* Posts by TRT

6735 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: In space...

Err... Sgt. Pinback to Bomb #20. What the heck are you on about out there? Over.

Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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Volvo...

Like a safe on wheels.

Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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Re: Question is ......

It means that they can continue operations when Mars is retrograde.

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Re: Testing

Damn! Beat me to it!

Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Blimey!

If that gave you the willies, try the original "The Tomorrow People". Not only is the music and opening credits ultra-creepy, within the first 10 minutes they've announced that they are going to take over the world from the inferior "saps" for their own sake.

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Re: Blimey!

Other medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium and Silver.

Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Re: I may sound stupid but..

" realistically how many people who have WhatsApp will not have Facebook or vice versa?"

Err... there's one here. I won't have any truck with FB at all. I have What's App? as it's kind of handy for sending pictures (my MMS service is next to useless and costs 40p a go).

So yet another thing that's going to be ruined.

*puts it into the locked drawer with Flickr, Blogger, etc*

Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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*sigh*

My favourite asshole.

RIP, Brad.

Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: I know an iCar gets a lot of stick...

Christ on a bike... I was getting quite excited by the idea of Apple getting innovative again until you mentioned the satnav. Apple's track record on that score is not exactly brilliant.

Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: WTF is Gender Fluid?

Man Custard, and the vasectomy version Man Custard Light (for those worried about dramatic weight gain)

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Avoid Facebook...

I do.

*sigh*

The internet used to be fun until they let all the people in.

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Re: WTF is Gender Fluid?

What's sauce for the goose is source for the gender.

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Re: WFT

I haven't even reached the gene pool yet. I couldn't decide which changing room to head for.

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Re: Sex is Not Gender

<form> <select width=180><option value="Stewie">A man who might conceivably sleep with a masculine man if the circumstances were right, but finds effeminate and camp gay men really irritating</option></select></form>

SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: fund it from general taxation

Why don't you just buy a monitor then?

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BBC3 has the odd gem here and there, but to find it you have to dig through piles of crap. I did like Some Girls. Hate Live at the Electric, Ja'mie, Sun Sex and Gullible Attention Seeking Idiots, Sexy (some strange new definition of the word) Beasts etc.

And just WTF is it with Total Wipeout? Why bother with all the water troughs and swinging punch bags? Just film their arrival at the airport in Argentina. What a spectacle it would make, them running the gauntlet as soon as they've presented their British passports. Anyone that actually makes it through customs deserves an automatic place in the final.

I also like Charlie Booker's Weekly Wipe.

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Meh... It used to be the exclusive preserve of cerebral programming but the other night I saw a sitcom had crept into the schedule, and not an old one like Ever Decreasing Circles but Parks and Recreation... I thought at first it was displaced content from BBC Parliament.

The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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And presumably the AI's infatuation with Twombly takes a dark turn for the worse when it leaps from his iPad onto the internet, there to crack the firewalls of a DARPA research lab and take up residence in the disembodied pig brain/computer interface control centre of a near indestructible robotic killing machine that in a fit of jealous rage goes on a rampage of downtown AnyCity US seeking out and annihilating any potential love rival, only to be smashed to pieces itself by a speeding subway train with the end credits rolling just after we see a red, digital eyed foetus in an artificial womb located int the adjoining DARPA research lab? No? Am I misunderstanding the 70s moustache? This isn't a post-Woodstock, neo-computer age sci-fi romp warning us of the superiority of machines, their fallibility when presented with the human condition, their lack of moral limitations and the indomitable threat that all computer intelligence harbours? Ah.

Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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So the design...

arises as a result of an engineering solution to a problem, it appeals to certain classes of users for one reason or another, then we get copycat PC clones coming in. It's been seen before.

It's also not the first time that demand has outstripped supply and resulted in slippage on estimated delivery dates.

Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

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Re: Signal strength

I don't fancy the idea of some prison officer fiddling with my hand-held, thank you.

Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

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Tripping the hack scam-plastic

A pay-paler shade of blight?

So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Yeah, I figured that's what you meant, because that quote is so well known and doesn't work if you get it wrong.

But I've been making self-powered DNA inspired controls for years. £30 gets you a black button, labelled in black on a black background with a small black light that lights up black to let you know you've pressed it.

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: "No, I CAN'T write code myself"

I wonder if she can even right click... ;-)

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Re: Garbage in garbage out

FFS, I started it at school back in 1980 on PET 4032 & 2001s. We all did "computer studies", even the thickie sets. Input>Process>Output, Jacquard looms, ferrite cores, paper tape, punched card, transistors, binary, Boolean logic, ICs, flow charting,, LOGO, BASIC, FORTRAN...

