* Posts by Wyrdness

245 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009


The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least


Re: No comments about the one obvious failing so far...

Mices were the one thing that Apple could never get right. All Apple meece prior to the Magic Mouse were absolute crap. The Mighty Mouse was a big improvement over earlier Apple mouses but it had major reliability issues. I have to say that the Magic Mouse is one of my favourite micies of all time, and I've been using mousies ever since the Mouse Systems optical meeces on Sun workstations in the 80's.

That awful Butterfly has finally fluttered off: Apple touts 13-inch MacBook Pro with proper keyboard, Escape key


Re: specs vs. prices

I've just checked the price of my Macbook Air, which I bought in May 201. It cost £679 (Apple refurbished) with i5, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. It's still going strong, in use everyday and total cost of ownership is now about £2/week.

Apple's prices now are much higher, when their competitors seem to have come down. But even back then, everyone was complaining about how expensive Apple kit was.

The new Macbook Pro does seem a bit underwhelming, especially the lower end models. They should have bumped the screen size up to 14" to differentiate it more from the Air. If you want a larger screen, then the only option is the ridiculously expensive 16" model.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


The only problem with using the Sun as toilet paper is that the shit might rub off onto you.


IT Angle

So what's the IT angle?

Oh, it's Das Bootnotes

As per icon, I'll get my coat....

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


"If you don't have a spare mouse, how do you diagnose it?"

From TFA "It was only then that Will thought to use the external mouse he kept in his bag."

So he did have a spare mouse. He just didn't actually try it until after reinstalling Windows, resulting in 2 hours of unnecessary labour.

Apple tipped to go full wireless by 2021, and you're all still grumbling about a headphone jack


" Apple thinks I'm going to replace this fleet?"

No, some analyst thinks that Apple are going to do this. Big difference.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


Re: Unsubscribes

It's not necessarily the business selling their contact list to spammers. Sometimes it's a rogue employee who has access to the customer database and wants to make a few quick bucks. That happened where I work, when a call-centre employee sold the customer database to scammers, who then phoned customers to offer fake warranties. I think that the employee in question ended up with a conviction over that.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015


Fedora 30 already has it. I updated this morning and there it was.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: Sky Broadband FAQ

When I had a problem with my Sky Broadband, I swapped the Sky Hub back whilst they found and fixed the issue. Then once I was satisfied that my broadband was fast and stable again, I swapped back my own modem/router.

Sky are well aware that people are using their own kit, but if you want support then you need to be using their Hub.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Has anyone tried turning the Government off and on again?

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

There is nothing that a non-conformist dislikes more than a conformist, apart from another non-conformist who refuses to conform to the current standards on non-conformity.

Fan boy 3: Huawei overhauls Air-a-like MateBooks


Re: Stop, just stop

' Hua also translates as "flowery beauty" '

Or alternatively...

Fatty Owls

Watery Fowls

Flowery Twats

Farty Towels

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators


- Any company with "Solutions" in it's name.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports


The legislation specifically excludes kites and balloons. Sadly the wording is so vague that it might well apply to paper aeroplanes.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate


Re: Audio Captcha? Bloody hell!

If you can get it right first time then you're probably a bot, if you get it wrong, you're most likely human.

Pretty much exactly the opposite of what was originally intended.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


You only have to go to the specs page on the Huawei website to see:


Resolution: 3000 x 2000, 260 PPI

Aspect ratio: 3:2

So no, it's not 4:3

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste


As someone who's spent a lot of time in the Netherlands, they take their cheese very seriously there. The choice and quality of the cheeses there tends to exceed what you generally find in Britain. If you lived abroad and your only experience of British cheese was mild cheddar, you might conclude that our cheese is rubbish too.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!


I think that the reason that the SSD is soldered in, and not upgradable, is that it's not standard SSD.

From benchmarks I've seen:

Crucial M4 SSD - 400MB/s read, 256MB/s write

Mac Mini 2018 - 2800MB/s read, 2700MB/s write

There's always the four nice fast Thunderbolt 3 ports for external storage.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE



"doesn't get in my way which is all I ask of a destop"

Yes exactly that. Some desktop developers seem to have completely lost sight of this. Gnome tried to over simplify everything, to the point of getting in my way removing too much. KDE has gone in the opposite direction by being overly big and complex. I'm currently usnig XFCE, which isn't perfect, but at least it tends to keep out of my way.

I'm installing Mate right now to give it a try.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: Naysayers ...

"Nope, us Linux folks also think appletards are soft in the head and the wallet."

Not all of us Linux folks.

Some years ago, I decided to get a Mac for my wife, as I didn't really expect her to use my Linux box. Since OS X is Unix and has a terminal app with bash shell, I decided to have a play with it to see what it was like. Surprisingly I found myself using the Mac more and more, until my Linux machine was starting to gather dust. I ended up just using Linux all day at work, and Macs at home. I still resent paying the Apple Tax though. Until this new Mac Mini, I was thinking that my next machine might be a home-built dual-boot OS X / Linux hackintosh, but I'm not sure now that it's worth the effort of hacking/patching ACPI tables to get a stable hackintosh when I could just buy one of these.

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition


Waits for Poundland's lawyers to notice....


German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way


Just to be utterly and pointlessly pedantic, shouldn't that actually be Hel not Hjell? Hel being the Scandinavian goddess who somehow gave her name to the fiery pits of Christian mythology.

However, I do get your point and I can imagine the flaming pits of whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it being ablaze with flat-packed bookcases and other quality MDF items.

Southend Airport tests drone detection system


Re: Trafalgar Square

A bit difficult since Manston closed in 2014.

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name


Re: symbol attached to the PFY

How about "Kick Me" embedded into a text QR code?

