* Posts by TRT

6423 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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Re: Optional

Depends if you carry your wallet in your back pocket or elsewhere.

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Lib Dems, UKIP's websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day

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They'll blame the Russians you know.

...they always do.

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This web campaign brought to you...

by The National Spam Party.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: A solution

My ex-missus insisted we had a copper wire pyramid located on top of the monitor and on the top of the PC case.

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Re: qotw

I used to work for a well-known American electronics high street retailer, now defunct in the UK, that started life making leather goods. You know the one?

Anyway, we had a regular who used to come in to buy the anti-static spray for record players (snake oil stuff - an atomiser filled with distilled water made up with about 5% IPA). He started asking for stronger stuff because "the US government had turned up the power when they realised they couldn't read him". Turns out he used the spray like a cologne. His baseball cap was lined with tin foil too, I noticed.

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: How would it feel?

I don't know the details of that. When I took part I was 14 and on a school trip. They checked the bus orientation with a magnetic compass, I recall, so it couldn't have been a total wipeout. The top bit of the bus was probably mostly made of oak or ash and melamine in those days anyway!

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Re: The Natural Navigator

You see? I just pictured that and got it completely arse about tit.

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Re: winging it

They use navigation beakons.

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Re: The Natural Navigator

I get totally bolloxed around South Kensington. In any other place in London, I know which way the river is and thence which way is North.

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Re: How would it feel?

Manchester university have been running a human magneto-orientation study for years. It involved minibussing blindfolded volunteers around Manchester, making use of several roundabouts to disguise direction, then a 20-30 minute drive around. Volunteers wore a headband contains either a magnet or a piece of brass, then had to guess and mark on a clipboard oriented towards the front of the coach which way was north and which way was the university.

I'm not sure what the results are looking like.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: Sometimes, there are ways round it.

I can think of a certain basement area next to the Thames that's been flooded in the last 20 years. But that was down to a large water main running parallel to the river cracking open and the water finding its way through the ancient, long since covered and built upon, tributaries of the Old Father.

I don't know if it houses a DC or not; I suspect it does.

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Re: Is it Friday already?

Disaster can strike at any time. It just always seems like it's Friday when shit happens, just to take the shine off your weekend.

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

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Fluid dynamics?

I'll drink to that!

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

Ones system of measurement is monarchic, the other imperial.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Re: RAR!!

For Mash, get smash.

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Windows-execute-order-66?

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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"Reveal" UI elements?

You mean they hide the functionality? A bit like the hidden buttons in Office Online?

Have fun exploring and discovering new activities!

More and more like a Fisher-Price Activity Centre every day.

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Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

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Re: First time human sperm was sent to space?

Those are the kinds of astronauts we need... they've got spunk.

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Elastic sheets, secured round the edge. Provides some thrust for re-entry.

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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I must buy a lot of spiced pork and ham then.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: At TRT...

Hey, I laid the same shit, bro. That AND 10Base-5. Even less bendy, and required vampire taps about the size of a single volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. That was for a cluster of Vax/VMS machines. For DECNET I believe they called it. That, too, was so long ago it has been swept into a dusty corner of my mind.

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Re: into the range where the instructor simply ignored

Ah! A wetware attack. Go for the weakest point.

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Face ID might just be worthwhile then. Using camera and integrating calendar and some kind of dropbox programme built into a school management tool (anyone remember PowerSchool?) along with on-prem cloud storage that doesn't rely on a good external 'net link.

"Hello Bethany! Your timetable says that you are supposed to be in Art class now. I see you haven't finished your art drawing yet and submitted it to Miss Jerrard. Is that what we will be doing now?"

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Walled Kindergarten

"My kids are used to Ticonderoga pencils and Croxley Heritage Wove. How will they cope in a school that uses Cumberland and Conqueror Laid?"

Worried no parent, ever.

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Re: At Snorlax...

10-base-T IS twisted pair ethernet. It would have to have been installed in a fairly narrow-ish time frame to be Cat 3 UTP in order to require upgrade to Cat 5. Do you mean 10-base-2 aka Thin Ethernet, perhaps?

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

People are fascinated by the BS Proofreader's Marks chart I have on my office wall. I rescued it from my last job in a print training place - found a load in an old store room. I don't think many people in scientific publishing now realise it was a job people had and how regulated it was, with a language all of its own.

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Re: Validation Vs verification

I've often thought that date sanity checking would be a valuable addition to spelling and grammar checking tools. The number of times I've had documents and emails coming through with days and dates not matching... e.g.

Your vehicle's annual service falls due on Wednesday 29th March 2018. To maintain your warranty... Yes, you've simply incremented the year by one on last year's letter, you muppet. Do you mean Thursday 29th March, or Wednesday 28th March? Don't make me guess! Or...

See you next Monday (the 3rd), then. So, do you mean April the 2nd (next Monday), April the 3rd (it's a Tuesday), or do I wait until September, which is the next time that Monday falls on the 3rd?

A simple sanity check for dates would save so much grief!

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Re: If you get a bit twitchy ....

Mangelwurzel.

