* Posts by Loatesy

64 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Feb 2019


Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations


Re: Safety?

"I've worked for companies that get one device / one generation of device tested, then change components or release a new product and they don't retest. They are also out of compliance, but they still sell based on the old certificates they received for older models."

Ah, the Boeing Business Model.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations


Re: Oh my goodness -- the US administration is thrashing?

[Are you really suggesting that 90% of infections are so mild that people don't even realise that they've got it? In that case I will suggest that you're either incredibly stupid, or that you have some sort of agenda for coming out with such crap.

If 90% of the infected were asymptomatic then infections would be cropping up EVERYWHERE with absolutely no indication of where and when they became infected. Since that is not the case, and tracing recent contacts has identified the source in almost all new infections, then that completely wipes out your 90% argument.

And at that point the rest of your arguments collapse.]

Wrong. Simply wrong. Your whole premis contradicts itself.

We just don't know whether or not a person can catch it and only display symptoms similar to those of the common cold and recover without even realising it. We won't know for sure unless the whole population is tested; at the moment the majority of those actually being tested are a) those with definite symptoms, b) those who have been in contact with those who have definite symptoms, and c) those who have recently returned from areas where there have been outbreaks.

So far the mortality rate is 3.7% of confirmed cases ONLY. According to the WHO website 4,607 people have died as a result of contracting Covid-19 (out of 124,518 definite cases); but it is simply not known how many people might have contracted it and simply recovered without knowing they ever had it or being tested for it.

We simply.




enough about its pathology.

And probably never will until LONG after Covid-19 is consigned to the history books.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


Don't make fun of early ejection, its an embarrassing problem for men all over the world. Many a command module has spilled its load before re-entry . . .

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'


Neither Deluge Nor Ice Storm Nor The Black Silence Of The Netherhells Shall Stay These Messengers About Their Sacred Business. Do Not Ask Us About Saber-Toothed Tigers, Tar Pits, Big Green Things With Teeth, Or The Goddess Czol.

“You had big green things with teeth back then?” said Tropes.

“Bigger. Greener. More Teeth,” rumbled Anghammarad.

“And the Goddess Czol?” said Moist.

“Do Not Ask.”

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?


Re: It isn't like

Or rite Dave?

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

"Re: WTF?

During war or outside it? Oh, and please define "war". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasi-War"

War: A police action but with larger and more well-known cast and a bigger budget. Often confused with Regime Change which is essentially a one-man insurgency.

Insurgency: A mini police action (or larger regime change) involving filthy unwashed savages (AKA porr people) and a Slash'n'Burn foreign policy involving giving million dollar-pound contracts to your own bezzies.

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally


Re: Upgrade from Windows 7

Screens and monitors are simply output devices and have no effect on bootability.

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay


Wrong type of trains on the track.

Say GDP-aaaR: UK's Information Commissioner pours £275k fine into London pharmacy's teaspoon



"and as a result were damaged by rain water, the ICO claimed."

pretty straight-forward to me . . .

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


"Proven and respected industry professionals now hold key positions within the Onestream organisation who, working closely with independent consultants have revised all processes and implemented best practice to achieve positive change,"


Standard industry response.

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


That's what a thermostat is for. If the temp goes below the thermostat setting the heating comes on. Irrespective of how cold it is outdoors.


I'm sorry but I just don't understand . . . why would anyone want a 'smart' lightswitch? Or a smart wall socket?

True bit here - a colleague of mine has got a smart central heating system that he can control from his android phone. Apparently its brilliant because if it's colder than expected he can get his phone to command the central heating to come on before he gets home so his house is, and I quote "nice and toasty warm".

Now, all I've got at mine is a timer and a thermostat.

. . . see where I'm going here?

As far as mains power and light is concerned why would you need smart light? if you're not at home does it matter? If its to deter burglars buy a £5 lamp from Wilco's and a £5 timer-plug . . .Bobs yer uncle, bag o'mashins', jobs a good'un. Etc.

Seriously what sort of shit will they come out with next? Electric toothbushes with bluetooth?

(Oh . . . hang on . . .)

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

Every British tank comes with a boiling vessel, so why not every British spaceship? How else is the captain going to get a "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot"?

