* Posts by MyffyW

1190 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013


Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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Re: Red shirt guy goes first

Ensign Cannonfodder, please accompany these three permanent members of the cast down to the planet. Will it put you in any danger? Some, but you should be able to handle it.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Re: Wouldn't it be ironic

"It's rayeeee-ain on your wedding day....." or sand particles in your chardonnay

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What you really need is a human being to come along and dust the plucky little rover.

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...might explain who and what we are rather better. Just saying...

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"will there someday...."

@8972 no my dear, only in your dreams.

Tell NASA to grab the margarita mix – a sextillion-kg salty ring found floating in space

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Interstellar Ramen Noodle Exhibit

Be careful children, that's a lot of sodium.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Re: Viagra is a "back-to-back bonking drug"?

The Uncle Hank scene from "Requiem for a Dream" comes to mind for some reason.


iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Re: The reasons for the iPhone sales slump were threefold

You missed proper rounded corners. Very important requirement in our household ... well worth a thousand quid {cough}

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has already moved his company addresses to Dublin, so he's alright Jack. Or Jake.

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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I do recall typing ATDT made me feel like an extra from a LucasFilms movie.

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Re: Alice Bowman?

Dave, Dave, who the feck is Dave?

[with apologies to the HAL 9000]

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are ...

..illustrating the value of there being many providers of a given technology rather than one or two.

[edited the title because I'd rather not use *that* word even for morally-ambiguous internet robber-barons]

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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Re: Day one of Office 365 outages in 2019?

My money is on 333 days for 2019, but I'm willing to be proven to be a grumpy pessimist.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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I was always brought up to believe one should say "sorry" - except when involved in a motor accident. It is common practice for one to never admit liability and instead leave it to due process. By all means ensure the other party is OK, but keep matters strictly transactional.

That said, HRH is indeed a racist, imperial hangover...

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: No, you don't wish you'd have bought it.

I've had this debate with my significant other and she has so far remained unmoved by the prospect that my garage full of junk will ever be worth anything.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Mystery Ancestor

I have a simple answer to the perennial question "Did you sleep with the Milkman?"

"Not a wink, my dear."

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Eugh ... Bleach should be going nowhere near that part of the solar system.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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If I recall the UK netcom were one of the few who would provide all the config detail to get ppp working with Linux, back in 1999 or thereabouts. I was with them for several happy years.

It does feel a bit of a nostalgia-fest at the moment.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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Re: Eh, it’s Mondelez.

"there are worse formulations than Cadbury’s, believe it or not"

Harsh. Are there really any better formulations of milk chocolate than Cadburys?

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

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Re: Glad they helped me understand

Some of us just get hotter with age ...

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Having just read the instructions I think I can fix your AI bot:

"of course I still love you" whispered the plutocrats new girlfriend, nonetheless mulling his diminished wealth. She feared he may now have a shortfall of gravitas

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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@tiggity nice idea, but I suspect that might prove rather more entertaining for the other attendees.

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I, for one, welcome Ms Lora Haddock's most efficacious apparatus.

I may be a couple of minutes late for my next meeting...

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: But seriously though...

@tiggity I think Viz had a solution for poor toilet etiquette:

"Bottom Inspectors: Have you wiped properly"

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Re: Chinese rover pootles about.

"put up a barrier 50m outside the places they wandered round and add a few frikken lasers"

And sharks, you've got to have sharks too.

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Re: Nah

Don't forget there are some knitted pink animals called "Clangers" and some rarely seen reptilian drinkers of soup whose name eludes me.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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If all you do is consume content then an iPhone (or Android phone) might be fine. If you are a creator of content (beyond Tik-Toks, cat videos and certain niche, Arthouse movies) then a real computer will likely be required.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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@Ian_Johnston I think you ask a fair question. RasPi touchscreen support had struck me as a pretty specialist requirement.

The great thing about Linux is you can compile your own kernel excluding support for things that are not relevant to your use case.

