* Posts by YumDogfood

187 posts • joined 21 Jan 2008

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

YumDogfood
Pint

Re: More to the point...

Rob m8, they have some seriously cracking brews going on here now. IPA seems to be goer with most Merkin's (+missus) around here (SoCal) but my fave is Lagunitas "lil somethin"[1] - guaranteed to get you wasted in a most delightful way.

There are some crazed, trying too hard, "craft" brews that are well weird to be sure, just avoid anything described on the menu or label that looks like it should be for a wine ("buttery", "caramel", "chocolate", "mature abandoned socks" etc.)

[1] Served @ Ink N' Iron fest while The Damned & Buzzcocks played on...

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

YumDogfood

Yes, I went there and said "avatars."

I wonder if we could do lip syncing & voice changing avatars instead? A Muppet Show Webex would be a hoot. Might have bindun, but I'm too lazy and caffeine deficient this Saturday morning to look.

PS: Future Shock! The story of 2000AD - futureshock2000ad.com

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

YumDogfood
Childcatcher

"Computers? Beep beep beep. Does not compute! What use are they?"

Speaking as a kid (~13yo) who used to design processors (74LS181 FTW!), burn EPROMS with my home made device, and burn holes in the carpet while etching PCBs - Don't underestimate the kids. You show them the widest range of things in the hope of sparking an interest, and then let em' freely choose. Show them the wide open possibilities and not the soft bigotry of ignorance and presumption.

Title is what someone said to me as a kid. I've never forgotten it.

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

YumDogfood
WTF?

"...swapped a bunch of big guys – ... – for a hunch of other guys; small bug agile."

Am I getting bitrot or is Larry afraid of Igor the insect?

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NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 10 years on Mars with a FILTHY selfie

YumDogfood
Headmaster

Shameless promotion: Want to meet the JPL geezer?

A free public lecture hosted by a space advocacy & STEM outreach (non-profit) org in the CA southland:

Saturday, Feb. 22, 3:30 pm

OASIS Lecture Series

10th Anniversary Landing of Mars Exploration Rovers

John Callas, Project Manager, JPL

Long Beach City College Planetarium

4901 East Carson Street

Long Beach CA 90808

http://www.oasis-nss.org/wordpress/?page_id=3

Disclaimer: I'm a member of OASIS.

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Peeping Tom suspects cuffed after 'falling through women's toilet ceiling'

YumDogfood

Decaying Mall Corners

Nothing like 'The Bluff', but not the least dangerous area to av' a lark in. Yep, very stupid: FALL FAIL.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

YumDogfood

Re: I am going to start a british web-based newspaper

The lawyer of unintended consequences has spoken! We will all be rich!

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

YumDogfood
Coat

Pet Shop Boys

Look up that Americanism.

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YumDogfood
Thumb Up

Eel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Would that be in UK asparagus units or the large white variety I've seen in Germany? The German stuff can be very... interesting looking. *cough*

Thumbs up there, because thats safer than an eel up there.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

YumDogfood

The pilots are going be lovin' it, flying sideways.

I imagine the next step is for the cockpit and engines both be at the centre and rotatable as one unit.

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NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

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Gimp

It was such a bad article...

...that all us commentards came out in force (~2 pages so far) to increase the hit count and load up adverts (for those without advert/pic blockers.) Nice.

The spiky rubberhead pic. Because I really dig the look.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

YumDogfood
Trollface

So thats where they are dumping all those unsold Chevy Volts.

Excellent news!

As my JPL bumper sticker says: "I love the smell of rocket fuel in the morning"

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Pasadena to party hardy as Martian landing looms

YumDogfood

Culture shocked

As a Brit ex-pat and member of the LA OASIS society[1] I'm continuously in jaw dropped mode. I've been introduced to the Space-X CEO, know people who's lecturers worked with Wolfgang Pauli and other scientific luminaries. It goes on and on, including people I know who work for JPL. The UK efforts, sadly, make it look like WASA[2].

