* Posts by Steve 114

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

Steve 114

Re: I'm still puzzling...

Can you remind us how? (especially if it closes up the wasted space). I'd like to do the same on the new-fangled 'BBC News' home page.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next

Maplin's the only place I can go within driving/parking distance to get stuff now. Nice people there, but too much in the basement so mail-order is almost as fast (and is efficient). C'mon. what's the answer? RS seems to do OK, but is there a retail option?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Bing thing?

If the IE replacement is even more deeply integrated, will I ever be able to search my hard drive from Windows 10 without triggering 'Bing'?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Why bother?

That's the reason to vote UKIP. No danger they'll form a government, fat chance they'll even influence the horsetrading, but it might just make the careerist Politicos sit up and realise the public has non-PC opinions. Probably already has.

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Trollface

Re: Apathy

"Whoever you vote for, the Government always gets in." (Maybe not this time, baby).

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

A grandfather-in-law (do-what?) was a young technician there, and once stole Marconi's sandwiches. Apparently Marconi was a difficult man to work for, but whether that was before or after he'd had his sandwiches stolen we are not told. PS: If the Italians weren't interested, why did Marconi spend so long on RM Carlo Alberto running experiments as a personal guest of the Italian King?

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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WTF?

Copyrights?

Have the BBC, in gleefuly giving away my reluctantly paid licence money, considered Googling 'Micro Bit' to see if anyone else might have an interest in the name? Is this another METRO/TIFCAM in the making?

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

Steve 114

Of the 12 working, fast, computers in my house, two run 8.1 and one 7. The rest are XP, are not ideal for upgrade and won't be scrapped. For doing content creation, XP is actually preferred because the (many) bugs are well understood, it's fastest, and it doesn't tend to lock you out of your own stuff. All of them dual-boot Linux 'just in case' but that's a bridge too far if you want to do something quick and familiar. 10 looks good (if they can stop 'Bing' auto-searches) but evidently only three of ours will get it. So those will be the 3:9 proportions we contribute.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!

In fairness to Maplin, unlike Tandy UK their young nerds do know their stuff. I don't need their cheerfully-proffered advice, but I hear them talking to know-nothings and it's kindly and informed. Plus they have a lot of non-displayed stuff in the basement if you ask, and can post next-day if not and if it's in their giant catalogue. Tandy started as a leather works (yes, really) and had a good run. Not their fault that components are now too tiny to solder.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Re: Well I think it's good

Wife and I did reciprocal LPAs, just in case. It's quite difficult (and expensive) however you do it. Problem is that the people who most need to do it are the least likely to be able to do it

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Steve 114
Headmaster

Basics

At prep school, we persuaded our fathers to smoke cigars, because the flat cedar boxes could be converted to handhelds - containing key, switch, buzzer, bulb (and a few rare stamps). By public school, transistors had been invented (OC72?) and a 2-transistor radio could rebroadcast 'Lux' (by coilwire aligned down the floorboard cracks of the dormitory) to any of the 40 beds who could afford my bootleg headphone-hire. No pay? We streamed the Third Programme instead. That's education.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/

Thank you - I've changed the link from my icon. Could you post a notice there if ever the frontpage nonsense is sorted out, so that we can move back?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Steve 114
Meh

Scrolling

Still too much scrolling on these modern laptops where you are looking through a letterbox. White space may be stylish, but it conveys nothing.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Steve 114

A 'Venus' pencil, muzzle-loaded over a .303 blank, worked well, the white plastic end acting as compressible wadding. Penetrated 4 inches into a Somerset tree at 20 yards.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Actually a good idea

I've let mine run for a bit, because the quid pro quo is you get to use a wide range of BT-enabled hotspots free, including some associates abroad.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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Pint

Sandwiches

Or even some other layering process followed by pressure consolidation. Beer for Mr Occam while he shaves.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Happy

