* Posts by Efros

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Leggy ROBOT INSECT WALKS on WATER before flawlessly LEAPING OFF

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Now add

a drop of Fairy Liquid and watch those suckers sink. :)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi

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Re: Ermmm

I suppose, but that requires planning and everyone knows a good session is almost never planned.

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Ermmm

Post pub nosh? As nice as it looks, I bet a pound to a pinch of proverbial it wouldn't look as good if it had been prepared with a tankful of 80/- under your belt.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Tangerine Dream Concert

Very entertaining, your ramblings brought to mind a TD concert I attended in Edinburgh back in the early 80s. Good concert populated by an overabundance of hair and greatcoats. Typically not a word was uttered by the band members throughout the concert and what makes the event memorable was the hairy who commented after the last encore... "Say sumfin you German bastards!", a master of wit and repartee.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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I did think that

they would do something like this. Makes an inordinate amount of sense when you think about it. They should, however, have been a bit more open about what they were doing. Turning it off is fairly trivial, I have enabled mine to share updates over my local network, we'll see how that works out.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Or indeed any OS upgrade, spinning beachball anyone?

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Depends on the particular Atom you have. I have an Atom Z3735G Bay Trail based tablet and it upgraded fine.

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Interesting one I came across

I installed W10 on a small tablet, installation was lengthy but actually went pretty smoothly. Once installed I downloaded Chrome and set about making the usual changes to its configuration, the first step of which is to sync it with one of my chrome accounts. Big problem, the Chrome account login doesn't trigger the W10 keyboard, when brought up manually the input fields are not recognized by W10 as such. If you type your account details and password in notepad and then attempt to copy them over then the signin applet disappears when it loses focus. So signing in to sync settings aint happening. Combo of Google and MS screwups I think.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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20 minute upgrade

Faultless upgrade, all programs working no driver issues. Installed StartIsBack W10 beta and all is good.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Re: Gravy?

Or the apocryphal comment supposedly heard outside Waverly Station in Edinburgh, "Such good planning, building the castle so close to the station."

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Re: Gravy?

Funny thing I've found over the years is that the Americans sense and usage of English words is more archaic than the British, consequently a lot of words that we find in English to be misinterpreted in American English and vice versa is based on the fact that the Yanks use an older definition. Gravy originally meant a spicy sauce, derived from the French grané, probably from grain ‘spice,’ from Latin granum ‘grain’.

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Don't let appearances put you off

A well executed biscuits and gravy is a brilliant neck filler, post pub or otherwise. Here's mine.

My sausage gravy recipe.

1lb of good quality sausage meat

1 large onion

1 clove of garlic minced

1/2 pint of light cream

1/2 pint of milk (2%)

2 heaped tablespoons of flour

1 oz grated aged Asiago cheese

dash Worcestershire sauce

sprinkling of nutmeg

salt and pepper

Using a spatula to divide the sausage meat into little pieces, fry off the sausage meat with onions in a little oil, add the minced garlic once the sausage is almost done. Once the sausage meat is cooked through and some crusty bits are forming on the meat, sprinkle the 2 spoons of flour over the mixture and continue frying whilst stirring to form a roux. Once a fairly light roux has been formed add the cream slowly and with constant stirring, the mixture should begin to thicken almost as soon as the added cream comes up to temperature. Once all the cream has been added add the milk in a similar fashion, you may need more than that specified as some flours thicken better than others. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, some nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer until the sauce has cooked through at which point I usually add the grated aged Asiago and stir it in. This is usually served over American biscuits, but I think using cheese scones would work just as well.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Kingsing W8

Interestingly the Windows 10 icon just popped up on my $100 windows 8 tablet, I'll definitely upgrade this thing, more out of curiosity that anything. With 1GB of Ram and a fairly small SSD it tends to struggle a bit with W8.1, it'll be interesting to see if that improves or gets worse. Also be interesting to see if the Chinese characters in the login screen will finally go away, never been able to figure out how to get rid of them.

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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

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Suggests

That tablets are still very much a luxury item, economy in the shitter so follows tablet sales.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Meh I'll upgrade my laptop

Just to see how bad things can be. I ghosted the boot drive last week just in case it's a complete can of worms.

