* Posts by dc_m

54 posts • joined 12 Jan 2015


10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10


it's called mslogo now.

The "little bots" are known as turtles, they are still being used. There are variations of basically the same thing.

It would have been a variant of the original valiant roamer. Uses two massive lantern batteries. I know for a fact schools were buying these no more than 8 years ago.

Google broke its own cloud, again, with dud DB config change


Funnily enough, google apps is running like a dog right now.

Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters


Misco were always good for a third quote. Guaranteed they would be more expensive than anyone else.

Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs


Really, I think we have more important things to worry about right now!

Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO


still never any cars in my town so I'll stick with the local cab company thanks!

Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men


1. Do you swallow it, or smoke it.

2. Where can I get some?

Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October


Re: Context

Almost a Douglas Adams reference

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space

upvote for you!

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY


Fried bread, brown, toast if absolutely necessary

Tomatoes, tinned is fine, or fried and halved or both

Beans, preferably with a dash of Worcester Sauce.

Sausage - Cumberland

eggs, runny yolk fried.

Tea, classic English Breakfast tea

Bacon, thick and chewy

Maybe a small amount of black pudding as I'm just getting into it, never liked it before.

fug it, If we are going to do fat, Chips as well. Barbecue sauce.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord


How about going old school with Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian Mckellan

What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels


I thought hospitals all had generators?

Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'


Nice idea but just because you are moving doesn't necessarily mean you are in a car. In common with most people, I like to use my phone on the train too.

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


Re: Can you hold down the power button

There's probably one on your numeric keypad!

A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?


Re: Mark Oleynik is a Ph.D. mathematician

Surely just weigh rather than measure the carrot.

Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back


Re: I find what people hate about Ubuntu weird

Nope, same things happens on Win 10 as well!

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser


Re: Ahhhhh Win 3.1 on a 386DX 40MHz with 8MB Ram

nope, 386dx 25 with 1mb here!

Pubs good for the soul: Official


The answer is both

Preferably in a nice hot bath. A cup of tea and a pint of beer. Plan not to do anything afterwards, guaranteed a good nights sleep.


Re: Willie Nelson

There's also a lovely version of that with Norah Jones and the little willies.

Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant


I like your thinking, like quorn, not bad if you add meat!

International Space Station braces for pre-Christmas rush

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Belkin's N150 router is perfect for learning hacking skills – wait, what, it's in production?


Re: Oi Belkin!!

I can see both sides here.

I'd be annoyed if a product I bought was absolute cr*p, but then that's why I wouldn't buy belkin in the first place. Their routers have never exactly been the last word in reliability!

Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)


Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...

For us it was 486's with Office 97 and windows 98!


Re: Oh Lord I am old.....

I it didn't, the Epson LQ drivers did.

I had a (Colour!) Olivetti that used that, not sure if they ever actually produced a driver for it.

Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams


Re: Just like the Elephone P8000

I did exactly that when the usb fell out of my elephone P8.

The Wileyfox has so much better build quality!

Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable


Re: Kettle user

Beautifully put, I completely agree.

There is also a wifi enabled dustbin. WTF!

Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos


Re: We can not lose....

Bacon and beer,

That sounds like dinner to me!

Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops


Re: WTF?

ah yes, I seem to remember they consisted mainly of match heads.

Happy days

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'


Re: "surveilled"

Wrong, wrong wrong, wrong and wrong! best explanation ever is here.


Should of should be banned from the language as an insult!

The only time it makes any sense is in the sentence "Should Of Mice and Men be written in another language"

The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray


Why no Google Doodle?

Google seem to celebrate everything else! Seems a little odd given the connections.

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her


With you on the ear gauges, particularly big ones and tattoos completely turn me off. However a really beautiful woman can carry off a nose stud (she isn't).


Re: generally i don't like to see businesses fail

harsh, but fair!

Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences


Re: Multiroom audio?

Too right, and if it can play seamlessly from google music without dropouts, then it could actually replace the pure jongo setup I have!

Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it


I'd love to hear this on "thought for the day"

Would be brilliant!

Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama


Re: Just Apple?

Oh, you'll get there all right. Probably by bus that you will have to wait an inordinate amount of time for!

EE: Yes, our broadband service is a total clusterf**k – but we promise to improve


Whoa there tiger, don't you swear at us like that! I thought the headline was bad.

Actually, it's kind of cool. I've never seen that in print before.

Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer


Re: Viruses are all very well...

I seem to remember people doing something similar with cap gun caps.

Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim


Silly question. Someone always has a fountain pen at places like that.

Why not make your own ink blot, scan it in and then use that?

Too easy

Layabout, sun-blushed techies have pick of IT job market, says survey


Re: Beefy benefits packages ?

And don't forget that all this needs to be done with zero down-time to the network and next to no budget!

BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps


Re: Nokia CRT Monitors

My favourite was always a 21" (ish, might have been bigger) Dell with a Nokia tube.

Totally flat screen, but took two people to get it up the stairs, the picture was phenomenal though.



reminds me of a chicken once from Sainsburys that tasted like fish.

Just wrong

My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them


Good point, that was a stupid statement, must have been BNC across the buildings!


7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died


Re: Also on a helpdesk

Highly unprofessional of me, but I pretty much would have sworn and hung up on him.

Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key


You missed the other important side effect there that really gets on my nerves. They shrunk the ENTER button to make the space.

That was just rude.

The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015


Re: Coffee cup speakers

Yep, imagine if you accidently put in it in the dishwasher

One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...


Re: Monster

And of course, they will be gold plated. Like that's going to make any difference to a digital signal.


Re: Not just scart

Ah yes, the APC UPS serial control cable, good times. A good way to learn to solder!


Re: As the old saying goes...

"Does your mixer tap fill your bath at exactly the temperature you enjoy?"

Actually, yes it does. I learn't how to set the computer on my boiler up properly.

"Aren't we all geeks or boffins here?"

I really, really hope so!

Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS


Re: Taking Mattel are they?

That sounds like quite a cool film right there!

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


Re: Gawd/ess.

That is actually a very good point. If she was a milker surely they just wait.

Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes


Re: When I was a kid

yup, it still is the tradition in Germany, I spotted it in Berlin a few weeks ago. It took a while to work out what people were doing.

BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...


yes, cash here.



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