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1226 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007

James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

Andrew Moore
Happy

I would like to take this opportunity...

...to talk about the nice "racing stripe" I left on a Renault Migane this morning when the stupid cow driving it decided to pull into the cycle lane without checking to see I was in it. Fortunately I was able to evasive action to save my life but not before my brake lever met her paint work. So what does she do- Drives off as fast as possible- running a nice gouge along the full length of her car.

Made my day that did.

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Brown apologises for 'appalling' treatment of Turing

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Let's keep the ball in motion...

First comes the apology; then comes the posthumous knighthood.

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Explorers unearth cat-sized rat

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Coat

I beleive...

...that Stephen Fry is narrating the series- It's called "First Chance to See"

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PS3 phone out next month

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Seriously???

They are going to release a product with a name that sounds like 'anal'???

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Illinois bright spark sparks car inferno

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A little late???

First thing I thought when I saw this story last week was "So, who is she going to sue for this?"

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Microsoft says US is top malware target

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Gates Horns

Title rewrite:

"Microsoft says US is top malware target thanks to Microsoft"

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Tr.im cuts air supply, says no money in tiny Web 2.0 pot

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FAIL

Oh dear...

"How can we monetize something that has already been given away for free for years!!!"

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El Reg space paper plane christened Vulture 1

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How about...

"Something else which you lot might want to ponder is just how we can release the Vulture 1 from the helium balloon at a predetermined altitude, without having to put together a mechanism which will add greatly to the payload weight. Any thoughts?"

A simple latex balloon would do the trick- the difference between the air pressure internal/external would make the balloon pop at a particular altitude (some testing needed to determine the amount of air to prefill the balloon with). You could then connect the PARIS directly to the balloon (though this runs the risk of non-separation due to the balloon not disintergrating fully) or have some form of holding mechanism which holds the PARIS as long as the balloon is inflated.

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Half of UK firms have lay-off plans

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Hmmmmmm...

But how many of them are just using "The Recession" as an excuse to save money on a few salaries while making the remainder of the workforce pick up the jobs and duties left by those who've been made redundant (with no overtime pay).

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Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll

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Coat

It's good to see...

No remakes make the top 10 list.

Deckard: Do you expect me to talk, Batty?

Batty: No Mr Deckard, I expect you to die.

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Powered robot suits make debut on Tokyo streets

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Coat

The Fools!!!

Don't they know it's only a matter of time before they go haywire and force them to kick Bishop Brennan- UP THE ARSE!!!

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Music industry busts jukebox piracy scheme

Andrew Moore

Something similar...

I was at a friends birthday party and she had a DJ. Rather than the old decks and vinyl, he played his tracks from a laptop. The quality of some of the songs (including "popping") clearly indicated that the tracks had been downloaded.

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Spooks' favourite IT firm tells Reg readers to grow up

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Okay...

we might need to grow up but Sutherland definitely needs to get his head out of his own arse. He and others of his ilk (I'm looking at you Etrugrul) should have details such as telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, info about spouse/kids all posted on a publicly accessible database- let's see how they like it. And then use the "it's how the data is used" argument right back at them when they inevitably ask for the database to be taken down.

Sutherland cannot predict how our private data will be used in the future and/or by other depts and governments. Just as I cannot predict how his data would be used by the general public if made available as suggested.

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Irish ISP downed by DDoS

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Pffft....

Just manually set my DNS addresses to the old Indigo ones and I was up and running with minimal downtown.

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Cats mix baby 'cry' with purr to score dinner

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Grenade

Wow...

For year's I've been misinterpreting that cry as meaning "arse-punt me over the back wall. Please.."

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Masked passwords must go

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FAIL

Wah?

This has to be the most stupid suggestion I've ever seen. Password masking is so prevalent that any user that cannot handle it should be banned from using a computer altogether- Simply making sure that Windows prompts for a password at switch-on would be enough to weed out these sheep.

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Kate Moss kills Kills cuts

Andrew Moore
Pint

Beer...

I need more beer.

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Recession will destroy 40,000 UK IT services jobs

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Huzzah!!!

4 year holiday. Celebrate!!!

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MySpace squeezes out two thirds of international staff

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Coat

Phew...

I thought it said "MySpace squeezes out two turds..."

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GPS-guided wreckers flatten wrong house

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WTF?

'Vernice Parham, who has lived on the street with two of her six sisters for more than 40 years, was home when the demolition began. “It hurt my heart,” she said. “I wasn’t raised up in it , but I was raised up near it,” Parham said. “I know we got a heavenly home. But we’ve got a Earthly home there.”'

Sounds like the house was right next to the local lunatic asylum...

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RIP Personal Computer World

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RIP PCW...

I still have a copy from 1989 knocking around here somewhere which carries a review of a Games Pack I wrote for the Psion Organiser II.

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Engineers are troublesome 'expert loners', says prof

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So...

Did the professor work alone or as part of a research group? My guess is "solo"- those guys don't like sharing credit- especially if there is a possibility of an award.

