Feeds

* Posts by Martin

700 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Page:

OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

There must be....

...surely no-one who is PAID for his work would have produced the piece of shit known as Unity.

1
2

Amazon Kindle 4

Martin
Bronze badge
Pint

I have a Sony Reader...

...and I've heard it said that you can read Kindle books on it, with a bit of work. Not that I'd know anything about that.

However, at this price, I think I'd be inclined to own both. And if the Sony Reader drops in price to compete, that will become a possibility for a lot of people.

And as for the comment that an extra 2G and sound and the keyboard is a lot for £20 extra - true, but it's still three items I don't need - I'd rather have the £20, thanks.

Beer, because that's what I'd spend the extra £20 on.

3
0

Google Books app splurts 3 million titles in UK launch

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

It needs a bit of work....

I've just downloaded "Pride and Prejudice" on my Android phone.

Opened the book.

The first line was...

"Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation."

Eh?? - what about that "truth universally acknowledged" line?

Turns out that this is Volume III of the original three-volume book. No sign of Volume 1 or 2 anywhere....

1
0

iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

Revolutionary?

You mean it'll be round? I guess even Apple won't complain it looks the same then...

0
0

New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

The vendors aren't mugs....

....they know that there WILL be end users who are dumb enough to buy at these prices, so they'll grab some and sell them on.

I don't approve - I just know it's the way of the world.

3
0

Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

Martin
Bronze badge
WTF?

estimate based on what, exactly?

Why on earth do you think 60% of iPad purchasers are doing anything more than surfing the net and consuming media?

The target audience for the iPad is people who consume, not create - and I reckon that 90% of iPad purchasers (in fact, ALL tablet purchaser) are just consuming media and surfing the net.

BTW - I'm including "playing games" under "consuming media". I'm NOT including "posting to Facebook" or "sending the odd email" as creating. I'm assuming you are too.

1
1

Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct

Martin
Bronze badge
Trollface

....must....resist....troll....

7
2

Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze

Martin
Bronze badge

Not quite....

The reason drink/drive legislation was originally brought in was because alcohol causes all the things you mention. However, under the current legislation, if you drink enough that your BAC is above the limit, you have committed a crime - end of story. It doesn't matter if the alcohol has had no effect on you due to this drug - you'll lose your license.

0
0

Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

Martin
Bronze badge

yet another person...

...not comparing apples with apples.

This is the non-advertising version - it's $109 in the US, so £89 isn't bad.

0
0

Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Martin
Bronze badge

hmmm

...and my original question has also been downvoted.

To the moderators - could you please investigate? It seems a bit odd...

0
0
Martin
Bronze badge
Unhappy

Out of curiousity....

...why has EVERY post on this thread (including all replies) been downvoted at least once?

0
1
Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

err....

...so that's a "no", then?

0
1
Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Oh, dear....

Nothing in science is ever proved.

But the evidence for evolution is overwhelming - to the extent that it might as well be called a fact.

The main theory for the MECHANISM for evolution is modified descent by natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, modified by our knowledge of genetics, and supported by DNA and fossils. It's a good theory, and makes predictions which can be tested - google Tiktaalik for one excellent example.

The alternative theory for the mechanism is Intelligent Design, as proposed by Behe, supported by handwaving and the argument from incredulity (I don't understand how this can happen, so goddidit). It's a bad theory, which makes no testable predictions.

4
1

I saw Facebook's music service 3 years ago. Done properly

Martin
Bronze badge
Meh

Virgin Media??

Well, that music sharing system of a few years ago might have looked good on paper, and with a few test users - but, if their current Backup and Storage system is anything to go by, as soon as any reasonable number of people got onto it, it would have collapsed and died.

There's more to engineering than just producing a good system - it needs to be robust and resilient too.

0
0

Assange™ pens world's first unauthorised autobiography

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

It's a nice idea....

...but that would not hurt Assange (who has had half a million pounds in royalty advances), it would hurt Canongate (who are currently half-a-million out of pocket).

1
0

Dinosaur-murdering space boulder family found innocent

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

@AC 9:36

Just a couple of points.

"What fool decided that more CO2 in the atmosphere is dangerous (hint - CO2 is vital to the existance of plants - and without plants life itself doesnt exist - therefore CO2 is not a pollutant)? What is all that based on?"

Google Greenhouse Effect. Then, bear in mind that we (yes, the human race) are decreasing the number of plants (Google deforestation), which is only going to increase the amount of C02 in the atmosphere. That's what it's all based on.

You are entitled to disagree with the science (or even the "science", if you prefer). But if you don't even understand why the increase in CO2 might well be a bad thing, then you have shown no evidence that you even understand the science - which is really pretty important to be able to refute it.

Your assessment of the IPCC as "a huge bureaucracy of non scientists designed to keep 10's of 1000's of people in fancy hotels and nice holidays" is also a little wide of the mark.

