* Posts by Nick Pettefar

442 posts • joined 9 Mar 2007


Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Back in the 90s I had four kids and worked at the Beeb in Cardiff. My teacher dad was looking for PCs for hs RE department but they had 0 IT budget. My boss said I could help myself to the old PCs in the BBC “obsolete” room. After finding my way through the labyrinthine building across the road from the HQ I found a large room absolutely stuffed with previous generation and earlier tech. From 386 PCs to Laser printers requiring powdered toner to some quite good two-year old machines. I kitted my dad’s RE department out so the kids could now learn RE using the latest interactive digital CDs and could also print stuff out; they were the envy of the school! I also took some of the good PCs for myself too and made a networked PC gaming room at home using BNC Coax Ethernet. I fondly remember being thrashed by sometimes all four kids at Doom and then later on Age Of Empires. Happy times.

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Re: Stanger in a strange land..

Ummm, being British does not rule you out from also being Jewish you know, Mr. Stanger.

And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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What a dick.

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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Having lived and worked in Japan I can tell you that their local calendar system is just mental - no-one in their right mind uses it. The emperor’s first task should be to persuade the Japanese to bring their calendar system into the 21st century. Seriously it’s so bad that normal business people can’t cope, never mind the customers.

Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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Still Waiting For Solaris On The Pi

Just saying....

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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So it was OK for innocent men and boys to hear your noises but not the experienced and hardened toilet cleaner?

Do you have a Men Only toilet at home?

Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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Re: What did you say?

I love Apple Messaging, it goes to my iPad, Macs and both my iPhones and I can answer from any device. I can send anything almost instantly and almost any size and of course for no cost. Comparing it to SMS is like comparing a telegraph to HD TV.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: I remember Watch being laughed off at launch

I still wear my series 1 Apple Watch every day.

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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You couldn’t find a photograph of a black woman to put at the top of an article about facial recognition failure rates when analysing at black women?

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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If there was a Female Driver button for taxis I’d always press it. Sorry male drivers. I know I would hate to be a passenger in my car or on my bike!

What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Stuff the cars, I want a decent electric sports/tourer motorbike. 150HP, 500 mile range range, 0-60 in 2 secs, etc.

And for a reasonable price!

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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I rented a VW Golf and couldn't take the handbrake off because it didn't have a lever. The rental people didn't know how it worked either. I eventually gave up and changed to a car that had a normal handbrake.

I rented a Vauxhall that I couldn't turn the indicators off - it was ether left on or right on with no central off position.

There should be a law/regulation/standard for car controls. Indicator stalk here, wipers here, light switch there, handbrake lever down there, etc.

Car manufacturers are idiots.

Mind you BMW have decided to replace the High/Low lights switch on their motorbikes with a combined flash switch which is equally bonkers - I think they're sulking after finally converting to a proper indicator switch, even if it doesn't have any movement at all and feels like you're pressing something solid.

Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Does it run...

If it runs OS X I'm interested!

Best Korea fingered for hacks against Bitcoin exchanges in South

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Re: Kim Jon 'Fat-ass' 'Cartman' Un is being a pest

Umm, the US dealing with Korea "properly" didn't work very well last time, did it now?

Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

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Ramble On

I thought they used heat to melt the glue and therefore make it very easy to disassemble the parts for recycling. Apple also have a robot for disassembling. It's just hard for us to do if we want to replace parts inside. They always want us to buy new anyway... Thankfully it is fairly easy to change the batteries on iPhones. But, why does my iPhone 6 run so slowly nowadays compared to my iPhone SE? Also my Mac Mini (2.53GHz CPU) is really slow. I am almost certain that Apple deliberately cause older models to run slowly so that the newer models appear to run much faster and make you glad you spent all that money replacing your perfectly good hardware. Grumble mumble moan.......

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

I still play my SA90s I recorded in the 70s on my car cassette player. Plus all those 10 Baht rip offs from Khao San Road that were inresistable. CDs are too awkward to use in a car.

Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Not sure that the method of transport used by the criminals is relevant here. I am a biker and am not involved in this crime. Criminal gang would be more apposite. Is this transportism? Vehiclism? after they've stolen the jeeps, won't they be a jeep gang?

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Can you run IOS on it?

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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My partner has an Apple Watch and it is perfect for her as she keeps her iPhone in a bag or "nearby". She never puts it in her pocket even when she has one. Now she can answer calls, texts, Skypes, etc. Perfect!

I have used mine as a satnav screen on my R9T by pulling up my gauntlet to keep it visible; a real hipster!

Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

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I love my Apple Watch - the missus does hers too. The battery life and the wrist raising and strap prices are all minuses but do not outweigh the fun, usefulness and niceness of the product for us. The exercise and breathing reminders are great. Might even consider the next version at some point.

