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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

Gavin King
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Re: From your photos..

Would that make it a sun hat?

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

Gavin King

Re: More work

...or insists that addresses must have a "State" value?

That is one thing that really gets to me. The closest thing we ever had in New Zealand were the provinces, which were abolished in 1876. Despite this, just recently trying to get something sent out from overseas I was told that it was mandatory to insert a state/province. To (apparently) make it easier, this was to be picked from a drop down list of three letter abbreviations, none of which I or anyone in the room had ever seen before. Even with a list of the provinces there were some which we couldn't identify.

</rant>

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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

Gavin King

Re: With added Leap Year support...

But at least you only have to pay it every four years.

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Gavin King

Re: What I don't understand

Ignoring the technical feasibiblty, I'm not sure that it would be practical. An example of this could be you have a blocked drain, and call up the plumber's office. They send someone around to arrive at a given time, but there's (say) mechanical problems and the plumber in the van is held up, so calls to let you know from his mobile phone. If you don't know the number, he can't get through and you're left fuming at the useless sod for not showing up.

I wonder though if it couldn't be set up to have a whitelist that can directly call, and other numbers get an answerphone which can be looked at "off-line". That'd solve my above problem, and still avoid having to deal with the so-and-sos.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Gavin King
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Re: @Domeyhead

"...oscilloscope or a migraine attack."

I read this as "oscilloscope attack" and now have an urge to design a t-shirt with "Attack of the Oscilloscopes" on it; a rank of angry 'scopes, traces fluctuating wildly as they march through flames...

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Gavin King
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Hogswash --- I doubt very much that Lynx will ever do this.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

Gavin King

Re: In-Line blade fuse holders

You can get these: for example. I don't know if the combined weight of the fuse and holder would be any less than the glass ones though: they look rather bulky.

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Kim Dotcom extradition hearings delayed

Gavin King

I suspect the OP is from a somewhat larger country than New Zealand (it isn't hard) and thus has a larger parliament (or equivalent), probably with two houses; a single Member in that case is not too much of a big deal; he or she will get drowned out by the remainder. For our 120 MPs though, a single Member is a bit of a bigger deal.

Add in the fact there is a single House, and that Parliament is absolutely sovereign (so laws can't be overturned by the courts; I think there's a legal term, but can't remember it now) and I think that New Zealanders should take their politics and politicians seriously.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

Gavin King
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Re: This reminds me a little of a story I read.

That one was a Herriot story: I think it was in 'The Lord God Made Them All,' but can't find it exactly.

Flames, since that's what the poor bugger was feeling like.

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ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE

Gavin King

Re: BOVINES IN SPACE!!!!

With a spherical cow the tipping is impossible (or more impossible), since there is no "up". Which is further compounded by the lack of an "up" in space, I suppose.

Which the farmer in me says is a good thing: cattle generally aren't too forgiving of falling over.

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Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

Gavin King

The emphasis should be on the semi-; if nothing else, it saves a modicum of effort and time to enter the URL directly. This mayn't be important with fast internet connections, but often we don't have such things. It also means that should the search engine break, or not work with the browser being used --- I have had this happen at least once not too long ago (the re-directs would fail half-way through; don't know why and it seems to have resolved itself) --- one is still able to use the internet.

And incidentally, in lieu of a pizza place, the number for my local fish and chip shop is 432-0207, from the top of my head. A meal there for whoever can figure out where it is.

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The right time to drink coffee

Gavin King

Re: LN2?!

It also makes some of the smoothest icecream around: cream, some fruit (or other flavour) and gently beat while pouring the nitrogen through. I've done it helping with science outreach, especially for younger children (and the not so young). Apparently it's something to do with making the ice crystals very small, rather than big and lumpy.

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

Gavin King
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Re: tasking...shudder

I suspect (hope?) it is just a typo, and "tasking" should read "taking," and have humbly suggested that the sub-editors have a look at it.

It is a little distressing though, that we see an error and don't think "this is not right" but rather "harumph! More non-sensical jargon." A reflection on something, I'm sure. Buggered if I can figure out what though.

Of course, it could be an expression of the magical faith we have in the writers and editorial types instead.

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Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

Gavin King

Re: Fecebook!

Nah: I don't think it could be much "shitter" than it already is.

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Money really does GROW ON TREES say boffins

Gavin King
Coat

What's a koala doing with a mass spec?

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

Gavin King
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Re: "... brushed aluminum and all"

I hate to burst your bubble and all that, but I think that Mr Myslewski is in fact not British; for a long while the author line read Rik Myslewski in San Francisco (my emphasis), although it doesn't any more.

