* Posts by Andrew Halliwell

52 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jul 2008


Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

Andrew Halliwell


Something you could consider is the art of foraging for food.

Seek out websites such as eatweeds. (I imagine there are spanish specific sites with similar ideas)

Wild herbs. the leaves, flowers. roots and/or seeds of certain plants (and with some care, the odd mushroom) could supplement your diet.

Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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OF COURSE they should've expected this.

They're an ISP, ISP implies a knowledge of the internet.

Even back when they first registered the pyrhon.co,uk domain, python had quite a presence on the net.

Beggers belief they even tried registering python, let alone leaving it idle for 15 years before finally deciding to use it. and THEN having the cluelessness to try to trademark the name when they knew full well python the language was much much bigger than they'll ever be.

That did they expect, hugs and fairy cakes?

Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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Re: "Ciudad Juárez drug cartel gun battle set"

Entrails you say?

Seems to me the ideal melding of playmobile and playdough...

Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

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Re: Twelve Doctors?

McGann doesn't count? Of course he does, we saw sylvester mccoy regenerate into him,

'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website

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The article missed one of the jokes.

Shame. The article missed the "how to apply" part of the joke.

Went something like "Applicants should make contact by standing by a fake looking rock in regent's park."

Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

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One bug no-one's mentioned yet was...

At the black river it was possible to kill gandalf by getting him to drink from the stream.

If you then you continue on and complete the adventure, after putting the treasure into the chest at bag end, you get the following...

"A cheering crowd of dwarves, hobbits and elves appears. Led by dead Gandalf, they carry you off into the sunset proclaiming you hero of heroes and master adventurer."

UK digital terrestrial TV turns 14 today

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Re: Returning the STBs

I'm one of those "gullible grannies". but it all turned out fine, once they'd relented they just refunded the money.

Think it was more like 50 rather than 150 though. Could be wrong, it's ages ago.

Sinclair BASIC comes to Raspberry Pi

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@Lloyd Not sinclair? Rubbish...

It's quite obviously not pure ZX BASIC true...

But sinclair did go on to produce machines that used procedures, repeat, defined function, etc.

First with the QL Superbasic and then with the Z88 (which used a variant of BBC basic iirc)

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Better string handling with LEFT$, RIGHT$, MID$, REPEAT$ etc???


I believe the Sinclair BASIC method of string splitting is VASTLY superior to the crippled crappy Commodore method. I think Dunny only added those retarded commands to pander to the people unfortunate enough to have had to endure Microsoft BASIC (of which Commodore BASIC was one dialect).

The Sinclair method is clear and simple, no need to differentiate between left right and middle.

take something off the beginning? PRINT A$(TO 5)

take something off the end? PRINT A$(5 TO)

take something out of the middle? PRINT A$(3 TO 7)

And with the use of such functions as LEN, you could do all kinds of things with that simple format,.

Paris, because Sinclair string splitting was so simple even she could use it.

Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Re: jumpers for goalposts

Helps if you get the name right.

It was the multiface 1 (or multiface 128 for the speccy 128, or multiface 3 for the speccy +2s/+3)

The MANUFACTURER was Romantic Robot.

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A few more not mentioned that're noticably by their absense...

How about Rex? Ranarama? Sophistry? The Hobbit? (that should beat hitchhikers on the grounds of being one of the first), STARGLIDER!? The 128 speccy version of that even had a crystal clear sexy womon telling you your energy was low and your missile was launched.

Not to mention all the magic knight games, feud, zynaps and cybernoid the fighting machine.

One of the games in the list I'd never even heard of... That 3D monster maze thing with phantoms instead of T-Rexes. Top 10s are pointless unless voted for by more than one person cos you'll always miss far more worthy candidates.

Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

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Totally agree...

One of my android widgets uses yr.no... Yesterday, it claimed it was thundery weather all day (all it did was rain). Today, it's snowing and all it's saying is rain.

Useless. Can't even get the CURRENT weather right, let alone predict it.

Hubble shows images from record-breaking 13.1 billion light-years

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Re: Imagine

I suppose one way to think about it using the balloon/rising bread analogy is...

