* Posts by Darryl

1669 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

Crazily optimistic for paper money, yes, but one of the benefits of polymer is they expect over double the lifetime out in the wild, so 50s and 100s could easily be out and about for 25 years

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re: Lack of Research

What we need is a grammar Nazi AI that can parse forums, blogs, Facebook, etc. and correct these jarring errors. THAT would be useful to society.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Why stop there? Replace the whole keyboard with OLED so that everybody has to stare at the keyboard all the time, instead of that annoying muscle memory.

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MacBook headphone hell

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Re: Apple deaf to feedback?

Maybe it's because they lost one of their bluetooth earbuds?

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'Hacker' accused of idiotic plan to defraud bank out of $1.5 million

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Re: Did he just...

More dastardly than that. His other email address was jpmorgan@hotmail.com so they knew he was legit

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: Some sense at last

When the battery's on fire, I doubt there's much electricity flowing out of it

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

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Re: Sounds like the classic

Maybe it makes no economic sense, but I suspect a few headlines saying "iPhones sold out!! Go stand in line at the nearest Apple store ASAP!!" are pretty good for business

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So saying the Apple iPhone 6 has a better button than the Apple iPhone 7 is now Apple bashing? And pointing out that the iPhone 6 has a feature that has been removed on the iPhone 7?

We're going to need some sort of map or chart

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

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Re: ...Because they're LYING.

But. But, it was COURAGEOUS

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Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

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Re: The System Administrator will liaise with all departments

The university educated sysadmin will spend most of his time showing the chief director how to repeatedly formatting and printing out a spreadsheet for the chief director.

FTFY

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

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Re: Oh, Alistair...

Floppies will become ironically hip...

Saw this the other day.

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Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

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Re: Property?

Even if it's actually 'Property', does this mean I don't have property rights over my house? My car? After all, I didn't create them either.

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HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple's IoT tech

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Re: But I don't want any of them

"Your standard programmable thermostat doesn't sense when your living room is unusually empty and take appropriate action"

And neither would a Nest, if I replaced my $39 Home Depot programmable with one. Because the thermostat isn't in the living room. So I guess it could tell when someone is walking down the hallway to the bathroom. Also, in our house, we don't walk in the door and then go sit in one room all evening. Sometimes we go downstairs. Sometimes we go read in the bedroom.

I'm sure this can be rectified with adding sensors all over the house, but that's yet another added cost

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Re: "Engineered like no other car in the world"

Late 80's/early 90's - a few Toyotas, Mercurys, Mazdas, Cadillacs (I think) had automatic seatbelts. They were annoying and caused a couple injuries and stuck people when they malfunctioned.

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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I feel more empowered by spending less for an external drive in a plain case

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Kodak teases smartphone

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Re: Completely different approach

I find myself wishing that every time a new phone is hinted at by anyone

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Re: "Exceptional" Kodak cameras?

Well, they did buy incredibly average SLR maker Chinon back when they finally realised that making film alone wasn't going to save them.

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RIP Samsung 'Death Note' 7

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Re: Maybe the financial impact of this

I think the trend of making phones slimmer and slimmer at all cost is the culprit here

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: Fanboy alert

What can you expect from a reviewer who gave 4 out of 5 stars for an Apple wireless keyboard that made his wrists ache, didn't connect to his Mac, and some of the keys didn't do what they were advertised to do.

Why this guy is reviewing anything not made by his fruity saviour, I have no idea.

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Re: You had me at...

If only someone sold really really good corded headphones at a small fraction of the cost of cordless ones, which also have the added benefits of being harder to lose, no charging needed...

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New Mac candle smell

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Do you need an iCloud account to activate it?

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Re: Real USB-C bits and happy, year-long, user of the 5X...

I agree. My 5X has been chugging along fantastically. Nougat made no difference in battery life (although to be honest, it made no real difference in usability for me either). Battery lasts about two days, but I've always been in the habit of plugging my phones in every night, so I rarely get to see exactly how long it'll hold out. My oleophobic coating is pretty much gone, though, so it's time for a screen protector, just to cut down on smudging. Also, I'm not sure how, but I managed to smash the camera glass. Luckily, it didn't damage the camera, and a replacement glass was only $7 on eBay. It's been in a case since I got it - one of those 'hybrid' plastic and rubber things, and the phone itself looks like new when you take it out.

Still using the original charger and USB-C cable, and I have a USB2-to-C cable for talking to my computer.

One of my coworkers has a Nexus 6P, and her review of it is very similar to mine, minus the smashed camera glass

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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AC has a point. The 5" version is at best an incremental upgrade to the Nexus 5X that's sitting on my desk

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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.

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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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