* Posts by Andrew Richards

39 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

Andrew Richards

Re: One day I believe....

Possibly - but isn't it so much larger than those? Who did you know on MySpace? Who do you know that isn't on Facebook?

Still might happen as a generational thing. If your parents (and grandparents) are on FB then NewShiny.com might be more appealing...

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

> Yeah it kinda figures that even the Church can't work out what the dates are...

Theologians exist largely to count angels and justify fairly obvious discrepancies that were introduced but can't be corrected.

What's important for dates: solar or lunar calendar? Let's have both (Christmas, Easter respectively). Creation story? Let's have two in Genesis within a few lines. Commandments? Yes, ten please. Although there's more than one list and they're not exactly the same. And there's more than ten, too.

Don't like gay people? Justify that nonsense on the old testament. And ignore lots of other stuff that's just as explicitly prohibited but less convenient. (Gay: no; shellfish: don't care; mixed fabrics: don't care; blatant hypocrisy: don't care, obviously.).

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Re: I'm confused

... and if you don't really believe the bible to have any literal truth all this is as relevant as dating things relative to Harry Potter's birth.

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Re: I'm confused

Depends on how you define "He". I'm sure lots of chaps were born in 6BCE and some probably called Jesus.

Not quite sure I'd go for one of them being son-of-god, though. (Pedantry overload!)

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: I'm sceptical

The 20% are missing out. BBC Radio is excellent, and worth the fee on its own. They do some telly too.

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The alternative is worse, much worse. An hour's programme on the BBC is almost an hour. Elsewhere it's generally coming down to 40 minutes.

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Re: Am I the only person...

Well food costs them the same.

However, your core argument is quite common: why pay for something that's of no interest. The counter would be that if you can't find anything on the BBC then you're not looking hard enough. The license fee covers radio too, and personally:

I. I'd pay a chunk of the license fee for Radio 3, and I only regularly listen on a Saturday morning.

2. I'd pay almost all of the license fee just for Radio 4. It's great, really. I'm not a heavy user but there's no commercial equivalent.

3. I'd pay the license just for 6 Music, and would do so just for Radcliffe & Maconie.

And there's the BBC website (which is huge); and iPlayer. For £150 it's a bargain, really. Make the BBC commercially funded and, yes, we'd be £150 a year better off. But considerably poorer.

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Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

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Re: Good for MS

Why "pants"? Genuine question, not a troll. Hear this frequently but not with much justification. If you're expecting inheritance OO then prototyping is going to be a pain but that's not the language's fault.

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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Why the hate?

Never mind writing any number of top Beatles tunes; never mind Wings ("the band the Beatles could have been" - Alan Partridge) the man wrote and played the bass on Rain by T'Beatles. A little respect.

As for coasting by on past glories? Even if true this is hardly uncommon. As much as I love their music *cough* Stone Roses *cough*. etc.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

Andrew Richards

If this is performance I saw something similar. Before: snappy and a joy to use; post-update: sluggish to the point of wanting to take a hammer to it.

Advice like cache-clearing didn't do much. However, the boot-up factory reset did work. Slight pain having to re-enter credentials for apps (and I know Google do back-up some, if you use that) but it's now as pleasant as it was before.

I don't justify having to do this but it worked here and spousal approval restored. YMMV.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

Andrew Richards

Re: from the blog ....

Only if newer technology is better. DAB is newer than FM but much, much worse. Dump FM for DAB and the result is lots of redundant car radios and poorer sound.

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Re: BBC to kill my Boom type box internet radio?

If you mean Squeezebox Boom it'll work as the server does the transcoding. (If not a Logitech device YMMV).

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Re: Squezebox

Re: Squeezebox and all thing Logitech Media Server - everything will still work!

It's a one-off faff but use the Search under Radio for "BBC" - the streams found here work perfectly (did this and reset favourite buttons and all okay).

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Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

Andrew Richards

True, but...

... there's a lot more of this rubbish that denigrates women. Male nonsense is catching up but here parity and equality does means it's a good thing.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

Andrew Richards

Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

Probably of no use but assuming VAT registration in the UK then it might be possible to get on the flat-rate scheme, which can be considerably easier to manage than the alternative.

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Re: When I see a program uses the .net runtime my heart sinks.

Badly written programs will be slow and buggy. .net doesn't cause this; the problem is in the chair not the run time.

When I see an open source program my heart sinks: more abandon-ware and needless forks. We can all make random faulty generalisations...

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: Word rejected by Collins' dictionary

Invalid move - no double shunting under the 2009 revised rules.

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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

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Re: Infinite Monkey Cage

... and a mention for The Life Scientific too: more about scientists than science but a good complement.

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Re: More travelogue than science

But this is how television is made. With a political story a news program will fairly needlessly send a reporter to stand outside a building where something happened: nothing that couldn't be conveyed by same reporting in studio. It's the background that matters, in that it's an attempt to make it interesting visually.

With Wonders... and now Human Planet same thing applies. Could you everything with a blackboard and chalk but it's television first, education second.

And, to be fair, to an extent the science literate aren't really the audience. This is, trying to, popularise science. It's trying to make "Cosmo" now, and that means with today's TV techniques.

That's not to suggest I think they're beyond criticism: I'd like more detail and an equation or two...

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

Andrew Richards

Re: Goodness...

Early versions only - this was fixed. It's possible to complete Repton 2 - being able to save machine state makes it achievable (and much less frustrating).

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"... zippy performance, something the original BBC Micro was not entirely famous for."

A 8-bit computer with a 2 MHz CPU from 30 years ago wouldn't really compare to a Cray from the same time but slow, really? Elite, Revs, Aviator, Firetrack (etc.) were fast enough for the time and anything written by Gary Partis was usually too fast to be playable (Psycastria is quite enjoyable under emulation - when slowed down!)