Steve Bannon-backed flick attempts to expose evil lurking at heart of Huawei *cough* Huaxing


Re: Bannon

Weren't the Sov's up there in the top five at some point? Or were they just not real contenders for the title? Personally I always fancied them for the number two slot.


Re: Bannon

Brilliant, bloody brilliant!

(Can I use that as a tag line plz?)

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US peeps? Well, guess what…


Re: Arrests?



Re: the gang

Brought Peace?

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Re: The dangers of speech filtered by corporate interests

Free speech is free speech, no matter where you are or what the platform. That's why there are such things as public protests held in the most inconvenient of places -




Is it any wonder that such protests take place on on-line forums and webcasts and such?

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me


Re: Le Diable

Well, Lucifer IS 'The Torchbearer' AKA 'The bringer of Light'.

. . . Go figure.

Every dog has its day – and this one belongs to Boston Dynamic's four-legged good boy Spot


Re: 14 Kg


(Lets go on a bug hunt . . . .)

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


Re: Ignorantia juris non excusat

Illegal means what you have done is break an existing law.

Unlawful means there is no law allowing you to do it yet but no law to strictly forbid it.

In other words what you have done is outside the law as it stands because it has never been done before so there is no law to strictly forbid it.

That's how this armchair solicitor views it. I now await the down-votes, will then declare them unlawful, and demand a re-thread. (It is as much arguing the difference between civil law and criminal law as anything else.)

I remember back in the day when a certain Home Secretary increased the sentences of the murderers of Jamie Bulgar, only for the courts to rule that said Home Secretary acted unlawfully. Yet said Home Secretary didn't break any law, he simply believed he had the power to do so and the courts ruled he didn't.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?


. . . and they say the right sort of Shrooms expand the conciousness.

Whats next? MS spell checker with messages like "Woah Man, bad karma, chill out and read a dictionary, yeah....."

BTW - Didn't Star Trek: Voyager feature bio-neural gel packs?

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that








et al

. . . and one Skynet to rule them all!!

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?


my experience has nearly always been with the charging socket, eventually the solder works loose and the socket wobbles about inside the case. If this component were to be easily replaceable then from my point of view we have a winner as a work-issue device. At the mo my employer is firmly wedded to the high-end iOS and Android types, will all the commensurate maintenance/warranty costs.

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse


Re: Awesome

If 'space', or 'the universe' is infinite, therefore the number of stars must be infinite, as must be the number of stars with planets, as must be the number of stars with planets and intelligent life.

Therefore there must be an infinite number of identical earths, as well as an infinite number of nearly identical earths, and an infinite number of earths where life is ruled by gas clouds who are the universes ultimate experts in Thinkology.

Infinity divided by any number is . . . infinity.

Infinity divided by infinity is also infinity.

Therefore I am typing this in an infinite number of universes.

Therefore as the number is infinite, I am typing this an all universes, and none of them. All at the same time. Further, the amount of time taken typing this is therefore both a zero point in space time, and every point in space time, in an infinite number of universes and in none of them.

. . . . (i need more coffee)

. . . . .(or is that less? I can never be too sure)

Despite billions in spending, your 'military grade' network will still be leaking data


Re: 'Twas ever thus?

. . . and your paper clips never said "it looks like you're trying to post a letter"

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all


Re: "we’re disappointed in IOActive’s irresponsible and misleading presentation.”

I am told that when Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged all those years ago, Boeing survived in name only, and that the corporate culture is essentially that of McDonnell Douglas.

AI solves Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds (that's three times slower than a non-AI algorithm)


"...three times slower" ?

You mean "three times as long". Surely lets not let grammar suffer in pursuit of a catchy headline.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?


Re: Trim options and the sticker price

'Ah, just one engine over a wide (and deep) ocean, Yes, Minister would call that "courageous"...'

Yes, like the Sea Harrier before it, the Seafire, Hellcat, the Corsair, Firefly, Swordfish, Barracuda, and others. Traditionally the USN prefers an element of engine-out safety, a philosophy long challenged by the other services. In Britain, multiple engines have been a requirement simply to get the desired power levels. This has not been the case for many decades.


Re: There it is...!

so who does the laundry then?

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker


Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

I'm having real issues with distinguishing Boeing's business model from Musk's.

Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory


Re: The UK in a nutshell...