Hopefully hopping

Are they saying it will do The Hobbit? Never cracked Torremolinos either. But what would have me and the wife pay up (in old age) is another crack at Hareraiser. The Speccy still works, but the tape players won't load.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Facepalm

Comparisons

In many years of EU joint technical work, I have never had an argument with a German colleague, and never won an argument with a French colleague. One of the reasons I don't think 'ever-closer union' will ever be right for Britain.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Facepalm

Normal

They probably know exactly who they want, but have to put him/her on hold while they go through advertising nonsense.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also

She'll listen, but not understand beyond the next 'send this kitten joke to all your friends'. Install TeamViewer with a permanent password and do her the favour of cleaning things up occasionally

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Steve 114
WTF?

Beware

Last Preview was interesting on a spare hard disk (could be good?). Cautiously used the wife's Microsoft e-mail ID while installing it, and was surprised when it not only showed her private screensaver unbidden, but that her own laptop's Win 8.1.1 OEM product key was declared on her next boot to be in use elsewhere! Remedied by first changing my spare to the Preview product key (which it hadn't asked for), then going through the phone rigmarole to revalidate the wife's laptop key.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Steve 114

Easy

Maybe you can just unplug the power when you don't need it. I'd worry more about Amazon patenting some feature of a bleeding obvious gadget.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Facepalm

Consistency

Any memorials there to Tchaikovsky, then?

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Not Bad

Win10 preview is on my older laptop now, and (perish the thought!) is not bad at all. Partly because it seems to have imported from some 'Cloud' all my XP-like customisations of Win8.1.1, including unasked even my screensave private pic. That makes it nice to use, but impossible to test on behalf of newbies because I can't see what they'd be confronted with after a fresh install

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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FAIL

XP dark matter

All 'friends and relations' I maintain are using XP (except one Vista accident) and none has plans to upgrade a computer that does everything they want. My experiments with Win10 Tech Preview on an older machine won't even boot from DVD (error 'code 5') - still trying. Linux Mint is a bridge too far for their software collection, so they'll just be on risk with XP until the hardware dies.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

Steve 114
IT Angle

Re: @RU37

You chucked the Czech chick, Chuck: may we check whether she checked-out with a cheque?

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

Steve 114

Re: countless?

Agreed. Not obvious either that Enigma etc. intel. was much affecting the Russian steamroller which would have crushed Berlin willy-nilly. Certainly saved lives in the Atlantic and many other theatres, but the war couldn't have run for two years more.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Steve 114

Re: Refreshing?

And a fortnight before the quarter-day when rents are due is handy to get the shops cleaned out. If they hadn't fully stuffed the brand, someone could buy it from the Administrators, run a no-overhead 'comparison' website and take slim commissions off everyone. Wanna bet?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Happy

Good thing too

Brussels is planning to use them for road-pricing. On every road. Oh yes they are.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

Steve 114
IT Angle

Just Why?

What is it about UK/English public projects that are bleeding obvious and 'just have to be done' - border records, offender management, NHS records, universal credit... that makes them such disaster zones. No, seriously, what would systems experts actually recommend to get these kind of things done properly?

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Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

Steve 114

Re: It was inevitable when you really think about it.

And who would have guessed that old Mr. Lloyd's coffee house could have become a global centre for insurance? (Much the same result for the 'Names' there, though).

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

Steve 114
Headmaster

I insist on calling it "hatch". That's because printers used to use whole blocks of them to do cross-hatching. 'Hash' makes no sense and is annoying.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

Steve 114

Re: OMG Mirrors!

Until 1855, every newspaper sold had to have a government stamp attached. Copies didn't go unnoticed. (Within my lifetime, there was a stamp on every new pack of playing cards).

