* Posts by Inventor of the Marmite Laser

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I didn't touch a thing – just some cables and a monitor – and my computer broke

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Re: Crows: It starts at the top

A complete contrast to a place I worked at yonks ago. Parking space was at a real premium: once the bays down the side of the building were filled, the routine was that folk would start parking two abreast along the dead end access road, completely filling the space. If anyone wanted to go out at lunchtime it wasn't unheard of for a half dozen cars or more to move. Noone really minded 'cos we were all in the same boat. And I mean all. A client observed the parking and asked if the guvnor had allocated space. Guvnor duly replied that of course he didn't and that if he'd not arrived early enough to bag an easy space, that was his lookout.

Windows 11's Recall feature is on by default on Copilot+ PCs

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Sueball

Incoming in 3, 2, ............

Endless OS 6: How desktop Linux may look, one day

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Re: Liam

Mid 18th century.

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Re: Wayland?

Wot he said plus several million. There's a whole raft of abuse levels from malice, through ignorance (by way of best intentions) down to utter stupidity. I'm just worried that, once something idiot proof has been touted, the world will simply shrug and spawn a better idiot.

Google thinks AI can Google better than you can

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Google will no longer do evil

They'll have an AI do it for them.

Google’s in-house docs about search ranking leak online, sparking SEO frenzy

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Re: If you didn't think Google search results could get worse

That's pretty much what's already happening, it seems. Google search results get less and less useful as time marches on.

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Do no..............

...........something

PayPal is planning an ad network built off your purchase history

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Re: You just bought a kettle...

What happened to the rate of if purchases?

Will Windows drive a PC refresh? Everyone's talking about AI

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Anyone remember 3D TVs? Segways,?

A thump with the pointy end of a screwdriver will fix this server! What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Technical Terminology

When my oldest was very young, getting on for 40 years ago (jeez,,now I feel old), we spent some time digging out for a pond and he arrived to "help". All went well until we hit a layer of stone, naturally just an inch or so before required depth. I totally mystified him when I told him I was going to get my French Screwdriver. Cue amusement when I returned with a sledgehammer.

It turned out to be a piddling little layer of Horsham stone, complete with lithified ripple marks. Very cute.

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Re: 2 years with a dry joint, running an engine testbed

@Acme Tech Support: You didn't work in Luton did you?

Emu

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Re: 2 years with a dry joint, running an engine testbed

Yup. Never, ever in the entire history of the universe. As dry an something very dry that's spent a week strapped to the north end of a southbound vulture flying across a very dry desert in an unusually intense dry season. With no rain.

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WTF?

2 years with a dry joint, running an engine testbed

Had a site visit donkeys years since upon - pre PC days, in fact. The client, a research bit of a major oil company, had an ISC3651 colour desktop computer. 8080 based, with a staggering 16k of plug in ROM for the operating system on the A3 sized mainboard and a 50 way parallel expansion port on the back, which we'd plugged into our interface.

This is a similar beast: https://vintagecomputer.ca/intecolor-3600-series-computer/

Client had been complaining of random crashing and muggins was sent up to have a firkle.

Disconnected the expansion cable and extracted the mainboard. Had a close look and no obvious issues. Maybe it was one of the myriad connectors. Reassembled the machine, tested and crash. Rinse and repeat several times, increasing the scope of connector unplugging/reseating.

Crash, crash, crash.

After the umpteenth time I had just reassembled and was powering up when I realised I'd forgot the expansion cable. I reached across the top of the machine to plug it in (ok to do live). As I leant on the top of the case - crash. Lift off hand - back to life. Repeat with the same outcome.

Interesting.

Pulled mainboard again and got a magnifier. Started scrutinizing the board with a really intense scrute.

Found one data pin in one of the plugin ROM holders had never ever been soldered. The pin was just pressed against the side of the plated thru hole

30 seconds with a soldering iron and it was fixed.

And that thing had been running an engine test bed for 2 years like that.

Research finds electric cars are silent but violent for pedestrians

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Coat

It's a different matter with crows

Round these parts the powers that be have noticed that most roadkill crows have been done in by motorbikes (I think they even went as far as checking paint marks on beaks and claws).

