* Posts by Little Mouse

934 posts • joined 12 Dec 2014


That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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"...staffer breaks record for most *precise* Pi calculation"


Watching in slow motion as you turn around and say... Take my breath Huawei (with its updated storage silo software)

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Re: Can I upvote the headline?

All the UK news outlets simultaneously started pronouncing the name "Wah-way" around 4 weeks or so ago - a bit like when Princess Eugeeenie suddenly became Princess "Eu-zjhennie" overnight.

It's probably closer to the true pronunciation, but it certainly doesn't scan as well.

'God, Send Mobiles,' the industry prayed back in the '90s. This time, 5G actually has it covered

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Re: One OS to rule them all...

We didn't have to learn it from Windows. Pretty much every smart device under the sun ticks that box.

We did learn from MS not to buy hardware before the requirement specs had been nailed down though. Remember those "Vista Ready" laptops?

Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

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Re: oldest white dwarfs

...or Magic!

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

I know what you mean. It's such a shame they never got repeated.

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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On a recent trip to Yorkshire I was much amused to see estate agent boards displaying "NWA"in large letters.

Hope I'm not breaking site rules by mentioning that. I am in no way associated with Neil Wright Associates, nor have I ever bought/sold a house through them.

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

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Cheer up, Moose.

Why the long face?

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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Re: Warning: Joke Alert!

Unlike Mars, the Moon just doesn't do itself any favours because it actually looks like an indoor movie set.

There's no colour to the sky and no familiar landscape features that give us a sense of scale or distance , etc.

Aussie Emergency Warning Network hacked by rank amateurs

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I was hoping for a device that warns me about Australians.

I'll wait.

Forget your $145m Apple patent payout, WiLAN told – it's $10m or gamble on a new trial

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"WiLAN acquired those patents from Ensemble Communications"

I kind of lost all sympathy after reading that, which might be a shame given I don't know the whole story.

I've got no problem with the idea of transferring IP, but not with patent trolls. Any idea which this is?

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

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Personally I like the name.

There's something pleasing in the idea of putting a roof box on a sporty coupe.

Fun, yet practical.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: Okay, we're going to be using spin now - then what ?

"but once you're down to electron spin..."

New Scientist did an interesting article on the "ultimate" computer around 25 years ago, assuming that Science & Ingenuity would always find a way around the limits of technology for speed / storage / etc, until you reached the physical properties of the atomic/subatomic particles that the thing was actually made of.

Fortunately we've still got quite a way to go yet.

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

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

"but .. It Could Linger"

You mean - it kinda lingers?

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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"we will seal the hole when we find it."

Hmmmm... Thanks for that.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Re: People who can't do a job

Most offices have one of those.

For anyone who's never come across one of these people - beware - it might be you.

Little Mouse

Re: Memories ...

Those VAX ringbinders had a non-standard three-hole configuration. Totally incompatible with your standard two or four hole-punch.

What was the thinking behind that?

Were they worried about counterfeiting? The useful recycling of old ringbinders? Engineers inserting their own notes?

The fact that I can't think of a good non-petty reason has niggled me for the past 25 years.

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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"Parker, Well done."

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Just the Usual...

A local VIP spilled coffee on his laptop, and when I opened it up to take a look, it had all turned into beer.

Truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Little Mouse

Re: Leaking barium enemas


But is it true that a barium meal is difficult to flush?

A colleague of mine swears that after he'd had his scan and been to the loo, the stuff just pooled up at the bottom of the pan, all dense and heavy, and refused to budge. Yuk.

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Planet X?

Shouldn't it be called Planet IX now that Pluto's been demoted?

Virtual reality saves wannabe prison officers from actually, you know, having to visit

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I hope this didn't cost too much...

Ask any prison officer where any such money could best spent. I don't think this would feature on many of their wish-lists.

Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Re: No Brainer

IIRC - That'd be Tom Dick & Sally, The Three Bears & the 2nd page of Dennis the Menace.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Just a few days into my first proper job the unix sysadmin wanted to show off the insides of the shiny new Ultrix mainframe to me.

Unfortunately, removing the backplate caused an instant loss of power. Oops.

I learned a lot of lessons that week...

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Re: Partial solution

Nets are so indiscriminate.

