* Posts by stuartnz

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: The Bixby assistant, helping Share & Enjoy Your Life (TM)

In my long ago far away teens, I had a shirt made that said this: http://likhaavat.com/share.jpg

in the life of the shirt, only ONE person remarked on it. Belgium!

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: And...

This is a gross slander. After all, it's well known that nothing works better than homeopathy.

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Re: That's what they want you to think...42

"Remember, it all, in the end, comes down to a really hot cup of tea." - which is unkind advice for those of us who never get invited to that sort of party.

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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I haven't read any of the other comments yet, I just wanted to say that one of the many reasons I love El Reg is that I know a very significant proportion of the readership would instantly have though of lemon-soaked paper napkins when they read this:

"Stuck on the ground awaiting a load sheet?"

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: I'm uncertain...

" I of course meant duckduckgo, not Bing. But still get better results in Google!" As do I.

. I use Google's result count feature a lot when trying to ascertain how common a particular word is in a given language. It lets me compare dictionary listings with real world usage, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and saves me choosing a dictionary entry which was last used 200 years ago in some arcane treatise.

I really like what duckduckgo is trying to do, but because it lacks a feature I find VERY useful I stick with Google. I'm sure many others feel similarly.

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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"K-239 is about 160 light years away" Experiments keep confirming Einsteinian Relativity, so since it's all down to the observer, K-239 is roughly twice to Earth as close as Europe is to NZ (cattle class, of course)

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The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf

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Re: Bring it on!

Since this article was mostly about grains of sand, maybe it was a Mandala effect? :)

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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So close, and yet...

I loved the headline, and was sad that I had to dock points for the explanatory addendum. Only B-Arkers would have needed it anyway. It ruined my bath, dammit!

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Is that how you spell...

The reference to Venetians made me think "vetinarian" was a nod to my second-favourite Pratchett character, Lord Vetinari :)

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Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

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Re: That's as may be

Steve, that was exactly why I suggested it. Māori and Hawaiian are closely related, and I've been told that fluent speakers of either can converse with each other, albeit with some difficulty due to consonantal differences like this one. Māori has more consonants than most of its Polynesian siblings, so we're very used to seeing the glottal stop ' here, though more often in Samoan than Hawaiian

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Re: That's as may be

Just think of it as a glot'l stop :)

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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"perched it awkwardly on the rear of its Galaxy S and Note models."

I don't know about the Samsung placement, but on both my V10 and V20, the rear placement of the fnigerprint sensor is perfect. MUCH more user friendly than the front placement of the fingerprint sensor on my Huawei M3 tablet. So much so that learning the Mate 10 has a front fingerprint sensor went into the "cons" column for me when weighing up the pros and cons of getting one.

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Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

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Hic Sunt Dracones

"Computer speech recognition has come a long way"

It really, really has. I've been using Dragon for 10+ years now, and each new release gets better and better. As the effects of my CP become more noticeable, it's great that I can finally rely on my computer to understand 99% of what my thick Kiwi accent says. However, that's not my experience with the built in speech recognition in Windows 10. It's not awful, but it's not a patch on Dragon 15 for sure. If MS's new AI speech recognition i as good as claimed, I hope it does filter down to Win 10 sooner rather than later

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Where's the Trickle Down?

When will the technology that lets them find a probe a gajillion swimming pool lengths away be available to The.Rest.Of.Us, so we can find our missing socks and pens? My friend Veet Voojagig would like to know.

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Re: A pleasant surprise

That's odd - my wife's G4 got a patch update bundle just last month.

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A pleasant surprise

When I bought my LG V10 a few months ago, I was pleased to see that not only did it come with Marshmallow, but LG seems to be one of the better manufacturers when it comes to patching. As of now, my phone has Android patches up to June installed - by no means perfect, of course, but much, much better than many handset manufacturers, I think. Based on the number of updates I've had since getting the phone, I',m hoping this next batch won't be too far away.

