* Posts by MrRimmerSIR!

149 posts • joined 16 Nov 2015


NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)


They still do

(without sounding too middle class). The manufacturer you are looking for is called "Miele". It was about double the price of an equivalent Bosch, but we got a 10 year p&l warranty on our current (and first Miele) washing machine. Virtually all our previous ones have lasted 3-5 years before becoming uneconomical to repair however one family I know have had their Miele for 20, and that includes washing the rather horsey clothing of their daughter (sounds posh, smells not so).

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms


Re: RE: Mooseman

"On the most minuscule of majorities on an advisory referendum HMG has decided unconditionally that we leave"

A simple majority where 1.2m more people voted to leave than to stay, hardly "miniscule". It's called the democratic will of the people. You might not like it. I might not like it. But ignoring it would not have been an option for whichever government was in place at the time.

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


Smoke me a Kipper

Does SMEG do chicken soup vending machines?

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Sorry 45RPM, in your political zeal and general hatred of Thatcher you seem to be a bit confused...

"The sick man of Europe" label was given to the UK long before Thatch was in power:

"Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, the United Kingdom was frequently called the "sick man of Europe", first by foreign commentators, and later at home by critics of the third Wilson/Callaghan ministry, because of industrial strife and poor economic performance compared to other European countries.[9] This era is considered to have started with the devaluation of the pound in 1967, culminating with the Winter of Discontent of 1978–79, the period between the Three-Day Week in 1973-74 and the IMF bailout in 1976 is generally seen by Britons as one of the darkest periods in the country's modern history. At different points throughout the decade, numerous countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece were cited by the American press as being "on the verge of sickness" as well. "

"The banks were supported through deregulation" leading to the banking crisis was Brown's doing=

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13032013. In contrast, Thatchers breaking up of the cosy City old boys network injected much cash into a stagnant part of the economy, making London the financial powerhouse that it remains (so far).

You are right about the lack of investment as anyone who remembers the Transputer would recognise. Unfortunately all governments, regardless of side, seem to shy away from that sort of investment as it hits the borrowing requirement. This is one reason why the railways etc. were privatised as that allowed them to search for capital outside of government restrictions. 40 year sof state ownership did not leave British Rail in an enviable state.

An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE


Re: Swiss scientists should expect to find a desire for cheese


Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


Re: If only...

You misunderstand (or maybe I wasn't clear enough). I was commenting on the OPs lack of understanding about why people commute rather than live near where they work.


Re: If only...

Life is a bit more nuanced that you appear to understand. Think about where most jobs are and how much it costs to live within those areas. Then think about the differing needs of people who are at different points in their lives.

MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action


Re: Democracy?

You're not an anti-semite? Really?

Perhaps you should read this example of a definition then...


"Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor."


"Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation."


i could go on but I can't be arsed to trawl through your other posts on the subject.

Do tell me how you're getting on with protesting against the Turkish genocide in or what Iran/Saudi Arabia are doing to Yemen. When you start giving a shit about all the other conflicts in the world (noting that the Syrian civil war for instance has killed almost half a million people compared to the 80000 in the whole of Israel's existence), then you can stand on your moral high ground preaching.


Re: Democracy?

Perhaps you can tell me if this guy is an Israeli stooge then.


I'm sure your Arabic is better than mine, so please feel free to validate the translation from this article



Indeed, it is fascinating to see how much hatred is directed against Israel, out of all proportion and with complete disregard to other similar situations around the world.



Re: Democracy?

At least you don't try to dress up your anti-semitism.

So only Israeli media say they were members of Hamas? I suppose this site is part of a global Jewish conspiracy then... https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/50-hamas-members-claim-does-not-justify-gaza-massacre. Please let me know if I missed the refutation.

How about CNN? https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/middleeast/hamas-members-gaza-deaths/index.html

"those villagers to live on land that doesn't belong to them". From the river to the sea?


Re: Democracy?

You mean the ones who were shot... and who just happened to be active members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad etc.? You know, the ones who wanted to break through the fence and kill all the villagers next door? Next you'll be telling us it was a peaceful protest!

Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative


@Terry 6

Just got back from Labour Live then? How was it?

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?


If hospitals don't buy their equipment the industry might just start to listen."

If hospitals don't buy their equipment (from an industry where all the players operate very similar licence terms) people might die.

Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads


Re: a tad overblown

Uncle Jo.. lovely chap. Everyone was well fed in the Soviet Union.

Addy, salt of the earth and wouldn't say boo to a goose. Just ask Ken.

I suppose next you'll be telling us that Bashy was just doing a bit of spring cleaning with some chlorine-based disinfectant.

