* Posts by Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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?

Zot

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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Zot

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

Zot

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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Zot

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

Zot
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

Zot

"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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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

Zot

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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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Pricing Structure...

They could also follow Apple and deny or just not say anything about any mistakes or problems.

It should be free or at least cheap. It's only on OS after all.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

Zot
IT Angle

Death by flying, filled metal containers...

...is a bit Croc Dundee, but it's hardly death by vegetables is it? But I guess it wouldn't be as funny.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

Zot

I was struck by the poverty of the place.

And when I was there the mafia run rubbish collection group had gone on strike for quite a while, the rubbish was strewn high at the end of streets. It was a hot week, and it stank.

But I enjoyed the visit to Ercolano (Herculaneum)! Just not the train journey, packed full of kids selling shoes etc and assorted poor people.

It makes you thankful for what you've got though, of course.

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NOBODY reading your Facebook post? TOUGH LUCK, sez Zuck

Zot

I've payed Facebook to push

posts from my business. I'm sorry, but it's key worded advertising worked better than Google. So I'll be using them again.

Even though I don't really like Facebook, or use it personally. It doesn't mean I can't use it to reach people.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

Zot

Re: Why IoT

Yeah, we got the joke.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Zot

Re: Kodi/XMBC

Did you get the remote to work with it as well?

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BBC, Facebook steer users to vuln-afflicted Unity Web Player plugin

Zot

The view from Unity...

...seems reasonable to me:

"WEB PUBLISHING FOLLOWING CHROME NPAPI DEPRECATION"

http://blogs.unity3d.com/2015/05/28/web-publishing-following-chrome-npapi-deprecation/

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Zot

Unity wants to move away from needing a plugin as well.

The web player is very nice, and can run full 3d games with audio, but soon they're planning on converting the JIT code straight into JavaScript, which means the plugin is not needed at all.

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Coat

Re: Charlton

"That's absolutely astonishing. I had no idea that olympic swimming pools were already used as a measure of volume 35 years ago."

Yeah, and since the Paris Olympics in 1924 it seems.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

Zot

Future engineers...

Muggle - "Hey! This OS is getting slower and slower!

OS engineer, " Ah, you've clearly got one of them Fungal Viruses in there, sir! Here, use this spray four times a day and it'll be up and about in no time."

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Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

Zot

Re: Prime

I quite like Prime, so I kept it on. My old PS3 has free Amazon software to play the Prime TV shows - at least I got to watch the latest Ripper Street and Vikings series 3. Not to mention many other shows like Black Sails, plus some films.

But I have to take care to only watch the 'free' Prime stuff, as other things can get quite expensive.

The cheap delivery discounts are really only secondary to me.

I'm glad to see they are finally paying some TAX, the cunts.

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For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

Zot

Why of course

Crysis came out way back in 2007 - 8 freaking years ago!

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Zot

I wait and see how well the finished Windows 10 runs on it

...Before I'll commit £1300 quid for the i7.

Of course I've got to get the top of the range one, or there's no point bothering. Oh shit, why do I do that?!

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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

Zot

It's amazing how many excuses people invent to protect themselves from guilt.

"I did it because.... etc". there's no reasoning with people that take what they want for free.

They'll justify their actions by making up all sorts of thing,

You might as well say, "it's a fair cop, but society's to blame." ;)

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Zot
Coat

Doorway drug.

So many people have thousands of stolen 'ROMs' on their disc drives. Have they even thought of the consequences if someone who owns the copyright finds out? No, not at all.

All this theivery is the start of a long and dodgy lifetime of software theft.

No, really. :p

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

Zot

You can't place odds in an infinite universe.

Especially when you've only found something once!

Typical humans, putting their own size and excepted scales on thing - there maybe Quasars that flash every 20 Earth years but they're not looking for those.

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Italian ISS trekkie sips first zero-G cup of espresso in SPAAAACE

Zot

Patent a discovery?

I hope the hot water melts your silly little plastic pockets!

And with all that plastic, it appears you can only get a thimble full of liquid to sit in it.

Fanfuckingtastic. I love it when time and money is wasted like that.

And don't forget kids, remember to say "spaaaace" like the Muppets did 40 years ago!

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

Zot
Happy

Because...

...saying 'shapely space *Uterus' would probably be a mistake for a family site.

*Or similar area of common slang usage.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

Zot

Airplane testing...

All of the airplane's flight instruments go through hours and hours of rigorous bench-tests and their software is scrutinized down to the finest detail, as you would expect.

It's a good job the App dev. company isn't writing any flight critical instruments. Did they test it at all?

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