* Posts by Bill Fresher

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London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

Bill Fresher

"TfL is the body responsible for London’s buses, trains, and underground, reckons its system now accounts for one in 10 of the UK’s contactless payments."

"Contactless payments used for 1bn UK purchases in 2015"

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/26/contactless-cards-purchases-spending

So 100 million contactless journeys a year, but 65,000 * 365 is only 24 million.

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"TfL claims its system processes 31 million journeys each day"

"TfL claims 65,000 journeys a day are being made using contactless"

So only 0.2% of journeys use contactless?

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El Reg nips down to the Hewlett You Inn?

Bill Fresher

Re: My Word

Unless she's drunk. In which case she has a long career in management ahead of her.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

Bill Fresher

Re: No telemetry

The piece of string connecting the satellite to a paper cup back on earth must have snapped on launch.

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

Bill Fresher

Re: Instant amputation of Eagle's feet?

" and they are working on further protection of the "legs" (sorry, no idea what the bird term is)."

Drumstick?

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

Bill Fresher

How does Apple know the geezer's password?

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Bill Fresher

Launch the frigging space plane first.

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Sketch dev pulls out of Mac App Store, cites slow reviews, tech limitations

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The mac app store is rubbish.

I bought an app for £1.49 from there which didn't work. I contacted Apple for a refund and they said to contact the developer - problem is the developer's link is also broken!!

I reported the broken app March 2015. Since then a number of other users have also posted app not working reviews and last month people were still getting caught out. As of today it's still there.

Where's the quality control?

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Black Friday

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Black Friday

I would get the odd email from places I'd shopped online and I didn't mind.

In fact sometimes there'd be something I'd decide to buy.

But f-ing Black Friday shows up and I've had two emails a day for days before and days after.

So now I've hit the unsubscribe link on all these Black Friday spammers and they've forever lost my casual custom.

Idiots?

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Science Museum trumpets Da Vinci expo

Bill Fresher

Those photos of the exhibit look amazing. Some stuff on partitions, a model of something and a computer screen. Awesome.

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Caption Competition

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Caption Competition

So.. what happened to the results of the 23rd October Caption Competition?

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Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

Bill Fresher

Turning on Hey Siri appears to fix this issue.

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

Bill Fresher

Re: A bit confused here...

"Why would anyone build telescopes of any strength at all, if the sky looks blank?"

Presumably because you can see the stars that are in this galaxy.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

Bill Fresher

Re: I've been around here for ages

I ain't got no badges either. Member since 2007, 1332 posts.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Bill Fresher

At last! My futurescope works! I can see LOHAN's flight... and the results of the caption competition.

Now let's see what happened in the 30 years before that...

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Now to take my clock to school to show the teacher...

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Barry prepared to use the Laser Razor he'd backed on Indiegogo.

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This kickstarter iPhone lens attachment is quite what I expected.

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Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

Bill Fresher

"That's the nearest asteroid flyby since 2006, and there won't be another one as close until August 2027,"

This one was only spotted 10 days ago - so how can anyone claim there won't be another encounter this close until 2027?

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Massive Ads

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Massive Ads

What's with the MASSIVE ads above what used to be "The Register" top of page?

Some are so big they take up almost half the page - and cause a big delay in page loading.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Bill Fresher

Amstrad Glass is going to be awesome, thought Alan Sugar.

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Kid on the left: "And when I move it closer to the camera?"

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Apple hypegasm countdown. What will the new, big iPad ACTUALLY be called?

Bill Fresher

Re: Please let it be a 4k resolution 32" iPad

A 32" iPad will be the perfect digital camera replacement - especially if they also release a selfie stick made from a scaffolding pole.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Bill Fresher

Mr. Berman: "Excellent ... another addition to my Worst Caption Competition Photos Ever portfolio."

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Brit school claims highest paper plane launch crown

Bill Fresher

It's also almost a year (21 Sep 2014) since us lot donated £30,750 to the LOHAN campaign.

Any way we can transfer the cash to these kids instead?

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Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

Bill Fresher

Re: OS X

I downvoted you because I thought your comment was dumb.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

Bill Fresher

No Frank Barone in the TV list? pah.

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

Bill Fresher

Re: Sharholders != Investors?

"benefit to the company"

Who is the company? The employees, the shareholders or the customers?

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

Bill Fresher

Re: Ports

Another USB-C port and a micro sd slot and it would be pretty neat.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

Bill Fresher

Seems no-one doing the challenge wants to answer this question.

Oh well.

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Bill Fresher

Is foraging or eating produce grown in your garden really in the spirit of the challenge?

Can you eat venison every day, so long as you shot the deer?

What if you live on a farm?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Bill Fresher

Re: You owe me a new sarcasm detector.

You owe me a new stating the obvious detector.

Thank you very much.

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Bulgarian Bill Gates blagger busted, banged up, again: report

Bill Fresher

"I'm not about to faff around composing posts in Fiddler, so never mind."

Didn't do anything as complicated as that here -- bit still needed a little faff.

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Bill Fresher

No problem. I won't let the secret out (although it only took a few mins to figure out) ;-)

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Dead Vulture

This One?

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Pre-order consumergasm will leave Apple Watches out of stock for months

Bill Fresher

@ThomH "a huge battery life improvement is what would be required for me even to consider a smart watch. Probably of several weeks."

There is this thing which claims 30-days battery life - and starts at 169GBP.

https://www.vectorwatch.com/

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Thumb Up

Way too expensive.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

Bill Fresher

Re: Flaw

As soon as a planet with the potential of becoming a colony is discovered the governments of Earth will be packing spaceships full of soldiers and nukes to grab their piece of the pie - leaving Earth demilitarised. Thus improving the chances of the survival of the human race.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Bill Fresher

Don't like

And what's with the sidebar adverts that start on the right bar and carry across to the left bar (so left side of image is right bar, right side is left bar, with content inbetween) - what a mess.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Bill Fresher

Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?

"What size is the 5S? It does seem odd not to keep the same size as an option. Maybe the 6C will do so?"

The 5S is still an option.

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

Bill Fresher

With this massive build up, if the thing fails when it's launched it'll be worse than watching England play football.

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

Bill Fresher

There could just be a completely different way to communicate that we haven't discovered yet -- once we do it might be crammed full of spam messages from billions of worlds advertising their wares.

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Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

Bill Fresher

Re: your milage may vary

"El Reg on the other hand is just as likely to make fun of Apple as they are to sing their praises."

El Reg is a Nokia luva. Every1 nos dat.

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Bill Fresher

Re: We could be in a simulation

You, and everything else, might be simulated, but I know my thoughts are not.

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Marauding quid-a-day nosh hack menaces teepee hippie villages

Bill Fresher

Drinks

What are you chaps doing for drinks? Is it water and tea all week? I notice no one has included squash in their shop.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

Bill Fresher

Re: She looks like...

I think she's very pretty so shut your mouth.

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