* Posts by TWB

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

TWB

Re: All of our updates are on a Friday

I guess your business is not 24 hour....

We usually find changes on a Thursday prior to a bank holiday weekend only start to show as problematic at 5pm on Friday, when all the people who know the details and how to roll them back are generally escaping and uncontactable.

We are getting new procedures soon....

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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I wish I could help out

I don't live nearby and don't have the time but would love to help out if I could. I have joked for several years about buying replacement gates/pixels/ccd cells etc for stuff at work [TV engineering] (no one laughs for some reason...........I know, I know)

I wonder if you can step-by-step the clock for debugging?

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Worrying @Boltar and @AC

Well I feel a bit of a dunce now - but better informed (so thanks in a way), I had a look in Keychain (never opened it before) and saw that there are some passwords there. I did not realise that for some systems (typically Apple stuff) it stored them there whether you liked it or not. When the pop-up had appeared in the past 'Do you want Keychain to store this password' - I had always said no.

I guess my browsers store some passwords - I do occasionally reset them clearing certain logons but I type in passwords for things like online stores and banking when I need them - don't know how risky it is being logged into the register often - I tend to have different passwords for everything.

Being a miserable git (or whatever term takes your fancy) I've not really got into the social media stuff

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Worrying

I have never used Keychain - I've never felt it was safe 'leaving' my passwords 'in the computer' even if they are encrypted and supposedly locked down somehow. Having said that, like most people my email password is stored within my mail client and I don't want to have to type it in every time I want to check for email.

OSes eh? Is it going to be linux next time for me or give up the computer time wasting.

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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Mr Tony Hancock

Sadly whenever I hear 'Magna Carta' I always think of this first:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNZosqiJISs

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Self deprecation

I do the same - saves others having to insult or offend me.

I think you came across really well in case you need to be told.

What I find difficult to imagine is what technology will be like in the 15-20 years, bearing in mind I have been playing with it since the late seventies. Do we need computers/cellphones/TVs that are any faster or smaller? Maybe I am lacking the imagination I once had.

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Tim Worstall: Metals, mining and my heavyweight book

TWB

Re: Location/Venue?

Just seen 'Clerkenwell' - did I miss that earlier? - apols if I did and for the poor typing/proof reading

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Location/Venue?

I know you assume all your readers to know those things, but might t be worth mentioning i the article the approximate location of the talk (or any of these talks)

Having to click through to book* just to find the location is as annoying as websites that don't tell you delivery costs until you register and almost place an order. (*even then to only says 'London' which somewhat vague)

A line like - "as usual the venue will be [whereever it is]" would suffice

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: Common Sense

Upvote because you seem to be the first reasonable post I have read here.

I am a cyclist and a driver. As a cyclist I sometime pass on the inside but only if I can see it is going to be safe:-

Vehicle not indicating left.

Vehicle's steering wheels are not pointing left.

Vehicle not about to move off - look for traffic lights, queued traffic ahead etc

I will not pass a moving vehicle on the left - feels too unsafe to me.

As a driver and cyclist, I consider all road users might do something daft any moment and make allowances - eye contact - if available - tells you a lot.

I remember an aquaintance once telling me how fast he got to work on his new fixy - no wonder - he never stopped at lights unlike me.

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

TWB

How do they know weight of HMS Belfast?

Are there set a of scales big enough? (and how do you lift it on? - I see no lifting eyes)

Or did they weigh all the bits as they assembled it? - what about all the extra stuff that people took on board while no one was looking?

Ok - I guess they measure the displacement with a giant Eureka jar....

I reckon someone looked at it and made up a number and no-one has ever questioned it.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

TWB

Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

I did not read unstinting praise in the article - I felt the writer bought it for himself because he wanted to get one and try it out. I did not feel this article 'sells' it much at all, in fact I cam away thinking the reviewer felt it was 'not that great'. I was a doubter about the watch before and I still am.

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Re: "E-flat string? Certainly sir -- now, is your haptic recessed or prominent?"

Glad to see ISIHAC word-meaning-clarification is nerve far away.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

TWB

Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

Upvote from me as this seems a much closer match.

I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Can't think of a title

As someone who would not notice if all football disappeared from the planet tomorrow - I really liked the footage, makes it look quite exciting.

BUT I am with the law on this one, I think flying a small drone over a built up area like this is too risky unless it has loads of built in safety features. I hope he gets a knuckle rap but somehow gets to do this kind of thing professionally in the future.

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

TWB

Re: Location, location, location?

I live in London and love it but do not think it is the centre of the universe and so fully agree with your point/question. I hope it happens - I also like Manchester mind you......

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Want that awesome new Apple TrackPad? Don't get a MacBook Pro

TWB

Any similar sized laptop good for repair?

Honest question, just wondered if any manufacturer makes similarly sized/spec'd machines easy to open and repair.

(I'm too lazy to go searching or put another way, this is my way of searching)

I agree with what others have said, stuff is just becoming so compact and clever that the reliability goes right up when you reduce the number of separable connectors and therefore modules. Sadly the failures are very sudden and often irreparable. But maybe it is time to build a laptop out of discrete components - "hello RS, I'd like 10 billion BC108s..."

