* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1490 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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Re: And after that...

"internet peering partners"

Sounds more like something that you could get arrested for, or at least could make you go blind...

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You know things are bad when even Dido Harding is attacking you...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36844712

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Had just the same, except in my case it's a hard drive caddy I'm after.

Just managed to get to Amazon though (11am) and ordered it, so give it a try..

Also had the irony of getting an RSS feed message from the BBC News about their article on the subject, but not being able to open it due to the issue...

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

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Re: "Smart meters and all our policies will remain as strong as ever."

"Smart meters and all our policies will remain as strong as ever."

Is that supposed to be a positive qualifier, given how weak and useless they have been so far?

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Re: Yes you can say no.

Supposedly there is a new standard that is coming out that will allow meters to be used across all suppliers.

And you can bet that will lead to them being even less secure and protected than the current crop are, if that is actually possible.

Remind me why we as consumers might actually want these things again? I'm sure the convenience isn't ours, especially as most normal people won't have "Gaz and Leccy running out of control" to use their moronic advertising wording...

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Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach

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Re: Jet Lag

1. Intercourse and Intoxication as we used to call it.

@Bloakey1 - It's more fun if you do it the other way around, although I guess your way could make whoever you wake up with look better (or help you recover from the sight if necessary)...

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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Enquiring mind wants to know

"...and a tool for measuring gravity via radio waves"

OK, now I'm wondering quite how that works?

I'm sure the mental image it conjures up of measuring the Doppler shift of a Chris Evans broadcast from a DAB dropped down into the Jovian atmosphere probably isn't quite correct somehow.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: Apparently he was allowed to continue his journey

The lesson may have been engrained more deeply though had he been restrained by officers in possession of the real thing (and having them on show and it made clear of quite how things could have gone), and then made to continue his journey without the opportunity to change his underwear.

And also perhaps contacted ahead to the US immigration and homeland security people to make sure they gave him a good talking to as well at the other end of the trip to make it truly memorable...

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: Curious minds want to know

This curious mind is wondering why our one had to be escorted by the other pair. Or are they the aforementioned spares?

Or were they afraid it would get lost, or the pilot would take the chance to Brexit to somewhere else?

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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Re: Change of name...

Just be thankful we've been spared Boris Johnson and Theresa May going at each other.

Although the prospect of her and Michael Gove is almost as bad.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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If you're a bison they'll wash their hands of you, or perhaps in you...

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: don't run windows update until august 1

Or force an install and then charge for it?

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Re: so

But only if said without any pause or hesitation in your finest Nigel Hawthorne voice...

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Hooves in spaaace: Goat Simulator goes galactic

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Wasn't that more about camel toes?

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Safety, pah! Digital Dukes of Hazzard have robot cars powersliding

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Re: Top Gear did something similar

Clarkson telling someone they're sacked, given how his tenure ended...?

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Re: Magic Roundabout

There's also a smaller one in the spaghetti network of Heathrow (near T4, between it and T5 iirc), which I though particularly cruel given the amount of people in hire cars that would need to tackle it.

Not to mention the National Express et al coaches, which was how I encountered it the last couple of times...

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Re: Top Gear did something similar

And look how that all played out in the end...

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Re: But...

Plus a few cop cars (or Google cars maybe) to trash and a robot in short-shorts?

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Pret a porter?

Meanwhile, the handset doesn't have handheld controllers yet, unlike its rival Vive.

Handset? I think you've been wearing it wrong...

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

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Security was a priority

Of course it is, or else they'd lose their existing cushie business of selling your personal information to anyone and everyone who wants it that happens to have a suitably large suitcase full of cash...

Just look up all the stories about their dealings with various parking companies, dodgy insurance dealers and other less shining examples of members of the motor trade.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Follow the money?

So how much of this is either greed to get the cash from all the now-required testing and suchlike (with its mentioned fees), and of course to try and prevent existing smokers actually quitting and so losing all that lovely tax revenue from the money they're burning?

All it'll do of course is drive things underground...

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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Re: I think a paid service would only work

Isn't that more or less what YouView is, or at least was supposed to be? And look how well that one is doing after a few years on the market.

Wholeheartedly agree on the iPlayer front, I have exactly the same gripe when I'm abroad on a business trip and either have to have remembered to download stuff first, or to use my VPN.

Not to mention their current push to sell all of their shows on download or DVD just after they've aired them. Who was it that funded the production of these shows again?

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NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

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Re: In the interest of the environment

It wouldn't be big enough, even at SPB scales...

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US schoolkids deploy Earth-watching CubeSat

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Reached their ACME?

"Upon the approval to proceed from NASA and JAXA, the NRCSDs are commanded one by one, allowing the dispenser doors to open and the large internal spring to be released, deploying the CubeSats."

Is it just me that thinks that sounds wonderfully Wile E Coyote? Especially combined with the tape measure antenna on one of the university cubes.

Anyway top marks all round to the boffins, especially the junior ones from the elementary school.

