* Posts by gazthejourno

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Homepage, down the bottom, link titled "Under the hood" ... et voila: Here's all the details of what we run on.

Note the tech team do not have helldesk duties, because we're nice to them like that. It's effectively BYOD here except the company owns the wide-ranging mix of devices.

(Someone who shall remain nameless because he's no longer here got all clever and installed Tails on his issue laptop, boasting how smart and security conscious he was. This lasted until the point where he had to email me documents he wanted to print because Tails wouldn't let his machine talk to the office printer, despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth)

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

gazthejourno

Re: I don't get it...

I write about both floaty things and flying things. Sometimes I get the "oi, world, I'm here, don't crash into me" system names mixed up, as I once did while at a Royal Aeronautical Society event - they couldn't figure out why someone would put an automated Aerodrome Information Service broadcast system on a drone, but were polite enough not to press the point. You know (and clearly understood) what I meant.

As for questioning radar warning receivers, you are aware that the principles of operation of RWR systems are precisely those that I mention in abstract and SkippyBing explains in detail, aren't you?

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gazthejourno
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Re: Re: I don't get it...

This was my thinking. They're bleating about "military satellite spy technology!!11!" essentially because they're being unsuccessful and can't figure out why.

I'd have thought any competent sailor would have immediately thought of AIS, though I don't know what flag of convenience Sea Shepherd's flotilla is registered under or what its rules are on keeping ADS-B turned on. Even then, if you're trying to stay out of visual range, civilian maritime radars are plenty good enough to keep you over the horizon. Or, for that matter, a straightforward radar receiver to detect another ship's emissions long before you're in radar return range.

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Ex-Harrods IT worker pleads guilty to PC repair shop trip

gazthejourno
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MODERATOR NOTE

This article was accidentally published with the comments section enabled. It should have been disabled from the start.

Parmar was charged with two offences: one of theft, and one under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. He pleaded guilty to the CMA offence and not guilty to stealing the laptop. The theft charge will be tried in October and he will be sentenced for the CMA offence that he admitted to at the end of that process.

Accordingly, as the case is still active, we have disabled comments.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

gazthejourno
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Re: Re: Stop <> prevent

Given that the original EASA safety directive (go and find it, it won't take you long) specifically references the risk of explosion, as I quoted in the article, I have no idea where you've got this false notion that mentioning the identified risk is clickbait. Unless, of course, you read the headline alone and immediately leapt into the comments section to show off how 'superior' you believe yourself to be.

If, say, Boeing issued an update to prevent an identified risk of CFIT with the autopilot engaged, then yes, I would very happily write "Boeing fixes code to stop its aircraft piling into mountain sides". Because that's what would be happening there.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

gazthejourno
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Re: Scapa FLow?

She popped into Scapa briefly (going by the RN Twitter feeds it was only for a few hours) to commemorate 100 years since the first carrier aircraft flight. Also to lay a wreath over the wreck of the Royal Oak.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Chicken gun

Well, dammit. I was told this version over a rather good dinner a couple of years ago by a mate who I (used to!) trust.

Next time I see him I'll throw a cat at his head for good measure.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

I knew you'd come to read this because of its definitely-tech-related headline so I wrote it as a personal gift to annoy and irritate you today.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: FACTS

Allow me to post where you fear to Ctrl+V, my dear Guv'nor...

Hi Everyone, So its election day and I hope you all exercise your right to elect your chosen candidate/party

Just a heads up though, VOTE CONSERVATIVE if you believe in free enterprise and progression without being taxed out of the game.

Theresa May is not the perfect PM but a far better option for dealing with the challenges this country faces ahead than Corbyn.

Brexit negotations start in less than two weeks which will affect us all, Security and the ECONOMY needs a strong hand and Corbyn will be a nightmare.

He resents those making good money, wants to hike corporation tax up by 7% immediately, hike higher rate tax payers by another 5%, bring far more people into the 40% tax bracket (and there are a lot of you here at Storm) borrow billions which at some point has to be paid back and will generally send us backwards.

If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to re-think a few things here at the company so if you value your job and want to hold onto your hard earned money vote Conservative.

Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down……….

Anyway, just sharing my personal thoughts with you

Feel free to vote for whoever you want but I have said my piece

JB

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

gazthejourno

The version of the product as advertised may well differ from the product as sold to a bulk buying customer with enough purchasing clout to specify his own deviations from the published spec. It would be incautious of me to assume the civilian Tac-50 is the same as the issued C15 and C15A1 in the absence of positive supporting data - and as this isn't a contentious point or one that someone's trying to hide, I don't feel the need to go out on a limb. For what it's worth, the C15A1 definitely does differ in that the stock is not the McMillan own brand fibreglass product, not that that makes a significant difference to its shooting consistency for our purposes here.

