* Posts by Old Tom

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Old Tom
Stop

Re: Fighting your way to the top of the food chain?

I've rambled past thousands of flocks of sheep and herds of cows, and I've never ever seen anyone torturing any of them; they generally look very content (if I may anthropomorphise).

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: 'In the same way Cadburys are Kraft foods'

You're behind the times, that should read 'In the same way Cadbury are Mondalez International'.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

Old Tom

Facebook id?

Really, how many people know their Facebook id? I'd guess it's significantly less than 0.25%, indeed I'd postulate that 98% of people wouldn't know that they have one and would simply offer-up their name.

I can get my FB id from my laptop's browser, but just quickly tried and failed to extract it from my phone browser. I know I have Flikr and Instagram accounts, but I don't know my handles on them. Same story with Linked-in I know my name, but not the unique identifier they must have. I'd seriously need at least 10-15 minutes at home with my own computer to find all this stuff out.

I bet that's not uncommon, and you're filling this form in on an aeroplane with no Interweb access?

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Old Tom
Boffin

Two years is the maximum

Will everyone stop saying that we leave two years after Article 50 is triggered? Two years is just the timeout period if agreement hasn't been reached (unless an extension is agreed).

3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

Old Tom

Re: Obligatory

I'll raise thee this then.

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Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

Old Tom

How much there is to untangle is quite a revelation to anyone who may have not realised how much control over our lives the EU had developed.

Hopefully we'll be out ASAP, and then you can build your Nirvana in whatever way your overlords like.

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

Old Tom

auroras in the UK night sky ? When was the last time that happened ?

Quite recently - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35741589

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

Old Tom

Re: Richmond Sausages are Irish.

They may now be owned by an Irish company, but they originated in Litherland, Liverpool.

http://www.litherland-digital.co.uk/album_8/pages/richmond_story.html

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Old Tom

Remainers are all Great Wen-based hipsters?

They live in London (#4 London Underground)

They stream their media (#2 BBC iPlayer, #5 Spotify)

They go on lots of breaks (#6 Airbnb, #8 Virgin Trains, #10 EasyJet)

And they spend far too long on the Interwebs (#3 Instagram, #7 LinkedIn, #9 Twitter)

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Old Tom
Boffin

Re: Richmond Sausages are Irish.

No, they're 'Irish recipe', not Irish

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Old Tom
Boffin

Beaker, tea leaves, boiling water is all you need

Pinch of tea leaves* into the beaker, pour on boiling water, drink when it's cooled enough.

You do not need:

  • Teapot
  • Tea bag - they're full of crappy dust, and seem to be formulated to need milk/sugar to mask their awful taste
  • Straining mechanism - virtually all the leaves will sink
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Stirring device

*If it's the first brew of the day, then use Oolong if you can, then your second brew just requires a top-up of hot water.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Old Tom
Boffin

Re: smart meter

"Oh, and my current washing machine uses hot water from my hot water tank, heated directly by gas... more efficient than the EU mandated cold fill on modern machines..."

Yes but does it 'run the tap' until the hot water comes through? Most of the hot water taken in will be the neo-ambient water in the pipe from the hot tank or combi-boiler.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Old Tom
Pint

Newcastle Brown

Scottish & Newcastle got protected status for the term Newcastle Brown saying it had to be brewed in Newcastle. Then they decided to close the brewery and brew it elsewhere, so they got it revoked.

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Old Tom

Re: Champagne Cider

You mean Pomagne Champagne Cider?

Christ, I drank that stuff in my mid-teens. They had to drop the Champagne tag in 1979 due to it being a designated area of origin.

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European Patent Office blocks staff reading critical articles at work

Old Tom
Boffin

Re: Just the latest example of a failing European institution that's too arrogant to realise...

EPO appears to be nothing to do with the EU.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

Old Tom

Yes he was,and then he was at the FA. The Arsenal connection is wrong, someone should mail corrections@theregister.co.uk

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

Old Tom

So that's...

That would be Roger Witcomb, Finance Director of National Power plc 1996-2000 ?

