* Posts by TRT

2454 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: You *sure* she meant "white car"?

Accuracy and not getting your dad gunned down in a drive-by for teaching his kids to 'dis the local drug dealer are two different skill sets.

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Initially it was trained in a landscape of spheres, cuboids and pyramids.

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Re: Stuff kids say

My daughter reached the linguistic ability of being able to put adjectives and nouns together quite early on, but her speech was somewhat indistinct. "White car" sounded more like "Whan Car"... which she shouted very loudly whilst pointing at at a passing BMW with windows wound down, lowered suspension, trailing "aromatic" smoke like a Pacific 4-6-2 and at an gap between tracks 19 and 20 of the album "Murder Junkies" that had been pounding out of the ICE as it approached... one can only be grateful that the driver was probably momentarily suffering hearing loss as a result of the incredible volume.

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Reminds me a bit...

of that scene in Die Hard With A Vengeance where John McClane has to walk around Harlem with a sandwich board...

Except Google don't have any sort of noble rationale behind why they are doing something so utterly stupid and offensive.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Jeremy Kyle...

I wouldn't call that "live" TV. More kind of "undead".

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Channels Lori Petty.

Jet Girl: You see, this tank isn't... isn't...

Tank Girl: What? Just one little adjective and we'll have a *whole* sentance. Isn't, glad, sad... mad... Lonely...

Jet Girl: Isn't... Operational.

Tank Girl: [seizes Jet by the throat] How do I know you're not lying?

Jet Girl: [choking] Because if, if I was lying, your lungs would be full of cyanide gas.

[Tank releases her]

Tank Girl: Cool! So we get a new tank.

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I've got a tank in my basement...

And if you try to remove it, you'll be in hot water. 33 gallons of hot water to be precise.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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"to reflect its maturity"

By adopting a somewhat less mature approach to typography? Why didn't they go the whole hog and do it in Comic Sans?

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Re: Pure Douglas Adams ...

Well it *is* a heavily modified face flannel... perhaps they want to be seen as hip, cool and masochistic.

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Re: ?? It's not a towel...

It's a faceflannel.

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Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

And since July last year, you can only rent them.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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All in all it's just another...

Do we have an army of sentient claw hammers that can be deployed as well?

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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The Time Lords transcended...

such simple mechanical devices many centuries ago.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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There are three still operational, but only one with an airworthiness certificate. The others are taxi duty only.

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Re: Photobombing

And the setting is strangely reminiscent of another "Vulcan wedding". Let's hope the groom didn't have to fight the best man to the death with a giant metal lobster claw.

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Re: Aiming Error

Major Argentine cities were thus demonstrated to be within range of a very heavy punching British bomber. The Government said they wouldn't hit the Argentine mainland, but it was very clear that was just the word of a politician rather than for any technical reason.

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World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

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Sounds like an opportunity

for retinally stabilised smartphone displays.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Virgin Media...

But if you take a knife, fork and spoon all together, you get a 4p discount, which makes it great value to take all three. If you just take a knife and fork, however, you can add on a cup for a small extra charge as an existing customer...

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From the HSE guidance booklet on the 1992 workplace regulations...

"Where workers regularly eat meals at work, suitable and sufficient facilities should be provided for the purpose. Such facilities should also be provided where food would otherwise be likely to be contaminated. Work areas can be counted as rest areas and as eating facilities, provided they are adequately clean and there is a suitable surface on which to place food. Where provided, eating facilities should include a facility for preparing or obtaining a hot drink. Where hot food cannot be obtained in or reasonably near to the workplace, workers may need to be provided with a means for heating their own food (eg microwave oven). Canteens or restaurants may be used as rest facilities provided there is no obligation to purchase food."

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"An adequate supply of high-quality drinking water, with an upward drinking jet or suitable cups, should be provided. Water should only be provided in refillable enclosed containers where it cannot be obtained directly from a mains supply."

So... the cup thing is bang out of order unless they have fountains. At first, I thought "fair enough; if they only have plastic cutlery, which is shitty anyway, in the canteen what's the problem charging if people are using it for home cooked meals - bit mean, but able to be reasoned". Then I thought about it a bit more, and yeah, bunch of tossers.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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I've got a box of spare clicks somewhere...

You know, the heavy, clunky type of click that they don't put in modern keyboards. They were for IBM M series, but I think they should fit in a BBC as well.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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Nothing at 10,000 feet

until you encounter an Apple iCarHover.

