* Posts by Wupspups

96 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2011


Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States


Please let there be Space Marines!

Cant wait to see Games Workshop sue US gov over the use of Space Marines. What fun that will be.

Unless of course GW gets a consultancy on how to create Space Marines in which case "The Emperor/Donald (delete as applicable) preserves!"

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers


Uber needs to read Roadcraft.

Perhaps Uber's developers need to book a few hours with a plod advanced driving instructor doing a commented drive They may just get an idea of what hazard detection really is. I got a chance of that a few years ago. Bloody amazing what the plod was picking up. Not hazards that were justa few seconds away more like 10 to 15 seconds, more on the motorway.

Hell just send Uber a copy of Roadcraft that would probably give them more clue than they have at the moment.

Oh good. They're looking for an NHSX CTO. Hopefully they'll see off 'snake oil' pushers, says GP


Re: "it still takes me 17 minutes to log on"

More likely given the NHS a mega huge roaming profile full of crap over a dog slow network.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers


Re: Call that a drone?

What you mean like this https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098468?


Planes flown by "Planks"

There is a reason why the rest of the British Army refers to the RA as "Planks", as in "As thick as 2 short planks".

300,000 edgy folk pledge themselves on Facebook to storming supposedly UFO-tastic Area 51


Re: 7.62mm isnt that a bit old hat?

Wow really amazing what skills and knowledge you can learn from playing "Call of Duty" and watching Jack o'Neil and his happy little gang from under Cheyenne mountain save us from all the bad people.

By the way 7.62 Nato velocity higher than 5.56 Nato I dont thinks so

7.62 Nato = 2800 fps

5.56 Nato = 3260 fps

If you are going to bullshit at least get your facts right mate.


7.62mm isnt that a bit old hat?

Tell me oh wise in the ways of the septic military why in the name of George Smith Patton Jr would Area 51 guards be all shooting 7.62mm ammunition? ( I am assuming that you are refering to 7.62mm x 51mm aka .308 Winchester and not the commie stuff at 7.62mm x 39mm). Considering the standard ammo for yea goode ol boys in the US military (and the rest of NATO too boot) is 5.56mm X 45mm and has been since 1963 for US and 1970 for NATO.

Are you saying they are all armed with SCAR-H, M240, even possibly some die hard dudes with M14s and M60s, or are they all running about Predator style with M134s strapped to their muscley bodies blurting out 6000 rpm (thats round not revs by the way). Or perchance they are all super select snipers and they are using .300 Lapau (they must be very speical to use that and not .338 Lapau). Instead of the much beloved products of Colt the M4 and M16.

We need to know

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?


Re: Sorry, but...

I raise your Bowman and Clansman and give your Larkspur (and just to be kinky how about a bit of BRUIN)

There used to be 2 bit of kit one LARKSPUR and one BRUIN that used Hollerith cards. No matter how often you showed the ops how to insert the cards next shut the doors and then close the locking catches some ham fisted git would get it the wrong way round. Oh Oh buggered card readers and some poor sod would have to repair the damage. I used to do about 5 BRUIN ones a week best part of 4 hours for each one Do't know who passed that kit for troop use but he should have been smacked over the head with the sledge hammer

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs


Re: So this is what Brexiteers meant by "Quick and simple."

"Things could have been very different had a Brexiteer been in charge."

Yes there should have been a Brexiteer in charge. But oh yes didn't the brexiteer prime candidate for the job, BoJo Johnston get back stabbed by his fellow Brexiteer Pob Gove. BoJo then burst in to tears and flung his teddy out the pram stormed of in a huff leaving a bunch of no hopers to face down Sturmbahnfuhrer May.

You got to be in it to win it.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs



They can go and wurdle their futtocks with a shrieving woggle! Its an old west country habit you know.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design



"We have improved our website says the designers."

"Have you?", says I, "Looks like you were on acid when you did it. And pretty crap acid at that"

Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose


Autonomous cages? Why the image of a motorcycle?

Interesting article. Often wondered how autonomous cars would cope in a mixed traffic situation with assorted styles of meatbag driving. I suppose the real test would be the Paris in the rush hour round the Arc d'Triumph or Milan at any time.

