* Posts by David 132

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Exactly spot-on!

Oh, and that little project began life as "Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as Taken From the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars"

What an amazingly catchy title. Why on earth did he change it? /s

Also a must-see: "The Escapades of Indiana Johnson, As Related To His Chiropodist, Installment 1: The Temple Of Deadly Doom"

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Re: Rogue1

Ditto. The number of people who can't spell Rogue and confuse it with ladies facial make-up is astounding.

Yeah, red faces all round.

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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

@tedleaf Upvoted for mention of Bleak Expectations. I miss Mr Gently Benevolent.

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

No doubt there is a developer stoolkit.

I do not want to see the sample library for that one.

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Re: Not a biometric ID thing then

Not my fault, it was someone on a forum eons ago suggesting that arse-prints could be unique identifiers and number two factor authentication is a logical step.

Motion detection is already a common part of security systems, unless I've misunderstood the term.

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Re: Fnar Fnar

On a related note, I have had to explain to my (previously, baffled) American colleagues that "...as the actress said to the Bishop" is the Brit equivalent of "...that's what she said".

Do other languages have equivalent phrases, I wonder.

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Re: Fnar Fnar

All publications have their preferred style guide. The Telegraph has Fowler's or the Oxford Style Manual; the New York Times has Strunk & White... and El Reg has Roger's Profanisaurus.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: How about....................

I think you should sit very quietly in the corner and reflect on what you just did.

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Re: Ona serios note

Let me guess - you know how to start spelling "meringue" but don't know how to stop?

(Unless there's a cultural reference I'm missing. So many. So hard to keep track.)

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"iPlane 2.0"

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If they can't use Vegemite...

How about naming a plane "Parwill"?

(look it up).

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Re: Honor Australia's Greatest Hero.

Hmm.

This isn't a widebody aircraft, and it'll be flying over vast tracts of Outback. So for most of the time it'll be a slim dusty plane. I feel like there's a connection to an Aussie hero there, but can't quite put my finger on it.

Icon - beer, but bring your own because the pub doesn't have any.

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How about Bruce, Sheila, Blue, Mate, Bludger, Drongo, Kylie and Madge - that seems to cover the aussie spectrum, right?

What, no "Skippy"??

And I suppose that naming one "Rolf" would be, uh, in poor taste these days?

Penguin icon because it's cladistically a type of kangaroo.

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Re: Call one EMC after the famous Aussie physicist who put bubbles into beer.

What do you mean Young Einstein wasn't a biopic?

You should check by using Google, or Yahoo. Seriously.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Cleaning dirty records

Yes, that works. There's also the stuff that's used when making a person's face cast (which I can't recall the name of), but glue is likely to be cheaper.

PSA: NOT plaster-of-paris, unless you want the person whose face you're casting to end up looking like a cross between Two-Face and the Phantom of the Opera. PoP generates lots of heat as it sets, and there've been many cases of people foolishly using it to take casts of their hands or other extremities, and suffering amputations as a result.

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Re: Hipsters

@404: Oh, you're no fun any more.

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Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

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"This outage could have been prevented," said Pai. "It was the result of mistakes made by AT&T...."

Given that this is Ajit Pai you're quoting, are you quite sure you didn't mis-hear what he said?

I suggest that this would be more likely...

"This outage could have been prevented. It was the result of smothering government regulation passed by the Obama regime, which has for too long held back this noble and hard-working corporation from offering distinctive, value-added services to customers prepared to pay for a premium 911 service..."

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: OK, I give

It's not the word "Creators" that has the Aussies riled, but the assumption that the third season of the year is "Fall":

The "Creators" concept is rather tangential both to the new features and to Windows users in general. As for Fall [emphasis mine], I remarked to another journalist at Build that the name was US-centric. "Imagine how it goes down in Australia," he replied.

Imagery of falling leaves and frosty mornings probably won't resonate with those Down Under, who will at that time of the year be more concerned with throwing shrimps on the barbie, adding Vegemite to tinnies, tying corks to their hats, watching out for drop-bears, playing knifey-spoony, tying kangaroos down, wrestling crocodiles, and other traditional local pursuits that I am 100% sure are accurate and not based on clichéd stereotypes.

The icon is a pint of Castlemaine XXXX, which as everyone knows is the only beer available down there.

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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On the plus side, instant familiarity

"But the wider aviation industry won't feel competitive pressure, as the C919 includes parts from many established aviation companies"

Indeed - blueprints from Boeing, materials formulae from Airbus, software generously provided free of charge by BAE, who don't even know they did so... this is a Chinese plane, after all...

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Chip design chap arrested for using photocopier

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Huali will totes obey, absolutely

so TSMC has warned Huali Micro not to use “illegally acquired business documents and information”.

