* Posts by melt

139 posts • joined 14 Nov 2008

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

melt

str_to_lulz()

Does it also cover 'p3t3r'?

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

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Windows

That's great

Let me know when you can have custom POIs again.

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UCAS website collapses - on results day

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Re: 8olloux

I think if the internet connection between you and "duh internet" was down, you'd have problems accessing UCAS's normal website as well...

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Angel

cloud

Need to serve simple database content to very bursty levels of users? Sorry for the buzzword, but this should've been a prime candidate for hosting "in the cloud".

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Museum gets free NFC phone-tap exhibit cards from Nokia

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QR

I recently went to an exhibition put on the the University of Sheffield's engineering department.

Each exhibit's card had a QR code in the corner that took you to a web page with video and further URLs to departments or companies involved, journals talking about the work etc.

It was quite useful, and more relevantly, it was open to any smartphone with a camera and probably didn't cost much to do.

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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Facepalm

bah

Such a shame; the BBC's coverage over the last two years at least has been absolutely fantastic.

It's going to be very difficult to keep that going. I'm certain that Sky Sports won't be able to generate the same feeling.

I'll be watching on BBC, and I guess i'll have to find a motorsports-friendly pub somewhere that my friends and I can adopt on Sky-only weekends.

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So what can't you do with VMware's VSA?

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Happy

Yes.

Yes, here you have it.

To me, as someone who has used a lot of NFS on NetAPPs as the store for VMs, this announcement from VMware was quite clear.

The product doesn't quite stack up against other NFSy solutions, but the intent was clear enough.

Store the VMs on here instead of faffing with local (on-vmhost) storage or iSCSI; let the VMs keep believing that they are real machines that keep all their own data on their own virtual hard drive. Fantastic for virtualising entire Functional Test environments at once.

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EMC intros the mini VMAX

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VMAX?

I kept reading that as "VAX" and getting all excited. Bah.

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El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

melt
Boffin

H

Hydrogen's cheaper - have you considered using that in the balloon?

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Comet in bad way after big losses

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FAIL

Warehousing

How about they actually hold stuff at the branches? I went out to buy a dishwasher a year or so back, under the misguided and old-fashioned belief that they would actually have stock at the big out-of-town outlets. How wrong I was.

If I want to wait three days for a missed delivery, i'll just buy something off the Internet, thanks.

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Jaguar hybrid supercar gets green light

melt

I agree

Kinda ugly guppymouth thing going on at the front.

Really ugly unfinished backside. The interior's a mess of materials and finishes.

Give me a jag MkII and a Gallardo instead.

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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Stop

gnome-screensaver

Hooray! Perhaps now we'll be able to configure each screensaver's options again.

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Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions

melt

LTS?

Eek, what about LTS?

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Apple brands Intel 'Light Peak' as Thunderbolt

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Alert

erk

They shouldn't use that, it looks just like the "High Voltage" warning pictogram. Major possibility for my mum to get confused and try and plug the power cord in there.

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Russia has 'secret space warplane' to match US X-37B

melt

Бура́н

A robotic cross-range resuable spacecraft? They already had one. Perhaps they should've looked after it whilst they had it? :)

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Boeing customers spy distant Dreamliner

melt

Boeing. James Boeing.

The 747 was modified to be used as a gigantic prop in Casino Royale.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/1070481/M/

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Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding

melt

soap

No, you need a keel or centreboard to counteract the force of the wind, otherwise you'd just get pushed sideways with the wind. It's like when you squeeze a wet bar of soap between your fingers.

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TomTom Go Live 1005 satnav

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Thumb Down

Date? Time?

Have they managed to get these units to set their time and date automatically yet? This was always a problem with the previous units.

I understand how hard it can be for the coders to find a source for the date and time, given that the units are receiving data from several clocks simultaneously and occasionally have a data connection.

Daylight savings changes sorted? How about timezones - it's not like the use tells the unit what mapset they want to use, or that the units have any way of knowing where they are on the Earth's surface.

Joshing aside, the first few generations of Tomtom were great - head and shoulders above the rest. As the line's worn on i've been less and less impressed.

For example, my most recent unit when calculating a route from Gloucester to Leeds took a minute or so to bring up an initial route. It then took over TWENTY MINUTES to process the HD Traffic info and re-route. By which time I was already halfway up the Fosse, so to speak. Downgrading my unit to the previous major release of the OS helped somewhat, but you shouldn't expect an end-user to have to consider that.

