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2861 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Sorry...but...

Why a fuse in the first place??

Thing's designed to go 'bang' anyway, and unless the intrepid playmonaught has been trained to replace it in flight, just seems like excess weight to me.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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WAAAANT!!!

Can't imagine how clear my Nokia 5110 is gonna look...

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Re: Win 8 trade secrets

...nobody wants or likes...

Hasta la Vista, baby...

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Traitor?

Is losing the ability to live in America such a bad thing?

Just asking....

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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Oh, we Geriatrics looove microelctronics..

Couldn't find my glasses Monday (they were hanging on my Zimmer frame, natch!)

Put Sleepy Pi* onto Raspberry Pi, and misaligned by a whole row. Result? 5V onto 3v3.

Dammit! Foresdt Pi (the one that was addicted to Saunalahti's 3G network) dead in a nanosecond.

I'm on the smegging dole. FFS, thinking of buying a new Pi is kinda like dreaming of waking up with George Formby. (Each to his own..)

Beercans and begging, here we go again....

*http://spellfoundry.com/products/sleepy-pi/

I'l get there..I will!. 'kinell...

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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You got a downvote for that???

I had to go outside - my laughter was gonna get me barred!

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I bought a house in the mid-90's

Lovely place. Woodside Cottage.

£69,000.

Didn't even haggle, as a 'yuppie' then taking home £4,000/mo, and my (then) missus getting about £2,000, £500/mo mortgage was chicken-feed.

In the house, forgotten by the previous owner was a porcelain pot, full of 3d bits.

Took me back awhile. I remember burying a 3d piece when I was a kid of about 10, remembering even 47 years ago *precisely* where I've hidden it. Sadly, 1500 Km from where I am now.

Gave 'em away. Now, if I had a pot of silver paint....and as I'm on the dole now...

Nah.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Rooting your wife??

Westboro Baptists'll be around in a flash!

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Indian supremes demand $573m in Nokia-Microsoft phactory selloff deal

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cost-effective over the next few quarters...

Yeah, I remember working for a company that was so obviously going down the U-bend,

Drinking in a bar with the bosses, where one of the managers lit a cigarette with a £20 note. The same day they'd laid off about a third of the workforce, leaving 6 of us to hold the fort.

Then, some 'cunning stunt' by a salesman convinced them to use factoring to enhance their cashflow.

Yeah. Does. Until the customers realise "Factoring" == "Cashflow Problems" and left in droves.

Wondering if this escrow thing is a bit of a trick, to scupper the whole deal? It'd work..

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: so... friends and relatives...

Not really decision time. Stick one (or more) of those on your list, and dual (tripe...) boot.

Just alter the boot order as you get more comfy.

(I'm assuming dual-booting with Android is possible...)

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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The MtGox writer....

...will have no trouble finding new employment. As a spam mail author.

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Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

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"No DS18B20 waterproof probes

were harmed in this experiment".

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Hehehe!

That'll be why they sent British miscreants to OZ.

"Stick 'em in open prisons! That'll thin the buggers out"

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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450 million?

Whew! Thank Gawd it's restricted to USA only. Isn't it?

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Bolshy investor pushes Juniper Networks into restructuring plan

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Am I missing something???

Or are two juorno's spending lunchtime in different bars???

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/21/nokia_may_consider_merging_with_juniper_report/

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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

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Damn....

Wish my N8 hadn't bit the dust...Photo competition in the local rag (Kaleva.fi) to win a jolla. I'd choose my "Onkia" snap - poked on el-reg. a couple of years back.

But, can only enter by sending said snap from a phone. Backup? Meh...

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: Some things never change

Yeah, but after he'd put the fanfold printout on the table, did you offer to remove "Spelunker Today"? You'd get a point for that!

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Nokia may consider merging with Juniper: report

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Bloody hell, don't they learn?

After nipping into bed for a steamy, disastrous 6-year relationship with a German trollop, instigated by Wylie-my bestfriend's Simon (notable by making a swift exit, once the folly of his ways became clear), they now want to snuggle up to some Yankie bit of fluff..

Stay on yer own for awhile, Nokia. Mergers rarely work. The only time I've seen synergy work is sharing a keyboard and mouse between computers...

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Doomed Cassiopeia star was sloshed just before deadly supernova blast

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Re: Flash vids don't work for many people!

