* Posts by EddieD

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Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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Re: Holst

Good call, but I prefer the first bits of "Shine on" from Wish you were here....

Right, hands up those who think more should must be spent on NASA/ESA et al, and less on NSA/GCHQ...

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Smartphone NOT INCLUDED: Google plays with Mattel – plugs VR into retro toy

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I'd love one...

But they don't fit the Nexus 7 <sniffle>

Edit: "Kids" is a non-specific term, isn't it? As Tom Lehrer once said "I'm engaged in a serious scientific experiment - prolonging adolescence beyond previous limits"

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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+1

I skipped most of the article, but anything that links to Sit on my face from MPatHB gets a vote from me.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: Batteries not included

As a lifelong cartophile, I'll quote what was said on "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" and say that paper maps give me solid directions, unlike GPS which seems limp....

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Never be born on the Sabbath day

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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BBC? 4OD?

I think that both the above use flash for streaming still, alas, and double alas...

Get_iplayer is great, but has its limitations.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Too late, but...

Knights.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107333/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

"In the future, a kickboxer and a robot lead a revolution against ruling cyborgs."

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

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Re: Sweet...

get_iplayer has been updated.

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Sweet...

Maybe now BBC iPlayer in SD won't constantly buffer on my 30MB Virgin Media connection.

And maybe flying pigs taste of chicken.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Re: Only half the story

After many a year seeking out the strongest Scotch bonnets and Thai chillies, I now prefer just a modicum in my meals.

And this always gives me pause for thought

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-15183070

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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<raises hand>

My flatmate in the 80s was a computer dude, who set me on the downward path to IT... Our first modem (USR) could be configured as either 1200/75 or 300 baud duplex...

We then got (from my dad, ex a drug company) a 1200 duplex modem and were the envy of...well, no-one, until I then discovered USENET, and my soul was forever lost...

700baud over 30+ AU - that's impressive, and when I see the images and all the other discoveries that the boffins get from this trickle of data - well, impressed is no longer enough, and I have to give into awe (thanks Mr Adams).

We need more of NASA and less of NSA...

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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My thoughts entirely...

It's long been known that if you take a computer through international security, you may be asked to power it up and show it to the officials.

In the days of almost ubiquitous high speed internet, there are few reasons to leave any sensitive data on your machine - load it to your /private/ cloud (which someone in her job would have), wipe any trace off the machine - the o/s isn't going to be secret, and any necessary tools can be added to the cloud blob, smile sweetly at the security jobsworth - and we'd better face it, they are becoming, or maybe have become, the default - do what they ask, provide a forensic image if necessary, travel onwards to your destination, grab a latté with your colleagues as you download the aforementioned binary blob at your leisure.

This is going to happen more and more - get used to it, and plan for it. It's not (quite, nearly, almost) the end of the world...

You don't need to be paranoid to be aware that folk are out to be officious...

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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Love it..

I saw Kraftwerk at T in the Park, 2013 - you 'd hardly have thought that 4 middle aged Germans standing still behind identical looking consoles would be a dynamic gig, but it was. And applications for the Tate gigs melted the servers - not bad for folk who haven't released much for 30 years...

Krautrock has decades of experience, and as you point out, inspired so many other schools of music, that when you hear experienced masters of the genre play, you hear all the other schools too - I'll definitely go to as many more as I can.

And besides - Hütter is a cyclist, and cycling cross country with Kraftwerk on the player is always a blast...particularly this time of year.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: Scotland

To be honest, as a resident, I don't think most folk mind too much - I think though that the French model, where lower levels of BAC are countered with points, a fine and a Road Safety course, rather than a blanket ban would have been preferred, but overall, I don't think folk see it as a problem.

I won't be driving tomorrow :)

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One further test...

Try using one shortly after using mouthwash

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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One thing...

You have to wonder which other cloud companies in the same situation have been asked for data in the same manner and have quietly capitulated.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Wow

I could feel my arteries hardening, just by reading that article.

Gotta try it :)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: Fire ring

Looking at the piccies, the chillies have been jaffaed - totally seedless.

For shame...

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Re: WoD is one of the best Expansions to date

"That said, there are some massive negatives. Firstly, the Garrison is the antithesis of community. It is an instanced city that you and you alone inhabit."

As a party leader, anyone in the party can go to your Garrison - our guild (not a big one) had a Friday party there - all drinking, dancing - dropping in and out of rooms on TeamSpeak etc...

If you're lonely in your garrison - invite a friend!

I'm back after 3+ years, and I'm having a good time...

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Erm..

Webcams or Netcams (IPcams)?

There's an important distinction - my webcam only works with an application and doesn't have a password, my netcam is online on it's own IP (well, NATed) and has a 24 character password.

All the models I've seen appear to be IPcams.

(EDIT..and I won't give into paranoia a check it)

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: Word rejected by Collins' dictionary

Ah, so we're running the Brook-Taylor variant.

Hmm.

Uxbridge

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Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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Re: Now let's clean up download sites.

What the Khaptain said...I use it on all the laptops I supply in my job - I have a standard bundle for all machines, and when they're in for maintenance, I just double click and then go grab a coffee...

Cheers Trevor!

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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The enemy..

...of my enemy is my friend.

It's interesting to see so many normally antagonistic companies are standing shoulder to shoulder over this.