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

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g+

is that below an F-?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Tidy Desk

An old boss of mine warned me to be very careful of people with tidy desks they were usually sociopathic.

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Re: Soiled underwear

Indeed most USAians when given a taste of Cadbury's prefer it to that Hershey crap.

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AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

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More flocculation

bigger conglomerates = less consumer choice = more consumer bills.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Had one of these a number of years ago, it never worked reliably enough in normal use to make it a reasonable hacking target. Pretty sure it was a Monday morning/Friday afternoon job.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Thuktun Flishithy incoming!

Awaiting the arrival of the Chtaptisk Fithp...

Better get those project Orion plans dusted off!

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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.pages

Should be made the standard, that way no bugger will be able to read them.

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Unheard of in large parts of his homeland

When I came to New England, some 14 years ago, I introduced a lot of my work colleagues to Hicks as they had never heard of him before.

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United Airlines bug bounty shells out 1.8M miles for three flaws

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We should

Pressure the brewers to offer similar rewards for bug hunting their software. Second prize lifetime supply of chosen brew, first prize new liver.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: Spam in Scotland

I actually know how to make that stuff, source: my Gran was a school dinner lady. You make strawberry jelly using half the volume of water, the extra volume is made up with warm evaporated milk, while it is still relatively hot you beat the bejesus out of it with an electric whisk. Stick it in the fridge and after the requisite time pink blancmange.

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Re: School Tapioca

Semolina was more prevalent in Scotland and not as noisome as tapioca, we did however have the macaroni cheese that was baked into submission. Served as an intractable 4" cube of pasta and cheese with a shriveled wafer of tomato on top of each cube, nasty rumours abounded concerning its use as the building material for the new gym, these were never proven but it would have explained the curious smell in there.

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Spam in Scotland

Spam was almost universally hated in Scotland when I was a teenager, largely due to the prevalence of Spam fritters on school meal menus. Take a 1/4 inch slice of spam dip in batter and fry in oil that isn't quite hot enough, just to ensure that the batter is saturated in oil and has the calorific value of your average 3 course meal. All accompanied with similarly made tattie fritters and beans. This was in the 70s so long before the current enforced healthy options.

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

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Now if it were a million to one...

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One wonders as to

how they plan to distribute the server load. Presumably there is somewhere a list of all those W10 registrants and that they've been sorted according to locale and availability of bandwidth. Or perhaps bandwidthmaggedon is awaiting us on the 29th.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Geothermal Power

Something that's always bothered me about this in the US. Yellowstone, potentially the largest volcano on Earth with FSM knows how many TJ of heat energy lying in wait and absolutely, as far as I can see, no attempt to harness even a small amount of this. The objections I've seen to this are to do with geysers stopping and the survival of some of the exotic extremophiles, I'm pretty sure it could be at least trialled without affecting these in any way. Maybe we just need to be in a more energy deficient environment before this becomes important, well it's only a matter of time I suppose.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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I wrote my masters on a CPC6128 on WordStar, not something I wish to repeat. The PhD well that was done on IBM AT compatible using LaTeX, again not something I wish to repeat.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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The trouble with backs

If your boss has never suffered from back pain then you are a whining skiver.

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Unfortunately they never seem to have the capacity to take advantage of the periodic reddit wars, voat is unreachable during these times due to pressure of new traffic.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Current Renewables are a Band-Aid

I've always felt that the current renewable technologies are for the most part individual or small scale solutions. They can be used to minimize a family's or small community's use of fossil fuels, but when it comes to providing power for major conurbations they tend to fail in terms of capacity and/or reliability given that a lot of them are dependent upon unpredictable natural phenomena. That being said it should be written into building codes that new construction must use available technologies to minimize the occupiers grid usage, In the meantime we really do need to start building nuclear power stations, power consumption is only going to go up and with no massive increase in the availability of fossil fuels and environmental concerns about their continued usage, steps need to be taken now to avoid an energy drought in the near future. Let's face it, the one's who will suffer the most are those without a voice. Barring the arrival of a Mr.Fusion we are going to be in deep shit unless governments start acting now.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya

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Re: Incredibly stupid question!

