* Posts by bitten

137 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Feb 2010


Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


Re: Have an extra upvote for…

"a kitten dies"


Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies


Re: Cmon. Not leaving Europe

As far as I know Russia isn’t leaving Europe either.

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather


Re: Carriers??

The F35 is the new Starfighter, by now only on paper but the specs show a promising future.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: $40k?

My reaction: 40k, probably too late to create a facebook account

Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results


Re: spending convictions

As a victim, there are situations where only 5% of the complaints lead to a conviction. Before the conviction there is the presumption of innocence and after that the right to be forgotten. Meanwhile you're fair game to anything the defense lawyer can say, insinuate or complain about you.

UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?


Re: but can it drop the ..

The Belgians working with the Dutch need to also have the F35 (a Dutch idea). Or better not so they can complement crippled with something else.

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar


Re: July and August must Go!

At least July and August could give their 31st day back to February

YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven


Re: I have always thought...

The problem is that it is easier to get a bystander put you on YouTube than to get any help

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?



There are people on television earning similar amounts for reading auto use.

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2


Re: Except that Excel is actually 32...

" the Episode everyone likes best"?



For mere millions of rows Filemaker did the job perfectly 14 years and 10 months ago. The spreadsheet that could be a server.

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky


You think a clever hacker would rather hack his own company (the NSA) rather than a soft target (Microsoft)

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki


Re: Your point of understanding is wrong

Scientist read books quoting other books. No need for God to be religious just a "superhuman controlling power"

We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to


A strong candidate doesn't hesitate to introduce a 2 minute silence in a hands on discussion about spontaneous behavior.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud


Our present day view is that the industrial revolution was already 40 by the time Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui was born. History is a moving target.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!


Pesky base 60 trigonometry is not Babylonian?

Glad to know that the minutes and seconds stuff was invented by those decadent Greeks. Did Babylonian kids memorise the base sixty multiplication table?


Re: What this implies

The camels bringing him back 2700 years ago at best.

Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?


Re: 0th

Asimov books were strange, he first implemented abstract laws then decided to show cases were it failed. Sometimes it failed differently on the next iteration for added storytelling. Where a less intelligent person would have ditched the idea from start.

IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban


Re: I wonders whether rooms 1738, 1740, 1742 and 1744 will be booked...

Trying to imagine food underground: Mushrooms, meat and eggs from protected species, dogs, humans ... ? Maybe there is a reason those people stay out of the US.

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

Black Helicopters

Re: Dane Geld

Didn't Downing street throw civil rights activist out of helicopters back then, you can believe in peace, tolerance, democracy, just not too loud. Tinfoil hat jokes are sometimes just a cover up.


Re: Old rule of the British upper classes.

The upper class rule is always be in for more.

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!


In series they always refer to the arrest database rather than to condemnation data. It's always weird to see someone described by his arrest record. I know that freedom of speech doesn't apply to me and can get me arrested the moment I enter the US.

Now in some cases the complaints record could be significant (bill Cosby) where arrests and condemnations are blank.

PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls


It's based on the Wizard of Oz: A scarecrow, a lion, a tin man, a dog, a wizard, the good witch and the black wicked witch.

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport


It was standard. Here people fighting in or for a foreign country lost their nationality. It's not allowed anymore on an international level, so we keep sponsoring fighting now. And as long as our next neighbor has not his huge armies massed at the border waiting for an excuse, it's not really a problem anymore.

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support


It's about money right? Nothing technical to those updates it's just a way to implement a Microsoft tax.

Already today, for a small company updating computers make 50%+ of the money go to Microsoft. But people could wait 7 years to do that, not anymore.

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO


Throwing the first lego stone

In need of new units here, how many lego fails in one smug?

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up


Re: Military-industrial 101

Unibody is American through Joseph Ledwinka (Austrian) Citroen went to them for its Traction (1934).

Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity


Re: Trademarks?

Trademarks are for large companies not regional dishes. I guess it is possible to get the trademark or a patent on a regional product.

Here we serve steak tartar as 'steak américain'

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser


Still surviving on a starving Opera 12 this could be good news.

Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES


Re: And the prixe for

It is an article about the future of internet. Beer has no future (once poured in a glass).

Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university


Re: There... completed the assignment and used them all.

If I remember it right archaeologists claim that the Hebrews are the Philistines with the Late Bronze Age collapse in between them.

Forget the climate: Fatties are a much bigger problem - study


Re: Muscle, not fat

Post 1989 overweight is not pre 1989 overweight. In older days there was fat and healthy, not anymore. Healthy and anorexic on the other hand (was 20 is now 18,5) is the new standard.

HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist


Big as a whale shark?

Nearly as big as a whale shark, but a lot smaller than some whales And yes mini 'combat' submarines are still smaller.

Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'


The Turk

One of the first great computers is the chess playing mechanical turk. Smoke and mirrors, but at the same time more real than Babbage (collectible) industrial garbage.

This kind of books is a modern form of religious litterature, with creational myths and his pantheon of deities-saints to be explained and quoted to the believers.

Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence


The commission needs to be created out of sunshine and fresh air (and something with an unicorn I don't remember), ensuring it's absolute independence

Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun



The sun is just falling apart to form two separate stars. The filament story is just for the panick prone.

Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city


Of course they still need hundreds of trucks to bring the malt in and the ... trub out.

Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'


Predicting the past

Boffins predicting yesterdays good enough schemes

Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'


Re: Nice?

Oh mine, there is even a difference between what I say and what I do.

As for Hermione, I mostly read her as Herman and Harry Potter was Harriette, just to check the equalities (it sometimes helps with some authors)



She earned fortune and fame representing a not so nice-friendly person, and now she proposes everyone should to be nice? Come on Hermione, cool down, you signed that 'be nice' paper, did you?

Half a billion in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed


Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

"All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on everything".

We are talking about a simulator implementing a pure Newtonian universe (making abstraction of Newton's view of photons etc.) So no gravity effects on light, scores, lives ...

Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen


Fight it out

Allen has the best lawyers, but the faundation still has tanks.

City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub


Re: what i would like to know

Are the new scans not from Boltzmann but from ORBit?

ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade


Iraq: 500000 to 1000000+ deaths up and counting. Oh, and some harsh word exchanges on the social media.

Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy


I wish life was always that simple

Take regular news, just add [Satire] et voila!

X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture


Hello there and goodbyes here

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are



Stumbled on this paranoiacs cave, no social accounts either, but common every decent human I know has one.

eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

Paris Hilton

Combined words with uppercase are so safe where in lowercase are just weak and just remember replace e with 3 and i with 1 to make it much stronger

Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich


London, is that the new name for Tortuga?

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign


Came after the HP-25, so?