* Posts by Jim Carter

203 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Sep 2008


iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing

That said, this only reinforces the idea that regular backups are a Good Thing To Do.

Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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You're quite right

It is possible to live life without a smart phone. But, and it's a massive one, it's very useful for looking up information, maps, and general communications like Whatsapp, not to mention the ride tracking that I use it for as well. So for me, I'd rather be with one than without one.

And not being able to put it down in lieu of conversation? That's just self control.

McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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An interesting idea

Although I think they use it for the food already.

Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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I'm going to say no.

The civil liberties implications are too horrible to think of.

London plod plonks, er, pull request on EasyDNS

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Ooh, tricksy.

The language might be reasonable enough but still...

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Blergh

Flanshaw? You poor sod! The Sainsbury's auto-tills near where I live in College Grove are very useful for getting rid of the small change that inevitably builds up at the end of the month.

The NSA's hiring - and they want a CIVIL LIBERTIES officer

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A step in the right direction, certainly.

Although one can't help but think it's like hiring Homer Simpson to be the safety officer.

Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

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Re: Been there, done that. More than once.

Bloody hell, a real Johnny fiveskin here. Never thought I'd see one here.

Beat the UK's incoming smut filter: Pre-censor your grumble flicks

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That's the most evil thing I've ever heard...

End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Firefox 32.0?

Or maybe 69.whoah?

Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Awww, diddums

This bloke doesn't half remind me of Jack Lewis. For more info:


Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Completely outside the box here

But how about Phil Glenister?

Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Re: Meeja

The very idea of David Cameron in spandex has put me right off my lunch! I hope you're happy!

SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

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Re: Enjoying Being exploited

Regarding the obsession with efficiency- apparently, this makes me lazy.

FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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I'm suddenly reminded

Of Mr Doovde from Fonejacker...

IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Fabulous Idea... but...

Ah, you mean like here?


The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Re: http://www.reynholm.co.uk/intranet/resources.php

Ah, taking the lonely road...

German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

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Potentially speaking, they could run water through that thing to much the same effect? Although I can imagine o2 buildup in such a high temp environment would be a rather large problem, though not insurmountable. Also, with the right kind of catalyst, one could potentially overcome the problem of the stronger molecular bonds with water compared to methane. That said, an interesting piece of tech, with a potential to become self-sustaining if you were to bubble bio-gas through it sourced from landfills, if you had enough of it. Also, a good potential use for the apparent oodles of methane clathrate we apparently have, not to mention frakked gas.

If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Re: Internet Explorer 6 staggers on?

I'm a freelance web designer, when I have the time, and I flat out refuse to design for IE6. If it doesn't render standards-complaint code, it can sod off. Luckily, the vast majority of browsers actually do that these days.

Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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A Møøse once bit my sister...

Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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I'm with 3 myself

And I can honestly say I've never had a problem with them. Unless I'm in rural Cambridgeshire, and then they suck worse than a busted Dyson.

Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: At the danger of..

Agreed. I'm by no means blameless for ad-hominem insults, however I would rather have a cup of tea and a biscuit with Mr Fry.

Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Intrusive advertising really pisses me off

Hence a love of adblock and noscript, and pop-up blockers up the wazoo. However if product placement is done properly to the point you don't notice it, then nothing wrong with it. Otherwise it can go die in a fire with other intrusive methods of advertising.

Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

Well of course it didn't happen, hence the woman running down the street in the nip!

Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

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There were similar theories on Silbury Hill.

That said, I've always wanted to penetrate Brodgar's Ring.

Congratulations, copyright infringers: You are the five per cent

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A couple of things

I'm pretty damned sure that Orlowski is only kept around as some sort of El Reg equivalent of Jan Moir or Richard Littlejohn.

Anyway, ad hominem attacks aside, I pay for my content. Only seems fair, really. However, downloading and bittorrent for me fills a very useful hole, in that if a disc gets scratched or broken, I can get another copy. That said, there are those who blatantly abuse the system and I know of one person who has at least 3tb of movies knocking round. He doesn't know what to do with them all, the silly sod.

