* Posts by TRT

6424 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Re: Had enough of Microsoft.. start menu whingers

Any interface that demands the pre-requisite knowledge that you have to hover the pointer over this particular screen edge and quickly move it in a certain way in order to access e.g. the settings menu is f***ed up big time. The whole idea of WIMP and GUI is exactly that, it's got visual feedback. Out of the box, Windows 8 alienates the end user. OK, so with OSX you can hide the dock etc. but you can control that behaviour - hot corners turned off by default, dock hiding turned off by default etc etc. Windows 8, turn it on and it's not so much an OOBE, but a WTF?E

A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Re: Or to put it another way

I prefer the look and feel of the older iOS. Now if they put in controls to choose retro or 7 look...

iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

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Re: Avoidance

Apple should be able to know from the hardware codes who is carrying a non-Apple mobile network device and target their sales teams appropriately. So next time someone sidles up to you and starts doing rather too obviously some very cool shit on their iDevice which *might* just tempt you to convert...

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Re: Airplane Mode

What are they going to call it now that you seem to be able to use your cell/mobile in-flight? Will it become some kind of an anachronism that people will laugh about in 20 years time? "Oh yes, well back in the noughties you had to turn your phone off whilst you were on an aeroplane...I know!"

Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: Doubt it will KILL them...

Daleks require radiation to survive...

Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

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Re: Amid the predictable puerile jokes....

The male version will come as some sort of testicular sling. No doubt with voice feedback built in, given that Microsoft is well known for talking bollocks.

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Re: Haptic feedback buttons...

It needs a bit of tweaking.

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Re: Amid the predictable puerile jokes....

I misread the BBC's headline coverage of this at first...

"Microsoft working on a smart bra to measure mood"

Easy to get 'd' and 'b' mixed up...

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Re: Fondleslab ...

I'm surprised Ogle, sorry Google, haven't come out with their own. Or are they going for some sort of cod piece?

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Re: Data sample a whole 12 people

It's bigger than the usability panel testers for Word 2007/2010... what ever happened to drop down menus? And will this device similarly feature a multitude of tabs which have no discernible function?

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Does it have any virus protection?

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It's got a couple of Raspberries built in.

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Re: Amid the predictable puerile jokes....

Helloo..... what's this? Ah, haptic feedback button... or is it cold in here?

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The swinging 60s?

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Re: As with all the newer MS products...

I expect it's only available wireless...

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Re: I'm Sorry....

Do you have to sign a disclosure agreement?

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Re: And let the flood of ...

"Mammary overflow error at 0x48FF"

Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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I see the world...

is covered in suckers.

Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Cooking fat?

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Re: I never saw the point of this concept.

Precise? It's vague as anything and heavily dependent on context. And it's always changing... what's really picking my pepper at the moment is Argos (and now it's spreading to other retailers too) and their "Get up to half-price off"... GRAHHHHHH!!!! It makes me mad even typing it.

The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Oddly enough...

our organisation has just done this and availability of the email system has dropped from 99.9% under the old 'nix regime to only 95%. Add that to the frustrations people are having with the web access version of Outlook, which doesn't seem to work properly on Firefox, and the random daily incompatibility quirks with Apple devices, and there are certain people in ISS who are beginning to wonder if it was such a good move after all. Particularly as the Microsoft rep ate all the Jammy Dodgers.

Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive

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I thought Comet broke up...

around November 2012.

DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

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Re: Yes, digital is always better than analogue

If you do that, you'll find that nothing exists at all, really. It's all just probability.

Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

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Is there not...

a simple URL you can use to trigger these? Quickly slipped into the DNS... and the whole department goes down one by one as they use their browsers. And with suitable headscratching and umming until they look away where you can press the escape key and your reputation score increases.

COMET ISON's sun dive climax: RENDEZVOUS with DESTINY

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Re: Did anyone see

Comet Encke?

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Re: Did anyone see

Yeah, what was that?

WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Fish tanks on the internet...

The internet stuff and water monitoring was made by YSI, linked above. The tanks are just standard rank mounted jobs for bulk fish breeding.

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Fish tanks on the internet...

is not new. Had several aquaria here (work, a big university) hooked up for years, mate.

http://www.ysi.com/index.php

Adorable, much-loved SEAHORSES are VICIOUS SLURPING KILLERS

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Two of the authors...

come from Texas. Yeeeehaaaawwww!!! Saddle up and ride 'em scuba-boy.

London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

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Re: Distribution? How about the Post Office Railway?

They're planning to open it up as a museum soon, preserving as much as possible and even running a passenger service to the cafe.

Shame it can't do something more useful... they did even consider it as a means of removing Cross-Rail spoil, but that didn't work out.

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Re: Reliable IT.

Can we have a sarcasm tag on this please?

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Re: Except...

And have you seen how much the fare take is? 1% of a very lot is a lot. And the point I was making is that if TfL says you can't use cash any more, then there will be a large portion of the travelling public, i.e. society, that will be locked out of the system.

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Re: Except...

By 2015, society will NOT be cashless. No way. Nor do I believe it ever will be.

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Re: Except...

Oh! I don't recall having seen an ATM built into a ticket office... where are those?

The article is about Amazon wanting to use the space "freed up" by no longer having ticket offices as parcel collection points. But the space isn't always "freed up" because the ticket office is usually the station's secure storage area for holding cash taken by the windows (to be replaced by machines no doubt) and the ticket machines and store the blank paper stock used for printing tickets onto etc. In order to prevent staff wandering around busy and crowded ticket halls carrying loads of cash and revealing the design of the machines to the public, they often open from behind EXACTLY like an ATM into a secure physical area, which is often off the ticket hall.

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Except...

That the ticket offices are built to a specific physical standard because of all the cash etc, so they are not easy to change structurally, and they still need somewhere to keep the cash from the ticket machines and a means of getting access to the rear of some designs of the machines for maintenance...

BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: Ditch the DOG

Viva is one of the most intrusive. Pint of Lager is almost unwatchable.

Boffins baffled after Sun fails to fry satellites

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Lots of suns have a North...

of some suns have lots of North... one or the other.

Who knows?

Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: How long did he do it?

"...don't get some good shoes for the job."

Well, I ordered some decent shoes off Amazon, but they took so long to arrive...

'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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Re: No idea

Vulvuzela?

Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Oh Christ, not another one...

e-cigs are a time bomb.

There are two key papers out there already. One discusses the quality of these vaporisers, namely a nichrome wire which heats up and cools down repeatedly, sloughing off nano-particles of nickel into the vapour stream which you pull deep into your lungs, and the other discusses the effect of nickel nano-particles on the brains of both mice and humans. Turns out they can start off the cascade of neuron death that becomes Alzheimer's.

Like asbestos and thalidomide, this is another tragedy-in-waiting.

Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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I have to agree with Terrance.

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Re: Am I the only one

That was excellent... finding a bizarre and intricate way of using the sonic to get them out of an unlocked prison cell... :D

From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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So the Judoon...

are Australian?

BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

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It will rub the lotion into its skin.

What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Re: With this device I can rule the world!

An apple a day...

Mwah ha ha ha!

Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Re: (marketing?)

Dr Who fans who deluge Nicola Bryant with telephone calls...

Peri-dial-whovians?

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Re: Not a DR Who Fan

Nails with a nail in it.

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Re: Well hello ducky...

To paraphrase Hot Tub Time Machine...

"Time travel open up so many possibilities. We could prevent One Direction...(pause)"

"Prevent One Direction doing what?"

"...(Stare)..."

The right time to drink coffee

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Re: Personally,

The best time to drink coffee is about 15-20 minutes before some event I'm so desperate to get out of that a bout of extreme stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea seems to be the preferable alternative..

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