* Posts by Mad Hacker

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

Mad Hacker

Re: Could a drone hurt a 737?

Can't speak of the other items due to lack of experience but I can assure you my DJI Phantom couldn't at any velocity break a cockpit window or puncture a tyre.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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Just like FaceTime...

Remember when Steve Jobs said FaceTime was going to be released as open source? Yes I'm still bitter.

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The next Nest? We talk to Ring, the doorbell-come-security system

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Bed, Bath, and Beyond eh?

So I'm pretty sure I have a 20% off coupon there, however, I bet this product will be excluded.

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Systemax CEO closes 31 retail stores in US as losses widen

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never heard of 'em

Considering I live in the US and I've never heard of this store I'm not surprised.

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Java still needed here...

When I was younger I sure bought into the write once run everywhere mantra. Since the realities of Java's security issues have become obvious I've whittled down my Java dependencies down to one app. For the rare occasion (once a year?) I purchase something on eBay I use JBidwatcher. Runs brilliantly in Java on my Mac.

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Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

Mad Hacker

All I call about is HD Audio...

I just need everyone to move to HD Voice like the G.722 codec. We have IP phones which compress everything using non-HD codecs, then our conference bridge is external which again compresses everyone using a non-HD codec. By the time I am hearing people from around the world with different accents and sometimes on mobiles with worse call quality/compression I cannot understand half of what is said. I can't believe we still have the same low (or lower) quality phone connections we've had for decades.

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EFF: VPNs will crumble Verizon's creepy supercookie stalkers

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FAIL

Re: Even simpler

You say: Don't use Verizon or AT&T. They've got the crappiest service

What?! In the U.S. they are the only ones with good coverage. They have the best service. (You didn't mean customer service right?)

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Mad Hacker

Shut up and take my money!

How do I get one in the states?!

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

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Childcatcher

Published words/censored standards?

So we all know what "c**t" is referring to. Was this censored in the book, or by El Reg? And if so, is there a list of words that El Reg won't post? Because clearly "fuck" isn't among them.

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Holmes

Curious if you'll have a similar article about the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

The new Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 suffers from the same problems as being pretty much identical to the 2013 version. I'll be curious if you have a similar article about that, or if only Apple gets the love.

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Facepalm

Re: Thinness.

Andy Prough says:

Who are you talking to? Why would I care? Your comments aren't even responsive to anything I said in any perceptible way.

Whoa! Slow down there Nelly! Your original post said:

Seems like the only reason to do that is to make darn sure no one ever repairs one. Keep that upgrade purchase cycle alive and well.

The AC's post was addressing what you said. He explained if you needed something repaired you could get it done under warranty. That also explained how you wouldn't be contributing to the upgrade cycle. Not sure why you couldn't see how that directly addressed some of your concerns. Your response sounded downright spiteful.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Mushroom

Re: One of the wrist

Your misspelling of Apple like a whiney child really improves your street cred here. Hate all you want but grow up.

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Mad Hacker

No! No! If there isn't a riot there isn't a story! Ah the Daily Mirror mode of journalism I see...

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: I am going to puke.....

Clearly (unlike me) you don't know any Google fanbois.

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

Mad Hacker
Holmes

Doesn't a Worm have to infect without user intervention?

I thought to be called a Worm the software has to distribute itself?

This is a Trojan Horse that installs a botnet client. Not a Worm, not a Virus.

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Internet of Things? Hold my beer, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all

Mad Hacker
Holmes

Re: mbed is not new

The cloudy bit is easy. Got Ethernet? You can have a cloud.

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Meh

So Raspian?

So will this replace Raspian on the Raspberry Pi? I'm all for a consistent/standardized streamlined embedded OS standard. But at the same time this reminds me of Swift that Apple released...

Is it an answer to a question no one asked?

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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

Mad Hacker
Holmes

Same reason the iPhone 6 was delayed in China no doubt

It's probably missing approval from needed bods who lacked incentive.

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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Stop

You realize this is going to work on older iPhones too?

You said: Phones generally can't be upgraded to support the tech if they didn't ship with it.

Wow, actually with iOS 8 all the iPhones 5s, 5c, 5, and 4s will also get this feature, so no that's not that accurate.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Disappointing Article.

I don't expect El Reg to simply regurgitate some market analyst with a shoddy track record.

This is covered in better detail here and proves this market analyst is not that reliable:

Margolis's apparent transition to the "denial" stage of grief may be explained by his particular affinity for the GT-Apple partnership. His Twitter handle even reflects this: @Sapphirecover24.

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

Mad Hacker
FAIL

Re: Didn't we do this already?