Tomtom were great five years ago and their UI is gorgeous but their development decisions have left me looking for something better considered and supported.

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Pure Twilight DAB/FM radio and dawn simulator

melt
Unhappy

argh

It looks like the Stig is hiding behind your bedside table, waiting for you to go to sleep.

Not very comforting.

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EU to lift flight ban on carry-on liquids

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Alert

can do this already...?

I'm sure that you can do this already; Duty-Free is inside the controlled zone, after the x-rays and the frisking.

Other-half bought half a ton of perfume at duty-free with her leftover dollars on the way back from the USA last month. Carried it on with no problem as we'd already been scanned, and i'm assuming the bottles had also been checked somehow before they were sold to us.

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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

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Boffin

TRIM

Has MacOS X implemented TRIM yet?

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Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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think

Think of them more like big service pack releases and you're mostly there.

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PARIS pumps up a Mk 2 release mechanism

melt
Grenade

syringe v1.1

Hmm. I'm guessing the reason that you didn't go with the condom-inside-syringe idea that a lot of commenters suggested on the last post was that the rubber would perish above -20 degC or so?

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Pressure mounts on Apple to recall iPhone 4

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Grenade

They might already be...

Gizmodo (the new Slashdot) think they could be: http://gizmodo.com/5586256/is-apple-silently-recalling-the-iphone-4-now

It's based on one single report but they sound like likely fixes...

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Ads watchdog whacks Orange over coverage claim

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FAIL

Who cares?

Who cares? 3G broadband is absolutely useless anyway.

From my house I can *see* an Orange mast and a Three mast. They're in the field adjoining the next street over.

Sounds like the perfect distance to me - easily close enough, but not so close that the phone's overwhelmed.

With both operators I have full signal but only get ~40kB/s down. Even at 2am. My housemate gets the same with a USB dongle on Orange.

The maximum i've ever seen was 100kB/s down. In one memorable event my housemate managed to watch a show on iPlayer when the wind was blowing the right direction.

What's the bloomin' point?

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Twitter on a ZX Spectrum

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Alert

I've got a few -11s

I've got a few -11s lying around. Where can I get one of these drives? :)

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Jodrell Bank gets swanky visitor centre, infuriating maze

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Heart

love it

I loved jodrell bank. I used to badger my mum to take me there every summer. The highlights were:

1. swarming over the decomissioned control panel

2. playing with the gyroscopic precession holding-a-bike-wheel-on-a-chair thing

3. shouting across the park with the big-ears parabolas

4. the planetarium with its voting buttons

5. boggling at the laser holograms

6. playing with the broken steerable dish

Many good memories - I can trace nerdishness back to that place, and to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Top stuff :)

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Highways Agency seeks £40m central IT system

melt
Pint

and a moon and a stick and

All that for £40M? They'll be bloomin' lucky...

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A new wave in data center cooling?

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Boffin

3M

3M? Liquid cooling in a densely-populated space? Sounds like Flourinert to me...

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Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons

melt
WTF?

To HTC:

put out an £0.99 updated keypad membrane which has the required legends on it, and covers over the "unneeded" buttons.

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BBC to cull radio stations, halve websites in painful biz review

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Stop

6music

Nooo! Where will Adam and Joe go? :(

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Traffic reports for the wrong country? There's an iPhone app for that

melt
Headmaster

UK

UK United Kingdom or UK Ukraine? I've been caught out by that one before...

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German electropulse energy drill bitchslaps lasers

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Flame

video?!

This sounds awesome. Where's the video of it in action?!

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The Prisoner set for Sunday release

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Thumb Up

looks OK

Saw the trailer a few weeks ago. Having just finished watching the original series this looks surprisingly good actually.

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Artists adds pulsating 'brain' to PC

melt

I don't get it

What's it trying to say? That the harder something works the... more... it gets cancer? Eh?

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Greenbird sail-car wafts in as future of zero-emission motoring?

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Go

cor

That's a very pretty bit of kit.

Wonder how much the paint weighs?

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Ofcom's pilot starts seeing signs

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Alien

Meadowhall

There's still steelworks around that area of Sheffield, it's entirely possible that some large process there is generating interference.

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