* Posts by Freddie

63 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

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Astounding: We're about to stick a probe in orbit of a COMET

Freddie

Re: "Rosetta craft screams 6 billion km through space to reach its cosmic prey"

Or DOES it? WooooOOOOooooOOOOoooo.....

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Virgin Media keeps mum as punters fume at crippled web access

Freddie

Re: Business as usual...

I had experience with fast.co.uk in the past and they were excellent. Knowledgeable, polite, quick, would call back, etc. . If you don't mind a little more expense I'd thoroughly recommend them. I'm with VM at the moment and I'm just counting the minutes until my contract expires.

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Hungry boffins turn 3D printer into snack maker

Freddie

Mmmmmm.....

...Turkey paste.

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Net TV to consign Net Neutrality debate to dustbin of history. Why?

Freddie

I don't see the problem

If we want to download more we pay more. Sounds pretty simple. It's alright though because I'm on an unlimited plan. What's that you say? ISP's have been actively trying to deceive consumers and now all of their bullshit doesn't make sense?

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For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

Freddie
Joke

Don't you mean...

Been there, viewed it. It's rubbish. Going back in a week and a bit for better site survey, but not because it's good or anything, you'd hate it.

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eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

Freddie

yes

mileage turned back.

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Hornby opens part-time visitor centre

Freddie
Boffin

and I do my time on the catwalk

I doubt your R/C F1 car is a faithful physical copy. Could the above poster not claim that as the accuracy of the object produced by hornby is so poor it can no longer be considered a physical copy?

Sorry. Just wanted some right said fred.

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 3

Freddie

(untitled)

I do agree with you to a certain degree, but it's a damn sight easier for the article to say "copy and paste this into a terminal ..." than "click menu item one, click menu item two. On the dialogue that opens, select the 'I'm bored now' tab". Horses for courses.

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Watch bandit IDed by own mobe snap

Freddie
Joke

But

He looks like such a nice chap!

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Thousands of 'sexsomniacs' suffering in silence, say profs

Freddie
Joke

I

wish.

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Google open codec wins OSI love after patent shield rethink

Freddie

+1

Except that elementary number theory, as nailed by the greeks, has plenty of algorithms. Yes, you could do them a different way, but other ways are more complicated and less intuitive, and why re-invent the Euclid's algorithm? It's exactly the same case as video decoding, AFAICS.

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Freddie
Heart

The enemy of my enemy...

is my firend.

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Nokia debuts four cheapo phones

Freddie
Coat

A new market?

Phone for being near thieving coppers. Nice.

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Intel answers Microsoft's Linux 'noise' with MeeGo show

Freddie

@AC 14:38

Aww Cute! Another user who's clearly not used linux in the last decade. I'm not saying meego's the dog's, but really, wipe the spittle off the monitor and go outside in the sun.

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Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

Freddie
Go

But

So lots of mirrors and a tiny spec of black paint then? See the "power tower" on wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_thermal_collector

Job done.

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Europe exposes new data share deal with US

Freddie

Re: Reciprocal

I'm not sure, but by the tone of the post I THINK he means to say

Yes. In the sense that no.

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German bank robbers in Italian Job moment

Freddie
Coat

It was

right absolute nonsense, won it?

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Hackers crack Ubisoft always-online DRM controls

Freddie
Joke

Femail equiv.

You want to kick someone IN THE OVARIES?! That's some nimble footwork.

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

Freddie

I don't understand...

Are you saying canonical shouldn't bother as there's already a competitor which is much more expensive and doesn't contribute to the pool of code that all linux's share?

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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

Freddie

I think

he was referring to the fact that this new standard annoyed foss fans as it merely duplicated the functionality of odf. It would have been much more straight forward for the foss community if MS had simply adopted odf but MS said that odf lacked features it wanted. Believe who you like on the mis/match of features of odf/ooxml.

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Getting drunk the night before has no effect on exam results

Freddie
Big Brother

(untitled)

"Controlled, authoritative research studies play a vital role in the formulation of laws and policies"

unless, of course, the research contradicts what the guberment has decided is true.

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'Go veggie to save the planet' UN, EU plans debunked

Freddie
Unhappy

title

"Can't we have really unbiased studies, PLEASE, to at least know as best as we can what is actually going on, in a fair way?"

Empirical evidence, in all politicised debates reported on by the media, suggests not. Sorry.

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Facebook gives you the clap: Official

Freddie
Joke

tut tut.

These deviants. Any excuse to involve a biohazard suit.

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Foreign Office changes tourist advice after Israeli inquiry

Freddie

Presumably

so that they don't get flagged up as Israelis when they enter an Arab country as a prominent Hamas member is visiting. It seems hard to believe it wasn't them considering they're refusing to deny it.

