* Posts by werdsmith

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Friday beers scam up 240 percent, inflicts $1.2 billion in damages

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Re: Amazing

Well quite. We don't pay any invoice without first matching it to a PO which in turn relates to a cost centre and budget code.

You'd have to have a very sloppy finance function to fall for this, so we'll just call it an incompetence tax which will probably be worth paying for the lesson.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Re: A modern Defender isn't a real Landy either.

Hmmmm, by the sound of things a real Landy is no much cop.

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Re: Hmmm

"Looks like a Kia"

In 2015 that's a fair compliment, in fact it isn't quite as impressive looking as a Kia to my eyes, not many cars are. Thanks to Peter Schreywr.

I really am not impressed by the emphasis in the article in the alleged lack of power, the car is more than capable of doing what is required for modern driving. And "what'll it do Mr" sounds like something in a bubble caption in 1964 Dandy comic. More likely some chav Peugeot 106 pilot will say "woss its top end then mate". But nobody else will really care.

The way the vehicle delivers the torque in response to the pedal is far more important.

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FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

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Re: worth a farthing

Whereas an actual farthing might have residual value as an improvised washer...

So, in 1923 Weimar Germany a Mark was worth what ?

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Re: Is there really anyone out there still browsing without an ad-blocker?

All Microsoft Edge users are browsing without an Ad Blocker.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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I'd prefer they'd put another OS on it altogether.

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Re: good article but

. I'd rather be able to spend £15 on a new battery than be without the phone for weeks

I've lost count of the number of non-removable batteries that I've removed and replaced for people. It's a doddle of a job and costs a sight less than £15. Some phones take less than 5 minutes.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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"Smalltalk; an, or rather the, OO language that puts almost everything that came afterwards to shame."

Yes, I've heard that said often, but only by people who have invested a lot of their professional life in smalltalk coding and can't really do anything else.

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Re: Grandad

Or maybe they do visit grandpa often. But grandpa likes his independence, and a lot can happen in just 24 hours, so even daily physical visits aren't going to be as good as this monitoring.

It just amazes me how some people can find a negative in such a positive story.

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Scratch is an introductory concept kind of thing. I found that the kids move on from that pretty quickly and Python is a favourite.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Software

Apple Play is already in a lot of cars on the road today.

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Re: It could be a Tier 1 system

This is existing tech. My car has 360 degree camera, park assist, lane assist, traffic sign recognition, driver sleep alert monitoring, automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, cruise control with auto speed limiter and other stuff I cant' remember. And it's an ordinary average sort of car too, not a fancy Tesla.

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would they be the same with the cost of a car when a new model comes out every 2 years and support diminishes at the same rate?

Have you looked into modern car finance?

What you describe will be nicely covered by a 2 year PCP, or a 2 year Personal Contract Hire deal.

Which amounts to almost the same sort of thing as a phone with a 24 month contract, except you have to give the car back at the end of the contract when you pick up your new one.

Loads of the new cars on the road are there because of these deals already.

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Re: "Drive on the left" signs

I've made the mistake several times, leaving at 3AM for an early ferry I found myself bowling along on the left through in Belgium until a shocked driver approaching brought me round.

Then after 2 weeks driving in the USA I the day I came back on an overnight flight I found myself driving along on the right and thinking "why is that van on the same side of the road as me?"

Point of the second example is, regardless of how many years conditioning you have, it only takes a couple of weeks to totally reverse it the other way.

Always happens when I'm tired.

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Re: But will they put their money where their mouth is?

Magna Steyr and similar companies are out there waiting to put your name on their work.

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: Errm...

" I currently have a ten-character code, nine letters, two of them uppercase, seven lowercase, plus one number. The number and the uppercase characters are not the first or the last characters. Two letters are duplicated; one is both an uppercase and a lowercase character, one is just lowercase in both instances."

That kind of start would have been a feast of useful information to the folks at Bletchley Park in the 40s. A massive headstart.

Seriously, if you need to go that far to keep your phone secured then you need to have a think about what you are needing to hide on your phone. Phone security devices like fingerprint readers are there to help stop your mates from posting embarrassing stuff under your Facebook account. I don't think consumer phones were ever intended to hold Snowdenesque information.

Just avoid online banking apps and the like and the whole paranoia thing becomes unnecessary.

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Re: Depressingly unsurprising

I do.

But I don't keep anything on my phone worth anything to anyone.

Like carrying an empty wallet.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

Irish language is getting stronger and it's more than a few places. My cousins over there attend Irish language only schools.

BBC have their Scottish language channels.

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Penistone, is actually a few miles west of Barnsley on the A628.

Twatt is on Shetland.

And Finally CC Peniston is a dance music singer/artist from Phoenix, Arizona.

And that place in Pennsylvania.

