* Posts by Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor

43 posts • joined 6 May 2012

Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Sure. I personally find Android's mix of Apps and Widgets, combined with customisations from manufacturers, means I need to spend a good 15 minutes customising Android handsets so the interface is to my liking. And my liking is for a very consistent and clean experience.

That's NOT me saying everything should behave like iOS. Rather it's a statement that I feel Android is a little untidy and inconsistent.

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Microsoft hosts bar mitzvah for mature Azure

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Mazel Tov

That is all.

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Australia IS NOT educating more personal trainers than IT pros

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Dear Mangrove,

I chose to discount overseas students in order to test Dalton's assertions under the most favorable possible circumstances (for Dalton).

But I agree - anecdotally plenty of overseas students stay on, or return.

On the matter of "there are X students, that proves our teaching is awesome", I wasn't saying our teaching is awesome. But it is good enough to attract 18,000 people to spend at least a year here and pay tuition of a few tens thousands a year. If we assume 18,000 students each pay $20k a year, IT education is a $360m a year industry. Which is a rather nice sum.

S.

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Microsoft gives away Windows 8 to Mac devs

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
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Re: Why are you so sure that they are scheming?

Andy, I wasn't trying to suggest that Microsoft is being evil or devious or even merely naughty.

It just seemed odd to me that with free desktop virtualisation software out there for the taking, it's chosen a paid package for this promotion. Sure it makes a better incentive. But it also means Microsoft doesn't nourish any serious competitor, given Parallels is such a small outfit in the virtualisation world and hardly a threat to anything Microsoft does.

Simon

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
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Here in the non-English speaking world - ie the american and strayan speaking world - Shift-3 makes a hash of things. i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives"

You're commenting what I'm thinking - I use reader every day. I always wondered why reader had no ads. Would they kill it if it did?

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Oz Senator says Google Glass could 'end privacy as we know it'

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: obviously the negative associations

I wish a Google search had been possible: Hansard's search is very comprehensive and goes back a very, very, long way, but is one of those finicky EDM-driven searches that frustrates and delivers in equal measure.

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New Japanese craze: Knickers for iPhones' nether regions

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: It's not that crazy you know...

One of the entrepreneurs behind those shocks popped up a few years later as a "oooh look, social media can help you sell stuff" motivational speaker. In a past journalistic life in small business I found this quite amusing.

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

More Star Wars ASCII

I'm sure we all remember asciimation.co.nz ?

If not, go now

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Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Happy

Re: Episode IV - A NEW HOP.

Very good. Buy this man a cigar.

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Don't forget US sales tax adds around seven per cent when calculating that comparison price!

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Empire says ‘primitive’ Earth not ready for Death Star

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Actually it's pretty good by the standards of most press releases. It is short, contains little fluff, no major errors (one I received today said 'mother's are worried about' something or other) and at least raised a smile.That puts it well ahead of most we receive at Vulture South.

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: This is news?

Hi Willie, no PR involvement in this one mate. I met a VCDX at a function, investigated and here are the results. VMware PR helped with some data, but this story was NOT pitched to me by VMware.

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Ten technology FAILS

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

PointCast rocked

PointCast rocked. In about 1997 I worked for a small business where we each had dialup internet. It was frowned upon to stay online all day, as doing so was expensive. PointCast made it possible to suck down a decent lot of content and access it without needing to be online.

I think it's also worth mentioning in the context of FlipBoard, a product that surely owes some inspiration to PointCast.

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IBM drops Lotus brand from next version of Notes

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

We called it Scrotus Pokes, to invoke the pain of using it.

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Maybe I missed it

Veronika didn't work on Sherlock, but the same game engine was used.

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Routers and routers....(was Silly Con Valley reporting in ...)

here in Australia, "root" means the same but is a little ruder than ,"shag" is in the UK. So "rooters" is out and "rowters" are in.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: The Interface Formerly Known As Metro

Studley, you do indeed seem to have coined TIFKAM 9 days before I used it in this yarn http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/23/classic_shell_gives_windows_8_a_start_button/

You'll have to take my word on this, but this was a Newton/Leibniz simultaneous co-invention-without-prior-Knowledge thing, but I am happy to cede the honours.

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France again threatens Google with link tax

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Happy

Re: and your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries

I'm glad somebody got the Python reference.

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Consumer group urges Aussies to spoof IP addresses

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: there's a serious danger here though

Don't laugh.

I recently bought an e-book here in Australia. It's sequel is not sold as an e-book in Australia. The third in the series is.

I bought the second in the USA, ON A PLANE using free Wifi access to Amazon.

So yes, it seems some perfectly normal files aren't suitable for Australian use, thanks to the moronic nature of territorial copyright.

It's even worse in NZ, I understand, as it is such a small market publishers can't be arsed prepping stuff to e-publish there.

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SpaceX's Falcon places Dragon in desired orbit

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Alex,

we got the post-launch launch video up as soon as we could find and process it. FWIW the NASA embed code didn't play nicely with our CMS, so the few minutes it took to get it into YouTube (NASA offered a download link) added to the amount of time required to get you the best possible content after the launch.

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Conroy wants telcos to wear undies on heads

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "The antipodean nation has also recently tabled data retention proposals..."

I'm in Australia (and from here) and down here "tabled" means "to put on the table" aka to propose.

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Cisco scores AU$38m NBN win

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Happy

Re: This is pocket change

But you don't get to put out press releases saying you've won that kind of work

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The Register lands in Australia

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Go

Thanks for the early feedback, all. I'll see what we can do for those of you who get other newsletters and would like the Australian one as well. We may also sneak one or two of the better suggestions for names into the list, if we can do so without violating the spirit of the competition.

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Reg hack runs Windows 8 on 82-inch touchscreen

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Coffee/keyboard

Thanks all for the comments. I knew as I tried this that the results would be a tad ropey, but an 82-incher is not the kind of thing that works well with words and I had no video kit other than my Californian phone to hand. I'll do better next time!

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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Awesome

How much energy is needed to get escape velocity for all those megatons of coronal mass? Am feeling even less significant just thinking about it

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Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Eh?

Speaking as that random guy, you're right: Cambridge folk know more about this than I. Not sure why that is relevant, or how I am random.

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NBN zealotry in the ultra-high definition age

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Facepalm

D'oh!

You're right. It was 2400b/s, not kb/s. I shall amend, hang my head in shame and promise never again to write when horridly jetlagged.

As if that's an excuse anyway.

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RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Fine writer, will be missed

My brother used to put me down as a geek by mentioning the Stainless Steel Rat. Little did he know Slippery Jim would lead me to this forum, today, among this fine company, we band of brothers ...

I'll be tucking into a porcuswine burger today in memory of Harry.

John Scalzi may be his spiritual descendant as a writer, IMHO, for those in need of a similar read.

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: hmm

Bad Taste is indeed magnificent. I liked the brains best. The sheep was pretty funny.

His next project, IIRC, was a Muppets parody called "Meet the Feebles." The student 'paper I worked on at the time interviewed him and asked if he would like to work with puppets again. His answer was yes he would, but puppets have said they won't work HIM again.

Here all week ....

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Why one storage admin fears Justin Bieber

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Not an as

No it's not an ad. Would I have included the installation delay and sales tactics if it were?

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Neal Stephenson on swordplay, space and depressing SF

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Gimp

Fanboi

REAMDE is a good READ. But it is hardly SciFi - all the tech in it is modern, almost nothing is imagined.

I've read it twice, but then I am a bit of a Stephenson fanboi.

As for Dickens, Hugo, etc, Stephenson did have a waft at that model of writing in The Mongoliad, which was cracking fun. I do hope foreworldsaga.com eventually gets fleshed out ...

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Facepalm

Changes made in response to eminently sensible feedback from commenters, for which I thank them.

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Anonymous to expose 40GB of ISP data

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Ooops - that should have been PROTECT details and it is now. :-)

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Microsoft douses Flame

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Well played, Sir.

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'Six-eyed' robot to tour National Museum of Australia

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Five or six?

Martin,

sloppy writing by me - I hoped the illustration would explain it.

There are five horizontally-mounted cameras in the pentagonal thing on top of the stalk, plus one more at the top.

I should have explained it better.

Note to self: do better.

S.

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IBM’s first tape drive turns 60

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: RTFM

Thanks for pointing out my error, MadMalc. It was an editing mistake. I've made the changes to the text.

And FWIW IBM says density was 100 bits per linear inch http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/701/701_1415bx26.html. A 1200 foot tape therefore had 1,440,000 bits, or about 175k by my reckoning.

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How to simulate a light armoured vehicle

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Go

Thanks for the comments

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm working hard on my proofing - we work without a net here in the APAC eerie. For those of you who wanted more detail , I'm sorry if the story is a little light-on. The story had to be vetted and the deep technical details weren't available for predictable reasons, but I felt the story worth a go anyway.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Lots of good points here about methodology and sampling. That's why I made sure to point out these are *preliminary* results.

I'm not sure I can bring myself to do an *ahem* deeper interview.

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Let’s send 3D printers TO THE MOON

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

I find it easier to file stephenson under sci fi. Feel free to offer an alternative characterisation

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Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
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I'm reading The children of the sky ATM. It is very fine.

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Dinosaur flatulence may have warmed Earth

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: a fart by any other name ..

Just this once I tried to be classy.

I shan't make that mistake again ;-)

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iPad chargers can open beer bottles

Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: How quaint

Well played, Sir. Well played.

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