* Posts by Floydian Slip

68 posts • joined 16 Mar 2014


NASA signs deals to put a rocket under Artemis flights until 2029

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Re: They

IIRC there aren't too many competitors to choose from in this field. It's one of the reasons (the main reason) why Boeing have withdrawn from the race to develop America's newest intercontinental nation destroyer

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Paris Hilton

Best Freebie

Way way back I attended courses delivered by Compaq in relation to their new IP Telephony kit designed to provide remote access to corporate HQ and outlying offices.

All delegates were given a T-shirt (hey big spender) with the Compaq logo and the words "Compaq Remote Access Partner"

Suffice to say I don't think anybody chose to wear the T, either in Compaq HQ or outside.

Paris Hilton because I'm sure she'd recognise a C.R.A.P

Sketchy behavior? Wacom tablet drivers phone home with names, times of every app opened on your computer

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Re: Another one...

If you can't be uniquely identified than GDPR doesn't apply

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record

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"as fast as its current rocket will propel it." Nope, no rocket installed - just the EJ200 and next year it'll have a single rocket fitted to go for the LSR and 800mph and the following year (funds & design permitting) they plan on going for the big 1k

I thought you were fans of the program, may be you are but you need fact checking before hitting the "publish" button. If you need a Bloodhound correspondent I'm not a member of the team but am a huge Richard Noble, Andy Green Thrust and Bloodhound fan and will be happy to contribute for some form of financial compensation

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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Re: That's horrible.

When I'm standing in a public space and need to put my laptop bag on the floor (currently in a bag that looks like a trad leather satchel) I always put one of my feet through the strap. That way, a potential snatch-and-grab might end up dropping the bag as it comes up short against my leg or, at the very minimum, I'll notice as should the strap break

Echelon gets the upper hand: Scores final nod for 100MW bit barn campus in Arklow, Ireland

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Always watching, always listening, always tracking

Buckminsterfullerene sounds like the next UK Prime Minister but trust us, it's in fact the largest molecule yet found in interstellar space

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Re: News?

It;s bigly big

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

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Re: Dolt

Ah yes, the screenshot.

The last time I asked for a screenshot (about 5 days ago) I was emailed a picture that had been taken using a phone from about a 30 degree angle. Not only were there scan lines but the angle of the photo made a key part of the screen almost indecipherable.

No, I couldn't just visit the desk seeing as it was on the other side of the country so am anticipating the need for remote access

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

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Print and save

I once worked with a chap who would print off his emails, pop them in a drawer and delete. He had four drawers and each month he would empty the bottom drawer in to a secure shredder and move everything else down one, inserting the now empty drawer at the top. He simply figured that 99% of emails were a waste of time and he only acted when one was actually followed up.

He loved being shown how to make folders in Outlook so that the drawer empting became a mouse click rather than physical action

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

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IR iirc

If I remember correctly, a couple of infra-red LEDs worn at about forehead level are enough to blow out the vision of most CCTV cameras. Being IR, it's not so obvious as walking around with a bright torch strapped to your head, well until the CCTV watchers vector the police to you cos I'm not sure of the legality.

Amazon do a 3w IR Torch for about a tenner. https://amzn.to/2H0w9Tw

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Andy Green would not drive the car if he felt his life was at risk. Part of the project has been extensive CFD research and testing and Andy G has a maths degree so not only understands the project but can understand the underlying math too.

This is such a shame. For the likes of Dyson, Branson, Ratliff , the Hinduja bros etc and other billionaire industrialists it's a relatively small sum. Many mega rich musos could have added half a mill each.

So sad, after so much effort

One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight

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Re: Zhuque 1

You should have a look at Nammo and the rocket that will (hopefully) be used by Bloodhound SSC. The rocket uses high test hydrogen peroxide (HTP) as the oxidiser and synthetic rubber as the fuel. Apparently you can really turn it on and off as required. Hybrid rockets like this are safe and controllable, as well as being lower cost and greener than alternative methods.


Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Probably not a great surprise - in fact some of us have already looked at the consequences, implications and solutions.


ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Holy orders

The Lord giveth and the ICO take away

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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You can duplicate or triplicate as much as you like but IMHO their ain't no substitute for multiple locations and fail over data-centres.

