* Posts by Martin

851 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

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Re: If any of these devices

If not, they'd better not bother because I will certainly not buy them.

I don't think they won't bother just because you're not going to buy them. Basically, you're not the target market.

But I am. I'm an unrepentant geek, I'm running Crouton on one of my Chromebooks, which I find very useful. But I love the fact that I can pick up a Chromebook, open it and use it. And so does the rest of my family. My daughter uses hers all the time.

For 99% of users it's does all they need (web browsing, and mail and simple documents). For the 1%, it doesn't work. And you're one of the 1%. Fine.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Its miy butt not thine

Paedophilia involves children, who are by definition non-consenting. It's also illegal.

Bestiality also involves non-consenting creatures, and is also illegal.

Homosexuality is legal, and involves consenting adults. It's rather different. It doesn't float my boat, but I have no objections to others doing it. And if they want to hold hands in public, like any other couple, why shouldn't they?

If a homosexual found heterosexual couple behaviour distasteful, to the extent that he walked out of a restaurant, wouldn't you call him a bigot? (Perhaps you wouldn't...)

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Re: Its miy butt not thine

"Anyone who disagrees with you is a bigot? The bigot is you. Learn some respect for others."

It's not a matter of disagreeing with me.

If the behaviour of a couple doesn't bother you if they are heterosexual, but the same behaviour bothers you if they are homosexual, then you are demonstrating that you are a bigot.

I'll respect you when you demonstrate you've earned respect - not just because you demand it.

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Re: Leave people alone

You've made a lot of unsupported accusations against the gay community there.

Any actual evidence?

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Re: Its miy butt not thine

"Try having 2 of them doing it next to you at a table in a restaurant. It happened to me recently - 2 guys slobbering all over each other and holding hands, etc. Made me feel physically sick. Needless to say I rapidly took my business elsewhere."

Simple question. Would it have bothered you if they were a heterosexual couple?

If yes, then it was probably inappropriate behaviour, and you could have asked the manager to intercede.

If no - then you're just a bigot.

Out of curiousity, how do you feel about mixed-race couples?

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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Not quite what I thought it meant.

I imagined loads of IKEA flat-pack shelters, with all the bits except the hexagonal key you need to put them together.

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Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

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Can't resist a joke.

It's the local darts championship. The champion goes up to the oche, and the commentator is ready.

He throws a treble-top.

"SIXTY!!"

Next, a single twenty.

"EIGHTY!!

The third dart hits the wire, bounces out, crashes through a nearby window and hits a passing nun right between the eyes.

"ONE NUN DEAD AND EIGHTY!!!!"

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: *shakes head*

Moron's on the inside, moron's on the outside and moron's ignoring the whole thing.

Morons. Not moron's. Really, that is pretty basic. I'd expect even a moron to get that one right.

Sigh.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Top Gear won't like it!

If driverless cars is the cost of getting Jeremy Clarkson off our screens for good, I for one will welcome it.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Hmmm...

I would actually NOT recommend starting with The Colour of Magic. My justification for this is that it's the only one I've read, and it just didn't do anything for me. I've said this to many Terry Pratchett fans and they have all, to a man (or woman), said "Well, it's actually not particularly good compared to the later ones. Perhaps you should try one of the others." Small Gods certainly came up as a recommendation.

I've never got round to trying one of the others. Perhaps I will now.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Testing?

OK- false positives sometimes happen. And every virus program has had some issues.

But to detect your own program as malware indicates some pretty sloppy regression testing.

I for one would be very reluctant to install anything by Panda again.

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Style and The Buried Giant

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Re: :(

Which is why, when a new novel comes out by a writer I admire very much (like Ishiguro) I avoid the reviews like the plague. I'm going to read the book no matter what the reviews say - I'd rather come to it completely fresh, and not be influenced by other people's opinions. And I certainly don't want the ending given away.

I would have been very upset if I had read this review before reading the book.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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What is missing from this article is...

...what can we do about it?

As it stands, this is an article which says router security is awful, gives a few reasons why it might be happening, and then says someone ought to do something - but gives no suggestions as to who that someone ought to be, or what that something should be.

Globally - are there any groups out there trying to improve things?

Individually - what are the basic recommendations (apart from the obvious one of changing the default password to something safer)? Do you assume that if you're using vanilla OpenWRT, you're going to be safer? Are there manufacturers that consistently demonstrate a lack of security - or are they all bad?

