* Posts by Stuart Moore

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Stuart Moore
WTF?

CEO...

"That plan was derailed by a request to visit a new plant because the CEO would be there."

... wait, what? Why on earth did someone think that was a useful use of your time?

I'm not calling you a liar, but I am trying to understand the logic that goes "We need you to go out and fix this server ASAP.... but first go on a site visit you're blatantly not needed for since you happen to be passing"

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

Stuart Moore

Interesting as ever.

Was hoping you would go more into the detail of how British Rail got broken up into its current structure, and how there the government keeps dictating what can be done, how many and what type of trains can be bought... it seems like there we have the worst possible structure. ROSCOs that own the trains budget their leasing costs to pay back the purchase price over 5 years of a projected 30 year life, and then happily take the profits for the rest - and the TOCs can't shop around as they don't have the freedom. That's what angers me, thst we have a combination of all the bad bits of privatisation with all of the bad bits of government ownership.

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Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

Stuart Moore
Devil

Re: I'm guessing that I'm expected to either know what Secret Cinema is....

Or read the article and infer from what's there. Or get on with your life without posting silly comments.

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Nokia to LG: You want our smartphone IP? Alright, you got it

Stuart Moore

Picture fail...

There's an Ericsson phone there! (with the flip)

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

Stuart Moore
Stop

Video autoplayed no my phone. Stop it! The rest of my train didn't need to hear that

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

Stuart Moore

Re: Seems Wasteful

See the book "The Martian" by Andy Weir for a discussion of this as part of a great sci-fi novel. Definitely worth a read!

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

Stuart Moore

The EU has given us a lot of things that may not show up on the economic radar but make a difference to people. E.g. the EU is big enough to force airlines to pay compensation for late/cancelled flights. Good luck forcing that through as a country on your own.

Also remember the original reaaon for the EU, avoiding war. I worry that if it breaks up then a decade or 2 later someone will have a pop. That scares me more than many other things.

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Stuart Moore

Re: Red herrings.

Hopefully "Password1" is "complicated password number 1 from the list you have to memorise and not write down" rather than literally "Password1"

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

Stuart Moore
Pint

Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

> Remember your body is a temple.

I have the body of a god.

Unfortunately it's Buddha

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

Stuart Moore

just checking

You are frying both the potatoes and the onions, before adding the egg?

Might have to try this.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

Stuart Moore
Joke

I blame the software...

... I heard it was a floating point error

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

Stuart Moore
Happy

Re: C42 Quantum Communication Control Systems ..... AI@ITsWork

This is a good time to mention that I like the way that the article authors often join in the comments.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

Stuart Moore

Re: Yay

My gopro already comes with wifi-handy to connect to a tablet and review on a bigger screen.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

Stuart Moore

Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

I put up without AdBlockPlus for a while (websites have to pay their costs) - until I had too many ads with autoplaying video and audio; that is not on. Even worse than the horrible ones that expand as you're reading down the page. AdBlockPlus is back and helps a lot.

So sorry those who want to advertise; a few of you have ruined it for the rest of you.

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

Stuart Moore

And they wonder why there's a hard push back to any game experience that requires servers to work...

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

Stuart Moore

Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

A bigger issue with flushing cat poo and litter is that a parasite in it can survove the sewage treatment process and go on to harm pregnant women - see http://www.floppycats.com/cat-feces-flushing-a-bad-thing.html

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

Stuart Moore

Driving under the influence

the driver had been arrested, shortly after the incident, on suspicion of operating the vehicle while under the influence.

Under the influence of what? I'm assuming alcohol, but this is the USA so could well be demonic forces...

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

Stuart Moore

My experience

I wanted to change the address on my driving licence. I went through all of their hoops online-passport number, national insurance, previous addresses (although it insisted that one of the places I lived didn't exist, nor did its postcode - it's been there 500 years)

Then you have to enter a number offf the photocard, and one off the counterpart. After 3 attempts the it kept claiming I was entering the wrong numbers, then said you've made too many mistskes, you need to pay for a lost one.

So I posted it instead!

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

Stuart Moore

Was it bling or power?

Are you sure it was bling that caused this, and not that the local chief/hardman got to have his way with all the women against their wills?

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

Stuart Moore
Paris Hilton

[citation needed]

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Stuart Moore
WTF?

CRACKS near the EARTH'S CORE

What does that headline actually mean? How in any sense are these cracks near the Earth's core? Yes they go 20km down, but that really isn't significant. It is like saying Wales is near the USA because from the perspective of England they're in the same direction!

The story is interesting enough without that. These lying headlines make me distrust the rest of the article.

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

Stuart Moore
Coat

Frankly that sort of pedantry makes me [sic]

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

Stuart Moore
Flame

Dad...

Bring Your Own Dad could have been fun; we find out the BOFH's dad was an even older school BOFH and they have some father son bonding, cooking beancounters on a campfire.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Stuart Moore
Facepalm

Almost justifiable...

... if they had put in wireless charging so that most of the time you would use that.

But I wouldn't buy one - even if most of the time you don't need those ports it's a real pain if one day you do and have to pay masses for an adaptor.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Stuart Moore
Flame

Not a patch on the rest

In the "More from The Register" section underneath the article, there are 6 articles linked.

See if you can spot a common theme in the titles...

* Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

* Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

* Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

* Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

* Another day, yet another emergency Adobe Flash patch. Because that's how we live now

* Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

(Well, 4 of them anyway)

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

Stuart Moore
WTF?

