* Posts by Rob

1465 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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?

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Define "drone"

"Would it still be a drone if controlled directly by an operator using a live feed from a camera?" That would also apply to the military use of drones as well then.

I think you need to recognise that the use of the word drone in modern language means a semi autonomous vehicle that has an operator for remote use (or words to that effect). We tend to bastardise our words once the media has got hold of them (e.g. hacker, what it means now isn't quite what the word originally described). Sorry what I should have said was the media bastardise our words and batter us with them so much that their original meaning ends up being lost.

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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Re: depressing lack of common sense/base scientific knowledge

Just a couple of critical questions... what colour are the beans and what magic do they posses?

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: Here's a REAL opportunity for Apple...

Are you leaving...? Don't suppose you're going past the shop are you, I'm feeling a bit peckish...

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Depending on how much of a geek the student is...

... this could be the nearest he'll ever get to one.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Another Rucksack

If you don't want to buy another rucksack the Gorilla from Power Traveller also has an optional fold out solar panel that you can attach to your rucksack to charge the hefty 6 x 3500mAh with a range of 5V - 24V and has enough connectors that you can charge more devices than you would want to take to a festival. We have a complete ban on buying any more rucksacks, I'm drowning in them.

Probably one of these most used bits of kit in our house (besides the devices that have been used and need charging of course).

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Love the quote...

... about it not being endemic, bollocks I say, this is exactly the right word to use for something all public sector organisations seem to do, pour very rich gravy and see how many companies come flocking for a slurp in a non-risk way through a badly written contract.

Nuke'em from orbit it's the only way to be sure...

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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I agree, something I always noticed as a kid is how violently fast doors close in Star Wars, I think it even produced a couple of nightmares. No doubt Harrison will probably be suffering from similar now.

I wonder how HGTG Marvin would describe the Star Wars doors, they are hardly depressing ;-)

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: non story

"Does your head actually think the thoughts you write, or are your fingers connected to some random thought generator?"

I think his arse cheeks are wrapped round his head which might have interfered with his thought processes, it's the only explanation I can think of for the crap he just spewed forth.

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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Sound is already captured separately so this wouldn't affect them at all. The only time it becomes a problem is for journo's doing news pieces where they tend to record sound on camera rather than separately, it just means they have to record sound to camera and dub it over later which just adds a bit to turn around time for quick news items.

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DARPA crazytech crew want to create HUMAN-FREE cyber defence systems

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Re: Great idea

Indeed, I won't be surprised if one of the teams names it's system Skynet.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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I can...

... pressure can be brought to bear on anyone who doesn't do as they are told, let's face it we are talking about an organisation that can operate well above or below the law as it sees fit, sounds like too much of a conspiracy, but then so did rendition flights but they happened.

I'm not saying they do this of course, I'm just saying don't rule anything out when talking about GCHQ and pals, they have a lot of resources available to them.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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Re: Also available...

Nothing new so to speak, Above and Beyond had this, but unfortunately it was the early days of this genre and it was competing with EVE as they both launched at similar times. Unfortunately EVE had better graphics which means Above and Beyond had to shut down due to lack of players, I think everyone got a free transfer to EVE if they wanted it.

Shame really Above and Beyond had a lot of potential and given time could have been really good.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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Re: Typical

You missed a trick, the Sky EPG and services are great when I use my phone to control the box. It's very rare I use the remote or on-screen EPG/Menu nowadays (agree they aren't great), probably the one thing I'll give Sky kudos points for.

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

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@El Reg

You said you notified them before publishing the article, what time frames are we talking? I was just wondering whether it was a good month in advance of the current date which would correlate with the outage on their network which you also reported on?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Fake

Probably because they have taken this shot just after the grinder was switched off, hence the small amount of dust and the lack of tense muscles. To take the shot while it was on would be a nightmare has there would be too much dust and other issues interfering with a clean shot. Don't need an IT angle it's bootnotes, of which I hope she is wearing some good safety ones.

Does remind me that I need to get an angle grinder though...

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime

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Re: Any word...

Thanks Neil :)

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Any word...

... on when the Android version is being released?

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

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Pass it around

So as far as accounting goes, Apple can pay this using the award money from Samsung and Samsung can use the money that Apple pay them for chip production to pay the award the court have applied.

So nobody seems to have really lost out here, Peter and Paul both seem to be quite solvent still.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Why?

Why would Google want to sue, they don't sue Samsung for manufacturing phones with the Android OS. Google know that their concept will result in a raft of similar products, but if all those similar have Android on them then Google wins through sheer market saturation again.

For Google the hardware it develops is a necessity, it's a vehicle for it's software and if it's software is everywhere then they will achieve dominance, perhaps they thought that MS got something right and have adopted a similar principle. The parallels between the 2 companies are becoming more apparent every press release.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: Unikitty sez

I second that awesome-ness

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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That technique is probably lost on most blokes then. If I have to hunt round the shop I'm usually oblivious to everything else except the item I'm looking for.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Bitmap Bros...

I think it was more to do with the different chip sets rather than the OS. Obviously Workbench was quite quick but again it was helped by the chip architecture, good ole Denise and Paula (I think there were others but I can't remember their names).

Commodore were in the process of developing a next gen RISC architecture for the new machines but I think that was around the time they went bankrupt (that may have been part of the reason they went bankrupt). I'm sure someone has time to Google that and correct or fill in the blanks.

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Bitmap Bros...

... still the golden age of gaming in my book, I miss my Amiga...

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