Its an utterly different world and those not familiar with it have no idea of the core of talent, commitment, money and opportunities. The UK is no slouch when it comes to talented scientists, but everything else seems so shoe-string in comparison.

[1] https://info.aiaa.org/Regions/Western/LA/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=159

[2] http://www.welshspaceagency.org

PS: One space science meeting was at Northrop Grumman's cafeteria, the exterior of which is best known to Star Trek fans as the place where Spock was attacked by the fried egg monsters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation:_Annihilate!

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Google and Facebook tool up for coupons fight

YumDogfood

Green Shield Stamps, by the barrowload

Coupons? Looks like everybody is wanting to get out of the dollar, fast.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

YumDogfood

Lots of good suggestions made y'all made

The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer

Dying Earth series

Vurt

The Reproductive System (Sladek)

Gateway

Norstrilla

Cyberiad

Helliconia series

Naked came the robot

The diamond age

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Israel mulls creation of elite counter-cyberterrorist unit

YumDogfood

Darwin's Fix++

...and the site hosting the source of the automatic updates

...and each package source code

...and the developer with either a gun to their heads, or an agenda

...and...

...and...

End to end security for everything. Who do you trust?

I'm off for my Friday pint, not sure whats in the pint, it might be mind control drugs or GM water, you never know! *wibble*

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Small business denounces extra red tape

YumDogfood

The glass cellar

"women had no rights and were forced to stay at home with the children"

Yeah, it sure beats going down the mine and end up dying of pneumoconiosis while the coal board drags its feet on compensation that might have made my grandfather live longer, or in less pain. Or maybe it would have been more equal like my great-great grandmother and the kids down the mine along with the men? As to the company store - it was (economic) slavery. No wonder the miners had such a radical outlook after such exploitation (though it was transmuted into greed later by certain union leaders with political rather than humanitarian agendas).

Stop with the divide and conquer mentality promoting your own kind of sexism, we all live different lives, and the best thing we can do is to help others achieve, or at least try, whatever we want to do without getting caught in the traps of poverty and ignorance, or stomping on each other like rats in a trap.

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Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones

YumDogfood

Casting (typedef) structs to char* WTF!?

Utterly evil, never mind that it could be structs compiled (#pragma) packed or unpacked, or both options in different libs and the calling code (the horror, the horror...)

Its a big sign that someone is not paying attention to architecture and portability issues.

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HP's 'vision' should embrace Apple, not copy it

YumDogfood

When dinosaurs roamed the earth

It is the age of shambling zombie corporations. Once lively and fleet of foot, they now roam the world to feast on those still living and productive. Brains and talent ripped out and devoured in greed, with nothing at the end of the day to show for it except more corpses and undigested great ideas, products and talent slowly decomposing within the putrid frame of the mega-corp as it shambles it way to a fresh victim.

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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

YumDogfood

Travel from time T2 toT1 obviously requires a T-800.

I'll get my coat.

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Sexy eco-bulb wins Design of the Year

YumDogfood

So they've given on of the chair fetish then?

Product design is an incestuous field of luvvies contained within the M25. Artisan fail: Because you did not make it yourself.

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London's Olympic clock claps out

YumDogfood

FAIL

...the first of many.

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App Store not invited to web's date with destiny

YumDogfood

LOL!

When I pointed a while back that this was the score, I got shot down here. LOL! That that server to app link - all it needs is a basic UDP/TCP over IP and whatever protocol some demented megalomaniac developer can think up over lunch.

The only reason HTML is still here for apps is developer laziness - its a done deal so we only plug in the component and point it at the same port 80 address.

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

YumDogfood

TARD-IS

...in the room.

Time for a cider my luvvers.

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Connecticut suspect's 'half-ro' haircut wows web

YumDogfood

ThHuLe

Phil Oakey a bit shiner on top nowadays. Still got it though, go see them if you get the chance.

