* Posts by DuncanL

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

DuncanL

"Analysis of the remains found non-terrestrial life"

Eh? What? And this didn't make the news around the world and radically change the way we think about life?

No; because it didn't happen and it's highly dubious "science" from an unreliable source. http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/03/fossil-claims-from-the-fringe-life-in-a-meteorite-not-likely/

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Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

DuncanL

Re: Split the company

Why? All the R&D that drives AWS (and it's profits) came about as a direct result of needing to support the box shifting. Which then provides savings and new products (Prime Video) etc back to the selling arm. An ideal system driving both parts forward. Split it up and you end up losing all that synergy (in the non joss-stick & whale song sense).

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

DuncanL

Re: OK Say you get to Mars

Same way as they landed on the moon - with an orbiter (which comes back to Earth) and a lander (which doesn't). Just bigger and better, with more shielding and knobs on....

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

DuncanL
Coat

Re: Inertial dumper! Duh.

<nerd mode> Damper. Inertial damper, </nerd mode>

Mine's the one with the communicator on the pocket...

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

DuncanL

Its bonking time!

I loves a bit o' bonking!

Three, four, five, six, seven, can't remember the rest!

Twelve!

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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

DuncanL
Facepalm

International Docking Adapter...

The cargo pod will also contain the first International Docking Adapter for the space station.

OK; but how do they get it in or out through the current docking port?

;-)

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

DuncanL

Re: Get a grip

It's already known that it's impossible to avoid a side impact in an AV.

What? Hang on a minute (ignoring the rest of your tinfoil-hattery); why on earth would this be the case? Side impacts are harder to do something about (you have less reaction time and your only real options are sped up or slow down - which can be made more difficult if there are vehicles in front and behind - who do you hit?), but by no means impossible.

Citation please.....

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

DuncanL

Re: Full of Canned Laughs

"Vegetables" has got a sort of *woody* quality about it. Much better than 'newspaper' or 'litter bin'.

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

DuncanL

Watering trough

That "hero" picture must win some sort of award for "most tenuous link to the actual story"!

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

DuncanL

Re: To be fair, they do pop up nine times out of ten.

Particularly when you're aiming for the voonerables.

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

DuncanL

Re: Saw it last night

And hello to Jason Isaacs....

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

DuncanL

Re: @dogged

You can roll back (assuming you're coming from Win 7 SP1 or newer via the in-place upgrade): https://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/how-to-rollback-to-a-previous-version-of-windows-from-windows-10/

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DuncanL

New install upgrade vs "in place"

(Reposting here' since the earlier Win 10 story has been closed before anyone could reply)

My ideal plan would be to re-install a fresh version of Win 10 on a shiny new SSD; but taking advantage of the free upgrade from my existing Win 7 license.

Do we know yet if the "free upgrade" will cover this (downloading a full Win 10 ISO and then entering a Win 7 key at some point)? Rather than installing Win7 again onto the SSD just to upgrade it?

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

DuncanL

New install upgrade vs inplace

My ideal plan would be to re-install a fresh version of Win 10 on a shiny new SSD; but taking advantage of the free upgrade from my existing Win 7 license.

Do we know yet if the "free upgrade" will cover this (downloading a full Win 10 ISO and then entering a Win 7 key at some point)? Rather than installing Win7 again onto the SSD just to upgrade it?

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Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

DuncanL

Obvious question...

Are they a go-er?

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

DuncanL

Re: Extra graphical capabilities of the spectrum 128 ?

The original 48k game's graphics were drawn (slowly) as vectors (because there wasn't enough RAM to store bitmaps).

It looks like the new version has taken the bitmap graphics from the PC CGA version and tweaked and coloured them for the Spectrum palette.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

DuncanL

re: reply to the highest appearing post with a complete non-sequitur..

Erm - Mister AC wasn't being random - Brazil, India, China

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

DuncanL

Re: What does company mean?

LMGTFY.... http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/company

Senses 2 and 3

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

DuncanL

If (IF..) this mean you get less crap from days ago then maybe it's good?

(I still keep mine in "Most Recent" order, but they took it away on mobile ages ago and probably will on the desktop if this new ordering works for them....)

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

DuncanL

Available in the “early spring of 2015”?

Erm - surely it is early spring 2015? Seems like a short timescale to go from pre-production to selling it in a week or two?

Or (more likely) they mean 2016?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

DuncanL

Re: Just for clarification?

Not the same thing - semolina is derived from wheat, polenta is cornmeal. You can get polenta from any supermarket - just make sure to get the raw stuff; not the pre-cooked slabs!.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

DuncanL

Tank controls?

For those of us who never played the original, give us clue what this means and why it's bad? Ta.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

DuncanL

Re: silly question from someone who knows zip....

The internet says yes...

http://www.tinkernut.com/portfolio/make-raspberry-pi-nas-network-attached-storage/

(I've not tried this...)

