* Posts by PerlyKing

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Bezos offers to knock $2bn off his bill to NASA to stay in the running for Moon contract

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Re: a curious idea

And what do you get when you do that? The SLS program.

American spending on space is a drop in the bucket compared to their entire federal budget (NASA is the little red square at the bottom right).

Punchy Italian kartist gets 15-year ban for trackside rampage... and other stories

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I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

The behaviour by the "kartist" was bad enough, but to have the punch-up recorded in squint-inducing Portrait-O-Vision was dreadful!

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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Re: 16GB should be enough for anybody...

Will 16GB be enough for the next ten years? A lot of the thin 'n' light laptops have it soldered to the motherboard so you're not going to be able to upgrade it later.

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Re: Covid Consumerism

I was with you until "luggage". What's that for, then?

Russia's ISS Multipurpose Laboratory Module launches after years sitting on a shelf, immediately runs into issues

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Re: 30 stable orbits before crash landing...

Leningrad Cowboys Go Space?

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Re: No problem!

I think you mean "I used to be E L I T E", unless my memory is failing.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Re: Is there some special reason...

Human nature. If you need something from a high shelf and there's a taller person next to you, do you follow the regulations to the letter and go and get a step ladder (or a cherry picker, picking up the Cabin Pressure theme again ;-) or just ask your mate to reach it down? Unfortunately in this case the downside was a bit worse than getting the wrong breakfast cereal.

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

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Re: G-ERTI

+1 for that :-D

South Korea’s top telco launches 'metaverse'

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Metaverse

I hope that Neal Stephenson is getting his royalties ;-)

Metaverse

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Re: Exaggerated hype

Orbital flight isn't just about height, it's also about speed. Branson and Bezos are both going up a fair distance, but with a horizontal speed of essentially zero, which means that they fall straight back down again. To stay up there they would need to add a horizontal speed of around 18,000mph.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Re: west coast pudding

Somewhere up on the west coast I once had "fruity pudding" - a bit like a cross between black pudding and a mince pie *drool*

The wheels come off Formula 1's notification service as fans plied with attacker's messages

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Security FUBAR?

That is all.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Font recommendations

I'm using "Hack" and "JetBrains Mono" in Linux, and "Consolas" in Windows.

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England

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Re: Unfortunately of course...

They always look at the top line and miss the devil in the detail.

Or, they read and understand the whole thing, and calculate that they can grab the glory and be long gone by the time the details bite.

Cynical, me?

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Re: Provocation

Voting: while you are technically correct (the best kind ;-) I think that the list of countries which sided with Russia is quite telling: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. 11 out of 193 countries. And according to the footnote, "Armenia officially does not recognize Crimea as Russian territory."

Posturing: I should have been clearer: I meant the posturing on the Russian side. As I understand it, the majority of Russian citizens are unlikely to see any news from outside Russia and so any posturing by the UK would be lost on them.

The history is fascinating and as usual nobody comes out smelling of roses. On the subject of hypocrisy, Russia accused the UK of breaking international law by sailing through Russian waters - but the UN doesn't recognise those waters as being Russian.

It's a complicated situation, but in my opinion the rest of the world shouldn't just let Russia get away with invading its neighbours. Having voted in the UN to not recognise Russia's sovereignty over Crimea, why would a UK ship not sail through Ukrainian waters with permission from Ukraine?

There's a fine line here between provocation and appeasement, and I don't think that appeasement is the way to go.

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Re: Provocation

I also think its rather silly sailing warships inside territorial waters, its just a provocation -- the Russians will have to do something, shoo it away like an annoying fly, but realistically they could blow the thing out of the water if they thought they had to.

Nobody except Russia recognises their occupation of Ukraine, and if we keep on letting them get away with it where will they stop?

Sinking a NATO ship is eminently possible, but would be very unwise. It would be very hard to pass it off as an accident, especially after explicitly threatening to bomb them. And it would effectively be a declaration of war against the NATO nations, which would not end well for anyone.

As usual, this is posturing for internal consumption in Russia. Putin is like a playground bully showing off for his mates, but acting innocent in front of the grownups. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, this playground bully has nuclear weapons.

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers

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Re: I May Be Cheap...

My credit card app notifies me after every transaction. So far it's been a minor annoyance, but if an unexpected £2,104.18 popped up I'd see the utility!

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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Re: What . . . why?

Let's try a minor rewrite:

Makes sense for to MS to want to store Windows licence/activation keys in the TPM.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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Re: tribbles, how to remove?

We've got that going on right now, it looks like it's been snowing!

Wait until the seeds are dry but the grass is damp, then throw a match on it. See icon :-)

SpaceX spat with Viasat: Rival accused of abusing legislation to halt Elon's Starlink expansion

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If you can't compete on merit...

