* Posts by stucs201

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Orion and/or Daedalus?

Time to dust off the plans?

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

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Re: Obi-Wan:

That's no aurora. That's a lawnmower.

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Advertising screens

The one that slightly surprised me was on a two-sided advertising screen. One side had a BSOD, which in itself wasn't too surprising. However the other side of the same display was running fine. I can just about understand using a PC to run something which is just a display screen (easier to update content than with a simple TV), but 2 in one box? Surely it would be more sensible to run both screens from the same PC?

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Viscous liquid oozing down the walls? You must have hives

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Re: re: and head straight back to where they came from

Also shouldn't it be "make a bee-line for", not "head straight back to"?

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re: and head straight back to where they came from

Do they announce their arrival with "Honey, I'm home!"?

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Surely getting rid of bees is simple...

...just ask them to buzz off.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: fewer cars on the road

I don't see it meaning fewer cars on the road. People not owning their own cars may mean less cars in total, but more of them actually on the road. Not having your own car parked and waiting at the start of your journey will mean a shared car having to drive to you, for however long that takes that's an extra car on the road (rather than parked).

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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I don't even like tea...

...but even I know milk in the pot is wrong.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: Yes, yes...

You'll just have to make do with Phantom Slayer if you want a first person shooter.

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Re: pfft!

I think things probably varied a lot by school. Overall numbers of computers in that era were low enough that the relatively small sample within a school wasn't certain to follow the national trend.

Ours was mostly Speccys, with the Dragon comming in second place (but at least there were enough of us to be able to "own" more games than we'd bought). I only remember one BBC (yes it belonged to the swottiest kid in the school) and one C64 (some of the Speccy owners were fond of calling it a "Commode").

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Will they be using their usual designer?

If they really do produce an autonomous car and it's designed by their usual designer then I propose that everyone should refer to them as Jony Cabs...

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: snooker

Unless I was setting timers for multiple programs at once I generally used to set the time manually to record an extra half hour or more to allow for overruns.

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Microsoft's 3D Jedi phone explored

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You mean this bit?

"A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program. "

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

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Since you love flash so much...

Flash, I Love You! But We Only Have Fourteen Hours Left to Save the Earth!

Sorry, wrong Flash...

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Since you mentioned plastic cards

It seems the phone in this case is just being used to display a code. So there's actually nothing about this system that needs the customer to have anything electronic - it seems it would work just as well with the QR code printed on a plastic card.

I'm assuming here that the code is constant for a given account. Others seem to think it's a generated unique code for the transaction. The latter would be more secure, but the description in the article doesn't really make it clear which is actually the case.

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Uber helicopter taxis

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Get to the choppa!

I can see lots of people using this line when their ride arrives.

(Icon? Wrong film, but still Arnie)

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Millions of 'must be firewalled' services are open to the entire internet – research

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I miss when not everything was TCP/IP

There was a time I used to set protocol bindings to configure local file and printer sharing to use IPX/SPX or NetBEUI only, leaving TCP/IP only for things that needed to connect to the internet.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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XKCD...

http://xkcd.com/1649/

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Re: Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

There's nothing wrong with having to turn your head on it's side to read an emoticon/smiley/emoji :-)

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Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: Brannock device

That would be the 'ruler' referred to in the article.

The best ones though are not the standard brannock device, but ones with a tape measure for the width. The standard brannock device (like the automated floor-standing machine) doesn't account for the height of the instep.

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Re: Shoes

Having relatively short (but wide) feet there was a time I used to save quite a bit on shoes by having the 'kids' option (no VAT), from a retailer with width fittings and half sizes. That was back when there was much less of a styling difference between adult and kids shoes than is typical now - it's not something I can often get away with any more.

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Re: keep buying variations of the same

I did have several pairs of the exact same style in a row (the best fitting shoes I ever had). Then one year they discontinued them. I still wish I'd stockpiled a supply of spare pairs.

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I like the 'ruler' better than the automatic machine

Since I've got a relatively high instep the automatic machine which only measures width was useless at getting the correct fitting. The ruler does much better since the attached tape measure measures circumference (at least in shops that do 'width' fittings).

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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Model shuttle?

So basically this was somewhere between a real space shuttle and Top-Gear's Reliant Robin?

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Re: Wrong side?

No, not the wrong side. Lever on the left is correct. On a real typewriter you need to get the left of the page back to the typing position to start a new line, which means pushing from the left.

