* Posts by AceRimmer1980

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Coat

Cloxit?

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Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

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Paris Hilton

I saw you in the dealership, Dave

You were asking the salesman how much you could get if you traded me in..

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Coat

Re: Room 13

Concorde's 13th fuel tank was labelled 12A.

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/puts a hex on this thread

hmm..that's 0D..

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Boffins turn timid mice into psycho killers – by firing lasers into brains

AceRimmer1980

You're deluded

Laser brain.

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

AceRimmer1980
Angel

Say hi to my calculators

When you see them in Silicon Heaven.

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Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

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Terminator

AI Poker player?

I am a Frenchman.

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Ridiculously small Linux build lands with ridiculously few swears

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Pint

Re: Have your kernel and eat it

I got a very early version of Linux, which did indeed fit onto one floppy (where are you now, Bryce?)

and for the beardy-cardigans, it was brilliant, small and fast etc. But we are an endangered species, and to compete with desktop Windows, the trilobite gradually evolved into the Diplodocus that is Ubuntu and its siblings. I agree that some of the spirit has been lost, and I would prefer a distro that would start minimal, and you could add things as apt. And also have a button for 'install everything'

How hard can it be? </Clarkson>

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Coat

Re: Rack server?

Got to be at least a 50UU

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Pint

Ah, good old FDFORMAT

Not forgetting the TSR that went with it, FDREAD ;-)

Normal DD format 9 sectors/80 tracks would give 720K. An Atari ST disk typically had 10 sectors/82 tracks, giving 820K for not much effort. An Amiga could shoehorn 1.1Mb onto the same disk.

And +1 for 5 1/4's being amazingly robust. I once had some posted to me, where the postie had folded them in half to get the envelope through the letterbox. They still worked.

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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Alien

I say we fire the plasma ray from orbit, just to be sure.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Royal Mint Sauce?

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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IT Angle

Start the reaktah!

Dr Watney is sciencing his sh1t out of this place to grow spuds, so making vodka is one small step for drunkind.

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Pluto has massive underground oceans, say astro-boffins

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Alien

Re: Plutonian overlords

'Plutocrats', shurely

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Whole Internet in a small box.

and I bet it doesn't weigh anything. And it's wireless.

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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Pirate

Re: Block 1C

Miss.

6H.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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IT Angle

Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

Yes, that would put him in the Danger Zone.

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

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Thumb Up

Re:Magic

If you're not comfortable with the terminology, then chalk it up as a support ticket for the universe.

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

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Re: Shirley

The mos is always greener on the other side of the gate.

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Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

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IT Angle

Re: Is it a space station?

Well it's certainly no moon.

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

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Pint

Re:Firefox to doctor Pepper

What's the worst that could happen?

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Musk Eisley Spaceport

All well and dandy, until the colonists declare independence.

It could happen..

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Headmaster

Re: “obscene songs or ballads”

You're absolutely right, we need some proper classic literature.

Cue 'The Millers Tale' re-enactment.

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Flame

"You may now use electronic devices.."

"..except not if it's a Galaxy Note."

A real announcement on a recent flight.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

AceRimmer1980

Now that's one turd worth polishing.

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Alien

Re: I used to fix these

Typical. Haynes do manuals for 5 different kinds of starship, but not for my car.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

I've put your receipt in the iBag

No, it's so you can wear airpods without embarrasment.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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WTF?

Γεια σου, φαίνεται σαν να προσπαθείτε να πλεύσει το πλοίο

When the Mykonosoft salesman told the crew the price of the support contract, they made him walk the plank.

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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

Every - but *every* - gig I've had since leaving uni has had some kind of clause such as 'These are your contracted hours. You may be required to perform duties outside of these hours. This will be unpaid, and with no TOIL.'

You only learn this on the day you start, after you may have already gone to the expense of moving to another town etc. You sign it, or you don't get paid.

Also: 'Any work you do is ours. This includes work done outside the office, in your own time, and on your own equipment.'

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

AceRimmer1980
Terminator

My CPU is a neural net processor

Actually a 6502.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Pint

Re: Luxury

Ooh, we used to dream of a 256k video card. My first PC was an Atari PC3 (possibly the only XT-class machine with a 102 key layout) with CGA/EGA. Still compatible enough so I could do raster bars by sending values to port 3D8 timed with the hsync, and play samples through the motherboard speaker with timed interrupts.

