* Posts by toffer99

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Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Re: Oh, the days when things lasted more than a year...

I need a new front door, and got a quote. £3,000 pounds! Noticing my jaw's rapid downward movement, the purveyor said indignantly "Well, it is made of wood!"

GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks

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Just an average backhander in the most corrupt country in Europe -the UK.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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When the 737 comes up as a subject, I still think of the dead crews. Imagine fighting the control column for minutes on end as it repeatedly tries to dive you into the ground, eventually overcoming your puny human strength to kill you and your hundreds of passengers.

Flashy new toys for the next Windows 10? Sorry, fun-seeking Fast Ringers must make do with DoH for now

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My Windows 10 failed an update overnight and rolled itself back this morning. Anyone else?

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

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So was it the Americans, Russians or Chinese?

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Since privatisation, £54billion has been paid out in share dividends. That is twice as much as full-fibre rollout would have cost.

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747

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Its all a bit sad, really. RAF pilot gets to drive outdated plane to not very high, then launches little rocket from it. This, ladies and gents is the British Space Programme.

Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament's spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs

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I have become resigned to the sleaziest politician of my long lifetime becoming Prime Minister.

I think of it as a health problem -the boil on the flesh of the UK which is Boris Johnson must be lanced. If he takes the Tory Party with him, so much the better.

From Matthew Parris' recent TIMES column: That he’s a habitual liar, a cheat, a conspirator with a criminal pal to have an offending journalist’s ribs broken, a cruel betrayer of the women he seduces, a politician who connived in a bid for a court order to suppress mention of a daughter he fathered, a do-nothing mayor of London and the worst foreign secretary in living memory . . . such truths are apparently already “priced in” to Mr Johnson.

Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones

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Re: Good work MET Police

I bet you voted leave.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

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If you still have a facebook account, you presumably don't give a damn about ANyBODY accessing your information. Cambridge Analytica closed down, then started up under a different name.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Could have been worse, they might have been bombing innocent Syrians at the time.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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I'm going on a walking holiday.

So many faults on planes. Boeing has another problem: "Pilots reveal safety fears over Boeing’s fleet of Dreamliners. Company admits that fire extinguisher switch has failed a ‘small number’ of times" https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/boeing-dreamliner-b787-safety-fears.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Killed by AI.

Are these the first mass deaths caused by Artificial Intelligence? What could be the next major occurrence?

'Lightweight' UPS-style flywheels to power naval laser zappers

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Road Runner version.

Just visualising this: it has ACME stamped on the side and Wile E. Coyote is running it up to full speed. As it hits 40,000 rpm it breaks free, dragging Wile E. the length of the ship, through all bulkheads into the waves beyond at high speed. RR peers out of a hammock, then looks sadly at the camera saying "meep meep". Chuck Jones, you should be living now.

Boeing boss denies reports 737 Max safety systems weren't active

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Modern 737's are a continuation of a design that dates back to the 1960's. Since then, Boeing have been changing fuselages, engines and bolting on winglets and other systems in an effort to keep them up to date, saleable and flyable by existing 737 pilots. I think they hit the buffers when they rolled out these models in an effort to avoid the expense of designing a new aircraft. Their competitors went for new designs instead. This may mean the end of Boeing. It'll almost certainly mean the end of the 737; after all would YOU climb aboard one now?

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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When Boeing's and the FAA snail's pace reactions become known, users' trust will just evaporate; "book me on a New York flight tomorrow please. But NOT a 737."

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Here's a useful video from a working pilot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkmJ1U2M_Q

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And every official in sight still tried to blame him.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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I hear the Second Coming was planned for December. But Jesus Christ was turned back by TSA at the border.

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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Re: Back now

Have they lied about the cause yet? That's the next step.

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Terrific article -well done. I came from scanning through Mail Online, the hate paper. It was like climbing out of a lagoon of pigshit and stepping under a clean, cool shower.

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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We're sorry you couldn't get your money, customers. But our CEO got his as he left in disgrace -£1.7 million. Nice, eh?

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Honestly.. this is the problem with the Android phone market

The USP of this phone is that the Apple price is £1000.

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Did plain old low-rent Boffins fix it, or was it the Astroboffins. Or maybe the Geoboffins. Nope, it was the DrillerBoffins.

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Anyone got advice on password managers? I'm thinking of jumping to one.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Did a good job. All the best.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Same in Canada

I can't wait to have CCTK. What's that? Chlorinated Chicken to the Kitchen.

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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Re: Yes, we know it's hard, but someone has told Elon dumping Block 4's at sea is easy.

or any crisp packet.

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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Bonus

Bonus? BONUS???? I assume he's paying back last year's bonus.

Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: Reusable?

The Shuttle was designed to be reusable, but took a heap of expensive resuscitation between flights. The SpaceX first stage seems to require little more than a rubdown with a half-brick before it's ready to fly again.

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Re: Reusable?

I heard that part of the rocket launched this week (the second stage) was on its 5th outing. That must save a few bob.

Digital air traffic control upgrade puts potential delays on London flights

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What systems do they have for backing up in case of fire, flood, power cuts, terrorist attack or an idiot with excavator.?

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

...and we can now see why.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Sounds good but expensive. Each one costs one NHS hospital.

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

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Wikipedia: "Capita Group has not been received well by the public and in the media. It has gained the nickname "Crapita", particularly from the coverage in the satirical and current affairs magazine Private Eye, which routinely documents the company's many failures and setbacks in the public sector."

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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The worst government of my lifetime, getting the biggest issue of a generation wrong, based on little to no information, having been given the tiniest mandate obtained through deception, largely to satisfy a generation who won't be affected, because they'll be dead.

Why did the Tories do this? Why did they turn an internal party squabble on Europe into a catastrophe for the UK and its 65 million people?

What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Its odd to think that in a few short years, only museums will have fossil fuel cars in them. Alongside Jeremy Clarkson.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: Who cares

They're going to re-classify it as a NotAnAircraft Carrier,

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So the Tories now have two Disgraced Ex-Defence Ministers on their record (please use this correct title), and they're lining up the third. It'll be interesting to see how the new one falls down. My guess is sheer incompetence in the role and in Parliament

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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And the airlines want us to fly in pilotless planes. Think I'll walk or stay at home.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Of course, nobody who reads this will seize the opportunity to attack these assholes on twitter, will they? Please don't or you risk joining their number. Oh, alright, make an exception for Toby Young.

Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

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Worth a look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capita#Criticism

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Why didn't the alleged "Health Secretary" take action? Well, he's part of a government that wants to destroy the NHS.

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

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She doesn't mind too much as most of them are Tories.

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: STOP THE PRESSES!!!

"The NHS is safe in my hands."

Confidence in £70m customs system has 'collapsed', warns Treasury Committee

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Well they won't have to worry about Gibraltar travellers. We're about to lose it to Spain.

Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

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Logic would dictate that these many advertisers would also boycott the Daily Mail and the Express which are at least as good at spreading hate as Google.

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

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"auto-tensioning bollards" is a staggering technical advance for these jetties Its just a shame that we don't have planes to put on the carriers.

US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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More powerful

So the new drone, instead of just one wedding party, can wipe out 2 wedding parties and a hospital at once. I expect Trump will want to use them when he declares war on Iran, probably only months from now.

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