Of course, the prospect of losing a vast chunk of cloud services if action by the Feds succeeds, and then watching their share prices dropping like a stone through a wet paper bag will give anyone incentive to team up with their enem^w friends.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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Re: Morcilla de Burgos

How about sobrassada - I fell in love with the stuff when cycling the balearics, and it seems the perfect coating

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<cough> Being the son of Lancashire lass, I was brought up on the black pudding from the aforementioned triangle.

However, after moving to home of Scotch egg - and Scotch whisky, nothing - and I really do mean nothing - can match http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stornoway_Black_Pudding

One thing to mention - veggie haggis (Macsweens for preference) makes a good coating for Scotched Scotch egg (and veggie into the bargain)

Edit - hadn't noticed that other folk had preempted me. They're correct...

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Ah well

That's 40notes saved.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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It's catching

The devs should go work for Blizzard...they'd fit in well

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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SL1200/1210

Easy to fix???

Three were (iirc) 23 screws on the baseplate, all different sizes, which you had to remove all of, just to replace the wee pop-up bulb that lit up the stylus (if you used it).

The technique I learned then, of making a template of the base with a wee blob of blu-tac to hold each screw has done me well over the years - I use the same technique when repairing laptops.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Dunno the exact answer

But whatever it was that Johannes Gutenberg printed first, and freed up books from being the province of the few, and brought the promise of literacy to the masses.

And the Fat Freddy's Cat compendium, of course.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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You should have linked the hi-res

It's glorious...

<http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2014/11/welcome_to_a_comet/15048351-1-eng-GB/Welcome_to_a_comet.jpg>

'Kinell...that's a comet, that is...

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: "It’s complicated to land on a comet"

I dunno, it's not rocket sci...oh, wait...

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Re: Dude, I'm a comet. Do you even have a landing permit?

Depends how the screws were setup - if they reach a limit of extension, they yes, probably - if though, like a corkscrew, they can freely rotate even extended, they there is a possibilty of pulling Philae down.

Hmm.

I've got a corkscrew, it's gone 10am*, perhaps I should try this empirically...

*Bizarre Scots off-sales laws.

⇨ closest availble ⇨

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Sweet as!

(Typed as I saw the control room go nuts as they got telemetry from the surface)

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: @EddieD

As Albert said "What time does Oxford arrive at this train?"...

You're probably more correct, I was trying (okay, and failing) to point out the difference between this and earlier missions.

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The claim is /land/ on a comet.

Giotto smashed into Halley's in '86

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Have fun!

But I'll bet the plot isn't as good as Viking, Voyager or Giotto....

Have fun Brid-Aine, and keep us posted...for us unfortunates, work will prevent us keeping up live...

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Already happening

A lot of the small shops that adorned the streets about half a mile from the center of Edinburgh have been converted into small flats

http://tinyurl.com/mzt8s6b

Follow along that street and see what's happened. 30 years ago they were all shops, then came the department stores, and no-one spoke up them. And now Amazon has come along, and no-one wants to speak up for the department stores.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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He even acknowledges in the article that the phone is no use for production:- "only surpassed by the top-of-the-line MacBook Air I type this on"

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: do the Danes want a bigger and better LHC

If they can spin me round a tube and 90% of c, then I'll pay for that ride...

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HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

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Re: Intelligent Life

To quote "The Universe Song" from "Monty Python's Meaning of Life"

"Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space

'Cos there's bugger all down here on earth"

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spaz

It's an online forum. Folk get furious that water is wet.

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Re: Nausea reduction

Just about what I was wondering too - I wonder if you could put one of hte tiny eye tribe eye trackers inside a rift or similar - we have one at work and it's tiny

https://theeyetribe.com/

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Apple OSX Yosemite infested by nasty 'Rootpipe' vuln

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Re: sudo without a password?

I believe that since about Snow Leopard, if you haven't got a password on your account, sudo won't work. Dunno if this vulnerability bypasses this or not...

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Hmm

Really?

Mea culpa... It wasn't when I had an account

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Hmm

"Taylor Swift's record company has removed her entire catalogue from Spotify, becoming by far the most popular artist to snub the streaming service."

A wee bit of a sweeping statement there surely - AC/DC have sold over 200 million records (Back in Black has sold more than 40 million copies), which is a tad more than Ms Swift, and they still sell out stadia in minutes...then there's Pink Floyd...Led Zeppelin...

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Google Calendar jumps into Inbox/Gmail era

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Glad I don't use it..

I want to put my appointments in, not spend half a day weeding out unecessary and distracting appointments from my calendar

My favourite calendar app was on my old (and still functioning as a backup) Nokia 6610i - I never missed a birthday, or an appointment, it was quiet, unassuming, and very usable.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: It's time to grow a pair

There can't be too many Rik Myslewskis in the world...welcome back...and well said...

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Time Shifting

I use TuneIn (paid for), which allows recording, and series recording... NOt as convenient as get_iplayer, but it worked nicely

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Aye, but look at 4OD sometime - entire series shows that haven't been on for decades (e.g. Chelmsford 123, which always cracks me up, the excellent GBH etc) - okay, there are adverts, but what the hell, they were there when I first watched them.

I sometimes wish that the BBC would do the same - but I suppose that's Dave's job now...

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Re: Well get_iplayer has already worked around it

Give those guys a medal...there are a few limitations to work around, but man, that was good.

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