* Posts by fishman

768 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007


Surface: Tested to withstand the NFL. Microsoft firmware updates? Not so much


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Microsoft paid the NFL $400M to be the official supplier with their Surface devices. In return, the NFL teams have to use them in the games.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it


Re: I'm sure the FCC will get right on it

Only if Trump is out and Pai removed.

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law


Re: Who gets the gold star?

Kennedy space center is in Florida - Cape Canaveral.

Johnson space center is in Huston, Texas.

It's raining, then? Hallelujah. Big Blue super 'puter sharpens forecasts


The variation in forecasts between the weather models (US, European, etc) is probably greater than the variation due to the resolution of the predictions.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: Crazy

"Very religious and right-wing"

Sounds pretty crazy to me....

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook


Re: There's disposable income then there's

And even if Apple itself isn't slurping data, the apps could be doing it.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7



Well, since Android uses the Linux kernel, I'd say to "World Domination".

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?


Pixel 2

I've had a Pixel 2 for a year, and have had zero problems. My wife got one at the same time, and she has had zero problems. Even though she tends to drop her phone.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee


Re: Had to think then

I call them "dog logs".

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei


Re: Potentially dumb question...

They should have gone with a 3X telephoto lens instead.

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?


Re: No worries

"Oh. This sounds like something political."

Why do you think the SLS is called the "Senate Launch System"?

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts


Re: Facebook will position itself as a provider of government digital services

"Which one will use the mined data for the least evil purpose?"

Governments can throw people in jail and/or confiscate all of their belongings, so the PRC is potentially the most evil.

But companies that mine the data can have the results taken by the government and then used for evil purposes.

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins


It isn't the big objects

It isn't the big objects that are the problem - they are *relatively* few in number and easy to track. It's the small objects that cannot be tracked, huge in number, and moving at 17,000 mph. Even an object like a paint chip can put a hole in a space craft or satellite - eradicating them will be the problem.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks



Remember - The Essential Phone was the first smartphone with a notch. And it runs Android.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again


Saturn 5 / Apollo

It's amazing to think that in less than 10 years the US went from not having sent a man into space to having a man walk on the moon and return safely - with 1960's technology.

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion


Re: Is...

Earth is a planet. Whether there is intelligent life on Earth is up for debate.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy


Since Fortnight is dodging the Google tax...

Does this mean that Android users are getting a 15%-25% discount now? If not, it end up the users get fleeced at the same rate, but the money is just flowing into different pockets.

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND


Delivering coffee....

Delivering coffee...... By a Drone!

Sort of like "doing something mundane..... On a Computer!" is the basis of too many patents.

Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress


Re: the main problem with the Pixel 2/3 etc.

And the Iphone is literally an android phone.

Large phones? Android first.

Fingerprint sensor? Android first. (Motorola Atrix)

Notch? Android first (Essential Phone)

Facial unlock? Android first (2011 Galaxy Nexus)

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'


Music files are small

"the music industry argues Grande benefits financially from selling faster speed internet connections to copyright infringers."

You don't need a fast connection to download music files, especially when you torrent them - relatively small files that can be downloaded in the background. Its video streaming that needs the bandwidth.

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common


Re: Give it a couple of million years

If you could accelerate at 1g for one year, you would reach the speed of light. Decelerate at 1g for a year, and you are done. Assuming you don't hit anything - since you are traveling at the speed of light you have no way to maneuver around anything - by the time you could sense something you are already there.

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition


Re: Old Linux ?

I ran SGI Irix 3.2 in 8MB of memory. 16MB was comfy.

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


Re: Travesty...

The new movie's characters are closer to the original drawings than the old Disney movies.

Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle


Re: Of course they're still spending...

"Who do I root for? I'm so conflicted."

Oracle - Evil to employees and customers.

Amazon - Evil to employees.

QLC flash is tricky stuff to make and use, so here's a primer


Re: Why is QLC the hardest of all to use?

Just wait until they go to 11.

Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code


Re: The plaintiffs stand a decent chance of losing

"Every one of my Androids have lasted <2 years due to battery issues"

My first Android lasted 5 years - the battery was still in good condition. On the other hand, my son killed the battery in his iphone in a year.

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?


News sites should pay the aggregators.

News sites make money off of the additional traffic driven to them by the news aggregators. The news sites should pay something to the aggregators for the additional traffic - not the other way around.

I expect that there will be fewer articles from EU news sources linked to by aggregators, replaced by news sources from other parts of the world. Look at Spain as an example of how well laws like this worked.

Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?


Re: "The US approach maximises consumer welfare"

"Corporate welfare maybe, but not investor welfare."

If corporations were run to maximize investor value executive pay and benefits would be dramatically slashed.

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die


Re: Feature trickle down

The Essential phone has a notch - It came out before the Iphone X, and is currently around $500.

