* Posts by Kwac

299 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Apr 2007


I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/


Re: It's gotten better.

" It ran to nearly twelve pages (printed from the browser) and half of that was command-line gibberish that made no sense to me (so yay for the chance to mistype something)."

I assume you're like my wife, who drives a car and also uses Linux. She hasn't got a clue to using the command line nor anything past putting petrol in.

She wouldn't have a clue about using the command line in Windows either, but she could go to a document and cut and paste from a web page.


Re: It's gotten better.

Why are you blaming Linux for your printer manufacturer not supplying you with a driver to use under Linux?

Try complaining to them instead of rubbishing GNU/Linux.

Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs


Douglas Adams was right!

Yet again Adams' comments about Bill Gates as the 'knight in shining armour' coming to rescue us are shown to be true.

Which company was so lax that it allowed all this crud through in the first place?

RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB


Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

So you think you have to charge a mobile phone via a computer's USB port?

WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP


Re: Nice to see them...

As its USB3 and only $129 the iSheep won't be interested.

If they'd made it Thunderbolt compatable, stuck another $50 on the price AND charged $30 for the cable Apple users would be cueing up outside the store for them.

Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi


Re: Pi still a miss.

The reason for Pi was to introduce kids to programming in an educational system that has lowered the standards of 'computer studies' to being able cut & paste in Word.

You seem to have lost sight of this primary goal.

South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban


No comment

"Froman also said that in future, the commission should be certain that in any of its cases involving standards-essential patents, the public interest was considered "thoroughly and carefully"."

No comment needed.

HTC warns of likely loss next quarter



just stop paying Microsoft their blackmail, sorry, license money and they'll be making a fat profit again.

Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week


This looks great!

Where can I sign up for a militia so I can get one under my Second Amendment rights?

Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party


A quid a day

A quid a day is half of what some UK hospital catering departments get for providing 3 meals a day for patients, so good going.

I would assume that, as they're trying to feed significantly more than one they'd get the advantages of bulk-buying. I'd also assume that that sort of budget wouldn't do a lot if you needed to regenerate new tissue.

Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge


Re: Does this £1/day include energy costs ?

Solar oven does the job well - superb stews, beans, etc. and as your grub doesn't burn (unless you use a parabola) you don't have to bother watching it.

Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser



Read a comment from head roof police saying it won't be used for catching baddies, its job will be to tour the tourist areas to show how classy Dubai is.

I always thought that if you have to tell people you've got, you haven't.

1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug


"Look, my brother's laptop has Windows XP SP3 and he hasn't installed a patch in five years. He uses Outpost firewall and a good anti-virus and has never had a problem."

And we all know someone who is 96 years old, smoked 100 a day since they were 3 and haven't been hit by a bus (yet).

Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language


Re: This is vaguely familiar

There were several attempts to trademark the Linux name by those who had no claim to the it. Eventually Linux Torvalds was granted it and passed it onto the Linux Mark Institute who continue to administer the trademark.

Full story at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Linux#Trademark_rights

Inside the new climate row as Mystic Met Office goes cool on warming

Black Helicopters

Re: What a surprise...

Amazing how the vast majority of climate change professionals have held out againt the temptation to go to an oil/coal company and let the truth out for vast amounts of money, just so they can keep the lie alive and go to work everyday, isn't it?

Silly Rabbit! Like Trix, color e-readers are for kids


@the physics is easy

AND a technology that produces such a configuration that you can read on a sunny day.

Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook


Re: What's with this "it must have a Gigabit Ethernet port" fetish?

Yet another bloody dongle to misplace/lose.

Report: Apple, Google, Microsoft join forces to buy Kodak patents


Re: patents are for satan worshippers

Sorry, that should read "what's wrong with worshipping Santa".

Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'


I blame Holly wood

From IMDB:

Deadly Weapons (1984)

After the mob hits a guy with a list, one of the hoods keeps the list for himself to blackmail the people on it. When the mobsters find out he's a double-crosser, they off him, which angers his busty girlfriend. She goes after them using the only two weapons she has.

Starring Chesty Morgan (and her 72" bust)

Convert your iPad into a foosball table and relive the dot-com days


What is REALLY impressive

"Foosball table is also a charge and sync dock"

"Powered by your iPad, no batteries or external power required."


HTC: $8 per phone for Apple patents? We're not CRAZY!



MS says Android infringes their patents so HTC pay up, depending on who you read, $5-$10 per phone.

They're not coy about this so have they realised that they're being taken for a ride by MS and are refusing to let Apple do the same?

No increase in droughts since 1950, say boffins


Re: hold on a minute there bald eagle!

Mitt Romney in June, 2011 on the subject of anthropogenic global warming…

"I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that… And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing."

Mitt Romney in October, 2011on the subject of anthropogenic global warming…

"My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."