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: The more, the merrier?

Yes, I have used pgp on windows and linux, and yes I agree it's not optimal in terms of ease of use. Which is why I said "or something of similar strength".I was just checking that I'd understood the article correctly - that IF something as secure as pgp were to become widely used, then the sheer volume of metadata would dilute the value of that metadata.

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The more, the merrier?

Am I correct in thinking that the more popular and widely used PGP or encryption of similar strength were to be used, the less useful the metadata would be? If every man and his gran were using it to do pretty much everything, that would be a headache for the spooks, no?

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China names the date for dark side moon landing

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Re: Just one question

Maybe an orbiter is planned as well, for communication relays?

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Smart telly, router, app makers have left a security hole open for – drum-roll – three years

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Re: Happy with my sneakernet TV

Yes, as I made my initial comment I did consider the possibility of USB malware, but I figure that since I never share the sticks I use, the risk is as low as it can possibly be. At the very least, the article suggests I have one fewer infection vector to worry about. Which might be about as good as it gets.

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Happy with my sneakernet TV

This article cheered me up. my viewing is not so much uPnP as "YouPnP" and now the 3 metre walk from PC to TV carrying a USB stick looks like both good exercise and bood security practice.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: Can't find it?

Thanks. I'd deleted that service when I first installed Windows 10, following the instructions of a tutorial on Youtube.

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Re: My corporate Windows 7

The tutorial here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rczgCmoNSSE for Win10 gave the suggestion to enter this in the AdminCommandPrompt "C:\Windows\system32\ sc delete DiagTrack" - it worked for me in 10, would it be worth trying in 7?

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Can't find it?

I can't find any service in my Services with the exact name "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry", nor any with either "Connected User Experiences" or "Telemetry" in their name. I'm running 10 Pro 1511 build 10586.14, all updates installed. Is it perhaps not part of Pro?

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Windows 10 download doesn't work?

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Re: Windows 10 download doesn't work?

Thank you all very much for taking the time to reply with suggestions. I apologise for my tardiness in checking the thread I started!

I did have the licence, for both the Win 7 and Win 8 PCs, and despite the assistance of an MS staffer on another forum, in the end I had to format both and do clean install of their original OSes to enable the Windows 10 upgrade.

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Windows 10 download doesn't work?

I wanted to download Windows 10 directly, to give myself the option of doing a clean install. I went to this page

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

and downloaded the Media Creation tool, but when I try to run it, on either my Win 7 64Pro PC or my 8.1 Home laptop, nothing at all happenes. That is, the UAC dialog comes up, I click "Yes", and then, nada. Checking Task Manager shows now new applications or processes running after clicking "Yes" on the UAC dialog. I have tried turning it off then on again, that didn't help either. I'm assuming this is a pebkac issue, but what sort, exactly? Any suggestions will be received with profound gratitude.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

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Re: Boo, hiss

Shuttle Program

"Final total was 2 failures from 135 launches (98.5%)

Falcon9 is currently 1 failure from 19 launches (95% success)"

THANK YOU for this clear comparison. Simple and straightforward, it makes me wonder why there is so much antagonistic hyperbole in this thread. Many posts read as if Space X's record were more like 1 success from 19 launches, so this counterpoint is appreciated. Sufficiently appreciated for me to sacrifice my high upvote ratio to the flood of down votes I know this post will generate.

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Re: Better than most

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I asked because I was genuinely curious. The impression I have is that Space X's failure rate is low, but I'm very willing to have that impression corrected if the numbers show otherwise.

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Better than most

How many launch failures has Space X had? Obviously the attempted landings are irrelevant to a discussion of their launch safety record, but am I correct in thinking that the one catastrophic failure El Reg chose to dwell on at length, via the headline image and commentary, was a rare exception for Musk's company?

