* Posts by wurdsmiff

34 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2009

Taekwindow: Time to make your middle mouse button earn its keep


Re: 3 buttons?!



Re: 3 buttons?!

In case you don't already know, Windows now has a clipboard 'history'. It's not quite the same, but makes cut and paste activities easier. Press Win+V and a list of your previously copied content pops up. You can then click to pick which one you want to place.

Facebook doesn't know its onions: Seeds ad banned after machine-learning algo found vegetable pic 'overtly sexual'


Could it be

Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six? No, just some onions. I'll get me towel.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


Re: Sounds excellent all round

Just bought a Durgod K320 based on recommendations from reddit. Working brilliantly so far and half the price of this one.

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Ramblin' Man or Woman? Maybe brush up on your cartography


Re: Any Idiot...

While this is good advice, a lot of walks in Blighty are more than a bit different from a trudge through the Canadian bush. Civilisation and a warm fire in a pub are rarely too far away

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Fringe benefits

With the political conference season fast approaching, you could always arrange a fringe get together for your local Conservative party. They know what to do with foxes

Overheard at a Brit mobe network: On the count of Three UK, smile and say, er... we lost how many customers?


Should be the last time

You shouldn't have to go through that charade again. Ofcom regs coming in from July (I think) mean that all networks will have to give you a PAC by text or online without having to go through the retentions rigmarole.

My chemical romance drowns tomorrow's money, warns TSMC: Chip maker's yields rocked by bad batch


Re: Hmmmm

The article on Tom's Hardware suggests that 7nm is fine and that it's mainly AMD's APUs for PS4/XBOX One that will be impacted on their side.

Fingers crossed that's the case because the competition would be really welcome on the consumer tech side too.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Width

Very much agree - as do the word boffins. El Reg's 70 char line length is already on the higher side and text size relatively small. Wouldn't want to go too modern all at once though.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


Spineless bunch

Pretty sure the lyric is 'your choice makes my sky grey' rather than 'spine grey' - though it's autotuned to oblivion. Even the typically awful YouTube auto captions managed to get that right

Chip flinger Micron reels in production, expenses as revenue growth comes to crashing halt


A cynic might say

That constraining supply is a good way to ensure prices stay at a level that makes shareholders smile. There's only so many mysterious fires that can go overlooked in a single industry...

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual


So much for getting more girls into the profession then

As far as I understand it, girls benefit from the use of coursework-based assessment.

Considering we keep getting told the government wants to encourage more diversity in STEM subjects, this doesn't seem like very joined up thinking.

Not that that's surprising from those who make the rules...

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time



Blessed Operator From Heaven?

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference


For the multipack

Made for a bunch of c**ts

Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price


Re: latency down to a blazing 3ms

It looks like their current service has the games on the servers. I imagine what's fired down the network is effectively a video stream downstream and key presses upstream. 3ms still sounds like bullshit though

Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK


Re: Blockchain Rolodex

Sounds like the ideal companion to my eFiloFax!

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


Talk like an Egyptian

I noticed on a recent trip to Egypt that whenever anyone answered a call on their Nokia feature phone, they invariably listened and spoke with the buttons outwards. Having experienced more than one dropped call or embarrassing mid-conversation tone from face-pressing, I though that was actually a pretty good idea.

Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips


Are there notebooks powered by low-end Xeons?

"general notebook users won't notice performance differences between Arm and low-end Xeon-powered notebooks."

Is this correct? New, mobile workstation-class ARM chips would be insane. New, low end Pentium beating ARMs would be cool, but not quite the same.

Ocado to stock cannabidiol-infused water


Depends how many mg in the bottle shurely?

If the bottle contains more than 15.5 2mg 'doses' it's better value than Ocado's piss weak version.

Pint because that'll have more effect

Do you suffer from the shame of 'Scroll Jank'? Help is at your fingertips


What about scroll anchoring?

