* Posts by TRT

6142 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Boffins build cyborg snails to generate electricity

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going well on Shell!

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Apple iPad 3 packs LAPTOP battery

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Re: Oh well, bigger screen and more pixels == bigger battery

But it's the same surface area, so the same light density, no?

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Virgin Media snags London Underground Wi-Fi monopoly

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So long as they can sort out auto-connect better than The Cloud. Currently with The Cloud you have to type in passwords and usernames (except Phones 4U customers) on a web page that comes up as a result of DNS redirection, meaning the whole process takes several minutes. This means you have to get your device out in public (mugging/snatch risk), reveal your password to shoulder surfers etc. If the whole connect and verify process can take under 15 seconds, then you could, just, pick up your emails as you go through a station.

Also, the correlation of WiFi hardware addresses with GPS data might break unless there is some mechanism for manually entering the geo-location data, which means that a geo-logging service, like Track My iPhone or the security services, could follow you within a station. There is also the possiblity it could be used for terrorist activity, but there are enough other ways to achieve that kind of disruption.

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I've seen the London Underground version of Monopoly...

is there a Virgin monopoly set as well?

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Xbox 360 video cable boasts NOISE VIRUS protection

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I love the noise viruses make...

that crisp, crunchy sound as you grind them underfoot.

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Readers suggest LOHAN mount single mighty rod

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Re: Why...

rod then.

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Why...

Are you using a rail at all?

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TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

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Re: Disgusting

Hmm... so, in order to get the number one spot... Britain's Talent's Got The Strictly Dancing On Ice Factor On A Phone.

This time next year, Rodders...

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Re: @TRT

@Dan 55

I think I'd reassess my time-management if that were the case. If I never saw a programme, I don't think it would be life threatening. If I wanted to watch it that much, I'd make time to. I never count a commute as 'otherwise wasted time' because I watch the people, watch the world, look out of the window.

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I've seen people...

consuming digital media on their iPads, iPhones etc and wondered why? Why would one want to watch a film on the train with people jostling you to get past (because you've not noticed someone fidgeting as you approach their station), the screen rocking all over the place, the sun reflecting off the screen at a crucial moment... No, I'd far rather wait until I got in, could shut the curtains if the sun was a nuisance, settle down in my comfy chair with a cup of tea and a bag of crisps / plate of food, turn the surround amp on, and then watch ST:TNG or whatever it was. I mean, isn't that just doing the programme makers a courtesy, making sure you can concentrate on their programme making? And what about the tiny details in the background of a crime drama? The time on the clock on the mantlepiece and the half-empty wine glass? Watch it on an iPhone and during the detective's reveal you would be going, "Eh? What mantlepiece? I didn't even see the fireplace."

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

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Re: Green Dragon?

So long as they serve butter beer and Bree.

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Re: Bad feeling...

"It's trademark not copyright."

Dammit, Jim, I'm a geek not a lawyer... :-)

(When can we have a Star Trek icon, El Reg?)

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Re: Funny

Well, it has us lot Tolkein about it. Sorry.

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Bad feeling...

why the f**k don't these kinds of people not just look at the history of a place and say "you know, we have to protect our interests, but we'd rather work with you than against you, so you can license what you are currently using for a peppercorn fee until the copyright expires."

Besides, you can't copyright FACT.

Has anyone got any pictures of these guys? As agents of the dark side, you'd think they'd look fairer yet feel fouler.

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Submarine cables get simpler, faster

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And on the same page of El Reg...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/14/neutrino_comms_demonstration/

Boffins render fibre obsolete -

Just point your neutrino gun and say hello

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Thunderbolt to go optical in 2012, says Intel

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Re: @ Charles 9

resistance is useless.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss takes to the air

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Single cluster connected to one end by, say 5m ropes, to the other end by 8m ropes, rocket launched from a tube in the centre of the truss.

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Finders of lost mobes can't resist staring at privates

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Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.

Not that I'd want an iPhone to use as a phone anyway. I'd rather have a phone to do that, you know, something where the battery lasts more than 12 hours between charges. I have an iPod which can bluetooth PAN to the 3G network if I really find I need data access in the middle of a field or somewhere.

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Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.

Actually my iPod; I can't afford an iPhone. And I do have two mobiles, private and general.

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Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.

I stuck a label with my name and mobile number on the back of mine. Simple.