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Old Tom

Hey glib 'don't install Flash' people

I have to have it installed for my son's online maths homework. He uses the mac because I reckon it's safer than him going online with Windows.

I always treat Flash update notifications with huge suspicion and go and do the update myself. The fact that their notification has a 'click here' button is a great enabler for the bad guys - it should be a notification, not a link to anything.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

Old Tom
Boffin

Re: Sentenced to zippy.

Po was red, Tinky Winky was purple and had a handbag

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

Old Tom
Boffin

Re: I haven't dabbled in Android development

It's pretty easy to use a real device.

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TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

Old Tom

On my way

As a TalkTalk customer, I do not think they've done the right thing at all.

They did not promptly tell me that they'd been hacked - they did that a couple of days after it'd been widely reported in the media.

They'd already leaked my personal details anyway, as I'd already been called by 'TalkTalk' about a fault on my broadband which could damage my computer. Caller knew my name, address and TalkTalk account number.

By taking their site down, and keeping it down for so long, they prevented me from logging-in to pay my bill quickly, making me lose out on the Speedy Payment Discount.

They'd also left me wondering (until the site came back up today) why my bill last month had gone up. (Turned out to be the end of my promotional discount.)

Anyway, I'll soon be an ex-customer, I was only still there because I'd been awaiting the end of my lock-in period. My leaving was delayed a couple of weeks because their call centre (in Durban) put the wrong kind of cancellation on my account but after cancelling my cancellation, my new provider can take over my line.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Old Tom

Re: Ongoing, definitely not new

I had a long call from 'TalkTalk' last week, sounded like India. They knew my name and number, address and TalkTalk account number, and were trying to persuade me to let them fix the errors on my broadband. I assumed it all came from the February breach.

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Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

Old Tom

"when you're walking, you're lucky to get 2G speeds, let alone 3G or LTE speeds"

When I'm out walking, I'd be amazed to get any signal at all for more that a quarter of the walk.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Old Tom

Re: Genuine question!

We hit a bug in early versions of the 80186, if an interrupt came in while my dma transfer was going on, the interrupt controller set the ack pin during the transfer of the last byte. Thus the last byte was regularly corrupt - but to a consistent value, which turned out to be the relevant interrupt number.

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

Old Tom

Re: "Just slide the tablet along the docking channel by half an inch."

Cripes, you must have very wide linguine!

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

Old Tom
Pint

Like booze

Will it be like brewery web sites where you have to enter a random birthdate that makes you more than 18?

(Does anybody know the point of those annoying web site gates?)

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Old Tom

Re: My brain hurts

That quote was clearly sarcasm from a staff member, not the HP line.

Apart from that, I totally agree.

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Old Tom

Bare feet don't usually smell. At least not after the initial evaporation.

Not good for going near the urinals though #otherblokesdrips

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

Old Tom
Boffin

Orbit?

If the object exceeded escape velocity, it would not enter any shape of orbit around Earth, it would just carry on until it hit something or got captured into orbiting another body (thinking about it, it probably would orbit the sun).

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Old Tom

Re: Welcome to the 19th century

If astrophysicists are using SI properly, why were Rosetta and Comet 67P quoted by ESA as being 303 million km from Earth last week, and not 303 Gm?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Old Tom

Re: I just love government projects

"First day launch on the day that people absolutely needed it ?"

No, the system was already up and running when I renewed my licence a couple of months ago. I dipped-in just for a look - admittedly not to get a code - and it was fine.

The problem is the PR department got all the media to report it at the same time, resulting in the servers taking an atypical big hit for a day or so while lots of people came along for a quick look.

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2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps

Old Tom

It's lazy to blame 'lazy' developers.

You might find that many developers hate asking for those permissions, but are forced to by the ad networks they link to to try and earn a crust.

I do agree that making permissions optional would be a good idea, though apps would of course reserve the right to fail gracefully if necessary permissions are not granted or are revoked.

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Boffins bothered by EU prez's proposed science funding cut

Old Tom

Where do I vote?

In what election, and when, do we get to vote out/for Mr Junker?

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

Old Tom
Boffin

Re: "facing significant cuts in its funding"

The licence fee has not gone up for 5 years. That's a significant real-terms cut.

