* Posts by magickmark

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

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Re: That depends where and what part

Also and ePub and mobi versions here http://www.tenseg.net/press/lastringbearer

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Mushroom

Re: CROM

Wow - my first reply from a genuine bonafide El-Reg employee!

I think I need to go lie down for a while!!

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Pirate

CROM

"Thank Crom it's Friday! At the end of today you can get on with what is best in life,"

I plan to crush the weekend under my sandeled feet with no lamentation! And hopefully no electrical problems!!

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Bloody Dell! Is EMC going to drop its logo? Answers on a postcard to Brentford

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Coat

Dark times ahead?

Only time will tell!!

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What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

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Thumb Up

Brilliant

That is All

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: An easy fix ...

Wonderful, I think DNA has a quote somewhere for every thing (Life, the Universe and Everything, even?)

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Re: An easy fix ...

Agreed a valid point, have an up vote. I have made a comment a little further down about a similar problem I have with "True" and "False" logical values from some exported datasets I have to work with.

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Re: Pet peeve

I have a similar grumble, I regularly have to export datasets from an online application to use in Excel (in this case they are proper .xls formats at least) and there are a number of tick boxes that export as True or False but rather than being logical values they are exported as plain text. Not a big problem as I now expect it and have a routine worked out but still a PITA having to go through and convert them all.

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Headmaster

An easy fix ...

Another simple solution is to just type an apostrophe ' in front i.e. 'SEP2 this will force Excel to read it as text. This is a hang over from Lotus123 that still works. Some of the data I have to work with has the same problem and this is the solution I use.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Sunglasses After Dark

Ahh but they really look sharp!

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Boffin

Sunglasses After Dark

"To this day, I fail to comprehend how anyone could be convinced that wearing sunglasses after dark helps you see better. All it does is make you look cool, as already famously demonstrated by the Blues Brothers a decade earlier."

Actually, Dabbsy, the problem was recorded a few decades earlier in 1958 as evidenced on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S07rl68DMD8

Enjoy!!

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Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers

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Paris Hilton

German Sausage

My ex-girlfriend always said you cannot beat a good bit of German sausage. Problem was I am British :(

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Alien

Lovecraft

Or as HP Lovecraft would have called it "The Call of Chihuahua"

http://www.cthulhulives.org/cocmovie/

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Viscous liquid oozing down the walls? You must have hives

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IT Angle

Honeywell?

Maybe they should have left them there to harvest the honey?

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/09September/Pages/Bacteria-found-in-honey-may-help-fight-infection.aspx

If I recall honey was historically used to treat cuts and wounds?

Honeywell/Honey well - see an IT angle

Update - just found this

http://www.surgerysupplements.com/historical-use-of-honey-in-wound-care-through-the-ages/

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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FAIL

FAIL!!!!

My main tower is still on Win 7 and staying that way but the last few days I have been looking at laptops and was thinking of getting Win 10 to try it out and get used to the idea of using it. But this has made me think again!

It seems to be be getting more and more intrusive over time and makes me wonder where it will stop, if at all. Think I'll look at Linux or a Chrome Book!

<Image>Evil Kitty picture with the text "All your OS's iz belong to ME!!"</Image>

And yes I get the irony of using a Chrome Book :D

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

Yes he is!

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Re: Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

Just found the link http://www.cs.rug.nl/~michael/qthair.pdf

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Mushroom

Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

This is from a mock paper by a guy called Michael H.F. Wilkinson. Sadly the link that I found it on seems to no longer work :(

The famous thought experiment of Erwin Schrödinger describes how according to quantum mechanics a cat may be in an indeterminate state between living and dead, until a conscious observation is made. Likewise, Reitz (6) has shown that the location of a cat inside or outside a garage is unspecified until the creature is observed. This phenomenon explains the curious "tunneling" of electrons and even entire cats (6) through a region of space in which they cannot exist. If we take the case of a homeopathic dilution of a single molecule over N flasks of solvent, quantum mechanics tells us that the molecule is not located in a particular flask until a conscious observation is made. In quantum parlance, the "wave function" of the particle is said to "collapse" into a specific state (or flask) due to the act of observing. Incidentally, this is why cats resent people staring at them: the constant collapse of their wave function is a strain on their delicate senses.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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DNS Problems?

I'm not at home to try it out but I've heard reports that if you change your DNS server to the Google public servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) this may fix the problem.

Numbers taken from here:

https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Re: Journalism?

Long may your bollocks be online! err figuratively speaking of course!!!

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New Balls Please

Well I hope you are keeping your Pokéballs nice and safe you definitely don't want anyone playing with them in a dark ally!

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Coffee/keyboard

You Sir owe me a new keyboard!!

Unfortunately in eating my apple I'd put away my generic plastic tub with a lid and thus when I read "TUPPERWARE: That thing your arsehole does when you really need a massive shit but can't go and so it keeps popping open randomly and emitting foulness." apple went over my keyboard and screen!!!",

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Windows

Yummy

I'm reading this whist eating my lunch out of my Tupperware, sorry generic plastic tubs with lids. Nice to know I am not alone.

Icon? Me eating lunch of course!!

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Childcatcher

VPN

I assume she's never heard of Virtual Private Networks?

Just sayin'

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

RIP

So sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

He will be missed.

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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Very insightful, more please!

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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WTF?

My story is this...

At this point in time I was working as a consultant and had developed and maintained a website for a client. Anyway, one day in October the client contacted me about updating the website, basically giving it a major overhaul.