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David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

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Update-

Apparently he was found hanged.

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Boffins boil down witch-repelling brew

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The IT Angle...

does it work on Windows Vista???

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Hacker disrupts economy of annoying Twitter-based game

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Really???

"flaws in poorly-written code"??? On Twitter??? The irony...

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Microsoft uncloaks invisible XBox controller

Andrew Moore

Sign me up for....

Grand Theft Auto: Pimphand.

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Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details

Andrew Moore

Here's the article from the Dutch paper NRC Handelsblad

http://www.nrc.nl/international/Features/article2243400.ece/Artist_publishes%20_hate_mail_received_after_killing_her_cat

"her most notorious project to date was 'My dearest cat Pinkeltje' in 2004: Tinkebell personally twisted her pet's neck and skinned it with her own hands to make it into a purse. "

As for where I stand on this whole debate- I think that the artist and those who are sending her hate mail are all arseholes.

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To put it into some perspective...

It's not like she waited for her "beloved" cat to die of natural causes. She wrung its neck with her own hands once she decided to make a handbag out of it.

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Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

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Hmmmmmm...

I wish it felt the need for correctly rendering updated websites.

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'Thieving' sperm whale caught on CCTV

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I'm not saying that this is old news...

...but the date stamp indicates that it is from 2006.

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Worldwide GPS may die in 2010, say US gov

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And..

Galileo won't be up in time either. Hopefully COMPASS might. Anyway, the way you get around this is use a GNSS receiver (GPS+GLONASS+Galileo+COMPASS).

And remember- GPS IS NOT SATNAV. Satnav uses GPS but so do many other applications.

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Hacked flight sim site in catastrophic crash and burn

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Ironically...

...the two servers were called North Tower and South Tower.

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Ireland's 'most romantic man' is complete w*nker

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Coat

What?

"With regret we have come to the decision that no prize will be awarded this year."

What about giving it to the runners-up??? I smell a rat- Maybe the magazine is so hard up that it concockted a way of getting out of rewarding the prize money.

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Unsafe at any speed: Memcpy() banished in Redmond

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Sheesh

Who does unchecked memcpys?

Oh yeah, Microsoft programmers...

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Viral web infection siphons ad dollars from Google

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Seriously...

Is anyone still using Adboe Reader??? I thought all the smart people had moved over to Foxit.

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Swedish couple demand right to name baby 'Q'

Andrew Moore

Alternatively...

They could call the child John DeLancy

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Car-prang secretary bites off boss's todger

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Garpesque?

Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

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Google sued for 'stealing' Android name

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Okay

'Android' was my nickname in school in the early 80s. Who do I sue?

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Fired IT director admits $94k rampage on organ bank

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Ah nostalgia...

The first time I ever hacked a system (a VAX mainframe), I got caught because I returned to cover my tracks and the sys admins were waiting for me. Learnt a powerful lesson that day.

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BOFH: Spontaneous Legal Combustion

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Ahhhh....

The Bastard Lawyer from Hell

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Google Chocolate Factory patents Data Center Navy

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Piracy!!!

How soon before the Boys from Somalia start taking these over and then downloading all the MP3s for the international market.

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Koreans cook up glow-in-the-dark beagles

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So Korea...

...has developed a food source that can be eaten in the dark. Take that Restaurant Noir!

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Pig plague and Twitter: The terrifying truth

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Hysteria...

Front page headline last night on an Irish newspaper "PIG FLU TERROR REACHES IRELAND". Sheesh.

Just to put this into perspective- Ordinary flu kills 36,000 every year in the US alone.

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Pig plague 2.0: Can't spell 'pandemic' without 'panic'

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I remember...

The last time we had Swine Flu in Ireland it was called Blue Flu...

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GeoCities demolished

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Dear Facebook...

here's your future.

Signed

The Web 3.0

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Ireland scraps evoting in favour of 'stupid old pencils'

Andrew Moore

Some corrections:

@Stan- regarding "Wonder if they will piggyback this one on another issue it 's impossible to vote "no" to as well?"- Sorry that's an uniquely american issue- Doesn't happen here in Ireland.

@RW- regarding "Never heard of the machines being at fault"- What about all that "hanging chad" crap we had to endure after the 2000 elections?

@Ponder Stebbins- "The only people that should take a hit is our Irish TDs, preferably between the eyes." Agreed. These are the bastards that refuse to give up their "long service bonuses" even though it was decided in the budget.

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Pirate Bay judge and pro-copyright lobbyist accused of bias

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Coat

Eck

That's a worse mangling of the Apocalypse Now quote than the popular but incorrect "I love the smell of napalm in the morning- it smells of victory"

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The McNealy and Schwartz Sun legacy

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So what happens to MySQL now???

Surely Oracle do not want a competing SQL platform as part of their portfolio.

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Symbian balances on an Atom

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Coat

WOW!!!

Symbian running on a NetBook- Who'd have thought such a thing!!!

Oh yeah- Psion...

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BOFH: Grand Theft Auto

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YES

Symantec and Lotus Notes!!!

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