* Posts by tony2heads

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Choose your fighter! March Mammal Madness pits poor, innocent critters against each other in mortal combat



A somewhat smaller version of the wolverine, but with an anal gland with a suffocating smell

The Battle of Britain couldn't have been won without UK's homegrown tech innovations


AND the our Polish allies working on Enigma

Rejewski, Zygalski, Różycki and their 'Bomba' - known in the UK as a 'bombe'

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory


Re: AI?

I assume he meant Louis Pasteur

I AM ERROR: Tired of chewing up your RAM? Razer tells gamers where to stick its special gum for the RGB crowd


Re: The taste of victory!

You should add the smell of victory -napalm

icon- obvious

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms


Re: Okay Google:

They might charge you for the damage. If the cable is long enough I would move it to outside the window and let it pick up traffic noise and if it is too short cover it with cushions, old socks, underwear and anything else that comes to hand

Amazon makes 850,000m2 bet that its people will get off the kitchen table and back to an office


Why offices?

Having worked from home for months I wonder why bother with offices. Occasional meet-ups would be nice, and some centralised tech support is needed, but hard worth a full-scale office that would have everyone inside.

I also LOVE not having to sit in traffic

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again


Re: The 737 MAX is doomed

737 Mad Max


Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines


same old

just a new version of 'lp0 on fire'

Icon: obvious

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

Black Helicopters

5G mind control

won't work around here as the 5G signal is poor to non-existent'

shit - I think I heard a helicopter

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader


Just use a phone

family hired a car on holiday with on-board satnav. My daughter (being of a sceptical turn of mind) used her phone which was in all cases more up to date, with road closures and traffic jams.

Wht bother with TomTom or Garmiy

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future


Re: The future is behind you ....

a good vinyl has dynamic range. Most MP3's are compressed to nothing


Re: The future is behind you ....

How do you get the traffic reports (like when a crash happens) live?

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time


Re: But the good news is...

But did it see that not everything with a face was a person - like statues.

Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform


Re: So far Boris hasn't got round to replying.

No : as soon as Dominic Cummings tells Boris what to say, Boris will reply

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line


Is this any improvement on photorec or testdisk?



both of which I have used successfully

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references



Surely 'Two fat ladies - 88'


Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

Some are bloody huge:


In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing


Re: "......worst death toll in Europe"

BELGIUM to you sir.


show the number one is Belgium, but the UK is a hot contender

NASA launches a challenge to fund AI systems for future spacecraft – hopefully without HAL-style errors


Re: The AI will just...

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors


Re: WTF?


BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt


Re: “GPP feature?” said Arthur. “What’s that?”

"it is"

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble


Any opinions (or better still - data) on which UK bank has the least unreliable service?

Experience in the family suggests that they are all a bit crap, but which high-street bank fall over less than the others?

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks


Re: A dry run for trumps loss in 2020

I would argue that everyone should be obliged to vote and there should be an option for "none of these" at the top.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station


this is only half the trip

It also needs to land safely

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness



according to google 640K=692F

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts


It is worse when asking "what's the matter" to hear the reply "nothing"

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread


Re: How do we know if it is any good?

The Google/Apple solution could be pile of steaming crap, but would the British government come out with anything better?

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies


Re: I find your lack of face disturbing ...

I have also heard of people with cat masks

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed


Re: Highly sophisticated


Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling


Re: In days of yore

I have seen it done a couple of years ago for a highly overclocked system. The circulation was by convection only.

It worked well, but needed an oil change on a regular basis

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later


Earth's rotatation axis with respect to a Reference Pole

is measured regularly with several techniques - see


NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?


Old ladies

"For instance, to prove entitlement to a COVID related benefit, there is a requirement to show that you have downloaded the APP and have received the COVID warning message."

I know of a 90 year old lady with a smart pone (from a relation) who has no idea how to install anything and use it for anything except phoning people*. Many people of that generation have ever used a phone for anything else. She might need the benefit but could not install anything

* She can't even use the camera, but it wouldn't be much use as she has macular degeneration and the pictures would be too small on a phone.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint


Re: Me, Me, Me

Two cats (by Rossini)



Does he do requests?

I want 4' 33'' by John Cage

Icon: you though it was a halo, but those are noise-cancelling headphones

Meet Morpheus, the AI that'll show you how deep the universe's rabbit hole goes: Code can detect, classify galaxies from 'scope scans


unusual types of object

I think any automated system needs a "WTF?" filter to request further data

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help


Getting too close to the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser, which dispenses 'something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea'

That's not a coat, its a dressing gown

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution



In our off we went wholly to google docs for their ability to share, but more technical stuff still goes through LaTeX. Final versions are kept in PDF

Microsoft has speedy portable treats for locked-down princes and paupers alike with Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2


"a proprietary Surface Connect port"

Why the proprietary port ?

Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'


RE picture

I never realised that Steve was so tiny. Clearly a micro-manager

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Re: And what about the people ...

This is getting like the intro and the outro by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?


Re: Once again I propose we rename IoT as IoV

Until some vendor takes security seriously I don't want any IoT stuff.

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman


nonstandard unit

The traditional distancing measure is the Bargepole

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus


Re: Lets hope

I trust HM to make sensible decisions, whereas I don't trust her current government at all.

Vivat Regina

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home


Re: Visions of a lackey tapping out 50,000,000 messages on his T9 keypad

I think you would rise through the ceiling and possibly achieve lift-off

AI-predicted protein structures could unlock vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus... if correct... after clinical trials


Re: The cynical among us will see this as a marketing stunt.

Is that the reason that you married the teacher?

Energizer Hard Case H280S: A KaiOS-powered blower that can withstand a few knocks


If the point of the phone is being rugged

Can you get one to knock about and drop a bit?

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed


Re: Good

Could be done, but little point if you can buy into one (or more) of the GNSS systems

Should I stay or should I go now? Mobile industry braces for an MWC overshadowed by coronavirus misery


If I stay there will be trouble, if I go there will be double

according to The Clash

UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable


Perfect symbol

"once described by UK ministers as the perfect symbol of the country's single electricity market"

It is the perfect symnol

Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints


Re: What will NASA find when it gets to Mars?

I would place a small side-bet on the Chinese.