* Posts by TRT

5997 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

'How I CRASHED my bank, stole PINs with a touch-tone phone'

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So...

can we blame the RBS/Natwest crash last month on R2D2 trying to check his account balance?

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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

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Re: Cable...

A BMW X5 is big enough to fit many small cars in the back, IMHO. They look f*ing HUGE.

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Re: put a lock on the OBD port

I'd put the port in the door recess under a removable panel. That way, you have to have the door physically open in order to reach the connector. For ODB tests that require connection whilst the car is in motion, you could always lead the ODB connector out with a thin flexible cable pinched in the door seal.

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Re: Certain criminal threats - do not exist when cars are designed

Yes it does. If you consider the key as a tool.

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Re: Certain criminal threats - do not exist when cars are designed

I'm concerned that you can get into the car without setting the alarm off in the first place!

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

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Re: Get rid of the +1 channels please

I had to buy a new freeview box as my old one was fritzed. This new one has a brilliant HD/SD setting which automagically tracks programs onto an HD alternative channel. Brilliant! I was watching a program on BBC Four, and the box flipped over to BBC HD, then back again when it had finished. At least having 101 for BBC1HD and 103 for ITV1HD etc will make life easier on the non-magic box in the other room.

Mind you, I saw something I've never seen before last night on a +1 channel. It said "This program cannot be shown on a +1 channel for legal reasons." Hmm...

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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

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Re: Stupid Canal

Ack. Two days early. Should have been released on 19th Spetember.

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Re: You wouldn't download a car!

No. You download a new key for one.

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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Re: Safer idea?

Yeah. You get a cast iron ring with a sharp cutting blade on the bottom and a lip wide enough to hold a layer of bricks. You put it on the ground, dig out the inside and let the weight of the ring push it down. Build a layer of bricks on the ring and dig again. You end up with a lined well as deep as you like.

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Re: Bare hands? Dug?

I was impressed by the chap's azada. Great tools. Can turn over the top foot of an allotment in minutes, and the triangular ones are the only tool for potato trenching.

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New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

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Paris Hilton

I'm sure I read a hypothesis somewhere...

that women slap on the red lippy to make their faces resemble a baboon's arse in heat.

Ah yes:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/04/red_genitalia_study_testing_the_sexually_salient_hypothesis.html

Well, now we can expand the hypothesis to cover goth chicks.

Paris, because it's obvious.

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IT Angle

Re: IT Angle: MonkeyVision

Do we house them on the moon too?

Ack. It'll be bought up by media moguls or Cola-Cola corp or some such and used to beam more advertising at us. You'll be there with your arm round your girl under the stars, glance up at the romantic full moon above only to be greeted by an advert for Durex or Skyns or what-have-you...

I can see the reg headline now...

Mad men monopolise moon-mooning monkey matrix.

It'll all end in tears you know.

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Re: I like the black one.......

What's the deal with the colour matched aluminium back?

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Re: Review?

Yes. Someone's taken the P.

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Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Re: More to the point...

Here here. I've ditched Words With Friends because of all the Facebook and Twitter cr** in your face all the time.

*I* will choose the *WHAT*, *WHEN* and *HOW* of my online social interaction, thank you very much.

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Stop

I suddenly feel queazy.

No. No. No. Not for me. Very dislike. Pointless bloat.

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ESA preps space junk radar

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Get Straker on the job...

"It's a beautification campaign..."

"Well, I can't say you don't need it."

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Apple Lightning adaptors reveal limitations

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Re: Galileo, Galileo

I hope not. I get confused with which version I need to order as it is... M-M, M-F, F-M, F-F...

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

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Mushroom

Noooooooo!!!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/19558714

World-wide bacon shortage predicted! El Reg, what have you done???

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Re: Huh?

<quote>I start with a cheap ex-corporate IBM box from eBay, then tweak it to my satisfaction </quote>

Hmm... our facilities director bought a job lot of Dells from a broker. They'd been pulled out of the sweat room of a Dutch investment bank. We benched them all out, each of our new classrooms held 64 of them, powered them on by WoL ready for Ghost-casting and within 30 seconds had to abandon floor as the air filled with the fug the PSU fans pumped out. Apparently smoking was still allowed in the trading rooms, smoking of dubious substances too by the stink. It took use a week of 24/7 running, a case of air freshener and the aircon set to full speed before a novel nose couldn't detect the pong anymore. Couldn't risk the students either complaining of or enjoying the smell.

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What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set

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Re: Go to Jail

A certain well known IT company (who some would say would see Parker Bros in court if they rounded the corners of the playing board!) was for years rumoured to have based its logo on Turning's end move. OK, it's an urban myth, but a very pervasive one and the one that many years ago made me hunt out the chap's contribution to science. I'd prefer to play the game variation that's been included.

