* Posts by Captain Boing

103 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Oct 2014


Early MySQL engineer questions whether Oracle is unintentionally killing off the open source database

Captain Boing

hate to say...

I said this woud happen at the take-over. Admittedly it has taken longer than I thought but here we are... it was a logical move and made no sense for Oracle to provide a free competitor

OSIRIS-REx probe sucked up more asteroid crumbs than hoped

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Brings a whole new meaning ...

... to "A quarter of space dust please, mister"

NASA and Boeing try to chase the contrail clouds away

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jeez, make your minds up!

so on the one hand we have Billy-boy wanting to spray stuff in the air or space a huge tin foil umbrella to block out the sun, then we have this lot trying to reduce sun-blocking steam made my jet engines...

Is the idiocy of this BS starting to sink in yet?

Want a clean energy transition? Better start putting cash into electrical grid

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Re: I would be willing to agree that ...

LOL all the down votes! I literally only came into this thread to see all the mugs that have gobbled down St.Great's BS

Climate change is natural - all you pansies screaming right now answer one question: Where did the last ice age go and why when there was no industrialisation of any kind?

Musicians threaten to make Oasis 'Live Forever' with AI

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some things are worse that "derivative and obnoxious janglepop ... force-fed [to] a poor computer Liam Gallagher's insipid drawl"...

not a fan of Oasis or brit-pop in general, but I'll make my own mind up, I don't need a loaded opinion piece full of weasel words attempting to sway MY opinion.

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office

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why ...

... are they always "excited"?

Huawei under investigation for having tech installed near US missile silos

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Re: Message to the world

agree with that 100% it is an interesting bellwether I have, half-amused, watched (with a high degree of success in my predictions) for some time

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025

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Re: What utter balls

"Are they implying that their existing products are so inefficient they need to be axed for the good of the planet?"

if only...

they are implying that their existing products ... need to be axed for the good of their profits

China rolls out bots to enforce ‘temporary closed-off management’ of Shanghai

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Big Brother

"... turn everyone into petty little Stasi."

"... dobbed them in to the police. "

It was always there. Human nature seeks to have power over others and authority, no matter how tenuous, gives people a buzz... Only intelligence and conscientiousness can beat it in yourself and that requires honest objectivity - a rare bird indeed! You mention stasi - never a better example of how neighbours were cheerfully stirring sh*t on each other for no reward other than the dopamine hit and maybe thinking that somehow it may immunize them from suspicion.

"Traffic Warden syndrome" is apparent in far "softer" times - the whole little englander thing, Karens, members of the public who think they can demand ID from street workers and others or who call the cops on 8yr old kids playing in the street. Hateful. What is important is to not forget or forgive these people and at least avoid them - they are a danger always.

Epoch-alypse now: BBC iPlayer flaunts 2038 cutoff date, gives infrastructure game away

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unixtime, epochtime whatever you want to call it is not necessarily UTC - it's a representation of the system clock in seconds so it will go on whatever the system clock is set to.

It can be UTC but I bet most such affected systems in Oz will stumble before those in Europe - because of the time difference. saying that it all goes belly up at xx:xx:xx UTC means the clocks in Oz must have some ephemeral immunity for that half day... probably more effort than the fix

jus' sayin'

Break out your emergency change process and patch this ransomware-friendly bug ASAP, says VMware

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Re: Just using UNIX text editors can be a challenge


can't wear the label "Admin" if they can't grasp vi, ed, emacs etc. not on my watch.

Facebook pulls plug on mind-reading neural interface that restored a user's speech

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zero altruism, just dollars

nuf said

Iffy voltage: The plague of PC builders and Hubble space telescope controllers alike

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LOL, gotta get up there and change out all the electrolytics

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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Re: Insert meme here

so true. All this "BTC is just for drug runners and kidnappers" is just people who used to be in control trying to salt the ground for areas where they aren't (can't) be in control.

show me a clean dollar - the currency of choice for nearly all worldwide crime. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/cocaine-on-money-drug-found-on-90-of-us-bills

The CIA's 'entire' collection of UFO records has been made available for you to sigh at

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everything is explainable...

... just not yet. Give it a minute.

