* Posts by Sartori

94 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend


Counts as reporting? El Reg creating a BezosBonkBot? It's the kind of reporting you do best! I guess Mr Bezos is wanting to play the field a bit, ya know, before he's past his Prime. I know......but it is Friday.....

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


Re: Hmm ...

*applauds* your idea, and definitely deserving of a beer. Happy Friday, that's a great comment :)

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years


Re: Price is still not anywhere near "work phone" bracket

If you go through the official website and click on Buy Now, they show 2 sellers, and Unlocked Mobiles have it in stock for £290.83 + a pricey £12.80 postage. Or the other link goes to Clove who have it for the stated £349.

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM


Re: 3AM Eternal

If they did, I'm sure it was justified (and quite possibly ancient).

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt



What a fantastic read, Voyager has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Wonderful to hear from someone who has been so involved with it from the start. Thank you for a great article, and all the earlier articles on Voyager!

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'


Excellent BOFH

One of the best BOFH's in a long while, an absolute classic, brightened up my day no end.

I have never been unfortunate enough to have a work accident, thankfully. However, like AC said earlier, the one and only time i *almost* did, I was chatting to a colleague, and as someone needed to get past us, I backed up a little to give them space, and very very nearly went flying over a 'Wet Floor' yellow sandwich board. It does make me wonder what % of accidents in the workplace are caused *BY* Health & Safety....

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


I think that's one of the dangers of buying a 'new' phone that has already been out quite a while at the time of purchase. The S6 was released on 10th April 2015, so it's a 3 year old device, even if yours is only 14 months old. On the positive side, you get a phone for (usually) a considerable reduction compared to it just having been released. There is the downside you described as well though......

Blackberry snaps, yakkity-yak Snapchat app brats slapped with patent trap rap


No thanks, I'd rather have a nice cup of tea.

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76


What a time....

When I was just a child, and started hearing about Einstein at school and all that he did for science, I thought to myself 'Imagine being alive while such a genius was around.....' Well, guess what, we have been. Not only a fantastic scientist but great sense of humour and an inspiration for generations to come.

RIP and all the best to his loving family.

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches



Queen Of The Dessert? That's a confectionary, right?

UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report


I hadn't checked for ages on availability for mine but you prompted me to. Mercifully, I have Virgin fibre for my broadband as BT's offering has always been dire where I live. So, let's see what is on offer today shall we:

Estimated speeds


512k Lowest assured download speed

Oh, and I also get the 5 months blah blah for fibre message too. I'm a little South of you, on the Wirral, if anything changes in the next 5 months I'll be suitably astonished.

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name



Well, Virgin Media is pretty much encouraging me to swear today anyway, as their spam filter seems to have been placed into the 'Off' position. My inbox is being flooded by all sorts, I'd rather have the spam filter working than a profanity filter, thank you very much.

You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'


Just what we need...

Won't somebody save arseho...... erm..... our soles!!

It's a bit of a shame Sneakernet is already a thing.

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars


Incredible, well done all!

Cassini really has been a remarkable spacecraft, it will be a little sad when it meets its demise. Congratulations to everyone on the team who made it such a huge success!

BOFH: Don't back up in anger



Best one in a while, loved it, thanks for bringing some good laughs on a Friday! :)

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg



Just completed the Free The Press form, only takes a few seconds to do, good luck El Reg, hope many more people sign up too!

Lester Haines: RIP


Re: :'(

Currently at 55 upvotes, I would add mine, but 55 seems a good place to leave it.


Thank you Lester!

Wow, this came as a shock today, have read, laughed and loved many of his articles over the years. He was most definitely a big part of El Reg and one of the writers whose articles I would always look out for.

Very sad to hear this, RIP and hope that his friends and family take some small solice in how many people loved what he did and will remember him fondly. Here's to you Lester!

Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch


Yep, that's been my approach too, albeit wine, rather than cider in my case. It definitely makes the whole proceedings a lot more fun :)

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good


Re: Surely...

Well, he is usually pretty good with vacuum's

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!



When the first car with one of these fitted, crashes, do we officially have the Internet Of Dings?

Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw


Bet that costs an arm & a leg

Especially if you screw up the landing.....

Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening


Interesting to see it made the news here, in the North West I noticed the email service was down last night but fibre broadband was working fine, thankfully.

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse


Terribly sad that Sir Terry has passed. So many happy memories of how his books over the years have made me laugh, smile and think.

