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721 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink

Martin
Headmaster

Another common misquotation

Water, water every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water every where,

Nor any drop to drink.

- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

Martin
Pint

Want to bet?

OK.

I bet you a virtual beer that the iPad mini is 16 x 9. It'll be following the shape of the new iPhone 5.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Happy

Re: 'Large marine animal', yes...

There's a little "R" on the side.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight e-reader review

Martin
FAIL

It's so uuuuugly....

Picked it up in Comet yesterday. That HUGE bezel around the edge is awful - it just makes the whole thing look too fat and wide.

Technically, it's fine, I guess. But I'll never buy one. I love my Kobo Touch, and I don't often read in the dark.

Must say, though, I like the look of the new Kindle Paperwhite...

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

Martin
FAIL

Re: Then divide by the number you first thought of

"The division by a number less than 1 is a multiplication, but for algebraic simplicity it is 'allowed'."

OK. Let's follow that through.

Can I multiply by a number less that one? Yes - but it's exactly the same as dividing by a number greater than one. So, by your argument, the multiplication by a number less than one is a division, but for algebraic simiplicity it is "allowed".

So, according to you, we can't multiply OR divide numbers less than one. Go figure.

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Martin
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Perhaps I have a strange head then....

...I found the mathematics of Maxwell's equations extremely hard, and never did quite convince myself of them. However, the maths of Special Relativity, and the concepts behind it, just seems quite straight-forward (albeit non-intuitive).

Recommendation - Relativity and Common Sense by Hermann Bondi - recommended to me when I was in the 6th form by my Physics teacher. Made it crystal clear to me.

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German ebook firm aims low with cheap 'n' simple €10 ereader

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Not quite sure...

Not sure I get it - is the idea to have your phone doing the actual handling of the book and the reader being a thin bluetooth client of the phone? If so, it seems quite elegant.

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

Martin
Happy

What was before the big bang...?

The point is that as time was created as part of the big bang, it's not actually a meaningful question to ask "what was there before the big bang?" We just don't have the vocabulary or imagination to contemplate it in a meaningful manner - all we can do is see where the maths equations take us.

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

Martin
Happy

Re: But what about the books?

Really? OK, I'll take your word for it.

My only memory of a martini order in the new film was something like this:-

"Dry martini, please"

"Shaken or stirred?"

"Do I look as if I give a damn?"

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Martin
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But what about the books?

I think there should be at least a nod to the books on which the films were based. (Only the Ian Fleming ones, though - all the others - at least the two or three that I've read - are pale imitations of the real thing).

This is how Bond orders a martini in the first book, Casino Royale:-

“A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet." ...

"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”

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Facebook digs in over Jill Meagher page

Martin
FAIL

Re: Another damn Nanny State

Sigh.

It's not a Nanny State issue. It's a matter of two freedoms (the right to freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial) being incompatible with each other.

Ordinarily, the right of free speech is secondary to the right of a fair trial. One is a temporary infringement of a right - the other may affect a temporary - or permanent - infringement of liberty.

A statement like "censorship of any kind, for any reason, is bad" is just an indication that the person who has made the statement has made no attempt to think it through.

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Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

Martin
Go

Re: Is the love mutual?

Don't touch the Amazon mp3 downloader. Use Pymazon instead. Much neater.

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iPad mini to go on sale in one month?

Martin
Happy

The really interesting thing will be...

...the screen ratio.

Is it going to be a large iPhone - so 16x9 ?

Or a small iPad - so 4x3 ?

My money's on the former.

If so, it'll be quite amusing watching Apple play catch-up and the iFans pretending that Apple are innovating.

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Tablet and laptop sales neck and neck

Martin
Happy

Re: @Black Plague

Nexus 7 - a bigger version of your Android phone, but only £159.

Simples.

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

Martin
Happy

Re: Foul! @Martin

So...

You think that he is irritated because he thinks that I think that he cares that I dislike what he likes.

Is that right?

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Martin
WTF?

Re: Foul! @Martin

"I don't give a flying fuck about your puerile and envious "shiny shiny" comment though, and neither do Apple nor their customers."

Obviously, you DO give a flying fuck about it. Or you wouldn't have bothered to say so.

