* Posts by KarMann

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Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Facepalm

Re: Teams...

And those stupid cartoon people all over the UI? Jesus, when did software become so damn patronising?
Clippy? Bob? It's been a while since, certainly.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Joke

Re: Mondarin?

Well, he pretends to be Chinese, or at least some sort of Asian, but really, he's just a washed-up, strung-out British actor.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract

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Headmaster

Re: Except plenty more.

I'm fairly sure it was a typo for 'expect'.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: 60 Mhz depletes oxygen?

Would that be more or less dangerous than the halon fire suppression system? Asking for a PHB. No, it's a new one this week, due to a tragic mishap.

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Re: We have our own US-based All-American 5G Conspiracy Theory!

You must be using a Babelfish Mk ⅩⅩⅥ or earlier. The Mk ⅩⅩⅦ and later have the upgrade to translate the word 'exhabigou' as 'futile' instead of 'useless'.

With intelligent life in scant supply on Earth, boffins search for technosignatures of civilizations in the galaxy

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Angel

Re: Reminds me of a song

Or pretty much all of this one, flat-out titled 'The Drake Equation'.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton

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Unhappy

Just a flyby?

Damn shame they apparently can't keep enough delta-v on board to bring it into orbit around Triton or Neptune when it gets there, assuming the repeated use of the word 'flyby' is accurate. Or send it on a slower, longer transfer orbit, which would need less delta-v to slow down there. But I guess there will have to be trade-offs, and this is what they've gone with.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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WTF?

On the other hand, there may have been some editorial confusion. An earlier paragraph said, 'Al was toiling away in desktop support back in the early part of this century,' at which time 2 GiB would have been rather more reasonable.

Northrop Grumman to polish NASA's HALO, techies test tardy telescope tower, SLS boosters ready for Florida

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Boffin

RTFA

[T]he twin boosters generate 3.6 million pounds of thrust each…. The pair will provide more than 75 per cent of the total SLS thrust at launch.

In the core-burning solid rocket motors (which I believe is very much most of them), adding 25% to the length adds 25% to the thrust, approximately, unless you change the shape of the interior to make it burn faster or slower. Since 3,600 klbf is very nearly 125% of your 2,800 klbf, it sounds like it's the same shape inside.

Or, you could've just skipped the working out, and taken their 75% figure at face value. OK, I just might like working it out myself and double-checking, too. Assuming their figures for booster thrust and yours for SSME are correct, it's actually 83% booster, which is indeed 'more than 75 per cent,' but I would have thought was worth using something closer, like ⅚ of the thrust.

Travel-sick Windows needing a Systemwiederherstellung would be in Germany, right? Austria? Not necessarily

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Pirate

Re: Schoolchild giggle?

Iocaine powder, I assume?

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Re: Schoolchild giggle?

I'm assuming Darth Vader, and either Flash Gordon or flashing.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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Alien

Re: Could it be possible...

So basically, Harry Harrison's Deathworld series, then (but mostly the first book, of course).

Astroboffins peering back in time with Hubble find stars may have been flickering into life even earlier than thought

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Boffin

Re: seems backwards

I've pondered that before, and without having gotten around to looking up a definitive answer, I figure it's likely because the nearer stars, which we examined first, were the newer ones around here, so when we started finding other populations, they became Population Ⅰ, and the rest followed from there. Now, let's see how I scored…

Not quite. It looks like the designation of Ⅰ & Ⅱ in 1944 was quite arbitrary, Ⅰ being the youngest, most metallic (in the astronomical anything-heavier-than-helium sense) stars, and Ⅱ the older, less metallic ones. Ⅲ wasn't named until 1978, and I guess it was just luck that they could expand in the even-less-metallic direction without trying to zero-index Roman numerals. I'll give myself half marks, then.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Re: this is only half the trip

Yeah, I meant the novelisation, which was a thing, but, upon further reading, was called James Bond and Moonraker, and Dolly was completely left out of it, so obviously, that wasn't the source of the name.

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Paris Hilton

Re: this is only half the trip

She got a name? I honestly had no idea. Did it come from the credits, the novel, or was it given to her by the fans?

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Headmaster

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong

Even then, there was the Orion capsule which was designed, built, and then launched in 2014, just without anyone on board, and it only did one orbit. I happened to be one of what I assume is a rather small number of people to see it in orbit myself in that time, living in just the right place for it at that time.

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Re: Perhaps

Or, as they say, 'pour encourager les autres.'

I must admit, I'd always assumed that line was about the French, but after checking just now, it turns out it was written by Voltaire, about the British, instead.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Joke

Re: not the terminal, the punch card

If you are old enough the phrase "Do not bend, fold, spindle or mutilate" means something to you.

You mean that one album by a Skinny Puppy cover band?

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Holmes

They're not laughing with you, Daniela. They're laughing at you.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Alien

Re: It still doesn't look good for air travel

I didn't mean to say that the 737 MAX should be hauling garbage, but that it should be hauled away as garbage.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Alien

Re: It's probably full of Moties

Unless we're living through Footfall instead, in which case, we should check for disturbed ringlets. Too bad it's not so close to Jupiter.

Data centre reveals it modeled interiors on The Hunt for Red October sets

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Re: Remodelling

Whew! For a moment there, I thought you expected me to do coordinate substitution in my head while strapped to a centrifuge!

https://xkcd.com/123/

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Go

Re: PING!

PONG!

Google says it'll pick up the tab – and stick it in a lovely colour-coded Chrome group

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Facepalm

Re: Just like...

To be precise, it was that Tab Group feature they had a few years ago, then removed as a feature, promising 'but you can still have it as an extension,' then a couple of years or so after that, broke that extension along with many others with their big extension API* overhaul. That was, in fact, exactly what drove me into the arms of another browser. Where I now have… 1,223 tabs open, for shame. (Hey, I only had 1,222 before I opened another for this comment, and almost down to 1,200 before I opened up this batch of Reg articles!)

* I think it was the API, something like that. Dammit, Jim, I'm a sysadmin, not a programmer!

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?

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Coat

Re: Bit like Amazon at the moment

Why not both?

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Headmaster

Re: Bit like Amazon at the moment

Just to head off the Americans pointing out the 'error', sorry, "error", as I was about to do myself, 'pein' is the British spelling, "peen" the American. I thought the apparent typo might have influenced the results, but it's not a typo after all, but it's still possible that its closer resemblance to another word from that genre could have influenced the suggested items, typo or not.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Thumb Up

Re: DAMN, we were THAT close!

+1 just for the phrase 'forensic publicity' alone.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Coat

Re: A long time ago

*raises hand* The aqueduct tape?

Geoboffins reckon extreme rainfall might help some volcanoes pop off

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Obligatory XKCD…

'For those of us who spent no small part of our childhoods avoiding certain bits of carpet because they were lava….'

…is obligatory.

Boffins examine interstellar comet Borisov to find out what its home was like. Pretty unpleasant, it seems

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Alien

Re: Second attempt?

Well, when the first one came around, we were all joking that the Ramans always do things in threes, especially given its shape. So I guess we'll just have to wait a couple more years for them to finish the bunch.

Self-isolation champions fresh home from a jaunt in orbit wonder if they've returned to the wrong version of Earth

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Re: Hubristic

1998, actually, so, yeah.

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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WTF?

Re: A real pizza

Are we talking American chips a.k.a. crisps, or British chips a.k.a. fries?

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Black Helicopters

Re: Perhaps it detects 5G signals

They say they don't have 5G. Obviously, this proves that they actually do have 5G, but have to deny it because they weren't supposed to be able to get it due to the sanctions on them.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Headmaster

Re: Theory?

Generally agreed, but on the other (gripping?) hand, 'evidence' hasn't been well verbed yet, as a standalone. Of course, there are perfectly viable ways to recast the sentence.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Paris Hilton

Re: Remember serial breakout boxes?

'They were about the size of a phone and an inch thick.'

The size of a then-phone or a now-phone?

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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Re: Viruses are tiny, microscopic, organic entities.

If you consider the ideas rather than those having them, then like the virus, the ideas need to infect a host to spread further. But the speed of ideas varies between the speed of sound and the speed of light these days. So, good luck with that.

We lost another good one: Mathematician John Conway loses Game of Life, taken by coronavirus at 82

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WTF?

Re: Thank you

You… do realise that that's not the same Game of Life, don't you? You're talking about the Milton Bradley one, with the jobs and the marriages and such, right? I mean, one could play Conway's Life on a board, but one wouldn't generally call it a board game.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Double ejection

Not sure how you're reading pilot ejection into Chris G's comment, but the pilot's landing reference was to the pilot landing the aircraft afterwards, not under a parachute, and the 'second ejection' definitely didn't mean the pilot following the passenger.

Low-orbit internet banking fraud claim alleged to be a load of space junk

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Re: "made a false statement in an interview with NASA-OIG"

Re-read it. It's the non-astronaut who is accused of making a false statement.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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WTF?

Re: Our IT professor had us stumped for a long time

Maybe it's not clear because it was split across two lines as I see it, is there indeed a space before that second "C:\"?

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Facepalm

To expand slightly on AC's previous reply:

Sadly, yes.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

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Go

If I recall correctly, I think they're called sand paddles in that context.

Wikipedia basically backs up my dim memory.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Headmaster

Re: "rare as fake tan in a Trump hotel."

I took it as meaning the product used to give you a fake tan, presumably in short supply around there, rather than a person who's used it, especially without the indefinite article, 'as fake tan' not 'as a fake tan'.

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use

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Pint

Re: Makes sense

Dammit, you're making me jealous. I was just supposed to go to Skye after this past Boxing Day, but ended up cancelling due to combination of weather & illness. I was looking forward to paying Talisker a visit.

the closest I can get here -->

BT Openreach prepares to declare UK MBORCed* as all new phone line installations halted over coronavirus

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Why not both?

SNAFUBAR!

ETA: Could even go for the triple-portmanteau, SNAFUBORC.

Techie collective to whip together official WHO-backed COVID-19 app within a week to meet 'urgent, global need'

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Unhappy

Re: Question for the rest of the world

I tried both that Google.com and https://www.google.co.uk/covid19/ here in the UK, and both have links to the CDC & WHO, including CDC's 'info about COVID-19 in the US' link. No NHS at all.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Re: Add to the singing ban

Bee Gees' 'Stayin' Alive'? Or is there some Abba cover version I haven't heard of, different enough to be distinguishable from the original when played badly on the bagpipes?

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves

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Trollface

Re: and desks and chairs at IKEA

And mäni interesting furry animals.

Including the majestik møøse.

(For extra effect (or maybe even affect, in this case), I always pronounce it 'mah-yes-tick' when saying it out loud, or even in my head. It seems pretty obligatory to me.)

As seen under Scandinavian bridges --->

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Re: and desks and chairs at IKEA

'I was looking forward to the launch of their Sälf Isölåten range of desks and Sösal Distäns chair selection.'

FTFY. Swedish doesn't do grave or acute accent marks.

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