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* Posts by Andre Carneiro

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

Andre Carneiro

Re: As someone who works on GPU's for SS phones...

OK, let's try this again, as it seems you've not read the article or the comments.

As one of the previous posters succintly ecplained "What Ars did was to create two versions of the benchmarking tool Geekbench — one that the system could identify as Geekbench and one that it couldn't. The code remained identical". These two versions of the benchmarking tool with IDENTICAL CODE delivered two different results depending on whether the system could identify it or not.

Is "the problem here" slightly more visible now?

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Wireless traffic-info networks could save BEEELIONS per year

Andre Carneiro
Big Brother

"data from the vehicles and sensors was anonymized and collected in a central location"

That, right there, has pretty much ruined it for me....

Pretty sure the NSA or GCHQ are salivating at the prospect, though...

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Going under the knife? Avoid Fridays. Trust us, we asked a doctor

Andre Carneiro

Re: I would imagine

I fear that may not be quite right.

It is well known that staffing levels decrease at night and weekends. It would appear from this study that what many in the NHS have felt, actually is true: reduced staffing levels lead to increased morbidity and mortality,

I believe the medical royal colleges have tried to impress this upon the "powers that be" for years: we need more staffing round the clock, 24/7. Hospitals should never run on "skeleton staff", regardless of the time of days or day of the year.

But, of course, this comes at a price. And when hospitals are struggling to keep the staff they already have or are considering redundancies, increasing staffing levels is clearly not happening any time soon.

I think it's important, however, to get a grip on reality: Healthcare in the NHS is of very high quality even if individual patients experiences may not always be so. It's good that these "deficiencies" are brought to light, though. The NHS strives to always improve. My opinion anyway.

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Re: No surprise

"The pay is great and the hours are even better."

Glad you've not chosen to be a doctor. You clearly haven't the first clue what it's like.

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Virgin Media keeps mum as punters fume at crippled web access

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I bet it's the bloody traffic management again...

I remember when WoW was unplayable for a number of days. Virgin kept saying it was peering this and Telia that and eventually accepted that their idiot "traffic shaping" software had cocked everything up.

I left them for their sheer incompetence managing that one incident and have never looked back.

I will try my best never to be one of their customers ever again.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

Andre Carneiro

No brakes?

The whole story sounds very odd. Not saying it's impossible, as I don't really know whether the Renaults have "brake by wire", but I find it strange that all the brakes (including the parking brake) were inoperative...

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UK malls use Google in desperate stab at luring shoppers off the web

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Free WiFi?

Tends to be some cumbersome thing that we need to sign up for and give all sorts of personal data in return. No to mention the need to login every time you want to use it. No, thanks. My DC-HSPA enabled mobile phone can do anything public WiFi can do. Usually better and with less hassle.

Free parking, as mentioned earlier, would be far more enticing.

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FAA grounds Boeing's 787 after battery fires on plastic planes

Andre Carneiro

Re: Waiting...

No, Standby Instruments can be electronic provided they're supplied by a different bus bar and have their own power backup systems.

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Next-gen H.265 video baked into Broadcom's monster TV brain

Andre Carneiro

Painful video...

Allt the technical reasons notwithstanding, it was cringeowrthy seeing the presneter try to muster some sort of enthusiasm...

I wish those guys would just report on things, rather than try to gather excitement from a croud which REALLY can't be arsed...

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10 Gigabit Ethernet still too expensive on servers

Andre Carneiro

Re: Servers need switches

" especially when you can't plug a 1Gb device into a 10Gb port."

That's odd, I could have sworn 10GBASE-T was supposed to be compatible with 1000 and 100?

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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

Andre Carneiro
Trollface

Wait, what?

You had a flaky signal so you've moved TO O2?

Wow....

And how's that working out for you? Any outages this week? ;)

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Ofcom saves piece of 4G spectrum pie for '4th operator'

Andre Carneiro

Re: stuff 4g

I find, however, that the places where you're unlikely to get decent wired broadband are also the ones where mobile signal and 3G coverage are the worst as well...

Deep Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside are examples that spring to mind...

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Australians receive SMS death threats

Andre Carneiro
Happy

Re: Fly, All is Discovered

So 40% of people have a big secret?

That's not stretching the realms of imagination, to be fair..

That story did make me laugh, though. Hadn't heard it before :)

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O2 outage outrage blamed on new Ericsson database

Andre Carneiro

Re: Har-de-har-har

You're right, from my personal experience you should never gloat about being on Orange... ;)

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Google G-drive app leak sparks 5GB file vault riddle

Andre Carneiro

Giving Google all of my documents?

Unless there is some form of encryption that means they can't see everything I upload into their sysdtems there is NO WAY i'm ever using this service. Dropbox is bad enough in that respect.

