* Posts by Joefish

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Re: Repeat after me:

Masterclass in how to cheer on a voluntary community effort there...

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Re: Extra graphical capabilities of the spectrum 128 ?

Lot of balls being posted in this bit!

The Speccy has a 256x192 (4:3) bit-per-pixel bitmap screen with a 32x24 colour overlay that defines the pixel on/off colours for each 8x8 character cell. So it has problems when different coloured things get too close, but no problems with pixel precision.

The only graphical enhancements of the 128K machines (all of them) was being able to page in one of two RAM banks to the display, allowing buffering. But at the expense that you had to page the bank in to the top of RAM first to draw on it, then page it into view.

The only extra definition anyone ever achieved is through carefully timed software making changes synchronised to the TV raster display and increasing the vertical colour resolution, or displaying small coloured bars in the border area, but even the 48K can do this (trust me...).

The original Hobbit graphics were rendered as vectors with a (noticeably slow) fill routine, to save memory. These new ones are hand-drawn and regularly coloured bitmaps, compressed with modern algorithms and only possible because of the extra RAM to store them in the 128K machines. Many have actually been adapted from other editions of the original game.

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Since when

Has a bit of a tiff between retro homebrew coders on anther forum been 'news'?

Talk about a slow day...

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: Nudge

Exactly - any newspaper with an agenda is first off reassuring the reader that they're not alone, and that their views are perfectly normal and acceptable, followed by the slow drip-drip-drip feed of more extreme views from its selected contributors to gradually shift the centre whenever required. You can persuade yourself that anything is 'normal' if you just hang out with the right crowd. And of course there's money to be made in running the whole show...

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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Re: Those keys...

Why they're not simply 1/2/A/B or something I don't know, but the controls are re-mapped for each game. And there are four more buttons added to the controller now, for games that need it.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Why not simply look for proportions of elements

indicative of organic compounds in the plume?

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And you thought it was...

... Ceti Alpha VI.

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: Microsoft, what challenge?

Presumably O.R. = "Orgmented Reality"?

Is this you first language, sir?

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Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

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Could someone perhaps explain why

"Your users are women" is a factor comparable with "Your users are blind", "Your users are children", "Your users suffer from poor mental health", "Your users are ex-offenders" and "Your users are adults with low levels of literacy"?

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Can't help feeing

that the Reg's creeping habit of mixing technical jargon and company brands with obscure metaphors stretched to breaking point for the sake of a surreal headline has now completely jumped the shark and we're just wallowing in emboldened drivel for the most part.

Basically, if you can't be arsed or it's too late on a Friday to work a decent pun into a headline, can you please just go with the facts?

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: Nice blog post here

The Dude abides.

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48K Speccy 1-bit tunage

The very latest 1-bit Speccy tune from the rather talented Mister Beep, who provided the intro tune to Buzzsaw+, among other things:

http://soundcloud.com/mister_beep/mister-beep-jazzy-morning-zx48

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Or having killer-POKE nightmares...

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Re: "Ahhh, but are you executing them in series or parallel?"

Can't we just put them all on the bus and roll it towards Beachy Head?

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Inspiring Entrepreneurs

The brother of a dear friend of mine who has since passed away; blew the cornice of the building (of the college dorm he stayed in) completely off while making nitro and waiting for it to cool.

Damn hipster chemists, they had to be blowing up buildings with nitro before it was cool...

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Re: Bloat Law

I think you'll find that's Gates' Law, in that however powerful a computing system, they can write an operating system and word processor which will slow it down to perform at least as badly as the last one, if not worse.

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Thought for the day:

"They tended to write programs that mixed up the data, the application code and the UI all together."

Well, why not, aren't they all just data? ;-)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: just checking

Sounds delicious, though seems a bit wasteful of oil to cook them in loads of oil, then straining them.

