Feeds

* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

2191 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple adds Galaxy S 4 to Samsung patent suit

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

An AC has posted twice with the same mis-spelling of Samsung. Likely to be the same one, first making unsupportable slurs against Professor Sir Robin Jacobs, and now referring to Samsung as "vile". S/he probably thinks it is funny - Same-sung, as in "the same as Apple". S/he probably also works for Apple ...

3
1

New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Meh

No SD card, no removable battery, so no. Not now, not ever.

0
0

You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge
Coffee/keyboard

Re: ironic is my middle name @ YAAc

New keyboard, please! When will I learn not to consume food or drink when reading the comments?

0
0

You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: No real surprise @ All names Taken

If UKIP would drop the nonsense about coming out of the EU (I know - they'd need to change their name first), then their other policies look quite attractive and socialist. However, I'm rapidly becoming a Scottish Nationalist - socialist and wants to be part of the EU. I'll let the loons in the rest of Britain vote their paranoid way whilst I vote to make my adopted home a country that will be as good as the best in Europe in a few short years.

1
0

Your Flying Car? Delayed again, but you WILL get it, says Terrafugia

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: @Not That Andrew (was: @ AC Trouble is ...)

48 hours!! What the hell do you drink?? One unit of alcohol is processed in about one hour, so any reasonable drinking bout is gone in about four hours, and an entire bottle of wine in about twelve! The alcohol count in the body 24 hours after the last drink will be as close to zero as makes no difference. You'd be more impaired from from the coffee with breakfast.

3
1

NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Is there a difference ...

... and I mean a *real* difference, between being mugged/threatened/battered/seriously harmed/killed over a phone as, say, a wallet/watch/necklace/whatever? The problem is the people who feel the need to take other people's stuff, for whatever reason, not what is being taken.

1
0

Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Safety is never a joke

JaitcH, I often agree with you, but your small mindedness on this ("Hope the well dries up soon") is really rather disgusting. I doubt Lester threw Rui down the pit, and it is probable that, had Lester tried to stop him, the answer would have been along the lines of "It's alright, I know what I'm doing!"

Just because you witnessed something unpleasant once doesn't give you an excuse to be objectionable about it. I'm willing to bet that I've seen at least as many unpleasant things as you, but it doesn't lead me to be pompous about it.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: The way to do it safely

Sounds slow and prone to the very real risk of going very wrong. Proper assessment of the material you are digging in will give a good idea of the likelihood of collapse. Let people do jobs the way they want to, but make sure the liabilty reflects that. If Rui wanted to it that way, and no-one else was at risk, who are you to preach? That's why I downvoted you.

That said, there is no way I would have gone down there - not because of the risk, but claustrophobia,

0
0

PERIL in ORBIT: Emergency spacewalk as ISS takes a leak

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: "Thanks for the proof"

mmeier is one of those bloody idiots I wish there was a way to block. I don't think s/he has ever said anything I agree with, and that puts her/him below Eadon, Jake, Titus Technophobe, Ian Michael Gumby, and Matt Bryant.

0
0

Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Could someone please explain me this British anti-ID obsession?

@ LondonRegger: using European countries, or most others with mandatory ID cards is a poor argument - many of them came through being governed by an oppressive regime. Those in Europe that weren't brought in by an oppressive regime were certainly of help when oppressive regimes came in. See the story of the Dutch ID card and its value to the Germans when they decided to spread their wings a bit.

I have no fundamental issue with a card that gives *me* a tangible benefit (and opening a bank account isn't one - talk about building up a triviality), and not makes it one-sided in favour of those who are supposed to be working for us - the government and its civil servants. There are many ways that approved ID cards could be available to those who want them that do not have any governmental input whatsoever, from many sources so that there is a reduced chance of data-aggregation. Better yet, the government could do away with the barely-concealed tracking agenda of needing umpteen documents to open a bank account under the pretence of preventing money-laundering, or having to show proof of Britishness in order to get a job by simply not pandering to the xenophobes. Also, let's get into Schengen and get rid of another layer of ID rubbish.

I'm wondering from your tone whether your handle is only vaguely accurate - should you really be "WestminsterRegger", here to see what opposition exists and how to conquer it?

0
0

Stroke my sexy see-through backside, says Jobs from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

That was my first thought, too!

