* Posts by Simon Waddington

24 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Aug 2007


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A case of pickiness

Isn't it more impressive that the camera survived the same fall...without the protective case...and continued filming...?

What vegetables are best for growing in Spaaace?

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Silent Running

Maybe they'll get Huey, Dewey, and Louie style robots to do the gardening for them?

PlayStation Network credit cards protected by encryption

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...or they were Austrian?

Intel unveils itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny SSDs

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Vaio Z series

The top of the range Vaio Z series notebooks have dual SSD drives - 256 GB in a RAID array. Well, they describe it as being two 128 GB drives per unit, and two units per machine although I get the impression from the forums that this just complicates matters.

Mind you the machine is >£3000 so not exactly a price/performance "sweetspot"...

Boffins devise early-warning bot spotter

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Fuzz out my bot

If boffins are spotting my bot then I'm gonna call Google to fuzz it out

UN appoints alien liaison boffin

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Double entendre

"There was a time when French colonials were encouraged to intermarry with natives."

Casts a whole different light on the phrase, "active fur trade"

Still, I've seen, "Lifeforce" and think I'm happy to subjugate myself to my "fur trading" overlords...

Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher

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Wibbly wobbly safety

I know it's not easily used by the billions of web users out there but Sandboxie has proved to be a wonderful program for me. It can easily be used to sandbox a browser, including firefox, and as far as I humbly know, prevents the siege of nasties. Is this an exploit that circumvents my primary guardian, NoScript? Or is this a dodgy enterprise intending to pimp half-baked exploits?

2016 bug hits Windows phones

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Thank goodness that it's just a Windows bug on some phones. I started to get really worried for a moment when I received a message from 2016 saying, "Please help - Shut down the Large Hadron Collider - The Portal has opened - agggghh"

Stella Artois augments iPhone reality

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Actual reality

Is there any pub in the UK that doesn't serve Stella (or "Wife Beater", if you will)?

LHC pulverises previous record: 2.36 TeV surprise collision!

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#Michael Noonan

Doesn't the average human being have a higher average "energy density" than the core of the sun. Or is that different from heat generation? - hell it's in Wackypedia so it must be true. The core of the sun has a pretty low, "specific energy" doesn't it?

Cripes, it may me just want to sit in an icy bath of water to think I could be responsible for spawning interdimensional beings.

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Luis Sancho...

...has definitely just arrived from a parallel dimension

Cyborg MIT prof touts iPhone-controlled power-jumping legs

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Tired in the other leg?

Not surprising they get tired in the bio-leg, given that it's having to heft the sodding great big lithium battery that will power the mech-leg for a short time.

Thumbs up for all this though!

Channel 4 raises Bing word-extinction alarm

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...lost for words

Apple Magic Mouse

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A mobile phone with camera

I have an HTC touch pro 2. It has a camera on one side and a touch sensitive screen on the other. Surely one of you clever programmers can turn it into a Magic Mouse? Camera senses motion while face down (hmm, might need some more illumination) - heck - it could even detect rotational motion. And, the touch screen serves as mouse button and swiping surface. Interacting beautifully with PC using bluetooth.

And it's also a mobile phone, and a storage device. And a computer.

Just a thought.

Naked iPod touch dangles its FM radio

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@Clint Sharp

re: Paris - I'm sorry - did you say, "cult"?

Please don't eat your horse, EU asks owners

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Didn't Richard Gere once, "eat" his hamster?


Google hires goat army for lawn maintenance

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Aren't the gaseous outputs of ruminants vaunted to be the worst greenhouse gas of all? Bad Google, go to your bed!

Boffins build super-accurate atomic clock

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Paris Hilton


I thought it was a perfect cock,not a perfect clock, that got one laid.

Bill Gates bans progeny from iPhone Nation

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Chest hair?

At first when I read the last bit, I thought it said, "luminous CHEST hair that falls freely to her shoulders". Wow, that's some gal

Late bets on new Who hit Paddy Power's pocket

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Peter Davidson anyone?


Although not necessarily the best Doctor, Davidson was only 30 when rocked up in 1981...

Killer Satnavs amok in 'Utah Polyhedron' phenomenon

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No need for satnav

You don't need GPS to be an idiot. I once got stuck cycling in Regents Park, not realising that I had entered what is known as the, "Inner Circle". When I spotted Telecom Tower, in the distance, coming round for the third time, I realised it was Blair Witch territory.


T-Mobile doubles 0870 call costs

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Finding the landlines

Here's a very helpful website which helps you find landlines corresponding to these 0870 numbers:


Firefox broken Jar vuln. menaces Gmail

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"Noscript" plugin

I believe that the newest version of the Firefox plugin called, "Noscript" overcomes this JarJar vulnerability & stops a whole bunch of other nasties. Admittedly, it makes web browsing a bit ugly, but the web is a pretty ugly place isn't it?

iRobot unveils new Roomba auto-vacuums

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We recently bought the bottom-of-the-range Roomba for cleaning our flat. We have wooden floors throughout, and the sucker gets switched on 2-3 times a week, just before I leave for work. It cleans just fine, and stops the onslaught of the dust bunnies. It's not a turbine-toting monster but a little-and-often really does the job. They should definitely program it to run & hide when the kids are around, though.