503 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd March 2011 11:28 GMT
Re: Interesting but...
any chance of doing a test/review of 4 drive units? Some of us have a lot of 'stuff' to squirrel away.
Much as it's tempting just to jump for a Drobo, my wallet is cringing at the prospect.
Pretty much as expected then
Can you say "lip service"?
Re: Won't somebody think of the children?
what would anyone expect with Rifkind as its chair?
R4 this morning: "some people say Rifkind is perhaps not the best person to be chairing the ISC".
Understatement of the week.
Years down the line they still haven't gotten their 'automatic plugin download' thing to work properly when Firefox wants you to install/update Flash.
Re: More power to them...
Shhh! Don't tell them!
Damp patch found on Mars
NASA dogging club denies responsibility.
Re: MS pretty near first to market ?
Yes, but it has yet to introduce iTunes Radio, which will be their equivalent service. DRTFA dear!
Re: Literally the Chocolate Factory, then.
Re: How about
P - Peanut Treets
Well done you - a snobbish comment railing against snobbery and all said without a hint of irony.
No doubt there will those who dogmatically avoid a K-version Android handset in this manner. I very much doubt either Google or Nestlé will care though, as I suspect the Venn diagram of "people who truly avoid giving financial benefit to Nestlé in any way whatsoever" and "people who buy the latest smartphones built by the tiny hands of east asian children" will have a very small overlap.
And to anyone who sucessfully avoids Nestlé utterly and completely - my hat's off to you. They have their fingers in so many pies that I'd imagine successfully avoiding them would take up the same amount of time as having a full time job.
Re: I used to like KitKats
What is wrong with our own chocolate?
Where to begin? It's in a different leage from Nort American excreta, but it's otherwise somewhat of a joke. Loading it up with waaay too much sugar and dairy fat is our problem.
Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet
There is only one place in the world to go for decent chocolate, and that is Belgium. Nowhere else is any good.
Yes, the ability to make decent chocolate STOPS at the Belgian border. Nowhere else in the world can you find anyone with the ability to make chocolate so good.
What a load of tosh. For one thing the Belgians are IMHO a bit too obsessed with minging chocolate smoosh and other pointless frou-frou to make their chocolate consistently enjoyable. That's not to say they don't know a thing or two about it but your statement is nothing more than a pointlessly sweeping generalisation.
Re: Re: @JDX
If I was them I'd use some of the increased margins on Nokia devices to fund a little largesse to the WinPho OEMs. After all Android isn't making real money for anyone but Samsung and Microsoft, so dangling a decent margin at device manufacturers* might be enough to move WP up a gear.
* Of course they will be well aware of MS's penchant for stomping the competition, but as long as Google remains the primary target I'd be willing to bet the device manufacturers will go along for the ride. MS can't afford to burn its WP OEMs right now, and won't be in a position to for many years to come if ever.
I can only assume I was wrong, as until now I was pretty sure he was one of the few not prone to childish outbursts and name calling, then he goes and explodes that notion with the us and them drivel he's posting in this thread.
Re: "Smart TV"?
Re: Bush said
An interesting variation on the "won't somebody think of the children" cliché there. Chapeau.
Re: RIngtone will be....
That is some of the bleakest humour I've read round here in years.
@david Hicks Re: Justification
The money just seems to get hoarded. Pretty sure the shareholders have already been asking why the hell they aren't getting a slice of the action when the company is sitting on MASSES of cash.
It gets stashed to the point of it being less expensive to fund a dividend through debt, as Apple have done, than it is to repatriate their own money for that same purpose.
@ AC 20:41 Re: Meanwhile, in an embassy in London..
Not really. For some reason Assange allowed himself to be caught inside the borders of the 51st state. The dangers of him being handed over to the Americans seem real enough, plus he himself is not American so his treatment would be that much less, shall we say, congenial, upon arrival. Snowden otoh seems to have been canny enough - so far - to avoid putting himself within easy reach of the eagle's talons.
This is the best proof yet that people don't actually read the whole comment before rushing to downvote. There is no way any normal reg reader making it past the first sentence could see this as being anything other than a ruthlessly well-considered argument against the supposed merits of "encryption".
"Let us be clear. We cannot give a running commentary on the intelligence services,"
Yes we can. We can, and we will, if we so wish. Who are you to tell anyone otherwise you slimy-palmed little weasel?
Dear Reg, I feel the need to point out that you in turn need to point out that James Clapper (or Lieutenant General James Clapper as he was previously known) is a military man through and through. Not that this should ordinarily be a problem for ordinary Americans. After all having someone like him in his position as string-puller-in-chief of the NSA is no doubt a great benefit to foreign intelligence gathering. Sadly it's not just foreign intelligence they've been gathering and what we're really looking at with James Clapper is the face of the American military spluttering with rage because it has been caught red-handed spying on Americans.
Public service announcement
...(the M was for the middle name "Menzies" that was left off his birth certificate.)
That's Menzies, pronounced ming-iss.
That aside, this is desperately sad news. And for him to be taken at a time when the post-scarcity utopia of the Culture seems more distant than ever just about has me crying. So long Mr Banks, and thanks for all the ships.
Re: Most favoured nation clauses
And the Godwin's Law award for this thread goes to Daniel B, for his skilfully non-confrontational slipping in of a whole fist full of Nazi Germany references. Heil!
@Mips re: Not Sure
Yeah, because the fact you can procure decent weed easily means everyone must go around wired to the sky all the time.
Last I heard, being stoned is considered pretty gauche by the majority of Dutch people, especially those who live/work in tourist towns like Amsterdam.
