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* Posts by Dave, Portsmouth

34 posts • joined 9 Jul 2012

Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

Dave, Portsmouth

Surprise?

Quite surprised that they were surprised by this. We only have Great Barrier Reef because of sea level rises. Lots of bits of Europe used to be underwater in the distant past. The world is always changing - we re-establish a balance and live on... except those species that don't! But that creates opportunities for new species, so it's all a balance. Humans are just a bit more arrogant now and believe that we should just stop that change and keep the world just as we like it now.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

Dave, Portsmouth

All some people need

Many years ago I used to upgrade regularly, always want newer / faster, played games, etc. now I use my tablet for most thinfs, and turn the computer on every few weeks to do a few things with some photos, maybe refresh some backups, and do a bit of Arduino development. For any of that,

I don't need a high performance computer, and in those circumstances it's surely better to have an option?

Always used to annoy me that bigger screen or better build quality also meant you had to pay more for higher specs you didn't want or need, just because it's seen as a more premium product. I'd rather have a 27" iMac with similar specs - the screen and keyboard and reliability are the bits I use and care about; the rest just needs to be enough to work.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Dave, Portsmouth

Still News?

Why do iFixIt even bother reporting this? We *know* that these aren't repairable. They're not intended to be, and the manufacturers (whether Microsoft, Google, Samsung or Apple) don't claim that they are.

The point about ruggedness in the article totally misses the point - the fact that the screen cracked whilst prising it out of its strong aluminium (?) case doesn't show that the Surface isn't rugged, it shows that it's designed for strength when fully constructed, not when pulled apart.

All that said, I don't think iFixIt is pointless - I actually used their guide once myself to change the dock connector on an old iPhone that got wet - but I wouldn't wish that phone to be made any easier to take apart because chances are that if it were it would have broken much sooner, or much more seriously.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

Dave, Portsmouth

Beats HS2

You call it crazy, but if there wasn't so much international politics involved they could probably manage it quicker and cheaper than HS2!

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'Software-defined anything' is NONSENSE. Don't bother pitching it

Dave, Portsmouth
WTF?

Reg budget cuts?

Dear reg, you've either been hacked by a bored teenager (I hope), or you need to pay your writers more!

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

Dave, Portsmouth

Re: Unit police

I somehow don't think the author is worried about quoting "just numbers" - the battery capacity is remarkably sensible when compared to the stunning observation that the pixel density is higher than an iPhone (I'd challenge anyone to notice the difference without both phones side-by-side under a magnifying glass)!

Funny thing is I read this immediately after reading Alastair Dabbs' comments about lazy journalism, and just quoting press releases (or, here, statistics) with no thought or intelligent comment. Maybe Reg needs a mailing list amongst its contributors?

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

Dave, Portsmouth

Greedy

Can't see any reasonable argument that one mark on a credit report could have cost him £250,000. Maybe next time I'm short-changed I'll sue them because I needed that to buy a lottery ticket, and I probably would have won!

So certainly give him his money back, with interest, and maybe even double it for the inconvenience. But he deserves everything he gets (or doesn't get) after appealing his £160,000ish first offer.

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Gartner networked storage suppliers: Behold the Reg spaghetti-graphic

Dave, Portsmouth

Backward!

Has the author ever drawn a graph before? This is genuinely the first I've ever seen where time decreases left to right!

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

Dave, Portsmouth

So this is just a way to force everyone onto wireless charging then...?

If they mandate micro USB then that kills any hope of the recently proposed USB standard being adopted, unless everyone puts two ports on their phones for a few years. Or they mandate a new unproven standard, which doesn't seem ideal. Or they give two or more choices, which kinda defeates the point (there are already effectively only two choices anyway, micro USB or Lightning).

Like every poorly thought out bit of proposed legislation from the EU, it'll die sometime soon.

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

Dave, Portsmouth

Block sites from results?

Best feature Google could add would be the ability to block certain sites from ever appearing in my search results. What I *really* don't want from a search engine is a link to another search engine - I could go round in circles all day!

Sadly the EU are good at helping companies rather than consumers - link the old Windows stuff where MS had to take out certain features for the EU which just made it difficult for new users to get up and running. Or the stupid cookies rule that means I get stupid bloody popups / banners on every site asking if I want to accept cookies!

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

Dave, Portsmouth

Re: Side question

A modern, well designed bank site? I'd suggest you try Barclays! Their apps are particularly good, they even have a proper iPad app which is so much quicker and easier to use than the website.

Shame that I had to move to Halifax... stupid mortgage :o(

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Samsung sets Sept 4 for Galaxy Gear smartwatch showoff

Dave, Portsmouth

Running Watch?

I'll be happy with something that works as a running watch (like the Nike+ GPS one), but with a couple of extra features over the current ones - mainly wireless syncing (wifi ideally), bluetooth for a headset for music, and a screen so I can see progress of my running. Happy to charge overnight, but needs to last a full day even when logging GPS tracks and playingmusic.

