* Posts by Petalium

30 posts • joined 23 Aug 2011

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook


So a videophone, like in the 70s....... and we all remember what a hit that was.

NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump


Scott Manley on a possible cause of why reaction wheels fails


How do some of the best AI algorithms perform on real robots? Not well, it turns out


Thats artificial procrastination.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China


So why do you call Taiwan “Taiwan, province of China” when you select a country on the profile page. Hypocrites!

Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)



So they have discovered boredom! Where any sandwiches involved?

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins


Re: Using the Sun to navigate...

Agree with you about Taipei, live here now and I constantly get lost, never happens to me in Europe.

Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'


Re: Hmm "the Nad men"

I use one. Best phone I ever owned. Problem now is that no new apps are developed anymore. So next phone will be the choice of being taxed by Apple or spied on by Google...

Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now


Dr Dr

-Dr, it hurts when I pee

-You're holding it wrong!

Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile


Mandatory Reading

"Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty " by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

"Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). "

CERN boffins see strange ... oh, wait, that's just New Zealand moving 2m north


CERN Shrugged

CERN caused the earthquake. It is obvious that the CERN is a weapon and THEY* are testing it on a remotely located island…..

* Insert your favorite value for THEY here

Microsoft patent filing confirms existence of 3D Jedi gesture phone



I just don't get the disdain for windows phones. I have iPhones and android phones, but the only phone that works consistently without any hiccups is my windows phone. No restarts no frozen UI just works...

Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet


Advertising on television was forbidden so when satellite broadcasting was becoming mainstream, companies set up shop abroad in order to send adverts to the Swedish public.

Gambling is heavily regulated and almost a monopoly for the government. If I remember correctly only half of the income is returned to the gambling audience as winnings, so quite a substantial margin.

There is of cause quite a substantial number of politicians that is convinced that gambling is bad for the populace, and therefore should be banned.

The same breed of politicians also wanted to ban satellite dishes, Internet and all other means of getting information that was not approved by the government, all in the name of keeping swedes pure of thought. The same politicians usually keep North Korea and Cuba in high regards.

>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas


Google did not miss anythything, analysts did poor guesswork .

SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland


So, will Scotland now embark on an expensive IT project forcing co.uk to bail them out?


Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media


tax raising monkeys in charge

Very few in the current government has any academic credentials, no experience outside of political work and their version of leveling the playing field is to point at the neighbor and demand raised taxes for him because he appears to be better of then you are.

Complete waste of oxygen....

Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch


will never replace a real watch

My 60 year old seamaster recharges in seconds every morning, keeps the time within a few seconds/ year, is probably more environmentally friendly and will most probably be working exactly as advertised 100 years from now. Beat that Apple and maybe I will consider an upgrade...

Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS


Re: TheVogon

In my experience, it would be a miracle if 10% of the workforce did any real work..

US feds want cars conversing by 2017


Carnage on the streets

How long before people stop paying attention to their surroundings and start to completely rely on this system?

I foresee a massive increase in accidents when this system reaches some critical mass, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, welcome to Carmageddon 2017!

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!


Re: an accurate statement...

No, it is not dreadful to use ordinary programs. Having used a pro for several months i have found absolutely no problem at all running any windows program including development environments, office programs and a host of other more special programs needed in my daily work.

As for the price complaints, who cares? if you use it for work, the price is not important, if you only want it for laying in your sofa and surf the web, then by all means, by the cheapest android.


Good to see some improvements on the battery life, the only downside with the current pro version.

I simply love the pro, it has replaced my old development machine, runs SQL server and development studio, easy to lug around between conference rooms. Unlike my IPad it doesn't crash all the time when surfing web pages, excellent screen, basically it has replaced both the IPad and the laptop. Lack of apps?, who the fck cares, I have millions of windows programs to choose from.

Disclaimer, I may be mad, I also like the ribbon menu system, windows phone and thinks Linux is worth exactly what you pay for it....

Nokia wrings Lumia bling fling, but feature-mobes ding stings


WP8 works better than android.

Having used an Android phone I switched to a windows one, couldn't be happier, no restarts because it hangs, has all the apps I need (make phone calls,keep track of golf score, surf the internet) as an added bonus navigation works much better than on the android thingy. Has all the ones who bashes wp8 really tried it?

Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year


Still using the Omega seamaster my grandpa bought in 1962, manual. Doesn't need any upgrades, independent of electricity, doesn't report my position, buyinghabits or sexual preferences to the NSA and has all the functionality a watch needs i.e. shows the time.

We need more dumb devices and smarter people, not the other way around.

US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct


Re: Cooling

Why not use magnetic force and suspend the projectile in the air while it travels through the gun, or is that the way it works already?

Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space


Re: New artist takes modern art to a new level

It is art, a comment on the futility to get any work done in the post production era of industrialization.

Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling



So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer


It's not even easy to buy the f*cking MS Surface, it was released for sale in in Sweden a week ago, but is only sold through consumer electronic stores.

Trying to buy one through the companys usuall hw provider: No luck

3 out of 4 retailers can't give you an invoice. I.e. don't sell to businesses.

The fourth had no clue on when or what they can deliver.

MS only sells in batches of thirty to companies.

So after one week of trying to buy one I'm close to giving up.

I am not surprised that sales are low if this is the way it is sold in the rest of the world.

Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week


Why benig the gun on board ?

Seems stupid to smuggle a weapon on board

Why not bring a portable 3D printer with you?

1. Carry the printer openly past security

2. Print the gun, and a knife perhaps

3. Have the gun blow up in your face

4. Get shot by an air marshal

5.Paradise and virgins galore....(May vary by your mental imbalance)

Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE


Re: Imagine

Or rather, when intel starts streaming what you are doing in the sofa.... Amateur porn for the masses, by the masses.

In the western world, the TV watches you.

Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution



So lets find some iron asteroids and dump them into the ocean, climate change driving space exploration! At last all that green money coming to some good use.

Here lies /^v.+b$/i






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