* Posts by JoeCool

24 posts • joined 10 Mar 2015

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Re: Generation Moron rules the waves. . . and so much else, too.

Yes! my biggest question from the article: how did this make it past ANY design reviews ?

I also find it hilarious that almost all of the comments relate the story back to car control design.


Re: Touch screens

I upvoted because 90% of your post is exactly right. The place I have doubts is the Catalytic converter comment. According to the Internet "The normal operating temperature of a catalytic converter is between 550 and 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit with the optimum temperature being about 806 degrees"

Point #1, There's no way 1 to 2 minutes of idling is going to reduce the stored heat out of that range, by much.

Point #2 Stop/Start is primarily about reducing Fuel consumption. Converters are about reducing smog-producing particulates. Converters actually CREATE greeen house gassses.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


Re: He may be right

OR ReactOS can post their audit results, showing the published/public sources of their reverse engineering, were mr. Rietschin detailed enough to list specific references.

Amazon woes and wins, IBM thinks it's solved employee happiness and Duplex phony phone calls everywhere!


Re: it really understands what is said

And that's why as an IBM employee, you need to be rigorous in your use of the Joke Icon - otherwise the AI will make a wrong conclusion.

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads


You missed out on the TP25 ?

Lenovo claims that the "island" style KB is mechanically the same as previous kbs, but in a more modern frame. Is your issue the keycaps, or the key-switch feel.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


you want to own your own DNA ?

See Lacks, Henrietta

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker


Scumbag ?

There's quality reporting. Is El Reg scraping twitter for news stories ?

"At this time, there is no indication as to what caused the murderous outburst and they have appealed for witnesses to get in contact."

Clearly, it's because he's a scumbag. Don't the police research their shootings on the Internet ?

BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them


Re: Phone cameras

Phone cameras have completely displaced compact "snapshot" cameras. So basically 100% of people that are carrying around a camera for casual photography are actually carry around a phone and using it's camera.

Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'


Re: Hmmmmm

They are trying to give a corporation a conscience, and doing it from within.

That doesn't fit your understanding of actions ? Then post your attempt to publicly shame your CEO into social responsibility.

You can bet a senseless rant that reveals the poster to hold moronic views described with trite cliches is getting downvoted.

Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery


Is this surprising ?

Functionally any battery is an energy storage device that makes the most energy the most easily accessed, in the smallest space possible. Isn't there always going to be a line to walk between basic physics and safe operation ?

Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert


@Anonymous Coward with the Garfield fixation

Garfield is a fat slovenly man in a cat costume, drawn with the intent of maximizing marketing potential (Although I will say the Blues album tie-in has a pretty good roster of talent).

Simon's cat is actual art.

And, Cat Man Do is (still) awesome.

The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams


I am astounded by the proportion of EA commenters with an axe to grind. I'd guess most devs read the article, and think "well, yeah. next article".

Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners



No tablet with a 19:10 screen should be seen as a Surface clone. All they are is a commodity play into the low end space. I am nothing near a Surface fanboi, but MS deserve credit for bucking the indistry trend on the screen aspect, with the third gen version.

‪There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry‬pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box


Re: "the antithesis of a strong and stable operating system"

My feelings about windows lies somewhere between "despise" and "hate". Nonetheless the "antithesis.... " comment in the article is unsubstantiated nonsense. As a desktop OS it's uptime is comparable to Linux, if not quite as good. Of course, I am ruthless in minimizing changes on windows, regardless of version.

Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers


education SALES

1. I find it incongruous that locking down a pc, and preventing exploration is seen as a feature, in an educational environment.

2. Since this is such a blatant future mindshare land grab on the part of MS et al., I wonder why the schools aren't simply getting an upfront pay-off and free hardware. Low standards for getting used is not a good lesson for school kids.

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature


Re: there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins

"Why would they need another derogatory term? "American" seems to fit all round."

Because, that actually refers to all inhabitants of the entire continent: north, central, and south.

I sometimes break out "Unistatians" to be more specifc.

Beer, so I don't have to think about the closeness of all that instability.

Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam


Re: 'the Germans can do it".

"urea-based system success ..."

I don't think that assumption warrants belief. No-one has said "how deep" the cover-up goes, but perhaps all diesel scrubbing tech is fundamentally flawed, in one way or another. I believe that MB is being investigated in the US for performance & compliance issues, similiar to VW. Urea is a relatively recent development, and companies seem to have shifted to it as a last resort.

US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory


Canadian immigration

Dear USA friends,

I am truly concerned for the instability that is so likely to affect your daily lives. It's a tough prospect, but you are a sturdy, honest people.

I'd like to suggest that to avoid a processing quagmire, that all of the Blue states band together to make a blanket request. I am sure something mutually beneficial can be worked out.

And Puerto Rico. They deserve better too.

Signed, Your (North) American neighbours.

VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly


Re: If the government had better tests...

Using a dynometer is the correct way to perform a controlled test. Otherwise your results are plus/minus X% due to wind humidity temperature and road differences, so that the tests aren't actually repeatable.

What VW did is more like a teacher giving his students the answers to a standardized test, and arguing that it is the fault of that test that it uses questions choosen before hand.

We snubbed Microsoft's Surface Pro wooing, says Lenovo exec


Serving the customer ?

In the category of laptops not using 16:9, I think you only have the Surface and the MacBook Pro. That could be part of the demand.

Lenovo is saying they would lose sales, implying that the Surface is in fact competitive, so good for Microsoft.

HP and Dell say they are catering to customer needs. I don't think that sort of decision should be criticized.

W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites


Re: Solution?

I tink the stated use case could be supported by a boolean value IsBattTooLowForAds. Then, the 40k of distinct values reduces considerably.

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?


Re: The view from Onenote

Onenote has been available in the iStore for about 1 year. Onenote has been available on Windows for 10+ years, so your "insight" is overly simplistic.

I will aso mention that until very recently, the non-free versions were more funcitonal, and useable.

The original statement is a valid conclusion. mmm hmmm.

Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG


LG OLEDs are already priced in the same bracket as the best Sony and Samsung LCD, so LG is already there ( although Samsung gives you more inches ).

If you're expecting them to attack the "Excellent Picture Quality at a reasonable price" segment, Panasonic's roaring success with their plasma line will discourage that market strategy.

Big Blue promises Big Bucks from Big Bets


IBM is bragging about a 2% dividend yield ?

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