* Posts by PK

65 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Dec 2010


To preserve Earth's treasures, digital silence is golden

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Re: Predicted in 1973?

Thanks, I now have another book on my ever expanding to-try-and-read-at-some-point list


Predicted in 1973?

Sounds like Flash Crowd by Larry Niven, but with the internet instead of teleporters


Underwater datacenter will open for business this year



I guess the difference is that this uses the ocean to cool the equipment directly, rather than burning carbon to both cool the equipment, warm the coolant AND release CO2 which causes further warming.

Google said to be taking steps to keep political campaign emails out of Gmail spam bin


Shouldn't that read ...

... Gmail is letting more left-wing spam get through and Outlook more right-wing spam?

It's all going in the spam & burn folder if we start getting that s**t here in the UK

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta


MS Doublespeak?

The outcome was the discovery that people want ... then for Windows "to get out of the way."

So we've decided to force Teams into Windows itself so that you can't get it out of the way ... ever ....

Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives


Re: A certain amount of thrashing around going on here....

...or if they're really nasty, they take out everything useful and leave us with just Facebook

Deepfake 3.0 (beta), the bad news: This AI can turn ONE photo of you into a talking head. Good news: There is none


digital signatures

Isn't there the possibility of videos being digitally signed so that we at least know that they've been published by a (hopefully) reputable news organisation, government or whoever? Ok, these days you get lots of shadowy sites masquerading as news but at least you could see who is publishing something and make a judgement.

Quit worrying about killer robots, they are coming whether you like it or not – and they absolutely will not stop



I can't see the problem. We need something able to keep fighting over the planet once it gets too hot for us meatware to survive

You spin me right round, baby, right round like an exploding asteroid, baby, right round round round


... which got me thinking it's an orbiting menhir

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system



I like the way SQL Server lets you highlight and execute part of a command - so you can accidentally miss out the last line which you HAVE typed, checked, rechecked and ... ooops!


I still remember the day I found out chown -R .* goes up as well as down.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

The radiation wouldn't need to go far through water. If iron-60 is dropping into the water and getting into the food chain, it would then emit the radiation whenever an atom decays - getting whatever happens to be local at that point.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy


Re: "Et tu Bruté"

I've now got this image of Ceasar's last words being "Brutus that's sick innit"

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Shouldn't that be RnAF ?

...for Royal no-Air Force?

At least "per ardua ad astro" still applies though

North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins


Re: So what happens if...

Whoops, always getting muddled on US geography :-)


So what happens if...

...the overdue magnetic flip, the overdue yosemite super volcano and my overdue library book all happen at the same time?

Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins


Re: Nah

..and I thought it looked like the magic roundabout in Swindon

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


Re: Fascinating

Sounds normal. No-one believed the Okapi existed until a european person found one. The locals of course had known about them forever.

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies


Re: Primitive Life?

This could end up being a bit embarrassing for us humans, showing off with our progress and technology to get a mission all the way to Europa only to find that the Tardigrades have got there first...

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone



Alexa: play Tubular Bells

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet


Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

@harmjschoonhoven - is this a budget terraforming plan? Sounds good until the radiation enhanced cockroaches decide to hijack one of the return ships to battle the radiation enhanced turtles for the earth's pizza supply.


Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

I can just see the Dominos app trying to keep up with your nearest branch ... "place order from London ... Reading ... Bristol ... ... ... New York ..."

Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years


It might even go further back that that...


Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord


Zooey Deschanel ?

I'm fine with a black or female Doctor but accept that an American one might be a step too far though...

Pluto has massive underground oceans, say astro-boffins


So was Larry Niven right?

...that an alien ship collided with a moon of Neptune, knocking it out of orbit to become Pluto (World of Ptavvs)

'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'


"...reboot the internet"

I had a project leader who once asked if we could do a local backup of the web. It was the 90s and not quite as big though...

Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)


At least the BSOD will make us look like Avatar

...until the next routine update suddenly switches our eyes off.

Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag


It has got to be asked...

So where are the rounded corners?

China launches quantum satellite to test spooky action at a distance


Re: Three Body?

Yes, took me several attempts to get it right. Need more coffee...


Three Body?

So with this and a rumour of a planet in the Centauri system, it's beginning to sound like the Three Body Problem ...or are China just starting up the publicity for next year's film?

Paper wasps that lie to their mates get a right kicking, research finds


They might take our hives, but they'll never take ...

Once she had a painted face, she probably went all Braveheart and started buzzing about "...our freedom"

Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight


I kinda feel sorry for ...

...the poor little FBI pleb to gets ordered by a judge to go and fetch Putin's PC.

Astroboffins discover rapid 'electric winds' blowing on Venus


Re: Bloody great battery

If it does that to oceans, I'm not sure you want to "earth" this battery

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'


I've just received an email...

...offering triple Nectar points on a Windows 10 laptop. Has someone figured that people want Nectar points more than Windows 10?

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux


Could this be an admission...

...that they might have screwed up Windows over the last few releases and need a plan B to keep people using their apps?

Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts


Re: end of the video

Ha ha, I thought the same thing except that it thinks "mustn't punch the b*stard, go outside and calm down"

Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy


Surely the important question about gravity waves is...

...when will we be able to surf them like in Dark Star?

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs


Time to get the popcorn yet?

At some point, some company with good lawyers and a good publicity department are going to be onto MS Support saying "We're currently losing $million per hour. Sort it"

Me? Laughing? I'm still happily on Vista so no nagware at all :-)

Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax


Re: "people that really understand what's happening."

"For what reason?" Money of course. His main policy all along has been to award himself a multi-billion dollar contract to build a wall.

Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders


Re: "All your files are exactly where you left them"

Sounds like they're saying that they'll keep your files where they are for this upgrade, but are not ruling out automatically moving into a paid-for OneDrive in a future update. All for your own peace of mind of course,,,

Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins


Apologies, just noticed you beat me to this joke


it's aliens...

So did someone put these rubber bands round to stop us leaving? It might explain why Voyager has tried to leave a few times now. Will it be pinged back in towards the sun at some point?


Measuring that data when it arrives will also be just a little bit harder than it was last week...

...as Voyager is currently downloading a Windows 10 upgrade

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


Ha ha Microsoft! Install Windows 10 on this if you can...


Internet of Things takes off with combined webcam and magazine rack

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Paris Hilton

"....and this pose is called the Paris Hilton angle"


Ann finds that the face unlock utility has gone arse over tit

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back


I'm beginning to be glad I've stuck to Vista...

I've been meaning to upgrade my home PC to Windows 7.for ages, but I think MS have just torpedoed that idea.