* Posts by Alien Doctor 1.1

288 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Feb 2010


NASA confirms Florida house hit by a piece of ISS battery pack

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slightly off-topic

I live a couple of miles away from Bristol (the original one, not some odd leftpondian town) almost under the accepted flight path: however, multiple times a day planes fly directly over the house - I live in constant fear of being Donnie Darko'd at some point, especially if it's a Boeing overlying us.

Icon; because I need it

Peter Higgs, daddy of the Higgs boson, dies at 94

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I remember the moment the discovery was announced and Peter shed a couple of tears, it was so great to his humble reaction to having his theory finally proven.

Want to keep Windows 10 secure? This is how much Microsoft will charge you

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Re: gog/linux

Thanks for the replies commentards, you've given me some very useful ideas. If this subject rears its head again I'll report on what happened.


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Could anyone please advise as to whether or not gog games marked as Windows only would run if I zapped my win10 lappy to wine or some other distro? That's the only reason I haven't switched yet as most other software I use has native Linux versions or alternatives I could easily use.

Many thanks

In ignorance,


'Chemical cat' on the loose in Japanese city

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My cats...

are all toxic when they don't shit outside

Updates are plenty but fans are few in Windows 11 land

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I don't need new features...

I require fewer features and bloat as I only use it for certain games provided by the brilliant GOG.

They call me 'Growler'. I don't like you. Let's discuss your pay cut

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Re: Depends on your definition of growler I guess.

Caver Dave, I guess you know the pubs in Priddy and the BEC belfry then?

Cops visit school of 'wrong person's child,' mix up victims and suspects in epic data fail

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Re: Oliver Dowden has the solution - NOT

I would suggest they start with Westminster and the House of Commons.

Bricking it: Do you actually own anything digital?

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Re: This is why I prefer unrestricted offline-capabilities

I love my gog library, over 370 games now and I have full control over them. I used to have steam et al, but no longer; my drm-free stuff will keep me busy until the heat death of the cosmos.

If you like to play along with the illusion of privacy, smart devices are a dumb idea

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please forgive my lack of knowledge...

but is there a way that these so-called smart devices could, once connected to home wi-fi, sniff and interpret the other packets passing through your system from other devices or software (could they intercept, for example, my comms with my doc?)

Tesla hedges Dojo supercomputer bet with 10K Nvidia H100 GPU cluster

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10k GPu's?

That's going to make for one helluvan expensive, rather large and probably unwieldy vehicle; a bit like his muskiness himself.

UN cybercrime treaty risks becoming a 'global surveillance pact'

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How do you say FISA in Russian?

Putin's in the Kremlin

LibreOffice 7.6 arrives: Open source stalwart is showing its maturity

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Re: long-form writers...

one long continuous paragraph

Oh Cthulhu, Lovecraft is back.

Brainwaves rock! Scientists decode Pink Floyd tune straight from the noggin

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Oh you anonymous sod...

Live in Pompeii is just amazing. I always watch that in the same session as the fantastic Crystal Voyager surfing movie with Echoes as the final 20-odd minutes.

Google Chrome to shield encryption keys from promised quantum computers

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If you don't know that, you're either not british or too bloody young to be here.

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"X25519Kyber768, an alphanumeric salad that desperately needs a catchy name."

How about "Ruff-Diamond?"

We'd pay good money to see... oh dear, Elon Musk 'needs an MRI scan'

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I don't (do) want to piss...

off any antisocial media users, but who gives a flying? The best result, once his muskiness has overcome his cowardice (sorry, injuries) is for the two to kill each other and therefore provide the Rest of the World with at least some respite from their inane commentary.

I really couldn't care less (see leftpondians, that's how you utilize that statement) what happens. What would make it interesting is if Ellison and Satya were in the ring with the other two at the same time.)

Cerebras's Condor Galaxy AI supercomputer takes flight carrying 36 exaFLOPS

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but can it run Baldurs Gate?

Senator trying to force Uncle Sam to share everything it knows about UFOs

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Re: Give aliens some credit

The pronunciation always gave me headaches - like Origens' De Principiis and Newtons Principia Mathmatica, both using a hard not sibilant "c"

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Re: Give aliens some credit

"veni vidi vici"

Or as Sellar and Yeatman put it so beautifully "weeny, weedy and weaky"

For any leftpondians or youngsters, please check the great history textbook "1066 And All That" by the aforementioned authors. The example exam questions are a lesson in themselves.

Clingy Virgin Media won't let us leave, customers complain

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sodding virgin

Our stupid length contract with virgin was ending earlier this year. We had already lost a few channels we enjoyed and were ready to reduce the number of premium channels, switch our mobiles to another provider, drop the landline and greatly reduce our monthly bill; but no, the idiots on the CS line only cared about retention.

I have now switched to lebara at £4.50 a month with more than enough data to keep me happy, my partner was forced to switch from virgin to o2 and she is not happy and we cannot get rid of the premium channels (sky sports and movies, bt sport etc) as "we have no better bundle for you, sir).

I don't want a better bundle, I just want standard channels, no tie-in and no frigging fluffy bits on the side as neither of us use antisocial media.

When one dials 150 to get through to so-called customer support, be it for contractual or error reasons, we end up with outsourced call centres where the reps seem to only read from a script and have no mind or understanding themselves, alongside the fact that very few - if any - of them have any knowledge of English other than to try upselling.

This has become much worse since liberty media took over.

