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* Posts by Gazman

39 posts • joined 1 Jul 2010

US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

Gazman

Those Magnificent Plastic Figurines in Their Flying Machines

Now what we need is a German paper plane with a playmonaut reading from a teeny tiny manual during takeoff ...

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Coat

Hilarious

In Australia, these problems are simply resolved by selling naming rights to buildings, landmarks, etc.

However, Telstra Queen Elizabeth II may be going a bit too far...

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

Gazman

Re: fair enough

@Wensleydale Cheese

... or alternatively Jim Trott out of the Vicar of Dibley: "No, no, no, no, yes"

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

Gazman
Happy

Happy Dinosaur

Mission PCM4000 CD player (1987) (this cost me GBP399 as a first year Uni student and I am determined to get my money's worth)

Denon DRM-10 tape deck (1990)

Creek 4040S2 amp (1994)

Mordaunt-Short MS10 speakers (1999)

"Birdnest" including Telstra T-Box, Pioneer Blu Ray, Digitech A/v transmitter which also has 2(!!) HDMI inputs

Sony SMNICBR* TV 42" (2012)

Small Palsonic SMNICBR* TV in bedroom (A/v receiver attached)

*stupid model number I can't begin to remember

All in glorious STEREO thanks to RCA analogue connections as needed.

Sadly, the CD player may have to be retired in a year or so (Blu-Ray player doing double duty thereafter) as L channel getting a bit iffy. However, this would mean entering the 'bird nest'.

Also getting harder to find chrome/metal tapes for the Denon...

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

Gazman

Re: "Sometimes wish I never gone up at all"

@Pat Volk

Please ignore the 'Little Englanders' on spellings (and on most other things).

While it pains me to say it, the US spellings without the Frenchification are correct - Noah Webster (your original dictionary guy) stuck firmly to the basics.

Meanwhile, Dr Samuel Johnson (our original dictionary guy), great brainbox though he was, was a glutton for Frenchification and stuck in many of the surplus letters that we now see (e.g. 'color' was quite acceptable in British English until Johnson messed it up, 'ax' without the silent 'e' was also fine, etc., etc., etc.).

Also, while I think of it, the US has 'pants' correct - as an abbreviation of 'pantaloons', the reference is properly to outer leggings. The current British usage of 'pants' for undergarments (derived wholly improperly in this context from 'underpants') is a vile neologism to be roundly and robustly deprecated at all times.

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

Gazman
Joke

Re: "That won't happen until it passes the last of the comets influenced by Sol's gravity. "

But can it check in any time it likes?

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Pint

As Dame Shirley Bassey once put it...

All just a little bit of history repeating.

Personally, I like to socially network with the aid of "beer" in a "pub" - anyone fancy a pint?

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

Gazman

@Yugguy

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the global public"

After H L Mencken

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

Gazman

As Professor Hubert J Farnsworth would say...

"Eh, wah?"

That is all.

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

Gazman

Re: Bony fish

Boner fish, surely?

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

Gazman
Unhappy

Re: Website policy stupidity

Tokens seem like a good idea until you get the new HSBC calculator-style one for Australia.

Step 1) Turn on device with (stupid finger breaking) key press combination

Step 2) Enter PIN to activate device (!!!)

Step 3) Enter last eight digits of your account number (!!!)

If suitably annoyed, add:

Step 4) Run over device repeatedly with car before closing account.

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

Gazman
Big Brother

Newspeak

Doubleplusgood.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

Gazman

Re: Bit of a whimp

@Salts, agreed - the kid's chicken, bawk, bawk, bawk, chicken.

There are ways of discharging these things, you know.

Now back to repairing with that Mac SE/30...

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Gazman

Re: Not correct!

But only in relation to rhythm sticks

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Gazman

Re: Meanwhile in Redmondland...

Too true, Steve Davies 3. I used MS-DOS from v2 onwards, Windows from v3.00 onwards. By the need of it all, had set up everybody who wanted help from me with "all-MS" solutions. Then trialled Windows 8 and pretty promptly switched to OS X for desktop use (also allowing easier connection to iThings) and FreeBSD server-side. I will suggest the same to the others as Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 walk towards the Elephant's Graveyard. I am not likely to be coming back to Redmond for an OS any time soon (though I do still use MS Office on Mac so they got me there).

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

Gazman

Re: Potty time dilema

Funny how the mind plays tricks - I read "pop science" as "poop science" there for a split second.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

Gazman
Paris Hilton

Re: The new Doctor

Bonnie Langford? Are you 'avin' a laugh??

Paris - because she would be a more credible Doctor than Bonnie Langford.

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

Gazman
Coat

Stop, STOP

The last time they tried this, people got fused to deck plates.

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How to find OS X Mavericks' 43 hidden photogenic beauties

Gazman
Unhappy

Same old, same old

All the Apple OS vs Windows vs Android OS arguments above.

Roll back the clock to c. 1983. Heard by me in school at break ad nauseam:

"My Spectrum is better than your C64'

"Your Spectrum doesn't have a proper keyboard"

"Your C64 is too expensive"

Etc.

When will the notion of "horses for courses" sink in, I wonder?

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A steam punk VDU ?

Gazman
Headmaster

The Tank

Imagine a tank of opaque fluid fronted by glass (surrounded by gilt frame perhaps).

The Tank has a reading light over it, aimed at the glass, which you switch on.

You start to hit the control rods and an image forms on the Tank wall in front of you.

Thousands of tiny rods pushed through the fluid by lever action, tipped by black rubber, are pushing up against the screen to form an image of a kitten and the mysterious message 'LOL'.

That is all.

