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* Posts by Richard 81

803 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

How hard is 3D printing?

Richard 81

Honest question:

I'm too young to remember to the really early days of document printing. Of course I remember dot matrix printers, but that was still in the late 80s - early 90s. So, how does this compare to those early days? Does the assertion that these early 3D printers are like the first document printers really stand up?

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Re: I miss the days of Tomorrow's World crazy technoutopianism.

You and me both.

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

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Re: --> helping rich Brits

Idiot.

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Charging

Electric cars aren't going to take off until they're (almost) as easy to recharge as a petrol car is to refuel. Also, the price has to come down a lot. Also, since batteries have a limited life, I'd imagine electric cars aren't that attractive as second hand cars.

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Re: Plug in cars ain't green.

Large scale power generation is always more efficient than small local sources, e.g. using an internal combustion engine. They may not be totally 'green', but they are greener.

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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Crosskase Fusion/Solar

You disappointed me there. I was thinking: "who'd get a bag with a solar charger when you can have a portable fusion reactor instead?".

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Booksellers club calls in Kobo to aid indies

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The Mrs bought a Kobo Vox from WHSmiths. It was utterly crap.

£150 for 3 year old tablet technology: 800Mhz single-core processor, dodgy WiFi connectivity and 1 hour battery life. Selling something like that at that price borders on exploitative. Average punter hasn't learned to be sceptical of anything sold in a bricks and mortar shop like us techies.

Thankfully they accepted the damn thing back, so I could get a Nexus 7 instead.

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Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

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Slow clap

Is it me, or are Microsoft trying to kill off their second most successful, and arguably best, product?

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WTF?

EU law

So MS is effectively making all Office 2013 licenses OEM licenses. How does this sit with that EU law that says you are entitled (regardless of EULA) to sell your licenses on when you don't want them any more?

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Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

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Re: Team Register?

And let the raging hoards of fanbois know exactly who to direct their wrath at? Oh yes, you'd like that wouldn't you?

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Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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Re: No Galaxy Note II?

'people want to call the Notes "Phablets".'

These people need to be hunted down.

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Re: Just me

They so do look like iPhone clones!!! Don't you know Apple invented touch screens, user interfaces, rounded corners, the colour black etc? Typical fandroid!

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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Re: Pricing and not pretty

...and I just paid £200 for a Nexus 7. £500-700 is utterly ridiculous for a phone.

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I declare this to be the most ground breaking development in phone technology of 2011!

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

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Re: Quality

A possible answer to b) He's already got through the one for eating. This one's for show.

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Re: Wholemeal?

White bread from a bag: now that's wrong. Personally I believe more or less any traditional bread type is fine, so long as it's of good quality. I'm rather partial to bacon in an oven bottom muffin myself. Perhaps I've been oop-narth too long than is good for me.

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I'll accept brown bread

I'm no puritan, as evidenced by my suggestion of ketchup and French mustard. It also appears to be back bacon, cooked until quite crispy but not cut-your-cheeks rock solid.

I would probably substitute the tea for black coffee. I'm more likely to drink the tea before going to bed to improve my chances of surviving the night.

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

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Re: You get what you pay for

Send in... the tro-o-o-o-olls.

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Fair enough

Then the marketing bods need to get used to quoting approximate storage space. We're in the land of "up to" here, but at least people won't have reason to grumble.

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Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami

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Re: Rural not such a bad option

My thoughts exactly. Urban areas are more or less saturated with fixed line networks, many of which have a wireless hub on the end. Why pay more for a mobile contract for each device? Also, those cities are the ones where HSPA+ signal is excellent. You're not going to be downloading full length movies, but HD clips from YouTube are a breeze.

Whereas, there's a sound business case for reliable 4G signal in rural areas and a line of 4G-WiFi routers*.

*No doubt they'd rather you got a contract for every PC connected to the internet, but it's not going to happen.

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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

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Good

Wish you could do that with Android devices (for those that aren't going to root it).

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Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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Re: never ever

...a radio that may or may not become a genuine standard. I'm still hoping DAB dies out ASAP.

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Re: "To suit all budgets?"

That, surely, is a better investigation for a reviewer: out of all the sub £100 gadgets, which ones aren't going to fall apart in a week?

Honestly, El Reg, you keep doing this. No one has any bloody money, so we need to know how to squeeze every last penny.

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'GNOME people are in total denial about what their problem is'

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Re: Maple Syrup?

