* Posts by matt

67 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2007


Back the F:\ Up



something simple like this:


Asus launches 'world's fastest' smartphone


Asus at it again

Guys... putting a big ring of plastic around the edge of screens doesnt make it look bigger! You tried it with the Eee and now this. Learn from the Eee, if you think the screen needs to look bigger... make it bigger!

Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'


Terrorist or B on B?

This seems to have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism

Teens admit to Grand Theft Auto-inspired petrol bombfest

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I dont really get how you could "learn" to make them... you pretty much just have to see one to understand it

In that way I was taught to make them at school in history lessons. Shocking

EA preps video game PCs


RE: GPU's are the problem

"EA would be better working with ATI and Nvidia and sorting out a joint marketing approach which would benefit them all - and us."

They (Nvidia and ATI) are currently in legal trouble for something similar to this, but that was just to benefit them and not at all us :)

Sat nav blunder places The Rock in Skegness


Ferry Ticket

Did the SatNav tell him to buy a ferry ticket as well?

Literally beyond belief

Microsoft, Facebook, Google box clever on really big systems


RE: Three words

I think you missed the point

This is about big companies (Google and Facebook) releasing their works as open source. Facebook is contrasted to Google because google are heavily criticised for not releasing many of their changes to open source projects

Firefox sweeps away carpet bombing bug

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RE: Here we go again

Yeah with IE you dont have to worry about those so tricky to install updates all the time, because MS will leave holes for months before fixing them

Great idea...

Soccer star scores uni degree with Wii


Re Though...

"Is this really the product of three years study?"

Probably not, sounds like a final year project. Which most commonly is a double module. So like 1/6 of a years work.

Google plays Hide and Seek with Android SDK


RE: Hmm

Think about the iPhone as Windows and Android as Linux

That might help you get people's motivations.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280


You'll be waiting a long time

"We’re waiting for GT200b to bring DirectX 10.1 and GDDR 5 support to the party, and the sooner Nvidia rolls out 55nm fabrication the better."

Its almost certain that Nvidia will be skipping DX10.1

Big TV flips ad blockers the bird


Re: I can think...

1) Then you get a big area where the advert is still. adblock removes the advert totally so that it doesnt take up any room

2) Thats how adblock plus works

3) They could tell by javascript. onpageload if advert == null then complain :)

Crazy coders enable full-screen Crysis play on Eee PC



I wonder how it works

1024 x 600 resolution, 25 frames a second, 3 bytes per pixel

= 46080000 bytes per second = ~44MB/s

So with an amazing compression of 80% thats still 8.8MB/s. One of the variables has to give if its going to work over the net, maybe its not supposed to?

Nvidia launches GTX 200 series GPUs


RE: GeForce10 series already??

The 9 series wasnt really a new series. Just a con/stop gap.

They just shrank the G80 chip in the original 8 series cards (GTX, Ultra, GTS 320/640mb) called it the G92. Used the G92 in the 8800GT and GTS 512mb.

Then they rebranded the G92 as the 9 series.

This really is a new generation of card though

Dissolving the plastic bag problem


Busy Boy

lol, so at the end of his Biog it says "and I enjoy spending free time with my friends"

That wont be very often then :)

Hidden messages buried in VoIP chatter



Megabit seems like a bit of an odd unit. Maybe if you were talking about data per second but just saying 166.4 kilobytes would better. Maybe the original author (i guess you copied their units?) was trying to make it sound like more...

Boris Johnson bans boozing on London transport

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Whats the point?

I don't think anyone would argue that people that have had to much to drink and are being a nuisance actually got drunk on public transport.

Sure some people might be drinking while being a nuisance, but its the previous 5 drinks that made them act like that not the one in their hand.

Japan to tax MP3 players


The Line?

Where would they draw the line on what to tax?

Will I have to pay this tax on my new phone? PC? Car with MP3 stereo? Hard Drive?

Rogue MP3 Trojan streaks across P2P networks


Michael C

Sounds like you should have found a better source for your MP3s. "I found this newspaper in the street and its total crap, I can hardly read it! I'm not going to get another newspaper again!" seems to me :)

Most of the "kiddies" I know use a strict off site backup procedure (giving files to friends) :)

Israeli spyware-for-hire PIs jailed


In the UK...

"Jackont's discovery of a Trojan on his PC led to a police investigation that eventually led back to the Haephratis and a much larger plot."

If I went down the police station and said there is a Trojan on my PC I wouldnt expect them to actually do anything. Maybe they'd cart my PC of for a few months.

Maybe if you went to some where else, a special subsection of the police they might do something? Is there something like that you can do?

Dogs reduce allergies in kids


Except me

As a child I was alergic to dogs :)

Coming soon: The Church of Googlology?


RE:Google is my sherpard

I'm afraid the new religion is "Religion as a Service", so they can change the holy books but they dont need to share their work.

Google starts Street View in Europe


Already in London

Its already been to London,

I saw one of the Google Streetview VW Beetles about 9 months ago. It went past as I was have a crafty ciggy outside the office.

Here is the one I saw driving around EC2A:


It has the pictures I've seen of the US ones.

US census ditches handhelds for clipboards

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"cheap biro" ?

By cheap biro I assume you mean one which contains a pressurized cartridge and cost $1 million to develop...

Ofcom hits green on in-flight calling


Ohh dear

On my commute train to Moorgate every morning I look forward to getting into the tunnel for the last 4 stops so that I dont have to listen to the stupid people on the train on their phones.

Interestingly, flying recently I left my phone on (forgot to turn it off as it was in my coat in the overhead storage). When I got off the plane I noticed that the battery was REALLY hot (as in cant keep finger firmly on it for over 5 seconds).

I guess its down to pressure. Any further suggestions what was going on?

