* Posts by DayDragon

48 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Apr 2011

BT: Ofcom's planned wholesale price cap? Just a smidge too tight


Re: I'm all for cutting prices

What you said above is correct, it's all about money but then that is because we (UK/Europe) live is a Capitalist society and the US are a Conglomeratist/Capitalist society...

What would you do? Become Socialist where everyone works for the good of the whole?

Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE


Re: Hmmm

I wondered about that too but before this story, thinking what if we sent things like dandelions or other self-propagating/self-pollinating plants and seeded them around Mars.

Mind you, when we came to populate Mars we'd need a lot of weed-killer

MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us


Bad English?

"If you receive such a communication, please do not respond to it and report it to the police."

Anyone else think this is bad English?

I know they probably mean report the scam to the Police and don't send the scammers any money but to me it seems to read "don't tell the police and don't send any money to the scammers"

Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports


Re: Ta

@jeremy 3:

I'm not sure which part of yorkshire you come from but in my part (South Yorkshire), Ta means Thanks (and can sometimes be used as an acronym of "Thanks alot".

Simlarly, the saying here is "like shit off a shovel"

Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors


Re: El-Kady

Carbon Monoxide then?

Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons



"Showalter has already named two moons of Uranus (Mab and Cupid, named after Shakespearean characters)"

Surely Uranus's satellites/moons should be called hemorrhoid and klingon... Or Sphincter and Starfish

'Bundle' signals from SPACE seize control of small car in Germany


Re: Wtf?

What about if we had several satellites in an elliptical orbit between earths and mars orbit of the sun.

We transmit to one satellite, it passesit on to the next closest to Mars, and so on, depending on where the Earth and Mars are in their orbit?

At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests


I'm not sure if the technology or any applications can do it, but i wondered about using some kind of EEG equipment (such as Emotiv EPOC) to control a computer/games console/ any electrical gadget (with wifi link to a House controller)...

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Oh i don't know, 25k sounds quite good for a replacement forearm.

Going with this and the prosthetic legs people have these days i guess we know figures when someone says "it costs an arm and a leg"

It doesn't show you how far his amputation is so i'll assume he has his natural elbow and half his forearm.

If i had to have one i think i'd prefer to have a foam-latex or rubber grip on the palm and fingers, the egg-cracking wasn't great (though still impressive) and the beer holding looked like it could slip out but i haven't looked at the arm apart the article and video.

Being interested in prosthetics i did wonder about the use of pain-receptors to sense touch-grip pressure

Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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Common sense...

at last...

I remember walking into a Starbucks for the first time and looking at all the types of coffee you could get and being utterly confused. You see, i was just used to drinking Instant so all these Expresso, Latte's and Cappucino's meant nothing to me (and there were no explanations of what they were).

Anyway, i said to the lass behind the counter "can i have a normal coffee" which there followed a list of the usual suspects, i said "have you got anything like Instant". Her face dropped and she looked at me as though i'd just dropped out of a dogs bum... "oh, you want an Americano, What do you want it in?" i looked at her blankly and said "A cup"...

Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation


Are they sure it's not just something stuck the the camera lense?

BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest


@Bigger problem?

Perhaps Amazon got confused with the Leeds/Reading Festival and thought Leeds & Reading were the same place :)


It works if you type a city name in to the Post Code box too :)

Intel rivals crash Hot Chips party with full-fat server silicon


I have a question...

Which is quite irrelevant but is Cupertino pronounced as "Cup of Tea?, No" ?

Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays


Re: Appallingly bad design?

@ Capt Underpants

What you're saying is correct, it is a stupid rule to enforce but we just work for the University and have to follow it's rules/policies/guidelines. I take back my first statement, you do seem to know what you're talking about. :)

Basically it's something along to lines of what Ian Johnstone states on this thread, about not receiving more credit for a piece of work already credited rather than plagiarism.

May be cite is the wrong word, i can't think of the correct one, you're allowed to 'refer' to a piece of your own work if it adds to the assignment. Whoever is marking will possibly have access to the work and of course it is cached on TII (i think).

@Crisp No idea :)


Re: Appallingly bad design?

