* Posts by TRT

6142 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Re: We need a better definition of "Friends"

Friends. Lame-arsed yet often amusing American situation comedy revolving around the interaction of 3 male and 3 female 30 somethings. Now defunct.

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Facebook is evil.

I don't and won't have a Facebook or Twitter account. Would a prospective employer actually believe that?

And surely you didn't fall for the "How do I program the DVD player to record Antiques Roadshow tomorrow?" trick? Had nobody told you that your relatives feign IT & tech ignorance in order to elicit a personal visit from their beloved kin? They'll deliberately wind you up to the point that you screech that it's OK, you'll drive the 180 miles to deepest, darkest Mid-Kentshirewold and set it up for them, to which they'll reply "Oh thank you, deary. And you'll stop for dinner too? You can bring that new girlfriend* of yours along." You'll know you've been had if they use the phrase "It'll be lovely to see you."

*This tactic is specifically used against male-kin as women are simply not so cruel as to ignore their relative like that. Also, they'll even call your boyfriend your girlfriend on the phone if you're of that persuasion, hastily rectified to your (120ms pause)"friend"(um) once you are physically there.

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Nvidia shows off first 'Kepler' GPUs

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Re: Power consumption

Dissipation, not consumption. IIRC that's governed by Yate's Law, which is something to do with the fourth power of the temperature differential.

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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

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I just want...

a couple of Star Trek icons and a hyperlink back to my original comment so I can easily find replies.

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

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The BBC's been duped!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17468907

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Needs...

catapult launch assistance. But watch out for that flimsy looking building housing pigs.

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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Re: Reading is Zombie H.Q. all the time, everyday

Surely zombies would only gather where there is a food source. And food for zombies is BRAAAIIIIINZZZZZZ!

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Damn!!!

16+ only!

I know someone who would DIE for this.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Re: Worst film

I can remember a scene with Richard Wilson introducing himself as Juan Filipe to Julian Clary who replies "Ooh! I'm Juan too!"

F***ing hilarious. Though it shouldn't be.

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Re: The new Hitch-Hiker's Guide film

Although I love Stephen Fry, his diction wasn't clear enough for the guide, which is why Peter Jones will always be the voice of the book for me.

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Re: The new Hitch-Hiker's Guide film

Ford Prefect has some of the best lines ever conceived, yet Mos Def delivers them as if he's chewing a sweat sock. The guy is a mumbler. During the 5-10 minutes I saw, they were shut in the airlock; the just completely removed the "Wait a minute... what's this switch? No, I'm only fooling, we're going to die." bit. That highlights the whole Ford/Arthur relationship. No, I'm sorry, cast or not, dreadful movie.

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Re: Eraserhead

Yeah, it was a bit weird, but despite the plot, it was well made. I watched it in 1988 as part of a triple bill at the Duke of York in Brighton. The other films were... erm... *digs deep* Ah! Razorback and Beyond The Valley of the Dolls.

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Re: Lost in Translation

@ fatsbrannigan.

Thinking about it, I got the message that I was now 102 minutes closer to being a glum jowly oldster; a place where making it with a sensitive but hot young chick is firmly the preserve of Hollywood fantasyland.

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Re: John Carpenter's Dark Star

This is one of the greatest films of all time. Without this film, there would be no Alien.

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Lost in Translation

Oh, I've got to put something in this bit... I've nothing to say about this movie, which isn't a surprise as the movie had nothing to say.

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Re: My nominations

Not on general release. Do these films have to have been passed by the BBFC?

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The new Hitch-Hiker's Guide film

I couldn't watch more than 10 minutes of it. They mangled the carefully crafted dialogue produced by Douglas Adams to create something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike something even bearably watchable.

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Nokia invents teeny throbbing tattoos to make your skin crawl

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You could...

go one step further and have carefully controlled vibrations directed into the jawbone from some cybernetic implant. Derive power for it from one of those glucose fuel cells that snails had fitted to them the other week, an audio pick up as well and you could have a fully functional and discrete communications device. Yes, encapsulated in blue ceramic and shaped like a tooth, this kind of idea could work.

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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

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Re: 6809

The TRS-80 and Coco.

I used to sell these back in the days. You got people who came into the shop wanting to buy them for business purposes, and they were quite a pretty penny then too, so you'd show them how to get going, teach them a bit of word processing or spreadsheets, maybe spend an hour or two on a sale. Then you got other people who were just blown away by the flight simulator or something. Then you got the real people who came in wanting to use them for programming and you had to demo a bit of quick coding. This was when you could impress someone with a four line program to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit, or something that rotated the letters in an input string around a bit. These were also the people who would buy bits to make an amplifier so they could get sound out of a TRS-80 by jacking into the tape socket - I think I must have sold a dozen of these purely on the back of that robot game that spoke.