On a side note these levers are why the use of CR-LF as a line separator bugs me. On every mechanical typewriter I've used the lever does the Line Feed before the Carriage Return.

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

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Re: It's All Wrong

I could also be tempted by:

Floaty McBoatFace for the ship

Sinky McBoatFace for the sub.

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Re: It's All Wrong

Boaty McBoatface for the ship.

Boaty Junior for the sub.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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Re: Amazon Prime?

"Wait until Amazon adds Mars to their "Prime" free shipping list"

Well they'll already ship mars to you in bar form...

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Hubble spots ice moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

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Re: Shouldn't it be

No, it should be Moony McMoonFace...

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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Re: Hoover

Ah, but is it a match for Mega-maid?

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Re: Hoover

Surely you mean vacuum cleaner? This is space...

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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The worst thing is Avatar 5 will probably be released on blu-ray before The Abyss is.

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Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay

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Re: Isnt it time....

https://xkcd.com/1200/

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

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I'd recommend an impact driver to accompany the drill. Not only are they useful, but it adds a percussion section for those considering the accoustic merits of their purchases.

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Microsoft traps and tortures poor little AI in soulless Minecraft world

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Re: jumping into lava pits or drowning in water, learn from it, and just start over

Or perhaps you can. Evolution arguably involves that sort of thing, hence selecting organisms which have some sort of innate instinct (fear) of doing such things. The minecraft bots are just combining the evolution and individual organism learning.

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HPE's CloudLine gains some weight – blows up from 72TB to 640TB

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Is this the last increase?

Noone will ever need more than 640TB...

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

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But anyone who has seen Rocky Horror knows that Brad is an asshole, and therefore a perfect source of shit.

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Microsoft patent filing confirms existence of 3D Jedi gesture phone

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A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wave bands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

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Are there any precedents with other forms of security?

Take, for example, suspected evidence locked in a safe. Would the safe manufacturer be required to assist in opening it without destroying the contents? Surely safes are old enough that this might have occurred in the past, surely the same rules should apply here to breaking electronic rather than physical security (and I'll admit to ignorance as to what those rules would be).

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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I think it was just called 'gorilla'.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: Not a cool name...

Specs are wrong on that Amstrad. It wasn't an 8088 and didn't run at 4.75MHz. It was 8MHz and actually an NEC V30 (80186 clone).

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How many Surface power cords are a fire risk? 2.25 million in the US alone

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For me it's not asking me to select a state, but does want me select a city from a list. There is no entry in that list which is a valid part of my address. Not sure if I can be bothered contacting them to get the cable another way or if I should just dig in my boxes of spare bits - there's bound to be a figure-8 power cable in there somewhere (which is the part being replaced, not anything Surface specific).

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True, but the surface cables are a little more prone to damage than most. Having seen pictures of the replacement cable (I've not got mine yet due to issues with address verification) the replacement cable is the one between the wall socket and the power brick. On the original cable the figure-8 plug is hard plastic, with the wire able to be bent sharply against that plastic plug. The replacement looks to be a more typical (and least in the UK, can't speak for the rest of the world) figure-8 lead where there is a semi-flexible rubber section covering the first inch or so of cable - making such bending less likely.

It's probably possible to damage both types (or to avoid damaging both types), but the original surface cable does seem more likely to be accidentally damaged.

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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Re: unspecified techniques

Waved hand and said "I do need to see your identification"?

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Roll me over

If you're taking it where rolling is likely then you fit a roll cage. Problem solved. Bolting on extras is something Land Rovers are very good for.

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Re: Safety?

That's a Disco in that crash test. We're discussing the Defender and it's predecessors here.

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Re: Africa

Different mileage again in Kenya. Lots of Japanese vehicles in Nairobi, nearly everything on the road (I think I saw one VW). However out on the reserves (Samburo and Masai Mara) almost everything was a Land Rover of some sort (each camp customised them differently). Only one camp seemed to be using Toyotas - at the very least they were outnumbered by the mini-buses of the budget safaris (which had to be careful where they went, our land rover on the other hand the guide would happily park in rivers to watch hippos).

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Re: uncomfortable, slow

Neither of these things matter if it's being driven where it's supposed to be driven. Places where any vehicle is going to have a degree of discomfort, particularly if you try and do anything as daft as go fast.

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