* Posts by Alistair Dabbs

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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But then, identifying moronic gullibility on social networks should also be easy. Spotting intelligence and erudition there, now that's tricky!

I thought Leonard Nimoy's final tweet was nice.

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Re: To inform or to entertain?

It also seems that journo's are writing their stories to be GN friendly, with all the facts in the first sentence or 2.

That's just how news is written. It has nothing to do with online: newspapers have been doing this since their invention.

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Re: egotistical drivel

Thumbs up from me. I'd complain to your MP if I were you.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Thanks, Paw. I'll give it a go.

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Re: Accents in Windows in Parallels on Mac OS

Unfortunately,, this iMac won't run Parallels Desktop 10... because Parallels has designed it to work with Mac OS X 10.7 upwards ONLY. As far as I'm concerned, they're as bad as the bloody .NET lot.

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Re: Windows' pre-supplied US-International keyboard layout works great for French ...

Thanks, Peter. We will give this a try.

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Re: I feel like this every day working in IT

The manatee in question will be Dominique Strauss Khan.

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Re: Apple builds crap computers designed to fail after just a couple of years

If you think an iMac can last that long, your are day dreaming

Dreamer I may be but my personal experience is that Macs remain operational and usable longer than PCs by a factor of 3 at least. I keep meeting people who are still bashing out work on a Mac Plus. The only Mac that ever lasted the usual PC lifetime (four years) before collapsing in a heap of rattling, burnt-out parts was one of those Mac OS clones so favoured by Gil Amelio.

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Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT

The answer is quite simple. Like many companies today, they are an IT company - but they haven't realised it yet because all the people at the top are translators.

I don't think this is the case. The people at the top are business people - nothing wrong with that. To me, the new system looks like what an IT person thinks translation software should be like. Someone's had a look at Google Translate and thought "That's it!" It's a bit like seeing an infant's ABC toy and rolling that out to authors as a word processor.

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Re: Accented characters in windows

Question: can't you just use a Windows session for the link and transport, but remain on the Mac for everything else?

Unfortunately not. You have to use the .NET generated web interface to enter the translation.

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Re: Take a look on the Amazon reviews for IT Hardware/Software...

Application software that is Windows-only is perfectly acceptable to me. However, a cloud-based system intended for multi-user access should be OS agnostic.

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Re: To Bach

Why doesn't Alt GR with USA and UK keyboard give accented letters on EVERY key instead of only € á é ú í ó ?

Because they didn't want to support a separate Irish English keyboard. Alr-Gr plus vowel gives you a fada.

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Re: bébé

The Alt key to the right of the space bar serves as Alt-Gr in Parallels.

So I need to get an extended keyboard. This is never-ending.

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Re: Accented characters in windows

Thanks, Alex, we might give that a go.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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IEEE Milestone plaque

There is an IEEE Milestone plaque in the National Trust Visitor Centre at Poldhu, dedicated on 12 December 2001. It reads: On December 12, 1901, a radio transmission of the Morse code letter 'S' was broadcast from this site, using equipment built by John Ambrose Fleming. At Signal Hill in Newfoundland, Guglielmo Marconi, using a wire antenna kept aloft by a kite, confirmed the reception of these first transatlantic radio signals. These experiments showed that radio signals could propagate far beyond the horizon, giving radio a new global dimension for communications in the twentieth century.

Sorry for the plug but I am a big supporter of the IEEE Global History Network and I do love a good historical plaque.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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1-2 hours to prove the muffin dough?

For a post-pub nosh-up, I expect we'll be eating at about 3am.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: The Register - What happened to "Printable View" for articles?

Reader View in Safari should do the trick. Please don't swear at me for offering a suggestion.

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Micromedia being a good example

Therein lies a tale, Terry, best discussed over a pint. Adobe + Macromedia was more of a merger than a takeover and many Macromedia bosses took over senior positions in the merged company. Adobe became a less friendly company afterwards.

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Re: Not a patch on the rest

Isn't The Reg fantastic? Not a single reprinted Press release among them!

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True about QuarkXPress 5, but you have slipped on the dates. When Creative Suite was launched, QuarkXPress was at version 6, running on Mac OS X. You may also remember that Adobe also began following a Windows-first strategy in the early 2000s, which left Acrobat for Mac nearly a year behind its Windows version.

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Re: How to freeze animations?

I listen to readers. That's two of you so far.

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Re: How to freeze animations?

Oh come on, you're a Reg reader, right? It depends on which web browser you're using. if it's IE, hit Escape. If it's anything else, install a GIF blocker extension.

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Image editors still go home with pin-hole burns

My cousin used to be an art editor at the Financial Times during the 1980s. Every day, he said, he would arrive home, only to find that he had a huge ink smear somewhere across his face.

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Re: Utterly Moronic

I'm watching a video press conference with Thomas Knoll. He's just said that, even though Adobe's legal team hate the idea, it gives him a thrill every time he's watching a film or TV and someone says "Photoshop" as a verb.

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Yes, most people say this, and Quark's attitude, not least as represented by its UK distributor, was very much as you describe in the 1990s. But InDesign did not kill Quark in the 1990s. Nor was InDesign 1.0 a breath of fresh air: it was a slow, syrupy arse of a program that was little better than a proof-of-concept.

InDesign only started getting into its stride with version 2.0, which only came out at the end of 2001. By this time, the management at Quark had changed and the company attitude towards users was completely switched.

