* Posts by Ian K

202 posts • joined 29 Oct 2007

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Seagate embiggens its spy drive, waves it at CCTV cameras

Ian K
Facepalm

"with up to a greater than 90 per cent success rate in data recovery"

<Chandler Bing>Could that *be* any more non-committal?</Chandler Bing>

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

Ian K

Re: Apologies for not arguing at all

OK, and thanks for posting the one above, which - clearly - I wasn't expecting.

Will see what can be done in future. I'm seriously not trying to sneak things past the radar here, but at the same time when you're commenting that you think a writer's going full guns with personal jibes himself it's hard to say so in a way that isn't itself personally critical.

Not expecting or wanting dull, bland objectivity, but once the articles pass a certain amount of repeated biased knocking of the same targets mental filters start kicking in, and they become counter-productive as far as getting the writer's actual argument across is concerned.

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Ian K

Re: Apologies for not arguing at all

@The Mods, re. my non-appearing post regarding this being far better than Orlowski's typical hobby horse articles.

I get it - given this, and other similar experiences, anything remotely critical of the great Andrew O doesn't get shown. Will try to avoid wasting all of our times by posting more of the same in future.

Must be a bugger having to reconcile Orlowski's eagerness to lay into all sorts of targets at the drop of a hat and with his refusal to take anything at all in return.

Ian K

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

Ian K

Re: "has a 1,700mAh battery, 1700mAh removable battery"

From the piccy on the Android site, and reviews elsewhere, it looks very like it's a single removable 1,700mAh battery. Shame.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Ian K

"a battery life of up to two days"

If that's the best they can do for battery life then what's also needed is wireless charging plus a family of chargers that are built into everyday items you tend to have your watch hand next to. Mouse mats, steering wheels, that sort of thing.

Of course, Apple's probably patented that idea already...

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

Ian K
Headmaster

"a robot that can fold itself into arbitrary shapes"

"Arbitrary"? The folding patterns look to be very pre-defined (and in this specific case, actually a singular pattern) to me.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Ian K
Thumb Down

Re: IR

That struck me as a poor bit of reviewing; re. IR it simply says "But really it is something that must have just seemed to be good idea at the time. It isn't."

So why isn't it a good idea? Doesn't work at all? Limited range of devices covered? Lousy UI? Reviewer just feels daft pointing a phone at the TV?

Without a few more specifics we're really not being given enough to go on.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

Ian K

Re: So

codejunky: "They make win8 unusable by GUI design. Then they made win8 incapable of update after a restore.

I can accept that MS couldnt have foreseen this"

But the thing is that they didn't need to foresee it; from the instant early versions were made accessible to the wider world there were howls about the Metro/Modern system, coy menus and vanished Start Menu.

All of which MS chose to ignore, as they were convinced they knew better and everyone would grow to love (or at least accept) the changes if they were forced down their throats. Sadly mistaken, as it turned out.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

Ian K
Trollface

Re: Maybe I'm missing something here...

Seriously? You've never seen anyone on El Reg or elsewhere explain (often at great, frustrated length) why they don't like Win8?

Do a quick search and I'm sure you'll find lots of posts covering exactly what you're looking for...and I have a feeling that now you've pushed the button there'll be a few along in this thread too. :)

Icon because, well, one suspects...

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Ian K
Windows

Got to admit...

...given the choice between continuing to use Windows 7 and upgrading to 8 (or 8.1) for free, I'd rather stay where I am.

Offer to pay me to upgrade, *then* I might just consider it.

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Data of 42 MILLION seekers for love plundered from Aussie dating site

Ian K

Re: Ummm

All those lonely sheep in the Outback?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Ian K

Re: Radio 4

The real danger with R4 is that the alarm goes off when they're in the middle of a "here's the latest on the euro-finance bill"-type piece. That sort of thing would have you struggling to maintain consciousness at the best of times; first thing when you're barely awake to start with it's a guaranteed lapse into coma.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

Ian K
FAIL

Re: Bad workmen.

Stross has had well over a dozen novels published commercially - recent works making #1 in the US and UK Amazon sales rankings in their category - and won several Locus and Hugo awards.

