* Posts by TheRealRoland

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

TheRealRoland
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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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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TheRealRoland

Re: Fahrenheit

>liters for fuel!

Litres... Litres...

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

TheRealRoland

Re: Daily Mail Science Tech?

Nice find, right? :-)

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TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

Ah, here it is:

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

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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland
Thumb Up

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

TheRealRoland

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 ...

TheRealRoland

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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TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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?

TheRealRoland
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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

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

TheRealRoland

Re: Call me sceptical

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

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TheRealRoland

Re: Call me sceptical

Can't hear you over that darned engine noise! What was that again?!

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

TheRealRoland

But not that bigger than

a Samsung Note 3 or 4 (can't remember which one, but i'm sure both of these are close matches themselves) -- the Passport is slightly wider, and a just a bit shorter.

And with the Apple iPhone6 being the bee's knees right now, what are people complaining about? Really, the size? That it's square? I'm sure we'll hear the age-old 'app store is empty!' - you know, i don't need no stinkin' apps.

Remember the immortal words of Huey Lewis and The News: 'it's hip to be square'!

Now, if only this would be available for a CDMA (Verizon) network...

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

TheRealRoland

Re: How could anybody be fearful of terrorism?

"Off with his head!"

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

TheRealRoland

Re: Get a proofreader.

>It's unvelievable!

It's literally unvelievable!

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

TheRealRoland

That Blackberry Passport...

This is going to be a love-hate thing, but i like it. Yes, ugly as heck, but exactly what -I- want. A large touchscreen, and a physical blackberry keyboard. Right now i have the Samsung Note 2 - nice big screen, but i do miss that physical keyboard... And just the Blackberry OS in general. Compared to Android, -I- think things have been thought through much better, especially from a business-use point of view.

"Shut up and take my money!".

But, not holding my breath for Verizon to pick it up in the next couple of months :-(

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

TheRealRoland

Re: not convinvced

The 14 years was not just based on this one incident. If i remember correctly, this person was out on parole, already had a couple of earlier warnings on his record, then lied about things, and even had his kids (or her kids) also play around with the laser. All that, combined with his latest action, caused the judge to sentence him for 14 years.

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Re: not convinvced

@stu 4

It sounds like you already made up your mind ("i didn't get hurt, so why should others", right?).

Still, read this article: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/blinding-light-the-us-crackdown-on-not-so-harmless-laser-strikes/

A bit more background info on what pilots see and feel, and how it will impact their work.

And i'm sure with a little bit of googling, more info will show up.

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Happy

Re: Alternatively

> they could advise <insert here>

So I guess i'll be waiting to cross when i have a green light - it's a better solution than cracking down on running-red-lighters, right?

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

TheRealRoland

>stolen the Concord

Still grapes on you, huh?

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So you reckon you're a leet infosec warrior. Now you can prove it, pal

TheRealRoland

Re: Talking of drones and clones/machines and muppets and puppets

That's amanfrommars1 for you. Don't read the message, feel the message!

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: In case you missed it elsewhere . . .

Marinara Trench? Sounds like a buffet at a cheap italian restaurant ;-)

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

TheRealRoland

A slightly older article, but lots of info.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4178/10/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion-final-update-20-6-2013

and more generic, a bit off-topic, about the samsung caching:

http://techreport.com/review/25282/a-closer-look-at-rapid-dram-caching-on-the-samsung-840-evo-ssd

I have an 1TB EVO, granted, just in a work laptop. So far no issues, but i'm sure i'm not using it like a data center would.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

TheRealRoland

At least...

I hope those numbers are tasty, when you crunch them...

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

TheRealRoland

Re: Translation

Hey! Who are you calling borderline here?

All kidding aside - glad that the Reg readership is considered 'entire IT readership'. High praise!

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

TheRealRoland

And, don't you have to pay for this privilege? If I remember correctly, the Kindle 3G connection was abused by a lot of people, using it as a tethering device? Last time I checked (granted, almost a year ago) there's a file size limit mentioned somewhere in your amazon kindle account. If the file mailed exceeds that, the file will not be sent across the whisper net (or whatever it is called).

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

TheRealRoland

Re: Foot, meet bullet

That'll get them thinking...

http://www.montypython.net/scripts/irritate-airline.php

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

TheRealRoland

Re: Should

For the car with license plate 'Snaab'? ;-)

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TheRealRoland

Re: Historical

Upvote for that remark. Note to car manufacturers: 6ft6-ers want to drive coupes as well!

Tried the Puma when it first came out. Couldn't even sit down on the seat, couldn't get my head inside the car :-)

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