Come on, El Reg - don't just whinge about the problem - suggest some solutions!

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Left handed version?

Do you wear girls blouses? Just asking because the buttons are on the other side. No? Why not? We have two hands, do your brain a favour and learn to use them both . I hear it boosts brain power too.

Look, I keep my phone in my left-hand trouser pocket, and nothing else. Hence, I always use my phone with my left hand - even though I am right-handed. It's quicker and easier.

If Samsung want to assume everyone uses their phone in the right hand, that's their problem. But they won't get a sale from me.

And snotty comments like yours make me all the more determined to keep using my phone as I want to use it.

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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Re: Wrong

...that we can imagine being a bit like waves and/or particles in the macroscopic world.

It's a bit more than that. We can demonstrate that, under certain circumstances, they are behaving exactly the same as waves do, and we can demonstrate that, under other circumstances, they behave exactly the same way as particles do. It's nothing to do with imagination - we can clearly see the results.

But I agree, asking what "really" happens doesn't make much sense.

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Re: Either... Or...

Actually, the double-slit experiment, which has been around for a very long time, demonstrates quite convincingly that light exhibits both particle and wave-like properties simultaneously.

Why? I can see that it clearly demonstrates that light exhibits wave-like properties. You can do a very similar experiment with a ripple tank and show the distinctive interference pattern of waves through a double-slit - and you can duplicate those interference patterns with light, very simply.

But how does the double-slit experiment demonstrate that light behaves like particles?

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Re: @Florida 1920

What has happened to awaken all the Grammar Putins lately?

Awaken? We never sleep....

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@future research - in a similar vane?

Vane - blade of a fan, or weathervane

Vein - layer of mineral ore in rock, or blood vessel - hence "in a similar vein" = "in the same sort of way"

You're so vain - Carly Simon

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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What I like....

...is the argument put forward, in all seriousness, that it's actually good for MPs to have other jobs apart from their own, as then they can get an idea of what the real world is like, rather than the little insular political world.

What I want to know is, where is this "real world" where people are paid £5000 a day, and can I join it?

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Marconi was one of the BIGGEST FRAUDS in history !

Your statements may or may not be true. I do not have enough evidence either way.

But putting words in CAPITALS doesn't make them any more true.

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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

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WTF?

I've got two Acer Aspire Revo nettops and an Acer Chromebook. I don't think any of them are crap.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: Fast cars?

Actually, the real problem about the E-Type was the length of the bonnet. I had a Series 1 roadster a few - quite a few! - years ago, and coming up to a T-junction at a country lane with high hedges was a bit exciting. I was sometimes tempted to stop, walk to the front of the car to look right and left and then scamper back again...

But driving up the motorway, and watching the reflection of the bridges run up the bonnet towards you - just gorgeous.

The F-type as reviewed? Meh. I've never seen the point of a hard-top sports car.

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Re: If I was stupidly rich...

I'd buy something more practical for shopping and the school run. - that being a Bowler Wild Cat.

So what would you use to go off-road? A Challenger Tank?

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Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

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Fairy floss?

Here in England, it was always called candy floss when I was a kid. Never heard of fairy floss.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Squezebox

Mine too.

They've give us an mp3 stream which buffers repeatedly. Clearly they've completely underestimated just how many people out there are using this stuff.

Roberts radios are also affected, I believe.

Can you imagine the outcry if they'd switched off analogue delivery of TV with the same enthusiasm and speed?

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: GIF

A woman goes into a chemist and says to the pharmacist, "This Viagra; does it work?"

"Yes, it does."

"Can you get it over the counter?"

"I'd have to take six."

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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Re: @AC - Completely irrelevant Friday physics fact

Actually, completely inaccurate physics fact. Even if you could accelerate continuously at 1g, you would never reach light speed.

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Get off Twitter – and onto Google if you want to find TWITS and tweets

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Oh, marvellous.

I was delighted when Twitter results stopped appearing on Google. The vast majority of times, they were just random noise generated by idiots.

For example, I was watching the Proms on TV one evening, when a singer came on to the stage for a performance. I didn't know much about her, so I Googled her name. The first three entries were tweets by people saying that she'd just come on stage.

Well, I needed an excuse to use DuckDuckGo more often. Now I've got one.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: Speed limits in Canberra

In the UK various UK road safety groups are trying to get 20MPH speed zones - Something many UK police organisations say is unenforceable because of the accuracy of an average car speedo.

