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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Mike Flex

Re: Who are these clods?

"I started school in the 1950s and I was never taught about poles – inches, feet, yards and miles were all we needed. "

They were listed on the back of your log tables.

HTH

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Mike Flex

Re: Yawn

"And why did no one notice or care about all this code erasing?"

Lost code? If only they had access to a software revision control system.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Mike Flex
Facepalm

"This is something that's not just a home run, but a grand slam," said Marc Kamionkowski"

Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Really, it would be handy if alien tongues were translated into proper English. I'm left not knowing if this discovery is the dog's danglies, or his dinner.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

Mike Flex

Where's Wally?

Now that el Reg is working on on a New York - Paris - Peckham basis it would be handy to have some indication, e.g. a national flag, of which office was filing a story rather than having to memorise where each Reg correspondent is based or wading through an article trying to find out whether or not it is relevant. For example in this article I need to read down to the third paragraph to discover that this story relates to the other side of the world.

I note the earlier unwillingness to let us commentards display goatse avatars but it would also be handy if we could opt in to display national flags which would help even out cross-cultural surprises.

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

Mike Flex

"Am I alone..."

No, but you're not likely to find many South Park sceptics in the middle of a South Park game review thread.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

Mike Flex

Re: Today? Today where?

"I thought I was on GMT. What the heck is UTC?"

UTC is what we are currently on in the UK. The BBC persists in incorrectly calling it GMT.

UTC is derived from atomic clocks. GMT is derived from astronomical observations. These days atomic clocks are more stable than the rotation of the Earth so UTC is tweaked to keep it close to GMT, by adding or subtracting leap-seconds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwich_Mean_Time

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Mike Flex

Re: Today? Today where?

"Which is a shame really because I genuinely don't know if I've missed it or not (I'm in the UK)."

Yes and No.

The live broadcast was last night (2 am UK time overnight between 17 and 18th Feb) so you missed that.

However the telescope that was supposed to be used was frozen and the programme was strung together from recordings of earlier events and computer simulations. So, no, you didn't miss a live event 'cause it didn't happen. The video on the article page is a recording of the 2am broadcast so you can check what you didn't miss.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

Mike Flex

Re: Even if it were effective...

"puts through a 'Right to Arm Bears' act..."

Hunting would be a lot more sporting if the bears could shoot back.

Grizzly? Well, pretty ticked off, and its got an M16.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Mike Flex

""I deleted the Windows directory, because Windows was already installed and now the PC won't boot. What do I do?." is the email leader."

So you schedule a network re-image of their PC and cackle evilly as the data they weren't supposed to store on their C: drive gets zapped.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Mike Flex

Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10

"What recent Christian festival have we just been through"

Still going through, if you don't mind. The 12 days of Christmas end on 6th Jan. (At least for Western Christians. Orthodox ones start on 7th Jan.)

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Mike Flex

Re: Surely this is endangering children?

""FUCK MUMSNET"

I think someone already did."

I trust they had their penis beaker for afterwards.

(What do you mean you haven't heard of it. It's an IT site, use Google.)

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

Mike Flex

Why should we be in a rush to move off XP?

Some of us only moved to XP in summer 2010, when extended support for Win 2000 ended. That's not even 4 years use out of XP.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Mike Flex

Re: You're missing the point.

"The point of this article is..."

Thanks for the summary and the link to the actual announcement.

The Reg article seems to be too full of sark to get round to telling us what the story is.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Mike Flex

Re: Nice idea

"never mind the pressurised mantle lamps"

Oh, you definitely should mind the pressurised mantle lamps. You need to turn them on at arm's length with your head tipped back.

Why? Because if you didn't get the pre-heating just right the little b*gg*rs will shoot out burning paraffin to, ooh, arms length. So a LED light you can turn on without barbequing your head is a handy thing to have.

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

Mike Flex

"a surprisingly large number of Macbooks"

Long battery life and small size (for 11" screen versions) = handy for train.

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Radio amateurs fret over G.fast interference

Mike Flex

Re: Talking about leaky house drop cables ...

"Early installations were somewhat 'ad hoc' being made before any standards had really been laid down. Often house drops were simply spaded in under lawn turf."

Early installations, eh? I think you'll find that's still how VerminMedia does drops.

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Mike Flex

"I thought Britain was in Europe. I am moving soon to London..."

Hmm, your move to London is going to be a bit of an extended learning experience.

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Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

Mike Flex

a new nation, conceived in Liberty...

The founding fathers had the idea in a London department store?