They engaged an animal behaviour expert who spent some time looking at how crows behave on a road. He realised that they'd often work as a group, with one less interested in pecking at food and appearing to keep an eye open for threats.

Apparently when the crow "on watch" saw a car coming it would start calling out "caaa caaa" and the crows would up and away.

When it saw a bike coming it couldn't warn the other crows as it couldn't call out "bike bike"

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I call BS²

Certainly from From 1 July 2021 - that's AFTER the time period this survey covered, making it now irrelevant - all new electric and hybrid vehicles registered in the UK are required to have a sound generator (AVAS) installed to make a sound similar to a conventional engine. An AVAS is required to sound when electric or hybrid vehicles travel at speeds under 12.4 mph (20 km/h). After 3 years it's functioning is part of the MOT. No soundee no MOTee

Microsoft PC Manager app bizarrely suggests Bing as a Windows fix-all

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Re: Doomed

It'll succeed if it becomes useful and desirable.

Will the universe last long enough for that to happen,?

Japanese scientists propose drug to regrow teeth, promise trials won't bite

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Pint

Pulling more teeth?

What coins should I stock up on? It used to be sixpence under the pillow for a tooth that came out. What's the going rate today?

When my kids were small the rate was actually 50p, . The money would be left by Fat Mick and Bert, our family tooth fairies.

Fat Mick and Bert were inspired by Sir Pterrys own tooth fairy character in Hogfather. The beer is raised to SirPt. Thus far his tooth fairy inspiration has bought great amusement to three generations of my family and looks likely to continue.

Microsoft dusts off ancient MS-DOS 4.0 code for release on GitHub

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Re: Dos Versions that were significant or useful

Ah. DOS 6.2.

I recall an amusing time installing DOS 6.22. It was an early foray into homebrew PC building and I had been fortuitous enough to "acquire" a set of install floppies. It was my first foray into 6.22. I think I jumped there from 3.something, but the intervening years have clouded the memory.

Anyway, the installation proceeded and my naive little self marvelled at 6.22's increased automation over its predecessors: repeated bursts of "You've got This, so I'll set That up for you" - you know the kind of thing.

It all went swimmingly well, with the machine guiding it's own install.

Until the end that is, when all was done and dusted and I went to switch off for the final time. I toggled the big rocker switch on the front panel (remember that setup?). Absolutely nothing happened. Lights stayed lit and fans stayed fanning and humming stayed humming.

Had the automation gone too far and the machine become sentient? Nope. The main switch had just chosen that. precise. session. to weld it's contacts closed.

Talk about timing though.

BOFH: Smells like Teams spirit

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Give it time. Revenge is best served at an appropriate temperature. Might be cellar temperature or -20C. Depends on the available facilities. That and how much adjustment is available on the server room Aircon settings.

Don't rent out that container ship yet: CIOs and biz buyers view AI PCs with some caution

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Anyone remember 3D TVs?

Silicon Valley roundabout has drivers in a spin

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Donkeys years ago there was a magic roundabout installed at Moor End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

For many years there had been a large roundabout at the confluence of six roads. It was decided to turn each of the six road junctions onto the original roundabout into six mini roundabouts and have two way traffic round the original roundabout.

Utterly confusing and counter-intuitive. Until, that is, one realized the thing was just a tiny ring road with half a dozen roundabouts. No hard lane segregation though, just white lines.

I've not been back there for ages now. I assume it's still there and on its original configuration.

Update: based on images from Google Maps, it appears so. LINKY

Microsoft teases deepfake AI that's too powerful to release

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Re: The implications for personalizing emails

Doesnt worry me. Straight to trash.

Sacramento airport goes no-fly after AT&T internet cable snipped

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Re: Can someone please explain

Multiple fibres. Yeah, right.

In the same route/duct/pit/junction box?

Still counts as a single point of failure if a JCB rips into it.

Some smart meters won't be smart at all once 2/3G networks mothballed

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I'm sure it's all been carefully planned

Despite every. single. shred. of evidence screaming otherwise.

