* Posts by Loatesy

29 posts • joined 13 Feb 2019

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


To paraphrase Douglas Adams:

Its a black button on a black background that lights up black to let you know you've pressed it.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Re: Could it be

Beat me to it!

Why telcos 'handed over' people's GPS coords to a bounty hunter: He just had to ask nicely


Why is Marre being prosecuted? Surely the TelCos are solely at fault here? Or am I missing something?

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery


"For example, Rice University is working on a system that will hopefully allow a blind person to see using the eyes of someone sighted"

Oh this is a bad idea. The human brain has a nasty habit of pointing the eyes to anything of interest, without any input from the consciousness. I don't want anybody else knowing what my subconscious is REALLY wanting to look at . . cue sexual discrimination lawsuits.

We listened to more than 3 hours of US Congress testimony on facial recognition so you didn't have to go through it


Re: " It’s simply absurd for elected politicians to be wanted criminals."

me too, though I suspect the author was being extreeeemly sarcastic!

Guess what shrinks when it gets cold and then you shake it around a little? The Moon. We're talking about the Moon


Re: Fascinating stuff

"super reliable launch motor"

Er . . . exactly HOW old are you?


Re: Fascinating stuff


"1) Skylab"

What has Skylab to do with anything?

"2) Irrelevant, there were no cost savings from the Shuttle."

Cost-savings compared to what? One of your straw-man arguments. Reusable equipment wasn't about 'cost-savings', it was about cost-reductions. It was also about seeing what type of things COULD be reused. Remember the STS was the first of its kind, and each of the Orbiters were also being tested on a prototype basis every time they flew 'regular' missions.


Re: Fascinating stuff

MrReal, I did not say the Saturn V uses reheat.

It doesn't.

I know that.

Nowhere have I said it does, so please stop putting word into my mouth and try to engage some common-sense and actually try to understand what I'm saying.

My point about reheat is a straight forward rebuttle of your argument that burning fuel "outside of the engine" is pointless; my mention of reheat is to show the ignorance of your argument. Reheat does indeed burn fuel "outside of the engine". The reheat system quite literally sprays raw fuel into the exhaust of the jet engine.

In other words . . "outside of the engine". (You'll notice the variable-camber 'petal leaf' arrangement on the exhaust nozzles of jet-fighter engines, for example, which is mounted on the extreme aft end of the engine and thus outside the combustion chamber).

Again, please bear in mind the exhaust nozzle is 'outside of the engine', to use your words.

Please understand that the term "reheat" is a straight-forward description of what such a system does; it reheats the exhaust.

Finally, you have said:

"You do realise that nowhere on the ENTIRE internet does NASA mention 'reheat' on any rocket motor at all? Oh God, my sides."

. . . well!

A few posts ago you implied the NASA website was full of lies, yet you now use that same 'website of lies' in an attempt to justify your deliberate misinterpretation of my post.

. . . has Nursey been forgetting your tablets again?


Re: Overstatement


"see my previous post where I do the maths"

First of all, you didn't do the maths, you copied it from a website. I'm not stupid.

Secondly, this maths has been roundly debunked as number-gibberish by numerous scientists and mathematicians over the years.

For example you state the diameter of the lasers beam when it hits a reflector would be very large: so what? As long as it hits the reflector it can be the diameter of the moon itself! (Don't fight basic physics, you'll lose!!)

You also state NASA doesn't have detectors sensitive enough to detect the tiny change in luminosity against the moons albedo. Nonsense. NASA can detect the slightest change in a stars luminosity when one of its planets passes in front of it, and have been doing so, for decades. Creating algorithms to detect the most minuscule change in values generated by a computer-interpretation of the electromagnetic energy (only a fraction of which is visible to the human eye BTW) is very common and has been for decades (for instance, the WOW signal).

Finally, you haven't the decency to respond to my previous posts and questions therein. THAT says everything about you we need to know.


Re: Fascinating stuff


"There's a good, simple reason that NASA dumped the F-1 engine and went for the risker (sic) system on the Shuttle."

1) The STS was never designed to escape Earths gravity well. The 3-stage Saturn V system was.

2) The STS was designed to have re-usable components. The Saturn V system wasn't.

Your arguments do not stand up to any reasonably defined level of scrutiny or intellectual integrity.

One might as well argue the Wright Flyer couldn't have worked because a 12 gasoline (petrol) engine couldn't possibly get a fully grown man and a shed full of canvas and wood into the air, or that the Tunguska blast was the result of a crashing alien spaceship, or that the Moon has a 'dark side'.


Re: Fascinating stuff

"Why do you think it had such a long flame tail? That's because much of the fuel burned outside of the engine - not very useful for thrust was it?"

MrReal, you obviously know nothing about 'rocket science'. Burning raw fuel in the exhaust (ie "outside of the engine") is EXACTLY how reheat works (AKA 'afterburner'). Look at some clips of night-time B1 scrambles and you can see the diamond-shaped shock cones just behind the exhaust nozzle.

By far the biggest hurdle with the Apollo moon shots was not actually getting to the moon, i was getting away from earth. A lunar landing is, relatively speaking, piss-easy. Escaping Earths gravity-well is always going to be the real problem. Hence the MASSIVE flames coming out the back of the Saturn 1B / V / STS SRBs.


Re: Fascinating stuff

May I ask, do you also believe the Soviet Union faked its Lunokhod programme?