...send in the lawyers! It's the American Dream ;-)

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

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Close, but no cigar

The rules are:

* The year must be evenly divisible by 4;

* If the year can also be evenly divided by 100, it is not a leap year; unless...

* The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

So 2000 was a leap year, but 3000 will not be a leap year.

How quickly they forget ;-)

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Re: Microsoft Azure Desktop

I see what you did there ;-)

PrivacyMic looks to keep your home smart without Google, Alexa, Siri and pals listening in

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Excellent use of duct tape in the prototype!

That is all.

There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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Radio 4 rubbish

There was some idiot on Radio 4 yesterday talking about Jeff Bezos winning the billionaires' space race by beating Beardy Branson and Elon Musk into space.... Words fail me.

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: IT managers were always the most difficult

Argh! I get that from some of my "customers": "this isn't working, please investigate", with a screenshot of the results from a SQL query, carefully cropped to cut off the query itself and anything that could identify which environment it's from. I suppose at least it's an actual screenshot, not a phone pic.

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation

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Re: How big and expensive must it be before it can be called a "Theme Park"?

According to what I've read about this law, it has to have at least one million visitors per year. So they've at least thought that far ahead.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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Re: made a bigwig happy with a mere twiddle of a knob?

As the kids say, "user name checks out" ;-)

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Paris Hilton

Re: made a bigwig happy with a mere twiddle of a knob?

Fnarrr! ;-)

We’ve found them! Govt reinstates records previously missing from the Police National Computer

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Who, me?

There should be a good one in a little while :-)

Faster Python: Mark Shannon, author of newly endorsed plan, speaks to The Register

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Re: Making Python faster

CPython is written in C, but I wouldn't say Python is based on C. It's an imperative language, but designed to be Object Oriented.

I imagine it's just like any other application - it can be fast or slow. Start by writing it to be correct, then work on improving performance.

An actress, an internet billionaire, and Tom Cruise walk into a space station ... not necessarily at the same time

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Re: a good pizza chef

I don't think you can make real pizza in microgravity. Not with that part where you throw it up in the air to stretch the base....

James Webb Space Telescope runs one last dress rehearsal for its massive golden mirrors before heading to launchpad

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L2 is not 151.1 million km away

You've slipped a couple of decimals, AC. Try 1.5 million km.

It's still a long way beyond LEO, and your point more or less stands, but a little critical thinking should have suggested that 150 million km was a rather large distance in this context.

Rust 2021 edition to arrive in October with 'more consistent panic' and other new features

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Wrong nail?

I guess Real Programmers can write GUIs with any language, but it seems like you're making it hard for yourself using a language intended for low-level programming to write a GUI.

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

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Qualcomm is the problem

According to Fairphone, it's Qualcomm that's the problem - they only support their near-ubiquitous SoCs for three years (now four), after which you're on your own. Or, preferably for them, you buy a new phone with their latest SoC.

This may be why nerds in basements can support phones for longer than the OEMs: the nerds are probably not as worried about any legal or commercial repercussions.

Google will make you use two-step verification to login

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Re: so what's going on?

It's not just email, I also get an alert through the Google security app (whatever it's called).

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Google password security

On the subject of Google and passwords, are they leaking like a sieve or am I just unlucky? About three or four times a year I get a Google security alert telling me that someone else knows my randomly generated, 20 character password. I haven't told anyone, so what's going on?

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source

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Re: 3.0

The big feature for me was that Lame is now included, so I didn't have to install it separately when my daughter wanted to use Audacity :-)

Dam it: Beaver ate our internet, says tiny Canadian town of Tumbler Ridge

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Didn't BT used to use cable insulation impregnated with arsenic?

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

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Re: Preemptive Ticket Closing?

I worked in a place which didn't quite do that, but if you chased the helldesk about an open ticket then shortly afterwards you would receive email to let you know that the ticket raised for your enquiry had been closed successfully!

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code

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Re: no way of understanding the efficiency of the final SQL

Can you do that anyway without looking at the query plan?

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux

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Re: MeDearOldMum

And do YourDearOldMum and Great Aunt look after it by themselves, or do they use:

A cut-down version of Slack, made especially for them. And they've been quite happy with it for around 15 years now ... although they still insist on calling it "jake's version of Windows".

That's a bit different from managing your own system.