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Early days

It's early days but I did hear that new recruits are being given extensive training on how to point a pen and make "pew pew" noises in the hope that the enemy (terrestrial or alien) will be scared away by the threat we might have some real space weapons somewhere

Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

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Re: trade-in

Not sure that the F35 is such a bad deal, it might be the most astute UK military purchase in history?

Why? If 15% of the plane is built in the UK then we receive revenue for EVERY F35 built and sold. With hoped for international sales in the thousands it's actually likely to be self-funding

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

No wonder you posted anonymously. Here in Dysonshire (aka Wiltshire) we recognise that moving the manufacturing off-shore enabled the maintenance of a degree of competitiveness.

You should look at the number of engineers employed by Dyson in the UK really ADDING VALUE by inventing stuff. He's opened an engineering university because he can't find enough and is now using his battery nous to work on a battery powered car.

And I don't think he is a tax dodger - based on the amount of investment in the UK made by him and his company.

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Re: We need some ...

But surely, you are drying your hands AFTER washing them so all of the offending bacteria should have been left behind in the hand wash basin [see what I did there]

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Re: Streaming? Nah!

Thankfully a lot of vinyl comes with a decent enough MP3 download code for phones etc so you get the best of both worlds

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Re: SIG!

SIG = Spectrum is Green, meaning all is OK and the aircraft were called "Angels" which is why the pilots were called Angels too.

IMO Captain Scarlett was the first PC children's cartoon - female fighter pilots, disabled commander (Col. White), bi-racial communications office(Lt Green)

Yes, I still enjoy Capt. Scarlet as a middle aged "adult. I'll get my coat - it's the one with an SPV in the pocket.

China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

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Re: Oak heatshields

Surely the solution is to grow the oak in the micro-gravity of space?

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

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Re: GSuite is not enterprise ready

But what IS the point of changing passwords every 30/60/90 [delete as appropriate] days?

I know you'll say "security" but what does it achieve other than pain, forgotten passwords, incremented passwords etc. If you are targeted, it doesn't matter how frequently you change passwords, it'll be your overall security that's under attack.

Having to change a password regularly only serves to annoy employees

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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I've been using twin screens (with a laptop) since about 2003. I struggle to be anywhere near as productive when out and about and am reduced to a single screen.

When I set up on my own, I bought a decent PC (just upgraded) and since 2013 have been using a 3 screen arrangement, one of which is in portrait for working on A4 docs in a reasonable size.

Was easy to achieve, an inexpensive dual-screen graphics card and the PC's VGA output play nicely together and Windows has a screen rotate facility inbuilt so I can have 3 x landscape or 2 x landscape and 1 x portrait with a swivel of the monitor and a couple of clicks

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Blue is the new shiny

Although not IT related, I remember (back in the mists of time when I was a retail manager) when one of my sales team sold a nice, polished stainless steel cased microwave.

After about an hour, he received a customer who was complaining (and was very insistent) that the microwave was blue rather than the fetching shiny shiny that matched the rest of his kitchen.

He wouldn't take it from the salesperson that it was stainless and demanded to speak to the manager. So, I took the call.....by this time he was extremely irate, loud (I was holding the phone away from my ear) and pretty rude. He was convinced it was blue and wanted to bring it back for a refund.

I told him how to resolve his problem, but he wasn't prepared to listen so I said that if he wanted to bring it back (a 50 mile round trip iirc) and it was indeed blue then I'd not only refund the price but I'd reimburse his travel costs too.

So, about 35 mins later, I saw him pull up in the car-park and went out to help him carry the M/W in (they were pretty heavy back then)

I un-boxed it in the middle of the shop (it was a busy Saturday) and he smiled and smugly said - "see, I told you, it's blue"

I reached over to one of the edges and slightly "pulled" the blue with a fingernail. I was able to snag a bit of the blue protective film and was able to pull it off the shiny, stainless steel finish of the microwave - just as I had suggested he did when he phoned in.

Without a word of apology he hastily repacked his microwave and almost ran from the shop

HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Sie Effects (or is that Side Affects?)

Side effect of ibuprofen - headaches.

