* Posts by ScissorHands

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

ScissorHands

How much data do you have?

Sony has been working on something similar called Optical Disk Archive (ODA). It uses a sealed car-audio-type disc cartridge containing 11 discs (not individually accessible) and the cartridge appears as an LTFS volume (of up to 3.3TB). Sony says it will keep data for 50 years, but of course, will there be readers for the discs in 50 years? Drives are USB3 (standalone) and FC (inside Sony Petasite libraries)

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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Mushroom

Re: I like it

To me, it wasn't the lack of features (like bookmarks, or mail, or custom search engines, or mouse gestures, or quick shortcuts, or full-page-zoom, or...) of Chromium-skin-Opera that set my alarms ringing. It was their "Discover" tab - it seemed like a useful Flipboard-like (or Opera Portal) "curated magazine", until I found out, to my disbelief, that I couldn't add my own sites to the Discover tab - "oh, really, so I should just be expected to be fed this "sponsored content", as if I was a cow munching on straw - my eyeballs are not for sale, thank you." This told me all I needed to know about NuOpera.

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Flame

Re: Is this why my Opera 12 is bombarding me with 'update to latest version' popups?

Just be careful and change that setting to "Never ask me again" - and keep enjoying your unb0rked browser.

I hope Jon has enough funding to get to the end of his vision, because M3 (the replacement mail client) has been pushed out from version 1 and will not be delivered in this release cycle. That's today's little bit of bad news, I'm afraid.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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Facepalm

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Right. So everybody and their uncle says that Windows has an app gap, then say that Microkia is crazy to pursue a "volume strategy" to entice users and provide a reason for more apps, then they spend a year roasting Microsoft for letting go of the "volume strategy", followed by "oh noes, now even the apps that were there are going away"... (???)

The real problem is that Microsoft keeps running to where the puck has been, and rebooting the OS every time (three times, and counting...) If Nokia hadn't lost its sisu (and soul) at the crucial moment, maybe we could have avoided the third reboot, because Windows Phone would be dead already.

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Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

ScissorHands

Well, Apollo 13 did shed some external panels along the way!

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

ScissorHands

Re: AVG has 200 million users, split among desktop and mobile versions of its security software.

199 million 999 thousand 999, 'cause I've nuked AVG from my computers because of this.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

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WTF?

Wanting an NHS is rent seeking?

So, wanting to stop fairy-dust Silicon Valley types from sucking the marrow and not paying their dues in return, to have roads, to have consumer protection, is rent-seeking.

I was blind, now I can see !!

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

ScissorHands
Coat

Re: Oh no!

Just like most die-hard geeks, then...

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

ScissorHands
Devil

Re: One word

Two words: uBlock Origin

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Western Digital sells strangely limited 15 per cent stake to China

ScissorHands
Black Helicopters

Spyware, spyware everywhere...

What better way to spy than to have code lurking on the microcontrollers of hard disks? Only code lurking on the CPU (Intel Inside...)

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

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Devil

So, almost 4 years waiting for a good haptic "click"

Or maybe not, because I've been enjoying it immensely for all these years on my Nokia N9. Nothing even comes close. I had high hopes for the Taptic Engine, but given the writer's misgiving, my savings account seems to be safe for now...

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So Quantitative Easing in the eurozone is working, then?

ScissorHands
Paris Hilton

Blind spots...

As much as people who kneel on the altar of St. Milton of Friedman would like to have us believe, no planks were sawn through on the Keynesian side of Economics. The only reason Keynesian recipes were not used is that Keynes is now a censored word in the structures of power because it leads to a reinforcement of the place of the State in the global economy, and we can't have that... ("harrumph! Imagine that, as if the State was useful for something..."). All that this "Keynes allergy" has demonstrated is that even a broken clock can be right two times a day, but an intervention on keynesian principles from the beginning of the Great Recession would have allowed a faster recovery, not only on the timing of the recovery but also on the rate of recovery, avoiding a lot of unnecessary suffering - more milk and less moo.

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Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

ScissorHands

Re: At the risk of going off topic does anyone know what the rendering engine in Vivaldi is?

Vivaldi shows that there is nothing exactly wrong with using Blink, but they still have a long way to go to even approach Opera 7, let alone 12...

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ScissorHands

Re: Wow, all 4 presto fans in one place

"That all went away with Blink".

The rest of the stuff that had kept me using Opera instead of other browsers (the differentiators, so to say) went as well. Classic case of throwing a baby out with the bathwater.