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Boffins: Comet Lovejoy is a cosmic booze cruise spewing alcohol across the Solar System

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If only

It wasn't in a heliocentric orbit - it could have been truly a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Lunkwill Fook & Sons

This fight looks like lasting long enough to keep all the lawyers involved happily on the gravy train for at least as many generations as it took Lunkwill and Fook to become Loonquawl and Phouchg, with billable hours exceeding the age of the Universe, by the application of legal mathematics (that highly specialised subdiscipline of irrational & imaginary numbers).

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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No sign of it here yet

New Zealand was first in the world to get it, but despite having registered early, still no sign of it being available for either my Win 7 64 Pro PC or my wife's 8.1 laptop. Which fits with my plan to wait until the eager beavers (lemmings?) have done the worst of the bugfinding for me.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Once again Randall Munro is on point

With his suggested name for the new super-Earth

http://xkcd.com/1555/

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: 1400 light years

And that's optimistic - New Horizons, the fastest ever launched, is at 50K kph and slowing.

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Re: Shibboleet

Yes, my original comment was stuck in moderation. Made just minutes after the article went live, it would've been the first had it not received the special treatment. A comment I made in reply to Cristoph about that did not survive moderation, sadly, and will be honoured in a private service later today. :)

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Shibboleet

An oldie but a goodie, https://xkcd.com/806/

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Re: 2,538,000 light years apart

There is another way to parse that sentence. "the expansive globe of gas stretches about a million light-years from (Andromeda), the nearest significant galaxy to Earth." The galaxy was already mentioned by name earlier, so omitting its name from this sentence did not compromise clarity.

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Re: Explanations

" does that mean the observed area of our sky compared to our moon" - this was the only way I could make sense of that "100 times the size of the moon" comment. I struggled with the phrase, but decided that it was unlikely to mean our moon is 10,000 light-years across, so plumped for the explanation you suggested here.

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Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

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Who is the fastest-selling phone maker of ALL TIME? Samsung? Apple? No, it's Xiaomi

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"Xiaomi" - where to buy

AWFUL puns aside, now that Samsung has ditched expandable storage and replaceable batteries, the 2 features I loved most about my former S3 and current S5, I'm REALLY hoping Xiaomi will expand online sales to Oceania. Specifically, Aotearoa, so that impecunious Upworlders can get phones with good spec.s at even better prices.

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Sounds Ghastly

It is. It all is.

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

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Just to be contrary

I like it, a lot. It fills a clear and useful purpose. Well done Twitter I say.

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

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Re: Hmmm...

Small Gods is still my favourite. The least laugh out loud funny for me, but the most thoughtful and interesting.

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Time to re-read

There's a certain brutal aptness to the fact that smallcaps DEATH is one of my favourite characters ever. I'd love to raise a glass in his honour, but since I have hyper-intolerance to alcohol, I'll settle for re-reading the Death arc, again. And making sure to be extra nice to the neighbourhood cats, since I'm sure Blinky's rider will be in a FOUL mood after this particular hourglass ran out.

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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An inflationary universe

When I first read this, I flashed back to childhood memories of watching Steve Austin. Then I laughed and laughed and laughed - we may indeed "have the technology", perhaps now "we can rebuild him" , but $6 million dollars?! The poor guy would barely get a bionic fingernail for that! :D

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: The original and best?

Often imitated, never matched. If he has gone home, it may not be long before Curiosity commits suicide, like the cop's spaceship on Magrathea.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I reckon that I have something...

I heartily endorse your view, of the film, but one good thing did come out of Avatar: One of my favourite movie reviews ever

http://io9.com/5576076/m-night-shyamalan-finally-made-a-comedy

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Space is big, my brain just ain't

" it put out energy equivalent to the Sun's daily output in a few milliseconds" I can't even begin to pretend to grasp this sort of number. Perhaps if it were stated in El Reg standard units?

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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Nothing sinister about this at all

And I mean that literally - the design as shown does not seem very friendly to left-handers. I hope they will release one that can be used on either hand.

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