* Posts by Andy E

112 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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

Andy E

RyanSpace

With RyanSpace oxygen will be an optional extra not covered by the initial ticket price.

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AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more

Andy E
Flame

Re: *tips kimono*

With a 200-300 W thermal design thats some heater....

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

Andy E
Holmes

Re: I can't stand burglars

I'm wondering why there was enough space in the cupboard for him to hide there. Had he been burgled?

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

Andy E
WTF?

Re: As I understand things

How can the Higgs boson interact with ordinary matter when it decays so quickly?

I'm still trying to get my head around how the Higgs boson and/or the Higgs field gives other particles mass.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

Andy E
Pint

And another data point...

I read a story once where they uncovered the remains of a dinosaur. What made it special was the dinosaur was holding a placard with “Ban the Bomb” written on it.

Anyway, hats off to Chalachew Seyoum for finding the fossil. It can’t be easy working in those conditions and he deserves recognition for the find. As the article says its another data point in our evolutionary story. I'd like to think I'm another data point much, much higher up the scale in terms of evolutionary progress but the wife says no.

Andy

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

Andy E

Re: Had a Thecus, don't bother

I agree - it's a Thecus so save your money and buy something that works. My experience of owning a Thecus N2200Plus was dire, although the European support team were excellent. Despite many, many firmware updates many of the features just didn't work. Why they were included in the GUI in the first place is a mystery. It then started to drop the raid 0 array for no apparent reason and you couldn't remount it without tech support accessing the NAS.

I replaced it about a year ago with an ASUSTOR AS-604T which has been so stable I keep forgetting about it.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

Andy E
Alien

Won’t any alien who manages to decode and understand this transmission make the assumption that its from unintelligent pond scum? Having read some of the entries I know I would.

Does that make me an alien?

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

Andy E

Skype on an iPhone is awful

If you haven't tried the Skype app on an iPhone have a look at the comments on the iTunes store.

This concerns me as my employer uses Lync extensively with all other IM's being blocked The main use for Lync is messaging and screen sharing to small groups of users and to be honest, Lync works very well.

In common with some other posters I want to keep my work and non-work contacts separate. It's going to be interesting to see how the run down in Lync in favour of Skype will pan out. Badly I should think.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Andy E
Holmes

Re: Sensible companies don't allow Chrome at all. Mozilla is far better.

I switched to Chrome from IE because I needed a quick browser but as others have mentioned it has become slower and slower. Google also seems intent on morping it into a Google portal so that all your activities take place within the Google Chrome environment. I find this creepy given their reputation for monitoring and moniterizing.

It might be time for something new.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

Andy E
Coffee/keyboard

Rather expensive

I can pick up a new keyboard and mouse for just the shipping fee!

Seriously though, I think the high cost and learning curve will put most people off.Voice recognition is making progress and keyboards are so cheap. Having said that, I would be interested in something which was more efficient and required less desk space but it would need to be priced at or near prices of keyboards.

I've never tried Google Glass but I would imagine that if the screen was projected onto the glasses lense and you could type with the Twiddler, then you could get some work done on the bus, train, cafe.

Just a thought.

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

Andy E

Re: There is nothing new under the sun

I think you have identified the one thing thats missing from this article. Inventions developed for one use case might actualy be used quite successfuly for something else. As well as telescopes superglue springs to mind as does text messaging which seems to have replaced pagers.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

Andy E
Coat

Re: And another thing...

Were the Three Degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius?

I'll get my coat (humming "When Will I See You Again")

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

Andy E
WTF?

I need a compelling reason...

...to 'upgrade' from v7 to v8.1 or even to v10 when it comes out. At the moment I'm quite happy with the PC's running v7 which seems rather stable and predictable. There's no software or hardware I want/need at this time that demands v8. So, whats going to make me pay out £100 per PC to upgrade? There's other things I'd rather spend the money on.

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NASA preps mission to probe Earth's magnetic mysteries

Andy E
Mushroom

Really?

"... flying through reconnection regions that are only “a few miles thick” but can generate explosions “many times the size of Earth.”"

Well, why don't we see them?

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

Andy E
Pint

Re: LMFAO

I think alcohol might be involved. I'd need a fair bit to produce the same quality of shambolic rambling.

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No more tomorrows for TomorrowNow suit as Oracle and SAP settle

Andy E
FAIL

Not the only error

"felt the jury erred in picking that number and ." And what?

I know its Friday but this is sloppy stuff.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

Andy E
Mushroom

More security flaws per second...

So it can process Java script faster than the others. Does this mean your PC wll be pawnd quicker?

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

Andy E
Holmes

Whats next?