@ Capt. Underpants

I've not upvoted or downvoted you but you don't quite seem to get Academia do you.

What apr400 stated "If you copy your own previous work rather than producing new and original material then that is still a problem." is correct, at least in our University anyway.

You are not allowed/meant to copy previous work, even if it is by your own hand.

You can 'cite' you previous work as you can 'cite' bits from other works.

Sitting down all day is killing you


Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

Unless, by some chance you are immortal, then at some point in your life you will shuffle off this mortal coil we call life.

BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

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Back on form i think

I read this and thought 'back on form, Simon'

"And then there’s the cost. The budget for the company’s 50-odd retail-priced iPads has to come from somewhere... and because everyone from the Boss up feels it’s crucial IT material and so shouldn’t come out of the department’s expense account – and since the Corporate Wasting-Money-on-Pointless-Shit account doesn’t exist – they just raid the IT Budget instead.

Even this wouldn’t matter if I didn’t know, deep down in my heart of hearts, that I’m going to find half of these devices with about quarter-of-an-hour's worth of use, stuffed into the back of a cupboard with a dead battery three years from now.

I’ve seen it happen many times. Some crusty from upper management retires, steps in front of a bus (or is helped in front of a bus by a friendly IT professional) and then suddenly a box full of IT detritus turns up in Mission Control in case we "want it for something"."

Funny because it's true.



I too was introduced to Fear Factory by Carmageddon, it was great that the CD was mixed (Data on track one and music following). It had instrumental versions of Zero Signal, Demanufacture and Body Hammer i think plus extra music by Lee Groves.

It was a really good game for it's day.

More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light


Speed of what kind of light

I could probably find the answer to this by Googling but thought i'd ask here and make myself look stupid.

What kind of light travels at the speed of light? i mean, there are different wavelengths right?

Infrared-visible light spectrum-ultraviolet. Do they all travel at the same speed but only go different distances??

Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS


Like most things new...

I don't know if anyone else has already said, i couldn't be arsed to trail through the waffle & snide comments. Some people have got some good ideas for what to do with them.

I registered my interest on both sites (being that i purchase from them anyway they already have my details)..

But like anything new, i'm not going to be first to buy one, i'll wait till everyones bought one and they find problems with it and then Raspberry Pi bring out a new revision or workarounds, then i'll buy the updated one.

Global DNS takedown plotters disowned by Anonymous


Take out their playground?

"but taking out the root DNS of the net is not the group's style. After all, such a action would throw a spanner in the works of the hacktivists' favourite playground"

Err, no it wouldn't. Since the servers and routers will still be there they only need to use IP addresses. Proper hackers would be able to get around the net without having to use nameservers.

Berkeley boffins crack brain wave code


At the moment, it's what people hear not what they think about... unless i missed something somewhere

Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat


Seriously, how long is it since you saw DoctorWho? They were able to levitate up stairs in 1988.

Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon


Go on then, you tell me your reasons that "make you laugh" and i'll tell you if they match my objections

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I'd certainly agree with the building and launching of rockets from the moon due to it's lowered gravity but not the mining.

The Moon is too important to Earth to start mining it, however as a launch platform for other mining vessels.

The main thing would be the NEW research that could be done in laboratories on the moon in low gravity or perhaps in zero-g lab orbiting the moon?

We could finally work on intergalactic space travel drive systems

Mars rover seeks perfect suntan spot to survive winter


i'm guessing it's an issue of weight and size (for it to be launched from Earth).

Now, if it had been made in space on a space station where they could send up components and build/launch it there...

Duff Russian Mars probe spotted flying in reverse


Someone pointed out above that the reverse side of the panel is used for expelling heat however couldn't they have a small solar cell that would only power the rotating motor (with enough power to turn the panel towards the sun) thus activating the computer?

Another question: if it's been sat in the cold dark regions of space for so long not receiving any heat will the electronic/computer components be any good now?

The new touchy-feely Doctor Who trend: Worrying


Susan may or may not have been his real granddaughter but she was certainly Gallifreyan.


BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users


Sorry but...