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Ex-Sun boss punts Apple-Microsoft-world 'tried to sue me' missive

Freddie

@blod

So you're saying that because the companies are rich and powerful enough to boss around a central government (I'm assuming here that we accept that a lot of the measures in place to keep big companies big were 'encouraged' by big business in the first place. If you disagree then we can amicably part ways here) and make a mockery of the legal system then the central government and the legal system are to blame? What do you think would happen if they weren't there? Would it not be true that the big businesses would become so powerful that they took the role of any sort of government, without all that pretending to care about people.

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Israeli raid scrubbed after errant Facebook post

Freddie
Grenade

I happen to dissagree.

Even in this country (uk) the media is far too pro Isreal. At most there's a one sentence mention of the military op which prompted the retaliatory rocket launch which scared a child and surprised three cats in an Isreali town.

I don't support the military strikes of Hamas on Isreali citizens but a quick tally of casualties in virtually any time period (within the last 20 years) shows how laughable it is to call such attempted genocide a war.

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Freddie
WTF?

@Mike JVX

Wow.

Oddly, just because the murdering *astards aren't pointing their weapons at us doesn't mean I approve of them. While I agree that what the military wing of Hamas is doing is wrong I believe that the mass murder perpetrated by the IDF is also a very bad thing. On a much larger scale. While the "media shows are Palestinian kids in hospitals without mentioning that hamas were using said kids for propaganda purposes by putting them in the line of fire", it's hard not to as those crafty Hamas keep sneaking civilians into major cities/schools/hospitals! Damn them! The current leadership of Israel are taking the hard line because they're murdering, land-grabbing ****s.

Given that it's actually Israel who've broken all of the recent cease fires, Israel forces its youth to take part in aggressive military operations and also commits crimes against humanity how do you justify your support? I just hope you're a troll.

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'We're on a virtual walk out of Africa', futurologist tells Intel partners

Freddie

@OK, I wasn't there

I'd say it's more like we have a whole heap of hamburgers and we're trying to make a cow.

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Hero corduroy overpowers US school gunman

Freddie
Joke

Bloody diana ross!

That is all.

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Open source - the once and future dream

Freddie

Socialism

From what I understand, no. I agree about your assessment of the USSR, however, private companies, even in a democracy, are not under the control of the public.

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US sorority girls in booze-fuelled orgy of violence

Freddie
Pint

Thankfully...

I suspect the video games paragraph was more than a little tongue-in-cheek. Also, I disagree, you should see the speed and accuracy with which I sweep for mines after a few ;)

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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

Freddie
Happy

There's a program you're forgetting

|OOo| > |abiwork| > |antiword|.

Everything I use fits nicely on my 4GB ssd, thanks. If it were a main machine, or I was sharing it with someone who wasn't as happy to nerd around as much the space might get a bit restrictive, however.

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Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree

Freddie

Fraud

Because they'd rather do nothing and get paid through the nose for it.

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Airships can defeat roadside bombers, says ex-US officer

Freddie

But then...

a busy shop/house would suffice.

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Spanish town to reward good drivers

Freddie
Thumb Down

Did you read the article?

They're giving out the fines from the previous year. If there are no fines there's little reward. So what they're actually encouraging is what disgruntled yank proposes, provocation!

This actually sounds like a good idea. I didn't think governments were supposed to have those!

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Teen attacks father in Fifa 2009 fight

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Thumb Down

Completely!

As we all know, kids who're abused ALWAYS respect other people around them, right?

I think I'd prefer the approach of parents fostering feelings of respect through developing relationships with their children, as I'd prefer to live in a world with less psychopaths. Strange, I know.

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UK.gov dismisses Tory claims UK cyberspace is defenceless

Freddie
Unhappy

Great idea David!

Not only will the tory solution be more proactive, it will no doubt also be outside the box and have increased efficiency. Reducing overheads and downtime while increasing quality of service will also feature.

The sad thing is that the torys are probably going to win the next election.

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Boffin calculates pi to 2.7 trillion digits

Freddie

@Cool!

It's pretty common to use something like pifast to check stability of an overclock. Or it was when I did it. Or at least I did.

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Western Digital gears up for mighty formatting

Freddie

@it Hertz so good

"... 1 thousand million (base 10), which in the US is a billion, though I hear that England considers a billion to be a million million. (As they say, two people divided by a common language)."

I've heard that too and I live in England. If anyone actually tried to use 1 million = 1 000 000 000 000 I would assume they're taking the piss.

I've been told that it was the case a long time ago, but I've yet to come across anyone who thinks this is still the case (who has a full bag of marbles, of course).

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Suzuki unveils fuel cell e-scooter

Freddie
FAIL

Re: Is this supposed to be "green"?

