* Posts by Rob

1488 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

Rob

Re: ?

Desperate human beings who crave the limelight to validate their lives, which unfortunately seems to be a trend in society due to the proliferation of digital technologies such as Youtube and Twitter etc.

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Shared services centres supposed to save £128m saved £0... and cost £4m

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And everyone one of those muppets responsible for this cock-up will still keep their jobs and move onto the next project to right royally screw up.

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UK.gov kicks long awaited digi strategy into long grass, blames EU referendum

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Shouldn't be too hard for GDS to spend the money on iMac's, Lattes and other luxuries that help them do the incredibly bad job they have done so far.

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

Rob

Re: Deuteros..

... one of my favourites too, I still have it in it's original box along with many others (I also still have my Amiga A1200, just have to get a copy of the last version of Workbench to get it up and running again).

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: Fucked for us too....I would love to have avoided this

Sounds common, either that or we work for the same employer.

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Digital Services to be killed off early next year, Gov.uk confirms

Rob

Re: Is it just me?

What you mean letting an incompetent, inexperienced civil servant do a job that could potentially waste millions isn't the norm?

Don't worry though, if they do screw it up I'm sure those particular staff members at GDS will be banned from using their tax bought macs and Latte Mocha's for a week.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

Rob

Great post...

... echoes my sentiments exactly.

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BlackBerry emits Android mobe as biz goes down the Priv

Rob

Full circle

Reminds me of the HTC devices that used have the slide out keyboard, for good reason as well, they were running Windows Mobile and a hardware keyboard was needed. I can't quite see the point of adding a hardware keyboard when androids native on screen keyboard seems more than adequate.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Hang on Peter, it says it'll finish copying in 10 minutes, no... wait... 5 minutes... oh hang on... it's 8 min-no wait it's 45 minutes... how long will this sea stay parted for?

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

Rob

Re: Right word?

I venture one further and say instead of outlaws they are barbarians.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

Rob

Re: Confused

Not really because your comparison doesn't in anyway answer the OP's proposition in which they state, smouldering hand luggage in an overhead locker vs pallet of batteries in the hold. The careful reading of the article meant it provided enough information for me to conclude that the volume of batteries in the hold compared to a few in the over head locker is the difference to why one fire could over whelm the fire suppression system and the other could have been managed safely.

I know what the BALPA directive says from reading it, but that isn't what is being talked about, so well done, 3 stars, but could do better.

(P.S. your getting a rant cause someone at work has pissed me off with their stupidity, again!)

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Rob

Re: Confused

With careful reading of the article it's not hard to imagine that a couple of batteries in a device in a bag in the cabin area is easier to contain than a pallet of batteries in their hundreds all going critical at vary stages maintaining an intense chemical fire for a longer period of time is why the fire suppression system in the hold get's overwhelmed and can't contain the fire.

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Oi, UK.gov, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

Rob

Re: Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence.

It's GDS so we could probably assume it's mostly stupidity going by their previous history.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

Rob

Re: Fuel economy requirements

I usually find cruise control kills any good mpg you may be able to achieve. It's designed to maintain your speed not give you good mpg.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

Rob

We know who it was...

... this has got BOFH written all over it, this is the mother load, he could extort the whole of the management and director tier probably.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

Rob

Re: Conundrum

Completely agree, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

I tend to ignore most ads unless they interfere with my scrolling ability on a mobile device. I've been suffering from banner blindness since the term was first coined.

As someone mentioned earlier, perhaps this is the stick we all need to get advertisers to produce non intrusive ads.

At the end of the day, it's IT, it won't be long before someone finds a workaround, whack-a-mole with Advertisers.

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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

Rob

Re: Communications Data Bill

The fact that you used intelligence and humanity in the same sentence as parliamentary conservatives I'd say yes to the faith question.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

Rob

Sounds more like...

... Apple is just arguing the toss on price, it's what Apple does, I'm assuming the lower FRAND license cost means bigger profit margin per unit regardless of whether they have to throw a few millions at it in court to get that price. In the long term they would make those court case costs back on unit sales.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

Rob

Exactly...

... because while this is all rumbling on and they have happily washed their hands of any responsibility, the £185,000 is earning them some interest.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Made my year...

... 'nuff said

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

Rob
Coffee/keyboard

Too early

I probably should have saved that one to read this afternoon, my stomach feels like is could contribute something else for the Zayo folk to walk through now.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

Rob

Surprised?

No, not really.

Glad GDS have been spanking my tax money on expensive coffee and iThingys for them to play with in their swish Westminister offices.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Rob

Re: Oook.

I got the reverse, I sold a basic scanner for 2 cargo space and if I wanted to buyback the scanner I would have made a 4 billion profit on the cargo space. At that point I thought something has definitely gone wrong.

Now if only something like that could happen in real life, I would definitely abuse it without a second thought.

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Profit-shy Instagram adds 5 new filters for hipster-photo types

Rob
Coffee/keyboard

I completely agree...

... with this,

"Vulture Central's backroom gremlins still maintain that using Instagram filters is like looking at the world through a pair of urine-filled swimming goggles."

and this,

"New keyboard needed"

Right, can I go home now....

