* Posts by snellasaurus

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Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all


Stainless steels

Stainless steel is an umbrella term given to many different steel alloys. Some are easy to form or machine (stainless is a PITA to machine) and some have resistant properties that make them good for food or marine applications.

I expect that the specific alloy was chosen for mechanical and manufacturing reasons and it just is not one of the more resistant alloys.

Oracle at Europe's largest council didn't foresee bankruptcy


Kind of inclined to agree here. Big Red just charging lots of money for stuff and threatening audit does not cause this sort of mess

What I am not sure about is if the blame is more with the muppets at the council who bought a massive, expensive, complex and critical IT system based on the fact that they would change all their processes (unrealistic dreaming tbh) and then changed their mind that they would bash the SaaS system WAY beyond any sensible degree of customisation


The integration teams that allowed this to happen, did not see this as a red flag and just spent millions on resources building shite customisations that would never work. This is the definition of a clusterfuck.

Nature is healing: Shhh. It's a lesser spotted Pi Bork nesting behind the bushes at IKEA


That's a good shout BUT the paid for version has got a black box approach to the OS. Entirely managed via a webUI so I am not sure if this is an option - I'll look into it. There is a free version where you have more control but no support but, as I recall, her employer preferred the paid for version. Pi 3b only supported version at the time

The overheating was one sitting on top of a polystyrene floor tile with some type of insulation blanket over the top. In free air they are fine :-)


My wife uses tons of Pi 3 running screenly for digital signage.

The only failures they tend to have are

1)SD card failure (eventually they all succumb)

2)Overheating die to some stupid installation spots

3)Cables getting pulled by cleaners etc.

The great thing is that they are cheap enough to have spares and you can be back up and running in 15 minutes

Larry Ellison says he's not following Oracle to Texas, prefers his private Hawaii pad


Re: Ellison needs to bone up on Long Run out Landslides off the Coast of Hawaii

C'mon he's 76, the lack of time he has is on his side here

If you haven't patched WebLogic server console flaws in the last eight days 'assume it has been compromised'


Quite a few ISV apps and also in house developed apps only run properly on WLS too (so much for the write once run anywhere dream). Expect quite a long drawn out death for this one.

Fancy a steaming portion of Kentucky Fried Bork? A fingerlickin' flub that's pure poultry in motion


Re: Waste of a PC - why not use a digital signage solution

Yeah you might be right - still overkill.

I have set up a few pi's to do this and provided the environment does not let them overheat and the microSD cards are ok they are pretty much bombproof. It is one genuinely good use for them.


Waste of a PC - why not use a digital signage solution

Something like screenly on a pi would be really simple to administer locally or from HO and if it goes breast fillets up then you can swap out the pi or SD card in about 5 minutes.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels


You guys need to up your wheel game - why would anyone want to spank that much money on clinchers???

Get a set of these and pay some shouty dutch dudes with sticky bottles to ride behind you in a Skoda estate car


Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme


Re: Well that's embarrassing

The limit is NOT a grand - that is what the article s getting at.

The limit is very often £1000 as this is the maximum amount that a company can 'loan' you if it is not a licensed to provide credit in this way. Many software and services firms ARE becuse they offer payment terms to their clients. For this reason some schemes offer well over £1000 you will see this becoming much more common as there are no decent ebikes for less than 1k anyway.

I think it is people on the scheme with an agreement worth more that £1000 which caused the issue

Handcranked HTML and JPEG japes. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: I Love you

Well in that case I had even less of an excuse...with a weighty 12 months of real world experience behind me ;-) None the less, it did happen!

I also used to have a habit of putting silly comments into System.out.println calls (in environments where IDE/debug tools were not available) and the used to line in fear that 'GIMP!' might appear on the console one day in production...


I Love you

Cast your mind back - if you will - to 1999. It was my first full year of employment and, coincidentally I will add, the year that .vbs script 'viruses/worms' brought down exchange servers across the globe.

My company was badly hit as my line manager clicked on the attachment in an email titled 'Ilove you' from a respectable elderly male colleague (?)and the ensuing email-bukkake brought our exchange servers and many NT file servers down, things were just about getting back to normal by the end of the week.

I was working the weekend with colleagues trying to update an Intranet site containing all the company Standard Procedures with a colleague. The city is a particularly lonesome place on the weekend and so as our minds strayed and we had to test various parts of the site including outbound email alerts...

