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743 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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Martin
FAIL

re: Shwinnggg!

And people wonder why it is that women are not keen to go into technology....

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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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Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

Martin
Coat

Why would anyone want to go?

There's rockall there.

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Review: Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speakers

Martin
Happy

Re: Alternatives

It's now discontinued, but the old Logitech Squeezebox stuff is what I use, and it's just beautiful - and fairly cheap second hand. There may be a build for your NAS (depends on which one it is) or you can use a Raspberry Pi as the server - see http://squeezeplug.de for a downloadable image and full instructions. (Disclaimer - I just use squeezeplug software and I'm very happy with it - I don't have any association with this guy.)

I've got two Squeezebox 3's, and a Squeezebox Radio and my daughter uses a Raspberry Pi running the SqueezeLite software as a player into my old hi-fi - and impresses her friends no end when she controls her music from her phone.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

Martin

Re: Unacceptable decision

Nonsense. Just as before, you can say more or less what you like at, say, a private dinner party. (Well, even at a dinner party, you should be a bit careful - there is also a law of slander). But you can't publish it to several thousand people in a newspaper or pamphlet - or in the form of a tweet.

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Martin

""Where does that leave the police announcing the name of someone being arrested/charged (and the nature of the alleged offence of course) or papers reporting on the same?"

At that point, the news media is reporting that the police have arrested someone for a crime, and they have been charged. You can state that, because it's true.

The point is, that (a) no-one had arrested or charged McAlpine - it was all based on rumour and hearsay and (b) the rumours were completely false.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Martin
Headmaster

...and claim it as THEIR own.

Sigh.

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

Martin
Happy

Rumours....

"MacRumors spotted an article in the Japanese Apple-news site Macotakara that reported (Google translation) on two tidbits published by Taiwan's Economic Times discussing the long-rumored iWatch..."

And now we have the Register reporting on MacRumors who spotted an article.....

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Currant Bun erects £2 paywall: Wraps digi-paper around free footie

Martin
Headmaster

...never seen them win or LOSE.

loose = not tight.

lose = not win.

Sigh.

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

Martin
Happy

All sequels are shit?

Counterexample 1 - Toy Story 2

Counterexample 2 - Toy Story 3

Counterexample 3 - A Shot in the Dark (the followup to the original Pink Panther)

Counterexample 4 - The Return of the Pink Panther

But yes, I accept that nearly all sequels are shit.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

Martin
Happy

Re: Surprise!!!! - Windows is the LEAST reliable...

"I wonder what^H^H^H^H whether Eadon thinks?"

FTFY.

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

Martin
Happy

Re: Seriously? People think this is all going to be OK?

By all means, document your own life. Go ahead and "lifelog".

Me, I'd rather just live mine.

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

Martin
Headmaster

...without let or hindrance...

Not hinderance.

Not hindrence.

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

Martin
Happy

Re: Knowing little about these things

I've heard that if you use Calibre and some DRM-removing software, you can very easily convert Kindle books to work on other e-readers.

Not that I'd know anything about such a thing, of course...

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Opportunity rover stuck in standby mode after Martian blackout

Martin
WTF?

"You didn't. It has. Its in trouble."

IT'S in trouble. Sigh.

In any case, it was designed to last for three months. It's still running nine years later. So, yes they did, and it was. If it's now in trouble, it's probably because it's physically worn out.

When did you last design and build ANYTHING that lasted thirty six times longer than it was intended to?

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The Chromebooks are coming! New models due late 2013

Martin
Happy

Re: There are indeed ARM versions.

I have an ARM one as well - the fairly recent Samsung jobby.

Annoyingly, it means that one of the most useful items (RealVNC client for Chromebook) doesn't yet work - it only works for Intel Chromebooks.

If you're reading this, RealVNC - I'm waiting patiently....

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Martin
FAIL

Why not useful?

The normal ones for students? Cheap perhaps, but useful, really?

Why ever not?

The vast majority of students will need them for basic word processing, plus internet surfing and mail. For that, they are perfect.

Geek students will buy one to hack on to see what they can do with them, as they are nice and cheap.

And they are useful for the utterly-IT-incompetents too. But actually, these days, there aren't that many - students grew up with technology, and are used to things that just work, and expect them to continue doing so. Hence, a chromebook - you open it and start using it.

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

Martin
Happy

Re: I must live a sheltered life

Indeed.

