* Posts by Annihilator

3018 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

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Re: Never received it....

"I saw it was from IT so deleted it, I never read them"

Depending on quantity I can perhaps understand that. While not always IT, the number of distributed emails of pointless "news" means that most distributed mails are ignored by me. The emails triumphantly informing me that the tireless efforts of the maintenance staff have resulted in a fixed vending machine rapidly turns all such mails into spam.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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"Microsoft’s Skynet-like sentinel is apparently so advanced it can “see your heart beat”, a feature, surely, only really useful if it’ll dial 999 upon detecting an over-extended player suffering myocardial infarction."

Nope, it clearly exists to allow confirmation of a subject's successful termination. The dystopian future is now!

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

You mean the windows key that's existed and operated in a similar way since Windows 95? It's not a Windows 8 thing you're complaining about, previously it just opened the Start menu (and effectively still is)

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Re: Billy Bookshelf...

Aye, but at least your bookcase is likely to last more than 4-5 years. Buy a new PC, replace a failed hard disk, reinstall Windows and you're stuffed.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

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Evidenced perhaps by the girl who thought it wise to boast on Twitter that she'd hit a cyclist with her car. All that was missing was the #lol at the end:

http://ipayroadtax.com/no-such-thing-as-road-tax/i-knocked-a-cyclist-off-his-bike-i-have-right-of-way-he-doesnt-even-pay-road-tax/

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: "Over to you, readers of El Reg; we await your comments with fascination and trepidation."

"put out more energy than is put in"

Depends on your point of view, but I don't think that technically anyone is claiming more energy is put out than in, given how badly that would break the laws of thermodynamics. It's presumably converting its mass into energy.

Although, granted, I'm sure that part's bollox too.

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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

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Re: why

@A/C "She want to the Mir space station and this guy is the first to go to the ISS"

And the headline says "in spaaaace", not "on the I.S.SSsssss". Where did you think Mir was?

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

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@Ben - it also reads as if porn is something you just stumble across on the internet. Have to say that unless I'm actively looking for it, it's honestly not something I see on-line.

Still, not that facts and reasoned arguments have any place in this branch of politics.

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Reg careers live chat: Upgrade or go home with Dominic Connor

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Re: Is this a trick question?

Yes, "downgrade and go home with him twice" is the alternative I believe?

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NASA: Our ALIEN HUNTING star-scan 'scope is KNACKERED

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Re: "A communications blackout can only mean one thing...."

You mean "disruption"?

Sorry ;-)

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Re: Oh no!

"With NASA's budget being brutally slashed, the odds of a replacement anytime soon seem grim. Maybe China or the ESA will step up?"

NASA and ESA are already stepping up for a replacement. ESA is build Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite), to be launched in 2017. NASA is building Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), also to be launched in 2017.

Only 4 years away, and from what I understand it will take that to finish with all the Kepler data (the "discoveries" aren't anywhere near real-time). Kepler has been on borrowed time for a while now and we were in bonus land! :-)

Sad to see it go, but it's outdone itself in terms of operation. Plus these are the guys that have managed to eke out life on the Spirit & Opportunity and got Voyager to the edge of the solar system. I'm not counting Kepler out of commision just yet!

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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Re: An Alan Partridge moment

"Scum, sub-human scum"

Next thing you know, they'll be daubing "cock piss partridge" on the side of a car.

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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

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Re: Interface (Verb)

"...and is the bench it's strapped down to an integral part of this?"

One would hope that they've thought to attach the bench to the floor with a couple of drawing pins or something.

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Interface (Verb)

"Bloodhound boffins are making sure it'll interface properly with the car"

In this context does that mean "not shear off the car and career off into the sky like an out of control massive firework"?

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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8.1 = 6... what?

And the versioning gets more baffling! :-)

Remind me, 6.0 was Vista, 6.1 was Windows 7 (free if you go with the "Redmond's previous policy in which users have been charged only for an entirely new iteration of the Windows OS, not for service packs and updates to existing versions")

Windows 8, is 6.2. So 8.1 will be... 6.2.1? 6.3? Help me out here please!

