* Posts by caffeine addict

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

I'm sure they will soon start a diversification effort in order to find new industries to fail at.

Animal husbandry, for example.

Then we'll know they've truly screwed the pooch...

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Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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Weren't you going to start including the old logo too, so we could point and laugh compare and contrast?

Anyway, that font is frankly horrific and flattening the two sides of the box means that it's now just an abstract shape instead of having any connection to the name. It's the sort of thing I'd expect from someone like Microsoft or Google just before they dropped / changed its name.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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I've just watched the trailer embedded in the article. The main spoiler I witnessed was the obligatory WHHHHHHHHhhhooooooooommmmmmm that every post-Inception trailer has needed.

Oh. That's not the kind of spoiler you meant, was it...

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: Prediction

Dyson is Britain's Apple.

Decent ideas but with a hell of a marketing distortion field that make everything seem unique.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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It does make me wonder why you can't just hire a guy for less than $60,000 to do the same job, though.

Because you can't hire one guy to do that work.

8h shifts, you need 3 guys to do a day. Add in weekends and holiday cover and you probably need 5 people minimum. I doubt you'd get many braincells in your meat robot for $12,000/year.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Being 100% technically accurate and 100% misleading is the holy grail for a politician, isn't it?

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Re: In the words of Homer J Simpson:

Personally, I think I can forgive an advert under playing its stats by 0.17% and (hopefully) 0.49% for the sake of brevity.

The changing sample size is harder to justify, unless 18 people didn't answer the second question.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid.

"Gambling is for people who can't do math(s)."

Yet every Maths graduate I know (I fell in with the wrong crowd at Uni) has a weird addiction to slot machines...

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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What's the point?

Apple will announce something that Androids have done for a while & claim it as a great revolution in technology - the apple fanboys will be incredibly excited and the android fanboys will be incredibly confused.

My wishlist for any phone would be 6000mAh battery (replaceable), decent memory, SD card, and OLED screen to do semi-always on notifications. That's not going to be an Apple any time soon.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Re: Logic?

"yet no one got the fabled: 56Kb/s**"

IIRC, wasn't 52Kb/s the practical limit of a modem on twisted pair?

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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There are times I wish people would say why they're downvoting things - I wasn't aware I was saying anything downvote-worthy. Hohum.

That Droitwich box is glorious. It's there in two different streetviews too, 2015 and 2016. The box a few feet down is in a hole in the wall, so I wonder if BT were clueless twunts or if they put it in before the houses were done and the builder was to fault. They seem equally (un)likely culprits.

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It's clearly blocking the glorious view of the houses opposite, but "blocking all the light"? Even with the nice low sun in the Mail photos, the shadows don't reach the building let alone the windows.

Seems stupid that Virgin and BT aren't obliged to place them against walls / hedges at the roadside, or to make rental agreements to put them against the side of building. (the walls, not windows. Then the biddies would really have something to complain about).

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

IIRC, Airbus outsourced the testing of the engine for the A400M to a UK company, who bolted it onto the biggest thing they had handy.

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Re: Poor Design

it looks like a plane made by one of those car modifiers who get rid of everything that's not important - without actually wondering why it was there in the first place.

"it's not been tested, but it should fly because it looks like this other plane that flies"

That's horrible logic. And the plane it "looks like" is significantly different...

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Re: Poor Design

Can you imagine if Apple made a plane? Fuck me.

It would crash as rarely as any other plane, but pilots would look at the crash stats for DC-10s and assume that theirs never crashed in comparison. There would be a lot of unscheduled landings at sea due to pilots "flying it wrong".

And it would only be able to land at Apple's own circular runways, of which there was only one - the roof of their donut headquarters...

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Re: A venerable workhorse

Well, anyone round Cambridge (UK not USA) will probably have seen/heard Snoopy knocking around. It's a C130 that for a long time (still?) had a huge engine on it as a testbed for Airbus.

The number of 747 and C130s knocking around, I think we're safe for a year or two...

http://www.qsl.net/g3tso/images/Aviation/SnoopyE.jpg

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Actually, I find if you gently drift toward them, they get back in their lane surprisingly quickly...

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Bang

If one of these decided to go all 'splodey, I assume that these have the potential to make a hell of a bang - all that heat melting ice and producing lots of high pressure steam waiting to escape in one go...

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

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Re: "The law is clear and the consequences of breaking it can be severe.”

Thirty quid a name plus legal costs means it isn't even severe for Jo Public to do it.

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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Re: Baby on board

That's exactly the flaw.

The claim was that it was created as a warning to firefighters.

They decided it wasn't created as a warning to firefighters because it wasn't created in America. The only way that logic stands is if firefighters don't exist outside the USA. Which I'm fairly certain they do.

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Baby on board

I'd forgotten about Snopes. I stopped trusting it when I went looking for some evidence one way or the other about the idea that baby-on-board signs were originally being intended as a warning to firemen - and found they'd listed it as "false" because the guy who started selling them in America got the idea after seeing them in Europe.

The fact they couldn't see the blindingly obvious flaw in that logic made me doubt everything from then on.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Pepper Pig? I guess you must be one of those out-of-touch dads who doesn't quite follow what his children are watching?

Not sure why that's getting downvotes. Seemed ElReg worthy levels of sarcasm about how dads are viewed as not knowing what kids are doing. Unless it's a non-sarcastic dig that it's "Peppa Pig", of course. :/

( I'm depressed that I know that considering I'm 41 and don't have kids... )

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Re: "Fully funded into the fourth quarter"

Last time I checked, (at least 160 days) > (less than 50 days) by quite a significant margin.

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I wonder how many of their users are using ad blockers...

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: @caffeine addict

Agreed. Most companies still have a hint of what they do written on them too - but then I suppose most companies like to advertise who they are...

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All things considered, that's not a bad rebrand. They've kept the font, used more of the brand purple, and replaced the old multicoloured fibres with something that doesn't look too awful.

On the flip side, if I saw one of their vans, I'd have no bloody clue what they did...

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Re: What's the cost for just the Website Logo

Didn't you read the article? They're only going to update things when they replace them. That logo's staying there until they rebuild the site.

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Bloke takes over every .io domain by snapping up crucial name servers

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"midget hang glider porn"

Paper airplanes made from grumble mags?

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: Pretty soon...

The US govt just needs to file a patent suit against NK for "an improved method of unregulated exothermic reaction through the use of fissile materials" and get a ban on NK "importing" nukes to the US...

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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In every branch of science there's a point where sane people throw their hands up and shout "fck it, it's magic".

Roaming chemistry is well beyond that point for me...

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Why?

That's shocking.

Please tell me that was intentional...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Re: Not surprised

One of my exciting motoring moments (read "times i nearly cr*pped myself) was hitting a muntjac deer.

They're about the size of a dog and as solid as you'd expect a deer to be. The end result is a bit like hitting a badger on stilts. Doing the legal speed limit, honestly officer, of 70mph on a dual carriageway at 1am and the little bugger came out of nowhere. Almighty bang followed by the front and back ends arguing about who wanted to have less control as deer puree stole all their grip.

It's something I'll never forget - especially in the middle of the night after eating a lot of cheese...

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Re: No surprises here

Ah septics - probably the only term the septics hate more than being called merkins. :)

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Wasn't it only a week or two ago we were talking about how our Trident equipped subs weren't running Windows XP but Windows XP Embedded, which is a similar animal but sectioned off so that it has minimal attack vectors?

So is the complaint that it's XP (which it almost certainly isn't) or that they've stuck an existing warship OS on it with the intention of installing something else before she goes operational? There's a lot of stuff that's not on her yet, or which is on her temporarily while she chugs around the North Sea.

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Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins!

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How is this a thing? Are the identities tied together in some hideous way or is this like Skype emailing everyone who used a gmail email address and telling them they need to provide a different email address?

This feels like it should be against some kind of competitions law - but since it's in the US, who knows...

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WhatsApp app in flap over chap's snap of URL mishap

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I'm not overly surprised that whatsapp is doing this, but I'm surprised it's coming straight from the app and not from a WhatsApp server.

What sort of prat does that on a "secure" app? At least Facebook only seems to do it when you hit return.

Hang on... I just used Facebook as a less-worse option. I may need to go kill myself.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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Re: “be forced to reduce their CLAIMED hours by 15 per cent.”

You're clearly a contractor. An employee wouldn't have to go get his shorts so he could leave.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Only 1080 high?

Also bad web designers tend to make websites which fill the screen with junk

Worse, a lot of them have decided that anything below 1080 wide must be a tablet, and decide you need to have the mobile site.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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That's always been my thinking too. Use tabs and you can set them to whatever the hell you want.

No-one has ever given me a convincing argument for using spaces - to the extent that I've come to the conclusion that a handful of famous coders have used spaces and everyone else is going along with it like a cargo cult.

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Waymo waves off original Google Firefly driverless car

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Vans? Minivans?

Isn't the Pacifica a minivan in the American sense - a people carrier car not a small delivery vehicle? The article seems confused about what Google are playing with.

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DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

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Re: 2.5 miles may not sound like a lot

True, but 4 stops on the northern line hardly sounds like the end of the world...

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Re: This isn't a relocation issue

It's also likely to be because people were working in one location then commuting to the other (on company time) for meetings.

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It was there.

If it said "But it certainly had nothing to do with the handy location of his Hertfordshire home in relation to a certain rail line." then it would be relevant, but he could well live in Exeter, Glasgow or Monaco for all we know.

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"Wilson didn’t shed any light in his memo as to why he wants DXC to return to the Kings Cross offices."

That sounds like a cheap shot unless you are going to at least hint at where the guy lives...

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: Something less drastic maybe

This is an excellent idea - sadly with different companies running the two airports I'd say the chances of co-operation were just about nil.

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

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Re: what's the uv index?

I read the entire article thinking that read "Ultra violet radiation" and was going to suggest the "tanning bed" as a unit.

Sticking with light as radiation though, would calling the unit the "video-nasty" date me horribly?

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Re: Price per page view ...

I've yet to find anywhere that has even half the knowledgeable snark of The Register. And even if there was, I'd expect it to be looking at modifying its payment model soon after it got hit by a load of non-paying visitors.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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If Outlook 365 is anything to go by...

The only bit of 365 I've had the misfortune to use is Outlook 365. Considering just how old and ubiquitous webmail is, I don't understand how Outlook 365 has buggered it up so badly.

It's slow. It's clunky. It gives you no idea if it's doing something very slowly or hasn't noticed you clicked on something. It pretty much doesn't work at all on mobile. How is all that even possible nowadays?

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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I had to deal with the same rants during the WannaCrypt woes. People don't seem to get that an airgapped, XPe with no USB/data ports is pretty much impossible to hack. Unless you have direct physical access and a desire to cause havoc, in which case no system is going to be secure.

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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Don't fish from deep down have a tendency to distort (and explode) when brought up to sea level? What did it look like when it was at the right depth?

( "Sea level" is a particularly stupid term when you're talking about underwater. It's more "sky level", isn't it? )

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