* Posts by Snivelling Wretch

72 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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Headmaster

There/their

"Were there video available"

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Plan B hoovers up NZ-based cloud outfit ICONZ

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And didn't MC Hammer have his own search engine or something at one point?

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: Office Space

The "A" paper sizes are actually rather wonderfully thought out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size

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El Reg picked a pack of ace pic-titlers

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Erm, and the captions were...?

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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

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"Clearly there is a lot more we can and will do going forward."

Which also means there was a lot more you could and should have done previously.

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NetNames confirms easily.co.uk whacked by cyber crims

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Re: "Told punters yesterday", did they?

I received an email yesterday which was basically the same as this article, although it also included the following:

"However, none of the domain names that are registered to you were featured on the list that was accessed".

So perhaps there is a different communication for people whose domains were on the list?

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Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

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"Virgin Media takes an optimistic view of the capacity of the market to deliver universal coverage."

Oh? Then how have I managed to miss seeing all those Virgin vans installing cable up-and-down the country?

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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Re: "Zuli can tell if you are near it" ?

For some of us, automatically turning the light off when we come out of the shower naked would be of greater benefit.

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French Playmobil heist: El Reg denies involvement

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Re: Perhaps time for a change of format?

I like Playmobil and I like Lego, but which is better? There's only one way to find out: FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

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No C&C server needed: Russia menaced by offline ransomware

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Amen to that, brother!

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Don't blame him

If I'd had to spend time with my family since 2011, I'd be desperate to go back to work too.

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Meaningful gesture: Thalmic Labs Myo motion sensing armband

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Certainly an interesting start, and I'm sure there are niche use cases. Perhaps surgery where the surgeon could perhaps zoom in on a camera feed, or move around 3D scans, etc, without having to touch anything?

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: Smurf characters

As far as my wife's concerned, yes, that's what happened.

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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

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Private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible

Although "Private perusal of pornography is perfectly permissible" doesn't *quite* fit, I've now got "I am the very model of a modern Major General" going round in my head. I'm sure with a couple of tweaks a workable verse could be got out of it.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Reg Standards

For anyone who is confused by this, a smidge is therefore 900 micrograpefruits, or 1.9 milliwalnuts http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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HERE

Yes, I read it like that too, but then I remembered that "HERE" was Nokia's mapping software. There's a link to HERE here, so there.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Surely a pin on a stick is all you need for a reasonably controlled descent?

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

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Joke

"Opinions were canvassed through direct email to people whose Oyster cards showed they used the area, [...] Only 30 per cent of respondents were motorists while 79 per cent were tube users."

You don't say? Seems like this survey was incomplete. In fact, I would say it was only semi-conducted.

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Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Re: Hmmm...

Maybe that's why they called the fire department and not an ambulance?

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Neonicotinoids

And don't forget Neonicotinoid pesticides...

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Break vs. brake

"...you will be able to stop in time regardless of how quickly the car in front breaks."

...and if that's my Alfa, it often breaks suddenly and without warning.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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I find this fascinating. What if someone (a member of the public) gained entrance and forcibly removed him? Presumably Assange could then be arrested - or would that be considered invalid? And what about the "kidnapper"? Since he's back outside the embassy, would Ecauador have to charge him and request extradition from the UK? Would he be liable for any charge in the UK?

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Where does this £10m cost supposedly come from?

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Actually, aside from being aged 75+, there are a couple of other exemptions/discounts for the blind and people in residential care https://www.gov.uk/free-discount-tv-licence.

The thing that I don't understand now, is that you can watch iPlayer or live streaming without a licence. Not *legally*, but it just asks you if you have one and you say "yeah, sure, whatever". I wonder if any research has been done into the number of people watching like this without a licence? Wouldn't it help the revenues to have to login to the site with a valid TV licence code? (Obviously various controls to limit abuse, etc, etc).

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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What's missing?

I think we need Stephen Fry to explain it, that's what.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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They're obviously worried enough about Li-ion batteries to wear safety glasses when talking to the camera.

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X-IO X-CFO X-Forwarded-For more time with her family

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Quality headline!

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Erm, shouldn't fuses stop this sort of thing happening?

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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Joke

Re: Exploitation?

Stop being so bloody prudish pruneish.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Joke

It's not dead, it's pining for the Earth.

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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As only an occasional film watcher, the thing I like about Blinkbox is that it is non-subscription. Much like the Blockbuster store. Hope they keep it that way.

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

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Good word, "admonished". I must start using that.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Ooh, I'm going to have to dig out my DVD now! Also I am not an Animal and Mongrels, if memory serves.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: Why not

...with buttered feet.

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Australia puts itself back into Beta

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Headmaster

"Ping" an email? Grrr...

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Have you deliberately timed this to coincide with our Lindsay's West End debut? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/24/london-laughs-at-lindsay-lohan-s-west-end-debut.html

Please tell me you are going to arrange a meeting of the two namesakes!

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Headmaster

Re: That confirms what I thought.....

I think you all mean "Briton". Britton = Fern Britton

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Joke

Computers don't need to go to the toilet?

Then why does mine frequently stop abruptly and produce a dump?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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To paraphrase the RAF...

...and add a somewhat literal translation:

per ardua ad domus publicus

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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Re: You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

I fear I may have been misunderstood. Presumably, if there is unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, there is also symmetrical dimethylhydrazine (or simply dimethylhydrazine, one supposes). I'm guessing these two have very different chemical properties, particularly when it comes to relieving oneself of tiresome relations.

However, why is it called "unsymmetrical" and not "asymmetrical"? Or is there a technical/chemical difference hidden in this unusual nomenclature?

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You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

...or do these technically mean different things?

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Headmaster

A lovely story, somewhat marred by the use of the phrase "reach out". Please stop this forthwith.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Lord help us if the wolves get hold of frikkin' lasers.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Headmaster

> "software algorithms so that the vehicles can drive safely and relatively anonymously"

I think you mean "autonomously" - this is Google we're talking about after all.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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That porthole would lend itself perfectly to a circular telephone dial.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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I would love to see this trying to negotiate Swindon's Magic Roundabout.

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Am I the only one that first read that as the "Pokemon Institute"?

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