* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

The best e-readers for Christmas

Silverburn

Re: Bedtime reading...?

Who claims this? Sounds improbable. Isn't melatonin linked to Vit D production, which itself - in this context - instigated by UV?

Of course, I might be wrong - if so, cue correction in 3....2...1...

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UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

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FAIL

Re: woolly socks, sheepskin loin cloths, viking helmets, spears - money grabbing land clearance

climate scientists do need to get out and about a bit - get a real life - go to the pub - see real peoples predicament before they "intellectualise" us all to armageddon!

So what you're saying is that they should just ignore their own data, and stick their head in the sand? And I think you'll find that "Peoples predicaments" are foremost on their minds.

Maybe it's you who see their point of view - afterall the only way to guarantee your "armageddon" is to pretend none of this shit is happening.

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Wrong elephant

IMO, they've got the wrong elephant.

It's not sea levels...it's population.

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Sage unimpressed by French performance

Silverburn

Cue responses on...

...how the frogs prefer creativity in their accounts, not accuracy, in 3...2...1...

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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Joke

Re: Two Jobs films

Is 'Pirates Of Silicon Valley' the one that makes out Bill G to be an evil genius of the calibre only usually seen in Bond films?

It's a documentary then...?

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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Re: #DroidRage

I interpreted #DroidRage as being the irrational and disproportional ire you suffer for even daring to suggest Android is less than perfect, or there might be flaws.

Cue QED downvotes here---->

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Joke

Also in the news..

...moon radioactive after repeated blasting with man-made xrays!

While ridiculous, I would not surprised in the slightest if one of the tree hugger sites runs with it...

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Fred Flintstone may not have been real but his pet Dino WAS - boffins

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Boffin

A bit of a stretch..

one upper arm bone and six vertebrae

...and from this they worked out the total morphology? Good effort. Bit skeptical myself.

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2013: No sign of flying cars, but Orange mobes will get black ice

Silverburn

Re: Other app markets?

You are correct of course (malware is only 0.5% in play), but it's already been demonstrated that the Play store can be exploited (for balance: as can Apple's) for malware.

re: Advice - and this is exactly the problem. Joe Punter does not do this, and implies some technical knowledge is required. He does not have this, nor does he see the reason why he should have it.

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Silverburn

You may jest, but it's still 'more secure' than Android. Thought not by much.

Now witness massive downvotes from the Fandroids who refuse to believe the *deluge* of reports from a wide variety of sources (some completely independent), all documenting massive %age increases in malware variants on the android platform in last 2 years.

More disturbingly, I will also collect downvotes purely because I dare to speak negatively about the 'droid.

You want immunity? Good luck - no platform is 100% safe.

Edit: Just in case I get accused of fanboism, this was written on a Galaxy note, with Nexus ROM. And "protected" by Avast!.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

Silverburn

8gb in 2007 cost a lot more than this (exc inflation)

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

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Coat

Obligatory tree-hugger post

Researches sustainable ecosystem to provide air, water and food

They should maybe start at home first...?

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Elon Musk jumps overboard from Paul Allen's GIANT MOTHERSHIP

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Happy

Re: I'm conflicted.

British: "f*ing hyooooj!"

American: "Large"

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Holmes

And...

Anyone else see the parallels:

Howard Hughes = Spruce Goose - Eccentric millionaire funds massive, impractical plane that barely flew, was too expensive, etc

Paul Allen = Stratos heavy lifter - Eccentric millionaire funds massive, impractical plane that etc etc....

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Boffin

Must stop playing Portal

I misread Orbital Sciences as Aperture Science.

Strangely the story still works though...

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

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Drobo's

I foresee a problem - my Drobo only goes to 16gb (4x4tb) and I was actually going to do a storage upgrade in 2013 to the full 16tb. Could it support a 20tb 4x5tb array?

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Silverburn

Deny rumours = Admit no 5TB in the pipeline, and risk looking non-competitive

Acknowledge rumours = Admit 5TB *is" in the pipeline, and kill sales of existing drives as everyone waits for the larger drives.

Decline to comment one way or the other = the only real option.

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

Silverburn

Re: Hydrogen?

Don't forget the tree-hugging smugness you get from hydrogen - which is abundant, manufacturable from solar, and fun in a flammable way - compared to "once it's gone it's gone" helium.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

Silverburn

Re: Assembled in...

I initially read "Assembled in..." to mean "Shoved completed unit into an Apple retail box and taped it up", partly in jest.

However, I suspect I'm still disturbingly close to the truth.

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Silverburn

Actually, you could have provided this in this model and with not much effort:

- replace the glue process with recessed screws-from-the-back

- and replace the double-sided tape with a conventional rubber seal

- used the 27" MB layout, and put the ram upgrade slot on the bottom

- remove the hardware checks in the EFI for non-apple approved RAM or Hard drives

I suspect much of the issues are due to Ive's overly-anal focus on form and asthetics, to the point a basic function (upgrading) is forgotten.

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Silverburn

Re: Unclear

Meanwhile in the real world, where perception is uncoloured by prejudice

I could have sworn it was coloured, actually. Which is why the VW brand is still seen as "better", even though Skoda have a better reliability record.

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Silverburn

Re: Presumably you need to use OFFICIAL APPLE double-sided sticky tape

I know it's said in jest, but yes, you probably will. It will be:

- the right length

- the right width

- the right adhesion strength

- the only way to preserve your warranty

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Silverburn

@ AC

Macbook Pro != new imac. No glue for a start.

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Silverburn

Re: Unclear

Given the precious nature, I'd have though "Assembled in Switzerland" would have had higher kudos.

