* Posts by Tony Jarvie

22 posts • joined 27 Oct 2007

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

Tony Jarvie

Sounds very similar to a few years back when it suddenly became known that the company (of 24,000 employees worldwide) had a previously unknown group that included EVERY employee. I can't remember the original email, but it started off the inevitable "why am I getting this email" Reply-to-all scenario followed by some-one kicking off a whole chain of "never mind, it's nearly Christmas so Merry Christmas everyone" followed by 15,000-odd people all deciding to wish each other seasonal greetings... It was a complete mess!

Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit

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Re: They spent how much?

Actually, doesn't it say that the transcript was from the 9th of Sept, and in the transcript it says the card was added on the 2nd of Sept? So never mind a few months, this looks like it was perhaps less than a week!

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: War time innovation

Maybe that's what happened? There was only ever one "disruption" drone in the beginning, and every other sighting since has been people trying to be smart going "I'll send my drone over there and I'll be able to knock it out the sky".... (Just think along the lines of those people who reply to "All contacts" emails with things like "why did you send this to me, please take me off this list"..."please stop replying to all"... It's that mentality I'm thinking of here!)

Tony Jarvie

Re: Anti-Bird Strike Radar?

A good idea, but two potential problems; 1. You're assuming that the birds aren't actively trying to fly into the flight paths of the aircraft unlike the operators of the drones. (Although they probably don't want to ACTUALLY hit a plane, they probably want to make it look as if they do, to cause the disruption). 2. Presumably even with birds, you wouldn't get much of a warning if they suddenly rise up into the flight paths from the ground.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Re: Not chewy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sbizs-qAwY Although by the looks of the video, there's a fair bit of smoking going on there too!

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

Tony Jarvie

Re: Any change to notepad is big news of course.

I used to agree with that....until I was shown Notepad++ and now it's my default app for anything text-y on my PC!

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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Is this the one where you get a box with a "Hard Error"?

I fixed it by grabbing the Update Assistant from the Windows site on another machine, copying to a USB stick, transfer the program to the C:\ drive and running from there in a command prompt (might have been an elevated prompt) called from Task Manager. It was a week or so ago, so there might have been a couple of extra steps, but that solved the issue on a machine here. Hope it helps.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: 3.6AU per year

How much is it decelerating by? Since it's in (mostly) vacuum, there wouldn't be much in the way of friction against other particles. And I wouldn't think collisions with micro-meteorites, etc. would make much of a dent in its speed. Other parts of it, yes, but not its speed! The sun's rays would presumably push it along by a tiny amount, collisions from behind by other space particles might do the same slightly, but unless it's been slowed down a lot by hitting the heliosheath / edge of the healioshpere, then what's been slowing it down? Oh, and the slingshots around planets (which the ISS obviously hasn't benefited from unless you count its orbit as a permanent slingshot around Earth) is another reason why I'd have thought it would be a lot faster than twice ISS's speed.

Tony Jarvie

3.6AU per year

That sounds impressively fast, but when I worked it out (please check my maths here!) it's approximately: 334640906 miles (according to Google's conversion). Divide by around 365.25 days per year = 916,197 miles per day. Divide by 24 hours per day, and that's around 38,174 miles per hour. The ISS goes around about 17,500 mph so it's only twice as fast as the ISS, roughly speaking. (I'm assuming that the 3.4AU is approximate and that 365.25 is close enough for a year's duration). I honestly thought it would be going faster than that.

Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Visual Studio 2017 is an atrocious mess!

To be honest, I'd like to think that "Fix[ing] the damned issues with the current version" is what they're at least attempting to do, but rather than do that as an update, they're bringing it out under the new name. Perhaps the attempts at fixing the current version are so much under the hood that it would be a new version anyway, or perhaps it's a marketing/sales issue, but still... Of course, whether they SUCCEED in fixing those issues is another matter to be seen once 2019 launches.

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

Tony Jarvie

"He deleted my account?!?"

"Bring back the death penalty - hanging isn't good enough for that scumbag!"

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Already exists...sort of.

On my Sony Xperia, there's an "Ultra Stamina" mode in the battery settings which, upon restarting, will restrict the phone to the most basic features. It says "Internet connection via wifi and mobile data will be disabled". And the only apps available are; phone, contacts, messaging, camera, album (I guess so you can view the photos from the camera), Calendar, Calendar (yes, it's listed twice, must be an error by the devs!) Clock, calculator, FM Radio, Settings, music. So, pretty much a 3310 but with a decent camera and music player.

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

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Thank goodness I hid behind this log - they've taken Aleksander instead!!

Lexus CT200h hybrid

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Missing El Reg staff

Er, hasn't Sarah Bee just left?

WTF is... DLNA?

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Nice....6 months ago!

You say that "only this month, LG announced that its debut Windows Phone 7 handset, the Optimus 7, will support DLNA-streamed playback." Well, that's nice, but you make it sound like something new.

I'm sitting here with my Sony Ericsson Vivaz (yes, I wish I'd got an X10, but it was too expensive then - my Vivaz was free) and if you go into apps, Media serv. then you see the DLNA server already installed on my phone out of the box.

Since the Vivaz is a Symbian device, I assume that it's on, or at least available to, many Nokia handsets too.

Sony seeks 'universal console controller' patent

Tony Jarvie

Prior art?

So... are you telling us that Sony have applied for a patent for the Optimus Maximus keyboard, only in a keypad format?


Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

Tony Jarvie

I object!!

How can you call ANYONE a "boffin" when they clearly haven't watched/read enough Star Trek to know how this isn't a problem?!?

Warp bubble - protects the ship while it travels at sub-light speeds therefore mitigating the collision speeds.

Navigational deflector dish - what part of the word "deflector" befuddles you?

BTW, for all those talking about the Bussard Ramscoops - may I point out that they are at the end of the warp nacelles, therefore BEHIND the leading edge of the dish? Not relevant.

Note about relativity;

When in a warp bubble, the ship travels at significantly BELOW light speed. There was a novel written (I think a TNG story) where some-one had lost everyone they knew apart from those on the ship because their warp drive failed and they spent a couple of years travelling at high impulse speed. Because they had then been travelling closer to light speed, time dilation was more noticeable and they had aged at a reduced rate relativr to everyone else in the universe.

Humax ships Freeview HD box

Tony Jarvie


Reading through the specs on the website, I think this is supposed to say "photos".

"Play media contents in external HDD or memory through USB (MP3, JPG, XViD) "


Microsoft kills Santa Claus

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GPS for the guy in the red suit?

You: Where are you?

Santa: I am in the North Pole. Where are you?

You: Scotland

Santa: I have no idea where that is. Tell me a little about your life in Scotland.

Erm, isn't this the guy that's supposed to know where everyone lives, and visit them on Christmas Eve?

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You: Do you like Microsoft?

Santa: I want to replace Windows with Artificial Intelligence.

Don't we all?!?!?!

That has to be the best response to that question!

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot K850i camera phone

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K810 Torch

If you're looking for a torch for the K810 (might work with K800 too - I don't have one, so I can't say) then visit esato.com. It's a website that reviews mobiles, etc, but specialises in SE.

Do a search for k810 and torch, and you should find that there's a small java program that uses the auto-focus red light as a flash.

I've been using this since upgrading from my old K750 and discovered that I used the torch a lot more than I realised, and have been happy with the results.

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