* Posts by graeme leggett

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I don't know...

A pertinent point.

There's a wall plaque a stone's throw from where I'm typing this that records two incidents that happened nearby. An 8th Air Force B-24 Liberator on a training mission had some sort of trouble and came down on the parkland near where the memorial is now. A second -also on a training flight - about a month later parked itself into a house at bit further down the road. Two crews, no survivors.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: There's no such thing as "great CGI effects".

It's not too bad when it's used to create an animation, as opposed to a live action film.

Watched the 2013 Captain Harlock Space Pirate ( or was it Space Pirate Captain Harlock?) film Saturday. Bit of space opera epic.

And then yesterday 5 of the 12 episodes of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, a more traditional style of animation with the anime tropes but CG rendered.

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So now the Hobbit is finished

Are we going to get that Dambusters film, or not?

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Funny sizes?

Oh and on the subject of different sides having different ammo.

Due to the British Army accepting a rimless cartridge for their (British-built) tank and armoured car machine guns (the BESA - an adaption of a Czech design) while still retaining a rimmed .303 for infantry, they could use the German 7.92 ammunition.

And with both sides putting 9mm Parabellum in sub-machine guns and pistols, there was plenty of scope for reuse there.

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Re: Funny sizes?

I believe technically the EM-2 reached troop testing and got a "proper" service name for a while.

I did watch someone poring over the construction and firing it on a youtube channel (might have been "Forgotten Weapons" as mentioned above)

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That's the way to build a gun properly

And how's your "mad minute"?

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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if they wanted Scandinavian designs cheaply

wouldn't they be more likely to head for Sweden (and a certain furniture and homewares store)?

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Go

I gave before

to the Colossus of Yorba fund. Never saw the money again.

>>>>closest icon to an apple I could pick, will a Granny Smith stand in place of a golden one

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Self regulation

This is how most self-regulation works in various industries. It relies upon the players watching each other and running to "mother" if they spot something.

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Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

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Re: Some of us are fortunate

Why isn't bad spelling, and poor grammar, a spam filter you can use...

No, wait. I think I've figured out why

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

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Re: just had a look on boardgamegeek

Review whatever's interesting, no matter when it came out. IMHO.

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just had a look on boardgamegeek

Thought the name Richard Garfield was vaguely familiar. Seems he's that Richard Garfield.

Quick scan of his blog, and that prompted me to look up http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113294/escape-curse-temple Escape:Curse of the Temple by Kristen Østby - a (European) cooperative game where play is simultaneous, through custome dice, and to a 10 minute soundtrack/countdown.

Sounds bonkers, and possibly leads to fisticuffs.

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King of Tokyo is currently my son's favourite player vs player game. But then he's a 9-year old Godzilla fan.

As an alternative to Munchkin - I've looked over the worked examples - I'm considering Gauntlet of Fools (by Indie Cards and Games)

You have to fight through umpteen rounds of enemies, and you will die at some point. But dying with the most gold is what makes a hero (and the winner of the game). Although the number of cards is limited , the number of permutations (or is combinations?), and the speed of the game ought to mean that you wouldn't get bored by it before it was time to move onto other things.

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

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About 2 years ago when I was there they had the beam engine gently steaming away. Made the atmosphere higher up in that end of the building a little thick.

It seems to me that with several museums you have to visit at least 5 years apart or try to focus on bits you haven't done before or you will be getting a strong feeling of deja vu. I have vowed that next time I take my son to the Natural History museum that once we are in the front door (don't talk to me about the queuing) it'll be turn right (away from dinosaurs and the human body - I don't think either exhibit has changed in 20 years) and do the insects and geology.

Interactive exhibits get shabby; unsurprisingly given the number of grubby mitts rubbed over them. And stale for the regular visitor because if you make them too deep and comprehensive the casual visitor will never get past the first part.

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Location within museum

Has this replaced the hall full of models of boats, or is it a reworking of another floor?

I note in passing though most kids - such as my son - seem to gravitate to the interactive physics on the upper floor. Which ends up noisy and stressful for parents (IMHO). My mother on the other hand goes to the computer hall and looks at the sort of equipment she remembers when she younger (though after LEO)

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

Has Mississippi got its own nuclear submarine force?

But I put it to you that the editor of the Spectator is not a reliable economic source on comparing countries and states based on back-of-the-envelope calculations

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Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

"2. Not on the right-hand side of the pond"

Fixed that for you.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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If you could present the image you are trying to match to a google image search would it not tell you what the image is?

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?hl=en Reverse image search.

"When you search by image, your results may include:... web results for pages that include matching images"

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

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Re: Let's bitch, bitch, bitch!

One could argue that the Wikipedia(s) provide coverage of topics that the more established encylopaedias chose not to cover (eg the My Little Pony, Transformers etc, "youtuber"s) but then they have editorial boards that define what goes in.

In theory on Wikipedia if enough reputable authors have written enough about a topic, then it may warrant inclusion. But there's no editorial board, just a pile of editors discussing (though often arguing) amongst themselves as to whether the coverage is sufficient. And sometimes those arguments turn into arguments among editors about each other.

Articles balloon into great tracts rather than the pithy content you get in encylopaedias, until they become précis of the several books the editors have read. What is needed some times is a short introduction to the subject, and then a list of books to read where the detail is. Instead, you get something like the list of people who where on the Titanic ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passengers_of_the_RMS_Titanic ) which names every benighted soul that was on that fateful journey, and which is - for the most part - of no use or interest to anyone save the Titanic obsessive or a descendant.

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Re: I was surprised to see how little it costs to run the web services.

well, if someone (or something) doesn't support it, it will die.