I concede it was a slightly puerile comment. I emphatically deny that it was envious.

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Happy

Re: Foul!

"so what if he likes apple stuff. He does list the shortcomings he finds...."

to wit - no wired network, no matt screen, lacking in memory and disk, and insanely expensive - and he still gives it 90%. Shiny-shiny counts for a lot, it seems.

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NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

Martin
Pint

Re: Accelerating

".....sort of a mathematical pint too many - the bar hasn't moved but its just a lot harder to get to."

Beautiful - have one on me!

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Half of Milky Way's mass found in million-Kelvin gas cloud

Martin
WTF?

Brobdingnagian?

That's a complicated way of saying "huge". I bet you had to check the spelling.

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Toshiba AT300 10in Android tablet review

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Re: Nice, but no banana

A micro-usb to USB adaptor costs a couple of quid from Amazon. Hardly a deal-breaker.

And adding a USB connector would DEFINITELY push up the manufacturing cost.

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Well done, Toshiba!

Now that's more like it.

A reasonable 10" tablet by a well-known maker at less than three hundred notes. And an SD card expansion slot too.

I don't happen to have £300 spare at the moment, but if I did, I'd be looking at this with considerable interest.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

Martin
Happy

Re: OMG They are talking to el'reg?

Since the Reg started publishing sycophantic reviews of their phones.

http://www.reghardware.com/2012/09/21/apple_iphone_5_review/

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So many devices, so little policy

Martin
Happy

Re: Sailors

Arrgh, me hearties, 'tis Talk like a Pirate day!

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

Martin
FAIL

"The only issues I have experienced lately..."???

Was this sarcasm?

The first doesn't matter, but the last two would be complete show-stoppers for me.

Which is why my box is set up in modem mode and I use a linux-based firewall/router instead.

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

Martin
FAIL

Too expensive...

Four hundred quid is a reasonable price?

Seriously, in this day and age, when exceptional 7" tablets are available for significantly less than two hundred quid, 10" tablets should be a sight cheaper than four hundred quid.

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Dropbox drops JavaScript, brews CoffeeScript

Martin
WTF?

Re: if it ain't broke

Which is why the Post Office was still using pulse-based dialling in the eighties...

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

Martin
Happy

My favourite Haynes text....

35 steps to do a procedure....

36. Reassembly is the reverse of the procedure.

Happy days. Glad I don't do my own car servicing any more.

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Fanboi beats 'e-trespassing' rap after using GPS to find stolen iPad

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Re: Coveted item

"If it had been an Android tablet the would never have been caught, he'd have left it behind and taken the telly instead."

I think several people above have had a serious sense of humour failure here.

It was a joke, and it made me smile, even though I own an Android table and really don't like anything to do with Apple.

(It was a joke, right?)

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UK ice boffin: 'Arctic melt equivalent to 20 years of CO2'

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Re: More self-agrandizing nonesense

"My point is that debating the science, the statistics, is irrelevant now. People don't believe in AGW any more."

"Unfortunately for you, it's game over. You lost."

Belief in Darwinism is actually dropping in the US, as the creationists take hold. Are you honestly suggesting that we should just accept that?

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

Martin
Happy

Re: No Sony on the list

No - it's that they couldn't find a single person who had anything good to say about their Sony phone.

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Martin
FAIL

Oh, for heaven's sake....

It's a generally well known phenomenon that the more money people spend on their purchases, the more they are likely to convince themselves that they like them. (Citation:- the wonderful book "Mistakes were made (but not by me)" by Tavris and Aronson, which discusses the whole gamut of self-justification.)

iPhones cost more than the rest. Therefore, people are more likely to like them.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

Martin
WTF?

Apple? You've got competition.

A new genre appears - the Amazon fanboi.

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

Martin
FAIL

Re: Oh Dear!

If you're going to be pedantic, be correctly pedantic.

As has been pointed out, it's actually from King John. And it's actually "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily".

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Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model

Martin
Happy

Re: The next generation

Or reading in the bath. I think this is a brilliant idea.

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

Martin
Happy

"...and if you don't like it, it's because you're holding it wrong."

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Dodgy audio connections conceal more than just words

Martin
WTF?

blcollier - so it's OK to commit a little fraud...?

I didn't say that, or even imply it.

