* Posts by Glenturret Single Malt

246 posts • joined 30 Apr 2014


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.

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).

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.

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?

'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.

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

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Re: @Alan Brown


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.

'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.

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

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

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!!

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.

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.

'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."

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?

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.

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.

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

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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?

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

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No doubt pronounced "levveraged"

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

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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.

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)?

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.

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.

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.

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: Email address?

....insertion of firmware updates?

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.

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.

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.

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:


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?

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.

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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"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.

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.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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And pronounce it levverage instead of leeverage.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Re: A wonderful name

Hail handleoclast. You have kept a smile on my lips despite all those disapproving readers.

Now, which syllable has the emphasis in macadamia?

Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Re: Always use the disabled toilets

Comes from the same stable as "This door is alarmed".

PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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Re: Brexiteer

"going forth bravely"

Foolhardily, more like.

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

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Re: 2 PC's what?

When I were a lad, P.C. stood for Police Constable as in Dixon of Dock Green.

Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Re: The actual quote from his wife

There was another quote by her that I saw in another newspaper along the lines of "Of course we will all be there for its first flight but I just hope he doesn't expect me to go up in it with him".

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Re: You have to love...

The same attitude is not uncommon in, for example, violin makers. Tiny files and blades are fashioned from domestic items in order to do a particular job then carefully labelled and stored for the next time.

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: and things like chargers tend to have plastic prongs with metal tops.

The video that you link to shows a plug being inserted upside down into the earth socket so that the shutters on the the other two sockets are opened. If the earth pin on the plug was triangular in cross section (or any other shape where the two sides are not parallel), this would not be possible.

BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

An example of the Irregular Illogical Illiterate Apostrophe:

"teas and coffee's".

New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: Well at least the palm oil means...

Well, the value goes down while it is in your pocket, so, no difference? (No relevance to the fact that I am Scottish).

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You are not alone. It must be the single most common chemical spelling error (based, anecdotally) on quite a number of years teaching the subject. Closely matched by "seperate".

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: always adding extra syllables

Clicky Ba, was it not? In the Hotspur or one of its stablemates, Since it was around 60 years ago, I cannot remember the name of the (Oriental?) character who wielded this amazing instrument of war.

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Same Old Tricks?

I am sympathetic to your point about politicians use of words. My pet hate at present is the indefinite article pronounced "ay" instead of "ah".


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