* Posts by Haku

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Some thoughts

"Well - we are looking to do something about pics."

Here's a couple of suggestions I think a lot of regular visitors can get behind:

NO PICTURE ON THE FRONT PAGE AT ALL!

and:

DON'T PUT A PICTURE IN THE ARTICLE IF IT HAS NO ACTUAL RELEVANCE TO THE SUBJECT BEING DISCUSSED!

You're splashing stock pictures around like clueless people used to do with excess amounts of clip art in the early days of desktop publishing. It's not wanted, we're already here to read the articles, you don't need to try and lure us in with stupid, irrelevant pictures that hog most of the screen.

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Re: Whats the problem?

If you're referring to the beta layout of Slashdot, that really is fucking hideous, it has almost none of the long standing graphic idioms of the original layout.

Thankfully you can (for now) avoid the beta version and go back to the original, but if/when they ever force everyone to use the beta layout then I'm done with that site.

There's a worrying trend that the owners/maintainers of tech based websites just don't understand their userbase, that they like the stability and familiarity of the UI staying the same for years and that's one of the major factors of them keeping on coming back time and time again.

Completely changing the layout of a website 'to keep up with the UI trends on the web' is MONUMENTALLY DUMB, if they're doing it because they want to attract a new range of visitors then that just shows disdain for their original visitors that got them to their popularity in the first place.

If El Reg decided to go back to their previous layout then it would show they're willing to listen, and I don't doubt that commentators would be the first to congratulate El Reg for doing the right thing.

P.S. How many of you are old enough to remember New Coke?

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Re: Return of the 'I have read this article' Indication

Using varying shades of grey as an indication of something is IMHO a poor UI practice, namely because you can't be sure wether the end user has their screen's brightness/contrast set up properly, and when you factor in LCD viewing angles and daylight etc. it just makes it worse.

I hate the fact that the WIFI icons on Android devices I've used use two differing shades of grey on the icon to indicate signal strength, when two different colours are much much easier for your eyes/brain to spot than two differing shdes of grey.

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FAIL

hackaday.com pulled this stunt recently

It was like someone at that place redesigned the website to look good just for them on their favourite web browsing device, so so many people had issues with the completely absurd changes to the layout which made no sense at all, but they changed very little in response to the (quite often vitriol levels of) feedback given.

I loved that site.

I really did.

I visited it multiple times daily.

Yet since they made it a complete pain in the arse to navigate and read I visit perhaps once a week. I'm dead serious about that, despite loving the content it contains.

El Reg has been one of a few other favourite websites I've been regularly visiting (often multiple times a day) for almost a decade, I registered on these forums over 7.5 years ago, look at my user number, it's only 2016 and now there are over 73 thousand registered forum users.

IMHO this is a smack in the face to the regular, devoted visitors who never requested these sort of changes to the layout, the previous one worked fine.

Almost everyone was comfortable with how things were, but now almost everyone is spitting blood at the monumentally absurd redesign of the layout.

Can we please have the previous design layout back.

Please?

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Facepalm

How's this for irony:

- El Reg change their layout.

- Nobody likes it.

- They have an article on their front page titled "Do you even know who your customers ARE?"

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Re: Yuk.

It seems the forums are taking a beating too, post edits don't show up immediately like they used to.

I bloody hate it when companies pull this web upgrade shit on its users on a Friday because by the time most people have started using the new interface, the people behind the upgrade have pissed off home for the weekend :(

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Unhappy

Yuk.

I don't hate it - I don't like it. But I suppose I'll have to live with it.

Can I just ask, why is the prominant news article link taking up so much fucking space on the front page and in the article itself?!

REALLY?

I don't come here for pictures, I come here for NEWS!!

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Hang on

I once crashed the automated checkout at a Tesco trying to buy some reduced items that were on a BOGOF offer.

The till deducted the original price of the free item not the heavily reduced price, so the final balance I owed was a negative number and the software had a mental breakdown, indicated by the touchscreen not responding anymore... :D

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

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Re: hard drive players... ...any other candidates spring to mind?

iRiver.

I'm still regularly using my 10 year old iRiver iHP-140 (which they had to re-brand as the H140 apparently due to HP complaining or something), replaced the battery once and earlier this year I swapped out the (heavily used and nearing the end of it's useful life) 40gb HD for an 80GB one.

Sure my Android phone has the ability to play mp3s and is significantly smaller, but the iRiver player's main function is playing/recording audio and it has physical buttons for control of the device, including a full-function wired remote control with screen, which rules superior when you want to control it without having to look at a screen.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: completely nuts!

"Then I guess you have no problem with Comcast charging you $8.00 a month rental for the privilege of hosting the hotspot."

HAS EVERYONE (well, a lot of commentators) BEEN TAKING EXCESS AMOUNTS OF STUPID PILLS RECENTLY?!

The hotspot can be turned off, users of it can't get access to your own LAN, and as an Xfinity user you have the ability to use other people's Xfinity hotspots, just like BTWIFI.

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Re: completely nuts!

"If it's anything like the BTWifi-with-Fon hot spots on BT customer routers in the uk then the "public" side of it will have a very restricted bandwidth (1mbps here IIRC) which depending on your package and line sync speed will have no effect on your own connection speed regardless of how well used it is."

I actually did some tests on this with my own BT Infinity 2 connection regarding bandwidth available to BTWIFI hotspot users, see this previous El Reg post of mine for the results:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/08/06/bt_bills_customers_for_using_free_fon_wifi_hotspots/#c_2263844

and

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2014/08/06/bt_bills_customers_for_using_free_fon_wifi_hotspots/#c_2264458

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Not sure how to feel about this new attack.

On the one hand it's funny Sony got another taste of their own medicine (see Sony CD rootkit scandal)

But on the other hand the attackers shouldn't have leaked personal information of employees etc.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Somewhere in a parallel world

You can go into a hotel, look in the bedside cabinet and see the Good Book of GTA with a little note saying "This bible was placed here by an Epsilon"

P.S. Kifflom! Brother brother.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Pint

A quick search revealed the availability of stainless steel ice cubes, which some people say are better than soapstone due to a higher thermal conductivity,

Personally I have no idea which is better, so this might have to be investigated first hand, with many 'experiments' :D

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What about the debt

Hang on a mo, if they're selling pot pies without putting "pot" in the name, that's false advertising not consumer stupidity.

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What?

Talking about pi(e) on a tech oriented site and no mention of raspberry even in jest?

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Blimey, was it really over 3 years ago I wrote this?

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/03/03/blade_runner_deal/#c_1001602

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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Battery-free piezo powered wireless lightswitches

I saw a sample switch module about 5 years ago, it wasn't wired to any wireless circuitry at the time, but the piezo inside did generate enough power to blink an LED when you pressed the switch down and then blinked another one when you let go.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I like toys but...

"I'd much rather chance being zapped with a laser once on my way home than face the dozens of morons with their faulty headlights I pass every evening."

I'm with you on the hatred for the ever-increasing brightness of vehicle headlights, but I don't think you comprehend the permanent damage a Spyder III laser can easily do to your retinas.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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You know that old dragged up phrase "the internet never forgets" ?

Well unfortunately it does sometimes, when nobody cares enough to create a backup or archive of it somehow and the website owner loses interest in the site so stops paying for hosting.

Two sites that I may want to gain information from in the future but have disappeared 'into the ether' and don't appear to have copies on archive.org are the forums on misticriver.net which dealt with iRiver products in their heyday (I still regularly use my H140 with 80gb HD) and forum.eeeuser.com which used to contain an absolute goldmine of information for the Asus Eee devices.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: What GPS really needs

Yup, I can't agree more on having that option.

One time we came home to discover our drystone wall that's adjacent to the road had been almost completely knocked down, a neighbour told us that a 5-axle lorry had caused it and didn't even stop.

Over the years numerous chunks of stone have been chipped away from that wall by large lorries squeezing past because they blindly followed their satnav to get to a destination that 's more accessable if they got to our road from the other end.

Move the wall you say? Not possible, part of it is attached to our and our neighbours house. And unfortunately it's never going to stop because that section is perhaps the narrowest along the road.

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Had a drive home from hell? Grab a glass of your favourite and listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i6OrOZwtmA

I'm also reminded of a joke I once read that went along the lines of:

Kid in back of car with mum driving: "Mummy, why don't you see any fucking bastards and bloody whores on the roads like daddy does?"

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

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Re: Small beer in the grand scheme of things

Two weeks? Count yourself very lucky, some years ago it took 5 months of pestering to get my Barclaycard cancelled and my money returned when fraudulent charges started appearing. This was back when they had Stephen Fry (I think) doing their adverts saying it was ok to use online.

Then the very week I managed to finally cancel the card, the other two household members received Barclaycard pens in the post along with offers to join...

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Freemium / In-app purchases / Microtransactions

I think some people are just trying to avoid paying microtransactions, which are anything but micro for a lot of the freemium stuff.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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Do robots have brothers?

No, they have transistors.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Re: Good luck finding a mobile phone not built/sold by a corporation

Ben Heck's DIY Cell Phone Part 1 (YouTube)

Mobile phone technology is so prevailant that you can now buy modules to roll your own.Though getting it to do more than initiate/receive phone calls needs a whole new level of tech know-how.

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Re: Never buy

corporate

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Sounds like they used the technology behind Zaphod Beeblebrox's favourite sunglasses

At the first hint of trouble they turn totally black to prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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I loved my Casio wrist watches as a kid.

The battery in one of them actually lasted 5 years, even more amazing was that the strap lasted that long too!

Now with screens everywhere telling me what time it is, along with a water powered desk clock, I don't wear a wristwatch anymore, but that hasn't stopped me collecting them, over 40 of the game types from the 80s/early 90s such as Donkey Kong, several Mario Bros, Pac-Man, Batman, Q*Bert etc. including ones that look like Game Boys and some really rare ones that look like Sega Game Gears.

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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

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Poor bastards.

I measure my download rates in megabytes/s so if I had to drop down to a 2 megabit connection I think I'd end up sitting in the corner rocking backwards & forwards murmuring "megabyte...megabyte...megabyte..."

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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I have this strange urge to hit anyone who tells me that because I play GTA V/Online it makes me violent...

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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"We didn't notice the chef subtly changing the ingredients."

Yeah you take your eye off the ball for a few moments and suddenly you're Soylent Green!

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Google Glassholes haven't achieved 'social acceptance' - report

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Re: The bell end factor

Surveillance paranoia levels will undoubtedly increase when they're indistinguishable from ordinary specs, especially as the news media will relish writing numerous "is that person sitting opposite you on the tube / in the resturant / in the high street recording you without you realising?" stories.

At least this guy's not shy about his video recording activities:

Surveillance Camera Man

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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He should play Steve Jobs in a parody version called

"How Do You Like Them Apples?"

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I'll only watch it if Michael Bay directs it

Because icon ------------------->

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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I'm sure there's a "Mickey Mouse search engine" joke in there somewhere, we just need someone to come up with an appropriate set of algorithms for finding said joke...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: 2014 and

Hence my *yawn* post above, which got a bunch of downvotes from people who probably feel that my indifference to the sexuality of someone who I don't know, don't particularly care about and won't ever meet, is a bad thing.

*shug*

Weirdos.

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*yawn*

Must be a slow news day in the IT world.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Why?

Some of the big YouTube gamers have literally millions of subscribers and can generate enough money to live from, those are the ones that often attract many realtime viewers on Twitch.

But I'm with you on why would anyone want to watch the actual person playing the game rather than the game itself, especially as the YT gamers are known more for their voice (game commentary) than what they look like.

I do enjoy the ramblings of Nerd³ on YouTube, he's even got his dad into playing games and uploading game-play vids! As well as many colaboration vids where they fight each other to the death, with plenty of laughter.

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"No sex please, we're Twitch-ish"

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Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?

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So how many kidneys do I have to sell to get one?

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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He's probably already made his own railgun or two in his time. However he now has a new 20,000 Watt Power Supply...

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Agreed.

I don't have a problem with them putting up a notification to the user that they're trying to use a fake chip with official drivers and that it won't work anymore, but silently making the fake chip inert without telling the end user what was happening is just wrong.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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FAIL

Such a dick move.

Do they even have the right to destroy your hardware, wether you know the device you have contains a fake chip or not?

I thought FTDI were a reputable company that produced reliable hardware & software solutions, especially their USB-TTL/RS232 chips, but this is such a dick move, people who have heard of or experienced first hand what they did won't want to trust them again.

If you're in the market for a device that uses hardware of a type that FTDI manufacture, how can you be 100% sure it doesn't contain a fake FTDI chip before you hand over your money?

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Whatever next...?

There's some weird psychology involved whereby if you tell people your goal you're less likely to go ahead and do it. Probably why so many governments are so poor at keeping up their promises to do things that benefit the public...

TED Talk - Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself (YouTube 3m45s)

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Are they killing more people in Dr Who now or am I just being more observant?

Last week it was people getting wiped out by the Ghost Mummy and this week it was the Attack of the 2D Monsters.

It's a very death-happy event for a Saturday evening BBC tv show.

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

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Strange, the article title changed.

From

"Who wants to lick Google's Lollipop? Grab a new Android Nexus 6, 9 or TV Player"

To:

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

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