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Late on Friday, word broke that the US Department of Defense had decided to award the massive 10-year, $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative contract to Microsoft. Coming at the tail end of the Friday news dump period, the decision caught everyone a bit off guard. Now, having had a weekend to digest the news, where do …


  1. pinkmouse

    Erm, B5 pic with a JEDI related story? Fire that sub-editor! :-)

    1. n10cities

      IKR?? Yesterday, they showed a picture of Spock (A STAR TREK CHARACTER) while mentioning another JEDI article.

      Someone needs to turn in their geek card (or we are being trolled by El Reg, knowing the amount of weeping, wailing and knashing of teeth that would ensue).

      1. chivo243 Silver badge

        Hi ho the Dario, a trolling they will go!

        1. Ordinary Donkey Bronze badge

          But do you ever wonder whether the commenters who object to the pictures are on the level themselves?

        2. bobdehn

          When they use a still from Battle Beyond The Stars, THEN will I be impressed.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            John Boys Ship

            But if they used the Spaceship from Battle Beyond the Stars then they would have had to put a NSFW icon on it.

            (Dont deny the thought has never occurred to you)

            Space Boobies.

            1. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge

              Re: John Boys Ship

              I'm hoping for something from the live action version of Space Battleship Yamato.

            2. Arthur the cat Silver badge

              Re: John Boys Ship

              Or for those differently inclined, the Lexx spaceship.

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            By Grabthar's hammer that would be a sight to behold.

            1. Stevie Silver badge

              By Grabthar's hammer that would be a sight to behold.


          3. Teiwaz Silver badge


            SpaceHunter : Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

            After all, somebody much like the Overdog currently runs the US, and the Khemist also did nasty things to children.

            1. IT Hack

              Re: Nope (space hunter)

              Good grief! You and I are probably the only people to have watched that...blast from the past that!

              Also Barbarella.

              /mic drop

              1. Fungus Bob Silver badge

                Re: Nope (space hunter)

                Nope, I'll admit to watching it too.

          4. pinkmouse

            Hmm, now I get it. Sorry, I've been away.

            But now I'm waiting for the picture on the next story of a giant red robot, that instead of the article when clicked on takes you to a recording of the cover version of Starfleet, (80's anime redub, sorry I forget the name of the original series), performed by Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.

            I think my copy of the 12" is filed next to my geek card...

        3. Luiz Abdala Bronze badge

          I hope this story keeps going, so El Reg can post pics from Firefly, Battlestar Galactica (both), Star Trek (all of them)... and perhaps Lost In Space. Hell, whatever live-action came out... Flash Gordon?

          Lost In Space would be perfect.

          Some Picard facepalms too.

      2. cdrcat

        I thought the Borg was the traditional M$ reference. Or is that reference too dated*†, or taken over by Gooplle?

        * I have never received a geek card, so I can't hand mine in.

        † Where can I buy a geek card? Preferably electrically and physically S100 compatible.

        1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

          Here We Go Again.

          El reg has been trolling us by (usually) using a publicity still from B5 every time JEDI gets a new story.

          It still catches people out.

          1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

            Re: Here We Go Again.

            Some people just don't get El Reg's humour.

            Where's the Modaratrix when you need her?

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Here We Go Again.

              "Where's the Modaratrix when you need her?"

              Some say she lives alone on an island in the Pacific, shooting and eating anyone who tries to make contact

              Others say she went was surprised by a gaggle of commentard fan's and in the ensuing melee-turned-murderous rampage was subsequently captured and imprisoned, never to see the cold, harsh light of a English winter again.

              Others say she was just a normal person who managed to escape the madness of ElReg forums.

              Who will ever know?

              1. Ordinary Donkey Bronze badge

                Re: Here We Go Again.

                She wrote a book or something.

          2. John 104

            Re: Here We Go Again.

            Reminds me of the T-shirt with the pic of the Dalek on it and the quote "R2-D2! I loved him in Star Trek!"

        2. John 104


          One does not 'buy' a geek card. It is earned. If you didn't earn it, you can't have one. Sorry.

          1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

            One does not 'buy' a geek card.

