* Posts by Martin

755 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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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.

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

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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.

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Martin
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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?

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iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

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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?

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Martin
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Oh, really?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Light beer...?

You mean American beer...?

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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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.

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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.

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The Register Comments Guidelines

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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...

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NASA: Solar system may have alien origin

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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...

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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.

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Serial killer PYTHONS stalk Florida's Everglades

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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...

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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"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.

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Martin
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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.

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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.

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Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

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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.

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

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Happy

Or, even easier...

Old PC, two network cards and install Endian community.

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

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Boffins cook up transparent solar car roof

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Happy

Next step...

Peril-sensitive sunglasses...

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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.

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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.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

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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.

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Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

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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.

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Olympics volunteers urged not to blab online

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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.

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Amazon floats free Windows Server clouds

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WTF?

What has the picture...

...of the bottom half of a woman got to do with this story?

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Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

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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.

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Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

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FAIL

ultrabook

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

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Tiny frog claimed as smallest vertebrate ever

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Happy

Underlords?

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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

Martin
WTF?

OK - now I'm confused...

(a) it's formatting fine

(b) I can't withdraw it.

(c) I seem to be able to post without the moderators checking it...!

What have you done, El Reg?

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Martin
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Yes, I'd noticed that too.

Funny thing is that the preview looks fine.

[new line starts here]Paragraphs are useful.

[new line starts here]So why can't we can't use them?

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Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

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Stop

Then search on Twitter if that's what you want.

But keep it away from Google.
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Well, who wants Twitter in Google searches anyway?

If I search Google, I'm searching for information. I'm not searching for trivia. Example - last year, I was watching the Proms on TV, and a singer came onto stage. I'd not heard of her, so I searched for her name on Google - and the first two results were people tweeting that she'd just come onto stage. Sigh.
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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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Happy

What a bozo?

He was paid $5.7 million for doing a crap job.

You are probably paid 1-2% of that for doing a good job.

You're calling HIM a bozo?

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Ubuntu hoists skirt, flashes 'concept' gadget at CES

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It's not just counter-intuitive....

...it's also stupid.

Once you know where something is in a menu, there it is. Two or three mouse-clicks and it's open.

But searching needs at least three or four keys on the keyboard.

Menus lasted a long time, because they work well.

(And don't get me started on those ridiculous vanishing scroll-bars...)

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Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

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@Scientologyisacult: I entirely agree with your general point...

...but you weakened your argument severely when you referred to Top Gear as a quality program.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planets outside the solar system

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Unhappy

Problem is that...

...the likely gravitational pull on something bigger than Jupiter would make it impossible to even walk...

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The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

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hear hear...

How about ePub? You know, the original standard for ebooks?

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Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told

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Seriously, yes!

I'd love to see something where if you bought a book - perhaps only the hardback - you got the ebook for free. That would be truly excellent, and would almost certainly increase the sales of hardback books. People who think "I want to buy that book but I'll wait for the paperback becuase it's (a) cheaper and (b) lighter" might well think "but (a) I get two copies and (b) ebooks are very light - so I'll buy the hardback after all."

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RED MOON to GO DARK tonight in Pacific eclipse

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...zodiacal Bull....

Spot on, I call that !

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Ahem.

"...calling the London Eye a Ferris Wheel..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferris_wheel

I refer you to the picture.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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Stop

Is there actual evidence for this?

Or is it just conspiracy-theory panic?

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Global warming much less serious than thought - new science

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Facepalm

So, now that a scientific paper actually agrees with Lewis, the scientists know what they are talking about after all?

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Samsung to 'exit netbooks'

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"The netbook market has slumped over the past couple of years, in no small part thanks to the arrival of sleek, slim tablets."

No - the netbook market has slumped due to the fact that the prices and specs are still more-or-less the same as they were two years ago. Drop the price of netbooks (currently £199-£329) to, say, £129-£229 and watch them shift.

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

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Happy

It;s not allegedly...

...it's actually.

One click, reboot your superhub and bob's your uncle - you have a high-speed modem.

Works a treat.

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Cutting-edge Mirasol display finally comes to e-reader

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Meh

Fine for magazines and coffee table books....

...but otherwise, shiny colour pages are just a distraction.

Words are best read in monochrome. That's why books work so well, and why the ebook readers work so well.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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Every tenth time this happens, I waste my time wondering...

...why is it on the internet that people are so damn RUDE?

If you didn't agree with someone down the pub, would you call them a "moron" and "dim boy"? No, I suspected not. Then why on earth do you do it on the internet?

It's perfectly possible to disagree with someone - even to tell them they are wrong - without resorting to abuse.

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Water utility hackers destroy pump, expert says

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But a firewall is still a vulnerability....

It's a water pump for a water system. The water pump and everything it needs to be connected to should be on a completely separate, unconnected to the internet, network.

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Salman Rushdie hissy-fit forces Facebook name U-turn

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WTF?

It shouldn't matter whose religion it is....

...it should be possible to insult it without actually getting death threats.

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Facebook boss-lady is up the pole on the glass ceiling

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Come back, Sarah Bee - we miss you...!

No surprise a stupid statement like that was made by an AC...

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