* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak

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Re: Downloading torrents or the like

There are torrent apps available on Google Play.

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Brits obey mobile ads, says mobile ad biz

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Re: Firefox beta

Ever tried to read a paragraph while the text is busy re-wrapping because an advert has decided to start rolling out all over the place?

Obviously, you haven't. Try reading The Register without an adblocker some time. They're one of the prime culprits, these days. In fact it was this very site that persuaded me that enough was enough and it's time to run ABP.

Team Reg, give yourselves a pat on the back.

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Re: "All the cool kids are doing it"

I didn't think that was a brand of car though.

Is that like the key of the same name?

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Hong Kong tycoon sues Google search for defamation

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Re: What Iwant to know is

Oh, I think the article he's complaining about is pretty specific. [PDF]

Question is, how in hell are Google liable?

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AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks

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Re: Who really cares how allegedly secret documents are leaked ...

Exactly this.

I'm wondering if these Antileaks fellers can keep up a DDOS against WIkileaks, every USENET server on the planet, the Freenet project, all the various torrent trackers, AND someone walking around sneakernet-style and giving people USB sticks?

Somehow I doubt it.

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Google to skew search results to punish PIRATES

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Re: Find content from legitimate sources...

The BBC should make it easy for anybody in the world to buy a BBC license.. and abolish the TV tax.

Don't see that happening though.

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Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

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Re: Universal screwdriver

You know how small 0.5mm is, right?

Of course if you really think half a millimetre is too big a groove, you could go for anything down to 0.01mm. That's a hundredth of a millimetre in plain english. In the words of the site, "as fine as the antenna of an aphid".

Still a problem?

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Re: Universal screwdriver

Have you seen how small the bits are on a Dremel? Or any similar non-branded miniature power tool set for that matter.

I don't think it'll be a problem. 0.5mm milling bit, perhaps?

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Australia on path to social media regulation

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Because banning black jokes...

...makes racism disappear.

Except it doesn't.

Seriously, I'd rather people be able to quite publically declare, if in a roundabout fashion, "I am a grade A wanker, please ignore me." UK "hate speech" laws are fucked up, and it's a shame to see Oz go the same way.

But hey, you can still take the piss out of ginger kids as much as you like, right? That's still funny, isn't it?

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Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics

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Re: Consider

Could be a good or a bad thing.

Good version: Being able to join a different provider at the touch of a button. Being on multiple networks without having to swap SIMs around or go for dodgy hacky dual and quad-sim adapters.

Bad version: You think you've seen a network-locked phone? You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss sprouts tail

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Re: Launching into the wind.

Not that this is exactly the same thing, but I've found that launching smallish rockets at a slight angle into the wind causes the rocket to act like a weather vane too. Rather than getting blown back, the nose seems to tilt into the wind and fight against it. Of course, this could also be a good reason to put any kind of primitive guidance onto the thing during the rocket burn, if only to stop a directional wind from causing LOHAN to blast more sideways than upward. Once the rocket is going fast enough (which won't take long), I'm pretty sure whatever is on the tailplane, in conjunction with the onboard autopilot, will be enough to keep the nose pointing toward the sky.

Just my tuppence worth.

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

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Re: Just a minute -- are we the bad guys?

If you want to remote control my machine, to decide when and where the software that I bought can be run and how.. if you wish to have my machine dependant on your servers in order to work properly.. if you think that I have an unwarranted sense of entitlement simply because I want what I paid for to work without interruption.. if you think you have any rights to the product whatsoever after you have sold it..

Then yes, you are the bad guy, and you can take your unwarranted sense of entitlement to my money and fuck off.

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Re: Pffft

Eh, the apps work wonderfully, for the most part. It's the DRM that gets in the way. As usual.

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Oh...

...and after reading that crap the article linked to, Matt Gemmell can fuck off too. You're part of the problem. Closed is better? Choice is a bad word? Please, just go away. You don't deserve my money.

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No more paid apps for me

Not until someone cracks that DRM wide open so I never have to deal with "sorry, you're a pirate and you can fuck off" messages ever again.

I just want what I paid for, and I don't want it disappearing because some cock-ends think it's okay to tie my device into some remote DRM checking server that can and has gone wrong. Once is too many times. The amount of times MX Player Pro, Asphalt 6 HD and a number of other paid apps have thrown robotic insults at me is beyond taking the piss.

If only I just got the lot of them from the 'bay to start with. This wouldn't have been a problem.

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

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Re: Security?

I seem to remember UK.gov making that claim about the RFID in the spangly new radio passports that they forced everyone into getting.

Then those cheeky chappies at NO2ID find out that the range is a few centimetres.. IF you are being nice, and ONLY using standard equipment that follows laws on radio emissions and the likes. Otherwise you can get a range of anything from a couple of metres up to about 90 feet or so.