Nobody really seems to make a big deal of any of them, apart from the one on Shetland where the road sign is one of the most photographed.

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Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

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Re: You're photographing it wrong

Or the same joke repeated ad nauseum on ever story about Apple just gets trite and boring even if you were inclined to laugh at it the first time.

Your are <insert verb> ing it wrong.

Rounded corners.

They copied it and claimed to invent it.

Sheep.

etc.

Just make them sticky posts at the top of each article. Save these people from RSI.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Nah, definitely scummy and the sooner it's gone the better. I don't know what it's taking so long.

Anyway, once we've cleaned Flash out of our lives, we can start getting shot of ***king Java.

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Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

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If you ask anybody if they have had sex in a vehicle then I would predict more that 95% will say yes, because at some point in their life during the intense first phase of a relationship it will always happen. And I'm pretty sure that foreplay will have started before the vehicle stopped.

So, after a couple of weeks of dating, there is plenty of this stuff going on. After 16 years of marriage like myself, then that urge is usually dealt with before we leave the house......

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: hydrogen as a fuel is absolutely rubbish.

It isn't green, it isn't practical, it isn't efficient, it isn't cheap.

Your use of the present tense makes your statement correct.

Fortunately there is also a future tense.

In 1896 as I unwrapped a bale of hay for my carthorses I wryly observed a self-propelled motor car using refined spirit to feed his motor and thought the same 3 out of your 4 criticisms. I had no concept of green back then.

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Re: Obvious, really

A vast fortune awaits you if you can make that work.

What are you waiting for?

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Re: Yet Another Fuel Cell Vehicle

We have cars like the Twizy on the road, but I think people have an instinctive idea of Newtonian physics and don't fancy being the vastly inferior mass object on our roads.

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Re: So...

There does seem to be more than three H filling stations in the UK, more than 10 in fact. Maybe there are differing standards and only three are compatible with this Hyundai? Would be interesting to know.

Most ix35s sold in the UK are 2WD versions. Same with the sibling Sportage.

Hyundai weren't selling just automotive tat 10 years ago, I recall back in 2002 a friend was driving a Hyundai Coupe which was respected. There does tend to be a snobbery about car marques in the UK which held the brand back here for a while meanwhile in other territories like the US it was doing fine.

But the world doesn't end at Dover.

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Re: grrr

"what is the point of these things"

If the electricity generation has to be by burning fossil fuels, then because the source of the electricity is ground based and static, equipment installations that would be too heavy to efficiently be carried on a vehicle can be used to clean up the emissions at the generator..

ICE vehicles carry their fossil fuels into our town centres and High Streets, and burn them right there spaying their noxious fumes directly into these spaces that are crowded with people. Hence the London emissions zone. Electricity generation can be done away from crowded places and avoid spraying the noxious fumes directly into our faces.

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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Re: Rumour mill has it

When was the last time a new phone generated this kind of buzz?

What buzz? This is the first I've heard of it.

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Re: Might not be a complete lost cause.

"What exactly in android needs fixing? These days, its s fast secure and flexible mobile platform. Even SSL can be maintained via play services."

The messy, cluttered, chaotic design. Whatever it is about them that leaves me thinking "why the F**K did they do it like that?" The feeling that Android phones seem to be all about the OS and less about what you use the device for.

Every major new Android release I will buy a new Android phone and try it for a couple of months hoping that it is fixed so I will finally like it and get along with it and every time I am disappointed.

I keep calling emperors new clothes on Android, and hoping a new decent phone OS will break through one day.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: oh deary me

Commendations to you for being brave enough to stand against the dumbing down monsters.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: 10 Year Wager £50

Ahh, goalpost moving. Terms of the bet weren't explicitly laid down at the time of the wager.

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Re: Mandatory

@lucrelout.

I fully expected at least one petrolhead to cry about this one, they almost all have an inflated opnion of hemselves but are in denial.

And your sex in the bedroom analogy is probably the most blatant straw man I've ever seen on The Register comments (and that's saying something). It makes no sense at all and does your argument no favours.

"Safe driving has three constituents: Observation, anticipation, and correct and timely reaction"

Yep, risk minimisation.

I can attest that I am not the safest driver I know and I could drive a lot better than I habitually do. But just knowing that gives me a head start.

Try calling your insurance company and saying "I'm a petrolhead, and I like to drive fast, give me a discount please".

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I don't think it will fizzle out, but it will divert down a different path than most imagine it taking now.

I imagine that we will have automated road transport, but it won't look like it does now minus the drivers. The roads will be used in a different way, for example cars using auto-braking/cruise tech to hook up together to form long road trains in dedicated lanes for longer journeys. Meanwhile short trip or near end of journey cars will wait for safe time slots in their own lanes, a kind of micro-block signalling.

