* Posts by Chris 244

235 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

Chris 244
FAIL

Quit your moaning

STFU, RTFA then fix one yourself you lazy whining putz.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Chris 244

Re: How Widespread?

Had to dump Chrome from my old Sammie netbook (Win7 32 bit 2GB) recently as it started to crash frequently. Previously had been stable. Thought it was just my system.

No issues with FF.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

Chris 244

Droid®Script

Hope he got permission from Lucasfilm first.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

Chris 244

Android named apps

Quick trip to play store and then a search for "android" in the apps section shows about one in five of the first 100 apps returned violate the "for Android" rule. Including the very first result returned, "My Android" by InnovationM. AVG is also one of the offenders.

So then the question becomes why Androidscript why now.

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

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Statistical Observation

Eadon. His name was Eadon.

How soon we forget the fallen.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Really?

Have a look at his platform: privacy rights, gun control, marriage equality, women's rights, health insurance coverage for mental health issues, environmental protection.

And Connecticut voters put this guy in office. Perhaps there is hope yet...

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Re: ACTA @Matt Bryant

Matt, you might want to have a look at that Wikipedia link you posted re:ACTA. "Effective: Not in force", as per your source.

To be in force ACTA needs to be ratified by at least six signatories. So far only Japan has ratified.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Re: Should have used Budweiser

I could be wrong but "Budweiser" in Europe should be real beer from Czech (Budweiser Budvar), not so much in North America. The "beer" here under that name ("Bud" over there) is brewed from barley and rice. Rice.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Re: Not crap

All of the ash trees on my street are dying due to the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer from Asia, likely via wood pallets. Many of the ash trees were planted to replace elm trees, which were wiped out here by Dutch Elm disease introduced from, well, you figure it out. Ironically, if you (Lester) look out your window you won't see any Elm trees either. Elms in Britain were largely wiped out when a now more virulent strain of the fungus was reimported to Britain from North America in a shipment of infected elm wood.

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Coat

Re: Playmonaut

Not a problem. Easy to get a Lego replacement Stateside.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

Chris 244

Re: Vista user

I have a laptop with Vista. Why still Vista? It works, and having seen what Windows 8 is like, why pay for a downgrade?

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Problem

Problem? What do you mean, problem? That's how most companies are organized. R&D/manufacturing in one facility and sales/customer service/management in another.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

Chris 244

Re: Downvote explained ...

I too have just added a downvote. Not because i disagree entirely with your original post, just want to help you smash your previous personal record. No "thank you" required.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Chris 244
Big Brother

Re: So...

Nah, only 33 will have their info leaked.

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'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

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Coat

The three things the Internet is good for

Porn, ill-formed supposition, poor grammar, and making obtuse references to old comedy sketches. No wait, the FOUR things the Internet is good for are ...

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Chris 244

Re: Google voice recognition needs improving

1440 seconds, as per Google voice recognition.

Admittedly, I did say "36 minutes", not just "36". Math requires units.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

Chris 244

Useful Units

Here on El Reg, that would be 3.4% of the maximum velocity of a sheep in space.

Not to be confused with maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum. Which The Register has done on their converter page.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

Chris 244

Re: Dead reckoning

Don't forget the stars. SR-71 was upgraded to celestial navigation, possible even during daylight hours at that elevation.

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Coat

Re: SR-71 and Boeing

The air museum is independent of Boeing and have lots of cool stuff from many different manufacturers. They don't have an (intact) SR-71, but rather an M-12. Er, the M-12. And a Darkstar prototype!

And for you Brits there's a Harrier, in case you want to see a part of your own aviation history. (cough).

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

Chris 244
Boffin

Re: Ah, encryption and hashing

The irony here is that apparently you may not know the difference between embolism and stroke or aneurysm. An embolus is a piece of material (clot, tumour, air, amneotic fluid, metal fragment, anything really) that travels somewhere in the body then gets stuck. Usually bad (clot to the lungs or brain or retina) but sometimes good (glue injected into a bleeding vessel, coil into a cerebral aneurysm). Not associated with high blood pressure.

I think you were looking for "stroke" (of the hemorrhagic variety) or maybe "blew an aneurysm".

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

Chris 244
Facepalm

Calories

Pure carbs 775 g at 4 Cal/g

Apples, carrots roughly 100 Cal each

Eggs 70 each

Onions 40 each

Tins of beans/lentils 225 Cal/cup, maybe 6 cups there

Oh dear, I count maybe 6000 Cal in total.

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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

Chris 244

Re: Gary Ham

Strangely enough, I remember names better after I've had one or two of your icons!

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

Chris 244

Re: Lets clone it. @MrDamage

Let me know if you plan on pursuing this approach. I can provide you with a recipe for some nice curried lentils and beans.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

Chris 244

Re: Flour

Comment caused much chuckling , nearly made me slap thigh and ride the wa...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Never seen that airlock before

Wrong search phrase. If you check the article you will realize the correct search is for "SHAX BUBBLER" not "shax airlock".

Which, uhmm, returns your comment above as the first result and also a query as to whether you meant to search for "SHARK BUBBLES" instead.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

Chris 244

Missed the point

The article is written by a Brit on a British website commenting on the British populace being sold out by their elected leaders for a fraction of a fraction of the value of what is being sold.

