* Posts by MyffyW

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: Bible Quotes

Blessed be the fruit...

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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Alte Schule

Zeppelins are the real answer, nicht wahr?

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plastic crap

@Lusty - Honestly, I never set out to be a hippie, being firmly convinced that a good support bra was one of the many benefits of civilisation. But latterly as my children and significant other seem to be getting suckered into a spiral of buy-replace-dispose for every aspect of their lives I've become one. And it feels good ...

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Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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"The silence depressed me..."

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Paris Hilton

As someone who cried as a girl to the ending of Silent Running, I am proud to anthropomorphise those plucky little rovers.

Paris - because she would completely get what I'm on about.

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EE seeks guinea pig millennial hipsters for 5G experiments

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The Shoreditch Experiment

The Shoreditch Experiment - I am picturing a 1950s black and white Ealing studios sci-fi film featuring earnest looking middle-class types who (co-incidentally) probably share sartorial similarities with 2018-Shoreditch-Types

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NASA makes the James Webb Telescope a looker with a heart of gold

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Heart of Gold

I really should read headlines more carefully. I had hoped that NASA were about to trial an infinite improbability drive as used on the Heart of Gold.

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John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt

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"Lawyers, guns and money, drugs, hookers, and booze..."

Substitute "dragons" for "guns" and you could be writing a summary of just about any historic fiction

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Re: Finally!

I think our systems of government are finally taking their cues from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. To misquote:

"President of the Galaxy is a role that involves no power whatsoever, and merely requires the incumbent to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge"

Which is certainly not a good sign, but not as worrisome as the asinine fools we elect continuing to wield nuclear-armed power.

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

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Definitely an argument for having an Amex and Mastercard .... until they fail

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The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf

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Giant, icy worms and a warrior-like band of free men. And a prophet. And a cross-generational conspiracy. Damn, that was a good book.

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Re: Bring it on!

I think we can all agree Pluto* ain't the kind of place to raise your kids....

[* with apologies in advance to Mars and the Taupin-John co-orbital system]

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Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

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Concerned of Llantisilly

Alexa, how do I construct an electronic counter measures device for my car?

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

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"aren't you a little short for a planetoid?"

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: Wait a minute

darling surely you meant to say a la mode ne c'est pas?

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: Taking it personally?

Alfie wouldn't approve.

"Seems to me if they ain't got you one way they got you another. So what's the answer? That's what I keep asking myself. What's it all about?"

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: And that....

@deadlockvictim You have put your finger on it. When I was a child I dreamed of owning a computer - the whole thing - and doing whatever I pleased with it. I would have been horrified at the prospect of that being beholden to giant corporations that could invade my privacy, because I had lots of other dreams, not all of them I was yet brave enough to describe to others.

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Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!

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Re: But but but...

You sank my battleship :-(

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: Lost for words

Aphasia is the word you're searching for.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Coat

Anti-Freeze

Have they considered replacing the anti-freeze with Austrian Wine?

[I'm putting my coat on and taking my curly tresses back to the 1980s]

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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HMS Ajax would have been a good choice to honour:

- The Greek Hero

- The Battle of the River Plate

- The cleaning product from Colgate-Palmolive (other cleaning products are available)

Not to mention Amsterdam's association football club adjacent to Duivendrecht station.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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It was a dark and stormy night...

It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The Russians screamed.

Suddenly, a Pirate Party candidate appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the POTUS lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.

A light snow was falling, and the little girl with the tattered shawl had not sold a violet all day.

At that very moment, a young intern at City Hospital was making an important discovery. The mysterious patient in Room 213 had finally awakened. She moaned softly about the lack of affordable healthcare. Could it be that she was the sister of the boy in Kansas who loved the girl with the tattered shawl who was the daughter of the Russians who had escaped from communism only to embrace a bolder tyrant?

And so the space race was saved.

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Astroboffins spot the first perfect exoplanet free of clouds

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Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

Clouds usually aren't gas - they're suspended liquid or solid :-)

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North Korea's antivirus software whitelisted mystery malware

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Re: Remind me

OK, so it's old and malware-infested, but at least it's not McAfee.

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Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

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Re: (some of) The Truth about Williams & Glyn

@I aint't Spartacus said "To be fair to RBS management..."

Do we have to? :-)

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(some of) The Truth about Williams & Glyn

RBS had to divest 5% of it's revenue business and chose to do so by setting up a full service bank (retail and commercial) involving the 300+ branches in England and Wales plus half a dozen NatWest branches in Scotland.

They chose to clone the existing RBS systems (those that ran the other 95% of the revenue). You can see immediately there was going to be a major cost of ownership problem. And so it proved. Sure the task of cloning turned out to be harder than first thought (surprise surprise) but it was progressing when RBS used the Brexit outcome as an excuse to pull the plug on W&G.

