* Posts by GrantK

22 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Sep 2008

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s


Uses for an HP 41c

Back in the early 90s we used the HP 41c as a (backup) fire control computer for the Artillery.

Young army recruits and Reverse Polish notation did not always gel easily.

I remember my dad using one of these in the 80s too, he was a land surveyor at the time.

Virgin Media to push out nimble new broadband speeds

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I get what it says on the box

I am a 10mb subscriber and hardly ever get anything significantly less than that. Have been with them for something like 8 years now. I started with 150k and every now and again get a speed hike.

Have recently had the "jitter" problems in our area though, loads of short term (couple of seconds) disconnects.

Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble


Bromley/ Croydon

Internet was out for most of Saturday afternoon down this way (border of Croydon and Bromley). When I called Virgin Media I was told it was a fault in the area and they offered to put £10 credit on my account for the hassle.

They answered almost immediately so I do not think there was a huge amount of calls at that point.

Spain grovels to penguins over 'Linux' anti-terror plot

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Code names

When did codenames become publicity tools? (Desert Shield maybe)

The proper way to use a codename for military purposes is to maintain a central list of "random" codenames. When someone wants a codename for an operation they simply get assigned the next name on the list.

In particular you should never be able to infer anything about an operation from its codename.

Commencing operation "Paris"...

Nazi-doodlebug-powered father of all paintball guns patented


Thank you for this story

That is all...

Google yanks IE6 love from web apps


IE 6 at Google

Google probably had IE6 installed for the same reason we do. IE6 is one of our officially supported browsers and we need to have it installed to support it. People on IE6 have little or no choice. IE6 makes up 12 - 15% of our traffic in the week and almost nothing over weekends. This indicates that they use IE6 at work and something else at home. They are not stupid, they are just using what they have available.

Today is not New Year's Eve - or the end of the decade

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So many opinions....

Ever considered that all these different opinions was why the Pope needed to decree in the first place...

Black ops helicopter as this article is obviously a conspiracy to stop us doing any meaningful work today.

Agincourt actually an even scrap, historians claim


In a Hollywood movie.....

The Americans win at Agincourt against all odds....

Hand grenade coz... well ...

Most Mac owners getting Windows on the side

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Many computers at home

I too have legacy systems living alongside my Mac

Met shops self to IPCC over terror toddlers

Big Brother


Have to consider the possibility he has just been conned and robbed...

Big brother just in case....

Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet


They just never learn - the little guy now has a voice

Just put a link to this article on twitter wit the #fail tag. How many people follow that?

Kind soul donates Claymore mine to charity


Claymore blues

There is a reason this is one of those enduring weapons... Effective and really hard to get wrong.

Many fond memories of training with these things, though ours were a sandy colour rather than green.

Murphy's laws of combat - "never forget your weapon was made by the lowest bidder"

Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft


Maybe - Maybe not

If you have to resort to gimmics to sell it, it ain't good enough (that goes for MS too)

Mines the one with a 13' Macbook in the one pocket and an iPhone in the other (after many years of them being full of junk)

Gadget-buying Taliban 5th column in Blighty - shock!


Killing our own

I am a Brit (but not by birth) and an ex soldier and totally agree with your point about those who conspire to kill our own forces...

Damn them.

Smiley heart face because I am wondering why we cannot all live together in peace.....

Apple shares MacBook break-in tips

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Upgrade RAM

Just bought the thing with 4GB in it....

Paris - cos even she could figure that out (and afford it)

Demise of British tank industry foretold admitted

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Air superiority is not always a guarantee of success

In the desert (Iraq) where there is little cover aircraft reign supreme, but as the Angolans (and their Cuban pilots in MIG 23's) found out in the bush war in the 70s/80s, aircraft superiority is pretty useless when there is thick cover available for your ground forces to hide in.

Not all wars (conventional or otherwise) will be fought in the desert, you need a balanced force.

Can't believe I'm the first to put a helicopter on this thread...

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users


There should be a law

Hmm - only thing I use bittorrent for is warcraft updates. These happen over a week or 2 before the patch, so we probably wont even notice the throttling.

I think the problem is more an expectation one. If you sell 'unlimited' broadband (in large print) and then put a bunch of restrictions in the small print people will complain (rightly).

If Virgin (and others) were more upfront about what they are selling there would be no problem at all.

Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged

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Short term pain

Long term gain - hopefully

Paris cos you just know who is gonna be on the most broken sites...

Asus: $200 netbooks next year

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Icon Time

Pretty sure it is time that the picture is made into an icon...

Black helicopter coz there is no eepc icon

Did Parallels ship pre-release version 4 code?

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A total non story?

Software improves and you can download a new version - whatever next?

OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0

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If an Open Source release does not bring the server down these days then it is probably considered unsuccessful. What better publicity (to the average Joe) than that your servers crashed due to demand for your product.

Black helicopter cos I reckon they pulled the plug themselves

Android springs to life next week

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Compete with iPhone?

It does not have to be better than the iPhone, it just needs to be better value for money. I will wait for the price plans before making the decision...