I wouldn't assume that, say, British Airways' DC runs identical kit to what is presented in the manufacturer's catalogue just because the list spec for their boxen includes xyz TB of storage.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Am I being stupid, or does this paragraph have something missing?

Gah. The numbers are right - I must have mentally transposed them when writing this up and drawn the wrong conclusion by mistake.

He literally wouldn't have heard it coming.

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

gazthejourno
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Re: Re: Optional explosive charge?

Fair enough. My experience is entirely small arms based - was thinking of the equivalent of API.

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

gazthejourno
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Bugger. I used to live nearby, a proper look at the map rather than a 5-second Google for the bootnote confirms it's between J16 and J17 of the M25, not the M40.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 'two helicopter-style fans mounted on the ends of its wings'

I have no idea what you mean. Ahem. There were never any fans here.

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

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

And?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The Mail carried out the investigation. There is no other source for the information gathered and published by the Mail investigations team other than the Mail itself.

I'm lost for words by some of the proudly displayed idiocy in here, sometimes.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Daily Mail

I looked that up and included the value to show that it is quite unlikely she could have bought the house herself or that it was a council flat or similar social accommodation. My hunch (and it's nothing more than that – I have no information beyond name, date of birth, address, occupation and charge details) is that she is a carer for a parent living there and she happened to answer the door to the Capita salesman.

Admittedly I'm going out on a limb, here, but I don't know of many 16-yr-olds living independently in new-build semi-detached houses in leafy South East counties.

edited to add

I've been talking to Capita about the 16-yr-old specifically. It turns out the court made a blunder calculating her age when they put it on the listing document. She is 20, not 16.

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Softbank gros fromage: ARM will knock out a trillion IoT chips by 2040

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Oh bugger. Story updated.

If you spot this sort of thing in future, please email corrections@theregister.co.uk. Gets to the duty editor far faster than leaving a comment.

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Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What exactly does a solar energy company need with a shedload of servers?

Peter Sage is not connected to Sage the accountancy software company.

Some of his previous business interests, however, are ... eye-opening.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Maybe the gobby commentard should read past the headline and see that the "he" that he talks about is actually a she. The story isn't written to say Streetmap was objectively superior to Google Maps, it's very clearly denoted as "she says", letting you make your own mind up as to whether you agree with the statement or not.

Kind regards,

The journalist who went down to the High Court and took down the application for appeal verdict word by word.

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Sage Business School founder imprisoned – but you wouldn't know it

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

The details are at paragraphs 11 and 61-70 of the judgement linked towards the end of the story. His fiancee, Thea Thorpe, left the house between 1pm and 2pm during the search on the grounds she had a pre-arranged lunch meeting. During that time, someone moved the money. The judge did not make an explicit finding as to whether Sage himself or Thorpe moved it but ruled that Sage was responsible.

There is more to come on this saga. It's absolutely fascinating for a whole host of reasons.

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

sigh

Nice to see a bit of light-hearted Friday fun get hijacked by someone with chips on both shoulders and up both nostrils to boot.

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Bloke launches twinkly range of BBC Micro:bit accessory boards

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: “I’ve designed my own connector, a 40-way pin item.”

I misunderstood Nevil - he didn't design the 40-way connector, he designed a custom elastomeric connector which isn't actually visible in any of the pics.

Story's been edited to reflect that.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: "it also sends each jet’s history back to the US"...

ALIS versions 1.x were built on XP. ALIS versions 2.x run on Win 7. Internet Explorer is the approved access method, and IE8 was the last version which would run smoothly on both XP and Win 7 (at least, so says Wikipedia).

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: This article convinced me to support the Act.

I'm sure you had absolutely no previous views on press regulation, especially as you refer to something that was done long before most of the Sun's current crop of reporters were out of primary school.

Thanks to all those who responded to the consultation, and as for those who think Impress is a viable or sensible press regulator, I wholeheartedly disagree with you and hope your point of view does not prevail.

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gazthejourno
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The media weren't there to control the crowd when the paediatrician was attacked.

Because she wasn't attacked at all. A couple of local kids pissing about daubed a word of graffiti on her home, and the myth of a rampaging mob grew from there, stoked by Chinese whispers.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Done

If it was up to me I'd have written a story about this every day for the last 4 years. Sadly (!) it's not up to me, and we did have quite a lengthy internal conversation about publishing this.

Ultimately we recognise that what gets us as journalists worked up is very rarely what gets our readers worked up. Add that the rest of the media have been reporting on the topic for months and publishing this was a recipe for reader boredom and switching off. But we couldn't stay completely silent.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Am I misreading this?

Beat me to it.

This is worded so as to exclude house journals of trade associations from news media regulation. Think of things like the IMechE mag Professional Engineering, which is mainly full of in-depth features which may or may not relate to up-to-the-minute news topics.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Accuracy of Reporting

Under section 40 as written, we'd also have to pay all the costs of arbitration. Which makes it even more expensive on top of the legal burden.