Another greybeard has left us: Packet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81

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Re: TTL exceeded

I vote for 10Base5 ... not because of any intrinsic architectural benefits but because the hardware and cabling looked like something from Battlestar Galactica

- Kara Thrace of Llantisilly

Hacker cyber-gang: Give us cyber-cash for cyber-cache of 18,000 stolen Sept 11th insurance docs

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@StargateSg7 you are a wonderfully bonkers human being.

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

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Re: Astronomical

A million to one, I believe

[this is not the meme you're looking for, move along]

Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs in the UK

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Re: Don't try it near Glastonbury

That is quite amusing.

If I was desperate to provide network services around my locale (I'm not, but that's 'cos I'm a lazy cow) I could of course just put a 5GHz WiFi AP on a 10m pole and manually turn the transmit power up to 26dBm.

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

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Re: Alice

Alice? Alice, Bob would like to know when you're coming back. Never? Well I suppose we could exchange keys remotely.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Frontier ... if anyone dares to call it "a little bit rubbish" I'll fire up my 4MW beam laser. And I have my finger hovering above the "B" key too.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Oh @RuffianXion I'm telling you the plot!

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My favourite is ibuprofen - sold as a headache remedy - in which one of the side effects is listed as headache.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: There's disposable income then there's

Hold their resale value? If I buy a £120 quid Android which lasts me two years (which I have) then even if it's worth nothing at the end, I'm still up on the chap who buys a £800 phone that "retains" half it's value.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

It's quite an achievement, hoping to see some human boots back there within my lifetime.

In the meantime I'm looking forward to Wish selling me moon rock jewellery for a quid.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

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Re: Remember

Six months old I was sat in front of our TV for the Apollo 17 launch in December '72 by my Dad. Can't remember a single thing about it, but deeply grateful to him to this day.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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There is a danger

If we focus our ire entirely on Facebook we provide a convenient lightening rod for the rest of the corporate data thieves.

Do what society has done best down the ages, educate the ignorant, tax the maleficent.

Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks

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Re: "Minimize harm done to their surveillance bees"

Very Punny, Honey :-)

My rational, boring conscience is however still trying to vocalise the what-the-fecking-fracking-feck from the substance of the main article. What's wrong with just getting a bit of honey from them and otherwise leaving the poor things alone?

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Re: One step at a time

Rumours that Donald Trump plans to put US boots on Mars in time for the prick's 100th birthday are unsubstantiated.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Good Enough

So there are 8,000 fax machines in the NHS? Let's assume they last about 4 years and cost 200 quid to replace. That's GBP 400,000 that will be saved. Round it up to GBP 1 million to account for consumables and phone bills and it's still three parts of eff-all in NHS terms. Show me the NHS system that can replace everything they do and will "only" cost 1 million a year.

Basically this "ditch the fax" drive is a conjurers distraction. I suggest you guard your watch and check your change.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Under no circumstances whatsoever should one consume sprouts as a nursing mother. The resulting nappies from your offspring are beyond explanation.

It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Of course, given recent statements from the rumor mill...

@jake well said, alas only two of us seem to have got the joke.

Have a set of "a" disks circa 1998 as a reward...

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Pffft

Vodafone have recently been strapping SIM cards to cows butts with an outfit called MooCall, so you can add the number of pregnant bovines to the overall phone count too.

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Lack of O2

I did wonder what Project Phlogiston was... but I was afraid to ask

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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just an idea

Turn Windows into a Linux distro?

Why, they don't even need to do that much. Just release it as a Window Manager and Desktop Environment on top of Debian.

Windows started life on top of a command line OS, seems appropriate to return there...

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday

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Re: English..

@El Reg - I think you need to renew your poetic license.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Oh I don't know @tin_2 ... the little picture of a paper aeroplane with a snubbed nose well and truly made up for my inability to get to all my fecking files.

"How I learnt to stop worrying and came to love the cloud" - as nobody ever wrote.


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