* Posts by Anonymous Custard

990 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Why aren't we being offered telephoen number salaries and huge bonuses like bankers?

Unfortunately we're just the ones who have to keep things running, and keep managers promises. We only become visible when the brown stuff impacts the whirly thing, at which point talking about a pay rise isn't really opportune.

Normally the only way to be appreciated is posthumously (job-wise) when you either quit in disgust or get punted, which again isn't really the best time for a salary review...

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Re: Erm

It's even more fun swapping it back a couple of weeks afterwards, once everyone has lost their tolerance to caffeine...

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Bankrupt Bitcoin bunker blender begins: MtGox admin starts liquefaction

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Re: Missing bitdosh

I'm tempted to put a bid in for their sofa, just so I can look down the back of it and see what might turn up there...

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Smuggled Inn?

However, one disgusted local chap declared: "Mi nuh wan' dat deh phone fi use again, mi would dash it weh."

Hang on - they had mobile phones in Jamaica Inn? Or did I mishear you?

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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

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Re: "Gary Busey!"

It's when they start talking back that you need to worry...

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

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Re: Lock down?

Talktalk's email system sits atop AOL's (you can log into it via their own website or AOLs). Any email that gets delivered to talktalk also sits in an AOL mirror, and can be read/deleted etc separately.

Whether that makes the situation better or worse I'll leave as an exercise to the reader (speaking as a Talktalk customer who uses the AOL version sometimes as a failsafe backup if I've deleted an email that I then need again).

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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Re: Robotron!!!! Most insane game

All of Minter's Llamasoft games were insane. Fond memories (too many years ago!) of playing them on my old Vic-20, C64 and Speccie. Stuff flying everywhere at manic speed, dying quite quickly but always wanting to go just that little bit further. Some good tunes on the C64 one too if I remember well.

Definitely Robotron inspired, and absolute classic. I feel an emulator evening coming on...

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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Hand-held control

And of course, even today at work (semiconductor manufacturing equipment, appropriately enough) all of the hand-held teaching and control units for the tools are always referred to as gameboys...

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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I wish...

I wish my car was that plucky and reliable, rather than just being similarly dirty...

An Easter pint to the true survivor though.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: Isn't the sea ...

Yup. "Up from the depths, 30 stories high..." (at least that was the kids cartoon one from when I was a nipper, which is now going to be today's ear-worm).

And we can forget sharks with frikkin laser beams on their heads. We'll now have Pacific sharks with laser beam eyes...

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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Re: MicroSD

On my 4.4.2 Kitkat N7 (2012) the media importer app is still required for USB OTG.

Somehow I don't see that changing whilst Google are trying to flog paid subscription to their cloud drive...

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Re: I wonder...

Which Ravpower device?

My RP Filehub will happily power a WD MyPassport hard drive through its USB port as well as hosting an SD card, acting as a portable WiFi NAS for my HTC 8X and Nexus7...

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Re: worried about damaging the USB port

there's no reason why idiot phone makers couldn't do that instead of sticking in 8 or 16 Gb

Unfortunately in reality there is reason, namely if punters who know no better are willing to pony-up 3x the price for it to be built-in. Or that they can then sell their own cloud storage solution as an alternative, thus generating their own captive market (looking at you Google and Amazon).

There shouldn't be a reason, but greed and profit will trump any kind of logic like that.

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Even cheaper?

Or alternatively go on Amazon or wherever for an OTG cable for a couple of quid, then just use one of the many full-sized USB thumb drives that most people already own?

This thing makes sense if it's going to be (semi-)permanently stuck in the phone or if you are in the market for a new thumb drive for whatever reason, but from experience for most uses just hooking up to a cable works well too and saves buying yet another drive.

That said for general travelling I use a Ravpower filehub and a WD hard drive, which turns both my Windows Phone and my Nexus7 (and my work laptop) into shared 2TB wifi beasties instead.

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Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

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Holiday reading

but with that dust and splash protection, it’ll certainly prove its worth on the beach.

So it'll have a ready-market for those management types who can't take more than 10 minutes off from their emails for fear that either the company will grind to a halt, or more likely that it won't and quite how little contribution they actually make might be noticed.

