* Posts by Zebo-the-Fat

235 posts • joined 5 Apr 2011


Those screws on the Apple Watch Ultra are a red herring


Me, I don't feel dressed without a watch. ~It goes on when I get up in the morning and comes off when I go to bed. No need to mess about pulling my phone out of my pocket every time I want a quick time check, so much easier. (but then I'm classed as an official old fart!)

Teardown shows Apple iPhone 14 Pro is not pro-repair


This kind of thing is why I don't own any Apple crap and never will

Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame


While I'm no fan of BO's up and down space ride, it is good to know that the escape system works. Looks like a rough ride, but not as rough as staying with a failed and burning booster

Startup wants to build a space station that refuels satellites by 2025



Minor typo, geostationary orbit is 35,785 km not 300Km small difference, but probably important when you are low on fuel!

NASA identifies landing sites for America's return trip to the Moon


Wilfull ignorance?


Re: Return to the Moon?

We did in 1969, the landings were in the middle of the cold war, you can be sure the Russians tracked the Apollo capsule every inch of the way, any fakery would have been headline news in Pravda.

Someone put the laser retroreflectors on the surface (they can still be used today)

We were promised integrated packages. Instead we got disintegrated apps



When did programs turn into apps?

AI chip adds artificial neurons to resistive RAM for use in wearables, drones


Is "Productization" a real word??

Rocket Lab to search for signs of life in the clouds of Venus



Peter Beck is crazy.... but he's my kind of crazy!

Good luck to him

Facebook hands over chats to cops in post-Roe abortion case


You are now entering America, please set your watches back 50 years

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told



"Google also stands convicted an "indifferent attitude to the life and health of minors"

Who is bombing residential areas with lots of children in them??

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?


Just a point, 95+% of the billions spent on the JWST are not in in space, they are here on the ground. The engineers, scientists and technicians spend their wages here on Earth, pay taxes etc.

These centrifugal moon towers could be key to life off-planet



It would be interesting to what happens when the abrasive lunar dust eats away at the bearings (interesting to watch from a safe distance that is)

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets


Urine trouble now!

The Raspberry Pi Pico goes wireless with the $6 W


Re: Pounds?

Well $6 = £6 because, reasons (or maybe greed!)

Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030


Don't go waking the Ice Giants up!

NanoAvionics satellite pulls out GoPro to take stunning selfie over Earth


Re: Clever

It's not flat, it's flat ish (I can see hills from my window!)

Actually the fish eye lens distorts things so you can't see it's really triangular!

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11


Wyndoze 10 working well, no TPM on my aging motherboard so no upgrade to 11 (not buying a new motherboard, CPU etc just for the latest OS) when the security updates stop I will probably move over fully to linux

Vivaldi email client released 7 years after first announcement


I have been using the Vivaldi browser for a couple of years now with no problems, for email I use postbox, it works well and I can access my emails even if I have no internet. I will try the Vivaldi email thing but unless it has something really special, I probably won't change

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Currently using Vivaldi with UBlock Origin, never see adds on anything, not websites or Youtube, I can't imagine the hell of being without it!

Ransomware the final nail in coffin for small university



Question.. why is Lincoln College shuttering, what's wrong with shutting? Shuttering seems to be a weird made up word that appeared in the last year or so!

Human-made hopper out-leaps rival robots in artificial jumping contest


May not be a comfortable ride!

Engineers up the torque to get Lucy's solar array latched


Re: "Lucy is approximately 105.1 million km from Earth"

I often do!

Space Launch System dress rehearsal canceled for repairs


Rocket science is easy... it's rocket engineering that's hard!

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change


Been using Vivaldi for the last 2 or 3 years, never had a problem with it, if it workes why change?

NASA will award contract for second lunar lander to a biz that's not SpaceX


Lets wait until BO gets something into low Earth orbit first!

Next-gen Moon buggy FLEX conquers California desert, seeks lunar speed record


But, it's an Astroskip!

