* Posts by collinsl

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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Then you get the idiots who say "must have 10 years experience in docker"

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Yes and no - the plane is travelling at the same speed, but the relative speed of the air hitting it may be different.

For example take the SR-71 Blackbird. It has adjustable cones on the front of it's engines, which are used to deflect the air at supersonic speeds away from the engine intakes so the air that does come in is moving subsonically and doesn't destroy the engines.

This is also true of Concorde, which uses flaps in the engine intakes instead.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Metric please

How long is a stadia, pray?

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Re: Mathematically impossible...

> Everton Supporters?

You mis-spelled "Entire Everton Fan club"

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

Other one's I've heard:

* Fallopian tubes for the CVRT (good one because they go to stores, wait, then medical & wait)

* Keys to the outdoor firing range

* Tartan paint for the last post

* Camouflage paint

Another good one is to give the new person a chainsaw and a sealed note and tell them to take it to the RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major) - the note would say something like "Give me the wages or I'll cut your F&*("%^ head off!"

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Re: PC fail

CF the Lost and Found box (Ass Box) in Scrubs

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Re: Back in the 60s

"Speed tape" is indeed tape designed for aircraft to secure non-essential broken things for flight, and will hold at up to the sound barrier.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_tape

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Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

We say roote not rowte for the path someone should take, so it's only natural we say rooter not rowter.

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Re: I first heard this story back in the early 1990s.

In a similar vein to Wedgewood to fit (metal) tyres on train wheels (for they do have them) they heat the tyres to a set temperature to expand them relative to the actual wheel. In the old days the foreman used to spit on the tyre to see if his spit balled up - if it did it was hot enough, if not it needed more heat.

These days, they have wax pens which melt and ball up at different temperatures - they merely mark the tyre and watch the wax.

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Re: The story is ...

I remember printing lots of them when I worked in a supermarket - the label printers often have worn or damaged heating heads (the barcodes are actually "burned" into the label coating, the same as receipts) and feed rollers, which make the lines the incorrect width.

The problem of course is that the width of the lines is what determines what number they are, so by having these minute errors the barcode can easily be unreadable yet still look OK.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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We still manage trains up to every 2 minutes on the Victoria Line of the London Underground, and 3 minutes on a lot of other lines.

It's mainly down to the engineering and advances in automation and train acceleration/braking speed etc.

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Well, for a given value of remote - in yards it's normally a guy with a remote controller walking around next to the train. It gives them better visibility and they can do away with some of the ground-based marshallers because the driver can see what they are doing better.

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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Re: Wow...

You're forgetting that refusing to give up a password is also a crime in the UK.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

Telling a copper "I think you should be doing X rather than whatever you're busy with now" is not reporting it properly. Ring 101 and get a proper case generated rather than wasting the time of someone who is probably stretched beyond belief.

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

Emissions control is not within the remit of the police in the UK - it's enforced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency who mainly focus on trucks and other heavy goods vehicles.

Normal vehicles are fully emissions tested when they have an MOT and are failed if they don't meet the criteria laid down when the vehicle was produced.

In addition the police are extremely stretched for resources right now so they have more important things to be dealing with than out of date tax/MOT from cars from other countries.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: Personally

100% of people reported they take surveys when presented with them.

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: PgUp PgDn

They are the old "page back" (left) and "page forwards" buttons - on the old style keyboards page up and down are buttons on the top right near insert and home.

Here's an original X220 keyboard for comparison:

http://blog.gosabe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/x220_keyboard_top.jpg

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Re: Reactionaries everywhere

Indestructible

Good looking

Decent hardware

Pick 2 of the above. Personally, I'd go with the top and bottom.

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Re: Sorry, keyboard fail

Then you may buy anything in the Lenovo line with chiclet keyboards, and regret the decision

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Re: touchpads, pfft

You mean the massively more accurate and user-friendly device which I use in preference to anything else on laptops which have it, even on Dell machines where it's got an inferior cap on it?

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IBM/Lenovo put the FN key where it's supposed to be, on the outside edge.

It's not their fault every other laptop manufacturer gets it wrong...

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Re: Screw 16:10

T420s/T410s are still pretty cheap on eBay, and are still going strong components wise.

