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* Posts by ElRegUser007

24 posts • joined 25 Jan 2013

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

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007
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

ElRegUser007

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?

ElRegUser007

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?

ElRegUser007

Nominative Determinism

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

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007

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!

ElRegUser007
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)

ElRegUser007

>> 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

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007

>> 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!

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007

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

ElRegUser007
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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

ElRegUser007

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'

ElRegUser007

"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

ElRegUser007

He said there had been "a few mutterings"

That's default Doric.

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

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