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* Posts by M Gale

3520 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Plan your BLACK FRIDAY CHARGE: Google shop maps go desktop

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Re: All very well...

I'm too tired.

I saw the self-censorship above and thought it was a malformed regular expression.

Just thought I'd share that with everyone.

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Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

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Just wondering

Isn't a MAC address usually notated in hex anyway? Why would you need to convert it into hex unless your software is retarded and gives you decimal notation, or 64 1s and 0s?

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Facebook proposes killing off user voting on policy changes

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Re: Wndering why there isn’t a simple FB alternative that utilizes existing email accounts?

There is a perfect alternative.

It's called "email".

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One week left before US faces clamp down on piracy

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Distributed Sneakernet.

Must be a way of doing it. Similar to torrents, with file chunks verified with checksums/hashes, but the nodes are people with smartphones and netbooks wandering around and coming into periodic contact with each other.

Fire up the node, select your wishlist of known file names/hashes, wander around a heavily populated area for a bit. Think of it like old-skool VHS and and audio cassette-swapping for the 21st century.

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Raspberry Pi seller calls for hack match contestants

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Re: Wait...

Better to check whether you can sell it after you bought it.

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Reefer madness blasts pot machine maker's stock sky high

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Re: alongside the wizards and dragons

I don't know what you're smoking son, but I'll buy an ounce.

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Re: Turning a profit in colorado

For the same reason that beer brewers make money in the presence of legal hops, barley and yeast. Some people would rather pay someone else to grow a warehouse full of plants so stinky you can chew the atmosphere around them.

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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Re: Dear Matt,

"The graphics and space scenes in it were all rendered on banks of Amigas for example."

Ah, that myth.

No, Babylon 5 was not rendered using Amigas and video toasters. The Babylon 5 pilot movie was, and then they went to Pentium PCs, DEC Alpha workstations, a handful of Macs and some SGI equipment.

"There were all those home PCs like Spectrums and Commodores."

Which were okay as toys, but the only computer with any oomph even back then was the old IBM/PC compatible.

Thing is, Sean there was on about choice. Exactly what in, I'm not sure, as the modern wave of things such as the Beagle Board, Raspberry Pi, the forthcoming Via APC, the venerable Arduino, the Ouya games console and various other platforms seems to mean far more choice than back in the 80s, where a home computer had to be made by either Sinclair or Commodore, and business machines had to be either made by IBM or compatible with IBM plus Microsoft. Certainly more than the 90s, where the IBM/PC compatible got proper sound and graphics cards, came down (ish) in price and proceeded to wipe the floor with just about every other home computer format that wasn't a games console.

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Re: Dear Matt,

"I had more choice and freedom in operating systems in the 1980s and 1990s."

No you didn't. Even by the 80s, Microsoft DOS was the one single OS that mattered.. though you could use the mostly-perhaps-maybe-compatible DR DOS if you liked. Amigas, when they becamne available, were for playing games and occasionally making techno music in Modtracker or something. Your choice for big computer OSes was Unix, Unix or Unix, with that Linux thing not even written until 1991.

Sure, you had various odd manufacturers with odd operating systems and odd hardware. You still get that now. In fact I'd say you have radically more freedom now than at any time since Microsoft first got the contract to buy someone else's OS for a computer system that would become the defacto standard microcomputer.

Just got to keep the momentum up and make sure the bastards at Redmond don't do to mobile what they did to home and business machines.

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Woz: Microsoft's innovation lead 'worries me greatly'

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Re: Kinect

Speak for yourself. I found myself more confused than impressed by two-finger scrolling, especially when it goes off when you don't want it to.

That said I like to turn most of the "clever" off in software anyway. Mouse taps are what mouse buttons are for, FFS. The whole pad does not need to be a button!

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Re: adequate but unexciting software

Adequate but unexciting is what I want. I do not want to turn my computer on and go "woah, holy shit! What have they done THIS time?"

It doesn't matter if WIndows 8 is faster, leaner or meaner under the hood. My desktop is not a phone. They've given birth to a supermodel, then taken it out back and smashed its face in with a brick. If I want TIFKAM, I'll buy an Xbox. You know, a toy.

Until then, that abomination sits in a VM jail where it belongs and gets used so that I can say I've used it. Everything else uses a halfway-sane desktop interface.

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'I'm a PIRATE' confessions spew from OED iPhone dictionary

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Re: Need to Wize up

*YEAH

O rly?

No, I've nothing to contribute to the conversation either.

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So does this mean that the people loving all over the walled garden as being somehow immune to malware get a free cup of shut the fuck up?