And FWIW, Sumption probably noticed an ambiguity that needed resolving.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

Steve 114

Re: On the horns of a dilemma

If you apply the POS regedit, you cannot then easily reverse it later (Regedit won't). So, back up registry, or use non-Windows registry editor like PCRegedit.iso

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Steve 114
Happy

Changed Days

My GGGF wintered twice in 'Saint Francisco', difficult mooring but they were generously entertained by the Spanish monks who were the only residents. Being a good Brit horseman, despite his RN avocation, he taught the monks how to hunt. 'Indians' often escaped from compulsory bible classes, and had to be humanely caught before their tribes exterminated them as tainted. Things sound different thereabouts nowadays?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Steve 114
FAIL

'Lost'

I did Imperial at school, and it wasn't easy but at least it's divisible and visualisable. My children did Metric, and now have No Idea. They simply don't know how to 'measure' things, or put up shelves, or hang pictures centrally. Total fail of central governance (and me too, I sometimes think, while sorting it out for them with twin-scale rulers).

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Google sticks its servers behind genomics alliance

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Wedded to 23andMe?

Note the Google-guy's (current?) wife, who runs the rather interesting and neatly-UI'd DNA testing website named above. Which the US's 'FDA' has lately forbidden to publish new, if soft, health information. The FDA should get their waggons in a circle, as Google is darkening the hilltops with Tribes from all over, and arrows may begin to fly.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

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T&C

A close reading of the small print suggests it's just a ruse to get new consent for them to read your e-mails so that abuses can be identified.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

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FAIL

Crossborder Sting

Have you seen how much they add on-line to post their spit-kit out of the USA? (even just over the border to Canada)? That's silly, because to get plentiful comparative results from Eeur-op, where most USians' ancestors came from, they'd really have to tempt us. Meanwhile, 'FTDNA' still looks the pro alternative.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

Steve 114
Holmes

Fallacy?

The 'speed of light' is a distraction. Light is instant (in the frame of reference of the photon doing it). Anyone else watching has to consider a universal constant called 'c'. You can't do without 'c' for spacetime, just as you can't do without 'pi' for circles. If you think something has travelled 'faster than light' you have simply misunderstood the problem. Go square a circle.

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

Steve 114

Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency

Our 'shit area' in this house is chock-full of anthologies. Does that help, or have I misunderstood?

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

Steve 114

Re: My god

Even there, there's a formal 'Trading Standards' difference between a traditional 'brim glass' and a modern one with a level-mark.

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What made us human? Being ARMED with lethal ranged weapons

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Re: Nice troll

Seems a fair bet that all Homo Sapiens preserve genocidal instincts. Saying it shouldn't be so doesn't make it not so. Beware any groups who do not look and think like you (or even wear different football scarves). And do not eat their babies.

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Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

Steve 114
Devil

Utah JuJu

Why do I find family research from this source doubtful? Are they trying to baptise all those dead grannies?

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Re: Elmer Phud

Even a pedestrian on a mobile will blunder into you. Simple reason is his 'mind is elsewhere'. As for why they need to 'walk up and down' while ranting - well, don't try that when driving either.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

Steve 114
WTF?

Maps must be fun

As an 'elderly, confused', I got an Android phone. Liked it a lot, rooted it same afternoon. But it seems the only way I can get the sainted 'Google' Maps' integrated is by getting some kind of Google ID, so that they can track me - no thanks! (Meanwhile some other mapping system downloads useful slabs all over Europe). And my various TomToms in several cars almost never mislead. But my son can't upgrade his I-Thing because 'the maps don't work'. Whatever is going wrong?

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

Steve 114
Happy

Re: this reminds me of two things

...'they still experience (relative) immorality' - incest Down Below?

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Micro Anvika goes titsup after Olympics fails to save its shops

Steve 114
FAIL

2-bit store

Stopped going to TCR when Proops left. They sold me two 1-bit ferrite memories in perspex, which made natty cufflinks. If you have them, they're mine - stolen in Amsterdam.

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Re: 10x optical zoom?

And for stereo with any zoom, you'd need the optics further apart. At least as far as your own eyes! And further still for a touch of the 'hyperstereo' which is such fun on landscapes with any still camera.

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