* Posts by TRT

6424 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Re: UFO

There is already a film in production. And has been for several years.

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Re: I'm worried...

I don't know if it's attention span... I think the new Doctor Who format suffers from lack of story development because of the time constraints. The old 4x30 minute story is, IMHO, better than the 1x55 minutes story. Do you remember Jon Pertwee sitting around in a lab trying a dozen revisions of gadgets and potions? Much more real-world than "oh, let's wave the sonic and resurrect 1/3 of the population" we've seen of late.

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Yes, well...

Look at what happened when they moved Thomas from model to CGI.

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I'm worried...

Only 30 minute episodes? The original episodes were a shade under 60 minutes long which allowed for much greater story development and the extended launch sequences that we all love. When they re-edited the shows down to 30 minute jobs with cliff-hangers and "Last time..." they became almost unwatchable.

Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

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Re: IPv6

Is that how IPv6 works? Named packets? Is DNS a thing of the past? I should go and read up on this...

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IPv6

I've not actually got my hands on any IPv6 gear in anger yet... what's it like setting up filtering compared to IPv4? I mean, I can and have set up at the firewall access to BBC (News, Weather and BiteSize) and Wikipedia only for all traffic from all devices save my 'grown ups' laptop. Easy peasy. No social media, no email, no photosharing, no YouTube, no iPlayer etc. Will I have to relearn a skillset?

Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Re: Hydrogen FTW

I'll ask my mate up at Hogwarts, Nearly Laughed My Arse Off Nick.

Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

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And it mediate our VPN solution... lots of calls from lecturers unable to access journals anymore...

Bring out your dead: Reg readers reveal filthy, filthy PCs...

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Re: Damn

And I thought it was a bit grubby... ... ... ... ... on the OUTside.

Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

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Re: Oh dear ....

I miss the XServe...

Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Powerpoint 2010...

was the first version I've noticed in 15 years that has had any improvements. I prefer to use a flip chart myself. Or Keynote.

So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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What I get from this is...

that the custom apps that they use do the job, that they can integrate GeoDBs with Google maps which is great, and that whenever they drop into the Win 8 environment to demo something to a customer, they lose the plot and get all frustrated. So the thing that comes out shining is the new form factor / hardware and the BT bespoke software rather than Win 8 itself which appears to be a source of frustration.

Alien space rocks EXPLODE in fireball over Japan

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Mushroom

Re: Doesn't Do It Justice

Yeah. I saw one low on the horizon near Southport, Lancashire/Merseyside back in... ooh... must be 1980. Due to that there optical illusion, it looked massive and it certainly lit up the sky for a moment.

Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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They'd be better off...

trying to convert believers to Catholicism rather than non-believers. I mean, it's easier to get someone to switch from Gold Blend to Douwe Egberts that to recruit someone that never drinks coffee, right?

Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

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Re: @TRT.

*sigh* I think you, unlike your real bullet, have missed the point.

I did not equate "God" with "real", merely pointed out that both terms are open to interpretation. There is a common, broad understanding of the words which suffice for day to day use, but as with just about anything there are occasions where the commonality of that understanding will break down and exceptions can be found. Is the afterimage produced by looking at a green unicorn real? It doesn't exist, you can't touch it, it can't hit you in the eye, yet I perceive it, so it is real. What is reality, man?

EDIT @ SISK. Sorry, I got sucked in. By the pink unicorn of all things.

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Re: @TRT.

Really? It took Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead 378 pages of exquisitely painful maths to prove that 1+1=2. At least they got there in the end, though.

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Re: Um, yeah, but...

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

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Re: In aircraft combat how useful is this?

Hogs of War?

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Re: @NumptyScrub

Agreed! Now, where did I put my copy of Command and Conquer?

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Re: Pink?

Fifty shades of gray.

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Re: @TRT.

"how can it be an imagined reality?" In the case of an after image, then, yes, there is something physical going on. But what about the Kanisza illusions?

This becomes an exercise in semantics. It's not "real" because there is no pink unicorn there, or even a picture of a pink unicorn (c'eci n'est pa une pipe), but it IS real, because it is a physiological difference in firing patterns across certain retinal ganglion cells and other neurones in the visual pathway up to, including and beyond the visual cortex. "Teach it phenomenology, Dave".

It's invisible because no-one else can see what you can see, at least those who haven't seen the green unicorn first in the same way you did. As my ex-boss and professor of neuroscience who spent a 50+ year career studying the visual system always said "If you perceive it, then there's something to be explained."

So "real" has as vague a definition as "God". I agree with your point about people thinking about themselves.

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Re: More R+D in China

Yeah, the Chinese are really good at this. I remember four and a half years ago when they create the illusion that they could make footprint shaped aerial fireworks over Beijing...

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Re: @LarsG

I've seen it.

Stare at the image behind this link for 20 seconds, then look away at a white area of screen.

Then google Kanizsa illusions and read up on it. The brain can construct all manner of realities that have no physical correlate. Invisible Pink Unicorn is an exercise in semantics that falls at the first fence, so to speak, when used as an anti-theological argument. FSM is far more effective as a tool for debating religious fervour.

Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Re: who came up with this idea?

