* Posts by andy gibson

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

andy gibson

3 letter usernames

3 letter usernames are terrible, my school used them. You end up with all manner of duplicates - I was AGI for A Gibson. But as soon as Ashleigh Gibley started she had to be AGI1.

Its just as bad with Smiths, you always end up with more than one sharing the same first initial.

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

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Hudson Hawk

I believe the location doubled up as the Vatican mail railway in the terrible movie Hudson Hawk.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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"Instead of flying home, the authors envisage drones hitching a ride on buses, delivery trucks or boats"

Until the bus or truck goes under a low bridge.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Good old Constable Savage could spot a criminal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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UK just as bad

While its amusing to knock our American cousins and their "beer", lets not forget that the UK isn't much better, with the best selling "beers" being Stella Artois, Foster's, Carling & Carlsberg.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Stock photo of woman

Totally off topic, but that stock photo made me think about the Asus Eee PC woman. Wonder what she's using now. For those who don't know who I'm talking about:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/21/new_eee_girl/

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Prankster puts glasses on gallery floor - and visitors mistake them for art:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEleWfNVifY

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Not all games need a login

A favourite of mine (reminds me of Choplifter or Cyclone on the Spectrum), no idea how it's missed being culled as the TV programme died a death years ago:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/rockface/game/main.swf

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

andy gibson

Adblock banner

Some of the provincial news sites have a massive blue banner on the bottom third of the screen stating "LOVE YOUR LOCAL NEWS?

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR AD BLOCKER

Did you know that advertising supports local journalism and promotes local businesses? Find out how to turn off your ad blocker."

But if you right click on it and click "BLOCK THIS AD" it disappears!

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Chinese rivals: ZTE to take on Huawei... in the UK

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ZTE in the UK

ZTE were the manufacturer of the hugely popular Blade, AKA Orange San Francisco Android phone, and its successors.

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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strip bar?

Did quark run a "strip bar"? I thought it was holosuites and Dabo tables. Oh and Chief O'Brien's dartboard.

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Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Talking spiders in Rama sequels

Talking spiders were in the sequels to Rendezvous with Rama,also featuring humans leaving Earth for a new world.

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

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Groundskeeper Willie

Maybe it was Groundskeeper Willie's tractor that caused it to appear in Skinner's kitchen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1h8cHUnP9k

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

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Re: Storage in Paris

I think the data is safe, the inbred morons that is ISIS only targets people, not buildings of strategic important.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Dr. Stangelove

"By Dawn's Early Light", a 1991 TV movie of the 1983 novel Trinity's Child, by William Prochnau is also worth a watch.

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

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Re: If Trumps wig is lifted...

Either that or "I owe you one brain. Love, God"

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Re: Sounds like nonsense to me

Aberglas, is this you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36818899

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

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Billy Love

That name's going to be a tad unfortunate where he's going :-)

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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BBC Micro

Last time I went into Maplin it was for a DIN plug for a BBC Micro monitor (yes, they still had them on the shelves a few years back).

When I asked the assistant for directions to where it might be, he thought the BBC Micro was some kind of Freeview box.

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Is it a car? Is it a rocket? No, it's Elon Musk's robot butler!

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Nelson Muntz

I prefer to misquote Nelson from The Simpsons:

"How many Robot butlers will there be"

Bart: "One at first,but he'll train others"

Hopefully not in an I Robot fashion.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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downvote?

Who the fuck downvoted Geoff May's first post?

Show and explain yourself.

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Dabs founder Dave Atherton returns to techland

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"online tat bazaar"

Why does anyone who owns a web shopping outfit have to have it branded an "online tat bazaar" by The Reg? Once it just referred to Ebay, now its anything that sells.

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'I am not a lizard' Zuckerberg proclaims in public Q&A

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Marc Singer

I'll only believe it once Marc Singer has pawed his face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP49-qftyuk

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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Iplayer at work

What's the betting BBC's iPlayer will do the same this afternoon?

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

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Re: It's rubbish

I think that's where IT Technicians or other techy support staff in school need to pick up the ball. Many IT clubs are run by these staff.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum"

Isn't that why Cameron allowed each MP to choose which side they wanted to be on rather than having them toe the party line?

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

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Re: a triumph for commonsense

"a triumph for commonsense over idiotic twattery"

says someone who's name is "Harry the Bastard"

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I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

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Re: Damn you, headline writer

I'm buying the domain name toto.africa

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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

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Re: Abstain?

Its not Weasel, its Weisel :-)

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Terry Pratchett

Did anyone see this article and think of "The Long Mars" by Terry Pratchett?

