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35 posts • joined 20 Nov 2012

'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

Moonshine

Re: "Microsoft Office 1002014 cannot read this file"

Then why oh why don't future civilisations use LibraOffice 9538485.3 on Ubuntu 58486324.1 instead, thereby "sticking it to the M$ man"? It's free, stable and and they've finally got the Desktop UI and printer drivers nailed, (remaining printer, UI and network issues TBA in release 58486324.2 and later).

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

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Go

Jingle bells, batman smells...

...Robin flew away / The bat mobile lost its wheels / On the M1 motor way

That is how I recall this historic 70s playground verse.

Birmingham 1978 (ish).

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

Moonshine
WTF?

Re: Resistance is futile

@Charles Manning:

"The only way to get charge out of a capacitor is to run it down to 0 volts."

I didn't think that "zero volts" were absolutely required, whatever you mean by that.

"... but then you're really making a perpetual motion machine"

No you are not "really" making anything of the sort; in fact you are not even trying. You are just trying to make a more efficient machine. I don't know how you got to perpetual motion machines.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Stick a Post-It note (or some other sticking thing) over the D.O.G. Post-It will appear in both eyes. Problem solved.

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

Moonshine

Re: SQL 2014

"Pretty much. Except maybe in freetarded companies.."

Erm... What about "Oracled" companies?

Yes, I too was expecting an article about the SQL language "standard" being updated, not SQL Server. I think it's very bad that "SQL" is becoming synonymous with a single database product (if this is true).

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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Moonshine

I remember drooling

I went to a computer fair at Earls Court (1985?) with my father and brother and remember getting lots of leaflets about the Elan Enterprise and thinking "wow, this has everything and it looks pretty". As a 15-year-old I didn't realise at the time that this wasn't the future but instead the present (which already had one foot in the 8-bit grave). I remember going home to our BBC Micro, not realising how lucky I was to have got one of the best machines of this magnificent era.

Proof that looks are everything (if you're an adolescent)...

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Moonshine

Re: If you don't like it, overwrite it

Agreed. This is a very good first step which is relatively simple. It doesn't conclusively prove anything but if TC keeps working then it raises suspicion a little higher.

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

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Coat

Alternative logo design - Marissa!

I'm a big fan of MM you understand. Instead of the silly lettering how about a Andy Warhol style picture of Marissa as the logo? She's the best thing about Yahoo right now (or should I say the best thing about any Yahoo story which shows a picture of her ).

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Pint

Re: long lost art of efficient programming

I concur with all this. Back in those days programs weren't "written", they were crafted. Another example that springs to mind is ZX81 Chess (1K).

See http://users.ox.ac.uk/~uzdm0006/scans/1kchess/

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Coat

It has to be Marissa

I'm a big fan. Not sure how she'd get on. Hair tossing not chair tossing. The DEVELOPERS won't know what's hit them.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Moonshine

And use real stopmotion special FX, while you're at it

CGI has never IMO come close to the models and painstaking animated composite action scenes of the original episodes. Yes, yes, yes.

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Pikmin to the rescue: Can Nintendo revamp revive Wii U fortunes?

Moonshine

But it's cheaper. And it's out now. And it doesn't look like an 80s VCR. And the games are cheaper.

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Yahoooo! - Activist! investor! leaps! overboard! jingling! with! cash!

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Gimp

Marissa...

Lovely.

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Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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Stop

Re: First mover advantage??

"Since when did the iPad or iPhone enjoy a first mover advantage in the tablet computer/smartphone markets?!"

Apple have occasionally set the scene for other manufactures:

...Retina Display? It was damn cool at the time, admit it.

...iTunes & Apps Store? Love'em or hate'em, it's set the landscape for Android and Windows.

...Round Corners? Ermm, there's another one.

