* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: proper lab protocol...

My Mum used to tell the story of her family parties in the Prohibition years. Her dad was a surgeon, and as such, was allowed to buy pure ethanol...as much as he wanted. "Bathtub gin" was what she called it.

// icon's for the morning after headaches

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

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I wear polo shirts from companies I *used* to work for. Also ones given to me by vendors and friends. Any logo's a good one, as long as it's not the company you're currently working for.

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When I worked at Data General (a long time ago)

We once had a new director who informed us that we would be having "Casual Fridays". As an engineering group, we had never heard word one about dress, the implication being, that if all the naughty bits were covered and you didn't smell too bad, you were good.

Our group arrived Friday morning dressed in our "interview suits". Nothing more was heard about the matter.

// a photo was taken...I run across it occasionally

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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Re: Ignorant and Intolerant Main Stream Media Provides Perfect Protective Cover ....

... more easily understood than your post.

You must be new here :-)

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: I reckon I can cope with the antics of....

Oh, shuttup, Big Nose!

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: Why are they not more often in the news ?

''our monitors went ping over xx people who we shall investigate''.

You're saying they have the machine that goes "ping"?

It's very expensive.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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46th anniversary

I've chucked in a donation. It's a shame they need to beg, but having the first suit on the moon on display would be a good thing. If we can't get approval for the LOHAN flight from the FAA, maybe we can get Neil Armstrong's space suit on display.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Fantastic projets

And the double-decker bus is now a convertible, its computer having failed to process the bridge height restriction in time...

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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What, Australia? They got the US...where the money comes from :-)

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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Re: Dumb question...

Perhaps, but certainly the laws of common sense, which seems to be alarmingly absent in today's yoof.

// agree, they should have dumped the water anyway...drones be damned.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank

"What idiot would sit around trading fire without moving?"

AKA: shoot & scoot

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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The grass is always greener...

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...

Bonus points are awarded for using all three (or four) in the same article.

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Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

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Great Escape?

Long March, surely?

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Saleswoman missed the obvious

She should have taken the whole tray, wrapped them up and handed them to the immature pop star, and asked her to pay for the now unsaleable merchandise. If she refused, call the cops.

// behave like a child if you want, but don't expect grown-ups to tolerate it.

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Pop singer behaving badly?

It's a job requirement, isn't it?

// have no idea who she is

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: From a proud Bible thumper

BLASPHEMER!

Stone him!

Stone all of them!

// obligatory Python reference.

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Call that a mugshot? Aussie model/fugitive asks rozzers for more flattering pic

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Re: Good God !!

I liket The Random Capitalization in his Posts.

// I find it to be a fairly reliable indicator of lunacy

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Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

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Re: Lol

I believe their CEO is aware of the attitude of people like you.

So, in a bid to demonstrate how well his offering worked, he publicised his own social security number.

...and his identity was promptly stolen.

http://www.wired.com/2010/05/lifelock-identity-theft/

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Re: Chatroulette without the dick pics?

I thought we'd all agreed that dick pics are appreciated by *no one*?

// especially, women

// maybe the word hasn't got out?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH

It's nice to be above average, then. I have never watched Fox "news", and even CNN has shifted over to more talking heads than hard news. I get mine from BBC.

We're not all idiots over here in the colonies, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, if all you go by is our "news" media.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: Rule #1

Perhaps it's Rule #1 on page 42?

// now, where did I put that book of rules?

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Rule #1

"Simple" changes...often aren't.

// that's why we don't do them on Friday afternoons.

// simple...if you don't understand the details, that is.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Old rant...

THIS. So much, this!

Microsoft: Do One Thing Well.

You are, or can be, good at building software. Stop adding frills, and build the best g*ddamn word, spreadsheet and presentation software in the world. Build software that people *want* to buy, not software that's rigged with incompatible file formats, so they *have* to buy it.

Forget, please, about competing in the phone marketplace. Apple and Android own it and you don't have the experience or the products. You (sort of) still have a chance in the gaming market...only because Sony is as clumsy as they are. But please, just forget about hardware and concentrate on building the best software in the world.

You're welcome.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: How about a swap?

Let me know how it goes when the Scots are told that their new national language is Spanish.

// I see blue bottoms...

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Re: Argies are too late

Perhaps the Falklands domain could be changed from .fk to .fku?

To emphasise to the Argentinians the fact that they're part of the UK, of course...

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: One big problem

Three questions:

1. How long will your mobile work without being recharged. Mine lasts 2 days. And, as it's an iPhone, I can't "do" a spare battery.

2. How long do you think a mobile tower can operate without mains power? Depends on the size of the tank for the generator, but 24-48 hrs is what I have heard. Then someone had to drive up there and refuel it.

3. Cell site overload. The numbers have improved with digital, but still an issue, especially since all those with nothing to do will immediately get on the mobile to their friends, to discuss the fact that neither of them have anything to do. Tough luck if you have an emergency.

Yeah, it's better than nothing, but cellular can't hold a candle to POTS in robustness or reliability.

// have an old Western Electric phone...ever since the power went off and my cordless didn't work...duh?!.

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One big problem

Internet doesn't work for long if mains power goes out. POTS is powered by batteries at the central office. Designed that way so that the parts likely to fail are all in one place, and easy to fix.

I understand the economics and the reasons for this, but I have a soft spot for the old copper system, which, if it were allowed to, would outlive me, because it's so damn well designed and built. I have much respect for The Telephone Company, their engineers and craftspeople, may they all rest in peace.

