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3142 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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" it's got it all."

I was thinking of moving there...to be a lumberjack, swinging from tree to tree, where the blue parrots sing...

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: Battery cars are impractical

"The average LEAF does 40% more miles per year than the average petrol or diesel."

Yeah, looking for the free charging points instead of charging at home on their own leccy meter.

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Re: Spanish flies.

"I'm impressed that Spain had learned how to build a set of windmills and use half of them in a storm."

Imagine the failure rate if Don Quixote was still around!

Coat. It's a bit drafty today.

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Re: "...hit 100 percent..."

"Meanwhile Germany, that everyone assumes is 'greener', is only about 30% renewables, "

...and not forgetting of course that they are shutting their nuclear fleet down early "because Fukishima", not replacing it, and will buy their extra electricity from Poland, where they use a lot of the more polluting "brown" coal. Germany keeps it's (not really all that good) green credentials, panders to the anti-nuclear lobby and meanwhile Poland burns even more brown coal to salve the German conscience.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: Wifey's viewpoint...

"I have never seen so much mental diarrhoea in my feggin' life, the blokes are stereotypical nerds, and the 'eye candy' must be thick."

I used to think that, then my wife started watching it and "made" me watch it with her from the beginning (she caught the "bug" from her 80yo mother who loved it). Penny, the "thick eye candy" is a deeper character than she first appears, eventually ending up as a high powered pharmaceuticals sales rep earning significantly more than her experimental physicist fiancée.

The character evolution/development is very slow, spanning multiple series, which is actually a refreshing change from so many TV series where they are so unsure of getting renewed for a new series that they rush everything into the first series then scramble for new material when they do get the next series commissioned.

Still, all that considered, if you don't like the show then you don't like the show and I'm fine with that.

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Re: Maths != IT

"There was some maths, sorry Modelling And Simulation"

LOL, on our course it was called "Quantitative Analyses. I'm guessing that marketing types were involved in the course descriptions. Or it was an early attempt to attract women by hiding the "nasty mathematics"

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Re: How about construction then?

"My other half is a teacher: the TES and the NUT rag regularly run articles about the lack of male teacher role models at infant and primary level. IIRC they also diagnose the problem as boys being steered towards "traditionally male" occupations, the irony being that they are in a better position to do something about it."

Wait...what? It's all the fault of female teacher steering boys and girls into stereo-typical roles but Libbers blames the men in STEM related positions for oppressing the weaker sex?

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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so that the controller could have snap-ins

...or plug-ins,even . Plug in light-bulbs, now THAT'S innovation :-)

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Re: The white light explained

"Consumers in all regions confirmed that the best of all options is to go back to white light."

Consumers in all regions confirmed that the best availablle option is to go back to white light.

FTFY :-)

Most people here in the UK don't seem to like the harsh white light which seems to be preferred in Japan.

I am curious though. If there's a power failure, do the lightbulb settings just revert to default ready for next switch on or does it actually light up too? Assuming a short power cut just after I leave for work, can I look forward to my house spending the whole day lit up like the Blackpool illuminations? Or do they stay off until commanded to switch on?

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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"Then, as now, it was vulnerable to some number of attacks, and if those attacks compromise your financial information, then that is a criminal act on the part of the attacker. Your agreement/contract/tacit understanding with the vendor in no way includes liability on the vendor for criminal acts of third parties."

On the other hand, it might be argued that it is a fault which was in place at the time of manufacture or purchase.

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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"Have the luggage travel behind in a cargo plane shared by the airlines. "

Was I the only one to get a mental image of a jumbo jet towing a WWII style glider behind it before reaching the end of that sentence?

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Fiat Chrysler recall BLUNDERING could lump carmaker with $105m fine – report

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Re: Wow !

"This ingenious app allows you to start3 your vehicle from anywhere, so it’s ready and comfortable when you arrive to it."

I don't know about the USA or Canada, but here in blighty that feature could get someone fined since it's illegal leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running on a public highway.

Ah, a cursory Google says it's illegal in at least some US states and more are considering it.

For those who have this "feature", be careful where you use it, even if you can keep the car locked while the engine is running.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: HOW IT WORKS *

California-->Alabama

Language barriers are more of a perceived issue for monoglottal Brits.

A'bama "english" --> California Spanglish?

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Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

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To stop their home markets from collapsing and defaulting on the debts owed to China.

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Re: Frozen hair ice?