Or is it not malware if the developers say it's not malware? I bet that argument went really well for Sony, and all that did was rootkit you in private, not try to out you for something you didn't do.

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Re: Custom

Brings back memories of the moderatrix and her gleefully-administered emasculations.

Come back Ms Bee, it's just not the same without you!

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Custom

Let users upload a selection of their own 32x32 bitmaps. Banhammer available in case of penis.

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Microsoft demos real-time English to Chinese translation

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Re: Digital babelfish, how I miss you

Your problem is that a language is more than just words, and words is all a computer sees. Sometimes there is no direct translation and one word becomes twisted into a partial sentence in an attempt to convey the same meaning. See the German "schadenfruede", which translated to English is.. errr.. "schadenfruede".

Then you add homonyms, synonyms and odd dialects of the same language, and what you have is a recipe for a programmer's nightmare. Multiply that by the number of languages in the world, and you can see the scale of the problem.

Or just pump the phrase of your choice into here and have fun with the problem instead. Yes, yes I was looking for an excuse to post that link.

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Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi only tablet review

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Re: limiting choice

"Android and tweaking your car with underbody lights and flared wheel arches - some would argue they want the 'choice' to do it but 99.5% of people don't..."

I find that ironic considering some of the rather garish iThing covers that are routinely spotted on the buses.

As for why you'd reconfigure the home screen.. well a grid of icons might be good for you. For me though, I rather like something a bit more useful for a phone.

Or even a tablet.

The lock screen clock looks pretty sweet too, with the 3D rotating live wallpaper of an EVE ship in the background, but frankly I can't be arsed screencapping it and blurring my owner details out at gone 3am. You'll just have to take my word on that one.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

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Maybe a difference between tablet and phone? I've noticed ICS/JB on phones doesn't have that annoying permabar, for one.

A moot point anyway, but still worth a giggle for a company that praises itself so highly on its design skills.

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So, did they remove the Javascript because it might have got them in trouble?

Or did they remove it because it breaks the page layout on every single available browser for Android?

After all, if you're trying to woo owners of the competition, having your page look like this or even better this, is really not a good idea.

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HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

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Re: Crapy decision ...

"I don't mind working without a camera, but wireless... Really?"

Seriously? Wifi issues in 2012?

Maybe one of these years will be the Year of Windows On The Desktop. Until then, it's plainly not ready for prime time.

(sorry, couldn't resist).

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

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Re: Buy cheap...

"(cheap knock offs are never as good as the real thing to be honest :D)"

And expensive knock-offs are even worse. Hence why I wouldn't touch iOS with a barge pole.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Re: More mugs queing up to be reamed.

"18 month guaranteed support period for WP8 phones. Try getting that sort of guarantee from any one else."

Asus?

Google?

Apple?

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"standing on the train or on the loo."

Must have a strong seat.

Is this like some kind of steady-aim game?

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Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

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Re: M Gale == Idiot.

Well gee, I never knew that.

Sarcasm mode off, I know the difference between the Linux kernel and Android. It's the same difference between the Linux kernel and a JVM. One might come with the other, but they are not the same. You might as well say that a web site is a Linux because there's Linux and Apache (and, yes, the rest of the GNU stuff) under there somewhere.

Or just call me an idiot. Easy when you're hiding behind a mask.

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Re: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won" : Linus Torvalds

To use an analogy (and yes, analogies are inherently shit): Android is Linux like a pizza is a motorbike.

One might be delivered with the other, but they are most certainly not the same.

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Re: @M Gale

These days, so does Microsoft.

In fact, Android is looking less toy-like than Windows 8 right now, which is a bit perverse.

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Re: @M Gayle

"Guessing you just blindly type into text boxes without looking at what else is on the screen? The option to sign in with a local account is on the same page as the one asking for your Microsoft account."

I expect set-up options to be obvious, not hidden in an Apple-apology style. This isn't Slackware Linux; it's supposed to be easy.

"That said, how is this different to requiring a Google/Gmail account on Android, or an Apple ID on the iPhone?"

Because they are toys, and I'm trying to set up a computer? Let's not forget that you don't need a Google account to use Android. You can install apps from all over the place, and the Google account is for Google services like the Play store.

Microsoft trying to turn computers into toys is half the problem. If I wanted an Xbox, I'd buy an Xbox. Happy that it's hidden away in a VM jail though. I don't think I could stand Metro for doing anything other than selecting which variant of Angry Birds I want to play, and even then I fail to see how it's better than the Frequently Used section of Win7's start menu, or attaching an icon to the desktop.