October global temps above average for 332nd straight month

Paris Hilton

Bloody good hoax

Bloody good hoax this AGW thingy, isn't it?

Average temprerature increases every month for getting on for 28 years. How do they do it?

BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update


Re: People still ...

"... watch the BBC?


Some actually LISTEN too.

Quaint, eh?

Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post


Re: The conclusion being ....

For making such comments on the site where he'd named his employer

'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'


Why bother?

Why bother to make sure things are done right?

Spend available money on anything you fancy then, when there's a cock-up, you'll get extra cash.

Microsoft v Google judge could shape the world in new patent punchup



Isn't HTC paying MS $10 'license fee' on every android phone they sell?

And MS are complaining about paying out a couple of dollars.

'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft


Re: Old hat

"I'm running an ancient Ubuntu 10.04".

That would be a current, log-term supported version (until April 2013) then?

Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink


Sod the water

Nothing more to say.

US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber


Skeptic - someone who doesn't blindly accept what they are told but examines all the evidence available at the time and makes a reasoned decision.

Deniers - someone who does blindly accept what they are told, and reads only the 'evidence' that supports their bias.

iPhone 5 sales curbed by lack of smashable screens – report


Re: soft demand?

Clue: " but it's more likely to be Apple throttling back on supplies to allow the manufacturers to cope with making the screen"

Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair


"Historically, Internet Explorer was the dominant browser used across the globe."

Historically, Netscape Navigator was the browser used across the globe (like IE it was developed from Mosaic)

THEN MS used their monopoly position to achieve IE dominance, but Bush Jnr saved the company from splitting.

Why no fuss about Apple? Because MS don't sell computers.

HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'


Re: Stupid

You missed a step:

1a. Announce that the tablet you released 4 days before (in Aus, 5 weeks before in USA) wouldn't be supported, and the O/S/ would be discontinued.

Which makes :

2. Discount it to US$ 99 as nobody was buying the (unsupported) stock.

Google offers tool to bridge Android and iOS app dev


Re: I give the iPhone another 3 years tops

have Apple ever done anything but 'barely innovate'?

Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest


In the interest of balance ...

In the interest of balance can I just state they I love MS too?

Australian tabloid decides to fight trolls ... with trolls


Re: Life is full

Why pick on the last government of whichever country you're from - isn't it standard practice amongst all politicians?

iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection



This demonstrates the value of such long-range 'predictions' then, doesn't it?

Of course, they might be right, but have they include technological developments, food prices, water scarcity, AGCC, etc?

You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

Big Brother


You seem to be missing the point - downloading is a civil offence, uploading is a criminal offence.

Endangered aphid-stroking ants don wee radio backpacks


I hope

I hope they're tiny radio backpacks don't go anywhere near those crap powerline network thingies.

REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?



Everything Everywhere - Debian

PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'


Ronald Storrs - not THE Ronald Storrs?

Isn't he the boss of TELIA, the Swedish telecom operator and leading Nordic communication company, PLC service provider?

The majority of the committee (22 out of 42) are employed in some capacity by similar companies, so you have to admire them for the way they search for what is best for the consumer rather than merely puch the company line. :rolls eyes:

http://cq-cq.eu/cispr22part2 (Note, this list is a couple of years old).

Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty


Re: The problem isn't...

The Nooks can read just about every eReader format, including (the International Standard) ePub.

If you really want to be tied to one format get a Kindle.

Yes I do have a (original) Nook, hacked. And I'll be keeping it because e-ink can be read in sunlight, unlike the colour versions.

Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple


Re: In the meantime...

So you think that the operating system developers develop drivers too?

Historically every 'new' Windows version has consigned working scanners and printers to landfill because of the 'Microsoft driver model' i.e. if you want it to work, send us drivers.

Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Re: ?

So you've never had to replace a piece of hardware/software because Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 didn't support it?

Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE


Muslems & Christians United

"Almost 800 of these comments were filed against applications for .sex, .porn and .adult by .xxx manager ICM Registry, following a campaign by US-based religious campaign group Morality In Media."

Isn't the world a perfect place; or it will be as soon as the USA adopt stonings.

Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS



Sensitive information about the persons' religion & sexuality"?

WTF is that needed for?

Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing


Are you watching, Neelie Kroes?

Lenovo ordered to pay €1920 for making French laptop buyer pay for Windows too

The court based its judgment on a European Union directive, which campaigners hope will make the ruling applicable elsewhere.

07 February, 2012


Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion


Re: Lions don't drink coffee

Firefox with 'Quick Java" extension?

Google shakes up Android Jelly Bean to fend off malware meanies


Re: Xoom

you'll never guess which company bought Motorola.

clue, their name starts with a letter 'G' and they are in competition to Microsoft's Being.