* Posts by TheProf

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

TheProf
Unhappy

Call filtering

A problem is that a lot of phone calls from institutions don't have a caller ID for the filtering system to pick up.

I've had several NUMBER NOT AVAILABLE or WITHHELD displays on the phone that turned out to be important calls from hospitals or credit card companies.

Also some bogus insurance calls are using fake numbers. I've been getting ones starting with 0151, the prefix for Merseyside numbers.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

TheProf
Joke

Call a Doctor

Are you sure the picture isn't from Doctor Who?

The colour scheme looks suitably garish.

A TARDIS console.

Bloke with long white hair.

Frock coat.

Annoying female assistant.

Crap robot.

Even crapper 'man in a rubber suit' monsters.

Oooo-eeeeee-oooooo.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

TheProf
Unhappy

More a review of Windows than the tablet.

I was tempted to get one of these but one user review mentioned that it had a plastic screen. Out of all the 'professional' reviews I've read not one mentioned the screen material. However they all mentioned the 'odd button placement'.

Considering that the screen is the main input device I'd like to know what it's made of (I know it's not Gorilla glass 'cos everyone mentions that!) how it feels to drag a finger across it, whether it 'feels right' and what the image looks like.

Nice to know that it comes in sleeved sturdy box!

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

TheProf

One for dad

This sounds ideal for my dad. He only uses his current laptop for internet stuff. I don't think he's got any 'proper' programs loaded.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

TheProf

Re: Brave, or stupid?

So you're worried you won't be able to pick-up your copy as usual? Perhaps now is the time to subscribe.

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

TheProf

Re: C'mon El Reg, play fair.

If The Register had asked for more information and been refused then there would have been a story. If they'd got an interview and a look at the tech, then, again, there would have been a story.

As it stands this is either a silly waste of time (by at least one party) or just a bad joke (by at least one party.)

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

TheProf
Happy

Re: Not enough power!

I did that too. Took the drive out of a Toshiba model. It was a standard SATA connector and fitted into my laptop with no trouble at all. It worked out cheaper than buying a bare drive.

One thing impressed me with the Tosh case was the activity light. Plugged into a USB3 port and it glows blue. In a USB2 port it's white.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

TheProf
Unhappy

Not a great experience

I've cut back my shopping at Tesco because:

they 'improved' my local store and imbued it with all the charm of the security gate at an airport;

they failed to have shopping baskets at the entrance on every other visit;

they almost invariably forgot to add on the 'green bonus' points when I took my own shopping bag;

they put men's toiletries and men's magazines at 'pinch-points' meaning I had to keep dodging aggressive women with lethal trolleys.

Still not as awful an experience as my local ASDA but they have seriously lost their way. I'm always impressed with how nice Sainsbury's is.

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Music fans FUME over PJ Harvey ticket CHAOS as Somerset House site buckles

TheProf

I'll try again to comment

I don't know if I was moderated out of existence or I forgot to post before but here goes.

I don't know, in my day I had to go to the box office and queue to get tickets to see a band. Sometimes I queued in the rain. Sometimes all the tickets sold out before I got to the kiosk.

And today some people moan because they have to refresh the screen every 5 seconds for half-an-hour.

I blame twitter.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

TheProf
Meh

Re: I'm not a programmer.

Thanks for the comments. I think I have a better understanding of the 'game' now. Big universe, big graphics and real-time interactions.

As I said it was the up-front cost that stopped me buying in. That said wasn't the BBC game £14.99 in the late 80's. That's about £44 now and the game looks so much better.

Another point: why did I get down votes on my original post?

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TheProf
Meh

I'm not a programmer.

I watched a video on YouTube of a real human player in a life-or-death tussle with another real human player. It was interesting to the point of me almost signing up for the game. It's just the £40 price tag. I've never paid that much for a game. I'm the wait 6 months and get it for a tenner type. Yep, a cheapskate.

As I said I don't programme but how difficult could it be to 'snapshot' the initial starting conditions and let players fly around in their own private universe? They managed to squeeze the original game into a BBC micro so I can't understand the reluctance of Frontier to offer an 'arcade' version.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

TheProf

Re: Dumb

Hmm? Would you be more specific.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

TheProf
Devil

Follow the money

'Disney’s Frozen video, which sold over 4 million copies, 50 per cent more than the best-selling FIFA 15 video game.'