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ScissorHands
Trollface

I would be worried...

But Opera stopped being relevant to my interests when development of Presto stopped and BlinkOpera came out blind, deaf, mute and crippled.

So I'm posting this from Opera 12.17 and when I need to open a site that is incorrectly coded, I fire up Vivaldi (thanks, Jon!!).

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

ScissorHands
Pirate

Trooping along fine on my original MacPro

Yep, first generation MacPro running Windows10 like a champ. All the Apple 64-bit drivers applied and worked properly after the installer was patched for the 64-bit drivers to be available on the MacPro1,1. Just got 8GB more RAM, for a total of 12, and an SSD.

Low-cost computing. Until HEVC becomes popular - these 4 Xeon cores can't hack 1080p HEVC with pure CPU power alone (there's no accel)

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

ScissorHands
Linux

Meanwhile...

Can the Faithful be allowed to share items (photos, documents, vcards) by bonk, like my N9 can since 4 years ago? No? Really? Totes Amazeballs.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

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Mushroom

These are the real Deathstars!

Seem to be the (in)famous Seagate ST3000DM-001 that have a failure rate on the order of 80%+

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

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Stop

Reality has a strong non-libertarian bias...

As someone that works in the audiovisual trenches, I can assure you that the current system is invaluable for all the niche cultures/language communities that do not have a global footprint. Per-territory sales make up a very large amount of the budget of a Polish film, for example.

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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

ScissorHands

Re: The bees knees, the wasps nipples.....

Apart from some additions, most of Sailfish's UX is a dumbed-down version of the Nokia N9. It was a shame that Jolla couldn't leave with *that* on their small boat...

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

ScissorHands

Bloated code but minimal functionality. Anything else is farmed to extensions (and more bloat).

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ScissorHands

Re: Just what the world needs

There's only 3 and a half (and soon another half) rendering engines: Trident, Gecko, WebKit, the fork of WebKit called "Blink", and soon the fork of Trident currently called "Spartan".

I'm still running Opera12 because of the interface and the bleeding efficiency of the code. I've been keeping an Opera Developer as a backup because it uses an engine that web developers deign to support, but it's all meh to me. I will try this, since it uses the same engine and that's all that matters to me.

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

ScissorHands
Mushroom

What is old is new again

I'm looking at my three-year-old Nokia N9, running MeeGo, and I've always had Skype as a first-class citizen for phonecalls (a Skype phonecall can be placed through the "telephone app", just by pointing at a contact that has a Skype account) and messages (regular "Messages" app could send Skype, Google Talk, and even Facebook messages, before Facebook broke the API to segregate the messaging to the Messenger app). GoogleTalk videocalls, back when Google supported them, also worked the same way. Not having to use an app to make a call! Isn't that astonishing?

However, since I don't use Skype that often I can't be sure if all the message streams for a contact were fused, or if I have a stream for each kind of contact. I think they were fused but you could filter by network.

And I think Nokia Symbians (at least the N8/E7) could do the same. So good going, Nokia-now-Microsoft. It only took three (no, four) years to get back to where you were before committing seppuku. Congratulations.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

ScissorHands
Facepalm

The USA "Space Shuttled" the USSR

The USSR "Tokamaked" the West

Something similar applies in this case, I think.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

ScissorHands
Coat

What? This isn't written by Andrew Orlowski?

Good. They I can remind everyone that Nokia had a full-touch successor to the N900 that massively improved the interface for touch while keeping the same Linux underpinnings, called the N9. Three years ago.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

ScissorHands
Pint

I don't care anymore

I have an N9, best phone UI I have ever put my hands on, some others may be better for "tablet-y" or "computer-y" but I swapped my black 64GB to a white case, and have a blue case and extra battery on standby. I couldn't care less about smartphones nowadays, next to the N9 it's all a big gawping yawn...

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Flash data storage: Knocking TAPE off the archiving top spot

ScissorHands
Devil

The elephant in the room is how long the information on a flash cell holds up without being refreshed / rewritten.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

ScissorHands
Trollface

Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

Opera 12 works with the Register. Good enough for me.

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ScissorHands
Megaphone

Feature, not bug...

So, by holding my trusted copy of Opera 12.x close to my chest, I'm being served the less intrusive, leaner and faster version of Google's properties?

Yipeee??

