* Posts by JassMan

573 posts • joined 26 Mar 2008


Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

The small shiny bits that make up tinsel and other decorations are inside out compared to your understanding. The plastic which provides the base colour and physical strength is on the inside. Aluminium is then sputter coated on the outside in an almost mono-molecular layer, thus making it almost transparent. The result is as you have noticed, reasonably conductive at higher voltages.

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy


Someone has a serious lack of sense of irony.

Inciting hatred of China's central government and Hong Kong's regional government are now offences under Article 29

Whoever decided this clause was a good idea has just made the case for the government to arrest itself. It is this law which is causing hatred of the government, not innocent HK people making chance remarks which can be twisted by secret police to make them guilty of thought crime.

Oops, I guess I will now be arrested if I ever go to HK.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


"stupid students. I love feeding wild animals"

Stupid AC - kangaroos are herbivores. They should never be given possums which are made of meat even if served with a side order of peach stones which are also toxic (being full of prussic acid.)

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!


@Allan George Dyer

Not one of those biscuits has passed my lips since the day (at the age of 6) my uncle told me they were squashed fly biscuits. My father not only agreed with him but said "look, bite the end off, and you can even see the little legs". They they then continued to regale me with stories of Australian Aborigines eating witchety grubs (a very large underground caterpillar which you have to swallow whole) and Africans eating grasshoppers. It only took a week or so to realise it was a ploy to make sure the grown-ups had more biscuits for themselves but the damage was done, and I have never had the courage to taste one again.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Re: @ Iglethat & "since hes proven that hes a gullible idiot"


Not much research required, just answer 2 simple questions.

1. If any object with gravity more than 10% of earth could exist why are all planets and stars visibly round? ie. not displayed as the edge of a disc.

2. list the countries the countries you can fly to where everyone and every thing is visibly leaning (Pisa excepted) because gravity always acts on the centre of gravity and for a disc that is the centre.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'


Re: Makes you wonder about Dragon.

My argument is that there are orders of magnitude more satelites outside the ISS than there are inside. Ie. the ISS is in an orbit which is low even for LEO. It is so low that it needs boosting every year to ensure it doesn't fall back down because of the drag of the atmosohere. VLEO has only been in general use since 2017 because of the problems with drag.

You also say that navigating to the moon is no more complicated but it relies on an automated system being able to do astral navigation (by taking sightings and comparing to starmaps) rather than just using GPS which is how Dragon knows where it is.

I have to assume most of the downvotes are because of stupid word prediction on my phone putting toast in the middle of minimal and screwing up the spelling of trajectories.


Makes you wonder about Dragon.

It may have had an event free journey journey to the ISS, it may be excellent at minimatoasttl fuel trajectpries to an orbiting target, but I'm guessing that if another satelite crosses its path - it will be toast.

I know there are not that many other things whizzing round at such a LEO and space is a big place but things will be bit more complicated when Dragon's big brother takes a trip to the moon.

Blight the power: Jamming attack cripples wireless signals using clever reflective technology


Maybe something has been lost in translation.

I think the use of passive and even the word power are taken as some sort of shorthand. I haven't read the original paper so I'm guessing that the IRS is an analog of a LED or paperInk at RF. It consumes minimal power the control reflection/transmission . Even if it remains in a given state once confgured it will still take power (possibly down in milliwatts) to change. Statefullness may also explain the use of 'passive'.

It sounds like a useful material but they need to sort out their terminology.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way


Re: Dislexia Lures KO

I am pretty sure the original quip from the days before the internet (you know like when stuff was printed on dead trees) was

Dyxlesia lures KO

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager


Time for a law on fairness.

You write some software, and bigcorp use it and distribute it to millions of others and they can do so for free. Bigcorp writes some software which you wouldn't touch with a bargepole but have to use because some other unenlightened company depends on bigcorps OS, and if you don't pay for the OS, they sue you into penury.