Feline firewall woke developer to declaw DDoS disaster

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I felt a disturbance in the Force, as if thousands of souls cried out in terror.

TSMC boss says one-trillion transistor GPU is possible by early 2030s

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Y'know, we've come one heck of a way since the OC70 transistor.

Truck-to-truck worm could infect – and disrupt – entire US commercial fleet

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Re: Going Fishing with Another Can of Worms

You forgot the bimbo with her norks half hanging out of a sweaty tee shirt and niople pokes for those without any vestige of imagination at all. Also omitted is the obligatory woke wonder who doesn't actually do anything significant but balances up the ethnicity. You also need a long gunfight, a couple of doors being smashed in and at least one huge explosion.

'Chemical cat' on the loose in Japanese city

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Yes yes, yes. But which way up did it land?

Kremlin accuses America of plotting cyberattack on Russian voting systems

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The crow calling the raven black

Justice Dept reportedly starts criminal probe into Boeing door bolt incident

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Hopefully Boeing haven't designed any jail doors.

Climate change means beer made from sewer water, says North Carolina brewery

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I thought that's exactly what lager was anyway.

An engine that can conjure thrust from thin air? We speak to the designer

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Re: Loretta wants a word...

Very low earth orbit. Ie the very top of the atmosphere.

Olympic-level server tossing contest seeks entrants – warranty voiding guaranteed

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This just HAS to be live streamed. Anyone got a link?

Copilot pane as annoying as Clippy may pop up in Windows 11

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Re: What does it say about you...

Microsoft taking a leaf out of Apple's playbook.

You're using it wrong.

Updates are plenty but fans are few in Windows 11 land

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I tried eBay's new-ish AI content generator eearor

It's shite

New solvent might end winter charging blues for EV owners

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Re: A new solvent.

Looks nasty stuff , though I don't know the implications of it being part of the electrolyte.

But, there again, petrol and the additives in it is nasty stuff too.

It's not cheap either. Sigma Aldrich offers it at £71 per gram.

Chinese 'connected' cars are a national security threat, says Biden

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"issued an advanced notice". Surely a simple notice is all that's required. It's all that's needed if you intend to issue an advance notice.

Texas judge turns out the lights on federal survey of cryptominers' energy consumption

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Listen to the rustle

Of all those vested interests

Husqvarna ports Doom to a robot lawnmower – not, thankfully, its chainsaws

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Coup de grass

That's all.

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks

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You are Simon and I claim my £5

Rice isn't nice for drying your iPhone, according to Apple

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Re: Here we go again

Damnit, I meant DRYING

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Re: Maybe isopropyl alcohol ?

Shouldn't that be iSopropyl,?

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Here we go again

You: Oops

Apple: YOU'VE BEEN TRYING IT WRONG

Australian supercomputer 'Taingiwilta' comes online this year with [REDACTED] inside

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Re: REDACTED

INTEL VEGEMITE INSIDE

Please install that patch – but don't you dare actually run it

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Re: This must rate as the most moronic management policy ...

Many years sinceupon, the QA idiot in a company for whom I was working, decreed that all electronic components would henceforth be stored in a tistatic packaging. All the sensitive stuff - ICs semiconductors etc already were. He pointed out additional stuff so the stores folk duly sighed and complied

We had a batch of dead PCB mounted batteries not too long after that.

America's broadband bill subsidy runs out of money and halts enrollments

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Will no-one think of the shareholders? They have those poor, poor pockets that so desperately need lining

The literal Rolls-Royce of EVs is recalled over fire risk

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Oopsie.

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to

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Black tea. No sugar. Occasionally green tea, again no sugar. Ditto Gunpowder tea.

Fruit teas generally smell wonderful but invariably taste as if someone has already drunk them. Earl Grey (and Lady Grey) were work of the Devil.

I did have several trips to India (off the tourist trail) and thoroughly enjoyed the "proper" Indian approach to tea: strong, spicy, with sugar and thick milk and having it's nuts simmered off on the stove until syrupy. Lovely.

The Post Office systems scandal demands a critical response

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Conscience?

She'll have heard of the idea.

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