* Posts by Jungleland

58 posts • joined 22 Aug 2014


Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet


Be careful what you wish for

No one would have believed in the last years of the 21st century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'


If a Reg Reader finds it

Wasn't there an Ancient Egyptian god/ess based on a Vulture?

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system


Not Nutella

but Nadella



Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...


Fear Not

The TPP/TTIP deals will bring everyone into line with the outstanding financial security of the US.

(And if Trump gets elected, the Mexicans will pay for it all)

Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018


Businesses have two years to comply

So we can expect senior execs getting enhanced salaries and bonuses for all the extra work avoiding this while looking like something is being done over the next 18 months. They will then swap musical chairs and get enhanced salaries and bonuses because the previous exec hadn't done anything.

When they get in trouble over it, they need to stay because they provide "an experienced and steady hand" to repair the damage....another 50% pay rise.


Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things


Have a look

at who else can access this data


National Measurement Institute...WTF?

Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators


In Australia ISPs are already collecting and storing peoples' internet records so I use the TOR browsers as much as possible. The only sites I visit regularly that give me grief are the Linux Mint forums and El Reg

The Mint forums are not a big issue as I have been thinking about using a new distro anyway but El Reg is a major PITA. I no longer visit as often as I used to. As a result I have the site locked down and there is no way the Register is going to get any advertising or other crap in my browser so they end up losing out ore than I do.

What is the Register going to do when the Snoopers Charter comes in and more of their usual readers are using TOR/VPNs?

Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India


anyoe seen....

amanfrommars today?

App for homeless says walking on water is the way to reach services


As Malcolm would say...

There's never been a more exciting time to be a homeless Australian.

Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit


Playing Devil's Advocate

What exactly were Trustwave hired to do?

If they were only asked to find out what was wrong, which they did

" including ongoing activity from a malware program named “Framepkg.exe,” which Trustwave had found, but apparently had not contained or sought to remediate, during its investigation in 2013."

then fixing it would have been another contract. A lot of the suit could depend on the wording of the contract.

US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover


Quiet Power Supply Coming Soon

I'm sure I've read that nuclear fusion is only about 20 years away.

Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?


Spending all his time reading El Reg.

Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men


US public "want safety over privacy".

IF that is the case then I'm sure you won't mind your PA tweeting the password to your personal email account to make sure we are safe from bastards like you and most politicians who make a living from creating fear and terror amongst the general population.

After all, if you've got nothing to hide...

IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources


Re: "Police Scotland have now...

Simple. They'll just turn off logging so there is no audit trail anymore.

Problem solved.

IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls


It was reported over the weekend

Reported where?

Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store


Have they spoken to Veolia yet or have the cheaper Android OEMs already taken all that space?

We applied to Google's €150m journalism fund – here's what we sent in


Re: Typo?

Not a typo but a reading and comprehension test to see if the Googleites can see anything in the submission but "Advertisements placed on the same page as the stories would bring in significant income,"

Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build


Using Win OS X without an MS account?

"Also, video playback in the Movies & TV app might give you problems until you update the app from the Windows Store."

Good luck with that one.

Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina


Je Suis Charlie

If it was a French person who did the vandalism, their love affair with freedom of expression lasted a long time, didn't it?

Admittedly, we are talking several hundred millennia in that parallel universe known as social media but...

D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln


Re: FOSS that you can rely on

Have a look at the DD-WRT database


Ark of the Government deal confirmed, joint venture established


Good thinking by Tory Central Office

If there is a change of Govt after the election, it will blow up on someone else's watch and they can get the blame.

If the conservatives get back in they can then simply take over the other 75% then flog it off to whichever company has apponted the most defeated Tory MPs on their boards.

Trebles all round.

And for anyone asking about treasonous things like being good for (small g) government or taxpayers, the Tower is still standing.

Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers


Re: Around Mayfair?

You might think that but I couoldn't possibly comment.


Perhaps The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice should open an office in London (say, maybe, around Mayfair) to protect all the good inhabitants of the Kingdom from being infected by decadent Western corruption when they visit.

Privacy-loving boxing kangaroo biffs drone out of the sky


What kind of drone was it?

