* Posts by Hywel Thomas

162 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Mar 2007


iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Previously unseen levels of idiocy here.

while !you_think_this_case_has_merit:

read( "http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/19/apple_sued_imessage_bug/")

print("Congratulations. You are no longer an idiot")

Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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That RM 380Z wasn't in a broom cupboard next to the Physics classroom in Dyfed block was it?

So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: @ Cliff - Welsh any help?

I'd offer that "the mutts' nuts" would be "cnau'r cŵn" and "the mutt's nuts" is "cnau'r ci".

I don't think you need the 'y' because it's already in the contraction. "cnau y ci" -> "cnau'r ci".

It may be that in real use it'd just be 'cnau ci' though.

"Old chap, this microwave is the mutt's nuts!" -> "Mae'r pobty ping 'ma yn cnau ci gwboi!".

I rarely speak, and only remain fluent in the domain specific Welsh (Y Clwb Rygbi), so I anticipate further corrections.

El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Sold my Dragon-32 in 1988 to an electronics student at the Poly of Wales to strip for components. Beer money > nostalgia at the time.

Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

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Re: One hit wonder?

Watched first two episodes of Hemlock Grove last night. Really, really bad script/acting. Worst I've seen since Strippers vs Werewolves.

Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

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15,000 in.

The 15,000 writes. People are forgetting the reads. Single tweet, many followers, some using multiple clients perhaps with multiple views is going to generate a lot of traffic *from* their servers. The numbers were given for a sense of the change of scale as Twitter has grown in popularity.

New iPad sales hit 3 million in first 4 days

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Real numbers

More than likely they're real sales numbers rather than stuffed channel numbers. Per-orders and figures from Apple's own shops. Apple don't play the same way as others.

Fairness FAIL: When small print contradicts the big print

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They'll be interested on this then...


Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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If someone has a half decent job, a mortgage and a car, chances are that a slight tweak to their budget would allow them to get a Mac if they wanted one. Just getting the 1.8l instead of the 2.0l. or a 3 year old car instead of a 2 year old car would save you that kind of money.

Almost nobody can afford a Veyron. You're comparing things that are three orders of magnitude apart.

Cattle-burp eco menace mastered - by oregano

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Johnny Fartpants

When I use oregano, it cerainly makes my farts more powerful.

A quarter of underage children have social networking profiles

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Mine are on there

My kids, 10 and 12 have facebook profiles. My wife and I are friends, and the email updates come to our accounts. All privacy settings are on max. A lot of their friends from school are on there, but I'd say the majority of the parents are aware - parents are friends on there too.

It's not so much Facebook as access to Farmville.

Flat-pack plug designer wins top award

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Yes, yes..

... but when can we buy them ? I want 3. Yesterday.

Dell intros restyled biz laptops

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Thinnest ?

Thin, though it looks quite chunky (way to go Dell designers). Not quite as thin as a MacBook. Thicker again than a MacBook Pro. Both 13", both with optical drives.

Do they just mean the thinnest Dell ?

Mobile games developers shift to iPhone

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Apple win in my house

The iPod Touch has pretty much killed the DS in my house. The DS simply doesn't get used any more. Cost of games is a big win. Yes, they're DRMed, but can share on multiple iPods, and they're backed up. My daughter lost her DS and a box of about 15 games before Christmas. Would cost about £500 to replace. Does the same with an iPod, and it's £150.

Brits take iTablet moniker for 12in iPad rival

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"But the iTablet runs a full-scale, multi-tasking OS: Windows 7."

Ah. Runs an OS that's designed for desktop use. So a piece of shit then.

E-book readers are a satisfied lot

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All about compromise

iPad is a multi function device that can be used as a book reader. It'll be shit on the beach, but it's not really designed for that. The Kindle & Sony are shit for reading in dim light.

Horses for courses. Get the one that works best for you.

Oz banker caught porn-surfing on live TV

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What happened next...


Sony readies family-friendly internet access gadget

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Rotate it 180 degrees…

… the display will be facing you and the image will rotate. (I assume)

Intel staff 'fired' in ring piece stunt

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Ring Piece


LaCie Starck

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@Chris Miller

'Mobile' is the key word here.

Average Brit shags 2.8m people

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How many can you count that weren't rough ?

Swedish military bras burst, melt during 'rigorous exercise'

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Top Bras denied by Top Brass ?

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Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'

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Agree as well.

Initially thinking that it was probably trolling, but seems fair enough. They had no problem while is was virtual. Behind Luxo on this one.

Johnson signs off ID card for UK citizenry

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V for Vendetta was on last night

Shit film, but compelling message.

Masked passwords must go

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I can see where they're coming from…

But it's still idiotic.

The iPod Touch (and iPhone) do the same as described for the

AC gets it right. The problem is that there are many varieties of invalid passwords. People want to use the same password or use an easy to remember password system that they can apply to all systems. Too many sites can break this - forcing mixed case, forcing the use of numbers, not allowing numbers etc.

By all means warn people that their password is shit, but let 'em use whatever they can remember rather than engineering a more secure password that makes them write it down somewhere, which then becomes less secure.

Designer pitches flat-pack power plug

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As long as it's reliable, not a fire risk etc, looks superb. I'll be buying at least a couple of these if they ever get to market.

Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor

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Why show triangles ?

OK. I can believe that it might be an improvement, but why would there be any need to display the keys as triangles on a virtual keyboard ? Surely the underlying sensing mechanism could use triangles even if the keys are still square ?

Maybe AAPL could do that on just not tell the guy !

Facebook eliminates parts of Wales

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It's just plain wrong

They should really fix this. If they want to reduce the locations, use UK instead.

It's not their only geographical blunder. The "I don't live in London, I live in KENT!! Campaign to get Kent a network" group springs to mind.

