* Posts by David 18

65 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

David 18

Re: Fovea or FauxVR..?

Have an upvote for the pun sir!

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

David 18

Re: Sense and logic prevails

@Slx

"There are tech companies out there who've pioneered entirely new business niches that haven't existed before, but there are plenty that are just shaking up existing markets with an app / website.

People need to start looking beyond the hype and finding the radical innovators that are really creating new markets."

Well said that man/woman. Can't upvote you enough!

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

David 18

Re: Ch ch ch changes

@ Laura Kerr

Bravo, well played ma'am!

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

David 18

Re: Chirp

'Pedantically, it's a Cold War anachronism: the West was the free world because the Soviet and Eastern-blocs weren't.'

No, pretty certain the use was ww2, the Axis powers being not free and continued/resurrected during cold war. Happy to be proven wrong.

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David 18

Re: Chirp

@Richard 45

I have always detested that term for the US President. None have been, nor will be my leader. It's an anachronism originally created from necessity during WWII and resurrected in times of crisis.

As your current incumbent has woeful leadership skill and goes against everything your once-great country stood for even your country can not be considered free - I would rather visit a tin-pot African dictatorship than set foot in the USA while he is "in charge".

Leader of the Free World is also totally inappropriate for the Orange Loon as he seems to want to become ever more insular and alienate your country's friends and allies. As an outsider he appears to me to be the most backward, unpatriotic and un-American individual. He is good at marketing himself which seems to be the only thing that matter these days.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

David 18

Re: Possible Solution

"Technology is great, when it works..."

Which is usually around v1.1 when all the bugs are ironed out and before bored developers start fucking around with it, or are told to make it shinier by brain-dead marketeers.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

David 18
Headmaster

Re: British revenge

...'Oh, an please spell "defence" correctly.

"All I can say in defence of we Yanks is that the Brits must have created ITIL..."...'

The obligatory typo made it I see. :)

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

David 18

Re: It won't let you out. Or land...

Oh I remember that one, seem to remember it being rather good.

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

David 18

Hoverboards?

So how long until this is scaled up to make my frikkin' hoverboard I've been waiting for since 1985!

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

David 18

Re: That's a broad brush you paint with, sir! Get any on ya?

@Jake "On the bright side, beer."

I bet it's hard to get a decent pint of that over there, if they call that tasteless, watery gnat's piss Budweiser the King of Beers.

I wouldn't know, never been there and no desire to, Washington State or New England maybe. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Americans in general, just their Government, Politicians and businesses.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

David 18

Re: We already know.

"There's already been the case of the caramel flavour that's carcinogenic when heated and inhaled, but perfectly safe when flavouring food."

Any more info on this? Which brand and tested by who?

Google diacetyl and acetoin. Diacetyl /Used/ to be in a lot of buttery/creamy type flavours ( but not for years) Acetoin is largely used as a replacement but evidence suggests it could act in a similar way.

I mix my own so I can research the flavours I am adding to go for Diacetyl/Acetoin free as much as possible.

The grumblers on here do realise that the base compounds are used in hospital nebulisers for people with respiratory problems I hope. Nicotine has NEVER been proven to be harmful in itself, just addictive, and some studies suggest it is possibly even beneficial to warding off Alzheimer's and aiding concentration. The flavours are the only potentially harmful ingredient. Mix your own, keep it weak.

I also read somewhere (unverified) that the passive nicotine you are likely to inhale from somebody else's vapour is akin to what you would ingest eating a tomato. Having said that, common manners and decency make me try to avoid blowing it near other people.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

David 18

Re: "used only in extreme terrorism cases"

" "Terr'sm is just EVUHL" ..

It is, no matter how it came about; or do you think otherwise?"

The French Resistance were terrorists by today's definition. I wouldn't consider them evil. There is little black and white certainty in the world. Unless you are dull, unimaginative or thick (or any combination thereof).

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

David 18

Emperor's new clothes

Basic software interface design reached a pinnacle about 15 - 20 years ago, especially the standard File>...Help menu bar. Didn't matter what you used, whether the first or millionth time you'd used it, it worked.

