* Posts by TRT

6735 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin

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Re: They did still do it

Yeah, but I bet they made you put a four second delay on the transmission in case some alien called Matt Bianco a bunch of 1cars!

BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Dynamite Audio Big.

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I feel so excited.

Now, it's music I've found...

Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Re: Feature film archives

"another civilization might get to appreciate The Red Shoes where they will never see The Phantom Menace"

There is hope for the future, then.

The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE

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even then they would STILL invent depilatory cream.

Fujitsu Technology Solutions CEO throws in the towel

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Was he the one responsible for 12V only PSUs?

If so, good riddance.

Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

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Re: ahem indeed

it looks like she ran into a wall full tilt.

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Re: Ahhh, the French

haut couilles

Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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for the Duchamp reference. Nice one!

PC builder Lenovo to pump iron, invade hefty biz systems sector

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Yes, but...

Lenovo were the last of the big builders to keep ATX compatible PSUs in their boxes. Now they've gone the way of HP, Dell, Fujitsu etc. and have started building with 12V only.

The problem comes in two forms.

First, as a medical university, our supply is on the hospital grid which gets taken down dirtily every month. This inevitably FUBARS the PSU of anyone who forgets to completely unplug their computer. After encountering this phenomenon, I now keep a couple of brand new 500-600W ATX supplies in stock for a 15 minute recovery. With 12V only, I have to order the part in and it can take three weeks to fix.

Secondly, if someone wants a super-duper workstation for graphics, I can no longer buy an off the shelf build, like a top of the line i7, strip out the PSU, add a top notch graphics card in there and put in a PSU to match. I'm having to scratch build systems with the inevitable "this mobo etc. is out of stock" issues meaning returning half a dozen matched bits to the supplier and a three week wait for replacements.

No-one can tell me which models still have ATX supplies, or which will come with 12V only.

Soultions: they should build the spec the customer asks for rather than tell them, no, you can't have that model with an ATX supply, or the PSU makers are going to have to start upping the watts and making a second "standard" of PSU.

Why is ther eno rage icon?

Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

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Re: Where did Siri find the info?

Apple Location Services, of course! User tracking based on search history, contacts list and dialled number log.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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Re: Close...but no cigar

The redesign of the cabin between the Gen 2 and the Gen 3 was a backward step IMHO. With the Gen 2 you could slide from the driver's seat to the passenger's easily. Heck, you could even have a bench seat in the front if you fancied! The display was simple and clear, everything was on the MFD with just 8 mode buttons.

James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

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Tube trains

Just a pity they didn't do a bit more homework on tube stocks. Wrong type for that line and the lights would have gone over to EM as soon as the pickup shoes left the traction rail, plunging the carriages into near darkness. And a disused station on the Met line? Hmmm...

Kick your computer... before it kicks you

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Re: I have found that machines work better with a dent in their case...

True. I fixed a whole room of misbehaving Dell GX1s by hammering a dead 486dx into the "acoustic deadening material" * in one of our DTP classrooms before I re-ghosted the standard image. I called it "my embedded processor demonstration".

*(those old 1970s paper-fibre wall tiles with a relief map of the Grand Canyon on the surface).

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Ah, the perversions of inanimate object.

Mother f***ing c*** of a son-of-a-***** keyboard!

Anyway, as I was about to say, there was some rationale to thumping the old CRT to make the field coils wobble slightly and get the field up to ignition strength. And as for sticktion in the old PDP disk packs, cold-booting was more or less an accurate description!

Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted

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This report worth reading...

if only for the line "a master criminal trying to twock a submarine."

N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: TIFKAM tiles and colours?

I was just coming to leave a "Can you change those colours?" comment. It looks like some crazy 8-bit palette. Bright Magenta should be firmly confined to the Spectrum era; this is the post-Ceefax generation.

No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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And it won't even cache the WiFi location database for very long anyway thanks to all the complaints about iOS keeping a location track history forever. The complaints weren't about the fact it kept them, but the fact it kept them unencrypted.

Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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"From the Metro Start menu that isn't a Start menu, type "Default" and start the Default Programs application"

Type? What's that?

WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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does a sentient animal taste nicer...