Mm, I'm sure no PRC company would dream of using sensitive commercial information that had been acquired unlawfully.

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Apple blocks comms-snooping malware

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"a OSX software product"

"from App Store"

"reopen you browser"

We'll be in real trouble if these morons ever learn to proof-read their English. Until then, "please to be fucking off".

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Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

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Targeted spam is still spam

you'll receive targeted marketing rather than spam.

Aargh, can we squish this right now please?

Despite the best efforts of the ad industry to redefine words to mean exactly what they want... spam is what used to be called Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail. Targeted marketing is still spam if I didn't ask for it (and believe me, I didn't, don't, and won't ever). In fact it's the worst kind of spam, because it shows that the sender has dug into my life, my habits and my preferences like some creepy stalker.

Grrr.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Low tech

UserMcUser And while we're on the subject, who needs help planning the "drive a large vehicle into a crowd" type of terrorist attack? Seems like everything you need to know is in the description.

Indeed. Isn't the sentence "a drive-a-large-vehicle-into-a-crowd terrorist attack" both a factual description, but also more worryingly, technically a terrorism how-to instruction manual as defined by the UK's current hysterical and overly-loose anti-terror laws? I mean, put the words "Step 1:" in front of the phrase and whoops, off to Parkhurst you go.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: badgers

@Nolveys The mass difference between male and female African badgers is negligible, but if we are talking about European badgers then it's a different story.

And of course if it's honey badgers , well, I hear they don't give a ****.

Come to think of it, an aircraft vessel made of 5.7 million honey badgers would certainly send out that certain "don't mess with us" message. Anyone want to suggest it to President Trump?

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Yeah, and the subhead claims it weighs as much as "5.7 million" badgers, yet the third paragraph specifies "5.74 million". That's some rounding error. Do 40,000 adult badgers mean so little to you, Register writers? Are you so callous and inured to the world that a compressed stack of millions of badgers is merely a numerical curiosity? For shame! I shall be cancelling my subscription forthwith, etc.

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Re: Bollocks

If you finely slice a adult brontie at an angle (to look classy) and lay the bits end on end, it'll easily reach 100m in length.

Yeah, but you've then got the problem of finding a large enough serving plate, cocktail sticks, and bowl of dip. It never all gets eaten, and honestly, who has fridge space for half a leftover sliced brontosaurus?

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@Gene Cash

engineers from Kawasaki and Yamaha, coming over looking at Triumph bikes and learning from them

"ok, now we know what NOT to do..."

"Hmm. This Western technology is fiendishly complicated. What possible advantage is there to having all the oil on the OUTSIDE of the engine?"

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: More guidance needed

Assuming you missed A level maths

I did, and until your explanation I'd always wondered what the term "an integrated rail network" meant.

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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

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What you did there, I see it..

It admitted the delivery of the prompt to enable this feature was a bit off and promised a prompt revision.

Har har.

But seriously. According to the article this update was pitched as including only "general bug fixes and performance improvements". This is one of my pet peeves at the moment - marketroids abusing the update process to foist new features that benefit them, and lying to us about it.

Want us to keep up-to-date with security patches? Want us to accept SaaS-type continuous updates?

Well, that requires trust that the updates are necessary and will benefit us, not annoy us.The way they're going, all they're doing is causing more and more people to switch off auto-update systems (I myself have disabled the Windows Update service on my Windows boxes, for the first time ever - I simply don't trust MSFT any more).

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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Re: Daft thing is ...

@tiggity because we like knowing the time easily (e.g. whilst underwater (waterproof), without having to get a phone out of pocket / shock horror might not even habitually carry a phone)

Yes, I hate having to get my phone out of my pocket while I'm underwater.

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Re: This is what lawyers do

Am I really the only person here who speaks English?

Bljatlh 'e' ylmev, tlhingan maH!

But on a lighter note, this is an oldie, but worth a read for those of us who don't know how to Talk Foreign:

http://www.zompist.com/phrases.html

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Oops, I see others had already made the "lag" pun on page 2 of this thread - that'll teach me to be slow. Don't upvote me, spend it on people who are more original instead :(

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@Phuzz - Indeed I remember them. Visited them a few times in a professional capacity. I worked closely for years with Robin D, a very smart chap indeed. Upvoted for the happy memories.

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Did they need "screws" to put the computers together?

Dunno, but what tipped off the IT department was finding a lag on the network.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: RE "You can't print your return check in till you have landed on your outbound journey"

@Sandtitz Really? You haven't figured out how to use the three shells yet?

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Qualcommotion: Sueball return alleges Apple 'pay-to-play' deal

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Re: Apple had not responded

Exactly. When playground fights evolve into the adult world, this is the form they take.

"You smell!"

"Nuh-uh!"

