* Posts by Hero Protagonist

182 posts • joined 17 Aug 2013


The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

Hero Protagonist

Re: Time to build it elsewhere

+1 for the Contact reference

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

Hero Protagonist

Look out below!

“There remain very strict rules around flying huge chunks of metal around in the air as they have a tendency to drop to the ground and injure both occupants and passers-by”

Shirley you mean passers-under?

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

Hero Protagonist

Re: The world turned colour much earlier...

Possibly my very favorite C&H ever

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

Hero Protagonist

Another possible explanation for the differences

All the truthful tweets are written by someone other than Trump. So not detecting true/false so much as Trump/NotTrump

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

Hero Protagonist

Re: n before g

Ignorance is bliss

Hero Protagonist

Re: n before g

“All that horrible use of 'off of' instead of 'from'”

You mean the single occurrence that I didn’t even notice until you mentioned it and I went looking for it? Yeah that was awful.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

Hero Protagonist

Re: up to 1,000 kelvin (726.85 degrees Celsius).

> Never mind "up to", it is the "up to or more" which is really annoying.

I seem to remember the phrase “up to at least” appearing in in these very pages within the last couple weeks.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

Hero Protagonist

Re: V.amusing but...

Yes, we must put an End to this practice. Can Any thing be done?

(What, your keyboard doesn’t have an Any key?)

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

Hero Protagonist

“A trip to Wookey Hole“

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

Hero Protagonist

Re: wait how!?

I assume they streamed it like the rest of us plebes

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

Hero Protagonist

The tool kit isn’t the news

The news isn’t that Motorola is selling a toolkit; iFixit includes this exact set of tools with their iPhone screen repair kits (which I was quite pleased with — a nice step up from the tools they used to include). The real news is that Motorola is supplying OEM *parts* to iFixit, instead of iFixit having to source reliable third-party parts

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

Hero Protagonist

Re: It just make me sad...

No, you read it wrong, it was the moon that was landing on the library power mac. Now THAT would have been spectacular to see!

Docker fave Alpine Linux suffers bug miscreants can exploit to poison containers

Hero Protagonist

As Wallace found out the hard way...


Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

Hero Protagonist

Re: What does it mean to me?

“this is still a UK based site isn't it?”

You’re just now noticing that the content of this site is not exclusively UK focused?

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

Hero Protagonist

Re: Alternatives

“They could have also chosen a shorter route: Alcock and Brown did it 1960 miles, the R34 did it in ~3000 and Lindbergh got to Paris in 3600 miles.”

Ok, sure, but how did they do on the Kessel run?

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Hero Protagonist

What about pointed sticks?

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

Hero Protagonist

Re: Entente Cordiale ???

“The probabilities are endless..”

I think you’ll find that the probabilities are not endless but in fact add up to exactly 1.

Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

Hero Protagonist

I just can’t read Dilbert anymore since Scott Adams became a Trump booster. Uggh.

My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

Hero Protagonist

Re: Black on Black

Black label text in a black icon on a black background, with a black border indicating that the icon is selected?

BOFH: Honourable misconduct

Hero Protagonist

Re: Excellent.

Neither did the boss....especially the wheely chair

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

Hero Protagonist

Re: Are there, really, any enjoyable applications of the five whys?

“Pfft, Mandarin doesn't even have gendered pronouns”

Not entirely correct; there are different characters for he and she, although they are pronounced identically. My Taiwanese girlfriend (who has lived in the US for >20 years) still occasionally uses the wrong one in speech.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

Hero Protagonist

He’s a lumberjack

and he’s ok...

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Hero Protagonist

Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.

“@sabroni, that was supposed to be a joke.”

Write better jokes

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

Hero Protagonist

“It's pathetic that the evil bastard Google shits on us from on high, just to prove they are the fuckers who don't give a shit about end users.”

You have obviously forgotten that you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

Hero Protagonist

Re: call me crazy, but...

I thought about that too. My assumption is that engine performance/emissions may be markedly different in flight at altitude than on a stand at ground level.

Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

Hero Protagonist

Re: W00T!

