* Posts by CT

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Not just infinity

We're on bog-standard broadband, and for the last few days, we have had web pages loading half way, then stopping, only to load instantly the second or third time you try.

Intermittent problem though - just loaded The Register instantly first time, but clicking to get to the comments section took two reloads.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Smart TVs - all we need now are some smart programmes to watch on them.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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But why are we translating it literally?

- surely we need a phrase in the other language which means "something really good", and which is also slightly rude in that language. A literal translation won't carry the positive meaning of the English.

And anyway, how come a description of a dog's gentleman's parts means "something really good"?

Is it by analogy with the "bee's knees"? Which doesn't make literal sense either.

And while we're there, is it a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner to describe something that's a bit of a mess?

I'm confused. And I'm a translator.

How many translators does it take to change a lightbulb? - Depends on the context.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Re: The Other Half

I'd guess any thickening in the lower half of the head wouldn't be as serious, as it's not compressing the brain.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Oh no, Unicode Consortium taken over by cats

Looking at the Unicode listing given in the link above:

1F638;GRINNING CAT FACE WITH SMILING EYES

1F639;CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY

1F63A;SMILING CAT FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH

1F63B;SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES

1F63C;CAT FACE WITH WRY SMILE

1F63D;KISSING CAT FACE WITH CLOSED EYES

1F63E;POUTING CAT FACE

1F63F;CRYING CAT FACE

1F640;WEARY CAT FACE

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Base model £2,499.00 on UK Apple store

Base model $2,999.00 on US Apple store

Google says "2999 US Dollar equals 1833.69 British Pound Sterling"

US sales taxes can't account for all that difference can they?

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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"Also if you get one of those 'new customer' flyers through the letterbox addressed to the Home owner with a great deal in it, they'll match that, even if you are in the middle of a contract"

IF... what do you mean "if"? We get those flyers twice a month at least*. I'm collecting a year's worth just to be able to go up to their caravan sales thing in town, dump them on the table and say "Still no, thanks"

*26 of them since 1 Jan

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

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...network run by you

Is this the bunch that advertise themselves as the network "run by you"? I'd prefer a network run by people qualified and/or experienced at running a network.

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Brussels could 'clash' with London over UK snooper's charter

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"We do have a treaty which is called the Treaty of Lisbon and in this treaty – and maybe not everyone has understood this – there are no more pillars as there were before, where [for instance] you had a pillar for security and that was completely in the hands of the national states and where the rules of the protecting of the individual, which had to be adapted to this pillar, were a little flexible.

There's none of this anymore since December 2009. Now the rules are horizontal."

That was described as an insight?

Pillars? horizontal rules?

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Sitting down all day is killing you

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I was going to comment...

...but I've drunk so much tea I need to visit the euphemism.

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Ten... FireWire 800 hard drives

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Bus-powered?

Handy to have drives powered by the firewire connection, saves yet another cable and power sockets are in short supply in my "office" (2-bed Victorian terrace). Any ideas which of these might be?

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Ten... e-cars and hybrids

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Re: MPG?

"Up to about double" - is that like "unlimited" broadband?

I meant comparing between the models listed

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MPG?

For a comparative round-up, why no comparison of MPG figures (at least for the hybrids)?

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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Re: Re: "repeated digits"

yes, for 4 repeats, but what about only 2 repeats, abbc, acbb etc. That's a far bigger pool of PINs potentially eliminated. Perhaps the original article was referring to all 4 the same rather than just 2 repeats within a PIN, but I didn't read it like that.

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"repeated digits"

The article mentions "repeated digits" as part of the "not-so-random" codes. Why? Surely random codes would occasionally* lead to repeated digits, and forbidding them would reduce still further the available pool of numbers.

*someone with better stats than me can work out the frequency of occasionally.

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Cable thieves wreak havoc for cops, BT punters

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Pretty sure that the signals fail safe, i.e. default to red, like a lot of other things on the railway are designed to.

But yes, the disruption is enormous, and "something must be done"

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

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To be honest, I'm not sure it does.

As a Reg-reading bloke, my reaction was a bit meh.

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Don't get privates trapped in Facebook's silos, warn experts

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Lifelogging a dead horse...

after the stable door was bolted in mid-stream, to mangle a few metaphors

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Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft

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sample of 2,002 in fact

A footnote at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/media-centre/news-releases/2011/identity-fraud-continues-to-rise-with-4-million-victims-in-uk-alone-65446565446

says "For this report, quantitative research was carried out with 2002 Great British adults aged 18+ as part of an online consumer omnibus survey"

and it was weighted for sampling deficiencies.

Still don't know what it actually asked though

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and another thing...

how do you adjust for the probability that it's the more gullible/susceptible to fraud who will fill in surveys and the paranoid who won't?

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Bank emails punters asking for their, er, email address

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Isn't that what the banking home page is for?

or whatever you call the page you get to after logging in?

Surely better to remind people when they log in, as my bank repeatedly does (we haven't got a mobile number for you...).

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Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia

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"quite reliable"

puts space travel into perspective against other kinds of travel when "quite reliable" is used to describe a rate of ~1-3% catastrophic failures.

