* Posts by Anonymous Custard

993 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

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

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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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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: What do you want?

What do you/we want?

A little application of compassionate common sense?

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Oi - my shed's got a rather big lock on it. Nice and secure.

And no Austrian psychoanalysts are left in it overnight anyway...

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: PINGU

Be careful or he'll set his missus onto you. Ready steady cook'd Pingu...

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Decisions, decisions

In my job I travel a lot across Europe, so have a little HD and wifi hub set-up which I use to carry some movies and TV programmes on to keep me away from local TV and somewhere near sane. Usually I take my old netbook with me (with HDMI output) and play them onto the hotel TV via that, but I'm very much in the market for an alternative solution where I can just take the hub/HD, plus my Nexus7 and HTC 8X and use one of those to send the media to the TV (the hub has SMB support, and apparently is soon to get DLNA via a firmware update, also probably around April-ish).

So I've been looking at both Chromecast (not in the UK yet), some of the cheap Chinese DLNA/HDMI dongles (cheapest I've seen is ~£20 inc P&P), the Android-on-a-stick's (which I'm not keen on as I don't want to need a bluetooth keyboard/mouse) and now Roku have added this to the mix.

I'd be interested to know of others experiences doing something like that. Current front-runner I think is the cheap Chinese job, as I don't really need iPlayer/Netflix (said hotels are usually abroad which would kill off live iPlayer, and their wifi speeds would kill Netflix et al) so just looking for something to act as the receiver for the locally-sourced files (mostly MP4).

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...

To mention nothing of the gentle irony of people taking to the internet to moan that they can't get on the internet...

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: How to load an airship with celebrities

My first thought on reading that was maybe they've just found the new Big Brother house?

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: News just in

Banks giving away half their money?

Don't they call it a bonus these days?

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Re: "Amateur Hour is Over"

Oh I dunno, now the amateurs are out, they can get the organised (crime) people in to do it all properly.

I mean after all, they're already significant stakeholders aren't they? They'll want their safeguards, presumably in the form of baseball bats, hospital visits and long snoozes with underwater creatures.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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My eyes!

a visually rich web interface that required customers to install a T1 line merely to see what a £230 woolly jumper looked like

If they looked like the jumper in the image below the original line, then we could praise having a slow link...

It's also a little frightening that if you exchange the words "lastminute.com" for "MtGox" in most of that article, it's equally relevant and accurate.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Hang on, you mean I've gone overnight from being a lazy and scruffy sod to being hip? Although somehow I suspect the amount of mine that's now gone grey (which the rest of my scruffily long locks are following, but not quite as quickly) might just spoil the effect somewhat.

It must be Friday...

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Who wants to live forever?

Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

No, but you'll enjoy your life so damn much that even if it's briefer, it'll seem like immortality

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has sent subpoenas

If I were Karpeles, I think I'd be less worried about the US sending subpoenas and more about what (or who) some of the less reputable and legal people with money in MtGox might be sending his way if their money has gone AWOL...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Re: Read it. Now!

There's a link to it in one of the articles above.

Or for the more lazy, click here (pdf file).

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Unfortunately I have to (very) occasionally at work (semiconductor manufacturing - it's a chamber cleaning gas). The key trick is to keep it as a gas, as if it liquidies in the pipework whilst flowing then if the pipework changes direction, the liquid flow quite probably won't and will eat straight through. Might explain why it's banned in many of our customer sites, and indeed in several European countries iirc.

It's a fun job being a semiconductor process engineer - every chemical you work with is either toxic, carcinogenic, flammable, asphyxiant, explosive and/or water.

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A lesson learned?

When you shake the bottle, don't forget to put the bloody cap on or it'll get VERY VERY sticky, VERY VERY quickly.

There speaks the voice of experience (and regret)?

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: No wonder Americans are scared

Typical, I read this after my mid-afternoon snack break of a cup of coffee and a banana.

This is also starting to look like we may need a whole new measurement scale of scientific scaremongering, ranging from a Reg all the way up to a Daily Mail by way of a BBC and an al-Jazeera?

By the way, according to the BBC the Fukushima town hall received ~1000 BED's worth of radiation in the two weeks following the accident (about 1/4 of the dose from a mammogram and 1/70th of the dose from a CT scan, from the table in the article).

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Meh

The only problem I have with the postal versions is with the DVD box-sets, as they count each disc as a single rental. Hence for a normal box (4-6 discs or so) you can't just rent the whole thing at once, you've got at least a couple of days gap in the middle whilst the first pair go back and the second arrive (presuming your subscription is for enough discs to cover what you need).

I was going to go for the upper level of the subscription, but ended up with the lower one (2 discs a month, one at a time) to drip-feed the recent cinema releases. And for the box-sets, my local library (and it's sister libraries in the area) have quite a reasonable stock of box sets which can be rented for a week for £2 (last weekend was a Boardwalk Empire weekend).

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Yet SA judges that Firefox warrants an entry of its own in the table, but that Pebble does not.

Pebble says it had sent out more than 190,000 smartwatches by 6 November 2013.

But didn't send any of those 190,000 out as freebies to SA perhaps?

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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R2D2 - the Sith Years

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Re: "Next week, I’m going to the office in a pink-and-blue jumpsuit."

I must admit, I was trying to decide whether Dabbsy was having an 80's flashback episode and trying to be either Anneka or Clive James.

I'm going with the latter, as the mental image of the jumpsuit is too much to entertain.

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Re: Those Sun Pillows look brilliant!

There are worse pillow examples than that sun one (one for lonely on this day of love and profit maybe?).

