* Posts by werdsmith

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Why buy a dedicated e-Reader ?

Smaller, lighter, screens easier on the eyea. Battery life, cool operation, cheap.

I have no idea why anyone would want to use a tablet for reading fiction books.

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Nothing about the Dictionaries / Highlighting

I would have liked to have had the internal dictionaries compared, - touch a word on the screen and it brings up a definition. Also, the highlighting features where the books are being used for academic study, passages are highlighted and the highlighting counts are shared for all users.

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: Yes but

Yep, I agree there. I once wrote code for a machine that had 512 BYTES of RAM. (Not kB, bytes)

I once drove a car with all-round drum brakes.

t'was a time when 512 bytes was over-indulgent luxury.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

I'm buying a new M'Bike at the end of the month. This one comes complete with a Garmin SatNav so I'll have firsthand experience of both popular makes.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Garmin uncommanded restart when approaching a complex junction.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Re: I've got the older version

I see a lot of iPads and MacBook Airs at live gigs these days.

There is a big market for iPad music stands, led by iKlip, Konig & Meyer, Primacoustic etc.

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Re: Fun to play with ...

Yes, it hasn't replaced my tube amps or my modelling amp.

But for getting tones for practice at low volumes, for interfacing directly into Reaper or Audacity, it's very useful. (not this iRig in my case, I use a Line 6 mobile pod with Scuffham).

And it's not just amps, Yamaha have purchased Line 6 and have started making a Variax standard based on their Pacifica. It's coming and we can't stop it.

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Re: iOS ...again!

The latency thing has always been the case. I use Line 6 Mobile Pod and it's historically iOS only because there is a perceivable delay on Android.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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Re: If Swift is a programming language

Powershell even.

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Re: Why are people still writing ordinary C?

C is like a comfortable old jacket. It gives that feeling of actually doing something with the hardware, instead of being totally abstracted from it. It's perfect for hobby/project fun.

Some coding is still done in Assembly.

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Re: Both skew data, because of their intended audience.

Tiobe Index has the same languages, in a different order. In fact Swift at 14 with JavaScript at 9. The top dominated by the old favourites, C, C++, Java.

I think Tiobe picks up on general web traffic rather than specific sites, but seems to bias toward university stuff.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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I've never tried Linux but I know I don't like it.

Well done AC, brilliant! That's the biggest catch of dopes I've ever seen on El Reg, a world class piece of whooshbaiting. Is it a record?

I take off my imaginary hat sir!

All those readers that missed the subtlety, I trust you are sufficiently embarrassed to vow never to be caught again.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Exactly, it was a sports club after all, there must have been a cricket bat somewhere.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Re: Meh is right.

Well yes exactly. I decided to try it out today, upgraded, signed up for music, switched off the renew immediately then set about testing it out.

I listened to Led Zeppelin III, which I already own a copy of - and in fact I already have paid for 99% of all the music I will ever want to listen to. So, if I was paying the subscription then I am either paying again to listen to music I've already paid for, or just paying to have it delivered by streaming.

Either way, there is no appeal for me. If there was then I would already be a Spotify customer.

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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Re: Tasteless

I have a sense of humour, just like I have a sense of taste and smell.

So I know what smells good and what doesn't.

I know what tastes good and I know what tastes foul.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Re: Welcome to the 19th century

Hell, the health care system is purely 19th century in nature, with payment for treatment and no universal health care, unlike modern, civilized nations.

On the other hand, their health care system is where we send people when our health care system has decided it can't offer any more treatment.

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: Ahhhh. The Guardian

Yes the Guardian, perhaps one of the last examples of actual journalism anywhere.

LOL!

It's just another Daily Mail but at the other pole. Almost makes Daily Mail readers seem sane.

For pure comic appeal, read some Guardian comments. High sanctimony and over-compensatory superciliousness from poor deluded souls.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: Thatcher wasn't in favour of rail privatisation.

The UK Railways weren't privatised, they were re-privatised.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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That's not enough for a horse box,

It will pull a little Ifor Williams with a pony in .

But if you are moving a couple of big hunters then forget it.

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Re: Questions

"Can it drive through 30cm deep mud?"

