* Posts by WhoIsThis?

17 posts • joined 16 Sep 2009

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Boxes and more boxes

I don't envy the job of the people doing this.

To me it looks okay, except that it's harder to read because there are all these boxes everywhere. I also find there is too much white space on the page, but then I think that about most webpages nowadays.

NASA: 2012 solar flares could DEVASTATE CITIES!


"It may not be time to wrap all your electronics in tinfoil just yet."

Or maybe you should to keep them warm through the "mini Ice Age"!

My Council Services


For anyone who doesn't like a private company holding their data.....

fixmystreet.com have mobile appps for iPhone, Android and Nokia - they are part of mySociety.org

It would be interesting to compare the two offerings - I know the fixmystreet offerings automatically forward the reports to the relevant council.

Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook


Dell can't spell Alienware!!

The M18X Dell Alienware page that's linked to has a rather poor sense of spelling.

On the right hand side there's a box stating an award that the laptop has got - they have spelt Alienware as Alinewire!!!!!!

Maybe Dell should go back to school to learn what a spell-checker is?

How long before they fix it?

Here lies /^v.+b$/i


Not what you want....



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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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The power of a large company

Matt Asay is caught by his own argument. He can't see the fact that most of the startups he talks about ("Project Diaspora", "Identica") are things that a lot of techies have never heard of, let alone normal.

If you've never heard of it, how can you sign up to it?

Google+ has the advantage it is by Google, you know that firm that everyone knows about and most people use at least some of it's products. They will integrate and advertise this with their other products and people will sign up out of curiosity.

Also many people are connected to multiple networks: Facebook, linkedin, twitter etc.

Of course this may not be enough to make Google+ the hit that it could be.

Engineering student cracks major riddle of the universe


What does this mean for CERN?

Does this mean the hunt for the Higgs Boson is never going to find it?

Can we rename the filaments to be the Higgs Boson filaments?

Nutter preflames El Reg 'cockheads'


Objections please.........

I wish to pre-emptively object to my any future article you publish, or fail to publish. I also wish to pre-emptively object to your publishing or not publishing of my objections to said article(s). Then I wish to object to the article about my objections. Obviously then I will object to my own objections in an everlasting loop.

Why, oh why, oh why????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Have a nice day.

Amazon buys Lovefilm



When you say "streamed to your Playstation 3 or watch them online" surely you mean "streamed to your Playstation 3 or PC" ?

Is the PS3 not online while it is being streamed to? Or does the Playstation 3 just use a magical distribution network separate from the internet?

Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Happy Christmas to El Reg

You've done this year proud (even if it isn't over quite yet).

DARPA trying to beat block lists, deep packet inspection



I imagine while the US military might use it, it's biggest use will be China. And of course, Australia.

Giant flying pliers menace West Bromwich


Drive along the street then look up

These pliers were left on top of the camera - move along the street and then look up - the pliers have moved with you. Or maybe that's just what they want you to think.......

Chips make you chipper: Official


Just Chips?

Is it just Chips that have this effect, or is it simply the calming effect of eating?

Apple's Tablet won't save Big Dumb Media

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Nice article

I have to say I agree with everything Andrew has said in this article.

I also like the fact that comments are enabled.

DVLA makes £44m flogging drivers' details

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Cost of getting your own details under the DPA = £5!

How can a company get my details for £2.50, when it costs me £5 to get my data from the DVLA under a Data Protection Act request?

A DPA request charge has to be only enough to cover the cost of providing the data. So how can it cost more than giving my data to a company?

Note: I have just updated my licence and the £5 fee is mentioned in leaflet INS57P that comes with the licence.

Windows 7 busts the 3 per cent share barrier

Paris Hilton

What makes up the rest?

What OS makes up the remaining 0.29% (if I've done my calculations correctly)?

In January this figure stood at 0.55%.

Is it RISC OS?

Paris because as I write this no-one else has used the icon on this story.

Dell pays $4m to settle NY 'deceptive practices' claim


It should be obvious

" Nevertheless, it would have been interesting to see exactly where the Supreme Court came down on the issue of whether PC buyers should be expected to check cable connections and reseat memory cards themselves. "

In the UK it should be obvious which side to come down on as you don't ring any customer support of any other electrical product and they tell you to take it apart. End customers are not even allowed to re-wire a plug these days - they are moulded to stop us doing so. I can just imagine what the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) would make of customer support suggesting that you open your hoover to fiddle with the electrics inside.

Is America different? Do customer support lines really ask people to take apart and mess with the electrics of their giant fridges?


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