* Posts by werdsmith

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: A fool without money will soon be ignored

It's like those door-steppers.

Political vote canvassers who know your door.

Double glazing / home improvement sales people who knock your door.

Religeous folk who knock your door to try and pass their message.

Linux zealots.

Just leave me alone, I am an OS agnostic. It's not important and I don't care.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

Its been shown time and time again that the unwashed masses are quite happy with the status quo warts and all

Some Francis Rossi and Nick Parfett fans do actually take showers.

Not many though.

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Re: Past Glories, Revisited

"And in return, we should give up our privacy?"

What privacy?

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: Nice Specs. Are They Rose-Tinted?

Many old Defenders on the roads now have build quality that is not down to BL or whoever owned LR when it was built, but the cars have been rebuilt entirely by enthusiasts with love and care and demonstrate that they are really well engineered vehicles.

I have an old motorbike that was probably built in a day way back, and had a reputation for dripping oil and failure, but it has been entirely rebuilt by me (over 4 years) and I have total confidence that it is as reliable as the rotation of the earth.

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Re: @david bates - rich boys toys wh

After the Defender, does anyone know of another machine with its virtues?

I mean one that you can stand on the roof, or a farmer in a barn with a spanner can fix up with a mail order panel if one gets battered etc?

There are any number of supposedly "superior" 4WD vehicles but they are all great as long life stays within certain parameters. For true in the field robustness and repair, the '48 design is quite special.

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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Re: Wow...

Can we have most the above comment as a sticky post at the top of all articles about Apple products?

Also add "xxx did it in 1624 but when Apple do the same it's new and miraculous", plus some references to ovine beasts and stuff about xxx device already does that and only costs 50p.

It will save all these people from the risk of RSI typing the same thing every time.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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The app downloads for free but is limited function. The premium upgrade is £19.99. Or a subscriber can choose to pay for a month for £2.29. Not sure where the £26 number comes from.

Still £19 more than it should be though.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: @werdsmith

@Kubla Cant

Citation? Is this an academic exercise? This, and the action to be taken to deal with it, was discussed at a school governor meeting I attended.

Not texting language, but normal language used incorrectly (according to exam standards) that children believe to be correct because to them it is prevalent.

And as for "solecism" I must thank you for being my Susie Dent on that one.

Just need an Arthur Dent now.

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The misspellings and orthographical errors that are propagated on phones and social media are now so accepted they are becoming correct according to the dumbing down movement. The kids even see correct English as wrong.

And by "correct English" I mean the standard that is required by GCSE examiners, and some kids are losing out because of it.

Loosing out.....

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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I've just been reading a local news story about a woman who was driving erractically, struck a parked vehicle, and refused to stop when asked to do so by a police car.

Her reason was that she was under extreme pressure from her bladder and simply had to find a loo, she was using a phone satnav in one hand to find a loo and she wasn't going to stop for anyone!

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Re: Darwin's Law is still in effect.

Yes, that's Darwin's Law invoking Sod's law.

Or we could add in some Newtonian physical laws and see the drivers of larger masses killing those protected by smaller masses.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: Didn't have any plans for a visit to the UK

I'll keep my fingers cross that you win the weather lottery on your visit.

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XH558 would make an appearance at more than one event on a busy summer bank holiday, perhaps five. I am sure it was at Goodwood Festival of Speed that day as one of its bookings, would have pass Northampton going either way from Doncaster way.

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Re: had the joy

There is no other sight like that great delta shape pulling up for a wing over followed by the roll of thunder when the four engines are turned towards you. Neck-hair-stander.

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Re: "The project ran late and over budget. "

The engines themselves: Europrop TP400 were delayed in development due to problems with FADEC and certifying authorities approval of it.

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Re: improved hardware specs and sharper displays,

Shhh. It's not fashionable to be rationable.

You are supposed to follow the crowd and spew forth anti-Apple rhetoric at every opportunity regardless of accuracy and without forethought.