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

TWB

Suggestion

To anyone who does not like the new watch* or laptop** - you don't have to buy either. Watches and Laptops are available from other manufacturers which may suit you better.

I am sure you can also tell Apple what you think as I don't think they read Reg comments or take any notice of them.

*Personally could not care less, I'll be interested to see if smart watches really take off.

**I like it, I think it's a great machine for many laptop users - I doubt you'll find a similarly spec'd, svelte and elegant laptop much cheaper - that's counting all the features (resolution, weight, backlit keyboard, battery time, trackpad/pressure pad, thick/thinness, fanlessness etc)

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Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

TWB

Re: That would be telling...

Indeed, I've read and re-read the article and I'm no clearer on why he came back.

Thanks for these articles - I enjoy them even though I have no desire to go to Australia to live, work or holiday.

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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

TWB

' while chewing up between 15.5 and 16 amps.'

Were you trying to talk about power here? Me thinks you need to learn a bit about units....

It may draw that much current but without some idea of voltage we're kind of in the dark.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

TWB

64us?....

That is the period for 1 line of 625 line SD video.. hmmm...coincidence?...

(no not the active line period, that is 52 or 51.95 if talking analogue)

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

TWB

Re: Bugger That

'What kind of numpty uses their personal phone for company business?' - this kind of numpty! - however having said that I hardly use the mobile for work - I mostly use it to send 'I am late texts' or make 'Where are you?' calls. I got a dual SIM phone recently and use the work SIM for calls/texts and my own one for roaming data - I wanted more of a mobile tablet for personal use than anything - but I see your original point.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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NFC payment is new stuff and involves money

I was very careful years ago with my first internet purchases because it was new and I was wary - I suspect NFC payments will take time to be popular in the same way - I don't count this as a failure yet. I don't think my smartphone supports it but I do occasionally pay by tapping with my credit card.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

TWB

re: AC women in ads

Agreed - though I think the original Gtech ad I saw on the TV some time ago had a man as does/did the Bosch(?) one with the Tiger.

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TWB

As a Gtech owner....

...I wish this article had been out a couple of weeks ago.

But having said that, I like my new AirRam and handheld a lot - I live in a dusty house and both really seem to pick up stuff well and run for a long time. I like the fact that the AirRam has no extra tools - Mrs TWB never put them back with the old mains vacuum and we ended up with odd attachments all over the place. I rarely use the old mains machine as it is heavy and clunky to carry around the house by comparison.

The only downsides I'd say with both Gtech's is that you have too plug the charger leads into the units - this takes two hands - I would have liked charging holsters, though also a shame that the 'MagSafe' idea only seems to be on Apple laptops (do correct me if I'm wrong here).

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OMG, that CLOUD has a TV in it! Sony goes Over The Top in telly wars

TWB

75 Channels...

....yeah about 70 - too many.

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

TWB

Thanks!

For quoting battery capacities in watt-hours.

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

TWB

Beginning of the end?

As someone who prefers Macs over other-PCs but has no iPhone (or smart phone in fact!) and has been an Apple-preferrer for many years, I wonder if this might be the beginning of Apple's demise - I know they have lots of cash so should be able to pay for this easily - but having worked in creative places for some years now, I've usually found that when there is a hotch-potch annoying arrangement of stuff, people somehow are more creative even though they moan about it. When you try to tidy things up and order them, the creativity goes.

Hopefully I'll be wrong on this one

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Who wants to be there as history is made at the launch of our LOHAN space project?

TWB

I'd love to join you (y'all)

But time and money are sadly lacking in my life - commitments etc.....

Sounds a great offer.

I hope it all goes well and you all have fun.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

TWB

Why not a smart reading device?

That clips onto your meter and using OCR 'reads' the meter and sends the info back - surely if mass produced would be much cheaper to build and fit (clip on) and would save the waste of the current meters - would also get around the issue of the "kill switch" - I couldn't care if the energy companies monitor my usage more closely - they already do albeit in very coarse way.

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

TWB

No new products, nada

Time Cook is going to come out all ashamed and mumble 'sorry we have not got anything, the dog ate it'

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

TWB

If you stop ranting...

I will say at the outset that I am quite anti gun but not really in any lobby group etc. However I think the writer makes many good points but it comes across as a moan and a rant - and you don't get things changed by ranting.

However if the idea was sold more on its positives I think it could gain more traction - if the 'shooting community' (if I can call it that) was to recommend to Government that a computerised system of payments would free up time and resources for better vetting of those who wish to have gun licenses and bring an improvement to the overall security of gun ownership (i'm sure it could be better worded) then it would be much better received. Don't go on about how inefficient paper and cheques are , but how much more efficient a computerised system would be (I'm not going to argue about it getting hacked etc - someone else can have that dig)

A colleague used to go on and on about speed cameras not improving safety - I told him he should have 'sold' his theories to safety campaigners rather than moaning on about the government limiting his 'rights' - it feel on deaf ears though as ultimately it just came down tot he fact that he wanted to drive fast being an ex-rally driver.

