* Posts by beboyle

16 posts • joined 6 Oct 2009

The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

beboyle
Gimp

Re: Seriously, though, they are doing ...

"many other competent sources"

Oh? Name two!

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

beboyle

Good start, but..

Exactly the kind of content I'm looking for, although I found the descriptions a bit verbose. Can we tighten up the text a bit?

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT

beboyle

Re: It is a locked-down, readercentric tablet!

Clearly you've never actually seen one, then. It's not locked down in any way, and under the custom Amazon launcher is a pretty plain-vanilla edition of Android.

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Apple probed by EC antitrust arm over ebooks market

beboyle
Flame

Not the Kindle

No, but Apple developed the Agency model which now controls prices from the big-6 publishers for eBooks in the U.S. and apparently Europe. Until Apple got involved eBook prices were set by Amazon, just like any other retail product. Now most eBook prices are set by the publishers.

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Voyager 2 finally agrees to a long hard thrust

beboyle

Pictures

From that distance the view behind will look a lot like the view ahead. The Sun is just another, somewhat bright, star, and the planets are dim dots.

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

beboyle
Holmes

Why drums?

Because there were tough technical problems that had to be solved to build disk drives. Consider - drum storage had a single rotating cylinder with constant circumference, and fixed read/write heads aligned over every track. All it had to do was spin. To make a disk work you had to solve the problem of moving the read/write heads to the proper location, aligning with the track you needed on the fly, and then reading the data from media moving at at varying rates depending on the distance from the center of the platter. Much, much more complex.

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Gravity wave detector gets more sensitive

beboyle

Denying quantum mechaicx

@Paul Smith: Sorry, Paul, but you're playing the same tune as many previous deniers of quantum physics - trying to frame uncertainty as a practical issue "if you measure it, you change it", rather than as the fundamental law of nature that it is.

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How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS

beboyle

Works great on original Droit

I've been running C7 on my original Droid for about three months now. Works great an definitely better battery. I also loaded a custom kernel which give both better speed when I'm actively using the phone, and lower battery draw when it's idle by adjusting the CPU clock.

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LightSquared blasts GPS naysayers in FCC letter

beboyle

Military is not affected

The military GPS uses entirely different bands, and apparently they are far enough away to avoid problems with LightSquared.

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Alice: The Madness Returns

beboyle
Childcatcher

Why do I like this game?

But I like CoD AND Neil Gaiman! Not to mention a life-long fan of Charles Dodgson. I'm so conflicted...

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Deep-space travel bad for astronauts' tickers, say boffins

beboyle

Mars is just the most recent frontier

Not that much different from any explorer in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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ROBOT COP scatters LIVE GRENADES in San Francisco STREET

beboyle
Joke

Lewis Page was an armed forces EOD operator...

Which explains how he's able to brave this lot every day. But it also seems to me he'd be the most qualified to handle the FoTW. Maybe overqualified?

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Amazon: 'iPad LCD tablets no threat to Kindle'

beboyle

DRM Optional

Kindle does have DRM, and paid-for books from Amazon require it, but it also supports unencrypted MOBI format books. There are many sources for thousands of free (public domain) books that are formatted for the Kindle.

The downside is that it is not compatible with other DRM systems, so books using Adobe DRM (most public library e-books) are not compatible, nor are paid books from other vendors.

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The Register comment guidelines 2010

beboyle

That's not what "net neutrality" means

Minor correction on "net neutrality" - nothing proposed would have the effect you suggest of requiring anybody to accept any content. It only prohibits net traffic carriers from giving preference to one type (or source) of traffic over another. And even if it did, it's hard to see how it would be enforced on a U.K. based publisher

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Mars rover faces icy death

beboyle

Recovery - no; monument - yes

I'd prefer to see it preserved in place. I'd be happy to visit it there.

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US court says software is owned, not licensed

beboyle
Stop

Missing the point?

I'm not sure it's been clearly grasped by all here that this ruling did not address the question of whether software can be licensed rather than sold, or whether EULAs are valid. In fact, the court started with the presumption that both of these are true, and ruled only on the specific wording of the Autodesk license, which it found was not sufficiently clear to make the transition a license rather than sale. This ruling is not going to have any impact whatsoever on EULAs or software licensing in general.

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