* Posts by hoopsa

21 posts • joined 23 Apr 2020

Plane-tracking site Flight Radar 24 DDoSed... just as drones spotted buzzing over Azerbaijan and Armenia


Re: Drones on Flight Radar 24?

Seems to me that the people doing these things may not necessarily know how FlightRadar works and are simply taking no chances.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Re: HP

I've been dithering over a Unicomp keyboard for years, probably. I keep getting put off by the postage costing more than the keyboard.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns


Re: followed by..

<studies scroll for 3 minutes>

"Yes, my lord."

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*


Re: Hmmmm

Bring back Decca, I say! It was absolutely the greatest positioning system in the history of everything! (Or is that hyperbolic?)

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that


Re: UK IS testing app based upon the Google & Apple system...

The thing is, they could still have used the Google/Apple solution and got one of their mates to make millions writing the app that is needed to employ it. But they decided to go it alone, even though they were warned that it wouldn't work as they hoped, because they wanted to gather a whole bunch of extra data. Instead of which they got - nothing.

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams


Re: I’ve done it.

The SQL Tool we used at work has an auto-commit function. I was often mocked for turning that off because 'I should have faith in my SQL'. But it always struck me as an accident waiting to happen and I preferred to commit as a separate step; that way I had the option of doing rollback as a separate step if something unfortunate had occurred.

Microsoft sides with Epic over Apple developer ban, supports motion for temporary restraining order


CrackedNoggin and Jezza99 gave a pretty good summary of the problem upthread, I think.

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos


Re: Thinking outside the box

For those who doubt that this would be possible, I seem to recall that Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty successfully lowered the level of Loch Lomond by the simple expedient of getting Ned Seagoon to drink from it. While I concede that a Loch is not a river, their solution to the level rising was simply to make him drink faster and I see no reason why it wouldn't also work on the Parramatta River.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line


Re: Flying wings/bodies

Discussions I've seen around this issue have suggested that screens showing the outside might be a solution. I think they'd need better cameras than the ones that usually provide outside views of the world on aircraft, though.

Butterfingers who don't bother with phone cases, rejoice: New Gorilla Glass 'Victus' tipped to survive 6ft drops


Re: Is dropping your phone common?

The only time I've broken a phone screen is when it got swept off a table and landed fully flat and face-down on a hard floor. My old iPhone 7 has some actual dents in the metal case where it's hit the ground, but no other damage. Amazing, really. I don't make a habit of dropping them, all the same.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

According to CERN's own website:

"By the end of 1994, the Web had 10 000 servers - 2000 of which were commercial - and 10 million users. Traffic was equivalent to shipping the entire collected works of Shakespeare every second."

So I suppose people must have been doing *something* prior to 1995.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler


Yes, but

the label on the bottle says 'Worcestershire Sauce'. I tend to pronounce it 'Woo-sester-sher-shire-sauce' just to be horrible.

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel


Re: Better alternative, skip MS

I have been mocked for many years for habitually using vi even though many better editors exist. Ah, but when you're out on site working on a customer's server and none of the fancy editors are available, suddenly an ability to use vi makes you a hero. Not for long of course, but it's nice while it lasts.

Apple says if developers are unhappy with its App Store decisions, it will entertain appeals against its rulings – and even its own rules


"The proof is in the pudding"

No it isn't. The proof is in the eating. The pudding can be any old rubbish, as many users of Chrome extensions will already have found out.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it


Re: Does it have regenerative braking?

Is that the windmill thing on the front of it?

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Re: Gullibility is no excuse.

But he's also old enough to remember very similar nonsense coming out about 3G and 4G in their time. So you'd think he'd know better this time round.

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


I've got an old Audi in the garage that uses red lights on the dashboard at night; I presume it's meant to be less tiring or at least allows you to play U-Boat commander. I've got a new Audi that eschews all of that in favour of full-colour LCD dials that become slightly dimmed versions of themselves at night, so I guess whatever the reason was for the red lights, the thinking has gone out of fashion.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away


Re: if that's the only product they have.

That's why they've included 'Blockchain' in their product. That word is catnip to stupid conglomerates (or it has been, I feel they may have missed the boat)

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses


Re: Name?

Shurely 'iSight'

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit


Re: Musings from the group W bench...

@Chris 239 Well of course it depends on the amount of play doh you can lift into LEO, not sure how much research has been done into the feasibility of this. I, for one, would very much like to see a giant play-doh "Tootie Unicorn" in orbit.

Also, shooting your family would certainly stop them from catching Covid-19 so I assume this comment indicates your tacit approval of the plan.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Re: "This will only take a second..."

Back when I lived in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, I did some work for a local shellfish business who paid me in lobsters. Happy days.


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