* Posts by Steve I

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Steve I

Re: How convenient...

Big deal. If a closed financial system (the Earth) is facing collapse, who cares how many little bits of green paper move around to secure a solution?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Steve I

Re: In a couple of years@ Seanie Ryan

"But it looks like toilet humour is dead. More's the pity."

You should try watching 'South Park'.

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Steve I

Re: Lunacy

"the device is secure, both from hackers, and the NSA"

"You're naive. Dangerously so. No matter how ethical the company is, if they have any American legal attack surface whatsoever then they will be forced to give the keys to the kingdom over the NSA."

It was a rhetorical question and therefore correct. A device to access the entire Internet by voice that was totally secure and remembered everything you needed it to would be good. If someone said "Wouldn't it be great to have free, driverless cars that you could call when you needed one and could never crash?", then you can't reply "No - someone would charge for them and they would crash", because the proposal is that they are free and can't crash.

You can argue that these things can't be achieved, but that's all.

I know - very pedantic.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

Steve I

What?

"Sony Pictures Entertainment could not be reached for comment".

Even after their home addresses had been leaked? Why didn't you just write to them?

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

Steve I

Re: Hmmm choices choices....

I saw it - there is no way a solid-gold watch (Apple or otherwise) will be worth £30 in a few years. Working or not. Unless the watch weighs less than 2g or someone finally cracks the secret of alchemy...

(Cue Percy and Blackadder...)

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Steve I

Re: Hmmm choices choices....

"I wonder which will still be working three years later and may have actually increased in value while the other is worth just scrap or £20 for spares on Ebay."

You can buy broken, solid-gold watches for £20 off eBay? That's amazing.

You know, you haven't chosen wisely by bringing future value into a debate concerning something made of gold. Unless you were actually dismissing the Omega.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Steve I

Re: Bad Apple

I doubt if anyone will be "bitten" by this I.e. Pay £2000 for it with the intention of using it as an external 5K monitor in target display mode ot to get gone and find out it doesn't support it.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

Steve I

I though the Doctor's assistant's job was to be a plot device?

"Doctor! I'm just going over here... Oh, I've been captured."

<Doctor rescues assistant.>

"Thanks Doctor!. Now I'm going..oh, I've been captured..."

<Doctor rescues assistant>

"Thanks!. Now I'm just ... Well what do you know,.I've been captured..."

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Steve I

Re: Retina iMac

Portrait? Useful for 15" monitors maybe, for viewing portrait documents, but I can't see a use for it on a 27".

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Steve I

Re: Interesting...

"This has been an option for years... unlikely a disgruntled employee could do it"

So it hasn't been an option?

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

Steve I

Why is it that...

...some of the people here trying to define 'cool' probably think that telling a girl that they were up until 3am, recompiling a Linux kernel, is going to impress her. Which it won't Even when wearing your best tank-top.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Steve I

Re: lets look at this in another way..

You really should stop feeling so smug and superior. Some people genuinely prefer the Apple ecosystem and buy an iPhone after an informed choice. Why else would peopl buy them if, as you say, it's just a status symbol yet everyone else despises them thus robbing them of any status?

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Steve I

Re: lets look at this in another way..

If switching to Android from iOS was so easy for you, then I'm assuming you have no investment in the iOS/Apple ecosystem (iPhone/iPad/MAx datasharing etc) nor any iOS apps, iTunes films etc.

Which begs the question - why have an iPhone? Someone at work asked me if he should get an iPhone or Android so I asked what apps he wanted. "Apps?" he replied. turns out he just wants email, web-browsing, phone calls, messaging etc so I told him it didn't really matter what he bought.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

Steve I

WTF?!?!?

Is this just a random list of distracting things? Just, using an Apple Watch would be distracting but I didn't see the IAM issuing advice that the new Nerf guns would be distracting if small children were using them for a pitched battle in the back seat. Same for porcupines - a porcupine on the passenger seat is also distracting. Again, no warning. And that girl who I usually see walking up the hill near home - very distracting. Especially in summer.

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

Steve I

Re: It's excellent

"Bought it on Kindle, read it already. It's excellent. Couldn't put it down."

Well, no you can't - it's digital. You could put the Kindle down though...

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

Steve I

Re: Err...

Remind me again what these better phones were?

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

Steve I

Re: guessed password-recovery questions

Well, the easiest thing for any of these type of questions if to use your wife or girlfriend's place_of_birth/mothers_maiden_name/pet/car/colour etc.

but I guess that's not going to work either, is it?

