* Posts by Jan 0

1125 posts • joined 14 Dec 2009


Ransomware-hit law firm secures High Court judgment against unknown criminals

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Re: Sigh...

> The were no ex-soviet union nations in the 1950s

Nobody said there were!

Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter

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Hasn't the answer long been a giant tower reaching out of the atmosphere and solar sails?

The tower has lifts powered by gravity and the mass of products sent back from the colonies.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already

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That's worth going to, just to see "No cookies are used on this website".

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'

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Does that mean we can no longer have electricity to cheap to meter, when they get an injunction to shut down our Zeta based fusion reactors? Oh, .... wait, ... I think I missed a headline somewhen in the 1960s.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

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That one's quite virtual. Your proximal humerus has to imagine most of the socket.

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth

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Re: "British Association for Shooting and Conservation"

Favouring some species above the others isn't conservation, it's gardening.

Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy

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Re: Why not

> there was a certain amount of H2 made in the gas works.

Up to 50% in "town gas" (coal gas).

> What is the maximum acceptable H2/methane blend before we get funny effects?

Read: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360319913006800 Conversion of the UK gas system to transport hydrogen

Authors: Paul E.Dodds & StéphanieDemoullin

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Coal gas is almost odourless after scrubbing. Methyl mercaptan was added to it to stop people inadvertently dying of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Hydrogen was a substantial constituent of town gas.

Chocolate beer barred from sale after child mistakes it for chocolate milk

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Re: hmm what will reg readers' opinion be on something modern

Ruddles got 'modernised' when Watneys bought the brewery, since then Grolsch and Greene King have completed its modernisation. Meanwhile the original beer has been approximately revived as Rutland Bitter, brewed in Oakham.

I vote for vi(m), Sam Smiths Chocolate Stout and the Yorkshire Square fermenting system

Boffins propose Pretty Good Phone Privacy to end pretty invasive location data harvesting by telcos

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Re: Guess who

Google may tell you that, but what does it tell the companies that buy your data?

NASA comes up empty on Perseverance rover's first Mars sample drilling attempt

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Re: I just don't get it.


So your advice is basically, do nothing and let our planet rot because the problem is too big!

Wise people will break the problem down into manageable portions.

Hey, AI software developers, you are taking Unicode into account, right ... right?

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Nevermind, they have some crackin' beer in Iceland too.

Facebook gardening group triumphs over slapdash Zuck censorbots

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Well played sir, well played.

Will it bend? That is the question: Arm boffins boast of first flexible 32-bit chip

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Re: 800nm

Air Fryer? Repent Heretic! Real chips are deep fried in beef fat!

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument

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Re: In the public domain

> a man was fined for dangerous driving because he was doing 70mph (the legal limit) on a motorway when everyone else was driving at 85mph+

I ccould believe that he was fined for _obstruction_ if he wasn't in the extreme left lane.

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Re: Diplomacy

> The Russian Empire took Crimea from the Ottoman empire in 1783. It then became part of the USSR in 1921

USSR ≠ Russia. Being in a Russian empire, or in an alliance with Russia, or being a client state of Russia, does not make a country part of Russia.

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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Re: Fuck CAPTCHA's.

You'll feel better if you fuck people.

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Ah Captcha!

That strange game where I'm asked to tick squares with fire hydrants, yet there's no sign of a cast iron lid or a yellow "FH” plaque! (Other styles are available in those countries that have fire hydrants.)

Traffic lights are more uniform around the world, but is the pole part of the traffic light or not? In contrast, a tiny triangle of white paint in an adjacent square is apparently not part of a pedestrian crossing!

Surely we can do better!

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

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Where I live, the chippies are holding out against electronic transfers. Are they all laundering money, or is it simply tax evasion?

South Korea’s nuclear research agency breached by North Korea-affiliated cyberattackers, says malware analyst group

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Re: Why is North Korea connected to the Internet ?

Google Translate's gaffes, like "The group — which also goes by Velvet Chollima, Black Banshee, and Thallium" is only encouraged by the likes of this post.

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Re: Never learn ...

> A long term investment opportunity.

See this Pound/Euro/Rubble? In a hundred years it could be two!

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Re: Keep those doggies moving ... rawhide!

Ahem, "dogies".

NASA pops old-school worm logo onto Orion spacecraft

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I was hoping to see a picture of a nuclear bomb powered space juggernaut decorated with a more ancient worm.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

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Re: Knowing how the Chinese drive…

> Isn't that kind of comment basically just racist?

Only if you think that Chinese Nationality is a "Race".

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Re: Been there, done that...

You forgot the USA state-employed black hats. Be fair.

Russian cyber-spies changed tactics after the UK and US outed their techniques – so here's a list of those changes

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I'm with all people I knew who'd fought in WWII. They said it simply: "All spies should be shot". They didn't mention any exceptions.

IBM says it's built the world's first 2nm semiconductor chips

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Re: power consumption?

