* Posts by Robin

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

Robin

Re: Little addition

Yep, my fridge is permanently stocked with this and gazpacho. It's still nice to make it yourself now and again.

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Little addition

Salmorejo is lovely, especially in the summer but I have it all year round.

My Andalucian girlfriend's recipe for this also involves a dash of sherry vinegar (the 'Merry' brand from Mercadona for those living here). Works pretty well.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Re: It is simply...........

Yeah you'd think they'd have pointed that out in the article. The 9th paragraph after the picture would've been a great place to do so. Maybe next time.

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: "the wardrobe sized DSCOVR spacecraft"

I saw a documentary once about some kids who found a whole forest and loads of other stuff inside a wardrobe. There was even a lion, some turkish delight and some kind of goat thing.

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The Register WHEELY needs YOU to help raise charity funds

Robin

Re: Just a thought

+1 .. I'd definitely buy one of these

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Finally

Finally we'll know whether it's small, or far away.

(Or both)

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

Robin

Re: Cinc

My Welsh brain read that second word as 'quim', which is quite different!

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

Robin

Re: Times sure have changed

Fast forward to 2015. I was stopped at Manchester airport security area because I had some cheddar cheese in my cabin baggage, which I was taking back for the folks in Spain. You couldn't make it up.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Robin

Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

> Yes but uploaded it where?

Just to the Facebook of my mate who I was en-route to visit.

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Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

Indeed. I recently took a flight with my newly acquired iPhone 6 and to alleviate the boredom, decided to make a little film of the various stages of the flight to test the capabilities. I took videos of take-off and landing (including some fancy slo-mo effects), snapped stills from the window at cruising altitude, added a dramatic soundtrack (if I 'd had any offline music on the new phone) and spliced them all together in the iMovie app, then uploaded it. I was impressed at how smoothly it all went.

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Boring Voice

When I saw the Father Ted boring voice clip, I thought it was going to be this one (about 1:39 in, but of course you should watch the whole thing)

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

Robin

Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ....

Something doesn't square up in this story .....

And you'll get to the bottom of it, even if those fat cats up at City Hall take your badge?

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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Spoiler!

Having burnt his backside on a camp fire while protecting the farmer’s daughter, the tramp is unable to sit down and has to eat standing up

Thanks for the spoiler warning!

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Robin

> Then there's the cases of the speed limit signs on the motorways in Italy which carry a small-print subtitle of (something like) "In caso di nebbia"

Yep, here in Spain there's a 'no entry' sign at one end of a street, below which it says "Only Saturdays". It's intended to deal with the congestion caused by the weekend market stalls.

I think there's signs like you describe near Sierra Nevada too.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

Robin

Re: Office.porn

> Scary fact - Clippy porn, sorry, "erotica", actually exists

And tetris too, it seems.

I'm looking forward to the next book, about the saucy antics of Schmeve Ballmer and his magic chair.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

Robin

Re: This is one of those...

Yeah I just watched the trailer after reading this, and thought it looked alright.

Cat's accent wasn't too bad either, I thought.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

Robin

Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

> Gotta better term for the uninformed, uneducated users who could care less?

Personally, I couldn't care less.

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Re: PSP

... the UI?

... the "250 of 30 days remaining" trial period?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

Robin

Re: single market? my AR*E

> So hop on the the Amazon site for France, not problems with getting a Wii but as soon as you put in a UK shipping address - NO Can't deliver to that address.

Weird, I did exactly that to get a DS and it worked fine. Maybe they thought I was buying a Citroen and didn't realise til it was too late?

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Carriers want 5G to do everything, for anything, anywhere

Robin

Yep, just like 4G dramatically improved network performance compared to 3G.

This seems like the HS2 of the communications world.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

Robin

Re: cough

> If it enables people to stay up a bit longer, then that's still a positive

They're going to have Viagra dispensers in them too? Will wonders never cease?

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'Kickass' Somali pirates get their asses kicked by Japanese ass-kickers

Robin

I've always used kat.ph, since I first discovered it on that domain. Seems to always redirect to the domaine-du-jour.

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

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RO RO

> Now data-fancier Randal Olson Randal Olson has created a machine learning system

So good they named him twice?

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

Robin

Re: Well

"When a girl is 19 and she applies lipstick it's kind of nice, there is something in her eyes, but when she is 35 there is not that same feeling any more."

You are Eric Cantona and I claim my £5.

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Black Beauty Martian meteorite IS a SPOT-ON match with Red Planet's DARK PLAINS: boffins

Robin

Re: Tasty?

In the interests of balance, I prefer black pudding but I agree that it does vary considerably. The Spanish stuff from Burgos with rice in it, is delicious.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

Robin

Re: It's all good

> the "anti-piracy" (you wouldn't steal a car...etc) message on DVDs,

We've probably all seen this several times before, but another go can't hurt :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuxO6CZptck

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

Robin

Re: Please, do explain

I was wondering that too, so looked at the alt tag.

"Pretty woman looks miffed."

Accurate, but unhelpful.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Robin

Re: Ugly, inconsistent, unfinished, and dangerous

While we're on the subject of File Explorer... Hopefully they're doing this with the Spartan thing, but I've wished for ages that they'd ditch the 'xyz Explorer' nomenclature.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been standing behind somebody at their desk and asked them to open explorer while we're doing some file-related task.

