* Posts by M Gale

3541 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

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Re: Puzzling

Given how many firearms are made in the UK...

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Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8

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Re: I really like Windows 8...

"Careful, any even vaguely positive comments about Win8 upset The Register's hivemind. My limited experience matches yours, FWIW."

I'm just amused by the "I love Windows 8 once I've made it look like Windows 7" comments.

Most of the complaints are about the user interface, not that they finally support USB3. They're foisting something made for fondling with your fingers into an environment where the 20 to 50 inch screen is sat out of arm's reach in a lot of places. It just doesn't work as well or as easily as what it has replaced, and all in a glory-or-bust attempt to make 2013 the year of Microsoft on the Fondle Toy.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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Re: Free-fall

To paraphrase.. Achieving orbit is learning how to throw yourself at the floor and miss.

Just remember: Don't Panic.

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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Re: Oh yes...

Noy only that, but from what I know the police like to use Polaroid-brand cameras. The quad-lensed sort that print out four copies of what you take. There's just not many other solutions for having hardcopy of what you're pointing the camera at right now (or at least, in 70-90 seconds).

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

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If I may humbly submit

Something like this?

Replace text with STFU <victim>, have fun.

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China turns the screws on netizens with real-name registration plans

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I'm pretty sure Virgin, TalkTalk et al have your real name, or at least the name your bank account is registered with.

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The 'Digital Economy' in 2012: A big noisy hole where money should be

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This video has been removed by the user

Sorry about that :/

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Motorola pulls out of China, leaves locals behind till of Android shop

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Re: Fine

"Google can't even write decent usable (by normal people, not geeks) software in English, so doing so in Chinese will be a huge challenge."

Duhhh click da maps button.. whee maps.

Duhh herrr.. I wanna search. Tappity typy, click da search button. OMG RESULT!

Da phone! I pressy da phone icon, whee a phone pad!

Dat took me aaaaaaall week to learn da stuff. It wuz hard. Ur right, da Google stuff needs a pro.. ffes.. or.. thing.. to undastand.

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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

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Re: Just ban Apple products

Many car stereos now come with a removable front plate, without which they are completely useless.

Of course, putting the front plate in the glove box is an easy way of negating all advantages of this security measure. Unfortunately enough people do this that thieves find it worth bashing the window in just to check.

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Re: leds for home/office lighting

Producing a pleasant warm light (<4000K) is still a big challenge, and as someone above mentioned, that is a must for US/EU markets.

Perhaps, but there's plenty of manufacturers rising to the challenge successfully. It's actually hard to find a "daylight" LED bulb around here, with most of them being 2300-2700K. Yes, there is always the Internet, but that's not "round here".

Gotta wonder what anybody snooping at my bank records must think when they find purchases for 30 watt CFL grow-lamps with a 6500-7000K temperature. It's probably not "well he doesn't like yellow then".

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Re: Bored of Blue LED now!

In the 70s and 80s, high technology came with a wooden veneer and lots of lovely knobs, flick switches and dials.

In the 90s, it was CHROME, CHROME EVERYWHERE.

Now, high technology glows blue.

It's just one of those things. Next it'll be touch screens on everything.

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Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'

You'll find that our sun is mostly white, and that rayleigh scattering makes most of the light that hits this planet end up as a slightly blue colour during the daytime. "Yellow" is only relative to things like red giants and the super-hot blue stars that burn themselves up in a comparitively short time. Sol certainly puts out a whiter light than your average 2300k "warm white" CFL.

There's also a few stretches of road near me that are part of some government experiment for LED street lighting. Each pole has a cluster of some 5x5 or so grid of super-bright white LEDs. It works, rather awesomely well. Nice to be able to see in colour under a streetlight.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Re: It's the interface...

Android is a bit more than just a GUI. It's a whole stack of software that basically uses Linux as a hypervisor to run each app in its own VM. Not quite the same as selecting "Android" from the drop-down list of KDE, Gnome, XFCE and whatever other X window managers you have installed.

Would be nice to see an official Dalvik for Linux though, made as easy as clicking an "androidclient" icon in the package manager, with Google apps support, and maybe with some kind of copy/paste and file support through to the host OS. Maybe have a go at showing Microsoft how you do "everything at once".

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Baby got .BAT: Old-school malware terrifies Iran with del *.*

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Re: Frightened by del *.*?

"What's the singular of MS Windows?"

TIFKAM.

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

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Re: Just goes to show...

El Reg Commentards in Not All Being Frothing Fanbois SHOCKER.

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Average salary of Mac vs Windows PC owner?

Just wondering. I'm no Christian, but I do recall some parable about a rich guy putting a hefty chunk of silver on the plate, and a poor man giving away a few pennies.. everything he owned, basically.

No, I'm not so petty as to accuse Mac owners of being misers. They're as much a victim of lock-in as Windows slaves, moreso in some ways. However, it may explain an increased absolute level of donations.. because that doesn't take proportion into account.

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Re: Linux users.....