EC tries to get on top of carousel fraud


Re: How does this work?

It doesnt work like you suggested at all.


Mobo maker builds 'powerless' processor cooling fan

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The northbridge could almost certainly be better cooled by sticking a big heat sink on it

Airline pilot sacked for 777 Top Gun stunt


More serious

More serious questions should be asked about the quality of the youtube video...


Is it just a really bad video or pictures stuck together? Either way its shocking

Star Trek XI release knocked back to 2009

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"which chronicles how the Enterprise crew met at Starfleet Academy..."

"Paramount last month gave Trekkies a teaser trailer of the film, which chronicles how the Enterprise crew met at Starfleet Academy and subsequently went boldy forth on their first mission."

Really? Cause the article you link to seems to have a video of them building the SS:E...

Murdoch taps HP boss for News Corp boardroom


shock news...

Hurd has a future!

Stallman will be pleased ;)

DARPA continues military AI air-traffic project


RE: Doesn't AI learn by mistakes?

Not really. As far as I can remember it usally is flicked into learning mode, then presented a training set which then calibrates the neural network.

Then it is flipped back into a operating mode, where it no longer learns.

(note: "learning mode", "calibrates" and "operating mode" are probably not the actual names...)

UK men would stay out of bed for 50in plasma telly



"If you buy me a 50'' plasma then..."

Billg quits Facebook


I wonder...

if they will actually delete his data unlike the rest of us

Boy burned in PSP trouser blaze


Re: Type

ohh dear...

The coats for you...

Intel Skulltrail high-end gaming system


RE: Brian Miller

that'll change with new games as the programmers become more multithreaded/SLI compatable

Microsoft! bids! $44.6bn! for! Yahoo!



nice timing of this when google announce their quaterly results, i guess microsoft are hoping to mitigate any regulatory questions by hiding behind googles massive earnings last year/quater

US Navy to test fire electric hypercannon



You tube video please!

Pirate Bay hits ten million peers, one million torrents

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RE: Pirate Bay are crooks

You come across as the big clever man but really you need to read more about the Swedish law. The P-Bay are just telling people where to download copyrighted material they are not providing it.

In Sweden this is not ilegal.

Spammers dive into Google's lucky dip

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RE: Simple solution # 2

Do you mean:

Referer == Google: Behave normal

Referer != Google: Display search page

If so, I think your idea is best :)

'Wii workout' for overweight pupils plan slammed


little johnny:

"Sir, I'm to fat to do the normal PE lessons"

Sir: "I dont think so! Get on the scales!"

100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way

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The cheapest bit of laying the cables is the bits running down the street. For NTL, the gangs would be paid by the meter laid. They would then get 2x-3x the amount for the bit coming off the T-Junction to the little bit at the edge of the pavement outside your house.

How are they going to lay those T Junctions here? Dig up a little bit of road outside everyones house to reach down to the sewer? Would be loads more expensive, than just digging the footpaths up.

Only way I can see it working is them doing 1 sewer exit per 100m of street then sticking a wifi point on a big pole. OBviously that wouldnt be allowed because of "wifi damaging child"

The idea that linking to universities shows it works is madness because there is only 2 sections coming out of the sewer.

Brazil bans the evil sold in EverQuest and Counter-Strike



Funny, I dont remember any of the gangs using magic in City of God!

(Yes I did post this when the Inq reported it yesterday, but as the reg never links there I'm hoping to get away with a pea roast : )

Do we need computer competence tests?


Sarbs-Oxley compliance

As part of our SOks compliance all users in the company now have to do a "data protection" test.

Its simple stuff like avoiding phising etc.

Seems like a good idea to me

AMD gains altitude in Q4 but hit by ATI scud missle

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RE: my fault

Here is an intresting article related to this:


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RE: My fault

"I wonder why people keep on buying outdated Intel prcessors for their desktops."

Are you having a laugh? The phenoms didnt come out till right near the end of Q4. Intel have had the same mainstream products (Q6600) for so long because there has been no competition.

Are the quad conroe's more expensive? Are you looking at the enthusast extreme editions?

"So yes, I think that AMD are doing the things -kinda- right for the moment, though they might be doing better if they were not always trying to compete with Intel."

Lol no shit. HP might be doing better if Dell packed it all in.

"Which brings us to a very interesting point: is the market pushing them that way, or are the specialised journos pushing the "market" towards such competition?"

They both make chips FFS, of course they are in competition. Would intel be allowed to but AMD, of course not because that would be a monopoly...

You sound like your in charge of purchasing for a company... ohh dear.

Cops admit CCTV no use in deterring drunken violence


My chirstmas eve

This year walking back from the pub on chirstmas eve we stopped and watched a series of 10 or so fights in about 20 minutes out side a pub (yes on christmas eve).

We saw the CCTV camera turn round to see them and within 5 minutes the Police had turned up in force and with dogs.

I think the CCTV spotted what was going on (nobody seemed that bothered about stopping the fighting). If the police hadnt have turned up the fighting would have gone on and on I'm sure. So in this case it did stop some fights from happening.

We stood at a safe distance and watched the festivities. Poor cops didnt see to happy about having to come out.

iPhone turns blue as IBM creates Lotus client



There are two types of Lotus Notes users:

Those that hate it and those that have never used it.

Video game ad banned for 'realistic' violence


RE: (untitled)

Or in Saving Private Ryan Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) going over to Germans to explaining that he really didnt want to fight and would just like to find a poor guy called Ryan and then go home :)

Caught on camera: the Downfall of HD DVD



I tipped them off about this yesterday afternoon and they didnt credit me :(

Brighton professor bans Google


I prefered the other approach

I liked the Prof that got her students to work on a Wiki page for an assignment more.

But this approach isnt really anything new. While at uni 2 years ago I was expected to work from the same books as every one else.