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* Posts by John Browne 1

14 posts • joined 3 Feb 2010

Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Apple-bashers can take a break.

With friends like Limbaugh, Apple doesn't need enemies.

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Boffin

Most chocolate manufacturers provide portable not-spots

Instructions:

1) Remove foil wrapper from chocolate.

2) Place wrapper on phone, being sure to cover WiFi antenna.

Check phone manual for antenna location.

3) Eat chocolate.

Troubleshooting guide:

If signal still gets through, turn phone off, wait, and turn it on again.

IMPORTANT. Delay turning phone on again until all chocolate is completely eaten.

Simples!

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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Fine, but does it have a large moon?

And a reasonable magnetic field?

Might make a difference. Or not. It would be interesting to find out.

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VR pioneer invents 'illumination-as-a-service'

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Meh

¡Bong!

'nuff said.

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Gone fishin' with Nokia

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Maybe they should go back to using their 1865 logo.

This one...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nokia_logo_(1865).svg

Most appropriate.

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LOHAN sucks Reg reader's instrument to death

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Holmes

I bet this is a bug...

I doubt that you busted the sensor, it's quite robust and well protected. The batteries should be well enough sealed for short-term use.

Nope, my suspicions were aroused by the maximum altitude figure of 32707ft, which, as any fule kno, is close to the upper limit of 32767 for a signed 16 bit integer. Any more than that and the top bit will be set, which will make the value negative. What happens after that is up to the software.

This time RTFM could be misleading; the MS5534 datasheet says 'All calculations can be performed with signed 16-Bit variables.' Maybe so if you deal only in metres.

You're not the first to be had by this one, I found in 1986 that FS II on the Amiga would fly into the ground if you set the autopilot for more than 32767 feet, and the first Ariane 5 launch was downed by almost exactly the same bug.

You might need to reset the thing to get back the calibration data, but it's probably not broken, unlike the Ariane. Have fun!

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Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash

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Clever old Harry Beck?

Old? That's rich, Beck was 30 when the iconic Tube map was published.

The constantly (deliberately, carelessly or cynically?) inaccurate Fry is 54.

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REVEALED: Samsung Galaxy S III is a PHONE

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Unhappy

Damn!

I was sure it would look exactly like the portable TV in Doctor Who's "The Idiot's Lantern".

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Radioactive Litvinenko poison trails now much easier to detect

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When they say the long range version would be "non portable"

Do they mean like the Hale telescope is "non portable"?

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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

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Twitter is actually funny for once.

Another first for GMP ;-)

Seriously, though, a lot of American police forces post the blotter on their websites. Maybe GMP should have tried that before braving the jungle of social networking.

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Brigitte Bardot demands flying donkey action

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Vasily Gorobets is definitely not the first to fly a donkey.

In 'Air America' by Christopher Robbins (Macmillan 1979, Corgi pbk reissue 1990 ISBN 0-552-13722-7) there is a photo from the China Post Archives showing a donkey in a cargo net slung under a Huey. Probably in Laos sometime in the 60s; Huey reg. is N8513F.

Oh, yes, the picture caption: Air America hauls ass.

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Microsoft offers iPhone devs Windows Phone 7 cash

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Jobs Horns

And another risk factor...

An iPhone app that gets ported to 7 might have a teeny chancette of getting kicked out of the App Store, no reason given. What, me paranoid? Come off it. Mine's the one with the medication in the pocket.

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Telegraph trips over the Large Hardon Collider

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@ nickrw - not Friday?

It was when the Telegraph did it, so no LHC-induced temporal anomaly required.

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Spiderman Beetleman wall-crawl glove/boot tech invented

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FAIL

Sounds like a handy gadget...

for pulling plaster off walls and ceilings.

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