Look at the cute little troll. It's almost like he's intelligent.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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"Don't make it a standard if you want to charge whatever you want."

Someone should have told Microsoft that, some 30 years ago.

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Facebook: 'No merit' to claim we broke German privacy law

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Re: How would they know?

"In the end though, Zuckerberg and his lawyers can, and probably will, say that Facebook is voluntary, and if you don't like the rules, get out of hte social medium. And he does have a point."

Perhaps it's just wishful thinking that he does say that, and that everyone takes him up on the offer?

Anyway, G+ has the same problem. That and the desperate attempts to make it so you need a G+ account in order to fart, is a real reason to hit Google. Not this shit with newspapers and linking to search engines.

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Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown

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"Let big internet companies like Google, Amazon etc have to pay rent on their bandwidth usage."

You'll find that once a service provider grows big enough, and contains enough content, they tend to arrange peering agreements rather than pay directly for bandwidth.

And why not? Surely content is king? And who will they pay rent to, anyway? They ARE the upstream provider.

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Google already flipped a big "FU" at the Chinese government and pulled out of there over censorship issues.

What's the reckoning they'll do a quick calculation, find out they'll pay more in fees than they'll lose by getting out of Deutschland, and take the fiscally appropriate action?

As I've said before on the subject, it's like some newspapers are wanting Google to pay them for sending more traffic their way. It's not hard to set up a robots.txt barring the Googlebot from trawling their site.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Private Reg front page

As first suggested in here.

Though for BOFH's sake, make it an option and not mandatory.

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Sorry, Apple - China's just not that into your iPhone 5

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Private Reg front page

Actually, that's a damned good suggestion. Something like an iGoogle-style thing for logged-in users which will promote certain types of stories to the top for your perusal, should you set it up to do so.

Something to suggest in here, perhaps?

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You mean this article?

Posted at 06:19 this (17th December) Morning.

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Re: Err...

The difference is, you can find more "anecdotal" evidence of the apathetic-to-negative general reaction toward TIFKAM, by asking pretty much anybody who has ended up having to deal with it. Go on, I dare you.

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I think you'll find most people are buying "a computer", and it happens to come with TIFKAM.

The difference is, I reckon most people get hold of it, think it's utter shit, but can't be arsed to kick up a stink about it and just accept whatever crud Microsoft fling their way. You know, like Windows ME?

I haven't met a single person out of Internet commentards that actually likes Microsoft Window. Even a professor who is trying hard to like it (it's faster and smoother and, and, and... and you might as well get used to it!) readily admits that TIFKAM, the whole damned point of the new OS, is bilge.

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"I haven't seen people think a Surface is a PC without a keyboard. They think it's a tablet. Windows Phone hasn't led to people thinking their phone is a phone-sized PC."

"It is Windows. It's nothing like the Windows XP most are used to, so what, it's a tablet and you expect a difference."

Now, what's that advertising jingle again?

Oh yes.. it's everything at once.

Except it isn't.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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We already have quite hefty penalties for copyright infringement

As title.

Wanting any more is simply a US-justice-style wishing for a pound of flesh.

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Hackers warn: We'll hit US banks... again

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The more religionists of any flavour threaten and coerce...

The worse it is going to get.

Looking forward to the next Draw Mohammed Day.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: I want to remain anonymous when I travel

"Do you think that they can't trace your paper tickets?"

Whoever "they" are, no. They can't.

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Re: Caution!

Perhaps. However if the only "tampering" you've done is to remove an antenna so your card can't be scanned straight out of your pocket, and if you're at least a little bit skilled in the art of public relations.. that could look very bad for them.

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Re: What about non-repudiation?

£10 is a fairly cheap price to see the scrote who nicked your card and get him hauled before the beak.

Though granted, the police should be doing all of this anyway, minus the £10.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: I like it!

I still don't get the "this operating system is fantastically, orgasmically wonderful... once you gut the whole point of the operating system and replace it with something that looks like the previous version" attitude.

As for Vista, well that was pretty universally panned as being shit. UAC was about the only semi-useful thing it brought over XP, and even that was soured by Microsoft's attempt to pretend they invented it and didn't just rip sudo/kdesu/gksu off wholesale.

Of course, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but then getting a patent on it and beating other companies around the head with it.. well that just stinks.

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"of course running Win 8 in a VM immediately makes any and all issues a Windows problem and nothing what so ever to do with your VM server..."

Well it's the only operating system out of all the ones I've tried in the VM that funks itself up after doing nothing whatsoever to it.

"and then once you do get it loaded you go to great lengths at removing just about all the good bits you can find from it making your experience limited to say the least..."

Err, where? You mean I unpinned all of the animated, garish, useless unused shite that it seems to spew all over TIFKAM by default? I suppose I could pin every single app to the start screen again, but then we have the problem I've already mentioned, of TIFKAM being a ginormous flat list of tiles that turns what should be an heirarchical tree, into an exercise in information overload. Same thing applies to pinning a ton of stuff to the taskbar.