Bavarian Germany came up with a nice potato pancake, where the potato is just grated into the egg mix with chopped onion (and sometimes a little flour). Though I found you have to cook it all quickly. If left overnight in the fridge the mixture turns black!

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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One could also compare the 'threat' against the actual numbers

of serving US military personel killed, either inadvertently, deliberately, or in moments of madness, by their fellow serving US military personel. That's if the sound of a pin dropping in the ocean* is still a little too loud for some.

*is a convoluted metaphor effectively squared?

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

- Parents need to take some responsibility too

- Yes but no. The whole point of having a socialized education system is to allow every children the opportunity to realize their full potential. Even the children whose parents don't have the time, knowledge, will or motivation to help with the children's education.

That's the intent, but it's an ideal, not reality. If the parents don't have the motivation themselves then it's unlikely they've instilled the child with any respect or motivation to achieve a decent education, and are just setting up another early drop-out.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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I think it's a great concept, but...

My reservation is that it's being given to one year of pupils across the country rather than to the schools. What happens to the following year with no such resources for those pupils? Jack the price up once you've got all the schools hooked on the product? Or just leave them with nothing?

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

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Do any of these 'augmented reality' glasses

actually use some sort of LCD-like selective shuttering over an area before projecting their own image onto it, or is it always going to be a semi-transparent ghost reliant on the projector being brighter than the background? Because frankly, the latter seems just a bit shit, like the difference between current holographic technology and what you see in sci-fi telly and movies.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Devil

Quite an extraordinary machine with many great games.

Though also responsible for the strained vertical scrolling shoot-em-up Ghost Pilots, and for ruining the Sonic Wings series, by displaying them in the wide aspect ratio instead of on vertical monitors like their contemporaries.

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

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Re: So, basically, there's bog-all money in apps.

Exactly. All that says is that it's highly profitable to have an App store, and it's even more profitable if you can persuade people to actually pay you to publish their apps for them. Which I think is what the chap below is trying to say as well...

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So, basically, there's bog-all money in apps.

Unless it's an e-commerce app, in which case the minute fractional kickback from all the sales/bookings that go through it is worth vastly more than the pittance you could hope to make off any of your own schemes.

As for platform, people who've bought an Apple product are slightly more easily parted from their cash, but then by publishing for it, all you do is demonstrate that you are as well.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Re: The Greek version - Saganki...

Interesting thing when doing this is you end up with more oil in the pan than when you started, which must have come from the cheese. Which suggests to me, so long as it's drained, the fried version has less fat than the cheese on its own... Hmm... Speculation I'm sure...

Anyway, I tried all sorts before finding something I could get from UK supermarkets that would make a good Greek style Saganaki, so here's my version - it uses Norwegian Jarlsberg.

You take your Jarlsberg, and you want a big slice around 7-10 cm to each side and 8-10mm thick. You could cut it in half diagonally if you like.

Tip out some plain flour in a saucer (a few teaspoonfulls is all you need) with a dribble of water, a sprinkle of dried oregano if you like, and stir to make a gooey paste (use your finger - good grief man). Splot the cheese in it and smear it all over.

Shallow fry in olive oil and flip over once - you want it turning brown on both sides, but watch it closely and take it out just before it starts to collapse and splurge out from the sides.

Serve with lemon juice and a sprinkle of chopped coriander. And a properly heady Rosé - none of this weedy French stuff (OK, I'll grant them the Merlot Rosé). Macedonian is good, and cheap enough at foreign airports to bring back a stash.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Whilst some interesting points are made here

I can't escape the feeling that this entire piece reads exactly the same as any other paranoid rant about how sugar pills, crystals and everlasting batteries would be saving the world if only big oil and pharma weren't forcing the world's lizard-run governments to suppress the research and render the scientists to the inner core of Venus etc.etc.

There is possibly a personal interest here, as someone who's lost a few close people recently, anyone saying 'ah, it's because they didn't try this particular treatment' would be wise to check there's a reasonably soft landing immediately behind them.

