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I made the old Syntom, Synchime and Synwave kits from Maplins, along with a Synclock that could theoretically control them (if only they had had provision for that built-in).
Sadly, the designer of the Synclock chose a positive going edge for the trigger and all my Roland kit used a negative-going edge trigger, so life was more complicated than it needed to be.
I still have two Synclocks in bags ready to be assembled, or would if I hadn't scavenged one of the decade counters for some project or other years ago.
Re: No Maplins within walking distance but...
"And where does the average slipper-and-cardigan home computer owner find matrix board, resistors and the like in the mid-1990s?"
Barton Brothers, if you were lucky enough to live in Coventry. They had *everything*, even the valves for my Dad's old early 60s-era Echo telly (repurposed for experiments after the shift to 625 lines only).
But you had to know what you needed 'cos they were a counter and back room place, not a supermarket shelves and stealing one. I restocked my Phillps Electronic Engineer kit from them when wires snapped off LDRs or capacitors due to too much re-use.
Electricians and fuses. Heh.
When I was at UEA I was once accused of blowing the 52 amp breaker in B02 Suffolk Terrace, and returned to my digs to find my small cluster of adaptors sans fuses and indignant electricians just leaving. I demanded the return of my fuses, pointing out that since they were not the cheap as chips 13 amp variety but quite expensive 1 and 3 amp ones that had been chosen so that the socket over my desk would never experience anywhere like 13 amps draw let alone the 52+ the men from Volt Central were accusing me of.
Once they had seen for themselves that they were a) wrong and b) idiots they uttered the standard whine of the incompetent and lazy: "If it wasn't you then who..." whereupon I suggested they continue their room-by-room search. Four doors later they discovered the former Entertainment Secretary's mobile disco rig plugged in and ready to rock and a light dawned.
Everybody calm down. Since those reporting the story *other* than El Reg (but including the Daily Show) have prominently displayed the face of Mr Upskirt and made it clear who is being a dick (hint: it isn't the Boston legal system) I doubt he'll be able to pull his phone out in public to make a call or read a tweet without people screaming at him.
Re: Pot AND the kettle
"If he gains control of PayPal, run away as fast as you can."
Already did, years ago. For the life of me I do not understand why so many small UK businesses selling over ye web love PayPal the way they do. If PayPal is the only payment option, I'll live without whatever it is I fancied buying because buying stuff is why I have a credit card - which affords me various privileges and protections whereas PayPal are notorious for ducking behind the bushes when you need a word with them over a problem transaction.
In my opinion, PayPal brought all the peace-of-mind to online buying that MtGOX brought to digital currency wallet management and security.
So, only took , what, 35 years to bounce back?
Good news for the UK manufacturing base then. It is a wise country that understands that it is in trouble if it can't sell machine tools to itself when no-one else wants 'em.
I just saw that my local Long Island Railroad station is being turned into (yet) another retail mall and eatery nirvana. The fact that no-one has a job in that area, and it is regarded as so nasty people don't see it as a viable first choice of a place to leave an unattended car anyway hasn't deterred the developers.
Who have "acquired" the commuter car park for the space needed. Since anyone who *does* use this new Destination Sordide will be vying for parking space with commuters already strapped for parking spaces as a result of the development, I predict annoyance and yet more upfuckery.
Re: @Stevie: Bah!
*nods* Airlines are pretty much the definition of an unworkable business model. Incredibly expensive transport sold so cheap you have to enter chapter eleven bankruptcy about every 5 years to make it "work".
I'm often surprised at people who will get all over NASA's case about over-managing a project, yet every airport in the world is a demonstration of how much non-travel buggering around can be brought to bear on the business of going from A to B in a relatively straight line when people are really incentivized.
"never seen worse corporate governance"
Really? In backwards order of getting a clue then: MtGox, Radio Shack, Most of the US Car Manufacturing Industry, All Investment Banks, ICL, Wickmans Machine Tool Ltd.
You could be forgiven for not knowing the last one, or that the UK once made machine tools.
"It also reminded the genteel Radio 4 audience that it allowed fanbois to trace their stolen phones using the Find My iPhone app and use a system called Activation Lock to keep thieves out of stolen iStuff by preventing access. ®"
To which I respond: and how is this relevant to the matter at hand? Are they suggesting that keeping the iPad's account locked will somehow provide proof of an Afterlife?
Wizards of the Coast managed a sort of Osborne Maneuver (by Proxy) when they announced the new version of D&D years ahead of its release and killed the market for the extensive, heart-of-the-business-model publications for the current release, hanging out to dry their retailers. WoC are big enough to absorb the damage, but not so the retailers who have much tighter margins.
