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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: 'Well said' to that.

Grace Hopper ended up as a Rear-Admiral so I presume the US Navy do the same as the Royal Navy and give officers a honorary promotion on retirement. Can any left-pondian confirm this?

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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DAM @Re: Not a perfect solution, but...

And some ice if you want to get away with it.

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

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Re: Even if we do go there...

No Problem, Bruce Willis has some lightweight drilling kit and a highly trained team of actors.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Caldy - Affluent?

Describing Caldy as affluent is like saying the Pope is interested in religon. Seriously rich would be more accurate.

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: "Beverly Hills 90210" was the best show ever!

How come Derbyshire uses DE as it's Code?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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It's Mass Effect

I think the modern usage of side-boob came from the descriptions of the sex scenes in Mass Effect. Also seen as 'Alien side-boob'.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

PhilBuk

Americano is black piss. Make your coffee properly by infusion. Adding boiling water to a greasy expresso does not produce something that tastes of anything.

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US titan CSC: Our numbers are going nowhere this year

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Where to chop.

Let's see - US Public Service revenues down, Global Services (i.e. everywhere else) doing well - Yep, job cuts in Europe. 'Specially in the UK where it's easier to get rid of people. My old company never changes.

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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Re: Bing Bong!

There's a guy there named Winston Smith. Have a word with him and he'll get any references removed. He may go a little bit too far though.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Win 9 on Subscription

If Microsoft have a real death wish they will make Win 9 subscription-only.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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MIssing Word

Try inserting the word 'thought' between 'researchers' and 'originally'.

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Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

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The UK three-pin models that I have are A1299 and A1399.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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I bet Dyson will at some point improve it..

If he does, it will make a sound similar to a VC-10 taking off. Just so the punter 'knows it's working'.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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@Stuart Van O

There is one country where landfills don't work - Holland. Guess who pushed through the EU regs on reducing landfill use.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

PhilBuk

Re: come on, tell us what os so wrong with bash?

>Mind you, I spent a lot of years using DCL and that probably spoiled me for good.

Did you ever work out what the /TIFY modifier did?

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Re: C

Hope you remembered to set EA. You lifted the DEPOSIT, hitting it just snapped the key off.

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Re: "create a BASIC interpreter "

>It's probably worth mentioning that Gates and Allen developed their port using stolen time on a PDP11.

Actually, it was a DECsystem-10.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Re: I'm still trying

The other way to keep documents from going pear-shaped is to turn off "Automatically generate new styles". That feature destroys document formatting.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Re: NSA fail either way

Nah, they just issued themselves a National Security Letter. Perfect get-out!

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Re: Sleeveface at the MOMA?

It's got to be Blind Failth - that should ruffle a few feathers.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

PhilBuk

One of the reasons I stopped shopping at Tescos. They really are the worst offenders for this. Even the staff didn't know where stuff was.

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

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Re: Argh! If you are going to do a review - DO THE RESEARCH FIRST!

Nice rant but countered by the 'would of seen' in para 2 - Yuk!

In english next time please.

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Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

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Re: I thought it looked a bit small through my scope

You've got very big pockets.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

PhilBuk

Re: So what is going on?

@Vic

See the pilot forums on www.pprune.com. When asked if you could land a B777 on an unpaved runway, the usual answer from B777 pilots was 'once'.

There are also some good explanantions of the arcs from the satellite pings. They are a time of flight for the pings and are measured from a geostationary satellite. So the arcs just show the distance of the last ping received. The gap in the middle is the overlap from the adjacent satellite - the ping was not received by that one - hence the gap.

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Long Range Foundation?

Someone at NASA has been reading "Time For The Stars". Look out for a proposed trip to nearby stars and the formation of the LRF.

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Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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Re: Is El Reg running out of e-ink?

That bloody animated image means that I miss the first paragraphs of some stories where it appears on the right bar. Had to block the web address for the dancing Balmer one.

Agree about the date too. What wrong with detail? This is a tech site!

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: Larson-Green's """Promotion"""

Don't forget all the wonderful work she did on the Office ribbon.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: This is rather sad

If you know a bit of astronomy you'll also know that most of the major stars have Arabic names. All catalogued by Muslim scholars when most of Europe was throwing rocks at Romans.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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Re: Something else we need to know

It's worse - Atos.

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Re: In the 70's

I thought that instruction was in the Cray-1 rather than the CDC.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Re: says

Keep your asteroid but stay away from Mars.

Earth.

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Re: Interesting, but

Whooosh...

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Re: Microsoft change CPUs???

Not a relevant comment. NT on Alpha worked fine - we used to run a massive SAP system on that platform. They did get cold feet and pull the OS variant which more or less killed the hardware platform as far as we were concerned. NT was quite hardware agnostic for a while.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: RPN FTW!

Still have mine, bought in 1978 on a journey to the States. Never got a UK charger for it but just used AA cells in it which have worked fine over the years. Had to strip and clean the keyboard about 10 years ago but it still works fine. Also have a HP16C which does multiple bases and machine code arithmatic. Great calculators.

Of course, the fault with the HP33E was that you could enter quite complex programs in it which disappeared when it was switched off. The HP33C came out one year after I bought mine.

Phil.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

PhilBuk

You really don't know what 'Taking the piss' means, do you?

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Re: 200 out of 650,000

They were probably logging everyone on a booze 'n fags run over to Calais. Vital to the economy don't ya know!

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Re: Overstaffed

Grow a beard and try travelling alone by car - works every time. Complete lack of imagination.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re: BMW...

Oh, do they fit wirelesses in BMW these days? They certainly are moving up market.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: pick a pipe of pickled pepper

Easy - four pecks to the bushel. Wonder what my car's fuel consumption is in chains/peck?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

PhilBuk

Re: I don't understand

Maybe something to do with the fucking great piece of lead that it's stored in.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

PhilBuk

Re: East Texas?

Why not just give it back to Mexico? Should be fun.

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Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

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Genesis

Like the Lamb reference in the sub-head. Who's the Genesis fan?

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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Re: Obviously nothing to do with

Agreed. I've lived in within 2 miles of this area for 23 years and didn't even know there were houses down there! As you say, I suspect living next to an industrial estate has more of an effect on the house prices than anything else. Oh, and the area floods like buggery at frequent intervals.

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

PhilBuk

Re: Ask the Russians

They used to get some from the Russians with the proviso that it was used for non-military applications. Of course, the yanks ignored this and used the stuff in military spy satellites. That agreement was ended by the Russians in 2009.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Re: Nimbuseses

Probably 10 base 2 Ethernet - 10Mbits, flaky connectors and difficult to debug.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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Re: Ch Ch Ch Changes

... and it's slow as treacle these days.

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

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Re: Firing guns in space

No gun needs an oxygen supply - the oxygen is provided by the propellant. The only time oxygen is required is for a match to light the fuse on a cannon (the fuse has its own oxygen too). Chemistry - not physics.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: Could it be..

@ribosome

Oh, that's where Tolkein got the name of his elder gods from. You learn something every day.

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TalkTalk to block nuisance calls with no help AT ALL from Huawei

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Re: Will they block themselves?

Yep, CPR Call Blocker. You can specify what to block, witheld numbers, international, skpe, etc and specific numbers. If someone calls and you don't like them, just press the button on the unit and it adds the number to the block list. Maplins do them for about £40.

Phil.

p.s. You need Caller ID enabled.

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NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

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Re: Who is the NHS contracting to store this info ?

It's ATOS.

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