Not missing much. For a re-enactment, just imagine your teenage son's bubblegum exploding on his face. (And a lot more entertaining!)

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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Angry birds 8-bit...

Now that's what I'm talking about!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfDTwFaFhvI

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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"But, but, but, Sahib!"

"I graduated from Starbucks College, and know how to make a good cup of Java!"

"Java?? OK, you're in!!"

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Re: Meanwhile

"Free World? Where's that, then?"

Never fear, Curiosity's near. It'll find it for you unless its power unit fails first.

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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Wasn't a problem before

Shouldn't be a problem again.

(Reaches for Apollo-13 video...)

Seriously, the team, and other flights have proved it. A couple of 470Ω 'torched' by 4v (it will be, when it gets cold) jobbies aint gonna do it, bit like warming an igloo with a candle.

It's the temperature differential rather than the moisture, surely? LOHAN's got plenty of time to get it up and get used to it before the elastic snaps (or whatever).

Bit like driving my mates LADA in Finnish winter. The heater's eff-all use, inside ▒, outside ░ more-or-less the same. Fergerrabahtit.

BMW passes me in -40, frantically wiping.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

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Re: Just a little thing but thanks for the heads-up on the pIO microSD card adaptor.

Bloody SD card sockets - my first Pi arrived with the adapter broke. The replacement - same! Reckon same heavy-handed muppet was to blame. Sourcing an identical new one (from alienspec) was the easy bit. Removing the old one was a bastard - lost 3 pads. Tiny bits of single-stranded wire to adjacent resistors fixed. Needed a tin of tramp-juice (see Icon) first to keep my hand steady enough. Didn't bother sending the second back under warranty - another 6 week wait...Stuck a piece of a credit card on the top, and a bit of thick card to hold.

Yep, if you buy a Pi, buy one of them adapters as a mandatory accessory. Or a new socket and a tin of tramp-juice.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Now, I'm really confused...

As I understand it, "Old" Nokia (the non-Redmond bit) is still free to make its own phones, should it choose. I don't remember anything in the interminable press releases about this.

Am I correct, or would lawyers be slavering in the wings?

If so, it might make a lot of sense for "Old" Nokia - free from Flop - to do just that. There must be loads of expertise awaiting for the inevitable pink slips that always follow acquisitions dying to jump back, esp. if they're Finns...and there's a jolla nice company nearby who might need a shedload of Finnish cash....

Interesting year or so ahead....

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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Curious as to why a SEPIC wasn't chosen...

...Dramatically widened the source of power. OK a bit bigger, but if the Chinese folks can do it on e-bay for a few quid...And the lack of charger is unfortunate. I'm planning my own version using a SEPIC, charger(s) 'cos I want mine sitting in the forest, guzzling whatever power I can throw at it, and any battery technology I've got to hand. Yeah, it won't be small, but as the case (cctv case) has to be weatherproof...batteries, electronics, air-pi equivalent, not such a problem

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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My vote would be NO.

Just a gut feeling.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Order to Grunt.

"Let's get it on!"

"What, Sarge?"

"This. The last suit you'll ever wear..."

(Apologies to Men In Black)

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Yes, but ...Look at the wookie!

..hasn't anyone else noticed in the 'before' snap, there seems to be a bit of green 'sellotape' securing one of the cables to the 'wing'?

Seems to have survived the severe Martian conditions rather better than the stuff I use to fix my glasses.

Oh, and what's that circular lens cap doing lying on the 'after' picture, about 11 o'clock from the 'mushroom'.

The film crew at area-51 are getting sloppy!

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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On first squint

..seems like a strange beast. OK, somewhat more welly than the Pi, but I can't really see it making many inroads against the BeagleBone Black (Judging from specifications and writeups, not experience. I do have a Pi, however, in daily, 'dole-destroying boredom fix').

Maybe too late? I'd get a BBB, or maybe a "Teensy 3.1" first, although I'm more likely to just get a brace more Pi's shortly.

(Happy to find the sticker hiding "Designed in ---land" obscured Ireland)

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: Alright, folks. I know my limitations...

Thanks, Vocifeous.

Needless to say, I tried it on the pub's Linux computer. Very effective!!!!

(Now, get my copy of "The Rute" out and find out how it works.

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Alright, folks. I know my limitations...