We'll probably end up snagging some unfortunate space dolphins.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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I've got the answer

First, we need a great big melting pot, big enough to take the world and all its got...

Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: Dangerous

"Most hospitals won't even confirm receipt of a fax. If you're trying to refer a patient, that's dangerous."


Been a victim of this myself, 5 years ago. Couldn't believe that a) they were still using (and relying on) faxes and b) that there was no checking whatsoever that the fax had been received. No formal handover of the patient's notes at all.

I eventually got my heart scan months later after a second, successful, referral attempt (which only happened after I actively chased it down) and it came back good news. It still concerns me now that others may not have been so lucky, and for such a stupid reason.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: "Snoopy characters"

Some ensemble or supporting characters sometimes just stand out and become the star, regardless of the creator's intentions:

Hawkeye Pearce

Bart Simpson

The Fonz

Arnold Drummond

To name but a few.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Sleep Mode - Biting users in the backside since it's inception.

World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

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Nah - I think it says


I wonder what's written on the next fragment?

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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I came here to post that we really need a "Fuck Right Off" icon. But I'll settle for plain old "Fuck Off" at a pinch.

Please, El-Reg?

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

Little Mouse

My house isn't even on mains gas, but I'm sure they'll still manage to fuck it up for me somehow.

NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

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Re: Send NASA to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

"if all else fails, hit it with a big hammer"

In that one particular case I'd recommend the use of Maxwell's Silver Hammer*

(* Not to be confused with "Hammers" - A genuine medical technique for curing all sorts of ailments)

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Hope it's true

"because energy applied to them just makes them heavier"

Very true, and succinctly explains why objects with mass can never be accelerated past light speed.

But I do remember reading aeons ago though that, according to the maths anyway, this wouldn't pose a problem to objects already travelling faster than light.

OK, so I'm nitpicking. But did anything ever come of this line of enquiry? Could such particles exist in the real world?

Little Mouse

But which Time will be revealed?

Lunch Time?

Chico Time?

Tiny-tots' tea-time toy-time Time?

Little Mouse

What is it with your bottom-fixation?

Silence! Cybercrime's Pinky and the Brain have nicked $800k off banks

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Maybe they did... Are your face and arms covered in biro marks?

Cock-ups, rather than conspiracies, top self-reported data breaches

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It's hard not to notice a bcc blunder. It can be less clear if you've been the victim of a hacker / cyber break-in, especially if the miscreant is trying to cover their tracks.

I wonder how many such intrusions simply go undetected?

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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"the geometry near massive objects is not Euclidean"

Ok, I'll bite.

The bending of space/time means that space is "non-Euclidian" everywhere, but the effects are more noticeable closer to massive objects, and as close-to-negligible-as-makes-no-difference away from them.

There's no contradiction. The same effect is happening everywhere. It's just hard to observe or measure in most places.

Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs

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Re: Re : Indiana Jones...

If I remember my RE correctly - The Ark had holes for inserting special poles for carrying it around.

Maybe you could just pop your nob into one of those instead?

Little Mouse

Re: Chicago

STI Journalistic Potential Exhibit A:)

"before your todger starts acting like it just saw the Ark of the Covenant"

Sheesh - some people are difficult to please.

Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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"enabling the owner to ... turn the plugs on and off with a smartphone or PC"

Shoot me now. Please, someone. Just end it before it gets any worse.

Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

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Re: "responded to a phishing email"...

Does it really matter...

Clicking on a polluted link is one level of stupid.

Going to the trouble of collating lots of personal info and blindly sending it to an organisation that, when you think about, has no actual need or right to it anyway, is bordering on the fucking criminal.

It may not "matter" as such, but I'd certainly be interested to know.

Little Mouse

"responded to a phishing email"...

Clarification please - Did some numpty actually send the personal details of 34,000 people to someone outside the company in response to a phishing email, or did they just activate some malware by clicking-on-the-link?

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Dragged out by the fuzz?


Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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They cracked this in the 70's

..with the Harrington 1200.

You've probably never seen one, they are very expensive.

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: ...however!

Anhitnyg taht mkeas tnpiyg on ym milboe esiear snuods geart it me.

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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By Jove?

By Jupiter!

AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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Re: something that would be quite disorienting

Are words "real"?



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