* Posts by Mage

3127 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Google Now now SLURPS data from 40 third party apps so YOU don't have to

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Re: But trusting any corporation is risky.

And block loads of domains completely with Noscript in Firefox.

Though my Linux Firefox seems to be only able to install Ghostery, which is reputed to sell info to advertisers about their ads being blocks.

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Goog-Zilla

Definitely Evil.

They don't know what privacy or evil means. Or else don't care about yours. I bet they wouldn't like their stuff exposed.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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Columbia Internet for Canuks?

Archive 1997 - 2006

Not real. But the author was originally a Web guy for a real Canadian ISP, not Rodgers.

The bigger ISPs have a disconnect between Customers and Management.

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NXP flings sueball at Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

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Going for Chip company

Because the chip company is the one infringing.

If I buy a Fridge infringing a Philips patent they can't sue me. If it turns out to be illegal then I actually get compensated by the chip maker!

Re Kodak Instant Camera vs Polariod. People that bought the Kodak camera had to get refunds.

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

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Tablet?

If I want a Tablet I'd get iOs or Android.

Just flipping fix all the bugs you been putting in since NT3.51

We don't want a Joss stick and whale song one windows to rule them all. We just want the Windows Desktop to work BETTER and more consistently than NT3.5x, NT4.0, XP.

Forget all the garbage unwanted features and eye candy. Just fix it.

Totally pissed of with MS after installing and programming and supporting NT Windows since 1994

There is a good reason iOs and OS X are not the same

There is a good reason why Linux Desktop/Server distros are different to phone versions or Android.

It's totally nuts to try and have the same for both. It's possible. But you end up penalising everyone.

Windows CE was horrible GUI on PDA and early phones BECAUSE it copied Win95 GUI.

Zune was better. But to try and combine Explorer and Zune is madness.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone

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Innovator or Troll?

Sadly Qualcomm bought some great companies and binned them, purely to have more 3G and 4G "IP".

They too much have policy set by lawyers.

Unlike a fruity company, they have done real innovation and R&D. Sadly though they are bit too much like the Oracle of the Phone Chip business.

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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

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Roofs

house roofs to High Altitude platforms.

It's useless for Mobile, even if every lamp post had it. Behaves too much like IR or light links.

Nothing to do with 5G, if anyone ever decides what 5G actually is.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Yes It's terrible

The fictional Robert Harris thriller "Enigma" (Book and Film) is FAR more historically accurate.

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Welcome Back

I've missed you.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Re: In my defence

I forgive you this time.

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Apple, arguably, invented the smartphone

What???

Sorry, no, not even close. Unless you mean commodity HW, a touch gui based on low resolution and port of OSX in a rather plain box, with actually LESS applications and features coupled with poorer performance than previous smart phones counts as inventing the Smart phone.

They were successful for one main reason. Consumer Data plans. Previously really smart phones mostly business use because of horrendous data costs. Yes, the GUI was simpler (which actually was largely bought in). But others (not Nokia) did have low resolution touch GUIs already, though not as slick.

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Re: Nice.

Vampire bats can get airborne from the ground I think.

"While other bats have almost lost the ability to maneuver on land, vampire bats can also run by using a unique, bounding gait, in which the forelimbs instead of the hindlimbs are recruited for force production, as the wings are much more powerful than the legs. This ability to run seems to have evolved independently within the bat lineage"

"Once the common vampire bat locates a host, such as a sleeping mammal, it lands and approaches it on the ground"

"To take off from the ground, the bat generates extra lift by crouching and flinging itself into the air."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_bat

No doubt they will add that feature next.

The feeding fangs and laser will be added last, when Skynet is operational.

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Re: Bats got legs

That's why Vampire bats. They perambulate on the ground in a unique fashion with the help of the wings!

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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riveting thriller takes fresh look at AI

I seriously doubt that it takes a fresh look at AI.

It might be a riveting thriller.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: The internet

Plays for sure ...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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main page image

Still x2 too big.

Either the content is poorer or site is horrible because I hardly spend any time here now.

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Delighted with change!

As a result of figuring how to cope with redesigned site I have learned how to change settings in Firefox to block ALL images from doubleclick and googlesyndicate and regmedia

It's wonderful. Thanks!

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FAIL

Only remain major issue

Initial image is TOO big,

648px × 429px

378 x 288 should be MAXIMUM. You can always have a link to a larger one.

