* Posts by Javc

33 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch


Re: Also, TS Bertha was in the way

"a 60 per cent chance the launch would have to be postponed"

The article was wrong. Weather was 60% go prior to launch.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Bing Bing Bing

We have a winner. The edge lords of Mbrace.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay


Attacking weapons makers might not be the best idea

Maybe one of the victims of this crime will make an example of DoppelPaymer. See icon...

There are pictures all over the internet of a big dark spot on Uranu... Oh no, wait, it's Neptune


Have an upvote for Scamazon.

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot


Re: Well, let's be accurate here

"I sincerely hope the engineers responsible were at least thanked."

Before the landing of Spirit and Opportunity, JPL director Charles Elachi said if this landing works I'll give you guys whatever you want. Someone jokingly said, "free ice cream." After the landings, JPL management set up ice cream coolers in the hallways of rover operations, and for the first few months while we were all living on Mars time, they kept the coolers stocked with ice cream bars. So yes, that was a proper thanks.

Headless man found in lava’s embrace


Re: In a complete about face...

Why the long face?

Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks


Look at the footprints

Am I the only one that sees a trail of footprints in the mud?

SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work


Re: smuggling in from space

I think 140 Km is above the atmosphere and "in space".

Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons


Re: Hmmm

> The problem is overpopulation - fix that and we’re golden. 1/3rd might be enough, but I’d rather see a 9/10ths reduction - and then we can enjoy peace and solitude, without all this stress about our environmental impact on the planet.

You first!

SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission


Re: Chasing rainbows

> Every tonne of fuel that the rocket expends in a soft landing will require 11 tonnes of fuel to get it into orbit, and then more fuel for de-orbit, just so that it can be used in the soft landing.

Wow, good thing the first stage doesn't go into orbit then. And good thing Daedalus doesn't design rockets.

(watch the videos, first stage separates well before orbital speed is reached)

OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast


Re: "it won't fit in the freezer"

They should call Chuck Testa.

Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins


What will they call all this "dark matter"?

Just wondering...

Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO


Re: Numbers?

>There is enough solar energy hits this planet in an hour to power all of humanity for a year.

>You really think it is beyond the wit of man to harness about 0.0001% of it.

I'm just waiting for the day when we realize that capturing all of this solar energy and turning it into heat is warming the Earth. Then everyone will start crying about "man made heat pollution" from solar energy and run around protesting houses with solar panels*.

* Yea, I'm a solar powered "heat polluter", what of it you hippies?

Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging


Re: The first petrol stations and cars...

It seems like a similar situation now. Pull up to any business with a power outlet and beg or buy a few hours of charge when you are running low. Yes it might be inconvenient, but it hardly seems like you will be stranded for days.

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat

Paris Hilton

Re: Local and Remote...

> Sniff, assess, access, and manipulate. Just add heat.

Why do you start by sniffing asses? Seems like a perverse exploit.

Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt


Re: 4 and a half hours to tighten a bolt...

...they must be trainee plumbers or mechanics.

No, union plumbers paid hourly.

iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle



"You've obviously not worked in many modern recording studios then?"

I think "playing with" covers this use.

Star sacrifices 2,000 comets a DAY to cloak twin planets in dust


I see the planets

>> The planets' relatively small size explains why infrared observations couldn't pick them up.

I see the outer one at about 8:00 on the ring and the inner one at 5:00.

Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony


Re: Commercial space

Re: If I were picking an elsewhere, 1 Ceres would be my first pick.

Well you're not picking, Musk is, and he picked Mars. If you want to go to Ceres, make a billion dollars, start your own rocket company, and get on with it. Or just buy one of his rockets, I'm sure he would send you to Ceres for the right price.

Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever



>>Better yet, how about a full 3d scan... so does anyone see a pocket CT at CES?

I'll get my medical tricorder.

Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer


Linux port

I'm sure a linux port is in the works. (Still faster than Vista)

DARPA shells out $21m for IBM cat brain chip


Watch out IBM Dude

Someone from the future is going to try to kill you.

Dawn eyes Vesta's full-frontal charms

Black Helicopters


I'm sure that black "crater" in the middle is an exhaust port.

NASA's nuclear Mars tank arrives at launch site


Re: Sound in space?

It depends on where you put your microphone. If you put it on the spacecraft structure, ther ewilll be sound.

Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation



As in "This is Byte, my ass".

'Methanotroph' bacteria feasted on blown BP rig's methane belch


Re: 1 million ton oxygen deficit

"When you have all the oxygen in a volume of the ocean removed"

A 1 million ton oxygen deficit in the Gulf of Mexico is not the same as "all" of the oxygen removed. The article never said that.

Tesla Motors: Our cars don't burst into flame, but our emails do


Pretty effective really.

If you ask me, the email was pretty effective. If it had been your normal boring email, it would have been ignored. Instead the reg made it a FoTW. Now we all know that Tesla disagrees with the original report. Brilliant.

BOFH: Robot wars



I got "industrial Dispense Robots" and "The 9mm is no defense". I love Google ads.

Whitman accused of hypocrisy over servants


Re: What's it worth?

>> that money would have been well spent employing every mexican in california.

So about 4 million in California...That's about $30 each. It won't employ them for very long.

Elon Musk plans new Mars rockets bigger than Saturn Vs


...nor shalt thou burn rocks.

No, it means coal.

Animal lovers say no to radioactive NASA monkeys


Re: what is wrong with you people? #

"to all the people that say run th tests on the protesters - why not step up yourselves...?"

Because we're smart enough to use monkeys.

HP plans a trillion-sensor global stethoscope

Black Helicopters

Every breath you take...

Every move you make. Every breath you take, they'll be watchin' you

El Reg to launch space paper plane

Black Helicopters


Paper Aeroplane Remote Ionospheric Shuttle (PARIS) = The balloon mothership/launcher

Vertical-drop Upper-atmospheric Long Traverse Ultra Ranging Experiment (VULTURE) = The paper aeroplane


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