* Posts by Robin

369 posts • joined 25 Feb 2007

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

Robin

Re: When Unlimited != Unlimited

> Sadly, in the UK the Advertising Standards Authority has decided that it's ok because everyone lies about 'unlimited'.

That "everyone else is doing it" excuse is so annoying. I recently raised a really minor bug* on our site to change "login" to "log in" where it's being used as a verb, but it was rejected because, to paraphrase, "everyone misuses it like that, so customers are used to it."

* Before someone insults me, this was raised along with other more major ones during a deployment-freeze bug blitz.

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

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Re: " not ready to be a case study "

Didn't see the shout-out, but I used Slack a lot in my last place of work, including for task automation, so am more than happy to chip in if you need info for an article.

There are downsides of course, as well as the positives.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake thunders aloft

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> Don't get me wrong - excellent achievement for the man but the giant leaps for mankind seem to have died away somewhat while we've been busy on social networking and other fluff...

If every astronaut went to the moon, they wouldn't be able to get their work done on the ISS.

In terms of achievements, did you miss Rosetta, New Horizons, Dawn, Curiosity, the continued work of Cassini, etc. ?

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Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

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Re: Wonderful

Molt impressionant!

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LHC records biggest bang ever with 1 Peta-electron-volt jolt

Robin

> Photo please. Or else they never happened

Here you go.

* Pic is SFW for me cos I work at home; your workplace may vary :-)

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Hey don't knock Nigella, we don't like Nigella knockers here.

Oh no, hang on...

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

Robin

Re: Wow! 3 (count'em...THREE) files at a time!

> So Microsoft has dumbed down Visual Stupido

No, it's a separate product and just has the Visual Studio branding. If you want the new Visual Studio, it's called Visual Studio 2015. I'm not recommending it, I don't develop on that platform any more.

It's actually not a bad lightweight editor, although I ended up using Atom.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

Robin

Re: Bring back Clara!

> While it's chasing its victim (supposedly a cyberman)

Yeah, how come the 'person' could run faster than a cyberman could, as well?

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Re: Bring back Clara!

> So pretty, and such a tight sweater, shame on me for noticing.

Don't beat yourself up over it.

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

Robin

Re: I'm happy...

"I still think she's the most s*******e assistant ever"

Semaphore? Sacrifice? Sonophone?

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Re: Facebook (GMail)

> They need to support a better 2FA, like using the RSA app on your phone to generate OTP codes.

Google already do use this, or something similar. There's an Authenticator app that I use, which spews out six-digit codes every 30 seconds or so. Handy for internet cafes when I'm travelling.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

Robin

Re: 'legal right to request'

Are those already ordered by possibility-of-happening?

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

Robin

Re: backdoor inflation

If it means we lose the silly '9.99' or '2.49' thing in the supermarkets, which presumably nobody falls for any more, then I wouldn't mind that.

Also the euro-introduction rounding was a little different, as it relied on people not really knowing what the price should be without calculating everything. If my 2.98 pack of burgers or whatever suddenly costs 3.50, then it would be more obvious.

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Bungling Bonn burglar locks himself into house

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Well...

What a nnoB!

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Rosetta comet boffins: We can explain why there's a rubber ducky IN SPAAACE

Robin

Re: Call for witnesses

"Oort Cloud Police are calling for any witnesses who saw the impact and are willing to make a statement."

That was terrible, get oort of here

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

Robin

Re: Little addition

Yep, my fridge is permanently stocked with this and gazpacho. It's still nice to make it yourself now and again.

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Little addition

Salmorejo is lovely, especially in the summer but I have it all year round.

My Andalucian girlfriend's recipe for this also involves a dash of sherry vinegar (the 'Merry' brand from Mercadona for those living here). Works pretty well.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

Robin

Re: It is simply...........

Yeah you'd think they'd have pointed that out in the article. The 9th paragraph after the picture would've been a great place to do so. Maybe next time.

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

Robin

Re: "the wardrobe sized DSCOVR spacecraft"

I saw a documentary once about some kids who found a whole forest and loads of other stuff inside a wardrobe. There was even a lion, some turkish delight and some kind of goat thing.

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The Register WHEELY needs YOU to help raise charity funds

Robin

Re: Just a thought

+1 .. I'd definitely buy one of these

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

Robin

Finally

Finally we'll know whether it's small, or far away.

(Or both)

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

Robin

Re: Cinc

My Welsh brain read that second word as 'quim', which is quite different!

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

Robin

Re: Times sure have changed

Fast forward to 2015. I was stopped at Manchester airport security area because I had some cheddar cheese in my cabin baggage, which I was taking back for the folks in Spain. You couldn't make it up.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Robin

Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

> Yes but uploaded it where?

Just to the Facebook of my mate who I was en-route to visit.

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Re: Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

Indeed. I recently took a flight with my newly acquired iPhone 6 and to alleviate the boredom, decided to make a little film of the various stages of the flight to test the capabilities. I took videos of take-off and landing (including some fancy slo-mo effects), snapped stills from the window at cruising altitude, added a dramatic soundtrack (if I 'd had any offline music on the new phone) and spliced them all together in the iMovie app, then uploaded it. I was impressed at how smoothly it all went.

