* Posts by Martin

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

Martin

Well, it costs so much to go to college in the US...

...the extra price of an Apple PC is trivial in comparison.

And students, like most young people, tend to like to go with the herd.

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Martin
WTF?

Why would you carry your textbooks round with you???

When I was at uni, I carried a bag which contained the notebooks I needed to take notes at lectures, and the stuff I needed for tutorials. My textbooks stayed in my room, where I needed them on the rare occasions I actually did some work.

I saw literally no-one carry actual books except to and from the library or bookshop.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

Martin
WTF?

Yes - I install Linux because it's easy.

I can take a disk, plug it in, boot it - and it works. Then, once it's up, I can mess around to my heart's content. It automatically sets up a dual-boot on a Windows box,. too.

If I have to somehow mess about with BIOS settings (which might also stop my Windows working) then it's one extra bit I frankly don't want to have to do.

Linux IS user friendly these days. Anyone with half a brain can install it.

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Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

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Of course they do!

Most people are technophobes in the sense he means. They want to pick up a gadget and it should work, and if it doesn't, they don't want to spend time investigating.

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Olympics volunteers urged not to blab online

Martin
Meh

@Ian Stephenson - it's actually a shame...

...we didn't get "saddled with the 2018 World Cup" - we would have done it well, and probably made a decent profit out of it, without having to build very much in the way of infrastructure.

The Olympics? Meh. I've already booked two weeks holiday abroad.

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Amazon floats free Windows Server clouds

Martin
WTF?

What has the picture...

...of the bottom half of a woman got to do with this story?

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Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

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Sharing?

That's just as dishonest as "stealing".

If I produce some music, and I don't give people permission to copy it without payment, then anyone who DOES copy it is not bloody SHARING it.

If I write a book, and someone decides to copy it without paying for it, it is not SHARED.

It's been nicked. End of. And I can damn well tell you (because it's happened to me) that it FEELS like it's been nicked.

It may not be legally stolen. It may not be possible to do anything about it. But someone has acquired something of mine, which I didn't want them to have without payment. They have not SHARED it, and they have no right to "share" it with anyone else.

And anyone who tries to come up with some spurious moral high ground about "it's not really theft, and I'm only sharing it" is just lying through their teeth.

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Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

Martin
FAIL

ultrabook

So called, because it's not ultra and isn't a book.

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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

Martin
Happy

Underlords?

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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

Martin
WTF?

OK - now I'm confused...

(a) it's formatting fine

(b) I can't withdraw it.

(c) I seem to be able to post without the moderators checking it...!

What have you done, El Reg?

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Martin
FAIL

Yes, I'd noticed that too.

Funny thing is that the preview looks fine.

[new line starts here]Paragraphs are useful.

[new line starts here]So why can't we can't use them?

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Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

Martin
Stop

Then search on Twitter if that's what you want.

But keep it away from Google.
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Martin
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Well, who wants Twitter in Google searches anyway?

If I search Google, I'm searching for information. I'm not searching for trivia. Example - last year, I was watching the Proms on TV, and a singer came onto stage. I'd not heard of her, so I searched for her name on Google - and the first two results were people tweeting that she'd just come onto stage. Sigh.
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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

Martin
Happy

What a bozo?

He was paid $5.7 million for doing a crap job.

You are probably paid 1-2% of that for doing a good job.

You're calling HIM a bozo?

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Ubuntu hoists skirt, flashes 'concept' gadget at CES

Martin

It's not just counter-intuitive....

...it's also stupid.

Once you know where something is in a menu, there it is. Two or three mouse-clicks and it's open.

But searching needs at least three or four keys on the keyboard.

Menus lasted a long time, because they work well.

(And don't get me started on those ridiculous vanishing scroll-bars...)

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Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

Martin
Happy

@Scientologyisacult: I entirely agree with your general point...

...but you weakened your argument severely when you referred to Top Gear as a quality program.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planets outside the solar system

Martin
Unhappy

Problem is that...