Beyond that, can't see myselfmaking phone calls through it, and don't just want a mini screen for my phone that won't work without being in bluetooth range of the phone. If it's just that then I can pull the phone out of my pocket just as easily.

Will be interesting to see how each company approaches the watch idea anyway. Suspect there'll be quite a few duds!

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

Dave, Portsmouth

70 Years Too Late?

Haven't we known this for a long time? Knowing, or at least being able to narrow down, part of the plain text is how lots of wartime messages were broken.

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

Dave, Portsmouth

About Time!

I genuinely don't know anyone who likes 3D films, hever mind TV. No doubt the companies will bring out stats to "prove" that there is demand, but that's only because there isn't a choice. Last time I went to see a film the only 2D showings were during the day - all the evening ones were 3D. The time before the 2D one sold out very quickly, and we were left with lots of choice for the 3D showings before and after.

The sooner the cinemas follow the BBC and scrap it the better! Maybe try again in a few years when it works without glasses, works well off-centre (3D looks terrible if you aren't in one of the few seats in the middle), and when it can do rapid motion of things in 3D without breaking up.

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

Dave, Portsmouth

Can they not just copy everything from .co.uk into .uk, run them in parallel for a few years, and we can phase out the .co bit? Obviously no more money for them, but one would hope they're not suggesting this purely to make more money!

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

Dave, Portsmouth

Presumably if the developer uses the useful APIs to make it interact with anything (or, in other words, make something that isn't just a website) then that's no longer portable, and hence defeats the point?

I also agree with the comment about why buy one - if the apps are cross platform (but see my point above), then I'd buy an iPhone / Android / WinPhone and run the same apps in their web browser, but *also* be able to run the hundreds of thousands of apps which can't.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

Dave, Portsmouth
Happy

I'd rather see an "M25 train" - i.e. the ability to travel around the UK *without* having to change in central London. Unless London is your destination, then for all the minutes you can save with a fast line, you lose it all in London while dragging yourself across the tube from one side of the city to the other.

Something like an express train from Sevenoaks to Woking to Slough to Hemel to Epping, each with a big station that every main line train into and out of London stops at.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

Place your bets...

How long do you think before we get the "we've listened to feedback from our customers, and now realise that the subscription model wasn't great" statement, and it's CEO and the board "agree that it would be best for the CEO to leave"?

Seriously though, the cheapest option for Photoshop is going to be $360/year?? Presumably there will still be an Elements version available as a one-off purchase (please tell me they're not crazy enough to drop that?!?). But it's going to really cut the number of users down to a very small and dedicated bunch - I can't imagine many who (like me) use their products for a hobby / casual work shelling out $30/month for one app!

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

No...!

Given that there are still vast swathest of apps which aren't well optimised for 7-10" Android tablets, and there are supposed to be a lot of those around these days, I don't hold much hope that developers will be rushing to redesign their apps to make good use of the extra space on a 21" monitor. A phone app scaled up to 21" just doesn't appeal.

Sounds like a "because we can" product, with little practical purpose.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

Dave, Portsmouth
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Surprise?

Why should brand loyalty - or, more accurately, consistency - be surprising? Yes you'd expect general trends to change over time, but I'd suggest anyone flipping between a different OS every year isn't making much use of that OS's features.

Has anyone here gone from Windows to Linus to a Mac then back the Windows then onto a Mac again in thespace of a few years, for their one-and-only desktop / laptop computer? It would be ridiculous. Why should mobiles be any different?

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Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

Dave, Portsmouth
WTF?

What do they expect to see?

Not entirely sure what the people who wanted a Full HD 3.5" screen are expecting to see - given that I can *just* make out some pixels on my iPhone, if I hold it as close to my eye as is possible to focus. Presumably this is just the usual "bigger number in the spec list is better" thing...

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

All your graphs show is "people use gas in winter". Where are the other 2995 words I apparently should have learnt by looking at your three pictures?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Dave, Portsmouth
Facepalm

Dear Reg,

Could you please write a new story to explain to people what the TV License is, what it pays for, and when one would need a TV License. The vast majority of people posting on here haven't got a clue!

Thanks :-)

PS - the answers are all on the TV Licensing website.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Dave, Portsmouth
Devil

Does Excel count? :o)

For rearranging your table of values, is it bad that I'd have used Excel? Paste them in as CSV so each value gets its own cell, and concat a string together that you can copy and paste back into Notepad! Easy peasy... if not quite so elegant...

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

Re: Still waiting

Surely someone must have sued them by now?! ;o)

I'm still not convinced of the point of the current wireless charging standards anyway. What's the betting that the next innovation from a charging mat is one with a stand built in. They'll probably call it... a "dock"! Oh, wait... :o\

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

Dave, Portsmouth
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Re: Now down to just two plugins

Do any websites use WMP? Given it's not supported on Linux or Mac (or at least not without uncommon extras) I'd be very surprised.

And I disabled Flash years ago, and haven't missed it at all. Probably in large part as a result of the iPad, most sites seem to have got rid of flash now.

So hurray, no plugins required!

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Amazon, eBay, banks snub anti-fraud DNS tech, sniff securo bods

Dave, Portsmouth

Presumably there are downsides to DNSSEC too, though of course I wouldn't expect this company to highlight them. If so many big websites haven't implemented it, then I'd expect the reason to be either "it's ineffective", "it makes life difficult for our customers" or probably a trade-off of the two (ie "there are a few minor downsides, but we don't think it'll help at all therefore it's not worth it").

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

Dave, Portsmouth

Two Issues?

Seems odd that there would be two entirely separate but related issues at the same time...

Presumably if one issue is "it is continually trying to connect to my Exchange server", then that would also explain the second issue of "more network traffic, meaning warms up, meaning battery runs flat more quickly"? Or is that too simple? :o)

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

The only problems I have with websites on my phone / iPad are those that try to be clever and detect my browser. A few examples:

- some sites detect an iPad as a "mobile device" and so by default I get a narrow very basic website and have to manually switch back. I don't use those sites anymore.

- many sites automatically redirect to a different mobile version. Often, if I'm trying to reach a specific page via a Google search I will be redirected back to the mobile homepage. Totally useless. I don't use those sites unless I really really have to.

- at least one site (ihg/Holiday Inn) I need to use a specific link to book a room. It's impossible to reach from a mobile, because it's being "clever" and redirecting me to its mobile site. I have to use a browser where I can fake the browser ID in order to book rooms using our corporate ID.

The only way around these is nothing to do wit the browser, but the way websites try to detect what you have. I shouldn't have to pretend to be IE8 in order to access a website!

David

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NFC SD crew gives up: No one wants our safe bonking tool

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

I Like The Idea...

I think we should go in that direction, but it needs a major brand behind it to make it take off. The problem isn't the phones, it's the lack of readers / publicity about the readers. I've had a combined Oyster / Credit Card / Wireless payments for ~ 5 years, but I've still never seen anywhere that takes it. That's not to say I haven't shopped anywhere that takes it - just that it's never been obvious to me that it's an option.

So they can put it wherever they like in my phone, but I'll be left in the same position as now where I don't use it because I don't know where I can use it.

So, sod the technology, make the existing bank card version work first.

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UK cookies cop changes own policy to ‘implied consent’

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

The beginning of the end? We can hope!

Seriously, the "cookie prompting" requirement is probably, for me, the single worst change to the internet I can think of. I'm forever being harassed with popups or big overlays on websites or just losing a quarter of the screen height because of some badly thought out rule that means I've got to agree or disagree to cookies. It's like going back to the 90's with intrusive popup adverts on every website.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

Dave, Portsmouth
FAIL

Re: well, err

Presumably part of the reason Google dropped the SD slot from the Nexus was because of the trouble it caused with apps not wanting to be installed there, things going a bit screwy when someone pulled the SD card out, and that it ultimately just wasn't fast and "neat" enough to need people to manage two different storage areas on a "pick it up and use it" tablet?

If they could design some faster SD cards and get Android to treat the SD card + internal memory as a single, large, seamless and fast storage area (or even move things dynamically between the two, like hybrid SSD + hard drives), then it'd be an awesome idea... although you'd need to glue them in so that people didn't accidentally lose all of their data... in which case you might as well make them smalled by soldering them to the board... and so you might as well benefit from economies of scale by using the same memory as for the internal memory... oh...! :o\

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Full RSS / Offline Reading

Dave, Portsmouth

Full RSS / Offline Reading

Hi,

Just wondering if there is a recommended approach for downloading Reg content to an iOS device for offline reading? I've got a couple of apps which can download the RSS feed, but as they contain just the headlines and a few lines of the body it still needs a connection to read properly - I mostly use Pulse news reader for all my other news sites.

Any chance of an extra RSS feed containing the full stories, including pictures etc? Reg is the only news site that I can't find a full feed for.

Cheers,

David

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

Dave, Portsmouth

I like the idea of it. I very nearly bought some bits to test it and see how I got on. Big limiting factor for me was that most of the systems are either dependent on an always-on PC (or something with a serial port to configure it), or rely on a third party website which you have to just hope doesn't disappear. Then there's all the different standards floating around...

If someone can make a modern, small low-power box (like a router / Raspberry Pi-style) that acts as the hub and a standard, widely available set of compatible accessories then I'd be there!

Biggest use: waking up in winter, being cold, turning heating up without getting out of bed ;o)

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