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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

Samsung have various Galaxy Notes now, with 5", 6", 7", 10" and possibly 8" screens. The smallest two being the phones - I can't remember if they have a Note version of their 8" tablet.

My friend has the Note 2 (the measly 5" one), and I must say I like it a lot. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Samsung's take on Android. I need to have a long play with a modern Android tablet, as the only recent 'Droid I've had a lot time with is that Note 2. I'd love to know if stock Android, post version 4, is worth having - for when it comes to replacing my iPad.

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

Tablet weight is very important - that is why the iPad Air is a big improvement. If I remember a Macbook Air is less than 1.1kg and this device is getting up towards that weight.

The weight thing is interesting. I had a tablet PC back in 2008 - old school HP with swivelly keboard. That was too heavy at about 1.2 kg and a 12" screen. But half the price of the slate ones, and still nice to use for reasonable periods. What you couldn't do was plausibly use it as an ebook reader - it was too much after about an hour.

Then I got an iPad. Which was very nice for long periods of use. But the screen is a tiny bit too small, as you do have to zoom quite a few pages (so I'll agree with Samsung on that one). Not a problem I had on my old 12" widescreen HP. That had a stylus too, which I thought was brilliant, but I seem to be in a minority on that opinion.

I'm tempted by the new iPad Air, becuase that weight difference is quite big. But then I could have a 7" 'Droid for £150 - and I'm not really tempted by that, as I think 7" is too small. So I'd perfectly happily keep roughly the same weight as my current iPad 3, for an 11" screen and a stylus. That's quite tempting. But I'm not willing to splash the cash on a new iPad Air, just for the weight reduction.

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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

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Re: At least he admitted he fluffed his lines

He should maybe stick to making movies.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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Re: Africa

You are Thomas Malthus, and I claim my £5.

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I think you'll find that GM food gives off nucular. No further discussion is therefore required!

We don't appear to have the radiation warning symbol, for some foolish reason. So I'll go for the next best thing.

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Tee hee.

I guess it's similar to Murphy's Law of Grammar Nazism. If you post to correct someone's grammar or spelling, it approaches certainty that you will make a grammatical or spelling mistake yourself, in your post.

However, I sit corrected.

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Not that it's important, but nope, it's silver badges for 1,000 upvotes. Bronze for the 100 posts in a year. Gold badges are only awarded to Nobel Laureates.

It's all in the El Reg House Rules, linked to at the top of the comments box.

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If I had $70bn in assets, you can be assured that there would be at least one completely tasteless room, in one of my many homes, where the walls would be made of gold, with a mattress made out of a huge pile of dollar bills, and machines in the roof to pour either money or jewels on my head at the push of a button. And a bath with a champagne tap as well.

On reflection, I'm not sure this post does me any credit whatsoever, and I should probably delete it lest it destroys my political career, or comes back to haunt me when I finally achieve billionairedom...

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It's a bronze badge. 'Awarded' for 100 posts in a calendar year.

The gold badges look yellow to me...

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Re: Africa

I'm not sure his foundation is about starvation. I believe he's been more into medical research and charity than food. Although his foundation does seem to have fingers in many pies, so I'd be entirely unsurprised if it was pro-GM food.

Although his foundation is also a cunning plan to make him the richest man in the world! In that Warren Buffet gave it loads of cash, but Bill's been spending Warren's cash faster than his. Helping to keep him at th top spot...

Buffet wants all his cash spend within 5 years of his death, whereas Gates is more interetested in his being a long term fund that keeps on being used. Different philosophies of giving I guess.

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Why use Bitcoin to play online games?

Surely Bitcoin is already an online trading game - with the added option to make, or lose, reasonable amounts of cash. Hardly seems worth involving Zynga really...

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Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

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It ain't as if it's rocket science or nuffin'?

Why's this so hard?

Simply measure the radio waves the pulsar is emitting and test them. If it's outputting Radio 4, then this is a rational universe, and Einstein was on the money. If' however it's outputting TalkSport - then it's all quantum.

Unless there's a White Van Man theory of cosmology...

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US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

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But France aren't spying on them. America are.

I really wouldn't suggest you put any money on that at all. Although if France are providing 'technical assistance' over the lifetime of the program, that just means they're sharing the intelligence. i.e. France provide the tech and the intel, Abu Dhabi provide the cash.

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Just what they've always wanted! ISS 'naut duo unwrap new space fridge

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Re: New Product

I thought Amonia Flakes sounded more like a breakfast cereal personally...