Slap in a 16k ROM and there was real-time spell checking available years (a decade?) before this appeared in Word.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Andrew Richards

... because some of it it actually quite good: Latitude D630 here: solid machine, never had an issue despite some on the road abuse (being dropped , flooded with coffee, etc.) Daily use for 7-8 years and will only be replaced when absolutely necessary. (Experience of Inspiron laptop for a client quite the reverse; caveat emptor, etc.)

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Coat

Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

Three words: "The Day Today" (or if a Radio 4 purist, "On The Hour"). (Same for origin of "speak your brains", also a favourite around here).

And from this we know that 'Fact' times 'Importance' equals... NEWS.

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BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

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FAIL

Re: I wonder

"Typical fascist BBC PR, no one is allowed to criticise the mighty BBC!"

WTF? Have you actually seen any BBC news coverage of its own mistakes? The self-criticism is so thorough it's annoying to watch. The recent DG resignation was partly/largely a consequence of a grilling he got on The Today Programme (on BBC radio 4 if you're not keeping up).

Can't imagine Sky or Fox, etc. behaving similarly: just how self-critical was the Murdoch controlled press of itself when reporting phone-hacking.

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Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins

Andrew Richards

Re: Complete.....

"_its_ glow"

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Coat

Re: The reason is.....

"it is returned to _its_ incorrect state"

FTFY.

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Sir Paul McBeatle to offer free iTunes concert

Andrew Richards
Holmes

Kisses on the bottom...

"... I'll be glad I got 'em."

It's a line from "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter". Ppft.

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Amazon to kindle Fire tablet tomorrow

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Regional locking

> Come-on Amazon, putting a regional lock on books?

Not necessarily their fault. Some publishers/rights-owners may request this. It's not unusual for different publishers to publish the same book in different places: digital-rights may be local too.

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'The most ambitious project at eBay for a long, long time'

Andrew Richards

enormity != enourmous

Enormity means "significantly evil" not "very large".

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Videogames caused riots says plod

Andrew Richards

If Pac-Man had affected us as kids...

"If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music." - Marcus Brigstocke

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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

Andrew Richards

Atheism is not faith

To AC @14th July 2011 12:48 GM

Throw crumbs to troll... Okay: I don't collect stamps. I am not a non-stamp collector.

Start with nothing and add faith. Or start with nothing and don't need to make up stuff.

Either way, semantics aside, your interpretation of atheism doesn't suggest the existance of a god more than anything else.

Do you explicitly not believe in Russell's teapot orbiting the earth? Prove what you think is true or ascribe it to faith. Don't assume I think about your position to have any faith about it.

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Coat

He waited two years?

Well, in for a penne...

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Most Adobe Reader installs are out of date

Andrew Richards
FAIL

Fox it!

Another vote for FoxIt. And another down for Adobe Reader. Not only does it need constant attention but the updater needs to get in its place as it throws out the odd "please check your internet connection" message.

Unfortunately, this is only a dialogue with "OK" with no space to enter "I'm on a f-ing train on f-ing laptop without an f-ing internet f-ing connection".

It Adobe didn't put bugs/security holes in it'd up to date and there'd be no issue.

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Pope says gravity proves technology can't supplant God

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@oliver 8

[snip ... unusually intelligent question about benefit of religion ... snip]

> Why is it ok for you to take that away from people?

It's a progression of understanding. If someone wants to believe that thunder is a result of something being upset with them then an understanding of weather might serve to improve their lives.

But, as you're inferring, this type of belief needn't do anyone else harm. However, organised religion can be seen to be divisive and dangerous. E.g. views on homosexuality and contraception.

As an atheist I'm happy for those with belief to believe what they want. However, if it's dogmatic and at some level serves to screw up (and historically organised religion has had a steam-roller elemenet to it with respect to contrary belief) the world then I have a problem with it and reserve the right to point out bigotry, incosistency and irrationality where I see it.

I don't think you're an idiot if you have faith: I think you're wrong. And in some cases that wrongness can impinge on other people's wellbeing in quite devastating ways. (Which is a broad generalisation - your post I read as an intelligent one and this reply isn't ad-hominen ranting in anyway.)

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@Ivor 1, 13:38

> "I believe there is no God" - a statement of faith.

Only because you choose to interpret it that way based on how you've phrased it and conflate belief (as spiritual) and belief (as conclusion of thought).

Personally, I _think_ there is no God. No faith needed.

I don't believe (and or think) there's a teapot in orbit with Betrand Russell's name on it either.

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Paxo in second c-word shocker

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... and a helpful chap too

Whilst appearing not to suffer fools gladly he's also a nice chap. A few years ago Newsnight dropped the brief today-in-the-market-summary and introduced a similarly brief weather forecast. JP did this in an expectedly terse fashion (e.g. it'll rain tomorrow - take an umbrella, etc.).

A friend of mine on a round the world trip at the time didn't believe this. I emailed JP and he emailed my friend to back me up.

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Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings

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david 63

I, for one, salute this particular reference that's probably flying high over the heads of at least some others.

What's Govey going to do, eh Govey? Etc.

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Windows Server 2008 is better than Vista, but why?

Andrew Richards
Alert

@Rik Hemsley

If your UAC "screen mode" change is the screen flashing and you've an Nvidia g/c card it's a known issue. A quick Google for "vista UAC flash" should sort you out. HTH, Andrew

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Wanted: Gordon Brown's fingerprints, £1,000 reward

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Stop

@Connor

Big deal? Possibly because it might get a bit "clerical" and there might be "errors".

As an example - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5001624.stm. Not a big deal if you're not in the 0.03%, then.

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