What was the keyboard shortcut for 'call recon satellite' in Tanarus again?

‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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Re: In this grey world of ethics

Well as soon as they partook of the apple, Adam and his missus took to wearing fig leaves...

Cabinet Office chucks hefty rulebook at paper-chewing gov bods

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Sprint 13?

Oh yeah. I've been to one of those "conferences". Doesn't it mainly involve a few lectures, pep talks, lunches etc, then schlepping around a trade show getting gradually weighed down with more and more sales brochures, bits of paper and pointless freebies until your legs break under the strain and you have to get a taxi home?

Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

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Interesting transmission scheme...

but that's an awful lot of work for one motor/generator to undertake, isn't it? Still, it shows some potentially interesting ideas.

Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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Mushroom

For IR invisibility...

Don't you just smother yourself all over with mud from the bank of a river?

Icon: In case the mall guard sets his auto-destruct wrist band.

This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Re: As if..

And that Cliff Richards Jnr song in Thunderbirds Are Go (the first Thunderbirds movie)?

"Baby, I got friends, so baby listen to me. A shooting star will shoot you, and Mars will go to war. The man in the moon will jump on you, if you don't love me no more."

Now if ever there was a song glorifying violence and domestic abuse towards women, then this is it! A bl**dy good job that when I went to see it as a kid, all I was paying attention to was Thunderbird 2 taking off.

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Re: You can say what you like.

No you can't . For example, I have enormous difficulty saying "perspicaciously" .

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Re: setting a worrying precedent?

To be honest, I've never ever seen a swimming pool in an episode of Coronation Street since 1983...

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Facepalm

F*** me!

I've just seen an episode of Pipkins where Pig knocks over Hartley Hare's tower of building bricks with a paper aeroplane, which is a clear parody of the 9/11 attacks on New York, which I then had to explain to my four year old.

Get a grip, people!

Forget bonking, now mobes can buy stuff using pay-by-SQUEAK

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Yeah that Google barcode thing...

I found myself overdrawn after trying to video the zebra enclosure at Whipsnade.

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Re: *facepalms*

Typical engineering response to determine the measure of public opinion that is; build an emotional barometer. I think their case is proved!

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I'm not sure how I feel about this report...

*rolls d20*

*15*

*checks CHA and WIS*

I have no strong feelings either way.

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Re: *facepalms*

Please express the force of your facepalm in kilopascals.

McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth

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Re: I always wonder

I did find a 1970's Birdseye Burger commercial (with excessively curly haired Ben) where he makes a hippopotamus out of beefburgers.

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Horsemeat doesn't bother me...

In fact we tried some from the freezer the other night. Lettuce, tomato, onion, relish... all the usual dressage, slapped between two pieces of thorough bread. The other half said it was a bit chewy and hard going, but I found the going good to firm. The taste was champion. Mind you, later on I felt it coming up on the inside, but I wasn't going to take offence. It's not like it's the first time I've had a black beauty in my mouth or anything.

Smarm-bot Siri seeks side-splitting script-writer for charm transplant

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Re: Voice of the balls

Genuine people personalities? Now there's an idea.

"Siri. What's the weather like?"

"It's cold and snowy, so if you're going to go outside be sure to wrap up nice and warm, and no playing with any naughty bug-eyed monsters."

Google denies smacking Botswanan ass

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Paris Hilton

Eee-orrr, eee-orrr,

eee-orrrt to have been more careful!

*Quickly deletes rest of donkey porn*

Today's antivirus apps ARE 'worse at slaying hidden threats'

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Bitdefender...

Looked like it fared well in that test, but then I checked the system requirements. Looks OK in terms of OS, CPU, Free space, but then...

Software requirements:

Internet Explorer 7 and higher

.Net framework 3.5 (automatically installed by Bitdefender if necessary)

Supports/Integrates with:

Web Browsers:

Firefox 3.6 and higher

Thunderbird 3.0.4

Outlook 2007, 2010

Email Clients:

Outlook Express and Windows Mail on x86

.Net framework 3.0

So, it doesn't integrate with IE7+ which it requires, and it only protects the HTML rendering part of Thunderbird and Outlook? Hmm... Or did they simply make a mistake creating the web page?

IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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Re: Is it me?

More vapourware?

Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model

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Do they come in red?

If so, I'll take 99 of them, please!

Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

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Re: It's the...

It's another Mickey Mouse scheme...

I have visions of Westworld / Itchy & Scratchy Land...

Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

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So if the kilo is no longer a kilo...

you know what they call a kilo in Paris now? They call it Le Royale.

Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too

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Re: What about...

Well that's my Christmas f***ed then.

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What about...

CDs you've bought to give to other people? I mean, there's this whole issue of who inherits the music you paid for, right?

Boffins develop microwave weed-zapper

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Re: ...but is it cheaper than a robot lawnmower?

Noooo!!!!

Is there an icon for an avid Duncton Wood fan?

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Coat

Re: ...but is it cheaper than a robot lawnmower?

Yeah, but you'd need to mount your lawn on a rotating turntable and leave the security light on.

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Mushroom

Accidental operation...

On a field of corn might be fun.

"I realised with horror that my home was now within range of the Heat Ray"

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