* Posts by MyffyW

1449 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013


USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: Beltway Blues

@Hubert is that you?

Let's just admit it was fun trying...

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

Quaid, is that you?

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Re: Coudn't they have specified...

....and the spec says direct current only. Personally I'm an AC/DC kind of girl.

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

I don't disagree that space is indeed big. And it is also cold (when not bathing in radiation from a rather large fusion source 93 millions miles away). But getting rid of heat by electromagnetic radiation alone is not trivial. Good luck to potential applicants.

China successfully launches Mars probe that packs an orbiter, lander, rover

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Re: a camera capable of two-metre resolution from a height of 400kms

Such a rich trove to choose from:

"Free Tibet"

"Taiwan is a free country"

"4th June 1989"

"Hong Kong democracy"

"Religious freedom for Uighurs"

Or you could just draw a big dick, that works too....

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch

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Can't beat football on that one - "Seaman dribbles between his legs" being my all time favourite.

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Or, turning eyes to the umpire in a manner that clearly implies the batsman is out "Owisee?!"

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball

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Re: Eye-opening claim

I had the cutest little MGF once that (myriad mechanical defects aside) routinely swallowed my keys into it's boot. Whereupon I would have the opportunity to try public transport, or try walking 5 miles in inappropriate footwear, or finding out which of my friends with cars would come and pick me up. Oh the joys! But I always had a backup (sort of).

Twilio: Someone waltzed into our unsecured AWS S3 silo, added dodgy code to our JavaScript SDK for customers

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Re: Non-malicious?

Indeed, I would politely suggest the very act of changing somebody else's files is a malicious act. The intentions can only be guessed at...

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Re: Open S3 bucket you say?

"There was this S3 bucket..." and so begins many a lamentable tale of loss and heartbreak. Really? In 2020? For fsck sake...

Bad news: Your Cisco switch is a fake and an update borked it. Good news: It wasn't designed to spy on you

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Re: What's that old saying?

I was going to buy some flowers for my hair but found my Cisco switch was blowin' in the wind

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Re: Things I also learned.

A bat you say? With nails. Luxury! My enterprise software "partner" used to actually kill us, spit on our graves and then disinter our corpses. Still we were happy back then. At least they didn't make us run eBusiness Suite.

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



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