* Posts by Rich83

9 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Aug 2014

Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks


Whisky Galore

As another West Country sort I can't help but wonder how many of the objectors were doing so from second homes in Devon. Coming from the Somerset/Devon/Dorset border I'd say many people would welcome something that would boost the local economy, attract more visitors* and create a few jobs, as well as providing an alternative to apples.

That said mine's a Jura...

*Except when I'm trying to cross the sodding 303 in summer.

RBS debit card payments have gone utterly TITSUP



As has been reported before, 'IT upgrades' replace hardware but it's still running the same bloated, buggy code. I recall someone saying they had worked for a high street bank whose code still contained conversion from pounds, shillings and pence... The balloon keeps going up, the question is how long can you hold on for?

Lester Haines: RIP


It was Lester's articles that first led me to El Reg, very sad news.

Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre



Jaguar pulling the C-X75 is definitely one of the sadder motoring stories - nobody likes it when the beancounters win, but they especially have no place in the development of cars like this.

This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files


Re: I'd rather see another Chris Carter series


Get your hands off my Twin Peaks...

Your HST idea is inspirational though, I've always thought Curse of Lono would make for an excellent series...

Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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And now I'm looking forward to 2015

It's refreshing to actually feel excited about something like this.

Whether it's cautious PR or just genuine honesty (I prefer to think it's the latter) the part I really like is the message that '50% chance of success' sends to the next generation of inventors and engineers - that it's OK to try and achieve something even if you don't know it will work. Tomorrow you'll know whether it did and then you'll know what to do next, but nothing happens until you try.

Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'


Re: Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

I had the same thought, then realised I was thinking of this 'again' http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/05/rbs_meltdown/ - maybe 2014 will be the year they finally crack it.

Special iPhone trousers will ease Apple into the fashion world


Geordie Jeans

Never liked skinny jeans, always make me think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX85QqzrXO0

World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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I remember being taken to the end of the runway in London to watch Concorde taking off - still one of the best engineering feats our country has produced in my ill-informed opinion. My dad's aunt was one of the very few female engineers involved in the prototype 'flying bedstead' which lead to the Harrier, another example of engineering at its best and one that nobody else seemed capable of replicating (with a single engine at least, as I understand it). The USMC must have been laughing when they picked them up from us at that price...

Anyway, here's a pilot's account of flying the SR-71 at otherworldly speeds, I can only dream... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/vetscor/1981814/posts