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Re: Wrong question

You already know I drive a Prius from another post. One interesting thing I've noted is that at exactly 30mph the electric motor produces a sort of very quiet, pleasant throbbing, mewling noise; like a basket of contented kittens. The pitch changes slightly at about 2mph either side of the cute spot, and disappears altogether at ±5mph. I dislike the 20 zones that have appeared all over London. It's quite hard to stick at 20mph, especially at 5am with an Addison Lee right up your arse.

So, a multimodal feedback system might be more appropriate. Subtle haptic and audible cues combined with an info panel, possibly linked to eye tracking.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Re: They need some machine guns

Double indemnity. Dynamite with a laser beam.

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Re: A World's first: an Audi that aborts a lane change. @TRT

I don't drive it because of the environmental credentials (if you can call them that nowadays). It was cheap, very quiet, easy to drive, roomy and packed with gadgets. And I'm not in any hurry to get anywhere in particular.

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Re: A World's first: an Audi that aborts a lane change.

OR accelerate up to 70 heading towards the Prius doing 30mph on a 30mph road which happens to be a narrow, straight Welsh road thus smashing its wing mirror into a trillion pieces and scratching up the window in the process costing the poorly paid IT manager an unexpected £100 you total and utter w****er.

Sorry. I have a real dislike for Audi drivers since then.

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Re: FURY ROAD!!!

That's Transformers isn't it?!

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So the photo...

isn't of the incident. Hm.

Standards-time for a vehicle mesh on our highways?

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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What a massive...

prick.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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I've had three buttons to press in the last 500 light years...

and that was just to put the coffee machine onto manual. Or onto THE manual, if you prefer. ;)

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Re: Now do the UberLawyer

I think they should move into party planning, with a "Stars in their Eyes" style makeover imitating the honoured guest of the party. They could call it Uberdo_Iwannabelikeyou.

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Re: Burning Tyres?

I still amuse myself by imagining a stripey jumpered beret wearer with a gitane hanging out of the corner of his mouth, muttering "Zut alors et merde" whilst crouching down in the hold of a fishing trawler holding a BIC lighter to 200 tonnes of very wet fish.

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Re: It's worth remembering...

After complaints that the French were often unfriendly towards tourists, they are simply responding to government requests that they offer a warm welcome to the city.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Empire Readers

John Steed. :(

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Re: Limited

Just put the award... you know... over there somewhere. It might bring the room together.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: Right to be forgotten option

I would but the problem is what do we raise in a celebratory toast?

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: bad idea

And those bizarre Sony network blocks that slip onto the end of the power brick when you buy a VAIO. You know, the ones that mimic the hardware address of the Vaio's wireless card and thus royally f*** up layer 2 switching in e.g. enterprise networks that have both wired and wireless networks.

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There is something to be said for that approach, however...

How that the Windows Update dialogue box has been infected by Windows 10.

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Re: article picture

And the Bynars will be performing the updates...

"Gentlemen, if this is what you call "enhancement", you've got a gift for understatement."

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Re: Alternative torch and other things

A borescope comes in handy sometimes.

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*shudders*

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Re: not supposed to insert the plugs there.

And wrong bastard sized threads on the 19" rack nuts...

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: it was the music

Disappointed no music in that PS4 preview.

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You're right...

It convinced me to buy an Amiga. We had a couple of A1000 for use in the laboratory because nothing else could throw a screen full of windowed texture around like an Amiga; the copper was just superb for that, and the 1000 had a PC coprocessor card as well, so you could run two machines synchronised to stimulate visually and record whatever in perfect synchronisation. As the techie guy, I played around with the disks that came out of the box and was hooked. I immediately saved up several paycheques and bought an A500 for home. Had a little computing room in the back of the house with a music studio and CAD/CAM setup. Loved it. Then I needed the space for the baby, the Amiga got boxed and sold, and that was that.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Completely and utterly bonkers

Imagine if he'd used valves...

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Re: Completely and utterly bonkers

It could also find a home as the set of some homage Sci-Fi production, along the lines of Space:1999. Now that was a computer with a lot of lights!

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Re: Sponsorship...

They'll name them after you. I hear Bill has a few already.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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It's why hiding it in a Bourbon would be the best bet. No-one eats the biscuit of chocolate deceit.

However I fear that this technology will be used by terrorist affiliated political organisations. Yes, PITA is at risk of succumbing to Hummas.

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45% of UK data centres have suffered a natural disaster. Really?

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Re: Earth tremors...

The heads are displayed on power spikes down the secure access corridor...

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Why did we waste all that money on a rocket and a ten year journey again...?

Because it's important to know if Skegness is unique in the universe.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Won't be too long...

before they insist on taking the meat bit out of the loop. And then came SkyNet.

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