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory


Re: Yay!

Polonium tea??

ESA-Russia Mars rover launch on ice after Ukraine invasion


If only...

To quote Scott Manley "if only politics was as simple as rocket science"

Toyota shutters 14 plants after probable cyberattack



Just a question... why "shutters" what's wrong with "shuts"?

shutters go on windows, it isn't a verb!

Microsoft brings Jenny, Aria, and more interface tweaks to new Windows 11 Insider build


When my aging but working PC dies, my new one will probably support windoze 11 (or 12 depending how long it lasts)

What will the new OS do that my existing Win 10 machine can't do? (rounded or square corners, moving the taskbar around don't count as doing anything useful, hiding funtions in different places is the oposite of useful)

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules


Brexit... £300 million for the NHS if we leave.... still waiting!

How to get banned from social media without posting a thing



Social Media? what's that?

ESA's Solar Orbiter sneaks in bonus science by choking on the dust of a comet tail (again)



Never miss a chance to learn something new!

Google dumps interest-based ad system for another interest-based ad system


No point

No point sending me any ads... I refuse to use a company that pesters me with ads, If I want to buy a product I will look for them, not the other way around.

(one reason why I haven't watched live TV for years.. programs I want to watch ruined by ads)

James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home – an orbit almost a million miles from Earth



Well done to everyone involved, an amazing piece of engineering

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash


There was the recent case of a woman with a brand new Tesla that was making a noise from the back wheel, she took a video of the car driving slowly past making the noise and sent it to her Tesls dealer. They told her it was "normal" but when checked the car had no brake pads fitted! How can a car leave the showroom without even a basic check that it has brakes?

Tesla can't be trusted with a simple thing like brakes how can they be trusted with "autoplot"?

The James Webb Space Telescope has only gone and deployed its primary mirror



Very well done to everyone involved

James Webb Telescope launch delayed again, this time by weather


Better late than never!

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


Love it!

I'm now on my 3rd kindle and love it (currently using the previous waterproof micro usb version) never had a problem with it, works well with Caibri software... download a book in almost any format, convert to .mobi and email to the kindle in about 3 mouse clicks.

What if we said you could turn any disk into a multi-boot OS installer for free without touching a single config file?



Been using it for a few months, seems to work with all the windoze and linux ISO's I have tried

Microsoft gives Notepad a minimalist makeover to match Windows 11 style



Never understood this craze for white text on a black background, I find it hard to read (I don't read books with black paper and white ink!)

Santa's sack is bulging with browsers: Vivaldi 5.0 arrives full of festive cheer



Been using Vivaldi for about 18 months and like it a lot, will be downloading the update today

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?


No.... they only want you to think it's nanobots.... the truth is much more frightning!

LoRa to the Moon and back: Messages bounced off lunar surface using off-the-shelf hardware


Re: EME (Moonbounce)

Rubber ducky is a rubber (or plastic) covered helical antenna usually used on hand held mobile radios

In the '80s, spaceflight sim Elite was nothing short of magic. The annotated source code shows how it was done



ahhh... happy days...

spent many many hours playing Elite on an Acorn Electron (couldn't affors a BBC) and yes... eventually made Elite!

(the first priority was always to get the docking computer.. made things so much easier!)

BT's Plusnet shows Google how it's done as email woes enter their third day


Don't use it

I use Plusnet Fiber to the Cabinet, not had any problems at all, I don't use their email as I have used GMX mail without a problem for years (I was aware that PN email existed but never tried it)

Apple seeks geniuses to work on 6G cellular modem before it's even shipped own 5G chip



Is "productizing" a real word?

UK science suffers as lawmakers continue to dither over Brexit negotiations


But they told us brexit was going to be wonderful.. £300 million every week for the NHS

Politicians wouldn't lie would they?

Jeff Bezos wants to build a business park in space


Not yet!

He's hoping to put the first commercial space station into orbit....

This from the man who has yet to get anything into low Earth orbit!



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