I'd say a Norwegian Blue!

Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options


Re: ?

If the platform is opened up to non-humans, you could have Politician, Lawyer......

Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016


It is called

Double Entry accounting. That is where a company gets to put 2 lots of large numbers in the income column for the same product/service.

Generally it is part of a Government Framework that goes out for tenders every so often.

What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again



Water remains unmetered.

Oh dear, traders: Banker bosses are monitoring your smoke breaks


Re: To Paraphrase Revd Niemoller

Frightening stuff but I'm sure you'll agree a call centre isn't a typical office environment.

For starters, I'm thinking many law firms which are partnerships (therefore their own money rather than wasting shareholders money) will be more interested in getting "maximum value" out of staff.


To Paraphrase Revd Niemoller

First they came for the bankers...

While bankers and traders may not elicit much sympathy from many people, do they really think this won't eventually seep into normal office practice?

Deloitte's files on bean counters swept up in Sony hack stash – report


A Silver Lining?

As some of hte movies were unreleased, any of them online could only come from one source so it will be easy to trace the downloaders and sue them several hundred gazillion dollars.

That means bonuses are safe. As for the employees, I recall a comment from Norman Tebbitt about bicycles.

Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins


Re: Temptation

I think booze certainly helps people tell right from wrong. The number of times all the world's problems have been solved in a pub after 5 pints......

Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee


I think it is a wonderful idea

Train them all up to be "coders" (spit)* give them a job and then get them to watch their new jobs being offshored.

*I'm not a programmer but even I hate the word.

Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder


"issues with our 2003 servers"

Is that how many servers they run or the version of Windows? (You know, the one that is about to go EOL) I doubt they'd have any legacy apps so why haven't they spent money on the infrastructure in the last few years?

Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title


Re: "most important book"

"Perhaps the list should start with The King James Bible?"

You really should start with William Tyndale's version



Re: The Bible

Worryingly, so many people don't read books anymore that it was probably the only title they could think of.

Philae healthier: Proud ESA shows off first comet surface pic


Re: More photos kept back >-(

With the data only coming in at 26 Kbps it will take some time for the images to actually reach Earth. Then there will be a need to tidy them up for the media etc. Add in the other data the probe is collecting and we have a bottleneck.

And I hope most would agree that the people who have invested years of their lives into this project should get a preview before anyone else.



"Might I suggest, robot civil servants, and robot MPs"

We already have them.

Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK


Re: For sale

I'd put in a bid but I can't find them on eBay.

Google revs up Container Engine to drive Docker in its cloud


Re: Why?

Your paymasters in Redmond perhaps....


Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____


Take a guess and fill in the blanks

I'll have a go

Smartphone giant PRETENDS [to] put[s] citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime aka 5 Eyes

SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links


Page of "removed" articles

Will this page with links to articles which have been removed from Google's index be indexed by Google again?

Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE


“Ah, but did you DEEP CLEAR your cache?”

Well thanks to a certain TV show support staff are no longer able to ask if you have switched it off and on again. And as their pay seems to be rapidly approaching the "Would you like fries with that?" brigade, expect no improvement until the Cloud solves every problem known to Man.

Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language


Re: Not even close...


I'm sure the original Lost in Space series was earlier than 1968.

Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday


"including Windows RT"

Forget the Universal App, we now have the Universal Bug.

NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN


If only we'd known this was coming

We could have sent Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up in Beagle 2 to save the world

One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?


Re: Backward compatibility to 7 @Jungleland

Here you go:

10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level for Business, Developer and Desktop Operating System products,


So adding a new SP now would take Win 7 SP2 support past the current EOL of 2021 according to MS's release date of 22 Feb 2011 for SP1.


Re: Backward compatibility to 7

Also mentioned in another thread is hte fact that an SP2 for Win 7 now would reset the EOL clock meaning MS would have to support it longer. That would make it more difficult to get the App Store running across all versions and MS would miss out on their cut of sales.

Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Thumb Down

Look out! Its the "Son of Clippy"

From the announcement blog http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/30/announcing-windows-10/

"Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps."

Oh dear.

'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault


The original Rumble in the Jungle.



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