* Posts by TRT

2193 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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The regulatory body for this?

Ofwrist?

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Mine's the one...

with the copper coloured top.

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Re: the French term for "wanker"

Le main event?

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Tinder puts a high price on nookie for oldies

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Re: u can grind on me

I'm too old for that. I use Postgre.

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Re: Obvious question

It doesn't. The parallel with student discounts is laughable. This outfit should be taken to the cleaners.

Do you still get young person's railcard, btw?

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: re: Majel Barrett

I believe the only actor to have appeared in all the franchises. Mr Nimoy taking second place as, I believe, he didn't appear in Voyager or Enterprise.

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

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Re: Ongoing drive,,,

How long will our stock of the minerals required for high density LEDs last? Just a general query, not implying anything.

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Being as the lamps form natural horizontals at around 10 metres height...

They could used RFC1149 for the backhaul. IPoAC. Simples.

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Re: Ongoing drive,,,

We had the same. A Yorkshire company made replacement photocells that worked out midnight from dawn/dusk observations, calculated the date so it could adjust to daylight saving times, then turned off from midnight to 6am, all independently of any external input in a package that could replace a standard dawn/dusk module. And a mere 6 times the price of the standard photocell.

But they used a PIC microcontroller running some sequence they'd written which has the following "features". At the equinoxes, the controller had a divide by zero error which crashed the controller and turned the lights on during the day and off all night until the power supply was flipped at the roadside pillar. A really, really dark cloudy day, around 4pm in March or October, which shifted the dusk detection time by more than half an hour, caused the system to recalculate the date and recalibrate, meaning it failed-safe to lamp on all the time. The system has an internal battery maintained clock which never runs at the right rate.

To correct these software bugs, they had to replace every single one of the 64,000 they'd installed throughout the county. And the new ones STILL go wrong at Equinox.

My solution? A free-running counter, any reasonable speed would do, a photocell, a divide by two stage, a second counter connected to the divide by two stage, a latch, a comparator and a 555 delay circuit. At dusk, turn the lamp on and start the counters running at full speed and half speed. If the running counter goes above the value held in the latch that being the value of the half speed counter from the previous day at dawn, the light goes off, triggering a time delay of around 6 hours to hold the lamp off unless dawn occurs before then. The counters run on until dawn, ready for the next day.

No microprocessors. Nothing expensive. No software to go wrong, just a true midnight, self-calibrating system. Who needs 0.1% accuracy of timing on a street light, FFS? Most appropriate solution at the best price.

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And from the other end, there's an ongoing drive to turn street lights into connected neighbourhoods with intelligent, individually addressable lamps for the purposes of energy and infrastructure management. Two birds, one live cable touching an unearthed casing.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Microsoft are doing better...

at hiding their vulnerabilities.

Of course, if you factor in uptake and deployment of the OS...

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Is anyone making a loss? Apart from of time, of course.

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Visa: One million bonks a month for Europeans from next year

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Some of us don't want...

pay by bonk cards.

For example, people who work on the gateline of the underground, who are constantly leaning over the readers to open the gates and could press their wallet on the reader.

Or anyone with half a brain who realises what a massive opportunity for unchallenged crookery they are.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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We've just been told...

that all of our 3600/3800/3505 HPs are to be replaced by a fleet of Samsung MFP/Copiers that take up two entire desk places, cost £5500 each which we have to pay for and can only be printed to via some esoteric accounting "walk-up" printing service tied into our ID badges and AD when we don't use AD for user login in the research departments.

But then when a 3600 died and I tried to get a new small workgroup printer, something buried in the small print said was possible provided it was a recommended Samsung model, they announced they hadn't actually picked any small workgroup models yet, could I wait until they'd looked at it? Wouldn't I like to spend £5,500 instead of £500? (thus taking money away from research on treating Alzheimer's) to get a whizzy workgroup printer more suited to 60,000 prints a month at 0.5p per click instead of a cheaper one rated at around 3,000 a month at ~5p per 4-click page? 6 months later they made their recommendation, when five and a half months ago I'd bought one with my credit card and claimed it back through petty cash.

And their latest trick? "We'll only support your PC, Professor X who has just landed a £1.7m research grant for high performance computing analysis of proteomic sequence mis-folding in Down's syndrome, if you bought it from Dell through us. We won't connect your custom built machine to our network and we won't install Office on it."

Please, feel free to visit our labs, Information Systems beancounter. Yes, top floor of the tallest hospital building in Europe. Through the red door at the end of the corridor. The one marked "Warning. Fall-arrest harnesses must be worn at all times beyond this point". Ignore the sign... Next Tuesday looks like it will be an exceptionally windy day. Lets make it 2pm then.

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

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Re: Cillit Bang...

Ah yes. Shower in a can.

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Sex in the ad break?

Just under two minutes... yes, easily.

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Re: Cillit Bang...

I'm still using it.

I think the flavour I use is called "Hope Springs Eternal".

Having said that... how, just HOW, did they get away with releasing an underarm roll-on of the flavour "Original" whilst at the same time flashing the label "New"?

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Re: That explains it

It breaks the rules for the propagation of information, in fact, because the answer is known before the question is asked. I've suspected for a while that the OPERA neutrino anomaly was because they had an iron plugged in to the same extension cord as their detector.

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Re: That explains it

I don't know... my request for an ironed shirt is usually resolved in picoseconds.

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I don't want to know what stains Bold 3 will remove that Bold 2 wouldn't. I want to know what stains Bold 3 won't remove that the under development Bold 4 will. That way, I can avoid getting those stains in the first place.

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Except Ronseal.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

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Re: Saved by synthetic carpet?

