* Posts by Code Monkey

1567 posts • joined 16 Oct 2008

Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Facepalm

Re: "So they hooked it and dragged it to the surface where it died. "

From the article: "The squid was then hooked and taken to the surface for measurement."

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

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Re: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

Despite a long, long time spent working in the industry, I'm studying an IT degree with the OU at the moment and can recommend it.

One thing to bear in mind is cost. I'm lucky that I started just before the univeristy fees went up, so can finish my degree at the old rates. In common with traditional universities, the OU has more-or-less tripled its fees - meaning a full degree will now cost you £15k. Help is available, as are student loans so it's worth speaking to them.

The degree will take several years - though the fact that you're currently studying towards one could be a big boost to your jobhunting.

Good luck!

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

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Re: Hypocrite

True up to a point. That Dysons are made abroad does not stop Silicon Roundabout being bullshit.

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Sculpted 66-pound jubs survive lightning blast, 26ft drop

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Re: Is it wrong...

There are pictures if you follow the link to the (magnificent) NT News site.

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

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Facepalm

Re: Geeks have macs too

PCs had only just launched. Linux was years away.

These may have beeen factors in the virus author's choosing a Mac.

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

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Unhappy

Re: Open wounds!?

Another reason not to do cocaine. This stuff's not exactly fair trade.

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Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland

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Re: "The evidence was stunning,"

I agree with the boffins. Cheese news is the best news.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: I almost died in Australia

"I almost die in Australia every day. From boredom, usually."

Does your iPhone keep sending you to funky new towns that don't exist?

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LOL: Twitter faces fines for late UK financial filings

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Windows

Re: Hmm

Twitted is the correct verb if you ask me. And, yes, I am a Twitter user.

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Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

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Big Brother

Re: Scary

Not just that it keeps coming back but the Tories actually attacked the near-identical scheme that New Labour wanted to introduce. I don't trust these bastards one bit, nor the previous bastards, nor the next bastards.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Windows

Re: Next step: sue God?

If they were to find somewhere to serve the lawsuit I'd be impressed.

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2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON

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Coat

Russ Abbott rumoured to be "not in the least bit interested".

Mine's the one with the 7" Atmosphere single in the pocket.

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Fred Flintstone may not have been real but his pet Dino WAS - boffins

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Re: Bad dinoboffins!

Good point. That also explains the lack of cars-with-no-floors-in-so-Fred-or-Barney-can-scoot-them-along-with-their-feet in the picture.

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Code Monkey

Re: Bad dinoboffins!

The artist that did the impression is making a huge claim for non-purpleness.

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Code Monkey

Bad dinoboffins!

It's not purple, has no collar. It's nothing like Dino.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Gimp

Re: Rather cynical

I can't speak for the OP but I'd rather pay my money with confindence of receiving the phone shortly afterwards. Until then the money can stay in my account.

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The Times offers subsidised Nexus 7s to get subscribers

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If there were a way to do this so Murdoch lost money, I'd do it.

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Piracy haven Newzbin2 gives up, can't pay the bills

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Angel

Re: So are they going to Open Source the code?

It's a Usenet scraper. If you've 15 mins spare you could knock one up yourself.

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Ï'm tëmptëd. Öthër hëädphönes ärë sömëwhät läckïng ïn thë umlaut dëpärtmënt.

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

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Unhappy

I've seen a Karrachi Fried Chicken and a Krazy Fried Chicken

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Code Monkey

Re: This KFC thing in Japan is real.

Agreed. KFC is bad, airline food is bad.

Doubleplusungood.

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Hurricane Sandy blows US pirate-pestering plan into 2013

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Pirate

Yarr!

Who else thought it was a different sort of anti-piracy that Hurricane Sandy had wrecked?

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Global warming still stalled since 1998, WMO Doha figures show

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Also paving front/back gardens. Britain's not as absorbent as it once was.

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

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Angel

Re: I find it deeply disturbing

How about we agree to not blow anything up m'kay?

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Think Xmas bashes in your biz are scary? Try partying with the Channel

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Windows

There's one rule: don't be the one that gets talked about the next day. Not getting completely shitted is the usual way of achieving this.

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

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Coffee/keyboard

Stop it!

I'm running out of upvotes. And coffee.

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Ten technology FAILS

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Windows

Re: VCD's

So ... the VCD's a complete turkey except in Turkey?

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

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Re: Perhaps it was lost in translation

La petite motorboat?

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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

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I'm happy to say I've never seen it.

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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Re: And I, for one.....

It's bloody terrifying it is.

Thankfully less bloody terrifying than trucks driven by Australians. At least the robots will be sober.

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WANTED: Actual HELPFUL info on price-comparison websites

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Mushroom

YOU MEAN THE MEERKAT'S LYING TO US? THE BASTARD!

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Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs

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I'm no physicist, but ...

How is wooldrag a factor in a vacuum? Surely as frictionless an environment as there can be

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NASA admits hiding 'really good' news from Martian soil

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Facepalm

Re: "THESE data ARE"

Yeah. Data ARE. Also use "THEE" and "THOU" more often.

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

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The Tolkien family sit down and start singing about gold.

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Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines

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Facepalm

Re: @fear^H^H^H^Hreadnothing

"as it aggravates commuters" is an issue in China? They must have better rail services than the UK, then.

Oh wait. Everyone in the world has better rail services than the UK.

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Microsoft's OWN tests on Kin 'social phone' foretold its doom

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Joke

So it was 'kin rubbish, then?

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Boffin

So which is the prototype football pitch? FA rules allow pitches between between 100 yards (90m/~10 double-decker buses) and 130 yards (120m/~13 double-decker buses) long and between 50 yards (45m/~5 double-decker buses) and 100 yards (90m/~10 double-decker buses) wide.

And which is the protoype double-decker bus? (I'm guessing the Routemaster but open to suggestions from, say, Altlantean fans).

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We CAN'T GET ENOUGH Windows 8 tablets, moan distributors

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Trollface

Re: Marketing games

Haven't Apple patented this?

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Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

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So in summary: sockets on trains good, lack of sockets in offices bad.

Cool story, bro.

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LOHAN to join mile-high club with BRITNEY or NAOMI?

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On a related note I once wrote a system called NIPS. The N is a massive clue to the client so I can't expand on this.

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Sinofsky denies failed putsch led to his defenestration

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Re: I wonder how much

Or Sinofsky's just following the rule of "slagging off your former employer can upset those you want to be the next employer".

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Nazi Enigma encoding machine sells in London for over £80k

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Re: Crysis

I'll continue in the same vein by pointing out its corners are not rounded.

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World's LEGGIEST BLONDE is super-rare millipede living in SF

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Windows

"in highest fulfilment of feet"

I love you, science!

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Huh?

"Is that pronounced Kif or Sif? :)"

I'm now open to the possibility that the thing I've sprayed coffee all over is pronounced "seyboard".

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Code Monkey

Re: Huh?

You know the "g" stands for "graphics"? Or do you pronounce that as "jraphics"?

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Thumb Up

YESSSSS!

It's the phone Nokia Banana fans have been waiting for all these years. AT LAST!

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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Gimp

Re: Nothing better to worry about??

They have a point. As soon as I saw that advert I got in my Fiesta and drove it through a plate glass window.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Also

Linguine/jub/elephants per second for the inevitable complaints* when an article fails to use the correct Reg units.

* admittedly mostly from me

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Code Monkey

Down with this sort of thing

Careful now

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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Angel

Paperweight

In an exaggerated Cockney/Aussie accent this sounds like "paperweight". If sales are crap you can have that one for nothing, Reg.

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