* Posts by WonkoTheSane

998 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

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'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

WonkoTheSane

It'd have to be the Rocketeer. Iron Man hangs out around New York.

Surprise! Voting app maker roasted by computer boffins for poor security now begs US courts to limit flaw finding

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Can someone remind me...

Absentee voting and postal voting are the EXACT SAME THING!

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row

WonkoTheSane

Re: Haven't been to Austin in a while

> "But didn't several local "ride app" companies spring up to fill that vacuum?"

Yes. When I was there in 2018, I only used one that was called "Ride Austin" (I think).

Even then, it was only because the public transport stops running after dinner, and doesn't reach nearby towns.

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: Ever done a good deed, only to have it thrown back at you by an angry user

Your mom lets you look at XXX on HER laptop?

Now that's a family!

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Has anyone told Donnie?

That there's no oil on the moon.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: There should be an IT Driving Test

That's why I switched to watching Formula E. At least there's overtaking!

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

WonkoTheSane

Re: Test, test and test again...

Obligatory:- https://dilbert.com/strip/2017-02-06

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

Re: Proper lash up

Codeless Code is full of BOFH-level wisdom for the ages!

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

It was originally pitched by its creator as "The Landlord's Game"

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

WonkoTheSane
Boffin

Pay attention!

When you're in a lab and hear the phrase "Hmm. That's weird..."?

That's when scientific discoveries happen!

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

WonkoTheSane
Linux

Re: eh?

"it's only a bootstrap for Steam client and nothing more, no internet, no email ..."

PSA - Steam runs on Linux now, and will play most Windows games with it's Proton library.

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: "Extra internets for knowing what a EDM is"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_discharge_machining

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: How about a nice long hot summer?

"But isn't the usual estimate about 100W of heat per person?"

Depends how much of the company's product they'd had.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Round Earth proved rocketeer flat.

See title.

SpaceX's next Starlink volley remains stuck on Earth to glee of astronomers everywhere

WonkoTheSane
Go

SpaceX rescheduled launch

They're now targeting 15:05 GMT today (Monday 17th Feb)

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

WonkoTheSane

Re: To be honest ...

Kompromat flavor obvs!

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: To be honest ...

Trump did a PERFECT job of draining the swamp

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INTO his administration!

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: To be honest ...

A hearing is NOT a trial.

NexDock 2 revisited: Could it be more than a handy Pi hole?

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

Opportunity missed

Phone should dock in place of (and act as) the trackpad.

EU we go again: Commission takes aim at Qualcomm over 5G antitrust concerns for radio frequency front end chips

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Idle speculation

I sometimes wonder if the whole "Huawei R Bad" thing is down to a Qualcomm lobbyist somewhere in Washington DC?

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?

WonkoTheSane
Big Brother

Maybe you should read up on the "Intel Management Engine"

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: No lineage?

I would suggest you ask the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) about "Salvage One" starring Andy Griffith,

CityFibre relieves TalkTalk of its FTTP sister biz for £200m – after Boris win blows away Labour's nationalisation vow

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

FTFY

"The acquisition will increase CityFibre's *plans for* coverage from five million to eight million premises in London."

Fly me to the M(O2)n: Euro scientists extract oxygen from 'lunar dust' by cooking it with molten salt electrolysis

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: This has been talked about for years...

"It's a bit like testing if things fall on the moon"

That particular experiment was performed at the end of the Apollo 15 mission.

Big Falcon explosion as SpaceX successfully demos Crew Dragon abort systems

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: "given that the rocket is lost during the test anyway?"

It was long said that 90% of the Shuttle's payload was pork barrels.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: 32amp socket....

Some folks are now having them installed in garages or on outside walls of their house, to plug in a "smart" charging lead for their new electric car.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Re: Quis...

Paper qualifications needed to be politicians? An extremely large collection of portraits of deceased Presidents.

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

WonkoTheSane

Re: No one has mentioned Elite?

Want to try it again?

Frontier Devlopments (the purveyors of current version "Elite:Dangerous") offer a free download of the original version, together with an emulator called BeebEm.

https://www.frontierstore.net/games/elite-dangerous-cat/elite1984.html

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Decisions, decisions...

£260 for Bose QC35 II that don't work?

Or

£50 for Soundcore Q20 Life (by Anker) that do?

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

WonkoTheSane

But NOT in the microwave!

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

Re: No lineage?

That sounds... Pratchett-y?

2001 fiction set to be science fact? NASA boffin mulls artificial intelligence to watch over the lunar Gateway

WonkoTheSane
Terminator

Timing is everything

At least they waited until after Judgement Day!

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

WonkoTheSane
Joke

Next time you're in Sweden, you'll undoubtedly buy a chocolate bar on account of it being labelled Plopp.

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Re: The specialist kit is capable of installing 700 metres of cabling a day

"we called, you were out, please reschedule..."

Despite the fact you spent all day staring out of the window, waiting for them to show up.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Jealous much?

Bridenstine is just thinking of his corporate masters, because unlike ULA/SLS, SpaceX is porkbarrel free.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: re: Once desktop processing power became sufficient to crack the encryption

Specialization means that academics are learning more and more about less and less.

The end case is that pretty soon, they'll know everything about nothing, and nothing about everything.

Every dog has its day – and this one belongs to Boston Dynamic's four-legged good boy Spot

WonkoTheSane
Terminator

Adam Savage's new foster pet

I understand from Adam Savage's twitter that he's got one of these for his Tested.com youtube channel for the next year.

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: Secret Location

Snorting Adderall through a rolled-up copy of the US Constitution?

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

SMETS2?

SMETS2 are STILL almost impossible to get north of the Watford Gap!

Also, the primary purpose of smart meters is Uber-style "surge pricing".

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Surely...

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

― Albert Einstein

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: pet peeve

Obligatory:- "Which one's the ANY key?"

WonkoTheSane
Pint

Re: Similar

> Too early for pint o'clock?

Having seen the queues outside pubs in Cork at 7:30am, I'm going to have to say... no?

Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

The current stats for "public" chargers are available at Zap Map

Home installs & petrol pump counts are not available anywhere AFAIK.

Cu in Hell: Thousands internetless after copper thieves pinch 500m of cable in Cambridgeshire

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

A simple (but costly) answer

Install FTTP for all, and make it CLEAR in the press that it's not copper anymore.

Bonus. By removing the copper themselves, Openreach can use the moneys from weighing it all in to offset the cost.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

WonkoTheSane

Mine keeps trying to send me to Hulme in Manchester.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

WonkoTheSane

There are about 15000 charging stands. Don't know how many petrol pumps.

WonkoTheSane

"Would the EV charging location count as 'one' or 'twelve' and would the petrol station count as 'one' or 'sixteen' in the comparison quoted?"

Both would count as one. Here are the current stats for EV charger locations & actual chargers.

Electric motorcycles are here, but still pricey. Look at This site

WonkoTheSane

Re: Diesel

In one word - Dieselgate

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Price:- Falling. The MG ZE EV starts at £21,495 (for the first 2000 orders) for a 160-mile range SUV

Range:- 160-250 miles range is becoming commonplace (see MG/Renault/Peugeot/Vauxhall/VW/Mini/Honda at Frankfurt motor show next month)

Charging stations:- There are now over 1000 more EV charging locations than petrol stations in the UK

Charge time:- As newer chargers & cars become available, charging time decreases.

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