* Posts by fishman

782 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007


UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?



It would be interesting to find out what the peak usage rates are for the computers. Since 2010 more people have internet at home, and more people have smartphones (so they only need wifi at the library). If there are unused computers during the busiest times it would be hard to justify not downsizing as the equipment ages out.

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House


"Google, for example, won't consider - even for a second - paying news outlets for using their content. It expects to be able to grab and use it for free while making money by running ads alongside."

I don't see any ads when I use Google news even in browsers without ad blocking, for both desktop and mobile devices.

Google news drives traffic to news outlets. If the publisher doesn't want Google to do it all they need to do is add a robots.txt file to stop it.

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Re: Well done, SpaceX ...

The difference is that if NASA back then was as risk adverse as NASA is today we would have taken 30+ years to get to the moon.

Tech industry titans suddenly love internet privacy rules. Wanna know why? We'll tell you


Re: laws of this nature need to be enacted by U.S. Congress

US congress is the best money can buy.

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy


Silly ratio.

Most video done these days is at 16:9.

Most times when a phone is bent it is bent due to its length. Phone length often is more important than width in fitting into a pocket.

If you hold the phone upright while viewing the web, the width of the phone usually determines how large the text and images are.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing


Re: Draining the swamp

They didn't drain the swamp, they blocked the drains.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars


My impression of the problem with subcontractors is due to Congress - to get congressional approval of programs the prime contractors have to spread the work around to as many states and congressional districts as possible. This means that a lot more subcontractors are used, and many are chosen on the basis of location and not quality of work.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware


Re: Year of the Linux desktop?

What a noob. I switched from Irix to Linux at work in 1995.

Earth's noggin took quite a clockin' back in the day: Now a second meteorite crater spotted under Greenland ice


Until it got hit by a large asteroid. Then it rectum.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

" A monopoly market contains a single firm that produces goods with no close substitute, with significant barriers to entry of other firms."


Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


State tax

In the US, you pay federal, state, and (usually) local income taxes. In high tax states like California the state and local tax is as high as 13.3%. If they did do a 70% marginal tax rate it would encourage the wealthy to move to lower tax states. And where the wealthy move, their companies will follow.


Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem

Actually Koch didn't support Trump in 2016 and has stated that they won't support him in 2020.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future


Re: Typical el Reg

Lots of spying going on in the IOS apps.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


Re: Political correctness running amok?

And Chevy started using SS (Super Sport) starting in the 1963 model year - less than 20 years after the end of WWII.

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


Official Sponsor

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.


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