* Posts by David Nash

94 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

David Nash

Re: Whatever.

If your daughter has a child she is older than the current generation where social media is everything, and it was probably easier to monitor her internet access. Even better if she was your only one.

While I agree on the point about parents parenting generally, it's easier said than done. If they are at home you can check up on them, although looking over their shoulder the whole time is impossible. And do you prevent a 13-year old having a smart phone when "everyone has one" and all phones are smart anyway? Do you police their internet access when out with friends?

It has to rely on education and trust, but kids make mistakes, follow the wrong crowd, etc.

Having said that, this new proposal is just silly. I think they must believe that there is some body somewhere who can control what is "on the internet".

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

David Nash

Re: Amazon

"Anyone know if Amazon are paying artists now you get the mp3 version of every CD you've ever bought?"

"@AMBxx did you read the whole article? This was specifically mentioned as Amazon HAS come to an agreement witht he various rights organisations for that very reason."

@BoldMan

Actually the original article mentioned Amazon in the reverse situation, ie. you buy an MP3:

"Amazon MP3 purchased gives you unlimited copies for private use."

Here we are talking about ripping from a CD you buy - which Amazon do for you with their "Autorip" service for many (albeit not all) CDs that you buy from them, including previous purchases.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

David Nash
Big Brother

Re. Facebook number as our government id

Shades of Dave Eggers' "The Circle" here.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

David Nash

Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...

"Space heater..."

My Panasonic plasma does get pretty hot as it happens. It's about 3-4 years old and tries to be smart but isn't very smart really. Works nicely with an Amazon fire stick though.

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

David Nash

Re: mostly...Only Orpheus has returned from Hades.

"where's the River Styx?"

From Wikipedia (where else?) on "Moons of Pluto":

"The dwarf planet Pluto has five known moons. In order of distance from Pluto they are Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra"

Can't help you with the frogs, I'm afraid.

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David Nash

Re: The more we learn

I wouldn't say we know *less*.

We definitely know more, but we also know that there is a lot more to learn!

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

David Nash
Alien

Space is big...

The fastest rocket we have ever launched took just over a year to reach Jupiter, then still took another 8 years to Pluto. That's how far Pluto is. And that's just (part of) the solar system.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

David Nash

Re: Size.....

Actually yes, 2 pixels.

A quick google turns up this at the Planetary Society:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/02141014-hubble-galaxy-pluto.html

"not even 3 pixels across in Hubble's view"

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David Nash

Looks like one of my own pictures of Mars

Amazing stuff, until this mission, our best image of Pluto was something like 2 pixels.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

David Nash

Re: 95% confident

Upvoted for making the xkcd a real link rather than necessitating select-copy-newTab-paste-enter

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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

David Nash

+1

for the headline

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

David Nash

What are they thinking?

Are they just trying to appeal to yoof? Everyone knows about 999 (or your local equivalent) it is stupid to say kids can only text or even worse, tweet. In a real emergency I am sure even the coolest social media user would rather have some authority figure on the end of a phone line.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

David Nash

Reminds me of...

...Windows-only printers that gave Linux users such trouble a few years back.

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

David Nash

I don't like bloatware but...

surely Samsung et.al. are fully within their rights to put whatever they want on the device.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

David Nash

Risky?

That seems like a lot of eggs in one basket. Launch vehicles have been known to fail.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

David Nash

Once a streamer, always a streamer?

I use free Spotify because it's nice to try things out or discover new things. I baulk at a tenner a month though and the problem with only streaming, even if you had sufficient mobile data/coverage, is that you are dependent on them for ever. I like having my CDs, I can take them (in the form of MP3s) whereever I want and don't have to pay £10 a month to do so. I can rediscover an album I bought 15 years ago or equally one I bought this year.

If I streamed but then didn't want or couldn't continue, or the service disappeared, all "my" music is gone. My CDs/MP3s won't do that.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

David Nash

Re: Morning Panic: Secondocalypse or Bad Cable TV?

"A lot of squinting at a computer screen said my computer also thought it was 2am-ish, so I abandoned the mystery and went back to bed. The DVR was working fine by the time the real 5am (plus some snooze button slaps) arrived.

Would secondocalypse mess up with a cable TV network to that degree?"

Don't know but if I had been in that situation I'd just have looked at my (analogue) watch and rolled back to bed.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

David Nash

iplayer

I got one of these (£19 offer as a Prime member) just for the iplayer, since the BBC broke it on my Sony Blu-Ray.

