* Posts by MyffyW

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

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I'd be quite happy with such a no-nonsense approach. Sadly it's not up to the standards of modern corporate-speak.

Still can't understand why the Tory manifesto didn't just say "Against the better judgement of half of us, we're leaving the EU, FFS. That's going to keep us plenty busy. And anyway government is best that governs least."

... which is pretty much what the Queen's speech ended up saying anyway.

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

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HOSTED-IT - good effort, have a gold star from me.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Re: fossils?

The DUP represent a significant minority of opinion within the North of Ireland. To that end it is entirely right they play a part in power-sharing there.

They represent a vanishingly small minority of opinion within the wider United Kingdom and any party that relies on them to govern ought to put it's ambitions for power beyond use.

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Reg Radicals lecture encompasses far right, libertarians, and mushrooms...

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Re: Stockholm syndrome

As an intellectual argument Libertarianism is intriguing. I've yet to see a party espousing it which I'd be minded to vote for.

The worlds smallest political quiz ate my homework.

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

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Re: Glasto?

"Oh is this the way they say the future's meant to feel?

Or just 20,000 people standing in a field."

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Re: Maybe..

Unexpected item in data centre?

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

When stickytape and glue are the main underpinnings of a piece of pricey technology it's time to question do you really want it in your life.

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Himself? Herself?

@nick_rampart Hermes is certainly a worthy name for the first ship, but I'd like to suggest Eagle

...or is that too audacious? ;-)

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Re: Himself? Herself?

Easy answer, of course, is to name the second carrier HMS Ark Royal.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: Not my kind of girl "friend".

"UBER undateable"? ..... trust me, hun, if you turned up for a date in an Uber it would be game over even before the grade-school misogyny kicked in.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Re: Binary/Twin Star?

Stars in binary systems can be very different from each other. Witness Sirius A, a white main-sequence star and it's companion, Sirius B, a faint white dwarf.

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Re: Travis 2.0

Oh wait, wait .... I know this one.... is this where he gets a regular 9-5 job, has to make ends meet on a limited budget and behave like a normal member of society?

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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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Re: Accounts?

If anybody would like to crowdfund my FTL drive powered by the perpetual motion of one hand clapping in time to the The Longines Symphonette I'd be very happy to relieve you of your money.

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It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

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IPX ... I'll swear I caught a whiff of NetBEUI on the way into work this morning, but that might have been the traffic on the A49

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Windows 2000 (released 17 years ago) was the first server OS not requiring WINS. Can't believe WINS is still around...

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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Re: Yeah that's not creepy at all /s

I, for one, welcome our new two-headed flatworm overlords.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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Re: Disney complaining about others ripping them off?

As a parent who's been asked to part with twenty quid for half a dozen Frozen characters, none of them more than 2 inches high, I can't imagine how a market for pirate 3D printing has arisen, Walt.

Give Elsa a Girlfriend and you'll win me back.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

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To be honest, whether it is WiFi or affairs of the heart, if you have to start boasting about how long it is, you're probably not very skilled in using it.

Mind you I'd be pretty unhappy if my WiFi went down on me, whereas ...

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: Numbers

@Prst. V.Jeltz when they can fit it on one 1.44MB floppy, I'm interested, until then you'll find me doing sling shots round Sirius B in my Viper.

One thought though, is it possible dark matter is just all those ejected question marks you get from jettisoning nothing into space? (How else do you account for the increase in hold space?)

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Re: In the beginning...

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded...

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Avanade getting into hardware to deliver an Azure Stack

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I have never worked with a bigger bunch of arrogant tosspots than those at Avanade. After giving their proposal a polite but reasoned no they started bad mouthing us to our CIO. The CIO, to his credit, gave them short shrift.

Avoid.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Re: DUP?

Clue is in the name "The Conservative and Unionist Party"... if DUP do crown Mrs May it will be worth looking deeper into the probity of the DUPs recent experience in government.

Either that or just get a wood burning stove :-)

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: All this vitriol for a little girl ...

She's having a solemn trial and being judged according to established legal precedents. Let that process run, let's not turn this into a witch trial.

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

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Re: nope

Indeed, I'd rather get the tram or the tube. When I do need a taxi I prefer to climb into the diesel-scented plushness of a London Taxi Corporation vehicle.

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Re: Hmmm

Is that the same IBM with which RBS cheerfully splaffed £1.2 billion before failing to separate it's England and Wales branches?

Thankfully the tax payer isn't on the hook for this one... yet

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Re: Look

I've just spoken to a leading expert on ecclesiastical matters and they confirm His Holiness, Pope Francis, is actually a Catholic.