Well, if we could breed an animal that wanted to be eaten and was capable of saying so clearly and distinctly...

God, this article is just a total Adams-fest!

Icon: Peril-sensitive sunglasses.

I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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Talking about Enterprise users...

Picard, tongue sticking out of side of mouth... "Gah! Picard to Data. Data, can you come in here and help me with this damned PAD, please?"

Data (enters) "Captain?"

Picard "Ah, Data. I'm trying to launch the ship's fuel consumption app, but it keeps coming up in windowed mode."

Data "That is correct, Captain."

etc etc etc.

Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Re: What happened to the laptop?

her lap or the machine?

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Re: What was the device in question,

If it was a the next generation MacBookAir, she could have held onto it and floated gently down, right? I mean, with all this weight reduction Apple claim, helium filled drives and so on, the next generation must be lighter than air.

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Re: It takes all sorts.

Who hasn't tried to get that vital email to send in a poor signal area, eh?

Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Why hasn't he been given...

the chance to rip up the road in a Caterham 7? Or a Lotus 7 for that. In British Racing Green with a yellow intake shroud. And a thumping trumpet, bass and percussion track too as he drives into the secret underground entrance of MI6 to hand in his resignat... hang on, gone off on a wrong track here I think. ;-)

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Baking dessert.

There, fixed that for you. It does look a bit like the top of a chocolate soufflé.

Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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Re: Pedant

When I worked at Radio Shack in Canada, I got a brief North America regionalisation briefing by my manager. One thing I recall her saying is "And if people come in here asking about batteries for the convertor, they usually mean the remote control for the cable convertor; it was the first battery remote many people had seen so they started calling the remote the "convertor" and the convertor itself they called a "cable box". Just so you know. Oh, and the remote for the TV? That's the clicker. Even if it doesn't."

'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

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Paris Hilton

No news item...

about the passing of Sylvia Kristel? And it's Friday?

Paris. Because it's only right to recognise the one who opened up the market segment.

Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

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Re: Genius

"every four weeks"

Like buggery?

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Re: music for Bodyform ads...


(Damn linkyness fail!)

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Paris Hilton

Re: music for Bodyform ads...

It could have been worse if they got Winifred Atwell to do the score.


I can just imagine a piece titled "The Jam Rag".

Paris for never letting things get in the way.

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Crimson landslide...

isn't that rumoured to be the title of an episode in the next session of Doctor Who?

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This is not funny...

I was part of that test panel in the 80s. *shudders at memory*


BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

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"One of my personal warning signs on gear is when I get a brand name the same as the device – ie, with this UPS brand UPS from UPS Ltd, I'm fairly sure I'm in trouble. "

Amen to that!

Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

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Re: Hums

Maybe it feels good about working for Virgin?

Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

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Oh, and it's not me running IE7, I was referring to the test bed used in the article. Using a non-MS browser is purely a matter of market saturation anyway - presenting a narrower target to an attacker.

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Re: Please don't tell me....

So conventional wisdom would have use believe, but the old "dual-anti-biotic" approach does have some benefits. I've found no noticeable slowing up with this combination of products. Run Symantec and McAfee together and you're going to have a bad time, but MSE seems to play nice with a second package.

The way that the virus signature databases work wouldn't give you false positives - they only contain signature viral code fragments and even then those are usually simple checksums.

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I've been using a combination of Comodo AV and MSE, with a Comodo Dragon browser. It seems to have a much lower overhead on system resources than the corporate approved "McAfee Enterprise".

The test conditions are also a little rough. Win XP sp3 and IE7? I know, it's a highly infectable combination. MSE does well, IMHO on Win 7 with a non-MS browser.

'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

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Re: May I be the first to say

I blame the church. Bishopsgate.

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Re: May I be the first to say

Or even the BBC's celebrity sex scandal... StarGate. Or is it Saville Row?

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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".

'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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Re: You know what?

It is for the myriad of bootable CDs/DVDs I've got to test hardware, defrag drives, kill rootkits etc.

Inside the mind of a Bond supervillain: Psychotic, autistic - or neither?

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Re: A better place to look for today's Bond villain?

There is something of the night about Michael Howard, though.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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...

Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy

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Re: eh?

3D touch sensitive display? Cool.

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