Nope, it's spending billions sending young British soldiers into war zones to burn foreign farmers poppy fields, and then spending millions encouraging British farmers to plant poppy fields.

Oh snap! The road's closed. Never mind, Google Maps has a plan...


As a non-driving lifelong pedestrian and public transport user, might I suggest if you DO drive, and are going somewhere unfamiliar . . . plan your journey in advance. If that is not possible then simply follow road signs - that IS what they are there for.

. . . just saying that it makes you wonder how drivers managed before sat-nav.

Oh, wait, they used common sense.

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer


My question is about the dangerous amounts of hydrogen and oxygen which we are exposed to every . .single . day!!! It is well known hydrogen and oxygen when mixed together explode causing death and destruction all around us, yet we are encouraged to ingest these elements it all the time IN CONCENTRATED AMOUNTS in liquid form . . . . supermarkets even sell it in BOTTLES!!!!!

We are even told we should have these substances piped into our homes!!

Does this government have ANY THOUGHT for the blatant and callous disregard for life being demonstrated here by these so called "Water" companies?

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


"It was the airlines that pressured Boeing to deliver a plane with the same type rating as their existing 737s, so no expensive pilot retraining would be necessary"

Exactly the problem; Boeing then conned the airlines into buying an aircraft they had been assured was the 'original' 737 when it was to all intents and purposes a new aircraft. By concealing this fact in order to get sales at the expense of a rival (and I've said this on another forum) Boeing are guilty of nothing less than a corporate drive-by shooting; the intended target was Airbus, the innocent bystanders were the passengers and crews of the two crashed 737 Max's.

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


To paraphrase Douglas Adams:

Its a black button on a black background that lights up black to let you know you've pressed it.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Re: Could it be

Beat me to it!

Why telcos 'handed over' people's GPS coords to a bounty hunter: He just had to ask nicely


Why is Marre being prosecuted? Surely the TelCos are solely at fault here? Or am I missing something?

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery


"For example, Rice University is working on a system that will hopefully allow a blind person to see using the eyes of someone sighted"

Oh this is a bad idea. The human brain has a nasty habit of pointing the eyes to anything of interest, without any input from the consciousness. I don't want anybody else knowing what my subconscious is REALLY wanting to look at . . cue sexual discrimination lawsuits.

We listened to more than 3 hours of US Congress testimony on facial recognition so you didn't have to go through it


Re: " It’s simply absurd for elected politicians to be wanted criminals."

me too, though I suspect the author was being extreeeemly sarcastic!

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


Re: Fascinating stuff

"super reliable launch motor"

Er . . . exactly HOW old are you?


Re: Fascinating stuff


"1) Skylab"

What has Skylab to do with anything?

"2) Irrelevant, there were no cost savings from the Shuttle."

Cost-savings compared to what? One of your straw-man arguments. Reusable equipment wasn't about 'cost-savings', it was about cost-reductions. It was also about seeing what type of things COULD be reused. Remember the STS was the first of its kind, and each of the Orbiters were also being tested on a prototype basis every time they flew 'regular' missions.


Re: Fascinating stuff

MrReal, I did not say the Saturn V uses reheat.

It doesn't.

I know that.

Nowhere have I said it does, so please stop putting word into my mouth and try to engage some common-sense and actually try to understand what I'm saying.

My point about reheat is a straight forward rebuttle of your argument that burning fuel "outside of the engine" is pointless; my mention of reheat is to show the ignorance of your argument. Reheat does indeed burn fuel "outside of the engine". The reheat system quite literally sprays raw fuel into the exhaust of the jet engine.

In other words . . "outside of the engine". (You'll notice the variable-camber 'petal leaf' arrangement on the exhaust nozzles of jet-fighter engines, for example, which is mounted on the extreme aft end of the engine and thus outside the combustion chamber).

Again, please bear in mind the exhaust nozzle is 'outside of the engine', to use your words.

Please understand that the term "reheat" is a straight-forward description of what such a system does; it reheats the exhaust.

Finally, you have said:

"You do realise that nowhere on the ENTIRE internet does NASA mention 'reheat' on any rocket motor at all? Oh God, my sides."

. . . well!

A few posts ago you implied the NASA website was full of lies, yet you now use that same 'website of lies' in an attempt to justify your deliberate misinterpretation of my post.