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Rob
Coat

Re: Get them to hold at the outer marker

Bruce Willis is on his way as a backup solution, just as soon as his flight arrives.... oh wait....

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Rob

I see where you are going with this

I appreciate what you are trying to achieve, the layout is fine but you probably could have soften the blow by not flipping to so much stark white, as this is part of a phased approach I would have maybe phased your colour change in as well.

Look forward to what else you may do.

Out of professional interest, any chance you could share things like wireframes etc to see your thinking behind the changes (understand if you can't due to commercial sensitivity).

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

Rob

Re: Let's sum it up

@AC You need to be careful talking about addiction, nicotine maybe in the same class as caffeine but that too can also be addictive. Addiction can come in more than one form, just because it isn't physically addictive doesn't mean it can't be psychologically.

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Rob

Re: Let's sum it up

Quite a lot of the main stream vaporisers and cartomisers are brands produced by the major tobacco firms anyway. At no point were they going to let the nicotine market out of their grasp. If they aren't selling it directly in their own product then they are probably supplying the tobacco leaves by the bundle to other companies for their vap liquids, either way they will adapt quickly to the new market which by the looks of it is heading for a boom.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

Rob

Pretty much on the nose with this review

I can't see anything I'd disagree with in this review. From my perspective I've seen a massive improvement in quality but that is only because I have upgraded from a Note 2.

My only regret is that I'm now hooked on the stylus, if Samsung ever decide to stop the Note series my life is screwed I rely on it so much. I even have a Note 10.1, these are the only things I use now, with a combination of S Note and Evernote for writing things down.

Now if I could just get the postman to digitise my mail I would be in digital heaven and trees would love me (the paper industry wouldn't).

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Happy

Re: More to the point...

Thanks for the beer tips folks, I will definitely try some next time I hop over the pond.

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Rob

Re: More to the point...

@phil dude, I gave you a downvote, I was with you all the way up until you dissed the beer, I find it extremely hard to believe that the Americans have figured out how to brew a decent ale yet ;-)

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Rob

More to the point...

... I'd like to see a report with survival stats for these Tech City startups. I wouldn't be surprised if the high number of tech startups is close to the amount that go bust/fail.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

Rob

Re: Was it a bad move?

"There was undoubtedly a "you keep making it and we'll keep buying it" understanding, even if not in writing..." even if that was true they still deserved to fail, if it's not in writing it doesn't mean anything.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

Rob

Re: EddieD It's catching

Sounds just like all the other expansions Blizz have done for WoW, they get them sorted eventually and usually within a couple of weeks.

Going back to earlier in the thread someone mentioned about unfinished games, I think the general rule with all games now is don't pay any premium for 'early access' and give it a couple of weeks after release before installing/playing it.

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Moshi Monsters' daddy Mind Candy: Falling sales, £2.2m loss...

Rob

Re: "...nothing for the early users who grew up..."

It's quite common I think, my son watches more stampylongnose videos on Minecraft than he plays the game, don't quite get the appeal myself but then I don't think I'm the intended demographic.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Rob
Coat

Re: Philip K. Dick

How do you know it wasn't? Did you test it by asking what it would do if it came across a turtle on its back in the desert ;-)

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

Rob

Related

I wonder if this is related to someone trying to reset my password for FB this morning. Thankfully my gmail has 2FA so won't rush into a blind panic to reset my password.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Surely the start of...

... hoover wars, someone let Craig Charles know.

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

Rob

Re: Why?

A +1 just because of the mention of a beast of a classic like the Trabant, gotta love communist engineering.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: I pay my council tax, so answer the damn question already!

Why do you think Dragons died out...

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

Rob

Re: entertainment console lacking entertainment

It was a stupid business model anyway. They should be commissioning content from production houses not building up the infrastructure to make their own, far too many overheads involved that come with too many risks. Content providers the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Xbox should stick with just comissioning gives them more flexibility and less production risk.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Rob

Wankers the lot of'em... that is all.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

This thread seems more about willies than Ikea and street names.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Childish I know...

... but the graphic in the article looks like 'Hotel and wellness' means getting a hand shandy from a masseur, no doubt that would definitely lend something to wellness.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Rob

The next step...

... is too blur Blair entirely, anything that takes him out of circulation is good in my book.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

Rob

So you are basically proposing a real life size version of Scalextric, can the drivers stand by the side of the track with a trigger controller ;-)

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Rob

Re: Exact Change

Looks pretty scary to me, especially if they are using them in a ballistic manor. One route master double decker launched on the steam catapult at your enemy, maybe fill it with school children because they are a nightmare on public transport in packs.

(I mention steam catapults but I can't remember if they were being installed or not).

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

Rob

I'd be more impressed...

... if it was designed to jump off the baggage carousel and barge it's way past people, would save me having to do it.

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Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather

Rob

Re: I know it's geeky

You should have saved that one for tomorrow because I have a really bad Monday careless attitude going on today. (which means the wife will hate me and my son will love me this evening).

;-)

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Rob

I know it's geeky

But is there any photos of inside the 'pod' and a spec of what it can do etc.

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