By all means, the bigcorps should be allowed to charge what they like for code which is not essential for everything else to work, but the basic OS should always be free.

NASA renames dark-energy telescope after its first Chief of Astronomy and Mother of Hubble: Nancy Grace Roman


Are they now saying dark energy isn't dark?

The fact that it has an IR telescope to look for it implies they think it is bright but just in another part of the spectrum. Is it just another misnomer like dark side of the moon? Do they know they are going to see dark energy or do they need a new detector that can view negative frequencies.

The thing about dark energy is that it does your head in just as badly as solving Boltzman equations and finding that half of your RF sidebands are negative frequencies. Does that mean they go backwards intime and arrive at your reciever before you know you want to look for them? Maybe they will never see anything because all the dark energy being emitted now has already zipped past us billions of years ago.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle



totally agree. The mistake made by WPL was to not set up a shell company to buy the software copy before realising they could do the job a lot better themselves. Presumably they originally had no intention of bothering to write their own.

This is always a problem with software. You never know have poorly it lives up to expectations until you try to use it, and by then it is too late. You can't even rely on online reviews 'cos most of the time they are just copypasted from the publishers own blurb otherwise its a journalist who sees it runs on his own pc, that it has some pretty screens and doesn't crash within the first hour of prodding. By definition they don't have access to terrabytes of easily transformed data to push in, in order to test the software to destruction.

The big difference difference between the EU and the US is that European laws are designed to protect the customer and to create level playing fields. US laws are written to protect the vendor and help those who have the deepest pockets. OK massive overgeneralisation but most articles about legal stuff end up giving this impression.

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps


Re: Australian Gov legal team can not read it seems

There is only one thing more stupid than plagiarism and that is telling everyone your software is based on that by another author, then removing the original license, not crediting the original author, then putting in your own license.

Actually there is one thing more stupid and that is to set the archive flag so that when you get taken to court, you cannot erase the evidence of theft.

I expect the coffers of the Singapore Gov, the FSF, and possibly GNU will be swelling nicely.

The terms of GPL V3 are very simply stated with lots of info about the purpose and use of the license. The Ozzy lawyers are either shysters or the most illiterate people on the planet.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Re: The wolf enrobed in penguin feathers.

OK Slightly shorter:

the Penguin feathered Beast of EEE.

This brings in the fact they are trying to appeal to penguinistas, but underneath they are more like the ravenous bugblatter beast of Traal and that their philosophy is Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.


Re: The wolf enrobed in penguin feathers.

Tux Munchers Inc.


Re: The wolf enrobed in penguin feathers.

On a tangent:

BloatMeisters R Us


The wolf enrobed in penguin feathers.

Just liks the wolf in sheeps clothing: a means to infiltrate, then consume.

Buying GitHub was just the start.

Non-human Microsoft Office users get their own special licences


All your data are berong to us

You have been pwned.

Once enough companies sign up to this there will be a tiny change to the licence which points out that since the bot has been using MS APIs to insert the aggregated data, you have agreed to allow MS non-exclusive use of any derivative document for any purpose they wish. Much in the same way photographers are shafted by publishing their pics on most of the popular socialmedia.

Presumably the reason MS have created this licence is 'cos their office telemetry told them that the software was in use 24/7 in some companies and someone twiganyone couldn't be a human working those hours. Their argument for the above change of licence will be that since the data was not aggregated by a human it has no owner, ergo MS might as well own the copyright as anyone.


Just wait

Once they have established a precedent for the bot needing a licence, they will quietly add another mini-licence for every single data source.

Quickly followed by a name change from Micro$haft to Mega$haft. You certainly will have been if the lawyers can make this stick.

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?


And in a rarebit of non-science, pundits have decided that Wales is actually a piece of moon which fell back to earth. You need to tread Caerphilly amongst cheesy puns on this site.

Hard cheddar if AC has no sense of pun. Probably no sense of irony either.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch


@The Central Scrutinizer

You can't be as smug as TouchPhone users. We can't even run the stupid app until the SourceCode is published. Hopefully we can roll in the Sinpore fixes before compiling and packaging.


