* Posts by Richard Gray 1

22 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009

It's here! Defence Secretary launches £800m MoD tech creche

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Joke

Groan....

Interesting idea, just don't shoot the messenger!!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Black Helicopters

Back in my day

For years we have devalued the induction of the "new boy"!

Back in my day they were someone who did the errands and made the tea \ coffee (up to 12 people mix of coffees teas, strengths,sugars etc and God help you if you got it wrong!!).

These days ask the tattooed, pierced youth to go fetch a pencil from the stationary cupboard they look at you like you have beaten them to an inch of their life then asked them to shovel a wagon load of AOL CDs (or excrement whichever you think worse).

Where are the tea making trainees?

Why are the schools not teaching these valuable life skills?

It's a conspiracy by St@rducks and Costalotta and co !!

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Pint

Joined up thinking....

I have thought that for years that hydrogen was better than the electric powered battery models. (although this one is butt ugly).

Those clever chappies in Japan have made a hydrogen station connected to the grid BBC Click

People have been saying for years that the problem with wind \ wave power is that is produces power when it's not needed.

My idea is this :- install one of these hydrogen producing units close by the wind turbines.

When the turbines can produce energy that is not currently needed by the grid it produces hydrogen available for cars to fill up at, or to convert back into electricity for the grid.

No complex transportation of hydrogen around, no massive new infrastructure, just what looks like a couple of containers worth of hardware, installed around in communities that would benefit from cheap fuel.

I've now solved the energy crisis I'm off for a pint!!

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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FAIL

HA!!

In my youth I worked as a tech PC world ( I know but I needed to eat).

I received a call from a shouty man saying that he had received the wrong monitor.

"wrong size ?" I asked

"No it just doesn't fit, the cable won't connect"

I went through the right colour, the right way round, even checking for a bent pin.

"I have looked at the cable and the socket and it won't fit!!"

"Ahh... not all the pins are used so they don't add them, so it MAY look different but it will fit."

"It won't!"

"it will, will you please try it..."

"No it won't!!!"

.... continue for about 10 minutes in a nice voice (I was more relaxed back then)...

"LOOK, JUST BLOODY TRY IT!!!"

.... silence.....

"I've been silly haven't I ??"

"Yes sir you have... Good bye"

Then as a PC engineer going out to replace a PSU in a new home PC....

I get to the house after several hours drive (this was in the Highlands of Scotland) I go to the PC, lift the flap for the power button (it was the fashion in the early 90's to hide the power buttons because it would be always on just in sleep mode to instantly wake... yeah right) .

Turn on, turn off, turn on, turn off

"Is this an intermittent fault?" I asked

"No, but I have never seen that button before...."

"Sign here......"

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Norwegian food

I was working for the Norwegian branch of an oil support company, and one year they gave us Fenalår.

Basically raw sheep's leg that is cured for several months.

It is often shown on display stands in peoples homes with a knife to help yourself with.

Looks terrible, sounds awful, but is actually really nice with a beer. You just need to remember to cut it the proper way or you need to keep chewing it into the new year..

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Pint

Re: 8 processor core? 8?

From what I have read, it is more like two quad cores.

A low powered one for everyday stuff to preserve the battery, and a really kick arse one for when the load needs it.

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Space Monkeys

I would happily pay half my tax to get rid of a large proportion of the planet...

All the Z list celebs, all the work shy chavs, and most if not all politicians (from all parties).

We could build something like a space arc, tell them the planet is doomed, they can go in Ship C , ship A and B are still under construction and we'll catch you up...

The next thing you know they'll have landed and used leaves as currency

Paris as a Z list celeb

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Re: Companies and social media

At least I have the balls to use my name

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Flame

Companies and social media

I tried to enter a competition on a magazine website - which you had to have an account for. I won't tell you the name, but suffice to say the title contains a letter and a number and is about gadgets and things.

Only to find "enter the competition on facebook", or tweet to enter our competition.

No I won't you w@nkers!

You have a website that I had to register to use that you lazy B@stards.

I'm refuse to join Tw@ter as to be honest there is no on that I am that interested in that I want to hear what flavour of Pizza you are thinking about eating.

I refuse to join facebook as their privacy changes more often than MS applies patches.

I don't want a web in a web, if I did I would have used AOL!

