* Posts by TRT

6735 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Nintendo shrinks Wii for Crimbo

TRT Silver badge
Thumb Up


but in the end a rehash of what is now old tech. Good price point, though.

Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

TRT Silver badge

Re: Being a lawyer...

and the judge would have to weigh the evidence, of course.

TRT Silver badge

Would it be entered...

as a charge of mamslaughter?

TRT Silver badge

Being a lawyer...

he'd know he'd have to make it stand up in court.

Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

TRT Silver badge


he opened Windows?

TRT Silver badge

Re: No-brand power supply / Bad caps.

I have seen SO MANY mobos fail because of this over the last 15 years. It's horrible.

TRT Silver badge

Re: No-brand power supply


TRT Silver badge

Bloody modern PCs...

Working in a building that's an annex to a hospital, our mains supply gets interrupted as rudely as possible one a month whilst they test the emergency supply. The off part isn't the problem. When they throw the breakers at the substation to turn it all back on, there appears to be a massive spike that travels along the neutral wire attempting to reach ground wherever it can. That appears to be very often through the PSUs of PCs whose owners have decided that switching it off at the mains socket is just as good as unplugging it, like they are repeatedly told to do. The switch mode controller gets stressed by this and gives up the ghost at some point in the next few days. The usual symptom is that it starts with my PSU tester connected and sometimes if you disconnect the HDDs etc. A swap out to a known good usually settles the matter.

Without fail I have two or three bad PSUs a month. Oddly enough, I've only once had an Apple go down to this, and that was one of the blue and grey G3s that used modified generic PC PSUs. Maybe Apple owners have just learnt that it takes forever to repair one and costs a bomb?

Anyway, so I keep a stock of three OCZ 600Ws on the shelf. I can get a PC up and going again within 15 minutes. Or so I thought.

Whip off the case of someone's 6 month old Fujitsu... f***ing 12V only PSU. I don't have a tester for it, and I haven't got a spare 12V. Three weeks later, the replacement part arrives, costing around £60 + delivery. And can you get a pre-built PC with an ATX supply nowadays? Unlikely. No matter how much I rant at the suppliers they are determined to go down this route where you cannot replace a PSU without going to them, and you cannot uprate the PSU (say to match a GPU board) at all.

Be warned!

TRT Silver badge

Re: No-brand power supply

Hear hear.

My daughter bought a replacement laptop PSU from Leeds market for £5. She complained the laptop's charging socket must be broken (I bought her a new HP business laptop to go to uni with) as the thing would charge for 10 minutes then shut out and she had to wiggle it about to get it to start charging again. Annoyingly, none of the official HP PSUs I had shipped to her fitted the laptop physically. For some reason the listed part number was wrong, as was the part number stencilled onto the side of the original PSU.

When she eventually brought it home with her, I put it on my test bench and, sure enough, it charged for 10 minutes then cut out. I went to unplug the cord and burnt my fingers quite badly on the plug. After letting it cool and dissecting the wire, I found the actual copper core was so thin I wouldn't even use it for a doorbell, and the soldering in the plug was so bad that it was heating up the plug and tripping a thermal cutout HP had thoughtfully provided next to the charging port.

Needless to say she got an extra lecture or two once I'd found out exactly where she'd bought the PSU from and how much she'd paid.

At last: The brain-controlled helicopter

TRT Silver badge

Re: Curious

You have to think in Russian...

TRT Silver badge

Females only?

Because I've heard it's rare for a male brain to be able to control a chopper.

Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

TRT Silver badge

Re: What's in it for the AIs?

Until the meat decides to darken the skies...

TRT Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Seriously

As fleshy bags, we have evolved with our environment. Machines do not do that. They are the products of "intelligent design". Actually, this is quite an interesting field for philosophy and discourse! Well done, Cambridge!

TRT Silver badge

Re: Well I think the greatest risk...

Oh, and the IT relevance... I don't think the economic engine will last long enough to allow AGIs to reach the point where they become a threat.

TRT Silver badge

Well I think the greatest risk...

is going to be energy starvation. Our economies have become bloated and many societies unsustainable without exploitation of fossil reserves. We are likely to see hyper-inflation, fuel poverty and governments will be unable to respond to the demands of a society that is consuming more than it produces.

Just my two-pennyworth.

Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

TRT Silver badge

Re: Pumice Island

Dr Doolittle?

TRT Silver badge

Re: Ninja island

Shadow clone island jitsu! And we have an archipelago.

TRT Silver badge

Re: Gone, it be!

Atomic testing?

Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage

TRT Silver badge

That there nipple...

is in a weird place. Anyway, thanks for pointing it out, El Reg. I hadn't noticed it myself.

Want to run your own Apple shop? Start with £70k of German chairs

TRT Silver badge

Re: Bonkers

The chairs form part of a custom interface for genius staff. It enables them to still be heard whilst sitting down.

Italians deploy fearsome SPY MANNEQUINS to win Fashion Wars

TRT Silver badge

Re: Whatever you do...

Yeah, when my missus goes clothes shopping, most of the weeping comes from me, the "angel" in the corner who agreed to treat her and pay for it.

TRT Silver badge

Re: Do they

Isn't that location already reserved for the little flashing red lights that are supposed to be on CCTV cameras to show that they are working?

