* Posts by Steven Davison

87 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Apr 2007


Just when you thought it was safe to enter the data centre

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Unbelievable. You, Ru, must be the pride of [subject hometown here]!"

I've made a note, your post was a great success.

id Software Wolfenstein 3D

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My memories of ROTT were playing with friends over a LAN at my house, and using the FKey taunts....

"Where ARRRREEEE You?"


Half of Virgin Media broadband ads are wrong, says ASA

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in line with my original thread

Quote from Tatsky > "He worked out the extra load from new houses hooking up required the signal to be boosted"

Could someone explain why a Fibre Optic connection would suffer signal loss??

(TatSky, I'm not slamming you here, i'm pointing out a further issue with the way Vermin media (and NTL/Telewest advertise their products....)

@ AC 10:36

As Ragarath points out, they imply that you can have fibre to your premises if you want it. (FTTP)

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Fibre Optic

When will someone point out to Virgin and the ASA that their network is simply NOT completely fibre optic... the cables into customers houses are Copper Co-Axial!

At least BT are honest about where their fibre goes with FTTC and FTTP.

Intel 320 SSD bug causes forum despair

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Mike 125 > State your sources, or thou art branded a Troll!

So, LOHAN: What's it to be?

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Low Orbit High Altitude Navigator

Definitely gets my vote... it's almost plausible!

Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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Why the fuck does it matter? #

Maybe so there is some kind of record of how many people (claim) to belong to a specific religion and when, so the demographic can be charted as changing over time?

my default question always is... If you aren't willing to tell, what are you wanting to hide?

Captain Kirk hails space shuttle Discovery

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Hmm, actually...

I don't think such a phrase as 'following winds' is valid...


gives a explanation of the phrase :)

Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun

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"And they said /etc/asterisk/extensions.conf was hard to understand."

depends who wrote it and how old it was... :P

Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

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"Sigh. How many times have we gone over this... If you keep giving Microsoft your money it only encourages them to keep writing software. Install Linux and have done with it."

Because :-

Not everything I run has been ported to Linux

I don't want to faff with Wine/and or other emulation systems...

"Free" does not always equal "better"

just a few responses.... not all of them either...

MS do need to sort out their coding, if issues like this remain unpatched!

World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

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Big Brother

As a WoW Gamer...

As a WoW Gamer myself, I actually have mixed feelings about this.

I applaud Blizzard in cracking down on Botting, and by association Gold Farming. It ruins an already dodgy economy!

Also, I agree that if you feel compelled to 'cheat' your way to higher levels, then you need to take a stern look at why you are playing the game.... levelling is a part of it, and especially following the new patch release (I'm sure you've heard about it!) is actually quite enjoyable!

However, I don't think we should be allowing the use of DCMA here, to prevent the sales of a third party tool that circumvents Blizzard's rules. At first I thought It was a good thing, but I ran past this analogy...

Most cars produced today can exceed the maximum speed limits in our countries, not to mention the lower, intermediary limits in towns and cities.... now imagine the uproar if the ideals from the DCMA were used to prevent the sale of all vehicles that could break a speed limit...

I'm sure there would be people that disagree with my analogy, or whatever... but meh, it's my opinion don't like it... I don't care! :P

Raptor over Blighty: Watch the stealth fighter in infrared

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No F-22... Sad Face

I can confirm that the F-22 is not scheduled to make a display for the public days @ Farnborough this year...

Source : - http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2074655_farnborough_2010_airshow_flying_display_lineup

However we may get to see a pair as they escort the B-52 on it's flyby which is due (providing they don't overfly Blackbushe instead)

Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

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Gay Icon

"So glad am gay! Btw El Reg: can we have the gay equivalent to the Paris Hilton icon?"

I think you found it all on your own...

Faster broadband for free?

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Long Line?

Does anyone know if this would be of use to someone on the end of a long line from the exchange?

McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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@ matt 83

"If a machine has Sophos installed then it isn't open source ;)"

This is incorrect.

Sophos provide CID downloads for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, Netware, FreeBSD, AIX, Mac OSX and Various Windows systems...

While the product may not be open source, the OS can be.

Vatican damns Angels and Demons as 'quite harmless'

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@ BossHog

on the DOS version I was playing, I got to Elite... then on to Archangel... also had an energy sucking 'cloaking device'

saved a planet or two...

What version are you playing?

Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

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Of course they did...

"The Swedish judges obviously missed out on Computer Science 101."

Of course they did... they are Judges, not Computer Scientists.

Unfortunately, the judges were probably in training a while back now, and may not have had direction on how this kind of technology works. It will take time to catch up, and I hope it does, as the people who created TPB shouldn't be going to jail.

I agree with the idea that you can't blame the manufacturer for the actions of the user... like with Guns, Knives... or Roads even... (isn't it funny that kids get killed on roads everyday... yet no one takes the people who put the roads there in the first place to court???)

I think the Entertainment industry needs to look at the people doing the sharing in the first place. The people who actually break the law by sharing media. This all seems that it's too hard work to find the real criminals, so we'll go after someone else instead.