Now IBM turns redundo gun on its Digital Business Group


Maximizing shareholder value

Maximizing shareholder value includes minimizing executive compensation.

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?


Re: Wade Owen Watts

Cringely's name is the pen name of Mark Stephens.

Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins


Maybe it's just me

But I always assume that cars will not stop when I cross the street, so I time it when there is a safe interval in the traffic.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'


Re: Don't want that swing.

When many people think of nudists they think of young fit attractive adults going naked. The reality is that most of them are old, overweight, and unattractive - like most people.

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


"So a bit like turning the device off? Are they going to sue for power buttons as well?"

It's more like the "mute" button on my TV's remote control. But it's ON A COMPUTER!!!

Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory


Re: Lego...

"I built my Saturn V out of standard bricks."

I built a Saturn 1 using the cardboard tubes from Christmas wrapping paper. The tanks on the first stage of the Saturn 1 are visible from the outside, and it took somewhere around 8 tubes to recreate the look. I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old.....

US Navy gives Lockheed Martin $150m big frickin' laser cannon contract



"No information was given about sharks accompanying the Lockheed Martin weapons."

That will be part of the $500M upgrade contract.

NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun


Re: We have the clueless leading the blind...

I see I got (so far) 9 thumbs down when I corrected someone who provided false statistics. Looks like there are quite a number of fake news fans here.


Re: We have the clueless leading the blind...

"On an average day in the USA, 90-100 people are killed by guns. A few are accidents, some are suicides, the vast majority are murders. "

Fact check: The U.S. Department of Justice reports that approximately 60% of all adult firearm deaths are suicides.

Murders are only about a third of the death rate.


UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?


Re: @ wolfetone

"Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour."

If it gets to that point the airfields will be smoldering holes in the ground and the cities will be ashes. And few will be alive to care what happened to the carriers.

FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great


Re: I thought all carriers shared a stolen handset list.

"The only difference between Verizon and the other major telecoms is that Verizon pretends like they're different."

And charges quite a bit more for it.

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss


If I remember, at the press conference after the launch he said they would fire the second stage engine until it ran out of fuel. So it sounds like it had more fuel than they expected.

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor


Cheap tablets

I remember a number of years ago that a $100 tablet was a terrible piece of crap, with only 4GB of storage, crap screen, slow processor, and ancient version of Android.

For $50 when it is on sale, you can get a Fire HD8 - maybe not fast enough to play some games, but more than fast enough for the web or watching video. And Amazon seems to be updating the OS - my 1 1/2 year old tablet just got the latest OS update two weeks ago.

Of course, all of the data that would have gone to Google now goes to Amazon.

A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines


Re: And it doesn't sound like the actual residents of the town were responsible

"Well, Trump was never "elected", he was installed by the "electoral college" through a process called "gerrymandering",which is how republicans overthrow election results, and that is what the US calls "democracy"."

Gerrymandering could have only a tiny affect the electoral college - only Nebraska and Maine give out the electoral votes by congressional district; the other states are winner take all. Nebraska is solidly Republican and gerrymandering would have not had any impact; Maine state legislatures are mostly controlled by Democrats - the state legislatures are where the gerrymandering gets approved - so any gerrymandering would have been probably done by the Democrats.

For those outside the US, gerrymandering is when a voting district geography is reshaped in such a way that the included population will vote in a way the "designer" desires. The voting district can end up in with a strange distorted shape. Both parties are guilty of using it.

Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy



That's just a couple miles from my house. I'll have to keep my eyes open when I'm out for a walk.

If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more


Re: The previous FCC chair was expected to be a cable stooge

"Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp."

He's draining the swamp - but replacing it with a sewer.

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither


Re: You're really lucky!

My two best (?) lucks - I had a transmission replaced at 35K miles under the 36K mile warranty, and a refrigerator compressor replaced at 4 years 11 months under the 5 year warranty. Of course, better luck would have been no repairs needed at all.

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'



I guess Christian Wolmar has never driven a car in an urban environment. Pedestrians dart out into the road. Even if the driver isn't too busy on their smartphone, or listening to the radio, or talking to the passengers, it still takes 3/4 of a second at best to go from recognizing a danger to pressing the brake pedal. At 25mph that's almost 30 feet. An autonomous system would be able to respond much faster.

We've spent 100 years getting the roads to work for human drivers, and that is leveraging centuries of knowledge of horse drawn vehicle traffic. Just like we have signage for humans, roads will need signage for autonomous vehicles.

Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders


Re: Down in Arkasas they'll call it "Sweetmouth Broadband"

I live 1000 miles away from *Arkansas*, and even I know that the team is called the Razorbacks. And Arkansas ranks 24th in pig production.

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death


Re: The More I read About the US of A....


Whenever the Brits start looking down on the USA, don't forget that the UK has far more cameras focused on their population than the US. And their politicians are just as capable of doing crazy/irresponsible things.


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