Think of the centre of the universe AS the big bang and the expansion being the time filling the "balloon". Or something.

Big bang go boom, time inflates space, pushing the skin of the universe where we live out.

I know it's wrong, but it stops all the "where's the centre of the universe" questions. The centre of the universe is the big bang.

Of course, using this model the universe looks a very weird shape indeed to residents of the "surface" cos light takes so long, so they pereive themselves to be on the "far away from the centre" skin, and then see the skin shrivel and shrink towards the centre as they look back in time.

I wonder if we'll ever be able to look back fat enough to see something CLOSE to the big bang. I know the microwave background radiation is that, but something as the first stars formed perhaps...

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re: You may think it's a long way down to the shops...

Quite right to apologise, mangling a quote like that. It's inexusable.

"I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space"

Hundreds of Mr A N OTHERs discovered on payrolls

Andrew Halliwell

Don't forget Superman III...

That's how it all started for richard pryor's character... noticing that lots of franctions of a cent tht should've been paid out went back to the company and instead funnelied it into his own account.

NO-SH*T CURE FOR BALDNESS discovered by accident

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I'm with you on that one

I often wetshave my bonce, nice smooth scalp, lovely feeling.

But it's such a CHORE, gimme a cure for hair!

Speedlink goes gold for Competition Pro silver jubilee

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When I got my kempston joystick interface it came with a competitioin pro...

So what do you mean "kempston tat"?

US woman @theashes stumped by cricketing tweets

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Re: eh?

This is


Famous for playing public school headmasters in old tv serieses and films.

Top Ten Arcade Classics

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Ah, paperboy... I was just about to mention that.

But instead... I'll throw elevator action into the ring.

Oh, and bionic commando! I loved that game!

Sussex police try new tactic to relieve snappers of pics

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IF you had your own local wifi hotspot in your backpack...

THAT could then do the "connect to any available open wifi and upload elsewhere" thing.

An eeepc or similar would be enough for that task.

Mail on Sunday inadvertently bolsters annual smutfest

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Re: Richard Desmond?

Thought it was the express that was owned by the porn magnate...

eBay whacked with giant patent suit

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There is a very very good reason...

Ebay hadn't made any money 10 years ago.

Now they have.

Mine's the one with the auctioneeer's gabble in the pocket.

Gulf spill to annihilate all earthlings, says seer

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RE: It had to be us ....

But it's NOT us.

BP is about as british as Madonna these days.

Overzealous Orange cuts off customer, still bills

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The future's bright...


I had problems with orange too, a few years ago when I moved off dialup to broadband.

I'd been with freeserve for a few years, they then got swallowed by orange.

Eventually, I decided to switch to NTL Broadband so cancelled my surftime account.

Next phone bill... still being charged.

Phoned orange, said I'd cancelled last month, they said "you need to inform BT that you cancelled the surftime". Phoned BT "That's orange's responsibility"...

Wash, rinse and repeat for 6 months, continuing to charge me during that time.

FINALLY got it sorted, dunno how now.

Microsoft: Oracle will take us back to 1970s hell

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ReNo future for Itanic/Arm then?

I think you mean ARM is the current COOL processor in town now... If it's running hot it's probably broken.


Mine's the one with the acorn archimedes in the pocket.

Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

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He obviously didn't note the shielding...

The purpose of the main deflector dish was to deflect any particles the ship may strike while travelling at warp...

Besides, the whole point of warp drive is the ship is not travelling at FTL in the traditional sense.

It's warping space around it so the space itself, the "warp bubble" enclosing the ship travels FTL while the space within the bubble the ship's going at sublight.

I realise it's just treknobabble, but they did think about those things.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat

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Re: Not to mention the drm


I think you mean printed books are BETTER for the environment.

Think of it, each tree chopped down is space for another tree to grow. And rather than allowing the tree to rot releasing greenhouse gasses, it is instead converted into a permanent carbon sink in the form of lots of books.

