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* Posts by ElRegUser007

35 posts • joined 25 Jan 2013

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Hearts and Minds

I am a Scot and I have a vote.

My perception is that the majority of Scots feel "Heart says Yes, Mind says No."

And as any of you who have paid attention to any recent neuroscience//psychology/economics will know, even when our mind thinks it made a decision, much of the time it didn't.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Headmaster

Edit

> Companies will, from a limited pallet, let employees

Palette.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Michael K Pilliod

Rearranged into a well-known phrase or saying:

He calm: I kill iPod.

W

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: She reads El Reg!

And she means well. Unlike some who take public money.

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Re: Never...

Her Art Matters series on Sky Arts was (IMO) rather good. Absolutely not just a pretty face. I feel quite upset that Reg + 'tards are sinking collective teeth into her. Not saying you're wrong so to do, just saying I'm upset.

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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

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Peak pedantry

Peak != peek (nor pique nor Peke)

Please.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Any fule architect kno this

With free SketchUp any architect-schmarchitect can model a guy-looking figure - a few triangles and a few rectangles.

For a female-looking figure, you'd need Rhino, possibly Grasshopper, and more of a clue than your average architect.

Cheap buildings: boxes. Expensive buildings: curves.

This is not sexist, this is geometry.

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Double the visual assets

Chortle.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Were_Promised_Jetpacks

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Review: GFI Cloud eliminates need to nursemaid Windows

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I use GFI Cloud with one client. Not for monitoring or asset management (I use Desktop Central for some of that, plus deployment and MDM) - for anti-virus and web protection. Nice clear positive daily status e-mail. Reporting looks good but is oddly restrictive - you can find out users' web usage today, and for the last seven days, but not for yesterday, for example. Agent deployment was pleasantly straightforward. Tech support has been pleasant and effective.

I don't like dealing with GFI (UK) sales or admin though. Unpleasant. And I vividly remember deploying their on-server Excahnge anti-spam solution some years back, to find that it scanned all mailboxes deleting what it thought was spam - by default, automatically and immediately and without warning.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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Re: I hope they use thicker plastic...

>> "Carrier" being a somewhat optimistic description of what they are supposed to do.

"You shop, you drop", then.

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

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What have you got against Tesco's website?

I happened to try out a few of their close competitors recently, and went scurrying back - Tesco's Finest, I decided. What have I missed?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Coat

An excellent article

Without a trace of irony.

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

ElRegUser007

Livingstone = explorer

Livingston = place

(or star of Office Space)

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Just a question: "utilize"?

and why "administrate" over "administer" ?

But yes, that's a rhetorical question.

No point trying to hold back the tide. Like Canute. Or Canutility.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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the hardware bollocking did require matrix broad

Ahhhh, Carrie-Anne Moss in PVC ...

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How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

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Nominative Determinism

Spokesperson for a continent-spanning project to future-proof data mining : Dr Delve.

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

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Re: @AC (was: Here in Sonoma, Californa ...)

Whoa there! Cross purposes, I suggest.

To my knowledge, Jake's comment accurately reflects - albeit in humorous vein - the instinctive reaction of the majority of c.60-year-olds these days when marketed at on the basis of likely/possible infirmities/limitations.

ie " I'm not bl**dy well old ! "

That's completely separate (as I see it) from the reaction of those who are coping with their infirmities/limitations (including some of the same people, just in a more reflective/realistic moment) and of those who care for them.

This GranNote could be very useful for some I know who are very much younger than 60.

I hope it will be renamed for the UK though.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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BBC headline on the subject

US and British spies 'get personal data from Angry Birds'

Hardly news. Standard operating procedure for yonks - Mata Hari, Christine Keeler ...

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ElRegUser007

Re: So once again the advertising companies s**t over your privacy

But why is it always 24/7 which is "24 divided by 7" so about three-and-a-half? Why not 24x7 ?

I've always been perplexed by that.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Would you put a beta product in your eye?

And you know it'll never get out of beta.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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Happy

Re: P.S.