A quick look on Amazon lists Frozen as under £10 and FIFA15 at more than £30.

So 4 million Frozen at say £10 is £40 million

2.65 million FIFA15 at say £30 is £80 million. (Figures rounded.)

Frozen may be massively out-selling FIFA but the money is going to the football game.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

TheProf
Devil

Yer wat?

'The stories may be hockey, '

Hockey? Did you mean 'Hokum' or are we witness to the birth of an OED 'word of the year'?

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

TheProf
Coat

Choices

Should have gone for a coffee maker. Oh, wait. Tassimo? Senseo? Nespresso?

Does she not like shoes?

Gets wallet.

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Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

TheProf

And the winner is.............

The Naked Gun.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

TheProf
Mushroom

I-War

I now want to play I-War. It's old and not very Elite-like (no trading) but it's a fun single player space war game. Available from online retailers.

(Can we have an FB Spaceship icon please?)

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

TheProf
Mushroom

I don't watch anything on BBC3

and lately I've found bugger all on any of their other channels either.

Maybe it's my fault. Perhaps I should cultivate an interest in dancing/baking/celebrity/animals and anything with the words 'Great' or 'British' in the title.

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

TheProf

5G for Dummies

Here's a quick Tomorrow's World style look at 5G.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04tr348/click-29112014

No technical details so don't expect to be enlightened.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

TheProf
Devil

Slight tangent

I have a 'smart' Sony TV that has Demand5 on it. The other night I tried to watch Gotham on Demand5 but it wasn't listed as a catch-up programme. I eventually linked the laptop to the TV and watched it that way.

The following evening I fired up the Sony PS3 and out of curiosity checked the Demand5 app. Gotham was listed and I played the first few minutes to check if it worked. It did. I checked the TV app again and Gotham was missing.

My question to the panel is: Why does the same catch-up app offer different programmes on different devices?

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

TheProf
Coat

Model

Ah! So it's a model of the Orion in it's launch configuration that Howard (Big Bang Theory) has recently acquired.

He also has a Space 1999 Eagle model.

It's a quiet day!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

TheProf
Devil

A confession

I have never watched a film containing Adam Sandler.

God, didn't I suffer enough when you inflicted Jim Carrey on the world?

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

TheProf
Mushroom

Re: Eh?

Another boring YouTube video. Why don't these boffins* learn to edit before they post? Do we really need to see the robot make half a dozen attempts to take the back off a monitor? Show it cutting once and move on.

(I only watched the first 2 minutes so please don't tell me if helicopters arrive and Hellfire the monitor into oblivion in the third reel.)

*Not just boffins. A twenty minute video of unboxing a phone/camera/Batman statuette? AGGH!

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Lame phone dodgers fleece finance's foolish and fat fingered

TheProf
Devil

Sorry wrong number

"If they pick up and claim to be your organisation, well then it's pretty-well certain they're fraudsters and you should call your telco."

Yeah and they're using numbers pretty close to your telco's so don't misdial.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

TheProf
Headmaster

Re: New jobs?

Can I suggest 'buggy-whip makers'? Unless they are riddled with bugs in which case carry on!

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

TheProf
Devil

Re: I still remember taking my first shot with a Hasselblad

Ha! I managed to jam one up at a photo show. The 'Blad rep gave me the 'your'e not doing it right you doofus' look. He then couldn't turn the crank and had to dismantle the thing to fix whatever I'd done to his battleship.

Later on that day I upset a Leica rep by telling him his very expensive SLR made a hell of a lot more noise than I'd expect for the price.

Ahh those were the days. Complain about noisy digital cameras and they tell you it comes out in the Photoshop wash!

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

TheProf
Angel

Re: @Sorry that

I take it you've not read 'The Female Eunuch' then?

Ms Greer's (all praise her name) 'feminist' does not want equality with men for that requires women to fit into the mould created by man.

Ms Greer's (all praise her name) 'feminism' decrees that society should be torn down and rebuilt in the image of woman.

Equality doesn't enter into it.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

TheProf
Happy

Wrong game

Surely this it a promo for an Inception video game.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

TheProf

"I do think that the press coverage of all this is a tad light. "

I agree but 'news' today is more about human interest stories. Sky News did 15 minutes at 7 o'clock which surprised me. Firstly because it was Sky and secondly that I actively sought it out because the BBC were doing a very serious piece from Lebanon. Or Syria. Or Jordan. I forget which.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

TheProf

Re: EMET

Oh yes I missed the ElReg article. They should have put a more enticing headline and picture on it.