Had a C64 as well, does it show? ;-)

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: Attribute Clash

There exists a retro band called 'Attribute Clash and the Rubber Keys' :-)

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Pint

Re: Platform War

Memotech MTX512 ftw ;-)

Got its name from how much memory it *could* have, i.e. optional 512K 'silicon disk' expansion. If you won the pools. Also, twin 5 1/4 floppies for running CP/M, if you sold a few organs.

Hardware very similar to MSX machines, but disappointingly few game conversions. Highlight was probably a Manic Miner clone, starring..Miner Dick..

And I also had a Speccy and C64. At one point 2 C64's, with self-written networking system for development. I still have my printer port -> user port cable, which could squirt 64k over in under 10 seconds.

My soldering scars are starting to itch, I think I'll get an Arduino.

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YouTube sharecroppers start world’s most useless trade union

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: Internetainerpreneur

Self-facilitating media node? #nathanbarley

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

AceRimmer1980
Mushroom

Re:Weaponeer had to crawl into the bomb bay

Did anyone else hear 'When Johnny comes marching home' at this image?

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Go

Re: Shiny

That's another franchise, also with a ship with engine pods on its wingtips.

And got cancelled unexpectedly.

Oh.

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Alien

Re: "we got there fist"

Remind me to avoid those particular probes.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Childcatcher

Re: Pokemon and Peekmon!

The Primary Main Objective is to become Royal Crown Chinpokomaster.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Pint

Re: Sounds like a transputer

I used to work at a small company in Bristol which made image processing boards based around Transputers. The most common model was the T800 <obvious 'hasta la vista' joke />

As Occam was as much fun as chewing your own limbs, we were also provided with a Parallel-C compiler, which would scale the code over however many cores were available. It was pretty funny to see these boards in a £1000 PC, the cost of which was dwarfed by these boards, and was only being used for PSU/file storage anyway :-D

As the earlier correspondent noted, they were a neat idea which got overtaken by ChipZilla's R&D budget. But in this day and age, some of the run-time paradigms and algorithms might return to relevance.

Pint for my interview for this job taking place in the nearby pub.

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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IT Angle

Oil & Rust

It's the Colonial fleet being scuttled.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Meh

I had an HTC Hero, which came with 1.6. There was supposedly an OTA upgrade to 2.1, but this never happened, despite many calls to my provider.

One root later, I stuck Cyanogen on it, and it ran 2.3.7 (gingerbread) quite nicely.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Black Helicopters

Re: "scrubs out and falsifies information that [..] would allow carriers to identify the handset"

Pretty sure that in the UK, it's an offence to modify the IMEI of a phone. This is mainly to stop backstreet hackers from changing the identity of a stolen phone, cos the remote brickage is based around the IMEI.

Even rinsing out the stuff at an OS level would be a big difference, the MIB's would then get no more information than if you were using a Nokia 1101.

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Bletchley finds Hitler plain text war machine on Ebay, buys for £10

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Devil

Re: I feel a Downfall pardody coming on...

But Mein Fuhrer, they must have been using autosniping software.

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Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out

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Fake goats

Capricorn One

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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Coat

Re: No oracle

was it a youknicks system?

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

AceRimmer1980
Pirate

Revenue from DVD Sales

and how much of that was (note past tense) Top Gear?

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Robot surgeon outperforms human doctor with porcine patients

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Pint

Liability?

Surgeon fucks up=possible action suit, so apart from the human aspect of caring for the patient, he/she wouldn't want the bad press.

Robot fucks up=developers shrug shoulders, and point to the terms and conditions that the patient signed. The pint is what I'm betting that people don't even read them for Flash updates.

I'm guessing that when this goes live, the NHS will give you a robot by default, unless you go private, or the paramedic that brought you in decides it's outside the range of 'bottable conditions.

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Pint

Survives 3 hours exposure to beer, falls over after 12

Much like my last boss.

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Daft Punk: Snowden goes electronica

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Coat

Re: Oh, Edward

But JM Jarre's opuses are mainly instrumentals.

So he'll be blowing whistle..

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French scream sacré bleu! as US govt gives up the internet to ICANN

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Headmaster

Re: Obliged

/pedant

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