* Posts by The Sod Particle

28 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Mar 2010

Software engineer leaked UK missile system secrets and refused to hand cops his passwords, Old Bailey told

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Dude, Aspergers has as much to do with mental illness as blue eyes has to do with a cold.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Can I take it then that future stories on El Reg about Cambridge anal.'s directors, senior management etc. will have their names prefixed with 'former Cambridge anal. Position, Name'?

Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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Re: Toot toot!

Thomas's carriages are Annie and Clarabelle as any fule kno

How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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Re: The networks pushed themselves into irrelivence

if I recall correctly, Three doesn't and never has supported anything other than 3G networks, hence the name. When out of range of one of its 3G towers your phone would connect to another provider, I forget which one, for telephony purposes over 2G. Crucially this arrangement did not apply to data which could only travel over Three's own network. This worked transparently to (for?) the user. You probably lived in a 3G/Three notspot as they are now known.


At the time providers didn't provide coverage maps so caveat emptor!

When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Re: Come to Home Depot...

well if you're going to have a Bosch...

Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Re: Food processor with a V8 engine!!!

it's been done already


copy and (flour) paste for your pleasure

Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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Paris Hilton


Alt-left and Alt-right are fine, but I need two hands to press them together.

What if my other hand is busy doing something...

Its enough to put you off your (key) stroke

Paris 'cause well...

Magnetic memory boffins unveil six-state storage design

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Re: A six-state memory element? Oh dear.

When I was at school (back in the 80's) we were taught hexadecimal mathematics, and octal and binary, perhaps because of the burgeoning computing industry. My 14,16 and 19 year old daughters have no idea that other bases exist...

Definitely helped when programming my spectrum :)

Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

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Now we've started,

Just need to resurrect the finger protocol now. For the IoST* obviously.

*Internet of sex toys

Today's exoplanet weather: 1,000°C, glass rain, 8,700 km/h winds

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maybe i'm ignorant but...

how can a gas giant be both tidally locked and have circulating 5000mph winds?

gasses are quite difficult to 'lock' into place.

the researchers also say that they compensated for the planets spin, but if it's locked then its spin is the same period as its orbit and over a transit period won't have rotated much at all...



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To be honest, even Microsoft called the product 'Bob', so it's not surprising it didn't do well...

(for the across the pond, or maybe even non midlands reader:

uses of the word 'Bob'

bob all - f**k all - as in this software is bob all use

piece of bob - piece of sh*t - as in this software is a piece of bob

bob - sh*t - as in this software is bob

bob off - f**k off - as in I wish that dog would bob off

basically an all-purpose non offensive expletive)

Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Black Helicopters



"It is important that images of those who are of no ongoing concern to the police are not held longer than necessary or used in warranted ways."


does that mean that they can be used in unwarranted ways?

A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

Neither, I'd hope the IoT heat sensors and or door switches would see I was entering the room, know that it was dark, and turn on the IoT lights for me. Those same sensors would obviously also be talking to my alarm, heating, media and telecommunications servers.

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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why jump to windows 10?

Perhaps they thought windows, nein! was not a good idea.

Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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Re: Anam

so they have genuinely made a name for themselves then...

doh too late...

LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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hinc videt diversorium

I can see the pub from here!

or maybe

taberna hinc video

says it better

Facebook throws servers on their back in HOT TUBS of OIL

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Re: Viscosity?

Such a phase change, (liquid to gas), can carry large amounts of heat away from hot components, but suffer from at least two drawbacks.

1. Once the coolant is in its gaseous phase it becomes a rather efficient insulator, preventing liquid coolant from having maximally efficient contact to the hot component.

2. The collapse of the bubbles of gaseous coolant can cause the erosion of the surfaces adjacent.

A viscous coolant which phase changes to a more fluid liquid solves both of those problems.

I don't know if that's what they're doing but it's a possibility.

SOLAR SECRETS of WSC winner team Nuon

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Re: "just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"

OK, what about ABS Or traction control, both now banned? Turbos? Carbon fibre monocoques?

Not that F1 invented these technologies but it did make them practicable.

Bees baffled by belching car exhausts = GLOBAL HUNGER

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They may have meant


although they might not

British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

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someone could do this with £50 and a raspberry PI?

First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Re: it will probably be an expensive @ Jess

If you're going to be pedantic at least do it properly.

<double pedant mode>

If you're in England, you're already in Europe.

<double pedant mode/>

BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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Only one commenter so far has mentioned the business/corporate side of BBM, which is where it started if I remember correctly. Surely, if their corporate software is up to scratch (which given the commenters comments it may not be), then this is the place to go for BYOD implementations. One messaging system to rule them all, any device, install BBM, corporate messaging done. No need to manage separate systems for android, iOS, Win Mobile and Blackberry, plus it's tried and tested, no new technology or upstart software companies to deal with. This must be the play, the yout' market isn't going to fill their coffers is it?

One of the world's oldest experiments crawls towards a fall

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ok, so glass isn't a fluid

But if pitch is, why all the strange looks when I sing off key?

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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I can't believe

over 100 posts and no-one has mentioned enemy mine (1985)

Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Re: Where I live.

Same here in Nottingham, Currys, Comet AND a PC World all in the same retail park, (city center shops closed down years ago). No wonder Bestbuy didn't last long when they tried to join the party and failed to be any cheaper (or more knowledgeable).

A shame though as this pretty much leaves the large retail space to DSG.

John Lewis do do it right, polite salespeople, knowldgeable and courteous. People will and do pay the extra for good service.

Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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The Matrix: Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

Thunderstorms found to squirt antimatter into space

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damned planet!

time and again the human race strives to achieve what one was thought impossible, only to find later that something on our planet has been quietly doing it all along.

I think the greatest thing man has achieved that nature hasn't beaten us to must be the humble wheel.

make you wonder why we bother.

Mutated genetic supertrout developed in lab

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in 10 years they could have selectively bred bigger trout?

or is that 'old skool' tech passe now?

super penguins, now you're talking!