* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1717 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object

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Have you tried reversing the polarity of the flow?

Well it used to work in all those 80's and 90's documentaries on the subject...

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Re: Explanation for failing instuments?

Nah, it's an egg from the Iron Chicken.

And the instruments are failing as the Clangers misunderstood and are nicking them to try and play them...

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Re: It's early...

There's a Grindr joke in there too somewhere, although likewise I haven't had enough coffee yet to do it justice...

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Let's be different

Brings back lovely memories of a visit to Tattershall Castle a while back. Up on the roof looking around when there's sounds of Merlin's all around, as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight show up presumably doing their practice for a show (or maybe even HMQ's birthday bash).

Nothing like being at almost eye level with a whole load of Spitfires and Mosquito's etc to really make an enjoyable day (although the missus wasn't so pleased that I refused to come down and stop watching them until they'd finished - a good half-hour or so).

(Tattershall Castle is a mile or so from RAF Coningsby, home base of the BBMF)

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Re: No F35 in the list? @Ralph

Indeed - visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard a couple of weeks back and it was sad to see the Illustrious (decommissioned so sadly no longer HMS) in quite such a state as she currently is. On her way to the breakers yard soon, but she's currently a real mess now that they've stripped her of anything that is re-usable.

(Yes I know she was an aircraft carrier not a battleship or a destroyer, although there were a couple of the latter tied up there too just to make the contrast between the new and shiny and the old and stripped-down even worse).

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Re: Software by Tesla?

What, and miss the chance to be known as the Red Lesters? ;-)

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Re: Come on guys, too retro...

That might be taking the red part a bit too far, but would make an interesting display...

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Re: How about...

If they can fire up the 3d printer and make some clones, how about LOHAN?

Then they can be the Haines Memorial Flight (down the Dog and Duck if wet, having a jar or six).

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Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

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Re: System delivery

Douglas Adams' visionary writing is coming true - the Golgafrinchans walk amongst us and are now called Crapita...

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NASA gets last Pluto data

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Re: I'm confused

They're obviously using the famous Microsoft minute here, as seen on the progress bar whenever you download something via Windows. As anyone who has done so knows, a Microsoft minute can last anywhere between a few seconds and several days.

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Chaos Monkey 2.0

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The next bananananana

I think they must be working on v3 here - the one that doesn't turn a random machine off, but is told to turn a specific one off and then proceeds to turn off an entirely different one by mistake. With enough AI though to ensure that the one that actually goes off is in the middle of doing something important or hosting something mission-critical.

Then again they pay us peanuts, so it's feasible as to who or what got employed...

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Re: There shouldn't have been a KaBoom!

Looking at the map near the bottom of the BBC article on the subject, it looks like the crushable structure may have been the Opportunity rover. They seem to have landed Schiaparelli on top of it...

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AI, AI, captain: Royal Navy warships to set sail with computer officers

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Re: Battlestar Galactica

They're probably too busy reading Iain M Banks for ideas on what to call things...

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Samsung to fab 10nm FinFET SoCs for next year's exploding phones

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The problem is if you look at exactly what "10nm" means for each of the companies, you get a rather different answer. Unfortunately the old and simple definition based on actual dimensions no longer applies, so some of the comparisons are not quite what they appear.

I refer you to the article below plus the links from it...

http://semiaccurate.com/2016/09/26/globalfoundries-7nm-process-isnt-even-close-name/

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RRS Sir David Attenborough construction goes full-steam ahead

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Re: Wouldn't that...

Just for laughs he should have used the speech to announce he's changing his name by deed poll to Boaty McBoatface...

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MS Paint re-born in 3D

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Job for the boys

The new Paint will be a Universal Windows App, so will run on almost anything with Windows.

So it can paint my house?

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You're fired (into space)! Trump tops Martian ejaculation poll

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If you don't know then cherish your ignorance and don't let anyone tell you...

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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But who's going to change the bulb?

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Re: My rule of tech

AKA Murphy's KISS

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Pucker up?

Why does it always seem like the acronyms IoT and KISS are mutually exclusive?

Or is it just another differentiator between something driven by engineering principles and marketing ones?

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Re: Bad references

Normally a response like "I'd love to, but if I do then you won't give her the job" will suffice to drop the hint.

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Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

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Public networks with NAS drives?

Microsoft offers a fix for this; if you change your network to “private” or “enterprise”, it should start working again.

Wouldn't almost everyone have one or other of those set anyway in the kind of scenario where you'd be dealing with shared drives and NAS's? How many of those do you generally find on a public network?

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4K-ing-A! Roku bangs out broad range of new streaming boom boxes

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I think you mean Honey I Shrunk the Audience!, but aside from that entirely agree as well.

Disney have replicated it a few times, there's also a Bugs Life one and a Muppets one at the various parks. The latter is particularly fun, but works on the same principle of 3D plus environmental stuff too.

The best one though was undoubtedly Soarin'. Same idea again, but with wind and scent effects coupled with wonderful images of flying around various locations and the unusual "seating" position of being basically in a hang-glider mock-up.

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Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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Re: To spice it up

Or sub-contract a part of the manufacture to Samsung so a few occasionally randomly catch fire or explode.

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Re: Someone in the marketing department clearly enjoys Pixar.

Was going to say Pixar had prior art here myself. Even more so given the tagline of related stories at the bottom even had a nice Wall-E picture in it...

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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

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Given how badly Edge works here with a lot of our websites and applications (due to its streamlined lack of support for various bits that they need to run properly) and how much we still have to rely on IE11, I'd certainly second that in the corporate environment.

Of course I guess the websites and such should also be looked at, but we all know how that story goes in the corporate world.

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Re: So they got themselves a sandbox...

