* Posts by Martin 47

313 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Geoboffins claim to find oldest trace of life in rocks 4bn years old

Martin 47

Re: More fake newst

‘Those 'Christians' who say the earth is only 6000 years old are misinterpreting the bible‘

Interesting, I always thought it was because they were as thick as pigshit

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Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

Martin 47

‘Autonomous vehicles hold great promise in saving lives, expanding mobility and reducing congestion’

Well they ‘might’ save lives but the rest is just hogwash.

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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

Martin 47

Oh that's easy, you find it really difficult to hold a referendum.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

Martin 47

Re: What happened to all the older search engines?

Have you tried 'deep search'?

https://deepsearch.tsignal.io/

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Martin 47

Bloody hell, they do have a point.

If i lived there I would be looking at it as an accident waiting to happen, and I wouldn't be waiting too long either.

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

Martin 47

Re: This is terrible.

Well I'm convinced

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Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

Martin 47

The interesting thing is that to make money out of very poor people you have to enable them to make money.

Of course if it's your competitor trying to do it then, fuck 'em the poor can wait.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Martin 47

Re: Built-in Skype

You need the mastermind app on the echo, although a smart or feature phone is also needed

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

Martin 47

Since operating systems aren’t an end in themselves, but merely a means to an end, a means of running something that alleviates your grunt work (like dBase or Lotus 1-2-3 at the time), the advantages of OS/2 were pretty elusive.

Think someone needs to mention that to Microsoft

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

Martin 47

Re: That college name

It's in the USA so more likely didn't know how to spell it.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

Martin 47

Unfortunately the only way to disable the promo blaster is as follows:

Trust me there are other ways.......

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Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

Martin 47

Spending $350 on a doorbell has demonstrated your a sucker, all they are doing is having another dip in the suckers pockets, pretty standard practice really.

No point in looking for suckers unless your going to milk 'em dry.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

Martin 47

Yes but, without DRM would people pay the inflated prices the media industry charge?

Exactly, think of all the poor media execs etc that would suffer.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

Martin 47

I've said it before (and now I'm going to say it again)

If any business relies on paying people less than minimum wage then it's a crap business

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

Martin 47

Bloody kids, think they know/invent everything.

Back when I were a youth the approved method of fixing vertical hold problems on a TV was to give the blooming thing a thump on the side.

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

Martin 47

It was an excellent feature on the windows phone however, how much of that was because it was on a phone? Quite a lot I suspect.

When will Microsoft realise that people use different tools for different jobs?

For most users a phone is for keeping in touch with people a PC is for work.

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

Martin 47

If your single and/or home alone or have your own office then talking to a bot to get info might make sense.

For the rest of the world what bloody use are they?

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

Martin 47

Re: "Holidays and electronics"

but there's nothing to stoo a travel agent, say, accepting payments for thousands.

.........except it's never going to bloody well happen with my phone

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Martin 47

Anyone care to guess how long it will be before an 'update' (shouldn't that be 'downdate'?) reinstalls the nagware albeit in a slightly different form?

I'm going with before the end of the month

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

Martin 47

How many of us, when visiting someone whose place has some of these buttons, could resist pressing one, or more, of them a few times?

I would like to think I could but unfortunately suspect the truth may be different.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Martin 47

Re: is there a comprehensive list of cockups?

AhHa! I've spotted the problem, it's clearly the wrong sort of turnip.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Martin 47

Of course the seats had bags and coats on them, how else were Corbyn and his team going to find somewhere to sit when they had finished filming?

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MoD flings £800m at Dragons' Den miltech startup wheeze as post-Brexit costs bite

Martin 47

Re: Hahaha!

Actually no, it's based on the assumption that the exchange rate will continue to fall steadily for the next two years, wish I had that crystal ball.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

Martin 47

Re: Can you change the strap?

Fitbit Alta is the one you want

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

Martin 47

If your business, any business, relies on people earning less than minimum wage then it's a pretty crap business,

just saying

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

Martin 47

Not got a phone, tv, pc etc in your house then?