I remember seeing a documentary about UFOs years ago. There was a guy working on a North Sea platform who was ex-forces - Royal Observer Corps or similar. Anyway he was a trained observer and could identify absolutely any aircraft. He related seeing a "black triangle" being re-fueled by a flying tanker and escorted by two conventional fighter jets, high up over the North Sea. He underlined his impressive credentials and concluded by saying it was not of this earth because otherwise he would have been able to ID it... I remember thinking "why would a UFO need refueling?" sometime later the F117 stealth fighter became public knowledge... I remembered that documentary - there's your black triangle and it explains the escort and refueling.

I personally saw something very weird - like two cylinders of slightly different diameter stacked on top of each other and it was darting in and out of a cloud. I don't have an explanation but I know there is one that doesn't involve "alien" tech.

The gulf between us and the nearest star is mind blowing (Sun the size of a pea, Proxima Centauri 200Km away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCSIXLIzhzk). It is my firm belief that yes there are other civilizations out there, probably even in our galaxy but we are all in gilded cages. Not interested in debates about generation ships, dimensional travel, FTL etc. There has never been one shred for anything approaching that tech... but give it a minute.

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end

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Big Brother

MSM is a trustworthy source of news.

source: MSM

Pakistan calls on Facebook to extend holocaust denial ban into Islamophobia crackdown

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Big Brother

LOL, that was never gonna go down well in a place like the Reg forum... a place crawling with neo-commies who think the independent is a source of truth.

Captain Boing

Re: Screwed

TBH, I never really understood the virgin thing... I was rather hoping that any afterlife (as if...) was on a spiritual plane of infinite wisdom and understanding, freed from the desires of the flesh induced by screaming imbalance of a few chemicals in my dome.

so it sounds like more of the same. disappointed

We bought a knockoff Lego launchpad kit from China for our Saturn V rocket so you don't have to

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The average age of a Battle of Britain pilot was 21

most of you lot are *much* older ... and still playing with toys.

I fall to my knees and thank god we weren't reliant on your infantile minds 80 years ago when everything mattered.


Let the stoning commence - I wear it as a badge of honour to get -1'ed by you man-babies

BBC Micro:bit with boosted specs and onboard mic to go on sale from next month

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Re: One question


Our school didn't have any computer (not counting the big thing like a vcr unde a telly on wheels they used to wheel out to demo brownian motion in physics)

We had to put punched cards in a grey holder with loads of rubber strips and poke out the bits of paper with half a clothes peg with a tack in the end.

Then when we had done that, they all used to get sent off to Brunel Uni to run and we would get the results back a week later. I remember one kid (Robert Church - where did that come from?) did a complete calendar for any year!!! I breathlessy waitied for mine...


f**k it!.

Captain Boing

Re: WTF is wrong with you british people?

how's your Alexa?

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Re: AI

it the BBC - what do yu expect. they always love a buzz-word and still think the internet is cool.

a few years back everything was a cure for cancer or came from Mars.

Like grandpa trying break-dance to impress the kids... "I still got it"... no Gramps... you haven't and probably never did.

Here's US Homeland Security collaring a suspected arsonist after asking Google for the IP addresses of folks who made a specific search

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Re: The Goog Don't Track Me Not Never...Uhhhhh....

I think it is even worse. I had a phone conversation with my mother about getting her fridge repaired... she is 86 and has trouble with the TV remote so absolutely no interwebs involved. For weeks after I am getting ad's for fridge repairs and new ones but even "refrigerator repairs in <your mum's town>". This was a voice call on an android phone. You join the dots

Hong Kong wants to teach kids more STEM – once it's defined what that is

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you'd think... but apparently 2+2=4 is a result of white colonialism in today's clownworld


cue the pile-on

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

Captain Boing

Elephant in the cab

perhaps stop fiddling with your sodding phone when you are supposed to be doing something else?

A few years back I got heavily down-voted for pointing out that you should be ready & able to take control of an autonomous vehicle for exactly this reason and it's not an excuse to become a passenger. I stand ready to receive apologies... yeah I won't hold my breath

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK

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"the dinosaurs couldn't"

hmm. those animals with no technological advancement of any kind whose super-power was turning each other into shit.

