* Posts by Excellentsword

89 posts • joined 13 Jan 2017


Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe has got the horn for space rock Ryugu – a sampling horn, that is

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Re: "Next step, to hadouken a crater"

Sorry, it was the Ryu(gu) that made me do it.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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You mean Rastamouse

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Prevaricating?

"If you prevaricate, you avoid giving a direct answer or making a firm decision." Collins Dictionary.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Really makes you think.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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What I meant was Brits falling out over which way they voted, literally people living in the same street. It's something I noticed personally, it can get a bit vicious.

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Statistically speaking

It is charisma, yes.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: Worthless without pictures

If you really need to know what a penis looks like, click the link at "according to the Reading Chronicle". Not our pic so not gonna use it. Otherwise I hear the internet's full of them.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: payday

Lucky you.

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Eh?


Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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tbh I only upvoted for mention of Dead Can Dance, which I am listening to right now.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: Bootnote... on which site?

I'm the sub-editor, not a "visiting journo". The Bootnotes section has existed for yonks and sometimes I am asked by my editor to write something that may or may not have anything to do with tech for readers to tut and/or titter at over their ham sandwich.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Did they.....

Ah c'mon, they only have two songs and both are shit.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Re: Re: Had to think then

No, sir. I stole it from another (Brit) Reg writer.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Crimble Free Zone?

We can't even point and laugh at how silly it is? You sound like a right Scrooge McDuck.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce


Re: El Reg now politically biased....you're outta here!


WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: The Bourne Enigma

Oh, very good. 20 lashes for me.

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators


BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: Where are the BofH and PFY?

He'll be back.

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Re: Hz, not hz

I'm always watching. But would prefer it if you used the "Tips and corrections" button provided bottom left of articles.

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

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Re: Xiaomi the money!!

Yeah, I think we've overused it already. Soz.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Galileo, Galileo, Galileo...frig no-go.

You come on. We've mined Bohemian Rhapsody to exhaustion.

Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'

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A significant proportion of our readers aren't Brits. I guarantee you someone would have moaned. You know these threads well enough.

If you store your data, I tell you I'm your man: You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me

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I'll put that one in the kitty for later!

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying


Celebration Day is one of the best gig films of all time. Of all time!

AMD CEO Su: We like GPU crypto-miners but gamers are first priority


What's the AMD equivalent of a 1080 Ti and does it cost less than bloody EIGHT HUNDRED POUNDS?!

Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter – they may need to update their room key software

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Re: That line goes back further

OK. I'm sorry. I was born 1987 and though in the depths of my soul I knew it was a ripoff (what isn't in the charts?), it didn't click with me after 30 mins of trying to come up with a fancy headline. It was closest reference point I recognised :(

Wow, machine learning, what a snoozefest... less so if you strap a bunch of GPUs to your storage


I'm with you. Let consumers use what GPUs are actually for, which is getting dank fps on game in resolution of choice.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation


Re: Hiding

I dunno, man. Have you seen Independence Day?

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

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Re: Re: Dates

Why are you arbitrarily pressing return mid-sentence?

Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath


Re: I found it stupidly easy to 'give up' with vapes.

I too have had no difficulty with smoking since picking up a vape (son born, didn't want to stink of smoke for him and missus who had to go cold turkey). Problem is, I vape like it's going out of style, sit there working, puff, puff, puff. I hate addictions.

*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!


Re: Adverts?

Started using it this weekend, don't think I'll ever go back.

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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Re: "containing a myriad of nutrients and food additives"

"A myriad of" is wrong, it's like saying "a seven of". However, I don't sub the BMJ and inserting [sic] felt too nerdy.

Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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Re: Correction

Thanks, comrade.

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: Re: Sailors are sailing...

I prefer "getting you to read it".

Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

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Wayward 'e' at the end of link, since been fixed. Cheers.

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory


Re: What??

The stuff that real people actually watch.

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry


Re: Out of interest, El Reg...

Over 9000 hours in MS Paint.

Destroying the city to save the robocar


Re: why are people seeking to preserve the concept of the city at all?

I wanna live on Bjork's island.

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


Re: Glasses anyone?

I have wondered, but I'm assuming headsets can fit over them. I've started wearing contacts so it's less of an issue. Still, I'm a big "gamer" who has yet to try VR. Why? Because I knew from the beginning that it's a big fat gimmick unable to truly rival experiences with a monitor, and in part due to the issues outlines in this article. Sure, it's a different experience, but it's not really useful, it doesn't give an "edge".

Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland


Re: Embarrassing ...

Malvernite (by blood) here, never heard of it either!

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming



Can't help but think everything since the Start button has been fluff, and I barely ever touch its equivalent now except to type-search for a specific file. Otherwise it's boot, open Steam/Origin/browser and away I go. Stop trying so hard, Microsoft.

Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly


Re: Sounds interesting

Writer here (badge doesn't work). The Expanse is amazing, granted, but I watched it on Netflix. Farscape was good too, but I watched it on BBC 2 as a young'un. I associate Syfy with Xena: Warrior Princess-tier stuff, but know that I write these things with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets


If you're paying more than £30 to see anything, you're doing it wrong

In myyyyy day (five years ago) you could arrive at the door to any rock venue in Camden and get in for a tenner to see internationally acclaimed bands. Now you do normally have to order in advance if you want to get in, but it's generally done through the promoter. Touts don't even come into it.

Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies


Re: Generation Y

If you remember life before the internet, I think you're safe.



Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station


Re: "Kraut" ? really ? in the 21st century ? after 70 years ?

I perceive kraut as an affectionate nickname with no offence intended i.e. krautrock. Should we call it weirdo, minimalist, German music to take drugs to? No.

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?


uBlock Origin is like mana from the heavens. I'm set, thanks but no thanks, Google.

The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach


Re: Oi!

It's in north and you're all the same.

At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?


Re: Goose

Because they're tasty as fuck.

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?


IIRC it was "Hitler did nothing wrong", not "Death to all Jews".


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