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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Mark York 3

Lost It's Hearts.

A few people have summed it up for me in this thread insofar I'm not sure if its "Capaldi, the scripts or direction" or any combination thereof.

I no longer insist on watching it live Saturday morning via the VPN, or Saturday night.

I download Saturday night & watch it either half cut on return from the bar or on Sunday night (37.5% cut) & I count myself as a fairly typical fan, with detailed knowledge of the show through the years I'm not as obsessed with it as some might think (though the wife might think & state different & admittedly I have a full size Genesis Dalek almost completely built in the garage).

I had high hopes for this season & Capaldi, but even now I think back to his sudden emergence in the average The Time Of The Doctor & sensed things were "off".

I think the series at present has lost it's heart's.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Mark York 3
Coat

Find My Device

It's on your wrist.

I'm not getting my coat, I'm looking for my watch............

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Mark York 3

Re: Let's see...

Joe was adopted.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

Mark York 3
Headmaster

Metalwork Teacher

My old (most likely dead) metalwork teacher at high school famously described a screw as a wedge on a shaft during one class.

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

Mark York 3
Terminator

``I don't think I can stand that robot much longer Zaphod,'' growled Trillian

Share and Enjoy

Share and Enjoy

Journey through life

With a plastic boy

Or Girl by your side

Let your pal be your guide

And when it breaks down

Or starts to annoy

Or grinds when it moves

And gives you no joy

Cos it's eaten your hat

Or had sex with your cat

Bled oil on your floor

Or ripped off your door

You get to the point

You can't stand any more

Bring it to us, we won't give a fig

We'll tell you, 'Go stick your head in a pig'.

http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130910042056/alienencyclopedia/images/2/28/MARVIN_the_PARANOID_ANDROID_by_DadaHyena.jpg

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

Mark York 3
Paris Hilton

Re: Babcock the Canuck

Given that it's now the summer, it should be a lacrosse stick.

NATIONAL SPORTS OF CANADA

Marginal note:Hockey and lacrosse to be national sports

2. The game commonly known as ice hockey is hereby recognized and declared to be the national winter sport of Canada and the game commonly known as lacrosse is hereby recognized and declared to be the national summer sport of Canada.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

Mark York 3
Alien

Re: Bah!

I was thinking for a tight trio MUSE, for Black Holes & Revelations with their own Super Massive Black Hole.

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The cute things they say

Mark York 3
Boffin

Re: the wise spouse

A certain County Council I worked at bought in stocks of machines that had ventilation holes punched into the top lid with Sony monitors usually placed over the those holes by the users.

The deskside (not the support staff who lived in a hut in the car park) staff did a whole bunch of weekend moves, pushing the units with the case fan vent up against the fabric lined cubicle walls.

Ditto many a field call's for overheating PC's at more than one school\council offices for the same reasons.

Some freak harmonic would create user calls for noisy fans that ceased the moment the case lids came off.

I did get some nice mileage recompense & day trips out across Somerset visiting these places.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

Mark York 3
Black Helicopters

Sadly This Has Already Happened.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/3277991.stm

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

Mark York 3
Terminator

Only Slightly Worse

During a recitation by their poet-master, Grunthos the Flatulent, of his poem ‘Ode to a Small Lump Of Green Putty I Found In My Armpit One Midsummer Morning', four of his audience died of internal haemorrhaging, and the president of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos was reported to have been “disappointed” by the poem's reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his twelve - book epic entitled ‘My Favourite Bath-time Gurgles', when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save humanity, leapt straight up through his neck, and throttled his brain.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

Mark York 3
Thumb Up

Re: Best luck to him

WISE OLD BIRD:

My dear old thing, you have such a sympathetic face.

ARTHUR:

Is that why you’ve done what you’ve done all over it? I’m sorry, but on my world I had a nice home and a good job with prospects and I get angry at the thought that my life suddenly consists of sitting in sewage filled models of my own ear, being patronised by a lot of demented birds!!!

