* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1717 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: If even the Canadians can do it

Croquet Monsieur usually has ham under the melted cheese (or it has every time I've had one in France), whilst a cheese toastie doesn't (at least a purist one).

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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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Re: The Nest Secure has to sit on a surface

The cats or the burglars?

In our house, so far this week the little black predator has brought in a squirrel, a large rat and various small mice. Basically the only local rodentia he hasn't gifted us are any Pokémon that may still be around from Go...

And yes he does get fed twice a day by his humble minions.

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Re: The Nest Secure has to sit on a surface

At least you can do away with the pot-plant to hide it behind, if it's under a cats bum. And any burglar would have to fight past teeth and claws to disable it.

From experience of my own feline lord and master I would agree a nice warm box on a nice flat surface will just become a cat perch, especially now the weather is on the turn colder. At least until it gets full of fluff and hair and stops working having overheated.

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Re: It's cheaper,

Nah, that's the European variant. He's from Barcelona...

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: There's a bank in Manchester

Also next time you're flying anywhere, take a good look at quite how many XP based machines you'll still find around most airports (I know from personal experience Gatwick and Heathrow are included). In some cases also still attached to dot-matrix printers.

Of course they're just for logistics and cattle movement rather than anything directly related to flying itself, but it may explain some of the frequent delays in packing the herd into their tin crate to be transported wherever.

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Re: Installing from floppy

Punishable by 100 hours community service where you will be installing Dos from 1.44mb discs.

You forgot to mention that disc 97 is corrupt and aborts the whole process...

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Unless it's Bugs Bunny of course...

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Re: It's all becoming very "Deus Ex"

Although I think the K7 is rather bigger but less agile than the spiderbots.

But it's probably only a matter of time until they all get equipped with the heat seeking bullets.

Yes, I remember that film too ;-)

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Sure, HoloLens is cute, but Ford was making VR work before it was cool

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Re: A fascinating article.

Indeed, great to see someone using stuff like this to solve a real world problem, and to push things forward when they need to be pushed.

Makes a pleasant change from all of the solutions looking for problems in this kind of area.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Oh I dunno, in the past here (where we used to have such things, thankfully now sorted out by SSD's and shouting at various idiots that these things should be tools to help us perform our jobs, not to stop us doing so) they used to be a good excuse for an extended coffee break first thing in the morning whilst they booted up.

Or if a Windows Update got itself mixed into the mire, either a good discussion about last night's telly or (if the inevitable reboot could be held off long enough) a nice long lunch break whilst everything updated, then resync'd, all the various scripts ran and generally a small pile of dropped bits ended up underneath the CPU.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Re: "Jupiter’s moon Titan"

See, a new discovery already!

Either that or they were a bit careless in aiming the death-dive ;-p

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Yup, personally I plan to live forever.

So far, so good...

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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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Re: Hand luggage its not...

Not to mention that most airline's hold weight limit is 20-24kg or so per item for cattle class. So you couldn't check it in on most of them, even if you wanted to.

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Re: Anything they can do..

There used to be quite a famous one in Dresden. Some of my Japanese ex-pat colleagues there were rumoured to have the cleanest cars in Germany, to the extent that if they visited any more they'd be down to the bare metal...

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Making a spectacle?

Given the fun I always have trying to get through the ePassport gates at the airport when I forget to take my glasses off, I would also wonder if we're going to see iPhone X users having similar issues, or heaven help them actually having to take their shades off to unlock their phones...

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Re: DFS?

Most of the time you'll be able to get your data at half price or less, as a limited time offer ;-)

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Bonnie Tyler?

Also the equally dire "Lost in France", which as a nipper always seemed to be belting out on a loop at various Nov 5th events my parents used to take me to. So now in my brain that song is indelibly linked to fireworks and bonfires.

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Re: Sheer Heart attack

Nah, that's for the spin-off prequel...

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Thinks back to student days and some of the nursing and medical students I used to know...

Nope, some of them definitely wouldn't fit that statement ;)

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Re: Error 524

Nah, it's just the newly launched spy satellites from the X-37B being thoroughly tested...

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"She's using the new Clinical Administration Package,” David explained.

In her past working life my better half used to have to cross swords (scalpels?) with something very similar. Quite quickly it got slightly more accurately named to "Clinical Records Administration Package", although the acronym was all that was ever used when referring to it or describing it.

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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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Lost in Space?

New Horizons will look at the object from celestial north

Is it just me who finds that rather confusing, given it's relative to the poles and axis of rotation, or at least the line extending into space from them? Surely to know that we must already have made a close observation already? In any case I wouldn't have expected such an asteroid to have a clearly defined and stable axis of rotation anyway?