Since you mention it...

Where is BOFH?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Stuart Moore
Headmaster

There is some sound equipment for live mixing bands that uses ethernet - here latency is key (since you don't want any noticable difference between the "live" sound from stage and the stuff that's gone via the speakers) so buffers aren't helpful.

I believe that at least some use ethernet cable, but a completely different protocol, to make this work.

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

Stuart Moore

Re: Sat Comms.

I could see high speed, high(er) latency connections being very helpful to google - I assume they mirror an awful lot of data around the world but don't care if it takes a bit longer to get there than a path that doesn't have to go via space. Even if the speed is rubbish for web browsing responsiveness, most people won't care if the backups take 2 seconds longer for the "all data received" acknowledgement to come back.

What is the typical latency of satellite net connections?

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

Stuart Moore

Great read. I visited South Africa in 2001 and this brought memories fkooding back

Could you claim the protection money on expenses? I have heard of similar projects having a budget for "local gratuities"?

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

Stuart Moore

Or even...

Or even get the direct train from Cambridge to Kings Cross (which is faster)

But once crossrail comes in it'd be possible to do a direct train (although via a ludicrous route which they'd never do in reality).

I think the main issue with Bedford -> Cambridge is that the old line has been built over, and so it's tricky to know where to route it.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

Stuart Moore
Happy

Every so often I think xkcd is going downhill... and then he comes out with something genius, most recently the Rosetta comic.

I do sometimes wonder if he is just trolling explainxkcd.com though

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

Stuart Moore
Thumb Up

The Time Traveller's Wife

I loved "The Time Traveller's Wife" as a film - works really well on most levels.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Stuart Moore
Boffin

I can't helped wondering if those who have slept with many women are in general fitter and more healthy, so more attractive, hence sleeping with more women. So the result could just be a side effect of being healthy

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Weekend reads: Douglas Adams' bio in The Frood, The Bone Clocks and Harry Partch, Hobo Composer

Stuart Moore

Re: And Another Thing?

I got to the end, but no real desire to re-read. Meanwwhile i have re read H2G2 many times. I missed the clever wordplay mainly.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

Stuart Moore

Re: IDEs

REAL men whistle down the telephone line to edit files

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Stuart Moore

You could cut the rubber off and replace with some sugru, great stuff. Have used it to fix some apple cables where the sheaving was perishing.

You can get it online, or from maplin if that's more convenient

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

Stuart Moore

Great review and I am sure a great read. I was at symbian for about a year (during which the iPhone appeared) and often wonder what could have been done differently to make it end up where android is now.

P.s. hello to anyone else from LPD

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

Stuart Moore
IT Angle

You mean with a bit of quantum entanglement going on?

Nudge nudge wink wink say no more. Say no more.

What's it like?

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Stuart Moore

Re: umm..

Yes, to get to the other aide, have known that since age 4

Which made it all the more astounding when age 27 someone pointed out it also meant to die...

All that time and I hadn't spotted the actual joke!

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Stuart Moore

Re: It's good not to be back

ODFO

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Stuart Moore

Re: other titles that would freak out the Adele listener:

Bicycle Race whilst on a motorway could give pause for thought...

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Too Much Clickbait

Stuart Moore

Re: Too Much Clickbait

Not an ad - this was the headline of that story on the front page! It's at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/07/kickstarter_wtf/ (I copied the URL but didn't click on it as I'd rather page views for that kind of headline went down...)

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Stuart Moore

Too Much Clickbait

Dear Register,

Please stop being so clickbaity. There's currently an article with the headline

"Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: One Easy Way To Raise $45,000+ You Won't Believe"

and while the article might interest me, I've decided not to read it because I am fed up with the trend of headlines becoming absolutely useless at telling what the article is about.

Please treat your readers with some intelligence. Jokey headlines - great - but at least give enough info in the headline & sub headline that we have some idea of what the topic is about.

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

Stuart Moore

Re: ...............pation! (Anticip......)

I will second that. Listen to the radio series. Then read the books. The film had good bits but was nothing on the original.

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Stuart Moore

Re: A great man

H2G2 - the website - was basically wikipedia before wikipedia.

I have read a previous biography - http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Panic-Douglas-Hitchhikers-Galaxy/dp/1848564961 - which was very good and (amongst other things) had the H2G2 plot with the Krikket robots as it originally was - as a Dr Who plot! That biog is highly recommended to anyone else who doesn't want to wait.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

Stuart Moore
Coat

Re: Lags and lagging

So now the coppers are recieving stolen goods too?

I'll pipe down before I come a cropper...

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Stuart Moore

Re: Ah the mightly psion

They swemed to stop just as bluetooth was coming out, I remember thinking at the time that all I needed was a way to connect it by bluetooth to my phone, rather than the ir modem...

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

Stuart Moore
Joke

Re: Never mind that!

Can I wipe it and put Symbian on there?

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Stuart Moore

Lack of competition

Good article. But isn't the point that in the usa there is so little competition that you might only have 2 options for internet access at your house - if they both decide to block netflix, there's little you can do other than hope a 3rd company might spot the gap in the market, invest loads in kit, and then as soon as it deployed one of the others turns netflix back on again long enough to kill it.

We are lucky here in the UK that, if you can get broadband at all, you are likely to have several options. So you can choose for dirt cheap/parental controls/lack of parental controls/refusing to give subscriber details to copyright trolls without a court order...

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'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

Stuart Moore

Pepsi?

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