I do wonder what the next big major development for the tablet will be. The iPad has been a huge commercial success but its development appears to have stalled. You can stick more memory in the thing and a faster CPU and possibly a better display but its essentially the same thing. Both Microsoft’s and some of Google’s offerings have better keyboard support but that’s hardly earth shattering. Perhaps the fondleslab has reached its peak and the next big tech must have thing will be something else?

Where's my watch?

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Andy E
Happy

Minority Report

Updated iPhone 5S and iPad to iOS 8. No issues with the update. No one's noticed the iPad has been updated.

Software looks good on the phone.

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

Andy E
Mushroom

BBC to balme

I did wonder about that as it seems to coincide with the relaunch of Dr Who.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Andy E
Gimp

Due for a refresh

Many, many years ago in 2006 I bought one of the original Intel MacBook pro laptops. This was my first venture into the fruity land and in 2009 I bought an iPhone 3GS and unfortunatly both bits of kit are still going strong. The MacBook Pro has had a disk drive upgrade and a new battery. The iPhone has had a new protective case as the old one broke when I was trying to get the iPhone out of it. So the laptop has been going for 8 years and the phone for 5 which is not a bad return on investment.

Whats prompting the refresh is that neither product is supported, with the MacBook Pro stuck on OSX 10.6.8 and the iPhone on iOS 6.1.6. I'm starting to see Apps and programs (which I use) being release that list minimum requirements my kit doesn't meet.

I will probably stay with the Apple kit as I can't see any Android/Windows combination that looks to be as stable while providing a steady supply of free updates as Apple

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Andy E
Unhappy

I'm being discriminated against!

I'm a white hetrosexual male with no military service or disabilities, which seems to put me at the back of the queue.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

Andy E
Flame

Despicable management.

This article should be given to people who are considering applying for a job at the BBC. I don't understand why senior management involved have not been terminated.

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

Andy E

Comma in wrong place?

By Shaun Nichols 7, Aug 2014

Fixed it for you.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Andy E

Somewhere without mobile connectivity

"The thought being, if you are somewhere without mobile connectivity – like the wilds of Cambridgeshire" If your with 3 Network that's pretty much most of the UK outside of the major cities.

I don't even get a signal in my office in London. Perhaps its called 3 as three times a year you will get a signal.

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

Andy E

Why is it so hard to see?

Given that just about everything has mass, why is the Higgs so hard to detect?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Andy E

Something with substance

Ne obliviscaris legis meae et medication

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

Andy E
Terminator

Minions! I need more robotic minions!

Considering that it can take many years to get to the Asteroid belt this is has to be a job for robots. Once there, they would need a working life measured in decades to be viable. It would also make commercial sense just to leave them there once they broke down.

Assuming the robots take 10 years to get there and after another 5 years have sufficient resource to ship it back to near earth orbit (the Moon makes more sense) it would take another 10 years to get here. So were looking at a minimum of 25 years after the robots were sent before anything of use is delivered back. Like others have said I can’t see what the commercial return would be. Scientifically it would be interesting but unless there is a huge, huge load of something valuable it’s going to be too expensive to do.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Andy E

What’s the compelling reason to upgrade?

I look after about a dozen traditional PC's and laptops and they are all running the latest and greatest Windows v7. I have looked at v8 but can't identify the compelling reason to make me even want to upgrade. As most of the machines are fairly recent and stuffed with memory, I'm hoping we won't need a new system until Windows 9 has been released which if I'm lucky will be more accommodating to traditional PC's and laptops.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

Andy E

Re: Bah!

African or European swallows?

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Andy E

Re: Just imagine

But the phraase "but this fossil was very well-reserved." implies it was shy and possibly too well mannered to crap on you.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Andy E

Re: Nah, must be wrong...

Six days? Must have had a slow 3D printer...

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

Andy E

Anyone remember the Segway?

DoT's complete inaction to amend the out dated regulations to allow this vehicle (with a driver no less) to be used in public has killed it off for the UK.

I expect driverless cars will get the same amount of inaction. They may dust off the law requiring somebody to walk in front of it with a flag as that would require the least amount of effort while still giving the impression that the department actualy do's something.

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Patch NOW: Six new bugs found in OpenSSL – including spying hole

Andy E

Re: Quick to fix in Open Source, but it leaves questions.

I thought part of the problem with OpenSSL was that there were too few people involved. There was a very small team (3 people?) who wrote and maintained it. QA and testing needed to be done by a larger team which just didn't materialise.

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'Fan docks' are about to become a thing

Andy E
Facepalm

The wasp

Soem people are terrified of wasps and they do occasionaly get into the office. I'd love to see what the PC makes of it when they start flapping their arms about trying to swat the bugger.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Andy E
Stop

Haven’t we forgotten something?

Google is all about serving adverts up to its users. Thats how it makes its money.

In a driverless car the passengers will have nothing else to do than consume even more adverts. I bet it goes slower to prolong the journey time so it can serve up even more adverts. They may even be tailored to your stated destination.