(using the figures from earlier posters in these comments)

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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

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Minor point on the pie chart...

it asks "Are you planning to buy one this year" and **all** the answers are variations on "Yes".

Credible?

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Before 'the cloud' was cool: Virtualising the un-virtualisable

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translations

"bit like reading a book in a language you don't speak by looking up every single word in a dictionary.

It works, and with a good enough dictionary, you can understand it – this is how online translators like Google Translate work"

I beg to differ. You can look up every single word in a dictionary and still be none the wiser.

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Faking reviews? You should fret about more than illegality

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Re: "You didn't have to go on the day to write the review."

Yes, did consider some kind of exposé, but too much effort. Ended up just reporting the job offer to the site admins.

And to clarify, no, I don't write reviews for payment. The job alert just came through under a much wider category that I subscribe to.

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Source of freelance income

I subscribe to a freelance job marketplace site which has had jobs posted to write reviews. Best one was for "experience days out" - hot air ballooning, drive round Brands Hatch etc.

You didn't have to go on the day to write the review.

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Best Buy gives big boxes the boot

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We have to reduce square footage with our existing stores by shrinking the footprint

... or make the shops smaller?

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8m health records go walkabout

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policy, procedure, implementation

"our policy is to manually delete the data from laptops after the records have been processed"

"The machine was one of 20 lost from a storeroom"

It was in a storeroom, waiting for records to be processed?

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Russian computer programmer buries himself alive

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How did he get a signal underground?

Should London Transport investigate?

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Reg reader lost for words over blank HP keyboard

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French letters

"with French letters on the keys" - that's not where they're usually most useful.

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Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

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"...a problem occurring in men as they get older."

Who says baldness is a problem? Next they'll be telling women they can eradicate the visible signs of ageing or something. Oh wait...

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Facebook pulls naked smutty filth from NY Academy of Art page

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happy, shiny idiots laughing

Excellent phrase.

The happy, shiny idiots laughing are taking over the world (at least if you look at TV ads, posters, displays in opticians)

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NO-SH*T CURE FOR BALDNESS discovered by accident

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Hair on mices' backs -> human heads?

Or will the this just cause any remaining hair in humans to grow, like those annoying bristles coming down your nose and out of your ears?

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Google Translate for iPhone: hits and misses

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Speaking as a translator...

...who makes use of google translate to look words up when I can't remember them, one thing to worry about is the implied assumption that there's a one-to-one correspondence between words in the source and target languages.

They only suggest one answer, when in fact there could be many answers, some subtly different, some very different in meaning.

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In defence of Comic Sans

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Bizarre Comic Sans sighting no342...

...labels on the on-screen buttons of the industrial control system for the hydraulic jacks used to launch the 1000s of tonnes of bridge deck for the Millau viaduct (source: Channel 5 documentary last night).

I make no judgement.

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BBC Online ordered to be more 'distinctive' as cuts kick in

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Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer

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Playmobil operator?

Does it need a playmobil figure to operate it?

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How I used Space Shuttle tech to insulate the living room

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Want to know more about the dust

How harmful is that dust when working with it? Where does the residue end up after installation? Any danger of more dust if you want to put up shelves?

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

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Inky blackness of space

Liked the glimpses of the inky blackness of space as it spiralled down.

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Vulture 1 sprouts wings and a tail

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glueing together three sheets of bog-standard paper

... happens to me the morning after a curry

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Seat in sexy e-sportster shock

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2+2 = ... 2

Is the car industry the only one where 2 plus 2 equals 2, for all practical purposes?

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Recession drives pies sky high

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Pie chart?

The BBC teletext version of this earlier this morning had beef pies with 56% of the market and sausage rolls with 53% (or similar figures that add up to over 100). Either they're taking into account the amount of air in the pies, or they need someone to put that on a pie chart.

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Cashpoint mugger flashes distractionary chesticles

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Grammatical gender ≠ sex

As per title.

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New 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' demand £50 a day

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Might only be 2 hours a day, as...

... "The court and cells are open from 2 August – 31 August with tours at 2pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)." (http://www.dorsetforyou.com/387120)

There, I'll do some "research" for you. Took all of 2 minutes. Can I have a pay rise?

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Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10

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Heävy Metal Ümlaut?

Is thät a heävy metäl Ümlaut I see? Öh dear.

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'Poo-powered' Volkswagen astounds world+dog

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Monty Python flashback

"Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) Chairman Lord Rupert Redesdale"

sounds like an interviewee on a too silly Monty Python sketch. (Nothing personal Lord Rupert, I don't suppose you chose the name)

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iOS jailbreak howdunnit partially solved

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"It's unclear weather..."

Foggy is it?

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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

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names

"Why do ALL American computer people seem to have weird names? Wozniak, Kernigan, Zimmermann..."

Suspect it's not just computer people. Many people emigrated from all parts of the world to America.

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Leica Pinmaster rangefinder

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£500 and you can't switch from yards to metres?

See title

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Romford coppers try to stopper young snapper

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Or get Visit London involved?

they have a "complaints" page at

http://www.visitlondon.com/complaints/

where they say "At Visit London we are committed to promoting London as a world class city that provides you with the best possible tourist experience. However we understand that mistakes can happen. If you are unhappy with your experience in London please send us your comments by using this online complaints form."

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