* Posts by TRT

6142 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

WTF is... WiGig

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More importantly...

How do you pronounce it?

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Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy

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Quite so...

I saw one in Southport back in the early 80s. I have a vivid memory of a crackling meteor passing as a young boy, but when I was older I kept thinking, "No, that's impossible! Time delay, distance etc. couldn't be!"

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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And kind of impact...

on the surface of an iPad has the potential to shatter it.

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

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Re: Meh.

I have no qualms about giving away my age. I'm an old fart. I was techhying back in the days when a fix for windows not opening involved a screwdriver and a can of WD40.

I taught computer skills to YTS-thugs in Liverpool and Manchester in 1985/86 when the winters were so cold that your piss froze as it hit the back wall of the metal urinal trough in the training centre. And if only I were exaggerating.

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Re: Meh.

I quote:

"I don't understand how this could happen. The laptop's less than a year old!"

"Age is no guarantee of reliability. Just look at senior management."

i.e. Just because something is new, doesn't make it more reliable.

Yet the senior management quip seems to indicate that just because something is old that doesn't make it reliable.

The comparison doesn't make sense to me. If the quip had been "Age is no guarantee of reliability. Just look at the YTS intake" that would make sense.

I know what he's saying about senior management (although it's good in my department, in the institute as a whole, it is dreadful beyond belief!), I just don't think their failures are correlated in any way shape or form with age. I think the phenomenon of executive management is better explained away using the phrase "shit floats".

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Re: Meh.

Eeyore... eeyore... eeyort to have deleted his browsing history.

Paris for obvious reasons.

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Meh.

I didn't think this one was so good. "Age is no guarantee of reliability. Just look at senior management." WTF does that mean? They are older therefore more reliable? Less reliable? What?

And the pain is all in the anticipation of an event anyway. OK, some of it is in the punch the PFY delivers, but resorting to physical violence when simply inducing sufficient paranoia to cause the user to immediately backup 5 fives and therefore run out of space in iCloud or GoogleWhatever or an expensive external HDD...

Far better to get them to dig their own graves.

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50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch

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Looks a bit...

like a Mechanoid from very early Doctor Who.

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'Biologically accurate' robot legs walk like an Egyptian

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Pity they weren't around when Kraftwerk were popular.

I can just see these replacing Legs & Co.

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Those aren't rose tinted glasses you're wearing...

that's your own blood dripping down in front of your eyes.

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The Archers INVADE Guernsey, rebrand it Borchester

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So, the last time Guernsey was invaded...

it was rebranded as Boschchester?

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Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

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Re: Garden shed?

If he pulls it home on a trailer behind his SUV, would he boldly tow?

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Re: Always the FNG

Rusty Shuttle? Was that the crewman's name? Sounds more like a porn actor.

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Re: Star Dreck

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say it was only fit to tow garbage? I meant to say, it's only fit to be towed away AS garbage. Ha ha ha ha!

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California clears way for Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship'

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Was it also...

programmed to crash?

Pass the soap someone...

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Re: Apricot trees?

No, they were made in a factory, sorry, manufacturing facility, just north of Edinburgh... Glen-something. Glenrothes, was it? We visited there as part of a computer course for kiddies run by Herriot-Watt university back in the 80s.

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Re: Apricot trees?

I visited the Apricot factory once.

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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Well anyway...

thank you for flagging that up. That's probably saved me a centimetre of hairline and 16 hours of work when I can't get MemTestGold or an ERP disc or my Win7install bootable USB stick working on a new machine someone's bought.

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Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems

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Re: A high tech hum?

Or something like Orac.

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Wow!

And it has a cool green glow too! Does it also make a high-tech hum?

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Crafty cuttlefish mimics male and female – at the same time

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Re: But it still doesn't...

Bird brain. There is a reason.

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But it still doesn't...

interest a dead parrot.

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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Well...

you could also use trans-cutaneous magnetic stimulation, but the coils are massive. This does sound like a promising bit of technology.

