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* Posts by SW10

38 posts • joined 20 Mar 2013

Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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Facepalm

Re: Sufficient lift?

Having made the point myself and subsequently seen a curt reply to another commentard, I think Lester is getting a bit miffed off with this question.

His answer is along the lines of "plenty enough, and then some."

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It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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Re: The whole thing

Why, thank *you* Lester

That's a weight off my mind.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: should have waited

I do rather think that Apple Watch 3 might be an interesting product

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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Mushroom

Weight a mo

Was all this gubbins anticipated by the Southampton students?

I'm increasingly worried that the plunging/crashing tendency may supersede the soaring/navigating tendency.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Facepalm

(Understanding VFM)

Very few people truly understand value-for-money. They focus on the money and forget about the value.

I've got problem getting the same outputs for a lower price - I positively encourage it. However, less valuable outputs for a lower price is NOT the same thing.

Hold price constant and you have:

More valuable outputs > my outputs > less valuable outputs

Hold outputs constant and you have:

Higher price < my price < lower price

Try varying the two and... well, you work it out.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Holmes

It looks like you're waiting for a App to load...

...in the meantime, here is a word from our sponsors.

I'm guessing that Apple reckon people will tend to blame this on the app rather than Apple.

But then, if free apps turn into a grinding bore for users who then turn to paid versions, what's for Apple shareholders not to like?

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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FAIL

Re: But...

With the BT system technically you can transfer calls, have calls transferred to you and make calls as if you were connected directly to the internal phone system (because you are)

Switchboard operators (remember them?) and geeks aside, I don't know anyone who has ever been capable of transferring calls with any confidence—often the last thing you hear before random button-stabbing takes place is "Sorry, if this doesn't work then call her on this mobile number..."

This is solution for those rare confluences where someone:

1. takes a call on a landline,

2. wants to pass the buck,

3. can't just look on their move and say "Sure, here's her mobile number."

4. has the PABX number to hand.

How often does that happen at yours?

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Big Brother

Body language

I can see that the woman in the first pic is not at all bothered by a large bloke wearing Glass.

Oh wait...

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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Coat

Will there be...

...a bowl of Knice hot soup for Knick on the Knorr?

(Mine's the one with a sachet in the pocket.)

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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

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Re: Corporate governance—crowned

I'm not sure who told you that's what a Board is supposed to do, but don't take investment advice from them.

You'd be surprised how much I know about this stuff - and why.

The Board is elected by the shareholders to represent their interests in the company they own.

Over 50% of board members in the US and UK should be independent, or 'non-execs' - which is to say they are outsiders not directly employed by the company. The roles of chairman and chief executive in the UK should not be exercised by the same individual, though this requirement does not (yet) exist in the US.

If investors choose to elect people from Banks to be on the Board, they are perfectly entitled to do so. If you, as an investor, read something negative into that, that's fine. It doesn't change the fundamentals of Anglo-Saxon corporate governance model.

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Corporate governance—crowned

That's corporate governance shot right there.

The chairman and the board are supposed to represent the investors' interests and make sure the CEO doesn't act in their own selfish interests.

You know, like Bernie Ebbers or Ken Lay...

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Re: And (tell it to the judge)

Can we tell the Judge there is no such thing as "non-practicing entity"?

The adjective is derived from a verb, hence it would be "non-practising entity..."

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: They haven't got a clue

Well of course they don't have a clue. Apart from these very fine slivers dragged out by smart people and organisations giving their time and energy not just to solve a mystery but to help bring closure to fellow human-beings.

In the meantime, this is what I want you to do.

I've parked my car in France. I need you to find it please.

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Stop

It's not today's government you need to worry about...

...it's tomorrow's

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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House rules

I remember gathering around a work machine to play Tetris. The background art on one of the levels featured a man with a striking resemblance to British F1 driver of the day.

Upon reaching that level, colleagues would call out (in their best Murray Walker voice)

And! It's! Man-sell!

At which point the keyboard had to be handed over.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Paris Hilton

It's not genuine unless...

...there's a photo of someone using it in a dual environment.

Like, lying on a beach with feet in the sea maybe.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Pirate

Churchillian feint

Where I live they've just shown a documentary about the feint pulled off before the D-Day landings - inflatable tanks, canvas Spitfires, planted intel; all that malarkey which pointed towards a Calais invasion.

We're probably seeing the modern equivalent here; who knows what they'll be up to whilst investigations into this chippery frippery are ongoing...

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

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Happy

Tip-top technical guidance from Ye Olde El Reg

"Use the back key on your browser to return to the previous page..."

You have to wonder who the target audience were!

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Unhappy

Re: Finally catching up?

{second-level domains. For example, .gouv.fr }

No, France doesn't use second-level domains.

Yer actual government is at http://www.gouvernement.fr, their version of gov.uk (sorry, GOV.UK) is http://www.service-public.fr, whilst the country has it's very own website at http://www.france.fr.

