* Posts by MrT

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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Nvidia have been there before...

About 9 years ago they fobbed a load of suspect GPUs off onto the likes of Dell and HP, which variously failed over time. The poor manufacturing process meant that it was highly likely that the parts would fail, and that Nvidia knew that this was the case when they sold them. This went to a class action in the US and instead of having to hide behind megacorps' warranty systems Nvidia had to replace them or refund anyone who had bought a replacement (IIRC on that last point).

My own UK Dell E1705/Inspiron 9400 had one fitted (GeForce Go 9700GS GPU) that went pop after about 4.5 years of use in exactly the same way as shown in the class action cases. Dell agreed, sent a tech around to my house to replace it FoC, fitting a slightly upgraded part, so even outside of the US the fact it's gone to CA can be used. The laptop is still in daily use today.

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Generous Fiat Chrysler offers $1,500 for car security bugs – or two minutes of annual profit

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Re: Daewoo

It'll start a trend for anonymous submissions, or even submitting in someone else's name... A shiny, hardly used Matiz sitting there whilst a bunch of bug-hunters all point at each other saying "No, really, it was him/her".

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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Ha! More Filth, Dirt Cheap - thenceforth any mention of Rhode Island Reds is like hitting rewind and play in my head on a n'th-generation tape copy that's so bad it's gone mono...

And to think, they let him loose every week on That's Life under a different pseudo :-D

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Hear this a LOT

I had to give up my licence for a year after a seizure. Once medically cleared for my full Till-70 licence again, it took them a handful of attempts to get it back to me with the correct entitlements. One of the versions finally had the right categories on, but for car, minibus and light goods vehicles only the "with trailer" codes were listed. When I rang DVLA to check if I should be concerned, not having specced a tow bar on the car I'd just ordered, they admitted that this was an impossible combination and that there were several departments that were able to authorise a reissue. The advisor also said she could see no record of the issue number of the licence I had in front of me, and that I definitely should not have the other (also wrong) version I had next to it as they never issued a licence until the previous one was returned to them.

That was just under 10 years ago - I'm getting ready for the same shenanigans when renewing the photo card in the next month...

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Make room! Make room!

Combine this with the self-driving Google cars and they won't even have to pay drivers to take the peds to the Soylent Corp. The idea should be ready by, say, 2022...

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Cars to run ... on Android

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Go on, then...

"Usually seated to the side of the iDrive control, directly behind the steering wheel??"

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Art we not allowed to just drive cars...?

These days it seems that we're not doing it right unless bombarded by nonsense as well. "Powerful infotainment systems" used to be about quality sounds, but now it seems it's been rebranded as another massive point of distraction... "At the next junction, turn right for more great offers like those from your purchasing history over the past 180 days. Go Argos!", Or maybe "Click here to cancel the next automated pull-in for your next great cup of coffee, sponsored by Costa."

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NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

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The cunning "Magnetoshell" plan...

... one small step from "Activate Magnetoshell" > "Charge the hull plating!" > "Shields up!"

Make it so. Because in the heat of the moment, having to call out "Captain, the Magnetoshell is depleted to 30%" is a bit of a mouthful.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Re: BBC off then

Depends on the browser . In the desktop version of Firefox I use "User-Agent Switcher" by Linder rather than editing the about: config settings. Whenever Auntie kicks off about media not playing, tell it you're using an iPad, refresh the page and carry on watching. It's pretty much the only website that I use regularly which needs this workaround.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Landing just before the 30-minute mark...

...sound of someone laughing in the background just after as if the announcer was totally surprised to see the rocket on the pad and nearly forgot to announce it!

Was this a new S1 or a relaunch of the one that made the last drone-ship landing?

Either way, well done!

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Beware

In the month leading up to launch, two of the three laptops here gave the incompatible hardware error for graphics. Though I pushed one to use the old Vista drivers after an upgrade to W10 (and the old December 2008 files worked fine) it wasn't a brilliant experience and I rolled it back to W7pro.

