* Posts by SealTeam6

34 posts • joined 16 May 2011

BOFH: 'What's an NFT?' the Boss asks. In this case, 'not financially thoughtful'


Re: well played Simon

I worked for SCO for 12 years right up to the time it went down the toilet, so I find that line extremely funny.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light


Re: Definitely pick which battles you want to fight...

Argh, Serial muxes! I used to work on those.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'


“You will become like us” 8-)

Cyborgs won’t necessarily have to become evil, emotionless creatures like the Cybermen, though.

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle boss weigh in on fixing Hubble Space Telescope


Faulty backup computer

As both the main and backup computers appear to be faulty I doubt that the problem is fixable without physically visiting the Hubble and fixing it onsite. We no longer have a spacecraft with a robot arm and an airlock that we could use for the job.

A real pity because Hubble is an excellent telescope.

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways


Re: Naysayer

I understand your viewpoint but do you ever fly in a passenger plane? If so an autopilot is flying you around at 600+ mph.

Shock news: NASA lunar ambitions might be a bit too... ambitious


Flight timings well researched, but wasn’t most of the science performed back on Earth after the Apollo astronauts retrieved lunar samples? That study is still ongoing, isn’t it?

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?


Re: Charging

You may be right about the gouging but even if the price of electricity triples it will still be cheaper than petrol.

Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope


Re: The poles should be better

True, but near-equatorial areas are easier to reach and require less fuel to do so. That is why no Apollo mission landed at the poles.

Amazon teases Bottlerocket, its take on Linux specifically for running containers


Re: Oh good

dynamic libraries use less memory as they are only loaded when needed.

also they make updates easier; the application does not need to be restarted.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction


Re: Becasue they're better

Isn't the web app more portable?

The native app will need to be re-compiled for each CPU type.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment


Jet Engine

Frank Whittle invented the jet engine in the 1930s, but the British Air Ministry refused to see the potential of it. Meanwhile German engineers read Whittle's engine design with interest and implemented it.

They may have been disgusting Nazis but their management understood technology better than ours did.

Dammit Insight! You just had two big jobs to do on Mars and you're failing at one of those



Computer says No.

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase


Re: "Cheap-as-chips ZX81 computer"

I bought mine for £79.95 in 1982. The next cheaper computer was Spectrum 16K at £125.

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?


Re: I used an excellent Microsoft OS back then.

I worked for SCO and I remember installing and supporting Xenix.

It did run Word but only in full-screen - there wasn't any X-Windows windowing environment for it.

Hurrah for Apollo 9: It has been 50 years since 'nauts first took a Lunar Module out for a spin


Re: I'm planning aa marathon

i liked Salyut 7.

Mike Lynch in court: I was not aware of every single thing Autonomy did around the world (so don't blame me)


The boss is always responsible

If you are the boss then you are responsible. That's it. The captain of a sinking ship would not blame a deckhand, so here beancounters cannot be blamed.

What price the Moon? Tips from the past might save the present



"Dubia's" ?

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


Press CTRL-C before logging in

I was also studying Computer Science at a university in the 1980s (yes I am an old git) and some fellow students also performed that prank. The best defence against it was to press Control-C before logging in, to exit the prank script. This would 'turn the tables' on the prankster because now you would have access to their user account and you could encrypt or delete all their files (The prank script needed to be run from a logged-in account)

Bad news from science land: Fast-charging li-ion batteries may be quick to top up, but they're also quick to die


Re: Another nail in the coffin of electric cars and Li-ion batteries

You don't have to buy a Prius. There are plenty of other hybrid cars available. Consider plug-in hybrids which have much larger batteries, longer electric-only range and gas mileage better than 100mpg even if you drive around like Michael Knight from KnightRider.

Electricity from the mains is much cheaper than electricity generated by burning petrol in a self-charging (read as "unable to charge from mains").


Re: Another nail in the coffin of electric cars and Li-ion batteries

No, you are paying for the (degraded) battery that you already have.

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies


Re: The power

I read somewhere (in a dependable publication) that the sun is indeed becoming hotter and that in around 800 million years the hottest point of the Earth will reach 100 degrees celsius. That is enough to start the oceans boiling. That's all the time we have, but it is still a lot considering that complex life only appeared 500 million years ago.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy


Re: Great system...

The one closest to root, of course. In this case 'etc'.

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit


Re: Bits of foil

how can you vacuum when space is a vacuum ?

vacuums work by sucking in air, and dust with it.

Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking


it was Mark Watney

PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable


Re: "why does the artwork always show a scenery which is pretty much unlikely?"

Yes, we get illiterate people on this site too...

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


think it's a ThinQ

Isn't it a ThinQ and not a ThinKQ ? No 'K'.

I "ThinQ" so.

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button


Re: Kim or Ken?

No. In a fire it is actually the smoke which kills you. That's what I was taught by the Fire service.

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer


Re: OS

"The Psion OS was more akin to DOS." Not all all! EPOC was much more advanced than DOS.

Top CompSci boffins name the architectures we'll need in 2030


Cloud is sexy

Cloud is sexy right now but no one mentions the terrible latency. I would not put a CPU architecture in the cloud because of that.

Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?


Re: The only thing better than a weird CMS ...

What about Alfresco ?

(I work for them)

Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays


Java is NOT an OS

to Joe Drunk

Micro Men: The story of the syntax era


Watch it!

It can be found on YouTube (in the UK, at least).

Quadriplegic woman demos advanced mind-control of robot arm


Cyber woman

You will become like us ...

Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Thumb Down

Firefox 4.0.1

Unfortunately 4.0.1 crashes a lot, even without any plugins. 3.5/3.6 is much more stable....


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