* Posts by TRT

2226 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Force click?

*chokes*

Put the price down, Vader...

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Force click?

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster.

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Re: Nah! What we really need is...

Certainly a beautification campaign. Aliens could use space junk to mount a blockade on Moonbase.

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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Re: Bah....

Quite literally vapourware.

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Re: Bah....

Jurassic park. Coffee cups, mountains of paper and Twix wrappers piled onto a Unix machine running Button Fly that a 12 year old can operate.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Intelligent accelerator pedals...

"I think you ought to know, I'm feeling very depressed".

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AI guru Ng: Fearing a rise of killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars

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I had sex on Mars once...

I wouldn't recommend it. The chocolate stains were a devil to get out of the duvet cover.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "Anthill inside"

I liked the practicality of his mind. The ninja getting tooled up in Pyramids - weighted himself up so badly with so much gear that he fell over backwards. Never seems to be a problem in the fantasy genre, that you carry so much gear you can't move.

And then there's the communications Clacks.

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Re: "He annoyed English teachers"

To understand half of his jokes you had to deconstruct words and understand the etymology of the components. Sheer genius. For example, the thaumometer.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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And then of course I've got this terrible pain...

in all the diodes down my arm.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

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Re: Bah!

I re-watched Dark Star this week. The smart bombs had their own individual personalities - Bomb 19 was very Eddie-like with its chipper personality and there was the increasingly tetchy Bomb 20. And then there was "Mother" the computer, a different personality again.

One has to wonder if that era was one which generated these views of tech.

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He also envisaged that the Earth, in all of its plurality, would be destroyed by an annoyingly patronising talking bird.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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"A 'lovely story' you apparently didn't read."

Please, tell me, which part of the story didn't I get?

You gave examples of two different people. A techno-agnostic with an Apple device that couldn't get photos of a skiing trip off the device, and someone who sounds slightly more technically minded with a non-Apple device who got photos off their device.

That tells me that it's not the device that made the difference, it was the people using them. If you'd given the non-Apple devices to the first person along with a bag of cables, would they have fared any better? If you'd given the Apple device to the second person, would they have succeeded?

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Re: None

Yes, lovely story. On my iPhone, I didn't even need to do that. I take photo, it's on a webpage in under a minute. iCloud.

The number of times I've had to unjam various plugs and disks and cards from various slots and holes... Cloud agnosia is as equally inhibiting and as prevalent as connector agnosia in my experience. How many times have you found you needed a USB type x to "some other connector" cable? It got better for a while, but now it's heading out to exponential combination land again.

Connectivity will, I fear, always be a problem, whether it is not having the right protocol in software or not having the right jack in hardware. I admit, Apple could do better with allowing stuff to get off the pad but it's part of their sandbox approach (actually would DRAM attack work on an iDevice? Hmmm...) not to allow some universal connecting app free reign of the compartmentalised file system.

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Re: self-indulgent onanism

Oh come all ye faithful?

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Re: Teapot meet Kettle

I'd prefer it if it could be fitted nasally.

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Re: None

Inductive charging, NFC, WiFi... yes, it's possible. I don't know what all that fuss is about anyway. The iPad only has the one port (and a 3.5mm audio) and that seems to be considered acceptable.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: oooo

It already is.

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: Where

He had strings on them.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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I'm busy typing this before my train...

leaves in... *tilts arm to read time off new Apple iWatch*

Oh poo! I've just erased everything.

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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

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Re: “On the software from” ?

No, it left of its own accord when there were no more virgins in the office.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: 4 pages ?!

They're trying to resolve the quantum state of their advertising revenue.

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Re: nice article....

That's just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the universe gets that.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

I'm surprised they get out that much.

Desk bunny.

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

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Re: u can grind on me

Surely that should be RAL 7xxx?

Actually, that's a jolly good name for a Sci-Fi slash fic of it. Hmm...

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Re: u can grind on me

I prefer sexydecimal.

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Re: u can grind on me

0x32 shades of.

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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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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Don't be blackmailed...

"Another production company will do Dr Who."

You mean like that fuck awful thing with the time/space portals and the dinosaurs and the ad breaks?

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Re: If the BBC put everything they have made on iPlayer

Perhaps the DVD revenue is WHY the £150 is a pretty reasonable sum?

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Re: @Dan 55

And don't forget NICAM and countless other technologies... though I believe that technical R&D arm of the corporation felt the axe a while ago.

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Re: @ Moeluk

My other half says she's well loved, but I'm not sure I'd test that out by putting her out for subscription.

You're confusing quality with popularity.

I'm on someone's Netflix account (repayment for fixing their IT), and I've got cable.

I went through the whole of Netflix the other night. Nothing, absolutely nothing on there that I wanted to watch or hadn't already seen. I ended up watching The Avengers (Steed & Mrs Peel, not Iron Man and Hulk) and Question Time. OK, The Avengers was an ITV programme, but the only stuff I actually watch is University Challenge, The News (BBC news), Question Time, Room 101, Sewing Bee, Screen Wipe, Panorama, Horizon, Mastermind, Doctor Who, reruns of ST:TOS/ST:TNG and the odd NCIS or Judge Judy if there's nothing else on. I watch the old ITV serials as well if they're on, Professionals, Sweeney etc.

Are you starting to get the idea? I watch barely any ITV. Not on principal, it's just because they never produce anything I'd actually watch. It's true that the BBC's quality of output has gone downhill over the years, as they produce more and more dross in a bid to compete in the ratings game, which seems to be the only metric that counts and that people want to count. ITV's quality has dropped off over the years too, but they've also started making more period drama and stuff. Usually tedious but on a par with the BBC in terms of production values. Hopefully I'll be dead and therefore no longer able to watch TV before the "no enforced public funding for the BBC" lobby get their way.

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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Re: who lasered it?

logh veQ bach, qatlh waH pagh SuvwI' Dotlh bIt DaHoHmeH laH.

DoS Sumqu' ghob 'e' wItI'nI Smo'.

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NASA upgrades Rosetta, Voyager and moon landing tracker

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Wow!

They've upgraded by adding an extra 't' into the name?

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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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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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