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source


Re: Re BillG: Keep it going

Try Zoho email. I have finally succumbed to the new front end and I must say it's pretty good. Has a button on the right to view all attachments in one tab.

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity


Re: Military operation

You actually believe the UN is impartial in this matter?


Re: Military operation

No silly, that's the job of the Pakistani Army.


Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight


Hello Concorde!

(If it was still flying) Just goes to show how advanced the old bird was, and how I will take the regret of never having flown on one to my dying day.

NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020


Re: Stamp it as "Necessary for the Continuing Security of Israel"

Oh FFS, can you not possibly keep dragging everything back to your pet obsession? Go and do something useful like defend JC on Guido Fawkes or the Graun with all the other Anti Zio-obsessives.

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon


It was a stinker

I had very fond memories of watching Space 1999 as a kid so took it upon myself to acquire the complete set. They say never meet your heroes. I'd add to that, leave nostalgia where it belongs - in the past.

I haven't summoned up the courage to watch UFO yet. Could it be worse?

Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals


Re: IT?

I think the IT angle is that even in this situation, you're bound to find a gaggle of geeks in a corner cooing over their latest gadgets, completely oblivious to the bacchanalian activities going on around them.

Mine's the one with the Gemini in the pocket (left in the cloakroom, obviously).

uTorrent file-swappers urged to upgrade after PC hijack flaws fixed


Re: libtorrent

I have (and used to have one) but wanted to keep the box as silent as possible without locking it away in a closed cupboard as there is nowhere else to put it. The sizzle of a continuously moving hard drive head was getting a bit irritating.



shags SSDs. I had been using qBitTorrent for a while until the cache SSD started to play up. Then I found out that libtorrent doesn't cache writes like uTorrent does, so the SSD was being hammered senseless. Switched back to an old verison of utorrent, without the advertising nonsense. One write burst every 2s is much kinder to the old cells.

Does anybody know of a decent client that runs under Windows and does not use libtorrent?

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed


@Toilet Duk

Just like any other state. Care to explain the subtext of your sly comment?

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff


Arn or ARM

No 'arm in asking.

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like





1990 called asking for its technology back.

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles


Re: Samsung needs to find Android buyers?

Random search found a phone with a rather similar looking screen. Obviously not the same one form out back of the factory for that price...


US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims


Exhaust aftertreatment

Wow! They really were taking the piss.

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!


Re: Translation?

That's very naively sweet of you. You'd be surprised how many nutters there are in power - when you remove the democratic filter, all sorts of crazy get into power.


Watch out, El Reg!



In December 2012, a Sudanese newspaper reported that the Sudan government had captured a vulture in the town of Kereinek, which they said was an Israeli spy bird and was tagged in Hebrew and equipped with electronic devices. Iran's Press TV later claimed the bird was an eagle "equipped with Mossad’s tracking and other surveillance devices."

Ohad Hazofe, the avian ecologist, told Israeli news site Ynet: "This is a young vulture that was tagged, along with 100 others, in October. He has two wing bands and a German-made GPS chip." Hazofe denied that the device had any photographic capabilities. In an interview with CNN, he stated that "I'm not an intelligence expert, but what would be learned from putting a camera onto a vulture? You cannot control it. It's not a drone that you can send where you want. What would be the benefit of watching a vulture eat the insides of a dead camel?"

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump



"Like Brexit, YOU LOST. "


No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS



Very good.

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)


Come the Revolution

There won't be any question of handing over money to a private monopoly provider, as there will be but one State run monopoly to do all the work just as efficiently as it did pre 1980s.

UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?


Re: Tax Laws

How many of the world's 5 largest economies are in the EU?


Don't let any complexities in the argument get in the way of a good rant, eh?


How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini



Two things I wish it had, which have stopped me from ordering up to now:

1. Backlight on the keyboard (would be so nice if the letters would light up like my HP Envy laptop, rather than glowing aroud the keys).

2. Mediatek SoC... AFAIAA, they have not released all kernel source code under GPL, which stuffs up custom ROMs and future versions of Android.

Nevertheless, we'll see what happens. Thanks El Reg!

Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!


Chicken, Egg

I don't understand the moaning about "headline speeds", on an IT website of all places This is a brand new chipset for an as-yet unratified standard. Of course it has to be well ahead of the curve. I'm sure that in time infrastructure will change and make these chips (or their replacements) more useful, just as it did when we were all stringing up fast ethernet and 11b and 11g/gigabit was in the horizon.

YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven


Average IQ

Presumably the average is always the same, as by definition 2/3rds are between 85 and 115.

