* Posts by Ian Yates

878 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: Yup. That's me.

I used that very excuse yesterday... and got away with it!

2
0

Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

Ian Yates
Boffin

Re: @ Schultz (was: Total, complete & utter bullshit.)

If you can prove it doesn't exist at all, you should really be publishing your results as the scientific community is generally in agreement that this is a real phenomenon... hence this published paper.

3
0

Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: 'Twas ever thus

I was with someone who had run out and (innocently) asked an American colleague if he could "bum a fag"... the look he got was absolutely priceless, and it too us Brits a fair few seconds to even recognise the oddity of the phrase.

1
0

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Ian Yates
Trollface

Re: Bahh!

As a G2 owner, I'd argue that the power button only has one proper location: on the back!

0
0

Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

Ian Yates

Re: Idiot tech?

Thanks for the link.

Interestingly, it mentions the first thought I had: "Technology fans argue that Glass, which displays simple, monochrome information in the wearer's peripheral vision, is less distracting than satellite navigation tools that include a visual interface designed to be used while driving."

I don't get the logic behind it, but then I'm not a law-maker, so it's not my position to.

0
0
Ian Yates

Re: Idiot tech?

Was there a specific reason given? I don't really see the difference between this and people using a hands-free kit while having their satnav on their windscreen.

From what I've seen, some of the really fancy cars will even pop up your texts and emails on the central satnav screen... What does Glass do that's so different?

1
1

Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: Finally

"Mafia Vampire Farm"

I would play that game!

5
0
Ian Yates

I clearly don't work in the ad-peddling industry for a reason, but in my wildest imagination I can't see the benefit of this. Maybe it's because I'm a trackball user, but I regularly move the cursor around the screen without any relation to my next action; what are they going to learn from that?

Assuming ads work (which is something else I don't understand), people either click on them or not... which is surely all the mouse tracking you need?

6
0

Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

Ian Yates

Re: Much like the Higgs Boson...

Was it Asimov who said something like "the best scientific discoveries are the ones that start with 'that's funny...'"?

2
0

HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

Ian Yates

Re: Very much more fo the same

I got it on PC for £25, which fees about right for, effectively Arkham City 1.5.

Not saying that in a bad way; I really enjoyed City and am enjoying Origins, but it really is just more of the same.

The best bit about it has to be the lack of Windows Live; the lovely and entirely superfluous piece of software that deleted my saved game just after completion, due to a known bug...

I'm also enjoying the new style Riddler puzzles, which feel more like part of the game than an forth-wall-breaking addition.

0
0

Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

Ian Yates

Could be wrong (and can't be bothered to look it up), but wasn't the solution to simple run left instead of right? Then you could fall down every hole and climb up the ladder

0
0

You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

Ian Yates
Headmaster

Re: A thinner tabler is that it, how robust, it will need a bulky case????

"One might, if one were to be a bit pedantic, suggest that moving from a 32-bit processor to a 64-bit processor is something that qualifies as a bit more than an "incremental" upgrade."

I, however, will be pedantic and say that I think it is exactly an "incremental" upgrade... what other increment is there from 32-bit? 33-bit? 48-bit?

I can't make a comment on whether it will be more than incremental for performance, though.

0
0

Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

Ian Yates

Only needs to be partially watertight and then pressurised; a motorised diving bell/bathysphere.

Part of me thinks Top Gear might already have done that...?

0
0

Torrent site isoHunt to close

Ian Yates

Re: Serves him/them right!

I like the sentiment, but he's agreed to pay $110M, so I'm guessing he's done pretty well out of running the site.

2
1

Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

Ian Yates

Re: More a TV remote simulator than a game

No having a PS3 meant I missed out on Heavy Rain, but I thoroughly enjoyed Fahrenheit / Project Indigo on the PC, and interestingly had the same experience as you where my sister basically watched the game like a movie while I played it.

0
0

Bionic Brit Babbage Bear boards brilliant balloon, bests ballsy Baumgartner

Ian Yates
Megaphone

Re: A sad misappropriation of valuable resources!

I feel like I've wandered in to a BBC HYS...