Rice for frying should be dry, hence the preference for left over rice. Usually I cook my rice in the morning, actually slightly undercooked, wash it thoroughly with boiling water when its done and then leave to dry spread thinly on a baking sheet. In the evening the other ingredients are fried on a high heat until the desired level of doneness is achieved and some rice is added and the frying continued at high heat with the addition of lots of good soy sauce. The key is to keep the contents of the wok/pan moving all the time and to make sure everything gets really hot. Our practice has always been to add the uncooked omelette mix to the cooked Nasi Goreng while it is still on the heat and in the wok, vigorous movement of the eggy nasi goodness maintained until the egg has been cooked.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Scot's Breakfast

A selection of the following, fried of course.

Round Sausage slice

Lorne Sausage slice

Pork Link Sausage

Beef Link Sausage

Black Pudding slice

Haggis Slice

Fruit Pudding Slice

Clootie Dumpling slice

Egg

Ayrshire Back Bacon

Fried Bread

and of course a gallon of tea and a few buttered morning rolls.

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Re: The "Garbage Plate" from Nick Tahou's in Rochester

Place in Glasgow did a Trash Can Burger which was a burger with a bit of everything else that was on the menu. Interestingly delicious.

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Self-inflicted

8 years??????

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Ermm summat wrong with UK pricing

Last June I bought an HP Envy 15t j100 quad edition, Core i7-4700MQ quad core, 8GB RAM, 25GB Boost SSD, 1TB HDD, 802.11ac, Intel HD4600. For $710, about 460 GBP. Knocks the socks off any of these offerings. Apart from the finish coming off the trackpad due to hours of use per day, a happy purchaser.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Installing AGK Fire on your phone, enabling ADB on the stick, finding the stick's IP address will allow you to install any app that your phone has on your Fire Stick, your mileage may vary as to their usability but it does widen the apps available to the Fire Stick. I managed to get a Twitch client installed which keeps my grandsons relatively happy when their visits become a bit too boring.

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Re: Kodi/XMBC

The remote works fine within XBMC.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Not my experience

Macs and Apples were eschewed largely because we wanted hardware level access to busses and so on for digital I/O and ADC. Ironically the Apple IIe was extremely popular in labs because of its open architecture. When that stopped, IBM compatibles became the de facto standard. Macs may be used on the computing side of science, but generally when it meets hardware especially custom hardware it is PCs.

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Toshiba-Microsoft IoT collaboration wins at buzzword Bingo

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In Education

we call it Bullshit Bingo, usually played surreptitiously whenever the latest educational consultant is spouting forth on what ails our school.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Experience shows that

The parents are just as culpable as the students, they text and call their kids while they are in class knowing full well that the school policy is that these devices are supposed to be off and out of sight.

As to this guy, well I can understand his motivation but even a cursory examination of the law would have shown him that this was a big no-no, he's lucky Verizon or indeed the FCC aren't taking action.

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AT&T: We'll play nice with net neutrality, just let us gobble DirecTV

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The only reason

for these mega mergers is market dominance, and we know that can only mean one thing as far as the customer is concerned more money for less service.

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Dodgy colon bug is a total pain in the butt for Skype users today

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Hmmm

Bleurgh, I've just noticed Skype running in the background on a few of my machines that have automatic update installation enabled. Sneaky!

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Charter Comms to acquire Time Warner for US$55bn: lotsa reports

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Groan

Anticipating reduced services, data caps and increased charges. Charter Communications has an even lower customer satisfaction rating than Comcast and Time Warner Cable, hard as that is to believe.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

@Bleu

I believe they were based at Tengah in the early 60s, in my 6 months in Seletar I only saw one the one time and that seems to correspond with the Bersatu Padu Exercise.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Re: Perspective, Mr. Dabbs

I think Ian Dury sums it up in his usual way, deffo NSFW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xblXyUfQ0HI

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: They actually allow phones to be switched on during class?

Not here, but they are usually on vibrate. What is most annoying is that a lot of kids receive texts and calls from their parents during classes.

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