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Comment Re:Pull an H - 'Ampshire 'Og - this works (Score 1) 388

To be fair though, I frequented this pub as a teenager (so a weird thing to be reading about it on Slashdot) and it's in Hampshire where we don't pronounce our 'H's anyway so that could work. It's basically therefore in The Shire as well.... Though I remember it more populated with Orcs than fair maidens...

Comment NZ Slashdotted (Score 2, Funny) 184

My old company had an offshore dev team in New Zealand and one morning (in 2004) I came into work to find that they couldn't access our UK based SVN server. While discussing it I browsed onto Slashdot and found a link to an article hosted in NZ (I think it was the guy who built his own jet engines and claimed he could build a Tomahawk cruise missile equivalent for 75k).

Anyway, it turned out that the Slashdot effect didn't bring down the server, it brought down NZ's pipe to the outside wall.

I for one welcomed our new nerd overlords.

Comment Polyethalene = oil doesn't it (Score 1) 262

Not that I think it's a massive issue as I'm sure it'll cut down on usage, but isn't Polyethalene an oil product so we'll therefore still need some black stuff to be processed to get there.

My biggest worry about oil reserves running out is the rising cost of plastics. Having said that, I last did chemistry 25 years ago, so I'm assuming things have changed :-)

Comment Re:Heathrow (Score 1) 1095

I grew up 100 yards from Eling Tide Mill - kayaked under the bridge and out to see in my home made kayak to make this vaguely geeky, and I now live in Winchester and never expected them to be mentioned on Slasdot.


Anyway, there's also the excellent City Mill in Winchester and it's 59 minutes by train from Waterloo station (Eling is 70 minutes - get the train to Totton and then walk down Eling Lane). From a nerd perspective, the computer museum at Bletchley is worth a visit, and in London the V&A, British Museum, Tate Modern (good Warhole exihibits) are all good, and if you like engineering the pumping station at Greenwhich is interesting (honest).

Comment Re:First the Beatles; Now the ARM? (Score 1) 176

From my recollection, Acorn got the ARM2 to market before Apple placed the order for the Newton. I only remember because I bought 3 thousand shares with a bit of my student loan (as I was a massive Acorn fan) at 8p a share and made an absolute killing (I sold out at £1.05 - my father kept his through numerous stock splits and has bought 3 cars from the proceeds - thank you Acorn). The reason it sticks in the mind as it was a post on comp.sys.acorn or comp.sys.os.acorn or something that made me buy them. As a processor fan and a nerd, I was always impressed at how easy assembler was / is on the ARM and wish I'd made more from having email chats with some bloke called Linus in '91 / '92 about compiling his new operating system onto my A5000... ho hum :-)

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