Or does a duck have a pre-defined "north", presumably sticking out from the top of its head?

In any case, "Celestial North" would be a great name for a rock (asteroid?) band...

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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: Welcome back! We missed you!

Well we've got Dabbs and On-Call, so we just need a BOfH from Simon to round out the holy trinity nicely. But as they say, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, and will certainly do until beer o'clock...

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Lightbulb moment?

It's not just smart, this lightbulb, oh no: it's apparently "the world's most intelligent bulb".

So if an intelligent lightbulb has an idea, what appears in the air above it?

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: "It's the only way to be sure"

You forgot the icon --->

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Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

It's called the Hawthorne Effect.

And remember, Big Brother is watching you...

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Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

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An interesting read...

Any chance that reference articles like this could be made available in a downloadable pdf format? Rather than having to try and bookmark or download the page for future reference, which never works well when there's so much dynamic content (ads etc) on the thing too?

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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He must be moonlighting, as I'm sure he works here too...

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Re: "Mundane staff"

Haven't we all (to both statements)...?

It was one of the most valuable lessons I learned in post-graduate academia - always know who actually moves things along and gets things done, as opposed to who appears to be in charge but just orders them to be done. And to get on their good side and in their good books....

Forget being nice to professors and directors and suchlike, if you were on friendly terms with the secretaries, storesmen (or probably storespeople these days, although back then they were all white-coated males) and technicians you could get anything done and circumvent all sorts of delays and bureaucracy.

And it was amazing how quickly and easily things got signed off by the senior staff when you went via their secretaries, whom you took care to always be nice, friendly and helpful to of course.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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We bought him a Mac in self defense, as at least it's less likely to lead to a network wide infection when he screws up.

@alister - see that was your problem. You shouldn't have bought him a Mac, you should have bought him an Etch-a-Sketch...

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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He probably thinks they're Mexican, hence his wall policy...

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Re: I might watch it sometime

And it stars James Corden, so there's at least one tit in it...

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Nah, it's been retired already, although the Telegraph did report it'd been sunk...

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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Re: Himself.

Sounds like my now sadly departed grandmother, who always used to enjoy "going to sing to the old people" every Christmas with the British Legion choir.

We never did have the heart to point out that at least half of the audience was actually younger than she was...

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Re: Alive and ....?

I'm sure my landlord would say the same about me...

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Re: Proof of the Illuminati

Well it's the one future event (ok one of two if you include being taxed) that is certain to happen at some point for everyone...

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The gift for a man who has everything?

Maybe the Queen should get him an "I aten't dead" sign for such occasions?

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Re: Giant Space Ducks!

It's ducks all the way down...

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That's just Goofy - stop taking the Mickey...

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Flash fryers have burger problems: You can't keep adding layers

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Re: "plasma breams"

There's another kind?

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Re: "plasma breams"

I was also wondering how many layers would be required before they had to upgrade to sharks...

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Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

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...and makes this young (ok, youngish) geek (and engineer and philatelist) glad that he does.

One trip that's definitely being arranged for later this year!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Nah, the tomato is there to get an extra sausage or rasher of bacon by requesting a substitution.

At least it is for me at Garfunkels in Gatwick ready for the stupid o'clock EasyJet flight out to the continent, but then I don't like tomatoes anyway.

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A wise man once said...

@BoldMan - as the old saying goes:

Knowledge is knowing that the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad...

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: Sharing maps of your homes

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Re: I like Roomba's..

Or perhaps scheissestreuung

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Re: Glad I bought a "dumb" competitors' model.

So did my wife - she just pointed to the Dyson and told me to clean the floor up.

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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: The gift that keeps on giving

I was beginning to wonder if due to the budget overrun they were going to be using bundles of the install DVDs from the older versions as munition to drop on targets...

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Go to Hull and back...

If you want good trains, go to Hull

I'd love to, except that as I live in the south-east I'd have to go there by Southern or Thameslink.

So I'm rather stuck on the starting blocks...

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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History repeating itself?

So we've gone from "let them eat cake" to "let them watch Games of Thrones"?

The new cry of the out-of-touch elite control freaks...

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Re: Mine runs perfectly safely on a Raspberry Pi

And the base irony here is Kodi do not actually make any hardware or "boxes" at all. It's just the software that 3rd party vendors use (as it's free) and stick on there and then pollute with all the piracy add-ons (also not produced or endorsed by Kodi).

Kodi itself (as downloaded from their website) doesn't come with any media sources pre-installed at all, and is just a very flexible and powerful media player.

It's even a violation of their trademark policy to do so, not that no-name Chinese vendors bother about such trivial legalities as trademark, copyright or the like.

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