0
0

'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

I'm baffled

Why should anyone pay any attention to some middle-skill techie who once did something that sold a lot (according to Wonkypedia, anyway)? Especially when said said non-expert is using words like "scam" without any evidence at all.

She sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant person to me.

0
0

Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: It is not their choice to make

I do not, and never have, agreed with the !I wrote it so it's mine" argument. If you want to keep control over what you wrote, don't put it out there. Once you have decided to [try to] monetise it, it becomes part of the world of the people who read it. You have lost control. My especial contempt goes to those that try to stop fanfiction etc because "they are *my* characters!" They aren't any longer, and there is no effective moral argument that backs it up.

1
3
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Google is more interested

Class-action, like plea-bargaining, is an administrative tool to make things run more easily, but it stinks to high heaven.

0
1

Secret UN 'ZOD' climate deliberations: UK battles to suppress details

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Business as usual @ Captain Caveman

I'll take the nuclear, gas, or clean-coal power station, thanks. They are less visually intrusive and actually quite beautiful. I was driving around the area last weekend and came round a corner to see the Torness nuclear power station - it was like the couple of times I've been driving in other countries and suddenly had a magnificent castle appear over a brow, or round a bend.

Aesthetics aside - nuclear and fossil stations actually do what we need whether the climate is getting hotter or cooler - producing lots of energy. The answers to a change either way in climate are to going to be energy intensive if we are to maintain civilisation at the current level, and keep advancing. However, your nom de plume perhaps suggests that isn't what you want ;-)

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: I do hope .....

If anyone were serious about renewable energy, then they would be drilling deep holes for geothermal - contained, efficient, and environmentally almost without impact. The same could be done with the sea, where it is deep enough to create a large thermal difference.

Pissing about with large-scale windmills and glass, at least in the UK, is so pointless as to be an obvious scam. As I've said many times elsewhere, we need efficient energy production, and lots of it, so I reflect your question back at you - assuming you live in the UK, will you renounce your use of energy *not* produced by renewables and then produce a series of articles for El Reg to show us how you get on?

2
1

Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: If more proof were needed...

"(Although, I accept your point; there aren't that many bombings / child murders that don't get pinned on someone.)

Fixed that for you, too.

0
0

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Racist factor?

Apologies, folks - I made almost exactly the same points in almost the same words in response to comments earlier because I was afraid no-one else was going to. I didn't mean to steal your thunder.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: A very bad decision

Has it occurred to you that we are on the *fifth* page of comments and you've still accrued 8 downvotes? That fact alone shows that you are probably the Assistant Principal concerned.

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Zero Tolerance

Black-letter law is the bane of civilisation. Any claiming otherwise should not be left in charge of anything more complicated than bag of sweets.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: As I thought.... @Daggersedge

I suspect her colour has something to do with it, but not in the way you mean. If this had been a white person at the school, you are right, nothing would have been done, but that is because it is "normal" for white people to experiment. I can't get out of my mind that this is down to her being "an uppitty ******" (yes, that's six letters, you can work it out - don't think people don't still use the term).

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.

"Science is only one step from godless commie atheism". And don't forget she is not white - might that have some bearing on the matter?

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: What I'd Like.

A school has a *Commandant" as an Assistant Principal??? See icon.

1
0

Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Dear Daddy

I love the way Brits can make a whole book out of toilet humour. I've learned some new terms to ambush people with today. Fortunately I'm working from home, so I'm not risking a hernia from holding my laughter in!

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge
Devil

Re: Situation normal

Not to mention the screams from all those chick-pea skins scouring the sphincter ...

This isn't going to end well.

<--- Icon, because it will feel like one of these trying to get out.

1
0

UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

I neither believe that they will or they won't on the large scale (people attending demonstrations will say that, on the small scale they already do). However, neither I nor you can predict anything about the future, and the risk is non-zero. What would it take for the same level of hysteria that shows every time a school-girl explodes a bottle of pop manifests here? How long before a certain group (people who worked in entertainment in the 1960/70s) is so reviled that they need to be "protected"? Can you say for certain that anyone with a certain characteristic (education beyond a certain level) isn't regarded as a "risk to society"?

Consider making a forecast of how the Western world would be on 10th September 2001 - could you have predicted what we have without being classed as a loony?

