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* Posts by Doogs

50 posts • joined 29 May 2009

HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: IR

Always found IR remote control quite handy on my RX3715.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: How about VPN use, is that down?

Talking about old school, have you seen the capacity of USB sticks recently?

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

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Errm...

Don't think marko is a username... WiFi SSID, Shirly?

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Microsoft releases wonderfully loopy experimental GIF-jiggler

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They've been using this to create short video loops on the Bing home page.

Yes, I'm one of the few people who use Bing (well, every now and then anyway, for specific purposes).

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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...being ignored by state and federal police “despite multiple entreaties by rights holders”

I expect the usual has happened, the various MAFIAA type organizations have come wading in too strong, demanding this and that, thereby pissing off the national and local plod, who then feel there's no need to be hasty about an "issue" that's not actually risking anyone's life or limb.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Alien

Where's the Europa-shattering kaboom?

Shooting up Europa? Won't that annoy the monoliths?

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Flame

Re: Proper El Reg unit of data - Over-The-Pond conversions

So the North American "Bell" would be the equivalent of 1 UK "TalkTalk", then?

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Happy

Re: Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)

There is no dark side of the moon really - as a matter of fact, it's all dark...

That's today's playlist sorted then.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: So, given that my cards are in my wallet

According to the tfl website, that's exactly what you'll have to do:

"If you keep your contactless payment card and Oyster card together (for instance in a wallet) and touch them on the yellow card reader together, the reader will normally reject them both. This is because we can't be sure which card you want to use. If you have more than one contactless card (Oyster card, payment card or building pass), please choose the card that you intend to pay with, and touch it on its own on the yellow card reader."

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/26416.aspx

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

Doogs

While not exactly what you'd call a tourist destination, I have to say it's very pretty when you drive past it at night with all the mining infrastructure lit up like a Christmas tree.

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Re: Homo informaticus?

Could be. I spend most of the time I'm awake in front of a computer screen of some sort. I find that it's when I try to use the "correct" posture that my back, shoulders and neck start to ache. A sort of semi-slouch, leaning slightly to each side alternately, seems to be my most comfortable position.

Would be nice to think I'm evolving into something, but I suspect it's more likely I've crippled myself from a life of sedentary jobs and dedicated laziness when it comes to exercise.

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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Trollface

Bloody rubbish iOS - can't even crash properly. Where's the proper BSOD, huh?

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Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack

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Flame

Self checkout machines

Always feel like smashing those things. Every time I've tried to use one in Sainsburys or B&Q, they've gone wrong. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Sorry. I feel better now. :)

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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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Jobs?

Looks to me like their 1337 skillz may be somewhat out of date, if the "copyright 2005" at the bottom of the page is anything to go by...

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Curved light drives boffin one-upmanship

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Asterix?

Maybe it's Obelix' gravitational field?

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Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

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Trained

Apparently it was someone's "pet" they'd trained to box.

Figures.

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Google urges background tab websites to throttle themselves

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Flash?

Have they talked to Adobe? Seems to me that most "activity" running on a page is Flash animations. Don't know if there's already some kind of "visibility" detection in Flash to allow it to "take a break" when no-ones looking?

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Black Helicopters

Nah

As Farsi (IIRC) is read right-to-left, surely it'd be more like Ozni or perhaps Ozzi?

Funny enough Ozni is also of Hebrew origins... Bingo! Another conspiracy is born. :)

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US scientists build laser-killing device

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Pint

@Ian

Ah, that makes more sense now - and sounds much more useful.

Thanks for that.

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Doogs

Think I'm missing something

So the device absorbs a laser beam by using another laser to convert it to heat?

Pretty sure I could absorb a laser beam and convert it to heat using say, a house brick?

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Lily Allen sues Apple over hacked Macbook

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Headmaster

Just Deserts???

Are you sure?

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Australian Senate censors print link to cartoon

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Glad I left Australia

Trouble is I came to the UK...

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Sarko to walk tall in factory visit

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Why?

Because he doesn't get everyone to "black up" to make himself feel better, perhaps?

They're not mocking his physical characteristics, They're mocking his mental problems. So much more acceptable nowadays...

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Palin puts paid to Boob-gate

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Pint

Trigg...

Alright Dave?

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Art and engineering: do they mix? Yes they do!

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WTF?

"mini fusion reactor"

Do what?

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SpaceX Falcon 9 achieves orbit on maiden flight

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re: That capsule...

Reminded me of something else.

"Get your money for nothing and your chicks for free..."

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Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites

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Re: Social Engineering

So what you're saying is that Microsoft make stupid software, but Apple have stupid users?

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Mafia Wars dons deprived of pit bulls

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You do

The hide button is your friend - click it and choose to hide Mafia Wars posts: <meerkat annoyingness="high" />

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First among SQLs

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Pronunciation

That would be "Squirrel"...

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Facebook users warned over stalk-my-profile scam

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Welcome

Chicken coup?

I for one welcome our new chicken overlords...

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Germans unveil robots 'controlled by chaos itself'

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Yeah

Where's Magnum PI when you need him?

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European court pulls plugs on terror stop and search

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Surfdom?

Cowabunga, dude!

