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Posts by lawndart
426 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2009
Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra
Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it
Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite
Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!
Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping
Re: I wonder if...
This sort of thing seems to happen quite regularly with small boats, or so it seems if the sailing club I belong to happens to be typical. Even to boats properly secured to the trailer.
Last year one member who had been out to another venue with his dinghy was chagrined to find it was not attached to the trailer on return to the club. Fortunately, when backtracking the route a horse rider said she had seen a boat in the ditch a little way down the road. It survived the experience with just a couple of minor scuffs to the underside.
Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless
Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves
Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'
French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun
UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT
Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results
Re: Smoke and Mirrors
Same here. Paying for 70, getting 77.7
Sort of makes up for the years that they wouldn't replace my 16Mbit max Motorola Surfboard even though the service I was paying for had been raised way beyond the capability of the kit supplied. Eventually it expired and the engineer was shocked when he saw it. He had thought them all retired some years earlier.
Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology
Fixing your oven can cook your computer
Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive
UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers
Re: A traditional point of view
Yours is an interesting take on the battle.
Glorious had been used to transport fighter aircraft to Norway to support the ground forces there. Once it was decided to evacuate Norway the aircraft were to be destroyed, however the pilots of the Hurricanes and Gladiators pleaded with the Navy to get their aircraft back to Britain. Without these pilots ever having performed a carrier landing before and with aircraft not fitted with arrestor hooks the planes were all landed safely. This meant Glorious had no space on her deck to launch or recover aircraft as the Hurricanes could not be taken down into the hangar as their wings did not fold. This is why there were no aircraft up to spot.
NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar
So the spacecraft passes through the beam. I'm not sure how well focussed NASA can keep the beam after travelling 385,000 km. 160km probably means they can just miss the Moon and consequently remove any backscatter from the surface. They should still spot anything orbitting at 200km above the poles, especially when the craft's orbit is end on to the Earth so it will rise and fall through the aim point of the beam.
US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away
Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)
Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama
Re: Well, crap....
The failed orbital reduction manoeuvre does not affect the closest approach to Jupiter, so there will be no reduction in the quality of the spacecraft's data collection. The data will be arriving in 53.5 day intervals instead of 14 day. The spacecraft is in a 90 degree polar orbit intended to cover the entirety of Jupiter's surface during the 14 day orbit part of the mission so it may take many more passes to successfully complete the mapping. I'm wondering whether Jupiter's moons and other bits of gravel it has orbiting it will perturb Juno's path by much. The current orbit's apoapsis is in a gap between a pair of the major moon groups.
Microsoft offers drone lovers a simulator
FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months
BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers
Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change
Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview
You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg
Picks up the phone...
Hello, lawndart solicitors. Yes. I see. Well we do specialize in Section 40 cases. You want to know how much we charge? How much do you want us to charge? Yes, really. Do you despise the publisher or just want to send them a warning message? You wish they never existed. Fair enough, in that case our fees will be £1m per hour. No, no, you don't have to pay anything. They will be the ones paying, win or lose. You want us to charge £10m per hour? That's fine. See you in court!
Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse
All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker
Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset
Re: VM to gig BB in the UK
Superhub 2, black, loads of lights on the end and embossed VM logo on the sides.
Superhub 3: white, only one light on the end and has mesh sides for cooling.
I still have a SH1 and have only had that a couple of years, thanks to VM not upgrading my old Motorola Surfboard from 2001 until it finally died, even when requested.
Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli
Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet
Kaspersky antivirus has discovered infection HERPES ZOSTER at location RIGHT ANKLE and has shut down and quarantined RIGHT ANKLE as a safety precaution.
I think I already have Kaspersky installed since my last bout of shingles repeatedly shut down operations to my right knee. This lead to many not-quite-amusing leg collapsing moments.
It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot
Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company
Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone
Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand
Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers
Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it
Newly spotted distant dwarf planet orbits the Sun every 700 years
Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats
Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity
If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like
Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission
Re: *Cough* FIX!! *Cough*
I have this odd feeling that if by some weird chance the people voted to leave the EU then this would trigger some previously unrevealed "Hotel California" clause in the membership terms.
I don't have a TV so I miss out on a lot of the political spin, but when we have foreign national leaders such as President Obama coming over and instructing us on how to vote then my mental alarm bells go off full blast.
Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.
Re: MS Band
"Anyone remember when Casio et al were advertising digital watches with a 10 *YEAR* battery life? Match that smartwatch manufacturers."
I have one of those Casios on my wrist. The only problem I find is the straps only seem to last two years, then it is a right royal pain trying to get another because, although they all look very similar, apparently nothing else fits.
China confirms moonshot
NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts
Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up
NASA gives blacked-out Kepler space 'scope the kiss of life
Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?
Re: Acceleration pedantry - x 7
The usage of "knot" does imply distance per unit of time, however it is shorthand for "knots per hour". It does not invalidate "knots per hour" as a term. In the days when streaming the log and counting the knots and fathoms run off before the 28 second timer ran out the two terms could be, and were, used interchangeably.
"[When the wind has a relative velocity of some 40 knots per hour]"
Lieutenant W Gordon RN, The Economy of the Marine Steam Engine, 1845.
In this modern age of impeller driven speed measurement and GPS the usage has made the knot the standard term, however the ultra-pedant should mention that the modern usage should be "nautical miles per hour". The knot is a slightly shorter distance than a nautical mile (although the nautical mile distance is dependent on which country you are from anyway).