* Posts by Geoff May (no relation)

45 posts • joined 22 Jul 2016

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun

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Re: Aren't planets dark?

@ftb, Thank you, I had always wondered about that.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Are we sure it wasn't the Tanu and the Firvulag that caused the extinctions?

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

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Thank you for a very enjoyable game.

Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

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Tangerine Dream

Something that Edgar Froese would have been proud of had he not died a few years ago :-(.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: our banknotes have poetry on them

Ah! Bollocks, why can I only up vote once? <sigh>

It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Correct me if I'm wrong ...

... but didn't the NHS decide to outsource their IT to save money?

If my memory isn't failing me, that was a good deal, wasn't it.

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Re: It's not ROCKET science

I'll nominate our entire government strapped to the underside of some suitable vessel. The advantage of politicians is that you do not need to worry about their orientation as they spray copious volumes of very hot gasses out of both orifices.

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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"You people are never happy"

I think you will find the vast majority of your readers are more often happy than unhappy and I suspect that extends to the commentarts too.

Keep up the good work.

Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Re: It's high time CEO's were held directly responsible for these issues

They will find some poor technician and blame it all on that person and then they'll say they found the culprit so holding them responsible is unfair, where's my additional bonus for finding the culprit etc. etc. etc.

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: editing, compiling and testing

You are making the unnatural assumption that editing, compiling and testing is considered work.

Real work consists of having an Excel spread sheet with hundreds and thousands of =VLOOKUP() formulae and several pivot tables. Each spread sheet takes 6 hours to update each day so that it is properly configured for the boss to see project status. The other 2 hours is for the sales staff to discuss handicaps and cycling performance results.

Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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When four Germans get together they invade Poland

Surely that should be "When three Germans and an Austrian get together they invade Poland" ...

Cosmic prang probe: Euro space boffins to smash sats, virtually

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What really happens when accidents occur in orbit?

My car insurance goes up.

What's in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links

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Drone = The noise coming from management or sales teams.

How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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EU's metrification?

And of course the Imperial measures are so much more simpler. I mean, everyone can remember the sequence:

12 inches in a foot

3 feet make a yard

22 yards make a chain

10 chains make a furlong

8 furlongs make a mile

And don't forget thous, links, rods and leagues ...

All much simpler than this stupid EU metrification where everything is based on 10. I mean, who the hell can remember that ...

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

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Anyone wondering if that is Cachalot?

Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

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Re: That headline: Fewer... (please?)

There is less water in the Sahara than in Manchester.

Are you sure about that? Isn't most of the water in Manchester stored in beer?

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?

who says an atom is the smallest thing

Correct, for example, my pay increase for the last 5 years is much smaller than anything else in the universe ...

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires

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Re: Adolph Hitler????

Spelling ... should be "Adolf Hitler".

PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

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Re: Nuisance calls

All concerned (everybody) get from suspended to 5 years

Shouldn't that be:

All concerned (everybody) get from 5 years to suspended?

Or were you not referring to hanging?

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Re: Logic

.gnimoc s'ti wonk ew os ,ti rof deraperp er'eW

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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"Ad Experience Report"

Who writes this report?

How is it controlled?

Can anyone influence the report in any way?

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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"hardly say that Tories and Labour are different species"

I would ...

Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

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Re: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Is that a dig at HRH The Duke of Edinburgh?

No: https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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"Lady of the Mercians"

Isn't that Donald Trump's missus?

WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

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And even if they did, chances are they'll have to pay some more for the decrypting tools and they'll have a life of 15 minutes and then you'll need to pay some more to get a new tool that lasts another 15 minutes ...

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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I used to have Hockware VisPro/REXX

Still got the disks but I've lost the registration so I couldn't use it :-(

Now that is bringing back memories of learning thread and events coding.

Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

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I do hope they haven't used the M-5 programming manual for the AI coding.

Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

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"whaling (like phishing, but bigger)"

What is the cut off where whaling starts and phishing ends?

UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

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"hefty price"

Someone has a strange definition of hefty price ...

Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Or there is this one:


WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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Diplomacy: I'm going to kill my brother and then kill you on the pretext that your brother did it.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team to ID terror content

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Captain Beatty will be pleased with this


BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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"IT skillset of a potato"

Now there is an expression that can be widely applied ...

Twitterstorm erupts over suspected murder of record-breaking earthworm

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Re: How to euthanise the worm

Isn't that for turning them into lawn darts?

Three new 'nauts launched to the International Space Station

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'nauts ...

I understand why Vulture Central use 'nauts but I think perhaps we should start a new word that doesn't have Cold War references and can be applied to all future 'nauts.

I'm going to propose spatiumpatuits and the short form for those that cannot keep up will be spatpats.

Can Facebook influence an election result?

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Re: How many click they voted

Or the other way round?

Ever longed to be naked in Paris? City council votes TODAY

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Re: A clever move

You have obviously not seen some of the fat buggers tanning themselves in the Englisher Garten in Munich.

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Strong password

Example of strong passwords:



Example of week passwords:



When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Where do they get these figures from?

I have a lot of customers and a high percentage of them have been hit by ransomware attacks. None of them have paid the ransom. Even those who don't actually have an IT department but just "someone that knows how to reboot" have been able to recover their files.

Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Old and infirm

I can think of 2 groups that would find these things very useful:

1 - The elderly who are finding it more difficult to get about - and this will mean they can stay slightly independent for a longer. And, they may still want to use rubbers ...

2 - The other group would be those with physical disabilities. Sometimes trying to order things online can be painful long-winded whereas simply hitting a button strategically located will make things easier.

Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

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Re: What's a lazer?



Zanetti and



Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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A couple of years ago there was a celebration for the 1500 aircraft built. I believe it was a Lufthansa aircraft.

Not sure how accurate this statement is but it was the best I could find at short notice: https://www.quora.com/How-many-747s-are-still-in-active-service

If that is accurate, then we are probably talking about 40% still in use.

Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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"add any other overly fancy use of language and management terms at will"

Yes, things like:

updation - who invented that one?

resources - they are people not things so say "it will require 10 people to complete the job"

acronyms - it irritates me when people use acronyms and then try and look smug when you ask what they are

I could go on but it is nearly home time and I'd suspect most readers would prefer not to read about my pet gripes ...

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Did you try plugh?

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