Plus, with modern SSDs etc they will run at roughly the same speed as anything new for 90% of tasks.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Re: Small inaccuracy

I think hes thinking of the the LPDs like HMS Albion or HMS Bulwark

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Well according to the report the stone blocks it was sitting on got crushed, so I'd expect it sank into the ground a bit, hence the stone crushing mill.

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Re: I wonder

I don't think it would have come to a "contract author" - he seemed perfectly happy to let his daughter Rhianna take it on, but she chose not to, so he chose to have it destroyed.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: ship design philosophy question

It was a design choice for a number of reasons:

1. Add extra topweight to the starboard side to balance out the heavy port side equipment below

2. Allow the smokestacks (it's derv powered after all) to be more rearward whilst allowing a better view from the bridge

3. Keep the flyops people out of the command spaces so they can't break stuff ;-)

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Re: wrongo

How about a USS Donald R Duck?

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: They are bonkers

Don't you mean black and green monitors?

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

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Re: Interesting story

It wasn't him, it never was, it was his parliament.

And you know what, it wasn't even them that much.

The revolutionaries in the US wanted to make trouble, and found a good excuse in the taxes that were being imposed. These taxes were much less than the average Englishman was paying (about 1/8th in fact) and were to pay almost solely for the French and Indian wars and the ongoing defence of the colonies.

The other issue of representation can be ignored too, because English people weren't represented - this was the time of the "pocket boroughs" which were essentially purchased from the one or two voters in the voting district - that or the voter happened to be the MP who was elected. The average person wasn't represented at all.

Essentially the independence movement happened because a bunch of smugglers (John Hancock et al) didn't like the goods being brought in being cheaper than their smuggled goods, so they attempted to dispose of the legitimate goods (hence the Boston Tea Party).

The UK parliament cracked down on the lawlessness, which led to people becoming annoyed, as before that the government had taken a hands off approach - sparing the rod spoiled the child in this case. Then it spiralled into revolution.

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Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

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Now Brady and Grey are going to have to do another segment about how they "don't approve". Great!

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Re: Comparisons

Now changed to i5 i7 i9 of course :-)

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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

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Re: Danny Kaye?

I think you'll find you want the candle with the handle on the gateaux for the chateau and the drug for the jug is in a pill in the till

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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I'm sorry, that would overdose you. Calling the Nurse to strap you down tighter.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Which in Windows 7 + you can do with the snipping tool

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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They're in a skip in a layby just outside Wandsworth

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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You don't want ...---... you want -.-. --.- -..!

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Re: EMP

By "Officer of the Deck" do you mean "Officer of the Watch"?

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CQD isn't it?

-.-. --.- -..

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Bunch of Hunts

... which were named after the packs of well-off Hooray Henrys who spend their free time galloping around Blighty’s fields in search of foxes

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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

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Re: The REAL word to use is CENSORSHIP

At least you are legally free to ignore them and even post about them.

In the US if the companies ignored them they'd be in a world of legal hurt.

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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

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Re: It is a salvage mission in international waters, China should take over the search

You have transitioned from LINH to NiMh batteries in your post - can you clarify that you mean LiOn batteries please?

Also we don't know that batteries caused the crash - in fact I suspect an in flight fire could not be the cause as the plane likely wouldn't have survived for 7 hours intact.

Please stop speculating as all it does is stir emotion and not lead anywhere.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Two comments

And it's likely that Hartnell would have kept going if he didn't become ill and have to give up the role.

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And it was a fighting hand!

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Re: Susan

She's currently temping for Death whilst he's on his summer hols.

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Re: The good old days

You are CGP Grey and I claim my £5!

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The Sun does not need anything handed to them, other than a form from the administrators putting them out of business

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Re: We are not numbers. I'm not a statistic

...who, I'm led to believe, are looking to sell

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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We talk to people in the EU. Companies share data between their various EU branches.

There are options to restrict what data gets passed, but that will lead to companies having to spend more on data storage in different locations, and it will mean their efficiency and effectiveness is reduced as parts of the business won't have access to some or all of the data from another country, necessitating them setting up copies of bits of the company in other countries.

The problem is not that it's impossible, it's that it's going to cost £££ in productivity

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Sadly we'd lose the most important bit, the ability to influence future laws (which we currently don't use as effectively as we should be IMO)

We may also lose all our rebates so we end up paying much more for reduced access

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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3. You are allowed to use a reserved seat if the reserver doesn't turn up to claim it (unofficial)

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