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* Posts by cheveron

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

cheveron

Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

Indeed. Steve would have picked a name non-Americans would know how to pronounce.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

cheveron

And if you don't win ...

a Nintendo 3DS XL with a homebrew card and Patrik Rak's excellent ZXDS emulator works just as well.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

cheveron

Re: GameX 2:

GameX 2: The Wulf of Wall Street. ;)

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AV for Mac

cheveron

Re: Intego

Another vote for Intego. If you're doing admin for your whole family the five machine small business license is worth getting.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

cheveron

It's how you cook it

I live in Britain, but I like my bacon crispy. Most people I know cook bacon in oil, but I prefer to cut the fat off and gently heat it until it melts and then cook the bacon in its own fat. You need to get the fat really hot before you add the bacon and then adjust your cooking time depending on how crispy you want it.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

cheveron

I hope they've done something about the keyboard

My daily drive is a 2010 MBA13. I went for a build-to-order with 256GB SSD, 4GB of RAM and a 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo. It still feels pretty nippy, even in comparison to a recent MBP. But the keyboard is terrible. It's weak and flimsy and I think next time I buy a laptop I'm going to go for something a bit more rugged.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

cheveron

You are all missing the point.

Whatever it is, at least it won't be a pointless remake of Empire.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

cheveron

ANSI minimal BASIC

I learned BASIC from reading the keycaps on a ZX Spectrum Plus. It got me into programming. I went on to learn C. Then when emulators took off I taught myself Z80 assembly language. When I went back to university I learned Java. I think BASIC did what it set out to do, which was to give non-technical people an easy entry point to get computing tasks done. I think the modern equivalent is probably spreadsheet programming. I don't think it's as rewarding though.

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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

cheveron

Simple DNS block?

As I understand it, the Turkish system of blocking sites is much simpler than the Chinese method, and can be bypassed without requiring a VPN. Just point your machine at a different DNS server: http://www.thesimplest.net/pc/simplest-way-bypass-dns-block

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

cheveron

When can I get one?

Swype clone plus Nokia maps. I'm sold.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

cheveron

Loki

If you take a close look at the Loki specification it's basically an MSX2 with a Spectrum compatibility mode. Perhaps Sinclair could have condensed some of the design onto a ULA and cut production costs to deliver a sub £200 machine, if they hadn't already been in deep financial trouble.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

cheveron

Correction

The BBC didn't have an AY chip. It had the similar Texas Instruments SN76489.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

cheveron

Awful to type on

But the original worked quite well as an oversized game pad.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

cheveron

Douglas Adams

Would have been the guy to get to write the article if he was still alive. If memory serves he was the UK's first Mac owner. He was friends with Fry, and so Fry got one as well.

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The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

cheveron

A mention for Jef Raskin would have been nice

Given that the Mac was his idea.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/28/jeff_raskin_obituary/

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

cheveron

Re: Floppy Eject

As I understand it Jobs actually had a phobia of buttons (koumpounophobia).

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

cheveron

Sounds like a cushy job ...

... compared to doing night shifts in a UK supermarket warehouse. I expect the pay is better too. I did all kinds of jobs between graduating and getting a job in my chosen profession. If Amazon had been around at the time I'd have been happy to work for them.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

cheveron

John Hurt

Because he's John Hurt.

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Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

cheveron

D cell batteries?

I thought you were supposed to wire it up to a streetlight.

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Do dishwashers really blunt knives

cheveron

corrosion

I've noticed corrosion on my V-Sabatier knives since my wife has been putting them in the dishwasher. I can't say if they are getting dulled by the process as she also sharpens them regularly with a grinder. I'm willing to believe stainless is more hygienic, but it won't hold as keen an edge as non-stainless. After sharpening with a pocket whetstone, my sailmaker's knife will cut through eight layers of flax sail cloth without much effort. I can't get the same edge on my rig knife, but then it has to deal with salt water.

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

cheveron

Choose your own job title

Janitor. Because I'm always cleaning up other people's messes.

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

cheveron

quantum non-determinism

I assume that if the universe is non-deterministic at the quantum level, then we have free will. Probably just not very much.

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Alfresco's IPO is bad news for tech stock junkies

cheveron

I don't wear suits to interviews as it filters out employers I don't want to work for. Alfresco was one of them. Which is a shame, because it's a good product.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

cheveron

Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent

In the US patents could be applied for within 12-months of disclosure. In the rest of the world the patent must be applied for before disclosure. Once you've told the world about your great idea it cannot be patented. As I understand it, the US patent system now works this way as well for new patents.

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

cheveron

I'm an Apple owner ... and to be honest the laptop keyboards aren't as robust as they used to be. I've had this one for less than three years and the mylar is already wearing off a couple of keys.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

cheveron

Re: iOS-based laptops?

I agree. Most MacBook Air users probably aren't running a virtual Windows desktop and wouldn't care what CPU they were using as long as their apps all worked (although that would noble anything running on Cider). Switching from x86-64 to ARM64 would probably mean higher margins for Apple.

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

cheveron

I love my Nokia 700

I know Symbian is dead but my phone does at least one thing the other main smart phone don't. Swype (missing from Windows Phone and iOS) or offline HERE maps (missing from Android and iOS). As MS is not acquiring HERE, I hope the offline version makes it to Android, or that Apple or MS adds Swype to their OS.

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Mail.ru says 'да' to half a BILLION dollars, flogs its 14m Facebook shares

cheveron

satisfied customer

I've been using mail.ru as my primary email account since 1999 and even after they ditched English language support I sill don't have a compelling reason to change provider. If you can navigate Cyrillic, it's a really great service.

