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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

PhilipN

Terminator!

The T-1000 had no moving parts. Must have started "life" being squirted from a 3-D printer.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Missing link

Do not forget that the POURING of the boiling water is critical. Hold the tip of the kettle as close as possible to the tea LEAVES - while the water is still bubbling like mad - so that boiling water hits the leaves. Otherwise the water is obviously less than boiling when poured from a height - which is how I make coffee when I am impatient to get the first fix of the day. (WTF does "off-the-boil" mean anyway?)

Similarly pour as fast as the physics of the size and shape of the spout and the receptacle will permit without causing danger.

You're welcome.

I presume that boiling water is necessary to break open the cellular structure of the leaves but perhaps some smart Alec sorry biochemist could tell us.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Sub-heads

I am going to go out on a limb here and use these forums to say that Bohemian Rhapsody is the most over-rated, pretentious piece of drivel ever to reach the charts.

But then I am also appalled that the non-riff from "Whole Lotta Love" should even be in contention for a "best in history" nod.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Linguistics

In fact it is a no-brainer when studying the charred offal left after a MS presentation. I would go so far as to say they deserve a medal for the bleeding obvious :

" Stuff like term papers, recipes and budgets"

Despite the attempt ("Stuff like ...") to sound casual this is the committee-of executives-and PR-Guys agonised-speech-writing to select punchy buzzwords for the business model. Schools, homes and businesses.

Oh and no sex please. We're American.

Yawn.

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Collabuggeration

Drafting a document by committee is bad enough. Having drafts flying around with different parties putting in their 2 cents' worth at the same time on different versions is an absolute bleeding rumpelstiltsking nightmare. Even having a team leader does not help unless contributors are told to review and amend one after the other in linear fashion.

Whoever dreamt up collaborative drafting hadn't a clue about how documents - PROPER documents - are created and finalised for third party consumption - or human nature for that matter.

Ah - another harangue triggered because I had to change "finalized" back to "finaliSEd" twice, as if this bloody software thinks it knows what I want to write better than I do!

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: Dialling 999

Yup, and the third finger nestled on the other side of the... of the ..... that silver crescent moon-shaped bracket which stopped your finger going too far when dialling. Must be a technical name for the bloody thing

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Deja Voodoo

This kind of "Everything is going to run out. We are all doomed" nonsense comes up all the time.

I remember reading such a prediction for the first time in OZ magazine in around 1970. The 2nd or third issue after the Schoolkids one if memory serves.

If that article had been correct by now we would all be wearing synthetic garments and eating food from chemical plants... oh ... hang on a sec...

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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How may clips can you count?

The news report was many clips spliced together.

I gave up at about 10 when I was less than half way through.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

PhilipN

Royalties please

Long ago in these pages I laid claim to the process for the entry of script from left to right in linear fashion across the page and downwards in rows and you pirates are going to have to start paying or else!

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

PhilipN

Motivation

Just because something is intelligent does not mean it necessarily wants to do anything

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Pedant's corner

You mean ... cough! cough! .... hoisted WITH ..

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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Short Memory Syndrome

MS will keep Android phones going under its aegis most likely at an attractive price point because it suits them to sell as many as possible then begin to ckuf up Android then slowly merge it into the MS ethos.

Embrace, extend ......

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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It's geopolitical

Sounds like Microsoft Asia.

There may be other homophones which Microsoft will use to reveal their Grand Plan but I can't be arsed to figure out what they might be.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Let's not get carried away

Pure chocolate I.e. 100 per cent cocoa powder is totally bleeding unpalatable!

That's why we needed lashings of oocoa butter sugar and usually milk to get it down.

Of course it is nice occasionally to suck on a slab of 99% but that is only because it is a great excuse to wash it down with a carafe of Black Label or Glenfiddich.

Damn now I'm thirsty.

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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

PhilipN

Re: Reminds me of…

The boy stood on the burning deck ......

........................................................ Twit!

(Spike Milligan)

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

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Re: terrible

I DV'ed Alistair purposefully, rather like Lou Reed (RIP Lou) fans booing to show their appreciation. He is pure entertainment when something gets his goat, in a way my wife is not.