I had a conversation with a friend recently who stated that she was sure that a larger percentage of the population had a below-average IQ now than 10 years ago.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1



So far, for all the short interconnects, the ones I bought from Poundland have worked perfectly well, 4k60'n'all.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it


Re: Fragile. Very fragile.

I'm sure his replacement will have an iPad to do the difficult stuff.

Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women




As if the UN hasn't done enough to be discredited.

NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report


Re: I work in the NHS

Good to hear from someone on the inside. The key here is that it is not possible to lock down the apps or OS on an individual machine, so the bext that can be done is to have firewalls and other access control mechanisms in place.

And when a supplier fails to do what they claim to have done, there should be penalty clauses invoked to make sure they don't fail again. I wonder if said crap company has had moneys withheld? (yes, that was a rhetorical question, I think we know the answer).

It's all very well blaming "the NHS" or "the DOH", but both organisations are made up of people. Again, accountability should mean the pen-pushers responsible for the failures should be personally liable.

'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'


Re: Confused AC

"However one side is supposed to be a first word democratic state so imo has far less of an excuse."

And that seems like a good point to end the discussion... classic case of one side being held to a far higher - and unattainable - standard whilst the other side is allowed to practice the most vile activities with impunity. So many examples from the treatment of the LGBT community through to the very words written in their respective constitutions. How any white middle class Graun reading, left leaning patrician can sit by whilst their unelected "friends" continue to make the lives of their own people as well as those around them so miserable is a continual source of fascination and sadness.


Re: Confused AC

"It was routine for many many years and likely still is."

ohreally? Likely? Proof?

"What Hamas might do is irrelevant."

Of course it is. Because they are freedom fighters? So firing rockets from civilian areas is OK then.


What would any other country do in this situation? Ignore the problem?

Even UNWRA complained!


"Most Palestinians are not members of Hamas."

The point being?

Perhaps you should read the reports you site...

""The State of the World’s Human Rights,” as the annual report is known, documents human rights violations in 159 countries. A press release attached to the report highlights 22 countries as “examples of the rise and impact of poisonous rhetoric, national crackdowns on activism and freedom of expression." The list includes – although the report notes that it was “by no means limited to” – China, Egypt, France, India, Iran, Syria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Israel does not appear on this list.

The report documents how 36 countries, including Israel, broke international law by returning refugees to countries where their safety was at risk. It documents how people in 22 countries (not including Israel) were killed for peacefully standing up for human rights and how war crimes were committed in at least 23 countries (including Israel).

The report does not spare the Palestinian governing bodies either. “Neither the Palestinian government nor the Hamas de facto administration in Gaza took steps to ensure accountability for crimes committed by Palestinians armed groups in previous conflicts, including indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks on Israel and summary killings of alleged ‘collaborators,’” it states. According to the report, Palestinians killed 16 Israelis, most civilians, and one foreign national in stabbings, car-rammings, shootings and other attacks last year."

S'funny how of all the countries reported on, only Israel gets its legitimacy questioned.


Re: Confused AC

Perhaps you should read the articles you post links to...


"Two Israeli soldiers were today convicted of using a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the three-week Gaza war in 2008-9 and could face a prison sentence of up to three years.

The soldiers, who ordered the boy to open bags suspected of containing explosives, were charged with inappropriate behaviour and overstepping authority in a closed military trial.

Israeli military protocols forbid the use of human shields."

So, two soldiers were convicted BY AN ISRAELI military court for breaking Israeli law. Can you imagine the same thing happening to a Hamas operative who did the same?


"The Israeli army said it "regretted" the deaths and called a halt to the shelling. It offered help to get the survivors to Israeli hospitals. The shells that hit Beit Lahia beach were the latest of more than 6,000 fired into the Gaza Strip by Israel over the past two months. One possibility is that they had fallen short when being fired at areas on the outskirts of Beit Lahia used by armed Palestinian groups to launch rockets into Israel."

etc. etc.


Confused AC

"It's more because of the incidents when the Israelis do things like use WP deliberately on civilians, shell families on beaches, use Palestinian civilians as human shields for the IDF and the countless incidents of deliberately shooting unarmed civilians - especially children, to name just a few very well documented incidents of the thousands that are contentious..."

Are you sure you've got your facts straight? Are you the same person who thought the (not Jewish) "Palestinians" were on the allied side in WWII? I haven't seen any links/evidence of what you're claiming.

Try this



"But also by the indigenous population that were illegally expelled by a terrorist campaign against their villages and then forced on a "death march" and those that survived were not allowed to return, were not compensated for their seized lands and property and have been victims of a subsequent genocide campaign."

Again, you are confused.

