* Posts by Andrew Bolton

67 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2007


Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

Andrew Bolton

Re: Somebody has their sums wrong

Oops, yes, my mistake. Too early on a Monday morning.

Density of platinum is 21 times that of water - it's the 3rd densest element. Still talking ~5%/vol of platinum in the rock, which considering the richest deposits on earth are at about 0.5ppm, is quite impressive/doubtful. My scepticism of the calculation still stands :).

Andrew Bolton

Somebody has their sums wrong

Don't know if it's El Reg or somewhere else, but 400x1000m = 400,000m3. Density of platinum is ~21t/m3. So if it was PURE platinum, there might be ~9m tons of it, not 90m. And it's fairly unlikely to be pure. Not looked up any other sources on this, so don't know who's made the mistake.

Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

Andrew Bolton

Re: Some well made points

That's ignoring maths and the measure of inequality (a ratio) - if someone has £100000 and someone has £1, the rich is 100000 times richer than the poor. If the state gives them both £100000, the rich is now ~2 times richer than the poor. That's a massive difference.

Andrew Bolton

Re: Hmm

Yes it is. The welfare state does not take money from anybody (that's the job of the inland revenue). It gives money and benefits-in-kind to everybody (including NHS and education). So it does make us all "richer". That is the ENTIRE point of the article and if you don't understand it, you should read it again until you do.

We can only go back to 19th century wealth inequality if the welfare state goes back to the 19th century. Which despite whinges about NHS going downhill etc etc just is never going to happen. Any NHS is better than none at all. Any state education is better than none at all, etc.

Spotty solar power management platform could crash the grid

Andrew Bolton

566 terawatts a day?

Correction needed, I think - Website says 5.66TWh per day, which is an extremely different thing. "terawatts per day" doesn't even make any sense, a Watt is a per time unit.

It's also interesting that website says instantaneous output is around 7GW, from 230000 installations. That's about THREE nuclear reactors.

Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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What planet is Mr Orlowski living on..?

...It's plainly not the same one as the rest of us.

"If Apple's agency model briefly raised the prices of a few digital bestsellers – blink and you'll have missed it – Amazon nevertheless continued to discount the vast majority of ebooks heavily across the line."

When Amazon are forced to sell EVERY bestseller Kindle edition for MORE than the hardback, you know something is wrong somewhere.

More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study

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"Mere 2ppm"?

I'm generally with Orlowski and his climate realism, but even I would baulk at calling 2ppm CO2 rise on a total of 390 (up from a pre-industrial 280 average) a "mere" rise. That's a pretty big number and I think you betray your prejudices by calling this "mere". Keep posting the articles, but I think you'd be a lot more persuasive if you actually acknowledged one of the few properly measurable numbers in climate science with less pejorative language.

Last month ties for WARMEST September on RECORD

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Interesting bit of psychology on the graph

C on the left and F on the right. Looks like only -0.5 on the left, but +2.0 on the right. OMG it's accelerating! Deliberate, I wonder?

LOHAN sucks 27 inches

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Re: Exhaust gases?

Ahhhhh, I see.

Is that a fair test though? Presumably immediately after ignition the top will blow off and it will be atmospheric (or indeed higher given the confined space) from that point on. Is the ONLY point of this test to make sure it ignites? Fair enough if so.

Andrew Bolton

Exhaust gases?

I'm presuming when the rocket actually fires, the pump will draw off the exhaust? Can it cope with that? Hot gases? Soot/particulates? Particles very much not good for rotary equipment.

Although I guess you've considered this...?

PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'

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Serial offenders

Happened at least twice before that I can remember. Hate paypal with a passion, but often have no real alternative.

Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

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17 year old bug is not surprising...

... if it was from code written 17 days ago, I'd be more worried, frankly. The headline seems to imply we should be greatly surprised that the bug has existed this long. I doubt very much if there is incentive to go back and security-check 17 year old code. I'd prefer they devote time to audit any new code written.

Where's the mountain out of a molehill icon? I'll just go with beer. I like beer.