Also had a banking spam recently which kinda gave itself away by greeting me as "Dear Barclays costumer" - obviously thought I was going to dress up in a stripey jumper and mask to hand over my swag bag?

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Yikes!

Yikes! A zombie robot bunny! On the moon! Someone call the Daily Sport, quick!

And mechanical abnormality? Pah, it's just a flesh, I mean chassis, wound...

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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DNA

For example, you could build something where when you press the black button and a little sign lights up saying "Do press this button again".

Has someone been partaking of some Douglas Adams lately?

Entirely understandable if true, if slightly misquoted.

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Qipp debuts 'Clippy for your STUFF' app

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Re: Great

No, that'd be on your knees milking someone elses snake...

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Re: Wrist Tether ?

Being able to put the thing away in your pocket without either a Houdini act or tying yourself to your trousers?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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In a crowded place

So the cop walks into Times Square or a similarly crowded area, and the system either overloads and melts, or just spams his vision enough to be useless at best, and a safety issue at worst?

Plus I didn't think Google Glass came in a mirrored shades version yet? Or will that be a special police sunglasses edition?

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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As the video below shows, Taranis is an impressive-looking creation.

It was confusingly appropriate I think that when I clicked on the video to watch it, after a few seconds it ended up overlaid with a Google advert for a Ford Transit van?

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DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

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Re: Self-destruct helicopters?

You realise you missed the perfect opportunity there to use this icon? ----->

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I wonder if they come with a warranty

And a built-in trigger that fires the shattering mechanism off 2 days after it expires?

Oh, and

“The commercial off-the-shelf electronics made for everyday purchases are durable and last nearly forever,”

Is this a new military definition of "forever" that equates to more than the few years that civilian kit seems to achieve before going tits-up? Or is it just that military kit these days is so old that it was made at a time when they hadn't dreamed up built-in obsolescence to keep sales up year on year?

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Re: Perhaps ..

And why don't the servers have copper coloured tops?

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Robowagons roll! US Army tests all-drone supply unit

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We got ourselves a convoy?

"Breaker 1 9, this here's the Robot Duck"?

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it...

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: Awful to type on

Indeed, and the rather odd "strap on" joysticks that you could get which worked (for want of a better word) by mechanically transferring the movement into pressing/holding those keys...

Ah the memories of playing "Track and Field" and "Hypersports" until the Q key died...

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: Crazy frog

Aren't they all rather silly coins?

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Re: Antiblocking tools ?

I just loved the way that when I first opened the article, the unfortunately now-obligatory AdChoices ad dumped on the middle of the page was for "Hotspot Shield", with a banner headline about using it to bypass blocks on sites.

Stunningly appropriate and amusing given their usual ability to display utterly irrelevant and random ads.

Was a nice little way to end a rather dull Wednesday at work...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Oh!

NSA + MPAA = A SAMPAN

Conclusive proof we're all being spied on by the Chinese?

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Contradiction in terms?

...because he wore a Google Glass headset...

The bloke, who wishes to remain anonymous...

Aren't those two points mutually exclusive?

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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So it's a jam doughnut?

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Mission to Mars

Hang on - on Mars donuts just materialise?

I'm on the wrong planet!

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: Oh god - I can't get rid of this image

Could be funny though, if the man gets to see the woman's glass view and see's that she's doing the online shopping, playing Candy Crush or something similar at the time too.

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WTF?

"We asked ourselves: 'How can we make sex more awesome with Google Glass?"

You can't help but envisage this being said by someone with more knowledge of the theory (and theoretical research from certain mags/DVDs/websites) than actual practical "hands-on" knowledge?

Aside from that, I'm unsure whether the article would merit more from a "Joke Alert" icon than the "WTF?" one, as the latter is equally appropriate to the thinking described...

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SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

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A good excuse for a midnight snack?

However, Vulture South is not, as our peers seem to be, lying awake at night over the refrigerator spambot

Good to hear that your new years resolutions are holding, and you're not taking the excuse for a midnight snack in the name of researching what the device is doing...

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Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues

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Re: I don't need to friggin internet controlled fridge

You waste beer-space on food? That's what take-away is for!

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Re: My Talky Toaster ....

Hmm I misread that as Nigella.

Gives a whole new meaning to gastoporn...

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A certain irony?

So if I have an internet-enabled oven, it could be serving me up spam?

How ironically full-circle...

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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DIY?

which has nothing to do with the defunct British DIY chain.

Umm, they were a furniture store, not a DIY one?

I think MFI stood for Mullard Furniture Industries, although they also used "more furniture ideas" as an alternative in advertising slogans too.

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

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Re: Its a mess on Intel "et al's" own making...

It's less that there's been no major developments, but more that a few years ago PCs reached the power level that is sufficient for most users. A 3-5 year old PC will be plenty powerful enough for 80-90% of people, who just want web/email rather than something like cutting edge gaming, video editting or similar more demanding applications.

Hence some new "killer feature" was needed, where the tablets and phones (and mixtures thereof) stepped in with their mobility and portability (and "all in one" nature with something you're probably carrying anyway). So PCs have gone from "need to upgrade to do more things" to "need to upgrade as the old one's broken" which is always a much longer cycle.

The problem is of course that the business model and the driving requirements for a desktop (or even laptop) PC is different from a tablet one. So it's less Intel vs AMD than the "old school" (including both of them) vs the newer custom-designed stuff like ARM based kit. Intel are trying the new market with the old mindset, which doesn't fit and so isn't working (look at the business model behind the new Quark processor - technically good but absolutely sunkin its Edison format by the price and what's not on the die that you also need to bolt onto it). They're getting there, but it's a slow evolution without guarantees that they'll get there alive.

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