PS, this is partly tongue-in-cheek, I understand the reasoning behind sticking with 6.x , but honestly wondering what x will equal in the case of Windows 8.1, or, as we previously called these things, Windows 8 SP1 :-)

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On the hunt for a new ampere

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Re: Try to remember, kiddies ...

"Well, we all know what makes you go blind!"

Only if you get it in your eye

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Notebook sales to surge, says notebook seller

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Re: Tell you what, Ray

Sounds good, but also sounds remarkably like a laptop? 4 USB, firewire, thunderbolt, HDMI, 2 SD slots, bog standard ram and HD interfaces - you've instantly bulked up the hardware and taking it firmly out of notebook territory.

It pretty much *does* have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard, or close enough. It's not a desktop replacement.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: All very true, but..

"It's a first go, and it's a proof of concept."

But it's not really, you could make the same product by injection moulding and we don't have a plethora of plastic guns being sneaked onto planes etc. Guns are necessarily made out of metal to have any sort of impact.

"You could easily design most of the parts for a 3D printer, and use a metal pipe for the barrel."

You could, but as the article points out you could do all that without the 3D printer.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Ever seen the US pilot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPj3jXhzgw

Weird seeing original Moss

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Re: That line.

"Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times."

I think you've answered your own question there...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2FB1P_Mn8

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Dear sir or madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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"This isn't one of your church picnic flare gun firings Flanders, this is the real thing!"

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Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

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Re: Whats Next?

Listening to Justin Bieber on her wireless...

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Annular solar eclipse LIVE!

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Re: It's not Zulu time around there

"You are aware of the time difference...?"

I assume that was part of the joke. There are very few nocturnal solar eclipses...

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

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Re: HOW DARE YOU!

"The old Speccy was a BREEZE to load tapes on compared to the Vic20 and the C64! Pah! Don't get me started! (It was also easy to copy the tapes with my Dad's Amstrad tape-to-tape deck, not so the C64 tapes with their crappy turbo loaders (cos the built in loader was so shit!))"

Really?... Don't recall ever having a C64 game fail to load, even with copies of copies that were so endemic at school! Spectrums on the other hand I recall being very pernickity at what would load.

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Review: BlackBerry Q10

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Re: Ooh...

" 10.1 added selection brackets on the circle that surrounds the cursor. Genius. You tap those to move the cursor a space at a time"

Yeah maybe, but take a step back and consider that you're pleased with a convoluted fix to a problem that needn't have existed in the first place? It's why I compared it to Win8/Start button. Yes there are workarounds, yes you can almost get the same result, but why complicate it to begin with?

There's a reason that mice, trackpads, graphic tablets and rollerballs exist - precision.

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Re: Ooh...

" I can honestly say I use the touchscreen more than the navigation pad"

Agreed, but would you not agree there are some use cases (text selection as the obvious example) that naturally work better when you stay the hell away from the touch screen?

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Ooh...

" the Q10 has dispensed with the Trackball."

That's a bit of a deal breaker for me, and up there with MS ditching the Start Button in Windows 8

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

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Einhorn

Finkle and Einhorn, Finkle and Einhorn... Finkle *is* Einhorn. Einhorn is a *man*! Oh my God, Einhorn is a man??...

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INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity

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Re: Much greater discovery masked by headline

... and it's quite clearly a Douglas Adams play on the story.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Re: If they rolled out IPv6

If it speeds up the delivery of IPv6, I'll take it. Not like VPNs would suddenly cease to exist too.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Re: The first movie of the reboot did it for me....

I've read many books, including during courses in astronomy and physics at university, thanks for the advice... ;-)

A black hole has the same mass as it always did, just in a smaller space. It doesn't have infinite mass, just infinite density. I always remember the Earth if turned into a black hole would have to be less than 1cm in radius. At the singularity, gravitational field becomes infinite, but that's irrelevant to anything around it. The only things getting trapped within the planet/black hole are those that are inside that 1cm radius.

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Re: The first movie of the reboot did it for me....

"Were it in the same solar system as Vulcan it would, at that moment, be being drawn inexorably towards the newly created black hole (singularity)."

