* Posts by CADmonkey

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

CADmonkey

Beyond a certain strength water is required to be added so that you get the full effect of the alcohol, otherwise it's too concentrated and some of it will miss your bloodstream entirely, which is a waste.

So---one cube of ice made of water. You hear that America? ONE! Not 20....

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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5 years and counting....

...since I bought my Lenovo W700 c/w 17" 1920X1200 IPS panel and Xrite colour calibrator.

Still unable to replace it, Luckily it still goes like stink.

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

CADmonkey

...for the nth time....

Rocketry isn't science, it's engineering.

As Mad magazine might have put it:

Scientists=overrated

Engineers=underrated

woo anyway to all concerned.

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

CADmonkey

Re: I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

The justification for building a machine to a Quality as opposed to a Price is that it will make money and not cost money. If the PC isn't working as fast as I am then I'm losing money.

Prior to this PC, I'd always built my own machines starting with a Celeron 300a (OC@450) and ending with a water-cooled Q6600 (OC@3000) with a 130W GT8800 consumer video card. Great fun was had over the years building and tweaking and fixing and swearing and not sleeping.

Originally, I was going to self-build once more and had an evolving shopping list for a month or two as I researched every last nut and bolt of it (Trusted Reviews, Hexus, etc.), eventually settling on an air cooled i7 3960x @4.4ghz. A chance phone call to Scan to check some detail or other led to them offering to build the system and charge me less than my day rate to do so. They would also warranty the build and (crucially) the overclocking. I'd used their configurators and the systems I could create there were almost, but not quite, what I was looking for. Once the sales guy had seen what I wanted, he said no problem. It took a few weeks to build and stress-test, and then when it was delivered it was unpacked and turned on before I signed for it. The peace of mind sealed the deal. A bargain.

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Re: I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

Scan provide support if they overclock your system. You won't get that from a box of bits.

And how did you manage to buy a Mobo without looking at the specs? Caveat Emptor. Was it a 'budget' board? 'cos I thought they all came with soft-RAID these days.

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Re: I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

Downvotes? For not parading my rig to an AC? What am I, a female gamer?

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Re: I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

You've just asked me to do the IT equivalent of getting my dick out, I don't know how much your car cost and I prefer Serious Sam. (maxed out, natch...but that's a fringe benefit)

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I did this last year with Scan / 3XS

A completely a la carte build, for £150+parts , tested before despatch, with a guaranteed 50% overclock. They are happy to do this if you're buying high-end components. My PSU was £200....

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Game changer

It wasn't magic when Churchill gave them everything the Brits had in terms of tech research into computers, jets, etc. just so that the Yanks would get their asses/arses over the pond in the name of freedom.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Mouse only = one-handed user = slow user = no work

I trained on AutoCAD 10 for DOS. The interface was script-based. Then, as now, you could just type or paste a long series of commands into the Command Line. The few mouse-activated commands were referred to as 'shortcuts'.

When I started work I used AutoCAD 12 for Windows. Suddenly all these Icons appeared but I mostly still used the keyboard.

Then I used AutoCAD 12 LT which used a different Icon set. Keyboard still worked.

Acad 13 - different Icons

Acad 13 LT - different Icons

Acad 14 - ditto

And so on.

And then the Ribbon....

And still I use my keyboard. If I didn't, I reckon my right hand index finger would be capable of cracking hazelnuts by now.

And there's a lot less hand-eye coordination involved in using a keyboard compared to using a mouse or touch. Better for the eyes, better for the hands.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

CADmonkey

Re: The curse of a slow metabolism and a fast pie-arm

Maybe you should shop at Waitrose....I just threw your items into a basket and spent £37.38 leaving plenty for "other fruit and veg". £15 of it was melons and grapes, BTW.

And do you really eat one cucumber, per day, each?

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Re: The curse of a slow metabolism and a fast pie-arm

Indeed the World might be against you (historically it always has been, one way or another), but it's still not The World's fault if you are weak-minded or apathetic about your and your family's health. No-one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to eat this rubbish. In First World countries, the Stupid don't perish as easily. In the words of Jello Biafra "Give me convenience, or give me death"

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Re: Flaw in the argument

4-6 times? How much do Tesco charge for oil? Your maths stinks, and you're comparing oven chips to either from-raw deep fried chips or oven-baked jacket potatoes. You can bake chipped potatoes in the oven using a lot less oil.