Microsoft smothers Sage and Intuit challenger

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Jobs Horns

Migrate to MAMUT? - beware

Me and the other half have used MS Office Accounting Express to do the records for her small consultancy business (1 employee, 2 clients, not VAT registered, no PAYE), mainly because it was FREE. Not the easiest product in the world to use, but seemed to do the job ok.

We got an email saying it would no longer be supported, but we could have a FREE migration to Mamut Mini. Had a look at the details, and it's only in the small print that you find out that it's 1 year free, then it's £59+VAT/year and "The Mamut Service Agreement is compulsory from year 2". Which in my book, certainly isn't free. So I'll be sticking with MSOA Express, because for the moment, it does all we need it to do.

I can fully understand cutting a product that isn't making any money, but don't peddle some alternative to a free product that looks free but isn't. I wonder how much Mamut (who I'd never heard of, I have to admit) is paying MS for the privilege of taking on its users?

Gordon 'to sacky' Wacky Jacqui

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Jackie Smith going?

Libertarians rejoice?

I fear worse to come

Google cedes Belgium to Germany

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Thumb Up

Germany? Pah!

You've misinterpreted. Plainly, given the caption, the Danes have turned Viking and got their belated revenge on the Germans for the WWII occupation by invading southwards. Lego for all!


American man too fat for execution

Andrew Bolton

Re: "Russia still has it on the books, apparently, but hasn't executed anyone since 1999"

I haven't laughed so hard in a while.

But it did give me one idea for another suggestion: stick some Polonium in his morning McShake. Sounds like he deserves no better.

Blears pitches prize draws and online polls at young votes

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Petitions (again)

"In a population of 56 million, 200,000 signatures can be still be considered a statistically biased sample. Sorry, f**k off."

Well duh, moron. Of COURSE it's statistically biased - you've got a sample of people who wouldn't sign the damn petition unless they agreed with it's proposal. Of COURSE petitions are one sided, you arrogant idiot with verbal diarrhoea. But then you get a government that says councils should respond to petitions while totally failing to respond to them itself. EVERY SINGLE petition on the No10 site is fobbed off, whether it has 10 signatures or 1.2 million. Why bother? Obviously to continue to maintain the illusion that the government actually listens to the people. And anyone that says it's always been like this is as delusional as you are, Luther. This nu-labour government has taken spin over substance to extraordinary heights - they spend 3 times more on advertising now than in 1997.

Andrew Bolton

"forcing councils to respond to petitions from voters"

Like No.10 does?

"Yes. You've got 200,000 people to sign a petition. But we're still right and you're wrong. Why? Because we are. We know best. Big Brother always knows best. And we know where you all live now. And we've got your DNA and your fingerprints. So if you ever sign a nasty petition like that again we're going to send round some big men with hammers. So there. Nah nah nah nah nah. Sucks to be you."

Respond like that maybe? Cunning. Useless idiots, the lot of them. And they wonder why we don't have respect for politics anymore?

A Penguin, because he'd like this weather.

DreamWorks switches to Intel for stereoscopic 3-D high

Andrew Bolton

Pixar vs Dreamworks

Getting a bit OT here, but Best of Dreamworks (Shrek) > Worst of Pixar (Cars) IMNSHO.

Apart from that, pretty spot on :).

Although I haven't seen Kung Fu Panda yet, which is getting better scores than Shrek on IMDB so far.

How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

Andrew Bolton

Turn it off

I have - the pre-scanner anyway. Never mind other people paying for bandwidth - I'm "paying" for using my own incoming bandwidth in performance drops.

In the LinkScanner config, turn off AVG Search Shield, but leave on AVG Active Search Shield. Clearly, that's obvious.

So that's one out of 20m the webmasters of the world don't have to worry about. You can all thank me later.

Police detain Tariq Aziz's cigar case

Andrew Bolton

We heart Boris

"I am informed by my friends in the Metropolitan Police that I am shortly to become the one and only Western politician to be brought to justice for crimes committed in Iraq."


