* Posts by Efros

811 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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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Re: What a shame

As a kid in Singapore I was at RAF Seletar primary school, and I remember the day that a Vulcan flew low over the school, low enough to read the notices on the underside of the plane. Bloody deafening and awe inspiring.

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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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El Reg knocks a fiver off 16GB USB stick

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A pound to a pinch of ...

They're USB 2.0,

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Youlgreave

"Pure Forskolin Extract"

read that as "Pure Foreskin Extract" and thought WTF.

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

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Re: And Mail?

IIRC correctly it's the same with default browser, you have to go into Safari's preferences to change that.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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MediaPortal will do everything WMC did and a whole lot more, go to team-mediaportal.com, software is free and configurable to the nth degree.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: The time has come, the Walrus said ...

Have you tried to buy a non moulded plug, you can but they are butt ugly affairs that really don't blend in a domestic environment. I agree that the sockets can be high quality but I was talking about the plugs which for everything I have bought here are moulded onto the cable. I think my major gripe is the lack of surface contact, which can and does lead to overheating of the socked due to arcing, and the sticking out the wall thing which is just annoying.

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Re: The time has come, the Walrus said ...

US plugs are a PITA, the quality of components is terrible, the pins bend easily and the plugs can and do actually fall out of the wall. You need at least 4" of clearance around any wall socket as the plugs come straight out of the socket, apparently 90 degree plugs are technology beyond USAians. Gimme a decent 13A plug anyday.

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Re: Solwise 200AV

Particular culprits in my house, ignoring the antiquated wiring, were the fridge and the microwave.

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I've tested lots of these over the years and the bottom line is if they work on your home wiring then you're fine, if one has problems they all will, don't even try it on wiring that is of any vintage and be wary about crossing from one circuit to another, as you'll experience significant signal loss. I haven't found any model that works well in my environment and eventually put in a wired wireless bridge to plug a dead spot.

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Bonny Scottish post-pub nosh neckfiller: Rumbledethumps

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My dad used to make a similar dish without the cabbage but with onions and corned beef. Essentially potato, butter, corned beef, onions, cheese all mashed together and put in a casserole with a topping of grated cheese and stuck in the oven until bubbly and golden brown on top. Served a a dish in its own right as it really was a neckfiller.

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'Truth in advertising laws apply to you too, mobile app sellers'

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Re electronic voting machines

Paper and pencil beats 'em hands down.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Well duh!

I have 3 machines that are in daily use and through progressive upgrades over the years (9 years for one of them the other two are 8 and 6 years old), memory, RAM, CPU, HDD to SSD etc they have kept apace with what I do with them. My previous laptop was 6 years old when I disposed of it, it was snapped up by someone who knew they were getting a bargain due to the upgrades installed (RAM, SSD, USB 3, AC dual band wifi), I sold it for about the value of the upgrades second hand. PCs, of a decent spec, have for the last 10 years pretty much been ahead of the software in terms of performance. Not like 10-20 years ago when you had to buy a new machine when a new version of your essential software came out. Oh as to down times and crashes with the 3 desktops, 1 machine had a HDD fail and another had a PSU fail, buying quality components pays. Crashes only really occur when we have a mains fluctuation, 2 of these machines (the 9 and 8 year old ones) are on 24/7.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Freud a GoGo

The Beeb amongst others headlined Hardon Collider Restart today.

http://i.gyazo.com/fb2f992994aebb13d54816b4c614e878.png

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re Bootcamp.

Unfortunately school property and consequently the firmware password is not available to me.

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I have a 13" MBA, while it is fast and actually effective at what I use it for, browsing, email etc. I still prefer a windows machine.

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Re: Low res?

The Osborne 1 was the first "portable computer" I used, it came in at 24 pounds.

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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

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Meanwhile in the US, Hershey, the bastards, are currently engaged in a campaign to ban imports of Cadbury products from the UK because they produce them here in the US on license. I would quite happily buy Hershey's version of CDM or Fruit 'n' Nut if they were faithful to the Cadbury's originals, they're not, they taste like shit and Hershey should be ashamed of their actions.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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grump...

I pay pretty close to $70 a month for 20 Mbps, doncha just love the free market economy.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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.doctor in indecipherable font. .MD or even .quack would be better.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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De Chelonian Mobile!

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Routers of any description

Probably one of the few IT items where there is a consensus of "they're all pretty crap" just some less so than others. Over the years I've had probably 20 routers through my hands either as personal property or as review items, they have got better over time but to be perfectly honest they are, for the most part, still pretty awful. The ones that I've had better experiences with have been from lesser known manufacturers, Rosewill and Edimax. The big names have always given me significant problems the worst being a My Cloud device from WD, maybe because the big names try to do too much on pretty weak hardware and the lesser known ones do just what the hardware will bear. The only other piece of kit that springs to mind for lack of reliability, time wasted over awful configuration problems would be the old TV Cards.

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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410 with buckshot!

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Maltesers, BR delays and pigeons

Back in the day of British Rail I was stuck in Edinburgh Waverley one Sunday evening waiting for a very late train from Aberdeen to arrive. Being a somewhat poor student I consoled myself with a bag of Maltesers as I patiently waited for the damn train to get there. I dropped one of the Maltesers and it rolled off, a flock of the resident pigeons descended and they all took a turn at trying to grab it. Turns out the diameter of a Malteser is just too big for the average pigeons maw to cope with. The next hour and a half was spent replacing the eventually destroyed Maltesers with a new one as the increasingly deranged and belligerent pigeons attempted to grab these things, I was aching with laughing by the end of it.

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Glad you're not on the Anthem hacker hit list? Not so fast – millions more affected

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Insurance gits

$16000 p.a. premium I get charged by these tossers and this is the service you get.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Stock install?

I'm just surprised that anyone actually uses a laptop with the OS install the manufacturer put on it. I only buy a new laptop every 5 or 6 years but my policy is to wipe it clean and do a clean install. Saves no end of hassles with crapware and bloatware.

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Home Office wins appeal against £224m e-Borders payout

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Raytheon... spit.

I worked for an independent software house who did a shit ton of work for those buggers and had all sorts of problems getting any cash out of them. An email archive saved the day.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Horizon no more...

Horizon ain't what it used to be either, very disheartening to see a programme with such longevity wind up the way it has.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Post pub nosh

back in the 70s I was at a campus Uni in the middle of nowhere in Scotland (Stirling), all the chippies closed at 9pm, nothing was open after 11pm. When we finally got back to campus after the 2 mile hike from the local pubs severe alcohol induced hunger was rampant. This was the days before burger bars, takeaway deliveries etc and with us spending most of our disposable income on booze post indulgence nosh had to be cheap. Pots of boiled potatoes served hot with mounds of melting butter became the accepted form of carb intake, and to be honest tatties have never tasted so good.

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

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Re: Subscription?

I just downloaded and installed Word, Excel and Powerpoint on my nook HD+ running KitKat, and they work well and you can edit and create documents without paying anything. What benefits you get from a subscription I don't know and I wont be using one to find out!

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Re: finally.

Vic 20 anyone?

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