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3496 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Re: Totally pointless

A few years ago, Microsoft were very close to making it so that you needed to have Windows and IE in order to view the Web. See my previous post about HTML extensions that depend on DirectX, which is only ever going to be available on Microsoft-approved platforms. You know, like Windows and the Xbox. In this case, the browser that people want would be the only browser that would have worked on the vast majority of websites, which would have been IE. Running in Windows.

Sheesh, it's like people don't read the Halloween documents. You think Microsoft have changed in the slightest since then, except for the worse?

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Re: Users didn't notice it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

Sure.

About the same time that Microsoft stop trying shit on like filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Fade(sProperties).

Which would be, uhm, never.

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Re: And at what point...

About the same time they gain near-enough 100% of the desktop computer OS share?

Let's face it, you can get along quite nicely without ever touching an Apple-branded machine. Try that with Windows and see how far you get.

No, neckbeards who like to pretend that LaTeX is the same as Office or in any way appropriate for normal people, you don't count. And yes, I do use various Linuxes.

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Slash for cash: boozers' bladders primed for Olympic pee game

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So it's like one of those old Speccy/c64 games...

...only instead of buttons, the game developers have restored the old, and original meaning of the word "joystick".

I wanna go.

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Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

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"I think we get the message"

But evidently Apple don't.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: Fell at the first hurdle (almost)

I still don't know why the big deal over valves. Sure, you can get nice-sounding valve amps these days, but you can also get lovely-sounding transistor amps that don't have the requisite 30 second warm-up associated with valves.

In a guitar amp? Sure, the overdrive characteristics of valves provide a much richer distortion than the awful, scratchy clipping you get from an overdriven transistor, but we're talking hi fi here, shirley? You know, as in trying not to overdrive things?

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Re: Bonkers? oh yes.

If you're that serious an audiophile, you'll already have digital everything from the CD ROM to the amplifier. Any DAC will be inside whatever expensive amplifier you have, with nowt but raw digital data being sent via SPDIF, digital coax, fibre, or whatever digital output is on the back of your PC. This is without going into skip and jitter prevention technology like, say, a buffer.

The days of analogue audio cables running from the back of the CD ROM to your sound card through the copious RF noise inside your PC ended some 10 years ago.

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Re: Bonkers? oh yes.

Laser turntable

Only a snip at $10,000USD or so.

Oh, and $770 for the remote control. And another three thousand Amurrican bucks if you want "High-Resolution Sound Quality", whatever the hell that means.

Perfectly suited for this set-up, then.

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Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy

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Science is a methodology and cannot be arrogant.

However there are some unscientific scientists about.

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Whatever it was, that bloody huge fireball back in March made a hell of a noise. I thought it was a jet engine on fire at first.

I'll probably never see something like that again, either.

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Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

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Anorak != Uncool

You'd be surprised how many people wear them. Rugged outdoor clothing is not just the domain of trainspotters and star trek addicts.

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Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

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"panned on Facebook"

Must be good, then.

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Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

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OpPedoChat

Perhaps there's a few Anons concerned that their image of pedobears, cake and CP is being taken too seriously?

"We're trolling you, you fuckwits. Need some proof?"

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Re: Baffled...

You would be surprised. While running the mobile chipset takes up some juice, and running wifi takes up some juice, running the portable AP does seem to eat vastly more juice than both put together. The more data you transfer over it, the faster your battery flattens.

It's kind of telling that my Xperia Arc S only gets really red hot when I'm running the portable AP. So hot in fact, I've had it stop charging itself - apparently this is a safety feature.

Kind of annoying that since the ICS update, it randomly turns the AP off though. Ho hum, that is a different issue.

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Quick query...

25 watt speakers? Or should that be 2.5 watts?

Assuming RMS and not some bullshit PMPO measurement, 25 watts is less "annoyance on public transport" and more "let's have a party on the bus" levels of noise.

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Re: Baffled...

How long for, and what's your battery mAH?

I'd be surprised if it was longer than a couple of hours, assuming your battery was absolutely full to begin with.

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3G

Fine for youtube, fine for web browsing.

The only thing 4G will give you is the ability to hit your unlimited limit faster.

You do know the iPhone only had EDGE when it came out, right?

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Re: 3G

Has anybody here complaining about 3G tablets ever actually tethered through their phone?

If they had, they'd know that the wifi hotspot feature might as well be called "the energy vampire". It eats batteries for breakfast. Alright if, like me, you have £80 worth of Energizer XPAL in your pocket, but that's just more dicking about on top of the dicking about with a phone when what you really want to use is a tablet.

