* Posts by Spiracle

205 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

Spiracle

Re: SD Storage question

Depends on the app but some of them may not be moving their cache out of main memory - some music streaming apps, for example, may not shift previously downloaded songs without manual intervention. Try clearing the cache in the system and app settings and re-starting everything. Failing that find out which apps are the main memory hogs in settings, delete and re-install from the store.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Spiracle
Coat

Re: That's quite a bit of work

He should do. He sounds fairly down to earth...

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Spiracle

Re: Completely and utterly bonkers

If they'll take it in at the Cambridge museum he'll be able to throw a couple of spools of solder into his bike basket and cycle down to finish (or, more likely, mend) it.

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

Spiracle
Headmaster

Scarcity economics

Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

So men's breast milk should command an even greater premium then.

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

Spiracle

It's changed already

Windows 10 technical preview build 10074 installed smoothly

Build 10130, currently on the fast update loop, changes the menu and 'Metro' interfaces quite significantly from the one illustrated and is much more 8.1-like. Whether or not it's representative of the final release is anyone's guess though.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

Spiracle

Re: Various Intentions.

The plucky Brits can shoot them down already (cue 'Theme from 633 Squadron')

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NASA hands Boeing first commercial crew contract for SPAAAACE

Spiracle

Re: The only reason the Shuttle was retired was to award Boein alone new contracts.

...and try to build a new one with LCD screens instead of old CRTs...

IIRC Apollo instruments were only electro-mechanical and Nixies. There must probably have been tubes in the cameras though.

You're right about Boeing though.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

Spiracle

Re: locations

Must get confusing when they need to buy real gas (LPG or CNG)…

Especially as the 'L' in 'LPG' stands for 'Liquified'.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Spiracle

Allison Pearson complaining about the cliched language structure Pratchett used, missing the whole point that he was writing about a bunch of old heroes so would have been parodying fantasy prose...

To be fair the junction in the Venn diagram of Interesting Times and I Don't Know How She Does It readers is probably fairly slim.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Spiracle

Fobbed off

Personally, I think it might about time to start looking at old watch formats. After all, you can pack a lot more electronics and a larger screen into a fob watch...

You might not have long to wait.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

Spiracle

Re: Hmm...$10,000...

F-91W

It's still an experiment in progress but F-91Ws seem to be costing me approximately £11 per decade to run. Being the Bic Cristal/Honda Super Cub of watches I'd imagine that they'll still be rolling off productions lines 20 or 30 years hence in very similar form.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

Spiracle

Re: Left handed version?

Since Samsung have gone to the trouble of tooling up for a very much non-standard curved screen why didn't they go the whole hog and just drop the physical Home button? Then lefties could just invert the device when not using it for making calls.

Or am I missing something here?

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

Spiracle
Stop

Re: TV Licensing

So long as broadcast requires any cooperation with the people from TV licensing (who keep insisting on placing offensive adverts on BBC Radio 4)

An easy way to avoid exposure to these offensive adverts is to stop listening to a service that you're not paying for.

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

Spiracle
Unhappy

Aww...

#! was the distro keeping my 12 year old ThinkPad T41 going. Non-PAE and slow it may be but it's got the best keyboard I've ever used and a case like a trilobite. I'll have to give it viking funeral.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

Spiracle

“In terms of whether we approached Microsoft, or Microsoft approached us, I don’t think it was either, I think it was a conversation in a bar,”

Let's see, The Flying Pig on Hills Road is handy for MS Research and, given the story, appropriately named.

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

Spiracle

O3 then?

It worked so well for the Alien movies.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Spiracle

Re: The parental burden

she decided it was dark enough that she could get some sleep instead.

My dad snored audibly throughout the final two-thirds of Star Wars in 1978. Twenty years later I found myself in a similar position for The Phantom Menace. I stayed awake, but it was a close run thing.

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Spiracle

The parental burden

One of the duties of a parent is having to sit through 'must see' movies on a Saturday afternoon, the worst of which in my case being, by a considerable length of chalk, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. I would honestly rather undergo dentistry than have to sit through the final hour of that for a second time.

G-Force wasn't much better but was mitigated by being presented in 3-d (so you could at least nod off behind the dark glasses without too many people noticing).

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Spiracle
Boffin

Re: As much as it pains me to say this...

