* Posts by Richard Wharram

1197 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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Re: Slapper?

Pretty / Not Pretty...

Have you seen the Ptolemaic family-tree?

It's a wonder she didn't have 17 fingers and one, gigantic, eye.

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HTC's new One A9 will gulp Android updates days after Nexus mobes

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Call the lawyers!

Bloody hell that looks like an iPhone :)

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Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

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Ah...

So it happened then? :)

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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

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Re: If they really want to create an evil laptop

Vista?

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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Re: Re:

And still I can't find Ulysses 31 anywhere :(

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Twin Peaks too

As above.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Pretty sure...

Tron was done on a Foonly was it not?

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Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

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Re: VOCs

All gloss does that doesn't it? If not, where do I buy such wonder-gloss?

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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Marshmallow

Is this the long-promised version that lets SD cards act as main-storage for apps so the OS doesn't just fill the device storage and leave the SD card empty?

Obviously that won't make any difference to Nexus devices but its worth asking...

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

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Well, certainly not before meals.

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A conjoiner drive

Obviously.

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: Refund

There's no way drivers would know it didn't meet the pollution specification of the product.

If it is recalled for modification and then doesn't meet the performance / economy specification then I have to re-accept the item. Under the Sale of Goods Act I should reasonably expect my item to meet its specification for 5 or 6 years (don't remember exactly.)

A 1080p telly which became 480p after three years and didn't advertise the fact at point of sale would be a breach of the act :)

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Refund

I got downvoted last time I said it but bring it on. If VW sold me a car that is going to be crippled from the specs I paid for I want my money back.

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Tits and ads: Malware-riddled banners stiff X-rated websites

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People still use IE?

Mind boggled.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: Political nukes

And yet China can build Nuclear Power Stations on time and to budget. France is still reaping the rewards of their programme both in terms of cost-effective stable supply and low per-person CO2 emissions.

It wasn't just hard greens who were uncomfortable with nuclear power. Since the fifties there's been a general increase in the population of sciencey-things-are-scary. Noone has had the political will to change that since the 80s.

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Really wish I'd known all this before I got two diesel VAG cars

So my cars are only fuel-efficient and low-CO2 because they spew out asthma. I didn't know this :(

Whilst I disagree with the depiction of CO2 as not being a problem I completely agree that more should have been done on nuclear. Politicians just didn't want to upset those whose opinions were set against it. Greens, Ex-CND, new-agers, natural-born-fretters etc...

Petrol or electric for my next car once I've absorbed the inevitable depreciation of my current ones :/

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Anthropology boffins solve 9,000-year-old headless body cold case

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Re: Impossible

OMG, then I'm a heretic. Burn me!

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Impossible

Decapitations before the universe was created??

Devilry!

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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Re: I used to love tech...

It's an LED with some glass around it. Why? Why make something modern look like something old that only looked like that due to technical limitations?

Why not take a modern 4K monitor panel and stick it in a ginormous CRT housing and pop a couple of sand-bags in for an authentic feel? Would that also be cool?

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NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

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Refund

Where do I apply?

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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Bank Shareholders

They may not have been wiped out but speaking as an HBOS shareholder they reduced from a 'nice little sum' to 'kids pocket money.'

As was perfectly correct. The bank failed. Shareholders lost money.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: Diesel A3

Because of its placement in the engine (underneath? I dunno) they have to take the whole engine out. Its not a serviceable part. Presumably it was thought that it would last the life of the engine. As it was it clogged up at 41,000 miles.

/edit: Also they don't just clean it. They replace it with a modified part.

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Diesel A3

My 2011 1.6 TDI A3 failed due to EGR valve clogging. It seems like (purely from browsing the web, no figures to back this) this is quite common and Audi wanted to charge me over a grand for the privilege (I argued them down.)

After the 'fix' my MPG now seems a lot lower. Common theme?

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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Defence of Colin Baker

I really liked where he tried to take the character. Sure he was still quirky (and was made to wear a fucking stupid suit by the Beeb) but he was also a bit ruthless when needed and other-worldly. In some ways the only Dr to try to hark back to Hartnell (vaguely.)

Unfortunately this was, in-the-main, the nadir of the beeb's effort towards Dr Who. There were a few good serials but most were fucking terrible :) Not really Colin's fault though.

