* Posts by Richard 120

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

Richard 120

Closed

I'm surprised how many people are so willing to accept this Closed ecosystem, the Walled Garden as I have heard it termed.

Peronally I blame Apple, and to a slighly lesser extent Microsoft, oh and Sony too.

I remember when you bought hardware and you had to either boot off a floppy, or install the OS yourself to a 10Mb hard disk, you might have been supplied with an OS, but you could pick which one you wanted.

A lot of people here expect that when you buy a computer that you have to use the OS which is supplied at the time and that if it bricks when you try a different OS then it's your fault, my mind screams WTF?

What happened to standards, interoperability and choice for the consumer, what has happened with the Samsung product seems to me to be a mistake and a bug in the firmware yet there are a lot of people who seem to think that you shouldn't be able to run a different OS on the laptop and should you attempt to do so then it's acceptable for the motherboard to be damaged.

The OS won't be overwriting the firmware, just trying to call it's functions, it shouldn't be possible to brick it like that, the firmware should balk at self harm.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

Richard 120

Re: The Apple what?

@Philip Lewis

Given your prolific activity on this particular forum Philip one might suggest that you yourself are "sufficiently motivated/obsessed/crazy"

Maybe you want to tone it down a little to avoid the Fanboi label?

I'm a little surprised that Apple won the rusty dodo award, although maybe people are getting sick of the marketing hype and the lack of interoperability of Apple products, or perhaps everything else was just mediocre and nobody was compelled to suggest a particular product that was bad enough for a consensus to be formed, there probably hasn't been enough time for the Surface tablets to reach that stage, give it a year.

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Greedy Apple told it can't triple Samsung's $1bn patent payout

Richard 120
Unhappy

why the downvotes?

I was saying that the lawyers would win more in the event of a retrial, not either of the companies which have to pay the lawyers, by the hour (or minute) I expect.

It's in the lawyers interests to go for a retrial to make the job last longer, win, lose or draw they're still going to get paid, why else would Apple lawyers be arguing for a retrial?

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Richard 120

The house ALWAYS wins

But not as much as they could have done if they'd managed to get a retrial.

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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

Richard 120

Final Throw

So it's a foregone conclusion then?

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

Richard 120

Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card

No, that's why there's a big bold Comment

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Stanford super runs million-core calculation

Richard 120

Is it hard to do that?

Could you not do that just by writing some bad code?

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

Richard 120

I did a lot of silly things at uni, got in trouble for some. My point is that uni is a place to learn things, sometimes learning things involves making mistakes. I might have got expelled for doing similar things because I didn't think it was that big a deal, and I didn't know it was illegal to run a port scanner and I wouldn't have had enough funds to lawyer up and I know lecturers and admins would easily have intimidated me into signing an NDA.

As far as I can tell he was a bit silly and the other lot over-reacted probably as a result of embarassment, shame everybody couldn't learn from what happened.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Richard 120

Re: Engineers often simply lack understanding of emotional situations

Back before I got a respectable job I did a stint in Sales and each day I could feel a part of my soul shrivel and die, I managed to escape to a programming job before I reached the baby eating stage.

Others I worked with were genuinely evil, comparable in empathy to either cockroaches or starving wolves, or some evil genetic hybrid, in fact they possibly were some kind of evil genetic hybrid.

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

Richard 120
Joke

Re: You can say what you like.

Yes, but I don't think you'll have much problem saying "what you like"

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

Richard 120
Happy

Quality over quantity

I like to think that the readership of el Reg is of a different quality of readership than that of the Sun or the Mirror and that the readership can pour scorn on the technical ineptitude of those alternative readerships.

I also like to think that people are inherently good, old dogs CAN learn new tricks and that Bacon sandwiches are absolutely vital to a healthy diet.

Don't change el Reg

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Richard 120
Paris Hilton

Re: deniers

Isn't that a unit of measurement for tights or something like that?

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

Richard 120
Happy

Re: This way to protectionism...

Now Tom, I've said this before, protectionism is okay, so long as none of the other countries are doing it.

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Top Brit Penguins spurn London Stock Exchange for NYSE

Richard 120
Headmaster

third?

"second only to Silicon Valley and New York"

did you mean third?

</pedant>

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UK falls behind in global graphene patent race

Richard 120

Obviousness?

Will a lot of these patents be obvious though?

Basically the same stuff as exists but made with graphene rather than traditional materials.

You know, the same way that everything in the real world gets a digital patent à la the infamous shopping cart patent.

I hope not, ad I hope it does revolutionise the world and make it a better place like the invention of glass.