I used Linux as my main OS from Christmas 2000 (when I totally borked my Win98 installation somehow and couldn't be bothered to fix it) until 2006 when I got fed up tweaking stuff all the time and bought a Mac. After 14 years (2 Macs) I'm back on Linux (Kubuntu 20.04) and while it's improved there are still semi-regular issues. Like trying to use Syncthing as a Snap installation and finding that it couldn't access some files because they were in a hidden directory, with no way to allow access due to security decisions taken by the Snap developers. The hidden directory is in my home directory and is owned by me, but apparently is still a security risk. I worked it out eventually and now happily use a non-Snap installation, but how many "normal" users are going to be able to do that?

Key Perl Core developer quits, says he was bullied for daring to suggest programming language contained 'cruft'

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Re: The concept of open source

To me, the concept of open source is more about giving what you can for the common good. Fixing it yourself is certainly encouraged, but I don't think it's essential. I don't know the details of the incident above, but if your project has non-developer users and some sort of feedback mechanism then I think you should expect feature or usability requests. Especially if your project has a GUI.

If you're just writing code for yourself you can do what you like, but as soon as someone else uses it or looks at it, they may have suggestions or requests. I don't contribute to any open source projects but I am a professional developer and I have learned a lot from code reviews and user feedback. You have to be able to open your mind a bit and see it from someone else's point of view, which may be difficult for the stereotypical lone coder.

SpaceX's Starlink: Overhyped and underpowered to meet broadband needs of Rural America, say analysts

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Re: It doesn't add up

It seems unlikely (to me) that rival technologies will not be able to reach nearly all of Musk's potential customers, with a significantly faster and cheaper service, with a combination of more down-to-earth tech like fibre backbones and 4G/5G radio links. Don't bother telling me that those aren't happening, because if *they* aren't commercially viable then Starlink certainly isn't.

While what you say may be technically feasible, from what I've read of the American broadband market the incumbent operators are more interested in milking their existing subscribers and pocketing federal subsidies than in building out any more infrastructure. They're following the American Dream and trying to litigate the competition rather than actually compete.

Also, don't underestimate the difficulty of running physical cable/fibre to a large and geographically sparse population.

Google putting its trust in Rust to weed out memory bugs in Android development

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Re: Android One

As far as I know Android One isn't some sort of cut-down version of the Android OS, but a program which guarantees a minimum duration of updates and near-stock Android UI. I think it was intended to cut down on "landfill Android" phones which were dirt cheap to buy but then never received any updates.

Feeling brave? GNOME 40 is here and you can have a poke around in the Fedora 34 beta

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Re: Gnome 3+ has set back the Linux desktop by ~10 years.

Yikes! So is that before or after fusion power?

Global tat supply line clogged as Suez Canal authorities come to aid of wedged 18-brontosaurus container ship

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Re: Left hand down a bit!

Ooh, nasty!

Prince Harry, the Count of Montecito, turns Silicon Valley startup exec with first job based in 21st Century

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I thought the article was fairly neutral in Reg terms - a bit tongue-in-cheek but that's the house style.

I agree that paying their own way is a good thing, but seeing as their major asset so far is fame/notoriety expect to see more stories about them in the media.

As for royal security, apparently that was withdrawn when they moved to Canada. When you leave the firm, you lose the perks. Is that unfair? Probably. I guess even princes don't live in fairytales any more.

Following Supreme Court ruling, Uber UK recognizes drivers as workers, offers min wage, holiday pay, pension

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Re: It's not Uber being generous

Absolutely. This is from an email I received from Uber this morning:

From today Uber drivers in the UK will be paid holiday time, automatically enrolled into a pension plan, and guaranteed to earn at least the National Living Wage.

Drivers are an essential part of our everyday lives and we are proud to be making these changes to how they earn with Uber.

Emphasis added.

Proud? Proud?! So proud that they fought it through the courts for five years, but no mention of that from Uber!

California bans website 'dark patterns', confusing language when opting out of having your personal info sold

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Re: Cancelling Prime

I accidentally signed up for Prime in the middle of last year. I like to think I'm fairly savvy and careful, but I still managed to click on the wrong thing at some point during checkout. I think there were three options at one stage, along the lines of a big bright button "Yes, sign me up for Prime and take my firstborn!", a smaller plainer button "No but yeah" and a nondescript link on the other side of the page "Beware of the leopard". I may have misremembered the wording ;-)

Fortunately it was fairly simple to cancel it after my free month.

Russia botches Twitter throttling, cripples anything with t-dot-co in the name – including Reddit, Microsoft

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Re: Getting the hostname from an URL

Can you use a port with t.co? You can add that to the pattern, or alternatively use your favourite language's URL library: Java's java.net.URL class will parse the URL and then you call the getHost() method to retrieve just the hostname, which you can compare with a fixed string. Other methods will give you the other parts of the URL if you're interested.

Where is that army of Russian hackers when you need them?

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