* Posts by Contrex

26 posts • joined 4 Oct 2014

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position


Intersat or Intelsat?

Which is it?

Five years in the clink for super-crook who scammed Google, Facebook out of $120m with fake tech invoices


Re: He should of just hit normal people

Should of would of?

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games


Maybe I'm a bit ancient, but my father was an electrical engineer; he worked for the London Metropolitan Electric Supply Company (Metesco) after the war, and the London Electricity Board after nationalisation in 1948. He was a supply engineer, with an HND and more, a member of the IEE, and used to specify, commission and oversee the operation of distribution infrastructure, He was very particular about the distinction between engineers and 'electricians' or 'technicians'. He, so to speak, took 132 kV or higher from the Grid and managed it all the way to the 220v the consumer used. I have noticed the 'Electrical Engineering' section of Stack Exchange is full of 'how do I choose a diode' type questions.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Central Govt - Atos wanted to charge us £450 to move an HP laser printer from one end of the office to the other. I nipped round to Maplin next door and got a 10M ethernet cable and some sticky hooks, and put the printer on the stationery trolley. Total cost £12. On the other hand, Banner is dead cheap, but no returns.

RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive


Just about every journal in the land covered F/Lt Townsend's court martial and its outcome; hardly any reported the fact that he lost an appeal against the (suspended) prison sentence but won in respect of his dismissal from the service.

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned


Re: You Can Never Be Certain - Or Frying Tonight?

I don't think that actually means anything.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert


Re: click this

My other half's from Swinley - Greenalgh's - especially the butter ones.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt


Re: Meh

Elude or allude?

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly


America takes over

The MOD is the "Ministry of Defense" now?

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: One Two Many

"The rule is: You use "deuxième" when referring to the second of <many>. You use "second(e)" when referring to the second of two."

Not quite a 'rule', according to the Académie française. One can, par souci de précision et d’élégance, reserve second for utterances where one only considers two elements, and only use deuxième when the enumeration goes past two. Cette distinction n’est pas obligatoire. You would always use second in certain expressions: seconde main, seconde nature, etc., and in job titles such as le second du navire.

Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence



... did you kill the "Hardware" section?

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died


Re: OK Jeremy--renationalization--what then?

Spelling lessons:

1. Nationalise

2. Labour (it's a proper name)


I don't give a flying f**k whether Jeremy made it up about the availability of train seating. I wouldn't care much if I heard stories that he eats kittens alive. I am a Labour Party member and I am going to vote for him, because I believe he is the best person to lead the party.

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge


This bloke sounds like a right nasty piece of work if he "needs women to be scared". I'm not in such a hurry to condemn the court & police action. I see some agendas being aired here.

NetSuite hacker thrown in the cooler for a year, fined $124,000

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner


When I was a teenager a friend's dad (a doctor) told us how, in his student days, a Nigerian sailor had come to St Thomas' Hospital with his todger trapped in a short length of gas pipe. He'd left it too long and the part poking out of the pipe was gangrenous. Only amputation would save his life. When he came round and was told what had happened, he was "very angry" apparently. It's still there, pipe and all, in a jar in a collection, apparently.

Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things


Re: Do not speak of what thou knowest little....

Ah delta gun tubes. Around 1986 I wrote a simple program to use my Sinclair QL as a crosshatch generator, kept on a microdrive (tape) cartridge, handy for when no testcard was being broadcast. The display didn't go to the edge of the screen but most punters were pleased with the results.

Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi


Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

"More importantly it was steak and blowjob day in the UK."

Yes I saw that on Slashdot too.

German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment


Maybe he was fed up over not being a pat any more?

Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.


Re: Works fine on my old Lenovo 64 bit Win 7 Laptop

I can echo your comments. I have a 1 month old Zoostorm "Business PC", i7 4790, 16 GB RAM, Win 8.1 downgraded to Win 7. I was not terribly keen to install a preview on my new baby, so I dug out a Dell Latitude D830, Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM 80 GB HDD that was bought refurb off Morgan a couple of year ago.with XP SP3. I installed Build 10162 64 bit. It works fine. Updated to 10240 last week. All the hardware detected and functioning, including the Intel 4965 wifi. I can RDP into it and try out the Win 10 experience on my desktop, seems quite snappy, and possibly by July 29 I might be ready to upgrade the Beast. As you noted, it has transformed the laptop, so much so that my wife now prefers it. I plan to stuff an SSD into it next.

Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders


"First build that's allowed me to connect to my NAS."

10130 wouldn't let me connect to my Seagate Goflex Home, but 10159 would.

Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea


Re: Perspective, Mr. Dabbs

Papa Luigi - John Slater.

You have a 'simple question'? Well, the answer is NO


Re: I like to think

What part of World War 2 took place in Spain? Is history teaching in the UK really that bad nowadays?

French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly


"Try watching and listening to Spanish TV and radio."

Pagina 2 is good, Somos Cortos, Repor, Metropolis, all good TVE productions.


5th rate guff

... I saw a brilliant version of Figaro from the Aix-en-Provence Festival on Arte recently, modern dress, brilliantly done, and Jean-Paul Pernaut is always a treat on the JT 13h on TF1


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