* Posts by MyffyW

1593 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

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Re: There is something they did tell us

Every nation has their euphemism .. in British English "tired and emotional" means the same.

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Re: cant help it

My casual habit of reading and mild dyslexia achieved the same morphing.

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Carly Simon - Coming around again

US govt calmly but firmly tells Blue Origin it already has a ride to the Moon's surface with SpaceX, thanks

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Re: Go Fever

Really unfair - it achieved 10 minutes of weightlessness for the inspirational Wally Funk, an over-privileged youth, a rich twat and said twat's brother.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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Right to upgrade

Recently doubled the RAM on my desktop PC with a simple clip-in of a DIMM. If only my daughters iBoxen would have such an easy path.

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Re: Nothing new

Even the push-bike is like this - friend of mine had a problem with his brakes and first up was advised to sell his bike as the cost of repair was uneconomic. After the local bike shop took a look it turned out they were fixable for not much more than the cost of a couple of inner tubes.

AWS growing so fast its revenue makes it bigger than Cisco or HP

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Re: Get them Pitch Forks out!

Despite using a cloud provider or two in my daily beeswax, I, for one, don't welcome our cloudy overlords.

Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches

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Re: Oddly...

Turn the wheel configuration the other way round (two at the front, one at the back) and you're probably onto something.

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Re: Calculator

"In typical Sinclair style" - cheap black plastic, beige and brown polyester?

Microsoft abandons semi-annual releases for Windows Server

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Re: now if only

Having cut my teeth (and broken the odd nail) on NT4 about 6 months before I first used Linux, I couldn't agree more, Nate Amsden.

But this is the difference between Microsoft ("Thou Shalt") and GNU/Linux ("It's your choice").

Steam-powered computers: Retro cool or old and busted?

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Re: Twenty years from now...

Come The Great Reset absence of 240v AC after might be a problem. Stick to a Raspi and at least you'll be able to power it from a phone charger, assuming you are willing to barter food or sexual favours with the feudal overlords.


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Re: Magic Roundabout

Well the best advice I can give is to stop 100yds before and ask Florence and Ermintrude.

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Re: "who wouldn't enjoy a go on a steam train simulator?"

Another vote from me for the Severn Valley Railway and Bridgnorth-Kidderminster. It's the only steam railway I've seen a herd of elephants from.

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

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Re: Can't wait...

I've been tempted to propose an exam before people are allowed to vote, but I recognise I might be getting a bit Old Testament in my dotage.

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Re: Executive Summary

@Danny_2 oh the joys of explaining Welsh pronunciation. A common mistake is someone pronouncing the final syllable "-way" rather than "-wee". Plenty of toilet humour potential there.

On other occasions the "w" gets missed. Once thought of inviting some Indian colleagues round for a fry-up but the thought of "Breakfast at Miffany's" was too much to bear.

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Re: Executive Summary

There is no getting away from the fact that New Shepard looks like a sex toy. Not one I'd care to insert, but very definitely dong-shaped.

SpaceX does not remind me of such a thing, although "Falcon Heavy" is now my favourite term for certain days of the month.

I don't get the comparisons between VSS Unity and a vagina. And I am something of an expert in these matters. Branson himself, on the other hand is a proper .... well I'll see you next Tuesday.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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My latent dyslexia first read that as virginobit and I was thinking "wow, that's a bit dark"

Smuggler caught with 256 Intel Core processors wrapped around him in cling film

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Something tickled me about there being 256 processors smuggled - as if powers of 2 are some how the natural order.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: Three words:

Fukushima Terror Pigs!

Right on, El Reg!

Still giggling even now....

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle boss weigh in on fixing Hubble Space Telescope

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Re: He's dead Jim

Damn it Jim, I'm an engineer not a doctor!

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Re: So you're telling me there's a chance

In fairness el reg do have a "coffee spilt on keyboard" icon, which is somehow more appropriate

As an eternally optimistic flapper, I hear "Robot Arm, Airlock, 6 people" as a challenge I'm sure certain private enterprises are equal to.

Leaked print spooler exploit lets Windows users remotely execute code as system on your domain controller

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Re: Again?

Indeed, @Binky, used that backdoor a couple of times on a workstation.

Which is why - when the century was still new - I had a server hardening procedure that disabled the print spooler on DCs and other boxen that didn't require it.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: How untraceable, exactly?

@fajensen as a conspiracy theory your proposition is most entertaining in that it fits with the scant facts. I like the speculative fiction possibilities this opens up.

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Re: How untraceable, exactly?

Yep - the Superman 3 paradigm, without the wit of Richard Pryor

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If they can get Bezos hopping-rocket-dong all the way to Mars, best of luck to them.

(I thought it barely made it above the Kármán line)

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser

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My wild guess: Windows to be a window manager and desktop environment atop a GNU/Linux OS (Debian for preference).