After having been a customer of the same company since the 90's, c&w, telewest, blueyonder, virgin, etc we find ourselves trapped in a kafkaesque situation where we cannot have sat dishes due to planning rules and therefore rely on the incumbent service.

I fucking hate them all.

Now that you've all tried it ... ChatGPT web traffic falls 10%

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Re: Does this mean...

I used to be able to grok some of them, now Mars is a lot cooler I get a Stranger brain freeze in this Strange land and my language skills suffer ;)

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Does this mean...

...amanfrommars will start posting legible comoments now?

Mark Zuckerberg would kick Elon Musk's ass, experts say

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I really hope...

...they kill each other.

I know I will probably be down voted for the sentiment, to be brutally honest I don't give a damn.

UK smart meter rollout years late and less than two thirds complete

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screw 'em

I have lost count of the number of times I have had to tell my dual fuel supplier to piss off, as I will only consent to them being installed if it doesn't add to my bills and that I can first audit the code to check what data is being monitored, what is sent and whether they then analyse that data for privacy invading reasons (for example calculating how many cups of tea I make a day and what tv programs I may watch.)

Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time

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Probably the shelf-stackers at my local Asda

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Thanks El Reg...

I've got a migraine after trying to grok that first paragraph.

Salesforce lures staff with $10 donation to charity for each day they're in the office

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Great way to reduce your tax bill.

LIGO cranks up the sensitivity to sniff out gravitational waves

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Well my dear...

We really had to reverse the polarity

Datacenter fire suppression system wasn't tested for years, then BOOM

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Re: Tempt fate

Basil Fawlty old chap. Derek and Clive would be slightly more rude.

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Re: Tempt fate

Do you know what that fire extinguisher did? It exploded in my face. I mean, what is the point of a fire extinguisher? It sits there for months, and when you actually have a fire - when you actually need the bloody thing - it blows your head off! I mean, what is happening to this country? It's bloody Wilson!

Pixies keep switching off my morning alarm, says Google Pixel owner

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Re: .. Boots ..

I gotta believe ya

Universe-mapping Euclid satellite arrives in US ahead of July launch

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"Euclid's 1.5 million kilometer trip would have begun in Russia and not necessitated an additional leg of 5,170 nautical miles"

Oh dear, mixing measurement standards again? I think we all know what happened previously.

Major decision on GDPR compensation rights expected soon

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Re: The easy way to avoid being sued for data breaches

What was probably meant is that only the lawyers will get a decent income from this, the clients may get a quid or two each; that is the value of our privacy.

Microsoft nopes out after Twitter starts charging $$$ for API access

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Re: act like his parent???

Sorry, replying to my own post;

It probably wasn't a test tube, just one of those teeny-weeny things one sees on csi or some similar Yankee crap tv shows where everything works so quickly and easily.

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act like his parent???

I am not even sure this moron ever had parents, probably came from a test tube implanted in a pig brain.

SpaceX's second attempt at orbital Starship launch ends in fireball

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Re: Complexity ≠ Reliability

Gordon, the resonance cascade...

Sandia opens up ultra-fast X-ray cameras to speedy shutterbugs

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That wouldn't be Black by any chance would it?

Wannabe space 'superpower' UK tosses £1.6M at eight research projects

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what does a kwarteng-truss hold up?

Oh yeah, economic and social improvements/growth.

'Brittle' Twitter suffers bad case of the Mondays: Links, pics, vids fail

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I can only upvote once, thanks for the reminder of this great, prescient story.

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This pasty-faced idiot makes even Ballmer and Ellison seem normal and that is saying something.

I wonder if hs murkiness/muskiness has some get out clause in the loans he used to buy shitter that he gets all his money back if he kills the "service."

What a pedo-guy.

50 lines of Bash to bring a Wordle fan out of their shell

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Prior art?

Is this just not a "modern" version of the old Mastermind coloured peg game from the 70's? I seem to remember having an electronic calculator-shaped variant as well many, many, many years back.

Lack shame? Fancy some festive Windows knitwear? We've got your back

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it can only be 1 thing

Lots and lots of pretty (horrible) shiney ribbons

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Re: Sensible idea


A great episode.

Is that a typo? Oh, it's not a typo. Ampere really is touting an 80-core 64-bit 7nm Arm server processor dubbed Altra

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Damn you...

that's not fair, that's my line.

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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Oh wow, 10million for community projects! What does that buy these days, 50 yards of hs2? Or am I being optimistic?

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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I was going to name my son amanfrommarsv2 but then realised I could grep our illustrious commentard and would not understand my son for several years. He's now known as "Lucky."

There's something fishy going down in the computer lab

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Tuna great comment. You should all be pun-fished with tuna awful word-plays. Tuna net must be creaking. If you ever do that again tuna powers that be will be bloody swimming mad.

NAS advice needed

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NAS advice needed

Hi commentards,

In the next couple of weeks or so I would like to get a NAS box for my home network. It will serve just the two of us (yes, a woman is my partner!!!)

I would like a partition for the two of us to use and also a private partition each for work-related storage.

Over the years I have heard some horror stories about bugs and ease of access from stupid kiddies trying to find - well, whatever they get their kicks from.

Could any of you amazing people recommend a reasonably priced NAS box that fits my use reuirement?

Many thanks


Mission Extension Vehicle-1 launches to save space from zombie satellites

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Re: "a rescue makes more economic sense"

You forgot to add telephone sanitizers and hairdressers.