* Posts by Wyrdness

206 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

Wyrdness

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

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

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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.

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Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

Wyrdness

Enigma

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

Has anyone tried searching Bletchley Park for the hackers?

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

Wyrdness

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.

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UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors

Wyrdness

Re: congratulations, it is a girl!

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

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

Wyrdness

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.....

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

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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?

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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

Wyrdness

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/

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

Wyrdness
Joke

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

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

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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.

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European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

Wyrdness

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.

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

Wyrdness

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.

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Wyrdness

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.

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Wyrdness

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

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

Wyrdness

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).

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

Wyrdness

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.

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

Wyrdness

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.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

Wyrdness

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!

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Wyrdness

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

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

Wyrdness

Who wrote this rubbish?

"BBC Micro Model A of 15 years ago". The BBC model A was introduced in 1981. Clearly history (or simple arithmetic) is not the authors strong point.

"Micro:Bit’s two ARM Cortex MPUs are descended from the Risc chips of that old Acorn machine." Again complete inaccurate, as the BBC micro used the MOS 6502 processor. It was the later Archimedes that used the first ARM chips.

I don't dare read any further.

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First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads

Wyrdness

Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

I very nearly downloaded Transmission for my Mac this weekend. The reason being that I've just bought a Pi 3 for my 7 year old and was downloading Raspberian. There's an option for downloading via bittorrent. Since the http download was going very slowly, I considered downloading Transmission and using that instead. In which case, I'd have ended up with this malware on my Mac.

There are other open source projects (Libreoffice springs to mind) that provide torrents for downloading, so there are certainly legitimate uses for installing Transmission.

So I hope that you're downvoted to the pits of hell, where you obviously belong.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

Wyrdness

Delivery Dates

Order a Spectrum by March for delivery by September. It's like 1982 all over again. At least this time Sinclair isn't claiming that this is '28 days'.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

Wyrdness

Re: Yes, that's pretty much it.

And then forgot to test the edge-case.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

Wyrdness

Re: We don't care

So have OS X and iOS. So what's your point?

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

Wyrdness

Re: Why do people pay these people

The article is four and a half years old, so I guess that, back then, they couldn't have predicted Microsoft's rape and murder of Nokia. I'd imagine that it didn't occur to the analysts that Microsoft would just throw away such a potential advantage.

This is less about the analysts being muppets (though some certainly are), and more about Microsoft insane decisions which have destroyed chances in the mobile market.

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The million-dollar hole in the FBI 'paying CMU to crack Tor' story

Wyrdness

It has been pointed out by a number of people elsewhere, that this payment story is a nice misdirection to divert people's attention away from the real issue which is that TOR isn't secure.

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Wyrdness

"The secure random keys and initialisation vectors generate information from the libc rand() function, and are seeded with the current system timestamp at the point of encryption. This information can be easily retrieved by looking at the file’s timestamp"

I guess that these muppets failed Crypto-101.

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Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

Wyrdness

Re: A pedo's Dream...

Yes, and maybe Islamic State might use them for terrorist attacks too.

#sarcasm - in case that ain't bleedin' obvious.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Wyrdness

Re: I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

I can hear it crawling in my ear tonight, oh Lord ;)

Really would prefer not to have that song as an ear-worm.

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

Wyrdness

Re: Copper's last hurrah

I'm pretty sure that I heard that some time in the late 80's, or possibly early 90's.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Wyrdness

Upvoted from my Linux desktop ;)

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

Wyrdness

Re: I know the face...

I learned the miraculous hangover-curing properties from a Scottish colleague. If there's a bottle of fizzy orange-coloured gloop on my desk, then my fellow code-monkeys know that I've had a good night.

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'It's better to burn out, than to fade away on worst audio in history'

Wyrdness

Re: Nothing new for Neil Young

If he thinks that streaming audio is "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting", then he's obviously forgotten all about AM radio.

And obviously we all need ultra-high fidelity to fully appreciate Mr Youngs guitar feedback and distortion </sarcasm>

Much as I love his music, I think he's totally off-base with this one.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Wyrdness

Re: Oh...

That's the problem with Nadella. You have to run everything he says through the Corporate Bullshit to Plain English translator.

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

Wyrdness

Apple is lowering prices for Apple. There's little chance that they'll lower prices for us.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

Wyrdness

According to the Financial Times (and they should know), these coins can be spent in Belgium, just not anywhere else in the Eurozone. Thought it's not expected that people will spend them, as they're primarily collectors items, hence the €6 price tag.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

Wyrdness

Re: @Wyrdness

As Mr Newton once said, F=MA. So how much would the weight of those five adults impact the 0-60 time?

Also, whilst I'm happy to launch a vehicle at full thrust with just me onboard, I wouldn't want to do it when carrying my own ankle biter.

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Wyrdness

A 0-60 time of 3.2 is ONLY deeply impressive for a tin can on wheels ;)

Any reasonably sporty motorbike can equal or beat that. Though it would require an extremely good rider to launch a bike that quickly. I suspect that it would be a lot easier for the Tesla's driver.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Wyrdness

Unless it uses interference patterns of light to create 3D images, then it isn't really holographic. I wonder if Microsoft could be censured for false advertising.

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

Wyrdness

Though you don't have to use the hubs internal wifi. You can connect any wifi router you like to it.

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

Wyrdness

The main reason that TV uses this spectrum is historical. TV's tend to be large, heavy and fixed in one place. So it would make sense for their content to be provided by cable, satellite or internet, and use the broadcast spectrum for mobile devices.

Of course, in practice this will be difficult to achieve, but it may happen eventually.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Wyrdness

For desktop *nix, OS X is so far ahead that I've given up hoping that Linux will ever catch it.

Though for server *nix, OS X is a complete non-starter.

Much as I love Linux (and use it all day long at work), I still reluctantly pay the 'Apple Tax' and put up with the almost non-upgradable hardware for my home machines, just so that I can enjoy the best deskop OS.

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Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

Wyrdness

Re: Voicemail

Depends on how famous you are.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Wyrdness

Re: My dad and my brother...

What about using something like the Suzuki GSX1250 (Bandit) engine in one? It's certainly not a mega-powerful race engine at under 100bhp, but is an absolute torque-monster with around 81 lbf·ft (108nm) at just 3,750rpm. I was once lent a Bandit 1250 and it's a cracking powerplant for road use.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Wyrdness

Re: I have a...

My 2.7 diesel s-type Jag with an auto box reports an average of 35mpg. In contrast, my previous 2.0 manual diesel Mondeo would average 45mpg (and get up to 60mpg on motorways).

It sounds as if the EU testing needs some rethinking.

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