Still, at least poking around in the settings has found the Local Account options. Microsoft plainly wants to harvest a shitload of email addresses and personal details, and I trust them even less than I trust Google with that, frankly.

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Have you tried setting Windows 8 up?

No such option available. Or if it is, it's hidden. I'm just glad it's in a VM and I wasn't stupid enough to replace the host OS with it.

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"Do you need an Office 365 account to access your own computer?

I thought you only needed it to access Office 365, which is running on their computers."

Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.

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Can already view Office documents, thanks all the same.

As for Office 365, that can take a run and flying jump along with Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Have you looked at a Note 10.1 yet? I don't see iThings with proper stylus control, and you'd have to be a dipstick to confuse Android with iOS.

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RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Re: Whoo Hooo!

Unix perhaps. Linux = 1991.

I'll go pedant at people somewhere else now.

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Who needs flying cars when we can robotically sort Skittles?

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Nice trick. Hardly groundbreaking, I've worked in places where the colour of labels is scanned by dedicated colour-detection "cameras". Put in quotes because the only output from these devices is not an image but a value for "is what is in front of me the correct preprogrammed colour value(s)?"

For a one-geek-and-some-tools trick though, it's pretty awesome. A challenge to others to see if they can do it better, perhaps!

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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

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There are already several Android apps that locate free wifi hotspots already?

Nice of Microsoft to play catch-up.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Re: Peltier cooling

Unfortunately all that does is makes the heatsink even hotter as the heat is actively dragged from the CPU. Not much good for thin and light designs, because while the CPU might be running at negative-degrees celcius, the heatsink would be rapidly melting a hole in the chassis.

Now heatpipes on the other hand, they can help. Even if only to spread the radiators around the inside of the chassis to distribute and diffuse that nasty hotspot.

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Re: Itanium

"Tablets do not have sensible GPUs."

Define "sensible". My Tegra 3-powered tablet seems to chug along nicely and render some quite spiffy looking games and 3D live wallpapers, thanks all the same. OpenCV is boosted quite a bit, too.

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Yes, Windows RT, the locked-down wall-garden, can't-run-anything-asides-RT-apps version, is running on ARM. Windows, however, is not.

Or did you not spot the "full ReTard" quip?

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Watch OS X (or XI?) drop to sub-Linux levels of marketshare as people discover they can no longer run Windows in bootcamp, or if they can, it's in an emulator and running rather slowly compared to a Core i-something.

I don't think Apple is going to drop x86/64. Not unless Microsoft is going full ReTard too.

Maybe an x64-almost-compatible-but-only-in-Apple-gear processor?

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Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013

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One of these days I'll have to buy a new monitor. Until then, this AOC 9GlrA from last millennium seems to be still working rather nicely. 1280x1024@75hz is more than lovely enough for me, with the option of 1600x1200 and a quite scary (and horribly interlaced) 2048x1536 possible if you give it some persuasion.

Just hope if and when I buy a replacement, it lasts at least as long as this workhorse has.

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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

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Re: better known as

Minerals, resources, and experiments with dodgy ethical implications that revolve around transporter technology?

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Re: Great!

Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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Re: Surely Nokia is also to blame.

"They get royalties from Android"

For now.

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Re: Android "free"???

It's different because you can get your various apps and items from GetJar, Amazon, AndAppStore, Opera, Mozilla, Handango, OnlyAndroid, Insyde Market...

Well, that's just a couple of minutes of searching. I'm sure you can find more.

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"the latest Android devices can complete with Apple's flagship in usability and style, not to mention costing almost as much."

Anybody who thinks that Reg commentards only aim sly digs at Apple, please witness the above quote.

The Register: Biting the hand that feeds IT.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Odd tablet behaviours?

Transformer Prime TF201. Default Android browser.

In landscape mode, the thing scales to hide the ruling link.

Portrait mode, it tries to scale but fails to hide anything.

Either way around, the layout is broken and the iPad Mini hides under the lower product images.

In Chrome? Landscape mode scales, doesn't have a broken layout. In portrait mode.. WOAH, that is one very thin iPad Mini. Again, doesn't stretch enough to hide the judgement link.

Firefox? Landscape mode OK, scales to hide. Portrait mode, hides part of the iThing under the product images again.

Aurora, as Firefox.

Opera Mobile, as Firefox.

You'd think Apple would have heard of JQuery? Or is there that much of a Not Invented Here culture at that corporation? Is that why they wanted two damned weeks to do what should have taken about two minutes if they weren't dead set on being as dangerously close to contempt of court as possible?

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