* Posts by Jon

13 posts • joined 30 Apr 2007

MPs told PGP 'incompatible' with Parliament network


Nice joined up thinking here...

To communicate with the Home Office they REQUIRE you to use PGP!


Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history



Just tried:-


and got redirected to a 404 page not found, clearly that's a hot bed of kiddy porn....

Interestingly, just tried it again 2 minutes later and it seems to be working (7:30am 14/1)

US satellite returns first hi-res snap


@Tony Barnes

The hi-res imagery in google earth at the moment is taken from aircraft, not satellite.

Intel bets millions on speedy DNA sequencing chips


Sequencing isn't the problem

It's actually understanding the data when it comes off the line.

The Bioinformatics software to analyze the data isn't the worlds most efficient! It requires thousands of cpu hours to find a single SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism). With a single a full genome being available in 15 minutes it's going to require an enormous cpu farm just to keep up!

Oh wait.... now I get it....

1,076 developers, 15 years, one open-source Wine


Better than native

I've used wine for some time.

For some applications it's better than trying to run the app on a native windows platform. The example I can think of specifically was the Enterasys Roamabout management platform - this was hideously slow and unreliable on windows natively, under wine it was slightly less hideously slow and a great deal more reliable.

BBC's Today Programme shutters message board


spEak You’re bRanes

HYS is always a good source of comedy comments for this site:-


How to destroy 60 hard drives an hour


Cilit Bang...

Inject this through the air hole & BANG the porn is gone.

Vote now for your fave sci-fi movie quote

IT Angle

The most used in IT capacity

Has to be 'nuke the site from orbit'.... Now if only you could do that to users.....

Symantec: Most data centers are a green tease


A better solution

Power efficiency was a hot topic at SC07. Practically all the large research institutes looking to gain efficiencies in one way or another.

However outside the conference rooms however were the gazillion flashing light of the casinos.

I very much doubt that all the power savings made by datacentres around the world by any of the systems touted at SC would come close to that of nuking Reno & Vegas from orbit.

Priorities anyone?

Mr and Mrs Renault cannot name daughter Megane


I'm changing my name

to '; drop table;

Zero-day security flaw leaves Firefox wide open


Unnecessary superlatives

A "Zero day flaw" what exactly do you mean by this apart from getting a threating headline?

A zero-day exploit, fair enough - that's an exploit that's in the wild that is using a previously unknown security flaw.

This has been discovered by researchers, communicated to the developers and a work-around is available. There's nothing zero day about this.

El Reg lobs iPhone at Genius Bar


Some would call it pedantry

Some will call it grammar nazi...

I just expect better!

"They're all upset because it doesn't do some tiny little thing that they're [sic] old phone could do."

ID card will be needed to vote, says UK election watchdog



I thought ballots were meant to be anonymous?

The paranoid among us don't vote even with paper ballots as the serial number of the ballot is linked against the name and address you give at the polling station.

I certainly wouldn't have any confidence in a system that involved electronic voting & electronic identity!


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