* Posts by AbelSoul

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: What you need are Dilithium crystals

Too late, I'm afraid. The cat's eaten them, you see. (3mins 20 secs in)

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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"..for another 300 years or so.."

Great article but the above is thoroughly depressing.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: And if he answered, "I don't. I'm a zombie."?

That would at least have been vaguely amusing.

What I got instead proceeded rapidly through the three stages of:

1. I have no idea what you could possibly mean. I *am* an honest IT expert just looking to help you

2. Well, this is the only way I can earn any decent money, even if it means ripping off your granny.

3. A bunch of English expletives, delivered in a thick, Indian accent,* followed by him hanging up.

* to be fair, number three was also amusing

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Re: no idea other operating systems existed

Very similar thing happened to me 3 years ago, albeit I was using a Mac at the time. Strung "Microsoft support" along for over an hour, including two ten minute spells of leaving the 'phone sitting on the table whilst pretending I went "to the east wing of the house to see if the router was switched on".

Eventually started to draw to a close when I got bored and asked how he slept at night.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Correct horse battery staple

and ting.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Does my Amiga 1200 count?

Likewise, my '92 A1200 was rehoused in a tower case around 1995 but has been largely untouched since then and still works as normal.

Not that OctaMED or The Settlers see that much action these days...

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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Re: ..sold for £500 thousand to Smyth, Smyth and Forsythe..

Who in turn punted it to a certain Mr. Steptoe for a balloon, a lump of coal and a shiny fifty pence.

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NASA books space shuttle delivery truck

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Re: Six Million Dollar Man...oh wait a minute...that one crashed.

Bummer but never mind, if that happens we can rebuild him...we have the technology.

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Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account

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Has anyone alerted Alanis Morissette?

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

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Re: they can't own a nuclear missile for instance.

Serious question; where is the line drawn and which amendment or law covers this?

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How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published

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Re: the Backdoor Man has arrived

The men don't know but the little girls understand?

(Yes, I know Willie Dixon did it first...)

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

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Re: hooky copy from the Barras

And here was me thinking I was the only poster here with such a sordid past.

I spent many a Saturday afternoon down there, rifling through mostly public domain floppies but, aye, I too occasionally succumbed to the lure of the hooky copy... Flashback springs to mind.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

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Some Reg readers have suggested this was because...

he knew something everyone else didn't

Guilty as charged, m'lud

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ISS 'naut trio return to snowy terra firma

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Photo

The two Tims look pretty happy but Yuri looks a little glum.

Hopefully it's not because he knows something they don't.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Re: two heads on the same beast

Or two cheeks of the same arse, as we say in these environs.

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Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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Headline joy

May I be the first to congratulate El Reg on a welcome return to headline writing excellence.

Bravo folks!

On a Friday too, with beer just over the horizon.....

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Boffins could tune telescopes to listen to lasers on Mars

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great gig in the sky

+1 for the DSOTM reference.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Re: 16 MILLION???

1.6 million.

Done!

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Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

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Re: You loose some and you loose some.

I'm sure that's how it's meant to be written

Quite a loose grasp of how it's meant to be written, IMNSHO.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Re: R-Swype?

Not to forget those other classic titles: Ztool, The Secrect of Manky Island, Genetic Faeces and Sonic the I-hope-your-next-shite's-a Hedgehog

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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Re: Film makers?

I have to confess to being a bit skeptic regarding immersive VR films as an art medium

If you get a chance, you should check out Sonar, a flawed yet charming short film made by Filmacademy Baden-Württemberg. It's pretty immersive and gives you a sense of the possibilities VR can bring to the movie industry.

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Re: Electric Chairs, Anyone?

The real problem is in-world movement such as walking, running, driving, flying, roller coasting, etc. with NO corresponding head movement, and only a motorized chair can mitigate that.

A motorised chair won't help you with walking or running. For that you either need to go down the HTC Vive route or have one of those 360° treadmills.

A motorised chair would certainly enhance roller coasting, driving, etc. but those experiences work well already.

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Re: The moment the porn industry gets hold of this..

They already have, for quite some time now.

I had a look* at a free trailer and it's rather, erm.... startling?

*Purely for research purposes, of course.

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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Re: muffled titter here

Shame said Israeli and Iranian titters weren't muffled or we could've avoided all of this.

