* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

White AMERICANS will have become MEKON brain-men by 3000AD

Silverburn
Coat

The mekon

Is it just me, or did the mekon always have really cool t shirts?

In other news: shrinking EU brains shown to decrease ability to hold attention.

0
0

82 London Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi for the Olympics

Silverburn
Devil

Bollox to the wifi

...how about some damned air con that actually works, for use during the summer months?

Devil, 'cos it's devilishly hot down there.

8
0

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Silverburn
Unhappy

I was a classic "traitor"

ie, upgrading from a BBC to an archie was what I was after...I worked all summer to save the cash I needed for the now-mature A4xx.

Only to end up going for a Viglen X86 box at the last minute so I could play MS FS.

I hang my head in shame...

6
0

I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

Silverburn
Thumb Up

Multi-tasking in the real word

And example of real world multi-tasking, which can occur easily:

- download a torrent

- playing a music (or video) playlist

- email and/or IM

- Typing a report.

While typing the report, you would like to be kept abreast of what the other apps are doing, and likely all at once. This does not take much cognative power, as monitoring can be done "passively". This is also not a strange scenario, and is actually very likely.

So MS is correct, and the OP is correct. The apps will stilll run, but you can no longer monitor them all at once via Metro.

Personally, it sounds like MS is trying to justify metro as a useful tool. It's not. If you want to do the above, just switch back to "normal". How much time the average user spends in normal vs Metro, will utlimately dictate who (MS or OP) were right in the end.

(My personal view: OP)

10
0

Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

Silverburn
Flame

Siri IQ boost?

What he probably means Siri will now understand PROPER english and England.

Because everyone knows that using PROPER english automagically entitles you to a few more IQ points and makes you appear more sophisticated.

And a lot, lot cooler as well.

Where's my "Rule Britannia" icon?

0
0

Apple's Ping has fatal pong, says CEO

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: richard.cartledge@snc.ac.uk

Taking online advice from a man who posts his email address in the open, in unaltered form. Not wise.

3
0
Silverburn

I was always wondering why Apple thought it's own music-centric social service would be able to compete with facebook et al.

It would have been better to offer the "social service" as an anchor, and provide a list of compatible social services via plugin or something (ie like search provider in Firefox)

Then again not providing a f*ing pointless social service at all and working on performance and stablity of itunes would have been the best option...

6
0

Microsoft forbids class actions in new Windows licence

Silverburn

Re: Justice

Only the quiet solace of corporate death will give them the peace and protection they need.

1
0
Silverburn

Re: Small Claims Court @ Charles M

Indeed. I doubt any court in the land has enough lob-able chairs...

1
0

Samsung Galaxy S III

Silverburn

Re: Galaxy s3

There are a million $$$'s worth of "QA failed" blue ones says they will.

3
0
Silverburn

Voice

Good to see call quality warrants a one line entry near the end of the article. Has everyone forgotten these are still phones?

Makes you wonder how good audio could be, if it had advances at at the same rate as the "smart" features.

8
0
Silverburn

Re: 100%?

Gimmicky apps, a less than expected 8mb camera, small annoyances here and there. I thought 90% about right.

3
4

Amazon lets you barf VMs out of EC2

Silverburn

Genuine technical query - why would you want to run/store VM's in the cloud?

I know the OP talks about making use of "better" storage, but is that it? If you already have all this kit in your DC, what's the value add here?

0
1

Why Zuck will go soft for Facebook Phone - and rebrand Android

Silverburn

Re: Have you seen...

Simple solution. Don't buy it. Educate others on the dangers, and watch them away in droves. Marvel at the effect on FB share price.

0
0

Samsung snafu grounds blue Galaxy S III

Silverburn

Designed for humans?

Designed BY humans too, by the sounds of things.

Though quite how they managed to churn through a million $$$ worth of units before noticing the problem is interesting. No QA? No preprod unit testing? Hmmm.

0
0

Complex cyberwar tool 'Flame' found ALL OVER Middle East

Silverburn
Pint

There is a 4th option...

...a sponsor with a fetish for white cats, pools of pirhanas or sharks and under ground lairs.

Maybe once Daniel Craig gets back from floucing about with side projects, he can get started on unravelling this diabolical scheme.

Beer...because apparently Bond drinks Heinepuke instead of Vodka martini's these days.

2
1

How to keep your money safe if the euro implodes

Silverburn

@ 3dshades

You and me both. Except there's already talk of the CH housing market bubbling, and and in danger of being over valued.

Then again, when a non-penthouse lake front flat is already worth 600,00-900,000, you might argue that has already happened. Maybe I should move further south...it's warmer south of the gottard at least.

0
1

Volvo claims V40 is first car with an airbag for pedestrians

Silverburn
Happy

Re: and above 31mph

@ Jon

Is your nickname woody woodpecker by any chance?

0
1

Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

Silverburn

Re: $35

Or "Ha, ha!" depending on which side of the buying fence you sit.

0
0

Noise can improve quantum computing, says ANU scientist

Silverburn
Mushroom

Quantum computing

<-- my brain.

1
0

Raspberry Pi gets snappy with camera add-on

Silverburn

Unfortunately, it might not fit too well in your custom Raspberry Pi fag packet, though

That sounds like a challenge! :-)

1
0

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Silverburn

For my 600 quid, I'd want a better handle than that (it looks like an afterthought), and something that isn't as fiddly to setup and to use. Press the button each time to use? Yeah right.

3
0

New Oyster online service goes live at TfL

Silverburn
Unhappy

I note the article says "Correctly charged", not "fairly charged".

Rip off b******'s.

