* Posts by Citizen99

147 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011


Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much


According to Goscinny and Uderzo, it goes back to Roman times...

We just drank warm water ( and BTW warm beer), until introduced, by Asterix and Obelix, to herbs from the Druid Getafix's stock. (I'm using the Anglicised name, it was Panoramix in the original).

Don't trust deep-learning algos to touch up medical scans: Boffins warn 'highly unstable' tech leads to bad diagnoses

Black Helicopters

I remember a BBC (of course) programme describing how a system of what was essentially mathematical interpolation between mineral deposits locations was successfully used to find the best place to dig for more of the said mineral.

The argument was then extrapolated ,by (cough) inference, to justify the manufacture of data for input to climate modelling.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help


Re: Red Dwarf, perhaps?

Beat me to it :-) One of the best. Have a -->

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Even if it worked, it would be an epidemiologists' toy, from which the emerging information would probably be ignored as far as implementation is concerned. (Experience suggests).

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


The look is available 'out of the box' if you use Trinity Desktop Environment on Linux (or whatever other *x OS it might run on. It's a fork of KDE 3. Go to Control Centre -> Appearance & Themes -> Theme Manager ->" Redmond" theme.

You lose the default start menu and the bar it sits in, but you can find the menu in the side bar of the Home icon.

Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI


Re: Battery analysis

"pulse testing" - rich in harmonics, more than just 2 or 3 frequencies , perhaps relevant :-)

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo


Re: "A Saga of Sixpence"

Oh, Ron !!!

Yes, Eth ?

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown


Thank you for that valuable public service

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Re: Pharmacologists on el Reg?

Friar's Balsam ?

"The active ingredients are: prepared storax 10% w/v, benzoin sumatra 10% w/v. The other ingredients are: aloes, ethanol and purified water. Friars' Balsam is a dark brown liquid which smells of alcohol. It is supplied in 50ml bottles."


Re: Talking of which...

"Trouser cough"

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording


Junior employee takes the rap for a 'toxic' organisation. The 'suits' seemingly in the clear. Job done.

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


Nurse !


Re: Wouldn't it be great

Now, what happened to the Giotto Engineering Model ?

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job


Re: The product is strong, and the vision is excellent

Refreshing to see this point of view on El Reg, although end-of-the-world alarmism seems to have won the politics (and the consequently created financial/industrial interests). According to past predictions voiced by some the whole world would already be 'on fire' (and the actual fires which are natural are worsened by misguided 'green' changes to management of the landscape.

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry


Re: German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry

I seem to remember reading that the Russians went operational with HTP in submarines, and suffered at least one explosion catastrophe.

Rugby legend Will Carling tells El Reg: Techie stats bods will love this year's Six Nations


I hate it when commentators talk over the referee's microphone chat, or when the transmission switches to analysis of replays instead of keeping the transmission in real time. If I want to follow or admire their wonderful analysis it's usually available on-line after the match has finished. Even when the game is paused for e.g. an injury I don't need the down-time to be filled with babble.

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd



3. If so many people disagree with the direction Linux is taking, why hasn't someone forked Linux itself to remove anything like systemd from the tree and enforced the compartmentalization principle (call it trunix or something)?


Debian, for example, has been forked to Devuan.

But there can still be issues (like availability of packaged proprietary blobs) where the developer has concentrated their resources on making dependencies on systemd only. Probably, I suspect, because of the installed dominance in the comparatively mass installed distros based on Ubuntu.

European Space Agency launches planet-hunting Cheops while Rocket Lab starts on a third launchpad


Test firing of the Black Knight rocket by Saunders-Roe didn't seem to do the Isle of Wight any harm.

Post Office coughs £57.75m to settle wonky Horizon IT system case


The fact that there were so many cases of the discrepancy should have made it obvious to anyone with half a brain that it was a system failure in the common factor, namely the software. But then we are talking about the sort of 'public services' drones who move from one well-remunerated catastrophe to another,

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train


In my youth, back in the early '60s, I traveled back home from Istanbul by train (no food facilities provided on board), equipped with a *whole tin* of hard-boiled eggs and olives.

Nobody complained. Those were the days.

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers


Exactly, upvoted.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future


"...intended ... dependencies ... likes of Devuan and Slackware ... impossible"

I'm already seeing dependency issues trying to run my 'heritage' Debian-packaged applications on Devuan. Not necessarily available on other non-systemd systems. And in my late '70s I have neither the time or stamina to compile from source. Poettering, kindly leave my machines alone.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


A kangaroo court set up in the 21st Century by Prime Minister (and lawyer) Blair.

As a point of comparison for readers the other side of the pond, imagine the US Supreme Court, founded in a considered fashion centuries ago, suddenly populated entirely by Clinton/Obama followers. Voters, despair.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


I was at a bus stop shelter studying the timetable, about to move back when I was almost taken out by a young woman riding silently, fast & furious. Oh, the lane markings showed that the cycle lane did *not* exist at the but stop. Would have been a Pensioner/Pillock Pile-up.

