* Posts by John Arthur

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

John Arthur
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Re: I know that I'm a bit dim...

"4G worked almost everywhere that we travelled."

Well, you can't have travelled far then!

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

John Arthur
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Re: Machine recognition

"If, as is implied, the images used in the captcha were selected by a computer which matched them as being a butterfly then what is the point in using them?"

That is exactly the point. If machines selected all these pictures as butterflies then the machines would be unable to deal with this Captcha correctly. Only a human would be able to tell which ones are really butterflies.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

John Arthur

Re: Fashion for rear tiny rear light?

I agree and maybe it is more than coincidence that the same problem existed on a Fiat Strada I owned for a couple of months between real cars back in the '80s. It had small rear light clusters above the grey plastic back bumper but the brake lights were sunk into the bumper itself and looked more like rear fog lights than anything else. In those days it was permissible to have two rear fog lights on a car. During the short period I owned the car I was rear-ended twice, a feat that I have only managed once in total on all the other cars I have owned in 50 years of driving.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

John Arthur
WTF?

"With 40% of crash involving fire"

Do you have a reference for that?

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

John Arthur

Re: Impressive computing power shown in that picture

Ah! Supercalc and Wordstar. Those were the good old days. Who needs a mouse?

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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

John Arthur
FAIL

Barclays mobe banking boss Darren Foulds crowed:

"We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make people’s lives easier"

So, Darren, you know exactly where you can stick any banking service that is one of the "new and exciting ways".

Idiot

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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"As a right-thinking Reg reader"

"As a right-thinking Reg reader you may well think that this social science stuff is rubbish and simply isn't to be trusted".

Yup!

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Cause of hottest year on record discovered!!

Have an upvote! I do think you should have used the "joke" icon though.

On the other hand perhaps not.....

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

John Arthur

Re: Errr WTF?

I think the aim is not to force people to have internet access at home if they don't want it. The aim is to have it available at 10Mbps or greater IF YOU WANT IT no matter where you live. A laudable aim, no?

And it's licence on the east side of the pond

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

John Arthur

Re: Ground clearance?

Not sure I'd want to take it off road with 17.9mm (<3/4in) of clearance.

There, fixed that for you.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

John Arthur

Re: Cygwin

+1 for Clementine. I use it on my Linux boxes and was so happy with it a Google search for "player like Clementine for Windows" turned up Clementine for Windows much to my surprise and delight. Works better on Linux though. I do get occasional hangs using it on Windows.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

John Arthur
Black Helicopters

"Alternatively they could revamp the malware to the point where it's undetectable."

Perhaps they already have...

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

John Arthur

Re: Why I use SSD #2

And I have a Lenovo X60 laptop that has survived several tens of thousands of miles in my motorcycle panniers without a spinning rust disk failure so SSD and traditional are equal on that.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

John Arthur
Facepalm

Re: There’s no official word from Tesco on the weight of the Hudl 2

http://www.tesco.com/direct/hudl2-8-wi-fi-tablet/454-7907.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=397-7926

So it's 410 grams. How hard was that?

But you get an upvote anyway.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

John Arthur

I would hazard a guess I'm more likely to be shot by a cop

"So it you're about twenty five times more likely to be killed by a criminal or loon than by a policeman."

How many people are killed each year by members of their own family rather than criminals or loons? I suspect a lot.

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Ice probe peers at hidden BOTTOMS of oceans from SPAAACE

John Arthur
Unhappy

No need for that

"said David Sandwell, a hefty geophysicist"

Now that's not very nice, is it?

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

John Arthur

Re: Daytime running lights

"No, a shortsighted invention which reduces road safety.". I fully agree. For some years motorcyclists in almost all countries of the EU have had to ride with their headlights on in daytime to make them stand out from all the other traffic. Putting daylight running lights on all vehicles removes this protective advantage from one of the most vulnerable class of road user. Well done all those politicians who don't bother to think things through.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Re: wasn't long ago

Exactly. Slightly off topic but back in the '80s I remember reading an article in Gramophone magazine about the then-new CD players and the prospects for small version for in-car players. The article pointed out that the problems of a tiny space and the heat given off by the laser made this impossible. On the back cover of the same magazine was an advert for the first self-contained in-dash car radio/CD player!

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

John Arthur
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It's got to be a nomination for an IgNobel Award!

See title

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

John Arthur
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Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

@John Bailey: I too use CPC/Farnell and I also use Rapid Electronics. I have found both to be excellent though cannot comment on their paper catalogues as I have never asked for one. It would cost me too much in impulse purchases!

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John Arthur
Coat

Re: How the sale went down

TheOtherHobbes: "Not entirely fair. I've always found Maplin staff to be more informed than elsewhere. Some of them are even enthusiastic and genuinely helpful."

You've been shopping in PC World too much!

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

John Arthur
Alert

Re: What happened to GAGA

"The mower I really liked had no wheels, it hovered. Main selling point was being able to cut grass on a slope around a pond or other water source."

I can see how a hover mower can cut on a slope with a human to hold it in position. How does it manage to stay on or climb a slope on its own?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

John Arthur

Re: OpenOffice?

+1 for LibreOffice

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

John Arthur

Re: Free Mein Kampf

Have an upvote for saying what I was about to say!

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

John Arthur

Re: Resolved? I think not.

+1! I also jumped from the useless Natwest to Nationwide nearly two years ago and have never looked back. And I get free European travel cover.