TRT Silver badge

These things track purchases too? By payment card, I take it. So, where's the swipe rea... Oh.

TRT Silver badge

Don't worry about the cameras...

they're all dummies.

Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs

TRT Silver badge

Re: I'm apalled.

Whatever floats your boat, mate. ;)

TRT Silver badge

Pen-y-gors: You've forgotten...

to take into account the model of vacuum employed in your study.

Sheep placed into the DC 39,40,41,47 and 50 will all exhibit massive acceleration due to the gravitational forces caused by the close proximity of a Dyson(tm) sphere.

APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

TRT Silver badge

The central core will be surrounded by bunkers, known as "sand-boxes", and any traffic between zones of the park will be via gate-keepers, run by Apple Properties Incorporated or APIs. Good luck finding your way around if you get the official campus map, though.

TRT Silver badge

I wonder...

If there's a cycle track round the middle?

And those renderings... what are the small white gravestone shaped things in the central garden?

Toshiba boffins build nuke-proof 'bot

TRT Silver badge

Re: Here's an idea...

They'd last about 20-30 minutes in the higher radiation environments, which is about how long it takes you to use up your store of neurotransmitters once you've lost the ability to synthesise more due to nucleic acid damage and damage to transcription enzymes, endoplasmic reticulum etc. The nervous system is, like a robot's CPU, the weak spot.

Can supermodel Heidi Klum save Windows 8? Not so fast

TRT Silver badge

Re: If she was included in your purchase

lovely jubblies.

Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

TRT Silver badge

Re: Ewoks: Battle for Endor

Wookies Vs Ewoks. The Shake'n'Vac wars.

TRT Silver badge

Re: Annoying bear thingies

I thought that was Ken Hom's invention for kitchens without a gas hob...

Apple chief Cook is highest paid CEO in America

TRT Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Little old ladies, you say???

"And since you've been so good to poor old Granny, I'll share a secret with you. This is no ordinary apple. It's a magic wishing apple."

"A wishing apple?"

"Yes. One bite, and all your dreams will come true."


"Yes, girlie. Now, make a wish, and take a bite."

Paris because, well, she's not Snow White.

TRT Silver badge

Quite a paypacket...


BBC Newsnightmare: Opera chief brought in as new DG

TRT Silver badge

Re: Hopefully he will do something about their tech "journelism"

I hope he does something about the appalling quality of the news feeds coming out of BBC news now. I tend to read the BBC on their iOS app, and there are so many missing words, misspelled words, truncated paragraphs etc. And it didn't used to be like that 6 months ago.

TRT Silver badge

Pity the previous DG wasn't called Fox. Could have been a superb headline.

Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

TRT Silver badge

Re: I wonder...

For which open standards exist anyway... good point. Is there an established wireless protocol for media communications? With stuff like power management, remote control signals etc? And for the video there's that super wireless thingy... WiGig.

TRT Silver badge

Re: I wonder...

I don't think they were talking about removing streaming TV from XBoxes of the future...

TRT Silver badge

I wonder...

XBox is now pretty well penetrated into the living rooms of the UK and USA at least. Some kudos there for TV manufacturers buoyed on by the news that smart TVs are the new big thing, putting a games console into the TV seems a logical step... have Apple done themselves a disservice by not pursuing a games console? Perhaps it would benefit TV manufacturers to come up with a standard for a plug in "console on a card" format so that punters can pick and choose which "whatever TV" hardware they want integrated. Or even put a standard size bracket on the back to hold the boxes and a USB output from the integrated TV remote (which is really what the advantage to integration is), or provide "through" signals from the IR pickup on the front of the TV.

Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

TRT Silver badge

Re: Christ (oops!) bloody religion again???

"that book isn't the real Koran"

Try setting light to one, and you'll quickly see just how "real" it is perceived to be!

I do agree with you though. Until it is read, understood, believed etc. it's merely ink and paper.

Analogy - colour. What exactly is it?

TRT Silver badge

Re: Random Swapping

The cyber-equivalent of bullying someone for their lunch money, because this is BOUND to be linked to the cashless payment systems.

TRT Silver badge

Re: I wonder...

Oh God, they do that swapping rings and jumpers thing with their boyfriend, girlfriend thing, don't they? This could be, like, the new 'pledge', swapping RFID tags. Except when he goes to the loo and finds it only opens the girl's bogs.

TRT Silver badge

Re: You've got the right idea...

"Be right back!"

If it works, no you won't!

*tapping on entry door for 10 minutes*

TRT Silver badge

Re: Dammit

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."

Sounds like my WiFi box and a modem...

McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

TRT Silver badge

Re: Hmmm

It's good that he didn't get confused and push a tampon into a carved-up dolphin. I mean, that would be like WEIRD or something.

TRT Silver badge

Re: 'k Yeah!


My mate was in Brazil, you know. One of the office boys.

Human Rights Watch proposes new laws of robotics

TRT Silver badge

Re: "free will"

You have a very good point!

TRT Silver badge

Re: @tkioz

OK. How about "uphold the law" as a rule then? Or is that too Robocop?

TRT Silver badge

Re: Asimov's gonna be spinning in his grave :(

Add an indisputable fact to the fact list. "It is harmful to humanity to deny its members free will."

Raspberry Pi seller calls for hack match contestants

TRT Silver badge

More about...

the taking Apart!

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019