* Posts by ridley

460 posts • joined 27 Aug 2008

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Russia: Hey, don't act surprised if we're still on the ISS in 2030

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Re: Fear

I would be very surprised to ever find a sink on the space station, the clue is really in the name.

US regulators set the stage for small, local nuclear power stations

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Re: @Dr Syntax - "more radioactive"

Doesn't make any difference if a radioactive element burns or not, the nuclei are still radioactive no matter what chemical reaction they go through.

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?

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Re: And the answer to the question is

The cost of getting it into space and to the lagrange point is nothing compared to the cost of the scope.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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Re: I'm generally a fan of Elon Musk but

Love him or hate him you don't get to have had pivotal roles in the formation and building of three large global companies and not be an entrepreneur and visionary.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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Re: Deja vu again

Not really going to help when the car has been wrapped up, the battery connections are unlikely to be all nice and easy to unbolt.

TBH it is not that hard to remove a battery pack once it is upside down or on a lift.

SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband

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Re: 56k

Dial up & Fax was alive and well in a field in Herefordshire recently.

#EMFCamp

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Are you stupid????

Best pack some form of umbrella then.

Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it

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Re: Trust but verify...

The app is long missed.

Scam, pyramid scheme, environmental disaster: Vivaldi boss shares his thoughts on crypto-coins

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Re: Wall Street?

What tangible thing underpins a currency?

DIY Sinclair clones: Left it too late to back the Next? Build your own instead

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Re: 464

I used a 6128 to develop software to control a seawolf missile via a thermal imaging camera.

Went on to use it to develop software to help integrate a thermal imaging camera into the gunnery control computer on a T59 tank. We were selling the TI system the Chinese for resale to Pakistan.

Spent a year in Pakistan trialing the T59 with my trusty 6128, sometimes burning new ROMS beside the tank in the middle of the Thar desert, even with all the dust and 50+°C in the shade it never let me down.

Happy days

Fisher Price's Bluetooth reboot of pre-school play phone has adult privacy flaw

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As a teacher let me assure you that they spend much more than a minute doing nothing.

Much, much more....

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK

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Re: Colour me impressed...

How can anyone give this comment a downvote?

Do you enjoy those compression artefacts popping up all over the place?

BOFH: Time to put the Pretty Dumb F in PDF reader

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Re: Brilliant!

This reminds me of the situation at the school I work in.

We are an MS school and a MS system can become quite complicated to set up and maintain, esp for a sus admin of the calibre that a schools budget can afford.

We went O365 at the start of the pandemic, MS Teams/Onenote for remote learning is "sup optimal".

Two years in and we still do not have OneDrive installed, only the browser version. So no file manager integration...

We have been told that all our files are being moved into the cloud now, and we have been promised OneDrive "hopefully in 2022"....

How is this supposed to work?

(By the way why does file syncing take so long in O365? I mean, it can take hours at times. When I worked at a Google school syncing was near as made no difference instant)

What a bunch of bricks: Crooks knock hole in toyshop wall, flee with €35k Lego haul

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Re: Playmobil reconstruction

He surely is

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Re: Not again!!! The name is LEGO!!

The plural of Fish is Fish, but if you have different types of fish in a tanks you have different fishes.

Does that mean you can haves Legos?

Blue Origin employees complain of sexist culture that ignores safety concerns

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Rapid progress

Compromising safety in order to make rapid progress?

This is Blue Origin we're talking about, right?

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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Same thing happened with the Amiga, especially when CBM released the A500.

Too cheap and too associated with games to be taken seriously, sadly. I still miss AmigaDOS

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Re: Z88?

Was it to your mum?

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Pint

The last Quantum Leap

RIP Sir Clive

Thanks for the thrills and spills.

I'll raise one of these for you tonight.

I can't help thinking there should be a ritual dodgy keyboard burning to help him take that Quantum Leap into the new DIM

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Re: 75 years gone

I think someone needs a word with H&S if you're going through 5 generations of engineers in 75 years.

