* Posts by MichaelBirks

40 posts • joined 11 Nov 2009

Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

MichaelBirks

Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"You know space, right. It's defining colour is, well, black. And this new Vantablack, right, how it's, well, black, right?" -- Holly

"Is it 'cause I's black?" -- Vantablack.

And just for the fanboyism engendered by the title: "Percy Percy Percy Percy Percy Percy!"

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

MichaelBirks

Re: Forgot all about that movie

It's worth checking out for Jolie-as-prototype-Honor-Harrington alone,but also the great riffs on the long British military tradition of flying aircraft carriers.

Spectrum is Green.

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

MichaelBirks

Re: Interesting idea

Superheavy Transuranic Elements cannot be used where there is life.

Selecting Agents Ducky and Patsy.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

MichaelBirks

Re: Are you sure you want to do that?

"All these planets are yours - Except Mars.

Attempt no landings there"

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

MichaelBirks

Wow, I'm impressed

Seriously. 50+ posts and not a single aspertame rant.

+1 to El Reg commenters.

We actually had an MP (Former MP?) here in NZ 'musing out loud' about Coca Cola putting something in the drinks to make them so addictive.

It was Sue Kedgley, a well known campaigner against the food and beverage industry, but still.

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'Replace crypto-couple Alice and Bob with Sita and Rama'

MichaelBirks
Alien

The missing reference.

A page and a half of comments from literate tech-types and no one's commented on the obvious fact that Sita wants to orchestrate a Rendezvous with Rama.

Probably in his Garden, wherein he shall be Revealed.

Apologies to Sir Arthur, and to Gentry Lee.

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Casio to enter tablet market with twin-cam scanner

MichaelBirks

As opposed to a 'scan to evernote' app?

Like the recent moleskin pad/app combination, for instance.

Or, for that matter those cheap pads that copy as JPG straight to your SD card.

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ACTA can't get its act together

MichaelBirks
Big Brother

Re: Kiwis can remember

There would be a lot of people who could see the current NZ administration doing so gleefully, given the dim view of our honourable parliamentarians that they hold.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

MichaelBirks

You might very well do that,

But I couldn't possibly comment.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

MichaelBirks
Happy

Re: File managers?

Heh. I actually paid for WIndows Commander before the rename.

The UI's a little dated looking now, but I still love it in terms of functionality.

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Planet systems with 'hot Jupiters' PULVERISE innocent strays

MichaelBirks

Re: Well there goes Tattooine

Not if the two suns form in place, with the rest of the system forming around them.

The way I read it, it was the inward migration of the large mass object that swept the system.

Similarly, any bodies outside the sweep of the long elipse as the Jovian migrated inward shouldn't have been too badly affected. Too cold, in all likelihood, to be habitable, of course.

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WH Smiths tills insist shop sells The Queen's Knickers only

MichaelBirks
Facepalm

Someone's not updating their stock database in the SQL, are they?

That sounds like the time (ahem, theoretical possibility) someone forgot to add the WHERE clause to an UPDATE statement.

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

MichaelBirks
Big Brother

Re: It applies not just in the UK

You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

MichaelBirks
Boffin

Spectral Analysis

I wonder if any sufficiently sensitive cameras recorded the trail well enough to get a measure of what was ablating from the rock.

Or is it just the Ni2/O2 mix of the plasma shield?

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Molesworth and the New Latin

MichaelBirks
Facepalm

Re: Re: WTH?

Ah. My bad, then. I thought it was just written in the 'modern' style where teachers aren't allowed to correct for spelling of grammar in case they stifle the little chav's creativity.

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Scottish Boundary Commission: We don't need no stinkin' PDFs

MichaelBirks
Happy

Proper Uses for PDFs

@Ralph.

And you seem to be using PDFs properly. That kind of "human-readable" use is what they're good for. I used to use them similarly in the digital printing industry.

What they're _Not_ useful for is transmitting information that you might like to be _machine_ readable, like maps that you might want to import into a GIS or mash-up with other data.

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TelstraClear slams new kiwi download laws

MichaelBirks
Happy

And other places.

Don't forget Parliament.

Speaker Smiley got Gareth'd about that during Question Time the other week.

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MichaelBirks
Headmaster

Trigger events

@Shane - the way it's written, the ISPs, like TC, sit on their hands until they get an official complaint from the rights holder (MPAA or studio) about a specific IP address (and, presumably, time)

They assume the Rights Holder is correct in all particulars and pass on the complaint to the user.

Unless Torvalds starts being a dick, you're not going to attract a complaint for Lunix distros or TED videos.

