* Posts by aelfheld

92 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2009


Underwater cables in Red Sea damaged months after Houthis 'threatened' to do just that


Unserious militaries, serious consequences

The military establishments of the West have long been more focused on fighting phantasms in their ranks than on fighting their nation's enemies.

New solvent might end winter charging blues for EV owners


In what world?

"As the popularity of electric vehicles increases [...]"

Yeah, that explains why all the electric vehicle manufacturers are pulling back even when that costs them extensive government subsidies.

The 'nothing-happened' Y2K bug – how the IT industry worked overtime to save world's computers


Not much to speak

"[...] US senator John Cornyn, who in 2022 took to then-Twitter to speak his brains."

Yes, well, given that he is one of the senators from my state, I can assure you he hasn't much in the way of brains to speak.

"[...] either due to memory constraints or perhaps laziness."

Few seem to remember how expensive data storage used to be or how few developers expected their code to be used for decades.

Bricking it: Do you actually own anything digital?



"They're off to the digital dustbin as soon as I'm under the ground."

Don't bet on it being that far in the future.

England's village green hydrogen dream in tatters


Stock up on wool

"They will need to be replaced by heat pumps [...]"

Anyone who's had experience with them knows heat pumps don't work well when it gets cold enough outside.

Shame about those wildfires. We'll just let the fossil fuel giants off the hook, then?


Oh geeze.

First off, the Union of Concerned Scientists is a former USSR front group that can't accept the failure of the USSR. Like all communists, they lie and, when called on it, lie even more.

Second, the wildfires everyone is worked up about are, in the US, the result of some of the absolute worst forest management possible (soon to be made even worse by new US Forest Service rules).

Third, US carbon emissions have been declining for decades.

All of this is groundwork for giving even more power to people and organisations poorly suited, at best, to wield it.

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?


"It all started with Tesla – Nikola, not the car company – who got fixated on the idea at the start of the 20th century and built a giant tower to test it out. He spent all the money and never made it work, although his disciples still cling to the wreckage. Not that anyone has learned."

There were numerous eye-witness accounts of wireless power transmission in Tesla's New York City workshop. Wardenclyffe was an experiment that perished due to lack of funding.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative


Not much concerned

about the 'feelz' of someone committing criminal trespass, virtual or otherwise.

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster


No Marcus Licinius Crassus

Gates may be rich enough to afford his own army, but he's made the modern mistake of thinking his wealth grants him expertise.

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America


Re: Off Topic

As an American I had to downvote it because, honestly, it's tedious.


Re: Off Topic

Considering the government's demonstrated inability to spend money 'appropriately' citizens' distrust is justified.


Oh dear

"Pai will, of course, be most closely associated with the reversal of net neutrality rules. Not only did he undercut the FCC’s own rulings made just two years earlier but he pushed through a predetermined outcome, often with almost comic pretense to running a proper policy process."

McCarthy ignores a couple of things here (actually he ignores or distorts rather a lot but time is limited).

The FCC's ruling that Pai & the other FCC commissioners reversed was itself questionable. What is certain is investment in broadband in the U.S. collapsed with the implementation of 'net neutrality' recovering only after it was reversed.

Pai may not have been perfect, but McCarthy is indulging in partisan excoriation rather than providing an assessment.

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?


Re: Twitter is acting entirely properly, the problem is in relying on twitter

That explains why PBS & NPR are just distant memories.

Public access cable was killed on by the cable operators, not 'the right'.


Not paying attentioln

"Those same companies that have spent a decade fighting any effort to limit their users' content [...]"

Only if you're counting that decade as being 2006 through 2016. Those 'same companies' started suppressing their users' content in 2016 & the recent actions are just an escalation of what they've been doing for years now.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter


Re: It's probably full of Moties

Should we all be digging heffalump traps?


Re: Looks like a job for...

Keep in mind "To Serve Man" is a cookbook.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl



Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

NASA boffins tackle Nazi alien in space – with the help of Native American tribal elders


Re: Space 1999

Ah, but the beard was even better in 1980.


The NAZIs used

air too, as do the alt-right.

Is that to be banned next?

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


'Azure Ruin' would be my favourite.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words


Ambitions beyond the asylum

Why in Heaven's name are we allowing people who are incapable (or lay claim to being) of bearing the slightest adversity - 'safe spaces', 'crying rooms', 'puppy therapy' are not the hallmark of a robust, sane individual - be allowed to distort the language? This is aggression masquerading as powerlessness.


Re: This is stupid

Your use of the term 'whitewashing' is a red flag.

Which likely also has been attributed negative connotations.


Poor Mr. Blair

Pity he was unable to see, & hear, Newspeak realised.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity


It's little things like this that make me ever so glad I laid in a supply of incandescent bulbs.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too


"The rest of the world runs on email [...]"

If the Health Secretary supposes that, the Health Secretary law is a ass - a idiot.

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid



Google has principles?

Do they keep them in a lockbox?

