* Posts by MyffyW

1676 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area


Re: “here”

Just here. No the other way, yes, that's right, next to whatchamacallit ... thud

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon


Re: Cave-dwelling

@AC, is that you Arthur?



I will admit there is something quite odd about going to all the trouble of getting out of Earth's gravity well only to live in a cave.

... but I've still got a hankering to do it.

Chinese smartphone sales sink to levels not seen since 2012


Re: Sharing

Possibly, although in fairness there are fascistic tendencies and digital big-brother moves rather nearer to home

I'm looking at you, Nadine

NYC issues super upbeat PSA for surviving the nuclear apocalypse


Re: Update

If we are facing a Threads style attack then I - like many here - would sooner go in the first flash. If however we are talking about a limited exchange (and God forbid even that should happen), then some sound advice is worth heading.


In short, staying indoors could make a very big difference to your life expectancy.

Researchers find evidence that stress does turn your hair grey, and it can be reversed – you just need a holiday


Re: Its not the colour that's the problem

Maybe by the 23rd century people had moved on from the narcistic beauty industry?

Airbus flies new passenger airplane aimed at 'long, thin' routes


Re: Why

Full marks for that expert repulsion of a space invader.


Re: Why

Both width and length are overrated (in absolute terms). It's how comfortable I am in the specific situation.

Starlink's Portability mode lets you take your sat broadband dish anywhere*


We would have invited SpaceX for a quick scuba in our think-tank, but were scared Elon would call us a "Pedo"


Re: "If Starlink detects a dish isn't at its home address, there's no guarantee of service"

Regarding doppler shift in a car:

Speed of light = 1 billion Km/hour

Speed of Car = 100 Km/hour

Speed of Car as fraction of Speed of Light = 0.0000001

Not saying you are wrong, but the channels to Starlink must be pretty narrow for doppler shift to be a problem.

Datacenters in Ireland draw more power than all rural homes put together


Re: The best little country in the world to do business

On the plus side, all those datacentre roof-tops available for photovoltaic installations (albeit with somewhat less sunshine than Southern California)

I'm getting my brolly...

UK's state-owned bank launches hunt for core systems worth close to $1b


I think that is more of a regimental bath than a royal flush.


Re: "NS&I is an executive agency of the UK's finance ministry, the Chancellor of the Exchequer"

I'd settle for under-qualified, to be honest. It's completely-out-of-touch-with-reality that troubles me.

"we all have different breads in my house” (sigh)


@Fujitsu - one for you?

[gets coat, the one with a metal file and a copy of Crime and Punishment in the pocket]

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine


Re: Deere me

Agree, well placed investment in energy projects needs to be used as a key front to undermine Putin. Ideally renewable, but any of the dino-fuels if they can be brought in to bridge the gap. And life-extend existing nuclear plants where feasible.

Microsoft points at Linux and shouts: Look, look! Privilege-escalation flaws here, too!


Re: Hey Microsoft ...

updated three weeks ago

The word "print spooler" comes to mind, MS. You could learn something from the Penguins.

Could a leaky capacitor be at fault on ESA's Sentinel-1B?


Re: Leaky ceramic?

Please don't make me giggle, I'll be dealing with a different kind of leakage...

Huawei reportedly furloughs Russian staff and stops taking orders

Paris Hilton

I broke a nail on a badly formatted WordPerfect file back in '98 - still have flashbacks

South Yorkshire to test fiber broadband through water pipes


Re: Where's Elon when you need him?

Not sure about twerking, just driving over the potholes on the local roads normally suffices.


Re: Microplastics and leached BPA...

I have it on good authority there will be a content filter, to ensure that only PG-rated material is conveyed through drinking water pipes. R-rated and higher material (everything from "oo-er" through to "utter filth") will be conveyed through the sewage pipes. Appropriate given the amount of shit that gets downloaded these days.


Re: Where's Elon when you need him?

I think the Bulgarian Airbag could potentially be used as both a unit of volume and a derived unit of frequency of oscillation.

Happy birthday Windows 3.1, aka 'the one that Visual Basic kept crashing on'


It's my infinitive and I'll split it if I want to.

[Boldly goes to get her coat]


Re: Well, at least they disappeared in later versions!

I think mauve has the most RAM


Ah! Windows 3.1 ... I remember preparing the guest bedroom for Mr Cock-up on a regular basis.

Elon Musk buys 9.2% of Twitter, sends share price to the Moon


Remembering Eugene Pottier

No saviour from on high delivers;

No faith have we in prince or peer.

Our own right hand the chains must shiver:

Chains of hatred, greed and fear.

- The Internationale

GNOME 42's inconsistent themes are causing drama


I feel I must give an honorable mention to twm

fy twmpathau


Re: Arrogance reminiscent of Microsoft (i.e. just suck it up).......that would be the GNOME folk!