That's the way we do it in the flock.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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Re: Avs have a lot of potential

" three of the four recorded fender benders involved Google's fleet of converted Lexus SUVs, with the other involving a car run by Delphi Automotive. Only two of the accidents happened when a car's autonomous systems software was in control, and none occurred at speeds over 10 miles per hour."

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Re: "With Gas Prices Less of a Worry, Buyers Pass Hybrid Cars By"

EVs have always been less affordable, because the premium costs involved over an equivalent conventional cars can buy a shedload of fuel.

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Re: Avs have a lot of potential

But the report was right here on the register only a few days ago:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/11/robot_cars_involved_in_four_fender_benders_since_september/

Where did you see your contradictory version?

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Re: Yes but no, okay maybe...

In fact if I don't drive it myself then I'd probably be so out of practice when the automatics do go "what the hell is that? I've no idea - over to you!" that I'd stuff it up anyway

Good point. Pilots operate near autonomous aircraft and spend their time monitoring and managing.

In order to be ready for the stuff that goes outside the auto's field of knowledge, they have to attend regular simulator training and pass some tough simulator testing.

Can't imagine drivers practising emergencies in their own time.

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Re: Motorbike safety...

That's because you don't notice the majority of careful, patient, safe bikers.

You notice the ones that rip around making max noise and speed.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Connecting to wifi

Hmm, in the spirit of El Reg if I want a review then I would head over to something like TechRadar. I come to El Reg for the comedy and I fully expect the author to rip the piss out of whatever the subject of the article is.

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Surface pro suits my requirements just fine, doubling up as a laptop.

It does, however, have one problem stopping me from buying one - the price.

Which is why I use a Linx 10, which surprised me by handling everything I asked of it.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Seconded, if you increase power to one engine you'll initiate a turn but it's not going to go sideways.

Are you sure? Not even for milliseconds? If the systems automatically move control surfaces to counter. It is possible to get a slight amount of yaw so the plane is flying a small amount off its long axis. Not aerodynamically very good, and will likely be noisy and buffety at cruise speed for a degree or less yaw.

Smaller, lighter aircraft can fly "crossed controls" in order to crab, it helps give aerodynamic drag when needed (for instance descending without flap available without picking up too much speed, or countering a crosswind).

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Re: And you're all missing the loody obvious...

What exactly is a get-go ?

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Re: Serious question ...

I know that they are not just for children, they are also for people with an amount of spare time that I can't even begin to imagine how they achieve it without some kind of time/space warping device.

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Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

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Another Apple watch item.

Yawn.

If you mush steal a watch, then steal one that will still be valuable in 10 years.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: Not seeing an issue

so where is the 'Windows 10 Secure' version? That's the only one I would be even remotely interested in.

Remove all cables apart from power, switch off all radio and IR etc, and keep it in a locked room *

* Applies to all OSes.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The main problem here..

On my commute to work there are miles of footpath alongside a busy road and I never EVER see a pedestrian walking on it. I see the occasional cyclist on there, and it seems fair enough because they are probably the only thing keeping it clear of weeds.

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Re: 100M£ @ Terry Barnes @Terry Barnes

You are not expected to get behind a truck that has pulled up alongside you.

A truck pulling up alongside you has already seen you through his front windscreen and knows you are there.

The dangerous scenario is a different one, when the truck driver has moved into a visibly empty piece of road at a junction, and a cyclists has joined him afterwards without his knowledge and is waiting out of sight. That cyclist should know that he is taking a bigger than normal risk.

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Re: Can we submit our own "DO NOT DRIVE DOWN THIS BIT OF ROAD" requests?

It may be true that the problem is caused mostly by owner-driver construction lorry drivers with incentivised timetables. And some of the cyclists that have been in accidents may have been in the right.

Bet it still hurt though.

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Re: Common Sense

My take as a motorist, cyclist, motorcyclist and licensed HGV driver (large horsebox).

