* Posts by Khaptain

3252 posts • joined 4 May 2008

6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Not just FB please

There are a hell of a lot of other sites/advertisers that really need to start applying the same thing. Professional Click Baiters need to be publically castrated with ten different sharp things...

Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

Jake as much as I agree that "vi" just works, I find it hard to believe that today someone would choose vi over the multiitude of WYSIWYG solutions. As an example "Scrivener" is a dedicated writing program with a multitude of tools that can assist the writer. Whereas vi is a just "text editor". ( yes I know it is more than just a text edit but you get my point).

What advantages does vi offer a writer ?

Personally, on Linux, I use nano because I really do not like vi. I never remember the shortcuts, which forces me to pull out my cheat sheet, which i don't like having to do.

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Re: Personally ...

It's difficult to know when jake is feeding the fish and when he is being serious.

I can imagine that you might do some scripting with VI but 250 pages of Sci-Fi novel sounds a bit dubious.

Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

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Data and its problems

Data is just that "data". One of the problems, as this article shows, is that we never know if the data is complete, or even how to complete it if it is not and of the importance that the completeness requires.

The intial dataset was incomplete and had the potential to become "unhelpfull" but after the inclusion of the aneasthetists data is suddenly became usefull again, almost like the bimodality of the cancer itself.

Data is whatever we want it to be depending upon what is or is not included and of how that information is interpreted.

I tried to defend a colleague this week who complained that she as overworked. Upon pulling out the data it appeared that she was doing less than half the work of previous colleagues, everyone was amazed and ready to start disciplinary proceeding.. I went further and interviewed her, what was not apparent in the data was the fact that contract procedures had changed and she was now in fact doing more work that her previous colleagues.... Our intial dataset did not include the contract changes, it would have been very difficult to model and I doubt that anyone would have realised the importance and yet it was fundamental to obtaining a usefull conclusion.

Data is just that, "data". It is the understanding of the data that is important not the data itself.

I found this to be a very interesting article, kudos El Reg.

iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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Re: Writer paid per word?


Mines takes two complete revolutions of the hour hand..

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When I go to work in the morning there is a hell of a lot of people, judging by their clothes, who are definately not in the upper bracket. If anything I would suggest that many are in the lower bracket and would benefit more from improving their wardrobe or hairstyling rather than owning an iPhone.

iPhone used as a status symbol , yes definately, but the status that they are portaying is the oppposite of what they imagine.

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Back to the basics

I have tried a very large range of methods, machines and madness for my favorite drink.. I even managed to give up smoking but never quit the coffee....

In any event and probably because of optimizing my time, I stick to good ol instant coffee......

I have become almost alergic to Nespresso, more than 2 of them a day gives me "major dogs breath", my little Cafitiere Italien, handed down by Italien Mother-In-Law, has never seen daylight for years, the French coffee machine also hides in a cupboard , , unless some particular visitors arrive, but you can be sure that the instant coffee tin is always replenished with always a packet to spare.

As I write this I have some fresh French bread,"une flute tradition qui sort de la four", butter and jam and a large cup of instant in from of me.

If I was to vote for the best coffee ever though, it would probably be made with a a Robusto, Arabica mixture made in an Italian Cafitiere that is used daily..

Alternatively it would be a Turkish made coffee when it has been made with a little bit Cardammon. ( Never sure how to spell that spice)

PS Starbucks don't do coffee so I never bother with them either. Strangely enough though I don't care for most of the coffee served in the French or Swiss cafes/restaurantes either.

Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Re: Apple's Yawn and Windows Apology

MS can wrap it up any way that they please, it will not change the fact that they fucked up and have a lot of ground work to do in order to repair this sorry state of affaires.

As has been mentioned in the forum, a lot of people simply want the choice, they want an either/or situation. Choice between the Old menu or the New , what they don't want is an imposed system.

MS have tried a little with 8.1, they will probably do a little more with 9 but it will still remain an apology, wrapped up in some Buzzword Bingo speech.

Have they listened to their users, maybe a tiny little bit but they probably have listened to their "financial experts/shareholders"... who want to see figures improving/advancing.

Windows 8 was part of the "One OS to rule them all" process that hasn't quite made a hit. ie it has made nothing more than a tiny ripple.

But now MS have the shitty positon of trying to repair their mess, of squirming out of the rathole and hoping to rebuild user/shareholder confidence.

If they don't use W9 as an apology and pull some magic out of the hat then the share prices will probably start to drop and that hurts, a lot...

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Apple's Yawn and Windows Apology

I don't understand the competition either.

Apple are going to pull a "yet another iPhone - much like the last one and a lot like the next one" out of the hat.

MS are going to fail miserably at covering up the W8 catastrophy and short of pulling a W98 menu out of their hat it is likely to simply come over as an apology.

Either way the two subjects' appeal, or lack appeal, to two very different user groups.