It's interesting to hear about the industry bullying that went on well before Windows/Office. The way some tell it you'd think BG invented the practice.
*nods* The Dollar: the wages of sin.
Y' can't stuff a stripper's G-string with bitcoin.
OMG! I'm in ur jpegs usin ur bandwidth profligately!
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Important language that. There are only two types of American nowadays; Job creators and leeches.
Once again one of these seemingly impregnable bastions of finance is proved to be made of gasoline-soaked tissue paper.
I'm not seeing the crime here. Dell say "You want I should save you the trouble of installing Firefox and follow the usual practice when performing some service for a customer by charging a fee, which I will tell you about up front so you can figure out if you want to say 'no'?"
I wish my mechanic would not charge for adjusting the belts on my car, but if I want to do that myself (and spend days recovering from aches, pains and banged knuckles) I can save myself a few dollars. I do the math and decide yes or no.
Same with this Dell thing. No crime, no story. Just an annoyed tightwad with an elevated sense of outrage and too much time on his hands.
Time to go long in teary endings I think.
Why do these "committee members" hate America?
Re: I'm often bewildered by why men shave
Well firemen do it so their respirators will seal, and I imagine mountaineers, professional paint sprayers & hazmat workers do so for the same reasons.
Clowns do it so the makeup doesn't get stuck in their beards and look idiotic when they are off-duty and in mufti.
Arctic and Antarctic explorers do it to avoid ice forming in their beards - though opinion on the value of this differs.
Servicemen do it because their officers make them.
Natives of the Amazonian rain forest do it to help prevent parasitic infestation of their heads by insects (though technically they "wax" using latex).
I'm sure I could think up more reasons if I switched my brain on.
We life-long facial hair wearers know a secret the face-scrapers apparently don't - that *all* beards start off patchy and stupid-looking, growing like mad in one place and almost not at all in others.
When I shave I take two weeks of jokes and then - people forget and complain they can't grow beards like "some people can".
I'm currently sporting Nigel Green-inspired Mutton Chops, because it goes with my pith helmet. When I run out of razor blades I'll go back to my usual full beard and diving helmet.
Upvoted so you know you aren't the only non-DINK, non-SINK in the forum.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
"Personally, I have no sympathy for the guy, he should imply have swallowed his pride, kept his mouth shut and enjoyed the 80k..... Instead he wanted to show off and he paid the price, what an arse..."
Because he obviously *was* bragging and hadn't, for example, simply been overheard talking to his wife during the stressful process, and because you personally know the man and know him for a Tw*t.
Sorry Khaptain, you get the fail. You could have just sniggered along with everyone else but no, you had to brag about *why* and now you've lost the moral high ground and everyone wants their upvotes back. I've no sympathy for you.
That isn't the real NME. The real one kept fish'n'chips warm and had Charles Shaar Murray in it.
It seems of late that the Register has the same relationship with Apple that the New Musical Express had with Jethro Tull in the mid to late 70s.
Though not a fan of all things Apple (quite the reverse when it comes to certain specific examples of Appletat) I am forced to remember how that ended, and which one outlasted the other.
I have the perfect defense: 'We aren't allowed to itemize your charges because they are a matter of national security. Indeed, we aren't allowed to acknowledge such charges exist. And you aren't allowed to ask about it all anyway, because if you do the terrorists win."
Why this is funny: Taxpayers foot the bill to be spied on, then fund the lawsuit too. It's just abonus that Sprint customers will foot the bill for damages (which in all likelihood will be appealed at more expense to everyone).
I often wonder idly how much less litigation and how much more oversight would happen if the bills had to be paid for by the politicians involved.
Re: How amusing..I am enjoying this crash & burn immensely.
No-one who owned bitcoin would argue the value was fixed. Anyone holding that patently ridiculous opinion couldn't possibly actually have a "bitcoin position".
One might expect a little more from one's e-currency exchange than one has been getting of late from the likes of MtGOX. The levels of malfeasance are staggering.
Re: Mt Gox going bust
"Perhaps this will get its own moniker, like the Ponzi scam."
Earth to Fatman: *All* non-backed currencies are a Ponzi scheme.
Yet more evidence of malfeasance. Everyone knows *real* call centers are established in India and manned by people trained to an almost acceptable degree in faking local accents who claim to be speaking to you from a suburb of London.
Re: Not in the UK.....
Do they still slap you with the catch-all "without dc&a" too, or is that a thing of the distant past? I always thought that statute would pretty much cover everything hand-held.
If there is any ironic justice in the universe this judge will get run over by someone reading a GPS map on their phone while driving instead of looking where they're going.
Gotta tell you, if the ballasting issue could be figured out it would be a spiffy alternative to the Bloody Long Island Rail Road as a means to move people from their homes forty miles or so to NYC.