See that's the further part that makes me scream "bollox!" at the screen - black hole or not, it's still got the same mass and gravitational force. Nothing would change orbit, even its moons would stay the same.

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Re: Benedict Cumberpatch may be good, but ......

You'd think if someone was going to do a sharp-tongued review of a film, they'd get the actor's name right?

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

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"The thread doesn't, sadly, say if the Pi runs with this rig attached"

Any reason to suspect it wouldn't?

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

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Re: @Sulehir (@ Annihilator)

And "inert lump of metal" falling uncontrolled at high speed into our atmosphere would most probably burn up long before it got to the ground, was my point.

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Re: @Sulehir

"a de-orbiting completely inert metal telegraph pole would impact at about Mach 10 with no help at all"

You'd probably find it wouldn't get anywhere *near* the surface.

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Re: "It was hoped that the X-51A would break Mach 6"

I would assume that all Av Week knew was that it went hypersonic and translated that into "speeds in excess of Mach 5" for excitement. I'm in agreement that it could well have done Mach 6.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Re: Listings printed in magazines.

Did he not have a scanner with some OCR software to scan the code listings? ;-)

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Re: The good old days of type-in listings...

Even swankier, gosubs a go-go! The attempt by BASIC to reach the dizzy heights of procedural programming! Think my first stack overflow was caused by a mistakenly looped gosub!

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Inputs documented...

I hesitate to ask, but any update or report on what happens at the other end? I imagine that a predominantly pulse-based diet would mean you are able to turn the heating down, admittedly off-set against needing to leave a couple of windows open to create a fairly hefty draft.

Then there's the added expense of having to re-paper the walls.

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

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Re: This is going to make...

Touché! :-)

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Re: This seems familiar.....

And other boffins did it before him in white mice, and evolution (or $deity_of_choice) did it millions of years ago in various marine life.

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Re: This is going to make...

Only if you bring your own UV torch with you

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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

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True, but they'll still be assigning value to them (along with minutes and data). It's just a gradually outdated model which will evolve over time.

I doubt the Telcos are worried - they'll merely adjust their formulas. The basic cost of the network doesn't change, and text usage may go down, but all it will do is alter the weightings of the £15/month a customer will continue to spend.

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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

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Re: @Annihilator

I know RAID's not backup, but I also know that anything worth its salt will tell you if an array member becomes dodgy, which FreeNAS failed to do (and doesn't offer the option). RAID gives you some level of contingency, FreeNAS's implementation of it gives you that but with no warning if it disappears.

Disclaimer, this was nearly 2 years ago - it may have been modified since, but the experience has scarred me into never going back.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

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Re: Android dominance continues

"We see a lot of 'bad' news about Apple yet they shipped MORE phones - sure their market share has slipped as they do not try and sell a £50-100 phone and make no money on it and the market for smartphones is growing at the low end as people upgrade from old non-smartphones"

A great point, funny how the article is never headlined "Apple fail to achieve greatest market share with non-mass-market product".

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DARPA looks for a guided bullet with DEAD reckoning navigation

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Re: "Jackal" eat your heart out.

"Sniper rifles can already hit people over a Km away and have been able to do so for years, and yet politicians aren't being gunned down by them in droves. What makes you think that increasing that range to maybe 3km will make a lick of difference."

Fair point, but the ability to hit what you want to hit at that range is quite a specialist skill (and requires very well known and constrained atmospheric conditions). Give a sniper rifle to Joe Bloggs and he's be lucky to hit a multistory carpark at that range, let alone a person in it.

But yeah, I agree with you, preventing DARPA from coming up with such a thing doesn't keep Pandora's box shut.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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"Error 500 whatever that means!"

Internal server error from memory. Probably a really old or deprecated GET method that the server balks at.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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WTF?

" A rumour had gone around before they set off that one spoilt little sod was taking a grand with him, so we wanted to be sure ours had enough to at least buy himself a reputation-saving music tech gadget if he happened to pass an Apple Store."

That's a joke, right?? Giving your child money for a trip, fine, but giving it to them just because you've heard young Tarquin is being given money? A new level of keeping up with the Jones' I have to say..

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