Anybody who claims Boris is slow is a fool.

Croydon devil dog execution: Exclusive photo

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Croydon = Beirut?

You're doing a disservice to Beirut there, I think.

Devil dog laughs in the face of Taser

Andrew Bolton

Take it further...

To those people who say it should have been the yoof who got shot - the parents of a 13 year old who allow him out at night with a "dangerous" dog so he can no doubt _train_ the dog to attack people are the one that should have been tased then shot, IMNSHO.

Brown pledges annual commons debate on surveillance

Andrew Bolton

The man is totally and utterly bonkers

Er. That's it. Thanks for listening. Will the last person left, please turn out the lights.

Where's the Gordon-with-devil-horns icon?

Phoenix eats dirt

Andrew Bolton


Don't suppose they've considered that maybe the detectors were broken until they got a little shake?

Northrop scoops DARPA mindreader-helmet threat visor cash

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I'm sure I'm not going to be the first to say it but...



MPs urge action as spooky caller ID-faking services hit UK

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Call from +666 666 666 666



Happy days.

French court fines eBay for sale of counterfeit handbags

Andrew Bolton
Dead Vulture

20000 Euros

Do you think they can get it back from the all encompassing and so easy to use paypal protection scheme? No?

Fleabay getting what it deserves, frankly.

Dead vulture, cos that what they are...

Uncontacted rainforest tribe caught from the air

Andrew Bolton

If they're uncontacted

...what's the mobile phone pouches doing on their belts? Eh? Seem pretty contactable to me.

Mine's the bright red one

Sony to bring GTA IV PS3 bundle to Blighty

Andrew Bolton
Paris Hilton


No doubt I'll be the 46th person to point this out, but EUR440 is more like £350/$700.

Cos £400 would be a serious rip-off, given the console is £300 on it's own. Even £350 seems fairly pricey.

Paris, cos she obviously did the sums :)

DARPA looking at 'Z-Wing' stratocruiser

Andrew Bolton
Black Helicopters

Arctic at Winter Solstice?

Good luck with that. Solar power with no sun. At all. None. Nada. Zero. That would be impressive if they could manage it.

Black XWing, obv.

P2P searches touted as tool against child abuse

Andrew Bolton

Hold on - 600000 PCs in Wyoming trading kiddie porn?

Wouldn't that mean every single person in Wyoming owning 2 PCs, all of them downloading nasty stuff?

Oldham murders owl with whalesong

Andrew Bolton

Not up to date

If it was proper, they'd have changed it's name to lower-case "oldham". They'll have to come back in a couple of years and charge another £50k for that. Or they can pay me £25k and I'll do it!

Smith plans 300-strong force to tackle UK radicalisation

Andrew Bolton

Seem to have missed one from the list

"Faith" schools seem to have been missed off the list. Close them all down, and make the teaching of religion to U18's a criminal offence. It's more dangerous and addictive than heroin, so seems reasonable to me.

EU investigates DOJ internet gambling tactics

Andrew Bolton


This is the same Internet Gambling industry that Germany has banned?

No state gambling monopolies in the EU, oh no. Apart from Germany. And France. And probably some others I don't know about now that the EU is bigger than South America.

Please, Sweden, can you ban online gambling too? Might improve my Pokerstars ROI. Always getting beaten by some ultra-aggressive Stockholm-ian :-)

Gilligan's bomb: Is it time to panic yet?

Andrew Bolton


"We used to just carry on regardless. What changed?"

I suspect what has changed is that some very nasty people, mostly in the USA, realised they could make really vast amounts of money and wield a lot of power by making sure people stayed as scared as possible.


"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

EU data guardians: search engines must obey our rules

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I, ronnie?

This is the same political corpse, sorry, corpus, that wants to go after filesharers via IP number tracking?

Back to basics for SQL Server 2008

Andrew Bolton

Pleasby Wood

Google Pleasby, find a book impression about Forest Scenery, google some other places near it, notice there is another edition of the same book where Pleasby is now called Pleasley. Find Pleasley on maps. There is a wood to the NE of it, just north of Pleasley Vale. And although it says Derbyshire on Google maps, the Notts/Derbys border runs right through it.