Bastard! I hoped never to hear that fscking song again and now you've got it rattling around my head!

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

"most of what hawkins says is shit, and belongs in the 80s"

Yes, the 1680's. Arrrrr, Captain, shiver me timbers.

On the other hand, what Hawking says is probably beyond the ken of most of us.

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Re: I've always wondered....

"I agree, everything else considered, it is effected by gravity regardless, and I know of no one supposing anything that is not effected by gravity. :)"

Affected. This is science. You need to use the correct terms. Go stand at the blackboard and write out "Effected does not mean what I think it means." five hundred times.

<Grammatical error included for a fect>

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Re: Buttermilk

"Buttermilk can be made by adding a few teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk. Stir and let it sit for 10-15 minutes."

I always thought buttermilk was the white watery stuff left over after making butter?

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Re: Close, but not quite.

...or Spain, the location of the SPB (Culinary Division)

On the other hand, if the Canaries collapse into the sea we could surf the wave all the way over. Might not be much of a delta left when we arrive though.

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Re: Gravy?

Yes, they can be very quaint at times :-p

(Wifey is still pissed off 40 years later after hearing an American tourist refer to York Minster as "that quaint lil church")

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Re: Edible

"The sight of very large americans pouring ladles of this stuff over their morning 'biscuits' at hotels all over CO,NV,UT,OR,WY,MO,NE,NM,AZ (and quite possibly other states) was enough to put me off it for life."

On the bright side, they make British cooking look appetising and move us from bottom spot in the World Culinary Opinion Championships.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

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Re: Portugal / Debian

"Portuguese Govt. legislation requires purveyors of hardware, white goods and many other items to offer a minimum two year guarantee."

FWIW that is EU wide legislation. See the big Apple kerfuffle in Italy recently when they were trying to force Applecare onto buyers.

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

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Re: I didn't know Nitrogen could freeze

"The behaviour of Pluto's icy, hydrocarbon-y, nitrogen-y snow is likely to equally challenging to understand in detail."

They Shall Have Stars - James Blish, 1956, so the sort of behavior ice might exhibit in non-terrestrial environments was being thought about at least way back when.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: American

"You forgot one vital thing - it was the only 'planet' found by an American. The most vocal critics of this decision are found in the USA."

...and should have the least say since their country (the state, not the geographical place) hasn't even been in existence for a full Plutonion year yet!

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Re: Wishing and Hoping

"there could be many other planets in the Kuiper Belt of comparable size"

Asteroid Belt 2.0? (Currently in beta test)

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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

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Re: Calling Uber a ride share is a joke

"split the fare "

Is that what the button says on the app? If there's a "fare" rather than a contribution towards the fuel, then it's a Taxi or Private Hire and no longer a non-commercial ride share :-)

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Re: Taxi laws are a

"putting a sign on a company bulletin board asking for riders"

Do you regularly pick up people from your place of work and take them to places you don't want to go just to be a nice guy, and maybe for small fee just to cover a share of the fuel cost? Or do you only take people if it's more or less on the route you are taking anyway? Now do you see the difference between "ride sharing" and being a taxi?

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: All entities should be held accountable

"Those who hacked the cars should go to prison for a minimum of 10 years"

...and if they hadn't found and published, how long before we find the hack in Hacking Teams 400GB data "loss" and that they were already selling it? Or some other company similar to Hacking Team? Or any of the worlds "state actors"?

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"Im quite sure you don't just turn the car on with the USB drive plugged in, that would be stupendously dense."

I'd give you good odds that that is EXACTLY how it will work :-)

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: "plugging directly into a car's network via a port under the dashboard"

"So, for less than $30 we have this stupid hacking nightmare."

What's the typical manufacturing run of a model before it changes significantly enough to change the bus? A million vehicles, all saving the the manufacturer $30 a pop while still keeping that price ending in the "magic" ...999.99

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Re: My new car does something odd

Some lovely explanations there. Using Occam's Razor, it's more likely the the car Bliutooth, which reads and stores the phone book, will also get the phone number of the connected phone. Once the car goes in for service, they probably scrape all the data they can from the systems. No Internet required.

There doesn't seem to be any disclaimers on the service sheet you sign when taking the car in for service which allows them to read, store and use personal data from the car, nor is there any disclaimer that says they will update the on-board firmware which might change the car handling and not even tell you they did it to YOUR car. I wonder if the mechanics who do the firmware update even know what the fixes/changes are.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Steganography?