Sorry there old chum, what what.

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Bonking boffins say bacon biters won't breed

Gavin King

Re: fish?

'ware the codpiece!

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

Gavin King

You know, Mum and Dad always said I was lucky that I wasn't called "Wayne." Never really understood why, until I hit a certain age.

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

Gavin King

Completely avoiding the joke, I wonder if it would come with some sort of safe-guard, or if in fact it could be set to blend itself?

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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

Gavin King

Re: "an ancient African tradiation of animals"

The "send corrections" button is now at the top of the comments page: look upwards.

It's a little odd, but for some reason I missed it too, even though it is just about the first thing you see when you come to comment.

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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

Gavin King

Re: @Richard Wharram RE: "vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin"

SFW perhaps, but interestingly the "Internet Traffic Management System" here did block me and say "no go: this is pornography."

How on earth it decided this I have no idea: it is one of the least offensive sites I've ever seen.

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'Outback Rover' could help calibrate satellite sensors

Gavin King

Re: Dumb question

I'd think that it is because it relatively uniform; these measurements from space sound like they're precise enough to need to know just how much from the standard they vary. I suppose that you could make an array of detectors, but apart from the cost you might run the risk of affecting the colour and shade of the lake.

In any case it is still cool to make autonomous robots, especially for something that is useful like this but not really very exciting to actually do.

I'm afraid that I don't have TFA for you to R, but that's what I think of the matter.

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Gavin King

Re: Coastguard?

The roving calibrating rover calibrator, obviously. Possibly in a (Land) Rover.

Who is in turn calibrated by a calibrated roving calibrating rover calibrator calibrator.

(Probably a Land Cruiser in the land of Oz, in fact, but that's not as much fun.)

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Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

Gavin King

Re: @Gavin King Hotdesking is just evil

A-ha. That makes sense. (Or rather it doesn't, but I you get what I mean.)

And I'm intrigued about this "notepad". Doesn't require electricity? Is it solar powered?

Thanks for soothing my curiosity.

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Gavin King

Re: Hotdesking is just evil

Perhaps I'm Luddite of some description --- certainly I'll admit to in-experience --- but I've found printed copy to be a saving grace: everybody in charge assumes that nobody would use hardcopy materials for anything important, so it is a trivial matter to shift them from place to place, especially compared to computer machinery.

Although I'd like to hear you discription of "notepad"; again my inexperience, in that I'm not sure of what you mean.

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Gavin King
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Re: Loosing

"Although I suppose loosing an arrow tends to happen just before losing it!"

I must disagree --- unless you shoot like I play golf!

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WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Gavin King
Happy

Re: >"it's supposed to be a bird"

And away from the South half of North America, "ass" means "arse". :-)

In any case, am opposed to a cross-pondian translator on the basis that removing the somewhat disgusted looks from the older ladies (and men, for that matter) when they hear tourists speaking of "fanny packs" would be sad.

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

Gavin King

Re: Sex vs Violence

While I broadly agree with you ( except I think us New Zealand types are a bit more reasonable than others), I am genuinely interested in what you mean by ANZAR; presumably it relates to Australia and New Zealand, but what do the letters "AR" stand for? I've never heard of it, and (an admittedly quick) seach only shows up an Arabic boy's name.

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Gavin King

Re: N*gger?

Or for that matter a large flat bottomed moat used (usually) to carry cargo on the Nile.

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Gavin King
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Re: Plural of "Penis"

To drag the thread away from casting aspersions on the names of our hard-working and honest representatives --- and I almost wrote that with a straight face --- the plural of "penis" is "penes" (pronounced "/ˈpiːniːz/" in British English), according to Mr. Oxford English Dictionary.

Made me feel like a wee child again, sneaking a look at the dirty words in the dictionary.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

Gavin King
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Re: axis/axes

I read it and was expecting some three-space charging plan that would require advanced maths to understand. Although that's because I'm not familiar with the company Three, and thought it was meaning "3-axis data-roaming..."

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IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds

Gavin King
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Re: In 1975 there was a report called "Coal:Bridge to the future"

But if it's in a nuclear power station won't the data become radioactive?

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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

Gavin King
Joke

Re: and meanwhile in Hull...

If you've got the Education Department looking after your internet, I'm not surprised it's grim!

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

Gavin King
Coat

Perhaps he was getting off, tomato shopping with a prostitute?

