* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1673 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling 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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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Sublimated Ear and Gaseous Elbow.

I always thought liquid voice was another synonym for a technicolour yawn or pavement pizza delivery...

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Re: Testiculate

Or another one that seems to resurface around here every so often:

Chesticulate

originally defined as a male describing the figure of a woman, but lately seems to have migrated to meaning when a woman is animatedly describing something by waving her arms about.

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Re: Fibre / POTS

I still think the even older definition of fibre is more appropriate.

After all, given the amount of shit some of these companies produce, they must be consuming enough fibre to fill several breakfast bowls...

Bran flake anyone?

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Why should she be any different to the rest of parliament ?

Thinking back to all those expenses stories and cushy directorships and "speaking tours".

Posh duck house or B.Liar tours anyone...?

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: River is dead after spending twenty years/one night with the Dr.

Ah but we still don't know if they've done Jim the Fish yet...?

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Re: Regenerate a few more fingers?

@wolfetone - That'd make her 19th, as you'd have to shoe-horn in Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbend and Hugh Grant in too.

I know the Tardis is bigger on the inside, but even then it'd be a squeeze...

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Regenerate a few more fingers?

I'm just wondering when the BBC bods will actually learn to count?

1 - Hartnell

2 - Troughton

3 - Pertwee

4 - T Baker

5 - Davidson

6 - C Baker

7 - McCoy

8 - McGann

9 - Hurt

10 - Ecclestone

11 - Tennant

12 - Smith

13 - Capaldi

14 - Whittaker

She's the 14th, not the 13th...?

Or are they trying to ignore either McGann or Hurt?

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Re: Two comments

They're mostly not too different from the original ones (Ecclestone notwithstanding, or indeed not staying):

Hartnell - 3 seasons + a couple of episodes

Troughton - Just under 3 seasons (2 + all except the 2 episodes above)

Pertwee - 5 seasons

T Baker - 7 seasons

Davidson - 3 seasons

C Baker - 2 seasons + 1 episode

McCoy - 3 seasons + start of the TV movie

McGann - TV movie

Hurt - 1 episode

Ecclestone - 1 season

Tennant - 3 seasons + the "gap year" specials

Smith - 3 seasons + 2 specials

Capaldi - 4 seasons

It's only Pertwee and Tom Baker who did long stints, everyone else is mainly 2-3 seasons.

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Re: Oh and female Timelords ...

The Corsair anyone (well at least one or two of their regenerations, to get even more geeky...)

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Anyway Dr Who's already been there - Matt Smith's companion Rory Williams ( aka Mr Amy Pond) was a male nurse...

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

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No, but with a little effort you could have someone elses instead...

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Cold caller spam?

Are you sure you've never been mis-sold PPI or been in an accident recently?

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I'd guess a fair percentage may actually have had changing their number as the reason to switch in the first place. Especially if the original had ended up on the various telemarketing cold-call databases that are used to spam us these days (PPI anyone?).

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

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Re: The Weibel instability

You'll be recalling the Cadbury's Smash robots next...

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: At Wolfetone, your MILTB...

It's always nice to get a "customer" (business or family) who not only doesn't know something, but is also knows that they don't know it and is willing to admit the fact. Almost makes it possible to enjoy your work sometimes...

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

Brings back memories of a customer of ours (now closed) who used to insist all us support engineers must wear shirt and tie when working on-site.

Not so unusual you'd think, except I work in the semiconductor industry - they insisted we wore shirt and tie underneath our cleanroom suits when installing and setting up (and kicking repeatedly at times) the manufacturing tools we were supporting and installing.

Suffice it to say words were had with HR, and some sense was eventually knocked into the customer's heads before our guys revolted and refused to go on-site.

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

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Thesaurus time?

will be peddled in two flavours: Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business

And there was me thinking Enterprises were businesses, at least outside Star Trek?

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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I would have advised you to treasure that ignorance, but sadly I'm too late...

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Re: DougS

What about the unknown knowns, things that theoretically should exist but we don't know yet?

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Ah the IoT spatula - perfect for shit stirring...

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Re: But can the camera recognize approved cats, or not?