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YouTube app wrenched from next Apple iPhones, iPads

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Re: Never used it

Meanwhile for those of us that use public transportation, Youtube on a mobile device is fucking awesome.

So is all-you-can-eat data.

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Same here.

And I can share stuff with people who don't have the exact same brand of phone as I do!

Well, unless they have an iPhone. In which case, sucks to be them.

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Jimbo Wales: Wikipedia servers in UK? No way, not with YOUR libel law

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It's very easy to sidestep UK libel laws...

...prepend everything with "I think".

To use a previous example, rather than saying "Jimbo Wales sucks wet farts out of dead pigeons", you say "I think Jimbo Wales sucks wet farts out of dead pigeons".

It is now an expression of opinion rather than a statement of fact, and as such is immune from libel laws.

Seempls.

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Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

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There are some uses for the "cloud"...

...if you define "cloud" as virtualised elastic computing. Very useful for people running online services who need to be able to dial things up to meet a burst in demand, or dial everything back down again to stay economical.

Unfortunately, today's "cloud" marketing is all about stuffing everything back inside a glass house and having everyone on a fat terminal rather than a personal computer. Thanks, but no thanks. This is why.

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Re: And yet...

Same net result: A crapload of stuff you paid for being unavailable should someone else's machine decide to throw a wobbler. Or should you forget the password you used six years ago with an email address that's no longer valid, or any other number of problems that wouldn't happen if only you didn't depend on some third party for everything to work.

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And yet...

...all I have to do is say something negative about Steam, and it brings out massive downvoting.

Same shit, different stink.

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Console content can cause crime, claims cop

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Obviously, you're not playing games at all.

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: Just saw!

Unlike myself during the much earlier live Q&A session on Ustream. I just had to ask:

"Given the power source, does this mean you'll be nuking the site from orbit? Just to be sure?"

@NASAJPL's response: "No, we won't be dusting off."

Thumbs up for rocket scientists with a sense of humour.

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204,000 views...

TOUCHDOWN!

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184,000 views...

...and NASA have telemetry. Coo, that's quick.

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Over 161,000 views...

...and here we go!

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125,000 viewers

And it seems stage separation is complete.

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Over 100,000...

The bandwidth requirements must be pretty damned mind-boggling.

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Make that 89,000 ustream viewers

Holy pants.

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66,000 ustream viewers and climbing...

This has got to be one of the most publicised things NASA has done for years.

Biting nails right now.

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Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

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Re: iGoogle

Probably want you to go to Google+ to get something similar. Not that I'd know because I'm one of the people who want to join some Facebook clone about as much as they want to join Facebook, which is not very fucking much.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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"Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

If @NASAJPL is to believed, that would be VxWorks.

Though I'm sure the Macs look nice on telly.

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Judge rejects Apple's calls for Samsung censure

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Re: @Craigness

Imagine if LG produced TV sets all but identical to Samsung's top-of-the-range line...

LG

Samsung

Sony

Sharp

Panasonic

JVC

Fujitsu

Just saying.

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Re: Yeah, RIGHT!!!!!

I still remember working the tills at PC World, and some chap comes over with a Nintendo DS. As the script demands, I ask "business or personal use?" A slight smirk, because who would buy a games console for business use?

Imagine my surprise when it was for business use. Then while capturing details for the VAT reciept, I find out it's being bought by a director for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe?

So no, Apple buying competitor's phones doesn't surprise me. However, tearing down phones to look at antenna designs doesn't seem to have paid off all that well, it must be said!

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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

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Re: I wonder...

"what optimizations were made to go from *6* frames per second to 320fps or so?"

It's amazing what a few microseconds saved can do...

...on a loop embedded inside a loop inside a loop inside a loop.

Just guessing.

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Re: "Linux driver support is way inferior to Windows."

Perhaps, but it is clearly inferior to Windows in terms of device support - which was the original point made - need another shovel yet?

You still have yet to show this.

Come on. We're waiting.

Linux still supports more hardware than any other operating system on the planet. That you cannot deal with this is not anybody else's fault but your own.

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Re: "Linux driver support is way inferior to Windows."

See as far as I'm aware, there's no way of updating Windows Phones in Windows. Isn't that what the whole WP7-WP8 debacle is about? Sad, really, especially when it's obsolete by design rather than any other reason.

No iTunes? Well.. asides Linux not needing iTunes to talk to iPods, I have to say that not having iTunes is a blessing in disguise. Go complain to Apple about it, if you're that concerned.

And don't lie to yourself or anybody else about graphics card drivers. The biggest complaint was, and still is, that NVidia only deliver binary blobs. Every other major card manufacturer has open sourced their drivers since then, but NVidia still sticks with blobs. I've had Voodoo-era cards working in Linux, let alone more modern stuff. I think the hardest it got was downloading a file and typing a modprobe command, which I've not had to do in years.

