* Posts by MrXavia

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

MrXavia
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Re: You guys are reminding me of children...

"OK, it would be nice if everyone calmed down. The feedback from people posting here is clear. As I've said before, you're treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault, which isn't right."

It was an assault for many people, sure not physical, but mentally, an assault on the senses, surely a 'beta' site would have been the way to go, get feedback before giving the new site to the masses..

"All I can say is: we're working on it. If we rush out a change, everyone posting here will go apeshit again."

Just roll it back to a previous version while you work on it...

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MrXavia
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Works for me still... but then again Might be browser dependant?

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MrXavia
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MY EYES....

Another site re-design that was not-needed by a site I visit daily....

And this is painful on the eyes, too much white, does not fill my browser... Fixed width sites are a curse on the world wide web...... It does NOT resize to fit my browser window when I shrink it!!!

No visual clues to the edge of the content or each article.., making it a big mess...

And those menu drop down hover overs, oh how annoying those are...

Revert please until you can fix the massive flaws

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Video conferencing

When I do travel by train to work, I always travel First Class, the amount of work I can do in that 40 minutes each way is amazing, it is pretty damned impossible to work on those tiny seats you get in cattle class..

Sure it costs more to travel, but worth it IF you can afford it..

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Old bangers rule

Or you could buy a luxury car now, that will run for 200,000+ miles (well if an old banger can handle 150k, surely a new car can handle 200+, and you can drive in luxury without a tracker...

but instead you drive an old volvo...

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Photovoltaics is a one time, one way molecular erosion PARLOR TRICK !

Also did you know the earth is flat?

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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No chance they will install a smart meter for me then, you need a mobile signal for that, and there is no mobile signal in my house...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Apple and Amazon... intangible?

Why not lets have an Apple tax.. tax Apple specifically 25% off the turnover..

Apple users are already used to paying a premium I am sure they wouldn't even notice....

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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potentially 440 Years? for that?

Wow they are mad in the USA... sure he caused mischief...

BUT he didn't rape/kill/maim/beat anyone or steal/vandalise/deface/destroy anything..

If a computer crime has a worse punishment than the above crimes, then something is seriously wong with the justice system...

His crime is akin to trying to pick a lock and jamming the lock in the process...

Sure punish him, give him community service & fine him a reasonably large amount if he caused financial harm...

and they wonder why people resist any risk of extradition to the USA....

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

MrXavia
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Re: Looper

actually looper made no sense at all to me... the scars 'appearing' when the time traveller would remember all that... and just by being captured could be prevented from jumping back and escaping....

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MrXavia
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Re: Scratch that, reverse it Edge of Tomorrow...

He died earlier in the day the last time, and absorbed the omega blood at that time of death, hence the reset to an earlier time relative to the original reset point, a day earlier....

Well that was my take on it anyway, what didn't make sense was the whole 'its dead' thing when the day had been reset...

Surely resetting the day brought the omega right back??

Unless for each reset the omega itself transports itself back through time and transfers the memories back to the alphas, its last dying act being to reset the day... maybe...

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

MrXavia
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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

many of us are old enough to remember the threats and attacks from the medieval terror bastards IRA long before the events of 11/9 and we didn't need our privacy and liberty destroyed to deal with them."

Exactly! We don't need useless legislation that won't even protect us.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Opportunity knocks.

Maybe, but motion detection on even the most expensive cameras is pretty bad....

And they are terrible in changing light conditions... sure ok if your indoor curtains closed, but useless outside..

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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Re: DNA living on?

Buried in the hole they drill so not so harsh

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

MrXavia
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" This mode just has to connect to the galaxy servers for environment updates"

That is not the issue, the issue IS that you need to be connected to play, its not for environment updates its for anything such as ship purchases, cargo, upgrades, etc...

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MrXavia
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Re: Shame

"You can still play it single player and never meet another player EVER... it's called solo mode... you just need to be online for it"

Yeah but the issue is the universe still evolves when your not there, some people don't want that..