But overall my point is it's fine to propose any sort of reasonably-argued alternative approach to treatment that could be researched, but to do so to lay-people rather than experts in the field does not lend you credibility, and to exaggerate its potential efficacy or to claim it's being unfairly suppressed immediately discredits any rational basis for the argument.

For a start, not a single thing stated here seems to suggest a mechanism of actually destroying an existing tumour with an established blood/oxygen supply and whatever else it needs - which it will have before it is substantial enough to be detected by any current means. At best, you're talking of a potential treatment that could suppress the formation of secondary cancers once the intial case is known about, and maybe slow the growth of the original. Or a course of drugs people would have to take their entire lives 'just in case'.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: White City of the Monkey God

Apart from the Gold Monkey...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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WTF?

At least a good design can make a product attractive and desirable.

Now explain to me how overtly sexualised dancing by a woman is the message you want to get across to shift some overpriced tins of sodding cat food...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: My egg butties were inspired somewhat by V's 'eggy-in-the-basket' skills...

It's harder with softer mass-market white bread to do the rather delicate horizontal slicing without the structure buckling and the odd thumb coming off here and there. Though feel free to start by baking yourself a fresh cob in a traditional style then continuing where you left off...

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My egg butties were inspired somewhat by V's 'eggy-in-the-basket' skills...

And a 'King Rollo' comic strip where Hamlet the cat steals a slice of cake undetected by ingeniously slicing it from the bottom.

- Take a large wholemeal bread roll and carefully slice horizontally into three, favouring the middle slice as the thickest. Roughly cut a circle out from the middle of the centre slice.

- Lightly fry the middle slice in oil, both sides, then (mayhap needing a dash more oil) crack an egg into the hollow, and again fry both sides in an 'over-easy' style.

- Very lightly toast the top and bottom crusts. Spread a little butter on them and add sauce / chilli jam / Polish supermarket 'pikanty' ketchup with a pinch of salt.

- Re-assemble the three layers of the original bread roll, now including egg and sauce.

- Consume loudly.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

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Maybe...

Maybe they just have a different tonal expression for deep-fried apples in batter.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: Looks tasty

No-one's deep frying anything.

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OK, I've optimised my Greek style Pork Gyros Pitta to avoid too many pans.

It's intended to go with three of those new-fangled rectangular pitta wraps (most UK supermarket wraps are too thin and weedy). You'll also need a garlic-y dip. Most supermarket tsatziki is too feeble, though onion and garlic is usually good.

You also need one big spud, a tomato, a small onion, and half a supermarket pork loin (about 200g of good lean pork).

Peel the spud and chop into long thin chips. Shallow fry in olive oil until browning a bit. Move to the side of the pan (yep, no need for a chip pan; surprisingly doesn't impair the result).

Slice off the tomato top and bottom and slice the rest thinly and set aside for garnish.

Slice the onion and pick out a few outer rings, about 1/3, cut them in half, and set aside for garnish. Chop the rest finely and fry with a little salt and garlic.

Slice the pork loin thinly, like you're doing sushimi. You can use the same knife as before. Add to the pan.

Add a couple of teaspoons of dried oregano, one and a half of parsley (or one, then a half of dill if you have it), one of paprika (regular/sweet, not smoked) and a third of a one of cayenne pepper (by all means meddle with these ratios - just don't skimp). Season with salt and black pepper. Stir around a lot.

With the meat cooked through, fold in the 'chips' to the mix.

To serve, lay out the pitta, long edge to the top. Add a desert-spoon sized dollop of dip and spread around the general middle area. Add some of those raw onion curls and slices of tomato, then a third of the meat and chips, in a vertically-oriented heap half-way across. Wrap up and eat.

Just beware of the odd drip from the bottom as the oil and dip mix and get too close to one end.

