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* Posts by Richard 81

803 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software

Richard 81

Re: "They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."

...although that'll probably fold the company, which will only hurt the people at the bottom.

Those at the top are probably syphoning off everything they can right now, just in case.

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Richard 81

"They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."

Well if they don't, I hope they'll be paid significantly less.

...or not at all.

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'O2 customers could try switching their phones off and on again'

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Re: Switching it off and on again...

Any idea why T-Mobile has told me twice now to just pull the battery out of my Galaxy S2, rather than shutting it down properly and then taking out the battery?

Surely off is off.

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Mountains of unsold tech? Ha ha, we're not falling for THAT again!

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Coat

"87.4 million boxes were flogged into the channel"

That's a lot of waterlogged PCs.

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

Richard 81

Well

If you're in first class then fine (although it means I hate you). Otherwise, you have to pay through the nose for it and probably won't get any work done anyway if it's busy (or contains one ore more teenager, baby or squaddie).

Besides. If I'm expected to work on the train during my commute then the ticket should be paid for without it being a taxable benefit.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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Re: Nice one judge

@Chemist

Damn right, it is total bullshit.

I'm in the toxicity prediction software business and I know for a fact that software is hardly used at all. Some of that is down to old-school (out of date) thinking on the part of synthetic and medicinal chemists, and even worse the actual decision makers. Most of it is down to the software just not being that good at modelling actual biological pathways.

@OP

Big pharma is failing because their business model sucks, but take away their patent protection and as soon a company develops a compound someone else will start producing it at a fraction of the cost. The companies that actually have R&D departments will die in no time. Remember that a patent submission contains the exact chemical structure of the drug. So once it's published anyone with a fairly rudimentary lab would be able to synthesis it.

Incidentally, there are such things as orphan drugs. They're cheaper to take to market because they're aimed at diseases that big pharma wouldn't normally touch (the sufferers are too poor), but they get more patent protection, not less. Otherwise not even small well-meaning companies could afford to tackle the disease.

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

Richard 81

Re: Maps?

I'd say 'map' is a more abstract term that can be applied to any representation of an area. A chart, on the other hand, is a particular kind of map. Nautical charts should be very accurate.

On topic, I'd like to see indoor maps of shopping centres.

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Tablets to outship laptops in 2016 SHOCK

Richard 81

Tablets vs. laptops

The former is normally considered obsolete within two years and is unlikely to see any OS updates when the next model comes along. The latter can have 5-10 years of useful life it's a good one.

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iPhone spontaneously combusts on CCTV

Richard 81

Re: Cue casual walk

"Me? I'm just strolling from my van with a recent purchase in a bag, oh wow my trousers are smoking."

That's why I don't go shopping any more.

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Richard 81

Re: Insecure

The CCTV recorder probably still uses cassettes and has no data ports.

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EU rejects Oracle secondhand software licence grab

Richard 81

Re: Why are we talking about games ???

Because most of us encounter games and similarly priced software on a day to day basis. £1000+ licenses are for businesses.

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Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' morphs into Firefox OS

Richard 81

So...

Does this mean a phone running Firefox OS will be largely useless anywhere where there's no 3G signal?

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CERN confirms neutrinos don't break light speed

Richard 81

Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)

@mccp: Well put, says this man of science.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 'a harmful drug', says Apple in ban bid fail

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Facepalm

Re: Judge of Korean descent siding with Samsung

...because there can't possibly be another reason why the judge doesn't immediately give Apple what they want. It just has to be some foreign conspiracy.

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Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

Richard 81

Re: I'm so glad ms bought Skype

Your post is a bit garbled, so I'm afraid I didn't understand it fully.

You like the google alternative then? What's it like?

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Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only

Richard 81

Re: Here is a simple way to hasten digital downloads

"Go to Steam and see how much a new title costs."

True, but go back six months after release or during a sale and see how much it costs then. Don't know if that will translate to the console market though. Those games never seem to go down in price.

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Richard 81

"But Sony, it seems, feels that too many punters either want physical media - which they can, of course, sell when they've finished with the game - or lack sufficiently broad broadband to cope with multi-gigabyte downloads."

MS, on the other hand, will do what they're doing with Windows 8: Shove their fingers in their ears and sing "La la la la we know better la la la!".

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Olympic Wenlock plod cops condemnation from Amazon wags

Richard 81

Re: Taste

Well I don't know about you, but I want one.

It's like having a political cartoon on your desk.

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Publishing barons: Free speech a 'cloak for tawdry theft'

Richard 81

Re: Eroding Copyright?

To the thumb down, I'm not suggesting that the idiot this article is about it correct. Just that creative works should be protected for a while and then made public when it's right to do so.

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Richard 81

Re: Eroding Copyright?

No. If you create something you should get the money for it. If there was no copyright at all people would knock it off.

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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

Richard 81

Re: Novel?

No, the *right* area of research for tablets is into that which will sell.

Besides, touch screen software keyboards are crap.

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

Richard 81

Amazing...

Movable type!

We must keep these from the surfs. They might start getting ideas.

