* Posts by gregthecanuck

121 posts • joined 19 Dec 2012

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Harrison Floored

See title.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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FAIL

LEFT$("TWITTER USERS IN GENERAL", 1, 4)

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Harvard gives solar batteries performance-enhancing vitamins

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Trollface

Oh no, not again

OK, I think it's time we came up with a new acronym for all these improved battery technology articles. I propose:

- Yet Another Better Battery Article

- Describes Amazing Breakthroughs Beyond Assumptions

- Droning On and On

Yup, it's YABBA DABBA DOO!

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What's big, blue and red all over? IBM. Profit, z Systems down, cloud up

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Are we getting close to the day when someone says "Remember when IBM made hardware?".

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

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You are the sunshine of my life, that's why I'll always be around...

- Wonder

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Pirate

Re: Let the lawsuits begin

I think my dad got burned by this one. Panicked phone call a few weeks ago because his computer was upgraded - swears he didn't consent.

This upgrade process is overly aggressive. MS should be taken to task for this one so they don't try anything as stupid as this again. Unleash the Kraken!

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Angel

Re: I love Bluetooth

Hey Mike - you win the LOL of the day award. ;-)

Have a good one!

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Linux

Re: Feet like flippers?

Count me as another fan of Clarks extra wide sizes. They "get it" and the shoes are very well made and durable.

Paddle on dear traveller, paddle on.

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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

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Trollface

They should have called the spin-doctors.

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US power grid still fragile in the face of EMP threat: GAO

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Mushroom

THIS is the biggest threat the US should be concerned with. One good solar blast and it's game over.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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Oh man, what scars do we both bear having recognized the incorrect file name?

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Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

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Angel

Staffing realignment

A rolling head gathers no moss...

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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Re: A BI-pusher writes...

I cannot upvote your comment enough times.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Re: BEAM - lack of ports

USB = Universal Space Bus?

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SAP insists no license changes after user's multi-core arm twister

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Re: Single CPU licences

<off-topic rant>

Maybe by 2037 Crystal Reports will support vertical alignment of text fields... mustn't have received enough license fees to cover the incredible expense of that feature...

<as-you-were>

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: The reason?

Thanks needed that laugh!! :)

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Game of Photons: Boffins make ICE with FIRE

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Nooooo....

This makes me think of Arnold as Mr. Freeze... make it stop!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkTHtWX7CCY

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

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Unbearable

It's obvious - you are hitting the polar bear behind you directly on the head with your vigorous backswing...

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

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Devil

Fact check on aisle 7

Had to look up the term hummocky:

Hummocky (Adj.) "Rocky or bumpy terrain traversed by Hummer or other suitably equipped vehicle".

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Ad networks promise to do something about the awful adverts you're all blocking, like, real soon

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Radical suggestion

I understand that there exist some previously standardized file formats that, after sufficient evaluation, testing and pilot studies may provide a suitable cross-platform industry-standard solution.

These are lean formats that require no plug-ins, Flash, HTML5, JavaScript, JAVA, or any other technologies.

GIF and JPG files you bloody wankers!!

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Shoe stores top US credit card EMV-ready leaderboard of fail

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These guys better pull themselves up by their bootstraps else they get a good tongue-lashing!!

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World panics, children cry, workers sigh ... Facebook.com TITSUP

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"Guru Meditation"

Love it! Still some Amiga fans out there! :-)

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Think about it. What do you use to repair said sunglasses?

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A sonic screwdriver...

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Emissions...

Oh there will definitely be emissions - from VW's head orifice...

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Mushroom

Can of worms out of stock in aisle 3

If *I* had a new VW diesel product and this came to light I would be returning the vehicle.

Lord knows what will happen to your mileage once the remediation is complete. I am guessing that in order to meet the emissions standards the MPG will suffer. And also how will the engine hold up running in a higher emissions control mode (likely hotter?) over a long period of time.

Nope, I would wash my hands of the vehicle. False advertising, lemon, whatever.. not my problem.

The lawyers are going to go totally ape on this one. Major class action territory this is... get those popcorn poppers going (after testing their emissions)...

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

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Megaphone

On failure...

All in all it was just a brick in the wall....

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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Re: IBM 1401 Core Memory Explained

Great article - thanks for the pointer!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Om nom-nom-nom

Looks very tasty! Nice pictures as well.

I'm currently on a Korean food kick at the moment. Lots of great recipes out there. My favourite Youtube channel at the moment: Maangchi Korean cooking a go-go

Luckily I have a local H-Mart stocking all sorts of Korean goodness.

Keep that post-pub grub bubbling!!

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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

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Great retrospective article - thanks!

