* Posts by pinkmouse

28 posts • joined 23 Mar 2011

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn


I was watching live, on the NASA spacefight stream, (I only do it for the 3 hours of flarestack action you know), and to me, the commenters on the stream, and indeed Scott Manley in his latest YT vid, the explosion looks more like it started in the region of the ground support system, the pipes and cables that connected SN4 to the rest of the world. I didn't see any signs of structural collapse in SN4 at all.

Use the courts, Jeff: Amazon to contest Microsoft scooping $10bn JEDI contract


Still waiting for a pic of the X-Bomber. But I did dig out the EP and play it. Very 80's... :-)

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market


Hmm, now I get it. Sorry, I've been away.

But now I'm waiting for the picture on the next story of a giant red robot, that instead of the article when clicked on takes you to a recording of the cover version of Starfleet, (80's anime redub, sorry I forget the name of the original series), performed by Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.

I think my copy of the 12" is filed next to my geek card...


Erm, B5 pic with a JEDI related story? Fire that sub-editor! :-)

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast


Allow more time. I went round a couple of years ago, just on the one route as the others were closed for nesting, spent four hours there and could easily have doubled that.

Fascinating place.

Don't take Uxbridge, but TfL's given Uber a mini-licence for London


"Understanding is a three-edged sword"


"...make regulator Morden happy"

What, the agent of the Shadows? It'll end in fire...

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


Re: country & western singers

I'd like to add one more to the list; anyone that uses the term "Workshop" not in reference to a light industrial facility.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping


Possibly, but Hull is even less north of Sheffield than Donny is. I wonder if the El Reg offices are still using Apple Maps?

Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations


Poor content, and the rights management refused to let me play any HD content on my home built media PC as well as my main, (also home built) workstation.

Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small


Re: "most people hate having to mess with their heating controls"

"...get the price down to the point where even someone renting can get their money back in a year (a typical rental period) and even take their smart valves with them, putting back the originals before they go..."

Oh, to live in that tech bubble with rainbows and unicorns. Get real.

So what landlord is going to let a renter fiddle with the central heating system to fit new valves, let alone the cost of getting a plumber in to drain and refill the system when the valves are installed or removed? Then there's there the connection to the boiler the controller needs. That's assuming the boiler even has the appropriate connections, most rental properties are lucky to have a boiler newer than about twenty years old. And the fact that most renters are on or about minimum wage. So they might save £100 over a year, not much point if they don't have a spare £100 to start with to invest.

I could go on, but I won't. Instead, I'm going to put a jumper on as I can't actually afford to turn on the heating.

BAM! Astroboffins now have a second way of picking up black holes' collision super kicks


Erm... How do we know what the default frequency of gravity waves is? Without that, how do we know if it's been shifted?

Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank


Re: A team of monkeys,

...and GoPros...

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd


Thoughtful article. However, it gives me no reason to change my Remain vote, all of Andrew's points are equally as applicable to British society and governmental bureaucracy. We need to change that before we can criticize others - first remove the plank from thine own eye, etc. etc.

Lester Haines: RIP


As a pinko-commie-subversive vegetarian, I think I disagreed with just about everything he ever wrote for El Reg.

I'll miss you mate.

Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app



Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?


"..Alexzpro's generator is a small compound steam engine... "

Don't think so. A compound uses exhaust steam from a high pressure cylinder to drive a lower pressure one. This means the low pressure cylinder is bigger than the high, and both look the same to me.

Now, some may say that they could be bored out to different diameters. True, but it looks like the exhaust runs from both cylinders, not just one as would be the case with a true compound.

Oh, and it does look like a reversing gear to me too.

al/ waiting for a pint...

Kaminario salesmen will now be told why they're earning their dosh


Oh look, another PR puff piece...

Microservices are not the same thing as components


PR techno-b0ll0cks. I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come...

'T-shaped' developers are the new normal


" ...do not push bottlenecks through waterfalls..."

Stopped reading at this point. I'll put a month's pay on this chap being a "consultant"

Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*


Come on chaps, think like a spook. You have an actor who you can't crack. What do you do? You persuade them that their current system is broken so they will change it.

The organized chaos of a changeover would be the ideal time to compromise a system.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


The whole point of design is to steal a good idea and make it better.

Not steal something dreadful and make it worse.

So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...


Haven't had time to read through all the previous comments, but true boffinery should involve a certain amount of "Shed-idity". This could be an institutional shed, like the Bletchley Park huts, or domestic, Barnes Wallis building catapults at home come to mind. It probably also involves a certain amount of sticky tape, and possibly string as well.

Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK


So, you've got a tank constantly emitting RF to baffle (active sensing) radar. Passive homing missiles anyone?

Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW


Re: The ultrasonics bit sounds like utter cobblers to me.

Exactly. Most PC speakers roll off around 18K, and of those that go higher, it's mostly distortion so I doubt you'd get any significant bandwidth. Then, you also have the fact that most cheap mic capsules as fitted in PC's roll off at about 15K...

Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift


"...an extraplanetary body came down over Canada around 12,900 years ago, possibly trigging the death of the giant animals then roaming the North American continent and starting a cooling spell that helped drive mankind towards agriculture and civilization."

Hmm, a giant alien body wandering North America. Cthulhu?

Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release



Ta for that specs page folks, but strange that Intel processor is only recommended, not obligatory.It's a shame they've gone down this route as old Macs do wear much better than the PC equivalents, (please no Mac v PC arguments).


Tried to upgrade...

And failed. Get message on startup that my system isn't supported. Running OSX10.5.8 on a G5. Went to home page and can't find any system requirements or an alternate download. So it supports XP but not anything older than 10.6 on the Mac? Pointless.


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