So it's sand all the way down?

Makes a change from turtles I suppose...

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Re: Next year

It'll be severely challenged by my entry - I propose to enter the absurd concept of art by installing an idea for the post-modern world.

Or to put it another way, just by leaving a completely empty display there full of even more hot air than currently exists around the topic. Meanwhile I'll be down the pub with a few pints of real workmanship...

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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

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Re: Obscurely disappointed

Drown your sorrows with one (or more) of these?

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One born every minute?

And then there are the assholes who sell $43 martinis.

True, but only sustainable if there are people hip* enough to actually buy them for that price...

PT Barnum was a visionary in that respect.

* aka dumb and/or pretentious as translated for those of us in the real world

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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No other action

Microsoft's article says, advising that no action other than a restart will be required to do the deed.

Oh I'm sure a few people will see some action as needed, such as a few beers to celebrate?

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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Re: That'll be MacLaren soon then...

Given how the current McLaren is running, and how it keeps throwing bits of engine and such out (OK I know that's technically Renault rather than McLaren) it could arguably be convergent technology between the two...

I'm sure there are some days when Alonso and Button must wonder if they've ended up with a pram by mistake.

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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Re: Likely lineups for those

And in this day and age he'll probably be eligible for the Turner Prize or something for doing so, quite by accident. Or at least Arts Council funding to do it.

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What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

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Re: Dimensions?

Just don't try and nail your tool-racking or screw any shelves to the wall...

But at least you shouldn't find a long-disused hedge trimmer or lawnmower in there.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

This sounds horribly familiar from a few years back during one of the downturns, when our paid overtime got cancelled and replaced with TOIL.

Unfortunately even though it was a financial downturn, we still had plenty of work to actually do. And the management got rather upset when I asked them to increase the 300 hour TOIL limit as I'd max'd out, especially when I pointed out we hadn't got any time to take any of it, and that if I just took it all alongside my normal holiday and bank holiday entitlement, I'd come back in February (this was said in September).

Worked out quite nicely, with a couple of months worth of hours getting paid off conveniently close to Christmas...

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Re: 1bs

Ah yes, the kind of user who could fail an IQ test...

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Clock virus

I think my machine must be infected too - it's insisting there's 3 more hours until beer o'clock. That can't be right, can it?

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'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

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Re: I risk Friday wrath but ...

By at least six degrees...

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Re: Heat & Electronics & fans

Sounds like the old Archimedes that used to sit in the lab when I was a student (going back 20 or so years ago) which worked fine in winter, but in summer required a periodically refilled beaker of liquid nitrogen to be sat in front of its air intake for it to operate for more than about 10 minutes before giving up with heatstroke.

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@Doctor Syntax - not "re-emerging".

These days it'd have to be "rebooted" or "reimagined", and probably starring Dwayne Johnson.

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Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

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Re: Ahh makes sense now

Had just the same, both settings and wireless hotspot tiles vanished. Both easily put back though, but seems an oddity.

Liking the new flexibility with the notification shade though. I used to have 5 or 6 that I wanted there and all the rest I can do without, so now being able to turn some off and fully rearrange the others it's working very nicely.

Have to say that Win10 does seem to eat battery faster than Win8.1 used to. That said my Lumia 640LTE will still go 2-3 days at least before needing more juice, so it's not a desperate issue.

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Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

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Re: Nose out

No it's not per the normal rules. That said, these days of FOUPs and mini-environments, it makes less of an impact than it used to with open cassettes all around the shop. Still not exactly good for the particle level though, especially if tools are open for PM (and doubly so for the people with their heads in the tools doing said PM's).

Last time I was in an Intel cleanroom it was surprisingly common to see exposed noses, especially given their normal American-style strictness of following rules and having everyone enforce them on everyone else.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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The old myth that 4 high-tech and complicated systems must be better than one simple one that just works?

Some days you do wonder whether the KISS principle should be something that gets retaught and refreshed periodically.

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Touchdown

Wouldn't a simpler system that maybe measured the weight exerted on the landing gear be somewhat more of a safe way to tell if the thing is actually on the ground or not? Presumably the thing has wheels of some sort, and one would hope the downward pressure on them when it's on the deck would be somewhat more than when they're dangling below it whilst flying (or preparing to land if they're retractable).

Or is it the old scenario when people think multiple highly complicated systems must be better than one simple one? All 3 wheels bearing weight = drone on terra firma, and then set about stopping it.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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On the air?

a three-dimensional accelerometer to track motion and intensity of motion, plus an altimeter for elevation

So is this forward planning and it's expecting you to evolve and learn to fly? Would be more calorie-consuming than jogging I guess...

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Call a roofer

In spite of all the security worries, losing 100 F-35 orders as well as a reasonably large industrial partner would doubtless push the costs of the F-35 programme through the roof.

You mean they're going to have to build yet another roof for the costs to bust through, given how many times it has already done so?

I guess it'll keep someone in business anyway, even if it is just a builder...

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Ironic...

Ironic... ...that HP sauce is made in the Netherlands.

Not to mention the bacon it often accompanies commonly being a product of Denmark, to form part of that most British of delicacies, the good ol' Bacon Sarnie.

Although seemingly you can't wash it down with a mug of tea and still stay?

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

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Says it all when the handy map for the London Underground comes from a server in France...

But indeed interesting to see how it's actually physically laid out in a true geographical sense, rather than from the traveller convenience viewpoint.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: They got a USB Pen, I got flowers

We had a couple of pack of dark choccie Hob Nobs in the post this morning from a recently left former colleague (I would say departed, but he left for a better job rather than for the grave).

All in all I think we got the best deal of the lot...

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Add and subtract

So no new features, but how many more of the existing ones are they going to remove?

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