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Hacker uses Kindle as Raspberry Pi screen

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The recent news about Sharp...

has had me reminiscing about the old Sharp portables with their dot matrix scrolly screens. This just looks good, OK? That's why. Now, where did I leave that old VT-52 and Tektronix Vectorscope?

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Cash-strapped Sharp puts HQ, factories in hock

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This is not good news.

I worked in the kitchens of their Manchester plant as a student in the 80s. And I also worked for Tandy, who rebadged loads of their kit and sold it under their Realistic name. It was good merchandise, and a great place to work.

This is a rather drastic step for them to take. I hope they can pull it off.

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Dredd movie review

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Re: This ain't Dredd

The look of the Stallone one was much better than the stills and clips of this that I've seen so far. I had the good fortune to "meet" the big robot from the Stallone film at a launch event in Levesden studios (along with the Alien Queen, Darth Vader, the Aliens APC etc...) Anyway, the robot and the GM judges and all of that... too much in one film, too much of a departure from the old 70s/80s Dredd I read at boarding school...

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Re: Peckham

Ha ha! When I started reading this comment, I thought you were likening the new MC1 to Peckham!

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Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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'Blow away the debris'

Which will no doubt catch them up in a few orbits and pepper shot the capsule.

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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Re: Um...

No. Brains do. Sort of. If you stretch the semantics of 'see'.

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Funnily enough...

down our road last night, I happened to see a black labrador laying a cable.

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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

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Re: I want

There's a plug-in for Safari that does that...

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Markets to remain glutted with rapidly-depreciating Facebook shares

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Re: Can anyone explain to me...

Sonic is so old fashioned. Now a laser boom...

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Re: SBiDir-FW

It's from the Flint Lockwood school of acronymonics.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6

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Re: and........

As my old boss and world authority on colour vision would have pointed out, it's not what you can measure, it's what you perceive.

He has astonished many people over the years by turning a "red" piece of paper into a "green" piece of paper by doing nothing more than holding up a larger piece of multi-coloured paper behind it, thus demonstrating that what they had been taught in school about "coloured light" was patently wrong or at best a misleading over-simplification.

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Re: RE: 254 shades of grey

Can you get 50 Shades of Grey on a Kindle? Sort of, with dithering.

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Investor pulls out of Facebook, pumps cash into pork-printing joint

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Re: Bacon Jam

I think you'll find it's chips that make computers work. The bacon just enhances the experience.

I wonder... a chip and bacon sarnie... Hmmm...

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Re: Standards required

You have to allow for a 5mm bleed...

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Well seeing as how printer ink costs more than champagne...

I can't see this being a cheap option.

Although if they DO make a food printer (isn't that an early form of Star Trek food replicator?), I could see it being useful for printing out a sandwich or something - except what do you do about the error messages? JAM in output tray for example?

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Driving a car? There's an app for that

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Not an android...

Clearly a person driving that car.

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Sony Mobile moves out of Swedish lovenest after break-up

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Hmm...

With this and Psygnosis/SCE, Sony are really pulling back on foreign investments. Has the Enfield warehouse been relocated/rebuilt/reopened yet?

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

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Re: Maybe...

I had a racing snail once. I thought I'd speed it up by reducing the weight so I took the shell off, but instead it just turned really sluggish.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: Sod the phone...

Shouldn't this be filed under bootynotes?

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

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Re: Prior Art

Hmm... not exactly seamless. Nerve wracking, actually, as the CD suddenly stops and some loud stranger with an even louder jingle starts yammering at 300 words a minute reeling off road designations and things my Beethoven-adapted brain isn't ready to receive yet. Now if it buffered the radio broadcast and faded the source I was listening to into the traffic bulletin...

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In a way...

It's nice that it'll watch all the other channels for me and warn me that there's something I'd find much more interesting than, say, Deal or No Deal, on one of the other channels. Something like a Horizon I hadn't seen that I'd be kicking myself for missing if I'd left "Jason & The Argonauts" on in favour of nothing better being on at the time I'd checked the guide.

But I bet they can't get it to work. I've turned off genius and all the other social networking crap in iTunes because they're useless.

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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Re: Interesting Show Titles

Debbie Does Davros?

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Re: Liked Amy...

I quite liked Rory. Well, the Doctor/Rory interplay anyway, not so much the Rory / Amy stuff. The way the Doctor would just nod at Rory to tell him to go after Amy, or tell him secrets about stuff in a low voice... it rather reminded me of the relationship he had with Ian Chesterton - a kind of unvoiced, shared chivalry when things got dangerous.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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Lemon?

I know - Banana! Banana-phone!

I've even thought of a jingle for the ads.

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Re: Well...

The first T in TRT stands for The.

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