* Posts by Someonehasusedthathandle

44 posts • joined 29 Mar 2011

Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies


Re: The choice

"Any sane politicians know that when something predictable and bad goes wrong, they get it in the neck for not having intervened beforehand. And because they're elected, generally they lose their jobs as a result."

Sane politician....

Lose their job....

What fantasy world are you living in...

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections


Re: I don't fully understand...

Hyperlinking to a page of links to should not be in violation. - In your analogy that's informing someone that the dodgy bloke is down the market.

Hyperlinking to the actual DVD download is - The bloke himself.

The problem is that because "hyperlink" is a catch all it can only be treated as such.

(Hope that's clear and snark free unlike someone else)

SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)


They might kill some innocent whalers!!!!


PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law


Re: "...bathrooms across North Carolina were 'safe' again."

Now I'm a little vague on ladies loo's here but don't they have these stall things that kind of restrict a "perverts" ability to see anything at all, with locks. Any attempt to get around these barriers breaks real laws and doesn't need ignorance and intolerance to protect it. I mean really what do you think goes on in there!

In fact I'd be more concerned about female "perverts" coming into male loo's and catching a look at your *ahem* "big" john.

*Your definition of pervert is really lacking any legs, hairy or otherwise*

Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food


Re: False premise leads to false results

It's not a conspiracy, it's skepticism. It's looking at the data provided and finding it lacking.

This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed


Re: I support this 357 call!

We sadly have had a mixed bag.

Some are excellent and get the job done quickly and professionally.

The one we never forget is the "technician" that took apart a Dell AIO using a powerdrill with a screwdriver bit. The problem was a cracked screen.

He shredded 2 screws taking it apart, fitted the new screen, shredded another 2 putting it back together (this included a lot of grunting and the sound of the ratchet slipping) only to find he had managed to crack the new screen.

We got a whole new PC and never saw him again.

Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth


Re: Yawn

Surely the camel would just eat your lawn clippings, use less water and provide more in terms of calories and occasionally fur.

Then you can burn their manure to heat your house, lowering greenhouse gas usage all round.

Curiosity Rover digs into humanity's first alien sand dune


Re: Well, this rover will not last

Prefer the alternative one:

If you walk without rhythm

You won't attract the worm

If your walk without rhythm

You'll never learn

NASA palms off blunder-bot Valkyrie for top US universities to fix


Re: WTF?

If you have already paid for the turd and still never got it polished why not give it to a uni to polish, you'll at least get some brownie points for passing stuff down to education.

I mean they could just stick it in a warehouse and forget about it.

They are just choosing the 2 yank "success's" at the DARPA competition as the lucky polishers.

Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes


Re: we approach the post-literacy world

And yet people in businesses still find the need to print out every bastarding thing!!!!!

Like google calendars that are shared with everyone....

Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere


Re: What's that smell?...

Wow, you just tried to one up a bloke from NASA using a Wikipedia link.

That aside, the article you linked too actually has a paragraph explaining solar winds effects on Venus's atmosphere.


Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station


Re: War?


The planet earth, now over run with tiny opportunistic martian bacteria slowly succumb to the microbial invasion fleet that so valiantly succeeded where their once hosts failed. Man was beaten, slowly sinking underground into sealed bunkers. Hiding for it's very existence, hoping one day to emerge again into the sun lights red glow.

"The chances of bacteria coming from Mars is a million to one he said, the chances of bacteria coming from Mars is a million to one but still they came"


NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?


They have discovered a strange nuclear powered tank thingy with strange arms and holes in it's tyres.

Originally they thought it was just curiosity taking a selfie.

Curiouser and curiouser!!!

SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck


Can we please now refer to it as a planet again, surely it's proved that it's not just a little rock on the edges of the playground.

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


"I surked through all your lgs and cud't find any ugs nywhe" said Vladmir licking his claws.

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive


Deb calls web celeb a pleb!

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth


Re: Left Hand, Right Hand

The company paying them are very indifferent at you. They're on their way to deliver a harshly worded letter. They are incompetent in technology matters and you can expect to barely even notice they were there....

NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'


You forgot to mention that branch opening hours are Mon-Fri between 10am and 3pm (closed between 11 and 1 for lunch), because deity forbid someone who has a job wants to go into a branch!


Re: Popcorn time!

"Yeah, those rogue employees always loosing other peeoples monies."

