* Posts by TRT

6424 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

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Bid rejected...

as the wood was sourced from Virgin rainforest.

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I forsee a problem...

with the power supply. The WCML has been upgraded with catenaries which would make it awkward for the usual "Sky-hand impulse delivery" power system employed by this class of train.

Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Re: Lol

Reminds me of that South Park episode.

"This can mean only one thing. We are dealing with someone who has... no life."

"How can you kill that which has no life?"

Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Re: So they have negative Kinetic Energy?

They appear to have created a quantum of unstable thought on the inside of my head from a considerable distance.

US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

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What's that? Let's see...

Ah! A party invitation for next week.

iCal opened.

*pinches iPhone*

*punches iPhone*

Date selected: 1st of the month.

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Re: "The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected..."

Pinch me; I'm dreaming!

SPUDS ON A PLANE! Boeing boosts in-flight Wi-Fi with tater tech

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But it's not like they are like real airline passengers...

real passengers take their jackets off and stow them in the overhead lockers.

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Meme warning!

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew...

PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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Re: that reminds me...

"Lawks, it's the Peelers!"


"Good morning officer, how may I be of assistance to you?"

"We''ve had a complaint that someone's been a very bad boy. Someone who's birthday it is today..."

Tadada da daaaa

Google unlikely to get kid-glove treatment THIS side of pond - Euro biz players

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they'd like to see what a democracy looks like.

Hard-up Brit bankers bag endless free Wi-Fi during cig breaks

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Re: Leaking wifi

The login based WiFi hotspots are rubbish for that; agreed.

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Re: Cloud,

Yes. The Virgin service is much better, but even then the DNS redirect on the first port 80 traffic of the day from each device screws up a lot of the travel apps that scrape data from various travel websites.

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Re: Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory

A VPN doesn't provide anonymity to location gathering, only eavesdropping.

Fish grow ‘hands’ in genetic experiment

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Re: mermaids

I prefer barmaid.

North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Working as intended?

In space, no-one can hear you tick.

The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

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Re: Ah... valve radios...

Gave you the only thrill of the day, eh?! ;)

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Ah... valve radios...

where the slightest slip would melt the end of your screwdriver.

Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

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Re: A sudden outbreak of common sense?

Yes, but French nuclear plants? Sure, it's an advanced design, even though they have put all their diesel backups in the one location and all below ground (I'd have split the backups into two locations and each of those ranged over two levels, plus had a steam driven water circulation pump just to be sure!)

We could be researching Thorium plants and other designs...

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+100 points

For using old school Silurians to illustrate the article.

Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Like I've always said...

Before I buy this box of Bold 3, tell me now what Bold 4 will clean that Bold 3 won't.

Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality

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Re: Both

So, if they dropped an unstretched slinky at the same time as a stretched slinky, then the bottom of the stretched slinky would start moving as the unstretched slinky went past it?

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When the rocket motors on, say, a Saturn V rocket, the bottom of the rocket starts moving before the top bit with the capsule?

Can we test this with LOHAN?

Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

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In news reports on other websites...

the police are quoted as saying that "they've never come across breast implants like these before".

An unfortunate turn of phrase.

Shiny new UK.gov stats website a 'disaster' - MPs

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Re: Simples

Like film companies, I suspect they will incorporate a company specifically for a project of that size.

Silicon Roundabout £50m THING to spew 200 startups A YEAR

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Re: The beginning of the end

It could be the "Shoreditch Hub for I.T."

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Sulphur Hydrogen Iodine Tellurium Roundabout

Hang on... I just worked out the acronym for that... that's not really a semiconductor substrate is it?

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Re: The beginning of the end


Indium Gallium Arsenide Roundabout.

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Re: Fat pipes and cheap office space

Fat pipes sound ideal for linking up branches of Harry Ramsden's.

YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

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Re: Tools

No, a cypher indent key for a type 40.

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Re: Design issues?