"I am rubber, you are glue!"

(Actually, that leads me to a wonderful thought - wouldn't it be amazing, not to mention far more entertaining, if court cases like this were fought Monkey-Island-Sword-Fight style?

"In Re Qualcomm vs. Apple, testimony from the first party asserted that 'You fight like a dairy farmer'. Response from Counsel for the second party was 'How appropriate. You fight like a cow.'

The defense rests.")

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Boeing 737 turns 50

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Re: Tsk, tsk

@Crazy Operations Guy On the other, you have Emirates' "Even Caligula would think its too decadent" flying palaces.

"New for 2018 - Emirates First Class now offers...

- Complementary beverages

- Private lay-flat bed

- Horse Marriage

- Can choose up to 10 Economy Class passengers to be thrown to wild beasts in the cargo hold

- Cabin crew will worship you as an actual, living god

* Special offer during January - free stabbing as you exit the plane"

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Re: A venerable workhorse

@Etatdame - eh, I myself am warming to Southwest. They're cheap, but not obnoxiously so (helloooo, Spirit, Ryanair etc.) and the cabin crew are invariably good-natured and pleasant.

I used to swear by United and BA, but both have taken a nose-dive (pardon the unfortunate phrase) in recent years - copying the budget airlines' penny-pinching ways, but not realizing that by doing so they are destroying their brand image and customer loyalty. United since the Smisek era, and BA since the IAG acquisition - nope, sorry, I'm not going to put up with such obvious contempt for the customer.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Thank goodness.

I never thought I'd type these words, but: I agree with Ajit Pai on this.

(now excuse me for a moment while I try not to throw up)

Being on a plane is unpleasant enough without having to put up with other peoples' calls. What with the veal-crate-level legroom / bawling kids / flatulent/overweight neighbors / being nickel-and-dimed for everything the beancounters can re-brand as a "premium add-on" (breathable air, a seat, etc), and now apparently the risk of being beaten up and dragged bleeding off the plane if you don't voluntarily volunteer to voluntarily bounce to a later flight...

If it's THAT urgent that you talk to someone, connect to the inflight wifi and send an email.

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Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag

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Goit - check out Intel Unite (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/unite/intel-unite-overview.html) - it might be of interest to your CEO.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Re: Rooted via back door

I misread it that way too. Serves me right for only giving the article a brief glans.

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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Uh, sure.

Sir Humphrey: "Oh dear. We have a problem after the Minister's interview this morning. People have actually examined what she said, rather than just letting the feel-good platitudes wash over them like they're supposed to. Find something that sounds like "hashtags" that we can plausibly claim she actually meant to say."

Bernard [after 10 minutes frantic searching on wikipedia]: "How about 'hashing'? It's something to do with pictures, apparently, lots of binaries and codes in there, don't understand it myself and none of the other Oxford PPEs I asked do, so it must be seriously nerdy."

SH: "Excellent. Send out a correction to all the usual news outlets. Now, back to business. What were you saying about Gibraltar?"

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

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Re: Aggregate and opt-in

Beat me to it. Weasel words indeed - typical corporate double-speak, where the words are carefully chosen so as to sound utterly reassuring whilst leaving huge loopholes.

For example, there is no incompatibility between

"we have never sold our customers' individual web browsing histories and never will"

and

"Hey, Walmart, we have a list of all of our customers who browsed for 'baby food supplies' in the last 6 months - pay us $AMOUNT and we'll inject your adverts direct into the HTTP streams of everyone on the list"

Grr.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: "Given the boot"

Yeah. And was this admin the sole culprit? Heel be lucky to get another job, anyway - probably be on his uppers after paying off the fines.

Sorry, I'm just talking cobblers.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Re: Aaah Win 10

Wade Burchette I am thinking it is the latter because there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.

As I always remember it: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is technically a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in the fruit salad."

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: Looks good!

<sarcasm> I would bet that with continuing progress like this, Windows 10 will be ready for release within the next few years </sarcasm>

Yes! 2017 will be the Year Of Windows 10 On The Desktop!

/s

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Re: Wish I could use it

Windows sleep / resume seems very sensitive to hardware.

Indeed. But my point - albeit obliquely made - is that this is Microsoft's own hardware, so they should have validated it... no?

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Re: Heavy Users Are Most Effective

How about a sheep on a pogo stick?

(aka a woolly jumper?)

Also, I am vaguely unnerved at the amount of research that you've apparently put into this topic.

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Ben Rose It actually turns out 70meg ADSL is faster than 200meg Virgin fibre.

Ben, did you mis-type, or is there really such a thing as 70Mbit ADSL? I was under the impression that ADSL maxes out at 25Mbit/s, and the briefest of glances at wikipedia seems to agree. I is confused... and probably very out of date...

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