(In an authentic one, the meat is marinated for much longer, the chips are done separately, and there's some weird trick of twisting a circular pitta into a cone with the aid of a half-open paper bag. I have yet to master this final skill. Note the icon represents a pint of cold Mythos, recently imported by Morrisons).

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Re: Looks tasty

Yep, infuses the oil, the better to then get those flavours deeper into the spuds.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Lots of technical applications for this.

Very few in entertainment. Does anyone seriusly play the AR games on a 3DS more than once? Surely all it would take would be some sort of detachable blackened surround to do immersive VR?

But no, another fail from Microsoft.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Completely agree

Just got served a 'pie' in our canteen that was a spoonfull of chicken remnants with chopped ham, then this ridiculous puffed-up flaky rugby ball dropped on top of it, that you then have to carry to a table on a tray hoping it doesn't just roll off onto the floor. Criminal indeed.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: I'm 50/50 here / Spaghetti and Meatballs

Next time you're faced with the 'I don't support murder but they should have expected it' lunacy, simply ask the agitant if they drink coffee? Because to do so offends the prophet - Joeseph Smith, of the Mormon church. According to him, God forbids the taking of narcotics and stimulants. So, how are they going to change their behaviour now knowing that they offend the prophet several times a day? Are they going to stop doing it?

Because this insidious notion that everyone else has to conform to any one religion's blasphemy laws, so as not to cause offence, is not just offensive and hypocritical in itself, but is exactly the sort of 'religious law by-the-back-door' that the white supremacist loons are railing against.

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: costly

Ah, but sadly not the 'Quarter Pounder'...

Surely the ultimate test of translation speed has to be to accurately render the full meaning of the expression 'Put mayonnaise on my chips muthaf*cka I dare you' in time before they press down that pump handle and ruin your one chance at half-decent food in that little clogged land 'neath the sea.

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'I've got a brick feeling about this' - El Reg's guide to the best Lego films + TV

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One word:

Camelot?

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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It may be the wedge shape and broad fins of the shark

are better as planes for diving and ascending in a smaller space, rather than the tuna, which is streamlined for speed in open water.

But most likely that for inshore operations, a shark is more easily dismissed than a fast oceanic fish like a tuna; not many tuna wander in and loiter around busy harbours.

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn

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Ah, the old favourite get-out clause of psychologists and economists the world over:

"...Ruths remained optimistic about researchers using social media in their studies, if they tackle the problems outlined..."

Translated:

"My findings [X] are entirely true for situations where [Y] is true."

(knowing full well [Y] is never going to happen in a billion years).

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

Rest assured the US Navy (and much of the UK armed forces) were equally amused by the commisioning of F93 HMS Beaver (1984-1999). Although there was an affinity with the new Beaver-Scout movement, it was already the tenth RN vessel to be commissioned under that name.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Someone selectively omitted 'having children' from that list, I notice.

That's if you really want to talk about social burdens...

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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

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"Cloud providers live or die by their cloud security.”

Yes, Maude, and when they die, they take you with them, and there's fuck-all-on-toast you can do about it.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Erm..

Yep, it took me a good read down the comments before I even twigged what was going on. For a site like El Reg to compound the error in its headline is a rather embarrasing failure. Warrants 20 lashes from a multi-plug power lead and a dozen Hail Adas, at least.

NETCAMs, not WEBCAMs, OK?

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NXT: The first SPAAAACE cryptocurrency

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Well, no, it's not.

NXT is a LEGO Robotics Microcontroller. A real thing that actually exists and is actually worth something.

(Well, alright, it's been superceded by EV3, but I haven't opened mine yet; there's still 34 days to go...)

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Black Helicopters

'Paedoflies Everywhere Spying on Your Private Activities'.

Of course they're already being used extensively to invade leisure parks that ban childless adults for obviously being paedos. It must be true; you just read it right here on the internet. And to prove it, here's some pictures our reporter took earlier of two unsuspecting teenage...

Yep, you're ahead of me.

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