* Posts by jumpyjoe

21 posts • joined 3 Sep 2009

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*


Re: Rare Events One And All

Thanks for that. I enjoyed reading it.

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists



It's a long long time since I did Geology 101 but I don't recollect anything about J-waves in Seismology. P, S and Surface waves,yes,

Aren't J-waves something to do with cardiology?

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs


Re: I'm torn here

My father once told me that the sexual lust after a beautiful women never goes away but society and consequences usually say "no". He died the following year aged 94.


Re: I'm torn here

Remember all an advertiser have to do is construct an advert their customer will pay for. It isn't about you the viewer it's about pleasing the customer. It's the customer who usually the asocial idiot.

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you


That reminds me. We have a persistent male caller (sometimes 3 times a day) with a thick Indian accent pretending to be from BT. He normally informs me that somebody is using my router for phishing attacks and they (BT) are going to disconnect me today unless I blah blah blah...

During the last call from him I asked him to stop gabbling as I couldn't understand what he was saying. After a while I interrupted him and told him he must be really stupid to keep calling, day after day, when it always ends with me hanging up. At that he became really angry, told me to "fuck off" and hung up.

Surely I'm not the only one receiving these calls and BT must know that someone is using their name for nefarious means and being abusive to boot. But BT patently don't care.

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’


Re: a move that makes them fair game for default blocking

To top it all every ad, tracking mechanism, profiling etc is paid for by us in the purchase price when we buy something. Ads don't pay for the programs etc we do. Ads are forced on us and they make us pay to have it forced upon us. God I hate ads.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics


Re: >> it was a mere pamphlet

Showing my age here but back in the 1960s or was 1970 STC brought a catalogue which contained almost every passive and active component that existed and with data sheets. Even an ordinary Joe like me could anything and any quantity from their catalogue. The only thing that never arrived at my door was a BC109 transitor that got lost in the post.

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done


Ah! Eric Laithwaite's Maglev. The guy who started it all and nobody remembers him because he was a British engineer (1921-1997). (Americans think they invented/developed everything.)

Laithwaite was often on TV programs like Tomorrows World promoting electromagnetic "levitation".

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins


And these are the people our government wants to do a trade deal with. Haven't they be stabbing us in the back since Lend Lease.

Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380


Re: Ugly, beautyful or fallacious

For me the most beautiful aeroplane will always be the Hawker Hunter.


Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman


Re: Hmmm...

"That "million sets of eyes" that are supposed to be overlooking your code simply don't exist

Quite. Otherwise, how did Heartbleed slip through?"

Because SSL crypto is very hard! Few of us here, even experienced coders, could understand it let alone debug it.

No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20


Happy Birthday Debian! You've left the teens behind and the broad uplands of the furture extend before you.

I switched from SuSE to Debian back in 2001. Between then and now I've tried a few other distros on a spare machine but none met my requirements like Debian.

Long life to Debian!

Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit



I was 16 when I saw The Pit on TV and despite being a mascho teenager it frightened the crap out of me.

Apart from the scary action sequences (i.e when the dead martians fell to pieces) it was the whole concept of the human race as having a "race memory" peopled with hideous fears and drives. The story might be fiction but I could see how beneath our civilised "skin" we might all have the seathing horror of the primative and animalistic lurking in our brains. That's what really scared me.

Worker dumps council staff's private data in supermarket skip


Dosen't the council have a quality control office(r) which assesses whether the outsourced company conforms to the appropriate ISO standard eg. ISO 9001 and maintains that standard? This should be the minimum requirement of control and tracability for any council which outsources some of it's functions.

Dishing out contracts ad hoc is a recipe for disaster.

Blighty slaps £100m spending cap on govt IT projects


Re;How about

Nay! They'd hire someone from Microsoft to give the course and from then on it'd be business as usual.

Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster


Formula 1?

Anyone who know anything about motorsport can tell that this is NOT a F1 car. It's clearly one of those second rate Indy cars.

Why do people always persume that the Americans are the fount of everything?

Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing


Judgement based on photos?

Surely passing a judgement based solely on photographic evidence says more about the photographs than the actual objects. I would have thought that the judgement should have been about the similarity of the object themselves rather than the similarity of the photographs.

Isn't it beyond the wit of the judge or his attendants to obtain samples of the objects. Then the court can actually see/handle the objects for itself. Then judgement can then be made on the similarity of the objects rather than their representations?

Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat


Business as usual....

... then for the Murdoch empire and his sycophants. "we'll deal with the devil if it makes a profit".

We were led to believe that the beauty of capitalism and the free market was that it brought us the goods we wanted cheaply and efficiently. But it's clearly just another economic lie.

I've watched F1 in one form or another since the late 1950s including the F1 golden age of of the 1960s but I guess that, along with other great sports, has finally come to an end. Killed by greed and total disregard for the viewing public.


The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow



Star maker by Olaf Stapledon is my No.1 candidate. It's not so much a novel more a history of all life in the universe which is possibly why J L Borges thought highly of it.

It's different from anything else I've read and I don't see how it could ever be made into a film.

Royal Mail lawyers demand closure of postcode lookup site


Strange name?

Do I smell a rat? A rat smelling of dirty tricks?

This company is a new one, created this year and named after the Conservative Postmaster General back in the late 50s. He later became Transport Minister and had to do a moonlight flit (literally) from the country owing 30 years back taxes amongst ofther things. A favourite with some Conserattives because he beat the system (if criminally).

Too many strange coincidences?

Bletchley Park to restore 112-byte* '50s Brit nuke computer


They were always valves not tubes

Take this from a 67 year old. In England they were called "valves"

not only in my time but also in my father's time. Until recently

only the US called them "tubes". The advent of the US dominated

Internet now means everyone under 35 calls them tubes.

I still have some EL34s and EL85s for a Marshall 100 watt bass

amplifier which I used in the 1960s. They are still in their

original boxes and on the ends and sides of the boxes it plainly

states "electronic valve".

How about this picture (from an American company)



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