It simply is adding risk of RSI having to always scroll.

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Re: Get rid of the pictures! They add NOTHING!

Also 1st image is FAR too big!

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Re: BBC

I now spend as little time as possible on BBC.

The Images get bigger, frequently fill browser on a 1600 x 1200 screen

The text is too big

The Content is getting poorer

They now feed different .com and co.uk versions based on Geolocate and no assurance a link you send works for someone else.

This change seems to copy the BBC news site, which is now one of the WORSE designed sites on the internet!

Perhaps El Reg and BBC are designed for a 42" HDTV about 7 ft away (a bit more than 2m) rather than computer screens?

Do you all need reading glasses?

Are you all using UHD retina displays?

The design may look pretty, but in the real world it doesn't work!

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Re: ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!

Images TOO BLOODY BIG, pardon my Klatchian.

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IT Angle

At worst ...

They can fix most of the stupid BBC style on bbc.com by using SMALLER Images. Not bigger.

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A hyper link compromise

200 pix header images and smaller.

Make them clickable to THEN load a full size / larger one. You are NOT running the BBC or a Porn site.

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Meh

Almost a solution

This version of El Reg

Perhaps with icons.

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Re: Is the story photo selection automated?

Stupidty!

No image bigger than 200 pixel

Most 64 x 64.

You need Hires images like you need a hole in the head.

This isn't the BBC!

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Re: Is the story photo selection automated?

I'm amazed that:

1) You can admit it

2) You have not yet shrunk the images, yes I know I'm not on 19.2K dialup since November 2005, but postage stamp main images and icon sized subsidiary images are better.

I can recommend a range of free or cheap image editing tools and point you to a tutorial. Because the site is still absolute rubbish.

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Terminal

I'm sorry there is no change, at least for the better, perhaps the extremities are starting to rot.

I better put on the hazard suit.

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Crows orcs

Crowd source our own properly done site.

When we run out of actual content, just add humorous comments.

None of this stuff of an office premises either. Work from home (or the office of day job during breaks).

This site is now a bad copy of the last BBC website remake.

Useless.

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FAIL

Still hideous

Ditch giant pictures and make all images smaller, if you are determined to stick with this rubbish design.

Given up reading articles.

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Facepalm

Came back, gone again.

Still rubbish.

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Listening to feedback?

with fingers in ears and going La La La?

The main image is INSANELY large

The others are too big.

The design is like a content lacking coffee table book for 2 year olds. Please put it the way it was, or at least a text rich design for grown ups?

This is still rubbish. Tinkering with it is pointless. SCRAP IT.

Someone tell me when the site is usable again.

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Madness

main images MADLY too big. If I zoom out to make image correct size the text is greeked.

Browser unfortunately can Zoom out on everything or on text only. But can't reduce image size and leave text alone.

This is HORRIBLE. I don't want a kiddies Picture book. I want TEXT!!

Idiots.

I come here to READ! Not gaze at photos or Gifs.

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

I hate the change, but my middle button / mouse wheel still works in firefox to open new tab.

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Re: Mobile

It's rubbish on a 4:3 15" 1600 x 1200 seriously un-mobile laptop too!

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Terrible

I feel like I'm using 640 x 480 screen instead of 1600 x 1200

Bring back the old site.

It's like a design for TV?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Divorce

The only hope for Winphone, Tablets, Desktop/laptops, Setboxes/TVs, servers and embedded is to have five different platforms and six names.

1. MS Phone (less than 5" 16 :9 screen)

2. Surface (ARM only)

3a. Windows (x86-x64 only tablets, Netbooks, Laptops, workstations

3b. Windows Server

4. MS Media (Xbox, Setboxes, media boxes, smart TVs)

5. Embedded (Any CPU, similar kernel to phone, but a RTOS, no drivers in Kernel, option of Phone, Surface or Media GUI)

Calling EVERYTHING Windows is STUPID

The idea you can do anything other than a trival app/Widget to work sensibly as user /admin needs on ANY platform is stupid!

My coat has OS types in one pocket and UI designs in the other.

Same version APIs / Kernel on everything is stupid

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Eurovision tellybods: Yes, you heard right – net neutrality

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Idiots

They are suiciding by dumbing down content. Produce and broadcast the content and licence it to people that do Internet services properly.

