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* Posts by uncle sjohie

48 posts • joined 28 Nov 2006

Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

uncle sjohie

Re: The only good profit is an obscene profit?

Samsung and the other chaebol companies in South Korea almost own the complete political system, there horse really does decide which direction the cart is being pulled. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tax-evasion-bribery-and-pricefixing-how-samsung-became-the-giant-that-ate-korea-8510588.html

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

uncle sjohie

Re: Float? More like Sink!

Would you mind an even-cheaper company entering the market, if you were one of the SpaceX shareholders?

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

uncle sjohie

Re: Space Race?

I think a lot of people would care, since a lot of consumer products like PNA's and in-car navigation systems can't use the signals of those other navigation satellites. Only more recent systems like the TomTom Go, are able to use Glonass as well as GPS.

Professional receivers from Leica, Trimble and Topconn etc already accept all of those signals, or can be made to do so with a firmware upgrade in most cases.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

uncle sjohie
Coat

Re: Should

Eehh, Saab is Chinese now, not Dutch anymore. Victor Muller found out that those Swedes knew a lot about designing good cars, but not so much about actually selling them for a profit. Also there are some differences between running a boutique brand like Spyker, and a high volume brand like Saab.

Now the Chinese are revamping production of the face-lifted (old) 9-3, while transforming the Phoenix platform into an EV friendly and GM-free version for a brand new 9-3.

Mines the jacket with the Saab key in it..

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

uncle sjohie

+1 for cashplan

I use an synology NAS for local copies, Dropbox for syncing with my smartphone. and Crashplan for the backup of both local and Dropbox folders.. This is all tied together with Cobian backup. What can I say, it works for me. And I'd wager that Crashplan is the most affordable of the bunch..

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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

uncle sjohie

Pioneer CT-W606DR

How about an Pioneer CT-W606DR cassette player with AD/DA converters?

http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/archive/CT-W606DR/page.html

Maybe one can be found on Ebay?

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Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

uncle sjohie

I remember keeping my fingers poised over the "record" button, listening to the radio. And of course dreaming of owning an Nakamichi Dragon auto reverse tapedeck.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

uncle sjohie

Re: tempted

I was born with a heart defect, but I was successfully operated at the age of three, and have been proclaimed healthy by my cardiologist. Still, 35 years after the operation, the occasional pain/cramp in my chest like everybody else has once in a while, makes me wonder.... So knowing isn't always a good thing in my book.

And with the current medical diagnostic possibilities, they can find something minutely wrong in anybody. But that doesn't say anything about a cure for what they found.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: If I ever meet that Dell f*cker

I am dutch, and you are welcome to come and checkout my basement. If you confused the Netherlands with Belgium, where a sick fellow called Dutroux did some terrible things to little children, locked up in his basement, you should go and visit an geography teacher.

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

uncle sjohie

Re: God that thing is ugly

Those professionals sometimes would like a good keelhauling for some of their customers. One female member of the Ford family is know for walking on her semi-finished yacht, pointing to the solid walnut veneer in the master cabin, and say "paint it all blue". Making the 3 expert carpenters, who had been working 2 weeks nonstop on those panels, leave the wharf whilst crying their eyes out..

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

uncle sjohie

Ongoing

This has been ongoing for at least 2 years that I know of in my own city, so it isn't all that new to be honest. These are mostly used in area's with apartment buildings or in older parts of the city, where fixed roadside communal bins are a waste of precious public space. Added bonus is that these bins can be emptied by a one person garbage truck, in stead of one with a driver and 2 collectors on the back.

For more rural area's we now have garbage trucks with a robotic arm, operated from within the cabin, and only one "helper" to line up the bins. The robotic arm automatically weighs the bin, scans the embedded rfid tag, and bill the corresponding household for the kg's of rubbish produced.

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Office 2013 to offer one-off apps on demand

uncle sjohie
FAIL

Macro's?

A lot of company's, their paying customers, use macro's for a lot of things. From simple letterheads to complex reports with graphs. We have at least 20 that I know of, so how would this fit in our (ISO) certified workfow?

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

uncle sjohie
Mushroom

I hope they didn't copy the old one, since that didn't really work all that well for the people who thought it up..

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Curiosity snapped mid-flight by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

uncle sjohie

Re: NUKES IN SPACE!!?!

How about we shoot off those green types in the next rocket to mars?

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

uncle sjohie
Unhappy

Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

Some of our customers, local governments to be precise, dictate the software, and the version of that software you have to use for the job, in the tender. This means, that as engineering firm, we still have to use software , secured with parallel dongles, just to get contracts. Some of our acoustic modelling software uses different calculating modules, and the specify those too.

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Retina Display detachment

uncle sjohie

Re: I don't get the fuss

It takes a minute or so to get some DVD's to chuck into your laptop bag, but a little longer to download them. :-)

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

uncle sjohie

Re: titles are for toffs.

If you used to sell B&O products, you should also be aware of their excellent service, even 10+ years after purchase, or in the case of the old beocenter 2200 of my parents, >25 years. When my father asked for a replacement needle for the turntable a few years ago, it was on stock at the distributor, and at the shop ready for pickup 2 days later.

And let's not forget the excellent manuals they provide with all of their kit, made by actual people, and not by running the Chinese thru babelfish like most companies do. I remember my parents buying an beocenter 9500, and me running off for some speaker cable. When I got back, my mother was busy programming the radio-stations.

These things and service cost money too...

My own HiFi system sounded better than the 9500, at half the price, but my mother couldn't get it to work...

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

uncle sjohie

Soluto

I would add Soluto to the list. That program lets you delay or pause the starting of programs during windows-boot, and speeding up the process.

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

uncle sjohie

Re: It's all so depressing...

That doesn't really matter, since you can move the airbase it flies off. Just park the carrier roughly in the right area, and presto.

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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

uncle sjohie

The Hulk?

Around the internet, there are reviewers talking about a green hue on the display, but the screenshots here, look ok?

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HTC knocks out the Beats

uncle sjohie

Actually

There are some good reasons to buy monster cables, especially their higher end hdmi cables with guaranteed bandwidths. Those reasons don't apply to your average home, so in that case it's a waste of money. But if you have a dedicated home theatre room, you don't want to rip out the wall to replace the hdmi cable going to your new and shiny 4k projector hanging on the ceiling in 2 years time, and then it starts to make sense to spend a few hundred quid on a more futureproof hdmi cable. There are some interesting youtube video's comparing cheap, medium priced and the hig end monster cables, with a skeptical audio-journalist and testing done at the Aussie moster cable lab. The results may be an eye-opener. :-)

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TomTom Start 20 satnav

uncle sjohie
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Dashboard holder

@ Alun Taylor. If you really want an uncluttered view, try a Tetrax Fixway. With that little gem, you can mount any PND on a ventilation grille of your choice. That way, there is nothing on top of the dashboard blocking your view of the road, or creating a blind spot.

It doesn't come cheap, but it held our 4.3" Navigon in place, even when we were rattling about on the Tuscan dust trails. And you get a few extra metal "knobs", so you can use it to mount different things on the holder, like an mp3 player.

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Reg ed rattles the Red-Headed League

uncle sjohie
Heart

Red headed Women?

To quote from the song "red headed Women" by Bruce Springsteen:

Well brunettes are fine man

And blondes are fun

But when it comes to getting a dirty job done

I'll take a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

Well listen up stud

Your life's been wasted

Til you've got down on your knees and tasted

A red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

Tight skirt, strawberry hair

Tell me what you've got, baby, waiting under there

Big green eyes that look like, son

They can see every cheap thing that you ever done

Well I don't know how many girls you've dated, man

But you ain't lived til you've had your tires rotated

By a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

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And he can say that. because he has been married to a red headed woman for a long time.

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

uncle sjohie
FAIL

Contrary to popular belief

Producing music actually cost time and money. The session artists, mixers etc at the studio have to be paid a livin' wage, not to mention all the supporting staff you need for running a modern organization. Ditto for the admins of those iTunes servers, the artists who design the cover art, etc etc. These are average people, who want a decent salary to pay there mortgage, not the kind that whizz around in stretched hummers with bowls of Bolivian marching powder in the back, and just tell each other how important they are for the record industry and mankind in general. :-(

So saying there are no damages at all is just as ridiculous as the claims those cokeheads make about the trillions they claimed they lose.

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Saab-spotter blogger poached by the company

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Actually

The vectra is more saab then vice versa, and there are fundamental differences in the suspension, most noticably the passive steering rear-axle in the ssab. Besides, the same thing can be said about a R8 and a Gaillardo. :-)

And both the vectra, and the saab even more so, are known for their reliability. There is something to be said for proven technology.

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Surprise Automotive X Prize winners announced

uncle sjohie
Go

Numbers

They did a survey a while back, and in turned out that Dodge cars got closest to their claimed fuel consumption, and some hybrids consumed 40% more fuel then claimed. It had something to do with the fact that here in the Netherlands most of the hybrids are lease cars, which spend most of their time doing 130 km/h on the highway, where that dinky 1.4 or 1.6 has to keep all those batteries moving. A punto evo or polo greenline is moch more economical, but not as cheap, thanks to our government.

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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

uncle sjohie
Coat

Not so formidable

During one of those huge NATO exercises in the Atlantic a couple of years ago, one of our walrus submarines sank not only a nimitz class carrier, but one of the escorting cruisers and one SSN. NATO is just sending their varsity, that's why there's no carrier.

Mines the one with the periscope sticking out...

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PARIS hits the road with live GPS tracker test

uncle sjohie
Go

Top Gear?

Why not strap the car to some rockets? Just ask the guys from Top Gear.

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Next from Apple: The Pocket iPad

uncle sjohie
Coat

I suggest

You ask your girlfriend... :-)

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High-speed Chinese train kicks French, Japanese butt

uncle sjohie
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What about physics?

Aerodynamics and physics dictate the more or less same high-speed train designs used all over the world...

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US told to keep its beak out of European decisions

uncle sjohie

Palm?

We all know they could use some help, right?

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Chinese media finger Swedish lesbian enclave

uncle sjohie

I have been there

Having flown to Ornskoldsvik with the SAS, I now know why the stewardess was such a tall blond woman wearing knee-high leather boots. I was one of the guardians!

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BOFH: Weapon of choice

uncle sjohie

Pants

Now all I have to remember is where I stored those yellow pajama pants 18 years ago, I always knew I'd end up wearing them to work one day!

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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

uncle sjohie

ESRI

ESRI used to have a habit of sending ~50 retail packages if you have 50 licenses, we had to alter our contract just to get 1 box shipped, no matter how many times we told them we do a network install including the demo data, and we really didn't need a pallet full of those boxes 2 times a year.

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BOFH: The Christmas party

uncle sjohie

Well worth the wait

and I hope we'll learn next week if they remembered to put the balls in the freezer?

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Dutch plan 'Energy Island'

uncle sjohie

What about the Germans?

I'm dutch and just wondering, a lot of Germans come to our beaches, and as everybody knows, they like to dig holes there.. Why not use those instead? And of course we still have our beloved IJsselmeer, it wouldn't be all that much of problem to use that, we just have to make it a little deeper..

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NXP sues to silence Oyster researchers

uncle sjohie
Paris Hilton

@Michael

They've had the original report for some time now, and have been sent a copy of the definite report, which we are talking about now, too. So why haven't they verified the results and fixed the problem? And as far as I know, they have better protected chips they can use, this is a fairly old design, but I'd wager it's cheaper?

Paris, because she's both cheap and expensive..

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Yes! It's the Knight Rider satnav!

uncle sjohie
Paris Hilton

Voices?

Tom tom has a few very nice voice to choose from here in the Netherlands, one is an adult actress called kim holland, and she tells you to "get off" at the next turn in a very sultry voice, but it's kinda hard to translate it. Paris, because they're almost in the same line of work, only kim uses a better camera..

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KPN tempts Dutch customers with mobile TV

uncle sjohie

iPhone?

So the iPhone 3G will have DVB-H too???

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Dutch MP releases anti-Islam movie

uncle sjohie

I'm dissapointed

Here in the Netherlands it has been talked about for ages, and now it's finally there, most people are almost disappointed about the "softness" of it. We expected something controversial, this is unlike Geert Wilders, who usually manages to offend the whole dutch islamic population within 2 sentences when he starts talking. The most talked about is the fact that he used the Danish "mohammed cartoons" without permission, and a picture of the killer of Theo van Gogh, mohammed B, which turned out to be the cover of some obscure rap CD, made by an even more obscure rapper, posing as mohammed B.

Even more stupid, he was asked by some islamic forums/groups to join them in a debate about the islam in general, and how they could all work against extremists, which he of course categorically rejected, only to invite them to do the same after his "film" came out, telling everybody it was not meant to hurt or insult, just to generate a discussion.. You should see the questions he and his fraction ask our council of ministers, they're hilarious!

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Spam spewing printer attack pulps security

uncle sjohie
Boffin

How about the big ones?

We use OCE TDS-400 large format Laserprinters her at the office, and they use an "controller" which consists of a dell PC with some custom software on an embedded NT installation. Imagine, A0 sized "enlargement" messages... Given the large size of the plotfiles (~100Mb+ easily), they're connected via our LAN. Uncle sjohie reminds himself to check for updates from OCE really soon..

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Canucks kill second attempt at 'iPod tax'

uncle sjohie
Pirate

The Netherlands

They tried something similar here in the Netherlands, but as you can see from the article, the distribution of funds to the musicians is a joke, they're about 4 years behind, and they have no decent overview about what money goes where. (if I start a one man company, the accountancy laws are a hell of a lot more strict for some funny reason.)

There is one nice thing about our laws, due to some "quirk" of the copyright law, I can legally download any music I like, only the sharing/uploading part is illegal. This doesn't fly for software though. I do believe there should be some compensation scheme like the blanket license they proposed in France, that way everybody wins to some extend, and that should be clear to the record company exec's by now you'd think.

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Toshiba quietly shows fuel-cell fitted UMPC

uncle sjohie
Boffin

No more R&D stuff

It would be nice to see some actual working fuel cells, I mean how long have they been dangling those things in front of us?! Enhough with the R&D, show me some working consumer product!!

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BOFH: Workplace accidents = 0

uncle sjohie
Paris Hilton

Aaaah

Allways nice to have the quiet support of higher management.... :-)

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BOFH: Budget cuts

uncle sjohie
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Nice one..

Halfway reading the story I expected something about leopard too, but nice to see you didn't take the easy way...

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New strain of Gozi Trojan prowls the net

uncle sjohie
Unhappy

Here we go again

Even PDF's aren't safe anymore, now what?

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Can blind people see in their dreams?

uncle sjohie

does everybody dream?

Funny, but I can only recall one dream I had ( a nightmare) in the 32 years of my existence. In the article nothing is said about the amount of dreams. or if everybody dreams. Maybe that's an idea for a follow up story?

Uncle sjohie

http://www.sjohie.com

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Asus W6 leather-clad laptop

uncle sjohie

A ferrari red notbook with tan leather?

Hmm, maybe they could do a combo with their Ferrari branded notebook? Ferrari red with tan leather would be nice, allthough you could probably never find it again in your car.. :-)

Uncle sjohie

http://www.sjohie.com

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