* Posts by TRT

6266 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Re: I take exception to low rating of "Moon"

I think Proteus IV is the most dangerous of the bunch mentioned. Does that equate to badassness?

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Re: Deep thought ...

So am I supposed to be able to (edit), but it doesn't work for me.

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Not a mainframe.

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Re: The Matrix

And if you are going to include Dr Who computers gone mad, then

Xoanon from "Face of Evil"

WOTAN from "The War Machines"

BOSS from "The Green Death"

and

The Oracle from "Underworld"

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Mushroom

Woah, woah, woah.

Plenty of good ideas coming up in the comments, but the original article limited itself to:

(1) Self-aware or sentient mainframes

(2) That try to take over or are generally evil in some way

I'm guilty of topic-drift too. My bad.

Though, should Holly be in the list? Queeg was just a joke after all. And Deep Thought? HACTAR, yes, but not Deep Thought.

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Re: The Matrix

That's not really a computer though, is it? More a sort of psychoholographic store.

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Re: Dark Star?

Dark Star is my favourite film of all time!

And no mention of Mother either. Self-aware, though?

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or...

Hector from Saturn 3, but that was a robot more than a computer. Come to think of it... where does the distinction end?

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No...

Zen or Slave either. Zen was cool - programmed not to make decisions that the operators should be making, entering an existential crisis whenever it needed to. Slave was just annoying beyond belief.

And no mention of Wargames?

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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Re: The heart of the problem

Wasn't it Marconi that kicked the whole patent frenzy off?

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

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Re: Obviously, the DoD foresaw "Space 1999"

Obviously they should have continued with the development programme so we would have had Eagles by now.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Re: Game port

Tandy closed down.

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Re: Game port

I've still got one for the Amiga in a box somewhere, and another for the Vic-20 / C64. Ah, those were the days!

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Data cop slap for Brit text pests

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Windows

Actually, I was hoping...

that they received a jail term. And that every couple of hours, day and night, someone would hammer on the cell door and slip a note underneath it; said note being along the lines of "Been buttf***ed in the shower? Want to get even? Call Slasher McGee, block E cell 37, for a truly professional service."

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Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax

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Mrs Miggins?

That'd be pie-alysis then.

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Re: jobs

You can't throw a brick in London without hitting a Starbucks or a McDonalds... I know, I've tried!

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Re: Duty Free at the airport anyone?

God I hated that "sitcom".

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Re: And I bet...

"Amazon paid just £1.8m in corporation tax in the UK despite racking up a pre-tax profit of £74m on £3.35bn sales in 2011"

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And I bet...

that a lot of those profits came from DVD and CD sales which were made via their channel island base, thus depriving HMRC of the VAT from the sales too!

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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Re: Lies?

A lie of omission is a lie all the same.

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Re: It was a big old mess

Cleared that one up, thanks! I seem to be hopelessly unhip. :(

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Re: Good to Hear..

Is it OK to still refer to a m/m or f/f connector/adaptor as a gender bender, though?

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Re: It was a big old mess

I'm sorry, I have no idea what you are on about. I've googled "Funky Cold Medina" - it's a song or a drink. "pure for" it? Nope. Sorry. Lost without translation.

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Re: Keeping Secrets

You can have an upvote too.

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Happy

Re: As a post op...

Have an upvote for being a wonderful and honest person.

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Wow.

Well, I guess this isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened. It's the lack of honesty that's quite disturbing, and it does seem to have been engineered in order to get visas and citizenship etc. You'd have thought that a history like that was something to get straight between them. Mind you, it should have raised suspicions when she beat him time and again on the XBox.

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DNS servers filled with wrong Kool-Aid, big names waylaid in Romania

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Re: Google's free DNS service

used it a few times to diagnose local DNS caching issues...

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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Re: Erm...

with an aqua interface?

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Erm...

he opened Windows?

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Re: No-brand power supply / Bad caps.

I have seen SO MANY mobos fail because of this over the last 15 years. It's horrible.

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Re: No-brand power supply

Shocking.

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Bloody modern PCs...