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Re: Cue the mass demands for refunds.

Physical DRM free copy was one of the rewards, since always online = a form of DRM, I expect anyone who wants a kick starter refund should be able to get one, at least if they paid up for a physical copy like I did.

I will wait and see, they listened to the community on the 'rooms in space' micro jumping and introduced SC, they back stepped on some of the FA-Off changes, I expect they will end up listening to the customers and introducing something at some point for offline play....

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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I like physical sims, easy to change devices, easy to change networks (assuming you buy from Vodafone or CPW where the phones are usually provided unlocked)

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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I don't get this...

Surely having your flights available ON price comparison websites is going to get you more business? Surely it makes more sense to offer an API for access to data?

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

MrXavia
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That is WHY he flipped out... the planet was not there...

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MrXavia
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Re: Watched last night on catch-up...

Completely agree, he was great as the Dr, in fact the whole cast was amazing this season, one of the best ever, but the writing was terrible! Like they wasted the budget on actors and forgot to hire scriptwriters so they hired a bunch of 6 year olds to write it...

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MrXavia
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The acting Acting is brilliant, the effects are great...

The Story? Terrible!

The writers for this entire season should be banned from ever going near Dr Who again...

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

Everyone is different, and its true you should have a doctor who would refuse your treatment if you were not suitable, I myself had laser eye surgery, I chose the company carefully and only after a recommendation from a friend (not optical express)

Sure its not for everyone, but I am very happy with my results, I know my eyes will still likely deteriorate, but this gives me many many years until I need glasses daily again (or another surgery of some kind)

I am crossing my fingers they will be able to grow new lenses/corneas by the time it gets too bad so I can get my eyes fully fixed (I dread the years where I'll need reading glasses because my lens hardens...)

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: Disagree

I agree, first half was great!

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MrXavia
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Re: Soooo....

Oh Gravity, has A film that was almost designed to pull a massive geek crowd ever disappointed so much?

Did they even have an advisor from NASA?

The film could have had a very similar plot, similar effects but been more realistic...

I am glad I did not watch it at the cinema, I would have annoyed everyone by screaming at the screen!

One of the most glaring errors is you do NOT wear normal underwear under a space suit, where is the cooling garment? where is the Maximum Absorption Device (space nappy)?? I guess having her in underwear showed more skin than the cooling garment, and having her float naked would be a no no for American audiences....

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MrXavia
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Re: 3hrs in IMAX?

"£30 for two people to go to the pictures is becoming fairly standard unfortunately, "

My local cinema is a little independent single screen job but they have a digital projector, leather seats and only charge £7.

meaning I have more change than my local sticky multiplex to spend on a good draught beer (the cinema also has a fully licensed bar and even serves ales!!)

It may not be the iMax experience but I wish there were more cosy cinemas like this ran by people who love film! and its great for kids, get a sofa (yes they have leather sofas) and sit your young one beside you, they can cuddle up in scary bits!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

MrXavia
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The solution is medical, not technological...

Find a way to repair the damage from the radiation and you will do so much more than just enable long duration space missions.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Fairly obvious...

I think Mars One should consider having a 3 to 1 ratio of female to male in its 4 crew groupings, any other ratio could lead to problems long term....

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Why is this different from using a telephoto lens on a camera?

How can there really by any more privacy implications than any other form of filming by a camera crew?

Unless the drone is flown into places that you cant walk into, i.e. onto private land, then there are no new privacy implications vs a guy with a camera, drones are noisy, you will not miss one!

And i is not like they have any less right to film in public (although I believe they need a license to fly near the public?)

It is not like there is a difference to filming through a window with a drone or with a telephoto lens from another building...

So really its a non story just reminding broadcasters to follow the laws they have to anyway...

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

MrXavia
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Re: Hmm

I thought the same? I assumed they had the power to knock on the door of a registered gun owner and ask to see the firearms and how they are stored?

Surely this is good sense, no?

