* Posts by Not also known as SC

49 posts • joined 11 Sep 2012

Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Happy

Re: Take with a grain of salt.

I also wonder if I am the only one to pronounce it "Whiffy"

My Belgian Dutch speaking in-laws refer to this as what sounds like "whiffy", so you're not the only one.

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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WTF?

Do Site Owners Ever View Their Own Pages?

I wonder if web site publishers ever view their own sites? One of my local news paper sites is so bloated on a mobile phone it is unusable. I won't give the site name but I live in Shropshire. You scroll down the news index page and have to negotiate past adverts / auto playing videos embedded in the page which take up about 40% of the screen, while an annoying floating box at the base of the page takes up another 10%. The embedded ads seem to be repeated every two or three screens worth of content.

When actually reading articles you get 'More From The Web Sponsored Links by <some company>" which take up to five screens worth of scrolling, followed by half a screen of text links from the same ad company. You then get half a screen of genuine links and another screen of more embedded ads, One more screen of real content and then the More From The Web section repeated. So for a two screen story, including photo my phone has to render twelve screens worth of ads.

Compared to sites like this, Facebook is actually quite unintrusive...

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Pay up or your data gets it, Fandroid

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Re: NoScript

Search for 'Noscript Anywhere' and you should find it.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

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Re: A Spectrum? Being released on time?

I remember the original Spectrum launch - this makes the new product even more authentic.

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Facebook's AI boss is on a mission to end spoon-fed machine intelligence

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How Intelligent is Intelligent?

Would these systems have/need a greater level of intelligence than self-driving cars? Reading the articles about autonomous cars,the AI needed for an autonomous car is just about there, or so it is claimed. However this article suggests that a lot more work is still needed just in general.

Am I just confusing two different types of AI?

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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Re: There are basic rules for good UI design...

Was this one of the reasons behind WPF? Programmers could get on with coding the functionality while the design was handled elsewhere?

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Pint

Re: Flags

Thanks ----- >

I half thought that they were instructions for the pilots about who not to shoot at, but then looking at the list I knew that couldn't be true.

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Flags

Why does the plane in the photo have a bunch of flags painted on the side?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: WinX anniversary edition

Isn't gift a Dutch word for poison?

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How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out

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Every time I hear our Governments talking about terrorism I can't help but think of the book within 1984 - The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. The following is the Wikipedia summary of the relevant section.

"By harnessing the hysteria of war and demand for self-sacrifice, each of the nations declare war not on each other but on their own populace ... Permanent limited war also allows for the Party to divert attention away from domestic concerns and their failures."

Problem is I don't know what's worse; if this is really a government aim or if I trust our government so little in the first place that I believe it could be a government aim.

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

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Joke

100kg limit

Won't be much use in Western countries then.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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WTF?

Re: Do you know what?

Actually it looks like a digital clock.

The kid's fine? Being handcuffed and questioned for several hours as a potential terrorist, and then threatened with being charged with creating a hoax bomb isn't going to have any impact on him?

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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Flame

TLDR; Will the shills just shut up?

Reading these comments reminds me of what I hate about the internet.

I am interested in this electric car topic because I would love electric cars to succeed, however I am also concerned about pollution transference, time to recharge, battery life and so on. I also find the majority of comments on the Register informative, humorous and I have actually learnt quite a lot over the last few years about topics I knew nothing about. What I do find very hard though is to accept the vomitingly positive comments that are made by posters who only ever seem to post about the one subject. How on earth are the rest of us meant to take your comments seriously? These posters come across as shills and if anything completely undermine their own arguments. It has got to the point now that when I see certain names I no longer bother to read that poster's comments.

Same thing applies to arguments about my OS / phone is better than yours etc. But I've posted it here because there is a classic example in this thread.

All the Register now needs to do is start posting camera reviews so we can have Canon / Nikon arguments as well.

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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At one time war advanced technology, then it was the space age. Now it's advertising?

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Joke

Re: 1400 light years

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

...

Edit: Drat someone beat me to it :-(

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

At least we'll know if the light really goes off when you close the door.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Pint

I would love to apply for this job

but the beer where you're based puts me off. Now if you would all relocate to a decent northern location I'll reconsider.

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Has the world reached PEAK TWIT? Supplies of new Twitter users are drying up

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Stupid question

Could someone explain what Twitter is losing money with? Surely their servers cannot cost $2bn (revenue + loss for the year) to run and support? I know the article mentions accounting tricks but $2bn is a lot of money* to account for.

*Compared to my salary.

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Heyyy, you seem to be trying to post a DRUNK PICTURE. You know your boss looks at this?

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Meh

Re: only a millenial

And if you're drunk enough to post an inappropriate picture, won't you be just as drunk enough to ignore the warning and just click ok?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Happy

Neither does my Galaxy tab

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Stupid Question...

What does WIMP mean in this context? I only know Window Icon Mouse Pointer. I have never heard it in relationship to mobile phones before.

