* Posts by Zot

523 posts • joined 28 Nov 2010

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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Happy

The register is hardly best placed to take the piss out of logos...

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Childcatcher

Re: Hmm

"I have an unregistered gun.

It runs on 4x AA batteries and squirts out hot glue..."

oooOOoo matron!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: are you

Naa, Yorkshire tea is a little metallic for my taste, whereas Typhoo is the better builder's tea.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

"Simulation-Computer-Graphics-Robert-Bridson/"

Every version of XCode, and OS redacts some more useful things, and prevents old software from working, like 32 bit stuff. And users get to use a 'free' OS update which means that software magically stops working so they have to update it at cost.

You have to pay $100 a year just to be a developer on one OS type, otherwise it warns the user that your software is 'unknown' when installing, even if you paid Apple at the time the software was first sold.

That will make far more than seven but I can't be arsed to detail any of it, because as a developer, I fucking hate Apple, sorry. They've got to be the biggest twats of them all.

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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I saw this link yesterday on reddit. The cop sounds completely wired AND nervous - a terrible combination to be carrying a gun!

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Re: Guns don't kill people....

*Electricians

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: LP to Cassette, CD to Cassette, CD to CD....

"So, turns out I've been a (minor) pirate for over 40 years!"

But I bet you weren't making thousands of copies and standing at a global market giving them out for free.

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Oh good grief...

...either use free stuff (Gimp / VS Community / 7-zip), or grow up and pay for something for once!

Yes, actually pay for something! And forget the lame excuses to rip - they're just Justification Bias. And your cognitive dissonance knows it! :)

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Re: So if you wrote a book...

If I wrote some software and it took me two years to write..oh right, I did. And yes it makes my blood run cold whenever I see it hacked, and the hacker sends me a message to inform me how clever they are at breaking the registration code. Well, yeah, they need to be in prison for as long as I want them to be, but I think they are based in China somewhere so that idea's gone out the window then!

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So if you wrote a book...

You wouldn't mind if I nicked it and posted a complete e-book version online for free?

No, because you think it's OK to copy, right? It's advertising right?

It's a very good book. now how many years did it take you to write that book? - A couple of years?

Oh, and you wanted to make a little money from it, just a little bit of holiday money perhaps?

Well, tough, the internet has it now, wuhahahaaaa!!!.

[/devils advocate mode]

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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That's weird because my iMac nags every time I turn the thing on. My Windows 7 machine has never nagged, for some reason.

Also Apple's OS updates haven't always been free.

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I thought the War of the Worlds aliens all died.

Killed by a common virus.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Oh, yeah...

"So, if this news station had been running an enterprise version of what looks like either Vista or 7, the popup would never have ruined their lovely weather report."

But how would they have known this? They're just meteorologist presenters with a laptop.

Besides, the next day they'll reboot it and it get stuck in crash loop like the last update.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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What I like about Chrome...

Is the 'find in page...' feature, it's very useful when looking at research.

Also they were the first to introduce the single address bar is a search bar idea.

They were also the first to run WebGL, which is nice...

I find the Firefox UI is quite broken in places, and it's font rendering to start with was truly horrible and pixelated, which they eventually fixed, but it took a while.

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Re: I'm in mood for collecting downvotes...

Calls Google 'data thieves' and yet uses OSX?!!

Oh shum-on now!

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French mobe repair shop chaps trash customer's phone

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It's time to...

...Shave off that beard and dye your head red!

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Either way..

..buying stuff properly is the grown up thing to do, no matter how many excuses to pirate software people can think of.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: So far... in the style of the original BBC Micro error messages

"Mistake in line 6"

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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FAIL

Déjà vu?!

You know I'm pretty I've seen this 'mistake/controversy/news item' before from the likes of Microsoft. It was a few years ago now though.

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Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

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The patent Office - a great big mother cow surround by ravenous lawyers.

They don't protect your invention, look into whether it actually works, or even look to see if it's been done before. They just take the money and make a lot of business for lawyers and patent writers. It all sounds like a scam. And don't get me started on software patents...

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2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

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Who buys from them anyway?

Are places like DinoPC included in this list? Are self builds in this report? Yeah, some people have gone to the dark side that is Apple, but journalists and money wasters don't really count. And some have gone to Linux. But Windows remains the most popular OS out there despite journo efforts to make it go away.

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

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According to BBC doc.

NASA blew up his intended space suit in a faulty supply run, so he couldn't actually go on a space walk. I guess he can borrow one then?

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

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A couple of lines of C will fix this

Clear back buffer and swap buffers, then clear back buffer and swap buffers. This game should have done that anyway, as it could have been any old crap in the video RAM. It's not down to Nvidia, at the very least, it's Chrome's issue with privacy.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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If you're thinking of Dark Forces then

...yes it was excellent. We all knew it was like Doom, but then again what FPS isn't?

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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4.5 billion years?

The trouble is, that the show implied that he'd been waiting that long to get out of the test. But the truth is that he was re-made every time he got caught, and didn't remember what had happened before. So in reality he was only in there a few days or hours or whatever.

Moffat's script's tend to be collections of ideas that don't often make sense, but are there to create emotions in the viewer. The last two were not that bad, but let's hope the Chritmas one doesn't have magic elves or more bad Santa's. It's a scifi programme BBC, not a pantomime, by all means make pantomimes, but please leave the Doctor alone.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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They were just genuine experiences at the time, not opinions born from nothing. And I've seen some bloody awful coding techniques.

