* Posts by TheRealRoland

586 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009

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WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

TheRealRoland

Re: And the content has not improved since then.

Two tin cans, length of string, and a person at either end with a very good memory. If you have multiple people at either end willing to sit in, you can customize the voice a bit.

I see a new market emerge...

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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Re: Surprised Gaelic speaking people haven't pointed this out

I'll get my coat, hiding that box of Lucky Charms...

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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"Tungsten Carbide drills?! What the hell are Tungsten Carbide drills?!"

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: If you're looking for a challenge...

Woooollfiieeee!

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Was waiting for these comments, leaving satisfied.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: @ Mr. Benny -- "Prevaricating" means "lying"

Just convert it to Fahrenheit, then it'll all make more sense.

TheRealRoland

Re: Prevaricating?

Trying to come up with some actual examples. but "How are you doing? Oh, could be worse" is not one of those, i feel.

R.

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Re: You'd think people bright enough to train bees to do arithmetic

Who?

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

They are higher in alcohol content, that's true...

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: 56k?

Ahem. '

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Meh

So, reading even the marketing fluff, Watson Workplace is nothing more than a 'built from the ground up' collaboration work space, with some Watson words sprinkled in. No wonder IBM says that SameTime is a good alternative.

In my mind, this shows the mindless bandwagon-y trend of calling everything AI, even if something's just analytics and trends... Good riddance.

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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Re: deepfake?

Yeah, if you want crazy right-wing, watch KOMO (ABC, Seattle) in the morning. I think around 6am they are playing 'must-run' 'news segments' about all the current dangers from illegal immigrants, etc. KOMO is Sinclair-owned.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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Re: Astronomical

Keep in mind though, 3 in 2 people are bad at statistics... so keep it simple :-)

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech

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"Those nerds with their radio telescopes. Bah! As if you can make radio waves visible! Ha!"

"Step aside, this is for the greater good (of me and my friends!)"

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Oh, and i want my akira bike, please.

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I'll be over there, sitting with the olds.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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*GASP*

Nested comments!

Be still, my heart.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: Not enough coffee...

Never mind - i saw that in the actions menu you can execute all changes with one click - and indeed, when something's switched off, and the column says 'recommended' - it needs to be switched on.

carry on.

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Not enough coffee...

ShutUp10 - maybe i'm reading between lines, and being ESL, here's an example where i get confused:

Take the first entry in the list of things that can be switched on and off to do 'stuff'.

setting: Sharing of Handwriting data disabled

button is showing red: so this is not yet switched on?

the Recommended column says 'yes'

What's the logic pretzel that i need to visualize? Is it:

it's switched off right now; but I should switch this setting on, based on the recommended column's suggestion, so that it's disabling the sharing of handwriting?

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Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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i see and hear this part of the conversation more and more often: "I'm already paying taxes to own a dog. Part of that money can go to staff someone to pick up the poo". Probably the same with "paying taxes" in general, and saying to hire somebody to clean up the mess.

Selfish bastards.

Amazon's self-driving AI robo-car – THE TRUTH (it's a few inches in size)

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Re: a 4MP camera with 1080p resolution

Lawrence of Arabia in Ultra-wide Cinemascope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYho_s24VHk

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: 2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

People laughed when I first showed them my samsung note 2. I still use that to control my Canon camera with, via USB :-)

Come to think of it, perhaps i can do something similar with my Blackberry Playbook...

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: Bah!

So it's a semantic issue about what's being made in this factory, while nature around it still gets polluted. I see another Superfund site for the near future :-)

People don't understand how important water is, especially in a country as big as the US. Private and community wells are always under threat of seepage, whether it is from ground fills, fracking or oil spills...

If this water is used for cooling, when it's spat out by the factory, that increases the water temperature around the factory, and will kill life in and around that water.

But yeah, let's argue about what's the purpose of the factory itself :-)

TheRealRoland

Haha! <nelson laugh>

Walker got voted out last night. But Wisconsin still stuck with this deal.

While Trump may not have been at the inception of this deal, he was more than happy to tag along for the political profit he would make.

A deal too far.

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

You must be new here. Playmobil or it didn't happen.

Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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Re: 50% restored (for me)

Go fly a kite, will ya?

BlackBerry, Sony, Honor and LG flash their new phones for all to see

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Re: Key2 LE : No gesture support, no sale

Yeah, i like the Hub. Not as integrated as on the BB10 (i sure miss the various little things BB10 did for me - like proivde one-click-connecting to phone meetings, how integrated everything was for traveling, stuff like that.

Worried about the patch support for the -03 Keyone model (the Verizon one) - but nothing i can do about that.

