* Posts by Ol'Peculier

548 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009


Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town


Re: The door

I remember hearing stories about people pulling into their garages* and realising they couldn't get out, so I don't think it's apocryphal.

*the building next to houses that used to have cars parked in them overnight, rather than the boxes full of junk and chest freezers that have taken over...

The black screen of BIOS borkage haunts Space Shuttle Discovery's new home


Re: Tech/Geek

From my limited experience, I think the exhibitions on the Mall suffer too much from coach loads of kids trying to do every single one of them in the same afternoon.

I just wish there was a better food option other than a McDonalds at the Udvar Hazy Centre though.


The last time I went they had moved the barriers much nearer to the shuttle, so you could walk under the wings, made it much better.

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I've been there three times, and could happily visit more often. I was a bit annoyed once when I asked a tour guide if there was anything about Sir George Cayley there and he said he didn't know who that was (there is a small bit about him on the smaller version on the Mall, FWIW)

There is an observation tower that you can visit that gives great views of planes landing and taking off from Dulles as well.

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers


The question is...

I used WorldPay's payment gateway from 2004 until about 4 years ago and the only question I have is "how?"

Way back when, they were pretty good that as an authorised integrator I got a small % of all transactions through all the sites I built that used them. Maybe this is their way of clawing some of that back?

BOFH: Oh for Pete’s sake. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself


Re: huh

I came here to say exactly the same thing but you beat me to it. Have a pan-galactic Gargle Blaster on me.

British minister claims technology makes maritime cannibalism obsolete



Do you think that when he joined the House of Lords, somebody bet him that he'd never be able to shoehorn "R v Dudley and Stephens" into a debate?

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request


Re: Plagiarised...

Also known as Roger Waters first solo album...



Well if he doesn't need the money, can he reduce his concert ticket prices? Cost me a fair bit to see him in Glasgow a couple of years ago as I figured it might be his tour so got a decent seat.

Then he goes and announces an American tour...

$28m scores mystery bidder right to breathe same air as Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin flight


I don't think they could get the launcher and capsule to look more like a penis even if they tried...

Orbex is creeping towards orbit from a UK launchpad, but first there are courts, birds, and billionaires to overcome


Best of luck, although you do owe me a new keyboard due to the line ""I got lucky in finding the only billionaire on the planet who doesn't want to build a space rocket!"

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around


I learnt to type on a PET 2001 that my secondary school had - the decals had rubbed off the keyboard so you had to either know where things were or stab away until you got the desired effect.

Happy times!

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing


Re: implications and questions

Amazon seemed down to me for a short period. That one I don't get, as they happily sell access to their own CDN, so why don't they themselves us it?

Photographer seeks $12m in copyright damages over claims Capcom ripped off her snaps in Resident Evil 4 art


The old excuse:

But it's on the internet - it must be free!*


Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus


The solution hit him like a comet from the sky...

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'


We use AWS for a few things, and at one point I was running a MSSQL database with them which I've since removed all trace of. On our monthly bill there is still a charge of about $1.50 itemised to this service.

It's such a small amount I can't be arsed to chase it but I wonder how many others are billed the same thing for ghost processes?

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium



So we can get a signal from a satellite that is 43 years old, and 14 billion miles away, yet I struggled to get Radio 2 on my car stereo when I ventured into the sticks last week.

That's progress for you.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar


Hate to say it but they are a bit late to the fryer, there was a chippy with branches on the Yorkshire Coast that did it a week or so ago.

I also noticed a mention of Mars Bars on the menu here as well. Next time I go to that plaice I'll ask how many they've sole-d...

33 'unsustainably loss-making' Dixons Travel outlets set to be shuttered affecting 400 staff


I'd forgotten to bring a powerbank with me, so when I got to Manchester airport I looked into how much I could pick one up from the Dixons shop at the terminal. Oh wow...

Now I know these places have a captive market, but even so...

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code


Maybe it's just me, or it's a bad example, but the sample shown looks far quicker and easier to understand as SQL than Logica?

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068


we would be able to sit in Los Angeles and read a dinner menu at a restaurant in New York,”

Bloody flat-earthers at it again...

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles


Must be me. I read it first as Tech-noking.

Must be the vaccine muddling my brain...

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'



"But Doctor, I am *dum dum duuummm* the MAIN" just doesn't have the same kind of ring to it.

---> Because it's a Thursday...

'Incorrect software parameter' sends Formula E's Edoardo Mortara to hospital: Brakes' fail-safe system failed


I think Richard Hammond may disagree with you there...


UK government may force online retailers to pick up e-waste from consumers



When I upgraded my home broadband connection, just after lockdown one started, EE sent me a bag to put the old one in and drop off at a Post Office.

Did consider filling it with some various bits of IT junk that's in a box somewhere, but decided against it...

(and I know they have shops, but they'd just been closed down)

Qualcomm under fire for 'anticompetitive' patent shenanigans causing pricey UK smartphones


Re: Been there...

