* Posts by Efros

1166 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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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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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IBM ATE & Amstrad PC1512

512k IBM ATE with Hercules graphics card, 16 channel 12 bit A-D converter and 8 channel 12 bit D-A converter hooked up to the photo-multiplier tube array on a polychromator, and an oscillating galvanometer refractor plate, all controlled from a turbo pascal data acquisition program. First built in 1988 and still plodding along. It's compadre is an Amstrad 1512, used to emulate a TTY terminal that controlled an electrothermal atomizer with high voltage discharge capability. Both are still operating and both are still used on a fairly frequent basis.

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Twitter goes titsup

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Re: To take a comment from the thread about Friends Reunited

In business? Yet to make a profit I believe, so maybe/maybe not. Depends on whether you have stock or not.

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GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

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Indeed, one of the prime motivators for me finishing my degree was reflecting on my holiday jobs and the people I worked with. Great people and good to work with, some of them had been sweeping factory floors for 20 years, earning a living and looking after their families, and precisely none of them wanted their kids to follow them. Most of them were very supportive and encouraging of this green student. As a teenager you see that working in a deadly dull job is a necessity for some, this sorts out your priorities, or it did for me at least, when you are given the opportunities not to follow a similar career path.

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Count de Manet?

Careful spelling there.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Self Serving Twonk

Comment in the title, really all that can be said about him.

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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Hmmm

I predict money changing hands... whose hands and how much is something we'll probably never know.

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Hot Swedish nurses in charity calendar rumpus

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Humourless gits

Sometimes you just have to have a larf!

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Skype finally catches Google with group video chat

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Now all they have to do

is fix their bog awful windows client.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Just click 'OK'

It's wonderful... you'll never have another BSOD... you'll never have to think for yourself again, look at the lights, look at the deadlights... they all float down here.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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Fundamentally

It boils down to whether or not you are doing your job. If you are then management should be able to realize this without monitoring your every breathing moment, and similarly if you aren't this should be apparent without some electronic peek a boo sneaking on you. If management can't establish your effectiveness without activating the secret police then there's something "rotten in the state of Denmark".

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Sad news

Bowie's unexpected and untimely departure is very sad indeed. He was the biggest act in the UK through most of my teenage years, surviving all of the fads and fashions and always seemingly reemerging as something new. Sadly the advent of tech now means that you wont remember where you were when you heard the news, you'll just remember reading it on some website or other.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Pint of lager laced with a couple of creme de menthes was dubbed a Green Bastard in Glasgow. No subtlety there, but then we are talking about the city where it was not uncommon to see Carlsberg Special Brew on pub tariffs listed as "Leg Opener".

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News Just In

Life is a terminal disease only curable by death!

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Fan belts only exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars

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Excellent!

The two Dysons are a highly intellectually entertaining duo. They both have an enthusiasm for their work which is infectious. Dyson junior's book on Project Orion, a project his father was heavily involved with, (Project Orion:The True Story Of The Atomic Spaceship, the BBC doc based on this can be found on Youtube) is a must read, I haven't got round to Turing's Cathedral yet but based on this review and others it's only a matter of time.

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Tell us what's wrong with the DMCA, says US Copyright office

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Shurely

Be quicker to ask what's right with it and then strike down the rest of it.

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So what's all this about 320k Time Warner Cable users being hacked?

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Unfortunately

I'm a TWC customer (I prefer the term hostage), fortunately I have been sufficiently distrustful of them to never have had a recurring payment with them so they have no recorded bank or credit card details from me, or at least they shouldn't have! Phew.

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Thinking of buying a Surface? Try a modular OLED Thinkpad first

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Re: plonk

I feel your pain, to maximize screen usage on widescreen I move my taskbar to the left hand side and increase its width to allow all of my most commonly used programs a shortcut icon on a toolbar. Still means that there's acres of whitespace on anything I open.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: Hate to burst your bubble...

Aluminum is the more archaic form as it was set down by Davy before aluminium(1812), if we want to be really archaic Davy first called it alumium(1807). Besides IUPAC, the presiding body, decided in 1990 that aluminium was the standard international name for the element, it later recognized that aluminum was an acceptable variant. Pity they couldn't do the same for sulphur!

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As a chemist

Whogivesafuckium springs to mind.

With half lives so short they are really not particularly useful. Where is that island of stability when you need it?

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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8 years

My cable company (TWC) has maintained the same speeds (10MB) in our area for 8 years now, charges have nearly doubled over that period for the same service. Plus they have just announced that they are increasing the modem rental to $8 a month, I bought my own one when they introduced this charge about 2 years ago.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Joke

RI Ass. of America and MP Ass. of America

Will be examining this quite carefully for future media players methinks.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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Paris Hilton

Re: More proof

I do agree with that, however, I'm beginning to wonder if my pension payments should be diverted into buying lottery tickets. The way things are going I think I might get better returns on the investment. Paris cos there's no other example of my post lottery win retirement leisure plan.

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Broke the fundamental rule

Do it once, do it big and whether it succeeds or fails never ever do it again!

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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On the Christmas Present Issue

My wife and I, heh, have always taken a fixed amount of cash and gone and bought ourselves something at Christmas. Saves a lot of time and stress and means we can spend that time on more important things like buying the noisiest most annoying toys we can find for the the grandkids. Annual parental revenge is a sweet thing!

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