* Posts by Sceptic Tank

382 posts • joined 21 May 2008

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Groq is hard to grok but reckons its AI chips roq: Ex-Googlers' unorthodox design now shipping to customers

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Does it run Crysis?

Airbus drone broke up in-flight because it couldn’t handle Australian weather

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They were much better when Ford built them.

Despite rolling a homegrown translation app with iOS 14, Apple resorts to freebie tool for Dutch Ts-and-Cs waffle

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FAIL

Save your money

From what I understand, EULAs are worthless anyway. Good on Apples to not fork out money for translating it.

Happy Hacking Professional Hybrid mechanical keyboard: Weird, powerful, comfortable ... and did we mention weird?

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Re: You should be ashamed of yourselves!

I know your type

Onwards! To the airport and adventure! And this rather lachrymose Linux screen

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Flame

What's this continued fascination with broken PCs all about? Are there no real news stories at the moment?

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Headmaster

en-ZA

Ja, that's lekker man. Does that ouke do SA English?

Even my English teacher used to say "Ag no, man!"

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK

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Can't Bruce Willis help?

You won't need .NET Standard... except when you do need it: Microsoft sets out latest in ever-changing story

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Windows

Maybe we need an abstraction layer.

Aerospike drags mainframes kicking and screaming into the modern world by feeding their data through Apache Spark

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FAIL

Re: Non-sequitur

They didn't work.

Tesco self-service separates innocent Reg reader from beer after collapsing into heap of Windows dialog boxes

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Isn't Appu that guy from The Simpsons?

Up from the depths, 864 servers inside, covered in slime, it's Natick!

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Windows

Windows is also covered in slime.

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Re: That puts a whole new spin ..

Technology deep dive.

Personal data from Experian on 40% of South Africa's population has been bundled onto a file-sharing website

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Pirate

Who cares?

Who cares if our mobile numbers were leaked? My number is in the hands of every telemarketer known to man already.

Howdy, er, neighbor – mind if we join you? Potential sign of life spotted in Venus's atmosphere

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Unhappy

James Maxwell

Awwww, James Maxwell Telescope? I thought he was going to say James Webb.

What a time to be alive: Floating Apple store bobs up in Singapore

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Holmes

Didn't I see this thing in a Bond movie before? Only, the villains were less evil back then.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

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Thumb Up

I ♥ C++

I just had to say that.

Thank you.

Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault

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At least, if our oxygen is on the moon we can still get it back.

Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck talks to The Reg about crap weather, reusing boosters, and taking a trip to Venus

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Paris Hilton

Re: Venus is under appreciated

He just wants to go there because that's where the girls are.

Microsoft adds 'Here's what we may have broken' screen to Windows 10 Insider PCs

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Coffee/keyboard

High security

Was that the OS where security could be bypassed with the Escape key?

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

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Trollface

Re: No so much COBOL as the tools

That's maybe why the script kiddie suffered: no documentation for 3270 COBOL anywhere to be found.

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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The ego has landed

I know where one might find a door.

Yes! Pack your bags! Blossoming planetary system strikingly similar to ours found by boffins

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Re: If you leave now,

So what will you do when you arrive and find that you don't like the atmosphere?

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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Childcatcher

Wow! An entire space article that did not blame anything on dark matter / dark energy, mention the search for intelligent life in the universe at all, and did not mention that a black hole is so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape. Whatever is the world coming to?

It sounds like a new train line, but no: Compute Express Link is PCIe 5.0 server CPU-accelerator glue from Intel and pals

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Big Brother

Is Apple not on this bus?

Astroboffins spot hefty pair swinging together. What? Um, we're talking about record-breaking massive binary stars...

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Mushroom

Which way to the nearest supernova?

Ok, so nearest to the Earth. Which would make it how far? And which way? And when are they expected to explode? Supernova events in close proximity to the Earth tend to make things nasty for the locals.

