* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1074 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

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An alternative

For those who already have a Pi (mk1 or mk2), an alternative could be the Plusberry Pi case. It has most of the features listed except the LEDs, and is already funded via Indiegogo. Does have the IR for the remote control, but doesn't actually come with a control itself (although most generic ones should work, if your TV doesn't have CEC to do it via HDMI anyway).

They've been a bit delayed from their original shipment date, but are due to land at the end of the April according to the latest updates. Got mine on order, to replace the current Lego case that my kids made for my Pi1.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Ah yes, but you also have to remember the first three things that the bride sees after entering the church.

"Aisle" - "Altar" - "The Groom"

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Re: Arithmetic

Rather surprised I reminded her that it was basically the old school arithmetic problem of "how long to fill a bath".

In this day and age half the people would then ask you what a bath was, as they only have showers...

Or if they're being smart, they ask if it's quicker to fill it from the top-down or the bottom-up ;)

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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Duly elected

What do you do when your brain is missing?

I thought everyone knew the answer to that - you get elected to parliament...

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: Christometer-

Or maybe just Christwatch, with the i pronounciation softened similar to wristwatch?

Wish you hadn't mentioned holy toast though, now I feel hungry!

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LOHAN leaps aloft & ports into virtual flight logger

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Re: Secret developments?

I think you may have that backwards - I'm sure aforesaid mixture is supposed to make you legless, not to recover from them falling off...

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: Bubba

This one perhaps?

- photo bar at the top.

From the TechRepublic article on the subject...

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Re: "We offer it here without any warranty, guarantee, or prospect of support"

Not even against sanity loss?

Given the reminder of Clippy and the painful memories that induced, especially not against sanity loss..

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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Re: Future, what future

You do also wonder how much is a vested interest of theirs, given how many of their former (and quite possibly current or future) colleagues are actually featured in said database...

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Where to put it?

I dunno why we'd need runways. Everyone knows that British rockets will launch from a rocket sled riding on rails (possibly using maglev, but that was never explained in the show).

And with their usual impeccable timing, they just sold the East Coast mainline back to private hands. That would have been perfect, nice long run-up and all that. Although having to stop every few miles for leaves on the line, broken trains and freight might I guess put a crimp on things somewhat...

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Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

Not wanting to put a dampener on this, but shouldn't we have a space vehicle before we build a spaceport?

Come on, this is the mob whose upcoming new aircraft carriers are due to be finished and in service at least a couple of years before the aircraft that they're supposed to be carrying will become available.

So having the port before something to launch from it is almost par for the course...

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Re: Where to put it?

Failed birds and spent stages from Canaveral or Kourou tend to come down in mid-Atlantic, failed launches from the UK?

Somewhere in Eastern France maybe, around Strasbourg?

Hmm, suddenly I can maybe see why the Govt wanted to include the more southerly locations as an option...

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Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

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Re: You can sideload Androids already

Yes, it's still there in Lollipop 5.0.3, along with the warning pop-up of the risks involved if you enable it.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Walk through most airports en-route from check-in to the plane and see how many PCs you pass which are running XP - I did it yesterday and my count was 4 (at least 2 of which were sat beside dot-matrix printers, which probably also says something about "if it ain't broke don't fix it").

I travel most weeks, and the count at most airports is usually about the same, which when you consider how many gates most airports have these days quickly tots up to a lot of XP installs...

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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...they'll be throwing money at it like it's a stripper with a vacuum cleaner

...they'll be throwing money at it like it's a stripper with a vacuum cleaner.

Whatever floats your boat Simon, whatever floats your boat :)

Missed this one for beer o'clock, but gave a nice gentle start to avoiding work this Monday morning...

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: technology dominated the early 20th century, it was wireless

As he (Rex Garrod that is) more than amply proved in Robot Wars over several seasons...

But I certainly love Hunkin's cartoons on the subject - it's a nice sneaky way of getting kids drawn into the subject, plus on occasions some adults too.

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I don't think it has had one, although I would more than agree it certainly deserves one.