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

Mark York 3

Re: I recently had the misfortune to listen to Fit III - V

A friend had told me about HHG, but it wasn't until I wandered into Pitts Record dept & found the LP playing very very close to the start. Just wandered about the area listening & was torn between staying to the very very end or dashing home to watch Doctor Who (as it was I managed both just), thus starting me on the road as a fully fledged towel carrier.

The LP is my definitive version of the first four fits, given the better sound quality & tighter editing but I prefer the Haggunenons over the Disaster Area scenario for the final two fits when I finally managed to find a Radio 4 repeat.

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Mark York 3

Re: A great man

I thought it also contained chunks of City of Death as well.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Mark York 3

The Brits Ex-Pat Guide To Home Comforts In Canada

Here in Cowtown Alberta in Canadaland, I can get Wilshire or Loues bacon that's cut (slightly thicker) almost the same way as UK bacon. Most places sell more of long streaky fat held together by pieces of bacon.

Finally found a UK style sausage in a chain of stores called Save On Foods.

Finding nothing that comes close to Anchor butter I experimented & make my own by cutting along the length, then putting half & half of Sobeys "European Butter" Salted (Way saltier than Anchor - I was able to compare with smuggled contraband) & unsalted (Very creamy taste) into a butter dish then allowing to soften before buttering my toast & Marmite.

Add OJ, a cuppa & baked beans\eggs as required & that's pretty much a full English breakfast sorted then.

Also available (without going into expat stores for things like Lucozade, Walkers Crisps & more obscure UK confectionary) off the top of my head in stores like WalMart, Sobeys Safeways & Canadian Superstores.

Tetley, Typhoo & Brook Bond tea.

McVities Chocolate Digestives, Ginger Nuts, Jacobs Cream Crackers & Hob Nobs (Penguins disappeared off the face of London Drugs & Canadian Superstores, but Tim Tams are almost the same but not individually wrapped).

Heinz Tomato Soup & Baked Beans along with a almost identical packaged Baked Beans British Style. Mushy Peas (Tinned).

HP Sauce UK Import & local version (Heinz ketchup is just the same to my palate).

Ready Brek, Devonshire Double Cream (Crustless clotted cream in baby food sized jars) & Marmite. Ribena.

Ambrosia Rice Pudding & Birds Custard. Heinz Sponge Puddings, Curley Wurleys, Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles & Gums (in cinema sized packets).

Frying chips with a Tefal Actifry & a teaspoon of Almond oil produces a soft mushy chip that goes nicely with a home battered piece of fish or sausage. I know a lot of Canadians that keep trying some of the food stuffs we talk about.

Throw in a VPN back to Blighty for TV & its all the comforts of home.

(Especially in winter when its -36 outside).

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Mark York 3
Joke

Missed Opportunity

Police Cough Up After Screw Up in Lock Up Cock Up!

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Mark York 3
Windows

Users Jumping The Refresh Queue

Same place

One guy decided to jump the queue, by requesting a machine from a decommissioned building be moved to his desk, transfer his apps & data so he could be more productive than the rest of his colleagues & was in full smug mode the day it was installed to desk, while his colleagues grumbled.

Six weeks later I installed 8 shiny new PC's (HP VL420's) to those colleagues .....

"Err where's my new machine?"

"Your old machine was decommissioned after the move request, the one you currently have is still in scope & not up for replacement."

"Errrr... Can't I have the replacement for the one that I had then?",

Sorry but no when the old one was decommissioned it's replacement unit was re-allocated to replace one of the machines that we didn't have have the budget to replace it with."

"When do I get a new one?"

Next year when your PC falls out of scope.

The level of smugness & happy smiles through the office increased except in one little corner.

Same refresh project..

Good Morning I have your new PC,

"Don't want it I'm getting a laptop."

Really?

"Yes the request is in, so I can make do with this in the interim."

Your declining the replacement unit.

"Yes!"

That's fine I'll reassign it.

Move forward to early September....

