* Posts by HorseflySteve

46 publicly visible posts • joined 11 May 2019

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death


Intel trademarked the lower case letter i when Apple was a brand owned by The Beatles.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone


Re: Last sentence ...

I would also suggest that tsunamis do not kill people in an instant. Those that get tangled up in debris during the flood stage may die fairly quickly but the rest get swept out to sea where they drown; that does not happen instantaneously and they will suffer badly before they die :-(


Re: Last sentence ...

The radiation from Fukashima is detectable & will reduce in time. We know it's there and can avoid the area until it's decayed. It is highly unlikely that it will cause 18000 deaths before humanity self-destructs or the sun runs out of hydrogen. The only way to avoid tsunamis is to not live near the sea as the are unpredictable and non-preventable. Remember the Boxing Day tsunami? That killed 225000 people.


Re: Last sentence ...

Water.. Consider this:

Number of deaths directly attributed to the disaster at Fukashima Power Station: 1

Number of deaths directly attributed to the tsunami that caused it : 18000

Sometimes people worry about the wrong things.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request


Re: Mooseman

"If I have to go to the toilet, I always applaud at the end of a movement!"

Eww! I just wash my hands...

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients


I remember reading a while back that someone took their hamster to the vet because it hadn't moved in its cage for 3 days. Turned out it had swallowed a small magnet and was stuck to the bars...


Re: Struck off?

"don't laugh at homeopathy". Why not, it's rubbish and vaccines most certainly do not come from it, othewise you'd be able to stick a cotton bud (q-tip) up the nose of an infected person, swill it in distilled water, dilute it 30 million times, bang it a number of times on a horsehair filled leather pad & cure the whole world.

Some vaccines are made using de-activated virusses, not diluted. Others are made using a relatively harmless virus which prevent the nasty one from infecting the host. Yet more program white blood cells to target surface structures on the virus.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative


Hack!, Hack!,Hack!

The term comes from the sound a teletype makes when you're typing. Certainly, the Data Dynamics ones I used at college in the '70s did.

Telecoms shack in the middle of Scotland put up for auction at £7,500


Re: Maps link

At least it's got its own parking place. ☺

What's that, Lassie? Dogs show signs of self-awareness according to peer-reviewed academic study?


Cow dreams?

I can't comment on cow dreams but I can tell you what horses dream about. I was was once grooming my horse when the horse in the next stable let out a loud whinny as though pleased to see somebody. Expecting to see his owner, I looked but the there was nobody there so I looked into his stable to see him lying down & humping his bed in his sleep!

Phishing awareness gone wrong: Facebook tries to seize websites set up for staff security training


Re: Where is human decision making?

or Critically Endangered Sense...

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?


even better..

My favourite Windows error message is "An undetectable error has occurred" How does it know?


How to bork Windows 98

1. Open C:\Windows\Powerpnt.ini in a text editor

2. Insert a # as 1st character in the file (before the [ )

3. Save & exit

4. Reboot

It'll then repeatably BSoD the instant it switches to graphics mode, even in Safe Mode. You'll have to boot to DOS to fix it. And, no, it's nothing to do with PowerPoint. And this file can get corrupted all by itself in exactly this way! I very nearly re-installed because of that....

A pub denied: One man's tale of festive frolics postponed by the curse of the On Call phone


Re: Ȝule yogh

My favourite Scottish place nane is Kilncadzow, pronounce Kul-kay-gee, second is Milngavie, pronounce Mul-guy.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience


Re: "What?! You mean to say ..."

Rest sssured you will be able to get a nice smooth crystal and a tube of lube in Glastonbury if you want to try the experiment....

Please *don't* post pictures if you do!



After nearly 40 years of living within 20 miles of Glastonbury, I have come to the the conclusion that it has become a self-created open prison for the (mostly) harmless nutcases in the UK. They seem to accumulate there making it a kind of benign Broadmoor...

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


Re: So the new name...

There are some northern native american people who object to being called Inuits because they are not of the Inuit tribes. Eskimo is less offensive to them as it is at least a generic term. I've also heard that some native americans prefer to be called indians so it seems to me that you can't avoid offending somebody no matter what you do. Perhaps we should just call them all people from wherever they chose to live.

Linux kernel 'give me root, now' security hole sighted, dubbed 'Mutagen Astronomy'


Re: Thanks for clarifying.

"You may know what I don't know, but not that I don't know it, and I can't tell you what it is that I don't know, so you must tell me everything" - Knots by R D Laing, also used in a song of the same name by Gentle Giant

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position


Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

Not just the night sky. I waited 50 years to see the only total solar eclipse visible in the UK in my entire expected lifetime...

