* Posts by DJ

95 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007


China's Chang'e-5 lands on the Moon to scratch surface


May I be the first to say

Welcome to the 1960's!

Considering the colonisation of Mars? Werner Herzog would like a word


How very convenient...

An atmosphere that supports multitudes of living things.

Not too close, not too far from the Sun.

An invisible shield that protects it all from lethal solar radiation.

Almost like someone designed it...

It's in their DNA: Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to pioneers of the CRISPR gene-editing tool


Re: And electricity will be so cheap it won't be metered!

"CRISPR doesn’t allow the insertion of new genes, just the modification of existing ones." is mildly reassuring. As long they don't excise any of that "junk DNA".


And electricity will be so cheap it won't be metered!

“What started as a curiosity-driven, fundamental discovery project has now become the breakthrough

strategy used by countless researchers working to help improve the human condition,” Doudna said.

Frightened yet? We should be.

I can't express it any better than Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) did in Jurassic Park:

"The lack of humility before nature being displayed here staggers me..."

and "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."

Movies aren't real life, of course, but art does imitate life.

Sadly, it's often when humans tragically tinker with forces they only think they understand, justifying their experimentations with tantalizing

visions of perfect implementations of idealistic concepts.

Thalidomide, anyone? Spoken to anyone from Pripyat lately have you?

Would it be wonderful to eliminate disease? Who could argue against that?

Reverse the aging process? Where do I sign?

Make every man tall, dark, and handsome? Well...

Remove the troublesome habit of of thinking in liberal/conservative/libertarian/etc. ways? Hmm...

How long do you think it will be before CRISPR becomes a weapon?



As is most of human history when viewed objectively.

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Re: Ye Olde English Proverb

Hammer. Hammer?

Oh, he means an Irish screwdriver.

I'll just be going now...

US finds new Huawei to hurt China with new sanctions at top chip maker SMIC


Re: Eternal Losers/Serial Morons'r'Us?...


I must have missed the portion of your post where you outline your solution.

Perhaps you could re-post it?

Huawei set to exit server, storage, networking business in the UK


So, how was it that

China stole so much IP from US companies, anyway?

or have they?

Just wondering how one empire might steal IP from another...

Does the US have evidence they don't want to reveal for fear of alerting the opponent of their capabilities?

Can you ever prove - or disprove - a conspiracy?

Who will win the next cup final?

(sorry for slipping in a bit of reality there.)

Near-instant game loads, richer graphics, low CPU use promised with DirectStorage API coming to Windows PCs


What, me worry?

"The DirectStorage API, like other members of the DirectX family, will bypass many of the steps taken by existing storage APIs to improve performance."

As long as security and/or stability aren't compromised in the process.

And Microsoft would *never* do anything like that, would they. Would they?

...reaches for Windows NT Ring 0 Programming for Dummies book...

Utes gotta be kidding me... University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps


Thank you for your down payment

It says the wizards at the uni paid the ransom "... to reverse an attack...".

Doesn't say if they got their data back or not.

I'm guessing not.

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'


Think long term...

It's spelled L - I - N - U - X.

NSO Group fires back at Facebook: You lied to the court, claims spyware slinger, and we've got the proof


Game on! FB has the credibility of [insert favorite character name here]

Tariq Aziz?

Your starter for 10...

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?


It isn't like

the Chinese have a history of intellectual property theft or trying to break into government systems, so why all the fuss?

Mine's the one without so much sarcasm in the pocket...

Haxis of evil: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are 'continuous threat' to UK, say spies


'ow's this?

"...said it has handled more 658 attacks on 900 organisations…"

I don't think at least one of us has a complete grasp of basic maths.

(legs it towards the jacket near the door)

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app


Take a moment to remember

Business exist to make money, not to make the world a better place.

(That's what politicians are for, after all.)

Bearing this in mind helps (me, anyway) enjoy the spectacle of the ethical gymnastics they go through whilst attempting to appease all parties.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Do you think just maybe

some people are taking themselves just a bit too seriously?

Maybe it's just me then.

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius


Would that be

an African proton or a European proton?

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe


MS Paint has a vulnerability.

But only while the computer is switched on.

(runs toward jacket near door...)

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Physics will still be applied

Does an automated vehicle obviate the need/use of seat belts?

Humans may be able to live on Mars within halls of aerogel – a wonder material that can trap heat and block radiation


Will somebody please cue up...

Zanger & Evans?

"In the year..."

(Try getting that out of head now...)

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July


Why stop there?

Books today, music tomorrow?

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences


Re: Huawei forward

Perhaps they could lease some space from our new Foxconn factory; they aren't using it for anything.

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House


Sure, we'll get right on that.

Right after we finish legislating good taste.

How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns


You can bet the folks at the NSA (and NRO, etc.) are not too pleased that one of their favorites is gone public.

Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time


Not to worry

For a time, I too, was worried about self-important self-appointed zealots working feverishly to rectify a problem they didn't fully (or nearly) understand with un-tested methods and unknowable consequences for the entire planet.

Then I began seeing articles about CRISPR/Cas9 (gene editing for dummies -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR/Cas_Tools) and was comforted to know this will solve all our problems well before we self-destruct the environment we inhabit.

Once these fools (humans) begin fiddling with the human genome in a substantial manner, '12 Monkeys' and 'I Am Legend' are going to look much more like prophecy than science-fiction.

But, anyway, it's a lovely day outside, isn't it?