Or even just a mention in the articles, as it was also missing from inclusion in the Goonhilly one you linked to (aside from my doing so in the comments section of that article). For those who are interested, a link to their website is here

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Amen and upvote to that!

Now if we could just get Dabbsy back in the right day too, we could all slack off nicely until beer o'clock...

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This sounds horribly familiar

Sounds like our old expenses system at work, which was so long and convoluted, and with so many approvals and sign-offs that getting expenses actually paid sometimes took 2-3 months.

It only got "sorted out" when some of us started putting in expense claims for the interest on our personal credit cards that we had to use for funding the original expenditure (as we're obviously not trustworthy enough to have company cards...), as we weren't getting the money back in time to actually pay the things off on time.

Our current system is a bit better (and somewhat quicker), but it's still going to be interesting to see if the beancounters realise how long filling in a claim takes, when done during worktime at the hourly rate I get paid ;)

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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NASA's design for a submarine to operate on Titan

Looking at the pic, I have to wonder if they've had that design around for ages and have been secretly testing it in a certain Scottish loch for a few decades?

My coat's the extra warm one - it's chilly up there this time of year...

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Re: Yes, I have

Or if you want to go Superhero, try Spawn, possibly paired with Daredevil (although the latter is arguably tolerable, and does have Jennifer Garner in it as a redeeming feature so maybe shouldn't be included in this company).

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Re: NO DRUGS!

So at what point do we need to invent an el Reg standard unit (or scale) of masochism for all this?

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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Re: Using this App called AdAway...

Or ADB and a PC, for that matter...

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Windows 10

But the Windows 10 version that will end up on there is command-line only

Or as we used to call it, DOS.

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Likewise, although to be honest my existing turbo-overclocked B+ coupled with Kodi Helix and the excellent Amber skin run very smoothly anyway with anything I throw at it (which admittedly doesn't include full HD BluRay rips, just SD DVD ones).

It would also be interesting to know how much improvement they could get by not being quite so conservative in the clock settings that they ship the boards out with. And indeed whether that aspect will be changed on the Pi 2 compared to the Pi 1.

But anyway nice one and well done to them for keeping the general design and especially the price backward compatible with the existing ones.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Re: Interesting name,

They should go the whole hog and name the rocket first stage the Look Out Below!

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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The eyes have it...

Still makes me wonder at what point they're going to need to start offering free upgrades to the oldest and weakest links in the chain, namely the pair of mark 1 sensors just above and on either side of your nose...

Or is that the point where they cut out the middle-man (so to speak) and just route the media directly to the mind?

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Re: Be a real shame

If some unscrupulous individual had a laptop sending disconnect packets for the hotel's own WiFi...

Based on personal (dis)connection experience of some hotel networks over the years, I'm not sure that you're the first to have that idea...

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Really ?

Monorail, monorail, monorail!

(Sorry, couldn't resist - if it's any consolation that jingle will be in my head all bloody day now too).

Anyway on a similar topic - "But it now appears Silicon Valley's answer to Hank Scorpio has decided to go ahead."

Somehow methinks it's more the other way about, "inspiration behind" (at least in part) rather than "answer to"...

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Re: I wonder what it was?

Murphski?

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Re: How hot is that in olympic swimming pools or london buses?

Except at night of course

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Or perhaps they're testing their last-minute re-addition of an offline mode to Elite:Dangerous?

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: This was going to be my first

Go a copy of Oolite, although as it's free and open source you may have trouble giving your money away even then... ;)

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: ZoneAlarm advert?

Perhaps they need to produce ZoneAlarm Fridge or similar...

Isn't that more likely to be plugged by Weightwatchers than Checkpoint?

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Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

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Anti-Pitt?

Is it my imagination, or has Lara Croft suddenly regenerated from Angelina Jolie to Jennifer Aniston?

Not sure Mr Pitt would approve...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: My feedback on your latest missive

I think it's more we want you to step back to what it was before whilst you rethink what went well and what went badly in this update, rather than leaving us stewing in an update that we hate at least parts of whilst you do so.

I'm sure there are some parts of it that people do like, even if they're not fully aware of them directly (if it's stuff under the bonnet/hood) or just that everyone's focussed on the negatives like the whiteness.

