* Posts by TRT

6142 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Re: When they say 'washed up'

Trouser staining splash down? It's a Jap's eye? Meaty whopper!

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'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

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Re: May I be the first to say

Can I just add I think there's a conspiracy to add Gate to the end of any possible conspiracy or controversy. I'm calling it "Gategate".

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Yay for old stuff.

I've just been handed a 1990 vintage neuronal stimulator/amplifier with a duff PSU in a 19" modular eurorack.

2 minutes with a screwdriver and a voltmeter and I'm 75% certain there's a partially blown bridge rectifier. 60p replacement part, 30 minutes with a screwdriver and a soldering iron, job done.

Last week, a 2007 model, with no sign of power. The PSU is in an epoxy sealed box seemingly fusion welded onto the motherboard which forms an integral part of the custom moulded 19" housing. Replacement cost? Around £1600.

So I agree about data being gone in a flash.

I'm just grabbing my lab coat to go tell the nice lady that her box is fixed.

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Re: Even Nokia did this

Of course, they could extend the ethos of the Lightning connector's bi-polarity and put a screen on the back as well as the front, so it doesn't matter which way up you leave it. Kind of like that Terminator 2 trick.

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

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Re: Shine a little light in my life...

Quite right. Sodium orange is magical and sparkly! I'm more of a 70's kid, though. It still applies.

And the car headlight thing is because there are some very heavily parked, curved roads near where I live, and if I can see a car moving down the road, either during the day by seeing the roof, or at night by seeing the headlights reflected in the sides of cars around the bend, I can wait opposite the entrance to a car workshop where the road is wider. Now they're trialling some white LED lamps at the top of the hill and I find it hard to know if it's those being reflected or a car who has seen MY lights and is waiting for me at the top of the hill. I now flash my lights and wait a few seconds for a response before entering the narrow strait. It's a bit like the old hump-back bridge on a dark narrow road scenario.

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Re: LED displays

You don't need DCC, just DMX. Been around for years.

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Re: Shine a little light in my life...

I hate those LED streetlights. They are all white and look like car headlights instead of being a nice sodium orange.

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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

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Re: If they sent him SMS...

Point well made.

*note to self, must try harder*

I couldn't really find anything funny in a hemispherectomy though. I've seen enough brain damaged patients in my life time already...

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Re: If they sent him SMS...

Ooh. Thumbs down for highlighting a condition I've had to deal with 3 times since iOS6 came out? iOS 5 to 6 upgrade is a bad idea because some SMS viewed with Messages app are not displayed correctly.

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If they sent him SMS...

did he actually get them? Assuming he had upgraded to iOS6.

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Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy

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Re: eh?

3D touch sensitive display? Cool.

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Serenading mice can sing along if you hum a few bars

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Re: Can we hear some recordings?

Already have. Called Christina Aguilera.

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Babe.

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Sony pops pastries as PS3 sales pass 5m

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Well...

at least they aren't half-baked.

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Microsoft really is watching us from above

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Re: The whole concept is off-putting

Ah yes. The same reason you never use a C handler as well, yes?

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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Pollution.

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Re: fresh water

Black sheets?

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Re: "Immersion, lake and palm 'er" Oh God. You ought to be shot for that one Caleb!

Firing squad. Keep an iPhone 4s in breast pocket over heart.

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Target Silicon Valley: Why A View to a Kill actually made sense

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Re: Odd how I had forgotten the plot

Yeah, I'd forgotten the plot too. It just conjures up visions of Amberley Museum in Sussex, which is where they filmed the mine workings. I've ridden on the little mine trains that they rode around on in the film!

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

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Happy

Good idea, but...

can I patent it?

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Limits.

I don't think you were downvoted because people believe that there can be temperatures below absolute zero, but because you were drawing a comparison with a value which BY DEFINITION can only be zero or positive, whereas the limit of lightspeed exists because of a practicality relating to mass. There is no upper limit on temperature, by the way, so the analogy with speed fails there; of course you cannot have a speed below zero.