2
5

Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

Silverburn
FAIL

Re: @Benjamin 4

The scarily depressing part is the way things are going, it'll be US customs that are more likely to do this type search rather than a visit to a supposedly "hostile" nation.

<-- Still, at least they're winning the war on terror...

0
0
Silverburn

Re: Cue Q

Pfft. As if he'd allow case access anyway. He'd have the case wired into the live circuit of the power supply.

3
0
Silverburn

Blue Smoke? Good luck getting this past CE approval for sale in the EU.

One feature missing from the self destruction option; remote "detonation", in the event of theft/loss etc. Quite how you'll get it to 'phone home' is another issues though...

1
0

NHS car-crash spatters CSC accounts with red ink

Silverburn
Devil

Good to see the CEO falling on his sword for such terrible results while he was at the wheel...

Oh look, there's a surprise.

2
0

Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

Silverburn
Thumb Up

@ AC: 18:20

Yep - wot you said.

If you earn money on US soil, you pay tax on that. Same applies here in the UK, resident or not.

Many are missing this key point, but it's even hinted at in his canned statement.

0
0

Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

Silverburn

Simplest explanation

...most GM cars are crap and unmarketable?

2
1

Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: WinNok is no WinTel .......

I spent 5 hours with MS India Tech Assistance trying to get Outlook synced .... and they managed to delete ten year of notes and all calendar entries ....

Sounds more like another shining example of outsourced support, rather than an issue with the phone per se.

1
1
Silverburn
Joke

Re: so @ Jim

200 random files? Is that because you can't get more than 200 into your fixed and unexpandable 16gb?

Joke...it's a joke...

3
1
Silverburn

I still think multi-core is a necessity these days if you want multi-tasking. And with a sufficiently robust ramping algorithm, it shouldn't suck that much more than a single core. If I have browser session with flash running (ok we're talking android here), and backgrounded, I should still be able to run my new foreground app without stuttering.

1080p video - There is a point to be made about storage, yes. With a fixed 16gb internal storage, you won't get a lot of video in there at 1080p. However, the resolution is pretty common in Nokia's competitors these days, and people want to view their movies at the native resolution of their HD panels. Is the quality of 1080p better than 720p, given the poor/cheap sensors in these phones? No probably not. But people *still want" 1080p.

5
2
Silverburn

no microSD - FAIL

16gb only - FAIL

no dual core - FAIL

no 1080p video - FAIL

no hardware home button - FAIL

Connector on the top, not the bottom - JURY STILL OUT

Bigger battery - SUCCESS

Bigger screen - SUCCESS

Front camera - SUCCESS

So that 5:3 to the fails. Though not all are Nokia's - MS's OS limitations are a bit bonkers (no multi-core? no microSD support?).

16
7

Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

Silverburn
WTF?

Carbon fibre?

I'm seeing the Carbon in the pics, but no fibre?

0
0

Heathrow CIO pledges seamless future with £1.5bn collaborative system

Silverburn
Happy

Blown tyre?

..or an inch of snow...

1
0
Silverburn
Happy

Re: "jam packed with baggage handling systems"

Sunny tarmac? You've obviously not from the UK then...

+1 all the same.

0
1
Silverburn
Devil

Why not spend the 1.5bn on more security and passport controls gates? And perhaps bringing the departure gates closer to the people in T5 so we don't have to trapse through 3km of bloody shops to get to our planes...?

2
1

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

Silverburn
FAIL

Also:

- Weight: glass is surprisingly heavy. And breakable - even the tough stuff. Ask the many iphone4 users with the same problem.

- FAIL on the lid opening. While the anti-fanbois will whail and knash, observe Apples Air lids for simplicity and ease of function.

0
1
Silverburn
Coat

Spanky?

Yes indeedy. Paddles only please.

0
0

iCloud blows away 15 million users for 90 minutes

Silverburn
Facepalm

Another shining example of why you should never host anything critical or sensitive in the cloud. At least under the vendors get some experience under their belts.

4
3

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

Silverburn
Happy

Re: No Sale

People is plural. I think the word you wanted was Person.

1
0

Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: Had to break suddenly just the other day

Good job we still live in the 19th Century then. Oh wait...we don't.

10
1

Apple drops '4G' label from new iPad

Silverburn
Headmaster

Re: PIFFFT

Big dumb guy obviously skipped his english classes too many times...

1
2
Silverburn
Happy

Fast network?

I see O2 on there...so "fast networks" might still constitute false advertising.

11
0

Lasers battle cattle farts!

Silverburn
Happy

Cows with guns..

..and sharks with frikkin' lasers!

0
0

7.85in 'iPad Mini' said to sport retina screen

Silverburn
Thumb Up

Pffft. Metric Shmetric.

El Reg units FTW.

1
1

Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

Silverburn
Coat

Imagine if the autopilot was designed by MS. The BSOD would take on a more literal meaning.

God these BSOD jokes never get old...oh wait. They do.

5
1

Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

Silverburn

Re: So Britain is building a couple VTOL carriers who's new planes are not yet ready?

Strictly speaking we still have (most) of them; we didn't sell them all the US, so the rest are sitting in warehouses in 'storage' config.

We can still break them out in an emergency...the snag being that emergencies require a response *now", and it takes considerably longer than that to break out a harrier from storage...

0
0

North Korean GPS blocking sparks cyber war fears

Silverburn

Witness story on El Reg from a few months ago. UK/US military/naval exercises based on GPS-jammed warfare. So this tactics has been anticipated by our military bods for quite a while.

Should military action be taken, I suspect the NK's will need more than GPS jamming...

1
0

Forums