* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1385 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: If adverts weren't so irritating I'd not block them

It would indeed be interesting to know the percentage of people who actually find advertising demotes rather than promotes the product that they are trying to push. As in makes people actively hostile towards it, and towards its purchase.

There does seem to be a trend that way these days, in that they think getting it into ones brain is enough, regardless of whether it's a positive or negative association. Not just on the web, but think of adverts like (for example) all the new lottery ones with Piers Morgan, Katie Price and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen (or however you spell it). Specifically designed to associate the brand with people who the public ridicule and dislike (generally speaking) as a means of advertising.

Maybe it's clever (after all it seems to have got the Lottery into my memory), but I do wonder if certain brands would have better sales if they just did nothing in terms of advertising.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna

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Re: The girl in the photo looks like

We should also probably point out that "the girl" (aka Katarina) is Lester's daughter, and so probably not wise to impune unless you're hard enough to upset a father with access to rocketry and all sorts of other fun SPB goodies (and who can dig a big deep hole if I remember well).

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Word of the day

A bit off topic for this specific recipe, but I just learned my definite word of the day which is definitely SPB. It's the German word "Kummerspeck", literally translated as "grief bacon". Defined as "Excess weight gained from emotional overeating".

Definitely a word that needs adopting into English as well for suitably melancholy times.

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Holy Flaming Spatula!

OK, I have to ask, what the hell have you been doing with that spatula? Looks like you've been lighting a bonfire with it, or maybe tarring the road?

Still I'm sure it adds a certain flavour to the mix, which aside from that I must say looks quite delicious...

Icon cos it looks like what the poor thing has been used to extinguish

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Vive La Difference

One other place where you're stuck with mag stripes are on the French Autoroutes, if you want to pay the tolls by card.

I only discovered this when I managed to slightly crack my card at the top, through about half of the strip. It'd been like this for ages, and I thought nothing of it (having been using the chip of course back in dear old Blightie) until I stuck it in the toll booth machine and it spat it out again.

Took a moment for the euro-cent to drop, followed by a curse and a route around for another card (with a growing queue of cars behind) and a mental note to order a new card when I got home.

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Windows 10 mobile upgrade coming in December

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Re: Great picture.

Amazing quite how many horrible memories even reading that sound written down evokes...

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Re: Stick with 8.1

@Steve,

It'll be interesting to see, but given how long it took them to get 8.1 out to the 8x over 8.0, I think the phone will be up for its renewal before it does get Win10 (especially if it needs other prodding first to Denim).

The tech preview is also interesting (I've been following it on WP Central) as apparently it was available, then stopped being so (and seemingly to flip at least once back to available again), and the reports of how it's been going on the 8x have been many and varied (hence why it's not so clear if the 8x will get Win10 finally or not).

As it's both my only phone and my work phone (which they provided) tech preview isn't an option, if I get it, it will have to be "official OTA". But somehow I think I'll end up getting Win10 wrapped up in a nice new Nokia wrapping of some description or other in the end...

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Re: Stick with 8.1

Not to mention those of us on non-Lumia devices. My work phone is an HTC 8X, which is a nice phone but is only on 8.10.14203.306 so from the article info isn't going to be visited by the Win10 fairy.

It's a shame, as I like the phone as a phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet for other stuff) although the general consensus seems to be that 8.1 maybe better for phone stuff than 10 anyway. And all that said, I guess work will end up swapping it out for a Lumia at some point soon anyway, so the whole point could become moot (although it'll be interesting to see with what OS, given the PCs here are still on Win7 and don't look to be moving anywhere else anytime soon).

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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No I said the hunting simulator should have deers in it! With a D!

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In the forest of the deaf, the one eared tree is king.

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Trees with ears? Where's Attenborough when you need him?

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Davy Crockett - King of the wild front ear

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First we had pale bulbous eyes staring at us, and now this...

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Budget cuts, poor script and wooden characters meant the Star Trek VR game could only show the final front-ear in the Captain's log.

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The beta-testing of Halloween VR was going well until they reached the Eerie Forest scenes

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Hackers stumble across the NSA's secret cyberspace listening post

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Can't hear you son - I'm as deaf as a post...

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Alien

The Captain's Log was discovered near the final front ear

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Occulus Rift - The Wilderness Ears

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The new Occulus Rift 2.0 - brought to you by Q-Tip

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VR is so yesterday - the big thing now is V Ear

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Occulus's next generation idea - V Ear

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The VR version of The Eerie Forest lost something in translation

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Mr Potato Head - the wilderness (y)ears

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Some bastard sabotaged the "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" simulation

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When I said I wanted the Halloween VR to be eerie, this isn't quite what I meant...

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Can't see the wood for the ears

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Quick, call China - they've set this Robin Hood VR in Earwood Forest!

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Beard transplants up 600% for men 'lacking length elsewhere'

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Re: Correlation thingy

'However facial hair grows more "when a man has not had sex for a while".'

It also explains why Father Christmas only comes once a year...

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Adder

Judging by the couple of simple examples below, it would probably be quite a large room too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UulJaoDAflw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfFbX2GgPnE

Maybe one for the turbine room at Tate Modern, which would sort out the funding aspect too (if calling it "art" isn't too pretentious).

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On the case

He's missed a trick here - with a few minor modifications it would also make a superb geeky Pi2 case (as another way to market and sell the project).

OK so a Babbage engine with a micro-USB and an HDMI cable coming out of it is not entirely historically accurate, but it would help get the thing funded and into production.

Anyway at least one more vote (mine) added, and I should admit my Pi2 at home is currently sat in a case made of Lego, albeit one nowhere near as well constructed or cool-looking at this one.