Some cyclists will and do squeeze up the left hand side of lorries that are waiting and indicating to turn left, even when there is no cycle lane and barely enough room. They will then attempt to out-drag the truck.

When they are level with the driver door they are invisible with standard mirrors.

I have an extra mirror to cover that blind spot and a passenger who has the job of checking for suicyclists.

I wouldn't attempt what they do on my bicycle or on my motorbike.

The number of cyclists who will now stop and wait in the queue in a safe place is increasing now, thank goodness.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Re: And one day...

deposited the poo over a wide area of the planet 1000 million years ago.

Which evolved into life as we know it. Some have not evolved much at all.

Chicken Egg

Egg Chicken

Recursive brainache cycle.

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Re: I wonder...

You've raised the question of how do male astronauts relieve pent-up tension while in space. Into a sock?

After a while it's a bit like living in snow-dome.....

(thanks Seth McFarlane).

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Oracle proposes to deliver Java 9 SDK on September 22nd, 2016

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Tell 'em not to bother.

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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Re: Que?

We expect 20th century ethics to be better than 18th century ones.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Evidence

You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.

It doesn't matter how good the content, people will downvote it if it's not what they want to hear / read.

But does anyone over the age of 12 really care about up/downvotes?

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Apple storms to top spot in stagnant Chinese phones market

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Re: I dont understand, am I an idiot?

That appears to be a false flag comment if ever I saw one.

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Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

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Makes you wonder, then, how they managed this:

AOL’s 2014 revenue grew to $2.5bn with a profit of $126m

I have no idea either, I've heard barely a thing about them since 1999. But then I don't don't live in USA.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: TL;DR version

Linx 10 Windows 8.1 tablet £80, matching keyboard with integrated mousepad £15.

Has met all my travel computing requirements without any problems so far.

Of course I would like a Surface Pro,a HP Spectre or an Air, but really for under £100 I spend the savings on good stuff.

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Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

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We Don't do Any Engineering

The author might be surprised to learn how much engineering is actually done here, often for cars that carry the badges of overseas manufacturers. Not just Ricardo and Lotus, there are plenty of others.

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: Pointless limitations

I think you'll find all the restrictions on motorised transport, quadricycles etc are pure 100% British made rules.

European Union directive 2002/24/EC has the limit only 1MPH higher than the older UK reg (25 km/h).

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Bought a phone last quarter? There's a one in five chance it was a phablet

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Dom Joly

If only the hands free devices didn't have the same "look at me, I'm a dork" effect.

Maybe the wired ones aren't so bad.

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Re: Lets hope this is never needed

I'm sure it's survivable, but that violent pitchover after detachment of the cargo section looks VERY uncomfortable.

Don't worry, I'm sure that SpaceX will have engineered super drinks holders that won't spill a drop and the CD player will have a buffer so that it won't skip and the astronauts that just avoided being blown apart and cremated in LOX/RP1 fire won't miss a second of their Steppenwolf track.

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Elon Musk wanted Google to buy Tesla, says ex-Vulture's book

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Ultimate Plaything

Elon wants to spend his time playing with his space rockets, and who can blame him.

He can. If I could I would be playing with space rockets too.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: Voltage from EM waves

That's too much hard work.

I use a field strength meter.

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Re: Doesn't surprise me

In order to be sold in USA, it must pass its FCC testing and get its little FCC logo and details on the back.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

Be properly specific.

This product was packed in an environment that contained a fastening device with an internal screw thread that isn't a legume/pea/bean of any description.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: "in practice this one is no big deal."

This is probably coming from some dude who codes websites in PHP and get his requirements from a 5-second chat in doorframes...

Hmmm, superciliousness. Not pretty.

Regardless of who it comes from, it's still a valid point.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Re: Check your brains at the door, you won't need them.

I really don't understand why some people get so wound up by what other people buy!

What's the real problem in your life?

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