Until I set a registry key to block OS upgrades on the pair I initially kept deleting the hidden W10 download folder, which of course kept refilling. I reckon each did so around 6-8 times, even on the one that had rolled back, with the folder reaching 4-4.5GB (W7HP and W7pro fetched different amounts). I was a bit annoyed that the roll-back option didn't set a "never bother me again" flag. I'd put the estimate of total downloaded at about the 35-40GB mark, although that was down to me trying to never let the download complete by deleting it as it went.

I later used GWX Control Panel, which does a much better job than my hack effort.

I upgraded the third laptop without much fuss, but since the last major update for all the non-admin user accounts it's gradually binned all the built-in apps and now won't open the start menu. It's taking more looking after than both the others together, though YMMV and I know folk who haven't had problems like that.

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Telsa S robo-death-dodge

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Waiting for Godot...

... Alexei Sayle's version comes to mind, where Godot is delayed, meets various people as he tries to get to the blasted tree on the lonely, desolate road to nowhere ("ah, the M25"...), finally turns up and isn't recognised.

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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The Quest for Stuff...

IoT to connect all your stuff. How many Quarks to one bar of gold-pressed latinum?

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Too big, too slow...

...unfold a proton, create the probe inside it, fold it back up and fire it at light speed - send Sophons instead...

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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What's the range on NFC contacts...?

My wallet's going in the overhead storage - I'm not paying for Nobby's Nuts (or whatever the bloke sat next to me is called).

Although, I can see the announcement now: "RyanAir to introduce contactless payment locks on the overhead storage facilities" - takes a quid every time the locker is opened.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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Re: This mess of an article still doesn't explain WTF is going on?

Exactly my thoughts - no link to source material either. At one point the message is "don't trust extension writers", then it's "some are okay", but in parts it looks more like malware is riding in under the cloak of the extension, as if it's nicking a session ID, or that it's replacing the regular extension in the library with a fake version.

If the conclusion is to trust AdBlock more than NoScript... ... oh dear. I'd rather trust NoScript than the ad-slingers and analytics trackers. It's almost as if the research was funded by those behind DoubleClick or AdBlock - wouldn't surprise me if uBlock Origin was also found wanting...

FUD.

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Got a Toshiba laptop? Get it off your lap, then read this recall notice

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Re: My Satellite

Same here - the kids have a 3yr-old C850-1G2. Since swapping out the HDD to an SSD, it still gets 4-5hrs of real use on a charge though.

The manual check tool shows other parameters for G71C******* parts - model range is broken down further (mine's PSCBWE, and not listed), and even then the serial number has to also match. Ah well, no free battery!

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Re: Bugger

Yeah, that. A friend of mine, Chris Done, has only just gone out to Japan to continue 5yrs of work so far preparing for the data that this satellite was going to bring. She was due to spend the next year in Tokyo on the project.

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French scream sacré bleu! as US govt gives up the internet to ICANN

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Monetising...

Soon to be announced - a French dictionary's worth of new TLD names for sale. And not just the ones that kids look up first when learning it as an additional language.

Further news - ICANN offer executive board representation to La Francophonie - rioters in Quebec claim this doesn't go far enough, demanding HTML5 standards recognise le français international and display everything else 5 point sizes smaller...

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

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Cosmic shotgun...

Evidence of collisions are all over Saturn's moons; it's not just Minas that has huge impact craters - outer moons like Iapetus, Hyperion, even the inner tiddlers like Epimetheus look like targets for objects big enough to break them up, but not quite going that far. What with half in retrograde, Trojans and consistencies ranging from rock to icy sponge, the whole system looks like it's the result of a giant Kessler event.

Or maybe Mimas really is the Death Star, but ran out of power after practising on a few inner moons and has been out of action gathering dust for a while now...

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A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

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Re: The three body problem

I think the cultural aspect made it more interesting to me - grounding in the Cultural Revolution, the 'thought police' aspect and so on. I initially read the role of the VR side to be more of an escape, so the way it is described (or not) sort of fitted. I've not read on into the next book, though from the summary it looks like there's more to it than that. It might be that some nuances were lost in translation though.

"But to me the best of science fiction tries to uncover the truth about ourselves." Definitely agree there.

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Re: The three body problem

Samsung have a tied version of the Kindle app and every month they offer a few (probably slightly different based on Amazon purchases) from which one can be chosen for free. The Three Body Problem was on the list around July last year - a very good read.