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony


Re: Yet Another America - Fall Of Rome - Moment

It's totalitarianism enhanced by technology.


Re: Yet Another America - Fall Of Rome - Moment


But how would you know? You wouldn't be allowed out either.


Motes & beams

Point the first:

"The emails are labeled "committee confidential" meaning that they should not be shared beyond the committee. But on Thursday they were leaked to the news media and some were then later publicly posted by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who argued they were of such significance that their release was warranted due to the broader public interest."

The e-mails were cleared for release on Wednesday per Booker's request & with his knowledge. His (Booker's) claims of putting the public ahead of partisan interest was itself a partisan sham (admittedly, not something alien to Booker).

Point the second:

That Kavanaugh was an associate in the White House during the Bush 43 administration is known, as is his work before & after. His role was to coordinate between various entities in the administration. That he handled documents regarding surveillance post-9/11 is utterly unsurprising & in no way demonstrates knowledge of the actual programs put in place, let alone contradicting his testimony.

Point the third:

Kavanaugh is arguably less a partisan choice than Elena Kagan (I'd be curious to see McCarthy's published objections to that nomination) as Kavanaugh has over a decade on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit whereas Kagan had no prior experience as a federal judge.

It's not difficult to conclude Kieren McCarthy is attempting to manufacture a controversy where none exists to further his own partisan & ideological views. It's not his views that are objectionable but the obfuscatory manner in which they're presented.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Just what I was thinking.

Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown


Move along. No bias to see here. Move along.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was appointed by Obama &, oddly enough, expressed no objections to his ham-handed interference when imposing 'net neutrality'.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions


Sorry to see you leave

Congratulations & felicitations on the new situation.

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Re: How can it possibly cost them $66K per month?


It makes everything more expensive.


It's his nature

Scorpion, meet Frog.

Frog, Scorpion.

FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons


I would have said Talleyrand.


"The claim of a politically motivated investigation doesn't appear to gel with the facts: we now know that US intelligence agents were warned repeatedly about concerns over Donald Trump and his team's connections to Russia by other spy agencies across the globe: from Germany, Holland, and the UK.

The claim of a politically motivated investigation does gel with the facts. The wiretapping was, by all accounts, largely justified by the Steele/Fusion GPS dossier which has been shown to be a large steaming pile seasoned with a few sparse grains of truth.

There are certain standards that are supposed to be met to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on an American citizen. The evidence to date indicates the FBI didn't meet those standards.

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match


Re: Black arm bands for everyone

Does the phrase 'bollocks on stilts' mean anything to you?

Before 'net neutrality' investments were being made in the internet, both the physical infrastructure & the software driving it.

Since? Not so much.


The FCC is reversing a policy forced through by the previous FCC commissioner, under the direction of the previous president, in contravention of existing law regarding the 'net.

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit


Re: ID 10 T alert

While trying to shut down those specifically guaranteed in the Constitution.


Re: ID 10 T alert

It's also been established that those in the country illegally do not enjoy the full panoply of rights protected by Constitution.

Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'


'Til the money runs out

Not one of Musk's enterprises would be feasible were it not for massive infusions of tax dollars sluiced through federal, state, and local programs.

The only thing sustainable about Musk's endeavours is the gullibility of politicians.

Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies


Re: The Dad Was Well Within His Right To Shoot The Drone

Unfortunately, you may well be right.


Re: This David Boggs character has something really wrong with him.

Can't fix stupid.


Sauce for the goose

Hopefully Merideth will sue Boggs for a solid six-figure sum.

Boggs was, as the judge noted, at fault but it was Merideth that was arrested & required to appear in court.

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016


Irrelevance beckons

"[...] less SHOUTINESS, an evolving sense of humour, more modern and global cultural touchstones, science coverage that gives proper prominence to peer-reviewed, evidence-based research and a recognition that attempted self-aware hopefully ironic sexism is almost always indistinguishable from actual sexism."

That appears to be, in effect, a complete surrender to the fundamentally irrational notion that subjects can be ruled unfit for discussion.

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here."

Elon Musk's $4.9bn taxpayer windfall revealed


Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

"[...] such subsidies aren't going to last forever."

You underestimate the idiocy of governments. The U.S. still subsidises mohair.

Boycott Firefox, gay devs urge as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO


Re: Shakes Head

So it's tolerant to be intolerant of Eich's views, but it's intolerant to be tolerant of Eich's views.

Hopefully Eich will tell the thought police to piss up a rope.

Google's Schmidt calls climate-change deniers 'liars'


Projection - it's not just for pop psychologists anymore

It's fascinating (in a cringe-worthy fashion) to listen to those who have manipulated and manufactured data, 'hid the decline', and rigged climatological 'models' accuse those on firmer scientific ground of being 'liars'.

Of course, coming from the (highly) paid liar Schmidt, the accusation takes on a certain aura of risibility.

Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'an open sewer


The 'Wrong Way Corrigan' of climate

Is there any aspect of climate science that Al Gore hasn't been wrong on?