I don't own firearms, but I love shooting, when my kids are older, I plan to purchase a nice variety of firearms, and I would expect the police to come and inspect my storage before I am granted my license AND on occasion afterwards....

I would even go so far to insist all gun owners pass a safety course...

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: @Ben Tasker

"The simple fact is women objectify men too. Not every woman does it (just as not every man does it), but it's all too often characterised as 'men objectify women, the pigs' when it swings both ways."

Speaking as a male, I don't mind being objectified by women...

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Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

MrXavia
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Re: Not for Fanbois.

But the spinning rust can barely keep up..

I have a 1Gbps LAN at home, its not the LAN that slows up data transfer, its the spinning rust...

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

Nuclear, that is what you missing....

We need new nuclear power stations, with reprocessing plants to make the most efficient use of the fuel, no dumping the 'waste' like the US does, if its radioactive enough to be dangerous its radioactive enough to be useful!

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MrXavia
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Re: Only 2 motors

Don't think that is the reason, volvo has all wheel drive in its ReCharge car, ford has one too using the same tech IIRC.

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Re: What? No KITT?

Oh they CAN do driverless trains, but the unions won't allow it...

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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WTF?

Hold on... so they are saying they need no warrant to commit a crime in another nation? USA world police....

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Well this is fun but...

Costs will drop once SpaceX get their rockets & capsule fully reusable...

Costs will drop again once(if) Reaction Engines get Skylon off the ground.. (which is looking more likely with every milestone they conquer)

SpaceX = Evolutionary

Reaction Engines = Revolutionary

Both concepts are great ideas and have a market.

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MrXavia
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Re: TSSSSSssssss.........

in theory its tougher than the aluminium cans they live in now....

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MrXavia
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Re: Future of space colonization...

"Why not use the nanites to build with something sturdy, like iron alloys and native rock?"

inflatable structures actually make more sense, the flexibility makes it more able to survive mishaps in orbit..

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TalkTalk and Three want to make it easier to switch mobe networks

MrXavia
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Only problem with Three is coverage in the countryside, and their femtocell is a bit wimpy.

Deal wise they are great value and their speeds are good.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

MrXavia
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Re: why goes it have to be the game?

I thought the Adventures of Clutch Powers (a Lego cartoon) was much better than the lego movie (I think my sons agree) I would much rather they make a sequel to that

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MrXavia
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Re: Really?

I thought Battleship could have been a great film, if it had been based on the game, two forces trying to destroy the others naval fleet.....

but instead they turned it into a strange Sci-Fi film with a weird ending involving an old battleship....

I love sci fi films but that was just weird...

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

MrXavia
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Re: Like your mom said ...

"If everyone was jumping off a tall building, would you do it too?"

It is probable, because my friends are quite sensible folks, so if they are jumping there must be a very very good reason, like the building is on fire and they are jumping into the pool of the adjacent but lower tall building...

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Don't get too upset

""guess where I'm calling you from" for hours on end at 30k feet."

I can do that anyway, seat back phones in the flights I usually take... but oddly no pricing information is easy to hand....

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"What's the worst that could happen"

Someone has an car accident, can't call an ambulance, people die, person with jammer gets put in jail for manslaughter...

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: Gigabit over copper?

yeah, but gigabit CAT5-E uses 4 UTP to give that speed, all four channels are used.

by comparison, your phone line has two wires... and its spliced in ways that would make ethernet cry...

but in all fairness I would run cat6 to the edge of my property for them to get higher speeds, but i'd be happy for 100Mbs each way, no idea why anyone needs gigabit internet connectivity at home...

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

And always go for a big brand MicroSD, or they fail...

Even SanDisks have issues, (although I suspect I had 3 x 32gb from a bad batch)

the only ones i've had that never fail on me are Samsung ones

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

"Do we really need to ensure we are always dead on 50mph?"

yes, otherwise you'll get fines & points on your license, that is of much more importance than actually keeping your eyes on the road....

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