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

Steve I

Re: PS3?

Indeed - it's great that primary-school kids are Internet-savvy.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

Steve I

Re: I call bollocks.

I remember a discussion on a forum once on the CLI vs. GUI. One CLI fan commented that he could knock up a quick CLI command string to convert a folder of 100 JPEGS to BMP (or whatever) much, much faster than someone doing it in a GUI graphics program.

Mind you, he couldn't see the irony of using an image-processing problem to demonstrate the advantages of the CLI over a GUI.

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Steve I

No real skill here..

This is the old 'Programming the video recorder' argument.

A colleague of mine, Andy, who was a contractor with his ownsLtd company, was asked by his nephew if he could do hid 'IT industry experience' with Andy. As the nephew had a raft of ICT certificates, Andy asked him which programming languages he knew. "Programming languages?" came the reply.

He was competent with Word and Excel though.

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

Steve I

Re: Here we go

But compared to the phone i had (running Win Mob, IIRC), I wasn't too sassauge-fingered to find anything wrong with the buttons, my headphones fitted, the camera was better, could have done with C&P, quick-dial: meh (Just dial a favourite or contact), far better browser and more useable with the massive increase in data over my 500Kb allowance, MMS - never sentine in my life and why would I when I could send an email? Notes - as good as Outlook and perfectly adequate, it did triangulate cell towers which my phone didn't (and see data allowance above).

Plus the OS was smooth and intuitive.

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Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

Steve I

Re: Re returns

What on Earth are you wittering on about? Claiming money plus interest for the time you had a product before you decided to return it? What colour is the sky on your planet?

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

Steve I

Re: One Windows doesn't work!

"Sooner or later, people will wake up, and Apple will be in trouble.". Too right. OK, so we were a bit off with the 'iPhone will flop" comment before it launched, but this will surely come true.

OK, we thought it'd happen in 2008, then 2009, then 2010, then 2011 and err ummm,, but no fear - one day people will realise The Truth and that us nerdy techies knew best all along and that they don't want some that they can just use without having to re-compile the kernal every few weeks.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Steve I

I can't see it catching on...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Steve I

Re: Did he code?

I wasn't aware that Google were the sort of company who paid people who didn't 'get things done' enough money buy a yacht...

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Steve I

Re: Did he code?

Why is the death of a 10-a-penny code-monkey a 'travesty' (you need to look that word up - you probably meant tragedy), but the death of someone who got things done, not?

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Steve I

Re: Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone

"They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.

The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.

All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove.."

Who do you think they are? Apple?

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

Steve I

Re: No tablets before 2008?

Yeah - I had one of those. I carried it around in my jacket pocket and pulled it out on the train and effortlessly held in one hand to read e-books and swipe through emails and web-pages.

Hang on - no I didn't.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

Steve I

Re: Why won't the mainframe die?

"I may have even written one or two myself." One or two what?. Mainframe viruses? No - you haven't.

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Steve I

Re: S/360 I knew you well

IEFBR15, surely?

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

Steve I

Re: vexabibulus is a word

(vexabibulus ... means the feeling that one experiences when one discovers that the toilet roll has been mounted incorrectly)

....or that the perforations don't line up... (Yes - I know how to fix that).

It should go in the dictionary with reciprivesexclusional (a number defined as having any value other than that of itself e.g. the number of guests at a restaurant - will be any number other than the number on the booking) an luposlipoculinophobia - the fear of being chased around a kitchen table by timber-wolves whilst wearing socks and a newly-waxed floor.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

Steve I

Why do they do this?

"It is a big opportunity and we are all over it. We will have something by the middle of next year."

Personally, I prefer Apple's approach - which, for the most part, would be HP saying "Here's our new 3D printer and it's available now." (Ok - maybe a couple of weeks). Not "Just wait until the middle of next year woo-hoo!"

Everyone moans about hugely early announcements that are inevitably late. Or so vague ("We'll have something") that you could announce anything 'on-time' and be months or years away from a product release.

Who remembers Google's "We'll have an iPad killer by Christmas"? Didn't happen - it was months late.

All of you - announce the damm thing when it's ready to ship! None o this "Just wait a few months and don't buy anything else - we'll be brilliant - honest!"

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Whoops! Apple drops kimono, flashes 'FREE' GarageBand for iOS7

Steve I

"Ah Logic Lite. The equivalent of Ejay Dance 6"

Not really - Garageband is Garageband; it's not the 'lite' version of anything in as much as there's no menu options that, when you try to use them, you get a pop-up saying Sorry - that feature is only available in Garageband Pro. would you like to upgrade for the special one-time fee of $29.99?"