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic



The red London buses around here (Ealing) are run by the French state transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens. So the buses have RATP written on them, which I always assume is pronounced as "rat pee".

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's


Re: Read it and weep..

West London (Isleworth), Sky Mobile, 60.4 down, 11.2 up. Quite surprised because I used to get about 40 here with EE.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian


Re: Didn't see that coming

I'm not a cyclist but I regularly visit the Netherlands. There are far more cyclists and far fewer cars there, and, as a result, their towns are far more pleasant places than our car-congested British towns.

So maybe the answer is actually to have fewer cars and more cyclists.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Pi vs Mac Mini

Oops, accidentally typed MB instead of GB. I'm very aware that the Mac's CPU is faster, but it's still massively overpriced for what it is. I can't imagine that Apple is paying very much for those i5-4260U CPUs.


Pi vs Mac Mini

1.4Ghz quad core Raspberry Pi - £35

1.4Ghz dual core Mac Mini - £479

Whilst the Mac Mini does come with a 500MB hard drive, you can pick one of those up for under £25 too.

Apple really does need to up their offerings, and I say this as an Mac user.

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners


Re: Planned Failure?

"No matter, my use case makes using FaceID a non starter (as a Motorcyclist)."

As a fellow motorcyclist, I completely fail to understand what your use case might be.

You obviously can't unlock the phone using FaceID when wearing a helmet.

But then, you can't use touch id when wearing gloves either.

So even with touch id you'd have to remove your gloves to unlock the phone.

In which case, you could just enter your pin to unlock it.

So what's the problem?

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove


So the govt is going to give farmers better broadband, presumably so that they can occupy themselves playing Farmville, whilst their crops rot in the fields due to the shortage of cheap eastern-european labourers, caused by Brext.

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software



DHL probably drove up to the KFC shop, put a card through the door saying, "We tried to deliver your parcel but you were out. Please collect it from your nearest delivery depot" and drove off again.

(unlike other delivery companies, who don't even bother with the card. I'm looking at you, DPD)

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires


Adolph Hitler????

"The Spitfire was on the frontline against Adolph Hitler’s Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain."

How can we take this seriously with such a basic mistake?

Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist


Re: That's the best headline you could manage ?

Why is that? Do you feel that the Reg isn't being sufficiently flippant about this woman's murder.

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist



"The attached mini-computer will be much bigger than shown"

So PDP-11 sized, or maybe even VAX?

Showing my age here ;)

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'


Re: Printer Power

I would imagine that putting 400kV though the printer might also result in a non-printing situation.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1


"Only the mega-rich can afford to bathe in printer ink though."

Which might explain Trump's bizarre orange colour.

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market


Water Resistance

"water resistance has become a feature of many devices over the last 12-18 months, but this doesn't even make the top 10 of most important features when buying a new device"

It very quickly becomes the number one most important feature when they drop their phones in the loo or the bath.

Not that I've ever done this, but I know plenty of people who have.

Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade


Re: This isn't just a spade...

Surely it should be a "soil reshaping and transfer *solution*."

How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?


Re: I disagree.

"Windows Mobile - from 7.5/7.6 on......"

By which time it was far too late. I had a Windows phone even before Apple launched the iPhone and it sucked big time. Infighting within Microsoft meant that all innovation was stifled. The all-powerful Windows team wanted Windows everywhere, including places that it didn't belong - like on phones. It was years before Microsoft could address these issues and actually produce a decent phone OS. By then, they'd already lost.

Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill


Against the law of nature...

So the Blade Runner sequel is, by all accounts, pretty good. This goes against all known natural laws.

And in other news: Pope renounces catholicism. Bears discovered to be using lavatories.

But thanks for a positive review, I'll definitely be watching it now.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud


As an iPhone user...

As someone who's owned iPhones for the last 10 years, my desire to upgrade is inversely proportional to the model number.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


I want a smart water meter

My water bill is based on the old rateable value of my 3 bedroom flat. Most of the time, it's just me and the cat there. My girlfriend lives elsewhere and my child visits at weekends.

I usually shower at the gym and child showers at the pool, after swimming. The cat refuses to take showers. My only significant water usage is the washing machine, but that's just my clothes. Child's mother does his washing and the cat's only contribution to dirty washing is occasionally peeing on things.

Despite this, my water bill is £70 a month, which is more than my gas and electricity combined. I've just applied for a smart water meter in the hope that it will reduce my water bill my considerably more than £10 a year. Though I can certainly live without smart meters for gas and electricity.

Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors



So something called Enigma has been cracked. Who'da thunk it?

Has anyone tried searching Bletchley Park for the hackers?

Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears


In 32 degree heat, given the choice of a horse-drawn carriage and state regalia, or an air-conditioned car and normal clothes, I'm hardly surprised that the Quen has chosen the latter option.

Plus the lack of a crown has given her a chance to troll parliament with her EU-flag themed hat.

UK boffins steal smartmobe PINs with motion sensors


Re: congratulations, it is a girl!

You're right. Bad Reg should have checked this.

Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger


Misplaced quotes

FTA: People have already enjoyed "machine learning" (sic) in the form of data detectors

Surely that should read: People have already "enjoyed" machine learning.....

FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations


Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

"Then what's the basis for calling it "IPA" when it's not actually destined for India?"

Because IPA is a style of beer. It's no longer brewed for export to India, but the style is popular and the name has stuck. I very much doubt that Porter is drunk by many Covent Garden market porters these days either.

You call yourself Homer, but I rather doubt that you've written any epic Greek poetry lately. Perhaps you have more in common with the yellow Duff beer drinking variety.

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold


Importing certificates

I'm trying it now. Can't figure out how to import a certificate into it, so that I can use it for work. Does anyone know?



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