* Posts by Chris Evans

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Please don't use the self service tills.

That way there is no queue for me!

If I've got less than 10 items I'll use them as I find them normally quicker!

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: power button

Lots of USB/microUSB powered devices nowadays don't have power switches which is why you can buy USB cables and PSU's with in-line power switches!

Tri Googling: pi power extension cable with switch

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Power from HDMI!

"the device can't be powered over HDMI. There is hope that Intel will implement this in future versions of the stick."

It is never going to happen, the power line on an HDMI display is designed for EDID and the standard says devices should draw 50mA maximum! You couldn't even run a Pi model A+ on that.

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US government tweaks internet handover date: 1 October 2016

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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Paranoid

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you!

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: Article is wrong

Using an outline version of the font is o.k. but the spacing between the C and the E are not compliant. It is nitpicking but where would you draw the line...

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Chill, Philae: Shadow may protect comet lander from Sun roasting

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Missed opportunity!

"If the Philae lander ... isn't dead... passed on, is no more, ceased to be, expired and gone to meet 'is maker, stiff, bereft of life, resting in peace! pushing up the daisies, off the twig, kicked the bucket, shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible, be AN EX-lander then ...

With thanks to Monty Python

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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I don't understand.

If Alphabet is going to be quoted company as reported then Page & Brin will still have all the admin responsibilities.

But if 'Google's X Lab skunkworks' were a separate company that was owned by Alphabet then there would be be more significant separation and if Page & Brin were only involved in 'Google's X Lab skunkworks' then they could get away from the hassle of trying to keep the shareholders and Wall Street happy.

Or have I miss read it?

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: El Reg's reach. "Ikabai Sital" in Google

Interesting point. For a second there I thought you were serious!

So there are two types of SEO?

One that directs as many people to your site as possible but with no specific relevance and SEO that puts you high in search results with some relevance.

Doing the later is I'm sure much more difficult. Though I'm sure if you are trying to SPAM people (selling Viagra etc) the former is what you want.

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Remove the seal! Re: To return to IT.

"Actually the *real* mistake was to not figure out a cunning way of lifting said seal "

It is a lot easier to remove the seal altogether and any trace of glue, then "They must have forgotten to put the seal on".

What the eye cannot see the heart doesn't grieve over!

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El Reg's reach. "Ikabai Sital" in Google

I put 'Ikabai Sital' into Google about 3p.m. (7 hours after the story was published, it reported 1,700 finds! All[1] seem to be pointing to The Register article.

I wonder does El.Reg. use the snake oil that is SEO?

[1] 'ikabai-sital -register -hail' gives only one hit which doesn't have 'sital' on the page

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Better the devil you know.....

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n.b. Why insist on text in the body? Often the title is all that is needed!

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Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

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Re: "employees aren't statistics"

First and foremost he was a human being and will be mourned by his family and friends but he was also a statistic. Without accurate and appropriate statistics individual deaths and injuries can be glossed over. Every such incident should be investigated and see if things need changing but it is when something is statistically significant then more drastic action should be taken.

Whilst the last three paragraphs of the article are appropriate responsible journalism I can't say that about the rest of the article or the headline.

n.b. I used to work as a Psychiatric Nurse.

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Stuffing the wafers: SanDisk presses on with 48-layer 3D NAND chip

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SD or SSD

Are the chips going to be suitable for SD cards or SSD drives or both?

Presumably the SD interface/controller is now the bottle neck?

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Not HAM targetted

As we got half a dozen copies here and none of us are HAMs it wasn't very targeted so please don't feel left out.

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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Warranty and head.

Now if they include or offer an extended warranty that really would be a big step forward.

Then there are the head/s. Ink jet heads do get blocked, especially if not used for a week or two and Epson heads weren't user replaceable (that might have changed). User replaceable heads and at a reasonable cost are what is needed.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Most jokes are at someone else's expense

Most jokes are at someone else's expense apart from dirty jokes and you often could argue that they are as well. Yes there are "puns, there's observation humour, there's absurdism and non sequiturs, satire, wit, sarcasm, and probably about a million more." Unfortunately most jokes don't fall into those categories. It is a pleasant change when I do hear such jokes.

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

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£129m out of how much?

The important missing information is how does the refund compare to the government subsidy!

According to: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/01/public_accounts_committee_attacks_government_broadband_rollout_for_allowing_bt_to_monopolise_project/

BT were given £1.2Bn. 10% rebate is not really a big deal.

Another journalistic failure.

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EU data protection tsar spams lawmakers with his unwanted opinions

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Why no official involvement?

I wonder why the EDPS isn't being formally involved.

According to the EU's official website:

"The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. He does so by:

monitoring the EU administration's processing of personal data;

advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy; and

cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection."

Large committees always seem to get these things wrong, smaller bodies/individuals seem to be less likely to make a balls up.

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Why?

What is the motivation behind these app writers?

I can't see how they benefit apart from the kick!

The only people how seem to benefit are the TelCos and ad exchanges: Google, Yahoo etc.

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Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

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Dark or faulty?

"When there's no event on the horizon, the screens simply go dark."

As there is no cost monetary or energy wise surely something like "No event. Standard parking rules apply" should be used!

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Source of bare case or similar?

Anyone know of a source of a bare case similar to this?

I'd love to built a Raspberry Pi Compute module into one!

n.b. I do realise I would have to design a suitable motherboard. small neat cases are hard to find especially at a reasonable price. Many MiniITX cases are over £100.

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WTO cuts tariffs on $1tn worth of 'IT' gizmos

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Missing important information!

No mention of the important bits i.e. cutting from what to what and when. (A change from 8% to 7% is a cut!!)

Searching, I found on BBC & WSJ:

From: Variable up to 8%?

