* Posts by Measurer

171 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Jan 2012


GitLab can proclaim diversity all it likes, but it seems to have a real problem keeping women on staff or in management


Women are in STEM

Five years ago I worked for a very famous U.K University commercial spin off, operating in the nanotech and semiconductor research areas, and the majority of the applications engineers were women from diverse international backgrounds. These people were all at least post graduate plasma physicists, that's PLASMA PHYSICISTS! Company Director I reported to also happened to be female.

Rockstar dev debate reopens: Hero programmers do exist, do all the work, do chat a lot – and do need love and attention from project leaders


'WOKE' has entered the chatroom.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

It's when you start naming other peoples willies you're in trouble.


Re: Not just business

You realise you've just blown their tiny I.T minds by talking RMS inverted A.C, then peak D.C terminal voltages, in the same sentence!

I salute you fellow sparky!

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!


'...estimating it at between £3bn and £5bn. We'd bet it'll be nearer the latter than the former. It's only a matter of time before Chris Grayling is put in charge, after all.'

Ho, Ho, Ho that it will fall below even the upper bounding value

Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown


Qualification to hold public office

As others have said: 'The desire to hold public office, when coming from already privileged classes, should preclude those from holding it'.

'Prodigy' chip moonshot gets hand from Arm CPU guru Prof Steve Furber


Is it me...

Or does the name 'Tachyum' conjure up images of a slightly absent minded starship captain saying things like 'blast them with the Tachyum thingy ray gun'!

Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf


Re: Shouldn't hot Jupiters be common?

It's not for us to judge which Roman god you find attractive, or their social standing in your twisted fantasy!


That's no 'monster Alien Planet'

That's a friggin space station!!!

Or maybe a dyson sphere around one of the paired dwarfs.

I have absolutely no qualifications, or even much interest in this area, other than a passing knowledge of popular cinema and the urge to share it.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!


Digital is just very fast analogue with switching thresholds

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins


...Or all of you did it!

Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts


Re: Please tell me it doesn't have a dependency on WINE

Wonder how many Gnome developers know what that is...

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK


mmmm Location...

Won't be that hard to find him/her, tied up alongside for most of the time I expect due to lack of operating funds.

Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies



Just don't wanna meet the spider that made them. You'd need one hell of a glass and bit of cardboard.

US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling


Re: Social Media?

I'd love to upvote you, but will that count against me?

Oh sh.......!

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade


Re: Irrational

I think it was a USMC pilot who first used it in combat, rather than the RAF (Gulf War 1 maybe). Remember seeing a documentary on it a while back.

Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas


Re: Turkey? - Dinner at the Out Laws

Could we maybe be Brothers in Law, what's ur real name?

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires


Re: Interesting posibilities

Only for problems that can be solved using parallel processing techniques, and then the softies still have to learn to code in parallel (good luck with that)!

Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!


Why don't you

Suggest it to Linus Torvalds, see how well that goes?



You can keep both hands on the keyboard

Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?


Re: Who Needs Programmers When You Need Hardware Designers?

Totally agree. Running machine control hardware, but with a flashy GUI and machine vision etc. usually requires a P.C AND a motion controller / PLC (maybe with FPGA in) to deal with the hard real time processing (100uS servo loop processing etc.). But even when shown the hardware, most softies cannot grasp the concept that code is being executed asynchronously and in parallel on both the P.C and the PLC, sometimes using the same inputs. Quite often there is a choice on where to run a given algorithm, and quite often the wrong decision is made because there is no appreciation of the 'best' or 'fastest' hardware to execute the algorithm you are trying to code. Much more needs to be done in these days of OpenCL and even 'just' multi cored processors to educate, it's a massive untapped resource.

The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide


Just the chap...

Oh god, please don't let it be James Corden!

IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world


Re: We've come a long way...

Going back to my mid 90's HNC in electronics....

ECL = Emitter Coupled Logic?

Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'


Re: Firmware - Driver relation

Alright, irony detected....


Re: Firmware - Driver relation

People need to look up the form, fit, function rule which is considered best practice for all engineering change control. If one part of an assembly breaks its internal interfaces (i.e. between two software blobs, two mechanical parts, an electrical plug pinout), then that part needs to be given a new 'part' number, not just up-revised. As the mating part will have to fundamentally change too (the electrical socket needs to mate with the new plug pinout), and will not be backwards compatible, then that will need a new part number as well. The parent assembly (firmware + driver) will definitely need to be up-revised as its child parts have changed, but may need a new 'part' number if, due to the internal changes of the 'parts', its interface to the outside world changes. In this case, it makes absolute sense to always supply firmware and driver as a controlled 'assembly' of parts rather than independent parts.

Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year


Re: Nose out

So he can smell the PECVD plasma!

Google's brand new OS could replace Android



and give it a Win7 desktop, winner!

'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming


Obiwan Hawkings: "That's no star. It's a space station." Alan Guth: "It's too big to be a space station." Michio Kaku: "I have a very bad feeling about this."

Graphene is actually self-folding origami, proclaim physicists


'Cross said he would like to study this behaviour further to see if he could make a 2nd round of funding.'

there, fixed for u.

Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration


Re: Passive?

Boris Johnson trying to set up a trade agreement, post Brexit, for instance...

Bacon is not my vodka friend


Heathens! Shouldn't that be:

"once a bottle of alcohol is open, you are not allowed to leave without finishing it”

UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources


No big deal..

Manufacturing standards are aligning throughout the World these days, and those countries, geographic areas etc. who don't have their own usually specify either EU or American (UL) standards. See UL 61010-1 as an example of the yanks adopting BS EN IEC 61010-1 (measurement and process control electrical safety) so that it becomes a truly harmonised worldwide standard.

Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier


There are standards out there....

As I've said before on El Reg, European Standards such as EN 62061, 61508 etc. do attempt to formalize the requirements for safety critical software, but there has to be a realization within the software industry in general that what they code (whether that be IoT based remote control stuff or not) may have a real world hazardous effect, and therefore these standards have to be applied. I have worked in the industrial control industry for over 20 years and it really scares me that layers of abstraction between P.C side code (GUI, Vision processing etc.), and the lower level real time systems for controlling motion or I/O, keep the average coder completely ignorant of how a given system works. Yes, abstraction, libraries etc. etc. are vital, but the coder MUST understand at least in some detail, how a control stack works, when the end result of moving a slider GUI element could result in a toaster going into meltdown, be that toaster in the kitchen local to you, or on the other side of the world.

King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin


Re: Isn't, like everything on Earth, including Earth..

Found some 'primordial makeup' in the wife's sock drawer last night....

What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?



I think the boat should be called 'and this is why everyone thinks students are wankers'.

Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop


Re: @AC - It's gonna be difficult...

I do.... (the poor Machinery electrical engineer whimpers from under the weighty tomes of EN 13849-1, EN 62061 and EN 61508).

Boffins celebrate 30th anniversary of first deep examination of Uranus


Re: Headlines

Wouldn't that be 'the wobble in the orbit of Uranus is caused by the approach of Mirod, once every 10,000 years'.

Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it



Will 2018 be the year of Linux on the headset?

In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'


Re: face it.

Gasp... You mean the world of Google!

We're already there, it's just if Google know your dirty little online secrets, they'll just try to sell more of it to you, until heart failure or friction burns kill you. They won't be holier than thou about it.

Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?


Re: Best cockwomble definition I've seen

Everyone knows that the opposite of a womble is a flump, therefore...



Re: Flaphammock wins my vote!

and of course Flangebasket, or Gunt.


It's not very nice, but

I can't claim credit for this one, that honour lies with a certain landlord of westcountry pubs I know (and rugby player), but I cannot but bow to the incredible talent which invented...


To describe those ladies, who for whatever reason, have blurred the physical boundary between their tummies and what lies beneath, into one amorphous blob.

The brevity and yet extreme adjectivity(?) of this four letter word has left many a seasoned drinker, rugby player, bon viveur etc. stunned by its elegance. Hats off to you Mr G.

Was gonna call my band 'bollard' years ago. Nice word.


Re: From Aunty Beeb

Would Uniquench be better?

Anyway although its another compound word, 'FLANGEBASKET'!


Re: More words

Let me guess..

Defenestration = Army lumberjacks?

Transmogrification = Making a cat happier through dubious means?


Here's one

Flaphammock was invented by a friend of mine years ago, upon me finding a pair of ladies undies in the corner of his lounge.

Microsoft, Google scramble to COLONISE INDIA


Re: Free lunch

Ooh, free lunch for the Indians? Make it an 'English' with a side order of buttered rolls.

WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA


Whither Briny liquid?

If the Martians are anything like I used to be, copious amounts of 'briny liquid' were produced on a Monday morning after a heavy weekend. Maybe its just bad sewerage?

'We can handle politicos, OUR ISSUE IS JUDGES', shout GCHQ docs


Re: QUESTION: If you were in charge of the country,



Re: QUESTION: If you were in charge of the country,

EMP over Cheltenham.

NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS


Alien Talent

Curiosity has discovered that Simon Cowell is there doing 'Space X Factor' (geddit?). Elvis didn't get through the first round.