SO l,ong as you have a decent sized gang of cats (and at least a couple of them are psycho ninja fighters) then intruder cats only break in once (& rapidly flee to lick their wounds)

Umm all cats are psycho ninja fighters. It's just whether they can demean themselves enough to bother to attack, or indeed take any interest at all in mundane items like the property of their human minions.

It's only if said intruder cast takes an interest in their stuff, and indeed if it's stuff they care about (for example the paper bag their latest expensive cat toy came in, as opposed to the toy itself) that things get active.

Somewhat like kids really...

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AWS launches celebrity-spotting-as-a-service: What a time to be alive

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Re: Am I missing something here?

Weren't they some of the ugly buggers in Star Trek a few years back?

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Re: The F35. Is there no end to the things it cannot do properly?

...and then install that via a USB stick, one plane at a time.

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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

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SNAFU

A T-Mobile spokesperson told The Register in an email at 13:30 BST on 12 June that "all is operating normally". But El Reg spoke with two support staff who confirmed that there are ongoing outages throughout the US.

We're talking a mobile network provider here - all is normal and outages throughout the country could quite easily both describe the situation at any given time...

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Alphabet offloads bot businesses Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT

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Just be honest

They're just as scared of the big dog robot as the rest of us are... ;)

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Nice mits

They set off your lipstick lovely... ;)

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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Re: Downsides

I'd also wonder about EM shielding efficiency, and if anything went adrift the risk of basically subjecting your own vessel's electronics to an EMP burst and toasting your circuits.

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

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Re: Blasted weather!

They should just have timed the green clouds to coincide with Paddy's Day and all would be well...

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Not Maetric not interested

Only if you can wrangle them for long enough to get them all in a line without their lasers blinding each other or you...

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Re: Interesting

And for reference, they can just look at the XS-1 space plane and its launch system plus its predecessors and parallel projects like the X-43.

Those were usually slung under the wing of a standard aircraft and released before ignition, but it's a similar concept. Of course the release before ignition was rather crucial unless you wanted to send aforementioned aircraft into a rather interesting if short-lived spin before it hit the dirt hard.

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Re: Ambidextrous, obvs.

Too young to have been influenced by the Millennium Falcon?

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Re: How long before ...

He'll be one-up on the Royal Navy then, given how the beancounters have screwed that one up.

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Re: LOHAN

And a slight but rather crucial difference in scale, and also this one may really fly (RIP Lester, we miss you!)

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Industrial Light & Magic

Or even the old spoof hoax one (allegedly) of Powergen Italia that was around for a while...

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

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Re: Blah blah blah

Kodi 17.2 was also released this morning, including a fix for this issue.

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Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

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Re: I'm barred from all PCW's....

But but but but... it's so much fun to do!

And I think maybe you're mixing up doping with dopey...

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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Re: Interfering mice

Probably the same crowd who insist on the "freedom and flexibility" of wifi connection when their machine never actually leaves their desk, and the boring old Ethernet cable gives them usually at least twice the actual network speed...

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Re: Lightning strike ?

"Beu-ti-ful Stephanie!"

Number 5 is alive (and the closest icon available).

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Re: "...you'll have to find someone else to name it after"

Just cut out the middle-man and call it Planety McPlanetface straight away?

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: 3310?

Possibly shouldn't reveal this, but when working on-site at a certain major chip maker our company phones are Nokia's of the 3310 ilk (not actual 3310's unfortunately) but ones of similar size and spec and almost similar battery life.

Basically they're about the only phones available these days which do not have cameras built-in, and aforesaid customer has a blanket ban on cameras being taken on-site (ditto our laptops have special screen bezels which completely cover the camera, as temporary things like stickers and tape are not enough for them).

That said I had a 3310 for many years back in the day, and it was a sterling little trooper.

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Re: Gotta be the Psion

Yeah, you may be right. But I think some sort of simple network connectivity is probably non-negotiable these days. If my 5mx had that, I might still be using it.

@Allonymous Coward - tell that to the Navy beancounters?

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I did, and they didn't.

And when I told them I could remember a world without either mobile phones or the internet, they looked at me like I was a dinosaur.

At least until I pointed out whilst I'm of the generation that grew up without them, I'm also of the generation that invented them (more or less anyway)...

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