Everyone has fawn and praise the god-awful shittiness of the flat, monochrome, capitalised crap we have now, that makes it impossible to tell which is the active window at a glance, otherwise you are a dinosaur and the dreaded "Change-averse".

Why is that a bad thing? Change for improvement is great, i'd happily lead the charge. Change for change's sake is wasteful, inefficient bollox.

Being generous, I think there are too many "developers" out there trying to justify their existence, fiddling around the edges and breaking things.

Being paranoid, it sells "training" courses.

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

David 18

How about a necklace instead of a ring...

... then you can pretend you are starring in the film Wedlock when the battery decides to explode.

Seriously though, you'd have to be mad to put a potentially explosive device in a ring - we all know how hard it can be to get a ring off in a hurry. Quite likely to get dinged and dented on a finger too.

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Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

David 18

Re: Um, sarcastic joking?

Anyone else suspect I.Geller is a bot?

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David 18

Neugents

Are these anything like Ted? Now, where's my copy of Cat Scratch Fever? Not heard that for years...

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

David 18

Re: Nice to see...

@Keef

Since when have we ever voted for a Prime Minister? We vote for local MPs to (theoretically) represent our interests in Parliament.

There is plenty wrong with our system but I am rather glad it's not a Presidential system.

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David 18

Re: The time has come .......

@dan1980

Presumably, a lawyer has usually offered advice before the filing and suggested the case has legs. Perhaps if they operated a "three strikes and you're disbarred" policy for filing ridiculous, frivolous and time-wasting cases like this then the burden would be shifted from the courts to the lawyers.

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EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

David 18

Payback?

Wonder if there is any evidence of a link between the suppliers of Note7 batteries and the fined companies.....

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

David 18

Re: Is the book worth a read?

Yes definitely. The creepiness builds nicely.

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David 18

Justice done?

Watching that trailer gives me hope that the film will do justice to a book I thoroughly enjoyed - that rarely happens.

the scariest thing about the story is that I know plenty of the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" brigade who would see it as a future to aspire to!

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

David 18

Re: Bird_of_Prey

Pants! When did that change?

I watched a load of old Will Hay films last year, after reading an article about him here. Don't recall having to register :(

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David 18

Re: Bird_of_Prey

There's one full episode here: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1044237/

A fine resource for lots of other old stuff though.

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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

David 18

Re: Well bugger me...

Businesses still use the email services of their ISP?!!!!

FTFY

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

David 18

Re: Technical Fanboi?

I feel your pain, you have my heartfelt condolences.

Go and say three Hail Mary's (sic) then lie down for a few minutes until the shame passes.

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

David 18
Happy

Rather amusing reading the comments on this when using the "Cloud to Butt Plus" Chrome plugin.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

David 18

Re: Who is funding this...

I suspect that when first proposed, it was to find a correlation between hirsuteness and sexism the corresponding effect on Anthropological Climate Change.

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Google Search head: I'm off. Yes, I told you yesterday. On Google+

David 18

"THE" answer?

"When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer."

I think he means "An" answer...

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'We can handle politicos, OUR ISSUE IS JUDGES', shout GCHQ docs

David 18

Re: Boggle

"So ministers may be signing warrants without understanding why?"

Most of the time I would imagine - most of them are completely ignorant of any issues except what is stopping them sticking their filthy, greedy snouts into the trough as far as they would like. (And I am talking about politicians of any persuasion or seniority BTW)

It stands to reason that spooks would want them signing warrants, not a learned and impartial judge whose life has spent serving the cause of justice.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

David 18

Re: Self-scan FTW

" I find I can be finished off using self-service far faster than if a member of staff has to give me a hand (benchmarked against a similar customers' loads I spy on)"

Please tell me that was all intentional ;)

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Arctic ice returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

David 18

Re: No

Kingkp I cannot upvote you enough for that post.

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Female blood-suckers zero in on human prey by smelling our breath

David 18

Re: So what's new here?

"Perhaps the world is suffering some kind of reboot process where bits of it forget that stuff has already been done (prior to the reboot)."

Ahah that explains the US Patent system!

