* Posts by Wyrdness

232 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009


UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports


The legislation specifically excludes kites and balloons. Sadly the wording is so vague that it might well apply to paper aeroplanes.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate


Re: Audio Captcha? Bloody hell!

If you can get it right first time then you're probably a bot, if you get it wrong, you're most likely human.

Pretty much exactly the opposite of what was originally intended.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


You only have to go to the specs page on the Huawei website to see:


Resolution: 3000 x 2000, 260 PPI

Aspect ratio: 3:2

So no, it's not 4:3

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste


As someone who's spent a lot of time in the Netherlands, they take their cheese very seriously there. The choice and quality of the cheeses there tends to exceed what you generally find in Britain. If you lived abroad and your only experience of British cheese was mild cheddar, you might conclude that our cheese is rubbish too.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!


I think that the reason that the SSD is soldered in, and not upgradable, is that it's not standard SSD.

From benchmarks I've seen:

Crucial M4 SSD - 400MB/s read, 256MB/s write

Mac Mini 2018 - 2800MB/s read, 2700MB/s write

There's always the four nice fast Thunderbolt 3 ports for external storage.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE



"doesn't get in my way which is all I ask of a destop"

Yes exactly that. Some desktop developers seem to have completely lost sight of this. Gnome tried to over simplify everything, to the point of getting in my way removing too much. KDE has gone in the opposite direction by being overly big and complex. I'm currently usnig XFCE, which isn't perfect, but at least it tends to keep out of my way.

I'm installing Mate right now to give it a try.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: Naysayers ...

"Nope, us Linux folks also think appletards are soft in the head and the wallet."

Not all of us Linux folks.

Some years ago, I decided to get a Mac for my wife, as I didn't really expect her to use my Linux box. Since OS X is Unix and has a terminal app with bash shell, I decided to have a play with it to see what it was like. Surprisingly I found myself using the Mac more and more, until my Linux machine was starting to gather dust. I ended up just using Linux all day at work, and Macs at home. I still resent paying the Apple Tax though. Until this new Mac Mini, I was thinking that my next machine might be a home-built dual-boot OS X / Linux hackintosh, but I'm not sure now that it's worth the effort of hacking/patching ACPI tables to get a stable hackintosh when I could just buy one of these.

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition


Waits for Poundland's lawyers to notice....


German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way


Just to be utterly and pointlessly pedantic, shouldn't that actually be Hel not Hjell? Hel being the Scandinavian goddess who somehow gave her name to the fiery pits of Christian mythology.

However, I do get your point and I can imagine the flaming pits of whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it being ablaze with flat-packed bookcases and other quality MDF items.

Southend Airport tests drone detection system


Re: Trafalgar Square

A bit difficult since Manston closed in 2014.

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name


Re: symbol attached to the PFY

How about "Kick Me" embedded into a text QR code?

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic



The red London buses around here (Ealing) are run by the French state transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens. So the buses have RATP written on them, which I always assume is pronounced as "rat pee".

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's


Re: Read it and weep..

West London (Isleworth), Sky Mobile, 60.4 down, 11.2 up. Quite surprised because I used to get about 40 here with EE.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian


Re: Didn't see that coming

I'm not a cyclist but I regularly visit the Netherlands. There are far more cyclists and far fewer cars there, and, as a result, their towns are far more pleasant places than our car-congested British towns.

So maybe the answer is actually to have fewer cars and more cyclists.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Pi vs Mac Mini

Oops, accidentally typed MB instead of GB. I'm very aware that the Mac's CPU is faster, but it's still massively overpriced for what it is. I can't imagine that Apple is paying very much for those i5-4260U CPUs.


Pi vs Mac Mini

1.4Ghz quad core Raspberry Pi - £35

1.4Ghz dual core Mac Mini - £479

Whilst the Mac Mini does come with a 500MB hard drive, you can pick one of those up for under £25 too.

Apple really does need to up their offerings, and I say this as an Mac user.

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners


Re: Planned Failure?

"No matter, my use case makes using FaceID a non starter (as a Motorcyclist)."

As a fellow motorcyclist, I completely fail to understand what your use case might be.

You obviously can't unlock the phone using FaceID when wearing a helmet.

But then, you can't use touch id when wearing gloves either.

So even with touch id you'd have to remove your gloves to unlock the phone.

In which case, you could just enter your pin to unlock it.

So what's the problem?

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove


So the govt is going to give farmers better broadband, presumably so that they can occupy themselves playing Farmville, whilst their crops rot in the fields due to the shortage of cheap eastern-european labourers, caused by Brext.

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software



DHL probably drove up to the KFC shop, put a card through the door saying, "We tried to deliver your parcel but you were out. Please collect it from your nearest delivery depot" and drove off again.

(unlike other delivery companies, who don't even bother with the card. I'm looking at you, DPD)

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires


Adolph Hitler????

"The Spitfire was on the frontline against Adolph Hitler’s Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain."

How can we take this seriously with such a basic mistake?

Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist


Re: That's the best headline you could manage ?

Why is that? Do you feel that the Reg isn't being sufficiently flippant about this woman's murder.

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist



"The attached mini-computer will be much bigger than shown"

So PDP-11 sized, or maybe even VAX?

Showing my age here ;)

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'


Re: Printer Power

I would imagine that putting 400kV though the printer might also result in a non-printing situation.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1


"Only the mega-rich can afford to bathe in printer ink though."

Which might explain Trump's bizarre orange colour.

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market


Water Resistance

"water resistance has become a feature of many devices over the last 12-18 months, but this doesn't even make the top 10 of most important features when buying a new device"

It very quickly becomes the number one most important feature when they drop their phones in the loo or the bath.

