* Posts by Manolo

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

Manolo
Pint

Re: Grandad

"It just amazes me how some people can find a negative in such a positive story."

A Dutch writer once said: "Some people read like hoovers, they can get dirt from everywhere".

And the article cetrainly mentions the remoteness of Grandad.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Facepalm

Re: Messe

You are right, I forgot about the religious meaning of mass and Messe.

Interesting stuff, languages!

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Manolo

Tête de veau

"Or perhaps the waiters were aware, and warned people."

Or alternatively, it was just the meat from the head (like tongue and cheek) served without the skull, which is actually more common.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%AAte_de_veau

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Re: Messe

Interesting!

Even in Dutch that works: "Is dat een zwaluw" indeed becomes "est-ce une hirondelle".

Maybe the addition of "a" or "een" signals that the verb should not be used.

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Manolo
Headmaster

Messe

Fair is the correct translation for Messe, though not fair as in fair play, but as in a fair being held in a fairground. The translation of "mass" would be "Masse", not "Messe".

As for the corrections: that options is gone from the mobile app and I don't have the idea that Google does anything with it. It still translates Dutch "zwaluw" to the French "avaler" instead of "hirondelle".

Why? Because a zwaluw is a swallow and the verb to swallow is avaler in French.

So another tip for using Google translate: translate from English, even if English is not your first language. (Although in this case you still don't get the bird, just the verb)

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

Manolo
Linux

Speckled Jim

I am happy they didn't shoot it.

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OK, who unplugged the modem? North Korea's internet disappeared for four hours today

Manolo
Go

Wut?

Wait, what, are you saying the company is NOT called China Unicorn? Shirley you must be jesting.

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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Boffin

Re: Not likely

While I did study anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry and toxicology I have no clue what a "lymbic cycle" is. Neither does Google, it suggests I might be searching for an Olympic cycle.

As for nicotinoids being used and synthesised in our bodies, I think you heard the bell toll, but don't know where the clapper is hanging.

Basically, our parasympathetic nervous system has two types of receptors: the muscarinic and nicotinic receptors. The substrate for both is acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. An enzyme that is specific for nicotine would not interfere with acetylcholine, as their chemical structures are quite different. Acetylcholine is broken down by esterases, while no ester bond is present in nicotine.

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Manolo

Re: Not likely

Indeed, the part of losing the protein properties whilst maintaining the enzymatic activity is incredibly hard. I cannot think of one example where that succeeded and is clinically used.

Crossing the blood-brain barrier would not be necessary for this enzyme, it could break down the nicotine in the systemic circulation with no need to enter the brain.

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Boffin

Not likely

Enzymes are proteins and proteins are: 1) digested in the gut, 2) too big to pass the membranes between the gut and the bloodstream when not digested.

This means the drug would have to be given as an injection, which limits its patient acceptance.

Secondly, introducing proteins of non-human origin in the bloodstream will result in the production of antibodies or even a severe allergic reaction.

I don't see this hitting pharmacy shelves anytime soon.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

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Joke

Please Sir, can I have some less?

"then you’re looking at around 70p/GB,"

I'll have a 32 GB one then please, as it only needs to hold my OS. The media files in /home are perfectly happy on spinning rust and don't need those speeds.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

Manolo

Re: Smaller and cheaper

"£50 will get you a faster 120GB drive.'"

But no PCI-E, and that was my point.

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Re: Smaller and cheaper

"64Gb for £30 good enough?"

Thats a good price, but it's like the one I already have: it's SATA, not PCI-E. I would like a faster PCI-E card, but not in the currently available sizes, because they are just too expensive.

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Manolo
Happy

Smaller and cheaper

I'd like to see smaller and cheaper drives like that. I use my SSD just for my root partition, with /home on spinning rust. A 32 GB SSD would be ample, yet when I built my PC a few years ago 64 GB was already the smallest I could get. Why would I need a superfast 480GB SSD if all it does is hold documents and media? I wish I could buy a 32 GB SSD with those speeds for around €40.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

Manolo
Boffin

Re: Not really surprised

I still maintain that you don't know what you are talking about, The "appointing" of a mayor means the King signs for it. He has no influence on who is nominated.

That being said, the nominations are not a very transparent and democratic process either.

Same goes for the appointment of the prime minister.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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Devil

Re: Auckland to Heathrow

How do you go through Charles de Gaulle from Auckland to Heathrow?

I once took al longer and more expensive flight, just so I could go through Heathrow instead of CDG.

(Antigua - Heathrow - Amsterdam instead of St Maarten - Paris - Amsterdam)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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Holmes

491-eater?

