* Posts by TRT

4501 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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And just to add to the confusion...

Star Wars: The Next Generation.

Star Wars: Voyages.

Star Wars: Death Star Nine.

And finally

Falcon.

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Rogue 10

You'll be forced to watch it whether you want to or not. The first two weeks you walk past the cinema and they try to coax you inside, "no" will mean "no". Then they'll subtly change the way the pavement works so that putting one foot in front of the other will still lead you into the foyer where heading for the door labelled "Exit" will actually lead you into the theatre. You should have faked an asthma attack and been carried out by an ambulance crew.

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Re: those unfortunate rumours

Unfortunate because they weren't true.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: Cider!

What does Buckfast count as?

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: Confession

Centipedes.

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Re: More research needed

They'll repeat the experiment with rats...

Staring out into the cold, dark, endless void of space, two pinholes of bright blue reflected back from the cupola window. A skeletal horse whinnied in impatience and stamped on the outside of the capsule; the shockwave broke the fragile wire holding the leg together, sending a foreleg spinning gently off into the cold infinity. Death sighed. "HUMANITY REALLY OUGHT TO LEARN TO KEEP ITS FEET ON THE GROUND" he muttered. His flesh and blood horse, Binky, would certainly perish on a job like this. Death knew about that sort of thing - it was, after all, his area of expertise.

A voice like fingernails on a blackboard, floated up from floor level, wherever that might be in this gravity less environment and interrupted his train of thought.

"SQUEAK?"

"DONE? GOOD. YES WE CAN GO NOW."

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One has to admire their subtlety. What better way to test mankind's progress than by suddenly developing a broken leg, spontaneously regenerating a limb, coming back to life during the descent phase. The cumulative effect must be enormous.

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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I thought that "Netflix and chill" was fashioned in the same form as "coffee and sex"? And coffee isn't a verb.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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Re: Nah

The Cloud is more bullet resilient than bullet proof. In that what would normally kill outright just leaves little holes everywhere. Mind you, if it heart bleeds, we can kill it.

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

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Their SaaS model...

was just the 'get ready' light on the road to Microsoftdom then?

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Outgoing HPE workers stripped of gym cards and cushy remnants

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They can relax...

by telling El Reg journos the true story behind the various 3PAR failures of late.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Re: Simple fix

And I suppose one could also spread the DNS loading out to different servers across many vendors as a software function in the client or the client's trusted (local) DNS relay. No one DNS gets the whole of the fingerprint.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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To be honest...

I can't remember half my passwords nowadays. But I have them on a keychain in a computer which I do know the encryption code for, and which is keyed into a fingerprint as well as a password/key.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Have they initiated...

an Office of Bottom Inspection?

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Re: _

Nah mate. Brillo pad on a stick for me.

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Re: six squares ?

I think mine was under the impression that if she collected enough tokens, she could claim a free puppy.

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Re: "some kind of retinal scan might be quicker"

Rectinal scan was that?

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Re: Six squares is fine

Three seashells and the solution.

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Re: communist loo roll?

What? Where "resources" are spread around evenly ? Yes. Izal can do that for you.

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: British Standard recovery

That's what I call a prophylactic response.

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Re: No, but did you understand it?

It can be neatly summed up as "Use the force."

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Re: New technical terms.

Combined ultrasensitive magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM) / 3D image reconstruction achieves magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with resolution <10 nm. The image reconstruction converts measured magnetic force data into a 3D map of nuclear spin density, taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the “resonant slice” that is projected outward from a nanoscale magnetic tip. The basic principles are demonstrated by imaging the 1H spin density within individual nano-scale particles sitting on a nanometer-thick layer of adsorbed hydrocarbons. The result represents a 100 million-fold improvement in volume resolution over conventional MRI, demonstrating the potential of MRFM as a tool for 3D, elementally selective imaging on the nanometer scale.

Think I'm making this stuff up?

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Re: New technical terms.

Surely you need a tunnelling scanning cryo-electron microscope to profile the magnetic polarity of the diatomic regions, visualise the granular domain boundaries and generate a probability density map for the distribution of annealed and fixed data domains?

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

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The most obvious one for me...

would be in the stock market. Trying to predict all those volatile markets based on news reports and quarterly data and the way other brokers are buying and selling. And the speed with which it can all happen too. Wipe out money equivalent to the GDP of a country like Luxembourg within a few milliseconds.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

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Re: Less air to insulate a PSU

I thought we'd be talking about hundreds of kilovolts here... unlikely to be present in a router's power supply.

