* Posts by drewsup

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Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

drewsup

Uhmmm, NO

A quick check reveals The Dragon crew Capsule is designed to be used up to 10 times before refit or be used as a cargo vessel.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

drewsup

Deja Vu all over again

I was thinking this was an old article at first, ten realised it was the third time HP has done this in the last decade! Fool me once....

HP is a mere shadow of itself, even the basic B&W laser printers they make are onerous to work on now, what used to be held in by 2 latches now requires a major tear down to replace! Utter rubbish....

Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

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Re: ...

Indeed, in the USAF, flightline training consisted of ," see that red stripe going down the side of the engine? That's where the fan blades will exit if the engine comes apart, don't stand near them!" And yet we put engines right in line with the cabin on commercial jets....

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway

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Re: No oxygen

Still love that movie, watch it every time it's on the telly, scared the begesus outta me as a kid!

UK culture sec hints at replacing TV licence fee, defends encryption ban proposals and her boss in Hacker House inquiry

drewsup

oh Great!

Easy, it will be commercial sponsored programs, like all of the non BBC channels already do. The most popular shows are US based anyway, so its a moot point, the BBC need to join the rest of the buggy whip manufacturers .. .

Creators Update meets its maker: It's 1903 or bust for those clinging to Windows 10 1703

drewsup

Maybe because...

When we upgrade our Linux boxen, everything usually still works? Not so much with a MS update, it's a bit of a crapshoot whether your system will boot with Windows Uber updates.

I stayed on Mint 17 for way too long, it worked ok, but was having an occasional hiccup coming out of hybernation, took the plunge, did a backup, and slapped 19 on it, with ZERO problems, did a restore and was back up and running better and faster than before, all this on an aging dual core Toshiba laptop, with even older printer and scanner.

I would hate to think what would happen if the same thing was done with Windows.

Security? We've heard of it! But why be a party pooper when there's printing to be done

drewsup

Re: What were they doing with an expensive photo capable printer in 1989?

Hmm Canon clc500 copier era, 45 grand for the machine, another 50k for the rip module to connect to a pc....all at a blazing 4 ppm

14 sailors die aboard Russian cable spy, er, ocean research nuke sub after fire breaks out

drewsup

Re: Nightmarish stuff

USS Albacore in Portsmouth NH, easy to get to, self guided tour, you can touch anything on the boat.

Now you can have a twist of 2019 in your 2012: Microsoft goes back to the future with Edge on Windows 7/8

drewsup

Would like to hear the pitch for this

Hey there 7user, want the all new M$ Edge?

-uhmm no thanks, it was crap first time around

No, no no, this all new, it's Chrome with M$ bullshit on top

- then why don't I just continue using Chrome then?

Well Uhhmm, nevermind!

Still sniggering at that $999 monitor stand? Apple just got serious about the enterprise

drewsup

6 grand

For a a high spec cheese grater...

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

drewsup

Re: "the fantasy bliss of climate-change denial"

The damage was done by the time we realized it, they have proven that the eco laws passed have worked... But now because the atmosphere is so clean, the clouds don't reflect enough sunlight that the polluted clouds did, causing the seas to warm... Ever seen pics from the early to mid 1900's? The amount of pollution in the air was visible.

So by making the world cleaner, we have unmasked the damage already caused, we cant undo it, unless we put up carbon scrubbers everywhere and bury the waste. The horse left the barn years ago, but nobody noticed!

drewsup

Hmmm, trying to remember the sci-fi short story of intelligent alien microbes that digested plastic straight to alcohol....

drewsup

Re: Friend of mine had a Chevette with that 'feature'

AHH yes, the days of the 307 V8, what utter POS they were

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

drewsup

oh Great!

Now I'm blind And radioactive!!

IT guy at US govt fraud watchdog stole 16 computers from... US govt fraud watchdog

drewsup

Don't steal from the gubermint

They take competition very seriously!

