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* Posts by Graham Hawkins

41 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007

MARS NEEDS WOMEN, says NASA pretendnaut: They are light, eat less

Graham Hawkins

Also, it's a well proven fact the women are better at fighting Alien(s)

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

Graham Hawkins

Re: "As slow as a fart in a frying pan"?

A supercooled pan cannot be legitmately described as a 'frying' pan.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

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It's back...

...at least webmail is.

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FAIL

Noticed it at 6am this morning. Tried the helpline when I got to work - gave up after 20 mins of canned music. Webmail still broken 7 hours later....

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Graham Hawkins

Re: You know you want it

Soon there'll be an XKCD 1406 just for USB...

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

Graham Hawkins

And you filed this under your 'SCIENCE' section because....?

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John McAfee declares war on Android

Graham Hawkins

Re: Really

Next time, I must remember to put <sarcasm></sarcasm> tags round my post.

Terribly sorry to have wasted your time explaining about OpenJDK...

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Graham Hawkins

Really?

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Graham Hawkins

Will it be pushed on to your device with Java updates...?

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

Graham Hawkins

Re: Molly Millars Lane

Was your software firm where they've built the new Lidl?

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

Graham Hawkins

Re: maybe

If the link was proved, we could make them all little tin-foil hats....

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

Graham Hawkins
Meh

Irritation isn't what it used to be...

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

Graham Hawkins
Happy

Re: Mosaic changed my life

Oops - costellokids.com seems to be down.

Too many curious Reg readers!

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

Graham Hawkins
Devil

Re: new shapes for computers and ways of interaction

@ Ioan

I don't know many normal people who talk to their computer. Curse it under their breath, shout at it, or possibly hit it, yes. But never talk to it...

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Thumb Down

Re: Power Hungry

> Where precisely?

I'm pleased for your parents, that they can receive DAB well, living out in the sticks as they do.

I live in a heavily populated area round Wokingham & Bracknell. Sadly, the DAB reception here is utterly crap for the multiplex carrying the national BBC stations. The nearest transmitter of said multiplex is at Hemdean, about 20 miles away. We have one DAB radio in the house. It almost works properly if placed in an upstairs room next to the window. Needless to say I have no intention of buying any more, and I will be highly annoyed with any politician who renders useless the various VHF FM radios we posses by turning off the signal.

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Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

Graham Hawkins
FAIL

The Amazon link make the lens useless.

I booted the beta CD. Wanted to see whether cclive (an on-line video ripper available in 12.04) is available in 12.10. So I type 'cclive' in the lens, and immediately get a load ads for stuff from Amazon, largely pertaining to the band '10cc'. Nothing at all about 'cclive' the application....

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GCHQ to encrypt your tweets with Enigma - for science

Graham Hawkins

Only after WWII did the phrase WWI become commonplace...

...and even then, without the use of the definite article.

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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Thumb Up

If I am not mistaken that slide uses Comic Sans....

Yeah - but the colours are nice...!

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Huge PDP-11 in a lorry: How I drove computers into schools

Graham Hawkins
Happy

A-Level Computer Science - happy days...

... in 1974 at the local High Wycombe technical college (now of course a uni).

Punching BASIC to tape, then loading and running the program on a mainframe at the OU in Milton Keynes, via 300baud modems. All on on proper teletypes! Instant results, great fun!

Then off to uni to program in batch processed Fortran via punched cards - what a disappointment!

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

Graham Hawkins
Happy

Language is not that important...

When I did computer science A, we learned Basic using punched tape & teletypes, talking to the OU over flippin' great 4U modems. When I got to uni, the first year programming course for physicists used Fortran on punched cards... how I enjoyed that!

Now, just a few years later, I'm sat here reading El Reg while waiting form some C++ to compile. I got here via all sorts of assembler, scripting, Fortran, Java, C... oh and some hardware too.

It doesn't matter what language you start with, you need to learn to think, problem solve, and structure your solution sensibly.

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US told to keep its beak out of European decisions

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Gotta love the bEUrocrats!

I'm sure that Sun employees in the various EU states will be delighted at Ms Kroes prevarication while their chances of continued employment spiral down the plughole...

Almost makes me think UKIP is a good idea. No wait, what am I saying.

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Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Graham Hawkins

Mostly OK...

Clean 9.10 UNR on AAO worked well. Some nice UI improvements over 9.04.

Clean 9.10 Kubuntu on desktop failed to setup display resolution properly. Solved with backed-up xorg.conf from 9.04. kblutooth is crap as per https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=192238. New KDE doesn't seem to have crashed as often as the last KDE PoS.

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Virgin Media network goes down down south

Graham Hawkins
FAIL

Died around midnight on 29th...

...maybe they are retuning for Freeview.

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That Digital Britain report in full

Graham Hawkins
Flame

DAB??

DAB doesn't work at all for the BBC multiplex round here - Bracknell/Wokingham/Reading. What are we supposed to do?

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16 teams to field 24 e-bikes in 'zero-emission' TT race

Graham Hawkins
Go

@Ian Entwistle

They could be forced to have a little heating element dipped in a tub of Castrol-R, and a 500W hifi playing a recording of an MV500...

Would that help it be more like a proper TT race?

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The secret sauce in SanDisk's ExtremeFFS

Graham Hawkins
Coat

TLA

Oh FFS, couldn't they have found a better acronym?

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Xerox waves job axe at 3,000 staff

Graham Hawkins
Coat

£20 note anyone...?

That'll be since John Bennett's been banged up for 7 years & banned from owning photocopiers then...

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AMD Fusion for Gaming

Graham Hawkins
Stop

Nothing new here...

Ken Salter's FSAutoStart was doing the single click shutdown/restore of extraneous processes years ago.

And as Steven Knox pointed out, it makes little difference on a top spec machine. But it makes a big difference on a slow, memory limited, PC when running a big game...

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Meat Loaf gets Q gong

Graham Hawkins
Dead Vulture

@AC

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Well, thanks for dredging that up from from somewhere >30 years deep in my memory... shame it didn't had 26,000 tons of iron ore to hold it down!

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'Ringleader' of retail hacking ring was Fed informant

Graham Hawkins

Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do

What a testament to the possibility of international co-operation...

Pity it only works with thieving gits.

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MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

Graham Hawkins
Flame

Everyone who actually remembers using this operating system is long gone.

What do you mean 'gone'?

The f*cking arrogance of the youth of today!

Put you baseball cap on (backwards) and p1ss off back to school!

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Firefox 3 Download Day falls flat on face

Graham Hawkins
Stop

Record for the fastest off-line for a record-breaking download attempt?

Well it was down when I looked... less than an hour after the 'Today you're history, Firefox' email arrived.

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SanDisk Sansa Fuze

Graham Hawkins
Coat

Whose chips do you want with that?

"The latter is particularly valuable as SanDisk has long made a song and dance about being the only mp3 player manufacturer to make its own audio chips."

I don't think so - it may use its own flash chips, but it uses AMS audio processor chips (as the frustrated RockBox devs will tell you http://daniel.haxx.se/sansa/v2.html).

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US lag sues over prison crash diet

Graham Hawkins
Pirate

Show some respect for his complaint...

then force feed the murdering git Big Macs till he explodes.

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Royal Mail sites hit by downtime cock-up

Graham Hawkins
Stop

@Kenny Millar

It might be up in 24 hours, but don't forget that you'll have to take the card, and some id, to the nearest sorting office, between the hours of 7:00am and midday, on a normal working day, and pick it up yourself...

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DARPA whirly-wing jet gyrocraft hits noise snags

Graham Hawkins

Ah happy days...

as a kid standing in my back garden as a kid watching a Rotodyne flying over for the Farnborough Air Show...

When the future looked bright and full of wonderful technology.

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Official: James Blunt is a w*nker

Graham Hawkins

Young People...

Ashley Pomeroy wrote: "whereas James Blunt is part of the modern wave of pop music that young people listen to"

I have 3 young people in my family (16, 19 & 22), and they all think Mr Blunt is as described on amazon.co.uk too. As do I (50).... None of us would be caught dead listning to him!

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Mobiles can upset hospital equipment, after all

Graham Hawkins

Re: It's official

But only if you're already nearly dead...

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Cells 'react' to GSM signals claims research

Graham Hawkins

@tangerine Sedge

But it DOES have a measurable effect.

It make ~0.000002% of the population dress in aluminium foil and feel slightly nauseous...

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Teen sticks Xbox 360 power supply in bowl of water

Graham Hawkins

Re: He did it wrong....

He would of course also need to cool the power supply in the bath to get the Darwin Effect. Dunno what comes out of the LT side of an X-Box PSU, but it's probably not enough to do the trick...

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