* Posts by Richard 120

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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Re: I want one @Richard 120

My kids are great, wonderful things they are, without them I couldn't justify the amount of money I've spent on star wars lego, or video games.

Kids are the perfect excuse for buying these things, but honestly do you actually want them to get their sticky hands all over the stuff?

Just give them the box and tell them to use their imagination.

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Re: I want one

Why on earth would you let children near this?

Sticky little things that they are.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Muiderpoort

It took longer than the usual google, but I think the OP about Muiderpoort is probably referring to this -

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/h-dutch.htm

Of course I think past lives are all total garbage and are filed in my brain alongside religion, voodoo, snake oil, tarot, ghosts and honest politicians.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: "Sic" yourself

It used to be that journalists and writers determined the language particularly the broadsheets. Now everyone considers themselves a writer, subsequently regional dialects are considered part of the language, at least by some.

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Re: "Sic" yourself

Are you sure it's valid in the context that's being used here?

"and" is a conjunction, you could play hide and seek, you could even try and convict.

If you try and kick a ball then you are successfully kicking a ball, but who/what are you trying?

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Re: "Sic" yourself

I thought you try to do something.

If you try and do something then it's not really trying, it's achieving.

Just because the general populace use the construct doesn't mean it's grammatically correct, we're not all writers.

This is (mostly) an IT publication, logic means something.

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@ISP

"I'm sure you never use any state provided services, like roads, museums, emergency services, etc..."

Not in Scotland, no.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: Noise pollution

The place where I found it easy to work, and calming was a data centre.

There's just the white noise of the fans and the single console where you can access everything you need to.

People would try to contact me by phone, couldn't hear it over the white noise.

The best way to get my attention was to stand by the side and wave hands in front of the screen.

The down sides are that all the consoles are in cold aisles and no natural light resulting in SAD.

Put the consoles in the warm aisles at least!

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

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Copyright infringement?

If they're selfies and someone is publishing them then how about going for copyright infringement?

Could the victims not go for a class action suit of that nature?

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

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Re: Have you ever tried robbing a financial institution?

er, no.

Was that some kind of confession?

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NSA is 'great at some sophisticated tasks but oddly bad at the simplest'

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TM

It's just to avoid trademark infringement.

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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Re: Best get off that high horse....

I think that's a proxy (or poxy) server thing from what I can gather.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Compensation

Were you aware that if your train is delayed by an hour or more you are most likely due compensation.

If your tube journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more then your journey should be gratis.

Your examples are all based on your own choice, the employees are not given the choice to leave without having their bag checked.

It's about compensation, people should be properly compensated for what they do.

What would be the problem with keeping them on the clock for the time they spend being checked?

I don't work for free, and you're not doing yourself or anybody else any favours if you do.

Work to Live, not the other way round.

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Scalpers gouge China's fanbois for Genius Bar appointments

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The profit machine

Surely the way to do it would be for Apple to charge the fee, basically become the middle man, find the price point which people are prepared to pay (I think the touts have already done this), resulting in the profit going to the megacorp, rather than the touts.

Drive the competition out of business.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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Re: One thought...

Hard to crash a tractor. N'est-ce pas?

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Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

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Which is it?

Does consilidating save money or does splitting things up save money?

I'm sure I've read that both do (at different times), but from experience it costs money to do either.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

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Re: Stop the Pigeon

I think I can untangle this.

The Lady Penelope being referred to by the honourable JayBizzle is a totally different character to the Penelope Pitstop of Wacky Races fame (and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)

I'm assuming the association JayBizzle was making to Lady Penelope was as a result of the link to FAB-001, F.A.B. being the radio acknowldgement of the Thunderbirds pilots.

I was making a reference to the OP defining the situation as a farce, Stop the Pigeon was a farce and I was drawing a parallel to the nature of the Pigeon (being a spy messenger) and his pursuer the repeatedly foiled Dick Dastardly. I was not building on the Thunderbirds reference.

Now that that's all sorted out everyone else can all go back to their lives safe in the knowledge that there is someone who is anal enough to read the replies to his own posts, try to understand them, point out continuity errors or misunderstandings and how they were derived.

Unfortunately I have to live with myself.

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Black Helicopters

Stop the Pigeon

Starring Barrack Obama as Dick Dastardly

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Re: Brain bleach required

That was a very similar experience to goatse.cx

Unpleasant.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Re: It'd be nice

Oh come on, it's a joke, why the downvote?

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Speaking in Tech: Endorsing LinkedIn skills on LinkedIn implodes the web?

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Solaris

I've been endorsed by a number of people I have worked with, for my apparent skills with Solaris.

I have worked on solaris for about 3 months about 9 years ago during a career of 17 years (and counting) it's not a skill I added to my profile myself, someone else endorsed me for it and it appeared.

Now I'm not saying I'm not good at it, but I'd have thought that the people who have endorsed me would know what I actually have worked on when I work/worked with them.

I can only speculate they're confusing Solaris with SuSE Linux.

I prefer the written endorsements, particularly when I can say mine are all unsolicited and not reciprocal.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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I like lots of cheeses, of those I would consider putting on a cheese toastie I would probably put them in this order -

1. Cheddar (something stronger than mild)

2. Edam

3. Jarlsberg

4. Red Leicester

5. Bavarian smoked

6. Emmental

Depending on the cheese I'd put on some worcercestershire sauce and/or some pepper, and maybe some tabasco.

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Richard 120

Re: "The board is seeking submissions from Brits"

Ahhh, but is that actually cheese?

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Bacon

Are you allowed to put bacon on it?