Wish I was as bad a workman as that.

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Speaking in Tech: You shouldn't EVER store data off-premises

Ian K
Thumb Up

Then you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it *right*.

Which will console you enormously as you retype all that data (or retype your CV ahead of the impending job hunt).

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

Ian K
Holmes

Re: heroes

Well, it obviously shares a title and basic plot with a seventies series so I don't think anyone's trying to sneak some sort of reboot past us on the quiet.

As far as it being a reboot of Heroes goes...not really. In Heroes the characters generally had one signature power (c.f. X-Men, and a lot of other superheroic things), in Tomorrow People - or the classic one, at least - it's very much a standard power set all of them get.

Both programs have the "people with special powers existing in secret" angle, but as a basic plot idea that one stretches back to ancient mythology and the "scion of Gods raised as a mortal" thing.

So...hardly original, but no more a knock-off of Heroes than Heroes was a knock-off of the original TP.

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

Ian K
Headmaster

transcription of spoken messages "wicked-fast" [sic]

Yeah, these weird tech kid-types and their crazy speak, eh?

Without the "[sic]" I would have taken that as a typo for sure.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

Ian K

Re: A Lannister always pays his debts

The might pay their debts, but Lannisters also aren't entirely against taking what they desire by intrigue or force of arms if circumstances demand.

I'm guessing that if they had BitTorrent available they wouldn't be too shy about using that either.

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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

Ian K
Black Helicopters

"Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China"

Of course, that could just mean that the Chinese state-backed cyber-spies are particularly inept and leave obvious trails back home.

The states that are really behind 96% of cyber-spying have spies that don't get spotted at all.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

Ian K
Trollface

Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"

@Kubla - Yeah, I did consider that...but as there didn't seem to be much to choose between "really not knowing who Neil Gaiman is" and "knowing who Neil Gaiman is but also thinking he's obscure" I when for the first option.

Still, if the OP wants to flaunt feigned ignorance rather and actual ignorance that's their call.

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Ian K
Boffin

Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"

If only there was some sort of "engine for searching" out there. Better still, one freely accessible to all, maybe on the internet or somewhere like that.

A ridiculous idea, I know, but one can always dream...

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Malware-flingers target gullible corporate bods with office printer spam

Ian K
Headmaster

Hmmmm....

"The ruse is an extenuation of earlier scams..."

I do not think that word means what you think it means.

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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

Ian K
Facepalm

"You'd have to be very a sheltered adult, an immature adult or just plain ignorant not to see that."

It must give you a nice warm feeling to have the delusion that people could only disagree with you because they're retarded, ignorant, or both.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

Ian K
FAIL

Re: desktop

A pretty feeble effort: 2/10

Would not respond again.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

Ian K
Boffin

"I have a medical condition called nystagmus, basically me eyes don't ever stay still. So would this leave me unable to watch video, and with the screen auto-scrolling around like a flea on speed?"

I suspect the quick answer to that question's "Yes".

I suspect the longer answer's "Yes, unless you turn that feature off".

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

Ian K
Trollface

Re: Target Acquired?

Shurely Timmay meant "bringing a business to its knee's". :)

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

Ian K

"shit, I've just lost my entire book collection"

Alternatively, long live backups.

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Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

Ian K
Headmaster

'First commercial space fleet'

Technically, don't you need more than zero craft to have a fleet?

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

Ian K
Boffin

Re: Riiiiight

There is no spoon.

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Ian K

Weeeellll...

I guess you could set up an induction loop arrangement where wireless power was broadcast to a set of these PaperTab thingies from under the desk, and use something along the lines of Bluetooth to handle their content updates. Then you'd only need a fairly tiny set of chippery on the PaperTab themselves, which might give you something like the system manufacturers are selling it as.

Of course, unless you had a mobile charger pad you could put a PaperTab on to walk around the room with (turning it into a Kindle, more or less) you'd only be able to work with the tabs at the desk.

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How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS

Ian K
WTF?

"You may have heard that Lehman has had issues but clearing up the mess is a good gig."

Erm, I may be completely missing a joke here, but isn't the most significant issue in getting an IT job with Lehman Brothers the fact that it went bust in 2008? And in doing so started the ball rolling on the economic slump we've had ever since?

I'll grant you that that does leave a lot of opportunities for clearing up the mess, if you can find someone to pay you for the job.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehman_Brothers

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

Ian K
Coat

"...it's hard to push 20th-century products into [..] (god forbid) Lexx"

Not that hard; the final series was set on 20th-century Earth.

I'll get my browncoat.

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

Ian K
Headmaster

About that picture caption: "Super-Earth HD40307g alongside its host star"

It's a very nice picture, with oceans and continents and fluffy clouds and everything. Which in the circumstances makes me suspect there really should be an "artist's impression" in that caption somewhere.

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

Ian K
Mushroom

"Virgin has a working app that it’s currently mak[ing] small cosmetic tweaks to."

FFS, that's near enough what they had before they even started; the original, working, TiVo app that just needed a bit of tweaking to get the Virgin Media colour scheme on it.

What the hell have they been doing all this time?

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

Ian K

Re: Bankrupt Stock Sale

>>what's being flogged off on the cheap

>Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.

...at their original price.

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Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

Ian K
Thumb Up

As I believe the hip young types put it these days...

...pwned!

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

Ian K
Coat

Re: the culprits could have just dropped a bunch of apple gear off

Not if they'd been locating the office with Apple Maps.

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Polish Samsung Galaxy S IIIs first to scoff Jelly Bean update

Ian K

Re: Article a little behind the times?

@Adam McC: You know, I was so sure the update was to Jelly Beans, but just checked the About info and you're quite right; still on 4.0.4. C'est la vie. :(

@Owen: If you haven't got it already, download Kies from here to do the update. When you plug your phone in it should automatically detect and offer to install ICS as soon as it's available (which it wasn't 5 minutes ago when I tried). Also, it looks like your phone needs to have any lock screen unlocked as you plug it in for Kies to detect it properly.

@The 3 people that downvoted me: Thhhhhhhhppppt! :p

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Ian K
Meh

Article a little behind the times?

UK-based, operator "3", and Sammy's own Kies thingy cheerfully updated my Galaxy III to Jelly Beans on the 15th of this month.

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

Ian K
Coat

[Hangs coat up...]

[...sits down and gets the popcorn ready]

This'll be good!

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Fox to release movie downloads weeks before discs

Ian K
Trollface

That's probably why they're starting with Promethius

Who'd want to pirate that in the first place?

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Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes

Ian K
Pint

Re: "with 8 people towing the line"

My work here is done.

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Ian K
Headmaster

"with 8 people towing the line"

Actually, "toeing the line". They're all metaphorically lining up with the same position, not pulling something on a rope.

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Study: If your antivirus doesn't sniff 'new' malware in 6 days, it never will

Ian K
Headmaster

"However David Harley, a senior research fellow at antivirus vendor Eset"

Can you really be a "senior research fellow" just because your commercial employer calls you one?

If you believe the online dictionaries, it's a position that's either academic or at the very least granted by a learned society...

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Boffins pump hot, vivid fluid into squidgy robostarfish

Ian K

Not sure that...

...this camouflage system is particularly tied to squidgy robots.

There's an element of synergy, as the flexy nature of the ink tubes allow the robots' core squidgyness to be preserved, but you could just as well put a flexy skin full of camouflage tubes over the top/around a lot of olde-type rigid robots.

Then put the ink tanks/power source/sensors/control systems inside the rigid core, something that seems far closer to doable than making the 100% squidgy setup autonomous.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Ian K
WTF?

As with the CSI classic

"I'll create a GUI interface with Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygB0ZviqXac

Oh dear.

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'Ex climate sceptic' Muller's latest BEST stuff is the worst so far

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DarkComet creator kills Trojan tool after Syrian police abuse

Ian K

Re: Syria is responsible for use of the tool, just like any tool it can be used for good or bad

Only to a degree; if you make lots of knives and casually leave some lying about wherever you go (in the street, outside schools, in pubs, etc...) it's hard to deny any sort of responsibility if someone picks one up and uses it to harm others.

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