* Posts by Dr_N

1629 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012

Japan's NTT claims it's built 1.2Tbit/s optical comms that sip power

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Re: Progress

I guess I should have used a Joke Alert instead of Troll Face. My bad.

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Progress

This will speed up fax transmission rates for sure!

EU proposes regulations for tablet battery life, spare parts

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Potentially ambiguous perhaps.

But it is absolutely clear that a Gendarme cannot ticket you for not having a box of bulbs in your car.

Which is what cross-channel ferry companies, car-part shops and motoring organisations in the UK try and intimate.

Guess what they all sell? (It's BigBulb!!!)

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Re: Dippy Cops

How would having a spare lamp have helped in this apocryphal corner case?

If he couldn't "fix" at the side of the road they would have impounded/immobilised his bike. Which the Gendarmes have the power to do in such cases.

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Or, for newer cars, you'd need to keep 2 LED headlamp units in the boot.

At €1000 a pop.

I think we can all see it's a nonsense.

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Not in France it isn't. But people (especially Brits) have been led to believe it is. Probably by BigBulb.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m

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Re: Chemicals & Services

Or, in civilised countries like France and Japan, you get paid a proper wage for a day's work instead. And such work is not considered to be beneath people.

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Re: If it steers boots on the ground to double check

AMBxx> Our council tax rating now has an asterix next to it.

Not Obelix?

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Re: Chemicals & Services

That is actually the old-school, polite way to address anyone when calling on the telephone.

LG makes a TV roughly the size of a queen-sized bed

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Re: Missing

17.598 linguine ?

We were promised integrated packages. Instead we got disintegrated apps

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Psion 5

The last time a set of software/apps worked together seamlessly was on the Psion5.

It's been downhill ever since then.

Our software is perfect. If something has gone wrong, it must be YOUR fault

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Re: Karens

Mr Dabbs> but I can't catch them all.

So they're like Pokemon?

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Karens

"I want to speak with your manager!"

"I'm cancelling my subscription to Private Eye!"

It's all about the drama. Just find a workaround and move on.

Extreme updating, on the other hand, should be a new competitive sport.

Microsoft open-sources its emojis as part of new design philosophy

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Re: Clippy

xneko too.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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Not just the national government.

When the prefecture of Alpes Maritimes asked ASF/Vinci to install a variable speedlimit system they refused on cost grounds.

So the prefecture passed a local decree to reduce autoroute speed limits from the already reduced 110kph to 90kph around Nice. And now we are stuck with that.

China's 7nm chip surprise reveals more than Beijing might like

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Re: Ours

I much prefer the production from Glenfarclas.

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Read this as Scalextric...

... and am now extremely disappointed.

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Re: re: streaming services and content

NTSC VHS and Region-1 DVD & BluRays definitely feature the, "The FBI are coming for you !!!!!" opening splash screens.

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Re: re: streaming services and content

What happens if there are 2 or more you want to watch?

Are there enough hours in the evening to be watching them each every evening ?!?

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Re: You know you're old when...

The resort charge on those is outrageous though.

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Re: Dubbed Content

"The Flashing Blade" comes to mind every time "dubbing" comes up as a topic.

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Dubbed Content

At least most platforms these days give you the option to choose which language and/or subtitles you want.

Even broadcast TV in France was doing this for many UK/US shows after the digital switchover.

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Mr Dabbs> It's bad enough that nobody owns software they paid for;

They're going to befoul themselves when they see what the car industry has in store.

Battle of the retro Unix desktops: NsCDE versus CDE

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Exactly. .

OpenWindows with olvwm for multiple (but connected) workspaces.

Never been equalled.

My smartphone has wiped my microSD card again: Is it a conspiracy?

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When In France ...

Shouldn't you be listen to all you music on Deezer, Mr Dabbs?

Being declared dead is automated, so why is resurrection such a nightmare?

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Mr Dabbs> ... she could have offed hundreds by now.

Could it not be said that HM's armed forces and SIS have done so for her on many occasions?

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Getting a full rental caution/deposit refunded?

You'll be dead of old age waiting for that to ever happen.

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: It's often just the facade of politeness

ACK ACK ACK?

Mars Attacks?

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Re: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Does your pizza not taste good?

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What are you gonna do?

Logitech Zone Vibe 125: Weightless comfort on the ears that won't break the bank

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Re: Total crap

My wired Sennheisers have almost infinite listening/conferencing time and only cost ~€60

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made

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Mr Dabbs> and fiddling with a remote control that magically 'frosted' and 'unfrosted' the glass walls.

Was that the executive khazi by any chance?

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Re: that jerk with the annoying voice and that other bastard who sniffs all day.

Loyal Commenter> sitting here with popcorn watching the boomers and millennials fighting it out

Here, something for the weekend.

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Re: that jerk with the annoying voice and that other bastard who sniffs all day.

I did not know "most boomers" was spelt "c**t".

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Genius

"talking anachronistically convoluted bollocks like an overacting steampunk cosplayer after three pints of Theakston's Old Peculiar."

Pure genius description.

Merci M. Dabbs.

Luckily here in France many employers have out acquiesced to new contracts to enable hybrid WFH.

(Previously French employment law was very concerned about "lieu de travail" and working from home could be more-or-less proscribed by one's contract.)

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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It's been a long time ...

How is Norbert Spankmonkeys doing, Mr Dabbs?

Leave that sentient AI alone a mo and fix those racist chatbots first

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Terminator

Fleshy Ones

We strive to create Walter the Wobots, but are eternally doomed to produce Call Me Kenneths.

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Strontium Age? Because we're all treated like 'Dogs?

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And they sound cool.

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These were not hard transitions. Migration, trade and spread of idea and technology are not easily delineated by modern definitions of these era.

The British Isles weren't even isles for the greater part of the Mesolithic period.

[Speaking as a student of Archaeology. (A/O level)]

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables

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Re: Digital transmission?

Analogue is the correct British science/engineering spelling.

Analog, as my physics teacher used to point out, is the title of an American Science fiction magazine.

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Re: Digital transmission?

"I went to an audio demonstration back in the 90's for Rega turntables and heard both the vinyl and CD versions of Crowded House's Weather With You"

If you'd gone there and they'd demonstrated a '90s CD Player was better than a Riga turntable they'd have killed off their business there and then.

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Re: $55 a month

Is it Flash?

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FAIL

Software Demos

Nothing like running live demos or training on a remote server and having it crash/dump in front of everyone's eyes.

Does anyone believe the, "It's never done that before." ?

I've never heard anyone say, "We're not going to buy/use this $100,000s software." So they must, right?

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

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Re: "Pole Emploi"

Done it. They then ask if you know of anyone still working in France who you can put them in touch with.

Cheeky ****ers.

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"Pole Emploi"

Are you not getting bombarded by scammers, via email and phone, trying to steal the contents of your Compte Personnel de Formation, Mr Dabbs?!?

World’s smallest remote-controlled robots are smaller than a flea

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Terminator

Micro Robots...

Controlled by frikkin' sharks!

Bring it.

Failed gambler? How about an algorithm that predicts the future

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Re: Coffee is good for health!

That's a fairly accurate portrait of a French working life with coffee.

Except maybe not enough handshaking. (Or failed handshake/fist-bump these days.)

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Dexter

Luckily the Cartoon Network one, not the blood splatter serial killer one

Confirmation dialog Groundhog Day: I click OK and it keeps coming back

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"Whoa! Heavy shit!"

Was that linked back to Number 2 ?

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