Good Morning I have your requested laptop.

"Great"

I start collecting\deploying..

"Errr whats that?"

That's your requested laptop.

"But I wanted a new one."

We only have reclaimed one's that are still in scope

"You had new ones purchased, I want one of those!"

I'm sorry they were purchased specifically to replace laptops that were out of scope, they have all been allocated & assigned. We don't have any unless your departmental manager can purchase one from his budget for you.

"You had a new machine for me the other week!"

Yes but that was a desktop replacement, you get like for like.

I don't recall what happened, he grumbled certainly about the machine (which as luck would have it was formally the Quality Control Directors machine on the third floor (Most IT dept feared her, but I always got on well with her), I think she had recently had a replacement for expediency, the laptop was in scope.

I think some weeks later he put in a request for a desktop & was rather miffed (again) to discover his older replacement was one of the ones was currently in scope as his new unit had been reassigned.

Fun times - I miss the old *** Site in Dartford, shame its been demolished.

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

Mark York 3
FAIL

Expensive Downgrade

"not to mention a 960MB Crucial M500 for maybe another 15 quid"

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Mark York 3

Re: RIP Mac

I used to fix the VTX5000, along with the Prism 1000 (Telemod2) & Prism 2000 (they were a very easy fix), along with dare I say it the Voyager series of auto dialing modems down in dear old Devon.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

Mark York 3
Mushroom

1986 Memories

Of going around Hyde Park Corner leaning out of a taxi...chatting to two asian ladies in a convertable....The car went one way, the taxi another & we went into a casino (or somewhere) where I first clapped eyes on it. Played it until we left......

2-3 months later PCW show in a exhibitors stall on the upper balcony right above the Sega stand, a whole suite of the machines, the incessant music, sound effects & out hero's screams for 6 IIRC whole days totally killed my desire.

Did play it the other month on MAME though.

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

Mark York 3

Targets gamers, elderly, and the utterly slothful

& the first thing that came to my mind was Blipverts.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Mark York 3

Re: memories

Casio fx-451 - Probably the best 20 quid (IIRC) that I ever spent, it got me through C&G224 parts II & III & a HNC in Swindon.

Somewhere still in the house I hope, though I think I last saw it before we moved to Canada in 2009.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

Mark York 3
Alien

Not forgotten - He's a normal nutty old guy that just happens to be called Doctor Who

The Doctor is an alien who is simply called "the Doctor", while in the two films he is human and "Who" is his actual surname & doesn't count as a incarnation.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Mark York 3
Alien

Re: Bucket

A metal mesh waste paper might be better used than a bucket, that way your vision is not impaired.

Several of these mesh type buckets, have gladly sacrificed themselves to be cut up & been incorporated into the neck of my replica Genesis Dalek (24 days left until project completion date).

www.projectdalek.com

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Doctor Who's 50th year special: North American theater tix on sale Friday

Mark York 3
Alien

Cineplex prices - Even with Costco vouchers with free popcorn & the like for a family of three (well three that's actually interested - The eldest two fell by the wayside like Susan in Narnia).

I'll stick with firing up the VPN thanks.

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

Mark York 3
Pint

My favorite CAPTCHA was when asked to verify on Facebook that I knew a lady it threw up the name of our local bar & a less than flattering term.......leading to Crawford Minger.

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

Mark York 3
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I still think a rail/supergun in the Andes is the best bet

Point 5 - Unlike the Fireball XL5 carriage that happily flies off into destruction @ 56seconds in & hopefully with less wobble too as it travels down the track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi6JruBYSYQ

Esc (Velocity) Key. :D

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

Mark York 3

ARTHUR:

What are you talking about?

VENTILATION SYSTEM:

You heard.

ARTHUR:

What? Who said that?

VENTILATION SYSTEM:

The Ventilation System. You had a go at me yesterday.

ARTHUR:

Yes, because you keep filling the air with cheap perfume.

VENTILATION SYSTEM:

You like scented air: it’s fresh and invigorating.

