* Posts by JonP

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Ebook price-fix saga: Official Apple peeler says probe is fruitless

JonP

Re: he's going for....

I had a comment backing Girkath's comment up; but you're right, that was a bad comment. I think he meant it as a joke (and that was my original point) but no, I think you have to draw a line.

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

JonP

Re: Keep it simple

Why use an Intel NUC?

I was wondering that too, then i noticed the large "The Register Willowra Expedition - in association with INTEL" advert just to the right...

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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Pint

WE ARE NOT EMPHATICALLY NOT AMERICANS

The SHOUTY double negative suggests that you are...

...as an aside does anyone use a 10^12 "billion"? I'm pretty sure I've never come across it - I've heard of it but never seen it used - it's always 10^9

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

JonP

Iridium

Device for

LOHAN

Expedition

Heating,

Avionics &

Navigation

Demonstration

Sortie

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

JonP
Trollface

Re: Bank Holiday?

Usually Dabsy does humour

Yeah? must've missed that week...

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

JonP

DRM eh?

...due to the nature of digital content, in that it is made available immediately and cannot be returned... Eh? isn't the point of all that fancy DRM that it's licensed only for use by the account holder and only if he has an online connection to validate it? Can they not just unlicense/disable his copy of the game and let him play the stuff he's licensed for? I dislike DRM as much as the next person who finds it a minor inconvenience when the internet connection is down, but in this case surely it could be made to work in the customer's favour? Ah, no wait, silly me...

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

JonP

Re: AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

After the revolution of course.

...but only briefly before they start again.

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

JonP
Pint

Annoyingly this article appears to have been filed under Verity Stob, and yet there wasn't a single mention of Delphi in the entire piece. There was a touch of surrealism, but not really enough.

I demand a refund etc.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

JonP
Joke

Re: Devonian?

So David Icke was almost right! We very nearly were ruled by 19 foot tall lizards...

so? he was only off by ~13 feet!

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

JonP

Re: Oh Good Grief

It would be fascinating to know what safety interlocks there are on these turbines...

I don't know about these particular machines, but typically you'd use mechanical isolation (physical switches etc) for maintenance; safety critical software is used put things in a safe state if something exceeds safe operating limits - you wouldn't (shouldn't) solely rely on it to keep things in a safe state for maintenance etc.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Joke

Re: BT could improve things considerably if they...

4. Allowed some of their smarter engineers (and they do exist) nearer to their customers.

I'd assume that the smarter engineers are the ones who want to maintain the greatest distance from the customers...

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

JonP
Coat

Re: A bit over the top, but...

...smart-arse...

It just keeps escalating -- security types come up with the arseword, hackers come up with the smart-arse...

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

JonP

Re: Excellent pricing

Until people actually want Windows on a phone

I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but Microsoft continuing to call their phone OS "Windows" is probably 90% of the problem.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

JonP
Trollface

"El Reg wonders how much our current leaders' blood would be worth"

a quick google for the price of lizard blood didn't turn up much...

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

JonP
Trollface

Re: What is this?

I'm guessing that's the patent on storing them somewhere and accessing them somehow?

... "on a mobile device" ...

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

JonP
Black Helicopters

Re: Experts?

I don't think it would make any difference who the peers are. They're clearly just put-ups spouting whatever bullshit they've been told to to advance other people's agendas.

It would be interesting to know why they're pushing this 'snoopers charter' thing so hard - it looks like it will do more harm than good and (I assume) they must realise it makes them look bad and can't be doing their (all important) popularity any good, yet still they keep on with it...

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

JonP

We talked a lot about what we wanted from our professional lives...

blah blah blah then Mark offered us an obscene amount of money blah blah blah [insert generic justifications here] blah blah blah...

FTFY

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

JonP

Re: Mostly Penniless.

The commander file on the original Elite was easy to alter with a hex editor...

It was easy to edit, it was even easier to bork it if you didn't modify a few check-sum values too... er, so I'm told. Ahem.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

JonP
Holmes

Re: Pfft, everyone knows that Spiderman doesn't shoot fireballs!