I agree that in many cases the media is overpriced, but that doesn't give you the right to steal it... Would you steal a car because you couldn't afford it? (I know at least one person will say 'yes' to that question... but my argument doesn't care about you :P)

If people want the industry to change, vote with your feet and buy media that you feel is worth it. Go see Shows or support independent artists, whatever, just don't buy music at all, listen to the radio... thats free!

The industry is, at the end of the day, only out to make money, so if you don't buy what they are selling, they will have to find new ways to sell to you. Maybe a decent Internet distribution model, or a clever licensing system... who knows, but they will only develop it if they stop making money, and they can't get your money an other way (i.e taking you to court for stealing it)

DARPA gives Cal Tech boffin $6m 'to save Moore's Law'

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I for one...

I for one welcome our new silicon based, self altering overlords...

Gnome answers Linux critics with 'big' vision plan

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Yes but,

"is something innovative and new, and not just *nix knockoff versions of Windows or Mac apps."

Yes, that's probably a good thing, but in order to draw more attention to various *nix variants, it would be beneficial for these distros to be able to compete in an equal environment, and do what Windows and Mac can do.

ISS crew flees flying space junk

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Is there no value in collecting and recycling this stuff floating around up there?

Airbus A380 bows out of Air Force One competition

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I beleive that the Boeing 747-200's are known as VC-25's when not carrying the President.... I may be wrong...

Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary

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Neoc - I have a feeling the author means that if the file does not have an assoiciated reader/player installed on the system - PackageKit can find the correct one in it's list of known types and install an applicable app.

He doesn't say you can't find and install one yourself :)

MIT plans to roll out 'folding' car

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missing the point?

I think what most of the previous comments missed is that you wouldn't own one, you'd simply walk to the nearest charging station, swipe your card, and take the first one in the queue.... and you can return it to any other charging station in the system, presumably... you'd then be charged for the distance/time in use i'd suppose....

I may be wrong however...

and anyway they don't look all that safe to me!

Endemol tech chief to be released from Dubai slammer

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Exactly when did the definition of 'Different' change to also mean "Wrong"????

'Coercion' plan to force ID cards on first time drivers

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Breaches of Security

Do we really trust a government that has had so many known leaks of personal information?

Sony, Nintendo sued in console controller patent clash

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Patent Madness

Personally, I think it's time to get real on patent issues like this...

The idea of patenting an idea seems stupid...

If you think of a great invention or design, and don't do anything with it, it's your bloody fault if someone has the same idea as you... mind reading still isn't possible, so the idea hasn't been stolen from you.

If you make a design for something, and again, don't do anything with it, and someone by chance designs a similar thing, then again, that's your stupid fault for sitting on it..

Only working prototypes of specific things should be patented.

Bloke finds missus working in brothel

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"dead scuba diver in the burnt out tree"

Did you just watch a CSI: Las Vegas Episode or something?

Nintendo completes DS Lite 'refresh' - analyst

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GBA Backlight?

If you want a GBA with a Backlight, why not go for an SP?

Chinese boffins in copper nanotubes acronym outrage

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I suppose a calling someone a copper nanotube sounds better than callling them a James Blunt... I think it sounds Pete Tong!

Neanderthals had key speech gene, researchers say

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What are we going to do tonight, Brain?

Smiley celebrates 25th birthday

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every Party needs a clown...

Nuke-frying raygun 747 all ready bar the raygun

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Dale Brown

I think Adam Oellermann has been reading Storming Heaven by Dale Brown!

Anti-spam sites weather DDoS assault

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"rendered temporarily available"

how does that work?

I'll get my coat....

So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?

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Personally, I use the address bar to signify where a webpage comes from, or who it relates to...

I see Theregister.co.uk as routed in England, and therfore has more useful news about the UK.

also, if i wanted to read about whats happening in the US, i'd use .com....

I like the way it is... having a sub-domain seems, to me at least, like a secondary area to a site, which I'm sure that neither side like. (Nimby)

I consider The Register to be an international organisation, with 2 websites.

Perhaps TheRegister.net would be the suitable 'gobal' address?

Train driver asks passengers to get out and push

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Unfortunately, bootlaces can only be used to fix really useful steam engines!

High level Night Elf druid saves PC gaming

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If PC Developers would realise that the thing that keeps people playing thier games is Re-playabilty and actual originality (take The Sims *shudder* for instance), and not fancy graphics, they'll easily outstrip consoles...

Why must they insist on pushing out slight variations of other games, which are all along a close theme within their genre?

Boffins to test Star Trek space shield

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Navigational Deflector?

This sounds more like the 'navigational deflector' used in Star Trek, and not the defensive shields as one of the comments says.

This navigational deflector is theoretically used to prevent very small particles, meteors, space dust and the like from damaging the hull when a ship is travelling at 'warp' speeds. Admittedly they use it for all kinds of psudo-science beams... but it's basic function is still there...