Damn: Don't know if my "Think" Clients was a typo or an autocorrect issue but it's too late to edit the post now. :(

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Mad Hacker

Didn't we do this already?

Weren't these called Terminals back in the day? (When the Cloud was called a Mainframe)

Then Think Clients? (When the Cloud was called a Server)

While the technology stack is compelling (192 core GPUs in an under $300 package) I think the industry shut the door on this type of setup a while ago.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

Mad Hacker

You've never used a USB Type-A cable have you?

I gather you've never actually plugged in a USB cable or else you would know the tyranny as outlined in many comics such as the one below.

The Tyranny of the USB Type-A connector

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

Mad Hacker

How do you detect a tree?

How do you magnetically detect a tree? I must have missed the article that covered that topic.

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Multifunction printer p0wnage just getting worse, researcher finds

Mad Hacker

Is that a fez?

Was I the only person who thought the picture of Deral Heiland had him wearing a fez? Not sure what that is behind him.

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

It's interesting how everyone automatically trusts the DOJ, they don't have a stellar rep.

So given a choice between the DOJ and Apple...

Here's an interesting take. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303740704577527211023581798

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I'LL BE APP! Apple renews LiquidMetal contract, Terminator rumours flood interwebs

Mad Hacker

"Roll on the iHinge. Who ever said that Apple under Tim Cook was dull?"

Lately your negative Apple comments have felt more like trolling but that one was funny. I am an Apple fan but I can laugh at something funny.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

Mad Hacker

Flufflepuff!!

Wasn't going to read yet another net neutrality article until I saw the image of Flufflepuff dancing on a rainbow. Well played. And after reading the entire article it does offer an interesting perspective.

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Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

Mad Hacker

Or you could send a correction...

Notice the link at the top of this page that says, "Send Corrections"

You could've just submitted it there instead of posted publicly.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: I've ordered a 5C

AC says: Which is exactly why Apple are outselling Samsung Galaxy S3/S4's...... oh, err...

While I agree Android devices (over all models) outsell the iPhone, The Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 have not outsold the iPhone. Stop living in your dreamworld of unicorns and rainbows.

Unicorns and Rainbows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRC4Vk6kisY

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Mad Hacker

Re: iPad Mini 2

"270 squid"

So Android tabs can be purchased in squids? Good to know says Zoidberg!

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

Mad Hacker

One Chip to Rule Them All

If I was Apple, I'd buy Qualcomm and beat them until they had one chip that did all bands. Then I'd sell a world iPhone.

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Intel readies server-grade Atom for microserver ARM wrestling

Mad Hacker

ECC...

Steve, you would put non-ECC RAM in an Enterprise installation? I don't like that my laptop doesn't have ECC RAM let alone my servers!

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Win a top of the range Ultrabook with HP and The Register

Mad Hacker
Stop

Re: Bought from HP

Was that in Windows? I've been bitten before by poor Linux drivers for trackpads. They just don't seem to get them right. So if it was in Linux, check how it works in Windows before you blame the hardware.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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Re: So sorry but please RTFA

Chris 244 is right. It's 16 Gb AKA 2 GB.

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Mad Hacker
Paris Hilton

Re: This Google design and implementation simply highlights ...

What? This is equivalent in hardware (not capabilities) to Apple's Lightning to HDMI cable which also snaps apart and doesn't have proprietary screws. Of course, neither has anything you could replace or upgrade so who cares how take-apart-able it is?

As for flat edges, I would think someone so well versed in industrial design to be able to fault Apple's designs and who is familiar with Pentalobe vs Torx vs Phillips screw types would know that cutting a straight edge is much easier (i.e. cheaper) then cutting a rounded edge.

Paris, because she's just as confused as you.

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Michael Dell: 'Cash in your shares, we are in a mess'

Mad Hacker
Childcatcher

So is it legal to manipulate your own share price?

Clearly he is bagging on Dell to bring the stock price down so his private offer looks better. And he's in a good position to be able to do that too. Is that legal?

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: trying to get the share price down?

You say: He's not trying to get the price down

Then you say: talking down ... the company brings the current price of the shares [down]

Way to contradict yourself. Well done sir. (Sorry I used "sir" if you are female. I guess a Dark Lord could just as easily be female.)

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Amen

I've been a hardcore console gamer since the Atari 2600. Looks like once the next gen consoles ship I will no longer be a console gamer.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

Mad Hacker
Coat

I wonder Richard read Dave's article?

This sounds fantastic! The world is saved!

