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* Posts by TRT

1996 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Bloke down the tube station ticket office the other night...

bought 300 Oyster cards, apparently as he runs tours and dishes them out to his punters as part of the service. Seems he was there for hours as the system only allows you to buy them one at a time. Can't imagine how that's going to work in an Oysterless future.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Why does it have to be solid state?

I know they generally stopped using M-G sets donkey's years ago (when donkey's were used as generators), but could a modern design meet the efficiency requirement?

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: I object

Don't dis' The Hooker, y'all. Bitch.

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Yet again...

an Internet giant fails to produce Enterprise software.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: I think...

Has anyone mentioned TTIP yet?

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Re: I think...

Dysons are all made in Malaysia now.

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There's a limit of £390 on personal import of other goods, £135 on postal import. So if you buy a MacBook overseas, you are supposed to declare it and pay the duty.

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I think...

that you have to compare the US ticket price with the UK ex VAT price, rather than the amount punters have to shell out. In the US & Canada, you pay the ticket price plus regional and federal sales taxes, in the UK our ticket price generally includes VAT.

Then you have to convert to dollars at the prevailing exchange rate to make a useful comparison.

I wonder how UK manufactured goods compare? Do we have any consumer tech exports?

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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No-one has so far pointed out...

that these unencrypted public WiFi hotspots are both Godsend and menace. You see, all a nasty person has to do is set up a hotspot with the same SSID as one of these free public services, and any passing Joe's device is going to connect and spaff all manner of data into the waiting caches of the bad person.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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So that's a mechanical replacement?

Yep. Looks and moves just like the real thing.

Cool hand, Luke.

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Re: Yawn.

Dayna Mellanby's auto-aiming gun thingy? That was cool.

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Re: Please let this not be true...

I believe Captain Jack had the hand of a hero lost in a sword fight in a jar (jar) he kept on his desk.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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There was a place in Watford...

that used to recycle/scrap cash machines. They had thousands of them just sitting around on pallets outside the back of a warehouse, just a chainlink fence between them and a public footpath. Anyone could (and frequently did) climb over and have away with genuine faceplates, readers, screens, software etc. It was like that for the best part of 20 years, despite many attempts to get the local constabulary to have a word with the company about it. Don't know what happened to make them change their ways.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: I'm firmly...

Ha, maybe, maybe.

I tried regular sessions of Exalted and Dungeon World, but real world commitments kept creeping in. Oh for the blank calendar of teenagehood.

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Ha ha! But you can't argue they were spot on with gaffer tape.

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Re: I'm firmly...

What a superb idea! Yes, forget chess in the park as a way to while away the hours waiting for God. A wrinkly veteran in the corner of the care home loudly proclaims "20, 20, 18! For 27. The mercenary ducks as he sees you swing, his coif flapping up from the sudden move. Your bastard sword sings as it cleaves the air, a single pure note, before neatly slipping into the gap between coif and hauberk. You barely feel the blade slow before it comes through the other side. A look of surprise crosses the fighter's face, his trademark war cry cut short by the severing of his windpipe and an explosion of red through his mail. He falls to his knees, then forwards as his life-force oozes into the mud and straw of the outpost floor."

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I'm firmly...

AD&D.

Huge pile of manuals, a stock of modules, but... no players. Mainly because I'm 45 and have a job. I find I've now outgrown it.

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Make your own.

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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A substantial lesson to be learned is...

don't take a phone with you when you're out and about up to shenanigans. Don't drive your own car (odometer, GPS/mapping, traffic cameras). Don't take a taxi (credit cards, in cab cameras). Don't use a mass transit system (CCTV, "Oyster cards", credit cards).

In fact... just don't. Be a good little citizen instead.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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Re: But what about the doodle?

The doodles appear over the space of two different dates anyway. Here, I've a microscope and a razor here if you want to split hairs.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Why?

The IT angle is that you can use Google Streetview to assess the veracity of the story and get an idea of the location etc.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Well, you could rinse your eyeball with balti sauce.

On another note, we're convinced that the amyloid beta is simply a marker left by degenerating cell bodies and the real culprit is what's known as a histone protein, H1. The simple explanation: DNA wraps around a histone core like cotton round a cotton reel and is secured by a linker histone, H1. All perfectly normal. Histone H1 is known to have antimicrobial effects and is released in response to infection. Mitochondria are extremely similar to bacteria - it's thought that they are, in fact, ancient symbiotic bacteria now essential to most if not all complex cellular life. H1 in the intracellular space can, by an as yet unknown mechanism, end up getting into the cytoplasm and disrupting and killing mitochondria. Neurones are especially susceptible to mitochondrial dysfunction - the neurones undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death) and burst, spreading more H1 as well as other proteins which cause the amyloid beta plaques. Glial cells are known to be stimulated by H1, so they reproduce and fill in the gap, soaking up the debris from the burst neurone, much as they do when fulfilling their immune response role. Nano-particles of nickel and aluminium (and other magnetic metals) of just the right size act as replacement histone cores and can bend and wrap DNA, but they also cause deformation and kinking and prevent H1 from linking properly, leaving free H1. So cell death leads to a cascade failure of neurones. Not a pretty site, and utterly devastating. Any neuronal death can start the cascade failure. It cascades until the glial cells manage to cut off the damage. So you'd ask if any head trauma or alcoholism is associated with increased incidence of Alzheimer's in later life? Well, it does.

