* Posts by Dave

27 publicly visible posts • joined 10 May 2007

US govt hydrogen highway runs out of road


At least it's good to know...

the $500 million they DID spend wasn't wasted.

Oh, wait...

Isle of Man e-bike trial loses racers



The rear sprocket on the Evo is HUGE. Is the motor going to be turning at 40K rpm or does the bike max out at 25 MPH?

Skiving Aussie fingered on Facebook


He's on Myspace too

dunno if the account is real or not, but there's a Kyle Doyle on Myspace with that same picture.


Feds seize biker gang's trademark


Take his jacket right off his back?

Err, I'm only guessing that California cops are smart enough to know that shit won't work if there's a group of Mongols involved? I somehow doubt the Rule Of Law will protect 2 cops trying to relieve a dozen Mongols of their jackets. Would be a real career-ender for the cops.

Reg readers rage at comment icon outrage


Jolly Roger

can we have a proper jolly roger icon back? This one looks like it came from some idiotic Flash game for the yoof...

And might I suggest a "freetard" icon for the third row? No, Tux isn't always the right icon for the job.

Fart-lighting youth in petrol can mishap


well I'll be damned

you CAN light a fart on fire.

I wonder if this kid's name was Kenny...

Firefox record breaker sets the date


where is FF3?

Err, OK, it's Download-Day, but why does mozilla.com still only have a link to FF 2? I'd think after all the Record-Breaking Hoopla, they'd have a big link to FF3 on their site? Did the fine folks at Mozilla forget today is Download Day? Or there a condition to breaking the Guinness record

IBM traps Captain Planet in a container



Back when I was a computer op in the USMC in the late '80's, IBM was stuffing entire mainframes and all attendant peripherals into a tractor trailor to be hauled into foreign areas. It's not too amazing that they can shove a bunch of X86 gear into a trailer.

Pirates because I'd like to stuff Paris in a trailer.

Pants purveyor punts handset-holding undies


Oh great

as if my fiancee doesn't ALREADY spend enough time with her damn cellphone. Now I'll never be able to get her off of it.

Although it appears it can now get her off...

MS whips lens cap off WorldWide Telescope


Not a web app

This is not a web app. It is a Network app that happens to download data over http. A web app would be platform agnostic and would run on my Windows 2000 machine in Firefox. Err, yeah, kinda like Google Sky...

Blue Coat pockets Packeteer for $268m

Thumb Down


I liked Packeteer's Packetshapers. They ROCK!!! This is really too sad. I'm sure BlueCoat will absorb all that's awesome about the Packetshaper, then kill it off. Stupid corporate bastards, why can't they leave stuff alone?

Music biz proposes 'iPod tax' in return for format-shift freedom


Don't let them

mess with your UK copyright laws, or you might wind up with something as bad as our DMCA. The pols might give you little people's opinions a few seconds of thought, but they give their full attention to the Industry. Or at least, that's how it works here in the good-old USA, maybe it's different over there.

Network Solutions hijacks customer sub-domains for ad fest


GoDaddy does it too

Only it's worse. If you make up a subdomain that starts with "www" (ie www8.darklurker.net) you first get a very simple parking page that for some strange reason seems obsessed with porn and adult "novelties". But if you refresh that page, you get a much milder page with no porn. WTF? There is no porn on darklurker.net, so I can't see why GoDaddy puts it in the parking page. Maybe they are just a bunch of horny sex-crazed buggers after all...

IBM hopes to patent 'dealing with chaos'


Open Patents

so I wonder if this will make it into IBM's "Open Patents" portfolio thing that they wave around to proclaim their undying love of Open Sauce? I mean, hell, it's not like IBM could have invested billions of R&D dollars in designing something most Emergency Management systems have been doing since the second World War.

Vote now for your fave sci-fi movie quote



"I see your Schwartz is as big as mine", Spaceballs


"I don't do requests", The Running Man

El Reg collectible pops up on eBay



Hehe. If you follow Chris' link to the 1998 edition of El Reg in the Wayback machine, do read Roy's article "When the blip comes". Go all the way to the last paragraph where he's talking about the Unreal engine, and try not to spew coffee through your nose when he talks about the "all time winner"... too funny that.

Star Wars animation heads for the silver screen


Homer Simpson said it best

Why would we pay to see something we've been seeing for free on the TV?

(no quotes, because I know I bunged up the quote...)

FTC squelches Ethernet patent squatter's price hike



what WAS the currently proposed license fee???


Is there a rat smell in the room?

Just something I noticed.

N-Data claims on their site that all proceeds from the license offer fees will be donated to charities identified by the RIPL group.


But the RIPL group site is a bit, umm, empty for a group that is supposedly championing environmental issues. Actually, it looks like it could be thrown together with less than 10 minutes of typing and a $15 domain registration fee.


And why does the RIPL site look like nothing more than a green version of the N-Data site?

Hmmm, could it be that whois lookups for both negotiateddata.com and riplgroup.org show that both domains were registered by bluehost.com? Isn't that a tad strange? Might someone infer that RIPL is just a shell non-profit for N-Data?

No, I guess not. That would be crazy talk.

Translate my website... bitch



What does ASCII Star-Wars have to do with Facebook translations? ;)

Lightsaber voted top movie weapon



I can't believe the original Predator's self-destruct nuclear bomb didn't make the list. It's cool and it go BOOM!

Of course, you only get to use it once...

Microsoft opens Server 2008 licensing a smidge





SQL Server


Oh, wait, that's Steve Jobs on the phone....

Boeing announces 'Laser Gunship' completion


Space pens

take a look at Fisher's History site. Note that they claim US astronauts used pencils in the Mercury and Gemini programs...


DHS accepts buggy Eye-o-Sauron™ border scan towers


better idea

adopt Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser to mount on top o' the eye and fry ANYBODY trying to cross the border. Keep the mexicans out, keep the americans in. Everybody wins, and Boeing stock will soar to new highs.

Alien attack? Yes, we're ready for anything

Black Helicopters


Don't forget Skynet... being (possibly) carbon-based, both the Lizard Army and the Aliens will be prime targets for the roving armies of Terminators. http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/robot-cannon-ki.html

Why no icon for our Robot Overlords? They will be offended...



amanfrommars has made a post about alien invasion that actually made sense. Certainly the aliens will be attacking soon as the world is obviously coming to an end...

Terminator-style flying-HK killbots join US, UK forces


Great Robot Overlords

Please spare my life and the lives of my children and we will serve you gladly for the rest of our mortal lives. We will be trustworthy servants of your Metallic Greatness, and will strive to assist you in your quest to rid this planet of the highly fallible humans.

your most sincere and humble servant,