* Posts by Ken Y-N

91 posts • joined 10 Jan 2013

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Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: I have heard the movies on that site are a bit saucy

Indeed, 69 varieties of sauce.

Get mine too while you're over there.

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: er, wrist rate

But if you use your left hand it feels li...I'll get my coat.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Ken Y-N
Alert

Test cars versus real cars

Although their numbers are impressive, I would bet they have a huge amount of electronics, megapixels, and CPU power that would never make it into a real car, where every milliwatt counts. Furthermore, I would guess most of their efforts is towards a technology demo - making it into a product is not an easy job, as electronics and code needs to be made failsafe, handle all the edge cases (what happens when you get snow on your camera, for instance) and all these other boring aspects that Google never seems to be very good at.

Read ISO 26262 and MISRA-C guidelines, for instance, if you need an antidote to the Google hype.

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

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

Bonking my way round Tokyo

Most Japanese phones come with a full Felica chip, not a cut-down basic NFC like Apple, so have more smarts. I use my phone as my season ticket and ad-hoc rail ticket, to buy my morning coffee at a convenience store, and can easily either set it to refill from my credit card automatically, or manually with a quick password entry on a phone app. I just say "SUICA" at the checkout, the staff press the right button on the till, and a quick bonk and it's all over with no drama.

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

Fortunately, http://homeopathyisnot.science is still there!

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

My Lovely .Horse

http://www.ITaughtTaylorSwiftHowToGiveHeadToMy.horse is still available

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

Ken Y-N
Stop

Visited the site, and

"We're sorry. You appear to be in a country where Google Domains is not yet available.

You may search for domains, but you will not be able to purchase a domain unless you have a U.S. billing address. Learn more"

I then looked up my own domain, and it recommended ".kitchen", ($30/y) ".maison" ($50/y) and ".glass" ($30/y) along with the usual com/net/org options. No thank you. Although I might cybersquat on http://www.theregister.pub...

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

Ken Y-N
Alert

Much like the allergy warning on peanuts

Perhaps Hershey's should use the following warning label:

Hershey's chocolate. WARNING: This product may not contain chocolate.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Ken Y-N
Stop

Push-button gear change? Really?

Regardless of the power button placement, buttons for gears means you have to take your eyes off the road, although with an automatic I suppose gearshifts are minimal.

Oh well, at least their UI designers resisted the urge to implement gear changes by tracing the appropriate H pattern on the touchscreen.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Re: NORKs ought to fund assassination of POTUS, staring Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu

The NORKs did this, basically, last year:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9939715/N-Korea-video-shows-Washington-under-attack.html

"another [...] depicted US soldiers and President Barack Obama burning in the flames of a nuclear blast."

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

Ken Y-N

9 out of 12

I didn't know that Zuckerberg went to Harvard, but I read that question as meaning "Which was the first university to have an official public presence on Facebook?" not "Which university's students was Facebook first made available to?"

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Ken Y-N

Looks more like one for Gantt charts

As the task gets closer to being complete, the colour changes then, as the diagram in the story suggests, there is a sub-display that shows, for example. how behind schedule a task might be.

I can see it being moderately useful for project planning - for instance, highlighting something is, say, 20% behind schedule with only 10% of the allotted time left but not highlighting when 20% behind but still 60% of the time left.

Whether it is patentable, of course, is a completely different argument.

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

I'll probably get depressed if I search, but I suspect their new line will be "Fookooshimar Fallout caused the virus to mutate!"

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

Ken Y-N

...and I further promise

Not to give it to my granny for her to wear.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

Ken Y-N
Linux

Here in the land of the rising bonk

Just this week I moved up to the Tokyo region, so needed to pay my train commute. Rather than spend 500 yen to buy a Suica card (Oyster equivalent) I downloaded a Suica app to my Android phone, charged 3,000 yen to my card via carrier billing, and Bobbu-san was my uncle.

Penguin as the Suica mascot is one.

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Hackers plunder Hilton 'HHonors' rewards points, go on shopping spree

Ken Y-N
Joke

As the old joke goes

She HHoffered HHer HHonor, HHe HHonored HHer HHoffer, so all night long it was HHon HHer and HHoff HHer.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

Ken Y-N
Coat

A .realty terrible waste of money

https://ill-get-my.coat

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Ken Y-N
Stop

"a few secrets" or...

