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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

LesC
Happy

Re: Nvidea, did you also manage to explain

Mythbusters is good edutainment. Have an upvote.

LC

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

LesC
Big Brother

Our Mission is... ...

Office 365 is going (has gone) to the server farm + supernode (quote) "conveniently located midway between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland." ???

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

LesC
Big Brother

Re: NSA?

Pre - Snowdon you would be advised on where you can buy your tin hat. Now. Who Knows. Have an upvote.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

LesC
Stop

Re: Rockstar to announce next GTA sequel

TWOC*6 Road Wars Edition.

Set in Slough / Bracknell / Reading / wherever

Narrated by Lee Boardman.

Now that would be some game....

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

LesC

Re: Enter the metric pole?

Not just imperial but international:

Flight Levels - in thousands of feet so FL360 = 360,000'

Aircraft, ships - nautical miles per hour (1 nautical mile = 1 minute of longitude at the equator), this is an excellent example of a natural unit of measurement.

Wind speeds are still measured in knots.

My farthings worth.

LC

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

LesC
Flame

Acid/UDMH? Pah. Chlorine Trifluoride and MMH. That'll incinerate any Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the glass and most of the bar.

This is from Clark's excellent and entertaining book 'Ignition' available out there on the interwebs.

The A4 (V2) also used LOX and hydrazine hydrate as did the Komet.

LC

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

LesC
Coat

Cloud, ploughed?

MyNSA, perhaps?

Mines is the one with the slurped data in the pocket.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

LesC
Paris Hilton

Re: Dream? Nightmare more like.

Glow in the dark audio as in '50s Mullard 5/20 (Maplin Millenium with E34L / E83CC and E86F) + a pair Roth Oli RA3 + bog standard B&Q 15A mains cable blows Sonos Sub away... seems to work fine with Virgin V+ box and Samsung TV. And it costs less than this Sonos 5h1te.

The Maplin Millenium valve amp schematics are still out there...

True hifi has as little 'processing' between source and speakers preferably using vacuum state audio :)

Paris as she was always fond of a 7' hot tube.

LC

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Happy 10th b-day, Patch Tuesday: TWO critical IE 0-day bugs, did you say?

LesC
FAIL

Only 8? I had 47 from a previously up to date W7 X64 Samsung laptop, mostly cr4ploads of Office 2013 stuff. 438Mb in all. Thank gawd for WSUS.... :(

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

LesC
Happy

That which brings the highest happiness...

GOURANGA!

That is all.

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

LesC
Go

RS423

Couldn't the Memotech do RS485, how many are still being used as lighting desks...

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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

LesC
Go

TTL Heaven!

Jeezus look at all that LS / TTL decode logic, 74154 and all these latches, counters and w.h.y. It's been a very long time.... had me reaching for the manuals, um, Google as i'd forgotten what a 74166 and what not did! Excellent.

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The Reg puts Vulture inside the Large Hadron Collider

LesC
Mushroom

Wot...

No zombies shuffling around then wanting your braaaains?

http://www.decayfilm.com/

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Movie review: Oblivion

LesC
Coat

Oblivion is probably where this Tom Cruise vehicle will end up. After a spell on Sky Turkeys, erm, Premiere and then bargain basement DVD's in your local Asda, Tesco, Walmart or w.h.y

Mines is the one with the Razzie in the pocket.

LC

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

LesC
Mushroom

Re: Fuels

Didn't the A4/V2 run on T-Stoff (hydrogen peroxide) and C-Stoff (hydrazine hydrate / methanol / water)? The Germans certainly had hydrazine. Hydrazine is still in use as a propellant.

John D. Clark's book 'Ignition' is a terrific read and is quite amusing at times... and freely available.

Nuke as Nork rockets probably use HTP and hydrazine

LC

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

LesC
Go

Re: Obligatory

Adobe X1 struggles with this but it's a fascinating read - if you're fed up with Iain Banks or Sector General then give this a try. It's a blast from the pioneering days of rocketry. Literally.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

LesC
Alien

Wot, no Roger Corman?

Attack of The Crab Monsters.

Piranha.

Battle Beyond The Stars.

That is all.

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Honk if the car in front is connected

LesC
FAIL

This is all going to end in tears...

Just wait until the mission creep sets in and everyone and their dogs can gain access to your personal motoring data under crime, terrorism or kiddie protection legislation. Reminding you that your MOT / tax is due is fine, as is letting you know there's something wrong with your engine or you've got a nail in your tyre is fine. AutoPhorm, location tracking, letting SonyBMG know you've been playing Susan Boyle content leeched of l33torrentz and driver profiling is not.

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SimCity 2000

LesC
Go

SC2K came with half decent scenarios too - the fiendisly difficult Flint was a right pig to achieve without resorting to cheating. ISTR was achievable by issuing some bonds, putting schools and colleges everywhere and raising taxes on low tech industries.

WATER who managed to get enough.... putting pumps around lakeshores and suchlike never seemed to get any more!

