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* Posts by Martin

727 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Martin

Re: Oldskoolers?

Actually, they're probably running UNIX, and sneering at this new-fangled graphical rubbish.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Linux

Re: "it sure as heck isn’t going to be the year of desktop Linux..."

A vanishingly small number of the people who've so far resisted upgrading from XP may decide to put Linux on their aging hardware.

And they'll try Ubuntu, and discover that the latest version won't run on their machine as it needs super-de-luxe 3D graphics. Even my four-year-old nettop won't run stock Ubuntu 13.10 - it looks fine until you press the "flag" button, and then it all goes a lovely shade of blue. Quite nostalgic, really.

While Ubuntu is the most well-known desktop Linux, it will NEVER be "the year of desktop Linux".

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

Martin

Re: Cool!!

Isaac Asimov, I think you'll find....

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

Martin

Re: Lets test this "law" thing

I think you're in danger of overcomplicating this.

What I think the Attorney General is trying to do is to make people aware that there ARE laws in place to do with contempt of court, so that they can't say, in all innocence "I didn't know I wasn't allowed to say that."

The contempt laws are not in place to just be awkward - they are put in place to protect the innocent (like the babies who were raped by the LostProphets guy) and to ensure that people can get a fair trial.

The second one is particularly important - one day soon, a person who is almost certain guilty of a heinous crime will walk free because some idiot tweeted information about them that gets into the public domain which will make it impossible for them to get a fair trial.

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Women crap at parking: Official

Martin
FAIL

Re: Parking

No. It illustrates that ONE WOMAN can't multitask.

Sheesh. I've never seen so much generalization from specifics as I have on this particular comment thread. Most of them are men, so presumably that proves that men always generalize from specifics.

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Martin

Re: Stochastics

It's not bogus in the least. The reason is because the in-group variation is normally HUGE and the between-group variation is normally tiny. Height is not a good example, as the differences are quite significant between men and women, and clearly sex-oriented. But the difference in driving skills between men and women is (a) probably not as much as people make it out to be and (b) potentially explainable in other ways that "she's a woman, therefore she's worse". For example, one possible explanation is that most people have been brought up to believe that men are better drivers, and so tend to let men drive more, so they get more practice, which generally makes them better drivers....

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

Martin
FAIL

Re: Supermodel ?

Statement:-

Who did she sleep with in order to "obtain" £200 000 for that ?

Statement:-

There was absolutely nothing intentionally sexist in my remark and nothing was implied, that is merely your choice of interpretation.

Simple question - would it have even crossed your mind to say "Who did he sleep with to get that?" if it had been a male, rather than female?

Don't bother to answer - you and I and everyone else here all know the answer is No.

So yes - sexist.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

Martin

Re: Shredder

Messy.

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Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat

Martin

Re: He got off easy

Hmmm. There must be a broken link somewhere. I seem to have strayed onto the Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail comment pages. El Reg - can you fix this?

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

Martin

Sundays - well, maybe...

Speaking for myself, I think I'd prefer to have evening deliveries....

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Martin

Which works well.

But aren't you glad your parents didn't have that attitude?

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New wonder slab slurps Wi-Fi, converts it into juice for gadgets, boast boffins

Martin
Go

Re: Let's look at this...

"When did physics ever Trump economics?"

It never did.

But I can remember it being theoretically impossible to get more that 9600 Baud down a phone line on a normal modem.

I remember when it wasn't theoretically possible to get more than 10M Ethernet.

Wireless in the home was always going to be very slow, and only useful for emails - if you wanted to stream music, you'd have to use wired access - and films would work, but only short ones in low definition.

True Internet over a mobile phone was never going to work at a reasonable speed....

I know that your theoretical calculations say this'll never work. But I wouldn't mind betting that you're wrong.

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

Martin
Coat

Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)

And what do you do with a Wombat?

Play Wom with it.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

Martin
FAIL

Re: If proof were needed that police are theives [lying and bribery proof currently in the courts]

"The good news is that if no evidence is found the seized items are returned to the owners. [snip] The hardware will often be returned without hard drives."

Hmmm. The [snipped] bit is "The bad news is that can take several months to happen. If illegal images (i.e. child pornography) are found on the disks, they will be shredded and destroyed without exception."

That's a pretty vital [snip].

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Martin

Perhaps you should take care crafting a password BECAUSE of the care that Adobe exhibited in looking after it.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Martin

Re: This is disturbing

"...And every Friday Night is singalong night at the Opera Houses..."

Don't forget that in England, brothels are indicated by a blue light outside. (with thanks to Gerard Hoffnung!)

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

Martin
Happy

Re: Bah!

"Apple seem to think the cameras are much better in the new model."

Doesn't matter if the camera is better. You're still going to look like a prat when you take the photo.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Martin
Thumb Down

There's one thing I want....

...and that's a SMALLER screen.

The Nexus 4 is just small enough for me to use one-handed - in fact, just a fraction too big if I'm honest.

And who needs full HD on a phone? If I want to watch movies on the go, I'll watch them on my tablet.

If they were to produce a Nexus 3 with a similar pixel density as the Nexus 5 and a slightly smaller screen than the Nexus 4 at, say, £199 - it would fly off the shelves!

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

Martin
Happy

A friend of mine....

...saw someone wearing these at a conference last week. He watched with glee as the wearer walked straight into a pillar.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

Martin
Happy

Re: Time of Genesis?

Time started on Jan 1 1970 as stated above.

Therefore Peter Gabriel.

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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

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Thumb Down

There is a world of difference between a review of a film...

...and a summary of the story. This, unfortunately, is a bit too much of the latter - and it also seems to me to have rather too many spoilers in it.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Martin

Re: 1 out of 10

To be fair, last week's article about the self-service tills was laugh-out-loud funny (or at least I found it so) - and he'd have to do remarkably well to come close to that one.

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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

Martin

Re: Big box stores killed plasma

Yep - my first plasma was a Samsung which got "red speckled" after 18months. They wouldn't consider repairing it for a reasonable price, so I bought a new one - a Panny. Which is excellent.

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Martin
WTF?

Re: Tough as old boots

"Ruled out the Panasonics straight away. Heavy, use loads of power..."

"...And I've got a bunch of old PCs loaded up with hard drives which contain various media files...."

Anyone else feel this is a little inconsistent?

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

Martin
Unhappy

He may be dead...

...but no doubt there will still be Tom Clancy novels released.

I'm old enough to remember when the death of an author meant that there were no more books by said author. Nowadays, it just seems to mean a short hiatus before someone is employed to churn out a book in a similar style with the original author's name on it.

And yes, sixty-six is FAR too young.

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

Martin
FAIL

Re: The guy is a prat

A prat? That's a description of someone who did something stupid, or doesn't get something most of us feel is obvious. We're all prats occasionally.

There are several words I could use to describe this guy. Prat doesn't even begin to describe him.

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Martin
WTF?

A mean bowl of cornflakes with only three main ingredients?

1) Cornflakes

2) Milk

3) ??

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

Martin

Re: Only official cables

I've never quite understood the rationale of people who will spend six hundred quid on a phone then jiib at spending fifteen quid on an official cable.

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WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Martin
Flame

Well, if you're taking photos at a concert...

...you DESERVE to get rubbish pictures.

I'm getting sick to death of people at public events, be it concerts, sports events, or even at the bloody cinema, who feel that the event didn't actually happen unless they took a photo of it - or preferably, a long video of it.

If you're watching it through a phone, you're NOT actually watching it. If you then play it back, all you're doing is playing back a reminder of you watching the event through the phone.

Oh, yes, of course, once you've taken the photo you've got to tweet the damn thing to everyone.

You're at a concert, or a sports event - a once-off event which will never happen again exactly like that. EXPERIENCE IT! Don't record it. There are TV cameras and official videos which will record it a fuck of a sight better than your stupid little phone.

</rant>

Oh, and contempt multplied by ten for anyone taking photos at these events with an iPad. (It's always an iPad - never any other sort of tablet...)

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

Martin
Headmaster

Re: The most annoying thing

"...They are too accurate."

No. They are too precise. You want a watch to be accurate, so that it shows the time accurately, without drift. But you don't need it to display the time precisely.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

Martin

Re: You are looking at it wrong

"Not sure why you think 1080p content is worth concentrating on - not everything is a movie. We have multiple screens now and cope quite well."

Precisely. So we don't need super-mega-hi-def for multiple screens.

"Have you never watched picture in picture on a normal TV?"

Hardly ever. I find it damn irritating on the TIVO when I'm trying to program something and some rubbish I don't want to watch is twittering away in the top-right of the screen, and I can't switch it off. - and taking up space which could be better used by the menu app.

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Martin

Re: You are looking at it wrong

If a program is worth watching in 1080p, it's worth concentrating on.

If you've got four programs on at the same time, you're not concentrating on any of them. If you're not concentrating on any of them, you don't really need it in 1080p.

Unless all you want to do is impress your friends.

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Martin

Re: A large TV with that resolution might have a use other than High Res TV

Oh, FFS.

So now, I'll not only be able to watch the footy with crap commentary, I'll also be able to see tweets from people at the match (or watching it on TV) saying "OMG - I'm at the match!", "That was never a penalty!","Clear penalty!","He should never have been sent off", "Blatant red card!" etc etc etc etc. That'll REALLY add to my enjoyment.

