Feeds

* Posts by breakfast

831 posts • joined 24 May 2007

Page:

Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Am I a criminal?

"And this year's Nobel prize for hairdressing goes to..."

0
0

Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

breakfast
Bronze badge

Why is everyone so down on Google Plus these days?

It's great to log in to G+ when you want some peace and quiet. Just you and the tumbleweed rolling past in the howling wind, that bell tolling in the distance...

Actually the more I see of the kind of bullshit that goes down on Twitter with all the hate groups and whathaveyou, the more I start to think that Google may just have to wait until other social networks shoot themselves in the foot once too often and it's community-of-communities approach may just win out.

0
0

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

breakfast
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: Pebble still seems the best

Unusual to see a comment on the Reg advocating windows.

2
0

Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

breakfast
Bronze badge
Meh

Re: Overrated

I haven't read outside the Malazan series, but I don't think his intention with those was to create a cohesive narrative- it was a tapestry of stories that pretty much managed to keep me interested throughout. Very much ideas-fiction, rather than story oriented, though. Perhaps like some sci-fi in that respect.

Although I enjoyed them, I haven't been driven to pick up any of his other work. Given that this one seems to be a distillation of his most irritating qualities, I guess I won't be getting this either.

0
0

Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

breakfast
Bronze badge

I think I remember the film

Now every day they can enjoy breakfast at Tiffany's.

A little like me walking past the busker with the severely limited repertoire on my way into the office.

3
0

Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

breakfast
Bronze badge

Unswayed

It may be a new office tool, but it's not exactly a Wave is it?

Hopefully it will prove to have a shorter shelf life.

0
0

Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

breakfast
Bronze badge

The thing about everything over IP is that it anticipates that you have strong IP connectivity at all times, which cannot be assumed among us yokels. Everything Everywhere does not include phone signal in my phone. They should probably rebrand to "some things in some places" if they care about accuracy for anybody more than six miles outside London.

Of course, DAB isn't great for anybody on the move but I had a phone with an FM receiver which I used a lot, I will certainly keep an eye out for that as a feature next time I'm shopping for one.

4
0

White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

breakfast
Bronze badge

Worstall Bingo

The important thing with a Tim Worstall article is to see how long it takes for any given topic to find its way to metals from the more obscure corners of the periodic table. Extra points if they are Rare Earth elements.

2
0

'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

breakfast
Bronze badge

"Old Woman killed by little glass planet."

1
0

Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

breakfast
Bronze badge

Family drama

As a sunday-evening family drama goes it's fine. Better than most other things.

I am enjoying Capaldi's more cantankerous persona, it's a refreshing change. Also contrary to some of the article I feel like Clara is finally getting some character in this series. That said, she always comes across as a bit too playschool presenter for my liking, which is ironic because everyone knows that the best companion started out as a playschool presenter.

Mr Moffatt has some very bad habits as a writer but he does seem quite conscious of them and maybe one of these days he'll stop walking into the same annoying traps or trying to wring our emotions with a consequence-free and ultimately trivialised fatalities. Also the "flagshipness" of the show seems to make it harder for him to be allowed any subtlety ( "our studies show that the C1 through D4 demographic won't get it" ) so I suspect there is a certain amount of limitation on what he is able to do.

4
0
breakfast
Bronze badge
Happy

Oh come now, it's not that scary.

0
0

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

breakfast
Bronze badge

I have 8.1 on my laptop and the major improvement the 8.1 update brought was that the drivers for my wireless card stopped working ( my fault I guess for having bought a system with card from a no-name brand like Intel ) and consequently it's all Linux all the time as far as I'm concerned now. Aside from occasionally wishing I had a working office suite - and Google Docs gives me most of that - I can't say I miss Windows at all.

4
2

Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

breakfast
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Re: THE FIRST BITE IS WITH THE EYE

I fairness, given that you're called "i like crisps" it may be that you're not target market for Soylent.

2
0

Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

breakfast
Bronze badge

Cementing their reputation

To stay in keeping with the books, there should be an entire episode about concrete.

2
0
breakfast
Bronze badge

A TV Adaptation of Hamilton could keep his beginnings and middles and then maybe have in-house writers to provide an end. That would redeem the Night's Dawn a whole lot...

3
0

Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

breakfast
Bronze badge
Holmes

Re: Really!!!

In one way, since the technology became sufficient many of the stories that can be told with the current generation of gaming tools have now been told, so many things are effectively remakes.