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Boring Voice

When I saw the Father Ted boring voice clip, I thought it was going to be this one (about 1:39 in, but of course you should watch the whole thing)

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

Robin

Re: Whoa, whoa, whoa ....

Something doesn't square up in this story .....

And you'll get to the bottom of it, even if those fat cats up at City Hall take your badge?

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

Robin

Spoiler!

Having burnt his backside on a camp fire while protecting the farmer’s daughter, the tramp is unable to sit down and has to eat standing up

Thanks for the spoiler warning!

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Robin

> Then there's the cases of the speed limit signs on the motorways in Italy which carry a small-print subtitle of (something like) "In caso di nebbia"

Yep, here in Spain there's a 'no entry' sign at one end of a street, below which it says "Only Saturdays". It's intended to deal with the congestion caused by the weekend market stalls.

I think there's signs like you describe near Sierra Nevada too.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

Robin

Re: Office.porn

> Scary fact - Clippy porn, sorry, "erotica", actually exists

And tetris too, it seems.

I'm looking forward to the next book, about the saucy antics of Schmeve Ballmer and his magic chair.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

Robin

Re: This is one of those...

Yeah I just watched the trailer after reading this, and thought it looked alright.

Cat's accent wasn't too bad either, I thought.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

Robin

Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

> Gotta better term for the uninformed, uneducated users who could care less?

Personally, I couldn't care less.

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Robin

Re: PSP

... the UI?

... the "250 of 30 days remaining" trial period?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

Robin

Re: single market? my AR*E

> So hop on the the Amazon site for France, not problems with getting a Wii but as soon as you put in a UK shipping address - NO Can't deliver to that address.

Weird, I did exactly that to get a DS and it worked fine. Maybe they thought I was buying a Citroen and didn't realise til it was too late?

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Carriers want 5G to do everything, for anything, anywhere

Robin

Yep, just like 4G dramatically improved network performance compared to 3G.

This seems like the HS2 of the communications world.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

Robin

Re: cough

> If it enables people to stay up a bit longer, then that's still a positive

They're going to have Viagra dispensers in them too? Will wonders never cease?

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'Kickass' Somali pirates get their asses kicked by Japanese ass-kickers

Robin

I've always used kat.ph, since I first discovered it on that domain. Seems to always redirect to the domaine-du-jour.

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WHERE'S WALLY? He's in this algorithm, says developer

Robin

RO RO

> Now data-fancier Randal Olson Randal Olson has created a machine learning system

So good they named him twice?

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

Robin

Re: Well

"When a girl is 19 and she applies lipstick it's kind of nice, there is something in her eyes, but when she is 35 there is not that same feeling any more."

You are Eric Cantona and I claim my £5.

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Black Beauty Martian meteorite IS a SPOT-ON match with Red Planet's DARK PLAINS: boffins

Robin

Re: Tasty?

In the interests of balance, I prefer black pudding but I agree that it does vary considerably. The Spanish stuff from Burgos with rice in it, is delicious.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

Robin

Re: It's all good

> the "anti-piracy" (you wouldn't steal a car...etc) message on DVDs,

We've probably all seen this several times before, but another go can't hurt :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuxO6CZptck

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

Robin

Re: Please, do explain

I was wondering that too, so looked at the alt tag.

"Pretty woman looks miffed."

Accurate, but unhelpful.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Robin

Re: Ugly, inconsistent, unfinished, and dangerous

While we're on the subject of File Explorer... Hopefully they're doing this with the Spartan thing, but I've wished for ages that they'd ditch the 'xyz Explorer' nomenclature.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been standing behind somebody at their desk and asked them to open explorer while we're doing some file-related task.

"The internet?"

"No, Windows Explorer."

So IE gets opened anyway.

I'm a developer as well, so I hate to think how often the frontline support guys have to deal with this.

While they're at it, they can ditch the "My xyz" as well. It's led to some lazy naming in coding, and the change in metaphor from clicking on "My Computer" and being told something about "your computer" is strange.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

Robin

Re: /.

"why do application developers seem to think that it's alright to build their own outer frames for windows and ignore the operating system's configuration?"

Seconded. Like the Windows Media Player from (I think) Windows 95. Fancy looking window frame, but then the rectangular frame came back when you need the menus, and looked terrible.

Also, on Mac Yosemite the functionality of the green button only does 'full screen' (i.e. no menu bar). What's supposed to happen is if you hold ALT while you click it, the functionality changes to 'expand to fit content' like old pre-Mavericks OS X.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Robin

Re: Minutes of Redmond Strategy Meeting

Looks like someone else has had a bit too much 'hokey cokey'.

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

Robin

Re: Code sharing?

> We've been using Dart in anger

I had to work on an old VB6 application the other day. That made me pretty angry.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

Robin

Re: Social drinking

I'd rather keep my drinking habits out of the hands of big advertisers, thank you very much.

Either that's some great double-sarcasm, or you need to drink less. Or more.

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

Robin

Re: Personal bugbear

Beat me to it.

I'll just leave this here.

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

Robin

Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

640GB ought to be enough for anyone

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Robin

> I can currently download cat videos at 20 times the speed I could possibly upload them

You're lucky that the web isn't obsessed with dogs. They're about five times the size of cats .. imagine how long those would take you to upload!

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