* Posts by G C M Roberts

68 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Sep 2008


Singapore most 'liveable' Asian city for ex-pat IT pros

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I'm in SG at the moment and it seems quite good, It's swings and roundabouts compared to LN. Went to HK the other week and it was very enclosed compared to SG.

Unexpected nanotube heat transfer suggests new way to cool processors

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Might I be the first to say I for one hope similar research has been done for Copper Nanotubes. In fact I will do a googlefor hot CuNT right now to check.

Mine's the coat with an awkward bulge.

SimCity to return after 10-year holiday

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I for one would like to welcome 2015 when the PC which is capable of playing the game with all the settings and a decent screen res is released.

That was my memory of the much loved older Sim Cities anyway :)

SingTel restructures to bypass Apple, Google

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They were already there

Well certainly with products, I've got a Singtel hi! card.

Mine's the very lightweight & waterproof coat.

Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

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"Germany's submarine fleet is proud that it created an unassailable fortress for the Fuhrer on the other end of the world"

Wasn't this Argentina & Brazil?

Mine's the coat not allowed to stop in any South American port ;)

Raspberry Pi ship date slips

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if only you could have crowbarred "and Alastair" into the subheading?

French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

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Based on this logic, Google should introduce a pay per search feature for French customers.

Bonjour, voulez-vous faire un search? C'est 0,50€.

Perhaps Alcatel can sue oriental companies for making cheaper electronics than it?

Super-powered 'frankenmalware' strains detected in the wild

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Can we get a Beaker from the Muppets icon? I think a giant meep sounds appropriate for this kind of story.

Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

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Lucky duck!

I've had about 5 or 6 outages in the last yr with VM. Fortunately they always refund customers, unprompted, for loss of service. Oh wait...

My fave ISP is Be, never had any issues in 5 yrs with them just my chuffing BT line or feckless BT engineers at the exchange pulling my card out instead of someone else's.

Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

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It's worth watching the last 25 mins of that BBC programme Marcus du Satoy did about this in the last month or so.

This second expt has ruled out one of the possible causes. But who knows about whether the earth's density is accurately known enough along this path for that not to cause some GR fluctuations or something else that clearly isn't obvious.

Anyway, the the du Satoy programme said, if this is right then a prior experiment which recorded neutrinos and light arriving at the same time from a supernova must have some massive error or effect as I think it would have meant the neutrinos should have arrived 25yrs before the light.

Fixing Android mobes costs telcos millions

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Blackberries, predictable?

I've supported those infernal things since 2003 and the only predictable thing about them is that they break, often and weirdly.

Innovatio targets Wi-Fi users with patent suits

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The below was on Slashdot and I think it should have made the article...

The lawyer representing the company, Matthew McAndrews, seems to

imply that the company believes the patents cover everyone who has a home

Wi-Fi setup, but they [1]don't plan to go after such folks right now, for

'strategic' reasons."

Stars say relativity still works

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No, but in some areas of physics, 50% can be a great margin of error, some things have margins of error which are orders of magnitude.

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There is a similar problem in particle physics, from what I remember from Uni 11 yrs ago, whereby detectors measure energy and thus the velocity and mass have to be intelligently guessed.

Carphone Warehouse whipped for cheap Jesus mobe ads

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What a waste of time the ASA are

I wonder what they would have said if they said the phone was unlimitedly cheap and had an asterisk to a fair use price.

iRobot Roomba 780 automated vacuum cleaner

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How much does Nigel get paid again?

Cigars and fancy robot butlers?

Mine's the smoking jacket in the billiards room please e-Jeeves.

Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

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That's his Google+ a/c stuffed then...

Mine's the coat with the hastily scribbled over name badge on it

UBS tells IT contractors: Take a 10% pay cut ... or 100%

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I <3 agencies

"both of which told the Reg they could not comment as UBS was one of their biggest clients"

So they're saying they would comment if it was about a small client?

National web-2.0 dogturd photo scheme goes live

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Twice, and that was just for breakfast

Eat this, because I clearly did :)

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Hem hem

I understand Lewisham also piloted an extension to this policy recently

Love clean shops

Whereby proactive, youthful and vigorous members of the community helped tidy shop innards of cluttering goods.

Mine's the coat with the hood and a 56" plasma in the pocket.

Chic USB drive leads double life as personal vibrator

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Does it include some wet wipes for your USB ports...

I hope my company includes this on the USB lockdown policy...

When the memory stick loses all your data, I guess it's fucked you over twice...

Mine's the coat with the phone set to vibrate in the pocket

HCL discloses 'email deletion' requests from News International

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Given all the brouhaha

I would think that major newspapers be forced to adopt an email archiving policy akin to that which banks are forced to.

In anticipation of this I will be buying shares in Autonomy :)

Also is Private Eye going to be the only place to point out the big alarm bell of Vaz being on this panel. Perhaps Jeffrey Archer can go on the next perjury review committee?