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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Re: bad side effect of a generally good thing

Ledswinger,

Why is it all the politicians' fault? If local people complain every time that new housing (or anything else) is to be built near them - then it's a bit rich to complain about a lack of available housing. Or the cost of infrastructure projects...

I believe this is also a problem in the whole Silicon Valley and Bay Area, erm, area. Lots of nice 'unspoilt' places where people don't want any more houses built near them, but do want people to work for their companies, and serve them coffee.

It's way too easy to blame all society's ills on politicians. Sure they're far from perfect, but then in many cases we've trained them to be. If you vote out all the politicians who say they want to raise taxes, but keep voting for the ones who say they'll spend more, you end up in debt.

I saw a survey last week. 48% thought that the economy would be doing worse now, had Labour won the last election. 41% thought that if Labour had won, they would personally be doing better. Huh?!?! I guess that means they think that government cuts need to be made, but hopefully someone else will pay for them (or just bung it on credit).

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It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

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Stuff the treaty!

The treaty isn't the reason that they shouldn't be mining diamonds in Antarctic mountains! Neither is the environment! The reason they shouldn't be going there is...

[transmission broken]

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Ai Ai Cthulhu Ph'Tagen...

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[transmission ends]

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Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite

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Re: A sense of proportion.

I'm not part of any elite.

Me, I'm mostly harmless...

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Nasty Flash advert

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Re: Sorry! Won't happen again

Drew,

I've had this same problem ocasionally. It's not really annoyed me much, and I don't mind the odd accidental ad-click - as it makes you guys look good.

However it is a bit cheeky really. On some campaigns you have a background image that fills the two (currently empty) bars, either side of the site. I guess this is one of the reasons you still use fixed-width pages. It often seems to be used to advertise games, so moodily lit sky backgrounds and hairy people with big weapons. [Stop sniggering at the back!]

Anyway, I've not had many problems with it on the desktop. But I often come to this site on my iPad, and it's quite hard to scroll up and down the page, if part of the page is a link. One incautious prod with your finger, and the iPad interprets that as a click, rather than a touch-and-hold to drag the screen. Then whoosh! You find yourself on the ad's website, wondering what happened.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Best phone ever made -- but a bit tricky to surf with.

Depends how big the waves are, and if you've got small enough feet...

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: "strict", "moderate" and "light".

I want my internet policy set to strict nanny.

I don't care what people say about my web surfing. Sticks and stones may break my bones. But whips and chains excite me...

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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With this technology, the opportunities are endless.

The problem is they're endless opportunities for smut...

I now have the mental image of someone saying "just swallow!" And Mary Poppins comes into shot, singing, 'a Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down'.

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Re: "We're going to inject you will bull semen Mr Smith"

Yes of course I'm a doctor! Now take your clothes off.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: A simple suggestion

Ragarath,

In comparison no. Damage costs bugger all. The manpower and road disruption required to replace all copper with fibre over the whole country would be horrific. Why do you think the water companies haven't replaced all those leaky mains yet? It's not just the man-hours, it's all the disruption to roads as well.

There are parts of London where so much has been built, bombed, demolished, rebuilt or just plain moved - that before you can think about replacing infrastructure, you have to find the bloody stuff. I did a job a few years ago, where they couldn't find a 2m diameter sewer. They knew it was around somewhere, but were unable to make a new connection to it, because it was hiding...

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

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Have they cleared the space suits to work, after nearly drowning that Italian guy? Or will it only be Russians allowed to go for walkies?

It's either that, or look in the Yellow Dwarf Pages for a plumber... But I hear the call-out fees are horrific.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Re: That Vegetation Model

Good point that man! Especially as the press release then goes on to talk about taking tree ring samples, in order to check the models.

[insert your own joke here about sampling Treebeard's ring - Ed]

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Microsoft Dynamics advert

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Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert

That's not quite true. Flashblock also dealt with the problem, as it was the Flash ads that were the CPU hogs. Thanks to the mighty O2 and their crapness (or the crapness of their ad agency / or both).

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Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert

That's better than nothing, but it's not good enough.

Auto-starting videos with sound is simply unacceptable.

Take this situation, I'm browsing at work, phone rings as I'm moving mouse around page, I pick up phone, a few seconds later in comes the music. Over my nice speakers, and into my nice phone. Not so great for the professional image we're trying to project is it? As well as being bloody annoying!

Your site is aimed at people browsing at work. I would strongly suspect that the majority of your comments are posted in working hours. Some people have their speakers turned on, on the work PC. The problem isn't noise in the office, the problem is that happening when I'm dealing with a customer. For other people, it's both.

