* Posts by TRT

6424 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Re: Hello?

Of course there is no mention of his latest fiendish plot to confuse El Reg readers by remotely nobbling the keyboard drivers of the El Reg hacks.

Ten top stories from New Who

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Re: "Dalek" my favourite, "Father's Day" also excellent

Liked the premise of Father's Day, hated the monsters though.

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Re: Midnight

You're spot on there, pal. The only thing he waved his screwdriver for was to turn off the damned in-flight entertainment system so people had to talk to each other for a change.

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Re: Midnight

And... AND... it has a Troughton in it.

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Re: Midnight

Absolutely. Cracking acting and a monster that you never get to see. The reality that the real monster is inside the human, their psyche, their fears and xenophobias - ready to murder and deceive and manipulate in order to, what? Save their own miserable skins?

And then in one glorious moment, simply one woman's epiphany, humanity's intrinsically good and altruistic nature is restored. This really swings you from the dark to the light of human nature. And the Doctor is totally out of control. He's really scared and he shows it. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, they say; is this why he is so fond of humans?

And then that little bit at the end, when Donna jokes with him... "Don't. Just don't". The most menacing and threatening thing I've ever heard the Doctor say.

Brilliant episode, and so often overlooked. It's equal second with Blink on my list of best Who stories ever.

PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

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Re: Ood as foes ?

Oh absolutely! If they're going to put the Ood in there, then they have to include Ogrons, yes?! And Drashigs, for that matter.

Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

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Re: Imagine space-time is like a huge rubber sheet.

It's Vulcanised?

Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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also communicate through carefully controlled bottom emissions. Stick that in your 50th Doctor series!

Interesting anal lysis anyway.

NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Is that why bulimia and anorexia are so rife in the media celebrity world? So they can fit into those ever slimmer boxes in the living room?

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Re: What about cars?

Not only that, but there's a stream of information about roadworks and accidents etc beamed out with Classic FM. My car's built-in navigation system uses that. No swap out available. And I plan to keep this car for another 10 years or so.

And there's the TA system too... brilliant. RDS is good... it isn't broken, you don't need the extra spectrum, just... madness to force a shutdown.

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Oh yeah...

I saw some of those. Bit cr** aren't they? TBH, if they kill FM, I won't be listening to the radio at all. I do it in the car, and I'm not changing my car's radio just for that. Stoopid.

'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: Fuck the internet

Yup. When I tried to watch the video on YouTube for the fu***ing umpteenth time in a row it asked me if I wanted to sign in as my YouTube username or my gmail username. And for the umpteen f***ing time I clicked NO. KEEP THE F***ING THINGS SEPARATE. Because that's what I want to do, so get the F***ING message will you. Jeesh!

I've given up on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Flickr etc etc. Email is creeping slowly and inexorably towards Outlook only rather than standard POP or IMAP that just about everything supports.

Someone take me back to the 80s, please!

Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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Re: However ... "Logopolis"


Best 5 episodes in order:

Genesis of the Daleks, Midnight, Blink, Talons of Weng Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock.

Now, they all have elements borrowed from other stories and writers, but a lot of that is the cliche of story telling - fog bound London with dirty backstreets and murderers, lonely storm ravaged lighthouses, the real monster is mankind itself, etc etc, but those, in my mind, are all the most original stories.

I'm surprised the author didn't go back to 1st and 2nd Doctor stories which were heavily historical. The Romans, Marco Polo, The Aztecs etc.

And Black Orchid = The Ghoul...

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Re: Robots of Death

And then there's the Unicorn and the Wasp... ;-)

Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Re: Hey kids! Torture can be fun!

Yeah, but because of the glue in the kit, it'll only be available to 18+.

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Re: In my mind it's a bit cruel to the cockroach.

You couldn't use anyone from Apple, because how to touch the antennae is so critical...

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I've been after a Star Trek icon for years...

Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

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Re: Very little is revealed???

Ah. Three doctor, eh? Last time that happened, they met Omega.

RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Agree with you about the pre-printed cards rather than the on-screen documentation. And there should be a groove along the back rail too, that holds the cards at a suitable angle.

No 7-segment LED either? :-(

BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

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The cheese from the end-of-quarter cheese and wine social...

was a bit... goat feta-ish.

HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

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Deus culpa

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Re: Oh?

Where's the IT angel?

LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

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I'd like to know why...

in Windows 8, if there's no start menu, is there a contextual menu item to pin an .exe to the start menu?

Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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When you enter the gates of pedant city... :-D

Yes, the earth grounding of the user's finger as opposed to the floating, capacitively coupled and potentially noisy ground that comes from the charger and into the phone.

There are articles on it, if you want to search for them. The practical upshot of it is that you should stick to the charger supplied by the manufacturer as that's been tested with the device; anything else and you take pot luck.

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If you leave your smart phone plugged in to charge overnight, beware that the floaty and noisy grounding on some chargers can affect the touch screen to the point of making it virtually unusable. Although it does make a fair simulation of life with e.g. Parkinson's disease.

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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How the fudge do you shut the machine down?

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Re: Anti Virus

I just tried to make a Microsoft Defender Offline disk on the 8.1 demo version I've got running. Didn't work.

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It's not just the tiles

It's the look of the windows as well with the horrible washed out colours and almost invisible vertical dividing lines and square cornered buttons...

Previous versions of Windows let you (even if it was horribly clunky) change the shading of the UI and turn advanced features off etc. You have a look in the themes section... it's all photographs and junk. Where's the plain and simple, business-like options?


Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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I've done that already. I've had Flickr Pro since the beginning of the site. I've only one public picture now, and that is just telling everyone how much Flickr now stinks. I store a few new photos in there for my own use, and I don't visit it everyday like I used to; it's just too painful to look at.

Good job I don't have any friends and social media is dead to me.

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After everything else that Yahoo! has redesigned the UI for (Flickr, Groups etc)...

Yeah, it's going to be f***ed up. Someone needs dragging out into the car park to, on webcam, have exclamation marks inserted into every bodily orifice available until they eventually get the idea not to pi55 off the internet.

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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until you finally lose it and rip the bagging area from the machine...

smashing it into the bagging area of the neighbouring machine. Only to be greeted with "Unexpected Bagging Area in Bagging Area".

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I never use these things. They are the hell. And they are taking jobs away... etc etc.

@ Gus. The UI is written in Okey-Cokey Code.

Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Re: shite

If there were two of them and you tied a bit of string...

DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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You know that moment...

When you fill the form in and go to checkout your order and the "Pay by Cheque" and "Standard delivery" options are greyed out, leaving only cleared fund payment and same day / next day by noon delivery options...

NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Re: Somewhere else in Utah...


Lightning strikes in a secret underground complex.

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Re: I know what's causing it

It's that cheap electricity. They should buy quality electrons instead of compromising.

The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Day/night-glo green and white...

with banded wing-edge markings, flashing LEDs and "To infinity and beyond!" etched on it somewhere.

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Re: Maximise visibility

I have to agree with this. Though retroreflective patches and a laser tracker...

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Re: Vulture, you say?

Klingon Bird Of Prey?

BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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Best line ever...

"If he's here," the PFY murmurs quietly, "who's running the Death Star?"

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Re: Funny

Oddly enough... here too!

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Death by a thousand paper cuts.

Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

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Thanks El Reg!!!

I tried doing a Hummingbird web search on Google's accounting declarations, but for some reason it just couldn't find it...

Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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London has a University of Excellence.

Later, dudes.

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Re: "wholly out of light"

Of course, you could always expose photons to a strong thaumic field... that would slow it down very much.

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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Re: oooh, how did I do that?

I got round it by sticking with iOS 5. I wish I'd stuck with iOS 4 to be honest. I preferred the unlimited wifi location cache as I've got an iPod only and the location services used to work even if off the net. Did they include a switch for that? No. Did they include a switch to let you keep the Google Map? No. Did they include a switch to let you keep the familiar iOS interface? No.

Sick and tired of having the latest and greatest shoved down my throat when I don't actually want it. If any app developer's latest update can't run on iOS 5, then it's bye bye time. At this rate I'll end up back with the pocket diary and papermate that I used between 1978 and 2009 - that seemed to work fine for me.

RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

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Re: Free energy

Food used in its broadest context...

Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

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Of course...

it's not the gut that's typically associated with yeast infections... Which is kind of fun then.

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