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Old Tom

Re: Squezebox

My Squeezebox Duet hit this problem yesterday, but I was set up to listen to BBC stations using the iPlayer plugin. Using the radio search for e.g. BBC Radio 4 got me connected back up and streaming via TuneIn.

Also, it now gives me a customised-to-the-show icon and the show's name.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

Old Tom

Please consider the environment before printing

I do wonder how many gigabytes of "Please consider the environment before printing this email" flash around the world every day; how many petabytes of it are replicated on power consuming servers all over the place; how many extra sheets of paper pop out of printers simply containing that message.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

Old Tom

Re: @ MAPINGUARI

VAT?

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Old Tom

Re: 16TFlops for £97m???

"16,000 trillion calculations per second" according to their press release. Looks like El Reg needs another round of coffee this morning.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2014/new-hpc

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Old Tom

Cheedle Hulme

You mean 'Cheadle Hulme' - or is it 'Cheadle, Hulme' ?

I always loved that double meaning that was probably lost on folk unfamiliar with the 3[i] places involved.

[i] 4 if you include Cheadle, Staffs

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Old Tom
Boffin

Eccles cakes from Eccles?

The most widely available Eccles Cakes - 'Real Lancashire Eccles Cakes ® - are made in Ardwick, Manchester. Only 6 miles away, but not in Eccles.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Old Tom
Stop

'the damn thing doesn't access local content'

If there isn't something already installed, simply go to Google Play and install an app that accesses local content.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Old Tom

Re: cheap, but...

As Intel Android devices get more common - and they rapidly are - you'll find that 'most stuff' will quickly get closer to 'everything'.

I've just added Intel support to a natively coded game with no problem at all and it took very little effort. We only didn't bother before because we didn't have a device to test it on and the market was small.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Old Tom
Pint

Ieper

(PS why do the British insist on calling towns and cities in Flanders by their (hated) French names)

The insistence referring to Ieper as Ypres - often in a silly French accent - is my bête noire.

Although with sans-serif fonts, it's easy to misread.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

Old Tom

Drop Dead Drop

I've always been a back pocketer - never had an issue until the Drop Dead Drop Ride at the London Dungeon. My screen shattered an hour or so later in some weird delayed-action consequence.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

Old Tom
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Re: Glostermeteor If they say yes...

"I was pondering the fact that England might be able to stick with BST all year around, perhaps with double summertime?"

But I don't want to do that. If you want 'more daylight', simply go to bed and get up earlier.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

Old Tom
WTF?

Re: What's a jlaw?

What are the Hunger Games?

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

Old Tom

Re: And who will not be happy

"Look at the debacle with the oil rigs in the North Sea where GP campaigned to not have them sunk but rather dismantled at shore. Turns out that GP lied and that it would not have been a problem to sink the oil rig. In fact it would have created a nice reef for the fishes."

I emailed Greenpeace at the time suggesting the rig(s) would make a nice reef. They never bothered to reply.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

Old Tom
Happy

Sounds sensible to me

Freesat gives us access to on-demand services, but because Freeview preceded these services, it hasn't hitherto. Aren't they just plugging that gap in service?

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Old Tom
Boffin

Shallow pools

Based on Wikipedia's Olympic-sized swimming pool facts....

The 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools in question will be an average of 2.02 m deep - just the minimum depth required, 3.0 m is recommended. You'd only fill 38 recommended Olympic-sized swimming pools with this water.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Old Tom

Re: No

Why not?

When my old machine died, it was with a little resignation and trepidation that I had to take on Windows 8.1. Turns out I've had no problem with it at all.

No start menu? I don't give a toss, it took seconds to create my own toolbar (which I called 'Start') containing shortcuts to all my utilities. BONUS- it only contains the ones I want!

Shitty touch-centric UI - never see it, it boots straight to desktop.

It even wakes in a couple of seconds from hibernation. Oh, and I like the charm bar.

The only problem I've encountered so far is that I had to lie to it about the model of my ancient parallel printer that's connected to my NAS via a magic parallel/usb cable.

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