* Posts by Glenturret Single Malt

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Re: Is you fridge running, Are there any walls in the house at all

I have had exactly the same argument with a representative of a large investment company with whom I have an account after he called me and then wanted me to establish my identity. Neither of us could prove convincingly who we were without revealing important details. In the end, we agreed that he would send me a letter which did indeed arrive.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: Autopilot fun

Impedimenta means luggage or baggage (originally military). You may have intended to say impediments?

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

My PhD thesis contained many mentions of cobalt carbonyl, Co2(CO)8 (don't know how to do subscripts here) and numerous others with combinations of capital C + lower case o and Capital C + capital O. In those far-off days, one hired a typist to do a professional job. Lots of fun was had proofreading the first draft of the typed version.

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There are 10 types of people in the world, but there is only one Melvyn

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Re: If you press litmus paper to Jim Al-Khalili, does it go blue?

Only if the limus paper is damp (and not blue already).

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

Re "meet up": see the article by Oliver Kamm (The Pedant) in the Times of last Saturday (10th March).

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Mess

Does anyone have a dual band wifi adapter that works with Mint on the 5GHz band?

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Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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Re: I stopped listening...

In which case (presumably too hard to work out), why was the drink advice not given originally in terms of pints per (say) 20 kg of body weight?

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Mobile World Congress: 5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest

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Hooray, the title has homage spelled correctly (one m). Boo, the use of "an homage" signifies that the author has the pretentious pronuciation "omage" or, even worse, "ommaj" in mind.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: "the right to prevent your access to the store"

Apple may be using some kind of restrictive practice but it is not "monopolizing" because you have the option of using other operating systems.

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As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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Re: WTF?

And your pet dog, the Slush Puppy.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Not just mail order. I once bought a white shirt in M&S to wear with my dinner suit. When I unwrapped it at home, it was stinking of cigarette smoke.

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Re: Petty Speeding

Ah, the Illiterate Apostrophe. Do you mean cameras as the plural of camera?

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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I thought the headline meant that the newer aircraft was vastly inferior to the older one.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: No problem

... put big fences down both sides so pedestrians can't get anywhere near them...

Just like the railways and look how successful they have been (e.g. Calais e.g. schoolchildren killed or injured).

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Fovea or FauxVR..?

Any big change in the type of vehicle requires care initially. I used to find problems with the relative responsiveness of my car immediately after driving a fully loaded minibus for a couple of hours. I am sure that the same applies to drivers of all heavy commercial vehicles.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: THAT Price for one View?

I agree that train station jars but we use bus station and underground/metro/subway station, so why not be consistent?

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Re: Back when I was stuck in the 9-5 rut ...

In our local paper a couple of months ago, there was an article about a man trying to get rid of Japanese knotwood. This was referred to in the paper as a perineal problem.

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Re: @Alan Brown

"kg.m2.s-2"

No full stops after SI units.

I've just noticed that copying and pasting lost the superscripts in the original but not when I paste it into Word or similar.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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I would agree with the inadvisability of wearing gloves. The thing you had to look out for then was to make sure that any spilled liquid nitrogen did not come into contact with a ring on your finger or under a metal watch strap. Very painful but thankfully not too long lasting.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Stuart21551

I'm still trying to decide if "deja vous" is deliberate or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

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Re: Has anybody actually tested this?

I'll let you mix your phone with the gease, salt and food particles....

Turn the bags inside out!!

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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Re: That's funny ...

If you do that you, of course, get Bing results.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: Speed isn't as important as Addons

In W10, put it on the task bar, A single click is all you need then.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Disintegrating aircraft

I wonder if anyone else saw the story in last Saturday's Times about the Welsh rugby team on their flight to Australia some time in the 1970s. The captain persuaded his hooker (after all others had failed) to move out of first class back into economy where he was supposed to be sitting. It seems he told him that "the first class section isn't going to Australia."

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Re: You ended up with a Nissan Puke? Unlucky!

