* Posts by Mahatma Coat

1224 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

G-Tech goes full lumberjack with drive for hard storage heroes

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Or if you are on a budget...

Buy a roll of gaffa tape in the colour of your choice and wrap a 25mm layer around a cheapo external drive. Bingo.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Not the first

Many, many years ago a Marina van I often drove (not out of choice) had something similar. Every time you put it into first gear your knuckle would hit the radio on/off button. Driving in London traffic was not a rewarding listening experience.

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Sony's well and truly 4Ked with skinny TVs and cheap cams

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Re: Xmas temptation

Good idea, wait until the game has played out a little more and the standard(s) have become more settled. In any case, the decent 4K sets still carry a hefty premium over very good 1080 sets

The Mrs had exactly the same thoughts too. The 55" model she was lusting after was reduced to under AUD1000 before Xmas. I just checked and it's now back up to over AUD2000 at JB Hifi.

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Xmas temptation

Sony had lots of 4K models in the shops at reasonable prices over the Xmas period. Mrs Coat was tempted but thought better of it.

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Australia: even more empty than you imagine

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Re: Bumper Sticker?

Maybe this should be published as a bumper sticker to counter those idiotic "F**k off, we're full" stickers I keep seeing.

Indeed..

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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Re: Not being British

Last time I checked, being a 'Pom', aka 'British' wasn't a race, and therefore such comments cannot be considered racism.

Twattish, stupid, bigoted, ignorant, intolerant, prejudiced, biased, sectarian, discriminatory, etc. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, if you don't like my adjectives I have plenty more.

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Re: Not being British

Antipodean humour is very much designed around having a thick skin

I'm not sure the racism I witness here could ever be classed as humour. Mrs Coat is an Aussie and it was only after marrying a Pom that she realised how much everyday racism there was in the tea room when her workmates forgot she was married to one. I can't begin to imagine what's said about non-white people.

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Re: Grass always greener

I was always under the impression that Bali to Aus was kind of like UK to Spain!

In cultural terms you're 100% correct. It's the overseas destination of choice for young Aussies who want to get drunk and catch the occasional STD.

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Re: Grass always greener

Oh, well, off to Bali in a couple of years time

Am I correct in assuming you're not in Aus and may be unfamiliar with how far SE Asia is from Australia? Here's a few distances for comparison.

Sydney to Bali: 4619 km

London to Tehran: 4407 km

Melbourne to Hong Kong: 7394 km

London to New York: 5587 km

Brisbane to Hanoi: 7389 km

London to Nairobi: 6805 km

The major population centres in Australia aren't as close to SE Asia as some people think.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry

I thought it was a combination of shit car designs, shit quality control, shit managers and shit workers.

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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"gone nearly vegetarian"

the only meat he ate was stuff he’d killed himself

I'm not sure "nearly vegetarian" is the best description to use here.

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

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Meanwhile back in the early 70s

An acquaintance of mine had a mobile "phone" in his car. It consisted of a Pye two-way radio with a handset that looked like it was straight off a standard GPO domestic phone. Callers rang a service number and the operator then radioed the subscriber in their car and passed the message on (and passed one back, if required).

At least the wankers were isolated in their cars back then.

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

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DDoS? Really?

Would a DDoS only affect PS4owners? Mrs Coat was using her PS3 all over the holiday period and there was only one occasion when she couldn't log in. Maybe an hour or two at the most.

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

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Poxy release dates

I really want to see this along with the recent Turner and Turing flicks. My nearest cinema is a very long way from home and has seats with all the comfort of a Gitmo torture appliance. Why can't the distributors dump their cosy arrangement with the cinema chains on BRD/DVD release dates and sell them when willing punters are offering to buy them?

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ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

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Maybe we need Microsoft to buy out WordPress and rework the security.

Why would you want to make it worse?

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Japan to get blinged-out Firefox OS phone draped in GOLD

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Re: Doesn't tempt me.

Even if you're suitably paranoid

You want a copy of a receipt as proof of purchase for a phone that I said I like and you think I'm paranoid?

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Well, yes

This could tempt me to finally buy a smartphone.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Users little affected

Have a festive beer!

Ta muchly. Mine's a festive Wells Banana Bread.

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Re: Users little affected

Few ordinary North Koreans will be affected by these problems, as so few have Internet access.

If you're wondering what they do have then this may hold some clues.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Get it right!

But then being a "traditionalist" myself, I have a fifty-year-old edition........

Gadzooks! Where, prithee, did thou procure this?

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Re: 12 million custody photographs

I've been a cop for ten years - I've never interviewed somebody who wasn't guilty of the crime, but there have been plenty of times where sufficiency hasn't been met and they've been released without charge.

Wow. Just wow. Are you really saying these people are guilty despite having no evidence? Or maybe just the wrong colour.

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12 million custody photographs

That seems quite a lot for a nation of roughly 65 million.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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"...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

That was a bad choice of phrase anyway. There are beaches in Switzerland.

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Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

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"jangly-guitars, cute-kids, I'm not just productive, I'm empowered affair"

Microsoft Emetics.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: Two words...

The Danes don't want me to sit on on Barbara Streisand?

I don't know about the Danes but images of sitting on anyone else's face are now banned in the UK.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Can we also have a filter so I don't need to read whiney easily-offended commentards like Mahatma Coat?

I'm actually pretty hard to offend. I'm just picky about what I read.

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@Stuart Elliott

the white gaps down each side are now bigger than the bloody content I'm trying to read

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment, what would you fill the white space with exactly? Massively wide lines are unreadable. More ads maybe?