So meeting was arranged and held at which we went through what the client wanted etc. etc. etc. and the main thing was that they wanted the new version live for the New Year, three months away so no problem. At the end of the meeting they asked for sometime to consider things and that they would contact me.

A few weeks pass and no communications from them, so I email, no response. This went on for a week or two and eventually I gave up and assumed they had changed their minds.

Anyway, being self employed (and busy) I did not really take holidays, except I always took off the two weeks over Xmas. But (and I'm sure you can guess what comes next) I got a call from the client sometime in mid December, lets say the 16th, to say they wanted the update to go ahead and reminding me that I had said it could be done for the New Year!

I politely told them that had been back in October and that deadline was now impossible and anyway I was not going to be working over the Xmas holidays as it was my only time off. And I offered to start work in the New Year.

At this point the client got very aggressive and even offered me physical violence if I did not agree to do the work.

Needless to say I choose not work for the client again and they eventually got someone else to do the work although they made a right pigs ear of it and within the year the website went offline and vanished.

To this day I find it incomprehensible that: a) they could be that slow in making up their minds b) actually believing that the deadline would still be applicable c) so extreme in their reaction.

Some people ehh?

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Trouble originating between chair and keyboard caused most UK breaches

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Devil

Re: We are but human

As a random person on a random forum my answer would be "yes do it" then stand back with the popcorn and watch the fallout from a safe distance!!!

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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My Wearable

My wearable attached to my wrist with a band of leather, it has one function which it does perfectly. It was made in 1916 (hallmarked silver) and still works perfectly toady.

As I am sure you can guess is a watch. In this case a Swiss made wristwatch and it does exactly as I want, a quick glance way of knowing the time. Anything more complex than that and I'd use my smartphone.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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If you look carefully, the number plate on the Aston is Skyfall is the same as the one he won in Casino Royal so that's where he got the Aston from. But as to how it got all the upgrades (ejector seat etc) is the real question.

But I think that if you over analyse the films you spoil the 'fun' of them. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Pint

All respect to the guys in the front line and the humour expressed whilst still in combat and the response given by the support guys.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Terminator

Lovecraft

Go thou to HP Lovecraft and there read of "Herbert West" and shudder11

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Devil

Maybe you are not not Spartacus? Go on prove it!!! :)

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Trollface

"In any case I suspect that you are from blighty because the highest court in the cuntry is the high court.."

I assume you mean "country", although High Courts can be cunts at time!!

"There was lots of cuntry in the High Court today as the judge passed his views on on-line privacy"

Ahh maybe thats what you meant?

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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with a 7% solution?

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Re: Demarcation?

Not only is he is fully functional he is programmed in many "techniques," a wide variety of pleasuring.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Re: TROPPUS TI

Holy Zarquon's singing fish!!

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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I would guess he earns a shitload of money that puts him in a high tax bracket and he's not using tax avoidance scams to reduce his liability.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Pint

As its Friday

(a) suggest they turn it off and back on again? (and then call you back)

(c) and then go down the pub for the rest of the day?

A lesson learnt from the BOFH!!!

Cheers, Simon!!!

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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WTF?

Huh???

"Russia wasn't actually the destination he was heading for, he was going via there to somewhere else when his passport was cancelled,"

If he has no passport (as above) then how would he get in to Norway anyway? Other than setting a president what would be the point of this case?

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Facepalm

Re: And pre-Millienials were tech savants?

</sarc>

I'm a "pre-millenial", an old duffer in my 50's using tec for 30+ years, and its amazing how many times I've lost my monitor and post-it-notes stuck to them from my back pocket when I've been out.

</sarc>

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

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The last TV I brought was from Amazon, its a 39 inch smart TV badged as "Digihome". I was looking for a decent dumb TV with lots of inputs but as this one was only £170 I thought it was worth a punt.

Turns out it was excellent in most respects, built in sound could be better but then I have it connected to my surround sound system. The smart features work but as I have a Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick and a Sky Now TV box the smart features in the TV are rather redundant.Seems to be the way to go, decent TV with lots of inputs and then just use external, easy to change disposable 'smart' devices.

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Mountains of madness found on Pluto's Cthulhu Regio

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Now all we need is an area within that called the Plateau of Leng

You may find this amusing

http://hyperbolation.com/2011/11/humans-habitats/

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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"Re-runs of Game of Thrones on Netflix" I wish!! Even on Sky they only have series one as a box set!

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LOHAN sponsor knocks up nifty iMac fish tank

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Coat

Thats a bit of a fishy story!!

Sorry, I'll get my coat!

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Devil

Re: Aleister Crowley photo

Damn it!!

Well Wi-Fi can be something of a dark art and I find Aleister Crowley's "Book of the Law"* useful at time like this.

You have to incant the right formula to make it all work, I find that this one tends to help "The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him." - Chapter One, Rule 20

*http://www.sacred-texts.com/oto/engccxx.htm

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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Share and Enjoy!

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: surely the word 'hypocrite' is an immigrant...

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!!!!

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Headmaster

corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

corruptissima re publica plurimae leges - when the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous -- said by Tacitus

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Holmes

Something for the weekend?

Maybe Alistair needs one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/SMALLEST-THINNEST-J8-Bluetooth-Headphone/dp/B00O586YB2/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_z then rather than talking bollocks he can talk out of his arse instead?

Just joking, loved the rant!

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