* Posts by John 110

205 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

John 110
Joke

Re: Answer

See, now that was much more creative and entertaining AND got your point across better than actually using the words you've substituted.

My granny was right, swearing isn't big and it isn't clever...

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: If the idea's been around for 20 years

"Don't publish the announcement."

So does that mean it's both true and not-true in a quantum superposition and we won't find out till we read the paper, at which point we destroy what we're observing? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Does it even have two ends?

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

John 110

The public accepted Windows 95

The public accepted Windows 95 because what they saw on screen finally bore some relationship to where their programs actually were. If you were coming from AmigaDOS or Atari's GEM, windows 3.1 was a pile of pants.

The public didn't accept Windows 8 because Microsoft hid all the programs again.

People like to know where things are.

NOTE: People in this case are usually IT savvy, either professional or enthusiasts. The great unwashed couldn't care less about any of that stuff as long as they've got somebody from the first category to badger into doing hard stuff for them...

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

John 110

Who says I'm holding it wrong?

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

John 110
Joke

Re: Main Photo

"Is that a BEKO or a Samsung fridge freezer being delivered?"

It's in Space, It's obviously a Smeg.

"...It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere..."

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A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

John 110
Terminator

Those aren't mechanoids

Everybody knows that mechanoids are sort of roundish and spout fire, at least they were before the Daleks exterminated them. Those are obviously replicators and they should be exterminated (where are the Daleks when you actually need them...) before they evolve into humanform and start replacing people... Wait they are suspiciously subservient to that fleshy human ordering them about, I think we might be too lat

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

John 110

Re: Put all the machinery in the car, so it goes where the car goes

@john sturdy (edited to say "you sod, you edited your original post - now I look stupid!!")

"I'd be more impressed with an arm that extends from inside the charging point, grabs a charging lead that it spots lying around, and plugs itself in that way."

If it was a USB lead, the tentacle would have to be capable of turning the plug over the requisite 3 times to find the right way up...

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

John 110

Re: Smidgeon as a unit of length

@ David Robinson 1

In this context, a smidgeon is obviously defined as "up to that mark ont' ruler where I caught it wi' me saw; the one not quite halfway between 3/10th and 4/10th of an inch on this here ruler in me pocket"

My dad measured things like that as well...

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

John 110

@SPACEDMAN

I concur with your subtly stated conclusion that perhaps the article should have mentioned OS X only somewhere near the top so uninterested parties could have stopped reading/started sarky comments efficiently.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

John 110
Pint

re Directing taxi drivers

I find it useful to direct drivers using pubs as a reference point. The street I live in is the one further down than the road with the similar name with a pub on the corner. They all know where the pubs are...

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

John 110
Joke

Re: EVERYTHING* can be bought in a can

I QUITE LIKE SPAM...

(Do I have to say "bloody vikings!"?)

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

John 110

Re: What AV to get is an easy answer

"it doesn't nag or try to trick you into upgrading to a paid version like most of the other "free" ones,"

Ooh, Avast just popped up a nag screen as I read that comment... spooky

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

John 110

Re: What is so unique about this paint job?

It is, of course the GN A callsign painted on the side which is unique to the Flight Lieutenant. As seen here http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1146229/

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

John 110

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

"Use a quality OS that doesn't need that silly three letter thing to to know what type of file something is."

What, like AmigaOS?

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Crude scammer targets Brit oil brokers

John 110
FAIL

Re: 'Once executed, the PDF ..."

There'll be details in the PDF linked to the article....wait a minute...

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

John 110

Re: Desk name plate and worn name ID for all

In the NHS all Lab coats and nurses uniforms have the names on them. For the ladies it's on the chestal area. You spend your day trying to remember names and eventually being forced to try and read what on their left... well I'm sure you get the picture...

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

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Why the obsession....

Why the obsession with using smartphones as remotes? If I use my phone for stuff like that there's a good chance the battery will run out before I run out of waketime. I suppose I could always go and get the phone off the charger, and while I'm up anyway, I can turn the light on/off digitally (using a digit...)

