* Posts by Gobhicks

210 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Feb 2008


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago



A fine word that deserves to get out more

Glue's clues: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip dissection reveals a pholdable mired in adhesive


The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip...

Why? Why, I ask you, why? WHYYYYYY???

And furthermore, what for?

Finally, that cruel dust world Mars proves useful: Helping scientists understand Earth's radio-scrambling plasma


"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is (are?) plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

"Phenomenon" is singular, "phenomena" is plural

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


No sympathy

I'm not actually an IT professional but I like to think that, having used computers for fun and work for decades and faced with that scenario, the first thing I would have done would have been to make completely sure there was nothing wrong with the mouse...

Tragedy: CES squeeze forces frequent flier hotshots into economy hell


You cannot be serious...

Surely, surely, surely it's:

Oh DEAR, how sad, never mind

Windsor Davies, It Ain't Half Hot Mum

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019


Re: Engineering? Why?

The axle already existed - rollers. The great invention was putting wheels on the rollers. A wheel without an axle isn't really a wheel.

Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive



That is all.

Great disturbance in the Force as Star Wars' 'big walking carpet' is laid to rest


Not sure about the spelling but...

Hhhweaaaooooo :(

Netflix wants to choose its own adventure where Bandersnatch trademark case magically vanishes


Re: Rounded corners

As an out and proud pedant I would demur. US Design Patent = UK Registered Design, both involving a formal examination and registration procedure that grants statutory rights protecting the visual appearance of products. Trade Dress in the UK refers to common law rights attached to product and packaging design. US also has Trade Dress laws, which don't require but do allow for official registration.

Autopilot engineer drove off to Chinese rival with our top-secret blueprints in the glovebox, Tesla claims in sueball


I wonder...

Does anyone read William Gibson any more? See "Count Zero" (1986!!)

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


it's a bit like ...

... watching the scoreboard for Kazakhstan v Scotland... /sadface

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties


Manly Barry-O

As a person with varied but generally "alternative" musical tastes (tho most Extreme Metal - Death, Black, Thrash, whatever - leaves me cold), I'm concerned that I find myself increasingly seeing the funny side of Barry M...

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church


Re: He knows when you are sleeping...

You will, of course, have heard the one about the dyslexic devil-worshipper who sold his soul to Santa...

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today


Re: Information

Look for "Hammering Mechanism for HP 3 Experiment (InSight)", Jerzy Grygorczuk et al

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Never mind the Jeffersons

I prefer to think that Elon has been to one of MC50's recent gigs.

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90


I'm really upset about this

I guess I'll have a whisky and think things over

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists


Re: So it's...

Lucifer's Hammer ahoy!

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?



My first thought when I found 02 was down yesterday was: "funny how this happens on a day when the news is full of cyber warfare". What are the chances that certain parties have latent hacks already in place on all sorts of systems ready to be activated whenever it suits them? How would/could we know?

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm


Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

Good story but downvote for "I & the rest of us". I'm not a total grammar-fascist but you can only push me so far

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos


Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."

I'll see your Trumpton and raise you a Chigley

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

Black Helicopters

The Lord is Coming Soon

Helio-phenomena encode communications from the cosmic unconsciousness. Someone at the facility has cracked the code and the Feds have stepped in. Simples.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: Re:clearly no device should be the slave of another

That's called "political correctness on acid"



Interestingly, thesaurus.com doesn't have "slave" as an antonym of "master" but does have "slave driver" as a synonym.

The whole thing is horribly anglo-centric anyway, and clearly no device should be the slave of another.

Is there any language that has a short, snappy word for a person that is put in charge of an enterprise by their peers and another short, snappy word for the persons that put her in charge and voluntarily do her bidding? Has a culture ever existed that needed such words?

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure


If you really want

To terraform Mars

Who you gonna call?


Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual


Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

One roof in Cambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge

One roof in Caaaa-aambridge

There's only one roof in Cambridge...

ad infinitum/nauseum, whichever comes first...

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF


$DIETY ...

... like a $DIET ?

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Great Stuff ...

.. and made me wonder once again whether Rudy Rucker's Ware Tetralogy will ever make it onto cinema and/or TV screens

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


See ...

... Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier (2013)

Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins


Reminds me ...

... that all of Creation is contained in the Mandelbrot Set. It MEANS something, dammit, something PROFOUND, but what exactly? Still does my head in, nearly forty years on. And as for imaginary numbers themselves...

Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook


Re: Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

if you need to ask then I fear for your soul


Why do I keep f#@%in' up?

Neil Young is by no means perfect. He knows this. But he has a giant soul.


Re: Musicians Lynyrd Skynyrd have spent years having a go at Neil Young

You need to do more research on the whole Young/Skynyrd thing...

Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts


Re: Ok, so we've got the ice

I don't know about gin, but we've got the whisky:


Make mine a Lagavulin

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content


Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

Ther's only two things wrong with Cumbernauld: it's there and nobody's bombed it.

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips


Ex Machina

Win a week with Elon Musk to figure out whether he is human

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!


... and the obvious place to base it is Prestwick ?

The ultra-rich fly in and out of Prestwick all the time for golf at nearby Royal Troon. Two birds... just sayin'

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island


More evidence ...

... of an interventionist god messing with our heads

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series


Re: Low(er) budget is not necessarily bad

BOO! I love Lynch's Dune, Sting and all.

$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'


Cough, choke, splutter...

... "20ml dram". What? Really? 20ml is barely a nip, much less a dram.

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years


Re: Where are they moving to?

"A good starting point is understanding the Observable Universe."

And that's supposed to help? viz:

"However, due to Hubble's law, regions sufficiently distant from the Earth are expanding away from it faster than the speed of light (special relativity prevents nearby objects in the same local region from moving faster than the speed of light with respect to each other, but there is no such constraint for distant objects when the space between them is expanding; see uses of the proper distance for a discussion) and furthermore the expansion rate appears to be accelerating due to dark energy."

I've been struggling with this kind of cosmic stuff for decades. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_universe

It's all inside your head, and my head, and his head and her head. Boggle

Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time


Re: This isn't a new discovery...

It takes a heroic dose to squeegee your third eye. Physicists on psychedelics, a match made in California.

Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas



I've said it before, I'll say it again. This exponential curve we seem to be on will turn out to be the upslope of a hysteresis loop.

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze


Truth, good story etc...

In actual fact, the EPO has got nothing to do with the UPC* and the Batistelli story, entertaining and simultaneously depressing as it is, is completely irrelevant to the German holdup.

*The EPO will grant the patents that will be litigated in the UPC but it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the UPC itself.

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2


Re: As a Canadian

You are Sergeant Wilson and I claim my £5.

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?


Mondo 2000 ...

... was a pre-millenium zine that I'm sure many Regitards will have heard of. "Teledildonics" has been around at least since then. RU Sirius? I sure am.

Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway



Second that re the Highland Wildlife Park. Feeding time for the tigers involves hanging hunks of meat from the trees, well worth seeing. Once when we were there we had to lock ourselves in our cars because a wolf had escaped from its enclosure, which was awesome. And the snow monkeys are soooo adorable.

Wanna tap 3 million phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant


Did you know...

... that your Reg "My Posts" page is public? I didn't. Having just found that out, after a few minutes playing with user numbers I can tell you that, as of time of typing, most recent commentard is user number 85184, pjpmd ,joined 3 Jul 2017

Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid


There's always one...

Message ends

Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years


Re: More than one ...

But, but ... "I'm a homo sapien too...". Surely the Buzzcocks could not have failed at Latin grammar.

Or, is the plural of homo sapiens actually homos sapiens?


Re: Must be fake news

Downvote for egregious misapostrophication