Advantages of dirigible over BLIRR:
Goes faster (even if not moving).
No mad rocking from side to side a-la Seaview in a sub vs monster scenario. Who bought these new trains anyway?
Not subject to stupid avoidable delays due to "the wrong sorts of leaves on tracks" or the thirty five plus year old "tunnels only signaled in one direction (and it's the wrong direction)" idiocies.
Don't have to listen to "famous" people who never ride the BLIRR telling me how to ride the BLIRR ("Don't fall on the tracks")
Don't have to listen to moronic list of stations that the next train would have stopped at if in fact the train in question had not been cancelled being read over the P.A. (instead of useful information like when the next train might actually put in an appearance).
Don't have to deal with sub-human levels of intelligence of BLIRR management bring to the table at every "challenge".
Finally: Would actually be able to use an alternative form of transport as suggested by spokesdrones every f***ing time the BLIRR breaks down marooning me in NYC - and as a bonus, never have to go back to the trains afterwards.
Prediction: The cost difference between this and a chromebook will be about the same as the difference between a bottle of vodka and a bottle of duty free vodka at an airport shop.
"The chain has since been forced to offer free fraud monitoring services to its customers, "
It has? Because my bank announced it was giving me a new card as I had been identified as one of those affected and I've not had anyone from Target or a credit monitoring service try and contact me.
Prediction: Plaintiffs will be offered settlement in Magic: the Gathering booster packs.
Re: "Look after Mr Bond, see that some harm comes to him"
But in all fairness he then went on to repair the nearly dead Robert De Nero just because Jean Reno asked him to.
And he built a killer diorama of the 47 Ronin in action which did not have any reference to wire-fu, dragons or Keanu F***ing Anderson.
I declare this movie great!
Now can we *please* have the inexplicably overlooked Freecell movie everyone has been waiting for?
I resent that! It's bad enough getting that line from the wife without some git at MI5 chipping in (although it has to be said the last time I myself saw a bod like mine it was on top of the Empire State building swatting aeroplanes).
So the real story is that there is no real difference when it comes to Windows or Macs longevity. They are both obsoleted for reasons that have little to do with the lifetime of the hardware.
Of course, Apple have a personally noted policy of obsoleting equipment out of their stores when they become unfashionable anyway - otherwise I'd have been able to replace my brother-in-law's G3 mouse without recourse to crapbay and I'd be able to buy a replacement for my 16g iPod nano without losing the screen (actually I can get ex-fanbois secondhand nanos from Game Stop but still...)
What a shame this database doesn't have an API so that AV manufacturers could, you know, benefit from all that taxpayer-funded data.
"looks like T-1000 after Arnie gave it both barrels "
It's funny because it's true.
According to what I understood a knowledgeable commentator on NPR a couple of weeks ago to be saying, the President would simply have to change the duties of one person and have them assumed in toto by another to comply completely with his "new policy" without materially altering the process at all.
Simply fit all space helmets with a drain tap in the same place the air regulator goes on a diving helmet.
Helmet fills, tap spills.
Also: improvised thruster application possible.
I see no downside.
I came to the same conclusion two weeks ago when I wondered idly about the number and frequency of storms (during a particularly harsh winter one here in NY) and toodled over to The Wunderblog and cross referenced that with Wikipedia.
No expensive grants needed. The answers are all there for the reading.
Deary me what a load of cobblers
Agreed, but if you turn your irony detector *on* you'll find the number of true dimwits is small compared to those mocking them.
Re: Leviticus 20:13
Nonono, it has nothing to do with sex, it's about not telling your mates you are working late when you are actually down the pub with a bunch of women.
In 1984 you could buy (non digital I might add) compact cameras with a convex mirrored lens and a thing that looked for all the world like a socket set ratchet driver in a kit.
You fastened the camera on the round bit (where the socket would snap on the ratchet driver) pointing back down the handle, extended the telescopic shaft, posed yourself in the mirror and took your "selfie".
The box showed an elderly grandfather posed in a snowbank with his granddaughter after some skiing fun. No doubt such a device would be decried as a paedo enabler these days.
I guess do-overs is NOT just a Hollywood meme.
Re: What can and should the other developed countries do about this?
Invade. Crush. Partition. Rule benevolently.
Attention microphone-addicted (mostly) Republican politicians: Are we clear yet why we absolutely do NOT want to "take China's example" in "how to revitalize a manufacturing economy"?
You might want to check up on why we passed all those "business unfriendly" clean-air regulations half a century ago before you go mouthing off again too.
Or maybe you could just check on how many people choked to death in smog back in the worker's paradise of pre-"nanny state" legislation America.
Re: the well-known manufacturer of self-immolating washing machines