Go figure

Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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C30 C60 C90 Go was on there

OMG, mix tapes. I was a bit retentive about my mix tapes, never wanting any silence between tracks. I was lucky enough to have a 1/2 way decent stereo, separates dontcha know. So would record a track from the TT, take the tape out, wind it back a bit with a pencil and record the next track. I found the time it took the record head to engage was enough to produce a nice fade between tracks. (yes, I would play the start of the track several times and use the position of the label as the marker for where the music actually started)

I also made a series of mix tapes for my car. I couldn't decide on the order, so wrote down ALL the tracks on paper, cut them all up, put them in a box and then recorded in the order I picked them (tombola style) out of the box. With approx 30 tracks to an average C90, I made a total of 4 tapes. Still have them - just no tape player :-(

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Think I'll start selling packs of 2" (about 5cm for you decimilized peeps) of sandpaper - just the thing to fit in your driver's door pocket to sand your prints off when caught.

Alien icon cos we all knowz that aliens don't have fingerprints

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

And it is really rocket science.

Ignition is an interesting (and quite amusing) read even if you're not a rocket scientist.

Get your free PDF here https://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf

Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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And we still send them aid????

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Falcon Super Heavy next?

If you watch the animated video of the launch of the Falcon Heavy all the way through to the end, you'll see all 3 boosters landing back.

It's interesting to see that the landing pad is in the shape of a square with landing pads in each corner and one in the middle. So, that's 5 available landing spots so a Falcon Super Heavy could be a core + 4

Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

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We know where you are

So, says a cunning, eveil, genius - we now know where you are, we can track your car covertly. See where you go and sell the information to the highest bidder so wed can advertise to you.

Or target just you with a small diameter bomb to minimise collateral damage

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Re: Money

OK Mr Churchill - that's the great war leader not the f'ing fake dog "oh yes"

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Did they forget something?

If HMS Queen Liz can only enter harbour on a high tide - how will it leave/return when/if fully laden with the extra weight that a full compliment of crew, all stores replenished and naval aviation embarked?

She'll be the only ship that can return to her home port when the sun's in alignment with the moon and there's a super spring tide allied to super high pressue

AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

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Re: Just link the virus checker to an AI

Sophos already have....and the result is called Intercept-X v 2

Welcome to AI wars

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Proper rashers please

Ah yes, undefined "Meat" and that's why the great UX expert Jakob Nielsen got his name for web menus and navigation where the destination was unclear. He called it "Mystery Meat Navigation" navigation items where the destination is unknown.

On a slightly different front, one of the reasons why a lot of curry houses have red light is that it makes it much harder to determine the type and quality of "meat" on your plate.

Any cats gone missing recently?

Beer icon 'cause you need one whatever type of meat you're dealing with

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Re: Exactly

Is that

Ex - as in has beens

Sperts - as in drip under pressure

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Loved vinyl "back in the day" - that'd be the 70's and 80's. Had a well set up tape deck because I couldn't play my 12" in the car (took too long to get it out of the sleeve probably) and then had an early Walkman and several other portable tape devices.

Migrated to MP3 as soon as I discovered the beauty of downloads and bough a HDD MP3 player Archos and wired it up to my car. Stuck with MP3 and CD until we made a domestic decision to bring in the vinyl collection from the garage and bought a 2nd hand device (much better than a Crosley) and ran it until it packed up.

Upgraded and upgraded again until I will admit to having a nice set up. With care (playing records with the lid closed) and an occasional wipe with a suitable cleaner the sound is free of clicks, scratches and other imperfections and modern disks use a high quality vinyl which sounds almost as good as a CD.

Mind you, due to too many concerts, I've lost quite a bit of top end listening ability and have annoying tinnitus 100% of the time so I may not be the best judge.

I do love the "sense of occasion" though - the art work, sleeve notes and the routine but stream from a variety of sources when I just want some music.

OK, I'll get my (vinyl) anorak

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Voting tactically might be a mistake

It's worth commenting on the whole "vote tactically" debate.

Tactics only look to the short term, strategy looks at the longer term and that's where we should be looking if we want to live in a competitive economy in a dog-eat-dog world.

Remember - if you vote tactically you might win the battle. If you vote strategically you will win the war

CERN ready to test an even bigger gun

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Cern build a manufacturing plant

So, Cern are about to test a device which will make

1/ Their own mini-black hole

2/ Their own Parallel Universe


4/ Something even more scary

And why does Linac/Lineac remind me of Orac </just call me strange>

Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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Ah yes, the Psion 5. Sometime after production had ended I can remember working with quite a large legal practice, trying to bring their IT infrastructure up to "modern" standards.

