* Posts by Benchops

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

Benchops

Re: The only bit I liked

On a trip to Peru I got a chance to try a small portion of guinea pig (not a whole one -- I got a back leg I think). It was cooked the boiled and fried-to-crisp way and it tasted not unlike duck. I would certainly eat it again. Much to my neighbours' children's worry.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Benchops

> we need to use the moon as a spaceship.

> With nuclear propulsion on one side and a moon base on the other?

For the benefit of the younger readers, this is clearly madness because the attempts to do this 16 years ago completely missed Mars (see the documentaries on youtube).

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Benchops

Re: Humans

Clearly what's really happened here is that there is a secret table of 512 different randomly generated 16 character passwords that every member of staff has memorised. The sticker on the monitor simply tells the operative that they should use Password number 1.

Just like when I memorised the colour code sheet for JetSet Willy.

I'm joking, I didn't.

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

Benchops

<MEDI-BOT>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pud2-fsgMtI

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

Benchops

Can I install this alongside Plants vs Zombies without breaking the latter?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Benchops

> Burying

Yes! Put them under the roads!

1) No unsightly cables

2) HEATED roads -- no icy accidents in winter

3) Council/Gas board will ONLY dig up the road when they ABSOLUTELY have to, and then only as little area as they need to!

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

Benchops

Re: Diet change

How long to heat up a cup-a-soup placed at the focus of one of the microwave dishes?

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

Benchops

Re: Not on PB yet

I can't wait for this year's general election coverage. I am CERTAIN that one of the presenters will say

"You know nothing, Peter Snow" after an early swingometer clip.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

Benchops

Re: I'm reminded of NASA's convention

Reminds me of the Mitchell and Webb sketch where the pompous brain surgeon introduces himself to the NASA engineer.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

Benchops

Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

http://theregister.www.co.uk/

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

Benchops

Cyanogenmod, anyone?

Maybe it's time to try cyanogenmod. I think it's supported and maintained on more nexus devices than google maintains raw Android.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Benchops

Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

> When I see a regular expression with an asterisk on the end, I read it as part of the expression.

There was clearly a space before the '*' which means it would match

Mr

Ms

Mr␣

Ms␣

Mr␣␣

Ms␣␣

...

in fact to express it succinctly,

M[rs] *

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Benchops

Re: Where to put it?

> Somewhere close to the equator, would seem like a good bet...

Sri Kanda mountain on the island of Taprobane

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Benchops

Re: ...Fall back?

Maybe Madonna is providing the entertainment?

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Benchops

Re: "But how do I connect it to a lightbulb?"

Actually it's both. Originally invented for US military (I think) and adopted for genuinely fixing ducting together, there is now a branded Duck tape too. Either way, it and sugru have it covered!

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

Benchops

> about 70,000 years ago

...

> any objects the star disturbed are not going to make themselves known for many millennia

So where are they????

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Benchops

Jonny Ive design?

More pastel coloured beams.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

Benchops

Re: Sing it with me...

No Neoc, there must be more to life.

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

Benchops

Also a draft copy

of a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

Benchops

Re: Dont stare at the sun

Well, if you see it slowly going dark then you'll know to turn away. Or at least put your sunglasses on. Time to cancel that probe to Europa too.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

Benchops

Backgrounds

Start the home-made video, and at 14 seconds in start the one with the alien in it.

Then watch the background blobs.

They are spookily similar for some time. Don't know if this is just the same algorithm having been used, but if you watch them together you can see why they got automatically got flagged up.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Benchops

Cheaper alternative to truecall

Is CPR Call blocker. One with a display and one without, both with pre-programmed known marketing numbers and you can add new numbers during or just after a call (or add in new numbers). You can also optionally set interntational or withheld or no-info numbers to be blocked. It's not exactly the same as truecall but it has a similar aim.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

Benchops

Re: One for the budget fetishists

Indeed. I love Arthur C Clarke's point that

"the reason the dinosaurs died out is because they didn't have an effective space programme."

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

Benchops

Giffgaff?

Any news/thoughts on what will happen to giffgaff?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Benchops

Re: If only..

> All you actually need to do is stick a couple of metal brushes on the bottom of the car, and turn all pedestrian free roads into giant Scalextric tracks.

This actually ties in with my idea of burying all high voltage cables under roads to

a) remove unsightly power lines

b) underheat roads so they don't get ice

c) make DAMN sure no-one digs up a road unnecessarily!

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Benchops

Re: If only....

> the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed...

Ye cannae change the laws o' physics, captain!

