Feeds

* Posts by Martin

727 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Google I/O conference sells out in 20 minutes

Martin
FAIL

Given that Google are a pretty significant technology company...

...how hard would it be to ensure that the tickets for the show are not transferable and hence put the kibosh on the profiteers?

And if you do need some way of valid transfers at face value only - well, Google are a pretty significant technology company and should be able to solve said problem.

0
0

CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

Martin
Thumb Up

You don't have to use the Amazon tool...

Pymazon is excellent.

0
0

Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

Martin
FAIL

Is this a news article or an op-ed?

Look, we know that Lewis Page only ever covers news which supports his anti AGW agenda. But with comments like "famous climate-alarmist scientists", he is going way beyond what is really justifiable.

It's actually a good thing for everyone that someone has done some research and discovered that things are not quite as we first thought. It's called science. We can never be sure we're absolutely right. But it's just another datum. As someone above said, it doesn't mean that global warming isn't happening.

Honestly, the last time I saw so much one-sided reporting on a science issue, it was the Discovery Institute trying to deny evolution.

14
4

Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Martin
FAIL

Re: Reading is Zombie H.Q. all the time, everyday

So you've turned down a beggar, who might possibly have been hungry. And you'd like to "deport chavs".

Presumably you went back to reading the Daily Mail when you finished your lunch.

1
0

Picture this: Photo-fiddling app Instagram on Google Android

Martin
WTF?

Re: $40m in venture funding and had been valued at $500m

Difference is that I could see how useful a good search engine would be. I don't see why a huge number of people would want to make their photos look old. I bet 25 million of the 27 million users have downloaded the app, tried it and thought "Cool!" and then never used it again.

3
1

HD glitch for Apple TV punters

Martin
Happy

Re: Is it just me...

It's also missing the usual rant about alternative energy sources...

0
0

World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Martin
Headmaster

Re: Pi Day

Actually, 3/14/16.

2
1

Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses

Martin
Thumb Down

Have they still got those stupid disappearing scroll bars?

If so, I'm staying with Mint.

2
0

Tory minister: Let's exploit our rich resource of mud, er, wind

Martin
Unhappy

Sigh.

Orlowski - alternative energy is a waste of time.

Page - Global warming is a myth.

Look, could you please put the names of the authors on the front page, so I don't have to waste my time clickiing on articles which are going to say nothing except repeating the author's prejudices?

15
13

Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice

Martin
Happy

Re: Re: If only it (LibreOffice) didn't have such a terrible name

And Suse, Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, Mandriva and Mint are such sensible names...

1
3

Ten... sub-£100 mono laser printers

Martin
WTF?

Well, we'll see...

I'm going to buy the HL-2250DN - Duplex and networked, good reviews (including here), linux drivers and you can get it for less than £80. Why should it be useless?

1
0

AppAware

Martin
Coat

Agreed...

I appreciated it.

1
0

Climate models need revising: Droughts, heat waves not such a big deal

Martin
Thumb Down

Re: Grass Growing

Awesome.

My statistical sample of one garden proves that climate change is wrong.

5
0
Martin
Happy

Re: Good grief.

This is Lewis Page. ALL his articles can be reduced to "lulz climate change int so bad rofl".

1
0
Martin
Thumb Up

Science - what it's about !

Science - We had a hypothesis and tested it - didn't work as we expected. Better change it and retest.

Dogma - we can't possibly have any effect so not worth worrying about it - oh,. and throw in some FUD, too.

6
0

SMS compo firms fined £200k for typosquatting, misleading punters

Martin
FAIL

And did they also...

....have to return every last payment that was made to them? And did the directors of the companies go to prison for six months, and get banned from running a company?

Thought not.

8
0

Boy burned in Nintendo sensor substitution

Martin
FAIL

Re: Is the top of your TV flat?

The sensor bar can live UNDER the TV - you just change a setting in the Wii. Presumably the candles could too.

0
1

Europeans turn backs on Ultrabooks

Martin
Thumb Up

Amazon.

It's called a Kindle.

2
0

CERN boffins to lift LHC beam power

Martin
Holmes

Actually, in the original 1931 Frankenstein...

...the assistant was actually called Fritz. And in Bride of Frankenstein, he was Karl, apparently - played by the same actor. (Even though the Monster killed Fritz in the first one...)

Don't know when Igor became the norm...

0
0

The El Reg book library - now on ePub

Martin
Thumb Up

Prices would be useful...

But nevertheless, much appreciated !

0
0

BOFH: The Cloud Committee Calamity

Martin
WTF?

I'm going to give you the same advice...

...as I gave to the person who was approximately as rude as you were about Verity Stob.

At the top of each article, you'll see a few words. These are called a title. They are there to give you some idea what the article is about. The BOFH articles always have the word "BOFH" at the start of the title.

If you don't like the BOFH, refrain from clicking on these articles.

2
0

Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

Martin
FAIL

Linux and GUIs??

"...Gnome and KDE would never dream of radically updating the GUIs to make them less usable..."

Ask anyone who switched from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3.

Come to that, ask anyone who has recently abandoned Ubuntu due to the execration that is Unity.

1
6

Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Martin

Yes, but...

I can reasonably fit about four thousand books into my house, and I've now run out of space.

I buy beautiful books, and I buy first editions for my collection - all else I get as an ebook if I can. And I'm told that it's relatively easy to strip the DRM, so that it becomes my own. Not that I'd know anything about that, of course.

0
0
Martin
FAIL

Kindle buyers really are braindead morons in my eyes...

Another braindead moron here defending the Kindle.

The Kindle sold well despite it not supporting ePub (which I personally regret). It's dead easy to use and it's cheap, and it looks good.

