* Posts by David Nash

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

David Nash
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Re: SJW Infestation @ Vulture Central

Just to be clear: Are we talking about Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport or St. John's Wort?

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

David Nash

Re: drifting onto QI ...

One of the "facts" discussed a couple of times on QI involves the so-called "half-life" of information, as-in After 10 years half of all the information you know will be wrong - but you don't know which half.

IIRC they have several times covered items from previous episodes that are now known to be wrong.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

David Nash

Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Homework. This. It seems to be universally expected that kids can "research" online and produce printed documents. I dare say schools will accept alternatives but this is why people do still use PCs rather than tablets.

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

David Nash

Re: MP letter-writing time again

Mine is the same. I get a standard "I know what's good for you" type of letter in response, probably a standard reply. It did get me on his mailing list though, and probably some kind of troublemaker list !

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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"glo-bull" wow I see what you did there, so clever!

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Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

David Nash

Legal fees

I still find it hard to understand how, in the US system, someone can sue you and lose, and you still have to pay. How can they justify that? At least in the UK loser pays both fees.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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"a simple crop"

I just can't understand this. There is a "dotted line select" tool, and a "Crop to selection" or something option on the menu.

Just works. Where's the problem with that UI?

The only thing I don't like is the whole "export" concept, rather than "save as".

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David Nash

Re: Multi-channel and deep bit depths is what I need

"I do a lot of multi-channel deep bit depth work in astronomy, and Gimp's lack of support there has caused me to use it only in the latest stages, if at all. I will certainly try the new version."

Yes, this. I am in the same position. If the new one can do 16-bit per channel, or even higher, then good times are here.

And I learned GIMP way before trying Photoshop (for cost reasons, obvs) and therefore I have no problems with the GIMP UI. The whole "layer" thing is more or less the same as Photoshop anyway and I am normally able to translate from PS tutorials on the web to the GIMP equivalent (does the new GIMP have "adjustment layers" by the way?)

Edit: just read further down that it does not yet have Adjustment Layers. Shame, as many Photoshop tutorials use them. Have to fake it by using a normal layer.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

David Nash

Re: Whatsapp, Facebook and Google

"WhatsApp is not free"

They say that, yes, but I have never had to pay (I haven't changed my phone number either).

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

David Nash

Re: Move it to Alaska

No, wind=moving atmosphere which is not good for a steady image through the telescope. Also known as the "seeing".

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

David Nash

Re: We all know how this song goes...

I know nothing about Amtrak but it seems fairly clear to me that railways are a public service, rarely make much profit and should be run in that way rather than attempting to make one. Trying to profit from rail transport means huge fares for passengers and/or subsidies from government, because running a railway costs a fortune but is beneficial for the country as a whole.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

David Nash

Re: It isn't that

My GPS watch suffers from the same problem and I put it down to cutting the corners. It probably doesn't sample sufficiently frequently. This may outweigh the problem described in the article.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

David Nash

"We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

Do people really think that comment was not a joke?

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

David Nash

Re: Actually....

Yes, that's the point. As mentioned in the article Google thought it was Portugese and "translated" accordingly.

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

David Nash

Best line

Was the in-joke about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

David Nash

Re: When will this stop?

I was wondering the same thing. Can I just hang on until that date and then what? MS will stop support for W7?

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David Nash

Re: Allow the upgrade

How does one revert? Or do you have to rely on an up to date disk image backup?

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

David Nash

Re: Interesting

The "better driver" aka Speed Awareness courses are not free. In many cases they cost more than the fine, although may be preferred due to not invoking points on the licence.

No, I haven't had one (fine or course) but I know people who have.

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

David Nash

Re: Real Men Use RJ-45 Connections

I don't see any "haters". People are responding with their opinions of wireless vs. wired networking, doesn't mean anyone is hating anyone!

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Rights groups: Darn you Facebook with your 'government names'

David Nash

Re: depend on Facebook

Beat me to it. While I agree with the sentiment of not being forced to provide a real name, no-one's forcing them to use Facebook.

"depend on Facebook" - gimme a break!

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

David Nash

Viewer "fatigue"?

There aren't that many of them anyway, how easy do these viewers get "fatigued"?

And talk of "completely reboot the series from scratch " - what would that mean in this context?

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

David Nash

Re: Irony

One involves replacing the natural genome modification by natural selection of natural DNA variations, with a medical/mechanical method of genome modification by artificial selection of chosen DNA variations.

FTFY.

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

David Nash

get_iplayer

I believe that get_iplayer works by pretending to be an iphone. So it doesn't use flash anyway and presumably (?) won't be affected.

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Astroboffins snap BREATHTAKING, WISPY Veil Nebula supernova debris

David Nash

Re: Sir

There is usually some natural colour, usually red from Hydrogen, in many nebulae, even where artificial colour assignment has not been performed. However as I understand it nebulae are just too diffuse. If you were in it or close enough for the whole thing to fit into the view of the unaided eye, there would not be enough light concentration to see it. Long camera exposures are the only way to see it because they accumulate sufficient photons over a period of time, to make a decent impression on the sensor.

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

David Nash

Re: Meanwhile, back in the real world....

er..I think it was a joke in response to fruitoftheloon's post above.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

David Nash

Re: The day a monkey decides to bring it's own lawsuit

Perhaps the question should be: even if most of us agree that this monkey in this case doesn't/shouldn't have any photography rights, what sort of hypothetical monkey is required to /only just/ pass our test for being granted these rights?

None. It's a monkey. Monkeys don't own things in human society. Maybe they own things in monkey society but that's a question for monkey courts not human ones.