And if your time is so valuable and you are so crap at peeling potatoes (half an hour? does that include stopping for a rest?) then DON'T PEEL THEM.

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The curse of a slow metabolism and a fast pie-arm

Kung-fu panda is a cartoon. Jamie Oliver is a TV entertainer who likes to sell books.

A healthy shopping bill is not 4-6 times higher than an unhealthy one, unless you're suggesting I could feed a family of 4 for £30-£40 a week, given enough frozen pizza.

Don't eat when you are bored, sad, restless, waiting at a bus-stop, stuck in traffic, on the phone, watching telly, etc.

Do eat when you are hungry. If you stop eating crap your body will soon be able to inform you when it needs food, which should only be a few times a day if you're doing it right.

Stop blaming the world.

Depression is a disease. Go to a doctor, not a baker.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

CADmonkey

Re: "Fuck yeah!"

You haven't seen the movie then? I thought it was a spot-on response. Most amusing.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

CADmonkey

Re: Crema vs. creamer

The Bialetti Brikka is like no other. That valve on top is exclusive. The coffee has crema and character, even if all I use is Lavazza Red.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

CADmonkey

"Best is cheapest"

a rule to live one's life by

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

CADmonkey

You're holding it wrong...

1. Spec it out at Lenovo.com

2. Find it at a much better price online for any number of 'laptop outlet' type places

3. Win!

Did this 5 years ago with a Thinkpad W700. Prebuilt, rather than custom, so with me in a matter of days.

Wish I could replace it...8gb 17" 1920x1200 RAID 1, hardware colour calibrator that I've never needed but Hey!...and a Wacom Pad & Pen, active anti-shock HDDs, and a 170W PSU that weighs about a kilo.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

CADmonkey

Re: Ahh, Asperger's

....and when he gets out, they can ask him again.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

CADmonkey

Re: "windows gets slower"

@ Nick Ryan,

Get an SSD!

My Win7 box flies like shit off a stick and has done since day 1, about 2 years ago. Registry bloat? AV? updates? GTF....

....mind you, I don't have iTunes on my PC. If so, please disregard the above.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Big Brother

You there! Stop listening to interesting music!

It's distracting you from all the mind-numbing dross, backed by proper money.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

CADmonkey

Re: Ditch Windows Phone as a brand, in favour of Lumia

If my heart ever raced faster at the mention of Android or IOS then I'd go straight to hospital.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

CADmonkey

Re: What's the opposite of a Turing test?

@ Jedit: FAIL you spelt 'your' wrong

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Facebook, are you listening? Fusion-io chucks 6.4TB 'Atomic' flash kit at world

CADmonkey

*throws money at screen*

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Middle England trembles before roaring LOHAN

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Headmaster

Re: Yes, it is rocket science

No, it's not. Rocketry is Engineering. :p

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

CADmonkey

Re: Journalistic Integrity

Don't be glum! The paper clip is an all time engineering design classic. There are more patent applications for an 'improved paper fastening device' than anything else.

Curiously, the Arapaho word for Patent Troll also happens to be tooyo'oenoo'.

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

CADmonkey
FAIL

Just tried the new version for a few minutes.

It does less than the old one, and takes up more room, and involves more clicks.

WTF BBC?

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

CADmonkey

Well I told them at the time

but would they listen?

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

CADmonkey

Re: Switched from Talk Talk to Plus Net

The mark of a good service is not an absence of problems, but rather the company's response to problems. Plusnet (and Force9) have always been very transparent in my experience. I've used their phone support and their support-ticket system, and both have always been very acceptable, to say the least.

I'm possibly one of their oldest customers. Been using them since 14k modem days.

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

CADmonkey

Re: It's not a feeder for Windows Phone

If true, would be a shame. My Nokia 925 is the sweetest phone I've ever owned. The OS is well designed (ie I don't notice it much) and doesn't feel like a scaled down desktop, unlike the current Mrs.CADmonkey's S4.

Irony! Me'n'my nichey Windows phone! éG!

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

CADmonkey

In the words of Ron Swanson:

"Any dog less than 50lbs is a cat and cats are pointless"

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

CADmonkey

Vinyl

There is something ritualistic and tactile about vinyl that has yet to be surpassed. It compels one to listen more actively. Even more so if you embark on a 7" binge.

