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Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

Chris Evans

No prices?

I thought all adverts had to show prices?

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Chris Evans

O.K. Alistair so what type and style of Press release do you like?

Maybe I should say "what type and style of Press release would you read?"

As a starting point.

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

Chris Evans

Only one satellite?

Given the large distances I'm surprised the pings weren't picked up by more than one Inmarsat satellite?

Or have I missed something?

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

Chris Evans

Sloppy reporting!

"...they say will be more durable" than what?

The article on the MIT site does not mention durability!

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Chris Evans

broadcom bcm2835?

I wonder if it uses the same Broadcom bcm2835 chip as in the Roku boxes and Raspberry Pi

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

Chris Evans

Difference from a Motorola lapdock?

I'm not sure what the difference is from a Motorola Atrix lapdock?

That didn't take off because of £4-500 price. Now they are available cheaply second hand they are very useful for use with a Raspberry PI. I wonder if the Alcatel unit with USB and HDMI connectors?

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Cisco HAUNTED by $655m memory components snag

Chris Evans

Not a long list.

It was much shorter than I was expecting

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Chris Evans
FAIL

Re: Half a job...

Yes a common failing by journalists to give half the info. Experience shows El Reg is just as bad as the tabloids in this respect.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

Chris Evans

no * As In "* Where printer head can operate from either axis"

What does the * relate to?

I can't find a * in the article and neither can Firefox's search!

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

Chris Evans

Re: Link? Consistently unhelpful

Glad to see ElReg are being consistent in their refusal to include relevant links.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

Chris Evans

"a bit misleading" no!

I call it laziness!

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I found an asteroid! yells revived probe NEOWISE. Boffins nod politely

Chris Evans

Re: Did they call the AA out?

A good bit of re-purposing. They seem to be very good at that with probes, rovers etc.

A pity more of it doesn't happen, so much stuff is thrown away that could have further use. Recycling is very poor last resort. Councils are very into recycling but do almost nothing to aid re-purposing.

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Did they call the AA out?

"NEOWISE – originally WISE – was mothballed at the end of its original mission, when the solid hydrogen that cooled its telescope to 7.6 Kelvin was exhausted. ...However, NASA was able to secure funding for the new asteroid-hunting mission"

Did the new funding pay for a man from the AA to replenish the Hydrogen?

Seriously, how have they started a new mission?

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Chris Evans

Toture!

"Imagine being an avid surfer," it would torture!

Surfers want to surf not look.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

Chris Evans

Missing negative?

"it's important to remember that prognostication is a no-cost pastime "

Surely the writer meant:

"it's important to remember that prognostication is NOT a no-cost pastime "

"If you're not putting your own money where your own mouth is." or NOT I'd say.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Chris Evans

A Trademark is not a Patent

Why the sloppy reporting of: "The patents were uncovered by NeoWin..." Tabloids journalists get this sort of thing wrong but I expect better of a Technology Website.

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ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust in its quest for 64-bit glory

Chris Evans

Re: $90m - where did the money go?

Yes other significant costs would be:

License from ARM $1M?

Legal fees >$1M

Cost of fund raising: Often about 10% so $9M

Then you have rent, equipment, travel, PR etc and they wouldn't be cheap as they had to look the part.

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Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

Chris Evans

Re: I won't read this

"Same reason we'll downvote someone who doesn't get, say, a Doctor Who reference, and then proceed to insult the author of an article because of it. "Embiggens" sure isn't a real word, but it's also a well-known made-up word that's been used a lot in The Simpsons - in fact it's part of the city of Springfield's motto."

No. I know the etymology of the word and try and not be prejudiced because of its origins . If it was coined by Mother Theresa it would still an ugly word and shouldn't be used by anyone wanting to be taken seriously.

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Chris Evans

I'm with you on that.

Anyone who uses such an ugly word, is very unlikely to have anything to say that I want to hear.

Thanks for putting in the title is saved me having to read the article.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

Chris Evans

Re: Odd.

Whilst I'm sure they have the capability to do ATC. I'm sure they don't have the necessary capacity at the drop of a hat to cope with the same volume of traffic. The limitation may be personnel! I doubt Air travellers/taxpayers want to pay for 100+ people to sit around at the correct locations doing nothing 364 days a year. Then there is the number of extra workstations needed, they won't be cheap.