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You had me going for a minute there...

when you said about liking it "low and slow" and "mountainous networks", I thought you must be referring to sudden peaks of demand causing supply instabilities. Seriously? It's a cooling problem? Wow. That's a tight tolerance. I mean, I know that capacitative trackpads had a problem with dry air / moist air once upon a time, and you had a correction factor for that. Well, you live and learn.

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Re: Ha ha ha!

Hah! Yeah. The skip. That's better.

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Ha ha ha!

Surely no-one would send something which could even possibly hold data down a recycling and disposal route without double and triple checking.

</sarcasm>

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Ye Bug List

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Anti-Ddos and missing images

On frequent occasions I'm missing images all over the website and I've now got a 5 second block when trying to load anything. What gives?!

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: "Why W?"

"No, just W. Any key, but you only need to press one of them once."

"No, I meant why 'W'?"

"Yes, I head you the first time. Just W. Not Y. Or just Y without the W."

"So, you don't need me to press the 'W' key? Why?"

"Yes, Y."

"Because I asked you?"

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If there was jam in the keyboard...

it was probably Cherry.

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Re: Personal experience.

Some of the chips had melted...

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Bloody lucky!

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Re: Good design my a***

I had a Sony Vaio once that persistently failed to connect to WiFi. The power switch was a fancy sprung loaded slide to activate job that also released the clamshell lock. It was located right next to the WiFi /Airplane mode on/off slide switch which was about 2mm thick with a tactile surface. There was no Wi/Fi on/off light either, it was a green on-screen display.

Every time the user opened the clamshell, they clicked Airplane mode to on. I would go through a whole load of shitty superstitious mumbo jumbo removing drivers and adding them back and taking them away again and putting them back again... and then miraculously it would work. I had usually rested my thumb on the switch and pushed it back on by accident.

It took about 6 months and 6 visits from the professor in question before I eventually downloaded the manual and decided to read it page by page to see what was going on. Then, THEN, I noticed the little line with a number on the end pointed at the edge of the Vaio, and THEN I decided to look up what Number 7 was, and saw it was "Airplane Mode".

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Re: Jammed...

Ah! Now, you're reminding me of Chris Tarrant, and his railway ventures.

Which makes me think of the Phantom Flange Ringer of the Old Railway Yard.

Which makes me think of The Wheelltappers and Shunters Social Club.

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Re: Good design my a***

Some of them were so sharp that you could happily lacerate your entire hand without noticing until you came to percussively reattach the beige case components leaving a large, bloody handprint over the side of the machine. PC maintenance by an Orcish clan.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Re: Online backup?

I laid a fat pipe in between the two sheds.

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Re: Online backup?

Do I need to replicate in next door's shed?

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Re: Why store them on a shared computer in the first place?

Whole device encryption means bugger all if you are copying the decrypted data out to another location.

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Re: More interesting than the barrister's name would be the backup system's name.

Definitely. This sound a very dodgy bit of gear.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: Tin Foil Hatters have taken over the free world

All the security services need to do is just get everyone to BELIEVE that they mass surveil everything and everyone. Then they set up a dummy company that sells ultra-secure unbreakable encryption in a variety of easy to swallow packages. All it takes is just a leisurely scroll through the order book. The wisdom of Solomon.

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Most emphatically NOBODY tapped telephones at Trump tower.

They had no need to. They had wire taps in place already at the Russian embassy, the offices of various Russian executives and ambassadors and the homes of the aforementioned. So who's fault is it that they spent so much time on the blower to the Putin-crew?

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It was a joke...

Based on the time difference, yes.

Jeez!

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I liked the way GCHQ's press release appeared BEFORE the allegation that they were involved. It's almost as if they knew in advance...

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Gov.UK pulls plug on its YouTube ads amid extremism concerns

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Charlie says... adverts next to YouTube clips of pyromoronic US teenagers launching petrol filled Coke cans into orbit?

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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5 x 4 x 1.5 cm ring?

Diagram required.

Oh. There's a picture. Now I see.

Ouch.

Also, why did you miss out on the usual approach of using "Orthopaedic tools such a Giggle saw"?

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Dungeons & Dragons finally going digital

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Re: It ain't D&D without a tangible 20-sided die...

Traveller. Now there was a game... I have a roll of +1 Gaffer Tape somewhere.

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Re: Wearing my +2 Rose tinted spectacles of the Marshlands...

Played up until I left uni. That was 1990. Not played since.

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