...it doesn't quite work right yet? I'd put my money on the second, as reviews I have seen have said that people were allowed to wear it, but it only ran a looping demo.

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Summon a beer wench by mobe at baseball

Ken Y-N
Pint

Summon a beer wench by mobe at baseball

At Japanese rounders games in Osaka Kyocera Dome, you can summon a beer-bearing bird via an app that uses Bluetooth LE in your seat to locate yourself.

Japanese story here

Passable Google translation

(In Japan, baseball stadiums have beer girls who wander the stands with a barrel on their backs, ready to serve those in need of refreshment.)

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… or are you just happy to see me?

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

Man arrested for stuffing chopper in sporran

Surely a better headline?

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Ken Y-N
Pint

Re: Please let this not be true...

I thought you meant Father Jack - now that would really be fecking awesome!

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

Ken Y-N
Stop

Re: Dr Paul McArthur

Just checked the US6788199; in the introductory summary blurb it says:

> The transceiver, also referred to as a tag, is battery powered

Oops. US7148801 also mentions that there is "usually a battery" with active RFID tags. Therefore neither patent involves the battery-free concept. There could, of course, be a pending application, but...

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Ken Y-N

I can't find the story again, but...

A couple of years ago I read a story in the Telegraph (?) where the reporter was the human control for the Turing Test. The thing I noted as odd was that they were primed to pretend to be a computer, so it was really more a test of which was better at pretending to be what they weren't.

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

Ken Y-N

Looking at the picture, I see...

It's amendment 19 of the US Constitution that she's swearing on, which is about female suffrage.

Quite ironic, though, since she was appointed, and on the basis of her being a big fundraiser.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

Ken Y-N

What is

Instagram?

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Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

Ken Y-N
FAIL

"Only" [19.46% malleability attacks] were successful?

I don't think Visa would claim that "only" one in five fraudulent card uses are undetected or Lloyds that "only" one in five bank robbers got away with the swag, and of course the other 4 out of 5 have disappeared empty-handed into the ether or alternatively came back the next four days to see which would be their lucky day.

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Given that Japan has had smileys for so long, there will be no need for text speak; I predict it will be either:

INCOMING! *frowny face* *mushroom cloud* *pile of poo*

Or the option for Shibes:

So ronery. Much boom. Wow.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

Ken Y-N

Pah, near space with BitCoin?

Dogecoin is going to the moon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDTG6THP330

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Ken Y-N

What about a GIF squasher too?

Browsing Google+ (yes, some people do actually use it!) I find rather a lot of animated GIFs that appear to take up a lot of bandwidth, and also have a habit of autoloading. I always feel that said GIFs are actually larger than the video stream they were built from...

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

Ken Y-N
FAIL

That read like a 419 spam!

All he needs to do is mention his modalities and how his parents were killed in a plane crash.

Your's In Christ

KenYN

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Ken Y-N
Go

Woo hoo! Phishing opportunities galore!

I expect, indeed I will be disappointed by the lack of foresight by the scammers if it doesn't happen, to see a story on El Reg on the 8th talking about evil redirects and fake popups appearing on XP users' computers mimicking the illustrated message box.

I also expect El Reg to publish a bunch of pics of the message box on ATMs, traffic signs, supermarket tills etc, etc.

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Github brews text editor for developers

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

Umm, what?

I'm feeling all a bit Paris Hilton-y here trying to work out what on earth the editor is supposed to be giving me. As hinted above, perhaps it is like Emacs with Javascript instead of Lisp, but that doesn't really help me either. I think I'll stick with Notepad.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

Ken Y-N

Re: Fukushima radiation undetectable?

That's water levels on site, as would have been obvious if you hadn't used "..." to omit that information, and of course, who would be drinking on-site water anyway? Japan's standards for drinking water is 10 becquerels per litre of cesium, lower than most of the rest of the world.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

Ken Y-N
FAIL

Pussy, please

Presumably Mrs Slocombe was upset because the person ran off with Glass video of her stroking her pussy.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

Ken Y-N
FAIL

"not lost yet, just temporarily unavailable"

"He's not dead, he's just pining for the fjords"

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China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

Ken Y-N
Thumb Down

Re: They advantage of an autocratic country

The rest of the world includes South Korea and Japan, both of which are downwind of China, and indeed here in Osaka, Japan today we got our first-ever PM2.5 warning to avoid going out without a mask.