'Cortana' sounds less shit than 'OK, Google'.

I've been experimenting on my Nexus and it seems to me that it only listens for a series of four hard vowel sounds, so a chimp-like "oh ay ooh ooh" seems to work and you can even get away with "Ewah WooWoo" sometimes.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

Spiracle

No doubt locksmiths will be bidding for bol.locks. It'll be memorable.

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

Spiracle

Re: Link?

It would be easier to influence this if there was a link.

Try here.

This is probably one of those rare occasions that you have to contact your MEP, though good luck if you find yourself trying to persuade a Kipper that the EU isn't attempting to steal our plucky British spectrum.

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Spiracle

Re: Wake me up...

I have exactly the same problem and am bemused that the Outlook OWA doesn't have a default mobile-friendly format.

Try appending '/?layout=twide' (or '/?layout=tnarrow' if you're on a phone) to the end of your OWA URL. I've got it as a bookmark.*

PITA, but it works.

*May be dependent on running Exchange 2013

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Spiracle

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Then I remembered to clear the cache and it was fine after that.

Thank you for reminding me of that, my N4 now is now zipping along like before. I seem to be getting about 25-30% more out of the battery as well, which more than makes up for the few new annoyances that have arrived with Lollipop (what happened to silent mode? It seems that vibrate only is the best I can get now).

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Spiracle

Re: Paint.net

Seconded, I end up using it pretty much every day.

KeePass is worth a shout these days too.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

Spiracle
Coat

Re: Canal+ is perhaps watching

Canal+ has been created around porn and footie

Birth Canal+?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Spiracle

Will we see small, one man band, independent record shops ever again? I doubt it.

There appears to be two new ones opening in Cambridge this month.

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

Spiracle
Coat

Re: The Intel Threat

They've got deep pockets so ARM needs to keep that in perspective...

ARM concerned by deep pockets?

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

Spiracle

The last time that I went to 'The Deep' in Hull I had cod and chips in the cafe.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Spiracle

Re: London FFS

Yeah, move to Cambridge to get away from those insane house prices, crippling transport issues and high cost of living issues.

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Spiracle

Transparency

As the glass floor that the window gazing chap is standing on will discourage anybody wearing a skirt from walking across it can we say that this place has been designed with its own glass ceiling?

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Spiracle

Chromosome problem?

substitute "rich person" for "rich nerd".

"Rich male person" perhaps. One of Apple's challenges going forward is going to be persuading women to

a) Strap a huge lump of tech to their wrists at all, and

b) Keep it there long for enough to harvest enough data to satisfy their (at the moment nascent) profiling apps.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

Spiracle

Server side encryption has one advantage...

OwnCloud may 'only' offer server-side encryption but, if you're mostly accessing your files via a mobile device, it's probably the preferable option. Hard sums eat your battery.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Spiracle

Re: Flash

As for the lighters, nobody smokes any more,... hence no lighters. Besides, if you lit one at a gig undoubtedly some health and safety nazi would command you to extinguish it immediately under rule 47 section C sub-paragraph a14,......

Virtual Zippo® Lighter

Problem solved.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

Spiracle

Re: Even skinny spares are a problem...

if you have to change to one, and your boot is full, you don't have room for the full sized one you've taken off.

You could put it on your lap, but that has its dangers.

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

Spiracle

Top-flight tech tab flagship in babel-blabbing self-supporting sub search

Do I get the job?

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

Spiracle

Re: Forget Scottish Independence

...we don't need a reclaimed swamp in the remote south east to keep us going

Singapore; Hong Kong; Brunei; Bahrain; Taiwan; they all have the advantage of being islands. If London had been founded on the Isle of Wight it would have declared independence years ago.

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

Spiracle

Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

Surely they can get Vic Armstrong to finish it off, like he did on The Temple of Doom.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

Spiracle

Waiting is better than not at all, and one would hope that not all blocks were on the equivalent of a memory stick in rural Lincolnshire.

As you correctly point out, though, the 'value' of any crypto-currency (especially BitCoin) is entirely in the efficiency of the network. You might not mind waiting 15 minutes for confirmation if you're BCing some chewing gum or a pint, but if you were waiting that long for the price of your house then you'd sweat.

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Spiracle

..the limiting factor in practice would be the end user's storage space though, network bandwidth is going to make the practicalities of accessing TB-sized data sets distributed on home user's PCs a challange.