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Website FAIL flings freebies at Kiwi punters

MichaelBirks

Resaonable expectation

I'm pretty sure that there an out along the lines of there being a 'reasonable expectation that this is the legitimate price'.

'Free' product, especially major purchases, wouldn't meet that expectation, particularly if the site weren't making some big song and dance about the 'bargins'.

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One help desk API to unite them all

MichaelBirks
Devil

Darkness!

And in the Darkness, bind them.

If it wasn't for you meddling elves, and your stupid Hobbits!

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UK census data is safe

MichaelBirks

Re: Chief Sub

Despite the face that they've posted equal reports about the various denials from LulSec?

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MichaelBirks
Black Helicopters

Official Government Denial

Given that this is an Official Government Denial, does that mean the denied events actually happened?

"Look, the Government's denying it - it must be True!"

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3D-printed bikini goes on sale

MichaelBirks
Trollface

BitTorrent

A whole new industry to jump on the 'piracy is theft' bandwagon.

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Robot pirate invented in USA: 'Yarr-2 D-2'?

MichaelBirks
Pirate

They are the Robot Pirates?

Made from metal from their heads to their privates?

http://youtu.be/-XLgpReEkLc

Shaking it like a sword with a dead guy on it.

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Terrorists stamp on Indy's Kate Middleton jelly bean

MichaelBirks

Yay for mod_rewrite

See title

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Paramount buries Dune remake

MichaelBirks
Headmaster

First Three Books only.

Dune was Dune,

"Children of Dune" was Dune Messiah in part 1 and Children of Dune in 2 & 3, with an unaccounted for ageing of the children for added hawtness.

God Emperor wasn't touched. Thankfully.

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BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

MichaelBirks
Headmaster

Re: First rule of a cyberpunk

You're quoting from the original 'Johnny Mnemonic' the inspiration for a movie with the same name starring a pre-matrix Keanu Reeves.

"If they think you're crude, go technical; If they think you're technical, go crude. I'm a very technical boy."

Yay @GreatDismal

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

MichaelBirks
Happy

And other stuff gets swept under the carpet.

One imagines a sort of conveyor in the floor and walls that takes what one administration sweeps under the rug, and positions it ready to fall out of the woodwork under the next administration.

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Cable lays plan for graduate tax

MichaelBirks

A Graduate Swap?

This is exactly what happens here.

NZ Varsity Grads leave the country, often to the UK, to avoid paying their student loans.

Or at least earn at three times the rate and pay it off sooner.

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World Cup magic captured in Microsoft Paint

MichaelBirks

World Cup?

That doesn't start until next year in New Zealand, right?

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Google gets happy-clappy with file transfer in talk widgets

MichaelBirks

It's Google

It's already being tracked.

"It's what we do."

::EvilGoogle Logo::/::SaintGoogle Logo: YMMV.

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Senators to NASA: Get your ass to Mars

MichaelBirks

Re: Forget Mars get your ass to Europa

"All these worlds are yours - except Europa.

Attempt no landings there."

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Doctor Who attempted to overthrow Thatcher

MichaelBirks

I can't believe no-one's bothered:

"Don't you think she looks tired?"

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles

MichaelBirks
Dead Vulture

To quote that other bastion of English bastardy...

The BOFH is _Probably_ Dead, Long Live the BOFH!

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Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat

MichaelBirks
Happy

eBooks done more or less right?

Baen Webscriptions and CD Libraries.

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Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver

MichaelBirks

re: 1337 Tr4pz0r's

I have much loathing for this comment. An entire Kingdom of Loathing, in fact.

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Taoist truck driver guilty of unlawful sex

MichaelBirks
Joke

A new euphimism

"So I says to her 'Get your coat, you've pulled', and we end up at her's."

"Ah, Master, your Kwok-fu was strong."

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Arise, Sir Peter of Middle Earth

MichaelBirks

Pete makes films till the money runs out.

(or even after, according to rumours about Kong)

Bad Taste, Braindead (in the rebel colonies, 'Dead Alive'), Meet the Feebles, The Frighteners were Pete's Pre-Rings masterpieces.

'The One with the Sheep'? I think you are thinking of 2007's "Black Sheep"? That was Jonathan King, not Pete. On the other hand, there was a big Weta involvement, so, close enough, I suppose.

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'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin

MichaelBirks
Flame

@Anonymous John

And stop their war of nerves with Earth?

Are you the man who can stop them, a man whom fate has made indestructible?

Flames because they're Scarlet. And Black, of course.

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Kiwis slap 'vacant' sign on Paris Hilton

MichaelBirks
Paris Hilton

Long time coming

What gets me is how long it's taken to come to the appropriate legal attention. These placeholder billboards have been around Wellington for years.

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