The question is, is it being overfunded

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: Authentically Indian version

Sounds interesting, the sort of thing one can enjoy vicariously through a travel documentary (probably involving trains and Senor Portillo)

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While tinned meat and sauce was a staple in the 1970s when I was a child on caravan holidays, and got me through the 1980s at university, i have been wary of it more recently whatever the spice level.

Though i make an exception occasionally for Fray Bentos pies.

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Britain's MPs ask Twitter, Facebook to keep Ts&Cs simple

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Existing standards

to make documents - such as T&Cs - clear to the reader; the plain English campaign Crystal Mark.

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/services/crystal-mark.html

though I find Microsoft Limited, Nominet, and Samsung are already listed

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: 24 fps

The only time, I've heard of a complaint about lack of interlace is that the iTunes versions of restored Doctor Who episodes lack the VidFire treatment.

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Re: "Never noticed the problem"

" US TV dominates broadcasting."

Though quite possibly a European user might prefer local-generated content, it being more in tune with their culture / language for a start.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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"millions he earned "

I think some figure 'accumulated' might be a better phrase.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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use in tanks

Just to get a handle on the output (bhp and torque) of a Meteor consider this:

It was also used on the post-war Conqueror tank which weighed 65 tons and could still manage 30+ mph on the flat.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Roy Batty?

Brilliant storysetting - in a few words "attack ships" "c-beam" and "Tannhäuser Gate" you get the setting. Tell-don't-show wonderfully done.

Always liked the phrase Tannhäuser Gate - mind you it did make a return in Gunbuster!, (there was an anime with an epic ending) which may have coloured my memory.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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I suppose he could have sent them a screenshot of a google search.

I tried it myself just now. Someone's put a facebook page together and got it to the top somehow.

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Re: "land on conventional runways"

I give you the opening scenes of Six Million Dollar Man.....

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Pitchfork-wielding villagers hunt hairy shapeshifters in One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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Re: Looks fun

I think reviewing King of Tokyo or Castle Panic (or any of the Panic clan) might be more family friendly.

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"Do you like accusing others of lying? How about making up stories yourself, with the hope that nobody catches you out? "

Certainly for the first bit, "The Resistance" fits, see Wil Wheaton's TableTop on youtube. He's joined by some actresses (no idea what they've been in ) so perhaps that helped make it interesting.

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For a Mafia"/gangster type game, I recommend "Cash n Guns". very little thinking required.

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: You'll NEVER FORGET about Dr Dre NOW

I had a quick check. beetroot sales in UK (2010) about 19,000 tonnes. UK Sugar beet crop about 7.5 million tonnes.

So I'd hazard a guess beetroot (raw, boiled, or pickled) below 1% of total beet "consumed" in UK.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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correction time?

"Virgin Media argued that viewersVirgin Media were getting a raw deal in Blighty"

Companies may argue that consumers (usually not their customers) are being ill done by. But they aren't doing it for the benefit of the consumers.

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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I wonder where they will put it

The dinosaur area hasn't really changed in about 15 years. Perhaps they'll use the opportunity for a refresh.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: So does this mean

" then you could use £240 to buy around 20-30 books, aka 2-3 a month on average. I could just about squeeze by on that (I can finish a standard paperback in around 1-2 weeks)."

[cough] Public library [cough]

(it's one of the things you get from your council tax. if you're choosy £240 would pay for reserving 400 books, or get about 40 on interlibrary loan, )

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: the numbers

I was surprised to find it so easily (assumed someone would want payment)

2011 Nokia - 14th (Microsoft 3rd)

2012 Nokia - 19th (Microsoft 5th)

2013 Nokia - 57th (Microsoft 5th)

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the numbers

"2000 to 2009 Nokia was the world's fifth biggest brand on Interbrand's rankings "

Where was it from 2009 to 2013?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: implausible

just noticed a "typo" in my post. it meant to write "skilful enough to deal with the clerical work produced by humans."

If it was left only to machines, there'd be little problem.

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implausible

"that repetitive processing and clerical work is most likely to be performed by machine"

I bet it's a long while before machines are skilful enough to deal with the clerical work performed by humans.

I'll wager the authors of the study have never dealt with real-life paperwork in genuine offices: orders faxed through on the wonk, delivery notes torn in half rather than along the perforations... A nation of shopkeepers and small businesses will stymie the rise of the machine with dry inkjet nozzles and sellotape and writing outside the boxes.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: Too Simples

"the Mistress-Master simply, ..., decides she didn't really mean it after all & hands the threat of doom over to the Doctor to [do] with as he wishes"

The ultimate way to get to the Doctor, give him the power over all. A power that would corrupt anyone. No matter where (or when) you took your army there would be one more injustice to stamp out. And in doing so everyone would be denied free will and it would make a tyrant of the Doctor. It's an upscaled version of the do-you-kill-the-young-Hitler scenario. (previously referenced in Genesis of the Daleks - "Do I have that right?")

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It pains me to say this (naaah)

"So now Danny is a Cyberman, but somehow, he’s held on to his emotions. This is never properly explained"

Bollocks it was. Pay attention. He was last seen hesitating over the delete button. And his inhibitor isn't switched on. Don't know why they needed both but it's there before you

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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I think it was meant in the jocular. Though Betejeman was obviously an anarchist as he included in his writings threats to bomb at least one British town centre.

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

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Ditto, found the explanation and fixes interesting, though the code was all greek to me.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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3D barrel with pretend rifling

If that can't imparts spin to the bullet then is effectively a short barrelled smoothbore?

Close to a sawn-off?

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Anson ? Beatty surely

"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody shipsprotestors to-day,"

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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" trojanise " !

Not even a bloody word.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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"Big Vlad "

I thought he was one of the shorter "statesmen" of our age.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Great article

"they're all very keen on getting satellites into orbit with spaceplanes, and certainly believe it's doable"

Skylon or SpaceShipTwo (or Three), or A N Other.

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