Another upvote for XFCE ... does what it needs to do as efficiently as possible

Ukraine invasion: This may be the quiet before the cyber-storm, IT staff warned


Re: FUD - Fear, uncertainty and doubt

I'm more of a Liddell Hart kind of a girl, so will be thoroughly prepped, patched and table-top war-gamed. One can't too careful.

Co-inventor of Ethernet David Boggs dies aged 71


Re: Ethernet turned out to become the network winner

Yes, I remember ATM (and FDDI) being the next big thing. I remember one glossy magazine stating around 1996:

ATM is the answer if the question is how do I service the telephony needs of a small country whilst also providing space heating and a light show

And all the while Ethernet just got incrementally better.

Chromium-adjacent Otter browser targets OS/2


Ran a handful of Lotus Notes servers on OS/2. The only time they had to be rebooted was when we upgraded the hardware. Or installed a TCP/IP stack (yes, you licensed TCP/IP separately). For some reason I have Statuesque by Sleeper playing in my mind.

Top Chinese Uni fears Middle Kingdom way behind on tech – and US sanctions make catching up hard


The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the ....[knock at door, silence]

Geomagnetic storm takes out 40 of 49 brand new Starlink satellites


Fly Casual

... cue starlink sat walking with hands in pockets, whistling a little tune

Hello Slackware, our old friend: Veteran Linux distribution releases version 15.0 at last


Re: my first distro

I was a late starter - autumn '97 downloaded via ftp. Took all afternoon to get the A and N disks. The next day I treated myself to the D and X and apps ones. Then the token ring driver wouldn't work. On the plus side I did work out how to wire IBM type 1 to pass 10-base-T Ethernet. That's the thing about this level of engagement - you learn all about the tech you use.


Re: No Sendmail?!

beat them around the head with the reference manual?

Bit harsh, I used to put the complete A, D and N disk sets into a pillow case and slap miscreants with that.

Citrix acquired by private equity, will be paired with Tibco in $16.5bn deal


This does feel like the modern day equivalent of being acquired by Computer Associates.

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*


Bicycle is much the best category for them. That way those who want to ride them can chance their arm against trucks, double decker buses and my 12 stone of push-bike-and-stroppy-flapper combination.

US President Joe Biden reminds the White House he is serious about repairability


Re: Do The Right Thing

Joe is at least wrong within the normal parameters of governmental competence.


print spooler ... sigh


Glad to see the Executive ploughing this particular furrow

(sorry, I'm putting my wellies and shagged-out barbour jacket on as we speak)

How to polish the bottom line? Microsoft makes it really hard to claim expenses, say staffers


I've not missed corporate travel during COVID, and I've *really* not missed filling in expense claims that almost always leave me out of pocket.

Refresh? No, F5 says supply of networking chips is still awful, getting worse...


Having spent most of my career getting sanction for technology replacement only at the moment that systems went end of life, I now find myself advising on the new dynamic of having to account for very lengthy lead times. Which is at least refreshing :-)

Massive rugby ball-shaped planet emerges from scrum of space 'scope sightings


Re: Birth of a planet

There was a Robert Swindells book* about a large interstellar creature laying eggs close to stars. It didn't usually end well IIRC....

[*Amazon suggests "World-Eater", though I recall it might have been differently titled in my youth]


It's not deformed, it's beautiful in it's own unique way ....

Nvidia promises British authorities it won’t strong Arm rivals after proposed merger


Re: Uh-huh. Yeah. Right.

Or Rover Group when sold to BAe, then BMW

Heart attack victim 'saved' by defibrillator delivery drone*


Re: Doctors...

And as every Bond fan knows, one only has to look in the glove compartment of an Aston Martin to find a defibrillator....

Well done to Dr Ali for stopping when plenty of others might have driven by.

Microsoft gives Notepad a minimalist makeover to match Windows 11 style



Ah notepad.exe, for years I riffed with you, then my Win 10 build left you out for reasons only my desktop support colleagues know. And now I've embraced your geeky best mate, and once you go ++ there is no room for negatives. Unless you're doing maths.

Tech Bro CEO lays off 900 people in Zoom call and makes himself the victim


Re: Get ready for the permies to attack you though.

Can we go back to the bit where we all bitch about the insensitive oaf running the company, rather than attack each other?

Love and Peace (unless you're the CEO in the video)

One white cat and a volcano short of a Bond villain: Rocket Lab's Peter Beck shows off the 'Hungry Hippo'


Re: Bond! Bond?

Yes, I get that Connery was the original, and Craig might be more faithful to the books. But as a two-word imperative "Roger Moore" takes some beating. Rarely* has a single eyebrow maneuver been exploited so magnificently.

"007 what are you doing?"

"Just keeping the British end up, Sir"

* I must give Bill Nighy credit for his own brow-achievements. Specifically at the end of Pride (2014).


Re: Sand worm

I've never lit a Hippo fart (I know, sheltered life) but I suspect it does not have a specific impulse of 320 seconds.

NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems


Re: ITYM ...

I was never so emboldened than when my Dad gave me a VIC20 and reassured me that I could always turn it off.


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