If you want to find out about luxury powerhouse Louis Vuitton.Moet Hennessy then that's here: http://www.lvmh.fr whilst soon-to-be-American Alstom is at http://www.alstom.fr (Yes I know, it redirects...)

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Son of Voyager

One day my kids might just look through their iContactLens 6 and marvel at how much could be achieved with laughable noughties technology.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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WTF?

What would you do with a Boeing Black on your lab bench?

So it's a secure phone.

With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which, um, have never been part of an attack vector.

With USB, HDMI, and PDMI ports. Which... well, which presumably need to be epoxyed up once our spook has finished her unboxing.

I'd have thought you'd want to make such a phone (great name by the way) with no holes at all; physical or otherwise. Just because you can't unscrew the screws doesn't mean it's going to resist all other types of prodding through ports physical and virtual, does it?

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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

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WTF?

Oh, the irony:

We all know that just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Google's business model is built on the principle of "we can, so we will."

Now they have to tell Glass Exploiters to row back from default Google behaviour to default civilized behaviour...

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

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Holmes

Re: Why renationalise BT?

the technology was there to send 2.4Gbps over 10km for about $5

So £5 in 1984 is about £13 today?

I won't be snarky and ask for your references, but I will be snarky and observe that pricing by nationalised utilities often bears little relation to costs...

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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FAIL

Never ask governments to pick winners

It's an old lesson a long time in the learning...

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Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

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Alien

How technology has changed...

Time was, you'd need a full-on sound-stage to fake astroheroic adventures.

And there you boys are, faking it all from your own backyard.

Splendid.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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Pirate

I'm sorry, but...

...you can't hope to create a tradition of over-achieving tomfoolery if you break with the past the moment you get a new toy.

Not only would you be disrespecting a drowned Playmonaut hero and throwing all memories of Vulture 1 into the wastebin of unforgiving history, you'll also be breaking a key visual reference to the tough-as-nails DNA that joins these two craft together.

Sort your act out. Give it the SPB colours proudly worn by its predecessor.

That will be all.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Joke

The iPhone 5C as BIC biro

...was the approach taken by satirists on Canal+ in France.

They spoofed a keynote speech showing "all new" crystal BIC biros; not only fabulously cheap at €590, but also with coloured caps that are interchangeable between pens. On cue, the audience called out "it's Amazing!" at various moments during the presentation - see how our engineers have created a chewable cap! And now pan-pipes!

Starts at 12:30 and lasts about 2 mins. Requires no knowledge of French - but you do have to suffer a 10-second ad at the start:

http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid3351-c-le-petit-journal.html?vid=931934

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Happy

6310i

Did anyone ever need anything more?

Drop-proof, kick-proof, coffee-proof, beer-proof.

Made calls, sent texts and, er, had WAP.

All with 7 days-worth of battery charge.

Try telling that to the yoof of today...

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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ROCKS(OFF)

Remotely-Operated Control Kill Switch (Orbiter Flight FAIL)

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

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Trollface

...and wir attracting the kidz, narteyemin, yeah?

"Along the way, he been honing his Raspberry Pi flight computer system"

is a good effort, but maybe

'Long the roadz him bin pimping hiz P'eye, lak, to mek er blingin flaght compooter, narteyemen?

would be better?

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BT's not at home to Mr Profit, but its lordly boss probably isn't too fussed

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FAIL

El Reg takes short-term City-type view?

So are you unhappy about a company taking a long-term view?

His Nibs (and the thousands of people who keep the multicoloured BT beachball turning) haven't done too badly - you can look back to a share price of just 72p in March 2009.

Costs are still going down, despite some chunky investments for the future (football and fibre). Seems pretty OK to me - usually we like to whinge about companies who don't take a view of the future. You'd be all over them if it was BT (or any other provider) taking a short-term view...

(Disclosure: I'm a modest and happy shareholder.)

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Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

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It's curtains for you...

Now look here, the Iron Curtain didn't rise, it descended.

Here's what the great man said:

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

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Facepalm

Nothing new under the sun

"Project Loon came out of the same 'Project X'... "

I wouldn't be so sure. I had a proposal very like this on my desk about 10 years ago when I worked for A Very Large Telecom company.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Angel

If you want good-looking...

Aqua.

Now *that* was a UI. And it had, er, transparency...

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

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Re: I can, therefore I should

You *can* do more things like that with the camera on your mobe already.

Based on the logic of your post, should we assume you *do* do such things?

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Holmes

I can, therefore I should

Google's approach has tended to be: "We can, so we should. We'll pick up the pieces later."

Schmidt is assuming that everyone else will do the same - in other words, because we can buzz a neighbour's BBQ then we will.

Truth is, must of us think before acting and don't believe we should just because we can.

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

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Re: A low friction connector?

A male and female connector is traditional for quick-release coupling. Lube may increase satisfaction and a rubber barrier is recommended...

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