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* Posts by magickmark

41 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012

Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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Alien

Re: Liverpool underground nightclubs!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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FAIL

Re: >> did you make it to your user group meetup

"Hello my name is Alistair" sobs "And I write a column for El Reg" hangs his head in shame

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Paris Hilton

Re: Errrr?

FYI: Football where I come from is played by very large men with pads & helmets.

Well here in the UK that applies as well, Footballers in their posh pads showing young ladies how they use their helmets!!

Ohh err missus!

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Trollface

WTF

Do the tables have rounded corners? :D

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Headmaster

Re: how about a new term, "Clunts"

Clouldn't agree more old chap!

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Headmaster

Re: Nice paper but you missed a trick

Trick not missed!

If you look at the citation list you'll see this

References

1. Bond J. (1966) A protocols for correct preparation of vermouth based beverages. J.Wine Spirits 0:0-7

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: No way near Homeopathic standards..

You sir owe me a new keyboard!!!

Coffee went everywhere when I read this "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". Worthy of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.

Wonderful paper

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

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FAIL

What the...

I ran across to the clubs webpage (Ok, ok, clicked across!!) all eager to engage in the future or webpage interaction, user friendliness, accessibility and technology only to be confronted by ...

Unfortunately the April dinner with John Lamb on Digital Enablement of the disabled had to be cancelled. The RTC Club Committee sincerely apologises for the inconvenience.

Is that someone telling us to F*ck off or what!!

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Pint

A must have

I've had one for months (got it off Amazon.com) and I love it. I tend to use it from my Nexus 7. I tend to use it for Netflix and youtube but also Play Music, I dont subscribe I just use it to play my own content. I have set up so when I rip a CD its automatically uploaded to Play Music and then I can play via Chrome Cast and the new addtion of BBC iPlayer adds an extra incentive. I also have a few other apps that will work with it as well (all cast is a good one).

I have cast stuff from Chrome via my PC and that works though not as well as the dedicated apps.

Never had a moments problem with it, was the best £30 I've spent.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Alien

Re: Fountains of the deep

In the story "Call of Cthulu" Cthulu lies dreaming in sunken R'lyeh somewhere under the South Pacific ocean.

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" ("In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.")

Yog-Sothoth was said to have been bannished to the spaces outside of time and space "Yog-Sothoth, who froths as primal slime in nuclear chaos beyond the nethermost outposts of space and time!" - The Lurker at the Threshold.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

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Want it

I want one NOW! Just because.

Way cool, imagine them sold in packs fo 10 !!!

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Angel

Way cool

I had some of these as a teenager! The Atari, the Casio watch, the Walkman. Later on I had a number of 'databank' type devices before getting a Psion 3 (which i still have and works) before moving on to verious Palm and Springboard devices, I still have a nice brushed steel Paim Vx that still runs is hooked up to my PC and is up to date with my diary, though I don't acutually use it.

One of my favorite gadgets as a kid was a couple of devices that I had that were 3d games, one was a space invaders type game and the other was racing car game. The device looked somwhat like binoculars but with no lens at the front and when you looked into it by holding it to your eyes you got quite a good 3d image of the game. Grahics we simple lines (think Tron) but it was way cool at the time.

Damn its good to be a geek sometimes!!

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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Mushroom

Could be worse

Though I do not agree with the device at least it’s made by a reputable manufacturer and has (hopefully) gone through proper safety testing. Just imagine if it was some no name Asian company who had come up with the idea and flooded the market!

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Rare BLOWJOB-GIVING APES 'face extinction from interacting with HUMANS'

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Things you wish you didn't know

You Sir owe me a new coffee free keyboard!

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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I want one

Awsome, I'd love one of these as a second "TV" in my bedroom. Add TV Catchup, BBC iPlayer, Netflix would be perfect for this, let alone all the other normal Android stuff you could use it for. All for the price a normal TV.

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Number-crunching quant cooks up gambling machine, promises untold RICHES

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Pirate

Re: hhhmmmm

I recall and episode of "Minder' where Arthur more or less did that with horse racing where he was providing a professional tipping service. I recall he'd stand in a public phone (this is before mobile phones) box to take the calls from his punters and give each caller a 'tip'. Simply he'd give each punter a horse from a race until all the horses in a particular race were covered, then move on to the next race and so on. Each punter would then presumably bet on their 'tip'.

If their horse won they'd pay him a percentage of their winnings if their hose did not win the tip was "free". I'm not sure how he collected I'd assume thats where Terry came in to provide the muscle to ensure payment was forthcomming!!!

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

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Ariadne Ariadne Ariadne

It has to be Ariadne's design, talk to Pypes it seems he can provide the needed covering.

Come on El Reg do the right thing!!

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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Holmes

Re: VILLAGE

Must be the Arse (ass for our US cousins) end of nowhere!

Sherlock? Alimentary My dear Watson!

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Holmes

I use the gesture swipe to lock my android phone, I have used a short gesture, not one of the common ones used to navigate or anything. It can be swiped quickly if anyone tries to watch and after a few swipes to change screens or pull down the notification bar etc. the unlock gesture is oblitirated.

Probably far from perfect and not as secure as a password of more that 6 characters using caps, numbers and symbols, but a hell of a lot easier to use and secure enough to stop casual 'attacks' in most cases.

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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H2G2 Movie

Re the movie lambasting mobile phones, I think what they failed to understand/missed, IMHO, is that the modern smartphone is effectively the Guide as envisioned by the great DNA. In fact from the description he gave in the books it’s even smaller and sleeker than described and probably has more functionality. I remember reading the book in the late 70’s and loving the idea of a Guide, now I have it!!