The forests continue to grow, taking up more CO2... Once a tree is mature it's no longer a carbon sink, so chopping them down is GOOD.

BOFH: Key performance undertakers

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I can't believe the BoFH would FALL for something so obviously trappy laid by the PFY.

Murdoch puffs Microsoft over Google

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The delightfully ironic thing is...

Who owns Sky?

Who hosts sky e-mail?





Nationwide Freeview tune-up takes place today

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Bricking, or just rendered useless whether retuned or not?

I don't think it bricks boxes. It's just that old freeview (especially original ondigital and ITV digital boxes can no longer pick up any channels at all. The band's been shifted out of their range, possibly the codec's been updated to something less bandwidth hungry too...

I know the original ondigital boxes don't work because south wales had the analogue turn-off earlier this month and that's when mine stopped working.

North Wales Police says the law is what they say it is

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@Monty Burns

To be fair a LITTLE bit to them, they're not paranoid without reason.

The gubmint ARE out to discourage motorcycling... Which in this day and age of green issues and fuel prices is a fuckin stupid thing to do.

It's been going on for years. In the 70s/early 80s, they changed the rules on learners, reducing the maximum CC for a learner bike to 125 (it used to be 250), then they limited the horsepower for a bike to be learner legal. Then they made the tests harder, and harder, and harder...

All the while, car driving tests remained the same.

NOW they've implemented a NEW set of tests which can only be taken at dedicated test centres hundreds of miles away from people wanting to TAKE the tests and the tests themselves have been deemed dangerous causing several broken limbs in the first couple of weeks of operation.

At one point they were trying to make it illegal to drive a bike without leg protectors. MAG campaigned against and won that one.

Add to that the NWP attitude (stop any bikers you see whether they're doing anything wrong or not and let's try to get bikes banned from snowdonia national park) and it's bound to lead to a bit of paranoia.

Paris, cos she's got no qualms about riding anything.

Doctor Who fans name best episode ever

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There's a rather good reason why Tom Baker gets 5 of the 10 slots...

And it's not all to do with how good a doctor he was... (no denying he WAS a good doctor, but then, so were all the ones before colin baker).

Most doctors expire within about 3 or 4 years. Tom Baker lasted 7 meaning he had a far larger pool of episodes to choose from.

Mine's the one with the pockets that're bigger on the inside.

Lad passes gruelling 'getting on bus' test

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Re: A ***

Heard news of someone planning to show older exam papers a few days ago.

I'd love to compare the CSE and O level papers I took in 1984 to the modern day equivalents.

Should be a right laugh, that should. 'specially when some pen pushing beaurocrat tries to claim exams haven't got easier.

Aliens. It has to be. They're sending stupifying rays to subdue us.

Stargazers spy retrograde planetary bloater

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re: Anonymous John

It's not the mass, it's the density.

The atmosphere must just be thinner.

Punters 'confuse' netbooks with notebooks

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Anonymous Coward

You're a little confused yourself.

Asus aspire one?

Acer eeepc?

Mine's the one without the brainfart in the pocket.

11 Time Lords plan charity shindig

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@Graham Bartlett

Poorly executed how?

I thought it was one of THE classic Who stories.

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@Graham Bartlett

Oh, and there HAS been one charity special that was excellently done.

Someone mentioned it already.

The Curse of Fatal Death.

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@Liam Pennington

now come on... Even if they HAVE aged, this has got to be better than anything ELSE on children in need that night. It's not had anything good or noteworthy for YEARS.

Even the last two doctor who children in need specials were just little tagged on bits that would've fitted to the end of the episode or beginning of the next.

(Parting of the ways, tennant's extra bit and tennant meets davison before colliding with the titanic)

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@David S

Now come on. Be fair.

They've got rid of Davies and put a GOOD writer, author of THE best Doctor who episodes ever, in charge. (including of course, Blink)

WIth Stephen Moffat in the hotseat, I think we can keep that shark at bay for a few more years.

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Re: messing with time

And before that, done properly, the 3 doctors.

