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Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift


Meanwhile in France

I went to the boat lift at Les Fontinettes a few years ago, and hadn't realised that it had a sister construction back in Blighty. Judging by the photos the one in Northwich is in a much better state than the one in France, which is all overgrown and a bit rusty.

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


Meanwhile in France

In France Bouygues offer a 4G router with apparently-unlimited data for €33/month


No installation required. You stick in the SIM and switch it on.

I had it for a month's trial and managed to get 25mbps asynchronous in an area where the ADSL rarely gets above 6 mbps down and 1 up.

FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant


Re: Time for some clever industrial design.

I don't think this would go down well with some governments. At the very least there'd be strings attached.

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world


Unix has runlevels. I'd love to be able to just set a runlevel on each socket in my house and then tell the house which runlevel to use.

Runlevel 1 would be when I'm on holiday - just the freezer, fridge and hard disk recorder, and then the other Runlevels would be for different times of day/etc.

Does this already exist. If not, I'm keeping it secret until I've built it using a Raspberry Pi and a load of relays.

Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)


Will WifiAwaer let me use WhatsApp Web without having to properly tether my laptop to my phone?

Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard


"The 90-metre craft was christened by Rachel Johnstone-Burt, who broke the traditional bottle of alcohol across Forth's bows – in this case, a bottle of whisky to reflect the ship's Scotstoun, Glasgow origins.

"She is due to enter service with the RN in 2018, and will spend the time between now and then on final fit-out and sea trials."

Who's she? The boat or Rachel Johnston-Burt? Or both?

WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market


I want one just because the photos of the food are making me hungry.

Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think


I'm not convinced by the French not using cul-de-sac. They mainly use impasse, but my colleagues aren't surprised to hear cul-de-sac being used like this. They are however surprised to see it being used in the UK.

Mozilla users >50% HTTPS


Speaking of which, when is The Register moving over to https? Just in case you weren't aware, it's free to get a certificate...

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic


France has some very good business schools. Besides, a problem in English/French translation is that a French université is at a lower level than a UK university, meaning that if you go into a job interview and say that you have been to the University of X,you might get some strange looks. I always had to say that it was the equivalent of an "école d'ingénieurs".


On the whole you won't find (m)any in France that do this, however, generally speaking, once you go to the countries that are stereotypically good at English (eg the Nordics and the Dutch-speaking countries) you will find a lot of courses taught in English.

More specifically, I have heard very good things about Flemish (Dutch speaking part of Belgium) universities in this respect. I remember seeing an article about British students studying at the University of Ghent (in the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium) in one of the broadsheets (The Times I think). The University of Leuven is probably also good in this respect, but geographically speaking it is on the 'wrong' side of Brussels. Both these universities have good English language websites.

Sadly, with the fog of Brexit surrounding everything, the cost of your son's education may go up.

Volkswagen Up!


Re: Frankfurt Motor Show

That's the marketing they're using here in France. The colours names not the Jazz hands.

6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note


Re: Wording

"Nazi-code breaking" is even better.

French get unlimited mobile for €20



The wifi in a Freebox (that's what the STB is called) has two sections (I'm not a networking person so I don't know what it's called) - one section is full speed and is available to the people in the home who know the password, the other section is throttled and is available to anyone who is also subscribed to Free. It's not totally public, you need to be a Free subscriber to access it.

Eclipse Xtends Java


Re the properties access, what it means is that if you would have written a simple setter such as setName(String name) {this.name=name}, instead you just don't need to.

If on the other hand you want to do something more advanced (eg adding validation etc), I *assume* you can write a setName(String name) method like normal. You would still only ever do person.name = "Foo" on the calling side though.

The PlayFramework already does this and once you get your head around the fact that you aren't directly accessing the class's fields even though it feels like you are, it works really well.

USB hack connects Droid to printers, video cams, and more

Thumb Up


A USB keyboard would be great!

Verified by Visa bitchslapped by Cambridge researchers


It works great for me...

Because VbV and SecureCode don't let you use the same password twice, and because they have such tight password requirements, I can never remember the password I have set with them, so I have to write it down, or change it every time (by confirming my DoB etc) I make a purchase...

Writing it down obviously isn't the best option :o)

Orange chief engulfed by Apple Tablet feeding frenzy

Jobs Horns

I *think* this is right

It's something like:

Interviewer: According to the weekly Le Point, in a few days' time your partner Apple are going to launch a tablet

Richard: Yes

Interviewer: with a webcam.

Richard: Yes

Interviewer: Will Orange users be able to have this too?

Richard: Of course. The will be able to benefit much more easily from the webcam. They will be able to send images in real time. We will, in some senses, modernise the way that the videophone has been used traditionally. Also, the size and quality of the network that we have put in place for French consumers helps with this.

Or something like that...

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj



I hope you didn't get stopped for taking photos in London - you might've been a terrorist or something!