* Posts by dmck

41 posts • joined 15 Feb 2011

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station


Starship at the moment is/was fuel tanks and an engine. So not really comparable.

If your adding Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital vehicle, then Blue Origin's Capsule should also be mentioned.

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on


The Robots of Dawn

Detective Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw solve the third book.

4th Law added - The rights of the many are more important that the rights of the few.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Re: Sour Grapes

But of course the mission was a success and that dragon would not again be used by crew, Dragon 2's only fly one with crew and then are butchered to become cargo Dragon 2's.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


aye the SkyQ also doesn't do loopback.

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away


I believe 'Justice' is a devolved Power, so this will be England and possibly Wales.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are devolved AFAIK.

BT 'UK's most powerful Wi-Fi'? Why, fie, for shame! – ads watchdog


Well the BT router is better than Sky's QBox router and not just in WiFi strength.

Fly me to the Moon, let me play among the stars. Do you think we could get another probe to land on Mars?


You forgot to mention SpaceX starting to turn a stainless steel water tower into a test rocket (max height of 5km).

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic


Anyone else see the episode of DOOMWATCH where the plastic eating enzymes escaped into the world ?

NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success


Hmm spacex.com/webcast said that the launch would happen on Wednesday when I checked at 23:30 last night. Is that not official ?

NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel


Musk has already stated that the Falcon Heavy is not going to be man rated.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court


What they need is a large diplomatic bag and shove him in,

Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?


perhaps he can by the US Robotics name, that would go well with his latest purchase.

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption


Re: Bwahahahahahaha!

Forced imprisonment on Mars.

How to start a colony.

Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer


Well considering that most phones are using ARM processors and Acorn Computers Ltd designed the ARM (Acorn Risc Machine) for a desktop computer it's pretty obvious that a modern ARM should be even more capable of driving a desktop.

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data


Re: This weeks name

The company is called Leonardo MW Ltd.Where as stated MW is for Marconi Westland.

Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs


That's how the Cyber Race began.

And those that did not want it were changed anyway.

UK, you Cray. Boffins flex ARM in 'first-of-its-kind' bonkers HPC rig


I assume it won't run RISC OS ?

Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites


How many rockets did NASA and their partners blow up ?

How many have SpaceX ?

NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?


Re: Obligatory Film References

Either a ship or spacesuit in a stasis field, hence the shine.

Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims


I'm on EE and get the following on 4G:

Work ~ 40MB up/down

Home ~ 30 down / 1mb up

Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles


If I were OpenReach once a separate business I would double the prices.

UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling


I would rather that they legislated the manufacturers of the how gateways (routers) to add better configuration of the boxes, including using supplied white/blacklist lists if required.

Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS jammers with WWII technology


Nimrod carried Loran sets

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to hefty bills


Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

The difference with the Irish situation is that both countries are in the EU. If Scotland votes Yes, the rUK, French and Spanish will all block the Scottish application for EU membership. This is enough to deny the application. So there could be customs posts; you might need a passport to cross the border, and not only that but a visa too. You might require an International Driving Licence to drive a car on a rUK licence in Scotland and/or a car on a Scottish licence (presumably they will have to introduce their own driving test) in rUK. The DVLA could rescind all number plates for vehicles registerd in Scotland and reuse the numbers; this would mean every Scottish motorist would be forced to reregister their vehicle with an SDVLA (or whatever they call it) and change their vehicle plates; even if the SDVLA reused the number the plate style (especially modern cars with the built-in GB on the plate) would have to change to avoid confusion If the Scottish pound (or whatever it becomes) goes the way the No camp is predicting then rUK shops will probably not accept Scottish currency, whilst rUK£ will command the same sort of authority in Scotland as $US in Soviet Russia.

You seem to forget the Act of Union was between Scotland and England. The United Kingdom is not the UK without Scotland, so who says you will be allowed to stay on the EU.

Also like a divorce the assets will need to be split. We'll take the DVLC and lease the number plates to you.

Scottish notes are sometimes rejected in English shops and have been for years and even where accepted it is not £1 for £1.

Misery for Virgin Media mobe customers over mysterious 'EE data centre gaffe'


Crap EE

I very seldom can get much in the way of data download from EE in Edinburgh.

Even pings fail and have done for the last 9 months, so I would not hold out much hope for getting anything fixed.

EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore


Well I was originally with T mobile and it was fine.

But now with EE in Edinburgh, with 5 bars I can't even ping as it fails latency.

Sitting in the dentist in Dalkeith with 2 bars I can stream video.

I don't think the're that good.

Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites


Re: Court Orders.

I still haven't had an answer to whether an English High Court order is legal to Scotland.

When the footballer went to court to stop the papers etc talking about what he had done it was legal for someone in Scotland to post to twitter, even though someone in England could not do so legally.

Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge


Re: Bollocks

Having a gun won't help you if your trigger finger(s) are affected.

Better using a fork, pointing at your eye and then just falling on it. Four pronged attack.

Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence


I bought the budgie a DAB radio to listen to as I was assured it would work in my area.

But all I got were angry squawks from the budgie when I got home as the DAB radio had lost Radio 2 as the signal had been lost and the radio wanted to be retuned.

Now that I've switched back to Radio 2 on FM there is peace again in the house, well sort of.

BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas


First they blocked the Child Porn

And I did not speak out, because I did not look at Child Porn

Then they blocked the Kinky Stuff

And I did not speak out, because I was not look at the Kinky Stuff

Then they blocked the Hate Sites

And I did not speak out, Because I did not look at Hate Sites

Then they blocked the News Sites

And I did not speak out, because I did not look at News Sites

Then they blocked the Internet, And there was no one left to speak out when the Internet was silenced.

Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era


Re: Trial of a Timelord Opening Shot

I saw it a MOMI in the early 90s, stuck at an angle to fit in the room.

Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking


Re: not Elite yet

I think you'll find the software flaw had something to do with the random number generator.

The NSA said it was nothing to do with them, but the software password was available on request.

ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition


Re: Bill of Hicks called it straight...

I don't mind him censoring "Middle England", but why does he have to take the rest of the UK with him ?

UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'


Re: Bring them on....

I don't have a passport as I don't travel more than 100 miles from the house.

UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline


I don't really care, I've got a petrol generator hanging from my ceiling on a rope connected to a 12v battery and DCAC converter that runs my household gadgets.

US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes


Use the mini-me unmanned military shuttle(s) to lift them to the orbit required

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Big Brother

Dear ? Oh Dear

Although the prices of the Archimedes see high. The cost of PCs were a great deal higher.

PC prices really only dropped when Amstrad released their PC.

iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit


I saw something like this in 1988.

The 'pictures' were on a wall and a BBC Micro and a joystick thingy was used to highlight each of the 'pictures'.

£30m gov ID scheme to be steered by dole office

Big Brother

I'd rather see a European card.

Highest encryption practically available

Leave space on it for Nation states to add their bit.

So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Dead Vulture

The long slog

Perry Rhodan series - obviously not all of it...

TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops


Lifetime Service?

We bought two tivos from Dixons and then bought two lifetime subscriptions.

Just a bit p*ssed about this.

First time I've heard about this.


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