Here's a PM2.5 site - as you can probably guess, red and black markers are not good!

http://pm25.jp/

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

Ken Y-N
Gimp

Here in Japan, shutter sounds are mandatory

As is the recording light, the main reason being to prevent upskirt photos and other pervie behaviour.

Funnily enough, a recent survey found that at least one in five smartphone photographers here use silent cameras apps.

http://whatjapanthinks.com/2013/11/25/worryingly-significant-number-of-japanese-use-silent-camera-apps/

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Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

Ken Y-N

Without watching the video...

...I would bet that when you get to the PC login screen it sends an SMS/IM to your registered phone, which picks this up and switches on your microphone - it's not going to be constantly listening.

Furthermore, it would make sense to also have a configuration option whereby you could also require your phone to be unlocked before the app activates.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

Ken Y-N
Headmaster

I'll have a go at translation

"I'm the world's fastest queuer for the iPhone 6, and I've got email in English from Brazilian and UK news sites. Wish me luck as I have to reply..."

It's all a bit slangy, so no wonder Google Translate falls down.

And can I suggest an NSFW tag on his Twitter feed as he is now showing his chocolate willy there.

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

Ken Y-N

Re: "strange text on the back"

Olleh would appear to be KT's (Korea Telecom?) brand:

http://www.ktexpatblog.com/

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

Here's the specs

In Japanese, but relatively easy to understand:

http://www.fmworld.net/fmv/ah_g/1402/spec/

8 GB RAM seems generous, and 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1920x1080 15.6 inch screen, and 10.5 hour battery life.

Keyboard is 18.4mm keypitch and 3.0mm keystroke (travel?)

According to their own web store, with a 10% discount coupon it is a pension-abusing 197,820 yen, or just a tad under 1,200 quid.

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

Ken Y-N

Next up is BadgerBadgerBadgerCoin?

Using this site http://coingen.bluematt.me/ I'm going to get in on the retro-meme/coin action with AllYourCoinAreBelongToUs

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

So, he had a stiffie for five weeks before going to the docs?

It reminds me of an old joke:

A woman walks into a psychiatrist's office and says, "My husband's crazy! He thinks he's a chicken." The quack says, "Why don't you bring him in to see me?" "I would but I need the eggs."

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

Ken Y-N
Terminator

In Japan...

Almost all the major air conditioner brands do in fact now have infra-red sensors in them to detect when people look hot or cold. And Sharp's Cocorobo (Roomba-alike) speaks to you and will on command trundle over to the air conditioner to switch it on and off.

"Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to turn down the aircon. Call that job satisfaction?"

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Big goolies-grabbing black snake nips unlucky bloke's trouser snake

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

In first with the Paris Hilton angle

Suck the poison out and whatnot.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

Ken Y-N
Stop

That reminds me...

A FaecesBook puppy-fancier commented "I've not used it before but the thought of wiping up with paper covered in butter is a bit off-putting, yet intriguing."

The recollection of stories and rumours from my youth about "butter dogs" (I don't recommend Googling it) popped up on reading that...

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Japanese mobes to stop punters TXTing themselves under a bus

Ken Y-N

Re: or press and hold the power button to get five vital extra seconds.

Maybe it's like the stupid IRC trick of telling the newbie to hold the ALT key then press F4 to activate the sekrit menu?

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Ken Y-N
Boffin

Being a bunch of geeks here...

Shouldn't we be talking about overriding the GPS signal to guide it safely to our own destination? If the Iranians can do it with a military drone, it shouldn't be much problem to knock up a Raspberry Pi-based solution?

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

If it flies over the rougher areas of town...

This seems like a great variation on the crane game - shoot one down, win a mystery prize if it doesn't shatter into millions of pieces on hitting the tarmac.

Black helicopters as I reckon they'll need the armed escorts.

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