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

Richard 81

Battlegrounds was rubbish. It was just an unimaginative mod for Age of Empires, which was already 4 years old. For goodness sake, Homeworld came out two years before Battlegrounds.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Richard 81

Re: I know one thing...

Expect to see a patent for this design being accepted by the USPO any time soon.

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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

Richard 81

Re: Chick-lit

I'd be annoyed at the arrangement of the keyboard, but I think it's just a US layout.

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

Richard 81

Re: But, since the system IS in place...

A broken system is worse than no system at all.

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Virgin straps on phone masts for the flying upper classes

Richard 81

Re: Why only O2 & Vodafone?

Also, why not discount it for Virgin Mobile customers? There aren't that many of them, after all.

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

Richard 81

Social convention:

The attendee in the first situation will then be shunned for the rest of the conference, and rightly so.

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China begins work on world-beating MEGA power cables

Richard 81

Re: More than enough...

4.2 gigawatts! 4.2 gigawatts. Great Scott!

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National Rail Enquiries

Richard 81

Re: Silly Strains

What's the point of having a smart phone if not to extend the internet, and the information available on it, to wherever you happen to be?

OK maybe you need a personal organiser. You should have bought a PDA before they became obsolete. If you only need a phone that you can carry around, just buy a simple button phone. It'll be cheaper, get better signal and its battery will last forever.

If you own a smartphone this is precisely the kind of use it might have on a day-to-day basis.

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Richard 81

Yes, it should be free.

Or rather, some of the stupid money gouged out of me for tickets should have gone towards packaging this public information into a free app.

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You can flog 'used' software, but read Ts&Cs first – ECJ

Richard 81

Re: @AC - So you can sell software you have acquired...

I actually don't have a real problem with download only software, if the price is right. OS X Lion at £20 isn't too bad. £70 is the best I can find for an OEM disk of Win 7.

I doubt MS will be selling their download Windows at that sort of price though, since it's their main income. Let alone console game publishers who have to pay a big cut to MS and Sony ...and are bloody greedy anyway.

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Tablets are the future of the PC, says researcher

Richard 81

Re: What's it called?

...my left leg would also get pretty sweaty, pretty quickly.

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Richard 81

Re: assuming retired after 3 years

...and not cost as much as a far more powerful laptop too.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

I quite agree

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Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

"Since I started buying CDs >25 years ago, no one seems to have been forcing me to re-buy anything.

Or even meaningfully trying to claim that I should."

So all the songs you bought back then and have since wanted to listen on your MP3 player, you just went ahead and bought again?

Don't you remember when they started mucking about with copy protection (car stereo killing in some cases, rootkit installing in others) on CDs?

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Richard 81

Re: Warning: PDF

"Warning: Movie clip" or "Warning: Has Sound" would also be quite good, where it's not obvious.

Finding the mute has unstuck itself when at work is not an enjoyable experience.

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Richard 81

Re: If its so widespread AND illegal

"So if enough people want to do something, it should simply be legalised?"

I believe that is rather the meaning of democracy, yes. For better or worse.

Although, here I think the point was that widespread piracy is at least partly due to the outdated business model of content providers. The refusal of the record companies to accept that we shouldn't have to re-buy all our music every time they bring out a new media format, for instance.

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Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

Richard 81

Re: People want.. new content, not '3D' content?

"for a long time everyone was just watching SD broadcasts and pretending it looked better"

It does!

...but then if you're going from a 15 year old CRT TV to a big LCD it's bound to.

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Techie stages 'strip down' protest at TSA 'harassment'

Richard 81

Not necessarily

It would depend on her age and appearance. We do have some standards.

...OK maybe not.

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Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

Richard 81

Re: media center?

I don't care for the UI much, which is pretty bloody sloppy in my opinion. The functionality is essential though.

Wasn't Media Center only on the Premium, Ultimate, or some other more expensive version than Basic?

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Richard 81

Re: Ability to turn Start Screen OFF?

It would have made sense on Windows 8 Pro. That's the one businesses would be getting if it wasn't going to be a clanger.

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

Richard 81

Re: Dishonored

Rumour has it Prey 2 has been canned.

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Richard 81

Re: No PC games then?

@Anonymous Coward

You work for Ubisoft, right?

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Richard 81

"would us Brits really have better taste?"

We'd have a PC games list for a start.

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Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

Richard 81

I don't get why you would want a cartridge coffee maker. You're tying yourself to one manufacturer and are forced to pay whatever they want to charge.

They may have me on printer cartridges, but I'll be damned if they get their hands on my coffee!

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Wellcome Trust backs boffins in open publishing row

Richard 81

Re: What precisely

If you want to publish in an open access journal, or make your paper open access in a paid-for journal, you have to pay. Why you have to pay is another question.

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

Richard 81

"You know that you are old when you can remember when the Simpsons was funny."

That was around the second series right?

I know you're not talking about the first few series when they still tried to have a message.

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The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

Richard 81

Re: Nest

El Reg ought to make a bigger deal about this. Looks like it's strictly US only.

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'As seen on TV' claims can't be made about unbranded props

Richard 81

Or

Or Rogue Trader.

...or even Crime Watch.

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