* Posts by Forum McForumface

28 posts • joined 21 Sep 2018

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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Whatever else 5G is, it isn’t safe hex - more of a bit overflow if you ask me.

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

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I haven’t read all of these; has anyone suggested ‘Bingpiece’ yet?

Describing them as a ‘Minecraft purveyor’ would work for me.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Dark Matter

Travelling at C, we wouldn’t see it coming.

Netflix says subscriptions just boomed but tells investors it's no money heist and they should expect stranger things

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Re: How long before familes feel the pinch

Less income, for sure. More expenditure seems less obvious though. For me, the time at home has cut expenditure because I’m not buying cups of coffee, sandwiches and so on (nor am I burning fuel in the car).

I would imagine most families who weren’t getting free school meals are seeing food and drink costs dropping.

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown

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Re: Will be interesting to see how this goes

Good move or bad? I’m seeing a move where IBM carry the can if it goes wrong.

Two missing digits? How about two missing employees in today's story of Y2K

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Re: DBase IV 'databases' (use this term as loosely as possible)

Also known as SPQR?

Beware the Y2K task done too well, it might leave you lost in Milan

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Re: knocked back the expresso

Railway coffee?

Onestream slammed for 'slamming' vulnerable and elderly folk: That's £35k to Ofcom, please

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Re: On-stream...Onecom?

Companies House says they share an address (Onecom House) and they’ve had a director in common.

So... there might be a link there.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Re: Sounds like a job for...

Why waste that valuable network storage? You could put it on a thumb drive, and just pass it around the office as needed. Making copies for backup would be easy too.

FYI, we're now in the timeline where Facebook decides who is and isn't a politician on its 2bn-plus-person network

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Re: more a loosely woven throw

I might go for lacework: bigger holes, superficially pleasing to the eye, and achieving scale through exploitation of the poor.

Luke, I am your father... which is why I must eject from JEDI decision, says US Defense Sec

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Re: Ethics?

Or he has an idea the decision might not be what Trump wants to hear and fancies keeping his job for a while longer?

IT workers: Speaking truth to douchebags since 1977

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Re: Chip shop scuttlebutt

Upvoted for the title. I enjoyed that song.

A carbon-nanotube RISC-V CPU blinks into life. Boffins hold their breath awaiting first sign of life... 'Hello world!'

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One for Rocky Horror fans

What’s a CNT? Three quarters of a...

Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores

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When they talked about Tesla and ‘burning issues’, this was not what I expected.

Astroboffins have spied the largest star that has gone supernova and it's breaking all the rules

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Re: Rinse and repeat?

To expand on swm’s response: iron can and will fuse in stars, but...

1) you need a whole load of energy flying around before it will start fusing.

2) as noted, it absorbs rather than releases energy and so will actually cool a star down.

IIRC, iron tends mostly to fuse in supernovae because you need those sorts of conditions to force the fusion to happen.

In approximate answer to your question: To ignite fusion, it seems Earth would need to gather more than 80 times the mass of Jupiter in hydrogen. Unfortunately Earth lacks the gravity to do so; argon is the lightest gas it can hold on to, and then only barely. Igniting iron fusion would take several solar masses of hydrogen and a loooong time.

Apple loses FaceTime patent appeal again. And again. And again. And again. And again... yes, it's the fifth time

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Re: As much as I love bashing Apple...

I think there’s something fishy about it.

Phisherman's blues: Bogus Dell support rep extradited from Kenya, admits he conned US colleges out of $900,000

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Was this a case of...

Raage against the (corporate) machine?

Israel's NSO Group: Our malware? Slurp your cloud backups plus phone data? They've misunderstood

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Re: Pegasus is now capable of copying authentication keys

“I'll leave it to readers to figure out which nation-state actors I am referring to”

All of them?

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

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When he says “string ‘em up”, that’s not what he means...

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

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Re: The US military has made use of [ordinal dates]...

Nope - cut’em in half and count the rings.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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Re: Simple

Yes, he left out the bit with the goat and the black candles.

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

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Re: Cockfosters

Nope. Cockfosters is (if anything) a slang term for urine.

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian

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I rather like the sound of Kirkcaldy and Kirkcudbright myself.

Russian-trained spy whale spooks Norwegian fishermen

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Re: In Soviet Russia...

I was going to go with:

In Soviet Russia, whale research you!

Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

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Re: Not just Facebook

Many greengrocers do.

Naming your company 101: Probably best not to have the word 'Oracle' anywhere near branding

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Re: Lack of detail?

So a clear lack of care for the well-being of any of their ‘customers’ and a lock-in policy?

...sorry, I’ve forgotten which of them I’m talking about.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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...or a single hit on a password manager, perhaps?

Fujitsu says sayonara to UK exec heavyweights

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I’m not surprised there’s another round of layoffs being rumoured. The last was counterproductive in various areas, with some selections seemingly driven by ideology more than practicality, and some decisions apparently cost far more than even long term savings could justify (as well as seeming to damage business long term).


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