* Posts by MCMLXV

34 posts • joined 22 Oct 2015

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

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Re: Well maybe these so-called 'scientists' can explain this...

Utterly brilliant - my favourite post in this entire thread (and the humour seems to have been lost on one sad downvoting soul). Wish I could upvote you more.

Hello, tech support? Yes, I've run out of desk... Yes, DESK... space





Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested


"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."


Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one


Re: Spam coming soon

There's an apostrophe missing, too: others'

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


In my own country

Anonymous and you don't mention your country. What was the point of that post?

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Minor correction

ECDL: European Computer Driving Licence

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


Re: @AC "wouldn't be common freakin' sense to not surf dodgy websites at work?"

Fuck me, but you're such a self-centred twat, jake. Almost every sentence, every pronouncement begins with I: I have, I owned, I used, I'm the boss of, etc. et ad nauseam. I remember you recommending "wild-caught yeast" for a recipe. Wild-caught feckin yeast? To an audience of techies who mostly llive in massive conurbations? If I remember right, you live in Sonoma. I don't know how the "no" sneaked in.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Cool licence plate!

Marc Rayman: My other vehicle is in the main asteroid belt

Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter


A bit late to the fray, but...

Could somebody please tell me what the fuck "proactively update impacted advices" means?

Oh, and while I'm here... @steamnut: learn the difference between "affects" and "effects".

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


@Ashley_Pomeroy: Orient is racist - WTF?

I was going to wade into the orient/orientate debate (@dbtx - like your line about the horror being upon you, but orientate is, alas, all too real), but @Ashley_Pomeroy broke my spirit with the priceless "Besides, you shouldn't use the word 'orient'. It's racist."

Ach, sod it - I'll wade in anyway. "Orientate" is a back-formed verb from the noun "orientation", from the verb "to orient", meaning to align relative to a compass point or similar. Orient is racist? FFS.

Next thing we'll know, he'll be telling us to use "burglarize". Get a dictionary, and get a grip.

RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89


Oops -> Ta!

@Doctor Syntax: Ta - didn't know I could change a vote. Sin against @John 104 now expiated.



Really sorry, @John104: your only vote (at the time of my writing this) is a mistaken downvote from me. I meant to upvote you but my brain doesn't work on Monday afternoons :(

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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@Dave Bell

"He got a nasty suck."

+1 for the (Ex-) King Gruntfuttock reference :-)

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

Paris Hilton

Re: Farthings (slightly off-topic)

When I was growing up in the Western Isles in the 60s/70s, a bloke from the Council used to come round once a fortnight to collect the rent. After I went to Sheffield Uni and had my eyes opened to the wicked world, I was home on holiday and he turned up. My mother said "Oh, here's the rent boy." I gently tried to explain what a rent boy actually was, but she shrugged it off and said "He'll always be the rent boy to me."

Paris because, well, vaguely in the same area...

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat


I name this vessel...

... Boaty McFireface

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....


Draw a line

"So we can 'draw a line under it'?" the Boss asks.

"You mean 'draw a chalk outline around him'", I replied.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Nothing good will come of this...

In a Morrison's store caff:

1. Buy one

2. Take it to your table

3. Look at it in wonderment

4. Realise what you're looking at

5. Take it back

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


'regular person'

Bob, I don't think anyone here would accuse you of being 'a regular person'.

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite



metal mettle

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire


kicked to the curb

It's a UK article on a UK website, and Paul writes lots of UK-based articles. On this side of the pond it's kerb.

IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer


"As Gartner opined in June 107"

Blimey, IBM have been around for longer than I realised...

The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017



Surprised I'm first: xkcd

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth


Help us improve the calculator

"Confidentially share your salary with us, and we'll use it to improve the model.

Your salary is private. It will not be shown on your profile or shared with recruiters."


Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization


I stopped reading...

... at "Australian think tank".

Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower


@cirby: So much for that Russian collusion story...

Interesting points you make there. Is Big John on holiday?

You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash


Sir Pterry icon

How about a black hat?

Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers


How to prevent autocorrect when importing a CSV

Save your CSV file with a .txt extension instead of .csv. In Excel, go to File -> Open, select your .txt file, and Excel will recognise it's a CSV and start the field/column selection wizard, but it doesn't do any autocorrecting. Numbers keep their leading zeroes, postcodes retain their postcodey charm, dates aren't magicked out of genes, etc. Works a treat.

UK government names Cloud Foundry Her Majesty's preferred PaaS


Re: "the granularity of user permissions"

"It's not impossible that the answer be zero." Upvote for the correct use of the subjunctive.

'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'


"10,000 people whom you have..."


WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


As a newcomer to computers, Alice's first attempt at Ctrl-Alt-Del went badly.


Too late, Alice realised that "Do a barrel roll" was meant for Google.

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?


Spoken like a true...


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