Working in a building that's an annex to a hospital, our mains supply gets interrupted as rudely as possible one a month whilst they test the emergency supply. The off part isn't the problem. When they throw the breakers at the substation to turn it all back on, there appears to be a massive spike that travels along the neutral wire attempting to reach ground wherever it can. That appears to be very often through the PSUs of PCs whose owners have decided that switching it off at the mains socket is just as good as unplugging it, like they are repeatedly told to do. The switch mode controller gets stressed by this and gives up the ghost at some point in the next few days. The usual symptom is that it starts with my PSU tester connected and sometimes if you disconnect the HDDs etc. A swap out to a known good usually settles the matter.

Without fail I have two or three bad PSUs a month. Oddly enough, I've only once had an Apple go down to this, and that was one of the blue and grey G3s that used modified generic PC PSUs. Maybe Apple owners have just learnt that it takes forever to repair one and costs a bomb?

Anyway, so I keep a stock of three OCZ 600Ws on the shelf. I can get a PC up and going again within 15 minutes. Or so I thought.

Whip off the case of someone's 6 month old Fujitsu... f***ing 12V only PSU. I don't have a tester for it, and I haven't got a spare 12V. Three weeks later, the replacement part arrives, costing around £60 + delivery. And can you get a pre-built PC with an ATX supply nowadays? Unlikely. No matter how much I rant at the suppliers they are determined to go down this route where you cannot replace a PSU without going to them, and you cannot uprate the PSU (say to match a GPU board) at all.

Be warned!

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Re: No-brand power supply

Hear hear.

My daughter bought a replacement laptop PSU from Leeds market for £5. She complained the laptop's charging socket must be broken (I bought her a new HP business laptop to go to uni with) as the thing would charge for 10 minutes then shut out and she had to wiggle it about to get it to start charging again. Annoyingly, none of the official HP PSUs I had shipped to her fitted the laptop physically. For some reason the listed part number was wrong, as was the part number stencilled onto the side of the original PSU.

When she eventually brought it home with her, I put it on my test bench and, sure enough, it charged for 10 minutes then cut out. I went to unplug the cord and burnt my fingers quite badly on the plug. After letting it cool and dissecting the wire, I found the actual copper core was so thin I wouldn't even use it for a doorbell, and the soldering in the plug was so bad that it was heating up the plug and tripping a thermal cutout HP had thoughtfully provided next to the charging port.

Needless to say she got an extra lecture or two once I'd found out exactly where she'd bought the PSU from and how much she'd paid.

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Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird

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Re: Not to be confused with a HOLODECK

Ha ha! Am I the only one who read that as IKEA inspections?!

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Samsung printers have secret admin account

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Re: Shamsung can do no wrong in my eyes

Yeah. I think it's a bit mean singling the guy out for criticism like this. After all, he gave us all a great laugh when he joined Apple.

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Badges for Commentards

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Can I get...

a badge for bonanza upvotes for this

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1336859

please? Especially as I've melted all my Jim'll Fix It badges down and recast them as silver bullets to shoot through his cold, dead heart.

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Nintendo shrinks Wii for Crimbo

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Sexy...

but in the end a rehash of what is now old tech. Good price point, though.

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

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Re: Being a lawyer...

and the judge would have to weigh the evidence, of course.

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Would it be entered...

as a charge of mamslaughter?

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Being a lawyer...

he'd know he'd have to make it stand up in court.

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At last: The brain-controlled helicopter

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Re: Curious

You have to think in Russian...

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Females only?

Because I've heard it's rare for a male brain to be able to control a chopper.

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

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Re: What's in it for the AIs?

Until the meat decides to darken the skies...

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Re: Seriously

As fleshy bags, we have evolved with our environment. Machines do not do that. They are the products of "intelligent design". Actually, this is quite an interesting field for philosophy and discourse! Well done, Cambridge!

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Re: Well I think the greatest risk...

Oh, and the IT relevance... I don't think the economic engine will last long enough to allow AGIs to reach the point where they become a threat.

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Well I think the greatest risk...

is going to be energy starvation. Our economies have become bloated and many societies unsustainable without exploitation of fossil reserves. We are likely to see hyper-inflation, fuel poverty and governments will be unable to respond to the demands of a society that is consuming more than it produces.

Just my two-pennyworth.

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

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Re: Pumice Island

Dr Doolittle?

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Re: Ninja island

Shadow clone island jitsu! And we have an archipelago.

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Re: Gone, it be!

Atomic testing?

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Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage

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That there nipple...

is in a weird place. Anyway, thanks for pointing it out, El Reg. I hadn't noticed it myself.

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