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What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

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Re: You believe Hollywood?

They did such a good job with the "moon landings" its hard not to :-)

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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Good timing

As this is mainly Concorde chat, this is a timely link to the late, great George Kennedy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdwoWbBduxw

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Lenovo set to hire fresh top bod to run UK biz

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Never again with Lenovo

I've always had a good word for Lenovo, I've still got a bunch of their old N200 and N500 laptops running here and doing a good job.

But I had my fingers well and truly burnt with a batch of B5400s last year. Out of twelve, three now have failed DVD drives (all just after twelve months, and its not the drive but something on the mobo), one motherboard that went after a week, not to mention the silly rectangular power connector.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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The only good spy hunter

is this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/25/antique_code_show_spyhunter/

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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How would Grandad cope without cash?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyBGlVTHA_0

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

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Bing Maps?

For me I found that when Bing Maps started featuring OS maps, and had the same kind of control as Google to scroll around the map, zoom in and out, was the reason I stopped using Streetmap.

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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delayed payment

Many years ago UCI cinemas took a direct debit payment several months after I'd seen the film. However, as a goodwill gesture they gave me two free cinema tickets, which was the same price as the DD.

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Re: Sloppy research El Reg

What's a "hung of junk"? And is the swastika supposed to be that way in the photo?

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Fukushima photos

There are some amazing recent photos of abandoned Fukushima here:

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/fukushima-no-go-zone-radioactive-abandoned-towns.t99422

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Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

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App already exists

Have a look at Maverick. Download all the maps you need to your device before you leave.

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Dixons Carphone still has 7.5k Windows XP EPOS systems

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Euro Car Parts too

Their systems are still XP. At least my local branch is.

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

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Re: Nasty

Can't speak for anyone else but I don't have any problem with EE (Orange). 3G is always strong (better than some places free wifi) and I pay a tenner every two months to top up my PAYG phone. As soon as I top up a tenner I get 300 free texts and 1Gb of data.

When that runs out at the end of the month I just run down the accumulated credit, which tends to last another month, when I top up again.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

andy gibson

I like it

Personally I think its OK. However, I never used Windows 8 for any length of time. I tried but stuck on Classic Shell straight away, but even then went back to 7.

Having spent a few moments removing live tiles, rearranging and creating my own, I think its pretty good, but MS could have scored extra brownie points for just having a "classic start menu" option.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

andy gibson

Family Guy

He made a number of pretty funny appearances as himself on Family Guy (ooh piece of candy).

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'Cilla Black introduced me to my wife on Blind Date': Channel man's heartwarming story

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Diana-steria style grief

What's going on with the national outpouring of grief in all the media?

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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If he is dead he'll be spinning in his grave at the current state of the Labour party.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Tedious Romulan

Tedious Romulan was 10. 9 was the planet where you didn't age because of something in the rings.

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Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

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Rendezvous with Rama

Can't mention Clarke and Spaceguard without this wonderful novel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama

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Will a data centre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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old cars

My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out, and sailed through its MOT again last week for the third year on the trot.

I'd imagine that in 12 years time my car of 2027 will be a 13 or 63 reg car, assuming they're not so laden full of electronics gizmos with a short lifespan that you can't get parts for and will be resigned to the scrap heap. I don't think I'd trust "park assist" on a 12 year old Ford.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

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More to diagnostics than just reading a fault code

The rise of the OBD port and cheap diagnostics is a double edged sword. While it does work out cheaper to buy the kit and do your own diagnostics instead of going to a garage, it sometimes requires more advanced equipment to read live data. And some of the cheap code readers don't even pick up all the faults. On my car, a bluetooth reader and Torque didn't pick up P1351 (glow plugs) or P0402 (I've disconnected my EGR valve) whereas the proper Lexia diagnostic kit did.

A good example is the "P" code which reports low pressure at the high pressure pump. On four occasions now I've had customers come to me after a garage and even national breakdown companies have seen this code and said "your high pressure pump is goosed, mate. £400 to replace including parts and labour". And when the fault hasn't been fixed, shoulder shrugging from the garages.

The fault? Simply a neglected fuel filter, either the one in the engine bay, or the one built into the pump in the fuel tank. The proper kit could read fuel flow at the tank pump. And on another it was a poor electrical connection to the fuel pump. The proper diagnostic kit could read the current at the

pump, and it was incredibly weak.

So I'd recommend getting a second opinion from a fellow owner on a car forum for your marque. You'll probably save hundreds.

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