* Posts by Jan 0

1231 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Dec 2009


FCC gives SpaceX OK to launch 7.5k Gen2 Starlink satellites

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Re: Smaller batches

> Then soneone should update wikipedia

Don't tell us, get on with it!

Twitter gives up fight against COVID-19 misinformation

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When people drive cars, they feel safe, but the statistics tell otherwise.

Vaccinated people, like people in cars feel safe because they are safer. There is no such thing as absolute safety.

Rolls-Royce, EasyJet fire up first hydrogen-fueled jet engine

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Re: Hydrogen?!

Yes, but when hydrogen leaks, it doesn't continue to lurk as a potentially explosive cloud, but immediately exploits all the remaining defects and pores to mix with our atmosphere.

Study suggests AI cruise control could kill traffic jams by cutting out the 'intuition' factor

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Re: Stick with the lane the trucks are in works for me

I've noticed the same when riding, but you can't feel the sweet spots when you're trapped in a windproof cage. Also the sweet spots may well be much narrower and shorter than a cage.

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot

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Re: Madness

I think you'll find it was more related to how accessible the on board vodka was.

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes sentenced to 11 years in prison

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Re: The rich investors deserved it.

> Why didn't the consiglieri of rich people do their work and ask for an specialist insight of the product?

Because they don't want to be told that their gut feelings are just gut feelings.

ObDabsy: Bring wor Dabsy back!

iFixit stabs batteries – for science – so you don't have to

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Re: Fruit Rollup?

Jam Roly Poly?

KFC bot urges Germans to mark Kristallnacht with cheesy chicken

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This is the future of apology from marketing departments: "Oh, no, we're not guilty, it was the 'bot what done it."

It certainly beats "The dog ate my homework".T

TSMC: You know what would be fab? Some local neon supplies

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Now if only the Register had a correspondent who understood the production, use of and markets for Neon.

++Bring Bback us Dabsy too!==

All of the norths are about to align over Britain

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Re: True North

> Nah, Emley Moor. They've even put a post there to mark "True North"

Didn't that post fall down with a bit of a clatter on a properly cold night?

Tumblr says nudes are back on the menu – within reason

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Re: "an overt focus on genitalia"

I think you need to find out what genitalia are.

Government by Gmail catches up with UK minister... who is reappointed anyway

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> Hilary is on the LEFT

for small values of "left".

At least she used her own email sever, which may well have been more secure than the official server, 'though not subject to government scrutiny.

If you think 5G is overhyped, wait till you meet 5.5G

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> 0G service

Surely the zero generation was the wired 'phone. All you need to do is drill a small hole through the bricks for the cable.

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Ah, Marketing!

Judging by the previous "Generations", 5G Advanced and or 5.5G will be renamed and launched as 6G.

(Remember how LTE i.e. 3.5G suddenly got launched as 4G?)

Apple exec confirms iPhones will switch to USB-C because 'we have no choice'

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Re: Thunderbolt

> I don't know many people that plug in their iPhone to transfer or transmit data

Then you don't know many people with a camera. Plugging your memory card into the 'phone can be so much better than the camera manufacturer's clunky Bluetooth or WiFi transfer software.

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Avoiding Waste?

In that case, why isn't the EU also banning wireless charging?

++ Bring back us Dabbsy! ++

Twitter's most valuable users are ghosting the platform

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> mDAU [monetizable daily active users]

That phrase implies that there are "non-monetizable" daily active users as well. How many n-mDAU are there?

++ Bring back us Dabbsy! ++

Luxury smartphone brand returns with $41,500 device

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1 TB ROM? Did they mean Flash Memory? (Derived from EEPROM).

++ Bring back us Dabbsy! ++

Starlink decoded for use as GPS alternative – without Elon Musk's help

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Re: Larry Grew

> "... traditional GPS..." !

That's a horse drawn cart full of astronomers, human calculators, telescopes and sextants, observing moons. Is it any wonder that it took so long for Napoleon to find Moscow?

Apple perfects vendor lock-in with home security kit

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You'll still need to have a physical key available for when power to the lock fails.

How I made a Chrome extension for converting Reg articles to UK spelling

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Re: Not wounded pride.

OI, The USA is NOT America!

Biden wants SpaceX to beam internet to Iran amid uprising

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Big Brother

Re: Pirate radio?

Isn't the "Voice of America" provocative? Isn't this just an extension of that provocation?

Mind you, isn't it hilarious that one country thinks it represents 2 continents? Maybe it's not so much provocative as risible.

Let's hope the Iranians sort out their problems without "American" help this time.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. A planet, dense as a marshmallow, that would float on water

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I guess that you can estimate it's mass from perturbations in orbits of it and other objects, but how do you get a calibrated mass in orbit around that star in the first place? Or is there another method for estimating mass?

Millennials, Gen Z actually suck at workplace security

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us old bulge babies just wish these new gizmos could plot our old punched tape porn archives. Modern generations just don't understand.