In My World, you'd have a single fiber connection for fun, and a POTS connection for when you really need it, like when you need an ambulance and the power's out (and the little dinky made-in-China backup battery in your fiber interface has long since departed)

// don't forget who Tommy Flowers worked for...

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: TLDR - Urgent

And I'd prefer not to think about the edges of the boards and their little glass fibers that stick into the skin, oh, so easily, and itch for a week!

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Terminology

"...I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." --

...said every leader, ever.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: Really? The WERE Brazillian Wandering Spiders were they??

If you'll check the linked article:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mother-attacks-worlds-most-venomous-5927056

You'll notice the spiders were identified by none other than the distinguished entomologist Chris Tosney, in reply to the frantic mum's Facebook post.

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I couldn't help but notice

The photos in the linked article showed a white fuzzy patch (presumably the former home of the offending arachnid) which looked remarkably un-stepped-on.

Bananas usually look a lot more worse-for-wear than the example in the photos after being stepped on.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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Re: Insane

Ask me for a phone number, you're getting my work number.

Ask me for my email, you're getting my "for orders only" email

Ask me for my ZIP code when I'm purchasing something at a shop, you're getting my work ZIP (or a random one).

Any more questions?

// yes, I actively try to pollute databases...

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Cambridge’s HPC-as-a-service for boffins, big and small

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Funny how little has changed

First photo: Respected boffin and guy-who-does-the-real-work pose in front of impressive hardware

Second photo: Suits pose in front of impressive hardware (guys*-who-do-the-real-work noticeably absent)

* intended to include female "guys" as well

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Arkansas Kum & Go onanist did just that

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SCID

You know how I know the Springdale plods have too much money and not enough to do?

On the brighter side, there's obviously no real crime in Springdale.

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Phone scamming up 30 percent last year: Report

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Re: Somehow

I happened to be at home for the last tech support call my wife received. She said nothing, smiled, and handed me the phone. Which I promptly took over to my Linux Mint machine, and played along (the menu items are similar enough), strung the poor sod along for a good 15 minutes, until he gave up and told me to call Microsoft.

It was at that point that I, still playing the unfortunate computer user, asked him if I should tell them I was using Linux. His response had us giggling for another 15 minutes.

"Fuuu..." [click]

// since 1993

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Other than XBOX, mice and keyboards...

...with what hardware has Microsoft ever made money?

Kinect, I guess.

Remember the Microsoft KIN Social Communicators? Died a month after introduction, and you can bet the development costs weren't insignificant.

Microsoft does software (passably) well. They should stick to it, build the best software they can and support it well. The term "best" does not at this time, encompass Office, Visio or Project. They all have flaws, some of which have existed for years. However, they all also have shiny new UI's. This says something about MS's priorities. (Hint: they're concentrating on form over function)

Stop releasing every year, stop changing the UI, go back to building quality....

Ahhh...why do I even bother?

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: quaternary, quinary, senary....

NO! NO! NO!

There'll be no singing!

Get back to work!

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: UPS/gensets

Oh, it was *brand new* :-) And, they had "tested" it...by pushing the TEST button. Genset cranked over and started right up, just like it was supposed to.

They hadn't wired the powerfail start-up circuits correctly. The test switch worked fine, but when it came to the Real Thing...five minutes of UPS, then crickets...

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UPS/gensets

For those of you counting on the UPS to hold up your systems while the genset cranks over and starts up...make sure to test regularly.

A friend in the broadcast biz had a nasty surprise when his genset didn't crank over.

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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

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Looks like you had great weather for it!

And very successful, too. Being in sight of the touchdown is proof of that.

// No LOHAN tankards visible?

// Just checked Google - Springs EAST Airport is comfortingly located EAST of Colorado Springs, not west.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Oi! Microsoft!

Hire some competent architects, stop letting the marketeers run your company!

Executives: start listening to the architects and stop ruling by fiat!

And, please, if there's ONE thing you do...stop changing the UI!

If you want your OS to be taken seriously, pick a UI and stick with it. Users see your OS as a necessary evil, required to get their work done. You're not helping them get their work done by having them spend all their time looking for where the "whatever" button has moved to, this week.

Honestly, if I had a hammer...I'd use it to pound the above idea into Microsoft execs' brains...if I could find them, that is.

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Re: Modern Applications

V41.exe

:-)

// RPN 4 LIFE!!`1!

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Well, we USAians *did* rush in to Vietnam as they were leaving. So perhaps there's a lower rung on the ladder...

// seems to be the correct icon

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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"It may speak volumes that Mr. Peters considers cows to be sentient."

You're claiming they're not?

Gary Larson would argue otherwise.

// no cow icon?

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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Re: 2 million lines of FORTRAN code

Real Programmers use FORTRAN to write weather models!

Tip of the hat to those men (and women) who write code nobody else does. Interstellar navigation, weather models, power grid models...now, that's a challenge!

// COBOL programmers also in high demand, I understand

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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TLE - in case someone wants to try a real photo

from: http://www.satobs.org/LightSail-A.html

1 40661U 15025L 15159.06218063 .02648498 00000-0 67226-1 0 94

2 40661 55.0136 260.3261 0243391 227.2228 135.1229 15.14087982 04

or, on heavens-above.com

// of course, overcast at my location today and tomorrow night...

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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It's Texas

They were trying to spot Obama's invading Jade Helm force...

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US court agrees $563m settlement over CRT anti-trust allegations

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Re: Chances of claiming?

Given that most have already PAID to dispose of their lead-containing CRTs, the judge would have shown extreme perception if he had mandated that all unclaimed funds be used to recycle CRTs, not revert to the lawyers...

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