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

Martin 47

......and how do you feel about the vapour given off from coffee, or tea, or food, or in other people's exhaled air?

Perhaps we should ban everything that may emit vapour and make everyone live outside and stay more than 2 metres apart, just to be safe.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

Martin 47

Re: Deja vu?

As the old saying goes

'It doesn't matter who you vote for, the government still gets in'

Or something like that

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

Martin 47

Dear Windows

Fuck Off

Please

Thanks

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

Martin 47

What's wrong with using a shotgun, especially as most airports already have a bloke driving around with one in his truck

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Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

Martin 47

Re: What's a "parking day"?

I think it's a day when they eat http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1751649/yorkshire-parkin

......although, typically they are spelling parkin wrong

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

Martin 47

Re: It's true - what goes around ....

and let deceleration take over.

Well yes but unfortunately the 'deceleration' would only take effect when it made planetfall and then may be a tad too abrupt.

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

Martin 47

Re: Since you can't just write "Trump is a poopyhead!"

Well at least we now know where Trump gets his hair from.

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

Martin 47

Re: Boondoggle.

I think the phrase your looking for is 'pork barrel politics'

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Martin 47

Virtually everything you need to harden a network to the point of complete invulnerability is available free of charge

Really, I think the article your commenting on disagrees with you somewhat.

As do I

Bet you work for Sony

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GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

Martin 47
Joke

Re: Too much good TV on El Reg lately

You got a link to this other el reg site your on about?

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Roamers rejoice! Google Maps gets offline regional navigation

Martin 47

Re: Here Maps

.....and Nokia here works fine offline on Android too (and probably other OS's)

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

Martin 47

......and just how is the drone or driverless truck going to post a letter through a letterbox?

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

Martin 47

Re: Fact check on aisle 7

'Hummocky' is one of those words which are scientifiky longhand for 'WTF'

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TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

Martin 47

Cos all those pitchforks you bought will go to waste

I don't think so

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

Martin 47

Re: Shell convergence > OS Convergence > device convergence?

Well its a bit early but, go on then, I'll have a pint of whatever your drinking

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Rosetta probe delivers jaw-to-the-floor find: Molecular oxygen

Martin 47

So the comets atmosphere is almost 4% oxygen? OK it's 4% of not a lot but bloody hell 'jaw dropping' is pretty apt.

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Huawei Q3 shipments soar, expects to shift 100 million mobes abroad this year

Martin 47

Huawei has been largely frozen out of the US market, after the White House cited national security concerns.

Well that caused a spike in my irony meter.

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Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

Martin 47

Re: Translation:

.......and of course the NSA has all the judges browsing history

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Martin 47

Oooh look what I found http://www.timworstall.com/

As others have said its a shame that el reg can no longer afford him, must be all those ad blockers were using

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

Martin 47

Re: Say what you like about Hollywood Hackers

I particularly love the ones who can stare at a screen of hex and infer something important for the plot from it (beyond 'oh look, a bunch of hex')

I can do that, after staring at the screen for less than 30 seconds I regularly (used) to infer that I am not down the pub at the moment but soon will be.

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CISA blowup: 'Web giants sharing private info isn't about security – it's state surveillance'

Martin 47

Ooh look at the pretty smoke reflected in those mirrors

Would someone care to explain how the American senate improving (or removing) privacy rights for American citizens has any effect on non existent privacy rights for non Americans?

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Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare

Martin 47

Re: Nice deflective wording

What they actually mean is

'The bloke who pours the gloop into the bottles from a bucket lost the funnel'

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Martin 47

Re: Gaming the system

The obvious answer is that all manufacturers are doing it.

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Google accuses SEO biz Local Lighthouse of false claims, robo-calls

Martin 47

Honest cold call company's?

If somehow we could get rid of these companies whilst keeping the honest ones, the process would be much more accepted.

Well yes but only because there aren't any 'honest' cold call company's

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