I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing once in Liverpool. He was all smiles, witty and so much time given with a sense of fun to all the many fans who queued to see him.

A man who mixed childlike wonder, silliness, endless imagination, with wisdom, sharp wit and intelligence in his work.

He will be missed by millions, thoughts with his family and friends. RIP.

Nationwide Building Society's services out for the count


Re: It seems to be working again now

Yeah it was down but only briefly, all good again

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept


Re: Time to rebrand HR....

Now that's a proper HR department!

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone


Sound quality / updates ....

Would be nice if the review included something on audio quality through headphones. As phones these days are the modern 'iPods' for most people it would be good to know.

Also, what are Huawei like for Android updates? Good, or forget about it? If they're hopeless can another ROM easily be flashed to these things?

Seems a good spec for the price, phone looks nice, UI looks pretty awful but another launcher could fix that. With the Nexus 5 currently down to £249 in CPW I wonder how they both compare.

Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up


Re: just not interested...

That was exactly my thought too. I really like it, but not at those prices. It may well find a market but I suspect it's going to be a fairly niche one. On the upside, those Surface 2 tabs should drop in price pretty soon.

Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th


Re: £100!

And you won't have to...... as stated in the article that's for "Premium" Beta access for super keen people who absolutely *must* get in there early.

For the rest of us, we'll just wait until it's released, wait for some reviews and if it seems any good, buy it for a more normal price.

Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars


Re: False story...

Media blowing things out of all proportion? Surely not!

Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted


Re: How much does..

They do get a lot from selling their TV abroad, The Voice however isn't a BBC original unlike the rest as they pay a stupid amount of money out each year to broadcast it -

"The BBC has splashed out an astonishing £22million on a reality entertainment show to take on The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings war.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen signed a two-year deal to secure the UK rights for The Voice, which is already a success in the U.S. and Holland.

The cost to the Corporation is likely to be ramped up still further as it looks to sign up a big-name judging panel."

Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?


Nobel prize incoming

How can we nominate El Reg for a Nobel prize for coming up with this recipe for heightened awareness and glorious health?

Also, can we get bacon classed as a 'superfood' somehow please?

Happy Friday :)

HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens


Same here, had it since release and it's still a brilliant phone. I'm actually due an upgrade next week but I don't really see anything dramatically better out there. I might just stick with it a while longer and reduce the monthly payments until I see something that catches my eye.

Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan


Re: Shove your Win8 where the sun don't shine

Quote "if Microsoft tried to screw me like this" - I suppose the years of telling people they needed to upgrade from an ancient OS to get continued support and even extending the support cover so people had even more time than was originally published.......yep, must be MS fault


Re: What will they actually get for the $200m?

It tells you that in the article "Under extended support Microsoft will deploy dedicated engineers to paying customers, who keep releasing fresh security patches after the April cut off."

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it


Re: Streaming in the car?

I recently gave this a try too but using an Android app called Livio Radio (as it includes a station I enjoy from the US) which includes some limited caching ability but I haven't felt the need to enable it yet. I do around 35 miles each way to work and back along a mix of motorway and local roads. The most it has cut out was twice, each time it started streaming again in a few seconds. This was on the 3 network too.

Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service


Re: Little true choice

Exactly the same here, if I move to ADSL then the speed I can expect is somewhere between 1 and 3meg, woohoo!

Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive


Blakes 7 was without doubt my favourite SciFi as a kid, if it's a really good remake then I will be very happy. What are the chances of that though? I hope it's good but can't help getting that sinking feeling it will be really and truly shockingly awful.....

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB


Looks pretty good to me, for my uses anyway.

I do use Twitter, browse websites like the register/various news sites, Instagram, some online video clips, listen to music, google maps, browse ebay.

I don't make lots of phone calls, do much gaming, or watch full movies, iplayer, or need the latest quad core mega HD battery devouring tech, I would rather have a good size easy to read screen with a decent battery life.

I don't want to carry a tablet with me and need a seperate phone, so this pretty much meets my needs without actually costing £500+ for the latest flagship that eats batteries and in the case of some of them, can't have the battery swapped when it does run low.

No question it won't suit everyone but it's definitely one I will be considering.

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?



It says a lot when you get people in mobile phone forums saying oh i'm an audiophile while listening to music on a phone consisting of audio processing to the sum total of a few $ at best while plugging in their in ear headphones. Or if they think they're really going overboard some cheap USB DAC.

