* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

1220 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014


NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument

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Re: Tea cosy hat

They do, it is " a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea."

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Re: Missing the obvious

"crossing the line after the light has gone from amber to red"

The offence is crossing the line when the light is not green. There is a statutory defence if it unsafe to stop only while the light is amber. At least one cyclist does not know the law. (Also many other road users of all ilks.)

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Re: Tip of the Iceberg

The one wee problem is that they have as much influence as the other MEPs.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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The Rule of Threes

You die after:

3 minutes without air

3 hours without shelter

3 days without water

3 weeks without food

I'll keep my clothes on thank you.

(Trust me, you'll also thank me if I do.)

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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Re: Spelling!

Its not random, just a way to pass info that the Aussies won't spot.

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: L5

"Even with today's level of automation I would feel safer with an automated car approaching than one with him at the wheel."

I want to die in my sleep like my Granddad - not screaming in terror like his passengers.

Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

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Re: How do these work?

"I'm getting really fed up with this bit of nonsense cropping up regularly."

It is not nonsense, I saw it on the Internet but can't find it now. Give me half an hour then check Wikipedia.

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

"... Infra-Red laser ..."

No, just a fish tank - let the shark take care of azimuth and elevation.

Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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"is not quite as tech-savvy as his predecessor."

Look, we comentards know about Facebook, Google, Ashley Madison, TalkTalk et al. Perhaps he is ahead of the curve not having a social media footprint?

Malware-slinging scum copied D-Link's code-signing certificates to dress up PC nasties

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someone managed to factor the primes

Easy, the prime and one.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: Web 3.0 look

As for flyover panels (as on this site).

uBlock Origin, right click, block element.

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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"because version 2 has so many more features and is AI-driven in the Cloud".

"because version 2 has so many more features, is AI-driven in the Cloud and uses BLOCKCHAIN".


What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

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Re: And the moral of this story is...

"I thought it was under a gooseberry bush."

Rubbish! But my parents did tell me really weird storey.

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Brexit Schmexit


Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: We paid in, we should retain assets.

" audited accounts for the last 50ish years"

If you mean audited and signed off as a true reflection of events, good luck with that.

FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...

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Re: Is it significant ...

I've asked this question before and not had a reply. Is there a peer reviewed paper out there that proves safe back doors are impossible?

Until there is this nonsense will just run and run.

Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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Re: A different problem

"drive exactly on their minimal braking distance all the time."

I never drive exactly on my minimal braking distance, always much closer - I am Audi!

Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

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Re: Monero...


"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."

(Miles Kington)

Put "Switzerland" and "third world" where you think they best fit.

LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

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"The company said that it did not believe anyone else had exploited the flaw to view user details."

The company are damn sure some one has exploited the flaw but are not crazy enough to admit it.


Family Planning office warns customers private parts may be exposed

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Re: ANZAC day

Can this old wanker just say how pleased I am that my parents fought so that you can ignore and get on with your life. No need to thank them.

Sort your spending habits out, UK Ministry of Defence told over £20bn black hole

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Re: Another wee problem

@Voland's right hand

There is logic to having the nuclear missile boats "one role only". For good or ill they are the absolute last line of defence for the UK. There is only one boat guaranteed to be on station at any time. It may be a good thing if it cannot be diverted to another task, possibly making it more vulnerable to enemy action.

Preventing admirals and politicians from playing with "their" train set is, in this instance, a good thing.

Self defence can be a two edged sword. The process of firing a torpedo will give the enemy a very good fix of the bomber's location.

UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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So are we saying

that anyone from anywhere in the world can come to the UK and get free healthcare and education?

Yes, unless they are a British expat worker on holiday in the UK.

Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools

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Re: Transparency

"I hear the term terrorist applied to anyone someone disagrees with."

Are your absolutely sure? I think you may be a terrorist.

Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

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Re: That's Brexit for you

"Iceland is only grower of bananas in Europe"

Cyprus grows bananas and is both in Europe and the EU.

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Centrifuge orientation

Similar to the effect that killed or saved pilots of Sopwith Camels in WWI. That huge Gnome rotary engine!

Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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Re: "...not aware how it would detect such technology..."

"They'd rig up a laptop ... "

They'd rig up a Raspberry Pi ...


Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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This will deter foreign citizens from wanting to come to the US

Bloody well deters me and I'm mostly in the nothing to hide category - not so sure about nothing to fear.

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Re: Britain had an empire before the RAF.

"Fly Navy!"

Sail Army!

Eat crab!

Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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"All this by a bunch of unelected nobs who mostly got their positions by donations to governments of one kind or another."

90(?) members of the upper chamber are elected by their peers, the hereditary members.

EU lawmakers seek coordinated hand-wringing over AI ethics

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Re: Pie in the Sky ......

" ... splinters of metal into a bullseye at moderate distance."

2,475 m

(Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison using an Accuracy International L115A3)

Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

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Re: Debt

"These companies are nowt more than Vultures."

As all El Reg Commentards know, the vulture is a noble and honourable beast. Please do not use them as a metric for low lives.

Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

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"Currently the Armed Forces' satellite needs are met by the not-at-all-scarily-named Skynet 5 constellation ... "

Er, apples and oranges.

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

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Re: But there is no legal imperative for these companies to comply with the code

They will all comply and meet their "Up To" offer.

You can, of course, leave without penalty if they fail to get your speed down to the offer in 30 days.

UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be

"does anyone pay that for hot air?"

MPs - £76,011 + millions in pension rights.

Ah, uni days! Drugs, sex, parties... sci-tech startups? Not so much

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Re: Meanwhile in America ...

Just google "millennial doorbell" if you doubt me.

I doubted you and googled it. I used to think that the term "snowflake generation" was ridiculous. This has just persuaded me otherwise.

Well your wrong, I tried Wikipedia and such things don't exist.

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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Re: Location, location, location

Received wisdom is that the round part of the tower is Saxon or early Norman. The octagonal top was added later for a belfry as the area got richer (at least one tower has a sixteen sided addition).

The locals will tell you that the towers were originally flint lined well shafts and as the fens were drained ....

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Re: Location, location, location

"or round tower - I think some Norfolk churches have those"


Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

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The Big Bang theory is also Belgian.

But the name is very British!

(Sir Fred Hoyle FRS)

As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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Re: WTF?

Snow! What's wrong with us slush people?

DXC execs: Here's another deadline for skills profiling

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Better still, change your name to Bobby Tables.

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

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Re: Cuts?

"develop nuclear warheads for cruise missiles"

Nuclear armed cruise missiles are not in any sense a Strategic Nuclear Deterrent.

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Re: And what about the DVLA?

I think the first question by the DVLA was "And how would you like to pay?"

Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Re: It's only dust,,,

"invasion fleet full of little green men appears"

Its OK, I've got a small dog that will deal with them.

Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

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Re: Is this poem ?

"I forgot, Robots, not animals"

Bob, Bob, Black Sheep


UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets – report

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Re: *cough* UPRN

Yes, why can't I stop thinking that "it must be treated as a fundamental resource that will only provide value if it is properly managed and maintained" really means "it must be treated as a fundamental resource that will only provide government income if it is properly managed, maintained and marketed"?

Of course "properly managed and maintained" is a triumph of hope over experience.

Volvo puts Swedish families to work on driverless data-slurp trials

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where SUVs don't require most of their design features such as 4WD.

Most, by far, SUVs are two wheel drive. Most of the four wheel drive SUVs are so equipped to improve road holding not cross country performance - just look at the tyres!

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder

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There's a Hole in My Bucket

Dear Lisa, Dear Lisa,

There's a Hole in My Bucket,

Dear Lisa, a Hole.

With What Do You Fill It,

Dear Henry, Dear Henry,

With What Do You Fill It,

Dear Henry, With What?

Why, Data,

Dear Lisa ...

Citrix cracks Windows Store's monopoly on Windows 10 S apps

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Re: Win 10s interesting?

"Why would anyone want a version of Win10?" FTFY

(I can't believe it has taken so long to make that comment.)

True or not, take your pick.


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