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Naked scans: Net cries nude-o-geddon

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Yep

Thought the image was a fake soon as I saw it, just from the shadows under her breasts. Wouldn't have thought x-ray backscatter could create shadows in that way.

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UK etailer calls self 'the last place you want to go'

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Staff knowledge

My wife was looking for a digital camera in one Dixons and trying to get some info on the various models. She left PDQ when the PFY "assisting" her asked "what's a pixel?".

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HP probes 'racist' webcams

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Alien

Alice? WTF is Alice?

I'd be interested to know why the video is horizontally flipped. Are they behind the looking glass?

Perhaps the webcam does the opposite in the real world?

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Toshiba unveils new external 3.5-inch drive

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Boffin

Quantum cats

IIRC it's both 100% alive and 100% dead until you open the case. Of course I could be anywhere up to 100% wrong on that...

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Yorkshire cops accused of copyright theft

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Hex???

*** OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ***

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Police headcams burst into flames

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RE: assault and battery (groan)

Should have used copper tops. Maybe it was a glitch in the Matrix...

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US sinks $0.5bn into electromagnetic aircraft-throwers

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Pint

Footnotes

Nice article as usual, Lewis; just one thing - is it possible to have footnotes on the actual page they're referenced from?

By the time I read them, my (rather terrible) memory means the context gets a bit hazy :)

It's nearly beer o'clock...

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Russians demand flying cars and telepathy

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Megaphone

Perpetuum mobile

I've seen a few - how people can talk on the phone for what seems like for ever escapes me...

Megaphone for what some people think they're using; HELLO! I'M ON THE TRAIN, etc

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Glasgow unbans Life of Brian

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Headmaster

@Dex

Ravid males?

"I'm only telling the truth. You have got a very big nose..."

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Masked passwords must go

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@John Angelico

I don't exactly mask my signature - just change it every time I use it - no one's noticed yet.

Could be a form of mutating encryption, maybe...

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Spanish court in favour of topless celebs

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Boffin

@GrahamT

Unless she's an Amazon...

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El Reg commentards offered extra iconography

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Pint

@Damien Thorn

... has WAY too much time on his hands.

Well done!

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Barclays IT systems have a strop

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RotATM

My step daughter tried drawing out cash to go shopping for herdaughter's prom dress. Screen went blank just before dispensing cash. Result: no cash but debited from account.

Took her ages to get through, but they restored the balance straight away; so must have been a few with the same thing.

Not particularly robust software if a disk array going down causes that.

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Windows 7 to ship October 22

Doogs

I'm with Jimbo on this one

Windows 7 actually seems slightly faster than Kubuntu 9.04 on my ancient P4 512MB machine. Had to manually find a driver for my old Freecom DVB stick, but apart from that everything installed perfectly, running two different browsers with 3-4 tabs each and watching telly in Media Centre on a second monitor was fine.

Only thing I wasn't keen on was the amount of disk space Windows took up, but hey, disk space is cheap.

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Beeb names new Who companion

Doogs

Hmm

Liked her on the Kevin Bishop show - that bikini was quite flattering ;)

Bring back Leela, I say! Or Ace - remember Ace?

Ahh memories...

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Critical Windows vulnerability under attack, Microsoft warns

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Linux v Windows

Recently started playing with Linux (would have been sooner but the sometimes rather rabid fanboyism tended to put me off).

Actually got interested in OS's again, so thought I'd create a couple of partitions on my aging machine with 512MB RAM, whacked Windows 7 RC on one, tried a couple of flavours of ubuntu on the other.

Wanted something to watch tv, browse a bit of 'net, p2p - nothing too taxing.

Windows 7 ran surprisingly well with IE8 and FF3 running several tabs each and Freeview in Media Centre coming from an old Freecom USB stick (once I'd found drivers for it; Win7 didn't find them automatically) - although that was obviously it's limit as I'd get a pause or two occasionally.

Seeing comments on the good ol' Reg repeatedly telling me Linux is so much less demanding on older machines than Windows, I gave Ubuntu a go.

Tried "standard" Ubuntu - damn that default brown theme is ugly ;), tried Mythbuntu for the TV - failed to install properly; probably my fault for not being clued up enough on Linux.

Then had a look at Kubuntu - now we're talking, I thought. Really liked it with the gadgets an' all - excellent idea to have your UI gadget based I reckon. Took some time to get it to work on both my screens, mostly because of X server config file permissions not letting me save the changed settings.

Running Firefox and Opera with the same tabs as I had in Windows 7 and Kaffiene for TV seemed to work slightly less well than Windows 7, more pauses and telly quality not as good.

Now, I don't know if I could improve Kubuntu performance with the right configuration and optimisation settings, but right now I'm still leaning towards Windows, with Linux an interesting "hobby" OS for when I can afford either a new computer or at least some more RAM.

Windows just seems "to work" a little bit more than the distros of Linux I tried. Perhaps I'm more biased because I'm used to the way Windows works - but that could also apply to the majority of computer users out there, too.

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Welsh mum amazed by Marmite Messiah

Doogs

Marmite?

s'alright I guess... but it's Vegemite makes the taste buds go round!

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