* Posts by Efros

1131 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

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Re: Diet Coke

or indeed any advert/comedy/drama that portrays men as knuckle dragging brain damaged incompetents who couldn't find their arse with both hands in broad daylight. At some point society will actually realize that fuckwitism and other attributes are really not gender specific, your gender/sexual orientation does not give you immunity to being a fuckwit.

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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Flogging a Dead Watch

Just like the equine variety is rather a pointless exercise. To me when a piece of equipment fails to do its basic task, keep time, without a constant refilling of its batteries then it really doesn't deserve some of my well earned drinking vouchers. No amount of cajoling, imploring or implied lack of coolness is going to change the fact that you're selling a watch that has to be recharged every day, at a price that is too high to attract the "it's ok for the price" brigade.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

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Ok all working now.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

Cloudfare is giving

Error 523 Ray ID:

Origin is unreachable

for El Reg just now, can get through using a UK VPN, hence this post. anyone know what's going on?

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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

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Strathclyde

The Students Union at Strathclyde used to be the largest licensed premises in Scotland, and they still managed to make a loss.

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

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Re: $2,495-$3,318.90

You are Steve Jobs AICMFP!

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UK lawmakers warn Blighty to invest more in science, or else

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When...

The salary of someone involved at a high level in Science or Engineering for an extended period of time has the same salary as someone involved in the financial sector for the same amount of time with the same level of qualifications, experience and competence are compensated to the same extent, then I'll be reporting on the incidence of airborne swine.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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I'd have that

I remember in my youth putting together the Airfix Saturn V kit, not the most challenging of kits but certainly one of the most imposing standing nearly 2 feet high, although it seemed bigger then.

Addendum: seems Airfix have revamped and reissued the Saturn V kit!

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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AIM 65

First taste of programming was on the AIM 65, a 6502 development system which had an assembler and a BASIC interpreter. This was followed swiftly by the purchase of a Spectrum 16k and hours spent entering BASIC programs from various sources, generating a few of my own and hacking Z80 routines nicked from the software that came with it. My work at that time gave me a lot of exposure to a lot of different machines, Osbornes, TRS-80s, TRS-80 Color, BBC-B, Olivetti Word Processing systems, a Z80 based multi user CP/M system along with a few CBM Pets both with proper keyboards and horrible membrane type ones. My next job was hardware based and involved building interfaces for Apple IIe's to hook up with various laboratory equipment both through conventional means and by hacked electronics (intercepting the display signals on a photon counter springs to mind). The advent of the Apple IIc and its closed architecture put an end to that and I got my first taste of IBM PC based programming and hardware hacking. Our first IBM was an AT with 512K of Memory, a 80287 coprocessor, a Hercules graphics card and a monochrome monitor, total cost was close to £4000. My next home machine was an Amstrad CPC6128 which was the last off the shelf machine (apart from laptops) I bought.

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Re: Made in Port Talbot

Yep forgot the Color bit.

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Made in Port Talbot

For the British and European market.

The Dragon 32 was very like the TRS-80 in terms of the processor type and hardware etc. meant you could use quite a lot of the old TRS-80 software on the Dragon.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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2 billion

Reminds me of a contract extension on software support we offered to a corporation who shall remain nameless. We didn't want to do it so we looked at our normal price and added a zero to discourage them. The fuckers took up the contract! We thought about it and accepted, the extra drinking vouchers almost made the pain worthwhile.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: Really?

His outbursts while usually pretty colorfully abusive are pretty gender neutral IIRC.

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Teacher accusations

About 1 in 5 teachers at schools and colleges in the UK have been the subject of a false allegation by a student, 1 in 7 have had false allegations levelled at them by a student's immediate family or family friend. Figures are taken from an ATL poll conducted amongst its members and reported in March 2015. The advent of social media has just made the situation worse with more avenues and sources for accusations to be thrown. With this and all the other crap that is thrown at teachers is it any wonder that UK has to be constantly on the search for new blood?

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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No justification for this action

At least not while nothing is being done about Country music,

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We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11

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Re: What happened to the HiFi

Pretty much a digital source is a digital source, analogue sources required a little more tweaking to get the best out of them.

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Re: What happened to the HiFi

Back in the 70s the logic was the other way around, invest in a decent preamp and amp and speakers in that order.