ARTHUR:

No I do not.

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OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

Mark York 3
Terminator

Re: I learned all I need to know about human attitudes to robots

Starlord had the larger market share, 2000AD was the cheaper to produce.....

Anyway Starlord had the short story about Sheldon who lived & was eventually trapped in a automated house.

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Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling

Mark York 3
Mushroom

Re: Re Cramped

If that's the decent module, I'd be wary of going up or down in it quite frankly, never mind the slightly dodgy one (See icon).

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

Mark York 3
Black Helicopters

Re: EBT FTW

For pure filth in a cup, try Red Rose.

Fortunately able to source Tetley\PG\Yorkshire in Canada without issues.

Helicopter because Montana is just down the road.....

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Apache devs: 'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time'

Mark York 3
Joke

'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time' - Heat n Serve

Thanks I now have this stuck in my head all day

"and we serve no pests ... before its time"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSODuQSBlZ4

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

Mark York 3
Paris Hilton

Re: You don't know what it's like......

While doing a rollout of new computers to a call centre in Plymouth, I would only replace machines\scrabble under one desk cluster when a certain lady (I'll call her "Paris" for the sake of it) was issuing train timetable info to callers, as she had a habit of sitting with her heel tucked up under her crotch & bouncing\rubbing slightly on it as she talked.

Couple of other perks about that job was, they kept me on in error for weeks afterwards supporting\troubleshooting the build (mouse driver issue) & the limitless amounts of tea I was drinking supplied by the tea ladies.

Happy times!

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Lonely-heart Maltese techie vs Bonnie Tyler for Eurovision crown

Mark York 3
Alien

The Name Of The Doctor

Gianluca Bezzina - Is this the spoiler The Moff's fuming about?

Still no TARDIS icon.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Mark York 3
Thumb Up

NTNON - TV Licence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lzS8yW8INA

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Raspberry Pi-powered Tardis blasts off from 'Blighty's Baikonur'

Mark York 3
Alien

Re: Shut up you incorrect pedants!

405 line PAL for the early 60's, 625 line mid 60's (BBC2 & Colour).

While Susan stated she made up the name from the initials & in the early years generally refered to as The Ship. It didn't stop The Meddling Monk, The War Chief, The Time Lords Prosecution Team, The Master etc who hadn't met her, from using that name either.

Damn no TARDIS icon!

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

Mark York 3
Pint

Like George Orwell

My personal preference is for bog-standard PG Tips, in bags, medium strong, dash of milk, sugar ratio in proportion to the size of the mug.

Alas as PG is darned expensive in Canada Ex-Pat Shops & Typhoo non existent. It has to be Tetley (Sub-heading Orange Pekoa), from most stores like Wally-World*, Shoppers Drug Mart, London drugs & Canadian Superstores\No Frills.

For Nostalgia my nans Co-op 99 tea.

Method Teapot

Boil kettle.

Warm Pot with boiling water.

Reboil kettle for 20 secs while emptying used water, add 1 teabag per person + 1 for the pot.

Add fresh boiling water, give it a bit of a stir & then stand.

Milk in cup, pour from teapot (sugar may be added either before or after pouring).

Ideally consumed with a Devon cream tea (yes we can actually manage those in Alberta).

Method Cup

Boil kettle.

Warm cup with boiling water.

Reboil kettle for 20 secs while emptying used water, add 1 teabag to the mug (currently a TARDIS shaped one).

Add fresh boiling water, give it a bit of a stir & then stand.

Add milk.

Ideally consumed with toast & marmite!

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Good news! UK IT jobs up. Bad news? They're with a bunch of bankers

Mark York 3
Linux

Re: Error in title

Glad & rather embarrassed at not being the only one recalling that particular comic strip.

http://www.badgecollectorscircle.co.uk/assets/badges/user/18_1340204316_5019_300_300.JPG

Icon being the closest resemblance to Buck Fuzby!

