* Posts by Thecowking

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Re: Crowley's Bentley

Good Omens reference, but at least it's not Dick Turpin.

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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Re: Sounds like fun

America's Army gets its own knock off, nice.

11 years later, but still, it's definitely flattering.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

Here in Cambridge, I don't see any.

Though I still see a fair number of old Blackberries around too. In the pubs it's all android here, the odd iphone. Reverse that for the coffee shops and locations closer to the uni.

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Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

It seems people have issues with sarcasm on the internet.

I even typed the wrinkle in the paper above the m.

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Yet to see one in the wild

I work with phones, I habitually check what phone people are using when I see one and I've yet to see a windows phone in the wild.

So if people are buying them, they're not using them in public as far as I can see.

Anecdotal evidence is still evidence, it even says it right in the name.

Mind you, if they're as hard to get as a Surface RT with the uni deal (still no sign of it, started the process as soon a I saw it was announed), I'm not surprised.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: Well I want one, but am I a small and unusual?

I stream video over 3g nearly every day (Well HSDPA or whatever the random abbreviation is).

I don't have any problems with it.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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I've been using Ubuntu Touch on and off since it announced

And, I just can't love it.

It's got naff gestures, a lack of buttons (it's a lot like Meego in that respect, if you liked meego, you'll love Ubuntu touch. If like me you hated meego, ubuntu touch is painful.)

I really, really want a proper Linux phone, and if I could get one with a better interface and less of the Unity, I'd be all over it..

I would point out though that anyone giving it a try now really should be aware of the limitations that it has as a work in progress. On a Nexus 7, for example - it's one of their reference devices, a lot of remarkably basic things don't work, like landscape orientation.

I want to love it, I keep going back, but the basic design just keeps putting me off. I hope they have an awesomely good product to bring to market, but at the moment, the implementation is leaving me cold.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Re: Cameron's looking pretty stupid on this one. But he wants all Britains to feel like this->

Britons, surely?

That aside I agree with your argument, opt in is the only sensible route.

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

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Astronomers are physicists.

And we're more awesome than the other types of physicist, the only reason you can be in a room with an Astronomer and not instantly worship them is that our awesomeness is _very far away_.

Think about it; "Oh I discovered a new kind of sub atomic particle that exists for a zillionth of a second." "Really? I watched the birth of a galactic civilisation and the death of another in a fiery nova. Also there were lasers."

Astronomer wins.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Re: I had Sky Go once...

If you use something like Super SU, you can tick a box to "temporarily unroot" your device.

I do it all the time when I want to watch Flixster or the like on my Nexus 7. It's a bit of a bugger, but it works.

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Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

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That is what they based the name on, according to various blog posts from them.

For my money it sounds like a Scouser's little brother. Our Kid.

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

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Re: It's not easy, being green

The Feedly widget currently only points to a web page saying that they'll have a new widget on the 10th of July for me.

I couldn't find a setting to make it actually work as a widget like it used to (though it was bloody useless indeed)

I'll give gReader another look, it was based on the Google backend last time I looked, if it's running off the Feedly backend now, it might be worth it, thanks :)

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Re: Feel sorry for the saps

Does opera sync across multiple mobile/desktop devices?

Because if it does, I'm willing to give it a go.

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It's not easy, being green

Feedly has, at the moment, no Android widget. Which is what I'll be missing most from Reader. I had the same widget on my phone homescreen and my tablet homescreen so I could scan and choose the stories I wanted to read without diving into the app. Feedly, apparently, will be popping out a new widget on the 10th, I only hope it's better than their last widget.

I might give some of the newer ones a try, many didn't exist when the cull was announced but feedly is an OK, if not perfect replacement at the moment. Tomorrow will be the real test, when I can't see what's in my feeds without opening the feedly app.

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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

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Re: Margin might be thin

Surely Japanese paper houses are rife with ninja?

I'd take that security.

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Myanmar picks for telecoms jackpot stoke controversy

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Re: Never heard of the place!

Indeed, I can't see it on my map.

I think it neighbours Elbonia.

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

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Eadon got modded

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/34672/

As you can see, his post history is now a lot less ranty.

I think I prefer it.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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It's worse than that, have you seen what happens when somone plants it in a garden?

Nuking from orbit is really the only way to be sure. Sadly my landlord frowns on me deploying warheads in the garden so it's just a constant struggle.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Re: not many use cases so far...

You just made me check if I could control Spotify from it and apparently I can.

If the 2nd gen watches go cheap, I'll definitely pick one up, make cycling to work and listening to music just a little easier :)

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Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'

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Number 4

Which are you counting as the fourth major party?

Do UKIP count as major now?

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Moses tablets ease Noah's flood headaches

Thecowking

Re: NOAH then MOSES .....

Joint Evacuation and Survival Unsinkable Submersible

for some kind of rescue sub with... aerated crash foam which fills compartments in the event of a hull rupture or something and keeps the blighter floating?

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

"Where did you get the idea that it's made from soya and lentils?"

Probably from the name, Soy(a)Lent(il).

(Yes, yes, I know about soylent green, I'm just suggesting a mechanism for thinking it's made from soya and lentils, as far as I'm concerned it looks like it's made from concentrated boredom and evil.)

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Re: Pink wafer biscuits = Soylent Pink

Dead fly biscuits count as one of your five a day.

Jaffa cakes are 2 because they contain both orangy bits AND chocolate, which is made from a bean.

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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

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Re: errrm .....

My dear boy, Steve Bong! is one of Britain's leading digital lights! To suggest otherwise is simply offensive.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: Useless Move

They only get striped if they've been spotted.

The whole business has a chequered past.

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Mooreslaw: Chopping up chips for the future

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It's still findable

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/3315/PC-Business-World-16-April-1991/

Correct publication?

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

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Re: Life or Death?

Not safe, decidedly unsafe.

Remember, an image of an angel becomes an angel. For a given episode.

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Re:That Warning about peanuts in peanuts in peanut packets

In all fairness, peanuts aren't nuts.

So they don't contain nuts.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: What did you fry the eggs in?

Conversely, the more basic the pan, the longer it seems to last.

I've got a wok my father brought with him to the UK the best part of 4 decades ago which is still perfect. I need to oil it after I use it, but that's par for the course for caring for metal for me.

Got a cleaver of even more ancient provenance which I don't know how old it is, but the handle is worn nearly smooth and it's bamboo. Oil that after using it too and it's going strong too.

I actively avoid non-stick coatings and the like, I find they wear out in short order and tend to flake. Plain old steel's good enough for me.

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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I did of course mean the closest star that wasn't the sun.

Reaching the Sun in less than a year is definitely possible.

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Nearest star is 4 Ly away, travelling at accelerations humans can stand, years is definitely the minimum. Leaving aside the energy costs, it'd take nearly a year to hit C, so you'd have travelled about .5 LY in the first year.

Lorentz dilation doesn't take it down much in the velocity changing phase given that for a long chunk of speeding up and slowing down you'd be experiencing only minor dilation.

Of course at lightspeed (if such a thing were possible) you wouldn't experience time, but the two subjective years of speeding up and slowing down would be longer than a year my back of the envelope maths tells me.

Of course the bonus about accelerating to lightspeed and then travelling at it is that all journeys would,subjectively, take exactly the same time.

In reality of course the energy requirements get sufficiently onerous as you get faster that constant acceleration is a non-starter.

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Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

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Re: That's a real site?

So you've not actually read the story then?

Ali Baba is not the thief nor even affiliated with them. Opposed would be a more accurate description.

That's like saying that since you associate cops with robbers, calling a site "cops.com" would imply it's run by criminals.

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Re: Seems like...

60 kuai for a meal is definitely achievable, but it's not going to be that nice.

I'll be honest, the food in China wasn't as good as I was expected, I've been spoilt by Malaysia I suppose. I wouldn't even differentiate it bewteen Chinese and western restaurants. Most expensive meal I eve had in China was at the top of the LG twins and it was exclusively Chinese eating there, and proper Beijing foods (still not awesome though).

That was a few hundred quid for four people and it wasn't value for money.

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Re: Seems like...

An engineer in a city would not be earning <£25 a year.

Living in a city in China is not the cheap proposition you might imagine it to be. I spent quite a lot of time in Beijing (admittedly right next to the LG twins, so not the cheapest part of town), and it's more expensive to live there than Manchester I'd say.

If it were farmers out in the sticks, you might have half a point, but the wages for people in the cities are not massively different from people in the west.

Of course if they pushed out 300+ phones at £100ish profit a time, that's £30k, which is walking around money no matter where you live.

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Re: Why don't you...

It was a kid's tv show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Don%27t_You%3F

So not sanctimonious, just a mildly obscure reference designed to amuse those who got it.

I was amused.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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In all fairness though, if you want to do _anything_ you should really know Latin.

I did Astrophysics at uni, but damned if I don't use Latin more in my day to day life*.

*Largely using it as an etymological base for doing the Times 2 Crossword at lunch.

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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Re: @Gwaptiva

moutuus est? But he was in the garden only a moment ago!

Damn it, poor guy.

Also it shouldn't be terram I don't think, now I look at it, as nothing is happening to terra.

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Re: @Gwaptiva

I am not certain that you can actually, since ad means to.

If it were ab (from) you could use the ablative absolute, but hazy memory tells me that that was a two parter too.

I'm not certain that there is a counter part for ad. (Ablative absolute was drummed into me as " by from with in", happy days. Caecillus is in the garden you say? Sitting?)

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

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Re: Really?

ctrl+shift+y on Linux.

Yes, it's annoying as hell.

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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Re: Can they tailor this to other wave lengths?

Beta and protons are stopped by hulls on spacecraft, that's not a (pressingly major) issue. Gamma and X-ray are the ones I'm thinking of and I was wondering if they could apply the same principle to say, oh I don't know, a layer of material of the right shape grown on the surface of the hull providing a small, light, effective means of shielding.

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Can they tailor this to other wave lengths?

For example, oh I don't know, damaging solar radation such as might be experienced by space craft?

Because that would be really quite useful.

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Bill Gates offers big bucks for better condoms

Thecowking

Re: Philanthropy?

It's about diseases, including HIV.

Hope that clears it up for you.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics.

I can't stand the guy, but he does know what he's talking about when it comes to space and the universe. He explains things well for those who have not spent most of their adult life studying astrophysics (I'm told).

And Stephen Fry was Jeeves, who as we know, knew everything.

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Boffin road trip! The Reg presents Geek's Guide to Britain

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Love JB

Spent many a hapy day there as a child and later as an astrophysics student.

The Lovell is awesome, if you can see it being repositioned, it's worth the trip alone. I did hear from people who did actual research there that you can walk under the "new" surface and along the old one under it.

Never done it, but if you guys can pull some press weight and get pictures...

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

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Re: Oh right, it's an RSS reader

Because it syncs across your devices, is minimal as can be and actually works really well.

I've spent some time trying out the alternatives yesterday but so far everything seems to think that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to a mobile phone screen, I'd rather have a scrolling list of headlines.

Feedly, I'm looking at you, that widget is awful.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Anything that means cheaper venison

Is good news in my eyes. I love venison.

More Bambi burgers for me ta!

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Re: Once again

In the Co-op by Cambridge train station, there is an Amazon locker.

I get everything Primed to the office, but it's nice to know it's there if I needed it.

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Hey, media barons: The noughties called, they want their mobile tech back

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Re: grateful for small mercies

Beijing, 2007, the metro there had a series of screens on the walls of the tunnel which displayed animated advertisments through the windows of the trains.

I quite liked them, from a technical viewpoint, because they matched the image changing to the speed of the train, it was very clever stuff.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your PC and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?

Why don't you!

Ahh, that was a great show.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Love Swiftkey

It was the very first app I ever bought on Android and I use it every day.

It's extremely good, though mildly prudish and after two years or so of using it, I can't go back.

Just installed the upgrade and it's uncanny.

I'll stop gushing now.

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