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Dead duck

DAB is a dead duck. I have 3 DAB radios & never turn them on. When I got them, there were some good commercial stations broadcasting in 192kbps stereo, but the kept coming & going & had to rescan every other week. Then they all went 80kbps mono and later to 48kbps. I had to run the bigger ones on the mains because their power drain is measured in Watts not milliWatts. The 'personal' one that drives headphones & doesn't have its own speakers I ran on sets of rechargeable cells which I had to change every other day. Then they announced DAB+ and told me my radios were obsolete so I gave up on it. I now only listen to 2 stations: Radio 4 FM in the car and internet station Morow.com via the mobile phone, PC or the Silvercrest box I got from Lidl. They can turn off DAB tomorrow and I wouldn't care. It was always a lame duck but now it's dead as far as I'm concerned

The Foot of Cupid emits final burst of flatulence in honour of fallen Python Terry Jones


Re: Thanks!

I used to run home from secondary school yo watch Do Not Adjust Your Set.

I often wonder if Jones was making a serious suggestion when he gave Pontius Pilate a speech impedemement in Life of Brian; "Fwee Bawabas"?

It must have benen awful for him and his family and friends, especially Michael Palin, to watch his brilliance ebb away to demetia so a blessing that they are all freed of that now.

LG announces bold new plan for financial salvation: Trying to actually make phones people want to buy


Re: Here is a phone I want to buy

My LG G5SE has your choices 1, 2 & 3. I don't know what a notch is (at least I'm honest). It doesn't have 5 or 6 but you can disable the pre-installed crap (e.g. Facebook) and it has a physical power button on the back that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Of the 3 Samsungs and one LG i've owned, only LG has ever updated the originally supplied OS. I haven't upgraded my phone because the airtime provider don't offer any LGs currently & I don't want to change networks.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit


Re: Lightroom

If you can't get on with DarkTable or Adobe Lightroom, try LightZone (https://lightzoneproject.org). There's a registration requirement but it's free and automatic. I couldn't get on with DarkTable after I found that RawTherapee didn't work properly on raw FujiFilm HS50EX files but LightZone works perfectly and it's available for linux, BSD, Mac OS and Windows.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail


Rename the folder...

...to Shredder. They'll be a lot less likely to store emails in it then!

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday


Re: Need a home-brew solution

I'm not surprised she was upset by you dimming the lights remotely on her. Have you ever seen the film 'Gaslight'?

Radio nerd who sipped NHS pager messages then streamed them via webcam may have committed a crime


wait for the knock on your door...

UK law has ALWAYS been that it is illegal to receive any wireless message or transmission that you were not intended to receive. The Wireless Telegraphy Act was first made law in 1904 and has been updated a few times since then but that has remained constant.

If I were you, I'd stop doing it or keep quiet...


Re: Is NHS breaking the law

No. The NHS is using a paging service which is operating legally under the terms of its licence.

The only law-breaking in this case is the person deliberately receiving the pager signals and compounding it by passing the information received on to other unauthorised persons.


wireless telegraphy act does not apply...

...to visible spectrum since you don't need a special receiver, just eyeballs. Also, the main local broadcaster is too big & far away to prosecute for transmitting without a licence...


Re: No encryption...

"As they are unencrypted, it could be argued that the messages are being broadcast in the public domain and he is simply a listener."

The definition of a 'broadcast' has a strict definition in the Wireless Telegraphy Act. A broadcast is intended to be received by the general public and the Broadcaster's license will state what they may and may not broadcast. A pager transmission is NOT intended to be received by the general public but by the holder of a pager and so is a private transmission not a broadcast under the definition of the Act. It doesn't matter whether it's encrypted or not, the offence is committed by the act of DELIBERATELY receiving the transmission when not authorised to do so by the pager service under the terms of its licence. The relaying of the information unintentionally or illegally received is a further, separate offence under the Act.

Bear in mind the the Wireless Telegraphy Act has a long history and most of it was written long before real-time signal encryption existed. The only method to protect private signals was to transmit on frequencies that were not receivable on publicly available receivers for which, I should add, you needed a license. The non-disclosure rule was added to cover home made hobbyist sets that might pick up the signals accidentally.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching


Re: Castle Bravo

It wasn't so much not knowing what they where doing, but the fact the Lithium 7 (which is more common that Lithium 6) had not, up until then, been observed to participate in the generation of Tritium. Castle Bravo was the experiment the showed them it most certainly did when under intense neutron bombardment and even increased the neutron flux by emitting a fast neutron as it split. The end result was they got 3x as much Tritium to fuse as they expected and consequently around 3x the BANG!

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store


Wind 'em up

If he can prove that Google owes him 'several thousand pounds' and can't get them to talk to him and pay him, he could apply to wind up Google UK. I seem to remember a small supplier doing that to Asda some years back & they paid his bill in record time! See https://www.gov.uk/wind-up-a-company-that-owes-you-money Though it might be a bit difficult to prove that they can't pay, it'll certainly get their attention if he applies!

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


Always been risky

I have a habit of missing the second 's' when I type the word 'system' or its plural. Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS's spell checker offered me the following corrections:




I just love your accent – please, have a new password


Not so. It would be visible against a reflective background. Light itself is invisble until it strikes a receiver...

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it


My horse produces n=6 multidemensional output when you consider its temperature, water content and not inconsiderable mass. I have to use a shovel...

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Re: W98 was OK, but W95 and USB ..

Do you know that Windows 98 will BSOD the instant it switches to graphics mode during bootup (even in Safe Mode!) if you add any character before the initial [ in C:\Windows\Powerpnt.ini ? I was about to re-installed from scratch when I found that nugget online. If you delete powerpnt.ini, the OS makes a new one on bootup. I don't know why it's called that because I didn't have powerpoint installed. More iffy MS obfuscation, methinks.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

When anyone in the company has commented about my casual tie-less attire, I have replied with one of the following 2 answers:

1. I am an engineer working in a modern hi-tech industry. Tell me why should I dress like an Edwardian?

2. I thought I was employed as an engineer, not a model. Naomi Campbell doesn't get out of bed for less than £10k a day; pay me that & I'll wear what you like.

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Re: Have you considered...

It's illegal in the UK to hunt or kill anything using an arrow or crossbow bolt.

Gone in 120 seconds: Arianespace aims for stars, misses, as UAE satellite launch fails


No, it didn't go boom, sounds like somebody forgot to light the blue touch paper on the second stage..

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer


Re: Maybe they're right to an extent

Too late, they've cleaned up the anthrax on Gruinard now...


Re: Plenty of these nuts over there

The railways caused the cows to lay eggs??!! Just what harm HS2 is going to cause!

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: BASIC as a scripting language

QL SuperBASIC by Jan Jones (now a romantic fiction novelist) had really great structured additions and, along with Tony Tebby's multitasking Qdos, would have been much more widely used if the QL hardware wasn't so poor. Running on a 68008, the 32bit processor wss strangled by the 8 bit databus & the bespoke storage Microdrives weren't considered as sufficiently robust and reliable as floppies. That said, I never had that much trouble with them, either on Spectrum or the QL


Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

BASIC was the second programming language I used in 1976 at Glasgow College of Technology. It was Data General Time Sharing BASIC running on a Nova minicomputer connected to 25 DataDynamics teletypes and 5 "glass teletypes". It also had 2 five megabyte disk packs and a fast paper tape reader. Taking an offine copy of your program meant LISTing it on a teletype with the paper tape punch on.

The Nova had 10kbytes of core store so time sharing 30 users meant a lot of disk/core swapping. I wrote a 8800 byte program intended for multiple simultaneous users which slowed the Nova a bit with 2 users, a lot with 3, and 4 caused Nova to give up entirely and crash. The system tech had to reboot it which meant entering the boodloader commands on the front panel switches then booting the OS by selecting partitions and lauching the loader using the reserved system teletype; took about 15 minutes. Needless to say, my program was removed until I figured out the principle of overlays (by my self; I was an Electrical & Electronics student, not computer science).

In case you're wondering, the first programming language I encountered was IBM Fortran IV on a 360 using punch cards; very much not interactive!

Honey, hive had it with this drone: Couple lived for years with thousands of bees in bedroom wall


Re: Not exactly uncommon

A long time ag, I stayed in an old manor house in South West UK on a horse riding holiday. My room was on the top floor & I noticed a faint, continuous humming sound. Looking out of the window, I saw quite a lot of bee activity beneath the eaves of the roof. I went to see the owner & asked if she knew there seemed to be bees nesting in the attic. "Yes", she said, "are they causing you a problem?". "No", says I, "they're not bothering me; so they've been there a while, then?" "Oh, about 200 years", she said, "only sometimes we get honey running down the wall in your room" ☺

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Re: "they don't care if we're screwing the neighbours wife or murdering someone"

For some reason, I just got a mental image of Terry Jones sitting naked at an electric organ...

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


It could've been worse, they could have asked you to go to Renstree (Ravenstruther) or Kulkaygee (Kilncadzow - my favourite☺)