The comp that I'm reading with at the moment has a 1920x1080 screen but I keep my browser window set around 1100 pixels wide. Trying to follow a 1920 pixel-wide line of text would be a nightmare.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Two things I would like to see:

1. A by-line on the front page so I don't accidentally read anything by the likes of Orlowski* and Page.

2. A better way of changing account details such as email addresses.

* To be fair, it's fairly easy to spot Orlowski's drivel as the headline usually contains the words "BBC", "Freetard" or "Open Rights Group".

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Always listen to the paranoiacs

I recall setting up a new PC for some friends around 1999ish. They hadn't owned one before. Their son asked if the government could see everything he was doing online and told him that it was theoretically possible but highly unlikely.

A while later he told me he was sure he was right. "When I use Napster," he confided, "a message pops up that says This Program Has Caused An Illegal Operation And Will Be Terminated".

I laughed at his misinterpretation of a Windows error message but he turned out to be 100% correct about the government.

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Cops accessing journo sources with RIPA? Use your powers properly, moan MPs

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"not fit for purpose"

RIPA or the MPs that voted for it and have only just realised how draconian it is?

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NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

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Oh the irony

If you are on a slow connection the poxy Google map times out before the data finishes loading.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: VLC

I've always preferred MPC-HC

I'll second that. I just wish there was a *nix version.

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NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

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Re: Do I feel lucky?

It could be worse. Most of the areas around here that were promised fibre have now been put on the fixed wireless list. Our 100 Mb/s dream will now be 12.5 Mb/s. Just as annoying is that planning permission for tower locations was granted ages ago by the local council but we can't get a date from NBN Co for when it will get built.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Catch 'em if you can

I witnessed a big Leonids shower about a decade ago. It was the most awesome (in the true sense of the word) event I have ever seen.

Friends and I drove out to the desert near Mount Isa, QLD, and watched from midnight till dawn. We laid on the roof and bonnet of the car and just stared upwards. Not only could we see the rocks exploding in the sky but we also heard them. I wasn't expecting that at all. Trails of dust from each one hung around for ages after. At the peak there was roughly one per minute.

It really is something worth losing sleep over.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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"Blunkett can go fuck himself."

And why not? He seems to have fucked everything and everyone he came in contact with. It's his turn now.

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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I had to laugh

the expectation of having to put up with a lot more piss-taking from the Americans

Those dumbass Yurpeens don't know nothing about space. *cough*

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Meanwhile on Earth

some boffin then says, we might as well land a robot on it, and they listen to this guy!!!!! Knowing that you have 28 minutes delay.

It certainly gives some perspective about people that can't park a family car back here on Earth without several attempts.

Multiple beers to all all involved in the project.

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WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

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Re: Fascinating viewing

Got to love the music mix though

There's nothing quite like a bit of jazz in a Belgian stylee.

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Fascinating viewing

Especially the cleaner emptying the bins. That's the sort of detail that NASA always missed.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

self entitled singers and musicians who believe that because they can write 2 catchy songs per album

Won't somebody think of the poor drummers?

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Finland should consider itself lucky

the buildings manager enthused to me about gadgets. "I love all Japanese electronics, and smartest of all the Japanese companies is Nokia."

This level of ignorance indicates that Finland has never been invaded by the US.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Same thoughts here. It's a shame to see such an esteemed organ as El Reg using rent-a-pillock scribes these days.

Not only sneering but Gareth Corfield doesn't realise that half those protesters were probably plain-clothes plod looking to inseminate a few ladies.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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Re: Oh goody.

Those evil bastards at Mozilla, making you download and install another browser purely of your own volition.

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Dub pioneer Rupie Edwards' Ire Feelings – 40 years on

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"The first real musical fusion of technology"

Not really the first fusion. There was the collaboration of Les Paul, Bing Crosby and Ampex in the 50s: Multi-track recording pioneers. I'm sure there were others.

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Australia's media regulator to oversee new data retention regime

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Who pays?

Australia's government has ... outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.

So the burden of cost is shifted from the customers (you and me) to the taxpayer (you and me). Remind me again, how do these idiots get elected?

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Spitfire vs Hurricane

The Hurricane also dominated the RAF’s count of mono-wing fighters – outnumbering Spitfires at the pivotal Battle of Britain. Hurricanes scored more aerial victories, too, during that conflict: 1,593 of a total 2,739.

Given that there were more Hurricanes in the air it stands to reason they would have a higher success rate. I also seem to recall that the main duty of the Spits was to deal with the Luftwaffe fighter escorts and then the Hurricanes were free to clean up the unprotected bombers.

When I was a sprog I was a massive plane anorak. In the olden days you could write to all the UK aircraft manufacturers (enclosing an SAE) and then receive data sheets and glossy 10x8 black & white photos (real photos too) in return. Those were the days.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Less useful is the ‘software secret’ – a helpful tip for achieving something nifty in your software but can only be done through a ridiculous sequence of unrelated actions.

These secrets are often found by the family cat when it walks across the keyboard. They never share either. Bastards.

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The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'

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Scoble is a bell end

Always has been. Always will be.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: It's not just the grocery duopoly...

[Finland has] the same price bananas as Australia.

During the Great Banana Shortage of 2011 bananas from the far north were cheaper in Sydney and Melbourne than they were in the far north. Go figure.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

Use a streaming service which lets you cache music. Pick the album you want to listen to, download it

Er, isn't that a download?

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