Plus I've seen people with dual-SIM contract deals anyway. One for the phone, one for a dongle... or tablet, if you like. Ask your provider.

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Japanese boffins demo EV on-the-move charging

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I want this in Formula One

Well, haven't you ever played a futuristic racing game with boost strips painted onto the tarmac?

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Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment

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Just to be a little pedantic.

I thought "plant food" was a mixture of nitrates and phosphates, usually provided by the rotting matter in the soil and sucked up via the root system?

CO2 is plant food in the same way that O2 is animal food, shirley?

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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He's not alone.

And "just send it as an email attachment" is not a solution, at least not outside the USS Dipshit with its perfectly functioning terabit-level 3-million-G coverage.

Yes, let's send a bunch of pictures and MP3 files halfway around the world and back again, via spotty 2G/3G will-it-won't-it coverage, to my friend sat 3 feet away from me. Think Different? Yeah, I'm sure a lot of the kids on the short bus think different too.

Fuxache Apple, support OBEX already. Bluetooth's main uses on a phone is earpieces and file transfers.. unless you have an iPhone, where bluetooth is about half as useful as with everybody else. For no good reason.

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Re: No-one took it off you.

Meanwhile, on the Starship Joefish, where hardware lasts forever...

...but back in the real world, things break.

And spinning disks are far from dead.

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Re: quite a lot of people, actually

"Who wants a crappy mechanical spinny-plastic-disk interface taking up so much space..."

Anybody who buys music from a shop?

Yes I know, it might be hard for those up in a Jovian orbit to realise that some of us might visit the real world on occasion. You know, where shops are made of bricks and mortar, and have physical products in them. Including CDs, and DVDs!

And no, streaming shite and buying the right to download an MP3 is not an acceptable substitute. Not unless you're paying my traffic bills.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

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Re: much, much, MUCH too expensive

I wouldn't call him too tight fisted. This is a cloudy OS, where everything you do and everything you type is more than likely being keylogged and mined for all it is worth by the world's largest ad company. It's a paperweight if, like me, you have an Internet connection that comes from a phone and isn't there when the phone isn't.

If anything, £190 is over the top. I'll have one if it's free and Google pay me to use Chrome OS, but not otherwise.

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Samsung fails to get Galaxy Tab ban in US lifted pending appeal

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Re: AS GREEDY AS APPLE

I've always labelled Apple and Microsoft as being two peas in the same pod. It's just that up until the iSomethings, Apple were never popular outside of the graphics and media industries.

Think Different, indeed.

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Android Jelly Bean won't get Flash Player

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So...

...what happens when someone does the same "run it in a data centre and stream it to the device" cheat that Photon and vBrowser use?

Enjoy your lack of OnLive client. I think I'm going to go play Unreal Tournament 3. On a phone.

Or maybe on a tablet?

I'm kind of undecided there.

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Re: FLASH is supported on iOS

Running the Flash site on some honking big data centre and then streaming it to your device is not "Flash support on iOS".

By that measure, my Droid devices support a fuckload of PC games via the OnLive client. You know, the one that's still not been released for iOS?

Now stop being silly.

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FAIL

Wow, I can't wait.

The bajillion and one websites which won't be completely redesigned in html5.

Anything halfway near complex.

In fact anything more than a couple of objects bouncing around.

Flash may suck. However for doing the things Flash does well, HTML5 sucks donkey dick and loves it. "Not Ready For Prime Time" is a phrase that comes to mind. Especially not on some battery operated ARM thing.

Hey, I can't wait for animated HTML5 adverts either, I'm sure they'll only take four or five times the CPU power to render!!!!

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Apple hardware fixer Bob Mansfield retires from Cupertino

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Re: a nickel would be 1 bob not 5

Nybble, shirley?

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Jaw-jaw no more-more as calls fall down tally of phone tasks

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Actually...

...so-called "smartphones" used to be called "MDAs" before a certain fruity company decided they invented the concept.

Mobile Digital Assistant.

Doesn't really roll off the tongue as easily as "phone" though, so phone it is.

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Apple patent may foretell an end to iPhone autocorrect Tourette's

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Re: Dics too big

^^^is that even possible?

Sorry. I had to.

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Re: Been there.

Shhh, your Furry is showing.

As if "Suricou Raven" wasn't clue enough.

<--- I believe it's fashionable to say "kill it with fire" here.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Re: Spot on

Sounds like the sort of person it's worth creating a test rig for. Multimeters are cheap these days, and it'd be funny to see her face when the current required drops through the floor as you turn the device off.

Especially if immediately followed with "yes actually, I do know better."

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I like the idea, but...

