* Posts by Darryl

1645 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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Re: Off the Christmas List

C.Itoh you he was funny

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Re: "the quality of our customer experience"

Or "I feel so bad about what we did that I'm going to have to take the private jet to the company owned resort off Panama for a couple months of therapy."

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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Re: Is it just me

Bubble wrap?? Wow, talk about spoiled.

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What a time to be alive: Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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Re: Hacking potential?

Shriner mode?

https://youtu.be/3164n5iMLqA

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Sad reality: Look, no one's going to patch their insecure IoT gear

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Don't forget that you won't be able to activate your new vacuum until you've created yet another account on the company's servers, and probably installed yet another app on your phone.

Then you'll have to hunt through obnoxious settings pages to turn off the automatic Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, etc. etc. etc. updates that inform the world when you vacuum and what it found in your rugs.

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Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

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What are you talking about, no innovation? They courageously removed the headphone jack so they could sell more expensive bluetooth earbuds. That's innovative.

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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

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Exactly. Only 1900 complaints, but over 7 million people muttering "Fucking spammers" before deleting the text and blocking the sender. And 7 million potential clients gone forever.

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Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

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Re: Er - get a Samsung then ?

Yes, that's exactly what we're saying. Because everybody knows that "Society" is the equivalent of "Apple users"

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Re: Er - get a Samsung then ?

I've read a lot of articles that complain about Apple (and a lot of other companies, for sure, but the Apple ones usually contain the part about how they just bought yet another Apple product)

It still amazes me that Apple seems to be the only product that people buy, then adjust their needs case to fit the product, instead of finding a product that fits their needs in the first place. There's usually some justification about how well it works with their other Apple products, but I'm sure if the author looked carefully at their Macbook, they'd notice some of the perhaps unconscious concessions they've made to use it as well.

The fact remains, if you want something that does what you need it to do, go buy something that does what you need. Buying something else and then complaining about it, or adjusting your life to fit the product? Life's too short

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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It's more than a little ironic that, every time El Reg posts an article about ad blocking, the comments section has more than a few comments like yours, which are studiously ignored...

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Re: Some are downright annoying!

I've encountered a few sites like that too. Makes me wonder, if you hunt down the little "Webmaster" hyperlink and send them an email explaining that you'd consider unblocking their ads if they weren't so damn annoying, I wonder if any of them would listen.

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Re: Hats off to El Reg for leading the way by never showing any ads

"did you forget DevOps already"

I've been trying so hard to

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

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really, really, really shiny black sports car with no speakers, just bluetooth

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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I think the Plutans? Plutonians? Guys from Pluto finally heard that we had demoted them to non-planet status, and they're working on retribution.

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Italian scientists use fluorescent box to arouse sexually indifferent men

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This is all fine and dandy, but when are they going to start finding ways to get the ladies interested as well?

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The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

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Re: "It's 'a couple researchers and me' or ' I and a couple researchers coined...'"

My apologies. Here are the omitted words:

of

of

Please insert them in their proper positions in the original title.

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“The Web of Things was coined in 2007 by a couple of researchers and myself,”

No, no, no. Just No

It's 'a couple researchers and me' or ' I and a couple researchers coined...'

Myself is a reflexive pronoun. It's only used when you are both the subject and the object of a sentence. Resist the urge to speak like a professional athlete trying to sound intelligent. It's not proper English, and it makes you sound like an idiot.

</rant>

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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You want real adult content? Wait for the New Zealand Sheep Farmer add-on.

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Looks to me more like PITA randomly releases some press release about something that has absolutely nothing to do with it, and the media laps it up. Me ignoring them ain't gonna do a damn thing.

Kind of like the Kardashians

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Luxe cable crimper

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Did I miss something?

The video I saw seems to be about a new RJ45 socket, not a plug. So it has nothing to do with making cables. This looks like they're trying to replace the standard punch-down

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Exactly. The government of British Columbia just banned vaping in all public spaces, including parks. All of the comments from those who thought this was a great idea were about not having to deal with "cloud chasers" trying to see how big a cloud of fog they can produce

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Re: Just one question...

Same place that the nicotine in a nicotine patch or puffer comes from. It's extracted from tobacco leaves. They have the largest concentration of nicotine in them, so it's a lot more cost effective than it would be to extract it from tomatoes or eggplant, for example.

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Re: ...aaaaand, smoking cigarettes doesn't cause cancer!!

I lived through the 60s and 70s too. And I remember these studies sponsored by the tobacco companies.

One question, though... Which huge companies are backing these studies? The tobacco companies have been actively trying to discourage and outlaw e-cigs because they cut into their profits. It's only recently that they've taken an "If you can't beat them, try to take them over" attitude.