And whats with the pic of an Andrea Dovizioso's Moto GP crash? Doesnt make sense.

Facebook tried to access and match medical data – report


Re: Is that the reason for havinig a "Zuckerberg General Hospital"...

Sadly no. Its amazing what 75 meeellion spondolics will get you.

Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger


Re: Freya is comparable to Venus or Aphrodite.

A most excellent reference Sir! Tis a pity most will not get it.

Right where is Olaf with the weed!

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash


Wheels falling off landies?

In one the MOD's let cut something moments they got rid of those fine lads and lassies of the Army Catering Corps. Now the army is fed by a bunch of rip off merchants selling barely edible food.

In the past the ACC provided high quality stodge and plenty of it. So squaddies were on the rather hefty side. Now this came useful when checking wheel nuts as torque wrenches were few and far between and normally only trusted to the lads of the LAD (Light Aid Detachment a unit's vehicle service department). On tightening up of said vehicle wheel nuts common practice (well BOAR 1970-90s) was to get a hefty chap to stand on the wheel brace till the nut was tight.

With our now contract fed squaddies hefty chaps are not so common and hence wheel nuts are not getting tightend as well as the used to be.

I shall now get my coat with the yellow handbag of Herfie pils in it.

Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck


Re: re: I'm just curious as to why

Dont know where you got the 80 quid for a Dyson handheld more like 130 for bottom end model and a rip off 400 smackers for the top end.

RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war


Re: Did we forget?

I do remember being on the Brit part of Able Archer 83 in 1BR Corps HQ and watching the little orange mushrooms being placed on the big map table. I asked on of the staff officers who's nukes were those. His answer "Ours how did you think we were going to stop them!"

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast


Re: Data for Sale

> You can find the owner , and by extension - address , of a car from its reg in Norway?

Not only that you can find out how much they earn and their tax returns as well (All tax and earnings have been public knowledge in Norway since the 1800s)


UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars


Organisational security is owned, governed and promoted at board level;

Fat chance of that when the board is beholden to the shareholders!

Ofcom: Blighty has devolved into a nation of unwashed binge-streaming mole people


Re: Newsflash @Richard 81

Bored now..............

Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy


Always follow Tuco's advice

When you have to shoot...Shoot! Don't talk

It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude


Its the spirit of the age.

Your android replica is playing up again

It's no joke

When she comes she moans another's name

But that's the spirit of the age, that's the

Spirit of the age

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler



I used to have a boss who called anyone who self claimed to be an expert an "exspurt". Expsurt being defined as; "ex - a has been" and "spurt - a drip under pressure"

Been a pretty good definition for dealing with some "experts" I have had to deal with

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas


Re: Ma be a silly question

They could but that would probably unbalance the props, then FUBAR the propshaft, cause so much vibration on the ship that it will be unbearable to work on. If the vibration is sufficient and of the right frequency expect fitting such as piping to crack and cable racking to come of their mounts.


And in the news today 26 June 26-06-2014

30 Years after she was first launched the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth gets her first compliment of aircraft. Spokesman for the Royal Navy Captain Ebeneezer Jon Nunky Pertwee said "Today a wonderful day for the Royal Navy and for HMS Queen Elizabeth to get her first flight of Fairey Swordfish aircraft. While not the originally specified aircraft it was the best we could afford"


Re: Dang, I forgot

Just hope luvable Leslie isnt navigating. Or they will need Nunky and his tug

State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster


Quality beats quantity

I'd rather someone takes their time and gets it right first time. Rather than punting dodgy code out to users who then whinge like hell because the new super dooper application is a pile of dog droppings.

Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!


Every days a school day

So DPD is Dynamic Parcel Distribution well that it a misdescription going by the drivers that deliver here. They have parcels and they distribute them, but the dynamic thing not so sure about.

PC World and DPD not a good combination

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back


Re: One master... and one apprentice


Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans


Careful users

I'm impressed that the builders of these PCs even had anti-virus software (clamwin) installed. Oh that other users were so diligent.

Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes


Two more for the list

You can also add "smarmy assed know it all". Knows everything, master of everything,has done everything, doesnt need to be told anything, refuses to believe that anyway but his way is possible.

Then there is the "rolling road block" . Nothing will work. He tried to do that but couldnt get it to work, so you have no chance of getting it to work. Even if you do get it to work it will be a pile of crap.

Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail


Good ol Liechtenstein ehh. They are going to help us.

Nice to see that the country that has the fastest growth for our exports is Liechtenstein (population about the size of Redcar). Well that's OK then

2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news


I could do this

Mind you my database would only need the words; "waffle", "bullshit","drivel" and "poppycock" init

Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert


Re: so

Hello Purchase Tax.

Three outsources staff to Capita


Same old, same old.

"We will now work hard to ensure all employees affected by this change are fully supported and we will be commencing consultations with them.”

Or, "We will have a couple of meetings with them. Talk a lot of bull hockey. Then kick them out and give them not another thought."

Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really


Remind me more of the old motorcycle couriers that used to kamikaze all over the place in late 80s/early 90s. Pretty much the same employment system to. Riders were self employed in most of the courier companies.

That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'


UK Big Data boffins not up to the task?

What intrigues me is why is some Aussie academic and not a UK one is crunching NHS data. Arent our big data boffins up to the task?

Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that



For when you run out of Nerf darts and Playdoh.

NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m


New PCs with XP that is.

Our local hospital and quacks are still running XP. On brand new boxes too.

Wonder if that £500M is enough to buy some Micky Micro$oft support for a year or 2

Teen thugs lure, rob Pokemon Go gamers


Re: or...

That would be 10 drums of ammunition actually. Lewis gun never used ammo belts.

What Brexit means for you as a motorist


Re: Passport, driving licence validity(@ Conrad Longmore)

Of course, an easy solution to this issue would be the UK govt. swapping the old EU passports for the new UK ones for free and with minimum hassle for citizens. But again, past experiences don't give too much hope of this happening.

I bet they charge twice as much as a standard 10 year renewal.

Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends


"One possible explanation is that low performers ignore critical rework so they can push new features, but it’s highly likely this is at the expense of racking up technical debt.”

Or maybe they are actually sorting the bugs out and doing proper testing and not introducing new bugs.

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Maplin Masters of the huge markup

I just about fell of my seat last week when a colleague told me how much they had paid for a few passive components. 1000% markup on 1% metal film resistors.

And don't get me started about the quality of their tools. I've seen harder plasticine.

Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction


According to Royal Museums Greenwich, "The portrait is in a fragile state". What's the betting that if they get hold of said portrait of Queenie they'll be after a few more pennies to restore it? A couple of million quid would probably do no doubt.

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?


Re: It Bodes

As a non smart phone owning person will they buy me one to hold my funky new "its digital it can't go wrong driving license on" ? Cos I sure wont.

UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months


Not just money

Many moons ago I had the joy of serving in BAOR. One of the weirdness I could never get over was the annual lets go crazy and fire crates of ammo off. The reason for this was if we didnt fire our allotment of training ammo off next years allotment would get cut.

The reason for this was we weren't infantry so didnt get first dibs on the ranges, add to that we spent 4 months of the year on non live firing exercises so often ended up doing only 3 or 4 range days a year. We were supposed to do 12. The quartermaster always said if we didnt blast all the training ammo of come next year we wouldn't get enough if we did get our 12 days on the ranges. So a new QM arrives and he doesnt do the mad day of blasting off. We get the ammo cut and yes the next year we got our 12 days but only had enough ammo for 4 days.

Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing


Re: Angela Merkel

The same could be said for Margaret Hilda Roberts. First UK PM with a science degree and look where that got us.

I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff


The Rynkl team, is that a hip way of saying a bunch of wrinklies?

Vulture conservationists hatch cunning 3-D printed egg plan


Re: Diclofenac

And its side effects are not to nice in humans. I lasted about a day on it after a knee op. Throwing up and diarrhoea simultaneously are not fun

BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles


BOFH with patience?

IS Simon getting more patient with with users? Seemed to have taken ages to get to the ambulance stage.