Forget it if you overload the PSU and blow a fuse... those mercury-filled fluid links are a bugger to get hold of.

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Allegedly not from SCAN:

Time computers?

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Re: But does it vworp when switched on?

Install OS/2 Vworp.

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Re: Presumably they have paid the Beeb ?

It was easy for the BBC to establish prior art by sending the design back in time...

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Type forté? Oh, yes. Very good.

After 50 years, Europe gets one patent to rule them all

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Re: But for one reason or another...

And while we're at it, we could paint "AAA" on the white cliffs of Dover in letters two hundred feet high.*

A literal interpretation of our crumbling economy?

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Oh good...

that should make it cheaper to f*** the consumers over.

Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

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Re: mail.ru?

Exactly. I expect that in order to claim the prize all he has to do is send them a £600 bank payment clearance fee by Western Union transfer...

'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: But what if accepting those benefits required you to lose your ability...

Well, it depends on the relative importance you place on those skills. Of course, at critical moments, the ability to read a map or diagnose an engine's ignition failure may fail in males as well, so the relative importance of these skills will suddenly increase for your female companion who is stranded by the side of the A1M in the depths of the border regions. Coupled with the male's virtually immovable reluctance to ask a passer-by for directions or phone a garage doesn't help - at which point said female companion will berate you loudly and constantly for such failings, as I know from personal experience. It's the social equivalent of being beaten about the head with your own penis. Such an event, were it possible practically as well as figuratively of course, and without detachment / dismemberment, would probably make up for the deficiency in map reading, mechanics, and probably just about anything else.

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Re: Curious...

Well if all organisms are chimeras under your understanding of the term, then it's not a very useful term, is it?

Of the various biological usages of the term 'chimera', one refers to animals where tissue i.e. cells, have different genetic origins. This can occur as a result of the fusion of two zygotes to form a single embryo, or the fusion of two embryos at a fairly early stage of differentiation, or fusion of a zygote with an embryo. It can also occur in a parasitic form in adults, as in the case of the angler fish.

The other use is one where DNA from two organisms has been spliced together.

The relevance to this article is that a DNA sequence obtained from, say, a cheek swab could be completely different to a DNA sequence obtained from a blood sample from the same individual, which could be different again to the sequence passed on to a child, or obtainable from a sperm sample. It's rare, but until fairly recently there was no idea that this happened, and as yet there are no accepted statistics to show the frequency of this state in the population as a whole. The issue has cropped up in various criminal and civil cases that have passed through the courts.

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Re: Curious...

@John Smith 19,

Do you know what a chimera is?

Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Re: "running in the background"

No. "Framework service not loaded."

Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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Re: A better solution...

Yeah, I used to be able to tell easily if someone had left a CRT monitor switched on in the computer suites when locking up. Now, with SMPSU and TFT/LCD/LED... not quite so easy at all.

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Re: A better solution...

Oh! Of course! I thought it was just the power brick acclimatising... Mine made exactly the squeal in the recording for the first 20-30 minutes of operation. Once I'd registered it and switched it to modem mode, the squeal was gone.

Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

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Re: Time shifted by one second...

Nah, just use a longer exposure.

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When that image came up, I thought they'd photographed the almost completed Dalek Reality-Bomb hidden inside the Medusa Cascade!

John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty

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Re: You think he's crazy

It might have been a clean get away if it weren't for the fact that McAfee runs so slowly.

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Re: Can we get him and Assange together?

As long as Assange realises that McAfee bending to pick up the soap in the shower does not constitute or imply consent.

Yeah, but at least then you'd know if Assange had a virus or not.

New transistor tech could beat silicon and save Moore's Law

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Re: Ah, but which wall?

I think they're playing a 1st Person 3D version of a sideways scroller, a'la "Tron".

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Re: "Sand is not silicon"

Mmmm... "Indium Gallium Arsenide Valley" just isn't as catchy.

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