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36 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012

Australia puts itself back into Beta

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"Ping" an email? Grrr...

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Have you deliberately timed this to coincide with our Lindsay's West End debut? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/24/london-laughs-at-lindsay-lohan-s-west-end-debut.html

Please tell me you are going to arrange a meeting of the two namesakes!

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Re: That confirms what I thought.....

I think you all mean "Briton". Britton = Fern Britton

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

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Joke

Computers don't need to go to the toilet?

Then why does mine frequently stop abruptly and produce a dump?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Snivelling Wretch

To paraphrase the RAF...

...and add a somewhat literal translation:

per ardua ad domus publicus

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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Re: You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

I fear I may have been misunderstood. Presumably, if there is unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, there is also symmetrical dimethylhydrazine (or simply dimethylhydrazine, one supposes). I'm guessing these two have very different chemical properties, particularly when it comes to relieving oneself of tiresome relations.

However, why is it called "unsymmetrical" and not "asymmetrical"? Or is there a technical/chemical difference hidden in this unusual nomenclature?

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Snivelling Wretch

You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

...or do these technically mean different things?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Headmaster

A lovely story, somewhat marred by the use of the phrase "reach out". Please stop this forthwith.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Lord help us if the wolves get hold of frikkin' lasers.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Headmaster

> "software algorithms so that the vehicles can drive safely and relatively anonymously"

I think you mean "autonomously" - this is Google we're talking about after all.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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That porthole would lend itself perfectly to a circular telephone dial.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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I would love to see this trying to negotiate Swindon's Magic Roundabout.

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Am I the only one that first read that as the "Pokemon Institute"?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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The cost of updating a human will be close to zero, so if we do this often enough maybe they'll get rid of those damned self-serve checkout machines...

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

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Strange choice of name: I would have assumed this was an Android product given Google's Play Store, etc...

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Oh how sweet - they've recreated the Flash "loading, please wait" splash screens of yesteryear.

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

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> it could be because the observations were made in the afternoons

Typical academics, sleeping off last night's booze.

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

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Re: GPO snoops

Don't admit there may be any written word inside or they'll be charging you double for a letter instead of a parcel...

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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

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I see the old adage of waiting for the .1 release still holds true...

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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

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Joke

More importantly, could this be used to coordinate an inter-shark laser array?

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Automated till hell ...

Absolutely - I make use of the services of a trained operative every time.

The stupid thing is, where it might actually be handy for buying a single item that shouldn't need to leave my clutches, I'm still forced to place it in the bagging area to be shouted at.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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It's not that big of a deal...

...you're just driving it wrong.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Re: Best way to get rid of them

I once put the handset next to the radio which was broadcasting The Archers. They thought they were having a genuine conversation for a little while, but sounded mighty confused by the time they hung up...

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Eadon?

Some of these terminals run Windows, which is undoubtedly the root cause.

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Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

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It looks to me like the physical motion of the device would be as much part of the security as the sideways insertion, Presumably if you tried to stick a device on the front it would just get pushed off by the spinny thing sticking out. Either that or the machine would fail to load the card and the transaction wouldn't happen.

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Prankster 'Superhero' takes on robot traffic warden AND WINS

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One thing I've wondered is about the law on displaying number plates. I would imagine it is only a requirement to display them on the public highway, and since these car parks are private, presumably one could quite legitimately remove/cover the plate on entering the car park if so inclined? Mind you, they've probably already thought of that and written it into the small print on the car park notice...

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

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Re: I'm going

Ditto...

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

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Black Helicopters

Anyone know where I can get my meter cabinet lead-lined?

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Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

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Why not use a helicopter?

Is it too far, or just cheating?

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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Headmaster

If I remember rightly from my degree, Kelvin doesn't have one. So 2.7K, not 2.7°K.

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Drone quadracopters throw and catch inverted pendulum

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Terminator

I for one...

...welcome our unbalanced spear-flinging aerial overlords.

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Burger King's tweets fried after hijackers pimp Big Macs

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Joke

Arch-rival, geddit?

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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Plus4

Probably not top sellers: until now, I thought our household was the only one which owned a +4. I was never able to trade games with anyone :-(

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Apotheker: HP board was just as culpable for Autonomy buy

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Headmaster

'implement strategy in its totality'

"Entirety", surely?

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O2 network staggers across UK

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Network busy

Ditto. Had no probs for years, but similarly for past few months have terrible trouble with "network busy" messages when trying to make or receive calls...

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