* Posts by Jaap stoel

49 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

First, servers were deep-fried... now, engineers bring you wet ones

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I think it was something similar...

At an IT fair last year I came across a stand with a fire extinguishing system for server rooms which boasted a 'liquid gas' made by 3M. I dunked my phone in as well, it came out cleaner and 100% functional.

Which was kinda too bad. The vendor there promised me a new Iphone if my cell ( 2 year old HTC hero ) died after being immersed.

Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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Re: Smoke and electronics

I think that was an old BOFH episode.

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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What about Gangam interface

Just so we will have gangam style apps.

WinPhone 8 preview SDK limited to established developers

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Is there a reason to?

I'm wondering what the reason might be for MS to decide to keep access to the SDK restricted.

I mean you'd want people to be able to start developing content for your platform ASAP wouldn't it?

War-Droid: Smartphone app 'that could CALL IN drone strikes'

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So to summarize the product...

Nice idea, bad execution, add a whiff of marketing and people will think they get a cool app. But in the real world(tm) it will never be able to do what it promises.

Mine's the one with my money, in the pocket.

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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First impressions

This is a kid's show right? Young impressionable minds being taught from day 1 that open source is bad?

Will somebody think of the children?!

eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

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Re: What about...

Well there is a big diffrence between a movie screening and a blessing or a curse.

First of you clearly know what you're buying. A moviegoing experience that will last a certain amount of time. The exact content of the film probably isn't known but that is a part of the agreement.

With a blessing/curse you're not buying the service of someone changting for X minutes and burning Y sticks of incense. You'd buy an actual curse or blessing. A negative or beneficial force acting against or in someone's interest.

Now with a movie you can clearly say in the end 'Yep, I saw a movie'. You can like it or dislike it but it's clear you got what you bought.

But after the chanting is done. How do you know this curse/blessing worked? ( Well you ought to know you threw away your money because magic is just bunk. )

There's no way to measure it, no way to say 'yep that bastard's cursed' and making it stick.

Console content can cause crime, claims cop

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Big Brother

Same ol' same ol'

RPG's are satanistic, video games cause violence.

It's the same old bull droppings.

No evidence behind it, just a sudden rise in violence and of course all those whackos must be influence by video games.

French perfume house bottles 'Eau de new MacBook'

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Something like this has been done already


Whisky IN SPAAAAACE: Zero-G Scotch is matured aboard the ISS

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"Who knows where it will lead?”

To the pub of course!

NJ lab claims plasma fusion breakthrough

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Flying cars?

Forget flying cars! I want my own fusion-powered atomic rocket!

Fly me to the moon etc...

Future car tech

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It's coming closer!

Honestly I can't wait for the day where all this takes over driving completely.

Then I'll grab a drink, get in the seat, select my destination and watch a movie while the car does all the work!

Honda NSX reborn as a hybrid

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Go like stink?

I thought Hybrids where supposed to stink LESS

Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

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Plus the amount of energy you need in order to accellerate to such speeds. You'd need loads and loads of ReMass and as you get closer to C the amount of energy to accellerate increases exponentionally.

Not to mention that you'll have to carry twice the amount of mass because you need to slow down as well.

The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

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He robbed from the rich and he, gave to the poor


The hero of Canton the vulture they call, Jayne!

Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen

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As James Bond said...

The writing's on the wall.

Chicago lawyer deploys distractionary dumplings

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That is NOT a sexy woman. Claim dismissed on account of lack of cleavage.

Save the planet: Stop the Greens

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Replace work with 'cost effective'

If I want to get from Europe to the UK I could swim the channel. That 'works' but its a lot more effective to take a ferry or plane.

What the author's saying is that these windmills are not generating enough power to be cost effective and its most likely that they never will. But still there's tons of money subsidizing them.

While other experimental technologies (and I use the term loosely) are not eligible for subsidies while they do look like they could become self-sustaining and thus economically viable.

BOFH: People get annoyed when you try to debug them

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A good laugh is just what I needed this slow friday.

Banana-bender beer boffins drop drops for science

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Next step:

Space-meat pie floater? Because when you're pisched you really need something greasy to eat.

The Sun still not shining on Nintendo's 3DS

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There is only one way to settle this…


Is that a 3ds title already? :)

Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

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Lets divide the work

So 15 people died... Big whoop.

Compared to those 15 about tens of thousands of people died to produce the same amount of energy from coal. And hundreds more died for the same amount of energy from oil.

I agree that every death is a tragedy. But looking at the bigger picture I'd say those 15 people are a much better deal compared to the amount of deaths caused by oil and coal plants.

In other words. I'd rather talk to 30 grieving parents (assuming each dead person has 2) then to the hundreds or thousands I'd have to talk to if I had to console every household who had lost someone to working in power production from oil or coal.

Just try to put things in perspective.

Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime

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Freeloading: yes!

Its gonna be very difficult to sue someone for stealing your bandwith. Because last year a judge ruled against bandwith theft because bandwith wasn't a 'product' so to say. So someone would have to prove that he has suffered damage because of the stolen wifi/bandwith.

Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

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Paris Hilton

I'm no longer sure...

I'm no longer sure who to believe.

I'm no expert in these matters but I'm hearing a lot of people panic, and I'm hearing people tell me that everything's under control.

