* Posts by Allonymous Coward

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Allonymous Coward

Re: Does this niche still exist?

Thing about the original Series 5 was the physical form factor working well with a great set of bundled software. It was better than the sum of its parts. I could get some kind of keyboard for my generic Android blower, but by the time I pair it, find out which apps don't work properly etc I'm not sure how good it would be (keeping an open mind, maybe it'd be excellent).

Likewise with this. The form factor looks nice, but if they stick some janky never-updated version of Android on top that'd pretty much ruin it. If on the other hand I could see the appeal if they get, I dunno, a slick LineageOS or Debian install where everything Just Works.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

Allonymous Coward

Re: Gotta be the Psion

> tell that to the Navy beancounters

Perhaps my original post should say "non-negotiable for anyone with a sane, non-multi-year, procurement process".

For all we know, they decided network connectivity was actually really important. But their supplier said, "You do realise that'll be a £10M change..."

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Yes, definitely the Psion Series 5...

> Not sure what OS to put on it, though - a customised Linux, or would Android be the inevitable victor?

I like to think of the Psions as devices that valued function over form. So in this someone-makes-a-new-S5 fantasy realm, I'd like to see a proper Linux on there. Perhaps MeeGo or one of its successors. I may be a bit biased because I think the Series 5 form factor would be brilliant for a little carry-it-around SSH client.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Gotta be the Psion

Yeah, you may be right. But I think some sort of simple network connectivity is probably non-negotiable these days. If my 5mx had that, I might still be using it.

Perhaps something like Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone would be better for battery life. Or ditch the AAs (boo) and put in some sort of higher density bespoke module. Removable, of course.

This is all theoretical anyway, because there's no sign there'll ever be an updated Series 5. Sniff.

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Allonymous Coward
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Gotta be the Psion

Great keyboard, excellent software, brilliant runtime off a couple of AAs, OK display for its day.

I still have one somewhere. If they launched a new model with some hardware updates (Wi-Fi, SD card slot, perhaps a colour e-ink display) I'd be sorely tempted.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

Allonymous Coward

Re: IPv6 usage soaring?

I have a very new Plusnet router which I think is basically a rebadged BT one. It says the same thing.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Allonymous Coward

Re: Right wing hypocrisy.

> she could work from home

She can see Russia from her house!

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

Allonymous Coward

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> Various fields around West Germany, the odd one further away like Somerset.

There was apparently a (fairly dark) West German joke that the cheapest way to get a Starfighter was to buy a bit of land and wait.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> The only time I recall an RAF aircraft hitting a light civil

That makes me feel so much better about the Hawks, Hercs and Tornadoes that've come stonking through the general proximity of our circuit over the last year. Perhaps another accident would make people (not necessarily just the RAF) pay closer attention.

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Allonymous Coward
Unhappy

Re: Low level loss of concentration

> 'I'm surprised we've never had any fatalities tbh.'

> What makes you think we haven't?

We have: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/3-2000-raf-tornado-gr1-za-330-and-cessna-152-g-bpzx-21-january-1999

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Allonymous Coward

Re: Make something new

Snow Crash. Now *there's* a book I'd like to see done well as a movie.

No idea how you would though.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

Allonymous Coward

Google has prior form

I remember a few years ago, they didn't recognise nhs.uk domains as valid when trying to register with Analytics and the like.

Questions on the Google product support [sic] forum went unanswered. It took social media pressure from a bunch of p'ed off NHS web types to get them to fix the issue. And even when they did, Google never admitted there'd been a problem.

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Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

Allonymous Coward
FAIL

The Canonical business plan syllogism

Again...

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2003988

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

Allonymous Coward

basin it

I see what you did there.

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Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Allonymous Coward

Re: Chrome will run the auto-play video ad ...

it'll be on by default and the switch will be buried deep in the configuration options where you'll need a torch and dungeon map to find it

Beware of the leopard.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Which reminds me

I really must sign that Investigatory Powers Act petition.

I'll get my coat and leave the outraged veggie masses to it.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: Once again, I was ahead of the curve ...

Thumbs up for (rightly) putting the boot into Tesco's terrible online experience.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Allonymous Coward

Corollary: if you can afford iStuff, you can probably afford this.

And if you're a true fanboi you'll probably think it's a great idea too.

I expect to see copies adorning coffee tables in the reception areas of design agencies, Silicon Roundabout startups, etc etc.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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This comments section has pretty much made me decide to replace my 2013-era Moto G with a G4 rather than a Swift or Swift 2.

So not an entirely wasted read even if the article itself is a bit hagiographic.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

Allonymous Coward

Re: How on earth

[T]his whole notion of being so proprietary in every facet of what we do has really hurt us. And again, the management and vision we had encouraged that. Encouraged people to go reinvent the wheel out there our own way. And yeah, it might be 10% better but usually it ended up being about 50% worse because there are a lot of smart people that don’t work at Apple, too.

-- Steve Jobs, WWDC 1997

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Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?

Allonymous Coward

Re: So they want me to trust an online service with all my passwords?

Ditto KeePass(X). Offline but syncable, and cross-platform without having to use WINE or whatever.

It supports a "key file" as well as/instead of a password. This can be used to get a sort of poor man's two-factor auth. I have it set up to use Dropbox, with a strong password on the database file and an additional key file that never touches the cloud.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Allonymous Coward
Flame

TalkTalk are unethical slimeballs

As this snippet of jQuery in their account login page demonstrates:

$(document).ready(function(){

var timer = 5000;

if (isiframe == false) {

$('#outer-box').html('Checking your details...');

$('#inner').animate({width: '100'}, (timer/3), function() {

setTimeout(function() {

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your account settings...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Fetching your bills and usage details...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Loading your special offers...');

window.setInterval(function(){

$('#outer-box').html('Preparing your dashboard...');

<snipped for brevity>

While all this "retrieving your information" is going on, they show you ads for their latest whatever-it-is-they're-pushing.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Allonymous Coward
Paris Hilton

Re: Last Chance To See

Would the Air France employs lurking on the El Reg comments section please stand up?