The Exodus of 1947-48

The Palestinians left their homes in 1947-48 for a variety of reasons. Thousands of wealthy Arabs left in anticipation of a war, thousands more responded to Arab leaders' calls to get out of the way of the advancing armies, a handful were expelled, but most simply fled to avoid being caught in the cross fire of a battle. Had the Arabs accepted the 1947 UN resolution, not a single Palestinian would have become a refugee and an independent Arab state would now exist beside Israel.

The beginning of the Arab exodus can be traced to the weeks immediately following the announcement of the UN partition resolution. The first to leave were roughly 30,000 wealthy Arabs who anticipated the upcoming war and fled to neighboring Arab countries to await its end. Less affluent Arabs from the mixed cities of Palestine moved to all-Arab towns to stay with relatives or friends.

All of those who left fully anticipated being able to return to their homes after an early Arab victory, as Palestinian nationalist Aref el-Aref explained in his history of the 1948 war:

The Arabs thought they would win in less than the twinkling of an eye and that it would take no more than a day or two from the time the Arab armies crossed the border until all the colonies were conquered and the enemy would throw down his arms and cast himself on their mercy.

By the end of January1948, the exodus was so alarming the Palestine Arab Higher Committee asked neighboring Arab countries to refuse visas to these refugees and to seal the borders against them.

Meanwhile, Jewish leaders urged the Arabs to remain in Palestine and become citizens of Israel. The Assembly of Palestine Jewry issued this appeal on October 2, 1947:

We will do everything in our power to maintain peace, and establish a cooperation gainful to both [Jews and Arabs]. It is now, here and now, from Jerusalem itself, that a call must go out to the Arab nations to join forces with Jewry and the destined Jewish State and work shoulder to shoulder for our common good, for the peace and progress of sovereign equals.

On November 30, the day after the UN partition vote, the Jewish Agency announced: “The main theme behind the spontaneous celebrations we are witnessing today is our community's desire to seek peace and its determination to achieve fruitful cooperation with the Arabs....“

Israel's Proclamation of Independence, issued May 14, 1948, also invited the Palestinians to remain in their homes and become equal citizens in the new state:

In the midst of wanton aggression, we yet call upon the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve the ways of peace and play their part in the development of the State, on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions....We extend our hand in peace and neighborliness to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all.


Re: Also the astronaut was wearing a British made watch

Which Palestinians? Do you mean the Jewish Brigade? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Brigade

The Jewish Infantry Brigade Group,[1] more commonly known as the Jewish Brigade Group[2] or Jewish Brigade,[3] was a military formation of the British Army composed of Jews from the Yishuv in Mandatory Palestine commanded by British-Jewish officers that served in Europe during World War II. The brigade was formed in late 1944,[1][2] and its personnel fought the Germans in Italy. After the war, some of them assisted Holocaust survivors to emigrate illegally to Mandatory Palestine as part of Aliyah Bet.[4][5]

Surely you're not thinking of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. http://www.timesofisrael.com/full-official-record-what-the-mufti-said-to-hitler/


The Grand Mufti began by thanking the Fuhrer for the great honor he had bestowed by receiving him. He wished to seize the opportunity to convey to the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich, admired by the entire Arab world, his thanks of the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially the Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches.


The Fuhrer replied that Germany’s fundamental attitude on these questions, as the Mufti himself had already stated, was clear. Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine, which was nothing other than a center, in the form of a state, for the exercise of destructive influence by Jewish interests. Germany was also aware that the assertion that the Jews were carrying out the functions of economic pioneers in Palestine was a lie. The work there was done only by the Arabs, not by the Jews. Germany was resolved, step by step, to ask one European nation after the other to solve its Jewish problem, and at the proper time to direct a similar appeal to non-European nations as well.


Re: Avast / CCleaner related?

"'Their' (one of those fantastic all in the same pot generalisations) aim is to get Israel to withdraw from the occupied land and many people support them in that."

Indeed, and they define the "occupied" land, to use their words, "from the river to the sea" i.e. everything between Judea/Samaria and the Med. Doesn't leave much.

Perhaps you should read up on what Omar Bargouti, the founder, of the movement thinks:

“[Israel] was Palestine, and there is no reason why it should not be renamed Palestine.”

“[Palestinians have a right to] resistance by any means, including armed resistance. [Jews] aren’t indigenous just because you say you are….[Jews] are not a people…the UN’s principle of the right to self-determination applies only to colonized people who want to acquire their rights. ”

“I am completely and categorically against binationalism because it assumes that there are two nations with equal moral claims to the land.”

Anyone who supports BDS and doesn't think the total destruction of the country is its goal is just being a useful idiot for the leaders of that organisation.



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