* Posts by james 68

224 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

james 68

Re: eh?

The slower it flys the higher the angle of attack must be to keep sufficient airflow over the wings as they are low camber/low drag type airfoils which aren't terribly suited to low speed flight so the high angle of attack on the Typhoon is also a giveaway that it is flying much slower than standard cruise, presumably to keep pace with the Hurricane. Something most photoshopers would not take into account.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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Actually I tried a Lumia for about 6 months, it was crap and I went back to a Galaxy at the first opportunity and I have previously tried an iphone as well so... yeah. I stand by my comment. Just take a look through the comments on here regarding phones, you will see many, many iOS and Android users flaming left and right and few if any Winphone users doing the same thing.

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james 68

"...I'll leave it to iOS users here to comment on whether iOS has any major annoyances that need fixing."

Other than holier than thou users? They're the biggest annoyance of iOS, though to be honest Android suffers quite a bit from the same issue. WinPhone users, not so much, they're usually too ashamed to proselytize, wether or not that's a good or bad thing though....anyones guess.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Perhaps not for long though, the conservatives have been wanting to disband the house of lords for some time now. Now is their opportunity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/britain-house-of-lords_n_1630038.html

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ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART

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Coat

Easier than he thinks.

"...Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence""

Perhaps he has led a sheltered life but pretty much the rest of humanity already has a handle on this one. It's called 'sex' and when a man and a woman love each other very much......

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

james 68

Hypocricy

It amazes me the differences in how certain companies are treated.

Google = "We will bitchslap you for including Google maps, GMail etc on android but allowing others to provide similar apps to replace them."

Apple = "Sure, do whatever the hell you want, btw my account number for that transfer is......"

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

james 68

Gives you that warm fuzzy feeling that only being a member of a (semi)religious cult can provide.

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Nope, the guy that wrote the novel is entirely serious and has a range of books covering various tech fetishes. Conquered by Clippy and Taken by Tetris are the other 2 in this particular series. No irony, just a sad little man writing the tech equivalent of furry porn.

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james 68

So who's taking bets on how long it will be before some fame seeking hipster straps one of these to something other than a wrist and appears in a sex tape which also displays the "pulse" for added effect?

Because we all know it WILL happen. Proof in case is that there is already a porn novel (I shit you not).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Invaded-iWatch-Erotic-Digital-Desires-ebook/dp/B00V2WXYO4

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

james 68

Re: Like the Nazis? You'll *love* their allies!... oh no, hang on, you won't.

If you are referring to quinine (which is an extract of a tree bark) then that was discovered centuries ago by native Bolivians and Peruvians and brought back to Europe by Spanish Jesuits in the 17th century and was been used in "Western medicine" for 300 years before Mao was even born.

Methinks you'll find that the story you related is just another of many examples of communist dictators claiming credit for something they had nothing to do with, much like everything claimed by Kim il Sung, Mao etc.

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Facepalm

"4K videos at 30ft..."

I think you mean fps.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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It's ok though, because the government clearly stated that no business has been lost due to this whole fiasco, and they are plainly more trustworthy than the businesses themselves.....aren't they?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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"UK internet service provider Virgin Media suffered a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) event on Tuesday evening..."

Both work and home are on Virgin fiber lines and they had no problems at all yesterday, bit slower than usual maybe but they certainly didn't drop out. I guess Northern Ireland was lucky.

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

james 68

Polytetrafluoroethylene to name but one.

Not even expensive (Teflon).

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"...a small piece of metal has found its way into this tube and is making contact between the tube (earth) and one of the cables that leads to the diode.”

You would think that something so expensive would have included insulation on the cables.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

james 68

Re: I think I can see where this is going...

He is entitled to his opinion just as I am entitled to mine, since we do not (yet) live in a stazi state I stand by my opinion and could not give a damn what anyone else thinks of it.

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james 68

Re: I think I can see where this is going...

I recon your right, I also recon the silly hag has shares in an interpretation/translation company that she will happily recommend to sort out this imaginary mess.

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james 68

Is she daft?

The answer is quite simple - 13% of people buy from foreign sites because 13% of people can comfortably understand foreign languages.

I for example can handily communicate in French or German but buggered if I could understand Greek or Polish, hence I would not buy from those countries due to the fact that while I might want to order say a graphics card, but in all likelyhood would place an order for a pallet of jaffa cakes by mistake.

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

james 68

Re: Power?

Its like you read my mind :)

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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"So I guess what I am saying in a long winded way is that no company can predict what kind of stuff people will use to clean their screens and a bunch of people will be in total denial that it could be their own fault for treating their stuff like carp."

Totally agreed, they should obviously be treating it like the old trout that it is because carp just cant take a good scrubbing.

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james 68

Re: Wipeout!

Cult is exactly right.