0
0

Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Ian Yates

Re: Hold on a second

If you're worried about plot holes in a Star Trek film, you might be doing it wrong ;)

I think, lens flare and pop-culture-pandering aside, he's got the Star Trek "reboot" pretty spot-on. I see it as more of a homage to Star Trek than anything else, but it's highly entertaining (XI more than XII).

3
3
Ian Yates
Coat

Re: Hold on a second

"digital cameras still suffer from lens flare"

I disagree; in a JJ Abrams film, it's the audience that suffers from lens flare.

I like his stuff, but I prefer to be able to see what's happening on screen.

10
1

Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

"to find offence"

Felt to me like it was just more El Reg snark.

I like that Apple has a sense of humour; something that really doesn't come across in their other endeavours.

True, Google are a multi-tentacled beast of data/information gathering, but their humour and Easter eggs show a slightly more human face than many other companies allow.

<conspiracy>Or hide their evil ways!?

5
1

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

Ian Yates
Pint

Re: Knocking up a model of it in Kerbal Space Program now

Obligatory: http://xkcd.com/1244/

1
0

Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

Ian Yates

Re: If it wasn't stone dead before

Maybe as a consumer device, but the accessibility stuff coming out of the Universities using Glass is incredible.

0
0

Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

Ian Yates
Boffin

Re: instant fail

Hydrofluoric acid

0
0

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

Ian Yates

Re: A pipeline?

What I like about Musk, though, is that he comes along with fully-formed and costed solutions. This isn't an entirely vapourware concept; he's sat down with his team and figured out the initial logistics to make it real.

He's also highlighted how governments can be utterly lazy in their own solutions as they don't really care about the costs they incur.

Why don't we have more maglev?

1
0

Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Ian Yates
Pint

Re: Intelligence!

Personally, I'd opt for quinine. Preferably in some kind of liquid form. The flavour's quite bad, though, so I'd have to mix it with something to improve it.

Cheers!

1
0

The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

Ian Yates

Re: Found a good 3D film

I've seen a few where it worked, but it worked in the way that it only made the film more immersive, so I can't actually remember which films...

I can't stand it where they've clearly designed a scene to show that they have 3D - the natives chasing Kirk in the latest Star Trek, for instance.

0
0
Ian Yates

Now that brings back some memories!

0
0

Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

Ian Yates

Re: ‽

Given you ended a rhetorical question with an interrobang, why the additional bang‽

0
0

End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

Ian Yates

I'm confused by this... what browser can't handle &gt; and &lt;?

2
0

Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

Ian Yates

Re: What is news here?

Growth figures (like all statistics) are either useless or lies designed to cover an uncomfortable truth.

If I release a product tomorrow and it sells just 1 unit, that's unlimited growth.

4
0

First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

Ian Yates

Re: I would eat it

I loved Kangaroo steak when I had it. I'm sure it just depends on how it's cooked, like any meat.

Wild boar is always a winner; especially the stuff I've had in the New Forest.

0
0
Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

Re: Can it compete with Bean Curd and Tofu?

"Dow/Monsanto/whomever with their genetically-crippled seeds that produces "sterile/non-multi-generational" seeds, the intent being to force farmers to endlessly return to the seed trough?"

While I agree this does sound like some nefarious scheme to force farmers to continually buy GM seeds, these companies are not allowed to release GM products that are multi-generational, due to the fear that they will become the dominant version of the plant, displacing/replacing version 1.0*.

* More likely 1.1 or higher, as we've domesticated the original.

0
0

100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

Ian Yates

Re: 100m?

Even if it had been a true apocalyptic event, the headline would have been "Royal Baby unlikely to survive apocalypse - Public's reaction pages 2 to 32".

On a different note, why are we measuring a three-dimensional object by its length? Is it a perfect sphere of diameter 100m, or can we be told the more important mass or even volume figures? In Olympic-sized swimming pools, natch.

4
0

Acer silences Thunderbolt

Ian Yates
Stop

Re: Makes no difference

The average user is using such cheap, slow SD cards that the spec of their PC and data bus are the least important things of concern.

0
0

Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

Ian Yates

Re: Hardly news

I think the news it that the IETF are completely incompetent and that at least part of it can foresee the danger that the new TLD land-grab poses to those who aren't paying huge sums of money for it (i.e., us).