This was quite the revelation to me. I've had years of 'shuffle all' playback. These days I harvest FLACs and have spent some money on speakers etc. so the quality is there, but the listening is primarily passive. There's no anticipation, no sense of occasion.

CDs will ultimately be destroyed by the cloud, IMO. But I bet there will still be 2.4% vinyl sales.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

CADmonkey

It's not White Knightery

I just thought it was all a bit piss poor and ladz magz. And I'm not at work.

The comments are however even more cringey than the article. I'm almost embaressed

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My bad..

"His Crazy might be prodded awake when she asks him: 'Can we really afford that?' or the old classic, 'Wow, this is the seventh time your mother has called you today'."

Somehow I missed this the first 2 times I dragged my eyes across it all. There's the 'vice-versa' that elevates this above cheap tired jokes about women in the workplace. *ends sarcasm*

What is this, the '70s?

I've had belly-laughs from the BOFH since dial-up. This wasn't at all worthy of the elitist murderous obsessives that I've come to know.

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Re: Did I just read a thinly veiled mysogynistic rant or what?

Well, thanks for clearing that up.

What you're saying is, bitches is bitches.

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Unhappy

Did I just read a thinly veiled mysogynistic rant or what?

WTF? Is "the crazy lives in us all" intended to take the curse off it?

Shame, I'm usually such a fan.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

CADmonkey

Enough with "Linux is better" comments FFS....

...hang on...am I early?

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India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

CADmonkey

Re: Socio**istics

Blimey do you ever stop moaning? It's no wonder you're so unpopular.

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Re: Socio**istics

In your words, you "inherited"..."a few"...."awkward buggers" who are "the worst to manage" and yet you recognize their apparently crucial importance in being able to deploy skills and experience that are obviously unavailable in Mexico or wherever else life is cheap.

These Brits have possibly watched several of their colleagues vanish as a result of the takeover you mention, lost in the name of Offshoring. I bet they think the world of you.

FYI, I'm a Director. And my life isn't tiny tiny, it's just a looong way away...

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Re: Socio**istics

I would imagine the shit hits the fan a lot. Otherwise you wouldn't need the Pain of the Brits, moaning about their 'above local median' pay, knowing full well that their jobs would be gone in a flash if you could work out how to get it done by all your low grade monkeys . You value them as individuals, but want to see them in cages? Interesting.

Sounds like your Global Kingdom has a very fingers-crossed attitude to quality to me.

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Re: finding skilled peiople in India is a nightmare

so not racist, just cheap

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

CADmonkey

Steve's Engineering Windows Blog

I messaged Steve a few times with concerns, ideas etc. He actually sent me some personal replies!

The f**ker must have been DESPERATE!

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: I never saw the point of this concept.

English is precise but also playful. Resiliant (very) to mangling, still making sense in any order, almost.

It may have something to do with the fact that whilst the rest of Europe was enjoying the Rennaisance the Brits were in the sway of the Puritans who were taking all the pictures and nudey statues down. So we had Shakespere and Milton playing with words instead of Mick and Leo playing with their paints.

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Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

CADmonkey

Indeed

Who cares about a dead cat, now that she's a fat cat?

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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Unhappy

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....

*breathes*

...oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's 20 bucks down the shitter after a mere 12 years. What went wrong?

Why didn't they just say "We've finished it, there is nothing more it can do"?

Can anything else play random Albums in FLAC?

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Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

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"...it gives the privacy of its customers "consideration from the earliest stages of design for all our products and services""

- we considered it...

- fuck 'em!

*edit* there's an edit button!

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Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

CADmonkey

Re: application

"RX Aligner"

...but thanks for playing.

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application

I'm currently wearing orthodontic braces. Instead of metal rails passing through posts glued to my teeth, I have 9 pairs of close fitting clear plastic gumshields (they're almost invisible in use). I change the shields every couple of weeks and my teeth are progressively persuaded into position.

One impression was taken from my current teeth, which eventually produced 9 sets of 3d printed sets.

The future is here, and it's given me a slight lisp.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

CADmonkey

Dear NSA

http://www.screwfix.com/p/fuse-5a-pack-of-10/13543

cc. Kirk, Captain James T.

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