Yes. The idea isn't that using hydrogen is intrinsically green, but that because it allows the electricity (which is used to gather and compress the gas) that the bike uses to be stored and transported without as much loss as putting it through the mains. The fact that the electricity can be generated centrally allows a larger, more efficient power generator to be used.

Petrol may well be more efficient (I have no idea) but that doesn't mean it's green.

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Atheists smite online God poll

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Thumb Up

Serves them right.

If they'd added "probably not" to the list of possible responses I'd have a lot more sympathy for them. As it stands my first thought is "hahahahahahaha".

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Irate iPhone owner allegedly shows gun to Apple Store worker

Freddie
WTF?

Er

"Goodrich was charged with ... causing fear of harm"

You didn't warn us that this article contained reference to scenes of mild peril! It just a good job no one in the US is paranoid else everyone they meet would be arrested.

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Google bear hugs Microsoft in web standards team tag

Freddie

@Of course, if one were to be cynical

That's not being cynical, of course that's why MS joined, and there's nothing wrong with that. If that's what they're doing then fair play to them (why do you think the others are there?).

If you were to be cynical you might say that MS has joined the party to disagree a lot and slow the whole thing down so that it's only released when it's already way out of date, all the while pushing it's windows only plugins at people who don't need them.

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German inventor gushes over portable women's weebag

Freddie
Coffee/keyboard

Not re-useable?

http://www.shewee.com/ wins.

Splashed keyboard because I just couldn't hold on any longer.

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Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard — The poison taste test

Freddie
Linux

@Bravo - Fair and Balanced

To all the people who say that Apple has the advantage because the only machine both os's run legaly on is a mac... I don't really understand. Surely the fact that you can't choose what hardware to run your os on isn't an advantage? If windows can run on custom boxes AND macs, but sl can't. Surely that's a win for windows?

Another thing I have to say is regarding all the "spit and polish" that mac has, along with all the magic new folders windows has introduced. If the functionality is the same then after a month does anyone even remember that the "cool" bits the ui introduced? All these libraries, smart folders, and all the other marketing gadgets seem to be so much fluff too. Having tried similar things to everything mentioned I can safely say I'll stick with the least intrusive, simple configuration that gives me the functionality I need. I suppose this is why we have articles taking into account end users as oppose to just nerds like us though.

Tux 'cos I don't mind too much either way, I won't be using either of these.

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Two convicted for refusal to decrypt data

Freddie
Terminator

@Bod

The problem with your floors in Truecrypt is that time travel isn't as easy as it used to be (or as it will used to be once it's been invented in the past). </facetiousness>. Requiring cops to get the files before they're encrypted rather defeats the object of the discussion.

Also, stating that monitoring the tc file over time allows you to see which bits have changed and which bits haven't is meaningless. It only allows you to say "I think there's something there otherwise their behaviour is a bit weird". It doesn't let you prove anything.

T600 as the time travel that's undergone doesn't fit either ;)

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BT names more exchanges for early fibre upgrades

Freddie
Thumb Up

Yorkshire...

...appears to be seperate from the north east. Glad to see it's getting the recognition it deserves!

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12 of the best... mice

Freddie

@ MS trackballs Vs Logitech

My first trackball was a logitech marble mouse and it's fantastic. They still make them now (but with an extra two buttons). My only gripe was a lack of a scroll wheel. The ball's finger controlled, the ms trackball explorer definitely ISN'T unique. I used one again recently and I was surprised how comfy and effortless it was to use (given that I'm used to using a trackball, I suppose). Certainly tempted me to scrap my current mouse.

I actually picked up a MS trackball explorer a few years back and it was awful. The buttons felt flimsy and didn't line up with my fingers correctly so it spent most of it's life unused in a box. Maybe it's just what I was used to, but the quality of the buttons/smoothness of the ball was far superior on the logitech marble.

Idealy I'd want the Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan (finger controlled ball + scroll wheel) but I refuse to pay for a cordless trackball, surely that's the daftest use of wireless technology yet?

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BNP pleads for cash after reported DDoS assault

Freddie
Stop

If only...

any of what they're whining about was true. Okay, so it's not right that they should be silenced, but it also isn't right that they're allowed to spout this torrent of ---- and have their well informed, technoliterate supporters gasp and point at the marxist, east European, botnet WITH THREE PARTY SUPPORT.

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Asus Eee PC 1000HE netbook

Freddie
Linux

@ @ Richard

I don't want to start any arguments, but if you're sick of MS and want to try something new with no strings attached there's always linux. Ubuntu's got a good rep (although Debian is the closest I've used to it, which is also very good). As expensive as a download and no need for a new pc (in fact you'll be able to run it on any old heap you can find!).

The reg had a guide to installing osx a while ago but it didn't look fun. Plenty of people have done it on netbooks though.

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