Proof against sun, sea and sand and chunky enough to be used as a blunt instrument by their exasperated spouses fed up with being ignored for the sake of that last email no doubt.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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At least this time it won't be the normal stooge of J Random Taxpayer, aka you and me...

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Re: @Big John Obligatory...

where are the meatballs?

Maybe this prophet and messiah is female?

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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...with the balloon up a tree...

...with the balloon up a tree...

So at least something went as you would expect it to have done... :)

Anyway nice one lads, beers and bacon butties all round (and one of the latter for me, great name for the launch site too btw).

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Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS

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Re: That's better than I expected then

Not everyone has something interesting to say,

...but sadly in some higher profile cases, that doesn't stop them doing so anyway.

The missus is one of the silent majority, but only because the kids school decided it would be the best way to send out updates etc when they are off on school trips etc. Makes sense as a notification board type use, but of course is rather sporadic and occasional.

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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Village knight?

included knights, native Americans and builders - a combination not seen again until the rise of the Village People a few years afterwards.

Umm ok for the builder and the Native American, but there was never an armoured village person was there? Cop or a GI/solider yes, but never a knight that I can recall?

And on this subject, SPB aside, where have all the Playmobil reconstructions gone from el-Reg lately anyway??? But the Jetbag Speed racer figurine (it's what it says on his chest, honest guv) which is currently sat on my monitor stand here gladly accepted the birthday wishes :)

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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Re: rm is temporary...

Either that or it's a very succinct criticism of the future of the Royal Mail after the recent sell-off.

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Re: Beware hokey religions and ancient mantras

Isn't the normal definition of an "innovation" usually a solution in desperate search of a problem?

As opposed to "invention", where it is the proper way around.

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Re: Long live the BS meter

Plus you probably risk incurring the wrath of John Lloyd, Stephen Fry and Alan Davis for aping QI.

Whether this is a good or bad thing I will leave as an exercise to the student...

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Armrests?

a fantasy near-future in which high-speed-train passengers will be able to pull e-reader devices out from their armrests and download a book to read for the journey

I'd rather see the fantasy near-future where everyone on the train has armrests, as provided by everyone actually having seats rather than being packed in like stand-up sardines...

As for the rest of it, a nice article but it seems you don't have or deal with teenagers much either? It's good practice for decoding similar verbal obscurity.

(Paris, as we're talking about fantasy and teenagers here)

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Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

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Fab-ulous dahling

I was just pondering the subtle irony that would apply for this in my own industry (semiconductor manufacturing).

I could be damn sure that trying to walk into one of the fabs (or even sites) where the silicon bits of the Glass are made would just result in both me and the tech ending up off-site so fast feet wouldn't touch floor. They don't allow "proper" digital cameras on most sites, and indeed get very nervous even around smart (and dumb) phones with them built in.

An enjoyable little irony for a Friday afternoon as we head towards beer o'clock.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: Excellent idea

As the saying goes, no good deed ever goes unpunished...

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Re: Doh..

It would be fine if you could guarantee me which way up the damn socket was actually installed too, given "up" could physically be pointing up, down, left or right.

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Part of the problem with current (micro at least) USB seems to be there's no standard way for the socket itself to be oriented. I've got a selection of tablets, different e-readers and phones, and with the screen facing you some need the micro-USB inserted with the wider side of the USB upwards (top of socket is towards the screen side), and some with it downwards (top of the socket is towards the back side of the device).

It would certainly help if there could be an over-riding "normal" as to which way up the damn socket should be, so all we need to concern with is which way up the plug-end actually is...

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and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century

and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century

You really know how to make a man feel old, you know that...? ;)

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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...as Tiles could show live information

Well, at least live to within the last half-hour or so, except for selected ones like the HTC clock tile.

Now if they could work out how to make live tiles truly live without murdering the battery in the process, that would be really welcome.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Or even into the ethernet socket just on the other side, whose width is just about the same?

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Re: @ frank ly - Am I the only one ....

At least on the expensive proprietary chargers from the manufacturers anyway.

Buying cheap stuff from Chinese sweatshops could be about to become even more of an incendiary gamble than it currently is...

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Re: all thumbs

Personally I'd more predict confusion when it won't fit, followed by a realisation that I'm trying to put it into an "old style" micro-USB port which will no-doubt still be included for legacy compatibility with the multitude of kit out there still.