But that's all it is - kudos, and a warm fuzzy feeling. If it's the same robot's assembling it, the country is irrelevant.

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Silverburn

Not many will upgrade it, true...but many will want a ram upgrade at some point, if a 5 year lifespan is typical.

And there's the issue of hard drive replacement, if one fails. It wasn't easy in the old one, but it was at least do-able.

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Re: Standard iFixit drama

I think you under-estimate the arse-pain this truly is.

1. Once you've prised the two parts apart (ideally without warping, chipping or cracking the panel), you then need to clean them before fitting new tape. Once exposed to air, the old tape will have lost a significant portion of it's adhesion strength so should not be re-used. And remember one of the parts is an LCD panel...and you probably shouldn't use alchohol.

2. Then you need source the *exact* apple double sided tape component. Why? so it matches both the physical and adhesional properties of the original. Too little adhesion? the panel falls out. Tape too wide? you can't fit the panel back in, and you're back to step 1.

3. You then need to fit the tape in *exactly* the right way - it needs to be arrow straight. Get it "wiggly", and either the panel won't fit, or you'll see gaps round the edges. And if you want to refit it, you need to go back to step 1....

I really, really don't like Apple right now.

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Flame

Re: Easy

It's way more than enough.

I really like imacs, but there's no way I'm getting one now. Apple, you just lost an until-now happy and loyal upgrader.

Glue? FFS. Seriously would it really have affected the look of the *REAR* of the case that much to have recessed screws on the back? Seriously Apple, it would not have affected the cosmetics of the bit you look at for 99.999% of it's life, but would have made access FAR easier for upgrading.

Ive's I admire your anal attention to form, but FFS don't forget the function part next time, eh?

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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Mushroom

Re: Mysogny

What happens when a girl calls her a bitch...?

<-- does this happen?

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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Happy

we should arrange a "playdate" (gahd, who invented that one) - my son "Alpha" and daughter "Beta" need to get out more.

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A valid use for Windows 8?

Silverburn

As the world moves to the web or provides apps on multiple OS's (Netflix for one example) OS's are becoming irrelevant.

No they're not. In fact, the opposite.

Win8 is the last Windows operating system.

The shareholders say it's not.

Actually, in my case Win7 is my last MS OS..

Maybe, but don't pretend it's because OS'es are dying. Convert to LINUX by all means, but as long as there's hardware, you'll need an OS.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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WTF?

Alphaville

Ok, following on from this article, I decided to watch Alphaville last night.

Holy ****, the whole movie was a "WTF?" moment.

It makes the ending of 2001 look like as simple as a Disney cartoon.

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

Silverburn

Re: however...

Wrong way round surely? You can and did get dot releases in itunes without IOS updates.

If they've actually done something with the performance, I'll be happy. It's slug slow, even just navigating around.

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

Silverburn

Re: It looks like two pieces of lemon chicken served with a sponge!!

It looks like that because that's what it is. And be grateful...the reality is probably much, much worse...

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Meh

So...strictly speaking "pop" hasn't actually admitted he has a problem. His - probably now disowned - offspring has tried to shame him into action.

I think she's going a bit overboard. Afterall, you can still see there's daylight between his stash and the garage roof...

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RETURN of the PLAYMONAUT: El Reg's space hero suits up again

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Happy

Some say...

...he can't bend his knees elbows while being observed by humans...and that if he fell out a balloon, his visor wouldn't steam up because he doesn't breathe like other feeble mammals...

All we know is...he's called PLAYMONAUT

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MONSTER QUASAR BLAST blows stunned astro boffins' WIGS OFF

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Mushroom

Treellion...pfft.

Wake me up when it's a GAZILLION!

Nuke... 'cos it just seems so puny now.

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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Best El Reg product review yet. :-)

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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Re: Dear Reg...

Indeed. I was wondering when someone would notice that design/copyright/trademarks are not the same (and should never be) as Patents.

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

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Re: Another good reason not to upgrade.

Indeed.

Absolutely nothing is improved in this version as far as I can see. In fact much has been made worse - which is quite a feat given how awful Ribbon was in the first place.

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Exec responsible for Apple iOS map fiasco walks the plank

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Facepalm

Re: Apples slow car crash is fascinating

@ AC - Handsets != Tablets.

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Phone with Facebook hardware button lobbed out by Nokia

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Boffin

Aaaaagh!

My eyes! My eyes!

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Nexus 4 actually has 4G: But only in Canada, and potentially ILLEGAL

Silverburn

Re: They slipped up

The follow on question is how this got through certification, given these would count as radio emissions.

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Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge

Silverburn

Re: Well

Wasn't aberdeen city council almost bankrupt a few years ago?

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Silverburn

60 mill?

How about some building renevations/modernisation on some of the delapidated schools instead, since England and Wales are doing it? Starting with the heating systems, which seem to flake out at the first sigh of a ...errrr...snow flake.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18197265

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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Holmes

Re: Get protected

..and not because they have more margin on the high end units, and are just happen to be running surplus stocks....?

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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Windows

Don't forget the "downvote by default" option which is deployed at the merest whiff of ipad ownership, or even the slightest suggestion there may be flaws with Android.

Because ipad ownership = fanboi, and your comments are therefore wrong.

Witness QED downvotes here ---->

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Italians deploy fearsome SPY MANNEQUINS to win Fashion Wars

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Thank god I shop online...at least I can do something to protect my privacy there.

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Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

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Re: Apple are doomed

Capture-bonding is not limited to fanbois, it should be noted.

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Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Re: It looks like a MacBook Air

Apart from it actually says it's made of alloy in the article.

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