"The internet?"

"No, Windows Explorer."

So IE gets opened anyway.

I'm a developer as well, so I hate to think how often the frontline support guys have to deal with this.

While they're at it, they can ditch the "My xyz" as well. It's led to some lazy naming in coding, and the change in metaphor from clicking on "My Computer" and being told something about "your computer" is strange.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

Robin

Re: /.

"why do application developers seem to think that it's alright to build their own outer frames for windows and ignore the operating system's configuration?"

Seconded. Like the Windows Media Player from (I think) Windows 95. Fancy looking window frame, but then the rectangular frame came back when you need the menus, and looked terrible.

Also, on Mac Yosemite the functionality of the green button only does 'full screen' (i.e. no menu bar). What's supposed to happen is if you hold ALT while you click it, the functionality changes to 'expand to fit content' like old pre-Mavericks OS X.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Robin

Re: Minutes of Redmond Strategy Meeting

Looks like someone else has had a bit too much 'hokey cokey'.

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

Robin

Re: Code sharing?

> We've been using Dart in anger

I had to work on an old VB6 application the other day. That made me pretty angry.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

Robin

Re: Social drinking

I'd rather keep my drinking habits out of the hands of big advertisers, thank you very much.

Either that's some great double-sarcasm, or you need to drink less. Or more.

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

Robin

Re: Personal bugbear

Beat me to it.

I'll just leave this here.

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

Robin

Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

640GB ought to be enough for anyone

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Robin

> I can currently download cat videos at 20 times the speed I could possibly upload them

You're lucky that the web isn't obsessed with dogs. They're about five times the size of cats .. imagine how long those would take you to upload!

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Robin

Re: Tempting but...

@GitMeMyShootinIrons Same setup as you here; Samsung 40" with Chromecast in trap 1, console in trap 2. There's nothing within normal use cases that I can't do, which my Smart-TV owning friends can. And the cost of both of them was under 400€ (£315).

Can we all start using "TAS-TV" please? :-)

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

Robin

Nice! It's been reverted now though.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

Robin

Re: I have good coverage in France, can get 3G in the middle of nowhere...

Another +1 for Spain here.

Although my Vodafone Spain bills are easily higher than my Three UK ones, the coverage is much better. I get 4G in a lot of places now too, down on the Costa del Golf.

My only complaint, besides the cost, would be that the monthly data caps don't reflect the speeds. The highest mobile one has a 6 gig cap which could easily be munched through with 4G speeds. The MiFi tariffs aren't much better, 10 gig is the highest. There's no such thing as unlimited, as far as I've seen. (If anyone knows, let me know as my contract is due up in January!)

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

Robin

Re: Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

"so upset by this Barbie episode"

"populated by the Barby types"

"the doll is not meant to educate"

Perhaps it should have done so?

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Robin

Re: Blackpool

"And there are regular reports of small businesses just like this one being crucified by reviews on Tripdvisor to the point that the risk going out of business."

Sure, there'll always be people who complain. But reading how management deal with negative comments is a good indicator of the quality of service you're likely to receive.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Robin

"... ever to leave a Samsung assembly plant" ?

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

Robin

Fakes on a Plane

Well, the airline pretty much has to act on such reports, but who would report that in the first place? Surely the real 'Al-Quida' would be a little more covert in the naming of their hotspots?

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Robin

Re: @Robin Get the butter

@AceRimmer I've tried before but I get a 404 response.

Coincidentally, from where I'm sitting I can see my signed Chris Barrie picture, in Ace Rimmer get-up. Might be time to dig out the DVDs...

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Robin

Re: Get the butter

The 90s called, they want their metaphor back.

Unless you do actually sit and eat popcorn while refreshing comments pages, in which case I apologise.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Robin

Re: Agree

"Incidently why bother with torrents when there are programs like Get iPlayer Automator about?"

In my case, it's because I also get things which are A) not on iPlayer or B) not even from the UK or C) not in English.

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Robin

Re: looks like no more Who for me...

"Its to much of a pain to torrent from Europe"

I'm also in Europe and unless you're trying to torrent it straight after it's been broadcasted, then I'm not sure I understand why it's a pain. At the time of writing there are over 3000 seeds of various file sizes and even the download-limit-friendly 200MB one would probably take no more than 15-20 minutes to download. Hypothetically. If I was to try it. Whilst making some lunch.

You can even watch it on iPlayer with a proxy, Chrome plugin etc. but I prefer Chromecasting the local file.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Robin

"Privacy available for everyone, who can afford to pay for it."

Or just about anyone who can be bothered:

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/privacy/

1. Locate the image in Street View.

2. Click "Report a problem" in the bottom-right of the image window.

3. Complete the form and click "Submit".

I realise we're supposed to be anti-Google round here, but it does seem pretty straightforward.

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Re: me thinks its time for a jolly jap

"me thinks its time for a jolly jap"

You daft racist.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Robin

Transcript

Is there a transcript of this conversation available?

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Robin

Re: Disingenuous (sp?) "security bod"

> Stop being rational and reasonable, dammit!

Yeah, why let facts get in the way of a good bitching session? :-D

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