Facebook/WhatsApp is the setup, the HSCIC scheme is the punchline.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Chris 244
Facepalm

Yes, they did just patent the ON/OFF button

"The location of the sensors may be placed at strategic locations."

"In one embodiment, a proximity sensor or touch sensor may be placed near a feedback indicator such as a sleep indicator. When a user approaches and/or touches, the sleep indicator or area around the sleep indicator, the electronic device may initiate a sleep or wake function. For example, if the electronic device is already in sleep, the user action may cause the computer to wake (or vice versa). "

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App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

Chris 244
Trollface

FIFY

Candy® Crush® Saga® by King®

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Chris 244
WTF?

Re: I just wish I could remove the ****ing Facebook app

What FB app? Not a part of vanilla Android.

Blame your manufacturer or your provider for that app, not Google.

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Google v Intellectual Ventures patent spat jury: Soz judge, we're stumped on this

Chris 244

Billion-dollar IP firm

But they can't get stuff to scan squarely, guess someone else holds the patent on that. The court filing including patent numbers is here:

http://www.intellectualventures.com/assets_docs/complaint_motorola.pdf

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Hang on a minute...

No no no, this is not a patent for boring old predictive text, silly. This patent is for predictive character strings on a portable electronic device with a touchscreen, using gestures!

Totally not the same thing.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

Chris 244

Re: Two patents by noon

Prior art.

https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/poster/hellcreek/images/coprolite_cropped.JPG

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

Chris 244

Re: could be shrinking

Bumblebees are solitary. Honeybees are not. Bumblebees use size to gain an edge. Honeybees use numbers. One dead bumblebee is the end of the genetic line, equivalent to killing the Queen bee. One dead small worker bee is but a minor energy cost to the hive to replace. Solitary bees are very different from colony-forming ones.

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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Coat

Re: Nah, Andrew had it right

By definition an incline is neither horizontal nor vertical. And what if the jetpack is opposing the downward motion of the elephant? Otherwise, I agree with you 110%.

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Chris 244
Headmaster

Nah, Andrew had it right

By definition, kleptomania is an uncontrollable urge to steal for reasons other than personal gain. So someone with a sweet tooth stealing from a sweets shop does not fit the definition.

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China's 'Airpocalypse' forces pilots to learn BLIND landings in smog

Chris 244

Re: Note to travelers

Surgical masks are useless for this task. They only reduce droplet exposure. For particulate matter you need an N95 mask at a minimum (some of which look like surgical masks), and a P100 if you are dealing with truly nasty stuff (e.g. asbestos). P100 are full respirators, and ironically the cheap ones at Home Depot are made in China.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

Chris 244
FAIL

Re: Drive sizes?

"To test this I set up a RAID 1 array with two WD Red 3TB disks"

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Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

Chris 244
Headmaster

Re: Couple of minutes

More like a fraction of a second. Sun fuses some 640 million metric tons of hydrogen per second. Comet Ison has a mass estimate of 3.2 billion metric tons at the top end. Even if all of that mass was methane ice (which it isn't) methane is only a quarter hydrogen by mass. At most, we're looking at one second of reaction mass, likely much less.

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Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES

Chris 244
Facepalm

A few years ago

110, to be precise. Marsh's error was realised in 1903. Didn't stop the USPS from issuing a Brontosaurus stamp in the 80's.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

Chris 244
FAIL

Gumby physics fail

Distance from Paris to Lenoir, NC is 4150 miles. Round trip at the speed of light is only 45 ms. Full trip around the equator only takes 134 ms.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Chris 244

Re: "Massive" 300MB update?

"For what it is, it is rather curious that the download would be so large." Then what do you make of Win 8.1 needing 3.4 GB to add a crippled Start button?

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Chris 244
Thumb Down

Unwarranted Apple dig

Sony CD rootkit predated the iPhone by a couple of years.

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Chris 244
Trollface

"Massive" 300MB update?

Or almost 1/10th the size of the Windows 8.1update package! Anyone know what that is in Reg units?

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

Chris 244
FAIL

Re: Why would anyone want one?

Because you can actually buy one? Shades of Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 sold out within hours of going on sale. Towards the end it listed "ships in 3-4 weeks" (which is more like a pre-sale than actually being on sale) and now is sold out and probably will stay that way for a month or more. I like my Nexus 4, but I'm under no illusion that Google isn't playing the game just as much as Apple is.

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

Chris 244
Big Brother

Minority Report

Around here you'd be better off asking "what's that short story..."

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Apple accused over 'secure' iMessage encryption

Chris 244

Fixed it for you

Their plans have already been changed by secret court order, the existence of which may not be revealed or even alluded to under any circumstances.

Not really any point posting as an AC, is there?

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

Chris 244

Re: These guys are old.

Correction: the prize CAN be awarded posthumously, as long as the Nobel committee announces the award before it becomes aware of the death. Happened in 2011 for the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Chris 244

With a seat right next to Apple

I take it you haven't heard about the "new" iPhone 5c?

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

Chris 244
Flame

Poikilothermic not cold-blooded

I seriously doubt this particular frog at this particular moment was cold-blooded.

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