* Posts by Richard 81

1015 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Astronaut trio blast off to space station with ... er, rearview mirror toy?

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No sign of a wobbling hula girl on the control console though.

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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Re: Difficult to describe this one

There's plenty of middle ground between scripting in VBA and close-to-the-metal C++, you know. If you have to produce Excel worksheets for people, there are some nice Apache Commons Java libraries.

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Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

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Re: Please just let Java die...Please!

Python? Sure I use it, but always miss Java's strong typing.

I just can't get used to duck-typing: If it looks like a list and acts like a list... it could be a string.

Also it can be a right bugger to get some Python libraries working on Windows. Thank God for Christoph Gohlke: http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/

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Re: Please just let Java die...Please!

If used through a browser, maybe. That's being killed off anyway.

As a language it's fine. Where Java really shines is as a platform for easy to deploy cross platform applications.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Re: That speech in full

@Tridac: ...and they have. Their decision is to install Ad-blocking software.

Unfortunately this doesn't solve the problem that the Minister of Fun is harping on about.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

No it doesn't. According to gov.uk: "You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast."

So, you can legally have as many TVs as you like, so long as you never watch live broadcast TV. In practical terms, this means not connecting the TV to an aerial.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: PCs fading away...

The PC games market is a pretty big deal, you know. That somewhat drives the sales of powerful, bulky hardware.

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Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

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What a waste of public money. Bloody lawyers.

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

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What happens when it reaches the inevitable conclusion that the best thing for humanity is a dose of "tough love".

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

I'm not sure what annoys me more: the fact that they've banned those compounds, or the oxymoron of having banned legal highs.

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Re: You know what you must do.

Eat a bacon sandwich?

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Re: University of Sheffield

And yet Sheffield has so many nice pubs.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: Alternative cough medicine

It's fairly clear that morphine does work though. The problem is the lack of disclosure and regulation.

If someone's prescribed a morphine based drug, or one that interacts with morphine, and doesn't tell their doctor that they're also taking this then they could find themselves in serious difficulties. Patients often don't think about this when taking "natural" remedies, because they're "natural" so they can't possibly be harmful.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

God I hope (but doubt) it will become easier to block ads on Android soon. Full screen ads are the most infuriating of all.

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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"Fullagar's post ends with Netflix's earnest hopes that it can one day provide a consistent content catalog for the world."

...well why don't they do that first?

Here's the stick; we hope to maybe think about providing a carrot at a later date.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: There is no safe level…

My sympathies, but what exactly do you take exception to?

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: My (grumpy) prediction for 2016

Make that Free Software on Linux. At least Windows-based free software tends to come as binaries in nice convenient installers. It may pump your PC with malware, but at least you don't need a PhD in computer science to get the bloody thing working.

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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

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Re: passwords can be brute-forced in moments

Salt? I keep mine on a rolled up bit of paper that I hide in the sugar bowl.

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Re: But, but, but, ...

It's like putting too much air into a balloon!

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Re: Yeah, yeah that all sounds great until you learn...

I'd argue that taking days to discharge is great. Days to charge is not so good.

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Re: Oh look, another magic battery technology

"Why is that even worth reporting on anymore?"

Because it's likely to be interesting to people who read tech. news websites such as this one.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Re: 3 points

"TBH I think it's one of the better "Die Hard" offerings."

Get. Out.

Now.

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Re: Poop writers

It's not always at home, but yes there's always an abundance of waste.

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Re: 3 points

"you obviously didn't see die hard 4.0"

For which he should be commended.

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"It's true you don't see many hacker-women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often mistaken for hacker-men. And this in turn has given rise to the belief that there are no hacker-women, and that hackers just spring out of holes in the ground!"

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Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

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"That's the nearest asteroid flyby since 2006, and there won't be another one as close until August 2027"

...that we know of. But then, we only get 10 days notice of this one o_0

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Roku 4 specs leak: Yes, it's got 4K streaming and a games controller

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Re: Amazon prime video?

Alternatively it might be because BSkyB have a big stake in Roku, and would rather you gave them money for Now TV. As I understand it, you can get Amazon Prime on the US version of the Roku.