I've nothing against companies suggesting new TLDs, but they should continue to be managed by decentralised, not-for-profit* organisations; and they need to be heavily vetted.

1
1

BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Ian Yates

Re: Have and have nots

"where it is dead easy and maximum profit can be achieved"

Well, they are a for-profit company, so that seems pretty reasonable.

Were their remit just to provide the best connection to the whole of the UK, this type of thing could be easily solved.

4
1

Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

Ian Yates

Re: And THIS is why you bu an iPhone.

Err... there are hundreds of travel chargers... I have one for exactly the situation when I'm using the phone heavily (screen always on + GPS, for instance) on the go.

0
0

INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

Ian Yates

Re: F R A G M E N T A T I O N

I thought that Jelly Bean was supposed to reduce all this by allowing UI customisation without modifying the OS so much that patches can't be applied...

Obviously there'll always be some limitation to that, but being able to supply base security updates without affecting the window manager should be standard.

Pre-ICS I was always a Sense fan, but I'm happy with AOSP now.

0
0

Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: Oi!

Yeah, this new scheme is horrible...

Guys, just because you've paid a UI/graphics "designer" to tell you how things should look now, it doesn't mean they're right. In fact, my experience is that they rarely are right in terms of actually user happiness.

Can we vote to go back to the old system. Here's mine >

11
0

Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

Ian Yates
Mushroom

Re: Square bullets

I couldn't find any interesting images at a cursory glance, but even during the 16th century they used hexagonal shot in cannons as early attempts at rifling.

0
0

Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

Ian Yates
Thumb Down

"Just when everybody is moving to native apps again"

No they aren't. Native has it's place, but it is not a panacea

0
0
Ian Yates

Re: I don't see this as an advantage.

"I hate the way classes are done (I much prefer the C++/Java/PHP way)"

Excuse me if I'm having a slow day; I'm not sure if you picked three utterly different approaches to OOP on purpose or not... Short of throwing VBA in there, I can't think of more disparate alternatives.

0
0

Latest Firefox boosts video chat, 3D graphics, JavaScript performance

Ian Yates

Re: Video chat?

I'm not a Firefox user, but I trust the Fx devs to fix such an exploit faster than a third-party plugin.

Hopefully the RTC thing is an option in the preferences, as well.

3
0

Hugs all round as Google relaunches Groups service

Ian Yates

Re: Organisation by email?

I really enjoyed Google Wave, while it lasted.

I made a half-arsed attempt to run my own server, but in the end people found it easier to use wikis and email.

0
0

Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

Ian Yates

Re: Work in progress

They do just tend to look like small phones tied to your wrist right now. I do quite like the styling of the Pebble, but it was just too large for me to properly consider.

Plus, apart from during exercise, I still don't know what I'd use one for...

0
0

Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

Ian Yates
Big Brother

Re: Accusation should not equal guilt

"That's why - unlike the American public defender system - we spend a fortune on the very best lawyers to defend the worst criminals"

It's worth keeping an eye on this, as the government are proposing to privatise (and de-regulate) the process, meaning that the companies making the most profit (i.e., with the least costs) will end up supplying such defense, and you don't get the option of who defends you.

1
0

So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Ian Yates

Re: Wot, no Sheridan Smith?

"the plot contortions needed are too much"

You must be watching a different series to me.

I'm sure the sonic screwdriver can be used to explain it away.

0
0
Ian Yates
Trollface

Re: Watch the trend...

I don't think you can assign Bieber a gender

0
0
Ian Yates
Coat

Who is your doctor?

2
0

Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

Ian Yates

Re: Oh, Amazon

The article wasn't clear, but I'm pretty sure this was talking about LoveFilm.

As for the rest, I couldn't agree with you more. Why can't they all stop p*ssing about and stop with this ridiculous "exclusive" nonsense.

It's fine if you've funded the show, otherwise the content providers should just license to everyone and let the consumers decide which service is best.

Due to Netflix and LoveFilm being basically a non-overlapping Venn diagram, I've opted to spend my money with BlinkBox and Google Play, paying to rent on a per-movie basis.

2
0

BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Socalist broadcasting is now OO

Overly-subtle attempt at humour or fall in to self-parody?

2
0

Forums