* Posts by TRT

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My posts is screwed up. It now takes much more space and the linkback to the original comment is obeying some rule which I can't fathom regarding if it appears or not. Yuck.

Canon focuses on 25th birthday EOS DSLR

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Re: How Much?!?!?

My thoughts exactly.

Bikini clad Princess Leia spied shakin' booty in Star Wars game

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Unhappy

Hey!!!!

Why did the Kinect decide my in-game avatar would be Jabba? I'm not THAT overweight. *humph*

Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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So long...

as he wasn't filling up wine bottles.

Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

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OK, who has broken my favourite commentard dump?

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Re: Could be worse

Yeah, you can't extend that logic to the rest of the zoditards, though. I mean, cancertard? Could easily be misinterpreted.

Heh heh heh. *chuckles* Tardis.

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IT Angle

Re: Tar

Is it fair, though, that all commentators be tard with the same brush?

Chancer punts cig pack case for Raspberry Pi

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Pi...

should always be housed in crust.

Mmmmmm.... Pie.

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A curious approach to a product that appeals to the roll-your-own brigade.

Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Well, so long as...

they don't have to order any spare parts to fix it.

Antimatter asymmetry: new results bring solution closer

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Re: If we could meet in the middle

As a small child, I nearly ran screaming out of the Italian restaurant my family had gone to because I thought that the pasta and anti-pasta would mix in my stomach and explode. I was only 8 at the time, though, and had done way too much ST:TOS, DW and Tomorrow's World than was probably healthy for me.

Stop snubbing top scientists' advice, Lords tell MPs

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Re: Homeopathy

Sod it. The placebo effect keeps me in work. When I get called out to a machine and the very act of my walking into a room and touching the keyboard causes the problem to magically fix itself, or more usually just a reboot does the trick, people believe I have some magical power to cure their computer woe. I reckon 50% of my shouts are resolved by "magic" like that, and people are willing to pay for that belief. My bank manager and I do not complain!

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Re: Re: Re: Ok...

That's what I said. Apart from I forgot about the sugar coated pill, the fancy packaging and the reassuringly glossy pamphlet telling you why it's the best option for you. The comparison breaks down, of course, in that homeopathic treatments are required by law to tell you that alternatives are available and that you should seek the advice of a qualified professional, but I'm sure that's only to keep pharma happy.

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Re: Ok...

But the Government are firm believers in homeopathy. They take one good idea and dilute it repeatedly until only the essence of a good idea remains, but which costs ten times the amount of the original.

Quantum computing in our lifetime - IBM breakthrough

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Re: Factoring products of large primes

Well, Sir Clive Sinclair made a Quantum computer years ago. With little whirry tape cartridges and everything.

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They can also use it to crack current cyphers which are based on, e.g. factoring very large numbers. And other hard maths.

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That sounds like a computer so vastly superior, so amazingly intelligent that it could prove the existence of income tax and rice pudding before it's even been switched ON!

Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

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Re: Return to Peladon

I'd love to see another visit to Peladon. I've been thinking of storylines for it.

Perhaps The Doctor could be tasked by the Earth's High Commission to return to Peladon for some diplomatic reason. Call it "The Peladon Brief"

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That'll be...

because Captain Jack's visiting.

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Mushroom

Re: Re: "some familiar foes as you've never seen them before"

No, that's been done already.

Plus it's kind of a politically charged area - killer robots operating in Pakistan.

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Devil

New story...

Mid 2012. The TARDIS materialises in mid-flight, on the edge of Earth's atmosphere, somewhere above Spain. Rory sticks his head out of the door to take a look, only to stare stupidly at the two large white objects rapidly ascending towards the space/time machine. Then it hits him.

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Re: X in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE!

They already did the Egyptians thing with the pyramid base of Lady Cor...blimey, whats'er_name.

CIOs on the scrapheap - The Register wants your input for vox pop article

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Re: What's a CIO?

Oh come on, be fair. I had to google it myself as I'd forgotten what it was! I've not heard that job title since the early 90s. HR has managed to mangle things so much in the last 20 years anyway...

Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

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Paris Hilton

Frigs in spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Paris Hilton

Would...

c**t have been a better translation? You know, in terms of emotional impact?

Paris, because she knows about cunning stunts.

Heatmiser PRT-TS Wi-Fi RF thermostat

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Hmm...