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

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Re: Forgive me for saying this...

Couldn't agree more, but TEAMS is Nirvana in comparison to its demon child OneNote esp the education version.

Microsoft if you tell me that if I put a document into this area it is read only, then please make it read only.

Oh and how on earth does OneNote even when minimised and not in use creep up and steal all of your ram? 25Gb is slightly over the top on a 32Gb machine.

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Re: Responsibility

The EU have been known to find against this sort of thing, best complain to them.

Oh...

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Re: "and in a few short years we were liberated."

Don't you just buy a Huiwei if you don't want those?

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Re: "if you buy a product, you own it"

Not if it's a Tesla, the mothership doesn't like unauthorised repairs and can shut the car down.

Lessons have not been learned: Microsoft's Modern Comments leave users reaching for the rollback button

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Re: "Modern Commenting"

Have a beer for that one.

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins

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Re: Open options

"Sadly I've not found a spreadsheet app that will handle very large tables"

Neither have the NHS

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: Not necessarily.

The max take off weight of a 737-800 is 70tonnes.

I doubt that load sensors on the wheels could reliably measure that to within a few % (prob more) so about 1.5 tonnes.

A difference of only 1.2tonnes in the story but the plane close to the limits.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?

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Re: Even in the 1980's

You did if you needed a record of something being imported in order to raise an invoice, as per the story.

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)

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Re: Hummmm sounds familiar...

I was a union rep a while ago and took my members concerns re workload to the "Boss".

Boss listened to me and then said that the company took workload issues very seriously and was working hard to reduce it. I asked for an example.

So Boss gave the example that they had been about to increase the working week by 5 hours but decided against it to reduce workload,

WTAF

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Re: Not Cheap

In my days as a PC builder we were after some really cheap components for a really cheap loss leader PC (We hardly ever sold them we invariably sold up) but I was able to buy a 105 key keyboard from a UK based distributor for ......28p. Someone made those, boxed them, has a little manual printed, shipped them half way round the world to a distributer who paid duty on them and sold them to me for a profit...Even I was somewhat shocked at that price*

They weren't the best keyboards in the world, but they weren't as bad as the price implies either.

*This is the reason I really take Umbridge at having to paying £2 for a plastic radiator valve cap from your local three letter DIY store. They must cost them about a penny each. Grrrr

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?

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Re: Money making exercise

In the mid nineties I ran a computer business. One day I had bought a lot, for me, of 1mb RAM chips for an order IIRC about 400 @ £4 each. Said order fell through which left me with a bit of a problem as RAM prices were falling at the time. I tried to offload them left and right and could get rid without taking a bath.

That night there was the Kobe earthquake taking out a large proportion of the globes RAM manufacturing capability....

I sold them about a month later for about £100 each :-)

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

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Re: I believe that Seagate disks are made outside of the EU

The receipt won't stop the EU customs charging you to import the item into the EU.

Hollywood drone pilot admits he crashed gizmo into cop chopper, triggering emergency landing

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I disagree. It is illogical to give a lesser sentence if no one was injured, the crime is the same whether the accident resulted in injury or not, you should be sentenced for putting others in danger.

I am reminded of the bloke who fell asleep at the wheel of his land rover & went off the motorway. Bad luck meant that he went off just next to a railway cutting which he went down coming to rest on the tracks and he couldn't get off them. So he called the railway and as he was talking to them a goods train hit his car and detailed, by pure bad luck coming in the opposite direction at that. Moment was an express which collided with the goods train and one person was killed iirc.

Now if he had come off the road and ended up in a field it would be a few points possibly a ban. As it was he was sentenced to something like 20 years.

That just ain't right.

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Re: Not really the brightest bulb, was he?

I am not sure Bout the police helicopters but the Huey pilot who write "ChickenHawk" used to make a clearing in the jungle bigger* to allow him to take off.

*When near max very take off weight or over you had to take off on the move to get out of your own rotors dirty air. So if you landed to do a pick up in a small clearing you wouldn't be able to take off from it when loaded, unless you made the clearing bigger with those big old rotors....