So in autumn 2016 cue redundancies for the IT team employed to stand-up the bank. Also cue a deafening silence on behalf of Unite who were meant to represent those IT staff. The branch closures, the £800m funding for new competitors etc. is all the outcome of those decisions.

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Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

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Re: At those prices...

Are we sure that dummy in the roadster really was a dummy?

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Or maybe....

I love nothing more than being a self-satisfied pedant on the El Reg comments section. Never found a use for Facebook though.

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Love the headline...

Only interested if it has a picture of Mallard on the help screen

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Got to love anything with a hex-editor.

Total tangent, but messing with the hex code in Frontier.exe could make some of the core worlds much more interesting. Want a space station round Venus? Five minutes editing and there we go.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a terrible leak of drone buyers' data

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Re: Damn it!

I once allowed a neighbour to park his nuclear submarine in my naval facilities and before I knew it he'd annexed my peninsula.

[to be played mournfully on a Bandura whilst eating garlic stuffed chicken]

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In my experience...

I was very disappointed with a recent £15 drone purchase when I found that not only had it not shipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, but the chances of my Lithium-Ion powered drone lifting said ordnance was non-existent.

Full credit to Argos, they were very good at reimbursing me the money, although I did get an odd look from the deputy manager.

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Re: Still reeling...

No ... I think they are still buying from EnormoCorp, just filling the gaps in coverage with some privateering efforts. God bless them, public money doesn't waste itself....

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Re: You don't hire the Mafia

@Mongo - you're a funny guy ....

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: Reusable?

Agree if you use up more resources refurbishing something than would go into creating it in the first place then it's right to consider the disposable route.

The Space Shuttle Main Engines were an engineering masterpiece but had to be pretty much rebuilt between each flight at immense cost.

BUT.... What Musk et al are trying to do is entirely in line with every other major form of transport - be it Roman Chariot, Viking Long Boat, Ship of the Line, Pacific A4, VW Beetle or Boeing 747 - if you've gone to the trouble of making something so intricate it seems a damned shame to throw it away after the first use.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: Floodplains

@Martin_an_gof your offspring should be congratulated on their choice of mid-20th century statesman.

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

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The problem, as ever, is that the nuances of scientific doubt are polished away by the spin of PR to the point that all that is left is a nugget of purest turd - fine for flinging at the press but not a sound basis for foreign policy.

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AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

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Re: "With that, go build."

My huge problem with cloud computing is the inability to test something out for a few pence. Time was I had a comms room with spare kit and I just ran that up to trial something. Now I have to reach for the credit card, or explain the monthly variance in the bill - and if it were only pence that would be fine, but more often it's a few hundred quid.

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

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Re: Bless away....

Bloody typical ... you turn you back for two minutes and your neighbours bugger off to the tropics.

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Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

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Servalan - 40 years on and still able to send my progesterone levels through the roof.

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Re: Title

@Louis_Schreurs_BEng - have an upvote for taking dead-pan humour into orbit. Maybe.

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Re: confirmation classes

... those dirty sheets were sent back to disperse in the Earth's atmosphere. Basically you, me and 7bn other people have been inhaling incinerated astronaut jism for the last 30 years. No wonder the world has got so screwed up.

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Theoretical maybe, but practical constraints came from NASA misogyny - Skylab was an all-male affair. Still I hope the boys had fun together.

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Whilst I'm perfectly prepared to have a shag in space - for science - getting tubbed up whilst being video taped is very much a red line for me. Or maybe two blue lines.

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Tantalising Tabby's Star teases watchers with big dimming event

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Re: I love Science best when there's one person saying ...

I think it was Faraday who said "all this is a dream, still examine it with a few experiments"

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UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

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Re: ' Current industrial production of hydrogen gas'

I do think we should consider the thermal properties of superheated, vapour phase dihydrogen oxide as a potential working fluid. Possibly with terrestrial-derived graphite as the fuel source.

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Re: Why is this allowed?

There is really no lower limit for how crap software can be, only that the more crap it gets the more likely you are to consider a competitor product, no matter what level of technical indebtedness you have to Redmond.

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SAP Anywhere is gonna be absolutely nowhere: We're 'sunsetting' this service, biz tells punters

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Re: Data export?

Indeed.

One of the first questions to ask before going to any cloud service: How will you provide my data back to me on cessation of service?

Next question: How will you assure me you've securely erased that data once I've left?

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Re: Yet again

Typical gap between what was promised by the A-team who bid for it and the F-team who were responsible for delivery (or in this case the third-party it was subcontracted to).

Outsourcing - for when you absolutely, positively can't bring yourself to give a shit about your service.

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

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I've taxed worse....

No perforation rust and a full set of tyres. And the emissions are likely to be low, even without a defeat device from VW.

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