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

Benchops

Re: Damn

Inkscape will SVG (trace) those bitmaps for you no problem, then the print shop's printer's resolution is your limit!

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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

Benchops

Re: Talk about cr*p journalism

Copy and paste from the source -- it's the only way!

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Benchops

Talk about cr*p journalism

The article says (and uses quotation marks):

' “Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-insensitive filesystem,” the service's warning reads'

whereas the warning actually reads

'Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-sensitive filesystem.'

I'd correct that pronto.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Benchops

Coming Fall 2016

The Silmarillion: Dawn of the First Age

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Benchops

these days

a vertical resolution of 769 probably counts as uber-hi-res

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Benchops

Re: we know it has happened at least once

"There are those who believe...that life here began out there"

so All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again

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Benchops

Re: Secret mode?

I thought it was 6031769

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

Benchops

I'm waiting for them to conclude that

"Philae ended up in shadow wedged in between a cliff and a double decker bus"

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

Benchops

+1 for John Lewis Customer Service

I got a price match for John Lewis online and a quick delivery (in fact they reduced the price in general by the time I ordered) of a new telly. It turned out the analogue input had dreadful motion blur (and it was in a second room where only analogue input is available). I emailed the customer services about it and after making some settings suggestions (which worked to a certain extent, but still some faces were not keeping up with turning heads!) and checking for firmware upgrade (none), were very happy to arrange a collection at my convenience for a full refund (this is after about two weeks of use). I don't think you can beat that for customer service. On paper the model (Samsung UE22H5000) should have been perfect, but it's good to know that if in practice it doesn't turn out to be JL will happily take it back. I would have gladly exchanged it for another model but alas they don't have anything else that quite fits the bill. There are other occasions I've had unquestioning excellent service from them with regard to electronics and clothes.

Now, can anyone recommend a good 22" or 24" 1080p television with 2 HDMI inputs, good analogue picture and a stand that doesn't reach the whole width of the 22" screen (the stand it'll sit on is about 18" wide)?

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

Benchops

All it needs

is more of that watch band hinge and they could sell it as a smart-sleeve

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Benchops

Is this the real outcome of

the sex space geckos?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Benchops

Wouldn't it be even easier

to fake the nvidia video?

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

Benchops

Every little helps

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Mathematica hits the Web

Benchops

Open source maths packages

It's been a long time since I was actively researching maths, but even then there was (and still is) a fantastically fast number-theory based CLI environment called PARI/GP (sudo apt-get install pari-gp) http://pari.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ and a massively comprehensive algebra package called GAP [Groups Algorithms and Programming] (sudo apt-get install gap) http://www.gap-system.org/ . Both still being actively developed.

They didn't have the GUI or comprehensive coverage that Mathematica or Maple had then but they covered their own fields pretty damn well. I daresay there are other packages for other areas of maths.

Having said that, not really very school-pupil friendly unless you're already a programmer.

I guess the problem, in the field of pure maths at least, is that once it is known a solution exists the researcher loses interest in actually finding it, so once there's a CLI, they lose interest in actually building a GUI on top (that's just /bookwork/)! ;)

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

Benchops

> they didnt create that *gramme* nazi icon for nothing! use it!

> hmm *ill* go and give myself a good talking to

they didn't create that troll icon for nothing! use it!

;)

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Benchops
Joke

> names that reflect local culture.

umm, given the scale of this thing -- that's pretty darn localised! ;)

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Benchops

Re: "Happily no one was hurt"

"Happily no one was hurt"

Did anyone else read that in a Liverpudlian Ringo Starr accent?

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

Benchops

Re: Well my cousin will be happy

It may seem boring now, but wait until Assange actually exits the embassy and starts talking to him.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

Benchops

> This is science and not chidren playing

I get the feeling this is science AND children playing! (and nothing wrong with that)

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

Benchops

Re: Guessing game:

Excellent!

Can it be calibrated so that it will let me know when the tea has cooled to 72 degrees C?

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Benchops

Re: Hang on a minute ...

> My son (who left home a few months ago) called me up a few days ago, asking for the passcode I had set on his TV, when he was younger. No way could I remember, despite going through all the obvious ones I use. And this is just a 4 digit number. Imagine a randomly generated password ...

Next time your son's home, hold on to your credit cards... ;)

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

Benchops

It's a decoy!

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

Benchops

> Let's see how that works out in practice...

Oldie but a goodie:

What's the difference between theory and practice?

Well, in theory there is no difference, but...

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Benchops

Re: Interior Feed

interior camera... we'll look into it... just me?

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