* Posts by Jonathon Desmond

97 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Oct 2006


SpaceX powers through bad case of wind to nail Falcon 9's eighth droneship landing

Jonathon Desmond

Re: 8th Time

Jessie Anderson? Mundane and/or inane?

A million nerds just cried out in unison...... NEVER!

Happy silver jubilee to JavaScript, king of the web at 25 and still hanging on to its crown, for now

Jonathon Desmond

Re: NaN

That’s it! I’ve been searching for a house name for the new build.

NaN Railway Parade

Perfect! Thanks.

America's largest radio telescope close to collapse as engineers race to fix fraying cables

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Re: Send for Jodie Foster

Sending Sean Bean all but guarantees the platform will fall onto the dish at the precise moment he is underneath looking up.

Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope

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Re: Drill baby drill

“....natural gas...”

Given that Lunar natural gas requires the decomposition of Lunar Dinosaurs*, this does seem rather contraindicated by available evidence....

* - other Lunar based flora or fauna may (probably not) be substituted as you wish.

Come on, Amazon: If you're going to copy open-source code for a new product, at least credit the creator

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Mongo vs DocumentDB

No mention that pretty much the whole reason for the MongoDB license change at 4.0 was AWS?

Is today's AI yesterday's software routines with better PR? We argued over it, you voted on it. And the winner is...

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Are we still doing "Phrasing"?

Facebook rejects Australia's pay-for-news plan, proposes its own idea: How about no more articles at all, sunshine?

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"Nice Country you have here...."

".... be a right shame if something was to happen to its Newsfeeds....."

AWS unleashes a new homegrown Linux that's good enough to bottle

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Re: Missing tools?

"...I wonder if we will see MSDOS returning soon..."

Marketed as the all new, optimised for character mode operations, Microsoft CLI Interface?

SpaceX to return NASA 'nauts to Earth with a splash

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Re: Argh!

But what if the capsule is going faster than light?

Time to invoke the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional tense.....

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch

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Actually I am pretty sure they would have reached the correct orbit.

They'd just be in the wrong orbital position in that orbit.....

The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs

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Actually it’s very efficient - albeit only at generating licensing revenue.....

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Is it just me?

Or does everyone else go off vainly hunting for a footnote every time they see mention of Sagittarius A* ?

(* - not a footnote marker)

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off

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Re: What if the Cloud also catches Corona?

Romani ite domum

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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Re: Cascading collisions?

Helvética Scenario. Cool.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: one would think

Oh joy, the Microsoft version of systemd.

I thought systemd was the Microsoft version of systemd......

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Teams

"...it doesn't alert properly..."

Well they *are* trying to sell it as a Slack competitor, so feature parity is important!

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Dodgy ephemeris?

So you’re saying that it’s wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff going on?

Cheapskate Brits appear to love their Poundland MVNOs as UK's big four snubbed in survey again

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Yeah, but 1.50 per minute to call (for example) Australia on Plusnet vs 2p on GiffGaff.

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Maybe, just maybe.....

.... the purpose of collecting this explody stuff is in case the Franchise Wars break out whilst he is on one of his regular visits to said Taco Bell?

A few reasons why cops didn't immediately shoot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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“What's the terminal velocity of such a spent rifle bullet...”

African or European bullet?

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: Wondering

A quick glance at the github mirror appears to show that it uses the three clause BSD license.

FWIW, Wikipedia (I know!) waffles on about Chromium Browser being “tri-licenced”, including MIT and BSD.

Micro Focus belches as it struggles to digest HPE Software

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Re: Shocked! Shocked I say!

Tabs vs Spaces is much harder to resolve......

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

AC is obviously deliberately combaiting.

Being combaitative.

Laying combait.


Don’t fall for it!

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Hypocrisy of dissent

Re: "Original wording"

On this, you may be misremembering the phrasing of the 2nd.