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Re: Limits.

They always travel at "lightspeed" for the medium through which they are travelling. Speed of light in a vacuum and all that.

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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Re: A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in

BOTH the PIN and the DOB to show that the person given the PIN is the one using it.

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Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars

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Well I'd be writing to the customer complaints department if I found bits of metal in MY mars.

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Big Blue beats off rivals to push out first LTO-6 tape drive

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Re: punch tape

An optical version might be feasible. A polymer ribbon about an inch wide... what's the surface area of a CD or DVD?

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LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise

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Re: Ironic Punishment - use MIRRORS

Only allow laser sales of one wavelength into the unregulated market. Filter out that wavelength at the cockpit.

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

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Yeah, but...

what about the customer service when it starts going wrong...

"Now, hold the receiver up to the universe, love, let me hear what kind of noise it's making..."

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The tips stop here: Starbucks to take Square Wallet payments

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Paris Hilton

Have the girls in Starbucks...

started offering a free bonking service then? *confused*

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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Pint

Applauds headline.

Well done sir!

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Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission

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Re: I bet d***s against c***s

Bunch of Wide Area Network Key Engineering Response Specialists.

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Apple: Blue-shirts can fix iOS Maps in their spare time

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WAre you sure it wasn't...

an Appology?

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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Devil

Re: Ad men see bonuses going south

Rubbish. We all know iPhones don't get viruses.

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Re: Ad men see bonuses going south

We could always invent spurious predictions that the planet will be eaten by a giant mutant star goat and offer them a once in a lifetime chance to escape impending doom on board one of three massive arks in space...

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Now Space Station forced to DODGE flying Japanese junk

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Re: And now we know...

Ack. Slight memory failure. I meant Scramble (and Super Scramble etc).

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And now we know...

what all that playing "Defender" in the late 80s was all about. Training.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Easily fixed...

Erratum electronica!

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Alert

Noooo!!!

Don't auto-delete my digital first edition which is made all the more rare by the publishers errors!

Mind you, I need a new Kindle after she scribbled her autograph over the screen with a Sharpie(tm).

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Icelandic town demands vulva museum

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Re: Obviously

It'd have been easier to steal if it'd been a BMW. ;-)

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Re: Muff is duff

You have a point, though. The gift shop would be interesting. Pen holders, pencil sharpeners, wine bottle stoppers...

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There's one of those in Sweden already...

isn't there?

*rereads*

Oh! I thought you said a _Volvo_ museum? Sorry.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Re: You lucky, lucky bastards...

I think it's the soft breads which win it over for me. The toasted doorstep has too much of a rasp against the soft palette.

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Re: NSFW

Pah! NSFM* warning required!

*Not Safe For Muzzies.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Re: Why?

I have to admit that I spent a good few hours this week going through the archives looking for clips from old comedy shows that I used to enjoy after reading a comment someone posted on a Doctor Who forum which read simply "Today, I shall be mostly watching a cube."

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Re: Naturally

BOFH.

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Does it reply with "I ain't a bot I'm jus betta than you noobs, it's skillz!!!!"

Nope. It was far too good a human-sim to make the mistake of including all those correctly placed apostrophes.

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Terminator

I now need to code...

UTK9, an AI dog which will bark at non-human bots before they get into the base and start wasting all the humans. They'll be back.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

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Re: Can I have a ...

Our internal doorbell is mains powered from the flat's intercom system, but separate from the entry phone, so no, I can't simply leave the entry phone off the hook and be certain that the postie won't be waking me up. Yes, there are a hundred and one ways I could disable the doorbell, but why the hell should I? I enjoy much peace and quiet as it is, and all I would like is for the counterpart sticker to the "don't deliver my stuff elsewhere", which would be "I don't want to take part in your neighbour delivery scheme thank you".

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Re: How many times have you not answered the door because you were on the sh1tter?

I've never let that stop me before.

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Re: Hoi polloi

Robot monkey butlers. That is all.

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