* Posts by Simon Harris

1932 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Rule 0

I think we know pretty well by now how to blow all the energy in the first few milliseconds...

it's the not blowing it in a few milliseconds that we have no idea how to do so far.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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Re: "subscription model"

and if it can't get a connection to the Lockheed servers to renew the subscription, it falls out of the sky*

* oh, it's an F35 - probably does that anyway.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Flying machines?

Is this registration requirement going to cover flying machines advertised as 'drones', or will it cover any flying device - radio controlled model planes, radio controlled gliders, blimps? rockets?

Why do I think this is some knee-jerk government response that lacks clarity and hasn't been well thought out?

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Re: Chicken gun

"One of the oldest urban legends on the internet."

I'd not heard the cat variant before, but I'm sure I heard the frozen chicken one before I heard about the internet - certainly before the WWW days.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

Snip: scribble-scribble-scribble to delete something untidily.

MSPaint: 'select', drag cursor, delete - deleted with a nice tidy rectangle.

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Re: The end

Not just cropping the edges, but often I need to paint out personal information from inside the image too - Paint is ideal for quickly doing that when I don't have the ages to spare that it takes for Gimp to start up.

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Re: The end

"20 meg"

Bombastic Bob has me beat with the XP size, but on my Windows 7 PC the executable comes it at 6676480 bytes - that's smaller than a lot of the pictures I've put through it.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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HMS Frigatey McFrigateface not official...

However, the Swedes do now have a Trainy McTrainface.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/19/trainy-mctrainface-boaty-mcboatface-legacy-lives-on-in-swedish-train

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Look at the problem in reverse...

and name your company after an existing TLD.

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Re:Then pass a law requiring all advertising to be served from the same domain.

.spam ?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: "are the seamen equipped with oars?"

Every fleet should be equipped with triremes.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Regeneration?

Regenderation.

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Re: Doctor Nurse

It's probably best not to delve too deeply into your girlfriend's dressing up box.

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Re: Not just Broadchurch

It's not often you see 'great' and 'St Trinians 2' in the same sentence.

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Re: Regenerate a few more fingers?

If we're going to be picky, didn't Tate effectively become a quasi-Doctor until it started to burn out her brain and she got wiped?

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Re: Shape shifting Thatcher

Maggie was more of a Blake's 7 fan.

Her role model was Servalan.

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Re: Two comments

"Time worn and crusty"

It's a pity Liz Smith is no longer with us - that would have been brilliant.

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Re: Birthplace

"New Zealand born..."

Well, her middle name is Auckland.

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"One armed"

Doctor number 10 was momentarily just that - he got it lopped off (well, part of it) in his fight with the Sycorax in The Christmas Invasion. However there was still some regeneration energy left from the recent regeneration and it regrew.

Unless there is something faulty about the regeneration it is logical therefore that he or she would come through without bits missing.

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Re: "Nurse Who"

In fact this Dr. Nurse has a Nobel Prize.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Nurse

A long time ago, I met a female consultant urology surgeon (as part of my work, not to have my bits seen to!) - and since surgeons traditionally eschew the 'Dr' title in the UK, she was Miss Nurse.

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Re: If you're all in favour of strong female roles...

"Joanna Lumley ... would make a good Dr Who"

And great previous experience in Sapphire and Steel.

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"I've seen talk of making James Bond female"

Bond does, of course, have a female boss - at least recently.

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Re: Not my opinion!

"Is Who even a medical doctor?"

I seem to remember in The Seeds Of Doom, when asked to take off someone's arm, that he said he wasn't.

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"Nurse Who"

I did come across a Dr Nurse once.

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Re: Bah!

"Jodie is from Yorkshire."

Will the Tardis translation circuits be able to cope?

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

I used to find that AD90s actually worked better for programs than SA90s on my Atom (which had a similar tape filing system to the BBC). But the tape player I used with the computer back then wasn't optimised for chrome.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: Think that one was bad?