Power was always hydro / fusion. Putting schools and colleges everywhere ensured hitech. High taxes and high spends always worked quite well in hitech... maybe the authors were closet socialists?

Plymouth Arcos rock... make sure you put a police station by them.

You could also get rid of roads altogether and have nothing but trains ISTR.

Still have this old gem and play it to this day.

LC

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

LesC
FAIL

Thunderbirds Are No Go

Please, spare us. Unless the scripts have been written by Brian Clemens and it's been done by Sylvia Anderson. No Frakes, please.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

LesC

'Old' B&W on 625 lines is still 576i and gigabits per pixel I've still got an old KB CVC VALVE tv set that works fine off my old VM Pace box. It's easy on the eye to watch.

LC

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

LesC
FAIL

Of course the DNA database is anonymous, we all believe what HMG says is above reproach. Until it's monetised and flogged off to the highest bidders by some cash strapped government... leaving poor Joe Publick mystified why he can't get life insurance or anything else as he / she's got the p53 or BRCA1 gene...

Didn't the BBC touch on this a few years ago with a series the name of which escapes me?

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

LesC
Stop

Oh, No

BBQ Turkey Meatballs in Apple 013 contender.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

LesC
Thumb Up

I stick to old computer names when doing PDC's in dental IT: Usually from this lot:

LLANDRU - Star Trek

COLOSSUS - Bletchley Park and, of course, The Forbin Project

GUARDIAN (The Forbin Project)

ZEN (Blake's 7)

QUEEG (Red Dwarf)

GEORGE - The (Original) Avengers, Steed & Co

TENCH889 (A Maze of Death)

SID (UFO)

BATCOMPUTER (original Batman)

KITT (Knight Rider)

etc etc

So much better than PDC01...

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Russians: Decision on diva Sarah Brightman's space trip in early 2013

LesC
Coat

Looks like she'll lose her heart to a starship trooper after all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Tkx6BgRFE

Mines is the coat with the old '70s hits in it....

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

LesC
FAIL

Sci - fi for Tom Cruise. That'll be Ai! Pedrito! then.

Seriously now:

The Jedi of Waverley Place

Annakin Montana

The Suite Life On The Death Star

My Babysitter's a Jedi Knight

101 Ewoks

So Darkside!

...etc etc

LC

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Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

LesC
Mushroom

Re: Please won't somebody think of the minions?

From Villainsource.com, natch

http://villainsource.com/

LC

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

LesC
Thumb Up

The Horn Cafe A90 behemoth has been a lifesaver for us dental IT contractors when coming from the wastelands around Aberdeen, when I'm doing dental IT in the many practices scattered around there! An excellent mention.

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Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

LesC
Coat

Re: Prior Art

Didn't Wil E. Coyote have an Acme 'Indestructo' steel ball in the 1950's?

Mines is the ones with the Chuck Jones cartoons in the pocket.

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The Dragon 32 is 30

LesC
Coat

Not you? Then log in here.

These was a Dragon 32 in a machine shop just up the road from here that had an S-50 bus hanging off it... used to do all sorts of process control shehanigans using it's built in BASIC plus a smattering of machine code.

Those were the days... the 6809 made it into craploads of industrial control stuff plus quite a few pinball machines there must still be a few still chugging away!

Mines is the one with the Babani 6809 book in the pocket.

LC

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

LesC
Coat

Bernard Matthews R.I.P

Is it only me that thinks these have "TURKEYS" written all over them?

Mines is the one with squashed tomato in the pocket.

LC

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Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

LesC
Pint

FTL Velociraptors

Couldn't you get the dinosaurs to bugger off on big spaceships in SimEarth after you'd achieved nanotech?

Beer, as the Vogons are coming...

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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

LesC
Linux

Help Ma Boab!

Dundee outfit (and rather conservative) DC Thomson is of course the company that also brings you such delights as the Sunday Post, People's Friend, The Scots Magazine and The Friendship Book of Frances Gay. So all this nostalgia stuff is old hat for them. At one time they published "The Bimbo" magazine, strangely enough not a celebrity obsessed mag on who's had new Bulgarian funbags or who's been seen with whom this week. Crivvens!

Penguin as the brewers of Tactical Nuclear Penguin are just up the A90 from here (and you'd need a few to wade through the Peoples Friend)

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

LesC
FAIL

Elite.Frontier

Knife, meet David Braben for this atrocious space sim..

That is all.

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BT, TalkTalk lose final appeal against Digital Economy Act

LesC
FAIL

Pot, meet Kettle

Isn't this a bit rich from the company that trialled Phorm without its subscribers' knowledge and from the other one that uses Son of Phorm for it's so-called 'award winning' parental control software that allegedly tracks everywhere you go?

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

LesC
FAIL

Must try harder

Got this off Technet first thing this morning and installed it on a mediocre by today's standards Tosh laptop. 7 hours later - have just restored Windows 7. What a steaming pile of total carp.

