* Posts by Efros

1190 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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It's playing the long game

"For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.

When cometh the day we lowly ones,

Through quiet reflection, and great dedication

Master the art of karate,

Lo, we shall rise up,

And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.

Wave upon wave of demented avengers

March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream."

OK it's Sheep but do robots dream of them?

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Nitrogen containing compounds

are generally interesting chemically, too much of an urge to get back to N2 to play nice, however.

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Carolina cop cuffed for 'carjacking'

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Daft bugger

Must had the dashcam turned on and pointed the wrong way, new angle on police shooting.

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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Got to protect

Those moving parts from sudden shock. Erm I think.

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Intelligent Energy secures $7.5m to develop smartphone fuel cell

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We have a similar one to that at school, small solar panel linked to an H fuel cell. The whole thing mounted on a lightweight buggy chassis, power output is, to say the least, uninspiring. It will be interesting to see how it is implemented and what the source of hydrogen will be i.e. will it be from renewable energy or like a lot of the other 'green' fuels actually dependent on fossil fuel electricity generation.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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I'll see your dot matrix

and raise you a daisywheel. When one of those 50lb suckers got into full flight not only were you deafened but everything in a five foot range suddenly started doing impressions of the the Enterprise bridge when under attack, violently jerking from side to side.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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Issue that hasn't been raised

This phone was a work issued one. Seems that Apple and their ilk should, if I was a customer I would insist on it, allow such phones to be accessed by a sys admin at said place of employ. I know that in our place the issued laptops are used for work, none of us use them for anything else, because we all know that anything done on them is open to examination by the laptop owners i.e. our employers.

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Cable TV

is possibly the only business where you can increase the rental on a 10 year old piece of equipment which runs as if it's broken and for the most part get away with it. The digital box mentioned above was supposed to be for old style analogue TVs but by the time it was released it had suddenly transformed into a required item for all TVs not directly connected to a Cable Box or DVR Box. When I recently replaced my cable TV service with satellite TV my monthly power bill dropped by $10, the space heaters that were the old motorola DVRs issued by TWC were replaced by a wireless DVR system with 5 times as much storage, admittedly they don't have the ability to toast your crumpets when recording a couple of channels but I'll live with that. Incidentally I took the plunge when our cable/internet/phone package reached $240 per month, that is with no premium channels, 2MB/20MB internet and a landline. With our new provider we pay $70 for TV we still have to pay $65 a month to TWC, and that breaks my heart, but there is no alternative hereabouts except dialup.

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

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Amstrad PPC-640

I had one of those for a while, 10 D cells it took. IIRC you got a whopping 2 hours on them as long as you didn't use the disk drives too much. On of the least luggable portables I've used.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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But... but

Think of the children, maybe not that'll get you in deeper trouble.

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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Filters or just control

Could incorporate a series of filters for the common wavelengths, but with the powerful lasers commonly available now, some sort of legislative control is probably overdue.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Integrated graphics

Very much depends on how serious the photo editing is and how poor the integrated graphics are. Having said that the only machines I use a non integrated graphics cards on are the ones that I play games or watch movies on.

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Tiny one

Looking at that lenovo PC brought back something I think I saw awhile back, I may be mistaken... I'm old! A laptop with a detachable module containing HDD, CPU, GPU and USB, video and audio connectors which can be mounted on a monitor when not travelling. Given the smallification of systems over the years I wonder if such a thing is a goer now.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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Reminds me of

A steak Po' Boy, although the Piri Piri is a marked improvement!

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Meetings are made even more

interminable by that one individual, or if you're unlucky more than one, who loves nothing more than to hear their own voice chuntering on and on in a slow monotone about their current mind numbingly uninteresting project. They are invariably the only questioner when the meeting is about to be wound up thus delaying our departure even further, hopefully there is a circle of hell reserved for these individuals.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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This sort of thing

Just makes my day!

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DataGravity prez on layoffs: A little pruning doesn't hurt

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Nowt like denying the obvious

"First of all, John said of the downsizing: "I don't think it's a sign of a lack of success.""

Obviously the company is doing a rip-roaring trade, so much so they are laying people off... Something don't scan there.

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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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If their US Pantry

is anything to go by then I wouldn't be too bothered. The choice of goods is limited and the delivery times are prohibitive (for groceries anyhow), I have used it for a couple of things I can't source locally but not on a regular basis, my local supermarket is on the whole cheaper (even in the sticks of Maine) and I don't have to wait 3-5 days.

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

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Scareware

boots your computer in the middle of the night and plays the shark theme from Jaws at full volume, it'd scare the bejesus out of me!