I was changing a light to a ceiling fan light in my Aunt's kitchen. Dropped the MCBs one by one until the light went out. Marked the circuit breakers and "locked" off the circuit with duck tape. Went back upstairs to work on the light... felt the hairs on the back of my hand go up... checked it with my mains tester. Live.

Some moron had taken the lighting ring out of one MCB, round the loop and back into a DIFFERENT MCB, and on top of that, they'd switched on the Neutral! Cost of rewiring her 9 bedroom house... £7,000

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Subscription model is sh**.

They already do with things like ImageJ etc. Built on the back of spare time! And they have their uses, for example thresholding an image and counting cell number, cell density etc. But Adobe has become so dominant in the market place that it will be hard to shift. I already heard one person say they need it because a reputable journal has to have files in Photoshop format.

As a former pre-press technician, I know that's bull, the publishers just don't want diagrams submitted in PPT format, but that's what some people believe - Adobe format only.

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Subscription model is sh**.

It's unfortunate that Photoshop and Illustrator have become as good as they have. It's a plus point on a CV to have experience with them. However, they are, for many, just another tool for digital image manipulation. And digital images are not just from photographers.

I work in medical research, and the three biggies (PS, AI and Acrobat Pro) get used for producing posters, illustrations and images sourced from microscopes and other documentation instruments.

But researchers and scientists spend ~80% of their work time at the bench or reading, not fiddling with Photoshop. If they were going to go for a subscription model, they'd rent it by the hour, not by the month or the year.

In 2013, a lab with 6 people in it would put in their grant application something like 2 concurrent copies of CS, over a 5 year period, for around £500. Utilisation of the money would be something like 60-70%.

In 2015, the same group would have to buy 6 copies, so they can deploy on as many machines (1 laptop, 1 desktop), and pay out each year, so that figure rises to £5310 over the same 5 year period. Utilisation of that figure will be something like 5%.

It's not worth it, but people are used to PS/AI, they see it as a CV brownie point, so they are really, really upset by this move. They will either use it illegally now, or continue to use old versions until they die a death. In the meantime they may well start to use cheaper alternatives because, let's face it, they hardly use a fraction of the features.

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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More money than cents?

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: What if the earth had legs?

If the Earth had legs, someone would try to sell it shoes. And possibly hair removal creams/razors depending on if it was mother earth or daddy earth.

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*Trying*

Not to think of Barbie's soft backend.

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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Re: Awesome.

Now the rounded corners thing becomes clear.

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Re: Only one thing to say...

I was thinking more "And don't copy the copyright, I got em in my sights, blinding with the lights, taken to dizzy new heights. Blinded by the lights, blinded by the lights. Dizzy new heights."

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Lord Sugar != Sid James

Blimey! Not 'arf.

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Re: Lord Sugar != Sid James

Mwah ha ha ha ha ha.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: Total Recall...

Whatever OS that was running on, it blew away Windows.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Jonny Ive design?

No. The blade is totally flat since they've done away with skewymorphics.

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Re: @Graham Marsden Splinter of the Mind's Eye

The force was dying out wasn't it? Jedi unable to focus and use it effectively. Now the foot's off the hosepipe.

I dunno. I don't even LIKE StarWars.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: wearable tack

...so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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Wearing watches on the inside.

Pulp Fiction, I think.

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Re: So...

I got mine on DVD.

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Facebook bug could have ERASED the ENTIRE WORLD

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Re: does anyone give a shit?

The former deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester 's family is entitled to a Facebook page, just like everyone else. Of course, whether or not they'd want it is another matter.

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OMG! So glad they caught this one!

What would I do without access to 16 million photos of people's plates of food?

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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IIRC they became hopelessly obsessed with astrology. Would have been about as much good as UK ATC that day.

And on an astrology/airport note... NCIS had an episode where the team arrived at a check-in desk and announced themselves as LEOs.

"I'm Sagittarius", came the reply.

"Law Enforcement Officers. New on the job are you?"

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Re: Best use of top secret files ever

Bond is well known for leaving skid marks all over the Eastern Bloc countries.

How many tyres does that Vantage go through, I wonder?

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Re: If only they had not invented air conditioning

Well I guess cooling was not something envisaged at the birth of computing... I mean, if they'd done heat capture on Colossus etc and fed that to a district heating supply round all the huts...

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Re: Best use of top secret files ever

Not if the sheets worked through a pattern of punched holes...

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!

It also had The Diskette Club, where you got 50% off a 5 1/4" floppy.

I still have a dozen or so of their diaries locked up in my secret stash.

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Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!

I'll have you know *I* used to work for Tandy UK, and I *do* know my stuff. Mind you, this was back in the 80s when they paid a lot more than shelf-stacking at Tesco. One of my biggest sidelines was making 24V to 12V DC converters so truckers would buy the portable mini-TVs for when they were parked up (I HOPE not used when driving!). Do they still have little bunks in the cabin, I wonder?

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Re: High street stores are irrelevant

I thought their stock was AA?

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Re: whatever happened to

I'd call it living off the fat of the land.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: I'm free!

" they wouldn't be any more unhappy than they would with any other change"

Well that just about wraps it up for product evolution strategy; go for minimum user unhappiness. The alternative being, of course, what we do should make people happy.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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Over-reliance on H-index...

and over metrication of research is a real ball and chain for both the up and coming scientist and the more established figures. I hope this article isn't going to sing the praises of such metrics. The highest rated paper in the biosciences, for example, is the original methods paper for Western blotting. The engineering equivalent would be some reference work on Whitworth threaded bolts. Having said that, of course, Whitworth threaded bolts would be essential to secure a mechanical heart into a 1950s tin robot.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Re: Who wants Handwriting Recognition anyway?

"Yup. That's handwriting, all right."

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