We have a Wii U at home and it gets a lot of use. It is a lot of fun for all ages. The gamepad is pretty cool - wife can play her favourite game (Super Mario 3D World) on the gamepad while others use the TV to watch a particular show.

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Soyuz docks with ISS, delivers trio of fresh 'nauts

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Congratulations to everyone involved on getting up there *safely*. Everything after is gravy.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Re: Missed by that much....

Same for me. Funny. Our brains must want something.... ;-)

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iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Facepalm

Cal me a skeptic...

Bets on Apple being "encouraged" or "paid" to create this vulnerability? Something like "do this or your offshore cash stockpile becomes taxable"?

It seems so entirely obvious to be a gigantic security hole? Surely some bright spark would have realized the gaping hole being created?

(Puts down conspiracy hat, walks away...)

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

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Nice!

Congratulations Japan!

NASA video of full flight up to payload separation here:

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

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Wow

Looks like a cross between a jellyfish and a large anemone.

Weird looking for sure, but cool at the same time. Definitely something new!

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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How about this combo?

My 13 year old daughter and I play Smash Brothers a fair bit. I'm over 50. We mention that in our handles so other teams online know what they are up against.

It's quite funny to see some of the reactions when other 2-player teams are beaten by a *girl* and her old man... ;-)

(She plays a mean Jigglypuff, I'm a semi-decent Pikachu).

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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Re: Pretty offensive article.

In our house we have a Wii U and an Xbox 360. The Xbox gathers dust while the Wii U gets used a lot by the wife, the kids and their friends.

I wouldn't say the prices for Wii U games are much lower than PS4/XB1 titles, but there is a lot of content/value for the money.

Great console - the gamepad gets a lot of use - especially in situations where the TV is in use for other purposes.

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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

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Tick, tock, tank

I suspect at least 50% of the reason for the delay is for cost reasons - the sales are down, need to cut costs to keep pumping out those dividends.

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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Pint

So tasty!

What about .bacon? There's a TLD that people will remember.

My twisted brain saw the ".bcn" reference in the article and immediately translated it to bacon.

OK, let's have some suggestions for .bacon domain names...

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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

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Get a grip

Surely the author is taking the p*ss out of the announcement?

I can just hear it now when someone reports a drive issue - WD's response "You're holding it wrong".

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Black Helicopters

New verb

"Kersmunch"

Definition: To crash land with smashing, crunching force.

Usage: Although touted as a minor technical foible, on-the-scene footage reveals a kersmunching event experience for the pilot.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

NOTE: Flight data recorder footage deemed too inflammatory for public disclosure :)

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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Devil

"It is not clear from the response whether the officer in question was in uniform at the time or whether any police equipment was used."

Uniform or not it is highly likely some police "equipment" was put to use!

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Angel

We don't need no steenkin' hydraulics

" ... unfortunately we didn’t get to recover the propulsion module because we lost pressure in our hydraulic system on descent."

I believe SpaceX may have some experience and advice in that department! :-)

Congrats to the Blue Origins team. Another step towards lowering the costs of getting into space.

OK, so between SpaceX and Blue Origin which one is Ford and which one is Chevy? ;-)

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UN: E-waste's 42 MEELLLION tonnes represents 'valuable' (and ‘toxic’) urban mine

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Canada seems to be doing OK on the e-waste front...

Whenever we buy a new item here in British Columbia we are now (grudgingly) charged an "Environmental Handling Fee" that varies anywhere from $0.40 to over $50.00 depending on the item.

At time of disposal these items are returned to recycling centres where they are responsibly managed. Seems to be working OK.

Link to more info for this interested: https://www.return-it.ca/electronics/recycling/

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: One day they'll realise that...

Agreed on the ad-blockers. Some sites I visit ran like crap until I blocked the ads. Major response improvement!

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Alien

It is inevitable...

When will we see the first Starbuck's drive-through in spaaaaaaaace..... ?

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D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln

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Remember that old plumbing jingle???

.... "Router rooter!"

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What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

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" And because margins for server chips aren't quite as razor-thin as they are in the PC market, ..."

I highly, highly doubt Intel's margins on PC chips are razor thin. That is where the bulk of their crazy 50%+ gross margins have come from. The chip prices rarely if ever are reduced once put on the market.

Here is a nice chart of their historical margins....

http://ycharts.com/companies/INTC/gross_profit_margin

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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To the barge!

(rocket lands diagonally and explodes)

- "Dang it!"

To the barge!

(second rocket skews, tips over and explodes)

- "Dang it!"

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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The tap-to-pay system is in Canada as well. My MasterCard supports it no problem.

We have both tap-to-pay for smaller purchases (where the vendor has an updated terminal) and fall back to chip+PIN in all other cases.

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