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/02/ipcc-errors-facts-and-spin/

"The IPCC is not, as many people seem to think, a large organization. In fact, it has only 10 full-time staff in its secretariat at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, plus a few staff in four technical support units that help the chairs of the three IPCC working groups and the national greenhouse gas inventories group. The actual work of the IPCC is done by unpaid volunteers – thousands of scientists at universities and research institutes around the world who contribute as authors or reviewers to the completion of the IPCC reports. A large fraction of the relevant scientific community is thus involved in the effort."

Finally - you won't convince anyone that your view is correct by telling them that they are "a complete moron" or that they are "so dumb you must struggle to stand and breathe".

0
0
Martin
Bronze badge
WTF?

So, the asteroid broke up 80 million years ago...

...the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago....

So fifteen million years isn't long enough for a bit of broken up asteroid to reach the earth?

Obviously, it's a bit more complicated than that - but I'd like a bit more explanation myself.

1
0

'Angry Bird in the Sky' spotted by astronomers

Martin
Bronze badge
Coat

...make another joke like that, and you'll be told to buck off.

I'll pick up your coat too, shall I?

0
0

Microsoft 'paid over £1m to silence UK exec over sexism'

Martin
Bronze badge

Whereas men....

...just make stupid generalizations.

2
0

Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Excellent!

I learnt to program at school, because we had a maths teacher who taught us Algol. Had to prepare our programs on paper tape and take a minibus to the local polytechnic to run them once a fortnight. Still remember the hilarity when someone wrote the following.

IF A<10 THEN GOTO HELL ;

....

HELL: ....

Make it fun, and you'll remember it !

0
0

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

Martin
Bronze badge
Headmaster

Pedant alert...

No skin off my nose - doesn't bother me

Missed by the skin of my teeth - damn close.

2
0
Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Twelve Angry Men...

"You don't want to find the defendant guilty...."

"We don't want to find the defendant guilty."

1
0
Martin
Bronze badge
Stop

...or alternatively....

...she has two days to realize that she has better things to do with her life than live it with someone whose idea of something good to do on a Saturday is watch all six Star Wars movies back to back?

11
2

Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Hear hear...

I mean, OCR? Surely no modern book does not already exist at the publishers in some form of electronic format?

I think the worst example of that particular issue I came about was a book about the demise of Bear Stearns - throughout the book, it was called Bear Steams.

1
0

Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver

Martin
Bronze badge
WTF?

TWO subwoofers?

7.2? SEVEN speakers around your room, and TWO subwoofers?

God help us.

Why would you want two subwoofers?

Interesting that in the hi-fi world, even at the absolute top end, people are satisfied with two speakers. But put people in front of a screen, and suddenly you've got to have surround sound from all possible directions.

I'm going to patent my 7.3.2.1 system, with seven speakers around the room, three on the ceiling, two subwoofers and one extra subwoofer under the sofa.

0
0

Amazon solves wait-at-home-for-deliveries problem

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Hmmm....pretty old-fashioned attitudes there

"...useful for sole traders who are out on the road most of the time with no family..."

What if both spouses work?

5
0
Martin
Bronze badge
WTF?

Daft idea of secure boxes?

Why is it daft? It works like a dream for me.

But I think Amazon's idea is excellent.

2
0

No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Invisible scrolling - URGH.

For me, the major annoyance introduced at 11.04 wasn't Unity (I tried it, didn't like it and switched back to Classic). It was those damn invisible scroll bars. To scroll a window up and down, you hover over where you think a scroll bar should be and it appears. Sometimes. And on at least two applications I know, you try to click on it to scroll down - and it promptly vanished.

And they are there in XFCE, Gnome or Unity.

Yes, I found out how to revert to normal ones. You have to do a command line hack.

FFS. Scroll bars have worked for twenty years or more. Why change them just for the sake of it?

4
0

Apple's cloudy music streamer won't stream music

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

hardly pointless...

I don't know before I leave the house exactly what I may want to listen to. Especially when going away for a few days.

3
0

Ten... budget Android tablets

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

Second hand iPad?

For about the same price as one of these nasty plastic toys? Where, exactly?

iPad 1 second-hand is normally not less than three hundred quid - a bit higher than the £100-£230 this lot go for. I saw an iPad 1 with a broken screen shift for £200 on eBay.

(To be fair - that is one good reason to pay the extra - the second-hand market in iPads is pretty good.)

1
0

IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

It works like this....

HTC Desire S - over 18 months.

Cost on contract for more-or-less unlimited everything - £25 - total cost is £450

Cost for phone £335 plus £7.50 per month over 18 months - £335 + £135 = £470.

So, I reckon I'm paying a premium of - er - minus twenty quid for the benefit.

And I don't have to find £335 up front.

2
1

Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

Martin
Bronze badge
Coat

I always said they'd fall flat.

Sorry...

0
0
Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

Or good machines at LOW prices....

...witness the speed with which the £89 HP Touchpad sold out !

0
0

HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

@Danny 5 - you'll be lucky....