...the likely gravitational pull on something bigger than Jupiter would make it impossible to even walk...

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The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

Martin
FAIL

hear hear...

How about ePub? You know, the original standard for ebooks?

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Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told

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Seriously, yes!

I'd love to see something where if you bought a book - perhaps only the hardback - you got the ebook for free. That would be truly excellent, and would almost certainly increase the sales of hardback books. People who think "I want to buy that book but I'll wait for the paperback becuase it's (a) cheaper and (b) lighter" might well think "but (a) I get two copies and (b) ebooks are very light - so I'll buy the hardback after all."

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RED MOON to GO DARK tonight in Pacific eclipse

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...zodiacal Bull....

Spot on, I call that !

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Samsung Galaxy Note

Martin
FAIL

Ahem.

"...calling the London Eye a Ferris Wheel..."

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

I refer you to the picture.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

Martin
Stop

Is there actual evidence for this?

Or is it just conspiracy-theory panic?

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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

Martin
Facepalm

So, now that a scientific paper actually agrees with Lewis, the scientists know what they are talking about after all?

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Samsung to 'exit netbooks'

Martin
FAIL

"The netbook market has slumped over the past couple of years, in no small part thanks to the arrival of sleek, slim tablets."

No - the netbook market has slumped due to the fact that the prices and specs are still more-or-less the same as they were two years ago. Drop the price of netbooks (currently £199-£329) to, say, £129-£229 and watch them shift.

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

Martin
Happy

It;s not allegedly...

...it's actually.

One click, reboot your superhub and bob's your uncle - you have a high-speed modem.

Works a treat.

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Cutting-edge Mirasol display finally comes to e-reader

Martin
Meh

Fine for magazines and coffee table books....

...but otherwise, shiny colour pages are just a distraction.

Words are best read in monochrome. That's why books work so well, and why the ebook readers work so well.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

Martin
FAIL

Every tenth time this happens, I waste my time wondering...

...why is it on the internet that people are so damn RUDE?

If you didn't agree with someone down the pub, would you call them a "moron" and "dim boy"? No, I suspected not. Then why on earth do you do it on the internet?

It's perfectly possible to disagree with someone - even to tell them they are wrong - without resorting to abuse.

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Water utility hackers destroy pump, expert says

Martin
FAIL

But a firewall is still a vulnerability....

It's a water pump for a water system. The water pump and everything it needs to be connected to should be on a completely separate, unconnected to the internet, network.

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Salman Rushdie hissy-fit forces Facebook name U-turn

Martin
WTF?

It shouldn't matter whose religion it is....

...it should be possible to insult it without actually getting death threats.

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Facebook boss-lady is up the pole on the glass ceiling

Martin
FAIL

Come back, Sarah Bee - we miss you...!

No surprise a stupid statement like that was made by an AC...

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Mobile scaremongers want warning stickers on EVERYTHING

Martin
Happy

Alternatively...

"Jesus, here comes that stupid arse who thinks he's God's gift to women, and tries to chat up anything in a skirt. I know - I'll pretend to be on the phone."

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Ubuntu republic riven by damaging civil wars

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Who in god's name thought that stupid floating scrollbar was ever a good idea?

Just repeating for emphasis.

If Ubuntu had got everything else right, that is still a complete show-stopper for me.

There are some applications which just do not work any more. FFS, why should the developer suddenly have to dig into his window handling just to check what subtle mistake he's made which means the app no longer works? Or perhaps he's strictly right, but just using something a bit unusual, and it's actually the stupid vanishing scrollbar that's wrong.

Scroll-bars have worked for twenty years or more. Why change them?

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

Martin
WTF?

Dogs roam free in the interests of equality, eh?

So, when was the last time that a child was savaged to death by a cat?

Look, if you don't like cats in your garden, use a hose. It's fun, and they learn quickly not to return.

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Feds nab granny in moon rock sting

Martin
FAIL

So let me think...

...suppose I DID have a stolen moon rock to sell. Would I really consider contacting NASA to try and find a buyer?