But they do need a alternate backup system in place for as many parts of the system as possible.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Chris Evans

business model wrong? No.

"They need to look at how they can provide the light to their target users at a price those people can afford. Perhaps selling it to the more wealthy countries "

In a way they've already done that with the money they've raised for the prototypes, Profitable sales in the Developed world would be a good market but I'm sure they would spreading themselves too thin if they were to do that now and it can't be relied on.

"then use that money to subsidise sales to the poorer nations?" If appropriate charities within the relevant countries may chose to subsidise or even give away the units.

I'm a bit reluctant to say give away (Thomas Paine: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:")

I have a lot of friends who work or have worked in developing countries (Micro Enterprise etc) and they tell me anything given away is often broken, discarded or lost quickly.[1]

Short term emergency relief is another matter.

[1]I'm sure the same basic problem happens in this country to!

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

Chris Evans

Wrong deductions. Year 0!

"After that, things get nasty: in year three a surviving disk has an 11.8 per cent AFR." WRONG!

The graph clearly shows that bottom of the trough is year THREE. it is AFTER year THREE things start to get nasty

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Chris Evans

...apologise for THE' inconvenience. NOT 'ANY' inconvenience

That should be "Kaspersky Lab would like to apologise for THE inconvenience caused.".

Companies saying 'ANY really annoys me!.

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WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'

Chris Evans

Re: Stop......+1

Ironic given that Intel's first CPU the 4004 is regularly reported as being a washing machine controller!

4004 begat the 8008 which begat the 8086....

I do agree that a PIC would normally suffice, though being able to monitor it could be useful:

Fault finding.

Control to use off peak electricity etc

Logging usage (various uses)

I'm sure there must be more

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Chris Evans

Adobe should NOT now insist on strong passwords

Adobe should NOT now insist on strong passwords, if they do some people will use the same as they use for their bank etc.

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Chris Evans

Re: Unique passwords are easy.

O.K. So someone hacks El Reg and sees your password is say: passwter11ord they could easily spot your system and know that your paypal password is passwpal6ord

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Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

Chris Evans

Canned reporting

Is it a Vulture Tower rule that all statements are referred to as 'Canned'? It's getting rather tedious!

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Mega-distie Ingram Micro takes knife to costs in 'very challenged' Europe

Chris Evans

S, G & A?

Why journalists use acronyms not in common use by their readers without expanding on first use, is bad journalism.

Via Google I got SG&A (alternately SGA or SAG) is an acronym used in accounting to refer to Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

Chris Evans

Won't we all be wireless charging soon?

Can anyone quote the efficiency reduction in using wireless charging?

I'd find it difficult to believe that it isn't significant!

Also won't the extra/replacement components weigh more?

It would be very convenient if it could done efficiently, power and weight but I doubt it is possible.

"Ye cannae change the laws of physics, captain"

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

Chris Evans

On the other hand see Trevor Baylis

On the one hand I like many find these sort of patents either absurd or obvious and don't think they should be granted a patent.

On the other hand one of the Sunday papers was reporting yesterday how Trevor Baylis has had to do an equity release from his house as many companies have circumvented his many patents.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

Chris Evans

No monitor or sound output!

I realise that there are many applications for headless units, but many of them make use of a display in development, testing , installation and support. I suspect they will also price it too high to really catch on.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

Chris Evans

Credit where credit is due!

Whilst it appears that they've credited Joseph Braybrook in the press release, he gets no mention at:

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/innovate/developers/minecraft-map-britain.html

come on Ordnance Survey show some people skills!

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Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding

Chris Evans

Why use PayPal? Customers like it!

I buy services 10-20 times a month from websites that offer PayPal or Credit card.

if I use PayPal then I enter email address (Normally offered by browser so no typing) and then PayPal password. So easy and quick.

If I use the credit card option I need to enter a 16 digit number, xp date, CV2 then go through Verified By Visa or Master-cards equivalent.

Guess which option I choose?

I'd actually be willing to put a bit of effort in to not use PayPal as I know their fees are much higher than Card Merchant service providers but the time and effort required is too much.

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Chris Evans

I prefer Tactile but...

I prefer Tactile normally but the Conductive Inkjet Technology CIT which comes from UK company Carclo is one to watch out for, it offers significant benefits over what most smart phones and pads currently use.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Chris Evans

My Dad bought me a non scientific calculator on HP!

