* Posts by TheRealRoland

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Paris Hilton

Clevew twap?

Probably falling into a cleverly disguised trap here. Tolkein?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Shortest clickpath to get to your 'My Comments' page?

What's the fastest way (other than bookmarking it) to get to the 'my comments' page? And is it in the plans to get the comments button back on the mobile pages?

Roland

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I like the font-size doodad when i use my Note2 -- font size all the way down (small) - lots of articles in a relatively small space, much better than google news' waste of space.

(can't seem to get my news page in the 'old style' - started happening only a week or two ago)

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Joke

That's it!

A bit of comic relief thrown in for free.

"Daddy, I do not want a boat like this."

or

"Hey, Daddy, *I* want an Oompa Loompa! I want you to get me an Oompa Loompa right away"

or, for the younger generation:

"But I don't want any old squirrel! I want a *trained* squirrel!"

(and no, i won't get my coat. I like it here, thanks very much)

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Made me giggle, all this (pretend?) outrage

Meta question: what is it that you're looking for when visiting this site?

News, or nicely-laid-out news items in a soothing, aesthetically-pleasing way, while using a colour-palette that surely won't offend any of the readers.

This is all stuff that can change, and can be changed again over time.

Focus on the message, not how the message looks from a visual point of view?

You want the snark? Stay here. You want the glitzy super duper agile-developed responsive-designed website? Go to Ars Technica or somewhere else.

>what about a beta site

"Do, or do not. There is no try"

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I'm OK

At least the newest stories are at the top, or close to the top. And stuff is being worked on. And I don't know how big El Reg's development team is, but in general, site-wide changes should not happen overnight / be rushed into production anyways.

Dunno if you have insight in the financials of The Register, but i think it's fair to say there's not a team of 10 developers working feverishly on things to meet deadlines.

When comparing the site (for instance, looking on Ars Technica), sometimes new articles are displayed either as a narrow banner at the top of the page, or sometimes as a one-column item in one of the columns. Very confusing when having just read that article on their mobile site (simply the newest article at the top). The Register does not have that problem.

What really surprises me in these comments is the amount of implied violence when 'stuff' is not done the way the commentors like it. I'm sure my ratio of up/down votes will suffer, but are you trying to be a bit like the nork-hackers saying 'i dont like this movie, so the world will burn if you release it to the public?' Come on people, you should be a bit smarter than that...

May be a little bit extreme comparison, but some of these comments... oh boy. Don't know what you are like in person, but you may want to work on some communication skills when on the net (other than 'hulk angry! hulk smash!').

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Commenting when browsing mobile?

Is it possible to give back commenting when browsing on mobile? Not sure how to get there from here.

I'm on Android, KK 4.4.2, using Firefox, but am not seeing a comment button.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Red Mars?

Dunno what it is, but i'll be re-reading the Mars Trilogy again...

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Happy

Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

>I'm a Pole and yes, it's a fake name, it's unlikely that someone would be named like that. Very strange to see this name used in a serious news story...

Happened a while back with a story about Greek hovercrafts being sold off to China. The Navy spokesperson: Kleftos Priapos.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/greece-just-sold-its-giant-zubr-class-hovercraft-to-chi-1677382483

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Coat

"I really hope Lord Reith wasn’t watching it from his celestial sofa as I’m pretty sure he’d be doing around 3000rpm at the moment."

So, all we need is to wire up the dead people with copper, create a controversy, and free (green?) energy?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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So, while the spec sheet lists things like itunes compatibility, etc. - has that been tested? My BlackArmor has the same checkboxes (ticked as well), but it failed to work properly even after multiple firmware updates over time.

That was the biggest mistake i made - not waiting for in-depth reviews on NAS boxes...

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

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Headmaster

Re: Let the horse have its head

But... but... Full Reign as in 'total control over the Kingdom' ?

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

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Very nice - that explains why you can see Jupiter (and Sirius, btw) through the thicker thin clouds. Very bright!

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: What happens to things that are "lost in the post" ?

Maybe this all ends up in that place where my other sock is hiding?

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Unhappy

Re: By the time we land on mars....

What are the chances of getting there with all the space junk flying around Earth :-(

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Happy

Re: 10 years

>Blimey. Feels like only yesterday.

Probably because of imperial vs metric system?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Ergonomics - you touched on it briefly

So, while not having driven it, just sat in it at the dealership - i already noticed the big touch screen would be distracting. Buttons for ICE, Heating / Cooling, etc. - all virtual, no tactile / haptic feedback.

How did you think trying to adjust heating / cooling made you for a distracted driver?

Having driven side by side to it - amazing that when it comes up from behind at highway speeds, all you hear is the road / tire noise, no engine :-)

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Happy

Cold is not an excuse. Although you do need to limit your time outside, and make sure you cover any exposed skin. Some preparation beforehand, for instance with stellarium, will help you find it, even in suburban skies near Chicago.

-4 Fahrenheit last night :-( but I did manage to spot it, twice :-)

Too lazy to convert, but around -15 -20 Celsius.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Pieter Schelte

What about the Pieter Schelte, currently docked somewhere in Rotterdam? Or is it because that ship is technically still under construction?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_Schelte

(no comment on the quality of the entry itself. it's Wikipedia, after all)

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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sisk: we always knew he was full of shit. at least now we know why.

Please enlighten us with your accomplishments, so that we can form uninformed opinions about your personality?

At least know that i'm not part of your 'we'.

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Re: Well..

>c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss

>Pretty potent by homeopathic standards!

That, and combined with that memory effect...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Port

I did drink the whiskey; but still don't have port. Try more whiskey?