This is the thing about 4WD normal cars with normal ride height. I had one, and it was a Volvo Estate 4WD and I presumed it would be OK for travelling to my daughter's equine activities, crossing wet fields etc. But no, not a bit of it. Those damn horseboxes churn up the tracks in and out and leaves ruts deeper than the axle height of the car. Therefore you need masses of driving skill to try to ride on top of the rut peaks, but eventually you find the situation where no amount of talent will keep you from graunching your valance, underside, sills, all sorts of important car bits.

So, you could have adjustable ride height on your car (air suspension), but this is expensive and even more expensive if it goes wrong, and these cars are meant to be tough. So, my solution was to buy a Mk2 Land Rover Discovery diesel for £1500. It gets over the ruts OK, but STILL bottoms out and drags its diff through the mud, but I have a diff protector on it and it solves the problem just fine for less than the price of an air suspension option. So if you really are a thinking person, and are thinking about a 4x4, then think a bit more about where you will be driving it.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: double sided tablet?

Well you would just disable the side that wasn't in use. Much in the same way as the screen on a touch phone is disabled when the handset if place against the ear.

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Re: Color e-paper as Betamax

I have the pebble time, and it really is best in sunlight (almost like it must have been developed in California) and in well lit indoor environments. But there is a between the two lighting situation which is common in many homes where the colour display is utterly hopeless and the backlight inadequate. To deal with this I just use a black/white watchface, which is OK but not quite as good as a version 1 black/white pebble screen.

There really is no need for colour on a Pebble watch. It does nothing to support the purpose of the watch apart from make it less usable. The version 1 display was much better, the Pebble Time styling is much better. Oh for a Time with the version 1 display.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: Don't believe it

EVs can work very nicely, depending on the way you use your private transport.

For zipping around town or a trip to the next town, it's ideal. I barely do 200 miles in 2 weeks.

For going on holiday? Rent a petrol car.

Those charging points are not just a 30 minute wait btw. If they are in use when you arrive you have to wait for someone to finish before your 30 starts. If there's a queue.......

Use them all day, stick them on charge overnight. Like a phone.

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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You don't park them in tiny shoebox UK garages. They will be fine in surburban USA garages that have more space than some people have in UK flats.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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"Even though I am a geek I oficially don't get why anyone would spend so much time/money/space doing this as you can just go out and buy a functionally much better CPU for pennies that would fit easily into a matchbox."

It's quite tricky to teach visually about CPU logic design using a CPU in a matchbox. It would be like training a chef to prepare food by giving him a fiver and telling him to go and buy a big mac.

And you matchbox wouldn't get you publicity, a shining CV, unlimited admiration.

Or have I been whooshed?

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Re: what is the THIS that you want teaching?

It would be an exception for computers if we were to start teaching how they work.

I don't believe that as part of the standard syllabus we are teaching how anything works to GCSE level apart from maybe light bulb filaments.

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"To all the downvoters of my comment above, do you really need to be told that a transistor is a digital switch? on an El Reg Forum?

I didn't downvote you (I don't use the up/down vote thingies, because I am over 12 years old) but my memory of college fiddling with transistors and doing calculations about how to bias the base so that it operated in the "knee" part of the accompanying datasheet graph made them work in a very analogue way as they were transitioning. Hence the analogue output of a transistor amplifier. They can work as a switch, but there is more to a transistor than the behaviour of a relay.

Of course, this makes no difference the way that transistors are being used for this project.

After I left college and fell into the world of hardware development, I found that using transistors in projects was done using shortcuts and I didn't have to think about all that NPN PNP shit ever again.

Off the top of my head, did silicon bias at 0.7V, germanium at 0.5V? It''s been 25 years since I did hardware, little has been retained.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: [redacted] Amazon

There is nothing in the article about the distinction between fiction and non-fiction. My book on Amazon is a mathematics text book and is used as a look up reference. Nobody will ever sit and read it cover to cover.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Re: Sticks and Stones

Facebook is full of attention seeking people/

Twitter is just full of too much. I mean, I can't read all the drivel that gets posted there, the same comment repeated a 1000 times, in reply to just one comment from a prominent person, so there is no point in adding a comment, it would be like adding a grain of rice to a 10KG sack of rice and expecting people to notice.