I think that the idea is that it would be a backup of last resort rather than primary storage. Multiple replication would mean that some sort of BitTorrent-style peer protocol could mitigate the problems caused by wet-piece-of-string ADSL connections somewhat.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

Spiracle

Marketing challenge

No doubt the SpaceX people have worked through all of the connotations of calling a rocket the 'V2'.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Spiracle

It's eyeballs, not safety

All of this safety stuff is desirable but it's just a side-effect of what Google's really after. Data-slurping and consumption devices are reaching saturation point so the only way to increase eyeball-time is to free up hours currently spent doing important but, from Google's point of view, unproductive things like driving. They'd much rather you took your eyes off of the road and fixed them onto a Google movie or updated G+. If that also happens to result in you hitting fewer pedestrians, that's great!

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

Spiracle

Investment in the long term.

The article is spot on as regards Tech City.

Importing the worst of Silicon Valley’s cut-and-run VC culture hardly helps build long-term businesses. It places greater incentives on short-termism.

Luckily there are some counter-examples. One of the factors contributing to the current success of Cambridge (where Chinese graduates have been in attendance since before Xu Zhimo) is that the University's geological-style timescales leak out into it's investment culture and planning.

The field next to Addenbrooke's Hospital on which the new Biomedical Campus (to which AstraZenica are about to re-locate), for example, was earmarked for the purpose of a medical tech park in 1962 when the LMB built their first new lab at the end of Hills Road. Having been there 800 years or so the University was quite happy to wait another 50 until the moment was right to send in the JCBs.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

Spiracle

Re: I've tried Lubuntu 14.04

Or you could open the Security and Privacy box and flip the 'Include online Search Results' switch to off.

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

Spiracle

Rotatable?

Would I be right in thinking that this screen tech would only be 3d in one orientation? I would imagine that it'll be 3d in landscape mode and conventional in portrait.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Spiracle
Pint

I got a Moto-G, which seems to do 95% of what the iPhone does, for £99 outright and £7/month for a 1GB contract. Over 24 months, compared to a similar £29/month iPhone contract, this seems to save me a shade under £430, money that I shall spend on beer. That's two years of FREE BEER for not using an iPhone!

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Spiracle

I don't know why Amazon haven't made it possible to run their Love Film app on all android devices and not just their android-based kindle fire OS.

Amazon have let me know that my Prime next-day delivery subscription has gone up to £79 and now includes Instant Video. Having Linux PCs and stock Android phones and tablets this means that they've added a compulsory surcharge to my next-day delivery service to pay for videos that they won't allow me to watch. I shall let the Prime subscription lapse when it runs out.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Spiracle

Add a semi-transparent overlay from the rear-facing camera and you're good to go for wearing it all day a la Google Glass but with none of the problems of looking like some sort of sad hipster. Win-Win!

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Spiracle

The Right Stuff

Did they consciously design the 'Technology' option to resemble a flying jockstrap?

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

Spiracle

... I really don't think that a case can be made that GNU/Linux is more secure because it will take a user two more seconds to type a password before doing something ill-thought out

I'm not so sure. You have to remember that the average* Linux desktop user will only have cause to type in the sudo password when either the system update triggers or they're installing something new from the repository. If something outside of those events asks for more authority they're much more likely to think something along the lines of 'hang on, something's asking to go into God-mode and muck about with the workings of my computer and it's not one of the regular things.'

It's true that the Windows confirmation box is both big and yellow but it also pops up whenever, say, a browser needs an update, which is regularly. The answer to the question "Do you want to allow this program to make changes to this computer?" is usually 'Yes, now get out of my way' - Click.

If MS did something as simple as popping up a similar big yellow box whenever Windows Update runs it might go a little way towards reinforcing in user's minds the fact that something serious is happening

*I'm basing this average user behaviour on a sample of one: my wife.

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Spiracle

And if GNU/Linux had the same userbase WIndows had, the same number of people would go "okay" and grant it access.

You're correct but only up to a point. On a Linux desktop such a script would result in the user having to type in their su/root password into a box, giving a vital extra couple of seconds to engage brain. On Windows all that's needed is a reflex click on an 'OK' button. Later versions of Windows have tried to make this more obvious by making the box modal and blanking the screen background, but it's still just one mouse click.

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