"and with leccy from the grid being much more expensive than than the equivalent kWh of gas"

For now.

Diesel used to be cheaper than petrol. Then lots of people bought diesel. Oh, lookit what the fuel companies went and did!

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Re: You've never rewired house lights have you

"Well if I am, presumably my two electrician friends are mad, and so is the building inspector!"

Considering I've seen stuff signed off that looks like a horror story, well that wouldn't surprise me.

Didn't surprise me when it came undone a few years later too. Luckily the only thing that happened was the immersion heater stopped working. Nothing caught fire.

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Re: We need to invent light switches!

Re GU10 (and similar) downlights. Try the 240v LED versions. They're more expensive, but a 5 watt LED lamp will easily match a 50w halogen, with the advantage that you can put the palm of your hand right up against an LED downlight that's been on for an hour. No need to start driving heatsinks up into the insulation, and a tenth of the electricity cost for the same amount of light output. Not to mention the truly ridonkulous lifespan of an LED.

Awesome and win all round, really.

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Re: You've never rewired house lights have you

One transformer per light? Are you mad?

Transformers are (or should be) rated to drive a certain number of lights, or up to a certain wattage. One transformer per 50w 12v halogen is a little.. excessive.

Also, if you've wired things to run from the transformer to the junction to the light, then please, for your and everyone else's safety, pull your damned breakers out and get a proper electrician in to do the job. Flicking the switch should turn everything off, transfomer(s) included.

That said, I have had to fix some real bodge jobs done by so-called qualified electricians before now.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

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Re: I have no Google+ account, and will never have a Google+ account.

"Having a Gmail / Play account has automatically created you a + profile."

No it has not.

The fact I had a Picasa account created a profile for me. I promptly deleted both, and now have neither. A "profile" isn't a + account anyway, as far as I'm aware. I would have still had the profile if they hadn't insisted on real names, as well.

Now if they start insisting on + accounts just to have a Play Store account, I might start getting more pissed off, especially considering the amount of real money splunked on apps. I imagine a lot of other people will too, and giving them all a channel to organise themselves through might be the last thing Google want. Well, unless they want to transform + from a ghost town into a trolltastic sewer.

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Re: Google Now

"Settings > Wireless & Networks > Tethering and Portable Hotspot."

Okay if you own the phone. Usually locked out if you don't (and haven't paid extortionate extra fees to use the same data).

I also use a portable hotspot these days, since the 3G-enabled tablet went missing. However, I do rather like having everything in one device. Have you ever seen how much juice that portable hotspot sucks out of a 1500mAH battery?

So basically, to get all-day usage from the hotspot, I need to have my phone, and £80 worth of 8AH/30WH Energizer XPAL battery attached to it. Hardly a fiddle-free solution. Nor cheap.

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Just FYI

Rather than relying on the BBC, it can be better to get your information direct.

That way you get to see that 4.x use is steadily increasing, though yes, developing your apps for 2.x is probably the way to go at present.

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I have no Google+ account, and will never have a Google+ account.

Google Play: works.

Youtube: works.

Webmaster Tools: all fine.

Gmail: yup, that's there too.

I can see Picasa needing a profile for some retarded reason, but that's not a Google+ account and it's not like there aren't a bajillion and one other image upload sites available.

So what Google services (they're not really "products") require a Google+ account, asides Google+?

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Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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Re: Security farce

What with El Reg being tech-related, and a red-top, I'm sure it would be in their interest to highlight this incompetence in their own particular style.

Oh go on, Team Reg. Kick up a stink.

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Re: I now know this will happen......

THere is no option to say "why the fuck should the rest of us suffer, having to fill in all sorts of opt in forms etc, just becuase a bunch of thick arse parents can't keep control of their children".

There is, under the "Other (please specify)" options.

In the handy text boxes, my answers were all variations on "if I wanted a firewall wrapping around the entire country, I'd move to China. Or maybe Iran."

Those worried about the consultation being used to put difficult people on a watchlist, I have this to say:

If you're not on a watchlist, you're not doing it right.

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Darwin alarmed by six-legged mutant cane toad

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Re: soul music

My soul?

My foot!

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Google orders spontaneous support for Parliamentary motion

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You can add invisible digital watermarks.

It's a form of steganography. Here is one company that you might want to look up, but there are others.

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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Re: Predicting it now...

Hazarding a guess, but the amount of rocket juice required to gently lower skycrane + lander is probably about the same as the amount of rocket juice required to lift skycrane - lander.

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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

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Re: When is the 21st century going to start?

DragonDictate NaturallySpeaking is actually quite good, and I'm pretty sure text to speech is a done deal.

Just saying.

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