* Posts by stucs201

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Back in my day...

I assume you mean Archimedes? The BBC micro was an Acorn.

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Re: Cloud?

Or a micro-SD card if you'd rather save the USB port for something else

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: @stucs201: Standards?

Well the internet would be pretty screwed if it's underlying standards didn't interoperate. I'll stay away from those though in case you get confused between configuration issues you may have had and the standard not working.

Redbook CD audio.

Doesn't matter who which pressing plant the CD came out of, what make of CD player or drive I use or in the case of computer playback who's playback software (provided it runs on the computer in question). Even discs produced decades after the player work. The only time I've ever known anyone have a problem is faulty discs or discs which have varied from the standard in the name of copy protection.

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Re: You'll never get a job in marketing

That is excellent news! I wouldn't want one,

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This is why I miss the pre-web internet.

It used to be that if a new type of service was introduced then a standard would be specified and those who wanted to provide that service implemented it. Sure it could take a while to agree the standard, but once done it'd be around for a very long time and work with whatever combination of client software+hardware and service provider the user wanted.

These days we might get new stuff introduced faster, but it goes away faster too. Innovation might be a good thing, but so are stability and interoperability.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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re: And that this would be extortion

Selling advertising space in the first place is extortion.

Once upon a time speculatively telling people about things they might want served a purpose. In an age of search engines people can find what they want without having it shoved in their faces by advertisers.

Yes advertising when your competitor doesn't might make some difference, but the chances are your competitors are doing the same. Market share is likely the same as if neither you or your competitor had an ad campaign, except now costs are higher which in turn means higher prices for your customers - so much for 'free' stuff funded by ads, the only winners are those selling advertising space.

Unfortunately even though I suspect many companies buying advertising space understand this they can't stop easily, since they need their competitors to stop too. So loads of money, time and energy gets wasted on achieving nothing except lining the pockets of the people selling ad space.

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Re: 10K for a watch

10K for a smartwatch as an accessory for a phone is probably not so bad for the sort of person who spends a similar amount on the phone. Unfortunately these watches don't seem to be compatible with the Vertu phones that segment of the market buys.

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Comet 67P found to be COMPLETELY UNATTRACTIVE

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Re: on a moving comet.

Well there seems to be a shortage of stationary comets to practice on...

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Has anyone actually done a cost/benefit analysis of this

Yes.

Some bloke called Elon Musk probably has.

I don't think he's doing this *just* because it's cool (though it is).

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Re: Please stop insulting lawyers by....

How would you prefer we insult them?

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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL: They're NOT the same, mmmkay?

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Why the same number?

Well we all know that there have been problems going past 640 before. The 640XL should probably have been the 704, but that would only have been possible by using non-standard tricks and sacrificing some display capabilities.

(Coat? The one with the MS-DOS boot disk in the pocket).

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Re: yes, and?

Be generous: get them a pint and a bag of scratchings too.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Redstone? Sounds familiar...

I guess we now know why they spent $2bn buying Minecraft...

(Coat? The diamond armour please...)

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

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Re: Other things to fix

Surely 'back to the first tweet posted since your last visit' is the obvious starting point?

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: Planet Rock is not on FM

105.2 where I am. They took over the frequency from Kerrang.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Re: Surely the wreck of the Belgrano will stop it?

So it turns out that the Japanese are going to end up nuking the only American vessel which suffered no damage in the attack on Pearl Harbour.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

Definately sounded like a mumbled "nerner" or "nuhnuh" to substitute for the traditional word he didn't want to use to me. Sure we all know that word in the rhyme was originally Nigger(*), because thats the way we learnt it as children in less politically correct times (just like we can normally identify bleeped swear words if we're familiar with them). Doesn't mean he actually said it.

(*) Oh, before anyone downvotes me for not censoring it here go and see what Samuel L Jackson has to say on that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYYBJ8XRdh4

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Obligatory xkcd

https://xkcd.com/695/

(yeah, I know that was the other rover).

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

The terrorists want us scared and to an extent normal reporting of their activities helps that aim. The approach taken here of pointing out how little they're actually achieving and making them seem rediculous is the best way of avoiding giving them the sort of publicity they want without resorting to censorship of the news.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Misread the tag line

Don't give management ideas...

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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I actually do have two fridges.

The main fridge freezer in the kitchen and a small one next to the computer in the spare bedroom with beer, coke, pork pies and other snacks in it. That second fridge is about quarter of a century old (dating back to when I was a student). Back when I originally acquired it I'd not yet even discovered JANET, never mind such fancy internet stuff as Telnet, FPT and Usenet. Somehow I don't think it has an internet connection...

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Also, 81 MPH is a high rotate speed for this class of aircraft

Indeed, it's only 7mph off time-travel speed.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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No. look at the picture it's blue and silver, not green.

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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I've already got all of the monitoring of my body I need.

It's completely unobtrusive and will last my entire life. It's called my central nervous system & brain. I get all sorts of feedback from whether I got a good nights sleep to how hard I'm having to work to do physical tasks to whether the ambient temperature is good etc. True it doesn't give me numbers to post to facebook for bragging purposes, but it does automatically translate feedback to a form I intuitively understand.