What I would like to know is why the jamon is arranged to spell 491?

(And yes, I know it should be 419-eater. Makes it extra puzzeling)

Also, the name of the dish is spelled right in the title (uitsmijter) but wrong in the article (uitsmeijter).

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

Manolo
Joke

Taxonomical...

If the AI previously labeled Caucasians as seals and dogs, the at least from a biological standpoint it is improving. Evolutionary an African is closer to a gorilla than a Caucasian to a seal...

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Devil

... and velcro mitts.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

Manolo

Re: Unfathomable.

I don't know. If you want to do maximum damage to a piece of equipment, do you try to hit as many parts of it as possible, or do you try to make all your bullets fly through one small hole?

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

Manolo

Re: @Manolo ...Varmint?

Hailing from Europe, I have indeed never been around an armadillo :-)

Thanks for explaining the nuisance factor.

How bad is the leprosy factor? Are 99% infected, or 0,001%? And how big is the chance of transmission?

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Manolo
WTF?

Varmint?

What exactly is so troublesome about armadillos that they need shooting?

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

Manolo
FAIL

Re: Good

"It does rather raise the question of what part of Ofcom "ruling" you did not understand."

He isn't talking about the Ofcom ruling he's wondering why she hasn't been fined for urinating in public.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

Manolo

Re: Drugs *can* be re patented for use in differenct conditions.

No, they can't be repatented. The patent is for the substance itself (and sometimes for the method(s) of synthesis and/or purification) and not for its application. Pharmaceutical companies would synthesise a lot of compounds, get patents for them and then start testing them to see what they might do. They can be registered for a new application, but this does not confer the kind of economic protection a patent does.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

Manolo

Re: Video Machine

Since the Ouya manages just that with ease, this thing should certainly be able to do that.

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Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

Manolo

Re: Live feeds?

Well, you poor Brits... Still dark at eleven in the morning? It's noon here and I still get the exact same clips of the otters and meerkats.

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Manolo
FAIL

Live feeds?

"But live feeds of these animals from London Zoo are part of an innovative trial of a new technology called ‘TV white spaces’."

Uhm, let me see, it's a quarter past ten in the evening here in continental Europe, which means it's a quarter past nine in the UK. The meerkats are basking in the sun. Live feed my furry arse!

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

Manolo

Re: Muppets

They need to stop having marriages between first cousins.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

Manolo

Re: Hazard

"That doesn't stop governments from installing them as revenue-generators."

Whoosh.

I think Whiskers forgot the sarcasm mark when he wrote "there is no other legitimate reason for installing speed cameras".

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Manolo

Updated my Nexus 5

Battery life quite shorter. It is definitely slower. Coming back from an app or the app menu to the home screen, there is considerable lag in building up the screen: first empty, then icons, then widgets. Reformatting the cache partition did not help. Phone app looks garish, like Windows 8. The calendar app is a disaster in UI design. I'm a Nexus user since the Nexus One, so I've had my share of Android updates, but this is the first time I feel an update is not an improvement, neither in UI (subjective) or in performance (objective). I'll be reverting to Kit Kat 4.4.4.

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

Manolo
Linux

Nexus 10 as well

Your article does not mention it, but the Nexus 10 is also supposed to get the update.

I am eagerly awaiting it, as so far it has been my most disappointing Nexus device.

It locks up or reboots spontaneously.

It looses it's wifi connection all the time, or has a very slow connection.

You can't use a Bluetooth keyboard while you have wifi on as this causes repeat keyboard presses.

If Lollipop doesn't fix it, I am tempted to bin it.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Manolo
Joke

Re: Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

"even revenue protection and enforcement"

Yes, these big six inch phones are big enough to bludgeon someone with.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

Manolo
Linux

Re: A simple solution

I've had iguana in the West Indies. It's pretty good, tasted like lamb, but that might have been due to the curry it came in. I guess one is supposed to say "tastes like chicken" when eating exotic meats.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: Great US coverage of this story

It made me giggle too, especially as the post was "Edited for clarity and spelling"

Now, seeing as I'm neither French nor English, let's see if I can come up with the correct spelling: hors d' oeuvres. That should be it, I think. On a related note: I always find it strange that a main course is called an entrée in the USA. Don't they know the meaning of entrée?

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Manolo
Coat

Must resist...

... urge to quip about Japanese cheerleaders riding my balls...

I'll go get me coat.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

Manolo

Re: Smoking seaweed?

