* Posts by werdsmith

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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Re: choice . . .

"Thought experiment: Your doctor gives you the bad news and then asks: "Which drug would you prefer for your chemotherapy? You have 5 choices, right now."

You have five choices right now, but the NHS can't afford any of the good ones so really there is only one available unless you want to cough up and go private.

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Re: iOS, Android - popularising other browsers.

Rubbish mobile phone services sent me off looking for compress/proxy solutions like Opera / Coast.

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Re: Win

I have touch SwiftKey and after a learning curve typing is as fast as or faster than a full size keyboard.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

Fukushima is the reason we need more nuclear power.

Best we evolve and develop nuclear power gently now, and work through these problems, the alternative is a point in the future when we run out of other options and have to rush in a lot of nuclear capacity. Our descendants won't thank us for faffing around and leaving them in the sh!t because a few of us can't handle the idea.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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Re: Priorities

I agree with your priorities, I would like to add impact / water resistance and sunlight visibility to a list of things that are actually useful.

More pixels are not required on a little palmtop device, thank you.

Trouble is, Joe Thicky Public can easily be convinced that he needs the pixels by the marketeers who like to sell things by having bigger numbers.

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Samsung brings out new longer-lived 1TB Flash podule for PCs, notebooks

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Re: Screw you christmas....

Crucial MX100 256GB

£59.95 Black Friday Week.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Variable pricing?

We use CamelCamelCamel as the antidote to Amazon pricing.

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Re: It's not just the pricing...

I went through the process of becoming a seller on Amazon, by the end of all the hoop-jumping and waiting I had given up, walked away and used a different means.

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

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Precarious

Sky At Night on Sunday 14th had a really spectacular render, from ESA, of the area where the lander is teetering.

Reminded me of the bus over the edge of the cliff at the end of the original Italian Job.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Who Do We Believe?

Interesting how the television news are giving a completely different explanation of the problem than that given here on The Register.

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Re: Properly engineered systems!

Considering CAA document CAP 694 for Flight Planning is 120 pages, I'm amazed there's no validation of the input data.

It borks the mainframe and causes it to failover to another mainframe which is borking on the same data?

As usual on The Register there will be someone who can explain why that's OK... but FFS!

Get rid of the S390s and put in a couple of Raspberry Pis.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: USS Ponce

Or HMS *******.

I couldn't actually write the word, but it's in countless British films pre-1980.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: It would appear to be worse...

But even at our unimportant organisation we test the diesel generator once per month, fire it up, put it under load and record the results. The only thing important thing we need uptime for is a customer service call centre.

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DNA egghead James Watson sells Nobel prize for $4.8m, gets it back

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Re: According to wiki...

It had escaped me that he had made such a faux pas.

I wonder if certain types of people lack an inherit ability to keep their feet out of their mouths.

Although I have read that there is an opinion held by some that Ashkenazi Jews are more intellectually able than the rest of us, not sure if it's OK to say that or not

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkenazi_Jewish_intelligence

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Jailbreaking isn't that much of a security flaw considering that in order to do it you have to drink a glass of water standing on your head, whilst simultaneously fingering your own arse and singing the Marseillaise.

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1&1 goes titsup, blames lengthy outage on DDoS attack

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Re: yes...

I guess a problem with hosting providers is if one single client upsets someone and suffers a DDOS in retaliation then it affects all the other tenants.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: How much value to users put on web sites

How does it work exactly anyway?

Ads on websites annoy me. I associate the service/product they are selling with annoyance and dislike and I am unlikely to ever want to buy it.

Some websites have ads that force you to watch them by imposing them over the top of the web page content. I don't use those sites anymore.

Like watching a TV Program and the adverts are not left until commercial breaks, instead they are played over the top of the programme while its on air!

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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"By VAG I was referring to any car made by the Volkswagen Audi Group, ie Seat, Skoda and the eponymous marques. Wouldn't say no to a Lambo oR Bugatti."

Maybe you mean VW Aktiengesellschaft, but there's no Volkswagen Audi Group. Just Volkswagen Group. VAG as a global identifier was dropped in 1992, there was a rumour that an American woman complained it was an anatomical reference.

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The DSG will be OK in a few years when VW have finished developing it. And lightened it a bit.

