* Posts by Glenturret Single Malt

246 posts • joined 30 Apr 2014


New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Same Old Tricks?

The oldest copy of Chambers Dictionary (published 1972) that I have at home includes definition of differential as a noun as well as an adjective and gives as an example "pay or price differential".

The phrase has therefore been in use for around half a century at least and probably rather longer in order to become sufficiently well established to get into the dictionary.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: Disaster Waiting to Happen

"the hubster's porn filled web surfing history"

As I read it, the phrase you have quoted is sexually non-specific.

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: Always be nice to the IT folks.

In a chemistry laboratory, the equivalents, I found were the Stores and the glassblowing service.

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Slack journalism

Am I the only person to be disappointed to find that the article is an attempt at sensationalisation of a politically sensitive topic and disappointed that the editors of The Register have allowed themselves to be used in this way?

FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

It's called India Pale Ale, not Indian Pale Ale.

Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

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According to Chambers Dictionary pled is an alternative to pleaded ("Spenser, Scot, US and dialect").

It is commonly used in reports of Scottish court cases so presumably is the term used in court.

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

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Default browser

Running W10 Pro here; the only times I have had my default browser switched back from FF to Edge were at the big update last year and one occasion when I got things into a horrible mess and did a clean reinstall.

I might try Vivaldi again having had a go with it in the early days of its introduction.

The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

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Oh dear

Unfortunately, I have the images blocked.

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

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

That could have been the same aircraft that scared the shit out of me and numerous others as we were playing cricket.The most frightening thing was the noise.

A non-Standards Soviet approved measure of weight? Sod off, BBC!

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unit of slowness

I have a friend who is renowned for his slow but steady pace of ascent when hill walking. His surname has become the standard unit of slowness among his circle of friends (but with the first letter in lower case, of course).

Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: I like it @Mikel

Your Father the deity?

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: Enough Whining.

If it's so important (or frequently used), why do you have to search for it every time? Why not have it on the task bar so that a single click gives you what you want? And that applies equally to W7, does it not?

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

At least you can now arrange the comments from oldest first.

Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Prudishness, or business?

I am keeping a count of the the number of times I find where the name of the heavy metal element, symbol Pb, atomic number 82 is used instead of led as the past participle of the verb "to lead". Currently approaching 30 in not much over a year.

Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: I carry a whole bag in winter

It gets you out of the shit?

Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Nice to see...


1. Usually the leaders of each party are settled before a general election so it could be argued that voters are actually voting for a prime minister despite the fact that their cross is beside the name of someeone else. Much of the election publicity produced by parties before an election is based on this idea.

2. The past tense of lead (pronounced leed) is led. Lead (pronounced led) is a heavy metal, symbol Pb, atomic number 82).

Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Re: Monkey Photo


Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: Apology or not, results are the same

I speak as someone who has never awarded either an upvote or a downvote in any online discussion forum because I believe the system is silly and childish and should, of course, be scrapped.

In the case of the Register, I also think that many people click on these because of their prejudices (justified or not) about the subject of the post and not as a balanced assessment of its truth/accuracy etc. But that would mean having to read them all to find out what they actually say.

Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Re: There is no such verb as "to helm"

OK, but what about the contributor (above) who refers to "dissembling" a computer?

This reminds me of a chemical equivalent (no pun there for chemists); one particular lecturer I recall was always very insistent that ionic compounds disassociate in aqueous solution rather than the slightly shortened version that was in common use.

Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Re: Oh tomato tohmahto..

There are some words that just don't go well with the -i plural ending. After a little bit of research using a crossword solver, I think that it has a lot to do with the last couple of letters before -us. Some word endings are found commonly in Latin and even made up names (like plant names) that have such endings suit an -i plural. Even so, the -uses plural sounds just as good to me in many cases.

The majority of -us words (nouns) seem to be more suited to the -i plural. Here are some that I think are not:

virus, chorus, hiatus, omnibus (and bus, of course), rhombus, phallus, isthmus, tetanus, grampus, octopus (YES), papyrus, quietus, hibiscus, meniscus and platypus.

You can't trust news on Facebook – and (once again) you can't trust its web ad metrics

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Thank heavens they have got the plural of abacus correct. None of this faux Latin stuff.

London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Re: Maybe Oops?

To quote more accurately, one is an accident, two is coincidence and three is sheer bloody carelessness.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Pejorative or what?

What is the difference between Microsoft distributing (or some other neutral word to describe what they did) and "sneaking out" a patch? One is journalism and the other is propaganda.

The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

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I tyhought at first it was Blackberry Pi.

Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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Re: Cross-country skiers have similar issues

I can recall coming back indoors after playing football on wet snow and weeping with agony - and that was only as my feet warmed up.

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Re: You just have to...

Thought the first t was an f.

Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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Says it all

"Men who listened to AC/DC....."

What did they expect to discover/

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: Not just BT

BTW, for other readers, find the option hidden away here, Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings "Turn on fast startup (recommended)"

Not in my version of Windows 10. Control Panel/Power Options then Choose what the power button does/Change settings that are currentlu unavailable.

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Re: From a user's point of view...


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Re: From a user's point of view...

Historically, it means the same as "bin" as in Osama bin Laden.

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Re: 2IC's name

The Burmese man I came across called U Nu.

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

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

The most annoying thing about US banknotes is that they are all the same size.

Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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Has anyone else noticed a trend in recent years for socks with a symbol/logo on one side? Presumably these are intended to be worn with the logo on the outside which means that you have perforce defined right and left socks. This goes against the idea that, even if they are put away folded together in the sock drawer, you don't have to worry which one goes on which foot while fumbling around getting dressed in the semi-darkness of a winter morning trying not to waken the still slumbering occupant of the bed.

So, no thanks. I perefer my socks ambidextrous (ambipodous?).

Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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Re: BT Homehubs and Amazon Echo

I would echo all that has ben said about the reliability of BT routers (although I do not use Google Chromecast). Like Michael H, I had a different SSID for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands but since the latest (SmartHub or HH6), I do not apear to be able to do this.

Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: "Others interested in the field could leverage their work,"

As long as you pronounce it leeverage and not bloody American levverage.

'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

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My word of the year

At irregular intervals I by reading and listening to news and comment programmes, I become aware that certain words have become fashionable. The current favourite is "decade". Count how many examples you come across in the next week or so.

British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Re: Wasted opportunity...

I think perfenestrate fits the situation more accurately (per = through, trans = across).

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Foot power - the alternative

OK, so foot power is not scientifically feasible but here's an idea. What if all those millions of people sitting at desks all day had a treadle under the desk just like the old, mechanical sewing machines? How much electricity could be generated that way?

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Gormless National Savings & investments

The only time I was ever a millionaire was in Vietnam where (at the time) there were about 30000 of the local currency to £1.

Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: "The scary thing about the US, is that it is such a big and powerful idiot."

@John Smith 19

As a chemist, It is always a surprise and a source of humour to me when I come across "lead" instead of led. Especially in a periodical that deals (partly) with scientific subjects. I am reminded of my favourite corny joke about the guy who was the lead guitarist in a heavy metal band.

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Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

@Anonymous Coward

After reading your rather odd comment, I have had another look through the article and could not find any statement or implication by the author that he wanted Clinton to win. What I found was a pretty straight, factual account of the run up to the election and an interesting additional piece of information about one particular group of voters who may have had some significant effect on the outcome of the election. If you read it the way you express in your comment, it seems to me to say more about your attitude than that of the author of the article.

Daily email missing

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Daily email missing

I haven't received one since Tuesday (2nd November).

Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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The reaction of lithium with water is pretty unexciting, Things get more vigorous as you go down the Group of the Periodic Table of which lithium is at the lightest element. Sodium and potassium can be safely demonstarated in a classroom but rubidium and caesium are video-only.

Adventures in (re) naming your business: Fire up the 4-syllable random name generator

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Re: agreed

Yes, "The Chambers Dictionary" does just that for me. First off, a definite article is a must - no name is really complete without one; then the actual name combining as it does memories of my old Latin teacher with the hint of allusion to the legal world and a touch of Russian Roulette; and finally, the clincher, "Dictionary" - punchy and right to the point. Couldn't be bettered.

Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Re: Twelve =/= teen

Based on the number of fingers and toes that the locals had on their hands/feet?

Reseller offered $$$ for old tech gear – then stiffed thousands with suddenly lower quotes

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Re: Read slower

Better than saying that the offered price is "between 10 and 30 times smaller than..."

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Mirror image

What would happen if an American citizen on the autistic sprctrum and resident in USA successfully hacked into the files of some UK Government agencies?

A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Why do people get so confused about plurals? As a change from the now commonplace Illiterate Apostrophe, I see in this article a reference to "Nexii owners". N.B. virus - viruses, callus - calluses, campus - campuses etc.


Apart from the fact that Nexii is possibly the plural of some unknown word "Nexius", you don't talk about Volvos owners or Dysons owners. In fact, reading them back to myself, those last two phrases could perhaps be used to refer to the people who own the companies but there you would need an apostrophe as in "Volvo's owners..."

Using a different construction, however, you would say "the owners of Volvos or Dysons (or even Nexuses)".

Russian hackers target MH17 journalists for embarrassing Putin

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Re: Journalists or Churnalists?

So what does that tell us about the Lockerbie disaster - that the plane was brought down by Scot Nats?

Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: Doesn't anyone proof read anymore?

Or write clear, unambiguous English.


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