What a daft thing to say - and get your haircut

Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault

Captain Boing

Re: "1.5x10^27 oxygen particles [..] annually"

for god's sake, dont tell Greta and the XR mob

Captain Boing

Re: How long before.....

Astronaut jobbies are already there in placcy bags

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: Would never have happened in my day


your personal "beliefs" do not enter into it - observe the facts

god help anyone where you sit on the jury

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

Captain Boing

the vid proves nothing. it would never keep up. the speed most people type and the data was arriving at about 1cps on the mobe

never trust a man with a top-knot in 2020

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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they all look a bit... mechanical in their movement... dead straight lines, rotation that stops precisely, not fluidity...

I stopped believing video as evidence/proof (doubly so on yutoob) when I saw Keanu Reeves singing "Nuthin' compares 2u". Absolutely anything is fake-able in video.... and the "I want to believe" brigade has completely shat in their own nest by being only too keen to effectively lie to you in the hope of swinging you to their particular way of thinking (and being called out time and again with sadly no retardation on their bullshit).

Why is video of this stuff always crap?


Captain Boing

Nah, not 'avin' it. I think you have an "I want to believe" t-shirt. Just the way you are phrasing things tells me you are 90% of the way there if not 100%

BTW, there are no other "solar systems". Sol is a proper noun - the name of our star. "Solar" means of or pertaining to; Sol. There is only one Solar system*... lots of other star systems but this basic mistake is a sort of litmus test for the pursuit of detail (and truth) instead of going with what suits one's

tin-foil hat desires.

Time and again I see these conspiracists and "UFOlogists" hang on to long-ago-debunked stuff and willfully re-present them as "proof" to anyone who will listen and hasn't been informed. That contrail for Aurora in the closing seconds of a 1.5 hour vid is awfully straight for something allegedly laid in a turbulent atmosphere over time... and where are the reference points for calculating the speed that was stated?

Nothing personal, just a feeling I get reading your posts and looking at the type of links you been putting faith in.


From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

Captain Boing

Re: No smoke without a burning mast

"British Telecom 'engineers' broke into my home"

although a "statutory right of entry" existed back then, It wouldn't be executed without the owner being present (and/or police) - the legal implications are mind-boggling... Having been an "engineer" (thanks for belittling my trade with quotes btw. tosser) for many years, I never even heard of it being done, ever. I suspect this is embellishment to make a story.

"stole the phone" the phone wasn't yours. End user equipment was rented back then

who leaves guinea pigs running around the house?... dirty man.

Russian super-crook behind $20m internet fraud den Cardplanet and malware-exchange forum pleads guilty

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Re: 20m

mmmmm.... sexbots....

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

Captain Boing

Re: When I were a lad...

Not an "IF" in sight


Function IsLeapYear(n As Integer) As Integer

IsLeapYear=((n Mod 4=0) And (n Mod 100 <>0)) Or (n Mod 400=0)

End Function


Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

"Depends who's talking..."

That isn't how freedom works. People condemn themselves from their own mouths, they don't need a sainted few to do it for them and take offence on behalf of some other. No-one should be free to shut down discussion because they consider the message unpalatable. You debate idiots and prove to them (and everyone else) that they are crazy. Maybe you learn something yourself?

"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably."

Salman Rushdie is quoted as saying "If freedom is to have any limits, it must be to deny it to those who would destroy it" - quite so.

Captain Boing

The N-word is the new N-word


I want off this rock!

Captain Boing

Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

"A small and weak nerd is defenseless against the big bullies"

until he learns to code, then kneel at his feet

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

Captain Boing

gets its claws into everything

I de-installed LMI years ago...

some time after I was doing registry cleanup... couldn't believe the number of logmein hits I got when searching.

Tor blimey, Auntie! BBC launches dedicated dark web mirror site

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"trusted news"

LOL, you so funny Auntie

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

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... how long are you apple lovers going to tolerate being treated like crap, with utter contempt, for something you have bought? Where is the line for you?