Pay large sums of cash for each level, get an electronic suppository to keep away the spiritual cruft, watched over by a supreme alien being who happens to be dead. Its scientology for hipsters, I move to call it appology, and again much like scientology when anyone speaks out against their "religion" the appologists mount campaigns of disinformation and FUD.

ALL HAIL ZENU!! err...JOBS!!

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Analyst dons Tim Cook mask, thinks: Glass went well for Google. Let's do that, too

james 68

Re: Patents

optional rose tint?

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james 68

Await the hypocrisy.

And if they do then I guarantee that all those news sites (TheRegister most definitely included) that berated Google glass and called the users glassholes will be jerking themselves into a sticky frenzy describing how wonderful and innovative and world changing it is, because it'll have a little apple logo, even though it'll look like "Lady" Gaga boned a facehugger,

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

james 68

Re: How bright are they?

I cannot speak for the brightness of the 'new' versions, however the old ones were I believe made by Traser? and they were quite bright. Enough so that I could pick out my luggage at a distance on airport conveyors in the seemingly standard dim lighting.

(I used it to mark luggage on many occasions and was never once questioned about it, so I dunno why there are shipping restrictions.)

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james 68

Re: I bought a couple of the originals...

The "ice blue" one I got from the reg many moons ago was bright enough, in fact noticeably so even under dim conditions as opposed to full on dark. I would suggest that perhaps yours had been mishandled in the post and the glass tritium container had cracked.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

james 68

Re: Now, for solar powered everything

Indeed, and the solar panels can charge batteries used to light the adverts at night.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

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Re: Ass-hat

The car safety thing was originally spewed out by the boss of Nokia at the mobile world congress in Barcelona several days ago. As daft as US politicians are (often surpassing the European ones) it cannot be blamed on them, though I do not doubt that they will start using it as an excuse soon enough.

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james 68

Ponce

"Here we’ve got, particularly in Germany, Taliban-like developments. We have the Internet community, the Pirates on the move, it’s all about enforcing perfect uniformity,”

So according to him the internet community and pirates are one in the same? what an arsehole.

As a fan of broad reaching comparisons I am sure he will not mind if I state: Here we have the politicians, cock gobbling child abusing con artists talking shite again, it's all about making money from their corporate cronies.

Because it is obvious that since some politicos have been caught doing those things, that all politicians are therefor tarred with the same brush.

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

james 68

I bought one must be 11 or 12 years ago, when they had metal caps on the ends and weren't covered in that silly writing up the sides.

Worked brilliantly till last Friday when it just stopped glowing altogether, I recon the little glass tritum container inside cracked, however it had received serious abuse over its lifetime so it can be forgiven.

It went through 3 motorcycle crashes and was thrown about numerous times when attached to luggage on foreign flights, as well as all the normal day to day abuse over those years.

Rugged pieces of kit.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

james 68

Re: Now that's what I call a hobby!

Only if you call me Al whilst singing the NUMA NUMA song.

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james 68

Re: What is this "closure" that we here about nowadays

While they do in fact fully understand that their loved one is dead and gone it is comforting to loved ones to know the location so that they can pay their respects close to the remains, even simply knowing the location is often enough.

Honestly this is something I hope you never have to understand, because to understand it you would have to experience it.

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Huawei preps to drop mobile & wearables lovebombs on U.S.

james 68

Re: Chinese Concerns

Just as an example, where are the all American apple products made?

Hint: China

Yes even the few that say "made in America", those only have their final assembly in American plants so they can slap a sticker on it and funnily enough they also phoned home with personal information, as a direct result of decisions made by an American company.

You will be hard pressed to find any American branded technology products that aren't made in China, and any large company in China will have the exact same ties to the government as Huawei, it's the cost of business in China. But for some reason when an American brand name is stuck on the items they are deemed safe.

The bluff and bluster against Huawei is simply an excuse to block out the lowest bidder in infrastructure installations so that American corporations can eat all the cheese.

Technobigotry in it's lowest form.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

james 68

Re: Two words

What trendy fashion whores will go through for the latest 'hot' new thing.

I'll get my coat now.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

james 68

Re: Why the hell...

That's easy to answer.

Its all about the ad placement. With the advent of heads-up displays and the corporate urge to make everything an always connected ad spewing dystopia it is only a matter of time before an ad pops up on your windscreen every 5 miles asking you to subscribe to whatever or pay x amount to remove it for the next 5 miles. This will be billed as a safety feature (seriously) because a) if you don't pay you will crash because you cannot see the road, and b) if you don't pay then it will automatically inform the police that you are driving whilst viewing content on an internet connected device.

Jocular though that scenario is I worry that it is disturbingly close to reality. It started with games and is now creeping steadily into everything else too.

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james 68

The answer is simple - providers should be forced to stop selling bandwidth that they don't actually have.