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Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

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Re: Yawn...

I'm sure Google have taken careful note of your apathy and will endeavour to make more exciting products in the future.

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Total War: Warhammer, Blood Bowl and other Games Workshop table-to-screen delights

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Particularly looking forward to Battlefleet Gothic. Looks to be a Warhammer 40K version of the tactical bits from Sword of the Stars.

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Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview

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"It would be pretty easy to fix the Start Menu by simply going back to the Start Screen."

Um. No.

The current Start Menu may be pants, but I have no interest in that full screen monstrosity.

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A Dyson car? Don't rule it out. We're suckers for innovation, says CEO

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Funny. Not really true though, since they seem to be genuinely well made.

Mind you, they're ruinously expensive.

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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Re: Where's Ms Bee when you need her?

"wtf is a rebounding bullet?"

A ricochet.

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Re: Life-saving, really?

It would probably have broken the skin and lodged itself between/in her ribs.

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Re: An unfortunate accident.

"There should be no charges brought if the hunters were complying with the law."

Quite right.

...which is exactly the sort of thing that will be established by the investigation.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Hrm, no

Oh, that bloody excuse again: "People, strongly, dislike change."

Well sometimes people are right.

Also, I genuinely liked the change from 98 to XP, but wouldn't have touched ME if you'd paid me. I liked the change from XP to 7 even more, but absolutely hated every second I had to deal with the wife's Vista laptop. So, personally I just don't like change for the worse.

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No he's saying it's still pretty popular. MS claim they've designed all the start menu anyone will need, but his sales say otherwise.

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Re: They are mad the lot of them

Yes but you have a touch screen. The Win 7 menu would be horrible with a touch screen, so no wonder you find it more intuitive.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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You can always put more clothes on to get warm

...but HR get grumpy if you take them off to cool down.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Giant jelly bean?

Looks like a Vermicious Knid to me.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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It may taste bacon-like, but what about the texture?

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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I'm hoping for Castaway on Mars.

...with a now defunct Martian rover playing the part of Wilson.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Thanks El Reg.

That's Father's Day sorted :)

...assuming it turns up on time.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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God bless the MOD.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: Why call the July release 'Windows 10'?

Since they've said something like "Windows 10 will be the last version", with any subsequent changes taking the form of incremental patches rather than discrete service packs or full releases, why don't they just go the whole hog and just call it "Windows"?

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Re: Good idea

"Does anybody here upgrade their washing machines, toasters, ovens, HiFi amps, AV equipment, etc. ?"

Sorry, crap analogy. I rather expect my washing machine or oven (both of which cost less than this 'affordable' iMac) to last for at least 10 years. Sensible people buy AV equipment in modules, i.e. buying a separate amp, tape/disk/holo-disk-from-the-future reader, radio etc. and swap the individual components out as they become obsolete/break. As for toasters, I wouldn't spend more than £25 on one but I'd still expect it to last a few years.

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Re: Good idea

I'm pretty sure that iFixit have demonstrated that it's all but impossible to upgrade anything on the current iMacs. They're nice and all, but the overpriced options you choose at purchase are what you're stuck with.

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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Shooters (first and third-person) will always be mouse+keyboard games, but I generally prefer using a controller for a sword, sorcery, and horse-riding game like this.

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Re: What a co-incidence

Just be sure to plan trips to the swamps to minimise trips back and forth. Otherwise it'll get pretty tiresome.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: Nice idea

It's more like Cadbury happily making and giving away chocolate for free, just for the hell of it, without involving Asda at all. Then Asda persuading Cadbury that they should start charging for the chocolate, as long as Asda gets a 75% cut.

Even that analogy doesn't work, since the biggest cut was going to Bethesda, who aren't contributing anything at this point.

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Re: why

One problem was mod developers taking down their own free mods and putting them behind a pay wall. SkyUI is a good example, since it's more or less essential to make the game playable.

However the real problem, as I see it, is that once someone pays for a mod they can justifiably expect it to actually work as advertised and receive support.

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