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

John 110

@ac

"handle the verbal abuse they will get in the Commons"

I think you'll find that Scots are perfectly capable of handling verbal abuse...

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John 110

Discontented, surely

@ J J Carter

"FPTP flattered the YeSNP last week. They got about 35% of those eligble to vote, same as in the indyref. So yes about a third of Scots are malcontents who think Braveheart is a documentary, but that'll never be enough to swing it for secession."

I think I see why Scots might be discontented...

<aside>

malcontents implies that they might not have anything to be discontented about...

</aside>

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

John 110

mandatory

That's no moon.....

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

John 110

Re: Meh

@ Camilla Smythe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

That is all...

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

John 110

Re: Ah

"The armadillo probably needs an improved stealth field and a minigun."

Like this http://www.cdandlp.com/en/emerson-lake-and-palmer/tarkus/lp/r115483994/

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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WTF?

How much!!?

I won't be upgrading my coverdisk copy of Delphi 7 anytime soon then. Thank goodness for Lazarus.

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Digital pathology and the big Cs (that’s ‘cancer’ and ‘cloud’)

John 110

Re: Put it another way

The main aim is not to give you the wrong (ie someone else's) result. So the basic data would be (as I said above) to enough to uniquely identify an individual.

The secondary consideration is to use any details supplied by the clinician to inform the result (in the case of a tissue biopsy, the clinician might tell us "wobbly lump on bottom" and we'd have to give consideration to the observed changes based on that. If in addition they tell us "has a habit of lying face down on a sunbed for hours" then we would take that into consideration when the result is interpreted.

Something to bear in mind is that with the current systems where I work, the images are stored on one server, referenced by a unique identifier (Lab number) and the patient data and the results, including the interpretation are stored on the Lab system on a server under our control. So in my world, the patient information would not be "cloudy" even though the raw image data might be. Insurance companies would then have to breach the firewalls to grab patient identifying information and data. Or the evil government of your choice could sell it to them, I suppose.

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John 110

As a NHS Biomedical Scientist, I can state that we need as much (or little) data as is necessary to uniquely identify the patient. Currently where I work, the minimum would be a 10-digit number which includes the date of birth, but we actually like the Patient's name as well (because patients are people, not numbers). As the NHS has yet to standardize on a patient identifier across the UK, we would probably want the actual date of birth and current address as well, especially if the stored info is to be shared across regional borders. If you are using this stuff for diagnostic purposes, we would probably like some clinical details as well so that we can decide what to test for and interpret the results to your GP/Consultant when we get them.

Why? Just how little (or how much) do you think is important?

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

John 110

Re: Secondhand prices

When my son did a photography course at college some years back (2007), he needed a 35mm film camera with manual controls. My old Practika was too automated so we hunted for a Pentax K1000 (gold standard apparently) That's when we discovered that a Vivitar v3800N was A) a Pentax clone and B) only £60 new. Another £10 added a Pentax 50mm lens, and there you go.

These are still availabe on ebay bytheway

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

John 110

Re: FORD SYNC

Mine too, at least it would if my stupid smartphone bluetooth app would pop up the passcode box so that I could pair the phone to the car.

(feel free to go off-topic to help...)

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

John 110
Joke

Re: What is more concerning...

"Why would anyone put up with a constant wedgie from a T-shirt, just to avoid a wee bit of wrinkling?"

Old person alert!!!

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

John 110

But But...

I don't wear a watch, how am I going to start my car?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

John 110
Meh

Would be like...

"like giving a loaded gun to a child …"

Just a normal day in the USA then...

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Coding Cupid publishes Tinder-ised automatic love machine

John 110
Coat

Wow

Automated stalking!! The future is here!!! Where's my flying car!!!!

Raincoat, obviously...

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

John 110

Re: GPS maps are not the same

The update frequency was probably fine when the road didn't change for 100 years or so and the main difference was that Little Effingham had been wiped out by the plague (making it a good fixer-upper opportunity)

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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@dogged

Absolutely fine if it works for you and you have all the outlets to hand. I like shopping in our local Tesco. It's in walking distance, I know the staff and the fruit and veg come from round here.

