* Posts by saxicola

30 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jul 2015

Electron-to-joule conversion formulae? Cute. Welcome to the school of hard knocks


The whole problem hinged on that simple fact.

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested


Account deleted.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


I've been able to this for ten years at least with Linux KDE. What's all the fuss about?

Obviously I keep ALL my documents on the desktop too so I know exactly where they are. I just keep adding more monitors when I run out of space.

Rural Scotland, Wales to get £1bn from Shared Rural Network pot, promised huge gains in next four... years


For a moment I thought that Scotland were giving Wales rural development money.

Maybe the headline should be "Rural Scotland and Wales..."?

Although the way money is disbursed in the UK, maybe.

Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors


Yes but this is Britain, once you start doing that, a precedent is set and the monied entitled folks wouldn't want that to happen so they let the "small fry" get away with it lest the spotlight be turned on them.

Perseverance Mars rover sets off on its first mission, to boldly drill and return samples as no rover has drilled before


Re: Water

But make sure it's not more than 100ml.

Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet


Re: the person who should be insured, not the vehicle!

No such thing as road tax though.

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams


I used to be a bowling alley mechanic with an attached Crystal Maze. Not the one in the story though. Great job.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?


Re: Club 50+

A friend of mine only found out he had early stage prostate cancer because of a routine test, as he lives mostly in France, rather than the UK. It's a routine test there. Back here I have to ask, repeatedly for a reluctantly given PSA test. All clear, but my father died of it and I don't want to.

Much like the British on holiday, NHS COVID-19 app refuses to work with phones using unsupported languages



Please stop calling it NHS COVID-19 app, it's Serco's COVID-19 app. A private contract given to the mates and relatives of the present government.

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool


This was how I discovered Edie Brickell. On the disk was a sample video, "What I Am" I think it was. Or was it XP?

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour


Re: That's settled, then.

Indeed. My SWradio dongle picks up the TPMS data of cars local to me that use 433MHz. I could track the comings and goings of each one, since they all have a UUID in the data. I don't obviously, because that would be wrong.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now


Re: Wishy washy

Or Trump and Boris?

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

No, that's a gib strip. Or is that a US thing too.

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...


But governments hate E2E encryption so it's OK.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers


Aberporth isn't in North Wales and this is an old story. So...

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


Re: Justifiable tree homicide

In Wales, many of the trees that are now being cut down to make paper were originally planted and grown to provide pit props for the coal mining industry. It's pure luck that pit props are no longer needed and these trees are now mature enough to turn into pulp.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands


Re: Another design approach:

Passenger footwell. Chuck everything in there 'till it's full then grab a bin bag and clean it out. However, I have no friends so this may not work for everyone.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again


Re: I Propose that it's Renamed the Kibblegram

And now see it's already proposed because I didn't read ALL the comments. (Leaves, feeling slightly silly).

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


The thing with fans is that they just move air about, (and warm it whilst doing so) they don't cool anything. They work on humans because we sweat and thus cool by evaporation of the sweat, moving air helps this process. AFAIK servers don't sweat.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century


Ooh, I still have a backup floppy from 1999. How do I decode it?

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


How do you defeat "attack dogs"? Decoy cats! A couple fo those and your dogs are off chasing cats leaving me to walk in and pillage at will. Of course, if your name is Will then that's a different matter. Dark matter? Well that's another matter of course..

Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life


Title should be Toaster-oven sized, which means an oven the size of a toaster. Toaster oven-sized means a toaster the size of an oven. Now, not sure about you guys, but in the UK ovens a bigger than toasters and the title gives a misleading impression about the size of the toast. Maybe it's a USA UK thing because we all know everything is bigger in the US. Except for gallons, miles, shoe sizes...

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot


I suggest you ask Simone Giertz this sounds like an ideal project for her.

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!


Crystal Maze

I can't beat 19 years but the games in the Crystal Maze in Pembrokeshire ran for 15 years on 386's with 4MB of RAM and 40MB HDD's. I spent 5 years coaxing then into life every morning. The non-booting ones mostly needed to be left on, warming up for a while, then rebooted again. At the end getting HDDs that those 386's would recognise was getting to be a real problem and when I could get one it was expensive compared to the current GB drives. The OS was MSDOS 5.2.

There were 20 in total. So 20 x 15 = 300 years, no?

Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant


I thought it was great to to see "looses" used correctly for once. I suspect that may have been the deliberate intention of the headline author. Made my day.

Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops


Reminds me of the Firefly episode with Christina Hendricks

As Saffron in "Our Mrs. Reynolds"

Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey


Far more exciting than Borth though.

Scorchio! This June was the sixty-sixth hottest on record


UK Temperatures

UK Temperatures are very much influenced by the Atlantic Conveyor or "gulf stream" are not in any way indicative of global temperatures. Melting Arctic ice is fresh water and influences the conveyor and may possibly slow it down so leading to cooling in the UK. We are of a similar latitude to Newfoundland and I've heard it get pretty cold there. Without a north Atlantic Ocean, warmed by the conveyor, keeping us warm we'd be freezing our cojones off in the winter with much cooler summers. These are local effects, do not confuse weather with climate.

Mike E


Uk Temperatures

UK Temperatures are very much influenced by the Atlantic Conveyor or "Gulf stream" are not indicative of global temperatures. Melting Arctic ice influences the conveyor and may possibly slow it down so leading to cooling in the UK. These local effect are entirely expected. The UK will get wetter and colder if the conveyer slows or stops. We are the same latitude as Newfoundland, I've heard it gets pretty cold there too. These are local effects, do not confuse weather with climate.

Mike E