...there are none left at the sub-bargain price. Most of them are now on eBay and seem to be selling for about £200.

2
0

Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

Martin
Bronze badge
Linux

Real men don't even use Windows...

...and if they must, they use the command line.

2
0

CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

This post has been deleted by a moderator

Amateur balloonists hit record 40,575m above East Anglia

Martin
Bronze badge
WTF?

...and what happens...?

Doesn't work on Firefox, whatever it is....

0
0

AES crypto broken by 'groundbreaking' attack

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

Nice piece of history rewriting there, Reg

When I read the article, the headline said:-

"Groundbreaking" attack breaks AES crypto.

When I read the comments (most of which said "No it didn't!" or words to that effect), I returned to the article to discover:-

AES crypto compromised by "groundbreaking" attack

0
0

Average sozzled Brit sinks 5,800 pints during life

Martin
Bronze badge
Coat

"But add it all up and the amounts become quite staggering..."

Mine's the one with the copy of "The Drunkard's Walk" in the pocket.

1
0

Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Not altered?

I refer you to the original document that El Reg got this from.

http://webwereld.nl/nieuws/107599/apple-levert-onjuist-bewijs-in-zaak-tegen-samsung.html

My Dutch isn't up to mutch, but they've carefully done a diagram annotated in English, which shows that the aspect ratio of a Galaxy Tab is 1.46:1, and the alleged Galaxy Tab is 1.36:1.

No further comment is really required.

1
0

COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

Reminds me of the old Marty Feldman sketch...

...which starts with two bored airline pilots flying a plane; suddenly one of the reaches for the intercom and says "Ladies and Gentlemen - this is your captain speaking. There is absolutely nothing to worry about."

8
0

IT admin cops to crippling ex-employer's network

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

Well, nearly...

"...it's really akin to leaving the front door propped open with your 50" plasma screen..."

Have you TRIED moving a 50" plasma screen? I've got one - they weigh about 50kg. Even with two of you, you don't just pick it up and run away with it.

But I agree with you in general.

1
0

Acer Aspire 5755G 15in Core i7 laptop

Martin
Bronze badge

Indeed...

...if this is a machine better aimed at work - then what, exactly, is the average work user actually doing with all this power?

0
0

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD 3D Blu-ray player

Martin
Bronze badge
Happy

ah, but....

...it's the gold-plated DIRECTIONAL audio phono cables that really make the difference between audiophile hi-fi and ordinary hi-fi.

3
0

Google TV box flop costs Logitech $34m

Martin
Bronze badge
Holmes

Just one interesting little item....

The Squeezeboxserver software has just officially gone to v7.6. In the nightly beta downloads, there is a directory version 7.7-lms (though it's got no software in it yet)...and the 7.6.1 versions of the software, though they are still CALLED squeezeboxserver are labelled as Logitech Media Server...

They obviously haven't given up on this yet.

http://downloads.slimdevices.com/nightly/

0
0

HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

Martin
Bronze badge

But it's that little word "Apple...."

Apple have managed to persuade people that there are no alternatives. You want to look cool? You have to have an iPhone, or an iTouch, and/or an iPad. Your lappy is a Mac. Nothing else matters. Even if it's better, it isn't - it hasn't got the magic logo on it. And they catch kids early too. Kids have ipod minis, they don't generally have other mp3 players.

I'm trying to think of another brand that has succeeded so well with that "Essential" feel. It's technology as fashion. No-one else has ever really succeeded with that. And I have to, reluctantly, admire them for it.

2
2

Lost 1967 spacecraft FOUND CRASHED ON MOON

Martin
Bronze badge
Headmaster

Pedant alert...

"2 of the most core tenants of physics coming together"

I think you mean tenets. Unless someone is renting physics to the laws of thermodynamics.

</pedant>

1
0

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

Tom Bombadil?

I was entirely with you until you mentioned that irritating so-and-so.

4
1

Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

Martin
Bronze badge
FAIL

This is a bit misleading....

The point about Good is it allows you to use your OWN kit to safely access work emails and calendars.

Hence, all it demonstrates is that there are more people who want to use their own iPhones and iPads to look at corporate mail than want to use their Android phones. It says NOTHING about what the IT departments want, use or support.

Good is supported on iOS and Android where I work. It's up to you what you use.

4
0

Apprentice runner-up becomes Greggs bigshot

Martin
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

er....no....

I don't dispute that the Unions had their teeth kicked in. But unfortunately, the by-product of that tooth-kicking was indeed to destroy the manufacturing industry, and lost many people their jobs, most of whom were moderate people who just wanted to do a good job for reasonable money.

And to call me a communist because I think that it actually makes sense to rent when you're younger (so that you can be more flexible, and get other jobs elsewhere, and so you don't have a huge millstone round your neck) - well, words fail me.

Oh, and the Tories also sold off all the decent council housing stock too. So there's no decent rental market any more - particularly in London.

11
2

Page: