* Posts by Steve Evans

2390 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

*Phew* I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks the controls are reversed.

Pretty impressive, even more so given they used those plastic Canon cameras ;-)

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: FFS

Yup, it's the windows licensing fun all over again...

Change your HDD to an SSD, chuck in some bigger RAM whilst you're at it, and upgrade the GPU and "oh dear" different magic number generated, so it must be a different machine.

*rolls eyes*

Then remembers he's been using Open/Libre Office for years anyway due to the influx of .docx emails he couldn't open in Office 2003 which he received from people stupid enough to use the preinstalled 3 months free Smack, sorry Office 2007.

Note to self to increase the anti-third person medication.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Re: Hope it works then...

I know what you mean.

Whilst modern smartphones have far more power than my old capacitive screened mobile, I do miss the ability to accurate tap with a fingernail. With a capacitive you can't, you have to use the huge squidgy end of your finger, which immediately obstructs the view of whatever it is you are trying to press!

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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Given the general Apple device bent of the BBC, I'm amazed they haven't been completely pwned too...

Then again, maybe the whole NUJ strike the other day was just a cover?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Maybe...

I didn't intend to start a "west-side "east-side" conflict here (so put the gold chains away and stop holding those 9mm sideways). I was just commenting that CA has a climate which generally further removed from the cold which is known to really bugger up rechargeable batteries.

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Maybe...

Electric vehicles are all well and good, but they are far from perfect. As mentioned in the article, cold weather murders them. Not only do the lights and heating suck valuable power from the batteries, but the batteries themselves lose a lot of capacity just from being chilly. This is nothing new. Anyone who's used a digital camera in snowy weather will be familiar with this, and often carry two of three batteries which can be kept in an almost constant camera, warm pocket, rotation.

So whilst I'm sure the car is perfect in California, it's in trouble when it meets the far more real world environment of the North East Coast.

Just a thought...

Maybe if they spent a little more on R&D, and a little less on lawyers...???

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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Re: Useless really

I believe the reason BT strip the CLI from SIP originated calls is because such SIP CLI is generally about as trustworthy as two dozen politicians holding expenses forms.

I have yet to have such a stripped CLI call ring on my home phone which isn't exactly what I expect - namely yet another company ignoring TPS.

BTW, personal favourite is "Microsoft" calling because my computer has reported a fault to them. These calls seem to go through phases, and me and several friends have a competition going to see how long we can string them along for. Unfortunately I'm not currently winning (I had to cut the call short at 35 minutes, I was on the way out the door at the time). So please *do* call back. Your call is important to me (I need to beat Dave's 50 minute epic!).

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Personal testimonial--realtime

Many a true word!

Several years ago I bought my mother an atom powered Lenovo S10e netbook. She wanted something small and portable just for checking emails. It even came with a large (6 cell I think) battery. It seems to last forever even when set on performance.

Despite owning smart phones and tablets, guess what happens whenever I go away? Yup, I go and borrow the S10e. As the OP said, it's small enough to slip in hand luggage on the plane, it has blue tooth, wifi, a couple of USB ports and a whopping 160gig hard drive for storing all my 12Mb raw photos from my Nikon collection (this accounts for the rest of my hand luggage!).

I've even been known to do a bit of photo post processing on the netbook - although it's not something I wish to make a habit of! Slooooow! However, at least it's an option if I really have to.

All for less than £300 new. Bargain.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: Lemmings

"you'll regret that"

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card

No, just Lewis trolling the Apple fans.

Oh God, look what he just made me do... Defend Apple fans!

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: Broadband Speeds

A lot of the streaming TV services have issues beyond your connection speed.

I'm lucky enough to have FTTC, and 38mbs into the house, but 4OD often stutters and fails to stream smoothly even in the silly "real programmer" hours.

The other night even iplayer was being moody playing live TV, yet the TV catchup app on my Nexus 7 connected to my wifi was able to stream the same channel without issue.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Re: Jewsish sabbath, was Muslims in Space

Even if he did obey the sabbath every 10.5 hours, if would hardly have been the end of the world. If would have only last 90 minutes.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: Abiword

TV remote? Try the mobile phone apps and control via the home wifi. Who needs line of sight?

I use Yatse (android).

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Curously...

Having just returned from Christmas in Hungary, where coincidently I gave a friend's son a R-Pi for Christmas, I can confirm the air traffic control, and whole airport organisation is running smoothly and efficiently. So the cleaner's son must have finished the project already.

More than can be said for those w*nkers Easyjet and Luton airport in general who caused me to miss my flight out in December.

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Dead Steve Jobs tried to KILL Ashton Kutcher from beyond the grave

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Re: Showing off our stupidity eh?

I know I can't really compete with the temperature willy-waving that's going on here, but a couple of weeks ago I did have a snowball fight whilst wearing nothing but swimming shorts and flip-flops.