Official science: Massive asteroids are so difficult to destroy, Bruce Willis wouldn't stand a chance

drewsup

Kinda makes sense

A larger asteroid would survived multiple gravitational encounters , it's Darwinism in space, only the toughest get big.

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows

drewsup

Too little, too late

While I applaud the tenacity of the small team working on this, it's still in sub ver 1 after how many years now? By the time ver 1 arrives, the world will have moved on again, it missed it's window of opportunity by 15 years...

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

drewsup

Funny timing on this...

I was traveling the back roads of Cheshire last week and stopped to get a few pics of a pub named The Cock, ( tee hee to my American friends) , and it has a sundial mounted vertically on the wall about 15 feet up, had never even contemplated a vertical sundial before, but yes, it works!

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

drewsup

R.I.P Mr Haynes

Your advice helped me beyond mention with all the Saab's I've owned, tool pictures were especially helpful as never having seen a tri-lobed socket before, I was able to make one with standard socket and big ass file . Hats off to you Sir!

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

drewsup

Re: Is it a jury of twelve?

My uncle had multiple personalities, it's ok though, he was good people !

Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims

drewsup

soo..

Tell that to the 3 poor bastids in Apollo 1!

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

drewsup

Oh the horror

Nobody's mentioned Banyon Vines :o

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: The 'Trust' Factor: Toxic Patches / Firmware Updates

Pssst... hey pal, come over here .... a little secret to tell ya... most major brand laser drivers are based off the HP laser jet 3 and 4 driver... they all work with this MS built in driver, may not have the functionality if you have a fancy box tho.

drewsup

Re: Lexmark next

Guesbwhat? Epsom does the same, when the waste ink sponge tank is deemed "full" you need to buy a new tank, or find the software that allows you to reset the code

Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

drewsup

yes

True Antic, lubuntu, a fee others, couldn't be bothered with puppy as it was for an adult , none could get WiFi running, its really old, as in the battery is square and sits kinda in the middle , ( still held a charge tho!) of the bottom case.

Believe I left it with lubuntu and a cat 5 .

I just really hate throwing serviceable equipment away.

drewsup

Did you ever get WiFi running ? Tried every light distro out there on an old Pentium M based Acer, could ne er get WiFi running properly

Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

drewsup

soo..

Can we set some speaker up under the aisle shelves at the local supermarket so the next time some little shyte decides to hoverboard through the store, he gets the equivalent of rice under the old skateboard wheels trick

US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

drewsup

idiot

Anyone with common sense knows once you're pulled for anything, you are suspect for the next few years.

I forgot I had a small screwdriver in my laptop bag going on a domestic flight one time, you would have thought it was sword by their reaction, I just told them toss it in rubbish as not worth the hassle, but every time I flew for next 3 years, I was pulled out if line and patted down" just because"......

I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

drewsup

soo..

The real question is, can this be used for instantaneous communication at a distance of oh say, Earth to Mars??

You. FCC. Get out there and do something about these mystery bogus cell towers, huff bigwigs

drewsup

Land of the free??

I would think this would fall under " expected privacy of use" when joining a mobile provider, the fact the FCC is doing nothing tells you it's a US Gov deployed trap. Try setting up a low wattage FM radio station in your house to broadcast your favourites and see how fast an FCC rep knocks on your door, history has proven pretty darn fast!

The cats out of the bag now, someone created these to law enforcement, and as all technology goes, was available to anyone willing to pay a few years later. Thanks to whoever made this possible :/

US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers

drewsup

drones

One at time are quite noisy, a swarm would be pretty deafening, plenty of time to get the Mossberg 12 gauge ready, a team if two men would take little time to render a swarm into useless bits of plastic, and bonus points for igniting explosive packages far enough away to take out the other drones!

Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

drewsup

get thee some bottles

And a rocket, Moon Water!!! I smell profit!

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

drewsup

still using a 625 and 635

MS mobile interface is still the best for one handed operations, its a shame they never got fully behind it.Im still miffed my models never got the 10 update they were promised, but we all knew with 512 mg if memory, it was going to be a sqeaker if we ever did. Yes IE sucks on it, don't even think of going to /. On it, crashes every time...