I interviewed all the key solicitors and barristers to ask what they wanted from the system and was confronted by one gentleman. He said "if you tell me that I have to stop using my Psion, then I'll have to remind you, young man, that I defend some quite nasty types of criminal".

He was particularly attached to his Psion, and had a stack of broken ones, reckoning that he wore them out every 2 years or so

The threat was really quite clever, and ominous, without really sounding like a threat. I told him that I had no intention of depriving him of the functionality of his Psion (he used it for creating documents, reading files and a little game playing whilst between cases in the corridors of the lands legal edifices)

I'd actually spotted that the local John Lewis even had some on clearance for around £200 so advised him that he should pop down there and buy a couple before they ran out. He did - he bought 5 IIRC, so was sorted for the next 10 years.

I sometime wonder what happened to the "new bloke" after he ran out of replacements.

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Does Dirk wear white sox?

Shameless 70's reference to Adam and the Ants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGGiEo3qAc

It's on the 7" single in my pocket

Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Racing ahead

I've delivered a number of training courses and there's always one who pipes up with the phrase "but my screen looks nothing like the one you're showing now". I used to slowly and carefully walk them through the process and, most of the time, it was all OK but a few still had the same complaint.

It took a while for it to sink in. These were the know-it-all smart arses who thought they knew where I was going and thought it would demonstrate their brilliance by racing ahead so they could finish first.

Unfortunately they'd left their psychic powers at home and were way off beam and so I'g start sessions with something along the lines of "F**king do as I do and say, and don't go f**king about with your own ideas dipsh*ts" [Not quite the wording but they're the ones that I said in my head]

However, in the words of the wise and great Murray Walker, "To finish first, first you have to finish"

LinkedIn, eBay founders and pals kick in $27m to bring Jesus to AI bots

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Coincidently I've just finished reading The

Last Firewall where there's an organisation tasked with exactly that - making sure the AIs don't run away with the idea that they are superior.

It was a really good read but I won't say any more than that because the AI looking over my shoulder, monitoring what I type might do something unpleasant.

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: The way things are going

Ah but with #Brexit and wonderful trade deals we're going to become so much wealthier.

Then AI kicks in and we'll all be paid a Universal Income by the Govt. and have so much free time to deal with that we'll need Amazon, Netflix, BBC, ITV *insert new players here* etc to stop us all going round-the-bend and killing ourselves.

Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites

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Well researched sir

It's also worth pointing out that SpaceX, Blue Origin etc are doing all their launch work under the glaring eye of the global media.

Back in the earlier days of rocketeering, the media was less hot and less fuss was made of launch failures unless loss of life was involved

Forget aircraft – now cretins are laser-blinding ferry boat crewmen

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I'm wondering whether a lower powered device could be built in to the front of my rear view mirror to annoy the idiots who sit at junctions and hold their car on the brakes, rather than using the hand (parking) brake or just releasing the brakes when they come to a standstill on level ground.

It's a real pain to be dazzled on long winter nights by the moron in front. More so when it's a new Audi TT because Audi seem to have forgotten that the high level brake light should be exactly that, HIGH level. It defeats the purpose to have it mounted along the edge of the boot and the new Audi's goes from edge to edge - an almost unbroken strip of bright red LEDs from one side of the car t'other.


UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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I thought the key goal of Smart Meters was to enable your utility provider to disconnect your supply for non=payment with the simple click of a mouse or the run of a simple script.

With the IT c**kups visited on us by central Govt. I can see no end of erroneous disconnections occurring /CynicMode

Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Re: Storage as a service

I used to really like the concept of pumped storage but apparently there's a hidden problem - methane, which is a significantly worse greenhouse gas than CO2.

And pumped storage systems generate much more methane than originally believed simply because the more stagnant nature of the water leads to increased decomposition. Wish I could remember where I read the report earlier this week but the source escapes me

Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Black Helicopters

and those updates too

Empathise fully, as well as that "vital/critical" new install that requires a reboot when on-site and hourly billing - so you re-boot and MS decides there's eventy hundred updates to install and it's oh so slow.

All whilst the client asks "I'm not going to be billed for this, am I"?

Because you can't say - "well, you should have let the Criticality of User Need Threshold Supervisor circuit install the updates rather than just clicking the "postpone" message" can you and you can't slope off for a crafty pint/drink/smoke becasue that just doesn't look good although having to retrieve an "essential tool" from the car works a bit better



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