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Driving licences

Agreed. For a number of reasons I've taken to renting cars more often lately, and it is a requirement for most rental companies that both bits of the licence are shown. Whilst remembering the silly bit of paper shouldn't make a difference (I keep it in the same place as my old paper driving licence which I'd still have but for house-moves), it does. Somehow, knowledge that I always have my driving licence in my wallet makes forgetting the other bit easier.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: "I wish passports didn't have your address printed on it"

Well done for checking, and admitting your mistake - a bit rare round these parts! I was just about to post that my freshly-minted passport (only two weeks out of the gov't printing press) has no address on it. I am still debating whether or not to cause the RFID to have an accident (my previous passport was issued before the chip requirement).

0
0

Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Not interested, personally

Isn't it more likely to work on the company-car model? Choose from a list of "acceptable" devices selected for your level in the organisation, supplied by work and wholly owned by them so that it is returned when the contract is over. I don't see any organisation wanting a whole raft of disparate devices, nor the workforce (outside the USA at least) accepting this paying for extra work devices out of their own pockets.

0
0

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: It's worse than you think.

I agree with Chris J - there is a lot to be learned from an articulate person with specific difficulties interacting with the technology. How about it, El Reg? 150+ upvotes say there is interest ... talk to this author and see if s/he is willing to do a few articles.

2
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Fireworks Anyone

Well said, Trevor! I wish I could hand out upvotes by the kilo :-)

I do agree with Andrew on some things, but his increasingly shrill clickbait on IP protection for the benefit of big industry a the expense of everyone else has almost got too annoying to read.

4
0

Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

... and what the hell is "legimate rape"? The phrase doesn't make any sense!

0
0

Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Treble damages and prison time is due

Well said, Gordon. The lack of perspective shown when this topic comes up never fails to make me wonder what some people's priorities are.

0
2
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: As ye sow...

You seriously think this bloke is going to be treated like a serious sexual offender? Remember, all he did was slow down some computers - most people don't even know it happened. He might get a short custodial sentence, but don't bank on it (though I'm not sure what the political situation is in the Netherlands regarding computer crime). If he does, he'll be treated as an oddity with skills that other criminals can use - this may not have the outcome you seem to think he deserves.

0
0

Hunt on NHS data sharing: Obviously we HAVE TO let people opt out

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Medical data mining

There is a legitimate balancing act to be done here. Suitably anonymised data (and I mean properly: as effectively anonymised as possible - no identifiers at all, not genetic, not even general location in the country) should be available to any researcher, regardless of what part of the research community they come (public, private, combination). There are healthcare advances to be made from this - perhaps not as big as being able to add demographic and other data, but certainly significant. That should be the cost to the patient of being in the NHS - your data goes into the unidentifiable mass with all the rest and it can be mined by whoever for the good of society, perhaps with a price to private users of the data.

Once identifiers come into it, then the full approval route should be invoked, with Research Ethics Approval etc. However, there is a bias towards the research providing a benefit to the individual patient - this can cripple slightly more blue-sky thinking if there isn't a clear advantage to that patient depending on how the local REC sees it. In my opinion, there should be a clearly-defined category of research in which people can say "yes, go ahead and do this research" regardless of benefit and if there is minimal risk (or even some risk but acceptable to the subject). There are a lot of people who would happily allow it, but they should be asked first (it is like a friend borrowing my tools - he knows and I know that I am happy to lend them to him, but asks and doesn't just wander off with them).

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

That depends on where you are in the country. Some places are far more open with your information than others. I know some GPs who go out of their way to avoid giving information to investigatory bodies without due process. After that, they give the bare minimum required.

0
0

Caldicott: NHS workers should 'have the confidence to share information'

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Caldicott is back!

Yep - that's a piss-poor training resource! Not only out-of-date but horribly constructed. Someone took a Powerpoint presentation designed for a face-to-face session and just added some words. I love the timeline in the introductory session that goes 1997>2004>2006>2000!

0
0

Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: so what?

Which planet do you live on AC? It certainly bears no resemblance to where I live.

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Flawed approach to a layered one

I agree. I have rarely ever met anyone that doesn't work in that background (I'm from the same working class background as you). Many work "on the side" because they couldn't afford to lose the benefits, some put a great deal of effort into getting as much money out of the system as they can, others steal, and many look after elderly/sick/young relatives and get absolutely no money whatsoever for it from the State or anywhere else.

