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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Chris Evans

Maybe it depends on the sites visited and plug in use?

My wife has to use FaceBook for work and that gobbles RAM and CPU usage massively. I think it may be Flash rather than the browser itself. I had to open FB (In FireFox) at work today and it quickly gobbled up almost all my memory!

I've noticed Chrome seems to have a process entry for each open tab. 50MB each for simple pages!

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Re: It's not high

10-60% efficient! I'd call 60% very inefficient not "ensuring a high level of efficiency in energy transfer". Why the article did pick up on this point I don't know. Sloppy reporting.

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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Re: Link to the kickstarter?

I really do wonder how so many El-Reg postings miss including the obvious link.

Sloppy reporting.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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"videoconference like it's 1999 all over again."

The 2nd generation iPad launched in 2011 with 0.3MP & 720P cameras. So this tablets 0.3Mp camera on the front and a 2Mp cam on the back are pretty up to date. Sloppy reporting.

But Windows 8 in 1GB arghhhhhh!

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Chris Evans

"Crimbo" please don't!

"Crimbo" what a horrible word. I can't take any article using it seriously.

If Christmas was a festival of any other religion other than Christianity, you wouldn't be mangling the name would you?

Just because Christianity is tolerant and you won't see me burning your effigy outside El. Reg. Towers doesn't make it right!

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Photo enhancement?

I'd love to see the photo's before as well as after enhancement. Just for comparison to the enhancement CSI manage:-)

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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GPU is not dual core

It is Quad core according to: http://www.broadcom.com/docs/support/videocore/VideoCoreIV-AG100-R.pdf

Though I thought I'd seen posting from Broadcom engineers on the Pi forum mention many more cores than four!

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

Chris Evans

"We apologise for ANY inconvenience caused."

That should be:

"We apologise for THE inconvenience caused."

That should be in PR 101. Annoying your customers when you are trying to apologise really is shooting yourself in the foot.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: The only jewelry I wear is my Wedding ring.

I don't wear a watch and can't wear my Wedding Ring after breaking that finger:-(

My computer has the time on the screen, my car has it on the dash and almost every room I'm ever in has a clock so I almost never have to get my phone out to read the time. When I did wear a watch I find it very relaxing taking it off when I got home.

Watches are a thing of the past as far as I'm concerned.

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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

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GoPro camera shap

For camera's that don't need a viewfinder screen on them why don't they make them in other shapes?

A cylindrical shape would be a lot easier to mount in some ciurcumstances and less obtrusive

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Huawei buys Cambridge Internet of Things pioneer Neul

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Whilst a profit is a prophet I doubt the VC's are smiling and the founders will I expect be disappointed given their hard work and risk they took.

Also I'm pretty certain Stan Bolland never worked for ARM.

He was MD/CEO of Acorn Computers Group When I helped negotiaite RISC OS Ltd's licence with them. Then he split off Element 14 Inc when Acorn was broken up, E14 Inc. was latter bought by Broadcom.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

Chris Evans

Re: BBC documentaries Or Channel 4's Grand Designs

"... reduce most BBC documentaries by about a third - by removing all the many repeated synopses and recaps."

Or Channel 4's Grand Designs where they insist after each advert break to do a full synopsis so far as viewers can't possibly have remembered over the two minute ad break.

It is what the fast forward on a PVR is for!

The recent BBC Documentary on Stonehenge was another classic case, two one hour programs that would have still had padding if a 30 minute broadcast

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: All that safety...

"Assuming that the music isn't of a level that you cant hear anything but the music, can you explain how 'music stuff' ruins it?"

If it is loud enough to be heard, then it will be masking other sound, cars coming up behind etc. "Ye cannae change the laws of Physics, Captain"

Anyone cycling whilst listening to music needs their head examined and probably will, by a pathologist after they crash. I cycle to work most days, with a helmet and no music!

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Error on prototype Acorn Business Computer.