And that teddy bear of mine had an embarrassed look on his face on returning from a five minute contemplation in the woods.

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HPE's cloud server wasting away on low calorie Microsoft sales

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I wondered at what stage they'd start buying cotton from Egypt and coating it in chocolate. I'll swear Milo Minderbinder is running their accounts department.

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Walmart workers invited to shuttle packages

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Re: Nope, nothing to see here

Well I was a little worried when I was handed a broom and a jar of sudacrem...

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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Re: Again

"I think there is a world market for about five travel policies"

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: OK Computer

I have a Compaq 286 luggable from 1986. A large chassis, but capable of taking two 5-and-a-quarter inchers at the same time.

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ViaSat lofts world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit

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Mixture of Chemical and Xenon?

It's been a while since Chemistry was my main thing but I thought Xenon was a chemical too? I presume the Xenon is released either as a compressed gas or as the medium in an ion drive? Moderately pedantic and mildly curious ...

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Hang on... Nuclear

I think Orion's bijou problemette was the radiation that would rain down on mother earth with each launch. The Project calculated statistically that each launch would kill 2 people. Now that sounds bad but look how many folks (usually construction workers) die in major civil engineering projects. Still, a tough call to make and the atmospheric test ban treaty finally sealed the fate.

Put a Project Orion craft outside the magnetosphere and said radiation wouldn't be a problem. So we're back to needing a more benign method of getting into orbit. One-and-a-half 747's strapped together suddenly doesn't look that crazy.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Office and Clouds and Stuff

I love the sound of all this fluffy cloud stuff. Makes me want to put on my purple party dress and play with My Little Pony.

Oh wait, I grew up 20 years ago and bitter experience has shown that life is just a bit more complicated than all that...

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Stingy DXC Tech tells staff to breathe in and tighten those belts

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Is there such as thing as "Run DXC"?

Travel Policy...it's like that and that's the way it is

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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no such verb as "to architect".

I architect - the successor to the Asimov robot flick

You architect - an early form of 21st century abuse

He/She architects - well I have no problem with gender fluidity

We architect - sadly nothing to do with Nintendo

You architect - abuse, but this time collective

They architect - in which case it was neither my fault, nor yours

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Still didn't escape uncanny valley

I thought the Carrie Fisher touch at the end of Rogue 1 was perfect, made all the more poignant by her recent passing. I'm happy to overlook a few imperfections for a good story.

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As a famous smuggler once said....

"you can type this shit, but you can't say it"

Can someone help me fire up the "fully 3D Eulerian solver with volume ray-marching renderer"

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LinkedIn finds friends to join its 'Open19' data centre standards effort

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Welcome back Data Furnace

When that rack of servers is put in your utility room to receive telemetry from your home automation and serve up two-dozen cat videos simultaneously you can now heat your home for "just" the cost of running the hardware.

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Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

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Re: Requirements

No first born male child? Not a problem, my daughters have been brought up on a diet of Android and Debian.

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

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Re: A tough choice, who to trust

Who to trust? It's the sweary bloke from Scandinavia for me everytime.

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Whilst I'd definitely be up for having a shag in space, I can't get the final scene of Moonraker out of my mind.

M: "007 - what are you doing?"

Q: "I think he's attempting re-entry, sir"

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Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

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Antarctic Bitbarn

Leaving aside the obvious natural advantages with cooling I'm guessing there's not likely to be much of a market for an Antarctic DC unless continental drift kicks in on a grand scale. Latency would be bloody awful.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

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Re: You can change the name

@chivo243 your gender is what you identify as. It's not necessarily the same as the genetic "hand" that nature dealt you.

Big hugs on your release Chelsea - as you can see from El Reg comments, the struggle carries on.

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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"Bank"

When the money stops talking, let your fingers do the walking. I'm here all week.....

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Is it just me...

...or did the Down Director infographic look like something from Threads or The Day After?

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

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Re: Without wires?

... and when some fracking Cylon deception compromises one F-15 they've got all our F-22s as well.

Gets coat and jumps into a Viper Mk1

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Unlucky Mr Z

When it comes to unburdening my emotional baggage online I take to the comments section of El Reg.

Facebook? I've heard of it. Never been tempted.

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Re: UK and no Cloud?

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.

- Nye Bevan

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The Co-Op Bank's online banking has gone TITSUP*

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Re: Punch tape

Back when I was a child I remember how a neat roll of punch tape used to unspool into a messy spiral that sank to the floor.

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

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Re: I got mine

Google categorized an email I received from Jeremy Corbyn as "Promotions" - think that might be wishful thinking on Jezza's part.

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