Anyway, it's all still work in progress, I've only highlighted stuff which is freely published. There is a substance we're working on purifying which can block the uptake of H1, but for the sake of the £100K we need to pay the chemists to further purify the mixture of substances formed by the shotgun approach to making a designer molecule... the university wouldn't stump up the cash, everyone else is fixated on amyloid, there's no wriggle room in any budgets... it's only a generous private donation from a wealthy foreigner that's going to allow us another round of purification and testing. And then there's the unknown uptake mechanism - a paper on that will be out within two years.

Anyway. Where were we? Ah yes - curry.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: Looking at this

Yup. Windows 8(bit).

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It is fugly, I don't think anyone would disagree with that! And why use an icon when a word does just as well and they include the word anyway?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Good luck, anyway.

Digitis transierunt

or

Dedos cruzados

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Because...

Defectus non est optio

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Reaching for the heavens in style.

Pervenientes usque pro stilo cælos in

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: To sum it up

Does it talk?

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Everyone knows...

there's no AAA is space. If you get a flat battery or need a spark plug up there, you're on your own.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Re: A disued McDonalds

Twice taken to court in a civil law suit?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Not got one of those on my trackball or on my mouse. Same can be said for three quarters of my department. I've never advised anyone to use ctrl and scroll to change magnification on a web browser. Ctrl and + or - for zoom. But, as I said, least of the problems - most of which are to do with the Light version and incompatibilities with different browsers.

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And did I not say that the size of the typeface was the least of the complaints my users had with it? You should learn to read before you get all smart arsey.

And I can't seem to find a "scroll" key on my keyboard... Hmm... I suspected what you might hinting at, but I thought I'd let you clarify anyway.

Also, it wasn't my choice to migrate to Office 365. I just have to put up with the fall-out.

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And what does "ctrl + scroll" do?

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That's the least of the complaints our users have had with the web interface to it.

Thank God it still works with a client program.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: Hmm

I'm saving my last YOLO for you. X

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Re: Just love it ...

and at depth.

Christ... so many years since I was last foolish enough to down a depth charge.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: Edinburgh

Is there an Alan Key lives there by any chance?

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Re: Better than FYRKANTIG Close

All the street numbers are given as Aisle 12, Bay 4.

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Re: Not only IKEA... to add an IT angle

I think they eliminated screws from most of their product line...

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But the demanding public need to know...

Did our intrepid Ikeanauts leave with £73-worth of tut along the lines of batteries, small cuddly mice, toilet brushes, suction cups, obscure foam plastic things that might be for stopping fingers getting caught in drawers but you're not really sure how they fitted on, bargain fire extinguishers etc.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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I have dealt with a Chinese version of Mac OS X before. Not easy, but I managed it.

If faced with a non-Roman version of Win 8, I'd have had a nervous breakdown.

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I thought Windows 8 was a nightmare scenario. I was wrong. I've discovered an even worse thing.

A 24-strong research group has just arrived here from Spain. "Please can you connect me to the network, and the printer, and set up my email..."

Three of them have Windows 8 machines. In Spanish. This is the true meaning of guesswork. I have aged five years today.

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

"Computer... Computer? Computer. Ah, a keyboard and mouse... how quaint."

"Ha ha ha! Just saw the post above mine about a "standard Enterprise setting".

:D"

What is funny about that?

I capitalised the word "Enterprise". The standard computer setting on the Enterprise is obviously for a voice interface, hence Scotty's amusing interchange with Dr. Nichols's desktop machine.

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Ha ha ha! Just saw the post above mine about a "standard Enterprise setting".

:D

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Re: Transparent adhesive?

Hey! That's not to be sniffed at.

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Re: I've seen the video in question

Repeatedly stabbing and slashing at something lying on a bed? How about putting it in a bathroom and shooting at it through the door?

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Re: Apple patents "glass box"

Sleepy, Sneezy, Siri?

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Re: Apple patents "glass box"

Poison apple?

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New Bluetooth tech lets you control 4 BILLION lightbulbs at once

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Re: Why?

Well there will not enough address space for some Christmas decorations for a start, if the race for the world record continues.

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