Also it's probably a bit surprising at the attitude that's being taken (or at least appearing to be taken, after all the only feedback for our complaints is your good self so far), especially given the delight that el Reg (or certain members of it) have taken in lambasting Microsoft for doing almost the very same thing with Win8 in terms of ignoring user (or reader in your case) feedback.

So maybe it's time for some more "official" feedback or action on all this, before the frustration leads to the only other course of action we have than venting in comment threads like this, namely abandoning the site (either fully or just visiting less).

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Is the story photo selection automated?)

I swear every downvote makes me not want to spend my time here.

We feel the same way about oversized and obscuring stock pictures that don't add anything to the site or stories...

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On putting it back the way it was before...

On putting it back the way it was before. We know that no-one likes change...

No, we just don't like unnecessary change. Or change that breaks things that weren't broken before.

Oh, and whilst I'm ranting:

We don’t think we are any brighter than, say, Amazon or the BBC

Whoever came up with the design certainly wasn't very bright.

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Re: Is the redesign going to get rid of...

No it's just going to get rid of a fair chunk of the readership. Or at least blind them with dazzling white.

I'm sure the advertisers will just love that...

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So now the big question

Having panned Microsoft for not listening to their customers, will el Reg be any better?

It looks to me like the general consensus of feedback on this new site design is that we all hate it. So will it stay anyway regardless of what we've all said, or could perhaps sense prevail and we go back to the old one? Or at least some sort of style option to switch or something to soften the impact.

Must admit if this glaring white inflexible monstrosity does stay then I'm not sure that I will be...

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

We also can't seemingly now right-click and open the article in a new tab (at least under the IE9 I'm stuck with here at work), so it's back and forth into each article which is a pain.

Like most of the others above, really hating the new design look too, there was nothing wrong with the old one. Bring it back!

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Wide Load?

Coach potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

What the hell's a coach potato?

Someone who watches so much telly that they don't fit in a car any more, let alone a couch?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: And that reminds me

And I guess it's also the best response to being accused of not giving a shit about something or someone...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: one film edit

Or you could always just actually read the book.

It even has the advantage of being quicker to do than watching all three films back to back, includes exactly the amount of the book and story that Tolkien wanted and the special effects in your mind can be at least as good...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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12 more sleeps 'til Santa?

Well all I can say is they've got 12 days to fix it, or my kids won't be happy if Rudolph and co don't get clearance to land.

That said one of my kids won't be happy anyway, as the storm and power cut we had last night took out the micro-SD card in my Pi, so about 3 weeks worth of her Minecraft tweaking (since the last back-up) looks like it maybe a gonner.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: Assuming jigawatts is a bad pronunciation of gigawatts

Although jigawatts brings to mind images of Austin Powers and laser jub'd fembots.

Makes a change from sharks I suppose.

Coat? Mine's the slighty grubby mac, thanks.

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Re: USS Ponce

Its maybe a clever psychological navy battle tactic - the enemy identifies the ship and then spends the next half-hour sniggering, giggling and pointing fingers at it. During which time the navy can either make their escape or press home an attack?

At least for enemies that don't know their history or pronounciation anyway.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Errr WTF?

I note that they're not clear whether this 10Mbps is before or after your ISP throttles it when you actually try and use it though...

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Toll roads

Am I right in remembering that there was a plan at one point to also do something similar with the toll roads over there? Basically that at every payage your number plate would get read, and if you reached the next one before the prescribed time (ie you'd driven too fast between the two fixed points) then you got a photograph and a letter in the mail?

Must admit in the past 15 years or so that I've been fairly regularly driving there (usually the alpine route from Geneva across to Grenoble via Chambery) I've noticed the number of cameras on that route grow massively. There didn't used to be any (other than the Gendarmerie sometimes sat at the exits of the Aires with their hand-helds), but now in the 150km or so I think there must be at least half a dozen if not more.

The worst one being the 50kph one literally just on the border as you go back into Switzerland - it's notorious within the company, and so my French colleagues tell me it's the highest grossing camera in France. I certainly know several of my colleagues who've been snapped anyway.

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