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Microsoft 'paid Nokia $1bn' for WinPho 7 deal

YumDogfood

Not a member of The Register?

The FUDy shills are out in force today. *sigh*

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The Node Ahead: JavaScript leaps from browser into future

YumDogfood

Premature optimization is the root of all evil

All this newbie code monkey jabbering, click-jerk down-voting and inter-generational cluebat swinging. I really, really, really, could do with a few pints about now to deaden the pain of it all.

Oh yes, I was going to say something about measuring bottlenecks, profiling and such. Too late, I've already got my coat on. Have a good weekend all.

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Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself

YumDogfood

Cunning plan

"This is the warrant for your arrest Mr. Assange."

"What? Did you get permission to use my name? No? Remove my name from that document immediately! I'm gonna sue you!"

2. Profit!

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

YumDogfood

TardWars

Thank you all. I've really enjoyed this flap in the peanut gallery.

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Mobile spyware tool helps paranoid spouses prove themselves right

YumDogfood

Marrying the wrong person?

Working at your marriage is a lot art when the current environment encourages a lazy, entitled attitude with the ease of bailing out if it. Eat-prey-cheat and the rest of the divorce glamor industry don't help either, bashing from Kay Hymowitz telling us to "Man up" because we're not good enough (LOL!) The list is endless; various cultural bits of shiny-shiny worthless tinsel pulling couples apart or preventing them from trusting one another. I'm glad I'm not a young bloke in this horrid era. One major cluebat for y'all is: Men don't (often) commit because women are (often) bad at *keeping* commitments (look at the gender ratio for *who* files for divorce.)

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Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley

YumDogfood

"Secret History of Silicon Valley"

I'm a bit late here, but this insightful talk (~1hr) is worth a view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTC_RxWN_xo

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Customs officers get X-ray machines for down under searches

YumDogfood

Path of least resistance

1. Fill false preggers bump with Kg of the good stuff and walk on through (sans THz scanners).

2. Find an under 18 year old stupid enough to be a mule (not exactly hard, that one)

3. Either rohypnol & make a deposit in an unsuspecting lightweight thinker or a fake ID and take acting lessons in not firing on all thrusters.

Ways and means people, ways and means.

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Turn your mobile phones in to a live gig speaker

YumDogfood

Moshpit or GTFO

I feel the evil need for a portable FM transmitter and the latest Beiberific or BrokeNCYDE abortion.

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Man found guilty of battery after ejaculating in co-worker's drink

YumDogfood

Yes, but did she spit or swallow the drink?

I know, this Mr Obvious is going to hell.

/coat, the shiny metallic asbestos lined one.

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Apple brings multi-touch, full-disk crypto to latest OS X

YumDogfood

Versions;1

Like wot VMS and other OSs had yonks ago?

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'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

YumDogfood

Post anonymously?

Would have got away with it, if it weren't for 400 of those pesky kids.

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Three-day gaming session kills Chinese man

YumDogfood

holodeck=Pr0n

FIFY. ;-)

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Five Reasons to be cheerful about Nokia-Microsoft

YumDogfood

Microsoft and the version #3 rule.

Punting a WP7 on Nokia hardware should be simple - munge the existing drivers for the WP7 API and you could 'knock one out' (yes, I know) in a hurry. Its an engineering problem, one Nokia are good at (sans all the engineering teams walking out, err...)

I expect WP7 to advance quite a bit and catch up, as long as the consumer unit and BU don't go to war over features. The only thing that would work against that is lack of communication between, and commitment from, MS and Nokia engineering teams. The only thing that could _really_ bollox it all up are their respective bureaucracies, but we have already tread on that ground, around and around, like Marvin the paranoid android stuck in a hole.

There is enough cash floating around for them, I think, to do it the X-Box way and chuck it around until something sticks, all gooey and cheaply, to whatever demographic is unfortunate enough to be in the way. As with any MS product, I would wait for version #3 though (I'm joking, really!) before it hits its stride and the money sucking starts in earnest.

