* Posts by MJI

5855 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

UK government marks 'at least' £115m for new Brexit systems against backdrop of chequered IT project history in customs and border control

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Re: The positives

I think a lot of small businesses will just say stuff it and not bother.

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Re: Brexit is coming

Don't blame me I voted remain.

I am not doing anything to help it, the leavers made the mess, they can fix it!

Just why should victims of this mistake help? It would be the same as people in the US having to support trump in his aims even if they are in the opposition.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Concorde

AFAIK only one of the hotter EE Lightnings was able to catch it. So not even all Lightnings just one of the better ones.

Had a look same Lightning intercepted a U2 and has reached 88,000 feet

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Re: Starship? Reheat

From what I have read the locals around Heathrow did not mind Concorde noise as it gave them a chance to go and see it.

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US Cities

Would be better off with HSR not SST.

US needs to see the French solution, or our 40 year old solution.

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Only commenting here because

Our local Tesco is out of Rattler.

C&C only one missing, yes but my cider!

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

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Re: Local sellers can't avoid much taxes

Trying to work out if Stepford wife or Stockhold syndrome.

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Bpris underwear

He was recently, blue underpants.

Better get Grandpa off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

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Pity that Windows stopped at 7

Because anything newer just isn;t

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Teams on phone

Well this is horrid.

Getting used at work and I have found the following problems

Audio calls

1) Cannot use like a phone, ear keeps pressing things.

2) Answer button often tries to hide when you want to use it.

3) IP Phone and real phone still ring.

And very difficult to muliple use eg see text on PC and sound via phone.

i HATE it!

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Re: Clearly I've missed something but

Supermarkets moving stuff. At their own peril!

I found Tescos had moved some stuff but no worries I found it at Sainsburies.

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Work PC

Is inflicted with this mess.

Luckily managed to learn most dialog names like services.msc and the .cpls

Not yet found shut down button, but I just restart anyway with shutdown /r

Most thing is the grey 2D UI, is total shite compared to 98/NT/2000/XP and all.

The Moon certainly ain't made of cheese but it may be made of more metal than previously thought, sensor shows

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From the coin slot operated cookers?

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Re: How did they learn he was Dalit?

And Sikhs AFAIR are caste less and one of their founding principles was no caste.

Learnt a bit from a collegue.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: Hmmm

I mentioned cider because others do

Obviously with scones you should be on tea

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Re: There is a third option:

Jam with sausages - YUK!

I want mine between a scone and clotted cream.

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Even supermarkets do

Cornish Clotted Cream now.

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Scone - plain no dead flies.

Then Jam - strawberry of course

Then Cream - on top MUST be Cornish Clotted Cream.

Cider, any west country should be nice, I tend to get mine from Herefordshire and Cornish producers.

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Re: The one true way...

If hookers are nubile, how do you describe a prop or fly half?

Brian Moore nubile WTF!

Lockdown team building: Actualise the potentiality of your workforce... through the power of video games

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Too many different ways to play.

Got a mix at work of owners of gaming PCs Switches, PS4s, XBone.

Need to find a game we all have and can cross play.

Due to working on them all day, not a fan of PC gaming. Some people code all day game all night same machine. PS4 owners have different game likes, XBone player has to use other friends.

So a little stuffed here.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Imaging and stuff

I have long been a fan of decent optics I rely on them all the time.

My current glasses are junk compared to my previous pair wth Nikon lenses - optically excellent.

The USP of cameras though now is the optics.

Phone cameras are generally not very good, totally lacking in flexibility compared to SLRs. Mind you an old Nokia was good as a point and shoot compared to any others I have had.

I just want a good quality DSLR where a 50mm lens is a 50mm normal use lens. Any 35mm user will know what I mean.

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Re: Nah

I want a Nikon DSLR.


Nikon lenses and Sony sensors.

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My Dad had Olympus stuff

OM1 something may be 10 but was quite a long time ago.

Really nice kit, he tried Praktica for a few years (I got given his old Miranda body) but didn't get on with it.

I got the Tamrons when he went Olympus.

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Surprising that JVC did not bother as they had a good video camera in the tube and seperates era I wanted one but could not afford one, I had a second hand Sony tube camera which was good but not as good as the JVC. But the Sony recorder was the best one on the market.

The late tube cameras were often pretty good.

But mix and match disappeared with the camcorder. Later the Video 8 backers took the market.

I ran my seperates until the camera tube failed then went to DV, later HDV.

I have managed to compare footage from early video kit and found the following.

Early 8mm footage can be soft. Some early cameras were junk, Sony tube cameras were low on features but good on picture quality. Until Hi8 the Sony portable VCR was still best.

And yes it was assembling footage from multiple sources into one video using a PC, then burning to DVD.

DV and HDV cameras often have a still frame option using memory cards, quality is interesting. Resolution is not that high (video pickup chip) but lens quality is really good.

Phones only got good when Nokia gave it a go.