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Give up your privacy so Big Data can FIX GOVERNMENT

cheveron

During a sojourn in New Zealand I worked at the Ministry of Youth Development (http://www.myd.govt.nz), a sub-ministry of the MSD. I was impressed by the concerted effort to engage with young people and provide them with a better future. Other nations could learn a thing or two from New Zealand. The privacy concerns are reasonable, but if relecant data sharing can improve people's lives then it's hard to argue against it.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

cheveron

the Doctor can take on any form imaginable...

...so they've cast a white bloke again. Capaldi's a fantastic actor but they could have been braver in their choice. It's the 14th time (if you count Hurt and Cushing).

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

cheveron

Re: Eventually, they became the Microsoft they hated

There are many criticisms you can level at Jobs, but Woz did fine out of Apple. Now compare and contrast that with how Gates tried to dilute Paul Allen's stock when he got cancer.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

cheveron

... off its own *bat*

Please get your cricketing cliches right.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

cheveron

Probably TAILS (https://tails.boum.org). However, the weak link isn't the OS, it's the user.

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

cheveron

Sinclair Loki

Oddly enough the alleged specification of the Loki 'Super Spectrum' looks pretty similar on paper to the MSX2.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

cheveron

or you could do a degree in meeja

I did an A-level in comp sci back in the early 1990s. We were using Xenix on a network of 386s and as there was no Pascal compiler installed on the system our tutor reluctantly taught us C. We did our editing in vi. We did a little bit of assembly coding. I remember covering CISC CPU architecture, networks and databases (I think we had an Oracle 5 site license) in a fair amount of detail. With this knowledge of UNIX, a real-world programming language and relational databases I went on to do a degree in journalism.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

cheveron

Idris Elba

Although he's probably too busy.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

cheveron

Giraffe or Jiraffe?

There is no "correct" pronunciation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation

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cheveron

Re: nah mate

> In America, Jif refers to peanut butter. End of story.

Not quite. GIF files are named after Jif. If you accept any pronunciation other than the one intended by the author that makes you a post-modernist. If you're ok with that, then that's ok.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

cheveron
Meh

Everyone loves a bargain

I'm told it's really trivial to torrent movies in HD before they are released. People I know who do this think I'm mad for waiting until the DVD is massively discounted and paying £3 for a film. I'm no saint though. I'll hold my hands up to using a VPN to watch region-restricted content like iPlayer (when I'm out of the UK) and Hulu (when I'm out of the US).

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

cheveron

They've been doing this since at least 2006

I remember them asking for some private information they didn't have any reasonable reason to ask for when I ordered a MacBook through the online store. I cancelled the order and went through a reseller instead.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

cheveron

Over 100 posts and no-one has asked...

when are they going to do a 3D-printed light saber?

"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age."--Kenobi

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

cheveron

Re: "with a few notable exceptions"

As a rights owner I have also given WoS permission to distribute most of my Spectrum stuff. I just think they should stay on the right side of the law. Of course that opinion doesn't go down well with the "something for nothing" crowd and their cronies.

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cheveron

Re: "with a few notable exceptions"

This list includes the publishers who gave permission:

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/permits/publishers.html

Given the number of titles in the archive and the relatively small number for which permission has been granted by the copyright owner I don't think "with a few notable exceptions" is a disproportionately unfair term.

Developer permissions are worthless unless the developer owns the copyright, which in the majority of cases they do not. These permissions are being accrued but the publisher list has been around the 250 mark for a long time now.

Archiving all that stuff is a worthwhile cause, but the legal thing to do would be to only distribute software for which explicit distribution permission has been granted. In fairness to WoS, The Internet Archive doesn't even bother to try to get permission for the software it distributes.

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cheveron

"I remember Codemasters putting out a CD... that was basically [a] recording of a load of their games... so it still took just as long to load."

Well no. It used a much higher data rate than cassette and came with a special adapter that had to be plugged into a joystick interface. Unsurprisingly they didn't sell many.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

cheveron
FAIL

Raspberry Pi dooms all such projects

There's a lot to be said for a computer in a keyboard that plugs into a television that can run all your old 8-bit software. So when is someone going to build a Raspberry Pi into a Happy Hacking Lite2 keyboard?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NX93T7DZL.jpg

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Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

cheveron
Thumb Up

Great for legacy systems

My desktop computer is a G4 Mac mini. It's been nearly four years since Apple released an OS update for it (10.5.8). I've been dual-booting Debian 6 and modified version of MacOS 10.3.9 (which I use for running GarageBand 2) for a while now. I managed to upgrade the system to Debian 7 without too much trouble. I appreciate that Debian still counts 32-bit PPC as a tier-one supported architecture. Gnome 3 was a bit of a shock though.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

cheveron

Re: Better left to the authorities

They screw up all the time, but unlike vigilantes they are accountable for their actions.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

cheveron
FAIL

Wasn't Amazon supposed to democratize publishing?

You can get self-published crud on Kindle but you can't get Welsh language books from an established publisher? The size of the market is irrelevant. I can understand a small independent bookseller being reluctant to keep a lot of Welsh stock, but these are eBooks and Amazon has plenty of server space. The default view that everyone should just speak English is anti-free trade. If people want to buy Welsh books on Kindle (and plainly they do as they bought them last year) then they should be permitted to do so.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

cheveron

Quite Interesting

I like Stephen Fry. But I'd rather take IT advice from Alan Davies.

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