Maybe if they give it to some Japanese auto-engineers it stands a chance of being finished inside this decade.

BTW VAG ? Is this a pre 1992 car when the company still used VAG as its global name? VWs were actually pretty reliable back then (relative to their contemporary peers).

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Re: @ratfox

"Unfortunately it's also one of the few countries to EVER not offer help to any country (or its fleeing citizens) being 'conquered'…."

Have you never watched The Sound of Music?

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Re: way to go!

My neighbour mentioned my lawn mowing on one Sunday, I reminded him that it was the only day for several weeks when I was not at work and the grass was dry enough to cut. I asked him, as he is retired, if he would like to mow my grass for me on one of the 6 other days of the week when he enjoys a quiet garden. He didn't mention it again.

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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

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Re: Scripts

The second wind hold caused them a bit of a problem because they were in the middle of some preparation for launch and the hold happened at precisely the wrong moment to back out what they were doing.

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Re: Why is wind a problem

You hit a bit of wind shear and turbulence in a light aircraft at 100MPH it feels like the mighty hand of god has dished you out a slap. I imagine thumping through the same sort of turbulence at supersonic speed might rattle your fillings a bit.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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It's taken these people to stop pandering to idiot marketing people and number obsessed consumers and actually make a phone with something useful about it. I mean instead of just cramming in more useless pixels per cm. The actually useful priorities like long battery life and good sunlight visibility have been addressed! Why has it taken so long?

If it has decent antennae and is resistant to impact then it is getting close to being a decent phone.

I say getting close, because unfortunately they've gone for Android SOS.

I hope that it is not locked down and the Android can be replaced with something less idiotic, at least make it dual boot. Please? Then it would be a compelling purchase.

I really hope it drags the rest of the moronphone market along with it.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Talking of plain English

As an "adequate replacement timepiece" a mobile phone is less usable than a pocket watch on a chain - which the wristwatch, for good reason, replaced.

Mobile Phone: Occupy free hand to retrieve from pocket, open case, press button to light screen, read time, close case, replace in pocket.

Wristwatch: Twist wrist to face owner, read time.

Even without a wraparound case on the phone, it's still not really in the same league for usability.

On the other hand (!) it's not like the current time is unavailable, there are clocks everywhere, on home entertainment devices, computer screens, kitchen appliances, car dash, street advertising, office walls etc; so it's not like the ordinary man in the street depends on the church clock any more., plus the time is the same information for everybody in any one location. The personal notification alert is becoming the more important piece of information, which is where the convenience of a quick glance at your wrist is more useful than many who have not tried it yet realise.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

MSX machines from Yamaha stepped up for the music, I think there are still one chip versions being made.

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Re: Pfffttt

It's all about the chess 'bout the chess no scrabble

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: "delay the rollout of 4G by 18-24 months"

"I don't need 4G's much-needed higher speeds, and nor do most people. Therefore I have no wish to pay for it (unless it saves me money)."

I thought that too. Then 4G popped up in my area and my phone started using it.

It's not just faster, it's more stable and reliable and holds a signal whilst moving much better - for a greater distance. I don't think it costs me any extra, and battery life is improved (because certain things that used to grumble away for several minutes on a slow link are over and done with in a second).

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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If you need to chill your whisk(e)y to enjoy it then it's either very bad whisk(e)y or you don't actually like whisk(e)y.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Strapping

The standard 22mm strap is correct for the original plastic pebble, but the steel has a weird attachment.

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Re: Battery Life

Solar powered watches are great, but they don't silently vibrate to let you know there's a call or message, nor do they allow you a discreet glance to decide whether a notification is worth following up or not. They don't offer a development platform for enthusiasts, nor a huge library of community source software apps, faces and enhancements. Or allow me to be 30 metres from my phone and still be in touch. Even in a swimming pool.

My solar watch, however, does require the time correcting more often than I need to leave my pebble on a charger overnight while I sleep.

There are many comments on here about the negatives of a smartwatch that are made by people who don't have one. I know this because they are wrong.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: Whatever

Yeah! David May, Inmos, the Transputer and HeliosDos, gonna change the world don't ya know!

Who's old enough to remember this last great blight hope?

No matter, we got Zilog based Spectrums and never looked back.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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There are Mickey Mouse watchfaces available for the Pebble, have been for a long time. Probably not endorsed by Disney though. Their lawyers haven't got round to it yet.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Looking at those Prices...

