* Posts by Chris 15

33 posts • joined 22 Dec 2010

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

Chris 15

Bothsides blather, logical fallacy, Poe's Law reference, freeze peach nonsense! Quite the cocktail of stupidity persent in that comment in my opinion.

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Re: Not so sure it will be ineffective...

...what an absolute load of piffle!

It's Twitters' property, intellectual and otherwise. They get to choose who can use it as a platform, and what speech is and isnt acceptable on it. End of debate.

Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point

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In the near future? a question

By this I take it you mean as soon as the orbit of this rock reaches the other end of what must be a hyperbolic orbit since it is going to escape the influence of our bigger rock.

One question I have is this, how does a mass in interplanetary space (or interstellar for that matter) get permanenty captured (ie enter a non hyperbolic orbit)? Since there is no friction in space other than if hitting some kind of atmosphere or the bigger mass that has captured the smaller one wouldn't this leave the 2 options of either joining the mass of the larger object permanently or being flung out on a hyperbolic orbit for somerthing like 99.999999% of the time?

Squirrel away a little IT budget for likely Brexit uncertainty, CIOs warned

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Re: Could a brexiter please explain...

Ahh yes, this was foretold in a prior post: 'It's the remainers' fault that this is a gigantic mess!!!1111'

You sir, are a fool.

It's a no to ZFS in the Linux kernel from me, says Torvalds, points finger of blame at Oracle licensing

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Viral eh?

So making sure that the main tenets of the gpl are maintained to the benefit of all, whilst stopping people and organisations getting a free lunch from others' work is a problem for you is it?

Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

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Re: No no no

>>You've got it all wrong, people. It's not Boeing's fault... It's the pilots'. They were landing those planes wrong, see?

FTFY. A missed opportunity to go James Cagney. Fitting considering the behavour of a certain Aircraft manufacturer.

Doogee Wowser: The S40's a terrible smartphone, but a passable projectile

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Re: Both children were suspended as a result.

Careful, the ambulance chaser may decide to try and sue El Reg for their involvement. More money there etc...

joke alert icon because IT'S NOT A SUGGESTION FOR THE LAWYER!

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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It's Brighton

THey could all be able to communicate via Jedi Holographic projectors, given the religion split at the census...

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

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Re: Concord (sic) doesnt fly anymore.

Quote: A bit more than 550 mph.

Just checked, the Boeing 747-8 has a cruise speed of 914 km/h, which is 567.9 mph. For the Airbus A380 it is 903 km/h (561.1 mph). </quote>

At Flight Level 360 maybe aka 36000ft. Know many drones of the nonmilitary type that fly that high do you? (not sure many of those even can fly higher than 10,000ft).

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

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Re: solution

I would point out that having the wifi set to *ahem* maximum legal power <wink wink> that due to the way that wifi networks implement collision avoidance, you could actually reduce your usable bandwidth (and theirs) if someone else has a router on same or near to frequency (channel) within rx range of your suspiciously powerful ap.

In Rust we trust: Brave smashes speed limit after rewriting ad-block engine in super-lang

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Re: Always wanted to get into rust...

Well if you want to stick yourself with nails, nobody is stopping you, or being judgemental. Each to their own of course.

Hate your IT job? Sick of computers? Good news: An electronics-frying Sun superflare may hit 'in next 100 years'

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Re: Yeah let's frrrryyyyyyy

I knew someone would find a way to bring in Brexit here. Post apocalyptic loonies though, nice description of the Brexit Party ;)

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

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Oh Really

<Utter Tripe Alert>

Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

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Re: Who cracked their secure enclave?

Nono, the NSA won't be worried. TYhey'll just keep on using the properly coded support for their spying already present...

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

>Sometimes the drying is helped by application of IPA (isopropyl alcohol, not the drink variety).

Depends where you apply it. Personally, I tend to drink IPA's rather than use them for diy or cleaning purposes...

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

>And if I've read the figures right you are more likely to be shot by a toddler in the US than by anyone with a gun in the UK.

That's ok though leftpondians, Secret service rules mean that a protectee cannot go packing. At least you're safe from Trump.

European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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I have to say most of hte time that Orlowski spews another message from his corporate sponsors I think of his name as Wormtongue Orlowski.


My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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Re: Prohibited from using extinguisher

I Don't want to minimise your expertise in various fields, but, in the words of the Sussex Fire Brigade chief (at that time), how do you know if it is safe for you to attempt to tackle the fire? In his rather expert view it is not reasonable to expect people with zero actual fire training to know whether a given fire is of a magnitude for you to to know whether you should attempt to extinguish it. Fires can get alot more dangerous very fast, and that's before we get to talk about combustion gasses.