STYLE you either have it or you, well, don't: see icon.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

JonP

Re: This was going to be my first

Apart from the online malarkey (which is getting interwebbed slightly out of proportion) it is pretty true to the original, which (IMO) is the problem. From what I've seen so far it's just frontier elite with better graphics. They've made a great sandbox, but i'm sat with my plastic spade wondering where all the sand is... still, it is a really cool spade.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

JonP

Re: Coming Fall 2016

The Silmarillion: Dawn of the First Age - Part 1

FTFY.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

JonP
Coat

Re: Mission to Mars

It'll certainly be a marathon endeavor. But mustn't snicker, this could be the first step towards leaving the milky way...

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

JonP

Re: Meh..

to decide that life requires a diurnal cycle

Decide, requires? I think you'll find there wasn't much choice in the matter.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

JonP
Coat

Re: The bible is a book ?

The bible is a book ?

The clue's in the name ...

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

JonP
Trollface

Re: Flying fucks given;

"O"? so that's 24 flying fucks then?!

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

JonP

Re: Approved standards

Can this be added to the standards converter? i.e. 1 Central London = 10 aircraft carriers?

We already have Brontosaurs & Wales for such measurements, so they'd be a bit redundant. However if/when Philae is successful, maybe it could become the unit of measurement for size of space probes? Philae almost sounds like a unit already!

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

JonP
Coat

Re: Is there space for the Mother of All Colliders in Denmark?

If they built it on the Isle Of Skye they could probably blag some funding from apple!

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

JonP

Re: Cinema alone

"Cinema you east stale popcorn and can't chat."

sadly you're right about the popcorn, but not about the "can't chat" bit, or play with your phone with the distractingly bright screen, or sit near me and eat tantalisingly tasty smelling* hot food...

"And does Zuck resemble Cameron more and more?"

Cameron Diaz?! I don't know what you're drinking, but I don't want any if that's the effect it has! ;-)

*I know, I know - but it always smells sooo good...

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

JonP

Which is/was entirely the problem with this series. Apart from Listen (? - the one with the hands under the bed) the rest have been ever so meh... saying that the bank one was OK too, but still 3 out of 11... not a good ratio.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

JonP
Trollface

Correlation

At least this explains the rise in the number of trolls in recent years!

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

JonP

Re: Applies where?

2nd para - "The Austria-based drinks maker is to settle US lawsuits out of court..."

I was going to say that people should've known better, but I reckon they did and are just exploiting the false claims Red Bull made in their advertisement. In this case I don't really imagine anyone took them seriously but if we want all companies to stop making false/misleading adverts then Red Bull are fair game.

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Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

JonP

Re: Do competent sub-editors exist any more?

They're probably trying to get in on the act - let a few 'bugs' through & eventually they'll be offered tee-shorts for finding typos in articles.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

JonP
Coat

Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

If Microsoft were clever they'd offer you the choice of tiles or icons or make each instance configurable so you could have tiles for some things and icons for others.

Just saying.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

JonP

Heh, I'd forgotten about the gap series - cheery stuff as I recall. I'm not sure it'd work as a TV series - there's no-one/anything you can really root for or particularly care about, though Angus makes a good anti-hero (with most of the emphasis on the "anti")...

Not sure about the Mars one's either Red & Blue where OK, but Green was heavy going.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

JonP
Coat

Is it just me...

... or are the seemingly endless stream of videos of people destroying their iPhones getting just a little boring now? "Let's expose an iPhone to temperatures of 2.5k C and see what happens!!!1", well, yeah it melted. Don't get me wrong, the blending thing was kinda fun the first few times but now...

it is just me isn't it?

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Alien condoms. Stuck to the wall. That's entirely normal, y'know

JonP
Coat

Re: Gloo...

I guess you must be the target market for those condoms!

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

JonP

Re: Hillary's fever dream!

Wait! There are wars, poverty, pollution, envirocollapse and everything? This seems to be confirmation that "there is no daylight" between World Government and the Bad Guys. Maybe this is aaactually a sly psychological thriller which cunningly hides the key to a deeper layer of the story? Read it again, dear reviewer, and report back."

I did wonder how someone could get such apparent crap published (by an actual publisher, dodgy as they seem), and that maybe it was all deliberate...

...and yeah, i'll be starting "Acceptance" soon, though with trepidation that it's going to be a let down after the first two...

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

JonP
Joke

Is something happening in Wales then?

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

JonP

Re: Nice, but...

Well yes, but surely 99% of what the "target audience" want could be handled by a custom UI that could be installed on any tablet (it could even just be an option when buying a tablet so they wouldn't need to install it themselves)? it doesn't need another half-arsed 'landfill' tablet for that.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

JonP

accidents waiting to happen

the last two taps with the boiling water options are just accidents waiting to happen - you can just see someone going to wash their hands and pulling the wrong lever or with tap on the hot setting...

this is based on the the number of warning signs i've seen at workplaces next to the hot water boilers (where it's obvious) & the number of times someone scalded themselves comes up at safety meetings (OK only maybe once a month, and not usually serious, but these are well signed & we're repeatedly told to be careful with them - in a home that isn't going to happen)

anyway it's saturday morning, time for another nice cup of COFFEE!! ;-)

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

JonP

The classic case here is American inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who thought that the telephone would be a method of listening to concerts remotely

Sooo, he was right then?

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JonP

Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?

facilitate

verb

past tense: facilitated; past participle: facilitated

make (an action or process) easy or easier.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

JonP
Coat

Re: That Ancillary Justice looks very interesting

Well worth reading. It's just won a Hugo as well.

That's what she said.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

JonP
Coat

Dr Freeman would be proud*

... but I imagine he's getting more than a tad frustrated being held in limbo waiting to find out what happens next for 7 years!

*obligatory HL2 ep3 / HL3 whine.

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

JonP
Joke

"... which distracts from that can affect the value for money that taxpayers receive." - what no one wanted to admit was that efficiency increased when everyone was running around answering FoI requests rather than doing their jobs!

And, to be fair, the asteroid one (meteorite) possibly wasn't the most stupid question...

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

JonP

(via google translate rather than any proficiency in Latin whatsoever...)

Da Da Per Forcipem

(Give Me The Pliers)

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

JonP
Terminator

Re: Why did it take them so long to start

And why are we still wasting millions on tying to find the aircraft. Most unlikely to succeed without the pinger. And what would we learn? That pilots are human?

You could argue that it's not really a waste of millions, rather a real-life training exercise (the best kind) - think how much the rescue teams and other organisations are learning from all of this. Also that's the reason for finding the plane (apart from closure for the families), finding out what went wrong (be it system failure or terrorism) is important so we can try and prevent it happening again. If all we learn is that the pilots were human it could be an argument for taking even more control away from the pilots...

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

JonP
Coat

Re: So Red Dwarf was right

So, how long before someone commits first degree vending-machine-icide?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

JonP

Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Naughtyhorse - I think the huge failure of the later movies is not the way they stack up against the original 3, but the way they stack up against the movies the fans think they have, inside their heads.

IMO they all fail on that count. I remember being taken to see it at the cinema when I was about 4 or 5 (I remember the start but that's about it) and then the excitement when it was first shown on TV several years later and I got to see it again and actually take in the story, and then Empire and then Return of Jedi. Hell I even thought the Ewoks were cool back then. Problem was as I got older the plot holes became more obvious and the dialog got clunkier (don't even mention parsecs). But my overriding memory is that they were great films, it's only when I actually watch them that the illusion is shattered. I'd guess kids who saw episodes 1-3 when they came out genuinely thought they were great too, they probably even liked Jar Jar. I expect Abrams and Disney will do a reasonable job (can you imagine being the guy/company who killed off the star wars franchise!?) and I'll still watch them, but they're going to have to be bloody spectacular to win me over.

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