* Posts by Betacam

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Re: Windows

"I can't quite make the woman in the lift fit in, though"

How about the poor user trying to deal with the Start Menu.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Shapeshifter

I had several Amiga's ending up with an 030 4000. It's last HD was a 1GB full height IMB and I remember thinking "how will I ever use that much space".

Amiga's could be turned into a Mac too via Shapeshifter which is how I can proudly say I started using Photoshop on an Amiga.

I have always thought that the wealth of books that taught people how to work directly with the hardware made a significant contribution to many peoples careers which is why I think it a shame that this article is so short.

I was never a big gamer but I did spend hours sweating on R-Type and Dragon Breed.

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Four phone hijack bugs revealed in Internet Explorer after Microsoft misses patch deadline

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Joke

“There is not much you can do at the moment, except refrain from using Internet Explorer.”

Oh No!

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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Shooting down drones ?

While I love the idea of being able to take effective pot-shots at drones I draw your attention to this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/03/on_the_matter_of_shooting_down_amazon_delivery_drones_with_shotguns/

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Re: Especially as the amp's main benefit to humans is distortion

@ Ba55me15ter

Exactly - given that valves produce odd harmonic distortion while transistors produce even harmonic distortion. Odd sounds better to our ears. Can't remember why though.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Corrolary..

Karma !

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Does not compute!

"Finnish-American firebrand Torvalds pretty much runs Linux kernel development"

From gmail account? Shirley he must have better options available to him - the odd server available to him somewhere perhaps?

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Great article, pleasure to read

"Great article, pleasure to read" - seconded.

Thanks

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Engineers 3D-print ROBOT SEAHORSE, then SMASH it with rubber mallets

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Re: Just like a Hooder then

Exactly but I got I wrong as Hooders protect against Jain tech. Time to re-read.

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Just like a Hooder then

Just like a Hooder then.

Maybe sea horses are Jain tech?

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Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

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Science vs Movies

How science really works

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3766

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Spiny Norman ?

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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I'm amazed that these old fishy sounding jokes are not right at the top.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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I have BT FTTC 80meg. I get around 76. To get this I had to complain a lot.

Assuming one is not on a flakey pair of ports there are still up to 5 copper cable connections between the cabinet and the house.

In my case I kept getting Open Reach out until we had replaced a couple of cables and also fixed connection issues.

To be fair Open Reach engineers where quite helpful although engineer B never had a record of work done by engineer A etc.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

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Re: good work

Excellent book too. Captures the spirit.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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"with feeds fed to a multi-track recorder,"

Multi-tracks where huge in the 60s - in fact they where mostly huge in the 70's and 80's too.

I suppose they could have used a lot of Nagra's (small 2 track reel to reels) but even then it seems like a lot of (easily exposed) effort to get some snippets of "intelligence" that might be more easily gained in other places.

"Noise cancelling" mics, as we now experience them, did not exist except in the form of rather long directional rifle mics and these did not really do noise cancelling.

Battery tech was very basic (from experience of using Nagras on 70's film sets you would be lucky to get 45 minutes even if you ran the tape slowly) so this would all have needed power from the aircraft?

Even if you assume that the intelligence people had access to technology 10 years in front of anything else and made by some "Q" department this still seems far fetched.

The only way I can see this working with 60's tech is if it was built in to the aircraft and then kept secret until now.

I think this is BS.

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Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

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Re: Trading or raiding?

What did Ireland have that Cornwall wanted?

Tax concessions !

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BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

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Superb

And in the correct timeslot too.

Thanks

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

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Re: "We are learning that chaos may be a common trait of binary systems,"

The 3 body problem is why physicists rarely indulge in threesomes.

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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They have been making overly optimistic statements about "when" since they started

They have been making overly optimistic statements about "when" since they started.

Not sure I would want to trust my life to anything made by a Virgin company, especially as this one looks under resourced and not able to identify serious issues before they take lives.

I accept that, in the end, you have to actually fly the thing but wonder why it was possible to deploy the feathering tail at a point in the flight cycle where it could be catastrophic.

Personally I would have more faith in a scaled up Lohan vessel. At least we know they test properly.

Also - This vehicle does not get anywhere near "space" - not sure it can even achieve low earth orbit.

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

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Yes but at least the author did at least try to give all us non-techies an idea of what 32Mb can hold so there's that.

Seriously - for this publication?

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Stay Away

I thought we got told sometime in 2001 to stay away from Europa?

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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Perhaps

The next logical step after any mass uptake of DCs might be to also implement a system of controlling all cars in a given zone by some third entity - sold as a logical safety measure providing many benefits AKA complete control of all traffic by the state.

It would probably not need more than another dish on all those nice towers and a concerted effort to make the tech work / legislation to oblige manufacturers to include.

Whenever I think about DCs they are always linked in my head to all the mad stuff that takes place in the DCs in novels by Banks, Asher, Gibson so maybe exciting times ahead then.

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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Re: And i thought it was news

Yes but you can no longer write your name in the snow.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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What did Google expect?

What did Google expect - have they met "the internet"?

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Hovercraft

We have eels but no hovercraft ?

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: 1983 synthesisers!

Yes I quite agree - later, replacing lovely Studer 2 tracks with PCM Digital recording onto Sony F1's did more "damage".

We still tried to mix down to 1/2" tape running at 30ips but producers being what they are mostly all wanted PCM.

Back then sample rates where still slow enough for significant artefacts to be created - also most remaining distortion was even harmonic so sounded harsher. (Odd harmonic distortion sounds better)

I also remember the first digital multi-track I saw (3M) and fast asleep on a sofa beside it was its tethered maintenance engineer.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Re: I love the irony...

These days almost everything here is in the cloud cat. This article actually fits - most do not.

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Small WordPress sites leaking like sieves

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WordPress:

A framework of security issues with a blog plugin.

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Why have a PIR?

Why does it need a PIR - why not trigger the bell when someone pushes a bell button?

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Microsoft Azure – or how to make the public cloud work for you

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Excellent Article

Excellent Article - Thanks - Covered much of the ground I am moving towards.

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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Picture Grr!

Some of the article images are quite good but this . . .

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Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365

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Re: Too much Azure?

Re: how long before MS becomes shirt sponsor at Chelsea"

Sadly I can easily see MS as being Chelsea fans.

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Boffins' ball barrage bombardment biffs bumbling bimble biped-bot

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Not Nerds

They can actually throw a ball so obviously they cannot be nerds.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: No GUI?

Shimdows ?

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Yes But, No But

Re PS is it me or has the Phantom Down Voter for no apparent reason reappeared?

Hmm .. Maybe - many of my old posts recently gained down votes in a 30 minute period and continuing . I thought it was because I had upset an "Eadonist" but maybe not . . .

Lets see if this gets a down-vote (Doh!)

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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If

If we had a method of voting such as Estonia has then why only use it for general elections?

It would be good for referendums too and, more granularly, to vote on important issues and policies.

We would all have a say in what policies and laws we live under.

Policy driven by public opinion! Oh wait . . .

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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"Less functions then a 1980s calculator."

So - will dead ones still get into Silicon Heaven?

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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Cloud Category?

Just wondering why so many articles now seem to be in the Cloud category?

Is this one not more Hardware related?

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Yahoo! Mail! goes! titsup! in! Blighty! due! to! mystery! error!

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What he said plus. does the article author actually think that any Reg reader would own up to using a Yahoo email account?

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Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami

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Talk Talk

More like mumble mumble.

Bet they just get a tiny fine.

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Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

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So . .

Strontium Cogs

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: @Betacam

Indeed!

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Sigh! I am not trolling it's just that these sorts of comments are so tedious. "My OS is better than yours - my pooh never smells etc etc".

All systems have vulnerabilities. Even Unix.

My hosting company patched our servers today as would any responsible web host.

Problem identified - problem solved so what's the problem?

BTW: Why is it at all funny that a server gets attacked - it costs money and sometimes jobs?

Was Eadon perhaps part of the kernel and contagious ?

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

Just being able to get back the 9 engines and service them for reuse (like the Shuttles engines) would provide a massive cost saving.

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Re: Meh

Who is this person called "Fuck"? I have never met him but I hear he knows a lot.

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NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

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Photoshop on the headset is "not good"

Speaking as someone who quite likes the new images, some of which are excellent, I have to say that the Photoshop on the headset is "not good".

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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What multiple restarts? I have just done a win7 and a win8.1 machine with no restarts.

Only time I remember a restart during a patch (2 days after Tuesday) recently was for a new IE.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: So.....

"For everything we fail to deliver on, each person that voted for us can punch (them) in the face."

This strategy would also create many jobs to service support the thousand mile long queues.

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

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Re: Dear El Reg...

Or El Reg could use Flash . . which is used on this site anyway.

BTW: I too think anim-gifs are awfully annoying.

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