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As a postscript to last week's Ventblockers II shocker, we felt we had to share a final image with you, giving a pretty good idea as to why this particular video card croaked it: Mummified frog on video card A shaken Richard Boyle explains that he and his colleagues down at Sneakers Computers in Courtenay, British Columbia, " …

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Coat

Isn't it obvious?

meta-material croaking device

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Amphibipun

As to how the frog got in their, I haven't the froggiest idea.

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Someone's gotta say it

> so we don't know how it got in.

Kermit protocol? (multi-hop, of course)

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Not bugs but...

I wish I'd taken pics of the failed H-P LaserJet-II I once had to strip.

It lived somewhere damp. And was regularly used to print envelopes. Seems it had become home to a family of snails, who had developed an envelope-glue-eating habit as well as dying in interesting ways in the mechanism.

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Where's

Angela Lansbury when you need her?

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Mystery solved

"Where's Angela Lansbury when you need her"

She is doing time for multiple murders and framing people to sell her books.

As for the video nasty croaked carcass cadaver, thats the new must have graphics card technology leap forward.

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Coat

There is always one...

Are you sure thats not just a configuration jumper on the board?

Sorry, I'll leave quietly......

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You sir,

... can have the gold star for best frog/PC related pun - ever.

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Maybe...

...it was a lot smaller when it entered.

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Maybe..

But what did it live off in order to grow that big?

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Boffin

Probably

This is the same theory used to explain how frogs come to be found entombed (sometimes alive) in coal or rocks (or building foundations*) - it's possible that they entered when small and fed on insects which also entered through small holes.

*"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal..."

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Living off ... what?

Yeha, it has probably grown by eating bugs in the computer.

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yup

You get the same thing with some kind of crevice-dwelling toad in Canada IIRC. They just crawl into a little cave whilst small, then just wait for the prey to come to them, and get bigger, and bigger...

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Yeah, it was probably a Windows machine

Wouldn't have grown as big in a Ubuntu box - fewer bugs.

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Happy

Maybe it was smaller...

..then ate all the bugs?

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Hmmm..

Bugs?

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*"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal...

Oh my god...I thought I was old. You remember that one. You must be ancient! :P

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It lived off memory leaks...

..And then it tried to eat off page zero...

*WALLOP*

*SPLAT*

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Clearly, a Transporter...

Was the Video card used for developing SciFi video?

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Frog != Toad

It's a toad, doofuses.

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Plural of doofus?

Doofii, shirley?

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Re: Frog != Toad

You can tell from that? I'm impressed.

I saved a toad from getting squashed in the road recently. It was definitely a toad rather than a frog, but I could only tell because it wasn't dessicated and stuck to a bit of a PC. I picked it up with my bare hands because I am well 'ard.

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@ Big Dumb Guy 555

> It's a toad, doofuses.

The plural is 'doofi'

:)

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@Big Dumb Guy 555

Since there is no actual difference between a "Frog" and a "Toad" you can call it either.

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RIP Mr. Nielsen

It's Doofi, and don't call me Shirley.

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Re: @Big Dumb Guy 555

It's an honour to have you here, Mr Attenborough.

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Happy

I'm willing to bet

you kissed it just in case...

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Differences :

Toads and frogs have many similarities, including the way they look. But there are some basic differences between them. Toads have dry, warty skin, while frogs have smooth, wet skin. Frogs have tiny teeth on both upper and lower jaws, while toads lack any teeth. Frogs have longer hind legs than toads. So frogs jump, while toads hop. Female toads lay there eggs them in long, parallel strings, while female frogs lay their eggs singly, in small or large clumps, on the water surface.

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Doofi

It's doofii, but that's not important right now.

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frog == toad

"A distinction between frogs and toads, though common in popular culture, is not made in taxonomy."

- Wikipedia article on "Toad"

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The plural

of English words ending in -us is often problematic, as evidenced by the common disagreement over whether a word should become pluralised by adding -es or by removing the -us and adding -i or even -ii.