(Inspired by youtube comments!)

Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data


Re: This:

But will now doubt take some of the credit and talk about how proud "we are" that the probe is now working.

Spin doctor anonymous attendance is at an all time high these days

Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE


Re: So Download Festival are trying to go bankrupt?

Ignorance, blissful ignorance....

US Patriot Act's phone spying rules are dead – but that means very little

Black Helicopters

Make it Grey

Why is it that this is being seen as such a black and white issue?

It's always put across by both sides of the powers that be that you either accept it or you love terrorists.

Where is the legislation to simply improve transparency, to put in some oversight, to make the [insert three letter agency here] accountable, to make them obey the laws and to make at least some of the information on closed cases public so that there is the feeling that it works.

Is compromise so hard?

It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft


Re: How many of you Windows user will be...

None? We'll be installing it and getting on with our lives, just like when people got/get Lollipop/iOS7

I'm going to guess you use Linux, switched from Windows and don't see the point in going back, fight the power and all that, unless you want to play anything outside of the 100 or so steam games.

If not then it must be OSX and you are looking for a invite, since you have to use Windows part of the time to do everything one would expect from an OS (bit like Linux), but I thought you'd be all partied out by the "amazing" announcements Apple have made in the last few years.

(I'll soon be publishing my new book entitled "How to alienate 90% of people who comment in Windows related threads in one easy post" (working title))

WikiLeaks, er, leaks the Bundestag Inquiry into NSA naughtiness


Re: Hmm...

The only thing any head of state knows about what that countries Intelligence agency is up is what the chosen figure head tells them.

If labour had won the election Milliband would not have been told about everything GCHQ are up to. He would have been told only what he needed to know for any given situation in front of him.

No way in hell would they have mentioned that he and his chosen friends were being watched...but only to stop international terrorism clearly.

This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer


Re: Edge?

It was also a nice attempt at doing something new.

For 3 generations of phone it's been bigger screen curved corners, thinner. Not one decent attempt to innovate. Okay so it's a little gimmicky but fair play for trying.



Re: Oh just give them a blank cheque already.

Then let's have an "independent"(1) committee to audit their accounts instead of people trying to score political points.

Or better yet make it scientists who at least understand that "shit happens" on these projects, but not MEP's who ultimately have an agenda.

(1) - It's very hard for this word to make sense anymore, somebody always seem to be on the take from somebody.

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse


Quoting Big Fish seems apt.

"Most men, they'll tell you a story straight through. It won't be complicated, but it won't be interestin' either."

"A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal."

Farewell Sir Terry

Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1


Re: Please Mr Google...

I wish, when I looked into a month ago there was no way to get working without root. Thanks though.

More to the point why should I need a 3rd party app!


Please Mr Google...

Can I have the sodding notification light on my nexus 6!

I don't want to root it and install a third party app just so the light works!

(No your fancy dan lock screeny mebob doesn't cut it)

Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way


Re: I ain't no cosmologist...

Vaguely relevant xkcd - especially the alt text


Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER


Re: Taylor Glacier

It's her dominatrix alter ego.

She tortures you into submission with ice cubes and singing

Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT


Re: Wishful thinking as a platform

In this case we should be grateful.

The combination of deadlines and budget will mean it would never see the light of day, incompetence as a defense of civil liberties. I like it!

HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane


Re: At the size of a human hair...

Apples and oranges. Racehorse to any other. Mo to Bolt.

Okay, on topic. The point is F1 is considered a pinnacle of engineering because every part is custom designed to save 10th's of a second. To save grams. The good filters down to our life. The rubbish is reworked. Regardless of personal opinion the top engineers flock to true challenges, F1 has top engineers. Go look up Adrian Newey. Bask in his bald greatness.


Re: At the size of a human hair...

Because nothing else is based around the idea of building a light car with a turbo engine that runs at 15k rpm minimum.

And a energy recovery system on both the brakes and the turbo that generates 180hp.

And can withstand 190miles (Silverstone) continuously.

And roughly 800miles (rounded down - 4 races per engine) overall before something can be replaced.

And the g's of braking from 200mph multiple times a lap for 52 laps (Silverstone again).

And has to fit into a very small space.


STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help


Re: A joke, surely?

They're just covering there backs for April 1st. Thought they could sneak it through and unveil an actual device this year.