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Behind the curve: How not to be a technology laggard

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Re: How about neither

Or just being able to tell the "technological blind alleys/duplicated standards" from the "new fad which will die soon and be replaced by the next incompatible one", the "this is good, we just need to do a bit more on it to make it perfect" and of course the "this is great, will you beta-test it for us at your own expense and risk" from the genuine new innovation that will change the world (again).

But then we still don't have USB-powered crystal balls either...

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Mistakes

The best mistakes to learn from are those made by other people...

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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Thunderbirds are go?

Good to have an update, even if the news isn't as good as we'd have liked.

One thought did strike though in relation to Virgin Galactic. Would it be worth getting in touch with Beardy Branson and getting him on-side, either to have some leverage with VG or just for the publicity angle that it could no doubt generate for his organisation.

Or even failing that he could maybe let you launch the thing from Necker Island, in true TB stylie...

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: Tail fin

That or they're still haunted by past embarassment over the things and so get in early with them?

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Re: Jet engines...

Not to mention the absurdly tight tolerances they require, both during manufacture and operation. Saw a programme about it a while ago (a Discovery Channel special) and they were talking about how accurate everything needed to be and how high quality, as if not the stresses involved during normal operation would basically make the whole thing self destruct quite catastrophically.

My hat would definitely have to be doff'd to the boys and girls who keep those things flying so well, pint would be bought if they didn't need such a steady hand...

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: no honour in the top knobs club

@TeeCee - I strongly hope what you say about contractual rules is right, although the WSJ reported that he could be on for a 60m Euro pay-off. Presumably this is why he's been playing so dumb about it all, although given how closely that software is normally held in-house and how important it is to the business it's almost unfeasible that he did have no knowledge.

Will have to keep an eye on that one, along with the investigation into him that the Germans are doing as mentioned at the end of the article.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-volkswagen-chief-martin-winterkorn-could-receive-60m-payoff-1443103501

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Adblock farms out acceptable ad policy to independent reviewer

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Re: uBlock Origin

For home, I added PiHole to my little Pi1 home server, and route the DNS through that. Works a treat and covers all of the devices on my home network without having to mess directly with any of them, and if I so desire I can white (and black) list particular sites if I like them or ad-blocking on them screws things up (which thus far I've yet to find a site where it does).

And as most of the time when I'm out and about I use a VPN back to the home network anyway (OpenVPN also running on said home server) it covers me there as well.

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Whoops, there goes my cloud: What to do when AWS foresakes you

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Re: Simple fact of life

Personally I take one to include the other.

But then I'm an engineer and not a manager, so probably a fair point to make...

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And of course someone else to shout at and demand urgent and extensive meetings with.

You know, those meetings that managers demand with engineers to insist on knowing in minute detail (that they don't actually understand even if provided with) how they're going to fix the problem. Usually extensive and boring ones that take up most of the time that the engineer would actually prefer to be using to fix the issue itself.

Or in my case (in the role of said engineer) the one that leads to the quote:

"Do you want me to just talk about fixing it or just actually go and do so?"

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Simple fact of life

A good provider is one who learns from their mistakes and problems.

A better provider of course is one who also learns from those of their peers and competitors, and also from the past.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Rock n Roll?

Come on - where's the poll option for "A rock"?

OK so a fossil is close, but there should be a smeggin' rock in there somewhere.

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iPhone 6S, 6S Plus: Apple SHAFTS eager fans with STRAPPING VIBRATOR

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Re: Repair Score

Are we sure that Apple didn't just "VW" iFixit knowing the comments and scores that they usually get, and sent them one without the glue inside?

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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

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Re: hard wired Dalek voice box for the pundits....

I'm still wondering quite how both the Doctor managed to fit into Davros's chair when only the top half of Davros got removed from it (and so presumably the Doctors legs must fold up small for easy storage) and furthermore how Clara managed to fit inside a Dalek case when every time we've seen the actual mutant inside other Daleks (in the past few series) it's been at most about the size of a football. I know she's the Impossible Girl, but that's pushing it a bit.

A fairly good episode (certainly better than most of last season), but those two kinda spoilt the immersion for me a bit.

Oh and:

And can we expect to see the Time Lord ditching the creepy tech specs for an Apple Watch in Season 10?

Didn't Captain Jack have one of those a few series ago?

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How can we manage this internet thing? The Euro gov needs YOU

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Geo-blocking

The response to geo-blocking is easy...

"Don't do it".

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

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Re: Ambivalence

Which is an engineering challenge in itself, and something very non-trivial in all speed record attempts (just ask Donald Campbell).

As are the other little tasks like ensuring the wheels are strong enough that they basically don't just shred themselves given the velocities and forces involved with rotating at such high speeds. And also being able to brake the thing, given that there are various systems needed depending on the speed when they are applied.

It's been interesting to read the ongoing coverage of the project on the various BBC website updates, covering all these little tasks and to hear Andy Green's view on them given he's going to be the one along for the ride.

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Re: "it's unlikely we'll see much return from all this"

Following it via the various articles on the BBC and elsewhere, there's already a hell of a lot of inspiration coming to schools and industry from it. They're doing an excellent job of making it not just a "toys for the boys" enterprise, but one that's really engaging the public.

Even down to the small things like being able to sponsor it, and get your name onto its tailfin.

All in all top engineering and boffinry, pints all round (and a coke for Andy Green as the designated driver).

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UK in Frenchy cyber love-in to ward off 'information bomb'

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I thought that was a revolution?

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The Normans were vikings in ancestry, they just came via France.

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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Siri 2

Isn't it about time they improved Siri so that it can answer the calls for you, to save you the effort of having to do so?

And probably tailor the tone of the response depending on whether the call is coming from another iPhone, or from some other make?

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