* Posts by Simon Harris

1664 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Not only did a stranger want to talk to me once on the tube, but he wanted to help me with my Sudoku.

Great! The one thing I had to distract me from the awfulness of the journey and he went and ruined it!

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

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Re: Keep your money in your pocket for now.

To enhance the 'retro' feel of the Vega+, will they will also be emulating the Sinclair QL's rather elastic delivery schedule?

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Re: Guineas

Would a £1.05 coin be known as a New Guinea?

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Re: Killer fact!

and quite strangely, all the Romanians I know celebrate Christmas on 24/25 December, but Easter on the Orthodox (Julian based) calendar.

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Re: The past was not always so good

That short-measure of beer is worth about 60p (sorry, 12 bob) at current prices!

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Total Recall - original or remake?

Seeing the illustration to go with the "Brain Plague or Estate Agents" article reminded me...

It's better to get your ass to Mars than to get it out in Australia.

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A more positive interpretation...

They've had the power to punish streakers and mooners before, but by explicitly defining separate legislation you're now not so likely to end up on the sex offenders' register for a bit of mooning.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/26/australian-state-bans-mooning-and-streaking/

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Re: Browneye

"brunneis oculus coruscans"

IT Angle: Does that make your arse-crack an Oculus Rift?

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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

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Clarkson & Co.

Would it be renamed "The Great British Brake Off"?

(joke unashamedly pinched from another forum)

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Obituary: Victor Scheinman, inventor of the 'Stanford Arm' factory robot

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+1 on that sentiment.

It was on a Puma that I first learned how to program a robot arm.

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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No doubt with black buttons on a black background labelled in black.

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Re: That'll be MacLaren soon then...

I suspect that deal will run into teething problems.

MacLaren make prams and pushchairs.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Re: Machine Operating System

The 8271 was probably not one of Acorn's best decisions for the BBC, since it was already pretty obsolete by the time it came out. However, I can understand their choice since it was the controller already used in the Atom disc drive module and in the System 3 before that, so they could just port hardware and software straight across.

The 8271 got to be as rare as hens' teeth, and you could get a daughterboard that plugged into the BBC B's 8271 socket that contained a 1770, which was much more available at the time.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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"I could conceivably turn off my wifi at night - but the only way to do that for me means my phones stop working. Arguable whether I need them, I suppose, but I don't think I'd use more than 1-2 kW in the whole night on those appliances."

Sorry, but downvoted for confusing power with energy.

Assuming you actually mean 1-2kWh, (120-240W assuming you have an 8-hour night), are you sure you're not providing wifi for the whole town?

For comparison, the current highest speed Virgin hub requires a 12V 1.5A power supply, so allowing for inefficiencies in the converter, probably about 20-25W at the wall (that's 0.2kWh over night).

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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Re: Superb!

I thought bowls were pretty much, by definition, concave, or the soup would fall out.

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Sheer brilliance.

"I feel compelled to upgrade to an iPhone 7 simply to prevent myself from plugging my earphones into it in the first place."

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: So how do you rate this 'success'?

IMDB estimates a production budget of $35 million.

Just out of interest I made a time-line of some of the major series (or what turned out to be) and a few other notable movies to see how their budgets varied - inflation adjusted to 2016 in brackets:

2001 $12m 1968 ($83m)

Star Wars IV $11m 1977 ($44m)

Close Encounters $19.4m 1977 ($77m)

Star Trek TMP $35m 1979 ($116m)

Alien $11m 1979 ($36m)

Star Wars V $18m 1980 ($53m)

Star Trek II $11m 1982 ($27m)

Bladerunner $28m 1982 ($70m)

Star Wars VI $32.5m 1983 ($79m)

2010 $28m 1984 ($65m)

Terminator $6.4m 1984 ($15m)

Star Trek III $17m 1984 ($39m)

Aliens $18.5m 1986 ($41m)

Star Trek IV $25m 1986 ($55m)

Star Trek V $27.8m 1989 ($54m)

Star Trek VI $30m 1991 ($53m)

Terminator 2 $102m 1991 ($180m)

Alien3 $50m 1992 ($86m)

Star Trek VII $35m 1994 ($56m)

Star Trek VIII $45m 1996 ($69m)

Alien 4 $75m 1997 ($112m)

Star Trek IX $58m 1998 ($86m)

Star Wars I $115m 1999 ($166m)

Star Wars II $115m 2002 ($154m)

Star Trek X $60m 2002 ($80m)

Terminator 3 $200m 2003 ($262m)

SW III $113m 2005 ($139m)

Terminator 4 $200m 2009 ($224m)

Star Trek XI $150m 2009 ($168m)

Star Trek XII $190m 2013 ($196m)

Star Wars VII $245m 2015 ($249m)

Terminator 5 $115m 2015 ($117m)

Star Trek XIII $185m 2016 ($185m)

Star Trek The Motion Picture may well have been the most expensive film dollar wise at the time. However, mostly since then they seem to have had tighter budgets than their most contemporary Star Wars film. Having said that there are almost twice as many of them - adjusted for inflation Star Wars total budget $884m at 2016 prices, Star Trek total budget $1184m.