Do you also understand that if the US faked the moon landings, then the USSR's Poltburo would have to be 'in' on it?

. . . and that therefore the whole Cold War must also have been faked?

Uber, Lyft rides among the biggest reasons why you're probably sitting in traffic right now – study


I don't drive.

Never Have.

I commute from Rotherham to sheffield and back (@7 miles each way) 5 days a week.

Easy . . . . . yes the roads are congested, yes the trains are packed, yes the buses get stuck at junctions. yes sometimes the TramTrain is late.

But . . . I can have a nap while being driven to and from my work place.

And . . . it means i have one of the smallest carbon footprints in the country.

Jus'saying . . .

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again


Re: Keys

This is grossly off-topic. However, for what its worth the American War of Independence wasn't strictly speaking a war, it was an insurrection. No war was declared as it was British citizenry fighting British government edicts.

There is a reason why the first American 'government' was called The Continental Congress.

The sad truth is the British Government of the day just didn't take the issue seriously enough, as they were also busy fighting Napoleon. Pretty much the same reason why Churchill gave immediate succour to the Soviet Union in 1941; "If Herr Hitler invaded hell itself I would at least give a favourable reference to the Devil in This House", and Roosevelt committed to a Germany-first policy.

If only we knew then what we know now, how different would history be? Its so easy for those using hindsight to justify the past while using today's standards of behaviour to judge the losers.

PS Churchill was right, BTW, but only just!

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant


Re: 5G of mass destruction

This whole thing reminds me of the Film "Wag the Dog"

Brean: What's the thing people remember about the Gulf War? A bomb falling down a chimney. The truth: I was in the building where we shot that shot, with a one-tenth scale model made out of Legos.

Stanley Motss: Is that true?

Brean: How the fuck should we know? Take my point?

Is that a stiffy disk in your drive... or something else entirely?


I had similar when the move from the proper floppies to the smaller stiffies took place; at least one Civil Servant I knew of tried to fold a floppy to get it to fit into into a stiffie drive.

Parents slapped with dress code after turning school grounds into a fashion crime scene


Re: I'd ban North Face clothing.

Does anyone remember Rohan? Really lightweight climbing gear you could, according to the marketing bolox, roll up and stuff into coke can.

Yup. Had some.

Yup, wore it up The Strand a few times.

Yup, got laffed at.

Yup, binned it.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech


Re: "Pholdable"

. . . or Macedonian?

Not biased against you and not going anywhere, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system case


Re: A job...

. . . and the Dead Letter Office!

NASA's first all-woman spacewalk outside ISS cancelled – due to lack of spacesuits that fit


As with most 'spur-of-the-moment' publicity stunts, its gone wrong at the last minute.

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling


Re: Ways not to win in court, no.94:'threatening dire consequences to national business' if you lose

Well said.

2 weeks till Brexit and Defra, at the very least, looks set to be caught with its IT pants down


Re: @tip pc

"I would happily kick all the Brexits out of the EU - if only we could find anywhere that would take them."

Britain. Britain will take us, which is rather the point, don't you think?

When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org's IT gear amid midterm elections


Re: What we need is a good cyberwar.

I used to have many contacts in Russia who emailed me on a regular basis.

Ivana from Salsk, who loved me and wanted to meet up,

Roxsanna, from Belovo, who saw my photo and wanted to meet up,

Mellina, from Azov, who saw my photo and wanted to have sex,

Tatiana, from Klin, who misses me so much and wants to get married.

. . . and many, many more.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us


Re: A fridge!!!

Is it fresh rain?

You're lucky.

We have to use powdered rain . . .

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron


Zuckerberg reminds me of Sean Pertwee's character 'Father' in the film "Equillibrium".

We've all seen him on Youtube and video clips, but does anyone actually know anyone personally who has actually seen him in real life?

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


"The state has had access to the data for some time and presumably has retained copies, if at some point in the future they are able to decrypt their copy so as to prove some crime then access to the original copy makes no difference other than to verify that the copied image is actually the same as the original."

Rather, and I suspect deliberately, missing the point. The NCA are holding onto his gear because they have actual reason to believe some of the contents are not his. That's why they can't risk giving it back to him, irrespective of how many copies they've made. Giving him back the data will allow him to do whatever he wants with it. He won't allow the encrypted data to be decrypted to prove his innocence and show all the data is his.


Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco


"The contract clearly states that users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle. This is also a fact."

Don't get it. Unlimited data means exactly that, surely? How can you then have an 'allotment'? What am I missing?

Sci-tech committee: UK.gov's 27-page biometrics strategy is great... as toilet paper


They say it costs too much to delete the images. In other words the Rozzers are saving money by breaking the law.

Quis custodiet custard? (or whatever?)

"Oh, we keep an eye on ourselves, so we make sure everything's fine and hunkydory? BTW it would appear we've got your photo on file. Why would that be then, Sonny Jim? We been a naughty boy eh? Well, you must have done something that deserves a spanking otherwise why else would we have your photo on file?"


They say it costs too much to delete the images. In other words the Rozzers are saving money by breaking the law.

Qi custard et custiadetetet or whatever?

"Oh, we keep an eye on ourselves, so we make sure everything's fine and hunkydory? BTW it would appear we've got your photo on file. Why would that be then, sonny jim? We been a naughty boy eh? Well, you must have done something that deserves a spanking otherwise why else would we have your photo on file?"

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