* Posts by Extra spicey vindaloo

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NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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yes but.


not even slightly believable, the saturn V outside of kennedy was never flight ready, yep date checks out.

High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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The drunk swedish moose.


Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

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So which antivirus is the best for Android

I constantly get popup adds on my cheap android phone, I'm suspecting this is the cause of it, how can I check / reflash the phone?

Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

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Re: 50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

It's a Progress, the Soyuz is much more reliable fortunately. The difference between Progress and Soyuz is the third stage, one explodes cargo over the countryside. The other takes crew to the space station.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Always kill switch it?

SFC /SCANNOW fixed most things in windows these days, but of course you still need them to open an admin prompt. I'm always suprised how many people don't know about WIN+X or typing CMD into the address bar of a folder.

HP Elite x3 phablet: The three-in-one business has been waiting for?

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A phone with windows on it.

"this hefty Windows 10 phablet can run full-screen Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. So the owner won’t need a PC"

I've never seen a UWP app in a business environment, it's always either Web or Legacy apps that have hardly changed since XP days.

Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

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Re: "I felt so alone"

If the film was a murder mystery genre, not looking away might provide rewarding clues.

Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

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A good chuckle if you know anything about javascript.

Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: My company has one

It was less than 10 seconds before I started getting a headache, I had to remove them after 10 minutes as I couldn't stand it anymore. It is an interesting project though I just can't be a part of it.

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Re: Anyone know how well it works with spectacles?

You can calibrate it while wearing specs, it feels a bit odd though. It works, the field of vision is tiny though.

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My company has one

One of my colleagues is developing for Hololens. I tried it for about ten minutes but had the most horrendous migraine. The same as when I try to watch 3D Tv.

Playing for a couple of hours in Oculus doesn't have the same effect on me.

US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

UK servicemen on placement on US carriers have attacked countries that the UK was not at war with, So I believe the precedent is to do whatever the commanding officer says.

Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Ihope that this new series will be ok.

No real StarTrek since Enterprise was aired, it's been too a long time without ST.

* I don't count the Lens Flare Abuser's disregard for my childhood, by pissing on the back story of both ST and SW.

Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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How is this a new feature

This was in the first version of windows 10, and I make sure it's turned off as it kills my network connection at home and work.

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: Command line

Nice, while I was at it I did this too

ftype vbsfile=%SystemRoot%\System32\notepad.exe %1

Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

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Cortana can't help you.

I'm in France using an English configured Windows 10 pc and my work Windows Phone.

Cortana refuses to run, because it can't do English when I am in France. But when it sees my GPS location as in England all works correctly. Very very short sighted Microsoft, at least Siri works here even when giving directions you have to think twice as to how she mangled the French words in English.

Windows 10 isn't that bad to be honest but I'll wait for the first service pack before upgrading my home machines.


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Are we back to this crap again.

Every few years someone tries to save money by using Virtualization or remote computing to save money. It never works, because you don't have the same experience as having a computer by the side of you. If you look at places where thin computing is implemented, (ex Airport checkins) the experience is less than Ideal for someone that knows how to use the system. Click wait. click wait. Click wait..

Thin computing will be out of fashion again about the time you realise that it would have been cheaper to buy desktops than pay the outlandish prices that Support, Hosting and lost productive time due to latency and outages. No thanks.

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: Track Stand? Bah.

I track stand if I know that the lights are going to change, there is no point putting your foot down if it's only going to be for a couple of seconds.

It's less of a problem now as it's now legal to ride through some red lights in Paris.

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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My first day in a full time job, it sorts of fits with this.

I had spent two weeks training and this morning, I was being let onto the phones.

Telephone: Beep, service call.

Me: Good morning, British Gas Services, Dave speaking how can I help you?

Old woman: Hello, I'm waiting for an engineer to give me a service.

Me: I can see on the screen that he is due to see you this morning, between 9 and 12.

Old woman: Oh I do hope so deary, it's been a long time since I've had a good servicing, and I'm getting desperate.

I hit the mute button, the person sitting on the call with me is in tears and can't speak frantically waving for a supervisor. John, comes over..

John: Hello, I am David's supervisor, how can I help you?

Old woman: I'm waiting for an engineer to give me a servicing, It's been a long time since anyone took a look at it, and I'm getting desperate that he comes. I have to go out and do the shopping.

John hits the mute button and joins my colleague in tears trying not to laugh.

Taking a deep breath I reply : Well he is due to come before mid day, 1pm at the latest. I'm sorry we can't be more precise that that.

Old Woman: Ok thanks, I'll just have to wait for it then.

Me: Ok thank you for calling us and have a good day.

Old woman: bye.

Me: bye..

Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

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All satelites need to be able to de-orbit or escape to parking orbit at end of life. Either way it still seems like a silly idea, especially as they are just replacing the cables laid under the sea.

Dropbox adds USB two factor authentication for paranoid Chrome users

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If you are carrying an USB key for authentication.

Why couldn't you just carry a big USB key to store your data on?

Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

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Re: I'll take a look.

I'm a try it first kind of chap, only on hardware that will be reformatted with something usable when I have a use for my spare pi.

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I'll take a look.

I've got an unused raspberry pi 2 sitting in it's box I'll give it a try over the weekend.

Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Re: Ceres Map

I started mentally counting how many goo containers I would need.

OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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I think it's more important to educate people that if you turn the AC up (lower the temperature) it takes an hour or so of freezing air to get the room down to that temperature. I have to fight with my co-workers to leave it alone and not constantly mess with it.

Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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Re: Erm....

I'm not going to watch em, I only really liked IV and V. It was the books that held my attention. The whole Han / Leia marriage and Thier kids. The Han / Chewie pre story.

I don't need to see these abortions of films.

This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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My first thought was.

Radio triangulation, it's a two way signal so I'm sure they would be able to triangulate the person trying to hide. This seems to be a silly bit of kit.

Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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I've just read.

A 10 book series, back to back twice,

Does that mean the author gets twice the payout?

When I reread books, and I do lots of times. Do the authors get paid again?

THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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35,000-40,000 BCE (Before Common Era, or AD).

Don't you mean BCE (Before Common Era or BC)

35,000 AD - 40,000 AD is a long way in the future, I hope we are off this rock and exploring the stars before then.

JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

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Re: That picture...

Silverlight didn't last much longer either,

Flash is finally dying.

If they put their minds to it I think they would be able to produce a round circular contraption that could be used as an interface between the ground and a moving object being pulled along by some means of locomotion.

Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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But a Pi without a lid,

Is a tarte surely?

Sawfish are the VIRGIN MARYS of the SEA thanks to virgin births

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I always thought

That there was a type of african frog, that during drought years where food and water is scarce started reproducing asexually, but when the rains came they got busy down the pond with anything that walks.

A lot of the keywords I'm trying to find on google are not allowed at work, so I'm expecting an email from the BOFH about now.

Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Re: Talk about...

I use a sleep tracker/alarm on my iPhone, it's so much better than a conventional alarm as it wakes you up within 45 mins of the alarm when you are nearly awake. Instead of jolting you out of that nice dream you were having.

Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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Java's only impact.

Was the workarounds that were performed to get around the failings of the JVM. These became so well known and thanks to the GoF were implemented in every language whether they needed them or not.

Factory pattern,

Singleton pattern,

Facade, etc etc etc.

If you know the language that you writing in, and understand why the patterns came about it's pretty obvious that you don't need them.

Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Bovine Freedom

He was a scrawny calf, who looked rather woozy

No one suspected he was packing an Uzi

Cows with guns


Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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I must print out this article

For when I pass through customs, on my way to the Philippines.

"They are for malaria prevention officer"

Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

I think the center of gravity is all wrong for it to fly,

I think it's Kerbal time.

Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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"Commands and paths had to be typed in full in the MS-DOS days, there was no fancy time-saving command-line auto completion. This feature popped up much later in the picture, when the command prompt had almost become a forgotten artifact of the pre-GUI era."

DOSKEY was available from MSDOS 5.0 and later.

Powershell is powerful but, I use it maybe once a month, and then mostly for Chocolatey.

But I have a command window open on my machine nearly all day. At the moment there are 3 of them.

Dir *.txt is a hell of a lot faster to find a file than trying to find it in a window.

SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: Geothermal energy?

They do geothermal energy at Clear lake in CA.

The number of small earthquakes there, http://earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-clearlake/recent , is quite surprising. Doing it in Yellowstone, even if it wasn't a national park, would be a little worrying.

US Navy robot war-jet refuels in air: But Mav and Iceman are going down fighting

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Back in the Vietnam war, the F4's didn't have guns because Missiles were all you needed.

Unless these drones can be completely automated, cyberdyne style, someone will figure out how to jam the comms and make them completely useless.

"No plan survives contact with the enemy"

Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Using voice attack with a desktop mic is really awful, I don't speak very loudly, so it doesn't understand me at all.

I'm currently looking for a USB throat mic, the only ones on amazon won't ship to me. grrr!

'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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I live in France,

Amazon.com -> Most will not ship to europe, and you inccur huge tax.

Amazon.co.uk -> Most will not ship to europe, when they do it's by royal mail and that takes 5 - 6 weeks if it ever gets here.

Amazon.fr -> 2 -3 days, sent via la poste, pick it up from the post office if on Prime, if not they try to deliver then you pick it up from the post office the following day.

Amazon.de -> 3 - 4days same as .fr

At christmas I bought 4 boxes of lego for my child.

2 from amazon France and 2 from Amazon.co.uk

Amazon France delivered locally one parcel in 2 days, the second one came after 4 days with a Amazon.jp label on it and a nice Origami thankyou message.

1 box of Lego from the UK, arrived 4th of Jan, ordered mid October.

The last box never got to me, and was refunded.

Christmas presents sent from my Mother in the UK via Royal mail, again in october, arrived in mid Feb, the tracking number from La Poste said they took charge of the package 2 days before it was delivered.

I'm not pointing fingers here, but I think it's pretty clear where the problem lies.

Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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The helium escapes, as helium does.

The gas in the drive becomes less and less dense, and less and less conductive to heat.

I'm not convinced filling a drive with He is a good idea(tm)

Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: all the wheels?

It's a transformer? It's a bike and at the push of a button it folds into a transit van, with the back wheels removed*.


*bricks not supplied

How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

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Are you forgetting copy paste as well?

Jamie Oliver serves up steaming pile of malware

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My windows got wiped out by a bad windows update.

I had to reinstall windows from scratch,

Wiped the disk with Linux CD.

Installed Windows.

Installed Antivirus, allowed to update and check the entire machine.

Opened up Internet Explorer to go to Windows Update.

5+ viruses and 2 malware apps installed just from the Bing home page.

KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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Hovercraft yako ni kamili ya Eles , tafadhali kuwa kusukuma Eles nje sasa!

It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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I read that as.

Users don't want a cloud, neither do businesses. It brings no more benefit than our existing infrastructure.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Soak the ... over night!

I thought that this series was about food that you could knock up after comming back from the pub!