I've got easier access to my network shares with my Nexus S.

LC

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UK.gov to double number of biometric chips for immigrants

LesC
Big Brother

No surprises here

To avoid passport loss, ID theft, fraud, terrorism, etc it's only a matter of time until these devices are implanted into a body cavity, and once the refugees, non-EU immigrants and such like the are dealt with the citizens of the UK will be next.

Looks like that ID card database wasn't partitioned with a chainsaw after all...

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Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress

LesC
Pint

5% ABV?

Next time you're in Birmingham try the Wellington - a few pints of Coastal Erosion Dark at 8% should have the desired sliding under the table effect., there'll be a few dotted around the southwest that also sell this stuff.

Failing that Fraserburgh outfit Brewdog sell Tactical Nuclear Penguin in all of its 32% liver pickling goodness.

LC

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Microsoft revives flight sim by giving it away free

LesC
Coat

Simply Plight

Sounds like fun but does anything in it go at mach 7.5 like that Orbiter Delta Glider effort (with the scramjets on at full blast)?

ISTR there wasn't much in FSX, apart from that Shuttle add on.

Train sims are positively exciting compared to that shipsim on Steam in which you can sail the Titanic. Trainz or trainsim 2011 makes a refreshing change from Portal 2 or (my favourite) Team Fortress 2.

Mines is the anorak with the Ian Allan book in the pocket.

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

LesC
Coat

625 lines

... but it's interlaced so it's 312i? So not quite HD, but is as near as dammit VGA with infinite shades of grey on a b/w set. It all seemed alright at the time with a properly set up set it was well watchable.

Mines is the one with the dual standard valve TV in the pocket.

LC

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UK lays carbon plan before Earth Goddess

LesC
WTF?

15%

There is plenty reason for doubt - the Germans are raking in our 15% extra cash. Our German electricity suppliers (RWE, E-ON) are charging us 15% more than their German electricity (RWE, E-ON) suppliers and I suspect the same applies to our Spanish & French electricity suppliers. Apart from Scottish & Southern all our electricity utilities and nuclear power stations (belong to EDF - Electiricitie de France) do not belong to the UK people any more.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

LesC
Paris Hilton

Nice...

Looks like a good 'un. Unfortunately I'll have to slobber for another 6 months or so for one as that's how long I've got to go on my Nexus S - for which ICS is arriving soon... allegedly :/

Paris, as she probably uses Dildroid.

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Inside the mysterious US satellite hacking case

LesC
Coat

Get Ryback

Sorting the perps out would be all in a day's work for Steven Seagal, after all he did precisely this in Under Siege 2.

Mines is the one with the O'Reilly Big Book of Satellite Hacks in the pocket.

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Eleven - if you will - rocktastic music movies

LesC
Thumb Up

What about...

Flash Gordon? Excellent 1980 Brit camp rockfest.

For those of us who remember that 'Camp Rock' isn't (c) Disney.

I don't know if the BBC2 Arena strand 'Hawkwind - Do Not Panic' counts...

LC

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

LesC
FAIL

Oh, No

If it's anything like that crossover abomination 'Back to Earth' it'll be definately slated in September 2012. Hopefully Naylor or whoever wrote the script didn't listen to the RD fanboi wailing dervishes this time.

Fail as there's no Grant as far as I can see.

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Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

LesC
Coat

Now We're Stealing It Back..

NTK - So that's where they went.

Mines is the one with the tatty Elite teeshirt in the pocket.

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UK CB radio crowd celebrates three decades of legality

LesC
Coat

Got your ears on?

1-9 for a copy, surely?

In my student days I used my (not very) portable CB to get lifts up & down the UK.

Mines is the one with the Harvard walkie talkie and lantern batteries in the pocket.

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Winning new UK pylon design may never be used

LesC
Thumb Up

Pylontastic!

There is plenty more British pylon goodness here at Flash Bristow's site - go and look you know it makes sense if you can distinguish your L8's from your PL16's:

http://www.gorge.org/pylons/envision

Then go join the PAS.

LC

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Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

LesC
Unhappy

XP Builds - !!

Anyone that has the misfortune to do an XP build nowadays can easily expect to wait all day for updates to go through.... starting with an XPSP3 + OIffice 2003SP2 base build can easily download and install 800Mb+++ extra (even WSUS doesn't really help) and on the slower PCs XP tends to run on you're backwarding and forwarding for hours watching all these updates install. Slooooowly. These days I just sling the old tech and get the client nice shiny new W7 stuff, job done in a fraction of the time even after 300mb of post sp1 update stuff.

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BlackBerry BBM, email downed in epic FAIL

LesC
Coat

<Insert Conspiracy Thoery Here>

The database doesn't happen to be down for scheduled maintenance by the NSA / FBI / MI5 or the Saudi government does it? For the purposes of terrorist / rioter / insurgent / protester detection (delete where appropriate).

Mine's is the grubby one with the G-men hat on top.

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