Re: Hotel Facebook
Or use an ad blocking add on to your web browser.
Even the best ad blockers can be a bit patchy at filtering out FB ads and I've yet to find one that even remotely works on the fb mobile site on Android.
FBPurity OTOH is pretty useful. As well as killing ads you can filter out all the uninteresting attention-seeking pish like app posts and other people's likes etc., ending up with a news feed that's simply full of the things your friends have - imagine this - actually typed and posted all by themselves.
All mention of it on facebook itself is verboten and seems to get you marked as "a spammer" if you link to it, especially on public pages/posts.
That just leaves the mobile site. Anyone got any tips on how to kill ads on that?
Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again
And in other news, bears stubbornly persist in woodland defecation.
Of course it's coming back. For one thing its resurrection has bugger all to do with the person sitting in the Home Office hotseat and everything to do with the droids operating the levers.
Our IP telephony hardware is a crock. Comms don't know (or care) how to set them up properly so half the features don't work, plus the interface is woeful; so even if the features weren't inactive you'd need a doctorate in deciphering anti-logcal icons to suss out what the buttons are supposed to do. Even programming speed dials requires the use of a cheat sheet for most folk.
Re: No more worrying about Graphic card memory
I think the point of this is in situations where the CPU and GPU reside on the same die, not where you have a discrete GPU elsewhere on the assembly or even on a daughter board, which is I think what you're talking about.
Re: @Stephen Roper I don't have a problem with mp3
@ Stacy: you're doing well then, cos my system easily outclasses yours (not bragging or anything, just saying it to make the point) and I can't tell the difference between 320kbps mp3 and normal CDs.
SACD, yes, but not CD.
Re: IP profits lawyers and extortion style law suits
Eadon, must you be so willfully ignorant about EVERYTHING?
@Stephen Roper Re: I don't have a problem with mp3
Careful mate, that's the sort of sense-talking that gets the FLACshionistas all in a froth.
Re: I don't think we got the hint
I think the way to read El Reg's partially bolded headlines is to imagine the bold text not on your screen, but on the cover of an issue of one of the more shrill right-wing tabloids. Once you have done this you will realise that, as usual, it is done with tongue firmly in cheek.
Re: balanced reporting
@sabroni - thank fuck three pages of scrolling and finally someone with a bit of insight
So... Ridley Scott apparently won the film rights a few years ago, after decades of trying. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to whether he'll get to make it in his lifetime?
Re: Lazy Fat Americans.
Uh huh, but I fail to see how that invalidates my point. HFCS is still just a symptom of the greater malaise. Crack on about it all you want. If you win that fight it's only a matter of time before the next bete-noir comes along. It's just a pity sugar is so damn tasty*.
* That was a quick and dirty way of bringing mammalian physiology into the equation.
Re: Lazy Fat Americans.
The low price of HFCS compared to... what, exactly? Other sugar? Because sugar is already pretty much the cheapest food commodity you can buy. It's not really a valid objection because it heavily implies HFCS should be the chef blame carrier when it is not. It's just yet another symptom and going on about it as the food devil du jour does nothing more than distract from the real issue, which is that, as a society, we have allowed ourselves to become a bunch of fat lazy fucks beholden to all sorts of corporate interests, far from the least of which being profit-hungry food conglomerates.
Re: Spec Ops DISASTER?
Whereas your comment seems highly speculative and unhelpful. Ironic given the subject matter of the story at hand, but par for the course with you.
Re: Lazy Fat Americans.
> It is the "new sugar" that is doing it
Oh for fuck's sake get a grip. Sugar is sugar, we're just eating more of it. I say "we" because the UK is equally afflicted. The situation isn't helped by several decades of the bullshit "eating fat makes you fat" gospel being preached by those who claim to know, and wholeheartedly adopted by the food industry who quite happily churn out "low fat" (i.e. high sugar) foods by the metric fuckton for us to pour down our throats.
I was reading these comments about how their product quality has slipped and shaking my head not really agreeing, but then I remembered the Last Logitech keyboard I had. Mushy PoS that cost almost £40 and the insert/home cluster was completely fucked up. That was nearly ten years ago. I have a couple of 1st gen MX Revolution mice though and, apart from some loss of feedback from the scroll wheel in clck-mode, these have just kept on going. No need to buy another as they're still going strong after years of intensive daily use.
Re: Clegg the trustworthy....
Where does his choice of OS come into this?
Might I suggest you perhaps review Eadon's historical commentard activity.
Re: Remember the use of "Terrorism" Act against Labour Party protester?
cash. The last word my stupid phone chopped off was cash.
Re: Remember the use of "Terrorism" Act against Labour Party protester?
many- myself included- assumed that they would (at least partially) stop and roll back Labour's egregious assault on civil liberties and pathological disregard for personal privacy. Instead, they're turning out to be just as bad in this respect
Many (myself included) think that this is because the intelligence community (via Whitehall) is the one at the levers, not the political parties who come and go with the breeze. Although it's certainly true that, throughout the last decade's climate of paranoia, New Labour really did let said spook community get too big for its boots. IMHO, this is the main reason why there is regular talk of fishing expeditions against the population at large (because that's what this bill is really about) as if that kind of behaviour is something that we should humbly accept in the name of national security. I don't care what the man behind the curtain shows our supposed political masters that makes them agree to this, it is never done with the people's best interests at heart. The profit motive is too strong for those who would provide the means and they'd just love Britain to lead the rest of the world in feeding paranoia with
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