I can't see what all the fuss is about. It's a car. I have googled images of the Nissan Juke and, as far as I can gather, it has four wheels, an engine and brakes so it will take you where you want to go and stop when you get there. What more do you need?

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Re: Ganymede, Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, Europa, and Titan.

Tom Lehrer, surely as in the elements song.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Re: A thought

Just like deluded hifi aficianods who pay outrageous amounts for exotic metal cables.

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Mozilla extends, and ends, Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista

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Support

Am I the only person in the world who thinks that the phrase with "support" is the wrong way round. Should it not be the operating system that supports the app?

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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No doubt pronounced "levveraged"

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: TBH

1. See reference to "sic" above.

2. I think you will find that the damage was caused when a real knife was substituted for a prop knife.

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

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Re: PC fail

spat (past tense of spit)?

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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I had a long debate about just that with a man who said he was from a company with which I have a couple of investments. He did not see the illogicality of asking me for identification details when he had actually called me and I would not accept that he was who he said he was without some identification from him. In the end, I received a letter which was genuine but I still do not accept calls from them.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: only ones saved

That reminds me of the local Baptist church which has a poster saying "Jesus saves" outside. I always mutter to myself "With whom?" as I go past but have resisted the temptation to add "with Nationwide" or similar.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: So much for digital

While living in SE Asia, we came across the kati (= 4/3 lbs) and the tahil (one sixteenth of a kati). Beer was sold in bottles containing 4/3 pints.

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: Email address?

....insertion of firmware updates?

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Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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Prices don't hike. Company owners hike prices. As a result, prices are hiked by them.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: Infernoz A question....

Who you talikin to?

The clue is in the title: "Infernoz....."

Have a look back at the names of the ten or so posters you refer to.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: How many millions will the NHS

I seem to recall an explanation (perhaps even in this venerable organ, I cannot recall exactly where) that that statement actually means that you could find at least one computer running Windows XP in 90% of NHS hospitals. Not quite the same thing but that's the press for you.

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

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Re: Oh the hell with it - I'll post it and hope that Vulture Central does not send a hit squad.

Rather than post all nine verses, you can look this up:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/navysong/Data%20Song/B0011.htm

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Re: 1.5 billion seconds

And how many intestinal contractions?

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Re: Adverts...@AndrueC

It's called the pause button.

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

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Despite my reassurances along these lines (after speaking to a friend who had just been working there for two years), my wife totally refused to accompany me if I accepted a job offer in Belfast in the early 70s. So, we didn't go and I still have never been back to Northern Ireland.

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Reform?

"She also says the service was forced to reform from the old boy network it used to be."

It makes a diametrically opposite difference to the meaning whether the emphasis is on the first syllable or the second syllable of reform.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: "his idea should be taken a step further and be implemented with property and cash. "

Your argument ignores the idea of supply and demand. At present only a small proportion of property is available for rent through Airbnb. If everyone tried to let their home, there would probably be a huge oversupply and asking the high prices currently being asked would no longer be sustainable.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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And pronounce it levverage instead of leeverage.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Re: Abortion

Wow - "foeti". That's one plural I have never seen.

Interestingly (to me, anyway), my Chambers Dictionary gives no guidance on the plural but does say, rather sniffily, that "foetus is the usual but etymologically unsatisfactory form of fetus". So fetus isn't a phonetic Americanism.

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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What will happen when Duck Duck Go takes over as the first choice of search engine?

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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@Mark 110

All very well but what happens when the vendor goes out of business?

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Re: "t took a few thousand deaths for the airlines to get their acts together."

I have always been a little surprised that Emirates issues splendid metal knives and forks with its (economy class) meals.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

False analogy. A car sold with a serious braking fault falls under the same kind of regulation that applies to any item that is not suitable for use when purchased (even if the flaw only becomes apparent after a period of time). A closer analogy would be the development of methods to overcome car locking and security systems which may well have been state of the art / undefeatable at the time of purchase.

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