* Posts by DrStrangeLug

124 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Feb 2008


NASA taps Lockheed Martin to build Mars parcel pickup rocket


Are they actually going to open them on Earth ?

I would send them to the ISS to be opened first.

Yes, there almost certainly isnt any virulant humanity wiping bacteria (or whatever) on Mars samples.

But seriously, very very tiny risk, very very big consequences.

Google's DeepMind says its AI coding bot is 'competitive' with humans


Re: The problem with this approach

Thats where proper automated testing comes in. If you're AI generated code doesnt pass trigger it again.

But thats just another version of the "keep hacking till it passes" method, upped to an entire application layer rather than one small part.

Hauliers report problems with post-Brexit customs system but HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'


Covid isnt causing any shortages

I spent week in Dublin early December and I remember not seeing any empty shelves, or gaps in the shelves.

Dubin : Covid-Brexit = No Shortages

UK : Covid+Brexit = Shortages

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine


Toaster Smoke Alarm

Ha, brings back memories.

Worked at a company that moved to a new building. During the pre-move tour and Q&A somebody asked "Can we have a toaster?" and was told firmly no.

First morning in, after just 20 minutes , the smoke alarm went off. Somebody had brought in an unuathorised toaster.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down


But isnt that how it works for humans?

Regarding your point 3, thats just an electronic primitive version of how it works for people.

We're born, we have inbuilt pattern recognition for faces and learn from those around us. The inputs are live and varied rather than scraped, but they must form a large part of our thought processes. Part of it must come from how we're grown (built) but much of it must be environment.

I know thats the nature/nurture argument thats been raging for centuries but there's a reason we still dont have the answer.

I guess the question everyone asks but nobody dares to ask is "At any point does Samantha have a soul" ?

Is she really real? Are you ? Am I?

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)


Reminds me off.

A previous employer of mine had a clause along the lines of "the company may changet his contract at any time". But one of our developers was employed via his own private company and argued that the phrase "the company" was ambiguous and he could change the contract as well.

So he changed the contract and named his company as the only party who could change the contract.

HPE to move HQ from Silicon Valley to Texas, says Lone Star State is 'attractive' for recruitment, retaining staff


There's some low corperate taxes there as well

I visited three years ago and was chatting to a ncie retired gentleman who was doing part time Uber driving . He said that there's a lot growth in startups and tech companies moving because the taxes are lower than in California.

But the entire states demographics have been shifting for a while now and a lot of people think it's not a case of if Texas turns Democrat but when.

UK's Space Command to be 'capable of launching our first rocket in 2022'


Does it land?

What idiot still builds expendable boosters these days?

UK reveals new 'National Cyber Force', announces Space Command and mysterious AI agency


Launching Rockets

I hope the allegedly fiscally minded conservatives will make the first rocket launched from Scotland is also the first one to land in Scotland as well.

Only a fool would design an expendable rocket system now.

Looking for a new IT gig? Here are vacancies around the world for developers, cloud engineers, infosec analysts, Jira admin, and more


You're not LinkedIn

Why is El Reg pretending to be a job/recruitment site ? Either have a proper vacancy section or don't bother.

S!!t or get off the pot.

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong


Doesnt this outlaw Wall Street ?

"Wagering on outcomes not related to sport."

Like shorting or going long on stock ? That is definitely a wager, and under this law now illegal on the internet because you cant guarantee the transcation does not cross state lines.

Make the perps serve the sentences consecutively and watch high frequency traders rack up a million year sentence in five minutes.

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul


There's a difference

No, the pub is not responsible if some idiot shouts bullshit towards you at the bar.

However if the idiot records it and pays the pub money to display it on their screens then they are responsible.

BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?


What do you think all those expensive GPU's in executive laptops do while the executives are playing minesweep or solitaire ?

BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service


And nobody checked

Everyone present _assumed_ he had two buttocks, but nobody checked.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto


There's a difference

Or, to make it more plain to the US populace, there is no constitutional right to sell guns.

State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster


Management by the numbers

What Pointy Haired Moron thinks that deployments over time are a good metric of performance ? The unskilled kind that cannot manage a team without numbers to decide things for him.

Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded


SLS is bad idea anyway.

Gene Kranz himself said in an interview that the large heavy lift rocket was the wrong approach. Its so expensive that they'll only every be able to afford one a year .

A better solution would have been a cheaper smaller rocker and assembling missions in orbit. That give you multiple launches, in space time for crew and experience at on orbit assembly. All stuff which is valuable skill and can be transferred to the inevitable change of program when a new administration comes in.

Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging


Better hurry,

If they dont get to Mars quickly the SpaceX giftshop will run out of postcards.

The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines


Trying to get rid of those nasty expensive devs again.

You see this kind of article every ten years and it always boils down to "in the future you technology X will save you from having to spend that money on expensive developers." It NEVER happens.

Remember in the mid 90's when visual programming languages would mean you could write software without the need to code ?

Remember being told that all those cheap offshore developers were going to take your jobs and there would be almost no domestic developer jobs in the 2010-2020 timeline ?

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


We all know what happened

The real issue here wasnt the economy, wasnt security or the future. it was "oo, there's a lot of folk around lately with strange accents."

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd


Independence Day

Brexit will be a British Independence Day.

A big explosion that causes a lot of damage and pain followed by fight and a long recovery until somebody does it all again 20 years later.

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount


Axanar looked awesome

I saw the "Prelude to Axanar" video on youtube last year and thought it was awesome, and I was so looking forward to the final version.

