* Posts by Yag

853 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Oct 2010


Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense


Re: Oops ...

Yeah..."Won't fix - working as intended"

Microsoft chatbots: Sweet XiaoIce vs foul-mouthed Tay


"I'd rather compare Tay with Clippy."

Yeah, all IAs looks the same to you...

A sure sign of IAcism!

US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets


Re: They should save time...

There are several reasons...

A nuke ship is more expensive than a conventional one. For the strategic subs, the need to be as stealthy and self-reliant as possible makes the choice of nuke plant a no brainer.

The use for attack subs is probably in order to share the development cost of the reactor on more ships : Astutes and Vanguards both use Rolls-Royce PWR2 reactors, french Triomphant and under construction Barracuda both use the K15 reactors.

A carrier needs more power than subs. So you need either a dedicated bigger reactor (the US way) or to use several sub-sized units. The french Charles de Gaulle use two K15 units for example, but i think it lead to some maintenance issues a few years ago (can't remember which ones, sorry).

The QE class carriers, being quite heavier than the CdG, would probably need 3 or 4 PWR2 in order to get it moving, with a lot of additional very expensive nuclear trained crew in order to manage all those nuclear furnaces. Note that the CVN-65 enterprise used EIGHT reactors, which was such a pain that even the cold-war-level-of-spending US military screwed their plan to build more of those and didn't built another nuclear powered carrier for the next 15 years...

Furthermore, nuclear ships are banned on several areas, New Zealand for example. Not that an issue with australia close by...

£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report


So true...

With 4 different equipments to retrieve the altitude, the system could sort the malfunctioning ones is a lot of cases. (3vs1 is trivial, 2vs1+1 might be manageable as well)

And for the landing detection : use Weight on Wheel instead of (or, better, in addition of) a fancy vertical speed detection! As even big commercial airliners get some trouble with air turbulence, no wonder a flimsy tiny drone (especially with the ground effect) get even bigger effects...


Re: "Crew"

They might get a crew cut after this blunder...

Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!


Re: Google Chrome 55 will effectively make all Flash content click-to-play by default

Get real... It'll just lead to complaints about your annoying browser behaviour.

Damn humans.

Police Scotland to cough 0.001% of annual income for unlawful RIPA spying


qui custodiet ipsos custodes?

To serve and protect (our own crownies). Impressive.

Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty


Re: Download Only From Sources You Can Trust

If you need a huge obvious icon to detect such an obvious joke, try to avoid watching political meetings, rallies and debates...

West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35


Come on El reg! Just confess!

We all knows that it's the Vulture Squadron's doing.

Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy


Re: No Unsubscribe?

If this is Microsoft's answer to CNIL's warning, then the following will be very very funny.

I guess that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_litigation will have to be updated soon.

BOFH: Follow the paper trail


Re: I was lucky..

... and paper towels.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator


Ad Blocker available?

Bug report : "I installed an ad blocker on Windows 10, and my PC don't boot any longer!"

Bug analysis : "Working As Intended"

Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network


Re: the real issue is GCHQ is too busy to keep guessing your new ones

10 here, I sometime reset the counter to fool an eventual intruder.

(hard to choose between "trollface" and "joke" icons)

The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires


Re: It is out of copyright

Some tried the same with Ravel's Bolero lately, it was quickly dismissed however.

Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane


Re: Lots of lateness

Maybe it's was not a prank, but the usual SSID of the device that was ironically granted to a phone with an history of exploding batteries.

Maybe the owner did not revealed himself for fear of being deported to Guantanamo Bay.

Don't blame malice when it's just genuine dumbness.

(As a side note, my own WiFi hotspot SSID is "NSA PRISM Station #42" for a decade now)

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell


Re: Far too lenient.

Sounds like any customer service hotline to me.

Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug


Re: RIP Hotomi! We hardly knew ye.

Don't forget the usual...

"As we took far longer than planned for the design and coding phase, as the current software is infested with bugs, and as we cannot change the delivery date, the validation team will have to work 3/8 shifts, probably during the saturdays and sundays as well, for the next 3 monthes."

And it's not even an exageration, but the transcription of a job interview I made a couple of monthes ago.

For a major satellite manufacturer.

Galileos 11 and 12 live for your (imminent) navigating pleasure



Tout se déroule comme prévu.

(omelette du fromage picture related)

Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote


Re: Ireland, they know what they're doing


- staying is like shooting yourself in the foot

- leaving is like playing russian roulette.

well, If I had to choose...

F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again


Re: Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS)

And one of the best joke is about the B-36 and its 10 engines - 6 turboprops and 4 turbofans.

As said on wikipedia :

As engine fires occurred with the B-36's radial engines, some crews humorously changed the aircraft's slogan from "six turning, four burning" into "two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking, and two more unaccounted for."


Re: Just trust US. We've been flying by the seat of our pants for a long time

A dedicated interceptor versus a strike aircraft is a bit one sided.

Socket.io goes down



Feels like deja vu

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge


Re: But I agree with pitting this judge against any organisation...

... that preys upon "The weak of mind and fat of wallet"

Unfortunately, I don't think he'll be able to do anything against political parties.