The exact text is:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Whilst it does mention 'Well regulated militia', it is more in the sense of a preamble. The money shot is the phrase "... , the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".

If the framers had intended that "the people" should only be those who were members of a militia force (essentially a state army) they would have said so, something like:

"The right of the states to keep, arm and maintain well regulated militia forces shall not be impinged'.

But they didn't - they granted the right to "The People", without qualification.

To those of us on the outside looking in, it appears mad - but that's what it says and it isn't likely to change.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Seriously, you gathered a dozen downvotes for working in those references? My sympathies, sad days indeed.

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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Although three Block 4 boosters appear to have been recovered twice, the main restriction is that it is apparently not economically feasible to reuse them for a third launch (i.e.: It is cheaper to build a new one than refurb)

Although some people accuse Musk of 'littering', the fact is everyone else is littering with every single booster they launch. Should SpaceX really be punished for doing it better than everyone else? By getting two launches out of one booster they have already cut their litter by 50%.

Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

Jonathon Desmond

Re: 'Nuff Said

Already fixed, but thanks for pointing it out.

Matt (Asay) has articles on the Reg going back to at least 2012; in that time it looks like he has had about a million jobs (Sorry, Matt!) and was, for a short time, employed by Mongo/10Gen to run their community. He is now working for Adobe and there are stints for Alfresco, Canonical and others mixed in there somehow.

I think he highlights a good point regarding the revenue share of OSS DBs having a magnifier effect on the loss of revenue of Oracle. The NHS switched from Oracle on the Spine, for example, saving a whole bunch of money. Shame they went to Riak, but it’s easy to judge with 20/20 hindsight.

Jonathon Desmond

Re: 'Nuff Said

It’s a quote. It is missing quotation marks, and it is a quote from a Mongo marketing droid, but it’s not the author talking there.

Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Time Bomb?

I think you mean “mayan meetan con with doom willen on when”

nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it

Jonathon Desmond

One thing I’ve found useful - Although it costs - is that you can use a VPN service providing static IP addresses and incoming connections such as VPNUK (for example, although they only surface your endpoint in the UK, US or Italy at the moment) to work around inbound traffic restrictions.

Well that went well: Polycom sold for the same figure it fetched two years ago

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Not so bad...

Clever shenanigans notwithstanding (as outlined by the posters above), I’ve often pointed out to people that any business transaction *that does not actually make a loss* is better than the alternative.

In this case, the investors turn their stock into equity in a company with a larger portfolio and a better strategic fit.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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So why let the "common ignorant rabble" vote at all?

I mean, surely picking the government is a pretty big decision.

Democracy - only for the elite. Right?

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: "the self driving car has got itself into a position"

Ah, the Kobayashi Maru question!

Let's Encrypt updates certificate automation, adds splats

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Re: "...admins will have to edit a DNS record to prove..."

Digital Ocean provide free DNS hosting (well, it's good enough for me), and they have 2FA.

You can also automate the Let's Encrypt process using a DO API key.

Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

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Re: Musk really does see himself as the Saviour of Mankind

That would require a retcon; Moonbase 0 doesn't exist in the source material

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Musk really does see himself as the Saviour of Mankind

"If any country had established a moon base and based on today, there'd be a Chinese one,..."

You're probably right, and things could rapidly get confusing.

To keep the nomenclature simple, the UN could maybe agree on numbering them. The Americans could have Moonbase 1, the Russians Moonbase 2....

Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Is lies! Lies! All lies!

That is a myth. Even Wikipedia states that on that very same link:


“It is also sometimes mistakenly stated that the 1967 referendum overturned a "Flora and Fauna Act", which supposedly mandated that indigenous Australians were governed and managed under the same portfolio as Australian wildlife – New South Wales state MP Linda Burney made mention of such an act in her maiden speech in 2003,[26] as did Mark Colvin in a 2007 ABC article.[27] A 2014 SBS article described the notion that "Indigenous people were classed as fauna" as a "myth", listing it as one of "four key misunderstandings persist[ing] about modern Indigenous history and the referendum"

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Is lies! Lies! All lies!

I think we need references for this, especially the Australian Wildlife allegation.....

SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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Re: One wonders ...

But it’s not a random network. Satellites move in fixed and predictable ways and clients generally won’t be moving fast enough that tracking them would be too challenging.

At any given point in time, any given satellite will know Its own location, that of all the other sats in the constellation, and where the fixed ground stations (exit nodes) are. That would seem to me to make client to internet routing straightforward.

I imagine that clients would be assigned some kind of identifier or address that indicates their physical location, or that information would be wrapped in the protocol somewhere, so that responses can be directed to the nearest satellite for the downlink. Slight variations and outages would be handled because, as with GPS, the client nodes would likely be listening to multiple overhead sats at once, so would receive the data intended for them regardless of precisely which nearby bird down linked it.

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Money

I remember reading in an article on them a while ago that most BA flights are priced for and target one of two goals:

1) To completely fill first class


2) To completely fill business class

- either of these, by themselves, pay for the flight and costs. Everything else (i.e.: The cattle fares and the other 'up front' cabin) is cream.

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: The closest thing to a . . .

I voted in both Mayoral elections that BoJo won and both times it was pencil on paper old fashioned style voting. Not electronic.

I understand that scanning was used to tally the counts, but that's hardly electronic voting.

Besides the competition was Red Ken - so, no competition to speak of.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: FFS!

My brain itch comes from people using 'crafts' as the plural of 'craft' in this context.

The plural of craft (as in a transportation device such as a sailing vessel or aeroplane) is also craft - there is no 's'

e.g.: 'On a Sunday, the busy waters of the Solent are packed with many craft such as pleasure vessels and sightseeing boats'

Conversely, the plural of craft (when referring to handicraft or ability) *is* crafts.

e.g.: 'He is skilled in the crafts of knitting and embroidery'

Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Production Values

Lots of things that I can't figure out about that video, but the biggest puzzle to me (aside from how they raised any money at all) is why the use of the Brisbane skyline in the opening sequence?

Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Ambidextrous, obvs.

Maybe to suit both left handed and right handed pilots?

Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Re: Alarms

But the mechanical duplicate key won't have a transponder code recognised by the cars immobiliser, so the alarm will continue to sound and the car won't start, even though the key will mechanically unlock the steering.

That's why these guys had to pfaff around with the reprogramming I guess. A mechanical duplicate isn't enough to steal any remotely modern car.

Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: Big opportunity missed

At least I had the courtesy to quote some sources in my comment rather than 'I used to own...'

It's not twaddle. The point was that by building and deploying a system that did not use smart cards or encryption (and that was the main difference between Freeview and ITVDigital) there is an incredible amount of consumer inertia now built up making it almost impossible to switch to a BBC subscription model over DTV anytime soon. All those TVs with built in tuners that would suddenly become useless.....

Which was the whole idea. Greg Dyke admits it in his book. Go and read it if you don't believe me, but I did try to save you!

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Big opportunity missed

The opportunity wasn't missed at all. It was avoided by a country mile.... Greg Dyke saw to that on purpose.

Freeview was deliberately designed so as to not support smartcards, making it easier for the BBC to resist any potential push to a subscription model.




.... And, of course, you could read his book. I wouldn't recommend it though.

Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Jonathon Desmond

Re: Three Wishes

That would be *Tom* and Martha.

Maybe you do need to see it again? (Just kidding, no typo is worth that punishment!)

QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

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Cathay Pacific have done this for a while too....

See 1:16-1:121 in this (slightly noisy) video someone took with their phone back in January (you can read the English subtitles during the Chinese language section of the audio):


Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

Jonathon Desmond

Re: I'm torn

I doubt it's the 'Big Four' as such, because the ANZ are already signed up to Apple Pay, so It seems unlikely they would be party to this action.....