Bacon makes everything better.

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Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

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Re: Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe

I hope the laws aren't enforced by some kind of rechtschreibung Stasi.

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Re: That's not German, that's Swiss

Schultz, that is the best example of typical German humour I have ever read, you owe me a new keyboard.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

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Stephen Hawking

Could become Davros?

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Re: Almost ran UPDATE without WHERE

I ran an update without a where once

fortunately I did an export beforehand

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Hard G, Mr Wilhite (what sort of name is that anyway?)

Re: LCD Display

That's different they're just suffering from RAS Syndrome

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Headmaster

Re: Gigi

Are you some kind of cheese eating surrender monkey?

It's a hard G because it's English.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Irrelevant, in a relevant sort of way

Thanks, now I'm giggling maniacally to myself.

Khaki, Kettle, Kings Bollege Bambridge

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Richard 120

Not the first time

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/15/gif_is_pronounced_jif/

Popular opinion generally drives language though, it's hard to change the status quo once it's in general use.

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Amazon coughs millions for Liquavista screen tech while workers strike

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Re: Come on Reg....

Whilst I agree with you in principal, the number of consecutive exclamation marks in your post makes me nauseous and implies a sickness in the head, please use them sparingly or the world supply will run out.

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

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Re: re: "cro-mo titanium"

@AC Posted Tuesday 14th May 2013 11:02 GMT & 11:36 GMT - No need to be AC, Zmodem is clearly living in a world with a maximum occupancy of one, you have written in your posts some very eloquent put downs.

If I had a vote in the intellicracy being defined in the first thread of this comments page then it would in favour of removing Zmodem.

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WTF?

Re: These geology stories rock!

Did you just tire of waiting for a relevant story to use this pun?

I enjoyed the comment regardless of how on topic it was, kind of like a surreal monty python tangent.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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Re: That well

With any luck you've hit a whisky spring.

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Re: Woah there

That's a terrible waste of power, surely you need to replace their old CRT job with something less power hungry, I know you have your issues with power, or is their place a "separate residence" on a different spur?

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Colombian plods cuff jailbreaker despite on-the-run gender bend

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The rest of us, comfortably off camera and not being officers of the law in charge of the prisoner are allowed to look at the boobs and think "Ahhhh BOOBS, yay!"

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HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

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At least it made profit...

And I love my HTC One.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Happy

Marc Andreessen

I'd never heard of the guy until this week, and this is the second time this week I've read about him from two different news sites on two different topics, the other was about google glass.

The only thing I can say about him with any great certainty is -

He has the most egg-like head I've ever seen, it's almost like he's out of coneheads.

It may not lways have been the case, I think at one point he had hair, but now his head is marvellously ovaliform.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: The blog

"To be fair, every bike off the road is an accident prevented"

Let's consider taking either cars of the road or bikes as separate scenarios.

1. Taking the bikes off the roads, I would expect more cars on the road, more congestion, more accidents between cars.

2. Taking cars off the road, I would expect far far fewer fatal accidents, fewer serious accidents, the same or fewer minor accidents, far less congestion.

In any case, when I drive I am not stuck in traffic I AM traffic.

When I cycle I am not risking my life, the dangerous drivers are risking my life, and I'm pretty much never traffic, either being it or stuck in it.

The point of view of The First Dave is askew somewhat.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Re: Blackberry Z10 (Black)

Now look here, the article is about "Honest" marketing and sales.

Don't you try to twist things so that those good good people in those benevolent professions appear to be some malevolent, evil, dishonest, manipulative, deceptive, lying, bunch of scum.

We all know that they protect the consumer and aren't trying their hardest to put a spin on something so that their ripoff seems a better deal than the other guys ripoff.

I've never known a group of people less interested in extracting as much money as possible whilst trying to appear friendly and then twisting the knife in your back as sales and marketing people,

They really are the salt of the earth.

So we'll hear none of your maths and facts thankyou very much.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Good effort

I think they've done a better job than the Iranian efforts, at least they've made a reasonable attempt at resizing the craft and modifying the wake so it's not as bleedin obvious.

Is there some kind of awards for govt propaganda photoshop fails? If not then there should be.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: Compulsory Tax

I cycle to work and don't own a car, apparently VED is grossly injust according to the majority car drivers in the office, because I don't pay it.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: phone with a cigarette lighter in

That is possibly the most awesome thing I have seen today at least, and what a name!

I'm not sure I can see anyone actually buying it, but still, absolutely brilliant, almost makes me want to take up smoking again, but not quite.

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Richard 120

Of course

You can say what you like.

But when you do then you look a bit daft, taking the effort to read the article and post a comment implies at least a little shit was given.

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Re: @AC 12:49

I'm not sure on the phones, but at least on my galaxy Tab 2 the SD card is formatted as FAT, so no symlinks, this makes the whole apps on SD a little more awkward.

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Why?

If you start looking at the detail of the article you'll see that there are four low power cores, so you can read a couple of emails and browse the web, switching between these apps without having to wait so much, then there's four faster more power hungry cores which will kick in when you start to do some more hefty work.

It's about power consumption, flexibility and possibility.

Just because you can't think of how to apply things doesn't mean that it's pointless, maybe it's pointless to you, it's probably pointless to a lot of people who buy one, but as the previous poster says, it's progress, and progress is a good thing.

After all why would there ever need to be more than 5 computers in the whole world?

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Blue Coat, Skype and QQ named despots' best friends

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Skype

Skype is clearly an enemy to the internet, the company I work for has actually blocked this article with their proxy filter because of the keyword "skype"

There's some irony about somewhere...

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