. . . has Nursey been forgetting your tablets again?


Re: Overstatement


"see my previous post where I do the maths"

First of all, you didn't do the maths, you copied it from a website. I'm not stupid.

Secondly, this maths has been roundly debunked as number-gibberish by numerous scientists and mathematicians over the years.

For example you state the diameter of the lasers beam when it hits a reflector would be very large: so what? As long as it hits the reflector it can be the diameter of the moon itself! (Don't fight basic physics, you'll lose!!)

You also state NASA doesn't have detectors sensitive enough to detect the tiny change in luminosity against the moons albedo. Nonsense. NASA can detect the slightest change in a stars luminosity when one of its planets passes in front of it, and have been doing so, for decades. Creating algorithms to detect the most minuscule change in values generated by a computer-interpretation of the electromagnetic energy (only a fraction of which is visible to the human eye BTW) is very common and has been for decades (for instance, the WOW signal).

Finally, you haven't the decency to respond to my previous posts and questions therein. THAT says everything about you we need to know.


Re: Fascinating stuff


"There's a good, simple reason that NASA dumped the F-1 engine and went for the risker (sic) system on the Shuttle."

1) The STS was never designed to escape Earths gravity well. The 3-stage Saturn V system was.

2) The STS was designed to have re-usable components. The Saturn V system wasn't.

Your arguments do not stand up to any reasonably defined level of scrutiny or intellectual integrity.

One might as well argue the Wright Flyer couldn't have worked because a 12 gasoline (petrol) engine couldn't possibly get a fully grown man and a shed full of canvas and wood into the air, or that the Tunguska blast was the result of a crashing alien spaceship, or that the Moon has a 'dark side'.


Re: Fascinating stuff

"Why do you think it had such a long flame tail? That's because much of the fuel burned outside of the engine - not very useful for thrust was it?"

MrReal, you obviously know nothing about 'rocket science'. Burning raw fuel in the exhaust (ie "outside of the engine") is EXACTLY how reheat works (AKA 'afterburner'). Look at some clips of night-time B1 scrambles and you can see the diamond-shaped shock cones just behind the exhaust nozzle.

By far the biggest hurdle with the Apollo moon shots was not actually getting to the moon, i was getting away from earth. A lunar landing is, relatively speaking, piss-easy. Escaping Earths gravity-well is always going to be the real problem. Hence the MASSIVE flames coming out the back of the Saturn 1B / V / STS SRBs.


Re: Fascinating stuff

May I ask, do you also believe the Soviet Union faked its Lunokhod programme?

Do you also understand that if the US faked the moon landings, then the USSR's Poltburo would have to be 'in' on it?

. . . and that therefore the whole Cold War must also have been faked?

Uber, Lyft rides among the biggest reasons why you're probably sitting in traffic right now – study


I don't drive.

Never Have.

I commute from Rotherham to sheffield and back (@7 miles each way) 5 days a week.

Easy . . . . . yes the roads are congested, yes the trains are packed, yes the buses get stuck at junctions. yes sometimes the TramTrain is late.

But . . . I can have a nap while being driven to and from my work place.

And . . . it means i have one of the smallest carbon footprints in the country.

Jus'saying . . .

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again


Re: Keys

This is grossly off-topic. However, for what its worth the American War of Independence wasn't strictly speaking a war, it was an insurrection. No war was declared as it was British citizenry fighting British government edicts.

There is a reason why the first American 'government' was called The Continental Congress.

The sad truth is the British Government of the day just didn't take the issue seriously enough, as they were also busy fighting Napoleon. Pretty much the same reason why Churchill gave immediate succour to the Soviet Union in 1941; "If Herr Hitler invaded hell itself I would at least give a favourable reference to the Devil in This House", and Roosevelt committed to a Germany-first policy.

If only we knew then what we know now, how different would history be? Its so easy for those using hindsight to justify the past while using today's standards of behaviour to judge the losers.

PS Churchill was right, BTW, but only just!

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant


Re: 5G of mass destruction

This whole thing reminds me of the Film "Wag the Dog"

Brean: What's the thing people remember about the Gulf War? A bomb falling down a chimney. The truth: I was in the building where we shot that shot, with a one-tenth scale model made out of Legos.

Stanley Motss: Is that true?

Brean: How the fuck should we know? Take my point?