Now I don't mind some people wanting to do this, it is their right to give all thier private details away, but I don't want to facebook freind my Bogroll, Washing powder, or anything else!

Give me back my WEB you B@stards

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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Coat

Did he keep the box?

Then box it up, return it to the store for a full refund, you are obviously too stupid to own a computer...

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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

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FAIL

The flaky connection was why I have just moved to O2.

I got so sick of reboots, bars on the phone but no connection, no connection to my wifes phone.

Great idea if they could keep it working

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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Coat

Its obvious..

mm for small stuff up to a few cm, then change to inches upto about a foot and a half,

then change to Metres upto about 2000M when we change back to miles.

with liquids, a drop, teaspoon, a splash, tablespoon, glug, a nip, a glass (the standard for a night out I only had a glass of wine one glass multiple fills), a half (for the girls) a pint followed by bottles (wine \spirits) litres for the soft drinks, then to gallons

for weight, grams, from a half a pound to a couple of pounds, then to Kg, followed by heavy, Bugger me and finally F*** ME!

any other weights and measures are irrelevent

I don't see what all the fuss is about..

I do remember selling 80m rolls of 4inch photographic paper so maybe that explains it.

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

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Pint

is it only me???

There is all the talk of wind farms / renewable energy producing either too much electricity or not enough.

If we can store the hydrogen safely and produce it from the electricity surely the answer is to use the wind farms to produce the hydrogen and store it for when it it required to produce electricity, on demand.

any excess could be stored and used to provide fuel for the hydrogen for cars.

For the people who say about wind turbines not being pretty, efficient etc.. the same principal could be used in tidal flows, wave power and so on.

A large number of smaller plants would prevent the requirement for transporting as much fuel around the county as well as being less intrusive than a huge nuclear reactor

Now I've sorted the World's energy problem I deserve a pint!

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Optical Express = Bunch of Cowboys

Yes but I still wouldn't choose Optical Express.

They managed to get my wife's prescription completely wrong even after 3 attempts of them to get it right.

She was left with glasses that made her walk into walls.

Went to Vision Express and got a new prescription completely different ( no astigmatism) and she now has a pair of glasses she can use.

Tried to get my money back from OE. they will fix them (how if they get the prescription wrong and have had 3 goes) but no chance.

AVOID them like the plague

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss sprouts tail

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Pint

Sail wind indicators

When sailing boats use wind indicators they use cloth supported at the top and side, allowing the tail end to feather.

this is apparently to stop the juddering of small amounts of airflow twitching the direction.

I wonder if a similar thing would be useful in this case??

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White Space: The Next Big Thing in networks

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Pint

Missing the important details

Good article but missing the impotant details..

Which pub? Where? Does it have a good selection of guest ales?

Need to know where to go to "research" this new medium for my "rural" users

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Murdochs won't talk to MPs over phone-hacking scandal

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Devil

but can't you..

Substitute an egg for the mouse blood?

Must be a fresh egg though...

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Nuance Flext9

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Thumb Up

Great App

I bought this on the strength of this review and I think it is pretty awesome, especially the voice. Cracking to text the missus you'll be late on hands free.

Also checkout Green Power Free. this disables wireless and internet for periods while your phone is locked. My power usage went from 1/3 left at home time to over 8/10 full.

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Irish civil rights group takes aim at iPad launch

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Black Helicopters

Fight on

Ceann deas, tá súil agam go siad amadán a dhéanamh amach de Apple

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Vodafone kicks off Legend pre-order process

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Megaphone

Vodafone customer review

How come if you can pre order the Legend, there is already a CUSTOMER review on the site saying how wonderful Vodafone 360 is?

Is it only me that is a bit suspicious about their customer reviews now??

Still want one thought

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Sure Signal not so sure

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Thumb Down

The past few days???

This has been going on for weeks!! with intermittant drop outs. No pre warning of schedualed down time. Last time it went out I spent 20+minutes just trying to get through to the suresignal support..

It is a great product when it works, but the implementation has been appalling.

Find the guy in charge and sack him, get someone who cares about the customers and will keep us informed good AND bad.

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iPhone saves woman from bear

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Alert

Bear interview

Interviewing the bear, it said while it initially enjoyed using the iPhone the time it took to download and install apps got it so frustrated that it mangled the phone while prodding it to make it work quicker..

It later said that apple was bearphobic for not producing a touchscreen suitable for bears' talons

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