* Posts by Graham Cunningham

102 posts • joined 9 Sep 2008


Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies

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Re: Trackerball?

I remember the military applications well.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_Command ;)

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History

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I have no touch whatsoever on the inertial controls!

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I spent a year's university grant (remember those?) on a model B, a 100kB single-sided 5.25" floppy drive, and a 14" portable TV, primarily motivated by seeing an Elite demo in the bookshop on St. Vincent St, Glasgow.

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Floppy drive noises on F10 launch!!

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

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Astroboffins map engine of a solar flare: Magnetic mega-fields and Earth-dwarfing blankets of electric current

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Re: Watts

277 thousand kWH for one rarebit seems beyond "well done"...

[Edit] Ah, you meant ~3M rarebits...

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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Polish heroism, rewarded with duplicitous assurances from the self-serving British government of the day.


I'm sure today's incumbents would treat our continental allies more honourably. Oh, wait....

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a charred white dwarf star blasted across our galaxy by an ancient semi-supernova

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Alternative ending:

"will keep traveling through the galaxy alone, until it eventually uses up the rest of its fuel and dies."


"will keep traveling through the galaxy alone, until it hits something."

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Re: Meanwhile closer to Earth...

Oh wow. And props to the guys who spotted Venus @ 12:24 and all the guys who labelled the solar eclipses. I wonder whether Trump / Putin / Xi get a sense of Total Perspective when they see this?

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

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Re: Censorship is bad mmkay

Have an upvote, but... automated flame wars?

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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y/w :)

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

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Faro Automated Solutions, anyone?

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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dot "engineer(ing)" or dot "scotland"? Strange range of choices. Like comparing spanners and oranges.

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later

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"from the northern Canadian coast, across the Bering Strait"

Uh? Has that moved too?

Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours

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Did anyone look at that picture and immediately think of Orichalzine mining?

GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps

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Re: El Reg (or the readership) really has changed

I have no problem with acronyms being explained, even if I already know them. Unexplained acronyms needlessly put up barriers to visiting readers who may be new to the subject matter.

And now, here's Cli-Mate 9000 with the weather... Pattern-recognizing neural network tries its hand at forecasting

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Re: Model Fish?

Food for thought. Or indeed, to Ponder.

+1 for making me google the error code.

Need a special something on which to spank $3,500? HoloLens 2 is finally shipping

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Wondering where the strontium in your old CRT monitor came from? Two colliding neutron stars show us

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Re: Unique naming

And element #1 is named after the nearby Scottish Hydro, now SSE. ;)

Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word, please

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53 Q*Berts is truly a mind-boggling proposition. That is all.

Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds

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MyffyW, have an upvote for the phrase "ploughs a delicate line" - rofl!

Astroboffins baffled after spotting solar system with great gas giant that shouldn't exist

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Pythagoras (or was it Archimedes?)

c = s ^ -1

(Closeness = 1 / distance)

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot

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Re: Valcohol (Valhalla + alcohol)....

Or make that valhalcohol?

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Four-malt proof

Big iron bru

Q.A. (Quality Azured)

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Beautifully done.

Because I love it so much, here's the Steve Lyons compilation from many years ago set to Enigma's Return to Innocence:


And one of any number of Medeira videos for anyone who likes their holiday to start with a white-knuckle ride:


Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

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50 miles???

"99 per cent of drivers in England and Wales would be within 50 miles of a charge point."

WTF? Who is going to drive 100 mile round trip detour to charge their car? And what happens if everyone within 100 mile circle want to use the charging point?

AI solves Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds (that's three times slower than a non-AI algorithm)

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No need to peel stickers when Lego can do it so quickly. (A few years old now, but still...)


Dutch chip-making specialist ASML rifles through pockets of rival XTAL: Nice IP. We'll be having that

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"A few dozen nanometers"

Even if "10nm", "7nm" and "5nm" are not literal channel lengths, an accuracy of "a few dozen nanometers" wouldn't seem to cut the mustard. Should that be "ångströms"?

Water big surprise: H2O found in samples of 'dry' asteroid brought to Earth over millions of miles by plucky probe

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"Kindeny bean shaped"

The "kidney bean", so named because......

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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I don't get the "where people tend to be" thing. Where I "tend to be" (work/home/restaurant/etc.) is served by WiFi so a good signal is less important there. I would like a decent data connection when I am *traveling between* the places I tend to be. Kind of the essence of the "mobile" part of the name. Roads, trains, and so on.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Re: Landing


Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

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Re: oldest white dwarfs

Science! :)

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Police drama

I hope they have those cameras I see on the police dramas that my wife watches, that can zoom in to distinguish the exact shade of nail varnish that the perp is wearing...

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras

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And thanks!

For the artist's impression of a rock, without which the story would have been impenetrable!

+1 for the amateurs, though :)

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+

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"How can we find out? There's science to be done!"

For the people who are still alive?

SpaceX enjoys three whole seconds of fire and fury on Pad 39A

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The fact on if

"The fact SpaceX has been tightlipped on if this indicates something was amiss."

Sentences? We've heard of them.

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Re: I can just imagine the timeline

Dark side of the moon is where you find crazy diamonds, if I am not mistaken.

Guess who's back, back again? China's back, hacking your friends: Beijing targets American biz amid tech tariff tiff

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Beer for

a sub-head with a sting! ;)

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Harmless

You do know which century we're in now, right? ;)

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

Sorry for downvote, but this is the wrong usage of "pitched" with respect to a cricket ball ;)

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Approx

621 miles +/- "about"

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: So, why don't we still have dinosaurs?

Isn't it pretty well established that we do?


Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Hum

Is there an APP for that? ;)

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Is the Reg Units dept. asleep at the wheel?

We demand appropriate units!

SW - Switzerwatts?

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Upvote for the Genesis video, even if it's the wrong track and won't expand to fullscreen ;)

Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

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Down-Sizing Labo(u)r Resources

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"Resource Action"

Well it used to be "Rightsizing"...

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

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Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips

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"Up to..."

There should be a law against quoting "Up to.." without also quoting "Down to..."



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