In the year that Adobe launched Creative Suite (2003), QuarkXPress owners were being given printed manuals, quick-tip booklets (hell, I wrote some of these), video tutorials on CD, unlimited 24-hour hotline telephone support and free invitations to attend Quark conferences. The program itself had improved immensely since those dark days of the 1990s. You could create web sites with it, edit image files directly on the page, create multi-layout projects, roundtrip XML, and it was faster than InDesign, even if you were running an old non-Mac OS X version in an old Mac OS 9 environment. Even afterwards, Quark was updated to run natively on Intel Macs for nearly a year before InDesign got around to it.

The only absolutely essential feature that QuarkXPress lacked through the 2000s was a reliable PDF exporter. Quark tried to license PDF tech from Adobe, but guess what they said? Years later, once Adobe had utterly shafted Quark's attempts to keep up with an increasingly PDF-reliant prepress industry, it added insult to injury by releasing the code as Open Source.

When it came down to it, every Quark user would need a copy of Photoshop for their work. If they knew they could get Photoshop AND the rest of Creative Suite for the same price as a copy of QuarkXPress, they just bought CS, forgot about Quark and learnt InDesign instead.

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Re: Let's not foget the Quantel Photobox

I never saw Photobox. I was aware of Paintbox in the late 1980s at the time because all the TV channels were using it for their pop programmes. If I remember, it was about as affordable as a Maserati.

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Re: Pascal ? Really ?

There's a fairly easy way to find out for yourself whether or not Pascal was used: look at the code yourself. I provided a link to it.

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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Re: Since you mention it...

ST moves in mysterious ways. Rumour is that he's writing a BoFH song.

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Re: Not just songs

Techno techno techno techno

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Re: Since you mention it...

Where is BOFH?

I asterisked a footnote to this line. The link is in the footnote.

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Re: Joking aside...

My atlas confirms this.

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Re: Don't

You read two pages of this nonsense AND took time to write a comment. You are my ideal reader.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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>> was this supposed to be an article?

It is an article. No supposition required.

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Re: Alistair (was:Whatever.)

So when you visit a small, spendy, foot/bicycle-traffic tourist town, you don't bother to find out where your meandering will take you before you get there?

In pre-GPS days, I once had to drive to a meeting at the Aston Villa football stadium. I identified where it was on the road map, which I had open at the page on the passenger seat, but I found it very difficult to work out how to get to it. I'd spot the stadium towering above some houses, turn the corner and end up on a motorway; or I'd be driving over a bridge and see the stadium below me, then turn off at the next exit and find myself at a dead end in the middle of an industrial estate.

Once you know the way to the front door, it's easy to find. If you don't, it's not.

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Re: I like maps (paper ones)

Did you know, nodding your head like that makes your nose look bigger.

Good, because I have a small one. It's nice to know that giving it a good shake will make it bigger.

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Re: Whatever.

It's easy when you don't know where something is to look like an idiot to someone who does. "It's right across the street, idiot!" Well, yes, but I didn't know it was right across the street until (1) I checked Google Maps, or (2) a shouty man shouted it at me.

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Re: Is it just me..

I will stiffen up forthwith.

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Re: Very entertaining...

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Not read it. Is it like Azumanga Daioh?

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Re: Finbarr Saunder

Are you offering to show me your headlights?

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Re: WTF

I wonder if this article will be as pointless and empty of useful content after I have finished my first coffee.

I do hope so.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Evolution?

That's right. They call them viruses, fraud, spoofing, hacking, malware and so on but "they're just different names, not different things". Noah put just one male internet threat and one female internet threat on the Ark, and here we are.

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Re: A disturbing amount of focus on masturbating

Don't talk wank.

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Re: One down, one to go

You mean where computers filled an entire room?

Sony will be forced to admit that their difference engine was hacked into by some kids armed with a fretsaw and a bag of nails.

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Re: One down, one to go

If this keeps up, perhaps we'll see a return to valves.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: This is a problem of procedure

It's not up to YouTube to determine what is and isn't legal, any more than it's up to BT to determine which phone calls use swear words. YouTube evaluates copyright owners and provides the tools but then makes it very awkward for its own users to be heard in the face of unfair treatment. It would be nice if it could offer a better method for uploaders and copyright claimants to argue it out.

It would be even better if it stuck to its word about chucking companies that make serial frivolous claims off the system entirely.

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Tail chasing

On of the sillier stories I discovered during my research concerned a musician who uploaded one of this songs to YouTube, only to receive a complaint from a copyright company (not INgrooves) that he had stolen the song from someone else. He disputed the claim and this went back and forth for a while. Just as the musician was considering 'going legal', he discovered that the copyright company was actually working for his own record label. It had been hired to chase everyone who put their songs on YouTube, and simply did as it was asked, even chasing after the original creators.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Thanks :-)

Your are buggering welcome.

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Re: 1977

Tell you what, persuade Barin and Vultan to help and we'll depose Ming forever.

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Re: Hmm..

I'm afraid a grown-up beard won't do. Investment money only gets handed to beardies in their 20s.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Re: Come on the great South, we're rooting for you

I kind of hoped that Kim Jong Il's successor might do a Gorbachev and simply give up, but no. When KJ Un dies in 80 years' time, there may be another opportunity.

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