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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3rd Time Lucky

3rd Time Lucky

I bought the first Pebble for my missus who is always leaving her iPhone "somewhere" and misses calls and texts. She wore it for a week and that was it. I gave it to my son and he likes it. I then tried her with the latest Pebble and that lasted a month or so but the charge cable stopped working and it took ages to get a new one from them. Then she just stopped wearing it. This one went to my daughter who likes it. Finally I bought her the cheapest Apple Watch and it hasn't been off her wrist since. (Unless she forgets to charge it over night.) I personally love my Apple Watch but of course the battery life is crap. Score is Pebble 2, Apple 2 in our family. I hope the Pebbles can keep working.

Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

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Oh no!

Ah yes, this is the iPhone that comes with a set of earbuds with a Lightning connector AND an adapter for your other ear-thingies, right? Oh and also Bluetooth....

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Re: Actually I am considering a tablet

iPad Mini. Minimum 32GB. Cheap and wonderful. Too expensive for you then get a used one. They only go wrong when people physically break them.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

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Forced Program Defaults

I recently "upgraded" to Sierra and now I can not change the default web browser away from Safari and the default video program away from Quick Time. Is this deliberate or a bug or both? Pah!

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: iPhone7 - pay more, get less

Not wanting the truth to get in the way of a great story - you did notice that an adapter is included in the box, right? And earphones, right?

Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

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Re: Hmmm...

It costs 45 Euros to see your GP in Ireland and 110 Euros to go to A&E. Car road tax is exorbitant and motor insurance really really expensive. Income tax is high and it is difficult to get pork pies and custard tarts. Plus there is not really any good ale. Oh and the ferry is expensive. Did I mention the current exchange rate?

⌘+c malware smacks Macs, drains keychains, pours over Tor

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What is a Mach O file?

Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

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I used to use Scala Riders, the ones that come with a TomTom Rider v2, purely to listen to the satnav instructions but nowadays I just glance at the satnav screen from time to time. I never liked the faff of keeping them charged and pairing, etc. I prefer to listen to the sound of my R nineT. (Yet another Unix contractor biker.)

Cash injection fuels SABRE spaceplane engine

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What's the point of a two-hour trip to New York when you have to spend two hours or more in the airport queueing to have your body scanned and your Swiss Army knife confiscated because the blade is 1 mm too long?

Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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In the late 70s I used to get a ride into work from a guy called Eddie Badcock. He drove a Stag...

El Reg keeps pushing Apple's buttons – its new Magic Keyboard

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Re: "So, overall, an improvement."

Perhaps he's American?

How can we manage this internet thing? The Euro gov needs YOU

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Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

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I have one.

It's OK

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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The owners of Rentboy.com (see a previous article) should relocate there.

Job ad warns of boss who 'will incite anger and frustration'

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Custard Tarts

At least they have custard tarts in OZ, unlike here in Ireland.

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Anything so long as we get to keep telly with no adverts!

Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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And available at Amazon.co.uk!

Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Back in the 70s

I challenged my "self appointed audio expert" friends to try if they could decide which was a record or a HiFi Dolby cassette recording of the same record, played back to back. None could.

I have never been to a recording studio to listen to the "original" and thus have never had any means of comparing a recording to this "original" sound. The originals for me are whatever I hear the recording on. For all I know I might not like the "original" sound. I know for sure that some pieces of music I really like I do not like the live version of.

AdBlock aims to send filthy malverts on one-way LSD trip

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Funding The Register

If The Register became a subscription site, could it still exist? Would enough people pay enough to offset the loss of advertising revenue?

One supposes that more than half of the current readers block the adverts...

(I guess that The Register also gets money from Microsoft.)

Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Re: $40 for a phone charger?

Check out the pound and Euro prices for the same! Are they using an Intel Pentium to do their conversion?

Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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Whenever you buy Viagra it's for a good cause. FFS!

Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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Re: Looks good, but...

What has happened to the well-intentioned BSD people porting BSD to the Raspberry Pi? It seems to have died or at least is having trouble breathing. I'm still waiting...

(Actually I'd prefer to have Solaris 10 running on it!)

Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Re: Bug bounties?

As opposed to other peoples' overpriced products?

Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

Are we hoping that the EU can fix a US problem? Like the EU taking Google to court instead of the US. Are the Americans indifferent to these issues or already bought over or what?

iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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Re: article misses out the most important information...

You mean: "on their superior camera".

What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Old School, really Old!


1951 I believe. What a hoot!

OpenSSL audit kicks off for post-Heartbleed strengthening program

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YES But...

One wonders how many Spooks are working on the "audit". Those backdoors won't stay open by themselves.

How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Makes sense!

I swapped our CFLs in the chandeliers for ugly LEDs (designed by the same people responsible for the Ducati/Fiat Multistrada/pla one supposes) and our electric bill is €50 less each month! (Also swapped the Sun T2000 for a dumpster-dived laptop for our web server hardware which I suppose also added to the electrical consumption savings.)

Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

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Still waiting for the promised Mac version...

Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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I teach in a Coderdojo, Python on a Pi. We currently have Pis on wheels zooming around. We connect things directly to the Pis using jumper leads. Cost is very little.


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