* Posts by figure 11

22 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Dec 2011

Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Brown dwarf

We not calling them brown dwarves any more?

Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Proper cough medicine is easily obtainable

Gee's linctus is still around, chock full of lovely opium and very effective at suppressing your coughs.

Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Re: Really

Has happened. Left handedness has been punished severely in the past.

British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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half bent

On the occasions where I carried the browning, it was with one in the chamber and hammer at half bent, safety off. I was never picked up for it. You could pull the hammer back to full cock from half bent whilst drawing the pistol from the holster with a little practice.

Indeed in the balkans we were required to put one in the chamber leaving camp, pistol or rifle.

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Durandal from Bungie Software's game Marathon.

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Re: Well, if we're talking games ...

Look at you hacker, a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run down my corridors!

N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Windows 8 is ok if.....

You install Classic Shell or similar. Then its pretty much windows 7 with a few nicer control panels and it boots a fair bit quicker.

TIFKAM helpfully opens on one monitor if you have multiple monitors enabled if you want it and plays nice with the other desktop. The built in apps are OK and very responsive.

All in all have I wasted my £25? Maybe, but it works well enough and with classic shell installed the metro interface doesn't intrude, and on multiple monitors can actually be useful.

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Re: AK

Depends on the rifle. Out to 3-400 yards the replacement for the SLR is if anything far easier to be accurate with and is also not as long as a civil war musket.

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I carried a pistol only a handful of times in my time in the Army, indeed I don't remember seeing anyone below the rank of Colonel with one on more than a handful of occasions.

Vote now for the ultimate bacon sandwich

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*Goes to assemble the lynch mob*

Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

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Wp7 is OK, generally pleased with my phone

My lumia 710 was £99 so wont complain.

Crazy Texans dunk servers in DEEP FRYERS

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Re: Not new and not green

Presumably they would be pumping oil around the tanks and via radiators. Plenty of scope to have various sedement bowls and filters in-line. This would keep the oil clean and clear of contaminants and be easy to maintain.

I built a homebrew oilcooled PC and used off the shelf automomotive oil filters and a cooler from a long deceased motorbike. As they are quite capable of keeping the oil in a diesel engine clean of contaminants I'm sure a rack of servers would not present any significant challenge-an internal combustion engine is a FAR mor demanding environment.

SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Master jettison control enabled

Watch out they will be jettisoning beta grove soon!

Red faces abound as boffins build gamma ray lens

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death ray

Yayyyy I will get that death ray I wanted for christmas 1987!

Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft's in 2002

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mac antivirus

I'm sure I have a copy of Disinfectant around here with my old Quadra if anyone wants it?

Protect you from CDEF A it will!

Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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Re: The good old days

My c64 is better than your speccy!


Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

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Will fire up my old C64 today and have a session of Turrican in his honour.

550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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My LCII has disinfectant installed. *is safe*

Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

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Re: Simplify the problem - make the first trip one way

I'll go too. Mmmmm we seem to have the core of a crew. Perhaps this can be the next Reg space exploration project?

'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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Re: Consequences...

As I recall a neutron star is believed to formed from a type 2 supernova of a star over a certain mass. The collapse is rapid enough for the nuclei to be squashed into neutron degenerate matter before the carbon atoms get a chance to fuse so you don't get the gert kablam you would do from a white dwarf collision or accretion.

Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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one for old mac hands

"time, n. a non spatial continuum travelling from the past through the present to the future." points for knowing where in relation to quicktime this appears

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook rooted

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i own a playbook (nice kit at 250 quid) and using developer mode you can install unapproved software without any dodgy tools. I cant see how "rooting" it would be necessary unoess someone is determined to put android on it.