* Posts by andy gibson

764 posts • joined 24 May 2007

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

andy gibson

Atari 2600: the original and still the best?

Except your pic doesn't show the original.

This is the original, with difficulty switches on the front:

https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/egamia/images/7/7c/Atari2600sixSwitch.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081220220526

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

andy gibson

Radiohead "Nude" on Spectrum

This was a rather good project with a Spectrum and some other old IT:

https://vimeo.com/1109226

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Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

andy gibson

Maverick for Android

Free app, has OS maps to 1:25,000 as well as others.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

andy gibson

Re: As long as the managment processor isn't open to the net of course.

"Wouldn't want anyone with a blank password getting free reign, would we?"

I tried "Joshua", that didn't work either :-(

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

andy gibson

paying in cheques

I like the cashpoints that let you pay in cheques.

What I *don't* like is the fact that my crappy bank keeps them locked away inside branches with lousy opening hours.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

andy gibson

"we are less susceptible to cyber than most.”

Cyber what? Probably Cybermen.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

andy gibson

"[When I joined it] was like a John Le Carre novel, people were leaving packets of money in hollow trees in Hampstead Heath," she recalled."

1. Is this still done?

2. Where might these trees be?

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

andy gibson

Grandpa Simpson "Turn it up"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu0R96OZy6w

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

andy gibson

Leia's problems recording the video on R2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TNN9xV2MkI

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

andy gibson

Video Genie

Advert for it (and Lowe) here:

http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/system-80/other%20guises_video%20genie_large.jpg

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

andy gibson

Meanwhile, on TRAPPIST-1e

A scientist is composing a similar report on the newly discovered Sol system and its multitude of planets......

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

andy gibson

fines don't work

All they'll do is put up their prices so their customer pay the fine for them.

Instead, force them to reduce their prices and lock them for x years.

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

andy gibson

Century 21

IIRC Century 21 was a Gerry Anderson company. So make your own dummies / puppets joke here :-)

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Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

andy gibson

CoSocius

CoSocius - set up from Cheshire West council started this in 2015.

http://www.cosocius.co.uk/

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

andy gibson

Sony Vaio P

I had one of these briefly:

http://sony.tabletsnlaptops.com/sony-vaio-p-pocket-pc-436.html

It almost ticked all the boxes, but was frightfully slow.

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

andy gibson

Am I one of the lucky ones?

I decided to give up on TV when I moved and my new place had no TV aerial.

I filled in the form saying I didn't watch TV, they popped round, they were polite, I was polite. They went away and I've heard nothing since, over a year on.

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Feel like a spot of planet-hunting? Here's 1,600 suns worth of data

andy gibson

Elite

I always like comparing Planet discoveries with my Frontier Elite map:

http://www.classicamiga.com/images/stories/jreviews/games/F/manuals/Frontier_Elite2(map)(scan).jpg

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

andy gibson

FACT on BBC today

A representative from FACT was on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2 this morning, relating to a morning raid where 5 people were arrested and 700 boxes seized.

In it he said that "streaming was illegal", "Kodi boxes are illegal" and that the police would be looking at the accounts of the 5 arrested and going round and speaking to the buyers.

Watch on iPlayer, scroll on to around 20 minutes in.

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So, the new font, then

andy gibson

don't like it

Looks terrible on my screen too, please change it back.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

andy gibson

Re: Blame the EU?

"You should also hunt down the episode of "The Nerdist" podcast where they interview Patrick Stewart and he ends up doing the opening intro and various of Picard's stock phrases in a French accent. "

He also did it in a broad Yorkshire accent in an interview with Johnathan Ross (when he had his Saturday morning Radio 2 show)

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

andy gibson

3 letter usernames

3 letter usernames are terrible, my school used them. You end up with all manner of duplicates - I was AGI for A Gibson. But as soon as Ashleigh Gibley started she had to be AGI1.

Its just as bad with Smiths, you always end up with more than one sharing the same first initial.