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David Nash

Re: re: animals are animals, not people

People are animals but that doesn't mean animals are people.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

David Nash

The "unboxing" video of the latest wearable tech was proving more popular than most.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

David Nash

Beware Maplin

Anyone browsing their web site is obviously up to no good:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/c/gadgets-toys-and-hobbies/projects-kits-and-modules#Category:Clock Kits&sort=&page=1&productsPerPage=12

Do we need to browse their website in so-called incognito mode, from an anonymous internet cafe now?

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David Nash

so none of you lot wouldve been remotely concerned?

No - why should we be? Many commonplace items contain clocks. They are not bombs.

Are you suggesting that any home made electronic device is automatically suspicious? That is just stupid.

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GCHQ wants to set your passwords. In a good way

David Nash

Re: @oldgrumpy

The answer you provide does not have to be the genuine answer to the question being asked. It just has to be good enough for you to remember it

True but if it's not true, I have even less chance of remembering it when I go to enter it 6 months later.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

David Nash

"Some sufferers of such conditions are completely aware that their fears / illness are not being caused by external sources"

That does not appear to be the case with EM "sufferers" though. As I understand it they do genuinely believe there is a physical cause, and that cause is EM from Wifi, Mobile Phone masts, and electricity pylons etc.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

David Nash

Re: It's meant to be a joke, FFS!

"It wasn't funny"

Most of us can still spot even an un-funny joke, and this was clearly not serious in so many ways, although there were a few sensible points in there to throw us off the scent.

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David Nash

Re: Wait, what?

That was one of the signs that this was definitely a joke, obviously.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

David Nash

Re: Google Translate? It's actually useful/usable if you know what you're doing

If it's utter crap, why do you regularly use it?

The point was being made that if you know how to cope with its limitations it has its uses. Eg. proper names, which is one of the points that you made.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

David Nash

Re: They're all idiots...

Verify your bags is on the "scan as you go" machines, not the "scan one at a time at the checkout" machines. Yes there are two types of auto checkouts now. The Scan as you go ones allow you to pack items directly from the shelf into your shopping bags, which is why they can't do incremental weight checking.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

David Nash

"Spotify is a social platform"

Why do they want it to be social? Why do they bother with the facebook integration and all the sharing stuff? Do they see it as a feature that people like (and therefore a selling point), or is it just for their own nefarious (ie. advertising) reasons?

Personally I have no interest in sharing what I am listening to. At least not on the scale they seem to think.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

David Nash

Re: Mint is the way?

Last time I updated it, GIMP doesn't do 16-bit colour. I use Gimp a lot for post-processing astro images but rely on Windows-specific applications for primary processing.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

David Nash

Re: FSF Statement

The problem with that FSF statement is that it begins by complaining that Windows is not Open Source. While the likes of Richard Stallman might disagree, that is not the primary problem here, yet it will put off most readers as soon as they start reading.

What we need is a major newspaper or Which magazine, or the BBC, to get a clue about this and make a noise about the privacy implications.

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So unfair! Teachers know what’s happening on students' fondleslabs

David Nash

@probie

"I know I did piss poor in my English"

You have my sympathy regarding your children's teachers but do us a favour and go and look up correct use of apostrophes.....

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

David Nash

Re: What is natural?

And what are man-made tools and man-made materials made from?

It's all "natural" ultimately.

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David Nash

Re: Kill the buggers

"that nature becomes a little less natural....."

I am not condoning bear-bothering but I am always interested by people's definition of "natural".

It seems that anything done by humans="unnatural" and anything done by other species="natural".

Why is that, I wonder? some other animals and birds use tools - is that natural? a termite hill - is that natural?

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

David Nash

BBC weather were recommending looking last night

I wondered why they were a few days earlier than the peak but perhaps because they knew clouds were on the way in the following days. They didnt' mention this though.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

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Still available from Amazon (& others?)

The first series:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-Dramatised-Unabridged/dp/B002SPZN1Q

There are various others including a box[ed] set.

Unfortunately Amazon seem ill-equipped to list actors in Radio Series and the cast are all listed as narrators.

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Blighty a 'smartphone society' amid rise of 4G middle class

David Nash

Re: Mobile Toptrumps

"I am an absolute Luddite when it comes to smartphones. I am still not sure having something people can use to contact me anywhere is such a good idea, let alone one that you might be able to use to "do work!""

You are no more contactable than with a dumb-phone, are you? no-one would be forcing you to "do work", and email can easily be ignored, too. and the benefits include maps, web browsing, and smart apps such as train times or hire bike status (in London). and so on and so on.

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

Speaking for myself I was in a similar position. The BR player is also the home cinema unit and came with speakers. Plus I had no desire for a game console and although my son got one later, attempts at using it for iplayer were mixed. First issue is requiring a Sony account. Second issue is the number of times it requires updates just when you were about to settle down to watch something on iPlayer. Next issue is the crappy UI, although that's partly the BBC's fault (iplayer used to be much nicer in my opinion) but the Sony game controller is better suited to playing games than for iplayer.

Now for iPlayer we use an Amazon fire stick which I got from the launch offer for £19.

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David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

If it has a tuner you need a license. In fact you're supposed to have one for viewing "as live" on iplayer etc.

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David Nash

Re: Easily solved.

"insist that you receive one which won't do this. In writing if needs be"

If you were a retailer would you agree to this? I don't think so. Especially as these devices can be updated after the event.

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

David Nash

Re: And another thing

This is true but perhaps the carriers should look at improving this situation, because people regard SMS as instant, guaranteed, or at least they get very surprised or confused if a text doesn't arrive in a timely manner, or indeed at all.

They could market it as a "premium text" with (almost) guaranteed delivery - which might educate people that standard SMS is not guaranteed, as well as potentially being a money-maker.

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David Nash

It is being suggested that Apple didn't make it clear that this was necessary.

It does seem unreasonable if Apple didn't have a fall-back/failure detection or at least warn the sender.

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