* Posts by Ian Yates

880 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007


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Ian Yates

Not ALL down

The RSS feed is still fine O_o (if somewhat useless)


PETA offers $1m for test tube chicken

Ian Yates
Dead Vulture


What do they think's going to happen to all the surplus chickens once we don't want them for meat?

Is the extinction of a species better than causing it to live through pain?

Obviously, I'm assuming that any successes result in synthetic meat that's cheaper than real chicken.

Carphone Warehouse mulls Tiscali bid, report claims

Ian Yates
Thumb Up


After failing to join Tiscali for three months (they've never said what was wrong, and they still owe me my connection fees) I eventually went for Talk Talk.

As stated by Jess, the connection time is loooooong (3 weeks) when you've no other means of getting the 'net at home, but the service has been top-notch other than that.

The AC was right about slow connections during peak times (weekday evenings and weekends), but it feels like an active throttle to me - literally goes from 250Kbps to 60Kbps within 5 minutes of 5pm during the week.

Other than that, I'm damned happy with it - especially for £17pm ;)

Shame the ISP game is collapsing, though. Feel like the mid-90s all over again

'Magnet boy' freezes Xbox

Ian Yates
Paris Hilton

Call me sceptical...

but I don't believe the video.

I'm sure it is possible for human's to hold unusual magnetic/electric charges, but that video just looks like a hoax.

The keyboard is a bog-standard plastic one - how would his supposed magnetism affect his typing?

If he was really that much of an affect on the computer, why doesn't it affect the notoriously sensitive CRT?

Paris, because of her magnetic affects.

Jane Fonda c-word slip shocks US

Ian Yates
Paris Hilton

Get over yourselves

If she had used it to refer to someone else and as an offensive remark, I could understand; but she was referring to a part of a play.

I agree the word can be taken to be offensive in any setting (God knows why), but there was an apology - let's all move on!

Why is it the USA is so protective of anything offensive on TV, but they're fine with it absolutely everywhere else? (Where "fine" means that they dislike it, but let it pass)

Paris, because she's offensive to our intelligence

AMD Phenom 9500 processor

Ian Yates

Where did it all go wrong?

I generally do a full system rebuild every 2 to 3 years, and I haven't chosen Intel in over a decade.

Socket A was a PC-builders dream - I felt that AMD was listening to the market and supplying chips that worked with everyone's current hardware (unlike Intel and their Slot debacle).

Then, in early 2005 I went socket 939 with an Athlon 64, thinking that the upgrade-path would be similar to socket A, but was stung less than a year later when AM2 came out (with announcements of AM2+ soon after).

Core 2 then came and made a huge splash (at which point I was on a 939 X2), but I ignored it thinking that AMDs promised quad-cores for the AM2+/AM3 platform would put them back on top in the usual leap-frogging manoeuvre.

Oh how wrong I was. As soon as it was clear Phenom didn't match expectations, I jumped ship to a Core 2 Quad on 775.

I'd like to have stayed with AMD because of past experiences, but I'm not going to do it out of sheer loyalty - they need to prove they're worth my money.

So, AMD, where did it all go wrong?

Drobo storage box gets NAS add-on

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

At Last!

I was considering getting a Drobo when they were first announced, but the lack of network switched me off immediately.

I hope they're able to get a decent throughput on the USB port to make use of the Gigabit Ethernet.

Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

@Bank at fault (and others)

While I agree a signature /should/ be required (or at least you should be told about the new DD), that's just not the case.

I recently moved house and set up a direct debit for my gas, electricity, phone, etc without a single signature and I've had nothing through the post saying that they've been set-up.

Luckily, I have internet banking and often check my account activity.

You have 10 days to cancel a DD payment once it has been requested (again, without you being told it was) - so if you wait for your monthly statement, it will already be too late to cancel.

With regards to Jezza - hats off to him. He played the consumer card and found that people just don't understand how important all this information is. Now he's been stung, hopefully others will start to take more interest in their own information (unlikely).

I'm a little shocked that there was something worth reading in The Sun.

Peter Jackson to lord over 'Rings' prequels

Ian Yates

Two parts

Of course two parts: There and Back Again ;)

Retailers: Xbox 360 to win next-gen console war

Ian Yates
Paris Hilton

Next-gen my ass

Why do people STILL insist on calling it "next-gen"... it /was/ next-gen, now it's current-gen.

But I'm a Wii man, myself.

What does our regular blonde bare-ess use?

Ariane 5 is go: Skynet 5B military chat-sat on the way

Ian Yates


I think everyone's missing the points here... Skynet is now fully operational.

Will tinfoil hats protect us from the robots?

Microsoft to search browsers for JavaScript compatibility

Ian Yates


At which point, he was promptly assassinated by guerilla Grammar combatants.

