* Posts by MnM

225 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Dec 2007


Lester Haines: RIP



That's really not on. He was great.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'


How many...

...Sony films feature Chuck Norris?

Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767


"Either way the placing of the flashcam was perverse..."

No it wasn't. I'd do grammar nazi but it doesn't go far enough.

Edit: Oh god even Google's wrong:

perverse, pəˈvəːs/ 3. sexually perverted.

Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS


Re: Chuck Norris could whoop Putin blindfolded

"Chuck Norris was once bitten by a poisonous snake. after three days of excrutiating pain, the cobra died"

I think he might even have seen that punchline coming.

Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test



Eschewing waterfall for agile does not mean you have to hug trees.

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling


Re: Ordered!

yes, that's quite annoying, hope it's a typo

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch


I'll join the queue!

To give them an Airplane-style slap.

Facebook's request to the flash industry: 'Make the worst flash possible'


Why not just

not save it at all?

Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused



IANAL but have some experience with this:

Contempt is not necessarily a criminal offence, although the criminal standard of proof applies in civil contempt cases.


There's a difference between, for example, attacking the judge (criminal contempt, amongst other things) and breaching an undertaking given in a civil case.

Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp


Re: Idiocy

'Should Richards have been sacked by SendGrid? Once again, no - it was an overreaction to an overreaction to an overreaction.'

A complete guess, but they probably saw a golden opportunity to lose her and grabbed it.

Build a bonkers hi-fi

IT Angle


Oh Reg... Here's an IT angle:

A few years ago Linn (founded by Ivor Tiefenbrun mentioned above) introduced their own digital stream players. Ivor's son now runs the company after a significant stint at Symbian. They no longer make CD players, so were the first high-end hi-fi company, by a stretch, to cotton on to purist networked streaming, with a range of renderers with no moving parts. They are equally into analogue reproduction, but all digital sources are driveless.

Linn's DS players (DS stands for Digital Stream) are standards based, their software (including UPnP control points, PC sound drivers that send sound to DS players (great for e.g. spotify) and extensions to the UPnP standard) is available under (I think) the GPL and, excuse me for any terminology foibles as I'm stretching here, they have developed their own UPnP / TCP / IP stack running on the RTEMS real time operating system. You can sync any number of DS players on a network, to the extent that you could plug in a left headphone on one player and a right headphone on another, and have to all intents the same experience as if played through a single player (they minutely and occasionally push and pull the clocks to maintain sync, so technically there's a small increase in jitter vs normal playback). If you want to sync more than 6 players, they recommend using multicast.

This to me is good stuff. You get the same IT in the £800 player as you do in the £15k one. I'm clearly a bit of a fan - yes I've visited the factory - but I wish the bank I work for had the same quality of software engineering. On the other hand, at least I get to be a customer ;-)

Oh and by the way, that monstrous mp3 ripper has to be on of the bigger piles of shite ever conceived. dbpoweramp on a PC, and buy or put together a home NAS, and you have the gold standard.

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

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Re: You would be wrong


RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part


and then they call me at 3am...

Ten... celeb headphones


Re: Why?

My thoughts exactly. These are headphones for idiots, why are some of them being recommended?

Ultrabooks: objects of desire but just too darn expensive


reading this on an oldish Lenovo Core2 duo with a 1280*800 screen, recently refreshed with Win 7, extra 1GB RAM, new battery, 120GB SSD - cost 110 quid to bring it very up to date.

Ultrabook not really an upgrade on this - with proper vertical screen res and non-rip-off price I would buy, I've been wanting to for years... but they're not very good at the moment.

Ten... Ultrabooks


Re: Please mention a basic set of specs

yes please

HP unveils hamper of Ivy Bridge notebooks


resolution FAIL

no thanks

That steady diet of EastEnders is turning her into a shrew


I can actually really help you with that

Stenderz recap rap:



Agreed, and yet

this article perfectly describes my step-mother.

Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving


Good British ideas

Great American vision

The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out


Nokia E6

looking forwards to receiving mine. It's the phone Ray Mears would buy.

Apple shifts Lossless Audio Codec to open source


merge back...

ALAC is based on an early version of FLAC, I believe. It could be said that all they had to do was change the Free to Apple, store your email address within the file, and scramble it, and they had invented ALAC.

Inside WD's flooded Thai factory



Easy on the tofu

Scottish TV news pumps goatse link


Still haven't popped my goatse cherry

Lemonparty sounds nice though

Nokia gets touchy-feely with two new Symbians



I may actually consider this E6 and get a slabette for around the house, could tide me over from a fading E71 until Android battery life is more phone like. No rush though, 3 will give me plenty of time to weigh the options...

HP gives Lou Reed a right shoeing


I love David Bowie

less so HP, now.

Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment


What next?

How about the David Bowie ballad Enter Sandman, performed in the house style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBmM79YadYM

Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue




Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran



15 upvotes, 25 downvotes? Amazed, I don't see what's to disagree with.

Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts



So true. It's Family Fortunes Reverso.

An oldie...

Les Dennis: Name something red

Muppet: My jacket

Arcam Solo Neo combo hi-fi

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Or the Linn DS range

Proper British Hi Fi (like Naim), open standards and software development, technically superior, and (I think) the first bona fide hi-fi company to release a genuine stream player. They're awesome, I have two :)

No ipod dock though, and there never will be: http://blogs.linn.co.uk/giladt/2010/09/its-not-an-apple-world-its-a-networked-world.php

Police reject Labour MP's call for Bristol-wide DNA test


You've been fired, you are not allowed back in the boardroom

"A persistent history of foot-dragging or outright refusal by police to destroy samples that non-suspects were told would be removed at the end of an investigation... means that the chances of everyone meekly turning up at their local station to "help police with their inquiries" is now much diminished."

Was it 30,000 volunteers for the Id Card? Which is what, about 0.05% of the population? On that basis you'd probably be looking at around 100+ Bristolian chumps ready to step forward and do their duty. Well it's a start...


duly flamed

if there *were* already...

you and your fancy ideas are nicked

'Methanotroph' bacteria feasted on blown BP rig's methane belch

Jobs Halo

Bathtime flatulence applications

How much more relaxing would a relaxing bath pour deux be if neither of you had to hold them in?

Off to Neal's Yard for a sachet of Methanotroph & Hazelnut Salts.

Stevie because they just work and starve everything else of oxygen.

Man charged in bizarre EXPLODING VIBRATOR plot

Paris Hilton

Paris is wondering

if it would have touched the sides

Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters



I thought sic was an acronym for 'spelling is correct' (in the sense that it's true to the original snafu), although that had always sounded like a duff explanation to me, especially as usage isn't limited to mis-spellings. Latin for 'thus' will do nicely.

Now all I need to do is find the bastard who misled me all those years ago.

Hackers get to work with Apple's AirPlay


just like DLNA then

Denon charge £50-odd extra for their kit to work with Airplay, brands seem to have to be invited to join the scheme and then have their logos on Apple marketing material - I would be surprised if there weren't licensing fees changing hands.

Airplay is very much like DLNA - crap and nasty. Except it's crapper and nastier. UPnP AV is the open choice.

Assange to be released


What's the best way to send the man some money these days?

nuff said.

Lindsay Lohan dumped from Lovelace movie

Paris Hilton

Vulture 2

Mighty Airplane Launched By Naturists

Damn, not quite.

Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs

IT Angle

If you have nothing to hide

you have nothing to fear

No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed


sounds like a plan

How do I choose which one to do tomorrow?

MYSTERY of vanished PARIS spaceplane, playmonaut


Back for breakfast :)

'Completely intact. Playmonaut safe and sound.'

Flangetastic! Congratulations all round! That really is no small achievement - I'd say you all deserve a celebratory bevvy. And so do I.


there's a starrr-mannn, floating in the sky

that was no glider, it was a riojet

XP? Thanks for the memories

Paris Hilton

tell me more...

'uPnP flooding caused by Media Centre' - can you post a link or two about this? Interwebs are unresponsive to my cursory searching.

WTF is... DLNA?

Paris Hilton

UPnP AV works for music

No need for DLNA at all for music. UPnP AV is attracting a following in mid/high-end hi-fi, which is remarkable. The video market isn't quite so diverse - I don't know of any good, independent screen makers who can talk down this DLNA crap. I saw encryption mentioned as something DLNA supports - presumably that's somehow the main attraction.

Meanwhile I don't get the point of DLNA for video. Anyone who wants to serve a video collection will rip their DVDs/BluRays, or download them for ease. They'll get a NAS, install UPnP AV server software on it, and get the screens they want because decoder boxes now will fit behind an LCD screen. Most things have HDMI ports so can plug straight into TVs. Who does DLNA serve? It's for neither geek nor pleb.


The Overqualified for Currys Blues

Where will you work?

This is about UPnP AV, not UPnP.

BlackBerry tablet boots from 'floppy disk OS'



'bogus', as in 'that is one bogus filly'.

The Great Beast's shag pad: Yours for €1.5m

Paris Hilton


Sorry to be a you know what, but there's a * where the u should be.

UK supermarket starts contactless payments


Wot no Marks and Sparks?

I did what I was told, and didn't get a combined barclaycard/oyster lifetracker. Well, the scheming sheisters have thought of that. Try having an oyster and a barclaycard in the same wallet - one interferes with the other. What they didn't realise is that 9 out of 10 bus drivers, when presented with an apparently broken oyster card, let you on anyway. Free, incognito bus travel, courtesy of MnM! I thank you

DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits


while we're wildly extrapolating

reading between the lines:

passive aggression

distorted sense of moral proportion

low faith in fellow man

A paedophile priest, I presume? Am I right?