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

Or alternatively just pair a Ravpower Filehub with a suitable portable drive (personally I use a WD My Passport 2TB), get all this devices features (except drop-box) plus an SD card slot and a built-in battery that can be used also to charge things in an emergency (plus power the drive otherwise), and save yourself about £50 on the overall deal. And DLNA-supporting firmware is apparently coming sometime this month (as is a new version of the Filehub with it onboard), to give alternative to the current Samba.

OK it's two items rather than one, but both fit nicely into an Amazon Basics My Passport case. Makes a nice little travelling entertainment solution.

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

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And if Frogmanaut is flying Judy (ooer missus, to continue the Carry On theme), then it does beg the scientific question of who is flying Punch? These important scientific tests need witnesses as well as cameras.

Enquiring minds need to know!

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: IT angle?

Come on, Lester must be having an off-day. Got through a whole article about a naked woman getting cuffed and having her collar felt without asking if they matched...

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Re: actually...

But at least they'd know if it matched her cuffs...

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Re: This would be funny except ...

Reminds me of this London Underground poster, with apologies to the blogger for any excess traffic (as I can't find the image online anywhere else).

Henry with Anne Boleyn and court, with tagline "A return trip to the Tower, and a single for my wife".

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Re: Ahh BOFH..

Indeed, although in the gaps in between our dear Mr Dabbs does seem to be slowly metamorphosising into a PFY, to quite entertaining effect for a Friday afternoon read instead.

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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Re: Yes

And if I'd managed to lose the equivalent of $120million down the back of the sofa, I think I'd be asked even more questions than they already have been. Plus wouldn't these have been the property of someone before, who seems to have conveniently forgotten they exist?

I'd more wonder if they mysteriously appeared as a result of waking up next to a horses head...

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: I'm not happy unless I'm complaining.

Isn't there a going to be a competition? If so I'll submit a picture of the Queen, a sure winner :D

But just to mess with people's heads, have her looking left rather than right...

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

And both get a nice bit of free advertising (for a given value of free, depending on quite what the undisclosed figures were and who paid what to whom), and the lawyers get their usual percentage...

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Phone/Tablet?

I think that only came in with Android 4.3 or thereabouts, so whilst it's good for up to date systems, it's of limited widespread usage. I looked into it when we got our kids their Hudl's for example, and as those only currently run 4.2.x then it wasn't available.

That said I've also gone the route that others above have mentioned, no cc is associated with the device play store apps, and if they want stuff they can swap their pocket money for gift cards and go that way. So far it's worked out well, and indeed is a useful part of their learning money management.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Re: Self-powering?

Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?

My kids after a slurp of full-fat Coke or similar hyper-sugar juice?

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All we know is...

We now need a nano-Stig to test it around the track (a racetrack oscillator should do nicely).

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Ap Liu Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

if you reach Fuk Wing Street, you've gone too far

I'm sure many a young man has thought that in the cold light of the morning after...

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Re: Arrghgghghghg MAAPLIIIIIIIIIIIN

Speaking of hover-stuff, saw this yesterday and it gave a good laugh (and is quite well done):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4vE_vpkr90

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Where's doggie?

Ultrasonic dog-chaser: A totally practical gadget for any central London office

Look around you - are there any dogs in the office snarling and waiting to tear your throat out?

No? Well it obviously works then ;)

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Maplin...

Ikea for the technophile.

Can't walk out of that bloody place either without a bag full of stuff I didn't need when I went in. Plus of course there's the additional lure there of the damn meatballs.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: Aye...

Also have one here for my 2012 N7. It's basically just a bluetooth keyboard, so it works with just about anything that has bluetooth on it and can accept keyboard input (I have before had it running with my work Dell Latitude laptop, albeit just to see if it would).

The only problem I found with it is as it doubles as a cover/case, there is a raised ridge along the front of it where it clasps around the N7 when acting as a cover (especially at the middle - you can see it in the images in the Amazon link above). It's quite sharp, and I keep catching my fingers on it when trying to type (which isn't that great an experience as the keys are small, but it's do-able if you're not writing a novel).

Got mine for about £15 if I remember well. Was a nice little purchase, although not something I use too often I must admit these days.

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