There aren't that many "layabouts" - it is a product of the Protestant work-ethic we're saddled with that makes some kinds of work better than others. Let's have a basic income for everyone, and then let people choose how to live their lives.

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Applied Placebo Effect? @ Ralph B

If this came before me in my role as member of a research ethics committee, it wouldn't get past me. It is sneaky, unethical, and just plain lying. Far better to be honest and say "Actually, there are some areas you need to improve, because at the moment you need support/treatment/just sit still while we send the nice men in clean white coats round". Actual therapists and counsellors with their minds on helping the individual (not meeting targets) are required, since many long-term unemployed really do need a chance to look at life a different way, and realise that they at least have the potential to be someone that matters. Issuing platitudes like Sirius Cybernetics Corporation's products is not going to help anyone.

1
0

Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: January 2012?

Maybe not just you, given the number of respondents, but I saw it and took part. I do remember thinking that the newsletter heading could have been a bit less opaque, though.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: 5.5" phone screen

I recently had to use my old Nokia 5230 touchscreen phone that I keep in the car for the satnav (free maps and low battery drain) instead of my Galaxy Note (I'd left it in in the house whilst I popped out to the garage, not intending to need to go out). I had exactly the same thoughts as you, but the other way around - the tiny phone was just soooooo unwieldy. The buttons were hard to find and use, and it just didn't sit comfortably in my hand like the Note does.

This thing about "one-handed-use" in the article - is that really such a big thing? I certainly never use a phone one-handed, regardless of size. Firmly grip with one hand, press buttons with fingers on the other hand - sensible, no?

1
0

Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Will they also force... @JDX

I can sort of see where you are coming from, but that isn't happening in reality. Google aren't "buying al the showrooms", nor are they "preventing any builders buying new ones". At this moment in time, they have an excellent product that many people want to use. No-one else has yet produced a similarly efficient search tool with easy connection to lots of other useful tools (maps, calendars etc). If anyone did, they would no doubt announce it in relevant media (here, for instance), and lots of techies would go and look at it. If it was found to be good, people would report it on various blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Its credibility would go up, its Google (and other search engine) ranking would go up, and word would spread rapidly. Google is not preventing any of that happening - what we need is the next useful innovation, assuming there is one (some things are right and the only changes are incremental).

Not liking Google because they collect data on users (just like the majority of other big brands) should not cloud your judgement on the actual realities of the situation.

0
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Another dodgy practice...

"Sure. Use startpage.com." Welllllllllll, no. I just had a look. I did a search for something I've been using recently - the top of the page has three clearly sponsored adverts for things tenuously linked to the search term.

I won't be swapping just yet.

0
0

Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Logitech's crap products are hurting sales

Agreed - I use a Logitech wireless setup on my desktop (what I actually wanted was a laptop-style keyboard to get rid of the mouse, but I couldn't find one) five or six years ago. The only niggle is the spacebar on the keyboard - it seems to have the microswitch positioned off-centre, and so it needs a good tap with the left-hand to make it work. I recently looked around to see what is on the market these days, and I was really disappointed with Logitech's quality. Even if they produced a trackpad/nipple-mouse keyboard, I doubt I'd buy it from them ...

0
0

Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

If Sunil *was* dead before the date of the bombing, then the Reddit mob identified the wrong person ... a major discrediting of the whole effort either way.

2
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: This is why …

However, the police (with some justification) and the court system (with some lesser justification) have become so untrustworthy in the minds of the masses that due process, Rule of Law, and presumption of innocence beyond all reasonable doubt are simply euphemisms for "cover-up" to many people. Allegations are all that is needed to ruin a life* - that isn't new, but the effect propagates more easily through the use of modern communications.

*I'm not referring to Sunil here - however, it could just as easily have been a total innocent that was fingered by the mob (literal meaning, not Mafia).

1
0
Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

My thoughts go out to his family. Their statement is calm and loving, so unlike the usual vengeful outpourings we often hear. The world would be better with more people like them.

15
0

Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: Plenty of cash...

Leaving aside the clear dig at Samsung, that its the price of success. Build something that makes money, and sometime else will produce something similar very quickly. Sometimes it will even be better (for certain values of "better").

0
0

Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack

Intractable Potsherd
Silver badge

Re: $600,000? Er....

It's always an imaginary figure plucked from the air and then doubled just to make things seem worse.

0
0