This is like comparing Ford bringing out a new pickup truck at the same time as Sikorsky showing of their latest helicopter....

As for the headlines/deadlines obviously I am only going to be interested in one or the other and in my case it will be the Windows Apology. ( Would love to see Bill up on the stage - the ANdel, Noddel, Nandel,Noodela, whatisname guy just doesn't cut the mustard.)

Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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They cannae dae it, they dinnae hae the power.

Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Two girls and a cup

"Two girls and a cup" - Easy to make a mistake about what you are going to see.

"Beheading of a British Journalist". - not a lot of error possible here.

Should everyone that looks at the crucifixion scene or a bloody Christ dying on the cross also be considered as terrorists ?

Dozens of COPS cuffed in Turkish Prime Minister's wiretap probe

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Re: It's weird

That really was a poultry response....

Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: £999


I suppose I really do not belong to the KoolAid crowd, I had to look up "Mavericks" and I see that it is in fact a surfing spot way in the south of California..

I am way too old and much to Scottish, to start wearing dreads and flowery surfing shorts and saying "man" at the end of every half sentence......... Even when I lived in San Diego I really couldn't get to grips with that look.

From Big Cats to surfing spots - How much cooler can it get </sarcasm>

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Re: £999


Serious question - Can you install/run it without the GUI ?

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To be honest it actually sounds like a fair deal. I am looking for a new development laptop, although it would be a *nix install instead of OSX [ version name of big cat]. Any care to mention any bad points that I should be made aware of.

Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel

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Fodder for Nintendo copyright lawyers

Doesn't look a bit like something ripped from a Mario game, no sireee.

Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: Anyone can play!

Even simpler

Murdoch is Ebola.

Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

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Just the damned word makes me cringe now.

Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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How exactly how does the firewall know when an internal machine has been hacked ? The hacker might be simply emailing/ftping/telneting/wputting data to an external address just as someone might be doing this as part of their normal job ?

Where exactly does this device/sftware sit, between the router and the firewall or between the firewall and the lan ?

I presume that the internal client machines need some kind of client, what happens when that client is switched off, or do they encrpt all of their inhouse data in advance and the client "simply" unencrpts on the fly ?

The article is very vague as to what is really going on.

Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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Boom goes the porn industry

I never would have imagined that it was possible to recognize a facial.

Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

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Attack from within

>but Snowden said incoming salvos on US servers are often routed through other countries,

If anyone is going to attack the USA they will probably do so from within as the following statement helps to justify.

>The NSA's internal audits were so lax this wasn't picked up, and to this day Snowden says he believes the NSA has no idea exactly how much data he took.

( Does the U stand for "United" or "Useless")

One in 12 Tweeps are bots

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Re: Sigh

The problem with raising the bar, even by only a few IQ points, is that you lose 98% of your "product".

From the remaining 2% you would then lose the professionals because their market has disapparead, thereby leaving about 0.00001%.

Basically you would be left with Twitter staff and a few of their friends....

I tried Twitter a long time ago in order to understand what it was all about; result, I understood that it had no real purpose so I simply signed of. I just hope that RSS remains with us for some time yet.

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Re: Tweeps?

My personal favorite is Twunt.

END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: Just one question

Too late, MS already have a bloody huge advane with W8..

Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Hang on a mo, why is there no "Fruit Pudding" in any of those lists. Don't any of you Sassenachs know what's good for you....

Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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No files ?

Then what is the word document if it is not a file ? Even if the word document is opened in memory and although it doesn't exist on disk it stills resides as a "file" in memory. Albeit a very ephemeral file.

Please correct me if I have misunderstood the concept.

Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: Your name on the coffee 'cup'

And if that cup had been adorned with a little crown of thorns.... or you were little stirring sticks in the form of nails to given a couple of nails....

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Re: Your name on the coffee 'cup'

I use the name on the badge of the poor bastard barista behind the counter. They usually have unique names for the region which heps avoid confusion at the other end of the bar.

Coming to a console near you: Destiny beta and The Last of Us Remastered

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PS3 - won't come away disappointed either.

I can't really agree with that last remark.

The Last of Us is one of those rare pearls whereby the graphics are really not the important. The important factor about TLOU was the storyline and the characters, both of which were extremely well thought out, scripted and acted. This is a game that has soul rather than pixels.

Updating the graphics will not change the games appeal, it is/was already an excellent game, so the new graphics wont really give it any new pulling power.

Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

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Re: No ACs Allowed - Adverse effect

I believe that gun sales have gone up since all of the recent anti-gun campaigning.

In fact 2013 actually set the highest ever record to date, and here we are talking legal gun sales... I can't even begin to imagine the black market figures. (I suppose we could ask that Califonian statesmen though)

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Secret alternative solution

The Ethernet Leaves Nigh Ephemeral Tracks

Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

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Offer and demand

1 : What do MS actually have to offer on a slab that is not already being provide by the others, Apple(IOS) or Google(Android) ?

2 : What demand exists that MS can fullfill.... where is the potential for MS ?

