* Posts by Geoff May (no relation)

95 posts • joined 22 Jul 2016


SpaceX demonstrates that it too can shower the Earth with debris

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Re: Raising the odds?

As long as we don't get to one in a million odds.

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Space bar

Would be nice and quiet, though.

Lithium production needs investment to keep pace with battery demand

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Re: Hmmm....

You shouldn't be so negative about this.

BOFH: The Geek's Countergambit – outwitted at an electronics store

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I've been rumbled ...

ExoMars parachutes just about good enough to land rover safely on the Red Planet

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Re: Ob H2G2

Or the rover could be distracted at the critical time and total fail to hit the ground.

Pension cold-calling financial services biz cops largest ever fine from UK data watchdog

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Re: Fine

If 187 people had resulted in a lead, that would make £140,250. Anything above that is profit.

Amazon tells folks it will stop accepting UK Visa credit cards via weird empty email

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Re: Will be interesting

One of my work mates says he got a letter from his bank stating they were moving from VISA to Mastercard. His new card arrived a few days ago. He did not tell who he banks with.

Perhaps there are banks that are not happy with VISA too?

After failing to make it to orbit, Firefly Aerospace asserts it has 'arrived'

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Re: Keep going

I wish I could get 9 out of 10 of my development changes right ...

Good news: Japanese boffins 3D print what looks like marbled Wagyu beef. Bad news: It's tiny and inedible

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"The meat is tenderized in some cases by feeding the cows beer or massaging them"

I'm off for some personal tenderising in the pub ... I hope the barlady doesn't get the wrong idea when I ask for the massage, though.

Gartner Gartner on the wall, which is the hypest cycle of them all?

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Re: Wonderment in words...

... and I bet they nicked the code from the BOFH Excuse Generator.

You wait ages for a neutron star and black hole to collide, then two pairs come along at once

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Re: GW200105 and GW200115

Thank you for that, very interesting.

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GW200105 and GW200115

I bet they are going to wish they used the 4 digit year in about 100 years time.

Mars race: China dreams of nuclear rockets, manned bases, and space elevators

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Re: Cosmic Dodgeball

Kim Stanley Robinson also discusses this in the Mars trilogy he wrote. Very interesting series of books:


Space is hard: Rocket Lab's 20th Electron launch fails

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"Space is Hard"

No it isn't:

Space is infinite, it is dark

Space is neutral, it is cold


NASA pops old-school worm logo onto Orion spacecraft

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Watching at the time?

Anyone old enough to remember Apollo 11 landing?

I am and I recall that the picture was just a white splodge on a black background. Admittedly, we only had B/W but some of my school friends had colour TV and I asked them what they saw (me expecting colour to show more details). Almost all of them said they hadn't watched it live. I think there was only about 3 or 4 of us in the class that had watched it live.

Very disappointing.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service

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Re: Still laughing..

@Trygve Can we have your contact details, please? I'm sure I can send you a large number of items ... none are working but they are vintage and used to be called "computers".

NASA's Mars helicopter spins up its blades ahead of hoped-for 12 April hover

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There's no 'I' in Teams so Microsoft issues 6-month warning for laggards still on Skype for Business Online

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China's Chang'e 5 probe lands Moon rocks in Inner Mongolia

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Re: I'm reserving judgement

Yeah, Wallace and Gromit scoffed all their's so they have no proof.

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there

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This happened to me. I sarcastically suggested gluing the plug to the socket excepting the manager thought I was being serious so he did.

Several years later, the electrician was asking which dimwit glued the plug to the socket ...

China's Chang'e-5 lands on the Moon to scratch surface

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Space docking

Is that like Space Trucking but for ships?

Ho hum: If you're so artificially intelligent, name this song while my videos go viral

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Re: Welcome back!

Or in your bookmarks:


It's in their DNA: Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to pioneers of the CRISPR gene-editing tool

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The world has been going downhill since we started experimenting with fire.

That is because we still haven't decided if it should be nasally fitted or not.

And now for something completely different: Ultraviolet aurora spotted around comet for first time

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That explains why I can never see any comets. The UV is making my glasses dark and thus hiding the comets.

Future airliners will run on hydrogen, vows Airbus as it teases world-plus-dog with concept designs

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And the economy seats might even be an appropriate size for an adult human being.

Only for future generations because Genetic Control will have a restriction of four foot to humanoid height.