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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Sounds familiar

Worked that night too (although not for quite that much money...) along with a colleague, plus the missus came in too and brought a TV and bottle of bubbly.

Was there to support all the European customers in case things went tits-up, and the company had set up a fairly nice system to help us do the support (we're the European arm of a global company, the db was worldwide).

So comes the time, and of course we only had problems with the "millennium bug" on one system. And yes, of course it's the one you guessed, the support database went gaga. But as there was absolutely no issue from any of the customers, we just savoured the irony along with the champagne, the extra pay and the coverage on TV.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

Hmm, just think of the recursive fun you could have look at your own records of viewing your own records. Especially if you automate it with a little scripting... :-)

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Nanoparticle boffinry could boost battery life

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Re: "faster charging and greater energy storage"

What's life without a little bit of risk?

Longer?

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Hmm...

Maybe just replace the LEDs with a BOFH style cattle prod (lengthways of course)? Step near it when you shouldn't be crossing and get a zap?

Also fit a variant across the road too, so muppet drivers who jump the red lights (especially at crossings) get a similar jolt? Could be tricky to deal with the insulating properties of car tyres I guess, so maybe a higher voltage or a set of stinger spikes too?

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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Re: The whalesong is deafening where I work...

Personally I'd just love the channels to have discrete, unobtrusive and above all static brand logos in the corner (if they must have them at all).

Several of the channels these days seem to think that having animated logos that look like they're doing aerobics plus all sorts of other "information" in scrolling or bouncing tiny fonts that aren't readable unless you're sat 3 inches from a HD TV are a good thing.

When I'm trying to watch a TV show, the last thing I want is some animated antics in the corner of the screen continually distracting you on the edge of your peripheral vision.

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Re: No giant robots?

Or failing that giant radioactive lizards, moths and similar mutants...?

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: Anyone seen the rabbit hole?

Ah so that's the misunderstanding.

They obviously heard that the plane should take off and head to the clouds, and thought they were talking about its software instead...

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Reality TV Stars

I just wish it wasn't a reality I had to live in on a day to day basis...

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Re: I've

There are a few radio stations over here at the moment who are currently playing a track from him as roughly every 5th song at the moment and going on non-stop about it.

Seems somewhat hypocritical when I can't recall them playing any of his songs at all for several years now prior to yesterday's sad news.

No denying his influence or talent, I just wish it didn't need his death to get his music actually played. Or maybe I just need to retune my radio again and clean out some of the presets.

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Re: Seems to be a mass die-off of celebrities at the moment

Personally I'm starting to wonder if 2016 has been ghost-written by George R R Martin?

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

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Mini-Chipzilla

Chipzooky?

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Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

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Re: assembly

One of those buildings that are large enough to have the risk of clouds forming inside them if their climate isn't properly controlled, iirc.

Also saw it in my younger days (between the Apollo and Shuttle eras sadly), as you say a most impressive place.

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Re: Horizontal integration

Since when does that ever stop us?

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Indeed, I too was wondering quite what was wrong with the Apollo test, as I presume the moon is close enough to a vacuum to be a valid testbed.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: "War on Smut"

Hopefully some politico will soon issue a War On Common Sense. We need more of it and that seems like a surefire way.

Unfortunately you'd have to find it first, which may well be the tricky part...

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Intel preps for layoffs: Chipzilla sharpens axe for deep job cuts

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Re: Home state of Oregon??

Indeed, although to be fair the manufacturing/R&D mothership is in Oregon (Portland).

At least it better be, as that's where I'm going in a couple of weeks time to visit it...

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Doing the time warp?

Job queues in Intel’s home state of Oregon are to swell in 2015 with Chipzilla steering thousands of workers to the chopping block.

...Windows 10 is not expected to drive larger volumes of purchases of standard desktops and notebooks until 2016.

I'm fairly sure last time I looked at a calendar we were actually in 2016 at the moment, indeed almost 1/3 of the way through it? Or are these redundancies so hard-hitting that they're being backdated?

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Re: Cats

Given the fairly large amount of apparently stray dogs around last time I was out that way, I think they've already caught wind of the plan and deployed their counter measures...

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Or possibly Bruce, depending on the marsupial in question?

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Re: Laser Guided

Of course, now it becomes clear. All these years we've had the relationship between the evil genius in his volcano lair and the white Persian he's stroking entirely backwards...

Should have known who really ruled that crater.

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Re: The idiom demands...

And an equal number of dogs for the cats to rain down with...

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I guess you'd also maybe need to throw a few dogs in (out?) as well, as "It's raining cats and more cats" doesn't quite have the same ring to it...

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: 8.5kW and 0-60 in 10 seconds?

They'll probably say it's so light as it gets lift from all the hydrogen...

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Re: Company wordsmith?

It looks very much like a superstar's car to me.

Unfortunately the one that it brings to mind is Homer Simpson and his self-designed car, The Homer...

D'oh!

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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Re: Why the PHB should only be given *minimal* access to any system.

Or better still:

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-04-03

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