677 posts • joined 24 May 2007
John Glenn on "Frasier"
There's a great episode on the old TV show Frasier where he plays himself and comes clean about aliens and the space race. But it all happens during one of Frasier's tantrums and it never gets heard or broadcast. About two minutes in:
Your Spectrum and Sportscene Specialist Press
I arrived late into the Spectrum world (1986), by which time the newsstands were occupied by Crash, Your Sinclair and Sinclair User, heavily games oriented.
By chance at a car boot sale I picked up the entire collection of Your Sinclair's predecessor - Your Spectrum - for just a quid, which had a much stronger focus on tech.
Reminds me of Silicon Village, which came after Micronet 800 in 1993.
If I catch you writing in the dust on my car
The only thing that will be "impossible" is being able to use your broken fingers.
Re: a fire sale on the current nooks?
The Kobos are only £39 at Littlewoods / Very at the moment:
I've been lucky enough to see the UK's equivalent at Boulby. They occasionally do tours. If you can get on one you will absolutely love it.
Long term fracking
The article states "So far only tentative exploratory work to research the quality of the shale formations has taken place in the UK"
But this link shows at least one site - Elswick - operating for decades:
I believe that was previously owned by British Gas. I wonder where the protesters were in 1993?
Nick Pickles "rent a quote"
I remember a couple of years back where Nick Pickles was orchestrating a very heavy handed FOI request to schools, demanding to know if they had CCTV, where they were and who managed them.
Fair enough you might think. But it led to news stories about CCTV being in school toilets and the usual pitchfork brigade being outraged. What the story glossed over was the fact that the cameras were not in cubicles providing candid shots but in the general hand washing areas, where bullying was rife and CCTV eliminated it from a difficult area to police.
Star Wars partworks
Around the time of Phantom Menace I recall seeing one of those weekly partworks magazines for Star Wars (where the first episode is 99p then jumps up to £4.99, with optional binder at £9.99).
One of them had a timeline for all nine episodes, mentioning that Chewbacca died in ep 7 or 8.
Euro Car Parts
I was in a Euro Car Parts branch yesterday, all their sales team office desktops were on XP.
Re: Er, camouflage error
Nah, it supposed to blend in with the sky! North Korean stealth technology at its best - they send a black one up at night and a grey one when its cloudy.
Re: Are these customers blind, it is a Very Common exploit spam tactic to spoof retailers now!
Its not a case of "customers being blind", some have reported that the tracking number is a legitimate one, and that some of the purchase order numbering details in the email match those that certain people use. Like the article says "It is not clear how the fraudsters got customer details from CCL's database".
Yes, I get fake Amazon and Asda ones daily, which I delete without a second thought. What I don't want to see is my actual order numbers and tracking details being circulated in this way, it points less to being a random spoofing and more of their database being hacked and my details exposed.
Lags and lagging
Pipe lagging was once the process of protecting water pipes from frost. Now its a term for cons stealing them for the copper.
Re: It started on BBC2
I certainly remember watching "edgy" comedy of The Young Ones first time round on BBC2. Same with Red Dwarf, HIGNIFY and many other shows. Didn't Armstrong & Miller and the two Peep Show lads have their sketch shows on BBC2?
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
Would probably be the brake switch. £6 part sited in the passenger footwell. The problem still plagues older 307s and 407s.
But will it stop me driving over cliffs, into rivers, on railway tracks etc.?
Re: Would it be too much...
"We should be thankful that we're not getting a "Tony Blair" note!"
It would have to be a nine bob note if we did.
"The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects".
I don't know, scrapping ID cards was a big success.
Viglen customer both past and present
My old Viglen 5.25" disk drive is still going strong on my BBC Master.
And I've used Viglen for Microsoft software licence renewals in education. Great pricing and good service.
This is nothing new. Just buy a brand new car, especially the first release of a new model. You pay the privilege of being the long term test driving guinea pig to report all the issues which are then ironed out in the "facelift" model.
