* Posts by Pookietoo

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: specialist electronic doodad

I taped a Schottky diode to the battery, which produces a suitable voltage drop, at a cost of pennies each on eBay. But no old camera collection is complete without a few vintage light meters, and some of them still work well.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Kano is absolutely awesome

But it's just a Raspberry Pi with the bits you need to hook it up, for people who don't already have those bits lying around.

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Re: tools for tablets

It's browser based, so no need to port a toolset.

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Security vendor's blog post pinched to make HMRC phish look legit

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Re: Not unduly convincing

It's clearly not something that HMRC should issue, but on a Friday afternoon perhaps ...

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: the last thing you'd want to do.

Grounding the screwdriver, OTOH, would seem advisable.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Smart TVs Suck

But what about the stir fry?

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Re: OI! Moderator

It's a link to a page where someone tells how he figured out what sort of "phone home" his TV was doing. What's to explain, and why ask a forum moderator?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: it's not like we can prove that

We don't have to prove it doesn't - they have to prove it does.

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Re: zero packet loss.

But ... but ... jitter ...

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Can you not install two keyboards?

A French one for the Windows instance, and the iMac one for OSX?

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

Jim Al-Khalili - Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology - an hour-long Royal Institution lecture on YouTube.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: I am now really struggling

Why? Weren't you intending to wipe the hard drive and re-install to your own specification? Or do you think the firmware might be similarly compromised?

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

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Re: What actually killed true netbooks was ...

Microsoft and Intel. But a few years on they weren't secure enough in a changing market to shut out Android. Having said that, I needed a tablet in a hurry the other day, and the best deal I could find had Intel inside.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: Textual searching is fundamentally broken

Except those nice Ubuntu people add generic descriptions to the search, so I can type "text" to launch gedit or "spread" to launch LibreOffice Calc without ever knowing what they're called.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Ive been into PC's since the first ones hit desks early 80's

You don't like Linux because it's not like DOS, and you can't find the apostrophe key.

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Re: strongly dislike anything that could confuse or inconvenience users

That explains why Windows 8 was so intuitive and user-friendly then.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Only 40 years from prototype to production

Eh? Bubble cars were big in the fifties and sixties, mostly from German manufacturers.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: A while later the missing files were mysteriously discovered.

And found not to contain evidence that would likely have led to a successful prosecution.

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Re: he said he'd delivered them

Did your chap check his wheelie bins, shed and back garden? Those seem to be favourite places when the postie can't be arsed to take something back to base or try again later.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: So German newspapers contain almost no pictures of people then?

Pictures taken in a public place or at a public event are fair game. Pictures taken in a private setting are protected by privacy law.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Re: inside their own private property

They don't own the electromagnetic spectrum. The various national regulatory authorities have declared that the WiFi frequencies are free for unlicensed use, and nobody else is allowed to remove that right. They don't need to promote that use, but it's clearly illegal to actively disrupt it. Consider that the FCC requires all electronic equipment to be certified free from emissions that could interfere with the legitimate use of radio frequencies.

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Re: where it can be justified

Thin end of the wedge.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: how much Windows was adding to the price

I don't think that's the whole story - when you pay for the OS you'll be inclined to put it on your higher spec product, when it's free you might as well stick it on bargain basement hardware and see if it sells.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: silly question from someone who knows zip....

Not really possible because it lacks a SATA interface so you're using the USB 2.0 bus for storage and also to run the network (R-Pi Ethernet is USB).

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Re: Video playback

Windows XP is only available for the X86 and X64 (IBM PC) architecture - NT 4.0 was the last old MSFT OS compiled for a non-PC platform (DEC Alpha). WinPhone and Windows 8 RT run on ARM but they're pretty thoroughly locked down to Windows-specific hardware. The new R-Pi will probably run Android rather well, but with less functionality/support than Raspbian or XBMC.

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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Re: Small Bus

Yeah, you have a 56k modem too. :-)

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THREEE!!!

(no body)

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Re: 1 is 1 to many

Or one (of the relationships) is a one-to-many relationship?

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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Linux

Where did the XP users go?

I expect a significant number are now running some sort of Linux.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: There's no reason to leave a desktop on eating electricity

Absolutely, that's why I hibernate my desktop in the evening and resume in the morning, with all my apps and documents open where I left off.

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Re: systemd came about to try to improve boot speed

But I reboot so infrequently that boot times are of vanishingly small importance.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: why is the commentator

All we need now is Alex Zane to comment on the commentator whose video about a video is just a sad attempt to get views/clicks and thence fame on the interwebs.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: They are merely a Foxcon rebrander now

On their way to becoming the new Apple then. :-)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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Re: I will take a chance

Bratwurst is German, not Spanish - perhaps you meant chorizo?

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Re: a 50% failure rate is normal

How about if you freeze the soft boiied eggs before wrapping them in mince?

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: I destroy watches in all situations

Try wearing it on the inside of your wrist?

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Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

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Re: Scaling Laws 101

It could be a big arse on a small person or a small arse on a big person - we're not all proportioned the same.

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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Re: FTFY

It's not Linux, it's BSD.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: when we don't understand something

In the UK "Double Dutch" used to be a common phrase for e.g. technical speech the listener doesn't understand.

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

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Re: Can someone who knows explain this?

Explain what - running an expendable virtual machine, or breaking out of a virtual machine to attack the host?

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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re: standardise the HTML and CSS allowed in an email

Simple solution: don't put any HTML in email - it's a letter, not a colour brochure. If you want to send me something else then you can attach other media to the letter, which I can view on a PC or tablet, but don't make it hard to quickly view the message on a low-spec phone.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: pirthous makes some valid points

But he makes them so badly.

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Re: JBL rig is SO much more natural

What's natural about sound that has been digitally processed and is supposed to sound different from the dry track straight from the mic?

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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He'll not make many pockets ...

... if he doesn't thread the sewing machine.

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Re: Pants Pocket?

The author already alerted us to possible confusion arising from that particular usage.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: obviously using your logic

You don't seem to understand the difference between "would still say it if they were present" and "may only say it if they are present".

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Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists

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re: Flipper

Er ... Flipper was a TV dolphin, the kangaroo was Skippy.

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Re: amazingly

Why is it amazing that a product which is better than nothing, but not by much, doesn't use as many resources as more capable software?

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: depreciated protocols

Deprecated, not depreciated.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: Education

For some reason I saw "Education" but in my mind it said "Eadon" - eek, scary. Maybe he's the reason girls don't want to be geeks?

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