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Retailer intros cut-price 10in Android tablet

Martin
Happy

"Corners have been cut...."

...is that to try to stop them being sued by Apple for being too rectangular?

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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

Martin
Happy

There must be....

...surely no-one who is PAID for his work would have produced the piece of shit known as Unity.

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Amazon Kindle 4

Martin
Pint

I have a Sony Reader...

...and I've heard it said that you can read Kindle books on it, with a bit of work. Not that I'd know anything about that.

However, at this price, I think I'd be inclined to own both. And if the Sony Reader drops in price to compete, that will become a possibility for a lot of people.

And as for the comment that an extra 2G and sound and the keyboard is a lot for £20 extra - true, but it's still three items I don't need - I'd rather have the £20, thanks.

Beer, because that's what I'd spend the extra £20 on.

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Google Books app splurts 3 million titles in UK launch

Martin
FAIL

It needs a bit of work....

I've just downloaded "Pride and Prejudice" on my Android phone.

Opened the book.

The first line was...

"Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation."

Eh?? - what about that "truth universally acknowledged" line?

Turns out that this is Volume III of the original three-volume book. No sign of Volume 1 or 2 anywhere....

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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

Martin
Happy

Revolutionary?

You mean it'll be round? I guess even Apple won't complain it looks the same then...

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New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets

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The vendors aren't mugs....

....they know that there WILL be end users who are dumb enough to buy at these prices, so they'll grab some and sell them on.

I don't approve - I just know it's the way of the world.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

Martin
WTF?

estimate based on what, exactly?

Why on earth do you think 60% of iPad purchasers are doing anything more than surfing the net and consuming media?

The target audience for the iPad is people who consume, not create - and I reckon that 90% of iPad purchasers (in fact, ALL tablet purchaser) are just consuming media and surfing the net.

BTW - I'm including "playing games" under "consuming media". I'm NOT including "posting to Facebook" or "sending the odd email" as creating. I'm assuming you are too.

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Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct

Martin
Trollface

....must....resist....troll....

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Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze

Martin

Not quite....

The reason drink/drive legislation was originally brought in was because alcohol causes all the things you mention. However, under the current legislation, if you drink enough that your BAC is above the limit, you have committed a crime - end of story. It doesn't matter if the alcohol has had no effect on you due to this drug - you'll lose your license.

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

Martin

yet another person...

...not comparing apples with apples.

This is the non-advertising version - it's $109 in the US, so £89 isn't bad.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Martin

hmmm

...and my original question has also been downvoted.

To the moderators - could you please investigate? It seems a bit odd...

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Martin
Unhappy

Out of curiousity....

...why has EVERY post on this thread (including all replies) been downvoted at least once?

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Martin
Happy

err....

...so that's a "no", then?

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Martin
FAIL

Oh, dear....

Nothing in science is ever proved.

But the evidence for evolution is overwhelming - to the extent that it might as well be called a fact.

The main theory for the MECHANISM for evolution is modified descent by natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, modified by our knowledge of genetics, and supported by DNA and fossils. It's a good theory, and makes predictions which can be tested - google Tiktaalik for one excellent example.

The alternative theory for the mechanism is Intelligent Design, as proposed by Behe, supported by handwaving and the argument from incredulity (I don't understand how this can happen, so goddidit). It's a bad theory, which makes no testable predictions.

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I saw Facebook's music service 3 years ago. Done properly

Martin
Meh

Virgin Media??

Well, that music sharing system of a few years ago might have looked good on paper, and with a few test users - but, if their current Backup and Storage system is anything to go by, as soon as any reasonable number of people got onto it, it would have collapsed and died.

There's more to engineering than just producing a good system - it needs to be robust and resilient too.

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Assange™ pens world's first unauthorised autobiography

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It's a nice idea....

...but that would not hurt Assange (who has had half a million pounds in royalty advances), it would hurt Canongate (who are currently half-a-million out of pocket).

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