* Posts by TRT

6289 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

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Re: I don't really see the point of this

And the fact that it starts automagically without checking if there's anything actually IN the cavity... I mean, who wouldn't, with this level of convenience, scan the barcode without reading the instructions before putting the thing in the oven, just to see how long it's going to take to cook. Never underestimate the laziness of people.

"Ooh! I fancy lasagne ping tonight, but I need to eat in the next 30 minutes or I'm not going to have time to shower before my big date... How long does this... *click* *scan* BOOM†."

†OK, microwaves don't go BOOM if you start them empty... more kind of fizz, pop, whirr, grind, fizz.

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Re: You can't bake a proper pie in a microwave.

Wait. Did that pie come with khool whhip?

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Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

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World War Z

The App store is plagued by zombies... and now the Apple Store.

I'm off to get a new iPod...

*grabs cricket bat*

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Dark lightning...

Isn't that a Guinness and cider? I can see the lethality.

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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There's madness in the method.

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Re: The first thing I'd want ..

And the eye-wateringly distracting dark "vignette" around 75% of Top Gear's articles.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Metro

Looks like someone spilled a jar of Jelly Belly Beans onto a conveyor belt heading under a heavy roller. Angry fruit salad doesn't come into it.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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I'm backing...

The BOFH and PFY as his assistant. More devious and cunning ways to thwart the enemies of humanity and day-long lunch breaks have ne'er been devised.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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A little bit of sick...

just came up into my mouth.

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Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp

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If there's...

anyone left who still wants to use it. I'm in the process of deleting my account I've had since 2005. I can't live with the pain it causes in my eyes.

It was my last social media presence too. I'm probably going to stop using the internet.

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Boffins plan to drop €250,000 TEST-TUBE BURGER on London

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You cannot grow burgers in a test tube.

For that you need a petri dish. Test tubes are for growing sausages.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Universities...

Researchers here tend to buy a floating license or two for their group to cover the occasional use it gets put to. They buy it just to have it on hand. I can see this practise stopping and them switching to something else. This is a bad move by Adobe.

On the other hand, the college where I used to work would be laughing as they can stop paying for umpteen hundred licenses during the summer closure and just carry on one or two for the teaching staff to skill up on. But does their model allow you to automatically begin and end the subscription, or is it going to be a logistical nightmare in that scenario?

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Happy

I wonder what OS their NLE system runs on?

"Err... Vista."

"WE'RE DOOMED!"

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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

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Just catching up...

Conductive paint? The type you use to repair car windscreen demisters?

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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Oddly similar to one...

I just finished building for 3D biological reconstruction. But I used a Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 mobo, Antec P193 case, OCZ 1000W PSU and a Gigabyte GVN680OC-2GB GTX680. CPU was the same, and a Kuhler 620 was installed (it slightly didn't allow the case to close, but a bit of case bending around the washers eased that).

SSD cache'd main drive, Caviar blacks raided to give a good blend of speed and resilience, and Robert is a male relative. Blistering.

Oh, and around £1700 the lot.

:)

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Britain's passport and ID service seeks facial recog tech suppliers

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The IPS...

are a bunch of tossers. They sent me a letter last week because I'd accidentally ticked the box for returning supporting documents by recorded post, even though in a later phone call to clarify, it turned out there WERE no supporting documents required. Bad design of form. That box should come with a checklist at the end of the form and the system should be able to recognise that there were no special documents included with the application. Next the letter claimed they were exceptionally busy from 9-1 weekdays and saturdays so try to call outside those times, and that they run a 24/7 service. Odd, I thought, 24/7? Still that's what it says. Phoned the number... "...only open during office hours 9-5 weekdays and saturdays. Please leave a number and we will call you back as soon as an agent is available."

Some strange new use of the phrase 24/7 service that I was previously unaware of...

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

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Re: Hmmmm

"At the third stroke..."

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

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I used one a few times...

but never had one of my own, but I'm not getting all dewy eyed over the memory of picking up a new game on a cassette from Mr Micro and rushing home with it, the trepidation and impatience of watching the loading screen... glory days,

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Apple: OK, we tracked your every move... but let's call it a caching bug, m'kay?

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I actually preferred the infinite cache. I use an iPod and it's off the net most of the time, yet the location services always worked fine. Now, since upgrading the iOS, the location features are virtually useless.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: Come on London!

Isn't there a guy who tried to be in the photo twice? Once on the roof of St Pauls... the other somewhere in Bloomsbury.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: Toyotas - @TRT

No, mine's a Gen 2 same as yours. The way I drove my Metro, I got consistently better than the book mpg, and my Prius is quite a high mileage - with town driving which I do mostly, it's returning an average of about 48. On the motorway I can get 60-70 by hyper-mileing, same as you!