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Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers

Mark York 3
Pint

Makerbot Replicator 2

I have one of these beasts, it still has a habit of printing air at times, there's a modification which I'm putting in.

That said I have fairly successfully printed components for a 2005 Dalek weapon, dome light cages, the small collar slat (blocks arranged the shoulder section) & the gun rod supports for a 1963 Dalek. Throw in a couple of parts for a R2 builder.

As I get to grips with Sketchup, I'm replicating a replacement for a snapped obsolete Brio wooden track part for a friends daughter.

It rates really highly on the coolness factor when shown to visitors or demonstrating the printed item down the pub.

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Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

Mark York 3
Mushroom

Des O'Connor

Somewhat scarred for life by the Pete & Dud, as it brought back memories of Des O'Connor in the bathtub with Stingray surfacing (amongst other things).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pmJlHxfGSE

Another chunk of my past detached like melting icebergs.

RIP Gerry FAB.

Explosion for Thunderbirds & Stingray obviously.

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IBM and Somerset council in tiff over South West One venture

Mark York 3
Coat

I said it before & I'll say it again

Not for without nothing was it known as South West Con by the staff in County Hall.

Well out of it now for 4 years & 4,000 miles.

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Robotic surgeon successful in first prostate snip

Mark York 3
Terminator

Rise Of The Machines?

Had to be said.

I''ll get me coat, its the leather Terminator one.

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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

Mark York 3
Flame

The Hand Of Omega

Wot no mention of the Remote Stellar Manipulator.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

Mark York 3
Pint

Life Imitating Art.

The Naked Video (IIRC) Spoof Advert with a urinating Frenchmen for

“The French adore le Piat d'Or”

No one remember that from the 80's - Ohhhh please yourselves!

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Galaxy is teeming with homeless planets

Mark York 3
Mushroom

For The World Is Hollow & I Have The Sky

It's Mondas.

Z Bomb is not required.

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Groupon grotty grotto rage forces Santa's chief elf to quit

Mark York 3
Paris Hilton

It Was Indeed Spitting Image

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYF_WXNKTCY

PH because of the Hot Dong.

An hour from now you'll wish you hadn't had one.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

Mark York 3
Pirate

I'll wait until the boxset is in the bargain bucket bin, but.....

I prefered the extended editions to the theatricals, they gave more detail & the whole thing flowed much quicker, where as the theatricals dragged. Seems odd though that BD still has to spread the movies over two disc's same as the DVD's.

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Blighty's rocketeers gather for ballistic love-in

Mark York 3
Alert

String!

Always reminds me of The Goodies episode & THO recently suggested using it (with fairly massive ground pegs) to secure the kids trampoline down so high prairie winds won't blow it away

As string& a nail banged into something inappropriate is her response to any problem requiring support , my retort that string was a wonderfully strong material frequently used in the construction of bridges, did not amuse her. It did amuse a woman passing us by at the time, who was trying desperately (& almost suceeded) not to laugh at that.

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LulzSec disavows alleged Census hack

Mark York 3
FAIL

Can I Get This Straight In My Mind

A bunch of anonymous people are in their own words are "Not sure we claimed to hack the UK census or where that rumour started".

Left hand meet right!

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Sputnik retro PC puts bureau back on the desktop

Mark York 3
Coat

TARDIS

Why am I thinking Fourth Doctors TARDIS secondary console room or the Eighth Doctors console room & how it would look quite at home there.

Still no TARDIS icon - I'll get me coat & grab the lapels.

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Euro space truck prepares for fiery death

Mark York 3
Paris Hilton

Recycling - Crap!

"humans still manage to accumulate over a tonne of unwanted crap to chuck away."

Considering the location of the ISS, It's either stow it for disposal, live with it like a overflowing (floating - A whole new defination in itself) litter tray & the smell or go anal retentive & keep it all in.

You are the Queen, as clearly you never defacate & I claim my £5 (as that appears to be the current trend from the Megan Fox firing story).

PH Because she may well know about taking it up the Khyber.

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