8 feet from a 35c thermal bath - with a bar - bliss :-)

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actors are strange.

Put his system out of wack? Sounds perfect for later in the film, unless he'd already got the liver removal scheduled.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: Dammit

Or at least 72" is what's going on the insurance claim...

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Gentle voice of reason?

There is no reason in religion.

(it's missing an a and an s)

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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A country founded on the idea of freedom and escaping religious persecution... You could have fooled me!

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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

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Re: Smooth Criminals

Sorry, yes, I meant amazingly low compared to what we have become accustomed to seeing. Not amazingly low for what they had actually done.

I agree. For once the punishment actually looks right for the crime.

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Re: Smooth Criminals

The goods never left the possession of the owners. They didn't steal anything, they copied the files. The owners were never deprived of the files.

Still an amazingly low sentence. How they avoided extradition hearings I will never know.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Re: All that technology to get a man into space

Hope they cleaned the outside before they left... Birch of a job otherwise

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Failure?

Enemies within? You mean like all these homegrown terrorists we're supposed to keep an eye open for?

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Re: "abject" ?

A nice shielded case would do wonders...

Egor, break out the evostick and tinfoil!

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Re: EMC who cares?

You should try the Home Hub 3's standard PSU.

When I first got Infinity I couldn't work out why my previously reliable network of power line kept failing to link.

A few tests later, and I found it's the cheap PSU BT supply chucking too much noise back down the mains!

Binned it.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Classic :-)

Much chuckleth over here as I read this... With my browser over the open Delphi 5 IDE.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Blimee...

I class myself as a bit of a data hoarder, and I have a tendency to keep old machines and recycle them. I also take a lot of photographs and store them in RAW form, but this guy has twice as many PC's as me and blows my online storage completely out of the water...

100TB... At home... In a flat?! Although I do wonder if there is a bit of Daily Mail style reporting going on as I only saw 2 HP Microservers, which even when modded with extra SATA cards are not going to account for 100TB.

If he truly does have 100TB, I can't help but suspect the cops will find something amongst all that data which will hang this chap completely out to dry.

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

A plague of downvotes?

All this time I just thought I was upsetting apple fanboys. :-)

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

So Mr downvoter, which humourless, intolerant group would you belong to?

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

Good thing you opted for Anon... You've just upset two huge angry mobs!

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

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Paris Hilton

I think it should be measured in the number of 1080HD copies of Paris' only genuine claim to fame it can hold.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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The picture they currently show does indeed have a USB connector shown, but right next to a pair of standard 5 pin DIN midi ports.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and spare you a down vote. Several haven't been so generous!

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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Re: BBC News

@DougS

I wonder how many of the iOS devs actually do make money. If they weren't already a Mac owner, they would have had to purchase one before they could even start developing. Not a good start to the bottom line!

The Android dev suite runs on anything, and costs nothing. Maybe this explains why a lot of apps are decidedly amateur.

@Craigness

Now that is odd. What version do you have? I've just checked on my vanilla Nexus 7, JB 4.2 and there is no update. BBC News Version 1.1 is what I have.

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If they are supposed to be supporting a wide variety of devices, they need to be testing on the wide variety of devices.

So far the Facebook Android app always seemed to lag behind the iOS version, even though Android is the dominant mobile phone OS.

So they needed to do something to give their staff a kick up the behind to at least get them to more accurately reflect the real world user base.

It's not just FB. How often do you see "The hit app now available on Android!!!", answer, a lot. How often do you see "The hit app now available on iPhone!!!", answer not much. For whatever reason, iOS always seems to get the initial attention. It will be interesting to see if this changes if the ipads dominance of the tablet market is threatened.

Now if only the BBC could be given a similar kick... Their Android iplayer is horrendously low bitrate, and their news app doesn't even do basics like rotate, let alone take advantage of larger tablet real-estate.

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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""we can't even see them (i.e. the competition) in the rear view mirror" being a particular favourite of mine"

Maybe that's because you only see things behind you in a rear view... ;-)

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Re: "Adding more pixels when the iPad is already 'retina' seems a bit like doing it for the hell of

What amazes me is that the whole world wasn't sitting there going "Oh my god, those huge square pixels, they hurt my eyes!!!" for all those years before Apple (sorry, Apple's LCD manufacturing suppliers) brought along "retina".

And you know what... A large proportion of the world are still using those huge pixels without screaming in pain or going blind... Weird eh?

Although I'll have to admit I enjoy Apple fans re-arranging their arguments now somebody else has brought an anaconda to the willy-waving competition.

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@Davtom was Re: Why the downvotes?

"With Android devices, it's easy; you plug it in and then select "Mount file system" on the device"

Plug it in?

How quaint... I just turn on the FTP server installed on my Nexus 7 and send it over from my desktop! ;o)

(Or open the FTP client and suck it over).