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

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Thumb Down

Fix it! Fix it! Fix it!

There's a lot more wrong with that stupid calculator than the misaligned buttons. E.g.: Did they not think that a Programmer might want to do some square roots or raise x to some arbitrary power without having to switch to the Scientific calculator first?

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

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Headmaster

SAP

I recommend: SAP Athletics and Phootball. Now do I have to take up my seat at the stadium or can they just deliver it to my house? I stay a bit far away.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Paris Hilton

Quick check reveals the volume of a matchbox is 30cm^3. Stuffed with platinum, that would weigh 640 grams. So the guy in charge of checking the souvenirs did not notice a matchbox weighing 640 grams? Never opened it neither? Weird.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Flame

Re: Whats the problem??

Yeah, but let's first rip our taste buds out with tweezers.

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WTF?

Re: Does not compute

I was wondering about that exact same thing. Seems like a bit of a failed venture to want to cross-breed with stuff that already cannot take the punch.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Windows

Re: Oooops

What awful OS design! I hope whoever came up with that never decided to design another OS again. Oh, wait ....

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Alert

Re: Cat-5?

I think the 32MB partition limit was due to the partition table scheme used at the time. Had nothing to do with Norton Utilities -- more an IBM invention when HDD's had 5MB capacity.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Childcatcher

Three years?!? So much suffering!

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Trollface

Someone is hogging the vending machine.

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Childcatcher

Re: Here we go...

Kevin Feederline?

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Paris Hilton

Re: Explains the riddle...?

I was also wondering if I missed the part of the riddle being explained. Seems to me like the absent dark matter in all the other old galaxies is still unexplained.

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Angel

A long time ago ...

I'm amazed that the words "a galaxy *created* about 9.6 billion years ago" has not resulted in 9.7 billion pages of anti-creationist commentary yet. The topic must be getting old.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Black Helicopters

That's no moon

But what if there is no far side of the moon? What if it's just an empty shell Hollywood prop that was left there by NASA after the Apollo missions? I watch YouTube, and it's all conspiracies, y'know?

From Motown to lockdown: Detroit bathroom bung IT exec gets one year in the clink

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Terminator

Re: The obvious question

Give that man a hand!

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Trollface

@TomH: The sequel will be worthless if there isn't a vampire.

Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Flame

Pot calling the cattle black

Ok, so the yoof stole the meerkitten from the zoo. The zoo abducted a whole meerkat group from its natural habitat "underneath the African sky" and stuck them in a cage. Lad gets fine and community service. The zoo is left to perpetuate its cruelty to animals. Pfft!

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Stop

Re: Physical access is quite easy

@Shadow Systems

The trouble with directing traffic like that is that you are not an authorised person, and you may personally be held liable for damages if an accident happens.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Paris Hilton

Re: Had to think then

Is "surface coal" still a thing?

People outperform computer programs for 'compressing' pix

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Terminator

Re: What's a Giragge?

It's part of the "lossy compression" experiment, and how (some) humans can recover from such errors?

Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Alien

We have a problem

Yet another article about something that should not have existed so close to the Bigge Bange. Maybe there's a fundamental flaw with that theory. But ja, I'm no scientist.

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Re: Spotted?

Spots are just a sign of puberty. Happens often in young superclusters.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: Sums

The mirror on the JWST is rather different to a reflective bit of tinfoil that must point at a patch of earth.

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Facepalm

Re: Eight times brighter than the Moon?

Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Do try to keep up.

Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Unhappy

Re: Lets get real

@AC

I had to log in to upvote that comment. The Windows desktop environment has become a toxic mess. WinForms and WPF have gone the way of the dodo and UWP is unusable.

Which one is that 'I am very unhappy" icon?

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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WTF?

CYA

Is CYA patented yet? I might be interested in using it for a range of donkey-related garments.

Well actually it could cover a whole range of pants, underpants, skirts, etc. too. Even Pride Amsterdam.

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