Where's the entertainment value gone out of the BOFH. I remember eagerly waiting for the next issue of Networking Week, or whatever it was called, to read the next exciting installment of the BOFH.

There have been some brilliant ones over the years but this isn't one of them.

I say bring back Maureen the Serial Whiner :)

Kingston Technology HyperX 240GB SSD



Comparisons to a normal non-ssd HDD please?

NASA unveils its chosen Shuttle successor


I've said it once...

I'll say it again, small rockets carrying parts up to an automated 'Star-Trek' like spacevessel factory.

Okay, so they have to build the spaceship factory first... small details.

Facebook lets users have separated social, er, Circles


ahh, you mean on the actual pages? right got you. I just do it on the posts that appear on my newsfeed and then i don't get anymore posts from them :)


Had it for ages...

If people would bother to check privacy settings, Facebook has had this for ages. At least for a year i've been able to assign different friends to different groups and limit that group to what they could see by using Custom rights.

I've separated out casual acquaintances and put them in a group that has limited access to my profile already.

I've not checked out the 'new' feature yet, i hope they haven't messed anything up.


@Page spam

They haven't stopped you. All they did was make your 'liked' bands and interests into pseudo-groups or linked them to fan pages.

You can still 'hide all by ????' by clicking the X on the update and surprisingly clicking 'Hide all by ...' button.

Is Cisco's 16-year CEO Chambers ready to go?


I read this...

I read this as Cisco is about to get a 16 year old CEO and thought, wow, they're getting younger and younger these days.

Glow-in-the-dark kittens to help produce cure for AIDS

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Thanks for that...

Thanks for that lovely image, i've just had my dinner :p

US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan


So what about

So what about this... I'm from England and i'm English, could they be Afghanish in that respect?


pardon me, i've just passed wind

I thought Afghans were a species of dog?

Shirley the people of Afghanistan would be Afghanistani's, in the same way a person from Pakistan is a Pakistani ??

AlertMe network power-meter kit: Suitable for techies?


@Damon Hart-Davis

I'm not an electrician but you state you have Solar-PV panels and pump excess back into the grid.

I'm not exactly sure how your house is wired but, having looked up some info on this, couldn't you put the clamp on anywhere before it goes into the main consumer unit or fuseboard?

DARPA shells out $21m for IBM cat brain chip



programming meat based computers, on a sub-conscious level. That'll be Post-Hypnotic Suggestion won't it?

Really though, all we Humans are are biological computers, the brain is the hardware, our 'soul' or whatever makes me me and you you is the software.

Neighbours cop an earful from screaming Swedish w*nker


How do they know?

"One wrote: "He moans louder than an animal... I can feel how it affects my state of mind.""

How do they know what an animal sounds like when it's being masturbated, hmmm!

From Dust


Tried it on XBox trial

I tried this out last night, looked promising at first but didn't like the xbox controls and not being able to see your guys properly turned me off.

Some may like it though

Russia: 'We'll dump the ISS into the sea after 2020'



I'm interested in Space travel and exploration, but i'm also a Sci-Fi fan so maybe this idea is too basic.

We have no MANNED space craft, why don't we send lots of Honda ASIMO's (or similar automated devices) up there programmed to keep it maintained and operating?

One of my other ideas was, why couldn't we start to use the ISS or similar, as a Space-Dock, like in StarTrek, where they research, design and build space-craft that cannot be built on Earth...

(I did say i was a Sci-Fi fan :o) )

Serious question, what would it take to put an object in space in a parallel lunar orbit and maintain it in that position?

Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug


Re: and keys

Actually, keys unlock/lock doors (or the locks fixed to a door). Door handles are used to open and close doors :)

Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough


@Mako Re: Cool

Human brains would be better to do tests on however it comes down to Ethics, Morals and the law preventing it from happening.... as well as the fact you'd have to find willing volunteers to have their heads cut open and their brains probed whilst you're doing your tests.

Whilst i don't fully agree with taking another living (sentient) creatures life (apart from wasps) rodents are an abundant source of test material...

UK's oldest working telly up for sale


The digital tick?

Hmm, what is it actually worth though. I mean is it Freeview compatible?