Several other fan produced not-for-profit productions have been made and paramount seems to be OK with them so long as nobody profits from it. I dont really know why Axanar is different. However having seen the the other productions I suspect Axanar is actually being sued for being too good.

IDK why Paramount didnt just buy them out .

Open Container Initiative plans open container format


Er,dont we have one?

Docker's open source, doesnt that make it's container format an open format ?

Or is somebody confusing the words 'open' and 'interopable' ?

The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites


Truly good news

This is awesome, a genuinely good news story just before Christmas. I've been waiting all year to see SpaceX pull this one of and I'm so happy they did.

BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?


I'm not worthy!


There's a difference

Lol, the

"no-changes-on-a-Friday window"

which always translates into

"no-changes-on-a-friday-unless-somebody does their 'baby wants is rattle' impression and cries loud enough and then you'll have to fix it I dont care how long it it takes and yes the person who asked for the changes does get to go home on time but you dont."

ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute


Extra graphical capabilities of the spectrum 128 ?

"The Hobbit with new graphics to take advantage of the Spectrum 128's enhanced capabilities."

The 128 (or +2 , +3) had no extra or indeed changed graphics. The enhancements were audio, and memory capacity.

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight


Looks good, shame I can't play

This game looked really good when I saw it on a tv advert the other night and I did consider buying it. Then I saw the dreaded words "Exclusively on PS4"


Platform exclusives - how to stop people buying your product.

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication



Seriously people, stop thinking biometrics are secure.

I've seen fingerprint authentication fooled for the cost of a camera and an inkject printer.

Watchdog bites hotel booking site: Over 3k card details slurped


Including the 3 digit security code?

Er, according to most payment providers I've seen they're not allowed to store that.

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days


I call hacks !

This would total unbalance kerbal space program and must be banned.

Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY


You really love developers

Prove it - stop putting out versions that stop working with Selenium.

Real developers have have integration tests you know.

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!


Totally wrong type of rocket,

It's the wrong kind of rocket - with their budget they'll be lucky to launch two a year and it'll take ages to do anything.

It would be much better to have more smaller rockets and a reusable crew capsule. Assembling things on orbit in multiple launches would give more flight time for Astronauts and experience in orbital assembly.

How are you going to learn about orbital assembly and evolve new techniques if you just package everything up onto one rocket ?

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber


There's a difference

"if we blocked everything that put people out of work"

Nope, we don't do that in this country - ever.

See Margaret Thatcher and the Closure of the Mining Industry.

Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor


No real innovation.

I was originally hoping to upgrade to an S5 (from an S3) but when I looked I didn't find the features that enticing.

Fingerprint Sensor - Useless and cracked within a week of launch.

Waterproof - I seriously doubt that halfway through a two year contract those covers over the ports will still be tight and waterproof.

I went for a Note 3, the large screen nicely sits in my heat slab hands.

GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business


Actually they're perfectly right.

If you don't allow ISP's to throttle certain *cough*netflix*cough* services they there is no way to entice customers to use anybody's VPN service to bypass their throttling.

Seriously if you get the connection you pay for why would you want to pay another party so you can actually use it?

Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline


Seen this far to many times in Education, applications that "relied" on IE when in actual fact they relied on an ActiveX control. At least it was a step up from those "application" that were really just Access forms wrapped around some kind of Access runtime .

MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide


There's a difference


It has been done.

Micro Men: The story of the syntax era


Loved it but

The one thing this show didnt mention was the long term effect on the end users and the population at large.

I think the biggest achievement to come out of the British home computer boom of the 80's is the number of developers this country currently has. I can think of entire development teams that wouldn't exists if you wiped the ZX Spectrum out of history.

Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures


Mobile markets?

It might help 'mobile markets' performance if their mobile app didnt slow the phone down some much and require so many privileges.

IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...


Any movement so far in migration has been to Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1

Including my new laptop, which is going back to 7.

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too


The classic quote still applies

"The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around the problem."

Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth


Hated hated hated

Bought a new laptop recently and it came with 8 installed on it. A very quick instlall to 8.1 yet still it's rubbish.

All those shortcuts like Alt+F4 no longer work, I actually paid £££ for a 3rd party app to get a proper start menu, and it looks and feels just slightly worse that windows 7.

It's on borrowed time - one big screwup and it goes straight to linux.

Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables


Thank you

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google


Storage Hunter

As in hunting for storage, and finding that you can't actually add a microSD to an apple device.

Ultimate Doctor Tom Baker REGENERATES, RETURNS to WHO



I'm betting that you'll see Hurt's War Doctor regenerate into the ninth (Eccleston) at the end of the special. He can be seen right at the start of Rose checking his reflection as if he's just regenerated.

Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg


If you love someone...

..then you have to accept their faults along with their talents.

Dr Who is the same. Its never perfect, but we love it.

(Same with Star Trek , for each 'City on the edge of forever' you get a couple of 'Spock's brain's);

Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly


Re: There's a difference

To clarify this , in the UK TV programs go into public domain on January 1st following the 50th year since first broadcast.

This means that the first Dalek serial episodes 1 and 2 falls into public domain but the rest of it wont for another year.


There's a difference

It's only illegal for another 6 1/2 weeks. On jan 1st 2014 this episode (and early Dalek ones too!) fall into the public domain.

Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most


There's a difference

Never understood that.

Yeah, he can't go back to New York without blowing up the planet. So why not nip back to , say , Boston, a couple of days before they arrive and send them a telegram. A telegram that states something like "TARDIS IN BOSTON STOP GET THERE NOW STOP" .