True, sometimes when it detects a serious problem I'm going to need to go and get expert active from a Dr about the details, but that is to be expected.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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It has a compatibility problem with it's target market.

I'll believe there is a market for an expensive and blingy phone accessory.

But isn't much of that market going to want it to work with their expensive and blingy Vertu phone?

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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Re: Huh?

Perhaps their real problem with the game is that it encourages the raising of pigs for food and hence the eating of pork?

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the combat functions .... encourage the mistreatment of animals

No, it's the efficiency of building automatic breeding and cooking machines that does that.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Cortana and Bob

So if Cortana isn't a direct descendant of Bob, but does inherit some things does than mean that Bob's her Uncle?

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The problem with putting the Windows task bar at the top (or left) of the screen is that most application which try to remember and restore their previous window position will drift by the size of the taskbar each time they are closed and re-opened. This obviously gets annoying when the title bar disapears off the top.

It is possible to write programs which remember correctly if you remember to account for it, but the obvious implementation will have this problem.

I suspect that making this problem less obvious would be part of the reason for it being at the botto by default.

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Re: It looks like you're writing a letter.

Didn't rover search for files for a while?

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

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Re: They would also have lost the entire Linux market

1% of the users according to the graph Dinnerbone recently tweeted. Though the 5% that are OSX users would be a more significant factor.

http://media.dinnerbone.com/uploads/2015-03/screenshots/09_11-06-09_QLAhnzHO25.png

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Re: I guess that's a start

I'm not so sure.

Writing it in something other than Java to start with may have been better. Converting it now might not work so well if people get bored because it freezes the feature-set for too long or breaks all the 3rd party mods.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: So you pay no insurance, VED, servicing, MOT costs?

I'd still need the car anyway, I'd not be able to do every journey by bike. So there would be no saving to make on those fixed once per year costs (I get it serviced at MOT time even though I wouldn't need it on millage alone), just fuel and saved millage.

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Re: Frack Bicycle Hub Gears and any gear change at the hub, always a really stupid idea!

Do you have some specific alternative in mind? Something in the bottom bracket? Part of a shaft drive? Or just a general wish for something better?

I ask because I think one of the reasons I've hardly ever ridden my bike is that it turns out I *hate* derailers, so if I was to buy an alternative my inclination would be towards hub gears - not that I've much experience of those either (my previous bike was a BMX as a kid), but vaguely recall them being much nicer from having a go on a mate's Grifter.

I'm not sure I'm too worried about punctures being a hassle, they would be anyway for me (fixing the last one involved whinging "Dad....!" about quarter of a century ago). Similarly changing rims - I can't think why I'd do that other than a crash bad enough to bend a wheel, in which case I've got bigger things to worry about than the labour cost of getting someone to rebuild the wheel.

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Re: Electric bike prices do seem rather high.

600 is somewhat more realistic, at least thats less than my annual fuel bill for the car (I only fill the tank once a month)

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Re: Gazelle e-bike

Electric bike prices do seem rather high. The cost of one that's at all likely to be reliable seems closer to motorbike prices than pedal-bike prices (*), despite most of their parts being shared with pedal bike. Are batteries and motors really that expensive?

I'd quite like an electric bike to get to work on, but for the relatively short distance involved and these prices it makes more finacial sense to just carry on putting fuel in the car and forget about a bike.

* Yes I know some people spend this sort of money on pedal-bikes, but they tend to be enthisiasts wanting the lightest possible bike, whereas the electric bike seems more suited to the commuter who doesn't fancy arriving at work half-dead from strugling up hills.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Re: Bigfoot?

Its the wierd units confusing them. To clarify things we're talking about a resolution of 2.1429 Linguine.

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Curiosity rover RENDERED ARMLESS by short circuit

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Re: Quick!

It looks the the Martian special forces took their mission to disarm our laser-tank a little too literally.

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Perhaps someone will lend them a hand.

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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I'd not exactly call a TIE fighter sleek and shiny. Even less sleek for the TIE bomber.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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2 Buttons? Luxury! First remote used had a single 'next channel' button.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: A series of tubes?

..you mean Transport Control Protocol/ In Pipes?

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

I'm not sure he cares about the money. We're getting awesome stuff, which is surely of more real value than numbers on a bank balance.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Watch as a car key?

So how's that going to work when the car is left at a garage for a service or is left in airport parking while going on holiday? I'd much rather leave behind a single-purpose piece of metal than a fancy watch I might want for something else.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Can't buy hollandaise in the shops?

Yes you can. Comes in jars. Obviously not 100% the same as freshly made (since they have to stabilise it so it lasts long enough to sell), but a much easier option when hung-over.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Fair point.

Can we leave them under the exhaust nozzles too?

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Or better yet placed under the exhaust nozzles of the first stage.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Smash

As in "yellow, foamy, comes in cans" I assume, not the mashed potato stuff.

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