* Posts by ScissorHands

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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...

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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ScissorHands

Re: Maemo? MeeGo?

The N900 was supposed to be a prototype. Then Nokia decided to move to MeeGo and released the N900 to the public to makes some sales out of the investment on Maemo.

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ScissorHands

Re: I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone...

Wphone does lack apps, but what it lacks the most is making you smile while you use it, like I do with my N9.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

ScissorHands
Linux

Re: You cannot be Sirius maaaaaan

Please enlighten me on the ways the Nokia N9 is not "a proper phone-centric Linux". Apart from being killed by Elop when the press was readying its hallelujahs and never being sold on any "halo" market.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

ScissorHands
Devil

Re: Nuclear power will be a terrible loss

I'm asking for anything that is not uranium-cycle light-water-moderator-based. How about you? And no, Gen III+ designs do not work - right, Finns?.

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Microsoft shoehorns Skype into Outlook.com - we quickly kick the tyres

ScissorHands

No support for IMAP

Means I'm not touching it.

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Iberian Lynxes doomed

ScissorHands
Devil

Local politics, they said. Madrid is bad for your health, they said.

Of course if the autonomies got money directly from Europe for "regional" conservation, why would they release the fruits of the grumble-felines on other regions?

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

ScissorHands

Still someway to go...

The DC-XA reached 3140 metres...

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Toshiba extends enormo flash fab, hopes to bust NAND capacity barrier

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FAIL

Stacking dies isn't a silver bullet

Process shrinking allows more cells on the same die area, increasing productivity. It also means £/GB drops following Moore's Hunch (TM) and approaches spinned-rust levels.

Unfortunately Flash is hitting a wall where it can't be shrunk any further...

Die stacking only increases the density (how much storage you can cram into a 2.5" SSD), while doing almost nothing about the £/GB or power consumption.

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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

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Facepalm

Opera has been Borged

The new User-Agent does not have the string "Opera" anywhere, it's almost a straight copy of the Chromium UA with "OPR" inserted somewhere. This means that Opera's "marketshare" will drop like a stone because most sites identify Opera 15 as Chrome.

Also,many sites are showing their mobile version to Opera 15 Desktop.

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ScissorHands
Facepalm

Re: Ad blocking

Of course not. Chrome doesn't.

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Rackspace, CERN partner on OpenStack projects

ScissorHands

The LHC produces 1PB/s of raw collision data - that's what's reduced to 25PB/year. They can do that because most of the collisions are well-know events and therefore uninteresting, so they are discarded immediately.

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Facepalm

What's your excuse?

I have a Nokia N9 at my side, and I'm writing this comment on Opera/Presto.

Nokia has been microshafted and Opera has been Chromified while the tech journals applauded - just like Lewis Page and its "Why bother with our own weapons, the USA makes them better and cheaper" - well, then, now you see the strings that come attached to the USA's "generosity".

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Presto: Facebook reveals exabyte-scale query engine

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Coat

So the famous Opera connection...

...was just Facebook buying the "Presto" NAME?

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Opera debuts Chromium-luvvin' desktop browser Next 15

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Thumb Down

Re: Impressions so far.

Very bad. They've dropped everything that made Opera different from any-other-browser in the interest of the New Shiny.

I hope this state of malnutrition is solved by waiting a couple of months, whereby:

a) The recently-evicted Opera Mail (which is still on Presto) gets its own port to Blink and is reintegrated in the browser

b) Opera Link gets reimplemented

c) Mouse-button rocker shortcuts come back

d) Panels come back (we all use wide screens now, Panels are perfect)

e) Site-specific preferences

f) Site-specific ad-blocking

g) Customizable Speed Dial

h) Customizable Discover, or a "My Feeds" alternative alongside Discover

i) Proper page zoom comes back

j) Status bar comes back

k) Customizable search shortcuts or dropdown

l) Dragonfly comes back

etc., etc. If the Mobile browser hadn't come in Beta as Kate Moss and in Final as Kate Moss and two green-peas' worth of lunch, why would I be worried?

Opera is building a totally new browser, as the faithful feared. The new, streamlined version is twice the size and spends thrice the memory. And does a tenth of the previous one. But hey, it has the shiny Facebook and Gmail interfaces!

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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

ScissorHands
Linux

Re: N9 Meego....

You're stuffed about Viber, but there's an unofficial Whatsapp client for the N9 called Wazzap that works like a charm (while eating battery by the spadeful).

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Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

ScissorHands
Holmes

A different approach

Analyse how a brain works on a logical, information-theory level (not the molecular-level boondoggle in the EU)

Build computer representations of it

Turn them to silicon

Pattern-matching, fuzzy logic predictions, emergent behaviour, etc.

Mo' silicon, mo' power

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y43qwS8fl4

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

ScissorHands
Holmes

Take your time, Apple...

iOS has been stale for at least two years.

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Outsourced space trucks battle for US middleweight lifting title

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Thumb Up

The curse of the NK-33

Is finally broken.

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