* Posts by MyffyW

1437 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013


Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS's manual contact tracing performance: 'We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period'

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Re: The UK's chief stable door shutter.

I'm not sure whether Dido Harding is the best we can do, but she's entirely in line with the C-Suite career laundering that seems to pass for meritocracy these days. It seems somebody makes a bit of a horlicks of leading something and a year or two later they pop-up in a similarly well-paid roll and are given another opportunity to "serve".

In a more just society her penance for the Talk-Talk fiasco would have been obscure and worthy good deeds.

Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

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Paris Hilton

Aren't we all alone on some level? Alone with ourselves. So very alone ...

[Paris, because I'm sure she often contemplates metaphysics]

NASA mulls going all steam-punk with a fleet of jumping robots to explore Saturn and Jupiter's mysterious moons

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Re: Nuclear?

Use of a RTG should rattle certain peoples cages although I'm all for the atom-punk aesthetic myself. I really don't see the problem with certain chemical propulsion (e.g. LOX and Kerosene) although I'l admit we probably don't want to drop unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine onto any putative lifeforms. Orange is so last decade.

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Re: Required accessories

...and whale-boned bustiers of course

Segway to Heaven: Mega-hyped wonder-scooter that was going to remake city transport to cease production

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Re: Image and price problems

When I first saw a Segway I thought "I must get back on my bike".

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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I am pleased to call a number of Americans and Russians I have met my friends.

Based on my experience and their testimony, whilst the United States has many flaws, I would choose it's system - even with the current buffoon-in-chief - over Putin's Russia any day.

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Someone over there - bare chested and riding a horse, with small man syndrome - may have put him up to it.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Can they protect one's beaver from being goosed by a Canadian*?

[*In the interests of balance I do appreciate that most Canadians are a well behaved lot. And a pair of full height briefs can be had from Marks and Sparks for under a tenner]

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There's one of my daughters nappies from 2006 still in it's plastic bag beside the A361 after a faecal evacuation no 8-month old should be capable of. I really didn't want to fly-tip but it stank so badly, even through two layers of polythene, I simply couldn't drive with it in the car.

I appreciate such behaviour may not look good, but I was doing what any responsible parent would do. And I was checking my eyesight.

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Re: the 5G Bioshield is nothing more than a £5 USB key

It's the micro-bub-bubbles - 1/3 Coffee, 2/3 Milk, 2/3 Foam - more than the sum of it's parts you see? Now pass me a flat white...

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch

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Re: Ginger Baboon getting dangerously in on the picture

Maybe they hoped the lightening would be attracted to the hydrochloroquine-quoffing braggard?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: How about...

You are ... number 6

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How about...

The number two of Cloudiness?

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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In 1945 we sent two brand new jet aircraft to the Moon to check on the cheese rumour. All we got back was Double Gloucester (Meteors).

Data centre reveals it modeled interiors on The Hunt for Red October sets

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Re: Remodelling

Is that 5 lbs to LEO, GEO or Lunar NRHO?

China successfully launches its biggest-ever space truck to fire up its space station ambitions

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To be accurate, Werner von Braun didn't actually murder anyone (as far as I know) but acquiesced in being part of a system that did on a frighteningly efficient and horrendously large scale, sometimes to the direct benefit of the programmes he worked on.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Thought for the day

I dribbled, let's not say any more than that shall we...

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Re: Ventilators...

I am no fan of Boris, but I'll acknowledge he has at least listened to the experts (Who knew we would value them so soon?) and done his best according to his own lights.

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Re: Thought for the day

@Arthur_the_cat you, Sir, owe me a new frock...

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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Re: Barbie Time!

Personally I was always more of a Sindy kind of girl.

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Ferrous it's nothing to worry about.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Re: Add to the singing ban

I'm really trying hard not to sing Let It Go

British Army adopts WhatsApp for formal orders as coronavirus isolation kicks in

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Re: Is this Standard WhatsApp?

Sounds like an upgrade to me.

Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?