Most notable perhaps is the budget jump from The Terminator ($6.4m) to Terminator 2 ($102m). Also quite noticeable is the amount pumped into Terminators 3 to 5 and Alien 3 and 4 ($801m in total at 2016 prices) and they were all a bit pants.

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Re: I sense a Microaggression, Captain!

I see what you did there, changing the emphasis with the omission of "staff at former".

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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Re: Thanks for the migraine

Stop complaining, or they might put a big picture of Theresa May on the front page!

What's that? They have? Please El Reg, make the nasty woman go away!

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Re: It's not quite a BSOD...

"This is exactly an hour out for at least a week following the change to or from BST, or until some IT bod notices (whichever is the longer)"

With hospital waiting times being a government target, it's actually a cunning plan by the hospital to make it harder to work out whether or not you've actually been waiting too long.

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I did once get moved to a better seat on an aeroplane when I discovered my in-flight entertainment display was frozen.

I pointed out to the flight assistant that since that was where the flight safety video was shown, to fly without allowing me to watch it posed a health and safety risk.

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Re: Elevator

Lift! Don't talk to me about lift.

As Marvin almost said.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: BBC has completed root cause analysis

"after "the car" had emerged from the printer, somebody got in and drove away."

3D printed petrol - that could solve the world's fuel problems!

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Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

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"just one of the many pieces of debris left over from the formation of the Solar System"

See, it's natural to leave crap just floating around.

Off to tell SWMBO that it goes against nature to tidy things up - wish me luck!

Expected response ----------------------------------------------------->

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Jovial NASA says Juno flyby a success

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Re: Apart from that

Some of that information is here

http://spaceflight101.com/juno/spacecraft-information/

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BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

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Re: and over at the entertainment industry . . .

Although much of the time you're at the mercy of what the conference AV department tell you to use (most of the ones I've presented at, the presentations need to work in PowerPoint), and if you do use your own laptop you usually have to suffer the undignified wait while they try to reroute the video source, find the resolution doesn't match the projector, and then discover all the video clips just appear as a black box or somehow play upside down (I don't know how that even happens, but I saw it at a recent conference- probably configured for the Australians in the audience).

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Re: "This copy of Windows is not genuine"

I wonder if we could sue Microsoft for slander for insinuating that we've installed knock-off copies of Windows when they're perfectly legit.

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"This copy of Windows is not genuine"

I get that on one of my Windows 7 work machines that's non networked.

If Windows can't call home for a long time it thinks it's not a genuine copy.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Move on the ISS

Grrr.. Mice on the ISS...

How did autocorrect manage to screw that up so well?... And how didn't I notice for a whole day!

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Move on the ISS

Does that make them Space Murines?

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Re: Pointless

So, decades ago you could have a battery powered 200GByte wireless NAS that would easily fit in your pocket for around $100?

Small 200GB hard drives came out about 1 decade ago - the nearest self-powered pocketable mass storage device I can think of from around then is the 160GB iPod Classic (from 2007), but 3 1/2 times as expensive. So I guess you could have built something around a 2-ish inch drive just about 10 years ago to do something similar, but decades is stretching it somewhat.

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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

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Re: A stellar achievement

"You mean interplanetary, right?"

Both craft are beyond any known planets in our system, and outside of the plane of their orbits, so I think interstellar might be a good description of them now.

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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At least she didn't marry a theatre stage manager - her present would have been wrapped in gaffer tape and she'd still be trying to get into it.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: My pet gripe is

In my last company on official documents all dates were required to have the month spelled out as a word, and the year as 4 digits just to be sure there could be no ambiguity whichever order the day, month and year came.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: "Rammed" (quoting Rimpel)

(of a place) be very crowded.

"the club is rammed to the rafters every week"

That one comes from the Oxford University Press

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ram

When it comes to words, I generally assume they know what they're talking about.

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Falcon 9

Can it become the officially recognised El Reg unit for height measurement?

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

Don't conspiracy crimes generally have more than one defendant?

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NASA dangles ONE MILLION DOLLARS for virtual Mars robots

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I'm going to build a robot donkey...

...so I can get my ass to Mars.

Mine's the one with the nasally extracted tracking device in the pocket.

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Wearable fart generator

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Re: When it is running

Yes but it's out of tune...

it's a bum note.

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McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn

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I assume the data collected from these trackers will be stored in pedo files.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

whatever next?

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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"eight pounds, or in modern numbers, 3.6 kilos."

This is The Register you're writing for - what's that in proper units?

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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They'll probably use one of those CSI resolution enhancers to read the serial number off your chair.

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"...and avoid my mates?"

Dress like that and I think your mates are more likely to avoid you!

An alternative disguise ---------------->

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Windows 8.1 is NOT an upgrade...

"BAAStards"

BaaS - Bugs as a Service?

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Still free if.....

The original might more accurately have been coined 'Beware of gifts bearing Greeks'!

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Re: Still free if.....

As the old adage goes...

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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"the good ones can't survive a screwdriver"

How about a Harvey Wallbanger?

Well, it's the only alcoholic icon available --------------------------------------------->

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: wank around waiting for a printout

It's the new greener way of sticking the pages together without needing staples.

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