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10 Year Wager £50

Guided busways already exist. Pay up now.

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Re: Mandatory

Driving for pleasure can stay (emissions allowing) in its appropriate place, which then just as it is now, will be on race tracks.

The petrolhead attitude to driving on public roads is what will keep them out of the top 1% of drivers.

Safe driving is all about minimal risks. Good driving is combining minimal risk with smooth progress.

Bad driving is anything else.

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Not silly at all

I think in the case of copyright material, production and distribution of digital media online can be done with relatively inexpensive equipment, compared to the physical offline copies which require expensive reproduction materials, storage and distribution costs.

In other words, it's comparatively easy to set up as an online pirate, and more difficult to detect and stop. It would seem that threat of penalties is the only weapon that the lawmakers can come up with to deter it.

I'm not justifying the whole thing, just recognising that digital and physical are different.

Of course, with digital a pirate could set the whole thing up off-shore in a pirate-friendly territory and carry on business as usual without breaking any UK laws.

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Re: I've seen...

What we really need to back that statement up is an example of somebody getting years in prison for a trivial first offence, where the sentencing guidelines allow a broad sliding scale.

Because without citing examples, it smells of BS.

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Re: Another attempt to pour your money down the drain

@Mark Phoenix:

"Does anybody else think that the Government is not representing their voters"

Somewhat and in general, not just on the subject of copyright infringement. But I also believe that the voters are not looking into in any details beyond headlines.

Just look at this thread of comments and all those talking about prison sentences for home downloading a few films and records.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: "The combined thrust will be sufficient to lift 70 metric tonnes"

70 tonnes is the rocket payload to low earth orbit.

I expect that means that they are planning a vehicle and fuel load to achieve that.

The Saturn V weighed nearly 3000 tonnes on the pad, and its payload to LEO was 120 tonnes.

Still unsurpassed, nothing getting anywhere near it.

This SLS development is planned to go to 130 tonnes, this first block plan is to 70, block 1b to 100 and then block 2 eventually to 130 tonnes.

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Re: 4 Lars

For the Pad 39 Space Shuttle launches the peak flow is apparently 900,000 US gallons per minute for the Sound Suppression Water System.

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/sts-lc39.html#sts-lc39-ssws

But it must vary as they only store 300,000 US gallons for the launch. Must have been much more for this static test where the motor doesn't shoot off.

I was wondering what that steam plume would do to the already humidity laden Mississippi air.

I was also wondering what all those people were staring at for 9 minutes. Once you've seen 10 seconds of that video, you've seen it all.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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Todesco said he reported the bug to Apple's engineers, and went public on Sunday by uploading the exploit code to GitHub because he felt he "had to."

"had to...., make a name for himself. "

And why not. Good work by the lad, I think he'll go far.

OSX, on the face of it, is becoming a bit of a cullender of an OS, after years of trading on its robustness it's also approaching laughing stock status.

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Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

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Re: Where does the garden path lead?

Spending 99% of your computer time in Linux is an interesting way to use a computer.

I spend 99% of my time on the apps that run on top of the OS.

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If you don't like it you can flip back in a few seconds.

I upgraded a Win 8.1 tablet to see what it was all about, and it hasn't shown up any problems.

It's all a bit dull really. No dramas to go screaming about.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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No more faff, invest in your bright people, you can only get return on investment if you invest.

In Bob Geldof voice:

"Just give 'em the fucking money".

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if the French government decided to support an industrial project competing with a British one.

I'd be f***ing amazed if the French government ever stopped doing that.

In fact I'd be even more amazed if the French government stopped funding its industrial projects with money from all the other EU states.

The UK government can give £50 million toward Sabre research (which probably requires £1 billion+) instead of sending it over the channel so the French government can use it to develop the next generation of Arianne.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Personal responsibility? FTFY

I left my front door unlocked and was surprised to find someone in my house, well woop de fucking doo

Try arguing responsibility with your insurance company if stuff gets nicked.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Re: They think they know what it is...

And have they tried cooking and eating it? Possibly highly nutritious.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Anyone know how the track is powered? Probably multiple transformers spaced round the track as the long slot conductors are probably a bit ohmy.

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Re: Cornering

By smearing washing up liquid on the track in the corners, you could simulate power oversteer as the car stayed in the slot, but pivoted around the brushes, going round the corner sideways.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

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Re: Unlike Android

Quote the message that comes with the iOS update:

"This release includes improvments and fixes to Apple Music"

And if you click on "Learn More" it lists 6 bullet points all concerning Apple Music, none of them security related. There is a link at the bottom that goes off to an Apple hosted web page for information about the security updates in the patch. But that page is just a general policy one that talks about how they manage security updates.

So, at least on the face of it, with iOS they are not owning up to much.

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