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Apple BANS 2 chemicals from iPhone, iPad final assembly line

TWB

Don't other computer companies already do this?

I thought all computers companies except Apple already insisted that where they get their machines made, the manufacturers did not use any hazardous chemicals and endanger the workforce in any way.

Maybe I have just missed the Reg stories regarding Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, Dell etc and how they make a big thing about how great they are when it comes to manufacturing.

Cynical - moi?...

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

TWB

Grandad built Lancs, Dad did Vulcans

My grandad worked at Avro Woodford during the war buildling Lancasters - I have a great picture of about 40 men all standing in front of one Lanc in various forms of attire - one looks like a gardener, another a grease monkey, some are in smart office clothes, one looks like a secret service agent....There was this story in our family that my Grandad was involved in the bouncing bomb stuff, but he is no longer alive to ask and I don't know how to find out more (now that I am more interested...)

My Dad then worked on the Vulcan - doing his engineering apprenticeship with Avro - we love the sounds of both aircraft even though I have such mixed feelings about bombers being a bit of a ~peace loving hippy~....When I see+hear the WWII memorial flight fly past, it brings a lump to my throat and yet I would not describe myself as particularly patriotic or proud of being British.

Anyone any ideas how I find out more about my Lanc photo?

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

TWB

Battery capacity

Dear Reg,

As a 'technical' website, is it not about time that you started putting battery ratings in Wh? - Ah as measure of capacity, is only any use if talking about batteries of the same voltage. I realise that many phones may use similar voltage batteries but that is not stated in your articles.

Keep up the (rest of) the good work.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

TWB

Re: A tabloid journalist for El Reg with Fluency in English eh

Yeah yeah yeah, we all know 'tabloid' is technically a size of paper, but in popular usage, I think we all now what it also has come to mean....

Having said that, I used to wonder years ago, why very few 'serious' newspapers were printed tabloid size - I realise this has changed in more recent years (depending on your point of view of course)

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

TWB

Upvote to Rich 11 for making me laugh, but then I thought Grease Monkey may be a 'laydee'/woman/female (delete the terms which offend) and I have found that generally wives are the ones who get upset about a forgotten anniversary (anecdotal and stereotypically)

I wonder if it is the same in female couples?

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

TWB

Re: 'everyone going to a shopping centre...'

'...normally goes there for a long period of time' - I know you said normally, but every time I go into Westfields I cannot wait to get out of it - usually less than 20 minutes for me.

But I sort of agree with you, maybe 'most people going into a shopping centre will be there for at least an hour'

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

TWB

Supersonic parachutes?

Don't weird things happen at supersonic speeds - a parachute might make it fall faster!

(I'd add an appropriate icon if I was allowed....)

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

TWB

Re: iSIS

Yes but you'd have to use dehydrated water for this.

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Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

TWB

All for Apple

Your headline infers all these people are for Apple manufacturing then your ~report~ effectively says 'but maybe not for Apple' - is this clickbait?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

TWB

Re: Fetish

It's not a fetish - I have a couple of Macs because I prefer them to other machines, and I had an Nexus 7 which I really liked*, but I am not excited by iPhones and find some aspects of Windows better than OSX.

Not all Apple owners buy and like everything Apple.

As I was told by a senior engineer when I was a trainee: 'assumption will usually let you down'

*I managed to break it (arrghhh) and did not have the money to replace it.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

TWB

Re: Question to someone sciencey.

Having said that I have wondered if you can squeeze the envelope somehow that you increase the density of the lifting gas and not have to carry heavy tanks to hold it highly compressed - maybe making an envelope that strong and light is difficult.

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TWB

Re: Question to someone sciencey.

I believe the weight of such a system is heavier than the lift that the expanded Helium will lift - at least that is a what a gas balloonist once told me.

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TWB

'I studied hard and now work in electronics '

Currys or Dixons?

Only joking (in the nicest/friendliest possible way), I am sure you mean something far more serious and complex like IC design or similar- something I never mastered.....

Upvote for you sir.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

TWB

Re: I really don't like

I feel your pain, I have also been using Apple since '98, and wonder where to turn as I do not like what I have seen and read about Win 8 and Linux, well is there an 'iLife' for it yet?

I suspect on your last point, if someone came out with a new 'much better' OS they would not last long - I'm no business analyst but the modern business model is to sell and sell again and again....sort of like a drug dealer.

You don't want to sell a perfect product or else there is no need for your customers to keep coming back to buy the next one(s).

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

TWB

Re: So this is why windows PCs slow down over time.

I think they lack liberal angst...

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TWB

So this is why windows PCs slow down over time.

Its not bloatware, it's NSA installed spyware.....

I actually think that all this talk of NSA doing this and that is probably a more effective way of 'controlling' the masses than actually acting on all the information they supposedly have and rooting out true baddies, I also think it drives more people to terrorism. I'm thinking of joining a group, if only I could find one which represents middle class liberal angst types like me.

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