I occasionally watch a movie on a tablet during my commute, and I find it a bit embarrassing when a sex scene appears on the screen - knowing someone might be looking over my shoulder tends to remove all the erotic interest, and I'm quite pleased when the scene switches to something else.

I can't imagine wanting to watch porn in public.

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Review: Corsair Voyager Air 1TB wireless hard drive

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This, and their ilk....

...are great, but currently far too expensive. When Seagate had their previous version on special offer (500G - available from Amazon US for $99) that was a good price - and I grabbed one.

But given that a 1T disk is only about £75, a hundred quid more for the wireless access and battery is too much.

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Sophos picks up axe again, 'plans to DECIMATE staff'

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Re: Good to see a UK IT success story

1500 jobs at Sophos.

40,000 jobs lost in Sheffield in the steel industry in the 1980s.

Tens of thousands of jobs lost in the coal industry, with unemployment in some places reaching 50%.

Yes, wonderful opportunity.

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?

Proponents do it as much as denialists; it's pretty standard rhetoric.

It's done most often, though, by people who are more interested in winning their arguments than the truth - you know, people like creationists. And I for one would be pretty damn embarrassed if I were caught using the same tactics as them.

It's pretty shabby, no matter who does it.

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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

Martin

Re: How to sort patents and trolls out easily

A possible alternative:-

Do you have a patent that isn't used in a product? You have one year to either produce a working product using it, or to sell it to someone who WILL use it in a product. Otherwise, it becomes public ownership.

Gets rid of patent trolls, and encourages use of new ideas. Is there a downside?

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Re: Is it snowing in hell?

"... but in the present case ... the parties' obstreperous and cantankerous conduct ... makes it plain that the parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute."

Wonderful. That's about as rude and insulting as you can get in a written document. What he's really saying is "You two have demonstrated that you have no fucking intention of sorting this out like sensible human beings".

Hopefully, the senior management of Motorola and Apple will feel so embarrassed by this that they'll actually go and knock a few heads together to do something about it. But it that happens, I really WILL start to believe we're living in a parallel universe.

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

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Re: Just goes to show, if you have enough money..

<applause>

A fine rant, and worthy of several upvotes.

Here is one from me.

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Review: HP ElitePad 900 Atom tablet

Martin
Headmaster

Apple already have that SEWN up.

Sigh.

You sew with needle and thread.

You sow seeds.

Nonetheless, I've upvoted you for the sentiment.

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Playboy submits to Apple with nudity-free 'Pornography 2.0' app

Martin
Pint

Nudity-free Playboy?

That's like alcohol-free beer.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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Re: Spoonerism...

You're being downvoted by me for assuming I have the intelligence of a peanut and need these things spelt out.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Martin
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Re: I'm happy too!

Only every 10-12 minutes?

I was in the US a few years ago, and happened to catch "Tommy" on the TV. I don't remember exactly how often the ads were - though they were frequent, and seemed to get more frequent as the film went on. What I DO remember is the final "See Me, Feel Me" song which goes on for about five minutes was actually interrupted TWICE by adverts.

10-12 minutes? You wer looky!

Yes- the twelve quid a month I pay for the TV licensing is worth every penny. If for no other reason than to prevent the ads getting more and more frequent on Sky and the others.

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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I'm definitely getting old....

"That's fun for Reg readers at a conference, or crowds at concerts or sporting events, because it makes it easy to see who else tweeted about the event and what they said."

Why the fuck do I want to tell everyone I'm at a concert? Why the fuck do I want to see who else was tweeting that they were at the concert, and what they saying? You may be sure that all they are saying is "OMG at #xxxxx concert brill!"

There was a time when people went to concerts or sporting events to, y'know, actually watch what's on stage or on the pitch.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

Martin
FAIL

Not even a PC is needed....

The first one I saw was a "mate in one" - that could have been done on most chess programs running on a palm pilot or similar ten years ago.

It's just for fun - if they were to use something like this on TicketMaster, it would be hacked in no time.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Martin
Unhappy

Not if you're an AC Milan fan...

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Martin
Happy

Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

Sigh.

Evidently we DID have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again.

But at least I now know a good joke I'd not heard before.

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Martin
Unhappy

Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

OK - I'll mention emacs.

Can we leave it there please? Do we REALLY have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again?

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

Martin
Happy

TWO obligatory xkcd's

On the subject of mobile "optimized" sites:-

869

On the subject of apps:-

1174

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Martin
Happy

First rule of corrections - you will make an error in your correction.

....a WHOLE day's worth of pedantry....

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