I strongly fail to see why I should sell out for something twice when I've already bought the rights to watch the content. Also, format shifting shouldn't be illegal either. Just my thoughts, you don't have to agree, naturally.

Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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I have to wonder...

If anyone shouting for Clarkson to be burned at the stake actually read the entire message?

"I will visit them".

Sounds like he'll take James May with them and have him bore them to death by torqueing. Or something.

Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

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Re: Any Clues

"I like big butts and I cannot lie"

US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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I think this sums it up quite nicely

When it comes to the attitude of the US sticking their nose in where it isn't wanted:

"Te futueo et caballum tuum".

Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

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My Nan's with them

For the life of me I can't think why. I'm still trying to figure out if they're worse than Virgin Media after foolishly allowing my housemate to switch from Sky.

Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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Re: "I know a guy from the New York Army National Guard ..."

"Our shields can't repel failure of this magnitude!"

I don't hold most of my users in contempt. Anyone who is rude though, well frankly they deserve all the mocking they get. There's a difference between a knowledge gap and wilfull ignorance.

Muslim vid protest hackers turn web-flood hosepipe away from US banks

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My life, my business.

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.

I mean, what can you say about a bunch of people whom even the KKK brands as, and I quote... "Hatemongers". There aren't enough spoons in the world for this amount of irony.

Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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If I remember right...

The CIA had technology that could do this from several miles away. Or so Will Smith said when he was on a press junket for Enemy of the State on the Big Breakfast back in 1998.

Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC

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A fascinating read

The BBC news website, much like Eddie's, is the homepage on all my devices too. The design principles have informed my own to this day- clean, simple, and no needless crap. Content is indeed king there, and long may it continue.

Pakistan bans 'immoral' late night mobe deals

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Fuck religion. Up the arse. With a slowly rotating pineapple.

USS Enterprise sets out on its final mission

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Hate to say this but...

Peace has always lived in the shadow of the sword.

Brainwaves hint at gamer glory

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Re: That must mean

As long as you don't end up wearing the cone of shame.

Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

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That's just brightened my day.

Although I can imagine a couple of die-hard Apple fans will say something about this, and get thoroughly downvoted as a result.

Ho hum.

Übertroll firm bags DRM patent for 3D printing

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In short

They can sod off.

Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Either that

Or it's a stranded Atraxi...

Swedish cops contain fermented herring menace

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Ah, surströmming.

I know of a British chap who once got a ripe surströmming fart right up his nose. Suffice to say his stomach wasn't full for very long.

Zombie PC herders issue commands from Tor hideout

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Re: Caution!

Privtard? Talk about an ad hominem attack on people who actually value their privacy. Tell me, if someone asked for your PIN, would you give it to them?

China and Japan stick it to floods, quakes and tsunamis

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This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere.

Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.

Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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I have a Note.

And I love it. Even my technophobe mother can tell the difference between a Note and an iPhone. I was considering an iPhone for her mainly due to ease of use.

Not any more.

The cooler side of the Big Bang

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Our whole universe was in a hot dense state...

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

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Re: subtle torture

I'm getting it for my mate who will shortly be celebrating his 30th. Well, that and a Logan's Run DVD.

Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sandwich

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Blimey, you lot are hard to please.

My own variation is thus:


Fresh baked white bread. Not sliced, and none of that cotton wool crap you get in supermarkets.

Treacle cure bacon from Suffolk.

Duck egg.

Stoke's red sauce.

Toasted sesame oil (only a little).

Fry the bacon in a little of the oil, until slightly crispy on the rind. Fry the egg in about half an inch of oil. The flavour of the two are really nutty and bloody gorgeous. Let the bacon rest a minute on a warm plate, and lightly toast one side of each piece of bread, on the inside, of course. Combine the lot with Stoke's red sauce.

Breakfast of champions, and a fantastic hangover cure to boot.

Pasadena to party hardy as Martian landing looms

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Re: The point of going to Mars?

I see what you mean. It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere...