* Posts by Simon Harris

2005 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: I’m not sure I know any cheese puns...

Brie-lliant cheese jokes.

I'm still compte-mplating my reply.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again: XT Reference manual

"K28: ... K28A: ... K29: ... K30 ..."

Not the most memorable assembly code label names!

I'd forgotten the MOV RESET_FLAG, $1234 trick to prevent all the POST and initialisation when forcing a reboot.

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Re: Bad Idea

On my keyboard AltGr is as acceptable as Alt, so it is quite possible with one hand.

However, since I started using a PC over 30 years ago, my muscle memory tells me to use Ctrl + Alt from the left side of the keyboard with my left hand, and Del with my right hand.

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Re: When I were a lad: 4 button salutes

I use a VNC remote desktop system that needs Control + Shift + Alt + F just to get out of full-screen mode.

It also has a Control + Alt + Delete button on the menu bar to send that key sequence to the remote machine.

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Re: Since <CTL><ALT><DEL> forced a reboot @chivo243

"Two keys..."

You mean it's easier to launch a nuke than to restart a PC?

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Deja vu

This isn't the first time he's talked about this - here he is 4 years ago...

https://www.theverge.com/2013/9/26/4772680/bill-gates-admits-ctrl-alt-del-was-a-mistake

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Pennsylvania cops deploy electronics sniffer dog to catch child abusers

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Re: Sniffer dogs

Can the dogs sniff out remote controls?

And can I borrow one?

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Re: ...masking tape

An option that may work better on Milla Jovovich than me.

An Elastoplast is bad enough- don't want to be ripping out all my body hair every time I get undressed!

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Re: It won't let you out. Or land...

I remember when I was a kid being scared out my wits by a Spanish film about a telephone box that lured people in and wouldn't let them go...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065513

It could easily be updated to taxi drones!

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Name...

I assume this air taxi will Ehang in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

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"But wouldn’t a bunch of notebook computers be sufficient?"

Shhhh... that's what is really in the cases.

The rest of the space is so you've got somewhere to pack your change of pants.

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Re: Hand luggage its not...

I would expect if you're carrying that much kit, you wouldn't be flying cattle class!

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Re: starbucks

The notion of Starbucks and coffee in the same post is stretching things a bit.

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Re: I would like to be the first to point out... @ chivo243

"training session"...

You were lucky... I've been in a software specification review meeting all day.

Only this could wake me up now ---------------->

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Re: send data at *just* 27 kilobits per second

Cassini was launched in 1997.

That's about went it was the kind of bandwidth I was getting from a modem transmitting along a wire.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: The next iPhone should be a watch with a screen projected onto the back of the hand

"very processor and power intensive at the hardware level"...

and single use, as it would probably run hot enough to burn your hand off at the wrist.

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Re: Headphone Jack Please

"Who eez thees Headphone Jack who you all talk of?"

I think he's related to the well known German, Hans-Frei Mike.

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Working from home.

"while coding a kernel in his bathrobe is far from glamorous he derives immense satisfaction from the many uses to which Linux is put."

For some reason, putting those two ideas together reminded me of the Mitchell and Webb 'Working From Home' sketch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_DNpTMKXk (possibly NSFW... unless you're working from home)

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Re: Bathrobes are for cissies, work naked.

Ouch - done that before building models in my bathrobe.

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Re: One word springs to mind

"Does it involve standing out in the rain or something?"

That's the cloud based version.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Is "iPhone X" the actual name?

"Wait for the iPhone XXX"

Does that have an extra strong vibration mode?

'I can't turn it up to 8 - it'll blow my cock off!' - the IT crowd angle.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Apple has redrawn the poo emoji

Going by the Bristol Stool Chart, obviously just one representation is not enough!

That categorises 7 different types of poo.

Now wash your hands ---->

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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My BYTE reading order was usually Chaos Manor, Steve Ciarcia, and then the rest.

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Devil

Most enjoyable read.

One of the most enjoyable Pournelle and Niven collaborations that I read was Inferno - their take on the Dante version.

Hopefully Pournelle's in the other place.

To go with the book ---------------->

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Re: I remember him more as a columnist than as a novelist...

I much preferred his column in Byte to his fiction.

Chaos Manor always seemed to have a humour that I didn't really see in his solo novels - it must be something like 30 years since I read them, but Janissaries and King David's Spaceship seemed very dry in comparison. I did like his collaborations with Larry Niven though.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: It is a long way away from the sun

"4Gb of adverts and data stealing"

I hope they're encrypting it too, or they'll be open to amanfrommars-in-the-middle attack.

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: Time flies like an arrow. @ 's water music

We seem to be thinking along the same lines.

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Re: How?

Apparently a ripe old age for fruit flies is 40-50 days.

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

"Bob made a coffee table with Charlie"

Snortable coffee tables - now that's an idea!

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: How I answer the phone. Be in charge.

"Regarding your complaint"

That's between me and my GP.

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FAIL

"unable to get my account number right"

Many of the ones that have called me haven't even managed to get my telecoms company right.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Just another attempt

"type that requires you to create an account first"

Whenever I see that page (usually at airports), it reminds me that I don't really need the internet so much after all, and should just head for the nearest bar instead.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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If I wanted a symbolically ancient drive, I'd have chosen one with an ST-506 interface.

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Did you even try googling "IDE drive interface" and looking at the shopping results?

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: Phony story

'That said, reviews of the club on TripAdvisor are pretty dire. I quote: "I'd rather go to a nightclub in Rhyl"'

That's a bit harsh - I'm sure lots of people have had many happy mammaries of that place.

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Re: Phony story

Polaroid film isn't that hard to come by - instant cameras have had a bit of a renaissance over the last few years, and unless I'm very much mistaken, if you can't be bothered to look for a camera shop (even though there are plenty in Paris), Amazon still deliver to France.

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Re: "showing naked knees was considered as sexual exhibition"

Patellae for pints?

Kneecaps for nightcaps?

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Re: "expectation of them not hitting the internet"

Three words...

Flat Bed Scanner

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Same here...

My local pound shop has a similar scheme...

they call it Tit-For-Tat.

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

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Re: Microscope slides interfere with the beam path...

I think the idea is that the sound waves are standing waves and you trap the object to levitate in the null points, so you're not really shaking them - by adjusting the phase of one sound generator relative to the other you can move the node points and raise or lower the sample.

You can do it with transducers at one end and a reflector at the other, but it's harder to compensate for thermal changes to keep the node points stationary.

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Re: Like the idea, but...

Turns out it's slightly more tricky than a two transistor (or 28 if you want to use a 555) solution.

You actually need a square wave* to drive the bottom transducer set, and a second square wave at the same frequency but phase-shifted to drive the top set. By adjusting the phase difference between the two you control the vertical position of the levitated objects.

So, while it would be possible to make an adjustable phase-shifter with discrete components (you could trigger a second monostable via a comparator on the timing capacitor of the first, for example), it might be easier to get working if you happen to have a microcontroller to hand.

(* a sinusoid will work too, but a square wave is easier to make).

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The cheek of it! Beach bar owner shoots nude bather in the booty

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Bootnotes?

Bootynotes surely?

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: Weaponised drones...

Swarm of wasp sized drones...

Did you borrow that idea from Black Mirror?

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South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

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Cable...

They need more roughage in their diet - that one's a bit light in fibre.

Wouldn't have happened if they'd used CAT-6.

Mine's the one with the Warfarin in the pocket ----------->

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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@Eddy Ito

So that's why Ripley went back to rescue Jonesy.

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Fire and fury in Korea: Samsung burns Note 7 owners in lawsuit

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Re: Let the pun-fest begin

"Ok, so which of you engineers designed the battery?"

"You're Fired!"

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: "or is it a Footlong?"

Too much information!

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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I had to re-read the footnote.

The first time I thought George Galloway had engaged in "bad sexual etiquette" with Julian Assange.

(Apologies for that unseemly mental image to anyone currently partaking of afternoon tea, or indeed, a Morrisons 12" sausage roll).

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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"It's always easier for countries started from nothing or a tatty, falling apart network."

That's very true - I remember from my visits to Romania in 2004-2006 that mobile phone data access was much more widespread and faster than I was used to in the UK.

Sadly, I forgot that such mobile data luxury comes with a large roaming bill!

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