Hippus HandshoeMouse

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Don't think I need one

Looked at photos. Looked at my hand position on the symmertrical unergonomic-looking Apple mouse, and it's identical. Wrist is elevated,fingers relaxed. Most movement from the whole forearm.

Turn to PC on the right side of my desk to see what happened. Still relaxed, but wrist grounded.

Try to figure out the difference. Due to desk space, the Mac mouse is rotated 90º. Problem on that side is that there's no support for my left arm while typing.

My conclusion is that what people need isn't a new mouse, it's a new desk. I always preferred a corner desk, and I think this is why.

Or something.

Site schools world+dog in browsing history pilfering

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Private Browsing

I knew there was a good reason for having private browsing turned on. (Other than it being embarrassing if the Top Sites previews show NSFW content)

Apple eyes patent for web silence

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Handy for private browsing. I expect.

Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing

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What will they use to process this biometric kneecapping ? A Kray ?

Apple proves: It pays to be late

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No need for specalist versions...

... it's got that dock. Better cameras, phantom powered condenser mics etc could be added fairly easily.

Better advice would be for every other manufacturer to make fewer phones. SE cut its _to_ 78 models recently. 78 is ludicrous. I'd get it down to 5 or 6. Any more than 10 is insanity.

Nice article.

BlackBerry advert sticks it to Apple

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Whatever I think the truth may be (bought an iPod Touch yesterday, so it's probbly obvious), I think that's a great advert.

Scotland Today in news nipslip outrage

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Is it ?

Not convinced. I reckon it's light coming through a buttonhole.

STV's site can't take the pressure though, so can't watch the , er (presumably) flash video to make a proper assessment.

Apple White MacBook Early 2009

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@ Sam

Aparently USB in the new Mac Books (but probably not this one), since they dropped FW, is much speedier. Apple figured out the problem or relented and took out whatever was crippling USB on Mac ?

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@ Adrian

USB has greater overheads and relies on the CPU more. Mbps is just one crude gross measurement. Real world: USB 2 is fine for file transfer, but has the potential to suck compared to FW a bit for real-time video and audio.

It's a VHS/Betamax thing. Most people don't give a stuff (which is fine) , and pros will use the better tech becaue they need to.


The article mentions the 'new' mini DVI. Something's wrong there. It's either the old mini DVI port or the new mini Display Port.

LibDem cheeky boy rides to Segway's rescue

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Think of the tax

Come on Gordy ... VAT, Pavement Fund License, VAT on compulsory 3rd party insurance. What's not to like ?

Nikon D90 digital SLR with HD video recording

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Nice touch...

... taking that photo of a police car.

Apple ejects iBoobs

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Is there…

Is there an open sauce version ?

US nuclear bomb lab develops 'self-warming' hand cream

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An excuse at last…

It can't be any hotter than this unfortunately named product, surely ?


World's first 'thought images' seen on screen

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Great for paranoid partners

Paranoid partner records partner's brain activity, where they dream of shagging partners brother/sister/mother/father/best friend/woman from the checkout at Tescos/Nigella/Nigel/Angelina/Brad etc.

Either get woken up violently, or get some serious evils over breakfast, eventually leading to all out war and divorce.

ITU plots third dimension

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22.2 Sound ?

I can't even get 5.1 past the missus and into the living room. Stuck with 2.1. And SD until HD projectors go mainstream (cheap, that is).

Oh, and I've got wonky eyes in atypical viewing situations. Can't use binoculars, can't see magic eye b0ll0x, can't see the 3D in 3D movies, see two of everything after about 4 pints.

Apple's Snow Leopard set to exploit GPU power

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Try putting "Vista fastest laptop" into Google. You don't need to prime the search with "Mac". You'll hit sites like Windows Vista Magazine and PC World magazine.

Doctor amputates boy's arm using SMS instructions

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Never understood this attitude. Better to try something and fail than just give up. The kid was dead without this intervention

I remember that a bloke in the office, having been on some first aid course, was then (technically) prohibited from giving some paracetamol to a mate. Madness.

'Faith-based' investment firm fingers holiday's most sinful games

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I bet that kid's called…

… Damien

Apple tells Mac users: Get anti-virus

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Old news ?

So how come this is being depicted as a volte face ? The same article from Apple from June 08 2007 says exactly the same thing.

Apple forced to pull misleading UK iPhone ad

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Inconsistent ?

I thought misleading advertising that had small print was perfectly acceptable. Car ads do this all the time. £5999 in big print, model shows £12999 in small print etc.

It was certainly acceptable for Intel to advertise some fella using a laptop via wi-fi half way up a fucking mountain a few years back. The ASA said so. I know, cos I complained to them that it was misleading bollocks.

I don't particularly object to this decision. Just the inconsistency.

Who's got more cash? Apple or Microsoft?

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The difference in cash could be made up by Microsoft in a single year by not paying dividends (Apple doesn't).

And also that paying dividends at the same level would cost Apple about half as much (At currently depressed market cap).

Kristin's right to point out that M$ has a hefty profit margin going on. Higher than Apple, who are traditionally considered to be the kings of overpricing.

The Independent gets the wrong end of Jacqui's gIMP

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Indy awful for tech

The Indy is appalling for tech. It's part of the 'Lifestyle' section. Tech is a bit of fluff on a Wednesday in an otherwise decent rag. A few years ago it was a sparse bit of quality tech comment on a Wednesday, but Charles Arthur buggered off to pastures new.

Nobody buys the Indy for tech news. They should either simply cut it out completely, have decent articles in the main paper once in a while, or really invest in a tech section as good as their education section. This half arsed approach does nobody any favours (least of all Rhodri Marsden).

They could cut out the property section. That's not much use these days.