Not that I've ever done this, but I know plenty of people who have.

Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade


Re: This isn't just a spade...

Surely it should be a "soil reshaping and transfer *solution*."

How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?


Re: I disagree.

"Windows Mobile - from 7.5/7.6 on......"

By which time it was far too late. I had a Windows phone even before Apple launched the iPhone and it sucked big time. Infighting within Microsoft meant that all innovation was stifled. The all-powerful Windows team wanted Windows everywhere, including places that it didn't belong - like on phones. It was years before Microsoft could address these issues and actually produce a decent phone OS. By then, they'd already lost.

Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill


Against the law of nature...

So the Blade Runner sequel is, by all accounts, pretty good. This goes against all known natural laws.

And in other news: Pope renounces catholicism. Bears discovered to be using lavatories.

But thanks for a positive review, I'll definitely be watching it now.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud


As an iPhone user...

As someone who's owned iPhones for the last 10 years, my desire to upgrade is inversely proportional to the model number.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


I want a smart water meter

My water bill is based on the old rateable value of my 3 bedroom flat. Most of the time, it's just me and the cat there. My girlfriend lives elsewhere and my child visits at weekends.

I usually shower at the gym and child showers at the pool, after swimming. The cat refuses to take showers. My only significant water usage is the washing machine, but that's just my clothes. Child's mother does his washing and the cat's only contribution to dirty washing is occasionally peeing on things.

Despite this, my water bill is £70 a month, which is more than my gas and electricity combined. I've just applied for a smart water meter in the hope that it will reduce my water bill my considerably more than £10 a year. Though I can certainly live without smart meters for gas and electricity.

Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors



So something called Enigma has been cracked. Who'da thunk it?

Has anyone tried searching Bletchley Park for the hackers?

Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears


In 32 degree heat, given the choice of a horse-drawn carriage and state regalia, or an air-conditioned car and normal clothes, I'm hardly surprised that the Quen has chosen the latter option.

Plus the lack of a crown has given her a chance to troll parliament with her EU-flag themed hat.

UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors


Re: congratulations, it is a girl!

You're right. Bad Reg should have checked this.

Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger


Misplaced quotes

FTA: People have already enjoyed "machine learning" (sic) in the form of data detectors

Surely that should read: People have already "enjoyed" machine learning.....

FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations


Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

"Then what's the basis for calling it "IPA" when it's not actually destined for India?"

Because IPA is a style of beer. It's no longer brewed for export to India, but the style is popular and the name has stuck. I very much doubt that Porter is drunk by many Covent Garden market porters these days either.

You call yourself Homer, but I rather doubt that you've written any epic Greek poetry lately. Perhaps you have more in common with the yellow Duff beer drinking variety.

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold


Importing certificates

I'm trying it now. Can't figure out how to import a certificate into it, so that I can use it for work. Does anyone know?

Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order


Re: Classic sociopath

Take a look at his list of 'achievements' on his site. I wonder how many of them are fabrications - petersage.com/about/

LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots


A simple solution would be to put your router in a faraday cage

Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'


Re: no way of knowing that the person using the phone is the actual driver

Did you read the actual patent? It describe using the phone's camera(s) to determine whether it is the driver who is using it.

However, it's not Apple's job to enforcing the law. Why aren't they suing the police for not catching this guy before he killed someone? After all, that is their job.

IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years


Re: House cleaner?

I'm working on a robot cleaner that *does* go through your stuff and steal things. But only very occasionally, so that you don't suspect it.

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking


Re: Now I understand why Murdoch rags were so vehement on BrExit

But, oddly enough, the Sky News website seemed to be very much pro-Remain. Go figure.

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

@David Pollard

Yesterdays judgement contained the following statement, "The 2015 Referendum Act was passed against a background including a very clear briefing paper to Parliamentarians explaining that the referendum would have advisory effect only."

So Parliament were told that the referrendum as only advisory whilst, as you state, the leaflet that went out to households suggests the opposite. So someone has most definitely been misled.

Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay


Given my experience of Siri, it would either answer, "Sorry I do not know what France is" or else, "The capital of France is a large city".

Siri - artificial stupidity at it's finest.


I'm not convinced that removing the headphone jack is a smart move, but how exactly is Bluetooth 'vendor lock-in'?

London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?


What's your 4G speed

So what kinds of 4G speeds are Reg readers getting?

According to the Speedtest.net app on my phone, I'm getting 42Mbps in Isleworth (West London).

The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom


Action cameras

I looked into the TomTom action camera, but they've completely failed to cater for the needs of a huge segment of action camera users - namely helmet cameras for bikers and cyclists.

Though even GoPro haven't really figured that out either. Surprisingly, it's another British company, Drift, who seem to best understand what helmet camera users are looking for. I see so many bikers and cyclists with helmet cameras in London, that I find it odd that the manufacturers are neglecting this segment of the market.

Man dies after UK police Taser shooting


Re: Iraq & Afghanistan veteran?

Has cause of death been established? As the BBC article states that he'd stabbed himself and a dog with a knife, the headline could just as accurately have been written as "Man dies after stabbing himself".

Until there's an autopsy, we really don't know if he died as a result of the taser, or a self-inflicted knife wound. So perhaps we shouldn't be making judgements based on what headline writers want us to think.

Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party


Re: Why am I thinking of this 60's song?

I'm thinking of a song by the worlds most ultra-cool dwarf....

Boys and girls, I think you’ll find

That my pants will blow your mind

Look at my pants with the eyes in your face

My legs are covered in outer space

Space Pants!

At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live


I've just downloaded the iOS version. It looks excellent. I'll definitely be using this.


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