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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Re: Shuttle?

red-shirted landing-party

He has a name in our house - Ensign Cannonfodder - and a braver man you will not meet, save for those who bought Shatner's ill-advised "music" records.

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

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Re: I wish them well

Indeed - have United really committed to buy? Or have they taken options to buy from Boom? Back when the Beatles were still together the top ten airlines had options on Concorde, by the time the Sex Pistols were in the charts they had none (Air France and BA only taking them because they were told to).

Intrepid Change.org user launches petition to make Jeff Bezos' space trip one-way

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Re: Never work

Of course the chief problem is the rocket-dong doesn't have enough power to keep Bezos up in space, it can barely make it above 100Km before drooping like a, well I've probably said too much ....

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Re: Remember, don't be mean

isn't a "flat earth denier" someone who denies the earth is flat? In other words, entirely in line with mainstream science?

Three million job cuts coming at Indian services giants by next year, says Bank of America

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As a one-time employee of one of these behemoths I can attest to something close to Stockholm syndrome when I recall my days there. In the round, not a happy time, but so many vibrant episodes of The-Thick-Of-It style cock-up and buffoonery I'm occasionally tempted to don my rose-tinted shades and contemplate a return.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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On the basis of the imperial unit the standard British handful I expect a single well chosen individual would be sufficient to support my Bosoms [proposal].

As for pencils, these days let's just say "more than one". And remember I am holding a wooden ruler, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Into a crowded field I would like to push forward Bosoms as the new name. And I've got a wooden ruler ready for anybody who finds that remotely titillating. Now, maintain eye contact please.

Thailand bans joke cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens

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Re: Just ban all crypto currencies.

I will concede there is much about the modern world (everything post-2001) I don't get, but crypto-currency is definitely number one on my WTAF list.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: A new human race indeed

We seem to mess up the spinny things every time we patch the OS

An anti-drone system that sneezes targets to death? Would that be a DARPA project? You betcha

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Re: Loitering/multiple targets?

@Cynic_999 no great fan of anyone's armed forces, but our American cousins do try not to create collateral damage, whilst less scrupulous nations don't give a rat's ass whether they pollute the West Country with nerve agent or Central London with Polonium.

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Re: I for one .....

Can I be the first to suggest the company anthem "I'd rather be a hanky than a snot" to the tune of the Simon & Garfunkel classic about hammers and nails.

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

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Re: Bing? Does that still exist?

Bing seems to throw up slightly less porn on image searches than Google.

- well that sounds like a demerit straight away, and we haven't even got on to doing the dirty work of totalitarian regimes.

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Re: What's in a phrase?

@Pseudononymous Coward no, a true pedant would point out that although George Orwell was originally a pen name, he used the name in conversation and correspondence with later friends and colleagues.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe George Orwell as Eric Arthur Blair's pseudonym?

Flying dildo poses a slap in the face for serious political debate

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Indulging my inner Tabloid Proprietrix...

Penile Protrusion Pegs Politico on own Petard.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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HMS Hermes

There's a fine example of British engineering currently in Alang, India. Could probably be procured for the cost of the metal and her renovation would be a showcase for our current talents as well as our constant fixation on the past.

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Thanks Jimbo, that's piqued my interest. Not sure why you got downvoted.

Salesforce fell over so hard today, it took out its own server status page

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Re: Business-speak I’ve missed?

I would invite you to come for a quick scuba in my thinktank, but I'm not sure we should be sharing the same corporate waterfall during COVID-19.

[Coat's already on, zipped up, hood up, ready for a deluge]

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Re: It was the engineer in the DC with the keyboard

Might make my leadership team perform a reverse lookup ferret on their enthusiasm for Salesforce. SRV them right.

[who am I trying to kid, they'll still sign-up]

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA

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I'm not fat, it's just Chinese Space Junk

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Re: I love watching heavenly bodies...

I believe it was Arthur C Clarke who remarked on the distracting effect the female form might have on our male co-workers in zero gravity.

"It was bad enough when they were motionless; but when they started to move, and sympathetic vibrations set in, it was more than any warm-blooded male should be asked to take."

But we've come along way since the space age. Or then again ...

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Re: Perhaps,

Maybe I'm becoming a cynical cow in my dotage, but when it comes to government initiatives of any nation, irresponsibility and incompetence are the first two things I expect.

Michael Collins, once the world's 'loneliest man,' is dead. If that name means little or nothing to you, read this

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Re: RIP Michael Collins

The best way to control population is to fund education, and in particular girls education to the same level as boys. Society gets the benefit of a more educated workforce, rising living standards mean fewer infant deaths, less push to have large families. Ambition is the best contraceptive.

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Re: RIP Michael Collins

Just Three Billion people, wow ... we've come a long way. Today we mourn. Tomorrow we get back to work on fixing this planet.

SpaceX flings another bunch of humans into orbit in reused capsule atop reused booster

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Re: Two crews

Of course it's inevitably just speculation, but I wonder who the first couple to, ahem, "dock" were?


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