Help your fellow IT pals spruce up their virtual meetings: Design a winning background, win Register-branded gear

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One of the lads I work with took a picture of himself at his laptop.

Now, when the meeting gets boring, he loads that and wonders off to do something useful

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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May I suggest "Standard Setters"?

Very often when they release new versions, they change the standards set in previous incarnation and set up new "standards" ...

Corona coronavirus hiatus: Euro space agency to put Sun, Mars probes in safe mode while boffins swerve pandemic

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Most satellites store data on board the spacecraft and then it is downloaded at regular intervals. The down load needs an extensive team as you need to:

1 - Calculate exactly where the spacecraft is;

2 - Point the antenna to the spacecraft;

3 - Initiate the download (this usually stops recording on device #1 and starts recording on device #2);

4 - When the download is complete, start downloading from device #2 and restart device #1 (sometimes the recording is left on the second device and that is downloaded at the next schedule);

5 - Release the antenna team so they can start working on other satellites.

This requires at least 4 teams and they are almost always shift workers so that is a minimum of 20 people (to allow for time off and covering 24 hours per day).

Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'

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Shouldn't they be Jovians?

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover

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Re: Marsy McMarsface


It's about the only thing beginning with N relating to Mars in some way I could find with a quick search.

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers

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Re: Tiptoeing around the elephant in the room

Just once I would like to read something on The Reg where some pillock does not fucking mention Trump nor Brexit.

Too much to fucking ask, I know but one can always dream ...

Astroboffins capture video of Mercury passing across the Sun's surface

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Re: Kind of humbling

Who nicked the fairy cake?

Tough luck, Jupiter, you've lost your crown for now: Boffins show Saturn has more moons

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... are there any in Klingon yet?

Apparently there are bootleg versions out there:


Scroll down near the bottom.

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour

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Vegan Custard

Unfortunately, such a thing exists :-(

Uses semolina and soy milk.

Loss-making $15bn hipster chat biz Slack suddenly less appetising to investors as it predicts deeper losses

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Re: I just don't get these massive losses

Those letters that spell "Go Stick Your Head in a Pig" don't come cheap.

Russian spacebot stranded outside the ISS as Soyuz fails to dock

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Re: SciFi trivia teaser...



Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

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Re: 25 seconds of fuel

Post-flight analysis indicated there was about 45 seconds fuel remaining. I believe the discrepancy comes from where the fuel sensor was located. As the LM was tilted slightly, this read as less fuel than was actually available.

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Ranger etc. missions

Already touched on in the article but I get the impression I am the only person who remembers Ranger and Surveyor missions ...

Usenet file-swapping was acceptable in the '80s – but not so much now: Pirate pair sent down for 66 months

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Remember Usenet? I still use it!

And not for exchanging files. There are simpler ways. It is useful for keeping track of people I have known for years and still have the same interests as I have.

Look out, Titan. Plutonium robots from Earth are on their way

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Re: Flight of the Dragonfly

Why can't I up-vote more than once?

We've Falcon caught it! SpaceX finally nets a fairing half after a successful Heavy launch

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27 Merlin engines

I had visions of a WW2 aircraft fly-by when I read that.

Look, we've tried, but we just can't write this headline without saying boffins have probed Uranus's cold ring

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In which direction?

El Reg rifled through the history of Huawei's 'new' GaussDB – only 'new' bit is machine learning

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Re: back in the day

One wonders if TeraData are still only relational database with EXPLAIN verb...

I suspect you will find all relational DBs have EXPLAIN in them somewhere, probably hidden behind a graphic that no one can understand because said graphic hides everything important ...

Guess what shrinks when it gets cold and then you shake it around a little? The Moon. We're talking about the Moon

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Re: Overstatement


Stop reading conspiracy theory sites and go see what NASA have to say about it:


Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected

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I suspect the increase in expansion is because the universe is trying to get away from mankind before we do something irreversibly stupid ...

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat

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We can dredge up some more, me thinks. His punt at the garbage scow got a bit cobled 'cos they ketched him.

Boffins baffled by planet nugget whizzing round white dwarf that should have killed it

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Re: If that white dwarf keeps dense object in orbit ..

Too dense, it would upset the white dwarfs rotation.

Astroboffins may have cracked the mystery of where the photons from weird gamma ray bursts come from

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Re: Meaning of words

Maybe relativistic descriptions are far less ambiguous in the original German?




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