* Posts by Zebo-the-Fat

179 posts • joined 5 Apr 2011


Dozy ISS cosmonauts woken by smoke alarm on eve of 5-hour spacewalk


A fire in space is just scary!

Facebook apologises after its AI system branded Black people as primates


Black people are primates, and so are white people

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


It's mine

It's my printer, if I want to fill it with liquified dog crap HP can't stop me (but I wouldn't expect them to fix it under warranty!)

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back


A start...

It's a good start.... but still only a sub orbital hop, does he have any plans to go for a a "proper" spacecraft (one that can get to orbit and do useful stuff) or will it remain a glorified roller coaster?

Happy 'Freedom Day': Stats suggest many in England don't want it or think it's a terrible idea



Yesterday I could catch the virus if I went into a shop without a mask, today I won't. (probably) Not sure what has changed overnight, or maybe the politicians are more concerned about finance and votes than medical advice?

SteelSeries Apex Pro plays both sides of the mechanical keyboard fence – and wins



I want a keyboard... maybe with a fairly low backlight, I don't want the thing flashing multi colured strobe effects at me when I'm trying to work. Same goes for the PC, power on and HD indicator lights are all it needs... who ever thought RGB lights on a ram chip was a good idea? (and no... I don't need a window on the side of the PC either!)

(maybe I'm just a boring old fart who gets distracted easily)

Advert for coronavirus 'destroying' air 'purifier' exterminated by UK watchdog


Re: out of perverse curiosity...

You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter!

Microsoft to unveil 'what's next for Windows' ... Rounded corners and what else?


So excited!

Round corners... amazing, I won't be able to sleep thinking about how wonderful it will be... mmmmm... round..aahhh...!

Virgin Galactic goes where it's gone twice before, for the first time in two years


A lot of money for a sub orbital hop!

IBM says it's built the world's first 2nm semiconductor chips


Re: Meanwhile, in managment...

No, you just need (much) smaller people!

‘Can COVID-19 vaccines connect me to the internet?’


You can't fix stupid!

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


It won't change my life!

Your hardware is end-of-life... and it's in space. Worry not, Anglo-Japanese sat to test new orbital cleanup method


Re: Fuel?

True, but I was looking at the video... almost continuous bursts of gas from the reaction control thrusters to position the device. Probablly fine to dock with one or two pieces of junk, but more than that??? (especially if they are tumbling in 3 axis at once)



Apart from the problem of capturing non ferrous junk, it seems to use a lot of fuel (compressed gas??) for the manouvering thrusters, when that runs out it becomes just another lump of space junk!

Doctor, I think I have an HDMI: Apple starts investigating M1 Mac Mini graphics issues


Another reason

Another reason not to buy over priced crapple stuff

Atheists warn followers of unholy data leak, hint dark deeds may have tried to make it go away


Re: So what do atheists believe in...

It was a reply to the statement ""... not obeying the law, apparently.""

If atheists didn't believe in obeying the law then the majority of prison inmates would be atheist, that is not the case.


Re: So what do atheists believe in...

Strange that over 90% of the population of the worlds prisons are god believers

Hero to Jezero: Perseverance, NASA's most advanced geologist rover, lands on Mars, beams back first pics


Well done!

Good work, congratulations to everyone involved, a very impressive effort

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


I never understood the need for guns to available to the general public, but given that they are legal in the USA and the idiot making the video knew that, I have very little sympathy for him

Laptops given to British schools came preloaded with remote-access worm



What does Moscow need to know what the kids are doing? What interest is it to them?

Samsung rolls out new Galaxy S21 range, including extra-lux Ultra


No idea

No idea what this will do for me that my sub £150 phone can't do.

It's a phone, if I want to take good quality pictures I will use a camera!

All I need is a web browser, email and a handful of apps that's it.

(No use for a £50,000 sports car either!)

How to avoid pesky border controls: Be a robot truck driver… or insanely rich


Re: Thermodynamic Pedantry Alert

Well... it made me feel warmer!

UK Space ponders going nuclear with Rolls-Royce: Hopes are to slice the time it takes for space travel


Nuclear salt water engine

This looks like it could be fun...


Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


I hate ads, never watch live TV, record and skip past the ads, ad blocker on my browser. I don't see that I am taking money from the advertisers as I never buy their tat anyway.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is so mired in strangely hardy glue that the display shattered during iFixit's teardown


Re: I did it Huawei

Ohh.. Chinese backdoors... they may be able to read the text saying "I'll be home in 20 minutes" Good luck to them if that interests them!

(Don't use the phone for banking or anything else sensitive.... so not worried)

Rock and roll: China's probe orbits the Moon while Japan brings home bits of asteroid



The word is that it has landed, now comes the hard part of returning with samples.... we need that lunar cheese!

NEC to sell the accelerator cards it puts into supercomputers – for about $11,000 a pop



Can I add it to my raspberry pie??

When humans return to the Moon in '2024', HPE would like us to remember: We built the computer that simmed this



So not using a Pi Zero then?

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink


Another reason

I have an HP colour laser printer and have been refusing the firmware update for several weeks now, it works fine so I don't see it needs an update, but I suspect that after an update it will refuse to work with my non HP cartridges.

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered


Accident calls

I had regular calls about an "accident that wasn't my fault" I told them nicely that they had the wrong number and they should take me off their list.

The calls continued (all from the same number) and I told them I should be off their list.

The calls continued, up to 3 calls in one hour, I then gave them "I hope you get cancer and your children die in a fire"

I have had no calls since then!

Proves being nice does not work!



A call from "BT" saying my internet would be cut off, they got confused when I asked why BT were calling and not Openreach, and how would it affect me when I didn't use either company.

Vivo pushes out X51 5G: Chipper whippersnapper, quite a battery-sapper, but at least the wrapper's dapper


It's a phone

It's a phone so why no mention of it's sensitivity, sound quality etc?

Massive news, literally: Three super-boffins awarded Nobel Prize in physics for their black-hole breakthroughs



Penrose has got the prize for his work in 1964, why such a long wait? Were they hoping he would die so they could save the money? (I think you need to be alive to win the prize)

Amazon tells ISPs: I can be your Eero, baby. I can ease your Wi-Fi pain. I will block bad sites forever...


Will it?

Will it block adds from Amazon?

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative


Up to??

The article said speeds of "up to 50mph" so 3 mph would fall in that bracket.

"Up to" should be made an illegal phrase for most purposes :)

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology



I use Edge to download Vivaldi (used to be Firefox until it went all weird on me) that's the only time I use it.

Why would I ever want it on my linux box?

Future airliners will run on hydrogen, vows Airbus as it teases world-plus-dog with concept designs


Bring it back

Bring back the horse drawn zeppelin!

Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid


Re: Discworld.

but.... the turtle and elephants??

Samsung says it makes the world’s best holes. Yes, holes. Holes so good they even get a brand



What's the big problem of having a "notch" anyway What are you watching that must use every millimeter of screen?

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong



Firstly you just can't fix stupid!

Second, how come these anti science groups always seem happy to use the internet and computers to spread their silly ideas, do they think computers are somehow "natural"?)

I suspect that the same people who distrust the medical science are quick to ask for medical help if they break a leg

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards



£1,799 for a machine I can't upgrade? I think not!

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar


Re: Great idea

Welsh has vowels?

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

It's the length of one average crocodile

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen


Updates for "up to" 10 years... 3 weeks falls under "up to"

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens



I have no intention of ever buying Apple stuff, it is over priced and the repair system is crap (but I admit they do look pretty) Anything I buy is then my property to do with as I wish, if I decide to use a non Apple repairer that is nothing to do with Apple - the equipment belongs to me not them, but I would not expect an Apple repair centre to fix it afterwards

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station


Why the delay?

Well done to everyone involved, but why did it take 3 hours from docking to opening the hatch, did they forget the key?

I know they needed to equalise the pressure and temperature, but I would think that 10 - 15 minutes would be enough for that.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some


What's a TV advert?

I record everything and skip the adds, havn't watched live tv for years

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Why was the guy on the left wearing his face mask half way down his face? I'm sure I could see his top lip over the top of the mask!

Budget 2020 in tech: UK.gov splashes cash on broadband and R&D while trying to limit impact of COVID-19 outbreak


A lot of talk about money being promised.... nothing being said about how we will pay for it

Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron



If it's tidally locked (so not rotating) and the iron is being transported from the hot side to the cold side, it will eventually all be on the cold side so the iron rain will stop. Am I missing something??



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