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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We're missing an opportunity here

Miniature strike aircraft, manned by Action Man. I'm sure James May could be recruited, I hear he's not doing much at the moment.

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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If you're not going to jail them

then fine them the value of the company + %5 and bar them from distributing apps on any app store... ever. This isn't a mistake this was an out and out criminal scheme to screw people over, both advertisers and Joe Public through a variant of the old bait and switch scheme.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: “a gnat’s cock”

and we call 'em midges, stupid name for something that bloodthirsty,

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“a gnat’s cock”

Hmm must be related to, but a least an order of magnitude bigger than, the Scottish measurement "a gnat's baw hair" usually applied to how close the local fitba' team came to scoring last week.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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“One of the worst jobs I ever had”

Expecting lobsterisimus bumbakissimus to feature heavily, but no :(

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Mushroom

OS X equivalent

Just add a zero... or two.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Re: Sad

Once you clean all their crapware off.

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NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

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Re: I want that

General electronics class, but there are constant references to soldering.

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Re: I want that

I teach soldering to US teenagers, and after the 6 months they're in my class they all pronounce the L. Fight from the inside!

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I want that

Flash Gordon toy!

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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Re: Not just the Danes...

Should have been a no contest, the Daleks would kick any stormtroopers arse... well they would if they had feet.

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Disturbance in the Force

"We aren't the numpties you are looking for"

"Oh yes you are, Book him Svenn..o!"

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after chopping 68 people

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Re: Scapegoat?

I must admit on reading the story my first thought was that he had been brought in to be the Axe Man the management didn't have the balls to be.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Re: I wonder

I was referring to the hardware not the operators, god knows I'm probably older!

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I wonder

how much of the current tech will get anywhere near the longevity of these fully functioning pensioners.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: As bad as kettles!

Sounds like our Xerox Workcentres, they will randomly absent themselves from the network whilst being fully accessible from their web interface. This results in the only way of printing to them is to upload the document to the printer web server instead of printing directly from your application, bloody frustrating as it is totally unpredictable as to when it will happen.

Other frustration is the number of older printers that use java interfaces, which our browsers will just refuse to load.

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

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Re: The title is too long.

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

- Joshua

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Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

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Of course there will be

'Paint Drying - the Director's cut', 3 hours of extra footage with acerbic commentary from the director, cameraman and the paint roller artist.

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Time Warner

Haven't heard anything about their plans in this area, but knowing those nickel and diming bastards they're probably trying to figure out some way to get this surreptitiously installed and have the consumer pay extra for it.

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Google patents robotic 'mobile delivery receptacle'

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Anyone else smell junkets?

I really can't believe anyone is taking this seriously as a delivery option. Looks like a good number to get those overseas trips in faraway places taking a lot of tech toys with you.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: Trumps America

It's looking like a bit more than a chance at the moment. When Glenn Beck is questioning your suitability for the job then perhaps you're just a bit too loony.

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Refrain from feeding the 'neath bridge dwellers

if you do they keep puking the same stuff back up.

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

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Yep bought a $35, 7" Fire in the Black Friday sales

tried the stock interface, for about 10 minutes, bloody awful experience. 20 minutes later rooted, disabled OTA updates and new launcher applied, eminently usable now.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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Publicly owned business

Utilities should be publicly owned, run as a business with the government as a silent owner. Profits to be ploughed back into infrastructure investment for the benefit of the tax-payer. I'm sure it will be a difficult balance to achieve, as politicians can't resist meddling, but it has to be more reasonable than the ripoff fest that is the current status quo.

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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Re: Pint Maths

Not when you're 20 feet above them.

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Re: Pint Maths

Imbibo ergo sum!

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Pint Maths

Following a late swot session at Uni me and a mate found ourselves in the unenviable position of having precisely 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the only pub on campus and get suitably slaughtered. 1 hour 15 minutes later... mission accomplished. 8 pints of Belhaven 80/- consumed in an hour (the pub was a bit of a walk from the halls), the stagger back to the halls took considerably longer as our bodies tried to cope with the huge influx of liquid and alcohol. My mate attempted and failed to bomb one of the swans from the bridge with the remains of his 8th pint. Waster!

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Yup somewhat dazed too.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Reading comprehension.

Ahhh... my very first separates system was based around a Rotel Amp with a Rotel Tuner, Wharfedale Linton Speakers and a Trio deck with a Grado stylus.

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Re: Apple ][

Yep I would bet that too. We had one running in a very aggressive environment (lots of acidic vapours) for about 3 years, It lasted 18 months longer than the Commodore PET sitting next to it. I don't know what the ][e case was made from but it was as tough as old boot, the problem that eventually killed it was etching of the connectors by the acidic atmosphere.

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