Lidl is just a nasty shopping experience in comparison. Their stuff might be cheap, but I have to drive there, negotiate TOH's wheelchair through a cramped shop full of bargain hunters and pack my bags at the speed of light. But of course YMMV

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

John 110

But you didn'y mention....

.....this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwaxWoJPUC0

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

John 110

Nice choice of icon there Joey.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

John 110

IMHO

I don't actually mind ads per se, I consume internet content that has to be paid for some way, and ads seem as good a way as any (better than taking money directly from my bank account).

BUT I hate flashing or moving ads, I am told by her indoors that I have Attention Deficit Disorder and flashing ads are just too damn eyecatching, I get distracted easily. Leave the ads as static, (and probably breastless - what can I say - millions of years of evolution) and I'll leave them displayed.

Oh, and I'm not too worried about the tracking thing as I believe that THEY are tracking me anyway, and if I make it too hard for them, then they'll just bag me up...

Oh pretty...

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

John 110

Re: ...

"...who on earth still has a telly handy that will work on then?..."

It has to plug into the telly so you can fight with your mum over whether she gets to watch Corrie or you get to play Elite...

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

John 110

I'VE....

...got a bad feeling about this...

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

John 110

"Wearable used as court evidence, can of worms opened"

...and the movement required duly logged...

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

John 110

But what about....

There's an awful lot of talk here about hardware's capabilities (not that that's not important, I'm currently multitasking 5 programs on my desktop), but not a lot's been said about the ergonomics.

Where I work, we have to do periodic VDU risk assessments and the safety officer shakes her head sadly at those people risking embolisms, bad backs and RSI when we're using our desktops on a proper desktop. I shudder to think how she would react to the sight of folk peering at a 6inch screen and attempting to do proper work using a squishy bluetooth keyboard, and as for slouching about with a laptop on your lap...

My feeling is that if your tied to a desk in your daily work, get a proper desktop PC. You (and your lower back) know it makes sense...

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

John 110

Can I get one that sounds like Majel Barrett?

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

John 110

Comparing to Fisher-Price

Can I take it that that means my Fisher-Price-like phone it still going to be usable in 30 years time. I've passed my kids' Fisher-Price toys on to my grandkids (yes I am a cheapskate).

Personally, I think that when the aliens come to see why the Earth went dark, all they'll find is cockroaches playing with Fisher-Price...

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

John 110
Happy

Re: just like the good old days.

"...He had some hair raising,..."

Still had hair then, couldn't have been too bad...

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

John 110
Alien

Curses!!!

Missed!!!!

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

John 110

Scottish eh?

Well obviously....

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

John 110

Mainstream audience

"but a mainstream audience may prove difficult to convince."

Don't faff about. If you mean "the wife" just say it!!

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

John 110

Re: Can you change it? And does it really matter?

"I couldn't see from the Apple documentation (or from El Reg's info either) whether you can actually swap the software configurable SIM card for an ordinary one."

Surely there won't be a physical SIM therefore no slot to stick an ordinary one in.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

John 110
Black Helicopters

Re: Utopian drivel

@Ledswinger

By and large I agree with you're sentiment, but I think in the real world if you don't vote, then you fall into the category of those who just can't be arsed. Much better to trawl along to the polling station and stuff your unmarked ballot paper into the box. (I once wrote "I don't want to vote for any of these people" on my ballot paper) The fact that you turned out to vote gets counted and none of the pillocks you didn't want to vote for gets the benefit. Oh wait, there's someone at the doo

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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CTRL-C in Healthcare computing

In Certain Places in our Lab system, pressing CTRL-C will reliably dump you at a : prompt, whereby a variety of keys can be pressed (the only useful one to most of our users being M to take them back to a menu). Of course, users being users, most of them do Ctrl-Alt-Del and end the terminal task and start again...

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

John 110

Re: There is only one way.

@ TwistUrCapBack

"Healthcare IS NOT free ..

I pay for it out of my tax ."

Sorry, I meant free at point of access (as well you knew - but you had to moan, didn't you)

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