* Posts by TRT

6142 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Re: Optimal solution

Or you just just resubmit Ishtar.

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Re: Maybe the *cinemas* should pay

Bloody hell, no. They charge enough as it is, the monopolistic bunch of tossers. £5 for a box of popped corn? At least? What, is it drizzled in Dom Perignon and gold dust?

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Re: Bravo Charlie Lyne!

I quite like the idea of some measure of filtering of the stuff that goes into distribution.

Although I have to agree with you about them failing to actually do a reasonable job of protecting the public from a deluge of crap and filth, because I note that Ted 2 is coming out soon.

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Re: true suffering

Most of the "drivers eye" "cab-view" films released on DVD for enthusiasts of such things are rated as what? Exempt? How does that work?

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Re: Good grief

Have to admit, for the first time this weekend, after countless watchings, I noticed Dr Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV has rather pronoun... well, let's just say it must have been quite cold the day they filmed that bit where she was shouting at the Klingon spaceship in he park.

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Re: Well that was...

They must have put a perception filter over the 12 minutes of tedious goodbye from when the Doctor gets wheel clamped to when Clara gets deaded then, because it seems some people didn't notice it. There was also one over the stasis pod behind them too, because I'd at least have given that a go as a way of saving Clara.

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Well that was...

a bit fucking tedious.

But... My office was on Dr Who!!!!

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Re: Whither Torchwood?

I'm +1 for bringing Jack back. Although I'm going to get down voted for it, I don't care. He was at least interesting and funny. You see what happens? You get Clara on if you demand Jack off.

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Robert Downey Jr

So the UK version of Iron Man, starring Peter Capaldi...

F***! I''ve got a f***ing meeting in 15 minutes, this is not a f***ing non-crease shirt, there's no f***ing spray starch left and I can only get it up to the right f***ing temperature for f***ing nylon.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

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Re: Epson

Should have paid in Lexmarks.

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Re: Epson

Near to Brotherford, I think.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Audio frequency response of the human ear.

I think my hearing must have gone to pot as I've got older. When I was little, I could tell the TV was on by the high pitched whine - could hear it all through the house. Now, I have to look at the little light to see if it's on without a picture.

Is there a slight sarcasm / joke icon available, btw? Before I get deluged with helpful suggestions.

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Re: Those frequencies are too high

Dey gimme mo' treble an' bass.

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Re: Cricket Anyone

I had a Beavis and Butthead one that was triggered by the IR remote.

Choice phrases like:

"Woah! Same crap on every channel."

"This offends my ears."

"Hey, Fartknocker. Turn the goddam TV up."

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: "Do you have to pay extra for Apple branded lubricant jelly?"

Oh, I do wish you'd take your ring off before you put your finger up there...

Ring? That's my iWatch!

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Re: Don't understand the rage

The traction battery is a very finicky beast and costs around $2k to replace. The 12V battery which boots up the computer and runs the electrics when the traction battery / inverter is disconnected is a slightly odd Japanese job of around just 35Ah, but you can get off the shelf versions for £35 that work just fine though they might have to be ordered in as the terminals are reversed in position to the usual. There's a slight difference with the Toyota version in that it has a hole for a gas bleed vent, as it is housed in the rear compartment which is in a continuous airspace with the cabin. But that's just overkill really. I've driven mine for years without the vent plug in and it's never had any artichoke aubergine banana jambalayas.

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Re: Don't understand the rage

I don't find the fashionista bit all that bad. People will pay for this or that or a brand or a feature. It's human nature and it's not my job to protect them from this or from themselves.

What I find outrageous about this is Apple deviating from an established standard. Deliberately. And non-interoperably. And for no good reason other than ker-ching!

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Re: Bend over

Do you have to pay extra for Apple branded lubricant jelly?

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Re: Don't understand the rage

Well, you can buy special BMW tyres if you like. You don't *have* to. And they're not necessarily made by BMW. They're a bit extra, but there's no real difference, and you can fit non-BMW tyres if you so desire.

And you can fill up at a special pump too, if you really want to pay extra. But you don't have to. Any old petrol will do so long as it conforms to the BS (or the equivalent EU standard as it is now).

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: So it's not just me then...

"Thought I'd do SWMBO a favour and rip a couple of DVDs to her iPad."

Possibly an illegal format shift, depending on the content owner.

"Unable to view with the chosen player app"

Does that player app have a means of getting the files onto the machine? Does it include an FTP client? If it doesn't, why are you raging at Apple instead of at the player app author?

Sandboxing App storage is a good idea. All requests for other data are mediated by the iOS and have to follow strict request protocols instead of just being a free for all file system. It's containers with ladders from the ground up by design, not a set of holes over an open arena.

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Re: So it's not just me then...

That's not a design flaw. That's done deliberately. Frustrating but sandboxing is deliberate. There's too many ladders to climb over the fences nowadays IMHO.

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Re: I agree

Found myself unable to select a postcode today to cut and paste it into the correct field in the contact card because the select blobs to drag out over the whole code are so tiny that you actually can't pick them without hitting something else. I resorted to using my iPod Touch 3 on iOS6 to do it, which was so much easier!

