* Posts by Mike 140

118 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


IBM wins contract to support NHS App

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Re: Mistake

Please define "silly reasons"

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Sauce for the goose

So the names of these officials are withheld. Logically = encrypted except for those in the know.

Starlink creates risk of internet investment doom cycle, says APNIC researcher

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"APNIC's George Michaelson says the project risks being loved to death, by the wrong sort of users,..."

We'd have got away with it if it wasn't for those pesky users.

University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

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Also at Portsmouth Uni


Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system

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Re: Language!

To aficionados it was pronounced Pee-El-Eye.

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic

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Re: New products and opportunities

One of my local brewers has a (very popular) beer called "Swift One"

Japan testing sandwiches that discount themselves as they age

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Re: Simpler alternatives

Ketchup? Mustard? Pathetic.

Wow-wow sauce, of course

Things can't go on like this. You need to get fit for the sake of your health. I'm going to write you a prescription for... an e-bike

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Paris Hilton

Social Prescribing

What is Unsocial Prescribing?

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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average office

“about one or two atoms in a room the size of an average office.”

Can't find that in SSI or El Reg standard units. Anyone know the conversion factors?

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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Once upon a time ...

Way back in the mists of time, when IBM sold typewriters and big computing things, the salespeople were lionised. If they made a fortune on commission, that meant that IBM made n x a fortune on those sales. Praise and adulation followed.

Oh good. They're looking for an NHSX CTO. Hopefully they'll see off 'snake oil' pushers, says GP

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re 17 minutes

To logon to the PC, or to logon to the PC + get connected and logged on to the central NHS system?

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re 17 minutes

To logon to the PC, or to logon to the PC + get connected and logged on to the central NHS system?

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home

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Re: Is it really art?

It's an upmarket homage to Duchamp's earlier work.


Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains

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"Green tea, oolong or good old black tea; fruit infusions and tisanes are not on the list" -El Reg.

On the contrary.

"... those who consumed either green tea, oolong tea or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were connected more efficient" - from the study

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

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Re: move mining to the mountains

Whoopee! A perpetual motion machine of the second kind. That company is going to take over the world.

Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

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Since 100% safer = zero accidents, WTF is 200% safer?

UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets – report

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Big Brother

qui custodet

But where are these "data" specified in detail

A bigger splash: The mathematics of spilling beer

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"It took the researchers more than seven years to study the mechanics of what makes liquids leak."

And much fun was had by all.

Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Ironic...

"You get that the import taxes would be set according to WTO rules in the event that HMG can't negotiate a position where they get free trade to europe.."

Bollocks. Any country is free to have no import taxes on any imported items. WTO sets a max for those in the WTO, but with exceptions.

Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: Freedom of movement

"If we trade with Europe freedom of movement is still going to be happening..."

So any company that trades with an EU country has to open their borders to EU inhabitants? Oz, Canada, USA, Japan ,..... ?


It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

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But did it tell them whether the cat was alive or dead?

Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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"And yes, the cats would all land on their feet, even from 33.5km."

But what if each cat has a slice of toast, buttered on one side only, strapped to its back with the butter upwards?

AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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"Don’t underestimate [sic] the importance of wheels to early 21st century "

Underestimate? It was that trivial?

As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa

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Choosing a spread ...

.. is straightforward.

'Which size of marmite jar shall I buy?'

Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: More neutral language please

On the right track, Zog. 'Discount' implies a reduction of some kind, but Aldi, Lidl don't discount on previously higher prices, they're just cheaper than the others.

We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Re: All our yesteryears

No, glass is a new one on me. I only go back as far as LEO II.

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All our yesteryears

Ferrite core memory? That takes me back to my younger days. Will they discover mercury delay lines next?

Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Removing the bra makes the tits go up? How does that work?

UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Comparing against 10 million mugshots will take a lot of tea.

NASA eyeballs solar heat bombs, mini-tornadoes and nanoflares on Sun

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Re: "200,000 F" - Who converted the ºK to ºF for this verbiage?

Degrees Kelvin???? Go to the bottom of the class. It's K.

Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Sounds like the NIH 1998 redefinition of overweight from 27.8 to 25 BMI, and similar for obese. Same has happened here on the correct side of the pond, again no reference to it in the alarmism.

One step closer to robot butlers: Dyson flashes vid of vacuum sucker bot

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It'd better be <= 1600 watts.

'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

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No more Wogan?

So with all these billions of devices slurping up the EM power contained in RF, will there be anything left for my venerable wireless to receive?

Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

If their suncatcher is producing power, why do they need a light on?

Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Virtualisation

Nope. CP/67 was the forerunner of IBM's VM. Ran on S/360

Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Deiberately missing the point???

In the UK, gas and oil belong to the state. See https://www.bgs.ac.uk/mineralsuk/planning/legislation/mineralOwnership.html.

Ownership of the land above it is irrelevant.

NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Every household?

I live in a large house converted into 5 flats. One leaflet was delivered.

Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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reliable, as always


Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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... nobody there breathes then.

LEO, the British computer that roared

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I'll see your III/4 and raise you III/1 at Hartree House in Bayswater. There was LEO II/5 just across the corridor. Aah, happy days.

Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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Bit late aren't they?

About 90 years or so. Met Office discovers NAO. Hold the presses.

They might even get round to the PDO and AMO in another 10 years.

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

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"Quid pro quo, paid-for software would deliver £1.6bn in additional economic value to Blighty's fragile economy, "

So instead of spending £1.6 bill on other things it is spent on paid-for software. I make -1.6 +1.6 = 0.

Or is that unpaid 1.6 bill just kept under the mattress?

LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

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Looks strangely familiar

Have you got a stash of issues of Eagle?

You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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"The scientists estimated the figures by running a model based on a new cat murder algorithm. The research authors described themselves as stunned by the scale of the bloodshed they discovered."

Discovered? Discovered??!!?? They discovered nothing. The model which they built produced the numbers which their parameters were designed to do.

Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

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Black Helicopters

Re: The sad part is ...

It's not a union. It's ACPO Limited. Registered at Companies House as Company No 3344583

'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: Databases

It's in their genes.

Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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Big Brother


Paedophiles talk to each other. So do terrorists. Therefore all converstaions must be recorded. Or do you eat babies?

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Big Brother

There is only one

From the Golden Age


Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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"However, these deadweight costs vary depending on what type of tax we use to raise revenue. A handy OECD chart is excerpted here"


last but 1 para on page 1. That last word 'here' should be a link to the OECD chart.