The only valuable product that MS has that the other don't is "MS Office" and since that is now available from the cloud, a la Office 365, they have no leverage.

MS want to compete on all fronts, understandable form a business point of view, and yet they don't seem to want to understand that their offer does not reply to the demand. ( The demand is more fiction that fact as tablets are a marketing success rather than a consumer request).

I believe that MS are still excellent in the workplace but they are simply not capable of / ready for / have not understood the consumer market, Hence poor tablet, phone sales. YMMV

Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

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Re: A little bit pissed but

Effectively, that would be extremely ironic.

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A little bit pissed but

I can understand that the guy is pissed of but it is a major faux pas to publish what you are going to do/are capable of doing.

All he had to do was keep his mouth shut, publish his exploit "anonymously" and sit back and chuckle in a super villain manner.....instead he's just giving the local plod an excuse to come round and pay him a visit.

Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Re: His site, his rules....

" Besides, anybody who I would actually WANT to talk to already has my phone number and/or email a

address, so why add a another method that doesn't honor the wishes of the user?"

The obvious question would then be : So why not completely remove Facebook ?

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

'Scots, wha hae wi Wallace bled,

Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,

Welcome tae yer gory bed,

Or tae victorie.

I think that the Scots will surpise you.

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

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Re: "Leaks"

That's been the standard practice for the last 5 years, where have you neen hiding.

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Evolutionary updates will soon require daily updates to .NET (x.x.x.x) which will require 3 successive reboots per day.

The Dual Sim Support will only work with 1 telco which MS has not currently decided upon yet. Or worse will require the installation of TIFKAM in order to work correctly

Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

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I gave up caring about them years ago, along with MS, Yahoo, Amazon, Paypal, Google, HP, Logitech, Samsung, HTC and the list goes on........

On the upside, I still read El Reg

Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

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"There was a visit from government officials to our offices," a Microsoft spokeswoman told The New York Times. "Given the sensitivity of the issue, I can't say anymore."

Sensitivity, the keyword.

Now, is it the Chinese that are stealing too much from MS, or is it that MS can't manage to steal enough from the Chinese.

Sherlock wants to know.

KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: Bring back Gnome-2

Have to agree with Steve, the whole desktop UI thing has gone way overboard. The graphics gymnastics that we see now are just a little bit OTT. I always end up dumbing my interfaces down where possible.

I do like the aero style preview though, which for me is a definate plus..

Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

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Re: chicken, egg, etc.

Why the Ruskies : Simple, they want to test the hackability and there is probably no better place to try it out.

Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Re: What's in a contract

Let's see just how poor these buggers are


It looks likw they really could afford to upgrade a bit.

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Re: What's in a contract

@AC, $1.9M can go a long way to providing the correct information vis-s-vis des clients. They could start be rectifiying the false promise of "Unlimited" anything.

$1.9M - They could add to some extra equipemnt in the worst hit zones.

$1.9M - They could subsize those they don't get what they were offered.

$1.9M - That pays for the next round of aperitifs on board a luxury yacht whilst laughing about how many more punters will be signing up for unlimited 4G whilst knowing that it simply isn't possible.

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What's in a contract

With the statistics that the Telcos already have, I would presume that they are very well aware of statistical usage. In other words they knew fine well that people would be watching TV on an almost 24h basis..( TV is an example of one streaming channel, replace with whatever).

In order to prepare for this eventually it was much cheaper to write a get-out clause in the contract than it was to actualy build a network that worked as advertised.

I wonder how much better the network would be if they used 5% of the top execs bonuses in order to improve the equipment ?

Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: Avian dinosaurs and mammals

A more important question might be "why didn't the human beings survive <disaster X>"

If, today, you can manage to determine what <disater X> will be, you might have a chance of being part of the lucky few ( Lucky being a very subjective word)

You will then be in a favourable position for answering your initial question.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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The Panamera is much nicer in real life than it is in those photos, with one exception, those damned LIME coloured brake calipers are horrendous on such a car...

The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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Some of tha ASUS tabs appear to be Okish the T100s for example. Not really a tab more of a hybrid but cheap and usefull.

Build quality, according to various forums, might be a little bit dodgy. Apparently the keyboards keys stops reacting although the mouse pad continues.

Although I like the Samsung I would be happy to see more a bit competition that is capable of producing reasonable quality material without displaying an Apple price tag.

Lower prices are BAD FOR CONSUMERS, says Turnbull

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Re: Turnbull has been dining with the Devil,

GrumpyBloke :

Go into "My Posts"; find the post you want to delete, then hit the "withdraw" button which is in the upper right corner of the post itself. Et voila Bobs your auntie.

BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

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The Catch

>The catch? The hosted option only applies to BES10, the current suite.

So that excludes some of the large corporate structures then......I know that ours is definately not on BES10 and I haven't heard about any upgrade plans in the near future.... I can esilly presume that we are not alone.

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