Let's get this straight, in case you haven't seen any of my other posts on the subject: Faster is good. Leaner is good (though it really isn't THAT lean). TIFKAM is utter bollocks.

Give me my desktop back, with the start menu and the automatic commonly-used-programs bit, and it'll be like WIndows 7 but better. As it is, it's a piss-poor attempt to turn a desktop computer into a phone. They've created a supermodel, then promptly taken it out back and purposefully smashed its face in with a brick.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

"Once again a classic example of someone making things stubbornly difficult."

Yes. Metro is.

Really, how is "all of your commonly used programs automatically under a winkey press" harder than "manually fuck about pinning all kinds of shit to the taskbar and rearranging TIFKAM every single time you install something"?

The comment about attempting to turn a dog into a cat is pretty witty, come to think about it.

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Re: Start 'button' on Win 8

That's the same hack you use to re-enable the Quicklaunch area.

Unfortunately it doesn't quite work to replace the Start menu in Windows 8. New program installs do not put their icons in the folder tree, instead spewing their guts all over TIFKAM. All you're left with is a virtually empty, gutted start menu with no commonly-used-programs section, and a stylish look straight out of 1991. It even looks like the awful kludge that it is.

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Re: Who *really* navigated through the start menu?

/me raises hand.

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Re: Clean environment

It doesn't matter how well-coded your OS is (and being Microsoft, it won't be THAT well coded). Keep starting programs, ending programs, saving state, reloading state, starting more programs, ending more programs, shuffling data into and out of memory, day after day after day...

It'll happen. Slowly perhaps, but out of those gazillions of operations you're asking the OS to do, SOME of them will bugger up. Sure, you might not notice it at first.. it'll just be having to click on an icon twice instead of once. However, slowly but surely, entropy will build up. Things will break. Stuff will slow down. Eventually, and I've seen it happen so many times on so many Windows machines of every version, you'll be flying along in some application or game, and *CRASH*. It's not a virus, it's not malware outside of maybe Microsoft's shitty DRM being tripped, it's just a simple consequence of thinking you can keep going forever on an OS that is not totally and utterly bug-free.

That's why it's nice to reboot every now and then. But hey, it's your machine. You do what you like with it. Go ahead and waste electricity by leaving the thing on. After all, it's your electricity bill. But don't accuse me, or anybody else, of being somehow inferior because we like to cold-reboot sometimes and make sure the OS has started up cleanly. Or perhaps we just don't want to burn through the MTBF of the various components for no good reason other than not being bothered with a power switch. Or, maybe, we don't want to die in a fire caused by an exploding power supply?

Of course, you can do all of the above if you like. I could care less.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

"The reality is the Start button is largely redundant since the Win7 taskbar change."

Uhm, it's my default method of firing up programs, thankyou. You do know that thing in the Win7 start menu, how it puts your most used programs on the first thing you see after the Windows keypress? That's useful. TIFKAM is not.

"If you have an HD capable screen you can add 20+ applications to it which covers most folks."

Have you ever actually used Windows Vista/7? Having 20+ things pinned to the taskbar would be an exercise in masochism. Especially when your most commonly used programs are automatically under the winkey. I'm just glad you can still hack Quicklaunch in and have things work "properly".

"Shortcuts on the desktop or just using the winkey does the rest."

So.. the WIndows 3.11 paradigm in Windows 8. Makes sense. Frankly I like having a relatively clean desktop. You'll notice the screenshots I posted in this very thread? That's actually quite messy for me, it needs a little sorting, and I hate it when programs dump shit all over the desktop without the option to tell it not to.

As for the winkey.. you mean the winkey that works in Windows from '95 onward, right?

Nobody yet has shown me how TIFKAM provides any kind of useful improvement.

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Upvoted for awesome.

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Facebook ditches mobile HTML with native Android app

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Re: Facebook?

Difference is, they are both the future for very different reasons.

Garlic Bread is actually nice.

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Newest crater on the moon

Holey GRAIL?

GRAILy hole?

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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Re: groundhog day? 1970's all over again

Vewwy, vewwy, vewwy quiet?

Damn wabbit.

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Re: I call bollocks on this

Well, it may be difficult to prove when a recording was made. However, as the article states, it may still be useful to detect otherwise-undetectable edits. WHile the part of the audio you listen to might not reveal any obvious pops or clicks, the very faint hums of electrical interference in the background may well be jumping up and down like a yoyo.

I have to wonder if more determined fraudsters are using fourier-based noise removal to get around this?

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iPad mini to outsell iPad, get Retina Display? iPad to slenderize?

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Re: no excuse for typo's.

Or, indeed, apostrophe catastrophes.

Apostrophe catastrophe's?

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Re: Could care less, or couldn't care less?

Teehee.

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Microsoft: IE mouse tracking vuln no big deal. Sort of...

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Well there's an opportunity.

Like a more-selective script blocker. "Allow this site to see your mouse movements? (Y/N)"

Combine it with things like "location", "screen orientation" and various other things that modern browsers are quite happy to blindly report to whoever asks for it.

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