* Posts by Anonymous Custard

1740 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

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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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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West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35

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Re: Don't forget...

@CrazyOldCatMan

Sounds like my kids, give our take the bit about the Labrador.

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Perlan 2: The glider that will slip the surly bonds of Earth – and touch the edge of space

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Interesting

Sounds like an interesting project - best of luck (and weather) to them.

Slightly tinged with sadness that this would normally have been an SPB article I guess - oh Lester how we miss you :(

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Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

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Plenty of other ways to scramble things up though:

* Using one of the words reversed.

* Key shifting on the keyboard.

* Removing the last # letters from the words (or the first, or a mixture).

* Adding something site-specific but easy to remember for each site.

* Set the keyboard to a different language but still type the words in the letters on the keys.

* Throw in a few specific non-standard symbols in fixed memorable places.

Mixing those and any number of similar techniques into what's already been stated can turn any fairly regular password or phrase into utter gobbledegook, even if typed in plain text.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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as its eight spinning razor-like rotors shredded the cat

Or in the case of my cat and his recent antics in the last few weeks (3 squirrels, 2 pigeons and copious amounts of mice), more likely we'd find bits of the drone in a trail going into the house, up the stairs and into his favourite hidey-hole for munching on stuff he's caught (or probably trying to in this case, as I doubt drones are that appetizing).

Not sure quite what state the local wildlife is in, but he seems to have brought everything bar a Pokémon in over the last month or so...

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Or get something from one anyway, possibly via a dingy back-alley...

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

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Re: Wait a minute

It's Argos - the SWAT team would have been out of stock in the local store and when sent from the next nearest would have arrived with their guns missing or broken...

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

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Farnell non-Zero

With regard to the banner photo, it should probably be pointed out that Farnell don't actually sell Zero's. Those are manufactured by the Foundation themselves at the plant in Wales and sold through their other distributors (Pi Hut, Pimoroni etc) rather than the bulk sellers like Farnell and RS. Those only manufacture and sell the "large" Pi's (B+, 2 and 3), for a relative value of large anyway.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Re: Drone on

Given the age of most of the listed aircraft I'd wonder about how much cash they would save. Although they could probably increase the income of a few aircraft museums by donating the things as exhibits.

Almost makes you wonder what the Americans use for the job, and whether the Wright Flyer occasionally takes a sabbatical from the Smithsonian for some more active duty.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Re: If you are going to watch one PowerPoint Presentation by choice

Or any of the recent shows by Dave Gorman...

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Re: "add any other overly fancy use of language and management terms at will"

@Geoff

acronyms - it irritates me when people use acronyms and then try and look smug when you ask what they are

Never ever attend a presentation on-site at Intel then, at any of their fabs. Your brain will melt and flood out your ears.

They are the only customer I know where you have to go into meetings with an acronym dictionary (I kid you not, we have an ongoing file in the office) and half the time you're still bamboozled by what they're presenting. It's like another language sometimes, probably deliberately so to ensure nothing useful goes out to we vendors and other minions not deemed worthy to wear the fabled blue badge.

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Re: Some years ago ....

Yup, you can put buttons in which jump about in the presentation, or indeed open other presentations or URLs and all sorts of other stuff. But it's a little too much for most PHB's in my experience, who seem to think that cramming in as much text and whizzy animation per slide is the way to get their message across best (and then just stand there reading the damn thing out word for word to ram the point home).

I've actually made up more than several reference "helper assistants" on various topics this way for use by engineering colleagues, which they quite like without ever quite realising it's all just PowerPoint.

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The best PPT show I've ever seen

Just to counterpoint some of the posts (including my own) above about the worst presentation/presenter they've ever seen, thought I'd post about the best I've ever seen.

Was a guy at a scientific conference a couple of decades back (back in my PhD student days). He had a footer running across the bottom of each slide which contained 2 or 3 cells from a cartoon story. As he went through the slides, the story was played out.

The icing on the cake was when he got to the last slide, where we were all of course expecting a conclusion summarising everything he'd been talking about (fairly well and interestingly, to give him his due) and he just said "and now I bet you all want to know how it ended..." and put up a slide that was basically completely blank except for the cartoons across the bottom, which closed off the story.

He basically got a standing ovation from the crowd as it was so refreshing from the death by PowerPoint we'd been suffering for the rest of the conference across several days.

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Re: Perhaps

- Using slide transitions and animation in the same presentation.

- Using more than one different animation effect on a single slide.

- Using animation on more than two objects on a single slide.

- Hiding the fact that what you've got to say is boring or irrelevant by having it dancing all over the screen and flying about like the Red Arrows in a hurricane.

As you may be able to tell I'm not a huge fan of PowerPoint animations, or their inherent eye-strain and headache.

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Re: Still

"I see you've included every animation and transition effect that is available in this presentation. Shall I order some anti-motion sickness pills from that online pharmacy that just emailed you offering little blue pills?"

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Re: Arsdel.....

How about dronedel - one to remove those who drone on just reading out exactly what's up on the screen without elaborating or explaining anything in any more depth than what's up there.

PowerPoint is supposed to be presentation software, not a reading tutorial. I think most people who are unfortunate enough to be exposed to it can already read to at least an acceptable level.

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Orientation

I'm still waiting for basic stuff like being able to have portrait and landscape slides in the same presentation without having to faff about and daisy-chain multiple presentations together to get it to semi-work.

It's 2016, how complicated can it be?

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Ever heard of humour, irony, sarcasm and the (vague) IT angle?

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Facepalm

They can't have been that fast, given one of the stormtrooper extras famously managed to smack his head on one.

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Re: Good job..

JJ loves to fill his sets with light objects.

You could even say he has a flare for it...

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It's 2016 and your passwords can still be sniffed from wireless keyboards

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Re: Yet another driver towards 2FA

Or Gerry Anderson.

Standby for action!

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: Home 'putering

So you missed out on a meeting with Mel Croucher, Christian Penfold and maybe the Pi Man and Lady Claire Sinclive herself (but hopefully not Sweatybits)? I bet they had a good night at the pub as a result of the no-shows.

And I'm now wondering how the hell I can remember all this after 30 years or so. The back cover of Popular Computing Weekly has a lot to answer for (as has PiMania and Deus Ex Machina et al).

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Re: "I never got past the "A pair of bulbous eyes stare at you""

And if you did it right you could actually complete the game in about 7 or 8 moves, if I remember correctly after all these (many) years...

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Re: Time passes.....

As long as it's read by pale bulbous eyes (not a problem for some of the readership here I would say).

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Re: Ah, Wales' answer to the 8 bit market

Not to mention Hypersports, with which I think I killed at least two keyboards and more than a few joysticks over the years.

At least until I learned the Kinder Egg trick...

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Re: pfft!

Hmm, TKV - now that takes me back.

Remember I had it on my specie and my mate had it on the BBC Micro. Many an evening and weekend spent getting through and finally beating it. Still remember the look on my parents face when they saw me doing the maze bit in the dark (at one point you had to fill the lamp up with water rather than oil, so couldn't use it to light the way) as they were surprised I could do it all from memory (although it was only about 15-20 steps or so).

Don't recall anyone having a Dragon though, was all Beeb's, Speccie's and C64's. At least until the Amiga and the ST came along anyway. Those were the days :)

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Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

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There! also! appears! to! be! something! wrong! with! reality! and! common! sense!

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