            One does not simply 'buy' a geek card.


            1. John 104

              Thank you!

      3. Benchops

        WHERE'S GATE?

        B5 deserves to be on any page, but everyone knows that Gate is the 3rd best "Star" franchise?!

        RDA! RDA! RDA!

      4. macjules Silver badge

        And tomorrow I fully expect to see a Blake's 7 image,

        1. Fungus Bob Silver badge

          Dark Star!

    2. Alister Silver badge

      B5 pic with a JEDI related story?


      Have you not been following this story on El Reg?

    3. Matthew Smith


      Get the hell out of my galaxy

      1. Walaspi

        Re: Whoosh.

        10/10 reference. And now I feel old.

      2. Luiz Abdala Bronze badge

        Re: Whoosh.

        The "get the hell out of my galaxy" was delivered by Tron himself.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I agree entirely- anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past forty years ought to know that the Jedi were a part of "Star Wars", not "Babylon 5".

      Captain Kirk must be rolling in his grave.

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        See, it's people like you with no sense of irony who utterly spoil the joke I was preparing, about how those silly elReg editors had mistakenly put a picture of Buck Rogers when they meant to use one of the spaceship Serenity from Star Trek.

    5. Tom Melly

      "That's the joke," as Cartman would say...

  2. Dynamite

    They would probably have used the cast of DS9 if they went with AWS as it is also a product built by someone else that the government techies will need to take control of (at least their little corner of) and then bring in someone else to manage for them.

  3. Daniel B.


    So just like the Jedi, they got owned by the Dark Side?

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: Ewww

      So in your analogy, the US Department of Defence, an organisation who's main purpose is killing people, is the light side?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Ewww

        Ah yes, those famous pacifists the Jedi…

  4. Zog_but_not_the_first


    Jump NOW!

    1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

      Re: Jump!


      1. LenG

        Re: Jump!

        Lorien, if I remember correctly.

        1. Michael Hoffmann

          Re: Jump!

          I'd have to watch that episode again (In the Shadow of Zha'ha'dum(sp?) part 2, IIRC? can't believe I can remember that without looking it up), but I always thought it *was* indeed Kosh, whose "soul" had somehow entered or become part of Sheridan after the former's assassination.

          I thought the voice was distinctly Kosh and not Lorien. Seeing as I have them all on VHS(!) still, it'll be a bit of an effort to check (yes, I bet I could get them all from less legal venues).

          1. big_D Silver badge

            Re: Jump!

            It is time to pull out the DVD collection again. I re-watch it every couple of years.

          2. Steve Kerr

            Re: Jump!

            From memory - It was Kosh that said jump not Dorien as Kosh was the bit of soul still stuck in sheridan

          3. Just Saying 132

            Re: Jump!

            Yes, it was Kosh who said, "Jump. Now!" If you recall, the Vorlon could "break off a piece of their consciousness" and place it in another individual so there was a piece of Kosh still alive in Sheridan at the time. It later had to be drawn out of him by Lorien to fight the not so nice Vorlon. (Sorry, I just got done watching the series. I have it on DVD.)

            1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

              Re: Jump!

              My use of the Kosh? should perhaps have been a !.

              The original intent was the moment when Sheridan wakes after having been linked with & while Kosh was being torn apart.

              Icon - As that's how the Vorlons are\like to be seen.

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    1. jmch Silver badge

      Re: Might not be all positive press for MS

      "what backdoors will the Pentagon have demanded?"

      I would be highly surprised if they demanded any backdoors into their own system for which they have the front-door keys!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Might not be all positive press for MS

        >I would be highly surprised if they demanded any backdoors into their own system for which they have the front-door keys!

        But into any other systems.

        A suspicion of quid-pro-quo might go along with any order this big.

        Microsoft might turn over the keys to the Dems email server, while all Amazon could offer was Bernie's Christmas wish list

    2. LDS Silver badge

      Re: Might not be all positive press for MS

      AFAIK the DoD system will be a separate cloud - it won't host someone else's machines too.

      And I'm quite sure the DoD also required for itself a version with its own backdoors removed....


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