For some reason my colleague John (who I will refer to as John because he does not need anonymity) seeded the various test messages with Subject lines including - I still love you. We might have got away with this if the marketing department had not ALSO been working that weekend, in a separate office, and been so spooked by the 'return' of the virus that they decided to turn off PC's, stop working and go home.

Fair to say that there was a bit of a dressing down come Monday...

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: SKY Recording

Do you mean Freesat rather than freeview?

My understandig was that all broadcasts have to be clear but a flag is set for some content. Any PVR etc that want to be allowed to use the Freesat EPG and carry the Freesat logo etc *have* to encrypt this content if they store it as a recording.

This is easily worked around with a firmware hack for many non sky Freesat receivers OR you can just use a generic DVB satellite receiver with built in PVR or USB connection for a HDD and away you go.

Trump's tax reforms lift DXC's profit


DXC came together was HPE’s outsourcing services biz in April which makes yearly compares challenging.


Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs


Re: Fake (news) data ?

Fake data to strava is relatively simple I believe. Cyclists have been accused of fiddling with data from their rides to appear faster than they were. These are just text files and would be fairly easy to parse and modify.

GPS accuracy also is really not ALWAYS that great so I would not be at all surprised if it was sometime +/- 50m if the GPS device only has a poor lock on satellites - for example if worn on a wrist while running or sailing!

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report


Re: Loyal Commenter

You do know that "Let's fund our NHS instead" doesn't necessarily mean it would get the full £350 million you remainers have constantly misunderstood for the last year?

That's not what the banner Boris was stood in front of said...


Let's != We will

Why are intelligent people still labouring and misunderstanding this point? We all knew that the Vote Leave campaign has no direct authority to actually manage Treasury funds!

Once we have left we will at least be able to choose what we spend the net amount that no longer goes to the EU - if you DONT like what government spends it on then vote them out.

The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus


Re: errm...

It can land on water..once.

Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint


I think the poster above was referring to the SF 'breast shadow' building rather than the statue in the school. I despair at the level of comprehension shown by the upvoters...

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild



My T520 (that I saved from the 'skip') 2 years ago does great service for my daughter as a homework machine - I know it is way too good for this but at least it is getting used and is too heavy for travels.

My wife recently tested it by dropping it from the top of the stairs...it bounced, punched a hole in the stud wall and got to the bottom intact. The keyboard 'tray' had popped out but clicked back in easily enough - other than that no damage. I would not fancy doing that with the plastic fantastic T460 I am writing this on.

BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed


I wonder

How will this affect the licence fee loophole which allows 'catchup' viewing via iPlayer without a licence. Presumably you would need a licence if you wish to watch the prog before it has been broadcast as a repeat. - after which you can still use the catchup service....

Fraud baron forced henchmen into S&M orgies to prove loyalty – cops


capable != installed

Any old PC with 4 drive bays is capable of holding 12 TB - not much of a claim really...

The HP microserver under my desk could do that - hardly damning evidence.

Look your honour the man was found with Tesco bags capable of holing 30 TB of porn...

Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years


Quite! But it is never that simple...

CD and download are different but there are delivery/fulfilment costs associated with both. What they are per unit I have no idea but lets not pretend that it is free to provide downloads.

I notice that when I buy SW licenses from M$ the download is always cheaper than shipping a physical copy so I assume download is a saving.

What skews this argument slightly is the availability of FREE software that lets me generate my own digital copy from the CD and other flexibility that a download does not allow. If you had to pay for encoders then I could see a good argument for the cost of downloads.

Digi downloads were an opportunity for the biz to reduce price whilst maintaining margin. Instead they tried to use it to increase margin and people can see through that.

Swedish college girls now twice as slutty as in 2001

Thumb Up

Yep my thoughts too...

When you think about it IF the data is true (and I seriously question the accuracy of any sex survey like this) the whole thing is a bit of a contradiction...

Twice the number of partners and twice the number of STD's implies that transmission rate has stayed similar. Form this we infer that rates of infection have stayed similar BUT we are told they have doubled.*

*Of course this is a deliberate gross over simplification (much like the study) of the statistics and ignores many many factors such as

1)Concurrency of partners

2)Frequency and number of encounters

3)Types of STD and their relative eas of transmission

4)Are there actually a few 'sweish super shaggers' who bed thousands and have infected many or is there an even distribution of disease and loving?