P.S. Ta for the article, Dabbsy

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Yawn

Good article - thank you.

Sorry Uncle Sam you are the same big fat clumsy kid in the sandpit trampling everyone else's sand castles every time you move as you have always been.

For an (unfortunate) perspective everyone should read or listen to Mark Twain's autobiography Part I his chapter about the Moro Indian Massacre. Or google it. Re-assuring that he could be incensed by the actions of the good old U.S. Of A. - and write about it - but horrifying that it did not make a blind bit of difference.

And to a crafty old lawyer what Obama said is meaningless. So many mere gestures, qualifications and caveats which ultimately say they are not going to change a damn thing.

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Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year

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Gates breathing over one shoulder ...

... and Ballmer breathing over the other ...

You'd have to mad to want that gig.

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HIDDEN SHRINE from 500 BC found, may crack Buddha's birthday riddle

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Enough with the squaddie slang

If they are out in the field getting their hands dirty (literally, in this case) they are not "boffins".

Good article. Keep 'em coming.

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Boffins build BEELLION-YEAR storage medium

PhilipN

Sorry - "prone"

Three quarters of the way down the article

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

PhilipN

Extended usage

Can you please please make it blow the *****r's arm off if he is more than a few minutes late for a meeting.

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Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

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Augean Stables?

Apart from the tendency of a CEO to mould the senior executive stratum in his own image - a good enough reason on its own - I would have thought the accumulation of hare-brained decisions since XPSP3 justifies the Board in orchestrating a wholesale clear out.

Are we supposed to think there is star quality in depth waiting to be unleashed?

In fact taking account of a proportionate loss according to the size of the company, many many companies writing off 900 million would have seen heads rolling by the basket load.

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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Real Story

You do know that Tortola is famous offshore tax haven, B.V.I?

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The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

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FFFFf….

..uckin' A!!!!

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Anachronistic Lingo

Did they really have single cell morons saying "wow", "kind of" and "like" back then? Maybe he should get out of the trees and read a book. Paper or digital.

Tangential point - Wasn't there an early internet portal called WoW - Worlds of Wonder? Anybody?

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Finally it happens: MAN BITES DOG - after stabbing himself

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Confused

Why do I have sympathy with the dog but not the cop?

In fact I am totally outraged that he tried to harm the dog.

Do I need to see a psychiatrist?

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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One Smart Thing

MS did just one thing right - making a contract with early desktop manufacturers to receive a royalty on every box sold whether or not MS-DOS was installed. So simple. Not just an incentive to install MS-DOS but a disincentive to install anything else.

The rest, as they say, being sufficiently ensconced to install one "shockingly inferior" product after another on to an ignorant and gullible world, is history. All they had to do after that was stamp on anything which could conceivably represent a threat, an attitude ably represented by the Neanderthal-like qualities of .... of ... What was that guy's name?

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Peter Principle Proof Positive

Does that explain why all American business managers feel they have to behave like crass idiots and treat their staff as dogsbodies?

Conversely every junior to medium level manager thinks his boss is a fool.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Poisoned chalice, anyone?

Just great. He starts a massive reorganization then buggers off to leave someone else, who probably would have done it in an entirely different way, to soldier on and explain why it failed.

Way to go, Stevie.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

PhilipN

Yes, but ...

For balance, I suggest you read Townshend's autobiography in which he covers this incident fully.

You're welcome.

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Townshend's response

Sheer bleeding class

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

PhilipN

Business 1.01

It is not about the movie business.

It USED to be about the toy business.

Now it is about the VIDEO GAME business.

Meaning : Time to create platforms for Avatar: The Video Game II, Iii, IV etc etc. ..... Etc

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

PhilipN

Skypedrive

No ... Seriously.

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Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

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Inbreeding?

Everybody is inbred. Some are more inbred than others.

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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You're all wrong

It's for the video game.

Screamingly obvious from each scene in Term4

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

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Toxic waste

No ... Worse than ..... If for example the non-native plants were predatory and voracious. With a knock- on effect on diversity of local fauna. And so on. You can guess the rest (I hope).

