* Posts by Scu

20 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Apr 2007

Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never


Intel's ARM licence is still valid

As far as I know. Should be easy enough to verify, right?

Joy Division get the Playmobil treatment

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of course they weren't plugged in

wireless instrument connections were all the rage in '79, oi!

Software engineer blogs own Starbucks wiretap

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No criminal intent, you say?

Isn't the act of logging into someone else's facebook account without their permission criminal? Certainly the author intended to do so, no? Just because his motives were supposedly altruistic, and that he wasn't seeking any sort of monetary gain, should that alleviate him from prosecution? Certainly he knew it was illegal, something that may not have been known by the fellow who set up the cameras in the school case example.

Yahoo! boffin scores pi's two quadrillionth bit


Err, or six times seven?

Or did you really mean 54?

BOFH: Little ups and downs


The 13th floor

I haven't found a building in the US that actually has a floor labeled "13"- they all skip it, deemed unlucky.

For some reason I really enjoy asking someone to "hit 13 for me" in one of these elevators, usually in a hotel or something where someone isn't familiar with the place.

It's starting to irk my wife a bit though.

Note to employers: Better sex = happier workers

IT Angle

at least a link...

to the gerbil story? In English, por favor?

Apple spooked by white powder


my money is on...

Stevia. Natual sweetner. And no, I wasn't anywhere near Cupertino on the day in question.

Brits and Yanks struck with embarasment embarrassment

IT Angle

Times' Bee is fun, but needs some work

The Times' spelling bee needs some work. I mean, when it says "principle", how was I supposed to know it meant "principal"?

Oh, and the accent. Yes, I'm a yank, with southern heritage. So when she said "squarely", I heard "squirrelly". My bad I guess.


You spelt all the words correclty

Is that proper grammar in the UK? That's what the Bee tells me at the end, but it just sounds wrong.

Tri-corders, alpine oxy-pills: Acropocalypse at DARPA



Err, DARPA is a US Agency, so it actually stands for "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ." Note that there is no 'c' in "Defense."

Spell UK things the way you want, but when referencing a specific US thing, spell it right.

Thanks for listening.

I want a baby, coos broody Paris Hilton


@ Mike Richards

Actually, there are a couple of contraceptive methods that are 100% reliable.

Abstinence comes to mind as the first, but there are more.

The battle of Lesbos: Exclusive combat pic

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Tongue and groove! Love it!!

Girl-only fish species survives by cloning


Where do the males come from?

If the females self-replicate, I assume they all have identical DNA, and come from a single ancestor (from a Darwinian perspective). If that's so, where do the males come from?

The extraterrestrial explination would, of course, be Intelligent Design, since Darwin was, in fact, terrestrial. Or a terrist?

Chipzilla counters Wall Street doomsayers

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up in after-hours?

According to nasdaq, the after-hours high was USD22.77, and the low was 20.38, ending up at 20.69.

I don't get it. Why up so high (market close was 20.91) and then back down below that?

Can one of you financial wizards enlighten me?

Australia to restrict laser-pointers - Minister


The best thing to do about this is not to talk about???

"The problem here is that by reporting this (even in a non-sensationalist manner), it puts ideas in people's heads. Parents will sit and discuss stories like this which appear in papers that their (idiot) kids would never read but who are within earshot.. next thing you know they've gone out and bought a £3 pointer and are stood at the airport perimeter egging each other on. The first plane doesn't crash, so they try another and another until something bad happens. The best thing to do about this is not to talk about."

Ah, what kind of parenting advice is this? Don't talk to your kids about [sex|drugs|gun safety|laser pointers]. That will keep them from dabbling with the <pick your favorite>. Better yet, have a discussion with your young ones. It's your responsibility to raise them, teach them. Ignore them, and they'll have a higher likelihood of participating in this sort of behavio[u]r.

Parent UP!

Customers can sue AT&T, after all


Goose v Gander

Perhaps AT&T should drop their appeal and settle through arbitration, if they believe arbitration is sufficient.

Reg health roundup: good and bad news today


maybe they needed to be bald?

Wouldn't the hair block the UV, and in and of itself prevent skin cancer?

Woman cleans keyboard... in dishwasher


No need to remove the keys

I've run a keyboard through the dishwasher as well. I didn't bother removing the keys, nor bagging the connector (it was PS/2). As long as it's completely dry before plugging it back in, it's just fine. There was some noticable loss in lubrication on the keys; the action wasn't as smooth as it had been originally.

I find that good keyboards are hard to find these days. The older IBM keyboards have just the right feel, but even the newer ones aren't quite right. I've seen/felt some that are great, but they all seem to have the huge Enter key (taking up space on two rows), making the \ in the wrong spot.



'Kryptonite' discovered in Serbia


Re: Mike Richards ~ Brad Pitt?

You're looking for the type of "lady" that reads El Reg?

PS. Anyone know the PFY's real name??

Hormonally challenged teens refrain from abstinence


Something doesn't seem to add up

The statistics don't seem to add up. Either people always, sometimes, or never use condoms. Therefore, the sum of the percentages should add up to 100, right?

What am I missing?

Also missing is other statistical indicators around the 14.9- like what's the standard deviation?

A link to the original report would be nice too.