A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

drewsup

Re: Speed limits have never saved a single life

Dont know much about these days, but in the early 80's our drivers ed in school did do exactly this, to top it off, i learned to drive in winter, in New England. Our instructor would take us to an icy parking lot, let you get up to 25mph, then slam on the brakes, you didn't pass until you could keep the car straight in a skid. His words still reverberate in my head after all these years, going down a snowy 35 MPH road with 2 bare tracks of asphalt to keep the wheels in.." Track.....Track.....keep Tracking......

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

drewsup

call me crazy, but...

Why are they not just testing this on a run up stand, just saying, seems a silly waste to have an aircraft flying, with another whole aircraft behind you ti sniff your tailpipe, when you could just have one engine on a test stand!

China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

drewsup

anyone know

What salvage rights exist here? If you lose control of a spacecraft and someone else flies up and fixes it, who can claim ownership? Seems a waste for a 5 year old future segment of a private space port to go to waste...

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

drewsup

Seaquest was nothing more than STNG underwater, I cringe whenever I witness an episode of NExt Gen, all politically correct and bad hair.

Now Space Above and Beyond held so much promise, it was a proto BSG reboot, with gritty storylines, could have been a better story than that Hokey Star Trooper movie..

drewsup

"from beyond"

Or any other Jeffrey Coombs movie from that era, always a treat!

'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

drewsup

Re: Back when I was stuck in the 9-5 rut ...

taint nothing wrong with that :)

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

drewsup

Re: What a waste ?

Yes today the government burned 550 kilos, wait... Make that 540 kilos of high grade weed, hey can I get a Mountain Dew over here, got a bad case of dry mouth for some reason

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

drewsup

Re: Yet Again Fail

I call BS in this, modern phones ARE a pc, with keyboard,modem and screen built in, in fact high end phones are being touted as "pc power" in your pocket, yes binary blobs, blah, blah,blah, but it points to where Android is broken.The phone manufacturers need only update the blobs, that get will get attached to the base OS by a software program loaded on your pc during the phone update process, this CAN be done.

Send via my windows phone, which is a small pc, albeit a crap one!

drewsup

always wondered why..

Google just couldnt just provide the base android, then with your phone hooked to a computer after android was updated, it would then prompt you with Hey, you need to upgrade these drivers to work with the new OS, you know, like windows used to be like when you freshly loaded it .

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

drewsup

one needs only

To look at Radioshack in the States to see where Maplins is heading....

WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

drewsup

this, after how much spent on IT upgrade

oh ya, only 10 Billion....

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/nhs-records-system-10bn

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

drewsup

Re: Fines?

Your "right" to swing a fist ends at the tip on MY nose, anything further is assault, but being a Libtard that you are, you don't understand "other" peoples rights, do you?

Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

drewsup

not to be pedantic, but..

in the lab, with air, ok to use mach as a speed, but i feel this is strange to use in space as mach is speed through a substance, ( in our case,air). Just seems funny...

Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

drewsup

copper, the miracle element...

Copper is an excellent bactericide, we used to know this as all door handles in hospitals used to be copper, glad to see they have taken this into the 21st century.

User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

drewsup

Re: Paper yes...

Enough with your fan-nying about!

Wet, wild Mars stripped off by hot young star, left barren and red faced

drewsup

I concur

mars is lacking a large enough moon to knead the crust and keep the core from solidifying, Phobos is a lost cause, will probably spiral into the planet in a few million years, Deimos is tiny, before we think of setting up shop there, we need to send out hundreds of small mass drivers to the asteroid belt, nudge quite a few rocks into Deimos' path and hopefully collide and stick, once a large enough mass is built up, let the tidal stresses do their thing. may want to chuck a few bigger ones at Mars to soften it up for good measure.

The lack of a magnetosphere around Mars is the big puzzle piece that needs to be solved before we set up a colony.

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

drewsup

Wesley Crusher

The Jar Jar Binks of the Trek universe

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