Oh, nice list of devices. Smaller than I thought it would be. It would be nice if Microsoft had a "drivers required" page, because it bloody well needs one. Seriously, if that's the sum of hardware not supported in Linux, I don't think anybody has anything to worry about. Wonder how many device manufacturers are going to be leaving customers in the lurch come WIndows 8? You do remember the whole Vista driver cock-up don't you?

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Re: "Linux driver support is way inferior to Windows."

I like posting histories. They let me look at RICHTO and go "hm.. either a troll, shill, or completely clueless".

Maybe RICHTO doesn't remember the whole Bluetooth thing, where you had to hunt down and locate the prcise BT driver for your dongle, usually from some awful, slow .com.tw website if you were running Windows. Linux? Plug in, and hey presto. Took Microsoft two XP service packs to figure that one out.

What about the old Belkin F5D series of USB wifi adapters? Windows driver disk installs some crap out-of-date management software that immediately needs to be updated by searching around on the Internet for a driver. Linux? Just plug it in.

Graphics cards perhaps? Oh hang on, that too. Same deal, be it ATI, NVidia, Intel or some other chipset.

Sound cards? Oh hang on, that works immediately in Linux too. In fact I've never seen a sound card not recognised in Linux.

About the only thing Windows seems to have more drivers for is printers, and even then that gap is closing fast. Do you know what the installation steps are for an HP printer in Ubuntu, Mint or any of the mainstream distros? Plug the printer in. Click "yes I would like to automatically download and install the drivers." Err.. and that's it.

Good luck getting your Windows to work in anything other than a PC though. Can't wait to see the Raspberry Pi version of Windows 8. What.. there won't be one?

Maybe Microsoft's advantage is in the IIS web server? You know.. the one that has bits of itself welded into kernel space.. so that.. uhm.. a security failure takes down the entire fucking system.. oh. Maybe not then.

Question: How many NT4 service packs did it take to fix the incredibly well-known Unicode hack in BackOffice? Was it:

A) 6

B) 6

C) I don't know

Question: For how many years did Microsoft sit on their collective arses and let Internet Explorer fester? This one's not multiple choice.

Teehee.

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"Linux driver support is way inferior to Windows."

You do know that Linux supports more hardware than any other operating system on the planet, right?

Sure, a few niggles with certain wifi chipsets, but nowhere near the woe you get if you try plugging anything other than popular hardware into a Windows box. Have fun hunting for them drivers from dodgy Taiwanese sites that have the user friendliness of an attack dog and the understandability of a dyslexic Welshman.

Also, uhm, you ever compiled competently written software? Let me clue you in on how it's done:

./configure

make

make install

Well that was hard. That's assuming the package manager doesn't do the compilation step for you, in which case compiling your software is "check the box, click the install button". You might as well complain about having to install your software as compile it. This ain't 1991 any more!

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"billions of calcs per sec ought to be fast enough."

How many calculations do you think it takes for the A Star pathfinding algorithm to find a solution on how to get from one point to another on a 2D map for, oh, let's say a distance of 300 units, including walls and corridors in the way? Bear in mind A Star is a pretty simple 2D pathfinding algorithm. You can find it through a Google search easily enough.

Now multiply that by, let's say, 500 active sprites.

Now add the calculations for a few thousand texture mapped polygons.

Now add the calculations for AI, which will also need to be calculated for 499 of those 500 active sprites.

Now add in collision detection. Just to be simple we'll just use circular, rectangular and convex polygon bounding boxes.

Now realise this needs to happen within 1/60th of a second.

Suddenly those "billions of calculations per second" don't seem like that many at all.

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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The truth is most people don't care as long as the phone works.

The truth is, commentards will downvote you for speaking the truth and speaking frankly. Like hitting that little red button changes reality somehow.

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Re: Just get over it

Buy an Android already or are you into enjoyment of SM?

Fixed.

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Google opens up pay-by-bonk Wallet to all credit cards

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Re: "Perhaps *you* should explain how NFC is hackable."

So...

Why not use electronic contacts? Why wireless? Why make it so that someone can potentially hack you by bumping into you during the rush hour? Why not just make existing Chip & PIN technology work like NFC? Insert card into slot, you can pay for anything up to £15 without a PIN. Anything over needs a PIN.

Oh yeah. It's that shiny thing, isn't it? Sorry, but simple is better in this case. If future bank cards come with RFID in them, I'll be cutting them up and sending them back.

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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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Re: Pretty much what others are saying.

"As an example in this case, why should Apple have it rights to a fair trial diminished or a decision in this matter delayed by Samsung's failure to adhere to orders and procedures? (I mean, other than the fact that you don't like Apple.)"

I didn't say don't smack Samsung on the wrist for being naughty boys and girls. I said that if the judge rules in Apple's favour it would punish more than just Samsung. Think about it:

"You were naughty, so Apple's patent is magically valid, even though it plainly shouldn't be".

How is that justice? At all?

And again, hopefully Koh isn't that childish.

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