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Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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Re: So in a hundred years time...

' In Scotland we have mixed feelings about global warming because we will get to sit on the mountains and watch the English drown. “More pineapple Huey?” "Well, I've got a coconut here, I'm fine." '

Frankie Boyle

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The ladder doesn't count...

... it's not a flight, it's a stoop...

(Gasping for breath) "It might look like a stoop, but it climbs like a flight"

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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"Here's Johnny...!"

Amazon is a classic case in point - I bought a couple of Fiskar axes and for weeks "My Amazon" was full of things like log 'grenades', chainsaws, checked shirts, sturdy steel-capped boots, high heels and a book about hanging around in bars...

Netflix is the same, though. A few months back, fifth along under the category "Because you watched Captain America: The First Avenger..." was Peppa Pig. I'm still waiting to see what crops up after watching 'Space Station 76' last week, but that's either been forgotten about or is so odd it's broken the algorithm...

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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If funding keeps getting cut back...

... "RRS [this space for hire]"

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Ah yes...

...I first heard of it in a song by Jules Weston, (a one man rock band doing the rounds in North Yorkshire in the 80s - I lived in Ripon at the time and most heard him at the Navigation pub). The song starts (IIRC):

"I have passed many times a place north of Sicily

Where half a mile down on the seabed there lay

An old British submarine with all of her crew.

They are still down there waiting today..."

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Re: Nothing to worry about...

Just some old stock they had lying around.

A bit like a reverse of Small Soldiers, y'know, where someone puts military-grade chips into a range of toys...

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Nothing to worry about...

...it's just a level of stealth that means the plane can't be tracked by looking for its own RADAR emissions.

Call it a gift.

Regards,

Your forward-thinking Lockheed Martin development team.

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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"That means that the answer lies in completely ignoring Peeple altogether."

Done and done ... except ... gah! Please can we have permission to read the inevitable horror stories about this whole sorry business?

"Ignore completely" - narcissistic sycophants (Peeple's core demographic, surely) don't know what that means...

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Email pioneer Raymond Tomlinson dies aged 74

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RIP...

Attached: one soul. Store and forward to the cloud...

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

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"Next week: what an 'array' is..."

... it's what comes after "'ip! 'ip!", ain't it? Gawd blessya, sah!

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

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Re: Oneupmanship...

... size matters. Were any feathers found around the area? At least, that survived the outage...

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Raspberry Pi 3: Four days old and already flying

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Re: Great if we can ever actually buy one

According to this article in MagPi #43, the RasPi Foundation is aiming for a steady 50k units per month for Pi Zero very soon...

The hen's teeth status is explained thus:

But, given the tradition for new Pi models to sell out at launch, why is it taking so long to ramp up production on the Zero? The answer lies in the board’s unique position, Eben reveals. “This isn’t quite the same as the other Pis, because the other Pis are made by RS and Farnell. We make these Pis, so you’re actually looking at a small company trying to scale.”

Well, that and eBay scalpers clearing the newsagents of MagPi #40. Subscribe to the treeware version and that issue is still available with the Pi Zero as a covermount .

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Beep, beep – it's our 2016 buzzword detector. We see you, 'complexity'

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Periphrasis...

... seems to fit the bill describing these things, but TBH they always end up sounding antiphrastic. Sorry for causing anyone any pericabobulations by using real words without creating a new definition paradigm first.

I always remember the Dilbert cartoon where he sets the target "To leverage greater synergies across technology platforms". I used that once in one of my annual reviews and it nearly made it through before someone up the line spotted that it was bollocks. Still, he saw the funny side, as he tossed the review sheet back at me.

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Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

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And if you owed them...

... would they leave it as long?

And why the outdated way of refunding? It's almost as if they have "Make it difficult" as a mantra and even at point of refund they are desperately trying to hang on to what's not theirs for a few weeks longer.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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Re: Back on track...

The spec on the linked site says 32GB ROM & 3GB RAM...

"Cat S60 key features:

Strengthened Die Cast Frame

Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G

Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4

4.7” HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support

Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)

High quality audio experience (>105dB)

Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera

4G LTE

Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor

32GB ROM, 3GB RAM

Android™ Marshmallow"

Also immersion to 5m for up to an hour. It sounds like a pretty well spec'd handset.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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CastleCops...

