* Posts by Mister_C

138 posts • joined 11 Jul 2007

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

Mister_C
Pint

@ Ol'Peculier

Or maybe said director is a fan of Wold Top brewery. And thus clearly a person of taste and discernment.

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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"Philae's discovery of quite how hard the comet is was also a major piece of news"

Kinda nice that the harpoons didn't fire then. It could've been a Willey Coyote moment as the fridge launched itself back into spaaaaace.

And a bit embarassing to explain...

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

Mister_C
Coat

Re: What's in a Name?

Well a Battle Forth is an army led by sombody with a lisp...

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: So what happens if...

You'd probably be Donald Ducked

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

Mister_C
Joke

And every time a MS coder does a bug fix...

And says "One less BSOD now" they get asked "You _do_ know who wrote the original text, don't you?"

And the fix gets binned

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: How about Rockall?

Still too many trees

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: No. 2

And if the blank metal goes from the head to the point, its a nail

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

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Drogna

Was one of the downloads avaiable over Ceefax for the Beeb. Took the best part of an hour to download, one screen (page) at a time. Very addictive to play, even on a green screen where most of the colours looked the same...

IIRC Mac also wrote one of the appendices to "Everest the hard way", explaining the logistics planning program he'd written for siege climbing. Reams of printout from which got lugged to basecamp.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

Mister_C
Pint

@ Dom Jefe

Can't afford your $20k/hr, but "Tits and babies beat fact and science every single time" gets you a beer

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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Re: Not forgetting... @Handel

Just in case you go looking - don't bother searching on HP Lovecraft

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

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Coat

Re: Massive Scholastic Overkill

"Edible lingerie ... might have a market"

might be the killer app more like

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Mister_C

Scanadu

Looks like CalTech let Sheldon take a sabbatical in R&D.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Mister_C

Returning to their old tricks

When you refer to Virgin Media and poor standards, I take it you mean "the company formally known as NTL", whose band bacame so toxic it had to be dumped. Seems like their PHBs just took a few years' sabbatical

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Mister_C

Re: Big Trak - WiFi / RC

http://www.themagpi.com/issue/issue-6/

Might set your juices flowing

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

Mister_C

Suitable reward

I suggest they give him the bonus of the banker who replied "not interested"

And maybe a similar amount to the press droid who was interested, even though off duty?

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

Mister_C

Re: Just wondering

Don't forget that bears find rabbit fur very effective, according to the old joke.

And now, thanks to John Lewis, we know that the rabbit gets its revenge by planting an alarm clock in the bear's hibernation den...

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Horrific FLESH-EATING PLATYPUS once terrorised Australia

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Facepalm

Re: Someone get SciFi Channel on the phone!

Still working to pay off the fine?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/31/down_under_appeal/

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

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Coat

Re: nice business oportunity

and if it turns out to be a popular venture...

We're gonna need to get a bigger boat

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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

Mister_C

A Swedish co-conspirator

So the Merkins might end up asking the Swedes for a hacking / secrecy related extradition to be considered?

Could be interesting. Time to get popcorn and pull up a chair methinks...

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

Mister_C
Boffin

Future proof

"why on earth did an airport have a highway-adjoining access road without a manned gate"

They built it to be ready for flying cars.

simples

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Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

Mister_C

Beat that, Bono

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

Mister_C

Sits back and waits

For the first hissy fit from some wannabe that gets refused a celeb account.

"Don't you know who I am?"

"Nope"

Need a popcorn icon

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Planetary paparazzi snap candid pics of Earth, Moon from space

Mister_C

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/19/colorado_town_mulls_selling_federal_drone_hunting_licenses/

Go on, Redneck, give it your best shot....

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Mister_C

Re: Overpopulation - @ Phil O'Sophical

I think there are probably quite a few politicians who would be happy with a policy that reduces the number of _opposition_ voters.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

Mister_C
Happy

Or offer your copy of Farenheit 451 and a box of Swan Vestas?

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

Mister_C
Black Helicopters

Re: Julian Assange lookalike flash mob at the Equadorian Embassy, anyone?

Given time to get the riot vans rolling, a simple Operation Kettle (TM the met) should do quite nicely

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Mars Express' 10th birthday celebrated with Martian atlas

Mister_C
Coffee/keyboard

Or June 4th if the bits were sourced from "genuine UK stock" chinese fleabay merchants

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/04/chinas_internet_maintenance_day_shutters_sites/

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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

Mister_C

Oh the irony...