I can see an application here for shift workers, if it can integrate with events in the calendar. And as it's got an open source project going for it, that could happen. Pricey, though. They could have integrated a small webcam and mic for that price and made it a home surveillance device as well.

LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

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Couldn't you get payload higher still by carrying a second stage, under-inflated balloon? By the time the main lifting balloon bursts due to its size, the second stage balloon will have inflated. Sure, it'll be able to carry less mass, but with a bit of careful design, it might work. Any views anyone?

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I'd...

hang an octohedron by its top apex to the balloon tether and launch through one wall of that. Hang the recovery parachute from the bottom apex and put the logging equipment in the bottom half of the octohedron. Forget about launching vertically! With all that tossing, who's to say what's vertical anyway?

LOHAN flashes fantastical flying truss

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Re: There's a woman in the photo

No. They are just answering the question of if they can get it up, keep it up and, if they achieve that, can they do anything useful with it.

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Re: In regards to horizontal stability

Yeah, I already suggested that. I think that such a mechanism, though, would be useless given the buffeting that the launcher will have to endure.

Wind speed at high altitudes can vary between 5mph and 125mph, and temperatures can get as low as -60°C. This is going to be one tough nut to crack.

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0469%281950%29007%3C0066%3AWATITL%3E2.0.CO%3B2

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What about...

a triangular truss, with a balloon at each corner? You could sit the launch platform atop a pyramid, a bit like a d4.

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Re: Re: Keeping it Horizontal.

Yes, but that would be in keeping with the character of the project, having a bad attitude.

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Re: Hmm...

Some sort of tilt detector and auto-trim device, like mounting the battery pod on a long screw with a stepper motor at one end.

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LOHAN's truss is looking spectacular.

21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

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You should...

go and get one of the books by Devon Scott. Seriously. Do it, read it. Man porn.

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Paris Hilton

Wow...

things have really moved on since the 5.25" floppy.

Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter

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Paris Hilton

Ancient nuts...

I guess they called in a specialist to handle them. Like Catherine Zeta Jones, for instance.

Sony pitches pay-as-you-go power sockets

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Re: Oh, I just thought of a legit use (amazing)

Yeah. We had a student nearly kill themselves with a home built guitar effects pedal collection. I had all my technicians trained in PAT as well so they could certify if a device was go or no-go. All it takes is a visual once-over. I wouldn't consider it reasonable to have every on of my 16 technicians carry a fully certified £3000 yellow box around with them just in case a Joe wants to plug in their own wah box, illuminated magnifying glass or stereo, but a visual check would have saved this student zapping themselves, and wouldn't have needed so much as a screwdriver. The yellow boxes, we had two per campus so one was always available for use within 10 minutes or so if anyone was in doubt. Saved a fortune on maintenance as well.

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Oh my word...

Anyone ever heard of Walsall gauge?

Mind you, could be useful for remotely shutting down non-essential electrical draw if, say, you run out of nuclear power plants following an accident or disaster.

Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Re: Tiles

Hmm... wonder if they're wipe clean? Which, by a staggering coincidence, is most likely part of the installation instructions.

Official: Sony and Ericsson are divorced

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Re: shame.

Just had a look at it. That is an awesome spec.

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Re: Re: :-(

@Chad.

Nice. Very nice. But pricey and a lot larger than a T303. Good standby time that Sonim has, though. I'm very impressed with that!

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:-(

I've had several people asking where can they get a phone as small and robust as my little T303. You just can't get a simple, small, tough phone any more. They are mostly whopping great things with no battery life; not very useful as a communications device.

Still, someone will spot the gap in the market soon enough.

Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Re: Rather than a net

Rocket coated in Toblerone.

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Alien

It looks like a SPS rocket of some sort. Like the limpet rockets used in debris destruction.

Archos 35 Home Connect

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Now if it had an iPod dock, we'd be onto a winner!

Bonkers MS security update flags Google.com as malign

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Re: bbc too?

I think that's just Scotland as a whole.

Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

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Re: Great but stale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lego_video_games

Someone seems to have heard something.

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Re: not EVERY major film....

Ah, you are right, of course. There was no Lego game IIRC produced for the tie-in to Toy Story. Or Spiderman.

However, games released where Lego has had a tie-in to a film:

Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean.

And if you are making a Lego wish list, what about Thunderbirds? All those crazy pod vehicles...

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Oh...

http://www.amazon.com/Other-Manufacturer-Alien-Facehugger-Plush/dp/B004RCVZLA

Rule 34.3. There is plush of it.

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