Those radios were known to their makers/owners as "crystal sets". The air gaps were to allow the plates to move to alter the capacitance and thus the resonant frequency of the circuit. As a boy, I did try using a cat's whisker and a Selenium? crystal as the detector, but found a new fangled germanium diode to be far easier to use. From my bedroom in South London, I could listen to Russian jamming signals. Radio Luxembourg and cheerful people on Radio Sofia (Bulgaria). My aerial ran from a fire escape to a sycamore tree about 40 metres away.

Terminal trickery, or how to improve a novel immeasurably

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Re: Black magic

<pedant mode> Errm, Pr1me made minicomputers. I think they claimed to be the first minicomputer with virtual memory.

We admire your MOXIE, Earthlings: Perseverance rover gizmo produces oxygen for first time on Mars

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Re: How long

The article talks of distillation, but Mashable mentions electrolysis of carbon dioxide at 1,400 °F.

NASA: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/spacecraft/instruments/moxie/for-scientists/ confirms that it's electrolysis of carbon dioxide at ~1 Atmosphere* at 800 C.

* presumably 1 Earth atmoshere, i.e. ~100,000 Pa

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

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Re: top you there

Don't get excited, a duster is a "board rubber".

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

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I know that site! Well, it's this one. El Reg reliably fails the first time I supply my credentials!

Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound

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Global Warming?

Is it possible for Britcoin to have a lower carbon footprint than the current system of financial transfers? If not, it needs stopping now.

Pentagon confirms footage of three strange craft taken by the Navy are UFOs (no, that doesn't mean they're aliens)

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Black Helicopters

The most amazing incident, from a UK perspective.

> They may be linked to an incident where a strange fleet of drones were spotted whizzing near Navy warships around the Channel Islands off the coast of California.

Were any of the islanders able to comment on how they were transported? Did this have anything to do with mysterious dolmens, or the German underground "fortifications"*?

* Let me tell you, that's not really a hospital:)

Belgian police seize 28 tons of cocaine after 'cracking' Sky ECC's chat app encryption

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Re: officers in the US armed forces is in the low 120's.

Tertiary Degree? As in First, Second, Third and Fail?

We finally get to spot a burnt-out comet and what is it covered in? Talcum powder

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Re: It was 3.5 million kilometers away


You've had almost an hour and you haven't edited the page yet?

Easily distracted by too many apps, too many meetings, and too much asparagus

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Re: a run of similar jokes

That idea has got legs.

In a devastating blow to all eight of you, Microsoft pulls the plug on Cortana's Android, iOS apps

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Re: FUD by chololennon

It must be time to restart the cycle with Windows NNT!

What happens when back-flipping futuristic robot technology meets capitalism? Yeah, it’s warehouse work

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> automated warehousing pioneered by Sainsburys in the nineties

I don't think they were pioneers.

I had a friend who was programming an automated warehouse with pickers and shelves from floor to high roof around 1970. (Programming in Fortran, of course!). He didn't speak of it as something new either!

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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> dark and dangerous night time streets

Has it not been proved that criminals find darks streets as intimidating as 'law abiding citizens" do?

If you're lurking in the dark, waiting for a victim, how do you know that that barely perceptible blur coming 'round the corner isn't another predator looking for you?

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Re: It doesn't actually get dark here.

Yes, but you've missed the point that we shouldn't need to locate observatories so far away from "civilisation". Why shouldn't an astronomer enjoy the same leisure activities as their fellow citizens?

Toshiba brings quantum-inspired computer out of the cloud and onto the desktop

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Re: Quantum Computing vs Quantum Physics

> By jumping on the "Quantum Computing" bandwagon, companies have created a meaningless marketing label that no longer has anything to do with the underlying science of Quantum physics.

Why does that remind me of Artificial Intelligence?

Rogue elements: Hades and Loop Hero manage to draw on the same legacy while having very little in common

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The last computer game to keep my interest was Ularn. If they took away the graphics*, I think I could get really immersed in Hades.

* The pictures in my head are better.

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return

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Re: Redhat

Deleted, I got my history wrong

The silicon supply chain crunch is worrying. Now comes a critical concern: A coffee shortage

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Re: switch to chocolate milk

Not when you add milk to it! Drink chocolate like the Aztecs.

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Re: ...or give me death...

No! I want highly flavoured caffeine not compost drenched theobromine. When I want theobromine I want it surrounded by chocolate. Fermented leaves can tickle my taste buds as sauerkraut and kimchee.

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Re: A year on from the great bog roll hoarding ....


I have have green beans up to 20 years old in my freezer. I find that a heavy aluminium pan, a wooden spoon and a gas hob or camping stove (no not gasoline:) are all you need to roast to perfection. Do it outdoors or invest in a good extraction system;)

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That's why I have a second freezer.

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They were all over our our high streets in the 50s and 60s. I used to love the blue smoke and the aroma as a kid. Sadly they all the modern roasters seem to be fitted with filters and above roof exhausts nowadays. I miss the smell of boiling wort from the breweries and molten chocolate from the chocolate factory. Nowadays all I can smell is the sewage works when the wind is from the east.

Mine's the one with the Mediterranean dark roast in the pockets.

NASA's Perseverance rover in brick form: China set vs unofficial Lego fan design

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Re: No, sorry.

Proper red and green painted steel Meccano?



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