* Posts by Paul Webb

162 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Apr 2008


Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Stop fannying about

I have exactly the same experience and it does the same with my Windows box (12GB RAM) too. It has been discussed with the same incredulity in Vivaldi's forums but they seem to be concentrating on new features (email) instead of fixing the basics.

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Unless you are Really Big Biz this...

Upvote for effin 'svchost.exe'.

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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If [...] vendors use it as an excuse to pull back on their own first-party efforts

then that might be no bad thing for some people. SO can grow as the vendors withdraw their own efforts, only to later buy out each community and bring it all back in-house again...

Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: I expect Imagination is feeling rather unwanted

They could certainly do with some (long-term) help, especially if their MIPS IoT offering is to make any significant impact.

Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong

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Re: #1 proof that penis enlargement pills do not work:

Automate your spam filters - the 'rise' of the machines indeed.

UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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Re: Round up the usual suspects to tender again.

Aren't we still having an EU neverendum?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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LinkedIn shareholders must be very happy

But the rest sounds like, especially the language, a dystopian nightmare. With adverts.

Bendy see-thru mobes? Materials scientists make nanofilm advance

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I was looking forward to this...

Ffor almost a second until I realised the display will just be filled with ads.

Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

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Re: Password guessing, ping of death, and fake phone calls counts as 'Hacking' these days?

They're too old for hacking.

Reskilling to become a devops dude could net you $105k+

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"If you see a bandwagon,

it's too late."

- James Goldsmith

Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

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Re: Flash Flushed

Thumbs up for the post; thumbs down for the BBC.

Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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'The End of Free'

If ad blocking software is being discussed on Radio 4 then is it now 'mainstream'?

'The End of Free'


Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: Ameol2

And I thought I was the only Ameol user in the village...

Whoops! AVG data centre KO'd by 'unplanned' outage

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Re: "unplanned maintenance outage"

AVG used to be 'the one' but they lost that crown long ago and is more of a liability than anything else these days. Always worth keeping an eye on av-test.org and av-comparatives.org.

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Re: "unplanned maintenance outage"

No, they just tried to install their bloatware on their own machines.

Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: Tall buildings?

Sorry, all the five-year olds will be employed designing a proper system.

Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800MHz

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The FT this week called the O2/Three merger a solution looking for a problem"

It's at this point I was expecting some Real Reg Analysis (TM), not a paywalled link to elsewhere.

Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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It's tractors we need, not trackers

No chance of IoT thingies talking to each other if they can't understand the local dialect.

UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: I'm confused...

"Gideot" more like.

Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: F.Lux

I've got so used to using this that when I needed to turn it off I was blinded by the shock of blue light! I wish it would work with a light sensor rather than taking a 'best guess' approach with no regard to the actual physical environment.

Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Given the state it's in...

Perhaps that should be Dearth by Sway.

Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Re: Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

Those who have to deal with HMRC, amongst others.

Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: What's a billion?

In 'British English' (English-speaking countries), a billion has been a thousand million (short scale) for a long time. The long scale (million million) is still in use on the continent.

Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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AllTrials campaign

On a semi-related note, I see that GSK is a supporter of the AllTrials campaign (http://www.alltrials.net/) which calls for all clinical trials (past and present) to be registered and their results reported. Whether they are just playing lip service or not, we'll just have to see.

Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Steve would say...

"Cider is pretty cool these days, let's lever our fruity heritage to produce an insanely great vintage."

Or not.

Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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"When I was toking on El Reg's Bong, it all went white."


Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Re: That nearly gave me a heart attack

Amazing what you can do if you think before you act.

MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

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From a singular vision to groupthink FAIL

and the launch of the iClunker.

Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

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Re: Too many TLAs

Asia Pacific Japan

Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'

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Re: well very few products are competely new designs?

Actually, we had slightly different results after being immersed in a VR session. Back in the real world, people would then walk into doors because they expected them to slide open automatically and having to remember to move your legs if you wanted to go anywhere instead of pointing. This usually resulted in a lot of wobbling around and tripping over your own feet after 20 minutes standing still. Not to mention neck ache. Lots of fun though.

Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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At last

A BBC Micro I can afford.

SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Car left at scene

full of Android landfill?

Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others

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You might as well have just said...

"What can Box, Square, or any other such company, do to differentiate themselves in a commodity market?"

... without the need for the rest of the article, which adds nothing.

NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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That's why we need your data - so we can sell you some DIFFERENTLY USELESS DICKWIPES.

BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

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Virgin as well as BT

Virgin Media keep saying that I will get a doubling of my broadband speed but the date keeps changing to the extend that it is now a year since they first announced it was 'coming soon'.

Not that I want to stay with them after their take-over by Liberty Global (and previous fattening up) has seen a big rise in the price they charge me.

OK Virtual Instruments, you've made a thing. Must you fill our ears with PR gobbledegook?

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Probe 'n' Tap

Sounds like a rather painful salesdroid 'experience'.

Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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It's not that it's been done before

It's that it can be done again by even more people, at home (or wherever) on their own and not part of some team in a huge chaebol.

It's the proliferation, availabiltiy and low cost of off the shelf components that's cool. Add to that the (relative) ease of producing apps (back to bedroom programmers) and this should be seen as creative, exciting and fun. Yes, there will be plenty of fart app but some people can shit diamonds.

WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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£14.99 for PAC-MAN MUSEUM

Outrageously overpriced - but asking 10p per play would see me happily coughing up even more!

Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

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Same here, nothing for radio or video from about 7pm (at least that's when I noticed it). Then it came back a few hours later but stopped again sometime during the night. This is Win7 btw, I was so hoping I could blame it on Virgin Media but everything else was fine.

Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Peak Beard

Seems we've reached the end of 'facial innovation' too:

'Peak Beard' is this the end for the facial hair?


Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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"Laugh all you like at that last sentence."?

I was laughing at the first one.

Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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What you need is drones with tazers!

Stupid C.U.P.I.D


Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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So, who wants to learn COBOL now?

Is this demand for .NET and Java going to make it even more difficult to retrain people with these skills to look after all the big tin out there (as suggested by the article below)? Or will that retraining (eventually) lead to even better remuneration? Just curious.

'Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins'


Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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The Dreamcast was an awesome machine launched by a company so crippled by the failure of the Saturn (an overpriced 2D machine released at a time the world was going 3D) that it no longer had the financial or marketing clout to fully support the console. There wasn't much optimism even while the SDK was still being developed and the 'Dreamcast is Coming' teasers just baffled everyone.

Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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"Hoover" was genericised to mean any type (or brand) of vacuum cleaner a long time ago. The (correct) expression the author was looking for was... "hoovers".

One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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It's the Year of Code

Why isn't everyone writing their own Farty Bird app?

Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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Sad about Opera too but vivaldi.net could be just the thing I'm looking for to escape the other usual suspects.

First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

No Captain Cyborg? Still malfunctioning all over Reading...

Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Now that Microsoft has acquired Nokia

Perhaps they should abandon software and hardware altogether and invest in pulp mills and wellies. Might have to have square toes though.

Still, plenty of takers down here in Somerset.

Ker-ching...Er, ZZZWIP: Square-alike mobile swipe type scores $96m

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Chasing 'abandoned' sales

They must think the only reason a sale is abandoned it because they didn't pester you enough so this lets them (physically) beat you into submission until you will buy anything to leave you alone.

I abandon sales for many reasons (never to return) one of which is only by getting to the till am I able to see the full range of additional charges they wish to gouge me with.