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Feeling HORNY? RHINOCEROS INCEST project underway at Cincinnati Zoo

Gavin King

River nose? I thought that rivers had mouths?

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A simple SSL tweak could protect you from GCHQ/NSA snooping

Gavin King

Star Chamber

You over malign the Star Chamber. In some ways its biggest problem was that it was efficient. Everything was done "on the papers", so that come judgement time, there could be a rapid number of judgements that seemed to be rather arbitrary, but were in fact reasonably well considered.

I remember a historian looking through the cases within the last fifty years or so and coming to the conclusion that the decisions of the star chamber were not particularly unfair, considering the times. I forget which book it was in, alas.

Secret laws on the other hand: not such a nice thing.

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

Gavin King

Re: don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

Interestingly, in New Zealand, old vehicles are classified as "vintage" (for road registration and the like) if more than about 40 years old --- I can't find the exact number of the Land Transport website.

Which, now that you mention it, is a little odd considering the other (correct?) meaning of the word.

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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

Gavin King

Re: Cars are so boring... Why even buy one..... OK, maybe one exception.....

Nothing stopping you having a Zeppelin, though. Surely you've got a spare few hectares at the bottom of the estate for a hangar and all that?

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

Gavin King
Headmaster

Re: KISS

Discrete or Discreet? Both can be applicable, but I'm not too sure which is better.

I'm in the discrete bin myself; if I think the clothes are good, I'll tell people that. Although a small logo isn't the end of the world, especially if the clothes are in fact well made and comfortable.

And the tags sewn into shirts always seem to be made to dig holes in the spine anyhow.

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ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

Gavin King
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Re: how far...

You'd better hoof it! (I know I am.)

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NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

Gavin King

Re: FAIL!

But, but, you're missing the point.

It's far more import ant for everything to look not only good, but indistinguishable, than it is to actually convey anything at all.

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El Reg gets its hands on Haswell fondle-gizmos at posh Tosh bash

Gavin King

Re: Ergonomics

I'd thought that the touchpad was offset to line up with the centre of the typing keyboard, so that when typing the right palm doesn't cause the cursor to move about wildly.

I know that it can happen; the current machine I'm using does this from time to time, usually when resting the hands while thinking about what's next to type. That said, I've never used one with the offset touchpad, so don't know if it is a nuisance of a different sort or not.

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UN to call for 'pre-emptive' ban on soulless robot bomber assassins

Gavin King

Re: Applying the USAs gun ownership arguement to this

My only thought to this line of reasoning is a question:

"Who are the bad guys?"

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AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users

Gavin King

Re: Admin fee?

So you will charge a pity fee as well?

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Another Chinese thing you can see from space: Lenovo's sales

Gavin King

Re: Huh?

I thought the same on the first read. I think what the author was trying to say was that Lenovo bought IBM's PC parts in 2004, spent "six years of slog", then started making some sort of progress.

I'd probably have put it as " It took six-odd years to sort out the integration of IBM's laptop business, purchased in 2004, but since 2010 it has been full steam ahead."

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

Gavin King
Coat

Well, in the beginning it was all good. Then some lady took an apple that she oughtn't have, and things have gone down since then.

The grey one, please, with the hat.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

Gavin King
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Re: New Zealand Insurance

No problem. Drunken conversations tend to have a distorting effect on what is said, for some reason.

The only reason that I said anything was that I've a friend who is currently travelling across the USA by car. The thought that somebody could (or even has to) sue you for the costs of an injury was a little bit alien to me before we had quite a discussion about it.

A bit like an elephant; you know that they are big, but until sitting on one you don't realise just how big.

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Gavin King
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New Zealand Insurance

"In New Zealand, a car's road tax also gives it 3rd party insurance for anyone to drive, covered for by the government."

I have to call foul on that: the road tax certainly does not give any sort of insurance to the vehicle. There is an ACC levy (for the government health insurance agency) collected with the "road tax", that does nominally go to paying for what you might call "medical insurance". This is only related to personal injuries though: it doesn't cover anything else.

There is no mandatory third party insurance, govenrment or otherwise. This is why my vehicles always have full cover, because I can't be sure the idiot that sideswipes me has way to repay me for the damage he (or she --- they let women drive here, don't-cha-know) might cause.

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New Zealand to bar software patents, again

Gavin King

Re: FOSS

There's a heart in the Wellington bureaucracy? That's news to me.

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

Gavin King

Re: Re: He cannae take much more o' this Captain!

If you're managing to get lift I wouldn't have thought it would be boring at all!

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