* Posts by Bob Foster

41 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jul 2008

Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

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why does it cost $120K per hour to fly a B-2?

"You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?"

SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Re: Chain of modules

"Are you all mad - its just asking for an infeststion space hamsters"

And that boys and girls was how Tribbles came into existence

Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

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Yet more American Christian rubbish

I've noticed with the History Channel they started with perfectly sensible stuff about Greece, Rome, even some rational biblical period investigation stories (Dead Sea scrolls etc) but they now seem to have been infiltrated by the Southern Baptist nut job type of programming, like programs about the Devil or the end of days where it degenerates into people talking about the Rapture as if it's a forgone conclusion and just a few years away, and programs about biblical characters where they are described more like latter day superheroes and accepting everything in the Bible without questioning, rather than giving a fact based assessment as in "this is what we know archeologically" etc.

Much of the Christian religions beliefs are proven to come from other Middle Eastern cultures, the god Ra was known as "the way the truth and the light" and the "Good Shepherd", and the sins mentioned in the Ten Commandments appear in the Egyptian Book of the dead.

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Don't underestimate the power of the cricket bat

Seemed to work fine in "Sean of the Dead"

Apple's Dutch store plan leaves locals seeing orange red

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You may be right

If I wake up one morning with a hangover and a Macbook I'll know where I went wrong!

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Not a great location

As stated there are already a fair number of Mac outlets in Amsterdam, (as a matter of fact it's easier to find a Mac than a PC), so I don't see what Apple are trying to achieve, it would have been far better to get something in the centre if they are going to try to compete with the other Mac retailers who already seem to stock most of the newer products

Slovakian cannibal's dinner calls in cops

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The IT crowd episode was heavily based on the German cannibal incident, apparently even the "Oceans Eleven" part came from that, someone before the eventual victim was killed went to see this guy as a potential meal, and then bottled out, at which point the cannibal asked if he wanted to watch a movie, to which he agreed and it was ....."Oceans Eleven"

Saw an interview with the IT Crowd director (think it's on the DVD extras) where he was saying he couldn't believe someone sat down to watch a movie with someone who earlier had planned to kill and eat him

Farewell, Novell

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Nope not the only grey beard!

My first Netware system was running Advanced Netware 86 on an original IBM ATX with two IBM PC's (twin floppy) as workstations.

To be fair the IT department had told my department it was obsolete before they bought it (1987) but they went ahead anyway, I remember one of my first tasks was getting an upgrade to Netware 286, and a Compaq server with duplexed hard drives (might have been 386 processor, cant remember now but I was really in love with it at the time!).

I actually got to like the compilation process, it kind of gave you "Dark Art" powers that others would ohhh and ahhh at, the actual process itself I remember was fairly straightforward.

Installation got silly in later versions think one version had 43 disks in the install set, I remember one re-seller telling me they got calls from users all the time saying "It's asked me to reinsert the same disks about 5-6 times", and he'd reply "that's ok just keep going!" lmao!

Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

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Par for the course

I seem to remember that at the time the movie Armageddon was released the entire budget for looking for real near earth asteroids that might really hit us was one fiftieth of that movies budget!

Shows where our priorities lie!

Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

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You're forgetting

Ridley Scott also did the iconic Apple Mac - Big Brother launch ad which Apple hater or not was a very good ad for the time, oh and by the way there's the IT angle !

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No Surprise

Felt this way about him when I saw "The village", have avoided anything he's made since

Red Dwarf to blast off on new adventure

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...It's a reference you just didn't get

Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

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Freddy Krueger wrongly accused

In the South Park "Insheeption" episode it was revealed that Freddy was only killing those teenagers for the US Secret Service to prevent the Russians taking over

HBase: Shops swap MySQL for open source Google mimic

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"Incorrect DOS version"

"Incorrect DOS version" , you were lucky!, I remember having to get up at three in the morning walk ten miles into work and put cards in't punch card reader!

US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

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Easy solution to get them to stop using the scanners

Laughed my head off when I saw this


PARIS joins the 17-mile-high club

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Very well done chaps!

Congratulations to everyone concerned!

PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

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Who said Britain has no space program?

Was really amazed to see El Reg and PARIS in the Metro this morning, congratulations guys you are a beacon of enterprise and achievement in these dark times.

I look forward to the first paper spacecraft moon landing and spacestation with great anticipation


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Inspirational stuff

Congratulations guys you are a beacon of hope in these dark times.

With proper funding the UK could become the centre of the world paper space plane industry

BOFH: Lock shock

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Back to his roots

Nice to see the BOFH go back to basics, nothing like a nice bit of account/file deletion

Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

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A brief trawl through the web produced the following:

An extract from a sermon preached by Peter the Hermit in A.D. 1274:

"The world is passing through troublesome times. The young people of

today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for

parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as

if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is

foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest

and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress."

Attributed quote of Plato (428– 348 BC), complaining to Socrates, in ancient Greece:

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

Hesiod (around 700 BC.):

“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.”

[Note: the word "wise" above as used by Hesiod actually means "smartass". Kind of like derogatorily saying today someone is a "wiseguy".

McKinnon family welcomes extradition treaty review

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Happened before

McKinnon is hardly a super hacker, as a matter of fact his method was embarrassingly simple something the average script kiddie could do, however the problem is the US prosecutors is their tendency to hype the seriousness of the crime.

I remember an interview with Kevin Mitnik where he said the prosecutors alleged at his trial that he had the skills to launch nuclear weapons using just a mobile phone, and as a result he was banned from using mobile phones or computers for years afterwards, despite the fact the whole story was fanciful garbage (Apparently the prosecutors mentioned the movie "War Games" which shows the depth and professionalism of their research!).