Writing ASM in Arm for the Archimedes was great fun, and I could test it instantly.

C++ compilers these days often do a better job at optimising code than using assembly yourself, unless you've got a simple block of intrinsics to do. (I write time critical DSP code now)

But those compilers don't stop coders leaking memory everywhere, needlessly and lazily.

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Happy

I used to love Arm assembler coding. Each instruction exactly the same size, pipelined in a humanly understandable way. The instruction MLA amazed me at the time - multiply two different registers and add a third, then store it in a forth. RISC made CISC processors look like a joke, with their internal microcode burning away power.

There is a worrying amount of coders out there that couldn't give a shit about that of course, their wasteful programs chomping up resources like it's infinite - and these fucking idiots wonder why things crash after a few hours! ;p

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Whenever the Dragon computer is mentioned...

... I see an old (and fuzzy) TV showing that hideous green colour, with that yellow and blue trying their best to burn into existence through the glare.

I had a BBC to develop on, where I could open a bracket and start typing ASM code in the middle of BASIC. So there! :)

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Re: Say what you like about Hollywood Hackers

Yep, I can remember writing hex machine code on A4 paper. It was for some fast screen drawing code on the ZX81. But that would be showing my age, I guess.

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US Catholic Church launches app for Jesus-phone

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Mushroom

Is the Church Finder app called...

... "Scouting for Boys" ?

Sorry.

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

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I stopped using AVG when the idiots started to bloat it massively by version 8.

BTW, stop trying to get cracked software, and virused movie zips, and stop signing up and giving your Thunderbirded email to random shops and sites. Then use Microsoft Security. I've not had any problems for years and years now that I've all grown up and actually started to buy software. Imagine that!

(voted down by guilty people lashing out :) )

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Alert

Re: Fukushima photos

Nice link. Can someone explain the Terminator 2 toy?

http://www.podniesinski.pl/portal/wp-content/uploads/POD7506.jpg

T2 was half a decade later.

If the animals can breed before they die horribly, then that means they can thrive. The place won't be free of radiation for a nice long life for many many thousands of years, unfortunately.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

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Still camp though...

"I missed "Shirley Bassey" he says whilst skipping passed the camera.

How gay do they want to make him now? Geeez.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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Joke

Voted.

Who did we vote for in this debacle?

Yay, go civilians!

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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I just want to...

...cut the thing in half! Just to we the many coloured layers.

Hmm, I guess he had to keep attaching stronger cables to it, just to keep it hanging.

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Things you should know about the hard work of home working

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Procrastination

The biggest issue is always finding something else to do, instead of work.

Like reading 'the register'... ;) - the Internet is only your partial friend, it can also break your job completely.

I go for an hour's walk everyday, which has saved me from sciatica problems, and is great for blowing the stagnant feelings away, and it freshens my thinking, not to mention keeping me healthier than the beached slob-whale I could be.

As far as loneliness goes - man up you pussies!

Embrace the quiet. Or use the radio (SomaFM is good to work with)

And if you can't stand your own company then you need psychiatric help, ya looney. :D

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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Bonny Langford screams through all the corny trash...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AYJpd5ZAQA

..Watch out for the purple eye-sock!!!

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It's the writers and the budget that affect Dr Who. The fact that Smith only had a few episodes was pretty terrible. The show will be cancelled when it becomes even more pantomime and cheap.

And someone please stop Moffat from writing any more!!

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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WTF is America doing to our computers!

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Pint

Re: Why does The Register still use flash?

Laziness, probably.

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Does this mean WebGL...

...Will be flashing and blinking adverts at us now, or is it all going HTML 5.

I've always thought that flash had amazing compression technology for images and 'movies', but it left itself open to abuse far too easily, and so it must go.

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

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Meh

Re: Hope, both.

I couldn't give a rat's monkeys.

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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"additional security measures"

[in a Forest of Dean voice]

Yarp, 'cos down the forest we don't lock our doors, see! No need to, right?

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: so now tha bad guys

"Anonymous Coward"

...Is the reason this list exists, unfortunately.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Meh?

It's supposed to be boring, it's a fracking operating system!

That's all it is.

My main concern - is the release version going to leak personal data?

It would be just too easy for MS to leave the debugging streams on, because they can. And how long will it be before the scandal breaks and we get pro MS types blogging, "well I've got nothing to hide, so I don't care..."

MS would be in a lot of shit if they get found out though, surely?

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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If Microsoft?

if Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: The Surface.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Just buy this instead

A Minix Neo. I bought a quad core windows 8.1 machine for £110, and it fits on the palm of my hand. Amazing. And I see there's an Android one for £59.

I would use a keyboard and mouse with the Windows one, because their support for the AirMouse is terrible on Windows.

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Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

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Huh?

How can they say there's "no foul play" if 'the cause of death has not yet been determined"?

Office:- "We dunno, therefore no-one else did it, right!"

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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

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Re: "...if the £1,000 price tag the Currys chap quoted is to be believed..."

4 years ago their HDMIs were £95 when I bought my TV. I tried to explain to the kid salesman that it's all digital, so the signal doesn't degrade, it either makes the connection or it doesn't, but that means they can't do their job of pushing cables! Gold plate my ass!

I got one for 32p on Amazon (true). And no, it's not a loose fit!

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