* Posts by Luke McCarthy

259 posts • joined 21 Feb 2008


BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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I thought BT Shop was just a rebranding of Dabs, I didn't know BT actually run it (and Dabs).

AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

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Re: for some applications

The parallel part of the Parallela is a different ISA though (Epiphany).

Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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I can't say I've ever used vulgar language in code comments since I was 16, but then again I don't really write many comments.

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Matrix Broad?

I guess he's referring to perfboard

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Re: Farnell

or Digikey

Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: huh ?

Maybe you can triangulate it's location using ping latency.

Github brews text editor for developers

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Why not write it as a Chrome app instead of needing a dedicated browser just for the editor? The Chrome APIs allow local filesystem access, etc.

Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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Everyone is writing parallel code these days. It has been mainstream for a long time now.

Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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I guess that depends on how the latest Firefox OS performs compared to Android 2.3.

Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Does that mean we will see 128TB microSDXXXC cards in 2024?

Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Looks lethal

Imagine one of those parachute wires getting caught in a nearby tree. I don't see any advantage of this over, for example, an autogyro.

Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Mark

I'm calling diamond displays.

Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: We don't have anyone competent to do that

I do think the law should be in a git repository with full diff history.

For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Avoid btrfs

It's not really ready yet. I tried it out for a while but went back to ext4 after and unrecoverable filesysten corruption (and there's still no fsck tool).

Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Only they could have developed such a sense of entitlement over the years.

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Re: a gadget that doesn’t play music isn’t worth very much

Hook them up to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi and they can play music! ;-)

We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Is the UI still laggy?

I haven't switched mine on for ages.

Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Re: Panic Password

That wouldn't work since they will first image the drive and then use their own software to do the decryption.

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Re: Stupid that people are still getting caught out on this one.

Surely they could just ask for the password for the hidden volume (even though there is no proof of its existence), therefore the same law comes in to effect?

Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

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People still buy magazines?

Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Re: Well done guys, plenty of overtime coming up

I don't think that is a real problem, since this works at the Linux system call level.

Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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Not bad going

Considering much worse economic conditions compared to 2006.

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

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Re: Same shit new wrapping?

I think the only difference is they bundle the Dell Wyse app with it.

Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

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We could do with a time out

For the software guys to catch up

Chromebook 11 CATCHES FIRE at last, FLIES off shelves

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Re: Surely?

Yes, but it will take a lot longer. The charger supplied with the HP Chromebook 11 is 3A.

POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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ITER is rendered obsolete...

Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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This of all the e-waste!

Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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Flash memory size

It seems like the size increase of flash memory in devices has stalled. I guess until they start doing the chip stacking thing in mass production he will have to wait. No way the Apple would ever put spinning rust inside an iPad!

Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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Re: so what is the correct pronunciation?

Not "nee-ann" (two syllables) but exactly as spelled as (one syllable).

Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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Re: Just want big dumb panels

The big issue I see is you are stuck with some crappy old software in the smart TV that never gets upgraded and eventually becomes so outdated as to be useless. Maybe that is part of the strategy, forcing people to upgrade TVs more regularly to get the latest smart features, but that is very wasteful and the same can be achieved by plugging in a cheap HDMI dongle.

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Re: TV Makers are Tech Neanderthalers

Actually I meant Magic Remote, the name slipped my mind for a sec.

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Re: TV Makers are Tech Neanderthalers

Try and LG with a smart remote, it has few buttons and works like a Wii remote, that's the most interesting thing I've seen in TVs lately.

Watery asteroid discovered 150 light-years off hints at habitable worlds

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Re: Ceres is 26% water? Hmmm...

I think you misread, it was not Ceres that was 26% water, which is more massive than the "circumstellar disk" but has roughly the same amount of water. Or something.

Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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No need to remove watermark

Just scramble it enough that it is unreadable.

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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All the ones I've used have old-fashioned resistive touchscreens.

It's official: Steelie Neelie is a triple-triple-TRIPLE win digital woman

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Re: Tech skills- not so much

To be fair most people working for the EU have not had a real job before. I doubt the people writing farming regulations have ever worn wellies before.

Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store your cold, dead selfies FOREVER

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Re: FB is just like my parents attic

Nah, it's probably not worth the bother, just delete it all.

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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The iPhone 5C would have been a sellout success

...if it were £300 cheaper.

Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

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Sideloading Play Store?

I hope it is possible...

TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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Re: Why oh why

ARM also redesigned the 32-bit ISA for ARMv8. I suspect many apps will stick with 32-bit unless there's an advantage to going 64-bit.

Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: I guess the quesiton is how much control does ARM *have* over discoerability?

None really, although they could propose a standard and try to get their customers to adopt it.

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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I don't know why more computing like devices have user-assignable keys/buttons.

Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass staffer

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El Reg lives up to it's red top

Welcome to the gutter!

Obviously his first wife was just a beta.

Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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What's the point of a microwave clock?

Pretty pointless feature if you ask me.

Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Women are discriminated against

In case you haven't noticed, women are not a minority group.

Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Remove one of the screens, move the d-pad parallel to the face buttons and add another circle pad on the right and you would have the successor to the 3DS. Coming 2015!

I've never been a fan of the hinged DS, always found it quite awkward to use for any length of time. This design has plenty of space to grip with your hands (like the Game Boy).

Ubuntu Edge Linux mobe: 'Made you look,' crows Shuttleworth

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Re: Operation Extinguish

Re: Unifying APT and RPM - citation? I haven't found anything suggesting this.

Which former Microsoftie is at Ubuntu?

OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Blocking isn't easy

Only way they could do this properly is looking at the Host: header in requests. Blocking by DNS or IP simply doesn't work.

Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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How do you close it? There's no obvious way to do it.

Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

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Good style guide

I must admit I agree with pretty much all of it.


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