* Posts by Fink-Nottle

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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Don't panic ...

Since I was a schoolboy I've always used MKV / MKVII gas mask bags to carry my stuff. Indeed, I'm currently using a MKV lined with a few foam offcuts to tote my laptop around.

It used to be that the genuine article could be had for a few pence from Army Surplus. These days replicas are available that lack the patina of grime and musty smell that added to the romance of the originals, but are just as serviceable.

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Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

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The Parallels business will keep on doing what it does best, namely giving Mac owners a fine way to run Windows in a virtual machine. Steen reckons the company understands the nuances of doing this very well

Can't argue with that. They understand the nuances so well they are able to convince chumps users to pay top dollar for a new copy of Parallels every time there's an OS X point release.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Fobs - Old Hat

>> Now just have to get it to start using my old trouser snake !

A microcontroller system, then?

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

> I believe you have to maintain the "key in the area" thing - so the theory being that wouldn't work.

You'd think so, but are some shared experiences on Jaguar XF forum that show thing are different in practice.

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Re: Another reason for a physical key..

my worry with keyless ignition is that if you nip out of the car and leave the engine running, you could end up unable to restart your car in Edinburgh because your keys are on the hall table in London.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Praying's not good enough

> They should sacrifice a goat.

Good plan, it's doubtful any deity would understand the Newcastle accent.

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Apple patches FREAK-ed out Watch

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Re: As Always ....

> my thought as I updated was that it was shameful how long it took them, considering the things have just been shipped.

I suppose owning a Watch allows users to experience time differently, but to my unsophisticated mind 'the patch took too long' and 'the things have just been shipped' are mutually exclusive.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Been there, done that

> I hit a cow with my car, in Mexico.

I had a nearly identical encounter with a cow on a misty morning just outside Qunu (Nelson Mandella's birthplace) in a Hilux with bush bars.

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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IT Angle

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

Anyone supplied a Tibetan monastery with an Automatic Sequence Computer lately?

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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It's all about street cred ...

'Fingers' MacGraw has a much better ring to it than 'Arduino' MacGraw.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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First hand report

I bookmarked this note from someone who regularly shares the road with the Google vehicles.

Comments like "It's rare to see a self driving car drive slowly." and "I'd say the cars are generally better drivers than their human operators." hardly tally with some of the opinions expressed here.

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Re: "£900bn"?

> he's been voted out now and is thus an irrelevance.

Then why include the quote in the article?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: oh Dear

>> There will be a lot of SNP voters in jail

>> You say that like it's a bad thing ...

4 thumbs down? Really? Some folks need to lighten up.

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Re: oh Dear

> There will be a lot of SNP voters in jail

You say that like it's a bad thing ...

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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> Simon Cavill, who left the IT business to concentrate on apiculture, told us that the perfect food for bees are dandelions.

Simon then performed a peculiar, figure-eight, waggle-tail dance.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: I hope this is programmed right ...

> I hope that the car is programmed to slacken off the emergency braking when that's appropriate and to come to a halt no more than a few feet behind the obstruction.

The current Mercedes system does just that - it calculates the space available and applies brakes accordingly. It also causes the brake light to flash in order to alert following vehicles.

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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Re: @ Alister

> As I understand it, officers working other jobs must declare them and be approved to do so.

... because the possibility of a conflict of interest exists if the employer was ever under police scrutiny.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: My reason isn't in the list

> Three totally different levels of information.

I quite agree there is a difference in the granularity of the information - but information is, nevertheless, gathered currently and my comment was made in response to OP's concern regarding the sharing of any information.

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Re: My reason isn't in the list

> they require connection to a cloud or server that I don't have control over. As long as they send any data about me or my usage of the devices to someone else, I won't be using them.

Tin foil hattery! If your home uses utilities such as water, gas and electricity then your provider already has data about you and your usage.

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VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

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Re: Lottie Dexter

While Ms. Dexter's commitment to learn code in a year was couragous, I'm sure she would be the first person to acknowledge the inspirational example of the Honourable Member for Devizes.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Re: "OH MY GOD !! ...

> ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA

> ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE

You are Nigel Farrage and I claim my five pounds!

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Tinfoil Hats?

> We have to get (via automated capture ships) to the asteroid belt first and only then we can go to other places in the solar system.

It's fairly standard S.F. dogma that once you can capture an asteroid, a metalic 'un could be hollowed out to create a shielded space habitat / Mars spacecraft.

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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

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Did SHE get a good lawyer?

> Did she have to go to jail, put her house on up for sale?

Revised title ... dammit, the perils of posting on a Friday afternoon.

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Did get a good lawyer?

Did she have to go to jail, put her house on up for sale?

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NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

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Last-but one orbit.

Messenger's penultimate orbit skimmed over the surface of Mercury at an altitude of between 300 and 600 metres.

"If you could see that, it would be a real spectacle," said Jim Raines, the instrument scientist on the craft's FIPS instrument (Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer) and a physicist at the University of Michigan. "It would cross the horizon in just a second or two, flying low overhead at ten times the speed of a supersonic fighter."

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: Bah!

@Terry 6

> So you equate being able to memorise, regurgitate and forget with "applying themselves". And consider that this is the key skill.

> those who have aptitude, insight, creativity or even many who have genuine interest or commitment, but who just aren't good at churning out preformed answers to artificial questions.

In order to be proficient in any language it is necessary to build a vocabulary. High school (and even undergraduate level) study is largely concerned with building a student's vocabulary in a given subject - and this is equally true of languages, humanities and sciences.

