* Posts by Geoff May

143 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jun 2008


Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

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"thermochemical piles come into sharper focus"


Brit startup adds intelligent search to Amazon storage

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Article title

Surely that should be "Brit startup adds outelligent search to Amazon storage"?

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: Command line

There is another useful one you may want to know about:

ftype jsfile

Default returned value is:

jsfile=C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe "%1" %*

So you can break the link either by removing the ASSOC or the FTYPE values. I tend to replace the default FTYPE and point it to NOTEPAD:

ftype jsfile=%SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1

Then you can see what the evil thing is doing and decide if you want to let it run or not.

Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Does this all explain why there is a velvet paisley-covered Chesterfield sofa in the field?

Lester Haines: RIP

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Mars' dust storms follow seasonal patterns say NASA boffins

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Re: Typo

I do and I've often received thank you notifications so they are picked up on the Vulture side.

Astroboffins create music from SPAAAAAAAAAAACE

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Moody Blues beat them to it ... ;-)

This garden universe vibrates complete,

Some, we get a sound so sweet.

Vibrations, reach on up to become light,

And then through gamma, out of sight.

Between the eyes and ears there lie,

The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh.

And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe,

But it's all around if we could but perceive.

To know ultra-violet, infra-red, and x-rays,

Beauty to find in so may ways.

Two notes of the chord, that's our poor scope,

And to reach the chord is our life's hope.

And to name the chord is important to some,

So they give it a word, and the word is OM.

ISS 'nauts to face Mark Zuckerberg grilling

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"there is nothing like it"

One assumes he is still a virgin.

Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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Elegantly simple: TAGSAM. Pic: NASA

That picture looks like he's got a cigarette in his mouth.

Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

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Re: the mass lunacy the Internet can loose on the world.

You didn't like it enough to change your handle though ;-)

European Space Agency eyes fourth pop at Sentinel sat launch

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"faulty Soyuz inertial unit"

Was it called AE35?

Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers

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Re: 6 months and then...

You are lucky, my boss has a shotgun ...

ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

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Re: Enough Already!

Some horse has been lumbered with Horsey McHorseface.

We should know fairly soon if Boaty McBoatface is chosen.

ISS to host space truck rally

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Deep Purple are probably warming up the instruments already.

Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

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Re: Testing. Vodafone have heard of it.

But it's just something other people do.

Name one.

China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Re: Not one comment . . .

Someone did

Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

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Re: Attention-seeking attention-seeker seeks attention

One wonders if this person is related to that person that is sitting in the Ecuador embassy ...

Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Perhaps Vulture Central should ask them ...

... to sling LOHAN out the window when they get to altitude.

What could possibly go wrong?

Computers abort SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

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Re: "Rising oxygen temps due to hold for boat and helium bubble triggered alarm"

There was a boat in the ocean down range from the launch pad. Had there been a problem after launch, it is possible that the SpaceX might have fallen on the boat so they had to wait for the boat to move.

This delay cause temperatures to rise.

Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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Re: Great news

Since when has being part of Europe prevented UK manufacturing?

Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Re: Huh?

I can't believe I even bothered to read the article never mind comment

I am glad you did read the article and explain, it saves me having to do that.

Have a thumbs up for your efforts.

This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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Re: That quip about hard things in CS...

@Peter2 - it isn't funny if you have to explain it.

LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

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After the recent events in North Korea, that might not be such a good idea.

20KB trojan turns on bank customers in Singapore, Indonesia

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You'll never get any badges at that rate.

Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Links to CVE

In another article today, there was mention of CVEs so I'd suggest combining the two into one:

113 - Pugetsoundium

115 - Bairokom

117 - Saidorium

118 - Sicilium

NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Wait until Sheldon joins the debate ...

Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

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Bild am Sonntag

The only thing that the Bild am Sonntag get right is the size of the jugs on pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15 to the end of the paper ...

NASA palms off blunder-bot Valkyrie for top US universities to fix

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... said that out load ...

should be "said that out loud" ... (sorry)

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I believe it was going to be RC until someone said that out load so they changed it to RS. They then realised that RS wasn't funky enough (got to have a number in it somewhere) so it was changed to R5.

Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

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Perhaps it is the Duat Galaxy?

Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Re: but but

More likely to be "may contain nuts"

TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

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Re: Whats the betting

Excepting that will not help them because, the only real way of getting security would be to change banks, move house, change your name and try and get your date of birth amended. I wonder if TalkTalk customers can move to a different calendar to avoid future trouble ...

El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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Is this the same stuff that Harry Styles drank?

Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Hmmm

@breakfast but this time, I think we should keep at least one telephone sanitiser.

What would BOFH-friendly cloud service look like?

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"BOFH friendly cloud service is obviously setting the bar pretty high"

You don't want it too high otherwise you cannot order in the drinks.

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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Is that "Bitch At" or "Bit Chat"?

Flawless Dutch does for cuffed duo in CoinVault ransomware probe

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Re: "a relatively little used language"

South Africa uses Afrikaans which is a very simplified version of Dutch. We had some Dutch visitors in South Africa once and they said that Afrikaans sounded like a very young child speaking.

BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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When do they get to dropping the bird?

TELLY INNN SPAAACE: Nothing to watch on your 4K TV? NASA to the RESCUE

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Re: Second channel request

And it would be much more interesting than most of the stuff we get on TV at the moment.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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You know you said the coffee in this Internet cafe was snake piss ...

Soyuz docks with ISS, delivers trio of fresh 'nauts

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Mare's milk and Lego toys

One of the German news sites (N-TV) is saying that Mare's milk and Lego has also been delivered.

Pale backside of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 million miles out

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"the wardrobe sized DSCOVR spacecraft"

How many grapefruit in a "wardrobe"?

NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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"Space is big" quote

I prefer this one www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hawkwind/black_corridor.html#!

Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: it's the 3rd densest element

And the second most dense are my neighbours on my left and the most dense are those on the right.

PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Just for a laugh...

and I would vote for Icehenge.

Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Music and movies do have real value.

Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Praying's not good enough

They should sacrifice a goat.

Goats are useful and provide a useful service to the desert making industry. Can't we sacrifice something less useful like several politicians?

Google wraps search designer in Cardboard

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Have Google considered how this will effect cats when all the cardboard boxes have been used up make these things?