Only in terms of cost.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: Memo from the desk Tim Cook

That made me think of this quote from guess who:

"...when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists"), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening's ultragolf.”

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North Korea and Iran sign 'Axis of Tech Evil' deal

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Re: Iran and NK make a trade deal.

@AC 1: Fair point, although there were at least people around Bush to stop him doing ultra-stupid things like invade Iran or try to destroy Al jazeera. If one of the Kims ever thought they could get away with invading South Korea again, I have no doubt they would.

@AC 2: I'm not sure the word "innocent bystanders" can always be applied but yes, they do like their proxy-wars.

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Re: Iran and NK make a trade deal.

At least giants aren't likely to pick fights with each other. They have too much to lose.

Smaller, poorer, desperate nations (run by crazier people) may see war as a route to definite gain.

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Samsung readies handheld releases for Windows 8

Richard 81

Re: Core i5

Never mind the battery, what's the heat output going to be like?

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Ten netbooks

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Re: Still too expensive...

Besides greed, the screen is probably the biggest factor that keeps the price up.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...

Interesting idea Helena Handcart. However, in the real world...

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Re: A solution in search of a problem

It probably comes with Polaris Office. The GSII does. LibreOffice for Android should be along at some point too.

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

Richard 81

"In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."

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Oracle plans to join Java hardware speed party

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GPU computing

Are we talking graphics acceleration for games and stuff, or a JVM that can do GPU computing?

A JVM that natively supports OpenCL would be super.

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

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Joke

New York to London in less than 1 hour?

Wow! That's only a little bit faster that going 50 miles by train.

What an age we live in!

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

Good point. A contract can say more or less anything. If it's found, legally, to be unfair it gets voided.

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Re: Misleading is wrong but...

"it also says if they do they will always contact me in writing and give me the opportunity to leave or change tariff with no penalty to me."

Does it? You surprise me, since that's one of the things people are demanding.

Yes it is a legally binding contract, so people should be aware of what it says. However, giving the service provider all of the rights and none of the liabilities is hardly a fair deal. Just look at what happened when O2 went tits-up a month or so ago. They didn't have to give any kind of compensation despite people paying for a service they were no longer receiving. That fact that O2 _chose_ to do the sensible thing, from a PR point of view, and gave people nominal compensation is neither hear nor there. I'm not even sure if people on Tesco Mobile or its ilk got any kind of compensation at all.

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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If it does...

I might actually buy one.

Otherwise...

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Re: obligatory question....

"99.9999999999999999% of the worlds population have enough of a life not to want to do it in the first place"

So only 0.000000007 people then?

I care, and I'm at least one person. :P

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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Re: Send war rocket AJAX to bring back his body!

"O frabjous day callooh callay!"

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I'm confused

Does Adobe actually want anyone to use Flash?

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: where do updates come from?

I don't think manufacturers will be bolting on their own interface, like they do with Android. Also, no mobile network crap. I expect the relationship between MS, OEMs and users will be much more like it is for regular PCs.

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Oz regulator says crowdfunding must obey financial rules

Richard 81

Slightly relevant, I think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yYjESHILGo

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

Richard 81

Re: Head above parapet

"I'm still unsure how you can be against eating meat but still support an industry that kills all the male chicks soon after birth. Eating eggs isn't 'bloodless'."

Quite so. Doesn't matter if they're 'free range' or 'organic' or have any other friendly marketing label; they all come from the same machine.

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'It is not something you are good at, so please think twice'

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Re: Visually impaired Apple graphic designer?

Yeah, I call BS.

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Beer mats to tout tat to mobiles over wireless NFC

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If I see something like this in a pub....

...I'm taking it apart.

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

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Re: My thoughts while reading that went like this

Sounds about right. Disposable things shouldn't cost £150.

...well unless they're made by NASA. But at least when they put a battery that can't be replaced in something, they make it a nuclear reactor.

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Re: what am i missing?

The "phones, rather than tablets" comment was in response to the URL. All those keyboards are way too big to be a practical companion for a phone.

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Richard 81

Re: what am i missing?

This is for phones really, rather than tablets. No idea if NFC is superior though. That innovation seems to have passed me by and I know my Galaxy S2 hasn't got it.

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Re: Battery aside.....

One could, but one would be kidding one's self.

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Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

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Meh

Like most monsters, Apple are trying to rewrite their history.

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