I generally find iOS (and OSX for that matter) over protective and simplistic. Trying to do complicated things is either impossible, or buried. For your general Joe/Jane Bloggs in the street I guess this is great, but unfortunately I'm the guy they then ring up with the terrifying "Hey, Steve, you know about computers and stuff right? Well I have this problem with my iphone"...

I think I'll stick with my 'droid devices.

Having said that, I probably won't be buying an N10. The iOS OS wasn't the only reason I didn't buy an ipad. It's just too damn big! I really don't think I have a use for something like that. The N7 in my pocket is perfect for just that reason. It is in my pocket.

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

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Re: Downvoted? What??

Thank you Charles! I had wondered about the downvotes myself, but then I remembered this is El Reg, so logic goes out of the window!

As you may have guessed, I too did several years working in the computer telephony industry, this included systems with voice recognition. As you know (and other probably don't), DTMF detection is usually performed on the telephony card, it's occurrence generates an interrupt so the processing application can then service the telephony card and point it to a new prompt or transfer the call etc. Voice recognition is usually farmed out to a specialist card, or to the main CPU as required.

Having a CPU or dedicated cards capable of continually processing audio from all the 30/60/90/120 inbound channels (modern systems usually have coax/fibre connections) is just crazy. Sure it makes the programming easy, just bind all the resources one to one instead of the more usual round robin pool allocation, but blimee that's gonna cost on the hardware!

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This would only work if the queuing system kept a constant, unique, audio link from you open at all times. Whilst this is technically possible, many IVR / Autoattentant systems simply connect you to a common audio source (music on hold, comfort messages), and don't bother listening to you unless they really have to.

The resources required for speech recognition are also pretty high, so it would need a pretty beefy system to be performing speech rec on every inbound channel 100% of the time. Usually these resources are only allocated when required, i.e. when you've been prompted to say something.

So whilst it might work on some queuing systems, and the idea that an Apple system would be "spying" on you all the time isn't exactly shocking to me, I wouldn't go banking on it working in every situation.

You'll probably have more luck having a keyboard mash (don't forget * and #) and finding a get out of jail that way.

Alternatively, and preferably, just spread the news of the terrible support far and wide. This will reduce the number of customers, and hopefully you position in future queues if you haven't seen the light and taken your business elsewhere.

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BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

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A slippery slope...

If you're going to explain what a Halon system is, where are you planning to stop?

Relays? UPS? Patch panel?

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Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time

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Wow!

That is pretty damn rapid... It's mad enough doing that kind of speed in a powered water craft, but at least you have control of everything (bar the waves). Pulling that kind of speed at the mercy of the wind - mental!

It's also nice to see people in their rightful places too. Brits doing the design thing in their sheds, and a crazy Aussie piloting it. That's how it should be!

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Plan to let you phone people up from within Facebook

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I think FB know enough about me already, without knowing who I called and when!

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Re: Quite right too!

I thought the simple, student style method of rejecting this system would be to anonymize it.. Just swap tags with each other every couple of days.

That way the powers that be would know where students go, just not which ones.

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

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Re: What a prat!

Nice answer Chris! lol!

If there's one thing HR are more scared of than being seen as non-PC, it's being hit with a wrongful dismissal case!

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Re: What a prat!

You've got to have some kind of racist chip on your shoulder if you start checking out the ethnicity of the speakers.

People should get a spot on the podium purely on merit, and nothing else.

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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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Re: Just updated...

Yup, landscape only... What a superb advance... *rolls eyes*

I haven't tried it in video chat yet, but I bet I can guess what happens... If I hold it landscape, I'm sideways to the other person, if I hold it portrait I look correct to them, but their picture is shown sideways to me.

I'm going to roll my eyes again because I'm going to need the rotational practise soon!

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Oprah Winfrey tweets her love of Surface – from her iPad

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Stop Press: Celebs will say anything for cash.

"a plug from Oprah has been enough to send product sales up more than 600 per cent."

You mean they might actually sell two dozen?!

Seriously though, anyone who thinks Oprah, or the UK version, Stephen Fry, are the Oracle of all things technical (and supremely knowledgeable about devices available for only a few days) really do deserve to be parted from their money.

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Super-thin iMacs WILL be here for Xmas, cram warehouses even NOW

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"cram warehouses even NOW"

You mean they won't run out and give the Graudian lots of "tech" headlines to write?

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: So it's a swipe from the left, and then a move to the right...

I'm not hanging about to see if Ballmer's coming onto the stage in fishnets!

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US paper spaceplane disintegrates at 107,000ft

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Accepted engineering practise would be to build in a safety margin.

Given the weight difference between a 4gig and 32gig SD card is negligible, they're a bit daft not to go for the bigger card.... If they were already using the largest card available, increasing the shooting interval would have been a good idea.

And why stop shooting when it reaches altitude? That misses all the "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHH!" shots on the way back down again!

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