* Posts by Horridbloke

354 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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Boffin

Re: How?

They employ extreme underclocking.

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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

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Re: Supercomputer?

"Does anyone know of workloads so big they strain one server but can't be distributed?"

Yes. Crysis.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Unhappy

Re: Is anyone keeping count?

The Amiga has become the Blakes 7 of home computers.

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: The real question

Good grief, yes.

Working under a nutter is bad news. Conversely getting sacked by a nutter is both awesome and profitable.

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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

Wait until the season pass is on sale.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: "paying out the nose"

"Wouldn't that be 'anus' and not 'sphincter'?"

For you perhaps. I went to a very posh school where it was pronounced "arnus".

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Pint

You joined?

Did you ever get to go down the pub with Carol Vorderman?

(Back in the nineties MENSA used to hint at this.)

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: curious

The F35s are running Windows CE.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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It's an old story

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Dead brand

The Atari brand has to be one of the most pimped out and abused ones ever - wasn't it bought up by a french games company in the early noughties (presumably in order to appear less french)?

Nobody's cared for a quarter-century or thereabouts.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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The usual story

Games For Windows

Tags

Zune

Plays For Sure

Kin

...

Why would anyone NOT run a mile from MS-furnished online services?

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

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Devil

Re: At 140 Watts...

I once set up my PC to vent its hot air into a growing enclosure to help the chillies along. That was a Core 2 quad 6600 IIRC.

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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@Aladdin Sane

Isn't there a risk the directors will go back and ruin the films with service packs?

Oh...

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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Re: Bloody AI's

I recall a lecturer in college saying that 25 years ago, so bravo Sir or Madam or Thingy!

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Alert

Re: Contests

That's a bad idea, because stag groups (in town) or QA delivery teams (at work) will treat it as a relay event and make an even bigger mess.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Re: that said, here's a challenge to Google - I *dare* you !!!!!!

Buy what if you want to search for "cancel"?

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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No, Deluxe Paint.

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Help wanted: Uber boss Travis seeks babysitter for him and his execs

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Only one candidate

These folks are fools. They realise they're fools, they've admitted they're fools and they want to stop being fools.

Mr T would be perfect for the role.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Good grief...

You want a vibrant green phone for WORK?

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Re: A is actually not a bad piece of kit

"Would the vertical take off version not have to have a trust to weight ratio of more the 1 to work ?"

By my understanding there isn't a vertical take off version.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Thumb Up

Noel Edmonds

Send Noel Edmonds.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Unhappy

How to be callous

Some years ago our office was ushered into our cramped conference room and told about the latest rightsizing. We developers survived that one, but the testing team were shedding two people, who I shall call Karen and Terrance.

Karen had been told a few minutes earlier and was presumably packing up at that point. Terrance, on the other hand, was on holiday with his family that week. It was okay though, when he got in on Monday the boss (Bill) wandered over to him for a word. They disappeared into a room for five minutes, then Terrance reappeared. He spent three hours apparently catatonic at his desk then disappeared at noon. We never saw or heard from him again.

I really regret not letting Terrance know the rest of the office got the news before him - that would have been worth a few grand compromise agreement or tribunal verdict.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: Presumably, logins will be address based

Nope, just those people who watch BBC / iPlayer.

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: * I know, I know...

200% better is three times as good.

10000% better is a hundred and one times as good.

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Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

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@AC

Nope, things work just like that in Thailand too.

If it's reasonably easy to check the status of a sim then there will be another opportunity for dodgy coppers to grab some 500 baht fines. Best ditch the local sim when you get back to the airport.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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Facepalm

Slow handclap...

"Skyhawk" - in contrast to normal hawks that burrow their way through the earth's core...

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Predicting Problems

"Would make for a hell of a movie-plot threat..."

Die Hard From A Nasty Sunburn.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

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Excellent news

Do we really want to reach the point where paying for things with anonymous cash ceases to be an option? I'm a nice honest law-abiding guy and I have something to hide - what I spend my money on.