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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

John Arthur
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Young?

"the rock is around 4.4 billion years old - so it was formed just 100 million years after Mars itself. In planetary terms, this is very young indeed." Surely, while young in terms of the Universe, it is very old in planetary terms if it is only 100 million years younger than Mars itself?

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Microsoft's so keen on touch some mice FAIL under Windows 8.1

John Arthur

Re:...I'm awaiting Win 8.1.1...!

Have an upvote! Showing our age aren't we!

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

John Arthur

Re: Auto tills had some redeeming features...

Accepting any vouchers provided that they were for items that the store stocked regardless of whether they had been purchased or not was a deliberate attempt by several of the UK larger supermarkets back then to undermine the whole voucher system as it obviously added overheads to check out times. The attempt failed but, yes, you could get a lot off your weekly bill by collecting coupons from magazines.

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John Arthur

Re: Tesco are the worst

It always amazes me that people reverse into supermarket parking slots. It is always easier to drive forwards into a narrow parking space and reverse out into a large open area than vice versa. And that is apart from the disadvantage of returning with your shopping and finding someone, probably me as I have a long car and supermarket parking slots are short, has left insufficient room for the trolley to access the boot or the boot lid/hatch to open.

A quick poll at our local Tesco last week gave the reverse-in parkers a majority over the forward-in ones. Weird!

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

John Arthur
FAIL

Re: This is a KNOWN FEATURE... READ THE MANUAL...

And you call that a FEATURE?

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

John Arthur
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"a pin through the coax and cut off flush can be very hard to find"

Oh! That does bring back memories!

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

John Arthur
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Re: +1

My sentiments exactly. The thought of the El Reg hacks sitting in the pub/office thinking up lines like this makes my day.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

John Arthur
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Thanks adding for THAT picture

I don't know how many times I have seen that picture over the years but today was the first time that it struck me that the lady could not possibly be able to view the screen from that angle.

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

John Arthur
Meh

Re: Out of sympathy

I think you mean "Arguments to curtail freedom always begin with something like this."

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

John Arthur
Happy

Maybe not quite as bad as it's being painted

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/25/uk-britain-gas-price-idUKBRE92L07J20130325

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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

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Re: Sod the lot of them

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices…. "

Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations" 1776. Still a very relevant book today!

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Use your loaf, Europe! Eat more fibre - high-speed web lobbyists

John Arthur
FAIL

Re: Fast connections

"China is a totalitarian state than can mandate what it likes ...... but people in W. Europe prefer to have some say in where their tax money is spent."

So how do I go about making it known that I would like my tax spent on FTTP rather than on HS2? Or a third runway at Heathrow? Or a forest of wind turbines?

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

John Arthur
FAIL

"We're talking audio with something like four to 16 times better fidelity."

And how exactly does one measure four times better? Or 16 times better? What rubbish.

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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

John Arthur

Re: Negative Kinetic Energy but Positive Virtual Power?*

No, it's the man from mars!

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LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

John Arthur
FAIL

Re: Made in Wales?

Twp? Did you not read the bit where it says the typewriter is going to the Science Museum in London?

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London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

John Arthur
Happy

Is it only me..

but I think the figure looks like Marvin. Didn't think robots did that kind of thing.

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Nationwide to perform IT equivalent of 'replacing jet engine mid-flight'

John Arthur
Happy

Re: and to think I moved accounts from Nat West to Nationwide

Yes, I moved from Natwest to Nationwide also earlier this year. However, whatever the problems with Nationwide's new system I would never go back to Natwest.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

John Arthur
Happy

Re: I miss the ounce...

Same in Italy. Un etto is 100 grams and is used in grocers where we would use 4 oz or quarter of a pound. And even the French often use un livre which is a direct translation of one pound as a way of ordering 500 g or half a kilo.

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John Arthur
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Re: Didn't BMW try this once...

I think you have to blame the French, and Michelin in particular, for this piece of nonsense. They persuaded car makers to fit wheels with metric diameters to various vehicles, Montegos and Saabs as well as BMWs, and thus tied you buying replacement tyres from Michelin. Expensive they were too. I think the car manufacturers got the message from angry customers and dropped the idea tout de suite as they say.

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South Korea on top of the IT world

John Arthur
FAIL

Smells fishy

I fail to see how countries like The Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Italy, to name but a few, are not on this list and so, presumably, worse than Nigeria etc. Perhaps a few people forgot to send in their forms?

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Aga-saga doyenne ponders how to put ebooks in public libraries

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Re: Too Late

Indeed. Even our local library in darkest Wales offers ebooks.

Horse? Stable door?

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Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

John Arthur
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Re: It's lobsters

Ah! So that explains this

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/29/us/20120729-lobster.html

very nicely. Just waiting for them all to appear in my local Tescos.

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SHEEP NEED TWITTER, insist my noble Lords

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@ZanzibarRastapopulous

Water, electricity, sewerage and gas are not universal but there are alternatives. I have a borehole and pump for water, mains electricity, my own septic tank for sewage and no gas. So I use alternatives to mains for three items, water, sewage and oil for heating and hot water instead of gas. I do have the luxury of mains electricity. Electricity is all but universal these days though we did not have it in my youth but had a small hydro plant. I could, expensively, have an alternative for electricity too using a diesel generator. Now tell me how I could provide my own broadband connexion to the backbone without outside help from one of the big players?

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