Re: You know they are bullshitting you when they say:

They had better be publishin the source code pretty soon as well. The original code they copied is published under GPL V3. Not even governments are allowed to break contracts.

If you want to take social distancing to the next level, and go to the Moon, take this: A complete lunar geology map


The mad paintball warrior strikes again.

It looks like the moon has been involved in a paintball fight and lost bigtime. Either that or its been flour bombed with coloured chalk dust.

on a more serious note, this looks someone has put in a lot of effort to make a seriously useful map.I just hope we get back there someday and that space exploration does 't suffer from big budget cuts because of covid19.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


Re: The Modern UI/UX

Yup. I think UBports (Ununtu)Touch would have a wider acceptance if wasn't for its Suru theme. It is very nearly a direct take from HHTGG with black buttons on a black background which light up black to tell you it has been pressed. OK it is actually light grey on mid grey with dark grey ”highlights”, but combined with extremely tiny fonts, it does result in serious eyestrain.



Never forget the string so you can pull it back onboard without leaving the car with no brakes at all. Especially, if you have an automatic.

Flippin' Dell! Texan giant wins single seat on £1bn direct NHS tech framework


Wot - no Crapita, IBM,ATA etc?

What is the world coming to. Surely a Goverment agency hasn't finally learnt from history!!!

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Re: Perhaps it detects 5G signals

Don't foget that by correlation of David Icke's pronouncement, if you find the 5G you are guaranteed to find the virus. Ergo the device can't fail to work.

By his own pronouncement David is «son of thegodhead» so everything he says must be true.


Re: you may laugh

Maybe it's a state sponsored April fool's joke. They just failed to notice that the joke is only a joke if launched on the 1st.

You have to remember that the Iranian government and religious leaders are famed for their sense of humour.

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position


Satelite designers missed a trick

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but if all satelites had been equipped with an ISO standard gas connector, the MEV could have been equipped with a second arm to fondle the satelites nipple and do a full refuel. It then wouldn't need to remain attached for the next few years before finding another satelite to act as a tug for.

Presumably the MEV has a preplanned mission so could be fitted withall the different connectors it is likely to encounter. 4 or 5 connectors could be mounted on a ball turret much like a lathe toolhead.

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'


Who needs access to CAN to change tyre status

My peugeot regularly tells me I have a flat tyre. Usually after clipping a pothole. You stop and measure all 4 and find they are identical to within .05 bar. The one time I needed it to tell me a tyre was flat, it didn't make a peep. At car park speeds it didn't affect handling but by the time I had stopped (about 35 m), it had completely shredded the tyre inside - the outside still looked ok, just flat. I actually stopped because the noise it made was exactly the same as having previously dragged a small wind blown branch in the wheel arch.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Re: Where on earth is that handle?

Presumably, the caption saying 4 lives saved with that particular suit includes the old geezer, in spite of the fact his life wasn't in danger till he pulled the handle.

Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom


Re: I'm guessing they were trying to simulate a payload.

This means figuring out how to keep those tanks stiffened until then.

Fill it with politicians. All the hot air will pressurise the boil-off and prevent the vacuum from forming.


Re: Vacuum

Not so much FOOM. More like Mooffff...pfft

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


Re: A point of order seems to need clarifying.

Just as well its not Windoze otherwise it would bring a whole new meaning to Blue Screen of Death.


Re: Windows Server 2000

The real reason no one noticed was because it was impossible to run any version of windows until XP for 49 days without getting the dreaded BSoD. Reboot and the timer starts again - end of rollover.

Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch 'submits himself' for arrest in central London


Re: Trade deal - test for the UK government

Remember this is a country that has a "justice" system that is entirely predicated on being punitive

Remember this is a country that has a "justice" system that is entirely predicated on having access to the most expensive lawyers. FTFY

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport


Re: The service animal scam is about to come to a very abrupt end

Simple answer: service animals travel free, support animals need a paid for ticket.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Re: "Maybe the current outage is a sign"@Dz

Ithink youwill find that multi-engined helis have separate fuel tanks for each engine, in the same way as multi-engined planes. Often more than 1 tank per engine. There are valves and pumps to allow the pilot to transfer fuel during exceptional circumstances. eg if one engine stops the remaining engines use more fuel so you can transfer fuel from the stopped engine to the running to complete the flight safely. You don't transfer it all at once otherwise it affects your trim

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day


Re: Gratitude! @imhotep

Unless you got double time for the extra 16 hours, your boss got the better of you by giving just 1 day off for the 2 extra days you worked.

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?


Your big mistake was to not download OUIGO app as well

All the best logic uses "best of three" voting.

That said, for all its faults, the French rail system still seems more efficient than UK. Even during strikes you get (sometimes conflicting) info about trains which are running, rather than no info other than "due a strike you may experience delays" (ie you are on your own trying to get to your destination).

What do Brit biz consultants and X-rated cam stars have in common? Wide open... AWS S3 buckets on public internet


Pictures or it didn't happen

" Sex worker's privates exposed

The second info trove the team uncovered puts the "exposure" in data exposure. That instance, also a misconfigured S3 bucket, contained nearly 20GB belonging to the subtly-named adult cam network PussyCash."

On second thoughts, lack of pictures is probably for the best

Flying taxis? That'll be AFTER you've launched light sabres and anti-gravity skateboards


Re: Tears in my eyes.@EVP

Just like self-certifcation fror airworthiness, that is bound to end well.


I don't thonk undo is an option with any kind of sabre. Once you've been cut you are going to show a decent scar at the very least. Death is even less undo-able.

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected


Re: The Mad Hatter Principal

Don't forget the peanuts. And a babelfhelp might help.


The important thing the cosmologists have overlooked is that although the speed of light is a constant, time itself is slowing down so things which are further away APPEAR to have moved further than they should have. This also shows that it wasn't a big bang - more of a little pfffft but since time was faster then, it looked more impressive.

OK. I admit I don't understand any of this cosmology stuff but it makes as much sense as dark energy. (Occams razor and all.)

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse


Re: Mice too

Maybe they weren't mice but eRats. why else would they behave erat cally.

Sorry. I didn't mean to be cruel.

It's Becoming Messy: Judge says IBM's request to shut down age-discrimination lawsuit should be rejected


No title required

"According to Austin's report, "the numerous public and internal statements of IBM’s CEO and CFO expressing the need for the company to 'refresh' its workforce" raises the question of whether Langley's supervisors were guided by that directive when telling subordinates to cut staff."

The court has completely misunderstood. When top brass say refresh the workforce it just means they are considering offering free cold drinks and massages to oveworked staff</sarcasm>

This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station


Can't help thinking...

that they are going to find it hard to find volunteers for the first manned flight. They may say that everything would have gone perfectly but if all the systems are timer based rather than position based they could find the capsule leaving without them for the return journey. Or worse, that the main engines burn for re-entry while still attached because a bit of ice has held them in place.

A system isn't fully tested until it works exactly as planned with all the bug fixes already in place. How many times has fixing one bug created another. And Boeing already have a history of that.

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards


Will they go far enough?

All well and good that they are talking open source but unless they also open the hardware drivers in the now (or to be shortly) obsolete gear in people's homes, they won't be doing their bit for the environment. The fires in Oz are a warning that unless we reuse rather than just recycle, we will all shortly be doomed.

FTC kicks feet through ash pile that once was Cambridge Analytica with belated verdict


Re: Yet another demonstration of feeble corporate regulation

In my field, my clients expect me to have generous professional and public indemnity insurance.

Not many insurers pay out in the case of fraud and deliberate illegality. The insurance is against being sued when something accidentally goes wrong. The public can't claim against the policy when the company screws over an entire country then shuts its doors.



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