It's the same iplayer app as on my son's PS3, which we were using, but seems to work much more smoothly and reliably and without messing around with PS Network subscriptions, logging in, updating firmware, etc.

We also use it for Prime Video, good for watching old episodes of Bottom and so on.

Yes the remote is RF. Not sure what flavour, but the Amazon and iPhone apps work fine over wifi too.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

David Nash

Re: UK Price

If it's the equivalent of $14.99 for a family and the service is comparable to Spotify Premium (hopefully including off-line listening) AND on Android, I'd sign up.

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David Nash

Re: invention

Yes, I know because the BBC news at 10 had an er..advert...all about it.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

David Nash

Re: Oh good! Hardware Android buttons are back

I like hardware home buttons. In fact so do millions of Apple users.

My first Android was an HTC Hero which had a little trackball - great for certain games.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

David Nash

Hate and Vitriol

There was plenty of that going the other way too!

And also the less obvious trying-to-be-subtle spreading of rumours, lies, or just plain old FUD.

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David Nash

Re: a 48 year-old writes

"the UK has a tendency towards Conservative government"

I (almost the same age as you!) have come to the same conclusion

" ... it's the natural party of power."

Not sure about that bit but it does seem to be the default option for many people.

Myself not included - I remember Maggie! Of course some people will say the opposite for precisely the same reason!

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David Nash

Re: As with any survery

"Who I vote for is my business and no one else's "

True, although you could just tell the pollster that, rather than lying.

Since these opinion polls seem to affect the campaign significantly and turn out to be inaccurate at best, why not just add them to the list of behaviours that is already banned or strictly regulated during the election campaign?

It's already banned to try to influence people in the polling station, or to attempt to reveal how someone voted (exit polls notwithstanding), why not ban polling during the campaign?

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

David Nash
Coat

Re: Its a BOOT.

And the article should appear in the bootnotes section...

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David Nash

Re: Cars/bulter ratio

Some cars are always in the same place during working hours - train station car park.

Ideal for people who are not at home but don't want or can't receive a parcel at work or dont want to lug a parcel around on the train on the way home.

I would be slightly nervous of the security implications though.

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

David Nash

I was rather impressed on a recent trip to Madrid, the phones just continued working in a deep Metro tunnel. Not just in stations, voice and data just worked as if we were on the surface.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

David Nash

I have one of these cards and have managed to accumulate enough points for a free coffee or two, over the years. But I didn't bother registering online, especially after I noticed what they asked for.

It works fine as a loyalty card without registering it.</smug mode>

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Watch: Nasty JPEG pops corporate locks on Windows boxes

David Nash

Nasty JPG

So the so-called "Nasty JPG" of the title is not at all, it's a nasty script pretending to be a JPG.

Did I get that right?

So similar in concept to a spam email containing "open_me.doc.exe"?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

David Nash

Fantastic

As described in the article. No added contaminants necessary.

This is one of my favourite foods, including the onions of course. And no runny egg please! Bonus, if you're that way inclined, is that it's one of the only dishes that the Spanish have that doesn't include meat.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

David Nash

Re: "to call these the first colour photos of Pluto,"

Filter composites?

How are these not also filter composites? Even if the camera takes one-shot-colour, it does so by using fiters over the sensor and generating coloured pixels from groups of colour-filtered monochrome pixels.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

David Nash

I'm interested to know why it seems to be considered OK for home routers to be insecure.

A router should be secure, and in that case could be useful for both home and small business.

If it's insecure it shouldn't be considered for home or business.

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David Nash

Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"At this moment, to me the question is not "why would home user want SIP" - it is "why not want it", with one possible answer "lack of skills and motivation to learn". Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree."

Yes, except this article demonstrates how fraught with potential pitfalls this area is. I am pretty technical and looking at my home network setup would scare and confuse any joe user not familiar with it (much like that of many reg readers I guess) but I don't know much about this stuff and on the basis of this story would certainly avoid it unless I'd done a ton of research.

I too would assume that "block all ports" means just that. The argument that it needs to be opened for the service to work is not a valid one in my view, because in that case the person doing so would at least be aware that they had opened a port, and could consider the implications.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

David Nash

Intellectual (?) property

Aside from the safety considerations, I wonder if part of the objection is filming premiership matches, presumably for the benefit of those who haven't paid sky or BT or whoever gets the rights these days.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

David Nash

Re: Small Gods

"Everyone supporting ISIS, the Taleban, Al Quaida, or indeed any religious moveoment that believes in killing people should read Terry Pratchett's "Small Gods"."