I've got both a Sony Reader and a Kindle. Means I can choose the cheapest book.

And btw - if you wouldn't up to a large hefty bloke reading a Kindle on the tube and tell him he's a brain-dead moron, why do you think it's acceptable to use the same language on the Internet?

0
0

iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

Martin
WTF?

@AnotherNetNarcissist - Odd

If the research showed that iOS crashed fewer apps, and someone said "Rubbish! - I've got an iPad and a Android tablet and the Android works much better", I would have made exactly the same comment.

What's your point?

0
0
Martin
FAIL

Oh, really?

So your sample of one is proof that this survey is incorrect?

9
1

Doctors sick of anonymous-coward NHS feedback commentards

Martin
Stop

and?

"that's just because he would have needed to do that to meet a target for the practice bonus"

Doesn't mean it's not a good thing to do - I see no reason at all why your positive illusion should be dispersed because you have a cynical GP friend.

2
1

Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

Martin
Thumb Up

Apologies...

I know there is good ale to be found in the US.

Unfortunately, the stuff that finds it's way into the UK is undrinkable. It's a tribute to the marketing skills of Budweiser et al that people still drink it.

0
0
Martin
Happy

Light beer...?

You mean American beer...?

0
0

Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

Martin
Thumb Up

Classical music....

...the violins on the right seems a bit odd.

In general, I actually agree with you. But still, the purist in me feels that if the musician wanted me to hear the music that way round, that's the way I ought to listen to it.

0
0
Martin
Thumb Up

It irritates me...

...seeing teenagers sharing headphones, so that one of them can only hear one channel of the music. It would drive me MAD! so the trick of switching automatically to mono when you share is also excellent.

0
0

The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

Martin
Unhappy

So let's see what happens...

if I type some <b>bold</b> or <i>italics</i> - or even a <a href=http://www.theregister.co.uk>link</a>...

hmmm....the preview is not promising...

0
0

NASA: Solar system may have alien origin

Martin
Unhappy

Should have used the "Joke Alert"...

To the person who down-voted me - the crack above about taking several six-day weeks to create the universe and the bible being inerrant was meant to be a joke...

...unless I've offended a bible-basher by suggesting God would take more than 6 days...

0
0
Martin
Happy

You've got it wrong

He created the world in six days, then rested for a day.

Then it was Monday again. And just like you and me, it was back to work, creating the rest of the universe. Probably took him several six-day weeks.

The bible is inerrant, but it doesn't include absolutely everything God ever did.

1
1

Serial killer PYTHONS stalk Florida's Everglades

Martin
Holmes

How does the native Burmese wildlife survive?

I'd suspect that some sort of local defence mechanism has evolved over the last few tens of thousands of years.

Unfortunately, that's not an option here...

0
0

Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

Martin
FAIL

"I once got a defendant a non custodial sentence for smashing a brick into his girlfriends face.... not a proud moment."

No you didn't. He either pleaded guilty or was found guilty, and the sentence was not a matter for you. You just did your job, which was to defend him to the best of your ability. If the prosecution couldn't prove GBH, or the bench was too soft, that's not your problem.

0
0
Martin
FAIL

You what??

"Of course the internet is full of lies. But so are most lawyers and a large number of witnesses."

Witnesses do lie, without a doubt. But, in court, lawyers don't. If they did, and it was discovered that they had lied, they would have the proverbial book thrown at them - not forgetting the cost to the public purse of a possible retrial.

And the suggestion that you go out and trawl the internet to find out what you can about the case is just stupid. If the information is pertinent, it will be used as evidence, either by the defence or the prosecution. If it is not, it won't. And if it's not been discovered by either the prosecution or the defence, why on earth do you think that a quick trawl on the internet by a juror will turn it up? Must more likely it'll turn up some information which makes it impossible to give the defendant a fair trial.

(By the way - if the prosecution has some evidence which will help the defence's case, they MUST disclose it to the defence. The defence has no such obligation. It's the job of the prosecution to PROVE the case.)

It is the job of the police to find the evidence. It is the job of the opposing counsels to put each side's case. It is the jury's job to listen to both sides, evaluate the evidence and to make the judgment.

15
0
Martin

There could be several reasons...

IANAL - but I'm married to one...so I know a BIT about this.

1) He may have been accused of rape and found not guilty. If that's the case, it's certainly true that the previous case should have nothing to do with it.

2) In general a previous conviction has nothing to do with the current one. You've got to PROVE the case - and saying "well, look, it must have been him, he's done it all those other times" isn't proof that he did it this time. Having said that, a prosecutor CAN apply to get "previous bad character" in as supporting evidence - but there has to be a good justification.

Previous convictions ARE taken into account when sentencing, of course.

17
1

Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

Martin
Happy

Why the hell not?

If the political will was there, and the finance was available, it would be perfectly possible.

If we could start more-or-less from scratch in 1961 and get a moon landing by 1969, then with our additional technical knowledge, and our massively more powerful and efficient computers, I can see no good technical reason why we couldn't have a base on the moon by 2020.

I agree with you, of course. It'll never happen.

1
3

How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

Martin
Happy

Or, even easier...

Old PC, two network cards and install Endian community.

http://http://www.endian.com/en/community/

0
0

Boffins cook up transparent solar car roof

Martin
Happy

Next step...

Peril-sensitive sunglasses...

1
0

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.

0
0
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.

3
0

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.

49
2

Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

Martin
Thumb Up

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.

3
0

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.

0
0

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?

0
0

Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

Martin
Thumb Down

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.

0
1

Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

Martin
FAIL

ultrabook

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

0
0