PS: Nokia, please get an industrial designer that did not work on chunky Casio watches for orienteering bods. Thanks, much appreciated.

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Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

YumDogfood

Time heals

Give it up on the ancient feuding people, I'm all for multiculturalism! For instance I'm *just* starting to get uses to all those Roman/Frenchy/Viking sorts hanging around these Isles. It does add a bit of colour to the place you know.

Y Cymro.

PS: I really don't mind them but hey do often reek of garlic and drink that awful alcoholic red stuff made from some some bizarre small squishy fruit clumps. As for not believing in lots of gods that you can actually see (sun,rock,plant,animal,sky) and only in one invisible one, Well, It might impact the hut prices around here (its already at two goats and a hen!) Thats all I'm saying, you know.

/ tongue, cheek, coat.

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Intel sends 'Poulson' Itaniums to the shrink

YumDogfood

His name is Robert...

/coat, as I'm already late to this party.

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Albuquerque shopper samples free man oysters

YumDogfood

Misogynist?

I just thought the perp was just a grade 'A' sick twat and deserving of a good metaphorical kicking from the law, not a sinister agent of "Teh Patriarchy". El Regtards pride themselves on telling sick jokes (while actually acknowledging the wrongness), whatever the sex of the offender or victim. I'm all for equality - nobody is above the great British tradition of 'the taking of the piss'.

This in fact has been a great experiment. We now know cold semen tastes the same or similar to freshly squeezed. We need a control though, may I suggest: http://www.geekychef.com/2009/01/sea-salt-ice-cream.html ?

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Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment

YumDogfood

Never mind, its Friday.

+1 GothPoint for this.

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Geeky gifts for Valentine's Day

YumDogfood

How about...

...abandoning the consumerist tat shop and other Feb 14th specific wanky shit and concentrating on oooh, I dunno... the relationship? You know, taking time out for each other. Its love baby!

The most important thing I share with my g/f is *time* and she feels the same way. We can and do treat each other, but its about *us* and not throwing material goods at each other as a bad proxy for showing some genuine affection and caring (all year round).

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America spared Top Gear Mexican quips

YumDogfood

"routinely edited for international transmission"

So no Clarkson on US TV then? :-P

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Microsoft re-org: more code, less death by PowerPoint?

YumDogfood

@Chika

I fear Microsoft coming from behind...

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Facebook causes eating disorders in teenage girls

YumDogfood

Failing...

...to stuff you face with enough pies causes death. Failing to breath also found to be dangerous.

Being a teenage girl causes all kinds of disorders in parents as well, tell me about it! I'm praying for a boy next time, at least he will only paint his room black and hibernate in there during those years (please, please let him steal my Heavy Metal/Indie/Goth CD collection and not listen to Justin Beeper type crud). BTW, any word on the real big number self inflicted kiddy killer and not "hurted feeellinz": Suicide. (~21 per 100K in the USA) No? I wonder why...

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Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

YumDogfood

No freebies!

If you have to leave something behind, remember to knacker it totally; bend it, break it and give it a good thrashing. "If it can be used or is regarded as a weapon then its the responsible thing to do; to de-weaponize it!" Don't take no for an answer - its still your property remember. No more freebie toys for the spawn of Mr or Ms Hitler.

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Intel sings duet with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am

YumDogfood

cringe -> how much? -> smile! -> $$$$$$

Only a large bureaucracy ridden corporation knows how to do a proper PR fail.

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Are disk drives beginning to spin down?

YumDogfood

The HDD is doomed, doomed I say!

Teh internets data is all in a mercury delay line going around the planets equator. Its why they won't give out any of the precious silvery fluid to museums.

/coat, but only after I finish my Friday pint.

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Massive US rocket sends top-secret cargo into space

YumDogfood

Trendy?

The Saturn V first stage F1 engines burned kerosene (RP-1). The second and third LOX & hydrogen. Yes, I bought the three DVD Saturn V rocket pr0n (for £2).

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