* Posts by Robin

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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"Perfectly reasonable to assume there may have been someone testing a jetpack from Richmond Park."

"Fenton! FENTON! FENTON! Ohh Jesus Christ... FENTOONNN!"

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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The A300/400 series were the first RISC / Archimedes machines (they had the BBC owl on the keyboard), then the A3000 a couple of years later.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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re: Blending

Unlike these?

(I use both so consider myself fairly neutral)

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Loose life. Loose job. Loose a career. Loose a family. Loose a fucking big television. Loose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers.

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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Re: Pot, kettle?

Did you read the article, or did you just comment from your own opinion of what you thought he would say?

Just wanted to use "iBone" by the looks of it. I'd bet that comments on Microsoft articles are written with currency symbols.

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NASA preps stadium-size sandwich bag launch

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SPB

I trust the real SPB are firing up the lawyers as we read this?

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We survived a five-hour butt-numbing Congress hearing on FBI-Apple ... so you don't have to

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Re: Hmmm

why would Apple make backups of backups?

Surely as far as Apple are concerned, that first 'backup' isn't theirs, it's the user's. So it's primary data?

You'd be pretty pissed off if your phone died but then you couldn't restore the data because a hard drive had died and wiped it.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Re: Tricky problem.

+1 for Pre-Paid cards.

Slightly OT, but I've used them a lot and they're very handy. No credit scoring when you apply, just ID info. No credit to run up, as they only allow spending of what you've loaded onto the card. Handy for all sorts, like car hire companies who won't accept debit cards, etc. I've a few, in various currencies for trips away, so no FX loading either.

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Google in particular won't want to see the current model disrupted, so I expect there to be some interesting developments if they roll this scheme out.

e.g. Google buying Shine and shutting it down.

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Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find

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Re: Personal experience

Yeah, I don't really understand the negative tone of the headline.

There's plenty of evidence which is hardly more anecdotal than this study, which agrees with your findings. For example, I moved to work in an office where they used the adjustable desks and found I was able to concentrate more during the mid-afternoon slump (the 3pm wall) at least. As other posters have suggested, I don't think the nature of their work provided a fair test.

Glad you feel better!

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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Sparky's Magic Fusebox

This is a genuine question, as I do typing rather than wires, but is it normal for something that happens in the kitchen to trip the whole building?

Even here in Spain with their dodgy electrics, all I ever need to do is reset the fuse switch for the one room/zone which has the problem.

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Re: Almost

The forensic aspect is fascinating.

Agreed! That's what I was getting at. Cheers for the extra info :-) And yes an autopsy of a full-on attack would be interesting.

Glad you escaped disaster!

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Almost

the buggy code below was almost exploited by Russian hackers, we're told.

I almost won the lottery last week, but I didn't.

Seriously, it would have been interesting to know how it was almost exploited.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Paperless. Ah, I wish

Will it be A4 or US Letter?

I think this guy might have an opinion on that matter!

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Sounds great !

1) no hydrogen infrastructure

2) there are much bigger players already in this field, Mercedes, at least one of the big Japanese automakers

3) hydrogen production only scales if it is done by cracking hydrocarbons using large amounts of energy

1 and 3 also apply to 2, surely? So that leaves your main argument as them having to give it up because bigger companies are already doing it?

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: "reputation of being somewhat of a talented programmer."

"Now I'm going to go out, strangle a few chickens and come back when I've calmed down."

I've just choked one, so you can cross it off your list.

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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"It is not materially different from a case in which a locksmith might be asked to assist in opening a safe to assist police in executing a search warrant."

Isn't the analogy more like the feds asking a locksmith to provide a skeleton key that will open any safe? It's not like they're going to only use it this one time, once they have the facility.

p.s.

[After walking in unannounced to Dutch's office]

Dutch Gunderson: Who are you and how did you get in here?

Frank: I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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Wahoo! So early on and Goodwin's law is invoked.

It's a pretty easy score though. Like watching out for Godwin's Law in a comment thread of an article about Nazis.

