* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1143 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Hawking hologram comforts One Direction fans with Zayny parallel universe claim

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Re: Euler angles.

Which direction is the 1 Direction anyway? Does anybody know? Does anybody care?

With that lot and music, definitely backwards...

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Re: And on the flip side

Justing Who?

That would be a regeneration too far...

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

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Re: Non-cooking bacon?

Ah, what those of us who spend more time in France than we would like would call Lardons?

Anyway good luck with the challenge, the pudding sounds quite enticing :)

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Non-cooking bacon?

Bacon 3/5 of a Sainsbury's Basics cooking bacon pack – 69p

One would have to ask what other sort of bacon there is aside from cooking bacon, at least if you're not Lady Gaga looking for a new outfit?

Anyway best of luck one and all!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: Yum!

Well I did say it may be sailing too close to one ;)

In a similar style you also have French dish of Tartiflette, except it's with Reblochon cheese rather than egg to hold everything together, and that one does include bacon (well lardons anyway). Always goes down a treat with a pint or few when I'm down in Grenoble (it's a Savoie regional dish).

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Yum!

I think I'd find myself wanting some chopped pork product in there somewhere too (or just serve it with a few slices of decent bacon), or is that perhaps sailing too close to a pastry-less quiche?

But certainly looks delicious to me, might just have to knock one up in the next few days to fill me up.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Re: "Is there another internet?"

And if you open up your network connections list, you can even see where you connect to it...

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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Re: landing barge "Just Read the Instructions"

The next one is going to be called "Of Course I Still Love You", so looks like they're fairly confident of many loving returns after a firey departure...

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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Re: It's important...

Well the landing barge is named "Just Read The Instructions" and the next one is to be named "Of Course I Still Love You".

Both in honour of Iain M Banks of course, but it does show that someone there has a sense of humour (and good taste in reading material).

Plus if I remember correctly the Falcon rockets were named after the Millenium Falcon, and the Dragons after Puff the Magic Dragon. The latter would certainly count as humorous.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Re: half-full-glass possibility: I used to work with Dabsy

Unfortunately yes it's the second one. Or else Dabbsy probably has most of the el Reg readership (and indeed most of the tech world) as former colleagues.

The aquarium reference also made me smile, we have a meeting room in our Dresden office which the locals have christened with that name (with good reason). Who says Germans don't have a sense of humour...

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Wi-Fi hotspots can put iPhones into ETERNAL super slow-mo

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Doing so causes constant ubiquitous app crashing including the system platform. Rebooting sends affected devices into a "coma" state.

If you hadn't mentioned iPhone up-front I could almost think you are talking about Android's Lollipop downupgrade...

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Indian cops spice up protests with pepper spray-armed DRONES

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Re: So if you're going to riot

And if Winnie the Pooh and friends turn up, you're on a winner...

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: So there really was

...and even more things to block the Martian view of Venus.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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What shores? Mine's a pint thanks.

...and is responsible for most of my age-related deafness

And there was me thinking that was more usually due to it being his round at the bar...

A lovely way to end the week, especially when beer o'clock is nigh and I'm on holiday next week.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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And also by the same criteria, Win7 will happily run them if you take the free upgrade to Win10 (it's offered to Win7 users as well).

Wouldn't it have been easier and clearer just to say that you need Win10 to run the damn things, but users of Win7 and later can get that for free within the first year of Win10 release? Or is the article trying to be as obscure and confusing as Microsoft was in the original presentation?

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Size?

Given that the major point of the article is about the portability of the things, it would have been nice to have actual physical dimensions for them rather than just for the last one.

I know we can get some idea of it from the pics (scaled with the size of the HDMI or USB ports), but a bit more information would have been nice to go with the weights of each.

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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Yup, you're quite correct.

There's a nice interview/article on the Smithsonian website (here) from a few years back where he talks about it.

Glasses most certainly to be raised, to these heroes past and present, and indeed future...

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

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Re: Why mega/gigabytes of code for kilobytes of functionality?

Maybe we just need a re-application (or teaching to the marketting droids) of the two principal rules of engineering.

If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Just because you can, doesn't necessarily mean that you should.

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

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Re: I honestly don't see the point of this,

Kodi already has a working iPlayer add-on. Runs fine on my overclocked Pi1.

At least it's working at the moment, until the next time the BBC change their streaming format to try and break it and other non-BBC apps like Get_iPlayer.

But I do entirely agree with your sentiment of having an "official" add-on for such things from a larger user-base, for all such stream sources (also things like Sky Go and 4OD). Especially in this day and age of things like YouView and other similar platforms.

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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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