* Posts by Andy1

6 posts • joined 24 Mar 2018

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom


It looks like the tank was already a bit pre-crumpled before it collapsed. The panel beaters finished it on a Friday afternoon after a good liquid lunch.

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?


Drone delivery services seem so vulnerable to malfeasance. Could it ever make commercial sense given the probable attrition rate. Even if they don't actually have to land but lower the payload on a string how easy would it be to catch one before it departs. How many deliveries would a drone have to make before it pays back the its cost.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*


A few years ago at this time of year I had a problem with my Virgin Media landline. After they said they couldn't fix it for two weeks I emailed the chief exec of Virgin about the problem explaining that the phone was essential for receiving calls at Christmas. Amazingly I had a reply from his PA saying they were going to get it fixed post haste. An engineer turned up within 48 hours and said they would have to pull through a new cable to my house. This made no difference to the problem so after about two more visits they eventually sent someone more senior who changed an amplifier in the green box in the street. I'm guessing this was more expensive than the cable so they tried a cheaper fix first and only the more senior eng had the authority to change the amplifier.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much


I just went to the Firefox addon site and installed UBlock well wouldn't you know it I retuned straight away to this page and UBlock reported the blocking of 5 requests attributed to El Reg. I now know the meaning of "Biting The Hand That Feeds IT(self)"


Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries


Having worked in the battery industry for 11 years, people who know me often say "I read or saw on the news about this great new battery that's been invented, where can I buy it?". I have to explain each time that it's only a theory or perhaps a prototype and the publicity is all about asking for money to develop it. There have been so many such as the one based on piss. Yes, you actually piss on it to make it work. Then there was the one that is the size of a CD case you can start a car from. Oh yes and the dodgy Russian who tried to kid us they could make one out of piezoelectric material which you embed in your shoe and when you walked it recharged. They never came to anything, surprise surprise!!

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox


Re: Adblocking is stealing

"I block all ad serving domains in the hosts file"

What does this even mean to the average Joe like me. I use ABP, it works for me, as for any other method, I wouldn't have a clue as I'm not as tech savvy like those who usually post here. If a site doesn't work until I turn off ABP I either agree or quit out of it if I'm not that bothered. This is my perspective as a user and not an IT guy.


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