The PSBs particularly need waking up to their responsibilities for TV and RADIO. Internet is complementary and shouldn't need special "apps" for audio or video.

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Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan

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O3B

Also less latency than Geostationary. More speed/Capacity than LEO (Iridium).

The lower the orbit, the faster the satellite appears to whizz past and the more time the terminal spends switching links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O3b_%28satellite%29

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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SciFi?

I don't think so.

It's also a rubbish implementation.

It needs very much better display quality.

It's an evil niche product currently, so using it with belt radio/PSU/CPU etc and just having the display, mic, earphones and camera on the headset is fine. Then the belt pouch computer needs to run Linux and not a tied to Google Android spyware.

It also needs HD cameras adjustable to field of view and spacing of your eyes. The camera needs to automatically focus on what you focus on.

The apparent focus distance of the image needs to be independent of what you look at (tri colour laser) or track it (variable apparent distance of image).

The current product is gadget spyware as google monitors the uploads / downloads. It needs to be able to work with arbitrary services, without Internet and without google.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: Fracking

Politics:

What Western Country wants to be dependent on Russia or Middle East?

It's not just about the Money.

I feel a little sorry for Venezuela. Scotland/UK can cope better.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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PDFs?

The Kindle DXG is a similar price and available internationally. I have one and it sounds like a better eReader for PDFs, it's slower than the newest Kindles (all small), but fast enough. PDFs can be slow. Often I 'reprint' a PDF using 'PDFCreator' as printer to resize, crop margins and make it faster. Or even work at all!

Calibre sorts epub to Kindle, plug in needed for DRM content. The Adobe DRM seems to have been a load of cack on the Privacy front. I use USB to transfer to DXG and rarely use the 3G (60M per month 3rd party websites, as much as you can eat of Amazon of course, but strangely also Wikipedia, in most countries).

Sony is sadly gone from eBooks, one of the pioneers. Frankly I was amazed to hear that any Cybook was still being produced.

I prefer to buy "DRM free" from Smashwords, no I don't upload copies either. I also prefer real books, but use Kindle for Manuals, proof reading, very cheap eBooks and project Gutenberg.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: So, Crony Capitalism doesn't work!

Giant country and actually for every Intel, MS, Google there are 10,000 fails or mediocre companies.

Actually Google, Amazon & Apple probably hurt US economy by removing money from circulation and in Apple's case doubly so by borrowing to pay dividends..

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Windows Server 2003 custom support could cost MILLIONS

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Win 2003 Server

We installed it and found it very bloated compared to Win2K Advanced Server, so in 2011 we migrated to Linux for all servers. (Been using some since 1999). We'd already put mySQL, Apache and PHP on Win2k instead of IIS and MSSQL earlier.

Don't miss Win Server. But then we migrated from Exchange in 1998 and never used Sharepoint. Both horrible.

Columbia Internet never installed Server 2003

Wonderful cartoon documentary about a small Canadian ISP

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Title Image TOO BIG

Main image too big!

Stop trying to copy the BBC's Rubbish site.

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1&1 goes titsup, blames lengthy outage on DDoS attack

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Re: Rubbish Company

Plenty are worse. You can pay more and have worse too.

It's very hard to tell.

One incident isn't the deciding factor either.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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I'll wait

Till actual program content improves. There seems to be less I want to actually watch each year.

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: I don't get it

That might explain the low accuracy.

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Interesting

So would Mecanno be more accurate?

What limits the accuracy?

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Region Locking

Should be illegal. The folks elsewhere in the Galaxy can buy each others video.

I have no illegal copy DVDs. Despite in Europe Region I have had to buy some USA (inferior 480 line vs 576 line and sometimes films with gratuitous 3:2 pull down shudder) DVDs as the title isn't available anywhere else. They play on my DVD player, but not on any BD player.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Eh?

How is this news?

Though the article was a bit confusing with some irrelevant detail.

Obviously you send important targets a very nice mouse with a trojan. Much cheaper and more effective.

If you really want to do this you supply a nice monitor with this built in. Perhaps with a special cable dock for ALL cables to pass though (Protect your Cat5, USB, Mains etc from surges and lightening, or equipment replaced free) The nice surge arrestor of course listens on all and uses the ethernet to call home.

Icon because the example is baby stuff.

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