Laser hobbyist know that if you buy a cheap LED laser, and by pass the regulating circuits you get a very powerful laser with a short life. The laser-optic equivalent of the old region code unlocking "secret hacks" that the DVD player makers didn't try too hard to prevent (or keep secret).

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Re: I like toys but...

Properly executed HiD installations have auto levelling systems. just retro-fitting them onto a car with getting this sorted out is dangerous and will probably get a pull from plod.

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Re: Looking at those Prices...

They can burst a balloon... but only if the balloon is black coloured. They can make smoke on black card or electricians tape. At close range, say a couple of metres.

So they are as useful as a magnifying glass on a sunny day, but more flexible.

Ants and other unfortunate invertebrates beware lest you suddenly find your internals boiling and your exoskeleton popping!

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Of no consequence

Most of those question just don't matter. I had not heard of Sheryl Sandberg until I read this article, why should I?

I doubt that there will be a tech crisis because people don't know the date that the first iPhone appeared.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Space Nazi's

*Orthography Nazis.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

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Same Network

Yes, I should have elaborated that there is a lot of speculation that O2 customers get prioritised ahead of giffgaff ones, but in my experience the O2 data is just as bad.

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Re: I wouldn't want to bet on that.

They are abominable for data.

I have both O2 (business tariff) and GiffGaff personal.

The 3G or 4G is equally frustrating for both.

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Re: mmm

BTCellnet

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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I am guessing that there are quite a few kg fuel still in the tank, presumably near the bottom.

NASA did sums years ago that said that the cost of the fuel carried in order to effect a soft landing is far greater than the cost of manufacturing more rockets and high pressure pumps is too high - given that rocket motors beat the crap out of themselves and are not ideal for prolonged use. Mr Musk must have a cheaper fuel system and more robust motors.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Don't really get the push for more pixels per cm.. There is a point where more pixels are not usable because they are not visible, so you don't need any more. High res has been possible with print media for a long long time, but they don't bother because there is no use for it. Larger displays can use more pixels.

The obsession with numbers that sells things at the expense of genuinely useful benefits that are ignored.

I need a new car because it only has 4 wheels and there are some new ones out with 8 wheels.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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Re: FUCKIN LONDON AGAIN!

"I can't for the life of me imagine why they didn't launch it in the Isles of Scilly or the Outer Hebrides instead."

Some of us just want a signal of any kind. Not even 50 miles from London where the cockney wankahs are enjoying their petabit/s Facebook status updates.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Web site request

"(Page & Orlowski I am looking at you.)"

Yes, I found myself wondering if somebody had challenged Lewis Page to write an article of as many straw men as possible. Ironically, straw men aren't normally obese according to the BMI scale, unless it has been raining a lot and they've been left outside.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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Re: To start with, the display resolution has jumped from 1080 x 1920 to 1140 x 2560 pixels.

I don't need glasses for reading, but I'm not interested in tiny text anyway. Printers have long been able to produce tiny font size, but they don't cram pages with more text, they use a standard ideal size.

So I don't need any more pixels, I don't need any more screen size.

I want a phone that goes comfortably in a pocket, can stand being dropped on concrete or soaked with rain, can hold a strong signal in fringe reception areas, has a battery that can sustain a lot of use over a standard day, doesn't have a painfully scattered user interface like Android and doesn't have to use expensive proprietary accessories like Apple.

Unfortunately the obsession with screen size and useless extra pixels seem to have distracted the phone makers.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Re: Indeed

Try again with the iPhone. iOS 8 had made old iPad 2 very painful to use, but Apple have just released 8.1.1 and they are back to buttery smooth again. I was on the cusp of buying a new one, but no need now it's perfectly good for another 2 years. Obviously it won't get iOS 9 next autumn, but it won't turn into a brick because it's stuck on 8.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: I take the same doesn't happen

I think if the BT customer crowd got together and ran some kind of browser add on that routinely submitted random BS pointless searches in the background then they could properly skew their mining and analytics to a point where it would be useless.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Another Question

Why Android?

Android is the big bruvvaaahh / X-Factaahh / OK Magazine / Hello Magazine OS.

Hopefully they will make it loose so we can put a Sailfish or something on it.

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