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Apollo 13

I am reminded of the moment where they cobbled together an air filter adapter with gaffer tape, specimen bags and cable ties, thousands of miles from earth. In a leaky tin can.

There is, of course, the danger of us indulging the how difficult can it be school of engineering...

European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases

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Re: Electric cars

@AC the arguments can be rather polarized, can't they?

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

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Learn from my past mistakes

Under no circumstances can I recommend wiping your arse with wide-carriage Pascal listings. Not only do the perforated holes chafe your, ahem, holes but the damned stuff absolutely fails to flush round the u-bend.

When the world ends – coronavirus plague, WW3, whatever – all that will be left are cockroaches and Larry Ellison trash talking his rivals

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Even as the heat death of the universe approaches, the license management team from Oracle will be insisting on their pound of flesh.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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Re: You spin me right round baby, right round, like a record baby...

I've eaten worse...

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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Re: Fools and their money

Even in the best of times I can always find time to ... ahem ... invest ... in El Reg commentarding

Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron

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Re: Raining molten iron?

Some kind of hat would be advised.

Australia down for scheduled maintenance: No talking to Voyager 2 for 11 months

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Re: A lot can happen in 11 months!!

maybe it will have kitted itself out with variable-geometry narcelles and bio-neural circuitry?

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What will it do?

Follow letters-of-last-resort protocol and put itself at the disposal of the Australians?

Mine's the one with a copy of On The Beach in the pocket.

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Re: Down Under?

..and the Koalas riddled with chlamydia

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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Re: LA Science museum

Given the toll in human lives from it's lost sister ships, that is a sound enough injunction.

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space

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Re: Black arrow is red and silver?

I once bought a lippy called "Blue Streak" and found there were simply no clothing options that coordinated with it.

That could have been one chilly night out...

Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule, DSCOVR up and running, and NASA buys a Falcon Heavy

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Jack's 1st law

Take the total number of likely fatalities and multiply by the average out-of-court settlement. If that number is less than a recall, don't do a recall.

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Re: Testing Axium

Somebody broke the symmetry - but now it's got seven

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could

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Re: The Apple II was aimed at hobbyists

I think "Catalysed" is the right word - Apple II participated in the reaction but remained itself (largely) unchanged. Apart from all those upgrades.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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What are they spending it on?

the web… using mouse… mices… using mice. clicking… double clicking…

the computer screen of course, the keyboard… the… bit that goes on the floor down there…

Northrop Grumman's space zombie slayer grants Intelsat 901 five more years in orbit

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Re: Ambitious

... and in subsequent missions offer wiper blade and bulb replacements and a 4 for the price of 3 tyre service?

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Re: Who watches the ...

Mine is the coat which takes a clear, expositional two minutes to fasten up whilst I explain my plan in detail, because - 007 - you will not live to see my genius and instead be eaten by Sharks/Molten Lava/Rosa Kleb

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

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I suppose you could set up an entirely new IP network segregated from what we term "The Internet" and not governed by the United States.

I mean, you could.....

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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Re: HMRC : Singlehanded incompetent.

@AC I see Amazon's Mechanical Turk is working well.

Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent

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Re: Um, not sure if he's thought this through

Problem isn't the 2000 year old book per se, it's people brimful of the letter of Christianity and empty of it's spirit.

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Re: Down with this sort of thing

The posts were merely resting in my account

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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Re: Well that's embarrassing

Have I read this right, that if you keep your cycle to work scheme below a grand in value (to each employee) you a can avoid the FCA entanglements?

Because I don't know about the beautiful south, but a grand buys quite a lot of bicycle where I live.

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms

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Re: Expenses..

@Jellied_Eal Your example is both Artful and Audacious...

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival

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Re: Forget the 'Osborne Effect':focus on the "Upton Effect".

There's lots of things to get angry about in the world, but the peripatetic nature of the raspberry pi really isn't one of them.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

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In other news williamsandglyn.co.uk returns NXDOMAIN

(gets coat, the cactus green one with beige trim)



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