Turns out somebody managed to sniff it out early...it's Friday okay

Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference


Re: Obligatory comment...

They have announced that DOTA2 is getting a new engine sometime in Q1. Dubbed Source2, surprise surprise.

I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't used as the game for the big reveal judging by the last valve competition being for a prize pool of $10million.

Or maybe it's just the smokescreen for Half-Life.

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then


So lets say they get their wish somehow.....somehow.

"Google Search" just licenses "Google Products" as a preferred partner and as part of the deal agrees to put them top of all search results and pays them $5bn for the privilege. In 99% of the shares obviously.

Even open it up for bidding and let anyone propose to be a preferred partner then outbid them as they are paying themselves anyway.

Or just tell them to fudge off and suggest they break up the European union first.

Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences


Re: "Serious Crime Bill"?

John Cleese not Fry

(Sorry to be pedantic but Fry doesn't deserve the credit)

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees


Re: The heat is on?

" but temperatures have not gone back to what we would expect if CO2 was having no effect."

The problem is that we seem to expect the weather and the climate to follow set rules and conform to our predictions. It's a massively complex system that is a constant state of flux with way too many variables to be able to properly predict. What if the way it is is the same as it would be if we weren't here.

Solar flares, meteors, everyone and their son launching rockets, increase in shipping tonnage, increase in air traffic, earthquakes, sinkholes. Everything changes something. Some might be a small change but still a change.

Maybe things like the great barrier reef dying are due to sea levels rising caused by the amount of shipping raising the sea level by a few "mm". Doubt that was on anybodies climate model.

(I do fully expect someone smarter than me to pick holes in what I say. But my point stands, small change is still change. Not all of it is ever predicted)

Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?



The only one of the big press conferences that genuinely impressed was Microsofts.

Every title they wheeled out was then played, okay so the division was a rather camp recording of someone playing but they were all gameplay footage and not just the usual "shiny" trailers.

Ubisoft take note. When the company earlier shows off your games better and before you, then you need to work harder.

Oh and as a person with a small group of friends who love a good co-op we rejoice at being noticed outside of Saint Row 3/4!

5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS


Re: If only...

Ok maybe I was too subtle. a modern SR-71 is what you need here.

The original was made to search Russian for nuke bases etc. If it could do that with 60's tech in a country almost the size of China and the US combined this area is not that big.

If you could quickly scan them and get a rough idea enough to target satellites or another run then how is that not increasing the odds. Being able to search the predicted areas in what 24hours maybe less.

Cost is a worry but a less exotically manufactured aeroframe(s), less titanium would be a good start, built to do SaR and standoff surveillance is surely a viable task for NATO countries. I've never seen a decent reason for ditching the SR program other than satellites and they aren't up to the task.


If only...

If only somebody had a plane that could have been scrambled to the area...

If only said plane was really fast with a large range...

If only it was (mostly) declassified because it was made in the 60's...

If only it could cruise at mach 3 and cover the "arcs" without waiting for a satellite...

If only someone hadn't been short sighted enough to think that there was no place for a true spy plane anymore...even in an civilian oh sh"t we need to see what happened there role.

Hell the world can't not have the technology to create a slightly less exotic plane.

Maybe I'm just too optimistic but it would help to have one in a global SaR scenario.

Antarctic ice breakup makes ocean absorb more CO2


Believers gona believe

Show me a genuine climate change model that takes into account 5+billion years, shows that humanity is the cause and then perhaps you will sell it. (What you can't?)

Oh and just to point out - ice caps melt, sea levels rise, more methane, tempatures rise, more evaporation(of the now larger surface area of sea), rains more, CO2 is once more "locked" into sea water while being taken out of the atmosphere, temp falls, ice forms at the caps, sea level falls, less evaporation, tempature rises, ice caps melt...... this only breaks if the oceans boil! (wiki carbon cycle and I won't deny this might not be strictly accurate but it's close)

Over 3000 years the highest tempature in the North Atlantic was 25C roughly 2500 years ago on the surface (http://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/FOS%20Essay/seasurface.GIF), add in that salt levels should stay roughly equal as the ice caps are frozen seawater. So that's 103C without factoring an increase in salt concentration due to evaporation.

I know fine well someone will sit and pull this apart and I couldn't care less, it's your time to waste. Hope at least someone will sit there and see sense.

Now can we ditch short term renewable energy and look at an actual solution, too much to ask?


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