However the other side of that is that people with a big-money franchise are inherently conservative because they are terribly and intensely afraid of killing off the goose that lays the golden egg for them. So they can't take risks or do anything new.

New games will come predominantly out of small and independent development houses. Once something becomes a safe bet ( moderately recent example might be Dark Souls ) then a big publisher may pick it up and start making sequels, but those will be more of the same.

Ultimately companies investing large amounts of money in games expect to see ROI, so they end up producing games designed by market segmentation research rather than by people who care about making games fun, original or interesting. This is a place where Kickstarter is proving to be somewhat disruptive, which is good news for people who like good games.

0
0

George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: sign of the times

I predict a time will come, not so very far in the future, when men and women can purchase clothing that changes colour according to the wearer's body temperature.

5
0

WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

breakfast
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: Depends on the context of the incitement, surely?

So what you're suggesting is that in this case maybe the bell-ends justify the means?

10
0

Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Free Speech?

Perhaps they felt it might be more effective for the poster to discover that in the judgement of the vast majority of their peers they are a ridiculous scrotewit clinging with slithy tenacity to repugnant opinions that bring nothing of worth to any discussion and serve no purpose beyond making them look like a tiresome, self-entitled, plank-faced tosswizard.

1
1

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Oh so true...

This solution is quite genre specific- the average NAS believes hip hop is dead and refuses to store it.

0
0

Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

breakfast
Bronze badge

Now I like the Guardian and I read it from time to time but their movie reviews are almost always diametrically wrong, on movies where there is any question of non-terribleness at least. They're the cinematic equivalent of a compass that points south.

1
1

Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Liverpool underground nightclubs!

Where Mersey the sacred river ran

Through caverns measureless to man

3
0

Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

breakfast
Bronze badge
Paris Hilton

Re: I read the first paragraph as "creepy football" data

It is a matter of record that the way someone walks can indicate that they are a ladies man and that they have no time to talk. This is basically a straight extrapolation on that information.

11
0

Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

breakfast
Bronze badge
Facepalm

Good news

We learn that Samsung have "a synthetic material for work surfaces called Staron that can be shaped and used in similar way to Corian."

That is pretty great, because I knew nothing about Staron, but hearing it can be used in a similar way to Corian has made everything completely clear thanks to my in-depth knowledge of furniture-related materials.

14
0

Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

breakfast
Bronze badge
Trollface

Better alternatives ahead

Given that Microsoft own all the fancy kinect stuff, I for one hope that we will see a move to computers controlled by dance.

That would make for healthier office workers and substantially more hilarious offices.

1
0

Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: night time

It definitely increases productivity for both those professions, so I guess they could be either.

0
0

Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

breakfast
Bronze badge

Salty ire

The rumour I heard was that in order to cast your vote you have to draw a Scottish flag on a piece of paper.

Quite a coup for the "Yes" campaign there, I think.

6
0
breakfast
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: bye bye scotland....

Apparently they already left.

2
0
breakfast
Bronze badge
Paris Hilton

Re: What are your predictions?

I think it will be a disaster for the rest of the UK if they do vote yes, but probably the smartest choice for them. In the interests of trying to create a win-win scenario, I have put a tenner on "yes" just in case.

1
0

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: 0x10c

The impression I have always had of Notch is that he has pretty high geek skills. Give him several hundred million to use on things like yachts and women and I would not be at all surprised to find him still sat in a corner hacking out some new game ideas.

1
1

NASA on Curiosity bot: Mission accomplished (for now at least)

breakfast
Bronze badge
Angel

At least we're not losing touch with serious science.

Often new technology is quickly twisted by our obsessive minds towards some sexual outcome, so it's good to see that NASA avoid this by having sent a robot to Mars to drill some buttes.

1
0

Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

breakfast
Bronze badge

Lunacy

I was thinking about this just the other day, specifically the excellent bonus level that only appeared on a full moon. That was pretty neat - it didn't occur to me to change my computer's date ( I was young and kind of a chump ) so I remember being pleased to realise it was a full moon and I could explore that level.

0
0

Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

breakfast
Bronze badge

Still haven't figured it out

I'm really not sure about the whole Twitter business model. I mean, how do they get from where they are now to where money comes to them from their user base, without alienating that user base who use the service on a daily basis.

I like Twitter and I use it a whole lot, but I only use it for reading tweets, sending tweets and sometimes to join in conversations, which is basically what the service offers. I don't see how those things can be monetised unless they wanted to start charging me for them, which would probably lead to other free competitors who aren't yet on the "need to make a profit" part of the curve overtaking them.