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Mind you, don't do these fun activities with guns right before you fly back to ye olde world. The machine that does ping after it analyses those hand swabs might actually work.

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Samsung brings out new longer-lived 1TB Flash podule for PCs, notebooks

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What i see is that the Samsung Magician software allows you to run the ssd in 'rapid mode'; http://techreport.com/review/25282/a-closer-look-at-rapid-dram-caching-on-the-samsung-840-evo-ssd

Looks like it's a form of ram disk, allowing the software to combine smaller write actions into bigger ones. Downside is that it's a ram disk...

The other stuff that the tool does is nothing spectacular: run a TRIM, run a benchmark, and switch between sets of OS Optimizations. These optimizations are nothing specials, just standard OS things like 'enable hibernation (for quick startup time)', Enable / Disable Search Service, etc.

When using this SSD on non-Windows platforms, i would expect it to work just the same as when running on a Windows platform without RAPID mode enabled.

EDIT: can't speak to the encryption stuff - but since there's no sticker on the box saying 'encryption for windows only' - i'm assuming this is functionality supported on other OSes.

EDIT2: but, digging a little bit deeper - three modes: bios password (assuming on the drive); TGC Opal - assuming you need this software / layer installed, then the drive is compatible with that protocol, and 'encrypted drive' has the tooltip 'Encrypted Drive feature provided by BitLocker® Drive Encryption in Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012.'

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

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Headmaster

>'rather fraught relationship"

Nice, learned something new* today.

(The use of 'fraught'. Couldn't care less about Apple and Samsung's relationship, to be honest.)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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>I liked the Wing Commander cut scenes more, personally

"Back off! I almost got tone!"

oh, no, that was Strike Commander :-)

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: TheVogon "Ponce"

>extreme beureacrats

The butter police or something?

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Re: "Ponce" @the Vogon

>How about trying that statement around a few Marines instead of anonymously on the web?

I like the irony, posted as AC.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

TheRealRoland

Re: As we homeboys say, "Born 'n' raised"

>(if "entrepreneurilly" can fairly be counted as an actual word).

There's a ring of truthiness to it.

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Re: Still Going

Bah! Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...

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Re: Hate sf

It is funny, though. It's barely 'nippy'* outside, and you'll see people in the Bay Area wearing bubble coats and earmuffs. "But don't you think it's cold today?"

* i'll leave the possible jokes for someone else to make. Monday, and all that.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: wot?

You want safety? You then need to buy current cars; think about the reinforcement needed to pass all these pesky tests of driving into poles, pieces of concrete, lorries, bigger cars, etc.

You want lightweight cars? Buy Chinese or 20 year old cars.

I wonder what the Austin Maestro will look like, when hit by a current car, head on.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Typo

yeah - rules of thumb I use when talking to peeps in Ye Olde Worlde are 16C = 61F; 20C = 68F; 25C = 77F; 38C = 100F

But then when it's cold - it's very simple. 0F = -18C, 12F = -11C, 32F = 0C - anything below 0F converts to 'why again did i decide to live here?'

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Re: Great news

Lots of rubber bands?

(I unfortunately had to watch Discovery Channel's Punkin' Chuckin' program... Trebuchets are cool though.)

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Re: Fahrenheit

>liters for fuel!

Litres... Litres...

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

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Re: Daily Mail Science Tech?

Nice find, right? :-)

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Happy

Re: Was Philae able to stabilize itself in any way?

nah, it has to do with the fact that the lander was so many 'table-heights' away from the surface of the comet :-)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2410532/Why-toast-falls-butter-Scientists-finally-uncover-reason--height-table.html

Time for a new unit?

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Ah, here it is:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/25/2-investigators-stray-electricity-poses-hidden-danger/

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Something that's been in the news lately over here in Chicago - lamp posts are leaking electricity into the ground, which then causes other metal objects close by to conduct that electricity.

Haven't been able to find the actual article, but it has been used on TV as a 'magnet' to draw viewers to the 9pm news.

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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yup, that one... I seem to recall it was the tagline, but no longer. ah well...

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Where did the Talking Heads reference go? (at least, i think it was the tagline for this article...)

"Run, run, run - run run away!'

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

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Re: Concerns

>Cash - excepted everywhere

I take acception to that!

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: Bring back Tungsten filaments...

I am just amazed by the decisions the local departments of transportation are taking, over where I live - "let's replace all traffic lights with LED lights! Saves money!"

But then they forget that when (not if...) it snows, the lights don't produce enough heat to keep them clear from snow...

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: I heard something about a 500 error

Same here, colleagues started calling me Don Quixote... Got to keep on fighting those giants! :-/

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Re: Titsup

>If it were "Lying on its back with its legs in the air",

Legz Akimbo!

"Hello, hello? What's going on? What's all this shouting? We'll have no trouble here! Are you local?"

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: I've had enough

Playmobil recreation or it isn't true!

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Coat

Re: Ah!

You were not the first...

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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For the people who didn't like it...

Just blink. It'll all go away.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Problem with the 840 EVO

Apparently some problems with TLC in combination with the firmware of this drive (Samsung seems to be ready to release a new firmware around 15th of October)

Older files seem to be stored or accessed differently, whereby the read speed sometimes is as low as 40mb/s (compared to 400 - 500 mb/s). By defragging your drive (thus moving files around) the read speed is restored to the faster speeds, then slowly declining again over time (1 month or so).

See here for more info (halfway through the thread) http://www.overclock.net/t/1507897/samsung-840-evo-read-speed-drops-on-old-written-data-in-the-drive/440

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Re: Call me sceptical

Can you imagine the pranks you can pull with the road sign recognition functionality?

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