To: Zero

When: "The final technical details will be worked out until December." It will then need each country to implement the changes.

Finding out how quick the UK has done such changes in the past is left as an exercise for the journalist!

Why do so many articles on El Reg and the media in general leave out the important bits?

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Re: the dominoes effect

I think it is worse than that. The proliferation of domain suffixes offers big opportunities for scammers.

Some financial companies don't help by directing people to and/or sending out mail from not their main domain. e.g. mail-bigbankname.com. Then they wonder why people get conned.

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TalkTalk deactivates hundreds of email accounts after legacy spam scare

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Pros & Cons

If you are using a service that you have stopped paying for then I have little sympathy.

Having said that their Customer Support really really sucks especially when you have a problem that isn't a very common one. We had an intermittent problem and trying to talk to human about it took days. I think I tried selecting almost every option to try and talk to a human.

Also their service status page often lies. Unless a fault is affecting a lot of people they won't mention it on their status page. I would have thought OFCOM should insist on that one.

Also the status page is (or certainly used to be) only accessible once you logged in, so when I had a problem logging in....

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Tour de France leader's cycling data may have been hacked by doping critics

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Cycling is a comparatively poor sport.

Only a handful make big bucks and for the number of hours 'working' they get paid a small fraction of the hourly rate of Footballers, who also spend less time training.

Money does bring temptation but I'm convinced that only a small handful of riders cheat and Chris is not one of them. If you knew the sport you will know that Chris is pressing for more testing etc.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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Mickey Mouse

Looks more like Mickey Mouse's ears to me!

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Maybe they need this sort of control:

"Every time I press one of these black controls, labelled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let me know I've done it. "

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

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Where?

For those wondering. Chalmers University of Technology is in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Tessellations?

Maybe Slartibartfast has moved on from doing crinkly bits!

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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Typo in sub heading?

I suspect it is meant to say "flounders on facts"

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Amazon's search is useless

I hardly ever use Amazon as apart from the special searches for books its search is useless. Often most of the results don't match my search terms

I thought I must have missed the section explaining it so I phoned them and apart from selecting a department I was told there wasn't a way of searching for "6 pin" OR "6pin".

Even a supervisor didn't know that you can get it to omit products with e.g. -red

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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I suspect the solar panels are pretty fragile and the necessary engineering would have added significantly to the pay load. Alternative methods like dropping the panel down to vertical so the dust would fall off would I suspect be more likely but deploying and moving solar panels in space has IIRC has unfortunately been unsuccessful more than once:-(

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Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone

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Re: Nokia Communicator

Hopefully some enterprising company will produce one.

For some reason the phone market is even worse than others and doesn't seem interested in offering what customers actually want. They tell us what we should have.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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Odd viewpoint

The viewpoint seems to be in front of the 'a' which makes it look distorted erroneously. If you do put text on a curved surface the viewpoint is normally central.

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Ahhhh. a 'BBC apology'

On Newswatch (A 'Points of View' type program specifically for BBC news coverage). They often have Editors or Producers on, who normally defend their actions with excuses, 'we are right' and trite comments, occasionally they give a 'BBC Apology' which like the Shapps letter are so mealy mouthed to be worse than useless to my mind.

I find Newswatch now so infuriating I can't watch it.

It reminds me of the big company customer service department standard response of "We are sorry you felt..." which is no apology at all.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Re: Sorry too busy!

Sorry if I breached netiquette. I don't think I've promoted my business here before.

I thought being so obscure it might be of interest!

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Sorry too busy!

I wish them well but sadly can't help.

I think we (cjemicros.co.uk) are probably the last business repairing BBC's etc commercially, unfortunately we aren't near TNMOC and have our hands more than full at present.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Which companies offices?

"Champagne in certain offices tonight"

I thought the Russians were the alternative.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: Massive coincidence & How

Well I looked at the top item on the bbc list and then put into google "Heiress killer Richard Holtby" and up popped the bbc page and various other sites with the story.

So either the right to be forgotten isn't working or I'm missing something!

I also tried replacing Richard Holtby in the search with everyone else mentioned in the story on the BBC page and numerous pages came up. e.g. "P**r Bol**n Heiress killed" (I've put stars in just for this posting)

Also how do the BBC know which pages google omits from searches?

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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

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Memory usage going up?

I hope this doesn't result in yet more memory being used, Chrome seems to grab one or tow 50MB process per tab. FF lets me have hundreds of tabs that only grab significant memory per tab if clicked on.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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Correction: two and a half year-long plastic hassle

The first words in the official announcement are: "Two and a half years ago"

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Thanks El Reg

I expect Vodafone announced this by: "displaying it at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard."

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

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"power consumption is said to be ESSENTIALLY ZERO in standby mode"

Very interesting but what does essentially mean in this context?

Zero as in FLASH or just very very low?

Having to have a power source no matter how low power would limit its use surely?

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Who makes the engine?

On reading the article my first thought was Who makes the engine?

A. Europrop International a consortium "Europe's four leading engine manufacturers: Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma Moteurs, the four partners of EPI."

So I wonder if a 'Committee' was involved or a translation problem!

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: However...

On a related note. I often wonder where the country would be economically now, if the Miners had won?

Also the Coal Mining industry itself?

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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

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Just until 2017!

Shouldn't the contract cover at least the first year AFTER migration so that they can be held accountable for their plans!

There just might be a few teething problems...

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IoT DANGERS: BYOD’s trashier cousin becoming a right tearaway

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Suggestion

o.k. having IOT equipment on your home network is big security risk. Why not operate two separate networks in a house with an IOT network and another for your computers etc were the more sensitive data is.

The IOT network not being able to access the 'Computer' network but the 'Computer' network being able to access the IOT network for control/monitoring etc.

Setting up and operating two networks would have to be made child's play to get it widely adopted.

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