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I mean notwithstanding the whole question of how you control this for sites in say, Canada or Japan, the whole concept is insidious and ridiculous.

But what do you expect, coming from people who at one point (and probably still do) believe that email addresses and real world people have a 1:1 relationship.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: What I want

Have an upvote for bravery! :-)

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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gorillas.bas!

That game was great for allowing me to further develop my early programming skills that I'd learned on the BBC B.

How does it work?

How can I make the bananas go faster? Explode more?

How can I change the size of the buildings?

How does the intro music work?

Tinkering, inevitably breaking everything, fixing my own bugs, improving the program (in my 14-year old mind). All great skills to learn. Thanks gorillas!

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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As an aside, there's a great series of videos on the Computerphile YouTube channel, interviewing Steve Furber.

First one is here.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: No sympathy.....

@RegGuy1: On the subject of pedantry, you've got the closing </pedant> tag wrong.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

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Re: When Unlimited != Unlimited

> Sadly, in the UK the Advertising Standards Authority has decided that it's ok because everyone lies about 'unlimited'.

That "everyone else is doing it" excuse is so annoying. I recently raised a really minor bug* on our site to change "login" to "log in" where it's being used as a verb, but it was rejected because, to paraphrase, "everyone misuses it like that, so customers are used to it."

* Before someone insults me, this was raised along with other more major ones during a deployment-freeze bug blitz.

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

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Re: " not ready to be a case study "

Didn't see the shout-out, but I used Slack a lot in my last place of work, including for task automation, so am more than happy to chip in if you need info for an article.

There are downsides of course, as well as the positives.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake thunders aloft

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> Don't get me wrong - excellent achievement for the man but the giant leaps for mankind seem to have died away somewhat while we've been busy on social networking and other fluff...

If every astronaut went to the moon, they wouldn't be able to get their work done on the ISS.

In terms of achievements, did you miss Rosetta, New Horizons, Dawn, Curiosity, the continued work of Cassini, etc. ?

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Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

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Re: Wonderful

Molt impressionant!

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LHC records biggest bang ever with 1 Peta-electron-volt jolt

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> Photo please. Or else they never happened

Here you go.

* Pic is SFW for me cos I work at home; your workplace may vary :-)

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Hey don't knock Nigella, we don't like Nigella knockers here.

Oh no, hang on...

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

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Re: Wow! 3 (count'em...THREE) files at a time!

> So Microsoft has dumbed down Visual Stupido

No, it's a separate product and just has the Visual Studio branding. If you want the new Visual Studio, it's called Visual Studio 2015. I'm not recommending it, I don't develop on that platform any more.

It's actually not a bad lightweight editor, although I ended up using Atom.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Re: Bring back Clara!

> While it's chasing its victim (supposedly a cyberman)

Yeah, how come the 'person' could run faster than a cyberman could, as well?

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Re: Bring back Clara!

> So pretty, and such a tight sweater, shame on me for noticing.

Don't beat yourself up over it.

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: I'm happy...

"I still think she's the most s*******e assistant ever"

Semaphore? Sacrifice? Sonophone?

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Re: Facebook (GMail)

> They need to support a better 2FA, like using the RSA app on your phone to generate OTP codes.

Google already do use this, or something similar. There's an Authenticator app that I use, which spews out six-digit codes every 30 seconds or so. Handy for internet cafes when I'm travelling.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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Re: 'legal right to request'

Are those already ordered by possibility-of-happening?

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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Re: backdoor inflation

If it means we lose the silly '9.99' or '2.49' thing in the supermarkets, which presumably nobody falls for any more, then I wouldn't mind that.

Also the euro-introduction rounding was a little different, as it relied on people not really knowing what the price should be without calculating everything. If my 2.98 pack of burgers or whatever suddenly costs 3.50, then it would be more obvious.

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Bungling Bonn burglar locks himself into house

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Well...

What a nnoB!

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Rosetta comet boffins: We can explain why there's a rubber ducky IN SPAAACE

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Re: Call for witnesses

"Oort Cloud Police are calling for any witnesses who saw the impact and are willing to make a statement."

That was terrible, get oort of here

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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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