* Posts by Roj Blake

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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"Positrons, the antimatter component of electrons"

I think you mean counterpart, not component.

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Aria's Big Mistake...

...was to not be a Conservative minister.

That way, he could have put it down to an administrative oversight and no more would be said about the matter.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: A quick shake

One thing that I've discovered as I've grown older is that pale trousers are the bane of the middle-aged man

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Re: loos at home are notable for their lack of written instructions.

I think your fellow pupil is now working at my place of employment.

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Re: Dinner / Tea

It's really quite simple.

Dinner is the main meal of the day.

If your main meal is in the very early afternoon, then you have dinner followed by tea in the evening.

If your main meal is in the evening, then you have lunch followed by dinner.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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One of the four was probably Matt Hancock (the social network app, not the minister).

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Re: ...AND THE BILL WOULD BE?

They may have done away with the "skip adverts" button, but the fast forward is still there and works almost as well.

I've not watched an advert on Virgin for years.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: Dreadnaught class subs?

The problem with the old dreadnoughts was that prior to the construction of HMS Dreadnought the Royal Navy had an overwhelming numerical advantage over every other navy, but afterwards every pre-dreadnought ship everywhere was effectively obsolete - so other nations only had to build a single ship to be on level-pegging with the UK.

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Re: VMWare?

Because they have the best junkets?

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Re: So sad

Agamemnon was also Captain John Sheridan's ship prior to taking over command of Babylon 5.

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Re: Arnhem

Arnhem went down in history as a bridge too far, because the allies failed to permanently capture it.

I'm not sure if submariners would feel particularly inspired by sailing in a boat named after a famous defeat.

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Re: If Jony Ive can't wank off to it, it's not a proper Apple design.

That would at least explain why the keyboards aren't working...

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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You First

I'll be happy to think about this once Sir Geoffrey Vos QC sends me detailed logs of his daily movements.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Administrative Oversight

Obviously, if the zookeepers had moved to the UK and become Conservative cabinet members before attempting this, their failure to properly inform the authorities would have been overlooked.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Re: Moon base Alpha

As a bonus, when the moonbase has been built, we can store tonnes of nuclear waste next to it.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

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Norks

So basically Project Lightning is lightning fast in the same way that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is democratic.

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UK Home Office tiptoes back from slurping immigrants' NHS files

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Re: The Home Office official position

Bloody Gallo-Belgics, coming over here, taking our jobs, using our NHS for five millennia.

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SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time

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Re: kilograms and pounds

The real scandal is that they didn't give the mass in Jubs.

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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

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Re: What's the use case for gamers?

Believe it or not, but the people who design their SSDs are not the people who design their CPUs.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: aviator on the BBC micro

Spitfires!

Bridges!

Aliens!

What more do you need?

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Re: Ouch

Snow Crash was very good, but not really startling, original, nor imaginative. The likes of Gibson, Sterling, and Effinger were all a lot better at cyberpunk.

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Glasses

Why do people spend thousands on laser eye surgery?

Why do people wear contact lenses?

Why did Google Glass fail?

Why did 3D TV never really take off?

Because people don't like wearing glasses.

So why do these companies think that strapping something that's many times heavier than than glasses to your face will be massively popular?

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Juniper revenue dries up, company says clouds to rain cash soon

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I work for a Service Provider...

And my experience is that Juniper make really nice kit, but their resellers and disties are all pretty awful at selling - which leads me to believe that Juniper are pretty awful at selling.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

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Avocados

If these kids didn't spend so much money on smashed avocados and beard oil they might be able to afford the occasional pint.

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Dell EMC PowerBricks VMAX... um, yeah, it's called PowerMax now

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The Simpsons

Is PowerMax named after Homer Simpson's alter-ego, Max Power?

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: tape to cloud?

Or as they say in Scarfolk, for more information please reread.

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DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

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Re: these companies are in the East

Micron is a US company.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: "I don't know what they put in it but it seems to turn every entrant into an illiberal,

Except that Gerald Kaufman was never Home Secretary.

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Re: Cant see the problem

The problem is that if you have a target of finding 100 illegal immigrants and you can only locate 90, you will be tempted to go after some legal immigrants who happen to be, through no fault of their own, easy targets.

The Windrush people were asked to provide multiple pieces of evidence that they were here for each single year for over forty years. I don't know many people who could do that. I couldn't.

It's not unlike giving ATOS targets to find cheats and then finding that people were unjustly losing their benefits.

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Re: Rudd was something to do with Four Weddings

She was an "Aristocracy Co-ordinator"

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Re: Remaniacs

I'm happy to be called a Remaniac as long as I'm allowed to call the pro-leave people Quitlings.

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Re: You must have missed the shadow home secretary then

You mean the Shadow Home Secretary who as a black working-class teenage girl got into Cambridge University in the 1970s?

Yeah, she sounds like a complete idiot.

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Re: can anybody remember...?

Roy Jenkins?

Ken Clarke?

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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Re: Uninstalled and hello Chrome

You don't like your browser maker "selling out" so you're moving to Chrome?

Just wait until you find out about Google...

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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Leave.eu

I was quite looking forward to the Leave.EU campaign why their website had suddenly vanished.

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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Often, an insanely-expensive top-of-the-range model isn't in there for people to buy. It's there to make people think they're getting a bargain when they buy the ludicrously-priced model just under it.

It's similar to the cinema popcorn tactic.

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Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

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Limited Usefulness

If Amazon can't deliver to my house because I'm out, then there's a high probability that my car won't be there either.

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Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

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Re: Tescos

The work that Capita does will still need to be done, so the vast majority of those 70,000 will end up doing the same jobs but for the actual organisation that needs the work done.

The only people who will lose their jobs will be the sales drones and the ones who actually run Capita.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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re: Cant, Goethe, Kleist, Schopenhauer, Kafka et al

It's good to see Brian Cant listed amongst the greats like that.

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Re: Drug addicts

According to a documentary about Edinburgh heroin addicts who enjoy watching trains that I once saw, drug addiction can itself destroy libido.

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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Re: But

Gene Hunt: “This is my city. And it will be a safe place for my wife and my mum to walk around in. Is that understood?”

Detectives: “Yes, guv.”

Gene Hunt: [Sternly] “Right. Find out who the dead woman was, find out who killed her. Do it now.”

[He checks his watch]

Gene Hunt: “Hold up, hold up. Do it tomorrow morning, first thing. [Brightly] Beer o’clock, gentlemen.”

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: a good cussing out for Facebook in Welsh or Gaelic?

Cwnts.

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UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear

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Re: Irony Abounds

GCHQ probably don't want people to use ZTE kit because they've not been able to hack it.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Re: Mini Mega Drive

It's no miniature giant space hamster though.

(Go for the eyes, Boo!)

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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

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Re: Steve

As he is a leading Brexiteer, Tim Martin is a long way from anything resembling brilliant.

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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Norwich

Different country, same inhabitants.

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Re: Speed Bumps

If you think about it, speed bumps are basically reverse potholes.

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Blame the Tories (and Lib Dems)

Since 2010 they've basically halved the amount of central government money given to councils while capping the amount of money that councils can raise themselves.

Crappy roads are an all too predictable consequence of that.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Syria

And people trust this lot to not confuse Assad with Asda.

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: Who would pay for online stuff anyway?

For offline games, sure, you're right.

But MMOs have running costs (servers aren't free) and they tend to undergo continual balancing and development (the decent ones, anyway).

Personally, I much prefer the subscription model, but freemium seems to be the way things have gone over the last decade or so.

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