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What happened to the HiFi

Used to be the thinking was the best way to improve the sound was to improve the source first and speakers last. At $1000 a pair these things had better be making my tea and toast in the morning! Among other things!

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

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Ahh the screeching chirrup

of the modem, you got so used to it you could tell by the tones roughly what speed your 56k (Hah!) device had finally connected at. I well remember leaving my machine connected overnight to download IE4 (about 25MB IIRC). I also remember an MS presentation on IE4 where they wouldn't answer the question as to why the upgrade didn't allow reconnections to start the download where it left off, apparently the suits couldn't comprehend a world where people weren't on DSL.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: So what?

"membership of a group is not illegal"

That very much depends on the group, there are proscribed groups and organizations, membership of which is punishable by law.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417888/Proscription-20150327.pdf

I do agree with the rest of what you said though.

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WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

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Re: HDDs

Yup, 0.5TB SSDs are now available for reasonable prices and they will be supplanting HDDs increasingly in the system storage area. For bulk long term storage where speed isn't an issue HDDs will be around for a long time, but that market is not as huge as the manufacturers would like. At some point there will be a plateauing of HDD prices and then I wonder if we'll see them beginning to rise as the market shrinks.

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

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Farewell to the BUFFs

I remember seeing a couple of these take off a long time ago, my god were they noisy. Their acronym nickname was adopted almost universally although it's full meaning tended not to be used apart from the U rated Big Ugly Fat Fellows... Fellows... yeah right.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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Sounds like my Dad's setup

Except he used the immersion heater and thermostat from a 120 gallon fish tank. He had managed to purloin a massive nylon vessel from somewhere, I think it had a capacity of close to 40 gallons. This was fired up when the stock of home brew began to get below a certain point, by the time it was ready for bottling most of the stock was gone and the bottles were available for the new batch. He used the porcelain capped French pop bottles, always amusing drinking beer from a bottle marked Pshitt!. He usually had enough left to tide him over until the new bottled batch was ready to drink. Having drunk a few of his brews I'd say it was close to 6.5%, and kicked you in the arse, hard.

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

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Re: Pollution ?

Compared to your average home probably not significant in terms of environmental damage. If you want to get on someone's case about this sort of thing there are far bigger and more culpable targets than a bunch of geeks hell bent on a cool explosion.

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Re: Price and shipping

There's always one... and that usually determines H&S policy.

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Price and shipping

500g (about 160 ml) will set you back about $144 from Sigma Aldrich in the US. If you can't pick it up in person then you can get it sent to an educational establishment in the US, then your main problem is shipping. It can't be sent by any of the normal carriers and must be sent through a trucking company and then it has to be Hazmat approved, pricey.

After you've got it, as others have mentioned, it is seriously nasty stuff. Bromine burns are probably second only to HF burns in terms of long term problems, and personally I'd stay clear of it. I do remember my school having liquid bromine in the stock room back in the 70s, but then we also had all of the available alkali metals and mercury as well, most of which are now banned from school premises.

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RBS promises 'safe, secure, confidential' info-sharing on Facebook at Work

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Let me get this right

"Information shared on the site will be safe, secure and confidential."

On a site run by FB and within a Bank, OK that's good enough for me... or maybe not.

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It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?

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Meh

didn't really like it. Ashildr as a 'dolled up' woman didn't work, and Rufus Hound, well least said soonest mended.

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Reg reader post-pub chef brews superscharf currywurst

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Cookbook...yeah!

Would you envisage reader contributions? I've got a few neckfillers from a variety of places around the world.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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I think they're all missing the point

The link is between a living cell and cancer, if you have a living cell then there is a finite chance it will become cancerous. The longer you live the greater the chance, doing certain things will increase that chance and not doing them will decrease it, the chance, however, will never be zero. Knowing that you can move on and make decisions ignoring killjoys proclaiming your favourite thing on the planet is going to kill you, there is a chance it will but the chance of you being squashed by a diplodocus while munching a bacon sarnie are probably of the same order. I may have overstated that slightly.

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Re: Forgive me, but that must be a made up name

'tis baconish flavoured fat. Fry it until the shards are so sharp they can can penetrate the upper palate and deliver a pre-frontal lobotomy. Just my pet theory to explain the votes the Republicans garner from the lower classes hereabouts.

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Re: May be so...