Apple remembers it makes iPads, updates fondleslabs

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Remind me

After reading this rambling article, I've completely forgotten which iPads you were dissing.

Cops swoop after crooks use wireless keyfob hack to steal cars

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Do unearthed "Faraday pouches" work, for reasonable values of work?

Weird robot breaks down in middle of House of Lords hearing on AI art

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Re: Ai-Da

Where do you live? The UK tax year still ends on the 5th of April!

The Inland Revenue are relaxed enough to let you calculate using March the 31st if it makes life easier.

This maglev turntable costs more than an average luxury electric car

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Re: How the tables have turned

Back in the day TEAC made fine 1/4 inch NAB spool tape decks. They'd be a welcome comeback.

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Vinyl is an inferior way to make the Pixies sound better. Just get Kim Deal back on board and they'll sound good on a flexidisc!

California legalizes digital license plates for all vehicles

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It's not very digital!

All it adds is rental. Whyi isn't it a wireless transponder that suitably equipped roadside and vehicle mounted units can use to identify vehicles without needing ideal viewing conditions?

Oz Apple Store staff vote to strike for better pay, settled rosters, clean shirts

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Fast Food!

Who knew that you could order a 'roo bap in a down under Apple Store?

No, no, hear us out, say boffins: Foot fungus to measure your walk

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Talk about vague!

"University of the West of England" - that's a lot of territory!

It turns out that it's not distributed all over the West, in Redruth, Carlisle, Chester, etc., but precisely located in Bristol.

Rookie programmer's code goes up in flames ... kind of

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Re: Vital detail missing

Ah, Bug Dens as the locals used to call them.

iPhone 14 car crash detection triggered by roller coasters

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Re: Six Flags Great America in Chicago

I have a dim memory of what a fannypack was, but I have no idea what this comment means.

Block this: Using satellites to plaster ads over our skies could work, say boffins

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Re: What do you mean, "It's been done?"

ObIT: Is that Larry Ellison in the bottom right?

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Re: Come back Soviet Union, all is forgiven.

I meant physical ads like highway bill boards!

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Come back Soviet Union, all is forgiven.

For all it's faults, you didn't see advertisements.

Google reveals Pixel 7 phones with 1.7 Stadias of security fixes promised

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Lens apertures

Most of us would rather know the (equivalent) focal length of the lenses and whether image stabilisation is in software or hardware.

Europe lagging behind South Korea, Japan, US in 5G rollout

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Re: 5G Ohhh Ahh!

Other than the bandwidth monitor, what Apps do you have on your 'phone that can use 400 Mb/s? Can anyone sling ads at you at that rate?

Boffins hunt and kill cockroaches with machine vision laser

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Maybe let's wait for the perfection of the lower powered mosquito laser?

This 'roach laser sounds as if it could do severe damage to humans. Let's start with something lower powered that maybe only lightly scars the owner's retinas?

Physics Nobel Prize in a superposition between three quantum physicists

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Re: 79, 75, 77

> So, they were quite younger when they did their thing.

Will anyone remember, yet alone reward, the Kardashians when they are that old?

ObReg: == Bring us Dabbsy back! ==

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Re: Measuring a property does not set it...

Are you the same Anonymous Coward or an entangled pair?

ObReg: == Bring us Dabbsy back! ==

UK politico proposes site for prototype nuclear fusion plant

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Nuclear power?

Is this just another way to raise steam, or are we any nearer to directly converting nuclear energy to electricity?

Hot DRAM, Micron promises $100b for 'largest chip fab in US history'

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Re: Words, words and more words

Surely Ascension is too small? How about Zanzibar?

Samsung’s Smart Monitor tries too hard to be clever

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Re: a low-end "smart" TV

FON was a great way to be nice to strangers or get wifi when out and about, killed in the UK when BT borged it. I've noticed that there still are a few Foneros around the Mediterranean, msybe elsewhere? Good mobile data bandwidth is still patchy.

China spins up giant battery built with US-patented tech

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Re: Small decentralized, please

Come back Navitron!

Where can I buy Chinese eco-home products in the UK nowadays, without them being rebadged and extortionateky priced?

Those screws on the Apple Watch Ultra are a red herring

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Re: Do any analog watches

It's not difficult at all if the designer understands how O-rings work. I have two 1970s diving watches going strong. One is self winding, so has only been opened once, the other needs a battery every 5(?) years.

Cloudflare's invisible CAPTCHA works by probing browsers with JavaScript

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Re: Stopped me from one website

Nah, that's last years model. It doesn't have the live scorpions.

Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty

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Re: Herr Hauser Surely you Beau Gest


Ah, so the British Industrial Revolution was Marx's inspiration? You learn something every day!

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Re: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Re: 25 years ago:

i was running Linux at home and work and had a free login on the Telegraph website. Programmable calculators were at least 20 years older!