Do we owe someone royalties for glass? Hopefully they've forgotten by now.

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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

Richard 120
Happy

Re: What I'd like to know

I think she actually stopped for fuel twice and was driving for 2 days, this made me laugh so much, her intended journey was 38 miles, surely after about an hour (more likely earlier) you'd be wondering why you haven't reached your destination, let alone the language changes, sleeping through the night, filling up with petrol, she didn't even think she wasn't in Belgium until she got to Croatia,

Asolutely hilarious story.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

Richard 120

Hmmm

I'll have to check all of my cameras ability to add metadata and configure it with my identity if possible. Not that much of it goes out onto the interwebs, I don't trust cloudy things, I can't think why.

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

Richard 120

or

the argument also works if the kilogram is the same weight, it's just the weight of everything else which is changing.

Although that does make it somewhat useless for it's intended purpose.

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Guess who'll grab Facebook Sponsored Stories payout? (Hint: Not the victims)

Richard 120
Facepalm

Let me get this straight

Charitable institutions which are/were set up to lobby on behalf of the citizenship regarding privacy affairs are being funded by companies who are profitted by redefining privacy.

I can't see how that's anything other than a conflict of interest right there, and that's before you even get to the cy-près thing.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Richard 120

Forget the microwave

Just use gas to do all the cooking, although I'd stick with an electric kettle because I can't wait 20 minutes to get a cup of tea.

As for lighting, what about gravity power -

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/12/deciwatt_gravity_light/

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

Richard 120

Context

It's a shame it's not as funny when you read the context -

"the place where Microsoft, whose headquarters are in Redmond, develops software for Apple hardware. It's possible the thief has got hold of some unreleased Microsoft apps with his or her Apple devices. The office also houses Microsoft Exchange hosting servers, a less tempting target for a light-fingered thief."

So they got into a place which left them a choice of tablets, probably all of them were Apple, or the alternative was some probably rack mounted servers. It's an easy choice for a thief.

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Apple loses round to Amazon in 'App Store' name dispute

Richard 120
Facepalm

Is this still going on?

I thought it would have been thrown out or settled by now for being so obviously frivolous and slightly deranged

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

Richard 120

Re: "there are no women on teh interwebs!"

This is simply not true, there are women on teh interwebs, I've even met some IRL.

However it is probably psychologically for the best to believe the statement to be true because whilst there may be women on the internet they're most likely not on the same part of the internet that you're on.

Consider chatting away to someone pretending to be female in a game, is it better to picture them as a bloke, or get carried away and then have a "crying game" moment later on?

I prefer to think the internet is still void of double X chromosome individuals despite evidence to the contrary.

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

Richard 120

Re: a defence

He's not a robot, he just soliloquises like one.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Richard 120

That sort of distance

That's a hell of a task, to aim a probe that can travel anywhere fast enough to reach the destination in a human lifetime, navigate the vastness of space on it's own, after all once you get past a certain distance it's not like you can tell it to change direction at short notice.

Then you need to get it to decelerate to a reasonable speed in order to actually be of any use.

Maybe if data teleportation can be used in order to perform instant communication with the probe, but I don't think we can make things work that way yet.

I wish I was smart enough to be able to contemplate working on that sort of project.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Richard 120

Koh

I reckon she's just chosen the most direct route to get it away from herself.

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Richard 120

To a further extreme

Have you met AMERICAN people?

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

Richard 120

Re: Genuine Question

I expect that yes they were guilty of treason under UK law, I am only guessing, but I would imagine the point is moot as when they won they were no longer subject to UK law, no need to pardon them.

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Review: Mio Cyclo 300 cycling satnav

Richard 120

Re: Or you could just use your mobey?

Yes, off road, on the road there's not so much need for this sort of thing, on account of signposts, depends on what your riding I guess, some country roads are poorly signed so you might want it for some of those rides.

I don't think I've had much luck when it comes to mounts for anything on bikes, most things that are removable tend to shake loose, lights, pumps, locks, satnav, one of my better purchases has been ortlieb panniers, brilliant things.

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Richard 120

Re: Or you could just use your mobey?

It's not just the weather, although that is a big part of it.

There's also the battering that goes along with falling off the mount and onto a gravel track and then going under the wheel of the bike, or the bike taking a slide or tumble and everything attached to the bike bouncing off the scenery.

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Richard 120

Import/Export

Can it import/export routes?

I use http://www.cyclestreets.net/ and http://www.gpsies.com to plan my route, I'm yet to some across a GPS device which maps for cycles, they all sem to want to stick me on the road, despite their being a superb canal towpath near me which can cut a lot of time and hills out of a journey.