Man that Douglas Adams was a hoopy frood!

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South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not exactly flashing

Inside a shed... errrmmm or inside ... errr ... yes

Paris? well because..

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

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Pirate

Re: $100Bn cash pile

As I recall one of the problems Apple have is if they try to bring the cash back into the US they'll be hit with something like 30% tax so effectively they have this huge cash pile showing up as profit but they can't use it for anything.

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

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WTF?

WTF

So $11m sitting on flash drives, something about this seems sooooooo insecure

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WhatsApp exec: Google takeover? It's news to me

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Holmes

Viber

My question is why are people using WhatsApp when Viber does everything WhatsApp does plus voice over data as well and just like WhatsApp its tied in to your mobile number.

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Another MYSTERY evacuation: Google UK empties swanky offices

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Pint

Re: Fire drill

Well a glass of Guiness may help smooth the situation?

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Headmaster

Double fail

They'er = They are

Need a grammer opton.

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Ministry of Fun builds crack team to juice up bumpkin broadband

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Windows

Bumpkins!!!

Being one of the Norfolk "Bumpkins" (we perfer the term Norfolk Dumplings) I would like to register my disaproval of this term!

I wholeheartedly embrace this speeding up of broadband speeds as it will enable me to pursue my interests by reading "Tractor Fanciers Weekly" and "Bootiful Norfolk Turkey's" (tag line 'They Love to Gobble") at a much more speedy pace and also encurage national treasure and local boy made good Stephen Fry to vist home to indulge his digital lifestyle more often!

Errmmmm... On the other hand!!

The choosen icon, becuase he looks like Good ol' Norfolk Boy!

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Devil

Funniest thing I have read for quite a while! Wonder what that says about me !!!

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Dawn of the X-Men? MUTANTS swarm AMONG US, say geneticists

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Black Helicopters

Re: Science finally answers the big question.

Nothing explains Julian Assange!

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

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Facepalm

What if you use both?

I wonder what will happen if you use Messenger and Skype will it merge the two together or will you have to keep logging from one account to another? What if want to keep the two accounts seperate (one buisness and one personal lets say) I wonder how it will manage that?

Of course I could use something like IM+ I expect, though personaly I prefer to use the native client so the two accounts are distinct

@Eadon, I dont think its about the skills of it engineers its about the market share, branding, mind share if I recall correctly (and please correct me if I am wrong) Messanger has about 100 million users and Skype has 280 million this is what MS wanted.

There is also the aspect that MS wanted to scoop up the competition as Skype is used a lot in the enterpirse and we all know that MS has a big share of this and nodoubt were unwilling to concede a slice of that to anyone else.

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007 hardware: Gadgetry, spyware and things that make you go Boom

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Holmes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

"While no vehicle could fulfill my childhood driver aspirations quite like a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

What amuses me is that Ian Flemming is also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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'This is Apple. It will take them 2 weeks to alter their website, will it?'

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Facepalm

Respect...

The amusing thing, in my opinion, is that all Apple are doing is drawing attention to the issue and also really tarnishing their already starting to faulter image.

If they had just complied with the order and done as told when told the story would have run its course by now and other than a few quiet headlines probably gone reasonably un-noticed by the general public. But now the headlines are splashed across the general media over a protracted length of time and Apple come off looking looking like dicks.

Good job Apple!

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

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Alert

Whilst I agree that MS deserve a slap on the wrist for this the thing I find interesting is that the likes of Apple still get away with having a very closed shop mentality when it comes to products that can only use apps (officially) via its App Store and that if you try to submit a product that replicatates a core function they can reject your App. Or even worse, if your App has already been accepted and if what it does becomes a core function, that your App can then be removed from the App Store without warning. And as newer Apple products are disposing optical drives now it makes me wonder how long it will be before it becomes a problem on their desktop systems as well?

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Angel

Re: Fuck you God, Zeus, Vishnu, Odin.....

Do we all want to die of a virus from an infected phone! Remember the problems that caused?

Oh the folly, will we never learn from history?

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Big Brother

Re: when is he being

What did you expect? Spanish Inquisition?

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'Replace crypto-couple Alice and Bob with Sita and Rama'

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Holmes

Jason?

King Pelias has obtained the throne of Thessaly by killing Jason’s father, Jason is born and secretly sent to exile.

Pelias, consults the Oracle and is warned to beware of a man with one sandal.

Later at a series of games that Pelias holds Jason turns up to claim his place as the rightful king. He is wearing only one sandal, after an encounter he Hera, Pelias seeing this sends him on the quest for the Golden Fleece, which Jason accepts and completes, returning to claim his place as King. The story then gets more complicated at this point!

This seems like a good analogy for getting and encrypted key and using it to send a message (in this case the quest for the fleece) and then also for the return message, when Jason comes back to claim the throne.

Not quite a 100% analogy but I am sure it could be made to fit?

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Icelandic town demands vulva museum

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Holmes

Alimentary my Dear Watson!

I know the wong oriface and Homes never said it but but we have to keep it our end up!

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Purpose of RFID finally discovered: It's for pairing up socks!

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WTF?

WTF

I am just stunned and speachless at the uselessness of this! O.O

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'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned

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Childcatcher

Movies

Interestingly Stephen Fry played the part of Oscar Wilde in a 1997 movie opposite Jude Law

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120514/

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Bully Boys

Apple are running scared and being bully boys. Considreing their past history for stealing idea's I find this all very very very... silly.

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