* Posts by TRT

6843 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

NASA stormed by 18,000 wannabe 'nauts

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Re: Selection

They'll have to fund their own fare to the interview...

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NASA stormed by 18,000 wannabe 'nauts

Made me think...

*wringing hands*

"Good... soon our army will be complete and we will wipe the Jedi scum from the gala... Wha...? You want me to sign this requisition for 18,000 sets of white battle armour? Oh, Ok... That's quite expensive, isn't it. And this one is for ... ? High precision blasters? Daylight robbery that is! Far too much. Isn't there a cheaper low precision version we could get instead? And no, I don't want an extended warranty with the tie-fighters."

What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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Good idea...

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Re: Options for idiots

LOL.

Mind you, that -40°C operating temperature... useful for data loggers in freezers. Now if they can get down to -100°C, I can use them in our -80°C's at work.

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Good question. Though I think that's more PI than card. I'm fed up of having to reimage our digital signage cards whenever they run a genny test in the hospital, knocking our grid off.

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Re: Interesting possibilities

They've been doing that with ECU chips for years.

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Re: New sticky labels bought - need to find use for them

Makes me worry that the ones in my slung around the place camera bag aren't up to the job...

D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

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That one was in the original AD&D book too. No bloody 2nd, 3rd or 4th edition (to paraphrase Montgomery Scott).

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Hmm...

I have about 80% of the AD&D1e list. They can go whistle for it. They are staying in my Really Useful Box of Holding along with a huge pile of dessicant gel packs.

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Re: You what??

Have you read that Dr Who story, The Last Dodo?

UK court approves use of predictive coding for e-disclosure

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Re: "until an acceptable level of accuracy is reached"

Swamping the other legal team during disclosure is an unfortunate and ever more common strategy now. As we get more and more litigious, they'll be looking for smaller and smaller needles e.g. that one internal Samsung email in amongst 20,000,000 that says "Hey! Have you seen the new iDevice? Rounded corners look cool, don't you think?"...

It's an increasingly sad world we live in.

We'll see what comes of it.

Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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Re: There was no evidence they were primitive Jeremy Clarksons

He advertises Amazon firestick thingies. Using a face that looks like a leather bag of lard that's been left in the sun too long. Poor old thing. He should just retire now.

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Re: Pfft, everyone knows...

I thought they cut down all the trees to turn them into pulp to make boxes for all their chocolate eggs.

German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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He was doing legitimate research...

so he could join in the "surveillance en masse" debate. At least that's what I think I heard him say.

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Re: language

He wishes he was a cunning linguist.

Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

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Re: Dealing with thieving, French seagulls ...

Meh... they TOLD you it was an encrypted dongle. It's really the firmware patch for the crappy DELL BIOS. Still, if I was on your help desk and heard that, I'd be ROFPML.

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Re: "Why'd I leave a power cable THERE?"

If you have laptop cable snakes, do you have monitor lizards?

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Re: Talons and towels

Ah. That's the problem. Starved to death. Server room, see? All the "mice" were remote.

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Re: Ha!

Caught on camera...

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Re: Ha!

I have to say that my immediate concerns on seeing the fire were

(1) Thank God I took my daughter (aged 6) to school already and she's not still here (I'd taken her to see the cool stuff in the morning).

(2) Fuck! I hope my boss doesn't get incinerated. I think that's a sackable offence, and it wouldn't look good on my CV.

(3) I wonder if that's the ONLY full-sized model of the Alien Queen that they made. Christ, if that gets destroyed by fire I'm in the shit. We'd never get that out in time if the building goes up.

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Ha!

I was once (2002) demoing the ISDN video calling system between remote sites of the college where I worked. Steerable cameras, zoom, multi-way calling, the lot. I was located up at a certain film studio which has now become incredibly famous thanks to a certain series of films about a wannabe wizard. The catering was being provided by the catering students from another campus, entertainment by the performing arts students. We had the mayor, a handful of MPs, a cabinet minister, loads of local business heads, many local headteachers etc. The whole of the training studios (a repurposed WW2 RAF officer's club) had been decked out with film props - mother Alien and auto guns, a squad of stormtroopers and Lord Vader, R2D2 & C3P0, the robot from Judge Dredd, the Aliens drop tank (totally awesome by the way, but f***ing uncomfortable to ride in). Anyway, I'm linked up to the main campus and another satellite campus, and the guys at the other end are panning around my cameras looking at all the cool stuff.

"Woah!" One said. "I'm surprised they let you have a pyro license."

"Huh? We didn't ask for one, I don't think."

"Well then the kitchen's on fire."