French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation


Re: "Do conservative Brit bosses face a DevOps Waterloo?"

I know, but I feel I had to keep close to the original sentence.

BTW : There's no such thing as "natural allies"


"Do conservative Brit bosses face a DevOps Waterloo?"

You mean a decisive brit (and some) victory against the french?

Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?


Re: Works where applicable

What about pairing two average programmers, which is the most probable use case?

Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids


Re: changing non-proliferation treaties in a hurry.

Nuke the Wales!

That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there


Another reason...

... for NOT being an ass to people you might need.

Bavarian town rescinds Hitler's honorary citizenship


only 71? bah!

Hindenburg died in 1934, long before the climax of nazi atrocities, so it's 82 years later for him.

EDIT : I do not condone neither try to minimize the nazi actions up to 1934.

Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?


The DADA method (decide, announce, defend, abandon).

Very artsy and very astute to describe governments...

French mobe repair shop chaps trash customer's phone


"You can just add any random clauses for firing in French contracts. "

Yes, but there's no point of adding outright illegal clauses : Just add a simple mobility clause, send the parisians to the middle of nowhere and the non-parisian to Paris, and just wait for them to refuse or quit by themselves...


Re: Re : "tell us, where do you work?"

Sure, whatever... I love digging actually.


Re: Wrong headline

French job contracts are full of loopholes in order to ease sacking. If you ever ask, before signing it, to close them, it's always "take it or leave".

There's also the nice "mutual agreement firing" which is very popular in HR departments. A bit of pressure here and there, et voila!

In this case, it's a legitimate motive ("Faute grave" in french, the employees cannot work there any longer)


Re : "tell us, where do you work?"

I work on embedded avionic systems. Do you plan to take a plan those days?

OF COURSE it was not an acceptable behaviour.

Sigh...Had to choose between the "devil" and the "joke" icons... Guess I overestimated the ability of people to recognize a joke when they see one...


Another reason...

... for NOT being an ass to people you might need.

Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?


We're only in april...

... and there's already stuffed Turkey on the menu.

"Who would have imagined that backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?"

You can replace Turkey by the name of most countries and stay relevant (might need to remove "religious extremism" in some cases, or replace it by "bigotry" as you wish)

Jenkins 'fesses up after inadvertently slurping users' usage stats


An interesting usage stat...

... would be the amount of usage stat they received for those versions compared to the previous ones.

I always wanted to know how many people turn such features off.

Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets


Re: "NOT if you do it from the very beginning."

You seems to imply that you know the future needs of your business as soon as you move.

Furthermore, a real PHB would never listen to the advise of the lowly network guys.

Our network guys are plagued with nightmares since we moved 3 years ago...


Defensive programming is not very costly... Having 3-4 air-gaped physical networks in your premises is.

Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal


Re: built to last!

This is why Sharp was dying : how could they ensure recuring revenue when their customer kept their equipments for decades?

'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?



Re : Or simply silly, when aimed at children who can barely read words of more than 5 letters... "Jane, Paul and Ahmadjiniaddan have three apples..."

Or just write "Jane, Paul and Ali have three apples..." instead.

Re : what if the child's name is "Ahmadjiniaddan", or they have a child in their class called "Ahmadjiniaddan"

In this case, there's no point having texts with this name for keeping his mind open to variety, diversity and complexity.

Feels like we're a bit off topic.

Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel


Offended by Blas de Lezo...

but not by Boaty Mc Boatface?

Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism


Re: I get it. Really I do,

"but if I find out you are paying me less than the man in the same office for doing the same job - I'll feed you your nuts"

<joke>You seems to assume that the people who pays less for women than for men are all men themselves.</joke>

Joke aside, have a beer!

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019


Re: @Matt

"The ejection of the French from the group was both necessary and timely. Otherwise we'd still be waiting for the first Eurofighter prototype flight long after the carriers will have arrived!"

Erm... Can you remind me which european nation actually have a carrier with navalized planes those days?


Re: "Dodgy software" vice DO-178

Okay, it was a gross approximation...

DO-178/ED-12 was designed with civilian SW in mind, Its use in not mandatory for military software. However, it's just easier for the military to use it, especially with the transport aircraft who requires a far greater integration with civilian infrastructure.

For the record, it's not even mandatory for civilian software, but proving to the FAA or EASA the validity of your alternative process will be a huge PITA.

I stand corrected.


Re: Expected?

In more than ten years of work on airborne embedded systems, I've seen only two project using ADA. C is far more common.

And in the case of the F-35, C++ was introduced.


Re: The Doves have taken over

"Mutual detterence weapons", V2.0


Re: You forgot

Don't know if I should upvote or downvote...


Re: "Dodgy software" vice DO-178

DO-178B/C only apply to civilian aircrafts you know. And requirements like "The software should be able to run for up to 24h" are quite common.

However, I get your point, I'm well aware of the limitations of the process, and the trouble when dodgy requirements are validated without a second though because the activity was given to the most junior guy, in order to "get him used to the overall system" (Translation : this is too boring an activity for the old timers who prefer filling meaningless and risk-free status reports)