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

David 18

Re: "reportedly equipped with lasers"

Took the comment right out of my mouth! Although I think they have to be of the "Frikkin' " variety for fiery death to ensue.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

David 18

Unsung, forgotten star.

Glad to see this article, I think Will Hay is one of the great unsung stars.

My dad got me into Will Hay films in the late 70s, they used to show them on TV a bit more then. Strangely enough I came across his films again by accident at archive.org where most were available to watch for free. Must settle down one rainy Sunday afternoon and revisit my youth.

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So tablets, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a laptop

David 18
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Blogster Dabbsy

I'd subscribe. I nearly wrecked my keyboard looking at the second attempt, it even had good comic timing - just one beat before tipping over, perfect.

Lack of slickness is a talent in sad decline. Anyway, it worked out ok for Tommy Cooper.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

David 18

Re: Serpentinization

I for one, welcome our serpentine, saturnine overlords.

Can't be any worse than the what we got after yesterday's election!

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

David 18

Re: Laugh at this

"I'm sure in the face of reason you'll claim that I'm a cultist. We'll my my friend, that make you a cult. Shit. 2 letters out..."

Cube? Belt? Bolt?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

David 18
Coat

..., and have a big fat meaty THING on the end that in every stlyus I've seen, is 5 minutes from falling off....

Isn't that usually the user?

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

David 18
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "Like money on expensive consultants?" I ask

Thanks MrDamage, a genuine guffaw that made heads turn in the open plan office.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

David 18

Re: Up The Irons!

"Iron Maiden just re-issued all of their vinyl. I really really want the set, but I don't think the wife would be approving of a fairly expensive purchase that's realistically just going to gather dust."

And nothing gathers dust like vinyl! Even lovingly protected and stored.

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David 18

Re: Quality Sound?

@Nigel Whitfield Have you thought of investing in a needle sharpener? I remember coming across one of these in the loft when I was growing up and poking through interesting looking boxes of stuff.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

David 18

Re: Errrr?

"FYI: Football where I come from is played by very large men with pads & helmets."

As opposed to here, where it is played by overpaid twats.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

David 18

@ Graham Dawson

In the UK.

Certainly not the US if those Police, Camera, Action type shows are anything to go by!

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David 18

Re: re : James 51

"The solution is very simple: red means stop, yellow means get ready (at least on driving tests), green means go :)"

Er, no. Amber means stop, along with red and red/amber, especially on your driving test!

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

David 18

@ Ben Tasker

By using one old Pentium 486 with an install of Windows 2000 if my no-ip service is anything to go by!

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David 18

@ Lost all faith...

Microsoft also took down my connection to my home server, why should I suffer because half the world uses their shitty software that can be hijacked by the malware?

I have never had problems or lack of productivity/connectivity due to malware/botnets. Now, because of Microsoft I have.

To all the MS Shills out there, yes maybe I should make a note of my dynamic IP address if I need to connect while not at home - but I have a reliable service from NoIP so why should I?

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David 18

Those repulsive, putrid, moronic cretins at Microsoft have really gone too far this time. I am unaffected by most malware because I avoid Windows as much as possible.

Now I find that because of their high-handed actions and inability to cope with large volumes of traffic I cannot connect to my home server to do what I need to do for work.

Just who the the hell do those F###ing ####-guzzling ###ts think they are!

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

David 18

Trolls on the staff?

I never usually criticise the journalisic quality of articles on here, but I do have to ask: was the author of this article the winner of a competition, picked from the regular trolls who stalk the comments section?

Or was it tongue in cheek?

It has to be something like this, nobody writing for a Tech site like The Register could be responsible for such an article.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

David 18

Re: Breaking News!!

"Yes, I think you could make the argument that running for office should be enough to label a person as unfit for office."

Have maintained that for years. I think government should be like jury service.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

David 18

"So you've never driven a car with tiptronic box, environmental control or electric handbrake? Probably a good thing."

Electric handbrakes are NOT a good example to make your point. Absolutely the most stupid "improvement" to cars in years. Whomever came up with that solution looking for a problem needs putting up against a wall and flogging to death with a rotten turbot.

I would dearly love anyone to come up with one convincing argument why electric handbrakes are an improvement.

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