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Re: Sensor format

I remember APS and it failed attempt to unseat 35mm.

They claimed they would use a better film than 35mm, to get equivalent quality.

The killer was simple.

Which film company would be prepared to kill itself by not putting this better filmi nto 35mm cannisters?

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel

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I needed a small batch in a hurry

And wound up my boss

(Multiple people remote)

I started with copy con

He moans at me not using Word but Word pad

Then spends half hour about word reformatting on its own bat a whole document which took an evening to fix!

While eyes are fixed on Apple announcements, Microsoft's streaming service Mixer goes the way of the Windows Phone

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Why would they do this?

Why Facebook?

Why not just say, move back to Twitch or whatever youused before.

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help

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How condescending

That message makes me want to punch something, and I am not violent.

It is such middle management speak.


Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

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Are they good with earwax?

Do they brush them out?

(Sticking with Sennheiser on ear)

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: Microsoft are much more evil

Never forgiven MS for what they did to Netware.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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First time I drove in Ireland I was doing 80mph down a main road thinking brilliant!

Our customers told me km/h

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Re: Me too

Old measurements

mpg of course as for some wierd reason l/km in not used.

I also use foot on railway vehicles as 1 foot = 4mm

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Re: Spelling

Kilo is a prefix and not a measurement.

A kilo of what?

Watt, byte, bit, metre, Newton, Volt, gram, litre?

Kilo on its own is meaningless.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Overall Brand

Getting puzzled here.

GE that is a US company isn't it?

Alstom is a European company. This version created by merger of GEC (British company) and Alsthom (mainly French company). After GEC was killed by crap management.

So nearest thing to aviation with the European company would be BAe from EE (Lightning).

Can someone clear up link between GE and Alstom (not Alsthom or GEC Alsthom)

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Had a read and a search

That internal SSD performance is in the same ball park as XB4 Ram!

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Re: What's with the vertical consoles?

Just thought Wiii not touched since kids finished Super Mario Galaxy. PS2 not touched in 3 years, PS3 in a year.

Nearly bought some PS3 DLC then found same price whole game PS4.

Console tidy up time?

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A few must have games, and a few WTFs

Death Loop looks great. Dishonoured meets Tarantino.

But I WILL get one for Horizon : Forbidden West.

Lets say I don't have ShellShock Nam 67. But their main FPS is great for the older gamer.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Re: I have questions

I remember that joke too, first saw LH on TISWAS. He was bonkers. Did a good Bellamy and McDoughnut.

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Re: I have questions


Not common for him but enough to mention.


Funny really but I have always seen them as childrens characters not effigees of people.

They look like strange dolls not like people. I don't get the likeness thing. They look like a strange idea from a weird person.

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Gon't you mean lUsers?

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Re: @Def - Yeah but

Sometimes you just know it will be bad.

This was basically Twilight fan fiction.

Couple of paragraphs online were enough to tell it was crap.

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Re: Pointless


Funny really, have not met any non Christian who are anti Christmas.

They all look at it as a time of rest and family.

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Re: I have questions

UK classism over racism.

Yep fully agree.

There are types of people I am wary of (eg drunk thugs) but nothing colour related.

Now to racism, I take the mickey out of a hat one member of staff wears to try to style his hair*, but not him.

Anyway he is of Indian sub continent ancestry born here, dad from the African explusion. Another collegue was on about "them lot" and "your lot" with regards to immigration. So a few of us stepped in to boths surprise.

Then I stated that I am not a racist but a twatist, be a twat and get treated like one.

Trying to explain that being born somewhere, speaking the main language as your first language, understanding the national ID, he was as British as anyone else. Also he was not a twat.

It really riled me as the picked on lad was early 20s and was sad to say used to such nonsense.

* Still not worked out why, not sure if trying to flatten or what.

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Re: Alternatives

Or Dom and Boris

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Re: Master changed, really?


Am I the only person who thought of elephants?

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: No, don't check how long it will be supported!

So it seems that my Sony Bravia contains one of the last Sony manufactured panels.

Well it is old!

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Re: My fridge freezer

Handle broke but managed to get an identical one new, 20 years or more on.

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Not very big semi

so kitchen / dining room, fridge freezer is about 1m from where I am sitting working on a tower PC remote to office, between us a door way (door removed) and I can see the TV with some white haired man and a blonde woman chatting with other people remotely.

My wife is on a This Morning binge as she can't use the PC.

If my wife wants a recipe she uses THIS PC.

TV is pre smart and better for it. Fridge is better being a fridge.

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Re: My fridge freezer

Our was previous house, got 20 year olds not born there but were a very large bump.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

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Re: Which aircraft will the meat pilot use?

A10s fart cannon shells. More recoil than 1 engine thrust.

They are brilliant.

Mind you F35B are supposed to replace another subsonic wondermachine, how is that going?

(Is there anything wrong in liking A10s and Sea Harriers?)


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