TheRealRoland

Re: Key2 LE : No gesture support, no sale

@Binky

What are the "other disadvantages of Blackberry." ? It's an android.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Cheaper QWERTY, but not for what's inside

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My guess, this is a phone for corporate bulk buyers. With enough scale that price will go down anyways. Solid, secure Blackberry, not rootable, etc. - they could be on to something.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Date format history - somewhere?

A couple of weeks ago I watched an ancestry-type show. Documents written in England in the 1600s apparently used the mm/dd/yyyy format back then. But now almost all European countries are using dd/mm/yyyy in their day to day communications. So I guess that's where the US format came from... And got stuck, after "the rest of the world' adopted dd/mm/yyyy as the regular date format

(sure, pedants will find exceptions, already highlighted in previous posts. But in general, i'm saying).

Interesting. Probably off topic. Still interesting.

BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?

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>If only it wasn't so incredibly expensive

Look into getting a KeyOne - it's still a good phone even though a newer one came out.

It's been working fine for me, having moved from a Passport, and wife from a Classic (or Q10, now i can't remember...)

Main reason for me dropping the Passport was that apps would no longer run in the older-Android-VM that the Passport was using. Not because it was a crap phone :-(

TheRealRoland

I would love to have one, but i just got one year into my KeyOne.

Is it me or are these product iterations getting shorter and shorter? Built-in obsolescence becoming an issue?

Looks nice and shiny, though. And while the BB apps on Android are still not what BB10 used to be (how integrated everything was in BB10!), it has improved a bunch over the last year.

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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Re: Phone or camera?

You know, i kinda disagree. I live by this rule: The Best Camera is NOT the One You Have With You.

When i walk around, on hikes, through town, other places, i'm certainly not always carrying my DSLR with me. But i see stuff where i would say 'damn, that's the money shot',. And try to get as best a shot with the camera i have on me - mostly my phone. But that makes that whole experience even better: you see something worthy of capturing, you have less than optimal gear with you, so then if the result is better than you expected, even better!

I live nearby a municipal airport where sometimes military planes do flybys. I use my 500mm zoomlens and not my phone for that. Phone would be useless; but then when going for static shots of those planes on the ground - that zoom lens is completely useless. I'm happy I have my phone with me, and that my phone takes pretty good quality photos (or is it the guy behind the camera...)

So to focus (geddit?) on picture quality in a smartphone review - totally warranted.

Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Re: Pass the salt...

Perhaps one of those mushroom brushes, to brush off the dirt?

New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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What's that sound?

Oh, must be the Royal Society of Putting Things on top of Other Things working overtime. In this case, stacking all the cash...

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: Obama

>So what have the Onion ever done to upset you? Or did you actually mean the vegetable?

Both probably made him cry.

SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Re: "The particularly large circular size of the shock wave"

I saw what you did there...

China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

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Re: Oak heatshields

http://www.chinook-helicopter.com/history/aircraft/C_Models/74-22292/74-22292.html - Walnut grit.

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Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites - nobody? Sigh.

Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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Re: Offensive content

>They just keep it hidden. Like good morons.

I like it. I had to read it twice to make sure i did not read what i wanted it to be. Can't imagine what the bad kind will do...

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: Use the Trump solution

At the least the State of Illinois begs to differ. .177 pellet gun is allowed without any permit, but for a .22 pellet gun you definitely need to have a permit.

AI racks up insane high scores after finding bug in ancient video game

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Re: "Chrabaszcz"

Nicknamed "Scrabble" ?

Actually: Marc Rzepczynski's (MLB Pitcher) nickname...

Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

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Still some stuff happening?

I see intermittent glitches on anything atlassian - JIRA, Confluence mainly; US East Coast, Central Time zone as well. It all seems stable, but even the main atlassian site itself was still down, a minute ago.

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

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WTF?

Guess i'm too late to preempt the commentards saying 'but it doesn't have an engine, so how could it damage the glider?' It would just 'slide off' or 'bump it out of the way'.

Idiots.

Put blinkenlights on them, dayglo orange mandatory colors. And. Don't. Fly. Near. An. Airport.

Follow. The. Frikkin. Rules.

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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Re: @TheOldGuy "But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists."

I was recently 'membered about Louis de Funès. Man, that was a trip down memory lane.

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: Commas are important...

>Let's eat Grandma!

>Let's eat, Grandma!

"Calling Donner party of five?"

"Over here! Now four!"

2018's first spacewalk bugged by software

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>Rebooting the robotic arm cleared the problem, but that set back the astronauts by roughly an hour.

As with anything in space, even rebooting an arm just goes slower, right?

The one with the environmental controls on it, please.

Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: I hit the lamp shade

Ah, Bucks Fizz... When we were young.

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: Success!

But what about the Women Tai?

Mine's the one with Mai Tais in all pockets.

TheRealRoland

Apparently it was a person already member of the team for 10 years, and has been reassigned other duties, but has not been fired.

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