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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Re: ... would *not* rely on a paper shredder alone

Building's combined heat, power, energy, ventilation and security system should take care of that.

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TBH, the appeals are all for show. CA knew, from an analysis of MPs, ICO staffers and other persons of interest's social media accounts that there was an 87% chance of an ICO raid in the first 3 months of 2018, and they've hidden the evidence long ago.

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Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP, knackers Virgin Trains, Parentpay

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Re: Cloud?

Every silver lining has one.

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They had to be sacrificed to the gods of the network in order to ensure the return of bountiful bandwidth.

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As is hostingUK.

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Why you shouldn't trust a stranger's VPN: Plenty leak your IP addresses

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Re: More crap to block because people design protocols without thought!

You could always use 10.0.0.0 and appear as if you are a massive organisation.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: Jaywalking

@Alan Brown.

It wasn't a point of view, it was a fact of law. You can check it out in The Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings Regulations and General Directions 1997 if you want. Or look in the Road Traffic Act 1991.

If you want to cross the road and you use a couple of parked cars as a shield, then you're stood in the road, but you still have to wait until the road is clear if you want to cross safely. Drivers do NOT have to stop to let you cross in that situation.

Precedence and priority are the terms used in the applicable law, not "right of way". I wasn't condoning knocking people over, just correcting a misunderstanding. Pedestrians do not have automatic priority just because they step into the road. If anything people who think that is the case, as pedestrians, are a danger to themselves and other road users.

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The trouble with bandwagons...

I'm thinking of creating a service, via an app, where one can quickly and simply call on a less regulated, sort of community based, bandwagon. It will be cheaper and easier than existing bandwagon boarding, providing a challenge to the established norms. And you won't be obliged to pay for hidden extras like pitchforks and burning torches either unless that's a service that you particularly want, where other micro-operators will step into the market gap as a complimentary service provider.

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Re: Jaywalking

It always confused me too. You watch Columbo or Starsky and Hutch or NCIS or anything like that, and the police protagonist is forever nipping across the road to have a word with the officers or agents sat in a sedan on surveillance opposite an apartment block. Surely that's jaywalking! Or does it only apply to some designation of road above a certain threshold like the UK's A road, B road and unclassified?

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Re: Bugs.

You mean the difference between compound and simple eyes? It's a fascinating subject.

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Should of seen that coming

Like the pedestrian then?

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Re: Jaywalking

To the phantom thumb downers... a "right of way" is a legal term meaning [from Black's] "The right of passage or of way is a servitude imposed by law or by convention, and by virtue of which one has a right to pass on foot, or horseback, or in a vehicle, to drive beasts of burden or carts, through the estate of another." and "'Right of way', in its strict meaning, is the right of passage over another’s ground; and in its legal and generally accepted meaning, in reference to a railway, it is a mere easement in the lands of others, obtained by lawful condemnation to public use or by purchase."

That is to say that for a public road, vehicles and pedestrians both have rights of way.

The term you are thinking of is "priority", which applies only at junctions. If pedestrians simply had priority by virtue of putting their foot on the road, then we wouldn't need zebra crossings, would we?

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Re: Intimidation ...!!

Rushing roulette?

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"If the parts the car is supposed to break into are small enough, and dispersing sideways, the pedestrian about to be hit will have a much greater chance of survival, maybe even just suffer a few scratches and bruises."

Like that's going to happen with a Volvo...

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Re: Jaywalking

"UK: As soon as a pedestrian has set so much as a toe in the road, they have right of way."

No they don't. But it helps save lives if drivers think that.

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Re: Hedgehogs...

wearing Stingers.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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Retrofitting, maybe not possible, but certainly a manhole at the point where a new road spurs off an existing road, with all underground services except sewerage are available. I say sewerage is a separate case because it needs to go deeper, usually runs in the middle of the road, receiving grey water from the left and right drains, and runs down. Everything else is gradient agnostic. Separate manhole for the sewers; I mean, how often is that upgraded? Cleaning access, yes. But it doesn't need to run in a duct, does it?!

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All new builds which require an access road constructed that is over 10m long should definitely, by law, have to have easy to access segregated ducting with several empty channels under the pavements (or raised cycleways). And standardised formwork to hold the segregated ducting in a pattern wouldn't go amiss either.

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What's "fast"...

and what's "super fast" and what's "broadband" and what's "dial-up"?

OK, I know what dial-up is. But the other terms are so vague, they might as well be marketing spin-fluff.

I've had 100Mbs for the last year, 70 for about two years before that, 30 for about six years and 10 for... must be going on five years before that!

Now, if I was getting "fast broadband" in 2004... all meaningless. Government not keeping pace with technology, providers not keeping pace with demand. Investment is happening, but slow. Virgin seems to have stopped expanding since they monopolised all the competing cable providers by buying them out soon after their infrastructure was buried. Yet my bill seems to keep creeping up all the time.

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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Re: "What next, copyrighted DNA?"

No can do... grandfather rights.

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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Re: Goods and Services

An even starker example would be acting as an agent for book or magazine sales or training courses. What difference is there to me as an agent for the amount and type of work I do if the prospective purchaser chooses physical copies or electronic downloads?

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