No thanks.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Your inability to read and understand the third, fifth and last paragraphs does not constitute a failure of journalism on my part.

Looking over your comment history, it seems that you struggle to understand most, if not all, news stories that you read, and I think your comments make more sense when viewed as cries for help rather than as a Walter Mitty-style fantasy of being in charge of media standards.

Rather than be rude, I shall instead pity you, and I encourage you to talk to these lovely people if you need a sympathetic ear to vent your feelings and frustrations at.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Who cares?

Because I thought to myself "I know, Mr Dogshit will read this and it'll really piss him off, so I'm going to waste a chunk of my working day on it. That'll show him!"

You tedious trump.

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gazthejourno
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Re: Erm

Ofcom's rules say it must be a gradual transition to adult-friendly telly, so as to avoid the situation of junior seeing some tit or bum or hearing naughty words while avoiding his parents' pleas to go to bed.

Hence why Ofcom got so worked up about someone shouting "fucking hell" a whole ten seconds after the watershed.

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Internet of Things alliance LoRa: Licence to WAN? Yes please

gazthejourno

Re: If you want to read an actual article about LoRa...

"Company whose big selling point is use of unlicensed spectrum starts saying they'll move to licensed spectrum" is something devoid of content in your world, is it?

I suppose if Vodafone started selling cars and we wrote about that you'd start huffing about it being #notnews as well.

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Everest outage was caused by split brains

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Remote Corner ?

My family is from the Rhondda. As far as I'm concerned, anything further north or west than the Brecons is impossibly remote.

(yes yes, my geographical knowledge is a bit sketchy when it comes to the north-east. Correction shortly to be applied)

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Show working or shove off, there's a good chap.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 4 hours, and the two comments I have made in this thread still havent been published

One comment moderator on duty with plenty of other things to do. They should all have appeared by now.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

gazthejourno
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Re: C'mon

There are 3 Met helos based at Lippitts. One of which is usually out on task, meaning one at readiness and one in for maintenance. The aircrew are not warranted constables but the nav and aircraft commander are. It's not beyond the realm of possibility to think they might have an interest in finding a local allegedly breaking several articles of the Air Navigation Order - criminal offences punishable by prison.

(disclaimer: I have a low opinion of police helo crews after an unnamed ASU cowboy pretended not to hear me calling downwind and then finals in a motorglider, asking several times for the calls to be repeated while trying to sneak in underneath me – all because he wanted to land ASAP and get back to his cuppa. Seeing a helo tracking past 50' underneath you as a student pilot is not a nice experience)

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Heavy regulation

This is a writeup of four separate airprox reports filed to, and later investigated and published by, the UK Airprox Board. I've even put that in the subhead (that's the big text just underneath the really big text at the top of the page, as you seem to have difficulty locating simple things like this).

You can use a search engine to look up the airprox reports - reference numbers 2016114, 2016119, 2016123, 2016128.

I understand from the tone of your comment that you're probably one of the idiots doing his level best to ruin everybody else's hobby for the sake of a thrill-seeking YouTube video while putting on your holier-than-thou act on the internet, but if you're not intelligent enough to read the words on a screen in front of you then you really shouldn't be playing with remote-control toys either.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: more monarchically inclined newspapers

Not true, actually. They did apologise four years ago.

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

gazthejourno
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Re: barbican?

OK, it looks like the world's biggest wheat field. Happy now?

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: surely the enviromentalist dont want all disease cured

Nuke them all, let God sort them out.

/green party manifesto

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: One of the most fun articles

Hello Ludela. Glad you enjoyed it.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Displaced, by gad.

I'll trust USNI over some Wikipedia nerd any day, thanks.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

I'm experimenting with being diplomatic. "It will be completely bloody useless against passive seekers but hey, the MoD's main purpose of providing jobs for industry has been met yet again!" seemed a bit cynical.

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

gazthejourno
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Re: On the subject of typos

Whoops, you're right. Moral of the story, don't ever try and manually input these particular co-ords into anything, ever.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: standard operating procedures

You think "Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree" is clickbaity?

Genuinely baffled. Clickbaity would have been something like "Electric car smashes into tree, killing innocent driver in grisly fireball - was robot autopilot responsible?"

Some stories call for light-hearted headlines. This is emphatically not one of them.

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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "For security reasons we're apparently not supposed to say who they are."

You damn officer-naming terrorists get everywhere!

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: There is no safe level of not drinking either

Oliver Reed, a lifelong drinker, stopped drinking at the age of 61. He dropped dead mere months later. Therefore abstinence is lethal and we should all emulate the great Ollie's example.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: because you can't enjoy yourself without a drink?

Nobody under the age of 35, or indeed outside of government PR and public health weirdos' circles, calls it 'pre-loading'.

The term is 'pre-drinking'.

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