The premiers ensure that the theatre critics have to get their passports out and travel north of Watford, which is always amusing, plus the they have a big outreach programme which benefits kids and young adults from all around the area.

And as for waste of money, this is the same council that a couple of years ago decided that demolishing the fifth largest theatre outside London, at a cost of over £4 million, was a good idea...


Been there...

That's what happened here. When our telephone exchange burnt down BT said rather than pay everybody a fairly derisory amount, we'll give the council £500K and the ratepayers can decide what to do with it.

It was donated to a theatre which was taking over and repurposing an Odeon cinema - what is now the marvellous Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round - where all of Alan Ayckbourn's plays are given their worldwide premier.

Soviet 'Enigma' cipher machine sells for $22k at collapsed museum's exhibits auction


Re: Spy museums

Very true, and even has a (very) small display on Sir George Cayley.

But regarding Concorde, better off going up the road and seeing the BA one that's parked no Intrepid that you can actually go inside and be given a talk about her.


Spy museums

What is it with DC and spy museums? I've been to the International Spy Museum twice, first time I thought I'd made a mistake and wasted my money, but it is actually quite interesting, once you've got over the annoying introduction...

Still had the same problem all the Smithsonian's had, with masses of kids rushing through at warp speed though.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday gaffe leads netizens to 'Microosft' typo-squatting domain

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Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'


Re: Never understood some names - MK Dons

That's the problem with teams in the plural zones, when one is destroyed, another, near-identical one can pop up in its place...


Re: It's all homoerotic crap.

Unfortunately a couple of years ago you stood more chance of being injured here if you were a spectator. Fortunately a lot more safety measures have been put in place since. I don't go very often but can hear the commentary from my flat...


Re: violent version of egg-and-spoon race

Once covered a game at Bradford's Odsal Stadium (where getting from the pitch to the exit was like climbing Mount Everest) and had a pint at the Top House afterwards where some of the players were throwing passes to some of the locals. Don't get that in the Premier League...


Re: It's all homoerotic crap.

I'd say the WRC is up there too. But as I live about 400 metres from one of the corners on England's only mainland public road race circuit I won't disagree too much...

Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers


Been there...

We tried using a Windows CE scanner in our warehouse. Incredibly fiddly to set up and use. It's languishing in a corner with various other bits of borked IT stuff...

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas


Re: To understand Apple prices ...

If they've blown their load over an Apple device, I'd be backing away, very quickly...


Be nice if it was preconfigured so the hosts file redirects twitter.com to localhost?

Pirate Bay co-founder criticises Parler for its lack of resilience



Actually TPB is a bit borked right now, it's not keeping track of the number of seeders etc. which means if you try to look at the top 100 TV shows, for example, you get stuff from years ago.

So a friend told me...

Dropbox basically decimates workforce, COO logs off: Cloud biz promises to be 'more efficient and nimble'


Why do companies seem to want to diversify their product into so many different areas? Teamviewer is another one, I don't want to use them for video conferencing, just to remotely log onto other PCs. Same as Dropbox, all I want to do is synch files over multiple computers and servers. If I want to share a spreadsheet with somebody. I'll use Office 365 or Google.

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


Re: Sky

And Sky is the reason C4 don't start with "The Chain" any more. After several seasons they wanted to use it, got into a bidding war and in the end neither got the rights.


Re: Keep on AdBlocking

+1 for a very prescient post!



It really gets me when it costs a fortune for Sky, especially when you are after the F1, and they still fling adverts at you.

And if I have to be subject to them, I hope for the sake of my TV that AWS doesn't continue to use the advert it ran in Every. Single. Ad. Break of the squeaky voiced kid going "how do they do that?"

Next day delivery a bit of a pain? We have just the thing... nestled deep in the terms and conditions


Unless somebody was demonstrating their CMS as added that text and forgot to remove it?

I did this with a clients site once and changed it so "the nearest shopping centre is 40 million miles away". I forgot to change it back until ntk.net featured it...

China’s digital currency finds its first cross-border payments buddy: Hong Kong


Hong Kong is such an amazing city - I have friends living there - but everything that has happened there in the last year or two means I probably won't be in a hurry to re-visit, much as I'd love another night in the Wanch and the Queen Vic.

Test and Trace chief Dido Harding prompted to self-isolate by NHS COVID-19 app



If any NHS developers read this, can you increase her isolation period for a bit? Maybe change the datepart from days to decades perhaps?

---> because one day the pubs will be back

Android 11 Beta 1 leaks on to handful of handsets days after official release postponed


I can already access my cards with a long press of the power button, which also pulls up a menu to screenshot, emergency and power down or restart

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Making your mind up

That's ironic, our local community radio station handed back their DAB licence and has just been given the necessary permissions to start broadcasting on FM

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network


Oh for Bob's sake... I meant Oook, obviously!



Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much


Re: Paris...

Oh Bob, really? I was looking (before the madness kicked in) at a flight to Madagascar that had an overnight layover in CDG.

It can't be that bad... can it?



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