Acorn demonstrated their ABC systems in Olympia (late 1980's?), I had a chance to have a play (IIRC it booted to a text prompt) I quickly managed to get it to report "Can't" and then it came up with "Won't" I half expected the next error to be "Shan't" and hear the sound of a child stamping their feet.

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Brit chip biz CSR rebuffs US takeover bid from Microchip Technologies

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"30 per cent " massive?

"30 per cent" jump in a share price isn't massive! I'd say the change would have to be 100%+ to be considered massive.

The bigger a company is the smaller a price change would need be to be considered very significant. CSR is big, but not that big. Even with the price rise they are still considered 'Small Cap' by many financial sites.

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

Chris Evans

Looks big to me

I thought IOT components would be small. I'm also surprised that it is a four chip solution. They could have used PoP for at least one pair of chips.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Chris Evans

Re: DDG?

"And at least with Microsoft / Bing, a massive chunk of the profits go to charity via Bill Gates."

The sum may be large but it's rather indirect. The money doesn't come from Microsoft but a shareholder. Giving money directly is a much more efficient method.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Chris Evans

Close up Photo please!

A photo is pretty critical to the article. If they haven't released one yet then surely it should have been mentioned. It seems to be lazy reporting to me.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Chris Evans

Re: Once saw a wirelsse burglar alarm this could benfit

o.k. I can see that would work for one sensor but what happens if you have 2 or 20 such devices in the same wifi zone. Interference and increased overhead as every IOT will need a mac type address.

If IOT is going to catch on you could have hundreds of devices within a WiFi zone!

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

Chris Evans

Re: " ...suggest they are occasional cyclists with unexciting bikes."

As a club cyclist I'd say that given the short straights the number of turns, u turns, crossing roads and the need to always be aware of where they are on each letter, they were riding quite quickly.

Happiness to the both of them!

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

Chris Evans

High voltage DC distribution is coming I hear!

There was a Radio 4 program about a month ago a large part of which was discussing the advantages of high voltage DC distribution. This is being seriously worked on by a number of big companies and Universities. I can't find it on iPlayer even though most of the science programs are available back to 2012.

I did though find this IEEE article:

http://magazine.ieee-pes.org/marchapril-2014/history-12/

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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He fluffed his lines!

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," wasn't garbled he just fluffed his lines and said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." If you listen to the recording there is no static or pause where the 'a' should be. I recall a psychologist talking about in a TV documentary he believed it was a subconscious slip because Armstrong knew of the great historical significance of what he was doing.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Chris Evans

Re: Bad choice for a name too. Yes but how does Tenna Lady work?

My immediate thought was of Tenna Lady and as I'd always wondered how 'one way' fabrics work hoping for an answer!

I remember 'one way' nappy liners 30 years ago when my children were babies and thinking, but they don't tell me which side to put next to the skin?

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

Chris Evans

Not just the Tech Industry ignoring SME and not just SMEs!

Almost every industry IGNORES the people who actually use the product. I suspect that about the only manufacturers that don't are those that sell direct to end users. Airbus & Boeing are the only two that come to mind.

Everyone else gets what the manufacturers reckon they can sell.

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

Chris Evans

Receals?

"Submission to Australia/Korea trade treaty receals" Do you mean 'reveals'?

Spell checkers can be useful!

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Chris Evans

5.25" discs still in use.

Every few months we get asked to transfer data from BBC DFS 5.25" discs.

We've even sold some new 5.25" discs this year!

And we can still transfer data from most sizes of syquest discs.

www.cjemicros.co.uk

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Hungry for humbler Pi? Check out kid-friendly LED-laden Pibrella

Chris Evans

Better pass through connector Yes and No!

Thanks for the link Frumious Bandersnatch. That certainly looks like a decent connector at a very good price. One draw back is the 15.95+VAT delivery charge as its a Farnell US stocked item.

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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

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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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Chris Evans

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

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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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