I find it more annoying that pages jump around like buggery as they load. Particularly on slower connections. I'm fed up with trying to click a link only for the page to shift causing me to click on an ad instead. Enabling scroll anchoring in Chrome has very hit and miss results.

Sony Xperia Z3 compact battery - replacement?


Re: Sony Xperia Z3 compact battery - replacement?

Hi had mine for 2 years and it lasted a day with ease. You would like need a case for it though - I'd be surprised if the battery went before you cracked either the front or back glass

80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report


Re: Per cent

Pretty sure it's established el Reg style to use per cent in body copy, with the symbol in headlines. Not my preferred style, but it seems to be applied consistently.

His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3


Re: It will retail for just $35,000

| Is no one looking at hydrogen anymore?

Check out the Riversimple Rasa http://www.riversimple.com/ - weird and wonderful Welsh hydrogen car that's also looking at a different ownership model - CAAS

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap


Re: "Octocore"

Do Apple devices do full multitasking now? Of not, that would explain the difference in RAM required.


Any word on the type of internal storage?

Given the brouhaha around the P10 internal storage lottery, is there any explicit mention of what type of flash memory is used in the Honor 8 Pro?

There were a lot of complaints about the use of slower eMMC flash storage, rather than the fast UFS 2.0 in the P10 due to availability issues. If the H8Pro uses UFS2 that could make it an even more attractive prospect.

If I didn't have midget hands it would likely be on my upgrade wish list. Still might be actually.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances


Re: Shrinking the image?

Sadly, there aren't a lot of options if you have Trump hands but want a high-end smartphone. AFAIK Sony is the only manufacturer to put flagship level guts in a daintier body.

Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours


Re: Working fine for me

I've also had really good customer service and very few connectivity issues.

I'm always a bit surprised by all of the negative stories on El Reg about Plusnet. That said, none of the ISPs get an easy ride...

Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs


Desktop productivity

So now I can play Pokemon Go on my laptop?

Sign me up

Lester Haines: RIP


RIP Lester

Sad news. Best wishes to the team at El Reg and Lester's family. He'll be much missed.

Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches


Sampling bias at work?

Surprised by the responses from the Italians. Makes me wonder if there are areas of the population that aren't well represented in the survey.

I have a lasting memory of an Italian TV ad I saw on holiday as a child. It was for children's sun tan lotion so obviously showed a beautifully bronzed, topless woman frolicking on the beach.

As an 8 year old it blew my mind.

Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car


Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

Looks to me like the offspring of a Mini Marcos and a Mk 1 Honda Insight.

Certainly 'interesting' looking

It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining


I may be wrong but...

Aren't AMD cards used almost exclusively for mining?

Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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I would actually buy this

The concept of this appeals to me, price permitting. I see it as a way to emulate the Wii U's screen independence, but with Steam's game library.

For context, I have an HTPC hooked up to my TV, that I also use as a Steam-based 'console'. A device like this would allow me to play the games I have in the comfort of the living room while the missus watches 'OMG THEY LET THE STUPID MAN PLAN THE WEDDING' and 'CHILD HAS A HORRIBLE DISFIGUREMENT BUT GETS TREATMENT TO LOOK LESS UGLY SO IT'S OK TO WATCH THIS'

The device specific games are of less interest, but I'd expect more indie games to come to android now the platform is expanding.

My 2p

Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary


@ Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 16th July 2009 15:44 GMT

You may have a point but the Oxford English Dictionary records usage rather than prescribing it. A word can be included just because that's the way people spell, as opposed to being the way it is supposed to be spellled. Hence the, sometimes extensive, lists of alternative spellings as sources throughout the ages spell things whichever way they damn well like. As a result, it's possible to find a whole host of 'incorrect' spellings in the OED. The wikipedia article has a fair bit about this.

On this (rather dull) note, I can't help but wonder if this is how one of my most hated words - resorb - came about. Perhaps as the result of some lazy boffin bastard not being arsed to include all the letters required to spell reabsorb, which seems to have exactly the same meaning.

Mine's the one with the new leather patches on the elbows