Backwards moving.

I also filed a bug report for iOS 8 that the music player didn't have a play button anymore. Oops, they said, and put one back in iOS 9.

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Hm...

I'm not sure I'd agree with the priority differences between OSX and iOS for 2015. Is this from Apple, or just a guess at their priorities from what they've done?

But I agree with them that Apple did lead the change in User Interfacing, are still leading the field, and have dropped the ball. Not being able to burn a disk image in Disc Utility now?! Come on!!!

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Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

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Re: "temporarily bricked"? @TRT

Apple-smoked. Mmm... with stuffing, mash and gravy.

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Re: "temporarily bricked"?

Don't forget the conditions "borked" and "fubarred"

Borked, I think would describe this condition, in that it is a systematic obstruction.

Fubarred often involves a physical transformation of some kind - often accompanied by a sickening crunchy glass breaky noise. Or smoke.

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Faulty Powers?

Did they read the flipping Manuel?

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

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Smeg

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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

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Re: MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements

I'm so glad that they are experts in that field. I feel so much more secure now.

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At least the records of THEIR conversations are a matter of public record.

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: Not a great episode

Great confusion arises...

"We're accelerating towards Neptune!"

"Now all we've got to do is get this space station up to 88mph and we can send you back to the future..."

*cue Mr Sandman*

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Re: people are going missing

They just haven't been getting enough sleep.

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Re: No title sequence

Ah! There wasn't?! That explains it. I thought I'd missed the first three minutes which is why very little of it made sense.

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Has nobody...

mentioned the weeping angel thing with the grit in the eye yet? OK, I will then.

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Re: Monsters from the (eye l)id?

Those winnit-ridden Vogons...

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Re: Apart from the chance to offer a gratuitous insult to Farage...

Why? Don't you kip?

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I have to say I think it was the weakest of the series so far

I almost fell asleep half-way through.

But an interesting idea and interesting direction too. Not your run of the mill Dr Who. Ha! And they retconned Silurians. Brilliant.

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

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Re: Kettle user

Does it have embedded Java?

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Re: Don't bother

But could a drunken idiot perform the required electronic surgery?

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Prison telco recorded inmates' lawyer-client calls, hack reveals

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It's an offshoot company...

called Sing Sing.

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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" we can confirm the company's on-hold music to be relatively pleasant and inoffensive."

Their telecommunication equipment was infected with Ear Worm malware.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: Really - there wasn't a cleaner or anyone else in the building...

People who catch shipping containers that are dropped by aircraft. They're pretty thin on the ground as well.

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Re: Power & Pressies

"C*******s"?

Cuntsmas?

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Re: This one time...

Comparative reproductive anatomy. It is actually a science thing. As well as being 66% of the use of the internet.

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Re: This one time...

Professors are amongst the worst.

Last week I got a call to a Professor who had moved to a new building a year previously. He'd got his scanner out of the crate, plugged it in, hooked up the USB, checked that he still had the scanner software on it, nothing. Nada. BUT! the PC had said it was installing the device driver.

So I went down, checked the scanner was plugged in, scanned the USB bus - there it was, identified and everything, downloaded new software for it, removed the drivers, reinstalled...

Working on it and scratching my head for an hour about. I was concerned, however, that the scanner didn't seem to be going through a proper initial motor / head calibration cycle when I plugged it in. Just a "pip" from the motor.

Surely that can't be it? I thought. Pip?! These things growl and clunk for at least 30 seconds.

Check power supply voltage... the brick on the floor was a 5V unit. Was this the right one? No power labelling anywhere on the exciting, funkily designed to match an old G4 Power Mac HP scanner. Can I find the manual? No. So I look at the PSU again. Magnifying glass out on the microscopic engraving and it reveals "Gilson" on it. It's for charging rechargeable power pipettors.

But no joy on finding what it should be. So I go hunting through my rag tag collection of discarded wall warts and take a punt on a 12V positive tip with the same diameter barrel.

Bingo!

5V was just enough to power the USB circuitry so it could be seen, but not enough that if any other component kicked in, like a button press or a back light or a motor, then it would disappear from the bus.

I got tea and biscuits during the fix. And treated to his guided tour of preserved mammalian genitalia.

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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

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Re: It's not the size of your guitar but what you do with it

Guitar? Maybe the world's smallest violin.

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So is it 4.5G or LTE-Advanced Pro? Either way, it’s pretty damn quick

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Re: self-driving cars which rely on 900Mbps bandwidth to function properly

I have installed 10-Base5 before now.

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Re: self-driving cars which rely on 900Mbps bandwidth to function properly

Is it a copper hook that rides along a fat copper cable suspended over the roadways?

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Re: self-driving cars which rely on 900Mbps bandwidth to function properly

Google Maps is making a BIG THING about their service working off-line.

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Old tech, new battles: Inside F-Secure’s formidable Faraday cage

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Re: colour...

And the old three phase colour coding in the UK... red, blue, yellow, black. Now brown, grey, blue, black. Blue has shifted in meaning. Confusing, perhaps.

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