One plug to rule them all

Ian Yates


But you would complain if you needed to buy specially designed fuel or components (tyres, etc) to keep your car running, that only the manufacturer could... oh, wait

Man sues God

Ian Yates

Very clever

@Tim Greenwood

It should be interesting when they get to the *cross* examination. [emphasis mine]

Not sure you meant it the way I read it, but very clever ;)

NBC unveils self-destructing, ad-addled anti-iTunes service

Ian Yates

I'm sorry?!

"Kind of like ‘Mission: Impossible,’ only I don’t think there would be any explosion and smoke,"

He "doesn't think" there will be.... anybody else concerned by this?

PRC forces also ravaging UK gov nets, insist Brits

Ian Yates

@Tim J

Surely they didn't know what "hacker" meant until the media started using the word?

Mr and Mrs Renault cannot name daughter Megane

Ian Yates

@I knew a girl called Mercedes

The originally Mercedes engine was named after the chief engineer's daughter, I believe.

So, chicken and egg all round.

London man coughs to 172mph Porsche jaunt

Ian Yates

I don't understand...

just how many times the speed of a sheep in a vacuum is that?

So, what's the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum?

Ian Yates

I love it

But one criticism: which "trillion" are we referring to for number of Brontosaurus' (Brontosauri?)?

Personally, I use "million", "billion", and "trillion" to read "mono", "bi", and "tri" respectively. Hence, "1e6", "1e12", and "1e18" (also called long-scale); however, the media have a distressing tendency to take the USA short-scale usage and use "1e6", "1e9", "1e12"...

Just need to make sure that I am quoting the length across the known universe accurately.

Li-Ion battery design 'flawed'

Ian Yates


Didn't they just describe Lithium-ion Polymer (LiPo) batteries?

High street music retailer ChoicesUK goes titsup

Ian Yates


Any chance they'll spin-off the online branch?

There's only one store I know of near me, but I've always bought loads from them online - one of the cheapest places for DVDs, at times.

Microsoft vs. Google – the open source shame

Ian Yates


You actually echo a lot of the fears I've had about Google over the last few years.

I started to use Google way back when they still powered Yahoo's search engine, but I became more and more uneasy with their services as they grew. (And when I felt their search results were becoming less relevant to me.)

The fact that people blindly use them for all of their Internet life (mail, docs, search, etc) is as scary as people who use News Corp services as their only source of information... (or Wikipedia, I suppose).

I don't believe Google are doing anything "evil", but they are not the good guys people make them out to be.

But maybe I'm just a paranoid cynic, eh?

Anyway, I was just glad to read I'm not the only one who feels nervous about Google's rise and power ;)

Carphone Warehouse salesman dies in car boot

Ian Yates


He's already bred you say?

Does that put him out of the running for a Darwin Award?

Ex-MI5 agent Shayler claims to be chav messiah

Ian Yates

Poor Guy

I met Shayler a few years back when he gave a talk on what the government was doing to shut him up.

He seemed like a pretty normal guy who was just very enthusiastic about outing the wrongs of our government.

Sony faces case for 'Cell' patent infringement

Ian Yates

Biggest load of rubbish

I'm not a major Sony fan, but how can anyone sue claiming "irreparable harm and monetary damage"?

If I was a judge on a case like this, I'd throw it out for two reasons

1) They've waited how long after Cell was announced to claim?

2) They've claimed the damage is "irreparable"...

Is this company even using their own patent for anything? I've never heard of them and wouldn't be surprised if they're just a patent-holding corporation.

Patent laws in the USA need some rethinking.

Dell trips over printer cable

Ian Yates

Printer Cables

Interesting. I can't remember the last time I bought a printer that came with the required cable... would have been back in the parallel days as I know none of my USB ones did.

I'm not a Dell fan, but why were they singled out for this when HP/Lexmark/Canon/et al don't (as far as I've ever seen) state on their printer boxes that the cables are not included?

Chilean scientists crack lost lake mystery

Ian Yates


Can I kindly disagree with Dave and state that the agreed etymology of the word "football" is actually because the game is played on your feet (as opposed to the noble sports that were played mostly on horseback).


In that sense, Association (Soccer), the Rugbies, American, Austrialian, Gaelic, etc are all football.


London gains lead in transatlantic battle for Wi-Fi supremacy

Ian Yates

Re: Duplicate story...

Perhaps they're trying to make the Slashdot readers feel more at home ;)

YouTube - uTube showdown stays alive in federal court

Ian Yates

Not asinine(ish)

Rick, if you reread your quoted text, uTube.com opened in 1996, YouTube.com in 2005.

The "After YouTube's launch" text is in relation to the increase of hits to uTube.com and not its launch.

That aside, uTube's approach is still asinine. I find it doubtful that shutting down YouTube.com will decrease the number of hits to uTube.com for quite some time.

Their best bet is to request that GooTube pay for the increase to their hosting bills.

Jobs chucks Leopard titbits to Apple masses

Ian Yates

Re: What really annoys me...

While I agree there is a huge price difference, isn't the third option that Vista cost more to develop than OS X?


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