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change


Change is good

You go first. :)

There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp


Favorite bumper sticker

"Why do the British drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas refrigerators."

BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS


Another fine idea

What could possibly go wrong?

I'll just go back to watching "The Last Man" now...

I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag


Attention, please...

Attention to privacy?

I wonder if a truly large-scale identity theft would alter the level of apathy?

Not that I'm suggesting anyone undertake such a thing, but until Jack and Jill User feel a compelling reason to act, they're unlikely to. Just sayin'.

Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on


Now we know for certain...

...that climate change is real. The evidence couldn't be more convincing.

(Mine's the one with a healthy dose of skepticism in the pocket...)

'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

Big Brother

On the other hand

One can't help but wonder what the reaction would have been in, say, the USA, if another country, say North Aerok, had produced a low-brow movie about the assassination of the current US President...

Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins


The missing link...

Causality: (noun) - the relationship between cause and effect.

Q: Is the Earth's climate changing?

A: Always has, always will.

Q: Is the current change in Earth's climate the result of human activity?

A: Obviously. Not. Perhaps. Insufficient data for analysis?

Q: Is reducing pollution of mankind's only home desirable?

A: Not too bright, are we?

What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact



Why wouldn't they?

@Peter: touche!

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics


The first rule of Star Wars is...

No main characters over the age of 21 are allowed.

It was discovered this reduces the tendency of the audience to reason, follow plotlines, etc. and also improved sales of small, furry toy creatues in the cinema lobbies.

Mine's the one without the toy light-saber in the pocket...



Absolutely. I think...

The picture in this story, purportedly showing the NSA repacking a bit of Cisco kit, or kit being shipped in a Cisco box, or a box designed to look like an actual Cisco box, is very convincing.

I now firmly believe Cisco uses brown cardboard boxes to ship some of its products.

Beyond that, I wouldn't want that to be the only evidence in a case against anyone, even a creepy out-of-control government agency. Then again...

100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh


The original was better

I prefer the version in Sleeper

Which is just as likely to operate on public thoroughfares as Google's toy.

Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed


Greed is good. At making you stupid.

Perhaps the main reason for SQL Server's growth was its affordability.

Now, the same brain trust that forced TIFKAM onto a server operating system (Windows Server 2012) feels they can go head-to-head with Oracle on price. Many firms using SQL Server are in for an eye-watering surprise when they receive their next bill. Not a small increase, not a modest increase, but a jaw-dropping price increase. At least one shop I know of is working on replacing SQL Server with PostgreSQL; they simply can't afford to continue using SQL Server.

Sadly, these same geniuses (at Microsoft) didn't add value corresponding to the price increase - Hekaton, etc. are nice, albeit limited improvements, but are incremental improvements and are far from justifying the new (core-based) licensing model pricing.

Expect more defections as the new reality sinks in.

SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources


The Alternative Factor

Perhaps it's a scheme to attract sticker-shocked MS SQL Server firms.

If they don't, someone else certainly will.

And should.

Michelle Obama speaks out against censorship ... in China


"...That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best –- by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening to all sides of an argument, and by judging for ourselves."

And then sits quietly while we are told violating our Constitution is legal. And that there's sweet FA we can do about it.

...the land of the wee, and the home of the knave!

(yes, I live here.)

Climate change will 'cause huge increase in murder, robbery and rape'

Paris Hilton

Climate change alert!


The temperature where I live has gone up almost 10 degrees (F) since I woke up this morning!

At this rate, it will be 200 degrees by tomorrow!

Some needs to do something - quick!

Paris because she knows about as much about the subject as anyone seems to.

Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins


Re: Just a simple question.

Nothing wrong with asking questions.

As long as one can accept there are answers we may not understand. Or like. Or accept.


Just a simple question.

"Right after the Universe exploded into existence..."

Could you explain to us what 'the Universe' was before it exploded?

Or where that came from?

Thank you for clearing this up for humankind.

Mine's the one with the humility in the pocket...

Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning


What we've seen so far...

score: Business 1, individual 0.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled greed and myopia...

Mine's the one with the shredded Bill of Rights in the pocket.

'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study


No kidding?

The last sentence of the second quotation sums up the entire subject very well.

LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb


Take LinkedIn, please!

Perhaps someone could be kind enough to describe the process required to successfully extricate one's self from LinkedIn?

It's for my friend, honest.

Ok, ok. I was young! I needed the money!

Raising a pint to the kind soul that emancipates me...

Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran


Great idea!

Power from the moon, that is.

Just one question: Who gets the contract to build the extension cord?

Mine's the one with the 1.21 Gigawatt Tesla wireless power transmitter in the pocket.

Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs


All together now...





Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83


And now for something completely different...

Thunderbirds + Mark Knopfler = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUnsH6vr5yA

Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech


Good morning, class...

All settled? Then we'll begin.

Today's quiz: California + jury = ?

While you're working on that, O.J. anyone?

Going viral 9,500 years ago: 'English descended from ancient Turkey'


What we need here is a women's perspective...

about those cunning linguists.

Or would that be fallacious?

Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'


A very sad day, indeed.

And yet, as bad as this decision is - and it is shockingly bad - it pales in comparison to the long-term effects of the horrific Citizens United decision.

Returning to the most recent travesty; will one of DC's finest please pull any or all the five idiot Supremes over and provide a complete and intimate understanding of what they have done? Pretty please?



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