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Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

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@Dr Spork

An M25 flyover selfie would be pretty underwhelming, but the photo used in the article features Wat Rong Khun, a temple in Northern Thailand. There's lots of strange and beautiful stuff in that corner of the world that justifies snapping a memento.

I'm unsure why people get so upset about selfies. Compare them to the bad medical tips, ropey politics, phrases that might pertain to football and the mild-to-moderate racism that spews up on most people's facebook walls. Self-portrait photos are among the least-offensive items on social media.

Is it the selfie stick that irks people? The last time I was at Heathrow I was walking just behind a group of lads filming themselves on a go-pro-on-a-stick as they walked to their gate. It seemed silly but is that really worth getting annoyed about?

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: I'm not...

"Hyperconverging" is a pretty long word but round here we pronounce it "tosh".

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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No giant robots?

I wanted giant robots. As there are no giant robots I will not be watching.

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FOUR Avatar sequels

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Terminator 6

I think the next terminator flick is due to be called "Help! My Father-In-Law Is A Cyborg Assassin!".

(Still better than Salvation though.)

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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@Timeo

Yes, there are power-line-only dongles for traditional usb connectors. The issue with USB-C is power and signalling on the same pin, so that traditional approach doesn't work. I'm wondering whether the introduction of a cunning capacitor or something (I don't do hardware) would enable current flow but wreck the signalling needed for any communication. The big question there is whether some signalling is needed to negotiate / request current - something USB devices are supposed to do but don't always.

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Is it possible to build a USB-C charge "condom" with some filtering to stop any signalling?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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The fart will literally follow you...

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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Re: Why the PHB should only be given *minimal* access to any system.

Did everybody actually agree to those amendments? They're idiots if they did.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Re: But for sheer mindless...

I remember Backlash (ST and Amiga). It was fun, but weirdly I enjoyed the game that inspired it (Encounter, a 1984-era FPS for the Commodore 64) more.

Encounter was true genius.

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Mozilla will emit 'first version' of Servo-based Rust browser in June

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The poor craftsman blames their tools."

Mozilla is choosing some better tools.

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13 CubeSats to ride mighty US lifter

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Space Launch System?

NASA should have gone the whole hog and called it Up Goer Seven.

(Or possibly eight or nine. Shuttle aside I'm not sure what else they've done since Apollo. Yes, I realise there's been other stuff)

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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"Achieve the goals of the business"

So DevOps is about doing good work instead of bad work? It's an interesting approach.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

Horridbloke
Mushroom

Re: Who is presenting?

I wonder if Jeremy Clarkson could ever be desperate enough to return. (He fronted RW before it was any good.)

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

Horridbloke

Re: shovel

Perhaps he did take and use the shovel on occasion. The iterations couldn't all have been identical.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: "you can get composite video from the 3.5mm jack"

The one you buy yourself and solder onto the board (I think).

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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

Horridbloke
Unhappy

My FB profile has me a lot older than my real age so I see adverts for incontinence products.

Apparently this is what winning feels like.

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Horridbloke
FAIL

Facebook...

I'm constantly amazed how most people fail to think about privacy issues. Several years ago, back when Facebook seemed to email absolutely everything to absolutely everybody by default, I started to get fairly high frequency updates as to the location of a iPhone-carrying friend of mine. I hadn't made any effort to stalk him or anything, I was just getting near-hourly updates as to wherever he had just "signed into" as he went about his work around town.

Anyway after a couple of days of this I commented on the latest update showing him in a town twenty miles down the road. I asked whether it would be a good time to burgle his house.

The updates stopped after that.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

Horridbloke

Re: smash through my window and set the house on fire

I think Citylink already have a patent on that.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Re: Re Parachutes

Perhaps they were sonic parachutes.

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

Horridbloke
Mushroom

Re: WTF is that picture?

Looks like somebody's remaking Max Headroom.

(Icon coz of the blipverts.)

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