Spectrum 128 version
The Spectrum 128 version was better than the 48k one - all the levels were pre-loaded into the RAMdisc and there was music and sound FX courtesy of the AY-8912 sound chip.
"content not there"
6music is probably the best DAB station there is, and getting more popular:
However, I'd happily abandon DAB if they'd give them an FM frequency.
For me I couldn't see the point in watching the movie because the subject has been saturated by the media already. What aspects of the story could be shown in the film that we don't already know?
They turned me down for the job
Can't think why:
EMP in Fiction
Also check out "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.
Viglen customer here
My Viglen 5.25" twin disk drives are still going strong on my BBC Micro.
And we last used them a couple of years ago for our Microsoft Licence renewal. Good price, good service.
Jailed for refusing to disclose password
I seem to recall this got a lot of coverage at the time:
But heard nothing since. Has he ever given an interview?
Decommissioned subs and ships are a popular target for the urbexers, here's a link to one of several reports:
Click on "military sites" for more.
What are the alternatives?
There seems to be a lot of the usual Microsoft bashing here but I don't think many commenters know how much MS's products are integrated into a school's network and how there's no real viable alternative. There's more to school ICT than pupils using MS Office.
I agree with "lansalot" in that DPM is a good solution. However, I disagree about the cost and problems. I might be a little biased as we got the software for free as part of our licensing agreement, but after the initial outlay of a storage array and configuration I've found the software a doddle to use and management is minimal - certainly no calls to MS needed for me.
Re: FIVE years?
Yep, I was on Prestel and Micronet back in 1984 with my Spectrum and trust Prism VTX5000 modem (1200/75 baud).
We didn't have emails back then but MBX's.
I think my first download was "Fireview", an alternative to the in-built Viewdata software in the modem.
No connection to Misco adding delivery charges on the orders?
I know a few who no longer buy from Misco because of this.
When the media was covering Balcombe, protesters were announcing that 85% of the locals were against fracking.
But according to this:
850 households received the poll document. And subsequently:
only 284 polling cards had been returned.
Out of those 284, 125 had concerns for fracking.
And the most popular concern was "Increase in road traffic through the village"
If it's such an important issue to the people of Balcombe you'd have thought more than a third of the people would have responded.
300 to strike but only 103 voted
Up to 300 cleaners to strike. Yet the link showed that only 103 voted.
So what about the other 200?
turbos and the manual
Here you go, the manuals are here. See if you can find anything about the turbo:
Any other real campers concerned about the spacing of the tents and fire regs or is it just me?
Re: I must be getting old
The Family Guy version:
So you lost Snowden. But you got Red October. :-)
I'm still waiting for HOTOL.
Everyone seems to be harping on that tramps and hobos won't have a smartphone.
Maybe not but a local soup kitchen or Sally Army food kitchen volunteer might, and could go round and collect the food on their behalf.
I'll happily scrap DAB
When 6Music gets its rightful frequency on FM.
I thought that was Ghostwatch? :-)
Same old article
And the same old comments. Why not just save everyone the time and bother, just close the thread to comments and direct it to last month's Patch Tuesday arguments.
One minute and eight seconds in:
I remember this coming out for the SAM Coupé but not the Spectrum. But then the clever East European coders made a Spectrum 128 version.
"sentencing by BBC Newsnight"
Wow, I knew the BBC had lots of powers but I didn't realise Paxman now sent people down. I bet he'd like to give Boris five years.
9500% sounds a lot but....
How many actual sales were there? My maths is a little rusty but doesn't it mean that they sold 96 copies, as opposed to one?
As considering its an anniversary, wouldn't that account for some of those sales, rather than claiming a link with some NSA scandal? Particularly after seeing what other "movers and shakers" have sales increases.
Clear screen command
IIRC, the Vic 20 didn't have one either, you had to PRINT CHR$(147)
Lost in translation
Hello - English to Kingdom = qavan
qavan - Klingon to English = Hi baby
Can't imagine saying that to Worf without being "killed where you stand".
- Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great