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

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Re: ... their ability to understand why they should not do it.

Don't ask me how I know but you shouldn't use an old steel Mini wheel as something to wind your very long extension lead round.

Well not if you then decide to power a heater with the ext cord and cannot be bothered to unwind it all first...

BOFH: Switch off the building? Great idea, Boss

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Re: Parts of it date back to when fire was invented

We used to do that demo in the labs, with just a tablespoon or so of oil. Still very impressive with a flame up to the ceiling.

We ensure to mask off a smiley face etc on the tiles do the demo and remove the tape ;-)

Cannot ever think why we were banned.

(Maybe it had something to do with melting the fire detectors with one enthusiastic demo....)

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Re: Parts of it date back to when fire was invented

A long long time ago we were working on my mum's MK1 escort estate using the oxy acetylene which my parents were dubios about having under the house in the garage.

Lo the car set on fire and we used the powder fire extinguisher to put it out. Took about a milli second burst to put it out but it went for ages, everything was covered, car, garage, drive, flower beds.

So we spent the next hour or so before they came home frantically cleaning up and learning the art of turning over the garden and dusting flowers.

All seemed good and it looked like we go away with it, except.

Mum did keep complained that if she got to 60mph the car filled up with a white mist....

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Re: Messing with oxygen-fluorine compounds

Thanks for that.

That made me laugh out loud several times.

SpaceX Starship blows up on landing, Elon Musk says it's the data that matters and that landed just fine

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Re: "didn’t even have the engine configuration planned for the production model"

I though it had 6 vacuum and the atmospheric for a total of 9?

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Re: Ignition

Look at some of the non SpaceX feeds, they give a much better impression of its cross range capability.

Pretty impressive for a flying tower block.

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Re: SN8 flight was to test multiple concepts in one go

You can see the legs folded up inside the "Skirt" as the starship skydived.

They didn't deploy though.

Honey, I shrunk the battery: Something's gotta give as iPhone 12's logic board swells to accommodate 5G chippery

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Re: The Iphone 13 will come quicker than the 5G

What?

Install 5G antennas and help spread the virus, are you mad!

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure

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At least it's not Fysics, yet...

BT cutting contractors' rates by a fifth and halving notice period because 'coronavirus'

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Re: This years excuse

No, the demand is low across the industry. The demand may or may not be low in BT but given the demand is low across the industry BT can lower the rates without the contractors jumping ship.

If demand for a particular position is low BT can cut that position via the notice period.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

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Re: Static

In 1995 I was running a small computer company when someone offered me some 1mb memory sticks at what I though was a very good price, so I bought iirc 300 of them at a few pounds each.

That night the love earthquake happened and dram just disappeared. Over the next few weeks dram became scarcer and scarcer and I just held, didn't even bother building pcs. Suppliers kept offering me more and more...

Eventually o sold for iirc £100 a stick and went on a very nice holiday.

Unexpected victory in bagging area: Apple must pay shop workers for time they spend waiting to get frisked

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Re: Happens to all airport staff as well

No the employer is employing you knowing that you are required to go through security in order to attend work, they should pay for that time as a cost of doing business. Not the employees pay it as a cost of being employed.

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well

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And a mobius strip for a wall

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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Re: even before PFY

Certainly Athlone didn't, took no more than a second to release the magic smoke.

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Mushroom

Not quite optical

During the war our early warning, such as it was, monitored the German Luftwaffe in France gathering for a raid so they would scramble to meet them.

Several times they would scramble and they raid would strangely disappear before they could intercept.

After a while they noticed that this happened in the early morning but not at any other times.

Eventually it was realised it wasn't a raid at all, but the Sun rising and so radio astronomy was born.

If only the Germans had known they could have caught us with our pants down by launching at the right time.

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Re: They don't build them like they used to

Ay and they had to compensate for the torque of the tape drive starting when taking some shots of the plants.

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