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* Posts by Thomas 4

1522 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Global strategic maple syrup reserves hit in Canadian mega-heist

Thomas 4

Re: You what?

How the fuck do you steal *five thousand tons* of maple syrup? You'd think someone would notice the fleet of tankers being driven by guys in balaclavas? Actually scratch that, how the fuck do you *fence* [five thousand tons of maple syrup without anyone being any the wiser?

Reality is really bad for my brain at times. X_x

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Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

Thomas 4

Very tempting

I've used computers for years but I understand very little about how they actually *work*. Wouldn't mind having a look at this.

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So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

Thomas 4
Flame

I disagree

True believers have been granted the vision and skills to make the perfect bacon sandwich. Heretics that use things like tomato ketchup or cheap and crappy white bread shall fry in the Devil's pan for all eternity. And they won't even get any brown sauce.

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Apple and Google in talks to end patent war?

Thomas 4
IT Angle

"... the time has come to bury the hatchet."

In the words of a certain BOFH - "In whose spinal column?"

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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

Thomas 4

Re: New name for Metro

The problem with the name Notro is that I immediately think of "Nostromo" and people running in terror as a terrifying and unknown thing threatens to consume them without mercy.

Yeah, Notro works for Win 8.

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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: Just a question

If I had to hazard a guess, it's to do with projecting sounds and then recording the echos back from the surrounding terrain. Possibly an exercise in measuring sound propogation in a different atmosphere and environment.

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Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

Thomas 4

Re: He would

It says a lot that even in his later years, he was still trying to shake Congress out of its apathy towards space exploration.

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Nokia's WinPho 8 double date announced

Thomas 4

@h4rm0ny

Because he will have been proven to be RIGHT. On the INTERNET, no less!

I won't deny there's a certain amusement in watching Elop suffer for canning Symbian and Meego but Nokia were a really cool phone maker once upon a time and I do have fond memories of using my 9300, N95 and other exotic and inspired phone ideas. Black slabs will not save Nokia but they might make a rather stylish tombstone. =/

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

Thomas 4
Angel

I do love the newspapers in the UK

"We have a right, nay, an obligation, under the freedom of the press to show everyone pictures of Prince Harry cupping his droit de seignuer. This is isn't seediness damn it, this is a MORAL IMPERATIVE for us!"

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

Thomas 4
Trollface

@Michelle

You say you're an honest PC gamer but isn't that a contradiction in terms?

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Thomas 4
Facepalm

Yup

Someone had better tell Gabe that Steam is doomed to failure because all PC gamers are freeloading bastards.

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

Thomas 4
FAIL

Ooooh

I wondered what happened to the design team behind the truly inspirational "Lisa" Olympic Logo. Another masterstroke here guys!

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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

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Thumb Up

O.O

Screw weather update apps on my phone. I want goddamn *MARTIAN* weather reports on phone!

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Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

Thomas 4

Re: Idiots shooting themselves in the feet

I actually have a transcript from that meeting:

"Go f*** yourself."

"No, you go f*** yourself."

The meeting was then adjourned.

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PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

Thomas 4

Likewise

I got a Blackberry 9360 on the weekend with NFC in it but not the foggiest idea how to set the bugger up.

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'SEX and the FEMALE BRAIN are CONNECTED' - shock discovery

Thomas 4

Re: Afterthought

And not one person as commented on the fact that this article is in a journal called P NAS?

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Thomas 4
Meh

Re: Well

I would have gone with Disney's own software solutions but I found them a bit mickey mouse.

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HP to take one more stab at consumer tablets

Thomas 4

Holy shit

Just when I thought HP couldn't get any dumber.

So just to be clear, they scrapped plans for a MeeGo tablet, they shit canned a rather wonderful WebOS tablet and they're cranking out a Windows 8 tablet think *that* will be the winner?

Wow.

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Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'

Thomas 4
Unhappy

Re: Well, maybe he should...

Fear And Loathing In Silicon Valley?

Hunter Thompson, where are you when we need you? :

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Thomas 4

I strongly suspect

...she is now regretting her line of work.

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US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case

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Thumb Up

Mmmmm

This is turning into a remarkably entertaining day for legal vultures on El Reg, what with all the fun goings on at the Ecuadorian embassy as well.

It's a damn sight more entertaining than the Apple/Samsung crap that's been going on.

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Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: Honest question

Why not? It can be a growth industry, depending on the image.

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Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes

Thomas 4

*sigh*

The thing is, I wouldn't necessarily class the guy as a moron - please let me finish

He was greedy, certainly. An iPad or iPhone is not essential to survival in the same way that an internal organ is but he wanted one badly enough to go through with it.

But the main thing was that he was astonishingly naive. He thought that the majority of the money, let's say 70% of it, would be going to him. This was his first assumption. He didn't think that organ traders are there to make a big profit - it's a risky business after all, as this adventure has shown. The trader in question is going to want more than a couple of grand if he's going to be risking serious jail time or even having a dead body on his hands.

Then our naive friend forgot about kickbacks - an operation, even an illegal one, isn't just carried out by one person. There are nurses, equipment costs, bribes to ensure that critical bits of paperwork get misfiled, storing and transporting the organ. Again, all of these carry risks and the people involved are going to want a share of the profits.

The final and possibily fatal assumption our friend made was relying on the internet for accurate medical info. Yes, it is possible to survive with one kidney but suddenly losing a major organ causes a massive system shock that *will* damage everything connected to it - including that sole kidney you plan to live another 50 years on, incident free.