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RIP wind power: Minister blows away plans for more turbines

Andre Carneiro
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I love The Register

I swear to God, reading the discussions in these forums is as good (if not better) than the original article some times.

It's heartwarming to see interesting discussions from people with different but objectively founded points of view.

El Reg forum posters, I salute you!

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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LTE? Really...

Well, if the "New iPad" is anything to go by, then I can't see the appeal of LTE. In fact, it would completely put me off upgrading. What use it is for a phone to have LTE on a different set of frequencies which are unlikely to ever be used in the UK anyway?

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BT slurps from first govt broadband cash pot in Lancs deal

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FTTC? Booh!

It annoys me how seemingly short-sighted the deployment of FTTC is... Does this mean we'll be going through this whole bollocks again in 10 or 15 years time, when 80Mb is no longer enough?

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Airport bomb Twitter joker in second fine appeal bid

Andre Carneiro
Happy

Aircraft doors...

Have to be pulled inwards before they open outwards. There is SOME logic to the design, you see.... ;-)

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TSA to revise nudie scanner software

Andre Carneiro
Happy

What was the guy's name again?

"John Pistole"? Seriously? :D

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Andre Carneiro
Unhappy

God damn it!

Why do the good ones always have to leave???

Best of lucks in your endeavours, Sarah. Missing you already...

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Virgin mobile users get tariff tweak treats

Andre Carneiro

I might consider them...

... if they were'nt piggybacking on T-Mobile.

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dabs.com says sorry for delivery debacle

Andre Carneiro
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I've given up too...

I echo your remarks. They used to be ace a few years ago. Cheap, great choice and speedy delivery.

It's all been going downhill with orders being delayed and sent via HDNL who have been the most incompetent couriers I have ever experienced.

I have given up ordering from Dabs and stick to eBuyer these days :)

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Facebook royal rant bishop suspended

Andre Carneiro

"dishing out supersticious drivel about sky-fairies"

Regardless of your beliefs (or lack thereof), that was a pretty rude, insensitive and offensive remark.

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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

Andre Carneiro

Not yet...

... but rumor has it that it may be implemented in the next revision of Snow Leopard (10.6.5) or Lion (at the latest).

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Andre Carneiro
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Flash is the way forward...

I fitted a 256GB Crucial C300 SSD to my computer. I use it as my boot drive and have a couple of games in it. My "user files" like music, photos and videos are kept in a standard 1TB Drive.

From a purely user-centric perspective, I willl never, if I can help it, go back to rotational media as my primary storage. Steve Jobs is right on this one.

Of course, if you want decent performance (both for reads and writes)from your SSD, you certainly have to pay the premium at the moment. But I think it's definitely the future.

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BBC publishes Freeview HD timetable

Andre Carneiro

@ BigYin

"I still can't see any difference between a decent SD picture and an HD one."

May I suggest, then, that you go get your eyes checked PDQ?

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Sacked drugs advisor pledges new expert body

Andre Carneiro
FAIL

@Anonymous Coward 17:02

And just what evidence are you basing your opinion on?

Seems like you've swallowed the government propaganda rather well.

Now run along and go get yourself an ID card, double-quick! It'll protect you from all forms of terrorism, don'tchyaknow?

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BT to push fibre to 1.5m more homes and businesses

Andre Carneiro
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Fibre, glorious fibre...

Well, just been back home to Portugal to find out that Zon (one of the local ISPs) has already rolled out FTTH to approximately 1.800.000 homes and are planning another million premises to be "fibred" by next year.

They are currently offering up to 1Gbps (Yes, that's one Gigabit) bandwidth with unlimited traffic and no traffic shaping! No, I don't quite know exactly what their business model is, either...

God, and here I was so happy with 50 MBit

Mind you, 1 Gbps is more than even I (a well known bandwidth tart) would know what to do with. There is only so much pr0n out there, after all....

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@ Martin 19

Rural amenities? You mean, like water? And fresh fruit and vegetables? And milk?

Yes, you get a lot of that ported into the city from the countryside.

'nuff said.

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Intel used rebates to freeze out AMD, EC docs show

Andre Carneiro
FAIL

Testimony?

"Testimony given under oath by senior individuals"... the same senior individuals seeing 1 Billion flying out the window?

Call me a cynic, but I suspect that testimony is not worth the paper it's written in...

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Lawyers claim ringtones are public performance

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Fuckwits!

... that is all.

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Hackintosh maker rises from the dead

Andre Carneiro
WTF?

Honestly, why bother?

MacOS looks cool, but it's not THAT good an OS anyway. Why allt he heartache, really?

DOI: sent from my Mac.

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Electric plane takes to the skies

Andre Carneiro

1000ft?

