* Posts by Jarndyce

12 posts • joined 30 Apr 2013

Look, we've tried, but we just can't write this headline without saying boffins have probed Uranus's cold ring


Weird usage of 'glomming'

As an ardent but rather fumbling student of the English language I stumbled over the word glomming as in: ".. it’s all glomming together.."

Now, the Urban dictionary defines glomming as

"The act of making out in a particularly slobbery and intense manner ..."

Gives me weird mental pictures in an alien space context.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight



The Talking Toaster: a role model to passive-agressiv AI, now on board the ISS.

IT bosses worried about network security reckon AI Jesus can save them, says Oracle survey


Re: AI

In derivation:

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am AI; and shall deceive many"

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond



Maybe Alexa was asked to find the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything ..

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Golgafrinchanian Moments

Reminiscence of the Golgafrinchans attempts to invent the fire and delegating the task to a sub committee researching what people want from fire and how they relate to it ...

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page


Pearls to Pig(eons)

Why comes this solution to my mind:


Did the Earth move for you, too? Grav waves sensed from black holes' bang 1.8bn LYs away


Units of Energy

Does anyone know the Reg unit for the "Energy equivalent to three solar masses" ? - Like 3 ChuckNorrises ?

Or is that a contradiction in terms, because there can only be one Chuck Norris.

Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins


FAA Regulatinos on Li-Ion Batteries

Not quite right, according to these documents:

FAA: "Except for spare (uninstalled) lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries, all the batteries allowed in carry-on baggage are also allowed in checked baggage [...]"


"Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium). Passengers may carry all consumer-sized lithium ion batteries (up to 100 watt hours per battery)."

[From: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/hazmat/passenger_info/media/Airline_passengers_and_batteries.pdf; referenced by: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items]

In short; devices with lithium ion battteries up to 100 W/h are allowed in checked baggage.

NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game


Software RAID impact - ZFS?

It would have been nice to see if ZFS could have made any impact on the utilization (Software RAID wise)

Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future


Re: Should have priced it

Don't we have a Register standard for money, yet?! - With base units like the cosst of pair of "Bulgarian airbag", etc?

Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH


A typical Marvin

For those few (on the Reg) not versed in "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", the subtitle is an altered quote from the Paranoid Android character Marvin.

Apache attack drives traffic to malware

Black Helicopters

Backdoor on cPanel based servers

As advertised e.g. at the German online IT publication www.heise.de, this attack is based on cPanel installations running on top of Apache webservers, refering to the original discovery made by Sucuri:


A detailed study of the mechanisms of the backdoor can be found at:



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