...but what does the script actually DO? (the corrected version, natch)

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Former 2e2 workers WIN case for protective award

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That judge's name seems strangely familiar...

Dunno why...

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US card scammers pull $2m petrol heist

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No-one in the US ever checks card signatures or names, so fake cards are easy to use

Not just US!

A few years ago, I went to fill up her car, get some tobacco, etc., and only much later (after a few more transactions) did I realise I'd signed her card. ? Do I look like Anne Elk? - ok, don't answer....

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"third-degree money laundering"

WTF is that? Is it like leaving a tenner in your pocket when the missus* puts the Bendix on? Or is it like a third-degree burn? Smarts a bit, but once I stop crying, goes away?

*Yeah, sexist I know...See icon.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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I feel sorry for my two oldest kids. Their middle name is Herschel.

Think they got over the "Your grandfather discovered Uranus" jokes by now.

My youngest has "Madetoja". Famous Finnish composer.

I'm not even gonna try to work it out.....

(Yeah, I look like the icon. So what?)

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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WAAAANT!!!

Enuf said.

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Re: Apple keyboard

No - it's a Brontosaurus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6zWjUhfj-M

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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SMEG!!!

I just 'gparted' my HDD to give Linux the SFOBX (space formerly occupied by XP).

There's a local computer shop that sells S/H machines, reinstalling XP using either the licence stuck on the machine, or a licence on a sticker retrieved from a dead - totally dead - machine.

I worked there for 3 months as part of my unemployment 'rehabilitation'.

Tried to get the boss to stick Linux on them as an alternative but he wouldn't have it. Wonder what they're gonna do now?

Hasta la Vista, Baby!

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Ian Williamson: The engineer who gave Sinclair his first micro

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Re: Bah!

I always called it an "em kay fourteen".

Still do.

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Oh, W00T!!!

My nipples explode with delight!

My first micro.

Man, did I get it to do some tricks! Finally it taught me how to (modified with a latched display) write an MSF fast-code decoder. I STILL have the hand-written assembler sheet at home (used no RAM, just registers, and it worked second time. (Hour digits were backwards the first time - rather than change the wire-wrap I built the thing on, I re-blew a new offending PROM. By hand. One nibble at a time))

Gave it to a young apprentice at a place I worked. Stood him in good stead.

Didn't do me any harm, either.

I loved that machine! Cost me a lot then, but what could be done with it was incredible. Even now I'm doing fun things with a Pi, it's not quite the same. Bit too easy when you can Google for a solution, rather than have to puzzle it out yourself.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Google buys a smoke alarm company?

Next thing they'll be patenting a snooze button for it....

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Re: Yep, happy with that

It would take a desktop PC about 157 billion years to crack your password

Whooo Hooo, Guys! Somebody's still running Vista!!!!

YAAAAAAYYY!!!

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Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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wooden have believed it myself.

He could make it from peartree wood. Then spruce it up a bit.

Apple my ash!

But, very nice job!

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: RPN FTW! Springy foam connector

Yep, at leat one of the early Nokia phones had this (?910?).

I used to work miracles to my friends by giving them a quick twist to restore a missing segment or two...then retighten the case screws for a longer-lasting fix.

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Curiosity rover: While you humans were busy being hungover, this bot hit its 500th Martian day

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10 years for Opportunity....

Bloody hell, is it that long ago? Really?

Slightly longer than I've been on the dole.....

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

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Re: Mandatory comment on the resolution

Caps Lock...I hated it so much I actually used to prise off and throw away the cap. Until I had to write something in SQL.

(Funny, MySQL doesn't seem to mind either, yet I GRANT you ALL TUTORIALS seem to have been written LIKE this;

PITA!

. Am I missing something?)

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: eWho?

Sorry, mate, I think you're thinking of eStreisand, eOsbourne or eNokia.

Out-of-date beach house floating burning platforms. But, whaddo I know?

But, close enough.

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run for another five happy years before eventually being so slow that I dismantled it

Crikey! What a can of worms in that statement!!! They don't get slower with age. We just get more impatient because the latest, greatest eye-candy doesn't quite load as quickly.

Guessing Win-XP --> Vista?

Should've Linux'd the fuc*ker! You'd still be using it now!

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fletcher_Memorial_Home

'Nuff said.

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