Unfortunately there is no shortcut to acquiring the requisite 'vocabulary'. This process almost always requires memorisation, whether it be amo, amas, amat, the date of the Norman conquest or the definition of a halogen. Even the highest placed Harley Street medic was required to undergo tons of rote learning as an undergraduate.

Certainly, understanding is crucial (the meaning of words in the vocabulary), but it is only after internalising the shared vocabulary that people with aptitude can progress to being creative with the 'language' of a given course of study.

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Re: Bah!

> But those under and over 50 who did well and got good jobs are quite often the ones who promptly forgot everything they learnt as soon as they put down their pens.

The purpose of an examination is not only to quantify your innate intelligence and understanding, but how well you can apply yourself in your chosen field. The person who can apply themselves to rote learning is likely to be the person who will apply themselves in their career.

> In a sense the factual information could even be provided on the test paper, if the question was taxing of ability to use it.

It has been my experience that when new graduates enter the workplace, they are often content to submit work that would garner a 'passing grade' in an academic setting rather than making an all-out effort. To prepare students for a work environment then, if the requisite factual information was included in a test paper, the pass mark threshold should be set at a much higher level than in conventional exams.

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Re: Google Translate

> Me and Google Translate are going to resit O Level French.

Google Translate and I are going to resit O Level French.

It's the same old story - garbage in, garbage out.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: Opportunity for Labour?

> On balance, am in favour of lowering voting rights to 16.

You then open up the possibility of 16 year old MPs, which is an interesting proposition.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: A good use case

I know a number of A&E workers who have had a discrete DNR or NO CODE tattoo done, after seeing the aftermath of serious road accidents week in and week out.

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Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

> Seems that the Reg forums are creeping ever closer to being the natural home of nasty minded trolls.

Expressing an opinion you don't agree with doesn't make a someone a troll.

> Thinking perhaps it's time to look elsewhere for my daily bit of IT fluff.

There ya go ... I'm sure you'll fit right in. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: It was only a law because it rhymes with Moore....

Moore's Maxim, then?

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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The word decimate is fertile ground for grammar nazis; not only is it a contronym (a word with two opposite meanings), but it's English origin is the Medieval Latin word decimatus, which means ‘to tithe’, rather than a Roman military punishment.

Although, I must admit that when applied to Microsoft I much prefer the connotation of people being put to the sword.

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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Re: Cry Me a River

Try not to think so much

How it won't be so very long from now that they laugh at us for selling

A bunch of 15 year olds made from dinosaur bones singing "oh yeah"

Again and again, Right up to the end

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

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@1980s_coder

> Upvotes and downvotes apply to the whole comment, whereas by replying you can quote a certain part that you agree or disagree with.

> Posting a comment with the pint icon and an 'I agree' or 'plus one', implies that you agree more strongly with something than a mere up or down vote suggests.

> etc. etc.

I'm obviously missing the subtleties of upvoting etiquette ... what does posting two replies to a single comment mean?

In your first post you agree with the OP's first paragraph and, somewhat predictably, in your second post you agree with his second paragraph.

Does this mean the pint glass is half full in one post or more than a pint's worth in the other? Seems to me thy cup runneth over ...

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> Have an upvote, I quite agree!

Have an upvote yourself! I enjoy comments with no useful content other than stating you agree with the OP and have upvoted their comment.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: Genuine question...

> Why buy trees in the US when the products will be made and packaged in China?

This minimises breakages during the manufacturing process because, as you know, erm ... the fruit never falls far from the tree.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Caffeine

> I really hope their piss filtering system takes out caffeine.

Caffeine is a fairly large molecule so it should be filtered quite effectively. However, worries about trace caffeine in the drinking water pale into insignificance when you realise that the urine from 'laboratory rodents' on the ISS is recycled too.

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Hungry Apple fanbois can now buy a lunch date with Tim Cook

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Re: Will Tim be hosting...

I believe they have selected a lucky wage-slave to attend the function - accompanied by fava beans and a nice chianti.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Computer, ENHANCE!

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: Assembly, now that was Punk

If BASIC was punk, then Borland was Stiff records.

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Re: This is exactly the problem

> Have you ever really listened to In Our Time on a science-related topic?

I agree. When it comes to the sciences, Melvyn Bragg is out of his depth. The academics are often constrained by having to explain relatively simple stuff to Bragg, who has a hard time accepting unfamiliar or counterintuitive concepts.

(As an antidote to Bragg's obtuseness, you can't beat the BBC's Elastic Planet series.)

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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> Erm... perchlorate reductase

Yup, that's what you need for oxygen farms on Mars.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Isn't there a Chinese proverb

Man with one clock, who said he was thinking of getting another clock, will soon be called "Two Clocks" by some people.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: karma

1/. Then you should be old enough to exercise some judgement and self-control when posting on a family friendly website. Particularly if you want others to treat you seriously.

2/. The 'serious' point you made was that you are running software under 10.9 which doesn't yet support 10.10?

Serious point? Really? What does your 'serious' point have to do have do with the 10.10.3 release?

The 10.9 to 10.10 upgrade happened nearly a year ago. The hardware requirements for OS X Yosemite were the same as those for OS X Mavericks, thus if your Mac can run 10.9 it will run 10.10. If your third party software was incompatible with 10.10 you have had a WHOLE YEAR to either contact the developer or find an alternative software package. Instead you chose to whinge about Apple.

Idiot.

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Re: karma

> I what messed up universe do you live in where you think someone actually deserves a security exploit?

In the same universe where potty-mouthed teenagers can throw a temper tantrum when their third party software is incompatible with the latest iteration of their OS.

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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Ultimate in Shed One-Upmanship

> hypersonic jobbie, own shed.

"My shed? Oh, it's ex-NASA."

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