Think we need an el reg investigation into this immediately

Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw


Im going to do it new iPod or not

At worst it will be a battery replacement and seeing as this one has lasted 5+ years should take me to 2017.

Doubt they will do a new nano swap out but you never know...

Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough


Replacing something can be done for a number of reasons - frequently build to cost!.

Anyway my point was with CF or any polymer/fibre composite the designer has a lot of control ofer the material. With bamboo you are immediately limited by the nature plant itself. I'd rather recycle one of the umpteen steel frames I see at the local tip than ride a bamboo frame thanks.


Whilst it is a nice publicity shot thie bike is lacking one manajor advantage of carbon fibre.

When you build any structure from CF you can specify the direction of each of the many layers of the fibre to specifically tune the strength and stiffness in response to the expected loads generated during cycling. Additionaly outer protective layers can be used laid against the direction of the main load bearing fibres to work as an effective barrier to crack propagation.

Even with metal frames you can using tube butting, shaping and gussetting.

With bamboo you are completely limited to taking the material as-is. So I would assume (as is the case with many wood structures) that the structure has to be massively overengineered in many areas to cope with the peak loads in just a few places. I really doubt it would be a pleasure to ride!

Just because you can doesn't mean you should or that it is progress.

NHS Direct


nice chitty reference BUT

It should be 'tout de suite' surely

'toot sweet' sounds like candy with a flatulent effect.

Naked cyclist streaks through Suffolk village


I hope his nuts were tight.

Quite funny - a good wheeze indeed - reminds me of some of the 'less than fully clad' antics that happened at Uni - thank heavens no one in Bath found that offensive - I am fairly sure I was served and ate a kebab naked from Marmaris just above the Puteney bridge weir!

On a more serious note whilst I think the fine was unnecessary I am SO glad they did not find a way to put this guy on the register.

Honda Jazz Hybrid


engine turns over but closes the valves???


How does that work then. Would you not just be endlessly compressing and recompressing gas in the cylinders that will soon get jolly hot

Does the engine actually go into an idle (with the valve timing altered by VTEC) to minimise fuel burn whilst power is delivered to wheels by battery/motor.

If the valves really do close then I for one insist reg show us how this works pictorially ideally with Playmobil!

Richard Branson to prowl oceans' hadal depths in flying sub


Choice of materials

Why Carbon and Titanium???

Great in terms of stiffness and strength to weight. However I would havce though weight is less of an issue in a sub (which no doubt will require ballasting with something to control buoyancy).

Are there really not materials better suited than aerospace stuff?

Just wondering - happy to be informed why these really are good choices

Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate


Oooh something balanced on the beeb


Read this, whilst a little basic and patronising to some it does make the point rather well that there are bigger things to wory about than Fukushima.

People would do well to understand a lot more about the posibble consequences and risks before going off on one.

Calm down (but please do continue) Lewis - your basically sound and valid message is sometimes coloured by your frustration.

Q2 motion-controlled internet radio


BBC stations yes or no?

Can I ask that you make very clear one REALLY important piece of information in Internet radio reviews.

Can you listen to BBC live radio on this (not world service but BBC R1 R2 R3 R4 etc.) I know the Reg is international but I am sure that for a sizeable portion of the readers the lack of this would make such a device a non starter.

These are some of the most listened to stations in the UK and the fact that, for example the Nokia HD-1 can not receive R4 in Internet radio mode is shocking.

Put simply can i get BBC R2, R4 or not with the Q2 as I am not sure exactly where live radio stops and listen on demand starts with the BBC.

Oracle sues support firm over 'massive theft'



Hmmm you don't understand how Oracle 'licensing' works

You can download and use all of their products (I am sure there are some exceptions) for free and without needing to use a license key. You can even put them into production (if you are stupid enough). That does not make it legal or within license conditions!!!!!

It is, however, very handy when you know that you have appropriate licenses in place just to be able to go to the main Oracle site and download / install whatever you need without having to worry abpout sales droids or license keys.

In my experience when Oracle acquire products with such restrictions they are removed as soon as possible in the first 'Oracle' release.