Should I stand in the doorway of my nuclear shelter?

EA blocks user from game after alleged forum outburst

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Again the pirates win.

HP uncloaks wristwatch 'aggregation point'

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Not sure what to say about this...

But I could understand a portable device that could provide all your mobile devices, laptop, phone, tablet with wireless internet. Just get 1 mobile subscription and every wireless device you own can profit from it. What I'd be worried about though would be the power supply. I don't think that's going to run all day on a single charge.

Security shocker: Android apps send private data in clear

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Well here's your problem

People regard facebook as private...

Nuff said really but who in their right mind would think that something you post on facebook or hyves or any other social networking site is private? Its there for world+dog+direct marketers.

Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

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That's one side

The other is, facebook offers an infrastructure that offers a lot of quick and easy exposure and an easy way to get a lot of people connected to your site's news updates and such.

And its still a lot easier to make a facebook page instead of installing and configuring your own forum software.

They don't want their own meeting place. They want to be in everyone's meeting place.

Republican reps push for mandatory gun ownership

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I can

They'd be a lot shorter, louder and always require an ambulance or a hearse.

Samsung TV app competition - no winners here

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Well DUH!

The TV remote offers a clunky and user unfriendly interface. And todays consoles can do the same thing and more with greater ease and flexibility. Want more? Every TV nowadays has a VGA and HDMI port. Both can be used to hook up PC's to a telly.

Why develop something for hardware that's a lot less powerful then those devices?

Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran

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More wikileaks anyone?

I don't suppose there might be a few cables about joint operations between Israel and the US?

Those would be the really interesting leaks.

UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

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An end to piracy?

I guess it won't take long for organizations such as the MPAA and the RIAA to start bribing ISP's in to slowing or blocking pirated bittorrent and newsgroup traffic. Its probably a lot cheaper then actually finding and effectively charging the culprits.

I hope holland won't follow in the same steps. Freetards forever.

NHS spunks £7.5k on porn room

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No photoshoot?

Something like this deserves to be reported with plenty of pictures!

Apple spews Judas Phone signal bar 'fix' to world+dog

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Jobs Horns

Isn't this fraud?

Now I ANAL but this looks to me like pure and simple fraud.

Security guard admits he hacked hospital PCs

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It can be murder or manslaughter

Disabling the HVAC system in a hospital can lead to patients dying from heatstroke.

HVAC systems also help to keep operating rooms sterile so losing the system could lead to infections.

Normally I'd call 20 years excessive. But in this case I do think its warranted.

Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

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Its not the old C64

But still not a bad choice for a design. I can imagine these things being useful for office PC's nice and compact.

The touchpad is indeed unnessecary in my opinion. Its gonna be a desktop machine so you're going to plug in a mouse anyway.

Still, depending on the price I can see these machines being used at the workplace or in classrooms.

Swedish cyborg gets haptic hand

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I for one welcome our new cyborg overlords

A really great achievement

Windows 7 - the Reg reader verdict

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Its an upgrade

I've tried Vista and 7 as an upgrade from XP and I'm pleased with it.

The few extra tricks and tweaks to the interface feel nice and are easy to work with.

The libraries where a godsend when I still had my media on diffrent drives making it a lot easier to work with.

So far I've not had any issues with stability and everything seems to run very smooth.

Australia mulls botnet takedown scheme

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Not really a bad idea

Though it might be abused of course by companies who decide to use this to disconnect freetards or other people who upload a lot, or host their own servers.

Obama site smackdown spam only offers malware

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Wait what is this?

Spam linking to malware? Oh my god! A world has opened for me!

Microsoft warns of 'irreparable harm' on court's Word injunction

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So everyone's gotta stop using word?

I'd say MS is overreacting. They could perhaps, buy a license? Oh wait, they are probably too cheap for that.

NASA: Extraterrestrial sample holds ingredient for alien life

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I for one welcome our new alien Overlords

Ia Ia Azathoth Fhtagn!!

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Well-done Amazon

Ia ia Azathoth!

Apple says jailbroken iPhones endanger cell towers

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A simple solution

Rewrite the OS so jailbreaking is no longer nessecary.

Yeah like that's gonna happen!

Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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Well-done Amazon

IANAL but I think that Amazon did the right thing by pulling the content. Like its been said, they didn't have the right to sell it and they'd refund their customers. So there's no loss.

Okay a few people didn't get what they want. But hey, thats life. You can't always have what you want. ( I can, you can't :p )

Where I in Amazon's shoes I'd have done exactly the same thing, but not made the promise at the end that it would never happen again.

Pirate Bay gets shirty with Dutch anti-piracy group

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Brein, the sad little nerd in the corner

Getting beaten up by the big kids on the internet.

No, I can't bring up any sympathy for the organization. And though I normally do not condonce DDoS attacks. I will make an exception in the case of Brein.

Pirate Bay sells out to Swedish software firm for $7.7m

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Oh snap!

Didn't see that one coming. But I think its potentially good news.

Great Australian Firewall to censor online games

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Ideas are more powerful than guns.

When will opposing political views be considered too dangerous for the public?

Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

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Super handy!

Now I won't have to log on every time I want to post a comment.

Thumbs up for lazy conveniences!