exists may not really be primordial, either. Loads of processes produce protons from larger collections of nucleons so much of it may have been rinsed through other nuclei over the aeons. How much is probably utterly unknowable.

It gets worse if by "primordial hydrogen" you insist that the atom should have kept both its proton and its very own electron to itself throughout the universe's multi-gigayear churning. By that definition, there may be *no* "primordial" stuff anywhere.

Or, like me, the cosmos might be full of it.

HelpfulJohn

Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

"It is just short of the length it needs to be."

It could be that this is just about the long and the short of it.

A string is not "twice as long as the distance from the middle to one end", not always. Strings, according to the theories, vibrate in multiple axes. This makes their lengths at any instant in time indeterminate which leads to the knowledge that should one measure half of its length, the other half will have changed in all but the most unlikely points of the probability spaces. Technically, this would mean that you have the wrong "middle" but *any* middle on a loop of moving, morphing, multi-axially vibrating "stuff" would only be ephemeral anyway if it could be defined at all. Topologically, a string has no "middle" and, as it isn't often perfectly circular, spherical or other multi-dimensional analogue, most likely no "centre", either.

On the subject of quantum computing: on the only occasion when the experiment was actually tried, the cat was neither living nor dead. It was simply missing. It had decided that it was pissed off with being killed and not-killed all the time so it slipped away and left in its place a very confused dog.

Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

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"As we have seen one interstellar asteroid then does logic not mean that there's more on the way?"

Welllllll.... we *are* approaching 2024 ......

"Moonfall", Jack McDevitt. A very good read.

Marriage of AI, Google chips will save diabetics from a lot of pricks

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Re: sigh...

Strangely, my first thought on the "Google" aspect of this was not their friends in the advertising business, it was something vaguely like "... if you can radar glucose, then radarring other chemicals shouldn't be too difficult ... I wonder if the results could be mainlined to the cops and others 'for security and training purposes'"?

Universal, continuous tracking and reporting of everyone's consumption of booze and other chemicals would be a Very Good Thing would it not?

Just think of the CHILDREN it would save ..........

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: Homeopathy placebo NOT ok

On the one hand, homeopathetic crystal magnetic ley-line aromaclaptrappy has *NEVER* been seen to cure a radical amputee. Say, a leg above the knee, an arm above the elbow, a severed spine, an eye or an entire head.)

On the other hand, Real Sciencey Medicine has never been seen to cure a radical amputee.

On the gripping hand, Real Sciencey Medicine has seen salamanders and starfish fix themselves when large chunks have been removed from those animals. RSM has told us that humans are not too different from salamanders and starfish so it is entirely possible, though unlikely that some humans have been born sufficiently broken by genetic accidents as to have the ability to regenerate lost limbs, only no person with this ability has ever lost one so we've just never encountered it happening. How possible and how unlikely this is is best left for statisticians. It is a truth that a majority of people never lose anything much so testing the regenerative powers of most might never happen in their entire lives.

On the imaginary hand, Real Sciencey Medicine does hold out the hope that it can someday graft the salamander's healing abilities onto people, or switch it on if humans already have it in a suppressed form. This is not buck-rogers SF, it is real Science and people are working on it.

Homeo-aroma-crystals hold out no such hope and never can.

There is no possible research path from the current crop of pretend "cures" of acupunky magnetic diluted water robbery to regenerating a limb, eye, spine or anything else but RSM does have paths towards such dreams.

So far as is known, a placebo has never helped anyone regenerate damaged tissue better than the natural powers of humans to heal. Modern medicine might, someday, do so.

Science is hope. Science is True Hope.

Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

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Devil

Re: Optionally

" ... We can promote it to the 9th planet... just to REALLY mess things up. ;) "

Counting Earth's Luna as the fourth, Ceres would be the Fifth World. That would make Pluto "Planet Ten", or "Planet X" for at least two different reasons.

Yes, I know both Ceres and Pluto have little sisters but we can conveniently ignore those as " and assorted detritus" just to keep the joke going.

No one ever said Science had to be entirely humourless.

HelpfulJohn
Alien

"... ten times closer ..."?

How many smallness units are in the original orbit? Twelve micro-bananas?

Yes, I also hate "five times colder" and "sixty times darker".

Ceres is (at a very poor guess) 164 million miles from here (at that range, "here" is approximately the entire Earth, possibly including some of Texas). Dawn is 164 million miles closer to Ceres than Earth is. Or more, depending on where each world is in its orbit.

To be "ten times closer", Dawn would need to be one thousand, six hundred and forty million miles closer to Ceres than Earth is.

That makes no damned sense at all.

And it's a lot on the banana scale of measurement.

Why not use the perfectly sensible "... one tenth as far from ..." or something similar?

[The Alien because I never really understood how one could see 2C as five times colder than 10C.]

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

HelpfulJohn

Re: What on earth...

Watt?

HelpfulJohn

Re: AI lifts?

Where are all these happy vertical people? Many people I meet are happiest when horizontal.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Re: I pity the poor schmoes working on this.

"Even if the problem was caused by management ignoring advice from techies, it'll still be the techies fault ... somehow."

Space Shuttle. O-rings.

You'd think those who don't know how things work would have seen that one as a Really Big Wake-Up and would now be paying attention to those who do Know Things.

Or am I expecting too much from Admin and Management Plonks?

BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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Re: Published at 08:36

"I'm still trying to work out what happened to the first mouse ..."

I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

HelpfulJohn

Re: Now I'm hungry ;)

Hmm, not good.

Very, very not good.

The Company would expect you to entangle your home device in such a way that The Company kit would be powered by *your* electricity bill. It's your lunch, so you should pay to heat it.

Next year: entangling your water bill for your lunch-time cuppa. Maybe even heating and cooling the office with entangled household current. It would make sense as it would be *you* the environmental conditioning would be helping, not The Company.

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