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities


Re: Brexit bollocks

"EU budgets". Funded by the UK (plus all the money we don't get back.

It's Friday lunchtime on International Beer Day. Bitter hop to it, boss'll be none the weiser


Surprised to find myself in a Carlsberg region; I would go for 6X from there but at least I can sometimes get the Pedigree of my birthright :-)

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned


Re: Concrete Tornado

I remember building a kit radio that used small 'acorn' tubes/valves - a configuration designed to minimise stray inductance.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, where to go? Navigation satellite signals flip from degraded to full TITSUP* over span of four days


Re: We live in a society

The Omens are Good.

Agnes Nutter was pretty accurate, making allowances for changes in the low-level detail over time.

Train maker's coder goes loco, choo-choo-chooses to flee to China with top-secret code – allegedly


Re: Nice Picture

Pendennis Castle did well during the 1925 locomotive exchange trials with the LNER.


Re: Nice Picture

A gracious contribution.


Re: Nice Picture

Oops, I meant Henry, not Gordon.


Re: Nice Picture

I recognise Thomas and Gordon.Can't place the others off-hand.

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber


Re: That Howl though!

"Would the young gentleman like a red spot or a white spot?"

I remember buying the tiny Red Spot and Blue Spot transistors individually as a teenage hobbyist (in UK). By appearance they seemed to have been produced by BTH (British Thomson Houston), evidently screened-out rejects from the production line.

Red Spot for Audio, Blue for frequencies up to RF like your MF superhet oscillator/mixer stage. Performance very much a lottery.

I had one that self-combusted from thermal runaway due to high internal leakage current. This was the days of germanium, before silicon.

Buckminsterfullerene sounds like the next UK Prime Minister but trust us, it's in fact the largest molecule yet found in interstellar space


"The thing about carbon - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black."

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds ;-)

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff


Re: Yeah

Absolutely. Only the other day I was trying to checkout from Amazon without Prime AND IT WENT TO PRIME CHECKOUT JUST FROM MOUSE MOVEMENT - NO CLICK - whilst I was trying to navigate (that I had done successfully in the past). GRRR.

Remember that crypto-exchange boss who mysteriously died after his customers' coins disappeared? Of course he totally stole them


Re: Maybe MOSSAD could help ?

"They are *very* good at tracking down "dead" people ..."

...and rectifying the anomaly.


Obligatory Hitchhiker's Guide

Mr.Desiato is currently dead, for tax reasons.

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication


Re: Nah.

Good idea. But makes my brain ache.

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space


Re: Looks like the end for me

I've experimented with some of those tablets, including the Linx 810 and 820, and Ubuntu. Be prepared to use a very fine-point stylus and perhaps reading glasses, and the single USB port is a PITA.

I got an 820 which it seems had been 'bricked' by a W10 update.

Xubuntu 19.04 re-spun by Linuxium's isorespin.sh VERSION 8.2.8 works in my Linx 820.

I've run earlier re-spun Ubuntus on the Linx 810 from a Live USB.

BT Tower broadcasts error message to the nation as Windows displays admin's shame


"A metaphor for Brexit ..."

The customary EUnerd irrelevance.


Edinburgh-based rocket botherer seeks UK or overseas launch location for fun times, maybe more


Re: Simple Physics

Simple physics - an Equatorial launch site is best for Geostationary orbits. Like communications satellites.

Simple physics - a far-North (or far-South) launch site is OK for Polar orbits. The Earth rotates below the orbit giving wide scan coverage.

There's a lot of interesting science to be done near the Poles - Earth's magnetic field interaction with the Solar Wind - think the Aurora Borealis.

BTW For decades there were hundreds of the UK-produced original Skylark rocket launches for research - not necessarily Polar, depending on the mission.

We don't know whether 737 Max MCAS update is coming or Boeing: Anti-stall safety fix delayed


Re: I'd fly in one today.

A bad design should not be excused because some, not all, human pilots managed to overcome its deficiencies.

Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry


... walked into a bar

According to the Friday Torygraph it was the Dutch Captain, the Russian 1st Mate, and the Philippino crewman. Somewhere else I saw a suggestion Estonian/Russian.

Well done chaps and rescuers anyway.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter


Re: So...

Must use that one; have a beer Sir.


If Harold hadn't had to deal with two invasions at once (Norwegians up t'North) the result at Hastings might have been different.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son


Re: Poor boy!

On a bit of a loser there, if I remember

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Frozen in time

"...aimed at demonstrating that while Office 2019 is frozen in time,...."

And the problem with that is ... ?

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot


There is an upside, if you're a Linux user looking for decent quality hardware cheap with bricked-up windows ...

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


'ow much ?!

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Pembroke - Cork ferry 1979. bar at the blunt end of the ship, well up&down. Couple of pints Guiness - slept like a baby :)



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