1
0

Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: It's a shame.

I'd say Monbiot is accurate way more than the time and is endlessly less deliberately contrarian than certain locals whose surnames begin with O. He's one of the few journalists in the area who is putting a decent effort into understanding the science he is talking about and who suggests solutions rather than just writing reams of "we're doomed" which is a common trait amongst environmental writers.

I'm probably biased - I like the environment so much that I live there - but maybe reading some of his work would allow you to have an informed opinion. Hating someone because Jeremy Clarkson told you to is a little embarrassing.

6
4

Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Special Circumstances?

I had non-humanoid robots doing well on the grounds I was assuming they were working for Special Circumstances.

0
0

Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Sex

Luckily if they hit on you really hard, your helmet will be able to call for assistance. Although if it calls your wife out that may not be a viable risk mitigation strategy.

8
0

Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

breakfast
Bronze badge
Coat

Not an expert in talented celebrities but...

If the chances of a safe landing rely on LOHAN's PANTS staying up, I am a little concerned for the playmonaut.

9
0

4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: How...

It was easy for them because it was a long time ago so they were even older than nans.

0
0

Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

breakfast
Bronze badge
Holmes

Re: Crude scrawl?

"What is it Ug?"

"Ug have vision. Ug see great camp of many caves. This picture is map of camp."

"Who has camp?"

"Ug not know. But it bigger than all the camps in the world. It guarded by great bison made of stone."

"Do you think was future, Ug?"

"Ug says it was a true seeing."

...

"Perhaps we choose extinction instead, Ug."

14
0

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

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Yay, usable maps again

Also the new maps doesn't work at all on Chrome for Linux for quite a lot of users. Or at least it just shows a completely black screen, so I guess maybe it's just forecasting our imminent vanishing into a cunningly hidden singularity or something. But it's quite annoying if you want to look at a map.

2
0

Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

breakfast
Bronze badge

But is reality really real?

Questioning whether reality is real is one of those things that, although appealing to a stoned undergrad, doesn't really make much sense. It's reality, what else is it going to be?

What it is made of is undeniably an interesting question, but whatever the form of the structure is ( a holographic sheen on the surface of an n-dimensional super--bubble perhaps ) it won't change how real it is.

3
0

Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

breakfast
Bronze badge

I thought it was good but... not quite as good as I wanted it to be and I can't put my finger on why.

0
0

Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

breakfast
Bronze badge

Following other laws of physics

If we are considering ninjas, surely the Law Of Conservation Of Ninjutsu suggests that there should only be one ninja.

I would link TVTropes on the subject, but it's not the end of the work day yet and I don't want to entirely destroy everyone's productivity.

5
0

ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

breakfast
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

So really...

Diaspora*? More like Hegira* AMIRITE????

*looking forward to being amply and vigorously corrected over the difference between the terms...

0
0

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

breakfast
Bronze badge
Meh

Just because you can do anything in JavaScript doesn't mean you should.

One of the things you can do in JavaScript is make it behave a little like a well-thought-through and usable language, but the effort is non-trivial. This is one reason I find Node so baffling- why are we taking the one of the most irritating languages around and putting it on the server rather than dedicating some effort to picking one of the many excellent languages that exist already and making it run in the browser?

4
0

Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

breakfast
Bronze badge

Re: Open council web sites. Secret bin collections

One does not simply walk into Basingstoke and find when the bins are going to be collected.

3
0

Oculus sucked by Zuck? 'I'm over it' – Minecraft supremo Notch

breakfast
Bronze badge

Is it not a surname? How do Scandinavian names work?

0
0

You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

breakfast
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

Spectating is easy

Long years ago when I was a student we collectively played the Occarina Of Time on the house N64. Wow, that looks like a euphemism now I see it in writing. Hmmm.

Anyway, one thing we noticed was that whoever had the controller immediately became a total idiot- everyone else could easily accomplish whatever strategy we had just come up with but they kept crashing into walls, falling into lava or getting arbitrarily killed by bats. It was infuriating. The only thing more frustrating was when you got hold of the controller and suddenly it turned out you were the chump.

1
0

Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

breakfast
Bronze badge

Troublesome recollections

I'm sure there was another rapper who was involved in the headphones business, but I can't for the life of me recall who.

4
0

NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

breakfast
Bronze badge
Coat

How does it feel?

It is clearly out on it's own, but that trail does provide a direction home and thanks to articles like this it is now relatively well known. From this we can conclude it is in fact unlike a rolling stone.

3
0

Page: