* Posts by Old Hand

10 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

N. Joseph Woodland, inventor of the barcode, dies at 91

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What about the gum ?

I hope The Reg will tell us if the Smithsonian celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Chewing Gum next year. Perhaps they could auction the remaining pieces in the pack to raise funds - unless they are already "pre-owned".

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ITU suggests replaceable cables for power supplies

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PSUs

Nice idea; most of us have boxes of Wall-Warts for dead equipment. We are able to wield soldering irons better than many, I expect. Some good work has been done already in adopting figure-8 for input and now we need a standard for DC output cables. But not USB, precisely because it already has a power rating too low to be good. Then what to do about the current rating at each voltage? Mustn't overheat them. ??

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The Register Comments Guidelines

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ModeRATING again

I failed to make clear enough that my questions were not about Thumbs but about the 'slider' and whether it should be applied to the >form< or the >content< of the article. I understand thumbs but don't know WHO or WHAT one is Dis/Approving with the slider; the reporting, or the subject of the report.

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Moderating

I'm very pleased to see the amount of care that goes into filtering your posts. Without it the trash level would clearly rise to become unacceptable.

I am curious about the RATING system because I do not understand and cannot discover whether the Rating applies to the form or to the subject of the original article. Much of the reporting is good and some excellent; is THAT what I am rating ??

Some of the proposals/ideas/policies being discussed in articles are rubbish and some are sound; is the raw subject matter of the article what I am rating ??

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Facebook 'contributes' €15.3bn to EU economy... bitch

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Units?

Can anyone see what the units are for the Value Added column in the article? I am sure it is greater that 26k Euros

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Happy 40th birthday, Intel 4004!

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I see the picture is of the one in Teak; does anyone know if they did it in Mahogany too?

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Web surfers stumble upon new planets

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PlanetHunters has 40000 members but the project has linked up ober 300,000 brains. How many brains does each member have ? (On average, of course.)

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Digital content faces rating scrutiny

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Where ?

Too late now, but it would have been good to have the word AUSTRALIA appear in the first paragraph of this.

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ICO lets police maintain ANPR location secrecy

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What makes them different?

Speed Cameras round here are painted yellow so people learn to slow down even if the case contains no active camera. Some social benefit occurs.

What is different about NCPR Cameras? If people knew where they were (and were concerned) they would take care in those neghbourhoods. If people don't know where they are that social benefit is lost.

Time for one policeman to talkto another policeman?

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Masses marvel at 'Most Useless Machine'

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Supply chain

I saw one of these around 1960, in plastic with a little green hand. I just had to build one too; trouble was, where to get a hand? No-one would lend me one, so in the end I went to a Second Hand Shop :-)

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