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41 London tube station platforms now WIRED for Wi-Fi

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Well...

it does stretch a few yards into the tunnels as well, but for free, it's great! And I get better speeds (currently 20meg) on it that I do at home.

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Re: Why?

Pity you can't re-label the Airline mode switch on your device then. Call it "f* off world" or something.

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It would be somewhat useful if...

the WiFi base stations had their geo-locations entered into the various location services's databases. Then Apple's "Find My Friend" app might work to alert you that the person you are waiting in the ticket hall for has just rolled up to the platform, and so on. Trouble is, as the data are crowd sourced and there is not even a whiff of GPS below street level, these access points are not going to end up being included. It could even be useful for the rescue services, lost property etc.

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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

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Re: WiFi MAC database flaw

It's great when you rock up at Euston and the Map.app whizzes you backwards and forwards between Manchester, Stockport, Carlisle and London as you pick up signals from the different Virgin trains.

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Re: @Dave Bell

It even picks up non-SSID broadcast WiFi, WiFi with ACLs, any encryption standard...

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Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

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Re: Actually, a tight-fisted wanker might have sometning!

Knob-rot?

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Re: @AC Blue Scream of Death

His knob went blue and dropped off as he refused to pay extra for the tactile pressure safety sensors. The tight fisted wanker.

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Re: Wanking

I'm reminded of that song from around 30 years ago.

I believe the firstly line went...

"Well the members of the Argentine..."

And IIRC it ended with "whipped margarine".

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Chinese toothpaste biz wants £50k from Apple over 'Snow Leopard'

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Pfff!

They'll be chasing the Dragon 32 next...

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Sozzled Americans nagged by talking urinal cake

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Hmm...

Brings a new meaning to stream playback.

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Join the gov consultation on net porn ... and have your identity revealed

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I completed the form yesterday

and had no problems.

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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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Mushroom

Re: Coming from Microsoft...

@AC, obviously you are a connoisseur of the vent du pantalons...

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Coming from Microsoft...

It'll smell like a trump.

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Atari turns 40: Pong, Pac-Man and a $500 gamble

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Re: Atari joysticks

They were good, but the plastic presser ring broke too easily. I preferred the Suncom Tac 2.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAC-2

Which you could take apart and customise with packing pieces if you liked something with less travel.

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"Did 1980s joystick deathgrip give you a claw hand?"

Well, something along those lines... that's what I told my mum had happened when I got wrist-ache. That and "I've been doing soooooo much homework lately."

;-)

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Apple users get pricier hotel options from Orbitz

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Fixed it!

Turn on Safari's developer mode and select to return the user agent string for firefox - windows.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Re: I think I'm hungry

I like my rarebit with both pepper and mustard. Does anyone have the code for this using two condiments?

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Re: I think I'm hungry

START:

WHILE rare_bit = 1

IF available_bytes >= 1 THEN

MOVE bite;

ENDIF

IF available_bytes <1 THEN

MOVE nibble;

ENDIF

ENDWHILE

END:

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Facebook replaces non-Facebook mail addresses on Timeline

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Devil

Re: Fixed it!

Facebook is evil.

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Apple will only reinstate mute kids' app if makers win patent case

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Well...

If SFY win their case, then they can counter-sue the people that sued them for loss of revenue etc. and hopefully get a massive payout which they can use to make their app completely free.

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Stonehenge WASN'T built by ALIENS - Boffins' shock claim

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Re: So...

Rubbish. The last set of stones that were added was a patch for the Y1K bug.

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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

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Re: RIM job?

You have to start at the bottom...

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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Mushroom

Re: Bacon sandwiches yes, Cucumber no!

Quite so! And the crust wastage is unforgivable.

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Mushroom

Re: Can I still eat bacon sandwiches?

Well you've already destroyed it for one poor pig at least.

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

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Re: FARADAY again

"So emailed him and reminded him and pointed out the failure again today."

He hasn't got it yet.

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Re: OOPS!

Was that BT or IT's advice?

I want one of Roy's answering machines, BTW.

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OOPS!

Sorry. I accidentally googled Google. Mea culpa.

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