It may be unenforceable, but it still works. I live in a 20mph zone; it's enforced by signs and speed bumps. And it's noticeable that people drive more slowly round the street since the change. Given that there's a school on the street, that's no bad thing.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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How to spoil a good comment.

Meanwhile, the bbc just locked up your gran for failiure to pay the license fee even though she doesnt own a tele.

It's an excellent comment, but completely undermined by this ridiculous piece of exaggeration at the end. I want to upvote you for the comment, but downvote you for this.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Linux.

there needs to be a unified 'app store'...

And so there is on Mint. It's called the Software Manager.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Thank you.

A good opportunity to retell one of my favourite jokes.

A freelance Cobol programmer had made so much money by August 1999 fixing Y2K bugs, he decided to spend some of it. So he got himself cryogenically frozen, to be woken up in 2015, when, he hoped, any Y2K issues would be well fixed and the world would be a better place to live.

He work up...and looked round. He was in a hovering bed with robots looking after him. He was massively impressed by the level of the technology. Suddenly a voice spoke to him, saying "How are you feeling?"

"Fine" he said. "But I'm amazed by the technology you'd managed to get to by 2015".

"Ah" said the voice. "Actually, it's 2096, and we're a bit concerned about a possible Y2.1K bug. So we've woken you up as you're the only Cobol programmer we can find."

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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And still renting it from Radio Rentals?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: A few downsides

If you were looking for the engine under the bonnet of a Tesla I think you would be perplexed too.

Reminds me of the VERY old joke about two little old ladies out for a drive in their VW Beetle. The car breaks down, and they get out and lift up the bonnet.

"Well!" says one old lady. "No wonder it doesn't work. Someone has stolen the engine!"

"Never mind" says the other old dear. "There's a spare one in the boot."

Though, of course, in the Tesla, there isn't a spare in the boot either.

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Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

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Re: B'wah ha ha ha ha ha haaahhhh

Hmm.

Of course, there is the alternative point of view - that this is pointless and peurile - on a par with spray-painting a willy on a poster advertising children's toys.

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Re: New OS huh?

...and THERE'S no Start button. Sigh.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: Push

Everyone, find your nearest East-facing wall, and give it a push.

That actually wouldn't work - as you push the wall eastward, your feet will push the world westwards.

Better for everyone to face East and take one step forward at the same time - that should do it!

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To be fair, it's a tricky one to test. Unit testing is easy enough, but system testing? How do you set up a pre-production system and set it up to run the time with an extra second added?

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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First rule of corrections.

You'll make a mistake in your correction.

Cannon, not canon.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: I think your

Google nigel molesworth and al will become clere.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Simple work-round?

Surely the simple solution is to allow a refund on the ebook so long as it has not been used. Once it's been opened by the ebook reader software, you can't get a refund (unless it's faulty, of course).

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Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

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Re: Charge up at the supermarket

They've got that at our local Waitrose.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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And am I alone in thinking that The Lost World has aged better than its celebrated forebear?

Yes.

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Re: Grammar

Well, I can't actually see any misuse of "its" or "it's" in that article.

Just from the first page:-

The arrival of Bluetooth 4, with its reduced hunger for power... - correct!

Nearly 30cm long and just over a kilo in weight, it's not as easily portable as the others here - correct!

I can't be bothered to check all ten pages, but I think the writer has it right.

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A little surprised you didn't mention this one...

bp2001

...as you gave it a nice review about three months ago. And it's cheaper than all of these and works pretty well.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: The real answer

OK - you should assume nerds will check your working.

00110010 in binary is 50 in decimal. 42 is 00101010.

And typing it twice is either 50 50 or a largish number I can't be bothered to work out.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Computer stupidities...

Ahahahaaaaaa... you have a female boss...

I assume you're going for the record for the number of downvotes for a single comment. I think you've got an excellent chance of getting it.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: Rejected alternatives

Appendage.

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Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream

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Re: They could try adding Hi-Fi to the mix

Yes, the Connect box might well be excellent - but £279? Two hundred and seventy nine quid?

Which is why I still soldier on with my Squeezeboxen. Yes, they are looking a little old-fashioned now, and yes, they are not quite hassle-free to set up - but once they are working, they just keep working.

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

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Daily Mail Science Tech?

An oxymoron if ever I heard one.

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