Or get it engraved.

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The seven types of commentard

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Re: Ok

I think the "stages of a forum" fits the Douglas Adams model; survival, inquiry and sophistication.

Thus

(1) Survival - membership is the lifeblood of a forum, so let's attract as many members as possible.

(2) Inquiry - Why do our members come here? What do they get from our forum? What does the forum get from them?

and (3) Sophistication - Sorry, you're not on the guest list.

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Wind-up robot in near-space musical experience

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Re: It was a big hit for the robot...

I'm wondering if there exists a space-to-Earth descent video of an inflatable whale, possibly with Jean Michelle Jarre's "Oxygene" or the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's "Whale Theme" dubbed onto it?

(Thumb icon for obvious hitch-hiking connotations)

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Re: To Bold Plastic Robot

No, but (with a faux Japanese accent)

"To Ro-bbie go, where no-one has gone befoe!"

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It was a big hit for the robot...

right at the very end.

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Re: No surprise there

I use mine all the time thanks to that bloody stupid bit of kit that stops you using VCD etc. to make a clone of a CD/DVD.

I'd rather not handle my install media every time I want to play a game. Looks like I won't have to handle it now, though.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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Re: Any of US have a clue?

The letters are Elvish, but the language is that of Mordor...

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Microsoft tech turns any object into a touchscreen

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I watched the video...

was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

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Re: Raspberry Jammed

Damn! Pipped at the post.

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Re: Thank heavens

Dunno. I reckon PoE would be a rather useful thing for this little gadget to have.

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Restaurant takes the piss, recycles it as fertiliser

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Re: But, as the BOFH would

I. P.

Lol.

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Sun belches wonking solar flare

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Re: Woohoo

Meh. Flares are so 70s.

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

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Re: To bold Lego...

To be fair, I don't think I was the first to say that. It's so obvious, it must have been done before somewhere.

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Re: To bold Lego...

Oddly enough, my two most up-voted comments have both been Trek related. I think that says a lot about the El Reg readership, and possibly indicates a new icon requirement.

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Re: To bold Lego...

Why thank you. And the same back to you, all of you "well played" commentatorards. It took me a while to get it; nicely done.

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Re: What about the rocket??

I would have been even more impressed if they had deployed one of these:

http://tinyurl.com/74vdm7e

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Suitably-endowed punters lured into bonking for Vaseline loving

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It's bad enough...

with all the bluetooth adverts beamed at your phone when you go to the cinema. Mind you, that is one way to make sure you have your phone switched off in there.

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Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

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Re: Bring it on...

Citron?

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Alert

Re: Bring it on...

Well, let's put it this way, you'd expect some individual car models to be lemons, but for the French, it's a whole make.

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Re: Struggling to see the point?

Re. setting an engine speed independent of road speed. That would be a drive-chain similar to the one in the Prius (infinitely variable planetary system or the Synergy as they call it). I don't think this one has continuously variable transmission, just the usual stepped kind. When using the engine to turn the alternator, yes, disengage the clutch and run it at its most efficient speed and under Atkinson cycle timings, but when it is driving the wheels using set gear ratios, you can't do that.

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Re: Complicated electrics and French?

God yes. The building where I work was a PPI job with a French company. There's been a power cut almost every other weekend for the last two years fixing problems, and in the last 6 years, we've lost 20 working weekdays to dodgy power supply components, all of which were French and needed couriering from overseas.

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Re: If ...

That Metro Ui looks like a bowl of angry fruit salad. With added Haribo.

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Re: Oh well...

I beg to differ. Bend over, Richard!

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Eric Schmidt flicks INTERSTELLAR TOWEL at top tech fair

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Re: Marvellous

It's worse than that, Jim.

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Re: If he's a fan of HHGTTG....

To be fair, I don't think Google *has* a complaints division. Oh, you said Marketing Division. Carry on, ignore me.

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Google ups max Android app size to 4GB

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Data files, e.g. offline maps.

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Ford: kick your car to open the boot

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Re: So...

Real style, of course, would involve training a robot monkey butler to open the tailgate for you.

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Re: Clever!

No, but you can activate the automatic distress call to summon a tow-truck by beating the bonnet with the branch of a tree.

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Retro...

Presumably the ignition is activated by making large circular gestures towards the bottom of the radiator grill?

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