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Thumb Up

Facebook? What Facebook? The website advantage

For the small but growing number of us that do not use Facebook or have a Facebook account, a website (no matter how humble) is a nice gesture.

Indeed, websites may come back into their own again - the mean average age of Facebook users is now well over forty and rising. Why? Because the younger teens just don't want to know: see comments on the uncoolness of Facebook at http://mashable.com/2013/08/11/teens-facebook/.

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Bone up on fresh EU privacy law - or end up in the clink, IT biz warned

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Thumb Down

As wrong as it gets

Suppliers should be running a mile from giving or purporting to give anything remotely connected to legal advice - risks of negligent misstatement, holding out as giving legal advice, etc.

Surely the idea would be to ensure client understands that client is solely responsible for obtaining independent legal advice that what it is doing/planning to do complies with data protection law, etc., etc.?

I am not a lawyer and this is not (and is not offered or provided) as legal advice: seek independent third party legal advice on any issue raised here...

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

Gazman
Coat

Skins for Google Glass

Terminator HUD, anybody?

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

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Relive Win 3.0/3.1/3.11/WfW 'Good Old Days' with VM Ware or Similar...

1) Dig out DOS and Win floppies (they might still read - mine did)

2) Dig out USB floppy drive (I prefer Sony but any will do)

3) Fiddle with VMWare (or similar) configuration

4) Patch VM with stuff from Electrical Interweb (e.g. tweaked SVGA drivers from Zamba's excellent VMWare Page -http://www.scampers.org/steve/vmware/)

5) Play suitable music (e.g. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1990-05-26/)

Nom, nom, nom...

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Australia downloads a limping 13 Mbps, says Ookla

Gazman

On a bush block in Southern NSW...

ADSL 2+ went in a couple of months ago - fairly consistent 18.5 Mbps since then.

But we do have other problems - a 10 day outage when mice gnawed through the wires in the pillar at the end of the road and an 8 day outage when a neighbour ploughed through the cable run ...

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

Gazman

Not just ugly, fugly

Looks like somebody scooped out a '75 AMC Pacer.

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

Gazman

Using the Ladder of Abstractions for Safer Headlines

PLAGUE OF SEX CRAZED MONSTER INSECTS TO HIT EAST COAST

There, fixed it. All the cicada/grasshopper/locust stuff can drop down the chute now.

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The UK's copyright landgrab: The FAQ

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Re: Two sides to the orphan issue?

1) It's "capital", not "capitol".

2) You are assuming that people who work and those who hold capital are two distinct groups - even when Karl Marx was alive, this wasn't true and it certainly isn't today.

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2,000km-wide Eye-of-Sauron MONSTER hurricane spotted on Saturn

Gazman

Strange dimensions

Having once got flamed to cinders as a youth for referring to an embossed surface as 2.5D, I think it is only fair that Eadon writes out the following 1,000 times:

"If it has height and width, it's 2D: if it has height, width and depth, it's 3D"

Either that, or we lock him in a room with nothing but a Win RT tablet for company over the weekend...

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Ahoy! Google asks US gov't to help sink patent 'privateers'

Gazman
Pint

If people think patents are worth persisting with...

An answer may lie in the (periodic) renewals process.

Put in a requirement that, at renewal, the owner proves to the USPTO use in manufacture of the invention by (a) the owner or, if not using, (b) a licensee. Make the proof requirement subject to an anti-falsifiction rule and attach heavy penalties for false submissions.

No, I'm going for a beer.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Gazman
Stop

Re: "Competitors are nipping at the heels of the once unassailable Apple"

"No company other than Apple & Samsung make any profits on their handsets."

EFSAP (Evidence for Sweeping Assertion, Please) as my Economics 101 lecturer used to scrawl on my essays...

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

Gazman

I'm older and married but...

just the mere thought of spending 500 days in a tin can with my missus is enough for me to think about ending it all.

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Oracle ponies up $2.1bn for Acme Packet to bully its way into unified comms

Gazman

Larry's three favourite words...

Nom nom nom

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Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

Gazman
IT Angle

Climate change fatigue

Please, for the love of God/Dawkins (delete as preferred), no more.

Just leave this POS to 'Nature', 'New Scientist', ' Country Gentleman's Pig Fertilizer Gazette', whatever.

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Shy Venus in rare Sun crossing next month

Gazman
Coat

Exoplanet??

Ermmm ... aren't exoplanets the ones outside our solar system??

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Man recreates ZX81... in Lego

Gazman
Coat

Parallel port?

This phrase indicates a degree of sophistication which Sinclair would never pay for - "edge connector" is a better description...

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Fairlight: The Rolls Royce of synthesizers

Gazman
Go

Jurassic Park?

Peter Vogel is back in the game.

See http://fairlightinstruments.com.au/

So is Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits - Prophet).

See http://www.davesmithinstruments.com/

Woo-hooo!!!

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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

Gazman
Headmaster

Trademark mechanics

In the US, a trademark is applied for in respect of a list of goods and service mark in respect of services.

One important question for an Examiner looking at the relevant application to consider (by no means the only one) is whether the mark is descriptive of the goods/services for which registration is being sought (and *not*, NB, whether it is descriptive of anything at all).

So, BLACKBERRY was OK when applied for.

WINDOWS was borderline (it was originally registered for "... computer programs and manuals sold as a unit; namely, graphical operating environment programs for microcomputers" but there are newer registrations) and required some pretty complicated arguments and a bucket load of evidence in support.

And APP STORE? Well...

Does this help?

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Google chief: Nexus One was 'so successful, we killed it'

Gazman
FAIL

Some reading for Mr Schmidt

Frankfurt, Harry. "On Bullsh*t", Princeton University Press, 2005

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