BTW I have switch to Android in the last 6 months (not a fanboi)

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

Moonshine

One of a number early PC classics (yes, I know started on non-PC hardware)

Yes, very fond memories of playing this classic game on my Amstrad PC. Other classic games I enjoyed around that time:

.....Gods - A platform glassic.

.....Xenon 2 - Vertical scroll space shoot em up.

These games were polished; Pure quality.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Captain Rum to Lord Blackadder: "You have a WOMAN's PHONE, me'lord."

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Re: Here's a playthrough

OK, here's a US receipt for 1981:

http://www.retroist.com/2011/01/11/how-much-did-an-atari-2600-cost-in-1981/

So the answer is between about $20 to $30 which would have been (guessing) £15 to £25. A retail price index calculator (http://www.hl.co.uk/news/inflation-calculator) tells me that in today's money that would have been £52 to £87.

That's not good value. No wonder only my "rich kid" friends had A2600. The rest of us had ping pong selector consoles playing on our Grundigs.

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Moonshine

Yes, they'll be next to the Facebook phones.

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Moonshine
Meh

Re: Here's a playthrough

Ok, it not actually as bad as I thought I would be (if you can ignore the negative commentary). How much were A2600 games in those days? I'm guessing too much to justify this level of 8-bit bleepware.

I guess you have to remember the A2600 was no arcade board.

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Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech

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Right idea

A welcome announcement. In other news the stock price continues to bomb. It's a daily ritual for me: Look at the price and shake head slowly, occasional facepalm.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

Moonshine

Re: I don't understand people who want removable batteries

...But you still have to pre-charge the other battery, which *is* hassle. Just saying that "I always have a battery pre-charged" kind of hides the extra hassle of managing more that one battery, I think.

Also I'm guessing that it's actually more that 10 second to change a phone battery if you include power-down/power-up/relaunch. More like 30 seconds on a good day.

You don't have to pre-charge a charger.

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Moonshine

I don't understant people who want removable batteries

Why? I know lots of people with Samsungs and they never swap the battery. Why? Because you have to:

1. pre-charging the spare battery

2. powering the phone down,

3. swapping the battery,

4. booting it up again and

5. relaunching the app you were using...

...which is far more hassle that carrying a wall charger or car charger. Unless you are going on an expedition to the dark ages, you will always find a power-socket.

The SD card slot - May be. But the battery? After a 2 year contract you get a new phone anyway.

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Facebook to plonk $1.5bn data centre in Iowa - report

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Facepalm

I wonder if *this* story will now kick-start to FB stock price. Something's gotta work.

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Happy

"It's the size of a PC"

Does it actually need to be? I've started a Raspberry PI project for this already.

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Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

Moonshine
Stop

Re: Why should there be life on Mars?

"Mars dried out a billions of years ago...What an earth makes these scientists think that life will have survived".

Which scientists think that life will have survived????

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Moonshine
Unhappy

Re: Meh?

"Actually finding no evidence of life is as interesting as finding evidence of life"

Ermmm... I don't think so. OK, maybe if you are devoid of any emotions whatsoever.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

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The CPU is mounted diagonally?

The RPi cannot possibly compete with this. I'm getting 3.

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

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Stop

...and how many times the size of Wales?

Please can we have all future measurements in "Wales", please. Use of the imperial "bus" measure is non-standard and frankly insulting to anyone under the age of 40. I was a child of the 70s and by then the "wales" was already established in geography classes when measuring rainforests. Anyone knows these days that 1 hectare = 5 nanoWales.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

Moonshine
Paris Hilton

Re: "Wouldn't it be self winding"

Paris, a woman with the potential to keep thousands of iWatches wound.

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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Stop

GLUING LEGO?

In our house you would be summarily executed for such a crime. OUTRAGEOUS!!

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

Moonshine
Meh

It's a kg!

Can't they just agree that 1 Kg is exactly 1000 grams? A gram is too small to worry about, so problem solved! Now the boffins can concentrate on more pressing things like the time travel, x-ray glasses, invisibility and teleportation.

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