Same with Sylvester but personally I wasn't as interested in the new direction of the character. Mostly clowny but with a subtle darkness underneath. Mmm, interesting but subtlety can get missed on a kids show.

Anyway, I voted for Eccleston. Just didn't strike me as Dr Who. Might have voted for Smith but I've slept through so many of his eps I don't really know.

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C5 tablet-using newsreader hotness

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Pole?

*chortle*

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Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

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Inappropriate response

The appropriate response to racists on Facebook is to take the piss. Censorship just validates their grievances.

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

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Re: Nutty Nadella

FleshlightOS?

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HERE COMES APPLE with some new sh*t or something

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Too early?

They're probably still in bed ffs.

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Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’

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Re: But would Russia ...

To be fair, what the fuck were The Scorpions thinking??

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Competition

It's probably crowding out the domestic Slavicsmut distributors.

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Huge SUPERHENGE erection found near Blighty's Stonehenge

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Actually no one knows who they were or what they were doing

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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Bugs

OWL was ok but after our applications had been around for a number of years I'd had to patch the shit out of the OWL libraries as they were full of bugs :)

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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No gold or 64GB on Vmall

Are these incoming?

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: Not implausible

No. It's in his/her mind. End of. Sorry.

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But it is not a fucking disease!!

Grrrrrrr.

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Re: BOLL - OCKS

And anyway...

This person isn't being paid because she has a phobia. She is being paid because 'Wifi makes her sick.'

Not equivalent to your examples at all.

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Re: BOLL - OCKS

I have a phobia. I know its irrational and am not trying to convince the world that its a 'real thing' because that would be fucking dumb.

Crucially I do not expect the state to fund me because of my irrational phobia.

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BOLL - OCKS

Why the fuck would the French pay her anything for something that can so easily be proved to be all in her mind? Stop fucking coddling these attention-seeking tools!

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Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

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Hmm

Social Media posts they could probably get away with. It's fairly public anyway.

Canvassing info, no way. If they didn't get you to sign a disclaimer on the doorstep that they might use the info to disqualify you from future influence in the Labour Party or some-such then its a clear DPA breach.

Fuckers.

Also, Harriett Harmen specifically mentioned at the start of the campaign that it would enable former members and voters who have drifted to other parties to have some say in the future direction of the party and come back. I'll try to dig the tweet out where she is quoted. She only changed her tune once Corbyn looked like he had a possibility of victory.

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ROCs?

Are they curbing ROCs too?

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: apparently...

It's like the misunderstanding that could occur if I was reading a news article out to the wife and it sounded to her like:

"I see the Republican party is receiving large funds from the cock brothers again."

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

Granted, Gaelic was dominant at one time but that was about a thousand years ago. Anglo-Saxon and Norman influences dominated the populous lowlands thereafter.

(Who's downvoting the AC by the way. It's a discussion, the questions aren't simple and the answers aren't black and white.)

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

To be fair Scottish Gaelic was never the only language in Scotland. Scots was also a major language, coming from the same Germanic root as English but NOT being English. Scottish-English is English with a Scottish Accent, Scots is a Scottish language.

Gaelic is actually an Irish language, more imported than Scots. Before either of those a language from the Brittonic family of Celtic languages (rather than the Gaelic family) was probably dominant.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Re: SD Storage question

@Hans 1

You got a link to a guide at all? :)

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Re: SD Storage question

Sounds plausible but if I delete the app and re-download won't he lose all his progress in the game?

(I realise this depends how they implement saves but afaik save to cloud is pretty rare still. After all I didn't create login credentials for anything except Angry Birds Star Wars II.)

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Re: 16GB Version?

The first-gen Moto G 16GB wasn't rare at all. I bought a few for family members (using their Tesco Clubcard points)

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SD Storage question

Before I'd consider an Android phone:

I haven't had an Android for a while now but my son's Hudl 2 tablet doesn't make good use of SD Cards at all. When I filled up its 16GB with games I bought a 32GB SD and went through the Apps section in Settings pressing 'Move to SD Card.'

However it only moved about 10% of each game over to the SD Card and the rest stayed on the device.

Bugger all use.

Is this a normal Android behaviour or is it Tesco-specific?

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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

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Maybe you have time to kill

In which case I suggest more fibre.

Mine are like an otter off the bank.

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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Call me a miserable git

But I'd rather take my kids to Sellafield.

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Is your Personal Computer some kind of Hadoop Cluster?

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