If say a hospital signs up to a deal for 1 gig broadband, then that's what they should get, instead the telco will give them a congested line with ridiculous contention rates that shares 1 gig bandwidth across 50/100 customers, sure it is "capable" of 1 gig but it will NEVER see that in real life. Instead of admitting that they are oversubscribing their lines they will wail that it's all net neutralitys fault, the FCC is forcing them to slow the packets.

It's all bullshit excuses.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

james 68

Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Those of us who travel a lot tend to fill up that kind of space in no time at all. Think books and movies to keep entertained on long flights, also photos and videos from the destinations, it adds up very quickly and SD cards are the only real solution.

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

james 68

Hmm

Maybe with a nudge and a wink those nefarious superhacking "North Koreans" could be convinced to show us a copy.

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

james 68

Re: Lucifer

lucifer (originally heylel - light bringer, shining one or morning star and a name for the planet venus) is a catch-all term for those who were considered to be particularly close to god, and in fact jesus was specificaly referred to as lucifer at one point in the bible.

satan is called lucifer in modern times because he was originally supposed to be gods right hand man prior to his fall, a story not actually contained within the modern christian bible. satan is never actually referred to as lucifer in the bible and the text which christians point to to say that he was is in reality a sick burn on the old king of babylon.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

james 68

Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

Right, it's not because they're bloody annoying with their false superiority, and grown men dressed like teenage girls with painted on jeans, makeup and costume jewelery? How in the name of all that is holy is that "cool"?

Face it, when 99% of the normal population think that hipsters are twats then there might just be a good reason for it.

Shave the dubiously ironic beard my friend, it's leeching electrons from your brain.

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james 68

Re: I think some of us are taking this way to seriously....

The only reason people will buy this cable:

"I bought this suuuuper expensive cable to stream my audio with when a normal ethernet cable would have done the exact same job for pennies.... isn't that ironic? I am soooo ironic, like the king of irony."

That seems like hipster twattishness to me.

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Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

james 68

Nah, Pinocchio at least wanted to be human.

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

james 68

Elephant in the room.

So the feds say that NK did the hacking to try and stop the release of that movie about their glorious leader (I can't remember it's name and I frankly do not care).

That being the case, why then did they distribute the very movie they were trying to stop all over torrent sites for people see it anyway? Which would presumably lead to their unpleasant executions?

A curious thing for them to do....... or rather it would be a curious thing for them to do if they were actually NKs. Or are the feds perhaps tweaking evidence again à la Iraq war documents?

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

james 68

Re: Obligatory comment...

You may be poking a little bit of fun at Valve but do not be surprised if they do demo halflife3, in the past they have traditionally used each itineration of halflife to showcase their new shiny toys.

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Silicene takes on graphene as next transistor wonder-stuff

james 68

You will be waiting for several years then, as they still have not perfected any means to create graphene in large quantities. At the moment they are only able to create suitable workable amounts for lab tests, industrial scale production is a long way off.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

james 68

You want some real nonsense?

"that is action which will make people poorer, then. In other words the warmists want to take away your money and your standard of living (for your own good, they would say). And standard of living is not just consumer goods, it's health care, it's regular showers and clean clothes, it's space programmes and education for your kids and many many other things that you will have less of in the green future advocated by warmists."

Sooo, NASA is trying to do away with the evil space exploration and education - their very reason for being. That is patently ridiculous.

Oh and calling the people you disagree with derogatory names ("warmists" in this case) makes you look like a 5 year old who is jealous because someone else got a bigger lolly.

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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Second raters

Knew I had seen this before - and in a much better looking form.

Right here.

Time to sit back and wait for the lawsuits to start flying, did anyone bring popcorn?

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Dark matter-hunting boffins spot EXCITING signal in X-ray spectrum

james 68

Re: 95% of the Universe is composed of math particles and hyper dense equations

I have some nice rolls of tinfoil I can sell you cheap.

Perhaps you aren't interested now, but I could write a puff piece and stick it on a tacky website explaining the the wonders of shiny headgear since that seems to be enough to convince you to buy it.

Seriously... Mysterious Dr X?

let me guess, he lives in a mansion and trains mutants to save the world from the evils of science.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Mind....Blown....

Common sense - from a politician no less, I never thought I would live to see this day.

Especially from an US politician, the majority of which seem to have watched "America: World Police" and thought it was a documentary on best political practice.

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

james 68

Tardigrades

We know due to various experiments that a complex lifeform like tardigrades can survive prolonged exposure to space and all that that entails like vacuum, cosmic rays, solar radiation, extreme heat and cold (and my personal opinion is that they could probably survive re-entry also - they are hardy little buggers). I am more than a little surprised that nobody has tested them for re-entry survivability.

Some interesting light reading - http://tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/19/5-reasons-why-the-tardigrade-is-natures-toughest-animal/

Also a little surprised that the LOHAN boffinry hasn't teamed up with a university or school to test near-space experiments in a similar vein.

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