Just something to bear in mind :)

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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nice but one issue (for me)

I have one machine that is rocking along just fine with 14.04 still- and I am going to need to update it to 18.04 before end of support next year, but this machine runs on an A10 and amd graphics card using the proprietary driver because I'm quite happy with the relatively large (for the gpu thats installed) performance boost running the driver in dual graphics mode.

The newer driver stack STILL does not support any kind of crossfire type mode including dual graphics mode. This hence means that the update will equate to lower graphics performance that one of my sons benefits from as he uses this machine for penguin flavoured gaming.

Due to 'advances' there is no way of getting round this and there is STILL no movement that I can see towards this being resolved :/

How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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>An expensive type 45 is lovely

Al long as it isnt asked to operate on ~70% of the worlds watermass where the temperature is wrong for it eh?

I'm honestly surprised the excuse for their lack of fitness for the purposes we actually need them for isnt 'you aren't supposed to get the hull wet'

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

>>One the second amendment allows for gun ownership

>So - cancel the 2nd Amendment.

>Or, barring that, use it for the purpose intended (to be a check on a tyrannical government). Too many >people stop reading at the "bear arms" bit without going onto the militia bit.

I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding of intent with this.

A Militia recruits/drafts members expecting them to supply their own firearms (or did in this time in history).

So having citizenry unable to acquire said firearms would negate that.

Also the term regulated was not used in the manner we think of it today.

Not that this whole amendment isn't archaic, however you need to understand the framers' intents when they were drafting it.


a non gun nut who thinks the septics are far to heavily armed, and far to ready to use said arms for comfort.

Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?

Meh, you're not supposed to wear them on your head

D'ya ken?

BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

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@ HKmk23: Wrong.

The us government (ie taxpayer) did NOT spend the money to develop this, the pen was developed by private interest to work in zero g. It worked, and there were benefits in terms of the technology from that point, rather like alot of space program technology. A pencil would probably work great until you need to sharpen it, not to mention broken tips/graphite dust just from using them. You mentioned google further down in your post, how about you googled the Space Pen and actually get some facts before spouting rhetoric?

<snip> approximately 400 pens for $6 a piece </snip>.

THAT was what it cost NASA.

HTH :)

BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

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ip over Main Battle Tank?

>wasn't there an RFC for...

>Main Battle Tanks with big '0's and '1's painted on them?

Sod that, terrible bandwidth, awful latency, and a QOS rating of terrible (MBTs are easily immobilised if you know how. With not hard to obtain materials

Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'

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@phil O'sophical:

>>Not much of a fanatic → #

>>In Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'

>>A real religious nutcase would have voluntarily had an industrial accident on day #665, just to stick it to the boss.

a sensible religious nutcase would have organised an industrial accident for his boss. involving nails, or a crown of thorns, or something :)

Record flight is step toward HYPERSONIC SPACE AIRSHIP

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Re: Ladies and Gentlemen

>after which you will transfer to the atmosphere descent craft.

That'll be a parachute and oxygen supply then.

BOFH: Ready for the Judgment Day

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some words go here

Although an AC Cattleprod would be rather interesting

PARIS team to tackle the ultimate post-pint snack

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Amen to that! As a proper southerner i have had occasion to live up in the norvern wastelands, and it's not fun...

Flameproof coat, natch.

David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

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You're doing it a bit wrong i feel.

If you're just trying to get a temp job or any job thats not related to your field of expertise then dont tell them about your field of expertise :)

Apple seeks patent for keyboard that sucks

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well actually

it's intended for use on the new Apple Simple Keyboard. WIth just 6 Keys. For the Simple people with Apple computers ;)

US spooks to build 60 megawatt data center

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well it's pretty obvious

A replacement for the Black Mesa Research Facility, surely?

Megaquake cuts Japan phone lines

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Oh for the love of mike

Can we NOT refer to this as a 'megaquake'! It's an earthquake. No other name is required.

National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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well hang on here

It's a shame about all of this, because an ID card without all of the national identity register backend - and all that it entails (which was the bit I objected to) - being a single identity document card with LOCAL, NONRETAINED verification that the cardholder is indeed the authorised cardholder would be a Good Idea. Such a shame that bureaucrats in Whitehall would never allow such a simple, effective device without the backend.


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