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Google launches virtual plastic pal who's fun to be with

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Devs need only make a change to code and run it to see alterations reflected in an on-screen emulator. That's apparently a rather swifter and more elegant arrangement than was offered in previous versions of the tool.

That's sounds pretty similar to how it already was but it certainly wasn't quick so good on them if they've improved the speed,

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Re: Halloween III (1982)

I used to own a boxed VHS copy of that film and watched it a fair bit as a kid.

So much so that the very mention of the name has the song bouncing about my head:

eight more days to Halowe'en, Halowe'en, Halowe'en

eight more days to Halowe'en, Silver Shamrock

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

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Re: call these primitive lifeforms Lister

Or good, old Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer

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3ROS exploit wins plaudits for the prettiest Mal-GUI ever

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Re: All your spells are belong to them.

I can has malzburger?

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Now we know why Philae phouled up comet landing

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Re: Dodgy Seal

You mean this chap?

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

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Re: What were the odds those 7 words could be combined

OTOH, El Reg missed a golden opportunity to rhyme granny with fanny.

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

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Re: Phobos won't survive that long!

I could've done with a spoiler alert there, et tu!

I'm about three quarters of the way through Red Mars but haven't reached that part yet.

Ah, well. Never mind

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Europe's Asteroid prang probe plan calls for cubesats

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Re: IT would need to be 1.7362 Bulgarian airbags.

Regular or Olympic sized?

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Biggest problem with virtual reality: It can be a little too real for people

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Different for everyone

I have a Gear VR and spend several hours a week using it, usually without any problems. On the other hand, I've had a couple of friends start to feel sick after just a few minutes. From a personal point of view, motion sickness has never happened. I have, however, had some stomach lurch similar to going over a humpback bridge in a car.

Even that is pretty rare for me and the intensity of it varies depending on the game / experience and my own condition (e.g. if I'm a bit pished, it's more likely). The worst it has ever been was the first time I tried a roller-coaster app; I'd had a few light refreshments and just as it went over the drop my stomach lurched so much that I had to rip the headset off. Tried it again five minutes later and I was fine.

Another one is Temple Run VR. I can usually play it and not notice anything but if I've had a few then there's usually a very mild stomach lurch which I actually find quite pleasant (I'm weird that way ;-)).

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'Anonymous' says anonymous KKK dump wasn't from Anonymous

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Re: I'm anonymous!

And so's my wife, etc.

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Ice 'lightning' may have helped life survive Snowball Earth

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Cool research.

Aherm

Mine's the one with "Snow business like show business" in the pocket.

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

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Re: The only letters we could send were E, H, I and S

That must have been SHI E.

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Re: the "solar system"

Seems like a pointless discussion, really. When does summer become autumn?

True but we're a species that likes compartmentalising everything.

That's why there are indeed various definitions - albeit questionable ones - of when summer ends and autumn begins.

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Balloon-lofted space podule hits 30,000m

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re: just recovered from earing the camel toe

Earing the camel toe, you say?

Pray tell, what kind of deviant activity is this?

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

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Re: food in space?

Mars bars and Milky Ways?

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: Pish and tosh

+1 for use of the word Pish.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Re: define what a "Web Vomponent" is

The part of a site that makes you puke?

Perhaps I'd rather not find out.

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Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

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Looking forward to the consumer release

This thing looks tremendous.

The fact that it's not tethered to a PC is also major point in its favour for me.

I have had a GearVR for a couple of months and love it but this will blow it out of the water.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: consequences for the environment and nature are, actually, rather positive.

MOAR MELTDOWNS!

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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@Interceptor

Outstanding!

That had me smiling all the way through. Take a bow, dear chap.

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Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

@Chemist:

+1 for a whole new meaning to paint-balling.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Great show

Saw this at both the start and the end of the tour. Separated by years, I was surprised to enjoy the second outing even more than the first.

That said, I wasn't planning on viewing this but this lovely review has made me reconsider.

(Off to see his old nemesis, Gilmour, in London next week too.)

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US Catholic Church launches app for Jesus-phone

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Re: "How does that work then, Ted"

These are small, those are far away.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Re: African sparrow ...

As could an African swallow, although I dare say it would slow it down considerably.

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Sparks and recreation: TomTom's stealth wearable success

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Re: 3gb?

How long do you usually take for a run?

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