And then Microsoft came along a few years later with Windows and Office, and "Computer Studies" became more about using Word than actually HOW the machines worked and HOW you go about writing programs.

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Re: "a skill as vital as reading writing and maths - and could be learned in a day"

I like to call them IO problems. Incompetent Operator.

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Re: The director of 'year of code'

I thought it was some hyperbole for the headline, but she is. She is Jen to the T. I nearly PMSLOL when Paxman asked her "So. What *IS* code?" He must be an IT Crowd fan.

NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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Re: Dingo gap?

If they encounter a couple of nephriform objects there, which turn out to be, like the jelly donut rock was postulated as being, some kind of rotten fungal growth, would NASA give a pair of fetid dingo's kidneys about it?

Apologies to DA. Via the dialling chant, obviously.

Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

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I've never had such a string...

of complaints before as when the central IT department bought into the whole Outlook as part of Office 365, mail in the cloud, thing.

I didn't realise so many users were using web access for their email until I was deluged with requests to connect their Outlook 2010 clients with the server.

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Re: Oh well,

Time to resurrect The Sweeney, and get Bodie and Doyle on the case.

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Re: The UK and The Netherlands. Surprised by the Dutch, *not* the British

Yah, boot in der Nederlands, also needs to be fitted to der gettavay bikes, yar?

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Re: Why only remote halt ?

I think Dr Who did something similar. ATMOS, wasn't it?

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Re: Hmm...

Well, as soon as they've worked out that the tax disc, MOT and insurance are now going to be tied into the number plate, there will be false plates left right and centre anyway. VIN burned into the EMS? A bit like mac address vs IP? Constantly transmitted via RFID-like technology to the inductor loops installed at almost every traffic light in the country? Compared to the data from an ANPR camera at key locations? Many traffic light installations are already networked back to a control centre like SCOOT. An extra board in the roadside box... yeah, could be done. Turn the vehicle off at a red traffic light... if they bother to stop, that is. Eventually they will draw up at the lights.

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Re: Great Idea

Many cars with electronic engine control already have a "crawl home" mode. 30mph limit, limited revs, generic timing etc.

The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Re: As a windows phone owner

That'll be the microwave radiation from your handset...

Mine's the one with the tinfoil hat in the pocket.

Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

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Re: It's BUGS!

What was your opinion of the book and how it was translated to film? I must admit it was many, many years ago that I read Heinlein's works (the ones in our local library anyway).

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Re: It's BUGS!

Actually, they weren't that bad... I just got upset because I read the whole series of books back in the 80s/90s and the films are not a patch on those. But the films do stand up reasonably well in their own right - well, the first one, anyway. Did they make sequels? I seem to recall seeing a second one.

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Re: It's BUGS!

Have you been watching those dreadful adaptations of superb pulp-sci-fi novels that have been being broadcast over Christmas? ;-)

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Re: Volcanic plug

The force that would send it straight up at > 11,200 mph.

UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Sorry... am I reading that right?

Tap 'em on the left knee and it's one thing, tap 'em on the right knee and it's another, but the real answer is somewhere in the middle, i.e. hit them in the balls?

Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

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Could be used to offset the cost of the traditional gyro sensors perhaps?

New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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Re: I thought the doctor came from galifrey...

Both equally alien environments!

(I went to uni there).

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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I hope someone's keeping an accurate account of this...

so it can form the basis of a display in the National Museum of National Museums and UK Heritage Centres, which will house the UK's extensive collection of battlefield reports and tell the story of those brave individuals who have struggled against seemingly unsurmountable odds in order to preserve the treasures of UK heritage. Sections include the Canals and Waterways gallery, Beeching Hall...

Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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I was going to post something about him not getting any brown sauce on his sausage sandwich this morning, but then I remembered what the HP on HP sauce stands for and it suddenly made sense. failure is the usual mode for HP and IT.

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Re: ATM Network?

It was the TSB. Or Titsup Savings Bank.

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"@dangerfield_gem Gemma, no truth in this. The issue was caused by a HP Server failing here in the UK. PDP"

Is he blaming DEC as well?

A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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The Romulans got warp technology off the Klingons? And then didn't use it? Have you a source, as I thought Klingon and Federation (including Vulcan) warp technology was based on channelling a matter/anti-matter reaction through the extra-dimensional matrix of a dilithium crystal, whereas Romulan warp drive was based on using a quantum singularity to achieve a similar space-time curve distortion.

The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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That was all down to Eve not holding it the right way.

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Re: WTF? This man needs sectioned!

And the floods of spam are God's punishment for allowing homosexuals online?

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Re: If God invented the internet...

Many spiritual texts agree that there are seven levels of enlightenment through which a soul must pass before communion with the divine. A little like the OSI model.

Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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It's already etched into the firmware.

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