And the same for all the other iLife apps - they are their own apps with support forums etc and you know that other Mac users have the same software, unlike all the other bloatware, feature-crippled, unheard of, unsupported, written-by-1st-year-Java-students cr@p that other machines get loaded with.

So when my Dell-owning friends ask for advice about their free photo editing software "Glorius Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Editor Pro Lite V32.5!" and why it's asking for $30 to crop a photo "Please be upgrading to wonderful Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Manipulator Expert V 24.8 for advance features" I have to say "Dunno mate. My last pc was an Acer it it came with "Most Brilliant Picture Changer V5" but needed upgrading to "Hoo-soon Picture Magic 9 " to save changes."

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Now that's real science: CYBORG MONKEYS with PROSTHETIC ARMS

Steve I

"It's definitely been tried. I attended a talk by a guy who did an experiment like that on himself (essentially inserting tiny wires directly into the nerve - an incredibly painful process apparently).

If I remember correctly he was receiving the stimuli from someone else, having it sent over wifi then into his own hand."

aaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddd... we're back at comment 1.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

Steve I

Re: look at the web logs

"...do exactly what I need them to do... lack of camera for Skype."

Good job Skype isn't one of the things you need them to do.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Steve I

Re: Well yes... I guess

Perhaps a 'depth-first' approach wasn't the most suitable, in this case?

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Steve I

Re: Well yes... I guess

"The files are organised in folders by genre, sub-genre (...),"

I salute your dedication sir - this can be a difficult job. I know this, having just finished populating my "Pop Music/Acoustic/Solo/Female/World Music/Eastern Hemisphere/Tropical/Pacific/Easter Island" genre.

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Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

Steve I
Paris Hilton

By 'fling', I thought you meant...

...actually launching and landing a 1TB HDD. "There's no way that can be cost-effective" I thought...

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

Steve I

Re: A fundamental problem with this...

This : HS2 alleged benefits - beat me to it.

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

Steve I

Re: Facetime?

"So in true The Register style, they are jumping the gun looking for theoretical negatives against a tech Apple have implemented first, before checking the real world performance. They did the same with their ill informed article on Apple 5s 64 bit processing, which has now been confirmed as ignorant speculative negative hokum:

http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/friday-qa-2013-09-27-arm64-and-you.html"

Don't come around here with your 'facts', young man. This is The Register, not some tawdry fact-reporting website.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

Steve I

Re: Tray-loading optical drive?

You're right - in years and years of owning slot-loading optical drives, I've never had one scratch the crap out of my discs.

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Steve I

No VGA port?

It should have one. Along with serial, parallel and PS2 ports. Oh, and the ability to swap the optical drive for a floppy, whilst we,re reminiscing.

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Steve I

Tray-loading optical drive?

Just looks nasty these days.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Steve I

Re: You forget to add Tax to the US price

"Except sales tax here is usually around 8.5%, not 20%."

He's talking about how much the US price would cost in the UK, so adding 20% is right.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Steve I

Re: Less is more?

"- One button. One LED. Just 2 UI elements.

- Use Morse code for all IO."

Binary, surely?

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

Steve I

Remember that...

Just lately Apple have released a new iPhone every year (the 4, 4S, 5 and now the 5S), yet in the UK I think a lot of people are on 2-year contract, which means one tends to skip a generation. If you do, then the changes to one's new iPhone seem a bit more exciting if you go from a 4 to a 5, a 4S to a 5S etc.

So whilst the 5S is a nice phone, I don't see the need to upgrade my 5. Next year however, I might be more interested in upgrading to a 6, especially if my last few experiences of only having to fork out a small amount after selling or trading-in my old iPhone are repeated.

But it would be nice to see something with 'Wow!' factor again...

Steve

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

Steve I

I always find it funny...

...the people moan that iOS didn't do anything original and yet repeatedly fail to point out a phone that could have multiple smoothly scrolling windows (that's 'smoothly' as in how an Amiga did it, not 'smoothly' as in how an Atari ST did it) etc etc and a finger-orientated UI.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Steve I

What about ME?!

I tend to code using the 'Brush' font - neither tabs nor spaces work well...

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

Steve I

An ode...

I teleported home one night

with Ron and Sid and Meg.

Ron stole Maggie's heart away,

and I got Sydney's leg.

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Steve I
WTF?

Are they really...

...proposing matter transmission instead of transdimensional displacement of a remotely induced singularity? I despair...

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