* Posts by Sceptic Tank

537 posts • joined 21 May 2008

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The years were worth the wait. JWST gives us an amazing view of Neptune's rings

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Alien

Why are we looking at junk in our backyard when the aliens are in the Andromeda galaxy? I suppose if you looked at one red-shifted ancient galaxy you've seen them all and boredom has set in. Maybe they should try to catch a meteorite with that big mirror.

(Disclaimer: I find JWST fascinating. Been following this since it was just a pile of parts in a clean room).

To preserve Earth's treasures, digital silence is golden

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Re: a black sand beach

Don't be nasty to the local rocks.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m

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Pirate

Re: If it steers boots on the ground to double check

You're a South African?

Google Maps, search results to point women to actual abortion providers

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Stop

Land of the free - except if you're a woman ... of an unborn child that isn't afforded any protection from mass murder practices either. Barbaric.

Be careful where you install software, and who installs it

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Linux

Re: Private Libraries?

The software caused a Colonel Panic.

NASA: Mars rocks won't make it back to Earth until 2033

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Trollface

They will first have to steal the designs.

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Pirate

Kit out the arsenal with rolled up newspapers.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother

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Java SE 6 and 7 devs weigh their options as support ends

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Childcatcher

What's Java?

Intel’s first discrete GPUs won't be a home run

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Go

It's a prime example of how to name things. I guess they stole the idea from BMW.

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze

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Pirate

I assume the proprietors of this business feathered their own nests comfortably before the scheme collapsed.

The PainStation runs Windows XP because of course it does

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This can work both ways: in case of a PICNIC error the manager of the user who reported the error to the help! desk gets a bucket of ice water emptied over them.

HP pilots paper delivery service for Instant Ink subscribers

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Headmaster

Re: having to go buy paper [is] heavy, very painful

Don't be so pedantic. EVERYBODY knows he was talking about Austrian Dollars for printing at home.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

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Devil

This lawsuit is all fun until the company tells everybody working from home to work their overtime hours at the office in future; there is no more WFH due to the issues it raised. It only takes a few individuals to ruin something like this for everyone. I compare this with traffic circles and infernal speed bumps that litter the streets where I live: a few induhviduals could not subscribe to acceptable social behaviour and now everybody suffers.

(P.S. I'm not defending the Evil Empire — I actively avoid shopping from them)

IBM's self-sailing Mayflower suffers another fault in Atlantic crossing bid

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Pirate

Re: Electrical problems

I would have saved some on the computer vision and invested more in watertight electrical equipment. I'm guessing there's nothing to see out in the middle of the Atlantic anyway, save maybe the underside of a barnacle.

'Sharp' chip inventory correction looms on horizon, warns investment banker

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Trollface

This is to be expected during a major plandemic.

New York City rips out last city-owned public payphones

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Thumb Up

Tech dinosaurs

Please note the appropriate dinosaur movie ad in the background. Time for these relics to move on to Jur-ass-has-had-it Park.

Ransomware encrypts files, demands three good deeds to restore data

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Big Brother

If there was ever a need for deepfake...

An international incident or just some finger trouble at the console?

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Re: Figured out what THAT meant

Falcon Big Router

Apple to bin apps that go three years without updates

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Gimp

Re: I for one love this idea

Dearth Vader: the guy with a lack of fathers. Hm ....

ASML CEO: Industrial conglomerate buying washing machines to rip out semiconductors

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Re: Standards?

As long as it lasts until the warranty is over.

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Re: Ba dum tish

Communicates using SOAP messages.

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Trollface

Re: From the title, I had a mental image...

Loose pile of ICs? Kinda like the Apple [] with the socketed IC's?

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Go

Re: Interesting

Sounds to me like they're after a bunch of 74-series logic chips or something in that category. Something like that is not likely to be counterfeit as the stuff is cheap as chips as it is. I doubt someone will be laundering anything.

Logitech Lift: Vertical mouse for those with small hands

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Trollface

Is this the Donald Trump angle?

"Not your writer's hand" made me wonder if the 45th POTUS had a hand in designing the smaller device?

Japanese startup makes baby carrier-style sling for 'Love Robots'

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Coat

Where did I put my calendar? I need to check a date.

Intel chases after Bitcoin miners with dedicated chip

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Go

I just called to say I love the sub-heading.

Microsoft veteran demystifies Abort, Retry, Fail? DOS error

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Alert

SAFARI

This takes me back to the PC Magazine SAFARI utility of years gone by: Staying Away From Abort Retry Ignore. More remembered by me for the rather excellent comments accompanying the assembler source code than the actual usefulness of the program.

IntelliJ IDEA plugin catches lazy copy-pasted Java source

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Big Brother

Did they say how much Stack Overflow code they, themselves, copied while writing that tool? And I sometimes copy my own code from an unfinished artwork to a new idea*. It that also frowned upon?

* My personal projects normally end right after the interesting stuff was done but before it can ship as the next ground shaking killer app.