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TheProf
Happy

Re: EMET

Thank you commentards. I updated EMET to 5.1 and IE now runs.

So why wasn't EMET automatically updated? Oh yes, Microsoft blah blah blah!

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TheProf

EMET

IE crashes for me too. It appears to run OK in Safe Mode were one can disable all those lovely plug-ins etc. Doesn't help me. It still crashes on full fat windows 7

EMET may be catching something but I don't know if it's bad or just bad code.

** EMET 5.0: EMET detected EAF+(GuardPage) mitigation and will close the application :IEXPLORE.EXE **

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

TheProf
Devil

Re: First Hand?

I hope her review is more positive than the ones she gave Doctor Who.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

TheProf
Happy

Re: Can i suggest...

Damn! I've got the theme from The Black Hole stuck in my head. I'll have to excavate the DVD and watch it now.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

TheProf
Go

Damnned if you do

Microsoft is fixing problems in it's programs. Is this not good news?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

TheProf
Devil

DJ*

I have to replete, reseat, re-pleat, repeat a lot of words before Google or Cortana understand me so I can imagine the fun I'd have shouting instructions at Alexa.

Having said that I just tried Google and Cortana with 'Show me a map to Fazakerley' and they both understood what I said and made a fair stab at pronouncing 'Fazakerley'. I can't see Alexa being very good with maps however.

*The DJ title is because over the years I've never heard a non-Liverpudlian DJ correctly pronounce the name. Of course it doesn't come up that often but I put that down to said DJs binning requests from that area.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

TheProf

Re: 'Normal Collier'?

Yes it s ould be Norman. My typing is subject to sud en dropo ts and less t an pe fect err r cor ecti n.

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TheProf
Devil

You call is brrrrrrrrrrrrr

At least one network can't even hand over a call from England to Wales.

A friend of mine regularly calls me as he drives across the border and we usually have a LOS as he does so. The sound quality starts to 'Dalek' then it goes 'Normal Collier' then it's dial tone time. How we laugh every time it happens.

I can't remember which network he's with but it doesn't matter, they're all rubbish aren't they.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

TheProf
Devil

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

You mean to tell it's not just Sony who make electronic goods?

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

TheProf
Unhappy

Still available

get_iplayer still works but the search and PVR functions are broken. If you want to access iPlayer programmes you now have to manually search iPlayer and plug the resulting pid code into get-iplayer. It's a fiddly workaround but it works.

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

TheProf

Always nice to read a cogent opinion.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

TheProf

Re: A question

"Couldn't be arsed reading the rest of your nonsense..."

Ooh! Have we had a bad day Dear?

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

TheProf
Mushroom

The end

I'm hoping that the finale ties this disappointing (so far) season up with a brilliant 'ah, it all makes sense now' moment. There was a shot near the end when Capaldi's expression altered enough to signal, to me, that there was something deeper going on.

As for Kill The Moon...It's the first time I felt the characters were in any danger of dying. That the monster was a legitimate threat. But, once again, the story at times felt rushed or slow, usually in the wrong place.

Loved the new design space suits. The moon base looked good from the outside and the black Lanzarote sand made for an interesting moonscape.

It was the first episode in which Danny Pink hasn't annoyed me! Well not as much.

It looks like it's just us who aren't enjoying Who.

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2014/10/04/doctor-who-8-07-kill-the-moon-review/

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

TheProf
Facepalm

Re: Another transformation?

I agree! Because putting a woman in charge has never, ever, been a wrong move.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

TheProf
Devil

But

What he says could right, if a little 'alarmist'. Just because he has a 'dubious' reputation doesn't mean his message is false.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

TheProf
Devil

Re: Sounds like a non starter

I always use cash at those 'you do all the hard work, we pick up the profit' tills. They're great for getting rid of a pound or two in loose copper.

Yes it is me causing the long queue of people waiting to pay. The supermarkets have changed the coin input from a hopper to a slot. It now takes ages putting the pennies in one at a time.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

TheProf
Trollface

They're fake!

I don't believe conspiracy theorists exist.

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TheProf
Happy

Re: models

Silver miniskirts? You're thinking of UFO. And so am I.

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

TheProf

Re: Oxymoron alert!

If they really want to piss people off, Coldplay.

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