And those that don't.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

David Nash
Facepalm

"It's time to bring about regime change in Sa'udi Arabia, and ensure that the new regime is firmly committed to universal standards of religious liberty and the separation of church and state"

Oh is that all?....Easy peasy...worked out fine in Iraq, after all!

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

David Nash

Re: I have a Sony blu ray player

Identical thing happened to me. Sony Blu Ray, iplayer disappeared one time. Eventually for good thanks to stupid BBC policy.

Now using a PS3 to access iPlayer, that's a horrible user-interface and again subject to logging in to Sony network just to watch BBC programs - which I am loathe to do but am putting up with for now.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

David Nash

Maybe you're not getting what you're paying for and I sympathise, but 42Mbps isn't too shabby and there are plenty of people stuck on <10Mbps or even 1Mbps out in the sticks who can only dream of the speeds you are getting.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

David Nash

Re: Speaking of Mars...

"thin waxing crescent Moon"

if it's the same day as new moon (ie. solar eclipse) then I highly doubt the crescent would be visible to the eye.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

David Nash

Re: Why all the hate?

"You may not agree with paying £10k for an ethernet cable to improve sound quality"

You seem to have missed the point that it _can not_ improve the sound quality over a standard ethernet cable.

All your other examples do actually convey some difference for the money, either build quality, quality of service, or even just aesthetic appeal. But people are being sold these on the basis that they make a qualitative difference to sound quality, not just that they look nice!

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

David Nash

Re: So How's Pets.com Doing?

When I wanted B&Q I typed "bandq.com" into the address bar, and guess what? It works. Unsurprisingly.

It redirects to diy.com which I think is a bit odd actually, I would expect it to be the other way round.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

David Nash

Re: Last chance to see...

It passes high in the sky from the UK on Monday night, I believe.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

David Nash

Re: Humans are dumb.

"So what if this German gent wanted to take a pic. of himself with Stonehenge in the background?"

OP said "his wife/partner stood by and watched". Perhaps she could have taken the picture instead?

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

David Nash

Re: Dib dib dib

"Note, this short term isn't used any more"

And hasn't been for quite some time. I left cubs in about 1980 and we were saying the "new" version even then.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

David Nash

Re: Maybe it hit hard and the panels flew open ?

+1 for The Martian by Andy Weir

It is indeed a pity that Pillinger isn't here for this news. I am sure he would have loved to know that it did actually get to the right spot on the planet.

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

David Nash

You are right. 0.99 total (not per month) for three months. Three people signed up in my house, all of which will revert to free membership within the three months.

I can't help thinking Spotify are going to lose most of those new members by April, and more in a year's time when those who forgot to cancel within 3 months decide to do so.

I am sure they are not stupid and know this is how many people work, but I wonder how many they reckon they will keep from this promotion.

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

David Nash

RE: Water???? Ice????

"It has been the scientific CONSENSUS that comets deposited all our earthly water and now that seems less likely."

I'm afraid they beat you to it. A paper released last week concludes the same thing:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/14dec_cometwater/

There is nothing wrong with finding out that a hypothesis was not correct. That is science in action!

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

David Nash

Re: PAYG

It's not "subsidised" it's spreading the cost.

Arguably it can be cheaper taking out a bank loan (or a 0% credit card deal) to buy the phone outright, but it's convenient to do it through the mobile phone company.

Anyway being stuck in the contract is not the main problem, I assume the victim will still want a phone account to use with his/her replacement phone. The main problem is the huge bill the thieves run up on their behalf.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

David Nash

Re: you do understand it's a cloud operating system

Thanks for the clarification...I don't have a Chromebook, it was a hypothetical question in trying to understand what was going on. I had naiively imagined a Chromebook as being like a bigger Android phone, where files can be held locally.

But apparently "cloud OS" means nothing is local and printers clearly have to be fed from Google's servers..er I mean "the cloud"?

I can't see myself buying into that for a while then.

By the way, how does your print job get through the firewall in the home router?

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David Nash

So have I understood correctly? If I have a Chromebook, attached to my home WiFi, and a printer, attached to the same WiFi in the same house, it will go via "the cloud", ie. out of my house, up to a Google server somewhere, then back down to my printer.

Who thought that was a good idea? I guess Google get to find out what everyone is printing though...

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