Oh wait, I wonder if Richard Chirgwin read Dave Wilby's Register article "Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/06/ornl_boffins_suck_the_liquid_out_of_batteries/

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BitTorrent offers file sync tool for PCs and NAS

Mad Hacker
Thumb Up

Re: Decent

The amount of storage you get access to is infinite. It's cool because it's like Dropbox only free with unlimited storage.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: USB isn't even close

While your legalese quote may be correct I find it hard to believe that appears on the VESA standard/license. Perhaps it's from when Apple was licensing the tech directly prior to VESA standard adoption.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355695,00.asp

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

Mad Hacker

How big is that vessel?

"The fact is this discovery could help supply Japan with 60 per cent of its annual needs merely with the contents of a single vessel."

They failed to mention the vessel was 1/3 the size of Earth.

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Sorry, Apple-haters, but Cupertinian doom not on the horizon

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: Mac sales decline is the problem

As much as I lament the de-emphasis of the Mac I can't help but notice their market share is still increasing against competitors (unlike you claim) but all computers that aren't phones or tablets are taking a hit.

I'd say the market at this point is Samsung and Apple. Even Dell looks to be losing out in this market... I mean they are solid in the data center but even Dell cites declining home sales as an excuse for their quarterly issues. And honestly, weren't home sales pretty much not important once Commodore and Atari gave up?

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Computers are 'electronic cocaine' that make you MANIC

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He's justifying his lack of effort...

Ok, so he's chosen not to user a computer much (email once a day??) or even have a smart phone and never works from home. Then he uses his credentials to try to argue that no, his not lazy or technically challenged, he is doing it for the sake of brain health and so should we all!

Meh.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

Mad Hacker

You know...

>Gigagit Ethernet

You know that at the bottom of every El Reg article there is a link entitled "Send corrections" Instead of posting here you could've submitted the correction there.

Lord knows if they kept track of the number of corrections anyone has sent I'd have one of those little gold badges by my forum name. O:-) In fact maybe they could give out a gold Pedantic Grammar Nazi badge to people who've sent in the most corrections!

I think I'm on to something here...

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: Another Apple-backed standard that likely (hopefully) won't get traction...

I think you're missing the point. I haven't seen a graphics adapter, audio interface, video capture device, hard drive, etc that used DisplayPort as their input.

Thunderbolt allows for having a graphics card external to the computer. My guess is you have a desktop the size of a computer from 20 years ago that has a bunch of PCI ports. Good for you. Most of us real computer users have adopted laptops. But for people like me who game (or in a previous life did a lot of CAD and 3D design work) an external video card is very important for when our laptops are sitting on our desk. In fact, we could even see a line of displays that included a PCI slot to install a 3D card directly into the monitor. Since laptops either don't have a discrete 3D card or the mobile discrete cards in general aren't very powerful this is a huge plus for anyone that doesn't have a giant old style box with tons of expansion slots.

Regarding licensing, I cannot argue. I've been waiting for the ViDock to come out to add a 3D card to my wafer thin laptop. Problem is (according to Village Instruments) Intel won't let small developers develop for the standard. And another barrier to entry I understand is at least currently Mac OS X doesn't support 3D graphics cards over Thunderbolt (all though there is no reason they couldn't fix their software issues in their OS to support this.)

So the point is Thunderbolt can do a lot more than DisplayPort. But it would be much better if the licensing were more open. And its uses are going to be for new products going forward (like embedded graphics cards in monitors, A/V capture products, docking stations, etc.) not just external hard drives. Hell, I have Thunderbolt and USB 3 on my Mac and guess what 3TB external hard drive I just bought? USB 3.0.

You can bet when LightPeak finally matures (i.e. to the point of being all fiber optic like Intel originally demonstrated) Apple already has a design of the MagSafe power connector that combines the power and data into a single plug so finally laptop users only have to connect a single cable when they put their laptop on their desk. Currently even if you have a Thunderbolt display you still have to connect two cables to give you wired gigabit ethernet, USB, FireWire, Audio in and out, Thunderbolt chaining ports plus power.

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Mad Hacker

FW800 vs USB 2.0

Ok, so in my "real world" tests I have previously observed that USB 2.0 seems faster than FW800 on Windows but on Mac OS X FW800 is faster than USB 2.0.

Don't discount the drivers.

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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: Gotta get that maps dig in, right?

Yeah. I have both Google and Apple's maps and Apple's works better and is more accurate in my area so I think the cock up about maps is damn silly. And the truth is, tackling maps is a difficult problem to begin with so errors (of which I've seen many on Google's maps) are understandable.

The date bug though, that's elementary stuff. I think it's worse.

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

Mad Hacker

Re: Is it wrong...

Isn't wanting a watch phone (something small that does one thing well) and wanting an Android phone (something that usually has nearly a 5" screen and does tons of stuff) an oxymoron?

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