* Posts by TheRealRoland

507 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

TheRealRoland

Issues with WebEx / GotoMeeting - have they been solved? That was the last time I looked into upgrading my Samsung from 8.1 to 10, and decided against it...

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Pints on a plane!

TheRealRoland
Pint

Photo of the bladder inside a keg in this article. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/07/my-6-month-review-testing-newfangled-beer-dispensing-tech-is-finally-done/

I guess the idea is that oxygen (or any gas for that matter) only starts acting against the quality of the beer once it's being poured.

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Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

TheRealRoland
Meh

Don't need no stinkin' apps!

Been saying it for years (yeah, blackberry user for a while)- with a good mobile browser you don't need apps. I'm perfectly happy with my Passport, only running a couple of Android apps here and there, and the rest through web sites.

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Waste Of Time - satellites

>Perhaps some people have a poor conception of just how big the ocean is?

Well, when i looked last on my cellphone, not that big! (I need a bigger screen...)

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Next-gen killer hurricane hunter to be armed with Nvidia graphics chips

TheRealRoland
WTF?

Re: Hurricane Sandy

>and yet three years later

And what does that have to do with NOAA, the models used, and the creation of a faster / better machine?

Are you somehow hoping that the NOAA model should have been the correct one, and that Nature follows what the model you think should dictate?

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MoD-founded firm Niteworks loses login creds of UK defence folk

TheRealRoland

I'll tell mum. Mum won't like it, Uncle Arthur.

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ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

TheRealRoland

Someone has to stay around to fix the cats?

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

TheRealRoland

Re: Might it be an opportunity?

Amy and Nibbler might have a solution as well!

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NASA photo gallery: How to blow $200m of rocket in seconds

TheRealRoland

hmmm...

Came here for 'packed a wallop' jokes. Left disappointed

:-)

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RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

TheRealRoland
Coat

"Journalism 101"

What, that you read the article before posting?

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Chinese popped-box VPN crims screamed hacker booty in cleartext

TheRealRoland

n00b here - what are "popped boxes" ?

Or is this in the category "if you have to ask..." ?

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

TheRealRoland
Joke

Re: Never

>I find it harder and harder to remember who's on my shit-list, it gets so crowded.

>I think I'm still friends with Waitrose, but who can tell for sure?!

I can help you with that, it will take just one moment to access your information from my system... Hm, that is strange? For verification purposes only, can I get your full name, mother's maiden name, etc. ?

;-)

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Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

TheRealRoland

The problem is that without MSG / 'Spices' / E621 people seem to be conditioned by now to think that sausages (or any food for that matter) is tastes bland. It's all about the seasoning and freshness of the ingredients.

Am preparing sauces and other foods without that particular 'ingredient', whenever possible.

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

TheRealRoland

It does look a bit like an asthma medicine inhaler...

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

TheRealRoland

>hacked insecure connected kettles

I would feel insecure myself as well... Is there a support group for these kettles somewhere? I'm hoping the more secure ones are not afraid of being hacked, then?

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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

TheRealRoland

Re: I'll take the *2nd* thinnest phone in history, please

Indeed... after using a Samsung note2 for two and some years, having to charge the battery every night (sometimes earlier during the day) i'm happy with my blackberry passport.

Sure, running some android apps eats the battery a bit more than native ones, but still a happy camper, not being tethered to the power outlet constantly!

But that Nokia 6310i...

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

TheRealRoland
Paris Hilton

Clevew twap?

Probably falling into a cleverly disguised trap here. Tolkein?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland
Thumb Up

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

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

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?

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland
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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TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

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'

TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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?

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

>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

TheRealRoland

Re: TheVogon "Ponce"

>extreme beureacrats

The butter police or something?

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TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

Re: Still Going

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

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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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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