Expectations seem to have dropped considerably, the only plus side seems to be that less people are now satisfied with truly awful bargain basement headphones.

Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders


Re: Learning from Apple

Who the hell will want a tablet that only has 8GB storage?

Well me for starters, and plenty of other people I expect who want to browse the web on it, use email, listen to a bit of music, online radio, read ebooks etc etc. Not everyone needs to have a digital music/video jukebox constantly loaded to their kit. For those who do then yes, they need more storage but that's not everyone, very far from it.

I haven't bought one yet because I'm waiting for any initial production issues to be ironed out, I was already caught out by getting the HTC One X on release date and took 4 phones to get one that was put together properly. Early adopter again? Sod that......

Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce


I'm sure if Samsung wanted to push out plain vanilla Android to their phones they could do so very quickly, Galaxy Nexus for example. Since they insist on having their own customised interface on their phones then it's going to take longer and that's their own choice.

Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech


Completely agree, male or female, as a teenager there is so much pressure to try and blend in as those who stand out from the crowd can often end up isolated and/or bullied.

HTC handsets hit by grip of death


Re: HTC - Ridiculous suggestion

"Hands up anyone who has renewed their mobile phone contract, and the provider has sent out a new SIM card for exactly the same number ? It just doesn't happen."

Always happens for me, for example at work we use Orange as our provider and whenever a new phone / Blackberry / whatever is sent out to replace someones old one it comes with a new SIM and they always say to use the new one rather then the old one. The just deactivate the old SIM and activate the new one with the same number. If i get a handset upgrade on my personal mobile contract this has happened for at least the last two or three changes.



I'm the first to criticize the One X when it comes to the horrendous build quality of early release stock. It took 4 swap outs from 3UK before I got one that was of a reasonable build. Issues included Gorilla Glass not fitted correctly, yellow spots visible on the screen where there was a glue issue, discoloured displays. Finally got a later revision and the only issue I noticed early on with all of them was that the signal strength did not seem as high as on my previous Desire. After a software update this problem went away.

So far though I have had no issues with 'grip of death', wifi or laggy games. Happily in the situation where I now have no issues after some initial pain, the joys of the early adopter I guess!

Space: 1999 returning to TV?


Yep, if they're going to remake something, Blakes 7 would be the one i'd like to see, great plots and with some decent current actors it has great potential for a remake! Even with the cheap sets etc the atmosphere was fantastic because of the storylines.

Blushing HTC too coy to admit sales figures



My experience with HTC varies massively to most of the posts here. Either only people who have problems with them can be bothered posting or I and several friends have been very very lucky.

My HTC Desire is coming up to 2 years old, still working great and never had a problem with it. The battery is just as good as new, wish I could say the same for Dell laptops for example. Great for changing ROM's on as well, running ICS very nicely at the moment. Friend of mine had the same as me, no problems and changed over to the Sensation which has been running well too. The only person I know who had an issue, their daughters Wildfire S went faulty, HTC had it fixed and returned in a few days - this was within the last few weeks, I know they had problems late last year reported on Watchdog, seems to be that it has improved or again, he was very lucky.

First phone I have ever owned by them, but I'd consider another one when my contract is up in a few months. As someone else has said though, there doesn't seem to have been a big leap forward with the current models. HTC Edge does look promising, but so does the Xperia S among others.

Tesla 300-mile e-car UK debut set for 2013


How safe are these huge batteries?

How many times have we seen truly scary video clips of laptop batteries turning into a fireball? Scale this up to the ones in these electric cars and I'm not sure I'd want to be paying a small fortune for what could be a WMD. I have no idea what safety is in place so it's a genuine question.

HTC Sensation XL


Strange, I have a HTC Desire, not a Sensation, but I know several friends who got one and they have had no issues whatsoever. I'd be happy to give you £50 for it and do what most sensible people do with a faulty phone and return it to HTC under warranty. I haven't noticed if their phones came preinstalled with any apps though if it's just stuff like Facebook and Twitter and I didn't want them I suspect I'd just not use them until such time as I wanted to change the ROM (usually about 24 hours after getting the phone in my case).

As much as the bigger screen of the XL is tempting the XE is far more likely to be the replacement for my Desire when my contract is up in May. Though that depends on what else comes out between now and then.


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