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* Posts by David Bird

13 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

David Bird

Some sort of server mixup...

...between theregister and cracked.com ? Another downside to the cloud.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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I had two hours to kill back in 1980...

...in the vicinity of Leicester Square. Had never heard of the film, or of Dan Aykroyd or John Belushi. Didn't recognise Carrie Fisher out of her Leia gear. Bemused doesn't begin to describe my reaction. Emerged into the daylight not being quite sure what I had just seen but convinced of its brilliance.

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Wireless breakthrough: one frequency, multiple signals

David Bird

Re: History is written by the winners..

...and the web page celebrating the work of Mr Bose appears to be rendered in hundred year old HTML as well.

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Dyson spouts hot air

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FAIL

By which I mean

Epoxy ... where did that spurious "x" come from ?

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Expoxy resin ...and tie wraps

My first Dyson was largely held together with expoxy resin and tie wraps before the motor finally failed. Has to be said no bits have snapped off the new one yet.

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Forget Flash – content is king

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FAIL

The worst Flash site on the web has to be...

Oracle's support site. I find myself having to use this abomination in order to seek out Solaris patches (which I could only find initially after placing a technical support call, answered by someone who had braved this loathsome exercise in unnecessary complexity before me).

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Green light for spooks' net snoop plan

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So what is "ordinary encryption"?

I work from home, so everything that leaves my house during the day is encrypted. Is there a red beacon flashing over my house on a big map of the UK at GCHQ?

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Western Digital gears up for mighty formatting

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Another maths complaint

When did the fraction "one eighth" or "an eighth of" become "eight times fewer"? "Times" surely refers to multiplication (well it did when I was at school), making things bigger if the multiplicand is greater than one.

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Street View snooptrike stalks Siena

David Bird
Headmaster

Cheating?

So Google circumvent the problem of capturing pedestrianised urban areas by deploying a wheeled vehicle? Assuming bicycles are allowed in these pedestrianised areas anybody spotting the trike should cycle along side and with luck appear in evey shot (ideally with gestures).

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Brit loonies adventurers headed to Timbuctoo by 'flying car'

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Unhappy

The www.terrafugia.com web site

Did someone forget to renew the domain?

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HD TV in the UK

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In defence of Virgin (re Sooty's post)

I have a V+ box and it is a great gadget. As has been pointed out you should not have to pay more than £75. I watched the cable guy install it and it did take longer than 5 seconds - amongst other things, he had to check the signal strength on each of the three tuners. On Demand has some plus points, in particular 4oD thoughtfully strip out the adverts, but has minuses (only the last 7 days of a subset of programmes) and V+ offers the invaluable "record series" option. I don't have HD TV connected to it yet, but I have thought wistfully how nice it might be to watch Wimbledon on one.

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BBC HD channel gets green light

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All this talk of how to get HD into your telly

I use BitTorrent (which admittedly the BBC is unlikely to adopt). Not all your favourite American drama series maybe out there in HD, but some of mine are, e.g. Heroes, House and CSI. And even though it is only 720p it still looks luscious compared to the hideously compressed stuff that comes out of the cable box.

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Evesham 26in Alqemi V and VX HD TVs

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Maybe poorly set up at the factory?

The last two TVs I bought left the factory maladjusted (both for geometry and colour). My small sample may be unrepresentative, but I would not be surprised to find that if access to the engineer set-up on the sets was available one could obtain identical and satisfactory colours on both Evesham models.

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