(No need to replace Hartnell with a different actor or put one of the doctors in a wibbly wobbly stasis thingy in the matrix with that one (cos Baker couldn't be arsed doing it)

Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

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Oh deary me...

Who woke up a grouchy grumpypants this morning then?

No sunny delight for you, it's obviously got you overexcited.

Microsoft, Asus launch anti-Linuxbook campaign

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Re: My Tuppence


Virtual desktop? Linux has had that since year dot.

(display bigger than screen size, scrolling around it with the mouse)

All you have to do is set a virtual resolution in the xorg.conf file.

If asus didn't do that then it's just yet another way they shot themselves in the foot.

It wasn't linux that was at fault...

It was asus's half arsed attempt at implementing it.

YouTube flooded with porn

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yes, remember it fondly, but I also believe that I was at an age then when I wouldn't have likely been searching for things like hannah montanna as well, (though that didn't exist, but the age suitability of porn, even your first look at "rain" soaked, pre-used porn is somewhat older than the hannah montana audience

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Um... That wasn't rain...

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Wasn't there news several YEARS ago about algorithms used to find porn by analysing a picture for over abundance of flesh tones?

Shirley that technology must've improved enough to be useful by now? OK, they'd need to pipe every single video through something that could strip it to frame-by-frame images and scan them individually, or perhaps scan only the ones where a sudden scene change occurs.

It might not be 100% and might flag a lot of false positives but if they were then send on to a human reviewer, it could make it easier by eradicating the vast majority of new vids from the search.

Paris, because she'd be flagged up every time.

Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

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Linux is likely to rally soon.

The next generation of netbooks are due out later this year. (that's proper netbooks again, like the original Eee's, not the underpowered laptops that these later so-called netbooks have become)...

And the reason for linux... They can't run windows cos they'll be non-x86 based.

Mostly ARM but there was a report last week about a spanish netbook powered by MiPS.

Red Dwarf touches down in Coronation Street

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Re:It's a win-win situation (for them)

At the beginning of the series, red dwarf had been found... flying on an exploritory mission in the starbug's laundry basket populated by krytens self-repair nanites (they'd taken the ship, and converted most of its mass into a small moon... After kryten gave them a strict telling off, they recreated red dwarf, along with all the dead crew (including rimmer).

The last episode ran something like this (to refresh your memories)...

Red Dwarf got infected with some metal eating superbug.

The science department developed a portal into a mirror universe which Lister entered, to find everything reversed, he was the captain, the captain was as useless as lister is normally, cat was a genius, etc.

The mirror universe had an antigen that could kill off the superbug on "our" red dwarf, so dave took the formula, but when he travelled back through the portal, it transformed to the formula of the superbug itself, leaving the dwarf doomed.

In the last scene, cat, lister and kryten made it through the portal to escape red dwarf's destruction, but a vending machine that had it in for rimmer prevented him from going through when the ship blew up (meaning yep, he's dead again).

The A-Team flies into Hollywood

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Snickers? Are you mad?

What if the baddy has a peanut allergy?!

Mine's the one with the adrenalin syringe in the pocket.

Brits decline to 'think outside the box'

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Re:It's a win-win situation (for them)


They missed out on one of the older ones that's always got on my nerves.

"we must leverage this computer system..."

Leverage as a verb... Why not just say "push" or "use" or any number of proper words.

Lever = noun and verb.

Leverage is a noun only. Always has been, and in spite of all the marketting morons out there, I refuse to acknowledge it as anything else.

Correct usage. "I've tried shoving this crowbar under it, but my feet keep slipping and I can't get any leverage"


BBC relives The Day of The Triffids

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What's the point?

All day of the triffids is...

Is "Survivors" with walking killer plants thrown in.

And they've only just remade survivors.

Newcastle men dodge post-bog handwash

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re: Newcastle men dodge post-bog handwash


Too much cleanliness is as bad as too little.

Immune systems get boosted by a few germs here and there.

Without them, people get allergies and asthma.

So big deal, if it was a real problem, where's this plague they're so scared of? It's not as if it's only just started happening. People haven't been washing their hands for decades.