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Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim

ScissorHands

That was the big limitation of Opera Unite - it only supported static pages. This meant that most interesting projects that you might want to have inside Opera Unite couldn't be made to work.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

ScissorHands

Re: cue

Yep, just bought a replacement case for mine. It has to last a wee bit more, my N9.

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

ScissorHands

The nutcase brigade would never allow a NASA mission to Venus

Venus is the poster child for atmospheric gas' greenhouse effect. Studying it would raise too many awkward questions.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

ScissorHands

Re: When Nokia teaches Microsoft about phones

The N9 sticks a torpedo through that battleship. The N900 was still too much of a "mobile computer", not the N9.

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ScissorHands

When Nokia teaches Microsoft about phones

I'm sorry - no different volume for ringer and apps? On an OS that has been around for four years? That's falling on the first hurdle out of the gate and I would immediately return it to the shop being "not fit for purpose". Nokia made phone first, computer second. My N9 is a wonderful phone. It just so happens to also have a very nice UI as well.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

ScissorHands

Re: Double-tap to wake

Sooo...

Double-tap to wake? Nokia N9.

OLED standby screen that shows time, date, and notifications (and next appointments, battery level, and more?) N9.

And intelligent enough that it pops up when you take it out of the pocket using the proximity sensor? N9 again.

A "newsfeed" view concentrating Facebook, weather, Twitter, the first two lines of any messages and all RSS feeds? The N9 once more.

You know, this phone I've been carrying around for two and a half years? Look, Ma, an interface with ZERO buttons.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

ScissorHands

Re: It's to my eternal dismay

What Timex clones? The 2048 and 2068? They were built in Portugal, just next door to Spain, no way Investronica or Sinclair did not know about them...

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

ScissorHands
Devil

What's that, my dear N9?

I can't understand what he's trying to tell me. My Linux-based, native-code mobile phone launched by Nokia two and a half years ago is just laughing too hard. Breathe, goddammit, remember to breathe!

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Nokia waves goodbye to device biz as phone sales continue to spiral

ScissorHands

Re: Sitting On Their Hands

My N9 kind of disproves that.

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Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

ScissorHands
Flame

So, goodbye Opera!

Since they've dropped Presto, all they have left is a Chrome-clone with half the features (and 1/10th of classic Opera's features at that), their embedded sales (for Nintendo consoles, Smart TVs, etc) have all but dried up because they also depended on Presto, and now Google is about to kill Opera Mini.

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iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

ScissorHands

Apple is so good at upselling that nobody's buying the low-end stuff.

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Jolla's Android-aping Sailfish OS smartphones to land in November

ScissorHands
Linux

Technically interesting, totally irrelevant

The same ideas behind the N9 (which I own and love) but without the charm of the N9's interface, and it only took two years! Still no other "Other Halfs" available, especially the keyboard-half - the amount of developers that deliberately ignored the N9 in favour of their N900 because of the lack of keyboard was beyond the pale. Klunky Android has won, Windows is half-baked, BlackBerry is dead and Apple has lost the plot, it sucks to be discriminating in this mobile market.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

ScissorHands
Holmes

Re: Why Android?

I have one of those Linux phones. It's two years old. It's called a Nokia N9.

And some people have another one as well. It's four years old. It's called a Nokia N900.

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

ScissorHands

Re: *scratching head*

It's also a lot lighter when it comes down, so it doesn't need a comparable amount of fuel to stop as it needed for going up the hill...

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Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

ScissorHands
Holmes

Free as a bird!

"and reminding all interns of their rights to terminate their participation in the program at any time"

Wihch I'm sure also terminates your rights to food and lodging...

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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

ScissorHands

Re: Fork, fork. My kingdom for a fork

The list of reasons given by Canonical was a lot bigger until it was systematically taken apart by Wayland developers that took it badly to Canonical spreading FUD about stuff where Wayland's progress has been "slow and steady" (especially where it has to wait for X to come to Wayland), while the supporting libraries they had built for having Wayland work on Android graphic drivers were merged into Mir for Ubuntu Phone without a word of attribution or acknowledgement, which was BAD FORM.

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Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France

ScissorHands

All that Nokia growth despite WindowsPhone...

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

ScissorHands
IT Angle

Sometimes, ElReg's redtop heritage is too much for me...

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/09/top-climate-myths-ipcc

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

ScissorHands

No. Just no.

They're phones from 2012, but at prices from 2009. I'd better get myself a Z10 at the inevitable fire sale (749 pounds at launch, lol!).

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

ScissorHands

Re: Qt

Nokia sold Qt more than a year ago.

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