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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One.Com

I wonder what one.com are going to make of this?

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Coat

Re: On a more serious note ...

Isn't it obvious

#11 Serial or parallel port (Isn't USB serial???)

#12 light-bulb sockets

#13 Fuse/ground-fault interrupt/breaker connections

#14 Automotive battery connections

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Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

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Re: Windows for Mother?

I don't really care about operating systems as long as the software I want to run works. I was surprised though at my 76 year old mother buying herself a Mac book Air, because she has only ever used Windows. She loves it and managed to work out what she wanted to do in a few hours.

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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Don't care...

...as long as I can continue to reach El Reg.

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

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Re: If it's good enough for the Germans

You mean it isn't pronounced shasterixstorm?

(Can't find the joke icon on my phone :-( )

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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Angel

Re: Gov't tests

Is the answer 7?

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Re: @William Donelson wtf ?

I've been very disappointed with the last few versions of Dolphin. It seems more unstable since Flash support was removed. Currently using Firefox, but would go back to Dolphin in a moment if they sort out the stability problems.

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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You learn something new every day.

I always thought that .uk was for the Ukraine. I have now learnt that the Ukraine uses .ua.

Today was not wasted after all.

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Re: I'll have a bloke's number 6 please @bowdie

I must read what I write before hitting submit. I meant belong, not beling. Fail icon for myself.

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Not also known as SC

Re: I'll have a bloke's number 6 please @bowdie

But wouldn't the IP beling to the original barber exposing you and the new barber to all sort of copyright shenanigans? (IT angle... )

Coat icon not available on my phone :-(

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Daily Mail

I know this was boot notes, but using the Daily Mail as an authoritative source?

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Welcome to our Wi-Fi: Devicescape reinvents landing page

Not also known as SC

Crowd-sourced experience even...

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Meh

That's basically a client app which automatically logs on to free Wi-Fi points, bypassing any landing page though the use of crowd-sourced experience to provide connectivity without user intervention.

What on Earth does 'croud-sourced experience' mean? I recognise all three individual words but not in this context. Is it like that wisdom of crowds thing some illusionist claimed to use to predict the lottery on tv a few years back?

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Coat

Re: Star Wars is Science FICTION for a reason...

Not impossible, just very improbable.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: Market share drop not surprising

The only reason I didn't upgrade to a third HTC phone was because of the sealed batteries in the newer models.

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Newborn planets spotted slurping up gas from young parent star

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Happy

Re: Old news

How can I stay mad at The Register? You're forgiven.

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Alien

Re: Old news

Read the linked article preview and you're right, 140 parsecs. Never again will I ever take anything in the Register at face value again...

Alien icon because they're nearer than I thought.

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Not also known as SC
Coat

Old news

450 million years old at that...

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30 years ago, at flip of a switch, the internet as we know it WAS BORN

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Barbed Wire fences

Someone once told me that TCP, unlike IPX, could be used to send signals over barbed wire fences (or chicken wire) because it was so resillliant. Does any one know if this is true?

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Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

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FAIL

Fail on censorship

I find the attempt at censorship for #3 funnier than any of the ring tones.

In the article it is described as 'c*nt calling', in the iTunes store page they have 'c**t calling', but the logo next to it clearly displays the full text 'cunt calling'.

Anyway shouldn't it be 'answering' instead of calling?

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Re: In related news,

Not being sarcastic here but what does Yahoo! actually do now? Are they a search engine still?

I know I could Google them but I don't know if I'm that interested.

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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Re: No Kindle HD for me today.

Your're right. Amazon must have changed their web page. At the time the option to buy a non-sponsored version wasn't available or was extremely well hidden. Pity, I love my Kindle and I like using Amazon as a company, but as I said earlier I'd already bought an alternative device.

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Not also known as SC

Re: No Kindle HD for me today.

Because as Martin says below the non sponsored ones were not particularly well advertised. By the time I found out you could get them without the special offers I had already bought an alternative.

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Meh

No Kindle HD for me today.

I had pre-ordered a Kindle Fire HD but when I read through the specs again I came across the 'special offers' straight to my screen saver and home screen. Apparently I wouldn't have to worry about these wasting screen estate because the offers would appear In my notification area. My order was cancelled 10 minutes later.

One concern was that a standard kindle needs you to set up one click payment. I could just imagine letting my autistic son use my device to watch You Tube videos etc and him clicking on the offers and buying me lots of things I don't want. Getting a refund for digital content I think would be a struggle. Happy to be proved wrong but not willing to take that risk. (I don't have a payment card set up for the Play Store).

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Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

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Thumb Up

Re: Curiosity.....

Never too many toys...

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

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FAIL

That advert would be reason enough not to buy a Surface.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Don't we already pay

tThrough local taxes (council tax etc)?

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Microsoft to open 32 pop-up retail stores for the holidays

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Why?

I can just about understand the concept of an Apple Store - with its nice shiny Apple toys and legions of devoted fans. But Microsoft? Sorry I just can't see it.

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