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Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

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the Trio should be available in Q3

With Jelly Bean?

Yawn

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Mozilla

Seem to remember the first release of Netscape had something like "Yes, this is the Mozilla" emblazoned across the top. Always thought this was a scrunched version of "Mosaic Killer".

Anyone know if Mozilla (the name) came from something else? Who do we blame for attaching "-zilla" to everything?

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Perennial problem

Somebody did this with a motor car-size "motor" a few years ago and got to the stage of having a working prototype but further development collapsed through lack of funds.

The prime mover behind the technology whinged, naturally, that the vested interests did not want to get involved.

Not being an engineer though I bounced this idea of an engineer whose immediate question was "What happens when you want to go up a hill?"

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

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Re: Say what?

Even if it were true somewhere else, it is wholly irrelevant in Hong Kong where every square inch in private hands is leasehold, except for the Cathedral, which cannot lawfully do anything but save souls.

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Microsoft parts clouds over Bing Maps with massive sat pic upgrade

PhilipN

Open layers

Free range chickens?

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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Re: SSL Certs - the new single point of failure

Murphy's Law

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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

PhilipN

Re: A billion here, a billion there

MS 3B is 10% so total 15B gives MS + Silver Lake 50%, or 49% if it is a minority stake. Presumably Michael Dell + associates get the other 51.

MS and Silver Lake can get $ from wherever: internal resources, investment partners, banks etc. as long as they plonk down 15B to help to buy out existing shareholders nobody really cares how they finance the deal.

What's wrong with that?

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Office 2013 now available for some home users

PhilipN

Re: Ordered and will wait

That the Petronius who played soccer under Benitez?

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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Like to know what Dylan thinks

A Dylan fan, yes, but I am interested rather than excited. I would be much more interested in what the man himself says about this opportunistic release of material that either he or the record company did not see fit to release previously.

And "careful curation"?.... Cough! Splutter!

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

Hands up those 6-year olds who had the hots for Maid Marian, but were not quite sure why.

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

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Re: IBM bought Lotus - and never had it work hard to deliver a real OS/2 office suite

There was eventually a Lotus Smartsuite for OS/2 which I still use today. Frankly it is a nice package. The contacts/address book was derived from an even smaller package from Arcadia which I bet those who used it will have fond memories of. Also had a nifty word processor. And, if memory serves, FREE!

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Tales of Woe

I remember the marketing campaign for OS/2 Warp - on TV! A bunch of giggling kids watching one of their mates doing "something" supposedly on a keyboard (but they may have been watching alligators copulating for all we knew) and spouting "I didn't know you could do that on a PC".

Then installation support. 60 days. Which sounds a lot unless you have to try umpteen times to get a new, unfamiliar OS up and running while trying to do your regular job. When I decided to give it another final try and called support the first thing the frigging IBMer said after checking my record was basically "Your 60 days are up. Eff off" whereas it had been less than 60 minutes in total. I know that is how support works but didn't IBM realize they had a fight on their hands?

Ultimately though I seem to recall the main problem was the sales guys in the Personal Compuing division (which was hardware). They wanted to sell boxes, as many as possible, and didn't give a toss about which OS. It happened that they could sell more boxes with Windows on them. Talk about the enemy within.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Work's fine

I run it all day in the office but now mainly to access Word Perfect - for DOS. I kid not.

I have still not found a setup with which you can scroll through hundreds of document previews to find something so damn fast.

Course that's the 8.3 file name system but who wants to type long file names? Ok no need to answer that.

This is on a Thinkpad T30 but OS/2 will run well on anything up to a T61.

OS/2 also has its own brew of Firefox, T'bird etc

I switched from Warp Server only recently. Thing ran so long without a hitch I don't even remember the last time I had powered down.

Networking to XP was a doddle with an add-on from IBM.

I could go on but you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find when you it around.

Oh - I installed eComstation 2 in a Virtual Box on a Mac (Xserve) and the bloody sound even works!

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