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No woman, no drive: Saddo hackers lob Android nasty at Saudi women's rights campaign

Mike Flex

"there is a split infinitive on line 33 of your posting"

The fact that the posting extends to (at least) 33 lines is a bigger problem.

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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

Mike Flex

"denying us all the opportunity to see it shine brightly in the night sky"

Night sky? At the end of last year we were being told that we could watch it in the daytime sky. 15 times brighter than the moon, we were told. Stock up on weedkiller and all that.

The reality turns out to be the Sky at Night showing us an unimpressive smudge shot with a 14" reflector. Clearly the sunglasses can stay packed away until next summer.

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Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas

Mike Flex

Re: Couple of points

"this took the form of never troubling to explain the rules of any game "taught" to us pupils."

Sounds familiar.

To pick up one of AC's earlier points.

"as a general rule physical well-being is a pre-condition for mental and intellectual well-being"

Great as a general principle. Unfortunately school PE/Games was completely unable to deliver on this.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

Mike Flex

"those of us who actually a) use Google+ ... actually like the integration"

Speak for yourself. I have a Google+ account but don't need to be automatically signed in to Youtube.

Google also seem to have altered Chrome (e.g. on Windows and ios) recently to make it harder to sign out of your Google account.

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Ubuntu 13.10 lands on desktops, servers and (er, some) phones

Mike Flex

'milestone in computing history'

> Canonical ... describe the new version as "a milestone in computing history."

As it's the last release before a LTS release wouldn't it be more accurate to describe it as a collection of dodgy betas squeezed in to make the cut-off for the subsequent release?

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Mike Flex

Re: @Gray Ham

"I can see Miley Cyrus's tits"

No doubt, but that's no good as an authentication scheme.

Everybody can see Miley Cyrus's tits.

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CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Mike Flex

Re: The UK is not representative of the world

"Burberry under Ahrendts has gone from strength to strength and developed a brand - most specifically in the far East and other developing markets"

So, far enough away that the buyers aren't aware that Burberry = Chav Central back in their home market? Any of these overseas buyers are going to look pretty daft if they wear any Burberry check items on visits to the UK.

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Mike Flex

Around here every chav seems to have an iphone so now they'll be able to have co-ordinating clothes and mobe.

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Name-squatter fails to flog @roma Twitter handle to City of Rome

Mike Flex

Re: The city calls itself "Roma capitale" now... wihout stating it people wouldn't know...

"you know, if you say Rome without "capital" people may think you are speaking about Rome in Georgia or Minnesota..."

People? Americans, perhaps.

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

Mike Flex

Interesting how the swap to decade-average temperatures neatly hides the lack of warming since 1998.

It doesn't inspire confidence in the rest of the report's conclusions.

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Baffled boffins 'closer' to finding origins of extragalactic COSMIC RAYS

Mike Flex
Alien

Re: Never mind the physics

" I was just thinking that that building would make a great Secret Lair from where I could RULE THE WORLD!!!!!"

I'd be too worried that there was some AvP action about to break out in the basement. A mile down, after all.

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CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

Mike Flex

Re: For the low low price of $1295!

> Gartner and their ilk are constantly stirring up the hype machine with breathless reports like this,

A handy idea for an article would be to trawl through some 5 year-old Gartner reports and see whether their predictions bear any relation to current reality. (Or possibly having a Friday afternoon laugh at how off mark they were.)

(Won't be written by me though; I can't stand reading the current reports, never mind their old ones.)

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Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness

Mike Flex

So it's a NAS...

... but if we sprinkle on some magic personal cloud dust it becomes worth $300 for a

1 TB model on amazon.com rather than the $99.97 that site would charge for a 1 TB

Buffalo link station.

Good stuff, that cloud dust.

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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

Mike Flex

"No pictures?"

Indeed. I wasn't able to visualise the devices from the text descriptions given, especially as the second device is described with reference to another el Reg review which is also pictureless. Still, Google finds plenty of reviews with pictures and comments from reviewers who seem to have actually handled the devices.

So, Reg, did your esteemed correspondent actually make it to the launch event or is this article just written from the Acer press releases, or even just other site's reviews?

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

Mike Flex

Re: alternatively...

""Lifetime ban" from Amazon "If" they find out then you "think" that they "could" ban you. - lots of ifs and maybes in there."

Amazon are very thorough; I hear they're looking in every Nook and cranny...

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IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

Mike Flex

Re: £718pw?

"Have you seen what train drivers make?"

£33-47k pa and never a segfault to be seen.

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

Mike Flex
Coat

...bands (singing cat-themed songs)

Such as?