I think it was in 1972 my Dad bought me a non scientific calculator on Hire Purchase from Dixons! Well it was £49.95!

IIRC it only did: add, subtract, multiply & divide.

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Patent tank VirnetX fires 'secure domain name' design claim at Apple

Chris Evans

FRAND? "You've completely failed to understand what the veto did"

"Because the Samsung patents are FRAND"

AIUI only patents that form part of an agreed standard are FRAND. I didn't think an agreed standard was involved in this case, if it is which is the standard?

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

Chris Evans

Re: eleventy squillion x86 developers?

Your talking from a Software perspective.

How about the number of x86 Hardware developers?

n.b. I don't know the answer.

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Boffins flip optics to make booster-free superfast fibre

Chris Evans

I wonder how does it does the inversion, with only passives?

I wonder how does it does the inversion, with only passives?

If it was digital it could A to D the shape of the phase change and then D to A in reverse order.

As it has to start outputting the end form of the wave how does it store the middle and start information so it can then output them? All with passives!

Not my field but I'm intrigued

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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"We are sorry for ANY impact"

It always annoys me when company say something like:

"We are sorry for ANY impact"

Surely it should be

"We are sorry for THE impact"

Is it only me?

I'd have thought this would be apologies 101!

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Next Tidbinbilla deep space antenna ready for hoist

Chris Evans

Strops in place ready for tomorrow!

As title

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ESA retires Herschel space telescope as too hot to handle

Chris Evans

Oops sorry ESA!

Sorry my excuse is I wasn't paying attention and I'd looked up 'Lagrangian points' which the Herschel uses and ended up at NASA:

http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission/observatory_l2.html

Very interesting and understandable article. I'm in the UK so don't blame our American cousins this time!

Anyway congratulations ESA.

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Chris Evans

A premature death?

I looked in the article to find if it was a premature death but couldn't see that info.

According to Wikipedia it had a life expectancy of 3.5 years so survived over 10% longer than anticipated.

Well done NASA.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

Chris Evans

Re: I'll see your ARM core and raise you a SATA port. ;-)

Errr I would expect an SSD in a USB caddy to be faster than an HD in a USB Caddy!

Also I would expect any SATA interface on a motherboard to be connected to the SOC not via USB

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Big Blue to embiggen itself even more on your big data

Chris Evans

embiggen = not read!

When I come to that ugly useless word embiggen I stop and think do I really want read what a person that uses such a word thinks. I would have to be very interested in the subject to get past it.

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

Chris Evans

Memory? better or worse?

Using the adobe plug in eats memory on my xP system.

How is this new built in reader for memory useage?

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3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube

Chris Evans

Viewing free to air channels not in the FreeSat EPG?

If anyone can tell me how to View free to air channels not in the FreeSat EPG without losing the EPG my wife will be over the moon if she can watch Horse and Country!

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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

Chris Evans

"apologise for any inconvenience" NO it is "for THE inconvenience"

"Kaspersky Lab would like to apologise for any inconvenience" Statements like this really annoy me!

It should be

"Kaspersky Lab would like to apologise for THE inconvenience"

My wife nearly threw her laptop out of the Window it was so infuriating!

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Embiggened x86 servers help Super Micro set revenue records

Chris Evans

Embiggened that is one ugly word.

Embiggened that is one ugly word. I couldn't bring myself to actually read the story.

Seems like I was not alone!

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Reader input required: review our reviews

Chris Evans

More relevant links please. Use of Jargon

Can I request again more relevant links please. Things have improved a bit on what it was like a year or more ago. But I still often have to track down the relevant website / webpages myself!

I understand you have to use technical jargon on the site but an unexplained jargon word is often the main point of an article. Readers are often expert in their own area but total novices in other areas covered by your site, so a little help would be very useful.

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Hold it! Don't back up to a cloud until you've eyed up these figures

Chris Evans
FAIL

"business ADSL with 2.5Mbps not hard to find in most developed nations!" 3rd world UK here!

"business ADSL with 2.5Mbps upstream ....(not hard to find in urban areas in most developed nations) "

BT can only give me 900K upstream in a large UK town. No BT Infinity here.

'undeveloped' UK!

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