* Posts by Lindsay

35 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Oct 2008

Windows 7 boss predicts 'modest' initial shipments

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Apple vs Microsoft pricing

Microsoft has to gouge on its software because it has nothing else. Apple doesn't need to gouge on its software because it's already done so on the hardware.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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I didn't use enough exclamation marks the first time!!!!!

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Oh god not again

"With a sensor this size, finally, here was a way of getting the original focal length of your old 28mm lens back from the scaling beyond 40mm that occurs when used with smaller sensor cameras."

Repeat after me: The focal length doesn't change! It never changes! It is a physical property of the lens!


Virgin Galactic tests laughing-gas powered rocket motor

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IT Angle

"Virgin Galactic tests laughing-gas powered rocket motor"

That's like saying internal combustion propelled cars are "air powered."

Apple rides fanbois to popularity crown (again)

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Re: Well Duh...

Are we thinking about the same Apple?

BOFH: Grand Theft Auto

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Re: Excellent comments

If I see another coffee spraying/snorting reference anywhere on the internet I'm going to go postal.

IMO The Boss needs to be a bit smarter than a box of dead kittens or the things they do to him are too cheap.

Google nabs purse snatcher

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Let's allow a private entity to track everyone's whereabouts every minute of the day. It's for our own safety!

Numonyx bets on Phase-Change Memory

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Unfortunate names

Numonyx and Virident are two of the most unfortunate company names I've heard for a while.

Apple bullish on iPhone refresh sales

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On conclusion-jumping:

Apple sells more than just Iphones.

Failed Nork rocket bits straddle Japan

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Nork rocket?

I had to think about that one for a bit.

Aussies backtrack on firewall plans

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Site-wise Classification

"Conroy said: "What I am looking at at the moment is a system whereby the Classification Board can have a role in making that final determination." So if a complaint about a website was made, ACMA would pass that site onto the Classifcation Board."

Excellent, that'll bog 'em down for a few millennia.

LG fu**ed off with swearing

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Wouldn't a TV that replaces baby laughter with swearing be more interesting?

WD releases 2TB external HDDs

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Re: Weird...

I was going to say "Mybook World Edition" but a quick check of WD's website reveals that this product is no longer a RAID drive. That's pretty disappointing.

No doubt they've done this to protect sales of "Sharespace," which costs twice as much.

Aussie ISP pulls out of firewall trial

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Re: Good to see

The fact that iiNet saw fit to involve themselves in the process in the first place is cause for concern. They knew what they were doing, so they deserve no applause for having realised what bad PR it was and abandoning it.

Why would you continue to give them your custom as opposed to, for example, an ISP that refused to be involved and made its position clear from the outset?

Boffins sniff keystrokes with lasers, oscilloscopes

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Never fear

"Imagine what a determined government agency can do."

...Waste millions of dollars on failed contracts and public enquires?

Ubuntu gets pre-Koala cloud love

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Blinky Bill

"a good Koala knows how to see the wood for the trees, even when her head is in the clouds"

I'm sure someone's head's in the clouds, but I'm not so sure it's the Koala...

Brit D-cell torpedo in icepack-bottom probe

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RE: @Lee Dowling "WHY?"

And of NiMH?

Nude Apple iMac pics leaked to web

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Keyboard and Mouse

"Finally, after looking at these and more photos on the IFixIt website, we gotta say that we agree with their conclusion that Apple's white-plastic Mighty Mouse looks mighty cheesy next to the aluminum iMac and Apple Keyboard."

You're worried about the mouse? That keyboard is an absolute joke.

Sony DSLR-A900 Alpha 900 digital SLR

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Autofocus? That's for wimps.

In answer to those for whom these new fangled features are too complicated, I have a novel suggestion: don't use them (or simply RTFM.)

In addition, (HD) video capture on DSLRs opens up creative possibilities that have until now only been possible with professional cinema quality equipment, due to the characteristics of the image formats and lenses used in DSLRs.

New features may not be useful to every owner of a particular camera, but they rarely detract from the quality of output or versatility of the system, and to equate "not useful to me" with "useless" is nonsense.

El Reg suffers identity crisis

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Everyone clicking on that option was entirely unpredictable...

Stargazers peer into the 'Eye of God'

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Re: Re: Please

The godse?

Sony demos ultra-expensive, ultra-thin OLED telly

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Thanks Sony

You can continue to watch TV while using the menu? That's incredible.

I tried to use that interface on the PS3 and came out of the experience with a brand new nervous twitch.

UFO wind turbine prang site: Exclusive photos

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Nice F-19!

Just the thing for black helicopter cred.

Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers

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The police, abusing their powers?


Tesla takes Top Gear test to task

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Re: 55 Miles.

You actually believe that test was scientific?

Also: Top Gear fabricating test results? Never!

Sony Rolly dancing MP3 player

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Sony Board Meeting

"Guys, we need something to pull us out of this PS3 shaped hole"

"I know!..."

Aussie protests over Great Firewall

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Hah, there's nothing remotely socialist about either major party in this country.

Browsers fail password protection tests

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Saving passwords?

"...users would be stupid to save passwords for any websites."

I fixed it for you.

Windows patching abysmal, and getting worse

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False positives so false they don't exist

This tool tried to tell me I have a copy of Acrobat Reader 3.x installed. I don't think I've ever used Acrobat Reader 3, much less had it in the same room as this computer.

It also sent me to a patch for MS Project that I already had installed.

Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited

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Touch Base

It's not a net neologism, but it enrages me so. Maybe we could get some work done around here if we weren't touching each others' bases all the time.

Aussie government muffs plans for internet filtering

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That's Labor, not Labour

Please don't suggest they're part of the labour movement.

Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer

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Re: Plot?

Where were you when they got voted out a year ago Kate?

This trailer does not bode well...

Formula One kinetic energy recovery rigs debut

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Electric motors and extra weight

For all those suggesting that it's meaningless because F1 cars run on petrol, you have heard of electric motors, right?

@ Alex Simmons, Rick Brasche, Nick Porter: Formula 1 cars currently carry a substantial amount of ballast. As long as the KERS is lighter than the current ballast (though I don't know whether it is,) the only penalty will be the relocation of the mass; currently the ballast can be used to fine tune the car's centre of mass and weight distribution, but the KERS would no doubt result in less flexibility in the location of that mass.

Fancy nipping for a quick two-thirds of a pint?

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A tinny!

2/3 of a Pint = 378mL

An Australian "tinny" (can) of terrible beer, bought in 30 can bricks = 375mL

(Also a "stubby" (bottle,) though those have been dropping to 330mL via 355mL and 345mL lately.)

Sounds like you lot are trying to drop down to our level. Back off!