* Posts by Efros

976 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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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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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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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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