If an advert wants to run audio, then it must only launch after a button has been pressed to start it. And accept the fact that almost no-one will click on it. If they don't like that, then tough shit. The alternative is Adblock. There are no other options.

Also, there needs to be a 'stop' button as well, which apparently there isn't. Which is pure stupidity, to add to the arrogance and obnoxiousness of using auto-play.

This is a site with a techy (and often grumpy) userbase. Who are easily capable of blocking adversts. I would be utterly amazed if you can find any of them who are willing to put up with autoplay sound. Not on videos related to the articles, and definitely not on adverts. Just because the mouse has hovered over an advert, that does not mean that this advert is receiveing active attention. Which means they shouldn't expand and zoom all over the screen, just because your mouse clipped the corner on the way past. And they definitely, should not play audio!

Make ads this obnoxious, and everyone will opt out of ads, which is now very easy.

Don't do this. It's unpleasant and annoying. But it's also stupid for a company reliant on advertising income, which has a user base who can block all adverts with 2 or 3 button clicks.

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Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert

Tee hee. Surely £10 isn't enough though? I'm sure there are many people who would be delighted to pay more than that...

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Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert

Drew,

I know you have to run ads. No problem there. And I know you have to take them from networks, as well as I believe selling some directly yourselves.

But it's clear that the networks can't be trusted. They don't suffer the reputational damage from shit adverts that you do, as all the networks are problematic. Admittedly some more than others... But it's you that your users get grumpy with, and yourusers have the ability to apply Adblock. And many have a low grumpiness threshold.

I suggest you implement a 'report advert' button on your site. You might well call it 'problems with this advert', to be less negative. Then you might be able to deal with crap ones more quickly and easily. You might not need to have this for ads that you've tested yourselves - but it shows willing.

Then you could have a nice page that says, this ad was provided by such-and-such a network, and we're sorry they've buggered up our site. Thanks for reporting it, we're just despatching the advertising complaints team with the baseball bats with nails in now...

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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

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Don Jefe,

Documents handed over as part of the discovery process in a trial are normally not supposed to be revealed. Often the legal firm aren't even allowed to show them to their own clients, let alone random journalists. That's part of the deal that allows you to be allowed to peek through people's internal emails and design and pricing documents.

Whether Snapchat have then broken the rules and made them fair-game for publishing is beyond my legal knowledge. I'd be surprised if that's the case though, as I'd have thought that would be one for the judge to have to rule on.

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Re: Money money money ( Abba in the background)

It's in the article. His legal team released stuff from the info given to them as part of the disclosure process of the trial. Normally this is a big no-no. I believe Samsung's lawyers are under investigation in one of their various fights with Apple, because someone on the legal team is alleged to have given some info to someone on the board of Samsung - and that info was for outside lawyers only, and not even to be passed to Samsung's counsel, let alone their executive staff.

The judge will have set the specific rules for the case. Breaking those is therefore directly pissing off the judge, and therefore a really stupid thing to do. Although the lawyers are claiming that Snapchat said nasty things about their client to the press, and therefore made certain documents public property by doing so. That sounds like bollocks to me, the sort of barrack room lawyer stuff you get in comment threads online, but then I'm not a lawyer either, so I've no idea how the rules work.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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The NSA spies also infiltrated EVE Online. But they all left several days later, crying...

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EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

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The problem with legal opinions

The problem is that you can usually get a lawyer to dig up some justification for whatever position you wish to take. So you pay the right lawyer, and you get the legal opinion you want. Of course that doesn't cover you for going to court, so you're best to pay for a good leval opinion, or it could cost you...

But before legislation is passed there's no court to take anything to. So you can get legals to opine as much as you want.

This fun and games is added to by the various competing structures that make up the EU. Which often have different aims, and therefore incentive to come up with different legal opinions. I don't think there's any central mechanism to come up with one decisive one that can apply to everyone. At least before legislation is passsed, and therefore before it hits the European Court of Justice.

Hence we have the odd situation at the moment, where the European Commission says that the proposed Financial Transactions Tax (Tobin Tax) is legal, but the Council of Ministers' legal opinion currently is that it breaches the treaties on enhanced cooperation by affecting countries that didn't sign up. They also quote the norms of international tax law, which is even more fun as there's no court to sit in judgement on that, so I guess you can stick to whatever legal opinion you like - and it can never lose.

I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but I'd love to get a grant to study how many lawyers can be impaled dance on the end of a red hot, razor-sharp spike.

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Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

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Re: A Canteen?

I should hope it contains more than one.

No. That's how they save on the costs of gym equipment. Going to get lunch (and then back to your desk) should burn more calories than you actually receive from consuming the food...

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Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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Wrong logo

If they can reach anywhere, their logo shouldn't be an octopus, it should be Mr Tickle.

My favourite Mister Man, due to the fact that in the book he wakes up, and immediately after yawning and stretching a bit, he reaches his enormous arm to the kitchen cupboard, and gets biscuits to eat in bed. This was the best thing imaginable when I was 4. I guess now that I'm an adult, I could just take the biscuit tin to bed with me - but for some strange reason I never do. Even though there's a teasmade on my bedside table, and what could be more perfect than tea and biccies?

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NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

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Re: Bah!

Ah yes. Fab. That was it, thanks. They weren't particularly fab in my opinion, more tasteless. But they were rocket shpaed, and surely that's all that matters.

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Re: Bah!

I thought the zoom had the layer of yoghurt-y stuff on the outside, with the hundreds-and-thousands. Must have been a different rocket shaped one.

Or possibly proof that they were just figments of our collective imaginations...

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Re: Bah!

Bah! Yourself. Mr Softee "Zoom" ice lollies are also fakes, created using suggestion and LSD in the water supply. Who'd ever be stupid enough to fall for the idea that milk and water can be served on a stick...

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Re: Come on Nokia

Nowhere near good enough! I want to take pictures of Jupiter like that, from where I'm standing now. On my phone. I expect perfection, naturally.

I don't see why that's any more ludicrous than the people videoing The Rolling Stones on their phone, from the back of the stadium...

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

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Re: The only real fulfilment is self-fulfilment

There's one massive flaw with that idea.

When you buy your new drone from Amazon, how will they deliver it to you...?

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Re: Beep! 404! Delivery address not found...

Well that blank-smile-of-death Amazon logo on the front reminds me of many robots I've seen which are about to turn rogue and start slaughtering their fleshy overlords. So you could well be right.

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Re: When I "floated" this as a use of technology...

I'd imagine they'd go down the route of equipping their drones with missiles. Then just blast the front door out of the way, and carelessly toss the package in the vague direction of the still smouldering wreckage.

At which point you'd be incentivised to tick the 'please deliver next-door' box...

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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I can't wait for next week's article: "Why you can't satisfy your wife and I can".

I wonder how the CV section of that particular article would read...

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What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

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Re: Excellent timing

You tell her that Greedo bid first...

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Use your nose.

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Fancy Kim Kardashian's ... nose? 3D bio-printing boffin can help

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It's not properly understood, until he can print me a sausage. That contains bits of all conceivable body parts - so should be a challenge for the nice little stem cells.

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

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Re: Browser toolbars?

I cleaned about 10 various toolbars, and a few more 'download helpers' off my sister-in-law's PC last night. When I turned it on, there were 86 processes running, after I'd run Malwarebytes, there were 60 left.

I can't remember the last time I looked at a friend's PC for them and didn't find some toolbar they knew nothing about and never used. Even though most of the time it's just the Google one. The Google Toolbar and Chrome load themselves onto people's computers just like malware. Although at least Chrome has some use - I've no idea what the Google toolbar is for.

Apple stopped bunging Safari out this way, so I guess there's still hope for Google.

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China's Jade Rabbit takes great hop for mankind

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Re: They've sent a Jade Rabbit to the moon?

No. But apparently Mrs Spoon is a right goer!

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Easy to not pay!

I think El Reg's point about that was that every customer of the operators will be paying extra on their contracts - in order for them to claw back some of the cash they're handing over to Apple. So by using a mobile, your price is being affected by Apple because they're driving the costs of all the operators up. Whether that's true or not, who knows.

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'Schrödinger's Comet' ISON LIVES (or DOESN'T) after Thanksgiving solar roast

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I know how to save the Earth

All this money being poured into finding Near Earth Objects, so we know if any are on a collision course can be drastically cut. All we need to do is spot them with at least a month or two to go before they hit.

Then just tell the press that it's going to be the comet of the century, with big light shows in the sky...* Once it's been announced that something will be naked eye visible it is impossible that this can ever happen - the laws of journo-astronomy forbid it. Thus it's impossible for anything to hit the Earth.

* Well OK, tell them to expect pretty lights, and the journalists will write 'comet of the century' headlines whatever you do.

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