Except Apple will make it .5mm thin and it will still only last a day

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

Hero Protagonist

Re: "Again I tell you..."

“At least Trump has the spine you are clearly lacking.”

...says the spineful Anonymous Coward

Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

Hero Protagonist

Re: Founders Edition

Hopefully Founders as used by Musk is the noun sense, not the verb sense:


verb foun·der \ ˈfau̇n-dər \

intransitive verb

1 : to become disabled; especially : to go lame

2 : to give way : collapse

3 : to become submerged : sink

4 : to come to grief : fail

Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

Hero Protagonist

"you're not going to rake in billions by cutting tax credits on those sales because those sales won't be there if you cut the tax credit."

If you're not issuing credits anymore, then it doesn't matter whether there are any sales or not. Either way, you're avoiding issuing the credits.

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

Hero Protagonist

Re: freebie USB sticks

"It makes you wonder if they've somehow adapted floppy technology for the crappy things."

It's actually a miniature Tardis, the interior of which is large enough to fit an actual floppy drive.

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

Hero Protagonist

Re: Infotainment system

"Don't get me started.."

No worries, I can't work out where to put the key.

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

Hero Protagonist

Re: It really

"they are alert all the time and communicating with each other."

Are they? Is anyone actually working on self-driving cars that talk to each other (including cars of other manufacturers)? AFAIK the current crop under development do not. And how would that even work when initially (and for a significant period going forward) they would not be able to talk to an overwhelming majority of the other cars (meatsack-driven) around them?

Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Hero Protagonist


...or some, er, combination of the three

Equifax's malvertising scare, Chromebook TPM RSA key panic, Cuban embassy sonic weapon heard at last – and more

Hero Protagonist

Sonic attack

"We'll keep an eye on this as it develops"

Shirley you mean an ear?

Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

Hero Protagonist

Re: ...bronchogenic...

It would behoof you all to rein in the horse puns

Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

Hero Protagonist

Re: Probably the software was bought by Hollywood....

There's a reason they call it "rebooting a franchise"

AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

Hero Protagonist

Re: And the company said it complies with all ... ad industry best practices.

As if "ad industry best practices" weren't an oxymoron

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

Hero Protagonist

Re: close only counts with hand grenades and thermonuclear devices

"Among our weaponry are such diverse elements as..."

Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

Hero Protagonist

"It'd probably weigh less than packing everything behind a big sandwich of plastic, lead and boron."

Am I the only one who initially read that last word as "bacon"?

To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

Hero Protagonist

The ultimate test

I'd like to see what the algorithm does with a post by Amanfrommars

Confessions of an ebook eater

Hero Protagonist

Pythagoras wept

>The iPad Pro 12.9" comes close to sqrt(8.5^2x11^2)

You mean of course sqrt(8.5^2+11^2)

Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

Hero Protagonist

Why the frell are there steps at all?

Not to excuse the bot's flawed programming, but why are there steps down into the pond at all, instead of a ledge as seen at top of picture? Seems like an invitation to a lawsuit when some toddler (or texting-while-walking teen or adult) falls in.

Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

Hero Protagonist

"Wolf of LOL Street" FTW

Raising a pint to the subhead editor

(imagine pint glass icon adjacent)

Hero Protagonist

Re: Idiot

Hmmm, you seem to know an awful lot about the subject....

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

Hero Protagonist

Cut my teeth on Multics

I got a job as a student programmer at my university shortly after they replaced their aging Burroughs B5500 (affectionately known as "Bertha") with a Multics system. It felt like the future had arrived. Exotic OS features! CRT terminals! Lowercase characters! No more punchcards! PL/1!

I actually took some heat for one thing I did -- ported a multiplayer "Space Wars" game to work on our Teleray 1061 terminals. The load from people playing the game during prime hours was having a significant impact on system performance. (I had to assure my management that the development had been done on my own time, not on the job).

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

Hero Protagonist

"With a name like Nemesis, it's hard not to be."

How do you it's not Sol that's the evil one?

Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

Hero Protagonist

Re: That reminds me

Never too early to learn about useless bureaucracy


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019