* Posts by gregthecanuck

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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

gregthecanuck

Get a grip

Surely the author is taking the p*ss out of the announcement?

I can just hear it now when someone reports a drive issue - WD's response "You're holding it wrong".

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Black Helicopters

New verb

"Kersmunch"

Definition: To crash land with smashing, crunching force.

Usage: Although touted as a minor technical foible, on-the-scene footage reveals a kersmunching event experience for the pilot.

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NOTE: Flight data recorder footage deemed too inflammatory for public disclosure :)

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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Devil

"It is not clear from the response whether the officer in question was in uniform at the time or whether any police equipment was used."

Uniform or not it is highly likely some police "equipment" was put to use!

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Angel

We don't need no steenkin' hydraulics

" ... unfortunately we didn’t get to recover the propulsion module because we lost pressure in our hydraulic system on descent."

I believe SpaceX may have some experience and advice in that department! :-)

Congrats to the Blue Origins team. Another step towards lowering the costs of getting into space.

OK, so between SpaceX and Blue Origin which one is Ford and which one is Chevy? ;-)

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UN: E-waste's 42 MEELLLION tonnes represents 'valuable' (and ‘toxic’) urban mine

gregthecanuck

Canada seems to be doing OK on the e-waste front...

Whenever we buy a new item here in British Columbia we are now (grudgingly) charged an "Environmental Handling Fee" that varies anywhere from $0.40 to over $50.00 depending on the item.

At time of disposal these items are returned to recycling centres where they are responsibly managed. Seems to be working OK.

Link to more info for this interested: https://www.return-it.ca/electronics/recycling/

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

gregthecanuck

Re: One day they'll realise that...

Agreed on the ad-blockers. Some sites I visit ran like crap until I blocked the ads. Major response improvement!

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Alien

It is inevitable...

When will we see the first Starbuck's drive-through in spaaaaaaaace..... ?

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D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln

gregthecanuck

Remember that old plumbing jingle???

.... "Router rooter!"

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What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

gregthecanuck

" And because margins for server chips aren't quite as razor-thin as they are in the PC market, ..."

I highly, highly doubt Intel's margins on PC chips are razor thin. That is where the bulk of their crazy 50%+ gross margins have come from. The chip prices rarely if ever are reduced once put on the market.

Here is a nice chart of their historical margins....

http://ycharts.com/companies/INTC/gross_profit_margin

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

gregthecanuck

To the barge!

(rocket lands diagonally and explodes)

- "Dang it!"

To the barge!

(second rocket skews, tips over and explodes)

- "Dang it!"

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

gregthecanuck

The tap-to-pay system is in Canada as well. My MasterCard supports it no problem.

We have both tap-to-pay for smaller purchases (where the vendor has an updated terminal) and fall back to chip+PIN in all other cases.

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Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

gregthecanuck

Agent 86

Reporting for duty chief.

And when those IDC estimates are wrong they will say...

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'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

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Angel

Probuscisnostigation

Looks like it passed the sniff test...

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MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

gregthecanuck

Re: Leave Nintendo Alone

In my house we have an XBOX 360 and a Wii U. The 360 is gathering dust. The U gets used by everyone.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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I keep rooting for Moller to finally get some decent funding. Lots of decent ideas and lots of basic engineering has been done. Their new rotary engine design looks brilliant!

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gregthecanuck

Re: The flying car

Chocolate + peanut butter seemed to work out OK, though. ;-)

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Boffins build Cyborg beetles, fly them by remote control

gregthecanuck
Terminator

Private Bailey reporting for duty!!

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Angel

Sounds like something didn't add up!!

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

gregthecanuck

Good to hear it's running again!

Onward!

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

gregthecanuck

Same here - 1920x1200 on an HP Elitebook 8730w.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

gregthecanuck

At my company we put customer issues first. If that means stopping some/all mainline development until we figure out the issue, solve it and deliver a fix to the client so be it. Existing customers come first.

Your existing customer base will be loyal and give great support references which in my industry counts for a lot. They are also much more forgiving of other foibles in the product.

Seems MS needs to adjust their priorities.

(Speaking as a Lumia 920 owner)

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

gregthecanuck
Devil

Jeb Bush rap

Jeb Bush pushed a PST

Without no thought to privacy.

In a panic he did redact

A great big fail and that's a fact.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

gregthecanuck
Angel

Look at the plus side....

... it reboots in a flash!!

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Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

gregthecanuck

Meanwhile Intel's price gouging continues.

Their prices are never reduced once a chip comes out. Been watching their price lists for a while now. Since AMD has become not quite so competitive Intel has pretty much owned the medium to high end and it shows. Not impressed.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

gregthecanuck
Angel

Re: Fair play to them

Actually it only has one leg. ;-)

But yes the hardware is nice. Surface 3 I give an 8/10. Surface 4 should be a 9/10 with newer Intel 14nm CPUs and Windows 10.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

gregthecanuck

Re: Low end will probably be dropped

From your mouth to....

I also have a 920 and would be seriously displeased if it was orphaned.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Facepalm

Philae Phail

Why is nobody landing on this very close body, but instead focusing on a comet n-squintillion miles away?

Surely this must have some very interesting possibilities?

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

gregthecanuck
Trollface

Re: THe problem with the FBI...

Yes the Americans don't mention that too much in their history lessons, heh.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

gregthecanuck

Abort, retry, fail?

Using this on a 1920x1200 laptop...

For goodness sakes! The first article starts 2/3 way down the screen. Did ANYONE test this site for regular HD screen size usage? Copious usage/waste of white space, etc...

Thing is, this isn't a social media site. The same rules about large amounts of white space and "prettiness" don't apply here. We don't have users with grade 5 reading comprehension that need all the help they can get navigating the site.

Who is your target audience? Why do they come to this site?

It's great that the site layout is being tinkered with. Go for it. Maybe in future pilot as a beta site before giving us all heart attacks? ;-)

Thanks for listening.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

gregthecanuck

Re: Come to Vancouver

Tofino - if you want somewhere gorgeous to unwind that's the place. It's worth the drive.

Try to make it there are least once a year...

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

gregthecanuck

Fail

Oh dear this looks like fail on so many levels.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Powershell 5 and W7 / Svr2K8r2

It doesn't look like Powershell 5 will be backported to Windows 7 or Server 2008/R2? Drat.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

gregthecanuck

Re: Backward compatibility to 7

I am 1000% in agreement and have mentioned this in a different thread.

Windows store will continue to be DOA until we can develop universal apps for W7. An SP2 update will do that nicely. Come on MS, what are you waiting for? It's so "bleedin' obvious".

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

gregthecanuck

Burg vs. Borg

Get the popcorn...

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Can I...

I would expect that to be an option - either by simply unpinning them from the start menu and/or via a global start menu setting.

I would like the option to put live tiles on the desktop.

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gregthecanuck

OK, it looks like the rush-job that was Windows 8 has finally been beaten into something that is usable. My first suggestion for W10 is to allow live tiles on the desktop.

The Universal Application API also sounds good. I assume this is only for W10, but if the hints of free upgrades from 8.x to 10 are true then that's good news.

HOWEVER

As a developer the big, huge bonus would be for MS to back-port that universal API to Windows 7 and make that part of Windows 7 SP2. Some of my clients are only going to be completely rid of XP in the next few months (and installing Windows 7).

Our product(s) are targeting Windows 7 (and Server 2K8/R2) as a minimum requirement. That means Win32/.Net which is supported on 7/8.x/10.

Unfortunately we can't migrate to U-API since we must support Windows 7.

What are the chances of U-API being back-ported? Probably nil. This will be MS's final hurdle to clear - the humongous installed base of W7. I suggest that until they "get it" and backport U-API to W7 their app store will continue to flounder.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

gregthecanuck

This is not Captain Obvious

Windows 2015 - make it consistent with the server naming.

Seems an obvious option...

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Facepalm

Shades of Home Depot!

That screen shot looks very, very similar to the self-checkout machines at Home Depot.

Which company is providing the software?

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

gregthecanuck

Congratulations SpaceX!

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

gregthecanuck

Suggestion

Try talcum powder - really!

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

gregthecanuck
Trollface

Owned Depot

Evil pill kills tills, HD wills ill to shills.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

gregthecanuck

Re: "Scotland would probably ally with France"

I was just going to suggest a Canadian alliance. Makes sense to me. :)

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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Re: Can't wait to see COBOL syntax highlighting in KDE's Kate text editor

You would probably be interested in the fact that the MF COBOL has Eclipse integration as well as Visual Studio.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

gregthecanuck
Trollface

It's going off the tracks...

Crank's tank bank bid shoots blanks thanks to skanky wanks.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

gregthecanuck
Angel

Schrodinger's phonon?

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

gregthecanuck
Trollface

Abandon ship!

Starting to sound like a fire sale to me...

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

gregthecanuck
Angel

Oh gosh!

Sounds like a case of pre-ejeculation to me...

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Facepalm

Re: Misuse over Misuse

Congoscenti?

Some sort of African way to sniff out security issues?

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Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

gregthecanuck

Well-written. Thanks!

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New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

gregthecanuck

So we are being told we need an anti-virus anti-virus?

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