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You must be croaking! Boffins reveal SOUND-GOBBLING frog's secret

Martin
Happy

Orgel's Second Rule

Evolution is smarter than you are.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

Martin
FAIL

Hear hear. Surely most books these days effectively start life as e-books and then get printed. How can it possibly be that a new book can be OCR'd? But it happens. A recent book about the fall of Bear Stearns had multiple references on the Kindle version to Bear Steams.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Martin
Happy

In C-style languages, should braces line up or not?

Some strong opinions here in both directions.

But let me just point out that Kernighan and Richie put the first brace on the same line as the if/while/for statements, not underneath it.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

Martin

Depressing.

There are times - all too frequently, recently - when I am thoroughly ashamed of my sex....

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Martin

Re: Slight confusion here

On the other hand the evidence for our origins was famously described as a collection of bones that would barely fill a room, or a closet, if you count only the important ones.

Citation please. That may have been the case fifty years ago. It's a sight more than that now.

The sheer amount of data and some of the contradictory evidence means that there is plenty of controversy about exactly who evolved from whom and when it happened - but the evidence for evolution of humans from an ape-like ancestor is now overwhelming.

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OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

Martin
Joke

Not so much with android...

...a human who takes on an android as his partner (or companion) and treats him / her nearly equal?

Not sure I've ever seen it with android, but I know a few people who've done this with their iPhone...

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

Martin
Thumb Up

Exactly!

Watched the first game, and realized that I could hardly see the far court. For some reason, the 3D cameras at Wimbledon were at the opposite end to the normal cameras, and it seems they can't get them quite so high.

So I had a choice between watching the final in 3D at a poor camera angle with glasses on over my normal glasses, or watching it in 2D at a perfect camera angle without wearing two pairs of glasses. Not a difficult decision, really.

I'm completely unconvinced that 3D will ever be worth it. But it's more-or-less thrown in with high-end tellys nowadays.

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

Martin
Pint

Re: @Martin (was: ...or words to that EFFECT...)

I'll always accept a beer!

As egregious errors go, I admit that effect/affect doesn't bother me half as much as, say, loose/lose or there/their/they're. I can see effect/affect becoming interchangeable in the future - but loose and lose will never be, so long as I have breath to moan about it.

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Martin
Headmaster

...or words to that EFFECT...

Sigh.

Affect - the verb - this will affect you.

Effect - the noun - this will have an effect on you.

(Does that make me a geek, a nerd, or just a pedantic git?)

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

Martin
Happy

@system11 - cogs and springs?

Cogs, yes. But the springs were used to (a) give the energy required to drive the watch for a day or so and (b) give the energy to drive the simple harmonic motion oscillator that made it tick. The first, on modern watches, is a battery, and the second is a quartz oscillator. No springs required. Which is why modern watches are so much more reliable - the spring was the item which was most likely to break.

Or are you still wearing a watch that you wind up once a day?

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

Martin
Headmaster

Re: miaow?

"miaow" is a perfectly good spelling in the US as well.

Paul Gallico wrote a book about cats called "The Silent Miaow" - not "The Silent Meow".

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Martin
FAIL

Re: So the ones doing jewelry stores in 2010

You're in the wrong place. This is The Register forum, not the Daily Mail comments page.

(Though to be fair, I get the impression that a lot of the commenters here presumably read and believe said rag..."

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Martin
Unhappy

Re: @NomNomNom

I've heard that argument before.

"That man and apes evolved from a common ancestor is settled."

Only in your mind and the minds of other believers in evolution.

"That smoking causes lung cancer is settled".

Only in your mind and the minds of other anti-tobacco evangelists.

I very strongly suspect that in fifty years time, there truly WILL be no doubt in the minds of all reasonable people that man caused climate change. Unfortunately, by then, it might well be too late.

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Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

Martin

Well, I'm quite interested in the Acer...

...partiularly now it has an SSD.

I have the Samsung already - well, I used to, but these days I can't prise it out of my fifteen year old daughter's sticky mitts. She likes the size and the speed of startup - it does pretty well everything she needs. She even does her homework essays using Google Drive.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

Martin
Headmaster

"...being that THEY'RE all revolutionary and that..."

Sigh.

The first two items on the grammar t-shirt....

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Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

Martin
Thumb Down

Re: re: Shwinnggg!

She may well have good legs. I agree, she probably was hired for exactly that.

And the fact that people in technology consider that, in this day and age, it is still acceptable to hire good looking women purely for decorative purposes pretty well proves my point.

And I don't think the fact that I consider it unacceptable (and I also consider Mr Shwinngg's comment pretty unacceptable) makes me a moron, either.

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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

Martin
Headmaster

"... in the student common room at COLLEGE..."

Sigh.

Collage is art with cutout paper and materials.

College is where you learn things. Or not.

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