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Re: Updated Christmas Card list

Likes are barely any different from upvotes on these Reg forums.

I totally agree with the lady, who managed to face down Apple AND get them to name a programming language after her. Now, if only I could totally rid myself of my social accounts and the feeling I might miss out on something without them......

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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Thunderbirds Are GO

To make this perfect, the rocket stage should land underneath a swimming pool that has slid out of the way to reveal an underground landing pad.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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I've got an Alfa Brera in my garage that I bought for less than a grand as a non-runner. It's being looked at next week and hopefully will be back on the road for less than four figures more. It's a gamble but if it works out then I will have my first Alfa! Can't wait!

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Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?

The car reviews are for the contractors with the cash to buy them.

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

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Re: Royalties? What royalties?

There is an expectation on corporations to demonstrate growth, growth in sales, growth in profits = growth in shareholder value.

If a corporation has made humungous amount of cash, then it is under pressure to make even more cash from financial year to financial year, lest it should appear that the corporation is no longer showing growth. Even if it still makes a stupidly obscene amount

Pressure.

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Unappealing to you.... and also to me.

But to her very considerable target market it works.

I think it's unlikely that she will change her style to appeal to El Reg reading nerds.

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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Re: One sentence posts are like a ....

OK RobertCirca, we'll do it your way. Soon.

Your on-topic content in that post was just two sentences.

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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

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Re: Mmm, chocpot

It's like a year-round version of the Christmas round-robin bragging letter.

Or a perpetual attention-seeking service.

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I really can't believe that has happened to me. So upset!!!!!

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What's happened honey? Hope you are OK

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Hugs baby. Let us know if we can help?

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What's up darling?

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PM'd you.

Original status is attention seeking to get a response, the replies are just nosey people who don't actually give as hit about the person but want to know what's up.

I've all but quit the Faecebook. Unfortunately a couple of special interest groups mean I keep a lttle toe in, but I'm working on that.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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But USB has finite bandwidth,

Very. The Pi has USB 2.

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Is that hole in the top meant to accommodate the small LCD touch panel that Raspberry Pi have been struggling to get through RF testing?

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

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Re: Pretty laughable to think...

A government provides subsidies in order to encourage enterprise, and if somebody uses those subsides then they are not an entrepreneur?

Really?

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

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Re: "Both Pratt and Howard are instantly likeable"

Unfortunately I paid iMax for the whole family.

Bloody hype. When will I learn?

Last 10 minutes was OK.

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Re: Wot!

Have you seen San Andreas?

Good guy was British (played by an Aussie). Evil cowardly snake guy was an American white collar architect type.

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It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

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I was kind of hoping that Java would just disappear.

Having learned it thoroughly, I have no intention of going anywhere near it again, or entertaining and product that depends on it.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

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Re: Have fun, China

So does Detroit have a sister city in China?

Chongqing

They make a lot of motorbikes there, and Ford Motor make stuff there too.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: No picture from the outside?

I expect that photo of an Orange car with a Bloodhound SAM missile coming out of the bonnet does qualify as a picture from the outside.

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like the VX220 it isn’t made by Vauxhall

What cars are made by Vauxhall then? A few Astras at Ellesmere Port, which is an assembly plant for the Opel Astra. Vauxhalls are either Opels, GM Korea or Holden. Otherwise it's just a UK branding for GM Europe (Opel).

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Love it!

And one up the arse for the negative brigade that were so down on this piece of brilliance when it first landed.

Made my day!

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Thing is,

Lisa Nowak is not representative of all women.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Re: I'm glad the code I work on will never kill anyone.

It wouldn't be just the coder. There are testers etc.

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Re: The investigation should center on...

Engines built in the WW II era relied largely on educated guesswork, both in design and in operation

You need to read Sir Stanley Hooker's autobiography "Not much of an Engineer".

Engines designed using mathematics, grid paper and slide rules.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: As long as there has been microphones there has been listening bugs.

I dunno if Walsingham, Elizabeth 1st, or John Adams activities really count as "electronic".

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