I can't get no catisfaction

Eleanor Catsby

Sittin' on the tail of the cat

Feline Groovy (by Simon & Catfunkel)

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

Mike Flex

Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

> - there doesn't appear to be a download for Intel 64 bit PCs,

Downloads

Use amd64 for Intel and AMD 64-bit PCs

(IA-64 is for Intel Itanium, not ordinary PCs)

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

Mike Flex

Re: This is why I visit The Reg!

"Really? A story from August 2012?"

Well, indeed. It's a great video, but it was a great video when it turned up in my social media 5 months ago.

Where is el Reg getting its stories from? Are you trawling through ancient copies of broadsheets' technology pages in dentists' waiting rooms? Have you considered getting a twitter feed and doing a bit of web-surfing yourselves? I hear it's quite the coming thing.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

Mike Flex

Revenue estimates

"the global watch market is worth $US56bn"

Though $US55.9bn of that will be made selling useless insultancy reports to gullible watch manufacturers.

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Movie oldsters FAIL at internet: Online Oscar voting 'too complex'

Mike Flex

Movie oldsters FAIL at internet

As the voting constituency is known in advance to be older this is a case of the user design failing, not the users failing.

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Twitter passes 200 million monthly users

Mike Flex

Re: 200,000,000

"people who think there every move is of interest to the rest of us when in fact they spout inane, useless, meaningless, miserable, boring, brain destroying drivel"

Seems to be of enough interest to you to read the article and comment on it.

I don''t subscribe to feeds I'm not interested in. Seems simple enough.

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

Mike Flex

Re: Its a fair bet its off to pick up whatever North Korea launched yesterday

"Beautiful display of the vast, vast capability gap that the US has over everyone else on earth in space."

That would be why the US has to send its astronauts to Russia.

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UN's 'bid to wrestle control of internet' stalled by asterisk

Mike Flex

Re: Let's see if I've got this right...

"Try getting, say, the IPv6 standard approved by a bunch who can argue the toss for a week over whether a footnote should be a footnote or a text inclusion."

There's no need to wait a few 4-year study periods. If you need a replacement for an under-planned IPv4 suite there's a set of ISO network standards on the shelf (perfect condition, never used) all ready to go.

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UK taxpayers spunk £8m on lubing civil servants for data release

Mike Flex

Re: hang on a minute ..

"This is public data held by publicly-funded bodies?"

It doesn't publish itself for free. Some of the data may be commercially valuable. The interests of the taxpayer might be better served by selling the data, e.g. OS maps.

"Why isn't it all in public domain already, and why aren't the officials who have failed to make it available before now either personally funding this from their own pockets/pensios, or merely sacked with loss of all pension and access to state benefits?"

Why don't we let everyone in the country trawl through your working life until we find someone with a different opinion to you about how your work should have been done and use it to justify stripping you of all your income and assets, leaving you destitute under the nearest railway arch?

Just saying.

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

Mike Flex

Re: Look! Over There! A pedophile!

"*North American spelling, as the "ae/ea" combinations make our heads hurt."

I do wonder about those peadophiles who are too much in love with their garden vegetables.

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Mike Flex

"In the US, for example, phone companies have a literally captive market and charges are among the highest in the world, with a 15 minute call costing as much as $17, according recent reports."

I'm sure that's fascinating but as the prisoner in question has been, according to the linked article, sent to Castle Huntly prison near Dundee wouldn't it be more relevant to mention the call rates in Scottish prisons?

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Prince William 'day with my chopper' pics reveal more than intended

Mike Flex

Re: I'd be more worried..

" about the fact they're using Windows XP and Office 2003. End of life, anyone?"

XP goes EOL in April 2014.

Military/Civil Service users can expect to be rolled to Win 7 in about March 2014.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

Mike Flex

"Students need the lanyard ... for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day."

Yup, that does sound rather over-detailed.

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Teen project sparks WORLD-WIDE PEE-POWERED HYPEGASM!

Mike Flex

Re: I recall and article...

"http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/news/2009/july/02070902.asp"

In a neat piece of nominative determinism the lead researcher is a B K Boggs.

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Mike Flex

Dehydrated?

If their pee is strong enough to power a generator I suggest they probably ought to be drinking more water.

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Top IT bods bail out of new Universal Credit online dole system

Mike Flex

Re: @the spectacularly refined chap

"Other than the inbuilt desire of a Civil "Servant" to be in total control of the affairs of individuals, WHY does he "need" to link the two cases?"

Assuming you're a UK taxpayer are you going to be happy paying people multiple sets of benefits and/or state pensions because they have, either accidentally or deliberately, managed to get multiple entries in the benefits system?

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