* Posts by EddieD

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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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EddieD
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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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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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Alan Eustace

Dude.

Unannnounced, unhyped, quietly excellent. The opposite of Google.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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I think that the difference is then it was the UK under threat (with US funding) - now the US feels under threat, so we have to react

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Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

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Re: Pedant alert

I wondered who would ask this...

Oldest tree: Llangernyw Yew, Wales

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llangernyw_Yew

The Fortingall Yew, Scotland, may be a possibility for this too

Tallest tree: Reelig Glen, Scotland

http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/tallest-tree-in-britain-found-in-highland-glen-1-3353599

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Pedant alert

"...has been placed on a list of Britain's top 10 trees."

with a link to:-

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/27/englands-top-10-trees-shortlisted-for-tree-of-the-year

England is /not/ synonymous with Britain.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: Surely not iPhone...

Nah, the 1Phone

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: "Serious Crime Bill"?

ITYM "apologies to "The Frost Report"" (notably Ronnies Barker and Corbett are in this sketch...)

As with the 4 Yorkshiremen (originally from the "At last the 1948 show", with Cleese, Chapman, Brooke-Taylor and Feldman), many sketches are attributed to the Pythons, and indeed now performed by the Pythons, that were not their material, which may be why their reputation is enhanced beyond their actual talent...in my opinion. They were good, but not as good as the goggles of edited hindsight suggest.

I'm officially old enough to be a pedantic curmudgeon.

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Re: Invented 1950?

ISTR that ended with an humongous explosion

Oh yeah...and the composer was Edward England...not one of Arthur's most subtle jibes.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

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Re: Good.

The kids in schools around Inverness munch on venison quite a lot - the deer are going to be culled, and the meat is lower in fat and higher in iron than beef, and a lot, lot cheaper, so bring it on.

There has to be an distinction between the various animal rights activists - some point out bad practice and cruelty, and others are idiots.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Looking at the graph the red line is the Vanmoof, while the blue one is the Ridgeback.

Er, what?

I got a turquoise line, a Khaki line, and a horizontal magenta line...and my monitor is calibrated right...

I crossed my half century recently, and reckon I'll switch to electric after a further score of years, even though I commute in one of the hilliest cities in the UK (Edinburgh), but if it gets folk on their bikes, and cars off the roads - bring 'em on. What I like is one thing, everyone is different. Only 2 gears is okay in the Netherlands (where I'm spending a long weekend this coming weekend on a bike with one less...), but in the UK, I reckon a few more would be better, but that will probably come on in the future.

Good to see such things starting to reach the mainstream - okay 2000 is quite a lot, but it will come down as the market matures, and the tech progresses.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Transcendental Instruction Accuracy

Why do I get a vision of some OCD guru?

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: Still awaiting the *click*.

"Sitting in a neutral parking orbit, but I'm not yet seeing anything I want in the Capaldi Who."

I want his coat. I don't actually watch Dr Who, but when I was visiting my family recently my brother and niece were watching, and now I want his Crombie.

It's on order.

I'm very sad...

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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The downvote button is on the right.

I like Windows 8.1 (I was fairly happy with plain 8)

Okay, I have 2 monitors, and one has a desktop interface (using Classicshell), one has the Metr^w Moder^w tiled interface, and it works wonderfully. I have my work windows on one side with Outlook, the design environment I use for experiments etc, and the other has my recipe app, stocks and shares - it's a good mix. I can bounce from one interface to the other with out much hassle (click on an icon...).

At least Windows supports interface changes/alterations/replacements - it may be a bit of a faff, but there's google out there, it's not too hard.

Okay, it may be better if there hadn't been such a wrench, but if back in 94 there had been the internet around we'd probably still be using Progman 'cos of folk complaining about the start menu...

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Re: Ah Tesco

Most stores do arrange to appeal to Women...

Princes Street M&S, in order to buy Men's socks you have to go in the main doors, through womens blouses, skirts and shirts, down a wee escalator, through Women's Trousers, take an escalator up, walk through the entire Lingerie department, take another escalator up, walk through luggage, Suits, Trousers, Shirts, Jeans, and finally, at the furthest point from the doors, socks and undies. Oddly, I've stopped buying M&S smalls.

What's really annoying is that the escalators can run head to tail, and would allow you to avoid the disapproving looks of the Morningside Ladies as you shuffle nervously through the bras and panties, and get your shopping more conveniently, but management have decreed that thou shalt want to impulse buy a brassiere for your beloved - or even your wife. Or possibly yourself. Each to their own.

Store layout folk really, really want to stop trying pop-psych, and work out the layout which will let folk do their shopping most efficiently.

As for Tescos trying out a new payment method, given their recent headlines I think they need to get their internal accounting and strategy sorted before spaffing their money on a ludicrously involved method of paying for a pint of milk.

Makes me glad I get most of my food from a street market in Edinburgh - cash only, money straight to the farmers, and most surprisingly, not that much more expensive than going to a supermarket.

Clothes I get from whichever shop has the best sale on.

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

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Re: sigh

Actually even getting access to your drives have a sonic boom attached when requested by the cops - if you don't give volutarily give up your passcodes, it's off to chokey for a considerable period of time.

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Passcodes

Whenever I build a new machine at work, I have to now use full disk encryption, either BitLocker or FileVault.

When I do this to a Mac, it always asks me if I want to store the passcode with Apple - how long till iOS follows suit?

And folk just say "yes", as they do to app updates.

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