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

andy gibson

Hudson Hawk

I believe the location doubled up as the Vatican mail railway in the terrible movie Hudson Hawk.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

andy gibson

"Instead of flying home, the authors envisage drones hitching a ride on buses, delivery trucks or boats"

Until the bus or truck goes under a low bridge.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

andy gibson

Good old Constable Savage could spot a criminal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

andy gibson

UK just as bad

While its amusing to knock our American cousins and their "beer", lets not forget that the UK isn't much better, with the best selling "beers" being Stella Artois, Foster's, Carling & Carlsberg.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

andy gibson

Stock photo of woman

Totally off topic, but that stock photo made me think about the Asus Eee PC woman. Wonder what she's using now. For those who don't know who I'm talking about:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/21/new_eee_girl/

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

andy gibson

Prankster puts glasses on gallery floor - and visitors mistake them for art:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEleWfNVifY

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

andy gibson

Not all games need a login

A favourite of mine (reminds me of Choplifter or Cyclone on the Spectrum), no idea how it's missed being culled as the TV programme died a death years ago:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/rockface/game/main.swf

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

andy gibson

Adblock banner

Some of the provincial news sites have a massive blue banner on the bottom third of the screen stating "LOVE YOUR LOCAL NEWS?

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR AD BLOCKER

Did you know that advertising supports local journalism and promotes local businesses? Find out how to turn off your ad blocker."

But if you right click on it and click "BLOCK THIS AD" it disappears!

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Chinese rivals: ZTE to take on Huawei... in the UK

andy gibson

ZTE in the UK

ZTE were the manufacturer of the hugely popular Blade, AKA Orange San Francisco Android phone, and its successors.

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

andy gibson

strip bar?

Did quark run a "strip bar"? I thought it was holosuites and Dabo tables. Oh and Chief O'Brien's dartboard.

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Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

andy gibson

Talking spiders in Rama sequels

Talking spiders were in the sequels to Rendezvous with Rama,also featuring humans leaving Earth for a new world.

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

andy gibson

Groundskeeper Willie

Maybe it was Groundskeeper Willie's tractor that caused it to appear in Skinner's kitchen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1h8cHUnP9k

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Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

andy gibson

Re: Storage in Paris

I think the data is safe, the inbred morons that is ISIS only targets people, not buildings of strategic important.

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

andy gibson

Re: Dr. Stangelove

"By Dawn's Early Light", a 1991 TV movie of the 1983 novel Trinity's Child, by William Prochnau is also worth a watch.

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

andy gibson

Re: If Trumps wig is lifted...

Either that or "I owe you one brain. Love, God"

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

andy gibson

Re: Sounds like nonsense to me

Aberglas, is this you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36818899

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

andy gibson

Billy Love

That name's going to be a tad unfortunate where he's going :-)

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

andy gibson

BBC Micro

Last time I went into Maplin it was for a DIN plug for a BBC Micro monitor (yes, they still had them on the shelves a few years back).

When I asked the assistant for directions to where it might be, he thought the BBC Micro was some kind of Freeview box.

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Is it a car? Is it a rocket? No, it's Elon Musk's robot butler!

andy gibson

Nelson Muntz

I prefer to misquote Nelson from The Simpsons:

"How many Robot butlers will there be"

Bart: "One at first,but he'll train others"

Hopefully not in an I Robot fashion.

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Lester Haines: RIP

andy gibson

downvote?

Who the fuck downvoted Geoff May's first post?

Show and explain yourself.

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Dabs founder Dave Atherton returns to techland

andy gibson

"online tat bazaar"

Why does anyone who owns a web shopping outfit have to have it branded an "online tat bazaar" by The Reg? Once it just referred to Ebay, now its anything that sells.

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'I am not a lizard' Zuckerberg proclaims in public Q&A

andy gibson

Marc Singer

I'll only believe it once Marc Singer has pawed his face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP49-qftyuk

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

andy gibson

Iplayer at work

What's the betting BBC's iPlayer will do the same this afternoon?

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

andy gibson

Re: It's rubbish

I think that's where IT Technicians or other techy support staff in school need to pick up the ball. Many IT clubs are run by these staff.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

andy gibson

Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum"

Isn't that why Cameron allowed each MP to choose which side they wanted to be on rather than having them toe the party line?

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

andy gibson

Re: a triumph for commonsense

"a triumph for commonsense over idiotic twattery"

says someone who's name is "Harry the Bastard"

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I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

andy gibson

Re: Damn you, headline writer

I'm buying the domain name toto.africa

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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

andy gibson

Re: Abstain?

Its not Weasel, its Weisel :-)

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

andy gibson

Terry Pratchett

Did anyone see this article and think of "The Long Mars" by Terry Pratchett?

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