* Posts by Richard 81

846 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

Richard 81

Re: Brown sauce?

"A food product identified simply as "brown" would rightly be treated with suspicion here in the antipodes."

Only because Vegemite's name isn't sufficiently descriptive.

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Richard 81

Re: IT angle time....

"Anyway there was too much bacon in that pan, it lowers the temperature and doesn't fry properly."

Indeed. That bacon was hardly cooked at all.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Buttie just means sandwich.

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Richard 81

Re: Dangerous suggestion

Majo on anything hot is just weird.

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Richard 81

Surely...

Surely the latter option is just too complicated to cook after a skin full. It'd be pretty good as heated leftovers though.

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Richard 81

@David Knapman: Claptrap! If you're health conscious, you shouldn't be eating bacon.

Personally I like to butter one slice and put a mixed layer of English mustard and ketchup on the other. I'm not saying it's the only way to do it, but it's damn tasty.

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

Richard 81

Re: only gonna get worse surely?

Furthermore, I've tried gaming on tablets and phones, but touchscreens just don't cut it.

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Richard 81

Re: only gonna get worse surely?

"The future is surely tablets, and other devices running Onlive type services."

I bloody well hope not. I haven't bought a physical game in ages, but moving to a subscription and rental service is one step too far for me.

Plus, who the hell has the bandwidth?

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Apple plans extended iPad display through 'Smart Covers'

Richard 81
Trollface

I really should start sending all *my* idle doodles to the patent office too.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

Richard 81
Flame

Canned apologies

Being told by a recording that "your call is important to us" and that "we apologies for the continued wait" is only slightly less infuriating than being informed by a recording that "on behalf of TransPennine Express, we apologies for the delay to this service".

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Richard 81

Re: Premium rate numbers

saynoto0870 is good, but not you can't get alternative numbers for everyone and a fair few are out of date.

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

Richard 81

Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers

Don't buy carrier-branded phones. Manufacturer-branded sure, but not carrier.

My Samsung GS2, for instance, was bought from dial-a-phone on a T-Mobile contract but doesn't have any T-Mobile bloat and can be updated via Kies.

...not that Kies isn't a piece of crap, but at least I don't have to wait for T-Mobile to 'approve' any updates.

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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

Richard 81

Seriously?

I challenge anyone to notice a 0.4 mm difference in thickness.

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Richard 81

Re: Fingerprints

Barely sufficient? Honestly, kids today!

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

Richard 81

Re: Amazing

Sounds like MS' mark-up on memory will be almost as insane as Apple's.

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Richard 81

Re: well

The drunk icon was appropriate.

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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

Richard 81

Re: Here we go again

"So who are the children and who are the adults?"

All of us here and certainly not you, respectively.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

Richard 81

Good

Yeah, I've found a similar code in a DVD before.

AC just riled me, as is an AC's want.

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Richard 81

Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

That's true. Though my point was that, since it's free, any shortcomings in its software could be dealt with by flashing it like the Android hacker mentioned in the article. Flashing normally voids the warranty though, so if you've spent £100 for something you're less likely to risk flashing than if you've got it for free.

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Richard 81

Re: the problem

No, what they want is for you to buy it once for every device you own... or, even better, each time you want to watch it.

More seriously, they don't want you to have a choice of source since you'll always go for the cheapest, which will drive down profit.

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Richard 81

Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

If it's free, just flash it. No warranty to void.

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

Richard 81

Re: Phrenology

A treatment pioneered by Zorgo, I believe.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

Richard 81
Mushroom

Re: Damn right

No. Telewest and NTL put the cables down. Virgin Media just bought it.

Now they're sitting on an ageing network that they have full control over and have no incentive to expand. Within the network they face next to no competition since BT won't put cable down in areas saturated by VM customers.

I suppose it could be worse, I could live in Hull.

@Ledswinger:

So first I was a rich middle class country type, now I'm a townie and the people in the villages are peasants?

You're right about water, fuel and food prices, but watch your damn tone.

Besides, wouldn't boosting the economy in that area by making it a viable place to run a business generally help the situation with more vital utilities?

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Richard 81

Re: Damn right

Middle class? I suppose, but it doesn't really feel like it.

Rural? No. I'm a Virgin Media customer living in the centre of Sheffield.

Just because I can get a service doesn't mean people living in the arse end of Cornwall shouldn't.

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Richard 81

Damn right

We don't need 100Mbit connections in every city. We need reliable 2-10Mbit connections in every village.

We also need to force all infrastructure owners to open up their network to competition. I'm looking at you, Virgin Media.

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

Richard 81

"In my experience people often replace a Microsoft mouse with another Microsoft mouse"

I'm the same. Except replace Microsoft with Logitech :)

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Richard 81

"Win8 is supposed be all about touch"

Yup. That's why the Surface is being released with a keyboard and touchpad dock.

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Richard 81

Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard

"Americanisms"? Pah! I think not.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

Richard 81

Re: ...

I can't think of any that have been denied classification. Was Manhunt denied?

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

Richard 81

Did you also account for CGF?

*Corporate Greed Factor

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Richard 81

I don't know...

That sort of ad appeals to me. I love programming and solving algorithmic problems, but I have no wish to end up in a grey cubicle.

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Richard 81

Re: brogrammer?

Surely a Google search would have done. Rule of thumb: if the meaning of a word can't be found on the first 2 pages of a Google search, then it doesn't exist (on the internet).

On topic: Brogrammmers sound like nobs.

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Ten monster tellies to suit all budgets

Richard 81

"all budgets"

My arse.

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

Richard 81

Re: Windows 8 Is Crap

Sure as eggs is eggs. Sure as every odd numbered Star Trek movie is crap.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Richard 81

Re: 50MB?

Or one page with anything made using Flash.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

Richard 81

Re: was it actualling bufferring? or do they mean caching.

Not sure why you were down voted, even if your understanding is wrong.

...maybe someone took exception to you failing to close your brackets.

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Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

Richard 81

Will a single core cut it though?

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

Richard 81
Devil

Good good

A national denouncement database.

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Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

Richard 81

Re: Equador

Yeah... careful with your terminology there pal.

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Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

Richard 81

I can see it working.

UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, A, START

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

Richard 81
FAIL

Pardon the block quote, but:

"Now, 500 to 1,000 apps may at first blush seem to be far more than any rational human being might keep on their iOS device. But as macjeff rightly points out, if Apple expects your iPhone, for example, to eventually replace "your phone, your pocket gaming system, your smart-home remotes, your TV remotes, your day-timer, etc.," it might want to reconsider the limitation."

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Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher

Richard 81

Re: Untrue El Reg Opinion

Check the wording of your contract. El Reg is no doubt correct that O2 had no _legal_ obligation.

I'm not saying the wording is fair.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

Richard 81

Re: 800,000 programmers?

That joke only has two arguments, not three.

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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'

Richard 81

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!

Richard 81
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

Richard 81
Boffin

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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