France loves open source so much, even its cinema borks have Linux behind the scenes

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Headmaster

Re: French kids are taught poor English

Ah, next time someone asks you if you're a tourist you just tell them: "No, I'm British" and don't bother shouting with the pitch helmets and stuff.

So I though that English was just badly pronounced French? It sounds more like badly pronounced German to me — or Dutch. But Dutch is mostly poorly pronounced German too.

What else? Happy New Years: yeah, that sign can be re-used next year and the year after that.

Thanks. I'll be going now.

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That's what they said in 1940.

You wood not believe what a Japanese logging company and university want to use to build a small satellite

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Flame

Wood panelling for the Tesla

This match boxed sized sat should be done in partnership with another space agency like ESA or NASA.

But if you can't find a partner use a wooden chair. Let's rock!

Apple tried to patch this security hole in macOS Finder but didn't consider upper and lowercase characters

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Windows

Re: Hey Apple!

It has to have rounded corners so only "f" with the rounded corner is used at Apple and "F" with the 90° bend not.

NASA hopes VIPER rover will search for water in Moon's Nobile crater in 2023

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Mushroom

Re: Why solar powered?

A quick google tells us that water does not become radioactive.

Yes, of course there's now malware for Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Unhappy

Re: want one or the other ?

That's crazy talk! I have a company issue Windows notebook that is so locked down that I'm hardly allowed to type in a password. It comes with no dev tools other than this weird Intersystems Ensemble stuff, and that's not fit for human consumption. Thankfully through WSL I have access to gcc so that I can still write a small CUI tool when the need arises.

Music festivals are back in the UK. So is the background bork

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Windows

Clippy: It looks like you're performing live. Would you like help?

My android phone has a MUCH more annoying feature. There's this thing that keeps activating every time I accidentally press a button on the side of the phone that wants met to say things like "How to make banana bread" and such.

Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

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Headmaster

Re: Intelligibility fail

The doctor turned gray and coughed on my painting. I rearranged his face and he is in an ambulance at the petrol station. The conjoined snake twins stare deeply into their own eyes and there is snow on my forehead.

Can't see how anyone can get that wrong.

With a Lidl bit of luck, this Windows installation will make it through the night

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Headmaster

Karma Komedian

I wasn't aware that there were other comedians in Ye Netherlands besides André van Duin, who seems to have cornered every available minute of TV airtime for himself. Now the way I count it, if you include Van Duin in the tally then Nederland has exactly zero comedians,. Maybe I just don't see the humour — I'm 3/4 Frisian.

Perseverance rover drilled a rock on Mars and probably snaffled a core sample

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Holmes

Own work, please!

Somebody seems to have stolen your comment.

Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New 'Business' subscription is here

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FAIL

3. I have access to GCC using an Ubuntu container on a Windows machine so locked down that I cannot pin items to the start menu / task bar / create desktop shortcuts. Sometimes I need to write small utility programs and I refuse to use the retarded Intersystems tools that the company standardised on. But now that I think about it: surprisingly I managed to install the Linux Shell, and that actually works better.

Et tu, Samsung? Electronics giant accused of quietly switching SSD components

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Subject to change without prior notice. It's probably there somewhere on the packaging.

Toyota resumes autonomous Paralympics buses after vehicle hit judo competitor, forced him out of match

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The people under the bus go round and round.

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Terminator

No more ROTM?

I don't think it was an accident.

The Register recreates Apollo 15 through the medium of plastic bricks, 50 years on

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IT Angle

The Stand

I wish I could ignore the terrible stand.

Anyway, what's the obsession with Lego models these days? Back in the day one could buy a detailed scale model in a box, together with some glue and paint. Hours of fun! It's not like these fancy pants Lego kits can be repurposed to build anything else like the Lego of yore.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain

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Go

Coming soon to a launchpad near you...

So this wasn't planned? I thought this was technology to allow astronauts en route to the moon / mars / andromeda to be picked up from the bus stop down the road from the launch facility.

Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse

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Facepalm

I was about to say that the looters aren't smart people. But then there was a report of looting at a warehouse where some of the looters arrived in expensive cars and a 3 km long queue formed in the road.

That reminds me of an accident on the N1 at the John Vorster bridge one morning where a small truck carrying boxes of mango's overturned. Traffic was an absolute nightmare because people parked their X5's and LandRovers in the middle of the highway to go and help themselves at some free fruit. One would think that someone who can afford an X5 can afford to buy a box of fruit as well.

A new island has popped up off the coast of Japan thanks to an underwater volcano

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Headmaster

Submarine volcanos are underwater ....

This is why I come here for the science articles. Would have preferred a C++ shaped island, though — more classy.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Yeah, yeah. And the monkeys got the collected works of Jeffery Archer on the first attempt. I saw the cartoon.

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Terminator

Re: Secret messages?

You'd have to calculate it in base-11 to see the message. And it's the blueprint for a flying machine; did anybody check if the applied scientists are still in Swaziland? (Don't bother with the pictures they took)

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Paris Hilton

Re: they are now the last known digits of Pi

Get some glasses. You're looking at the invoice.

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