Obviously, what is right is what is in common usage, so in a sense, everyone who uses one of the above is 'right', if enough other people use it.

But tempers get heated and there is a desire among us grammar nazis to see mere normal people use the 'right' form.

What should guide people into forming correct plurals of -us ending words is a knowledge of how the word is derived from Greek or Latin.

This knowledge is increasingly rare these days. Its absence is a sure sign of State rather than Private education.

Contrary to common belief, many -us ending words do not pluralise 'correctly' by replacing the -us with -i, but simply by adding -es:

Octopus - derivation Greek. Plural Octopuses.

Bus - derivation Greek. Plural buses.

Virus - derivation Latin. No Latin plural. English plural viruses

Syllabus - derivation Latin. Plural syllabuses

However,

Prospectus - derivation Latin. Plural prospecti

Ignoramus - derivation Latin. Technically already a plural (of ignoro).

Whatever you do here to pluralise, ignorami is incorrect.

As readers of Register are all geniuses, they will be pleased to know that the correct plural of genius is not genii, but as I have indicated, geniuses.

When in doubt, google authoritative sources, do not put what you believe to be right as it is so often wrong

Have a nice day

Hippopotamus

Doofus - derivation the American gutter. Plural - whatever you like

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Boffin

Sort of...

All toads are frogs, but there is a taxonomic distinction in that true toads are all members of the bufonidae family. By either measure its a frog. I call Rana pipiens.

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taxonomy

Moron ! you say that there is no distinction in taxonomy as in the wiki article , you don't understand taxonomy .

Saying there is no distinction made in taxonomy between frogs and toads is irrelevant as this is like saying a domestic cat is no different than a lion.

As I said before frogs and toads are different in response to a post saying they are the same , I know I'm correct so why don't you go and educate yourself .

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Chuckle

"Bus - derivation Greek. Plural buses."

You spend ages waiting for a bus, and then all of a sudden loads of bi come by!

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Yes,

but do you really want to admit to getting on a bi.

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Bus != Greek

It's a shortened form of omnibus (for everyone) in Latin.

And the -ii form is wrong for everything (it happens when replacing the -us with -i in a word ending -ius e.g. radius-radii)

Also, technically octopus/platypus - octopodes/platypodes since these come from the Greek, but hardly anyone uses those.

I half-remember a poem about the plural of rhinoceros, but cant find a link to it

/pendant

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giving a pretty good idea as to why this particular video card croaked it

Because the frog wasn't DirectX 9 certified?

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title

Things get bigger when heated? Graphics cards get hot..

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Never mind the frogs

When you've got Miss Piggy mummified in your PC case, be worried!

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Frog jokes

Wow, toadally mummified. Incidentally...

Little Johnny is out playing in the garden when the vicar comes past.

"What are you doing there, Johnny?"

"Stuffing a firework up a frog's arse, vicar."

"That's 'rectum', Johnny."

<BANG>

"Damn right it did, vicar!"

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Alternate Punchline...

...was:

Rectum, hell, killedem.

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Frogger is dead.

Apparently you can judge the health of an environment by the condition of its frog population.

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Getting in was easy

It simply pressed the cdrom button, jumped on board and went for a ride.

Once inside it realized it had forgotten the USB to serial port adapter so it couldn't log in with it's smartphone.

Once it had finished eating all the bugs and spiders inside it croaked.

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Anonymous Coward

How did it get in?

Perhaps with help from Tadpole Technology?

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Alien

Frogs have form for this sort of thing...

This sort of thing has been going on since the 1800's...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/harrypotts/4600824357/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/harrypotts/4601441926/

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VFrog

Obvious, someone virtualised a tadpole and sent in its virtual image over Ethernet.

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Dried frog?

Bursar! Those pills don't work on PCs not even the extra-strength ones!

It's the octarine one with the other dimension in a pocket.

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Known science

It was the same way that Douglas Adams got the sofa up the stairs.

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Swam in

as a tadpol, then lived on flies until it finally croaked due to old age.

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Coat

Trying to escape...

...from the advances of an amorous monkey?

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