* Posts by EddieD

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Fond memories

I still remember nearly dying with laughter watching Will Hay films when I was young - when I was reviewing a Marx Bros film a few weeks ago I got to thinking of Oh! Mr Porter, and The goose steps.

Thanks for the memories - and when I get a spare evening, I'll search YouTube for some more memories.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Re: Irrelevant

I'll stick with Firefox.

Flash and PDF should be the first to go.

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How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

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Too many quotes...

I can't pick just one.

Chico and particularly Harpo, were virtuoso musicians, but Groucho was a virtuoso with repartee. Of all the monochrome masters, the Marx Brothers have pole position for me. As a child I sat and watched the films with my Granny - along with Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Hope and Crosby, but as a middle aged man it's the Marx Brothers box set I have on my shelves.

Many a stand up comedian, and many a writer, acknowledge their debt to the Marx Brothers, and Groucho's attitude in particular. Many have got close, but I don't think anyone has surpassed Groucho with his effortless ability to charm, surprise, and just plain make folk laugh.

Thanks for reminding me to get Duck Soup out on this moist Mayday Monday

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Bonny Scottish post-pub nosh neckfiller: Rumbledethumps

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Famous dish

Allegedly, it's Gordon Brown's favourite snack.

However, as usual, some cautionary words.

http://mitchbenn.bandcamp.com/track/make-yourself-a-sandwich

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: 13-tentacled octopuses

Call it what you like, but pass the lemon slices and aioli - and maybe a nice bottle of something chilled...

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: face recognition

Can't wait to be stopped by the police when cycling (my standard transport mode) because my helmet, glasses and buff (covers my ears and chin) are preventing facial recognition. And bikers will be prevented from full-face helmets.

Won't be long.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Re: Native Client - NaCl

Depends on which salt...MgS04 is very bitter....

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Bookmarks.

Have they brought back a nice, user-friendly, drop down menu - hierarchical or otherwise - of bookmarks, that doesn't involve a lot of tedious messing around and installing yet another add-on to restore functionality?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Hmm

It seems to me that yet anothe problem that was only affecting London and the Home Counties has become "TOTAL UK BLACKOUT OH MY GOD THE HUMANITY"

No-one I know here in the heathen wilderness of Scotland had a problem, my family in the bleak wastelands of the North Midlands didn't have a problem, nor seemingly did the folk I have chatted with in Wales.

In terms of numbers, it may be affecting more folk than outages up here - which do happen, they just don't get mentioned as not enough folk get affected, but please, try and maintain some sense of proportion.

I will agree, wholeheartedly, totally, unreservedly agree with the folk who say that Virgin Media have totally shit customer service and information in such instances, and for that - along with the RC4 issue and various other matters relating to data security - they deserve to be first against the wall when the revolution comes. Honesty is always far better than misinformation and extempore evasion.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian?

To quote one evolutionary biolgist "We don't need to theorise what would have happened if dinosaurs had evolved brains, we can just look at crows"

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

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Found it...

http://mitchbenn.bandcamp.com/track/make-yourself-a-sandwich

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Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

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Re: surprised?

Would you care to tell us which ones, and point us at a security report?

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Meh

Read the linked article...

It says that the nickel foam, available commercially, has iron electroplated onto it. It is then used for electrolysis. In other words, power is used twice to create the oxygen - note that the development to make the hydrogen electrode has not yet occured - it says that it "may" scale - I'd hazard a guess that the foam for hydrogen would need to be somewhat finer.

Given the amount of power used in this process, I'd very interested in an efficiency rating - X watts of power in, giving Y watts of power from a fuel cell, but I think that would have to wait a while.

It's interesting, but given how much hydrogen loves to stay bonded to whatever it's bonded to, which means "more power" to get it off, I still think that there's a while to go before the thermodynamics equations start pointing to cheaper...

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Augmented reality: Who needs immersive worlds when you've got it all?

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Re: It's all fun and games

If it's that accurate, does it matter?

This was explored in story of the Trigan Empire in Look and Learn, round about 1971, which is when I first wondered about it.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Bugger.

I'm going to have to re-do my version of "The Universe Song" - there's no way I can replace "it's one hundred thousand light years side to side" with "it's one hundred and fifty thousand...."

Eric Idle will be fuming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq4uCWtQE24

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Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

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Re: Really ?

"That Azure destination command may be the longest cli command I have seen. Good info for scripting as I would not wish to try that manually twice in a row on a Monday."

Type it out once (or copy/paste from the recipe supplied by the nice man), using nice wee tokens for volatile information then wrap it up in a nice wee perl script e.g. azuredeploy.pl --token1 --token2 --token3....etc

Edit: Other text/string manipulation languages exist...I just stick with the one I sort of know...

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GoPro cameras' WiFi security is GoAmateur

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Mine does - I can watch or copy videos in the Android app.

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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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