Anyone know of any devices which incorporates this sort of routing? I'm looking to upgrade, my garmin battery isn't holding as much charge as it used to, it's served me well.

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Punters rate Apple, Samsung more highly than ever

Richard 120
Happy

My favourites

Panasonic (TV's)

Logitech (PC peripherals)

Asus (PC components & Tablets)

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Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

Richard 120

Re: That's a bit unfair....

Well what is "the whole of society then"?

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Richard 120

That's a bit unfair....

Is he not a part of society then?

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Richard 120

Re: @AJ Macleod

Nope, he's saying what Stephen Hawking is a Philosopher rather than a Scientist.

By my understanding though there's a lot more maths involved in what Stephen Hawking does than what's involved in traditional Philosophy.

Some of that maths even proves or disproves things, apparently, it's beyond my ken.

Just because I don't understand it doesn't make it unscientific though, possibly it is in fact the distillation of science to it's purest form, depending on who you ask.

The physicist frowns at the chemist who in turn frowns at the biologist, which of them is the most "science-y"

Perhaps in the same way that Technology can appear as magic to the uninitiated, Theoretical physics can appear as philosophy to the uninitiated (which is quite a large percentage of the population, myself included)

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Seeing other user's posts

Richard 120

Just happened to me

I had the same experience, I'm also behind a company poxy server.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

Richard 120

Re: Anyone else

I was thinking the same thing and also wondering if it would play out the same way if it were in the UK.

I can't help but feel that Judge Koh is a bit self serving, she seems to me to be complaining about what is in effect due process and having to do what she's employed to do.

The way that it's all played out in the courts and the media in the US makes the whole thing a bit of a freak show which is gathering attention seeking legal people, and probably turning people who may once have been not interested in attention around, once there's a little bit of hype people start to believe their own press and seem to crave more of the same and adjust their behaviour to accumulate attention.

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Apple-HTC patent deal doesn't include designs, 'cloned' iDevices

Richard 120

Re: Pot, Kettle, Black

the AC @13:24 was implying that the phrase "Pot, Kettle, Black" is racist.

Clearly he forgot the joke icon, and given that it's not actually very funny it's probably for the best.

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Richard 120
Trollface

Obviously

Obviously! is an obvious troll.

Sorry for not posting anything relevant to the Article, but Obviously! started it.

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A valid use for Windows 8?

Richard 120

Bluray

The thing that's prevented me from going from Win 7 to win 8 is the lack of native Bluray support.

That's also the reason I have Win 7

Going back a few years there was only the one OS which supported the HDCP protocol and Bluray playback that was available at the time, that was a MS one, XP.

Only trouble was, back then there were few pieces of software (PowerDVD and WinDVD) that would play Bluray.

The landscape may have changed a bit since then, but it still remains that the MS platform was there with Bluray support via third party software when it wasn't around on other OS's.

Why it can't be part of the Media centre add-on bundle for Win 8 I don't know.

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

Richard 120
Facepalm

Poor kids

Hopefully the naming trend is just an iFad (tm)

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Richard 120

ow

The American guy didn't have a charger with a 3 pin plug...

Makes me wince just thinking about it

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

Richard 120
WTF?

Michael Schumacher

Has not driven a Ferrari competitively since 2006.

How old is that phone?

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Badges for Commentards

Richard 120
FAIL

Quality rather than Quantity

I must try to curb my desire for a badge, I'm only a few posts off a bronze badge, but I don't want to just post for the sake of it.

Oh, wait....

oops (the fail is my own)

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Richard 120

Zero?

Ouya

http://www.ouya.tv/

This is probably one of the nails TBH, but it proves there is still a bit of life in consoles.

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

Richard 120
Thumb Up

Re: Jacob moved it ...

The first Lost comment on the thread, I was expecting more.

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Hefty beauty GAGA gets voluptuous new undercarriage

Richard 120

Sensible

At least you're withholding the actual part which does the cutting until you can determine exactly how intelligent the beast is going to be.

I think you need to target dog like intelligence, border collie that is, not springer spaniel.

Too much or too little intelligence could be bad for the human race as we know it.

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Don't touch Sony, Panasonic's junk, says credit agency

Richard 120

Bugger

First my favourite TV manufacturer Philips more or less vanishes into almost oblivion and the quality of their stuff takes a dive, and now what I consider to be the manufacturer of the best current crop of TV's seems to be heading the same way.

Sony on the other hand I can live without.

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Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

Richard 120
Happy

but

it sounds so much bigger so it can't be all bad.

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