Sounds like an aeroplane that doesn't actually do very well at flying, if 1000ft is the best it can manage... :)

Still, 2 or 3 hours endurance is pretty impressive.

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Chief constable caves to judges on disk grab

Andre Carneiro
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Hysteria is alive and well....

It's sad to see that even the supposedly level-headed law enforcement community being gripped by the usual public hysteria...

I was going to say "surprising" instead of "sad" but then I hardly think this surprises anyone.

Something is definietly seriously wrong when even the police fail to comply with a court order.

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Tories research increased net censorship

Andre Carneiro
Black Helicopters

Good news for VPN service providers...

The anonymous VPN tunnel providers must be rubbing their hands with glee.

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Start-up Bee pledges 'affordable' British e-car

Andre Carneiro
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Sign me up!

80 mph, 200 miles of electric goodness?

If the full charge takes less than 8 hours, and for 7 grand, just tell me where I sign up to get one! :)

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Blizzard: Game designers aren't Shakespeare

Andre Carneiro

"Just mashing the button"?

Oh, please tell me that's not the future of MMO quests.

I actuallt think WoW has fantastic lore which is helped by many extremely good quest lines. Reducing the text substantially would just turn quests into "Go and kill that mob" exercise. Pointless.

At the moment it feels like there is a good balance, IMHO.

Oh, and Green Hills of Stranglethorn is probably up there with locust plagues in the list of evil things to be subjected to. Battle for Undercity was awesome. Sent shivers down my spine. :)

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IWF rethinks its role

Andre Carneiro
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Ah, yes.... A nice, healthy dose of censorship.

Don't you just love it?

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Aussie convicted over Simpsons sex pics

Andre Carneiro
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ANd here I was...

... thinking Australia was one of the last bastions of common sense in a world of moronity. This article has just proved me wrong.

I think that judge and whoever decided to bring the whole criminal proceedings in the first place are clearly in desperate need of a life.

... or maybe a shag. :P

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Did speaker's statement show he doesn't know what day IT is?

Andre Carneiro
Dead Vulture

HDD encryption

If I were an MP I would be encrypting my HDD as soon as possible.

Well, actually, I've already done that. It seems any old excuse is enough for the plod to come in and seize your data these days, and I intend to make their work as difficult as possible.

Tombstone to mark the passing of our civil liberties.

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Police collar kid for Wi-Fi pinching

Andre Carneiro
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Whatever happened to...

Realising next door's teenage lad has connected to your network, going next door, politely knocking on the door, inform lad or his parent of what happened and ask him to stop?

And then maybe, just maybe, turning on the encryption on your Router?

Have people utterly lost the ability to behave as civilised adults and communicating as such?

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Honda shows Insight hybrid in Europe

Andre Carneiro
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Design still an issue

I wish they would make hybrid cars look just like.... well, NORMAL cars.

I think they try to hard to make it look all amazing and modern. I very much agree with Daniel's "CAR OF TOMORROW" comment.

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Police drop BT-Phorm probe

Andre Carneiro
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UnFUCKING believeable!

Implied consent? "Can't be arsed", more like....

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Texting worse for drivers than drink or drugs

Andre Carneiro

But surely...

.... whilst you're drunk and/or stoned throughout the entire duration of your journey, you'll only be "impaired" for the 20 seconds it takes you to send a text, following which you'll resume your full driving abilities (such as they are)?

It seems to follow, then, that whilst your impairment is more severe whilst texting, you'll be impaired for longer while drunk/stoned and therefore these two are still, overall, more likely to be in the origin of an incident.

Or am I missing something crucial?

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Beauty contest judge canned for slamming 'munter' contestants

Andre Carneiro
Stop

Munters?

I think he was being kind, then... :P

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45th Mersenne prime discovered (possibly)

Andre Carneiro

@Chris

Dude, chill out! I'm not trying to outlaw anything!

(Although RnB should be) ;)

I was really just curious to find out if there was any particular application to this piece of knowledge that wasn't immediately obvious, that's all.

And it's very kind to compare the value of one minute of my time to all those computer hours. I'm flattered. :P

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Andre Carneiro

And now, for something completely.... errr, pointless?

Fine, OK, so maybe not pointless.

But as stated earlier, I would be REALLY curious to know why millions of computer-hours were invested in THIS instead of something more obviously beneficial to mankind...

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El Reg salutes ultimate shed anthem

Andre Carneiro
Happy

It's Friday!

Lester Haines, I salute YOU!

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Palm launches £399 Treo Pro

Andre Carneiro

PalmOS FTW

I'll have to add my "bring it on with PalmOS and I'll buy it" comment too. Not quite keen on Windows Mobile, having had a not very successful experience with it...

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