* Posts by ClockworkOwl

69 posts • joined 22 Jan 2020


It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


Re: You say tomato...

I doubt it, however I'm also having doubts about your pronunciation of cone...

'Here we show object "cone T"' >

Out on a tangent: Almost two decades into its 5-year mission, INTEGRAL still delivers the gamma ray goods


Re: I wish...

Indeed, and if they'd built millions of Saturn Vs a year, they'd still be expensive, but a hell of a lot less so...



I wish my household goods and cars were designed and engineered to the same standards...

GitHub to replace master with main across its services



You left her a slave driver!!!


Re: If George Floyd's death achieves just thing

In my head, (ARGHHH!).., I like to invert Gill Scott Heron:

" All we need to see you do , is shut up and be white..."

Who knew the revolution wouldn't just be televised, it's being franchised...

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Re: ✈︎

Hovered, in much the same way bricks don't

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up


CADL (Crash After Drop Launch...)

Designing and building rockets is really hard work,

Making them "upgo" as designed is even harder...

Rocket science is hard, but not as hard as rocket engineering!

Beer for the cleanup crew>

Windows invokes Sgrîn Las Marwolaeth upon Newport



Whilst I wouldn't like to have to announce the contents, I at least can understand the departure boards...

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Re: And what about the people ...

I must be getting old Jake, when people insist on pissing into the wind, I mostly just stand well back and up wind nowadays...


Re: Hanlon's razor

Hubristic ignorance, they fail to understand what it is that they fail to understand, and when they get one tiny corner of the puzzle right, they stand around patting each other on the back...

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI


Re: Its all binary

Only ever approximately!

Sorry, I'm being irrational>


Correct filing?

In this case, the higher intelligence is being acknowledged in the filing...

Typical of the USPTO to be contrary.


Re: Its all binary

All my boolean states are held as the ratio of e and pi, and it's inverse.

I THINK that makes me safe, but that kind of maths just makes my head hurt...

Usual outcome>

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Another thing...

Honestly, you want to have a go at people showing support for the NHS???

And what hate filled part of the country do you live in that you feel compelled to clap by shame???

I think the isolation is getting to a few on here, sure there's jingoistic bollox aplenty, but just CHEER UP!!!

Sorry for shouting :)

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump


Re: Trump's Base

Duh!, he was being sarcastic, Jake...

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


Re: Many problems

Actually, my 15 year old Phillips DAB runs off 2 AA batteries for about 12 hours. It also recharges rechargables from the wall wart, if you use them...


Re: DAB is terrible quality due to low bitrates

Utter nonsense,

I listen to 6 music, through an amp and good speakers, you can't do that with FM without some serious noise reduction.

Did you know, DAB is just like 5G, gives you <insert latest bug here>>


Re: DAB is terrible quality due to low bitrates

Sorry, but I don't have that experience in real life.

Not even close, and I've got a cheap "personal" DAB and live out of the way.

I agree, if coverage is poor that's one thing, but in general the quality of sound is very good...


The death of FM has been greatly exagerated...

These articles always seem to take the same tone:

DAB is killing FM!

Which is patent nonsense, FM will continue even after the apocalypse means there's no one to listen any more.

I like DAB, sure I only listen to 6 Music, but I don't have infinite listening time.

I get a good signal out in the country, much better than cell signal, and the quality is excellent.

YMMV however, it's still radio after all.

Well I did mention apocalypse>

Cricket's average-busting mathematician Tony Lewis pulls up stumps


Sad passing on many levels.

He was a friend to my father, who used to really look forward to their annual dinner.

RIP both of you.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


Re: Turning it off and on

Um, are Boeing responsible for any mining equipment software???

NCB donkey jacket>

If you thought black holes only came in S or XXXL, guess again, maybe: Elusive mid-mass void spotted eating star


Re: “Intermediate mass black holes might not be rare,"

Not very much, space you see is really big...

They are seemingly rare, and whilst very massive, are only 5 orders of magnitude smaller than their biggest cousins.

The above is true for brown dwarves too, though they may not turn out to be quite as rare.

Overall I'd be very surprised if it made as much as a ppm adjustment, however I'm not a boffin,

he is>>>


Re: Lower and upper limits

Yes of course, it's so simple...

Why didn't I think of that???

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


Re: Personal habits?

Well maybe, but I've know some "alpha male preeners" who could put an entire teenage cohort (of both sexes) to shame on the "Aircraft carrier dropping anchor" front.

YMMV however...

Almost as smooth skinned>


Personal habits?

Surely, the titular calculation can only be performed by each person, with due regard to all available factors?

If your food stash includes a lot of lentils, or curry sauce, that could seriously skew the graphs, I'm sure...

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking


Homework for the masses...

I do all our companies out of hours and weekend support from home, so it was a no brainer I'd end up furlowed, a lot of our clients are betting shops...

Fortunately, the company is currently very solvent, so I won't see a salary drop, even though I offered.

I suspect that even if things go well, betting shops will be among the later groups to be reopened. As a result, I'll go back to work in Septemberish.

The schools will almost certainly open then, outbreak allowing.

For me, this is an inverse busmans holiday, no going out of the grounds at weekends is now no going out of the grounds every day...

The garden however is reeling from the constant attention! :) (hope the 5Kg of seed early potatoes shows up, and the tiller parts before that...)

Keep a stiff upper lip, and a hard weather chin, and we'll all be back in blighty for cocoa before you know it!


Re: All good in the Antipodes

Sounds like you need a Samoan lawyer, and a broken ciggarette in a holder...

Who came first Gonzo journalists or Gonzo the muppet...:)


Re: Disgusting

To be fair, if could, I would. In a heartbeat..)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus


Re: Policing by consent


I wonder how many more DIY and gardening foul ups needing paramedics we'll see.

I know I've nearly put a fork through my foot a couple of times...

Resulting outcome in present environment>

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion


Re: China is good at viruses isn't it?


Just how far is 2M on t'interweb?

Required given how much IPA I'm dowsed in>

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Re: you'd still struggle to get through a couple of rolls

You're clearly not a vegetarian...

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake


Re: But that is Australia

Sorry, I peeked in the box..!

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


OK, phew I not going mad!!!


Surely a bigger country should be able to test more people more quickly.

I don't understand your logic...

Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive


Oddly, thats around £3Bn over 5 years...

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP


Re: Upgrading an OS isn't a magical solution

Nobody laughs in my face twice, and calling me a pompus idiot, would see me straight to a tribunal.

"A years salary? Why thank you..."

One idiot I worked for thought himself a proper bully, and was shocked when I just walked straight out the first time he tried it on me...

I get that life if difficult at these times, but self worth is much more important.


Re: Conservatives

Well, I thought small government, not zero governance...

Xilinx's high-end Versal FPGA is like a designer handbag. If you need to ask the price, you probably can't afford it


Re: But

Only medicated!

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?


Re: Barclays don't dogfood their IT

Massive Deja-vu !!!!!

My dad once owned a Wolsley Princess, and the big ends went on that, twice... :)

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores


Re: Couting my blessings

I'm not USian, but I think Everclear is pure Ethanol...


Oddly, I managed to get Propan-1-ol at 99.9% no problem, but likewise all the IPA was gone.

Apparently you can drink 1-ol...

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: "my backpack can weigh between 8 and 14kg"

I'm not entirely sure why you would be 'juggling' two phones.

I'm available on my work phone in work hours, and my personal phone out of work hours.

If it's an emergency personal call in work hours, it won't get answered straight away, but will be dealt with reasonably quickly.

I work on-call from home, so I can see how other work situations would be different. I also put my personal phone down when at home, and spend time away from it, so those who know me see it as normal...

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Re: The solution to all these companies leaking our PI

Finally a good use for blockchain!

Crypto ID FTW!!!

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space


Re: Why Choose One?

A celebration of great British engineering being dumped by shortsighted powers that be.


Re: To Infini

That section sound very like the usual:

" we didn't support this wholeheartedly enough in the begining, and because of that we should completely stop all funding and withdraw support at the first opportunity..."

The lack of foresight is quivalent to the old IBM world market for computers skit.

I know hindsight is perfect etc. but when you see who else is making their space programmes work well for them now, and how much effort is expended to achieve orbital capabilities, you have to wonder at the alternate universe where funding was maintained.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry


Re: He made one mistake

If you look at the Tesla battery progression, it seems like "hot swappable" batteries may become a thing.

They're already completely underneath, and have the charger and everything else attached as a whole module.

Aside from the cost, I suspect it's aready taking more time to update the onboard firmware than swap a model 3 battery whole. So charge at home or work, or head to a swap station for a fully charged and serviced replacement...

If the battery is out of the car, faster charging should be no trouble, or not even necessary?


Re: Progress

Technically, the higher limits on energy density will be lower for sodium based cells. Sodium just weighs more than lithium...

However, it will very much depend on the actual engineering solutions, as electrolyte and electrode make the most difference. (ie. solid electrolyte : probably more dense, but stronger so less required???)

So I'm not sure...

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more


All based on early 20th century science...


Prove it, show me a published peer reviewed physics paper from before 1880...

Maxwell was a mathematician, along with so many truly insightful victorians and earlier.

I'm not denigrating anyone here, but they come from the age where real science was still rare and poorly understood. They were the first to mostly deny rumour and opinion, but still lacked the scientific method.

So not wrong at all...


You appear to have missed the point...

All the Victorian discovery also needed all the developments before it as well.

However, thermodynamics was the main physics cannon at that time, other aspects were mainly "interesting oddities" like the aether drift experiment etc.

I suggest looking at a university physics text book from before the turn of the century, and compare with a 1040s version. There's an order of magnitude more topics and depth.

Sure the Victorians were clever engineers,and there were a few early scientists, but the likes of Nicola Tesla never really followed the scientific method.

So the idea the the first half of the 20th century transformed science is actually unarguable, only the rosiest of tinted spectacles would see the last half of the 19th as having been more important...



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