He was naive and he was taken advantage of and I suspect that's a buyer's remorse that's going to haunt him long after his new toy has ceased to function. =/

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Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

Thomas 4

Re: Anyone know

Yup:

Taken from "Putting Shame in Your Game" - "I might sneak around, I might be a fad but I won't show myself on no TV ad."

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Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

Thomas 4

Actually, this isn't quite as mad as it seems

If he can improve the design so that several spheres can interlock with each other, it'd be a good way to have underwater science labs.

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Huawei Ascend P1 Android review

Thomas 4

Re: Kind of looks a lot like

Same here, although for me it looks like the original Motorola Droid/Milestone I got except without the craptacular keyboard.

Also, definite bonus points for the lack of crapware.

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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just

Thomas 4

Hmmm

They're certainly one of the better gadget merchants I've bought from in the past. I would say though, that their "Estimated Shipping/Delivery" note for new products is in urgent need of being taken around the back of the shed, shot and then buried in quicklime.

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

Thomas 4

Re: This is where it gets ridiculous...

There seems to be an error in the article:

"But Kare pointed to RIM's BlackBerry Torch as an example of a smartphone that had many of the features of an iPhone but which Apple doesn't see as infringing on its design."

...is missing the word "yet" at the end.

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Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS

Thomas 4
Mushroom

Oh for fuck's sake

Seriously people, would it actually physically kill to *READ* that document before you hit the big shiny "Upload to the world" button?! The button isn't going to magically vanish if you don't click it within ten seconds and it might save someone a hell of a lot of grief and harassment if you do.

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Console content can cause crime, claims cop

Thomas 4

Re: Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat....

You sound a bit angry mate. Been playing Kirby's Dreamland again?

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Thomas 4
IT Angle

Re: 'Twas ever thus

In fairness, they may have a point about tapestries - didn't someone manage get their eye jabbed out on one of those things?

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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

Thomas 4

@LarsG

That would incorrectly imply that the Mail is capable of not looking stupid.

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Ridable giant robo-bug creeps, crawls toward reality

Thomas 4

Re: It needs two more legs and some big fangs

Well, if you wanted to go with a scorpion vibe, you could go with a couple of the "Jaws of Life" cutting tools fire services use. I'm open to suggestions on what to do with the tail, although part of me keeps saying "minigun" over and over for some reason.

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Thomas 4
Terminator

Assuming this thing gets built

I'd *really* like to see Kickstarter try and take their 10% off these guys.

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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

Thomas 4
FAIL

Re: AS GREEDY AS APPLE

Gosh. Apple claiming something is unethical.

As for me, this trial has done more to perusade me that my next phone should be a Nokia more than any amount of Microsoft marketing.

Screw Apple and Samsung. I'm sick of this shit.

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Qubits turn into time travellers

Thomas 4

Huh, I never knew he had it in

I'm suprised he can stop hopping up and down colour changing cubes long enough to do something as complex as time travel.

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Ever considered putting a rocket up someone's backside?

Thomas 4

Re: State?

That's an awfully big arse.

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Thomas 4
Unhappy

Re: Tasteless Jokes

I found those jokes to be in poor form. I'm afraid they hit something of a bum note with me.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

Thomas 4

Re: The Frankie Boyle angle

Fixing the problems of the world's socio-economic policies is not something easily achievable. Fixing a troll who clearly bit off more than he could chew is easily achievable.

We change the things we can.

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Samsung lets slip info on WinPho 8 Odyssey

Thomas 4

Re: Windows Phone.

The arm or the hacksaw?

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Hidden Grand Canyon-sized ICE-HOLE hastens Antarctic melt

Thomas 4

Please refrain from using radar in Antarctica

It annoys the shoggoths that live in the valley. =(

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Win a monster laptop

Thomas 4
Thumb Down

Re: keeping my fingers crossed!

Here's hoping you don't shoot the lappy his way.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Thomas 4
Trollface

I'm sorry sir

But you appear to be posting in the wrong comments section if you were looking for beneficial feedback.

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Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban

Thomas 4
Mushroom

....

...does anyone else have the urge to lock the respective heads of Apple and Samsung in some dark, forgotten dungeon somewhere and refuse to let them out until they stop behaving like spoilt children?

The heads needn't necessarily be still attached to the bodies.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

Thomas 4
Facepalm

Silly man

If your next computer is blood red, how do you expect it to remain undetected while conducting covert aerial bombing raids?

*My* computer on the other hand is a perfectly sensible black colour and is so stealthy I have trouble finding the bloody thing at times.

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Gamer fails STAM roll, dies after 40-hour Diablo III stretch

Thomas 4

Re: Cause of Death?

No...wouldn't work.

Gauntlet was fun.

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Thomas 4
FAIL

Bloody kids

The youth of today have no understanding about how their bodies work.

It's a bloody Fortitude save, not a STAM roll. Jesus.

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Humanity increasingly sitting on collective arse

Thomas 4

Re: I'd post a comment...

I'd upvote this but........

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Sony preps PS3 with old-school design

Thomas 4
Trollface

Old School

A Sony executive was quoted as saying "We're really going back to our old school roots with this new design. We're even restoring Other OS and PS2 backwards compatability," before collapsing on the floor in a heap of laughter.

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

Thomas 4

Re: To be fair..

If it wasn't for Lester's article I wouldn't be on my way to Devon to pick up a load of chickens *right this very second* and looking for a small out of the way arena.

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