They're having in Leslie Phillips to do the voiceover, and will be launching the Ramadan-a-Ding Dong.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Re: missing link

365 internet?

That's never going to happen- not while I'm on Virgin anyway!

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

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Re: timetables

"Don't worry. When your No 7 to East Acton comes along, there will be three more right behind it all empty. such is the nature of London Busses."

An excellent use of the mobile bus tracker. There is a bus I can catch outside of work, but it is usually packed. Two stops up the road are alternative buses which are not so packed. With the tracker I can see whether I can get away with the stop outside work, if one likely packed bus is followed closely by two likely less packed others, or whether to head up the road for the alternative less packed routes.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Robert Silverberg's 1972 short story "In the Group" is an interesting take on networked multi-user teledildonic orgies.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: As long as the managment processor isn't open to the net of course.

Since the primary purpose is deterrence, don't shut it away completely from the internet.

Leave a few honeypot accounts open with documents that say 'these bombs all work extremely well and will make a very Big Bang'

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It might prefer a nice game of chess.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: Change.org

"It's just Twitter for the annoyed."

I thought Twitter was Twitter for the annoyed!

Whenever I see something in my Facebook timeline saying "so-and-so has just signed a petition on change.org about something", I am reminded of Matthew 6:5

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward."

It seems to be the electronic equivalent of public prayer - throwing some wish into the ether in the vague hope it might be fulfilled and saying "Look at me, I'm making a stand about something". No you're not - you just put your email address (I bet it was a throw-away one too) on a website.

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Re: Change.org

change.org* - how to feel good about doing something about something, but not actually doing anything about anything.

* other useless spammy petition sites are also available.

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I think it would be a nice touch if, for the duration of Gay Pride, all Apple products sold had the old rainbow logo.

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I have many EPROMs that diffract a nice rainbow pattern in reflected light.

It must be a subliminal plot by the semiconductor industry to promote homosexuality.

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Re: Rainbow

Apple had a rainbow on their logo from the mid-70s to late-90s - They must really hate Apple!

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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Re: Thank you, El Reg

"If you stop electing aggressive ignoramuses..."

I don't think that we're in a position to throw stones at the Americans any more!

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: I don't want to see Uranus

He'll be Mooning all day now!

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20 years ago since Pathfinder/Sojourner landed.

Was it really that long ago? (well, I suppose it was only 10.6 Mars years!)

That calls for a pint!

Here's one for all the engineers who put stuff on Mars and kept them running...

and a commiseration pint for those that nearly made it!

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Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

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Re: Virgin, Oxford Street.

+1 for the Piccadilly Tower Records.

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Yup it was to a SH3.

Can't really complain though (I don't need 200Mb/sec at home so that issue doesn't affect me) - the WiFi range seems to be much better than the SH2 and I get full coverage now - the SH2 struggled to get to the front of the house, or into the back garden.

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Virgin do seem somewhat random.

Recently, they came and installed a signal booster when I complained about losing TiVo services and a flaky network connection, and upgraded my router at the same time free of charge.

On the other hand, they wanted to charge the woman my other half works for, for exactly the same router upgrade.

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Virgin, Oxford Street.

The only one worth mentioning was when it was Virgin Megastore on the corner with Tottenham Court Road, and still sold records and CDs.

I spent many happy days there in the pre-Amazon days, and in the HMV further down the road.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Facebook...

...suggested the other day that I send a birthday greeting to someone I knew who died 6 months ago.

That felt weird.

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The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

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Re: Jez San

I may well still have the audio cassette that came with that somewhere.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Just throw your money out the window...

At least with mechanical slot machines you got some exercise for your right arm while gambling...

Now we have the internet there are other ways to exercise one's arm.

Obviously ----------------->

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Stealing free newspapers?

Standards have really fallen these days...

... off the back of a lorry.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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'front bum'

Given the subject matter of your post, I was amused to find I'd mis-read the last word, mentally omitting the 'd'.

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