Nope you heard wrong.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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The new 160 gigapixel camera makes the new Galaxy S∞ rather unwieldy, and suitable as a backup space heater.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Been there

All be it in slightly different and much nicer circumstances. I worked for a 2 man operation, writing a variety of code for a handful of products. It came to pass that one of the 2 decided that enough was enough and that he really wanted to retire, the other person followed suit, left me with two options, buy the company or pack my bags and move on. I seriously examined the first option but I realized that the guys in charge knew the market and they had decided it was time to get out, left me with option number two. I was given a fairly good redundancy package, on the condition that they could call me in for any serious issues with the remaining supported customers and I went my merry way. Over the next couple of years I got the call twice, both times they remunerated me plus generous expenses and as there was no clash with what I was doing with the then employer there were no problems. This was a good arrangement, brought about by discussion between those concerned, not imposed by one with resistance from the other. In those circumstances I'd be seriously tempted to wreak as much havoc as I could legally get away with.

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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'Twas good

Bring on the denouement!

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Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

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Age is a bugger

15 years ago the TV in the living room was a 21" CRT that fulfilled our needs. We could watch it comfortably from our normal sitting positions and the sound was of an acceptable quality. Fast forward a few years, 32" CRT with a reinforced TV stand (over 60 kg of TV) to enable me to read subtitles on those foreign films with questionable content that I like to watch, purely art you understand. Fast forward again 52" Flat Screen plasma, to try and keep the amount of black screen content to a minimum and avoid zooming on letterbox widescreen TV, we finally relent and buy a large format flat screen. Immediately notice we can actually read the subtitles again as opposed to guessing what the text actually says. Fast forward to today, same TV but now have to wear glasses to even read the damn subtitles... getting old sucks. *author repudiates any correlation between the state of their eyesight and the content of the art films.

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How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN

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Moon Pies

What you think Wagon Wheels were like 30 years ago, with an extra layer.

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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The King

Kid at the training centre I worked at in Scotland was christened Elvis, he was fortunate in one respect, he had a very high forehead which meant he was dubbed Tefal by his contemporaries and escaped any jibing about his name. Clip of Tefal ad for those too young to remember.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNwtBv3PI0

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Apple 1 goes on sale, expected to fetch £300,000 to £500,000

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Joke

Typical Apple, inflated price for less than average hardware.

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Virtualisation blog 'of interest to Interpol'

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You pay peanuts and you get dumb fucks...

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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Of course

WHen under that sort of BS pressure they should have renamed it .dik

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna

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Looks the biz

Carbs, meat, and eggs, exactly what's needed to combat the post pub hunger.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Cards?

One of the predominant methods in these here parts is still the paper cheque (check), not sure as to its security, but I am sure that the USAians card/banking habits could probably do with a shake up. I've been here 14 years and I've never had my signature checked on any of my cards. Giving your credit/debit card to someone else for a purchase was fairly commonplace although now it seems that is sort of being limited to immediate family. I could call my bank and speak to a human who will transfer cash from one account to another, not necessarily a target account held by me, I saw my sister in law do this and was flabbergasted. As to the new C&P I have cards from two major banks and a couple of local banks and I've yet to see anything about it in my mail.

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How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

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Hello

Left hand I'd like to introduce you to Right hand, you may be surprised by how much you have in common.

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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There's also a proposed link to the Shiva crater off the west coast of India, the timing of which event seems to suggest it may have been a trigger for the Deccan Traps (brilliant name) to go boom much more aggressively.

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Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

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Samsung Plasma here

Otherwise known as living room auxiliary heater.

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Behind the curve: How not to be a technology laggard

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How about neither

Not a first adopter (unless I'm particularly flush that month, first SSD was purchased 7 years ago) but quite happy with one step down tech. The constant angst I see some of my friends and colleagues going through over tech purchases is not for me, if I have the cash I get it otherwise I wait, usually I have to wait.

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Microsoft previews less buggy OneDrive for Business client

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Better in 10

I have noticed in the last month that I've been getting progressively fewer sync errors with Onedrive on my W10 machines to the point I haven't had one now for about 2 weeks. The multiple copies of documents with computer names incorporated into the filename also seem to have disappeared.

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Yahoo!: Who! cares! what! US! taxman! thinks!, we'll! spinoff! Alibaba! anyway!

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Pay yer effing taxes

Jesus!

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