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul

Captain Boing

Re: Serious answer: get a couple of crows

hmm. interesting though your vid is, I am afraid the crows are not the solution. They exist in vast numbers and will wipe out all other birds (usually except other crows/type) in the area. There are areas of Ukraine where no other types of bird exist other than Jackdaws & Magpies. No song birds of any kind thanks to the crows. It is everyone's duty to make life as unpleasant as possible for all the corvids (except a few specials). If you don't agree I wish you could have been with me a couple of months back when I witnessed a Jackdaw raiding a Corn Bunting nest and butchering the young in front of the frantic parents who's attempts to distract the jackdaw were simply ignored by the much larger bird.

Crows are not to be encouraged any more than foxes... just moving the problem somewhere else

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Re: Make friends.

... and despite commonly held belief, my kid (who undertakes pest control) tells me that a fox ham baked in tinfoil on the barbie for 3 hours (don't want any chance of trichinosis) is remarkably good eating. Not the best thing he has eaten but by no means the worst. Yearling vixen is best (no powerful hormones to taint the meat) not stringy, dark meat with a fairly gentle flavour, not as gamey as venison and not pungent.

Captain Boing

Re: Get a dog

what is a "hunting licence". Are you in the UK?

if you don't know anything about a subject best to keep your mouth shut. don't expose your ignorance to the world.

Captain Boing

Re: Advise from my experiences

do NOT use an air rifle on a fox. Unless you get incredibly lucky and drop one down his ear you absolutely will not kill it. The only air weapon that stands a chance will be a weapon for which you must own a firearms licence.

All you'll do is cause wounds and distress.. you'll no more likely to kill a fox with a 12ft/lb air rifle than it will kill you. All it will do is make painful holes in you that will get infected and cause misery.

Anyone who suggests an air rifle for this is a twat and will rightfully be prosecuted by the RSPCA when they find out.

Captain Boing

Townies... not a clue. The neighbours who are feeding the cute fuzzy orange puppies or not securing their rubbish are the main cause of the problem, along with the anti-social bastards that think it's OK to throw their half-eaten kebab on the ground. Any animal is only in a place because of what is there. Remove the incentive, the problem will go too. Everyone thinks a cat is the solution to a rat problem - this is only believed by those who don't know what they're talking about or have an exceptional cat. A cat will kill one rat and disappear with it. A terrier will kill all the rats for the sheer fun of the chase... a fox has the same mindset. He will get in the hen-house, kill them all and disappear with a single carcass. He'll wipe out an entire roost in a single visit for the joy of killing. Foxy's gotta go. For town foxes, the solution is to clean up our act, for country foxes it's to shoot them.

Admittedly it is tricky to let foxy "have it" with your .243 in a town garden (as well as most likely illegal and triggering a visit) but it is the most humane and effective method - those of you who have considered gassing or poisoning need a beating. This is the most horrendous way to dispose of a living creature and much as I am out to do a job, I do not agree with making the quarry suffer un-necessarily. Consider hunting with dogs, it is more about the people in the chase, but when the hounds catch the fox (and most times he gets away) he is dispatched in seconds... I agree it isn't pleasant (despite matching the foxes mindset - he is a predator after all) and I am not a fan of these horrific toffs that do it for the blood, but it is quick... not the lingering, painful, sickly death of a gassing or poisoning. The quickest method is a .243 to the head or chest. This causes catastrophic damage and the fox is dead in seconds (if not instantly), although pure adrenaline may see him run 20 meters.

A free-range egg farm near me was getting daylight raids and asked for help - the mark of a desperate fox. The neighbouring farm was also having problems. A bit of research and out on the hunt. We "offed" 8 foxes in 5 weeks in that area with another 2 on the list! That's ten foxes in about 4 square miles - there is no way that area can support that many without help - The foxes were breeding out of control and all of them living just above starvation hence the desperation and the problem, all because some silly old woman puts food out for them each night. Think of the damage 10 foxes in 4 square miles were doing to the naturally occurring wildlife - it was a desert! Now maybe some leverets will make it this year.

I don't care what anyone says, shooting done properly IS conservation. I have seen it with my own eyes. You might get weepy about it and I must say I don't get a kick out of the kill (it always leaves me feeling a bit guilty actually) but nature is nasty and when we f**k with it, we have to f**k with it some more to put it right.

let the slagging commence.

Blackburn ain't big enough for the both of us: Mr Creamy and Mr Whippy at the centre of new ice-cream war

Captain Boing

you want 99 bastard?