Excepting these guys, who would rather you stayed with cigarettes, here are no big multi-billion dollar companies in the e-cig business who can afford to sponsor studies or buy politicians.

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Re: here we go again incoming doomsayers

There is still another group bleating... The militant non smokers who believe the false headlines about vaping being worse for you than smoking

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Re: Cancer ? Heart Disease ?

Once again, we're seeing someone who can't distinguish between 'nicotine' and 'cigarette'

Cigarettes cause cancer and heart disease. It's because they contain something like 6000 nasty chemicals. Fortunately, nicotine isn't one of those harmful chemicals (unless you drink it or bathe in it, I guess)

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Re: Thank heavens it's harmless ...

Exactly. Almost anything is hazardous depending on dosages. Read the MSDS for ethanol next time you're having a beer.

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Re: Looking for an excuse to regulate (tax) them

I remember maybe five years ago, Canadian governments were issuing press releases stating that smokers cost the health care system something like $4.5 billion annually. People were up in arms.

What was not reported anywhere near as prominently was that tobacco taxes were generating about $7 billion a year...

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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The nice part will be the lack of a nutjob at the back of the line who decides to pass 3 or 4 or 5 cars and trucks in a row with no idea what's happening a kilometre up the road, at which point he will still be in the oncoming traffic's lane

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Re: Add an Idiot Filter?

...and shooting

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Re: Mansfield bars

You're starting to see a lot more trailers with large fibreglass fairings below the trailer running from just behind the truck almost to the back wheels. I'm told they make a huge difference in increasing fuel economy. If they can survive driving over railway crossings, I'm sure bars would as well.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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It's not the Store that you need to look at, it's 'Google Play Services'

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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Re: Muzak

Well, to be fair, Muzak has very little to do with real musicians

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: In the UK it isn't on sale yet.

I thought I'd read that the cases had been narrowed down to either cheap USB 3.1 cables or cheap adapters to plug a micro USB charger into a USB 3.1 port?

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Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

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Re: Locked in?

Yeah, my thought was the company in question might be in for a serious, and possibly expensive discussion with building and fire inspectors if there is no emergency egress. Also, I'd think if you were trapped in such a building, you could be justified in doing whatever was necessary to get out, such as a chair through a window or a prybar/hammer/whatever on a door lock.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: The free market

Which icon did you rename 'Porn'?

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: Jet black scratches

"What's the point of buying it at all if you have to hide it away because it will look awful if you don't?"

If you have to ask, you're obviously not part of the target demographic.

The point is, you can show off your shiny new Darth Vader iPhone to increase your coffee shop cred. Once the novelty (and the finish on the phone) has worn off, you put it in a case and wait a few months for the iPhone 7S or 8 or whatever to come out so you can start all over again.

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Re: Start combining ways maybe?

...and I suppose adding a big honkin' anchor on a really strong chain would defeat the 'small spaceship' idea, huh?

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Colors are products too

This just reminded me of the breathless wait for the white iPhone 4 and the endless stream of articles in mainstream media anticipating it's arrival, about how Apple couldn't get the proper shade of white on the button, then announcing it once it finally came out as if it was a major paradigm shift in mobile communications.

If Apple can do it, why not others?

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: "By abolishing analogue there’s now a clearer digital path to your ear"

Exactly. I've lost track of how many times I've read that this will be so superior because the phone doesn't have to convert the digital audio to analogue, completely ignoring the fact that the earbuds still have to convert it, using less processing power, or all your music is going to sound like a fax machine connecting.

Now all we have to do is evolve digital ears and we'll be living in an audio utopia

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

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3rd season ratings

It's too bad they didn't have the Borg to trot out as a ratings-saver like they did in every bloody other series.

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AND you never saw her bringing Kirk his coffee

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: standard operating procedures

I'm thinking that not a lot of mobility scooters burst into flames after hitting a tree at highway speeds and trap the rider inside the wreckage.

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Re: standard operating procedures

No, it's spilt milk. SOP is to cry over it.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Unhappy

Wonderful. I'm going to live forever

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Re: How many less Jubs is that?

I would hope only the two. Otherwise, he would've been eligible for a small role in the Total Recall remake

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Megaphone

Protip: Don't assume because it's so quiet that you can leave your speakers cranked up. When the sound from the first blast finally hit, I was almost blown over the back of my chair.

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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"Wonder what happens when a product's button's battery expires..."

Obviously you push the "New button battery" button. However when that button's battery dies, you're hooped.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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Re: 2 Years is Impressive

We Canadians could buy up some of those old River class that the RN will be selling. I mean, it worked out so well with those submarines, didn't it?

Didn't it?

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Tech fails miserably in Forbes' most innovative companies

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"Innovative" to a Forbes reader means "Innovative at new ways to increase profit."

That's why pharmaceutical companies make the list, with things like the $700 EpiPen

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