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Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack

Andy E

I am shocked and appalled....

...at the standard of grammer in this article!

"If the attacker was able to access either the physical server...." and where's the 'or' bit? 'either' usualy implies two or more things.

And then we have "(for anyone mad enough to business with it after this incident)"

To business with it? Really?

Shocked and appalled I am.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

Andy E
Pint

Title? What title?

Nice article. When Apple stuck a phone into an iPod it revolutionised the smart phone segment. I can't see where the next big breakthrough will come from as 2014 looks to be more of what we had in 2013.

Smart watches I think will be a fad. Google glasses may get some traction but I doubt they will go mainstream next year. Some people are paying thousands of pounds to get their eye's lasered so they don't have to wear glasses.

I'll have a beer, sit back and see what happens.

Andy

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We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

Andy E
WTF?

Don't want it

People don't want the kit at the price they are trying to flog it. By the time the price comes down there will be either new models or price reductions of the things people want and are buying.

What makes you think people will buy the stuff they don't want?

Confused

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Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'

Andy E
Stop

Re: Choice implies that the user is expert enough to make an informed decision.

This for me hits the nail on the head. I'd probalbly have used the anagoly of Joe (L)user buying a car. There are lots of different options including engine size, number of doors, petrol, deisel, colur internal trim, model type but which do they buy? The one on the forecourt that takes their fancy.

The people posting are the Linux elite who have learned how to unstall different modules and who are complaining on window re-size options being on the wrong side. Given the installed base of desktop linux compared to Windows and Mac OS it's completely meaningless anyway :-)

I'm off to learn some more completely unintuitive command line switches and options for Linuk utilities

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Intel insists Mac Mini HDMI fix inbound

Andy E
Mushroom

This is an Apple problem!

Apple are responsable for the product that gets shipped out of the door regardless of what 3rd party components or services they use to build the final product. As others have said it is a failure of Apple's QA department or the fact that QA were over ruled and the product was shipped. Either way it is an Apple fault.

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

Andy E
WTF?

Thecus? Recommended? Misguided Fool!

I was interested in the artical up untill I got to the bit where Thecus was recommended. I own a Thecus N2200Plus box and it is utterly crap. Most of the features don't work, the support from Thecus is appaling. The support forums are littered with peoples distrss stories and I have personal experience of loosing data when the Raid array just stopped working for no apperent reason.

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

Andy E
FAIL

Re: Video of RFID fraudsters in action.

The video is hardly convincing as the 'expert' passes the reader directly over the card almost if not touching it. There's no material or handbag between the card and the reader. The video just shows a hoodie walking about getting next to people and then showing off a roll of nice new £20 notes. How he manages to convert the 16 digit card number's he has allegedly swiped into cash is left to the imagination.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

Andy E
Flame

You need a reliable ISP service

If you don't have a reliable ISP service then there will be times when your cloud will be out of reach. I'm with Virgin Media on a fairly new estate laid out with cable. The service has moments were it is excellent, very slow, very very slow and not working at all. The service is not consistent whereas a local disk drive tends to give to give you the data as and when you need it.

Andy

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss sprouts tail

Andy E
Happy

Re: What goes up generaly comes down...

Stoneshop - go to the top of the class!

I'm still laughing (and checking this for typo's).

Andy

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Andy E
Megaphone

What goes up generaly comes down...

Will the flying truss pose a danger to any unwary sole that happens to be passing by as it falls to earth?

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Samsung: We NEVER sniffed around RIM... or BlackBerry licence

Andy E
Facepalm

I've got one...

...and I'm not keen on it but it is a business phone. From a corporate view point it is excellent and locked down to make sure it remains a business tool.

I like my iPhone as its a personal tool with quite a few 'fun' things loaded.

On the other hand my wife and daughter are Blackberry addicts as are their friends.

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Gartner: UK PC market stayed on its knees in Q2

Andy E

Whats the incentive to buy new kit?

As EvilGav 1 says there is no compelling reason to buy current hardware unless you need more memory. This is the only limiting factor in older PC's which can take SSD's and graphic card's. Older CPU's are more than adaquate for the majority of general tasks so why spend the money.

I don't think Windows 8 will be the incentive to buy a new PC either.

Andy

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Apple mulls over investment in Twitter

Andy E
FAIL

Non Story

I can't believe Register published this drivel. As the article says, Apple and Twitter have had talks in the past. These are not on going and are not active. Nothing happened.

Load of crap really.

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Colour Kindle incoming says mole

Andy E
Stop

Needs a bigger screen

I have a Kindle and it is excellent for reading novels. It is the right size and the screen is the right technology. For reading comics or graphic novels you would need a bigger screen. I know as I have tried to read a graphic novel on the Kindle and it does not work.

It will be interesting to see what the target market will be for a colour book reader.

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