Oui! It is I, LeClerc!

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Re: just immobilise the seat

> the new 50,000 mA-hour cells

On the bright side, with that battery you'll be able to get *at least* two hours of talk time. And the operating system manufacturer will get a least a day's worth of tracking-you-around-the-place time.

Mine's the one with the Nokia 5110 and tinfoil hat in the pocket.

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Big Software is the next, er, big thing

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Read it, reread it

Nope, still don't understand what it's saying. It's just random words all strung together.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: 80% the work I do is pointless!

> honesty, it's depressing

Sure is. Give me dishonesty every time ;)

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Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Allonymous Coward

Loyal^H^H^H Locked in

FTFY

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Allonymous Coward
Big Brother

Re: recent

I recently did a couple of flights to/from Singapore. The outward leg on a slightly older 777 was definitely Linux - got to watch the boot process on a layover. The return flight was on what looked to be an almost-new (or at least recently refurbished) 777. Didn't see a boot screen, but some of the iconography on the touch UI looked very Android-ish.

So I guess it's not just 787s. Also I guess Google now know what movies I watched, what my in-flight meal was etc.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

Allonymous Coward

Re: Elections

> I think it'll be a direct metric as to how pissed off this country is

We had an adventure a few months ago when the British population got the chance to quantify at the ballot box just how pissed off they were.

It's been... an interesting ride so far. Good luck.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: standard operating procedures

Maybe time's less of a problem for milk floats and mobility scooters, and the fire service can afford to wait for it to burn out or the manufacturer to show up.

After all, it's not like a milk float really goes fast enough to "plough into a tree". So you're less likely to have a trapped/dead person inside.

I've no idea really; this is speculation. But as a potential EV buyer myself, how the emergency services deal with them is something I've wondered about.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Allonymous Coward
Mushroom

"Move fast and break things...

... unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough". Allegedly a quote from The Zuck himself.

Oh, and obligatory XKCD reference: https://xkcd.com/1428 (perhaps "rocket scientist" ought to be added to the list).

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An end to rude emails?

Allonymous Coward
Alert

It looks like you're writing an email

Would you like help?

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

Allonymous Coward

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

Why the downvote? This actually does happen; I've seen it.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

AFAIK, many GOV.UK services stick in "beta" (not sure about alpha) because it saves the developers having to do an extra round of GDS service assessment.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Allonymous Coward
Joke

Re: Cant see where he lied

Kapital idea.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Allonymous Coward

> The politicians don't even grasp how current technology operates

Sure they do. It's "Digital", right?

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Allonymous Coward

Re: Love the A380

> 777 seating is WORSE than what you have in B737 or A320 for puddle jumper flights

Having recently flown a 737 across the Tasman to connect with two 777 legs to Manchester via Singapore, I have to say I found the 737 seating to be far worse.

Perhaps this was down to the difference between Virgin Australia (who I will never fly with again) and Singapore Airlines though.

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

Allonymous Coward

The important thing is

They came up with a catchy name (plus associated domain, plus associated logo) for the exploit. That's apparently important these days.

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

Allonymous Coward

How large?

If it needs to be very large, perhaps we could call the vehicle "Gigantic" or something.

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Oh TechNation. Britain's got tech talent. Just not like this

Allonymous Coward

Re: I googled it,

Innovate UK

I had some dealings with these twerps a while back. A more oxymoronic organisation name would be hard to imagine.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

Allonymous Coward

You forgot the HyperCat consortium

Which aims to create an inclusive one-stop shop of best practice IoT implementation through the sharing of knowledge of processes and applications.

Apparently.

FFS.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Allonymous Coward

Re: #define spel spell

I see your 'ELAMENT' and raise you an 'HTTP referer'

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Allonymous Coward
IT Angle

Re: Things More Interesting than Julian Assange

Discussing Unicode support in PHP

Icon because, there is one.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: @Desidero No legal force

Had he stayed and not used his lawyer to help him leave Sweden, this would all be a footnote on Manning's wikipedia entry

And Julian would hate just being a footnote in someone else's Wikipedia entry.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Allonymous Coward
Flame

When I see a company name like "Strategy Analytics" I want to go hit something

That's it. That's my sole contribution to this discussion.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Allonymous Coward
Pint

Re: Overpriced

@Raithmir dammit, you owe me a new keyboard.

That will be something like £40, apparently.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

Allonymous Coward

Re: False offer for "free credit reporting"

Noddle isn't free. Well, the very basic core service is but as soon as you want to do anything useful you end up in "in-app purchase" land. I know this because I've had an account with them for a few months.

In fact, the TalkTalk code gets you access to "alerting", which is (only) one of Noddle's paid-for services. I signed up for it because why the heck not, I already had the Noddle account. And I'm a TalkTalk customer, at least until my contract expires.

They don't make this information easy to find on their website because they're [incompetent|malicious] (delete one). Here's a link to it: http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/noddlealerts

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

Allonymous Coward

Re: still self destructing?

From the Lubuntu help site:

"In the bikeshed ubuntu package, there's a script called purge-old-kernels, that allows you to retain a certain number of older kernels as well as the latest, rather than purging them all."

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Allonymous Coward
Mushroom

I for one...

...welcome our new mutant werewolf vampire bat six-legged chicken overlords.

(Icon because, it's obvious really)

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