Food stories - Mmmm, Dell issues :)

Ballmer's now trying recipes from Rose Elliot's Has-Bean Book.

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

ElRegUser007

Re: Hordes. Not hoards.

Thank You! (El Reg comments: the one place in the world I am sometimes listened to.)

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ElRegUser007

Hordes. Not hoards.

Please. Thank you.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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>> which of the above parts fails

All Tesco stores I know are open 24 hrs.

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Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday

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Outlook having trouble too

KB2817630 reportedly problematic, see eg here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/8ebce46d-1645-4909-8951-d1ca954179ac/outlook-2013-folder-pane-is-empty

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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>> only a couple of months into a 24 year deal

Next renewal I'd expect a decent loyalty discount ...

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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

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Re: to see if the named fish responded?

Dolphin1: Oi, fish, get over here!

Dolphin2: Fish? Who you calling fish, dung-beetle?

Dolphin1: Dung-beetle?! Come over here and say that!

Researcher, poring over statistical analysis of squeaks and squonks: Oo, oo, two more names - D1's called "fish" and D2's called "dung-beetle" !

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ElRegUser007

Or Not

Not in 2006, not in 2013:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=5453

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

ElRegUser007
Headmaster

another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row

DEFUSE.

Please. Thank you.

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Telemetics is correct

Tele+emetics => projectile vomiting, the standard reaction to first sight of Windows 8.

W

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Free online Uni courses pressure vendors to drop training costs

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Thumb Down

I'm surprised the completion rates are this high. Not sure if I'm pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised, though.

I've taken a handful of reasonably academic classes at my local supposedly top-rank Uni in the past couple of years - paid-for evening classes which yielded some form of academic credit, so not just "mildly interesting to keep the oldies amused". Even though they weren't free, the drop-out rate was about half.

Half the courses were poorly presented; half had poor materials. One was completely mis-sold. The language class was the exception - but then, most students had a specific motivation.

( What utterly stunned me was the sample essay we were given, which had been marked as an A. My rant about it would be longer than the essay itself. )

MOOCs will blow these away.

But then I (and several thousand others apparently) signed up for a MOOC, again at one of our top-rank Unis, in an academic subject, and really, it turned out to be just a populist taster. Seven 20-40 minute chats on "this is my research field - isn't it shiny shiny". Yes, some interesting further reading.

So ... who benefits? Well *obviously* it's a great way for the presenters to get themselves "published". They already have the course material, they just have to turn up and their employer pays to produce and distribute their online calling card.

And the Uni can say "we have ten times as many virtual students as physical students". (So?)

Well, I suppose, these MOOCs will give graduates something to take their minds off their day jobs at KFC. Better than Jeremy Kyle.

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T-Mobile US announces 'no BS' rate plans, iPhones, LTE

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Mobile phone contracts <> basic maths!

Take a simple scenario: small business, a dozen users, mostly UK usage, some business trips to EU and some beyond inc a fortnight in China once every few months. Voice and text and data usage varies from user to user, and is likely to vary in the coming year. iPhone and Android considered. O2 and Orange/EE considered. Need access to company e-mail/calendars on Exchange. A couple of users have contracts not ending at the same time as others.

Even getting the basic tariff *facts* is a month-long struggle. Summarising it in a form which decision-makers can assimilate ...

I have a degree in Maths. This is what we like to call a "non-trivial" task :)

Having said that I do detect a welcome move to "unlimited" tariffs at moderately sensible prices. £30pm from Orange/EE with almost-nil-cost iPhone, "unlimited" voice+text+data. If users use the "unlimited" mobile voice instead of using the office phone system, this looks promising.

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MI5 test for Mandarin-speaking snoops 'just too easy'

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"the next James Bond" - licensed to ...

... cover the 25% shortfall in comms. Snappy.

Still at least the theme song just needs one syllable changed from the last one.

W

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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He said there had been "a few mutterings"

That's default Doric.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doric_dialect_(Scotland)

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