We also have the case of the British woman on death row in Texas, the prosecution case for which defies belief.

American prosecutors seem to construct elaborate fantasies to convey the absolute worst image of the person concerned regardless of the facts.

Mr McKinnon may not be blameless but he doesn't deserve the shafting the American legal system will give him should he be extradited.

Brits unleash world's hottest chilli pepper

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Anti Terrorist usage

Read last year Indian Special forces where developing non lethal grenades for anti terrorist use containing powder from their most powerful chili's.

Worked somewhere last year where the guys were into how "hot can you get a chilli" one up manship, until someone brought in some Dorset Nagas. The expressions and after effects of them tasting microscopic specs of these raw is a sight I will always remember fondly, and as for the chilli produced from them well I don't think anyone got past a couple of mouthfulls lmao


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More Nazi flying saucers

A German friend of mine sent me this link:


This coupled with the super secret videos cunningly hidden on YouTube prove it must be true, lmao!

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It's being built for moonbase Schwatz Sonne!

"Disappointingly, the lunar bridge and tunnel discoveries aren't considered to be the work of escaped Nazis - perhaps having fled the collapsing Third Reich in an early rocket ship developed from the V2 missile programme"

Rockets are so last year!, everyone knows the Nazis developed anti gravity and hence the Hannebau flying saucer series.

Get ready to kick some Nazi ass:



Serpent imprisons rattled Yorkshire family

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Licensed Adder remover?

"to find a licensed individual to move the adder."......ok so where does one get a "Licensed Adder Remover" license from?

Would look good on the c.v.

'Soft robots' will use gut-wrenching propulsion method

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Ok cool...

But why does the movie "Slither" pop into my mind when reading this?

For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

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Reminds me very much of that old FPS game Far Cry (at least the underground bits,), too bad when you get outside it's Scotland and not a tropical island!

Microsoft rejects porn, iPad protesters fake it

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Stil leaves some scope to annoy them

Still leaves strangulation, drowning, hanging etc, quick trip to the London Dungeons and we could probably come up with enough ideas to give their legal department a nervous breakdown, or at the very least writers cramp

Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

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Time for SCO to sleep with the fishes

I seem to remember early on someone, It may have been Bruce Perens being quoted as saying that IBM's legal team in the SCO trial were like Keyser Soze from Usual Suspects, (First he kills you then he kills your family, then he kills your friends then he kills your parents, then he kills your parents friends.....well you get the idea ).

.....Time for IBM to live up to that reputation

Tricorder/Aliens-motion-tracker handscanner kit gets $6m

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Why waste the money?

They should just take off and nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!

Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7

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You're fired

When I saw Alan Sugar's picture I had the spooky feeling he was yelling at me "Windows 7 was your idea, you're fired!".


UK IT should 'fire men first', says Kate Craig-Wood

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So much for equal rights

I look forward to seeing this woman being sued into oblivion the first time she lays off a male employee, as this is surely a clear case of sexual discrimination

Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB NAS box

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Looking at screenshots of the storage and network tabs on another review elsewhere it has both NFS and FTP options showing, so it looks like Linux boxes can access this without resorting to Samba.

UK.gov to send your holidays to sunny Manchester

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As a frequent flier I already have to endure running the gauntlet past the yellow shirted job centre rejects parroting "have you got any liquids, creams, wall filler, swarfega, KY Jelly in your luggage? ", before having to half strip for the sodding x ray machines, with an obligatory feel up by a 250lb former rugby player, and then, just when you think your safe, they swoop on you again and demand you take your shoes off for yet another scan.

Now will be added to this delightful mix the inevitable mix up of my traveling patterns with a known Columbian drug mule!! (Can hear the rubber gloves snapping now ouch!)

Mind you, if there is a hell when you die boiling lava and red hot irons will be a cinch compared to what they put you through at the average UK airport.

Microsoft wants open-source recruits for new model army

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And in the darkness bind them........

Microsoft never change, by controlling data formats and programming languages you can control the market.

Ohh it's open source?, not under the GPL!, and why's it called 'M' (for Microsoft) no 'O' for Open?

Que Microsoft salesman "Of course it's an open standard, but Microsoft developed it therefore we are naturally have the best product's to use it, and we are of course heavily influential in it's direction, as the copyright holder (shark like smile)"

Also get's round those embarrassing questions that occurred with OOXML.

Microsoft are kind of like that creepy guy your parents told you never to take sweets from

Illuminati spook fails to disarm Soviet cow nuke

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Obvious cover up!

"You know everyone is laughing about it, and obviously concerned about this guy and his well being and it was a serious situation and we had to handle it as such."

Sure, so the high level call from Illuminati headquarters saying "mission abort, we need a cleanup squad" never happened?

Even now this guy has probably been "disappeared" to face the Grand Master to explain his failure (Punishment will probably have something to do with a tank containing a Great White Shark or Piranah's ).

Criminal record checks could hit over 14 million people

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don't assume malice where incompetence will do just as well

Apart from being a good generator of revenue, this also seems to be a gigantic arse covering exercise.

I've noticed this pattern with Nu Labor, something shocking occurs, the media discuss a multitude of ways it could have been avoided, happily filling all the air time they now have to fill, then the cretin, oops sorry, minister responsible introduces new legislation or process to say "we've got it covered".

Look at shootings, ban gun's and the problems disappeared, and Nu Labor have "acted decisively" to eradicate the problem -NOT!

Typical crap from a government that are controlled pretty much totally by the media and sound bite journalism