Nor, as far as I can see, did anyone who replied to my post.

So what are you referring to?

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Martin
WTF?

Oh, ffs...

I'm all in favour of trying to identify fraud, but honestly....

Why stop there? Why not insist we all write our claim forms by hand and employ graphologists? Or get us to send in photos of our heads and employ phrenologists?

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Cheer up, Samsung: Tokyo judge bins Apple's sync patent claim

Martin
WTF?

Flapple?

Even if it was funny the first time (which it wasn't), it became pretty damn irritating by the eighth time it was used.

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Amazon: Time for a new Kindle Fire, this one's sold out

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Re: Anyone fancy a Kindle Fire 2?

Hear hear.

What on earth is there to downvote about that post? (Unless you bought a Kindle Fire from the US just before the Nexus 7 came out...?)

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Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech

Martin
Headmaster

Actually...

...it's xenophobia, not xenophobism.

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Ten netbooks

Martin
Unhappy

Still too expensive...

When netbooks first came out three or four years ago, they were £229 or thereabouts. And they are STILL that sort of price. They've got slightly better specs - but that's all.

They seem to be the only form of computer life which doesn't go down in price. I cannot see any good reason why they shouldn't be sub-£150 these days.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if Asus or Acer were to produce a fairly minimal spec box for £149. I reckon it would fly off the shelves.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

Martin
FAIL

@Helena Handcart: If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...

Others have made similar points, but as I made the original post, I ought to reply to your comment.

I don't have a boss who is a puritan. I don't wear a tie at work, though I consider wearing a t-shirt to be unprofessional in my office. I love life, and I'm not afraid of authority. And I have no objection, in general, to the unclothed female (or male) form.

But I see no reason why I should offend other people in my office - particularly women - who may not actually WANT to look at a picture like this at work.

If you really work in an office where displaying this sort of picture is acceptable, I wonder how many women would find it comfortable to work there?

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Martin
FAIL

If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...

...would you please mark it as NSFW?

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

Martin
FAIL

Re: I need three hands here

"Personally I think an age of consent of around 13-14 is about right..." is presumably what was meant.

Having a fourteen year old daughter, I totally and utterly disagree with you. She may THINK she's old enough to consent, but she isn't.

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Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty

Martin
Happy

Re: The problem is...

Amazon may "lock you down" but (a) the Kindle ebooks are frequently cheaper than the ePub equivalents and (b) are frequently the only format available. Add to that the sheer ease of buying Kindle books (one click, and a minute later you start reading it on your Kindle) and it's no wonder that Kindles lead the market.

I have a Sony Reader, a Kobo Touch and a Kindle. I am not just being a Kindle fanboi here. I'd love it if buying books on the Kobo Touch were as easy as it is on the Kindle. (It claims to be, but it isn't really in the same class...)

If you really hate being locked down, I believe that there are ways of stripping the DRM from Kindle books and reading them on other readers. Not that I'd know how to do anything like that, or in any way endorse it, you understand.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

Martin
FAIL

And as usual...

...a figure is plucked from the air - in this case, AUD$1.37 billion - which is presumably based on the totally and utterly flawed assumption that every illegal download is a lost sale.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

Martin
FAIL

Re: Deliver to office/workplace?

Hmm.

That's fine, until someone abuses it. I heard a story (possibly here on el reg comments?) about someone who got four motor tyres delivered to his place of work. Unsurprisingly, the workplace clamped down on getting personal mail delivered to work.

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WikiLeaks haters launch DDoS assault on Russia Today

Martin

And typically...

...when you point out an error in spelling or grammar, you'll make one yourself.

"Is that signing as in an a signature...."

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US flags from the 1970s SEEN ON MOON

Martin
Happy

Re: Hubble

"The moon is a difficult target for Hubble because it moves across the sky faster than Hubble can track it and is very dim in ultraviolet light."

That's a quote from this interesting page. - http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/hubble_moon.html

Fantastic resource, the internet.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Martin
Happy

I keep my photos on my own drive...

...and back them up (a) locally, and (b) using Dropbox. If (when?) Dropbox dies, I'll switch to another cloud backup solution. If my own local drive or server dies, I'll buy another one.

I don't really understand what the problem is here.

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