If its a "red board" Pi (made in China for local sale).

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

Mister_C
Facepalm

Re: You can buy food in M&S for under £20 ?

err..

Dine in for two - ten pounds. Occasionally gets a mention on the telly box

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

Mister_C

Gregorian or Julian calendar?

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

Mister_C
Pirate

@ Mephisto

Back to good old sails then. Explains why the obsolete propulsion method mentioned in the original article was steam. And my choice of icon.

I agree with your steering concerns. No keel or lee boards possible in near-vacuum.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

Mister_C

Re: Since "ogooglebar" is in fact found by conducting a Google search for "ogooglebar" ...

I think it may be closer to the definition of recursion. As in

Recursion: See recursion

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

Mister_C
Black Helicopters

Replacement?

Nah. extra coating, like the scrimnet on a squaddy's helmet. Coz you can't be tooo careful can you?

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Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

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Facepalm

Re: Delete *... @AC

if only you checked the code cliff@ebay wrote before it went live...

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

Mister_C
Pint

Re: Automated Coffee Table Railway

Excellent idea, but I'd be careful about controlling the train from the pub in case the fat controller decides on random alcohol testing

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Mister_C
Boffin

Solar moitor

Starting to look at reading the solar panels' output and varying the immersion heater to use free juice when the sun shines rather than 3kW when the water wants it. Then there's play / pause on the dishwasher so the magic cupboard works while I do (at the moment most likely using an xBee linked solenoid to poke the buttons directly). Oh, and switching on the charger for the laptop batteries through the day for evening browsing...

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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

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WTF?

"we're still deconvoluting the spectrograph information"

Deconvoluting. My new favourite word, ever.

Does that mean interpreting? Or did I misinterpret?

Or simplifying? Or did I over simplify?

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

Mister_C
Black Helicopters

re Chinese ones

Maybe just the original supplier who lost out when production got repatriated to Sony in Wales

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Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO

Mister_C

RealMcCoy

That would nark former doctor who Sylvester McCoy. IIRC he used to appear as "the real McCoy" in a mock freakshow thingy before he got the tradis gig

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

Mister_C
Linux

3 Busbies

more of a "spot the birdy" than "watch the birdy" photo then.

Tux? This is not the bird you're looking for

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Mister_C

Cosmic Jengo

Good job nobody had tried to stack them then, would've made quite a din when they tumbled

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Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

Mister_C
Coat

Kitty in a tree?

Isn't that a job for the fire department?

OK, I'm going

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

Mister_C
Pint

Re: How far?

So I don't need to get the holiday brochures then (and Scott Broukell can give the estate agentsa miss too).

Beers all round to those who found it never the less

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Mister_C

just call me picky

but how far away is it? doesn't appear to be mentioned in the article or links, and it kind of makes a difference between "oh, that's nice to know" and "book me a flight, I'm there"

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Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

Mister_C
FAIL

Re: No it doesn't

Some extra points from my last TPS response that really rub salt in:

- The TPS response had a "noreply@TPS" address

- They don't give any case reference number

- The muppet included comments along the lines of "you haven't given us enough to go on, do contact us again to discuss this further"

Useless Muppets

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

Mister_C

Call me a peasant, but...

"distillers manage to add flavour (and often a colossal price premium) to their products by such means as leaving them in variously-prepared wooden barrels for a few years"

I prefer to serve my voddy after a long infusion of sloes. I'll be trying elderberries this year due to the (non cimate change related) poor potential harvest on my normal picking grounds

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Light ties itself in knots - spontaneously

Mister_C

Re: Light Sabre

Sorry, light crochet hook is more likely

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'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

Mister_C

Beat me to the joke, so here's some boring stuff

Only one of the suppliers has a lead time based on "Jam tomorrow, never today" (raspberry of course). The other supplier is quoting three weeks and shipping after three days (personal experience based on an order placed last week which shipped yesterday). No names given coz I don't want downvotes from their employees ;)

Tandy and Maplin are also advertising "in stock" and "late September" respectively, and CPC appear to be selling them OTC like hot pies

Oh, and peeps on eBay are still punting activation codes. For the souvenir hunters, methinks

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

Mister_C
Joke

Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

I though trying to get his oats was what caused the trouble he's in now

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Undead galaxy cluster spews 700 zombie baby stars A YEAR

Mister_C
Joke

740 suns a year?

That's a publishing rate faster than NewsCorp. How do they manage to maintain journalistic integrity?

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