I looked behind me and sure enough, with 5 minutes to curtain, a deep fat fryer had developed a stuck thermostat and gone up like a rocket. Flames licking the ceiling, we had to rip out as many tea towels and fire blankets as we could find and smother the bastard. Tried dry powder layered in the tea towels and CO2 extinguishers to cool it down as well, but the bastard wouldn't go out. Burnt through six damp tea towels. You wouldn't believe how much energy must have been in that thing. It was covered in so many tea towels in the end it looked like an Arab trying to keep warm in the Arctic. Eventually we got the sodding thing under control just as the curtain went up, and managed to carry the table and the fryer outside where it could burn itself out to its heart's content.

When I got back to the video conferencing kit, my colleagues were cracked up. They had been watching the whole affair from afar and finding it utterly hilarious, but the worst thing was that the video feed which was supposed to be of the show had been replicated to the big screens in the main hall where the rest of the student body was watching in.

No animals were harmed in the making of this drama.

Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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Surely...

it's truckloads?

Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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re:why is the steering wheel on the wrong side?

You think it should be on the outside?

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Re: Zero emissions ?

Di-atomic, the Welsh particle physicist.

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Re: Zero emissions ?

Seeing how it's from a Welsh company, I'm surprised they didn't find a way to make it run on misery. Or rain.

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The good thing about electric cars...

is that if you run out of juice, you just need a AA van. Or AAA at a pinch.

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Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

Oh, I don't know. It has a certain panache about it.

Triple-murderer prisoner keeps mobile phone in his butt for a week

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Re: Shouldnt that be an iEeeeeeearghmmmphone 6+?

Also known as a "Jesus!!!!mobe"?

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I'm wondering...

if he's tired yet of fellow inmates saying they'd like to send a message to their mum and can they use their dictaphone?

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Dial the speaking clock.

At the turd stroke, the time will be...

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There's a whole galaxy inside Uranus.

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If it's an iPhone 6+..

It'll be a wide stretch as well.

Even Google is abandoning Google+

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Re: Didn't everbody with a clue ...

I was more of a web crawler man myself.

Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Re: I wonder wether...

Europe's Got Talent?

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Re: Somehow

It won't be the same without Wogan anyway. :(

The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Did you have...

one of those Ferranti typesetters? We did. In its own acoustically sealed, double glazed office. Didn't help the people downstairs though.

New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

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Margueritathea?

I decided that I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. Kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.

Where did you...?

Find a gin and tonic? I found a small lake that thought it was a gin and tonic, and jumped in and out of that. At least, I think it thought it was a gin and tonic.

Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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Re: I never thought I'd become an Apple fanboy.

You had me until you said "worse than Windows 8".

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Re: Would amuse me that after all this fuss...

This is a work phone, is it not? Owned by a government agency wasn't it? The county of wherever?

So... it's technically not Farook's. Why wasn't it configured so that the county could access it? Is it more of a failure of their IT procurement and deployment policies? How can they tell that the setting was set to self-destruct from looking at the last backup if they can't read that backup and get most of what they want?

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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Re: Down votes?

Excuse me. You're not allowed to say that you're not allowed to say what you think. If you were allowed to say that you're not allowed to say what you think then people would know that you were thinking something that you aren't allowed to say, and we don't want people thinking that, do we?

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Re: 1984? Not quite

But that article on the Tandy 102... and running into 80s guy on the tube this morning (douche-bag moustache, red plastic glasses, random straight-edged shapes in day-glo pattern on his baseball cap, woollen trousers flecked with coloured disco threads, bomber jacket, red Coke t-shirt, leather satchel - has anyone else seen him?)

I'm coming over all wibbly-wobbly...

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Re: Enough to Make Me Leave

Consider yourself liberated.

China 'evacuates' 9,000 around monster radio 'scope

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We all know...

that really it's the cover for a super-villian's secret base and 007 will abseil in with an elite team of SAS or marines.

New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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Re: Monopoly debt edition

You failed to apply for planning permission to convert your class C3 & C4 properties into class C1. Pay £4,000 fine per hotel and demolish them at your own expense. If you do not have the funds to pay the fine, proceed to the class C2A property at the corner of the board, without passing Go and without collecting £200.

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Proceed to go...

Do not pass go. Do not collect £200.

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Three big games companies...

Hasbro, Waddingtons and Parker Brothers, just dominate the market and now they might even combine. One hope though; the plan is to be referred to the Monopoly Mergers Commission.

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Re: Does it include ATM downtime?

They ban two pieces on the same square now because of shoulder surfing.

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Re: Anyone working on an Ad-Blocker for board games?

Yeah, I played one this Christmas that was just way over the top on the advertising.

Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

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re: saggy old cloth cat,

Only virtually. It's running in an Emilyator.

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OMFG!

I just loved those things. I used to work for Tandy, and I'd happily spend hours on one of those. Yeah, so I still say still sod you if I ignored you in Salford in 1986 with your dumb ass request for "have you got these 10k resistors in a 1% tolerance?"

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