You are spot on. Rather than "intelligent" behaviour, this sounds like opportunistic hunting, a quite common behaviour under water. I have seen jacks swimming with sharks and stingrays, hoping to catch some morsels (from the sharks) or small fry (stirred up by the rays). Once I observed a jack that had turned yellow (which I didn't know they were able to do) to blend in in a school of grunts.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Thumb Up

Re: Fritzbox

I have an ISP-supplied 7360, that I am quite happy with. It has a DECT telephone connected and it did experience the ghost calls, up to hundreds a day. I resolved it by making a blocking rule to not accept calls without a number. Probably keeps away the telemarketers as well!

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

Manolo
Mushroom

Re: Nexus 10

NNNNNo, assssssss IIIIII wwaaassssssss exxxxpeccctiiing:

Bluetooth bug not fixed.

Wifi neither.

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Manolo
FAIL

Nexus 10

I am trying to see if the update has arrived for my Nexus 10, but as usual, it will not connect to WiFi.

Would be nice if they'd finally fix that.

That and the bug where a Bluetooth keyboard repeats all characters when WiFi is on.

My most disappointing Nexus device, the N10.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Manolo
Pint

Re: > everyone's favorite cured breakfast meat

"Perhaps not in the Arab world."

And don't forget the Jewish world.

Though I have an Israeli acquaintance who keeps kosher, but makes an exception for bacon, because it just tastes so good, God can't have meant for him not to eat it.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

Manolo

Re: One Question

"Why enable automatic updates if the VM can/will never access the internet?"

Because those updates don' t only fix exploits that can be remotely exploited, but also all other kinds of bugs?

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Manolo

The other way around?

Since you' ll be using Windows mostly, wouldn't you be better off running Windows with Linux in a VM? Especially the USB bit would get complicated to implement, but easy when running Linux in an VM.

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

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Thumb Up

Oh joy!

A day off and a brilliant BOFH! Great Friday!

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Manolo

And how about actually using WiFi and Bluetooth?

"There’s no need to talk too much about the operating system because, being a Nexus-branded device, it runs unadulterated Android"

There is a lot of need to talk about the OS, especially since it is a Nexus device. For instance, does Bluetooth actually work? My Bluetooth keyboard will only work decently if I switch off WiFi. Google for it and you will find hordes of Nexus users struggling with this problem (on Nexi 4, 7 and 10, mine is a 10). And I don't use BT for audio, but apparently that does not work properly either.

Another problem for Nexus users is WiFi dropping. How is that on the new N7?

And since inevitably some dumbass will show up to claim that since his Nexus is working fine, I must be making this up and the problems do not exist:

WiFi : https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=40065

Bluetooth keyboard: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/ORce7P9V4qU%5B1-25-false%5D

Bluetooth audio: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/nVjWKiUvvPs

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Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

Manolo

It has, or at least it used to have a feedback option, as I flagged the swallow problem almost a year ago. Maybe they removed it, since they were not acting upon it anyway.

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Manolo
Linux

Detours via English

Actually Google Translate should do relatively well on legalese, I read once that his been trained with all the translations of minutes from meetings of the EU (EP, or EC).

That being said, going to or from English usually goes pretty well, but problems arise for instance with going from Dutch to French: English is being used as an intermediate. Take for instance the Dutch word "zwaluw", which means swallow, the noun, not the verb. It comes out in French as "avaler" which is the verb "to swallow". Correct translation should be "hirondelle" and in a straight Dutch - French translation you will get that, but the detour through English messes up the translation.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

Manolo
FAIL

Nexus 10 too

The Nexus 10 already had a known problem losing WiFi connectivity, unfortunately 4.3 did not fix it.

Google "Nexus 10 WiFi" and Google will auto suggest "dropping".

Also my Bluetooth keyboard is next to useless on the Nexus 10 unless I turn WiFi off.

I deeply regret ever having bought the Nexus 10.

My Galaxy Nexus on the other hand functions without issue, both on 4.2 and 4.3.

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Google kicks off Android 4.3 updates for Nexus devices

Manolo
Linux

Re: Nexus 10 wifi fix?

Lucky for you, but it's a known issue:

https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=42341

Or just Google "nexus 10 wifi issues".

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Manolo
FAIL

Nexus 10 wifi fix?

And does this update fix the abysmal wifi performance of the Nexus 10?

(or better: lack of performance, since the connection often drops altogether)

Would be about time...

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: injection

The previous poster was pointing out that injection is not a legal term.

It probably should be injunction, but IANAL.

Hell, IANEANES, so what do I know.

(I Am Not Even A Native English Speaker)

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