* Posts by Mister_C

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

Mister_C

@1980s_coder

"I'll have to connect a spectrum analyser up to a spoon sometime and measure the field :)"

Your Ignobel award is in the post

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian? @ ~Spartacus

"Just think how much better the Natural History Museum would be, if some of the dinosaurs were carrying rifles"

Ichthyosaurs with frikkin lasers, methinks

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: This makes me so happy - @ Witty Phuq chappy

'Keith Roberts "Pavane", published over thirty years earlier.'

Thanks for that reference, saved me needing to point out that Gibson & Sterling used the term Clacker in "The Difference Engine" (1990).

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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FAIL

Don't reboot

Advice given on Patch Tuesday...

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Facepalm

Online petitions...

"So far the group has collected 1,738 signatures for its petition"

And Clarkson's petition has been signed by half the planet.

<sigh>

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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Re: Policing by consent?

"stopped for a defective tail lamp"

Is that still illegal? About time the police round here were told. Ditto headlamps.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Unhappy

Re: Preferred by 9 out of 10 cats

Can't be stopped by a Katzenjammer though

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Coat

Its quite safe to store secret stuff in the ceiling

Moles are sub-terranian critters

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Android

Not working on the Pi yet, despite the fine efforts of many clever and dedicated peeps.

M$ get WinTen running happily on the new toy before the clever brigade sorts Android and they've stolen a march.

(I profess no allegiance to either side for this one, just need a big bucket of popcorn)

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Re: Or perhaps

Similarly to Fishman, I bought a refurb SFF desktop box last week for less than half the price of an upgrade license. One piece of kit saved from landfill, another piece soon to be a doorstop.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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I fear for LOHAN

The kit's on Barry O'Bambam's side of the pond. Best get it flown before it gets banned

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

Mister_C

Re: cool phone number Implanted

01 (if you're outside London) 801 8055

FTFY

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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Re: Should have done it years ago

Don't forget killing the wildcards from searches when they introduced "smartness" into searches.

And killing the smartness out if you try to filter out using a '-'.

Oh, and showing you other users' "collections" based on your search. NIce one fleabay, serving me up a collection market "prezzy ideas" from my wife's account so I can see what she's thinking of buying me.........

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Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Facepalm

Re: Microwave

In space nobody can hear you go "ding"

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Boffin

@ Shrimpling "drive on the correct side of the road"

If you were bothered about that then you're playing it wrong...

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Coat

thus picture two allows you to compare the Meerkats.

Mine's the maroon dressing gown

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

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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

Mister_C

"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

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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

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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!

Mister_C

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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