T'internet's marvellous, isn't it?

Bunker-nobbling US megabomb test delayed

Andrew Bolton

How long does it take to dig a deeper hole?

I reckon the Iranians can add 30 or 40 feet of concrete to their bunker by June. Even more by the time they _actually_ manage to test this thing. Pointless waste of money. Either use a nuke, or don't bother.

Healthy? You're a burden on the state

Andrew Bolton

Give me £60k

I'm an obese smoker. Can I take the money now please?

As to "Dead people don't contribute anything in tax" - WHAT? You've never heard of the gross injustice that is inheritance tax then? The biggest lump sum of tax you'll ever pay Greedy Gordon I expect...

The Penguin, cos he's looking a bit chubby, and is probably sitting down cos of his 20 a day habit. Good socially responsible Penguin.

Star Trek XI teaser trailer beams onto web

Andrew Bolton

Spock's Mum was human...

So they're getting Winona Ryder to play her. Because, you know, if Spock's Mum was Vulcan, they'd have had to get a Vulcan to play her :-)


Lightsaber voted top movie weapon

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...Uzi 9mm should be on there.

After all, its "ideal for home defence" :-)

Great list though.

Death Star wins for being most *powerful* weapon, I guess.

Until I think of Soren's firework rocket that makes stars go supernova in Star Trek:Generations of course.

Or are there more powerful weapons in the movieverse?

Parents to get classroom spynet in 2010

Andrew Bolton



If you pansies up in Scotland didn't take TWO whole bank holidays to recover from New Year's Eve, maybe there'd be more money washing around your economy to pay for it.

Seriously, how much stuff does Scotland get that the English don't get? A parliament that is only open to your countrymen, for instance? Pot, kettle, etc...


Apple cuts UK iTunes prices

Andrew Bolton
Jobs Horns

Nice timing on the exchange rate

They coincidentally happen to announce this when the GBP/EUR exchange rate is at the lowest level ever. Useful. 6 months ago it would have meant bringing the UK price to 66p. Now it's more like 74p. How uncannily convenient for them.

Not that I use any Apple product anyway as I don't believe pretty colours are the most important deciding factor when purchasing gadgetery.


Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look

Andrew Bolton

A contrast ratio can be provided, surely?

It'll be infinity. Light/dark = something/zero = infinity...

And John - in any conditions, plasma is better for watching TV than LCD, frankly. The LCD camp is possibly winning the PR war, and I suppose the price war for sub 42inch screens, but they're the only war they're winning. Compare plasma and LCD side by side and I guarantee you'll prefer the plasma.


Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

Andrew Bolton

He's being sentenced on 29 Feb...

... does that mean if he gets a full five year sentence, the computers won't let him out until 2028?

Santa putting children's information at risk, warn experts

Andrew Bolton

What are you on ...?

... and can I have some please?

I've been nice all year, honest :)

Poor take-up of e-tax system

Andrew Bolton

Impressive sums from HMRC

So, 9m a year saved for 10 years = £90m saved (possibly, if take up is actually any good, presumably). Cost of online service improvement, £340m. Is it just me, or is that rather poor return on investment?

Then again, I shouldn't be surprised, with this government's record of throwing huge sums of my money down the drain...


Norway apes American gambling folly

Andrew Bolton

Can't imagine this will change a thing

There will still be aggressive Norwegians all over the online poker sites, hoovering up my money :-)

Probably worth clarifying that Norway aren't members of the EU, so won't fall foul of EU competition laws if they go ahead. Unlike France, who like to try protect the state gambling monopoly.

Iowa house swallowed in grain bin collapse

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American news article

Ed Yelland - pics are impressive, but that's from a spill on August 3rd 2006.

Was about to post on the priorities of yanks, vis the "...they will try to salvage as much as corn as possible." being the most important part of the story, and then noticed the date on the story :-)