* Posts by RJG

25 posts • joined 29 Sep 2016

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



Correct. They are an associate member, exactly the same as the UK now is.

They are not a core member with access to all the secure encrypted protocols.

that is the UK's complant.

please try and keep up.



I'll just remind you that those in the top half of the UK voted strongly to stay in the EU.

And one of the main arguments in the Scottish referendum for staying part of the UK was that if Scotland didn't stay it would be out of the EU.

Guess how how well those arguments will work next referendum?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Re: Maxwell

The next time you see a picture of Einstein in his office, look at the wall behind him.

The portrait of the man with the beard you see there is J C Maxwell.

RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker


I see they are still sticking with the "camera accidently pointed at the sun" explanation for the lack of TV pictures.

Some of us still remember that documentry "Alternative Three" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_3 which told the real story.

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Re: "the monolith is a representation of a wideframe cinema screen rotated 90°."

If you want to be really pedantic about it, one of the books continues the 1:4:9 sequence with 64:125:216

In higher dimensions, noting that it was unclear how many dimensions the monolith had.

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


Re: Rubbish disposal?

On the moon, throwing rubbish away miss just stupid. It is the best source of raw materials within quarter of a million miles. Any materials from the moon are very poor quality in comparison.

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces


Re: Jack the ripper was the lock ness monster. Fact.

It is the lock on the caledonian canal leading to loch Ness.

The English seem to think a monster lives in the lock.

Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?


Re: Our missing productivity was shifted to China

> And yet, the whole world over, Capitalism has time and again prove throughout all of human history to be the only system that increases living standards for all; while Socialism & Communism have impoverished all their nations and sent millions to an early death.

Ah. the old capitalism is the only way that works argument.

Which relies heavilly on defning "all" to exclude the brown people the East India Company exploited, all the Africans who were the product being sold, all the Irish who conveniently starved to death, all the native Americans who were not using their land properly....... and so on.

Is that the system you are promoting?

Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)


missing the problem

You're not quite seeing the problem.

In the given example the "AI" sees the answer "the Mexico-US border" as correct

The answer "The US-Mexico border" it would see as wrong.

It doesn't understand the meaning of the words, it just does basic pattern matching..

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too


Re: binary pipelines

One of the most reliable signs of a novice user on a linux system is that they use ls to generate lists of files and then use awk to parse out the bits of the output they actually want.

And then complain about having to do that.

in the above example, it is much easier to just get the information you want


stat --format="%U" *

Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches


Re: Maybe time for the mainstream broadcasters to pay attention

I take it that you don't know about "The Great Britsh Bonk off", available from the gentleman's specialst video retailers?

At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?


I eat my peas with honey,

I've done it all my life.

It makes the peas taste funny,

But it keeps them on my knife.

UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing


For the umpteenth tme.

This is the European Court of Human Rights.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the EU.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox



In Scotland, clamping a car and demanding money to free it is regarded as extortion, and is illegal.

If data has value, then this would seem to fall under the same legislaton.

It is perhaps time for someone to bring a private prosecution against Sonos, as happened with the car clampers.

Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes


Re: Time flies like an arrow.

"To be fair, fruit does fly like a banana."

The real question here is do fruit stags fly in the same way?

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home


Re: The Greats have gone

I'll just recommend "Watching Trees Grow" by Hamilton as an example of what he can do when he cuts out the excessive padding.

'Would you like fries with that?' The cloud wants to know


Are you so deusional

that you think that I somehow forgot to order fries?

(yes, I do ask that. The response is interesting)

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


Re: Regenerate a few more fingers?

If your'e gong to complain about the numbering, please get it right.

10 - Ecclestone

11 - Tennant

12 - Tennant

13 - Smith

14 - Capaldi

15 - Whittaker

> She's the 14th, not the 13th...?

Tennant used up a regeneraton healing injuries, so appears twice.

The War Doctor wasn't given a number.

So she is the 15th regeneraton, but referred to as number 13.

Now where's my anorack?

No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi


Just one problem with that.

Unfortunatly, in this case a tinfoil hat would just reflect the signal better and make imaging you easier.

You need some of this special WiFi absorbing paint I'm selling at quite reasonable prices.

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker


Re: Sir Humphrey would never have been caught out

"I dunno, I think there may've been some things even he would choke on! Even pond scum has standards (though orange pond scum may be the exception)"

Which is why Sir Humphrey would have pledged loyalty to the presideny, Not to the particular bit of orange pond scum currently holding the post.

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding


Re: If you cannot patch it quarantine it

Yes, Incompetent.

In every security audit I have done in the last 15 years I always included a reccomendaton that windows administrators should disable the use of SMBv1.0 beause it is extremely insecure and hasn't been requred by any windows verson after windows 98.

most windows admins were surprised that there were different versions of SMB in use and refused to disable v1.0 in case something still needed it.

That one change would have stopped this infestation, even on unpatched XP systems.


Re: Numbers

It is trying to re-direct blame.

If SMBv1.0 is enabled on windows systems newer than XP, they will also be infected.

Debian putting everything on the /usr


Re: I don't like change

But then you can't have a readonly / partition, which was one of the stated requirements.

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards


Re: Enterprising pub

One of the pubs around here has Grilled Pokemon* on their food menu.

* when avalable.


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