Glorious days.

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Re: "Mac died, though, didn't he?"

Ah, Ian McNaught-Davis. Yes. There's not that much about him on the WWW funnily enough. He appears to be still going, though. He's an expert rock climber apparently, and quite (ho ho) high up in the sport.

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Chris Searle...

I remember him.

Mac died, though, didn't he? The guy who didn't see the point of "silly computer games". :-)

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Lawyers of Mordor retreat from The Hobbit

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Re: the eleventh commandment

I'm lazy.

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Re: the eleventh commandment

"elfen"

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/elfen

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"surely an email stating that would have cost less"

Or even a Shadowfax.

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Re: Lawyers, lying lawyers, and more lying lawyers

Send them a letter back suggesting they should bill the pony.

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Only a problem...

if they served potatoes... mashed 'em, boiled 'em or stuck 'em in a stew.

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Re: the eleventh commandment

Now that the pub has managed to draw so much attention to itself, it can only be a matter of time before the local council inspector appears insisting that he check the premises. Inadequate provision of a secondary fire escape route from the lounge area (cunningly named "Lothlorien") is sure to be a matter that will need to be addressed urgently. Elfen safety is of paramount nowadays.

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Re: $100?

Or... They could have just given them a ring.

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And the lawyers...

sit back on their newly expanded hoard of gold, smaug grins on their faces.

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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

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But...

everyone eats chicken, right?...*

*to quote Homer.

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"Everyone will find Islam"

Sounds like many people won't find that site very useful as a search engine.

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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

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Re: 80's software maybe, but 21st century attitudes

Do they ever go after the paps? Just wonderin'. They should, IMHO.

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ZX81

No, they aren't using a ram pack precisely because of that problem. It's an ideal platform for the system as the keyboard is wipe clean and it produces wonderful statistics. When asked to calculate the proportion of unsolved crimes it gave the answer 4/10000.

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Re: And it has just occured to the MPS *now* that this *might* be a problem.

Haven't we just ordered a bunch of trains off them?

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It will work fine, providing...

the DI in charge is Gene Hunt.

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Austrian daredevil Baumgartner skydives from 71,581ft

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I believe the usual expression reserved for high places is...

eh up, mother! I can see our 'ouse from up 'ere!

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You should get in touch with him...

and ask him if he minds lobbing this 'ere model plane out just before he jumps.

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Sex-starved fruit flies hit the sauce

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Re: bizarre

Yes, they've unzipped the flies and started rummaging around the human Y-front to see if there's anything there worth manipulating.

And the beer glass because it's been four years and not a drop.

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New steganography technique relies on letter shapes

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Re: Sadly, this new scheme was

And a numeric cipher has existed in Arabic since well before that, for example the Sufi code. Bacon was known to study various middle eastern philosophies - as did many other members of the RI.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies

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Serves you right...

for getting a lift of Jeremy Clarkson.

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Supersonic silent biplane COMING SOON ...ish

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I don't know...

that concept drawing looks awfully Romulan to me.

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LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod

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Just call it what is is...

A rigid shaft.

If it's backronyms you want. It's a LOHAN Titanium Aerial Release Device.

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I doubt that LOHAN would slide free of the truss by gravity, as the greater air resistance of the glider would cause it to be snatched free of the truss by the wind.

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Mega squid use HUMONGOUS eyes to spot ravenous sperm whales

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Re: You're missing the point...

Evolution isn't a menu you're presented with and make a selection from you know. The number of supposedly scholarly articles I see that 'explain' features like this...

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Re: Stupid Evolution!

There's no squid-master general to yell "It's a trap!"

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You're missing the point...

it's a question of survival advantage. If it was a simple advantage to gather more photons, everything down there in the dark would have bigger eyes. What they said was the squid is somewhere near the top of the food chain, and its main/only predator is the somewhat more massive whale. Those squid with the better photon gathering gear that could detect the bioluminescent bloom as a passing whale swirled it up could dive and hide before they got eaten, so reproduced more frequently.

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FAIL

That picture is not a squid...

it's a Dalek creature.

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Boffins build cyborg snails to generate electricity

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The ones with the copper coloured top.

Don't know about you lot, but for years I've used copper strips to keep snails and slugs off my vegetable patch.

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Re: Snails: Sensible choice

My taste includes both snails and oysters.

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Re: soylent green....

Duracell are made from rabbits as ane fule no.

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