... sounds like Bleeping Computers has stepped into the gap left when CastleCops shut down. After helping beta test stuff like TrojanHunter and Zone Alarm, I used to be Staff Editor over there and met/worked with many dedicated and knowledgeable people. I lost contact with a lot since then, but some will have been like me, hanging up the gloves as family and job situations changed, (as happened with Paul and Robyn Laudanski). Others went to carry on the fight at places like DSLReports - everyone has their favourite place, and all need supporting so that there are many places to go for advice. The ones that attract most attention from the forces of darkness tend to be the ones doing most to fight back - I remember one particularly nasty attempt to knock CastleCops off the web, but it was more or less under constant negative attention. It's not helpful to have to deal with it all, although at least it shows the site is effective - like a badge of honour.

Ok, back to now... ;-) </reminisce>

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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BaaS...

Press release to all media outlets:

"Sean the Sheep wishes to distance himself from any and all association with this concept. He is in no way, now or ever, connected with Yahoo or its subsidiaries, even if he occasionally causes exclamation marks to be used."

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Europe's ExoMars mission enjoys orchestral fanfare

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Re: Buttered cat

I read that line and was reminded of the bomb-proofed pickup that Rocket City Rednecks fitted out. The crushable layer was basically a layer of beer cans...

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: 1000 installed

Can't play The Hobbit, or any other text-based game that needs a keyboard for commands. Still, there's always emulators like Marvin and the World of Spectrum archive to wade through for that sort of thing ;-)

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

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Or at least know where the AP1 button is to switch it back on again if you do get it wrong...

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Re: Good Luck....

A330 - got it here... that was indeed if ATC send you to a "remote runway on a disused airbase where you have no choice but to land the aeroplane manually" instead of giving you vectors to an ILS-equipped airport that will also have all those other nice things like emergency response vehicles... it's a good read...

When the plane is finally down on the runnway and has stopped rolling, "Apply the parking brake, shut down the engines by lifting and twisting the knobs marked ENG1 and ENG2, press the PA button and say 'Cabin crew, doors to manual.' If you happen to have landed at Barcelona it is permisible to say 'Cabin crews, doors to Manuel.' ... Now report to the control tower for a cup of tea and a truly enormous medal."

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Re: Seems unnecessary

Austin's solution...?

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Ducks, Lord of the Rings, movies and maths: The GCHQ Xmas puzzle solutions revealed

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'Operations Log 1970:452/18...

Subject H is in the bath singing to the bugged rubber duck:

"Rubber Duckie, joy of joys,

When I squeeze you, you make noise!

Rubber Duckie, you're my very best friend, it's true!"

Meaning unknown - leak suspected. Recommend replacement of subject with in situ clone due to possible infiltration of red cypher. Replacement programme currently scheduled to begin early 1993. Continue monitoring until then. Mission abort phrase confirmed as Rainbow Connection

Entry ends.'

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Truly random numbers...

...are very hard to find, outside of the machines used to generate government statistics.

If such a machine is a virtual impossibility, it must have finite improbability, but before trying work out the details, I'm going to need a fresh cup of really hot tea. Anyone got a spare atomic vector plotter...?

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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ZX81...

... I still have an unbuilt kit up in the attic, next to a BBC Master 128 and Sinclair QL, plus a couple of Psion 5's (UK original and US 5mx). The only home computer I sold on was my Spectrum, to fund the QL. Rooting about up there a few weeks ago turned up a pristine box of 5.25" disks, still shrink-wrapped (BT-branded, 90's piper logo). Aquisitional as ever - I can feel the need for a proper shed, with tool boards on the walls, power, heat, and somewhere for the home brew looming large some time soon...

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Re: "The WANG that would not die"

Shame Wang's logo wasn't a blue diamond with the "infinity" symbol in it...

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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"One Life. Live It."

I preferred "You drive fast, I'll drive anywhere".

I tried searching for revolver linkages for a Series II at work once - the filters were not that clever back then and it was blocked as 'firearms'. Still, the same setup blocked the HMRC website as 'offensive', so it wasn't always wrong...

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