Mine's the coat with the bulging brown envelopes in it.

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Ahhhh :)

Many thanks chaps. Mrs G got a bit sick of having to do the whole logout thing for the family pics to be backed up to the network, so this is great news.

Upvoted you all.

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A question if anyone would be so kind?

Does encrypting your disk (not just home) still make time machine a bit rubbish, in that it becomes an all or nothing restore feature and not the dip in saviour it is with unencrypted partitions?

Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security

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Does Linux have to catch up?

I *thought* that this ASLR was done by doing a prelink -afmR and there was also some kernel option ticked which did some similar stuff?

Japanese erections named 'Bollox', 'Wonder Device'

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plain text only

I take it the shed noticeably alters it's gait depending on the weather?

Bill seeks to decriminalise pianos in pubs and schools

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I'm not sure that's the best name, unless I have missed a deliberate self debasing joke, in which case I apologize.


Stipe croons 'Man on the Moon' to Atlantis crew

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What's next?

As there seems to be a recurring theme developing I would suggest

Babylon Zoo - Spaceman

I'll get my spacecoat

El Reg cuts ribbon on new Special Projects Bureau

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I love the title bar!!! That is brilliant.

Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen

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Would there be a copper version in the pipeline?

From what I remember about the elements, silver is a bucket load more pricey and copper has a good enough conductivity for most applications.

Mine's the very dusty A level lab coat

Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365

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A very good point

The only BIG roadblock I can see is weaning corporates off all their excel addins and because of that I don't see anything front office in instituitional banking moving from physical M$ office.

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Let's hope he doesn't bring the magic of his scarepoint success to Google

Ooh, Supergrass are playing, In IT for the money...

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It's funny

...but outlook 2010 on imap'd gmail, is strangely buggy.

My favourite is every email from slashdot getting truncated midway through due to some parsing problem.

Mine's the black helicopter with the QA team in it

BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

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As my memory serves me

it was the Ghostbusters cartoon series, where everything was fixed by reversing the polarity :)

Council fined for randomly emailing personal data

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Type your comment here

Hurrah, so in short a government department has moved money from one department to another and I take it the effected parties get nothing?

Name that donkey: Barbarella battles Bathsheba

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What about

having an IT angle and a non-gender specific "name"...


German cops unleash corpse-hunting vultures

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A missed opportunity

I'm amazed this wasn't sponsored by Vulture Central.

"The trio of airborne detectives - dubbed Lester, Sarah and Andrew"

What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?

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So what's the deal

with my existing vinyl, CD and DVD library?

Will there be the option to UV-ize them to stop me buying everything again in this new forever format?

Popular gamers 'should play for free' – Valve boss

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Life imitates art?

I think at 120USD a year, Leeroy Jenkins has already done this </WoW reference>

Mine's the coat with +6 to boring.

WTF is... IPv6?

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Thanks for the clarification chaps :)

Still good news for MPAA and the black helicopters as if MAC address for the last bit is the "out of the box" solution that's "98%"* of sources identified better than before

*Statistic subject to being a number plucked out of thin air

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So the last part of the IP is the MAC address and every device gets shown to the Internet.

Good news for the MPAA I guess.

Google misses Russian trick with Opera snubs

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Shhh! HP's cloud is called, er, Scalene

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The completely irregular triangle...

...great choice. Nothing else says to me computing power, like an irregular triangle.

Duke Nukem taken to the shrink

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Icon suggestion

I'm thinking we need a where's the "Duke Nukem angle" icon

LastPass resets passwords following possible hack

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Speaking of which can any readers remind me of my credit card expiry date and my EQ2 login details? Ta.

London Olympics ticket grab ends with website wobbles

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I'd be interested to see how/why the tickets bought aren't subject to distance selling regulations and thus the 30 day refund thing.

Behind Apple's record sales are signs of desperation

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Big Bird must be shitting it

"They also allege copying of the colors and rectangular shape of the Apple products."

I can envisage the text books of the future:

"There are 15 colours in the 24bit palette which we can name and use freely to draw with and 3 basic geometric shapes. Those of you who wish to draw a window or rectangle please speak with your IP licencing assistant"

Calling all readers: Want some new icons?

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how about...

Given topics of much commentness of late:

A 50s style atom and a mushroom cloud

Some Richard Dawkins and Pope ones

and other thoughts are

Definitely bring that Sir Humphrey to the forums

Perhaps a pile of cash icon too

Officials scoop up bacteria bubbling away in Playboy hot tub

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I hope that they

...finger who ever is responsible for this

Mine's the quilted dressing gown with lipstick smears near the groin

BitTorrent plays nice with content

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In other news

Speed of light shown to be infinite

Virgin Media really offers unlimited downloads

Pope denies Catholicism

Woods deny hosting bear facilities