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DuncanL

Re: Video playback

However it will run (at some unspecified point in the future) Windows 10; so if you're desperate to stay in the Windows world; that will be the only route for a Pi based solution.

Though I would say to try XMBC or its derivatives - the UI is about as simple as you can get.

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DuncanL

Re: *Really* Open Source now ?

The fact that the Pi even exists is because most of the team work from Broadcom and managed to get a deal from their employers to use the SOC at a rate that nobody else could get.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

DuncanL

Re: RTM

In addition to being wrong about the subscription; I'm afraid to say you're also wrong about this:

(I read that you can't turn automatic Windows Update off) to future versions.

That's only the case in the Technical Preview, so they can ensure everyone is testing the current fixed versions - the final release will have exactly the same options as 7/8/8.1

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

DuncanL

Re: Correction!

From the Samsung data sheet:

DRAM Cache Memory - 256MB (120GB) or 512MB (250GB&500GB) or 1GB (1TB) LPDDR2

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

DuncanL

Re: Assuming jigawatts is a bad pronunciation of gigawatts

I believe the phrase "Whooosh!" was invented for situations such as these....

(Hint; watch "Back To The Future")

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

DuncanL

Re: It's a pity they didn't kill of Powerpoint

But presumably it works for them - £800 million profit in 2013!

PowerPoint may well be the wrong tool; but sometimes using the "wrong" tool is better in terms of actual results. Have you ever tried to use actual project planning software? An utter nightmare unless you have a degree in project management.

It's the same principle as the reason a vast percentage of businesses run on Excel sheets for everything - it works as far as they need and doesn't have a million features they don't.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

DuncanL

My lander is full of eels.

Would you like to come back to my comet, bouncy, bouncy?

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

DuncanL

Seems to have eaten mails - just chased someone I was arranging to collect from and got a curt message that he had replied to my mail this morning - however nothing in eBay's messages or email notifications.

Either that or he hadn't actually sent the earlier message I suppose!

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

DuncanL

Re: Does it still accept power via its USB ports?

No; that's one of the things they fixed in the + versions.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

DuncanL

Re: Not news?

I think this is specifically about adding the function to the FB mobile app; as opposed to the website, where you have indeed been able to do this for ages.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

DuncanL

Re: I'm confused :(

Yes, yes and no - in that order.

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

DuncanL
Coat

Re: "Well it's -- um -- it's green"

Yours will be the one with the tricorder in the pocket - except that they seem to have done away with pockets in the 22nd century.

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

DuncanL
Holmes

Dictionary.com: Gartner

1. [verb] To be paid to produce vague reports that serve only for brief news items and are then discarded; never to be examined in retrospect to avoid embarrassment at the inaccuracies in predictions.

2. [phrase, informal] Expression of mock surprise at an otherwise obvious result or statement. See also "No shit, Sherlock!"

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

DuncanL

Re: My Fave Changes...

And finally, I just want to have a normal, local logon account. No fancy, useless Microsoft Live account or whatever it is.

You can - when you're installing, select "Create new account" and then at the bottom of that screen is a tiny text link to create a local account with no Live tie in. This page covers it:

https://www.liberiangeek.net/2013/11/daily-windows-tips-install-windows-8-1-with-local-accounts-only/

And this covers changing an existing account:

http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-switch-your-windows-8-1-log-in-to-a-local-account/

(Sorry - no clickable links for me!)

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

DuncanL

"Who are you and how did you get in here?"

"I'm a locksmith and.... I'm a locksmith"

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NASA on Curiosity bot: Mission accomplished (for now at least)

DuncanL
Coat

Re: Still rolling... still astounded.

Curiosity is enjoying the peace and tranquillity humans can only dream of.

No, Tranquillity is on the Moon...

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

DuncanL

Raymond Chen responds..

to kick the Reg's arse over sloppy reporting...

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2014/09/09/10556049.aspx

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

DuncanL

Re: Consistent quality feed required

It's probably a mix of genuine HD content and upscaled SD - ITV do this a lot I have noticed from the EPG.

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DuncanL

Re: They need to release 250GB or 500GB discs for 8K and 4K...

I've got some spare tinfoil here if you need to fashion some new headgear....

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

DuncanL
Headmaster

re: is there anything else the EU want's?

Mandatory apostrophe usage training?

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

DuncanL

Very small rocks...

Tis witchcraft I tell you.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

DuncanL

Don't call him a monke....

Did anyone get the number of that donkey cart?

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

DuncanL
Joke

This seems like a better solution...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQDy-5IQvuU

;-)

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

DuncanL

Re: But, but, but...

That's a brilliant demonstration of the Streisand Effect in effect!

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

DuncanL

Misreading of the title made me think of Marvin The Martian...

"There's supposed to be an Earth shattering Kaboom!"

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

DuncanL

Re: wot?

No video? Apart from the one linked from the article you mean?....

http://new.livestream.com/ESOAstronomy/eeltgroundbreaking/videos/54317715

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

DuncanL

Looks like...

...a very expensive tablet display stand?

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