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Re: Toyotas - @TRT

It works out about the same for me. I swapped my old Rover metro auto for a Prius when it died. The VED covers 75% of the loan repayments, the fuel cost is the same per mile as the Rover, it drives pretty much the same. The congestion charge discount, I've just lost thanks to bl**dy Boris. It's hardly worth investing the extra cost of the car for just two years. The servicing is more expensive, as it requires pretty specialised tools for many jobs and I used to do the servicing on the Rover myself... but the fact I've not had to dip into my spares and repairs fund yet is good - the Rover was always in need of a new exhaust or a new radiator pipe or whatever.

Anyway, I tried out the key trick, and it clamps my key on READY regardless of whether it's been moving, put in gear or anything.

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Re: Human IT interface problem

He's right about the brakes, though. I hired a Peugeot a couple of years ago, and it was a total bitch to drive, the brake was that twitchy.

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Re: Toyotas - @TRT

I shall try that tonight...

You know the best thing about owning a Prius? The drinks holder is just the right size for my wheatgrass and acanthus smoothie.

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Re: Toyotas - @Khaptain

Prius-

The keyfob *IS* locked into the dash whilst the car is in ACC, II or READY mode. There are sprung teeth which hold the fob in.

The parking mechanical bit does not engage if the car is in motion, the computer takes care of that, and it's a weird arsed 11-toothed gear that engages a 10-toothed hole or something like that.

But this is by design to prevent the car tearing itself to pieces. The vehicle HAS been designed to offer various emergency stop at speed scenarios. It's a seriously over-engineered piece of kit, and the various "acceleration" issues are either faked or idiotic drivers.

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Burger King's tweets fried after hijackers pimp Big Macs

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Re: Backfired?

Ha! Have you seen the roll-over tip for that post-icon?!

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Re: Backfired?

They wanted to start a flame-grilled war.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: Give it a name

The Big Bopper.

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Re: I've thought this for years.

Any self-respecting universe wouldn't be seen dead in Grimsby high street.

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Re: @ Change an input and “you get a different end of the universe.

Step through that door and the anomaly will be corrected...

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Re: Vacuum state of the universe

Is that anything to do with a Dyson sphere?

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Re: You can't bake a universe without breaking Higgs

Unicorns? A source of cheap filler for burgers...

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Re: When bubbles collide!

I've heard that weeping angles are very dangerous.

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Re: When?

It might *start* the alternate universe. Irony, eh?! In an attempt to understand the soap bubble, we invent the pin.

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iUniverse 2.0?

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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It seems to me...

that attaching micro-cams to your toys is the big new thing in the world of modelling. I was at a model railway show at the weekend, and they had a driver's eye view from one of the trams, with a mock-up of the driver's controls so that people could have a go. Half the layouts had train cams, whereas a couple of years ago there were only one or two. I can see the appeal even more for aviation modelling. You can even get controllers with built in LCD screens now. This seems a case where intention is the culprit rather than the technology. Why not insist that all of these hobbyist cameras transmit unencrypted/scrambled?

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Crucial question after asteroid near-miss: How big was rock in Olympic pools?

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Alien

And a few days later...

this happens. Coincidence? I think not.

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Any storm in a port

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Re: They ARE fiendish

Isn't that Apple's new connector?

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

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Re: I was there last summer with friends.

I bought some, but I couldn't get the top off. Turns out I was holding the bottle wrong.

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Re: I know of this shop

Do they provide core services?

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They didn't hang up.

The pips went.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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Paris Hilton

It's about time...

they had a strip or two torn off them.

Paris, because she knows about Brazilians.

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Spanish boffins increase GPS accuracy by 90%

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Re: Patent? prior art?

It's been a part of the Prius sat-nav since, ooh, about 2003. Inclinometers and gyroscopes which form part of the anti-skid system, augmented further by the high precision axle rotation sensors which the hybrid drive requires (you have to manually calibrate the nav system every now and again to allow for tyre wear which is best done on a long, straight motorway), and a position sensor on the steering shaft, which is part of the electrically-power-assisted steering.

Still that's all expensive stuff and even then brings the accuracy down to only a metre at best.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Re: Tape

Three-legged mosquitoes, yeah.

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Re: Tape

EULA is the cry of the Martian invaders as they finally conquer humanity and drain their very lifeblood to feed themselves.

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Re: Headcount?

Given how often the facial recognition technology in e.g. Picasa asks me to create a new person when it's spotted a particular configuration of tree branches or light switches or 3-pin socket or shadow on the wall...

Mind you, it wouldn't be too bad for Dr Who, as we all hide behind the sofa when that's on anyway.

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Not a camera...

A finger swipe on the remote, because he (or she) who rules the remote, rules the world (of what you watch on TV).

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

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Re: The government are VERY worried about zombies...

Unfortunately getting them to pay up has been a problem. There's some sort of issue with all the IRS auditors getting eaten. So maybe they're doing their part after all.

Obvious troll. If the IRS auditors paid a visit to a zombie, that zombie would go hungry. No spicy brains, no beating heart, no guts, no spine...

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Down the road from Silicon Roundabout...

there's a café that puts out its waste sacks on the pavement every evening. The bags are labelled "Imperial Waste Disposal". Every time I see them I think "They're destined for the trash compactor."

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