I can't see hiding the code steganographically in the source recording working in the UK. DAB transmissions are so badly degraded to low bitrates/converted to mono at the point of transmission I don't think actual code/data would survive intact.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Defender of the Crown

That opening scene with the flames of the fire flickering. Most of is had never seen such wonderful graphics, let alone actual flickering flames on the screen!

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Re: Hardware reference manual...

"It was the encouragement in the manual to actually learn about the system and experiment with it...showing you how to make copies of your workbench disks...experiment with the copies..break it...just make a fresh copy...This is how you need to introduce youngsters to computers, it encourages people to learn and experiment. Nowadays the opposite is true,"

Yes, all of the above. Although that was not at all unusual back then. I'd say the Amiga was probably the last of the home computers to offer that type of information, or at least part of the last generation to do so.

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"AREXX was a lot of fun to play with"

AREXX was an utter revelation to me at the time and what I missed most about the Amiga. It seems to have taken YEARS for other OS to get even close to what AREXX could do.

I remember building some quite complex scripts using PoVRay + image processing + anim to automate raytraced animation construction that took a week or more to generate and build, using Parnet with two Amigas working on separate frames.

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ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

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Re: Power

"I think we'll need a comms satellite orbiting Jupiter"

Yes, exactly the proposed scenario in the article.

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Re: Two problems: One solution

The idea is nice by the way, but the practicality of flying a big-ass array out there and ensuring it will work reliably is well beyond our current technology."

ISS solar arrays?

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: Tivo should act like Apple

"because I bought it so I am getting TIvo's software"

How do you get a non-VM Tivo to work on a VM cable service?

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Re: London time??

"It was the rest of the country that put the Torys in."

Most of the North voted Labour too. Blame your rural neighbours in the SE, SW and Anglia!

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Re: London time??

"One third of the population of the UK lives or works inside the M25."

So? A fairly large chunk of the land mass inside the M25 isn't part of the GLA. Most of my work is in York but I don't really give a stuff about Yorks "local" news so what makes you think commuters care more for London news than the news for where they live?

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Re: London time??

"(Queue the downvotes from the UKIP types I guess....)"

Even UKIppers know the word is "cue".

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: [...] science being right and religion being bunkus

Upvoted, but this bit bears repeating 'cos it made me smile :-)

would you actually murder your neighbour for some Ben and Jerry's if Jesus wasn't stopping you?

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Re: This is far outside Known Space!

"All everyone ever needs is a General Products hull. Make mine a type 4, though."

Just don't attempt to land on an anti-matter rock!

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Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

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Re: This is maddening

@A. Coatsworth.

I agree with you entirely! After all, these galaxies 13 Beeelion light years away in distance can't be 13 Beeelion years away in time because 13 Beeelion years ago the universe must have been a smaller place due to expansion so the light from their formation must have set off towards us later. Or sooner. Or something. I think my head is expanding towards a rapid and unexpected dis-assembly event. I wonder if astronomers of the future will be able to detect it?

All fascinating stuff!

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Battery life?

"the times they are a-changin"

Bloody ignorant kids today!

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Re: Interesting

"We don't want pod people on Earth!"

Well, not "officially" of course. Apparently the Russians are planning for potatoes next. To go with the illicit vodka still...

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Re: Backronym

Versitile Ecology Grows Giant In Exo-farm.

I think we need some sort of test to make that any returning astronauts are actually the same ones we sent up there.

"Look, you fools, you're in danger! Can't you see?! They're after you! They're after all of us! Our wives, our children, everyone! THEY'RE HERE, ALREADY! YOU'RE NEXT!"

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Reg Standards

"Grapes have nuts? So all grapes are male? Or just some grapes have them and some don't? We need a grapeologist or something like that."

Have you never heard of seedless grapes you heathen?

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Re: I'll take these with 0.3125ml of salt

'tad more gin'

In the case of Gin, the term is dollop, as in "A dollop more please"

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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

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Re: Key point here is Austria

"Austrian court with jurisdiction only in Austria makes decision based on Austrian law regarding activities in Austria, that applies only to Austria."

...until the EU decides to "harmonise" the laws on broadcasting and receiving equipment licenses and based on past experience, whatever hurts the consumer the most, from whichever EU member, will be the one we all end up with. EU "haromisation" never relaxes laws or regulations,it always strengthens them.

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