* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

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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"Surely rights holders groups have been doing this for years?"

More than likely.

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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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Tape so does not suck, insists EMC

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Re: Surface area wins

Makes me wonder what happens when someone cracks holographic tape.

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Bonking for money to be built into the next iPhone

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Re: End of Cash

Good point about forgeries, however do you think pay-by-bonk will be any better?

There's money in it, therefore it will be subverted. Wonder what's going to happen once NFC starts becoming popular? As in popular enough to be worth attacking? You can't MITM cash. Or use it to syphon an attached bank balance/e-wallet/whatever.

At least a bit of applied intelligence and a blacklight can catch a forged £20.

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End of Cash

Nothing is more convenient than handing someone a note that promises to pay the bearer on demand the sum of X amount of money. No batteries required, no dodgy insecure radio transmissions going on, no chance of fiddling from data miners.. It Just Works.

Cash is going nowhere.

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Lithe British youngsters prioritise fun over privacy and security

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"I have almost 300 facebook friends"

Are you sure?

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People who've been around the block a few times...

...know a bit more about scams and arseholes than people who simply think they know everything.

Well surprise, surprise.

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Sony deploys 11in Vaio to battle Apple Air

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Re: Huh

If it's jolted hard enough to damage the drive, then that sheet of glass your picture displays on really isn't going to be loving it. Anyway, wouldn't a "premium" computer feature somewhat better drives with shock sensors and platters that aren't themselves made of glass?

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Re: Huh

Only problem I see with SSDs is the issue of longevity. Yes, there's wear-levelling funkiness going on, but spinning platters still beat SSD hands-down as far as endurance goes. I can see the point of sticking the OS and frequently-used, rarely-updated programs on a chip, but a whole system running from SSD seems like a slow, inevitable death from lack of drive space waiting to happen.

Now, what some people are doing, with SSD being used as a non-volatile, replaceable cache.. that makes some sense.

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Screen idols: higher resolution means better laptops

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Re: More pixels = more light = more power = bollocks

Is a "Lager Area" like a beer garden? Only I'm not surprised there's more light in that case.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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"Android customers don't want to pay for apps, they want everything for free."

My hundred-odd pounds worth of paid apps stands in stark contrast to your statement.

Android "customers" just have a much larger selection of adware than on iOS.

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Nintendo supersizes 3DS

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Re: Nintendo has revealed an larded-up 3DS handheld

You are Hyacinth Bucket in disguise, and I claim my £5.

Oh, and my pick of the Royal Doulton.

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Re: Do these play video?

3DS records and plays stereoscopic video, but I'm pretty sure it's in its own dicky format. Looking on Google seems to show some software around for converting to/from 3DS format. I'd suggest having a look!

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Re: I like it!

My 3DS library (so far):

Mario Kart 7 (awesome)

Splinter Cell 3D (quite nice)

Super Star Kartz (avoid this badly-programmed awfulness)

Sonic Generations (yay nostalgia)

Starfox 3D (another nostalgia trip.. is the N64 version but stereoscopic)

Super Mario 3D Land (fun!)

F1 2011 (awesome, but better with the 3D off)

My DS library:

Scribblenauts (amusing)

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (yes, that one. Quite good if you like brainteasers.)

Mech Assault: Phantom War (a bit crap to be honest, I much prefer the PC Mechwarrior games)

Nintendo Touch Golf (as good as anything EA make)

Retro Atari Classics (yay nostalgia)

Sprung: The Dating Game (it cost me 50p.. still awful though)

Mario Kart DS (just try and beat me, I double dare you)

Cars (awful)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (see Touch Golf)

FIFA 07 (it's a football game, dunno why I bought it)

Sonic Rush (kinda fun)

Metroid Prime: Hunters (pretty good)

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (it needs to be more open ended, but otherwise fun)

Call of Duty 4 (yes really, on a DS, and with multiplayer too)

And then a number of 3D titles I ended up getting from the online store, like Dillon's Rolling Western (quite good variation on Tower Defense), and Rytmiks Retrobits (8 bit chip tune maker.. enjoyable).

All in all, there's quite a lot of stuff out there.

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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3GS, free?

Tell me where. I want 10.

Oh, "free" on contract. Ho hum.

So about 500 quid then.

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Re: Hard to say.

The satellite imagery is obviously bitmapped. The roads - that you'll be using to navigate by - are vectors.

You can switch to a vectors-only mode if you want Maps to look like a TomTom.

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Re: Vector maps

What I would like to see is the option to "buy" Google Maps. Like, a paid-for version. I don't care how many gigabytes it would take to put all that lovely satellite imagery and vector mappage onto an SD card, I'd just like the option to use Maps without an Internet connection!

Right now, the offline caching is a bit so-so. Only the vectors are pre-cached (so no satellite view), and you have to cache each journey as you plan it. Want to change plans halfway through the journey? Well, you need a network connection. In the middle of the M6 with a wifi-only device is not the best place for that.

Oh well, I guess there's always CoPilot.

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Re: Long sentence incoming....

Uhm.. face unlock (in some cases), reject-with-message, unlock-to-camera, and Google Play Music controls on the lock screen.

Yeah I know, I can't think how those are really essential functions either. Most of them can be done with 3rd party apps in 2.x anyway.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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"all ARM tablets are stuck with the OS that they shipped with."

FYI, Asus have released an official bootloader unlocker tool. You assume any risk involved, but isn't that the case with any alternative OS install?

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